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    A Modern Royal Wedding: Meghan & Harry

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    With the Royal Wedding coming up in just a few short days, we're celebrating the countdown to the big event with our top picks for Meghan Markle to wear before and after her vows with Prince Harry.

    Our fascination with Royal Wedding's is nothing new, but this time around we're even moreexcited as the future Duchess is an American actress that brings a breath of fresh air to the British Royal...

    A Breathtaking Maternity Session by Elizabeth Messina

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    There's nothing more exciting than announcing something new is coming...

    Whether it's your engagement, anniversary, vow renewals, or pregnancy, couples face so many wonderful and exciting moments together.

    During Mother's Day weekend, we were thrilled to find out about the lovely Chriselle Lim's pregnancy reveal on her blog The Chriselle Factor.

    She announced the big news with a breathtaking...

    To Mom, With Love

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    With Mother's Day right around the corner, 
    we're sharing our appreciation for the love and support we’ve always received from all the GirlandaSeriousDream-wearing mamas out there.

    A Mom is a forever friend, confidant, and endless supporter and we believe there's no better way to celebrate her day by showing her how much she's adored.

    Everything we are, she helped us to be. She stands by our side...

    Bridal Session Wedding Day Inspiration

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    We're swooning over this wedding day sessionbeautifully captured on film by Kyle John.

    The natural light-filled room, airy, elegant mood and intimate nature of a bride on her big day are beautifully weaved together to create one unforgettable wedding story. 

    A bridal session is such a fine way to celebrate the love a bride feels for her groom and the sweet anticipation before she walks down the...

    Winter Wonderland Elopement Inspiration

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    There's nothing better than cozying up on a snowy day with the one you love, right? 

    We're celebrating the beauty of Winter with this refreshingly cool elopement 
    from D'Arcy Benincosa Photography and Lacy Geary Design.

    Our Gold French lace gilded veil adds a touch of warmth to the bride's ensemble and the muted landscape, while the beautiful drape of this Leanne Marshallgown set the scene for the...

    Ireland Heirloom Wedding Inspiration

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    An heirloom wedding is one we hold close to our hearts, as we are strong believers in embracing the treasures that have been passed down through generations.

    Our friend Pamela Barefoot thoughtfully curated a glimpse into the past by incorporating her own cherished heirlooms into this stunning wedding session, beautifully photographed by Amelia Johnson.

    Every detail evokes a feeling of nostalgia...

    Tara Lipinski's Romantic Charleston Wedding

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    Tara Lipinski has been known for beauty and grace ever since winning the Olympic Gold in figure skating. An admirer of all things glam, we knew from the moment she got in touch with us that her wedding would be one to remember...

    Tara Lipinski and sports producer Todd Kapostasy tied the knot this summer at the historic Middleton Place in Charleston, South Carolina. 

    Tara Lipinski wore our Swan...

    La Vie en Rosa French Lace

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    Introducing The Rosa French lace Collection 

    Inspired by the romantic, vintage rosettes found on our Rosette French lace, and reimagined with a freshly alluring, and soft, modern feel. 

    This lush and luminous new collection is defined by the Chantilly lace roses that beautifully decorate your body in clever places, and creates the most luxurious and feminine feel.

    We designed this collection for...

    Enchanted by Bella Belle Shoes

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    We're celebrating Bella Belle's stunning new Enchanted collection! A must-see fairytale featuring a gorgeous range of bridal shoes and a handpicked selection of our pieces!

    When Erina and Veronyca of Bella Belle Shoes contacted us to be part of their new campaign, we were thrilled at the chance to collaborate with them. As admirers and friends of their brand, we couldn't wait to see the outcome of...

    A Dream Destination Wedding On The Amalfi Coast

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    Intuitively, she sees how a timelessly elegant French lace robe 
    can transform the experience of getting ready on the morning of her wedding: there she iswrapped in lace and silk, sipping champagne with her girls, the picture of anticipation, of radiant, feminine, expectant happiness. 
    She sees...herself, the Girl & a serious dream, a dream that is about to come true...
    This intimate wedding...

    Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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    Valentine's Day is almost here so we rounded up a sweet little gift guide for the ones you love most! 
    Inspired by our current musings and our #SeriousDream date essentials.

    When it comes to fashion and accessories, we love all things feminine yet modern. 
    Now's the time to treat yourself to something special!

