From April 25th until May 9th, Little White Dress is hosting an extended trunk show for the elegant and sophisticated Sassi Holford bridal collection. Little White Dress is one of only seven bridals boutiques in the United States that carries Sassi’s London-based collection.We are thrilled that brides will have the opportunity during our trunk show to see dresses in the Sassi Holford collection that are only available for a limited time in the United States! Sassi was kind enough to chat with us before the trunk show so we could share with our brides more about her as a designer.
Sassi Holford (image by David Bostock)
Tell us about yourself and your family.
I’ve been designing wedding dresses for over 30 years – I have a “less is more” approach with my designs. I am thrilled to say that earlier this year I won the Best Dress Designer Award with Wedding Ideas Magazine and then just two months later I picked up the Best British Bridal Designer Award with Bridal Buyer – the UK’s two most prestigious bridal designer awards!
My husband, Martin, handles the marketing side of things -so it’s a real home away from home at the office! We have three beautiful children – Charlie is 16 whilst the twins, Missie and Hugo, are both 12 (we recently welcomed another addition into our home – a Shih Tzu-cross who’s almost 11 months old and called Monty – he too comes to the office on occasion!)
I have two boutiques: my flagship boutique in London exclusively offers my Couture Collection and I meet with clients every month there. My other boutique is based where I am in the South West of England and this is where the Signature Collection is available (in addition to selected bridal boutiques in the UK and North America).
Sassi after accepting her 2013 Bridal Buyer’s Award for Best Bridal Designer
How did you get started as a bridal designer?
I had just finished school and a friend was due to get married but had no real budget for her dream dress. I offered to make the dress for her (overnight I might add!) and, whilst I had clearly underestimated the full extent of the task, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment –it was a success and things naturally progressed from there.
The Paola gown (with shrug)
How do you get your inspiration for each new collection?
Whilst I tend to draw on all areas of life and fashion I do find that my brides are a constant source of inspiration when I’m working with them in one of my boutiques. They share their opinions and ideas with me – their passion has always been hugely motivating and inspiring.
Describe your vision of a bride who wears your gowns. What is her personality and style?
My brides are brilliant – they’re savvy, independent career minded women who aren’t afraid to make a statement and show their romantic side.
The Thea gown
How do you come up with the names of your dresses?
They normally stem from brides and people that I’ve met in the past who I feel have characters that match my designs.
What are the differences between brides/weddings in the UK and the US?
I see a lot more brides in the US choosing to have bridesmaids at their wedding and the sheer size of the US, as a country, lends itself to offering so much more in terms of choice and variety – you can get married outside for a start (mind you – you generally have better weather for it…)!
What is your advice for brides looking for their wedding gown?
Try all the dress shapes first and you will just know when you find “the” dress – you’ll look and feel at your most beautiful …but you must never compromise on your comfort!
The Dominique gown (with illusion back)
The Phoebe gown
Thanks, Sassi, for telling us more about your life and inspirations!
Don’t miss the chance to see Sassi Holford gowns that are only available during our extended trunk show between April 25th and May 9th! Call us at 303-814-8972 for an appointment to find your perfect wedding dress!
Little White Dress bride, Courtney, shows off how lovely she looks in a lacy Claire Pettibone gown coupled with a Sassi Holford sash. Photo by: A Brit & A Blonde
Wedding Date: June 16, 2012
Wedding Location: Nosara, Costa Rica
Courtney Kuepper is a Little White Dress bride who got married this summer. Please join us to learn more about her wedding dress journey and her experiences at Little White Dress….
LWD: Tell us about your dress?
Courtney: It was Claire Pettibone’s “Cassandra” dress with a Sassi Holford sash and a custom veil and head piece from Veil Trends.
LWD: Why did you decide to buy your dress at Little White Dress?
Courtney: LWD was the second shop I went to. I went mainly because of the store’s wonderful reputation. A girlfriend of mine had purchased her wedding gown there, and raved about it. The selection of designers at different price points was super appealing. Also, it is just a really lovely place and an “experience” rather than a place to buy a dress.
