#TMBTeam: Hayley Sutherland, Administrative Manager & Bridal Consultant

 

Our team at The Modern Bride has grown and we couldn’t be more excited! This is the perfect opportunity to introduce you to all the beautiful babes who make The Modern Bride so successful! We are sharing some fun facts to highlight one of our #TMBTeam members. Today, we are introducing you to our cat-loving and movie-quoting Administrative Manager & (superstar) Bridal Consultant Hayley Sutherland!

Hayley+-+Final.jpg

Let’s start off with getting to know exactly who Hayley is! Tell us three things most people don’t know about you!

  1. I'm a huge movie buff, it's actually what I went to school for.

  2. I'm obsessed with my cat, Trevor. He is my son and I love him.

  3. I have traveled to Egypt and went into pyramids.

Ok, so now into the nitty gritty of your favourite bridal details! If you were to get married tomorrow, what dress from the TMB Dress Loft would you rock down the aisle?

Dylan by Alexandra Grecco; hands down! I didn’t even need to think of that. The first time I saw it, well let’s just say it was love at first sight, with the sleeves, the plunge, the applique, all of it!


What is your current favourite bridal accessory trend?

Big statement earrings! My personal favourites are Magnolia Drop Earring from a.b. Ellie!

154.jpg

What about your favourite bridal gown trend you’ve seen in 2019?

I’m really digging alternative laces and long sleeves and of course, a plunging v-neck!

When you are a guest, what is your absolute favourite wedding moment?

The father/daughter dance. I could honestly not even know the father or the daughter and I would still cry. It is just such a special moment, I cry every time.

You are a bridal consultant extraordinaire (honestly, we’re not joking… read the Google Reviews about Hayley)! What is your favourite part of a bridal appointment?

There is no better moment than when the bride says YAS and everyone gets to celebrate with champagne!

Why do you love working at TMB?

Working at TMB is amazing for so many reasons. It really does feel like such an honour to be a part of all of our brides journey's to find the gown of their dreams. It's great making connections with brides during their appointments and seeing them through to the wedding date! Obviously working with an incredible team of boss babes everyday is a bonus.

156.jpg
 

Hold the Whistles: TMB’s Guide to Buying a Sample Dress!

 

We’ve got big news, ladies!

We are super excited to launch our Forever Sample Sale; meaning we will always have samples available for off-the-rack purchases all year long! Whether you’re on a tight timeline, or looking to be a bit more budget friendly on your wedding dress journey, purchasing a TMB sample is a great option!

friends.gif

Now hold up ladies, don’t worry, purchasing a TMB sample is nothing like that infamous episode of Friends, you know ‘The One With The Cheap Wedding Dress’! We promise no one is hiding in the racks and there will be no Monica Gellar blowing a whistle at you!

We’ve been listening to all your questions about purchasing a sample and we are here to give you all the information you need to purchase your dream dress!

Here is the most frequently asked questions in our our TMB guide to buying a sample dress!

What is the discount on the sample dresses?

Each of our sample dresses are individually priced based on the regular price cost, condition of the dress and age of the sample! Our sample dresses range from $800 - $3000, that is 30%-80% off the regular price!

How do I purchase a sample dress?

You can book your Sample Dress Appointment with one of our TMB consultants who will help you navigate all the sample options. Your consultant will be able to help you with sizing, style and discuss potentially alterations! All samples are paid in full at the time of purchase.

What is the difference between a Sample Appointment and a Bridal Appointment?

The main differences between a Sample Appointment and a regular Bridal Appointment are:

  • To streamline the process a Sample Appointment will be 60 minutes!

  • In a Sample Appointment you will be selecting from our sample racks that are organized by size instead of designer.

  • You will be paired with a knowledgable stylist who will be able to answer your sample specific questions.

  • In a Sample Appointment, you will be trying on samples. If you are curious about our made to order dresses, you can book a follow up appointment to browse!

Can I try on sample dress in my Bridal Appointment or do I need to book a specific Sample Appointment?

Yes! During a bridal appointment you can try on any dress in the TMB Dress Loft!

If I fall in love with a sample, but still need to think about it, can TMB put it on hold for me?

We are not able to hold any samples. Samples are purchased on a first-come, first-served basis.

IMG_3211-2.jpg

What if the sample I love doesn’t fit me?

Depending on the designer and style of the dress, a seamstress can typically take in a dress 3-4 sizes and can let out a dress about 1/2 a size. We will provide you with a list of TMB recommended seamstresses to get your dress fitting you like a glove!

