Emmy Trends We Hope to See at Bridal Market: Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Monique Lhuillier



Who watched the Emmys on Sunday night? We did, and we found plenty of bridal inspiration from the gowns of the best women in television. This week we’re featuring four looks we loved on the red carpet, and why we hope to see similar looks at Bridal Market soon.

Our first pick: Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Monique Lhuillier

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The lovely Veep star took home her second Emmy in a row for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and we think she absolutely killed it in this stunning Monique Lhuillier gown.

We love that it’s a totally unexpected look from what we typically see from Monique Lhuillier. The sparkly column is pure glamour, and it would be perfect for a bride who wants to change into a reception dress. More and more of our brides are looking for dresses in a blush color instead of a traditional white or ivory, and we think this gown is an amazing example of how pretty the color can be.

Would you wear this dress as a bride?


Viceroy Riviera Maya Bridesmaid Style

Ah, back to our imaginary Mexican vacation at the luxurious Viceroy Riviera Maya. Yesterday we introduced you to the property and showed you a style fit for an elegant beach bride. Today we pick a coordinating, complementary look for her bridesmaids.

Viceroy Bridesmaid

In keeping with the beachy yet formal vibe we see for a wedding at this location, we love this light and floaty gown from Erin Fetherston. To play off the subtle metallic detail of the dress and the bride’s own elegantly neutral look, we’ve paired it with simple gold strappy sandals, delicate jewelry, and a sparkly clutch.

Would you like this look as a bridesmaid?

Dress, Erin Fetherston

Shoes, Aquazzura

Clutch, Marni

Earrings, Jennifer Miller

Necklace, Jennifer Miller


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Viceroy Riviera Maya

After last week’s heat wave in the concrete jungle of New York, we’re dreaming of spending the rest of the summer on sandy white beaches dipping our toes into cool turquoise water.

Hence it seems like the perfect time to feature the beautiful Viceroy Riviera Maya for this week’s blogs.


This six-acre resort on the Carribean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico makes for a destination wedding to remember. There are 41 private villas, miles of beautiful beach, a spa, and a variety of romantic, gourmet restaurants. A couple could celebrate the local culture with traditional Mayan blessings and rituals (with an in-house shaman!), or plan their own ceremony on the beach at sunset.

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Beachfront Villa 1But what to wear at this gorgeous location? Here’s how we’d style a bride at the Viceroy Riviera Maya.

Viceroy Bride

Even though the property is on the beach, the Viceroy Riviera Maya has a chic, sophisticated feel and so we’d like to see a bride here in a dress with some significance. We love this Carolina Herrera wrap gown because it’s so pretty and feminine, giving an incredibly chic vibe that feels soft and relaxed enough for a beach wedding, but still elegant enough for the venue. The dress makes such a statement with its beautiful lace that we’d keep the accessories simple and neutral to let the dress be the main focus.

What do you think of this lovely gown? Would you wear it to a beach wedding? Would you want to get married at the Viceroy Riviera Maya?

Gown, Carolina Herrera

Shoes, Manolo Blahnik

Earrings, Monica Rich Kosann

Clutch, Judith Leiber


Engage Gatsby Gala: Cindy and Harriette

Finishing off our coverage of the Engage!13 Gatsby Gala, I wanted to share with you this photo of the amazing Cindy Novotny, founder of Master Connection Associates! I just love it. You can really tell how happy she is. And doesn’t she look amazing in her necklace from Charm & Chain!!!

Photo by Andrew Henderson for Carla Ten Eyck

Photo by Andrew Henderson for Carla Ten Eyck

“Julie made me feel like a celebrity that was living the life of a Gatsby Gal.  Thanks for the special touch – it made the evening beyond compare!”  Cindy Novotny


I have to tell you that I was really honored when I got a call from Harriette Rose Katz, Founder and President of Gourmet Advisory Services, asking if I had anything that would look good in her hair! As you all know, she is an icon in the industry, and I have never seen her looking anything short of perfectly put together!  It was an honor to have her and her associate Tracy Friedman come to the suite and select some fun pieces to wear! Here is what she had to say:

“I must admit that I try to bring all the jewelry I think I would need at the Engage events…but the gatsby gala threw me for a loop.  I was so happy to hear that Julie provided gorgeous things.  I was amazed at her collection.  I chose a comb that she promised I could buy…I loved it so much…and it was totally appropriate.” -Harriette Rose Katz

Cindy and Harriette, thank you so much for coming to the Style Suite and letting me blog about it! You both looked amazing!

