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Donna & Joseph’s Rustic Inspired Wedding

Tell us your story… We met in high school [Boyertown Area Senior High], during band practice back in 2005…. many moons ago!

Where did you two tie the knot? Lake of Isles Golf Club Resort at Foxwood Casino in North Stonington, CT. I  [Donna] chose the location due to the casino being convenient for out of town guests (half of the people who came to celebrate were from out of state!) and due to the beautiful deck that overlooked the lake and gorgeous scenery.

Donna & Joseph's Rustic Inspired Wedding

Spill the details about your wedding! We decided to go with a rustic-inspired wedding theme using grey and mint green as our main colors. We used burlap and lace accents along with crystal brooches to embellish all of our decor.  Table centerpieces were wooden crates that were handpainted & handmade (by the bride’s Aunt & Uncle) with floral arrangements that consisted of beautiful white hydrangeas with succulents and other greenery.  All bridesmaids wore mint green dresses in the style they prefered, matching hair clips & earrings. Groomsmen wore grey suits from David’s Warehouse with mint accents, and super hero socks & pocket squares which was made by the mother of the bride. I wore a beautiful beaded embellished strapless sweetheart a-line gown with matching jewelry & a bespoke rustic inspired wedding garter set made by Alyson Nicole. My bouquet was handmade by myself with burlap hydrangeas, an assortment of gorgeous brooches, and lace accents.

It was the perfect accent to our rustic inspired wedding theme!

What was your favorite moment? Announcing when we became man and wife. The excitement of finally becoming legally joined in front of all of our family and friends- them accepting, appreciating, acknowledging our love- was definitely the best part of our entire rustic-inspired wedding!

Barn Wedding
Barn Wedding

Vendors:

Photographer – Lillie Fortino
Bridal Garter Set- Alyson Nicole
Florist – Beachwood Florist
Hair & Make-up – Samantha D. 
Bakery- J-Cakes
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A Charming Summertime Barn Wedding

Tell us your story…  We met in late December in Philadelphia through mutual friends.  Maggie was fresh out of a relationship, and Ally was trying to set her up with her best friend…that last part never happened.  After a cross country road trip, followed by more than two years of long distance love, we made things final at the top of Observation Point in Zion National Park.

Where did you two tie the knot?  Our wedding was at Tinicum Park Barn in Erwinna, PA.  We looked at millions of places, from upstate New York to Virginia.  We wanted to be surrounded by beautiful scenery and Tinicum Park was just that.  There was a beautiful fern bed that we instantly fell in love with, and the surrounding land was perfect for pictures.  The venue was reasonably priced and everyone was more than accommodating during the process.   We really lucked out in finding this venue, and snagging the last weekend available for the year!

It was the perfect place for a outdoor barn wedding!

Barn Wedding
Barn Wedding
Barn Wedding

Spill the details about your wedding!  We tried to shoot for simple and laid back, just like us.  The colors of our wedding seemed like a no brainer to us.  Orange and gray, our favorite colors! The orange bridal party dresses made a wonderful pop of color along side the bright green of the grass and ferns, and gray was the perfect compliment.   The aisle,  lined with single stem orange flowers in bright blue wine bottles hanging from the end of a branch stake, led up to the oriental rug that we stood on next to the barn  To bring the ceremony together, we hung large ferns in the barn windows, Maggie’s favorite plant.

We feasted outside under the trees at the wooden picnic tables covered with off white runners.  Our center pieces were clear wine bottles filled with beach glass we had collected from the spot that I had proposed to Maggie.  We danced inside the barn, under large white lights strung along the rafters. Decorations included framed pictures from our many adventures, and each table had either a  large glass vases filled with branches wrapped in fairy light or a gray coffee can filled with ferns.

Our bridal party wore orange wrap dresses with navy sandals, which they accompanied with a silver mountain necklace given to them by the brides.  The other members of the party wore gray pants, white collared shirts, gray suspenders, an orange bow tie and navy shoes. They accompanied their ensemble with a bamboo wrist watch, also from  the brides.

