What We Are Talking About When We Talk About ‘TO DIE FOR’ DRESSES. Plus, Twitter Is Helpful for Stalking! | Backstage at Bridal Market | Photography by Isabelle Selby

I love it when someone tweets me and twitter shows me exactly where they live.  It’s really useful information to have if I’m in the mood for killing someone that day.  Thank you, technology.  (*she says with a serious face, illustrating intent*)

And if you think I’m kidding, I am as serious about this as these Kardashian faces are serious about being Kardashians AND THEY ARE SERIOUS.  (FYI they are really very serious about it.)

Haha just kidding, I meant to say I’m THIS (<== click it) serious about it.


oooooo-KAAAYYYYYY.  Moving. right. along.  It’s Friday afternoon and DOY, Bridal Week happened, as you know, and to a couple of the shows the lovely Isabelle of Isabelle Selby Photography came with me, ably taking care of the exquisite-runway-photo-documentation side of things, while I took care of the drinking-I MEAN, the socializing-I MEAN, the networking and observing side of things.  She’s all pictures, I’m all talk-WAIT.  That doesn’t sound good at all.  Here: I’m good at sitting in chairs and observing people walk down runways in attractive outfits.  Ok not better, that was not better at all.  Whatever I’mma just get to the photos right now.

Here’s parto numero uno of what we saw in the flesh.  Please put on your goggles because your eyes are about to explode and honestly I don’t want your eye guts all over my blog, thank you very much.

The always lovely Elise (you might remember her from TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress at Kleinfeld; she’s a Pronovias vixen now) shared with us all of the dresses backstage, and here are the delicious, fluffy details Isabelle caught while we were all collectively gushing…

Lady in Red (not Teresa from Real Housewives– this lady’s from the news, though I can’t remember her name or her network, of course) was positively freaking over some of these dresses, and if you had been there as all of this was unfolding, you’d have been freaking out just the same.  I was freaking out under Isabelle as she took this pic; in fact I’m a little shocked she was able to remain so steady to shoot these shots because my body was moving a lot with physical reaction.

:: runway ::



oh we can’t get closer?  oh, OK WELL THEN MORE OF IT FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES

these are just such fun dresses to watch flow down this runway aisle, y’all.  I seriously wish you coulda been there.

I mean…


Little story before I beg you for your feedback:  yesterday afternoon someone tweeted the link to a ‘desert wedding’ post I wrote like forever ago and I clicked on it (of course) and when I scrolled down I saw it had one of my ‘A Day in the Life of Bambino‘seses, but it was a super-back-in-the-day Life of Bambino installment, so it was heavy on the random acts of violence he was so well known for during his puppydom.  We hardly ever give him a stuffed toy anymore that isn’t disembody-proof because of how many stuffed animals have *gone to live on a farm* at his hand.

Ok here, I’ve got to share it, I just– how can I not at this point.

Yeah.  So it just made me think about how a puppy could like, just start punching me in the face, or hold me up at gunpoint and I would still be like, awww how cute.  What a cute puppy this is, he’s holding me up at gunpoint, awww.  I wonder who taught him how to empty a magazine into someone’s skull, so cute.

You know?

Anyway, WHADDYA THINK?  About anything, really.  I just wanna hear your feedback, like, in general.  The dresses are a good start.  hey, do you like the fact that they were inspired by The Great Gatsby?

Oh and also, SEE?  I’m super not-tan.  Super not.  And that’s ok! :)

xoxo  - Alison

*all images taken by my kickass partner in bridal market crime, Isabelle Selby Photography

Thanks to Pronovias for the good times and the pretty dresses, and wanna shout out a special thanks to Tatiana & Grazia from Wedding Salon for always throwing the best preview runway parties; thanks ladies!




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  1. Danielle on April 27, 2012

    My friend takes the prettiest pictures on the planet! :) Beautiful shots, Isabelle.

  2. Alison on April 27, 2012

    Danielle – Isabelle rocks, she grabbed such great shots! I was so excited :)

  3. Casey on April 27, 2012

    Wow – I love these! Whenever I would see the sassy princesses request a Pronovias dress on “Say Yes..” I would usually kind of hate what they ended up with. But these, hot damn. So so good. Also, you’s a hottie, Alison, who cares about a little non-tan skin?!

  4. Alison on April 27, 2012

    Casey – I’m so psyched these impressed ya! They were a vision on the runway, I told Elise I was probably going to have to try one or two for my OWN big day :)

  5. Dina on April 27, 2012

    Can I have all of these right now please? I love that they were inspired by the Great Gatsby!

  6. emily on April 27, 2012

    it’s okay alison, pale is where it’s at. just think how good your skin will look in 30 years! plus, i think that’s the closest we’ve ever come to seeing your (i’m sure) lovely mug on the blog. not gonna lie, i’m terribly curious as to what you look like! lol :)

  7. Maire on April 27, 2012

    I love this blog and can’t get enough of every aspect of it. You are a fabulously talented writer and manage to make everything so relatable. You are so good at this in fact, that sometimes while reading I feel like our hearts and minds become one and basically I feel as if I am reading my own thoughts. So, needless to say, anytime you mention what you look like, or the images of your profile on this post, I become momentarily stunned and confused to discover that you do not in fact look like me, even though I pictured you looking exactly the way I do for the past year or so of reading this blog because, again, you with the relatableness, ’tis your talent milady.

  8. Chelsea on April 28, 2012

    sparklefeatherslacelowbacksheerrufflesoneshoulderruche love.

    UNF. These dresses are ah-mah-zing. I want to bed that feather-y frock. Seriously.

    Pronovias is a big crush of mine. Also, if that first dress came with that booty…holy moly…rock that body, INDEED.

  9. Marie on April 28, 2012

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Thank you for making me feel like I was in the front row Alison. With you, not being there feels a little more bearable.

  10. Sarah on April 28, 2012

    I haven’t been cruising the wedding blogs as much lately, but for serious reals, I’m glad I saw this. As in, I have now re-started the ‘when are we getting married’ whine at my other half. I need that gorgeous dress, the one where even the model is like ‘look at my pretty dress’ fourth from bottom, oui? It is perfect. I possibly would never take it off.

    Also the last one has a cape. I like that if I ever speak to that old friend of mine who wanted a superhero wedding I can present this and feel smug in thinking that I could make that dream happen.

  11. Lena on April 28, 2012

    I’m writing this from the grave because you were right–these gorgeous gowns actually gave me an aneurism and I simply had to come back and haunt my keyboard to tell you that you killed me with the prettiness, finally.

  12. Cassie | Meet Mrs. B on April 29, 2012

    So many ruffles and so much lace and SO MUCH happiness.

    Although I still say that Gatsby might NOT be the best inspiration for a movie, since it doesn’t really promote marital bliss…

  13. Janna Lee on April 30, 2012

    I’m so in love with 2 of the dresses. The feather like bottom, the one shoulder style…I love these!

  14. Jennifer on April 30, 2012

    I love Pronovias…love it.

  15. FEUZA on April 30, 2012

    GORGEOUS photos Isabelle, and Allison thanks for sharing your pink drink with me, had a blast. glad you were there

  16. Wedding Flowers Co. on April 30, 2012

    i love those dresses! they are all amazing!

  17. promstreet on July 5, 2012

    Beautiful!!!!!How much?

  18. jason on July 5, 2012

    Amazing dresses!

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