FROM MOTHER'S DRESS TO MEMORABLE KEEPSAKE

FROM MOTHER'S DRESS TO MEMORABLE KEEPSAKE

Many brides look to honor the incredible women who have come before them during the wedding day. In the past, it was common to have a bride wear their mother’s wedding dress, veil, or other personal detail. While the trend of wearing your mother’s wedding dress has decreased in popularity, brides are coming up with new and unique ways to include those they love in their wedding day look.

One Maggie Louise bride found a unique and memorable way to include her mother’s wedding dress in her special day. The bride worked with The Garter Girl to refashion a lace sleeve from the original wedding gown into a new keepsake, a lace garter.

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The beautiful garter was accented with a blue satin bow for the perfect touch of “something blue”. This lovely garter will be cherished for years to come and will make for a sentimental wedding day detail. The Garter Girl also fashioned a handkerchief from the wedding dress as a surprise gift for the mother of the bride.

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Maggie Louise carries a number of beautiful garters in store. Our collection of garters from The Garter Girl are perfect for your wedding day look and come in a variety of styles, as individual garters, or as a set. For more information on a custom garter, please feel free to contact The Garter Girl.

Thank you to The Garter Girl for providing the photos in this article.

A BRIDES GUIDE TO WEDDING DRESS SILHOUETTES

A BRIDES GUIDE TO WEDDING DRESS SILHOUETTES

When shopping for your dream wedding dress you are faced with a number of beautiful options and LOTS of new terminology. Words like “ballgown”, “organza”, “chiffon”, and “drop waist” start being mixed into conversation. While you can always trust the bridal experts at Maggie Louise to find the perfect gown for your personality, shape, and wedding day style, we thought we would clear the air on the meanings behind some of these bridal terms.

BALLGOWN

A classic bridal style, the ballgown features a full skirt with a natural waist and a more fitted bodice. This timeless bridal silhouette is perfect for the bride who always dreamed of their perfect princess moment.

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A-LINE

As the name gives hint to, the A-line silhouette resembles the structure of an A with a tighter fit at the rib cage and extends into the skirt. This style is popular style and translated beautifully onto a number of different body types.

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Martina Liana - style 984


MERMAID

Perfect for the brides who want to highlight their beautiful curves, the Mermaid silhouette hugs the curves of the body with a flare at or below the knee. This style allows for the drama of movement while still maintaining a form fitted look.

Raven by Anne Barge

Raven by Anne Barge


FIT AND FLARE

Another beautiful wedding dress silhouette to accent a beautiful shape is the Fit-to-Flare. This shape hugs the curves with a flare starting at or just below the hips. For brides who love to dance, this beautiful style definitely passes the dance test with the skirt allowing for plenty of movement.

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Martina Liana - style 1012


SHEATH

This wedding dress silhouette is perfect for the bride looking for a light, romantic wedding day look with plenty of movement. The sheath shape typically skims the body with material falling straight to the floor.

Leyland by Anne Barge

Leyland by Anne Barge


TRUMPET

Similar to the Fit and Flare silhouette, the Trumpet shape fits closely to the body accenting a bride’s curves with a flare mid-thigh. This is a classic design and very flattering to a variety of body shapes.

Villette by Anne Barge

Villette by Anne Barge


Ready to find your perfect wedding dress silhouette for your own wedding day? Come see us and experience the award winning service and expertise we offer at Maggie Louise. To get started simply click here! We’d love for you to become a part of our Maggie Louise family!

TRENDS SEEN AT NEW YORK BRIDAL FASHION WEEK

TRENDS SEEN AT NEW YORK BRIDAL FASHION WEEK

This April, the team at Maggie Louise flew to New York City for one of the largest events for the bridal industry, New York Bridal Fashion Week. For a few days, designers around the world meet in the Big Apple to showcase their newest collections to press and boutiques. We are always eyes wide open looking for the newest trends to bring back to our sweet southern boutique for our lovely Maggie Louise brides. This season a few trends were stood out and we look forward to bringing SOME of these trends into the boutique.

CREPE

Crepe gowns made a beautifully strong presence this season at New York Bridal Fashion Week. These gowns are perfect for the bride wanted a minimalist or modern look for her special day. One of the favorite traits of Crepe is its ability to move with ease and flow.

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Theia - Photography by Collin Pierson

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Amsale - Photography by Collin Pierson


BOWS

The chicest bows adorned many gowns this season in New York City. From tulle to satin, each designer presented their own take on the classic trend. Whether at the train or the neck, a bow is a great way to add interest to a wedding day look.

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Rivini - Photography by Charla Storey Photography

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Lela Rose - Photography by Charla Storey

Florals


Nothing says spring like florals and this season spring was definitely front and center on the runways in New York City. Floral laces adorned many gowns but one trend that stood out was the presence of 3D florals with petals adding dimension beyond the usual look of lace. Floral patterns often appeared more modern with new artistic takes on floral designs.

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Berta - Photography by Collin Pierson

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Hayley Paige

MODIFIERS


This season more than ever it could be said that the options were endless. Why? TOPPERS AND MODIFiERS! From boleros to wraps, each designer showcased methods for personalizing the gowns they offered.

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Anne Barge - Photography by Morgan Newsom Photography

DRAMATIC SLEEVES

This season sleeves made quite a presence! Of course a classic ladled sleeve can be a a beautiful option, but in New York designers were truly pushing the envelope with sleeves. From puffs to wings, the bigger seemed to be the better with this trend.

Lela Rose - Photography by  Morgan Newsom Photography

Lela Rose - Photography by Morgan Newsom Photography

Rivini - Photography by  Collin Pierson

Rivini - Photography by Collin Pierson

DEEP Vs

If you are a lover of deep V bodices, there was plenty for you to admire this season in New York City. Each designer presented a number of plunging necklines, some more daring than others.

Berta - Photography by  Collin Pierson

Berta - Photography by Collin Pierson



COLOR

A reoccuring theme this season is the continued rise in popularity of weddings gowns in colors outside of white and ivories. Designer Anne Barge showcased a stunning steel blue ballgown that absolutely made us swoon. Hayley Paige continued with pops of colors in her collection as well. Beautiful gowns perfect for every brides’ personality.

Anne Barge - Photography by  Morgan Newsom Photography

Anne Barge - Photography by Morgan Newsom Photography

Spring 2019 Bridal Fashion Week in New York certainly wowed with many new options from our collection of internationally renowned bridal designers. We look forward to bringing home new gowns to our sweet boutique. While we would love to stock our store with all the gowns we viewed at New York Bridal Fashion Week, we will carefully analyze what gowns our Maggie Louise brides will request and best connect with. Gowns seen at market will be available to find their homes in boutiques in the next 6 months depending on the designer.


In love with these trends for 2020?
Come see our selection of trend savvy gowns at Maggie Louise!

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ML BRIDE | RACHEL SMITH

ML BRIDE | RACHEL SMITH

If you were to dream up the perfect, intimate, Memphis inspired wedding, MR. + MRS. Smith’s wedding day would be just that! Our Maggie Louise bride, Rachel, was more than words in her Lela Rose bridal gown. From the second she stepped into it, there was no doubt in her mind this was the one made for her. 

From the getting ready shots to late night celebration, no detail was overlooked! Congratulations, Rachel + Justin! Cheers to many beautiful years ahead! 