So that’s it for now on our Engage!13 coverage.  I would love to hear your thoughts, and answer any questions you have about how to dress for a themed event!


Engage Gatsby Gala: Vanessa, Michelle & Lauren

I love going through the photos from the Engage!13 Gatsby Gala…what an magical night it was!  I am so happy to share some of those moments with you through the lens of what people were wearing.  Helping them Get Their Gatsby On at The Styling Suite was so much fun, and I hope you enjoy this snippet of a great night!

Michelle and Vanessa

I think that Vanessa Kreckel of Two Paper Dolls (left), and Michelle Rago of Michelle Rago Destinations look amazing in this photo!!! Doesn’t it look like they are really from the Gatsby era!?! Vanessa is wearing a gorgeous Moyna handbag that perfectly compliments her dress, and Michelle is wearing a caplet also by Moyna, and a bracelet and earrings from Thomas Laine. Gorgeous! 

“”I cry my eyes out every time I get invited to a costume thingy because I prefer not to dress up. So when Julie Sabatino of the Stylish Dresser emailed saying she was providing an accessorizing suite I breathed a sigh of relief!! I trust her taste and she did not disappoint!” Finding the right dress was stressful enough! She made me feel beautiful.” -Michelle



Photo by Carla Ten Eyck

Lauren Brunner, of Donna Morgan is looking fresh and lovely in her Johanna Johnson Headpiece and Moyna bag.  They compliment her outfit perfectly!!!

“I love a theme party and I thought the Styling Suite provided that little something extra to the evening.  I loved being able to pick and choose my headpiece and clutch for the evening as they aren’t items I have in my wardrobe.”


Engage Gala Recap: Jasmine, Harmony and Samantha

Continuing our coverage of the Engage!13 Gatsby Gala, we are so excited to feature some of our lovely industry friends.  Thank you for your kind words ladies, and for using The Stylish Dresser Suite!!!

Photo by Allan Zepeda

Photo by Allan Zepeda

Jasmine Star is the owner of her own California based photography business. Doesn’t she look amazing here wearing a Jennifer Behr headband!?!?! Here is what she had to say:

“Julie, thank you SO much for the Styling Suite at Engage.  It was such a fun experience to be dolled up by you and your creative team…I appreciate your attention to flair in the spirit of celebration!”



Harmony Walton, owner of The Bridal Bar in L.A., (pictured here with the always dapper Donald Akin of the One and Only Palmilla) is looking lovely in her Gatsby attire. She is wearing a beaded Moyna shrug, Jennifer Behr headpiece, and earrings from The Wedding Suite at Nordstrom.

“From someone who doesn’t always love a themed dress code, this party was absolutely the best – in large part because of Julie Sabatino’s Style Suite to help us fit the bill.  Her mega on-location closet and beautiful accessories were so fun to play dress up with, it really kicked the night off right!”

Samantha Roberts

Samantha Roberts, Social Media Guru at The Knot is a vision in her Gatsby Gala garb. To complete her look, she chose a Johanna Johnson headpiece and a Moyna handbag.  She said:

“You were such a great help to me as I tried to complete my look for the Gatsby Gala. You were able to see my dress, listen to my vision and helped me pick out the perfect accessories to take me back to a more glamorous era. I received compliments until the very end of the night and had the time of my lifeIt’s true that a few fabulous accessories can transform an entire look. Thanks so much for your help!”

We could not agree with you more about the accessories, Samantha! Thanks so much!!!


