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This Blog is dedicated to brides who think about gowns & guidance, diamonds & details, buttons & bows, veils & vows, jewels & of course, comfy heels. Hayden Olivia Bridal and this Blog was created from a desire to provide you with the ultimate bridal experience. I like to say that "all you need is love and a fabulous dress!"

Modern Concord Barn Wedding

We’ve all seen our fair share of barn weddings, but somehow they just never seem to get old! Even so, we completely love it when a couple pushes those standard “barn boundaries” and crafts a day that is not only super unique, but super them! Cameron and Matt had a small, intimate wedding in Concord, North […]

We’ve all seen our fair share of barn weddings, but somehow they just never seem to get old! Even so, we completely love it when a couple pushes those standard “barn boundaries” and crafts a day that is not only super unique, but super them! Cameron and Matt had a small, intimate wedding in Concord, North Carolina. The bride decided to wear a short wedding gown custom made by Modern Trousseau. For the ceremony she paired the mini with stunning heels, but for the reception switched into her favorite pair of cowboy boots. The love between these two love birds is pretty obvious, and we are so honored to have been a part of their big day.

Photography: Smitten and Hooked Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 

Photography: Smitten and Hooked Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 

Photography: Smitten and Hooked Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 

Photography: Smitten and Hooked Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 

Photography: Smitten and Hooked Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 

Photography: Smitten and Hooked Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 

Photography: Smitten and Hooked Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 

Photography: Smitten and Hooked Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Photography by Smitten and Hooked

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Best Bridesmaids Gifts

There are so many brides who run into the question on what to get their bridesmaids as a thank you for being a part of their big day. Your bridesmaids deserve more than the usual keychain or strand of faux pearls.  Personalized bridesmaid gifts serve as a cherished reminder of your appreciation for their time […]

There are so many brides who run into the question on what to get their bridesmaids as a thank you for being a part of their big day. Your bridesmaids deserve more than the usual keychain or strand of faux pearls.  Personalized bridesmaid gifts serve as a cherished reminder of your appreciation for their time and attention well beyond your wedding day. Here are some of our favorite finds from around the web.

Monogram shirts and robes www.haydenoliviashop.com

Monogramed Robes and Oxford Shirts: Need we say more?!

Bridesmaids Gifts: Monogram Totes

Tote Bags: What girl couldn’t use another tote bag?! The perfect thing to fill with must haves for the wedding weekend.

Bridesmaids Gift: Jewelry www.haydenoliviashop.com

Jewels: Gorgeous stone necklace and earrings are always a safe bet

Bridesmaid's Gift: Dictionary Necklace

Vintage Dictionary Necklace: Choose a word that best suits each of your girls

Bridesmaid Gift: Makeup bag

Waffle Weave Spa Bag: Fill this personalized bag with goodies such as makeup, nail polish and lotions that they can use on the day of the wedding.

Bridesmaid's Gift: Personalized Bracelet

Initial Leather Bracelet: A gift your girls will wear over and over again

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Jim Hjelm Trunk Show: November 6th-8th

We are excited to have the best of Jim Hjelm gowns in the boutique November 6th-8th! The Jim Hjelm Couture wedding dress collection includes modern yet classic bridal gowns that represent sophistication and confidence for the bride who has a flair for dramatic elegance. Creative accents that make the gowns extra special include lace overlays, subtle draping, and […]

We are excited to have the best of Jim Hjelm gowns in the boutique November 6th-8th! The Jim Hjelm Couture wedding dress collection includes modern yet classic bridal gowns that represent sophistication and confidence for the bride who has a flair for dramatic elegance. Creative accents that make the gowns extra special include lace overlays, subtle draping, and illusion design elements.

Remember, Hayden Olivia is by appointment! This is to ensure that each bride receives a personal consultant and fitting room available to them. So give us a call to schedule your appointment, because they are filling up fast!

Here’s to you finding your dream dress!

Jim Hjelm 2014 Collection

 

Jim Hjelm 2014 Collection

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New Arrivals!

One of our favorite things about the Fall?! New gowns are arriving all the time! When our UPS friend comes, it is like Christmas – opening boxes, not knowing what we will find! Here our some of our favorite gifts from the last couple weeks. Hayley Paige Modern Trousseau

One of our favorite things about the Fall?! New gowns are arriving all the time! When our UPS friend comes, it is like Christmas – opening boxes, not knowing what we will find! Here our some of our favorite gifts from the last couple weeks.

