9 BRAND NEW Essense of Australia Gowns for 2021!

January 20, 2021

We are so hyped for our 2021 collection of gowns. With COVID-19 pivoting many brides’ plans, we attempted to be extra intentional with our buying. Our brides are interested in great product at a good price, so we were out on the hunt for the ultimate pieces. Essense of Australia is one of our favorite designers and we loved all of their newest collection! Choosing just a few for our store was super difficult – are you ready to see 10 of our absolute favs?! Let us know which ones YOU love in the comments or on Facebook!

D3284 is a super sexy, long-sleeved stunner! This illusion-sleeved, low back gown is perfect for any bride looking to make a “WOW” entrance. We love the sheer bodice, illusion neckline, and secret sparkle sprinkled throughout. Add the uniquely-shaped, dramatic train and we are so excited for the first bride to pick this babe.

7169 is a feminine, soft a-line gown featuring applique lace throughout the skirt, a modest v neckline, tank straps, and a slightly sheer bodice. We love the open yet supportive back and the voluminous skirt is made of a delicate organza, which allows you to shimmer when you walk. We’re waiting for the garden goddess of our dreams to come pick this dress!

We love D3247, the perfect combination of lace and crepe for the modern bride who wants to stay traditional. Featuring an off-the-shoulder neckline, sheer bodice, and a dramatic extended train. This soft sweetheart plunge is a hint of sexy, yet the whole silhouette is sophisticated.

7048 is a classic beauty, a satin-Mikado a-line ballgown complete with lacy bodice, appliqued skirt, and a gorgeous buttoned-train. The matte, leafy material keeps the whole look classic and timeless, with delicate spaghetti straps and Box pleats creating fullness in the skirt. This is the ultimate princess ballgown for anyone wanting a timeless look with a hint of floral accents!

7289 is a fun, flirty soft a-line destined to have a bride dance the night away. This soft tulle skirt is flowy and airy, featuring floral appliques through the skirt and organically over the waistline. The illusion long sleeves add drama and the neckline features a soft, yet sexy, plunge. Add in a super fun and unique crisscross illusion back and this is a dress for a fun-at-heart bride!

Style 7185 is the ultimate romantic, timeless gown for a bride wanting simplistic, yet beautiful. This fitted crepe gown features a softly sparkled, multi-lace sheer bodice, creating visual dimension and texture, along with delicate beaded spaghetti straps. This comfortable, moveable gown is adorned with buttons throughout the train, adding a touch of romance to this stunning gown.

7272 is a fitted-to-perfection stunner featuring an elasticized off-the-shoulder sweetheart neckline (so you can dance the night away!), delicate pearl and crystal beading, and beautiful floral motifs throughout and this is a gown destined to look good on all bodies. We love the soft, raw edge of the hem and the effortlessly feel of this dress!

D3280 is the ultimate long-sleeved, a-lined beauty, complete with illusion high neckline yet open back. We love the big, bold lace appliques throughout the bodice and skirt and how all the details trickle from the neckline to the hem. This dress is lightweight and effortless, sexy yet modest, and the perfect combination of whimsical yet romantic for any bride.

Wrapping up our list is style D3151, a whimsical a-line gown featuring side cut outs, modern yet modest plunging v neckline, and gorgeous delicate beading throughout. This lightweight dress features an organic, lacy-waistline with negative space and appliques throughout the skirt. Add delicate beading to the supportive straps and this gown is literally perfect.

Which dress is your favorite?! Tell us in the comments or on Facebook!

#dgbrides: Karina

January 17, 2021

Hello, DG babes! Time to introduce to you The Escobars, established 2020. Our girl Karina and her hubs Eduardo got married in March 2020 in a small, pre-COVID ceremony. We absolutely love their infectious love for each other, captured by the one-and-only Justin Casanova.

Karina chose a chic, timeless long-sleeved Moonlight gown for her big day. This sheath fit dress perfectly complimented her body, while still giving her the ability to move and groove on her wedding day. Accented by a sheer lace belt and sheet lace sleeves, this dress is a great combination between romantic and whimsical!

Her Moonlight gown featured primarily lace and some secret sparkle throughout the dress. We love that she styled her classic dress with a classic, raw edge cathedral veil! Not only did it add some serious movement to her wedding photos, but we love how traditional the whole outfit looks!

Like, for real y’all – how cute are these two?! We love how infectious their smiles are. You can truly tell that they are having the time of their lives! His chic blue suit looks so good next to her champagne colored gown and the accents of natural florals keeps everything fresh and springy – perfect for March.