Styling Suite Recap

Two weeks ago at Engage!13 at The Biltmore in Asheville, NC, we set up a Styling Suite to help our industry colleagues get their Gatsby on for the Gala. We brought down over 200 hand picked accessories from amazing partners to finish off their Gatsby looks.  We wanted to share some of the photos of the Suite and the fun we had.

A big thank you to Jeremie Barlow for the amazing photos below, and to everyone that visited the Suite!!!





Biltmore: One Dress, Two Ways

Now that we’ve envisioned styles for a bride and her bridal party for a beautiful wedding at the Biltmore, we’re dreaming up two looks for our bride for her rehearsal dinner, based on one stunning dress.

Biltmore Estate wedding, Asheville, NC

Photo credit: Woodward & Rick Photography

How gorgeous is this rehearsal space? Inspired by the Great Gatsby-themed gala held at the Biltmore for Engage!13, we’re focusing on creating a feel that is vintage-inspired without crossing into costume-y, over-the-top territory. This Nina Ricci gown is a perfect fit: the satin and lace hark are luxurious and and full of classic glamour, while the sheer bodice and relaxed skirt with pockets keep it modern for today’s fashionista.

Biltmore Rehearsal

For a more formal or traditional vibe, we’re showcasing sparkly accessories in tones of silver, with a retro Mary Jane sandal, Deco-inspired earrings and a simple bracelet, and an amazing bag you wouldn’t be surprised to see on the arm of Daisy Buchanan.

For a bride who wants to look a little more casual and funky, we’ve chosen bold accessories in black and emerald green to stand out against the vivid white of the dress. A thick black cuff adds a sparkly statement and these sleek Jimmy Choo heels add a dark and sexy touch to an otherwise sweet dress. Add in a few hints of rich green in the form of ornate earrings and a beaded clutch, and this bride has a high impact yet appropriate look for the night before her biggest night.

Which look would you choose for this dress?

Dress, Nina Ricci

Formal accesories: Thomas Laine earrings / Charm and Chain crystal bracelet / Moyna bag / Jimmy Choo pumps

Casual accessories: Thomas Laine emerald earrings / Charm and Chain cuff / Moyna clutch / Jimmy Choo sandals

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Ask Julie

Question: I want to have a vintage-inspired look for my wedding, but I don’t want to seem like I’m wearing a costume. How do I get a vintage feel but still look modern?


 Answer: For a bride getting married at an historical venue like the Biltmore, I’m often asked how to create a look that fits the setting but is still appropriate for a modern day woman. To keep the look from veering into costume party territory, keep the vintage style focused to one aspect of the look. For instance, if you’ve chosen a gown that has an old-fashioned feel, wear your hair down in a relaxed style and keep accessories minimal. If your dress is more modern, feel free to add vintage touches as accents, like a lace veil or your great-grandmother’s pearl earrings.

Color can also play a big part in keeping your look modern. If your heart is set on having lace or other vintage-inspired details in your gown, look for one that’s available in a fresh white rather than shades of champagne or ivory. A brighter tone can make a vintage-style gown look up-to-date.


Biltmore Bridesmaid Style

Yesterday we showed you a gorgeous, vintage-inspired look for a Biltmore bride. To complement the soft, romantic style of her Johanna Johnson gown and the classic glamour of the stately venue, here’s how we’d style her bridesmaids:


We’d start with a convertible strapless gown from Jenny Yoo in a lovely shade of peachy blush to harmonize with the golden tones in our bridal ensemble. The bridesmaids could style the dress in a variety of ways for an individual look, or they could all keep the classic strapless shape. A bold necklace and a chunky bracelet with vintage charms feels right for the historical venue, while the clutch and shoes add a little pizzazz with sparkle and pattern.

Woodward & Rick Photographers | Asheville Wedding photographer
Photo credit: Woodward & Rick

 Would you choose this ensemble for your bridesmaids?

Chiffon gown, Jenny Yoo

Charm bracelet, Charm and Chain

Necklace, Charm and Chain

Shoes, Alice + Olivia

Folded clutch, Moyna

More inspiration for bridesmaids’ attire: