Matthew Christopher Celebrates One Year in Manhattan Boutique

MC deskTen days ago I took a short journey to New York City to celebrate designer Matthew Christopher’s one year anniversary in the Fashion District of Manhattan. It was hot and everyone unlucky enough to be outside in the heat was desperate to be inside–anywhere that was cooler. Taxi cab drivers seemed to have gone berserk with horns honking more than usual, ambulances were dispatched for unknown emergencies, and all of us were caught in a deadlock. One ambulance followed my cab for about a mile, sirens blaring the whole time. I felt pity for the poor soul in the vehicle, who was likely awaiting the safety of a hospital, but stuck in the throes of rush-hour traffic.

I arrived a bit later than I had planned, and was hot. Oh, so hot. Matthew’s party had started without me, and even Matthew himself was running fashionably late due to the same … [read more]

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.

Are you ready for … [read more]

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A La Robe, Eco Fashion-Forward Bridal Gown Designs Made to Repurpose

Courtesy A La Robe

Courtesy A La Robe

Out of the hundreds of gowns I saw, touched, photographed, and played with during April’s Bridal Market in New York City, A La Robe’s genius Ready To Wear line was the most memorable. The Auckland, New Zealand based brand, headed by designer Elizabeth Soljak, was an Editors Pick by The Knot at their bridal event Couture…and for good reason.

Courtesy A La Robe

Courtesy A La Robe

A La Robe dresses are unlike any other because of layering. Not one dress is made to wear by itself. Soljak creates lightweight stunning slips, skirts, and overdresses, that when worn together gives you the perfect amount of couture boho bride…and without breaking the bank. Her prices are reasonable considering you will be purchasing your wedding gown as well as an ensemble that will be worn into the future, plus the attention to detail, and fabric choices she uses are flattering … [read more]
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Something Blue: Escala Berazza

Courtesy Escala Berazza

Courtesy Escala Berazza

We always look forward to new gown designs by Escala Berazza since we met them at bridal market. Today we would like to introduce you to their gown, “Emma.”

This sapphire blue gown uses contrast between the straightforward front of the garment and the striking back, featuring an oversize bow tail falling down from the waistline as the train. It has a rather complicated back, yet a relatively simple front. The dramatic bow flows down from an floral cluster around the waist, giving the dress an 1870s bustle illusion. When we saw this dress, we immediately thought of that time period, post-Civil War, when hoopskirts were pushed to the back of dresses, essentially being replaced by large bustles. I admire how Wei Escala seeks to bring elements of nostalgia in her work, but with modern flair!

“Emma” is perfect as a wedding gown and yes, in … [read more]

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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]

Cheryl King Couture

Courtesy Jaqueline Martini

Courtesy Jaqueline Martini

Cheryl King Couture and Wedding Story Writer are practically neighbors, both living in the Raleigh, NC area, yet New York Bridal Market always serves as the place for us to catch up and have a glass or two of wine, while browsing through Cheryl’s fabulous latest pieces. Cheryl’s friend, Sherry, joins her in New York every year, helping her set up and meeting with clients and press, but also offering a comfortable place to rest one’s feet during the hustle and bustle of activity during New York’s Bridal Market.

Courtesy Jaqueline Martini

Sherry (left) and Cheryl (right). Photo courtesy Jaqueline Martini

Cheryl King works diligently on every single piece she makes for her brides. Some pieces, such as the necklace below, may take days or even weeks to create, as Cheryl makes sure every connecting pearl or stone is exactly where it should be. Cheryl King Couture covers her brides’ … [read more]

PARIS Cake Jewelry

Courtesy PARIS by Debra Moreland

Courtesy PARIS by Debra Moreland

Cake toppers are one of those small wedding details that can easily get lost in the thick of things, which is a shame because they are incredibly important, seeing as how they take center stage on the wedding cake (one of those not so small details). A wedding topper is also the perfect opportunity to show guests (and by extension, the world) who the bride and groom are together. Personally, I find it as a fun opportunity to showcase both of their personalities and overall style. 

Courtesy PARIS by Debra Moreland

Courtesy PARIS by Debra Moreland

It takes a bit of looking to find someone who specializes in making top-notch cake toppers. Never fear, Wedding Story Writer is here! We made a great connection at NYC Bridal Market just a couple of weeks ago. Our creative director, Michelle, loved the vintage flair and the fact that Debra Moreland, founder of … [read more]

Escala Berazza

Courtesy Escala Berazza

Courtesy Escala Berazza

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Escala Berazza

Escala Berazza, the design company, was born with the goal of delivering the perfect bridal gown, custom-created and measured to fit a bride’s body, needs, and desires. We came across their booth at New York International Bridal Week, stopped by the sight of a beautiful bright-blue peacock dress created for the company’s co-founder, Wei Escala. We were shown many gown styles, one of which had a uniquely gathered skirt, while another was a combination mini-dress with train, which I would have worn back in my younger days. Wei told me that she had searched high and low to find a gown that perfectly fit her body, but failed to find a local designer who could provide her with the gown of her dreams. She settled for a dress, and not too long after her wedding she began plans to start her own company. Fast forward to twelve … [read more]

Behind the Scenes: Jenny Lee Runway Show October 2013

Courtesy Masato Onoda & Jenny Lee

Courtesy Masato Onoda & Jenny Lee

I’m often asked how it feels to attend so many beautiful runway shows. The short answer is “fabulous.” A longer, more detailed answer is as follows: Peeking into the world of any designer is magical, no matter if they design wedding gowns, veils, prom dresses, or jewelry, artwork, or books. I think we all are equally inspired by one another, whether we all want to admit it or not. I admit it. I am inspired by everything during bridal market. I enter the worlds of so many talented people, getting to know them as human beings sometimes, which is inspiration by itself. There are parties where one doesn’t speak of the wedding industry, instead going to actually relax, have a glass of wine, and talk about the weather, favorite restaurants, or normal life experiences. I work hard and play hard. My feet hurt … [read more]

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