Bling For the Modern Bride: Carried Jewels

This week I was dazzled by lovely jewelry at the launch party for Carried Jewels, an online shop for unique bridal jewelry!

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Happy weekend Birdies! I’m so excited about today’s post. One of my favorite things to do is meet lovely human beings in the wedding industry who are offering unique and fantastic services to brides. This week, I attended a launch party for Carried Jewels, an online jewelry boutique specializing in engagement and bridal jewelry for the modern day bride. Why do i love them? Not only is the business run by the two most fantastically refreshing women, but the pieces are affordable, nontraditional, and just stunning. No two rings are alike and they’re all made to order. As someone that keeps my eyes open to bridal trends, I find that most of the big box jewelers carry the same styles of rings. It’s so refreshing to find Carried Jewels that really cares about catering to brides that aren’t looking for rings that all the other brides have. I was fortunate enough to see (and try on) some of their beautiful wares in person at the launch party hosted by Honey Bridal . Such a fun way to spend a Thursday evening: sipping cocktails courtesy of Crafthouse Cocktails , indulging in sweet treats by Altissima Cake Co. , and trying on sparkly jewelry! Each ring has it’s own personality, and you can even, layer, stack, and mix and match your favorites for the perfect bridal set! If you’re in the market for a ring, whether its for the ceremony or an anniversary, Carried Jewels is definitely the place to look. You can see their full collection online here

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New Bridal Boutique: Honey Bridal!

We’re super excited about the opening of a the new bridal boutique Honey Bridal in Andersonville!

Happy Monday birdies! Its finally June, peak wedding season where brides are planning their big day, getting married and writing sweet vows to their beloved! Its a wonderful time of year. One of the best parts of planning is finding the perfect gown. I love wedding downs, so many styles, so many fabrics and so many bridal shops to choose from. I am super excited about a new bridal boutique that opened up this month called Honey Bridal in Andersonville. Brought to you by the lovely ladies behind the Milk Handmade shop right next door, Honey Bridal is a place where a bride-to-be can be whatever kind of bride she wants. Honey carries so many different styles of gowns and separates, and is brimming with sparkly accessories for the perfect bridal look. The store is adorable and they only take one bride at a time for the best and most personal experience. If you’re looking for a place where they make your bridal dreams come true, look no further than Honey! See some captured moments from the opening and click here to learn more about Honey!FullSizeRender 2FullSizeRender 3FullSizeRender 4FullSizeRender 5FullSizeRender 6FullSizeRenderIMG_6186

Birdcage and Blushers x Rent The Runway: Bridal Looks For the Bride to Be!

Everyone knows that your wedding dress is probably the most important dress a bride will wear. However, what about all your other wedding events i.e. engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, welcome party etc.? With your family and friends celebrating your upcoming nuptials, why not look gorgeous and polished every step towards walking down the isle. This was very special! For this I partnered with fabulously stylish Rent The Runway for a fun shoot in downtown Chicago. If you’ve never tried RTR, you should! RTR offers designer clothes and accessories to rent for any occasion and affordable prices!  I worked with the lovely Camille Ries from the Chicago showroom and we pulled some fun looks featuring some of their newest pieces that would be great for your wedding event needs!

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The first look we shot was this sassy black popover jumpsuit by Jill Stuart. I really wanted to feature at least on jumpsuit since they are so in right now. I loved it because it reminded me of the black jumpsuit Carrie Bradshaw wore to her rehearsal dinner in the SATC movie! This is a super chic look, great for engagement photos, or rehearsal dinner (or whatever you want really! The stunning gold earrings are Lizzie Fortunate, and also available to rent!

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The next dress was so eye catching! I love jewel tones! They are bold and look goo on everyone. This J. Mendel Plunge Neck Draped Slit dress was so elegant, and unique. I love this dress! Its in a different direction than your typical white dress. But it’s so unique and classy. Here’s a close up! Hello legs!

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And last but certainly not least, my favorite dress of the day. The absolutely classic and absolutely stunning White Harlow dress by Jill Stuart. If i were getting ready to walk down the isle, I’d definitely wear this at the rehearsal dinner or a very elegant shower. The shape is so flattering and the dress is comfortable to wear. We decided to pair this dress with gorgeous Crystal Rimmed Pendant Earrings by Oscar De La Renta!

Here are the links for each piece below!

