New arrivals at Little White Dress Bridal Shop from wedding dress designer, Anne Barge.
“Zoe” from Anne Barge’s La Fleur collection. Vintage inspired narrow A-line gown, Latte Chantilly lace over blush silk charmeuse.
Anne Barge “Waverly” – Pearl over Blush strapless structured sheath gown.
Anne Barge “Sophie” – Spaghetti strap gown with midriff inset of satin stripe silk shantung has full gathered skirt. Available in Pearl.
A few appointments are still available for our Anne Barge Trunk Show this weekend, January 25-27, 2013. Approximately FORTY Anne Barge gowns will be here in addition to the new arrivals we have available at the store! See more gowns by Anne Barge online: www.annebarge.com.
Bonus! Receive 10% off any Anne Barge gown purchased during the trunk show, plus additional savings opportunities for custom changes/sizing/length!
Our second Get To Know feature during Vintage Week is about a new company we recently learned about, Good Ol’-Fashioned Party.
Kelly, along with her mother, Heather, are the co-founders of Good Ol’-Fashioned Party, a whimsical rental and events company dedicated to all things VINTAGE! Because many of the designer wedding dresses we carry at Little White Dress Bridal Shop appeal to the modern, vintage Colorado bride, you’ll enjoy getting to know this talented mother-daughter team a little bit better…
Photo Credit: Good Ol’ Fashioned Party
LWD: Why did you decide to start your own business – did you see a need for this niche?
Kelly: As we were planning my vintage, DIY-themed wedding, we had acquired so many beautiful vintage pieces and details that we felt compelled to share these treasures with the rest of the world. The big coastal states have so many options of vintage rental and event companies, we thought it was time to bring that to Colorado. Gone are the days when hotel weddings and five-foot-tall centerpieces are the norm; couples these days want to show off their unique style and creativity, and we want to be there to help them with their vision—whether it’s vintage, rustic, eclectic, or artsy—and design one-of-a-kind experiences.
LWD: What’s it like working with your mom?
Kelly: Working with my mom is a dream come true. She is the woman I have looked up to my entire life, and now I get to work side by side with her. She is a wonderful balance for me—incredibly organized, decisive, resourceful, wise, and that woman knows how to work a power tool. She is the kindest, coolest, smartest woman I know, and having meetings every morning with my mom is pretty freaking neat.
LWD: What inspires you the most?
Photo Credit: Good Ol’ Fashioned Party
Kelly: What doesn’t inspire me?! Going to the movies and seeing a fictional world come to life. Reading novels, browsing flea markets, eating ethnic food, biking downtown, listening to music, flipping through magazines, traveling, dinner with friends. Inspiration surrounds us; it’s the imagination that brings it to life.
LWD: What does it mean to be a vintage bride?
Kelly: A vintage bride has a romantic nostalgia for the past combined with a fervent love for today. She believes in the details and creating timeless moments that will be cherished forever. She is creative, crafty, imaginative, and loves an adventure. She likes to do things differently, she smiles, and she has an eternal hope that is wonderfully contagious.
LWD: Tell us about a recent client experience you particularly loved?
Kelly: We recently had an opportunity to style a photo shoot and chose to highlight one of the oldest venues in Denver. The Temple Event Center has only been hosting events for about a year and is located just east of downtown. It was originally built as a synagogue and has the oldest pipe organ in the country in the main auditorium. It has breathtaking stained glass and ceilings that screams vintage coupled with a spectacular ballroom with intimate nooks and crannies. We worked for the first time with Angela Wagstaff from Vintage Cupcake Photography, and she captured some amazing shots of our beautiful model, Cameran. It is just so much fun working with new people, discovering new places, and creating, creating creating…
We are starstruck by these stunning and glamorous photos Anne Barge sent us of her new Fall 2013 bridal gown collection. There are no words to describe just how beautiful her latest collection is… so we are going to pay homage to Anne’s collection in images.
You can see these gowns and more at our Anne Barge Trunk Show Jan. 25-27. Limited appointments still available – call 303-814-8972 to check availability.
Jessica Hearing, A Vintage Affair (Photo Credit: Jessica Hearing)
It’s Vintage Week on the Little White Dress Bridal Shop blog and we are sharing with you two vintage rental businesses that are helping Colorado brides throw the most beautiful and special vintage-themed weddings.
Up first is Jessica Hearing, the founder of A Vintage Affair Rentals. We asked Jessica to share a little bit about her business, as well as fill us in on her thoughts on all things vintage.
LWD: Tell us a bit more about your business, how it started, why?
Jessica: When planning my own wedding, I became dismayed at the lack of vintage resources available for brides that wanted to add a vintage feeling to a portion or all of their wedding. I thought the traditional cycle of buy and attempt to resell was burdensome for brides and made the entire process more difficult. As a result, I started A Vintage Affair with an eye towards providing brides with the option to rent vintage items and add that special touch to their weddings.
LWD: What is your philosophy when it comes to working with a bride?
