Top 7  Wedding Dress Shopping Tips for Curvy Brides

Top 7 Wedding Dress Shopping Tips for Curvy Brides

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The thought of dress shopping as a curvy bride can be intimidating. Even walking into a bridal shop can evoke anxiety and nervousness. What styles will look best on me? Will the shop have samples in my size? Can I even find the perfect dress?

As a recent bride (my husband and I will be celebrating our 5th anniversary! Yay!) and bridal fashion expert, I can say with confidence that there is light at the end of the tunnel, that will lead you the “say yes to the dress moment” you’ve always dreamed about.

In this post, I’ll be sharing my top tips for shopping for your plus size wedding dress.

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Don’t wait until the last minute. Start shopping at least six months ahead of your big day. You’ll want plenty of time for ordering and alterations. Also, early shopping will save you the headache of having to settle for a short production dress or being rushed to order.

Work with a shop that will treat you right. At Elite Secrets Bridal, we roll out the red carpet, so you have a stellar experience with knowledgeable experts. We love all our brides but pride ourselves on offering gorgeous options for curvy brides. No rude treatment or limited options at ESB!

Plan for your appointment. This is one of the best shopping experiences ever, so take it seriously. Get a good night’s rest before your date. Avoid alcohol and salty foods, too. Most importantly, silence your inner critic and come with a great attitude. Feeling good on the inside will almost guarantee looking good on the outside.

Choose your tribe wisely. Good vibes and positive tribes can take your dress shopping experience to a whole other level. Invite folks that get you and want the best for you. After all, this is the most fun part of the wedding planning process, and a Debbie Downer can ruin everything.

Hire a good seamstress. A great seamstress is your best friend. And, you’re in luck because we have an Ah-mazing seamstress on-site. If your dream dress needs straps or bra cups to help enhance your look, we’ve got you covered. Invest in this worthy service. You won’t regret it.

Have fun! If you take one thing away from this post, having fun should be it! If you aren’t having fun doing this, then you are doing it all wrong. Grab your tribe and live it up! Did I mention we have complimentary champagne for you and your tribe?

If this post has you fired up to say yes to your dress, go ahead and book your appointment with us now. We can’t wait to serve you.

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 TRAVEL TIPS FOR FLYING WITH YOUR WEDDING DRESS

TRAVEL TIPS FOR FLYING WITH YOUR WEDDING DRESS

With all the things to consider for a destination wedding, worrying about transporting your wedding dress shouldn’t add to your stress.

First, remember that you’re not the first bride to travel to her wedding with her dress in tow. And, lucky for you our wedding dress expert, LaTonya, owner of Elite Secrets Bridal is here to help.

A simple but costly option would be to buy an extra ticket for your gown. You can ensure your dress will make it to your destination in mint condition if it’s resting in the seat next to you. The bonus is you’re almost guaranteed an aisle or window seat.

If purchasing a ticket is not an option for you, keep reading for LaTonya’s tips for traveling with your special garment.

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Planning

  • Check the airline’s guidelines for wedding dress policies or carry-on rules. Some large air carriers will have policies in place for traveling with wedding gowns. Here are links to some of the popular airlines:

American

Delta

Spirit

Southwest

United

  • Scope out the plane ahead of your flight for closets or large overhead bins. Seatguru.com will give you an opportunity to view the plane’s layout before your departure date. Check out your carrier to determine if there’s space to hang or store your dress. Some airlines have closets for first-class passenger and pilots—even if you don’t have a first-class ticket, some attendants will allow you to store your dress if space is available.

    Arrive early to make arrangements with the gate agent before boarding begins to increase your chances of securing closet space.

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Packing

With all the fabric and possibly a train, packing a wedding dress can be a daunting task. There are two options for packing your wedding garment: in a carry-on suitcase or in a garment bag.

  • If you opt for the garment bag, there’s a sure way to hang your dress correctly and avoid getting wrinkles during the flight. First, insert the hanger of the dress into the top of the garment bag and hang it up high so you can gather the dress. Then, take the right side of the gown and the left side of the dress and fold them toward the center. Be sure to have a thick bag to avoid punctures from other items in the overhead compartment.

  • If you prefer to use a suitcase, make sure your dress has its own bag. Your wedding dress should be far away from anything that could stain it. It’s best to store toiletries, shoes, and makeup in a separate piece of luggage. 

It’s essential to turn your dress inside out before packing. Turning your dress inside out protects the garment in case anything spills inside of your suitcase. 

When you’re ready, lay the dress out flat on the bed or clean floor. Fold the left and right sides of the skirt into the center. Then, roll the gown, keeping as much air as possible between the layers and of the dress to prevents wrinkles.

Place the rolled dress in a large plastic dry-cleaning bag. Next, tie off the ends of the bag, creating an air pocket around the dress. Place the dress in your suitcase.

  • Pack a portable steamer. Although our tips will help minimize wrinkles, we can’t promise that your beautiful gown will be wrinkle-free when you land. Packing a portable steamer will help in the event the worst occurs. Some hotels have steamers, but why take a risk when you can pack your own.

    To guard against water spots from the steam, place a towel or a cotton sock over the head of your steamer before you begin to steam your dress.

Now you know everything about how to fly with a wedding dress! Still looking to say yes to the dress? Join us for our Allure Bridal Trunk Show this weekend (Sept. 13-15th) and save 10% off your dream dress. Book your appointment here.

Introducing Cristiano Lucci

Introducing Cristiano Lucci

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There's a new collection at Elite Secrets Bridal, and we couldn't be more excited. We are thrilled to announce that Cristiano Lucci Bridal gowns are available at ESB!

For the fashion-conscious bride to be, Cristiano Lucci ignites the hopes and dreams of looking red carpet ready on a practical budget. The brand's classic semi couture range promises to keep up with the latest trends of the glitterati, minus the exorbitant price tags. And even for the less dramatically inclined, Cristiano Lucci promises a new destination for timeless staples. 

