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If Pinterest and Style Me Pretty are giving you major anxiety about scoring the perfect gown—indie, obscure, and above all, gorgeous—and you haven't found the right match yet in Boston, hang tight. Later this fall, Beacon Hill will welcome a bridal boutique quite unlike the others in the area. Ceremony, located in the top floor suite of 48 Charles Street, is described by its owner Alix Childs as "kind of like going shopping in your coolest friend's amazing loft or the pages of your favorite wedding blog." After disappointment in having to travel to NYC for her own gown, Childs sought to create a fresh bridal Bay State experience: modern, imaginative, and fun. What differentiates her shop is a roster of designers that are exclusive to Ceremony within the metro area, and sometimes, even all of New England.
Childs chose her designers using three pieces of criteria: that they were not available elsewhere locally, that the designers spoke to the indie bride, and an appreciation for tradition and sophisticated, couture quality with a playful nod to newness. Get acquainted with some of Childs' favorite labels:
"Elizabeth is NYC-based designer who studied at Parsons and started her career designing evening wear before she ventured into bridal in 1999. Her gowns are known for their sophistication, graceful draping and couture fabrics. Signature slender bias cut shapes and dramatic barely-there backs make her gowns a little sexy but still super romantic and soft. "
"Perhaps the most imaginative and unique line in the collection, Delphine Manivet is a French designer with a whimsical bohemian and fashion-forward style. She's known for her line of mix-and-match bridal separates that include stunning drop waist ball gown skirts and vintage-inspired lace tops. She claims a cult following of fashion insiders and celebrities alike and, perhaps most notably, designed the wedding dress that singer Lily Allen wore when she tied the knot in 2011."
KAREN WILLIS HOLMES
"Ceremony will be only the second store in all of the United States to carry Sydney-based designer Karen Willis Holmes' bridal collection. I'm in love with her romantic lacy styles as well as her more glamorous and just plain stunning sequin-covered gowns. One particularly quirky and cool thing about the line is that there are a selection of dresses available pret-a-porter—these can be available in just a couple of weeks. (Perfect for a last minute elopement!)"
"You'd be hard-pressed to find a wedding pinboard that did not include a dress from indie-darling Sarah Seven. She's truly one of the most recognizable names in wedding blogosphere—and with good reason. Her gowns are uber-feminine and artful but wear as well with Prada as they do with a beaten-up motorcycle jacket. I'm thrilled and honored that she's introducing her new Gold Label collection at Ceremony, featuring an unbelievable mix of her most coveted styles plus some brand new stunners that already have me swooning."
"Australian designer Sarah Janks is another indie bridal gem. The near perfect construction of her designs and couture-quality silks and laces speak to her years in and her training with some of the best in the industry, including Jenny Packham and Rouland Mouret."
Stay tuned for details on the services and accessories offered at Ceremony, as well as peeks at what the space will look like when it opens later this year.
· Ceremony [Official Site]
· Weddings Week 2013 posts [Racked Boston]