Nothing about 2020 will ever be considered “just another day in the neighborhood.” As we prepare to enter into another engagement season which generally starts during the period of Thanksgiving, in late November taking us straight through to February, Valentine’s Day; we want to encourage you to savor the moments.
Those days, generally speaking tend to be the time when people go home, have family-get-togethers which are the primary functions one would be attending. This year, this unprecedented year, dictates things will be different, and no one is happy about that in the least. But because the risks out weigh the outcome, many will comply and live to tell another tale of a great love story.
So to all of you who are getting ready to pop the question, say yes and make that commitment to love, family and the pursuit of happiness with your beloved. We are right there with you in spirit and filled with joy that you chose love.
One of the few things brides will do immediately after saying yes is as follows:
Where: Location location location.
Who: Which family and friends are we going to invite?
What, am I going to wear?
This leads us to countless options that a couple will have when choosing all the above. Where? This can be endless, once we are finished dealing with this crisis, and the safety of our guests can be assured as much as possible. Finding a venue that is willing to serve and deliver to the best of their ability on all our dreams.
Family members, well that will depend greatly on if we want to do a quick elopement that will simply be ceremonial and done in the most intimate of settings, and more than likely something local. That way you can plan for the big bash a year later to celebrate with our friends and other loved ones safely.
What to wear–has to be absolutely epic. Yes we know, for so many years bridal dresses were synonymous with top-tier designers such as Vera Wang, Amsale, Romona Keveza, Reem Acra, Justin Alexander to name a few of the icons.
Today, there are more options, different options, powerful options for a new generation of taste makers that are bold, and fearless and are not asking for permission to come to the table– they have built their own and are unapologetic about creating their own path.
Andrea Pitter-Campbell is one designer that has disrupted the norms in the industry by creating a collection that celebrates the curvy bride, the voluptuous woman, and all she brings– her spending habits are just as sassy. Society does not dictate to this woman what is beautiful, and what is acceptable. Her palate for quality is decided by her standards, not the other way around.
Pantora Bridal, sits right in the heart of busy Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn New York, taking up more than 1/4 of the block with two levels of shopping. Her boutique is not limited to just wedding dresses. She has everything from evening dresses, cocktail dresses, and pant attire for your fashion forward taste.
Andrea’s story as a designer is typical of a young, gifted artist that made her way through life to building her dreams as a self-made woman. But what is not typical about her story is that the market she chose is not easily acknowledged by mainstream society–for a Black woman, a Black designer to be the center of attention without having the likes of the upper echelon endorse her. But when you sit down and talk to Mrs. Pitter-Campbell you will see, and hear she is not asking permission– she is taking what she wants and that is her rightful place in the fashion industry that is being built one brick at a time on “her time frame”, and with the women she is dressing who are as fierce as she is.
Her faithful clients are here for it all. They want the bling, they want the drama from all sizes, shapes, and skin tones.
Pitter-Campbell recently made an announcement that she has partnered with Zola to create some exquisite bridal pieces that will be sure to be a hit for their clientele.
As the bridal season starts off with a bang- Pantora Bridal is definitely one to watch as they redefine the bridal season.
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Over the past several years, Myrdith Leon-McCormack has evolved from one of the nation’s most successful Celebrity Manicurist, represented by Factory Downtown, to one of the most sought after branding experts with her firm MLM Represents as well as a Huffington Post blogger.
Leon-McCormack, founder of MLM Represents, oversees all practice areas and is involved in providing strategic direction to select clients. Her particular area of expertise is advising clients on how to best leverage their brand as an asset to serve as a powerful leadership tool and drive their business performance.
Leon-McCormack’s innovative strategies to connect consumers more effectively by associating them with the world’s most influential celebrities, musicians, arts, film and personalities has been part of her incredible success to collaborating with some of the industry’s most influential people in the world of the arts, music, and film. MLM Represents client list includes: Isaiah Washington, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lois Samuels–the Vessel, and Justin Davis. Her new business has afforded her the opportunity to travel the world to wonderful destinations such as Egypt, Qatar, Dubai, London, France, Ireland, to name a few.
Leon-McCormack’s creative vision and strong knowledge of the entertainment and arts has created yet another venture with the weekly radio show, “Keep It Moving” with Marsha Jews on WEAA 88.9 FM, a national public radio station, as Executive Entertainment Producer.
As the Editorial Director of World Bride Magazine (WBM), she drives the magazine into the 21st century, where visions of people of color are seen in a more positive and progressive direction.