Red for Spring!

Ah yes my lovlies! This is a blog post with my favor-ite color in the world! I have loved it my whole life! Oh sure, I love lots of colors, all colors in fact. Color crushes come & go but my true love for the color of Love has never faded. And since Christmas & Valentine’s Day have come & gone, Β everyone is looking ahead to Spring and all the lush pretty pastels. Which I love as well. But it seems I’m having some major red withdrawal. So I implore you all to not leave gorgeous red behind as we dive into Spring. Don’t wait for Summer to bring back the beauty of red hues. After all, Pantone Fiesta is a color for Spring 2016. Got it? Ok? Good! πŸ˜† Here are some ways to incorporate red into your next Springtime Soiree & A lil bit of Dapper for your day. Peace! βœŒπŸ’‹β€πŸ˜†β€

 

 

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🌻 Lorie Lee 🌻

My Top 20 All-Time Favorite Wedding Gowns

Hello all my loves out there! How are all of you? I hope you’re healthy & happy this February morn. I can’t believe it is already ❀Valentine’s Day❀ this week! Which also means, for me, that my youngest daughter is turning Sweet 16! Omgoodness!! πŸ˜‹ (sorry but here comes a Proud Mom Moment)

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Isn't she πŸ’—BeautifulπŸ’—?!

It seriously feels like I was just 16…wow.
I do want to apologize to anyone who has been waiting for me to do this post. I have been wanting to do it for a while, but I hadn’t felt very well. But I’m back now!! Yay πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ˜Š
These gowns I want to share today are my all-time favs. Everytime I see them I *swoon* just as much as I did the 1st time. They all just took my breath away (insert cheesy 80’s song here). Most of the gowns will be from 2015, but not all. Thus why this isn’t a favs of 2015 post lol. I will let you know which ones are from where like always 😊 Because it’s sorta the whole point if I’m actually trying to Help Brides, Maids & Mum’s find a gown, right lol? So I’ll quit rambling on now & get to the pretties! Enjoy!

#20. “DELPHINA” Seafoam Italian silk & French lace with Satin lining wedding gown by ~ Emily Riggs Bridal $7000.00 USD.

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#19. “Jacinta” #9575 in Ivory & Pewter by ~ Sottero & Midgley 2015 $2500.00 USD

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#18. “Geraldine” #Y21441 by ~
Sophia Tolli $1500-$1900 USD (I’ve been lucky enough to see this gown in person and it just Sparkles! Soooo beautiful!)

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#17. Style 115972 by ~ Montage by Mon Cheri $518.00 USD (Picture wearing this on the white beaches of Greece with the bluest of oceans behind you. Yaaaasss! Heaven.)

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#16. “Evelyn” by British phenom designer ~ Vick Rowe (inquire for price)

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**One of the most amazing things about Miss Rowe, is after the wedding she has the Bride bring in her gown and changes it up for her into a dress she can wear again & keep forever! πŸ˜€**


#15. “Diana” gown by ~ Lurelly $650.00 USD (Rose Quartz & Serenity anyone!? Seriously though, the embroidery on this gown is T. D. F!)

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#14. “Gardenia” gown from the Romantique Collection by ~ Claire Pettibone $2800.00 USD

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#13. Style #T172018 French Lace Gown by ~ Jasmine Bridal $2000 – $2500.00 USD (I bet you can’t tell why I am in love with this one? lolol)

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#12. Style 876 from The Sapphire Collection by ~ Alfred Angelo
$1600.00 USD (I just now saw that this gown has been discontinued by AA. But I kept it in my list here because I saw a ton of pre-owned ones for sale if you just gotta have it. Which I would so yeah lol 😊)

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#11. “Cara Lynette” gown French chiffon & lace by ~ Sottero & Midgley 2015 Fall $1500.00 USD

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#10. “Cleopatra” Silk Satin gown by the incomperable ~ Amanda Wakeley $6500.00 USD (This amazing gown also comes in 7 different colors of fabric & beading combos. See 2nd photo for swatches.)

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#9. “Pia” Satin with lace overlay & exquisite back detail by ~ Amelia Sposa 2016 Collection (inquire for price)

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#8. The “Onyx” tulle & satin gown in Ivory or Gold with 3D flowers by ~ Catherine Deane about $2000.00 USD (This gown was being sold on BHLDN.COM in gold for $700.00 USD. But as of the date of this posting, they were sold out.)

