#dgbride: Mary

November 11, 2019

#dgbride and #dggroom Mary and Julian Bartlett were married on September 21, 2019 at the Wichita Brewing Company event space. While we love all of our brides, Mary & Julian hold a special place in our hearts. They are Delano people – they met at the Monarch bar, where Julian was a bartender. They’re quirky, unique, totally cool, and tons of fun. We could tell from the photos that this wedding was a banger!

When it came to planning the wedding, Mary did it all herself. She had a unique wedding vision she wanted to execute – something different than the traditional Pinterest photos many brides see. She knew she wanted the wedding to be edgy, a perfect adjective to describe her and Julian, but she also didn’t want it to be too dark – “a softer edge for the wedding day,” she said. The black accents, the small skulls, and the pop of chartreuse made this wedding a totally one-of-a-kind experience!

Mary picked an absolutely gorgeous crepe Maggie Sottero gown named Arleigh Rose. She chose the short sleeved version of the dress, which totally fit her laid-back attitude. Our favorite piece, and Mary’s too!, was her open back featuring spinal beaded detail. “What’s cooler than a beaded spine?!” she said. Accompanied by an absolute stunner of a crown and Mary truly was the definition of regal for her wedding.

We absolutely love her in those soft neck cutouts – chic and sophisticated, but a hint of sexy!

Mary knew exactly what type of wedding she wanted and how to execute it. That didn’t mean, however, she didn’t run into opposition from some well-intentioned family members. “I was surprised because I felt like the closer I got to the wedding, the more I had to fight for my vision,” she said. She absolutely loved the industrial feel of Wichita Brewing Company’s venue and wanted a unique wedding packed with edgy, cool details. She received some serious push back on some of her ideas, but stuck to her guns! We’re so glad she did because their wedding turned out beautiful, sophisticated, and ultra cool.

When it came to her wedding dress, Mary knew she wanted simple and sophisticated with no lace. She thought she wanted an A-line dress, but after listening to the feedback of her entourage that came with her, she knew that A-line silhouettes were not for her. Her “Plan B” was a picture of a dress she’s seen at our booth at Bridal Expo – something chic, a little sexy, and totally different from what she thought she wanted. “It was the only picture I’d taken the entire day and it was the dress I ended up buying,” Mary said. “I tried on others, but I was sold on Arleigh Rose the moment I had it on. Nothing says bad ass like a bejeweled spine! Feminine yet edgy and modern.” We totally agree!

Mary’s advice to newly engaged brides is to stick to your wedding vision and keep family’s opinions at a distance. Family and friends offered to help with her big day in order to save money, but doing so caused more headaches than it was worth. “I had family offer to help make flower arrangements, bouquets, and food for the wedding and then argued about everything I wanted,” Mary said. “Then, at times, they flat out ignored everything I wanted, then would call me a bridezilla when I insisted on things being redone to my original vision.” She ended up redoing her florals and greenery the week before her wedding in order to make sure they were perfect. Ask help from those you trust – smile and politely decline for anyone whose vision doesn’t match yours!

(Mary was also told several times that a queso fountain would “ruin her wedding” and instead, it was the most talk about detail of the night. We stand firmly on the side that queso fountains are awesome. Good choice, guys!)

“Your store was the only boutique I went to and I fell in love with the second dress I tried on,” Mary said. “I found my dress and veil there and it was the only the stress free part of my wedding.” We were so grateful to Mary that she felt comfortable enough with us not only to allow us to style her for the big day, but also her husband, Julian, and their groomsmen. They were by far one of the most fun group of groomsmen we’ve had in a long time and kept the staff laughing every time they came in!

Not only were we blessed enough to style Mary for her big day, but her husband, Julian, chose us for him & his groomsmen as well! He chose a stunning slim cut grey suit with stripped ties! We loved how cool and classic their look was while also still showcasing Julian’s super fun personality. This group was truly one for the books! Can we also talk about how attractive they all are?!

Thank you so much, Mary and Julian, for including us as part of your special day! And special thanks to official Dress Gallery photographer, and their wedding photographer!, Shelby Laine Photography for this gorgeous images. We’re obsessed with you & this wedding!

