Real Bride, Sara, Stuns in Not One But Two Designer Gowns

Sara is wearing two of our designers, Stephen Yearick and Valentini Spose for her wedding day. For her ceremony, she chose a beautiful gown from Valentini Spose. As the designer’s website states, “ Valentini Spose is located in Italy.  The supervisor of the work is Graziana Valentini, one of the most qualified in the industry, who has been able to characterize the Valentini brand of quality and passion. She leads the team during the gown’s realization, thanks to her knowledge of materials, production techniques and her innate ability to convey great emotions with each gown. Every tissue, every cut, every model is the result of careful research, because the wedding gown is and will always be this for us: the most precious object that each woman should wear on the most important day of her life.”

Sara also chose a reception dress by American designer Stephen Yearick, who is based out of New York.  The Stephen Yearick Collection caters to the bride.  Being a truly Modern Couture Collection, Stephen Yearick’s creations and designs are customized to guarantee appropriate fit for any body type and can be modified to create the perfect gown to grace any occasion with glamor, elegance and style!

Saying goodbye to our brides is quite emotional, but we always love receiving emails from them after they walk down the aisle. 

Everyone we worked with for our wedding was so incredible. Both dresses were so incredible and fit me like a glove. I have and will continue to recommend Dimitra’s Bridal to any future bride. Thanks again for helping make our day so special.

~ Sara

Ali wears Valentini Spose on her Wedding Day

Valentini Spose is from Italy and they create refined Bridal Gowns that are loved by women. Our stunning bride, Ali, looked absolutely beautiful wearing Valentini Spose. These photos were captured by her photographer, Mark Trela.

Thank you for helping me look my best on my wedding day! I felt so beautiful in my Valentini Spose Gown and had such a lovely experience shopping for my wedding gown at Dimitra’s, I appreciated all the time spent at accessory appointments and fittings to make me look and feel my very best! I loved every aspect of my look and am so glad I got my dress, custom bolero, and veil from your beautiful boutique.

~Ali

Zuhair Murad Fall 2022 Bridal Collection

The Zuhair Murad Fall 2022 bridal collection has been released and we are literally speechless! As the exclusive retailer for Zuhair Murad wedding dresses in Chicago, we were thrilled to see a return to the beautiful beadwork the designer’s evening wear collection is known for.  According to Zuhair Murad himself, this collection was inspired by diamonds: “Born since the dawn of time, this eternal gem is the embodiment of love’s beginning, granting fortune to all those it adorns and exciting the imagination with its sheer regency. Dear to women’s hearts and captivating with its radiance, the timeless diamond inspired Zuhair Murad to design a collection of contemporary and vibrant wedding gowns, luminous with a thousand lights.”

Zuhair Murad fall 2022 katie wedding dress at dimitras bridal in chicago featuring a fully beaded tulle sheath bridal gown with straps, with a matching beaded tulle overskirt and veil

Zuhair Murad fall 2022 kiara wedding dress at dimitras bridal chicago featuring a beaded tulle ballgown wedding dress with corset bodice and cap sleeves

Zuhair Murad fall 2022 kiara wedding dress at dimitras bridal chicago featuring a beaded tulle ballgown wedding dress with corset bodice, matching veil and cap sleeves

Zuhair Murad fall 2022 kay wedding dress at dimitras bridal chicago featuring an off the shoulder sweetheart beaded tulle ballgown wedding dress with corset bodice

This Fall-Winter 2022 Collection is bewitching and features cabochon-cut stones arranged in multi-faceted patterns on sheaths, as well as princess-cut skirts in warm, magnolia-colored silk tulles (also available in off white for the more traditional bride!)  The skirts are topped with the designer’s signature fitted corset bodice that cinches his bride at the waist so beautifully, and is fully embellished by a delicate blend of sparkling crystals in ecru ivory and silver.

