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2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award®

Alyson Nicole Honored For Excellence With 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award®

 Alyson Nicole Honored For Excellence With 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award®

Brooklyn, New York – January 11th, 2017 – WeddingWire, the leading global online marketplace for the wedding and event industry, announced Alyson Nicole as a winner of the esteemed 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® for Dress & Attire in Brooklyn!

The Couples’ Choice Awards recognize the top five percent of wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. The prestigious awards are given to the top local wedding professionals across more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Alyson Nicole. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“The Couples’ Choice Awards’ ninth year features one of the most impressive groups of dedicated and acclaimed wedding professionals yet,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “It is our honor to work with high-caliber merchants, such as Alyson Nicole, who not only make a couple’s big day possible, but also contribute to the more than 2.5 million U.S. reviews represented on WeddingWire. We congratulate all of this year’s winners on their achievements.”

As a Couples’ Choice Awards® winner, Alyson Nicole is highlighted on WeddingWire, which is comprised of more than 200,000 wedding professionals in the U.S.

Alyson Nicole is thrilled to be one of the top Dress & Attire in Brooklyn on WeddingWire. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We truly value all of our clients and appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn a 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award.

For more information about Alyson Nicole, please visit our website at alysonnicole.com and our WeddingWire Storefront today.

To learn more about the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.

 

2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire, Inc. is the leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with event and creative professionals. Operating within a $200 billion industry, WeddingWire, Inc. hosts 10 million monthly unique users across its mobile and web platforms. Consumers around the world are able to read over 3 million vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a database of over 400,000 businesses globally. It provides these businesses the technology they need to serve their clients through advertising, marketing and business management tools such as websites, payment processing, invoicing and contracts. Founded in 2007, the WeddingWire portfolio of sites serves couples and businesses across 15 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, making it the worldwide leader in weddings with brands including Bodas.net, Casamentos.com.br, Matrimonio.com and more. The company employs more than 800 and maintains global headquarters in Washington, DC and international headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.

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New York Bridal Week- Fall 2017 Trends

Twice a year, a magical thing happens… New York Bridal Week. 

::sigh::  Let me tell you, it truly is filled with gorgeous mouth dropping dresses that will make you wish you could have numerous weddings with unlimited budgets (well that’s how it is for me at least).

This past season, designers were debuting their Autumn/Winter 2017 collection. These beautiful lines were full of wonderful trends (some cross covered from last season) and unique details. Here are the top 6 trends that I noticed the most:
1. Sleeves. Everywhere you look, gorgeous sleeves. Sure there was a fair share of strapless gowns but I have never seen a season with so many different sleeve styles. There were numerous gowns with full-length sleeves:
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FROM THE LEFT:  Watters , Mark Zunino, Maggie Sottero, Rivini
Some designers used bell sleeves, which shows some influence from the ready-to-wear market:
new york bridal week- bell sleeves
FROM THE LEFT:   Rivini, Costarellos, Galia Lahav, Odylyne The Ceremony
The bishop sleeve was also very popular:
FROM THE LEFT:  Rivini, Isabelle Armstrong, Theia, Claire Pettibone
Designers added a little whimsicle touch to gowns by using flutter sleeves:
FROM THE LEFT:   Sachin & Babi, Rivini, Inbal Dror, Theia
All different lengths of “short” sleeves were used, here are just a few examples:
new york bridal week- short sleeves
FROM THE LEFT:   Marchesa, Rime Arodaky, Reem Acra, Rivini
But most of all, off-the-shoulder sleeves were EVERYWHERE and in every style.
new york bridal week- off the shoulders

FROM THE LEFT:   Alon Livne White, Lela Rose, Vera Wang, Rivini

2. Cascading ruffles were another huge trend this season. Now I’m not talking about just the skirt having this detail (as per usual), I’m talking all over and with different materials such as fringe, tulle, lace, and even feathers.

