Why an Alternative Bridal Event?
As you might have noticed from our ads and TV spots, Esse and Bernice Garden are hosting our first Bernice Bridal Bazaar this Saturday, May 12th from 11am-2pm. In collaboration with SOMA vendors, local designers and even purveyors from NWA, we are bringing something different to your traditional wedding table; something alternative. BUT WHY???

First, Bernice Garden is an artistic sculpture garden open to the public in the middle of Main Street in Little Rock, Arkansas. Hosting a wedding or event at this space allows for a coupling of urban and art, an escape from the city yet in the heart of the capitol. Because Bernice Garden hosts weddings and receptions (among other events like live music, vintage and farmers’ markets and art installations), you’ll have this unique backdrop to customize for your special day.

The concept of the Bridal Bazaar was not only inspired by this one-of-a-kind location but also by the next major exhibit at Esse Purse Museum chronicling vintage wedding dresses from 1900-1980, “You May Now Kiss the Bride.” With more and more couples looking for something different, vintage and custom designed wedding attire is highly sought-after. There’s certainly nothing wrong with traditional, but some couples are quirky and finding that perfect garment that doesn’t line the racks of every bridal shop can be a challenging process. (Speaking from experience…) I had no clue where to find a truly different look for my wedding gown. However, times have changed! All of our designers and vintage purveyors have an online presence through Etsy ot their own sites. Not into vintage? You can get made-to-order, custom gowns to rival any red carpet look just by searching these sites.

Even if you are not local to Arkansas, you can shop our Bridal runway by checking out any of our featured designers and vendors. For vintage, check out CircaPasse, ArkieVintageBoutique. For updated vintage pieces, look to Crying Weasel Vintage and Ensemble of Elan. Looking for something custom-created? ABrooks Designs creates custom gowns for any occasion and Brittan’s Design who makes looks reminiscent of Jane Austen and more! Spend the 12th of May the right way, at a free event! XOXO