Hayley Paige Fall 2014

Hayley Paige

Modern Trousseau

Modern Trousseau

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Hayley Paige Fall 2014 Trunk Show

Fresh, lively, and confident, Hayley Paige embraces sweet femininity with a touch of edginess. Alluring contrasts are glimpsed in pairings like twinkle and matte, giving each dress an unmistakable charisma that enhances the bride’s own captivating charm. We are so excited to share the Hayley Paige Fall 2014 collection with you this weekend! Space is limited, but we […]

Fresh, lively, and confident, Hayley Paige embraces sweet femininity with a touch of edginess. Alluring contrasts are glimpsed in pairings like twinkle and matte, giving each dress an unmistakable charisma that enhances the bride’s own captivating charm.

We are so excited to share the Hayley Paige Fall 2014 collection with you this weekend! Space is limited, but we do our best to accommodate as many girls as possible. Call and schedule your appointment today to ensure a fitting room and your own personal bridal consultant. We are looking forward to meeting all of our newly engaged brides and their families! We plan to spoil them with champagne, sweet treats and incentives in celebration of the trunk show.

See you soon!

Conrad by Hayley Paige

 “Conrad”

Byron by Hayley Paige

 “Byron”

Langston by Hayley Paige

 “Langston”

Sasha by Hayley Paige

 “Sasha”

Aurora by Hayley Paige

“Aurora”

Josie by Hayley Paige

“Josie”

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Emily Maynard Says “I Do!”

As many of you now know, I had the privilege of working with the incredibly sweet and always beautiful Emily Maynard.  With the help of Ivy Robinson events, Emily planned a surprise wedding in a matter of months! She came to Hayden Olivia about twelve weeks before the wedding to look for a dress. Wanting something different, but […]

As many of you now know, I had the privilege of working with the incredibly sweet and always beautiful Emily Maynard.  With the help of Ivy Robinson events, Emily planned a surprise wedding in a matter of months! She came to Hayden Olivia about twelve weeks before the wedding to look for a dress. Wanting something different, but to still feel like a bride, so we made her a custom gown through Modern Trousseau.

The process was just that – a process. We started by trying on different silhouettes, styles, fabrics, etc. Once we narrowed it down to the favorites, it was about finding the one that would fit the venue, but still be something fresh and new. There was one gown in particular that was a show stopper on Emily – the fitted silhouette was a no brainer, but we still felt there was a component missing. Knowing she wasn’t opposed to color, I suggested possibly doing the dress in a blush color, when she was on board with that, I knew we were going somewhere special. The last thing we needed to was that wow-factor.

The idea of a detachable skirt was the perfect compromise when trying to decide between a fitted gown and a full ball gown.  The choice of having a “ball gown” for the ceremony and having the ability to remove the skirt for the reception was perfect. It gave her two looks in one, without actually having two dresses. The skirt made her feel and look like a princess, and was just magical in photos.  Complementing that tulle skirt with a full, re-embroidered Chantilly lace gown underneath was such a great element of surprise for her guests. But it also made sense – it enabled her to move around the farm with her guests and dance the night away.

Simultaneously, we designed a custom dress for daughter Ricki as well. She was such a doll and might have enjoyed the process even more than her mom!  For an 8 year old girl,  a bridal salon is every little girl’s dream dress up closet! And dress up she did! Ricki tried on every dress and accessory she could get her hands on – but she knew when she put on “teacup” that it was the one. We thought it would be great to mimic the blush color of Emily’s dress, and adding straps made it more age appropriate. They were the perfect compliment to one another.

Designing a custom gown with Emily and Ricki was a complete joy and I wish them only the best in their new family. Here are a few photos I snapped before they came in to see their gowns completed for the first time.

To see more images and read more details, check out the feature on Style Me Pretty as well as

Emily Maynard’s blog And the Bride Wore…All the Details!

