In case you want to become a model, you should follow a strict dietary practice to control weight. You may have seen Young Girls Online with super slim figure. A tiny inch of difference will lead to a fashion disaster as you will be regarded as an ideal figure that is at per the time and the current trends.
We are big fans of winter weddings here at Little White Dress Bridal Shop. We think they are so romantic and – logistical challenges aside – incredibly memorable. And after all, we do live in Colorado – a state that is absolutely stunning during the winter. Many brides opt for a neutral palette for winter weddings, which can look very clean and classic. But what we’re gushing over right now are pops of color – like cranberry (not quite your typical Christmas red), metallics (glamorous gold, please!), and the use of lush materials – all inspired by the natural beauty of the season.
Of course we’d be remiss if we didn’t include some drop-dead-gorgeous gowns that would be perfection for a winter wedding! Enjoy our winter wedding inspiration and congratulations to all our brides celebrating their own winter weddings!
Snow: the most perfect accessory for a winter wedding!
Winter bouquet wrapped in gold
The Alchemy gown by Claire Pettibone, available soon at Little White Dress Bridal Shop
Dessert table with wood cake stands and glowing candles
The most lush shade of red
The Tiffany gown by Reem Acra
Pine branch escort cards
A fur stole – the ultimate compliment to a Jenny Packham gown
The Rose gown by Jenny Packham
White winter cosmo with cranberry and mint garnish
Luxe winter brides – those textures!
The Donatella gown by Rivini
Pinecones and cranberries on a winter wedding cake
Glamorous gold bridesmaid dress
Liancarlo gown – Style 5851
Little White Dress Bride Abby at her wedding in Vail, Colorado – wearing a Liancarlo gown
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This year and every year at Little White Dress Bridal Shop, we are so incredibly thankful for our brides, our designers, and our friends and supporters in Colorado and around the country. During a time of the year focused on family, celebrating traditions and making new ones, we love reflecting on the role that weddings and wedding dresses play in each of our family histories. LWD Bridal Styist Talia recently came across her grandparents’ wedding photo, and she shared it along with the incredible story behind the photo. (And it’s easy to tell where Talia got her impeccable taste in bridal fashion – just look at her grandmother’s DRESS!)
Talia says, “My Grandpa Frank and Grandma Rosalie got married in a Catholic Church in Detroit in 1951. My grandma met my grandpa while she was on a date with his brother. While she ended up completely uninterested in my great uncle Pete, she thought my grandpa was quite the catch. They are both Sicilian and they’ve been happily married for 62 years! Four of my aunts also wore this dress at their weddings!“
We love stories like this! And we love thinking about how the gowns at Little White Dress will be a part of each of our brides’ own family histories.
From our family to yours, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Little White Dress Bridal Shop is pleased to introduce a guest blogger! Morgan is her sister’s Maid of Honor and she has some great advice about a part of wedding planning that can be one of the most fun, but also potentially very difficult for brides: dress shopping. Morgan’s words ring true not just for other Maids of Honor, but for anyone who is close to a bride-to-be. Enjoy!
Image by Frances Photography
I can’t even begin to describe how elated I was when my sister asked me to be her maid of honor. The part of the process that I looked forward to most? Dress shopping. I couldn’t wait to watch her look more and more beautiful with each one she tried on. A friend of ours is from Colorado and directed us to Little White Dress, where we spent hours going through the blog and shop, drooling over the beautiful ideas we were getting for what my sister actually liked. Now that we’ve been going through this process, I wanted to reach out to the LWD community with some of my personal advice, from one maid of honor to another (or to anyone!)
Shopping for the perfect wedding dress often comes with great expectations. More often than not, the bride has envisioned her perfect dress from as far back as childhood, and acquiring it is simply a matter of scouring the market, knowing where to look, and knowing what fits. Of course, budget and the kind of wedding being planned are both important things to consider. Here I’d like to discuss how to best emotionally support the bride while dress shopping.
