Downton

Inspiration: Downton by Jodi Miller

The Downtown gown feels right at home in this shoot on the grounds of Middleton Place in Charleston, SC.   Between her dreamy pastel silvers and vintage inspired crystal embellishment, this gown has earned its spot in our top ten all time favorites. 

Gown: Downton | lens: Jodi Miller for The School of Styling |  Hair + Makeup: Teighla Norris | Ribbon: Adorn | Accessories: Petals + Stones

Happily Yours,

CH

Inspiration: Downton by Corbin Gurkin

Our soft silver Downton stars in this shoot designed by Tiffany of Hart + Co EventsCorbin Gurkin was behind the lens to capture the magic during The School of Styling. Can we just talk about Tiffany's use of color? The light silver of the gown is played up so beautifully by the model's red hair and that bold poppy bouquet ribbon. We love a lady who is up for experimenting outside of the ivory box! 

Gown: Downton | Photographer: Corbin Gurkin | Styling: Tiffany of Hart + Co Events | Hair + Makeup: MiKel Rumsey | Ribbon: Adorn | Accessories: Petals + Stones

Happily Yours, CH

Inspiration: Downton by Lissa Ryan

"Lost - yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever." Horace Mann

Downton, our light silver crepe trumpet gown, with it's crystal embellishment and tulle overlay, steals the show in this inspiration shoot by Lissa Ryan. The crisp air and beauty of fall are embodied in this dreamy scene, accented with red and burgundy, and lit by the late afternoon sun,

Gown: Downton, Heritage Veil | Photography: Lissa Ryan Photography | Creative Direction: Linda Ha Events | Venue: Goodstone Inn | Calligraphy: Julie Ha Calligraphy | Florals: Petals and Promises | Rentals: Studio Marie | Candles: Creative Candles | Accessories: Girl and a Serious Dream | Jewelry: Susie Saltzman | Hair: Sarah Ahn | Makeup: Susan Lim Makeup Artist | Suit: Capital Custom Clothiers | Bowtie: Boutaugh | Shoes: Anthropologie | Models: Casey Wrona and Theodore Lee | Cake: Hollin Hall Pastry Shop | Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Film Lab: The Find Lab 

Happily Yours, CH

Real Weddings: Meet Krista

Krista and Eric were married in Denver at the amazing Space Gallery. The clean lines and stunning architectural elements of their venue provided the perfect contemporary counterpoint to our Downton dress. With the breathtaking location, the huge smiles, and the sunshine who could ask for anything more? Congratulations on your big day you two!

Dress: Downton, Veil: Custom Blue Mist Veil | Photographer: Adonye Jaja | Venue: Space Gallery | Florals: Pink Posey Design | Hair: Envogue Salon | Make Up: The Face Lab

Happily Yours,

Carol Hannah

Real Weddings: Meet Gina

Michael and Gina were married on a beautiful, bright blue day, at Lasdon Park in Somers, New York. The bride’s look was vintage inspired from head to toe. Just check out that feathered fascinator. We love that Gina customized her Downton, making it strapless. Gina kept it classic opting for her dress in natural white which contrasted beautifully with the crystal embellishments on her bodice. Congratulations you two!

Dress: Custom strapless Downton | Images: Merri Cyr Photography | Planner: Christine Murphy | Catering: Brian Ledley

Happily Yours,

Carol Hannah

Inspiration: Downton at Boone Hall Plantation with Rachel May

Boone Hall Plantation in South Carolina wrote the book on, "Old Southern Charm." The property’s famous Avenue of Oaks were dripping in Spanish moss and provided the perfect backdrop for our Downton gown. All of the natural, dreamy romance of the estate was underlined with soft ivory and grey details brought together by the amazing team below.

 

Dress: Downton in light silver (see more here) | Images: Rachel May | Styling: Events by Reagan | Florals: Charleston Stems | Location: Boone Hall Plantation | Printed Materials: Dodeline Design | Calligraphy: If So Inklined | Cake: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal | Ring: Croghan’s Jewel Box | Accessories: Petals & Stones | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Model: Taylor Avery | Hair: Mac McAbee | Make Up: Diedre Outlaw | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Flatware & Chargers: Tablescapes | Rentals: EventHaus

Happily Yours,

Carol Hannah

Trunk Show and Charleston Fashion Week Wrap Up!

 I had such a blast this past weekend down in Charleston, South Carolina with our retailer Southern Protocol.  Between a runway show at Charleston Fashion Week, a cocktail party at the shop, and the trunk show, we rode a whirlwind of pretty all weekend!  Thank you to everyone who came to any or all of it!  It was quite the homecoming.

