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"Knot to Miss" Bridal Charity Auction at the Dandelion Patch

Book your vendors at this event benefitting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Image courtesy The Dandelion Patch.

Recently engaged? Planning your big day? Why not book your vendors and nab some amazing wedding-day goods while giving back to an important cause?

Thursday, May 28, The Dandelion Patch in Vienna is opening its doors for a bridal auction benefitting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Join some of the area’s top vendors for an evening of bidding wars and bites from a great gathering of local vendors who have donated their services—with everything from a cake to feed 100 guests K. Rose Cakes to an engagement photo session from Love Life Images to $600 towards your dream dress of $2,500 or more at Love Couture Bridal up for grabs.

Washingtonian Bride & Groom’s editor-in-chief Sarah Zlotnick, and assistant editor, Caroline Cunningham, will be on hand to offer insider tips to the brides and grooms-to-be as they browse the selection of goods from over 40 of DC’s best caterers, makeup artists, photographers, entertainers, cake bakers, and videographers.

Swing by this “Knot to Miss” event for champagne, shopping--20 percent of all in-store purchases will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society--and Spilled Milk Catering hors d’oeuvres, and check some things off your planning to-do list while you’re at it. Make sure to RSVP here to attend May 28, 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Dandelion Patch (111 Church St., NW; 703-319-9099).

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"Curvy Brides" Premiers on TLC on Friday

The new television show will feature local bridal salon Curvaceous Couture.

By Caroline Cunningham Image courtesy TLC.

“Say Yes to the Dress” meets “Sister Sister”—that’s how sisters Yukia Walker and Yuneisia Harris describe their new show on TLC, “Curvy Brides,” which premiers on Friday night. The show follows the business owners throughout their day-to-day life at their bridal salon Curvaceous Couture in Columbia, where fuller-figured brides can find gowns sized 14 to 44.

The salon, which opened in 2008, was born out of Walker’s frustration at the lack of plus-sized options when shopping for her own wedding dress. Unable to find a gown that fit her curves, she ended up purchasing a gown that was too small on top, and as a result she felt uncomfortable and unhappy with how she looked throughout her entire wedding day.

Not wanting other brides to experience what she did, Walker called up her sister and asked her to start a salon that would cater to plus-sized brides who want high-quality, couture gowns for their wedding day.

“We found that we needed to find designers that have dresses with great structure in them—that is really important for a plus-sized bride,” says Walker. “A lot of the high-end designers tend to use softer fabrics and softer structures underneath, so it’s been a challenge.”

But Harris and Walker have filled their salon with designers who appeal to curvy silhouettes, from Ian Stuart to Maggie Sottero to Enzoani. As soon as the designers added Curvaceous Couture to their online lists of retailers, the phone started ringing.

“Our store wasn’t ready, but girls were calling us,” says Walker. “They said, ‘I don’t care—we’ll try them on in a bathroom!’”

And it wasn’t just the brides who were interested. Television producers who knew a good idea when they saw it started ringing the sisters up, asking to chronicle their story on a show. At the time, Walker was newly married and having kids, so they turned the producers down. But a few years ago, Walker and Harris received an offer that was too good to pass on.

“You cannot say ‘no’ to TLC—they are the forefront of TV and bridal,” says Walker.

They shot a pilot episode in March 2014, and it aired on August 1. After a positive reception, they filmed the rest of the 12 30-minute episodes in October.

As with any reality television show, the episodes will be as much about the dynamics of the sisters’ relationship as it is about the salon, and rather than being contained to the store setting, the cameras follow Harris and Walker into their lives outside of work and even up to New York Bridal Market. Though reality television shows can have a penchant for over-dramatizing scenes, Walker says “Curvy Brides” is true to what actually happens in the day-to-day life of a family-run business.

“I’ve looked at a lot of reality TV, and a lot of the time, I’m thinking, ‘No, no, that’s not real,’” says Walker. “But from watching our pilot episode and the little bit that I’ve seen of the series, it truly is a representation of who we are here as Curvaceous Couture and how Yuneisia and I are as sisters running a business.”

The show is set to premier on May 1, and both sisters are excited to share their story with viewers.

“I’m looking forward to the world seeing how beautiful any bride can be on their special day,” says Walker.

Tune in to TLC on Friday at 9:30/8:30c and 10/9c to watch the premier of “Curvy Brides.”

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14 Can't-Miss Bridal Trunk Shows to Find Your Wedding Dress

Shop for your gown at these local salons this month.

By Caroline Cunningham Image courtesy Theia.

