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Today is the fifth and final day of our Bridal Market recaps, and gracious, it has been so much fun sharing our experience and favorite moments! If you’re just tuning in, catch up on Parts One, Two, Three, and Four. We’re so grateful to Briana of Divine Light Photography for capturing our experience and all of these gorgeous gowns so that we could share them with y’all this week!

Our final day of Market started on the loveliest note–Breakfast with BHLDN! We are longtime fans of BHLDN’s vintage-inspired dresses and heirloom-worthy accessories, so it was a treat to see their new collection in person, especially in such a fun space. Even though we were there to see the gowns, we couldn’t help but gush a little over the amazing florals they had tucked into every corner, too!

Our outfits for the day! I’m wearing a Loft shirt, J. Crew Factory skirt, and Badgley Mischka heels, and Emily is wearing a J. Crew Factory shirt, Francesca’s skirt, and Sole Society heels.

After we finished our mini yogurt parfaits at BHLDN, we walked over to Rockefeller Center to visit the gorgeous new Romona Keveza space and see their Fall 2015 Legends collection. We had so much fun admiring these gowns–all inspired by classic style icons. Can you spot the design inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s dress in Funny Face, or the one modeled after Grace Kelly’s wedding gown? (These photos are courtesy of Romona Keveza.)

We had to dodge a Columbus Day parade to get to our next presentation–Sarah Janks at the iconic St. Regis hotel. In case you’re wondering how we lasted every day in heels, here’s a little secret: we didn’t! Our photographer, Briana, captured this funny moment outside before we headed up the elevator. Neither of us was very familiar with the Australian-based Sarah Janks line before we saw her presentation, and we were so impressed by the elegant, romantic gowns!

Our next stop was our last runway show of the weekend–Southern gal, Carol Hannah. Her collection was flowy, ethereal, and Egyptian-inspired with a few unexpected touches. We loved catching up with our sweet friends from The Sentimentalist after the show!

We couldn’t leave Bridal Market without stopping by The Knot Couture show to check in with some of our very favorite designers. First, the rainbow of darling bridesmaid dresses at Donna Morgan–we couldn’t get enough of their new silk shantung dresses, or the prettiest new floral print they’ve introduced! P.S. They have a handful of adorable little white dresses too, perfect for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and getaway outfits.

Heidi Elnora is a dear friend of Southern Weddings, and there was literally not a thing we didn’t love about her collection! Her gowns are the epitome of sweet and Southern–plus, they all have double names, like Lonna Belle and Marissa Ellen. Love!

After leaving the Knot Couture show, we loved getting a peek at the new Monique Lhuillier collection. The showroom was designed to look like the inside of Monique’s jewelry box, and the sherbert-hued gowns covered in gorgeous embellishments brought it all to life! (These photos are courtesy of Monique Lhuillier.)

We could not have imagined a more amazing way to close these four days than with the Carolina Herrera presentation. What an experience! It was set up more like a cocktail party than a traditional presentation, and the atmosphere was as chic as can be–complete with boxwood arrangements, black and white striped furniture, and models mingling with the crowd. We could not stop whispering with excitement over how much we loved the gowns, the hair, the makeup…just everything! The cherry on top was meeting Carolina Herrera herself. She was so gracious and elegant, and we were honored to talk to her about how much we loved the collection!

We finished the weekend at the ever-so-glamorous Martha Stewart Weddings 20th Anniversary Party at the Pierre Hotel. We were so grateful to Rent the Runway for outfitting us in dresses that perfectly matched the “platinum” theme–Emily rocked a sparkly cocktail dress by Badgley Mischka and I wore a white dress with silver embroidery by Erin Fetherston (who we then met at the party! So crazy!). We had the best time chatting with friends, sampling Peter Callahan delicacies, and dancing in the flip book photo booth.

The next morning, we were on the plane bright and early to head back to NC–exhausted, happy, and ready to hug our beaus and celebrate sending V7 to the printer with the rest of the SW gals! To see even more photos of our NYC adventure, be sure to check out our #SWBridalMarket hashtag on Instagram.

We’d love to know! Which of these gowns is your favorite?

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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By day three of Bridal Market, we were feeling a little bit exhausted, but thanks to the gorgeous fall weather, we woke up energized and ready for another exciting day! We saw a huge range of styles on Sunday, from sweet and classic to edgy and ethereal–further confirmation that there is a dress perfectly suited for every single bride!

Our wonderful photographer for the weekend, Briana of Divine Light Photography, snapped a few shots of our outfits in between capturing all of the bridal fashion–I wore a Lilly Pulitzer tunic that I bought during their summer sale, a J. Crew skirt, and Badgley Mischka heels. Emily borrowed Morgan’s adorable French Connection shirt, which she paired with Gap cropped pants and Express ankle boots.