Zuhair Murad fall 2022 katya wedding dress at dimitras bridal in chicago featuring a fully beaded tulle long sleeve sheath bridal gown with off the shoulder sweetheart neckline and a matching beaded tulle overskirt

Zuhair Murad fall 2022 katya wedding dress at dimitras bridal in chicago featuring a fully beaded tulle long sleeve sheath bridal gown with off the shoulder sweetheart neckline and a matching beaded tulle overskirt and veil

Zuhair Murad fall 2022 katya wedding dress at dimitras bridal in chicago featuring a fully beaded tulle long sleeve sheath bridal gown with off the shoulder sweetheart neckline and a matching beaded veil

Zuhair Murad’s signature embroideries do not fall short in the Fall 2022 bridal collection, as they flirt with geometric patterns, featuring a medley of sharp angles on the one hand, and a dense crescendo on the other, highlighting the radiance of the swarovski crystal elements that float throughout the dreamy layers of silk tulle.

Zuhair Murad fall 2022 kim wedding dress at dimitras bridal chicago featuring a strapless sweetheart beaded tulle ballgown wedding dress with corset bodice

Zuhair Murad fall 2022 kim wedding dress at dimitras bridal chicago featuring a strapless sweetheart beaded tulle ballgown wedding dress with corset bodice and matching veil

Zuhair Murad fall 2022 kloe wedding dress at dimitras bridal chicago featuring a strapless beaded tulle a-line wedding dress with matcing gloves

There are two ethereal and effervescent lace dresses in the collection which are incandescent and shimmer.  The first features a long sleeves, a high neckline and removable tulle skirt with matching lace. The second is an uber romantic natural waisted chantilly lace ballgown, with long sleeves and an off the shoulder, deep V neckline. Both gowns feature the perfect balance of modesty and revealing elements, traditional yet modern, feminine yet edgy – and always with a matching cathedral length veil to take everyone’s breath away!

Zuhair Murad fall 2022 kylie wedding dress at dimitras bridal chicago featuring a long sleeve high neck lace mermaid wedding dress with matching overskirt

Zuhair Murad fall 2022 kylie wedding dress at dimitras bridal chicago featuring a long sleeve high neck lace mermaid wedding dress

Zuhair Murad fall 2022 kylie wedding dress at dimitras bridal chicago featuring a long sleeve high neck lace mermaid wedding dress with matching overskirt and veil

Zuhair Murad fall 2022 karen wedding dress at dimitras bridal chicago featuring an off the shoulder long sleeve lace ballgown wedding dress

Zuhair Murad fall 2022 karen wedding dress at dimitras bridal chicago featuring an off the shoulder long sleeve lace ballgown wedding dress with matching veilThe Kendell gown’s silk taffeta is draped delicately over the bodice boasting a sweetheart neckline, and falling to the floor regally for awe-inspiring glamor.  We are completely obsessed with the beaded illusion gloves, which give the perfect dash of glamour and sophistication to the final look! We can’t wait to see which of our brides will find an excuse to re wear these beauties as a statement piece following the wedding!

Zuhair Murad fall 2022 kendell wedding dress at dimitras bridal chicago featuring a strapless sweetheart ruched taffeta ball gown with beaded illusion gloves

Zuhair Murad fall 2022 kendell wedding dress at dimitras bridal chicago featuring a strapless sweetheart ruched taffeta ball gown with beaded illusion gloves and matching veil

The Karoline gown features a sequin embellished sheath wedding dress with long sleeves, whose silhouette reveals the flawless details of the bride’s shape. This seductive wedding dress is balanced by the sweet silk mikado overskirt, which comes off when the bride is ready to be light and move easily among her guests and on the dance floor!

Zuhair Murad fall 2022 karoline wedding dress at dimitras bridal chicago featuring long sleeve beaded tulle sheath wedding dress with mikado overskirt

Zuhair Murad fall 2022 karoline wedding dress at dimitras bridal chicago featuring long sleeve beaded tulle sheath wedding dress with matching veilKatya is sure to be a favorite among our brides – a timeless clean look, yet never simple. The rich pleating, figure flattering silhouette and dramatic bow make this wedding gown as much of a showstopper as the fully beaded sister dresses in the collection! A high slit in the front of the skirt can be closed for the more modest bride, but with a fabulous pair of shoes and the incredible matching veil – this wedding gown is sure to be the centerpiece of the wedding!

