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Monte and Lori Take on the Emmy’s!

The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards celebrate all of our favorite television shows over the past year. Although we care for who wins what, at Bridals by Lori , we want to see the fashion! Any red carpet event is often an unofficial runway show featuring today’s hottest celebrities. We always want to see them in the latest trends and hope no one ends up on the “Worst Dressed List”.

Bridals by Lori had the opportunity to chat with Lynn Smith from Weekend Express on HLN to discuss our Emmy inspired looks pulled from our own collections. Lori, Monte and the gang put together dresses that we felt are red carpet worthy! Being able to offer so much more than bridal gowns, Bridals by Lori also likes to showcase a large selection of special occasion gowns fit for any fabulous affair. Monte donned a dapper metallic suit for the occasion and felt inspired to play dress up with Lynn. He focused on styles with back interest, metallics and plunging necklines. An all sequined metallic gown isn’t always over the top extravagant. It  A higher neckline and a subtle leg slit allows for a more clean and chic look. Showing a lot of skin can still be classy if strategically placed. Plunging necklines are all the rage! It elongates the body and allows for more accessories! The possibilities are endless with the right fabrics and structure. You can turn any event into a red carpet affair!

Tune into Weekend Express with Lynn Smith this Sunday as we show off our Emmy looks and see what gown Monte picked for her! Make sure you don’t miss the 69th Annual Prime time Emmy Awards. We cannot wait to share our Favorites and Not-So-Favorites with you!

Tales of a bbl bride: Alix Faulhaber

My name is Alix Faulhaber. I am a Performer, Director, Opera Singer and I work as a Musician. I am getting married on April 20th, 2018. My fiance’s name is Norval and we met for the first time when I was 9 years old. I just got a brand new Hawaiian Barbie. I had gone downstairs to play and when I returned, there was a man in a dress and a wig clutching my brand new barbie in his fists. He twisted her torso in half like a lobster and threw the pieces to the ground. I looked around the room and surveyed the wreckage. He had destroyed ALL of my Barbies! I swore to myself that day that I would exact revenge. That man, of course, was Norval. At the time of the incident, he was a 14 year old friend of my sister.

We had met a few times in passing over the coming years. He was the frontman of a much-beloved local punk band called “The Scams”. I’d go see them (mock them from the back because I had a crush on Norval) and hang out with our mutual friends. It was about 5 years later when things started to change. Norval and I had separate romantic interests at the time, which ended around the same time. We started to stay up all night laughing and watching movies. We courted that way for weeks and it was at the end of my street that we had our first kiss. That was 16 years ago and during our first anniversaries, Norval got me Barbies.

Our wedding is going to be a music festival. Norval is a sound engineer and owner of NorvalSound Studio in Florida. We will have a bunch of great local bands during our wedding show. Norval and I will be performing as well. We’re going to have Food Trucks, an Ice Cream Bar, a photo booth and a polaroid scrapbook/guestbook. The wedding will be held at the State Theatre in downtown St. Petersburg. In lieu of a bridal party, we’re doing VIPs and they will have personalized lanyards! It will be a glamorous yet, edgy affair where the area’s artist will come together to cavort and canoodle. They say that your wedding is meant to be the greatest night of your life. So, when I thought about what that would entail, I realized it would be playing music with Norval and all of my friends.

My father will not be at my wedding. My father, Fritz Faulhaber, died in February of this year after a brief but intense battle with Cancer. He will not see me in my extraordinary dress. I know that all I have to do is close my eyes, take a moment and I can feel him supporting me. I can hear him laughing and singing. I can hear him say, “I am immensely proud of you.”

I am a Say Yes to the Dress fan, it’s hypnotic! My Mom got the idea to come [to Bridals by Lori] when we decided it was time to find a dress. I thought I wanted a Lavender gown with a nude illusion top, lace everywhere, ¾ sleeves, deep v, and a flowy Georgette skirt with a high slit. I was pretty indecisive. My consultant was Maureen. She was very helpful, knowledgeable, and sweet. She didn’t give me any grief or side- eye about being plus sized. She helped me look and feel fabulous. Also, she found THE ONE. So, Maureen is basically my hero.