They say that all of the wedding planning stems from the style of the dress that you'll wear down the aisle, so don't hesistate to start hunting down the dress of your dreams. There's an amazing lineup of bridal trunk shows headed to the region this month, and the experts at these local salons will help you figure out which style and designer is right for you. From the ultra-romantic Claire Pettibone collection to the more adventurous Inbal Dror, there's a gown out there for every girl, so schedule some appointments, and happy shopping!

Siri Mothers

Just in time for Mother’s Day, take the mothers of the bride and groom shopping for their dresses from Siri, who designs with the fashion-forward MOB in mind.

Soliloquy Bridal. 754 Elden St., Herndon; 571-449-2580. May 1-3.

Watters, WToo, and Love Marley

Shop sister brands Waters and WToo, as well as their more garden-party, boho cousin, Love Marley, at this tri-collection trunk show.

Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection, 1848 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore; 410-484-4600. May 1 through 3.

Accessories Trunk Show with Thomas Knoell and Toni Federici

Shop for everything but your dress at this accessories trunk show with renown designers Thomas Knoell’s jewelry and headpieces and Toni Federici’s stunning collection of veils.

Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection, 1848 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore; 410-484-4600. May 1 through 3.

Claire Pettibone Romantique

The soft and ultra-feminine line will be up for try-ons during this weekend trunk show that features both the Claire Pettibone main collection and the Romantique couture line.

Hannelore’s of Olde Town, 106 North Lee St., Alexandria; 703-549-0387. May 1 through 3.

Bel Aire

Plan a trial hair appointment, then head to Ellie’s to play dress up with the veils, tiaras, combs, jewelry, and more that will complete your wedding day look.

Ellie’s Bridal Boutique. 225 N. Washington St., Alexandria; 703-683-8697. May 1 through 3.

Modern Trousseau Trunk Show

Shop this American-made collection from Australian-born designer Callie Tein for highly customizable bridal gowns. Like the top of one and the skirt from another? Your wish is their command.

Hitched Bridal Couture. 1523 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-6162. May 2 through 3.

Mira Zwillinger

This designer’s fashion-forward line will appeal to the bride who wants a unique look to take her down the aisle.

Carine’s Bridal Atelier. 1726 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-965-4696. May 7 through 9.

BLISS Monique Lhuillier

Shop the ever-romantic and elegant sister collection of Monique Lhuillier for brides who want a designer tag at a lower price point.

The Wedding Suite at Nordstrom. 8075 Tysons Corner Center, McLean; 703-761-1121. May 8 through 10.

Kenneth Pool

This collection is all about the drama with its gorgeous ball gowns and luxurious embroidery for the bride who won’t be put in a corner on her wedding day.

Carine’s Bridal Atelier. 1726 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-965-4696. May 14 through 16.

Amsale

This Ethiopian-born designer has been rocking the runway of late with her chic silhouettes. Check out her collection for classic bridal gowns that are anything but boring.

Hitched Bridal Couture. 1523 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-6162. May 15 through 16.

Naeem Khan Best of Bridal

All of the stunning embroidery on Naeem Khan's collection is done by hand, and the quality shows in the impeccably tailored gowns.

The Bridal Salon at Saks Jandel. 5510 Wisconsin Ave.; 301-652-2250. May 15 through 16.

Sareh Nouri

Local designer Sareh Nouri’s fairy tale, illusion-neckline gowns will cast a spell on any brides hunting for their perfect gown.

Soliloquy Bridal. 754 Elden St., Herndon; 571-449-2580. May 22 through 24.

Theia White

The modern designer mixes in pops of the unexpected among traditional looks to appeal to brides of all different tastes.

Ellie’s Bridal Boutique. 225 N. Washington St., Alexandria; 703-683-8697. May 22 through 24.

Oscar de la Renta

Is there a bridal designer more iconic than Oscar de la Renta? His legacy lives on in the Fall 2015 collection, available for the weekend at Saks Jandel.

The Bridal Salon at Saks Jandel. 5510 Wisconsin Ave.; 301-652-2250. May 28 through 30.

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You Don't Want to Miss This Sample Sale

Shop designer gowns at serious discounts at Carine’s Bridal Atelier.

By Caroline Cunningham Gowns from Monique Lhuillier and other top designers will sell for 30 to 75 percent off.

Carine’s Bridal Atelier is hosting a sample sale, and with their line-up of high-end designers, this is not one brides-to-be will want to pass on. From Monique Lhuillier to Marchesa, the boutique is filled with dreamy designer dresses. Quality comes at a price when you’re talking wedding gowns, but April 28 through 29, that price will be a lot lower.

