NWAFW Window Shop: She Said Yes Bridal

So… turns out it’s really fun shopping for a wedding dress when it’s not for your wedding day. Want to play in a beautiful gown for a day and then give it back with no damage done to your pocket book? Yes, please.

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I met up with Farron & Deja at the She Said Yes store in Rogers. We easily fell into conversation about fashion and weddings and dresses (oh my!). Farron told me, “Brandi opened the store after shopping for her own wedding. She realized there was nothing in the area that provided the level of customer service or selection that you could find in bigger cities. So, she left her corporate job behind and opened She Said Yes to fill that void.” And fill the void it has for nine years and counting.  Since 2004 She Said Yes has helped over hundreds of brides locally and across the country to find the dress that bring them to say “yes”. But they aren’t sure how many exactly…they don’t keep count. They’re too busy focusing on the bride at hand and making sure she finds the dress of her dreams.

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IMG_2723I went into the appointment sure that they would let me leave with a couple of formals that I could whip up a situation where I would wear a formal in my everyday life. However, Farron quickly told me that they were only showing bridal on the runway at NWAFW. So, would I be down to be a bride again? Ummmm yes!IMG_2833

I decided that we should find a few dresses that weren’t too bridal. But that was my only qualifier. For my own wedding, I did not want strapless, only because that’s what you see the most of. For this, no such rules. Farron & Deja took me back to the dressing rooms where there were a few gowns left over from a recent sample sale. We ooohed and ahhhed and they quickly beckoned me to strip. You get really close with anyone who helps you in or out of bridal couture – take it from me. Farron & Deja saw me completely nude within moments of our first meeting.

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We found a gorgeous Anne Barge ball gown (a blush silk taffeta gown featuring a beautiful rouched drop-waist bodice that softly flows into a full skirt full of romantic pickups) that was so delightful and princess-like.  We went back out into the showroom and I began gravitating toward lace. We eventually happened upon a lacy Romona Keveza (blush silk shantung fitted, with Alencion lace overlay; featuring a beautiful lace illusion sweetheart neckline and soft sweep train) that was sweet and perfect in its simplicity. I told the girls I was feeling an “I skipped my wedding because I wanted to party” vibe for the window shop and they were totally down. Seeing so many brides on the regular, they seemed to get excited about the fashion aspect as much of more than the wedding side.  Speaking of the fashionable side of things, they have a very cool concept planned for NWAFW 2014. Farron said the goal is to bring the focus back to the beauty of the dress and how a bride will look in it.

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Find out more about She said Yes Bridal online & @shesaidyesbridal on Instagram. This post is in honor of Brandi Rushton and dedicated to her recovery.

Beauty by Suzannah Files for Crown Beauty Bar | Photos by Darcy Munoz for Hello Luvvy | Styling/Concept: Payton Bridewell for The Window Shopper | Flowers by Pigmint | The jewels are available for purchase at Cheap Thrills

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buy these one-of-a-kind vintage baubles NOW at cheap thrills

RAID MY CLOSET

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On May 4th (if you’re local) you will be able to shop my collection of clothes, shoes, hats, jewels and accessories. I am doing a SERIOUS edit.
The sale will be at Grey Dog 724 N. College, Fayetteville AR from 11-6. Of course, I will be there to share stories/style recommendations or possibly just chilling and drinking! We’ll see how this goes and I may do more. Hopefully online – so some of you interested but far away parties can get in on it! —> the facebook event
Click on the photo below to see the preview  album or check out the possibilities from past outfits. I  will be posting more items as the date draws near. xo

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above photo by the lovely Mallory Berry5

My Wedding: All the Details

Here they are! All my wedding pictures. I honestly can’t believe it was four months ago. It was the most incredible experience, made possible by an incredibly wonderful man and many, many precious friends and relatives. Contact me at prettypayblog@gmail if you have  questions about vendors. xo
WHAT I WORE: My earrings and bracelet were antique Mikimoto pearls borrowed from my new mother in law. My engagement ring is a family heirloom that belonged to Robert’s great-grandmother. My wedding ring was created to match by Mark Fleischner from Lauray’s in Hot Springs. Robert’s ring is also from Lauray’s. floral wreath and bridal bouquet by Flora, wedding dress by Le Spose di Gio via Kleinfeld’s, rehearsal dinner/after wedding dress was vintage Laurence Kazar via ebay, platforms – Jeffrey Campbell via Solestruck, Alterations by Anita Turzi, Makeup: Kory Simpson, Hair: Brittany Castleberry from Teazed
EVERYTHING ELSE: my bridesmaids chose their own dresses in shades of white or cream, photography by Mallory Berry, tuxedos – Jos A. Bank, polka dot bow ties by The Tie Bar, invitations by So Inviting, Ceremony music: Quintet from the Fayetteville Jazz Collective, Reception Band: Big John Miller Band, Rentals: Eventures, Catering: Jim & Mary Cope/ Susie Stevens of Nibbles, Alcohol: Andy Plemmons from Crossover Liquor, Cake: The cake lady, Officiant – Robert Ginsburg,  Rehearsal Dinner:  Ella’s at Carnall Hall, Bridal Luncheon: Café Rue Orleans, Décor/Flowers: Susan Wright, Transportation from parking area: Jim’s Shuttle Express, Restroom Trailer: Arkansas Portable’s NW, Videographer: Abigail Jeppsen, Day of Wedding Coordinator: Tammy York of Gatsby’s Event Management

Sneak Peek: My Wedding

Here are a few of my favorites from our wedding. I’ve got a lot more to share with you after the new year! xo Payton

My earrings and bracelet were antique Mikimoto pearls borrowed from my new mother in law. My engagement ring is a family heirloom that belonged to Robert’s great-grandmother. My wedding ring was created to match by the best jeweler in the state, Mark Fleischner from Lauray’s in Hot Springs. Robert’s ring is also from Lauray’s.
photography by Mallory Berry, floral wreath and bridal bouquet by Flora, wedding dress by Le Spose di Gio via Kleinfeld’s, platforms – Jeffrey Campbell via Solestruck, tuxedos – Jos A. Bank, polka dot bow ties by The Tie Bar

The Collar Stands Alone

I have loved the detachable collar for a while now. Thankfully, it’s become something of a trend so you can find them at a variety of price ranges. It’s wearable art! This particular type of jewelry is a statement. It can be worn with the simplest of ensembles to take them up a notch. Which one is your favorite?
Click the pics to shop…just in time for Christmas!

cream ruffle necklace, ruffle collar necklace. sculptural neckpiece, modern jewelry,  PVC, statement necklace, bib necklace, avant gardeSeadbead Collar Necklace

Bridal Baubles Inspiration (Something Blue)

The other day I was thinking, why not do your “something blue” in the form of jewelry? I’m not sure if that’s a popular idea but I am exploring it. Earrings or a bracelet in a blue hue could be divine and depending on your dress/accessories/atmosphere, could be as subtle or as attention-grabbing as you like. I’m probably not going to do a necklace but that could be beautiful as well.



This isn’t blue but I am slightly dying over it.

via Charm&Chain, Dannijo