    Kensington  on the runway

 

Kensington on the runway

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Le Soleil on the runway

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Pyrite, La Reine, and Le Soleil

Carol Hannah and Merrill Melideo 

Carol Hannah and Merrill Melideo 

Carol Hannah Trunk Show at Southern Protocol, Charleston SC
Carol Hannah Trunk Show at Southern Protocol, Charleston SC
Carol Hannah Trunk Show at Southern Protocol, Charleston SC
Carol Hannah Trunk Show at Southern Protocol, Charleston SC
Carol Hannah Trunk Show at Southern Protocol, Charleston SC
Carol Hannah Trunk Show at Southern Protocol, Charleston SC

We even had a fun little shoutout thanks to a sweet visit from Glamour's Kim Fusaro, who was a big fan of the l'Elysee gown in gazar.  Thanks for coming Kim!  {See the full article HERE}

Carol Hannah at Southern Protocol in Glamour
Carol Hannah at Southern Protocol in Glamour
Carol Hannah at Southern Protocol in Glamour
Carol Hannah at Southern Protocol in Glamour
Carol Hannah Trunk Show at Southern Protocol, Charleston SC
Carol Hannah Trunk Show at Southern Protocol, Charleston SC

Next up, Atlanta!  April 24-16th

Happily Yours,

Carol Hannah

Real Weddings: Meet Kate

This real wedding speaks to my heart!  With its rich color palette of moody blues paired with rust and fresh pastels, this Brooklyn affair is the perfect balance of organic and elegant. Kate opted for the unexpected in the pale silver Downton gown, and we think she did it right!

Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah real wedding - Downton gown in Brookyln
Carol Hannah real wedding - Downton gown in Brookyln
Carol Hannah real wedding - Downton gown in Brookyln
Carol Hannah real wedding - Downton gown in Brookyln
Carol Hannah real wedding - Downton gown in Brookyln
Carol Hannah real wedding - Downton gown in Brookyln
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah real wedding - Downton gown in Brookyln
Carol Hannah real wedding - Downton gown in Brookyln
Carol Hannah real wedding - Downton gown in Brookyln
Carol Hannah real wedding - Downton gown in Brookyln
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Weddings: Downton
Carol Hannah real wedding - Downton gown in Brookyln
Carol Hannah real wedding - Downton gown in Brookyln
Carol Hannah real wedding - Downton gown in Brookyln
Carol Hannah real wedding - Downton gown in Brookyln
Carol Hannah real wedding - Downton gown in Brookyln
Carol Hannah real wedding - Downton gown in Brookyln
Carol Hannah real wedding - Downton gown in Brookyln
Carol Hannah real wedding - Downton gown in Brookyln

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Carol Hannah real wedding - Downton gown in Brookyln
Carol Hannah real wedding - Downton gown in Brookyln

Photography:  Kate Ignatowski

Floral Arrangements: Poppies & Posies

Venue: Frankies Spuntino 457

Happily Yours,

Carol Hannah

Real Weddings: Meet Georgia

We are in awe with Georgia-  she looked absolutely stunning!

The crystal embellishments and tulle overlay on Downton in natural white made the perfect match for her oh-so-perfect wedding day.

Carol Hannah Real Wedding: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Wedding: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Wedding: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Wedding: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Wedding: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Wedding: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Wedding: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Wedding: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Wedding: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Wedding: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Wedding: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Wedding: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Wedding: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Wedding: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Wedding: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Wedding: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Wedding: Downton
Carol Hannah Real Wedding: Downton

a word from our bride..

"Andrew Brodsky and I were married in June 2014 at the Roundhouse at Beacon Falls, a converted mill with floor to ceiling windows and original wooden beams, on the banks of a waterfall.

 We met our first week at Hamilton College, the same small school in upstate New York that my parents attended. Looking back on it, our wedding was just like Hamilton—we were surrounded by supportive, loving people, in a gorgeous natural setting, feeling entirely happy and at ease. Both the ceremony and reception focused on the loveliness and elegant simplicity of weddings from times-gone-by: Flowers everywhere, a 1930s jazz band, groomsmen in tuxes, bridesmaids in shimmering champagne gowns. Carol Hannah’s Downton dress fit this scene perfectly.

 It was the culmination of a stunning 18 month engagement. Andrew proposed to me after Christmas 2012, at Bryant Park’s skating rink with my parents and future maid-of-honor looking on (he got on his knees in skates! No easy feat). Not long after, I made an appointment at Carol Hannah’s showroom to see a dress in person that my mother and I couldn’t stop talking about—it was the only wedding dress shop I visited.

Thank you to Dara and Carol Hannah for making the showroom one of the warmest, charming places I’ve ever been to. My family and I were so stunned by Downton, and the way I looked, that when I said yes to choosing it, we couldn’t stop laughing at how surreal it all was! An unbelievable experience from start to finish."

- Georgia

Photography: Maggie Heinzel-Neel 

Location: The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls

Florals: Christoffers Flowers

Lighting: Hour Glass Lighting

Hair: Michael George

Makeup: Analise Quintero

Congratulations Georgia and Andrew!

Happily Yours,

Carol Hannah

Inspiration Shoot: Downton + Brett Heidebrecht Photography

What is it about a beach wedding that is so appealing?  Well, if this inspiration shoot from Brett Heidebrecht Photography is any indication, it might have something to do with the drop dead gorgeous lighting, saturated hues, and the casual elegance portrayed here.   Styled around mingling watercolors with the natural beauty of the California coast, we love how the Downton gown seamlessly blends the two concepts in a way that leaves us yearning for the salty kisses of the seaside breeze.

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Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Natural wedding makeup
Natural wedding makeup
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Beautiful watercolor inspired wedding cake
Beautiful watercolor inspired wedding cake
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
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Wedding Earrings and Jewelry
Wedding Earrings and Jewelry
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
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Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
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Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast
Carol Hannah Real Wedding Inspiration - Downton gown at the California Coast

Photography:   Brett Heidebrecht

Styling:  Kylie Swanson

Cake: Knead to Make

Jewelry: Margaret Elizabeth 

Florals: Poppy Lane Design 

Happily Yours,

Carol Hannah