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photo by Corbin Gurkin 

I personally love sleeves on a wedding dress- when I married many moons ago, I had cap sleeves on my classic Amsale gown… But, I’m beyond thrilled to see them making a comeback with some of my brides.  Today, we are sharing some of our pretty favorites that may inspire some of you while dress shopping… Love the lace neckline that is carried down into sleeves on this Oscar de le Renta gown.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Here, Monique Lhuillier incorporates different but complimentary lace patterns on the  high neckline and full sleeves on this ensemble.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Here, our bride wore a Chantilly-lace gown and jacket, custom-designed by Nardos Imam. She took the lace-overlay jacket off for dinner and the first dances. And the lace tradition for a wedding day didn’t stop there…a lace hankie made from her maternal grandmother’s wedding gown was pinned under the bottom of her gown to serve as the “something old” .

photo by Corbin Gurkin

This bride had simple sleeves added to her Amsale gown for a more formal feel for her formal at home wedding in Charleston, SC.

photo by Liz Banfield

If you have your heart set on a different look for the ceremony gown, think about something like this little number for your second dress or your going away – by Monique Lhuillier…

2.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Our local Bella Bridesmaids literally has anything imaginable for your girls on your big day.  And, not only that, but finding a party dress for the other events surrounding the wedding and even something for the mother of the bride is easily done here. I got together with the owner, Allison Long and had her help me sift through everything- here’s what we are loving.


Sparkle is in as I’m sure you’ve seen all over the Social Media world. I love this option from Aidan Mattox because it definitely adds the glam, but is more subdued than all over beading, allowing the bride to stand out a little more.


This floral one shoulder from Amsale is really lovely in person. The colors keep in line with the blushes/corals that we are seeing this season, and the pattern is simple enough that it would pair well in photos with a mix of  dreesses in different styles and colors. Here is another color and version from Amsale’s website.



I was really happy to see Lauren Conrad’s Paper Crown line in person. The blush color on this dress would look awesome on any skin tone and body type and the dress is really could be worn again for all sorts of events! The fabric was light but had some thickness that would eliminate that constant crinkle.


Love the thulle skirt on this Amsale– the sheer and scalloped lace top is so pretty and feminine.


These two from Jenny Yoo were so light and airy, but had such great construction they would be perfect for our warm temps and outdoor Charleston weddings. The gold shimmer was a great offering for a metallic dress option. Also, as you can see, you can use the wrap feature to create a one shoulder look, cap sleeves on both sides, or even as a “pashmina” (see the pics from Jenny Yoo’s site).





For a more formal option, this black and white Alfred Sung shangtung is killer. It’s got the short/long skirt option, and even though I don’t always love strapless I love it with a sweetheart neckline.

There were so many fun party dresses for the Brides too-


LOVE this Adrianna Papell for a 2nd dress/departure dress, or even formal rehearsal dinner…


Super cute Social party dress. The white embroidered overlay is so sweet on a bride for a bridal luncheon, shower, rehearsal dinner, etc.


This is obviously a fun cute party dress that not only works for a shower, engagement party, rehearsal dinner, but also Derby parties, or as a guest to another wedding!  From Kirribilla.


Allison tells us that look of bridesmaids wearing creams and whites along side the bride is still happening big time. So, I really liked this little Joanna August‘s sheer billowy sleeves-  perfect again as a departure dress or for a rehearsal dinner.


Can I please have a mother of the bride wear this? This Kirribilla is also a great getaway dress!


You can also accessorize bridesmaids and brides for all parties at Bella. 31 Bits uses 100% recycled paper to make their beads by hand. Their profits go to support women in Uganda. Allison is also hosting a Stella and Dot Happy Hour this week- details below.


4.23.15   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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This time of year in Charleston is always crazy, starting with SEWE (Southeastern Wildlife Expo) at the end of February, then the Charleston Wine and Food Festival, the Historic Charleston Antiques Show, and of course Baker Motor’s Charleston Fashion Week.  We are mostly looking forward to the Spring Bridal Show.  We are headed to the tents on Saturday and will be live tweeting and instagramming from the shows … stay tuned!


This year’s feature designer is Amsale. Some of my faves from her 2015 collection that I hope to see on the runway-






The local designers showing on the runway are- Birdsong and One Love Design by Rachel Gordon, Gown Boutique of Charleston, LulaKate and Kate McDonald Bridal,  Modern Trousseau Charleston, White,  and Southern Protocol Boutique.

3.18.15   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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