Category Archives: Accessories

May 24, 2018

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Photos by Corbin Gurkin

Each bride has their own wedding day style, and it’s not just reflected in their dresses, but also in their choice of shoes and accessories. Here is our roundup of some of our favorite bridal day baubles.

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Photo by Corbin Gurkin

I love seeing old and significant pieces mixed with something new… Heirloom jewelry pieces and handkerchiefs are often top picks of our brides.

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(1) Photo by Liz Banfield; (2,3) photos by Adrienne Page

If there is ever a time to wear white bows it’s on your wedding day… Shoes by Christian Louboutin, Miu Miu, and Kate Spade.

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Photo by Liz Banfield

These dazzlers by Chrisitian Louboutin are a perfect marriage of style and comfort with wedge heels!

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photos by Perry Vaile and Elizabeth Messina

And, for the taller bride, flats have come such a long way to becoming sought after… Like these by Jimmy Choo and Chanel.

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photos by Liz Banfield

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Photos by Liz Banfield

Both of these brides were fortunate enough to be able to wear something on their wedding day, once worn by other marrying women in their families…

5.24.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Accessories, Bridal, Bridal Style, Fashion, Jewelry, Shopping, Uncategorized, Weddings | 1 Comment
May 24, 2018

Kerr flower girls

photo by Liz Banfield

They may not make it down the aisle or toss the petals, but they sure are cute, and fun to style for weddings! Today, we’re showing different ways to accessorize and style the littlest members of your wedding party..  Flower crowns for the girls still reign supreme, and when they turn out full and lush like above you can see why.

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photo by Liz Banfield

This Southern brother and sister duo sported custom made ensembles and matching ring bearer pillow made from family members’ vintage handkerchiefs and fabrics.

Butterfly Collage

photos by Liz Banfield

For a wedding featuring butterflies, items from the craft store are turned into a whimsical headband. Fabric used in the wedding decor was used to create the ring bearer pillow with a butterfly accent.

photo by Liz Banfield

This little cutie carries a wooden peach basket with wedding blooms affixed to it- tie some of your favorite ribbon to opposing corners and it becomes a petal basket, SO EASY. You can paint any color to match if needed too. A store bought headband becomes a flower crown when matching petals are glued. This is a trick we do often when we have smaller girls not knowing what will fit their heads…

Hooper flower girls

photo by Adrienne Page

This bride took the custom monogram that Lettered Olive created for her wedding and had sashes embroidered to match.

Barrett Collage

photos by Liz Banfield

For this beach themed wedding, the flower girl carried a basket (from the local craft store) that overflowed with flowers- more for decoration than for tossing. A store bought headband was transformed with local shells.

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photo by Adrienne Page

Ginn flower girls

photo by Liz Banfield

For a glowing golf fall wedding, craft baskets were painted gold and painted leaves and fresh flowers adorned the handles. Store bought headbands are painted gold and receive a fresh bloom becoming “designer” creations.

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Photos by Liz Banfield

A floral covered oasis brick with a ribbon handle becomes a “bouquet” this little girl couldn’t have been more proud to carry!

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photo by Liz Banfield

For a woodland themed fall affair, miniature birdnests with moss “pillows” are a precious way to carry the rings.

5.24.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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May 24, 2018

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photo by Jennings King

I recently was introduced to Jacqueline Sydnor of Mariee Lace Veils and was intrigued by her amazing story and the very special veils that her business is based upon .

Like a Belgian lace veil, my business has been passed down to me. My mother-in-law was a very successful bridal designer and owner of Tica Designs based in Birmingham Alabama. Tica fell in love with Belgian lace veils while on a trip to Brugge, Belgium. She began working with a Belgian lace family and started importing veils to the United States. She advertised her designs and veils in the first Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine. At that point, America fell in love with Belgian Lace veils and we continue the tradition today as Mariée Lace Veils.

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Jacqueline was the fourth bride in her family to wear her family’s Belgian lace veil, and of course she is saving it for one of her son’s future wives. And I love that is all from two Southern women!

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In 1997, Tica designed the gown and imported a lace veil for the high profile wedding of Alexis Brinkley and Jeremiah Collins (read their nytimes.com write up here).

Lace has always been a status symbol. In the past, it was such an expensive luxury item that only ladies from the noble class could afford to purchase it. At the end of the 19th century, there was a lace boom. Women of every class wanted to possess lace. As the demand for lace was exceptionally high, the commercialization of lace was necessary. Therefore, a new type of lace was introduced at the end of the 19th century in Belgium. It was called Princess lace.

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The introduction of this lace was an immediate success. By the end of the 19th century, the royal family of Belgium ordered the most wonderful Princess laces. Queen Maria-Hendrika was a dedicated fan of it, and the Belgian royals were so pleased that they granted the permission to call this Belgian lace Princess lace. In the past, it was sometimes also called Royal lace or Imperial lace as the courts of Europe ordered these laces.

Princess lace was mostly a home industry. This was very comfortable for the lace makers. In 1993, there were still 15 lace merchants who ordered lace makers to make Princess lace. But today, the number of Princess lace merchants and lace makers is decreasing as there are only 4-5 remaining and they are between the ages of 60-90. Since there is no one to take over this craft once these ladies are unable to make the lace anymore, Princess lace is now such a unique piece of art that, if passed down from generation to generation, will be treasured forever.

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This is a wonderful article from the Biltmore’s website on the importance of heirloom family wedding veils like the one Belgian rose lace one worn by Jacqueline Kennedy above.

5.24.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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