We are so excited that we got a chance to visit with another one of our preferred vendors for this week’s vendor spotlight! Magnolia Bridal is the perfect shop to go to when you are searching for the perfect bridal wear. The cozy, intimate boutique is located in the heart of downtown St. Charles, IL and owned by Ashley Patyk—who hand-selects each gown and accessory to ensure unique designs and the best quality.
Ashley has admired fashion ever since she was a little girl watching her grandmother “gracefully construct” beautiful garments from materials like soft silk and delicate tulle. Each of her grandmother’s designs made her feel beautiful and that feeling is what she hopes to give her clients.
I hand-select each gown and accessory for my boutique to curate a collection that promises to make you feel as special as my grandmother made me feel.
These dresses should be one-of-a-kind and she looks for the designers that are passionate about that very thing. It is primarily Ashley that goes to market in both Chicago and New York in the Fall and Spring, but she will typically bring a team of people whose opinion she trusts. This helps widen the selection she chooses for Magnolia‘s brides.
It’s important to me to select gowns from traditional to non-traditional and everything in between. This way each bride can find a gown that perfectly fits her own unique style and personality.
Bridal Designers you can find at Magnolia: Blush by Hayley Paige, La Sposa, Atelier Pronovias, Theia, Jenny Yoo, Claire La Faye, Catherine Deane and Sarah Janks.
Bridal Accessories: Camilla Christine, A. B. Ellie, Untamed Petals
Bridesmaid Dress Designers: Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Theia Bridesmaids
To view rest of wedding party designers click here.
Upon entering the boutique, you will see racks of dresses continuing straight to the back, you will find the bridal suite. Ashley describes its atmosphere perfectly as “sophisticated and serene.” Guests are welcomed into Magnolia like it’s home and Ashley makes sure to learn about the vision you have for your big day and more specifically, the dress!
Magnolia Bridal believes in providing their brides with the time they need to find the perfect dress without feeling rushed. In order to do so, each appointment is 90 minutes in length.
We want you to relax, enjoy the moment and discover the gown you’ll wear for one of the most memorable days of your life.
Ashley’s advice for the bride that is unsure of what she wants in her dress? Look through the dresses you already have! She says you should take note of any trends amongst them—neckline, sleeve type, fit. Your wardrobe will tell you a whole lot! Lastly, Ashley says to keep an open mind.
It’s important to us that you feel amazing on your wedding day and sometimes it’s the unexpected dress that gives you butterflies!
Ashley doesn’t have a favorite style since she thinks they are all so pretty and every single one is special in its own unique way.
On one hand I love the sophistication of a fitted silhouette and on the other I love the drama of a full ball gown (and I love everything in between)!
What is the importance of the dress? Well, to Ashley, it will be in almost all of the photos you have after the big day and who hasn’t dreamed about your future daughter or granddaughters trying your dress on one day.
Plus, we all want that one amazing moment where our fiancé sees us all dressed up and it’s as if he’s seeing us for the very first time. The dress is part of that because it should be an expression of your own unique personality!