6 Fall 2019 Maggie Sottero Gowns You CAN’T Miss

October 4, 2019

We absolutely love Maggie Sottero; they are one of our favorite designers and have been for the entirety of Dress Gallery’s history. Their romantic, whimsical looks are perfect for the traditional bride but their lines also feature edgy, unique pieces for the non-traditionalist. Their three collections cover all the bases for all types of brides. Below are some of our favorites from their fall 2019 collections. If you fall in love just like we did, make an appointment and tell your consultant – she’ll pull these exact dresses!

1. Glorietta

Who doesn’t love a gorgeous fit and flare gown? Complete with delicate spaghetti straps, multiple layers of lace, button details on the back, and a modest v neckline, Glorietta is the perfect mix of sexy yet sophisticated. The lace appliques are perfectly placed throughtout the gown to highlight a bride’s figure and the horsehair trim on the train keeps everything modern. This gown was made for breezy meadows, gorgeous beaches, and sunlit churches!

2. Raelynn

We are totally obsessed with how whimsical and romantic Raelynn is! Her plunging neckline keep the silhouette sexy, while also staying sophisticated. Her triple banded waist truly showcases how tiny a bride’s waist truly is. There are gorgeous lace appliques throughout the tulle skirt and, our personal favorite feature about Raelynn? She comes in a GORGEOUS blush/platinum combo, perfect for the bride wanting a unique color palette! We’re just waiting for the perfect garden party reception to see Raelynn at!

3. Fielding

Fielding is the ultimate boho lover’s DREAM dress. This gorgeous, circular crochet lace is perfect for all styles of weddings – rustic, vintage, boho, modern. Its the nexus of all the coolest trends wrapped up into one gorgeously constructed dress. The cut out details underneath the arm create small, sexy accents and the v neckline is plunging enough for drama, but raised enough to feel supported. Fielding’s fabulous fit-and-flare silhouette is perfect for all body types – she’s made to show off all your best features!

4. Aston

We love a dress that makes a statement and there’s hardly a dress more WOW than Aston. This crepe material is soft to the touch, leaving you comfortable and elegant throughout the entire day. It features crystal button detailing throughout the entire train, gorgeous back and sleeve beading, and a modern but sexy silhouette. We truly believe that sometimes, showing less is more and Aston is the prime example of that. The full crepe sleeves are also a popular feature in modern bridal, but also keeps the dress classic and timeless! Stun your guess with this beautiful gown!

5. Melody

Melody is an ethereal, flowy goddess of a dress. It’s perfect for any bride wanting to feel light and airy on her wedding day. Not only this this baby comfortable, but she’s also full of sparkle through the bodice. The lightweight chiffon skirt is perfect for a sunset beach wedding, a laid back elopement, or a romantic mountaintop ceremony. Plus, not only does she come in a traditional ivory color, but the dress is shown is a gorgeous soft blush color, adding just a pop of whimsy to Melody!

6. Lucille

Lucille is the perfect combination between traditional beauty and modern design. The fabulous sheet lace covering the gown is reminiscent of traditional lace patterns, but the gorgeously sexy fit-and-flare silhouette keeps the dress super modern. Combined with a beaded v neckline and beaded v side cutouts, you’re sure to sparkle in this fabulous gown. We love the small additional of horsehair trim to the train, adding some visual dimension and depth when spread out. We’re anxiously waiting for this gown to walk down a cathedral aisle or a stunning industrial setting to highlight just how unique it is!

Fallen in love yet? We totally understand, we have too. Let your consultant know which gown stole your heart at your appointment!

Our Favorite Bachelor Nation Wedding Dresses

September 6, 2019

At Dress Gallery, we love Bachelor Nation. (Okay, so like, two of us love Bachelor Nation and everyone else tolerates our obsession.) When you have a show dedicated to love, happiness, and eventual marriage, we can’t help but have the hopeless romantics in us come out. We want every Bachelor Nation couple to end up happy, in love, and inevitably wed in holy matrimony, if only so we can obsess over their gorgeous gowns. Throughout the years, The Bachelor and its’ subsequent spin-off shows have created many couples and some of them are still together! Here is a list of our favorite Bachelor Nation wedding dresses throughout the years!

