Celebrate: Huntsville Bridal Shop Sample Sale

Our Huntsville Bridal Shop will be hosting a Sample Sale May 21 by appointment only. During the event, all gowns within the sample sale will be 30% to 70% off. Designers included within the sample sale will be Anna Maier, Beccar, Blush by Hayley Paige, Heidi Elnora, Modern Trousseau, and Palazzo by Jane White. Gowns will be priced at incredible discounts and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Payments of credit cards and cash will be accepted during the sample sale. To schedule an appointment, please call (256) 270 8895. 

Photo by Buffy Dekmar. 

Photo by Buffy Dekmar. 

Style Update: Market Trends

Each year our Southern Bridal Shops travel to New York City for bridal market. While this time is used to pick out new samples for our Huntsville Bridal Shop and Nashville Bridal Shop, it is also a time where we can take in the new trends we see on the market as well as a time where we can sit and discuss bridal trends with our designers and other shops from around the world. This year, we definitely were excited to see some amazing new trends hit the market and we are so excited to share the trends we saw at market with our Southern brides. 

Peter Langner Fashion Show.

Peter Langner Fashion Show.

The Ball Gown is In

t seems like every designer this season was into the ball gown and it made us giddy! We know our Southern brides love a good full skirt and our designers this season delivered with amazing A-lines and ball gowns that will make your heart skip a beat. 

Lela Rose Bridal Gown. 

Lela Rose Bridal Gown. 

Jim Hjelm Ball Gown. 

Jim Hjelm Ball Gown. 

Not an Illusion

Many of our designers played with sheer elements - taking sheer fabrication and adding embellishments to cover the bride. These embellishments added some amazing interest and kept us staring to try to figure out exactly what we were looking at. 

Hayley Paige Gown. Photo via Style Me Pretty. 

Hayley Paige Gown. Photo via Style Me Pretty. 

Martina Liana Bridal. Photo via Maggie Louise. 

Martina Liana Bridal. Photo via Maggie Louise. 

Hayley Paige. 

Hayley Paige. 

Interesting Necklines

Gone are the days of the simple sweetheart neckline - this market our designers mixed the necklines up quite a bit and left us simply ecstatic about the options to show brides. As many of our brides know, plunging necklines have been a trend for the last couple of seasons. These were still evident on the runway and many of our designers incorporated them into their collections. However, we also saw a movement towards a more covered neckline for our bride who isn't wishing to bare it all down the aisle. 

Lela Rose Bridal Gown available via our Nashville Bridal Shop. Photo via Thomas Iannaccone. 

Lela Rose Bridal Gown available via our Nashville Bridal Shop. Photo via Thomas Iannaccone. 

Modern Trousseau Ball Gown. 

Modern Trousseau Ball Gown. 

Peter Langner Bridal Gown via Nashville Bridal Shop. Photo via our Nashville Bridal Boutique.

Peter Langner Bridal Gown via Nashville Bridal Shop. Photo via our Nashville Bridal Boutique.

Non-Traditional Fabrications

This season our Alabama Bridal Shop and Tennessee Bridal Shop were elated to see a move from "traditional" bridal fabrications to really amazing embroideries, brocades, and novelty organza fabrics. Many of our designers, including Lela Rose, Hayley Paige, and Peter Langner, used non-traditional fabrications for bridal gowns this season and the results were nothing short of amazing! Each fabrication brought something truly unique to the designer's collection and, in turn, will bring some amazing diversity for both our Alabama Bridal Boutique and Tennessee Bridal Boutique. 

Lela Rose Bridal Gown available via our Nashville Bridal Boutique. Photo via Thomas Iannaccone. 

Lela Rose Bridal Gown available via our Nashville Bridal Boutique. Photo via Thomas Iannaccone. 

Hayley Paige Bridal Gown available via our Huntsville Bridal Boutique. Photo via Nordstrom.

Hayley Paige Bridal Gown available via our Huntsville Bridal Boutique. Photo via Nordstrom.

Peter Langner Bridal Gown available via our Tennessee Bridal Shop. Photo via White Dresses Nashville. 

Peter Langner Bridal Gown available via our Tennessee Bridal Shop. Photo via White Dresses Nashville. 

Ethereal is the New Traditional

Keeping with the trend of ethereal and effortlessly chic designs that we have seen these past few season, we saw many of our designers creating dreamy (and flowy) looks with tons of movement. Ethereal and organic movement is the new tradition and we LOVE it!  

Photo of Tatyana Merenyuk Gowns. 

Photo of Tatyana Merenyuk Gowns. 

All is White

While we continue to see blush and pastel colors on the runways, this season we saw a shift back to true white in many collections. It seemed like all of our designers were loving on true soft white gowns as opposed to the deeper ivory hues we've become accustomed to - and, we must admit, we love this nod back to tradition. 

Lela Rose Bridal Gowns.

Lela Rose Bridal Gowns.

Gown by Jim Hjelm.

Gown by Jim Hjelm.

We hope you are as excited about these new bridal trends and that you have enjoyed the gorgeous gowns we've shared! Our Nashville Bridal Boutique and Huntsville Bridal Boutique can't wait to help you find the perfect gown for your wedding day! 

Under the Ruffles: Gown Preservation

After the dance floor has emptied and the last piece of cake has been eaten many of our brides are left with a question of what to do with their gown. Our Huntsville Bridal Shop and Nashville Bridal Shop are excited to answer a common question we receive from so many brides in today's Under the Ruffles column - how do I clean and preserve my dress?

