Pure Magnolia Debuts 2013 Collections

Pure Magnolia Polka Dot Dress

Have you seen the new 2013 collections from Vancouver’s Pure Magnolia? We’ve always been fans of the studio’s flattering, perfectly-detailed dresses, but the new offerings have us even more excited. We can’t wait to see the polka dot dress (pictured above) worked into someone’s very vintage wedding, and the hemp mermaid dress, which somehow looks both glamourous and natural, is too pretty to go unmentioned. You can check out the 2013 Couture collection here, the 2013 Classic collection here, and the 2013 Vintage collection here.

P.S. Did you know that Pure Magnolia also creates beautiful plus-size dresses for Vancouver brides? We’ve always found it frustrating that many designers seem to style for one body shape only and were excited to learn this news!


Preowned Wedding Dress Roundup 11/13/12

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1. Oleg Cassini CWG322, $450/originally $950

We’ve always loved this dress for the way it blends a classic, simple ballgown style with a creative beaded floral detail. It’s also an easier dress to shorten than most.

2. Manuel Mendoza, $1, 700/originally $3,467

Two words: Local designer. Two more words: Convertible skirt. Two final words: cash or email money transfer only (go in person!). Continue reading

Preowned Wedding Dress Roundup 10/30/12

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1. Mikaella 1406, $400/originally $1,300

This dress is enough of a steal on its own, but the bride is including the matching Jim Hjelm jacket for free (a worthy addition for a winter wedding).

2. Allure Bridal, $700/originally $1,500

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Preowned Wedding Dress Roundup 10/16/12

In the coming weeks, you’ll be seeing some changes around here, and one of them is with preowned wedding dress roundups. We’ll be featuring these posts just as often, and they’ll still be full of fabulous Vancouver wedding dresses, but we will be discussing the dresses less (unless there’s something important to note about the gown) and letting the pictures—and descriptions on the linked websites—speak for themselves. Let us know what you think!

1. Rivini Armane, $1,700/originally $3,400

The exact gown to show off your shape (and famous from Say Yes To The Dress).

2. Lazaro 3607, $2,000/originally $5,950

A departure from Lazaro’s usual soft, ethereal looks, and perfect for fall and winter weddings. Added bonus: It’s never been worn. Continue reading

Preowned Wedding Dress Roundup 09/20/12

1. Maggie Sottero, $900/originally $1,800

The wrap-inspired bodice on this one will whittle any waist, and the embellished lace elements add a couture feel (at a great price). Since the back is lace up there’s also a little wiggle room in the sizing, which means you may not have to spring for extensive tailoring.

2. Lazaro 3010, $3,500/originally $5,500

In short, this dress isĀ luxurious. There’s beading, floral touches, and plenty of soft ruffling leading to an elegant train. The owner had it modified to a sweetheart neckline (always a good move in our book!). It’s not exactly budget friendly, but this much detailing on a dress never is.
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Preowned Wedding Dress Roundup 09/06/12

Our last preowned wedding dress roundup was entirely designer, and this week’s collection of gowns goes in a totally different direction: Custom dresses that get their attention from being unique (not from the name on their label).

1. Vintage Lace Dress, $350/original price not listed

This dress doesn’t just look vintage, it actually is vintage, and while the 70s feel isn’t for everyone, the long sleeves and high lace neckline create some great drama. Even with alterations to fit your frame, your budget will be nice and happy with this gown, and you won’t look like every other bride (especially if you take styling cues from the model!).

2. Vintage Inspired Lace Dress, $1,000/original price not listed

The champagne hue of this gown gives it plenty of romantic appeal, and we’re in love with many of the other elements too (the cross bodice, the sweetheart neckline, the delicate beading…). You could make it modern or take it vintage depending on your accessories, but if you choose the latter, we’re big fans of the fascinator the bride is also selling.
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Preowned Wedding Dress Roundup 08/15/12

Hopefully you’re okay with a little name dropping, because today we’re doing designer only for our preowned wedding dress roundup. We’ve even got a celebrity endorsement on one. So, without hesitating, let’s get straight to the runway.

