When we got word that Melissa Sweet would be taking a sabbatical after the closing of Priscilla of Boston, we were as crushed as her adoring brides and affianced fans. So I was delighted to learn that she would be coming back to bridal design with bespoke creations as well as a collection dubbed Melissa Sweet Sacred. Even better? I was invited to a Champagne brunch launch event at Saxon + Parole in downtown Manhattan coordinated by event master Amy Shey-Jacobs of Chandelier Events.
The event was as beautiful as the two dresses Melissa previewed at the intimate gathering, where we dined on a delicious breakfast and sipped creative juice blends. Melissa explained that this was only the start of her new collection, which she named Sacred after all the things she has realized are important in her life, and in the life of each one of her brides. Now based in Costa Rica, Melissa is seeking fresh ways to give back to her new community while remaining true to her passion for design. Her solution is Vida Auténtica, her non-profit foundation aimed at nourishing families in developing countries by building greenhouses and funding educational programs—and to which she'll donate 100% of the net profits from the sales of Melissa Sweet Sacred. As another way for her brides to get in touch with their something sacred, each gown sold will include an inside pocket intended to hold something meaningful to its wearer. Sound heartfelt and lovely? Well it is! And so was the launch event. For a little inspiration, check out some images from the event taken by the amazing Mel Barlow of Mel & Co.!