When Now and Forever Bridal Boutique asked us to plan a trunk show for the fabulously talented bridal fashion designer Hayley Paige we said YES! Two Be Wed is familiar with Hayley Paige’s line as several of our clients have worn her collection and we have borrowed Paige’s dresses from Now and Forever for inspiration/styled photo shoots.
Saying yes was the easy part- coming up with a creative format and concept for the event was the challenge. Trunk shows can be quiet, uneventful, and rarely provide an opportunity to get to know the designer on a personal level. Hayley is a ray of sunshine (really, just look at her smile!) and we wanted to get inside her head and hear her speak from the heart about her 2014 collection. “Perfectly Paige” was just the event to do that.
Paige shared her inspiration for the line, how she names her dresses, and her philosophy of creating juxtaposition in her designs. A classic and simple a-line silhouette paired with a gorgeous crystal beaded bolero jacket or a ballroom gown tulle skirt with a hint of lavender or what she calls alabaster- this is juxtaposition. It’s blending the fanciful and flirty, classic and couture, and sexy and sophisticated.
With the help of The Moss and Rose and Artful Designs by Rachel Nieman we explained how the dress sets the tone for the wedding planning process and the decisions made along the way. Jody Strom sketched beautiful renderings of bridal bouquets that were displayed throughout the boutique and Rachel Nieman hand-lettered the names of flowers used and the styles of the bouquets. This was one of the highlights of the event!
Despite the close to freezing weather we had a great turnout. The ambiance was warm and inviting as Miran from Arcadia Strings played familiar wedding songs on her violin. Cordua Catering passed champagne and served delicious canape and mini desserts from Petite Sweets. The boutique was literally bedazzled with the amber sequin table coverings provided by our dear friends at Over the Top Linens. Representatives from Weddings in Houston and Houston Brides attended as well. Sasha Boheme Photography kindly captured the event and details!
A special thanks to Vo and Kim of Now and Forever Bridal Boutique and Hayley Paige for a perfect collaboration!