Image by RebeccaMarie Photography
Make the Best Use of the Internet and Brick and Mortar Shops Combined
It certainly helps to go about the process of dress shopping and fitting knowing what to expect to find on the market. Sit down with the bride, peruse the internet together and come up with a list of the design, fabric and fit elements that are important to her. (As an aside, as part of your wedding gift you could also consider helping the bride choose accessories that will complement her dress and serve as a nice treat. I did this for my sister and she loved the useful gift idea). Make a list of the shops she wishes to go to for fittings and save web links to the styles she loves. This will give you both an idea of where to start. You may even want to call ahead of time to the shops to find out if they stock the styles you are interested in.
How Many People are Best to Bring to Dress Shopping Appointments?
Obviously, this is solely up to the bride and her wishes. The quality of the relationship of each interested family member should be taken into consideration to avoid excess drama. Often times, both the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom and other female members of the family will want to be present. That can be a lot of pressure, at worst. Most brides would prefer her mother and you, her best friend, sister and maid of honor along for the ride. The bride might appreciate the company of a bridesmaid or two as well. However, remember that everyone will want to express their opinion for every option and that can be a lot at once.
Image by Merrick Chase Weddings
How Much Input Should You Give the Bride as She Tries on Dresses?
Once again, this depends on the personality of bride. Ask her directly how much input she would like from you. Some people know when they’ve found the right match with no outside input while others really want to hear what others are thinking down to every last detail. How knowledgeable are you personally on the details around fit and function? There is no one size fits all answer to this question. Let the bride know that she has permission to tell you directly if she feels you’re being “too helpful.” Offering too many outside opinions can really cloud a person’s ability to consider what their true feelings about something are in the moment.
What Do You Do If You Dislike a Dress She Loves?
This is a great opportunity to communicate honestly, albeit gently and kindly. Chances are, if she truly loves it, she won’t care if you dislike it and hopefully you won’t care if you dislike whatever she wants to have on her special day. That being said, go ahead and express your opinion, back it up with a good reason and let it go as water under the bridge.
Image by Merrick Chase Weddings
What to Do if the Bride Gets Frustrated Looking For Dresses?
It is perfectly normal to finish several days of intensive shopping and fittings and come up empty handed. Simply remember to be a friend in a situation like this, divert your attention on a different part of the wedding planning process as a break, and remind her that she will find the one!
Thanks, Morgan, for sharing these great tips! Best wishes to you and your sister, the bride-to-be! Morgan is reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan and Carl’s love story is like something out of an epic novel, and their wedding is a reflection of their out-of-the-ordinary, adventure-filled, and romance-despite-the-odds tale. Little White Dress Bridal Shop is truly honored to have played a role in Megan’s happiness on her journey to marriage, and we have the privilege of sharing Megan and Carl’s incredible story.
Tell us about the story of your wedding. What made you decide to get married in such a unique and far-away location?
Carl is originally from Montana while I was born in Utah, but we met in Namibia in 2007 as Peace Corps education volunteers. When we got engaged during a trip to Australia in 2011 we immediately knew we wanted to return to the place where we met to exchange vows and introduce the incredible country of Namibia to our closest family and friends. Shortly after we got engaged our parents threw an engagement party and we announced to our family and friends that we planned to wed on August 26th, 2013 at the Sossusvlei Lodge in Namibia, and if they had any interest in an African adventure that we would love for them to join us. We budgeted, planned and coordinated for just over two years. In the end, forty of our closest family and friends, traveling not only from Utah, Montana and other parts of the States, but also from Europe and Australia too, all came together in Namibia. It was literally a dream come true.
Megan continues: The landscape around the Sossusvlei Lodge is expansive and open, pierced with island mountain ranges. Our ceremony took place 20 minutes from the lodge, in the middle of nowhere in this vast landscape, and was held at sunset. Planning the ceremony had been the most difficult part for us because we wanted it to be personal, meaningful, unique and a true representation of our shared values and commitment to each other. A lot of time and effort went into the ceremony program, which we were so excited to share with our guests.
