Disney Fairy Tale Weddings by Alfred Angelo celebrates the Blu-ray release of Cinderella with diamond gown collection

Alfred Angelo and Disney Consumer Products celebrate the release of Disney’s Cinderella Diamond Edition, available on Blu-ray™ for the first time this Fall, with a one-of-a-kind Cinderella– inspired bridal collection.

This unique line of limited-release wedding dresses consists of five exquisite styles in soft shades of blue.  Each gown represents the iconic Disney Princess character from a unique point of view, including timeless ball gowns that sparkle with every turn, and modern fit and flare silhouettes that look as if they were bathed in moonlight.

The Cinderella Diamond Wedding Gown Collection will be unveiled initially at Chicago Bridal market on September 29, 2012, where bridal shops and industry press will get the first view of the collection. The Cinderella Diamond collection will make its runway debut on October 12, 2012, at a press-only show during Couture Bridal Market in New York City.

Beginning in October, the Cinderella Diamond wedding gowns will be available to brides through special engagement bridal trunk shows to be held in Alfred Angelo Signature Stores and Alfred Angelo Partner Stores in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK that carry the 2013 Disney bridal line.  For tour dates and locations, brides can log on to alfredangelo.com.

Commenting on his design inspiration, Alfred Angelo vice president of design Michael Shettel says, “Ever since her launch onto the silver screen in 1950 girls around the world have grown up with Cinderella and idolized her.  I wanted to focus on many facets of her character as well as combine my research from the Disney archives.  I had access to original sketches and concept art for the film.  The sparkling glass slipper, Cinderella’s blue eyes and her blue ball gown set the tone for color, inspiration and themes that are carried throughout the collection.  I wanted to make each gown a unique interpretation and give brides-to-be several visions for their wedding day.”

“We are excited to collaborate with Alfred Angelo on another beautiful, timeless bridal collection and to bring Disney magic to brides on their special day,” said Robert Oberschelp, director of Disney Collections at Disney Consumer Products, “Cinderella’s story is a classic tale of romance and enchantment, and Alfred Angelo’s collection captures those magical storytelling details. The Cinderella Diamond Wedding Gown Collection is a fairytale wish come true.”

The “Glass Slipper” blue fabric is perfect for brides who embrace subtle color for their wedding.  But, each gown is also offered in ivory and white for brides with more traditional tastes.

For more information please visit: www.alfredangelo.com/Disney or www.disneybridal.com.

The Cinderella Diamond Edition Blu-ray will be available October 2nd.


Contest: Alfred Angelo for your bridesmaids

In these trying economic times, it’s to stop – look and enter every contest you can for your wedding.  The cost to you (as the bride and groom) is pretty crazy, but it can be the same way for your bridal party. You know…gifts, parties, showers… it adds up!

So every week in August one bride will win their bridesmaids party absolutely free from Alfred Angelo!  You can select up to six bridesmaid dresses for your wedding party, from their collection of 55 colors!  Did I hear squeals of joy??

Register to win at an Alfred Angelo signature store.  To find the closest Alfred Angelo Signature Store, click here 

Five days and counting….I need a royal dress.

Dear Lisa,

There is so much going on that I have had a tough time of keeping it all in order.  I wish everyone truly understood that this is not only an important time for me, but also extremely stressful.  Everyone has his or her opinion on what should happen, how it should happen and it’s timed down to the last second.  I think my planner even has my bathroom moments timed.

I need to take a moment and really search for my dress.  I actually have a good idea about the style I want and actually want to design it myself.  Is that simply crazy??  I also know that I want two more party dresses to change.  One for the family reception and then one for the real party with our friends that evening.  I also think that since we are now planning a breakfast the next morning with family and friends, I need yet one more outfit.

Yes there are just five days until our wedding, but I know that it will come together….I think.



Dear Kate,

Let’s take it one at a time.  Remember first, you must breathe.  I’ve seen more than one bride (and a few grooms) topple over because they get so stressed that they forget to take a moment to relax.  Secondly, this is your wedding – you and Will.  Nothing will happen before you both arrive so if you’re a few moments late…so be it!  Just don’t ‘be 30 minutes or more because that would be rude.