Cheers to the Escobars! Thank you so much, Karina, for trusting us to style you for your wedding day. We loved getting to know you and playing a small part in this important moment. We wish you both a lifetime of love, happiness, and laughter!

#dgbride: Andie

January 13, 2021

Alright, peeps, hold onto your hats, because #dgbride Andie looked like a smokeshow during her wedding to her soulmate, Jacob, on 10/4/2020! We loved their classic, chic ceremony – take a peek at some of their gorgeous photos, courtesy of Higher Ground Weddings!

Andie wore a totally gorgeous Essense of Australia gown with a flowy chiffon skirt, off-the-shoulder neckline, and secret sparkle hidden throughout the lace appliques. We love how she accented the dress with a small beaded belt and a STUNNING dark lipstick! (For real, Andie – we LOVE this makeup look!)

Andie wanted a dress that was timeless and classic while also still making her feel beautiful. With a plan to party and dance the night away, we knew an A-line silhouette would be the way to go. Combined with the sophisticated yet modest neckline and this dress is the perfect combination of romantic and whimsical.

Our absolute favorite part of Andie & Jacob’s photos is how. freaking. happy. they. are. Andie’s smile is genuinely contagious even in pictures, so we couldn’t help but smile ear-to-ear when we viewed their gallery. Their love and happiness for each other is definitely infectious! We loved Andie glow on her special day.

Congratulations to the Deffenbaugh’s! We absolutely loved styling you, Andie, and wish you a lifetime of love & happiness with Jacob. You two are truly glowing! Thank you so much for being a #dgbride!

11 Unique & Totally Cool Escort Card Ideas

January 10, 2021

It’s such a small detail, but we love escort cards. When you have assigned seating, creating a unique and interactive way to display names is a great way to add fun & flair to your wedding. This is also a great way to personalize your day and make something totally special to you. Pulling in your themes, colors, and favorite items can showcase your personality! Check out some of our favorite unique escort cards below.

“Find Your Party Animal” glitter animals

Dinosaurs and zoo animals are having a wedding moment and we are HERE FOR IT. Any opportunity to bring in animals on your big day is a perfect way to show some whimsical flair. Keep these details formal and upscale by painting them in metallic accents!

Retro cassette tapes

Having a throwback wedding and want to really show off your 90s side? We think these cassette tapes are so cute and a great way to add some dimension to your photos. We’ve never seen something iconic like this used as a wedding detail – we love how cool it is!

DIY dip-dyed escort cards

If you’re wanting a way to save some cash, DIY-ing your escort cards is a great option. These super simple cards are dip-dyed in the wedding color palette and feature a bold, modern font. These totally unique and one-of-a-kind escort cards keep your day effortless and organic!

Dried fruit + vellum

There’s just something so classic and chic about dried fruit and with the added pop of vellum, this is a great way to take something easy and make it classy. You could easily swap these orange slices for other fruits that fit your vibe/color palette, or you could mix-and-match for a fun, funky style.

Growlers, jugs, etc.

Instead of creating a space where everyone gathers to look for names, creating centerpieces that also serve as escort cards is a great way to increase flow for your event. This will allow guests to walk around freely while finding their names instead of everyone waiting in a line to see where they belong. We love these cool, down-to-earth painted growlers – perfect for any beer fans!

Origami birds, paper airplanes, and more!

If you’re wanting something that truly has a special touch, we think these origami place cards are a perfect combination of sweet and special. The amount of care and effort that goes into creating even one of these birds is special, but to have one for every wedding guest? It’d be a truly gorgeous photo and a great keepsake for guests.

Raw oysters!

A little bit on the boujie side? We fell head-over-heels with this organic and natural escort card display by using real, raw oyster shells! After cleaning, these chic and sparkly details would make a perfect addition to any nautical wedding. Utilizing organic pieces like this definitely elevates your event.

Take a shot & your seat!

If you’re having a party at your wedding, there’s no better way to get everything started than having the reception start with alcohol all around! These Patron shots topped with limes are a great way to celebrate a tequila-loving couple, but we’ve seen a little bit of everything – Moscow Mule shots, champagne glasses, etc. A little liquid courage and your dance floor will be full before you know it!

Mirror, mirror, on the wall….

One of our favorite new trends we’ve seen in weddings is the use of mirrors as signs; we’ve seen brides use them for just about everything, but we love the use of mirrors as escort cards. The mix-and-match vibe of the mirrors keeps everything bohemian and down-to-earth; combine this look with some gorgeous dried florals & pampas grass!

