Back in January, I blogged about the newest arrival to the Twin Cities wedding boutique scene: Luxe Bridal Couture. Located inside the Semple Mansion in Minneapolis, the boutique caters to women sizes 12-28 looking for a designer dress. Owner Shayna Clute invited me inside Luxe's flocked demask-patterned walls to view the gowns and see what this budding boutique can offer curvy brides.
Luxe shares it's glamorous space with Posh Bridal Couture, and the two blend seamlessly together to showcase a variety of gowns, accessories, shoes, and custom veils. A few of my favorites include Christina Wu gowns, Benjamin Adams Shoes, and Sondra Roberts clutches (featured in O Magazine). When asked about her partnership with Posh, Shayna said "We have a shared vision for making sure every bride has a wonderful experience. It doesn't matter what size they are, they can have that high-end experience."
And high-end is exactly the type of atmosphere the space creates. The decorating includes ornately patterned walls and ceilings, fluffy white rugs, bright chandeliers, shiny wood floors, and dressing rooms bigger than my bedroom. I spoke with bride-to-be Kari Shaw, a Luxe customer who was wowed by the class and service of the boutique. "I'd give the staff a 10 out of 10," Kari said. "Shayna was wonderful and so professional. It was just comfortable and beautiful and it felt great being there."
Kari attended her appointment with her mother, sister, and boss. After trying on a few gowns, she put on a Jacqueline Exclusive that she wasn't convinced was her style on the hanger. But when she stepped out of the dressing room, her friends and family could tell it was the one. "Everybody said my body language changed," Kari said. "I felt comfortable in it, and I could breathe!" She'll walk down the aisle wearing it on September 17.
Want to have your own Luxe experience? Call Shayna at 952-913-2940 to make your appointment for the Beautiful with Curves Trunk Show April 15-17. Enjoy horse d'oeuvres, drinks, and gift bags and get 15 percent off all gown orders. Can't make that weekend? Mark your calendar for Luxe's Blowout Spring Bridal Gown Sample Sale May 5-7 to get up to 50% on dresses. Appointments are recommended, and this event is cash and carry only. Check Luxe's facebook page to hear about more upcoming events. Luxe Bridal Couture, 100 W. Franklin Ave. Ste. 200, Minneapolis, 612-871-4280, luxemn.com. Photos courtesy of Grady Photography.