Zuhair Murad fall 2022 katya wedding dress at dimitras bridal chicago featuring a pleated mikado off the shoulder wedding gown with high slit, bow detail, and matching overskirt

Zuhair Murad fall 2022 katya wedding dress at dimitras bridal chicago featuring a pleated mikado off the shoulder wedding gown with high slit, bow detail, and matching veilFinally Ketty appears in the collection for the very effortless bride, who wants a light wedding dress with movement and unassuming charm.  This breezy silk chiffon ballgown has a flattering off the shoulder neckline, beaded appliques at the bodice and a removable matching cape to add to the impact of the gown’s charm!

Zuhair Murad fall 2022 kim wedding dress at dimitras bridal chicago featuring an off the shoulder ruched chiffon ballgown wedding dress with beaded appliques and removable cape

Fall 2022 is expected to arrive in store by the Spring of 2022.  Please email us at info@dimitrasbridal.com to join our waitlist to shop the Fall 2022 Zuhair Murad wedding collection first!

 

 

5 Reasons the Lee Petra Grebenau Bridal Collection Should be on Your “Must Try Before I Buy” List

You’re engaged and excitedly began your search for your wedding dress, when you quickly realized the options and variety of bridal gowns are literally limitless! This can be great, but it can also feel very overwhelming. A simple search for the hashtag “wedding dress” produces thousands of images of bridal gowns and you are savvy enough to know that some of them must be edited beyond recognition. So where do you start?

You definitely don’t want to make the mistake of trying to cover all the bases – entering into a never ending saga of trying on hundreds of dresses to the point where all of the joy is completely sucked out of the experience for you.  This will simply leave you more confused than when you started, as everything becomes a blur of white dresses.

Instead, what you should do is prioritize your options, and create what we call a “Must Try Before I Buy” list. This list encompasses the designers and gowns that check off different boxes for you and which you know you need to see to be sure that you are choosing the perfect dress for yourself.

One of the collections that should be on this list is Lee Petra Grebenau, and here’s why:

lee petra grebenau devon fit and flare wedding dress dimitras bridal chicago with pearl embellished leaf embroidery on stretch tulle and v neckline lee petra grebenau devon fit and flare wedding dress dimitras bridal chicago with pearl embellished leaf embroidery on stretch tulle lee petra grebenau devon fit and flare wedding dress dimitras bridal chicago with pearl embellished leaf embroidery on stretch tulle and one shoulder cape

1. Lee Petra Grebenau grew up in her family’s international textile business – her earliest memories and experiences were inundated by the embroideries and fabrics she would one day become an artisan of! From childhood she developed an innate understanding of how they can be used to create the most incredible bridal and evening gowns. After graduating from Shenkar with honors – the most prestigious fashion academy in Israel – she immediately began developing her namesake collection. Her focus on using only the finest fabrics and materials for her bridal gowns sets her apart from many of her contemporaries.  Not only are her laces and embroideries among the most beautiful and artisanal in the world, but you will not find Lee Petra Grebenau fabrics in several other bridal collections, and this makes every gown extremely special!

lee petra grebenau kelly dimitras bridal chicago pearl encrusted mermaid wedding gown with off the shoulder tulle straps lee petra grebenau kelly dimitras bridal chicago pearl encrusted mermaid wedding gown with low back and off the shoulder tulle straps and matching veil lee petra grebenau kelly dimitras bridal chicago pearl encrusted mermaid wedding gown with low back and off the shoulder tulle straps

2. Lee Petra Grebenau still makes custom changes to her gowns – Unlike many of her contemporaries, Lee Petra Grebenau still works with brides to make custom changes to her designs.  In other words, if you love the sleeves of one gown, and want to add this element to another one of her styles which you love the most, she will make the custom change for you! This type of one on one designing isn’t cost effective for most designers, so they simply take the option off the table. Lee Petra is still deeply invested in her brides on a personal level though, and this makes her stand out among her peers in luxury bridal design. “Each wedding gown is custom made uniquely to its client, allowing Lee Petra Grebenau to become a destination for brides that appreciate high standards of quality and are looking for a one of a kind experience.”

