My Very Bridal Charlotte Weekend


For a girl that likes to shop, this weekend couldn’t have been more fun!  My family and future in laws were all in town for a fun little engagement party for my Fiance and me.  We crammed as much fun wedding stuff into this weekend to take advantage of all the families being together for a rare weekend.  One of the things we did this weekend was go and look at wedding gowns for the first time.  On Saturday morning I gathered my gilrs including my mom, sister, grandma, best friend, future mother-in-law and best friend/roomie to go to Hayden Olivia Bridal Boutique in uptown Charlotte.  What an amazing experience.  All the ladies in my group had so much fun looking at all the dresses in the store and picking out almost 15 different dresses for me to try on.  The first time you see yourself in a bridal gown is like an out of body experience.  I put the first gown on, a Kenneth Pool design, and stepped out of the dressing room to show my group.  Now this was not the right dress for me, but still when I looked in the mirror it felt like I was looking at someone else.  Another 5 foot 4 inch redhead bride, definitely not me.  As we made our way through the different gowns I was just still in shock at the sight of myself in the mirror in a gown.  Unfortunately, we didn’t find “the one” at Hayden Olivia.  I was slightly disappointed because I would have really enjoyed the experience at this boutique.

So after the Hayden Olivia visit we decided to switch gears and go to look for some bridesmaid dresses while the little sister was here in town.  We went down South Boulevard to this cute little store called Bella Bridesmaid.  This little store was just so tiny but packed a lot of personality with its dresses from designers like Melissa Sweet, Vera Wang, Coren Moore and more. I found two Coren Moore dresses that I really liked for my bridesmaids in the perfect color, Rasberry.  But to be honest they were a little bit expensive.  So I collected the information on the dresses and in the meantime I am hoping for a miracle sale on Coren Moore bridesmaid dresses, because they are FABULOUS!

After our visit with Bella Bridesmaid we went on to look at David’s Bridal.  I don’t mean to offend anyone that is a huge fan of this place.  I know that they offer all kinds of affordable options for brides and wedding parties but to be perfectly honest the experience is terrible.   They do have some cute options for bridesmaid dresses but their presentation of their product and then the dressing rooms make me never ever want to set foot in the store again.  That is all I have to say about that place…

So after DB we were done with our shopping on Saturday it was time to get ready for the party… Next post I will talk about the rest of the shopping weekend which included trips to Crate and Barrel, Nordstroms (for Mother of the Bride shopping), New York Bride and J. Majors…

Where did you go to find the best looks for your wedding?

Weddings Unveiled Surprise in Charleston, SC


This past weekend I packed up my things to head down to Charleston for a weekend in the sun celebrating my good friend the Bachelorette Laura.  Sorry to have abandoned the Queen City for the weekend, but sometimes its nice to get away even if its only for a day or two.  Anyways, I digress… So as we were headed to Folly Beach for some fun in the sun we stopped by the nearest Harris Teeter to pick up some water, ice and of course all the gossip/fashion/wedding magazines we could find.

Since I was the other engaged girl in the group I decided to pick up a wedding magazine.  I purchased a copy of Weddings Unveiled, a magazine that I had my eye on for a couple of weeks now, but just never got around to purchasing.  This wedding is actually produced here in Charlotte, NC. While flipping through the pages I came to an advertisement for Hayden Olivia Bridal Boutique.  Hayden Olivia is an awesome bridal boutique owned by Heather Batt.  Heather and I worked together for her Sex and the City fashion show in March.  All of the jewelry used in the fashion show was from my Designs By Krissy collection.  So anyways, in the advertisement was the rose necklace I loaned her.  I was elated to see it in a magazine.  You will have to check out the magazine if you’re interested in bridal fashion and jewelry.

So while in Charleston, besides getting excited about seeing my work in a magazine, we had a blast!  We went to the rooftop bar at the Market Pavilion Hotel, had dinner at Social, which is a tapas and wine bar, and then continued to paint the town.  One of my favorite things to do is to just go out and dance my booty off!  We certainly did that at Light. This place literally had the best DJ  spinning some great tunes.  The prices were really reasonable and all six of us just had so much fun together! I can’t tell you everything that happened that weekend, because what happens during the bachlorette party stays at the bachlorette party.  But what I will say is that the Charleston Bachlorette party was a success on all fronts!

What is your favorite southern location/city to get away to?