Little black dresses are always in style, and we just added a bunch of perfect pieces to Shop Lovely! Dress them up with heels, a faux fur coat, and some red lips, or dress them down by adding a beanie, a flannel, and some chunky boots. We even love the idea of working your LBD into a Halloween costume! A high bun, some gloves and pearls and et voila…Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s! Or just keep it simple and add some kitty ears…nothing says Ol’ Hallow’s Eve like a little black cat! Here are the latest frocks from Shop Lovely…the costume ideas are endless!
Bridal Market ended last week but we can’t stop looking at all of the new collections from our Lovely designers! It’s so much fun to shop the latest looks and decide what gowns to bring you darling brides. We saw every silhouette from sleek and fitted to grand ballgowns, strapless to lace sleeves, illusion necklines to down-to-there backless gowns. There were even a few amazing two pieces that we are obsessed with! It was hard to choose but we put together a few of our favorite looks from market, tell us which one you would wear down the aisle and you just might see it in one of our Lovely shops!
Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
For my wedding dress I had two requirements: 1. It had to have lace and 2. It had to be easy to dance in. Sarah Seven met both of those requirements. Her dresses are effortlessly beautiful and really made me feel like a bride.
What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
I planned my own wedding and absolutely loved the process. However when planning a wedding, every single detail seems so important but on the actual day it doesn’t matter what the flowers look like or how the cake tastes but the most important detail is the people there who are giving you so much love and support. They are the most important detail.
What was the most memorable moment?
My most memorable moment was walking down the aisle with my dad. When the French doors opened into the courtyard where the ceremony was being held and I saw all of our family and friends I was so overwhelmed with love. And then to see my future husband waiting for me at the end of the aisle, there is no better feeling in the world.
If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
Take a couple of moments during the big day to take mental pictures. Ones with not just images but also sounds and feelings of love. The day goes by so fast so don’t forget to cherish every second.
Bridal Market may be over but we are still drooling over all of the amazing new gowns that our designers have created! We are so excited that in the next few months, Watters will be sending their Spring 2015 collection to all of our Lovely locations so that you brides can have a first look before this line is even sold in stores! In addition to getting first dibs on new styles, you will also get 10% off if you buy a Watters gown during the trunk show! So hurry up and book your appointments, you don’t want to miss out on the fun!
Philly: November 7-9
DC: November 14-16
NY: November 21-23
SF: December 5-7
LA: December 12-14
And don’t forget we have a few more trunk shows coming up in the next couple of weeks!
The darling Jennie Love, owner and creative director at Love ‘n Fresh Flowers, created a gorgeous shoot based around one of our favorite ensembles: Kensington by Carol Hannah. We asked her about the inspiration and how she put this loveliness together!
Over the past 12 months, I’ve watched wedding trends shifting from rustic-vintage to a more raw, earthy, One-of-a-Kind (OOAK) look. I find it really exciting to embrace this evolution and wanted our styled shoot to reflect an “earthy/OOAK/artisan” approach. I immediately drew inspiration from Carol Hannah’s Kensington skirt. What amazing texture and form it has! It’s romantic, yet a bit raw and undone, with a decided OOAK approach. Exactly the look I was seeking for our model to wear!
I paired the Kensington with elegant-yet-raw jewelry by Philadelphia-based designer Doreen of Asarum Designs. The raw fluorite and quartz stones hugged by copper were the perfect match to the Kensington. Doreen also made beautiful OOAK wedding bands for the couple out of silver and copper. Her work is truly inspirational!
Let me tell you, I had a lot of fun designing a bridal bouquet to go with the Kensignton gown! Clean white peonies were a romantic, billowing and fragrant base, but I wanted a bit of wildness to match that of the skirt so I added more delicate blooms like agrostemma, astilbe, astrantia, maple leaves, and ferns. The little slender white buds of the agrostemma in particular always delight me as they remind me of tiny tubes of lipstick! All the flowers were grown organically at our own urban flower farm in Philadelphia. The bouquet was wrapped in long tails of OOAK hand-dyed raw silk ribbon from the crazy-talented Shellie at Silk & Willow. That ribbon and that dress…. m’wah!! They should always be together!
The venue, Pomme, is a bit of a blank slate, but beautiful with its clean white walls, hardwood floors, and stone fireplace. It was the perfect space to hone in on the details that make an event like a wedding memorable. We crafted a custom-built aged oak branch chuppah draped with organic ivory raw linen and tied with more Silk & Willow ribbon out on the sloping front lawn along the winding little stream. The maple leaves that adorned the corners echoed the rich burgundy and purple hues in the ribbon.
The dinner tables were draped in luxuriant Irish linen and flanked with wooden cross-backed chairs that elevated the thoughtful tabletop decor. Copper chargers brought in some shine yet avoided being too glam. Each place setting was given a tiny fern and a raw piece of fluorite. The centerpiece florals again were from our own flower farm. They were designed in OOAK floral-textured ceramic bud vases made by Philadelphia-based ceramist Chase Brown. Bits of raw fluorite ran down the center of the table. Peachtree & Ward’s chef plated some beautiful seasonal food for us, including fiddlehead ferns, salmon and spring edamame.
I was so lucky to have the super talented Maria Mack Photography to work with for the shoot. Maria’s natural style was perfect for the earthy organic details. And make-up artist, Beke Beau, is a true magician with her brushes! I am constantly in awe of her ability to draw out each of her brides’ natural beauty, making them all OOAK masterpieces.