Bright, Autumnal Styled Shoot at Cowtown!

April 14, 2021

We absolutely love when vendors reach out to us to help with styled shoots. Collaborating with others to achieve a creative vision is part of what drives us. So when Sarah of Olivia Willow Designs, a newly-local event planning & design company, reached out to do her inaugural Wichita photoshoot, we were immediately in. This bohemian and Western-inspired styled shoot is great inspiration for any bride whose wild at heart! Take a peek of these gorgeous pictures featuring our Chic Nostalgia gown, Harmony!

(Psst – didn’t Becca Louise kill these photos?! She’s literally the best.)

We love how Sarah styled Harmony! This bohemian A-line gown was definitely made for a wide-brim hat and the wooden bead detailing is a perfect compliment to the Western style. The whole vibe is airy and earthy; we could totally see a Joshua Tree elopement in this dress!

Sarah decided to keep all the details and elements of this styled shoot natural, which we totally love. The overall neutral color palette allows for the earthy elements to really stand out – bright florals, wooden arches and chairs, sandy undertones with stylish rugs. This intimate mini-mony set up truly highlights the natural beauty around it!

Love this romantic and modern styled shoot as much as we do? Leave us & Sarah some love in the comments or on our Facebook!

#dgbride: Natali

April 11, 2021

Time to introduce another gorgeous #dgbride, Natali! Natali married her soulmate, Brent, in a fabulously sunny afternoon day in September 2020! Her entire wedding vision was classically gorgeous and timeless – you know, one of our absolute favorite types! Her wedding photographer was our girl Alexandra of Alexandra Burt Photography. We’ve love-gushed about her work before, but get ready to fall heels-over-head in love with her photos and this beautiful wedding!

How stunning is this couple?! Natali kept her wedding look light and airy, letting her light florals accent with greenery, her entire look popping against the dark navy of Brent’s suit. We might be biased, but we also love her fingertip length, beaded veil – the perfect frame for her gorgeous updo! A veil is a great way to make any look feel extra bridal on wedding day.

Natali chose a Stella York sheath fit gown featuring corded and sequined lace appliques, organic spaghetti straps, and a gorgeously low-cut back. Her scalloped-edge train is the perfect combination of traditional and modern! Her dress was the ultimate soft and feminine look, perfectly showcasing her body’s silhouette while also letting her be comfortable during her reception.

Congratulations, Natali & Brent! Thank you so much for choosing Dress Gallery as your bridal boutique – we loved getting to be a small part of your big day. Cheers to the Ehresmans!

 

#dgcouple: Jessica & Samuel

April 8, 2021

Time to introduce our newest #dgcouple, Jessica and Samuel! We fell head-over-heels with their classically bright winter wedding, full of warmth and pops of fun color throughout. They married in December 2020 at the Petroleum Club, one of our favorite Wichita venues! Check out these gorgeous photos courtesy of 3Twenty Photography!

Photo by: 3twenty Photography

Photo by: 3twenty Photography

We fell head-over-heels for Jessica’s gorgeous a-line Morilee ballgown featuring tank straps, a corset back, and gorgeous lace throughout. This truly timeless gown was perfect for their classically romantic wedding! Jessica raised the neckline slightly by adding matching lace appliques to make her feel as comfortable and confident as possible on her wedding day.

Photo by: 3twenty Photography

Photo by: 3twenty Photography

 

Photo by: 3twenty Photography

We love Jessica’s bright Spa bridesmaids dresses, which was the perfect pop of color against her white/ivory gown. We love the secret shimmer throughout her dress that allowed her to sparkle with every step! Jessica picked a simple yet sophisticated Kanali K bridesmaids dress for her girls, including tank straps for support and a super cute keyhole back for a unique twist. We love the whole looks together!

Photo by: 3twenty Photography

Photo by: 3twenty Photography

Photo by: 3twenty Photography

We can’t lovegush on just the girls, however! We’re biased, but we think that Samuel & his guys look just as good! Sam wanted a classic grey look and Alex, our formalwear specialist, matched the bridesmaids dress color to a perfect shade for the boys’ ties. We kept Sam looking sharp by keeping his look grey & white but having the groomsmen be the pop of color. We love the sophisticated look of this whole bridal party!

