Real Bride: Nicole Marriott featured in Grace Ormonde

We were thrilled when we saw our bride Nicole Marriott was featured in Grace Ormonde’s fall/winter 2014 issue! It was such a pleasure to work with Nicole and her family through her bridal gown experience. Nicole wore a Liancarlo gown and a custom Monique Lhuillier skirt. Her and her husband, Maxwell Avery met in a college English class in 2006.They were married seven years later on April 27, 2013 at the Washington National Cathedral and celebrated their reception at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

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Bride of the Week: Lena in Badgley Mischka


Congratulations to Lena, who was married at the Sheraton Pentagon City. Lena looked stunning in a Badgley Mischka gown with a custom neckline. We love the gorgeous beaded capped sleeve on this gown, especially with an updo like Lena’s. The CBA girls wish you lots of love and happiness in the future!

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Bride of the Week: Nicole in Liancarlo


In honor of our Liancarlo Trunk Show, quickly approaching March 27th-29th, we are featuring Nicole in a Liancarlo silk tulle gown with featherstitching and embroidery. Nicole always came in the store full of energy and a smile, and her mother always came in with pecans for our consultants! With brides like Nicole, we are always thankful for our clients becoming friends. Be sure to check out the vendor list below if you loved this wedding as much as we did. Congratulations to Nicole – we wish you the very best with married life!

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Vendor List:

Bride’s Attire: Carine’s Bridal AtelierLiancarlo gown

Groom’s Attire: Capital Custom Clothiers 

Hair Dresser: Hair by Giselle

Makeup Artist: Jordan K Winn & Co

Event Coordinator: Paul Tramonte- Director of Event Planning at The Mayflower

Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes 

Florist + Caterers: The Mayflower  

Photographer: Michael Bennett Kress Photography

Music/Entertainment: Doctors Orders Band 

Bride of the Week: Cathryn

This week, we are featuring Cathryn, a gorgeous bride wearing a shell colored lace and tulle Liancarlo gown. Cathryn was such a pleasure to work with and it was clear that, throughout the planning process, she had a distinct eye for style. We were blown away when we saw these photos captured by Modern Life Portraits, at the magnificent St. Matthew’s Cathedral with a reception following at the Decatur House. Kudos to  A. Dominick Events for helping to make Cathryn’s vision come true!
Congratulations, Cathryn!

Bride of the Week: Lili in Monique Lhuillier Peony


Talk about a stunning bride and family! Lili’s magical wedding day took place at Salamander Resort in Middleburg, Va over Columbus Day weekend in October. The wedding united Lili and her husbands families and five(!) boys. Lili wore Monique Lhuillier “Peony” in ivory. See below for a description of the dream day and the gorgeous photos captured by The Observatory: Noteworthy Documentary Photographers.

From Lili:

The weekend was filled with many wonderful moments and laughs.  We kicked-off the festivities on Friday with a vineyard tasting at Chrysalis for our guests, followed by a family rehearsal dinner in the Equestrian Barn at Salamander. Later that evening, we hosted a large dessert and cocktail party for all our friends and family in the Resort’s Library.  On Saturday morning, Tom took some adults and kids to a nearby Paintball facility while I hosted champagne and snacks in the spa.

Our guests arrived for the wedding at 4:30 on Saturday and were greeted with champagne and lemonade.  The ceremony was under a beautiful tent, filled with flowers, overlooking the fields and stable.  It was very personal and warm and contained many touching moments, such as all guests hugging each other at the start of the ceremony; our friends and family performing heart-felt readings and songs (one of which was performed by Tom’s brother); lighting candles in remembrance of our parents; special recognition of each of our boys when they signed a picture of the resort (later to be a special memento) and received a customized horseshoe and giant candy bar; and exchanging of public and secret vows between Tom and me. The reception was in the Grand Ballroom which was draped in beautiful sheers and pin spotting from the ceiling and filled with candles, crystals and flowers over-flowing onto the tables.  To kick-off the dinner, the “Dunn-Kiernan” family was introduced by our close friends and each boy had their own individual entrance. After a few heartfelt and hilarious toasts, including a modified rendition of the “Brady Bunch” song from my close friend, dancing  immediately began and the kids quickly over-took the floor.  However, the adults followed shortly thereafter, clearly enjoying the talented and energetic 10 piece band.  The joyous celebration went into the early morning and all had a great time!

The next morning, we hosted a brunch and thanked all of our guests for sharing in our special weekend.  Our family then enjoyed a quiet day together and went for a horseback ride followed by a cozy dinner in town.  

Indeed, it was a special, magical wedding weekend in Middleburg that we will forever remember and cherish.

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Our Bride + Bridesmaids of the Week: Suzanne


This week, we are featuring Suzanne – our bride who was married this past May. Suzanne came to our store in August of 2012 in hopes of finding the wedding dress of her dreams. Little did she know, she would find 5 more perfect gowns for her bridesmaids!

The wedding ceremony took place at St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Villanova, Pennsylvania and the reception took place at The Merion Cricket Club in Haverford, Pennsylvania. All of the gorgeous details throughout the day were captured by Chuck Anerino of Hoffer Photography.

Suzanne looked beautiful in Pauline by Monique Lhuillier and her bridesmaids wore Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids style number 450084.


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Bride (and Bridesmaids!) of the Week: Allison


Happy Friday to all of our clients and followers! This week, we are featuring our sweet bride, Allison (pictured above). Allison was married in a gorgeous Liancarlo gown with a sweetheart neckline and cascading beading. And to make things easy (and chic!), Allison also shopped with her bridesmaids at our store and together they decided on Monique Lhuillier bridesmaids dresses, style number 450002 (pictured below). Kudos to Rodney Bailey on capturing Allison and her bridesmaids, Laren, Brittany, Whitney, Shannon, Ann, Sara, and Chandler, on this beautiful September day!







Congratulations, Allison! We hope you are enjoying married life.