Dresses that didn’t make the cut, Pt. 2

P. Lawrence Bridal Salon

I tried on a about 3-4 dresses at P. Lawrence Salon. They really didn’t have a particularly large dress selection. A lot of the dresses I saw there weren’t to my liking. I had my heart set on a mermaid or trumpet cut dress.

Out of the dresses I tried on at P. Lawrence, this one is was my favorite. It’s by Jim Hjlem (can’t remember the price) and it’s simple but beautiful! I have to admit it didn’t for me what I wanted.

There was one additional dress that I tried that I really liked. It is called “Brittney.” I really loved the fabric detail but I hated the straps and the detail in the bodice. Plus one of my bridesmaids told me that every time she saw the dress she would sing the Mexican Hat Song in her head, lol! I thought about getting it anyway, but the amount of re-structing that would have to be done wasn’t worth it.

brittany

brittany - bodice detail

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My favorite wedding dresses that didn’t make the cut, Pt. 1

I tried on tons and tons of wedding dresses. To be honest, at one point I thought I wasn’t going to ever find the dress I really wanted to be married in. I’m not going to post a picture of the dress I chose (until after the wedding!) but there were a LOT of contenders! I’m going to post my favorites from each bridal salon – dresses that I seriously considered buying.

Carina’s Bridal Atelier
The first bridal salon I went to was David’s Bridal. It was pretty horrible. Carina’s Bridal Atelier was the second dress experience. David’s Bridal compared to Carina’s was night and day. The dressing rooms were huge and comfortable. The staff was friendly and the dresses were absolutely beautiful. There were so many unique and beautiful dresses there that I was just amazed. To be honest, I would rank Carina’s Bridal Atelier as on of the best in the DC Metro area – and I think I went to almost all of them! LOL

One of my favorite dresses that I don’t have pictured here (since I wouldn’t have been allowed to buy it, no one but me liked it) was designed by an architect. It had a fabulous multi-layer train, yum! I really really liked a lot of her dresses In fact, I found one that I LOVED and really thought it was THE ONE. Ha! At $4300, I think I’d bumped my head, lol. I can’t remember all the prices dress models since it’s been a while but if you like the dress, just contact Carina’s Bridal Atelier and I’m sure they’ll recognize it.

Exotic Ethnic Wedding Gowns

While I have already purchased my wedding gown, I ran across some wonderful, fabulous ethnic wedding gowns online. Most of these gowns are EXOTIC and I LOVE IT!

Cleopatra

I actually have a couple of friends who will be extremely pissed off that they missed this find, lol.

The gowns are original creations by a clothing and wedding gown designer named Therez Fleetwood (http://www.therezfleetwoodbridal.com).

Amalia

Amalia Ball Gown

Therez Fleetwood Biography
For years, Therez has been touted as the country’s leading designer of exotic wedding dresses as she weaves cultural connections into a distinctive collection of wedding gowns inspired by Egypt, India, Morocco, South Africa, and Asia. Her gowns are created in a variety of fabrics and adorned with silver or gold lace, embroidered trims, hieroglyphics, colorful beads, trinkets, and shells.

Ariann

Therez Fleetwood moves against the trends and expresses her fashion sensibilities while breaking the modern wedding mold. Her name. has become synonymous with the “exotic” wedding dress. Brides like her because her designs are unique, sexy and fun, allowing them to make a personal statement on their wedding day. Her design philosophy has redefined the perception of the “traditional” wedding gown as she creates a unique collection of dresses – most noted are her Egyptian influenced silhouettes.

Nadia

Therez studied fashion design at The Fashion Institute of Technology and worked as a production manager in New York City. It was in this position that she fell in love with garment construction and the meticulous procedures involved in the garment making process. She worked in production for several years, honing her skills, until the perfect opportunity came her way to branch out on her own and start her own company.

Therez’s bridal gowns have been featured on the pages of several of the top fashion magazines and showcased on numerous television talk shows. Her wedding dresses have been on display in New York at the Museum of the City in the “New York Gets Married” and “Black Style Now” exhibits as well as the Fashion Institute of Technology in honor of the Black Fashion Museum.

Mariel

“For years, Therez has been touted as the country’s leading designer of exotic wedding dresses as she weaves cultural connections into a distinctive collection of wedding gowns inspired by Egypt, India, Morocco, South Africa, and Asia. Her gowns are created in a variety of fabrics and adorned with silver or gold lace, embroidered trims, hieroglyphics, colorful beads, trinkets, and shells. It was her desire to travel that brought her to several countries throughout the world and it was her love of Africa, that prompted her to write, The AfroCentric Bride – A Style Guide, which provides clear, concise and helpful information for couples who choose to infuse cultural elements into their wedding. She is also the designer of the authentic kente cloth costumes worn by Mickey and Minnie Mouse made exclusively for the Walt Disney Theme Parks and Resort.”

These dresses are made with luxurious fabrics and (for lack of a better word) fixtures, as well. Silks, brocades, cowrie shells, cloth of gold – this is not your mother’s wedding dress!

Osun