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Guide to Wearing Accessories

Making a gown decision is big, really big.  Most brides feel a bit overwhelmed to choose a gown and a veil and a bracelet and a hairpiece and a hair flower all in one appointment…get the picture?  We like to focus on a dual first fitting/accessory appointment.  By this time, you have had time to […]

Making a gown decision is big, really big.  Most brides feel a bit overwhelmed to choose a gown and a veil and a bracelet and a hairpiece and a hair flower all in one appointment…get the picture?  We like to focus on a dual first fitting/accessory appointment.  By this time, you have had time to think through your “look”.  You have decided if you prefer a stud earring over a chandelier, you have decided if you will wear a hair piece under your veil or just for the reception…so many decisions!   Here is a little guide to choosing accessories.  Some of these will make you smile or even laugh out loud…these come from our real world bridal accessory appointments and hope that they will be helpful!

1.  You Are Not a Christmas Tree:  Sometimes brides get so excited about all the beautiful sparkle that they will keep adding…every location on the body that can hold a piece of sparkle (that is visable on wedding day of course) is probably not wise…choose a tasteful combination.

2.  Statement Necklace:  If you are wearing a statement necklace, keep the rest of your accessories simple!

3.  Incorporate a Family Piece:  We have talented artisans who can take a family piece and incorporate it into your jewelry choices.  A special piece created for your day that can be passed down for generations.

4.  Wear a Bracelet:   If the skirt of your gown is simple, you can handle a great bracelet, a pretty detail when you are standing with your hands down and photographs beautifully.

5.  Bridal Belt:  Several seasons ago, bridal belts did not exist.  The belts were sewn onto the gowns and chosen by the designers.  Today, we have more belt options than we can count.  Some of the tiny beaded belts can even be used as hair jewels or headbands.  Belts accentuate the waist and can add color to your final look.

Haute BrideHaute Bride Couture

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It’s Official, The Launch of Uptown Bridal Suite

Its official…Hayden Olivia Bridal is thrilled to launch The Uptown Bridal Suite The suite is every bride’s solution to the question, “Where will we get ready the day of the wedding?”  The ladies at Hayden Olivia and several of the Queen City’s top vendors have collaborated to provide a private and relaxing environment where brides, the bridal party […]

Its official…Hayden Olivia Bridal is thrilled to launch The Uptown Bridal Suite The suite is every bride’s solution to the question, “Where will we get ready the day of the wedding?”  The ladies at Hayden Olivia and several of the Queen City’s top vendors have collaborated to provide a private and relaxing environment where brides, the bridal party and family members enjoy the hours leading up to the wedding.  Peek through the new Website, contact us, send us feedback… several brides have already made their reservation and we look forward to hosting you at the Uptown Bridal Suite.

The Uptown Bridal Suite

Uptown Bridal Suite

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What About the 5 Hours Before?

A while back we posted a “stay tuned” message about a project we have been working on.  See Here  Well, we have arrived at COMPLETE and are dying to share!  We think it will be the place you  will want to spend the hours before you say ‘I do”…we know we want to hang out […]

A while back we posted a “stay tuned” message about a project we have been working on.  See Here  Well, we have arrived at COMPLETE and are dying to share!  We think it will be the place you  will want to spend the hours before you say ‘I do”…we know we want to hang out in the this beautiful space when we should be working!  We have some web tweaking to take care of, a few last minute decor items to place and a list of excited brides to call…we are going to hold our breath till Friday- the launch of the website and to accept new bookings. Here is a little sneak peek…

Uptown Bridal Suite

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A Huge Welcome to Spring

Around here, we want to shout a huge “WELCOME” to spring.  Gone are the days of wearing warm clothes from head to toe.  We are excited for maxi dress and sandal weather…speaking of maxi dresses, lets take a peek at a group of fun finds that scream spring and that could be chosen for a […]

Around here, we want to shout a huge “WELCOME” to spring.  Gone are the days of wearing warm clothes from head to toe.  We are excited for maxi dress and sandal weather…speaking of maxi dresses, lets take a peek at a group of fun finds that scream spring and that could be chosen for a spring affair.  Ahhh…if only the 75 degree weather would stick around for good!  Do you think we are in the clear for warm weather here on out…we sure hope so!

Southern Beaus

A Southern Bucket

Sweet Bennett

Pink Door

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New Arrivals

It happens almost weekly, a little like celebrating a holiday around here…should we give the arrival day a title or name?  All silliness aside, we are over the top excited to share a few new arrivals with you.  Well maybe not a few, more like 5-6 gowns.  No need to dream about slipping into the […]

It happens almost weekly, a little like celebrating a holiday around here…should we give the arrival day a title or name?  All silliness aside, we are over the top excited to share a few new arrivals with you.  Well maybe not a few, more like 5-6 gowns.  No need to dream about slipping into the gown from your Ipad or Laptop, now you can slip in to see for yourself!  Heads up:  Saturday appointments are booking about two weeks in advance and week day appointments about one week out.  Of course this fluctuates from week to week…in other words, plan ahead for this special appointment!  Do you have your’s booked?  Here is a sneak peek!

