What an amazing time we had at the Engage!13 conference last week at the gorgeous Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina.  We came back so inspired and thought it would be the perfect venue to feature as our first wedding location of June! Built in 1895 as the residence of George and Edith Vanderbilt, the Biltmore house is still the largest home in America. Not only does the castle-like house cover four acres and feature 250 rooms, the surrounding area has a village filled with restaurants and shops, a winery, and an outdoor adventure center, making it a destination your guests can enjoy for days.

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Photo credit: The Biltmore Company

Biltmore Estate wedding, Asheville, NC

Photo credit: Woodward & Ricky

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Photo credit: Parker J Photograpy

For a dress fit for this historic and elegant venue, we’ve chosen a shimmering gown with a tulle overlay from Johanna Johnson.


We love this dress for a Biltmore bride because it’s sleek and sophisticated, with a feel of old-world glamour just like the venue. To highlight the subtle metallic sheen of the dress, we’ve paired it with accessories in tones of gold and ivory. The gold cuff bracelet and coordinating earrings are perfect for the statement bride, and a beaded clutch completes the look.

What do you think of this bridal style?

Gold cuff, Charm and Chain

Mother of pearl drop earrings, Charm and Chain

Gown, Johanna Johnson

Shoes, Jimmy Choo

Clutch, Moyna

Love this look? You might also like more from our Engage!13 partners:



Engage!13 Partner: Charm & Chain

The virtual jewelry boutique, Charm & Chain has AMAZING pieces, and I am so excited that they will be partnering with us for The Styling Suite at Engage!13!!! They were originally introduced to me through one of my Stylish Bride clients who is best friends with the Director of Merchandising.  From the minute I contacted them, they have been wonderful to work with, and so generous with the items they are sending.  I would encourage you to check out their site…I have found more than a few pieces that I have to have for my own collection!!!

And here is a sneak peak at some of the stunning pieces they have sent us for Engage…

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Engage!13 Partner: Johanna Johnson

Johanna Johnson is a wedding dress designer form Australia who has recently made her US debut due to large demand from US brides for her gowns.  Her dresses are the epitome of elegance, with an inspired vintage flare, but not at all costumy. They are gorgeous!  While I was viewing them at Bridal Market in April, I noticed that she also has amazing jewelry that is absolutely perfect for our Gatsby Gala.  I could not be more excited to show you her items and to work with them at Engage!13!!!

Here is a glimpse of what she has sent us…



Engage!13 Partner: Thomas Laine

I recently discovered the amazing website Thomas Laine as I was looking for art deco jewelry for Engage!13. Have you ever seen something on Pinterest that you love and you obsessively research it until you find it? Well that was me for the first pair of earrings below. I just had to have them in the The Stylish Dresser Styling Suite.  I am so happy that I found Thomas Laine because not only are they lovely to work with but they just opened up a New York showroom where brides can see their impressive selection in person.  Here is a sneak peak at some of their awesome art deco pieces we will have for attendees to borrow for the Gala.




Engage!13 Partner: Moyna Handbags

Happy Memorial Day everyone!

Engage!13 is less than one week away!!! Each day this week we are going to be featuring one of our amazing partners for The Stylish Dresser Styling Suite where guests can borrow hand-selected Gatsby inspired accessories for the Gala!

I love Moyna’s beaded evening bags, so I was beyond excited when they agreed to partner with us for Engage!13.  Because really, an outfit is not complete until you have a great bag to go with it! Here are just a few of the amazing bags they have lent to us for the event.  Visit us in The Stylish Dresser Styling Suite on Tuesday afternoon to see the full collection.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Gatsby inspired dresses for the Engage! Gala

If you are like me, you have waited until now to think about what you are going to wear to all the different events at Engage!13 (you know the saying, cobblers children have no shoes!). Anyway, I’ve had a few friends call me for suggestions for the final night Gala with a Great Gatsby theme.  While I was shopping in Bloomingdales yesterday, I had them in mind, and noticed that they have a slew of great options that would work. So I thought I would share with you incase you are in that same boat.

First up are two dresses from needle & thread.  Aren’t they just perfect for a Gatsby night!?!?

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Next are two super cute dresses from Alice and Olivia that aren’t outwardly Gatsby, but with the right accessories could be amazing!2013-05-21 11.18.05 2013-05-21 11.20.06This Trina Turk is one of my favorites.  I love the damask pattern and the little chiffon skirt. So flapper!
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2013-05-21 11.27.11Both of these dresses by Parker are real show stoppers. The first, in a deep emerald green with black beading would be great for Gatsby!2013-05-21 11.23.16I really love this one, and it looks like fun to dance in with the beaded fringe at the bottom!2013-05-21 11.22.38

A cute number by Trina Turk…2013-05-21 11.21.24 And finally, for those of you that are a bit more body conscious and wouldn’t be excited about showing your knees (mine haven’t been seen since 1994!) these dresses are basic, and easy to accessorize in Gatsby garb at the Styling Suite!!!

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The Stylish Dresser is coming to Engage!13

I am so excited to announce that we are bringing The Stylish Dresser to Engage!13 at The Biltmore Estate!

In addition to fixing fashion emergencies and helping you get ready, we will style your look with hand selected Gatsby accessories that you can borrow for the gala!!!

We have partnered with amazing companies like Nordstrom Wedding Suite, Charm and Chain, Jennifer Behr, Johanna Johnson, Thomas Laine, and Monya who have been so generous in lending us truly outstanding pieces! In the coming days I will be showing you a sneak peak of what we will have, so check back for more.

Hopefully this will take a little stress out of dressing for the Gala.  Just bring your dress, and we will take care of the rest!!!


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For the moms! Bridal market dress we most want to see for MOB’s

When helping a family put together the different fashion pieces for a wedding, I find that the Mothers of the Bride and Groom often have the hardest time.  They want to look chic, appropriate, like themselves, comfortable and amazing.  And they almost always say to me that they don’t want to look like the boring MOB/MOG in a beige suit! And often times, as many women do, they feel a bit self-conscious about their figures.

So in honor of all the mom’s out there and Mother’s Day this weekend, I wanted to put together some ideas for them to think about.  Sometimes designers can make dresses in different colors, and if you see something you like, I would encourage you to inquire.

Carolina Herrera Spring 2014

Carolina Herrera Spring 2014


Oscar de la Renta SS14

Oscar de la Renta SS14


Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014




Bridal Market: Best Wedding Dress for a Loft Wedding

As I was watching this Vera Wang wedding dress walk down the runway, I fell in love with the chic simplicity of it. It proves the saying that sometimes less is more. They describe it as a “silk crepe soft mermaid with a sheer back”. And while I think this dress can lend its self to many different settings, I can really see it as-is in a chic downtown loft.  It will drastically change with how it is accessorized, but I happen to LOVE the kid-skin gloves. So chic.

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Bridal Market: Best Beach Wedding Dress

Hi everyone!

We are so happy to be back from our hiatus, and diving in to our bridal market coverage.  Better late than never, right?!?! So instead of reviewing the trends and everything you’ve seen and already, let’s talk about dresses for different types of weddings. Because let’s face it, as pretty as some of the dresses are, if they don’t go with your style of wedding, they just don’t make sense.

There are many many different dresses you can wear to get married on the beach. But one of the most fun that we saw was this Elizabeth Fillmore “Plume” gown.  I just love the eyelet embroidered organza and the ostrich plumes!  Typically I’m not a fan of the high/low hem, but in this case it really works.  And where else better to wear it than on a beach!?!?