What an amazing time we had at the Engage!13 conference last week at the gorgeous Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina. We came back so inspired and thought it would be the perfect venue to feature as our first wedding location of June! Built in 1895 as the residence of George and Edith Vanderbilt, the Biltmore house is still the largest home in America. Not only does the castle-like house cover four acres and feature 250 rooms, the surrounding area has a village filled with restaurants and shops, a winery, and an outdoor adventure center, making it a destination your guests can enjoy for days.
Photo credit: The Biltmore Company
Photo credit: Woodward & Ricky
Photo credit: Parker J Photograpy
For a dress fit for this historic and elegant venue, we’ve chosen a shimmering gown with a tulle overlay from Johanna Johnson.
We love this dress for a Biltmore bride because it’s sleek and sophisticated, with a feel of old-world glamour just like the venue. To highlight the subtle metallic sheen of the dress, we’ve paired it with accessories in tones of gold and ivory. The gold cuff bracelet and coordinating earrings are perfect for the statement bride, and a beaded clutch completes the look.
The virtual jewelry boutique, Charm & Chain has AMAZING pieces, and I am so excited that they will be partnering with us for The Styling Suite at Engage!13!!! They were originally introduced to me through one of my Stylish Bride clients who is best friends with the Director of Merchandising. From the minute I contacted them, they have been wonderful to work with, and so generous with the items they are sending. I would encourage you to check out their site…I have found more than a few pieces that I have to have for my own collection!!!
And here is a sneak peak at some of the stunning pieces they have sent us for Engage…
Johanna Johnson is a wedding dress designer form Australia who has recently made her US debut due to large demand from US brides for her gowns. Her dresses are the epitome of elegance, with an inspired vintage flare, but not at all costumy. They are gorgeous! While I was viewing them at Bridal Market in April, I noticed that she also has amazing jewelry that is absolutely perfect for our Gatsby Gala. I could not be more excited to show you her items and to work with them at Engage!13!!!
I recently discovered the amazing website Thomas Laine as I was looking for art deco jewelry for Engage!13. Have you ever seen something on Pinterest that you love and you obsessively research it until you find it? Well that was me for the first pair of earrings below. I just had to have them in the The Stylish Dresser Styling Suite. I am so happy that I found Thomas Laine because not only are they lovely to work with but they just opened up a New York showroom where brides can see their impressive selection in person. Here is a sneak peak at some of their awesome art deco pieces we will have for attendees to borrow for the Gala.
Engage!13 is less than one week away!!! Each day this week we are going to be featuring one of our amazing partners for The Stylish Dresser Styling Suite where guests can borrow hand-selected Gatsby inspired accessories for the Gala!
I loveMoyna’s beaded evening bags, so I was beyond excited when they agreed to partner with us for Engage!13. Because really, an outfit is not complete until you have a great bag to go with it! Here are just a few of the amazing bags they have lent to us for the event. Visit us in The Stylish Dresser Styling Suite on Tuesday afternoon to see the full collection.
If you are like me, you have waited until now to think about what you are going to wear to all the different events at Engage!13 (you know the saying, cobblers children have no shoes!). Anyway, I’ve had a few friends call me for suggestions for the final night Gala with a Great Gatsby theme. While I was shopping in Bloomingdales yesterday, I had them in mind, and noticed that they have a slew of great options that would work. So I thought I would share with you incase you are in that same boat.
First up are two dresses from needle & thread. Aren’t they just perfect for a Gatsby night!?!?
Next are two super cute dresses from Alice and Olivia that aren’t outwardly Gatsby, but with the right accessories could be amazing!This Trina Turk is one of my favorites. I love the damask pattern and the little chiffon skirt. So flapper! Even Kate Spade got into the deco theme with this patterned dress!
Both of these dresses by Parker are real show stoppers. The first, in a deep emerald green with black beading would be great for Gatsby!I really love this one, and it looks like fun to dance in with the beaded fringe at the bottom!
A cute number by Trina Turk…And finally, for those of you that are a bit more body conscious and wouldn’t be excited about showing your knees (mine haven’t been seen since 1994!) these dresses are basic, and easy to accessorize in Gatsby garb at the Styling Suite!!!
Eileen FischerT by TahariAnd Lauren by Ralph Lauren
When helping a family put together the different fashion pieces for a wedding, I find that the Mothers of the Bride and Groom often have the hardest time. They want to look chic, appropriate, like themselves, comfortable and amazing. And they almost always say to me that they don’t want to look like the boring MOB/MOG in a beige suit! And often times, as many women do, they feel a bit self-conscious about their figures.
So in honor of all the mom’s out there and Mother’s Day this weekend, I wanted to put together some ideas for them to think about. Sometimes designers can make dresses in different colors, and if you see something you like, I would encourage you to inquire.
As I was watching this Vera Wang wedding dress walk down the runway, I fell in love with the chic simplicity of it. It proves the saying that sometimes less is more. They describe it as a “silk crepe soft mermaid with a sheer back”. And while I think this dress can lend its self to many different settings, I can really see it as-is in a chic downtown loft. It will drastically change with how it is accessorized, but I happen to LOVE the kid-skin gloves. So chic.
We are so happy to be back from our hiatus, and diving in to our bridal market coverage. Better late than never, right?!?! So instead of reviewing the trends and everything you’ve seen and already, let’s talk about dresses for different types of weddings. Because let’s face it, as pretty as some of the dresses are, if they don’t go with your style of wedding, they just don’t make sense.
There are many many different dresses you can wear to get married on the beach. But one of the most fun that we saw was this Elizabeth Fillmore “Plume” gown. I just love the eyelet embroidered organza and the ostrich plumes! Typically I’m not a fan of the high/low hem, but in this case it really works. And where else better to wear it than on a beach!?!?