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#7. “Coco” gown from the Spirit Collection by ~ Anna Campbell $2130.00 USD

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#6. “Heart’s Desire” gown from the Still Life Collection. Pink & Red Roses Embroidered on Real Golden Lace over a Pearl Silk lining by ~ Claire Pettibone $7500.00 USD (It really does make my heart stand still!)

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#5. A Stunningly Gorgeous laser cut lace sheath gown with a exquisite silk satin & tulle removable over skirt that flows into a chapel train By ~ Berta Bridal 2016 Spring (inquire for price)

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#4. “Alchemy” from the Continuing Collection. Gold bullion lace with scalloped hem, lined in blush silk with sheer lace back. By Claire Pettibone $5000.00 USD

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#3. A gorgeous sparkling A line Ball Gown with a romantic deep V plunging neckline from the SS 2016 Collection by ~ Berta Bridal (inquire for pricing)

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Now, these last 2 gowns are actually tied for 1st place with me. I love them both equally. So no big surprise here, one is Red and the other is Black! Hey at least I’m consistent right? lol. So here are my favorite all-time wedding gown(s).

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#2. “Katarina” by none other than the Queen of wedding gowns, Vera Wang ! From her 2013 Spring Collection. This gown has it all. Satin, Lace, Embroidery, Ball Gown from Heaven. Then just for kicks, she made it more perfect and turned it Red. The most beautiful color of red there is.

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And don’t worry my traditional beauties out there. Because it also comes in White/Ivory too. And it’s just as gorg!
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#1. “Raven” Black tulle embroidered with pink and red roses over silver sequins and pearl silk with chapel train. It’s black, but not quite, dark & light at the same time. And thoroughly stunning! And also comes in Ivory as well πŸ™‚ By the Goddess of Romance & Vintage – Claire Pettibone

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There we have it. My all time favs! Ya know until I actually started writing this post, I did not realize how diverse my taste in fashion really is. Huh? Who would of thunk it? So what do you beauties think? Do you agree with my choices? What your favs? I love to hear! I hope everyone has an awesome Valentine’s Day weekend – even if you’re single. There’s love all around us, we just gotta look! And I Love you all too! Be safe. And see you on the flip side πŸ˜ŠβœŒπŸ’–πŸ’‹

🌻 Lorie Lee 🌻
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Ralph & Russo Couture S/S 2017 – Paris Fashion Week

Hello sweets! I am really excited to share these *major swoon* worthy dresses with y’all today! This is the collection that just debuted on the runways of Pairs Fashion Week Spring 2016. Ralph & Russo are one of the premier clothing brands in the world, but this season they really outdid themselves. So. Many. Lovelies! I think my fav is the Serenity blue strapless gown with big circle flowers on the skirt! Which one(s) are yours? Make sure you check their website: ralphandrusso.com or their IG: @ralphandrusso & see the whole collection πŸ™‚

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Aren’t those gowns just dreamy? I think it’s the perfect mix of Modern Flair & Timeless Designs. Oh, and btw, their handbags & shoes are supremely awesome as well!

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Yep! It’s offical. I’m in Love ❀
OK that’s all for today. Hopefully I will see you next time πŸ™‚ And don’t forget to add a Lil Dapper to your Everyday! Peace πŸ’œβœŒ

🌻 Lorie Lee 🌻

*All photos credited to the offical Ralph & Russo Instagram Account*

Grey & Lilac Grey Wedding Gowns ~ The Hot Alternative To Blush

Hello lovelies! How is your day this fine freeezzzing winter day? It’s just a bit (meaning a whole lot) cold up here in good old Michigan. Which even though I hate the cold, is really how it is supposed to be up here in January. So I am happy the weather is more “normal” than when we were having Tornados in December! (Btw, I’m a weather nut so weather talk actually intrests me lol)
One good thing about Winter to me is all the Awesomely Gorgeous Winter Weddings & Styled Shoots! We get to see what the many creative minds came up with for all the new Fall/Winter gowns, so exciting! And Soooo many pretties πŸ’–πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–
I was on Pinterest & Etsy.com *Swooning* over all the pretty gowns & decor and such, when I noticed A LOT of new grey/greyish purple wedding gowns on my fav designers sites. Even some old favs are available in grey now. Grey isn’t anything new of course, been around as long as all the other colors lol. But whoa what an influx that seems to be going on this Winter! And of course I’m in Love β™₯β™₯
What seems to be happening, to me anyway, is Blush gowns have become so much part of the “norm” for wedding gowns in the last few years that now Grey is becoming the new “it” alternative color of choice. An alternative to the alternative if you will. Especially for brides who want a bit of color but not be totally “untraditional”. What do you all think? Do you see this trend evolving & are you loving it or not so much? I think it is going to be sticking around for quite a few seasons. Especially with Pantone’s Lilac Grey helping it along! Here are some pretties to help you decide: Enjoy!
(and p.s. – these gowns are from all levels of price ranges)