Photo via Buffy Dekmar Photography.

Photo via Buffy Dekmar Photography.

Q: We just got home from our honeymoon and my dress looks like it had a lot of fun in the dirt (at least you know I was able to get down on the dance floor - haha). Who should I get to clean my dress and how should I preserve it in case my daughter loves it as much as I did?

So many of our darling southern brides ask us about cleaning and preserving their wedding gowns and we are so excited to share all about why this is so important! After you've made the initial investment in your gown, you are going to want to protect that investment - that is where cleaning and preservation come in! While we don't personally offer a gown cleaning and preservation service for our brides, we definitely have some suggestions of people to seek to help keep your gown in great condition.

Since we deal with amazing designer who use only the best fabrics when creating their designs, we suggest cleaning and preservation with J. Scheer & Co. - a cleaning and preservation institution in the wedding industry. The process that J. Scheer employees provides our brides with an amazing customer service experience and a return of their gown in the best condition possible. Before ever working on a bride's gown, J. Scheer completely inspects and analyzes the best tools possible to clean the wedding gown. 

Our work begins with a complete inspection and testing of [a bride’s] dress... We take measurements, analyze fabrics, dyes, and weaves, and note ornaments and their composition. Our detailed notes determine which preservation techniques and cleaning methods are the best for your dress, so that fabrics retain their shape and do not discolor, and embellishments remain affixed.
— J. Scheer & Company

After careful evaluation of a bride's gown, the company determines a treatment plan specifically for the dress they are evaluating. After cleaning and preservation, the company packs the bride's dress properly so that it can be stored for decades. The preservation boxes the company uses archival-quality boxes that resist water and mildew and protect the bridal gown from light, insects, and changes in humidity. Perhaps our favorite part about J. Scheer & Co. is that they suggest unpacking your gown once it arrives - simply asking that you pack it in the same way they did to ensure that it is safe! 

Many times our brides ask about the cost associated with preservation through J. Scheer & Co. The conservation, cleaning and preservation services at J. Scheer begin around $600. Our Alabama Bridal Shop and Tennessee Bridal Shop suggest sending your gown to be preserved as soon as possible (and definitely within the first six months of marriage). 

We hope that you decide to preserve and clean your gown after wedding day! For more information about J. Scheer & Co., please visit their website.

Featured: Southern Bride Magazine

White Dresses was featured on the Southern Bride Magazine blog on April 20, 2016. The feature highlighted a Spanish themed styled shoot that included a gown from White Dresses Huntsville. Our Huntsville Bridal Shop was excited to be able to participate in this gorgeous styled shoot alongside some of the best vendors available for Huntsville weddings. Please make sure to check out the full list of vendors involved in the shoot provided at the end of this post. 

Photo by White Rabbit Studios.

Photo by White Rabbit Studios.

The styled shoot featured a lace modified A-line gown and a stunning hand beaded belt from our Alabama Bridal Shop. To view the full feature, please click here.

Photography: White Rabbit Studios | Event Coordinator + Stylist: Kathleen Bernal Events | Floral Design: Simpson's Florist | Caterer: Ashley's Creative Catering | Cake: Just Crumbs | Stationer: Salt + Paperie | Gown: White Dresses Huntsville | Bridesmaids Top: Anthropologie | China & Lace Rental: Decorous Dishes | Hair Stylist: Ashley, the Fabulous | Make-Up: Exhale Day Spa

New In Store: The Huntsville Bridal Shop Welcomes "Sailor" by Modern Trousseau

White Dresses Huntsville is excited to welcome the "Sailor" gown by Modern Trousseau to our Huntsville Bridal Shop. Our Alabama Bridal Shop is so excited to share this new gorgeous lace gown with our amazing Alabama brides. Check out the images of Sailor below and make sure to read all the details about this lovely number.

Photo via Modern Trousseau.

Photo via Modern Trousseau.

{About the Gown}

Sailor is a gorgeous modern twist on a true classic designed by Modern Trousseau. This fit to flare beauty boasts embroidered Italian tulle with a scoop neckline and a corseted bodice. We can't get over the stunning chapel train.

Photo of Sailor during Bridal Market. 

Photo of Sailor during Bridal Market. 

White Dresses Huntsville shared why they love Sailor and can't wait to see Alabama brides walking down the aisle in this amazing gown.

The classic silhouette paired with the gorgeous embroidered tulle creates such a unique look for brides to wear down the aisle. I love how Modern Trousseau has taken a very classic gown and given it a whole new life with this unique fabrication. I know so many of our Huntsville brides will love it and I am so proud to offer it as an option at our Huntsville Bridal Boutique.
— Morgan Bolen, White Dresses Huntsville Owner
Photo via Modern Trousseau.

Photo via Modern Trousseau.

Bustled: The Birmingham Wedding of Diana Bostick Cowgill

Diana Bostick was wed to George Cowgirl in December of 2015. Diana wore a stunning Kenneth Pool gown from our Alabama Bridal Shop. Our Huntsville Bridal Shop was honored to be able to assist Diana in finding her wedding gown and wish this sweet couple a lifetime of wedded bliss. 

