First the proposal; then the quest for the perfect gown. And, Christina Lorenzo Ferrara just opened the perfect destination to find that dreamy, designer gown that will make any bride-to-be swoon. THE DRESSING ROOM WEST - in downtown Santa Fe - features new and sample designer gowns and veils that Christina has culled from her New York showroom sources. They are gorgeous and at amazingly-reduced prices.

Two long walls hold racks of frothy creations.  

Most brides follow the trends, says Christina, and when they walk in they have a vision of the gown that they want. But often, when they walk out they've chosen a completely different look. "It's always best to have an open mind about the 'perfect' dress," says Christina, who has a practiced eye and will gently guide the bride-to-be toward a dress that will look wonderful.

The flower girl will steal the show..

To name drop...Christina has designer dresses from Allure, Casablanca, David Tutera, Impression, Justin Alexander, La Sposa, Rosa Clara, and Stella York - all with original tags.

The shop is open by appointment only, so brides and their family/friends have the boutique to themselves, including a one-on-one consultation. "Sometimes they bring champagne," says Christina, " so they can celebrate the bride and her gorgeous new dress!"  

  Comfortable seating awaits...

A private dressing room is tucked into the back of the shop - replete with a luxurious white rug, an assortment of shoes to show the gown off beautifully and a bouquet for the final touch..

A round pedestal, just in front of a full length mirror, is the 'stage' for the modeling of the perfect dress...

219 Shelby Street - Santa Fe
By Appointment


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