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Adding Heirlooms to Your Gown

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Blog

I’ve been on a bit of an heirloom kick, which is probably because I was just bequeathed a box various vintage dishware that once belonged to my great great grandparents, but it’s also because weddings and heirlooms and tradition go so seamlessly in hand. Perhaps the most common way that we see heirlooms in and around the salon is through fabric; brides quite often have a piece of their mother’s gown or veil or a piece of their grandmother’s gown or veil sewn into theirs. It’s a nice way to incorporate something old or something borrowed into the big day, and it’s also a great way to keep the important people close to you.     But let’s say that you don’t have a piece of your grandmother’s gown to sew into yours, what are some other ways that you could incorporate precious items into your gown?   Raid Your Closet Traditions have to start somewhere, so why not use an item that is close to you personally? Maybe you have a favorite t-shirt from when you were in elementary school that you managed to fit in all through high school and college and now it’s practically in shreds? You might not call it an heirloom per say, but it certainly has significance for your and probably those who know you. Why not cut a piece of it into a heart and sew it into your gown? Maybe you still have your prom dress, you know, from the prom you went to with your now almost spouse? Pretty sure that is worthy of sewing into your wedding gown. All these things are nice reminders of your own personal journey from little kid to bride and those things are worth thinking about. Those items and those memories are worth carrying with you as you walk down the aisle.   Raid Your Parents’ Closet Ask permission of course for such a raid and always maintain the integrity of the piece you are borrowing from, but from there take inspiration from all your memories tied to what your parents wear and use. Take a spare button from one of your dad’s favorite...

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Wedding Find of the Week

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Blog

Maybe it’s because weddings are so steeped in tradition that when you start planning one you wind up thinking a lot about posterity. What decorations will you save? What will you do with your gown, with your shoes, with your veil? What will happen with the countless cards filled with heartfelt words from all your guests? I thought about all these things.   I thought about what items might be passed down to someone else sometime in the future. In general I found this feeling made me more willing to spend money in the hopes of creating heirlooms. While some of that can be attributed to the wedding planning daze in which everything makes you feel like you need to spend more, do more, provide more for your celebration, I do think there is a little wisdom buried there.   Which is why this week’s wedding find is not about finding something on the cheap, its about finding something worthy. Worthy of being handed down. Worthy of sitting on your mantle. Worthy of sparking conversations years and years after your big day.   The item could be a whole host of things, but I love these champagne coupes. You could really spend a bundle and get crystal ones if you want, but I tend to go for style over substance. The colors are wonderful and vintage and they beg to be photographed. Plus, they’ll make any bride look that much daintier and any groom that much more debonair just by holding them. They’ll make the champagne look better. They’ll make the toasts sound better. But more importantly they’ll make you and your wedding a part of history. It’s a lofty goal, but it’s a nice one, too. It’s nice to think that the same glasses you and your spouse used to toast your wedding day might be used by someone else in your family to do that same thing. What if in a hundred years they are still using them?   Careful little champagne coupes, you’ve got to survive. For posterity.  ...

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Isabelle Armstrong is Here

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Blog

Again I find myself so pleased to welcome another designer to our growing collection of talented wedding gown designers. This time it is Isabelle Armstrong, a company that prides itself on making every bride feel exceptional as she walks down the aisle. That’s certainly a perfect word for these gowns; they make you stop and look and take exception to them. In fact, some of them can just about take your breath away.     This sample gown is our first piece from Isabelle Armstrong and not only does it appear exceptional, it’s also exquisite. The fabric, the embroidery and beading, and the fit all give off an air of luxury. Don’t you just want to put it on and hear it rustle around you as you walk? I sure do. It makes for a nice reminder of just how much design and hard work and craftsmanship go into a wedding gown. It takes a lot of work to make something look so effortless, so perfect and natural.   We will continue to get more of these gowns in store over the coming weeks and we also will be hosting a trunk show with them in September, so stay tuned for updates. In the meantime you can always peruse Isabelle Armstrong’s website and see what gowns take your breath away.   Visit the Site.  ...

