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Launch Party, more pics

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All my girls.  Plus the bottom picture is of the ice sculpture with my name on it.  Which is seriously cool in case you’ve never had your own personal ice sculpture before.  But you can’t see it well.  Better pics later.

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A fun day all around with the silliest brides you ever met.  Keep those dresses off the ground girls!

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Top row, left to right:  Jolene Picone of Veil Trends, my veil desiger:  Margo Trueblood, my Director of Sales & Marketing:  my own personal stud muffin (who obsessed about his suit for over a month):  Daddy dancing with Olivia (everybody say “awww”).

Middle-ish row, left to right:  Harmony Walton of The Bridal Bar:   a much larger & more user friendly version on my own personal stud muffin (I love this picture!):   my besty Karen Burniston, an ubber cool designer in her own right, who has such fabulous taste she showed up dressed just like me.

Bottom row, left to right:  The fam, true colors showing:   Cate Malone, owner of the best bridal boutique in Colorado,   the rents.

A fabulous time was had by all.  If you weren’t there, you can catch us on the road in the coming months.  Deets to come.  Or you can catch the runway show on my episode of Get Married, airing in the early fall.

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Sneak Peek of the Week

I have a photo shoot on Monday for 4 dresses, matching veils, and jewelry.   Just wanted to show you a quick peak at my 2nd cameo.  You’ll see more photos both here & on the website by the end of  next week.dsci0094

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Josephine

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Friday I had a photo shoot with the re-make of the Josephine gown.  This was just a quick photo shoot to get the new pictures up on the website before the save the date cards go out for the launch party, but I’m very pleased.  This is also your indroduction to Christina, my new spokesmodel.  She’s so beautiful & really represents my customer perfectly.   And, yes, the necklace is part of my new collection!

 

Josephine & 2 other gowns will be in The Little White Dress Shop www.lwdbridal.com by the end of the month, and the remaining 5 debut collection gowns will be there by the end of February.  There will also be 8 veils and 4 necklaces as well. 

Please contact Margo Trueblood, my Director of Sales & Marketing at 719.650.8502 or margo@alisabenay.com for information about how to find our gowns in a salon near you or information about attending out launch party March 14 & 15.

 

For information about editorial coverage, please contact

THE VANGUARD PR
Jennifer Smith Tapp
773.315.4491

All photography courtesy of Kim Nodurft www.kimnodurft.com

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Sneak peak of the week

Well, I was trying to make sneak peaks just little bits of each piece without showing you the whole thing.  Then I opened my e-mail just now & got this picture from my jewelry designer:

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I’m just too excited not to share it with you.  It’ll be here for the photo shoot on Friday, so you’ll see better pics next week on the website.  It’s made from freshwater pearls & swarovski crystals.   squeeeeeee!!!

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J Crew Celeste Pique Dot Dress

J Crew Celeste

I have a new client who has been franticly searching for the J Crew Celeste Pique Dot Gown for her destination wedding next summer. I’m going to be making her a replica of the gown & am currently searching for the right fabric. I have several contacts in New York & will being going there myself in October, so I’m confidant we’ll find an extremely similar fabric. The polka dots are just so unique!

I’ve seen on several websites that quite a few people are looking for this gown, so I thought I would let it be known that I can make this for you. I have found several different dot fabrics and some other similar in style white on white fabrics, but am still looking for something that is exactly the same. It can also be made in several white cotton or silk fabrics shown below.

The dot or print gown is $1450 and the plain white is $1200, plus shipping and handling.

If you have any other gowns that have been discontinued that you would like made, please let me know. I won’t copy anything that is currently available from retailers, but I’m happy to help you create something that just isn’t available on the current market. I’m an aspiring designer myself & I won’t attempt to undercut another designers work or income. Also, I usually can’t make it for less than the existing retail price, so you have no advantage having me make something that’s currently in stores. Feel free to contact me at any time with your needs & I’ll be happy to talk with you!

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Jessica

I totally forgot to post these pictures of Jessica. She was one of my August brides.

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Pictures are courtesy of Linda Olsen Photography

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Atlanta: the Get Married shoot

I’ve just gotten back from the taping/photo shoot for Get Married with the first two gowns from my first collection. I can’t believe I was only gone 48 hours. I feel like I’ve been gone a week! I don’t know yet when the show will air, but as soon as I do know, I’ll post it here. Stay tuned.

I’ll try to post the pictures in chronological order so they’ll make a bit of sense. For now, I can’t figure out how to upload pictures other than thumbnails or entire screen shots, but you can click on each picture & it will enlarge. Someone, please, point me to a tutorial on adding pictures to a wordpress entry. So far, what I’ve found isn’t helpful.

The most amazing aspect for me about shoot was the response I got to the dresses. The models were positively giddy when they put them on & I cinched them up, the Get Married people were all very excited about them, and as we walked through the W Hotel staff & partrons alike all turned heads to watch our progress & ask about the dresses. Very cool. Very cool, indeed.

