For those who have dreamed of their wedding since childhood, first thoughts about all the beauty and flourish they will incorporate to make the day extraordinary often center around what they will wear. “Growing up, the extent of my wedding fantasy started and ended with the dress,” BB Featured Bride Allison says. “The groom and everything else just seemed like minor details.” In addition to the preliminary years of conceptualizing, Allison arrived to her first appointment at Kleinfeld with “6 months of online shopping under my belt.” What happened next sounds more like a perfectly executed scene from a classic Hollywood movie starring Audrey Hepburn as the bride-to-be than real life. Here, Allison talks about her ‘say yes to the dress’ moment and personals.
Part 2: Wedding Dress
Allison was joined by her mother and sister for an afternoon of wedding dress shopping at Kleinfeld – the New York bridal boutique known for its 70 years of expert service and spotlight in TLC’s hit show, “Say Yes to the Dress.” The well-prepared bride had an idea of what she was looking for, along with some saved images for reference. Still, navigating the sea of bridal attire is challenging even for the most fashion savvy. “I knew I wanted 3D embroidered flowers, but other than that, I had a list of generic terms such as feminine, delicate, romantic, flirty, and ethereal. My consultant took what little direction I gave her and started pulling.” The first dress Allison’s consultant wanted her to try on had just arrived in the store from an Italy-based designer. “I put it on, looked in the mirror, and immediately felt breathless,” she remembers. “My mom and sister were equally blown away.” Unable to believe that she had found ‘the one’ so quickly and with such ease, she left the store and went through the motions of trying on countless gowns. However, with each fastening of a last button or zipper, she couldn’t pull her mind, or heart away form how she felt during those first minutes in the dressing room at Kleinfeld. “I returned to try on the dress again – it had the same effect on me as the first time.”
By Italian designer Maison Signore, Allison’s breathtaking choice featured an A-line silhouette and off-the-shoulder sweetheart neckline. Exquisite beaded floral appliqué adorned the top and cascaded down the flowing tulle skirt (the bride added another layer to enhance the ethereal look). “It was and still is the dress of my dreams,” Allison says. “I wore a cathedral veil by Toni Federici that had whimsical little daisy embellishments throughout.” She finished her big day ensemble with Gianvito Rossi shoes and crystal primrose earrings.
Allison’s ultra-romantic aesthetic influenced her flowers as well. She carried a bouquet featuring white garden and spray roses, ranunculuses, astilbe, and lisianthus accented with a touch of greenery tied together with an ivory satin ribbon.
Josh looked handsome in a black tux from Zegna with a white Tibet rose and greenery boutonniere pinned on the lapel. The couple’s wedding party dressed up for the summer garden soiree – the bridesmaids wore pretty blush-colored dresses by Jenny Yoo while the groomsmen sported classic black tuxes.
Check in next week when Allison looks back on her beautiful, heartfelt ceremony.
Couple’s Vendor List:
Venue: New York Botanical Garden
Photographer + Videographer: Emma Cleary Photo + Video
Coordinator: Blossom Events
Bride’s Dress: Maison Signore from Kleinfeld Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Gionvito Rossi
Bride’s Veil: Toni Federici
Groom’s Tux: Zegna
Groom’s Shoes: Ferragamo
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Hair + Makeup: CEO Beauty
Music: Hank Lane Music
Lighting: Universal Light & Sound
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