When I tried on my first dress, I was amused. I affectionately refer to my shape as a “tater on twigs”. I don’t really have hips or a booty. However, my legs are shapely and the “ladies” are just lovely. I just happen to lack some womanly curve in between. My first dress was fitted past the hip and it made me feel, well, like a sexy potato. A very sexy potato. I was very keen on trying on dresses I wouldn’t necessarily pick. It is not a moral failing that your body is shaped differently from someone else’s. I ended up liking something way different than I had anticipated! I was a little apprehensive because I had flown in to Atlanta in the morning with several appointments lined up. Even though, I knew I tried on something special, I felt I had to do my due diligence and try a few more. It was a sad comparison. Now that I found MY dress, no other will do. I looked at other dresses and thought “yup, that’s a wedding dress.” But mine? Mine is something altogether different. It’s another species. My jaw had hit the ground. My mom cried which is a feat and I didn’t want to take it off. On the hanger, it was lovely but on me? It’s alive. When I looked at myself in it, I could see the whole night and it definitely looked like the greatest night of my life.

Since I got “her” I looked her up online and I am amazed to see that she looks better on me that on all of these supermodels. I finally understand that your brain can conceive of a dress but it’s about what the garment does on YOUR particular, spectacular body. When I first tried the dress on, it was about 12 sizes too small and still looked amazing! I am still surprised at how different the gown is from what I was expecting, but she is perfection.

As I wait for my gown to come in, I am going to focus on other things for a while. After some time, I will get back to the photographers and such. For now, I feel peaceful because I checked off a huge item on my list. Everything is going to be amazing.

Stay tuned for more with Alix as we follow her on her Bridals By Lori Journey! She brought such joy to the store with her presence that we absolutely had to share her with our audience!

tuxedo FAQs

Tuxedo FAQs

Brides conduct all types of research when it comes to shopping for their wedding dress. But how much time is devoted to finding the right tuxedo for their grooms? Admittedly, not much, right? After all, he just has to show up for wedding. Actually, grooms should take some time to consider what they want to wear (it’s their big day, too!). They might be surprised to learn they will have some questions regarding their own attire as well as that of their wedding party. Therefore, to help grooms get started on their own formalwear journey to their wedding, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions we hear at black tie BY LORI.

tuxedo FAQsHow long before my wedding should I register the men’s attire?

Make sure you allow enough time for your groomsmen to be measured and to submit those measurements with the order. Ordering within three weeks of your wedding will incur rush fees and risk the chance that the styles you want are not available.

My wedding is in Atlanta, but my groomsmen are out of town. How will they place their order?

We have an easy out-of-town order form on our website at black tie BY LORI where your groomsmen can place their rental order. We also offer online tuxedo rentals at onlinetuxrental.com.

I have children in my wedding. Do you have small sizes for ring bearers? How much do they cost?

Our rentals start at size 2T, plus we offer children’s sizes for sale with prices starting at $79.

I like the Slim Fit tuxedo, but not all of my groomsmen are slender. How will that look?

It will look great because the coats are made proportionately for larger guys so you can get the same look for all of your guys.

Some of my groomsmen have their own tuxedos. Can they just rent accessories?

Yes, they can, but we strongly recommend you have your wedding party rent the same tuxedo to ensure a cohesive look at your wedding.

Tuxedo FAQsDo you have the color vest and tie to match the bridesmaid dresses?

Yes, we have more than 200 color combinations with 42 colors online. However, we suggest neutral accessories that coordinate with the color you have chosen. Sometimes a pocket square or boutonnière is all that is needed for that subtle pop of color.

Of course, these are just a few of the questions we answer every day. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 404.252.8767, ext. 210. We want to make you look and feel as good as your bride!

 

 

RELAY FOR LIFE 2016

“The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all.”  There are over 6,000 events held all over the world with over 4 million participants annually. This year, Lori Allen was invited to the Relay for Life event in Gwinnett County as the “Honorary Survivor. ” The fundraiser held in Gwinnett is the largest of them all with nearly 10,000 people in attendance over a 12-hour period.  We are looking to help raise $2 million this year with joining efforts of participants and sponsors.

Here are a few highlights from the event!

  • Lori & Eddie take a quick photo before the walk!

 

Environmentally Friendly Lighting for a Green Bride

The wedding day is a custom as old as civilization itself. Love is in the air as couples begin their lives together in the presence of family and friends.

Wedding planners throughout history have searched for special touches to make each event unique. Whether the blessed event is sumptuous or simple, the goal always is to make it memorable while launching the happy couple off to a great start.

In our 21st century, more and more couples are looking to be more environmentally aware and  “https://www.ledlights.co.uk/wired/environmentally-friendly-lighting-green-bride/ ” looking to add green, sustainable values to their lives. Why not start with the wedding? Elegant lighting for the event is now both affordable and responsible. A wide range of solutions are with us today which barely sip from the power grid. Choose anything from rechargeable candles to a huge variety of LED bulbs. Let your imagination fly with solar powered fairy lights! Neither rain nor wind will knock these lights out. Guests will love them and the atmosphere they create.