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The beautiful Stratton House in Collierville, Tennessee was the perfect backdrop for getting ready the day of the wedding. Rachel + Justin opted for an intimate first look on the groups of the Magnolia lined Bed & Breakfast. Rachel + Justin said their “I Dos” in front of friends and family at the local favorite, Acre Restaurant. Acre provided the perfect, intimate space full of texture, gorgeous spaces, and of course, amazing food! The decor focused on bright and colorful florals, pops of sparkle, and lots of fun! This day, this couple, and this design could not have been more beautiful!

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VENUES:  Acre Memphis + The Stratton House

PLANNER &/or COORDINATOR: Bella Baxter Events

PHOTOGRAPHER: Amy Hutchinson Photography

FLORIST: Everbloom Designs

CATERER: Acre Restaurant

ENTERTAINMENT: Tiger City DJs

HAIR + MAKEUP ARTIST(S): Ashley Parsons + Allison Becksfort

RENTALS: White Door Events

PAPER: Mrs. Post Fine Stationery

GOWN: Lounge by Lela Rose from Maggie Louise Bridal

ML BRIDE | KRISTA BOWEN

ML BRIDE | KRISTA BOWEN

sweet Maggie Louise bride Krista married the love of her life on a beautiful day full of classic details + timeless romance. we are so blessed to have played a small role in this special love story helping Krista find her dream dress + accessories here at Maggie Louise! Krista’s stunning Martina Liana gown was the perfect dress to accent her classic southern wedding in Oxford, Mississippi.

Krista + Nick, we wish you all the joy in the world + an amazing future together!

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How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story.: We actually met in high school and both moved off to Oxford to attend Ole Miss, where we started dating. We chose Oxford, MS as our wedding location because we wanted to take it back where it all started. We went to our first concert together at The Lyric Oxford, so our venue choice was a definite!

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How did he propose? : Our proposal story is seriously one of a kind and I relive this day over and over again! 

Nick and I visit my Uncle Jojo a few times a year in Atlanta, GA. This trip, as I thought, was just another trip to see my Uncle Jojo and hang out with family all weekend. We woke up Friday to get ready to go out on the boat since it was Memorial weekend. Nick told me a few days earlier he planned a date for us in Atlanta for Friday night, so our day out on the boat would be cut short. We got out on the boat with a late start and only had a few hours on the water before we had to head back to the dock so we could get ready for dinner. My Uncle Jojo was rushing to get back and just kept saying, "We need to get back! They have reservations!" Knowing my Uncle Jojo, he hardly knows where his phone is half of the time to even know what time or day it is. I was thinking wow, Atlanta traffic at night must be way worse than during the day if Uncle Jojo is in this mad rush to get us back.

Nick insists we leave an hour early to get to the restaurant in downtown Atlanta because traffic will be bad. We arrive at the hotel, where the restaurant was on the top floor, and we sit at the bar downstairs. We grab a drink and I wait on Nick as he went to tell the restaurant we are there. Nick takes longer than expected to come back and I'm thinking to myself, what is going on?! I am starving! He finally comes back to tell me they forgot our reservation and they had to work us in. I was again thinking to myself, seriously?! How did they forget our reservation?? Nick seemed calm but also kind of shocked like he too couldn't believe they would forget our reservation. Nick said it would be about 30 more minutes before they have our table ready. I looked at Nick and said, "Let's just go to my favorite taco place up the street. We can have margaritas and tacos and call it a night. I don't really need this fancy dinner anyway. "(Because tacos and margaritas are life) Nick insisted that we stay there to wait on our reservation. Finally, a man dressed in all black comes to get us. He looked pretty important, in my opinion. I was thinking, wow, the managers here really take their job seriously! He had the secret ear buds in his ear, a secret walkie-talkie somewhere, I mean this guy was official. The man dressed in black wouldn't let anyone else get on the elevator with us except these two women that were going to the restaurant too. I didn't think anything of it until Nick said, "They must be going to eat too!"I start looking at the two women and I noticed they were holding CAMERA EQUIPMENT! I instantly almost started crying because I knew at that point I wasn't here for dinner reservations. The elevator doors open to the outside with steps leading up to somewhere. Nick looks at me and said, "Surprise! We are taking a helicopter tour over Atlanta and they are going to take our picture!"As soon as we stepped on the helipad, Nick got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. And, of course I said YES! We got in the helicopter and Nick had a GoPro setup in the helicopter where they made a small video clip for us to cherish forever. We had dinner reservations at a completely different restaurant called Sundial. It's a restaurant that takes 60 minutes to rotate around the entire city of Atlanta so you can catch all the good views of the city. Still to this day, I relive that memory over and over again. Nick was beyond thoughtful planning it out and caught me by total surprise!

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What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? : By far, our first look! I will never forget that moment for the rest of my life. I seriously cry all over again every time I think about it. We’ve been dating for 6 years and have waited for that very moment for such a long time.

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What was the design inspiration or theme for your wedding? Why was this special to you as a couple?: I really wanted an all white, classic, timeless and elegant wedding that we could look back on twenty years from now and still think it is classy. It was so important to us for our wedding and every detail to represent who we are as a couple. Nick was actually very involved in the planning and details process of our wedding and it makes it that much more special looking back on our day. He designed and drew out our wedding cake and Laura Jackson from the Flour Garden nailed it!

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Best advice you received while planning for marriage or your big day.: The best advice I received for our big day was to eat privately at our reception and have the caterer fix a to-go plate for when you get back to your hotel after the reception. I really enjoyed having that small amount of private time eating with Nick at our reception. But, having a to-go plate waiting at the hotel for us was seriously a lifesaver. We were starving after the wedding was over!

What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding?: HIRE A VIDEOGRAPHER AND DAY OF WEDDING COORDINATOR! I promise you will be thanking yourself by the end of your wedding day!

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What made you choose Maggie Louise when searching for your gown? : I knew I needed the undivided attention that Maggie Louise could give me. I had no idea what style dress I wanted and was so lost when I tried to get ideas online. From the moment my appointment started, I knew I was in the right place. They allowed me to try on every style dress to eliminate my not-so-favorite dresses. I honestly had that moment every bride dreams about when she finds her dress and I truly don't think I would of had that if I wasn't at Maggie Louise. They picked out THE dress that I swear was made for me.

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VENUES: Paris Yates Chapel and The Lyric

PHOTOGRAPHER: Eliabeth Looney Photography

FLORIST: Oxford Floral

MUSIC: Almost Famous

HAIR + MAKEUP ARTIST(S): Faces by Seven & Rachel Martin

VIDEO: Twenty Two Magnolias

Not yet a Maggie Louise bride? we’d love to have you visit our sweetly southern boutique for a private, one on one appointment with our team of bridal experts. For more information, go to our appointments page!

ML BRIDE | ANNA MALONE

ML BRIDE | ANNA MALONE

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How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story.: Mack and I met in 2015. I had just moved back to Memphis and knew no one so I was spending a lot of time with family. I was helping my grandmother at her church's fish fry (We're Catholic, through and through) when I met this lady who would not stop going on and on about her son and how great he was. When I got home that night, I decided I had nothing to lose by looking him up on Facebook and the rest is history. Turns out, my future-mother-in-law was right, her son is great!



