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Behind the Scenes of Bridal Market Week with Buyer Christina Plumlee

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Bringing the latest trends in bridal fashion direct to Dallas brides, Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon buyer Christina Plumlee knows the truth about what goes on behind the glitz and glamour of Bridal Market Week. “I love searching for the next big thing. I am always meeting new designers and on the lookout for something that will appeal to our clients. I am a romantic at heart, so I love curating beautiful things for brides.” While Insta-worthy videos and photos fill our streams, behind the scenes buyers are hustling from show to show to find the season’s top looks to fill their boutiques. Check out some of Christina’s photos from Bridal Market Week and be sure to read our interview with her below!

Christina attended multiple events and visited with several designers this year, including (in order of images): The Elle Awards, designer Sarah Nouri, designer Jimmy Choo, designer Ines Di Santo, designer Galia Lahav and Sharon Sever, designer Elisabetter Polignano, Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon owner Mackenzie Brittingham.

What are you looking for at the runway shows?

Runway shows are the more glamorous and fun part of market. They are the first look at the designers new collection for the season. The designer’s inspiration and vision for the collection is revealed and the catwalk allows me to see how a gown moves when worn. I will begin the selection process at the show but never make decisions before I meet with the designer and inspect each gown.

What do meetings with designers generally entail?

Meetings allow me to “touch and feel” the gowns. I want to know how they are constructed, the weight of the garment, the detail of any embellishments. I am looking for quality and craftsmanship. Negotiations are done at this stage – how many gowns I will buy that season, any questions about design changes, trunk show plans for the next year and other business decisions. Meetings are essential and are the most time-consuming part of market.

When can brides expect to find the latest looks from the runway at Stanley Korshak?

Gowns from April market begin to arrive in store in September but many do not arrive until November. This is a common misconception, brides often believe they can order gowns that they just saw come down the runway. The truth is that these are prototypes and many runway gowns are never produced. Gowns that do make the cut have to go to production where the patterns are made and fabric is ordered to fill demand. The process takes time which is not something brides are accustomed to in today’s buy now, wear now world.

What are the most common misconceptions when it comes to being a buyer at fashion week?

Most people who are looking from the outside see market week as all fun runway shows and parties. There is that aspect to market, but it is a small part of what actually happens. The truth is that I will spend days with back-to-back meetings then go straight to evening events that last until late night. Once I make it back to the hotel, I will review the day’s meetings, make notes and prepare for the next day’s meetings. Yes, market is fun, but 1 week is more work than two normal weeks combined.


See all of Christina’s latest bridal fashion finds in person at Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon in Dallas. Reach out today to make an appointment!

Looking Back at The Top 10 Wedding Scenes of 2019

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Happy New Year! We’re so eager to see all the beautiful weddings 2020 brings, but first, let’s look back at a few of our very favorite wedding scenes from 2019! These ten scenes encompass various styles, venues and vibes, but all have one thing in common: they’re absolutely stunning. So many talented North Texas wedding creatives came together to create these magnificent weddings for local couples, and we’re honored to share their work. Scroll below to see all the prettiness for yourself and stay tuned for what’s to come in 2020 – we guarantee you’ll be inspired! Cheers!

Floral-Filled Industrial

top 10 wedding scenes of 2019

Brik Special Events Venue | Wendy Krispin Caterer | Julia McNally Fine Art | BeyondAltered for the Altar | Bella BridesmaidsLovely Bride | Charla Storey

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Artsy Al-Fresco

top 10 wedding scenes of 2019

Nasher Sculpture Center | Keestone Events | Patsy’s Bridal Boutique | Altered for the Altar | Wolfgang Puck Catering | MirMir | Stephanie Brazzle Photography

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Tented Perfection

top 10 wedding scenes of 2019

Rachel Elaine Photography | Vella Nest Floral | Marquise Pro

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Contemporary Golden Glam

top 10 wedding scenes of 2019

Vouv Dallas | Culinary Art Catering | Belle Decor | Jacque Manaugh Photography

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Secluded Lush Garden

top 10 wedding scenes of 2019

Dallas Arboretum | Kristen Dee Photography | Something Pretty Floral | Party With Lushra | Lovely Bride | Grand Slam Glam

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Inviting Boho Aisle

top 10 wedding scenes of 2019

The Cliff House | Coral Lane Rentals | Altered for the Altar | LuLu’s | Reigh Walker Photography

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Overflowing Floral Romance

top 10 wedding scenes of 2019

House of Tales Events | The Orchard Event Venue & Retreat | LeForce EntertainmentTop Tier Event Rentals & Staffing | Lulu’s Bridal Boutique | StarDust Celebrations | Tracy Enoch Photography

