Thanks so much for checking out the new stuff – I hope you found something you love! Something I’m loving really hard right now is …
… that EVERYTHING RETAILS FOR UNDER $2,500.
This is such a huge deal for me, you guys. It’s no small feat designing gowns produced in the U.S. and made in gorgeous, silk fabrics that can be sold at this price point. Not to mention, duh, I’m not going to put my name on it if it’s not super special and thoughtful as well. Everything in this collection – even the custom ‘Little Blue Bow’ collection – is made with silk fabrics, trimmed in delicate laces, handcrafted in Chicago AND available for under $2,500 (with most falling closer to $2,000).
And I fully plan to continue this in the future. I’ll still be doing the higher-end luxe pieces as well, but I really want to become more accessible to a wider audience of sweetie-pie brides. It’s really important to me, and I’m super excited about the possibilities.
Tell everyone you know! ;)
Orchid gown pictured above.
[Photographer: Billy Rood; Hair/Makeup: Bridal Beauty Chicago; Model: Danielle Maddox]
My apologies for not having a chance to post that super cool thing I was supposed to share last week. I didn’t have the opportunity to get in here, because I was working on getting something else together – namely … this:
It’s LIVE. And ohmigod, I am NERVOUS this time around. I mean, I’m always very nervous when I release a collection, to be honest, but I’m living through this one right now, so it feels like the MOST nervous I’ve ever been, even though I know that’s completely not true. Uuuugggh. I’m giving myself high blood pressure and everything.
Just kidding, you guys, obviously I’m just sitting here with a glass of champagne, taking selfies and laughing at the world.
Please take a moment to check out the full Fall 2014 collection – it’s got tons of lace and silk and a shimmer of gold – and don’t miss my new “Little Blue Bow” collection, which is … ALL CUSTOM. Exciting, right??
I’ll be back soon to give you lots of details about both collections, but right now I have to go calm myself the eff down.
P.S. I love you guys. A LOT. It feels good to know I can come here and give you high fives and forget about my responsibilities and potential failures.
[Photographer: Billy Rood; Hair/Makeup: Bridal Beauty Chicago; Model: Danielle Maddox]
So. You missing me yet, or what? Gaaah. First, I’d like to thank you for coming back, and second, I’d like to thank the universe for all of the awesome ladies I have been meeting so far in 2014. It has been such an amazing start to the year! And thanks, universe, for the baby and everything too, duh.
So I maybe watched half of a documentary/infomercial about “The SECRET” on one particularly crabby-baby day recently, and despite my head hurting from all of the eye rolling (and crabbing), I felt a tiny bit humbled by having to acknowledge that somebody already came up with my life philosophy. I mean, not so much the cutting stuff out of magazines and taping it to poster board – I don’t have time to stare at a picture of a Corvette until it manifests itself – but I do TOTALLY believe that you get what you put out into the world. I was feeling so super low for a while there – having your body and mind just WRECKED is a hard thing to accept, even if it is for a totally awesome reason – and I was really starting to worry about my complete lack of motivation. But thankfully once I started throwing some positive energy out into the world, the good stuff started coming back around. So THANKS for being part of that!
Also thanks to my lovely (lovely, lovely) friend Lauren for asking me design her wedding clothes for her amazing wedding last Fall. She’s the “Downton Bride” I kept telling you about, and holy smokes, did she know how to wear a gown:
I really love both of these people. And I love that I got to be there to celebrate with them – it was such a happy wedding. I mean, weddings are just amazing days anyway, and then add to that the incredibly sweet things everyone had to say about these two. It was just a love fest, all around. And it was also totally GORGEOUS, as are the beautiful photos by Studio Starling.
Get a load of the bride’s nieces and nephew, amiright? Don’t you want to just steal them and hug them forever?? You can see more of this charming wedding in the Chicago Sun-Times feature – and make sure to check it out, because there are so many pretty details. Thank you so much, Lauren, for asking me to be a part of your day – you looked absolutely stunning – and CONGRATULATIONS to you and Jason!!
