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Joan Pillow Bridal Anniversary Bash Saturday, Nov. 2

Joan Pillow Bridal Anniversary Bash Saturday, Nov. 2

Photos: Maria Elena Headpieces & Accessories

Walking into Joan Pillow Bridal Salon in Highland Village is a little like walking into bridal Heaven. The space is hushed, intimate and deliciously luxurious. And the gowns? Totally exquisite. We’re talking the crème de la crème of bridal couture, including Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa and British phenom Jenny Packham, among others. To behold the bridal bounty for yourself—and help Joan Pillow celebrate its 4th anniversary as a premier Houston bridalwear institution—call 713.622.1122 to RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 29, for the Joan Pillow Bridal Salon Anniversary Event on Saturday, Nov. 2, which will feature skincare analysis from Saks Fifth Avenue’s IOMA, Laura Mercier makeovers and brow shaping courtesy of Neiman Marcus, and styling assistance from expert Gisele Del Busto of Maria Elena Headpieces & Accessories, which also will be holding a trunk show during this event. Appointments are a must—so make yours now, mademoiselle.

Oh—and one more thing: This fabulous anniversary bash is taking place during the Holiday Shopping Card event benefitting the American Cancer Society. As a participating retailer, Joan Pillow Bridal Salon is offering a 10% discount on gowns and a 20% discount on accessories, to brides bearing a Holiday Shopping Card (which can be purchased at the salon, or at any participating retailer).

As if you needed one more excellent reason to go. So…go!!

Bridal Gowns: Watters Fall 2013

Got a regal streak? Want to feel like a queen, princess, or very well dressed duchess on your big day? Behold the Watters Fall 2013 bridal collection, inspired by notions of royalty and aristocracy. With all manner of silhouettes of this sumptuous collection, there’s a gown for every blue-blooded (or throne-aspiring) gal. We’ve selected a handful of our faves for this here HWB post. To see this gorgeous Watters wedding gowns in person, be sure to make your appointment for Mia Bridal Couture’s upcoming Watters Fall 2013 trunk show, today through Saturday. Happy shopping, brides!

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Photos: Watters

Which one is your favorite? Leave your reply and let us–and your sister brides–know!

Timeless Elegance: Anne Barge Spring 2014 Collection

Talk about romance on the runway! Filled with luxurious lace appliqué and airy fabrics, designer Anne Barge’s new collection brings together the couture and architectural romance of the past to create this ever-so-dreamy collection. You’ll also see hints of sophisticated silhouettes inspired by Pierre Balmain’s Parisian design aesthetic. These gowns are perfect for the classic bride who longs for timeless elegance with a modern twist. Keep an eye out for their debut at Belle Mariée Bridal later this year.

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Photos: Anne Barge

Regal, Refined, Reimagined: Carolina Herrera Spring 2014 Bridal

As exquisitely made as ever, Carolina Herrera’s recently runway-revealed Spring 2014 collection introduces a few exciting twists to the renowned designer’s classic silhouettes and sumptuous fabrics. A delicate lace overlay lends sweetness to a sleek mermaid silhouette; long lace sleeves are perfect for a grand cathedral ceremony; perfectly scalloped edges create intrigue in an otherwise traditional ball gown; and metallic-accent appliqués seem to bloom larger as they travel from bodice to hem. There’s plenty more magic in Herrera’s newest gown group—enjoy some of our favorites right here, and, for an in-person experience, schedule your appointment for this week’s Carolina Herrera Spring 2014 trunk show at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon.

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Photos: John Aquino

Hayley Paige Q&A PLUS Spring 2013 Show at Now & Forever Bridal

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Photos: JLM Couture

This week, Now & Forever Bridal Boutique welcomes a very special guest—the insanely talented Hayley Paige—for three days of Spring 2013 glamour and gorgeousness. The fun kicks off with Now & Forever’s Hayley Paige Bridal Bliss event on Thursday, Jan. 24, featuring chilled Champagne, scrummy nibbles, and, best of all, a preview of the super-hot designer’s much-lauded Spring 2013 collection, hosted by none other than the lovely Hayley Paige herself. On Friday and Saturday, Paige sticks around to offer personalized gown customization and styling tips, at a two-day trunk show that’s bound to draw brides in droves—which means you’d better make your
appointment
right about now!

Then sit back and enjoy HWB’s exclusive chat with rising star and JLM Couture darling Hayley Paige (who, we’ve gotta say, is just about as sweet as her gowns are drop-dead gorgeous).

Houston Wedding Blog: How did you get your start in bridal design?

Hayley Paige: The bridal design process is not only extremely heartfelt and feminine, but there is a marvelous sense of fairytale. I grew up idolizing Disney princesses and a grandmother who taught me how to sew and bake at a very young age. Design was a natural and inescapable practice.

Prior to coming on board at JLM Couture in August of 2011, I dabbled in ready-to-wear, but solidified my main attraction to the wedding industry by designing for Melissa Sweet and Marchesa at Priscilla of Boston. Bridal is my shtick, and when I had the opportunity to come to JLM, there was a natural sense of creative magnetism and a prospect for a niche aesthetic. We launched the first Hayley Paige season that October. It was a fast and fabulous start!

HWB: What are some of the signature qualities or features of the Hayley Paige bridal collection?

HP: I strive for the collection to have personality and enthusiasm, so I embrace a lot of textural charm. I also focus on an execution of balance between fanciful and polished.  Whether it’s applying a delicate eyelet trim to sheer organza flounces or pairing a plunging neckline with a ballet ballgown skirt, the collection explores the most sophisticated aspects of femininity and also dabbles into edgier elements. The look is lively, fresh and happily refined.

HWB: Tell us a little about your spring 2013 gowns—what’s wonderful about this season?

HP: I had a lot of fun with beaded boleros and interchangeable skirts last season, so I will definitely continue to incorporate that type of versatility into the upcoming collection. I also hope to make a strong statement with regards to textural juxtapositions like strong versus soft, twinkle versus matte, and modern vesus organic. You can count on oodles of chunky beading, sheer elements and ombré accents of color.

HWB: What are a few of your favorite Hayley Paige Spring 2013 gowns? What do you love about them?

HP: Guindon, the striped organza ball gown, was my favorite gown from last season. I am ignited by gowns that push the envelope and are aesthetically directed for brand definition. There is a decent amount of style saturation in the industry, so it’s important to focus on a fresh presentation and take a few risks. As in love and relationships, reliability is important, but it’s the spontaneity and wow factor that give you those butterflies in your stomach.

HWB: What are you looking forward to most with your visit to Now & Forever Bridal Boutique this week?

HP: Getting better acquainted with the Houston bride! I love having different demographics to learn from and appreciate. Bridal design not just about creativity and delivering an aesthetic, there is a psychological factor in truly understanding what type of bride you are catering to; who she is and what will keep her on her toes.