Mon

Boston Marathon

Hello everyone-

We had originally planned to take the day off from posting while our wonderful writer, Erin ran in today’s Boston Marathon. Thankfully she was not injured, but due to the horrible circumstances of the bombing we are going to take a break so she can recover.  We will be back on Monday with Bridal Market coverage from the New York fashion shows.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the injured, and those affected by this tragedy.

-Julie

Wed

Caribbean Club Bridesmaid Style

We are back today at the beautiful Caribbean Club for our Bridesmaid Style Edition. As we showcased yesterday our bride is wearing a stunning Jason Wu Grecian gown. Today we have styled the bridesmaids in a dramatic orange chiffon Michael Michael Kors dress. This chiffon dress is pleated and cinched at the waits with a studded faux leather belt.  We have paired the dress with simple Monica Vinader necklace, Kenneth Jay Lane earrings and a Philippe Audibert bracelet. Whats your favorite piece?

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Tue

Caribbean Club

This week we are excited to feature the beautiful Caribbean Club! With its lush sandy beaches and crystal clear waters it is the perfect place to tie the knot. Located on Seven Mile beach on Grand Cayman, it is the epitome of an intimate family affair. There are only 37 three-bedroom villas that overlook the beach which makes it an amazing place to get away with your family and friends! For our beach-side ceremony inspiration we have our bride in a gorgeous Jason Wu leather-paneled jersey gown. This gown is perfect for a beach ceremony it is classic and contemporary. We have paired it with easy Ancient Greek Sandals Clio two-tone leather sandals for easy comfort walking down the aisle in sand. To add a pop of color we paired the dress with an orange Nancy Gonzalez crocodile clutch that will match the bridesamids’ dresses.  What do you think?

 

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Fri

Rehersal Dinner

Today is our final day at The Pierre New York, and with the amazing Leslie Mastin.  Thank you so much to both of you for being a part of our blog!

I thought that it would be wonderful to end the week by showing you the amazing rehearsal dinner dress that the brilliant designer, Peter Soronen, made for Mary.  She wanted something really special and very unique. She loved this a-line shape, and when I saw this dress in Peter’s collection, I knew it would be perfect for her.  It has a pale pink slip underneath the black organza dress.  My favorite part is the Chantilly lace accents he uses. She felt amazing in it, and had a great time at her party!

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Thu

Ring Bearer Attire

At The Stylish Bride, I often face the challenge of how to dress the Ring Bearer for a formal wedding.  It’s a tough one, because there are so many factors to consider: 1) what will go with the overall look of the wedding 2) what the groomsmen are wearing 3) what the little boy will actually wear 4) not spending a ton of money on something he will never wear again.

The obvious choice would be a little tuxedos, but for this wedding they wanted the boys in something a bit more youthful.  Enter the Eaton suit. This darling little black velvet outfit from The Best Dressed Child was the perfect choice for their ring bearers.  Paired with white knee socks and black shoes, they looked absolutely darling!!!

 

Photo by Donna Newman

Photo by Donna Newman

Wed

Tips for a Pierre Wedding

Instead of our usual Wednesday theme of “Ask Julie” I thought it would be fun to “Ask Leslie Mastin“, the amazing event planner that we are featuring this week.

Photo by Donna Newman

Photo by Donna Newman

Here are her Tips for getting married at The Pierre:

1) Utilize Central Park for Photos: One of the many amazing features about getting married at The Pierre is the location directly across from Central Park.  Even if you can’t go into the park for photos, many of the rooms have views which can be a lovely back drop.

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Photo by Roey Yohai

 2) Hot Fudge Sundae: Don’t miss the hot fudge sundae complete with chocolate dripping down the sides. Yum!
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Photo by Donna Newman

3) The Suite Life:  If you can, book the bridal suite for two nights so you can enjoy waking up there and getting ready.  They do a wonderful job catering breakfast and lunch en-suite for the bridal party.
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4) Stop in for a Drink:  Sometime during the planning process, make time for a drink at The Pierre’s hotel bar, Two E.  Not only do they make a fantastic martini, but they have great bar snacks too!  It’s not to be missed!
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5) Bath time!: One of my favorite things in the world is a great bath, and the Pierre has the most amazing tubs and bath products. When you wake up on your wedding morning, treat yourself to a bubble bath to start the pampering.

