29 Mar

Guest Blogger: Lanie from Lovely Bridal Shop; What’s Your Look?

categories Guest Blogger, Wedding Wardrobe

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!

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  1. I clicked on the rings and realized I own a magpie ring that I bought from Meghan at a market in NYC years ago!

  2. we’re loving all the looks.

  3. Love love love the hippie dress! And how you can use a free
    people dress for the bridesmaids!!

  4. love all these looks especially “the romantic” because elizabeth dye is such an amazing designer.

  5. Haha, I’m definitely the romantic! It took me all of ten seconds to think “I want that, and that, and that…” although I do have an urban style as well. I love seeing the different styles, thanks!

  6. I love the elizabeth dye dress on the romantic page! This would be perfect for my rehersal dinner dress…where can I fine it?! (I didnt see it on her website) thank you for sharing!

  7. Hi Kelly
    Actually you can get Elizabeth Dye at Lovely in NYC. We will have her full line when we open in April. Do you live nearby?


  8. I can never resist vintage! that’s what my wedding was (feathers and all) and i totally always gravitate to it!
    those shoes are killer!

  9. Love these ideas! I love something from every theme!

  10. I would do anything to own that last dress. Absolutely stunning!

  11. I bought those Badgley Mischka shoes for my wedding and let me tell you they are more gorgeous in person. Unfortunately, these lovelies are super high (5inch heel with 1/2″ platform on the front) and I would last 15 minutes in them. I need to return them but can’t bring myself to do it just yet.

  12. Megan, perhaps the Badgley Mischka’s can be your ‘picture shoes’. Put in some nude color foot petals to get you through the pictures and the ceremony. Then change into something more danceable later. You won’t regret having a drama shoe for your photos!

  13. I love that you added a cardigan or wrap to each look. As a bride who is not fond of her arms I love that cardigans are becoming a popular wedding look. I especially love the romantic and hippie looks, great job!

  14. Loving the looks – will be back for more tips!!

  15. Lanie…I love you, and your style isn’t too shabby either! I also love the hippie dress, can’t wait to see them all in person very soon. I’m so excited for Lovely Bride!

  16. I think I’m a romantic as well as a little vintage. Absolutely falling for the dress in the first pic. It’s simple but so sweet!

  17. I think I would borrow elements from all of the above…my style is so schizophrenic…lol!

  18. Those shoes with those flowers are to die for – I’m totally obsessed!

  19. Oh I’m the hippie through and through ~ lace dress, hair feather, and a brown knit sweater shrug. You nailed my wedding day attire perfectly! If the shoe fits, right?

  20. Lanie–that is a good idea and I keep tossing it around in my head. I already bought a second pair of heels for the wedding—Cole Haan Nike Air sandals– and still need to dye them. The Cole Haans are amazingly comfortable and would recommend to other brides. I guess I could do both but feeling like I can’t spend this much money on a pair of shoes that I will only wear for an hour, tops.

  21. Hey! That’s my picture! Under vintage inspired… the piece by Lo Boheme (second one down on the right). How exciting! :)

  22. I think it’s fate I happened to come to 100 Layer Cake today. I love Elizabeth Dye’s dresses in a bad bad way, and I recently saw on her blog that her designs would soon be sold at Lovely…I live in NYC but plan to get married in Portland, so I was thrilled that I could try on her dresses on either coast. So then I started stalking the Lovely blog (which is, in fact, lovely)…and now I see the two coming together here! Magical.

    And by the way, I’ve also been pining for those Badgley Mischka platforms but just can’t justify buying my shoes a year before my wedding (and before I’ve picked a dress, or, basically, anything else!). That would be crazy, right?

  23. I bought the pink Badgley Mischkas’ and they were too small so I had to send them back and now I cannot find them anywhere in my size. It was so so sad. Good luck to all those looking for those shoes, they are selling out so quick! Now to find another blush pink wedding shoe!

  24. Love the long “hippie” dress! Where can I find the silver Miu Miu wedges?

  25. Love the vintage look! Those Louboutins are killer.

  26. The romantic board is amazing…. that dress, the sweater, I love it all!!

  27. i am dying to get the sequin sweater and shoes for the hippie look, but i can’t find them! does anyone know if these are still available? thanks!

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  29. I love all these looks, the vintage inspired look especially…it reminds of the dress that the bride wears in this movie White Wedding…great film I highly recommend it ..chek it out guys http://www.whiteweddingmovie.com

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