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Something Blue

top 10 wedding scenes of 2019

Dallas Arboretum | Lulu’s Bridal Boutique | Blue Diamond LimousinesGil’s Elegant Catering | Royal Dukes Band | Lorena Burns Photography & Films

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Dreamy Warehouse Elegance

top 10 wedding scenes of 2019

Brake & Clutch Warehouse | Coral Lane RentalsPatsy’s Bridal Boutique | The Styling Stewardess | Outland Weddings

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Luxe Magnifique

top 10 wedding scenes of 2019

A Stylish Soiree | The Adolphus Hotel | Stardust Celebrations | Bella Bridesmaids | LeForce Entertainment | Shaun Menary Photography

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The Best Decor Trends from 2019 North Texas Weddings

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Ready to ring in the new year? We sure are! Before we do, we wanted to take a moment to appreciate the decor trends that stood out in 2019 North Texas weddings – those that made us do a double take and gave us ALL the heart eyes! These trendy scenes wouldn’t be possible without the talents of some of our favorite DFW rental and decor companies as well as many gifted wedding planners who worked with local couples to bring a vision to life. The result? Trendsetting details that reflected the personalities of these brides and grooms so well. We can’t wait to see more of that in 2020! Happy New Years Eve!

Black + White Simplicity

Sometimes less is more, and if these simplistic black and white scenes are any evidence, going minimal can really make a huge statement. We loved the stark contrast we saw in these scenes and how well simple green florals and dark decor popped against a cool white backdrop. So simple, yet so stunning!

top wedding decor trends 2019

Party with Lushra | Warehouse Rose Events | Lorena Burns Photography

top wedding decor trends 2019

Gold Dust Event Co. | Paper Planet | Coral Lane | The Nest at Ruth Farms | Blushington Blooms | Alba Rose Photography

top wedding decor trends 2019

Root + Bloom  | Coral Lane | The Joule | Maxwell + Gray | Reigh Walker Photo + Films

 

Larger-Than-Life Seating Charts

In 2019, seating charts became not just a stationery detail, but a memorable experience for guests. Whether combined with a cocktail display or an artful mirror wall, we adored how so many seating charts this past year took the opportunity to reflect something special about the couple and bring guests a little extra joy as they found their place for the evening.

top wedding decor trends 2019

Aristide – Colleyville | Pharris Photos & Philms

top wedding decor trends 2019

Lyons Events | Laning Photography | Coral Lane | The Adolphus Hotel | Floral Bar TX | Lyons Paperie | Posh Couture Rentals

top wedding decor trends 2019

Heather Lane Events | Rachel Elaine Photography | Top Tier Event Rentals + Staffing | The Joule Hotel | Belle Decor | Illustrated Weddings by Lola Lorena | Bethany’s Letter Shop | Poppies and Peonies Design | AM Linen Rental

top wedding decor trends 2019

Posh Couture Rentals | Beyond Lighting | Union Station | Sarah Kate, Photographer

 

Boho Terra Cotta

The southwestern aesthetic had quite a moment in 2019, with warm, rich textures like wood and macrame in addition to terra cotta details bringing the desert right to DFW. This trend brought color and life into so many scenes and translated into an inviting, down-to-earth, laid back vibe.

top wedding decor trends 2019

Warehouse Rose Events | Verona Villa | Tyler + Lindsey

top wedding decor trends 2019

Meggie Taylor Photography | The White Sparrow Barn

top wedding decor trends 2019

Posh Couture Rentals | Chapel Creek Ranch | Embrace the Day Events | Emily Nicole Photo 

top wedding decor trends 2019

R. Love Floral | Silver Lining Events + Co. | Stephanie Rose Photography

Looking Back at 2019’s Best Floral Trends

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We couldn’t look back at all the beauty we saw this past year without stopping to recognize the incredible floral trends we saw brought to life by some of North Texas’s most talented florists! From installation trends to design themes, a few certain floral trends made their way into DFW weddings and styled shoots throughout 2019, inspiring us and in many cases, making our jaws absolutely drop! These florists are the real deal! You’ll notice many of the trends we share overlap, showing just how popular these tones and designs really were, but each created in their own unique way! We can’t wait to see the florals 2020 brings. Cheers!

Peachy Keen

Cheerful, warm and bright, we noticed peach as a common thread in tons of color schemes in 2019, which meant tons of gorgeous peachy florals! This color is playful, lighthearted and versatile for just about any season. Talk about a winner!

2019 north texas floral trends

R. Love Floral | Emily Chappell Photography

2019 north texas floral trends

A Stylish Soiree | Sami Kathryn Photography

2019 north texas floral trends

Blushington Blooms | Belle Decor | Carsyn Abrams Photography

 

Looking UP

North Texas weddings featured a plethora of elevated or suspended installations in 2019, hanging high above tables both short and long, bringing the drama and adding dimension. Simple, dramatic, whimsical, boho – the styles varied but the height and drama stunned no matter what!

