Mandy and Jack’s May wedding at the picture-perfect Castle Cliff Estate in Sedalia, Colorado, is styled so beautifully that it could pass for a styled photo shoot – from the lush, colorful setting to that vintage couch, and those ultra glamorous bridesmaids. And Mandy is truly a bride after our own hearts: she chose not one, but two gorgeous gowns for her wedding day! For the ceremony she wore a classic gown by Justin Alexander, and then she changed into a fun and feminine ball gown by Liancarlo, both from Little White Dress Bridal Shop in Denver.
Congratulations to Mandy and Jack, and thanks to Volkel Image for sharing their stunning photos!
The love story of Talia and her husband Daniel is seriously sweet – so sweet that it was featured in the New York Times! For their March 10, 2013 wedding at the McNichols Civic Center Building in Denver, Talia chose a beautiful ivory lace gown with a bateau neckline by Justin Alexander. She accessorized with a veil by Love Veils. Doesn’t she look gorgeous? We talked with Talia about her experience finding her gown and about her vintage-inspired wedding. Thanks, Talia, for speaking with us, and thanks to Dox Photo for all the beautiful photos!
How did you choose your wedding gown? Tell us about the process of finding your dress.
As soon as I got engaged, I started looking at pictures online. My style is very vintage and so is the engagement ring Daniel got me. I was all over the board… tea length, satin, lace… but I had found one specific dress that I was in love with. It had a high neckline of lace and was a trumpet or mermaid style. I printed out a ton of photos and brought them in to Little White Dress. I worked with Christine and she was amazing. I was really nervous and she and the staff were so kind to me and my friend, who was there with me. I showed Christine my ‘dream’ dress and she got a glimmer in her eye. She said, “Pick out whatever you want to try and then we’ll try on my pick.” I tried on three or four gowns, and they were all ok. Then she put me in her pick. We walked out of the dressing room and when I saw myself in the mirror, I said, “Holy Sh*t!” Christine said I was the first of her brides to ever say that. I fell in love immediately with the Justin Alexander gown. The work, in my mind, was done. It was, as we say in Hebrew, beshert (meant to be or soul mate).
What was your experience like at Little White Dress?
LWD was the first bridal shop I ever stepped foot in. I am so thankful that LWD was my first stop. I was treated so well and welcomed so kindly. Christine recommended that I come to a veil trunk show the next weekend with LOVE Veils, and that day made my experience complete. To sit and chat with a local veil designer and Christine, it was like I had known them my whole life and we were best friends.
Your gown and your wedding in general are both elegant and understated. Did your dress choice influence any aspects of your wedding, such as the venue or decor (and vice versa)?
I knew I HAD to wear something with a vintage style, or else I wouldn’t look like me. That came first, so when we started planning the wedding details I had that in my head. When it came down to making a decision about a detail for the wedding, I usually ended up going with the more vintage idea. Once we had the dress and the invitations, everything else fell into that line.
How did you feel in your dress on your wedding day?
On my wedding day, we spent all this time getting ready… make-up, hair… I was davening (praying) the whole time, preparing myself for the wedding. Suddenly someone said, “It’s time to get ready!” I stepped into the dress, my dear friend Amy zipped and buttoned and snapped and clipped me in… I slipped on my awesome navy Manolos… and as I raised my head, it was like energy shot right through me! This is me! I’m the bride! I’m marrying my best friend and I look exactly like I wanted to on my wedding day. I felt beautiful.
Do you have any advice for brides in the process of looking for their wedding gown?
Do your research before you shop! Read about what styles look best on your body shape. I just went through Pinterest looking for gowns and saving the ones I liked. Don’t bring too many people to the bridal shop with you the first time. I saw so many girls getting overwhelmed by too many opinions. And LISTEN TO YOUR CONSULTANT! Christine knew every dress in the store and knew what I would look good in! Lastly, you may end up in a dress you never dreamed of. That’s ok! I never thought I would end up in lace but it was so perfect. Oh, one more thing. Try sitting in your dress before you buy it. It would have been the kiss of death if I couldn’t sit in my dress!
Congratulations, Talia and Daniel! Wishing you all the best from Little White Dress!
Oh, and Talia and Daniel’s wedding video is tear-inducing in the best way possible. Click here to see the gorgeous video by Flat Face Films.
For more about Talia and her wedding, see her blogs here and here.
Little White Dress Bridal Shop will be hosting its annual wedding dress sample sale from July 1-31, 2012. This July, there are more couture gowns, more high-end dress designers and more dresses available than ever before at a fraction of their original price. All sample sale gowns available are priced at $999.00 or lower (originally priced at $1,300-$5,500!).
Our best FIVE tips to having a successful sample sale shopping experience with us:
Book Early. Appointments are required, so you’ll want to book early to get the best selection. We are accepting appointments now. Call 303-814-8972 to make yours.
Be Open Minded. Sample sale shopping can take a lot of brides out of their comfort zones. Truly look at every individual dress and be daring by trying on various designers and styles. Your bridal stylist will help match your style, personality, and figure to various dresses that you may not have previously considered!
Consider Alterations. Our sample sale gowns are available in sizes 8-16. Try on all sizes because most gowns can be altered to fit your body with precision.
