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In light of all the fashion goodness that has abounded on the blog lately (here, here, and here, most recently!), I figured a stylish Southern Spotting would be right up our alley!

I spotted this dress on Savannah photographer Donna Von Bruening’s blog a few weeks ago, and couldn’t get it out of my mind! Isn’t the scalloped detailing incredible? So sweet and Southern. It turns out the dress is the “Jaclyn” by Alyne for Rivini. Alyne appears to be based in Toronto, but several shops in the South carry the line, including Bridals by Lori in Atlanta and Solutions Bridal in Florida.

What do y’all think?

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Susan reply

    Love the detail. Now I’m dying to know who those adorable shoes are by. I’m desperately searching for the perfect pair of flats for my wedding.

    • avatar Tali reply

      Emily, I’m sorry to hear you were frustrated calling into my salon. We just picked up Alyne and had yet to receive gowns in our salon. They were actually picked up for the Gainesville salon that may have been why Orlando was a little out of the loop. Alyne should only have a Gainesville listing for us. I’m glad you found your gown! Thank you so so much for your feedback! Sincerely, Tali Gallo Director of Solutions Bridal

  2. avatar Sara reply

    My wedding dress is also by Alyne, purchased from Bridals by Lori. Just an FYI, since I am a Florida bride, I tried multiple times to contact Solutions Bridal regarding which Alyne dresses they carried. Even though the Alyne website, the Solutions Bridal site AND the Solutions Bridal blog all say that they do- no one on the phone ever knew what I was talking about. It was extremely frustrating. Bridals by Lori, however, was worth the drive from Orlando.

    • avatar Emily reply

      Thanks so much for letting us know, Sara! I’m so sorry you were frustrated, but hopefully your advice will help other potential Alyne brides.

    • avatar Sara reply

      Emily: Thank you! It was honestly all worth it- I love my Alyne dress and would totally recommend them to other brides! I was happy to see them featured here.

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Well, if it’s the season for engagement sessions, that probably also means it’s the season for wedding dress shopping! Cue the exclamation points!! In the spirit of spring, we decided to each pick our four favorite designs from eighteen current collections. Floaty, structured, dreamy, embroidered, dramatic, or sweet — we each have our own preference, and hope our picks inspire, whatever your style might be!

I’m going to start with myself! A few things I like in a wedding gown: natural waists, full skirts, matte fabrics, sweetheart necklines, swiss dot fabrics, and draped bodices. Each of the gowns I’ve chosen has at least three of these criteria, and many have more than that!

1. The “Maribel” by Christos is quite possibly my favorite dress of all time. The swiss dot fabric is perfection! (The Maribel also scores the highest on the criteria count, coming in at a solid 6 for 6.)
2. The “Aimee” by Jenny Yoo is a beautiful bargain at $1,200. I love its delicate bodice. (Criteria: 3 for 6)
3. The “L238” from Legends by Romona Keveza is my shortie pick! John is a traditionalist when it comes to wedding gowns, which means that there is most likely not a short number in my future, but this would be my choice if there was! The stiff lace hanging past the skirt hem is gorgeous! (Criteria: 3 for 6)
4. Watters gowns are my new wedding love! This one is the “Sydney”, but I was also very tempted to include the “Lasara,” “Melbourne,” “Cancun,” or “Escalante.” (Criteria: 4 for 6)

From Nicole:

1. I love love love “Ceres” from Jenny Packham. The structured bodice is made more feminine with lace and the skirt has a ton of movement and isn’t overwhelming like a full ballgown can be.
2. Amsale “Ivy”. A dreamy dress. It looks so soft and feminine with the perfect hint of drama in the ballgown skirt and big organza flowers.
3. I’m a big fan of wedding dresses that aren’t white. This sherbet colored Lazaro (3108) looks like the ultimate princess dress. My absolute favorite part is the deep V in the back.
4. I love this White by Vera Wang for David’s Bridal dress five times more with the lace sleeves. Delicate and traditional but kicked up a notch with a huge black bow and smooth A-line.