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"Iris" by Carousel Fashion on Etsy.com

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Gown by Wedding Dress Fantasy

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Lara Designs #32638 By NewYorkDress.com

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"Icidora" by Milamira Bridal on Etsy.com

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"Gardenia" by Carousel Fashion on Etsy.com

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Sweetheart Neckline Pleated Organza Asymmetrical Gown by Wedding Dress Fantasy

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"Beryl" by David Tutera for Mon Cheri

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From Fall/Winter 2015 by Tony Ward

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Grey Gowns by Couture | Paolo Sebastian

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Grey Gowns by Couture | Paolo Sebastian

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Indian Wedding Gown - Designer Unknown

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Grey Gown by Sarah Nouri

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Grey Beaded Chiffon Gowns by Little Mistress

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Vera Wang Textured Draped Organza Wedding Dress at DavidsBridal.com

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Jenny Yoo
'Annabelle' Convertible Tulle Column Dress

Well I don’t know about y’all but I think these dresses are seriously gorgeous! Hope you found something you like today! Now that you’ve had your dose of Dapper, don’t forget to spread the love! See ya next time! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–πŸŒ·β™₯

🌻 Lorie Lee 🌻

*All Gowns & Photo Credits to the original gown designers & photographers*

Favorite Wedding Gowns Of 2015 ~ Part 2 Affordable Gowns

Happy New Year Everyone!! I truly hope your holiday season was as awesome as mine! May this new year be full of happiness & may your cup (and bouquets) runneth over with many blessings.
As most of you are probably aware, New Year’s & Christmas are the two biggest Wedding/Getting Engaged Holidays of the year second only to Valentine’s Day. So to all newly engaged couples, Congratulations!
This post is my 2nd of 3 for my lists of Favorite Gowns of 2015. I thought it would be easier to split it up this way so I’m not bombarding y’all with this huge list and then you miss half of the pretties I put on it. So, today’s post is going to be my favorite affordable gowns. I can say from personal experience that there aren’t too many things more heartbeaking to a bride-to-be than not being able to afford the gown of your dreams. So go ahead and feel sad for a bit, or as long as you need to. It really is OK to feel bad. Now let’s get up & shake it off. Cause when you see these beauties you’re not even gonna want to look at another gown again! Yes ma’am! So let’s get to the pretties! πŸ™‚

1. Mermaid/Trumpet Lace Embroidered Gown with Sequins. Sold by JJ’s House $379.00 USD.

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2. Gown #F14-2548 from The Informal Collection sold by MarysBridal.com
This gown is one of my top 5 favs of all time! I Loooove the illusion sweetheart neckline. Then, Bam! The back of this gown is Killer! And for $488.00 USD it makes it super-awesome!

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3. Erez Ovadia “Charlotte” gown from The Provence Collection – Sold by Musewardrobe.com $288.00 USD (I still can’t believe this price!) The perfect Boho Glam dress. Love the ruffles & the floral print on the skirt!

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4. Erez Ovadia “Juliette” – The Provence Collection sold on Musewardrobe.com
This dress is so dreamy. Love the 3D floral details & the flow of the tulle skirt! Perfect Boho Chic, Gatsby, Outdoor, Garden Party Wedding Gown. $319.99 USD.

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**Side note: I was actually going to put gowns #3 and #4 in my 1st post with the other, more expensive gowns. My jaw hit the floor when I saw how much they really cost! Happy Surprise!**

5. Princess Scoop Neck Floor-Length Chiffon Wedding Dress With Beaded Lace Sequin Appliques on Illusion Neckline.
Sold by JJSHOUSE.COM
$149.95 USD. This dress is just perfect. Just enough detail to make it unique, just the right amount of flow in the skirt. I love that you can really accessorize this with anything you want to create a one-of-a-kind Bridal look of your own!

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6. “Siena” by – Donna Morgan $240.00 USD. The crystal and pearl beaded keyhole neckline perfectly accent this glamorous chiffon gown with soft a-line, hankerchief hem skirt. I really love the jeweled neckline on this beauty. I can totally see this gown on an azure beach at sunset!