Communication with Will is extremely key at this time.  This is your partner and the person that you are saying (and he to you) that you want to spend the rest of your life with.  That means that you can discuss everything and truly share the stresses of this time with each other.  If he is a good guy, he’ll do his best to help you and you know what, I’m sure he’s a bit stressed as well.  If you can, why not take a few hours for a date?  Go to lunch, hang out in the park, go for a couples massage or take in a funny movie.  Just the two of you – away from all the prying eyes.  Connect and remember this: The Wedding is one day….the Marriage begins after the party stops.

I was wondering if you had your dress yet.  After just coming back from bridal market in NYC a few weeks ago, there are so many designers that have beautiful gowns.  There is Sassi Holsford, Temperly, Jasper Conran and Jenny Packham who are among my favorite British designers and who could absolutely design for the church or your receptions and parties.

There are also several other designers who have a princess like theme this year and I think they would be lovely for any of your wedding dresses.  Some of my favorites include Monique Lhuillier, St. Pucchi, Reem Acra, Claire Pettibone and of course Carolina Herrera.  A relatively new bridal designer, but he’s dressed lots of A-list celebrities, is Kevan Hall Priscilla of Boston has five separate lines under their umbrella that are beautiful, but Vintage line is my favorite for its chic, sophisticated yet youthful feel.  If you truly wanted to help design your own gown, you should set up an appointment with Amsale, Alfred Angelo, and Reem Acra who I know are always happy to collaborate with a bride that wants to help design their own gown.

Remember to breathe and all will be well.


Question: Have the place, what about bridal party, diets and registry – Oh My!

Dearest Fairy Godmother,

Your earlier note was most helpful and we’ve already begun to take your advice. We’ve decided to get married at Westminster Abby and while I would have loved to have just run off with him…you know a proper destination wedding, Wills family knows a lot of people.  Actually we also have a lot of friends and we wanted to have them attend too.  Thank goodness I’ve already had help with seating.

What we’ve found ourselves wondering is, what sort of things our bridal party should wear?  It is going to be formal and our parties are all sorts of sizes.  No one size fits all here.  With the short notice, even if one of them did want to diet there simply isn’t time.  I want my girls to be comfortable and chic.

We’ve also had people say “where are you registered?”  Frankly, we have lived with each other for several years and have set up our home.  We don’t really need many things that we can’t afford to get ourselves, but I don’t want a crazy lamp that will clash either.  How do we do this?

Oh, I must dash now.  I’m doing a run through with my brother-in-law Harry, because Will is at work and can’t make it.  Thank you once again.



Dearest Kate…it is ok if I call you Kate right? Do call me Lisa.

I love helping brides find the vendors that can best help them in their search and wish to create the perfect wedding day.

I’m thrilled to hear that you have chosen Westminster Abby.  Did you know that it is one of the oldest churches in London?  There’s also great shopping just down the road (I’ve been there, done that!).  Choosing your location will set the tone for everything from your invitations to your dress. So you can have it all in one location (if that’s easier or more cost-effective) or you can have it in different locations.  With that said, make sure that if you have your ceremony in one place and your reception in another, you either offer directions or transportation for your guests.  A wonderful double-decker would be great, a trolley (if a large garden) or even a party bus.

I want to applaud you for choosing people for your wedding party and ACCEPTING them for whatever size they are.  I’m so tired of girls starving themselves to be what people ‘think’ they should be on their wedding day.  However with that said, if they choose and have time to ‘trim up a bit’, then do it properly. Weight Watchers has a new program that helps manage your weight with a healthy eating plan and promoting exercise.  Lots of gyms have programs specifically dedicated to weddings; to target those specific areas.  Remember NO CRASH DIETS HERE!!

