Dress of the Week: BHLDN

The buzz was well worth it! BHLDN has created a lovely, yet uncommon, line of gowns for the alternative bride. Many still carry with them the romantic feel of a traditional wedding gown while offering a whimsical twist for those brides looking for something unexpected. Here are three of our favorite dresses showing different styles, and for some, a new color palate.

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Our first gown, the Ethereal Monarch Gown, has a throng of appliquéd butterflies gently drifting down the organza dress. With straps, as opposed to the popular strapless style of today, it opens up into a simple A-line hem. At the base, a tulle hemline peeks out to say hello.  The BHLDN website describes it as, “Elegant folds at the bodice gently accentuate the bust and narrow the waist, for a fit that’s flattering on all body types.” This dress tends toward the higher end of the pricing scale at $3,200.


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The Floral Artwork dress pictured above is another of our favorites. This playful and flirty tea length gown, with it’s bubble skirt organza overlay, gives brides an alternative to the usual floor length gown. The silk dress also has hand-jeweled flower appliqués underneath, and is finished with an unlooped half-bow at the back. This $1,800 piece of attire is sure to make one sassy statement!


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Finally, the stunning silk layering of the Burnished Organza Gown is instantaneously eye-catching.  The sweetheart neckline is lavishly adorned with bronze sequins. This simple yet elegant garment is stunning and one of the more affordable dresses in the line, retailing at only $1,400.

The first glimpse of what BHLDN has to offer has been truly delightful, and their design team has created unique and whimsical looks for brides who don’t want to stick to the norm. We look forward to seeing what else these trailblazers have to offer!




Dress of the Week: Butter by Nadia

This week we’re featuring the designer of the Signature convertible wrap dress, Nadia Tarr, and her collection Butter by Nadia.

This bridesmaid’s dress is remarkable in the fact that it can be designed into any style you choose. With a variety of different styles for the front and back of the garment, there are an innumerable combination of dresses to be customized. Techniques for achieving these looks can be obtained through a private session with Nadia or downloaded from her website, http://butterbynadia.com.

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The versatility of this dress is what makes it so unique, charming and elegant. We’ve chosen to feature the lovely Verdant color. This emerald green hue was hailed as being one of the colors of the season at the Golden Globes and is expected to carry through red carpet season. Nadia’s designs have been seen on celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Jordan Sparks and Laila Ali.

Dress of the Week: Douglas Hannant

This week our dress comes from designer Douglas Hannant. Danielle, CUE’s Founder and Creative Director, had the pleasure of seeing his 2011 designs in person at the Gabriella New York Bridal Salon (http://www.gabriellanewyork.com/). She marveled at how this designer, in particular, caters to all types of women regardless of style or size.


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This week’s gorgeous dress bolsters Hannant’s commitment to creating unique yet traditional gowns. The strapless bodice, empire waist, and mermaid style train are very conventional elements. However, the addition of the beautiful blue embroidery on the bust, skirt and train makes this gown an eye-catching standout. Hannant states, “I really know my customer,”  and poignantly adds, “I didn’t have her when I started. She found me. She is exactly who I wanted her to be.” Well, who is she? “She loves fine things in every facet of her life. She loves luxury. She wants modern, fresh and new, yet it isn’t big news in the sense that she is never going to be wearing the splashiest, trendiest, most overexposed thing of the moment.” We applaud this great designer and look forward to keeping our eye on his style.