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Love Story Welcomes Willowby

Love Story Welcomes Willowby

I am so excited for the start of our Willowby by Watters Trunk Show today. We've received over 30 gowns and bridal separates from Willowby for the Trunk Show. I know crazy right! The store is overrun with soooo many gorgeous dresses right now I can't help but feel giddy. I just can't wait to see the faces of our brides as they open our door. I can't help but think they're going to be just as impressed and excited for this event as I am. 

Willowby is one of my favorite lines for Fall as it epitomizes the dreamy, ethereal bohemian look so many of our brides want for their wedding day style. I love the unique design elements such as mixed fabrications, lace overlays, layers and layers of tulle and hand-beaded embroidery. Whether you’re a bride with laid-back style or you’re looking for a more fashion-forward edge, I promise you these Willowby collections have something you'll fall in love with. 

In this week's blog I've picked out a few of my favorite looks from the Willowby Trunk Show pieces with an emphasis on showcasing how you can use separates to create your perfect wedding day style.

Separates for wedding attire are all the rage right now, forget the Kate Middleton wedding inspiration, crop tops are taking over. It is certainly not for every bride, I’ve heard all sorts of opinions and I think we are still trying to grasp the idea of not being traditional in the bridal gown sense. I personally, love the look. I think it can be perfect for the more casual bride, and can certainly be played up in formality too. I’ve also encountered a few brides that fear it may be too non-traditional for them but do love the idea, and it’s perfect for an outfit change if you’re looking to mix styles and change on your wedding day. Plus, wear the crop top with a cute skirt for your anniversary date night next year, or throw on a nice blouse and your leather jacket with the skirt. Or, honeymoon outfits...boom multiple uses, and still sentimental when you look back at the pictures of you in them each time you wore them.

Lets first talk about this Amora skirt. It is such a clean, soft look that you can play with tops to change up the style and overall look that you’d like to achieve. Light and so easy to wear you will never have to worry about being uncomfortable on your wedding day. Run through the cobblestone streets, climb up flights of stairs to your reception, be whisked away into a meadow to exchange your vows or dance the night away. It’s all possible in this skirt, and you’ll look so graceful doing so.

The Lanikai top..well I'm in love with this too ;) The lace is light and airy, you will not worry about movement or comfort level in this. And don’t worry about the long sleeves, they're breathable. You can even get the lining in an array of colors, so pair it with any bottom you’d like! Pair these pieces with the right accessories, and you can allow for easy and immediate changes in the style and even formality of your bridal look.

Now lets move to this shrug! It's by far one of my favorites to play with on the brides! I know what you’re thinking, it’s definitely SOMETHING. That something is fun. It’s not just for the funky, off beat bride, I’ve seen this paired with so many different styles of dresses, it’s insane. Every time I've styled this on a bride, her dress took on a whole new look. And if you need a light cover up for your big day, why not have fun with it? It’s so light and soft, with the delicate long ostrich feathers that make up the texture of the vest. With the instant change this vest gives you, think of it as two outfits for your wedding day. Anyone from Mae West to Cher would love this top. This works with any season, any style; winter/ glam, springtime/ edgey. It’s unbelievably versatile, and you will fall in love when you see it on. And as we mentioned above, this piece has lasting power beyond your wedding day. Date night with a pair of jeans and cage booties? Need I say more!

And last but not least this week, the Inez gown. This low-back stunner (yes you will leave them completely wow'd as you walk down the aisle) is revealing in the most elegant way. Complete open back with spaghetti straps that come down just around your shoulders. It has such a smooth and flattering fit on a bride. The consistent re-embroidered lace all down this dress creates a clean shape. These delicate feminine details ooze charm. The dress speaks for itself when you slip it on.

The fit and flare cut is flattering on almost all women, and the fact that the dress has a silky liner and is virtually weightless makes it even better. Basically you’re going to feel like you’re floating around in a sexy, floor length, satin slip (but not showing it all off). It doesn’t get any more romantic and beautiful than that. Well, at least in my book. The sweep train gives you just enough flair without any added weight or too much going on. Three words; simple, classic, and sexy.  

As I sink back in my chair and look around at all these amazing Willowby pieces in the shop, I know our brides are going to be very, very happy.  

