Fabulous Variety Found at our Fabulous Fall Sale

A few weeks ago, we had our Fabulous Fall Sample Sale and it was really fabulous! It's been a few Sample Sales since we've done a recap, so I thought another celebration of sample sales was overdue. We had a great turnout, tons of excited brides, and beautiful gowns that went home for an amazing price. From straps and sleeves to satin and lace, our Fabulous Fall Sample Sale had it all... see for yourself!

STRAPS! And not just any straps. Straps with lace, straps with tulle, straps with beads... the brides who ended up with these gowns are sure to look beautiful, feel sexy, and have the comfort and support of straps they desire.

LOOK AT THAT BACK! Low backs, illusion backs, all of it is just so stunning. Definitely worth it for your audience as you are saying your I Do's.

SLEEVES! Classy and elegant... need I say more?

SATIN! Lace isn't your thing? No worries. Lace gowns didn't speak to the brides that bought these gorgeous satin gowns either.

As you can see, samples sales at Ellie's Bridal Boutique really do have it all. The gowns shown above are just some that went home with happy brides, but there are still plenty more (we're drowning in gorgeous gowns!). Next sample sale will be December 4-6 and people are already making appointments!

Turning Pinterest Wedding Gowns into Reality: Amazing Backs

Falling in love with Pinterest wedding photos and wondering if those looks are even possible to attain? Luckily, we love Pinterest too and are here to save the day for DC brides everywhere!

Not gonna lie, it's really satisfying so see popular pins and be able to say, "we've got that look."  :)

  Wanda Borges  – popular on Pinterest

Wanda Borges – popular on Pinterest

 Get the look with Mikaella 1802 right here at Ellie's Bridal [EDIT: This sample has since been sold from our store]

Get the look with Mikaella 1802 right here at Ellie's Bridal
[EDIT: This sample has since been sold from our store]

  Katie May  – popular on Pinterest

Katie May – popular on Pinterest

 Get the look with Mikella 1911

Get the look with Mikella 1911

  Inbal Dror  – popular on Pinterest

Inbal Dror – popular on Pinterest

 Get the look with Justin Alexander 8737

Get the look with Justin Alexander 8737

 Jane Yeh – popular on Pinterest

Jane Yeh – popular on Pinterest

 Get the look with Justin Alexander 8727

Get the look with Justin Alexander 8727

 Catherine Dean – popular on Pinterest

Catherine Dean – popular on Pinterest

 Get the look with Allure Romance 2716

Get the look with Allure Romance 2716

And there are times we have exactly what you are looking for  :-)

 Mikaella 1661 – popular on Pinterest

Mikaella 1661 – popular on Pinterest

 Mikaella 1661 right here at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

Mikaella 1661 right here at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

 Justin Alexander 8557 – popular on Pinterest

Justin Alexander 8557 – popular on Pinterest

 Justin Alexander 8557 right here at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

Justin Alexander 8557 right here at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

 Jim Hjelm 8011 – popular on Pinterest

Jim Hjelm 8011 – popular on Pinterest

 Jim Hjelm 8011 right here at Ellie's Bridal

Jim Hjelm 8011 right here at Ellie's Bridal

For even more gowns with stunning detail or backless options, call 703-683-VOWS to make your appointment and join the Ellie's Bridal Family <3

"Blush" like a Celebrity for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This month, we are celebrating #Pinktober by spreading the joy of PINK dresses. Purchase your blush/pink/peach/moscato bridal (or bridesmaids!) gown at Ellie's Bridal during the month of October for extra savings and rock out in pink like these celebrities did for their wedding day:

Jessica Biel

  Jessica Biel wears a petal pink gown by&nbsp;  Giambattista Valli Haute Couture  .

Jessica Biel wears a petal pink gown by Giambattista Valli Haute Couture.

Reese Witherspoon

  Reese Witherspoon wears custom-designed blush-hued gown by Monique Lhuillier  .

Reese Witherspoon wears custom-designed blush-hued gown by Monique Lhuillier.

Anne Hathaway

  Anne Hathaway wears a blush pink gown by Valentino

Anne Hathaway wears a blush pink gown by Valentino

Gwen Stefani

  Gwen Stefani wears  &nbsp;  a custom-made pink and white silk faille wedding dress by&nbsp;  John Galliano for Dior

Gwen Stefani wears a custom-made pink and white silk faille wedding dress by John Galliano for Dior

Portia de Rossi

  Both blondes wore Zac Posen to their 2008 ceremony.

Both blondes wore Zac Posen to their 2008 ceremony.

 Portia de Rossi &nbsp;wears a dramatic backless&nbsp;  gown  &nbsp;with pale pink tulle skirt by Zac Posen.

Portia de Rossi wears a dramatic backless gown with pale pink tulle skirt by Zac Posen.