What condition are the sample dresses in?

At TMB, we take pride in keeping our samples in the most pristine condition possible! Having said that, some of our samples are newer than others and depending on fabric and dress design (beading, buttons, etc.) some dresses are in more pristine condition than others and the dresses are priced accordingly. Your consultant will give you suggestions on dry-cleaning options, if necessary.

How do I know which dresses in the TMB Dress Loft are samples for sale?

We have created sample racks for you to browse all the available samples for purchase! Your consultant will help you navigate the sizing and styles to find you your dream dress! If you want to take a sneak peak at all our samples, visit our TMB Sample page (starting August 1 at 1PM EST) that includes photos, sizing and specific dress details.

Have more questions about purchasing a sample dress? Feel free to email us any other questions at info@tmodernbride.com! We can’t wait to help you find your dream dress!

 

REAL TMB BRIDE: Kelsey & Eric

 
Robin_Sassi-418.jpg

Name: Kelsey Ewart
Dress: Eol - Pronovias
Earrings: Elysee - A.B. Ellie
Videographer: Jeremy Tozer
Photography: Robin Sassi - Robin Sassi Photography
Venue: Redstone Winery

Where do I start?!
I had the pleasure of meeting Kelsey through my, equally as lovely, sister-in-law and this girl exudes class, elegance and just all-around kindness. I feel so lucky to now call her my friend and, I kid you not, everyone here at TMB has been drooling over her photos ever since they landed in our inbox.

The details of this wedding, including her choice of dress, speak so much to how thoughtful, beautiful and sweet she is as a human. Eric, you are a lucky man!

I have to say, my dress was probably one of my favourite aspects of the entire wedding! (Apart from marrying the love of my life, of course.)
Robin_Sassi-76.jpg

So tell us all the details, how did you and your hubby meet?

Eric and I met in high school, at Notre Dame in Welland. Eric first saw me at a semi-formal dance, which I attended with a friend of his at the time. He asked a few of his friends about me (as I was a grade below). He tried to get an introduction but I wasn’t all that interested in dating at the time. We eventually went on to university in separate cities and didn’t officially reconnect until 2009 – been together ever since. Persistence pays. 

If you had to pick, what would you say was your favourite wedding moment?

My favourite moment was right before I walked down the aisle with my dad. I had the best day getting ready with my bridesmaids and it finally felt real, standing in the winery waiting for my cue. I was getting nervous about the walk but my dad calmed me right down, telling me how proud he was to walk by my side and encouraging me to enjoy the moment, and I did. It was a special moment with my dad, and a walk I’ll never forget.

I also loved during dinner when the Spice Girls song “Mama” came on (likely by request!). My friend and someone in my life who is like a second mom to me broke out in dance at their table, and it ended with me, my maid of honour and our moms (who are best friends), hugging, laughing and dancing at the front while everyone was still eating. It was one of those unexpected moments that was equally hilarious and sentimental at the same time.

These moments.
Just so special.

Here’s what the groom, Eric, had to say about his favourite wedding moment…

My favourite moment was obviously when Kelsey walked up the aisle. However, there was a great moment during the cocktail reception. We were chatting with folks, and I caught a glimpse of the beading on the back of the dress. The dress was very much Kelsey, elegant and classy but with something a little extra special that makes her beyond beautiful – inside and out.

Now that you’ve gone through the whole process what words of wisdom can you pass along for future TMB brides?

First, I would recommend investing in a videographer for your big day. We had an amazing photographer Robin Sassi, and were lucky enough to have her husband, Jeremy Tozer shoot our wedding. We were blown away by our amazing photos but having a video to complement that we can re-watch year over year will be something we really cherish. Especially because the day really does fly by, which everyone always says – but it’s true! Try to slow down, and take it all in. I made sure to do that especially during the ceremony. It can feel like a lot with everyone watching you (I’m not a person who loves the spotlight) but remembering why you’re there and the vows you’re exchanging is really important. Any wedding stress melts away in that moment and you remember what it’s all about.

Her details are what wedding dreams are made of.

Robin_Sassi-186.jpg

I have to say, my dress was probably one of my favourite aspects of the entire wedding! (Apart from marrying the love of my life, of course.) I was pretty low key about a wedding dress when we first got engaged, but decided to check out TMB since I’ve followed their story from the beginning and knew they would have a dress for me: sleek, modern and sophisticated. My mom and I had the absolute best morning trying on dresses but when I put mine on, we just knew right away (which I didn’t think would happen). Jess’ team was amazing and I wish I could do it all over again! The space alone makes for a gorgeous setting, not to mention the countless beautiful silhouettes.