Until next time! xoxox Skye







Details on images above

Willowby By Watters #55612 “Amora” Skirt
Retail Price: $651
| Layers Ivory Soft Netting and Tulle and lined in Stretch Satin. A line silhouette with a natural waist and sweep train|

Willowby By Watters #56115 “Lanikai” Top
Retail Price: $428
| Zuzu Lace, Stretch Satin Lining. High neckline, long sleeves|

Location:  Peck's Arcade  Beauty/Hair:   Alexandria’s Beauty Salon    Model:  Sarah Watson    Photographer:  Andrew Franciosa

Willowby By Watters #56901 “Merapi” Vest
Retail Price: $651
| Ostrich Feathers, Stretch Poly Charmeuse Lining. |

Willowby By Watters #54107 “Inez”
Retail Price: $1,302
| Re-Embroidered Lace, Stretch Poly Charmeuse Lining fit and flare. Spaghetti straps, v-neck, dropped waist with a sweep train. |

Location:  A Love Story Bridal, 188 River St., Troy, NY          Beauty/Hair:   Alexandria’s Beauty Salon   Models:  Michelle Murphy & Nicolle Muldowney          Photographers:  Keith & Meghan Hitlin of Hitlin Photography Inc.

It's Official, Love Story is Open!

It's Official, Love Story is Open!

We're open! Last Thursday, we officially opened the doors to Love Story. Our morning started with a ribbon cutting with Troy Deputy Mayor Monica Kurzejeski and members from the Mayor's Office, the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District and Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

We then were local celebrities and did a quick interview with Dan Bazile of Channel 13 news

Love Story Channel 13 News Albany Interview

After some mad last minute prepping, we finished the day sipping champagne, jamming to tunes from Music Man Entertainment, hitting up the Elario Photo Booth and chilling under the stars with great friends at our launch party.  We are extremely thankful for all the love in support of from our family and friends ! We would not be here with out you. Special thanks to Jess Carley, Brooke Chaffee-Zayas, Skye Ogren, Elario Photography, Music Man Entertainment, Linda Conley Photography, Jenny C Design, Flowers by Pesha, Brown's Brewing Co, B-Rads Bistro, Jenna's Salon, Pecks Arcade, The Placid Baker, Pretty Polite Print BoutiqueRenaissance Hotel Albany, and Weather Wood. xoxo Lisa & Janet











Hello Hollywood Glamour

Hayley Paige 6411 “Emeryn”
Spring 2014 Collection
Consignment, Altered Gown $2,310
| Ivory English net fit & flare bridal gown with ruched detailing on bodice, double horsehair | 

This dress is one of a kind, which is honestly how Hayley Paige seems to go about all of her designs. No bride looks the same, and I can guarantee you won’t find any other gowns similar to hers. Emeryn is no exception! We had a bride bring in this beauty to consign with us that she herself wore, which I think adds to the magic of the dress. Our shop is Love Story for a reason, each gown and each bride carries a story of love and excitement.

I’ve always loved a mermaid or trumpet silhouette, it seductively whispers glamour...because screaming is unladylike. Whether you have the curves already or you constantly wonder how Kylie Jenner all of a sudden looks like an hour glass and how you can do that, this cut does it for you. There’s a reason this shape has that vintage Hollywood bombshell aspect. It’s feminine and it’s sultry, but with Emeryn, you still look and feel like a bride. The flattering pleating of the English net across the bodice adds a soft touch, and mixed with the horsehair trim- that adds volume but none of the weight, you have that perfect balance of high glam and bridal. Now to complete the gown, we can’t ignore the crystal covered keyhole and straps. I like to think of it as an armor. Commanding yet stunning. Think Khaleesi on Game of Thrones, that is what this encrusted back says to me. There’s a delicate detailing of the sequins and crystals that form this amazing beadwork feature. I don’t know how Hayley Paige continuously achieves the equilibrium of cool, effortless trendsetter and the grand, opulent romantic. But she does it. Every. Single. Time.

Do you want to feel like a whimsical, free spirited fairy who just floats through the forest completely love struck? But also as if you could ride on top of a lion while dripping in jewels, to a golden throne that your literal knight in shining armor is waiting at? Or just you know, walk down a totally normal aisle at a more realistic venue and see your human fiancé staring back at you? Really any scenario is perfect for this dress. You get the idea.

Come see me at A Love Story Bridal to try this one of a kind piece! It is a one and only and ready to fit the next perfect bride! Once she’s gone, she’s gone. Give us a call to set up your appointment and see if this is the dress for you!

Xoxox, Skye