Photo by Carmen Alvarez
Christos has done it again – creating a classic and romantic design with an expert fit. Our pre-owned wedding dress of the week is this satin Christos gown with gorgeous cap sleeves and empire waist.
Message from the Bride:
“My vision of my wedding dress was having an Audrey Hepburn/Gigi elegance and being able to feel the very richest, softest, and smoothest satin right before going down the aisle. I also wanted to have it be a soft white with warm tones with a medium-sized train, that I could easily bustle up and be able to walk around and hug people. When I tried this dress on, it was incredibly comfortable, smooth, and elegant. I walked around pretending to greet people in the store mirror as though I was seeing guests at my wedding and I just lit up. My bridesmaids that were with me knew it was the one, just by the way it made me beam with radiance. This dress complements curves, your back, neck, and collarbone while still maintaining simplicity and an unassuming charm.”
Photo by Carmen Alvarez
“There is a twist in this dress that brings just the right amount of a sexy curve while also shining with elegance.”- Consignor
Sophisticated and traditional, this gown features a flattering portrait neckline and off the shoulder sleeves atop a trumpet skirt. Princess lines, luxurious fabric, and an embellished empire waist give this gown both a regal feel and touch.
Christos “Tess” can be found in our e-boutique along with accessories to finish your bridal look.
We have had a few Anna Maier Ulla Maija dresses come in over the past few months and they are quickly becoming one of our favorite designers. The architectural lines, play with fabric, and dramatic details make these dresses stand out. “Stephanie” epitomizes what we love about Ulla Maija.
Message from the Bride:
“Upon becoming engaged to the love of my life, I immediately proceeded to start the search for the perfect dress. I didn’t have a specific style in mind, however, I wanted something ivory that was fitted, yet dramatic. I hadn’t found anything online that lived up to the vision in my head, so I went to Saks bridal with these parameters: fitted and dramatic. I arrived at Saks with my entourage (BFF and sis) in tow. The lovely saleswoman, Ann, was extremely helpful and took me around the showroom, offering up ideas. We chose a multitude of dresses and headed toward the fitting room. At the last moment, I was drawn, as if by fate, back to the Ulla Maija section and asked about a dress that caught my eye. Ann in turn suggested another dress, a style named Stephanie in that section that she thought would be a better fit for my vision. We grabbed that dress, which was the first one I tried on. It was magical. The moment I stepped into the gown, I knew I had found the dress version of my soul mate. I felt like a sexy princess heading to the Oscars on my wedding day. I walked out into the showroom to get the opinions of my ladies-in-waiting, and their mouths dropped. They knew it, too. I had found “The One” in the first one I tried on. I tried on many, many more beautiful dresses, but none compared to “Stephanie,” my first love.”
“It was absolutely the perfect dress for me. It was sexy, classy and fun. I
felt more beautiful that I had ever felt in my life. I was marrying the man
of my dreams in the wedding gown of my dreams. What could be more perfect?” – Consignor
With its modern aesthetic, architectural seaming, and unique asymmetrical draping, “Stephanie” embodies couture. The designer chose light gathered silk taffeta for an underskirt and then draped heavier Ducchess silk satin over it to give a multi-dimensional look. The bodice is accented with a crystal floral pin. A 27 point button and tie bustle has been added. This gown is for the bride who isn’t afraid to wear something unconventional.
Ulla Maija “Stephanie” can be found in our e-Boutique along with accessories to finish your bridal look.
We’re swooning over the textured skirt and ruched bodice of Amsale’s “Bijou” – this week’s dress. Photos of “Bijou” on a “real bride” and a message from the seller are below. We’d love to hear what you think! AND – receive 10% off our dress of the week until 2/19/12.
“When my fiancée and I got engaged on Valentine’s Day, my girlfriends in New York insisted that I come to them to shop for dresses in the city. I had no idea what I was looking for, but we went to Amsale on Madison Avenue and the second we walked in the door, I started to get excited. These were by far the most beautiful dresses we had seen. I wasn’t sure exactly what style I wanted in a dress, but when I saw the “Bijou”, I knew it was the dress for me. From the very flattering sweetheart neckline, to the shorter train and lightweight feel of the dress, it was something that I knew would look fabulous in pictures and would be a dress that I would be happy to wear all day long. I’d never felt so beautiful. Our wedding was in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and while this dress looks like it belongs on the runways in Paris, it worked perfectly for our wedding in Jackson Hole too. It was such a fun dress to wear, and I still get compliments on the dress from people at the wedding and people who see our pictures. I am so happy with my choice.”