Diana and I became friends in the seventh grade while attending the Alabama School of Fine Arts together. Though we don't talk often, when we do it is like no time has passed. I treasure her as a special friend that has known me through some of life's most awkward phases. I am honored that you allowed me to be a part of your wedding day and love you so very much sweet friend! - Ella

Photography: Rachel and Noah Ray | Ceremony Venue: Pioneer Chapel at Oak Hill Cemetery | Reception Venue: Black Market Bar & Grill | Hair and Makeup: Brittany McNaughton, Christina Guthrie, and Christina Robin | Car: Rob Conrad's Classic Cars | Dress: White Dresses (Bridal) + Stella Reese (Reception Gown) + Catherine Ryals (Alterations) | Florals: Shelby McDonald | Cake: Lennon Harrison 

Morgan's Getting Married: The Proposal

Yay! The White Dresses family is excited to announce that our sweet Huntsville Bridal Shop Owner is getting married! Morgan and her handsome hubby to be, Paul, were engaged at The Biltmore in North Carolina in October of 2015.

White Dresses will be documenting Morgan's trip down the aisle - so check back often to hear about all of her planning! And check out Morgan's gorgeous engagement pictures from our good friend Sleepy Fox Photography. 

Celebrate: A Huntsville Trunk Show featuring Ines di Santo

White Dresses Huntsville is excited to host an Ines di Santo Trunk Show April 8th through April 9th. The Huntsville trunk show will feature some of our favorite carryovers and the newest collection from Ines di Santo. Our Huntsville Bridal Shop can't wait to showcase all of these amazing new gowns for our Southern brides. Appointments are booking fast, so be sure to call our Huntsville Bridal Boutique as soon as possible to reserve your spot.

Photo courtesy of Ines di Santo. 

Photo courtesy of Ines di Santo. 

What is a Trunk Show?

A trunk show allows a designer to send their full collection to share with brides in the area. Even though our Alabama Bridal Shop offers the Ines di Santo Collection year round, we only carry a carefully curated selection of gowns from each of our designers. During a trunk show, the full collection is available and a special perk (like a discount) will be offered. 

Photo via Ines di Santo. 

Photo via Ines di Santo. 

{The Details}

The Ines di Santo Trunk Show will be held April 8-9 and will highlight the newest collection from Ines di Santo along with some amazing carryover styles. Appointments are required and a 10% off incentive will be offered. When scheduling an appointment, please let our Alabama Bridal Salon know that you are interested in the Ines di Santo Trunk Show. The Ines di Santo Collection offers gowns ranging from $4,800 to $15,000, with most gowns ranging from $4,800 to $9,000. 

Photo via Brides Magazine. 

Photo via Brides Magazine. 

Make sure to schedule your appointment at the best bridal shop in Alabama to view these amazing gowns! 

White Dresses Favorites Under $6,000

Our Southern Bridal Shops are excited to share our favorite gowns under $6,000! These gowns will leave you with your jaws dropped and dying to try them on! Get ready to be wowed by the White Dresses Favorites Under $6,000. 

Ella's Favorites Under $6,000

Anna Maier: Gabrielle

Gabrielle, by Anna Maier, is a gorgeous slim fitted gown with gorgeous lace and a stunning off-the-shoulder neckline. 

Photo via Sleepy Fox Photography. 

Photo via Sleepy Fox Photography. 

Gabrielle has quickly become one of my favorite gowns to share with brides at our Nashville Bridal Shop. The gown boasts a stunning neckline and the fit looks amazing on so many different shapes. The fit is literally out of this world and I know any time I pull it the bride is going to feel amazing in it!
— Ella Kinsland, White Dresses Co-Founder and Nashville Bridal Boutique Owner

Lela Rose: The Spring

he Spring, by Lela Rose, is a stunning crepe gown with a lace illusion neckline and a deep back. The hem of the skirt boasts a stunning lace. 

Photo via Elizabeth Johns Bridal. 

Photo via Elizabeth Johns Bridal. 

The Spring is one of those gowns that I just can’t seem to get enough of. Everything about the gown is absolutely stunning - from the neckline to the gorgeous crepe fabric, to the deep back, to the amazing lace hem! It is a modern twist on a very classic gown and looks so great on so many different silhouettes. It is a must pull at our Nashville Bridal Salon and an immediate favorite among our Nashville brides that try her on!
— Ella Kinsland, White Dresses Co-Founder and Nashville Bridal Boutique Owner

Kara's Favorites Under $6,000

Lela Rose: Magnolia Tree

The Magnolia Tree, by Lela Rose, is a stunning corded organza lace A-line gown with cap sleeves and an open back. 

Photo via the Plumed Serpent. 

Photo via the Plumed Serpent. 

One of my favorite gowns in the shop is the Magnolia Tree by Lela Rose. This romantic gown provides such different look for our brides - the corded lace illusion neckline and open back provide just the right amount of coverage and openness and the flowy organza fabric really is perfect for brides saying I do in the Southern United States.
— Kara Leonard, White Dresses Co-Founder and Nashville Bridal Shop Owner

Anna Maier: Christia

Christia, designed by Charles of Anna Maier, is a stunning trumpet lace gown with a fabulous sweetheart neckline. 

Photo via Brides Magazine. 

Photo via Brides Magazine. 

Christia by Anna Maier has consistently been a favorite since it arrived at our Nashville Bridal Boutique. I absolutely adore the sweetheart neckline on the gown - it is so flattering!
— Kara Leonard, White Dresses Co-Founder and Nashville Bridal Salon Owner

Morgan's Favorites Under $6,000

Modern Trousseau: Sailor

Sailor, designed by Modern Trousseau, is a stunning fit to flare lace gown with a scooped neckline. 

Photo via Modern Trousseau. 

