A Rock ‘n’ Roll Courthouse Elopement With Ring Tattoos & Velvet Wedding Gown

July 5, 2019

We talk a lot of big love when it comes to our girl Shelby of Shelby Laine Photography. She’s the official Dress Gallery photographer for all our styled shoots, which means that most of the unique and cool content that graces our feeds are the results of her cool ideas and collaborations. We know that Shelby is always down to capture our vision – regardless of what it might be for that particular day. She’s amazingly adaptable – and this styled shoot is no different!

When we texted Shelby asking if she’d like to shoot a styled elopement complete with ring tattoos, she didn’t hesitate at saying “Hell yes!” She knows exactly the moody, rock ‘n’ roll attitude we wanted to convey. Local tattoo artist Chris Ramirez of Elektrik Chair Tattoo & Piercing gave the couple (one of our own bridal consultants, Courtney!) and her fiance some seriously cool ring tattoos. Our personal favorite part? The Maggie Sottero gown made of ivory velvet Courtney rocked with white mule heels. This dress is definitely for the badass bride! Check out some of our favorite photos below:

Courtney styled the Maggie Sottero “Bradford” with statement pieces from Instagram artist Barbara C. Pellegrino. They both wore matching Ray Bans!

Love this shoot and want to see more? Let us know! Shoot us ideas for styled shoot ideas you’d like to see on our Facebook!

6 Stunning Essense of Australia Gowns You Can’t Miss

June 30, 2019

So it’s no secret that we love Essense of Australia and all it’s sister lines. The designs are gorgeous; the silhouettes make women’s bodies look fabulous; the price point makes these fabulous gowns accessible for most brides. We love how inclusive and intuitive they are when it comes to creating their wedding dress collections. We love all the pieces from the 2019 collection, but below are 6 of our absolute favorites we can’t wait to try on as soon as they come in. Fall in love with one? Let your consultant know at your appointment and she’ll pull that dress for you!

1. Style D2893

 

Can we talk about this gorgeous a-line gown? There are so many unique design features that combines to make a truly stunning gown. From the handkerchief skirt with horsehair trim to the super beaded bodice complete with delicate spaghetti straps, this dress is perfect for the gown looking to “WOW” on her wedding day. It’s airy and bright, but also modern and chic. The lace patterning throughout the skirt keeps the dress just a touch whimsical! We love how it’s paired with a simple chandelier earring so the dress can really be the star!

2. Style D2819

  

Can you believe the visual detail on this dress?! From the statement lace to the sweetheart neckline to the truly fabulous fit-and-flare silhouette, this dress is made for the bride who wants to make an entrance. The train features a scalloped edge and hem lace, keeping the look slightly classic and traditional while the subtle illusion plunge is a hint of sexy. Combined with the sheer back and the perfectly placed lace appliques on the back and hip, this dress was truly designed with a woman’s silhouette in mind.

3. Style D2961

 

So this list is definitely in no particular order because we LOVE this dress here at DG. It’s probably going to become a store favorite within, like, a week, we’re sure of it. It’s whimsical and romantic, while also sophisticated and elegant. This strapless a-line gown features a more flowy, airy skirt, complete with trickling lace appliques, embroidered floral pieces, and beading. The bow is a perfect little detail made of velvet, bringing in some great visual dimension with multiple fabrics. Style with a pair of cute nude heels and you have the ultimate garden party outfit!

4. Style D2972

 

Okay, ultra modern brides, this is the dress for you! We are loving both how chic and contemporary this modest look is, with fully lined crepe sleeves and a plunging neckline down to the waist. The accented buttons down the back, through the train, and on the arms add a touch of romance to this very classic gown. The slight off-the-shoulder neckline highlights the collarbone and the open back allows for a hint of sexy. The silhouette on this gorgeous fitted gown makes it the ultimate dream!

5. Style D2722

This dress combines the best of both worlds for brides who have trouble choosing between silhouettes! This romantic a-line gown features a nude, fitted silhouette underneath, allowing for you to showcase your hips while also keeping the dreamy, ethereal feel of this soft a-line. The trickling lace keeps this dress sophisticated and classic while also modern since it’s combining two favorite styles!

