Posts from — January 2012

Decor & Details – Where Should I Sit?

Now that I’ve pretty much gotten my location and date locked in, I’m starting to create the look and feel of my wedding as well as figure out all the little details. One thing that I find important is place settings. 

Given that my guests will be spending a considerable amount of time sitting at the dinner table, I think the table setting should be creative and fun

(Style Me Pretty, The Bridal Lounge, Design Sponge, Unknown)

(Martha Stewart Weddings, Unknown, Rock My Wedding)

And since we all know setting a table is not easy, I created this little chart to help all of us out. So whether you’re actually setting the tables at your own wedding or just at a dinner party, you’re all set!

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Lovely Style- Tips From The Queen Bee

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to a taping of The Martha Stewart Show, which was featuring Winter Weddings. Between Martha and her wedding wing-woman Darcy Miller, editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings, I picked up tips on everything from choosing your gown to registering for gifts!

Finding The Dress:

One of my favorite tips from gown expert Randy Fanoli was to find a dress that represents your story as a couple. A great example of this was real bride Crystal, who had originally wanted to be married in Tuscany, but since many of the guests would not be able to travel, ended up having the wedding in the states. She chose this beaded gown for its Tuscan feel so that they could incorporate that element into the big day!

Wedding Day Beauty:

For Her: Estee Lauder’s Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator. This new intensive serum for all skin types helps reduce dark spots, blotchiness, redness, and traces of acne. Anit-oxidants will also help prevent a breakout when your stressing out about the big day! I’ve been using it all week, and I love the light-weight formula!

For Him: LAB Series Daily Moisture Defense Lotion. The bride isn’t the only one who should be glowing on the wedding day! Your hubby will love this fragrance free moisturizer to rejuvinate , smooth, and hydrate.

Wedding Registry Ideas: 

Martha and Darcy recommend you find a “Sip and Scan” event near you, to help make registering for gifts a treat for you as a couple! Browse at your leisure while sipping champagne? Why didn’t I think of that?

Martha’s new collection of dinnerware comes in many different patterns and colors, but my favorite was the Water Blossoms pattern. This china will serve all your entertaining needs as a new couple!

A new Tag Luggage Set isn’t a bad idea either! Try a fun print or bright color so your bags are easier to spot coming into baggage claim!

The Big Day:

Instead of having your guests throw rice, hand out these adorable confetti canister’s by Wendy Addison for a post ceremony celebration! (from Tinsel Trading Co., 212-730-1030).

Porcelain java cups make great favors! Send your guests away with a piece they will use and appreciate everyday! (The environment will thank you too!)

A Recipe For You:

Having a specialty cocktail is fun and personal, and also won’t have the wallet- slimming effect of the open bar! Try this recipe for The Sweet Pear!

Ingredients

  • 4 sage leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 ounces bourbon
  • 2 ounces pear nectar
  • 1 red pear slice, for garnish

Directions

  1. Muddle sage, sugar, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker until fragrant. Add bourbon and pear nectar. Shake and strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a pear slice.

It’s also a cute idea to print the recipe on napkins so that your guests can take a little piece of the wedding home with them.

 Thank you to all of the wonderful people over at Martha Stewart, and for more tips from the Queen Bee, check out the Winter issue of Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine!

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Bridal Stylist – Flower Crowns

Crowns made of flowers are definitely having a moment. And naturally, I’m loving every bit of it.

They give off such a fresh and young appeal that whenever I’ve tried on something similar, I’ve felt as if I’m a little girl again running through the fields picking flowers.

Not sure where this trend originated from (the 1970′s? Lana Del Rey? Who by the way, rocks a banging flower crown in this picture. And in this picture as well.) but I’m thinking almost every bride should rock one. Okay. Maybe I’m exaggerating a bit when I say every bride. But at least some of us, right?!

(Photo Credit: Bohemian Dreamer, Oh Joy, Once Wed, Etsy, Unknown Tumblr)

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Lovely Style- At The Jane Hotel

When we were approached by stylist Leanne Ford about a photoshoot featuring some of our Ivy and Aster dresses at the historic Jane Hotel, we had no idea just how beautiful the results would be. So unconventional, these photos completely blew us away. It’s always inspiring to see how our dresses can take on such different personalities. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photography, Anna Wolfe!

Leanne:

Anna wolf and I have been trying to work together for years now, but have never been in the same city at the same time until this shoot. We just really wanted to play around and do something beautiful and special together. I had a vision to do a shoot with laces, whites, creams and hints of black.  I actually stayed at the Jane hotel that week just so we could shoot there! I love the deep colors and great history and style of that hotel. 
I had a lot of vintage pieces I was excited to finally shoot, but I also wanted a couple GOWNS.  So I knew I had to call Lovely. Lovely boutique has been on my radar since it opened, and I was so excited to finally get to use some of their beautiful pieces and mix them in with my vintage pieces.  I just had this vision of a gown and a kimono walking down that hallway. 
In my brain I didn’t  dream of the gown being peachy, (pink) so amazing! It was even more perfect than I imagined.
We did this shoot in about three hours one week day afternoon. And it has turned out to be one of my favorites! Thank you to Lovely for having such gorgeous dresses to play with!
Let’s play again soon!
Photography: Anna Wolfe
Styling: Leanne Ford
Dresses: Ivy and Aster
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The Lovely List- Friday Wrap Up

We can’t help but be dreaming of white sandy beaches and sea foam waters when we listen to brides talk about their destination weddings this winter. Have a dreamy weekend lovelies!

I’m loving this modern center piece.

These photos look like they could be right out of the Jazz Era.

Keep it classy, bachelorette.

I always find color pallets are really helpful!

Dreaming of Hawaii.

Honeymoon beauty tips.

I am in love with this windmill backdrop!

I have a crush on this bride’s tattoo.

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