Photo via Modern Trousseau. 

Sailor has instantly become a favorite at our Huntsville Bridal Shop. The stunning neckline and amazing fit provides a modern twist on a classic wedding gown.
— Morgan Bolen, Huntsville Bridal Boutique Owner

Hayley Paige: Lennon

ennon, designed by Hayley Paige, is an ivory pleated English net ball gown with a V-neck ballerina bodice with geometric art deco beading, full layered skirt of English net and organza. 

Lennon is easily one of our favorite gowns at our Huntsville Bridal Boutique. Brides who have visited our Huntsville Bridal Salon have loved this gown’s geometric art deco beading. And no one can beat a Hayley Paige ball gown!
— Morgan Bolen, Huntsville Bridal Salon Owner

To view any of the bridal gowns listed above, please contact either our Tennessee Bridal Shop or our Alabama Bridal Shop. 

White Dresses Boutique Loves Brittany Benton Massey

White Dresses Boutique LOVES Brittany Benton Massey

Photo provided by Brittany Benton Massey. 

Photo provided by Brittany Benton Massey. 

Our Southern bridal shops are excited to share a new vendor with all of our amazing Southern brides! Meet Brittany Benton Massey, the creative behind Hair & Make Up by BBM.

One of the most important vendors to enlist for your wedding day is your hair and makeup artist - they help to create the full look you are desiring for wedding day and their work will be front and center in every picture your photographer snaps! Over the years we have had the opportunity to meet so many talented vendors, including hair and makeup artists. Few have stood out as much as Brittany Massey. Her work is simply captivating and she has been featured on just about every wedding blog out there! We love her classic styles and fresh approach to makeup and hair, but maybe our favorite part about Brittany is her sweet spirit and truly caring personality! Brittany radiates joy and we love that about her! We sat down with Brittany to learn about her business, share about the type of makeup and hair options she loves to do, and learn about the amazing services she offers to Alabama brides, Tennessee brides, and brides from across the Southeastern United States! Make sure to look through all of the pictures shared to see Brittany in action and her work on some of our own brides! 

Photo provided by Brittany Benton Massey. 

Photo provided by Brittany Benton Massey. 

Q: How did you get into the wedding industry? 

A: When I was in college at Alabama, a ministry I was involved in decided to enter me in the Mrs. Corolla pageant. Having zero idea how to do pageant hair and makeup, the place I got my dress from offered to let the lady who did hair and makeup for them come to the pageant to do mine. The whole time she was doing my hair and makeup, my heart was bursting with excitement and curiosity, and I could literally sense God telling me that this was part of the journey that he was about to lead me on. That next semester, with a lot of prayer and parental guidance, I switched to cosmetology school. I got introduced into the wedding world by doing some behind the scenes work for Alabama Weddings Magazine and my love for weddings developed. I knew right away it was what I wanted my main focus to be on in doing hair and makeup. 

: What type of bride do you normally cater to? 

A: I have dealt with quite the variety of brides - from a bride on a budget to the bride with an endless budget! Over the last seven to eight years of doing this, I have been extremely blessed with some of the sweetest and most joyful brides out there. I like to talk with my clients before booking, so I can get to know them, what their wedding is like, what venue they are hosting the wedding at, the wedding style or theme, and the wedding color scheme. By communicating with the brides, I get a feel on whether or not it is a client that will align with my vision and style. 

Photo by W&E Photographie. 

Photo by W&E Photographie. 

Q: What is your favorite look for wedding day makeup and hair? 

A: Honestly, a look that just enhances their natural beauty. One that is soft, yet bold - a look that highlights their features without over doing it or caking the makeup on. I am all for some dramatic smokey eyes, but my favorite looks always end up being the ones that are softer and speak for themselves. 

Q: Are there any new trends or styles that you would suggest brides to look into?

A: I've seen more brides lately wanting their hair down and not overly curled or messy. It is a very classic look and a very timeless look. It also allows the bride to look more like themselves, instead of having an up-do in which they normally never do. I've loved creating those looks.   

Photo via W&E Photographie. 

Photo via W&E Photographie. 

Q: What is your favorite part of a wedding? 

A: Oh goodness! Just one part? I seriously love it all, but if I had to pick - it would be the moment right before the bride and groom say "I do" and kiss. You can sense the anticipation and excitement bouncing between the bride and groom - becoming so evident that they literally can't wait to speak those words! 

Q: Why is it important to hire a professional hair and makeup artist? 

A: It takes all the pressure off of you or a "friend who is good at it" and allow you to enjoy your day stress and worry free! My favorite thing about being a professional hair and makeup artist is being able to travel to the bride and her maids and allowing them to relax and hang out all day without having to worry about traveling around to a salon or getting stuck in traffic. Getting a professional basically just makes your day stress free! 

Photo via Jonathon Kohn Photography. 

Photo via Jonathon Kohn Photography. 

Q: How early should a bride book a hair and makeup artist? 

A: Honestly, after you nail down the date and venue you should reach out to them! You wouldn't think it, but we book up pretty quick! Unlike most other vendors who can book multiple weddings in one weekend, we can only book one or two - so brides should definitely jump on it!

Both our Nashville Bridal Shop and Huntsville Bridal Shop love for our brides to work with amazing hair and makeup artists like Brittany! Brittany Benton Massey is available to book weddings across the Southeastern United States. To book Brittany for your upcoming wedding, engagement or other makeup or hair need, please contact Brittany by calling 205-835-6415. You will be so happy you enlisted her for your event! 