Jessica: I try to understand who they are before we start taking about what they want. When I design a wedding, I want it to reflect the couple’s personality and relationship. If you do that then their wedding will stand the test of time.
LWD: I assume you had a “vintage” wedding yourself? Tell us about it.
Jessica: I did! I was married this summer at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. I wanted it to be romantic, vintage, and fun with lots of personal touches. It was recently featured on Martha Stewart Weddings.
LWD: What are some of the vintage accessories brides are clamoring for most?
A Vintage Affair Style Session (Photo Credit: Jessica Hearing)
Jessica: They love to create a vintage lounge area for their guests. It’s a good way for guests to relax from dancing and also creates another conversation area for guests to catch up with one another. A bonus of having a lounge is you can “borrow” a couch or chair from the room and later use it during your bride and groom photos.
LWD: What trends in your space do you see for 2013?
Jessica: I see it going for more of a French vintage look. Very elegant and timeless.
LWD: How does a wedding gown fit into a vintage-themed wedding? What designers do you like at Little White Dress that fit nicely into the vintage-chic style?
Jessica: You would not want a modern gown if you were having a vintage wedding. The wedding should have a cohesive look. Designers that fit well with the vintage-chic style are are Claire Pettibone and Jenny Packham. Both of those designers make the most uncommon and ethereal dresses I’ve ever seen. I also love Anne Barge designs.
LWD: What gets you out of bed each day?
Jessica: I have so much passion for what I do. I love working with brides to turn their inspiration into reality.
LWD: What are your business plans for 2013?
Jessica: I am doing more and more event design for brides. A lot of brides are overwhelmed by all the choices and ideas out there. I help them narrow down and pull it all together.
LWD: If a bride wants to create a vintage wedding, how do you suggest she starts?
Jessica: Create your inspiration board, choose your color palette and identify your look and feel. Each time you make a decor choice, ask yourself if it fits with your original vision. If it doesn’t, sleep on it before you decide to go with it. Also, choose the right venue. You want the space to work with the look your going for. Colorado has some amazing historical mansions, barns, farms, and mountain backdrops to choose from.
Accessories: I had a hairpin I got from Little White Dress that really finished up my hair perfectly, but I don’t remember who made it. I also wore a gold locket bracelet that belonged to my late grandmother. She passed away just a few weeks before the wedding, and it was a way to have her and my late grandfather with me at the wedding.
LWD: Tell us about how you got engaged and a bit about your fiancé?
Meg: My husband, Dane, proposed after we finished running the Tough Mudder in Truckee, CA. It was actually really funny because we got seperated from the rest of our team and he was running around frantic to find them. When we finally did, he kept rushing them so that we could all go get our dry clothes and change. I told him to calm down and let them enjoy their beers!
The race ended up being almost five hours and the sun was setting so it was getting cold. We got back to the tent and we were all trying to quickly change out of our muddy clothes. I was in the middle of taking off my shoe when Dane said, “Megan, I have something important to talk to you about.” I think I gave a snippy response along the lines of ‘What?!’. I was so cold and I didn’t know what could be so important that it couldn’t wait until we had changed.
Dane persisted, “Megan, I really have something important to talk to you about! I talked to your parents last week, and I was wondering if you would marry me?” OK, so he finally got my attention. I looked up at him for the first time, and he was holding out a ring. My response was so eloquent, “Are you serious?!” He didn’t miss a beat, “Yes, I’m serious, I figure if we can finish something so difficult like we did today, together, I don’t think there’s anything we can’t do. Will you marry me?” I said yes and gave him a big kiss, but honestly those few minutes were kind of a blur. Now I understood why he was being so pushy… the ring, which was his mother’s engagement ring, was in his wallet and he wanted to make sure it was still there. So in the end the real quick version of the story is that my husband proposed while I was soaking wet, dirty, exhausted, only wearing one shoe, but I couldn’t have been happier.
LWD: Why did you decide to come to Little White Dress during your gown search?
Meg: When I started looking at dresses I found that the ones I loved the most were designed by Claire Pettibone. Little White Dress was the only shop I could go [in Colorado] where I could see her dresses.
LWD: When selecting a gown, what “features” were you looking for and/or what was most important to you?
Meg: I knew that I wanted a form fitting lace gown. I didn’t want a lot of sparkle, as I tend to lean towards things that are more simple but elegant, and I wanted something comfortable.
LWD: Who ended up picking out the “one” – you, a friend of family member, your stylist, etc.? Tell me more about it.
Meg: Malea, my stylist, helped me pick some lace dresses to try on that she thought would work best for me, including the dress that I ended up picking. But it was my mother and my sister who helped me decide which dress was the one. Throughout the whole appointment they kept telling me they liked every dress I tried on, which was not a whole lot of help! I am horrible at picking things out, especially when it is something this important, but when I tried on Claire Pettibone’s Renee dress, I think they knew. It was elegant and understated, but the rose pattern of the lace made it unique and beautiful. I knew I was going to wear cowboy boots and the dress was a perfect match!
LWD: What three words describe how you felt on your wedding day?
Meg: Elegant and excited, but mostly loved!!!