One of my bridesmaids compared my dress to the Chrysler Building, in the sense it was timeless and striking, but had an elegant art-deco vibe. I never wanted to take it off!
Robin_Sassi-325.jpg

HUGE Congratulations you two!!
Thank you for letting us be a small part of your big day! I am so glad that we get to be friends and I get to see this happy day unfold for you and Eric from now until forever.

 

You're Invited: By Catalfo X TMB

 

We are so excited to announce our newest partnership with By Catalfo providing you babes with bridesmaid dresses and loungewear perfect for getting ready in on the morning of your big day!

To celebrate we will be hosting our launch event with By Catalfo; check out the details below!

bycatalfo+1.jpg

The Event

Join us for the launch of our partnership with By Catalfo! We will have stock of By Catalfo's bridesmaids gowns, loungewear and robes for you and your bridesmaids to try on! The designer, Sarah, will be here on Thursday, July 18 to do one-on-one consultations.

July 18 (12PM -8PM) - By Catalfo Designer Preview Event with one-on-one consultations with designer Sarah Catalfo. Appointments required; please call 519-822-0909 to book your appointment!

July 19 - 21 (10AM - 6PM) - Drop-in only to browse the pieces from the collection.There is no guarantee that there will be a change room to try on bridesmaids dresses Friday, Saturday or Sunday. If you are looking for a one-on-one appointment please book an appointment on Thursday, July 18.

Extra Details : To celebrate, we will be offering 10% off purchased of By Catalfo bridesmaid dresses, robes, and loungewear.

More about By Catalfo

By Catalfo is Ontario's newest 'go-to' label for bridal fashion, offering both custom made bridesmaid dresses and bridal getting-ready wear collections.

Designer Sarah Catalfo takes pride in offering her clients high quality and personable customer service. She prefers to work one-on-one with all of her clients to suit their needs, adding a personal touch to each experience.

In the past 11 years Sarah's work has been featured on; The red carpet of the Canadian Juno Awards and MMVA's, ET Canada, Flare.com, Breakfast Television, Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake, Magnolia Rouge, Ruffled Blog and more.

 

O Canada!

 

We just love our Canadian designers!

Since the very start of TMB, it has been so important to us to support our local designers and to bring you babes the most beautiful dress and accessory designs from across Canada! That is why at TMB we proudly showcase 6 Canadian designers! 

IMG_2424+2.jpg

To celebrate our great country's birthday, we’re doing a
Canada Day Weekend Giveaway!

We are giving away a Canadian-made Atelier Elise Crystal Leaves Hair Vine (rose gold) OR a $200 TMB Gift Card - you get to choose your prize, pretty friendly of us, eh?!  

So, how do you enter? Book an Initial or Second Bridal Appointment June 28-30 and come try on some beautiful dresses!

Winner will be announced July 1, 2019 on Instagram. 

Looking to learn more about our talented Canadian designers? Here are the details on all of our Canadian designers and some of our favourite pieces:

Harlow+2.jpg

Anais Anette

These Ontario babes have helped put Canadian bridal fashion on the world stage with their jaw-dropping bridal gowns. Anais Anette gowns are alive with hand-stitched detailing, architectural precision and old world antiquity. We have 15 Anais Anette stunners waiting to be tried on by our TMB babes in the Dress Loft. 

TMB Favs: Annalise, Colette (with the Adelaide Overskirt), Millie 

Book your appointment!


IMG_2424 2.jpg

Atelier Elise

Located in Vancouver, BC, Atelier Elise designs couture bridal accessories for the romantic bride. At TMB we carry veils, headpieces and jewellery from the stunning Atelier Elise collections. 

TMB Favs: Delphine Circular Fingertip Veil, Crystal Leaves Hair Vine, Everthine Hair Vine

Book your appointment!


Jackson and Grace.jpeg

Jackson + Grace

JACKSON + GRACE is a Toronto-based bridal collection by ANDFORLOVE Designs Inc. In their first season, the JACKSON + GRACE collection embraces the diversity between coastal and urban sensibilities with their contemporary romantic designs. We have 5 beautiful JACKSON + GRACE gowns in the TMB Dress Loft.

TMB Favs: Bowery, Tyler, Lynette

Book your appointment!


joanna bisley.jpeg

Joanna Bisley 

Joanna designs and creates all her pieces with a  a small team in her home studio in northwest Calgary using such age old techniques as wire wrapping and silk knotting enabling her to create unique durable pieces. Joanna Bisley’s designs have a distinctively vintage and feminine aesthetic becoming a favourite with brides throughout Canada. 