2019 north texas floral trends

Dr. Delphinium | Posh Couture Rentals | A Sea of Love

2019 north texas floral trends

Lizzie Bee’s Flower Shoppe | Glitter and Glue Weddings and Events | Hidden Pines Chapel – Highland Village | Belle Decor | Posh Couture Rentals | Jen Symes Photography

2019 north texas floral trends

Poppies and Peonies | Coral Lane | The Lockharts

2019 north texas floral trends

Joche W. Events | La Cima Club | Belle Decor | Paper Planet | Joseph Mark Photography

2019 north texas floral trends

21 Parc Floral and Events | MK Event Boutique | Brittany Clark Photography | The White Sparrow Barn | Coral Lane | POSH Couture Rentals

 

Desert Southwest

2019 was quite the year for boho, southwestern-loving brides, especially when it came to florals! Pampas grass, dried palm leaves and terracotta all wove their way into various scenes, adding juxtaposition to modern scenes and livening up boho vignettes. We’re in love!

2019 north texas floral trends

Billie Ball & Co. | Lindsey Zamora Events | Ben Q. Photography | Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon | Brittany Jones Beauty

2019 north texas floral trends

Kate McLeod Studio | Coral Lane Rentals | Rachel Elaine Photography | Top Tier | Cliff House | Jen Rios Weddings

2019 north texas floral trends

R. Love Floral | Silver Lining Events + Co. | Lovely Bride | Stephanie Rose Photography

These Bridal Fashion Trends Stole the Scene in 2019

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Each year, we love looking back and remembering the trends that stood out to us, especially when it comes to wedding gowns! 2019 saw a few jaw-dropping bridal fashion trends, and our North Texas bridal boutiques delivered, carrying incredible dresses and making these trends accessible for all kinds of DFW brides. From boho and whimsical details to all-over lace, 2019 was one for the books in bridal fashion! Take a look back and tell us on Instagram which looks were your favorite!

Sweeping Sleeves

Whimsical, unexpected and oh-so-flirty, we couldn’t love the sweeping sleeve trend more. What a fun way to add movement and dimension to your look, too! Simple, chic updos complemented these looks so well, letting the sleeves make the statement.

2019 north texas bridal fashion trends

Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon | House of Tales Events | Kate McLeod Studio | Belle Decor | Dyan Elizabeth Photography | WZ Beauty Studio

2019 north texas bridal fashion trends

WED Bridal Boutique | Alexa Kay Events | Chelsea Kaye Photography

2019 north texas bridal fashion trends

Patsy’s Bridal Boutique | Bethany Erin Photography | The Olana | Brittany Jones Beauty | Lindsey Zamora Events

High Necks

Higher necklines were all the rage this season, and an instant pick for our style-minded gals. Not only is this style a good fit for a more modest bride, but you can’t deny how flattering the shoulder-baring cut is!

2019 north texas bridal fashion trends

LeAnn’s Bridal | Blushington Blooms | Stonebridge Ranch Country Club | Etoilly Artistry | Carsyn Abrams Photography

2019 north texas bridal fashion trends

Lovely Bride | Shannon Rose Events | AR Photography | Dr. Delphinium Designs & Events | Brittany Jones Beauty

2019 north texas bridal fashion trends

The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus | Lyons Events | Laning Photography | Etoilly Artistry | Floral Bar TX

 

All-Over Lace

Sometimes, more really is more – especially when it comes to gorgeous lace! We loved all the looks we saw with all-over lace: high necks, long sleeves, all the way down the train. This look took center stage in 2019!

2019 north texas bridal fashion trends

Bridal Boutique Lewisville | Something Pretty Floral | Anna Smith Photography

2019 north texas bridal fashion trends

Grace Loves Lace | Silver Lining Events + Co. | Lush Couture Floral | Rouge and Rosé Beauty | The True Gem | Ben Q Photography

 

Deep V + Applique Lace

The ultimate look for 2019’s boho brides, this eye-catching style made its way into lots of wedding scenes this year. With bold lace appliqués on ethereal tulle or mesh beneath, the contrast of this lace style is something to behold, especially when paired with a deep V-neck cut to show a little skin. We couldn’t love it more!

2019 north texas bridal fashion trends

A & Bé Bridal ShopLorena Burns Photography

2019 north texas bridal fashion trends

Bridal Boutique Lewisville | Pharris Photography & Philms

2019 north texas bridal fashion trends

WED Bridal Boutique | The Lockharts | Davis & Grey Farms | Poppies and Peonies Design