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Not all bridal styles are created equal. And design house, Cristiano Lucci gets that, which is why he's created runway-worthy bridal gowns that cover all of the bases to appeal to any fashion-conscious bride to be. In his collections, you'll see hints of elegant lace, subtle embellishments, stunning silhouettes, and unique fabrics that keep up with the latest trends in all the right ways. So, if you're a bride that lives for timeless staples, this designer collection will capture your heart quicker than you can say "Cristiano Lucci."

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These gorgeous gowns have already hit our showroom floor, and they are ready for you to try on and say yes!

Obsessed with Cristiano Lucci? Book your appointment to try on your dream dress now. We can't wait to meet you. 

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You're Invited to our Allure Bridal Trunk Show September 13th -15th

You're Invited to our Allure Bridal Trunk Show September 13th -15th

There are two things we love: Gorgeous wedding dresses and spoiling our brides…and not necessarily in that order. So, to say that we are excited about the upcoming trunk show is an understatement.

Maryland, DC, Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania Brides mark your calendars and notify your tribe for a one-of-a-kind trunk show featuring the Madison James Collection by Allure Bridal, September 13th through September 15th! You don’t want to miss this opportunity to say, “Yes” to jaw-droppingly gorgeous gowns from Allure’s fall and winter collections!


New to wedding dress shopping? Curious about bridal trunk shows? Get all the deets and learn everything you need to know in our trunk show guide: 8 Tips for Wedding Dress Shopping at a Bridal Trunk Show


The Madison James Collection is the dream of any modern, sophisticated bride. Featuring fresh silhouettes, avant-garde fabrics, and innovative lace textures and patterns, Madison James is equal parts romantic and chic. Beading and gorgeous embellishments accentuate the unique, clean designs. The collection aims to highlight the breathtaking beauty of a woman in love. Make your appointment to preview this stunning collection September 13th through September 15th and save 10% off your dream Madison James dress.

And because we love spoiling you, any bride-to-be that purchases a gown during the trunk will receive a FREE bridal hair and makeup trial.

Here’s how to attend this event and say yes to your Allure wedding dress:

1.       Book your appointment TODAY online at EliteSecretsBridal.com/contact or call 410.727.7000 (appointment slots fill up quickly).

2.       Grab your bride tribe. We’ll supply the champagne!

3.       Let’s make magic! Our professional staff is ready to serve you and your tribe—with bubbly in hand.

 

Elite Secrets Brides in Allure Bridal’s Madison James Collection

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Words from our brides…

I went here during the trunk show and the whole experience was amazing. This was my first time trying on bridal gowns so I really didn’t know what I wanted or what would look best on me. I was so well taken care of and they helped bring dresses that would look good for my body shape. I walked out with a beautiful gown and I am so beyond happy this was such a great first experience all around! I’d definitely would recommend coming here!
— Mandy
Elite Secrets Bridal was absolutely wonderful in every capacity. My bridesmaids and I had such a fun-filled day trying on dresses. Tonya was so comfortable, helpful, and accommodating with everything we needed!! After I purchased my dress, they completed fittings and alterations and bustling for my dress as well as my partners. They had a full team to do the hair and makeup for my partner and I’s bridal party of 15 women, 2 MOB’s, and both of us! Tonya’s talents for makeup were incredible and we were so happy the day of. We highly recommend them!!
— Stephanie
My experience with Elite Secrets, was amazing. I was looking for a wedding gown and found exactly what I was looking for. Tonya Turnage was so pleasant and helpful. Her professionalism is wonderful. Elite Secrets is the place to go for Bridal gowns and accessories. Also, for any makeup and hair for your special day. My experience there was and always will be unforgettable. Thank you, Elite Secrets.
— Deborah

Your 2019 Fall Bridal Beauty Timeline

Your 2019 Fall Bridal Beauty Timeline

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Next week marks the end of August. Soon the leaves will change, school will be back in session, and pumpkin spice lattes will return to Starbucks menus everywhere. Exciting, right? Well, to most this sounds endearing, but if you are a fall bride images of orange leaves and warm seasonal drinks may be overshadowed by all the looming tasks left on your list of wedding to do’s.

 Between seating charts and first dance song selections, you’ve got enough on your plate without having to worry about the beauty tasks, so we figured we could help with another way to avoid wedding day stress. Here’s your last-minute Elite timeline for all things bridal beauty so you will look and feel your most beautiful self ever on your wedding day.

 Two months before

  • Test out tanning options. You don’t want to wait for this task. Starting early ensures that you won’t get stuck with a color you’re not proud to wear.

  • Make an appointment to see an eyebrow specialist for shaping. Working on shaping those fine hairs above the eye now, gives them plenty of time to grow back and start over if you don’t like the outcome.

  • If you haven’t booked your hair and makeup trials, it’s not too late. Book your appointment with us here.

  • Talk to your dentist about teeth whitening or begin an at-home regimen for enhancing your pearly whites.

  • If you’re thinking about making a dramatic change to your hair color for the wedding, this is the time to try it out. Figure out your desired hair color and work out a plan with your color specialist. This gives your plenty of time to grow it out or change the hair color before the Big Day.

 Two weeks before

  • Touch up roots on your hair color. This is optional and depends on the color and the process. It’s best to consult your color specialist for customized instruction for keeping your strands flawless for your special day.

  • Exfoliate your entire body 2-3 times a week. Slough off dead skin and reveal your natural glow all over.

One week before

  • Start eating healthy from here on out. Cut sodium to beat bloating and start eating clean to boost your metabolism.

  • Zen out with yoga and meditation to reduce your stress. Extra stress leaves your skin vulnerable to break outs. This important tip is sure to help keep your zit-free on your wedding day.

