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We are so excited to welcome J from J’s Everyday Fashion to The Collection blog. J is one of the top fashion bloggers in the country, located right here in the Orlando area, and we are thrilled she made the decision to become a Collection bride. This week, she shares her very first experience with wedding dress shopping after becoming engaged! Take it away, J!

I got engaged last March and one of the first things that popped into my head: “I can’t wait to go wedding dress shopping!” Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait long as I found myself at The Collection in Winter Park, FL just a couple months later. My consultant was Jess Fama – I know Jess through mutual friends, and I would soon discover that she is amazing at her job! She made me feel really comfortable and immediately got my vision. When we met that day, I told her I was looking for lace or lace details, something with straps, and overall I wanted a unique dress, like nothing I had ever seen before.

The Monique Lhuillier “Giada” (above) is the first dress Jess put me in and it was totally my vision. In fact, I had pinned this dress on Pinterest  many moons ago. (Jess, you totally get me!) The beadwork and detailing on this dress is bar none, it is absolutely gorgeous in person. But it didn’t have straps and I wanted to try something with maybe a little more drama in the skirt? So Jess put me in this dress next…

The Vera Wang ‘Lark’ – it’s a beauty, isn’t it? It can be worn strapless with the lace on the neck tucked in, and we added the belt. The soft folds of fabric on the bottom are so pretty and make a swishing sound as you walk. The first dress had a more subdued shape, while this one has a serious wow factor that would look great in wedding photos. If I were having a more formal ceremony this dress would definitely be a contender, but my venue is a bit too casual for this dress, so Jess put me in a softer silhouette next. 

This is a Lazaro dress, Style 3302. The 20’s inspired beading and keyhole back are gorgeous; this is exactly the type of dress I would wear if I were attending a red carpet event. I felt glamorous, and so comfortable. It has a more relaxed vibe that would be perfect for our ceremony. But I couldn’t help but feel like I wanted to one-up that red carpet feeling? Something dressy enough to feel like a bride, but not too overdressed at the same time. 

We had come to the end of our selection, but Jess had one more idea in mind. She insisted we pull the next dress off a mannequin, even though I really wanted something with straps. The next one was everyone’s favorite!

This dress is by Inbal Dror, the ” It ” designer from Israel that you can only shop at a select few bridal salons here in the States (The Collection being one of them!). I certainly had never seen anything like it. From the dramatic tiered lace skirt, to the sheer lace corset and pleated details, my friends were over the moon. I liked it, but couldn’t shake the feeling of wanting straps. And was the skirt too dramatic for my venue?

Decisions, decisions…. I came back to The Collection at a later date and found my dress then. My final decision is top secret for now (I’m not revealing to any of my friends and family until the big day!), but this first trip to The Collection was so helpful in narrowing down what style of dress I wanted, and I loved all four dresses for different reasons.

I’ll be sharing more of my wedding journey here on The Collection blog over the next few months, including photos of our wedding day. I hope you’ll join me  - a huge thanks to my Stylist Jess and The Collection Bridal team for having me!

Xoxo,
J. 

Vera Wang Trunk Show

You are cordially invited!

What: Vera Wang trunk show
When: Nov. 27-29
Where: The Collection Bridal
Why: This is your chance to try on dresses from the spring 2015 Vera Wang collection that haven’t hit stores yet. Spring 2015 was ethereal, dreamy, and one of Vera’s best collections ever. Don’t miss your chance to see these exclusive dresses, including the stunning ballet-inspired dress above!


Please call 407-740-6003 to set up your appointment!    

Contest from The Wedding Alliance Organization

Enter to Win An Intimate Wedding From The Wedding Alliance

CLick Link Below to Enter:

http://weddingalliance.org/blog/win-an-intimate-wedding-from-the-wedding-alliance/

As part of our big Coming Out celebration, we will be giving away intimate weddings to two loving, deserving couples. In the spirit of equality, this contest is open to straight and LGBT couples. Fill out the form below to apply. Winners will be announced in advance and will be presented with award at our Coming Out Vendor Showcase and Cocktail party. Submissions will be accepted from August 1 – August 15

Sponsors contributing to the Intimate Wedding Giveaway Packages include: Michele Butler EventsPhoenix Event GroupArtful Events representing The MEZZHoliday Inn Lake Buena Vista DowntownJohn Michael Weddings and EventsLee Forrest DesignHughes Fioretti PhotographyArt Faulkner PhotographyPower Entertainment DJ ServiceKey Moment Films,Flipbook CreationsPhoto Booth RocksOur DJ RocksOrlando Wedding & Party Rentals,Dragonfly Custom DesignsMaureen Hall Stationery and InvitationsParty Flavors Custom CakesThe Sugar SuiteThe Makeover StationAbsolutely Fitting and Reverend Barton Buchanan from Windermere Union Church.

Wedding Package 1 includes: (Valued at $15,000. *Subject to availability of venue and vendors. Winners will have the opportunity to upgrade packages with vendors at additional cost.)

  • An intimate wedding for 20 people
  • Wedding Planning Assistance
  • Ceremony and Reception Venue
  • Champagne Toast and Catering
  • Floral
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • DJ
  • Photo Booth
  • Invitations
  • Hair and Make-up
  • Tuxedo
  • Chiavari Chairs
  • Wedding Cake

Wedding Package 2 includes: (Valued at $15,000. *Subject to availability of venue and vendors. Winners will have the opportunity to upgrade packages with vendors at additional cost.)

  • An intimate wedding for 20 people
  • Wedding Planning Assistance
  • Ceremony and Reception Venue
  • Champagne Toast and Catering
  • Floral
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • DJ
  • Flipbook Booth
  • Invitations
  • Hair and Make-up
  • Tuxedo
  • Chiavari Chairs
  • Wedding Cake

The Collection Bridal Announces Rafael Cennamo to its Exclusive list of Designer Gowns!

Rafael Cennamo’s popularity has continued to grow since the introduction of his evening-wear line in 2006. Recognized for its elegance, originality and creativity, Rafael Cennamo Couture uses bold colors, luxurious fabrics and edgy structures to bring a new twist to high fashion. As a young designer, Rafael Cennamo has captured the attention of many prominent celebrities and the social scene including Anne Hathaway, Katy Perry, Kerry Washington, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Beyonce and Carrie Underwood.

Rafael’s unique heritage of Italian and Venezuelan culture has provided him with a distinctive approach to luxury eveningwear. His ability to juxtapose overstated couturier-style sense of fashion with effortless sophistication continues to be showcased in New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks which has garnered the attention of respected fashion magazines including Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Marie Claire and WWD.

Recently, Rafael has redefined the new guard of modern bridal fashion as the company has expanded its offerings to a new line of bridal gowns with the introduction of Rafael Cennamo White Couture. More so, to respond to clients’ growing demands for a more wearable and affordable wardrobe option, the company now also offers an additional designer line simply called Rafael Cennamo which features understated chic to ornate designs in unique textures and intricate embellishments to create stunning looks for today’s woman.
(Photos and Bio from Rafael Cennamo)