Hayley Paige's Wedding

If you've been following the wedding world at all, you probably know that top bridal designer, Hayley Paige, got married this summer. What you may not know is that the great Miss Hayley Paige is the head designer of two of our Ellie's Bridal collections: Jim Hjelm Bridal and Jim Hjelm Occasions.

Needless to say, as an integral part of the Ellie's Bridal Family, I've been following her wedding planning since her engagement was first announced. I stalked Instagram her entire wedding weekend for photos, yet it took me over two month to finally watch this video; and I am so mad at myself for not watching it sooner! Her gowns look so much more vibrant and stunning than anything posted on Instagram.

Moral of the story: watch below if you haven't seen her wedding video yet!

In a rush? Shorter version, different soundtrack, same magical gowns are seen below:

Stay tuned for how you can incorporate some of this magic into your own wedding day... 
(Hint: you might have already seen a spoiler of it on Instagram an Facebook)

Over/Under $5000 Wedding Dresses

This past weekend was full of glorious bridal fashion frenzy at New York International Bridal week. As always, Ellie held true by searching for the best in style, fabric, and quality construction for the best value in the industry. At Ellie's, our mission is to find the greatest in quality gowns without the $10,000 price tag. Mission accomplished.

Before we show off the gowns that are to come, we first want to celebrate the gorgeous gowns our current collections already offer. Because our first Over/Under post was such a hit, we decided to do a part 2 to show you that great value does exist in the bridal world.

Bridal gowns in the left column retail for $5,000 and above (maybe way above), while gowns on the right are found right here at Ellie's Bridal Boutique for under $5,000.

Pnina Tornai (Over $5000)

Pnina Tornai (Over $5000)

Mikaella (Under $5000) – find it at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

Mikaella (Under $5000) – find it at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

Romona Keveza (Over $5000)

Romona Keveza (Over $5000)

Theia (Under $5000) – find it at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

Theia (Under $5000) – find it at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

Angel Sanchez (Over $5000) 

Angel Sanchez (Over $5000) 

Mikaella (Under $5000) – find it at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

Mikaella (Under $5000) – find it at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

Lazaro (Over $5000)

Lazaro (Over $5000)

Signature by Justin Alexander (Under $5000) – find it at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

Signature by Justin Alexander (Under $5000) – find it at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

Pnina Tornai (Over $5000)

Pnina Tornai (Over $5000)

Mikaella (Under $5000)  – find it at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

Mikaella (Under $5000)  – find it at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

Pnina Tornai (Over $5000)

Pnina Tornai (Over $5000)

Jim Hjelm (Under $5000) – find it at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

Jim Hjelm (Under $5000) – find it at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

Danielle Caprese (Over $5000)

Danielle Caprese (Over $5000)

Justin Alexander (Under $5000) – find it at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

Justin Alexander (Under $5000) – find it at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

Pnina Tornai (Over $5000)

Pnina Tornai (Over $5000)

Mikaella (Under $5000) – find it at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

Mikaella (Under $5000) – find it at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

Pnina Tornai (Over $5000)

Pnina Tornai (Over $5000)

Justin Alexander (Under $5000) – find it at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

Justin Alexander (Under $5000) – find it at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

 Bridal gowns at Ellie's Bridal Boutique range from approximately $900-$5000). Regardless of your budget, we will always help you find the best value for you.

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!

25 Modern and Unique Save the Date Card Ideas

Save the date cards will make a great first impression on your wedding guests. They set the tone for your wedding because it's the first place to tell your guests that you are an engaged couple. It also lets them know what to expect on your big day. Since it should reflect your personalities, a classic save the date is not always the right choice. There are many options to help get you inspired, from the unique and unexpected to conventional and traditional.

Personalize your cards

Unique save the date cards that showcase your personality are sure to fit your individual style and flair. If modern is your thing, you can always find a remarkable selection of contemporary cards. With timeless vintage cards, old world meets new, and if you're planning a country or barn wedding, look for rustic ideas. Traditional, modern, formal and unique cards are all an ideal way to provide advanced notice for your guests to clear their schedules on your wedding day. Here are the top 25 unique and modern save the date card ideas.