Photo by: 3twenty Photography

Photo by: 3twenty Photography

Photo by: 3twenty Photography

Thank you so much, Jessica & Sam, for choosing Dress Gallery as your bridal boutique. We absolutely loved getting to know you both & getting to style you for your big day. We wish you both a lifetime of love, happiness, & laughter. Cheers to the Schollers!

10 COLORFUL Wedding Gowns for Spring 2021!

April 5, 2021

Okay, y’all, we are O B S E S S E D with all of the color we’re seeing in bridal gowns recently. Traditional ivory will never go out of style, but if you’re a bride wanting to add a little color to your big day, then some of our designers have been waiting for you! We love how soft, feminine, and pastel the designers keep the bridal gown colors, making them gorgeously subtle shades to keep you feeling bridal, not prom-y. Add in some fun embroidery, floral veils, or more unique options to keep the color flowing! Here are 8 of our favorite colored wedding gowns featured RIGHT HERE at DG! You can try all of these gowns on and more during your bridal appointment!

Adara by Allure Bridals

Have you fallen totally in love with this grey/blue stunner?! This flowy, whimsical a-line features a gorgeously dramatic back, trickling lace appliques, a plunging neckline, and banded waist! We can only imagine how gorgeous the skirt of this dress would look flowing in the breeze for a mountaintop elopement!

Hattie by Rebecca Ingram

Introducing one of our FAVORITE new fitted gowns, Hattie! This super gorgeous fit-and-flare gown features a blush undertone with subtle glitter sparkle and matte lace, a total subversion of the traditional bridal style. Combine her fabulous structure, deep plunging neckline, and strapless sweetheart neckline and you have one unique gown!

Sparrow (5805) by Morilee

Not a fan of blush? That’s okay – we love that designers are heading into the “cool” direction, literally! Sparrow is a gorgeous a-line gown that comes in Smokey Lavender, the perfect light purple undertone for brides who want to turn heads. Delicate lace spaghetti straps support the gorgeously open back and lace appliques trickle throughout the skirt. This dress has become a fast favorite in our store and we can see her timeless style being a favorite for years to come!

Orlanda by Maggie Sottero

Can’t choose between long sleeves or showing off your shoulders? Have the best of BOTH worlds with Orlanda, Maggie Sottero’s gorgeous strapless sweetheart ballgown with additional detachable sleeves. These ultra-cool sheer lace long sleeves add a touch of whimsical edge to the dress and we love that, should you choose, you can take them off for a totally different reception look. The designer calls this color “stone” and it’s so gorgeous – partially pink, partially champagne, a little grey – this dress is a chameleon that fits ALL color palettes!

Tuscany Lynette by Maggie Sottero

Can you tell that Maggie Sottero has the colored dress game on lockdown? We absolutely love their unique color ways and how many dresses come in different color options. Tuscany Lynette above comes in FOUR color ways, so whether you’re wanting her in a traditional ivory or the super cool Misty Mauve (pictured!), you’re guaranteed to be a show stopper in this gown. We love its’ delicate beaded spaghetti straps, perfectly placed plunging neckline, and super cool textured lace underlay!

Penelope by Chic Nostalgia

Penelope is one of our absolute favorites from our boho designer, Chic Nostalgia. Featuring detachable bishop sleeves, this deliciously grey dress is the perfect stormy color. We love the delicately beaded lace bodice, soft plunging neckline, and flowy a-line skirt that is just begging to be twirled. Rain on your wedding day is supposed to be good luck and we’re just WAITING for a bride with a rainy day vision to rock this perfectly edgy storm of a gown!

Joanne by Rebecca Ingram

Okay, babes – meet this textured beauty, Joanne! This babe comes sleeveless or with detachable long bishop sleeves, the perfect ethereal accessory for this dreamy gown. Her Misty Mauve color is perfect for a bride wanting something nontraditional, but gorgeous. Her textured tulle throughout adds visual interest while keeping the dress looking chic and clean lines. Add in a triple-beaded banded waist to highlight your figure and this gown is READY for you!

