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Can you believe we are only 20 days away from the arrival of V5? To help pass the time, join me for another look into Bridal Market 2012. I have lots of gorgeous gowns to share, plus an impromptu mini SW fashion show!! (PS: Don’t miss out on Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.)

We will start with the always amazing Badgley Mischka.

If I had to pick one word to describe this collection from Badgley Mischka, it would be glamour. The pleated tulle, delicate Chantilly lace and crystal embroidery (which was on almost EVERY gown – oh my stars) was soft and subtle and at the same time oh so glamorous. As a traditional ‘ballgown bride,’ I couldn’t help but wonder about trying on one of these lovely form-fitting beauties.

Our next step was a good ol’ squeal fest as we met and became fast friends with all the lovely LulaKate ladies. It was so fun to see these dresses in person, since they frequently make appearances on the blog in Real Wedding posts. Look for a few of these beauties in V5, too!

Somehow the LulaKate ladies convinced us to pull the frocks that we had been drooling over and have a mini SW fashion show. Marissa snagged a beautiful lace and striped dress with a detachable bow-belt, and I picked a lovely grey and white rugby stripe dress with pockets! After trying them on and prancing around, we decided we needed a place to wear these lovely dresses again.

Isn’t Katherine, the brilliant creator of LulaKate, just adorable? We were so grateful for her and her team and all their Southern hospitality.

Up next was Watters. During this show we were able to preview both the Watters and Wtoo collections, and boy oh boy were there a LOT of lovely dresses.

The camellia lacy overlay on the gown above added a layer of lovely texture to an already beautiful tulle ballgown. And of course, how can you not love the whisper pink beauty below with the hand-beaded detailing? We saw a lot of soft blush colors during Bridal Market this year, and this was definitely one of the prettiest.

The lovely C20 collection had some great LBD options that would be perfect for bridesmaids or maybe for a rehearsal dinner? This crewneck illusion lace dress was so chic, and I died over the hidden pockets in the sleeveless black satin number.

Finally, we stopped by the lovely Donna Morgan booth to take a peek at the fresh new styles and colors in their 2013 bridesmaid collection. We loved seeing the work of our friends Trent Bailey and Jackie of Merci New York on the walls of the Donna Morgan booth. The new campaign is gorgeous, y’all!

The coral dress, with its sassy texture, seemed like it would be the perfect thing to dance the night away in. And of course, we were all big fans of the stylish lace peplum in delicate pink.

We’ve got two more Bridal Market posts coming up, so stay tuned! BIG huge thanks to Kat Harris for photographing all these beauties for us!

P.S. Which is your favorite gown from this post? So hard to choose!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
  1. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    I love the last Badgely cuz it’s just SO Badgely ya know? I had my girls wear LulaKate and I just think her gowns are the cream of the crop. Love that she is bringing in some lace textures! My favorite Watters gown is Row 3 left one. so girly!

  2. avatar Emily reply

    It’s so hard to pick a favorite with Badgley, because they’re all just so stunningly detailed, but I’m going to go with the one that looks like it has seashell embellishments. For Watters, I love the camellia lace overlay, and I adore all three of those bridesmaid looks! Love LulaKate and Donna Morgan as well!

  3. avatar Whitney reply

    I love the last dress for my bridesmaids – the lace in delicate pink. Can you send me more details on that one? I MUST find it.

    • avatar Kristin reply

      Whitney! I am pretty sure the lovely pink peplum will be available in the spring 2013. I will reach out to our Donna Morgan contact to confirm and definitely pass along any info I can collect for you!!

  4. avatar Victoria reply

    I love that LulaKate dress that Marissa tried on! I think it would work so beautifully for a rehearsal dinner dress or bridal shower dress.

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Oh Victoria! It was even better in person! I about died when I got to try it on! It’s inspired by Blake Lively – die again! : )

  5. avatar Kat Harris reply

    As crazy as NYC was…all these posts are making me want to go right back this instant.

    • avatar Kristin reply

      Kat! I was thinking the exact same thing as I was crafting this blog post. We saw a LOT of gorgeous in 3 short days.

  6. avatar Deb reply

    OMG I’m obsessed with Marissa’s dress! It’s perfect for a shower dress. I looked on the LulaKate website and didn’t see it. Do you know the name of it? LOVE

  7. avatar Quesa reply

    AHHH same! I need that LulaKate dress. I must wear it to my rehearsal dinner in December. How do I get my hands on it??!