With discounts between 30 and 75 percent on off the rack gowns, brides can score an amazing deal on a designer gown. All 14 of the lines carried by Carine’s Bridal Atelier will be up for grabs, so whether an iconic Carolina Herrera gown or a fashion-forward frock from Berta fits a bride’s aesthetic, there’s sale dresses for all. The salon only hosts two sample sales a year, so newly engaged brides-to-be will want to book their appointments ASAP.

Call the salon to reserve a spot, then grab your strapless bra, heels, and girlfriends to make the shopping trip a success.

Carine’s Bridal Atelier, 1726 Wisconsin Ave, NW; 202-965-4696, April 28-29.

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11 Bridal Trunk Shows to Score Deals on Your Dress

Try on designer gowns for size at these April sales.

By Caroline Cunningham Image courtesy Angel Sanchez.

Liancarlo

See the latest from designer Carlos Ramirez with his ultra-feminine designs—lace sheaths, tulle ballgowns, and illusion necklines aplenty.

Carine’s Bridal Atelier. 1726 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-965-4696. April 9 through 11, by appointment only.

Caroline DeVillo

Take a couture gown for a twirl in one of Carline DeVillo’s modern designs, such as the drape top Ginger gown or the knee-length Jane lace dress.

The Wedding Suite at Nordstrom. 8075 Tysons Corner Center, McLean; 703-761-1121. April 10 through 12, by appointment only.

Justin Alexander

Shop this timeless collection, featuring preppy bow accents, art deco beaded tulle, and simple silk chiffon a-line skirts.

Blush Bridal Boutique. 15125 Washington St., Suite 212, Haymarket; 703-753-8303. April 10 through 12, by appointment only.

Veil Trends Luxe Retailer

Find the perfect compliment to your gown at this veil trunk show, featuring every kind of cut and shape from Veil Trends Bridal Veils, and receive ten percent off your purchase.

Soliloquy Bridal. 754 Elden St., Herndon; 571-449-2580. April 10 through 12, by appointment only.

Bliss by Monique Lhuillier

Hints of peach, barely-there blue, and light lavender all make an appearance in Monique’s 2015 collection. Fall in love with her lacey constructions at this Baltimore trunk show.

Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection, 1848 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore; 410-484-4600. April 10 through 12, call for appointment.

Accessories Trunk Show

Once you’ve got your gown, you need the gems to go with it. Shop the latest in bridal accessories at Carine’s, from jewelry to combs, veils to bird cages.

Carine’s Bridal Atelier. 1726 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-965-4696. April 13 through 17, by appointment only.

Heidi Elnora

Shop this Project Runway-veteran’s collection of beautiful ball gowns and receive ten percent the purchase of your dream dress.

Soliloquy Bridal. 754 Elden St., Herndon; 571-449-2580. April 17 through 26, by appointment only.

Romona Keveza

Try on the modern, belt-loving Keveza collection at Alexandria boutique Hannelore’s in this exclusive trunk show.

Hannelore’s of Olde Town, 106 North Lee St., Alexandria; 703-549-0387. April 23 through 26, by appointment only.

Angel Rivera

See this contemporary collection in person, including statement embroidery, illusion backs, and perfect fit-and-flare silhouettes.

Soliloquy Bridal. 754 Elden St., Herndon; 571-449-2580. April 24 through 26, by appointment only.

Leanne Marshall

This west coast designer brings her romantic gowns with their unique tiered skirts out east for this weekend trunk show.

Lovely Bride. 1632 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-735-0674. April 24 through 26, by appointment only.

Eve of Milady

For brides who have a flare for the dramatic, Eve of Milady’s sweeping ball gowns will work perfectly to create a dreamy, princess aesthetic.

Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection, 1848 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore; 410-484-4600. April 24 through 26, call for appointment.

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Deal Alert! Wedding Dress Sample Sale Happening at Hitched Next Week

Score Lela Rose, Amsale, and Modern Trousseau gowns for under $2,000.

By Sarah Zlotnick Image courtesy Hitched.

The opportunities to score serious discounts on wedding dresses are few and far between—especially when they’re as beautiful as the gowns sold at Georgetown salon Hitched. So when word gets out that a sample sale is happening, we consider it our duty to let the bridal public know!

Hitched’s spring sample sale is happening Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25 of next week. The salon is taking appointments for both days (call 202-333-6162 to book yours), but you can also send an email to info@hitchedsalon.com to RSVP for open house shopping, which is happening between 7 and 8 PM on the 25th.