6. Style D2952

For the brides who want the ultimate Meghan Markle vibes, this perfect ballgown is a great option! The ultra chic, straight neckline is accented by box pleats and continuous fabric buttons down the train. Also, this dress features pocket – any brides favorite feature! Combined with a cascading bouquet and extra bling in the hair, this simplistic but chic dress can be transformed for any wedding into the ultimate vision. It’s the perfect canvas for a bride to showcase her unique, cool style!

Fall in love yet? We knew you would! Add these dresses to your Pinterest board, show your consultant, and get ready to fall in love for real!

DG Spotlight: Jillian

June 17, 2019

Our next DG Spotlight is on our sales manager, Jillian! Jillian has been with DG for 8 out of the 10 years we’ve been open, which means this girl knows her stuff. She’s our most requested consultant which means her time is valuable and often booked. She joined as a bridal consultant and worked her way up the DG chain to become our trusty manager. She’s the best at helping us manage our crazy lives here at DG. She does staff trainings, market buyer, social media advertising, and more! She’s truly one of a kind!

Jillian graduated from McPherson College in 2010 with a degree in History & Communication, then graduated from Wichita State with a master’s in history in 2012. She worked for Museum of World Treasures for a brief time before realizing her true talents and passion in the bridal industry. She’s been in bridal for so long that she’s seen trends come and go, companies rise and fall, and helped DG navigate the crazy bridal world through all of it! She helps spearhead market buying, meaning she’s our go-to person when it comes to creating lists of needed styles and bringing those beauties back to the ICT. She spends countless hours researching the wedding industry and the best way to service our brides.

When Jillian’s not at DG, (let’s be honest that pretty much never happens except for Tuesdays, which are her standing days off), she loves spending time at home with her family. Above is her husband, Cody, who is definitely a DG work husband sometimes (thanks Cody!) and her adorable daughter, Phoebe. We love when her family comes in for lunches or events, as they always keep the whole staff laughing! We’ve all unofficially adopted Phoebe as the little DG babe!

Jillian is an avid fantasy and sci-fi fan, along with Renaissance fairs and medieval stories. She’s most likely to quote Games of Thrones at you during your appointment and truly loves when brides come in with whimsical, unique aesthetics for their wedding. She is all about curating a unique style, particularly with vintage clothing and handcrafted accessories. You can usually find her in one of her beloved Gunne Sax dresses, rocking some serious style.

Jillian is loved by all of her previous brides and, as stated earlier, is one of our most highly requested consultants. She’s helped full families find their outfits for their special day. Sisters, mothers, cousins, and more have all come to Jillian to get outfitted for weddings and she loves helping large groups. Jillian is also a MOM EXPERT. Maybe it’s because she’s a mom herself, but she just totally gets mothers searching for formal wear in a way that’s totally uncanny. Most moms totally respect Jillian’s laid back, but up front attitude about styles, sizing, and ordering. She doesn’t beat around the bush and people totally appreciate it!

Jillian is the best at understanding a bride’s unique perspective on her wedding and then she totally delivers on a gown, for real. She just really understands brides, their mindsets, and their desires. We always joke that she’s a “bride whisperer,” making connections with each and every one of her brides. She takes finding accessories and customizations personally and is ALWAYS the first person to call a designer to see if they can do something special for her brides. Jillian wants each and every bride who walks into Dress Gallery to feel comfortable, welcome, and understood – something she’s passed on to all of the other consultants. With Jillian leading the way, we have a fantastic team of consultants ready to take care of you!

Jillian is also one of the strongest people we all know – both inside DG and out. 2019 hasn’t been the easiest year for her, with multiple tragedies affecting both her and her family. If you didn’t know Jillian, however, you almost wouldn’t know at all. She’s faced all of her adversity head on, eyes wide, and ready to take on anything that comes her way. Here at DG, we’ve all admired how Jillian has managed to keep her brides a priority while focusing on taking care of herself and her family. We love you, Jillian! And so do all your brides!

