Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Designer Spotlight - Bill Levkoff

Today we are putting the spotlight on one of our Bridesmaids designers, Bill Levkoff. Bill Levkoff opened for business in the 1950's and they are still a family owned operation! Their dresses range from the traditional to the contemporary and are available in an array of beautiful colors and fabrics. We find their gowns to be very versatile, and they often work as mothers dresses or for charity & military balls.
Here are just some of our favorites!
European Satin strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline. Self band accents the empire with an off-center floral rhinestone cluster. Available solid or two-tone. 
Chiffon gown with self halter straps tying at the neck forming tails. The gown is adorned with asymmetrical gathers. 
Diva satin strapless gown. Pleated cummerbund accents the natural waist. Soft gathers adorn the front of the skirt with side pockets. 
European Satin strapless gown with a sweetheart surplus neckline. Cross over pleats accent the bodice with diagonal pleats throughout the gown that gather to one side. Crinoline gives the skirt extra fullness.
Strapless cocktail length dress with a sequin bodice and chiffon pleated cummerbund accenting the natural waist. Soft gathered chiffon skirt with overlay draped effect. Available solid black or two-toned. 
Chiffon cocktail length dress with a sweetheart neckline. Criss-cross pleats accent the bodice. Self flower adorns the one shoulder. Soft draped overskirt with pleats.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Lace Bridal Gowns

Lace Bridal Gowns are still going strong, and we have some AMAZING Lace gowns coming to the store for the 2013 season. We thought we would feature a few of our favorites. Many more to come!

Soft and romantic. This slim, fitted gown features a delicate lace throughout. The scooped neckline features an off-the-shoulder cap sleeve with a v-shaped back.

Delicate lace appliques make this gown absolutely stunning. The strapless, slim fitted gown features a sweetheart neckline and Swarovski crystals defining the neckline.

This gown is absolutely stunning. The v-neckline is flattering as soft lace adorns the entire fitted silhouette. A dramatic v-shaped back and covered buttons complete this great style.  
Elegant and sophisticated. This slim gown combines lace and satin beautifully. The natural waist bodice features a sweetheart neckline and asymmetrical ruching.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Gifts for the Bride to be!

With the Holidays right around the corner, we thought it was a perfect time to showcase some of the goodies we have in the shop for the Bride to be! These are great gift items and really make the Bride Smile! :)

We fell in love with the Bridal themed tank tops!

"The Big Day"

"The Bride"

"Bride to be"

Personally we LOVE these Bride Tote Bags! They are also available for Bridesmaid, Maid of Honor, Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom.

 Another great gift item is the "I DO" rhinestone stickers. Perfect on the bottom of the wedding shoes, just peal and stick to the arch of your wedding show and you're ready to go.
We also offer Custom Garters, if you can think of a theme, we can make it for you!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

How to find a GREAT Mothers dress

If you're the mother of the bride/groom, you will want to look as nice as possible on your daughter's/son's  special day. Formal wear is not something that most people pick out often, so finding the right dress can be overwhelming with all of the options there are to choose from.
Here are a 3 tips to help you find the perfect dress!
1) Talk to the Bride. Sometimes Brides have a definite idea about how they want the moms to look. She may prefer that you are in a certain color or certain length of gown to compliment the vision she has for her wedding. This will be helpful in narrowing your search.
2) Shop early. Most of the dresses will have to be special ordered and depending on the designer, that could take up to 6 months!Most mothers are so busy helping plan and working on the to-do list, that they forget to take the time to begin shopping for their perfect dress.
3) Shop with an open mind. This is one of the most important days in your daughter or sons life. You need a dress that reflects that. This is a time to try on things that may seem out of the box for you. We always recommend to moms just to have fun and try on lot's of shapes. You never know how a dress will look, until you put it on your body. We have had many mothers walk out of here in dresses that they may have passed on, just by looking at it on the hanger.

Here are some pictures of our FAVORITE mothers dresses.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Need help with your wedding? Check out these great servies!

 We offer some very unique services at our store, and wanted to share them with you!All of these packages are reasonably priced, and if you have any questions or are interested in booking a service, please email us at info@simplyelegantgowns.com!

One of our most popular services is the Bridal Gown Delivery service. If you so choose, we will deliver your gown to you on your wedding day to the location where you will be getting dressed. Many of our brides have found this service to be very useful and efficient.
"We can't thank you enough for delivering my wedding gown to the church....it was such a help not to worry about picking it up...." - Janelle, Philipsburg.

We also offer a Dressing the Bride service. Typically we arrive 1 hour before the ceremony starts and meet the Bride at the site where she will be getting dressed. We will deliver your gown and assist you, and the Bridal Party, in getting in to your gowns, as well as adjusting the veil/jewelry and any other finishing touches that you may need.  We will travel with our emergency kit and portable steamer so that we can take care of any last minute issues that may arise!
"Having you girls there to help Angela get dressed made everything go so smoothly and it made it fun for us because we knew if anything went wrong, you had us covered." Margaret, mother of the Bride - Pittsburgh

Our last package, and one of our most booked, is the Wedding Coordinating Service. This service is designed to to be customized to suit each individual Bride's needs. We will sit down with you and determine all the things you need to make your wedding day run smoothly, and then we will take care of all of those details so you can relax and enjoy your day. This allows you to have someone there the day off, making sure that everything that you have planned is executed the way you want it to be! With this service, we always include delivery and dressing services.
"One of the most wonderful, reasonably priced services you offer your customers is the dressing/wedding day coordinating service. We are so thankful that we made  the decision to have you help with the last minute details. In addition to arriving at Toftrees with the gowns for the wedding party and Trisha, you came prepared with a steamer, needle and thread, tissues and more! Your attention to detail, along with calm support for last minute jitters was simply invaluable. ......Kristen and Jess...you are truly contemporary, energetic, friendly , professional owners who provide services that will take a bride-to-be and bridal party from the wedding gown selection process to the walk down the aisle."  - Karen and Trisha - State College.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Air Brush Tanning!

We are excited to announce that we are now offering Air Brush Tanning! This is a safe and effective way to get a sun kissed glow before any special event. This service is by appointment only, and we can do it at our site, or we can bring the tanning to you. Our mobile tanning service is great for bridal parties! Current pricing is as follows: Full body - $40.00 Partial body - $25.00 Special information for Brides to be! Tips for the perfect wedding day tan: Spray tans take about 8 hours for the solution to develop before you shower, but it takes 24 hours to develop fully. Have your spray tan 2 or 3 days before the big day. Also, spray tanning isn't an exact science, and different factors can influence how your tan turns out. If you have any spots that need to be touched up, you will have enough time to do it. Have a trial run 3-4 weeks before the wedding. If you never had a spray tan, it is not really an option to skip this step. And if you are using our services, we require it. DHA is a chemical that interacts with your skin, the air, and your body's chemistry to develop into a unique color. While it is a natural sugar, there is still a chemical reaction happening. It’s best to know beforehand how it will react with your skin. We offer special bridal pricing.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

McCann Photo shoot with Jan Thiessen

Last week we had the pleasure of doing a photo shoot with Jan Thiessen at the McCann School of Art in Petersburg. These photos showcase 2 new gorgeous gowns we have in the shop this season. It is always wonderful working with Jan, and exciting to see the pictures thru his creative shots. This was our first time visiting McCann in person, and it is absolutely gorgeous there. I would definitely consider it a "must check out" for any Bride looking for that type of venue for their wedding. Enjoy the pictures!