Celebrate: Hayley Paige Trunk Show

Our Huntsville Bridal Boutique is excited to share that we will be hosting a Hayley Paige Trunk Show March 24-25. The trunk show will feature some of our favorite carryovers and we absolutely can't wait! Appointments are booking fast, so be sure to call our Huntsville Bridal Shop as soon as possible to snag your spot! 

Photo by Ariel Renae Photography. 

Photo by Ariel Renae Photography. 

What is a Trunk Show?

During a trunk show, designers send our boutique their full collection to share with brides in the area. Even though our Alabama Bridal Shop offers the Hayley Paige Collection year round, we only carry a carefully curated selection of gowns from each designer. During a trunk show, the full collection is available and a special perk (like a discount) is offered. 

Photo via Ariel Renae Photography. 

Photo via Ariel Renae Photography. 

{The Details}

The Hayley Paige Trunk Show will be held March 24-25 and will highlight some of our favorite Hayley Paige carryover styles! Appointments are required. When scheduling, please let our Alabama Bridal Salon know that you are interested in the Hayley Paige Trunk Show. The Hayley Paige Collection offers gowns ranging from $2,200 to $7,000, with most gowns ranging from $3,000 to $5,000. 

Make sure to schedule your appointment at one of the best bridal shops in Alabama to view these amazing gowns! 

White Dresses Boutique Loves White Rabbit Studios

White Dresses Boutique LOVES White Rabbit Studios

Photo by White Rabbit Studios. 

Photo by White Rabbit Studios. 

Our little Southern bridal shops are so excited to introduce our newest column - a vendor spotlight on some of the most talented creatives in the wedding industry! And we couldn't be more excited to share one of our favorite friends and photographers, WHITE RABBIT STUDIOS, with you for our very first installment!

Photo by White Rabbit Studios. 

Photo by White Rabbit Studios. 

Over three years ago, Kara and Ella set out to enlist some of the most talented vendors in the Alabama bridal industry for our first photo shoots for our Huntsville Bridal Shop. One of the very first vendors we came across was Ashley of White Rabbit Studios. Ashley's photographs are out of this world and her amazing personality just is the icing on the cake! We feel so lucky to get to work with her, but even more lucky to call her a friend! We sat down with Ashley to learn about her business, to share about photographing weddings, and to help our brides learn about the amazing offerings that White Rabbit Studios has for Alabama brides, Tennessee brides, and brides from across the United States!

Photo by White Rabbit Studios. 

Photo by White Rabbit Studios. 

Q: How did you get into the photography industry? 

A: Growing up, I always had an appreciation for all thins artsy and unique. My parents encouraged my growth, experimentation, and supported my "wild hair" ideas. Before high school, my dad gifted me the camera he learned on and used throughout his life - an Olympus OM10. He taught me the ins and outs of the camera and the art of film. When I left to shoot my first roll, he told me how important it was to "shoot what you love." That has carried me throughout my first days as a hobby photographer, to helping me craft my eye, to the personal work I'm always curating, and of course into the wedding industry. I am a sap by nature, and when I am surrounded by love I thrive! 

Photo by White Rabbit Studios.

Photo by White Rabbit Studios.

Q: How did you get into the wedding industry? 

A: I shot my first wedding after my mom's friend, Rhiannon, had her photographer bail (without notice) a week before their wedding date. She had seen personal photography images (mainly landscapes and such) I had taken and asked if I would be interested. I was absolutely terrified, yet very excited at the opportunity. I loved every single minute of the wedding day! After hearing how much she loved her wedding photos, I thought it might be a "fun adventure" to see what would happen if I put it out there that I was a photographer for hire! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would fall head over heels in love with photographing weddings! It's riveting, blissful, and such a meaningful occupation for me! 

Photo by White Rabbit Studios. 

Photo by White Rabbit Studios. 

Q: Do you shoot film, digital, or both at weddings?

A: I prefer to shoot with film. Although I love the convenience and appreciate the mechanics behind digital photography, there is something about the tonal range, the quality, and the lasting imprint with film that doesn't quite compare to digital. You can find both in my camera bag with my main "workhorse" being the film cameras. The digital camera is there for backup and if I need to push my ISO for the intimate, low-lighting reception coverage. 

Photo by White Rabbit Studios. 

Photo by White Rabbit Studios. 

Q: What type of bride do you normally cater to? 

A: The brides that most often connect with my work are women who have a strong lust for the wild and free side of love. The ones that can recall the exact moment(s) they fell in love with their spouse. They want this free-spirited love harnessed in their wedding photos. I love to help them plan their day in a way that unfolds organically by utilizing the natural light and the natural love from the day.

Photo by White Rabbit Studios. 

Photo by White Rabbit Studios. 

Q: What is your favorite part of a wedding? 

A: That is a hard one as there are so many moments that make me swoon! First looks are often tear jerkers for me. I also love when the couple is announced right after the first kiss - that feeling of relief (from planning, organizing, and thinking about the ceremony) and excitement (time to start the adventure of life together) is an incredible one to capture! 

Photo by White Rabbit Studios. 

Photo by White Rabbit Studios. 

Q: What are some tips and suggestions for brides on choosing a wedding photographer?

