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Author: Marissa

Welcome to the last entry in our Bridal Market coverage. Even though our fun must come to an end, we’ve got quite the finale for you!

After hitting the Piers and seeing new and old friends alike, we stopped for a quick pick-me-up at Eleni’s in the MeatPacking District on the way to our meeting at Gabriella New York. When you have a fabulous photographer in cahoots with you, it’s hard not to stop for an impromptu photo shoot! Thanks, Trent!

Visiting the Gabriella New York Bridal Salon was definitely one of the highlights of our trip! Not only was Gabriella a complete doll and her staff sweet as pie, but her salon was filled with the most gorgeous gowns and bridal accessories.

One particular lovely caught my eye as soon as we walked in – the amazing “Addison” from Marchesa. Gabriella was kind enough to let me try it on and let me tell you I literally died! Whitney fell for this stunning Sassi Holford and I think her first time in a wedding dress might have been her best! BIG huge thank you hugs to Gabriella and her team for making this MAJOR fashion moment happen!

We couldn’t have asked for a better way to end our Bridal Market whirlwind then with the Romona Keveza Legends show. Romona herself sat in a large comfy chair and described each dress as smiling models twirled around a gorgeous suite at the St. Regis. Fashion heaven! We were so thrilled to be a part of her last Market show and to have chatted with her after. I especially loved the lace-edged cathedral length veils and that her collection was inspired by real brides everywhere.

All images courtesy of the amazing Trent Bailey.

Whitney and I hope that you enjoyed following along with our adventures in the city that never sleeps! We are so grateful to have been able to take y’all along for the ride! Special thanks to our amazing Editor in Chief Lara for being such an awesome boss and to our fabulous photographer Trent Bailey! Whitney, you we’re a fabulous partner in crime and I can’t wait for next year already!

Which designer is your favorite? Who will you be wearing on your big day?

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Lara reply

    Oh my gracious!! I love you two SO much! You in wedding dresses just made my heart explode! Thank YOU for being so incredible and spreading the good Southern love all over NYC!

  2. avatar Nicole reply

    I love you guys!! You both are gorgeous in those wedding gowns! And I LOVE those veils from Romona Keveza.

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We’re back with more of our Bridal Market coverage — I hope you’re ready for some serious fashion!

Day two kicked off with the dramatic couture collection from Ines DiSanto. Her collection featured lots of lace and intricate beadwork. My favorite gown was “Glory,” with its Italian lace and sweetheart neckline. Plus, seeing it up close made me love it even more! After the show we were escorted backstage to meet the chic Ms. Ines, and we totally did a double-cheek kiss! I felt so fancy!

We then headed to The Intercontinental Hotel where Whitney found her own room – literally! We were escorted to the front row for the Maggie Sottero show where we saw ruffles, ruffles and more ruffles. Plus, a great selection of removable black accent belts.

I feel so New York in the taxi photo above. I think I might have even hailed this one!

Next we went to the Modern Trousseau showroom. Callie and her team could not have been more welcoming! I fawned over the Thai silk and chantilly lace she used on her gowns. The dresses were SO sweet and Southern I must have died about 50 times. We even gave them a special preview of V4! Keep an eye out Nashville ladies, the Modern Trousseau girls will be moving into town early next year.

We were so thrilled to see dear friend and SW favorite Ms. Ashley Baber on our way to the Anne Barge show! Speaking of Anne Barge, this lady never disappoints! Her collection was classic and oh-so-Southern with a great pop of gold in the finale! Check out that veil!

After the show we had to stop and chat with V2 cover model Adair. She told us she recently got married in Napa and guess who she wore… Anne Barge, of course! She is just so sweet and we couldn’t be happier for her!

All these lovely images are courtesy of the super-talented (and Southern I might add) Mr. Trent Bailey.

I sure hope you’re enjoying our Bridal Market coverage! My partner in crime Miss Whitney will be back in a few with more gowns to gawk over, so don’t go too far!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Jordan reply

    Totally random question unrelated to the Bridal Market….Marissa, where did you get your purse???? I love!

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Hey Jordan! Not unrelated as it’s still fashion! : ) My bag is an Isabella Fiore from a few seasons ago. Don’t you love it? My only qualm is it’s very heavy with all the studs! xo, Marissa

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Dear fellow fashion fans, you’re in for a real treat! I’m so excited to share these next few shows with you – pure fashion heaven! Our Saturday could not have been more hectic or more fun!

After the lovely gowns at Kenneth Poole we headed to back to the Piers for Junko Yoshioka (pronounced “june-co”). This collection featured classic silhouettes with modern twists. I’m especially fond of “Sofia” – the long-sleeved gown with dramatic keyhole back. But one of my favorite parts of this show had to be the beehive-esque hairstyles the models rocked! Y’all know I love big hair!

We couldn’t help but stop for a quick photo-opp in front of Tiffany & Co. as we hopped in the taxi to head to Reem Acra. Last year, Reem Acra featured very interesting lace hats with bunny ears and face coverings. Although not as Lady Gaga as her 2010 collection pieces, you still couldn’t help but take note of the innovative headpieces. Her collection featured tiered skirts and bountiful ruffles. I’m a fan! Are you?

As you might know, we’re quite the Amsale fans around these parts! Let me tell you, she did not disappoint! I literally died when the “Aspen” (the tulle ball gown skirt and beaded bateau neckline) hit the runway! It was like my Pan Am + Grace Kelly obsession all mixed into one with just the right amount of fancy glamour! Can I please be an Amsale girl?

After Amsale we had the hardest time catching a taxi! Not a one in sight! So what’s a girl to do? Run! Right through the massive crowds of people, some of which were dyed blue, carrying fake axes or dressed up like Rorschac for Comic Con ! And I might add that we did all this in heels! It’s all in the name of fashion, y’all! I sure was NOT missing the Monique Lhuillier show!

Never fear, we made it in time to see the whole fabulous lot of pretties! Monique describes this collection as “ethereal, dreamy, frothy and romantic.” I’d have to agree! How fun is the “Lili?” I think the LBD might actually have a little competition!

All images courtesy of the adorable Ashley Minette. Thanks, Ashley! We had a blast with you!

With that, we conclude our Saturday! Don’t fret, my pet! We’ll be back tomorrow with even more lace, tulle and taffeta! We’ve even got some behind-the-scenes fun with the incredibly awesome Trent Bailey, including me officially hailing my first cab!

Which gown is your favorite, so far? Would you rock the Reem Acra headpieces?

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Desiree reply

    Marissa, i have to agree with your love of ‘Sofia’ from Junko’s collection. Princess Kate certainly made sleaves proud this year but this has such a quirky, modern twist with the subtle stripes rather than the vintage look of the oh-so-popular lace numbers. love it! I could definitely see someone like Zooey Deschanel wearing a dress like Sofia!

  2. avatar Sierra reply

    I love the first gown in this post!

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    That last shot alone was worth running through the city in heels–so stunning! Loving the recaps, ladies! :)

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