 

What was your favorite moment? I think we can both agree without a doubt that it was the ceremony.  They were predicting severe thunderstorms and hail during the day, but we decided to risk it and hold the ceremony just outside the barn.  We had each written our vows to each other in a small leather bound journal.  Just as Ally was beginning to read hers, the sun broke over the barn and cleared away the dark clouds.  We stood there, in the bright sun, in front of family and friends and read our vows to one another for the first time. Through all the stresses of planning, and getting ready that morning, it was truly a moment in which everything around us melted away.  We laughed and cried our way through, along with everyone else.  You could feel the love and energy in the air, it was truly a magical moment, and we would do it again in a heartbeat.

Barn Wedding
Barn Wedding
Barn Wedding
Barn Wedding

Vendors:

Photographer – Brian & Jessica Patton
Wedding Dress & Bridal Accessories- Alyson Nicole
Bridesmaid’s dresses – Staysi Lee
Caterers – CD’s Place
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V & Z NYC -A Rainy Summer Wedding in Central Park

Tell us your story… Zac is an actor and he was in a play my friend had tickets for. My friend knew the playwright, so after the show we all went out for food and drinks, which is when Zac sat next to me in our booth and asked how we liked the show. He helped himself to my french fries as we got to know each other. We’ve been together ever since.

Where did you two tie the knot? Central Park. I wanted a place in NYC, since this is the city where we met and fell in love. I also wanted a location that I could always go back and visit, with our kids someday, and when we [grow] old. Central Park will (hopefully) always be there.

Unlike restaurants and event centers in NYC which turnover all the time, Central Park felt right.

It’s an iconic NYC location and a place Zac and I love to go to with our dog, Simon.

Spill the details about your wedding! We wanted a pretty casual, yet elegant NYC wedding. Since [the ceremony] was outside in the park we played with that idea [by] using a food truck as our caterer and paper plates to give it that picnic in the park feel, even though our reception was in a dance studio downtown. I’ve always loved black and white, so those were our colors with a splash of gold. Our flowers were Dahlias since they are big, beautiful, and in season. *I purchased my [gold] veil from Alyson Nicole, [who] I met in college. I remember her talent shining though as a fashion student and I knew she would be the perfect fit to make my wedding look come to life. 

What was your favorite moment? One of my favorite memories was when a student of mine texted me in the morning. It was a complete surprise and reminded me how happy I am in my life, working a job that I love, marrying the man that I love, and surrounded by people that I love. I also loved my daddy/daughter dance, which we started slow and ended with a fun choreographed number to my fav, Taylor Swift. One of our friends surprised us with a limo at the end of the night which was fun surprise that we shared with our close friends and family.

Central Park Wedding
Central Park Wedding
Central Park Wedding
Central Park Wedding
Central Park Wedding
Central Park Wedding
Central Park Wedding

Vendors:

Photographer – Bryan Sargent Photography
Wedding Planner/Design- Ashley Bostick
Dress – Kitty Chen
Bridal Veil- Alyson Nicole
MUA – Jessica Huish
Hair Stylist – Kirsten from Matthews Salon
Venue – Central Park
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A Summertime Vineyard Wedding- #MickeyandBecky4Life

How did you and your husband meet? [Here’s the] short version: We went to highschool together but didn’t know each other. We then went to college together on the same scholarship, became friends, but never dated. We then went to work for the same company, [and] still never dated. After a few years of living our own separate lives, there came a time when both of us were single and looking for the same things in life. We finally began dating and never looked back.

Where was your wedding? We decided to get married at Valenzano Winery because it was a vineyard. See, on our first vacation together to Cape May, we were looking for things to do that neither one of us had done before. That how we came upon a wine tasting. We enjoyed the experience so much that it became a regular habit of visiting any wineries while on vacation and eventually the theme for our wedding day.

