This past month I was able to work on a project I’m really excited about. My good friend Angela has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to grow her small business, Winifred Bean, a line of wedding dresses for creative brides. Another cool thing, I edited the above video for her campaign! (shot by Justin Reid)
I wish Winifred Bean existed when I was wedding dress shopping. I loved my dress and I feel like I’m cheating on it a little when I say this, but I just adore the simple, cool, chic gowns from Winifred Bean. I mean, just look:
You can mix and match the tops and bottoms of the dresses until you find something that fits your style.
The funds from Kickstarter will help Angela take the line to the International Bridal Market in NYC this October, where they will be exposed to stores and brides across the US and around the world. The money raised will also go towards developing a second set of samples so that while the dresses are off at market and trunk shows, she can still hold private appointments out of her home.
Angela became a new mom last year after her first collection was complete. This is her peanut, Julianne!
I believe in Angela and her little dream. I’m so happy to help get her small business off the ground.
Please help support creative independent talent; no donation is too small. If she doesn’t reach her goal by October 9th, she gets nothing, so spread the good word and share with all the wonderful people you know!
I’m so excited to find that my little sister was featured once again! This time, Lexi of Glitter + Pearls wrote a charming post about the vintage gloves which adorned Noelle at her wedding.
Before the big day, Noelle dropped not-so-subtle hints that she wanted lacy, fingerless gloves. I found this gorgeous set at the lovely Esty shop, A Brides Eye View. The shop owner, Pat, is so sweet and aims to make treasures for a bride that are chic + classic yet reasonably priced.
Noelle loved this darling pair, of course! If you or someone you know is getting hitched, I highly recommend a visit to Pat’s quality shop.
Lovely Bridal Shop
Sara Seven at Lovely Bridal Shop
This adorable shop just opened on West 4th Street a few months ago. Some of the designers they carry are Sarah Seven, Watters (mine is a Watters dress!) Delphine Manivet, Nicole Miller and more. They also carry a great selection of bridesmaid dresses and accessories. (Dresses range from $800 – $5000)
Etsy’s Wedding Section
Your Fairy Tale Wedding Shop on Etsy
The perfect resource for something completely unique and different. You can find something vintage (might need some altering), handmade or custom, usually for way under $1000. It’s a bit risky to order something online, but I’ve been ordering a ton of accessories, down to the personal flowers over etsy and have been really pleased. There are also some super cute boleros for sale.
J Crew Wedding
Look! J Crew’s Wedding line is so cute and affordable (around $400 – $3000) Bonus, they carry accessories, bridesmaids dresses, shoes, etc. I went to a J Crew sample sale with two of my best girls to try bridesmaid dresses for them and the three of us ended up having a Friends moment:
Friends, The One with all the Wedding Dresses
Anthropologie's Wedding Line, Launches Spring 2011
If you can wait until Spring 2011, you will be lucky enough to have an Anthropologie wedding dress. The new line will feature gowns ranging from $750 – $5000 and they’ll have accessories, bridesmaid dresses, shoes, flowers, invites, wedding planning, honeymoons … the whole package. They make it so easy – I’m bitter that I can’t have one.
UPDATE (the BHLDN Shop is now available online)
Little White Dresses Everywhere
Top Shop $100
Your wedding dress doesn’t have to be an actual wedding dress. This is great for girls who like to keep it simple, chic and best of all you can wear it again. ModCloth has so many sweet options.
10 unique engagement rings and wedding bands for the brides … and for those of you who are “just looking.”
Click on each image for more details.
Catbird Bittersweets NY Twig Ring with Black Diamond
Love black diamonds.
Malcom Betts Hammered Diamond Ring
A dear friend just got me into Malcom Betts and I’m a big fan of these hammered rings.
Conroy and Wilcox Round Rose Cut Grey Diamond Ring
See the imperfections in this band? And the grey diamond is pretty interesting.
Catbird Bittersweets NY with Marquise Diamond
I’m kind of in love with Catbird jewelry and the girls that work there. Bonus, they just came out with bands for the boys.
Doyle and Doyle Diamond Cluster Platinum Ring
Twist Cathy Waterman Thorn and Berry Ring
Oh, Cathy Waterman, why is your talent so expensive?
Twist L. Frank Moghul Cut Diamond Ring
First moghul diamond I’ve seen.
Catbird Bittersweets NY Twig Pavé Eternity Band
At this point you must be one to me. OKAY! I admit it! I love the Catbird Bittersweets Twig Rings. I especially like this eternity band. Again with the imperfections.
Catbird Yayoi Forest Knot Ring
This is Sterling Silver. It will be a bit more expensive in white, yellow, rose gold or platinum. A little unconventional for a wedding band but so adorable.
And now …
it’s a bit cruel for me to post this next one and you will see why in a moment.
Cathy Waterman Love of My Life Ring
Last January I called to inquire about this ring … you know, just for fun … and the shop girl said it was $80,000.00. She said it in the same way someone at Starbucks says that your latte will be $5.00, as if that is totally reasonable. But, since I know how superior that Starbucks latte is to all other lattes, I didn’t immediately hang up on her. She went on to say this was a “one of a kind ring” and that it has sold.
Isn’t that a tease? Sorry, but if I have to live with the fact that this ring is off the market SO DO YOU!
But I do love all of the other choices, way below the $80,000.00 price range. Happy shopping, ladies (and smart boys who will take in all this free knowledge.)