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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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I hope you’ve been enjoying our Bridal Market coverage so far! If you missed them, be sure you check out Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4! They’re some real stunners within these posts!

Y’all! Yes, that is all I can say when I think of this collection… y’all!! First up we are headed to my neck of the woods, sweet home Alabama, for the gloriousness that is Heidi Elnora! In true Southern fashion, Heidi not only welcomed us to see her ah-mazing collection with a big ol’ hug, but she also affectionately called everyone within voice range “sugar”, “darlin'” or something equally as charming! We were so lucky to sit down with her and our sweet friends from Ashley Baber Weddings to have a little Southern squealfest!

How much do you die over this bow? I know, we could barely contain ourselves when Heidi showed us the Rubie Joe! This gathered a-line gown has hand appliquéd lace and a dupioni silk skirt, and is accessorized with that fab Heidi Elnora Beauty Bow.

If you followed along with our Insta/Tweet coverage, you’d know that the “Opal Byrd” gown above literally made me flip out! Not only is it ridiculously beautiful, but the bodice is hand beaded with pearls and rhinestones IN Alabama. This princess ball gown also featured a silk gazar peplum with a chapel train. I die!

Yes, on the left right there is the infamous Kate Grace gown that was featured in V4! When I saw this dress, I knew we had to be sure we showed it to y’all! It’s got pockets, and the most delicious silk bodice!

Congratulations, Heidi, on an amazing new collection AND a soon-to-be amazing new addition to your family!

We’ve already introduced y’all to our next sweet friend, Sarah Seven in this post, so we were so excited to see her collection up close!

This gold little number (above on the left) is appropriately named After Midnight and is like a confetti party in dress form! Talk about fun!

My personal favorite (below on the right) not only has a fabulous name, Please and Thank You, but its tulle skirt and embellished belt make for a casual yet glamorous look.

And we so loved Sarah’s skyline background! One of the funnest booths we had the pleasure to stop at!

Oh, Pnina, Pnina, Pnina! This was my first time seeing the famous Pnina Tornai, and boy did she bring it! Pnina’s new collection was inspired by her love of flowers, romance, femininity and allure.

The Pnina collection was full of divine silk organza, floral embroidery and silver thread accented by Swarovski crystals. Isn’t the back of this gown a showstopper? That’s a shimmer taffeta ball gown skirt, with layers of taffeta folded into a giant bow on the lower back and right shoulder.

When it comes to exquisite detail work, Pnina has that on lock! Pearl encrusted flowers and Chantilly lace cover this dramatic deep v back fit and flair.

Can you believe it? The last gal in the finale was wearing full-on feather and diamond wings! Yes, wings! What a show to end our fabulous trip on!

Big hugs to the super talented Kat Harris for bringing these gowns to life with her images! Our iPhones could never have done them justice!

Stay tuned, because we’ve got a bit more Bridal Market fun coming up tomorrow. It may include a fab little shoot of KNW and me with Kat!

Now that you’ve seen almost all the gowns, which is your favorite?

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Laura reply

    So nice to see Heidi’s collection growing (and that she’s using some good hangers, natch) – loving these posts from the Bridal Market. I’m not there but a girl can dream can’t she?

    • avatar Marissa reply

      We’re also so thrilled for Heidi! She’s amazing and her designs are stunning! Don’t worry – even when we were there we were dreaming of wearing all these dresses!

  2. avatar Kat Harris reply

    Heidi Elnora took my breath away. Her gown with the add-on peplum skirt. Stop it. I need it;)

  3. avatar Anna reply

    That shimmer taffeta ball gown is my absolute dream gown. I’d give anything to march down the aisle in that.

  4. avatar Emily reply

    Heidi Elnora: Opal Byrd, obvs. Sarah Seven: GOLD! Pnina: I love the one in the top row with the big bow! :)

  5. avatar Chris Kottak reply

    Beautiful images!!!

  6. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    I ABSOLUTELY love heidi’s pearl dress and that bow gown! I die! ‘Please and thank you’ is my favorite Sarah Seven gown and the top right Pnina with the big bow is amazing. I typically feel her stop is too over the top for my taste, but that dress is amazing. I would totally have worn it!

  7. avatar Lisa reply

    Oh my goodness gracious, these are all AMAZING!! I’m going to have to pick the Heidi Elnora Opal Byrd as my favorite from this round, but I would like Sarah Seven’s After Midnight for myself and Pnina’s tulle gown just to stare at :)

  8. avatar Dee Shore reply

    Along with Jenny Packham, Sarah Seven is one of my favorite Bridal designers. Her dresses are just feminine and elegant without all the poof. In my opinion, a work of art.

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