Hi friends! After five fabulous, fun, and very exhausting days at Bridal Market, Kristin and I are home sweet home, and excited to share our adventure! If you’re a longtime reader, you may remember that we usually do a series of Bridal Market recaps to show you our favorite designs from every show. We decided to do things a little differently this year, sharing all of the gorgeousness live via Instagram (we used #SWBridalMarket so it’s super easy to find our posts!) and on Snapchat, and using the blog to show you some behind the scenes peeks at what a crazy day at Market is like, plus some exclusive backstage looks at some of our favorite shows. The talented Kat Harris tagged along with us on our first afternoon of Market, and I’m giddy with excitement to share what she captured along the way!
Thanks to wakeup calls of 4 and 6 AM before our flights from Orlando and Raleigh respectively, there was no way Kristin and I were trusting ourselves to get Market-ready, so as soon as we got off the plane, we beelined to Drybar. We joked that this was possibly one of our best ideas of the trip–it was so nice to take a breather and mentally prepare for the day while someone else took charge of giving us pretty curls and Southern volume!
With our hair in place, we headed through Bryant Park to the New York Public Library to go over our notes and schedule and make sure our game plan for the day was set. As brief as this stop was, it was extra special to me–my mom used to eat lunch on these steps every day when she worked in publishing in Manhattan! I love thinking about her sitting in that same spot when she was around my age.
Ducks in a row and papers in order, we hopped into a taxi to Carolina Herrera‘s showroom (see photos here and here) and then to Lela Rose‘s presentation (here and here!). In the meantime, Kat headed over to the studio where the Anne Barge show was being held to capture some photos backstage. She was the only photographer there, so we’re thrilled that these photos are exclusive to SW and a special peek just for y’all!
The Anne Barge Fall 2016 collection was full of classic silhouettes, sweet touches of lace, and just the right number of unexpected details (hello, high-low skirt!)…plus, the most adorable flower girls! We love the Southern sensibility Anne designs with–all of her gowns are totally wearable for a stylish belle.
Stay tuned for Part 2 this afternoon!