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Yeehaw, y’all!

And the gorgeousness continues with Part 3. I couldn’t let Marissa have all the fun of sharing Bridal Market 2013 with y’all, now could I? Catch up on Part 1 and Part 2 before digging in to this next round of beauty, starting with Ines Di Santo.

Ines Di Santo captivated our attention with her beautiful collection, inspired by what Ines considers one of Europe’s most romantic cities, Venice. The beautiful lines and decadent fabrics of these trumpet style gowns were accented by lovely lace and bead-work adornments.

I loved all the layers of organza in this next sweetheart ballgown. This romantic off-the-shoulder beauty garnered gasps from both Marissa and me. And of course, I loved the delicate bow detail.

And we got the great pleasure of snapping a photo after the show with our friend Kristy Rice. A fun surprise? Kristy designed the beautiful Iphone cases seen here.

From the Ines Di Santo show we dashed straight to the coffee shop around the corner because I was begging for a little burst of caffeine. Thankfully, Marissa and Kat agreed. With coffee in hand, we headed to Pier94 for Anne Barge.

I love these preshow sneak peeks that Kat Harris snapped. Y’all, these shows are masterpieces, and the girls come out one after the other. I can only imagine how crazy it is backstage during the actual show.

Yes! This is the lovely Ms. Anne Barge. We managed to snag a picture with her after the show. And I have to say, her dresses reflect her sweet disposition. She couldn’t have been more sweet or gracious when we introduced ourselves.

Aren’t these lovely deep Vs breathtaking, and the birdcage veils so posh? During the show, one of these lovely hair accents fell off, and the model gracefully caught it without missing a beat and continued down the runway! Her feat was definitely worthy of applause and cheers from the audience.

One of my favorite ‘trends’ that we saw during our time in New York were all the amazing gown back details. Doesn’t this floral illusion back just make you swoon? This collection was packed with flowing silk organza, lace, and delicate bows – perfect for a romantic Southern fete.

On to the ballet studio for the ice crystal inspired collection from Rivini! Rita Vinieris is the brilliant mind behind this delicate collection, which was inspired by the softness of snowflakes and the Ice Hotel in Sweden.

Accordingly, this collection was filled with beading and delicate embellishment. This stunning crystallized blouse was unlike anything else we saw on the runway. I love how it seems to shimmer in the light and add a sense of elegance and barely-there warmth. The girls retraced their steps so we got to see each dress up close, twice, which was a real treat.

Stay tuned for more Bridal Market adventures tomorrow as we head to our next stop! BIG huge thanks to Kat Harris for photographing all these beauties for us!

P.S. Which is your favorite gown so far?

kristin Written with love by Kristin
  1. avatar Kate Collison reply

    Great coverage, ladies! I’m just loving the illusion details. Favorites include the cap sleeve, illusion neckline from Christos (first on the left) and the Deep-V illusion backs from Amsale (with a choice of embellishment or without? Lovely!) The Anne Barge collection has some beautiful illusion backs and even shoulders, too! Favorite gown so far? Illusion back from Amsale without embellishment. Clean, classic, so gorgeous. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  2. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    Ms. Anne Barge has REALLY outdone herself! All of those dresses are stunning, but I especially love the 4th one down with the floral illusion back! Stunning!

    • avatar Kristin reply

      Madelynne! I couldn’t agree more. I loved every dress in the Anne Barge collection. And I agree that the detailed floral illusion back was stunning! It definitely took my breath away when she turned around, however, the second to last dress (blush with the deep V + ruffles + bow) was my favorite of the collection. Such gorgeous details and I loved the way it swooshed!!

    • avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

      Kristin: What did the front of it look like? It really is stunning!

  3. avatar Emily reply

    Alrighty, here are my picks for today! From Ines, I am loving the one with the lace shoulder as well as the blush colored one with the lace bateau neckline. From Anne Barge, I adore the simple one-shoulder number near the bottom. And from Rivini, my pick is the top one!

  4. avatar Kristyn M reply

    My three favorites all together in one post!!! Rivini is my fav but I’m just partial to them because they made my dress :)

  5. avatar Kat Harris reply

    Ines di Santo always seems to steal my heart. Her of the shoulder silk organza gown is my favorite!

