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Featured Wedding Dress: Nico by L’Amour

Meet: Nico

Designer: L’Amour Bridal

Nico by L'Amour is a pretty A-line with 3D flower lace and an open back
Nico by L’Amour

Why We Love Her: Flirtatious. Romantic. Whimsical. Nico says it all! Her silhouette is a flattering a-line with a plunging v-neck neckline that will compliment every bride. The bodice then gradually leads up into thin mesh spaghetti straps, leaving an open neckline and allowing the attention to stay on the bodice. Extending up the straps and into the back, she has a sexy and low open scoop back that perfectly compliments the open neckline in the front!

The detailed bodice of Nico with layered floral lace and a plunge V-neck
The unique and stunning details on the bodice of Nico

Nico’s bodice is a stunning focal point of this dress! It consists of three main types of lace and detail which will leave the wedding guests shocked! It all begins with the first layer of glitter lace… that’s right, a thin delicate layer of detailing that is outlined in glitter! On top of that, she has a gorgeous applique lace that is shaped into leaves and vines and covers the majority of the dress. Then, to top it off, there are 3D floral appliques that pop off the dress, creating dimension and volume!

Moving down the skirt, the appliques and 3D florals gracefully cascade down throughout the entire dress and train. And because of the patchy lace design, this dress still captivates the light, airy, and romantic features without being too much! Finishing off the hem of the skirt and train, there is even a small horsehair lining that will allow the dress to flowy freely and beautifully all night long!

Nico's Illusion train makes an ethereal statement and a sweet, lightweight bustle
Illusion train makes an ethereal statement and a sweet, lightweight bustle

This beautiful dress is available in two gorgeous colors: ivory/ivory and ivory/ light nude (pictured). Both of these colors are paired with a skin illusion mesh that will be found in the bodice area to softly blend the dress to the bride’s skin tone! If that is not the look you want, do not worry, L’Amour also offers Nico with a lined bodice option that will fill in the top illusion mesh and make the dress more uniform throughout!

She’s Great For: A fun and outgoing bride! Her flirty and exciting details are a perfect match for a bubbly bride who knows how to have a good time! With her lightweight characteristics, Nico is an ideal dress for an outdoor or indoor venue at any time of the year! Her versatile qualities will absolutely shine on a ballroom dance floor, or glow on a sunny day in a garden. No matter where this gorgeous wedding dress is worn, she will center all attention around her!

Petals, flowers and shimmery vines run throughout the gorgeous Nico L'Amour dress
Petals, flowers and shimmery vines run throughout this gorgeous dress

What Makes Her Special: What makes Nico special is her ability to transform a bride and wedding into a magical night! With her illuminating features, her beauty speaks for herself! She will light up the dance floor and leave everyone captivated and wanting more! Unlike other dresses, there is no need to dress up with tons of accessories or jewelry because her details are enticing enough!

Featured Wedding Dress: India by Madi Lane

Meet: India

Designer: Madi Lane

India by Madi Lane (shown in ivory/sand with sleeves)
India by Madi Lane (shown in ivory/sand with sleeves)

Why We Love Her:

India is a modern day wedding dress that will be sure to make a statement. She is known for her unique bold lace that will be seen from any distance. This lace covers the entirety of the dress, making it lay perfectly all night long. It even extends up the neckline, making for a perfect transition into the thin, spaghetti straps!

India's Flattering neckline leads to thin shoulder spaghetti straps
Flattering neckline leads to thin straps

India’s neckline is every bride’s ideal shape. She has a gorgeous circular shaped v-neck with a slight plunge dip. Lining the edge of the neckline is the overlapping lace that ever-so-slightly hangs over the edge, allowing the dress to have no harsh cuts or lines! The spaghetti strap then perfectly transitions into the low v-back design. Again, matching the same concepts from the front, the lace extends past the edges!

India has a Low scooped out back with invisible zip close
Low scooped out back with invisible zip close

Moving down from the open back, India has a gorgeous short and manageable train that will gracefully follow every movement the bride makes without being a hassle! This train has an asymmetrical hem that ties perfectly in with the neckline edging! With all this detail, Madi Lane ensured that India will be captivating from every angle!

