Engagement: Mara in Paris

Patrick popped the question in Paris and Ian Holmes Photography was there to capture the beautiful moments that followed (Mara said yes!). Their romantic photos under the Eiffel Tower and among the cobblestone streets embody that French je ne sais quoi. Conveniently, Mara had our Bryant Dress packed and ready for whatever fabulousness came her way. Congratulations you two!  

Dress: Bryant Dress | Photography: Ian Holmes Photography 

Happily Yours, CH

Inspiration: Azurite in Iceland

Bridal portraits may seem like an antiquated tradition, but they are definitely making a comeback. And if a portrait session means a little pre-wedding vacation with your gown and a fabulous photographer, why not? Just look to this Nordic bridal portrait session for inspiration. Huong Nguyen-Takeba took our Azurite gown in Reykjavik, Iceland. Black sand beaches in the North Atlantic Ocean created an almost other-worldly setting for this shoot. And the wind brought the pale aqua and gold layers of silk to life. 

Gown: Azurite | Photographer: Huong Nguyen-Takeba 

Happily Yours, CH

Real Weddings: Meet Heidi

Heidi and Casey dated for 9 years before getting married. Needless to say, after all of that time together their family and friends were already close as can be. And all of those loved ones rallied to hand craft this homespun soiree. The couple chose Heidi's parents' home in Hancock, NH as their spot. The estate, named "The Highlands", was built in 1790 and used to belong to the bride's grandmother, who cultivated a menagerie of odd pets on the grounds (including a peacock). Special touches included a hand painted bar and table signs (all named for the couple's pets). Heidi's sister made an amazing, vintage inspired photobooth. If you think you spy a LOT of littles you aren't wrong. All 9 of the bride and groom's nieces and nephews (all under the age of 6) were part of the ceremony! Heidi wore our Orchis Tee and a custom skirt based off of the Nolita dress. The perfect combination for this intimate union.

Finery: Orchis Tee and a custom skirt based off of the Nolita dress | Photographer: Chrissy Bulakites for Matchbox Studios | Flowers: La Flora Couture | Ring: Hortense

Happily Yours, CH

Inspiration: Ianassa by Allison Markova

“On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty.
Today is such a day.” -Rumi

Allison Markova is the lady behind the lens for this inspiration shoot. Billowing and beautiful, our Ianassa gown floats across the sand, dynamic and radiant. On the beach next to the lapping waves and kissed by the end of day sun is Ianassa's happy place. 

Gown: Ianassa | Photgraphy: Allison Markova 

Happily Yours, CH

Real Weddings: Meet Rachel

You know how they say everything is bigger in Texas?   It's clear that this love is like that. Rachel and Kevin mixed clean lines and modern sensibility with their rustic setting and turned out an event just as chic as can be. They chose lucite details, lots of white and an altar that seemed just made to frame the sun. The style certainly carried though to the wedding part too! Check out those bridesmaids in pantsuits and super dapper dudes. We love the crisp contours of our Heritage Bustier + La Reine Skirt (simplified) in this setting, specifically the juxtaposition of this combo in the fields of prairie grass and against the expanse of corrugated metal.  Rachel and Kevin under those clouds, against the clear blue sky, saying I do as the sun sets...if there is a more storybook setting for starting your life as husband and wife we can't imagine it. Congratulations you two!

Finery: Heritage Bustier and La Reine Skirt (Simplified) | Photographer: Bradford Marten | Planner: Heavenly Day Events | Venue: The Prospect House

Happily Yours, CH

Inspiration: Euphorbia and Celestine at Wadsworth Mansion

Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance -Coco Chanel

The refined styling by Emma Natter let the gowns headline in this shoot captured by D'Arcy Benincosa. These dresses have one thing in common, yards and yards of flowing fabric. Nothing compliments the diaphanous beauties more than a little movement. Our ruffled overdress, Euphorbia, is stunning contrasted against the backdrop of multiple arched windows at Wadsworth Mansion. While our layered natural white, ivory, and nude silk chiffon and crepe de chine Celestine rests in a niche along with the most beautiful blooms. Simplicity at its finest.

