Thursday, April 24, 2014

Notes from the Interns: timelines

From intern Jess:
This week I had the pleasure of sitting in on the Weickel final detailing. We went over decor and vendors for the big day. I was given the task of completing the final paperwork. As this was my first time handling, I had much to learn. It was thrilling to see the timeline come together. This document lays out the day to the minute, perfect for all the type "A" personalities involved in the wedding. The final documents also help highlight what still needs to be confirmed before the big day. After envisioning the wedding day on paper, it will be a real treat to see it come to life.>

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Amy's Inspired: Bridal Fashion Week

From intern Amy:

*Dresses shown above: 1) Vera Wang 2) Houghton 3) Rivini 4) Nicole Miller 5) Houghton 6) Monique Lhuillier 7) Vera Wang 8) Theia 9) Reem Acra 10) Jenny Packham 11) Kenneth Pool 12) Alberta Feretti 13) Theia 14) Monique Lhuillier 15) Reem Acra 16) Jenny Packham 17) Monique Lhuillier 18) Alberta Feretti

I am a sucker for all Fashion Weeks, but Bridal Fashion Weeks definitely hold a more special place in my heart. It’s truly a breathtaking, exquisite, and just plain lovely sight to behold. And this year’s Spring 2015 show did not disappoint. Designers sent so much style and flair down the runway and set off cool new trends that are sure to show up in many weddings ahead. Of all the trends I saw, here are my favorites below:

1) Off-The-Shoulder: This romantic look ruled the runway this season showing itself in shows such as Monique Lhuiller, Jenny Packham, and Marchesa. If you want to highlight your gorgeous “d├ęcolletage” this is the perfect gown for you.

2) Illusion Backs: This sexy, come-hither look allows the bride to look just as fabulous in the back as in the front. In my opinion, some of the best wedding gowns with illusion backs this season came from Kenneth Pool.

3) Plunging V-Necks: In seasons past the trend may have been the backless dress, but this year it’s all about the deep V. Designers took advantage of this look to give gowns a more old-Hollywood glam or Grecian goddess feel. The gowns in numbers 7 and 12 of the inspiration board certainly do the look justice.

4) Non-Traditional Colors: While designers in seasons past may have given us lines of boldly colored gowns, this year they are keeping it light and airy by just giving us a hint of hue that might even be missed if glancing too quickly. Monique Lhuillier gave us beautiful robin egg blue dresses, while Christos kept it pretty in pink with light blush gowns.

5) ‘90s Minimalist: Out of all the trends, this might be my favorite. These amazing gowns that could double as a slip dress owned the runway this season, offering the perfect amounts of slinky, sultry, and even grungey. With an easy dress, easy hair, and natural makeup, brides can look as beautiful and effortless as can be for their big day. My favorite take on the trend is Vera Wang’s in number 7 above.

6) Crop Tops: The edgy, fashion-forward brides have a lot to stumble over this season as crop tops are in full swing but on and off the wedding runway. As my second favorite trend this year, the best crop top and full skirt looks in my opinion come from Houghton, Theia, and Vera Wang.

All I can say is that I’m jealous of all you Spring 2015 brides! I hope this roundup of trends helps steer you to finding your dream dress for the big day. As always, happy planning!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Jess' Inspired: Why Wear White

From intern Jess:
This season's runway proved to be a colorful one. Why wear white when designers are offering the colors of the rainbow? Each year designers are pushing the envelope with daring color pallettes, textures and designs. This year we saw yellows, blues, pinks, nudes, reds, orange, platinum and even black wedding gowns!

Dare to be different with these 5 gowns from the Spring 2015 lines.

Galia Lahav - For the offbeat bride, this fuchsia sheath gown with black lace overlay is a dream come true. This Gothic inspired high-neck gown and illusion back is a total showstopper.  

Monique Lhuillier - This wedding world Queen surprised us with a whimsical A-line, dropped waisted gown in cornflower blue. The 3-dimensional rosette details on the high-low skirt bring the dress alive.

Randi Rahm -  The use of patterns in wedding gowns is on the rise. This tan ball gown with pink flowers is a bold earthy option.

Rivini - Rivini rocked the runway with this sheath silhouetted nude gown with lace overlay. The lace details on this gown give the illusion that the design is painted on. Hubba Hubba!

Truly Zac Posen - This fire-engine red corset fit and flare gown packs a powerful punch. For the bride who loves the spotlight and is not afraid of color. Rawrr.

Shout outs to Women's Wear Daily & To see the full Spring 2015 lines visit their websites.  

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Real Weddings

From intern Amy:
This weekend was my dear friend Gloria Lim’s wedding. You may remember her from a previous post I did on “How To Throw A Bridal Shower.” I was lucky enough to be one of her bridesmaids and be alongside her throughout this journey for her big day.

On Saturday, we started getting ready around 8:30 am. Just before then, we did a quick Starbucks run to pick up some drinks for the bridal party. When we told them we were getting them for a bridal party they ended up giving us 50 percent off our entire order! They don’t typically do that, but the Starbucks employees in Pennsylvania were being incredibly kind that morning and just did it for us as a surprise. If you’re a bridesmaid or maid of honor getting some coffee for everyone before you go, it never hurts to ask! Thanks, Starbucks!

