One of our darling designers Carol Hannah has launched a line of capelets, veils, and wraps just dripping in crystals and we can’t get over the photos! These are the perfect accessories to add some glam to your bridal look, especially if you opt for a more simply embellished gown. You can find select styles at Lovely stores, just call to ask! We can totally wear these over jeans and a tshirt, right???
Photos by Matthew Ree Photography
August is just around the corner and all we want to do is romp around town in bright, breezy little dresses. Our colorful pieces from Shop Lovely will surely satisfy your cravings for beach coverups, backyard soirees, and those hot summer nights!
Visit Shop Lovely to see more beautiful dresses for you, your bridesmaids and all those summer parties!
For a bride, we know that feeling like yourself on your wedding day is a huge priority. So when it comes to makeup, we know how important it is to enhance your natural beauty. We sat down with incredible New York-based makeup artist Kristen Thérèse to get the inside scoop on her approach for putting your best face forward.
MY BACKGROUND I began my career behind the MAC counter, where despite MAC’s reputation for bold color and dramatic looks, I developed a reputation as “the makeup artist with the light hand.” Though my aesthetic sensibility leaned toward light and natural, my training and certifications through MAC laid the foundation for techniques I would later use as the foundation for my own private client work.
MY APPROACH My approach to makeup is rooted in a strong belief that natural makeup can be as impactful and long-lasting as makeup applied with a heavier hand. Its not about how much makeup is used, its about how its applied. When a bride informs me that she woke up the morning after her wedding with her makeup in tact, I consider it both an achievement and a compliment (although I never advise my clients to sleep in their makeup!). I’ve carefully cultivated techniques that consider both natural and artificial light sources (including cameras), and focus on makeup that looks beautiful in both. I use top industry favorites as well as proprietary blends and custom developed products to create unique, flawless looks with lasting finishes.
MY CURRENT WORK When I’m not working with my clients or brides, I work for one of the country’s leading cosmetic manufacturers, where I am hands-on with both product development and marketing. I’m passionate about the beauty industry and with furthering my understanding of cosmetic products from creation to application, and am eager to continue my education and drive trends.
As a recent bride myself, I have learned from first hand experience how unique the needs of brides are on their special days. I’m more eager than ever to help my brides feel beautiful not only throughout their day, but for years to come as they cherish their photos.
To contact Kristen for your big day, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website www.kristentherese.com
Tell us about THE dress and what inspired the look.
I wanted a dress that would complement my body, my taste and make me feel comfortable. I had been looking at dresses online and did not find many that I actually liked. I do not have an hour glass figure like most women and knew I would need something different. I saw a dress by another designer on the Lovely Bride website but it wasn’t in the store yet so I tried on a number of dresses by Sarah Janks. It was actually the first dress I tried on. My friends were pretty psyched. I wasn’t 100 percent sure because I was not able to see what they saw. But after trying on a number of dresses I knew I wanted something with a lot of detail in places that made sense. And when I went back a second time to try on the dress I realized it had everything I wanted. Even though I still was not 100 percent sure, I knew in the back of my mind this dress would work. I wanted something delicate, with some beading, sexy AND classy and timeless. I wanted something that I would look back at in 20 years and still want to put on. And I think this is that dress for me. I had watched the Great Gatsby recently and I was enamored with the headband Daisy wore. This is sort of that headband in dress form. My mom ended up making me a headband out of some of the extra beads from the dress along with beads she bought. It came out perfectly. I hope others in my family use it in the future. When I was home in Rochester and tried the dress on for a dressmaker, I had that AHA moment, when I knew this was it. It could have been the lighting, or the fact I was with my mom, but I was finally able to see what my friends saw last summer when I first tried it on. I felt amazing.
What were the most important details to pulling of your dream wedding?
The weather. We had an outdoor wedding and the weather was what I worrying about up until the very moment I arrived at the venue. I like to consider myself practical when it comes to certain life choices, and under normal circumstances I would have had a wedding indoors, to avoid risk. However, we wanted something different and my mom found the Wadsworth Homestead and I sort of knew it would be the perfect place for our wedding. It fit. Everything came together. My mom did an amazing job decorating the tent, it felt like a ballroom. And my florist was able to take the suggestions I gave her and make me exactly what I wanted, from the centerpieces to our bouquets.
What was the most memorable moment?
When my soon to be 98 year old great aunt walked into the Homestead after telling me she probably would not make it. I don’t think I stopped crying until the wedding was over. And second best was taking off my shoes while walking down the aisle because they were getting stuck in the grass.
If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
Listen to other people’s advice when you want to. And when you don’t want to, tell them in a nice way you have everything covered. I let other people take care of a lot of things, because I really don’t like planning, however I was sure to be clear and give direction on those things I wanted, i.e. flowers, menu, etc. And lastly, it is your wedding day, and hopefully it is your only wedding day, so do whatever makes you most happy.
Gown: Delaney by Sarah Janks from Lovely DC
Photographer: Empire West Photo
Venue: The Wadsworth Homestead in Geneseo, NY
Florals: Sassafras Flowers
Catering: DiPane Catering
Band: Twilight Entertainment
Cakes: Premiere Pastry
Planner: Bride’s Mother
Headband: Made by the Bride’s Mother
For the bride who doesn’t shy away from color, for the bride that wants whimsy and wonder, for the bride in Los Angeles looking for her perfect gown….she better make an appointment for the Claire La Faye trunk show making it’s way to Lovely LA! You can shop the new collection and find the one August 1-3, head to the website to nab your spot!