A: It's very important to connect with your photographer! Often times, they will be around you more than your future spouse during your wedding day! If there is a way to meet or Skype with them before your wedding day, I would suggest doing so as it is a great way to get a feel for each other. You can never over-share with your photographer - I encourage my couples to tell me anything and everything about their day - basically, if they need to gush - I'm their girl! I think it's also important to work with your photographer on the timeline of the day. If you are hiring a planner to help with such things, maybe reach out and ask your photographer if they have suggestions in addition to what the planner is thinking. Everyone loves to work together to ensure that your wedding day is stress free and just as wondrous as you've been dreaming! 

Ashley of White Rabbit Studios. 

Ashley of White Rabbit Studios. 

Both our Nashville Bridal Shop and Huntsville Bridal Boutique love when our brides work with this talented photographer! White Rabbit Studios is available to shoot weddings throughout the United States and worldwide. To book White Rabbit Studios for an upcoming wedding, engagement or other photography need, please visit White Rabbit Studios. You will be so happy that you enlisted her for your event! 

Photo via White Rabbit Studios. 

Photo via White Rabbit Studios. 

Celebrate: Palazzo by Jane White Trunk Show

Sweet Alabama Brides and Tennessee Brides - don't forget our Palazzo by Jane White Trunk Show this weekend at both our Huntsville Bridal Shop and Nashville Bridal Shop! Amazing gowns from the line will be in store for the weekend and we will be offering a 10% discount at both locations on any Palazzo by Jane White bridal gowns sold! This is the perfect time for you to say yes to an incredible dress! Please make sure to book an appointment by calling either our Alabama Bridal Shop at (256) 270 8895 or our Tennessee Bridal Shop at (615) 840 7478.

Photo via White Rabbit Studios.

Photo via White Rabbit Studios.

Under the Ruffles: Trendy v. Traditional

White Dresses is so excited to answer a question from a sweet Alabama Bride in today's Under the Ruffles column. Make sure to gather your questions and send them to either our Huntsville Bridal Shop or Nashville Bridal Shop to see them answered on the blog. 

Photo via JLM Couture.

Photo via JLM Couture.

Q: I am absolutely loving some of the trends I am seeing in bridal gowns, but my mom keeps reminding me that I want a timeless gown to look back on. Should I select something that is trendy now or something that is traditional and will stand the test of time? 

First, there is absolutely no right answer to this question — it is really all about personal preference and what you want your wedding to embody. While we probably can't tell you what direction you should go in, we definitely can give you some advice for making sure that the gown you pick is perfect for your wedding day. 

Here at White Dresses, we love both timeless and traditional gowns and gowns that are of the moment and trendy! When deciding what type of gown you should pick for wedding day, we suggest asking yourself three simple questions — (1) How do I want to feel in my gown?, (2) What look best embodies my personality?, and (3) What type of pictures have I been gravitating towards? Answering those questions will likely help direct you on the gown that will be perfect for you and your wedding. 

We chatted with White Dresses Nashville owner, Kara Leonard, for her take on how to determine if you should go trendy or traditional for your wedding look. 

I think brides have to look at their everyday wardrobe and really try to mimic that on an elevated level for wedding day - are you a bride that is constantly watching trends or do you tend to stick with tried and true looks no matter what is in the pages of your favorite fashion magazine? Answering that question will likely tell you what you would feel most comfortable with doing on your wedding day. If you always are looking for new trends, a traditional gown might not be the best option for you. Conversely, if you love dressing in all J. Crew clothing and love that really traditional look, don’t let wedding day be the first day you step out of that box.
— Kara Leonard, White Dresses Co-Founder and Nashville Bridal Salon Owner

One thing to keep in mind is to not let the potential of your future thoughts on the gown deter you from selecting the gown you feel best in. Fashion is always evolving and changing and your tastes will likely evolve and change as well. As long as you feel your best in the moment on your wedding day - you will always look back on your wedding pictures with fond memories. 

To schedule an appointment to see traditional or trendy gowns, please call our Nashville Bridal Boutique or Huntsville Bridal Boutique. 

Under the Ruffles: When to Shop

Our Southern Bridal Shops have loved hearing your questions and sharing our expertise to try to help you make your bridal shopping experience perfect. The question today is a really important one and we are so glad one of our Nashville Brides sent us a little question concerning when to shop! Make sure to send your questions to either our Huntsville Bridal Shop or our Nashville Bridal Shop to see them answered on the blog. 

Photo via White Rabbit Studios.

Photo via White Rabbit Studios.

Q: My wedding isn't until January 2017. When would be the best time to shop for and order my wedding gown?

We hear this question ALL the time from our southern brides and we are so happy to be able to share about the timeline of getting your gown in! We suggest that all brides shop for and purchase gowns nine to twelve months before their wedding. This timeline isn't unique to our Southern bridal shops - it is a pretty universal timeline that can be adopted no matter where you are searching for your gown. 

Our Nashville Bridal Boutique and Huntsville Bridal Boutique want to help explain the timeline of a gown becoming perfect for your wedding day to help our brides understand that timeline suggestion of 9-12 months out from their wedding. When a bride comes into our shops, we have a one-on-one consultation with bride to determine what exactly they are looking for. After they have found the gown in our shop, we take measurements to determine a size to order or take measurements to send to the designer so that the gown can be created for their body. Once a designer receives an order, they have to order the material needed for the bride's gown and begin the construction process. Since our designers are so amazing and the creation of a wedding gown is a truly intricate process, most require we order gowns four to six months before they are due to us. Once a gown is received, we start the alterations process immediately. Our seamstresses request two to three months for the alterations, depending on the type of gown and their workload. This ensures that we get the bride her gown at minimum a month before her wedding. 

