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10 Jun 2010 Leave a Comment
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04 Feb 2010 Leave a Comment
The English Dept. Is hosting their annual bridal show this weekend. I so wish I could be there!
These dresses are stunning, ethereal and… simply perfect.
Love, love, love.
The English Dept. Is run by owner/designer Elizabeth Dye. Photography by Lisa Warninger.
Oh, and for those of you who aren’t Portland-bound, check out Elizabeth’s Etsy store.
23 Sep 2009 Leave a Comment
My wedding dress situation was a saga! I purchased a Vera Wang from the Macy’s sample sale, but was unable to wear that because I had sent it to get a few alterations, and my seamstress sent it to the cleaner – and when I returned for a fitting, I noticed an awful, huge stain on the bodice, rendering it useless.
Dress #2 came from Priscilla of Boston – a fabulous little ivory fitted Melissa Sweet dress with sweetheart neckline and mermaid (fit and flare) skirting.
I couldn’t wear that because we discovered that I was pregnant in December (after 9 months of being engaged) and the wedding was set for May. We went back and forth a LOT on whether to move the wedding date or keep it. Ultimately, we decided to go for it on our designated date (May 16), even though I’d be 6 months pregnant. The Melissa Sweet dress certainly wouldn’t do.
After scouring the net for something that would work for a big old belly, I settled on a BCBG dress. It was only $380 – but it worked well with my body-shape at the wedding. I had some alterations made (at “Sew What!” in Saint Louis Park – love that place!) and the dress was ready to be worn.
I wanted a bolero for the wedding, on the off chance that it’d be cool (and it was – with gale-force winds and below 55 degree weather, it was downright cold!). I ordered a raw-silk shrug from LarimeLoom on Etsy. Luckily, the color was quite close to the dress’ color – so they looked pretty great together. In all, I was sad I couldn’t wear the other dress(es) – but pretty satisfied with how my “look” turned out.
As for the other 2 dresses, Melissa Sweet found a new home via Once Wed, and the Vera was donated to Mary Madeline project.
All photos taken by Laura Ivanova - and cannot be reproduced or used, on the web or otherwise, without permission.
17 Sep 2009 1 Comment
This dress shocked me – I don’t know what it is about it… the skirt is like a meringue – all light and fluffy. The bodice is perfect, fitted and fabulous, but not too lowcut. I would have seriously worn this dress if I’d found it a year ago – and I’m not the princess-gown kind of girl.
And the price — I can’t believe it’s under $300!
Find it here.
14 Sep 2009 Leave a Comment
Another great ebay find – this 50s cocktail dress would look swell on the right bride. I’m envisioning a supper-club feel for the reception, with a fantastic pillbox hat or a sweet birdcage veil with feathered details.
This beauty is listed at $65 – or best offer.
Find the link here.
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05 Jan 2009 Leave a Comment
This BCBG would be the perfect dress for a casual, garden wedding. I love it so much!
I know I swoon a lot, but… you know
Find it here.
08 Sep 2008 2 Comments
I waffled on whether to post photos of the dress and the damage. I decided I may as well, especially since I’m supposed to be reading for my financial accounting class, and I prefer to do ANYTHING but that.
So, here they are…
The full dress in it’s pre-cleaned glory (don’t mind the dirt along the hem — it’s all gone now!) and a close up of the damage from the dry cleaner.
It may not look like much, but seriously, would you consider wearing that on your wedding day?!
For reference, the damaged area is the about 8″ wide by about 5″ high.
The top 2 photos are the front/back of the dress (pre-cleaning/pre-alterations), the third photo is a close-up of the damage that was on the bodice.
05 Sep 2008 4 Comments
If I were aiming for a retro-styled wedding, I know exactly where I’d look for my dress.
I love Santephie James, not just because she does custom work, not just because she gives women the opportunity to love their body (she has a large range of sizes), but because these dresses are vintage-inspired dream.
I almost wish I was planning a sock-hop inspired wedding, or something with a retro feel, because I would simply HAVE to order.