  • Make appointments for all your waxing needs, brows, legs, lip, and bikini line, etc.

 Congratulations, your Big Day is almost here, and you have everything needed to look your best self. Book you bridal hair and makeup appointment with Elite Secrets Bridal to finish you look.

Venue Spotlight: Haven Street Ballroom

Venue Spotlight: Haven Street Ballroom

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Nestled in the heart of Baltimore Highlands, Haven Street Ballroom tops our list of Charm City faves.

This dreamy wedding venue boasts 7,500 square feet of indoor space (and, another 2,500 sq. ft. outdoors), accommodating more than 200 guests for a seated reception.

The industrial space is both vibrant and airy. The all-white walls, clean lines, and open floor plan offer the perfect opportunity to customize your Big Day and create the wedding of your dream.

This sophisticated blank slate is the perfect blend of elegant and modern with high ceilings and exposed brick. It’s a versatile, beautiful, and welcoming venue—creating a trifecta of charm to effortlessly set the stage for the best day of your life.

Interested in having your wedding at Haven Street Ballroom? Here’s what you need to know:

  • An on-site venue manager will present throughout your event.

  • If you book the entire venue, then you are the only client on the day of your event.

  • There’s plenty of FREE parking in a private gated, surface parking lot, just steps from the front door.

  • You can prepare for your walk down the aisle in a private, fully furnished bridal suite with a private dressing area, hair, and makeup stations.

  • Tables and chairs for 120 guests are included with the rental of the space.

  • Your favorite licensed and insured caterers are welcome at Haven Street Ballroom.

What’s a gorgeous wedding venue without a gorgeous wedding gown? We have gowns for every type of venue from the modern elegance of Haven Street Ballroom to your destination beachfront to the cathedral. Book your appointment with Elite Secrets to say yes to your dream wedding dress.

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EDITH ÉLAN RETURNS TO ELITE SECRETS BRIDAL

EDITH ÉLAN RETURNS TO ELITE SECRETS BRIDAL

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We heard you, and now we’re delivering. After many requests, we’re bringing Edith Élan back to Elite Secrets Bridal for a heavily requested encore trunk showjust for you!

Clear your calendar Baltimore Bride, rally your tribe, and prepare to be wowed by a well-curated selection of gowns from your favorite designer. It’s time to say “Yassss” to the dress!

For two weeks, we will be celebrating Edith Élan so mark your calendars for some serious dress shopping, August 24th through September 8th –it’s a can’t miss event for brides. Think timeless gowns, sassy, elegant sheaths, and fit and flare styles with a side of sexy, AND a 10% discount.

Edith Élan gowns are a reflection of the creative soul: the right amount of modern sophistication and vintage charm blended in perfect harmony. We are so excited for this encore trunk show and can’t wait for you to see these gorgeous gowns.

No Elite Secrets Bridal Trunk Show would be complete without a special treat. When you purchase your dress during the trunk show, you will receive $50 towards our bridal styling service.*

With an Elite Secrets Bridal stylist to help you select the perfect dress, assist you bustling and pinning on your Big Day, and coordinate your bridal party, you can relax and enjoy the days leading up to your wedding. Our team will:

  • Help find “the” dress, as well as the perfect, sought-after accessories.

  • Join on the Big Day to dress, bustle, button, and pin you to perfection.

  • Guide the choice and coordination of all bridesmaids and groomsmen attire.

  • Assist in honeymoon wardrobe, registry, and gift shopping.

Here’s how to attend this event and say yes to your Edith Élan wedding dress:

1.     Book your appointment between August 24th and September 8th online at EliteSecretsBridal.com/contact or call 410.727.7000.

2.     Grab your bride tribe. We’ll bring the champagne!

3.     Let’s make magic! Our professional staff is ready to serve you and your tribe—with bubbly in hand.

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{Event Recap} Bridal Preview in the Plaza

{Event Recap} Bridal Preview in the Plaza

On the evening of July 26th, Baltimore brides and influencers gathered at the Center Plaza in beautiful Downtown Baltimore for THE bridal event of the summer, The Bridal Preview at the Plaza.

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Hosted in partnership by Elite Secrets Bridal and Southern Management Corporation, the runway show featured looks that included styles from the bridal boutique on Charles Street. There were bridal styles from Edith Elan Bridal, Allure, Madison James, Pronovias, and Elite’s signature line, the Pearl Collection.

Guests previewed decor ideas including a gorgeous hedge wall with balloon installation. This one-of-a-kind show highlighted the latest trends in hair and makeup, bridal, wedding décor, and Fleur De Lis Floral Design. But the experience didn’t stop there. Patrons were treated to a grand reception with music, dancing, bites and bubbles.  

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The reception was grand, but bridal fashion show was the showstopper. Local influencer, Chyno (@theboywiththebluebeard) welcomed attendees and kept the audience engaged throughout the show.

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To say Elite Secrets Bridal and Southern Management Corporation made a statement in Baltimore that evening is an understatement!

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Special thanks to Southern Management Corporation @southernmanagementcorp for partnering with us and allowing us the opportunity! Thank you Downtown Partnership of Baltimore @downtownbaltimore, Lauren The Planner, Rowe 27 Events & Weddings @rowe27events, Fleur De Lis Floral Design @fleurdelisbaltimore, Sabrina Aloe @bria2882, MARZ Management + Consulting @marzenterprise, Chyno @theboywiththebluebeard, Karimah C., @blackflorasia, Edith Elan Bridal Designer @edith_elan,  Shot by Drice Photography @shotbydrice, and Creative Forte Events @creative_forte. THE HOST OF MODELS and of course Team ESB! We’re humbled to have pulled this off so close to our #bridalsoiree2019!