     Rosa French Lace PantiesSomething cheeky for the lingerie-obsessed

    A Boudoir Story Wrapped in Romance

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    An intimate take on a boudoir moment.

    This stunning portrait session was shot by fine art photographer Jose Villa. Warm, natural sunlight played off the neutral walls of Sunstone Villa, and allowed Samantha's beauty to be the focus.

    Confidence and romantic details shined through Samantha's boudoir looks so beautifully, celebrating the sweet anticipation every bride feels before walking down the...

    Introducing Giselle Leavers Lace Robe for Anthropologie

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    We are so excited to share that Girl & A Serious Dream is part of the new Anthropologie Fall Intimates collection!

    For the past year, we've been carefully working on new designs - testing brand new concepts and ideas - all while sourcing laces to create the most beautiful pieces. 

    Every step of the way we make sure that everything we create is special, well made, and fills you with the feeling of...

    Real Wedding: Something Old & Something New

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    Vintage-inspired glamour and Old World charm - what more could we ask for! 
    Our real bride Paige took her New Orleans wedding to a new level of elegance, and back to another time.

    Dressed in a stunning ensemble reminiscent of the turn of the century, Paige walked down the aisle of the breathtaking Marigny Opera House. Her beautiful dress by Sarah Seven glowed against the moody color palette of...

    Behind The Scenes: BHLDN + Girl & a Serious Dream

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    We're still in awe over our dream collaboration with BHLDN, and are excited to share all the details from behind the scenes...

    After our Swan Queen blush lace robe launched at Anthropologie last Spring, we were invited to Philly to visit the URBN offices and meet with buyers for BHLDN Bridal: Anthro's sister store. 


    All our favorite brands are headquartered on this amazing campus, where the offices...

    Delicate Bridal Boudoir from Jose Villa

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    We instantly fell in love with this delicate bridal boudoir session by the ever-talented Jose Villa published on Once wed.

    The luminous lighting adds a soft, ethereal glow around Allison, and beautifully captures the tender moments a bride has to herself before stepping into her gown.

    Our real bride Allison wore our Swan Queen Lace robe lined in nude silk for this intimate bridal session. Paired...

    Happy Father's Day to all Dads + Daughters!

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    My Dad taught my siblings and I discipline, hard work, and above all, to be true to ourselves...Oh, and math...lots and lots of math! Not only is he a Mathematician, but an Engineer and University Professor as well, so as you can imagine, I had a lot to live up to! 

     I can always count on him to find beauty in the little things.With his love and support guiding me through all of life's adventures,...

    Anthropologie + Girl & a Serious Dream Lingerie: A Dream Collaboration

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    Before I even dreamed of starting G&SD, I've loved Anthropologie...

    Simply walking into one of their stores and browsing the beautiful array of designers made me swoon, as I hold URBN brands very close to my heart. The way they convey vintage-inspired fashion and culture through their brands and catalogs has always stuck with me, and of course, shopping with them is always such a treat!

    And so...

    Trunk show: Solutions Bridal in Orlando, FL - May 13-15th

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    Be sure to visit Solutions Bridal, our Orlando stockist, for our Girl&aSeriousDream trunk show next weekend: May 13-15th

    Come see and experience our collection of handmade bridal robes, couture veils, French lace bridal cover ups, silk kimonos, and so much more.

    I'll be there in person getting to know brides and offering advice to help find their dream wedding day attire.

    Contact SolutionsBridal to...

    Happy Mother‘s Day!

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    Mom’s have been through it all...

    Like a mom, there is only one.
    I always think of my mom as an elegant and hardworking woman
    who always inspires me to keep going towards where I want to be. 

    She always has the best advice,
    and she supports me unconditionally.

    During my wedding day, she had that big smile
    that never fails to calm me and makes me understand
    how important it is to enjoy the moment and have...

    Winter wedding inspiration shoot

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    It's always lovely to collaborate with fellow US based designers, so when Annette Thurmon from Chaviano Couture contacted me about teaming up for a Winter inspired shoot, I knew it was going to be a dream project to watch unfold. 

    Winter weddings are very inspiring -especially for a Florida designer- so having the opportunity to participate in a seasonal wedding shoot was more than exciting!

    I love...