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How did he propose? : Mack and I planned a trip to the Bahamas in December 2017. He had never been out of the country before, so I took this as an opportunity to play "tour guide". I am 100% a control freak and love planning things, so Mack trusted me to plan our whole trip. He was desperate to go on a cruise, so we booked one for the week after Christmas. Two days before we left, our insurance agent sent me a policy binder for an engagement ring. I forwarded it to Mack, asking if he took out a new policy in my name. He was so calm that I was convinced it was an accident. He even had the agent call me to assure me that he sent it by mistake (which wasn't a total lie!). 

The first day of a cruise you have to wait for your bags to be delivered to your room, and Mack was so worried that our bags were taking a long time. I thought it was just because he had never been on a cruise and didn’t know about the time frame, but I later found out it was because the ring was in his suitcase! I was bugging him on the first day, telling him that the excursion I had planned for the next day, a “private” sail boat trip, would have been the perfect time to propose. He said he thought I was onto him at that point, but I was genuinely just being annoying. Once we were on the sail boat, I asked someone else that was with us to take a few pictures of us when Mack disappeared below deck for a long time. When he finally reemerged, he asked to take another picture, which is completely out of character for him, and that's when he got down on one knee! Mack still gives me a hard time for never saying "yes" and just repeating "are you serious?!" and "it's so big" over and over. He essentially let me plan my own proposal, on a sail boat in the middle of the ocean in Nassau, and it was perfect. 

The rest of the week was so wonderful because we didn't have cell service so we were able to really enjoy just being engaged between the two of us, before we got into the crazy of celebrating with family and friends. I couldn't have planned it better myself!



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What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? : It's so hard to pick ONE! My favorite moment was the dinner that we had set up for ourselves before our entrance to the reception. It was the calmest 30 minutes of the night, where we could just sit, alone, and talk about our ceremony, catch up on what happened earlier in the day and watch as our guests arrived. We were also starving, so it was also wonderful that we had our favorite foods from Babalu in front of us!



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What was the design inspiration or theme for your wedding? Why was this special to you as a couple?: I am a "plain jane", but my mom describes it as "simple elegance". (Moms always know how to word things nicely.) So, we didn't really have a theme or inspiration. The most important thing to us was that all our family members would be there and that everyone had a good time. We even rented VIP at Raiford's so that the party never had to end. So, if we have to pick one theme, I'd say "FUN".

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Best advice you received while planning for marriage or your big day.: The best advice we received was to enjoy it while it lasts. The day went by so quickly, it was so important to stay in the moment. I woke up at 6:30AM Saturday and went to bed at 5:00AM Sunday and it was the shortest day of my life!

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What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding?: There are three things we did that I would highly recommend to anyone getting married:
• Hire a wedding coordinator 
• Set aside a meal for you and your husband to eat before your entrance to your reception, or else you won't eat!
• Pack a pair of flat shoes to change into after your ceremony

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What made you choose Maggie Louise when searching for your gown? : I loved the atmosphere of Maggie Louise and how "calm" I felt there. Every person I spoke to who was associated with ML was so kind and genuinely helpful.

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VENUES: Holy Rosary Catholic Church | Dixon Gallery + Gardens

PLANNER &/or COORDINATOR: Melody Tartera

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kelly Ginn Photography

FLORIST: L and Jay Productions

MUSIC: DJ Mark Anderson

CATERER: Babalu's

CAKE: Frost Bake Shop

HAIR + MAKEUP ARTIST(S): Emily Jerome | Caitlin McGill

SEAMSTRESS: Sona Amroyan

The  5 Ws of Wedding Dress Shopping

The 5 Ws of Wedding Dress Shopping

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the WHO | Who should I bring to my bridal appointment? 

 Bring 1-3 individuals you love + trust to support you. Keeping your party small + intimate will allow you to comfortably express your personal vision + style. YOUR voice is the most important. Adding more opinions simply makes it more difficult to listen to your own heart. 

 

the WHAT | What do I need to know before I set out on my search? 

 Establishing the time of year, wedding venue + your gown budget are a few of the big decisions we recommend ironing out before you begin your search (& help make the process as stress free as possible). Knowing your bridal style is not as important as most brides think — it is our job as the professionals to bring your bridal look to life + help you find a dress that makes you feel like the best version of yourself. 

 

the WHERE | Where should I look find my gown? How many shops should I visit?

 Take the time to research boutique options + find your best match. Narrowing down your shopping experiences to as little as possible will help make the journey more special + far less overwhelming. This also ensures that you’ve picked a salon that is the right fit for you in style, selection + service quality. Working with a vetted salon who values you + is equally invested in your search makes for a memorable, peaceful experience.

 

the WHEN | When should I shop for my bridal gown?

 We recommend our brides to select the wedding gown 9-12 months in advance if time allows. The wedding gown can set the stage for the big day + all the details that follow. Many brides have fear they will have regrets if they choose too early, but just as your love for your groom has grown with time, so will your feelings about your wedding gown.

 

the WHY |  Why should I shop at a boutique rather than buying online?  

 Finding a wedding gown is a once in a lifetime experience + a luxurious one when done alongside a devoted + knowledgeable professional. In the era of online shopping, it is important to know that what you see on the internet is not what you get in the wedding dress world. Shopping in-person at a boutique, with a wide selection + quality designs, is essential to making the right choice, ensuring the right fit + that you are in the right hands up throughout the entire process. 


ML BRIDE | SHAINA LAKEY

ML BRIDE | SHAINA LAKEY

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How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story.: Lee "winked" at me on Match.com some 7 years ago and sent me a private message about how winks are not overrated and he wanted to meet me. After a week of texting back and forth while living our busy lives in NYC, Lee and I met for our first date on 10/11/12 at Sofia Wine Bar on East 50th Street in New York City. While I don't necessarily believe in "love at first sight"... I knew immediately when I saw him at the bar with his backpack on and bright smile that he was going to be someone special in my life. We enjoyed a glass of wine at the bar, proceeded to move to a table for appetizers and a bottle of wine, which turned into several hours (and bottles of wine) and laughter and I invited him to meet my friends at a Baylor watch party 2 days later. 2 days after that I met his sister and 6 months later we moved to Memphis, TN together, and the rest is history.



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How did he propose? : I'm still in shock that Lee was able to pull off such a perfect secret proposal without me knowing! His sister (my new sister-in-law) invited us to spend a full weekend with them in Texarkana where her and her husband (who is currently stationed there for the marine corp) live since we typically stop in and out on our way from Memphis to Dallas to visit my family for the holidays. We had an incredible day starting with a mimosa brunch, continuing with a day of outdoor festivals, mini-golf, go cart racing and batting cages and leading to an italian dinner (my fav!) at a restaurant called Verona. When we arrived and asked to sit in the bar (I was so EXCITED for a double date with us and his sister and brother-in-law!) the hostess goofed and said we couldn't go into the bar because there was a private party back there. They proceeded to walk in anyway and I walked away adamant about not interrupting a private party. Poor Lee must have been so nervous and had to convince me to come with him to the bar which I eventually did. I looked at the bar and it was empty so I thought "ok at least we will not bother anyone here" and turned to look at this private party when I saw all of my family and friends! I immediately knew he was about to propose but I was so surprised and unable to process the amazing feeling that I was crying and shaking and trying to hug my mom while he was down on one knee. It was the most incredible feeling to be with all my family and friends on the most incredible day of my life. I wish I could bottle up the feeling. He thought of everything! Family and friends drove in from all over and even my NYC besties were propped up on the table on facetime to be a part of our special moment! I'd never been happier (until the wedding day of course!)