  1. Magnets. Whether you choose large, square, heart, calendar or small, you can find a variety of magnet shapes and sizes to complement your design.
  2. Cards. From size and shape to paper stock, cards are available to fit your unique style and budget.
  3. Postcards. For style and convenience, postcards are easy to address, stamp and mail and as an added bonus, are cost-effective.
  4. Wood. For a rustic wedding, set the tone with a custom carved balsa wood notice.
  5. Timeline. Map your love story with an original timeline, pinpointing the significant moments in your relationship, starting with first date all the way up to your wedding date.
  6. Bookmark. You can ask friends and family to mark the date with a letter pressed bookmark for a more formal vibe. 
  7. Laser-cut. The Mexican-inspired art form of laser cutting is a stunning technique that will set the tone for a classic wedding.
  8. Photo. Engagement photos are an ideal way to personalize the save the date. Display your best pose with a perfect photo card highlighting a bold date on the bottom.
  9. Scratch-offs. Use scratch-off paint to expose the location for a surprise destination wedding or date.
  10. Tying the knot. For a play on words, use a rustic rope that ties into a knot as the card is opened.
  11. Plant markers. Handmade paper embedded with different seeds will germinate when the paper is plated in soil. Include a plant marker with your wedding details on it.
  12. Infographic. Fashionable and trendy infographic save the dates allows you to display all of your memories in a stylish way.
  13. Printed balloon. Include a printed balloon with the save the date card that announces the date, location and place for your wedding.
  14. Library card. Get literary and copy an old-fashioned library card. Use the lines to fill your important events.
  15. Tattoo. Imprint your wedding day on the bodies of loved ones with save the date temporary tattoos.
  16. Mini pencil. Have your guests pencil in your wedding day by providing a mini pencil with the card.
  17. Decoder card. Take your cards to a new dimension with 3D glasses that decode your message.
  18. Flip book. Create a tiny flip book for a crafty save the date video that can be watched without any technology.
  19. Mix and match. Matchbook magnets merge two clever ideas. They look like matchbooks but inside are tear-away magnets.
  20. Coasters. Letterpress save the date coasters are sure to remind your guests of your big day every time they use them.
  21. Message in a bottle. For a beach wedding, roll up your documents, tie them with a bit of twine and put them in a bottle with sand and seashells.
  22. Engraved golf balls. If your guests are traveling to a country club for your big day, imprint golf balls with your wedding information. Cut out a tiny square of fake grass and send it in a box with the golf ball sitting on top.

23. Snow globes. For a winter destination wedding, mail out customized snow globes with photos of you two with the details.

24. Boarding pass. Generate some buzz with a faux ticket to paradise for a destination wedding in an exotic location.

25. Luggage tags. For a great and versatile option, send out real luggage tags and an insert card with save the date information and website.

Your date is set, and your guest list is trimmed. Now, finding the perfect save the date will let everyone know that you two will soon be married couple. Don't forget to think about the wording for card. You can include sayings that vary from humorous and witty to romantic and sweet, and everything in between. The greatest thing about save the dates is that they can be different than your wedding invitations. So feel free to insert a little humor, take a design risk, or choose a bright, bold font.  

[Bryan Passanisi is a long time blogger and writer. He currently works for Shutterfly.com as the head of the Shutterfly blog. He has managed various websites and blogs in the past year. He resides in Redwood City, CA. Some of hobbies include reading, writing and running.]

Event Alert: Wedding Blueprint Open House

What a crazy/beautiful/wonderful start to 2015!! We're so sorry about all the quiet on the blog lately. We've been busier than ever having an amazing time making new friends with the sweetest brides and some of their loved ones as their search continues or they say YES to THE dress! 

Have you been making new wedding friends 2015? Either way, we need to introduce you to some – mostly Liza: the amazingly sweet and endlessly talented owner of Studio DBI, a full service event design company, offering planning, coordinating, design consulting, and in-house floral services. They do it all!

After seeing Studio DBI's work for the first time, we realized we couldn't live without them. The arrangements we get from Liza and her team never fail give our salon a new breathe of life.  We now aim to have their florals as much as possible and can personally attest to the team's personal and outstanding customer service  and eye for style and design.

Not only is Liza's team expert in creating swoon-worthy arrangements, but our boutique space, colors, and environment are always considered when they design arrangements for us, creating works that not only fit whatever mood we want to set for the week but also compliment and enhance the entire room.

Ready to make new friends? Mark Sunday, February 22 on your calendars as Studio DBI hosts The Wedding Blueprint Open House right here in Alexandria. Get the chance to meet our friends from Studio DBI, Paired Images (remember them from here and here?), and more awesome local wedding vendors that you'll absolutely want the chance to get to know. 

RSVP for the event here (before Feb 17) and contact Studio DBI or Perfect Planning Events for any questions about The Wedding Blueprint.

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 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 a custom-made pink and white silk faille wedding dress by 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 wears a dramatic backless gown 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

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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 -- 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 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 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.