    Dream Lovely

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    Coming soon...sneak peek of our 2015 collection: Dream lovely.

    Photography: Michelle March 
    Flowers: Ever After Event and Floral Design
    Rentals: Unearthed Vintage
    Hair and Makeup: Makeup By Hiara
    Location: Biltmore Hotel in Miami
    Model: Lauren Ensley 

    Classic Summer Provence Wedding featured on Style me pretty

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    The end of Summer is just around the corner, although it's a little harder to tell here in Florida, and with today's real wedding feature on Style Me Pretty, we think it's the perfect time to reflect on the past few months, and anticipate what's coming up for us in the next year!

    This gorgeous Provence wedding has us dreaming about the wonderful summer we had. All beautifully captured by Nadia Meli...

    Pink & Gold Garden Romance: Gina & Timothy's Ballroom Wedding by Kina Wicks

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    When our bride, Gina, first contacted us, we were thrilled to work with her to create a custom getting ready robe for her gorgeous garden themed wedding. 

    Sweet and soft color palettes, and an abundance of floral accents are some of our favorite wedding elements, and Gina and Timothy got it all just right inside the Renaissance Ballroom of Chicago's Blackstone Hotel

    All beautifully captured by Kin...

    From Russia with love

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    Miles away on a gorgeous day surrounded by Russian countryside, a young bride prepared to wed...

    Julia contacted me about making her a Swan Queen lace & silk robe with a custom sash color, and once I saw her lovely wedding photos by Marina Muravnik , I was more than thrilled to see how stunning she looked on her day. 

     The bright, vivid colors Julia chose contrasted beautifully withthe natural,...

    Roses are Red: Featured on Etsy's weddings newsletter

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    We love being a part of the Etsy community, and we're so grateful for the opportunity to be able to reach out and connect with brides from around the world. 

    The Etsy Weddings Newsletter always showcases the latest trends and fabulous ideas for weddings. We're loving their latest "Roses are Red" issue that features our Fleur le Resort Tulip lace robein garnet red among so many other beautiful...

    Val + Lee Enchanting Florida Vintage Camp Wedding by Elizabeth Messina

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    It’s every girls dream to run away with the one they love, but how many of us actually get to make that childhood fantasy come true? As the winners of Cupcakes Vineyards, “Love Deliciously Dream Wedding” contest via Pinterest, our lovely couple Val + Lee joined their adventurous nature and love of the outdoors with inspiration from the Wes Anderson film Moonrise Kingdom,to form an enchanting...

    In love

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    Happy Valentine's Day! wishing all of my clients, brides, friends and fans a weekend filled with lots of love, 



    Our wedding session photographed by Kt Merry

    Happy new year!

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    We have had an amazing 2013 and could not be more thankful for all of our amazing brides, fans and friends all over the world! Looking forward to an amazing 2014! 



    Happy Holidays!

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    With the end of the year fast approaching, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of my clients, brides, friends and fans happy holidays! This past year has been filled with meeting goals, new experiences, and a lot of hard work, yet each new challenge provided me with a sense of gratification and personal fulfillment. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the growth of my line. I...

    Last minute holiday shopping

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    The holiday season is always a hectic time for shopping for loved ones, and we all know those few girls who are impossible to shop for, so I've put together a list of some of my favorite holiday gifts. With Christmas only a week away, you can use this gift list as a last minute guide for ideas and inspiration!

    1.  Will You Be My Bridesmaid Cutout Cards & Envelopes: I absolutely love these cute and...

    Last minute holiday shopping

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    The holiday season is always a hectic time for shopping for loved ones, and we all know those few girls who are impossible to shop for, so I've put together a list of some of my favorite holiday gifts. With Christmas only a week away, you can use this gift list as a last minute guide for ideas and inspiration!

    1.  Will You Be My Bridesmaid Cutout Cards & Envelopes: I absolutely love these cute and...

    Real wedding: An elegant outdoor Wyoming wedding

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    Surrounded by distant mountains and grassy hills, unbelievably tall trees and a crystal clear lake, the natural beauty of the wide, open space was the perfect backdrop for this bright and sunny celebration. These images by Shawn Connell for Christian Oth Studio perfectly capture the gorgeous landscape, impeccable style, and attention to detail of the Caruso-Fenty wedding featured in Brides...

    Featured in Brides Magazine!