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FROM THE LEFT:   Naeem Khan, Monique Lhuillier, Persy, Odylyne The Ceremony, Yolan Cris
3. Colour was another big trend that was full of blush and blue hues along with deep rich golds. Some designers went all out- head to toe.
new york bridal week- FULL COLOUR
FROM THE LEFT:   Rivini, Monique Lhuillier, Ines Di Santo, Haley Paige
While some used colour as details, either subtle or bold:
new york bridal week- COLOURED DETAILS
FROM THE LEFT:   Yolan Cris, Carol Hannah, Morilee By Madeline Gardner, Ines Di Santo
Then there were a few that introduced colour with beautiful prints.
new york bridal week- COLOURED PRINTS
FROM THE LEFT:   Galia Lahav, Yolan Kris, Malan Brenton
4. One of the more provocative trends was the boudoir inspired theme that popped up in quite a few collections. A few designers kept these dresses somewhat modest, where others went all out with super sheer fabrics and wispy lingerie-like details.
new york bridal week- boudoir
FROM THE LEFT:  Sanchin & Babi, Berta, Naeem Khan, Inbal Dror, Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang
5. Pant and jumpsuits are continuing to pick up speed among the bridal world. (To be honest, I love it!) Designers showcased a variety of different options which proved a bride in pants is beautifully chic.
new york bridal week- PANTS
FROM THE LEFT:   Mark Zunino, Galia Lahav, Lela Rose, Rime Arodaky, Randi Rahm
6. Last but not least are those beautiful embellishments that we all love. The most prominent across the board was floral and foliage inspired designs that were seen as 3D appliqués, rich embroidery, and beaded patterns… just to name a few:
new york bridal week- FLORALS & FOLIAGE

FROM THE LEFT:   Inbal Dror,Naeem Khahn, Claire Pettibone, Ines Di Santo, Oscar de la Renta

Photo credits: The Knot & WGSN

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Say Yes To The RIGHT Dress- A Guide For Wedding Dress Shopping

Recently, I had an exciting and extremely emotional day shopping for a wedding dress. Not only did I try on wedding dresses but I got to be the bride. I’m so used to creating bridal accessories and apparel that it was such a great change of pace to be on the other side.

From the moment I saw the big window displays, I knew that the experience I was about to have made getting married a reality. Even though I’ve planned our whole wedding and secured almost 80% of the details, going wedding dress shopping made it real. Like really real.

I went into Kleinfeld’s with hopes of figuring out what dress style would look best on my figure. I already knew what I wanted but needed to be sure. (I had sketched the design immediately after he proposed to me, couldn’t help myself.) Needless to say, I didn’t expect it to be as hard as it was to say “No”. Especially when they had almost exactly what I sketched up. What are the chances??

Trying to make a decision on whether to buy or to make was unbearably difficult. I had the bridal moment in the store. They took me to the main room, “jacked” me up, and even gave me a bouquet. I said “Yes” when they asked me. I was surrounded by tears from my family, myself, and from people I didn’t even know. It was totally my dress and as soon as I said “Yes” out loud, I thought “What the f@$! did I just say?”. Everything was pointing to yes, even the freaken price tag. It was a $4,000 dress marked down to $999 because it was the last dress available. The dress was in my size. I would have to take it in only slightly and repair a little bit of the illusion on the back, but no big alterations.

Everything and everyone wanted me to buy that wedding dress.

Within the twenty-some feet back to the dressing room, I realized that if I were to buy this beautiful wedding dress, it wouldn’t actually be MY dress. I wouldn’t have designed it. I wouldn’t have carefully picked out the fabric. I wouldn’t have spent hours drafting the pattern. I wouldn’t have had the late nights sewing and cursing at my machine. It would just be a dress that I bought and I would regret the fact that I didn’t make it.

So… after at least 40 minutes sitting on the dressing room floor discussing what to do with my mother, sister, and 3 phone calls to my fiancé, I decided that the dress was not for me. It was a hard choice, but the right decision… For me anyway.

Each one of us is unique and we all have our own tastes but when choosing your wedding gown, its extremely important that you pick a silhouette that properly accentuates your figure. Some silhouettes are extremely versatile, while others are less forgiving when it comes to hiding problem areas. Let’s be real, we all have those areas we want hidden on this special day.