Brands represented in the sale include Lela Rose, Amsale, Christos, Anna Maier, Modern Trousseau, and Johanna Johnson, and all merchandise will run between $500 and $2,000 (a great discount considering some of these gowns can run upwards of $4000). Gowns are being sold “as is,” so you’ll take home the actual gown you try on as opposed to waiting for a new one to be delivered.

If you attend the sale and get your dress, tweet at us (@washbridegroom) or let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear your tips for shopping a sample sale.

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4 Trunk Shows This Week: Monique Lhuillier, Johanna Johnson, and Francesca Miranda

Local gown sales to help you go down the aisle in style.

By Caroline Cunningham Photograph by Shutterstock/Paul Rich Studio.


If you've been dreaming of a designer gown, there's no time like the present to see what your local retailers have available. The trunk shows this week are in favor of the bride who isn't interested in blending in—gowns that buck the traditional white or evoke a vintage aesthetic, and delicately beaded modern designs are all up for grabs for less at these Washington-area boutiques.

Monique Lhuillier

Carine's offers a sneak peek at Monique Lhuillier’s fall 2015 collection this weekend. Brides interested in wearing a bit of color on their wedding day will love the pale blue, lavender, and peach gowns, and fans of illusion necklines will find a handful of elegant options in this collection.

Carine’s Bridal Atelier. 1726 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-965-4696. February 5 through 7, by appointment only.

Johanna Johnson

Browse Johanna Johnson’s Starlet collection, which uses simple silhouettes, drop waists, feathers, and flapper-inspired beading to evoke an “era of decadence.” The gowns’ nod to the '20s are perfect for any vintage-loving bride who wants to stand out on her day.

Hitched Bridal Couture. 1523 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-6162. February 6 and 7, by appointment only.

Rosa Clará

Soft by Rosa Clará is new to Lovely Bride’s lineup, and this trunk show offers a look through the 2015 collection. Simple, modern designs are the focus, with beaded illusion necklines and delicate lace embroidery aplenty.

Lovely Bride. 1632 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-735-0674. February 6 through 8, by appointment only.

Francesca Miranda

This Latin-American designer has only been in the bridal industry since 2010, but her creative designs show she’s more than earned her place. Barely-there lace over a nude A-line gown, lace-detailed illusion backs, and unexpected cutouts are all featured in her fall 2015 line. Shop this show for 10 percent off your order.

Soliloquy Bridal. 754 Elden St., Herndon; 571-449-2580. February 6 through 15, by appointment only.

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13 Reasons Unveiled Is the Best Bridal Event of the Year

This year’s event featured an Oscar de la Renta runway show.

By Caroline Cunningham All photographs by Rodney Bailey.

If you made it out for Unveiled last Sunday, then you already know what a stellar event it was: Washington’s finest wedding vendors pulled out all the stops to woo the brides-to-be who’d come in search of inspiration for their dream day. There were delicious bites, pretty pink cocktails, beautiful floral arrangements, and a stunning Oscar de la Renta runway show to top it all off.

Washingtonian Bride & Groom brought together recommended vendors to create this annual glamorous one-stop shop for local brides. There are plenty of reasons no bride-to-be should miss Unveiled—here are 13 of our favorites.

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Trunk Shows This Week: Oscar de la Renta, Liancarlo, and Eugenia Couture

Local gown sales to help you go down the aisle in style.

By Caroline Cunningham Photograph courtesy Oscar de la Renta.

Now that you’ve gained inspiration for the food, decor, cake, lighting, and more at Washingtonian’s Unveiled bridal showcase, it’s time to find the dress that’ll bring the day together. Stop by any one of these trunk shows this weekend for amazing gowns that’ll make sure the spotlight’s on you on your wedding day.

Sample Sale at Hitched

If you’ve been dreaming of a dress for less, then Hitched has the answer. Stop by their showroom to flip through the racks of gowns, priced from $500 to $2,000. New inventory will also be in store for brides-to-be to try on.

Hitched Bridal Couture. 1523 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-6162. January 27 and 28, by appointment only.

Oscar de la Renta Trunk Show

See something you liked on the runway at Sunday’s Unveiled bridal showcase? Go track down the gown of your dreams from Oscar de la Renta’s spring 2015 collection at Saks’ trunk show this weekend.

The Bridal Salon at Saks Jandel. 5510 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-652-2250. January 29 through 31, by appointment only.

Liancarlo Trunk Show

This designer’s spring line is all about tulle, lace, illusion straps, and cap sleeves. The simple, elegant gowns will be up for perusing at Carine’s all weekend.

Carine’s Bridal Atelier. 1726 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-965-4696. January 29 through 31, by appointment only.