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    I'm very excited to share that last week I learned that a lovely bride wearing our Swan Queen Lace & Silk robe was featured in the current issue of Brides magazine! It's such a delight to have Catherine and Brian's wedding photographed by Shawn Connell for Christian Oth Studio featured on the real wedding section of Brides magazine October/November 2013 edition.

    By coincidence, my bride-to-be...

    A winter wedding featured on Style me pretty

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    With the arrival of the cool winter weather, this wedding-planner bride embraced the changing of seasons, and the snowy Colorado surroundings, to illuminate the serene mood of this gorgeous wintry wedding.

    All captured by the talented Laura Murray, this wintertime wedding beautifully emulated a bright, romantic warmth even the first snow couldn't mute.

    From the natural landscape to the beauty and...

    The Odette French Lace & Silk Bridal Robe

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    Getting-ready for the big day can be one of the most exciting and emotional times for a bride. Inspired by my own wedding, lace and florals,
     I designed The Odette French Lace and Silk Bridal Robe to be a special heirloom...a memory in itself, of the lush elegance a bride embraces on her wedding day.

    Made one by one, this handmade Bridal Robe makes a stunning getting-ready look, and is a delicate...

    Something blue

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    The Odette french lace & silk bridal kimono robe custom made with off-white silk chiffon lining & baby blue sash

    The Samantha silk bridal kimono robe in pastel colors.

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    August is here! It's been an amazing half of the year for girlwithaseriousdream. I really wish I had more time to blog! I hope to post more updates in the coming weeks. 

    I'm very excited to introduce a new bridal style: the Samantha silk robe. This new style has been around only for a few months and brides and bridesmaids love it!

    Samantha is the perfect robe to wear while you're getting ready with...

    Happy Valentine's day!

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    Love,  Anita

    Photography by Yuna Leonard

    Oh, February! Gift guide for Valentine's day and other celebrations

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    This is the time of the year that I enjoy the most. Why do I love February? Well, February is the month Valentine's Day falls on--which does happen to be the anniversary of my wedding proposal--but it's my favorite because the entire month exudes passion and romance as the anticipation of the coming Spring grows. Love is truly in the air this month!

    Also, my birthday is on Feb 29 (yeah, no birthday...

    The Odette in the works

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    Patterns, french lace & silk...working on something lovely today...

    Watercolor - Ombre wedding theme

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    I always loved the look of watercolor, also known in French as aquarelle. The soft patterns and all the varying shades of colors that blend well together have that romantic dream-like appeal.

    Ombre is a french word meaning shade or shadow that represents the appearance of tones, with colors graduating from light to dark. It’s a simple concept but with a dramatic impression. It has a watercolor feel...

    Ojai, California Real wedding featured on Style me pretty

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    This evening, when Andrea, the lovely bride in today's post, contacted me to say: Thank you! I felt so happy and blessed that I was able to make a bride's wedding day a little more special. Andrea contacted me just two weeks before her wedding and I 'm happy I was able to make a rush order of the getting ready: Swan queen lace robe for her.

    I really love all the details and the unique styling of...

    Lace: A love affair.

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    I love lace most out of all the fabrics that I design with. My love for lace has grown since I began designing garments and planning my own wedding. 

    I especially love to design with French lace, which to me is the epitome of femininity and luxury. I am equally fascinated by the endless design possibilities lace offers. When lace is involved in a wedding, the pattern can inspire other aspects of...

    Real wedding: Arlington hall wedding

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    I hope you all enjoyed lots of relaxing time with your family and friends. It 's been a fantastic year for me and my little side project: "girlwithaseriousdream" 

    I 'm so looking forward to this new year, and what better way to start out than by sharing this truly gorgeous wedding by Sarah Kate photography.

    The bride, Brooke, wore the Swan Queen lace robe while getting ready. 

    Photography by Sarah...

    Sending orders

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    Packing orders today :) Feeling so blessed. 

    Website preview

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    It's been an amazing year, full of challenges and new things. I m currently working on some custom bridal orders and also in a website for my label. So excited!


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    I’m excited to share this blog with you so you can get a more intimate look into my ideas and creative process.  I created this blog as an extension of my studio. My studio is a space for ideas and designs to come to life; my blog will be the space for inspiration, ideas for future projects, and sharing!