January 18th, 2012
A little about their story: Casey and I had what most would call a love story you only see in the movies. I had been single until I met Casey and quite frankly given up on love. It never seemed to be the right time in my life – too busy in high school, attended an all women’s college and moved to NYC (the largest place in the world with the fewest “men”) – am I right, ladies? In a strange turn of events, for a longer blog posting, we both ended up at the same art/music festival and locked eyes as the sun was setting to Radiohead warming up on stage.. (read the rest of their story here)
Stephanie’s Search for her Wedding Gown: My search was easy. I made about 10 appointments and entered your (Our White Gown Valentine’s Day Contest) contest at the same time. I got the announcement that I was the winner and cancelled all of my appointments and made one with you. My mom and best friend flew up to NY from Texas to join my sister and I in the search. Perfect day with Erica at The White Gown. It was the first one I tried on. You sure know how to pick em!
Stephanie’s Favorite Moment on her Wedding Day: My fiance (now husband) set up a bridal suite at a Bed and Breakfast across from Prospect Park (where we got married) and my sis decorated. It was amazing – perfect time of day to spend with my girls. Then we walked from the Bed and Breakfast to the Picnic House and I felt like a celebrity! Everyone stopped to watch me cross Prospect Park West with my bridal party. The last and most magical fav moment was walking home from the park in our dress and suit as husband and wife. We live about 10 minutes from the venue and the weather was perfect. It was just perfect.
Bridal Gown: The White Gown
Tuxedo: Men’s Warehouse – don’t knock it! They work very hard to make the perfect suit at a wonderful price for men AND have a lifetime guarantee with low costs to alter at any time.
Makeup and Hair: Makeup by Anni Bruno at and very natural and Hair by Sonia at Salon De Quartier. Very professional and they even let us go to the back room and gave us privacy. Super nice.
Photographer: Jessica Patch. She was the hardest working photographer I’ve ever seen. Got ALL the shots we wanted and know she is going big places – amazing work and easy to work with.
Venue: Prospect Park Picnic House Reasonable for the location. Not incredibly fancy but the park holds a lot of meaning for us and we turned it into the perfect scene for our wedding.
Flowers: The Room in Bloom
Catering: Sage Events. We got VERY lucky here. This was our most difficult category and when we met Leslie and her team we knew it was the best place for us. Delicious food and a very friendly and warm style. Loved it.
Wedding Cake: None! Our caterer made cupcakes and they were yummy – HUGE hit with our guests
Wine: Windsor Wines They have the best selection in Brooklyn.
Invitations: Lion in the Sun Very nice staff and lots of samples to look at.
Band: -Baby Soda Jazz band. They were incredible and huge hit for our sweet soiree. Aaron at Jazz Capital covered every last detail and coordinated specifics with the band. They let us use their sound system for the ceremony and Aaron even stopped by to make sure all went smoothly. We loved them.
Thank you for sharing your day with us Stephanie!
December 20th, 2011
When it’s as cold out as it is right now, all you want to do is snuggle up on the couch with a good book and a glass of red wine. Well, maybe that’s just me. Regardless, we thought, what better way to convey this warm fuzzy feeling that we all love so much about winter, than through an inspiration board? We hope you enjoy it!
From the top: Venue Oh One Fine Day, Plaid inspiration: Ciara Richardson Photography, Clutch: BHLDN, Winter scene: Donna Geissler Etsy, Gown: Enzoani Gloria, Red Bridesmaid Dress: Jim Hjelm Occasions, Vintage bridesmaid dresses: Musings in Femininity, Skiing Bride and Groom: Carly Mitchell Photography, Boots: BHLDN
December 17th, 2011
We couldn’t help but re-post this DIY holiday craft from Craftzine – these bulbs just made us so happy and excited for the holidays. There’s nothing quite like a little glitter to add to the holiday cheer, don’t you think? And these look super easy! Be sure to send us photos if you give these a try on your own!
All you need are some old bulbs that you can find at your local thrift shop. We love the shape of these! They are wonderfully vintage and fun. And then you can just pick up your favorite adhesive (Craftzine used Elmer’s!) – we’re always a huge fan of Mod Podge – along with some craft glitter from a craft store.
Just coat the bulbs in a thin layer of the adhesive and, while holding the end of the bulb, sprinkle the glitter on top until it is completely covered. Don’t forget to place a bowl underneath the bulb while you’re sprinkling the glitter, so it doesn’t go to waste! Hold onto the bulb for a minute or two before placing it on a piece of wax paper to dry for a couple of hours.
And voila! These are beautiful in a bowl with some boughs or tied on top of your holiday gifts. Your friends and family will think you’re clever and crafty! Happy DIYing!
