Real Weddings: Meet Sara

Here comes a tearjerker!  This super sweet, intimate celebration gave us all the feels!

Sara and Garrik were married with their nearest and dearest during a day that included a visit to the ice cream shop, some seriously good art murals, and a clear desire to do things their own way.  We love how Sara paired the Nymphea bodice and skirt with the Sequined Smoking Jacket for a look that says I'm here to party! 

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Dress: Nymphea bodice and Nymphea skirt | Jacket:  the Sequined Smoking Jacket | Images: Megan Rei Photography @meganreiphotography

Inspiration: Rooftop reception in Chicago

Perched on a rooftop in Chicago, the Paeonia skirt and Fleur bustier were paired with fresh pops of blues, poppy, and peach for a private reception of simple elegance.    A sweeping train with sweeping views:  low key drama with high style!

Skirt: Paeonia |  Bustier: Fleur | Lens: Jenna Marie Photography +  Dabble Me This

Happily Yours, 

CH
 

 

 

Inspiration: Euphorbia

The Euphorbia gown has over 120 yards of silk organza in her tiered ruffles.  I mean, if we're doing ruffles, let's not be shy about it!   (see also: the Flutura)  I love the combo here of opulent and relaxed...like if Marie Antoinette suddenly found chill and let her hair down.  Let them eat wedding cake! 

Lens:  Michael and Carina  | Styling and Creative Direction: East Made Event Co.   |  Florals: La Fleur Du Jour  |  Hair & Makeup: Emily Artistry  | Rings: Susie Saltzman | Calligraphy: Signora e Mare  

Happily Yours, 

Carol Hannah 

 

Inspiration: Lavender Fields Forever

Utah friends, have you been to the lavender fields at Young Living Farm in Mona? Tiffany of Tiffany Sangster Photography tells us they bloom for only about a month in late June, so they had the tiniest window to dream up this shoot in. As you can see with this beauty of a wedding cake from Cupcakes by Julie, the team let the fields inspire every inch of their purple wedding vignette. This ring from Wilson Diamonds. Talk about a stunner! They chose it for a nod to both contemporary and classic wedding styles. Tiffany says, We were inspired to go a different route from the boho chic that you have seen before, but instead go more of a modern love story. My first thought went straight to Carol Hannah Bridal, all her dresses have a beautiful flow to them and yet still retain that modern style that is up to date with today’s high fashion. The Potted Pansy, with her breathtaking floral arrangements, were perfect for this shoot as well.

Gown: Adella | Veil: Heritage | Photographer: Tiffany Sangster Photography | Location: Young Living Farm in Mona, Utah | Florals: The Potted Pansy | Hair & Makeup: Dorah James | Paper Goods: Shasta Bell Calligraphy | Cake: Cupcakes by Julie | Decor: Bliss Weddings & Rentals | Ribbon: Honey Silks & Co | Ring: Wilson Diamonds 

Happily Yours, CH

Real Weddings: Meet Alex

What a sweet, private affair this is! Alex and Josh eloped in Maine at Kettle Cove with sunset views and a getaway car to match their obvious sense of adventure, 

Alex customized the Nolita dress by raising the neckline and adding sleeves for a bit more coverage.  Sweet vintage vibes all around! 

Dress: Customized Nolita  | Photography: Jamie Mercurio Photography | Planning, Design: Daisies & Pearls | Officiant: Charlotte Nolan | Hair + Makeup: Ariel Johnson | Florals: Broadturn Farm  | Blueberry cake: Scratch Baking Co. | Classic car: Motorland | Rentals: Details Event Staging

Happily Yours,

CH

 

Inspiration: Celestine Dreams of Maui

If you're feeling the harsh of the winter like we are here in NYC, come with us on this inspirational adventure to Maui courtesy of Matthew Ree photography and our Celestine gown.   Can't you just feel that wind whip through your hair and the train of chiffon tugging as you walk through the sand?  Sighhhhh, a girl can dream. 

Beach weddings have a special place in my heart - there's just something about communing with nature that lends itself to the celebration of love.  Maybe it's the reminder of the simple things in life.   The raw elements of sand and sea need no decoration and the world is stripped away for that moment of all its complications and distractions.  

