Ms Wheelchair Tennessee 2016 Carly Pearson Found Her Dress at The Gilded Gown <3

We absolutely love meeting new people and finding out their stories. Yesterday we were thrilled to meet a beautiful, vibrant lady named Carly Pearson. She came in looking for a formal gown. She described herself as a tomboy who doesn’t like to wear dresses, but said she urgently needed a long dress. And, it needed to be beautiful. Oh, and another thing….Carly Pearson uses a wheelchair. Turns out she needed a very, very beautiful gown because she is Ms Wheelchair Tennessee 2016 and she is going to represent Tennessee in the national pageant NEXT WEEK in Grand Rapids, Michigan to compete for the crown of Ms Wheelchair America 2017. Our reactions: Wow that is cool! YAY Carly! So glad she is at The Gilded Gown! Ummm, wait. did she say Next Week??? and OK WE NEED TO HELP HER FIND THE PERFECT DRESS STAT!!!

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Carly, a healthy, extremely fit and beautiful mother of two, would much rather be participating in sports than rocking a long dress on a stage. However her mission is to help other people with disabilities live active and healthy lives and she knew participating in the Ms Wheelchair Events would help promote her platform.

Carly sustained a spinal cord injury in 2002, when she fell while heroically fighting wildfires in Oregon as part of her work with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She currently works as an independent distributor for Advocare International and a motivational speaker.

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Vote for Carly here!!!

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Bridal Stylist Grace kept Carly busy trying on lots of gorgeous options. Everyone in the store admired the different dresses as Carly came out to look in the big mirror. The choice was obvious when Carly came out in this Nina Canacci Royal Blue Gown:

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Carly, thanks for making our day! We know you are going to do great in Grand Rapids!

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Gilded Gown Prom Pics 2016 – Part 3 #KnoxvillePrahmPics #KnoxvillePromGirls

Love Letter to All Our Gorgeous Gilded Gown Girls:

Dear Girls,

Thank you beautiful Gilded Gown Girls! We are completely thrilled that all of you took the time to share your prom pics with us. It was an honor to help each and every one of you find the perfect dress for your prom! All of us at The Gilded Gown cherish your lovely photos and share in your joy. Your loose braids, long waves and updos all look amazing. The photos you generously shared prove that the wrist corsage trend is going strong and this year’s high illusion neckline trend is a big-time winner! We love all the great outdoor shots and all the guys look handsome too. Thank you for being such great role models and for showcasing our gowns with such beauty, class and elegance. We hope that as you graduate and move forward in your lives you always look back on your prom night with pleasure. Our dream: Once you finish college, and meet your fiancée we hope you will once again return to The Gilded Gown and let us help you find “THE” dress for your wedding. Your futures are bright with promise. Remember to live your life with courage, grace, gratitude and love! Study hard, work diligently and have lots of fun.

We leave you with some words of encouragement from greater minds than ours:
“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” Albert Einstein
And, “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” Henry David Thoreau
And, last but not least, “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” Thomas Jefferson

Love, The Gilded Gown

 

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Unusual and Unique Accessories…we’ve got ’em! Masquerade Masks!

Unusual and Unique Accessories…we’ve got ’em! Masquerade Masks!

We love this quote from Victor Hugo, “Virtue has a veil, vice a mask.” Since we stock tons of virtuous veils and playful masks at The Gilded Gown we like to think Mr. Hugo was giving a nod to bridal shops. (Although we know he was being a bit more deep and philosophical.) But seriously, if you are a bride or a girl going to prom and you love to be different and unique and unusual, we invite you to visit us. We have the largest stock of bridal and prom accessories around, including veils, jewelry, headpieces, fascinators, bracelets and even Masks!

A mask serves as a fun, mysterious disguise, and can be a beautiful addition to your look for a special event.

We love the trend of Masquerade Themes for prom!

Inspired by the centuries-old tradition of masquerades balls which featured intriguing party guests, beautiful women, opulent costumes, decadence and an aura of secrecy, we offer a full line of Masquerade Masks.