Be Ready to Buy. Our sample sale gowns go fast. If you love it, buy it. We cannot hold dresses. Last year a bride went home to “think it over” and returned the next day and the gown she loved was gone because another bride had already purchased it. Bring anyone whose opinion is important to you with you.
Get Excited. Most of our sample sale gowns are couture gowns that are high-quality, well-made and well-designed. We’ll have gowns by Manuel Mota, Cotin Sposa, Justin Alexander, Sassi Holford, Justina McCaffrey, Badgley Mischka, Matthew Christopher and more. Our dresses are designed to make you a stand-out bride in your most amazing wedding gown ever!
New Designer(s): Year round my ears and eyes are open for the latest bridal fashion trends, and the newest, or up and coming bridal gown designers. There are certain designers I hope to always continue to work with and carry, and at the same time, there is always interest in new or different designers.
In my efforts to bring the best of the best selection and quality of bridal gowns to Colorado brides, I meet with, and check out a variety of potential new designers at Market in April and in October. Today, most of the morning was spent with one of these potential new designers. Final decisions may not be made until October market, but stay tuned for possible announcements of new designers and collections available at Little White Dress!
Justin Alexander: Two Justin Alexander collections (named Justin Alexander and Justin Alexander Signature) have been available at Little White Dress for more than four years. These dresses are ideal for our more traditional brides, and brides seeking a quality, silk gown at a reasonable price. Justin Alexander skipped ahead this Market, and instead of presenting a Fall 2012 collection, they presented their Spring 2013 collection, normally not available until October 2012 at Market!
With a renewed commitment to creating a cohesive and complete Justin Alexander Signature Collection, and a renewed commitment of Colorado exclusivity to Little White Dress for the Signature Collection, our brides can look forward to six new 2013 Signature Collection Gowns arriving at Little White Dress in August/September.
The gowns feature classic, A-line, modified ballgown, or modified mermaid silhouettes, with ivory, metallic silver or gold linings under lace, lace, lace of all varieties and patterns. Lace is Justin Alexander’s new “Signature,” instead of the silk dupioni fabric of past 2007-2011 collections.
Justin Alexander Signature Collection - 2013 Preview of Wedding Dresses
Did you know? An aspiring designer once had two young sons, one named Justin, and the other named Alexander. The designer now had a name for his collection of wedding gowns. Justin is all grown up now and running the business his father began.
Elizabeth Fillmore: Delicate details of lace, appliqués, and the ever-so-slight gathering and draping of fine silks create a stunning sophistication in Elizabeth Fillmore’s Fall 2012 Collection. How many times did I say “beautiful” or “gorgeous” in 45 minutes at Elizabeth’s showroom today?
There is a light and ethereal feeling in her gowns, which must be so peaceful for the brides wearing them. I LOVE the care and attention each gown receives as the designer herself is right there during their creation in her studio. These dresses are hand crafted in New York and made in the USA. And did I mention beautiful? And did I mention gorgeous?
Elizabeth Fillmore wedding dresses as seen at April 2012 Market
Liancarlo: Unbeknownst to both of them, I’m sure, I see Claire Pettibone and Carlos Ramirez, the creator and designer of the Liancarlo Couture Bridal Collection, as kindrid spirits. Their gowns could not be any more different, but they are both gifted artists who are deeply inspired by the world around them – evident in how they live their lives, and in the creation of their masterpieces. They are both very smart, humble and grateful people who work hard and laugh a lot. Each of their wedding gowns is a work of art, created with a strong intent for perfection.
Carlos’s inspiration for his new collection was his desire to evoke the feeling of heirloom pieces, but with today’s modernity (heirlooms also inspired Claire’s new collection!). His feeling of “gentile opulence” is achieved with the use of luxurious fabrics, hand-cut satin flowers, corded Chantilly lace, and the subtle use of lyrical and jeweled embroideries. I am so happy and honored to have these gowns at Little White Dress! Hand crafted in Miami, made in the USA.
Liancarlo wedding dress as seen at April 2012 Market. This is an up close view of beading done by hand
Simply Divine: Elizabeth Fillmore “Deco” gown – satin back crepe bias v-neck sheath with illusion-beaded “deco flower” back.
Cate Loves: The people and the stories behind the gowns. And designers like Claire Pettibone, Elizabeth Fillmore and Liancarlo who insist on keeping the production of their gowns here in the USA.
Musn’t Forget: Flat shoes. In this world of fashion, I enjoy checking out what other women are wearing almost as much as the new bridal fashions. Maybe not, but others are probably checking out my outfits and ensembles each day as well. So while in New York, I do my best to teeter around in the most fabulous high heels that I can, but it’s the flat shoes tucked away in my bag and worn between appointments with designers that bring me such joy.
As seen in Martha Stewart Weddings, our Justin Alexander (style 9665) radiates pure bow beauty with a crystal embellished bust-line bow. This looks fantastic on smaller busts to provide balance and subtle bling.
Our Justin Alexander 9665, as seen on page 120 in the current Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine
In store, we have SO MANY options for adding bows and accessorizing with bows to perfectly AMP up your special occasion outfit and wedding day look! See the below options, then make your appointment to bow-tique yourself!
Maria Elena Bracelet - Style 4057 with Satin Bow
Sondra Roberts Clutch - Style R47809B Satin Bow Purse