Was Jillian your bridal consultant? Leave her some love on our Facebook page or in the comments!

8 Delicious Cocktails You’ll Want At Your Bar

June 10, 2019

One of the wedding trends we absolutely love is incorporating signature cocktails into your bar for your guests. This is the perfect opportunity to show off some extra flavor and personality in your wedding – literally! Creating fun names specific to you & your fiance makes this a quirky and tailored wedding experience. However, if you’re looking to spice up your bar menu with drinks slightly fancier than your usual Jack &  Coke, look no further! Here are 8 delicious cocktail recipes that will make the ultimate refreshment at your wedding. Think of a cute name and voila – a signature cocktail just for you & your boo! Click the pictures on these delicious drinks to be taken to their recipes!

Blackberry Bourbon Smash

Recipe and Photo by Waiting on Martha

Limcello Prosecco with Blueberries and Thyme

Recipe and Photo by Downshiftology

Strawberry Lime Vodka Tonic

Photo and Recipe by Simply Made Recipes

Pineapple Mango Rum Punch

Photo and Recipe by Paper n Stitch Blog

Charred Jalapeno and Pineapple Margarita

Photo and Recipe by Elle Talk

Lavender Lemonade Gin and Tonic

Photo and Recipe by These Four Walls

Salted Caramel White Russian

Photo and Recipe by Kate Lavie

Matcha Green Tea Gimlet

Photo and Recipe by HGTV

#dgbride: Ciara

May 30, 2019

Our next #dgbride is Ciara who married her best friend, Michael, in a romantic destination wedding in Las Vegas on April 6, 2019.

Ciara’s husband Michael travels a lot for his job, so while Ciara initially planned on having a traditional ceremony here in Wichita, logistics with far-away friends and Michael’s schedule made planning a headache. Instead, they decided to tie the knot in an intimate ceremony in a central location for everyone – Las Vegas! They were married at Vegas Wedding’s private venue – and Ciara has fabulous things to say about her all inclusive venue!

Vegas Weddings is an all-inclusive wedding planning service that helps take the stress out of destination weddings and elopements. They provided a day of coordinator, multiple ceremony spot options, decor, and more. Ciara had done some Pinterest planning prior to talking to her coordinator, Dimi, and knew she wanted a particular vibe – classic, elegant, a little rock ‘n’ roll. Her black, silver, and wine red wedding colors fit the bill perfectly and the accented greenery and twinkling lights were exactly what Ciara wanted!

When it came to dress shopping, Ciara was not excited. She doesn’t consider herself a “dress person” and doesn’t like the attention being on her. She walked into DG with an idea in her head – halter neckline, sheath fit – and ended up loving a mermaid strapless gown with sweetheart neckline. Starting her day at a different bridal store, Ciara was unimpressed with most dresses she tried on and wasn’t finding something she connected with. Finally, her consultant Courtney pulled a wild card gown that EVERYONE knew was the one the minute Ciara stepped out in it!

“When I tried on my dress, I knew it was the one, my mother knew it was the other, my friends knew it was the one, even Courtney knew,” Ciara said. “The dress fit me like a GLOVE and it was so so beautiful. I would recommend Dress Gallery to anyone.”

We love that Ciara decided to spice up her gown with her rock ‘n’ roll vibe by adding a black sash! Combined with the red roses in her bouquet and accentuated tattoos, Ciara and Michael truly showed their individual style. We love the retro-cool birdcage veil Ciara added for a touch of whimsical romance!

Ciara’s advice for future brides, particularly those planning an event in a state far away from their own, is a piece we absolutely love. “Every wedding, big or small, is going to be stressful,” Ciara said. “Just remember the only thing that matters is that you and the love your life get married. Put your foot down and say “no” when you need to. Ask your fiance for both his opinion and his help. Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy your wedding and your new husband – it goes by fast!”

Congratulations to you, Ciara and Michael! Thank you so much for allowing us to help you find your perfect gown.

Photography credit to Vegas Weddings, who also provided the venue, limo service, planner, officiant, and videographer!