With that in mind, Celestine suits the mood just right.  Ease and grace and a touch of wild abandon make this dress the perfect breezy alternative to the norm of constraint and structure.  

 

Gown: Celestine | Photography: MATTHEW REE of CLY By Matthew | styling & floral design: Designs by Hemingway | album: Renaissance Albums | Rings: Trumpet and Horn | Hair & Makeup: Alison Hayashi | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab

Happily Yours,

CH

Inspiration: Iolite

Rural Virginia, the softest palette, and regal details set the scene for this editorial shoot. Iolite, our sequined silk georgette caftan, is luxe in fabric and detailing and laid-back in silhouette.  If a simple elopement in the open air is your dream, follow the lead of Luxe and Luna Couture Events and keep it minimal with rich details for next level lovely.

Dress: Iolite | Photography: Shannon Moffit | Floral Design: Porter & Ives | Jewelry: Trumpet & Horn | Makeup: Real Doll Makeup | Accessories & Veil: Anna Marguerite | Candles: Creative Candles | Paper Goods: Letterlyn Studio | Creative Direction & Styling: Luxe & Luna Couture Events

Happily Yours, CH

Real Weddings: Meet Angelina

Angelina and Roger were married in a huge industrial space in Hudson, NY and Angelina knew she wanted a rockin' custom gown, something that felt like it represented her personality. This seamed lambskin leather racerback with a fit to flare skirt gave her the edge she was looking for. We especially dig that pearlized nude and ivory color combo!  

There is so much to love about this wedding!  Angelina's killer braid for one (and that of her best man), that drool-worthy, light drenched locale, and let's talk about those 1000 origami cranes that make up their altar. Traditionally, it was believed that if one folded 1000 origami crane's, one's wish would come true. It has also become a symbol of hope and healing. Congratulations you two!

Gown: Custom based on our Aleister gown and Versailles Trumpet Skirt  | Photography: Joshua Brown Photography | Hair: Oxana Khulkhachieva | Makeup: Angelica Molina | Flowers: Flowerkraut

Happily yours, CH

Inspiration: Chrysolite by Michael and Carina Photography

Wintery pastel perfection. Our Chrysolite gown glistens in this beautiful inspiration shoot set at The Retreat at Cool Spring in Bluemont, VA.   

Swathed in sequins and dripping with subtle sparkle, the Chrysolite is a favorite around here and with good reason!  Trickling embellishment?  Check!  Sparkle that's not tacky or overdone?  Check! A dramatic train and more detail the closer you look?  Check check check!  

 

Gown: Chrysolite | Photographer: Mallory Dawn Photography | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Stylist + Planner: East Made Event Company | Floral Designer: La Fleur du Jour | Venue: The Retreat at Cool Spring | Cake Designer: Catherine George | Hair & Makeup Artist: Emily Artistry | Calligraphy + Invitation Suite: Signora e Mare | Headpieces: Enchanted Atelier by Liv Hart | Rings: Susie Saltzman | Shoes: Bella Belle | Garters: The Garter Girl | Flatware and Trays: White Glove Rentals | Bride Model: Victoria Grace | Groom Model: Daijreous from Liquid Talent | Workshop: Michael and Carina

Happily Yours, CH

Real Weddings: Meet Clare

When it comes to grit and urban character, New York and it's five boroughs, can't be beat. Clare and Harry took advantage of everything the city they love has to offer on their wedding day. They hit the streets, with Bonnie Jenkins, and captured some killer shots featuring Brooklyn. Word around town has it that these two really know how to put on a party. Their venue, the Wythe Hotel, is a meticulously renovated, 116 year old, factory building that sits on the Williamsburg waterfront. The perfect setting for a night of big city magic. Just check out those King Kong skyline views. Clare chose a custom gown that was SO right for her easy breezy Brooklyn bride vibe.

Gown: Custom | Photography: Bonnie Jenkins | Flowers: Heavenly Blooms | Venue: Wythe Hotel | Videographer: Reel Brooklyn | Planner: Dawn Mauberret Events

Happily Yours, CH