A lot of brides have asked about rushing options and we definitely do offer rush options for the majority of our brands. However, these normally come with a fee attached. For most of our brides, weddings are already expensive - so why stress yourself and your pocketbooks out more by waiting? Additionally, our alterations specialists can rush gowns received closer to the wedding date. However, they also attach a small rush fee to alterations since they have to cease working on gowns that were already brought in to them in plenty of time. Adequately giving yourself enough time to find the right gown will make the whole process so much easier, not to mention cheaper! 

If you have a shorter wedding date timeline, definitely give us a call and we can help you by determining if we have enough time to order a gown! 

That being said, we never suggest shopping before you are ready to make a commitment to a wedding gown. You never know when you are going to have that perfect bridal moment and brides should be ready to commit to a gown when that moment happens because it is hard to recreate that feeling. 

To schedule an appointment at our Tennessee Bridal Shop or Alabama Bridal Shop, please head over to the Contact Page of the website! 

Bridal Inspiration: Shoes

Our Alabama Bridal Shop + Tennessee Bridal Shop absolutely adore seeing all of the amazing shoes our Southern brides bring in during their fittings. No matter if our bride is going for comfort or glamour on her wedding day, we are obsessed with seeing the shoe choices our precious brides make. Our Nashville Bridal Shop and Huntsville Bridal Shop have been busy pinning away to some of our favorite bridal shoes available and we wanted to share some of the gorgeousness with you. To see all of our favorite shoes, please visit our Shoe Board on Pinterest!

While our bridal shops don't offer any shoes currently, we've thought about carrying a few lines! What would you guys like to see if we did decide to carry some amazing bridal shoes?

Photo 1: Manolo Blahnik via Christian Oth Studios as shared by ModWedding | Photo 2: Badgley Mischka via Pinterest as shared by ModWedding | Photo 3: Unknown Designer via Pinterest as shared by Colin Cowie Weddings | Photo 4: BHLDN

Celebrate: A Nashville + Huntsville Trunk Show featuring Palazzo by Jane White Trunk Show

Our Alabama Bridal Shop + Tennessee Bridal Shop will be hosting a Palazzo by Jane White Trunk Show in March. White Dresses Huntsville will be hosting the Palazzo by Jane White Trunk Show March 12 and White Dresses Nashville will be hosting a Palazzo by Jane White Trunk Show March 13. The latest collection from Palazzo by Jane White will be in store for brides to look on! This will be the perfect time to select the gown to wear as you say I do! All Palazzo by Jane White gowns purchased during the trunk show will receive a 10% discount and Jane will be here in person to meet with our brides to discuss custom options. 

Photo via Palazzo by Jane White.

Photo via Palazzo by Jane White.

What is a Trunk Show? 

A trunk show is an event where a designer brings their entire collection for a store to show off to their brides! Usually shops carry a handpicked selection of gowns from each collection a designer releases. Trunk shows allow brides to see the full collection a designer shows while offering amazing perks - like a discount or a designer appearance!

Photo via Palazzo by Jane White.

Photo via Palazzo by Jane White.

{The Details}

The Palazzo by Jane White Trunk Show will be held at our Huntsville Bridal Shop on March 12 and at our Nashville Bridal Shop on March 13. The trunk shows will feature the latest collection from Palazzo by Jane White and the designer will be visiting both our Huntsville Bridal Boutique and our Nashville Bridal Boutique to consult with brides concerning custom changes. Appointments are required. When scheduling, please let our Southern bridal shops know that you are interested in the Palazzo by Jane White Trunk Show. A 10% discount will be given to brides who purchase a Palazzo by Jane White gown during the trunk show. The Palazzo by Jane White Collection offers gowns ranging in price from $2,000 to $6,000, with most gowns ranging in price from $2,500 to $4,000. 

Under the Ruffles: Things to Bring to a Bridal Appointment

Our Southern Bridal Shops are so excited to share another answer to a question we received from a bride for our Under the Ruffles column! Make sure to send our Southern bridal boutiques your questions to see them answered right here on the blog! 

Photo via White Rabbit Studios.

Photo via White Rabbit Studios.

Q: I absolutely can't wait for my appointment, but I am wondering what I need to bring with me in order to see the dresses the best. Can you tell me what you would suggest to bring along for trying on sample gowns? 

Being prepared for your bridal appointment will make it so much more enjoyable - so props to you for being one step ahead by checking in on what to bring with you to your appointment! When coming to your bridal appointment, there are definitely some necessities that you should bring - including a strapless bra and full coverage underwear. This blog post will hopefully make deciding what to bring along with you to help you find the perfect gown easy! 

Strapless Bra: We have brides ask us all the time whether they need a strapless bra to try on. While it isn't mandatory, it definitely can help seeing the gowns much easier. Even if you are not interested in a strapless gown, most formalwear boasts necklines that don't work with normal bra straps - so seeing is made much easier if we don't have to worry about pesky strapless messing up our vision!

Nashville Bridal Shop Tip: Our Southern Bridal Shops suggest the Venus Cupid Bra, which is a strapless and backless bra that provides great support and lift! 

Full Coverage Panties: We know that you probably aren't sporting granny panties on a regular basis, but you might think about packing a pair for your bridal appointment. You will be getting in and out of gowns with the help of a consultant (aka - a total stranger) and having your bum covered will probably make you feel more comfortable during the process. While full coverage underwear are not required, some form of panties are for health reasons - so leave going commando for wedding day. 

