WOW! What a Facebook Live we had last Thursday, live from central London’s most prestigious wedding dress store, Browns Bride.
I spent most of it open-mouthed, taking in the breathtaking bridal gowns from one of the most sought-after wedding dress designers in the world, the imitable Ines Di Santo… and I had to pinch myself that Ines herself was actually standing right there next to me! #starstruckmoment
Yes – that’s right, Ines Di Santo herself flew into London to be interviewed by Smashing The Glass and she could not have been more delightful. It was a true honor and pleasure to be in her company and to talk to her about her sensational work, inspiration and processes.
We were also treated to Caroline Burstein (above) former Creative Director of Mayfair’s Browns, and founder of the legendary Browns Bride, live on air with us. Caroline’s wealth of knowledge and insightful tips and advice were so appreciated by our live audience around the globe. Another huge thrill for Smashing The Glass to interview her live on air!
We were treated to a diverse range of heart-stirring looks, from structured and flirtatious on one end of the spectrum, to lavish gowns layered with peplums, beading, and sparkles for a dramatic ‘modern ballgown’ feel.
We also saw some sensational statement two-in-one styles, and overskirts that brilliantly illustrate how you can create two different looks for your chuppah ceremony and party. These drew virtual gasps in the comments boxes with lots of ‘wooooah’s and wow’s. We ADORED all your comments, questions, interaction and shares. Thank you so much!
It was also a privilege to have Veronica Di Santo (below) Ines’s daughter and business partner, join us live on air too (catch her making an appearance at 46 mins in!).
Thank you also to the AMAZING Camilla J Collins for doing the exquisite make up for me and our two gorgeous models, Issy and Sarah.
Camilla transformed me in a matter of minutes and I cannot tell you how gorgeous I felt (and looked!) and she’s such a delight to be around too. If you haven’t yet booked your make up artist for your Big Day I cannot recommend Camilla enough (and she does hair too!). She is of course a much-loved STG Recommended Vendor and all her details are here.
The incredible Joseph Koniak, who is without a doubt one of the UK’s leading bridal hair stylists, styled the two models hair to perfection, and Smashing The Glass HIGHLY recommends Joseph for your wedding day hair – definitely one of the best in the business! All his details are here.
Finally, thank you also to Keith Appleby who took these wonderful behind-the-scenes images on the night. A truly spectacular live show in every way, don’t you think?
I felt truly spoiled to be in the company of such greats — this was definitely one of my very favorite Facebook Lives yet. If you missed the live show, you can watch the replay here or at just below, and do tell me: which dress is your favourite?!
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0:00 — Welcome
2:08 – Introducing Caroline Burstein, the founder of Browns Bride
3:01 – Introducing Ines Di Santo herself
4:03 – ‘Elena’ Ines Di Santo wedding dress (simple satin mikado, drop waist ball gown)
4:40 – The perfect dress for Meghan Markle!
6:40 – Ways of covering the shoulders for under the chuppah
9:11 – Hair by the incredible Joseph Koniak Salon & Education Academy
9.12 – Make up by the amazing Camilla J Collins – Hair and Make Up Artist
10:50 – How do you handle dress shopping if you’re mum is not on the same page as you but wants to join you for appointments?
13:50 – How many people should you come with to your first bridal appointment
14:41 – ‘Park’ Ines Di Santo Wedding Dress (strapless, aline, soft blush pink with 3D flowers)
15:48 – Ways of covering the shoulders for under the chuppah
20:40 – How much time do you have to give yourself before the wedding to order your dress?
22:39 – ‘Sultry’ Ines Di Santo wedding dress (mermaid line, silk crepe front pannel with nude underlaid lace back)
24:30 – What is a great dress design for a pear-shaped bride?
29:18 – ‘Coco’ Ines Di Santo wedding dress (blush pink, drop waist, aline, printed floral silk organza skirt with illusion lace top and back)
31:24 – A beautifully simple Ines Di Santo Dress
33:13 – Should I take into consideration my skin tone so that my dress doesn’t make me look washed out?
34:03 – What’s the best way to prepare for a store appointment?
36:15 – How do you bustle up the dresses for the Jewish dancing?
37:50 – What’s the most sought after style of 2018?
38:40 – What advice would you give to a bride trying to find their own bridal style?
39:18 – ‘Carnegie’ Ines Di Santo wedding dress (blush pink embroidered mermaid line with huge overskirt and embroidered lace bolero)
43:50 – Do Fathers of the Bride come to appointments too?
45:00 – What can you do with the dress after your Big Day?
46:55 – Ines’s daughter, Veronica, comes on to talk about their mother / daughter relationship and working together
48:40 – ‘Violet’ Ines Di Santo wedding dress (blush underlined lace mermaid line gown with lace peplum detail, open v back and long train)
55:35 – A VERY special offer from Browns Bride for all Smashing The Glass followers!
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