Until Ibecome tech-savvy enough to roll all of my blogs into one, please click on over to the website at http://www.mignonettebridal.com to see what’s going on. You can read all about the store and all of our adventures there!
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In case you’re wondering, the store is officially open!
Please come and visit the new home of Mignonette at 1747 W. Belmont in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood!
Mon-Tues by appointment only
Gown consultations by appointment only
Please call (773)880-9141 or email mignonettestore[at]gmail.com
In addition to custom gowns and vintage menswear, the store is also filled with incredible handmade gifts for everyone on your list, including yourself! Shop ceramics, jewelry, organic bath and body, hair adornments, stationery, and even vintage collectibles, most locally made! If you just feel like hanging out, the cozy fireplace makes a perfect spot to sit and browse through design magazines before heading back out into the chilly day.
Many items are under $50, so finish off your holiday shopping with gifts that make procrastination actually pay off!
Special thanks to Daily Candy for the sweet mention last week, too! Check it out here.
Mignonette is thrilled to have been chosen, along with our friends from Naturally Yours Events, Julie Hannan Designs, Loft On Lake, Luscious Layers, and Julia Franzosa Photography, as a finalist at this year’s Inspired Creations contest, sponsored by Indie Wed, The Sweetest Occasion, and Elizabeth Anne!
Read all about it here!
This has been an insane fall – massive styled photo shoots, prepping for, applying to, and getting into Indie Wed, three big weddings, two new brides in process, a trip to Toronto for another photo shoot, a snakeskin wedding gown, watching lots of Boardwalk Empire for inspiration, and oh yeah – the opening of the Mignonette store here in Chicago!
So much more to come, so in the meantime, here are some candids of new gowns and actual weddings – can you spot the dress made from faux metallic snake?
And here’s an awesome quickie video from Angela Martin, the photographer in charge of the Toronto shoot.
Anne and I drove out to Brooklyn last week so that I could have fittings with a bride who is getting married in October and needs a dress asap. We had four whirlwind days of fabric shopping, fitting, visiting, looking at photos, and frantic sewing sessions, resulting in a dress that can best be described thusly:
Cream snakeskin over cream silk chiffon, with a gold leather belt.
The dress started out as cream chiffon, a bride’s mainstay, with some kind of striped metallic lace over it, and then, as we spent more time in Mood (my favorite fabric store and the only one I will take my NY brides to), I noticed that my bride still wasn’t really smiling or loving any of the options.
I took her over to the costume and theatrical fabric section of the store, where she immediately pounced on a shiny, segmented cream faux snakeskin. It shimmers subtly and drapes beautifully, and I can’t wait to finish it and watch her walk down the aisle. Every time she came for a fitting and I wrapped the snakeskin around her shoulders she broke into the biggest, most gorgeous smile. What makes this whole process of designing custom wedding gowns really special for me is not just getting to make something pretty, because I sew all the time, it’s helping someone look the way they always envisioned themselves looking. I’m really happy that we stuck it out until she found something that reflected how unique, gorgeous, and special she really is. This dress is going to be nuts in the best way and I’m so excited to see it.
Also last week, because I too am nuts in the best way and love to over-commit, I was part of a bridal photo shoot with Sasha Chou Photography in Central Park. I have really been wanting to set up another shoot in New York, so this was the perfect opportunity, and I was doubly pleased because I got to work with an Asian model, finally. I don’t know if I’m advertising in the wrong place or what, but I have the hardest time finding Asian models, so Sasha asked a beautiful friend who is a tv personality on Sinovision to come be part of the shoot. I wasn’t able to be there because I was busy sewing the cuff of my shirt to the lining of a wedding dress (not really, but we had some close moments), but Sasha did an incredible job and really captured some wonderful moments. I can’t wait to see the rest of the pics!