Hi Cakies! I’m so thrilled to be guest blogging this week. Allow me to intro myself. Obsessed with fashion and other things pretty, I decided to open a bridal lifestyle boutique in NYC this Spring (Opening April 8th as a matter fact) called Lovely. Oh yeah, we’ll have great dresses, but also some fun surprises that may keep you coming back post-nuptials. Our love of styling is unquenchable and we are so excited to help future brides style out their own perfect wedding. Don’t you get so excited when you see a bride who brings it all together perfectly, like to the point you clip and save the photo even though you don’t know her? That sheer perfection of styling comes from two simple principles:
1) Your look should be a reflection of your personality. Although that ball gown may be exciting to try on, if you are a sex-pot glamazon, work it on your wedding day in a mermaid style that has them all swooning. The pictures will tell the truth.
2) Create a story. A perfect dress is one thing. But coordinating the accessories and details is what wraps your guests in a mythical event with you as the fairy-tale heroine.
Below are three ways to carry it through from head to toe:
Us girly girls don’t shy from pink, or ruffles or flowers, or all of them jumbled together in one frou frou outfit. It’s ok! You can embrace this look on your wedding day. Embellishment is key here, like the floral rosette bodice on this Elizabeth Dye gown. Paired with a vintage silk cardigan from Jcrew, you can add just a touch of vintage inspiration. An over the top flower from Ban.Do, thank you very much. And if you have had sugary overload by this point, hand off the girly baton to your bridesmaids in this ruffly frock from Ruche and cut flower platforms by Badgley Mischka. How cute would plastic printed floral sunglasses be for your bridesmaids gifts! That quirky element pokes a little fun at this sweet overload.
You va-va voomers know how to work those curves. This Lea Ann Belter dress does most of the work for you…it could give a soda can a waistline! To cover up? Spring or Fall, fur for all. Who can resist this cute one from Etsy? For a real vintage throwback, feathers must be present. Lauren Christensen of Lo Boheme creates the most amazing hair pieces, and each new line just gets better! And for your girls? Jenny Yoo captures the modest but still glamorous look of the fifties in silk shantung. Red was our fav here, especially to pick up the red in a pair of killer Louboutins for the bride. A good way to tie it all pretty with color. And notice the subtle pattern in those shoes. It’s those little vintage inspired details that make it all come to life. Lastly, glamour bags for your girls…talk about a gift that keeps on giving!
You can still look casual and glamorous on your wedding day. Consider cotton, like this cotton crochet dress by Watters. For a cool summer night, a sweater shrug is great, but the gold sequins make it perfect. There is no reason a casual bride can’t shine…as a matter of fact, sequins and glitter, like this Miu Miu sliver wedge, it what makes the look YOU but notched up 20%. Your girls should be in cotton sundresses, and if you are daring, mis-match them. Add some fauna to their hair, like this great Twigs and Honey piece. And lastly, do something thoughtful for their bridesmaids gifts, like these custom made Megan Greene Jewelry rings. Each one is made custom to order and can be designed to match each girls personality.
Creating a story that reflects your personality will keep the guests buzzing about your beauty. And remember, even if you are nonchalant about your style, dial it up to a 2.0 version of yourself on your wedding day. It’s fun to have give your new husband a little gasp as you walk down the aisle.
I’ll be back tomorrow to share some more tips and tricks with you. And please let us know if you need any styling tips…we love to play personal stylist!