Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Rustic Chic

The great thing about designing your wedding around a rustic-chic theme is that you can have a truly unique setting for it like a farm or an old barn. New England is full of amazing little venues tucked away in all sorts of little towns all over the place. These couples found the perfect barn/farm setting for their wedding and we think it looked amazing!

What was the theme of your wedding? Did you venue inspire that theme or did you search for the perfect place after deciding on the vibe you wanted? Email us today and tell us all about it! 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Meet Our Bride: Rebecca

When I was a little girl, I dreamt of a black wedding dress made out of feathers.  As I began my wedding dress search as an adult, there was a part of me that didn't want to let that crazy vision go (although a black dress was certainly out of the questions)!  Living in New York City, I was surrounded by avant garde bridal shops, all of which were out of my price range.  Stepping into those stores, I felt like an imposter, a pauper parading as a Queen.  Nothing wowed me until I stumbled upon Madeleine's Daughter, which was recommended by a family friend who had found her dress there.  I was helped by Brandie, who could not have been sweeter!  I told her about my slightly different taste and she pulled a few dresses that immediately stood out to me.  All of the dresses were beautiful, but one in particular struck me in a way that no other dress ever had.  As soon as I put it on I knew it was the one, it even had a feather-lined bust!  The little girl inside of me had found her perfect dress, and the adult me had as well.  I would never have found this dress without Brandie and the wonderful staff of Madeleine's Daughter.  I certainly wowed all those New Yorkers!

All photos courtesy of Julia Newman Photography
Are you a Madeleine's Daughter bride who would like to share her experience here on the blog? Email us today with your story and photos!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

From LC to MD: Translate Lauren Conrad's Bridesmaids Tips to Your Own Wedding

Fashion and lifestyle guru Lauren Conrad tied the knot this month to longtime love William Tell, but not before she was featured on The Style Issue cover of Martha Stewart Weddings. At the time, the bride-to-be had not only a gorgeous cover photo and spread in the issue, but she divulged her own tips for creating the best mix and match looks for your bridesmaids on your big day.
By now, we have seen this trend on Pinterest, in a magazine, or at a wedding we attended ourselves. The beauty of this trend, however is that it is ever-evolving: no matter how many times you see mix and match maids, it is done differently. Though sometimes after choosing this aesthetic, it can be difficult to find where to start. Below we have weeded out Conrad's best tips from the article and paired them with images of how you create the look with dresses from our store.

1. & 2. Dare to be different: "An eclectic look makes it more special."
Go to Any Length: "Select one 'maid to rock a different length, or offer it up to the whole group to keep it interesting."
Amsale #G634J, Jim Hjelm #5378, Dessy After Six #2866, Amsale #G837U
3. Embrace Lace: Though this could be a tricky match if the majority of your bridal gown is lace, opting for color, whether bold coral or subtle greys, can create an un-clashing, romantic aesthetic.
Watters: Hawthorn, Hazel, Ash
4. Mix Your Fabrics: As long as the color is consistent, a multi-material bridesmaid party can create a visually unique collection of textures.
Amsale #G865L, Amsale #GA112C, Bill Levkoff #976, Amsale #G867
5. Make Some White Noise: The Middletons, the Kardashians, and many more brides have utilized this ultra-chic, head-turning color choice.
Encore by Watters: Carita, Posey, Heather

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It's a Nice Day for a White Wedding! Or Ivory! Or Champagne! Or Blush!

Did you know that an extremely small percentage of brides actually end up wearing white on their wedding day? That's because most bridal gowns aren't a "true" shade of white. True white is so bright, it actually has blue undertones, making it extremely unflattering on the majority of skin tones. Off white, diamond white and ivory are the most popular bridal gown colors because their undertones are warmer and more flattering to most skin tones. In fact, of the 500 bridal gowns in our shop right now, roughly 1% of them are actually white. 

Surprised by this? It's one of many gown myths we'll be addressing in the coming weeks. If you've heard a statement about bridal gowns and would like to know if it's fact or fiction, leave a comment below or email us today! 

Getting back to color, while about 85% of first-time brides choose some shade of white (ivory, diamond white, natural, etc.) for their bridal gown, there are a handful who choose a slightly bolder color. 

Of the brides who choose NOT to wear some shade of white or ivory, about 24% choose blush instead. This amazing gown by Watters is actually a two-piece design with an English net skirt and a lace appliqued bodice. Stunning! 

Even more popular than blush is champagne and gold. Roughly 46% of first time brides who choose not to wear white choose this color instead. Many dresses are available in golds, champagnes and even taupes. Even brides who love ivory lace often select a darker color beneath it. 

The tradition of wearing white on your wedding day isn't as old as you might think. It was actually Queen Victoria who established the trend when she chose white for her wedding. Prior to that, in much of Europe it was customary to simply wear a nice, new dress, most popularly silver in color, although any color was acceptable including black. Brides wore dresses that suited their social status and in any case wore the best that they could afford. After Queen Victoria wore white, many brides followed suit. Perhaps this is the first example of the media helping to establish a trend, since a photo of Queen Victoria in her white gown was widely published. Many people today believe that white symbolizes virginity or purity, and although that has become its meaning to many people in the last 100 years, it was not the original intent of that color choice. 

Fascinating, isn't it? How do you feel about wedding gown color choice? Would you wear white or ivory? What about blush or champagne? How about red or black? Leave a comment and tell us what you think! 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Meet Our Bride: Allison

From the moment I walked into Madeleine's Daughter I felt extremely comfortable and welcome. Everyone was so friendly and helpful! My consultant really took the time to understand what I was looking for. I bought the first dress I tried on! Madeleine's Daughter was the only Bridal Boutique that I went to and I would highly recommend it to any bride. From the first appointment to the last.. I loved every visit. Thank you for making my experience so wonderful and for the dress of my dreams!

All photos by Zev Fisher Photography
Allison looked like a dream on her wedding day! It made us smile to see these photos. Would you like to share your photos and the story of finding your dress? Email us today!


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