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Hello, my dears! Marissa and I spent three marvelous days galavanting around the city and we are so, so, SO thrilled to bring you the best of the best from Bridal Market! Now, of course we can’t fit all of the goodness into one post, so you are going to come on back this afternoon (and tomorrow and Friday) for many more dream dresses. Fabulous photographer Ashley Minette went along for the ride on Saturday to capture our adventures and Mr. Trent Bailey delighted us with his photographic genius on Sunday and Monday.

We flew in to NYC super, super early Saturday morning and went directly to our first show of the day, Claire Pettibone. It was my very first fashion show ever (!!!) and I was immediately floored by Claire Pettibone’s feminine and romantic gowns. I love the flowing silhouettes and whimsical feel, don’t you?

We also ran into some of our wonderful friends: Christy from Junebug Weddings, Vane of Brooklyn Bride, Amanda from Ruffled, Jackie from Merci New York, Cathleya of Wedding Bee and Jill from The Blogworthy Bride. Definitely not a bad way to start off the day!

Next up, we hailed a cab (well… attempted to hail a cab) and made our way over to EZ Studios for Christos. The Christos collection was full of organza and flowers (yes, please!). I was particularly loving the Anais (second gown pictured below) with it’s full skirt and hand-beaded flowers. We also met up with the always-dashing Randy Fenoli of Kleinfeld Bridal and Say Yes to the Dress. We heart you, Randy!

We stayed at EZ Studios for Kenneth Pool. I was swooning over the drama and luxuriousness of these gowns. Oh, the glamour! The ruffles!

All of these great photos are courtesy of Ashley Minette.

Saturday was a whirlwind, y’all, and we aren’t done yet! We’ll be back with more goodness from Saturday’s shows this afternoon!

Lots of love from your Bridal Market correspondents,

Whitney and Marissa

Written with love by Whitney
  1. avatar Erin reply

    Oh my goodness I love Randy! What an experience you all must have had! Does it get overwhelming seeing dress after dress? How do you keep track of your favorites, or do you focus more on particular designers rather than individual dresses?

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Hi Erin! It does get a little overwhelming when you see SO many dresses! I LOVE it though! At each show they give you a “run of show” that lists out each dress – I normally star/circle/note my favorites. This makes it a lot easier to remember. Hope you enjoy the coverage! xo, Marissa

  2. avatar Cathleya reply

    There was REALLY no hiding just how excited I was to finally meet Marissa and Whitney in person! Miss you ladies already!

  3. avatar Jill reply

    Was I just mentioned in the same paragraph as Junebug Weddings, Brooklyn Bride, Ruffled, Merci New York, and Wedding Bee?! I must be dreaming!

    Whitney, that was my first fashion show, too! Claire Pettibone’s dresses were so unique ( I’ve never seen anything like them!) and your photos of her gowns are gorgeous. Can’t wait to read the rest of your recap posts!

    Have a great night!

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Marissa and I have been counting down the days to Bridal Market for months now and suddenly, it’s here! Yippee! Time flies when you’re making a magazine, right Marissa? MK: Yes, ma’am! I just had to pop in and say how excited I am, y’all!

Our suitcases are packed (full of Southern Weddings V4s), I’ve printed out my plane tickets, and I could not be more excited! Those New York yankees need a good dash of Southern love and we are happy to oblige!

Image credit: Fred Egan at Amsale 2010

We are flying in early on Saturday morning and dashing right to the Piers. We have a full schedule of shows to attend and we will be reporting every little detail back to you next week. We’re thrilled to learn all about the upcoming wedding trends and share each and every one of them with you! Be sure to follow Marissa and I (as well as Southern Weddings) on Twitter for all of the tweet-coverage over the weekend. There are sure to be some gorgeous gown Twitpics involved!

Image credit: Fred Egan at Rivini 2010

Will you be at Bridal Market? If so, we have some amazing news for you! You can be one of the very first people in the entire world to see Southern Weddings V4! Copies of Southern Weddings V4 WILL BE AVAILABLE at Bridal Market! Where can you find them, you ask?

Just swing by Coren Moore, Ivy + Aster or Aruna Seth’s booths at Pier 94 to pick up your very own copy of this deliciously huge issue. We are huge fans of Coren Moore’s classic bridesmaid dresses and have you seen Ivy + Aster’s whimsical gowns? Not to mention Aruna Seth’s stunning shoes! We’re thrilled to partner with these fabulous designers and give you the chance to pick up your copy of Southern Weddings V4 weeks before it hits shelves! Copies of Southern Weddings V4 will also be available at the COUTURE show so be sure to grab one while you can. They will be gone faster than you can say ‘sweet tea’!

So there you have it! If you’ll be at Bridal Market this weekend, be sure to say howdy. Marissa and I love to make new friends!

To New York we go!


Whitney and Marissa

Written with love by Whitney
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    […] Click here to check out the collection. Now who’s ready for the weekend? Our girls are heading off to New York City for Bridal Market! We’re so excited to Whitney and Marissa to share all the beauties that will make their way […]

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That’s right, y’all! These Southern girls are headed North (for the weekend, that is)! Whitney and I could NOT be more excited about our upcoming trip to the Big Apple for New York’s Bridal Market. We’ll be getting up close and personal with all the gorgeous collections of designer dresses for Fall 2012 to bring you, our lovely brides, the best and most Southern gowns and glittering goodies!

Whitney: I just had to jump in, because I’m too excited to let Marissa make this fantastic announcement all by herself! This will be my first time attending Bridal Market, and I’m just as happy as can be to get the chance to see all of the gorgeousness from our favorite bridal designers. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it, right Marissa?

Image credit: Fred Egan, from last year’s amazing Priscilla of Boston show

Here’s a little rundown on all the fabulous details of our trip!

What exactly is Bridal Market? It’s so much fun, y’all! No, really! Bridal Market is a gathering of the best of the best in bridal fashion from all over the world. It’s also where wedding gown and accessory designers introduce their collections for the next season. Think Fashion Week – only better! We were thrilled to be invited to cover all the loveliness! Let me tell you, last year I think I said “Oh my gosh, y’all!” over 100 times. Just ask Lara!

When will the SW ladies be there? We’ll be jetting into NYC in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday and heading back below the Mason-Dixon on Monday night.

What designers will you be seeing? This might be my favorite part! We’ll be heading to the shows of Claire Pettibone, Amsale, Junko Yoshioka, Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier, Anne Barge, Watters and a few more! Yeehaw! Yep, we’re planning on fitting all those lovely gowns into just three short days!

We’ll also be keeping you all in the loop: we’ll have tweet-coverage LIVE all weekend long, so be sure to follow along with us: Southern Weddings, Marissa and Whitney.

Are you going to be there? You know what else we love besides silk, lace and ribbon? Seeing old friends and making new ones! If you see us at Market, we’d simply adore it if you’d come say “howdy!” P.S. We’re from the South, so we’re huggers! Can’t find us? Tweet us, Facebook us or email us! We’ll be sure to say “hey!”.

Image credit: Mille Holloman. Now you know what we look like, so you have no excuse not to come say “hey”!

If you can’t wait until October 15th, get your fill with all of last year’s goodness. It was so huge we had to break it into eight pieces! 1, 2, 3, 4 , 5, 6, 7 and 8.

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Trent reply

    So exciting! Cannot wait!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    So jealous! Have fun, ladies! :)

  3. avatar Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up | Gift Registry News reply

    […] Our Southern girls are heading North! For Bridal Market, that is. Whitney and Marissa are pumped to get up close and personal with our favorite bridal designers. Want more information and some photos from last year’s Bridal Market? Go to this post. […]

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