1. Trista Sutter in Mishka Badgley

Trista, the original Bachelorette, chose Ryan Sutter as her suitor and they were wed on the first televised wedding in Bachelor Nation history on December 6, 2003. You can clearly tell the early 2000s fashion in this wedding, but honestly, that’s why we love it. This wedding still looks timeless, whimsical, and truly romantic. The love these two have radiated through the screen – and they’re still together, 16 years later! We love Trista’s choice of a beautiful, satin strapless a-line Mischka Badgley gown, complete with pink lace on the hem and waist. She looks classic and chic in her look, no matter how much time has passed!

2. Molly Malaney-Mesnick in Monique Lhuillier

Please, can we bring dramatic skirts back?! In 2010, Bachelor Jason Mesnick chose his runner-up, Molly, during an after-show special and they ended up engaged, married, and starting a family, all to the surprise of Bachelor Nation. They wed in a beautiful, rain-filled ceremony in Seattle, and yet her gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown stayed perfect the entire time! Her strapless fit-and-flare gown was complete with three dimensional floral appliques – how much more romantic can you get?!

3. Ashley Hebert in Randi Rahm

Randi Rahm has been a Bachelor staple for quite some time and it’s no surprise she ends up designing the wedding gowns for many of the girls, particularly Bachelorettes. Ashley, one of our personal favorites, married her partner JP Rosenbaum in a beautiful multi-religious ceremony celebrating both couples. We love Ashley’s choice of a stunning empire waist gown, complete with cap sleeves, beautiful train, and statement earrings. This classic but chic look totally stands the test of time!

4. Catherine Guidici in Monique Lhuillier

Catherine was the winner of Sean Lowe’s season of the Bachelor and they wed in January 2014 in a televised event in front of many former Bachelor Nation members. Her gorgeous lace Monique Lhuillier gown features a strapless neckline, added belt, and a matching cathedral length veil. We love how classic and chic her look is, with the delicate lace truly showcasing the dress’s silhouette. Her statement earrings matching the belt completed the whole look! Five years later, we’re still in love with Catherine’s choice!

5. Desiree Hartsock in Maggie Sottero (!!)

We are extra biased toward our girl Desiree because she was actually a bridal stylist prior to being The Bachelorette and now, she designs her own wedding dresses! This is a girl after our own heart! Not only that, but Desiree partnered up with designer Maggie Sottero to custom create her wedding gown. We LOVE how she saw her own perfect vision through to completion! Her 100% unique gown features an illusion, one-shoulder neckline, a blush underlay, and gorgeous sweeping lace. Want to know the other coolest thing? We actually got to meet Desiree! Our owner, April, met her while she was working with Maggie during the design process and got to chat with her – she was totally sweet!

6. Jade Roper in Galia Lahav

Jade and Tanner met while on Bachelor in Paradise, a spin off show dedicated to finding love on the beaches of Mexico. Because they were both so ingrained in Bachelor Nation, is was only fitting they had a televised Bachelor wedding, complete with Chris Harrison as the officiant! Jade wore a gorgeous spaghetti strap Galia Lahav gown, complete with sheer bodice, plunging neckline, and intricate lace. She paired her gown with a whimsical but simple raw edge cathedral veil, perfect for adding drama to the gown without taking away the wow factor!

7. Carly Waddell in Idan Cohen

 

BACHELOR IN PARADISE: EVAN AND CARLY WEDDING – Coverage. (ABC/Paul Hebert)
CARLY WADDELL, CHRIS HARRISON, EVAN BASS
BACHELOR IN PARADISE: EVAN AND CARLY WEDDING – Coverage. (ABC/Paul Hebert)
CARLY WADDELL, EVAN BASS

Another Bachelor in Paradise couple! Carly and Evan met on the beach of Puerta Vallarta, so it was only fitting they tied the knot on the same beach, televised and surrounded by all of their Bachelor Nation friends! Carly was truly unique with her dress choice, choosing Israeli designer Idan Cohan for her truly stunning nude fit-and-flare gown. The color was so unlike anything we’ve seen in Bachelor Nation before! Carly’s gorgeous lace appliques truly popped and we truly consider her one of the godmother’s of the bohemian wedding. Her fishtail braid, pepper boutonnieres, and cool-casual eating arrangements truly made her wedding stand out from the others!