Lucrezia (8295) by Morilee

This dress is for a glitter girl, through and through. We’re not kidding – be ready to be COVERED in gorgeous glitter wearing Lucrezia. Her show-stopping Rose Gold color was made for the ultimate girly girl, but she is available in a cool silvery-ivory as well. We love the delicately adorned pearls throughout the WHOLE dress – head to toe! Pair with Kate Spade’s Rose Gold sparkle Keds and you have a totally comfortable, yet glam wedding day look.

D3209 by Essense of Australia

Give us all the glam rocker chicks for this stunning celestial gown! Featured in soft blue, this gown has an entire layer of sparkle tulle hiding below the stars, allowing you to shimmer with every step. The cute yet soft a-line makes this perfect gown to dance in all night and the delicate spaghetti straps show off your collar bones & shoulders. If you’re wanting a dress that truly feels one-of-a-kind, D3209 should 100% be on your To-Try list!

Raelynn by Maggie Sottero

Raelynn is probably one of our favorite colorful dresses! Featured above in our favorite color, this blush-and-platinum-grey dress, (yeah, you read that correctly), is literally the chicest of the chic. We love the trickling lace appliques, soft tulle skirt, and sexy-yet-subtle plunging neckline. Add in the banded waist, a trend we’re totally on board with, to really highlight your waist and this gown is perfect!

Which of these gowns is YOUR favorite?! Let us know on Facebook or show your consultant during your appointment!

#dgcouple: Summer & AJ

April 2, 2021

Time to introduce our newest #dgcouple, Summer & AJ! We are super biased about this couple because we had actually met them a few times prior, as they were in bridal parties here at Dress Gallery for their family members. When it came to choosing their bridal boutique, the Hinnens decided to trust Dress Gallery, as their previous experience went so well! They got married in December 2020 during a beautiful winter sunset ceremony. Check out their gorgeous photos courtesy of Kylee Grace Photography, one of the newest photographers we’ve been introduced to and HOLY GOODNESS RUN, DON’T WALK, TO BOOK HER!

When it came to styling Summer for her wedding dress, we absolutely loved her clean, chic wedding vision. Her Mikado ballgown, with gorgeous box pleating, featured a beaded, illusion, cap-sleeve neckline and gorgeous open back. Her fabulously tousled hair was perfect with her delicate hairpiece!

Is there anything more classic than a bride in ivory Mikado?! We absolutely love this unique dress and the best part…it has pockets!

When it came to her bridesmaids, Summer definitely wanted the girls to feel comfortable and confident on her wedding day. She chose a universally flattering Morilee gown in Bordeaux, perfect for her winter time wedding! We love the simplistic, coordinating look of her girls. We love her off-the-shoulder, satin a-line dress they picked! They complimented Summer’s formal wedding gown perfectly, while also allowing her bridesmaids movement on the wedding day – perfect for a party, ya know?!

Okay, okay, we can’t let the girls have all the spotlight, can we?! We were so lucky to be able to outfit AJ and his boys, too! AJ is definitely a rustic-type of guy, so we wanted to keep that down-to-earth attitude for his look as well. We love the pictures of him with his truck; it’s cool, personal, but also totally fits the vibe and backdrop of their wedding venue! Add jeans, boots, and a signature cowboy hat and this look is the best of both worlds – Western yet modern!

 

We let AJ shine by having him in the sport coat, allowing his groomsmen a more casual option with vests & ties. We love this way of having the groom standout. The Hinnens decided to utilize our menswear Rustic package, which is perfect for everyone looking to wear jeans & boots on their wedding day. This package includes the vest, shirt, and tie, which is a great option for brides who want a more laid back look.

Can we also talk about how great their wedding looks out at the Barn at Grace Hill? The winter wheat created beautiful backdrops for their photos which we think perfectly complimented their Western-esque wedding. Add in the chic, clean contrast of the white barn & Summer’s white dress and we’re obsessed! This venue gets prettier with every wedding we see styled there.

Congratulations, AJ & Summer! We cannot thank you enough for trusting Dress Gallery with your bridal attire; we are extra thankful! We wish you both a lifetime of love, happiness, and laughter. Cheers to the Hinnens!

