Even if you’re planning a black-tie event, there’s something to be said for taking the formality out of shopping. Look to Ceremony, an appointment-only boutique that feels more like a friend’s loft than a stuffy showroom. Owner Alix Childs gathers gowns by indie designers like recent addition Alexandra Grecco, whose former life as a ballet dancer inspires the light beading and embroidery on clean crepe silhouettes. And the shop doesn’t stop at the dress: Newly launched accessory nights let brides test out hairstyles and peruse veils, shoes and other finishing touches while enjoying cocktails and cake.
Owner Alix Childs wants to provide an experience that’s far from the Saturday-morning fluorescent-light frenzy of the “wedding warehouse.”…...
Stocked with lacy looks from former lingerie designer Claire Pettibone, Sarah Seven’s modern sweetheart silhouettes, Gatsby-esque gowns from Spain’s Rosa Clara and other hard-to-find indie lines, Alix Childs’ light-filled Beacon Hill boutique delights all kinds of brides—and her “non-traditional” specialty is a point of pride...