lee petra grebenau astra dimitras bridal chicago sequin and bugle bead embellished tulle a line wedding gown with high slit and long sleeve illusion bodysuit lee petra grebenau astra dimitras bridal chicago sequin and bugle bead embellished tulle a line wedding gown with high slit and long sleeve illusion bodysuit

3. Lee Petra Grebenau did not wither in the face the pandemic – Lee Petra had begun to design her new “Belle Epoque” collection when the coronavirus pandemic hit.  As a result, she had to stop and put all of her focus and production efforts on her brides’ gowns, to ensure every single wedding dress order would be fulfilled as expected.  Once this was accomplished, she could have simply delayed release of the new season as most designers did understandably do.  Instead, she insisted on picking up where she left off because, “About two months ago I decided that it would be right to continue the collection, and to not give up because of the virus. My team worked around the clock to finally launch it, and for that I am grateful. I think that in these difficult times it is more important than ever to dream, and I am sure that soon we will be able to return to a normal life; fly abroad without worries, go to a concert and get married with all the people we love by our side. I am proud and excited to launch ‘LA BELLE EPOQUE’.” That decision to push forward with hope in the face of a worldwide crisis whose ending at the point was completely unknown, says so much about who she is as an artist and as a woman.

lee petra grebena marianne lace applique wedding dress with matching bridal mask dimitras bridal chicago lee petra grebena marianne lace applique wedding dress with matching bridal mask dimitras bridal chicago lee petra grebena marianne lace applique wedding dress with matching bridal mask dimitras bridal chicago

4. Lee Petra Grebenau is a young designer – why should this matter? It is important because she is in a time of life that is in sync with her brides’ lives. She designs gowns with a true sensibility for what brides want today.  Her reinterpretation of the traditional wedding dress is done with a modern romantic vein, that is delicate with a subtle unexpected edge.

  lee petra grebenau jamie wedding dress dimitras bridal chicago. strapless 3d flower appliques with sparkle and removable pearl details lee petra grebenau jamie wedding dress dimitras bridal chicago. strapless 3d flower appliques with sparkle and removable pearl details

5. Lee Petra Grebenau gowns are simply among the most beautiful in the world – at the end of the day, this is what it is all about isn’t it? Your wedding dress should be made of the finest fabric, with the most meticulous hand sewing and tailoring, and the most exquisite bridal design you have ever seen.  Lee Petra checks all those boxes and more – she is truly inspired and inspiring, she is motivated by love for her brides and passion for her craft, and she is a female designer whose talent and creativity are in a category only a few select designers can claim to be a part of.  “I have chosen to call my new 2021 bridal collection “LA BELLE EPOQUE”. The beautiful epoch is a term for a period of optimism, economic and technological prosperity, and artistic flourishing that prevailed in Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. At that time, the style of art and design that dominated was called Art Nouveau. This art movement was influenced by many motifs of nature, and this is primarily my inspiration for the collection. Although we are in a period of a global pandemic, social distancing and other restrictions in so many fields, I chose this name that reflects an opposite period.”