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What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? : Impossible to select just one most memorable moment beyond being pronounced husband and wife on our wedding day, but it certainly was the most perfect and magical day of my life. I woke up early at 8am to enjoy breakfast and coffee with my friend on her ocean-view terrace and then spent a few hours alone at the spa to receive treatments (mani/pedi, eyelash extensions and a foot massage my sweet husband gifted me!) and on my way to go meet my maids to get ready, I ran into my mom, brother in law and friends in the swim-up pool bar. I heard people mention a wedding being set up so I walked to the beach to our wedding site and watched another couple get married on the beach where we would soon be getting married in a few short hours (my bride twin who we spent the rest of the week with and plan to attend their ceremony in Paris in June!) I joined my bridesmaids in our butler suite to find them curling their hair and helping each other with their hair and makeup. One of the best parts of the day was laying in my maid of honor's lap with a face and neck mask on and my other maid of honor feeding me bites of her burger through my mask mouth hole haha! Then it was time for my hair and makeup. It was the most calm and happy I've ever felt. Lee and I had a "first look" private moment in our room (no photos, just a brief private last moment before being married) and then my parents walked me down the sandy beach to my handsome love of my life to get married. Dancing barefoot in the sand to EDM love songs while it monsooned around us and we drank champagne and tequila straight from the bottle certainly tops that list.

What was the design inspiration or theme for your wedding? Why was this special to you as a couple?: Lee and I both love the beach and love to travel so our inspiration and theme was a tropical paradise which we found in the beautiful caribbean island of St. Lucia where our dream beach wedding came to life! My favorite color is pink and his is blue so we were able to incorporate both colors into our wedding and the fact that he wore a pink shirt, and the groomsmen wore pink boutonniere (and blue pants and sunglasses of course!) was so special and such a dream come true. We danced to our favorite song (Ed Sheeran "Perfect") barefoot with our toes in the sand. It was so magical and perfect.



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Best advice you received while planning for marriage or your big day.: The advice was hard to follow, but I wish I had. "The day is about YOU. Do what makes YOU happy. Don't worry about making others happy." At the end of the day, no matter how much you plan, chances are something will go wrong, and everyone will have opinions, but at the end of the day you are marrying the love of your life and nothing else matters. And trust me, NOTHING else matters. So many things went off course and it was the absolute BEST day of our lives.

What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding?: Don't sweat the small stuff. Pick the bridal party YOU want. Or don't have one. Pick the venue YOU want. It's YOUR wedding, not your mom's or your friends or anyone but YOU, so make all decisions YOU want. If you want 3 Maid of Honors. Do it. I did. And my MOHs were incredible and I don't care if people find it odd. Have a man of honor and let him attend your bachelorette party. Do YOU. You'll be glad you did.



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Favorite part of the wedding planning process?: Honestly, my favorite part of the wedding planning process was finding my gown at Maggie Louise. My family drove in from Dallas and close friends joined me at a private bridal session where Molly and the ML team treated us like family and even stayed open late to accommodate my family traveling in from out of town. My girls and I enjoyed champagne and cookies while I pranced around in gorgeous gowns and Molly helped me find what is now my favorite thing. There was no pressure and she only showed me gowns within my price range. I felt like we were best friends. I still do. In fact, back to the advice for someone planning a wedding, go to Maggie Louise. It was the best part of my engagement journey and the most relaxing.

What made you choose Maggie Louise when searching for your gown? : I've always heard amazing things about ML from friends and she happened to have a sale going on shortly after we got engaged. I read nothing but amazing reviews on all sites I searched for reviews on and I filled out an instagram inquiry my friend sent me and Molly promptly called me to schedule our session. She even encouraged me to have my family come in town to join us.

Tell us anything extra you'd like to share about your journey down the aisle + all that lies ahead. : I'm on cloud nine. I feel like we literally had a dream wedding. I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with my favorite thing! 7 years down, 70 more to go!

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VENUE: Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort

PLANNER &/or COORDINATOR: Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort

PHOTOGRAPHER: Snapshots Designs Photography at Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort

FLORIST/MUSIC/CATERER/CAKE: Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort

HAIR + MAKEUP ARTIST(S): Allie Rihner in Memphis, TN

SEAMSTRESS: Sona Peric in Memphis, TN

OTHER VENDORS: Ed Harris Jewelry, Macy's (Groomsman clothing and Registry), Luckyladypaper on Etsy for Passport Wedding Invitations, Knockaround Sunglasses (Bridal party gifts)

ML BRIDE | ANNA CRABTREE

ML BRIDE | ANNA CRABTREE

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How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story.: I came to Atlanta as an Au Pair after my undergraduate degree in September 2012. Joseph moved to Atlanta that following January to start a new job in town. He had to travel to Puerto Rico a few times for work and came back to Atlanta from one of his trips on May 3rd 2013. I happened to go out that night to a bar in town, the same bar Joseph was headed to after he arrived from his trip. He just dropped of his suitcase at his apartment, put on a Grizzlies jersey over his button down shirt and came to the bar to watch the Grizzlies game. The bar is a little fancier and you aren´t allowed to just wear a sports jersey, which explains Josephs questionable outfit choice. I saw him walking by and pointed him out to my friend who thought Joseph looked silly in his button down shirt with the jersey on top. Later that night we all played Cornhole against each other and Joseph and I started talking. He told me about his previous trips to Europe and apparently he really liked my German accent. 
Since that night in May 2013 there hasn´t been one day that we didn´t talk to each other. We managed the long distance between Germany and America when I had to go back to go to graduate school and we have been inseparable ever since.

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How did he propose? : I visited Joseph from Germany in July 2017 and right before I had to go back, he booked us a spontaneous trip to Puerto Rico. This was my first trip down there and I was really excited to go for a few days. We arrived early on Saturday morning and had a great day. After dinner we came back to the room and I wanted to go to sleep since we´ve been up all day, but you could see the beach from our hotel room and Joseph begged me to go down there for one more drink. The beach was beautiful and there was nobody except us. I started playing in the water until Joseph stopped me, gave me the longest hug ever and got down on one knee. It was the most wonderful moment and I will forever treasure it. Joseph later told me that he wanted to propose to me in Puerto Rico, because this was were he came from the night he met me.



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What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? : We had so many wonderful people come to our wedding from Germany and everywhere in America. It was so awesome to hear people speak German and English all night. Our German family and friends tried to teach our American family and friends some German words and vice versa - I loved that so much!



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What was the design inspiration or theme for your wedding? Why was this special to you as a couple?: We tried to include both cultures and traditions into our wedding. Every sign, invitation was in both languages, so everybody would feel included. The most special design inspiration was that there won´t be any more distance between us, so we had a lot of globes and a worldmap as a guest book.

Best advice you received while planning for marriage or your big day.: Have fun doing it!



