Lela Rose

Maureen tells us how a timeless location, a bicoastal wedding party and some personalized touches made her and Ben’s September wedding a perfect one for them.

Our vision:
To create an elegant, classic feeling that stayed true to certain traditions while making our big day feel like “us.” Most importantly, we wanted it to feel like a celebration for all and a night to remember forever.

The location: University Club of Chicago
We saw this historic building, and it was love at first sight. Cathedral Hall, our ceremony/reception room, was like a castle with high ceilings and stained glass windows looking out over Lake Michigan. For cocktails, we transitioned into the charming library and then back to Cathedral Hall as the sun set for a gorgeous, candlelit reception.

The dress: Spring from Lela Rose
This gown was simply perfect: classic and timeless with the lace detailing, the soft and simple silhouette, and a higher neckline. My favorite part was the unexpected detailing in the low back.

I completed my look with new Jimmy Choo silver sparkly shoes that I can’t wait to wear again and a Nina veil and jewelry. My bridesmaid dresses were also Lela Rose in a beautiful color. I loved the pop of magenta (my favorite color) in the sea of black and white.

Ben looked so handsome in his tux from Hart Schaffner Marx! Our groomsmen wore suits and ties from Hugo Boss.

My stylists:
I found my gown at the Downtown Seattle Wedding Suite and my bridesmaid dresses at the Michigan Avenue Wedding Suite in Chicago, since most of my bridesmaids live there.

Heather was my amazing Seattle stylist—both attentive and honest. The entire team was so helpful, warm and caring whenever I stopped in to visit the dress and add another piece to my look. Heather partnered with Toma, my extremely talented fitter, to ensure my dress was exactly what I envisioned.

Taylor and Allison were my stylists in Chicago who took care of everything with my bridesmaid dresses. They communicated directly with my bridesmaids, which made a stress-free experience for me.

Favorite moment: Sitting at our king’s table, surrounded by so many friends and family who had traveled from both coasts to support us on our big day. My parents, Ben and I planned a lot of this wedding virtually. It was a celebratory moment when we realized we accomplished exactly what we wanted, and it was amazing!

We placed wedding photos of our parents and grandparents in the library for cocktail hour. It was a special way to thank our parents and honor our grandparents who are no longer with us.

Last and certainly not least, we loved the dance party! Our DJ was amazing and the dance floor was packed all night!

Photography by Laura Witherow.

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A certain shade of purple is getting a lot of attention these days! Radiant Orchid has been announced as the Pantone® Color of the Year for 2014, and everyone in fashion, home decor and (of course) weddings is talking about it.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says this about the hot new shade: “Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” Yep, we’re charmed, all right!

Even though the current reign of Emerald still has a couple weeks, we couldn’t wait to start thinking of our favorite examples of this “harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones.” See our picks below, and look out for more in 2014.

twobirds Convertible Bridesmaid Dress | Orchid bouquet via Every Last Detail | Floral headband via Magnolia Rouge | Chandelier Earrings | Drink via Nothing But DeliciousLela Rose Draped Silk Bridesmaid Dress | Bridesmaid via Inspired by This (in Donna Morgan ‘Grey Ridge’ color | Macarons via Cooking for Pleasure | Nordstrom Cashmere Blend Wrap | Boutonniere via Style Me Pretty

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BLISS Monique Lhuillier Lace Low Back Wedding Dress

Wedding dresses with eye-catching backs are very of-the-moment! And it makes perfect sense—most of the time, a bride is facing away from her guests during the ceremony, so why not make the back of a gown just as beautiful as the front? More and more designers are thinking beyond straight-across strapless or traditional buttons on the train and adding unexpected details like architectural shapes, low scoop cuts, illusion detailing and embellishments.

Whether it’s a dramatic keyhole like the BLISS Monique Lhuillier dress above or an intricate illusion design like Lela Rose’s ‘Tompkins Square Park’, we know one thing for sure: in these gowns, baby got back!

Find your favorite from our selections below, or browse our in-store wedding gowns for more ideas!

Two by Rosa Clará ‘Delicia’ Wedding Dress

Heidi Elnora ‘Rubie Joe’ Wedding Dress

Kelly Faetanini ‘Georgina’ Wedding Dress

Lela Rose ‘Tompkins Square Park’ Wedding Dress

Nouvelle Amsale Bow Detail Wedding Dress

Caroline DeVillo ‘Cassidy’ Wedding Dress

Hayley Paige ‘Mila’ Wedding Dress

La Fleur by Anne Barge ‘Chantal’ Wedding Dress

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New bridesmaid styles from designer Lela Rose are here! We’re falling in love with the soft silk chiffon and drapey silhouettes of these three dresses, which come in dusty shades of plum, rose and lavender. Today, we’re sharing not just one but three ideas on how to accessorize for different wedding destinations and themes.

For a downtown affair: Statement earrings in mixed metals, plus neutral—but glam—accessories take the light pastel shades from sweet to chic.

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Lela Rose Bridesmaid Draped Chiffon Dress in Suede Rose | Alexis Bittar ‘Elments – Jardin de Papillon’ Earrings | Whiting & Davis Crossbody Bag | Vince Camuto ‘Wessi’ Sandal in Gold

For a garden party: A floral headband in rosy shades, paired with heels and a gold and nude bracelet, top off this romantic maiden look.

Lela Rose Bridesmaid Draped Chiffon Dress in Smashing | Whichgoose ‘Paradigm’ Headband | Melinda Maria ‘Jessica’ Bangle | Jimmy Choo ‘Lottie’ Sandal in Nude

For a beach bash: Take this maxi gown to a destination wedding with mother of pearl accents, like these chandelier earrings and colorful clutch. Don’t forget sparkly flats for the sand!

Lela Rose Bridesmaid Draped Chiffon Dress in Taupe | Judith Jack ‘Amore’ Earrings | Rafé New York ‘Maryanne’ Minaudiere | Nina ‘Keegan’ Sandal in Ivory

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Brides, grab your gals and a glass of your favorite fizzy beverage and get ready to view some gorgeous gowns! Our Fall 2013 Lookbook is here!

This is always an exciting time of year, as we get to share all of the new images from our recent photo shoot and unveil the gowns just hitting our in-store Wedding Suites. It’s also a great time to see trends from bridal fashion week coming to life!

Here are a few of our favorite trends from the fall selections:

Statement backs: Whether a low open scoop or a decorative illusion—like Lela Rose’s ‘Tompkins Square Park’ or Heidi Elnora’s ‘Rubie Joe’—the focus of many new gowns is on the back.

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Tiered skirts: Draped layers of fabric on ball gown skirts come in soft, like Rosa Clara’s ‘Cava,’ or structured, like Hayley Paige’s ‘Pearl.’


Lovely lace: From full Alençon lace gowns to dainty lace trim, gowns from Anne Barge and Bliss Monique Lhuillier are romantic and feminine.


Browse more wedding dress lookbooks here. To make an appointment with a free Wedding Stylist, call 1.888.300.1295 or book online.

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We couldn’t end our 12 days of gowns without slipping in just one last collection. It’s a bonus day! You may know her for her amazing designer dress collection, but did you know that Lela Rose also makes bridal gowns? The illusion necklines, the lace illusion backs, the cap-sleeve details–did we mention the lace illusion backs?!

Thanks for sharing these 12 amazing days of gowns with us as we ring in the New Year. If you’re feeling as inspired as we are by all these dresses hitting our Wedding Suites, drop in to see them in person–the more the merrier!

Have a happy & healthy 2013!

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