Terra cotta pieces

Rust & terra cotta are hot colors for 2021 and utilizing real terra cotta is a great way to pull everything together. We love the asymmetrical, organic edge of these broken pieces! If you’re wanting something more put together, we’ve seen brides utilize round terra cotta plant saucers – either way, we love the unique look!

Colorful, tessellated tiles

Whether you’re wanting something more subdued or a bright pop of color, tiles are a great way to show off your colors/theme while still keeping a formal feel. We love these blue accented tiles with a boxwood backdrop – a great combination of upscale yet down-to-earth. We think that Spanish tiles, with their bright bursts of colors, would be gorgeous too!

Which is your favorite escort card idea?! Which would you want at your wedding? Let us know in the comments!

#dgcouple: Sandra & Samuel

January 6, 2021

Okay, family, can we please introduce to you Sandra & Samuel, one of our fabulous #dgcouples who utilized us for their bridal & menswear attire! We are so thankful they put their trust in us to make their entire bridal party look good. We had a great time looking through this fun-filled gallery courtesy of Justin Casanova (one of our local favs!)

Real fast: how freaking BEAUTIFUL is this couple?! We loved how timeless & classic they kept their wedding look, all while having a heck of a party. Sandra’s show-stopping fitted Essense of Australia gown matched perfectly with Samuel’s sleek, fitted black tuxedo. Combined with her cathedral length veil and gorgeous hair accessory, their bridal look is truly perfect.

How freaking stunning is Sandra’s dress? This fitted Essense of Australia features a secret sparkle layer for extra drama, a small plunging sweetheart neckline for a touch of sexy, and a full skirt for lots of spice. This is definitely a dress for any bride who wants to WOW their guests, which we are sure Sandra did!

But Sandra’s not the only one we got to style! We absolutely loved working with Samuel and his groomsmen. Samuel is one of our favorite #dggrooms because we actually got to do a style change! Samuel rented two suits from us – a black tuxedo for his ceremony and a white jacket for a pop of fashion for his reception!

Congratulations to the Estrada’s! We are so thankful you chose Dress Gallery as your bridal boutique. We had an absolute blast styling your party. We wish you both a lifetime of love & happiness!

#dgbride: Karen

January 3, 2021

We’re dreaming of a gorgeous, sunny, summer afternoon with this wedding! We are proud to introduce #dgbride Karen, who married her soulmate, Jordan, in a bright and bubbly August 2020 ceremony. Her wedding was organic, airy, and full of laughter – check out some of the photos thanks to Scott Chandler Photography!

Karen was an absolute K N O C K O U T in her pure white Morilee ballgown. You read that correctly – pure white! We rarely have brides choose to go the traditional route of ivory (as it often can read harsh or stark in photos), but Scott Chandler did a phenomenal job of shooting this dress to perfection. Combined with Karen’s gorgeous skin tone and this white dress truly pops!

Karen’s off-the-shoulder Morilee ballgown featured multiple layers of lace, a hidden layer of glitter tulle, a subtle-yet-sexy off-the-shoulder neckline, and she accessorized with the perfect blingy belt to highlight her waist. She kept her look simple, traditional, and timeless and we think she knocked it out of the park! We love her loose, big curls that accentuate her shoulders and the collar-length necklace is the perfect accessory.

Congratulations, Karen & Jordan! We are so thankful you chose Dress Gallery as a small part of your special day. You were such a joy to work with and we are proud to call you a #dgbride. Cheers to the Watsons!

DG’s 2021 Lookbook ft. REAL BRIDES!

January 1, 2021

Alright, y’all, we are hyped about our 2021 lookbook. We always love to collaborate with other local vendors to create content and showcase the gowns we sell in our own way. Using stock photos just doesn’t resonate well with us; we want you to see real, authentic love and the timeless outfits they choose to wear during these special moments.

So it hit us – why use models when we could use real DG brides? Not only would they already have beautiful dresses tailored to them, but it’s an opportunity to truly represent our gorgeous couples. All of these photos feature real brides and couples who chose Dress Gallery as their bridal boutique. We were so thankful they accepted being in our annual lookbook!

Heads up to our girl, Shelby Laine, for the awesome photos once again and a huge shoutout to Paul Mitchell School and Revolutsia. We partnered with tPaul Mitchell for hair/MUA for the first time and guys – they are our go tos now. They did a great job! And Revolutsia was the perfect unique, local backdrop to highlight. Check out our real couples and schedule your appointment to become a DG bride today!

