business: Traci Romano Events
location: South Norwalk, CT
phone number: 203.354.9791
business: Sara Gabriel Veiling & Headpieces
headquarters: Denver, CO
phone number: 720.855.1111
Traci Romano, you'll recall, is my guardian angel who saved me from my wedding dress emergency by graciously offering me anything in her store in Connecticut last weekend. This weekend, I drove back down to pick up my dress, check out the minor alterations it needed (looks fantastic!), and meet veiling specialist Sara Gabriel who was in town for a trunk show at Traci's boutique (bonus!).
Although Traci's primary business is event planning, her retail space is a bridal haven of designer dresses, chic accessories, high-end invitations and creative gifts, all perfectly placed in an historic yet modern waterfront building. It's the sort of atmosphere that caters to the individual with champagne taste, not the masses (speaking of, we had mimosas!).
Traci carries gorgeous gowns by designers like Amy Kuschel, Jane Wang, Rosa Clara, Cymbeline Paris (mine!), Christos and Nicole Miller among others.
She also has an extensive collection of bridal baubles.
Her shop was busy, busy as Sara Gabriel set up a temporary office for the weekend.
Sara is based in Denver, but travels the country throughout the year visiting her accounts and hosting trunk shows. I had been emailing with Traci about ordering one of Sara's birdcage veils when she came to my aid with a whole new dress. You can imagine my excitement when I discovered Sara would be visiting Traci's shop for a trunk show of all her veils so I could try that veil on in person, with its creator!
This is Sara, as adorably fun as she is talented. She started making veils and accessories for girlfriends who were getting married 10 years ago and hasn't looked back since.
I love her elegant vintage look, and the added whimsy of feathers, to her pieces.
She brought her entire collection of accessories and veils to Traci's shop. I love that each piece has its own name.
Traci triple-booked two days of appointments with brides for Sara, many of whom are Traci's clients. I think I may have won furthest traveled, but I was also impressed to see brides from Manhattan cross the bridge.
Sara talked to each bride about the style of her dress and event, working together to find the veil and accessories to match.
Traci models one of the flowers.
She thought Sara needed to model one, too.
It appeared to be a successful trip, with lots of interest and many orders.
I'm thrilled with a Sara Gabriel purchase of my own.
As I was leaving, I chuckled when I spotted this book and snapped a picture given the relevance of my experience, and then noticed it was written by Kleinfeld! How appropriate!
What a fun afternoon!! Thanks, ladies! It was a perfect follow-up to the dress stress of the preceding weeks. I can now confidently say that I am ready! Weehoo!!