Posts from — June 2012

One Great Dress – “Mathia” in Industrial Chic

Lea-Ann Belter’s “Mathia” is now a part of the Lovely family, and has quickly become a favorite! We decided to give Mathia a little edge, keeping her sophisticated and adding a little steampunk to the mix. A completely new take on such a classic style!

 {Lea-Ann Belter’s “Mathia” Gown}

 {Dark Flowers, SteamPunk Models, Clockwork Jewelry, Stockings, Makeup Inspiration}

 {Pearl Hair Accessory, Victorian Rings, Train Station in Antwerp}


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Real Wedding – Homespun Southern Glam

This wedding was so ridiculously stylish…just what we would expect from the editor of DailyCandy! From the bride’s gorgeous dress, to the groom’s dapper ensemble, to the mismatched Ivy & Aster bridesmaid dresses, not to mention the amazing flea market decor, this is a wedding chock full of inspiration. The beautiful bride Jay gives us the details on her celebration of love and what made it the most incredible day of her life.  

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

Jay: I wanted something romantic and slightly bohemian, but I’m not tall enough to pull off a slinky beaded gown. I came really close to buying a more traditional strapless dress but decided to go on one last appointment at a salon that happened to be hosting a Jenny Packham trunk show. The Giralda was the first and last dress I tried on that day. I loved that it was soft and ethereal with a vintage feel, and the moment I put on a veil with it, it was like they say: I just knew.

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

Jay: My husband and I are both from the South but met and live in NYC, so we wanted our wedding to reflect both our roots and the city we now call home. The location (my hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi) provided the perfect Southern backdrop, as did the blue barn we used for the reception.

Because the barn wasn’t a typical wedding venue — and we didn’t have a wedding planner — we brought everything in ourselves. My mom and I scoured flea markets, craft stores, friends’ attics, and Etsy for everything from Mason jars to antique furniture to musical instruments, and we put my dad to work creating the wooden signs. Friends and family made traditional Southern dishes like turnip green dip, Mississippi caviar, and pimento cheese, which we set up at various food stations (grits bar, buns bar) and named after the people who made them (e.g., Ms. Patti’s banana pudding). My husband (a former Ma Peche and Empire Hotel bartender) created the signature cocktail: a mint-infused bourbon lemonade, which we called Tennessee Tea after his home state.

Another favorite detail was the “food truck.” I really wanted one to serve a late-night snack, but food trucks aren’t exactly prevalent in Mississippi. So we convinced a local restaurateur to pull up in his trailer and hawk barbecue sliders and Zapp’s potato chips – it was such a fun surprise for our guests!

Lovely: What was the most memorable moment?

Jay: The moment my husband and I arrived at the reception. The last time I had seen the reception venue, it was just an empty barn. Friends and family worked tirelessly in the days leading up to the wedding to bring my vision to life, so as soon as the barn came into view and I heard Daddy Rich (a local blues musician) playing, I was completely overwhelmed by how it had all come together.

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

Jay: Find a photographer who not only takes beautiful pictures but also makes you feel comfortable. Some of the best advice I received was to not skip out on engagement photos, because that’s how you get to know your photographer. That, as well as the fact that our photographer simply wanted to document the day, played a huge role in making our day special and relaxed.


SHOES: Jimmy Choo


VEIL: Sposabella Lace


FLORIST: Mary Lou Dill



GROOM’S SUIT: Billy Reid

TIES: Pierrepont Hicks

CAKE: Momofuku Milk Bar

CATERING: Meri Tenhet Catering, Oxbow Restaurant and Catering

MUSIC: Daddy Rich, Bradley Gordon

INVITATIONS: Chelsea Petaja

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Decor & Details – 5 Signature Drinks (Without the Kick!)

For someone who loves a nice fruity cocktail on a hot summer’s day, it can often be hard to remember that there are people out there who prefer not to drink alcohol. Having said that, it may be nice to create a ‘signature cocktail’ that doesn’t include alcohol. Chances are, most of your guests will enjoy a break from all the drinking every once in a while even if they do drink alcohol. Now, that doesn’t mean you serve some plain ole ice tea. Non-alcoholic cocktails can be just as interesting as the ones that do have alcohol. Here’s some proof!…

Toasted Coconut  Limeade via The Kitchy Kitchen

Blueberry Mint Iced Tea via Brooklyn Galley.

Minty Iced Tea Cooler via Creatures of Comfort’s blog.

Honey Herb Soda via Not Without Salt.

White Peach Lavender Soda via Emma Elizabeth Christensen.

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Bridal Stylist – Katie Ermilio Fall 2012

 I am so in love with all that is Katie Ermilio. Her Spring 2012 collection had me begging for more and that I received with the reveal of the designer’s Fall 2012 collection. Katie creates clothing for the classic, timeless woman. The woman who doesn’t mind putting on heels to go meet a friend for lunch. The woman who walks in the room and suddenly, all eyes are on her. I think we all strive to be a little bit like that.

With a lifelong education in textiles and tailoring, Ermilio’s craft exuberates perfection in draping and tailoring. And with a grandfather who was Grace Kelly’s personal stylist, you know this girl knows what she’s doing. Just incase the pictures weren’t enough.

What an ending. That dress. I’m done.


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Summer Trunk Shows at Lovely!

We have quite a few trunk shows coming up this summer at our LA and NYC shops! Incredible dresses by designers Theia, Carol Hannah Whitfield, Leanne Marshall, and Sarah Seven will be 10% off during those trunk shows!

To make an appointment, click here to check our availability!

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