Batman once said “I wear a mask. And that mask, it’s not to hide who I am ~~ but to create what I am.” If you want to project a fantasy image and if you favor disguises (or like to keep people guessing) we suggest adding a little mystery to your look with a magical Masquerade Mask from The Gilded Gown.

The Gilded Gown, your best source for masquerade masks in East Tennessee, is located in the Knoxville Center Mall (downstairs, near Sears). Open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm and Sundays from Noon to 6 pm. Our staff of friendly, caring stylists will happily assist you in your search for the perfect mask to complete your special occasion look.

Thanks to the participants in the various photos below: Custom Love Gifts, Star Noir Photography, The Gilded Gown & Southern Sirens.

 

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Curvy Girl Alert: Lots of Beautiful Prom Gowns Still In Stock!

Curvy Girl Alert: We’ve still got lots of beautiful prom gowns in stock at The Gilded Gown!

WooooHooo! We are so excited that our owner Jacqui Wadsworth went to bat for us curvy girls again this year! Thanks to her careful planning we have had the most beautiful gowns available all season for girls in every size from 0-32. And luckily we still have some lovely options in a rainbow of colors and styles! If you are out there still searching for your prom dress, fear not, we might have just what you’re hoping for! We invite you to take a look through the photos below and see if anything fits the description of your dream dress. Our definition of a dream dress: Flattering, beautiful, affordable, comfortable and available!

The options below, from our exclusive Curvy line, feature quality construction and beautiful embellishments. Light and airy chiffon strapless dresses, lace, sequins, beading, corset backs, hi-lo hemlines, illusion necklines, spaghetti straps…you name it, we got it! And, best of all, they are all on sale for $50 off if you mention this blog post. Pretty sweet, right?

More perks: We register all gowns, so that every girl can be assured that she will be the only one in that style at her prom. We have easy layaway options. Our stylists are friendly, caring and fun.  And we are open seven days a week. Monday – Saturday 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday from Noon to 6 pm.

Please come visit The Gilded Gown at the Knoxville Center Mall. We are located downstairs near Sears, across from the Shoe Depot. We would love to see you! If you have any questions about size availability and/or prices of the dresses below, please give us a call at 865-329-4905. We are happy to ship nationwide.

Model: Our lovely stylist, Emily Muse

Photographer: Our lovely stylist, Grace Alexander

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Gilded Gown Prom Pics 2016 – Part 2

We love this time of year. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and exciting proms are happening all around us. AND, our Gorgeous Gilded Gown Girls’ prom pics are starting to roll in. We’ve helped so many beautiful young ladies find their dream dresses at The Gilded Gown and we are thrilled to see them glowing and happy on prom night. The proof is in the pudding as the old saying goes. And the photos we are receiving prove how lovely our girls look and feel for their special events!

Haley Prichard of Maryville is absolutely stunning in her pale pink ballgown. We love you Haley!!!

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Haley posed for this precious pic with her brother Zachary. (Don’t be fooled, they actually love each other lol!)

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Ansley Williams of Gibbs Highs School wore one of our favorite gowns this year, a Long Sleeve Lace dress by Nina Canacci. Super-sophisticated Ansley! You look amazing.
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Another Gibbs High School beauty, Cora shined brightly in her black lace over nude bodiced ballgown. So pretty!!!!
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Lexi Jones from Powell decided on a vibrant royal blue strapless dress with a heavily embellished drop waist. We can see why. Lexi is beautiful!
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The Gilded Gown is located in Knoxville Center Mall, downstairs, near Sears, across from the Shoe Depot. We are open Monday thru Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday from Noon to 6 pm. We offer the largest prom and bridal store in our area with dresses by Mon Cheri Bridal, Nina Canacci, Justin Alexander, David Tutera and many, many more. Friendly and fun atmosphere where we love our girls and it shows. Happiness is contagious and love is all around! Easy Layaways! New stock! Miles and miles of jewelry and accessories. Special sales going on now! Come see us, we are waiting for you!

