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Monday, May 21, 2012

Busy Brides Find BHLDN

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Indie brides-to-be have found their wedding haven in BHLDN, an off-shoot of vintage inspired retailer Anthropologie.  Selling mostly online and their first two boutiques in Houston and now Chicago, the concept is a one-stop shop of all things pretty!

There are gowns and dresses with retro details like pleats and bows.  There are flapper inspired frocks with intricate art deco embroidery.  There are simple dresses that can be embellished with sashes and jewelry.  Fascinators, necklaces, belts all have a handcrafted, indie designer feel to them.  There is the BHLDN private label collection as well as selections from other curated designers.

Even more fun, the boutique extends into party decorations from tissue paper flowers to printed fans and garlands.  Prices are very affordable, like a short, organza ribbon embroidered dress for $280 to a full ruffled train gown at $2400.  A ceramic pair of bird shaped bottle openers are $28 to double ring placecards for $12.  A gorgeous blush flower fascinator was $150.

 I wish this boutique was around when I was getting married.  It is anti-Bridezilla, for the unique, easy going bride who might be a hipster, might be an artist, doesn't want to confirm to the "Say Yes to the Dress" drama...

Photos by Mariana Leung

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