So, before you make your appointments at Kleinfeld’s or at a cute bridal shop in town OR ask Alyson Nicole to make you a very unique bespoke wedding gown… do your research to figure out the silhouettes and styles you want to try. Keep in mind that its very possible that the dress you think you want is not the dress for you. Take a deep breath because its just not the one. Don’t force yourself into loving a wedding dress either. If you don’t have that moment or you have any hint of doubt, move on.

Below are some of the many options out there.

A-LINE DRESSES are slim on top, fitted at the natural waist, and softly flares away from the body. Flatters most body types by creating a slimming effect while accentuating your waist.

BALL GOWNS have a fitted bodice and a full skirt that can range in volume and length. These classic gowns work with most body types for average height to tall women. It is a very forgiving style due to the skirt hiding everything below your mid-section. If you are a shorter bride, this may not be the dress for you since the bottom might overwhelm your small frame.

MERMAID DRESSES are fitted from the torso down to the knees and then flares out to the floor. The mermaid silhouette is ideal for tall, slender brides and voluptuous brides who want to show off every curve.

 

FIT-AND-FLARE or TRUMPET DRESSES are fitted from chest to mid thigh and then flares out to the bottom. This silhouette is another style that will flaunt your curves in a very flattering way.

EMPIRE DRESSES are fitted at the bust and flare out to the ground. This wedding dress silhouette is an extremely versatile style for most body shapes due to the forgiving high waist line.

SHEATH, SHIFT, OR COLUMN DRESSES have a narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. Depending on the designer, this silhouette can be either be slightly fitted or not at all. This silhouette style is a timeless classic that looks best on brides that have lean frames and soft curves.

Below are some options of necklines, sleeves, and train lengths to consider when wedding dress shopping!

Wedding Dress Silhouette Glossary
Wedding Dress Neckline Glossary
Wedding Dress Sleeve Glossary
Wedding Dress Train Glossary

As mentioned before, the above options are extremely helpful to know when you are wedding dress shopping. There are also a few more things to keep in mind:

  1. BUDGET… Its extremely important to have a set budget that you can afford. It is also very important to let the attendant know your budget!  One of the worst things you could do is fall in love with a dress that is over your budget. Also, keep in mind that alterations (always needed) and taxes should be kept in mind. Alterations are never included.
  2. THE WEDDING DRESS YOU THINK YOU WANT, MAY NOT LOOK GOOD ON YOU and that is OK. That style wasn’t meant for you but there is a wedding dress out there that is. Even if it has to be custom made, cough cough.
  3. HEMLINES DON’T HAVE TO TOUCH THE GROUND you have more options. Tea-length hems stops below the knee but above the ankle, while the mini is usually above the knee and a bolder choice. There are also high-low hemlines that add a little bit of drama to the hemline and can go as high as you want.
  4. DON’T FORGET ABOUT ACCESSORIES they help tie together your look on the big day. Try on different options and see which one(s) you like best. Its possible that you might go for a veil instead of a flower crown but its best to try on options with the dress you are buying. If you can’t find any accessory that strikes your fancy, remember that bespoke accessories, made by yours truly, is another great option.
  5. HAVE FUN! This is the MOST important part of it! This should be an enjoyable experience and no one should stop that. Drink some champagne (if they offer it) or go out to lunch before/after and celebrate the experience. Whatever you do, just enjoy it!

 

I hope this was helpful for your future dress shopping! If you have any questions or would like to start your bespoke wedding dress OR accessories please email me at designs@alysonnicole.com.

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The PROs and CONs of The Knot’s Wedding Planner book

Wedding Planning

The weekend I got engaged, I was so full of excitement that I was flying high in the clouds. (To be honest, I’m still floating and it’s fantastic.) We met up with our friends the Saturday after for plans we made weeks prior and I could not wait to ask questions about their wedding. That’s all us girls talked about. Where did you find your vendors? Where did you get your rings? What cost the most? Was there anything you wish you did differently? etc. and so forth. The one piece of advice she gave, which I took immediately, was to get a wedding planner binder or notebook.

If I’m 100% honest, I already had a wedding planned (without the vendors) but I needed something to keep it organized and make sure I didn’t miss anything. That coming Monday, I ordered The Knot’s Ultimate Wedding Planner and received same day delivery (yay Amazon Prime!). Monday night, I was in business.