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We love this time of year. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and exciting proms are happening all around us. AND, our Gorgeous Gilded Gown Girls’ prom pics are starting to roll in. We’ve helped so many beautiful young ladies find their dream dresses at The Gilded Gown and we are thrilled to see them glowing and happy on prom night. The proof is in the pudding as the old saying goes. And the photos we are receiving prove how lovely our girls look and feel for their special events!

Rachel Ward rocked her black Nina Canacci dress featuring gold accents and a hi-lo hemline which shows off her awesome black cowboy boots. We love how she made the dress her own by wearing her boots!! POW!

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Mindy Luttrell sent us photos of her beautiful daughter Kira which span the last three years. Three proms in three years all in dresses from The Gilded Gown!!! How cool is that? We are honored to be a part of Kira’s life. Can’t wait to see what she picks for next year’s Senior Prom and her WEDDING! Thanks Kira & Mindy!
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AnnaLauren Kelly shared her gorgeous pic from prom this year. She nailed it with this black ballgown with a heavily sequined bodice and tons of detailing at the waist! AnnaLauren completed her look with the perfect hairstyle and accessories. So BEAUTIFUL! YAY! Thanks AnnaLauren. Come see us when you get engaged!!!

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The Gilded Gown is a bridal and prom emporium located downstairs near Sears at Knoxville Center Mall. Open Monday – Saturday 11 am to 7 pm and Sundays Noon – 6 pm. We have racks and racks of gorgeous gowns by Nina Canacci, Mon Cheri Bridal, Justin Alexander, David Tutera and many, many more. We register each prom dress sold to insure girls are the only ones in the dress at their event. Easy Layaways available. Friendly, caring stylists. Fun & casual atmosphere. Love is all around us!

BFFS: Friends make life wonderful!

A BFF is the person you value above other friends in your life, someone you have the absolute most fun with ever, someone you trust with your life and someone in whom you confide. BFFs are your chosen family and their importance in life is indescribable. Best friends are super–supportive and your secret-keepers. They boost your self confidence and stand by you during tough times. Best friends make the very best partners in crime and will share literally millions of inside jokes with you. They will be there for you if you should need a shoulder to cry on and they possess the uncanny ability to make you laugh uncontrollably. In fact, your BFF can even make you laugh WHILE you are crying.

BFFS don’t care if your house is a mess and you are in yoga pants with holes. Best friends will answer your late night phone calls, cheer you on, accept you as you are, and provide you with a reality check when you need one. BFFS provide unconditional love, understanding and loyalty. But the greatest thing about BFFS is that they make you happy, share in your good times and make life exciting, worthwhile and joyful. They will also help you find just the right outfit, especially for important events in your life like prom.

This year at The Gilded Gown we have been witnessing lots of BFFs shopping together for Prom. The excited chatter and laughter coming from the dressing room area is at an all-time high. We are thrilled to see all that love, friendship and support radiating from our beloved beautiful Gilded Gown Girls! Life is good, friends are awesome and the dresses are beautiful.

Grab your BFF and come find your dream prom dress. We don’t mind if you talk too loud or giggle like crazy. (You’ll fit right in!)

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The Faerie Way is perfect for weddings and prom!

The Faerie Way is the best way. Because faeries make the flowers blossom, the sun shine, the music play, the stars twinkle, the trees dance and the mountains rise and fall. They uphold beauty, art, nature and goodness above all things. Faeries make the world delightful! Faeries are kind, amusing, beautiful, playful and shy. “Dancing and song are their delight… ” (Jacob Grimm)

Faeries inhabit the world of forests and rivers and they will sometimes reveal themselves to deserving humans. Telltale signs that faeries could be nearby are patches of four leaf clovers, the strong scent of wild violets and the faint tinkle of bells chiming. Next time you are out enjoying the splendor of nature – stop and take a minute to look for a faerie – you just might catch a glimpse of one peeking from behind a rock or tree. We were fortuitous enough to see a few lovely faeries riverside in East Tennessee recently. Luckily we were able to capture some photos of the elusive beauties with the help of Star Noir Photography. http://starnoirstudio.com/

To channel your inner-faerie at prom or for your fairy tale wedding, we invite you to stop by The Gilded Gown where happy-spirited girls can find the perfect ethereal dress to capture the essence of faeriehood. We also have whimsical accessories to complete your look, from jeweled hair vines to earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Located in Knoxville Center Mall, downstairs near Sears with store hours of Monday – Saturday 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday Noon to 6 pm, the Gilded Gown is fully staffed with caring, professional stylists at your disposal. We believe in fairy tales and we know they can come true for you!