From Amsale Aberra’s Blue Label Collection comes “Bijou” a soft silk taffeta ball gown. “Bijou’s” flattering ruched bodice flows into a multidimensional full skirt adorned with hand-made taffeta and organza flowers. It is sure to surprise and delight your groom and guests. Only a select number of gowns are chosen each year for the Blue Label Collection. These gowns are more complex in their construction, requiring more involved work and higher utilization of finer fabrics. Each gown is created individually and carries a signature blue label with the AMSALE ABERRA logo. Our gown is complete with a bustle and a blue bow sewn in the interior bodice for your “something blue”.
Amsale “Bijou” can be found in our e-Boutique along with accessories to finish your bridal look:
Receive 10% off Amsale “Bijou” until 2/19/12 – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We love this dress for it’s flattering shape and beautiful embroidered lace detail. And, it’s one of a kind – a compilation of two Augusta Jones wedding dresses made into one perfect gown. Receive an additional 10% off this gown for 1 week (exp. 11/3/11) using promo code dow102811. Here’s what the owner of this gown had to say about why this was “the one”…
“My wedding gown will always be incredibly special to me! Yes, I married the man of my dreams wearing it and experienced the single most incredible day to date sharing it with our family and friends, but for me, the gown symbolizes our two families coming together. I was lucky enough to go shopping with both my mother and my future mother-in-law. When I first saw my wedding dress, I was in love! I loved the sparkles of the bodice, the elegance of the train, and boy did the design give me the tiniest waist ever! While looking at other Augusta Jones gowns, I found other styles I loved for their details; the lace, gold thread, and buttons down the back. So when I learned we could make alterations to really personalize the dress, I was beyond thrilled! The Moms and I, with the help of the salon, took the “best of” the collection and designed a truly one-of-a-kind gown. On our wedding day, dressed in my gown, make-up and hair done, I walked with my mom and dad to meet my future husband. With a tear running down his cheek he whispered that I was always beautiful to him but today I sparkled! That’s it…I just sparkled. When he twirled me dancing, when we cut our cake as husband and wife, when we waved goodbye, the whole time I sparkled!”
Above is a photo of an original painting of this gown completed by Stephanie London.
Here you can find this Augusta Jones dress in our e-Boutique:
Augusta Jones Custom “Ireland” – $1000
To finish your bridal look try:
Two Layer Veil- $168
Majorica Pearl Earrings – Gold – $45
Crystal Hair Comb with Gold Finish – $90
Save an additional 10% on our Dress Of The Week.
Vera Wang is one of the bridal industry’s most iconic and coveted designers. Even men know Vera Wang bridal. Of all of her collections, the Luxe Collection sits at the top – with exquisite designs, rich fabrics, and immaculate construction.
Presenting ”Calla Lily” from Vera Wang’s Luxe collection. We love that the continuous asymmetrical tiered layers make her flattering on almost any body type. The organdy fabric gives it a great shape without being heavy. Add the “blooming” asymmetrical strap and you have a couture look that is also unique. The strap is detachable so you can opt for a different look when the dancing starts.
Here is “Callalily” in our e-Boutique:
Casual Dress Size 4
This dress with the strap retails for a jaw dropping $12,850. Purchase this dress at Encore Bridal and SAVE over $6,000. Purchase before 9/29/11 and save an additional 10%. Use coupon code DOW10 at checkout.
Veil Trends v806- $168
MEG Jewelry “Regina”- $90
Lazaro 3766 features heavily hand beaded and embroidery work on silk organza with Chantilly lace insets. Many weeks were spent creating this stunning gown. The silhouette elongates the body and shows off your figure. Although complete with a built-in petticoat, another could be added for more volume in the skirt. A message from the seller below…
Casual Dress Size 10
Message from the seller:
“My wedding day was one of the most important days of my life to be shared with my family and friends and I wanted a wedding gown to be an expression of who I am and how I feel. I knew this dress was “the one” because when I tried it on I felt like I looked like a bride! All the other dresses I tried on made me feel like a girl in a pretty white dress. This gown made me feel beautiful and elegant and I hope that it finds a home with someone who loves it as much as I do.”
This beautiful gown retails for $5535, but at Encore Bridal you SAVE over $3000. BUY IT!
