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“Till Death Do Us Part” ~ The Giving Bride

June 16, 2016

The Giving Bride Lingerie and vintage wedding gown on Lingerie briefs

“To Death Do Us Part” or so we hope when we speak our vows on our wedding day. For many women, this is the beginning of a much anticipated new phase of life and expectations run very high. Thus, the day becomes a pinnacle of celebration, the dress, the metaphor for all things beautiful that can happen in this most precious bond. Everything is elevated for the affair and lingerie is no exception. Exquisitely rendered intimates help inform the drama and when a designer focuses all of their energy on this particular niche, it shows. The Giving Bride, a brand I discovered in 2014, is the creative work of Maggie Gillette, whose passion for lingerie design propelled her to relinquish her 10 year tenure in education to pursue her dreams. Made in New York, every piece respects the female form from the simplest shapes to the most intricate trims. But what keeps The Giving Bride on our radar, is Maggie’s dedication to the value of giving back, as she donates a portion of her profits to women’s charities. Her current partner, A Safe Place, in Lake County, Illinois, is a multi-faceted service that assists victims in altering their lives after domestic violence. Unfortunately, the faith and trust that some young women hold on their wedding day is disavowed by spouses incapable of honoring the marriage promise. I, for one, find Maggie’s use of her exquisite designs to help transform women’s lives the essence of the lingerie business.

Detail of The Giving Bride Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

The Giving Bride on Lingerie Briefs

The Giving Bride on Lingerie Briefs

Heirloom bouquet brooch credit Corner House Photo and The Giving Bride on Lingerie Briefs

The Giving Bride on Lingerie Briefs

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The Equestrian Bride ~ Cosabella Lingerie

June 9, 2016

Leila Hafzi on white horse and Cosabella Arizona bra and panty on Lingerie Briefs

Cosabella’s white equestrian bridal story, conjures up exactly the wedding style I might choose, if I was getting married now. Of course, I am way beyond the almost naked photoshoot days, but the passion that horses evoke in many young women is not so different than original love. I could  not pass up these images when Cosabella shared them with me.

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Cosabella Minoa bra and panty set on Lingerie Briefs

 

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An English Country Wedding ~ Fleur of England Lingerie

May 27, 2016

Fleur of England Allure on Lingerie Briefs

I was only 20 years old when my sister was married at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan, but the litany of details that earmarked the occasion absolutely drove me crazy at the time. The piѐce de resistance was when my mother asked me to pick up the monogrammed dinner mints the day before. Upon opening the box, two of them were smudged and I was commissioned to return to the store to have them re-done. My mother’s middle name was perfection. I made up my mind, then and there that I was not dealing with this trivia if I ever chose to marry. Having just returned from a summer in Oxford, I decided that my wedding would emulate an English country garden where carefully curated flower beds reflected an elegant, yet freestyle attitude. (By the way, it never happened that way. My mother had other ideas).

Fleur of England Allure on Lingerie Briefs

From the very first moment that I met Fleur Turner, owner and designer of the Fleur of England lingerie brand, I have identified her work with this bridal fantasy. Luxury intimates, rendered in luscious silks and precious laces are the hallmark of the Fleur of England collections.Each style is cultivated under Fleur’s artful eye. Her work is an embodiment of her English heritage, wholly unique, quintessentially British. Exquisitely rendered with a focus on perfect fit, the final statement is a conservatory of femininity. Though her designs are multi-faceted in their appeal, I have always believed that they are intimate body poetry fit for any bride.

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An Afternoon Affair ~ Eberjey Bridal Lingerie

May 2, 2016

Wedding stories on Lingerie Briefs

After my family moved away from Long Beach, NY, we spent several summers on Block Island, a tiny ocean sanctuary off the New England Coast. I witnessed several mid-day weddings there as we rode our bikes up and down the rocky terrain. There is something special about afternoon affairs, a frothy lightness that reveals a casual beauty. Understated, yet elegant, it seems the perfect purview for the Eberjey bride.

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Bridal Keepsakes ~ Lise Charmel Lingerie

April 26, 2016

Luxury Bridal dress by Sophie on Lingerie Briefs

A few months ago, my husband and I were having drinks on the terrace of a luxury hotel here in Cabo called Esperanza. Not our usual activity, we went, mainly to see the venue. Cabo is well-known for its destination weddings and by coincidence, that evening, there was a marriage ceremony taking place at the resort. It got me thinking about the entire bridal business, the extravagance, the energy exerted, and the level of artistry woven into every aspect of the process. The poolside wedding we witnessed was embraced by a magnificent view of the Sea of Cortez. The bride’s dress was woven with delicate lace and live flowers. The reception, outside on a tiered terrace, overlooked a moon sprayed ocean lit by burning torches. Every detail seemed perfect. Certainly, extravagance comes at a cost. However, for many couples, their wedding is expenditure in a lifelong memory.

Bridal Lingerie by Lise Charmel on Lingerie Briefs

Every season, I revisit the Lise Charmel bridal collections, because frankly, when it comes to pure luxury, there are very few brands whose wedding lingerie reaches this standard of execution. These designs are keepsakes worthy of investment.  I have known women who have framed their Lise Charmel bridal bras for posterity.  Spring 2016’s showstopper is Love Magicienne, a marriage of craft and artistry created by the famed Lise Charmel design studios. Made in Lyon, France in silk charmeuse, Calais laces, elegant embroideries and intricate guipures, each piece is engineered with the renown Lise Charmel fit as deserving of the dress under which it will live. Now with the addition of the Eprise Talent Guipure collection, this luscious bridal lingerie is available in styles fitting 30 -40, C-H. Luxury has a price, but memories are more precious. Combining the two is Lise Charmels gift.

Eprise Lingerie up to H cup from Lise Charmel group on Lingerie Briefs

Eprise Lingerie up to H cup from Lise Charmel group on Lingerie Briefs

Love Magicienne from Lise Charmel Bridal on Lingerie Briefs

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Lise Charmel Bridal Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Lise Charmel Bridal Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Lise Charmel Bridal Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Lise Charmel Bridal Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

 

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BRIDAL BRIEFS

There is an alchemy between the Lingerie and Bridal Industries. Both worlds are devoted to the feminine self. The products revealed in this space are about beauty and self-esteem; their purpose to bring pleasure, passion and gratification to a woman’s life. We believe that feeling special is an important element in creating confidence and a sense of well-being. Bridal Briefs pays homage to that quest.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTRIBUTORS TO BRIDAL BRIEFS INCLUDE:

 
Ellen Lewis, editor/publisher of Lingerie Briefs
 
Adrine Bimanand, co-owner of Creative Touch Decor Boutique and wedding magazine Plush. Be sure to also check out Adrine’s
Wedding Blog.