Real Weddings: Meet Dunja

Dunja and Johnny said their I-dos at Topping Rose House, a luxury haven in the heart of the Hamptons. Dunja wowed in our Heritage Bustier, Kensington skirt, and All That Glitters Sash. There are a number of unique touches that make this day so special. The couple and their guests indulged in a drool-worthy cake made of artisanal cheeses in addition to their traditional sweet cakes. This may be the first time we have seen wedding drone photography, and we've gotta say, it's excellent! Scroll on to see the bride doing her part to liven up the dance floor with a little impromptu tambourine playing. 

Inspiration: Citrine by Sawyer Baird

Simply Stunning Citrine. Southern charm as deep as the sky is wide. These images were created during The School of Styling, and captured by Jodi Miller and they feature our Citrine gown. Natural white and ivory silk charmeuse and chiffon are asymmetrically draped to create an a-line skirt with the gentlest movement. This timeless beauty is right at home under the centuries old oaks.

Gown: Carol Hannah Citrine | Images: Sawyer Baird Photography | Hair + Makeup: MiKel Rumsey | Model: Natalia | Ribbon: Adorn | Accessories: Petals + Stones 

Happily Yours, CH

Real Weddings: Meet Katy

Katy and Aaron tied the knot in Valle de Guadalupe. Never heard of it? We hadn't either...until Katy introduced us to it. Turns out Valle de Guadalupe is Mexico's wine country and we all need to go, like, yesterday!!! This trail blazing couple wanted to do something different that felt truly and uniquely them. As foodies and travel buffs this special place fit the bill. Katy wore our Coralia gown.  From the bride: "She was unlike any dress I had ever seen, and I was particularly drawn to the unique texture of the fabric. Later, when so much of our wedding became about textures: brightly woven fabrics purchased from indigenous women which served as table runners for naked wooden tables, the natural patterns of tile, wood, and stone found throughout Bruma, where our wedding was held, I would look back on that moment, when I fell in love with the texture of Coralia before anything else, as a moment that shaped the event that our wedding would become." Yep, meant to be. Isn't it great how life works out like that?! Congratulations you two.

Gown: Coralia | Photographer: Alex Leon | Venue: Bruma | Planner: Selene Aguliar of ProBoda | Reception Music: Wine Band | Florals: Isari Flowers | HMU: Esmerelda Cervantes | Table Runners & Decor: Folk Project | Paper goods: JPstationery | Bride’s bracelet: Gypsetco | earrings/shoes: Nordstom rack | Groomsmen’s tie: QPcollections | Engagement ring: Jewelry by Design

Happily Yours, CH
   
   
   

  
   

Inspired: Pherousa for Lovely Houston

Rock and roll indeed! We love these photos of our seamed 4-ply silk crepe mermaid with anemone horsehair hem, we call her Pherousa. And we are all about the way the fierce Asli Omar (of The Tontons) is rocking her right, natural hair, boots, and exuding major style.

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Photographers: Minerva House | Talent: Asli Omar of The Tontons | HMU: Cupcake Guerrero | Florals: The Petaler | Location: The Silos | Styling: Lanie List + Cathleen Cantrell of Lovely Bride

Happily Yours, CH

Real Weddings: Meet Heidi

Heidi and Guirae said their I-dos at the Fairmont Park Horticultural Center in Philadelphia. The reflecting pond made for some gorgeous portraits of this wonderful couple. The light filled, greenhouse-like interior seemed to spill into the ceremony in the shape of the most perfect (air-plant) bouquet and arbor. Heidi made the silk organza and leather macrame strapping of our Adella gown look so sweet. We love her loose locks with that open back.

Gown: Adella | Photographer: Lauri for Emily Wren Photography | Bridal Shop: Lovely Bride Philly

Happily Yours, CH

Inspiration: Simple and Serene with Azurite and Chrysolite

Peaceful, sentimental perfection featuring our Azurite and Chrysolite gowns. Simple and serene, these cool pastels were captured on film by Mallory Dawn and styled by East Made Event Company for a recent Michael and Carina workshop. This quietly beautiful bridal inspiration was set at The Retreat at Cool Spring in Bluemont, VA., built in 1799 and overlooking the Shenandoah River.

Gowns: Azurite and Chrysolite | Photographer: Mallory Dawn Photography | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Stylist / Planner: East Made Event Company | Floral Designer: La Fleur du Jour | Dress Designer: Carol Hannah Bridal | 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 | Veil: Girl and a Serious Dream

Happily Yours, CH

Real Weddings: Meet Taylor

Josh and Taylor wed at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan. Taylor chose our Grand Palais, a gown fit for her luxe location. Don't these two make black tie look good? Seeing these lovers in front of that roaring fireplace *almost* makes us excited for fall.

Dress: Grand Palais | Photography: Natalie Probst Photography | Venue: The Townsend Hotel | Hair & Makeup: 6 Salon | Groom’s Tux: J. Barbaro | Flowers: Blumz

Happily Yours, CH

Inspiration: Iolite by Lucy Cuneo

Southern charm and European details abound at River Oaks in Charleston, SC. Stucco facades and stone water features provide rustic charm in this sophisticated shoot from Lucy Cuneo and Mallory Joyce. The bride's loose locks and that rich and wild bouquet fit the intimate vibe of this ceremony. We love the way our Iolite glitters in the candlelight.

Dress: Iolite | Photography: LUCY CUNEO PHOTOGRAPHY | Styling, Concept, Florals: MALLORY JOYCE | Venue: RIVEROAKS | Creative assistant MARIANNE CALDWELL | Make-up: DANNON K COLLARD | Hair: RACHEL PITNER | Film scans: PHOTOVISION | Paper suite and calligraphy: STEPHANIE FISHWICK

Happily Yours, CH

Real Weddings: Laudholm Farm and the Kensington Skirt

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. -T.S. Eliot

Finery: Kensington Skirt and  Verbena Cami | Photographer: Henry + Mac | Planning: Emily Elizabeth Events | Catering: Fire and Co | Venue: Laudholm Farm

Happily Yours, CH

 

Inspiration Shoot: Downton for Weddings Unveiled

We've got a mad crush on this Fall inspiration shoot captured by Odalys Mendez. The changing leaves on the trees create the perfect backsplash for these luxe details. The rich jewel tone invitations and deep blue velvet shoes pair perfectly with our Downton gown in light silver. The juicy florals look almost good enough to eat and that naked cake definitely is. Maybe, just maybe, summer ending isn't so bad afterall.

Dress: Downton | Photography:  Odalys Mendez | Flowers:  Rosegolden Flowers | Venue:  Dunaway Gardens | Styling:  Simply Charming Socials | Hair and Makeup: Hope Ferguson

Happily Yours, CH