LWD: What do you have planned for your dress now that your wedding is over?
Meg: One of my favorite memories was getting to try on my mother’s wedding dress and I hope to have the same memory with my daughter. I plan to keep my dress safe and tucked away for that day.
LWD: What did you do to relax and de-stress prior to the wedding and/or throughout the planning process?
Meg: Honestly, I had a few freak outs and yelled sometimes, but I tried to keep those to a minimum! But really I relied on my family and the gym to relax and de-stress! My family was amazing throughout the whole planning process, and I don’t know where I would have been without my mother, sister, and husband. Anytime that I felt like I was getting too anxious, I made sure I got a good workout in. It really helps me to get out my nervous energy.
LWD: Was there any particular person (family, friends, vendors) that helped put that extra special touch on your wedding day?
Meg: My friend, Jennifer Swift, was my amazing makeup artist. She not only did my makeup , but several of my bridesmaids as well. My photographer, Austyn Elizabeth Photography, took amazing pictures of the whole day, and my florist, Flowers Forever Design, made absolutely stunning arrangments for the whole event. Also having my Godfather, Richard Paczkowski, officiate the wedding was absolutely perfect. But most of all, our wedding was about our family. All of our immediate and extended families were there, as well as many of our close friends. It was having everyone together for our special day that made it absolutely unforgettable!
“For Fall 2013 I wanted to explore the juxtaposition of translucent layers of laces, organzas, tulles and chiffons. This photo of the Ice Hotel in Sweden and how the light is reflecting in the room served as my muse. My palette is composed of a variety of shades of light you find in the early morning – Aurora, Dawn and Daybreak. My beading and embellishments are meant to look like delicate ice crystals that have formed organically. I wanted everything in this collection to feel like a snowflake on the ice… fragile and unique.” -Rita Vinieris
Little White Dress welcomes RIVINI to its family of fabulous dress bridal gown designers. RIVINI’s 21-piece Fall 2013 bridal collection is an ideal addition to our collection and offers even more choices of unique and special gowns to Colorado brides.
RIVINI’s most recent collection is inspired by the winter wonderlands of Sweden. You’ll see fabrics used in a way that might look like you’re in an ice castle, surrounded by delicate ice crystals and translucent lights. RIVINI has captured it all, from creating wedding dresses with longer sleeves and crystalized blouses, to delicate features such as frosted beads, aurora flares, crystal swirls, snow drop petals and icicle clusters. The collection will make you shiver with delight!
To get you in the wintery mood for this amazing trunk show, here are some of our personal favorites. To see these RIVINI gowns and many others, call today to schedule your appointment to our RIVINI Trunk Show, February 7-10, 2013! 303-814-8972.
RIVINI Crystal: Crystal frosting on shoulder and lower back with a sensual cowl back sheath.
RIVINI Etrine: Fitted gown with subtle sheen of faille, paired with a crystallized blouse.
RIVINI Wysteria: Tiered lace with cascading peplum over silk tulles skirt with crystals.
RIVINI Sania: Textural branches of crystals and flowers trailing onto a diaphanous peplum.
RIVIIN Principessa: Light floating stacks of organza, princess ball gown with icicle clusters.
RIVINI Nova: Modern draped sheath with plunging cowl back and swags of delicate beading.
To see more of RIVINI’s Fall 2013 collection, visit the designer online at www.RIVINI.com.
Anne Barge’s most talked about 2013 bridal collection is definitely one for the books. She so eloquently captures Parisian style and culture, making you feel like you’re not just walking down the aisle to get married, but you might be strolling down the Champs-Élysées in Paris!
Please join us on January 25-27, 2013, when Little White Dress Bridal Shop will be hosting a gown-only Anne Barge Trunk Show – this time featuring all the brand new gowns from Anne Barge’s 2013 collection. Little White Dress Bridal Shop, a Denver bridal boutique, is the only place in Colorado you’ll find these delectable Anne Barge gowns.
To get you excited for her newest works of art, I’d like to share some of the features you’ll see throughout her 2013 bridal gown collection:
French influence. Anne says on her blog that she was looking to capture the “magical feeling of being in Paris” when she designed her gowns and when she created her runway show at NY Bridal Market this past October. In fact, she says the Ritz Paris was the inspiration for her collection. You’ll see French lace pieces, hand stamped silk organza and the abundance of removable over-skirts. The dresses in her collection also have French names such as Aimee, Simone, Celeste and Madeleine.
Varied necklines: Anne’s 2013 collection offers many variations of necklines (other than strapless gowns), which compliment a variety of women’s decolletage. You’ll see asymmetrical necklines, as well as jewel, square, and scoop necklines too.
Vintage meets modern. While remaining true to her timeless modern looks, Anne has seamlessly incorporated vintage details into this year’s bridal gown collection. The collection features sensual fabrics that remind us of the 1920′s and 30′s.
Here are a few of our favorite gowns that you’ll be able to try on during our Anne Barge Gown-Only Trunk Show, January 25-27, 2013. Please call 303-814-8972 to make an appointment.