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Author: Whitney

We’re baaack with even more glorious fashion inspiration for y’all to fall in love with!

On Sunday afternoon, Marissa and I made our way over to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to see the Rivini collection. Marissa was seated right away, but when I tried to check in, they thought that I was a photographer! While I take a mean iPhone photo, that most certainly is not the case. Luckily, I convinced the lovely people at Rivini that I was not a photographer, proven by the fact that I did not have a camera with me, and I was seated right next to my partner in crime.

Everything about the Rivini collection reminded me of a watercolor painting. I adored the use of light silk organza and especially the punches of violet and plumb. Color was huge on the runway this year and I’ve come to love the colored sashes.

After Rivini, we hailed a cab back to the Piers for the Badgley Mischka show. We started off the weekend with no clue how to hail a cab (who knew it could be so difficult?) but by this point we were pros. Just check out Marissa and her newfound New York attitude below!

We were particularly excited for the Badgley Mischka show primarily because Marissa and I have a shared obsession with Badgley Mischka shoes and we knew that their wedding collection had to be spectacular. The show did not disappoint! We were fawning over the glamourous feather accents and unique cowl necklines. Best of all, we had the opportunity to meet the designers after the show! I swear, I’m still on cloud nine!

Onwards we went to the Vera Wang showroom where we ran into the lovely Marcy Blum! We’re huge fans of hers and it was nice to say howdy.

We were really in for a a surprise with Vera’s newest line. The collection, titled Witchcraft, is described as “both mysterious and sexy, frivolous and fun”. The biggest shocker? There wasn’t a white dress in sight! Half of the daring gowns were a fabulous black and the others were in nude!

One of my favorite parts of the entire trip was seeing these beauties up close. Each gown is hand-sewn and the intricacy is absolutely awe-inspiring. It was amazing just to be able to touch these magnificent gowns!

All images courtesy of the marvelous Trent Bailey.

Whew! And with that, we finished up day 2. I hope y’all have been enjoying hearing about our grand adventure. We’ve had a blast writing about it! Come back tomorrow for a final day of lace and tulle (and a few impromptu photoshoots)!

So, what do you think? Would you wear a colored wedding dress? Are you daring enough to wear one of those black Vera Wang gowns?

Written with love by Whitney
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  1. avatar Natalia reply

    The lilac Rivini is like something out of a dream! The hair/makeup choices compliment the ethereal look perfectly.

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Hello, my dears! Marissa and I spent three marvelous days galavanting around the city and we are so, so, SO thrilled to bring you the best of the best from Bridal Market! Now, of course we can’t fit all of the goodness into one post, so you are going to come on back this afternoon (and tomorrow and Friday) for many more dream dresses. Fabulous photographer Ashley Minette went along for the ride on Saturday to capture our adventures and Mr. Trent Bailey delighted us with his photographic genius on Sunday and Monday.

We flew in to NYC super, super early Saturday morning and went directly to our first show of the day, Claire Pettibone. It was my very first fashion show ever (!!!) and I was immediately floored by Claire Pettibone’s feminine and romantic gowns. I love the flowing silhouettes and whimsical feel, don’t you?

We also ran into some of our wonderful friends: Christy from Junebug Weddings, Vane of Brooklyn Bride, Amanda from Ruffled, Jackie from Merci New York, Cathleya of Wedding Bee and Jill from The Blogworthy Bride. Definitely not a bad way to start off the day!

Next up, we hailed a cab (well… attempted to hail a cab) and made our way over to EZ Studios for Christos. The Christos collection was full of organza and flowers (yes, please!). I was particularly loving the Anais (second gown pictured below) with it’s full skirt and hand-beaded flowers. We also met up with the always-dashing Randy Fenoli of Kleinfeld Bridal and Say Yes to the Dress. We heart you, Randy!

We stayed at EZ Studios for Kenneth Pool. I was swooning over the drama and luxuriousness of these gowns. Oh, the glamour! The ruffles!

All of these great photos are courtesy of Ashley Minette.

Saturday was a whirlwind, y’all, and we aren’t done yet! We’ll be back with more goodness from Saturday’s shows this afternoon!

Lots of love from your Bridal Market correspondents,

Whitney and Marissa

Written with love by Whitney
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  1. avatar Erin reply

    Oh my goodness I love Randy! What an experience you all must have had! Does it get overwhelming seeing dress after dress? How do you keep track of your favorites, or do you focus more on particular designers rather than individual dresses?

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Hi Erin! It does get a little overwhelming when you see SO many dresses! I LOVE it though! At each show they give you a “run of show” that lists out each dress – I normally star/circle/note my favorites. This makes it a lot easier to remember. Hope you enjoy the coverage! xo, Marissa

  2. avatar Cathleya reply

    There was REALLY no hiding just how excited I was to finally meet Marissa and Whitney in person! Miss you ladies already!

  3. avatar Jill reply

    Was I just mentioned in the same paragraph as Junebug Weddings, Brooklyn Bride, Ruffled, Merci New York, and Wedding Bee?! I must be dreaming!

    Whitney, that was my first fashion show, too! Claire Pettibone’s dresses were so unique ( I’ve never seen anything like them!) and your photos of her gowns are gorgeous. Can’t wait to read the rest of your recap posts!

    Have a great night!

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Marissa and I have been counting down the days to Bridal Market for months now and suddenly, it’s here! Yippee! Time flies when you’re making a magazine, right Marissa? MK: Yes, ma’am! I just had to pop in and say how excited I am, y’all!

Our suitcases are packed (full of Southern Weddings V4s), I’ve printed out my plane tickets, and I could not be more excited! Those New York yankees need a good dash of Southern love and we are happy to oblige!

Image credit: Fred Egan at Amsale 2010

We are flying in early on Saturday morning and dashing right to the Piers. We have a full schedule of shows to attend and we will be reporting every little detail back to you next week. We’re thrilled to learn all about the upcoming wedding trends and share each and every one of them with you! Be sure to follow Marissa and I (as well as Southern Weddings) on Twitter for all of the tweet-coverage over the weekend. There are sure to be some gorgeous gown Twitpics involved!

Image credit: Fred Egan at Rivini 2010

Will you be at Bridal Market? If so, we have some amazing news for you! You can be one of the very first people in the entire world to see Southern Weddings V4! Copies of Southern Weddings V4 WILL BE AVAILABLE at Bridal Market! Where can you find them, you ask?

Just swing by Coren Moore, Ivy + Aster or Aruna Seth’s booths at Pier 94 to pick up your very own copy of this deliciously huge issue. We are huge fans of Coren Moore’s classic bridesmaid dresses and have you seen Ivy + Aster’s whimsical gowns? Not to mention Aruna Seth’s stunning shoes! We’re thrilled to partner with these fabulous designers and give you the chance to pick up your copy of Southern Weddings V4 weeks before it hits shelves! Copies of Southern Weddings V4 will also be available at the COUTURE show so be sure to grab one while you can. They will be gone faster than you can say ‘sweet tea’!

So there you have it! If you’ll be at Bridal Market this weekend, be sure to say howdy. Marissa and I love to make new friends!

To New York we go!

Love,

Whitney and Marissa

Written with love by Whitney
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