8. Lauren Burnham in Hayley Paige

We’ve already covered Lauren’s entire wedding (check out that post!), but we couldn’t talk about Bachelor Nation weddings without including one of our absolute favorites. Her whimsical and romantic a-line Hayley gown was perfect for their tropical Hawaiian wedding. Her stunning veil and beautiful petal-covered altar was one of the most beautiful we’ve ever seen!

9. Krystal Nielson in Martina Liana (!!)

 

BACHELOR IN PARADISE – “604A” – Tayshia has been having a lot of fun with John Paul Jones, but she encourages him to explore his options with other women. Will he and the new females who covet him survive the dates? All of this action leaves Tayshia free to explore another relationship with a wonderful guy. But whose rose will she accept this week? The relationship merry-go-round spins faster and faster this week until it’s almost out of control on “Bachelor in Paradise,” MONDAY, AUG. 26 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/John Fleenor)
KRYSTAL NIELSON

 

BACHELOR IN PARADISE – “604A” – Tayshia has been having a lot of fun with John Paul Jones, but she encourages him to explore his options with other women. Will he and the new females who covet him survive the dates? All of this action leaves Tayshia free to explore another relationship with a wonderful guy. But whose rose will she accept this week? The relationship merry-go-round spins faster and faster this week until it’s almost out of control on “Bachelor in Paradise,” MONDAY, AUG. 26 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/John Fleenor)
KRYSTAL NIELSON, CHRIS RANDONE
BACHELOR IN PARADISE – Kris and Krystal’s Wedding.
(ABC/John Fleenor)
KRYSTAL NIELSON, CHRIS RANDONE

So – we might be a little biased and say that Krystal is our favorite Bachelor Nation wedding dress choice of all time, sorry not sorry. We love Martina Liana and are on a first name basis with Martine, the designer. We were so thrilled when Krystal chose style 905 as her wedding gown – a style we literally have in our stock room right now. We love the silhouette of her fitted dress, complete with multiple layers of lace and gorgeous secret sparkle details. Complete with the matching veil (we’ve got that, too, don’t worry), Krystal is a stunner in one of the most gorgeous contemporary designers around!

10. Ashley Iaconetti in Ines di Santo AND Rita Vaneris

Wedding of Bachelor in Paradise Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon August 11, 2019 in Newport, Rhode Island
ON PAGE credit: Photographs by Rebecca Yale

We are all for a good costume change and Ashley Iaconetti truly didn’t disappoint on her wedding day. She rocked not one but two gorgeous a-line dresses for her wedding day, changing from a beautiful strapless lace ballgown into a chic, plunging spaghetti strap dress. These two looks totally capture Ashley’s classic but royal style. Plus, who doesn’t want the chance to shop for two wedding dresses?!

11. Rachel Lindsay in Randi Rahm

Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo Wedding
Credit: Clane Gessel

These exclusive shots from People magazine are the only photos available for Rachel Lindsay’s gorgeous custom Randi Rahm gown. Randi is the official gown stylists of all Bachelorettes, which made her a perfect pick for Rachel’s wedding. She helped create all the looks for Rachel’s season and got to know the bride & groom – who better to make Rachel’s vision come to life?! We love the illusion, cap-sleeved bodice, complete with beaded embroidery!

Keep on the lookout for more Bachelor Nation posts!

#dgbride: Paige

August 27, 2019

Our next gorgeous #dgbride is Paige, who married her best friend Kyle on June 1 at Liquid Art Winery in Manhattan, KS. We absolutely love the elegant rustic touches the bride & groom picked for their special day. While searching through their gallery, I was captivated by the black & white shots their photographer, Ashley Layden, captured – they were gorgeous! Their entire album was full of beautiful, bright photography (especially at golden hour!), but I was feeling a black & white type of ~mood today, so enjoy some of their most gorgeous shots!

Paige loved the simplistic beauty of their wedding. They wanted a lot of natural light, greenery, and a trendy-cute dusty blue color palette. She loved celebrating with their friends & family, along with having so many intimate moments with her new husband!

