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!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

All that Glitters.. The DIY Breakdown from Our Autumn Window Display

Hello, Friends!
This season’s window display was inspired by Jean-Honore Fragonard’s painting “The Swing” and the Palace of Versailles.
We know the DIY bride is out there, and if you’re ready to roll up your sleeves we’ve divulged how to recreate the gold garland for your own wedding, reception, or rehearsal dinner below:
Metallic gold spray paint, either Krylon or Rust-Oleum brands (avoid options that include a primer)
Foliage garland
Wire Cutters
Drop Cloths
Arrange foliage on drop cloths outside
Hold spray can about 12” from foliage and coat until desired gold hue*
* I used enough to make the leaves look like metal – our entire display took about 24 cans to complete
After paint has dried, wire-wrap strands of sprayed foliage together until desired length
Create wire loops at different points on the foliage strand to hang

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bridesmaid Trend Report: Spring 2015

Flirty Florals
When searching for a tailored, classic look for your bridesmaids look no further than the Alfred Sung line, manufactured under the Dessy group. Mix and match necklines paired with identical high-low hemlines allow these dresses to adapt to any styling preference, ranging from ‘50s chic to modern metropolitan.

Dresses: Left, Alfred Sung #D586 in Pearl Pink
Right, Alfred Sung #D580 in Jubilee
For an extra touch of femininity, supply your girls with the tools for a light pink lip.
- Lindsay

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Meet Our Bride: Michelle

Due to the popularity of our "Meet Our Bride" series here on the blog, we've decided to post a few "bonus" brides in the coming months. We hope you enjoy meeting a few extra brides of ours! And if you'd like to be featured here on the blog, feel free to email us with your photos and testimonial!

Today, we'd like you to meet Michelle!

I had a great experience at Madeleine's Daughter. My sister and I both got our wedding dresses at MD's. Her wedding dress was the first one she tried on and mine was the 3rd one that I tried on so clearly the staff at MD's listened to what we were looking for and were able to show us exactly what were looking for in a wedding dress!

All photos courtesy of Simply Mella Photography

Didn't Michelle look beautiful? She looks so classic in this lace gown and simple veil. What do you think? Leave a comment and tell us! 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Meet Our Bride: Nicole

From the very first time that I walked into Madeleine's Daughter, I was welcomed by the wonderful and caring staff. Being a first time bride and Madeleine's the only bridal shop that I had ever been in for myself, I was  a bit overwhelmed. I walked in with my team of Judges ready to find the right gown. I had done my research on the internet and had actually found a picture on Pinterest of my dream gown. All I had was a picture- no designer name or anything. Walking through the door at Madeleine's, I knew that they would be the one that I would purchase a gown from. I was immediately greeted by Kristin, my stylist- and right away I could tell by her welcoming and bubbly personality that this was going to be great and I could put any concerns that I had aside. My team of judges and I were brought into this gorgeous room, I then showed Kristin the picture I had and after we agreed on a budget (which is very important) she asked me if I wanted to try on the gown in the picture. My immediate response was "yes of course!" She retrieved the gown and brought it to me. I couldn't believe they had the dress! As soon as I put it on I knew that it was the one! Now, I had only heard of  people saying you will know when its the one and I was hesitant to believe them, so to be sure I had to try on a few others and every time I went back to the first dress! That day I put a deposit on the dress and a few months later it arrived.

I was so impressed from day one- I felt as though I was given the royal treatment by everyone that I came in contact with. Madeleine's Daughter may not have been the closest dress shop to my home, but it was well worth all the extra miles- there was never a detail overlooked. Before long, it was a gorgeous fall day in September and I was about to be married at the Bedford Village Inn. I slipped my dress on and felt that same magical feeling that I did the first time I tried it on so many months prior in the bridal shop. I couldn't have asked for a better dress experience or wedding day. I  achieved my goal with the help of the staff at Madeleine's Daughter. My (now) husband loved the dress and the look on his face when he first saw me is something that I will never forget.

Photos courtesy of A Thousand Moments Photography
What was it like when you came to shop for your bridal gown? Do you have a great story you'd like to share with our readers here on the blog? Email us today and tell us all about it! Don't forget to send photos!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bridesmaid Trend Report: Fall/Winter 2015

Cool Tulles and Anemones
Amsale, a brand known for their quality lightweight fabrics, stay true to their romantic aesthetic with the introduction of new tulle styles. Mix and match these designs in this unique fabric to add individuality and a goddess-like aura around each of your bridesmaids.

Dresses: Left, Amsale #G836U in Mocha
Right, Amsale #G837U in Graphite
Bridesmaid Gift Idea: Coordinate bracelets of your wedding location or a meaningful place between you and your best girls

- Lindsay

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Vineyard Weddings

We have a few really beautiful vineyards here in New England and they truly are a perfect setting for a wedding. Enjoy this little photo gallery of some of our brides in beautiful vineyard settings!

Did you get married in a vineyard or orchard? I'll bet your photos were amazing! Email us today and tell us all about it. Don't forget to send your pictures, too! 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Meet Our Bride: Megan

My experience at Madeleine's was so special.  My family and I were met with patience, kindness and a great selection the day we went to find my wedding dress.  I had been to several stores before going to Madeleine's and was displeased with the lack of attention and lack of selection at other places.  I think what also made my experience at Madeleine's enjoyable was that my consultant, Juhree really listened to my vision and budget but also offered suggestions of options that I had not thought of prior to trying on dresses.  The experience was lovely and stress free.  Thank you for helping to make my dream wedding day a reality with my beautiful dress.

Are YOU a Madeleine's Daughter bride? Would you like to share your story and photos here on our blog? If so, email us today!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Meet Our Bride: Isabeau

Here's another BONUS "Meet Our Bride" post for the week! Enjoy meeting Isabeau today!

Madeleine's Daughter helped me to transform a vague idea of what I wanted into the perfect dress. My stylist considered my budget, my time frame, and the little things I liked or didn't like about each dress. The one I chose was something I never would have pulled off the rack myself; it was beautiful for my mountaintop wedding! I couldn't thank Madeleine's Daughter enough!

All photos courtesy of Christine Tilley Photography

Are YOU a Madeleine's Daughter bride who would like to share her story here on our blog? Email us today and tell us all about your experience! Don't forget to send photos and tell us your photographer as well! 


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