December 6th, 2011
We were once again browsing one of our favorite sites for color inspiration, Colour Lovers, and saw that they had posted a new wedding palette for Fall. And while we know it’s December, we haven’t hit the Winter solstice yet, so we’re going to go ahead and write about it anyways! Besides, the post is inspired by a single color that easily translates into the colder months of Winter: gold! Thanks again for the inspiration, Colour Lovers!
credit: gold details
credit: more gold details
And what may be the perfect gown to wear with such pretty gold accents? Well after our Alyne Fall 2012 trunk show this past weekend, we can’t help but think that Kaylee would the perfect gown for a sparkly evening! Between the beaded sleeves and the light beading on the belt, this beautiful gown would catch the gold details beautifully.
Hope you’re feeling inspired!
December 3rd, 2011
The holiday season is upon us and everyone has gifting on the mind – so we thought we’d re-blog a beautiful idea for your best friend’s bridal shower favors (or your own!). Thanks to 100 Layer Cake for the inspiration on this one.
Perfect for a late-morning tea party, this bride’s crafty friend searched the city for vintage tea cups for the shower guests. Paired with tea bags, custom tags and a heartfelt note of thanks, guests were treated to a one of a kind gift on the day of the shower.
Are you planning a shower for a bride-to-be? What are your favors going to look like? Happy DIYing!
November 25th, 2011
Did everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving? Well we have some exciting news to continue your holiday weekend – we’ve started to get in our new gowns from Enzoani and Blue by Enzoani! So today we wanted to feature one of the amazing new gowns we have in our store, Enzoani’s Gloria. Shown below in both ivory and mocha, we absolutely love the textured skirt and pleated bodice.
How perfect is this gown for a winter wedding? We can picture a beautiful bride in the Gloria gown in a fabulous, dramatic New York City location, like the Tribeca Rooftop.
Pair with an elbow length veil and pictures taken on the cobblestone streets of Tribeca in some wintry weather and you have yourself an absolute dream wedding day! We hope you’re feeling as inspired as we are by this gown.
Be sure to make your appointment today to try on this amazing gown!
November 19th, 2011
Remember when I was trying to figure out what I should do with all of the fun paper I got from Kate’s Paperie last weekend? Well, my first project is complete and ready to show off! I was once again inspired by a post I found on Pinterest via Make and Takes to make my own, homemade whiteboard. And the best part is that it is SUPER easy.
All you need is:
- some fun, colorful paper
- a picture frame
- dry erase markers
What’s great about this project is that you probably have most of the materials already in your home. Here is the whiteboard that I ended up putting together. I decided to layer a few pieces of paper so that it muted the colors a bit, but you can still see the design.
November 15th, 2011
We have some exciting news! Alyne’s Fall 2012 line is now online! We’ve been reeling ever since we first caught a glimpse of the new collection at Bridal Market last month and seeing the gowns again online, well, we just can’t help but fall in love all over again. Here are just a few of our favorites. Be sure to keep checking back here to see what gowns from the Fall collection end up in our store!
First up is Adrienne – a beautiful tea length with a natural waist and texture on the bodice and hip. Perfect for your garden gathering!
Arlene is up next – we love the classic elegance of this silhouette.
Bridgette! We love the high sheer neckline about this gown. <sigh>
Catherine is a full lace beauty with a scalloped v-neck.
Next up is Dillian – perfect for all of those destination weddings. Simple, breathy, flowy. We love it.
Although we’d have to ask the designer what the inspiration was for Karen, we like to think perhaps it was Black Swan?! How fun is this gown?
Kathleen is textured, v-necked, natural-waisted and completely beautiful!
A personal favorite of mine is up next, Kaylee. And not just because it’s the gown closest to my name. Look at those cap sleeves!!!
Now this one we’re posting mostly because it’s beautiful, but also because it has the same name as our lovely consultant, Mercedes! Woo!
A different take on the Princess Kate gown from this Alyne’s Fall collection, we’re loving the version below called Paris.
Last but not least, another personal favorite is Zoe, below. We love seeing this silhouette in full lace, especially with that structured bodice.
Hope you’re feeling inspired! You can check out the full line on Alyne’s website here. Tell us your favorite!
November 12th, 2011
I got an exciting package in the mail from good old UPS yesterday. Kate’s Paperie sent me my first mixed bag of colorful and delightful paper! The $20 purchase came with a lot more paper than I was expecting and I spent part of the evening just leafing through all of the options, wondering what I should make!
Isn’t this exciting!? Also in the bag are a few blank cards to dress up with some of the other papers. Below are a few of my favorites – any thoughts on what I should make first? I’ll but sure to post my paper adventures.
November 10th, 2011
So we know it’s not Summer and we know we’ve already blogged about this amazing gown here, but when we came across this page in the latest issue of The Knot Weddings magazine, we couldn’t help but share it with all of you! And it doesn’t hurt that we still are head over heels in love with the Blush by Jim Hjelm style 1006 gown.
While we agree that this gown would complete a beautiful summer gathering, we also happen to think that this gown could transition quite nicely into every season of the year. Paired with vibrant orange and red flowers for fall or a luxurious faux fur wrap for winter, this gown is lovely any time of the year. Where and when would you wear this amazing, cotton lace gown?