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Belle Vie Bridal Couture

Amanda Bonnell, the glamorous black-Gucci-sheath-and-Manolo-Blahnik-clad owner of Belle Vie Bridal Couture boutique, knows a thing or two about “classy.” So it’s no surprise that our sister city, Paris, was chosen by the fashionista to serve as the design inspiration for her newly unveiled space on Oak Street. “Our clients are raving about our European ambience,” Bonnell says. “They say it is true to ‘the perfect bridal experience.’” Located in the old Vera Wang store, the warm, soothing neutral palette picked by interior designer Julie Clary of M. Leigh Interiors mimics the lushness of the dresses. “My inspiration came directly from the beautiful gowns sold in the store—always elegant, be they simple or extravagant,” says Clary.

34 E. Oak St., 312.751.2222