What’s your top advice for wedding dress shopping?
Keep an open mind. It’s good to have a list of things you love and don’t love, but try some things that might surprise you. The perfect gown is the one that makes you feel like the most fabulous version of yourself. It is OK if that doesn’t match the vision you’ve had since you were a little girl.
What are your fave trends of 2015?
We love the soft fabrics like tulle and chiffon. We’re seeing a lot of detachable overskirt options. Beaded dress options. Romantic off-the-shoulder necklines are great now. Still on trend is the illusion back and illusion neckline, as well as low back options. Some brides want shoes they can wear again? Yes, wedges are great for comfort and height. And don’t be afraid of color. Break out! You can wear them to the rehearsal dinner, too.
How do you feel about color for gowns?
I love it. Blush, champagne, blue and gray. Metallics, especially gold, are huge right now.
Do you think mixing and matching bridesmaids’ dresses is a good thing or a bad thing?
It’s a great thing. It allows each girl to show her own personality—and also adds texture and dimension into your wedding photos. When in doubt, go long. I’m a big advocate of that trend because I’m not a fan of kneecaps in pictures. A longer look is flattering for girls with different shapes and sizes.
What do you think of the new wedding shorts?
You know, these are girls who are really owning their look. Would shorts go with a Catholic ceremony? No. But for the right wedding, they could be cool. We’re seeing some wedding pants now, too.
Tell us your best “Bridezilla” story.
I swear, I don’t have one. We’ve definitely had clients who’ve watched “Say Yes to the Dress” and bring in their little doggie paddles to judge the looks. But usually family and friends help ease the bride’s jitters. We’re all about popping some bubbly and enjoying the teary- eyed moments that happen.
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