TMB Favs: Trish Earrings, Peyton Earrings, Nina Drape Necklace

Book your appointment!


5-lavictoire-2019-indigo_576x672.jpg


Lavictoire

A Victoria-based bridal collection designed by Chassandre Lavictoire. Lavictoire dresses embody the opportunity to meld a lifetime of passion with the designers experience designing high-quality garments—creating adaptable, sustainable solutions for the challenges faced by modern brides. The TMB Dress Loft is home to 5 Lavictoire dresses.

TMB Favs: Solstice, Indigo, Bella 

Book your appointment!


rosalia.jpg

Olivia The Wolf

Based in Vancouver, Olivia The Wolf designs are inspired by nature, music and women. Olivia The Wolf pieces mix trends and techniques allowing for signature eclectic collections. At The Modern Bride, we carry beautiful headpieces and veils from the Olivia The Wolf collection. 

TMB Favs: Terra Veil, Rosalia Comb, Dakota Headpiece

Book your appointment!

 

Welcome to TMB: Savannah Miller

 

We are so excited for the newest addition to the TMB dress loft: Savannah Miller!

About the Designer

Incorporating both directional and timeless designs, Savannah Miller believes in celebrating elegance and individuality through thoughtful and unique designs for real, modern women.

Savannah Miler gowns incorporate vintage details for her styles as well as soft, romantic embroideries and bead-work that is inspired by nature.  All embroideries and bead-work are designed by Savannah, herself.

Chloe.jpg

Why TMB loves Savannah Miller

  • Modern, sleek, minimalistic

  • Daring and darling backs

  • Jumpsuit and tuxedo jacket

  • Draping, cowl details

Styles at TMB

  • Nancy

  • Blanche

  • Eve Jacket

  • Chloe

  • Lula

  • Eowyn

  • Elizabeth

  • Inca Cape

 
 

Interested in trying on one of these beauties from Savannah Miller?
Book your bridal appointment at The Modern Bride!

Tiles for Website (4).png
 

2019/2020 TMB Trunk Show Calendar

 

It’s finally here!

We are so excited to announce the 2019/2020 dates for all the Trunk Shows coming to TMB!

Appointment times will fill up quickly, so book for your favourite designer today!

Trunk Show Calendar 2019-2020.jpg
 
 
 

Everything You Need To Know About Trunk Shows

 

Ok ladies, we are sure you've heard us chatting about Trunk Shows and kind of, sort of, wondered, "But, what exactly is a Trunk Show?” Don't worry, we've got all your Trunk Show FAQs answered below!

modernbride358.jpg

What is a Trunk Show?

A Trunk Show is when a designer sends us their entire latest collection! We carry only select pieces from each designer's collection in the TMB Dress Loft, so a Trunk Show allows us to show all our TMB babes the full collection from the season!

Do all designers offer Trunk Shows?

Not all designers offer Trunk Shows and/or sometimes we aren't able to receive a trunk show from every designer; however, the majority of the designers in the TMB Dress Loft do! If we cannot offer a trunk show from one of our designers we will do a Spotlight weekend promoting and specializing in a particular designer. 

modernbride363.jpg

How long are Trunk Shows?

Typically, Trunk Shows run for one weekend starting Thursday through to Sunday. In some special cases, we are able to extend the trunk show to two full weekends. 

When are Trunk Shows, typically?

Our Trunk Show season is twice a year; September - November and then again in January -March. This allows us to bring in the latest season's collections for our TMB babes. Having said that, we do have some exciting trunk shows scheduled in July and August! 

Is a Trunk Show a sale?
Not necessarily, although some designers do offer incentives such as 10% off dresses purchased during the Trunk Show. The purpose of the Trunk Show is to display all the dresses from a designer’s most recent collection, which differs from a Sample Sale when dresses are on sale.

How do I know when my favourite designer is having a Trunk Show at TMB and how can I book an appointment? 

We will be releasing the schedule for all our upcoming Trunk Shows and Spotlights for the remainder of 2019 and beginning of 2020 on June 7! You can book an appointment by calling TMB or by booking online.

How can I be the first to know about Trunk Shows at TMB?
Subscribe to our newsletter below for early access to the 2019-2020 Trunk Show calendar! Appointments fill up quickly so be sure to subscribe and book your appointment early!

Have more questions? Reach out to us at info@tmodernbride.com.