[Images by Studio Starling]
Holy. Smokes. The 2014 bridal season has BEGUN. After taking maternity leave last year, followed a holiday break, I’m super lucky that as soon as I was ready to get back to work, the work was ready to start flowing. And I am so super excited about the projects I’ve got lined up! They are so good, you guys. By the way, I’m able to accept more custom orders than usual this year, so there are still available slots. If you know you want custom, call me right away, please! I’ve still got openings, but my schedule is practically booked solid with consultations. So … act now!
Speaking of custom, I’ve got some amazing pictures to show you of my beautiful bride Kelly and her super cute husband David on their wedding day. They are both so completely adorable, and Kelly is a serious knockout in her blush lace and tulle gown. Just look at these two:
Ohmigod I TOLD YOU. So completely sweet and adorable in every possible way. I had a really hard time narrowing down the images by T&S Hughes Photography to share here, because they are all so lovely and Kelly looks so happy. Lucky for us there are a bunch more on the photographers’ blog here. You must go check them out. Not only are they great wedding photos, but Kelly designed such a beautiful wedding – the color palette alone is so gorgeous (now that I think of it, all of my brides last year had really amazing-looking weddings – I always say I’m so lucky, and I totally mean it). Anyway, it’s always so exciting when a bride comes in and I just instantly know exactly what she’s imagining. That totally happened with Kelly – right down to the veil. I just knew. You know? And not only did I get to design this pretty gown, but I got to spend time with this incredibly sweet woman (and her super sweet mom). Like I said – I’m so lucky.
[Images by T&S Hughes Photography; Hair and Makeup: Bridal Beauty Chicago]
One benefit to having awesome friends (aside from having awesome friends) is that they too have awesome friends. And oftentimes they send those adorable people to me, and then I’m just swimming in adorable, awesome people. And sometimes these friends of friends are also famous, James Beard-award winning chefs. No big deal. I mean, it’s totally not a big deal, unless of course the famous chef is Stephanie Izard (of Top Chef and Girl and the Goat and Little Goat fame), because then the emphasis is most definitely on AWESOME and ADORABLE. She’s the real deal, tootsie pops. And I got to make her wedding gown and veil!
We went with a traditional silhouette, but used this gorgeous French lace with an organic deco pattern for something totally unique. Tiny flowers were also cut from the lace and scattered throughout the skirt. I practically had a heart attack trying to track down that lace in ivory p.s., but I did it. And the heavens opened up and shone down upon us all. The cathedral-length veil was trimmed in two rows of this equally amazing Belgian border lace, which breaks my heart every time I look at it. It’s seriously incredible. And the drape of that veil is THE LIMIT. Love it.
I wish I had taken my own photos before sending this off with the bride, but … you guys I was so, SO pregnant. And it was like a million degrees. And I was a little overcome by how lovely Stephanie looked, and … I forgot. Wah wah. But if you’d like to read more about Stephanie’s wedding to her love boat Gary, and see more pictures of the big day, pop on over to … oh … PEOPLE MAGAZINE. And the Chicago Sun-Times. And a bunch of other places – just google away!
Congratulations to Stephanie and Gary! xoxo
[Wedding images by Jesse Lirola]
I have more wedding pictures for youuu! I’ve been so fortunate to get a bunch of pictures recently from my brides–being under a lot of stress lately has allowed me to forget how truly amazing this year has been. 2013 was a VERY good year for me – both personally and professionally. And even though I lie awake some nights worrying about the same crap everyone else worries about, looking through all of these gorgeous pictures has made me take a pause and acknowledge how genuinely lucky I am. The burdens will ease, and I will forever have been a part of these incredible weddings – the happiest of days – for so many amazing women. *tear*
Now look. at. THESE:
Isn’t Rachel incredible?? She looks so gorgeous I can’t get over it. You may recall us all losing our minds over the dress on the hanger, and isn’t it just perfection on the bride? Love it. I wish I had time to post more pics from the wedding here, because they really got fancy and there are so many great images. But lucky us, Bryan and Mae, their photographers, shared a bunch on their blog. Absolutely go check them out! And slip me a *high five* for everyone freaking about her dress in the comments over there. I don’t mind saying I’m doing a little shoulder shake to myself.
