Melissa and Mark’s wedding at the Maroon Bells in Aspen, Colorado is the definition of stunning. With the most spectacular scenery, lots of sunshine and smiles, and a couple that’s clearly madly in love, the photos by Happy Confetti Photography truly speak for themselves. The whole day looks like a love letter to summertime in Colorado, but what we love most is how beautiful this wedding is in its simplicity: just a gorgeous couple, a handful of family and close friends, and an unforgettable setting.
For her September wedding to Joey at The Broadmoor, the classic and romantic Colorado Springs resort, Sarah chose the Phoebe gown by London designer Sassi Holford and a beaded veil by Richard Designs from Little White Dress Bridal Shop. The delicately beaded lace gown fit perfectly with her wedding, and she even changed up her look by removing the straps on her gown for the reception. We are loving the opulent florals, elegant style – cheers to a groom in a tux! – and beautiful ballroom in their wedding, which was featured in the latest issue of The Knot Colorado!
Congratulations to Sarah and Joey! And many thanks to Paige Eden Photography for sharing their beautiful photos.
Just back from viewing the new collections in London and New York, the team at Little White Dress Bridal Shop in Denver is excited to share all the latest trends straight from the runways and showrooms of the world’s top bridal designers! Selections from these stunning collections will be available at Little White Dress starting this fall, just in time for brides getting married in spring and summer of 2015. In the meantime, enjoy our top picks for Little White Dress brides from this season’s collections!
Left to right: Reem Acra, RIVINI, So Sassi by Sassi Holford
In London and New York we saw several iterations of lace shown with a nude-colored underlay. We love this look – a bit edgy, a bit classic, and it makes that gorgeous lace pop! Accentuated with luxe details like beading, subtle cut-outs, and flattering silhouettes, this traditional fabric is anything but boring as we saw it this season. We were smitten by the nude lace gowns shown by Reem Acra, RIVINI, and So Sassi by Sassi Holford.
Reem Acra, RIVINI, and Jenny Packham
Maria Elena Headpieces
A new take on nature-inspired themes, the leaf motif was all over the runways for Spring 2015, including on gowns by Reem Acra, RIVINI, and Jenny Packham. In metallic silvers and golds, these leaves put the glamour in the typically feminine floral patterns we’ve seen in bridal fashion for many years. The leaf motif is a brilliant way to bring the beauty of nature into what you wear on your wedding day. If this trend is a little too much for your own wedding dress, we love the idea of bringing the leaf trend to your accessories. Delicate leaf patterns were displayed on accessories by Maria Elena Headpieces and Paris by Debra Moreland.
Light as Air
Dreaming of a comfortable wedding dress that doesn’t forgo style? We were excited to see light, flowy, make-you-want-to-twirl gowns from Jenny Packham, Reem Acra, and Charlie Brear. In luscious silk crepes, chiffons, and tulles, these light as air dresses are just as flattering as they are luxurious. And an added bonus – with minimal embellishments, they’re available at very sensible prices.
Liancarlo, RIVINI, Liancarlo
If you look closely, you’ll see that these laces are layered under chiffon, beading, or another style of lace. The layered lace we saw from several designers, including Liancarlo and RIVINI, adds beautiful dimension and intricacy to wedding gowns for that added touch of uniqueness. Perfect for brides who are understated and classic yet wouldn’t dream of having the same thing as everyone else.
Charlie Brear, Sassi Holford, Jenny Packham
From subtle to show-stopping, all-over sequins were on wedding dresses this season by designers Charlie Brear, Sassi Holford, and Jenny Packham. Different from the large-motif beading and embellishments that are still also popular, these shimmering sparkles add a whole lot of glamour and illuminate a glowing bride.
Linear and Lattice Design
Jenny Packham, Naeem Khan, RIVINI
We noticed several versions of linear and lattice design, whether in intricate detail or on larger patterns that work like contouring for the body. (We’ve all heard that stripes are slimming, right?) The best versions we saw, by Jenny Packham, Naeem Khan, and RIVINI, show impeccable craftsmanship with beading, embroidery, and even leather ribbons.
Illusion and Low Back Details
It’s no surprise that the illusion and low back trends continue to be popular in the bridal fashion world. In fact, nearly every designer is showing a selection of gowns with either one or both of these details. And brides continue to love it! This season some of the prettiest and most unique versions we saw of these trends were by Liancarlo, RIVINI, and Reem Acra.
Fashion for All Figures
We must admit, our favorite trend this season was Jenny Packham‘s genius decision to present her new collection on women in a variety shapes and sizes. We hope that more designers will do the same in the future. We always pick our gowns with our many types of brides in mind, and we’ve always known that Jenny Packham gowns look fabulous on women with curves. Now the whole world knows it too! Her beautiful, curvy models were truly the talk of Bridal Fashion Week.
Which trends do you love and which would you leave behind? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Do you love Sara’s Liancarlo gown? Join us March 14th-16th for a Liancarlo trunk show at Little White Dress, where Liancarlo designer Carlos Ramirez will be assisting and styling brides! Schedule your appointment by visiting www.lwdbridal.com or call 303-814-8972.
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!