Style Jim Hjelm 8313:  Ivory tulle ball gown, Alencon lace elongated bodice with three quarter sleeve,covered buttons and chapel train

Style Hayley Paige 6303:  Ivory dropped waist A-line bridal gown with lace embellished bodice and organza sweetheart draped neckline with crisscross straps in back lacing into a bow and chapel train

 

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Anne Barge Trunk Show

We are thrilled to host our Anne Barge trunk show this weekend.  We love that we can share these collections with our Queen City brides.  Traveling from out of town for your appointment? What a treat, we can’t wait to meet you.  Appointments for this collection are available Thurs-Sat.  While the weekend is booked, we […]

We are thrilled to host our Anne Barge trunk show this weekend.  We love that we can share these collections with our Queen City brides.  Traveling from out of town for your appointment? What a treat, we can’t wait to meet you.  Appointments for this collection are available Thurs-Sat.  While the weekend is booked, we never like to turn brides away- still give us a call and we will do our very best to accommodate!  Have you previewed the collection?

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Oscar Favorites, Achieve the Look

Sad to report that I did not get to see these gorgeous gowns grace the red carpet last night at the Oscars, however happy to report that I was glued to the web and social media outlets early this morning to take in all of the details.  Over here at Hayden Olivia, we have a […]

Sad to report that I did not get to see these gorgeous gowns grace the red carpet last night at the Oscars, however happy to report that I was glued to the web and social media outlets early this morning to take in all of the details.  Over here at Hayden Olivia, we have a love for clean lines, traditional style and love gowns that take up the aisle- here are a few favorites from last night.  Brides are hopefully thinking, “How can I achieve this look for my wedding day?”  Very achievable- in fact there are already gowns hanging in our gallery that will surely give you the red carpet look you desire.  Here is a little bridal Oscar eye candy for this Monday afternoon. Shall we?

Jennifer Aniston in Valentino, Oscars 2013 (AP/Invision)

Francie by Coren Moore

Jennifer Lawrence In Dior Haute Couture, Oscars 2013 (AP/Invision)

Modern Trousseau Reagan  

Hayley Paige 6256

Maria Menounos in Romona Keveza, Oscars 2013 (Getty)

Ramona Keveza Couture

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Real Bride Feature

Our heart skipped a beat when we received Carolyn’s photos…what a gracious and sweet client to work with, we all adored her! A little note from Carolyn… “I wanted to send a THANK YOU for the time and effort that went into finding and preparing my dress for our 10/13/12 wedding — from the “hey, […]

Our heart skipped a beat when we received Carolyn’s photos…what a gracious and sweet client to work with, we all adored her!

A little note from Carolyn…
“I wanted to send a THANK YOU for the time and effort that went into finding and preparing my dress for our 10/13/12 wedding — from the “hey, we received a dress on loan and it may be a perfect fit for you” call to the finishing touches and custom work done on my belt/sash.
The intimacy of your boutique is a charmer in itself. Add your wonderful team into the mix and I had nothing short of an amazing experience. Every bride-to-be should receive the same level of attention and warmth, so no surprise that I’ve recommended Hayden Olivia to recently-engaged friends.
A perfectly gorgeous Fall celebration at Claxton Farm near Asheville (Photo credit: Caroline Ghetes)

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  • Marie Beautiful! What designer is this bride wearing?

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Just the Right Touch

First look, accessory and first fitting appointments can be some of the most fun when brides are determined to pick out the accessory, veil or shoe that provides “just the right touch!”  While the department stores and online resources do a fabulous job of providing these items, we try to seek out unique, can’t find […]

First look, accessory and first fitting appointments can be some of the most fun when brides are determined to pick out the accessory, veil or shoe that provides “just the right touch!”  While the department stores and online resources do a fabulous job of providing these items, we try to seek out unique, can’t find elsewhere items.  Our veil designers will make any custom changes upon request, our jewelry designers will take a necklace and transform it into a bracelet and shoes- well, we have seen some fabulous ones as of late.  Here are just a few of our recent favorites.  How will you finish your look?

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Veil Trends

Veil Trends

 Jennifer Leigh

 

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Shoulders Covered?

We have had numerous requests for purposeful, stylish, non-matronly options for covering shoulders and arms for the ceremony.  This gets tricky- some boleros, capes, and jackets can be boxy, shoulder-paddish looking, gapping in all the wrong places, cover too much of the goods and just simply do not work.  We put one of our designers […]

We have had numerous requests for purposeful, stylish, non-matronly options for covering shoulders and arms for the ceremony.  This gets tricky- some boleros, capes, and jackets can be boxy, shoulder-paddish looking, gapping in all the wrong places, cover too much of the goods and just simply do not work.  We put one of our designers to the test and they over delivered.  You name the shape, we now have a sample for you to try.  We just received several gorgeous pieces that honestly- could not be more perfect!  Can’t wait to share these with you. Do you plan to cover your shoulders and if so, do you have an appointment at HOB in the next few weeks- we hope so!

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