Perfect pair | 44

pink dahlias & pink veil

hairpiece | flowers

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Modern bridal shower outfit

black and white bridal shower outfit

Tomorrow I head to the Middle East for the wedding of a very dear friend of mine, but first I thought I’d share a fun outfit I got to wear for her garden party bridal shower a few weeks ago.  All the guests were asked to wear hats, but I thought I’d do one better and find a fabulous fascinator to wear a la the Brits.  Of course my first thought was Jennifer Behr, and she did not disappoint!  They sent over the most beautiful black floral fascinator….a perfect complement to my black and white polka dot dress! Thanks Catanna & Jennifer!

[images by me and JCrew]

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Neon wedding inspiration: Fashion

Last December I had the pleasure of visiting Jennifer Behr‘s studio in Williamsburg, and absolutely fell in love with her line of neon veils…right then and there I was determined to show how a modern bride could use them for her own wedding.  Neon is a wonderful accent to stark white and makes for a great pop against a neutral base.  I teamed up with photographer Jenny Ebert of 1. art beauty life and Jackie Weppner of Merci New York to help style the shoot (since I’m a photoshoot newbie :) In this post we’ll focus on how to work neon into your wardrobe, and later this afternoon, how to work it into your decor. Enjoy!

[bouquet by Blossom & Branch, short dress by Ivy and Aster from Lovely, necklace from Roarke NYC, headband from Jennifer Behr, pink trim from M&J Trim used as belt, rings from Alissia MT, shoes by Badgley Mischka and dyed by stylist, (Look 2) dress by Ivy & Aster from Lovely, neckace & bracelets from Kate Spade, headpiece by Jennifer Behr, green trim from M&J Trim used as belt, rings from Alissia MT, shoes by Badgley Mischka and dyed by stylist, earrings bought off a street vendor and painted with nailpolish, balloon by Geronimo Balloon Troopers]

Above: 1 dress, 2 looks….changing the necklace makes a huge difference right?  It’s all about your comfort level…you can go with a subtle pop or go full on color blast!

Cheap trick tip: Adding pops of neon doesn’t have to be expensive!  Sometimes all it takes is a spray can, fabric dye, paint or even nailpolish.  Those earrings you see above?  I bought them from a street vendor and painted them with some fluorescent yellow nail polish!  You can do the same thing with necklaces or other pieces of jewelry too..


[dress by Ivy & Aster from Lovely, necklace & bracelets from Kate Spade, headpieces by Jennifer Behr, green trim from M&J Trim used as belt, rings from Alissia MT, nailpolish is Rare by Illamasqua from Sephora]

Cheap trick: You can buy simple trim from a fabric or ribbon store to add a bit of color to your dress….for this shoot, fluorescent ribbon was used as dress sashes and bracelets!

[dress by Ulla-Maija from Gabriella Bridal Salon, pink necklace by Adia Kibur from Shopbop, bracelets by Roarke NYC, balloon by Geronimo Balloon Troopers, orange necklace from Elva Fields, bobbypins from JCrew]

Dont want to commit to a lot of color all at once?  A pop of pink lipstick, a bright chunky necklace, or even some colorful bobby pins could give your outfit just the punch it needs.

VENDORS

Photography: 1. art beauty life (assisted by Michael Troy)
Concept: Vané Broussard
Fashion styling: Merci New York (assisted by Stephanie and Amélie)
Florals: Blossom & Branch
Makeup & hair: Face Time Beauty
Veils: Jennifer Behr
Dresses & jewelry: as listed
Model: Thomi from DBG Model Management
Balloons: Geronimo Balloons
Location: iCi in Fort Greene

1. art beauty life, Merci New York, and Blossom & Branch are vendors of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings.

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Real wedding: Lauren + Lawrence

Lauren + Lawrence had all the right pieces and vendors in place for this gorgeous wedding…such a charming affair!

I am so glad to be writing here because, as you’ll see, we relied on Brooklyn Bride every step of the way!

So much has been said here and elsewhere about Blue Hill at Stone Barns, so I’ll just say this: the 64-person private dining room is the holy grail for a couple who wants a long, drinky dinner-party in lieu of a dancey-reception. I’ll also say this: what really stole our hearts (even more than the food, if you believe it) was the Blue Hill private events staff. Throughout the whole process, but especially on the day of the wedding, Estelle Silbermann and Michael Greenberg were like spiritual leaders. No choosing linens or wines or chairs or creating table numbers, blah blah blah. They print menus and put them on cute mini-clipboards and put them at each place setting! They manage the iPod. They bake the cake! They take your guests on a private tour of the farm on the afternoon of the wedding! They’ll even do the flowers but I wanted the inimitable Saipua.

FLOWERS: Sarah and Amy from Saipua made a special trip up to Sleepy Hollow to scope out the space — they created wreaths and swags to give the dining room the folksy feel we wanted.

CLOTHES, ETC: My dress was Jenny Packham. I bought it from Mark Ingram (all in all a much less intimidating, less awful experience than I expected). Shoes were Prada. Hair clip was Jennifer Behr. Lawrence wore a JCrew suit, his shirt and tie were from In God We Trust. Virginia Bradley did my makeup, and this was something I did not think I wanted, but am so glad I hired Virginia and recommend her wholeheartedly.  Anna Sheffield of Bing Bang made our custom rings.

STATIONERY: Our invitations and save-the-dates were Anna Bond from Rifle Design. Lawrence conceived of the map, sent Anna a sketch, and she made it look perfect.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Leo Patrone was our photographer and he rules. He brought warmth and humor to something that was, for us, an uncomfortable process of being “looked at” nonstop for three days. We found him here on Brooklyn Bride — when I learned he’d shot the wedding of a guy I went to high school with! We had a lot of fun with Leo in our apartment in Bushwick, and at Roberta’s.

STUFF: We had tote bags from Custom Ink.com, luminaries from Paper Acorn via Etsy. Cake toppers from Melabo via Etsy. For favors, we filled mason jars with chocolate covered espresso beans from nutsonline.com and then glued toy farm animals to the tops. Oh, and we had a quaker-style wedding certificate for everyone to sign, and we also made a seating chart poster from a great, affordable site: DocumentsandDesigns.com.

[images from Leo Patrone]

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Top 10: Hairpieces & veils

I’ve been having such trouble finding all the modern accessories and goodies when I want them, so I’ve decided to start a new column featuring my top 10 favs for weddings…this week I’m starting with veils and hairpieces that are sheer perfection for modern brides.

If you’ve got a topic relating to weddings you’d like covered, let me know in the comments!

1st row: Thief and Bandit, Twigs & Honey, Wedding Aisle
2nd row: Oh My Deer, Jennifer Behr
3rd row: George Wu (via OnceWed), Giant Dwarf, ban.do
4th row: ban.do, Lo Boheme

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