Set your creativity to work. A beautiful, green wedding is within your reach.

–By Chris Angus

WHAT’S HOT FOR BRIDAL 2016!

It’s exciting to see bridal styles transition over the years. Bridal couture is a reflection of popular culture or “the style of the time.” From Grace Kelly’s rose point lace to Judd Waddell’s innovation of the 1st strapless gown, the bridal world has its share of historic fashion moments. When introducing or following suit of a trend, no one designer has the same vision. Some follow the same formula in line with the adage of, “If it’s not broke, then don’t fix it” approach while others develop innovative and groundbreaking transformations each season. Nonetheless, it’s all in the name of fashion and we’ll always have a front row seat for that. Take a look at some of the trending styles we’ve noticed this season:

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Florals!….

Florals add a feminine and romantic touch to any gown. It softens your bridal look with little to no effort.  Every designer is different in the way a trend is portrayed in the design. For instance, Lazaro has colored floral patterns throughout the bodice and trailing down the train of the dress. Underneath is blush tulle used to complement the floral pattern while really allowing the hints of color to pop……The other samples have floral appliques in the same tone as the dress. The Matthew Christopher gown (middle) is a deeper ivory color with florals throughout the skirt. The Rivini has floral accents throughout the entire gown while emphasizing another major trend of the sheer silhouette.  This is a fun and showstopping trend that’s sure to be around for a while. 

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 Low backs!

This trend is very popular in bridal. Low backs range from a plunging V-shape to an illusion with floral accents. Whichever, this style is sure to be a sexy, yet elegant addition to any bridal gown. (Featured: Amsale and Kenneth Pool) 

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The Minimalist Bride…. Simple chic and elegance! This style caters to the bride that wants  clean-cut fabrics with a touch of modernism for a sleek wedding look. The first gown is a Jesus Peiro high- V-neck, full skirt with added bow.  The middle Amsale gown features an overskirt, which is a touch of modernism for this spaghetti strap, silk sheath number. The last Amsale gown is a boat-neck, silk taffeta ball gown with pockets.  “Less is more!” 

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 Gold! 

Gold beading and embroidery is definitely making waves in bridal. This form of beading is so dominant and extravagant, that brides need very minimal accessories to complete the perfect wedding look. Gold can highlight the best features of a dress–changing the look completely!  Gold is indeed a hit for jewelry and headpieces as well. (Featured: Enaura Bridal  and Eve of Milady)

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Pop of Color!

Color trends are for brides looking to show their unique style and personality. We’ve seen this trend transform over the years. Before wedding dresses mimicked the Victorian era and were solely white, brides would wear actual color in their weddings. Blue, red, green…you name it! We’re happy to see this come back into the bridal world. It’s a great alternative to what’s become the traditional white or ivory. We would definitely say that these designers got it right!  (Featured: Matthew Christopher and Romona Keveza)  

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Plunging Necklines or Deep V-Necks!

This style is designed in many different forms. Whether it’s paired with an illusion neckline or off- the-shoulder sleeves, this is a sleek trend offering a touch of drama to any gown. From the image above, it’s evident that this neckline can be paired with a dramatic or understated gown.  (Featured: RiviniWatters, and Kenneth Pool )

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Sheer Bodice!

Sheer bodices are bold, sexy and trendy! Only for the daring bride! Even in a modest ballgown, this trend highlights the bodice and makes it more appealing and bold. The floral appliques throughout the skirt soften the look of the dress, which still allows for the dainty, princess look. The gown to the right has fully incorporated beading with the sheer bodice, which makes the dress more glamorous. The mermaid style adds a sultry effect. (Eve of Milady) 

Like what you see? Come visit us! We have all of these styles in-store and would love to help you find the perfect dress!

#GRAMMYS2016 RECAP: CELEBRITIES & FASHION

If you know the history of the  Grammy Awards, then you obviously know it’s the biggest night in music for artists across the globe. The most familiar names in the industry come together for an honorable night to celebrate culture, fashion, music, and creativity. Although all of these characteristics are equally important to compound one of the biggest nights of the year, OUR FAVORITE….hands down…is fashion! Of course the performances are fun and the awards are exciting, but it all boils down to ‘Who is wearing What’ …right?! So let’s take a look at some of our favorite highlights of the show… or  red carpet should we say!