Paige found “The One” after a single dress! The first dress she tried on ended up being the perfect combination of sexy and traditional. Paige tried on a total of 7 dresses, eventually going back to the first dress her consultant, Katie, pulled! Dress Gallery was also the first bridal salon she tried dresses on at. She didn’t need to shop around after falling in love with her beautiful Morilee gown.

Paige paired her fit-and-flare gown with a gorgeous cathedral length lace veil, perfectly accenting the raw edges of her train. The delicate beading through the bodice truly allowed her to shine and the romantic buttons on the back add a touch of vintage whimsy while also adding a beautiful accent detail on the back.

Paige’s ethereal and effortless beauty is probably our favorite part of her wedding look. She looks chic, fresh, and bright, the ultimate romantic look for a bride on her wedding day. The love between her and Kyle is so obvious in their photos; we love the way they look at each other!

“Katie, my consultant, was AMAZING! I would definitely recommend DG to any bride-to-be!” Paige said, giving some serious love to her consultant. Paige also trusted us with her bridesmaids dresses as well! All of her girls looked beautiful in a beautiful dusty blue hue with mismatched styles, truly allowing each girl to feel confident and beautiful.

Paige’s laid back attitude truly showed through when we asked her to give advice to brides-to-be. Her succinct and simple advice? “Don’t sweat the small stuff! Also, get a videographer to document your day.” Amen to that, girl!

Thank you so much for allowing Dress Gallery to be a small part of your day, Paige and Kyle. We wish you a lifetime of happiness and love!

Mystically Whimsical Hayley Paige Styled Shoot – With a UNICORN!

August 16, 2019

We are loving that girly pastel whimsicalness is having a MOMENT right now. Whether you’re loving the bright, bold, Lisa Frank-esque style or the more pastel, galaxy-inspired hues, we can’t help but feel totally inspired by whimsy right now. When trying to figure out what type of vibe we wanted for this particular photo shoot, we knew we had to shoot our newest Hayley Paige gown with as much romance and magic surrounding it as possible. What’s more magical than a unicorn?!

Thanks to Morning Grit Farm LLC based out of Rose Hill, Kansas, we got to live out the fantastical girlish dreams we’ve always had. Frolicking in a field with a pink unicorn and cuddling with cute kittens was the ultimate way to show off the feminine, playful side of this Hayley Paige gown. Heirloom Couture Bridal, aka our very own Katie Jones, custom created a crystal tiara with shades of bubble gum pink and cotton candy blue and Chelsea’s vibrant, fun editorial makeup totally compliments.

Check out some of our favorite shots below, including our newly beloved unicorn friend!

Okay, but for real – this is giving us LIFE. How much more of an ethereal fairy could she be? This is the ultimate garden party dress!

Love this romantic, whimsical shoot? Have an idea for an upcoming styled shoot for us? Let us know on Facebook!

How to Throw the Best ICT Bachelorette Party

August 2, 2019

One of the absolute best parts of planning your wedding is also planning the celebrations that come along with it! While there are tons of great locations throughout the United States for a destination Bachelorette party, we’re big advocates of loving where you live – plus, it’s not always feasible for different groups to travel long distances. Wichita is an awesome Bachelorette destination and we are all about throwing a great party! Here are some of our suggestions to help make your Wichita Bachelorette party the MOST fun and exciting!

First up – where to stay?

When choosing a location for your Bachelorette party, take into consideration location and the amount of guests a space can accommodate. For large groups, definitely look for a place where everyone can sleep comfortably – no one wants to end up on the floor! Local hotels such as The Ambassador or Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview feature large rooms and downtown locations, making getting back to your room after a long night a breeze.

Want something a little more unique? Try checking AirBnB for cool and trendy locations you normally wouldn’t get to stay at! We checked some local listings and fell in love with this heart of downtown loft featuring trendy furniture and upscale decor. We also loved this modern Delano house, complete with amenities and simple but chic furnishings.

Second – what to do!

There are so many fabulous options of things to do in Wichita and there’s also countless articles out there about how to fill a Saturday afternoon in the city. But what if you’re looking for something specific for you & your bridal party? We dug deep to find some of our absolute favorite options in the city that can accommodate your group with either open events or private parties!