Yay for a gorgeous bride and her handsome groom! Congratulations, Rachel and Luke!! xoxo
[Images by Bryan and Mae]
So if you haven’t guessed by my complete disappearance, everything went well at Closing and we are living in our new fancy condo. Wooo! (p.s. THANK YOU for all of your amazing comments! Love you guys so much.) For the first few days, I wasn’t able to blog because we didn’t have the internet hooked up. Then every day after that I couldn’t blog because I am only one person with two hands and one of those hands is constantly full of baby and the other one is trying to prime and paint kitchen cabinets, paint a dining room, unpack five million boxes, “style” sh*t, fix a leaky faucet, cover my eyes while Keith uncovers a giant MOUSE NEST in the kitchen wall, continue to clean the things I’ve already set up and occasionally brush my hair.
All before Thanksgiving.
I mean, the place isn’t going to be finished before Thanksgiving, but I’d rather it didn’t look like the old rodent nest Keith VACUUMED OUT OF OUR KITCHEN WALL. Amazing things one discovers when one removes hideous cabinetry.
Anyway … the place is actually looking pretty dope, if I do say so myself. You know, as long as you don’t mind cardboard boxes and a giant mess. And while I’ve been trying to stay focused and turn this place into a comfy new home for us, I’ve also been receiving lots of wedding pictures from my amazing brides. !!!
Feast your eyes on this:
Not only is the bride totally gorgeous, but her hubby is quite a hunk. They are both also unbelievably kind (as are both of their moms), and just an all-around joy. I love them and I’m so happy for them and, just as an aside, I’m also totally THRILLED with the gown. *high five* Remember when I was draping it here and here? So amazing to see a gown’s transformation. And I could not have hoped for a more perfect bride to wear it – absolutely stunning! Be sure to check out more images of the wedding here. These people have got some serious STYLE.
[Images by the Ely Brothers]
I’m so excited to show you the new stuff! Pulling this collection together while recovering from childbirth and with a newborn in the house was no small feat (thank goodness for my amazing seamstress!), and that makes the new dresses that much more important to me. They feel so personal – like part of the family (I actually draped the gown pictured above in Poppy’s room while she played in her crib, if you can believe it) – and I’m thrilled to introduce these beautiful cotton fabrics into the line.
I mean …
A crisp, killer gown of cotton pin tuck shirting, underlined in gorgeous silk taffeta? This gown feels so gooooood. And also makes a girl look ten stories tall. You know … no big deal.
Please take a moment to check out the full collection on the website and let me know what you think! xo
[Photographer: Billy Rood; Model: Danielle Maddox; Hair/Makeup: Bridal Beauty Chicago]
Okay. I have all of ZERO MINUTES to write this blog post, but I miss you guys SOOO MUCH, and so I’m popping in with a completely scattered brain and burning-from-exhaustion eyeballs just to say ‘hi’.
And I also want to show you this:
It’s the dreamiest! And so is the beautiful and super sweet bride, Kelly. She’s just a tiny, wispy little thing – the kind of girl you want to pick up and twirl around – and you should see her in this dress! So feminine and lovely. She’s the cutest. And Kelly in this dress is just a burst of perfection. And wait until you see the matching veil! GAH!
I wish I could go on and on about the bride AND the dress, because I love them both so much, but I have to go cry while I watch Poppy get her 1 month baby shots.
Ohmigosh, you guys, nothing is better than THIS:
Or this or this or this or this:
My sweet little baby girl – born August 4th at 8:27am – Poppy Sarah Dumbleton. TOTAL. HEARTBREAKER.
So turns out we had to be induced eight days early, because I had preeclampsia. Wah wah. I was at the hospital for a breastfeeding class, and thought I felt a little off, so I went up to the maternity ward afterwards to get my blood pressure taken, and two hours later I was in induced labor! Seriously crazy. I mean, seriously. My epidural wore off after three hours, so I did the really terrifying stuff without pain meds, and ohmigod it was pretty terrifying. But I am an official badass now, I don’t mind saying. Anyway, then this amazing little creature was presented, and all the happiness in the world was folded up into a neat little package and put inside my pocket.
She’s the sweetest little thing I’ve ever known, and we’ll be together forever and ever.