Remember our girl Danielle?! We jumped at the chance to ask her to wear her fabulous off-the-shoulder Moonlight gown again. We loved how the Paul Mitchell MUAs played with a softly braided, loose curl look to highlight the soft, feminine features of the gown. Add in a cathedral length veil for DRAMA and Danielle is one serious smokeshow!

Re-introducing the Estradas! We absolutely loved having Samuel and Sandra back for our lookbook. Their wedding was totally extra and we were l i v i n g for it. Samuel even changed looks before the reception, allowing for a dramatic costume change to match Sandra’s stunning, glittering fit and flare gown. We chose to highlight Samuel’s reception look with the stark white and black to compliment Sandra! The love between these two totally radiated throughout the entire day; they are truly made for each other.

Do you guys remember Cara and her fabulous Allure gown?! This is one of our absolute favorite gowns in the store and we couldn’t wait to ask Cara to show off her fabulous choice. This off-the-shoulder, full a-line dress features scrolling filligree lace combined with a dainty chantilly underlay, minimal sparkle, and a champagne undertone. This is the ultimate gown for someone wanting to feel like a true princess!

Introducing the Bergkamps! So this is our girl, Autumn, who’s a #dgbabe employee – she works our front area during our prom season and we would be LOST without her. When it came to styling her bridal party, she knew she could trust us! We found her a truly unique sleeved Chic Nostalgia gown with bold patterned lace, secret sparkle, and a dramatic keyhole back. We love how they paired it with their funky, Western vibes with Ryan’s Stetson! For his look, we chose to highlight her sandy undertone by giving him a tan suit paired with one of our newest, in demand colors – Dusty Coral! We loved this down-to-Earth, slightly rustic vibe of their wedding day look.

Hello to absolute stunner, Miss Tess! Tess chose a super unique sheet lace Kenneth Winston gown to wear for her Oklahoma wedding. She paired it with a custom fringe leather jacket which perfectly fit her bohemian/Western vibes. Her sheath gown perfectly showed off her silhouette, but also allowed her to dance the night away! Finished with a unique arrowhead shape train and we were so excited Tess chose this dress.

Say hello to the Hogans! Leila and Chad were one of our favorite Dress Gallery couples. We paired her lacy high neck Morilee gown with our new mulberry colored suit, accented with maroons and blushes. Her neckline was adorned with crystals and we loved her illusion back full of buttons! The soft a-line was a perfect choice for dancing and enjoying the night. We loved how dapper Chad looked in his glasses; they truly pulled together his textured, vintage look!

Our very first highlighted #dgfamily! Alex and Canyon got married earlier in 2020 and we loved getting to style their entire family. Alex chose a gorgeous ballgown Essense of Australia dress with a ruffle skirt, cascading lace, and a beautiful moscato color. Canyon is a groom who loves to make a statement – he rocked a super cool rose floral jacket for his reception, so we knew we had to give him one of our exclusive print jackets. We paired the gold-and-copper color palette with some of our new colors, including the Sedona worn by Canyon and the Marigold worn by Camden and Max! Our tuxedo rental sizes go as small as 3T in most jackets, so we can style even the littlest of kiddos!

Wrapping up our photoshoot is our girl Jeri! We love Jeri not only because she’s the babeliest and drove down from Topeka on a Sunday AM for this photoshoot, but also because she is an Heirloom Couture bride as well – she had a bespoke Ariel-inspired crown made by our consultant, Katie, for her big day! We think it was the perfect accessory for her heavily beaded, super fitted mermaid gown with ruffle bottom and off-the-shoulder accents. Add Jeri’s bright, beaming smile and this is the ultimate feel-good look!

Did you fall in love with our brides all over again?! We certainly did. We are so thankful to have the opportunity to style couples for their big day and even more thankful when they allow us to show them off. We feel like proud momma bears every time we get a wedding gallery, so we loved being able to include them in something that’s ours since they included us!

We loved working with real brides for our lookbook so much, we might just keep this tradition…..what do you all think?!

Romanticly Moody Aviation Themed Styled Shoot

December 30, 2020

We are so excited to show off some of our favorite images of our newest styled shoot featuring the Kansas Aviation Museum! If you’re looking for a unique, alternative place to host your wedding, you should definitely be adding the Kansas Aviation Museum to your list. Their beautiful space lists tons of room for guests (COVID ever allowing, of course), along with access for picturesque areas of the museum perfect for photos and also for guests.

We loved teaming up with KAM to help be a small part of this awesome styled shoot, shot by local photographer Justin Lister (who has been listed as one of our favorites in previous blog posts!) Check out some of our favorite shots featuring models Sarah & Spencer, an actual #dgcouple getting married in April!