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Kariena May Couture Makes First Trunk Show Appearance at Elite Secrets Bridal

Kariena May Couture Makes First Trunk Show Appearance at Elite Secrets Bridal

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There are two things we absolutely adore: our Elite Secrets Brides and gorgeous gowns. So, to say that we’re excited about the upcoming Kariena May Trunk Show is an understatement. We are over the moon about this trunk show! Kariena May will be debuting collections to Baltimore Brides at an exclusive trunk show at Elite Secrets Bridal June 20th through 23rd. Imagine the most beautiful gowns, exceptional customer service, and a 10% discount.

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The literal definition of couture sophistication, Kariena May’s collection of lustrous gowns is most definitely one you can’t miss. From the stunning combination of exquisite fabrics (think icy lace, luxurious satin, and alluring silk) to the hand-selected, high-quality embellishments, it’s really no wonder that Kariena May’s feminine design is every bride’s dream come true.

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What would an Elite Secrets Bridal Trunk Show be without surprises for you? Anjali Moorjani, founder and creative director of Kariena May Couture will be in the building! Meet the person behind this collection and enjoy the option to customize your Kariena May Gown.

And, there’s more…

EVERY bride will receive 10% off her dress purchased during the trunk show. Now, how’s that for ELITE service?

Here’s how to attend this event and say yes to your Kariena May wedding dress:

1. Book your appointment TODAY online at EliteSecretsBridal.com/contact or call 410.727.7000 (appointment slots fill up quickly).

2. Grab your bride tribe. We’ll supply the champagne!

3. Let’s make magic! Our professional staff is ready to serve you and your tribe—with bubbly in hand.

Kariena May at Elite Secrets Bridal
Kariena May at Elite Secrets Bridal
Kariena May at Elite Secrets Bridal

Your Spring Bridal Beauty Timeline Leading to your Big Day

Your Spring Bridal Beauty Timeline Leading to your Big Day

Spring is in the air! Soon springs flowers will bloom, and the temps will start to warm. Exciting, right? Well, to most this sounds endearing, but if you are a spring bride images of pastel florals and Easter themes may be overshadowed by all the looming tasks left on your list of wedding to do’s.

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 Between seating charts and first dance song selections, you’ve got enough on your plate without having to worry about the beauty tasks, so we figured we could help with another way to avoid wedding day stress. Here’s your last-minute Elite timeline for all things bridal beauty so you will look and feel your most beautiful self ever on your wedding day.

 Two months before

  • Test out tanning options. You don’t want to wait for this task. Starting early ensures that you won’t get stuck with a color you’re not proud to wear.

  •  Make an appointment to see an eyebrow specialist for shaping. Working on shaping those fine hairs above the eye now, gives them plenty of time to grow back and start over if you don’t like the outcome.

  • If you haven’t booked your hair and makeup trials, it’s not too late. Book your appointment with us here.

  • Talk to your dentist about teeth whitening or begin an at-home regimen for enhancing your pearly whites.

  • If you’re thinking about making a dramatic change to your hair color for the wedding, this is the time to try it out. Figure out your desired hair color and work out a plan with your color specialist. This gives your plenty of time to grow it out or change the hair color before the Big Day.

 Two weeks before

  • Touch up roots on your hair color. This is optional and depends on the color and the process. It’s best to consult your color specialist for customized instruction for keeping your strands flawless for your special day.

  • Exfoliate your entire body 2-3 times a week. Slough off dead skin and reveal your natural glow all over.

 One week before

  • Start eating healthy from here on out. Cut sodium to beat bloating and start eating clean to boost your metabolism.

  • Zen out with yoga and meditation to reduce your stress. Extra stress leaves your skin vulnerable to break outs. This important tip is sure to help keep your zit-free on your wedding day.

  • Make appointments for all your waxing needs, brows, legs, lip, and bikini line, etc.

Congratulations, your big day is almost here, and you have everything needed to look your best self. Ready to book your bridal beauty trial with Elite Secrets? Click here for your appointment. 

{Event Recap} Elite Secret Host Second Annual Spring Bridal Fashion Show

{Event Recap} Elite Secret Host Second Annual Spring Bridal Fashion Show

On the afternoon of April 14th, engaged couples, top individuals from the wedding industry, along with a variety of influencers gathered at Lift Studio in Baltimore. The event that brought these individuals together was the Bridal Fashion Soiree—Elite Secrets Second Annual Spring Fashion Show.

Hosted by Elite Secrets Bridal, the runway show featured looks that included styles from the bridal boutique on Charles Street. There were bridal styles from Allure, Madison James, Pronovias, Khemistry and Elite’s signature line, the Pearl Collection.

Guests were treated to bites and bottomless mimosas courtesy of Hoopla Catering and Phillips Seafood. Local influencers, Alysha (@discovercharmcity) and Chyno (@theboywiththebluebeard) welcomed attendees and kept the audience engaged throughout the show. And, DJ Drift kept the music pumping throughout the entire event.

This one-of-a-kind show highlighted the latest trends in hair and makeup, bridal and wedding decor. Guests previewed style ideas for all types of weddings, including a flower wall and décor inspiration from Jessica J Events and Kirby-Jay Conyette.

Elite Secrets Bridal made a statement in Baltimore that guests will never forget!