6 BRAND NEW Morilee Dresses You’ll Swoon For

May 18, 2019

So the absolute BEST part of late spring/early summer is the arrival of the Fall 2019 collections. Bridal markets happen throughout the year, but here at Dress Gallery, the March Chicago Bridal Market is our jam. We love going to market and seeing the newest collections up close, being able to truly curate our store inventory the best we possibly can for our brides. We get to meet designers, talk upcoming trends and styles, and overall get totally pumped for the newest seasons. Below are SIX of our brand new Morilee by Madeline Garner dresses we’re obsessed with – and we think you will be, too!

1. Riva

Riva is a stunning fit and flare gown with a high neckline, illusion plunge, and a beautiful low back. Lace throughout the gown keeps this silhouette feminine and romantic while the spaghetti straps and accent back keep everything playfully sexy. Combined with multiple layers of lace to add dimension and fabulous hem lace, this fitted beauty is sure to stun on any bride!

2. Reagan

Reagan is a soft, flowy a-line perfect for any bride wanting whimsical romance for her wedding. The illusion sleeves are the perfect addition to this beautiful gown. Complete with a modest v-neck, keyhole back, and hemlace throughout and you’re guaranteed to be the ultimate dream!

3. Ruth

We love how sophisticated and sexy Ruth is! The flowy, airy a-line skirt creates a beautifully feminine silhouette, but the illusion plunge keeps everything just a little sexy. The high neckline keeps you modest and the trickling lace through the skirt adds texture and dimension. This is the perfect lace pattern for an outdoor wedding and the illusion back creates the ultimate drama!

4. Rina

Out of all our new Morilee’s, Rina is definitely one of our top favorites. This ethereal and dreamy gown is perfect for any bride wanting to STUN as she walks down the aisle. The flowy tulle skirt is complemented with trickling, organic lace at the waist and a pop of lace at the back of the train, creating dimension but also making a relaxed fit for your special day. The petite straps are perfect for adding support but not taking away from the delicate bodice. We can only imagine the fabulous photos in this gown!

5. River

This gorgeously flattering a-line gown’s name is River and we are totally getting ALL of the natural vibes from this gown! The lace appliques feature more floral and greenery than traditional lace and the soft v neck combined with spaghetti straps makes for a delicate neckline perfect for any shape. The horsehair trim adds a unique design feature and also creates the COOLEST swish sounds while walking (we know, we know, but it’s a cool feature!) This unique gown is perfect for the bride who likes trends, but wants something totally her own.

6. Ricki

So we might be biased, but Ricki is our fav. Not only is she a stunner of a dress, but she’s also guaranteed to fit in just about EVERY bride’s price point. This strapless, sweetheart neckline is accentuated with beaded lace appliques and porcelain/nude tulle, giving a sexy feel to the sheer bodice. The flowy skirt is perfect for any bohemian vibe – ESPECIALLY the additional seaming that creates more dimension. It mirrors a petticoat, which gives a really cool outside-in type of vibe and we can only IMAGINE the fabulous photos of this dress surrounded by prairie. If you’re looking for a dress to feel sexy, unique, and confident in, Ricki could be your winner!

Fallen in love yet? We totally understand. Let us know your favorites and schedule an appointment to try these beauties on!

11 Bridal Shoes You’ll Fall in Love With

May 12, 2019

When it comes to getting your complete bridal look together, the DG girls are here to help. And although we can get you taken care of about 90% of the way, there are a few things you’ll need we don’t carry in store – shoes being the biggest! It can be totally overwhelming to decide what to wear on your big day and it’s important. You’ll need to have your shoes picked out before your alterations because your seamstress will need to know your exact height for your hem! To help you begin the major search for finding the perfect pair of shoes, here are 7 of our personal favorites (with links included!) to check out!