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What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding?: Try to be open minded to suggestions and ideas other people might have and don´t think there is just one way or the highway. If plan A doesn´t work out, there is alwas plan B and C.



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Favorite part of the wedding planning process?: I was in Germany during the whole wedding planning process and just came to the States three weeks before our wedding date. I was in constant contact with my Mother in Law and facetimed her almost daily. We got so much closer during this process and she was a huge help to me.



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What made you choose Maggie Louise when searching for your gown? : I wanted to buy my gown in Germany, so I could have my mom and my friends there with me. I went to several different stores in Germany and in the Netherlands and felt really overwhelmed. I tried on a lot of gowns and didn´t love any of them. Some of my girlfriends in the States bought their gown at Maggie Louise and kept on telling me to go there, so while I came over to visit Joseph I did. I should have gone straight there and not wasted my time to go to all the other stores.

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Tell us anything extra you'd like to share about your journey down the aisle + all that lies ahead. : When Joseph and I got engaged we didn´t know how we wanted our wedding to be like and I didn´t know at all what I wanted my dress to look like. I went to different bridal stores in Germany, the Netherlands and America before I made the best decission and scheduled an appointment with Maggie Louise! For some reason Molly knew what I wanted and she knew what would look good on me without seeing me ever before. Molly made everything so easy, fun and enjoyable and their customer service is just one of a kind. I will forever be so thankful for the whole Maggie Louise team, they took so much of my shoulders!
My wedding dress was more than I could have ever wished for. I felt so pretty and I felt like a new person.
I was able to dance all night in my dress, I climed up all the stairs around the Collierville Square, I had babies on my arm, carried my Au Pair familys children on my back and front, had vans for my bridesmaids in my pockets since it was so hot and peanutbutter crackers for me haha - it was perfect for every situation that day. I don´t know how Molly knew that I am so active and always in action and needed a dress that could do exactly that with me all day. The whole Maggie Louise team is so gifted and I am so thankful for them!

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VENUE: The Quonset

PHOTOGRAPHER: Emily Frazier

FLORIST: Ena Fowler Floral Design

MUSIC: DeepBlu Entertainment

CATERER: Draper's Catering of Memphis

CAKE: Cupcakes from Confections and Connections

HAIR + MAKEUP ARTIST(S): Halo Salon

CALLIGRAPHY: Calligraphy by Carlydesignco,

SWEETS: Donuts by Gibson's Donuts

MARTINA LIANA | NEW ARRIVALS

MARTINA LIANA | NEW ARRIVALS

It’s always an exciting day at Maggie Louise when we are able to welcome new gowns into our collection. We recently added a number of beautiful Martina Liana wedding gowns and couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than showing off these beautiful ladies! To see these beautiful gowns in person, please CONTACT US! We’d love to see you at Maggie Louise!

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Martina Liana - Style 1025  “A modern update to traditional lace, this botanical lace detailed wedding dress with shaped train from Martina Liana is the perfect balance of sexy and romantic. “

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“A modern update to traditional lace, this botanical lace detailed wedding dress with shaped train from Martina Liana is the perfect balance of sexy and romantic. “

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Martina Liana - style 1004  “A gown that will make a statement on any wedding day, this sexy wedding dress with shaped cutouts from Martina Liana is completely unique! “

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“A gown that will make a statement on any wedding day, this sexy wedding dress with shaped cutouts from Martina Liana is completely unique! “

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Martina Liana - style 1075  “The bodice of this ballgown is sheer, but adorned with rich lace and highlighted with a V-front and V-back. From the waist, the silk Zibeline skirt extends to the ground, featuring slight pleats and pockets. “

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“The bodice of this ballgown is sheer, but adorned with rich lace and highlighted with a V-front and V-back. From the waist, the silk Zibeline skirt extends to the ground, featuring slight pleats and pockets. “

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Martina Liana - style 1086  “A floral-inspired A-line wedding dress, this Martina Liana gown is the definition of a natural beauty! The gown’s structured bodice features a slight plunge, and is adorned with striking floral booms.”

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“A floral-inspired A-line wedding dress, this Martina Liana gown is the definition of a natural beauty! The gown’s structured bodice features a slight plunge, and is adorned with striking floral booms.”

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Martina Liana - style 1078  “A plunging V-neckline is the focal point of the bodice, surrounded by artfully-placed lace that shapes the body. Narrow cutouts adorn either side of the bodice, while the richly-beaded lace continues curving through the bodice, extending into a soft skirt. “

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“A plunging V-neckline is the focal point of the bodice, surrounded by artfully-placed lace that shapes the body. Narrow cutouts adorn either side of the bodice, while the richly-beaded lace continues curving through the bodice, extending into a soft skirt. “

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Martina Liana - style 1057  “This sparkling wedding dress with floral details from Martina Liana is a glam update to the traditional lace wedding dress. Sculpted bust cups give the bodice and sweetheart neckline of this gown a sexy look, while the tulle off-the-shoulder straps bring a sense of romance. “

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“This sparkling wedding dress with floral details from Martina Liana is a glam update to the traditional lace wedding dress. Sculpted bust cups give the bodice and sweetheart neckline of this gown a sexy look, while the tulle off-the-shoulder straps bring a sense of romance. “

For more information on these beautiful Martina Liana gowns or any of the other stunning gowns available at Maggie Louise Bridal, feel free to contact us!

Click here to set up your own private bridal appointment with the Maggie Louise team and become a Maggie Louise Bride!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

MERRY Christmas from the Maggie Louise family to yours! 

Holidays are such a sweet time to hold the ones we love near + soak in all the cheer that the Christmas seasons brings. Despite the hustle + bustle, the joy that fills the atmosphere warms our hearts + brings so much festivity within the walls of our boutique. But even more so, we are thankful for the greatest gift of all — Jesus Christ — who came so that we could live freely in Him. His birth + life — his entire story — is one of truth, love + hope. He came so that we could live! Jesus is the reason for the season + we rejoice in HIM! 

Our hearts are so grateful for another year doing what we love + all the women who have walked through our doors since 2012. Just as this season is so much more than gifts + holiday parties, we believe this boutique is so much more than wedding dresses. Our mission at Maggie Louise was built on the foundation of who Christ is — our desire is to love + serve others with the same type of sacrificial love we received in our Savior. 

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. — JOHN 1:14

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ML BRIDE | ALLIE ROOKER

ML BRIDE | ALLIE ROOKER

sweet Maggie Louise bride Allie married the love of her life, Brent on a beautiful fall day this past November. we are so blessed to have played a small role in this special love story helping Allie find her dream dress + accessories! Allie’s stunning Monique Lhullier gown was the perfect dress to accent her classic beauty and grace.

Allie + Brent, we wish you all the joy in the world! You deserve every joy.

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Allie + Brent have a beautiful love story that has truly captured our hearts. Its a classic tale of love, dedication, support, and a Godly focus. From early on, it was clear Allie + Brent’s paths were meant to be connected. A story is told that Allie’s father once attended a prayer meeting lead by a local athlete. Allie’s father so impressed by this young man, he prayed to God that Allie be provided a husband with the character of that young man. The prayer was indeed answered, Brent WAS that young man!

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Allie + Brent are a perfect example of two amazing souls who are not only amazing on their own, but together… together they are truly their best. We are so happy for this sweet couple and are excited to see what magic they create as they continue in their adventure as husband and wife.

