The inside the boutique series continues today with Georgia’s oh so adorable Nicole and Adrienna of Ivory & Beau. With a shoot by Mackensey Alexander of their gorgeous bridal salon – Ivory & Beau offers a cool blend of wedding dresses and wedding planning!
What inspired you both to combine wedding planning and dress shopping into one unique experience?
“We met working at David’s Bridal as sales consultants. I left David’s Bridal to work for La’ren Belle, a fancy boutique in Savannah, which closed shortly after I started working there. Nicole used to own a wedding planning business, Simply Savannah Events, and did wedding planning while working part-time at David’s Bridal. I came back to David’s Bridal and reached out to Nicole about having her use some of my bridal accessories I made for my senior collection at SCAD for a styled shoot.
While collaborating on the shoot in St. Augustine, FL we started talking about possibly opening up a shop and combining it with the wedding planning company. Two months later and a lot of hours of hard work we were approved for a business loan and our dreams started to take place. Being able to have both parts of the wedding experience really allows us to have more personal time with our brides. So now it’s awesome because not only can we sell them a dress, but we can also help them plan their big day.”
What gown trends do you think will be big or back in style this year?
“Color! Girls are getting more into colored wedding dresses, from the popular soft pink, to gray and blue. We recently had one of our brides get a Faith Thornburg gown with a blue slip, so she will have a touch of blue in her gown. We currently have a blush dress, a gold dress and a blue dress and are working on getting a gray dress.
We also think that the bohemian bridal trends will continue to be big. This trend seemed to have started on the West Coast but we think that Southern brides will follow suit as they see more and more whimsical, romantic, and soft styles.”
What inspired the interior styling & design of your boutique?
“It really was a mix of both of our aesthetics. Nicole is more edgy and eclectic, while I’m girly and traditional. But we both have a love for vintage furniture and pops of color and pattern, so it was really fun being able to decorate the store and make it one-of-a-kind.”
What is your #1 tip for brides looking for their wedding dress right now?
“Don’t be afraid to try something new. You will be surprised what you like once you try it on. Often brides come in with an image in their head of what they want, but once they try it on they realize it’s not them. So don’t be discouraged if your idea of a dream dress changes once you try on gowns!
Also, remember it’s about you not your family or friends… I think it’s so important for a bride to follow her heart when choosing her dress and pick it for herself! It’s so sad when we see brides who fall in love with a dress and get discouraged because of a friend. Our intern, Alison, recently just changed her dress to the original one she wanted but nobody else loved and now she is so happy and relieved and even more excited for her wedding day!”
What is a fun wedding detail that a bride has asked you ladies for?
“Oh my gosh what a hard question because all of our brides are so fun! I think maybe the most fun was having paper garlands made of 1000 paper cranes… or maybe the woodland Wes Anderson themed wedding we did with a table runner made entirely of moss… OR maybe the paper pin wheel arch we did on a vintage door… oh I really have no idea. We get awesome clients who want to push the boundaries and do really unique and really fun stuff!”
What are you excited about for this upcoming shopping season?
“We are really excited for our Pop-Up shop series we have planned for this spring and fall! We love handmade wedding dresses so much so we decided to reach out to smaller designers to see about sharing their collections in our shop if even for a week.
We have had such great turnout and feedback from designers and so we cannot wait to help spread the news about their collections while also sharing these gowns with local brides. We think it will be a lot of really fun events and we look forward to doing more styled shoots with all of the pretties!”
Be sure to check out more features from the inside the boutique series here. I’d like to give a big mahalo to the ladies at Ivory & Beau for taking the time to answer these questions and to Mackensey Alexander for sending her gorgeous images!