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Tue

The Pierre Bridesmaid Style

 

Photo by Donna Newman

Photo by Donna Newman

How to dress the bridesmaids is always something that my clients agonize over.  It’s such a difficult decision because the bride wants them to look and feel great, but the choices are somewhat limited. Continuing our feature of The Pierre Hotel and Leslie Mastin Events, we are going to talk about how to dress your bridesmaids for a formal New York City wedding.

I know that you have heard me say this before, but I will make no secrets of the fact that I prefer long bridesmaid dresses. To me, they give a much more polished and classic look.  You don’t have to worry about the dresses all being hemmed to the same point on each bridesmaid, and what her shoes look like. Also, long bridesmaid dresses are more formal than short, so for this wedding they were the perfect choice.

Mary, our lovely bride above, wanted to do something long and cream.  In theory, she like the idea of each bridesmaid having their own dress style, but she was concerned that it would look messy. Ultimately, she decided on the Aidan dress by Jenny Yoo that allowed the bridesmaids to all look the same, but with a twist.  This dress is fantastic for several reasons:

1) The shape is great, and flattering on many different body types

2) It comes in a slew of different colors of Luxe Chiffon

3) It’s a convertable dress that can be worn over 15 different ways!  This is accomplished with two chiffon panels of fabric on the front and back of the dress that can be concocted into many beautiful styles.

My advice for having this turn out well is to know the style each bridesmaid is going to wear ahead of time, and have it perfected. That way, no one is figuring it out during the rush of getting ready.

Here is a great chart from their website that illustrates many of the different ways it can be worn:

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Mon

The Pierre and Leslie Mastin Events

The Pierre, New York

This is a very special week, as we are kicking off a new monthly series featuring top wedding planners and the properties where they love to work!!!

To us, the perfect place to start is right here in New York City with Leslie Mastin of Leslie Mastin Events, and one of her favorite venue’s, The Pierre. We could not be more excited to highlight this property that is synonymous with classic New York and luxury. The cherry on top: it is also a Stylish Bride client who we helped craft every aspect of the fashion for the wedding!

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Screen Shot JE2012-12-20 at 1.41.51 PMWhy we love Leslie: Simply put, Leslie Mastin is one of the very best people that I know in our industry. I have done several weddings with her, and each time is was a pleasure to work with her and the client is thrilled. After being in the industry for 20 years, she has recently gone out on her own and opened her company, Leslie Mastin Events. I could not be more excited to see the amazing events she plans in the coming years!

These are photos by Donna Newman that are from the recent wedding Leslie and I worked on at The Pierre. The floral design was by Lewis Miller. Isn’t it beautiful!?!?

 

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5 things Leslie loves about working at The Pierre:

1) The flow of the space is fantastic from the ceremony to cocktails to dinner, and the floor plan gives you the ability to grow in space as the night goes on.

2) The Catering team under the leadership of Bill Spinner are seasoned pros and a joy to work with.

3) The Chef and his talented culinary team are always open to new ideas. We have served everything from fried chicken and kobe beef burgers for entrees to mini banana split bites for dessert

4) The rooms have just been renovated and the team managing them are very helpful.

5) They pay attention to the small details and go out of their way to personalize the experience to the client.

The Wedding Dress:

Mary’s wedding dress story is one of my favorites. Leslie introduced us, and at our first meeting, she told me that she hates to shop, and she’s really worried about finding a wedding dress that she likes. After learning a lot more about her and what she likes, I set up an afternoon of appointments for her to try on dresses. Our first stop was Vera Wang, which I knew would be the perfect place to begin as they take such good care of my clients. The second dress Mary tried, she didn’t want to take off, and decided then and there that it was her dress! She absolutely loved it, and felt amazing in it on her wedding day!

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All Photos by Donna Newman Photography