To finish your look try:
MEG Jewelry “Regina” Earrings; NEW- $90
Haute Bride Crystal Hairpin; NEW- $160
Veil Trends v406; NEW- $120
Tara Keely #2013
Feeling like something glamorous today, so was drawn our newly arrived Tara Keely gown #2013. Tara Keely gowns are designed by one of the bridal industry’s top designers, Lazaro Perez. Known for his dramatic silhouettes and beautiful beading, Lazaro Perez makes sure his gowns have flattering shapes and a perfect fit. With already 20 years of gorgeous designing under his belt, the bridal industry knows that Lazaro Perez will have many more years to come.
New- Designer Size 14
This beautiful gown will give you a light and fun feel on your wedding day. With a bit of glam in the beaded waistband, the tiered pleated tulle skirt makes a flirty and sweet statement. Show off your curves in a fit and flare silhouette. Complete with a built in underskirt, this gown is ready to walk down the aisle when you are!
This gown retails for $2100, but you can have it brand new for only $1500!
To finish your look, try:
MMM "Emily" Earrings- NEW $110
MMM "Seila" Laria- $150
Custom Order Veil- $170-$210
You will be ready for your close up in this beautiful Vera Wang design!
You may have seen this elegant Vera Wang 12554 design before as it has been featured in the Estee Lauder advertisement and commercial (seen above). Perfect for the bride who wants something simple with a touch of adornment and loves a luscious silk-satin fabric– used only in the most couture of gowns. Who can wear this? The modified a-line silhouette would balance an inverted triangular shape (broader shoulders, narrower hips) and an hourglass figure would look stunning in this gown.
You can find this gently used wedding dress here, in our e-Boutique…
Although this wedding gown retails for $5,790, save $3,290 when you buy it for Encore Bridal’s price of $2,500!
We’d pair this discounted designer wedding gown with with a crystal and pearl headpiece and bracelet which accentuates the beading along the empire waist. Nearly any light ivory veil would be complimentary.
Paris Tiaras “Grand Tour”- $190
Paris “Chalk Garden” Hairpin- $260
This week’s nearly-new dress of the week is by Christos. The style is “joy”. I think it is a perfect name. Joy is what you will feel when you try this gown on and see how good you look in it! The sweetheart neckline, ruching, and asymmetrical skirt make it flattering for almost any body type. The style and fabric (silk shantung) also make it versatile for any venue – from beach to ballroom.
“Love at first sight…” A Message from the Seller
I wanted a dress that was elegant, sophisticated and timeless. I only visited four bridal salons and at the last salon I saw the Christos “Joy” dress. It was hot off the runway and I was the first person to try it on. When I looked at myself in the mirror, I was overwhelmed with emotion. It was absolute perfection. I felt so special – the dress was simple, sophisticated and comfortable. The fabric was so luxurious and I loved the matte sheen from the silk shantung. It reminded me of vintage Hollywood glamour. I had my three best friends with me and they all gasped when I walked out of the changing room. This was MY dress!!! I ordered the dress that day. Putting the dress on the day of my wedding was truly magical. I felt beautiful and incredibly lucky to be able to wear such an exquisite gown. When I walked down the aisle my husband was in awe. After the ceremony he told me how stunning I looked. I said “it’s the dress”! He corrected me and said “it is the person wearing the dress that makes it so beautiful.” The dress is truly special to me. I hope someone will fall in love with this gorgeous gown as much as I did.
Here is Christos “Joy” in our e-Boutique selling for only $1850:
Pair this gown with a flower hair pin, as well as pearl and crystal jewelry and your look is complete!
L’ezu Atelier Floral Hairpiece- $50
Paris Tiaras “Grand Tour” Bracelet- $190
MEG Jewelry “Rouge” Earrings
Introducing Lazaro #3010 from the Fall 2010 collection. We currently have this gown in our showroom window as it so sparkly and festive . We call this our winter wonderland gown, but it would be gorgeous in any season! True to Lazaro, this gown has tons of detail. Different textures, volumes, and appliques make up this unique wedding dress, but the perfect bride is the missing touch.
This ornate gown is made for someone who loves to stand out. Intricate detailing drips down this gown from top to bottom. The bodice is adorned with hand made floral appliques enhanced by beading and sequin, while the full skirt is made up of hand folded raw edge organza layers held on by individual beads. Great for almost any venue and complete with a built in underskirt, this gown is ready to walk down the aisle
With a retail price of $4070, you save $1220 when you purchase the gown at Encore Bridal’s price of $2850!
To finish your look try:
Monique Lhuillier "Patience" Veil- $150
MEG Jewelry "Mini Kristen"- $65
MEG Jewelry "Rouge"- $35