1. Vera Wang Gemma, $4,000/originally $6,700

Queen Vera can do no wrong, and the Gemma is no exception. You’ve got all the classic designer elements: A completely flattering fit, ethereal swishy parts and beading on the train that almost calls to the mind twinkling stars. Yes, it’s still a big investment, but, like we said, it’s Vera. Need a little Hollywood endorsement? It was the basis for the gown Hilary Duff chose for her recent wedding.

2. Lazaro 3052, $2,500 negotiable/original price not listed

We love Lazaro, and this dress may be one of the most old-world glamorous ones we’ve seen. From the glittering beaded bodice—in a simple tank style that tones down any risk of being over-the-top—to the trumpet-shaped satin skirt, it’s classy and elegant and all things wonderful. It’s newly on the market too, the bride got married just last month.
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Preowned Wedding Dress Roundup 07/23/12

As a little present for you on this ugly grey Monday, we’ve sought out the sweetest, prettiest preowned gowns around, and brought them here in hopes that one is your very own dream dress. Don’t you feel better already?

1. Paloma Blanca 4108, $1,350/originally $2,400

We love the blend of more structured natural silk and ethereal tulle on this dress and they way the one offers just a peek of the offer. Even better, it’s supposedly incredibly comfortable, which we wouldn’t have expected.

2. Jasmine F274, $550/originally $1,750

Goddess gowns have moved past trend status into “here to stay”, so we think they’re a regret-free buy, and this one is a serious bargain since it includes a matching veil (with sparkling silver trim). You also won’t have to worry about skipping your well planned wedding supper since this dress is more forgiving in the waist, and you can enjoy the fun of a train without being dragged down by extra weight.
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Preowned Wedding Dress Roundup 07/04/12

The long weekend has come and gone and it’s back to business as usual, which isn’t the worst thing because it means that it’s time for a preowned wedding dress roundup. The summer months are the trickiest for finding a great preowned gown (most brides list their dresses in the late fall or early winter after their summer weddings). This week, however, we’ve tracked down a few fabulous finds.

1. Monique Lhuillier Candy, $4,000/originally $6,900

In the world of preowned wedding dresses, getting a Monique Lhuillier with a decent discount is the equivalent of finding gold. Why? For one thing, many brides who can afford to shell out for a Lhuillier don’t care to sell. Also, like certain cars, Monique Lhuillier dresses have great resale value. This one offers an enticing savings (and it’s from the 2012 collection), but there’s a catch: You’ll have to wait until after April of next year—and the current owner’s wedding—to get it. The plus to all this is that the bride is open to altering the dress with your preferences in mind, and that’s a rare option in used gowns.

2. Paloma Blanca 4104, $850/originally $2,200

We don’t know why, but a lot of the preowned wedding dresses we come across are sized between zero and four, so we were thrilled to find a beautiful option for brides that aren’t teeny tiny. The beaded sash creates a beautiful shape (while the full skirt ensures a comfortable fit even for dancing) and the sweetheart neckline flatters the face. The bride is also including the Paloma Blanca veil that she wore with the dress, so you won’t have to spend days searching for the right color match.
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Preowned Wedding Dress Roundup 06/12/12

We know we’ve kept you waiting for a new preowned wedding dress roundup, so we’re going to make it up to you today with some gowns that were worth the wait. We’re crossing our fingers that one of them is meant for you!

1. Paloma Blanca 4162, $800 or best offer/originally $2,250

Okay, so this is not a dress for the meek, but that’s why we love it. You know you’ll have fun strutting around the dance floor with these pleated ruffles along for the ride, and if you pick this one, it’s because you’re fine with all the (good) attention you’re going to get.

2. Mikaella 1406, $800/originally $1,500

This gown is designed with some modern elements (a pretty pleated back and soft folds in the skirt), and the bride went with it by taking out one layer of crinoline to make it a little sleeker and removing the flower detail.
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