Special thanks to Sabrina Aloe @bria2882, Lashira Mone @lashiramone, Daniel Kaganov @dankathletics, Pronovias @pronovias, Jessica J Events @jessicajevents, Jes Whiteford @jawstudios, Hoopla Catering @hooplacatering, DJ Drift @iamdjdrift, Lift Studios @liftbmore, Kirby-Jay Conyette @ikamcreate, @m.agdaline, Alysha @discovercharmcity, Chyno @theboywiththebluebeard, Latanya Ridges-Turner @turner2007 , @greenhairbadass, Breath Taking Bouquets @breathtaking.bouquets, Phillips Seafood @phillipsseafood, Khemistry @k_khemistry88, Lakia Diggs @thekiaxperience, Hummera @hummerakhanmua, Amanda Quinonez @sassypanda, Doralee @lowleezy, Rowe 27 Events & Weddings @rowe27events, Anna Spigone @annamazinghair, Oh Snap Pic Me Photo Booth@ohsnappicmephotobooth, and the host of models and on-hand volunteers who jumped in and did their part to make this another amazing year! We’re so grateful words can’t express our appreciation! Lastly, we’d like to thank the attendees...you’re the real MVP’s!!! You’re the reason why we do it!

Enjoy a behind the scenes video and photos from our amazing event below. To view social media event photos, please search the hashtag #ESBEvents and #SpringBridalSoiree2019 on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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SPRING HAPPENINGS AT ELITE SECRETS BRIDAL

SPRING HAPPENINGS AT ELITE SECRETS BRIDAL

Tis the season for saying yes to the wedding dress of your dreams. We have trunk shows all spring season—just for you!

Clear your calendar Baltimore Bride, rally your tribe, and prepare to be wowed by a well-curated selection of gowns from your favorite designers. Get a first glance at the new collections from two exclusive shows.

We start off the season of spring bridal fashion with our 2nd Annual Spring Bridal Fashion Show on Sunday, April 14th from 3 PM to 6 PM at Lift Studio. An affair for the stylish, the Bridal Fashion Soiree, is Baltimore’s premier luxury bridal event, featuring the hottest trends in bridal couture. Preview some of the latest looks in bridal fashion, hair, makeup, floral design, and décor. We’ve teamed up with some of Baltimore’s top-tier wedding vendors to deliver this one-of-a-kind show. Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/elite-secrets-bridal-hosts-bridal-fashion-soiree-tickets-58106451962.

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Pronovias is back for a trunk show to stop all trunk shows. For three days, we will be celebrating Pronovias’ White Collection so mark your calendars for some serious dress shopping, May 3rd through 5th –it’s a can’t miss event for brides. Think classic A-line gowns, sassy, elegant sheaths, and fit and flare styles with a side of sexy, AND a 10% discount.

Imagine wedding dresses that will have your guests talking from the moment they lay eyes on you. Whether you plan to tie the knot in a garden ceremony or say I do in a city ballroom, Elite Secrets Bridal’s Pronovias Trunk Show is THE place to find your perfect wedding dress.

Here’s how to attend this event and say yes to your Pronovias wedding dress:

  1. Book your appointment between Thursday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 5th online at EliteSecretsBridal.com/contact or call 410.727.7000.

  2. Grab your bride tribe. We’ll bring the champagne!

  3. Let’s make magic! Our professional staff is ready to serve you and your tribe—with bubbly in hand.

Want to look flawless on your wedding day? We’ve got you covered. Make your appointment today! Bridal hair and makeup trials are half off until March 31!!

Elite Secrets Bridal to Host Second Annual Spring Bridal Fashion Show, April 14 

Elite Secrets Bridal to Host Second Annual Spring Bridal Fashion Show, April 14 

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Elite Secrets Bridal to Host Second Annual Spring Bridal Fashion Show, April 14 

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Baltimore, MD—Elite Secrets Bridal, Baltimore’s premier destination for bridal fashion and beauty will celebrate their 2nd Annual Spring Bridal Fashion Show on Sunday, April 14th from 3 PM to 6 PM at Lift Studio.

An affair for the stylish, the Bridal Fashion Soiree, is a premier luxury bridal event, featuring the hottest trends in bridal couture. The event creates the perfect ambiance to preview some of the latest looks in bridal fashion, hair, makeup, floral design, and décor. The bridal house has teamed up with some of Baltimore’s top-tier wedding vendors to deliver this one-of-a-kind show. Guests can expect to see some of this year’s hottest trends including a flower wall and décor inspiration from Jessica J Events and Kirby-Jay Conyette, live DJ performances by DJ Drift, and more.

Mix and mingle with engaged couples, wedding tribes, vendors, and local influencers over cocktails and bites. Enjoy the pancake bar and bottomless mimosas courtesy of Hoopla Catering. Then, indulge in tasty seafood from Phillips Seafood.

Attendees will preview collections from some of your favorite designers, Allure, Pronovias, The Pearl Collection, and more. Guests will have a chance to win the wedding dress of their dreams (value up to $2000). Attendees will receive a raffle ticket upon entry. The lucky winner will be selected live during the show.

Local influencers, Alysha (@discovercharmcity) and Chyno (@theboywiththebluebeard) will once again grace the stage as co-hosts for the event.

When asked about the thought of creating a bridal fashion show of this magnitude, LaTonya Turnage, the Owner of Elite Secrets Bridal and Creator of Bridal Fashion Soiree states "I'm so excited about the upcoming fashion show! My company is curating the best in bridal fashion and beauty trends! This is not your typical fashion show. We have lots of surprises in store for this event."

To attend the Bridal Fashion Soiree, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/elite-secrets-bridal-hosts-bridal-fashion-soiree-tickets-58106451962 for tickets. Care to join the conversation on the Bridal Fashion Soiree and share with your friends that you’re attending? Please use the official event hashtag #SpringBridalSoiree2019.

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LaTonya Turnage Launches Membership Network to support aspiring and tenured beauty professionals

LaTonya Turnage Launches Membership Network to support aspiring and tenured beauty professionals

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LaTonya Turnage Launches Membership Network to support

aspiring and tenured beauty professionals

 

Baltimore, MD— (March 13, 2019) – This week marks the soft launch of LaTonya Turnage’s Beauty Business Unplugged, a membership network will provide members with training and resources for beauty professionals in the makeup, hair, and nail industries. Beauty Business Unplugged will offer members access to a variety of training designed to enhance business acumen, professional skills, and meet licensing requirements. Business development and financial management programs will be offered to assist owners with best practices on business operations, marketing, and accounting principles.