1. Anita Illusion Lace Cross Strap Pump by Bella Belle ($285.00)

2. Elvie Pump by Something Bleu ($355)

3. Birdies Bridal Slipper Collection (~$95)

4. Luella Pump by Journee Collection from DSW ($49.99)

5. Illusion Sandal by Nina Cherie New York ($47.50 – on sale now!)

6. Lanai Mule by Adrianna Papell ($89)

7. Izzie Heel by Kate Spade New York ($355)

8. Yaro Ankle Strap Sandal Heel by Sam Edelman ($99.95)

9. Elainey Heel by Privileged Shoes ($36.00)

10. Cami Hell in White Snake by Steve Madden ($110)

 

 

11. Gigi Crystal Pointy Toe Flat by Badgley Mischka ($185)

DG Spotlight: Kayla

May 2, 2019

Our next DG Spotlight is on bridal consultant, Kayla!

Kayla has been with DG since August 2015, which means she just celebrated her three year anniversary! Beyond being a dope bridal consultant, Kayla is also our back-of-house paperwork wiz. She keeps us up & running by implemented a brand new computer software system that allows us to better help our brides. She keeps everything neat and orderly to make sure that we can help our brides to the best of our ability.

Kayla graduated with a degree in Costume Design from Sterling College in 2015. She was actively involved in musical theater throughout her life and her background in costume design makes her an irreplaceable part of the team. With her in-depth seamstress knowledge, Kayla is always around to help answer questions regarding alterations or customizations. She always has a smile on her face and is always the first person to jump up and help.

Every bridal consultant has a unique approach to the consultation process. For Kayla, it’s all about how a bride feels in her wedding dress.

“For me, I like to think ‘How does this dress portray her personality? Does it match the venue and vibe she’s going for?’” Kayla said.

Instead of taking overly specific details, Kayla likes to be inspired by her brides. She takes design features they like, along with information about themselves, their wedding plans, and their spouse, and tries to curate a dress that feels authentic to the bride and her vision.

Kayla’s favorite part of working at Dress Gallery is being a part of such an emotional moment in the wedding planning process. “This is probably the most invested part of the journey for most brides,” Kayla said. “Being a part of that and helping create special, emotional moments with a bride is powerful.”

She is an expert at placing a bride’s desires and feelings first, thus creating a supportive and encouraging environment for her brides to confidently say “yes” to their dream dress. Kayla loves the energy brought by an excited entourage and helps channel that energy into a fun appointment for everyone.

Her favorite new trend in bridal is the new “chic” looks across the runway – a step away from the traditional, whimsical, and romantic lace we’ve seen for the last few years.

 

With a background in costume design and theater, Kayla brings a unique perspective to Dress Gallery. She’s able to envision added details that don’t exist yet or alteration changes that haven’t happened. She can clearly see in her head a finished product, even if the project is far from completion. This makes brides feel confident trusting Kayla with her vision for their bridal gowns should alterations or changes need to be made.

Kayla is also great at walking brides through possible alterations needed and answering any technical questions. While we do not do alterations in house, her expertise in sewing makes her a great asset to the Dress Gallery team to help brides understand the alterations process and what to expect.

Outside of work, Kayla is an active embroiderer and Disney enthusiast. Her and her husband, Mark Allen, love watching Disneyworld vloggers on YouTube. She’s recently picked up hand embroidery and loves creating pieces; one of her most recent was of Cinderella’s castle!

She also loves playing with her cat, Peyton, who features spots in the shape of a smiley face on his back. She also helps teach Financial Peace University classes with her husband in order to help other young couples gain control of their future with their finances. And when asked what her favorite Wichita restaurant is, her answer was definitive: “Dempsey’s Biscuit Co.”

We love Kayla here at DG, but we’re obviously a little biased. Her brides, however, are not. Kayla receives rave reviews weekly from brides who were so grateful for her help in their gown buying process. Taylor, a recent bride of Kayla’s with a wedding date of March 2019, had this to say about Kayla:

I was so blessed to work with Kayla, who was just so encouraging, courteous, and fun to work with! She brought me dresses that were exactly what I *thought* I wanted, but then gave a gentle push when she brought out a “wild card” dress — which I absolutely fell in love with! Completely different than what I thought I wanted, but I am so glad she used her intuition to bring me what became MY dress! I was also able to get my veil AND my six bridesmaids ordered their dresses as well! We all had such a great experience, and I would highly recommend Kayla to ANY bride!