 Which pink/blush gown do you like best? Comment below to let us know!

Which pink/blush gown do you like best? Comment below to let us know!

Wedding Through Two Different Lenses

On the off chance you thought wedding photography was just about having a nice camera and knowing how to use it, we present to you a Kate Spade inspired stylized wedding through the eyes and lenses of two fabulous photographers.

These two little sneak peeks are a great example of how a photographer's vision, technical photography skills, and post processing choices give each of their albums a personality of their own. It's important to remember that photographers are artists that completely immerse themselves into their work. SO much happens behind the scenes that we don't see when we are in front of the camera!

We absolutely love how our Kate Spade shoot turned out (special thanks to Margo of Bright Occasions & The DC Ladies!) and hope you'll appreciate the passionate work our wedding photographers do when turning your wedding day into a memorable work of art. 

Molly Tobias Photography

Procopio Photography

Vendor Information:

PhotographyProcopio Photography & Mollie Tobias Photography | Wedding Planning & StylingBright Occasions  -Contact: Margo Fischer  |VenueCarnegie Library - Contact: Kristina Noell or Ashley Forrester | CateringKatie Musser, 550 Events - Contact: Katie Musser | Wedding CakeKendall’s Cakes - Contact: Meghan De Angelis |Desserts: Huda’s Sweet Bee Bakery - Contact: Huda Baterjee | Invitations & PaperTabibi Design - Contact: Tina Tabibi | RentalsDC Rentals - Contact: Kathleen Schmidt | Floral DesignEight Tree Street - Contact: Contact: Maribel Kalata | Hair: Amie Decker of Amie Decker Beauty | Makeup: Suzanne Della Pella of Amie Decker Beauty - Contact: Amie Decker | GarterThe Garter Girl - Contact: Julianne Smith | Bridal Gown and Bridesmaid DressesEllie’s Bridal Boutique - Contact: Ellie’s Bridal | Bridal JewelryDiamond Connects - Contact: Diamond Connects |Bridesmaid JewelryRene Kauder – Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot - Contact: Rene Kauder

The Bride’s Look:

Bridal Gown – Victoria-Nicole/1106

Shoes – Kate Spade

Engagement Ring: custom made 14k white gold Halo diamond engagement ring with center stone Radiant fancy yellow 1.21 carat total weight  VS2 clarity & 0.37 carat total weight white diamond side stones Retails: $11,622

Bracelet: custom made 18k white gold deco-inspired diamond bracelet 4.81 carat total weight  Retail: $13,300

Earrings: custom made 18kt white deco-inspired drop earrings 5.24 total weight Retail: $9,672

The Bridesmaid’s Look:

Bridesmaids – Jim Hjelm Occasions 1)   JH5125 2)   JH5185 3)   JH5363

Necklace – Somervell Necklace $59.00

Earings – Nancy Studs $24.00

Bracelet – Christina Link Bracelet $49.00


More Posts from The DC Ladies' Wedding Week:

*check out all of the wonderful photo’s through out the above posts

Source: http://www.thedcladies.com/dc-ladies-weddi...

Wedding Gowns Over/Under $4,000

High-end designer bridal gowns are made with the most stylish designs in mind, luxurious fabrics, and impeccable gown construction. With all those must-have qualities, it's no surprise that the cost of a wedding dress can add up quickly. Although we may be biased, we truly believe that the most important outfit of your life is worth every penny.

That being said, the Ellie's Bridal team also believes that good fabric and fabulous designs are available at every price point. We've done the hard work and hunting for you, bringing the best selection of affordable designer bridal gowns under one roof.

Can you tell which gowns are over or under? Bridal gowns in the left column retail for $4,000-$10,000 while gowns on the right are found right here at Ellie's Bridal Boutique for under $4,000.

Designer Wedding Gowns
OVER $4000

Wedding Gowns
UNDER $4000
at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

Style K526 by Romona Keveza

Style 2169 by Casablanca  -- Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

Style 333 by Amalia Carrara

Style 9745 by Justin Alexander -- Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

Full of Luck by Reem Acra

Style 8721 by Justin Alexander -- Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

Divine by Anne Barge

Style 8731 by Justin Alexander -- Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

Style 4167 by Pnina Tornai

Style 2713 by Allure Romance  -- Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

 Style 80 by Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld

Style 80 by Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld

 Style 5977 by Stella York &nbsp;-- Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

Style 5977 by Stella York -- Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

Lilianna by Reem Acra

Style 8724 by Justin Alexander -- Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

Simplicity by Monique Lhuillier

Style 8659 by Justin Alexander -- Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld 74512

Style 2455 by Allure Romance -- Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

 Brielle by Rivini &nbsp;  Rita Vinieris

Brielle by Rivini Rita Vinieris

Style 3787 by Sincerity – Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

Adelle by Rivini Rita Vinieris

Style 8709 by Justin Alexander -- Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

BONUS:

Trendier brides will love this crystal and pearl beaded Sabrina keyhole neckline on a asymmetric ruched bodice by Rivini (below, left). See Justin Alexander 8735 for one weekend only at our Justin Alexander Trunk Show (September 12-14) to get the look for under $4,000.