India's beautiful sweep train with scalloped lace trim
India’s beautiful sweep train with scalloped lace trim

Looking for comfort? India will not disappoint! She is going to be by far the most comfortable dress a bride tries on, making them never want to take her off! With her charmeuse stretch lining, the bride will not only look good, but feel good. Eating, dancing, sitting…. there will be no worry or hesitation doing any of those things. The bride will not even have to think twice! She will have the freedom to move and dance anyway she wants (she can even drop it low 😉 )!

India is available in ivory/nude, all ivory, and ivory/sand. Depending on the specific look the bride is looking for, changing the underlay color can convert the dress to fit multiple different vibes without any detail getting lost!

From the back you can see all the lace detail of India, especially in the sand color
From the back you can see all the lace detail

She’s Great For:

India is great for a bohemian bride and themed wedding. For a more traditional wedding, it will pair perfectly with lots of florals, earthy greenery, free-spirited centerpieces, and an outdoor venue. India will also be the ideal dress for any type of destination wedding or beach wedding due to the compatibility for traveling and wrinkle free material. Madi Lane dresses are designed in Australia and it is from that location that you can picture the beauty of this dress outdoors. Italy, Bahamas, Grand Canyon, Hawaii, you name it and India will complement it! She will perfectly condense for easy packing and the bride will not even have to worry about steaming it afterwards.

What Makes Her Special:

What makes India special above all else is her detachable flutter sleeves! Matching the exact pattern of the lace from the dress, these sleeves will be a bohemian brides dream! With the unique ability to attach and detach as the bride pleases, these straps can completely transform the look of the dress! Pictures can be taken with and without the straps and the bride can opt to wear them for half the night and then remove them when the dancing begins!

Featured Wedding Dress: Cindy by Morilee

Meet Cindy
Designer: Morilee

Cindy wedding dress by Morilee with off the shoulder long sleeves
Cindy by Morilee with off the shoulder long sleeves

Why we love her: Cindy by Morilee is an exquisite creation. She has it all: sparkling applique, glitter tulle, an illusion back. She starts it all off with an incredible off-the-shoulder neckline. A scalloped shape gives the neckline a soft edge; there is nothing harsh about it. Lace appliques peak up over the edge of the neckline slightly, and a plunge in the middle adds a little spice to this very sweet look.

Plunge off the shoulder neckline
Plunge off the shoulder neckline

The neckline sits just off of the shoulders, and it leads to stunning lace, long sleeves. The sleeves have floral appliques on them, and buttons at the bottom finish them off nicely. Because the sleeves are made of tulle, they are lightweight and will not cause brides to overheat! The tulle base with the appliques on top also creates a stunning illusion of lace on skin. 

Illusion back with buttons and rose lace applique
Illusion back with buttons and rose lace applique

Gorgeous applique covers Cindy from top to bottom. A combination of leaves and flowers, such as roses, makes Cindy perfect for brides who love classic floral details. A bouquet with roses will match the gown seamlessly and create a cohesive look. Sequins are stitched into the applique itself, which provides a subtle glow. A layer of shimmery glitter tulle rests beneath the applique for a delicate and light sparkle. She glows in the light from every angle! 

Cindy’s silhouette is a classic fit and flare. She is fitted from the bodice down through the hips, and she gently floats out around the knees. She is sure to show off brides’ figures! Cindy’s illusion back is decorated with more sparkly, floral applique. An edging of flowers lines the top, and more appliques flare up from the sides. A row of buttons cascades down the length of the bodice and onto the skirt. A cathedral length train elevates the back of the dress even more. Flowers decorate the train, and the train has a scalloped edge.  

Sparkle tulle and shimmer
Sparkle tulle and shimmer

Cindy is available in Ivory/Champagne and Ivory/Ivory. 

She’s great for: Modern brides with a soft, romantic side. Cindy, and all her dazzling detail, gives fairy-tale vibes without the volume of a ballgown. She is dreamy, sparkly, and refreshing. Cindy will match venues like churches because of her train, gardens because of her flowers, and country clubs because of her elegance. She is perfect for brides who want to show off her curves without being too sexy or over-the-top. 

Beautiful back with scalloped train and buttons
Beautiful back with scalloped train and buttons

What makes her special: her neckline/illusion-back combo! The combination of off-the-shoulder long sleeves paired with an illusion back is so unique to Cindy. It is effortlessly ethereal and delicate. Walking down the aisle will be such a statement moment with the scalloped train. From head to toe, front to back, Cindy by Morilee is a stunning work of art. 

