Ben Bridge Jeweler Kicks Off $100,000 Wedding of the Century Sweepstakes

Ben Bridge Wedding of The-Century Grand Prize Diamond Ring SweepstakesAs Valentine’s Day and the season of engagements and weddings approaches, Ben Bridge is once again offering couples a chance at winning the Wedding of the Century, including jewelry, cash, and a honeymoon package valued at $100,000.

One lucky couple to win prize package co-sponsored by Ben Bridge,Tag Heuer,and Ikuma Diamonds.

Today, Ben Bridge Jeweler announced the kickoff of its $100,000 Wedding of the Century contest. Co-sponsored by Tag Heuer, Ikuma Diamonds and Hawaiian Airlines, the Wedding of the Century Grand Prize package will make one lucky couple’s dream wedding a reality.

Couples may enter the sweepstakes before April 15, 2013 by visiting and clicking on the Wedding of the Century Sweepstakes application. The Grand Prize winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries and will receive:

• More than $30,000 in dazzling jewelry including a spectacular 2ct Ikuma engagement ring
• Cash prize to plan a dream wedding
• Tropical Hawaiian honeymoon
• Art Carved men’s wedding band
• Mikimoto pearl earring studs
• Tag Heuer His & Hers watches

In addition to the grand prize winner, 100 finalists will receive prizes of fine jewelry, while 2,500 weekly winners will take home $25.00 Ben Bridge gift cards.

“This contest helps celebrate thousands of love stories, as well Ben Bridge’s commitment to offering the finest jewelry and personal service to its communities for over 100 years,” said Lisa Bridge, Vice President of Education, Ben Bridge. “We are thrilled to work with our partners to bring this contest back to the community for a second time.”

No purchase is necessary to enter the Sweepstakes. For full official rules, please visit!/BenBridgeJeweler/app_362656763841878.

For more information about hot trends in engagement jewelry, please visit

About Ben Bridge
Ben Bridge Jeweler ( was founded in Seattle, Washington in 1912 on a simple promise: to offer the finest jewelry, best selection, and friendly, knowledgeable service. Family-run for five generations, Ben Bridge operates more than 75 retail stores in 11 states including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. In 2012, the American Gem Society awarded the Bridge family with a Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of their significant contributions to the jewelry industry.

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Couture Designer Katerina Bocci Launches Premiere Bridal Collection

Speranza by Katerina Bocci Sought After Designer, KATERINA BOCCI Puts Detroit on Fashion Map with Luxe Bridal Line

(Shelby Township, MI, September 8, 2009) – Detroit-based couture designer, Katerina Bocci, is expanding her profile with the launch of her premiere bridal gown collection in October. The Katerina Bocci Bridal Collection will feature Bocci’s stunning execution, complete with hand-cut patterns, custom designs, and hand-sewn wedding dresses for the most discerning brides-to-be.

Bocci’s star has been rising after an acclaimed presentation of her collection at Couture Fashion Week in New York City in 2007. The award-winning designer has since acquired international acclaim among fashion elite and celebrities, including Aretha Franklin, Fergie and Jordin Sparks.

Bocci’s 2010 Bridal Collection will be debuted both the Wedding Channel Couture Show (InterContinental The Barclay New York Oct. 17-19) and the Wedding TrendSpot Press Fashion Show (Waldorf Astoria Oct. 18) in New York this fall.

Bocci will host a sneak preview – Katerina Bocci Unveiled – at her studio in Shelby Township for press and brides-to-be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 24.

The Katerina Bocci Bridal Collection will continue her tradition of using exquisite fabrics, hand-sewn craftsmanship and innovative, sophisticated designs. Her luxury line will feature the most sumptuous 100-percent silk organza and tulle, handbeaded laces and rosettes, and Swarovski trims and stones in an array of whites, creams and blushes.

Individuality is a key ingredient in Katerina Bocci bridal. From bold, avant-garde gowns fit for black-tie affairs to sleek, classic designs ideal for destination or outdoor weddings, Bocci’s collection embraces each bride’s distinctive wedding style.

The first question I ask every bridal client is ‘describe the dress you dreamed of as a little girl,” says Bocci. “I want to turn fantasy into reality for these women. This is the gown they’ll remember forever.”

Bocci’s years of pattern-making experience further accentuates her custom design process for flawless, formfitting perfection. All of Bocci’s designs hold the bride’s exact measurements, which she either takes herself or are sent in by the select bridal boutiques that carry the line.

Creating bridal couture in Detroit adds to Bocci’s uniqueness. Her 3,200-squarefoot design studio is open from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday at Rick 14239 Drive in Shelby Township.