 Crystal by Rivini&nbsp;Rita Vinieris

Crystal by Rivini Rita Vinieris

 Style 8725 by Justin Alexander  Justin Alexander Trunk Show at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (September 12-14, 2014)

Style 8725 by Justin Alexander

Justin Alexander Trunk Show at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (September 12-14, 2014)

Bridal gowns at Ellie's Bridal Boutique range from about $900 - $5000. 

How to Pee in your Wedding Dress

Now that you have your dress, you need to know this little piece of advice: hot to pee in your wedding dress. Call me crude, but I think it's an important detail to consider! While there a few ways to go about this, one [Offbeat] bride got creative and figured this one out on her own:

How to Pee [by yourself] in your Wedding Dress

"I figured this trick out just prior to my wedding, as my dress was (as you can see) particularly unruly and I didn't really love the idea of employing a small army to help me keep it out of the toilet water (though my bridesmaids were willing to help, bless 'em). Had it been a bit easier to get in and out of, I might have just taken it off, but no — that was a complicated, multi-person operation as well, involving a whole bunch of lacing and carefully placed safety pins and chicken cutlets — not to mention being topless in a public restroom.

And of course, I'm the kind of person who has to pee every thirty minutes, and more often when I'm nervous.

Luckily this little trick is cheap and amazingly effective — plus it's easy to stash some extra trash bags in the bathroom, or find some in most venues if you run out. (A garment bag works well too, and lets you skip Step Three since it already has an extra hole.)

Step 1: Start with a poofy dress.

Step 2: Add a large, sturdy trash bag.

Step 3: Tear a hole in the bottom of the trash bag that is just wide enough to fit your feet through. Aim to keep it small- it will expand as you pull it up your legs, but you want it to fit tightly.

Step 4: Step into the bag and pull your feet through the hole. This is WAY easier if you take your heels off, but in case of super gross bathroom floors, it can be done. Stand near a wall so you don't topple, though.

Step 5: Pull the top of the bag up and start loading your dress-fluff into it, while keeping your feet pretty close together so you don't widen the hole too much. Some of the dress-fluff will inevitably try to escape through the foot hole, but it's not a big deal and you can just shove it back up in there.

Step 6: Shimmy the bag up your body carefully, making sure to get all the dress-parts, ribbons, trains, etc into the bag.

Step 7: Once the foot-hole is around your waist, you can gather the slack at the top of the bag and hold it in one hand, leaving the other free for… bathroom… tasks.


Disclaimer: If you're wearing a dress that easily creases, I can't promise that this won't wrinkle it a bit… but that might be unavoidable even with bridesmaid assistance."

 

How did you manage to pee in your wedding dress? Any good stories and/or advice? Comment below and let us know!

 

Source: http://offbeatbride.com/2013/08/how-to-pee

2014 Winter White Sample Sale EXTENDED

Our Winter White Sample Sale was such a wonderful success, Ellie has decided to extend it until Thursday. March 13, 2014!!

Congratulations, once again, to all the brides that found their dream gowns this past weekend! With samples on sale from $150 to $2000 and [still] over 150 gowns to choose from, this is an opportunity you don't want to miss! Below are just some of the beautiful sample gowns that were lucky enough to find their match with the perfect bride!

Not sure if a sample gown is for you? No problem! Our consultants can guide you to both our "sale" and "non-sale" collections. Call 703-683-8697 to make your appointment between now and March 13th!

Designer Spotlight: Victoria Nicole

Timeless and exquisite. Romantic and fresh. A contemporary classic for today's sophisticated bride. This is the essence of Victoria Nicole, one of the newest names in bridal couture whose classic designs exude an undeniable elegance. Preview the Victoria Nicole Spring 2014 collection below and make an appointment for out Trunk Show, February 14-16 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique.

Our Perspective

We have known and admired Victoria's designs for many years, even before we knew her gowns under the name Victoria Nicole. Victoria's design house experience and award-winning hands are apparent in the collection we are proud to feature. Both our brides and our staff continue to recognize the high quality of fabric and construction usually reserved for gowns that are twice the price. Her unique blend of timeless cuts and fabrics create a distinctly romantic and contemporary look that can only be recognized as Victoria Nicole. We applaud their exemplary customer service and admire a business philosophy that mirrors our own. 

With all this in mind, we present to you the Spring 2014 Victoria Nicole collection on February 14-16, exclusively at Ellie's Bridal Boutique.