-Whitney Parker-

Emily Maynard's dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Ricki Hendrick's dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Emily Maynard's dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Emily Maynard's dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

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Friday Find: Kate Spade – Say Yes “Mrs”

Sometimes you come across little things that just make you smile. And these Kate Spade “Mrs” necklace and earrings do just that.  How cute would they be at brunch the morning after the wedding, walking through the airport with your new husband, or going out to dinner on your honeymoon?! They are the perfect accessory for […]

Sometimes you come across little things that just make you smile. And these Kate Spade “Mrs” necklace and earrings do just that.  How cute would they be at brunch the morning after the wedding, walking through the airport with your new husband, or going out to dinner on your honeymoon?! They are the perfect accessory for any bride-to-be  : )

Kate Spade "Mrs" Necklace and Earrings

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Designer Launch: Camilyn Beth

We are excited to introduce our newest collection at the boutique – Camilyn Beth!  Camilyn Beth Leavitt, most commonly known as “Cami” is a new designer to the boutique world, launching her first collection in 2012. Her passion started in high school when she designed her own her prom dress with the help and guidance of […]

We are excited to introduce our newest collection at the boutique – Camilyn Beth! 

Camilyn Beth Leavitt, most commonly known as “Cami” is a new designer to the boutique world, launching her first collection in 2012. Her passion started in high school when she designed her own her prom dress with the help and guidance of Edna Crowther. She then went on to study at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale majoring in Fashion Design.

Camilyn designs are inspired by the classic 20’s-70’s era with a modern spin. The dresses are fully lined, made with the finest materials in silk, satin, and cotton blends. Each garment’s purpose is to be more than just fabric. Between the local craftsmanship, the story behind the design, to the inspirational quote sewn into each piece, you will feel the love when wearing these pieces.

The line is produced here in the USA, making it a perfect fit for Hayden Olivia Bridal.  Come join us this weekend to view the new collection and take advantage of the goodies that will be offered along with these little white dresses!

Camilyn Beth: Get Away Dress

 

Camilyn Beth: Ampi Dress

 

Camilyn Beth: Fresh Air Dress

 

Camilyn Beth: Go Go Dress

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Marisa Trunk Show this Weekend!

It’s time for another trunk show! Marisa’s 2015 collection will be in the boutique this weekend from September 11th – 13th. Marisa’s designer Tamara Kristen intricately blends silk and lace to create elegantly light and airy gowns that seemingly float down the aisle. By allowing social media and word of mouth to dominate their advertising, they are […]

It’s time for another trunk show! Marisa’s 2015 collection will be in the boutique this weekend from September 11th – 13th. Marisa’s designer Tamara Kristen intricately blends silk and lace to create elegantly light and airy gowns that seemingly float down the aisle. By allowing social media and word of mouth to dominate their advertising, they are then able to pass along reasonably priced, uber pretty gowns onto the customer. Schedule your appointment to ensure you receive all the goodies and incentives our Marisa trunk show has to offer! We look forward to a busy weekend with all of our new brides – here’s to assisting you in finding the dress of your dreams!!!

Marisa Bridal

 

Marisa Bridal

 

Marisa Bridal

 

Marisa Bridal

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Cupcakes and Couture Accessories

This weekend we are holding our annual Cupcakes and Couture Accessories event! Come in to see our latest collections and receive sweet treats – and we aren’t just talking cupcakes! Already have your dress? That’s great, let us help you pick the perfect pieces to balance and complete your look. It can be an overwhelming experience […]

This weekend we are holding our annual Cupcakes and Couture Accessories event! Come in to see our latest collections and receive sweet treats – and we aren’t just talking cupcakes!

Already have your dress? That’s great, let us help you pick the perfect pieces to balance and complete your look. It can be an overwhelming experience choosing the small details, sometimes harder than finding the dress itself! That is why we enjoy having dedicated accessory appointments. This way you don’t feel rushed, and you can see all your options with a clear head.

Still don’t have a dress? That’s ok too! We would love to help you find the dress of your dreams, as well as accessories, to reach your vision.

“A woman makes an outfit her own with accessories.” -the one and only Oscar de la Renta

See you this weekend!

Cupcakes

Cupcakes…

Haute Bride

Jewelry…

Whitney Alyssa Belts/Sashes

Belts…

Jennifer Leigh Veils

 

Hair Accessories

and Veils… OH MY!!!

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