Along with runway shows and private presentations, the main attractions of Bridal Market are the two convention center-type venues that house tons of amazing dress, accessory, and even shoe brands. We started our Sunday at one of them, The Piers, to check out the Nouvelle Amsale collection. If you love all things Amsale (like we do!), but have a lower budget set for your gown, we can’t recommend this line enough!

A few other favorite stops at The Piers were Elizabeth Dye (who designed the gorgeous gown Marissa rocked during our V7 team shoot) and Olia Zavozina. The buttons on the back of the last Olia Zavozina gown are actually pearls–Olia’s right hand gal, Somer (who the dress is named after), wore a similar design at her own wedding, and is having a necklace made out of the pearls. Such a great idea!

One of our favorite Bridal Market discoveries was Jane Summers–an adorable line of cocktail and little white dresses! Each gown is inspired by the trifecta of classic style icons, Grace, Audrey, and Jackie, and is complete with a few sweet surprises, like their signature “Carolina melon” lining. We wanted to pack up the entire booth and bring it back to our closets!

The Judd Waddell collection was such a delight to see. Classic brides, this is a designer you won’t want to miss–the silhouettes were timeless and the detailing was incredibly lovely and subtle. We couldn’t get enough of the sweet point d’esprit and scalloped lace he used!

The Ivy & Aster collection was inspired by travel and adventure. The Game of Thrones-esque hair and makeup were certainly adventurous on their own, but the gowns were also beautiful and artistic. Some of the simpler designs were our favorites, and the flower girls who kicked off the show were cute as can be!

Our last show of the day was at the incredibly gorgeous London Hotel, where Sareh Nouri was showing her new collection in the penthouse. The view was almost as gorgeous as the dresses! Sareh worked with famed lace maker, Sophie Hallette, to source the most luxurious lace and tulle, and the quality and craftsmanship of both the materials and the design were evident in each gown.

We ended the day at the Tassels and Tastemakers party, hosted by our sweet friends at Be Inspired PR and Lover.ly, which was so much fun! We loved seeing old friends, making new ones, and of course, posing in the photo booth!

We have one more day of Bridal Market to recap for y’all, but first, which gown is your favorite from day three? I love the pearl buttoned fit and flare at Olia Zavozina and the scalloped lace dress at Judd Waddell, and Emily’s top picks are the low back gown with floral appliques and the 3/4 lace sleeve gown, both from Sareh Nouri!

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  1. avatar ROSA NOVIAS reply

    Love these wedding dresses!Amazing

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Welcome back to day two of Bridal Market! If you missed parts one and two of our recaps, find them here and here. We’re so grateful to Briana of Divine Light Photography for all of these gorgeous images!

After leaving the Liancarlo showroom, we grabbed a quick lunch (which we were very excited about, having eaten trail mix in a taxi for lunch the day before!) and headed to the Piers for the Badgley Mischka show. We’re already big fans of Badgley Mischka shoes–I even just bought a pair for my own wedding next year–so seeing their gowns was a treat. The styling was a little high fashion for our tastes, but with simpler hair and makeup, many of the gowns would be just right for Southern belle brides. Not surprisingly, the giant bow back was our favorite!

Can you tell we were a little excited for the Amsale group shows? Mercy, y’all, not even the drizzly weather could dampen our spirits as we waited outside for the freight elevator that brought us to the runway! First up was the Kenneth Pool show, which featured lots of glamorous details paired with classic silhouettes. They’d be perfect for a bride who is traditional, but isn’t afraid to wear a daring dress.

As y’all may remember, Emily wore a gorgeous Christos gown for her own wedding, so seeing the new Christos collection was extra special for her! It did not disappoint–every dress was so romantic. Plus, all of the fabrics had amazing movement–don’t they look dreamy?

Finally, the ever-chic and tailored Amsale collection. We loved the mix of fabrics and the little tweaks that made each dress totally unique–a ruffled waistline, floral jacquard, and metallic chantilly lace, to name a few!

We thought the day couldn’t get any better, but then we headed to the beautiful Modern Trousseau presentation. Callie Tein, the designer, was gracious as can be, and served up some tea and chocolate, which was heavenly on such a dreary day! The collection was classic and sweet, with tons of surprises, from gray tulle to the cutest XOXO pattern–can you spot it? So fun!

We wrapped up day two with dinner in the West Village with Emily’s sisters-in-law–a delicious end to a fabulous day! Which gowns from this post are your favorites? Mine are the metallic lace Amsale and the XOXO gown at Modern Trousseau, and Emily’s are the low back gown with a peek of lace at Christos and the floral jacquard Amsale!

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  1. avatar Occasions In Print reply

    So many great options here! Love all the attention being given to the backs of the dresses!

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