 

Spill the details about your wedding! We decided to go with the color scheme of purple and gray. Not only because purple is the color for grape but those two colors were our college alma mater colors. It all worked out very nicely. The girls had on purple dresses with a splash of gray through their belts* and the guys wore a light gray suit with purple ties. They all looked amazing!  *My bridesmaids purchased custom-made silver belts that were the accent to their dresses. I heard about Alyson through one of my bridesmaid who had been a part of a different wedding that Alyson had also provided services. She came highly recommended and she was right!

What was your favorite moment? Walking down the aisle and seeing the faces of all my friends and family sitting and smiling, and then looking at the end of the aisle and seeing Miguel waiting and smiling back at me.

 

Congratulations to Mickey and Rebecca! I wish them a life full of love, health, and happiness.

xo

 

 

Photographer – Daniel Farone

Bridesmaids’ belts- Alyson Nicole

Hair & MUA – Creations by Mia

Venue – Valenzano Winery

Florist – Designs by MC James

DJ/Band- DJ Rey

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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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#LOVEwins giveaway!

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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Must use #‎alysonnicole ‪#‎giveaway‬ #LOVEwins in order to qualify.

Contest ends 7/3/2015

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Deciding on the right veil for your big day!

Accessories tend to be one of the last things brides-to-be think about. However, there are those brides that know exactly what they want the moment they said yes to the proposal. Sometimes, even earlier. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that but there’s a possibility of disappointment when the veil you thought you wanted doesn’t fit your frame or your dress. However, don’t be discouraged by this. It’s better you know your options before you accessorize.
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Traditional VS. Birdcage
One of the trickiest things to decide about your veil is the length of it. Where do you want it to fall? Do you want a blusher with it? Or would you prefer a short birdcage style? These are very important questions. But how do you figure it out? Here’s a diagram explaining the lengths and options you have.
When picking the length of the veil, you always want to keep your dress in mind. Is the length going to cover up your details or is it going to add to your look? Is it going to affect how you walk down the isle or the hairstyle you want? Your hair accessories should always compliment your look, not take away from it.
The best way to be sure what veil works for you is to try them on. There’s no shame in trying multiple lengths and styles. It’s better you do that now then regret it on the day of. Another great idea is to have all your accessories by your first fitting. That way if you have to make any final adjustments you’ll have enough time.
Brides.com veil chart
Brides.com
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Customizing the veil:
There are many different types of details you can add to your veil.
The hem:
  • Cut/raw edge… This hem is the most basic and has no details. However that doesn’t mean you can’t add your details somewhere else on your veil.
  • Rolled hem… This type of hem is commonly done with a satin trim. However you can also have a rolled hem with using the tulle itself.
  • Beaded hem… A straight or designed beaded pattern on the hem of your veil. This can also incorporate crystals and some extra bling.
  • Lace hem… A lace hem has many options based on the type of lace you want to use. There’s a wide array of different kinds of lace out there. Some are more detailed than others and can be decked out with beaded details. Then there are some that are simple yet beautiful. It’s best to discuss your options before purchasing a veil with this type of hem.
  • Scalloped hem… This type of hem is not straight but shaped. This can be done without any additional details or the scalloped edge could have a lace or a beading design to add to the shaped hem.
  • Birdcage veils are usually plain and either use diamond netting or a cut/raw tulle edge.
Now that we covered the hem, there is still the rest of the veil to discuss! Details can be added to various places but the most common areas to add details is right by the fastener. Here’s a small list of some options to think about:
  • Lace appliqué either plain or hand beaded
  • Hand beaded design to match your dress
  • Bows
  • Flower details
  • Feather details
Again, that was a very small list. The possibilities depend on your personal taste.
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Why you should do a custom design:
The best part of doing custom accessories is that it brings that special something into your look. Whether it’s hand beading a design to match your dress or incorporating a part of your mothers wedding dress, having a custom veil just adds that one-of-a-kind detail that makes your wedding more memorable. Email me at designs@alysonnicole.com to start your extraordinary bridal veil and accessories.

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