Romantic & Edgy Photoshoot ft. Custom Swing – Part 2!

March 30, 2021

Remember our first post about this photoshoot stylized by Couture Ever After? Well…..we’ve got more for you. The team went all out to create not one, not two, but FOUR looks between two real couples to showcase a multitude of dresses and suit attire. We absolutely loved being able to flex our creative muscles and pull some of our favorite boho dresses for this shoot. Thanks to our girl, Shelby, for these rockin’ images!

#dgbride: Ashley

March 23, 2021

Okay, guys, buckle up – we are getting in our feels for a second about our next #dgbride. Let us introduce you to Ashley, who is not only a bodacious Dress Gallery bride, but she’s also 1/2 of the dynamic wedding photography duo Kay + Bee photography, along with 1/2 of the badass podcast team The Bridal Breakdown. Ashley is literally a wedding professional in every sense of the word, so when she chose Dress Gallery as her bridal boutique, we were beyond honored. Ashley married her soulmate, Justin, during a super intimate and private ceremony in March 2020 – yep, you read that correctly. Ashley and Justin braved the very beginning of the pandemic craziness to elope in the Flint Hills and their pictures are all the more gorgeous for it. Take a peek at some of our favorites, shot by Ashley K – you know, the other half of Kay + Bee!

Being a wedding photographer, Ashley has seen bridal gowns literally every weekend for most of her adult life. Because of this, she knew exactly what she did and did not want. When it came to shopping, Ashley popped in during a slow Tuesday afternoon with just her mother; she worked with Katie to customize her Chic Nostalgia gown into exactly what she was looking for. We changed the neckline of her gown slightly in order to make it perfectly Ashley. Her soft, elegant beading kept her dress glam, but sophisticated and we loved the super bohemian lace pattern!

We’re also biased because we love Ashley’s style always, but we love how she styled her wedding day look. Her edgy snakeskin booties added the perfect pop of rock-n-roll to her romantic wedding and her sophisticated party ponytail kept her look ultra modern. Add in her dried florals and greenery along with organic accents like sticks and you have a super cool, super laid back bohemian wedding. Can we also please freak out over her starburst earrings? Because they’re literally fabulous.

We wish we could say that Justin looked stunning thanks to us, but we gotta be honest – that was all Ashley, too. She picked a textured tweed suit with floral accents. We love the multi-patterned look Justin’s rocking, complete with a sleek, satin gold tie to truly pull the look altogether.

We could go on and on about Ashley’s wedding planning, her vision, her thoughts, her experiences….but honestly, Ashley herself has already written a blog about it and she’s a thousand times more eloquent than we’d ever be. She was so thoughtful and intentional about her wedding planning; we love how she truly crafted her day by choosing what was special to her and Justin. Add in a crazy pandemic to the mix and there was a lot of uncertainty regarding their day.

Her blog, My Intimate Wedding – Shifting My Mindset Amidst A Global Pandemic, is a first-hand account of her wedding planning and perseverance during a crazy time. Take a peek and give it a look!

Ashley and Justin – we wish you both a happy anniversary and many more years of love, laughter, and happiness. To Ashley – we are so thankful for you. We are always so thrilled whenever we get to work with you and it is truly a blessing for us to have you be a #dgbride. Thank you for all the wonderful work you do for your brides – and, by extension, the beautiful images of our brides you let us use. Cheers to the Akins!

#dgcouple: Elizabeth & James

March 20, 2021

Get some ice water ready, fam, because this next wedding is spicy! Introducing Elizabeth & James, a #dgcouple who totally turned up the dial on their New Years weekend wedding day. Their winter wedding was moody, dark, and S E X Y – we were fanning ourselves the whole time! Yet the entire wedding was classic, timeless, and entirely church-appropriate. Check out these STUNNING images courtesy of Justin Casanova. Like, for real Justin – stunning!

We are heels-over-head in love with Elizabeth in Aston, a Sottero & Midgley crepe down featuring a dramatic illusion-beaded back, elegant sleeves, a high neck, & flowing train. She’s total proof that you can be fully covered and still be totally sexy. This gorgeous fabric drapes the natural silhouette, allowing Elizabeth’s body to be the true focus! Add in some dramatic beaded embellishments and this dress was the perfect fit for their romantic, moody affair.

