One of the best parts of working at a bridal shop is definitely new arrival season! It is like Christmas when the new dresses start filtering into the store and that means new favorite dresses.
Our consultants favs change frequently as they try each dress on to get photos for social media. It has been a while since we asked everyone what their favorite dress is, and we have had many new beauties come into the store recently. Let’s see what our lovely ladies are loving now:
Tori is in college and finds new dresses in the store every time she comes home for breaks! It was tough for her to decide between her summer favorites, so we let her choose two from her favorite designer, which happens to be Madi Lane:
Her first favorite is Madi Lane Jesslyn. Tori loves the modern, floral leafy lace that is perfectly placed throughout the gown. One of the best features of Jesslyn is that she is very versatile to fit the vibes of any bride! She has the unique ability to change to different tastes by switching out the layer of Chantilly lace, adding detachable sleeves, and opting to wear the detachable train. The fit is gorgeous and comfortable, and can appeal to many venues.
The other dress Tori cannot choose a favorite between is Madi Lane Juliette. She loves that the bodice can come lined for more modesty and support or unlined to make the bold florals really pop! This gown is lightweight that makes moving and dancing a breeze. Juliette is a great dress for many different body types which makes her a fan favorite, too!
We are pretty certain there is one consultant who has made it a personal mission to try on every single dress that enters the store, and that is Courtney! Just married in September 2022, Courtney has learned the ins and outs of EVERY designer we carry. Although she loves many dresses in the store, it takes an impressive dress to win over her top spot.
We can finally post the details of her wedding! Two dresses for sure: her ceremony dress was the gorgeous satin beaded Vida by Eddy K.’s which was absolutely magical! Her reception dress was Kitty Chen’s Paisley which was just as eye-popping in a different way:
Aside from the two she chose, she has two more from the newest collections that rank very highly in her eyes:
One of Courtney’s distinguished dresses is Morilee Fortunata! This is a gown that is equal parts gorgeous and fun. The fit and flare silhouette hugs all of the right places and has a gorgeous sparkly, plunge neckline. The frosted floral lace pops against a layer of glitter tulle that shimmers with each step you take. The fabric is also extremely comfortable and flexible so there is no need to worry about sacrificing comfort for beauty – you get it all with Fortunata!
Her second favorite dress is Eddy K Cameron! This dress currently a bride favorite dress in store, too. Cameron is the sweetest little dress with gorgeous, pearl beaded appliqué atop an unlined bodice. She is available in a sand color to really make the ivory lace pop and or pure ivory to maintain a formal bridal feel. The sweetest line of buttons run down the train making a pretty and easy bustle!
As assistant manager at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo, Sarah spends A TON of time with the gowns. There are many dresses that have caught her eye here, and many Sarah may feel a little biased on since she helps choose the dresses we bring in! One of her newest favorites is Evie Young Reagan.
This is an incredible dress for the bride who wants a dress as bold as her! She has a lace pattern unlike any other gown that is a beautiful blend of Art Deco and glamorous. Sarah loves the cut outs on the side and how they flow into a strap that are supportive and comfortable.
Maria has quite the eye for fashion, and you can often find her wandering the dress gallery in her downtime! She loves all things dresses but when you ask her favorite, only one comes right to mind for her: Blue by Enzoani Ollie!
This pretty little mermaid has the most exquisite traditional lace that is perfectly placed throughout the dress, but Maria’s favorite part specifically is the incredible train. This is a fabulous dress for a bride with curves to flaunt what she has got! The bustier illusion back keeps the bride cool and adds some gorgeous, subtle detail. Maria also loves the addition of the tulle off-the-shoulder sleeves that you can detach for the reception when you are ready to dance the night away!
One of the benefits of having a Gen Z consultant is that Saharrah is ahead of ALL of the fashion trends! Her valuable input is a breath of fresh air as she provides many different viewpoints to advocate for the emerging group of brides. Our first look into the upcoming trend for Gen Z brides comes from Saharrah’s favorite dress: Blue by Enzoani Oliviana.
This gown is both sophisticated and sexy! This crepe beauty has a gorgeous leaf and vine lace and an unlined bodice with a plunged neckline. She loves the beaded straps that lead to a gorgeous low, illusion and lace scooped back! Saharrah’s favorite part of the gown is the one-of-a-kind scalloped, lace train! It is perfection!
Daria is the manager and ultimately responsible for all of our inventory. While everyone has input into which dresses come in, the gallery is mainly a result of her amazing eye for on-trend dresses that will be perfect for all of our unique brides. It isn’t just what looks good on models, it’s pricing, quality, and what will look beautiful on real brides.
Having said that, she always has favorites and she has narrowed it down to two:
Her first pick is Morilee’s Gwendolyn, of which she says she loves the bead work and thinks the detachable long sleeve is a really fun idea for a bride who wants two looks! It’s a very elegant dress with a modern touch.
Second fav is Kitty Chen’s Alessandra, with the illusion side cut outs and the beaded straps, she told us, “This dress is a knockout. The train is to die for, the lace is gorgeous, and I love the dramatic matching veil.”
What does it take to be the favorite dress one of the store owners? You have to be VERY special, and that is exactly what Franca by Calla Blanche is!
The light nude underlay makes the delicate lace and bead shine beautifully. Wendy loves the shape of this fit and flare and the sweet, slightly off-the-shoulder cap sleeve. She thinks that the deep plunged neckline in the front and the open back make a demure dress sexy! Buttons trail down the back to the end of the train, adding more dimension to a dress that absolutely WOWs.
We hope you enjoyed reading about our favorite dresses for 2022 and we cannot wait to show you our new favorites that will be coming in very soon for 2023!