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Look Who’s Here

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Blog

Today I bring you all a real treat because I’m not just going to feature one new stock gown, I’m going to feature four. We have just received in these brand new gowns from Maggie Sottero, and they really represent the full spectrum of what this designer has to offer.     The lace on this first gown is really something you have to see for yourself. It gives the gown such depth and texture and takes lace from simply a traditional fabric to a modern one. The illusion, off-the-shoulder neckline is delicate and feminine and balanced by the volume of the tulle skirt.     This second gown is an updated version of the classic satin wedding gown. I love the simplicity of it. I love the sweetheart neckline and the ruching on the bodice. I love the unexpected placement of the beading and I love that the beading is understated.     The third gown features a plunging illusion neckline, heavy beading and elbow-length sleeves. The chiffon is light and flowy and the silhouette is sleek and simple. It’s refreshing to see a gown with sleeves that is not lace and satisfies the demands of a bride who is looking for some bling on her gown.     And speaking of bling the fourth and final gown provides plenty of that. I love the way the beading on the bodice creeps down onto the skirt in a vine-like fashion rather than ending at a seam. It gives the gown a more organic, free-flowing feel.   As I always I enjoy bringing you are latest and greatest gowns. Stay tuned for more of what’s new....

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Wedding Find of the Week

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Blog

In a time when weddings are becoming increasingly personalized and couples are making their own rules, there are very few musts when it comes to tying the knot. One such must seems to be that you must have a marquee letter featured somewhere in your reception décor.   The little light-up letters have become so integral to getting married that I think most venues have it in written is a clause in their contract. I think they might even provide them. Wedding photographers tote them around right along with their lenses just in case a need for one will arise, which of course a need for marquee letters will arise. You simply must have them, and truth-be-told I fully understand the compulsion. They are cute and quaint and adorable, and the transformative power of a few glowing light bulbs should never be underestimated. You can watch DIY videos on how to create your own or you can order them custom made from dozens of Etsy shops for a sometimes hefty price. Or. You can head to Target. What a chore, I know, to send you on a shopping trip to Target, but if it’s for you wedding, you just have to go. These $9 little beauties are my wedding find of the week. They are not the most ornate or authentic marquee letters. The bulbs are plastic and the letters only stand about 6 inches tall, but they help you check off that trendy box in a really simple step. You don’t have to make anything, you don’t have to do extra planning, and you don’t have to spend a chunk of your decorating budget.   What you can end up with though is a nifty little ode to you and your spouse. You can buy your initials and an ampersand and put them next to the escort cards, and you don’t have to do anything else to the table. You could even get fancy and use them as table numbers. There are lots of possibilities especially since they are battery operated and light enough to hang or attach to the wall. They have a few shapes as well,...

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Watters Trunk Show Weekend

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Blog

Tomorrow is the kickoff of our Watters Trunk Show, and it might as well be Christmas Eve here for all the hubbub and excitement that is going on. That’s probably because Watters will not only be here with their two other lines WToo and Love Marley, but also because Thomas Knoell Jewelry Designs and Headpieces by Toni Federici will be here as well. You simply won’t find a more dynamic trunk show anywhere else. Of course in order for that to happen you need to know what exactly a trunk show is. Around here we kind of take it for granted that people know what that means, but it’s easy; designers send us more of their merchandise than we typically have in store. That means if you are interested in Watters, and you should be, we will have more of their dresses than usual.     It also means we have their newest gowns that aren’t even available in stores yet. Have you seen this gorgeous blush gown with its striking geometric pattern on line before? Well, the only place to see it is here. This weekend.   As for accessories what this weekend’s trunk show means is the ability to customize. We have tons of Thomas Knoell Jewelry and an equal number of Toni Federici veils here for brides to look at, but the really exciting thing is that each design team will be here to help you make changes to make the look your own. Can you imagine having the ability to go into a store and pick out a pair of earrings and then ask that the color of the metal be changed to rose gold and the crystals made bigger and changed to clear and the back of the earring changed to a thread instead of a post? You don’t have to imagine it because you can do it. This weekend.   Maybe you have a long search for your perfect wedding day look. Maybe you have been waiting for that feeling, that this is it moment or maybe you have just started looking and are hesitant about the experience. Either way, this weekend is...

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Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection
1848 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21208

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