Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013

Oscar de la Renta designed gowns with some gorgeous embellishments and intricate appliques for this Spring 2013 collection.  I really loved how he also used the appliques on the veils, creating a perfectly matching veil for each gown.

Photography by Jillian Bisinger Modern Photography via Brooklyn Bride

Angel Sanchez Spring 2013

Every spring and autumn, I am so excited to see what Angel Sanchez will be showing at market. I absolutely adore this trumpet gown with the origami like folds.  It is so interesting both from the front and the back of the gown.  A real stunner for an elegant and fashion forward bride.

Photography by Dan Lecca via Junebug Weddings

Modern Winter Styled Shoot

Our styled shoot was featured on Style Me Pretty last week and I am so happy to be able to share the images from Karen Wise Photography here on our blog.

Loren from Naturally Delicious put us in touch with the owner of this beautiful town house in Brooklyn, which was built in 1887.  The homeowner is an interior designer, who has added so many interesting contemporary elements to the house.  The simplicity of the more modern furniture allowing you to really appreciate how ornate the house itself is. We used the house and the art it contains to inspire our styled shoot.  A room upstairs had an incredible teal wallpaper covered which faces, which led us to adding a teal accent to our colour palette.  The house is a private residence that is only available on a selective basis for intimate weddings and cocktail parties. Naturally Delicious is the exclusive caterer for this venue.

The elegant satin gown by Angelo Lambrou, shoes by Aruna Seth, headpiece by Sara Gabriel and art deco clutch by Moyna were from Gabriella New York Bridal Salon.  The jewelry was from Paris through Mark Ingram Atelier.  We wanted to keep the fashion contemporary with lots of clean lines and just a touch of sparkle.  Makeup for the models by Lindsey Jones.

Rountree Flowers designed the stunning flowers for the shoot, starting with this bridal bouquet of French ranunculus, frittilaria and double freesia tied with a silk teal ribbon.

The boutonnieres were single Eucharis lilies.

Luke wore an impeccably tailored Duncan Quinn suit with a subtle navy dotted pattern.

All the paper goods were designed by Regas.  The blind hit letterpress on the invitations were inspired by the pattern on a wooden tray, and the lattice on the response envelopes by the wooden floor in the living room.  The bold patterns were brought through to the escort cards, place cards and menus.  I adore the bright teal envelope liner that they added to the invitation suite.

The bridesmaid bouquet was composed of ranunculus and narcissus.  For the bridesmaid dresses we used a grey dress from 57 Grand and a teal dress from Anthropologie, both with ruffle details.

Naturally Delicious provided all the food, drinks and desserts for our shoot.  Starting with hors d'oeuvres of sea scallops with applewood bacon and rosemary skewers.

Curried crab salad with buttered fingerling potatoes.

Prosciutto with caramelized pears and an aged balsamic reduction glaze.

Smoked bacon polenta panini with mozzarella and basil aioli.

Fresh ricotta with chestnut honey on a crisp bruschetta.

Specialty cocktails were a pomegranate sparkle martini, St Germaine bubbly, and a pink grapefruit mojito.

When we thought of a winter shoot, white immediately came to mind and Jessie from Rountree Flowers suggested adding different shades of grey.  To keep the flowers contemporary Rountree Flowers used only one type of flower in each of the white square containers - ranunculus, the akito rose and narcissus (which have an incredible scent).  Each of the tables was named a different Brooklyn neighbourhood.  Candlelight was an important element to our design.  We used simple frosted square votives on the tables.  Over the ornate mantelpiece, Rountree Flowers arranged elegant Eucharis lilies in rectangular containers, surrounded by rectangular pillar candles of varying size.  The flickering light from the pillar candles reflecting in the glass containers added a romantic warm glow to the room.

Naturally Delicious created a winter white dessert table, including a Tahitian vanilla wedding cake.  Rountree Flowers added an arrangement of quince branches, which are only available during the cooler months of winter.

For our favours, we wrapped boxes of varying sizes with different white and silver ribbons, each with a different sweet treat inside.

Our models for the shoot were a recently married couple, who both happen to be comedians.  Many thanks to Abbi Crutchfield and Luke Thayer for braving the cold on a winter day in January for the shots on the stoop!

Thank you to everyone for collaborating on this fun project.  It was such a pleasure working with you all!

Link to Style Me Pretty

Link to behind the scenes video by Love in Progress

Photography: Karen Wise Photography / Event Planning + Event Design: Ang Weddings and Events / Flowers + Event Design: Rountree Flowers / Catering + Dessert Table: Naturally Delicious / Paper Goods: Regas / Makeup: Lindsey Jones / Cinematographer: Love in Progress / Venue: Brooklyn Historic Mansion 280washington@gmail.com / Dress: Angelo Lambrou Shoes: Aruna Seth Headpiece: Sara Gabriel Clutch: Moyna Handbags via Gabriella New York Bridal Salon / Jewelry: Paris via Mark Ingram Atelier / Suit: Duncan Quinn / Grey Bridesmaid Dress: 57 Grand / Green Bridesmaid Dress: Anthropologie / Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals / Couple: Abbi Crutchfield + Luke Thayer

Wearing Black on Your Wedding Day

There are a lot of beautiful traditions associated with weddings.  However I do sometimes like it when a client decides to break out of the box.  This past weekend one of my clients decided to wear black and she looked so elegant and chic!  Her Jason Wu dress had a beautiful silhouette with a little white peeking out at the bottom.  The back had a plunging V neckline.  She paired it with leather platform pumps from Gucci.  If you are going to wear black on your wedding day, she certainly did it right!   

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1. Image via Jason Wu 2. Image via Nordstrom