This Claire Pettibone gown was the perfect complement to Courtney’s beach wedding in Costa Rica. Photo by: A Brit & A Blonde
LWD: What was the reason you chose the dress you did?
Courtney: In one word: LACE! It was soft, not shiny or stiff, which is what kept me from trying on most lace dresses. I never imagined myself in the dress I picked, but something drew me to it. It felt special and different, but not over the top. It was me. The dress was light and the lining was super soft. We got married on a beach, and the material was just dreamy.
LWD: What are three words you’d use to describe the way you felt in your dress?
Courtney: Timeless. Gorgetastic. ME!
LWD: What are you going to do with your dress now that your wedding day is over?
Courtney: If I had a giant walk-in closet, I would frame my dress and hang it up. Sadly we do not. We are moving out of the country soon, so it has to be confined to a prison (aka garment bag) for a while. I’ll give it lots of cuddles first though!
LWD: What is the best part about being officially married?
Courtney: That forever feeling. I’m not sure how to describe it, but knowing that we have this an entire “forever” to look forward to is so beautiful and exciting.
LWD: What advice would you give a new bride when it comes to getting the best wedding day look?
Courtney: When you hear that little voice saying, “gosh this is gorgeous, but it’s totally not me/wouldn’t look good,” TRY IT ON! That perfect dress is hiding where you least expect it.
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!
Little White Dress is please to be a sponsor and the first stop on the Hitched in the Highlands – Race to the Alter on Sunday morning.
We are proud to be part of Hitched in the Highlands – An Urban Race To the Altar on February 6th! The event is simple: fifteen engaged couples will race through the Highlands neighborhood in Denver, solving clues and completing challenges to win a $20,000 wedding thrown by over 20 merchants in the Highlands of Denver! As the newest bridal salon in the neighborhood, Little White Dress is contributing a flower girl dress and headband for the winning couple! The event is being organized and hosted by Happy Cakes, special thanks to them for throwing it all together!!
We’re proud have been selected in 2010 for ALL THREE the 5280 Magazine Editors Choice “Best Bridal Shop”, the Wedding Wire “Brides Choice” AND the Knot’s “Best of Weddings” honor by the brides we’ve loved working with. Thanks for allowing Little White Dress to be a part of your special weddings.
April 11, 2010, Sunday, 12:00pm-4:00pm “Whispers of Spring Wedding Expo” at Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park
Della Terra Mountain Chateau is Estes Park’s newest BEAUTIFUL wedding venue! Little White Dress, along with other selected vendors, will be attending with a collection of our best bridal and special occasion gowns and accessories. Enjoy getting to know a variety of wedding professionals to make your wedding day extra special, in addition to a boutique-like Little White Dress shopping experience! Admission is complimentary and one lucky couple will win a honeymoon to the Island of Aruba! Visit www.tradeshowsbywestwind.com or www.DellaTerraMountainChateau.com for further information.
March 21, 2010, Sunday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm “Wedding Preview Event” presented by My Big Day Planner
Visit Little White Dress and a select group of wedding professionals from 11:00am to 3:00pm at the Infinity Park Event Center in Glendale! Live “mock” wedding ceremonies (featuring Little White Dress gowns and accessories!), great prizes, workshops by bridal industry leaders, and much more, all in an intimate setting focused on connecting you with the most professional and experienced wedding vendors available! Visit www.mybigdayplanner.com for further details!
March 14, 2010, Sunday Noon – 3:00 pm – Cielo at Castle Pines and Little White Dress Bridal Shop present “Runway in the Pines” Bridal Event and Runway Fashion Show!
Check out this fabulous new wedding and reception venue in Douglas County! LWD will be there, along with Cielo vendor partners including catering, photography, and florists. Prizes! Gift bags! Fabulous food and refreshments! Spectacular live runway fashion show featuring all of the new 2010 wedding dress styles by our favorite designers! Visit www.cielocastlepines.com for further details and to purchase your tickets!