A wedding dress is one of the most important garments a woman will ever wear and should be chosen to especially compliment her on the day she is getting married. This is the advice extolled by fashion designer Martin Thornburg, also renowned as a celebrity wedding planner, author and television personality. He has partnered with fashion house Mon Cheri to create the line Martin Thornburg for Mon Cheri wedding dresses, an inspired collection of innovative, visionary gowns that exude timeless style, beauty and longevity. Madame Bridal is proud to be their partner and an authorized retailer of this outstanding ensemble of bridal gowns, renowned for their superb quality and impeccable fit at affordable prices. Martin Thornburg for Mon Cheri use to be David Tutera for Mon Cheri.
Martin has acquired an enviable reputation for his unique artistic and creative talent. His name has become synonymous with style and elegance and his talent is expressed in this wonderful collection that captures the personality of every bride. There is a dress to fulfill her every fantasy, be it modern, traditional, haute couture or informal. The finest fabrics are crafted into memorable silhouettes, adorned with the most exquisite embellishments. These gowns will melt the heart of the groom and draw admiring glances from everyone attending the ceremony.
Martin Thornburg knows that the key to choosing the right silhouette for each body type is to select a style that accentuates one's best assets and his designs flatter all shapes. His ensemble includes ball gown silhouettes, classic A-lines, sexy fit and flare and stunning trumpet, or mermaid silhouettes. The selection of silhouette can be in keeping with the style of the ceremony, with fit and flare being less formal than the traditional ball gown wedding dresses that are more suited for a very grand ceremony. A strapless neckline may be a romantic choice for an outdoor ceremony.
The Thornburg collection also features designs that will travel well for destination weddings and look wonderful in the most romantic of settings, from castles, chateaux and chapels, to rose arbors or city hall. It is important for the bride to create an idyllic image in her photographs. She should choose a gown that will stand the test of time and not appear too dated. Each design has the timeless elegance that will endure.
Thornburg's superlative use of fabric to craft magical layers is exceptional. Silky underlay's feel fabulous against the skin and ensure the ease of movement for gliding down the aisle and creating the wow factor as the bride takes her first dance in the arms of her groom. Each fabric is selected with care, for its appearance, feel and movement. The collection includes the use of sequin tulle with a satin underlay, tulle over charmeuse, soft tulle and organza over satin, organza over sequined tulle and satin, Venise lace over memory taffeta, Chantilly lace over soft satin, and Schiffli lace with a charmeuse underlay. These layers add subtle movement and the swish factor.
Other Martin Thornburg wedding dresses are created in taffeta, Mikado, and beaded and embroidered tulle. The fabric is often a tapestry for the most carefully placed embellishments which bring a ensemble to life, breathing beauty into the design. Stunning embellishments add glamour to these gorgeous designer creations: there is a sophisticated use of Swarovski crystals and draped strings of beads, the shimmering addition of beaded metallic embroidery, the dreamy placement of re-embroidered lace appliques, rose pattern appliques, corded appliques, hand beaded Schiffli lace and floral appliques. Other adornments that appeal to brides include exposed boning on bodices, delicately scalloped eyelash trim and jewel encrusted belts.
Buttons closures which accent the back are chosen with care, ranging from matching fabric covered buttons to crystal and pearls. Many of the gowns feature buttons running the full length, to the tip of the chapel train. Hemlines are finished with scalloped lace edges or horsehair trim.
White is the traditional color and Martin Thornburg dresses are glorious, polar white in this ensemble, whilst also embracing other color hues and shades to most flatter a woman's skin tone. Ivory, champagne and silver are not new to the bridal scene, yet he also experiments with other shades, such as ice, light gold and gardenia. Tea rose, sea mist and sapphire are warm additions to the palette of colors incorporated into this ensemble. A bride's attention to make-up and hair style is another key factor in personalizing the gown she has decided to make uniquely hers. Colors can be matched to the season of the ceremony or chosen to reflect the light of a certain setting.
The wide array of styles available this year sets the bride-to-be dreaming. She may fall for a strapless dress or yearn for the romantic appeal of an opulent illusion neckline. Delicate floral accents accentuate a bride's femininity and trailing chapel and semi-cathedral trains give free reign to flights of fantasy. An hourglass figure is celebrated with a nipped in waist and flowing skirts cascade from elegantly dropped waistlines. Illusion or lace shoulder straps frame stunningly adorned bodices and lead into illusion backs or backs with enticing keyhole features. Hand beaded sweetheart necklines vie for attention with plunging V-necklines, accented with sheer modesty insets.
Each strapless gown in the collection offers the versatile option of removable spaghetti or halter straps, transforming the appearance of the dress or offering a choice of two looks, one for the daytime and the other for the evening. Ruffles adorn ball gown and trumpet skirts, or simply accent a train. Asymmetrical tiers accent A-line skirts and others have more structured style with box pleats. The collection is fashion forward, introducing two-piece gowns, either as separate tops and skirts or with a dress having the addition of a detachable billowing overskirt.
The bride-to-be can browse the pages of the bridal collections, pore over bridal magazines and follow the latest catwalk creations. But for a Martin Thornburg wedding, he advises his brides not to choose their dress too far in advance of the ceremony. Fashions and individual tastes change, so always allow enough time for fittings and alterations. The advice he imparts in his regular columns in the Bridal Guide is to always consider the timeless appeal of the dress and to opt for the gown that makes the bride feel good, without being unduly influenced by others tastes and preferences. Feel confident in your choice and this will be reflected in your calm appearance at the altar. Go with your instincts and if your choice feels just right, it is a match made in fashion heaven.
Wedding dresses are the focal point of the ceremony for a reason. They often symbolize the expression of a woman's long held dreams of happiness with her future husband. A bride's gown, then, should make her appear radiant and romantic, confident and collected, beautiful and stunning. Martin Thornburg is so in tune with a bride's desires that he knows how to accomplish this task. His expert craftsmanship, combined with his vision and love of beauty, means he puts his all into designing a work of complete perfection. His designer gowns are so enchanting and timeless, that any bride will bask in her appearance and feel like a princess for the day and in her memories.