Our Wedding Dress Sample Closet

Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo offers sample sale dresses all year that constantly change with new dresses added as others sell
Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo offers sale dresses all year

In the bridal world, a “sample” is the dress that brides try on in the store. Many of our brides try on the sample gown and then order in a new one for various reasons (size, color preference, customs, etc).

A sample sale is when a store is selling the sample dresses off the rack, usually for a discount!

First things first – why would a store sell their sample dresses? Well, stores order new dresses about twice a year when designers release their new collections. One reason is that we simply need to make room for the new collections and the best way to do that is to sell some of the gowns already in the store.

Another reason is that dresses are discontinued by the designer. And, there is also the risk of holding onto a dress for so long that it becomes unwearable from the wear and tear.

Our favorite reason to sell them, however, is to make the bride’s vision work in light of any limitations there may be.

There are many reasons that a bride may opt to purchase a sample gown. One of the most common reasons is when the bride is on a strict timeline and does not have time to order.

Our designers ship dates run about 4-6 months to order in a new dress, and sometimes their rush dates cannot accommodate the bride’s schedule. This is a convenient option for brides because they get to take the dress home with them that day! We have had brides come in as late as the DAY BEFORE her wedding and purchase a sample. If we can make it work, we will! 

Other times, the dress is discontinued before the right bride could find her, and we cannot reorder it for her. That is where the sample comes into play! Given that the gown is around the size needed and that the appropriate alterations can be done to make the dress work, the bride would take the dress and keep her safe until it was time to begin alterations.

Sample sales are a great option for brides on a budget! These sales usually have a very decent selection of gowns available, and they can be marked down pretty significantly! The marked down price is often determined by the condition of the gown being offered off the rack. Slight wear and tear is common on these, but seamstresses are fully equipped to make your dress look as good as new!

This also goes for brides who purchase an off the rack dress that does not quite fit yet. We have personally seen a bride fall in love with the discontinued dress of her dreams that was a few sizes too small. She then worked with a seamstress to redesign the back and it was as good as new! We have also seen a size 12 taken down to a size 0 that looked absolutely perfect (** please note that this is NOT recommended and will NOT work with every dress. There is typically a hefty cost associated with altering a dress that much).

Stores across the country typically offer sample sales a few times a year, but one unique aspect of Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo is that ours goes all year round! We feature them in our online Sample Closet that is updated continuously because it changes continuously!

Interested in the dress of your dreams? Find it HERE in our Sample Closet – click on the photo for the dress designer, name, color, size, original price, and sale price! To make an appointment to try them on, click HERE and tell us which ones you want to try!

Featured Wedding Dress: Celine by Eddy K

Meet Celine!

Designer: Eddy K Dreams Collection

 Eddy K Celine from the dreams collection
Eddy K Celine from the Dreams collection

Why We Love Her:

Celine is every girl’s dream dress! She has a beautiful ball gown silhouette that won’t leave anyone questioning who the bride is. She is a statement dress that will complement every bride that wears her. Celine has a gorgeous slightly plunged neckline with a mesh insert that will ensure everything stays in place and covered throughout the night; eating, dancing and all!

The bodice is shaped with boning that allows for the ideal small waist look to be shown. On top, Celine has stunning leaf and vine applique that gradually extends up the straps into the back as well as down to the skirt.

The plunge neckline has mesh to keep it in place
The plunge neckline has mesh to keep it in place

The illusion thick straps perfectly extend down into the illusion scoop back. This allows the bride to have the sexy appeal and show some skin without being too scandalous! The back is finished with buttons that add the perfect touch of detail!

 Celine has a scooped out back with buttons, illusion mesh, and lace with a vine leaf pattern
Celine has a scooped out back with buttons

Moving down to the skirt and train, she is made up of endless layers of tulle that makes the volume of the dress. One layer consists of a sequin detailed tulle that will give a never ending iridescent sparkle in every lighting. On top of that, the continuous embroidered lace modern design that cascades throughout the entirety of the dress! This detail creates the glitzy, romantic, and earthy feel that is perfect for weddings of all types. The train is then finished off with a stiff horsehair edge in order to ensure that the dress and train moves with the bride and lays perfectly all night!

Romantic from the front and the back, celine's ball gown train is full of sparkle and lace
Romantic from the front and the back!