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Vendors

Ceremony: Independent Presbyterian Church
Reception: Memphis Botanic Gardens
Dress: Monique Lhullier Bliss from Maggie Louise Bridal
Florists: Baubles, Basket and Bloom at IPC, Kevin Griffith Designs at Botanic Garden
Wedding Planners: Cindy Albright at IPC, Mona Dunlap at Botanic Garden
DJ: Soul Shocker Band
Videographer: Jamie Hill at 5 Hills Studio
Cake: Cakes by Mom and Me
Catering: Coletta’s
Groomsmen Attire: Joseph Banks
Invitations: RSVP

BELLA VITA + MAGGIE LOUISE INVITE YOU...

BELLA VITA + MAGGIE LOUISE INVITE YOU...

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Join Maggie Louise Bridal, Bella Vita, and a number of talented wedding vendors January 10th 6:00 - 8:00 pm to attend our bridal shower, honoring YOU and your most important day yet! Bring your friends, family, attendants - everyone who’s helping you plan! Enjoy the evening, delight in the choices and resources, and sample delicious offerings to make your wedding picture perfect!

Enter to win a $500 Maggie Louise giftcard or one of four Bella Vita gift cards to be used towards your perfect placesetting!

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Where: Bella Vita - 3670 South Houston Levee Road Suite 101

PALOMA BLANCA | NEW ARRIVALS

PALOMA BLANCA | NEW ARRIVALS

It’s always an exciting day at Maggie Louise when we are able to add beautiful new gals to our extensive inventory of hand selected wedding gowns. Designer Paloma Blanca creates timeless, quality gowns with a couture aesthetic. The gowns feature hand detailing, delicate embroidery, and alluring silhouettes. For more information on this designer, contact us!

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We would love to have you come see these beautiful gowns and many of our other lovely options.

To make an appointment, simply fill out this form and we will be in touch!

ML BRIDE | LINDSEY SMITH

ML BRIDE | LINDSEY SMITH

Sweet Maggie Louise bride, Lindsey married the love of her life this past June + couldn’t have looked more beautiful! Lindsey’s Amsale wedding gown was the perfect touch to accent her inward + outward beauty + to bring her groom to tears.

Lindsey + Spencer we wish you all the love + joy in the world!

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A sweet note from the bride:

“Thank you for all of your help and support throughout the entire wedding season!! You helped me to feel the most beautiful version of myself!!” - Lindsey, bride

Be sure to watch Lindsey + Spencer’s wedding film to see one of the best groom reactions of all time!

CYBER MONDAY SALE!

CYBER MONDAY SALE!

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CYBER MONDAY IS AROUND THE CORNER

AND WE ARE PRETTY HAPPIE ABOUT IT!

When: Monday November 26

Where: Here! On the Maggie Louise website!

The details: Use code “HAPPIEDAY” to save 20% off Maggie Louise Happie Boxes on Cyber Monday!

Take advantage of this fun sale + shower your bridesmaids with a beautiful gift box from our HAPPIES collection. With this amazing discount, you can snag 5 of our PETITE Bridesmaid’s boxes for the price of 4! 

FUN BONUS FOR BRIDES : Our bridal robe box is also 20% off, which means the entire box is marked down to $280 (at regular price the bridal robe alone retails for $275)! Treat yourself this holiday season or send a little hint to your loved ones! 

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ML BRIDE | LIZZY YATZULA

ML BRIDE | LIZZY YATZULA

Lizzy married Matt on a dreamy June day! She chose a stunning Martina Liana gown for their special day + it was the perfect match for her handsome groom. Their love knows no bounds + it was so apparent in the way Lizzy + Matt gazed at each other.

Congratulations, Lizzy + Matt!  

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How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story.: Love blossoms in Harbortown! We met through mutual college friends at the pool. Having both gone to Tennessee in Knoxville, we had many mutual friends but never met until that day in June 2014. We went on our first date shortly thereafter, and the rest is history!

How did he propose? : We always enjoyed Saturday mornings downtown - by the river, at the farmers market, brunch somewhere. On the one Saturday in June 2016 during which we did not have a wedding, Matt suggested we go for a walk by the river in Harbortown. I was sure that he would not propose during such a busy month, but Matt had other plans. While walking along the river, Matt tapped me on the shoulder and got down on one knee. I was so surprised and couldn't stop crying that I think he had to ask me to say yes.

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What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? : The tremendous love and joy we felt was the most memorable. It is hard to think of one specific memory because the entire day was so special. We felt so blessed by God and by our family and friends on our wedding day, and joy permeated everything we did that day. It was truly a spectacular and fun-filled day.

What was the design inspiration or theme for your wedding? Why was this special to you as a couple?: We wanted our wedding to be FUN for our family and friends more than anything. Classic and elegant was important but secondary. We felt like it was important to make it a true celebration because we have had so many people support us throughout our relationship and wanted to celebrate together. We celebrated the Eucharist at our wedding, so we had communion in our service, and then we celebrated at our reception with dancing and fellowship with those we love.

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Best advice you received while planning for marriage or your big day.: Don't be afraid to ask for help. It is such a special time and should be experienced with joy; you should not be stressed! If you are, find someone who you trust and delegate something to them or ask for their opinion on something.

What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding?: Set aside a date before the wedding (a month, six weeks, whenever works for you). Go through the entire weekend and make a list of everything that you have left to do. If you need to find shoes, decide on your exit (sparklers, flower petals, etc.), or something else, going through the entire weekend and thinking through things to remember is important so that you can knock them out and enjoy the end of your engagement and enjoy time with your fiance and not stress about the small details as the day approaches.

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Favorite part of the wedding planning process?: Spending time with my mom, my best friend, was my favorite part. We decided on everything together, and I could not imagine having done it all without her. The entire planning process was made even better by the graciousness of those whom we encountered along the way, like the team at Maggie Louise and many others who made us feel so loved and supported.

What made you choose Maggie Louise when searching for your gown? : I had heard wonderful things from friends about Maggie Louise but truly did not know what to expect. The customer service at Maggie Louise is second to none, and getting my gown at Maggie Louise could not have been a better experience. The team at Maggie Louise made my family feel like I was the only bride that they were concerned with each time I went. It's hard to describe other than that it was magic. I was so excited to marry my now husband every step of the way but Maggie Louise was the first place I shopped for a wedding dress, and I was surprisingly really nervous with many things swirling in my head as I hoped to find the perfect dress. The team at ML could not have been kinder, more gracious, or more reassuring as I searched for my dress.

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ML BRIDE | SARAH FRANKLIN

ML BRIDE | SARAH FRANKLIN

Our MAGGIE LOUISE BRIDE, Mrs. Franklin! 

She married the love of her life Cecil in a sweet ceremony at Junior League! Her timeless, classic Martina Liana ballgown was the perfect dress for Sarah + as you can see, showcased her beauty quite perfectly.  Wishing you two the absolute best in this lifetime adventure as husband + wife! 

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How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story.: Both Cecil and I grew up in Memphis (actually only lived about a mile from each other) but did not meet until college. We meet through a sorority and fraternity event! After about a year or so of being friends we both realized we would like to maybe try this dating thing out ;) After 4 and a half years of dating Cecil asked me to marry him :) 1 year later I did!

