Posts from — July 2011

One Great Dress – Beautiful By Design

We couldn’t help but smile when we glimpsed this work of art by Claire Pettibone on Style Me Pretty this week.  There’s not doubt that all eyes were on the bride when she walked down the aisle…not to mention all reception long!

Photo by Todd Johnson

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The Darling Dauphine’s of New York

We are sups excited to be bringing in a new hair accessories vendor…someone who understands Girls Just Want To Have Fun!  Can you handle the amazingness of Dauphine’s of New York?  We bet we’ll sell these to wear with jeans and white tees just as much as white dresses b/c they are toooo fab!

For now, we have the two pieces from the Rock Goddess Collection. Which is your favorite?

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That’s a Wrap!

When it comes to your wedding bouquet, you may think that the star of the show is the floral arrangement…but the magic touch is truly in the details. In most cases, you would talk to your florist about how you would like to wrap the bouquet by discussing ribbon color and width and how much stem you would like to expose on the bouquet. But then it’s up to you to add personal touches to make it extra special. The ribbon itself can be a memento, whether it’s a piece of lace from your mother’s wedding dress, your grandfather’s old tie, or a vintage hanky. Or you can use a myriad of colored ribbons or string, such as a wide silk sash in one of your wedding colors or maybe use twine to give it a more rustic feel. Once you have the bouquet wrapped, you can add finishing touches to tie in your wedding decor or to make it more unique. I really love the idea of bringing a family heirloom into the bouquet, it’s a great way to blend the vintage with the modern. Ask your mother, grandmother, aunts, great aunts (and don’t forget to ask your future husband’s special ladies too!) for a brooch or necklace that has special significance. Pin the brooch into the bouquet or wrap the necklace around and secure it with straight pins. Find an antique locket (or get a new one to pass down so that it will become an heirloom!) and tuck in photos of family members that you wish to honor on your day, or place an engagement photo of you and your groom on one side of the locket and wait until after the wedding to put a photo from your special day on the other side. Whatever you do, just make sure your photographer gets an accent shot of your bouquet, a framed photo makes a great thank you gift for the grandmother that gave you her cameo!

I love the simple elegance of these white daffodils being tied together with a thin yellow ribbon to show off the long stems, finished off with a dainty pin or earring (image via Wedding Paper Diva)

This adorable hanky easily ties around a bouquet and is secured by a gold floral pin (image via Elizabeth Anne Designs)

I love the way the twine is used to create the knotted loops around the stems, and I love the coffee color against that pop of green and the clean white ranunculus (image via Wedding Bee)

The yellow polka-dot fabric, the turquoise necklace and the beautiful cameo brooch…what a pop! (image via Evoke NC)

I love the way this bride used a thick persimmon ribbon to bring in the color of the roses and the gold accents of the jewelry and the precious locket bring a touch of understated elegance (Image via Ally and Julian)

The look of the lace with the antique brooches is so feminine and romantic, it just makes me swoon! Ask your mom for a piece of her wedding dress, she’ll love the personal touch (Image via Style Me Pretty)

Or wrap your bouquet in an ice cream cone! It is a party, after all!!! (Image via Apartment Therapy)


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There’s something about beautiful signage that just adds that perfect finishing touch to a wedding. Whether it be simple or intricate, finding a fun way to put a spin on wayfinding is one wedding trend we can’t get enough of. Some favorites below!

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Real Wedding – Hit The Slopes

There’s nothing  quite like a bride in ski boots to beat the heat wave!  Sally and Chad wed on the top of Aspen Mountain on a beautiful June day surrounded by their closest friends and family.  Sally wore a stunning Anne Barge gown tied with an Ivy and Aster sash that she found at Lovely, and though we never thought we’d say this, we think they both look stunning with ski goggles.  L.A. Photography was on site to capture all of the magic and their beautiful love!

Lovely: Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

My sister and I live in Aspen, Colorado and we both got engaged within a few months of each other. We had already scheduled a trip to New York to meet our mother from Alabama for a girl’s weekend. Once we were both engaged, that trip turned into a wedding dress search.  When we arrived at Lovely, I had a hunch I was going to find my dress there. It was so beautiful and laid back – so different from the other pushy bridal salons we had visited. I felt instantly at ease.  When I tried on the Anne Barge gown, I felt glamorous and pretty and comfortable, all at the same time. Cassandra, my Lovely consultant, helped pull the look together with an Ivy and Aster sash to give the dress a bit of sparkle.  I was never the girl who dreamed of her wedding dress or her wedding, so I went solely based on how I felt rather than any mental image of what I thought I wanted to look like as a bride. I knew it was the right dress for me because I didn’t want to take it off.

Lovely: What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?

Chad and I wanted a wedding where guests felt our love for each other and our love for them. We wanted to maximize our time with our guests who had traveled all the way to Aspen to celebrate with us. In order to do that, we knew we would need to organize time (other than the ceremony/reception) to visit.  Planning a whole wedding weekend on a small budget seemed daunting, but we did it by hosting our own welcome party in a city park; organizing an after-wedding dance party with pizza and beer; and doing a day-after brunch at our house with waffles served up by my dad.  We also opted to hold a pre-ceremony cocktail hour with mimosas so we could visit with any family or friends either of us hadn’t met yet. We didn’t want anyone watching us make this huge commitment to each other without them having met one of us.

Lovely: What was the most memorable moment?

We were married at the top of Aspen Mountain on The Little Nell Wedding Deck. Fortunately, the weather cooperated with sunshine and warmth, but because we had such a snowy spring in Colorado, the top of the mountain was surprisingly still open for skiing in June.  The Aspen Skiing Company was kind enough to keep the lifts running for us after our lunch reception, so we were able to ski a lap (me in my wedding dress) before taking the gondola back to town. About 20 of our friends and family joined in on skis and snowboards to take a huge group run down the mountain. There were lots of high fives and big smiles. It was the perfect, unexpected part of our dream wedding and one of the most memorable moments of my life. The dress was easier to ski in than walk… no heels required on skis!

Lovely: If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?

  • Work with your budget and the opportunities you have, and never do something because you think you have to or as a slave to tradition.
  • Take advantage of the beauty in nature… it will save you money on flowers.
  • Be happy to have found your mate, and delight in the love and joy around you.


DRESS:  Anne Barge

SASH: Ivy and Aster

VINTAGE NECKLACE: Bride’s grandmother

HAIR & MAKEUP: Haley Spaulding, Bride’s cousin

PHOTOGRAPHER: L.A. Photography

FLORIST: A Funky Mountain Flower

DAY OF COORDINATOR: Ashley Cantrell, Events Elevated

VENUE & CATERING: The Little Nell

SKI RESORT: Aspen Skiing Company

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