Celine is available in two different colors: all ivory (shown in pictures) and ivory/champagne. For a more traditional look, the ivory will be the ideal color; however, for a bride looking for a more bohemian look, the ivory/champagne will be perfect!

She’s Great For:

A spring or summer statement! Her elegant ball gown shape combined with her intricate leafy detail is perfect for extravagant outdoor venues with lots of greenery and floral accents!

The sparkle underneath the skirt of Celine glitters in every direction
The sparkle underneath glitters in every direction

What Makes Her Special:

Her matching veil! That’s right: leave it to the Italian designer Eddy K to create a gorgeous cathedral length veil that can be ordered to match and blend perfectly.

 Celine has a matching cathedral veil for the perfect accessory
Celine has a matching cathedral veil for the perfect accessory

No need to add the extra stress and worry about trying to find a similar lace pattern,beading, or color because the designer did the work for you! Her veil has patches of the exact lace from the dress, making it a seamless transition.

Featured Wedding Dress: Carrie by Casablanca Bridal

Meet Carrie!
Designer: Casablanca Bridal

Carrie by Casablanca bridal is a beautiful beaded ball gown with a shimmery skirt
Carrie by Casablanca bridal is a classic beaded beauty

Why we love her: Carrie is an absolute stunner of a gown. Her intricate details make a statement that is sure to wow each and every guest. She works wonderfully with all body types and wedding vibes. From her beaded bodice to her sparkle tulle to her deep, plunging back, she is extraordinary through and through, top to bottom. 

Carrie is on the cusp of an a-line and a ballgown. Her skirt has layers of tulle that create a soft and romantic look, and a layer of sparkle tulle adds a delicate shimmer to her. Brides wearing this beauty will shine from all angles! Her layers are lightweight, so brides won’t feel weighed down as they wear her. Her silhouette is timeless, and her detail is immaculate. 

The back of the Carrie dress is dramatic and classic
The back of Carrie is dramatic and classic

Her bodice is pristinely decorated with a mix of beading. Pearls, crystals, silver beads, and iridescent beads come together seamlessly in vine and leaf patterns. The beaded patterns cover the bodice completely, and they extend down over the waistline. This softens the natural waistline by avoiding a harsh transition.

The mixed beads add dimension to the bodice and give it fairy tale vibes. Carrie’s neckline has a deep plunge, perfect for brides looking to add a little spice to a gown this sweet. Double spaghetti straps with beaded detailing keep the gown secure all night long, so brides can dance the night away without a second thought. 

Casablanca's Carrie dress has double beaded straps
Double beaded straps

All of the elegance and detail on the front of the dress is reflected on her back as well. The same exquisite beading patterns wrap around the dress to the back. Carrie has an illusion back; the beading looks like it is laying directly on the bride’s skin. Illusion backs and the dreamy effect they give are commonly sought after by brides. It is a great way to show a little skin while wearing a gown with a fuller skirt.

The plunging neckline in the front is mirrored in the back as well with a deep scoop shape. She has a cathedral-length train, so walking down the aisle will be a dramatic moment for brides, guests, everyone!

Gorgeous beaded bodice in front and back
Gorgeous beaded bodice in front and back

Carrie is available in Champagne/Nude, Ivory/Nude, Ivory/Ivory (pictured), and White/White.  

She’s great for: brides wanting to feel like a princess! She gives major Cinderella vibes, from her silhouette to her sparkle. She is elegant, romantic, and absolutely stunning, perfect for venues like estates and gardens. She flatters every body shape with her full shirt and structured bodice, so every bride can look flawless on her big day!   

Carrie's intricate and extraordinary beading is breathtaking
The intricate and extraordinary beading is breathtaking

What makes her special: her beading! The sheer amount of beads on this gown is astonishing, and their placement is nothing short of masterful, in true Casablanca Bridal fashion. It is common for gowns to place beading on top of lace appliques to enhance the applique, but her beading is the star of the show.

The beading itself makes the vine and leaf pattern, it is not placed on top of vine and leaf lace appliques. The mixture of the type of beads used gives Carrie an ethereal glimmer, perfect for brides looking for their fairy tale wedding dress!

Carrie can also come with detachable tulle bishop sleeves with the matching beading at the cuffs, or add off the shoulder straps to complete a cold shoulder look! A dress not to be overlooked during your search for the perfect wedding dress!