Bridal Market October 2014

2014-04-13 14.59.31Fall Bridal Fashion Week is upon us, and we’ve been giddy with anticipation for weeks (although we managed to end up packing last minute- how does that always happen?).

The Wedding Story Writer team will be sharing everything we come across in New York from today, October 9 through Monday, October 13. Get a first-hand look at the latest wedding dresses and trends for 2015 as we attend shows for designers such as Romona Keveza, Watters, Sareh Nouri, Amsale, Ken Pool, Pnina Tornai, Amy Kuschel, and many others! It’s going to be quite a 5 day event!

Follow us @weddingstorywriter on Instagram, @WedStoryWriter on Twitter, and check out our Facebook page as we post, tweet, and Instagram our way through New York Bridal Fashion Week!

Don’t forget to come back here in the following weeks for recaps and features on our favorite finds of the season.

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PARIS by Debra Moreland

Courtesy of Jaqueline Martini

A Headpiece: Courtesy of Jaqueline Martini

 

debra setWe did a feature on Debra Moreland’s cake jewelry a few weeks back after we got back from Bridal Week in New York City, and now it’s time to focus in on her spectacular bridal jewelry. As you can see, she brought quite a bit with her to the New York Bridal Market (Pier 92), and we certainly weren’t complaining.

PARIS is an exquisite collection of wearable pieces that are the perfect finishing touch to any bride’s outfit, and it’s quite extensive. Moreland is a master of it all, from elegant hair jewelry (because there’s no other way to describe these pieces as other than jewelry for your hair), to accessories such as necklaces, brooches, and bracelets.

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When we got up close, it was apparent that all of her classic (yet modern) pieces were made with extreme care, each eye-catching detail carefully thought … [read more]

Olia Zavozina Couture Designs

Courtesy Olia Zavozina Couture

Courtesy Olia Zavozina Couture

Today we’re featuring a fantastic Russian designer based out of Nashville- Olia Zavozina. We noticed her line last fall during Bridal Market, and were eager to meet her this spring.

Zavozina has been designing dresses since childhood and has a great love for fabrics. When designing a gown, she literally plays with the fabric, placing it on a dress form to see how the fabric lays and flows. Once satisfied, only then does she begin her design process, drawing a picture of the future dress, stating to me that her designs are all about the fabric. It’s also about the color. If a dyed batch of fabric doesn’t meet her color requirements, she will not use it for the intended design. She is particular and meticulous and does not sway from her vision. The beautiful ball gown pictured above was love at first sight for us. … [read more]

The Oscars 2014: Jennifer Lawrence’s red Dior dress

Photo Courtesy  Jordan Strauss Invision AP

Photo Courtesy Jordan Strauss Invision AP

The Oscars; an event most of us would love to attend, rubbing elbows with the finest actors, sipping on champagne, the after-Oscar parties…and the best thing of all? Wearing a couture designer gown on the red carpet. (At least for me). My fondness for the House of Dior is everlasting; it never ceases to impress me. I’ve admired the magic of Dior’s creations since my seamstress days and would gladly go back in time if only just to wear their designs from the 1950s. The simplicity of this haute couture Dior dress is what I admire, and it doesn’t hurt that Jennifer Lawrence’s curvaceous body allows the garment to flow perfectly to the ground.  The figure-hugging skirt with a subdued peplum is both glamorous and tasteful, and although I’m not normally fond of strapless fashions, this one is spot-on, and I’ve never been able … [read more]

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Wedding Story Writer Feature in Raleigh’s News & Observer

Wedding Story Writer in News & Observer, 2/16/2014

Wedding Story Writer in News & Observer, 2/16/2014

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Wedding Story Writer Feature in Cary News

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Michelle McMurray de Luces with a few of her wedding dresses

Last week I gathered up 15 of my favorite wedding dresses and drove to The Oaks at Salem for an interview with The Cary News. Before the hour-long interview/photo shoot, I had time to play with my vintage dresses a bit, appreciating their beauty one-by-one. Two dresses were from 1910, holding together well considering their age. I deliberately chose a dress from each decade, admiring the fabric, lace, and style that represented their eras. I imagined the lovely bride who owned the dress and how she must have felt as she walked down the aisle, approaching her love.

Each time I dressed a mannequin I fell deeply in love with the garment placed upon it, as my fingers ran down rows of buttons and bodices much too small to fit a modern dress-form. I enlisted my mother [read more]

Trendy Bride Magazine Feature

Wedding Story Writer featured in Trendy Bride Magazine

Trendy Bride Magazine

We are pleased to announce that Trendy Bride Magazine featured Wedding Story Writer in their Winter/Spring Edition, pages 59-61. Kudos to our wonderful team of professionals who helped create a beautiful bridal shower out of our concept, and to my beautiful models, Susan, Agee, and Julia! Thank you! Order your copy hot off the press by clicking here.

 

Wedding Story Writer featured in Trendy Bride Magazine

Wedding Story Writer featured in Trendy Bride Magazine

 

Wedding Story Writer featured in Trendy Bride Magazine

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New York Fall Bridal Market 2013

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NY Bridal Market Pier 94 Wedding Story Writer

NY Bridal Market Pier 94 Wedding Story Writer

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Claire Pettibone’s runway, still decorated with flower petals. Yes, we had to do this.

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Freya Rose, shoe designer, and Michelle McMurray de Luces at Pier 94

I look forward to New York’s Bridal Market twice per year–April and October. The latter month is notoriously busy in New York for designers in the wedding industry.  One may view the next season’s designs, mingle with like-minded individuals, and attend galas, parties, and runway shows. It’s impossible to do everything during Bridal Week, no matter how hard you try or how badly you want to do it, but I try nonetheless. During the day, you will see women bustling around carrying bags of magazines, wearing stilettos, and walking about as if they are in house slippers. By mid-afternoon you begin seeing some women wearing Tieks. I am usually one of these women. By 11 p.m., feet screaming, I inevitably hobble to my cab, [read more]

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Watters & Watters Runway Show, Couture

Watters & Watters

Watters & Watters

Watters & Watters

 

Watters and Watters Spring 2014 Line

After a late night out, my friend, Lydia, and I arrived  at the New York Hilton excited for the debut of Watters and Watters Spring 2014 line at Couture. We were seated in third row, which is fine except for the cell phones high in the air trying to take photos of the models coming out every minute. I have to admit–we were guilty of that, too. Although these photos aren’t the best, I was able to capture a few beauties with my phone.

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Santa Monica for Face Forward’s A Gatsby Affair Gala

IMG_16312Wedding Story Writer was invited to attend Face Forward‘s A Gatsby Affiar gala, held in Santa Monica, CA September 28, 2013 at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Gardens. Loving California the way I do, and not being able to pass up a gala benefiting victims of domestic violence, I knew I had to go.

“Dragging” along my daughter and photographer/blogger, Jaqueline Poole Martini, was also easy. She helped prepare my makeup and although I suffered a severe wardrobe malfunction, obliterating my first dress choice (a gorgeous hand-sewn crystal Theia gown) completely. Luckily, I had a back-up dress, which she helped me into. I wore a exquisite headpiece and jewelry by Bel Canto Designs.

Michelle McMurray de LucesUpon arriving at the Fairmont Miramar, we waited in a long line of limos, Porsches and other nice vehicles, beautiful women and well-dressed men stepping out of their cars dressed in their finest Gatsby era attire. … [read more]

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