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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!

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!

BBL: 2015 Wedding Recap!!

At Bridals by Lori, we play a huge role in preparing our clients for the “Big Day.” We not only help brides and grooms find their wedding dresses/ tux, but we assist the entire wedding party in looking and feeling great for the wedding. Often times, the wedding party will send us pictures to show their appreciation for our assistance. We take great pride in helping them through this process, so it is amazing to see their vision come to reality on this special day. Here is a recap of some of the weddings that have taken place this year. All of our brides and grooms look amazing and we are indeed proud. Enjoy!