I glanced through the whole book and immediately noticed helpful pages, important pages, and pages that weren’t needed for our wedding. I took out the pages that I didn’t need and started reading thoroughly section by section every chance I could. (I took it on vacation with me and I even took it on a few business trips.) It was extremely overwhelming at first but all I had to do was tell myself to relax and take a deep breath. Planning a wedding shouldn’t be stressful (even though it is), it should be as easy as possible and I believe this book really helps.

It also helps to read bridal magazines. There are tons of helpful articles that can help you make your final decisions or just give you some good advice. Yes, they can be expensive if you keep buying them, but I do suggest picking a few magazines up whenever you can.

MY FAVORITE THINGS/”THE PROS” TO THE KNOT’S WEDDING PLANNER

1. THE WEDDING TIMELINE.
The Knot's Wedding Planner- timeline

There are two options; “normal” 12 month engagement and an expedited 6 month engagement. This handy timeline tells you when to look, when to book, when to send, and basically everything you should do at different times during your engagement.

2. THE AMAZING GLOSSARY PAGES.
The Knot's Wedding Planner- glossary

Almost each topic has one and it is a great help when you want to know the difference between two things or just to know the proper lingo when talking to vendors. Each glossary page has pictures correlating to the term which eliminates the need to Google.

3. THE LOVELY CHARTS & DIAGRAMS.
The Knot's Wedding Planner- charts and diagrams

This wedding planner is loaded with charts and diagrams. There’s one for who to invite, how your wedding budget should be allocated, and more. These pages really help to put everything into perspective. Especially when you’re debating if you should invite your old coworkers that you haven’t seen or talked to in over a year.

4. SUGGESTED QUESTIONS.
The Knot's Wedding Planner- suggested questions

When your looking at a venue or talking to a florist there are certain things you should know. However, when you’re there speaking with them that’s when those questions are forgotten. Of course you can ask more than what’s provided in this wedding planner but for the most part all the important questions are listed.

5. THE LIFESAVING CHECKLISTS.

This wedding planner has a checklist for each section and helps make sure everything gets done. Extremely helpful when there is just so much to do when planning a wedding!

6. QUICK AND EASY CONTACT PAGES.

Besides the contact pages that are inside the sections, the wedding planner starts out with a master contact sheet. Why is this so helpful? Let’s say you don’t have a wedding planner (like me, because I’m basically doing it) and on the big day your phone gets misplaced in the mayhem but you need to contact the bakery and remind them about the fresh flowers you want on top. Well, these pages will make it easy for anyone in your bridal party (put them to work!) to contact any vendor you hired. Plus its always a good idea to have important information in print, no matter how tech savvy you may be.

NOW, FOR THE CONS…

INSPIRATION PAGES

My biggest pet peeve for this book is the pre-made inspiration pages. Maybe its because I have a design background but the layout for these pages are such an eyesore! Not to mention the fact that they limit the amount of inspiration you can put on the page. I don’t know about you but I’ve been “pinning” like a madwoman for this wedding and I have WAY more than 3-4 inspiration photos for every category. These pages also have valuable information on the backside making it hard to simply remove them from the book.

QUICK FIX: 

OPTION 1: Create your own inspiration page(s) with cardstock/regular paper, use a 3 hole-punch, and add it to the binder! I used cardstock for my inspo-pages, printed the photos, cut/pasted them onto the paper, and added some call-outs.

OPTION 2: If your not a crafty person or you don’t like to cut and paste, you can always create the pages digitally. For those of you who like Photoshop, go at it. For those who don’t have access to the Adobe suite, you can use Microsoft Word or Excel.

COLOR CHIP CARD

 

I love that this book gives you color options along with listing on the backside which colors compliment them best. However, the color chips are part of the tab divider for the whole section. Meaning, if you remove any of the colors for your theme/color inspo, you basically ruined the divider. Why would they do that? My guess is to save money. Another con to this is that the colors given are very limited and they don’t include any metallics. Again, they probably did this to save some money in printing but to be honest it would be so much better it if was a separate page or two with more color options.

