We all know I love a good bargain, especially when it comes to wedding dresses. So when Stacy, owner of the designer bridal consignment boutique White Chicago emailed me pics of her own wedding I was excited to feature her in my first "Real Wedding" post. Stacy's boutique features new, sample and 'once wed' designer wedding gowns at 30-70% off retail. (Elie Saab, Monique Lhuillier, Pronovias, Vera Wang, just to name a few...) Her dress, from said shop of course, was a stunning Badgley Mischka silk satin scoop neck with a trumpet skirt. The organza overlay featured beautiful silver beading and champagne embroidery. Retailing for $6200, her shop was selling it for 1/2 that price, and I'm sure she took advantage of the employee discount ; )

I've noticed quite a few designer consignment bridal shops opening up throughout the country and I think it's a brilliant idea. Better than Ebay, you actually get to try the dresses on and survey their condition. Boutique's such as White Chicago maintain good relationships with the designers themselves to ensure their stock is well conditioned, is continuously fresh and not necessarily a one wed dress. Many are new, samples or from a previous season. Taking it a step further their space (see below) is stunning and quite frankly much nicer than most of the 'real wedding dress shops' around. (Yes, that is a runway!)

Take a peek at some of the shots from Stacy's own lovely and charming wedding. Complete with an old red pick up truck with a handmade "just married' sign with soda cans dangling, which transported her and her new husband from the ceremony to the reception at their favorite local restaurant.

Above photos by Brian Kinyon

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