Posts from — October 2011

Our Lovelies!

Our brides know how to dress for success! This week’s Lovelies have such a range of styles, and all managed to stay true to themselves on their wedding day! Looking good ladies!


Katrina wore the Watters “Mojave” dress and was photographed by Aaron Almendral.

Diana wore the Lea Ann Belter “Pearl” dress and was photographed by Adam and Imthias Photography.

Kim wore the Elizabeth Dye “Ghost” dress and was photographed by Anerino Originals.

Sophia wore the Elizabeth Dye “Beatrix” dress and was photographed by Dustin and Whitney Deal of Oh, Darling! Photography

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One Great Dress- The New Black Tie

How chic is this sequin Tibi dress with a sleek black leather collar? We think it’s perfect for those New Year’s Eve wedding soirees! Pop the champagne and kiss your hubby at midnight!

Photo Courtesy of Tibi.

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Decor & Details: Feathers, Feathers, Feathers!

Feathers. So pretty, fluffy, and dainty–don’t you agree? Adding some feathers here and there just might add that subtle pop you were looking for. Plus, they’ll have you feeling as light as a feather.

 (From top to bottom: Unknown, Who What Wear, We Heart It, Unveiled Bridal Designs, Style Me Pretty)

 P.S: How amazing is that clutch?

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Bridal Beauty- Pre-Wedding DIY Face Mask

So, my daily beauty routine usually consists of simply washing my face in the shower. Every once in a while, if I’m feeling it, I’ll apply Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery because it’s awesome and truly works. Lately though, I’ve really been into face masks. Unsatisfied with most of the masks I’ve purchased at my local drug store, I set out to find some at home recipes I could easily make and apply to my face. Since finding a slew of recipes, I’ve finally settled on one that I absolutely love. It smells (and tastes–woops!) good, and leaves my face glowing.

And of course, with all of you lovely readers in mind, I thought–what a great way to prepare your skin for your wedding day! This simple, extremely-affordable DIY mask coupled with a few visits to your dermatologist for a facial will have your skin glowing brighter than the sun. Okay, not that bright. But still.

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Real Wedding- All Hail the DIY Queen!

I have to say that I have been obsessing over this wedding since our favorite Sweet Little Photographers shared  it with Lovely. Jessica and Rob had the sweetest handmade Connecticut nuptials with pretty little details galore! The hand made paper flowers, felt “heart on your sleeve” pins, and a rainbow garland backdrop are just a few of the crafts that this school teacher took on to make her day pop! And did we mention that her Carol Hannah Whitfield gown was perfection? You are going to have so much fun looking through this couple’s photos, from croquet games, to a tea party, to bike rides, we promise your in for a good time.

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

Jessica: When I first got engaged, the first thing I wanted to do was was play dress up.  I tried Vera Wang, J Crew and everything in between, but nothing held a candle to Lovely Bridal shop.  The shop itself has such a charming and feminine personality – the minute I walked in the door I knew that I would buy my dress there.  It was on my second appointment that I spotted a rack of Carol Hannah dresses fresh off the runway – the girls were dying to see them on a body and so we played around with the unique and modern styles.  The meeting street gown fit me like a glove and did wonders for my figure.  I wanted something simple with one interesting detail.  It was the perfect fit!

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

Jessica: Just enjoying the ride… and trust me – I am a detail lover… but throughout the engagement I was fortunate to be able have fun and not stress out.  I was just so happy to be in such a sweet and happy moment in my life – it was like a dream.  With that said – it was important to me that the wedding looked handmade and not store bought.  We tried to choose things that were special to us, like brining our ceramic pet camel to the ceremony – complete with bow-tie of course and hanging family photos in the garden.

Lovely: What was the most memorable moment?

Jessica: At one point after dinner I found myself crossing the garden alone.  Time stood still and I looked around – I heard the jazz band floating out of the french doors, the fountain water gurgling behind me and laughter.  It was at that moment that I realized that I had gotten everything and more that I ever could have wanted.

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

Jessica: I would tell them not to let commercialism get them down.  There are so many harsh meanies out there that will present you with their bad attitudes and negativity.  Don’t forget to stay on your engagement cloud, float over them and savor every minute.  We found that by choosing vendors that we loved and admired, we were able to give them the creative freedom to get inspired and come up with something fabulous.  Remember that there are talented people out there who are fantastic and if you give them respect and a little bit of freedom the result will be professional and personal.

DRESS: Carol Hannah Whitfield (Purchased at Lovely!)

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS: Handmade flower for hair and felt hearts for groomsmen

PHOTOGRAPHER: Sweet Little Photographs

FLORIST: Handmade paper flowers  (I held a flower making party for my girlfriends)

WEDDING PLANNER: You’re lookin’ at her!  : )


CATERER: Michael Bick Catering 

VENUE: The Keeler Tavern 

CAKE: The Cake Suite

TAILOR: Sew Elegant


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