Lee Petra Grebenau Kaia beaded a line wedding dress wtih pearl accents and corset bodice dimitras bridal couture Lee Petra Grebenau Kaia beaded a line wedding dress wtih pearl accents and matching cape dimitras bridal couture Lee Petra Grebenau Kaia beaded a line wedding dress wtih pearl accents and matching cape dimitras bridal couture Lee Petra Grebenau Kaia beaded a line wedding dress wtih pearl accents and matching cape dimitras bridal couture Lee Petra Grebenau Kaia beaded a line wedding dress wtih pearl accents and matching cape dimitras bridal couture Lee Petra Grebenau Kaia beaded a line wedding dress wtih pearl accents and matching cape dimitras bridal couture lee petra grebenau camilla chiffon wedding dress with pearl embroidery dimitras bridal chicago lee petra grebenau camilla chiffon wedding dress with pearl embroidery dimitras bridal chicago lee petra grebenau camilla chiffon wedding dress with pearl embroidery dimitras bridal chicago lee petra grebenau elena sequin lace fitted one shoulder wedding dress with matching overskirt dimitras bridal couture lee petra grebenau elena sequin lace fitted one shoulder wedding dress with matching overskirt dimitras bridal couture lee petra grebenau elena sequin lace fitted one shoulder wedding dress with matching overskirt dimitras bridal couture lee petra grebenau lola v back tulle a line wedding dress with leaf embroidery and pearl details dimitras bridal chicago lee petra grebenau lola v back tulle a line wedding dress with leaf embroidery and pearl details dimitras bridal chicago lee petra grebenau lola v back tulle a line wedding dress with leaf embroidery and pearl details dimitras bridal chicago lee petra grebenau reef draped silk chiffon wedding dress with corset bodice and straps dimitras bridal chicago  lee petra grebenau reef draped silk chiffon wedding dress with corset bodice and straps dimitras bridal chicago lee petra grebenau reef draped silk chiffon wedding dress with corset bodice and straps dimitras bridal chicago lee petra grebenau reef draped silk chiffon wedding dress with corset bodice and straps dimitras bridal chicago lee petra grebenau reef draped silk chiffon wedding dress with corset bodice and straps dimitras bridal chicago lee petra grebenau reef draped silk chiffon wedding dress with corset bodice and straps dimitras bridal chicago lee petra grebenau izabel beaded net beach wedding dress dimitras bridal chicago lee petra grebenau izabel beaded net beach wedding dress dimitras bridal chicago lee petra grebenau izabel beaded net beach wedding dress dimitras bridal chicago lee petra grebenau jade long sleeve lace fitted wedding dress with high neckline dimitras bridal chicago lee petra grebenau jade long sleeve lace fitted wedding dress with open back dimitras bridal chicago

 

Valentini Spose Spring 2019 Collection Debut

With a couture garment making tradition that began in 1966, Valentini Spose has been creating the dresses brides dream of for over 50 years. Lead designer Graziana Valentini continues the design house’s legacy of using the finest Italian fabrics to create impeccably constructed gowns with an eye on the trends that define each season.

  

Bridal fashion trends for 2019 include clean, modern silhouettes with body con placement of dimensional laces and embroideries like Valentini’s “Thelma” dress.  We kind of love the high front slit, begging for an unforgettable pair of bridal heels!  The styling of brassy gold accessories and shoes lends the feeling of a contemporary goddess look to the dress.  Ultimately though, the versatility of this gown is what we love most about it…with a change in accessories you can just as easily imagine this wedding dress in a bohemian wedding, swapping out the gilded accessories with more organic accents such as a floral crown and a pair of lacey bridal booties like these by Gianvito Rossi!

                                                                                                                                       

The modesty of the high neckline on the “Abby” wedding dress feels modern with the deep V neckline beneath it.  The cut of the halter neckline is incredibly flattering to the shoulders, keeping the overall look textured without being overwhelming.

  

3d flowers on chantilly lace make “Kate” ethereal and romantic and the soft A Line silhouette make her a timeless classic, and the side V cut outs are one of our favorite details.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gali Karten Bridal Debuts to U.S. Brides!

  When we first came across the Gali Karten bridal collection, something immediately made us stop and look further.  This bridal collection had a unique balance of intricacy and simplicity.  As we researched the designer, we began to understand the reason her dresses were so special.  A young woman herself, Gali Karten is a graduate of Israel’s top design school – The Shenkar College of Design.  Upon graduation, she travelled to Paris for her post graduate internship at none other than Christian Dior, where she focused on the world renowned label’s couture bridal collection.  Once she returned home she opened her own atelier, and while working one on one with brides she used her creativity and skills to develop her one of a kind aesthetic.  The results, as you will see below are magnificent – marrying clean, modern silhouettes with carefully edited three dimensional details.  These are wedding gowns for the bride who has a preference for the ethereal, yet does not necessarily consider herself boho.  The Gali Karten bride is sophisticated and has a secret love of embellishment – but only when it is subtle and intentional.  We are thrilled to debut the collection to U.S. brides during our trunk show event January 19-21, 2018!!