#dgbride: Grace

April 27, 2019

Our next gorgeous #dgbride to be featured is Grace! Grace and her soulmate, Jackson, tied the knot on February 24, 2019 at The Hudson in Wichita, Kansas. Their wedding was the perfect balance between sophisticated, modern, and magical.

Grace wanted to invoke a beautiful, magical winter wedding aesthetic for wedding. Complete with a cascading bouquet and accented with greenery, she achieved this deeply romantic look by focusing on natural beauty instead of busy details. She utilized the talents of Darcy Lowry for wedding planning, which let her enjoy her day stress free! Darcy also made their delicious wedding cake!

When it comes to finding her perfect gown, Grace wasn’t really sure what she was looking for in a gown. She had pinned multiple different styles and design features, hoping to narrow down at her appointment. She ended up falling in love with a beautiful Maggie Sottero gown, complete with lace long sleeves and an accentuating v neck. We were OBSESSED with how Grace’s silhouette looked in this gown!

Grace tried about 13-14 gowns before finding “The One,” but only went to 2 bridal boutiques to make her decision.

“My experience at DG was exceptional!” she said. “Courtney was so so sweet and helpful. I’d recommend Dress Gallery to anyone.”

Grace’s laid back attitude permeated not only her wedding planning, but her big day as well. We so appreciated her mellow demeanor when it came to gown shopping and her down-to-earth attitude makes her the ultimate advice giver for other brides.

“Nothing is worth stressing over,” she said. “The wedding planning and day of the wedding should be FUN and stress free – and also, the wedding day isn’t the goal. Living life everyday with your partner is the goal.”

We totally agree! And when you see how Grace and Jackson look at each other, you can totally tell that they are ultimate #couplegoals.

Congratulations to Grace and Jackson! Thank you so much for choosing Dress Gallery as a part of your special day. We are honored we got to help style you for your absolutely incredible wedding and we wish you all the happiness!

Photographer: Logan Runberg @LDR Portraits
Venue: The Hudson ICT
DJ: Matt Cassel
Flowers: Dillons/Darcie Lowry
Alterations: Quickstitch Alterations by Juliana
Tuxedo rentals: Men’s Warehouse
iideographer: Matt Lowry @ Lowryimages

Channeling Our Inner Khaleesi at the Wichita Renaissance Festival

April 19, 2019

So you know the DG girls love a styled photo shoot. We are all about collaborating with other vendors to create a totally unique vision, especially when it allows us to live out our nerdiest fantasies. Like most of the world, we are obsessed with Game of Thrones and wanted to channel that energy and vibe. We were totally inspired by the fabulous fashion on the show but were curious what a modern bride would want in her GoT-inspired wedding. With the Wichita Renaissance Festival in town, it became the perfect backdrop to showcase this beautiful Moonlight Couture gown. Check out some of our favorite images below! (Courtesy of our girl, Shelby Laine Photography, of course!)

We styled our bridal consultant, Kayla, in a beautiful Moonlight Couture gown features a v neck with a criss-cross design and beading. The sleeves are also a flowy, open medieval sleeve that perfectly fits the Renaissance vibe. We love how cozy and warm these shots look with all the different fabric textures surrounding Kayla!

Combined with a crystal necklace and leaf laser cut-out earrings, we wanted the styling for this shoot to be as earthy and natural as possible. We took inspiration from current brides who are loving the mixed metals, crystals, and edgier jewelry for their big day instead of something dainty. The accompanying parasol keeps the vibe whimsical and romantic while also focusing on more Renaissance-specific details. How cute would a photo under this parasol be, kissing your spouse for the first time?!

Kayla is STEALING THE SHOW with this smoky, edgy vibe, complete with bear rug (an antique! We promise!) and deer skull. There’s something hauntingly beautiful surrounding items most would associate with death and decay and instead turning them into symbols of beauty and strength. There are some serious khaleesi vibes with this shoot!

Want to channel your inner queen at your wedding? Come in to Dress Gallery and let us know your wildest dreams – we’d love to make them come true!

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