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A message from Jenna… “I wore the Portia on 9/22/12 when I married my love.  I have to share a story with you first.  In July of 2011, my now husband and I were in Charleston, SC while I was finishing up training for my new job with Walgreens.  We parked the car so he […]

A message from Jenna…

“I wore the Portia on 9/22/12 when I married my love.  I have to share a story with you first.  In July of 2011, my now husband and I were in Charleston, SC while I was finishing up training for my new job with Walgreens.  We parked the car so he could finish a phone call and when I looked to my right, I saw your Charleston store.  I immediately took a photo and sent it to my best friend (who introduced my husband and I and was our MOH).  I told her we would be shopping here for the big day, which I had no idea would come in 2012.

I had totally forgotten about this until the day I chose a Modern Trousseau gown from Hayden Olivia Bridal in Charlotte.  I randomly chose this shop because it was centrally located for my mother (WV), my now sister-in-law (Atlanta), and myself (North Myrtle Beach, SC).  I hadn’t looked at Modern Trousseau gowns, I actually was not a fan when they pulled Portia from the rack and insisted I try it on.  It was gown number 3 and from the moment I put it on, I knew it was the gown I would marry my husband in.  It was so comfortable.  I could wear it everyday!

Thank you for designing my dream gown, and being a part of the fairy tale I’ve always imagined!”

Congratulations Jenna, we loved working with you!

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New Arrivals

We always like to keep you up to date on our new arrivals.  Here is a sneak peek of just a few…we have had several arrive in the last two weeks and more to come.  We are thrilled to share these with our newly engaged brides, still lots of time for fall/winter 2013 brides and […]

We always like to keep you up to date on our new arrivals.  Here is a sneak peek of just a few…we have had several arrive in the last two weeks and more to come.  We are thrilled to share these with our newly engaged brides, still lots of time for fall/winter 2013 brides and spring 2014 brides.  Peek at our schedule of events here.  Do you have an appointment booked in the coming weeks- we hope so!

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Kendall lace wedding dress by Modern Trousseau

Cathryn lace bridal gown by Modern Trousseau

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NYC Bridal Market

We are so thrilled to share that some of the exact gowns that were just launched at Bridal Market in NYC this past weekend have already hit our gown gallery.  Our designers are so great that they allowed us to pre order so we would be one of the first stores to have these gowns […]

We are so thrilled to share that some of the exact gowns that were just launched at Bridal Market in NYC this past weekend have already hit our gown gallery.  Our designers are so great that they allowed us to pre order so we would be one of the first stores to have these gowns available.  They are new, stunning and ready for you to slip into.  We are often asked, do I need an appointment?  We do ask that you make an appointment so we can make sure we have a dressing room available for you as well as a helpful consultant to answer your questions and provide you with an unforgettable gown shopping experience.  Here is to Bridal Market 2013 and gorgeous gowns that have already arrived- Cheers!

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Hayley Paige Trunk Show

We are thrilled to host our spring Hayley Paige trunk show this weekend.  The designer will send in the newest styles for just one weekend.  Appointments are limited, however we will do our very best to accommodate all requests.  If you have a specific gown in mind, please call ahead to check availability.  We look […]

We are thrilled to host our spring Hayley Paige trunk show this weekend.  The designer will send in the newest styles for just one weekend.  Appointments are limited, however we will do our very best to accommodate all requests.  If you have a specific gown in mind, please call ahead to check availability.  We look forward to meeting you this weekend.  Do you have your appointment time booked?

Guindon Gown: Ivory striped organza strapless bridal ball gown with sweetheart neckline,

full flounced skirt, and taupe raw silk sash at natural waist with chapel train

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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.

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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…

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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!

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Sweet Bennett

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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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