Amsale Trunk Show

Amsale’s spring 2015 collection ranges from a sleek crepe fit-and-flare to a lace bodice and full tulle ball gown. Swing by the Georgetown Hitched showroom this weekend to find a fit you fancy.

Hitched Bridal Couture. 1523 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-6162. January 30 and 31, by appointment only.

LulaKate Bridesmaids Sale

Whether you’re looking for knee-length lace, playful stripes, or a more traditional floor-length crepe gown, LulaKate’s bridesmaid collection has gowns that’ll do for any setting. Grab some girlfriends and hit Bella Bridesmaids this weekend to find the perfect match with your bridal gown.

Bella Bridesmaids. 8001 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda; 301-664-6436. January 29 through February 1, by appointment only.

Enzoani Trunk Show

Enzoani’s 2015 collection plays with beading in metallic palettes—delicate gold patterns spilling down ivory tulle or beaded silver vines weaving across a white bodice. Park your fiancé in front of the Super Bowl and head to Love Couture to get 10 percent off your purchase of these show-stopping gowns.

Love Couture Bridal. 12500-B Park Potomac Ave., Potomac; 301-610-5683. January 30 through February 1, by appointment only.

Justin Alexander Trunk Show

The entire Justin Alexander spring 2015 collection will be in store this weekend only. Stop by to see the designer’s lacy A-line and ball gowns that offer a timeless take on the classic white dress and receive $100 off the purchase of any Justin Alexander gown.

Ellie’s Bridal Boutique. 225 N. Washington St., Alexandria; 703-683-8697. January 30 through February 1, by appointment only.

Nicole Miller Trunk Show

Nicole Miller’s beach-wedding ready gowns are perfect for any destination weddings on the horizon. Visit Lovely Bride’s Georgetown showroom to try on the simple but chic dresses.

Lovely Bride. 1632 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-735-0674. January 30 through February 1, by appointment only.

Eugenia Couture Trunk Show

Shop the 2015 collection and receive 10 percent off when you go home with one of Eugenia Couture’s elegant designs, such as an illusion-strap V-neck fit-and-flare gown or the satin ball gown with a ruffled organza overlay.

Soliloquy Bridal. 754 Elden St., Herndon; 571-449-2580. January 30 through February 1, by appointment only.

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Bridal Trunk Shows This Week: Monique Lhuillier, Amsale, and Austin Scarlett

Local gown sales to help you go down the aisle in style.

By Caroline Cunningham Photograph by Shutterstock/bikeriderlondon.


Washingtonian Unveiled on January 25 has you covered on quartets, caterers, and everything in between, and you may spy the dress of your dreams at the Oscar de la Renta runway show. But as you head toward the aisle, here are some other trunk shows that are scheduled for this week to help outfit you and your bridal party.

Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids

Gather your best girls to find the gowns that’ll complement your own. Check out Monique Lhuillier’s 2015 collection of elegantly draped chiffon dresses in pastel and jewel tones.

Carine’s Bridal Atelier. 1726 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-965-4696. January 22 through 24, by appointment only.

Amsale Bridesmaids

The celebrated bridal designer’s spring line of bridesmaids gowns highlight reds, corals, and pinks, with a spectrum of cuts that’ll flatter every lady in your line up.

Bella Bridesmaids. 8001 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda; 301-664-6436. January 22 through 25, by appointment only.

Austin Scarlett Trunk Show

The Project Runway star turned his attention to couture bridal, and the results are stunning. Take a look at his vintagey, Paris-inspired collection of gowns at this two-day trunk show.

Hitched Bridal Couture. 1523 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-6162. January 23 through 24.

Meet Designer Matthew Christopher

Stop in at Love Couture Bridal this weekend to meet bridal couture designer Matthew Christopher. Shop his collection and receive 10 percent off your purchase, as well as free custom measurements so your gown fits flawlessly.

Love Couture Bridal. 12500-B Park Potomac Ave., Potomac; 301-610-5683. January 23 through 25, by appointment only.

Flower Girl Princess Appointments

Help the smallest member of your bridal party shine on your wedding day with the help of Soliloquy’s bridal consultants, who will style your flower girls and junior bridesmaids and provide 10 percent off purchases.

Soliloquy Bridal. 754 Elden St., Herndon; 571-449-2580. January 23 through 25, by appointment only.

Robert Bullock Bride Trunk Show

The designer’s spring 2015 collection will be on display for brides-to-be to check out his simple, classic silhouettes, from a layered organza ball gown to a slim ivory lace A-line dress.

Blush Bridal Boutique. 15125 Washington St., Suite 212, Haymarket; 703-753-8303. January 23 through February 1, by appointment only.

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