Our faerie photo shoot below features a splendid, light-as-air chiffon gown with a high low hemline and illusion side cutouts plus an out-of-this-world golden, sequined, tulle skirted, magical short dress. Our fairy brides are in lovely satin bead-encrusted bridal gowns.

Gowns: The Gilded Gown

Hair & Makeup: Southern Belle Beauty http://sb-bridal.com/

Styling & Favors: Custom Love Gifts & Events http://www.customlovegifts.com/index.html

Photography: Star Noir Photography http://starnoirstudio.com/

Deliciousness: MagPies Bakery http://magpiescakes.com/newsite/

 

 

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Curvy Girls Rule The World! Prom 2016

Curvy Girls Rule The World! And The Gilded Gown! We take inspiration from Mae West, who had a lot of wisdom on the subject. She famously said, “I didn’t discover curves; I only uncovered them.” And, “Cultivate your curves – they may be dangerous but they won’t be avoided.” Love her!

Welcome to The Gilded Gown where we celebrate all women and all sizes! If you are a curvy girl (like us!) we have a few suggestions:

Try a dress with a sweetheart or scoop neckline to flatter your shoulders!

Accentuate your natural waistline!

Get your dress altered to perfectly fit you, so that you can wear it effortlessly.

Don’t forget the Spanx. They sure are hard to get on, but the smoothing payoff is worth it!

Find a dress that compliments your skin tone!

And most importantly wear the dress that YOU fall in love with. If you love your dress, you will brim with confidence and be your most beautiful self!

Our 6400 foot Bridal and Prom Emporium is brimming with fabulous choices for Prom this year, from sizes 0-32.

We carry Curvy Girl prom dresses by Nina Canacci, Mon Cheri and other wonderful designers, but in this post we are showcasing our Gilded Gown Curvy Girl Prom Gowns.

The Gilded Gown is located downstairs near Sears in Knoxville Center Mall, we are open seven days a week for your shopping pleasure. (Monday thru Friday 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday from Noon to 6 pm). Our friendly stylists love to help you get your entire look together, and with the purchase of a dress you will receive a 50% discount on all accessories. We also keep a prom registry to ensure you are the only girl at your school in your dress. And, we offer a no-hassle layaway. What are you waiting for? Come see us today!

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It is all in the details this Prom Season

At The Gilded Gown we embrace details because we know in our dresses it is the small design elements that add together to equal a beautiful look.

Luxurious Beading –  An extravagant amount of beads sewn on a dress as decoration.

Illusion Elements – Transparent panels attached to the bodice or body constructed of  sheer fabric such as tulle, net, or lace.

Cut-outs – Areas of a dress that are purposely left out to expose a bit of skin and add excitement to the design.

Two-piece silhouettes – Gowns featuring a separate top and bottom which highlight a bare midriff.

Rhinestones – Clear imitation stones of high luster made of glass which mimic the look of diamonds.

AB Crystals – Aurora Borealis, known as “AB”, is one of the more popular Swarovski crystal coatings that gives off a rainbow-like effect. Pretty.

Lace –  A fine open fabric, typically one of cotton or silk, made by looping, twisting, or knitting thread in patterns and used especially for trimming garments.

Appliques – Ornamentation, such as cutout designs, that are sewn on to or otherwise applied to a piece of material.

 

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We have so many dresses in stock and on the floor ready for you to try on. Come find your favorite elements combined into your dream dress. All the colors in the rainbow available in sizes from 0-32. We are located in The Knoxville Center Mall, downstairs near Sears. The Gilded Gown is open Monday – Friday 11 am – 7 pm and Sundays from Noon until 6 pm. We offer a four month layaway plus caring professional stylits.

Ask us about our latest sale!