For Sarah, we selected a whimsical and bohemian full lace sleeved a-line gown with flowing tulle skirt and keyhole back. Her illusion neckline and banded waist perfectly accentuate her silhouette while still allowing her to dance the night away! For Spencer, we chose one of our newest favorites, a Mulberry suit with mauve accents that matched the moody florals of the day.

Check out these awesome shots complete with vintage planes! Access to the museum is a perk of the venue, which not only acts as a cool backdrop for you, but also a unique experience for your guests. We love the idea of a romantic, intimate shot in the flight traffic tower!

We hope you love these images and are inspired to give KAM a look on your venue search! Are you a KAM bride? Let us know on Facebook and show off your photos!

#dgcouple: Ali & Alex

December 26, 2020

Everyone, put your hands together for a #McNewBeginning! Let us proudly introduce to you Ali & Alex, one of our bodacious couples who recently got married on October 3, 2020. We had an absolute blast styling the entire bridal party for this group; from Ali’s breathtaking gown to Alex’s sharp suit and everyone in between, we know you’ll fall in love as much as we did. Take a peek at these photos courtesy of Sara Reith Photography!

When it came to their wedding day, Ali and Alex kept their color palette light, airy, and bright, which was perfect for their vineyard ceremony. We loved the natural greenery and pops of color throughout the day! Their classic and romantic ceremony is perfectly timeless with these colors and accents.

When it came to finding Ali’s gorgeous Essense of Australia gown, she knew she wanted something flowy and romantic, but let her consultant take charge. Her off-the-shoulder neckline perfectly highlights her shoulders & collarbones; we love how she styled her half-up, half-down hair with big curls! Her whole look was perfectly elegant.

When it came to styling Alex & his groomsmen, we wanted a look that was sharp, sophisticated, and fashion-forward. Ali & Alex chose Allure’s “Cobalt” suit, which contrasted perfectly against Ali’s white dress and the accented red & purple florals! We love how bright and refreshing their group pictures look with the pop of blue.

We also think that partnering with Sara Reith for their wedding photography was a perfect choice. Sara’s light & bright editing style perfectly encompasses Ali & Alex’s love. Their photos are happy, upbeat, and full of energy – exactly like the group! We think Sara did a great job capturing the true essence of this super-kind couple.

Congratulations, Ali & Alex! We so appreciate you trusting us to style you & your party for such an important day. We loved getting to know you & are so proud to call you a #dgcouple. We wish you both a lifetime of love & happiness!

5 Newlywed Christmas Gift Ideas

December 24, 2020

Do you have some newlyweds in your life celebrating their first Christmas together?! Christmas gifts are a great way to celebrate a recent marriage and showcase starting a new family. We found 10 of our favorite, unique Christmas gift ideas for the special couple in your life! Check out our list of cool finds, courtesy of Etsy!

Newlywed Kit: Japanese Kintsugi Kit with Online Course

If the lucky couple in your life is crafty and sentimental, we think this kintsugi kit is the perfect option. This specialized craft kit comes complete with all the essentials you’ll need to successfully kintsugi a bowl. For those unfamiliar, the Japanese art of kintsugi is the philosophy of taking something broken and making it even more beautiful than before. This kit even comes with an online course to help you know exactly what you’re doing!

Newlywed Beach Towel / Honeymoon Gift

Personalized gifts are a great way to celebrate the newlyweds in their life, but if you’re wanting something a little more fun than a traditional Christmas ornament, these beach towels are a great option! Perfect for the newlyweds about to head on their honeymoon or even lounging next to the pool, these functional yet special gifts can commemorate their special day!

Personalized Reclaimed Wood Pallet Clock

This is definitely a great option for the rustic, Fixer Upper-lovers in your life! This reclaimed pallet wood clock is personalized with their initials and date, keeping this modern farmhouse-inspired decor simple yet special. With the sleek design, this clock can fit with almost any interior design!

Custom Digital Wedding Portrait

This is a great gift option for the art lovers in your life! Commissioning an artist to create a custom portrait of the couple is a great way to support small business during the holidays, while also receiving something totally one-of-a-kind. We loved this fun and whimsical digital portrait, but think any medium would be a beautiful way to memorialize their favorite wedding photo!

Ocean Marble Personalized Cutting Board

Looking for an ultra chic gift for the new homeowners in your life? We absolutely love these marble cutting boards, available in four marble color options! This sturdy gift is sure to stand the test of time while also adding a pop of whimsy and design to your kitchen. Customize with a monogram to celebrate the lucky couple!

What’s your favorite newlywed gift idea? Let us know!

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