[caption id="attachment_584" align="aligncenter" width="640"]A Family Affair: Designer, Ines Di Santo, with daughter, Veronica Di Santo. A Family Affair: Designer, Ines Di Santo, with daughter, Veronica Di Santo.[/caption] Couture details, luxurious fabrics and an eye for the female form - these are the qualities Ines Di Santo, one of the industry's most coveted designers, brings to Blush Bridal Sarasota. We are honored to represent Ines here is Sarasota. Not only is she is spectacularly talented designer, she is one of the kindest women we have had the honor of meeting. Last October, Fondren and I were thrilled to be invited to join her for dinner in NYC during bridal market - quite an invitation for the "new kids on the block"! Little did we know what an intimate dinner it would be - we were fortunate enough to spend a great deal of time chatting with Ines and her lovely daughter, Veronica, about their careers, family and so much more. What an amazing experience! Certainly one that we will not soon forget. [caption id="attachment_585" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Blush owners, Fondren & Nicole, with Veronica & Ines Di Santo in New York during bridal fashion week. Blush owners, Fondren & Nicole, with Veronica & Ines Di Santo in New York during bridal fashion week.[/caption] Ines Di Santo launched in 1984 in Toronto, Canada, when her daughter Veronica was only nine years old. Veronica joined the business 14 years later, and together they have won global praise and media accolades in Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, Town and Country Weddings, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Brides and more. Their gowns have also appeared on the red carpet including the Golden Globes and made small screen debuts in Mario & Courtney’s Wedding Fiesta on TLC and My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. Ines is a celebrated designer of bridal and evening couture, but more importantly, she gives each gown her personal touch: “Your wedding day is your chance to have your red carpet moment, and I’m here to help you look and feel amazing.” Her sense of glamour and vibrant femininity inspires every appointment. She custom fits luxury to your body and spirit with her mastery of tailoring and construction that has been perfected over countless brides in the United States, Canada and beyond. Combining her European aesthetic with her innate sense of design, she experiments with swathes of silk, lace, embroidery and embellishments to effortlessly create your perfect gown. Blessed to grow up in an atelier, Veronica inherited the same passion for couture and a genuine appreciation to treat every bride with TLC, ensuring your experience is special in every possible way. Today she infuses her mother’s classic sense of luxury with unexpected twists such as pastel colour palettes and art deco inspired details. “I love bringing a relaxed, youthful elegance to every appointment,” she says. Blush Bridal Sarasota carries the following Ines Di Santo gowns in our permanent inventory: [caption id="attachment_575" align="aligncenter" width="640"]NEW YORK BRIDAL FASHION WEEK Almada by Ines Di Santo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_576" align="aligncenter" width="640"]SP15 NEW YORK BRIDAL FASHION WEEK Lovette by Ines Di Santo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_577" align="aligncenter" width="640"]SP15 NEW YORK BRIDAL FASHION WEEK Melvina by Ines Di Santo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_578" align="aligncenter" width="640"]NEW YORK BRIDAL FASHION WEEK Rome by Ines Di Santo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_579" align="aligncenter" width="640"]SP15 NEW YORK BRIDAL FASHION WEEK Sahara by Ines Di Santo[/caption] We are anxiously awaiting the arrivals of our gowns from Ines Di Santo's most recent collection from Bridal Market this past spring which was inspired by the promise of the coming season. Chantilly lace gowns feel fresh in watercolor shades of blue, champagne and pink and are masterfully constructed with airy tulle and satin layers. Sweeping removable overskirts in tiered textures of Guipure and Alençon lace are light to the touch and luminous. Sheer panels and intricate embroidery recall the delicateness of a butterfly’s wings as vine-like motifs unfurl themselves along bodices and full skirts. The season flourishes before one’s eyes with gold leaf lace and pearl seeding reminiscent of cherry blossoms and exotic garden flowers. In addition to Di Santo’s classic mermaid silhouette, the collection boasts ethereal ball gowns dotted with pearls and crystals. [caption id="attachment_580" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Honey by Ines Di Santo Honey by Ines Di Santo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_581" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Julia by Ines Di Santo Julia by Ines Di Santo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_582" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Lara by Ines Di Santo Lara by Ines Di Santo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_583" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Rachel by Ines Di Santo Rachel by Ines Di Santo[/caption] Until next time... XO Nicole & Fondren