From Whitney:

1. BHLDN is the brand new wedding line of a personal favorite brand (and probably your favorite, too), Anthropologie. The “Pleated Fantasy Gown” is just that, a fantasy. Everything about this gown is magnificent, from the piles of pleats to the dusky gray color.
2. Swoon-worthy. That is the only reaction that the “Serafina” from Kenneth Pool could possibly elicit. The strapless a-line gown with its gorgeous ruffled skirt is definitely one of the highlights from this season’s collections, in my quite honest opinion. Can you beat that beaded belt? I think not.
3. Oscar De La Renta has perfected the art of combining modern elegance with the memories of times past that lace often evokes. From the red carpet to a rose-petaled bridal walkway, Oscar De La Renta is the way to go when it comes to elegant gowns. I love the lace dress in Oscar’s spring 2011 line-up, particularly “22L20”and honestly I could see myself in a similar gown someday.
4. The “Elope”‘ dress from Sarah Seven would be the perfect choice for a low-key affair and I am absolutely obsessed with the small polka dots. Further, 5% of all proceeds go to charity! Heavenly.

From Sierra: I’m a bit all over the place when it comes to my favorite wedding dresses, which means I have four very different, equally lovely looks to share with you!

1. Modern Trousseau’s “Matilda” is simple and classic, perfect for a Southern belle on her big day. We’re a bit bow crazy around here, so the Matilda, with its subtle drop-waist bow detailing, is 100% SW-approved.
2. The JL227 from Priscilla of Boston’s Jewel Collection taps into my love for the ethereal. I love that the gown is a sophisticated update on the popular Grecian column style. The jeweled belt makes it more modern and just the right amount of glamourous.
3. Like Emily, I’m a through-and-through Christos fan, and think his flowy Christos “Magnolia”>”Magnolia” is whimsical and perfectly girly.
4. The Lazao “3111” is the only “princess” gown I would consider for my big day. The jeweled detailing at the waist seems to dress up the gown effortlessly, perfect for a formal cathedral wedding.

From Marissa:

1. Oh, Amsale! As you know, we are BIG Amsale fans around here, but this strapless satin “Ella” gown with its French lace bodice and grosgrain ribbon detail makes me fall in love with Amsale all over again!
2. My heart literally skipped a beat when I saw Watters’ “Escalante” gown! With its hand embroidered v-neck bodice and full skirt with pockets (bonus!) this dress is just perfect to me! I would literally wear this dress to the grocery store!
3. LulaKate’s “Christy” gown has to be in my top picks for spring 2011 gowns. The feminine ruffled collar alone makes my heart happy! This gown’s simple clean design makes the perfect canvas for a spectacular necklace or detailed-edged cathedral length veil.
4. Southern, vintage and glamorous! Three of my favorite words to hear when it comes to wedding gowns, and I’m happy to describe the “Grace” gown from Anne Barge with these words. This 1950’s style tulle ball gown is the epitome of classic style, and, well, grace!

From Katharine: When it came time to look for my own wedding dress last winter, it was pretty clear I had a distinct type: rich, structured materials, clean lines, classic silhouettes with natural waistlines and very little embellishments, save one or two unique details. (Amsale had my name written all over her lovely line!) Judging by my final pick, it seems I err on the minimalist side. But less is more, right?

1. If Jackie O. were to pick a wedding dress this year, it would be the “Clara” from Amsale’s luxe Blue Label. This dress, with it’s simple full skirt and 1950’s understated glamour, could totally be renamed the “Katharine.” It’s just that perfect for me. The chic bow detail at the waist makes an otherwise simple gown feminine without being too girly.
2. Priscilla of Boston’s “4507” is a bit more glitzy than I normally go for, but I just love how the full, pleated skirt and natural waist perfectly balance the jewel-encrusted top. If I had the curves to pull off a V-neck dress (which I don’t), this would be my pick.
3. More sophisticated than the 4507, Priscilla of Boston’s “4509″ is wedding day perfection. (This dress definitely would have given my Amsale “Blakely” a run for its money if I’d seen it first!) The shape and style are right up my alley, and the jeweled illusion neckline is understated glamour at its finest.
4. Sure, I’d have to grow a good six inches (and find a magical reserve of self-confidence!) to pull off this dramatic Romona Keveza, but I’m just crazy for the RK 226. With its slim mermaid shape and bold one-shoulder neckline, this silk sheath is a chicer, more modern version of my go-to favorites.

You’ve seen our favorites; now it’s time to tell us yours! What dress or designer are you loving right now? Are any of you wearing one of the dresses we highlighted in this post?! (If you are, send us a photo!)