Nashville Bridal Boutique Tip: Our Southern Bridal Shops suggest a nude pair of seamless panties from Victoria's Secret. 

Shoes: If you are planning on wearing a nice pair of stilettos on wedding day, you probably want to pack them with you for trying on! This will help when we are measuring you for the gown you find, as we can ensure the length will be right on the gown we order. In fact, if you are planning on wearing any shoes besides flats - bringing them with you can definitely help! 

Huntsville Bridal Shop Tip: If you are looking for a comfortable pair of shoes that also provides height, we suggest a wedge. While it might not be the Jimmy Choo stilettos you were dreaming of, you will be able to walk on your Honeymoon without wanting to cry!

Heirloom Accessories: Our Southern brides love a good heirloom and we definitely agree that incorporating a little of your past is a sweet gesture for wedding day! If you are planning on wearing a special veil or piece of jewelry, make sure to bring it with you for trying on gowns so that you can make sure the gown you pick works perfectly with the heirloom piece. 

Huntsville Bridal Boutique Tip: Many brides have friends or sisters who have walked down the aisle before them! Chat with each other to determine if there is a veil or sash that could work for everyone to share! 

Pictures: Pictures really are worth a thousand words and having an idea of what you like before you ever come in will really help your consultant. If you can't send photos via e-mail first, make sure to try to bring photos from Pinterest or magazines with you so we can get an idea of what you are looking for! 

We hope this helps you with deciding what to bring for your appointment! Make sure to check our blog often to find special events we might be having. To schedule an appointment, please call either our Alabama Bridal Shop or our Tennessee Bridal Shop.

Dress Theory: "Prague" by Ines di Santo

Prague by Ines di Santo is one of our favorite statement gowns available at our Huntsville Bridal Boutique. We love the gorgeous lace, the body hugging fit, and the lace illusion back detail! Since arriving at our Alabama Bridal Shop, Prague has been a favorite of our consultants and our brides!

Photo via White Rabbit Studios.

Photo via White Rabbit Studios.

When accessorizing Prague, we believe less is more. We would suggest a gorgeous lace trimmed veil from Toni Federici along with a pair of dangly rose gold or gold earrings from Haute Bride!

Photo by White Rabbit Studios.

Photo by White Rabbit Studios.

{Deconstructing the Gown}

Silhouette: Trumpet | Fabric: Lace | Neckline: Scoop | Skirt: Trumpet | Train: Chapel

Photo by White Rabbit Studios.

Photo by White Rabbit Studios.

Our Alabama Bridal Boutique Owner, Morgan Bolen, shared why Prague is a must pull at the Huntsville Bridal Shop!

Prague by Ines di Santo is one of our absolute favorite gowns here at the Huntsville Bridal Salon - we love the gorgeous lace and the subtle blush the gown is sampled in. Our favorite thing about Prague is the fit! Talk about a sexy and stunning gown to wow your guests!
— Morgan Bolen, Huntsville Bridal Boutique Owner

To schedule an appointment at our Alabama Bridal Shop (which has been named the Best Bridal Shop in Alabama), please call (256) 270 8895.

Designed: Meet White Dresses Huntsville Designer Ines di Santo

Meet Ines di Santo, the designer behind the Ines di Santo brand available at our Huntsville Bridal Shop. 

Ines di Santo is one of the most luxurious bridal designers available in the world and our Alabama Bridal Shop is absolutely ecstatic to be able to offer her gowns to Alabama brides! Ines di Santo and her daughter, Veronica, create the amazing looks shown each season with the most precise attention to detail and devotion to true couture fit. Without a doubt, this line speaks of amazing luxury and devotion to couture detailing - making it perfect for the Southern bride who wants to wow her guests as she walks down the aisle. 

Photo via Ruven Afanador from New York Magazine. 

Photo via Ruven Afanador from New York Magazine. 

The Ines di Santo brand was founded in the early 1980s in Toronto, Canada. Since its inception, the line has been featured in countless national and international fashion magazines as it has won countless praise for its couture construction, impeccable fabrics, and devotion to the tiniest details. 

Photo via Ines di Santo. 

Photo via Ines di Santo. 

White Dresses Co-Founder, Kara Leonard, shared what makes her absolutely obsessed the Ines di Santo Collection each season. 

Ines herself is one of the loveliest human beings I have ever personally met and I feel her sweet disposition can be felt throughout the collection by seeing the time consuming details she puts into each gown. Every gown Ines walks at market is a true work of art - always wowing. For me a bride who chooses an Ines di Santo gown is a bride who is looking to make a statement on her wedding day, wants to leave the guests speechless, and desires to wear a true work of art on their wedding day.
— Kara Leonard, White Dresses Co-Founder
Photo via Ines di Santo. 

Photo via Ines di Santo. 

Morgan Bolen, owner of our Huntsville Bridal Shop, shared what made her pick up the line. 

We routinely hear from our brides that we have the best selection of gowns in Alabama and that they look different than other places they have visited - we owe that to designers like Ines who consistently produce extremely detailed pieces of art. When selecting gowns for our shop, we overview the construction and attention to detail - which made selecting Ines as a brand to offer extremely easy. She is a designer for a glamorous bride.
— Morgan Bolen, Huntsville Bridal Boutique Owner
Photo via Ines di Santo. 

Photo via Ines di Santo. 

To schedule an appointment to try on a gown at our award winning Alabama bridal shop, please call (256) 270 8895.