We love Flow Foundry ICT. Technically, they list themselves as a dance studio, but with group fitness classes, aerial silk classes, mobile set ups, and more, they truly do it all. We’ve heard great feedback from their private aerial silk classes – not only are they a workout, but it’s a unique and fun way to get to know a large group. They take groups as small as 6 and as large as 20 – perfect for any size bridal party!

Another great local option is Love of Character. They specialize in hosting private parties, making them the go-to place for your bridal luncheon or brunch. Not only do they host unique workshops that you could sign up for, but they also help make any private event a total Instagram dream with their balloon arches and decor. Celebrate the bride with bubbly and balloons, centrally located in the cool College Hill area. Walk to good eats and desserts right after!

For the fitness buffs in your group, check out Hot Asana Yoga Studio on either the east or west side of town. This challenging yoga workout is a great way to break the ice but also work out some serious muscles. Whether you sign up for a foundation class or have a private yoga session specifically for your group, the yogis at Hot Asana are the perfect people to help both newbies and diehards navigate through your class. After your yoga class, hit up Bliss Bouldering for some awesome rock climbing. They host special events frequently, along with private parties and open climbing. You pay for daily passes, meaning you can climb the entire day and get a truly unique workout.

Is your group not fitness lovers? That’s okay! Local favorites Board and Brush and Paint the Towne are perfect sip and create experiences that also allow your group to take a memento home! Board and Brush features a more rustic/farmhouse type style, with wood boards and metal accents, while Paint the Towne is a casual painting experience with a wide variety of pictures. Plus, #dggirl and #dgbride Allison is a Paint the Towne instructor – request her at your party!

We’re also all for bachelorette parties that buck tradition and do some COOL. When it comes to new Wichita businesses, particularly cool ones, one of our absolute favorites is Blade and Timber, an axe throwing bar that allows you to release some aggression and have a good time doing it! While the appeal is definitely in the axe throwing, this grill features cocktails and food as well, meaning you can eat and sip throughout the entire time you’re throwing. Make sure you book your lane in advance – their reservations go fast!

Finally, ready to take a step out of the city, breathe, and relax? What better way than viewing Kansas’s gorgeous natural landscape on horse back? C-Arrow Stables in Maize features hourly rentals for trail rides, along with group events and private riding lessons. This is the perfect afternoon activity for groups who want to have tons of fun, but also do something radically different for their party!

Third – where to drink (and eat!)

Whether you’re headed out for the night or ready to drink a few cocktails during the day, Wichita has TONS of great food & beverage options to keep your group well fed and (mostly) hydrated. If you’re looking for great places to chat, relax, and imbibe, here are some of our absolute favorites in town!

Before the night gets starting and swinging, we recommend stopping by local chocolate hot spot Cocoa Dolce to sip wine, taste unique flavors, and hang out in their chocolate lounge. The perfect place to unwind after a hectic afternoon, Cocoa Dolce is the perfect “in between” place as you’re going from one location to the next. A few nibbles on their delicious artisan chocolates paired perfectly with their house wines, you’ll be in love!

Chicken N Pickle is a totally unique eatery complete with indoor/outdoor pickleball courts, corn hole, yard games, and more. Combined with a delicious food menu and awesome local brews, you’re sure to find something for everyone in your party. We also love that this franchise is based out of Kansas City with Wichita being their newest location! Find this sprawling, cool restaurant at 13th and Greenwich next to the Warren and Braums.

Another local favorite is Norton’s Brewing Company, located off St. Francis and Douglas street. Started by a Wichita beer brewing veteran and his wife, we totally dig the laid back atmosphere and open concept area that allows for groups of all types to interact together. With large communal tables, a large outdoor patio area complete with chairs, and totally unique brews, this new brewery has quickly become a staple within the community. Norton’s isn’t the only great microbrewery in town, though. If you’re beer drinkers, check out Hopping GnomeCentral StandardAero PlainsRiver City, and more! If your group are big beer drinkers, this is a perfect opportunity to do a bar crawl/hop to each of these great locations!