 

QUICK FIX: 

If you want to use the chip cars but you don’t want to lose the divider, use a binder tab insert that’s also a sheet protector. That way it doesn’t get hidden and you can store the remaining chips inside the sheet protector.

If you’re like me and your colors are not on the chip page, there’s a few options.

OPTION 1: Use Pantone swatches. You can search for the actual pantone colors here, purchase the fabric swatches here. If you want to use paper chips, they can be bought by the book or by the page here. If you have access to a Pantone book, even better!

OPTION 2: Make your own color swatches digitally using Photoshop, Illustrator or even paint! Whatever you use, make sure you have a a decent printer in order to keep the printed swatches as close as possible to the digital ones created.

OPTION 3: Make swatches from photos you find online or in magazines. Pinterest is great for this. There are tons of wedding and color themes floating around. I’ve pinned quite a few on my ‘Pretty Little Wedding Themes‘ board. Feel free to check it out, along with my other helpful boards here! Happy pinning!

OPTION 4: Visit a local craft/fabric store and shop around for ribbon, fabric, paint, or any other materials in the correct colors you want to use. Get creative! Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabrics are filled with products that are perfect for this. OR go to your closest pharmacy and find nail polish in the correct colors. 😉

LIMITED GUEST LIST

When I first sat down to put together a tentative guest list, I thought there was absolutely no way I would have more that 125 people to invite. Well, I was totally wrong. We had close to 200 people and it was shocking. However, the guest list included only allows 150. If you’re having a small wedding it’s perfect, but if not it’s pretty useless. Another thing about the guest list is that it is only for the names. There’s no space to put RSVPs or even addresses.

 

QUICK FIX: 

Create a guest list by using Microsoft Excel or google docs. This way you can keep your guest list organized and add all the information you need, including RSVPs for all the pre/post wedding parties (engagement, bridal, rehearsal dinners), meal choices, gifts received, etc. You can even keep each event on separate tabs to keep better records.

All-in-all…

 

The Knot’s Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer is extremely helpful and I would recommend it to anyone planning a wedding. As I go through planning my own wedding (YAY!) I will reference some of the helpful information and pages from this book to give more feedback.

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Happy wedding planning!

 

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I’m engaged!

Friday April 8th is a day that I will never forget.

It just so happens that my whole week was atrocious. My 9-5 was a real pain-in-the-@$$ and I was just running on empty. 5:00pm Friday could not come soon enough.

When I got off the subway to walk back to my apartment I was so excited it was 5:50pm. (I usually don’t get home before 6.) Figured I’d go to the gym and get home at 6:45, order some take-out, and finish up a couple custom orders. Yay! As soon as I got service, I immediately called my mom to discuss her coming up on Sunday for a hockey game and a few other things.
After the four flights of stairs (still taking with my mother) I opened my door expecting to see my cat trying to make his escape but instead I was overwhelmingly shocked at the rose petals lining my hallway directing my gaze to a handsome man on his knee.

Immediate tears.

“Mom, I have to get off the phone.” In true mother form, she did not. She thought something was terribly wrong even when I told her he was on one knee. I tried to be polite but DAMN! I have to go!!!

 

My handsome, caring, selfless man was patiently waiting to ask me to be his wife. I couldn’t have been more surprised or happy in that very moment. We have talked about getting married but when that moment actually happens, it’s an superb feeling.

I was still so in shock after the proposal I actually said “I have to go to the gym.” He just looked at me, laughed, and said “Silly girl, you’re not going to the gym. We are going out!”

I got all dolled up and we headed to our favorite restaurant, The Pearl Room. Naturally I had to wear blue to match my ring 😉

I couldn’t stop telling everyone we just got engaged and I was even too excited to read the menu! Somehow I managed to pick something and we had an outstanding dinner filled with delicious food and a lot of celebrating. Throughout dinner, he kept looking at the time and saying “I really want to get to Windy by 9, because thats around the time we met.” [Windy= Windy City Ale House in Bay Ridge- a craft beer sports bar that is very fun and has really scrumptious bar food, especially their ta-chos (tater-tot nachos). Yes, thats right.] Anyways, I didn’t think anything of it other than it was sweet and that it was probably the time we met there.

