Shop for a Cause- Jewelry Event Benefitting St. Jude’s

Wedding season is in full swing and when it comes to taking care of last minute details brides can get overwhelmed. Many brides ask, “What do I get my bridesmaids?!” Don’t panic! In the spirit of our Monique Lhuillier bridesmaid trunk show, Carine’s Bridal Atelier has partnered with Stella & Dot to find your bridesmaids the perfect gifts. We will be hosting a jewelry event on July 9th from 6pm-8pm and the best part is 50% of the proceeds will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital! Who knows, maybe you could take a much needed break from wedding planning and treat yourself too! You can come in, shop, sip, and help save lives just follow this link to RSVP…

Here are some amazing pieces available from Stella & Dot as well as other gifts ideas for your girls..

Colorful and on trend best describe these gorgeous earrings.

Norah Chandeliers $49


Retro and geometric patterns make this bracelet standout.

Macey Bangle $39


This necklace can add just the right pop of color to any outfit.

Coral Cay Necklace $98


These gold earrings have a lot of movement perfect for day or night.

Reverie Chandeliers $39


A classic gold link bracelet is a jewelry classic, this one hits the mark by not being too thin or chunky.

Jackie Link Bracelet $69


If you’re looking for some other options here are some of our other favorite things…

Your girls will feel instantly luxurious with a silk robe in their favorite color. It’s thoughtful and a glamourous staple every woman should have in her closet.

Silk Robe by Natori $98



If you are having a destination wedding, chic travel accessories can make the journey even more fun.

Henri Bendel Laundry Set $48



A unique clutch is definitely something your bridesmaids can use again. If a clutch is dressy but not too “evening” your girls can wear it for a night out or dress it up for another wedding. Depending on her style you could go for something more classic or funky but still special either way.

Hexagonal Clutch by Tasha $48




Knuckle Clasp Clutch by Tasha $78



Most women love receiving a “little blue box” but what makes this necklace special is the message behind it. The olive leaf or olive branch has long been associated with friendship, what better way to show your girls how much they mean to you?

Paloma Picasso “Olive Leaf Vine” sterling silver pendant by Tiffany & Co. $175








Monique Lhuillier 2015 Bridesmaid Trunk Show

The latest bridesmaid collection by Monique Lhuillier is absolutely stunning! Clean lines and artful pleating embody the 2015 season and your girls will definitely feel sophisticated and chic in these artful gowns. We are so excited to feature the line’s styles at our upcoming trunk show July 10th-12th. Orders placed during the show will receive special pricing and first access to the new 2015 collection, not available in stores until fall. For appointments please call (202) 965-4696 or email Here are a few of the gowns available during the trunk show…





What is a bridal sample sale?


In light of our upcoming sample sale we thought we would answer a few frequently asked questions and share some sneak peaks of what will be on sale. Our pre-sale will be June 24th with the Sample Sale running the 25-26th… happy shopping!

1. What is a sample gown?

- A sample gown is a gown bought off of our showroom floor. It is a gown that has been tried on by other brides during the shopping process. Gowns go on sample sale when they have been discontinued or more room is needed on the showroom floor. It is a great time to buy because you can save 30-75% off of a designer gown.

2. What are the prices of our sample sale gowns?

- As mentioned above, our sample gowns are 30-75% off of the price of the dress. Our average price point is $5,500 with gowns ranging from $3,000-$15,000 so the sale price depends on the price of the gown.

3. What size are your samples?

- Our sample gowns range between a bridal 8 or 10. Keep in mind that bridal sizing is different and is usually cut smaller than ready-to-wear. Also, every designer cuts differently so sizing can vary depending on the gown itself.

4. Do I need an appointment for a sample sale?

- For our sample sale June 24-25th we will be going by appointment and appointments do get filled fast!

5. What do I do after I buy a sample?

- Decide on cleaning and alterations. Some samples may require cleaning and we can suggest a cleaner to go to but not all gowns need it. As far as alterations go we do offer them in store for an additional fee, however whether you choose to do them with us or not, it is best to find your seamstress as soon as you can!

See a sneak peak of some sample gowns on sale below…

Temperly London Fern

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Carolina Herrera Trunk Show June 12-14th

For her spring 2015 bridal collection Carolina Herrera featured several trends, all with the timeless flare and elegance she is known for. Ball gowns, plunging necklines, embroidered appliqué, and lace ruled the runways this season. Ms. Herrera definitely did not miss a beat, showcasing each trend in her own way. Brides can try on the latest styles from the designer at her trunk show starting tomorrow and running through Saturday, just call 202 965-4686 or email for your appointment. Here are some of our favorite looks from her collection…


“Chloe” features an exaggerated ball gown shape with clean lines for a crisp and sophisticated aesthetic.




“Cassidy” features a plunging neckline and sleek skirt.

Carolina Herrera "Cassidy"



“Clementine” features embroidered appliqué. This fit to flare gown has a hint of sparkle for a soft yet glamourous look.

Carolina Herrera "Clementine"



“Camelia” features a lace bateau neckline and romantic bridal feel.

Carolina Herrera "Camelia"








Marchesa Trunk Show – Red Carpet Inspiration

This weekend we are featuring Marchesa, Spring 2015 gowns during our Marchesa Trunk Show at Carine’s Bridal Atelier. Throughout award season, you can find the CBA girls cuddled up on a couch captivated by some our favorite celerbrites – and then you can find us discussing it all the next day! Bridal designers often taken inspiration from the couture looks they put on celebrities on the red carpet and vice versa. See below from some of our favorite gowns perhaps inspired by this years red carpet moments!

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Rivini Spring 2015 Bridal Trunk Show

“In today’s world of selfies and smartphone cameras, Rita Vinieris reflected on what life was like before cameras. She came across the process of photograms, the process of creating a photographic image without the use of a camera, resulting in a negative shadow image. Thus for her spring Rivini collection, she combined that idea along with 3-D printing to create beautiful dresses done in textural patterns and 3-D embroideries. A hand-beaded gown was worked in nude tulle layered over chiffon and silk charmeuse, its intricate beadwork creating a 3-D effect. A variety of dresses were also produced via 3-D printers, including a strapless gown in organza, tulle and leather.

In a humorous twist — and a smart marketing move — the models lined up at the end of the show and took Instagram selfies and photos of the front row.” – Women’s Wear Daily

See below for some of our favorite gowns from Rivini’s Spring 2015 collection… and a selfie from our own CBA girls at market last month!

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Easter Pastel Wedding Inspiration

Happy Easter to all of our past, current, and future brides – and to all of our family and friends! As the weather has begun to warm up in the DC area, we have also begun to sport some pastel hues in our everyday wear here at CBA. We love the ideas of incorporating such hues in a Spring wedding. So with that in mind, check out the inspiration boards that we have created to touch on of the soft, muted, vibe of this holiday:

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