Let’s start with the good news first:

These ladies were some our favorites and made the best dressed list for other publications as well. What’s exciting about the picture featured below is the bridal influence that embodies these gowns. Beyonce is adorned in an actual wedding gown by international designer Inbal Dror. Ariana Grande looks amazing in her Romona Keveza gown; who we carry in-store by the way–Go Romona! Chrissy Teigen is toting her baby bump in a beautiful Yousef Al-Jasmi original, complete with the very trendy bridal cape. (Think, Solange Knowles’ famous wedding pic..). These women were very classic, chic, and trendy. Bridal approved!

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Continuing with our best dresses list, Tori Kelly is a green goddess in her Gauri and Nainika  gown. This color is the perfect shade and her blond locs complement the entire look. Kaley Cuoco is flashing her nice physique in this sparkling jumpsuit by Naeem Khan– perfect red carpet choice. And lastly, Ms. Serayah  is stunning in this one-shoulder, lavender Vera Wang gown. It shows just enough skin with fabulous Stuart Weitzman heels to top it off.

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Carrie Underwood is a beauty in this black Nicolas Jebran number, but the real showstopper was her 12-carat ‘Firefly Diamond,’ necklace. It was reported that there are 20 carats of rubies and 16 carats of white diamonds– that’s a lot of bling! Speaking of bling, Ellie Goulding’s dress may have been modest in the front, but the back was an entirely different story. Her Stella McCartney design has a full beaded low-back–very classy, yet sexy. And then there was Taylor Swift…. The pop star was a stunner in a Versace bandeau top and high-waisted skirt. We’re not used to this side of Taylor, but we love it!

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This must be the ‘Year of the Cutouts!’–These celebrities took it to a different level with the sex appeal. Selena Gomez is rocking Calvin Klein with cutouts through the sides and back. Her long brunette locs and diamond hoops complete the sparkly number. Ciara is on fire with this original Alexandre Vauthier gown! She is definitely showing off her toned body– (Should we run to the gym now?!)….Not far behind is Bella Hadid wearing the same designer, Alexandre Vauthier. Looks like these ladies had the same vision.

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We love Zendaya and Demi Lovato, but we were torn in between these tux-inspired looks. Both are classic styles, but did they “wow” the crowd enough? We’ll let you guys decide!

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Now, we have to be fair. We love Lady Gaga for the David Bowie tribute and she IS known for making daring fashion choices, but this wasn’t our absolute favorite look on Gaga. Nonetheless, she stays true to her style and this is a very Gaga-ish approach to the red carpet. So good for you! Meanwhile, the others are a bit of a miss for us. So we’ll just give you an A for effort!

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Be sure to check out the Bridals by Lori blog periodically for fashion updates!

Lori Burns Allen has a special message for the SYTTD: Atlanta Fans!!

 

Monte Durham Against Bullying

Hats off to Monte Durham for his advocacy on Bullying Prevention for TLC’s ‘Give a Little’ Campaign! He discussed his personal experiences with bullying and gave suggestions on what we can do to prevent it. As we know, Monte is dubbed the life of the party as a lively co-host of “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta,” alongside Lori Burns Allen. However, this interview exposes a  more vulnerable side to counteract the familiarity of the TV personality.  When asked why he chose  bullying as a  topic to raise awareness, he responded, “Bullying is a sore spot for me because I’ve been a victim. From my looks to my mannerisms, I know what it feels like to be judged unfairly. But now I have this platform and I’m able to use my popularity to speak up for those who can’t speak up for themselves. I’m able to go out and say ‘This is wrong and it’s unacceptable.’ “

  Thank you Monte for your voice!

 

 

 

  • Click the link for the full interview:

http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/give-a-little-tlc/give-a-little-tlc-video/monte-durham/

#Say Yes: Atlanta for #SOARD

As you know from previous posts, Bridals by Lori is no stranger to philanthropy. In continuing with our commitment to Sunshine on a Ranney Day (SOARD), the Bridals by Lori staff got “down and dirty” to construct a princess-themed room for four-year old Peyton, who is battling Stage- 4 Leukemia. The process took several weeks of planning and countless hours  of construction, but the results were rewarding.

Peyton was very sweet and grateful that the Say Yes crew were able to aid in creating a comfortable space for her to play and relax. The room was complete with a dress-up station, a princess tiara over her bed, and custom princess sketches created by designer Lazaro!

A special thanks to Sunshine on a Ranney Day and Mohawk Flooring for making this possible. SOARD is a non-profit organization that works to create dream rooms & home makeovers for children with long-term illnesses.

Check out the gallery outlining our experience:

  • Peyton was thrilled to be in her new room!