Bocci’s gowns are made in the USA and include eco-friendly materials, including 100-percent cotton for comfortable dress liners. Bocci sought to create attainable luxury, standing by her philosophy that dream dresses should be available to all brides.

Bocci’s collection offers a broad range of price points to accommodate brides of all budgets.

For more information, visit

Please contact Kathleen Kennedy Ferris at 313.418.4898 or to reserve a press pass to the September 24th 2010 Bridal Collection Preview.

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Couture Wedding Gowns by Alisa Benay Evoke a Renaissance Era of Yesterday

Inspired Wedding Gowns, Wedding Dress creations from the Victorian and Edwardian renaissance eras, Alisa Benay presents her endearing line of timeless wedding gowns and corsets for the modern day bride.

Alisa Benay’s fascination with historical fashions came from the Victorian and Edwardian eras where she loved the silhouette created by the corset and the drama of the bustle.

Alisa’s wedding gowns are fresh, contemporary interpretations of vintage designs. Instead of re-creating authentic historical replicas, Alisa takes her inspiration from the breath taking gowns of yesterday and molds them into dream gowns fit for a stylish bride.

We fell IN LOVE with her charmingly unique couture wedding gown designs and certain you will too.

Learn more about Alisa Benay’s intriguing style as one of our FEATURED Couture Wedding Gown Designers HERE

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Charleston Weddings Presents The Bridal Couture Runway Show

For Immediate Release, February 2008

Bridal Couture Runway Show Premier Charleston bridal boutiques and local bridal designers showcase an array of dazzling wedding gowns at the first annual Bridal Couture runway show during Charleston magazine’s Charleston Fashion Week 2008. The show, presented by Charleston Weddings magazine, features gowns from Copper Penny Bridal and Gown Boutique of Charleston, as well as inspired original dresses by area designers Jodi Moylan of White, and Kate Nevin alongside tuxedos from Charleston Formal Wear at Berlin’s.

On Saturday, March 29, discover a multitude of styles and designers during the Bridal Couture show, including whimsical dresses by Monique Lhuillier and Spanish silk and Chantilly lace frocks by Barcelona-based designer Manuel Mota. Also appearing on the runway are Badgley Mischka gowns that radiate old Hollywood glamour, Renella de Fina’s modern twists on classic style, and Jenny Packham’s beaded masterpieces.

Sip mimosas, enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, and snag some glamorous door prizes that every bride-to-be would adore, all while watching models whisk down the runway donning an array of elegant bridal gowns. No need to bring anything old, new, borrowed, or blue.

The second annual Charleston magazine’s Charleston Fashion Week is a five-night celebration of the city’s flourishing retail and design community, featuring runway shows from more than 30 local retailers, the bridal couture show, and the debut of six local designers. With close to 100 designers presented, chic after-parties each night, and a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Charleston chapter of Dress for Success, this year’s Charleston Fashion Week will be the “haute”-est event of the season. CFW 2008 will be held March 25-29 under the tents in Marion Square in downtown Charleston. Visit for more information regarding the designers, schedule of events, sponsors, tickets, and more.

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Winnie Couture makes a grand entrance with its 2008 haute couture bridal gown line

Marrissa syle 8296 by Winnie Couture

Have you heard the BUZZ about Winnie Couture? Well if you haven’t yet, you WILL soon enough. Style Marrissa, offers the most elegant bride, this season’s hottest couture gown.

Marissa’s absolutely dripping with elegance couture style will truly guarantee you’ll be making a lasting impression and grand entrance of your own, with its fit and flare silky satin gown and ever so exquisite embroidery and beading details.

To further add to its allure are the unusual box pleat styling and chapel train. While shown above in Pearl/Silver, style Marrissa 8296, is also available in Crean Pearl/Silver and White/Silver. Matching veil is also available to complete your look.

In fact all Winnie Couture wedding gowns are beautifully finished with exquisite beadwork and embroidery details with matching veils.

To find out more about the designer and a Winnie Couture participating Salon in the United States or around the world visit HERE.

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The Wedding Gown Hall of Shame

Oh my goodness, I have to share this with every bride out there. I almost cringed to see what some bridal designers considered to be IN FASHION at one time or another. Obviously it will make any bride-to-be chuckle, at the sheer nonsense of these Wedding Gown Hall of Shame winners!

These are by far, probably the worst expressions of couture fashion, I’ve personally NOT had the pleasure of seeing, thank goodness….in a long LONG time. Well if nothing else, you’ll get a good laugh out of it!

Be prepared to be shocked!

I present to you the Wedding Gown Hall of Shame

ENJOY…..maybe?? LOL

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