How did he propose? : The University of Memphis holds a special place in both of our hearts. Cecil grew up around Memphis Tiger sports and we meet through the University of Memphis. It would only be right for our proposal to include Memphis as well! So, June of 2016 we were headed to what I thought was dinner with some friends. On the way we decided to drive through Tiger Lane (as we often did just for fun). He told me they were doing some work on the main entrance of the stadium and wanted to check it out before we went to dinner. I, being still so oblivious, got out with him and started making our way towards the front of the stadium. As we approached the front he started talking all sweet and romantic and at that moment it all hit me! The next thing I knew he was on one knee asking me to marry him. I was SO in shock and truly did not see it coming at all. And of course I said YES! After that we continued on to this "dinner" that we were supposed to have. Once we arrived we were greeted by many of our closest family and friends there to celebrate the best day of our lives thus far!



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What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? : It is hard to say what the MOST memorable moment was bc the entire day was so wonderful and memorable! There are though 2 moments that really stick out to me...The first was the moment I starting walking down the isle. Cecil and I saw each other before so I felt like some of the pressure was off of me as I waited for the doors at the church to open. But the moment they opened I felt this incredible rush and all I could do was stare straight down that isle at Cecil (and maybe cry a little :) ). It was like no one else was in the room. We had dated for a while and had been engaged for a year but in that moment I all of the sudden saw him in a totally different way than I ever had before. I can't quite describe it but it was such an amazing and memorable moment on our wedding day! The next moment was leaving the reception and our getaway car door shutting. It was in that moment everything was quite, it was just the two of us (plus our driver lol), and I was actually looking at my HUSBAND. The whole weekend was so exciting, crazy, busy, and amazing but for the first time it was just us two. I loved every part of our day and I wouldn't have changed a thing!

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What was the design inspiration or theme for your wedding? Why was this special to you as a couple?: Cecil and I both LOVE old houses and I especially love walking around the grounds of an old home and admiring pretty flowers, trees etc. There are so many wonderful old homes in Memphis that offer wedding services. I really wanted a place that most people had not been to before. Cecil and I spent alot of time around the university of Memphis and post college we both moved to places right near there. Therefore, the Junior League of Memphis was a house we passed often. I always admired the gorgeous front lawn that you can see coming down Central Avenue (probably one of my favorite streets in Memphis) and how old the house appeared. The day after we got engaged I knew that was where I wanted our reception! It just seemed to fit everything we both liked and not to mention was in the heart of the part of town that we spend our whole relationship. I knew I wanted a "garden" type theme with lots a greenery, hydrangeas, etc. and that is exactly what the junior league offered! It was perfect!

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Best advice you received while planning for marriage or your big day.: "At the end of the day, no matter what, you both will be married". I tried to remind myself of this often throughout our planning process. Not everything went according to plan, I stressed about little things, I even stressed about big things! But at the end of the day none of it mattered bc what was most important was Cecil and I. That was the best advise I received and it not only helped throughout our wedding but it has also help within the first year of marriage!

What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding?: Try not to stress! "At the end of the day, no matter what, you both will be married". The moment to door closes and the two of you are whisked away to your honeymoon all of there little things will have not mattered!

Favorite part of the wedding planning process?: Watching our vision come to life! I was always pinning wedding stuff on Pinterest and getting ideas from other weddings I had been to so it was really cool to see this whole vision I created in my head come together.



VENUE: Junior League of Memphis | PHOTOGRAPHER: Lindsey Lissau

FLORIST: Le Fluer, The Flower Girls, and my talented mom!

MUSIC: The Dantones | CATERER: Me and My Tea Room

CAKE: Kipp Holmes

HAIR + MAKEUP ARTIST(S): Emily Cohen- Hair and Kasey Acuff- Makeup

ML BRIDE | AMANDA FOWLER

ML BRIDE | AMANDA FOWLER

Our sweet Maggie Louise Bride Amanda married her sweetheart Andrew this past May in Birmingham, Alabama + she couldn’t have looked more beautiful in her Paloma Blanca ballgown filling our hearts with joy here at Maggie Louise! We are thrilled to share a little peek at this sweet couple’s special day. Here in her own words Amanda tells the story of her love and special day. Enjoy!

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How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story.: Andrew and I met while we were both students at the University of Alabama at a local bar in Tuscaloosa called The Bear Trap through some mutual friends in August 2014. We kept seeing each other throughout that fall semester going fraternity/sorority parties and going on dinner dates. As Christmas got closer, I knew we would have to end things since he was graduating and planned to move to San Francisco for work after graduation. About a week before finals, he let me know that his office asked him to relocate to Birmingham, AL. In January of 2015, we officially began dating and have been together ever since!

How did he propose? : Andrew was very sneaky and cool about the whole plan. Normally I can find out about surprises but not this one! In November of 2016, we planned a dinner for our families in Birmingham. Both of our families would be in town for the Alabama vs Mississippi State game (being that his dad is a huge State fan) and our families have multiple birthdays in the month of November. As we walked up to The Club for dinner (birthday cake in hand) I could see our families outside on the balcony looking at the view of downtown Birmingham. Before I knew what was happening, Andrew was down on one knee asking me to marry him. I'm still not sure I actually said yes I just squealed and nodded my head. It was such a special night made even more special by Andrew surprising me and having both of our best friends there too. We had dinner and drinks to celebrate our families becoming one big family. It was one of the best nights of my life!

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What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? : The most memorable moment about our wedding day was by far our first look. For weeks before the wedding, I joked with Andrew that he better cry when he saw me or I would turn around. I had never seen Andrew cry at all and he's not a super emotional guy. So when it came time for our first look, of course I was crying before I walked out to the courtyard. As soon as Andrew turned around, I saw the biggest smiles and the sweetest most genuine tears of happiness roll down his face, which of course made me cry more. It was such a sweet and intimate moment that I will remember for the rest of my life.

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What was the design inspiration or theme for your wedding? Why was this special to you as a couple?: We wanted our day to be very classic - a true representation of us. We had all white flowers and lots of silver and glass. The guys wore classic Vera Wang black and white tuxes and my girls wore stunning grey formfitting dresses.

Best advice you received while planning for marriage or your big day.: Not everything is going to go to plan on your wedding day which as a Type A personality, was devastating to hear. It doesn't matter how perfectly planned everything is, something is bound to go wrong. But the important part is to remember why you are there and that you are starting the rest of your life with your best friend.

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What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding?: BE PRESENT. It is so, so easy to get caught up in planning and colors and flowers and guest lists. Slow down. Breathe. Enjoy this time of life you are in. It truly does go so quickly. Make sure to have normal conversations with your fiancé and not just make every day about wedding planning. It will be over before you know it!

Favorite part of the wedding planning process?: Wedding dress shopping by far!

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What made you choose Maggie Louise when searching for your gown? : I knew that I wanted to go to Maggie Louise since wayyyy before I was engaged. The shop is 2 minutes away from my childhood home and I knew of multiple girls who found their dream gown at Maggie Louise! As soon as I got engaged, I made an appointment "just to look" (yeah right). I thought the process would be so much more complicated being a person who typically has trouble making decisions. Carolyn and Molly made choosing my dress the easiest part of the while planning process. My dream dress was something no one thought I would end up in, but when I put it on I truly had that "holy moly I'm a bride" moment. The girls at Maggie Louise made every part of the process from the first appointment to dress pick up unbelievably simple and comfortable. I'm forever thankful for Maggie Louise!