When we arrived at the park, Walton, the groom, was blindfolded and patiently waited to see his blushing bride. They shared their special moment at the one of the most picturesque of places – in front of a tall barn with red doors. I could already feel myself fighting back tears. When he finally looked at her, I could see how happy they both were and how much they were cherishing the moment. Soon after, they took some portraits together with a big yellow balloon as one of their props, and they looked as gorgeous as ever. The bridal party just waited around and took some photos and selfies.

Following the portraits, as well as some bridal party shots, we headed over to the church where the couple would first partake in a Korean traditional wedding ceremony called “Paebaek.” Following this, we had a little bit of downtime to grab a bite to eat that the groomsmen kindly brought. And before we knew it, it was ceremony time. As all our hearts fluttered, we said a prayer for the bride and lined up outside the doors. The music started and everyone entered in one by one. When Gloria walked in with her dad, there was not a dry eye in the sanctuary. Not before long, Gloria and Walton were at last pronounced man and wife!

After a Korean dinner reception in the church, invite-only guests headed over to the dessert reception held in a tent at the beautiful Graeme Park. The rest of the night contained touching and hilarious speeches, an exciting father-daughter dance to “Happy” by Pharrell, drinks, desserts, and a hot dance floor. As the wedding came to an end, I could not believe the day we had all be waiting for was over and my friend was finally married! It was all so surreal, but I was so blessed and privileged to be a part of it all. I truly wish my friend and her hubby a lifetime of love and joy in their new journey ahead. I know it will be a beautiful and fruitful marriage.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jess is a Wedding Guest…Again!

From intern Jess:

My second wedding of the season was for two very dear friends, Megan & Ed. I was very anxious for this celebration after seeing the save the date and formal invitation as well as for the reunion of friends.

The ceremony was held a mere 50 minutes from NYC in the quaint village of Cold Spring at The Chapel Restoration. The chapel, which has no religious affiliations, was rebuilt in the Greek revival style in the 1970's. The views of the Hudson River from this historic landmark, were breathtaking and serene. We were escorted to an enclosed pew by the groomsmen and handed programs emblazoned with Megan and Ed's signature monogram. The room was lit by a beautiful candle candelabra.

Fashionably late the bridal party began their walk down one of the two aisles accompanied by a pianist. Each bridesmaid wore a different flowing cocktail dress of soft pale pink. They all carried hand-tied bouquets of cream, pink and green. The double doors were opened once more as the bride made her debut. Megan looked absolutely stunning in a whimsical tulle ballgown by David Fielden. She donned gold sparkle heels and a fingertip length veil and the men were traditional dressed in black tuxes.
The ceremony was short, sweet and full of laughter. My favorite part was while Megan was placing the ring on Ed's finger, she exclaimed "he has big knuckles". The room broke out in chuckles as she finally pushed the ring home. As they were pronounced husband and wife, this fun couple sealed the deal with a perfect peck. We all adjourned outside to congratulate the happy couple and take advantage of the beautiful weather for photos.

We travelled a short way to the reception space at Hollow Brook Golf Club. Cocktail hour was held by a fireplace filled with candles and a bar made from wine casks. The guests were greeted with mason jars of brandy iced tea and scrumptious eats, yum! A little later we were invited into the dining room. We were seated at oval tables of white with gold numbers. At each place setting was a menu adorned with a gold stag and doe as well as a hand planted succulent favor. The centerpieces of driftwood and roses emitted a subtle sweet scent while the cavernous room basked in the glow of candle light. The couple took the floor for their first dance to The Beatle's, "Baby I'm Amazed" and then the 90's dance party started. We finished the night off with a slice of the carrot wedding cake. We parted from friends with the promise of another reunion and waved goodbye as they departed on the party bus. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. McMillan your love story has just begun!   

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Amy's Inspired: Boho Chic

From intern Amy:

I love me a bohemian wedding. I know if I were to do my wedding over again, I would throw a flower crown on everyone, put all the men in tan suits, and maids in lacey dresses in shades of neutral. I would put my flower girl in a big, poufy tulle dress, have the ring bearer carry the trinkets on a slab of wood and moss bed, and just have flowers hanging everywhere. I would wear my hair down and dress myself in something perfectly ethereal. All our guests would be required to wear something of the era in soft shades – nothing too fancy but still fabulous. The wedding would take place in a clear tent or barn, housing a naked wedding cake and seed packet or honey jar favors. Yes, I see it now – sheer perfection.

Thus, today’s board is inspired by all things boho. Here are some items you can purchase from the Cloud Nove Events shop to help tie your event together if you are going with this theme.

Open Ornate Vintage Inspired Frame:

Vintage Inspired Silver Cake Serving Set:

Burlap Table Runner:

Decorating Glass Bottle Set:

Hopefully, this will be of some help to you if you are planning to throw a bohemian affair. Happy planning!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To Change Or Keep Your Name, That Is The Question

From intern Jessica:

The decision to keep your birth name (maiden name) is entirely up to you. Remember that scene from The Wedding Singer where Drew Barrymore’s character tries out her soon to be new last name, Julia Gulia? Sometimes our name may not sound amazing when paired with our new surname, yet we can’t help who we fall in love with. There are a multitude of reasons why women choose to change or keep their name. Some women decide to keep their maiden name if the new surname is popular. Other women worry for professional reasons and some feel they will lose their identity if they take on their spouse’s surname.

Should you make the big decision to change your name there is a lot of paperwork ahead of you. A few key things that will need changing will be your license, social security card, credit cards, bank information and passport. Remember when booking your honeymoon travel to book in your maiden name! Check out for tips, paperwork and guidance for a smooth name transition.