Contining Scrolling Below for the full gallery! Enjoy, and don’t forget to use Rent The Runway for any and all of your needs for your wedding events!
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Upcoming Event: 3Larks Bridal Pop-up

15540750_1824830864455061_7196962430697055225_oHi Birdies! Its almost the weekend! If you don’t have any plans, definitely check out 3Larks Bridal Pop-up Shop this Saturday! 3Larks does bridal pop ups, offering once-wed and designer sample gowns at discounted prices! Sounds like a bride’s dream right? The upcoming pop-up will be taking place this Saturday at Naturally Yours Events studio. It is by appointment only so make sure you email to register. You can find additional details here. Just like any other dress hunt, don’t forget to come prepared with all the necessities when trying on wedding gowns! Check out my list of dress shopping essentials here !

Happy hunting and I hope you find the dress of your dreams!

XOXO

Stitch and Fix: Alterations 101

 

Congratulations! After trying on tons of dresses, you’ve finally found the perfect wedding dress to walk down the aisle! But…what do you do next? FullSizeRender 23Unless you’re really lucky, your wedding dress isn’t going to fit you perfectly right off the rack. Like most brides, you’ll likely need some kind of alterations to your gown to make sure that it fits your beautiful bridal curves like a glove. Here are a few tips and notes to keep in mind:

  1. Order UP! Once you’ve found THE dress, you want to make sure you get the right size. Some brides make plans to get fit leading up to the big day. If you plan on dropping a few pounds between the time you buy your dress and the time you walk down the aisle, you don’t want to order your dress too small. It’s always easier to take make a dress smaller, than to make a dress bigger. Definitely consult with your seamstress on the best course of action for ordering the appropriate size.
  2. Finding a Seamstress. Every bridal salon operates a little differently. Some bridal boutiques have their own in-house alterations departments, while others have recommended seamstresses. If your choice boutique does not have a seamstress in-house, you definitely want to go with a place that they recommend. Wedding dresses are made with a lot of detail and delicate materials and you’ll want to leave your dress in the hands of a place that is experienced with such alterations.
  3. Cost? Average alterations cost can start at around $275 and go up from there. The cost of alterations varies. The more detailed or delicate you dress, the more expensive it’s likely to be. Materials like delicate lace, or beading can make the alterations a little more as well. Another thing that can affect the cost is adding things like buttons, a bustle, bra cups (get them!!!!), straps, sleeves, etc. Make sure you budget accordingly.
  4. When to go? Just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither are dress alterations. Expect to have at least two fittings before the wedding. You’ll want to give yourself, and the seamstress time to do the work so that you’ll have your dress on time. Its recommend you schedule your first fitting at least 6 to 8 months prior to the month of your wedding. Your first visit is the first consultation where your dress gets fitted, pinned etc. Depending on how detailed your dress is, it may take a little longer for the initial alterations to be done. Your second fitting will be to try on the dress with the first round of alterations. Your dress may fit perfect at that point, in which case you can take the dress with or leave it at the seamstress for a later pick-up. Otherwise, your seamstress will make minor adjustments, where you’ll have to go back again for another fitting.
  5. What to bring? When you go for your first fitting, it helps to bring the things you’ll actually be wearing on the day. At the very least, bring your shoes. If you haven’t decided on shoes yet, bring a pair that has the same heel height you plan to wear on the big say. This is key for length. If you have a belt, bring that too. If you have a veil at the time of your fitting. definitely bring it along, especially if you plan on having a floor length or cathedral veil. You’ll want to make sure the length of the dress coordinates with the length of the veil. Don’t forget your undergarments! Whatever undies or bras, shape-ware, make sure you have those on hand.
  6. Entourage or nah? For a first fitting you don’t need to bring an entire crew, like you would when you’re dress shopping. One or two people, whose eyes and opinion you trust should suffice.

Whether you found your dress or not, at least you’ll be prepared when you do!

Veil, Hair, and Accessories!

Happy Sunday Funday! I hope everyone’s weekend was wonderful! I wanted to take a second to share with you a tidbit of what’s going on with my own personal planning! With my vow renewal a short three weeks away, I finally took home my dress and veil! I was having a dilemma, like most brides do, about what to do with my hair: Up? Down? Straight? Curly? Veil or no veil? At the end, I decided to go with a veil, since i did a birdcage veil when i first gor married. As far as my tresses, I want to look beautiful but I want my hair to be as low maintenance as possible. In other words, I wanted a style that 1) I could do myself and 2) I could do in 20 minutes or less. I decided on a simple blow out with two braids pinned back on either side. Quick, simple, and pretty!

Veil: Elbow length veil from Mignonette Bridal

Headband: Yasmine Leaf Headband (in gold) from Francesca’s