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Mary reply

    Yipee, Emily! Maribel is my dress! Can’t wait to wear it :)

    • avatar Emily reply

      Ahhhhhh I am so jealous, Mary!! I’m sure you’re going to look GORGEOUS! You MUST send me photos after your wedding!

    • avatar Mary reply

      Emily: You are so sweet! Will do!

  2. avatar Kristin Nicole reply

    This post makes me want to get married again (same wonderful man of course) just to wear all these dresses.

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    I am all about textured skirts… give me tulle, ruffles, lace, pleats, or swiss dots any day! :) Thanks for sharing all these stunning gowns!

  4. avatar paloma reply

    I got to see the RK L238 in person and it seriously is such a stunner – the perfect balance of femininity and drama! I wish it came in a black lace for cocktail parties! Also really love Marissa’s pick of the LulaKate Christy! So unique!

    • avatar Marissa reply

      paloma: Can you relay where you tried the RK L238 on or saw it? I am on a hunt and have come up empty.

    • avatar Emily reply

      Marissa: Just in case Paloma doesn’t see your question to reply back, I’m guessing she tried it on at Lovely Bridal in New York — she works there sometimes! Either that, or at Bridal Market itself. Hope that helps! You should also try calling Romona Keveza directly, if you haven’t already — they’re very helpful!

  5. avatar katie reply

    I am wearing the Maribel, too! I knew I wanted texture and felt certain I would choose a lace dress. After I tried on that dress, my mom and I knew it was IT.

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Our fashion + style maven Marissa is back, and this week she’s tackling styles and accessories for short hair brides! Take it away, Marissa! — Emily

Thanks, Emily! (Doesn’t she give the best introductions?)

Let’s jump right in, y’all! Do you remember the Jennifer Aniston “Rachel” cut, the Nicole Richie bob, Victoria Beckham’s posh pageboy or the famed Farrah Fawcett feathered flip? Yep, I’ve had all of them! (OK, maybe not the Posh!) Haircuts help define our personal style. So, as opposed to showing you styles that might require growing one’s hair out, we thought it would be fun to focus on styles and accessories for those short-haired brides who plan to keep it cool on their wedding days (pun intended)!

Let’s start with the super short-haired beauties. With very short hair, it is sometimes hard to affix long veils, which is why I suggest opting for lightweight fascinators, ornate headbands or birdcage veils. If you’re looking for a more traditional look with a long veil like Jen Fariello’s gorgeous bride below, bobby pins can be your best friend. Spraying the hair with an inexpensive hairspray and then crisscrossing the pins over the top of the veil’s comb creates an anchor for a heavier veil to hold onto.

Image credits clockwise from top left: Gia Canali, Abby Rose Photo, Chudleigh Weddings via Style Me Pretty, Lauren McGynn, and Jen Fariello.

Oh, the bob, how I love thee! This chin-length cut always looks so polished and sophisticated to me. This haircut is great for brides with oval or heart-shaped faces. It’s also the perfect canvas for a bird cage veil or large flower. Hair at this length is easier to secure your favorite accessory to. Quick tip: placing the fascinator or base of the bird cage veil on the same side as your part can create a more balanced aesthetic than placing it on the opposite side. Also, don’t forget to add a generous amount of pomade or anti-frizz serum to tame flyaways.

Image credits clockwise from top left: Kim Ashford (see more of this darling wedding here), next two photos Lauren Larsen, Merge Weddings, Scott Piner (see more of this Southern beauty here + here) and Rebekah Westover.

And last, but certainly not least, is the long bob. This modified version of the traditional bob brushes right along your collar bone. It’s a long time celebrity favorite due to the versatility and universally flattering style. This cut can be curled for a more modern look, or blown out straight to create a soft face-frame. With its versatile length, the long bob can be pulled into a low updo near the nape of the neck for a dramatic stunner; another stylish option is to tease hair at the root and pin at the back of the head. (Didn’t I tell you bobby pins would be your best friend?) This will create a secure location to attach a longer or heavier veil like The Image is Found‘s glowing bride below. Quick tip: to avoid hair looking like it’s hot off the curling iron, have your stylist curl the hair from top to bottom without the clamp. This will create a looser, more natural curl.

Image credit clockwise from top left: The Image is Found, Project Wedding, Jose Villa for Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding, Melissa Oholendt and Lauren Larsen.