If you’re feeling adventurous, a hibachi bar like Sumo is a great option for good eats & entertainment. Not only do they have great hibachi chefs, but also delicious cocktails. While Sumo also has a great sushi bar, we’d be remiss if we didn’t include some of our absolute favorite sushi places on the list, including Blue Fin Sake BarWasabi, and Sakura! Not a sushi fan? That’s okay – Yokohama Ramen is a perfect balance of delicious cuisine, cozy seating, and upbeat atmosphere for your group!

Feeling a little more upscale? For bachelorette groups ready to put on their cocktail dresses and heels, Wichita has some awesome mixology spots that will give you the absolute best in the world of cocktails. Cana Wine & Cocktails is a new cocktail bar based downtown in the historic Petroleum building, featuring specialty drinks and a champagne room that would be GORGEOUS to sip and chat with your girls. Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge on Douglas Street features a cool, swanky atmosphere. For the truly extravagant, a table reserved at Dockum, the speakeasy located below the Ambassador Hotel, is a chic, unique bar filled with libations and a truly mysterious vibe.

For brides wanting a more intimate and tailored food experience, or just the coolest dinner party EVER, then we recommend Rent the Chef, a customizable culinary experience that comes to you! Chef Jason Febres will make a multiple course dinner for large parties at private locations, often complete with cocktails. Instead of a busy and loud restaurant, have a truly once-in-a-lifetime dinner and truly impress the whole party. Start the night out with a private meal, followed by cocktails on a patio and you already have one swanky, cool night out!

There are so many great options of cool businesses to look into for your bachelorette party. We definitely missed TONS of great options – let us know some of your favorites in our Facebook comments!

#dgbride: Lauren

July 20, 2019

Our next #dgbride is Lauren, who married her soulmate Mason on April 27th at Brick & Mortar in Wichita, KS.

Lauren and Mason are a funky and unique couple. They wanted an industrial chic wedding, which makes Brick + Mortar the perfect venue in town for them. Lauren had a clear wedding vision in mind when she started planning – pops of funky, cool details with a romantic, industrial flair. They utilized Pinterest and The Knot apps for lots of helpful planning and DIY ideas. They did their own centerpieces and floral arrangements, along with creating their own dessert table! Having a supportive group of family and friends helped make their big day run perfectly!

When it came to finding her perfect gown, Lauren had some ideas when she came into Dress Gallery, but was super open-minded when it came to finding The One. She tried on five or six gowns before deciding on her gorgeous Essense of Australia gown. Her consultant, Katie, took into consideration all the design features she was looking for to help her find this fit and flare beauty!

“The dress had a unique look with the lace and the multiple straps. I felt like it fit my personality, I felt beautiful in it, and it fit my wedding theme all perfectly!” she said.

“Dress Gallery was the one and only bridal salon I went to. I don’t feel like I even tried too many dresses on, like maybe five or six. The dress I chose was the perfect combination of everything I loved in all the other dresses I tried on. As cliche as it sounds, I just knew, and my friends/family knew, that it was my dress!”

“I would recommend Dress Gallery a million times. As a plus size bride, I was a little nervous about what options were going to be available to me. There were so many!! My consultant Katie listened to what I wanted, what I liked & didn’t about each dress, and was so easy to work with. I felt like she just got me. I loved that she took the time to really get to know me and what I wanted and made the experience enjoyable not just for me, but my friends and family that came along.”

Not only is Lauren a #dgbride, but Mason is a #dggroom too! We were so excited to outfit Lauren’s other half and make the entire bridal party look stylish. Lauren wanted Mason to have a unique, but classic look. The plaid was the perfect combination! It allowed Mason to stand out from his bridal party, but also match the cool industrial feel of the wedding. Also, can we talk about their details – how gorgeous are these metal accents and exotic flowers? We are absolutely in love!

Lauren has the best, most serene advice to upcoming brides: enjoy the day! “The time goes so fast leading up to the wedding and especially the day itself. Stop and enjoy the process. Everything will get done and ultimately, everyone is there to celebrate you and your future husband. Don’t stress over the little details and trust your decisions.” Amen, Lauren!

Congratulations to the Harberts! We appreciate you letting us style you for your special day. And thank you to Kara Smith of Kara Smith Photography for these beautiful photos!

Keep looking out for our next #dgbride!

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!

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