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!
KARA AND SHAWN – 08.07.10 in Douglas, Wyoming
One of my best girls, Bird, was the Maid of Honor in her sister Kara’s wedding in August. I’ve never met Kara or her husband Shawn, but I love them. Enjoy these lovely photos as Kara tells us about their inspiring wedding.
Bridesmaid Dresses: Choosing the color chartreuse was simultaneously the best and most difficult part of wedding planning. There are A LOT of variations in chartreuse. My jumping off point for the rest of the wedding planning was the discovery of the bridesmaid dresses at ModCloth.com. The dresses were cute and economical for my bridesmaids given that most of them had to foot travel costs to make it to the wedding anyway. These dresses ended up being incredibly versatile and flattering everyone from the tall, twiggy girl down to the 6 month pregnant girl.
**Hey, it’s Noelle again. I’m so excited that Kara got her Bridesmaid dresses at ModCloth. I’ve even suggested getting your wedding dress from them.
My Dress: Was actually a cheap reproduction of a Manuel Mota dress. I had it made by an offshore company in China where I sacrificed details like buttons vs. zippers to reduce the price. I figured I’m wearing it once and it was worth the deficit in quality to spend part of the dress budget on other details of the wedding.
Headpiece: I found the headband on Etsy (Boring Sidney’s Shop) I was bummed out when offbeatbride.com featured a wedding with the same Lanvin right after I picked mine out- but I got over it when I realized like fashion itself, there is no such thing as a truly original wedding trend. For the ceremony I added a couple of cheap veils I had found at HobbyLobby and had the gal who styled me before the wedding add them so they would be easy to remove after.
Shoes: Shoes were another thing I didn’t want to spend a lot of the budget on given I had full intentions of kicking them off and wearing hideous (albeit comfortable) platform flip-flops. The shoes I wore in the ceremony were gold-detailed brocade heels I found on a costume website, stage-fright.com, as part of a Marie Antoinette costume. They were perfect, especially with the rhinestone details which worked perfectly with the Brooch Bouquet I carried.
Rings: The rings were another Etsy find. I knew I couldn’t wear my vintage 30’s old mill cut diamond engagement ring everyday to do hair. Plus that ring is already such a stunner I knew nothing wedding band wise would look right next to it. After a couple of months of my husband going back and forth with “Dude, we need to find rings,” “Yeah I know, we’ll totally look for some rings,” and never producing results we lucked out with these.
Theatre: The Princess Theatre in Douglas, Wyoming
**I just love the idea of the bridal party walking down the theatre aisle AND holding the ceremony on stage. Made for some pretty rad photos.
First Dance Song: “Did I Say?” by Teenage Fanclub
It was kind of hard to pace out a way to actually look cool dancing to this song, but it didn’t really matter because we were so caught up in each other we weren’t paying attention anyway.
Reception: The American Legion in Douglas, Wyoming
Planner: Maureen Morgan
**To see more photos of this stunning wedding, listen to Teenage Fanclub’s Did I Say whilst checking out her photographer’s site – Sarah Boyd, Photo de Novo
Love this – very Royal Tenenbaums.
Thanks for sharing your wedding with us guys!
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.