Tell us anything extra you'd like to share about your journey down the aisle + all that lies ahead. : Andrew and I are planning to buy our first house together in Birmingham soon! We have been almost nonstop traveling since our honeymoon and are planning even more trips for 2019!

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VENUES: Canterbury United Methodist Church, and The Club

PLANNER &/or COORDINATOR: M Elizabeth Events - Candice Henderson

PHOTOGRAPHER: 2bPhotography

FLORIST: HotHouse | MUSIC: The Ty Reynolds Band

CATERER: The Club | CAKE: Edgar's Bakery

HAIR + MAKEUP ARTISTS: GLOW - Yazmin Cavale & Jenna Griffin

SEAMSTRESS: Kathy Farris

Stationary: Empress Stationary | Tuxes - Men's Wearhouse

Bridesmaids dresses: Bella Bridesmaids

ML BRIDE | SARAH BARNES

ML BRIDE | SARAH BARNES

Lovely Maggie Louise Bride Sarah married her sweetheart Beck this past April + it was a stunning day that makes us all swoon here at Maggie Louise! She stunned in her Anne Barge bridal gown and veil. We couldn’t be happier for this sweet couple!

No one can tell a love story like the one ones in love, so take a peek at their magical day + read what Sarah has to say about their magical day... 

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How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story.: Beck and I met online; though, he likes to tell people we met in the grocery store or at church! ;) We first laid eyes on each other at Hog & Hominy and had the best first date we can both remember. I was instantly drawn to Beck because our conversation was so easy, and he had me laughing non stop. We closed the place down and have been inseparable ever since. Beck is the most kind person I have ever met and was so easy to fall in love with. He loves me better than anyone.

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How did he propose? : In August of 2016, we spent a week out in California. We had planned the trip for months, with the highlight (or so I thought) being seeing Adele in LA. The plan was to leave LA and spend two days driving along the Pacific Coast to San Francisco. At the end of our first day of driving, which also happened to be my birthday, Beck took me to dinner at a small but delicious Italian restaurant in a tiny beach town called Cayucos. After dinner, Beck started telling me how much he loved me and how thankful he was to have me in his life. I thought this was a "it's your birthday / I love you" speech, but at the end, he asked me to marry him. I was COMPLETELY shocked, and truly didn't see it coming until he pulled the most beautiful ring I've ever seen out of his pocket. I remember screaming and asking if he was serious - I was just in such disbelief. I knew we would get married, but I thought traveling with a ring would be WAY too stressful, so I didn't expect it to happen while we were out of town! I'm such a planner, and still can't believe he pulled this off without me having the slightest clue. We spent the rest of the night taking pictures and calling our families and closest friends. I remember it like it was yesterday! 

The next day, we drove the rest of the way to San Francisco, through beautiful Big Sur, and I remember feeling happier than I've ever felt in my life. I was so excited to be engaged to Beck, we were surrounded by the most incredible scenery (GO to Big Sur if you haven't been!) and I was living in sheer bliss and joy of what had just happened. I don't think I stopped smiling for the rest of the trip.

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What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? : I remember when the doors opened and I started my walk down the aisle, seeing Beck, and being totally overwhelmed with emotion. My groom - who I waited forever for - was at the end of the aisle. My dad walking me down the aisle. And surrounding me were the people I love most in this life. It was incredible. I literally had to take deep breaths because I saw so overcome! It was joy and thankfulness and relief and excitement all bundled together. Like nothing I have experienced before.

What was the design inspiration or theme for your wedding? Why was this special to you as a couple?: Unlike most other brides, I never had a vision of my perfect wedding day. So, I was open to consider anything! Our venue, Teton Trek at the zoo, ended up being really special because Beck and I both love the outdoors, and he actually lived in Jackson Hole after school. It was the perfect mix of elegant and rustic, just like us.

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Best advice you received while planning for marriage or your big day.: Beck and I did marriage counseling to help prepare for our marriage. I would highly encourage engaged couples do the same. We met with a couple at our church and had six sessions where we discussed all the "hot topics" of marriage. This helped us prepare for some of the situations we'd encounter in marriage, but also got us excited about our life as a married couple. 

The best advice I received as a bride was to let other people help me (which is HARD for me because I'm such a planner!). I had several people willing to step in and help - my mom, my sisters, a few of my best girlfriends - and Beck was also there every step of the way. There are so many small, minute tasks and details, and having people take those off my plate was such a relief. Our biggest help was Amy Tyler, our wedding planner. She was absolutely incredible, and I cannot recommend her enough. My parents and I could really enjoy the wedding planning process because Amy was on our team.

What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding?: Besides hiring every single one of our vendors!?! ENJOY the wedding week and wedding day. Try not to stress, and realize that once your wedding day arrives, nothing can stop you and your groom from having literally the best day of your lives! Once our wedding week arrived, I was so chill. I even surprised myself! But, I truly soaked in every moment, enjoyed being with all our guests and especially enjoyed the sweet time with Beck. Things didn't go 100% as planned on our day, but it truly did not matter.

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Favorite part of the wedding planning process?: Our "wedding squad!" Beck, my parents and I all agree that we had THE BEST wedding team. Everyone was actively involved (vs. just being order takers) and sincerely wanted me and Beck to have the most incredible day. People were open to others' ideas, even if it wasn't their area of expertise. The team could not have gelled more perfectly! We really missed working with them once our wedding day was over.

What made you choose Maggie Louise when searching for your gown? : For me, finding my gown at Maggie Louise was a no brainer. I had heard countless rave reviews for Molly and her staff. I also know that Molly has exquisite taste in design, so was confident that not only would she have a large selection of beautiful gowns, but that I'd find something perfect for me. Also, as a native Memphian, I am so proud that we are the home of Maggie Louise, a well-known destination for brides! My experience at Maggie Louise did not disappoint... it was absolutely incredible, I felt like a queen, my family had the best time, and I walked out with a STUNNER dress.

Tell us anything extra you'd like to share about your journey down the aisle + all that lies ahead. : Our wedding day was - hands down - the best day of our lives. I flip through my wedding photos all. the. time. and I always get choked up because it brings back the best memories that I have (and also because I'm sad I can't relive that day!). As we approach our 1-year anniversary on April 22, I am SO excited for all the years that lie ahead. Beck is immeasurably more than I could ever ask for, and I'm so thankful that we'll share the rest of our days with each other!

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VENUES: Colonial Park United Methodist Church / The Memphis Zoo - Teton Trek

Wedding Design and Planning: Amy Tyler Weddings

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kelly Ginn

FLORIST: L & jay | MUSIC: The Soul Shockers

CATERER: Elizabeth Heiskell

CAKE: Wedding cake by Kipp Cakes and Groom's cake by Lee Sanders

HAIR + MAKEUP ARTISTS: Makeup by Kasey Acuff and Hair by Candy Goin

CALLIGRAPHY: Rachel Fisher | INVITATION SUITE: RSVP

OFFICIANT”: Kennon Vaughan | RINGS: Tonos Jewelers