The ivory dress is ‘Josephine’, the premier gown in the Rose Collection. The dress with the green skirt is ‘Rebecca’. The gowns & 2 more, ‘Amelia’ & ‘Caroline’ will be available on my website approximately November. The Rose collection is the first collection of my new line & features the embroidered fabric you see on the gowns below in 6 different colors with endless choices for matching solid colors.

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The colors are (in order) Ivory (shown on gowns), Sepia, Sky, Buttercream, Sage, and Claret. The all come with matching solid colors, but you can also pair them with an assortment of other solid colors as well. For instance, the ivory could be placed with a dark ocean green, as shown on the ‘Rebecca’, or it could also be paired with a pale willow green, a blush pink, or even a bright coral or watermelon pink. Each color creates an entirely different look. Options. I’m all about options.

The bride will be able to go to the website, chose her gown from the collection (or mix & match tops & bottoms), chose her colorway, then send in her measurements & have a gown that is custom made to match her unique personality. Other collections will be released over the coming year (or two), each with 4-6 gowns.

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These two are from the first try-on the night before the shoot at Kris’s condo. Kris is my go-to Girl Friday. This really wouldn’t have happened without her. Everything from presenting me to her producers to hair-dos. She’s awesome. So is her cute little one eyed cat, Ruth. (Kris is pictured below. She’s the one in the black shirt doing Lauren’s hair. Don’t tell anybody she does hair. She doesn’t want you to know that.)

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Here’s shots of the 2 HOURS it took to get the models ready. Who knew it would take that long? Yes, the last one is actually of me with my right hand completely up Lauren’s shirt. We popped a knob on the busk & couldn’t get it to go back in the hole. While I realize the previous sentence sounds more like something out of a porn mag, it really was quite funny. I like this picture as well because you get the close up effect of what a corset can actually do for the “the girls”. My gowns all have fully functional corsets that are actually capable of a small amount of waist reduction. 2 layers of coutil. spiral steel bones. maximum comfort. maximum figure control.

I forgot to take other pictures of Lauren without her jacket on, but you’ll get to see it on the tv show. It’s a totally different look than with the jacket on. I really want this line to be all about options. I think that if my bride is going to be paying the price range that these gowns are, she shouldn’t have to settle with only what’s available off the rack. So within each collection, she will be able to chose the corset style she likes best, chose to wear a demi-shrug, a full coverage jacket, or go without for the full strapless look, chose her favorite skirt silhouette, and have it all made up in the color she likes best. And yes, my gowns are in color. Color is my thing. It’s part of what makes my look “my look”. I’m going to be offering white as a color option, but all my gowns will be presented on the website in color.

While the girls were getting dressed, I popped down to the lobby to shoot interview. Sorry, don’t have pictures of that. There was background noise & every time someone dropped a tray of forks (something that happens more often than one would think in a hotel lobby/dining area) we had to go back a sentence or two & start over.

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The “studio” setting, which took the longest to tape, but will probably only end up being maybe one minute of footage. See the shadows behind the girls? Apparently that’s bad. The crew worked long & hard to make them go away. Bad shadows. Be gone.

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These are the outdoor shots of the girls walking down the patio & then posed at the end of the shoot. Kristi (the producer) got to yell “that’s a wrap!”, clearly a life long dream of hers. We all have our thing!

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After the taping was over, I was completely exhausted. The crew taped 2 more interviews. Obviously they are super human. I needed a nap. I met briefly with Denee & her daughter at the Perimeter Mall to discuss her May ’08 wedding gown, then headed back to the condo to sandblast my camera make-up off & nap for a bit. Laying on Kris’s couch I felt like I could breath for the first time in a couple of months. I’ve been running from one thing to the next for longer than I can think about, finishing up my summer custom bridal season (pics to come) & then getting these two gowns ready for the trip to Atlanta.

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To cap the night off I got to meet up for dinner with my friends Joe &  Jeannette.  We go way back to the day. 8th grade. awkward growth spurts. parties with no parents. the geek squad. little brothers. pipe bombs. (o.k. that wasn’t us. but we know who did it. apparently the police still don’t.) the bus. airmail letters. Paul. Sandy. Dan. Chris. New Year’s Eve. When somebody knows that much about your past… dude, you’ve totally got to keep them in your hip pocket. 🙂 Especially when they own the rights to 100’s of pictures of you with embarrassingly BIG (and I’m talking really big) 80’s hair. It was great to catch up after not having seen each other in a few years & quite the relaxing way to wrap up a very intense couple of days.

I’m back & have logistical things to tie up. Like I don’t have tags. Or labels. Or bags. Or boxes. Or a manufacturer. Or know how to put together a press kit. This year is going to be a big learning curve, but I’m up for the task. I feel like all the stars are aligned. This is the right time, the right place. I’ve been preparing for this moment since I sewed my first button on my Mrs. Beasley doll 32 years ago.

Look out brides. You’re about to be wearing Alisa Benay to your wedding!

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