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Friday Find: Invitation Inspiration

We just adore coming across new artists who inspire us. And these invitation suites did just that. Each hand painted, each truly a piece of art. Here is a blurb from the designer herself. “Mix color, whimsy, and femininity – and that’s where you’ll always find me. On most days, my desk will have a […]

We just adore coming across new artists who inspire us. And these invitation suites did just that. Each hand painted, each truly a piece of art. Here is a blurb from the designer herself.

“Mix color, whimsy, and femininity – and that’s where you’ll always find me. On most days, my desk will have a simple vase of fresh flowers, a tear-sheet from Kate Spade’s latest collection, and perhaps a classic quote from Coco Chanel…add a snippet of double faced satin in a rich, bold red or pink and I’m a happy girl. I love drawing on all this beauty to creating my own unique lovelies and I’m proud to say it’s been my dream job for thirty years.”

You can check out her gorgeous work through her Etsy shop.

First Snow Fall Invitation Suite

 

First Snow Fall Invitation Suite

First Snow Fall Invitation Suite

First Snow Fall Invitation Suite

 

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Fall 2014 Hayley Paige 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. Balance is found in the union of textured details such as hand appliquéd lace and flutters of sheer […]

“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. Balance is found in the union of textured details such as hand appliquéd lace and flutters of sheer fabric, evoking a feeling of whimsical refinement. And as a finishing touch each dress is named, bringing to life its unique spirit. These effortless, flirty feminine silhouettes all say one thing – something wonderful is about to happen.”

We cannot wait to have you in to see this gorgeous collection! Always full of sparkle and surprises, Hayley Paige never disappoints. Space is limited for this event, so make your appointment today and take advantage of the wonderful incentives we have for this weekend!

Hayley Paige at Hayden Olivia Bridal

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Sweet Notes and Photos

What is better than real wedding photos from our brides? Photos that have sweet notes like these attached : ) They remind us of how much we love what we do – Hi, I picked up my preserved gown this week, and didn’t expect it to be so emotional leaving Hayden Olivia for the very […]

What is better than real wedding photos from our brides? Photos that have sweet notes like these attached : ) They remind us of how much we love what we do -

Hi,

I picked up my preserved gown this week, and didn’t expect it to be so
emotional leaving Hayden Olivia for the very last time. Your boutique
is an absolute treasure. Every single interaction with you was classy,
helpful, fun, and beautiful. Truly, my dress was the first I tried on,
and your staff was helpful and patient while I convinced myself (over
2 more visits!) that it was perfect!
Every time I came back for fittings or called with a question your
staff was kind and, although I know you have hundreds of brides,
seemed genuinely excited about my gown and upcoming wedding. My mother
and I have agreed many times that out of all the wonderful pieces of
the wedding planning process, Hayden Olivia was the most wonderful.
Thank you for that!

The very best,
Ellen

Ellen, you looked absolutely flawless in your custom Modern Trousseau wedding gown! We wish you a marriage as beautiful as your wedding day.

Modern Trousseau gown from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Modern Trousseau gown from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Modern Trousseau gown from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Modern Trousseau gown from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Modern Trousseau gown from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Modern Trousseau gown from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Beautiful images by Millie Holloman Photography

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A Whitewater Wedding

“What an amazing, high-adventure, fun-filled wedding day!! Hadley married Adrien and the crowd got quite a show. Hadley is a fearless, ER doctor so adventure comes with the territory. This girl knows exactly what she wants and goes after it! So, she became the first bride at The Whitewater Center to both zipline and mountain bike […]

“What an amazing, high-adventure, fun-filled wedding day!! Hadley married Adrien and the crowd got quite a show. Hadley is a fearless, ER doctor so adventure comes with the territory. This girl knows exactly what she wants and goes after it! So, she became the first bride at The Whitewater Center to both zipline and mountain bike on her wedding day.  She met Adrien on a mountain bike trip years ago and the adventures haven’t stopped yet for this couple! The guests loved watching them whiz by AND the surprise fireworks show at the end of the night was a special treat.” -words from the photographer, Julie at Old South Studios

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves! This wedding was nothing short of spectacular. Hadley chose a custom lace Modern Trousseau gown with a beautiful keyhole back. She paired it with a matching fingertip length veil that was just perfect for her outdoor affair. We could say more, but we know you are dying to scroll through these photos! Enjoy!

Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photos by Old South Studios

 

Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photos by Old South Studios

 

Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photos by Old South Studios

 

Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photos by Old South Studios

 

Whitewater Wedding Photos by Old South Studios

 

Whitewater Wedding Photos by Old South Studios

 

Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photos by Old South Studios

 

Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photos by Old South Studios

 

Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photos by Old South Studios

A special thanks to the following vendors!

Photography: Old South Studios

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The US National Whitewater Center, Charlotte, NC
DJ: Split Second Sound
Florals: Lily Greenthumbs
Cake: Got What It Cakes
Wedding Day Coordinator: Ivy with The Silk Veil
Videographer: KamJah Video Productions

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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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