Posts from — March 2010

Oscar Wishes

No, not for best picture…for fashion! This year’s award season has been somewhat disappointing for bridal fashion inspirations. Why aren’t celebs thinking about all the brides out there looking to them for wedding ideas? Lovely to the rescue! Here are our picks from designer’s fall 2010 collections to rock both the red carpet and the aisle.

First up, Carey Mulligan (doesn’t she remind you of Audrey Hepburn?). Her pixie haircut and this high collar D&G dress are a match made in heaven. A modern vintage look perfect for a young starlet.

Fashion forward Maggie Gyllenhaal would have no problem wearing the bold sleeves on this Rodarte gown. For bridal, we love the draping and polka-dots that give off a whimsical and romantic vibe.

We see Up in the Air’s young star in this show stopping Marchesa gown. Super feminine with lots of drama to be sure everyone remembers newcomer Anna Kendrick (or the bride!).

Penelope Cruz looks good in everything and although she tends to go big for the Oscars, we’d love to see her in this shimmering number from Alberta Ferretti. A great gown for city chic brides too!

Can’t wait to see what the ladies wear on Sunday! Maybe one will choose our pick…a bride can dream.

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Real Wedding – The Beauty and the Foodie

What do you get when you cross an Anthropologie Stylist and a General Manager for Tom Colicchio restuarants? A deliciously creative wedding! Siobhan Lee and George Attenbury’s September 2009 wedding is nothing short of simple lovliness. You can tell by the images by the amazing Katie Murphy, that the day was as rich as the desserts. Some weddings just exude the vibe and this is one of those weddings…gorgeous props and craft projects aside, Katie really captured the free spirit of the day.

How amazing is the simplicity of the bouquet. The subtlety of the decor really highlighted how beautiful the bride looked!

Siobhan and George had a vintage trolley carry the bridal party from the church to the reception.

And of course, food catered from the world renowned Craft restaurant.

How cool is the outdoor cigar bar? We love that there were ‘manly’ activities incorporated into the reception plans. Truly a wedding that reflected both bride and groom’s tastes.

Here is some more detail on the day in the bride’s own words:

St. Paul’s Church, The church is a 175-year church old nestled between the outer lakes of the Mullica River in the Pineland Reserve in New Jersey. The interior of the church is the beautiful original white tin.

The guests were driven from the hotel to the ceremony, then to the reception in an antique open-air style trolley. The reception was held at my childhood home. The property is a retired farm property in the protected wildlife area of the Pinelands.

The inspiration for the night was A Mid Summer Nights Dream. Every detail of the reception was planned and executed by myself, George, and our families. The reception started at dusk and lasted until the wee hours of the morning. The property’s surrounding trees were decorated with tiny white lights, and flowing white fabric.

The flowers for the day came from the various gardens on the property. Some were potted and used for the table settings, while the bouquets, were cut from the evergreen trees, lavender bushes, and Astilbe plants. A close family friend assembled the bouquets and made special leaf-shape stepping-stones for the yard.

My dress was a simple ivory bias cut slip dress from J. Crew. The back of the dress was lowered, and had a waistband added to make it a unique version. I was inspired by the ease and sophistication of Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s Narcisco Rodriguez’ dress. I wore metallic python platform heels from Dior.

We made our entrance to the reception into a sea of glowing sparklers and cheers.

Dinner was an upscale BBQ style. The food was cooked by the amazingly talented chefs from Craft Restaurant. Plenty of charcuterie, lobster salad, grilled meats, and more kept the guests full for hours!

I surprised George by having our favorite singer from the Carnegie Club in NYC perform for the night. We shared our first dance to Frank Sinatra’s “I Won’t Dance”.

My father, brother, and brother in law fashioned an indoor/outdoor cigar bar between two of the antique barns on the property, which provided a great after hours lounge.

When the night eased into the wee hours of morning the guests relaxed by the bonfire. (Which was dug out an hour before the ceremony by my brother!) The children at the wedding hunted for the perfect marshmallow roasting sticks in the woods with flashlights, and handed them out to guests to enjoy the late night snacks.

To view more of Siobhan and George’s Mid Summer Night’s Dream, click here.

Thanks for sharing your night and inspiring our Lovely brides!

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A Little White Church and Watters – Coming to Lovely

If there is one thing I truly love in shopping, I mean love enough to talk about it for days, it’s getting an amazing deal on something. When I find the one thing I’m looking for and then it happens to be on sale and then I take it to the register and to my surprise, they are running a special and it’s another 20% off the sale price….that is what I like to call Fashion Fate.

So when we first shopped Vatana Watters gowns, we thought, clearly, they would cost an arm and a leg based on the intricate detailing, the fine silk, the unique styling. Well we were wrong, and so wrong in fact, that Watters and WToo gowns seem like they might be created by angels and priced by the deal God himself. We are excited to be carrying an ample amount of styles in Lovely and can’t wait to shock you with the value you get when you see them in person.

We love the gown below called ‘Odessa’ that was just featured in Brides magazine. Our rep told us that not many stores carry it because it is for the fashion forward gal, but when brides try it on, they fall in love. We know our style mavens that come to Lovely are going to die for it! Shocking price? Under $1500. Fashion Fate!

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Breaking News – Sarah Seven Engaged!

Move over New York Times weddings section…you’ve been trumped by Lovely! Our dear Sarah Seven was engaged last week to one James Taplin! Talk about the wedding of your dreams. Sarah’s dresses make every bride look like a beautiful, mythical nymph, so we can only imagine what her wedding gown is going to look like…and the bridesmaids….and the…(cue music that sounds like you are going into a dream sequence).

Sarah will surely do at least one dress change. And although she won’t be wearing anything you’ve seen before, it will have her signature style with even more fantasticness. We are loving what Sarah is doing with dotted swiss fabric in the photo below by Brandon Witzel. Her bridesmaids will be in blush and nude hues, and have an ‘ethereal fantasy meets vintage beauty’ look.

I definitely see the palette continuing through with peach bellinis and accessories, adorable hair adornments by Twigs and Honey, and garden roses and tulips.

Backyard wedding perhaps? Perfectly mismatched, of course. And to top off an amazing reception, they will serve cupcakes in tea cups and ride away on a unicorn. Ok wait, we got a little carried away. But certainly, Zooey Deschanel and M Ward will stop by to seranade the lovely couple during their first dance, just because they know how much Sarah rocks.

Congrats Sarah and James. Hope your wedding is everything YOU imagine!

Gorgeous shots of Sarah Seven gowns from Brandon Witzel, outdoor wedding from here, teacup cupcakes from here, and Unicorn from heaven.

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