photo by Corbin Gurkin 

I personally love sleeves on a wedding dress- when I married many moons ago, I had cap sleeves on my classic Amsale gown… But, I’m beyond thrilled to see them making a comeback with some of my brides.  Today, we are sharing some of our pretty favorites that may inspire some of you while dress shopping… Love the lace neckline that is carried down into sleeves on this Oscar de le Renta gown.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Here, Monique Lhuillier incorporates different but complimentary lace patterns on the  high neckline and full sleeves on this ensemble.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Here, our bride wore a Chantilly-lace gown and jacket, custom-designed by Nardos Imam. She took the lace-overlay jacket off for dinner and the first dances. And the lace tradition for a wedding day didn’t stop there…a lace hankie made from her maternal grandmother’s wedding gown was pinned under the bottom of her gown to serve as the “something old” .

photo by Corbin Gurkin

This bride had simple sleeves added to her Amsale gown for a more formal feel for her formal at home wedding in Charleston, SC.

photo by Liz Banfield

If you have your heart set on a different look for the ceremony gown, think about something like this little number for your second dress or your going away – by Monique Lhuillier…

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Feb 20, 2018

Well, we just think this bright pink Hamptons beachside affair couldn’t be more perfect to share on Valentine’s Day. We’re thrilled that this Hamptons wedding was also recently featured on Brides.  We hope you enjoy the details as much as we enjoyed working on this one… All of the photos by Liz Banfield.

The bride knew that the whimsical designs of graphic artist, Happy Menocal would be a must for her big day… They selected a broad color palette that set the design tone for the affair.

The bride went with a tulle and crystal covered Monique Lhuillier gown. The veil was also embellished with crystals, for the formal ceremony, but a down-do and fresh flowers took over at the reception.  We made a wild but sophisticated bouquet of phalenopsis orchids, wild peonies, and trailing greenery perfectly fit for a bride. The Groom’s blue Ermenegildo Zegna Made to Measure suite was perfect for the coastal climate and color palette.

Working with the array featured on the printed materials’ color palette, the bridesmaids all wore mixmatched dresses… Our bouquets were crafted from a variety of local wildflowers and seasonal blooms. The bride, who is an architect herself, chose the Church of the Atonement for her ceremony, which was build in the 1880’s by a well known NYC firm.  She is a long time fan of the classic shingled style of buildings seen in the Hamptons, so it was a natural fit. With the dark grey, the vivid fuschia orchids seemed to feel very celebratory for the big day.

The couple love food and wine having traveled extensively and living overseas, so the food and wine aspect was very important to them. We worked with Chef Peter Ambrose in the Hamptons to create a delicious menu that also looked lovely as well.  Servers greeted guests with coupes of champagne dotted with pink orchids, mini lobster rolls, grilled seafood, and we designed large standing cocktail tables for an abundant charcuterie display… all accented with our custom garden parasols.

A potted urn of phalenopsis orchids in varying shades of pink made the perfect centerpiece for the grassy topped escort card display.

Homemade jam favors by Briermere Farms received custom packaging for guests’ take home.

The tabletops were simple and organic… The lighter shades set the tone, allowing for the menus (Happy Menocal), escort tags and hand painted table numbers, and the food to be the pops of color throughout.

After dinner, guests moved into the lounge tent for dessert and dancing, bars were covered in custom fabric and orchid arrangements throughout provided whimsical pops of the mixed color palette.

An artful dessert display of locally made pies accompanied the traditional white wedding cake made by Sugar Sugar. For a topper, a simple spray of pink orchids was an artful touch.

Guests danced and partied well into the evening in the cozy tent, enjoying tunes from the Kevin Osbourne Band.

Before departing as husband and wife in a Classic Rolls Royce, guests sent them off properly with glowing sparklers…

 

 

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photo by Liz Banfield

Bouquets and flowers are the one thing that many brides spend months or even years thinking about, researching, and pinning. I absolutely love creating the perfect bouquet for my bride’s on their wedding day… after getting to know them personally, what their style is, and then crafting something they will love to carry on their wedding day. I still do all of my bride’s bouquets myself. And, I’m really into versions of romantic cascading versions right now, like the one above with wild peonies, roses, orchids, and greenery.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

This lush mixture is contained enough to not be considered bohemian wild, but has enough texture to make a glamorous statement. The combination of lilac, orchids, roses, tulips, and hellebores offered a grand statement. Lilac often means “love’s first emotion”, and orchids have meaning associated with love and beauty, words synonomous with a wedding.

photo by Liz Banfield

I do love that there is a trend pushing bouquets slightly away from tight rounded balls…. Even a more traditional rounded bouquet gets some airiness and movement here… we incorporated fern fronds, and lily of the valley leaves to fill out garden roses, phalenopsis orchids, and hellebores…

photos by Corbin Gurkin

Flowers in the same tone but in varying sizes create a luxurious feel and fuzzy lambs ear add a hint of “grey green” a color we are still getting requests for.. And, one of my other favorite custom notes I like to surprise my brides with is vintage ribbon I source for them based on their design and color palette.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

One of my most favorite bouquets and so simple – just a perfect bunch of lily of the valley. Lilly of the valley is said to mean happiness… What better sentiment is to be said on the day you are getting married?

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Calla lilies mean “magnificant beauty” and definitely have a history with brides looking for a more traditional feel, which of course, roses do too. Pink roses more specifically give a nod to grace and elegance, so paired together, they pretty much are the meaning of “bride”…. Plus we like bringing in a little color for our ladies.

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