Well, we were definitely overdressed and as I was saying that to him, I turn around to see a group of family and friends there cheering. It was another wonderful surprise to the evening. Drinks were drunk, champagne was popped, and the night was celebrated. It was perfect.

AHH! Just blogging about this is making me so EXCITED! I’M ENGAGED!

 

Since bridal is my life, I decided to share my wedding experience with the world to help all future brides!

 

By Monday night I already had The Knot’s wedding planning book and dove right in! You can get this lovely book on Amazon at an amazing price and if you are lucky (and a Prime member) you can receive same day shipping. Heres the link- The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer.  They also have a more recent one that you can buy here, but I went with the original. The revised version is an actual book, smaller in size, and it has a few more extra pages of info that the first doesn’t have. However, the extra pages do not take away from the binder.  It is a great tool and even though I’ve been using it for a week, it has helped tremendously. I’ll talk more about that in another post! 

 

Until then, I’ll be over here… daydreaming about my wedding. <3

 

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{GUEST BLOG POST} Chasing Fashion: New Year’s Eve Wedding Glam!

Written by Sage Beauty Blog

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

Maya Angelou

 

Hi Lovelies,

Tis’ the season for engagements and magical winter weddings.  Having a New Year’s Eve wedding is a festive and glamorous way to tie the knot. What better way to start the new year than starting a new life with your true love.  What can I say….I’m a hopeful romantic!

I had the pleasure of creating a New Year’s Eve winter bridal look with the help of the brilliant designer Alyson Nicole.  Her pieces are 100% handmade right here in New York, and are the perfect finishing touch to your wedding day look. She creates bags, belts, custom-made veils and jewelry. Each piece is a work of art with a feminine, elegant, and timeless aesthetic.

Let’s start with something new:

Finding the perfect dress is the first step in creating the look and feel of your wedding. The dress I’m wearing is an ivory empire waist dress with pearl embellishment.  It matched my accessories perfectly, and I loved the flowy and romantic feel of the dress. This dress is very versatile and could also be worn for engagement pictures, a rehearsal dinner, or a bridal shower.

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Now we need something borrowed:

The moment I put the Pearl Veil on I felt Princess Grace of Monaco. The Pearl Veil is a birdcage veil made with french tulle and glass pearl details, and stays firmly in place with a metal comb.  This is a good choice if you plan on wearing your hair up for your ceremony.  It matched the vintage-inspired look of my dress as well.   I chose the The Madelyn Earrings because they were a perfect compliment to the veil and can be worn with many other looks after the wedding festivities are done. These chandelier earrings can also be worn with a little black dress for a night out or during the day for a touch of art-deco glamour.  The Pearl Rhinestone Headband was also my ‘something blue’.  It is a fun alternative to a veil or after the ceremony and formal pictures are done, simply switch out your veil for the headband and dance the night away at your reception after midnight.

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Don’t forget something old:
I was able to incorporate two pieces from my own closet with my dress. A winter wedding calls for a luxurious fur to keep you warm. Whether you have a soft faux fur coat like me or perhaps a vintage fur from your mother or grandmother, it pulls the look together on the most glamorous night of the year. Or rather, your most glamorous night! And New Year’s Eve is not complete without some sparkles.  I opted for my favorite sparkly gold platforms.
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Love It, Buy It, Wear It:
Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Chinese Laundry
Coat: I.N.C  International Concepts
Accessories: Alyson Nicole
Photo Credit: TRVphoto/Todd Vorenkamp
XOXOX
Lily

a b o u t    t h e    a u t h o r

 

Lily Sage

Lily Sage

Beauty & Lifestyle blogger

Lily Sage is a makeup artist, beauty educator, stylist, and blogger based in New York City. After working in the industry for ten years she decided to create a digital platform to share her knowledge and empower women to look and feel beautiful  everyday. She also loves baking, traveling, knitting, and home decor. You can visit her on her site,  sagebeautyblog.com and find her on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook(@sagebeautyblog).
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Vintage Romance

Nowadays you can’t help but to see Gatsby inspired weddings. Whether it is on Pinterest, a bridal blog, or in you favorite bridal magazine, there is just something about that era that makes weddings even more glamorous.