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Hi friends! I’m so happy to be formally introducing you to the newest member of the Southern Weddings family – Mrs. Kristin Winchester! Kristin joined us in July (after getting married in June!), and has been tearing it up with our Blue Ribbon Vendors ever since. We’re so thrilled to have her on our team, and are pleased as punch for y’all to get to know her a bit better! — Emily

Hi y’all. I couldn’t be more excited to sit a spell and share a little bit about myself – the newest gal in the SW office. Grab a big glass of sweet tea or freshly squeezed lemonade (or mix the two for a yummy Arnold Palmer) and let’s get started.

Nancy Ray

1. Confession: I make my bed every day. My day doesn’t feel right unless it starts off with a freshly made bed. I love the feeling of turning down the covers in the evening before crawling inside, something I inherited from my grandmother. (Note: I’m the first one up in the household so this responsibility falls to my beloved husband. Amazingly he has obliged and pulls up the covers each morning. Bless his soul!)

2. I have a crazy, big, loud and amazing family. I definitely get my competitive nature from them since we find an excuse for friendly competition at most holidays (i.e. full-contact Easter egg hunts, post-turkey backyard croquet – and my favorite – the annual Christmas Cookie Competition). The CCC winner gets a lovely pink plastic tiara and bragging rights for the year. I am a proud 3-time winner, but sadly finished in second place last year.

3. I completed the United States Marine Corps Mud Run in September of 2010. For a girl that doesn’t really get dirty too often, this was a big personal feat. Our team was named ‘Pearls & Shades,’ because I would show up to our training runs in my giant sunglasses and pearl earrings; my teammates found this get-up to be hilarious.

Martha Manning — stay tuned for more from my wedding on the blog soon!

4. The kitchen is my favorite room in any house. I love cooking, baking and just hanging out. My dream house has a kitchen complete with granite counter tops, plenty of comfy seating, two ovens and a fireplace. Any time you’re in the area and want to pop on by for supper, let me know!

5. I’m a Tar Heel born, I’m a Tar Heel bred and I have a deep love for my alma mater and college sports in general. I bleed Carolina blue, and I love to tailgate in Chapel Hill during football season. This is handy, since my husband works in collegiate athletics — sadly, not at Carolina, but it still means I get to attend my fair share of college sporting events and take ‘vacations’ to bowl games, ACC Basketball tournaments and Final Fours.

Martha Manning

6. I love holidays, potentially to an unhealthy level, making any excuse to decorate and dress for the occasion. Think pencils, crayons and red apple centerpieces for back-to-school (even though I am not in school and have no school-age children… or any children, for that matter) and pink and red outfits for the ten days leading up to February 14th. I just purchased my 4th of July dress for 2013 last week – a full ten months in advance (it was on clearance!!).

7. I love colleges and find great delight in visiting college campuses. If I am traveling to a new town that has a college/university nearby, I’ll do my best to visit, explore the campus grounds and make a stop by the student store to pick up a cup/shirt/etc. branded with the name of the school.

8. I feel that olives taste like rubber tires, and I have determined that they are a very polarizing food – you either love them or hate them. While I am not a very picky eater, there are a few foods that fall into the ‘no thank you’ category for me. Olives, plain milk and cooked carrots top the list of ‘foods that I try to avoid.’

9. The beach is my happy place. Just give me a floppy hat, a beach chair, and a good book – I’ll be set for days. There is something wildly comforting about the sand, sea and salty air.

Martha Manning

10. In 10 years, I plan to still be madly in love with my handsome husband, the proud mama to 2-4 kids and potentially own a dog (who will be named Murphy, after the campus building where KPW and I met in 2004). All of this greatness will take place in a house with an enormous front porch, where I will happily spend my mornings and evenings in between running errands, volunteering for a great non-profit organization, and continuing to dabble in the wedding world.

You can read more about me here!

Do we have something in common? Introduce yourself in the comments below!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
  1. avatar Bridget reply

    Welcome aboard, Kristin! I love your wedding photos in the Carolina Inn. We are right down the road in Raleigh, and are pleased to call the Triangle home too.

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    So great to finally meet you, Kristin! :)

  3. avatar Madi Reid reply

    Have been looking forward to this introduction! Welcome, Kristin! Enjoy your weekend at Bridal Market! :)

  4. avatar Emily Ley reply

    HOORAY!! Hugs, Kristin!!

  5. avatar Emily reply

    Love you, Kristin! So happy to have you on board! :)

  6. avatar Erin McLean reply

    Yeah Kristin!!

  7. avatar Brent & Anna – Live View Studios reply

    Yay for Kristin!

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