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7. “Colette” by Donna Morgan $280.00 USD. This captivating gown features elegant shoulder drapes and a thoughtfully designed layered skirt in mesh swiss dot. This gown is oh so dreamy! Any bride wearing this would just float around all day! Love!!

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8. Beaded Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress | White by Vera Wang sold by David’s Bridal Stunningly chic, this beaded lace column gown features all over beaded lace applique detail.
Illusion long sleeve bodice features an alluring v-neckline and v-back $1400.00 USD. Now I realize the price point on this gown is a bit high. But I included it in this post for 2 reasons. One, Just Look At It!! Omg. And two, because at David’s you can put your gown in lay-a-way and pay on it for 6 months. That makes gowns like Vera Wang actually accessible and that to me is Totally Awesome! πŸ™‚

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9. Wedding Dress Style #6816
Chandelier Crystal Beaded Straps on the Shoulders with Embroidered Appliques on the Soft Net Gown by – Mori Lee sold @ New York Dress $599.00 USD Omgoodness the beading on this gown is TDF! Modern touches on a soft Romantic flowing gown. Perfect!

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10. Janique W974 Sweetheart Bodice Racerback Long Sheath Wedding Gown – sold @ Madame Bridal $458.00 USD. Shimmering floral appliques on mesh accent the sheath silhouette defining the sweetheart bodice with illusion side cutouts which meet beneath the cutout back. Sleek, Sexy & Oh So Fab! This gown has it all and then some! If you’re looking for something totally unique & stunning well this is it baby! If ya can’t tell I like this gown just a lil bit….*so gorgeous*

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Well how was that? Can you believe how gorgeous AND affordable these gowns are?? The majority of people in general (myself included at one time) associate good prices with lesser quality and/or materials. Especially when it comes to dressy attire. But if you look, there are really a lot of great designer clothes & dresses to be found. So don’t give up hope! You can have a stunning wedding gown that you don’t need to take out a loan for. I hoped this helped someone on their hunt today! If anyone would like my help in finding a gown, please let me know. And don’t forget to add a Lil Dapper to your Everyday! See you next time! 😊 ✌

Update: 01/12/16 ~ Hi there! I came across a gown today that I meant to include in this list. So I HAD to post an update! This gown is waaaay to gorgeous not to πŸ˜†

11. After Six Wedding Dress Style #1048 sold by Love Lush Bridal $299.00 USD.

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See! The Illusion Sweetheart Neckline & Back Details! Total *Swoon City*! And under $300 to boot! Ok sweets, that’s it for now. See ya on the flip πŸ˜†βœŒπŸŒΌ

🌻 Lorie Lee 🌻

Favorite Wedding Gowns Of 2015 ~ Part 1 Traditional Gowns

Hello all you lovelies out there! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and a Merry Christmas too! Mine was pretty awesome πŸ˜€ Fairly weird weather aside, it was a family filled day (week) of love & joy with little (and big) ones running around with the best food, so yes, not too shabby lol.
I am pretty excited for these posts! As these are my 1st “end of the year” posts. I started this blog in Jan 2015 so I was eagerlyΒ  waiting for it to be time to write them. What a year it has been in the wedding world. I would have to say the biggest trend of this past year was Color! Lots & lots of Color! Along with brides and grooms doing their own thing. Not so much breaking away from tradition or leaving the “old ways” behind. But incorporating them into their weddings and making new traditions that fit into their new lives together as a whole. And that’s what Marriage is all about right? Two lives joining as one living in harmony (most of the time lol).
And what a year it has been for Wedding Gowns! So, so many GORGEOUS Gowns! I have a love for wedding gowns of all kinds but I reeeeally seem to have an affinity for the unique, off-beat, not your grandmother’s kind the most. So instead of one huge post of all my favs, I’ve decided to make 3 smaller ones. #1 Traditional Gowns, #2 Affordable Gowns, and #3 Unique & Colour Gowns. Enjoy the eye candy! ~β™‘

1. Mary’s Bridal Gowns – Karelina Sposa Collection. MarysBridal.com French tulle bridal ball gown with strapless sweetheart neckline, with embroidery and crystal beading, and back zipper with buttons all the way to the end of the chapel train. The glam! The Buttons! I am such a sucker for buttons all the way down the back of a gown! Just try and Not feel like a princess in this number, I dare ya!

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2. Stella York – Style# 5922
EssenceDesigns.com
Handcrafted Diamante beading and Lace in your choice of Ivory, White or Gold. And the sexy shoulder straps with plunging V neck frame your face and draw the eye, while the fit-and-flare silhouette hugs your every curve. This elegant gown has it all. Classic design, gorgeous beaded lace & a lil bit of sexy! Perfect.