There are several designers that have wonderful bridesmaids attire like Priscilla of Boston, Alfred Angelo, Jenny Yoo and Simone Caravilli that carry sizes from 0-36 (not all designers go to 36, but surely to 16). They are chic, stylish and dresses that your girls can and will want to wear again.  I will also say that Two BirdsMaid also have lovely dresses and I do believe are the most versatile.  Why, you can buy one dress and it can be ‘wrapped’ in 15 different versions.  This gives your girls the option to ‘custom-fit’ their dress.

I’m sure you will find dresses for your girls that will allow their personality to shine, give a proper fit and befitting for your wedding vision.  I would strongly recommend that you perhaps…just pick the designer and color and let the girls pick their style.  This will make things lots less stressful for you as some will want to have more arm coverage, more bust-line coverage or not feel comfortable in a short dress.

I think the “Where are you registered” question is the third asked question after “How did he propose” and “Have you set a date yet”.  Registering for your wedding is always a good idea. After all, you don’t want three microwaves or a crazy “Rainforest sound” machine” (unless you like that sort of thing).  Most couples should find a store that is nationwide (for those relatives that live far away and for grandma who may not have a computer and wants to physically go and buy something) and register for a range of things at a range of price points.  So get your china (or just pretty dinnerware), perhaps that new coffee system you’ve had your eye on.  Some shops like Crate and Barrel, William Sonoma, Macy’s, or Nortstrom offer a good selection.  There is also Newlywish.com which offers everything from cookware, dancing lessons, museum memberships and sporting and cultural events.

You can also forgo this all together and ask your family and friends to give to your favorite charity or a great cause.

It sounds like things are shaping up nicely Kate.  I’m so pleased for you.  I’m here and available should you have any other questions.  Just feel free.

Yours In Bridal,


NYC Bridal market is winding down

Hi!  OMG the last 4 days have been on FIRE! Running from here to there; looking at countless dresses, speaking with designers and of course catching up with some of my friends in the industry.  Honestly, it is like a high school reunion.  OK, so I honestly hope that you’re been following along with my tweets and of course that you have subscribed to our facebook page.  There is just so much goodness on there, I can barely contain myself.

I’ve posted hundreds of photos from Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier (did you hear my BIG an EXCLUSIVE ANNOUNCEMENT from Monique?! I’m the FIRST and ONLY Journalist she has shared this with!!), Ines Di Santo, Alfred Angelo, Simone Caravilli, Christos, Kenneth Pool, Amsale, Jenny Lee, Priscilla of Boston, St. Pucchi, Romona Keveza, Anne Bowen, Matthew Williamson, Vera Wang – WHEW!!  That’s only the first 4 days.  There are still more pictures to upload and shows today.  OH…look at the time.  I’ve gotta run, but…here are a few more of my favorite pictures.

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Remember, all the shows I attend, WILL HAVE PICTURES that I’ve taken (I tweet live from the shows – @bridalease) as well as the really pretty-pretty ones from my photographer when they are available.  There is just so much to share on trends, color, style and yes just a bit for the Royal Wedding.  I know!

Happy Monday


NYC Bridal market kicks off Fall Season

I’m completely in awe of all the bridal goodness I’ve seen so far.  Because I didn’t want to keep you in the dark for too long (even though I’ll have complete reporting in a day or two, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite pieces.

As for trends so far: Cap Sleeves, Illusion Sleeves, BOLD Necklaces on sweetheart or halter dresses, Intricate lace details, Beading (very small, very delicate – almost looks like it’s a part of the material), Daring and Bold, Light and Airy.

Here are just a few favorite pics  (ok, so there are 50) BUT…I’ve uploaded ALL MY PICTURES on our Yours In Bridal Facebook Page. If you’re not a fan – please “Like” the page so you’ll have up to the minute information on what’s happening in the world of bridal.  If you already do “Like Me”, THANK YOU!!

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OK….Pictures, pictures…. Alfred Angelo, Simone Caravilli, Christos, Kenneth Pool, Sarah Jassir (she’s the daring one – WOW-ZA), Amsale, Jenny Lee and Priscilla of Boston.