Gowns: Euphorbia and Celestine | Venue: Wadsworth Mansion | Styling: Emma Natter | Photography: D'Arcy Benicosa

Happily Yours, CH

The Monarch Collection: Behind the Scenes

Inspired by the delicate airiness of butterflies, the Carol Hannah 2018 collection is a study in intricacy, movement, and fluttering layers. Featuring gold metallic Italian embroidery, handmade abstract tulle wing embellishments, and a soft palette of romantic colors, the Monarch collection encourages us to take flight. 

Behold, the behind the scenes from our runway show! This labor of love would't be possible without all of the hands that make up the team here at Carol Hannah. Special thanks all the ladies who make the dresses, sell the dresses, love the dresses, buy the dresses, and support me and my craft in all the ways.  We can't wait to see you in these beauties! 

The Monarch Collection | Photography: Jen for Branch & Cole | Hair: Styles on B | Makeup: Stacy Ford Weddings | Florals: Mimosa Floral | Shoes: Kate Whitcomb Shoes | DJ: Ray Jarrell

Happily Yours, CH

Inspiration: Malachite by Beth Morgan

Have you ever fantasized about eloping? Just you, your love and a gown, wherever your heart desires? This inspiration shoot has us nearly sold on the option. Follow in Beth Morgan Cowan's footsteps and kick out whatever tradition doesn't suit you and fill the space with personal touches like she did here with rugged terrain, edginess, and raw beauty. The ritual exchange of vows should be emblematic of your love. We say, only hold on to the customs that speak to you and always wear the dress of your dreams.

Gown: Malachite | Photography: Beth Morgan Cowan | Hair and makeup: Molly Gee | Florals: Au Courant Florals 

Happily Yours: CH

Real Weddings: Meet Ivy

It's IVY!!! And oh, how we love Ivy. Not only is she one of our retailers (anyone lucky enough to have found their gown at Lovely Bride in Philadelphia already knows her), but she has become a friend over the years. So, you can imagine the excitement in getting to create a custom gown for her! One thing you may not know about Ivy is that she is a dancer. A seriously talented, trained, competitive dancer (like a gold medal winning U.S. champ...just sayin'). It follows that Ivy is comfortable in sparkly gowns so this one had to be EXTRA special and allow her to dance the night away. It was a total dream to spend time with this girlboss while we created her one of a kind gown and this beauty turned out just right. The first look got Matt all teary, and my oh my how she glowed under that grand chuppah. The night ended with this couple totally killing it on the dance floor. Mission accomplished. Mazel tov you two.

Gown: Custom Veil:  Empress Veil | Photography: Love Me Do | HMU: Aleksandra Ambrozy | Florals and Design: Evantine Design |  Videography: Squareware Studios | Paper Goods: The Papery |  Cake: Cake Life Bakeshop | Venue: Logan Hotel and Ballroom 

Happily Yours, CH

Inspiration: Oceane by Elizabeth Anne Designs

Sweet and sultry, this garden wedding inspiration shoot from Elizabeth Anne Designs is as saccharine as spun sugar and glam as can be. The playful cotton candy bouquet (from Lush Puff) plays well with the layers and layers of draped tulle in our Oceane ballgown. The smoky eye and black details add sophisticated edginess. Candy and dark deails, inspo perfectly suited to the spook of the season.

Dress: Oceane | Photography: Marsais | Floral:  Blush and Vine | Coordination: Weddings by Jessee | Rentals: Aztec Events and Tents | Linens and Rentals: EB Inc Events | Rings: Trumpet and Horn | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Macarons and Artistry: Olga Galindo Art | Hair and Makeup: Janelle Christine | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Cake: Dolce Designs | Cotton Candy: Lush Puff | Stationery: Nib and Pixel | Groom’s Shoes: Steve Madden | Ribbon: Honey Silks & Co. | Gauze Runner:  The Flower Cult

Happily Yours, CH