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3. Stella York Bridal – ROMANTIC LACE OVER SATIN WEDDING DRESS STYLE 6124 EssenceDesigns.com The all over lace & sweetheart neckline are just killer on this gown! Sweet but sexy at the same time. Gorgeous! And I really love the matching veil πŸ™‚

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4. Lazaro Style LZ3552 – sold by jlmcouture.com I absolutely adore the print on this ball gown! Soft, silky & pretty but eye catching too! And the sweetest little touch of lace edging on the neckline. Love!

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5. Beaded Lace 3/4 Sleeved Wedding Dress by Oleg Cassini sold by DavidsBridal.com
This dress is one of those dresses that you need to see to believe. And lucky for me, I have. It is Stunning!! It Sparkles & Shines! And is soft & light weight as can be. It hugs your curves and makes them better instead of making them stick out! I highly recommend seeing this dress in person. You’ll be very pleasantly surprised.

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6. Strapless Satin Ball gown with Beaded Waist & Detachable Beaded Yoke Style #2543 by Alfred Angelo sold at
The Perfect Fit
Would you just look at the simple beauty of this gown!

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7. “Yvette” by Maggie Sottero. A simply gorgeous Mikado Silk A-line gown with a sweetheart neck & popover beaded lace bolero. This is LOVE!
MaggieSottero.com

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8. “Carolina” by Maggie Sottero – A distinct, scalloped, illusion V-neckline and cap-sleeve bodice w/ keyhole back. This gorgeous beauty has an ebb & flow that would make a Queen feel iconic. My face hurts just looking at this dress *Sigh*
MaggieSottero.com

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9. “Niobie” by Ersa Atelier Fall 2015 Bridal Collection featured on WayOutWedding.com
Inspired by women’s greatness throughout history for their 2015 collection, the designers made every gown a wearable masterpiece. β€œIt brings out a beautiful and extravagant contrast between the contemporary and baroque periods,’’ say designers Cristina and Gabriela Antonescu. And I have a feeling the great Queen Niobie would approve! Just Stunning!

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10. Allure Bridals Romance Collection Style #8800 – A Charmeuse Slip and Tulle Lace AppliquΓ© Overlay with Embroidered Crystals. This gown is just one of those gowns. The kind of gown that makes jaws drop and makes everyone sigh and say “She looks AMAZING!” We’re talking Mommas crying & Hubby’s-to-be feeling faint. Yes Ma’am. I had the privilege of seeing this gown in person at the bridal shop! It looks 100 times as amazing in person. Seriously. It’s TDF!

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11. “Gabrielle” by Claire Pettibone – Capped sleeve corded champagne embroidery with illusion back, Swarovski jeweled Guipure trim.
I swoon over this gown everytime I see it! The lace plus the jeweled trim is just stunning! Plus, it’s a Claire! Win-win in my book! At ClairePettibone.com

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12. “The Palma” by Naeem Khan. A 100% silk gown with floral embroidery & beading by the mile, this beautiful long sleeved wedding gown is just a dream! And then a simple thin belt with a skinny bow to tie it all together. A true work of art any bride would love to call her own πŸ˜€ *Swoon City!*
Sold by ModaOperandi.com

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13. Moonlight Couture Bridal Style H1299. Sold by ThePerfectFit.com
This gown is so amazing! The sleeves & optional train are just the bomb! I’m mean wow! Definitely a show stopper.

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Ok loves, so there we have it. These gowns might be described as traditional but I think they are Anything but ordinary! Do you like my picks so far? What were your picks for this year? I’d love to hear! And don’t forget to add a Lil Dapper to your Everyday! Keep an eye out for parts 2 & 3 this week. See y’all next time πŸ˜€

Dapper Inspiration Daily ~ Color Crushes

 

 

Hello my sweets! I am inspired today to bring you some pretty eye candy in the form of inspiration/mood boards. For the last few months between NYFW 2015, The Holiday Season, Pantone Announcing their Color Reports & Colors of the Year for 2016, well to say the least, I’ve been crushing on lots & lots & lots of colors! I was trying to decide which colors to write about and how to apply them to the totally awesome weddings & parties y’all are planning. Then I finally just decided to show you instead lol πŸ˜‰ I hope these inspire some color crushes of your own! Enjoy πŸ™‚ ❀

 

 

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