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!!!
We are back at the fantastic Peninsula Chicago to talk about the bridesmaid’s style. As we showcased yesterday, the bride is wearing a gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown. Today our bridesmaids are wearing an Alice and Olivia sequin ball gown. We just love the metallic textured taffeta and the sequined bodice. Together they create a voluminous and beautiful dress that is perfect for a ballroom reception. The accessories are understated and simple playing off the metallic tones in the dress. What is your favorite piece?
This week we are featuring another one of our friends from the Engage12 conference, and heading to Chicago’s Peninsula Hotel on the Magnificent Mile. When I think of a Chicago wedding, I think of a traditional black-tie affair that is the epitome of understated elegance. In Chicago, there are few better places to do that than The Peninsula’s Grand Ballroom with floor to ceiling windows and breathtaking views. The Peninsula prides it’s self on incredible service and providing a relaxing environment for its guests. To us, it sounds like a wonderful place to check in for the weekend and get away from it all!
We love Monique Lhuillier’s “Candice” gown for it’s long sleeves and demure lacy sexiness. Sometimes the most alluring thing can be to show nothing except the shape of a woman. This dress does just that with it’s slim column silhouette and long sleeves. The detachable sheer skirt gives the bride a more traditional and voluminous look for going down the aisle and then a sophisticated dress for the reception. We would suggest changing up your hair and accessories to really make the two looks different and distinct.
This week we are focused on the The Hamptons as inspiration for our wedding attire. The Hamptons are the epitome of chic, country, and New York sophistication. When we think of The Hamptons, we think beautiful beaches, lush lawns, and gorgeous estates that are the perfect balance of country and chic. Hosting your reception in a tent gives you a blank canvas and lets you decide on everything from carpet to chandeliers! Here are some snapshots of The Hamptons and reception tents for inspiration. We think the perfect dress for a tented backyard wedding is this beautiful Carolina Herrera gown. It is classic, chic, and has a touch of sparkle making it the perfect compliment.
We are back at Little Nell for our bridesmaid style inspiration. As we showcased yesterday, the bride is wearing Valentino Haute Couture therefore the bridesmaids must also be styled accordingly. The bridesmaids dresses are beautiful MATTHEW WILLIAMSON in creamy silk-chiffon. The mint color will tie in perfectly with the natural beauty of Aspen. Since the dress is so stunning we have kept the accessories plain and simple. Our favorite piece is the VALENTINO embellished leather sandals. What is yours?
We couldn’t resist starting off the week talking about fashion’s biggest night of the year: The Oscars!!! But instead of just reviewing the dresses (which you can go to any large fashion blog/magazine/TV for), we thought it would be great to talk about how to actually apply these amazing looks to your wedding. Buried amongst all of the glamour and glitz, there is a lot to be learned from the Oscars!!!
1) Jennifer Lawrence: I will make no secret of the fact that I LOVED Jennifer Lawrence’s Dior Haute Couture dress. I have loved it since the minute it went down the runway in Paris. To me, it is perfection in all it’s frothy pink glory! But, I think what is important for brides to see is the shape of the dress. This a-line, princess cut (no waist seam) gown is a silhouette that looks great on the body, and flatters many different figures. In fact, I have had several clients lately looking for this shape wedding dress, and it’s practically non-existant in today’s bridal collations. I hope it makes a come back!!!
2. Charlize Theron: If I was a female Oscar guest last night and knew Charlize was attending – I probably would have passed on the festivities. It is another Dior Haute Couture gown that is the epitome of chic and sophistication on her. But I’m willing to wager a bet that the same dress on another person would not be as stunning. Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but what I kept starting at was how it was practically moulded to her body. The lesson to be learned is that the fit of a dress is the most important thing. The result was taking a dress that may look plain on some, to an ultra-chic oscar moment!
3. Octavia Spencer: Sadly, we were not all born with bodies like Charlize. In fact, most of us weren’t! And I thought Octavia Spencer looked amazing in a custom-designed Tadashi Shoji dress. There are so many things right about this dress for her body type, but my favorite is the asymmetrical tulle over her arms. It’s a great way to get some coverage and still look chic. Also, the shape of this dress: a long bodice and full (but not too full) skirt look fantastic on her. It draws the eye to her smallest part: her waist. Brava!
4. Zoe Saldana: I loved Alexis Mabille dress, with the ombre tiers at the bottom. This is a fresh look, that I think would be amazing on a wedding dress in lighter tones. I also loved her subtle use of lace and beaded flowers on the bodice. The only thing I will say is that I’m not a huge fan of this belt. I actually love a good belt, and hope to see them incorporated more into wedding dresses (instead of the beaded sash!!!) but the hardware on this one is a bit too sever for my taste. I would have rather see it blend more seamlessly into the gown.
5. Amy Adams: The reason that I decided to include Amy in her Oscar de la Renta gown in this post isn’t because I love the dress (which I don’t). It is because I think it’s important to take note that ball gowns are making a come back. It’s actually great to see after so many years of only trumpet styles!!! The pluses of this dress are the dropped waist which accentuates her shape, and the fluffy organza skirt. And brides, consider this: unless you will be attending the Oscar’s some day, there are few places other than your wedding that you will have the opportunity to wear a full gown. It is certainly not for everyone, but don’t discount it simply out of fear of looking like a cupcake, which clearly isn’t always the case.
So everyone, we hope you have enjoyed taking a look at these amazing gowns and actresses with us. And hopefully it has given you some food for thought for your wedding!