I was really lucky to find your store and I will forever be thankful for Tayler helping me find a dress I loved so much! Since I don’t live in Colorado, I visited a couple of stores locally in Salt Lake and also in New York City, but always left feeling disappointed. I took a chance flying to Denver based on the excellent reviews Little White Dress Bridal Shop had online and it was the best thing I ever did. LWD not only carries beautiful and unique lines, but the overall experience with staff was so personal and positive. I am so grateful. When my mom and I entered LWD, it didn’t feel like I was just another of the thousands of brides looking for a dress that day. Rather, Tayler and Malea not only made us feel welcome and comfortable, but they were also excited and invested in me finding something I loved. Tayler, Malea and the others at LWD reminded me how significant and exciting it is to find your perfect wedding dress. I tried on many different styles and brands at LWD, but when I tried on the Jenny Packham “Eden” gown, I knew I’d found the dress.
What were some of the most memorable parts of your trip leading up to the wedding?
In the two days before the wedding, guests enjoyed hiking the windswept dunes and photographing wildlife, indulging in delectable food and being consumed by a twinkling, vast, endless night sky.
The team as Sossusvlei Lodge planned a rehearsal dinner at Desert Camp, which is the sister campsite to the Sossusvlei Lodge. Namibia is known for its incredible night sky, which is what everyone enjoyed while alongside a bonfire, enjoying ceremonial toasts with delicious South African wine. It was intimate and perfect.
Sossusvlei is one of the most famous places in the world to take a hot air balloon ride, and many guests planned to do so the day before the wedding. Unfortunately, a violent windstorm prevented that from happening on August 25th, so the only possible day was the actual wedding day. Along with 20 other guests, we arose at 4:30am to catch sunrise from a balloon. The rainbow-colored balloons were magnificent as they were slowly heated and filled by huge bursts of fire in the pre-dawn light. We spent our wedding morning silently floating over the Namib Desert, the landscape scarred only by the mysterious fairy-circles below.
What did you do for your reception in the desert?
After the ceremony, Carl and I were driven in a buggy behind the rest of our guests and we had little idea what to expect, and since night had fallen, we could see no detail beyond the headlights of the buggy. We parked, and were told to walk around a large rock formation, and we would find everyone waiting for us. As we rounded the rock formation, we saw that the walkway was lined with flickering candles inside paper bags that wound their way up a mountainside. You could hardly tell where the earth ended and sky began beyond the glow of the candles. The ceremony and reception were truly magical. Many of these guests remarked that they never would have considered traveling to Namibia, but it ended up being the best journey they’d ever had. We could not have dreamed up a better way to start their lives as husband and wife.
Megan and Carl, we cannot thank you enough for sharing your beautiful story with us! We wish you a lifetime of happiness together and many more adventures to come. Many, many thanks also to their photographer Dror Eyal, based in South Africa, for graciously sharing their absolutely stunning photos with us.
Venue: Sossusvlei Lodge in Namibia (Megan said, “All of the ‘magic’ of our wedding is because of Christelle and her team, and the care that they put into our wedding.”)
This month, Brittany, one of the fabulous Bridal Stylists at Little White Dress Bridal Shop, shares what inspires her dream wedding. With rich details and rich hues, her winter castle affair is the grown-up version of the classic fairytale wedding fantasy!
Little White Dress Bridal Stylist Brittany
Brittany says, “After my first visit to the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina and age 8, I decided that I was meant to have a castle wedding. My passion for a large, elegant wedding continued to grow during my backpacking trip through Ireland and viewing some of the most beautiful castles of the country. With these influences, I have imagined tall ceilings with gold fixtures about the room and deep reds in the carpets and on the tabletops. I can just imagine how elegant everyone would look within the interior of these walls. I believe that every bride, including myself, deserves to be a princess on her wedding day.“
Brittany chose these inspirations for her ultimate wedding:
The Biltmore Estate in Winter
Red and Gold Tablescape
The Alchemy Gown by Claire Pettibone
Dark red bridal bouquet – This would be perfect, no greenery needed!
Bow tie and subtle design for the groom
Beautiful engagement ring. I would want this with a gold band.
Black bow dress for the Maid of Honor
Hot chocolate bar with toppings like crushed peppermint, sugar sticks, mini marshmallows, and whipped cream.
Gates to the Gold Room at the Biltmore
Lace bridal booties
Fur coat for a winter wedding
Different wedding traditions around the world are fascinating!
Black bridesmaids dress
The Bardot gown by Matthew Christopher – one of my favorites at Little White Dress!
Classic, soft hair for the big day!
The cutest flower girl
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