 

If you fell in love with this beautiful trend, like many of us did (including myself), then you should fall in love with the Vintage Romance Collection.

 

Using Swarovski elements, lace, silver elements, and more, the Vintage Romance Collection is are sure to make you feel elegant. Within this gorgeous collection you will find a few key trends that you do not want to miss out on.

Statement Necklaces are a major trend this season. With all the fuss about low-cut necklines and backs, designers are adorning the dramatic look with statement or backward necklaces and unique capelets. Pearl and beaded embellished necklaces are more classic styles where as a beaded capelet is for the more adventurous bride.

Metal Hair Accessories  have never been more popular then they are now since the flapper era. Modernize this look by adding a beautiful head chain or some pearl embellished hair pins. Great for any type of bride.

Flower embellished accessories  are a MAJOR hit this season on all bridal accessories. This trend gained popularity due to the festivals which was easily adopted into the bridal market effortlessly. This dominating trend looks great with all wedding themes.

Large scale netting  is being used for veils as more of a modern but vintage-inspired look. This trend is more commonly seen in avant-garde bird cage veils.

Encrusted belts and sashes  seem to always be in trend but this time they are stepping up their game. Belts are adorned with beads and rhinestones in art deco geometric patterns. The embellished belt has become a staple accessory for the modern day bride.

Make sure to check out Vintage Romance!

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Behind the Scenes: Fall Bridal Launch

After weeks of planning and multiple rescheduling, a group of 16 amazing people gathered together for a photoshoot on Saturday, October 3rd. Even though it was dark and gloomy outside, we managed to keep the mood light and cheerful indoors.  Mind you, the first scheduled date was postponed due to the weather. I was not letting a little ol’ hurricane stop it this time.

I honestly don’t know what I was thinking when I first planned this shoot. I’m definitely a creature of habit because I always bite off more than I can chew, but somehow it all came together.

11 models total; 2 brides, 2 grooms, 5 bridesmaids, 1 ring bearer, & 1 flower girl. All of which I designed and made new accessories for every single model.  I didn’t even think twice about doing it, which either means I’m crazy or extremely passionate about my work.

Originally the shoot was supposed to be outside so that we could capture the historic Brooklyn Bridge shot in Dumbo. Like I said earlier, mother nature wasn’t cooperating. So I sucked it up, gathered whatever decor I could from my apartment and my friends, made some wall hangings, and voila! Wedding photoshoot decor.

The bouquets that the girls are holding were also made/arranged by myself. I took a trip to the flower district the week prior and bought a ton of silk flowers. I’m glad I did because I wouldn’t have had the time to arrange fresh flowers the morning of. Between decorating the room, styling the hair, styling the models, and directing the shoot I had barely anytime to think.

However, this day would not have happened without the talented individuals who shot the photos, applied the beautiful makeup (with next to no breaks! sorry for the marathon!), and lets not forget the models. You were all outstanding and I can not thank you enough! I seriously can’t. Another big thank you to Patty who started the day at 9:30 running around and of course helping me immensely.  All of the behind the scenes photos can be viewed in the gallery to the right. I cannot wait to launch the new accessories that were used for this shoot! Stay tuned, because “Vintage Romance” is launching soon!

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CREDITS:

Kiki

Kiki

Makeup Artist

www.makeupwithkiki.com

Tim Doyon

Tim Doyon

Photographer

timothydoyon.com

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My leather bags are 1 year old! <3

A year ago today, I launched my leather bridal bags. I cannot believe it has been a full year! Since my launch I have been creating more products and will continue to do so. In October during bridal fashion week, I will be debuting a new Fall 15 accessory line. So stay tuned for that! 🙂

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Thank you all for your support this past year, it has meant so much to me. I hope you will continue your support and follow me on my bridal journey!

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<3 Love you all!

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June 26th will always be a historic day where love truly did conquer all. To show how excited I am about this amazing event, I am giving away a custom veil up to $100.00 retail value OR a pair of everlasting boutonnières to one contestant winner!

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