We love Elizabeth’s overall wedding day look – she kept her makeup dramatic, yet classic, with a bold, dark lip that matches the dark crimsons in her color palette. Her glamorous Old Hollywood hair was a perfect compliment to her wedding gown. The overall vibe of the wedding was romantic, yet dark, and her fatally beautiful look was to die for! (See what we did there?)

For James & his groomsmen, we wanted to make sure the style fit the classic glamour that Elizabeth was looking for. They opted for a classic steel grey suit – dark enough to fit the mood, but a softer contrast than a traditional black tux. They kept their accents neutral and allowed the bright crimson roses to be the accent of color! We’re also a little biased, but love a good group in bowties, don’t ya think?

We cannot get over how fabulously in love Elizabeth and James look in all their photos. Justin Casanova did an astounding job capturing their day in all of its moody, lovely glory. This is a perfect example of how’s it’s possible to have a seductively dark and moody wedding without having it in October. The cool winter air and atmosphere added an extra layer of drama to their day!

Congratulations to you, Elizabeth & James! We are so thankful you chose Dress Gallery as your bridal boutique. We truly loved getting to style you; your wedding will go down as one of our favorites, truly! We wish you both a lifetime of love, laughter, & happiness. Cheers to the Leikers!

Romantic & Timeless Custom Swing Boho Shoot – Part 1!

March 17, 2021

Guys – we are freaking out over this styled shoot we were invited to stylized by Couture Ever After. Nikki is truly a visionary in the wedding planning and event rental space; we always love seeing what her creative brain comes up with. Inspired by a dusty, romantic bohemian ceremony, Nikki created a custom backdrop and swing for this photoshoot – and then gave away a free photo session to a couple for Valentine’s Day! The whole team wanting to create a Valentine’s Day-inspired shoot unlike any other. There are so many great vendors to shout out, including our girl Free State Flora – peek the bottom of the post for a full list of vendors and links to their websites! (Quick S/O to Shelby Laine, because how dreamy are these photos?!)

Florals – Free State Flora | Hair & MUA – Tousled, Bijoux Beauty, J Rouge Salon | Hats – Hatman Jacks | Venue – Distillery 244 | Video – Aaron Datu | Jewelry – Powell Jewelry | Styling – Couture Ever After | Photo – Shelby Laine

#dgbride: Savannah

March 14, 2021

HOKAY FAM, GET READY FOR FLAWLESSNESS. Introducing #dgbride Savannah, one of our only Hayley Paige brides. We have a limited selection of Hayley Paige dresses (with only two left!) and Savannah snagged up Lorelei, one of our absolute favs. She married her soulmate, Jimmy, in a gorgeously intimate ceremony in November 2020. We legit freaked out over these moody, romantic photos courtesy of Staci Brucks Photography – run, don’t walk, to hire her!!

Savannah is one of our only Hayley Paige brides; the dresses available were sold off-the-rack, meaning Savannah snagged this baby for a great deal and it fit her like a GLOVE. Her gorgeous long sleeves were perfect for her chilly autumn wedding and we love the blush undertone against the moody colors in her palette. Also, peep Jimmy’s green velvet jacket – we can’t take credit for that, but it looks so sharp, we wish we could!

Savannah wanted the ultimate glam wedding and we think she nailed it. When she added in the awesome accessories, like those fabulous glitter booties, she definitely pushed this gown to the ultimate limit. She took an already fabulous gown and added an extra splash of glam. She looked like the ultimate rocker chic bride and we are so jealous!

Dramatic earrings + psychedelic glitter booties + cathedral-length sprinkled pearl veil = literally the ultimate power goddess look. We also love how carefree and happy both Savannah and Jimmy looked in their photos; Staci captured their wild love so perfectly!

Do you want to be a DG Hayley Paige bride?! We have two remaining dresses available for sale, so make an appointment with us and we’ll pull those dresses for you!

Thank you SO MUCH Savannah for choosing DG. We absolutely LOVED working with you; you were a total babe! We wish you & Jimmy a lifetime of love and happiness. Cheers to the Fishers!

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