The online community for beauty entrepreneurs who want to create and connect over beauty, business, passion, and profits could not come at a better time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly one million people working in the primary service segments of the beauty market, and there are strong growth expectations. Researchers predict between 10 and 22 percent growth in service providers by 2024. Beauty Business Unplugged will help strengthen beauty entrepreneurs’ businesses so they can build sustainable and thriving companies and offer quality service.

“The Beauty Business Unplugged is thrilled to be able to position beauty entrepreneurs for success,” said LaTonya Turnage, CEO, Elite Secrets and Founder of Beauty Business Unplugged. “Given the number of novice service providers entering the industry, the need to support these businesses is especially critical. I created this group to connect with others and cultivate a community for beauty entrepreneurs looking to turn their passion into profits, who value community over competition and crave to learn more about the businesses they desire to grow.”

Membership will open officially on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. To learn more about Beauty Business Unplugged, visit https://www.beautybusinessunplugged.com/.

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Are you a beauty pro looking to generate coin for your creativity NOW? Join us for the Beauty Business Accelerator Webinar. It’s going down on Wednesday, March 27th at 6 PM EST. Click her to register. Seats are limited.

Allure Trunk Show at Elite Secrets Bridal, March 1-3

Allure Trunk Show at Elite Secrets Bridal, March 1-3

The options of breathtaking wedding gowns are endless. There’s no doubt as to why dress shopping is every bride’s favorite part of the wedding planning process. Whether your style is modern and sleek, or romantic with all the frills, you can find the most gorgeous gowns at Baltimore’s finest wedding dress boutique, Elite Secrets Bridal.

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And you’re in luck, Maryland brides, ESB is hosting an Allure Trunk Show in just a few weeks (March 1-3). You don’t want to miss this opportunity to say, “Yes” to jaw-droppingly gorgeous gowns from Allure’s spring and fall 2019 collections!

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Imagine wedding dresses that will have your guests talking from the moment they lay eyes on you. Whether you plan to tie the knot in a garden ceremony or say I do in a city ballroom, Elite Secrets Bridal’s Allure Trunk Show is THE place to find your perfect wedding dress.

Beyond extraordinary gowns, shopping with Elite Secrets Bridal supports a worthy cause! A portion of the proceeds from retail sales of the bridal trunk shows will go to For 3 Sisters, a Maryland-based nonprofit organization with a mission to raise awareness and improve the quality of life for men and women affected by breast cancer.

“For 3 Sisters’ commitment to men and women affected by breast cancer is unparalleled,” said LaTonya Turnage, bridal expert, and owner of Elite Secrets. “The organization's core program, Road to Resources, provides resources for everyday needs so those affected can focus on fighting, surviving, and healing. Working with For 3 Sisters and knowing that our dresses are making a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer is everything to me.”

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What would an Elite Secrets Bridal Trunk Show be without surprises for you? Since we’re celebrating our fourth anniversary, the first four brides who say “yes to the dress” will receive a $100 gift toward her wedding bouquet from our friends at Roni’s Roses Floral Design.

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And, there’s more…

EVERY bride will receive 10% off her dress purchased during the trunk show weekend. Now, how’s that for ELITE service?

Here’s how to attend this event and say yes to your Allure wedding dress:

  1. Book your appointment TODAY online at EliteSecretsBridal.com/contact or call 410.727.7000 (appointment slots fill up quickly).

  2. Grab your bride tribe. We’ll supply the champagne!

  3. Let’s make magic! Our professional staff is ready to serve you and your tribe—with bubbly in hand.

Top 5 Things Every Bride Must Do to Look Amazing on The Big Day

Top 5 Things Every Bride Must Do to Look Amazing on The Big Day

How to look great on my wedding day is a thought that runs through the mind of many brides. The truth is, it is not rocket science - and it all boils down to a couple of important wedding day makeup, hair and dress tips you need to follow.

Speaking of which, we are outlining the best ones for making your look flawless - below.

1. STRIKE A POSE IN FRONT OF YOUR MIRROR

Knowing where your hands are at all times during your wedding, and what your pose is, can be helpful. The best way to practice it is in front of the mirror, by trying a few of your favorite celebrity runway poses.

Oh, and did you know that some poses can make you 10 pounds lighter in front of the camera? Grab a friend and have them help you out!

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2. HAVE A PROFESSIONAL APPLY YOUR MAKEUP

Just because you have a bridesmaid who knows how to apply makeup, that doesn't mean that she will do a great job on your wedding day makeup. Most likely she will have a lot going on and things to do that day to get herself ready. You won't be her center of attention, and your makeup may suffer because of it. A professional makeup artist makes it their job to make sure that the bride is the most important face of the day!

3. LEARN HOW TO WORK YOUR FACE FOR THE CAMERA

Double chins are the enemy of every bride. In case you don't know what it is, it's the pose when you are looking down, and your chin is doubling and colliding with your neck. They can make even the slimmest of women look bad in pictures.

The best way to prevent a double chin from happening on your wedding photos and videos is always to move your head forward. Just make sure you are not looking at the ceiling or making awkward poses, right?

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4. EMBRACE THE BEAUTY OF LAUGHTER

Sometimes, the best wedding photos are the ones where you and your friends laugh. Fake smiles are not flattering for sure - however, the same cannot be said for fake laughs. So, next time when you want to relax - let out a forced 'Ha! Ha!' - and do it again, again and again. The results? Natural photos that everyone loves!