What would a short hair inspiration post be without a few inspiring accessories? I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites below:

A. Candy Band B. LoBoheme “Claudine” ($130), C. Twigs & Honey Style No. 023 ($65), D. Crystal Swirl Bobbi Pin ($130), E. Handle & Spout Five Flower Set ($65), F. B. Poetic Pretty Little Veil ($50), G. Untamed Petals “Eden” Flower Girl Halo ($48), H. Tessa Kim “Dawn” ($89), I. Twigs & Honey Whimsical Bridal Halo ($160), J. Twigs & Honey Tulle Sheer Birdcage Veil ($40), K. BHLDN Feathered Corsage Birdcage Veil ($300), L. Tessa Kim Tulle Birdcage Veil ($129), M. Emersonmade 3″ Wild Rose Clip ($42), N. Untamed Petals “Aurelia” ($115)

Until next time, here are few tips to remember: do your homework, bring in photos of what you want to your stylist, ask a ton of questions and get your final trim and color touch-up at least two weeks prior to your wedding. No matter how you plan on wearing your hair, be sure to go in for a trial and take a ton of photos to bring with you on your big day.

How about you? Will you be keeping it cool with a short style at your wedding? Will you be growing out your short locks for a glamorous updo? Let me know by leaving a comment in the section below. Either way, I know you’ll look beautiful!

I want to hear from you! Have an idea for a future column or a question for me? Leave a comment below or send me an email. I also enjoy random notes!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Amanda reply

    LOVE! I’m a mid-to-long-bob girl, and I was frantically googling yesterday for some wedding hairstyle inspiration. Thanks for the post.

  2. avatar Robyn Pigott reply

    Gorgeous inspiration! It almost makes me want short hair. I love the birdcage veil and the bob. Though, I really just love birdcage veils in general.

    I’d love to see a post just on hair accessories. Thanks for the post!

    ~ Robyn

  3. avatar melissa oholendt reply

    If anyone knows hair, it’s you Marissa! I’m totally sending this to all my 2011 brides with shorter hair.

    Oh, how I wish Southern Weddings had been around when I got married and spent days scouring celebrity photos for short-to-medium hair updos.

  4. avatar paloma reply

    I am bookmarking this for the future! As a graduated bob girl who frequently has (serious) long hair envy, this is such a welcome post! i can still be me and rock it! :)

  5. avatar Kelly Sauer reply

    Okay, what I want to know? WHERE was this post when I went to get my haircut two months ago???? Bookmarking this NOW.

  6. avatar Jubilee Lau reply

    Love the short hair beauty!!! So refreshing to see these hairstyles!

  7. avatar courtney reply

    i love love love this! growing your hair out for your wedding is craziness! i have a short bob, long in front short in back and heavy bangs straight across. it defines me and gives me a little edge. i will be wearing a custom desinged gown that is incredibly modern. at first i wanted my moms catherdral lenght veil but instead, we are having her veil made into a birdcage veil. it will so chic!

  8. avatar Sarah reply

    Thank you!! I finally got the nerve up to get a super short cut, loved it, and then the proposal happened! Glad I don’t have to fret about growing it back in time- I still have cute options!

  9. avatar Lara reply

    You are officially my stylist from now on. Seriously. This makes me want to cut my hair short!

  10. avatar Kimber reply

    I have a variation of the Pob, and I’m planning on keeping it short. I’ve been scouring the internet for any short hair ideas, and all I could wind up with was ringlets…Seriously.


    This post has lifted my spirits!

    • avatar Adrienne reply

      I just cut my hair short, now its a nice soft afro. I am wearing a birdcage veil.

  11. avatar Jess reply

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post. I have always envisioned long hair for my wedding, but cut 15 inches off for Locks of Love the day before my then-boyfriend proposed! We’re having a short 5-month engagement and, needless to say, I’m going to be a short-haired bride. It really bummed me out until I saw this. Brides can be so beautiful with their short hair styles! You’ve encouraged me to rock mine on the big day. Thanks so much.

    • avatar Marissa reply

      You are so very welcome, Jess! I am so glad we were able to help! I know you will look amazing on your big day!

  12. avatar Desiree Oftedal reply

    Very nice, Marissa. I love that no matter what the bride’s day to day style is, there is a veil that captures her essence for her wedding day. So many varieties, long OR short hair :) love them all.

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