Welcome back for the next installment of Dresscapades! When we left off, we departed Bridal Garden with nothing but a few things ruled out. From there, we headed to Lovely, a boutique bridal shop in the West Village. We entered through the perfect little wrought iron gates on the garden level, and as soon as we were inside, I was smitten. I mean, smitten.
The boutique is in a stunningly styled brownstone, and I think it would be safe to say that it’s one of my top 5 favorite shops I’ve ever been to in the city. Downstairs, all of Lovely’s dresses are beautifully displayed, along with trays and trays of the most whimsical, fun, funky accessories. My friend Jackie and I immediately started running around, looking through the dresses, and trying on everything from lace gloves to fascinators.
Lovely’s adorable staff chatted with us a little bit to find out a style and price range that we were looking for, and led us upstairs while they pulled some dresses for us. Upstairs, we felt like we were just relaxing in someone’s impeccably designed home — beautiful sofas sit cozily next to a darling fireplace, and in the next room the french doors look out onto the leafy green patio. I never wanted to leave.
The dresses I tried there were so much closer to what I had been looking for. They have a price range that is so doable, and a range of styles that encompasses everything from sweet, to funky, to glamorous. I was so relieved to know that there were options for a bride who didn’t want to look so… well… bridey.
After trying on a few dresses, I slipped into one that I didn’t want to get out of. In fact, I started trying on more after I had taken it off and abandoned that plan to put it back on! It was sweet but not too simple, airy, light, and still looked bridal. I started to really love this dress. We tried on a little birdcage veil with it just to experiment, and took some photos. I left the dress there, but felt like it could be THE dress, unless something came along at my next appointment that absolutely blew my mind.
We’ll pick up there next time! In case you’re wondering, the dress from Lovely was Elizabeth Dye’s Giselle:
See what I mean? Too sweet for words. xoxo