5. BUY THE DRESS, THE SHOES, AND THE ACCESSORIES

Be sure to purchase your attire in the right order. First buy the dress, next select the shoes, and lastly the accessories. That way is the easiest to follow and the most hassle-free choice. And remember - always choose your wardrobe wisely. Try not to get caught up in the trend of the moment, but instead focus on your style and what flatters you most.

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Want to look flawless on your wedding day? We’ve got you covered. Make your appointment today! Bridal hair and makeup trials are half off.



Elite Secrets earns 2019 Awards from WeddingWire and TheKnot

Elite Secrets earns 2019 Awards from WeddingWire and TheKnot

 Break out the bubbly—again—we have another reason to celebrate! We are thrilled to announce that we are the recipients of WeddingWire’s 2019 Couples’ Choice Award and The Knot’s 2019 Best of Weddings Award! We cannot imagine starting off the year any better than this. Not one, but two prestigious awards from the couples we serve. Read on to learn more.

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WEDDINGWIRE

This is the third consecutive win for Elite Secrets and each win is celebrated like the first.  Announced last week, WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards celebrate the top five percent of wedding professionals who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism across more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues and photographers to florists and caterers.

Winners are selected solely based on reviews by couples and are determined by a combination of four factors: overall rating, total number of reviews, review performance from 2018, and consistency of reviews from year to year.

Here’s some of the great things our couples had to say on WeddingWire:

“My experience was nothing short of perfect. Mrs. Turnage was very attentive to my needs. She does not rush or pressure you. She makes you feel like you are the only one in the room and gives you her undivided attention. She has many gowns to choose from. The setting in her place is very relaxing. I recommend this establishment to anyone looking to purchase a gown for whatever occasion.”

 —Sharon

“My experience with Elite Secerts was amazing. I was looking for a wedding gown and found exactly what I was looking for. Tonya Turnage was so pleasant and helpful. Her professionalism is wonderful. Elite Secrets is the place to go for Bridal gowns and accessories. Also, for any makeup and hair for your special day. My experience there was and always will be unforgettable. Thank you Elite Secrets!”

—Deborah

 

THE KNOT

Of the hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals on The Knot, 14,025 received the prestigious “Best of Weddings” accolade this year. To determine the winners, The Knot analyzed its millions of user reviews across various vendor categories. The prestigious award honors those wedding professionals who have both the highest ratings and most reviews from real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot. We are thrilled to accept this honor!

Here’s some of the great things our couples had to say on TheKnot:

“Elite Secrets Bridal was absolutely wonderful in every capacity. My bridesmaids and I had such a fun filled day trying on dresses. Tonya was so comfortable, helpful, and accommodating with everything we needed!! After I purchased my dress, they completed fittings and alterations and bustling for my dress as well as my partners. They had a full team to do the hair and makeup for my partner and I's bridal party of 15 women, 2 MOB's, and both of us! Tonya's talents for makeup were incredible and we were so happy the day of. We highly recommend them!!”

 —Stephanie  

“They’re so personal friendly and, informative. My Bridal consultant Sabrina is beautiful and, so patient she allowed me to try on as many dresses as I needed. You want a great experience as a Bride... Elite Secrets is the place to be; Tonya, the owner, is often on site and also very helpful. Can you imagine the owner helping you decide head pieces and, telling you how beautiful you look or calling you a princess? I can Thank you so much Elite Secrets for making this Brides experience so wonderful. I said yes to the dress!”

—Miesha

You (the couples), chose us and now we want to celebrate you. To thank you we’re giving brides HALF OFF hair and makeup trials. Yes, that’s 50% off your bridal trial with Elite Secrets. Book your appointments here. We can’t wait to meet you!

 

Elite Secrets Bridal's Year 2018 Review

Elite Secrets Bridal's Year 2018 Review

Two thousand eighteen was a stellar year for Elite Secrets Bridal. This past year has been one of growth and blessings—we have seen the fruits of our hard work. And, in case you missed some of our most memorable moments, here are our favorite highlights of 2018.

1.    Baltimore Weddings’ Aisle Style (formerly known as Baltimore Bride’s Aisle Style).

The year started with a bang. We kicked off 2018 under the roof of the Four Seasons Baltimore for Aisle Style. The team of makeup experts had the distinct honor of providing makeup for models who walked the runway at the well-attended annual fashion show. The models were stunning, and so was the ESB team.

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2.    Awards all around.

If we had to name the year, we would call it the year of reward. This year, Elite Secrets took home the Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award (the third consecutive award), The Knot’s Best of, and Baltimore’s Downtown Partnership Award.

3.    Spring into The Grand.

In May, ESB hosted their first ever fashion show in partnership with The Grand Baltimore: Spring into The Grand. Fashions from some of your favorite designers including debuting label house, Khemistry, showcased collections to a packed house of Baltimore’s fashion elites.

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4.    In-store events.

The Elite Secrets Bridal Showroom is known for its stunning high ceilings, gorgeous windows, beautiful floors and now some of Baltimore’s best events. This year the gorgeous venue was the backdrops to trunk shows, Valentine’s Day pop-up with Fluffy Pop, Vows 101 Event, fashion previews and more.

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5.    ESB takes over DEB.

Yes, Elite Secrets Bridal took over Diner en Blanc Baltimore. The takeover started with filmed lessons on what to wear with the beauty and fashion guru, LaTonya Turnage and ended with a fun night at the famous dinner overlooking Baltimore.

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6.    A Beauty Week to remember.

The last week of February is Random Acts of Kindness Week and beauty week, but at Elite Secrets Bridal kindness is far from random. For the cause that celebrates spreading kindness for global impact, the team spent a day giving back to the women of the House of Ruth Maryland in true Elite Secrets Bridal fashion—serving makeup applications, hair styling, gift bags and an overall day of beauty.  It was a moment to remember!

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7.     They said yes!!

Helping brides is what team Elite does best. We could not let the year end without mentioning all the brides that said yes to the dress, hair or makeup in 2018. Thank you all!

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8.    Styled Shoot Collaborations.

Elite Secrets teamed up with local wedding pros for many fun collaborations this year, and the themes were just as exciting. From Black Panther to Rainbow Chic, and Industrial Glam to DC Wedding Week we partnered with some fantastic creatives for some of the hottest styled shoots you can imagine.

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9.    Featured press and more featured press.

From TV segments on BMore Lifestyle and Fox Morning News to national features in MunaLuchi Bride, Wedding Chicks, Every Last Detail, Elite Secrets was seen everywhere. See the full spread on our Press Page here.

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10.    And, to cap off the year, Elite Secrets debuted the Pearl Collection!

The wedding gown collection features six unique styles for the modern bride—sleek and sexy silhouettes, fantasy ballgowns, lace and jewel embellishments. The collection will be available exclusively at Elite Secrets Bridal.

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As hard as it is to say goodbye to 2018, we look forward to even more great things to come in 2019. Make your appointment with Elite Secrets Bridal in the new year. We can’t wait to start the year with you. Happy New Year!

Elite Secrets Bridal Launches Signature Wedding Dress Collection

Elite Secrets Bridal Launches Signature Wedding Dress Collection

Elite Secrets Bridal is proud to announce its debut collection of wedding dresses under the label Pearl. The collection features six unique styles for the modern bride. Pearl offers sleek and sexy silhouettes, fantasy ballgowns, lace and jewel embellishments.

Inspired by LaTonya’s passion for bridal glam, and lifelong love for fashion, the brand is named after her mother, Pearl. “We’re delighted to launch Pearl at a time when brides are looking for fashion-forward gowns from a trusted source. Elite Secrets Bridal has been styling brides for years and we continue to evolve to better serve their needs,” says LaTonya Turnage, owner of Elite Secrets Bridal and Pearl. “Designing our signature collection was natural evolution in our bridal beauty legacy. We wanted to offer our brides more variety in the elegant and stylish category.”

The collection will be available exclusively at Elite Secrets Bridal. The launch of the Pearl Collection was revealed during an invite-only preview held at Elite Secrets Bridal on November 29. Brides-to-be can book appointments for a consultation to view the collection now.

 

About Elite Secrets Bridal

Located in Baltimore's esteemed Mount Vernon fashion boutique district, Elite Secrets Bridal opened its doors, bringing to Baltimore’s bridal scene an experience that cannot be found in any other Baltimore bridal boutique. If it has anything to do with bridal beauty, Elite Secrets Bridal is your source. We serve brides with beauty for their Big Day from bridal hair, and makeup to accessories and wedding dresses Leaving pretense to the side, we focus on bringing the best designer and emerging bridal gowns from all over the world to Baltimore Brides! For three years in a row, brides voted us best in class with the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award. Elite Secrets Bridal is located at 330 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.To book an appointment or for additional information, please visit www.elitesecretsbridal.com.

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Winter Trunk Shows at Elite Secrets Bridal

Winter Trunk Shows at Elite Secrets Bridal

‘Tis the season for saying yes to the wedding dress of your dreams. We have trunk shows all winter season—just for you!

Clear your calendar Baltimore Bride, rally your tribe, and prepare to be wowed by a well-curated selection of gowns from your favorite designers. Get a first glance at the 2019 collections from four exclusive trunk shows at Elite Secrets Bridal. Enjoy 10% off all gowns and 50% off bridal hair and makeup trials.

Beyond extraordinary gowns, shopping with Elite Secrets Bridal supports a worthy cause! A portion of the proceeds from retail sales of the bridal trunk shows will go to For 3 Sisters, a Maryland-based nonprofit organization with a mission to raise awareness and improve the quality of life for men and women affected by breast cancer.

“For 3 Sisters’ commitment to men and women affected by breast cancer is unparalleled,” said LaTonya Turnage, bridal expert, and owner of Elite Secrets. “The organization's core program, Road to Resources, provides resources for everyday needs so those affected can focus on fighting, surviving, and healing. Working with For 3 Sisters and knowing that our dresses are making a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer is everything to me.”

We can’t wait to celebrate this holiday season and see you at the trunk shows. Book your appointment now!

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Pronovias

We start the season of trunk shows with gowns from Pronovias. For ten days, we will be celebrating Pronovias’ White Collection so mark your calendars for some serious dress shopping, November 30th through December 9th –it’s a can’t miss event for brides. Think classic A-line gowns, sassy, elegant sheaths, and fit and flare styles with a side of sexy, AND a 10% discount.

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Madison James

The Madison James Collection is the dream of any modern, sophisticated bride. Featuring fresh silhouettes, avant-garde fabrics, and innovative lace textures and patterns, Madison James is equal parts romantic and chic. Beading and gorgeous embellishments accentuate the unique, clean designs. The collection aims to highlight the breathtaking beauty of a woman in love. Make your appointment to preview this stunning collection December 13th through December 16th and save 10% off your dream Madison James dress.

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Edith Élan

Edith Élan gowns are a reflection of a creative soul: the right amount of modern sophistication and vintage charm blended in perfect harmony.  A new collection for us, we are so excited to welcome this line to the Elite Secrets Bridal and can’t wait for you to see these gorgeous gowns. Ring in the new year with this amazing trunk show, December 28th through January 14th. Book your appointment now.

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Jean Ralph Thurin

If you’re searching for timeless elegance with the perfect fit, your search is over. Jean Ralph Thurin’s attention to the fit of the dress is truly unmatched. The luxury designer will partner with Elite Secrets Bridal for an exclusive trunk show February 21st through February 24th. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this collection and experience the allure of the wedding gowns that almost always go viral.

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