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lorals are delicate, bold, bright and the most beautiful element to bring into a wedding event. They can transform the most bland and mundane setting into a spectacular masterpiece. Discover in this issue all that floral can do, and be inspired by elements that add the most beauty from bouquets to floral cocktails to fashion and receptions. Create a cocktail and relish the pages as you plan your wedding.
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Ooh la la! This bodice and mermaid style YolanCris gown says Red Carpet from head to toe.
This YolanCris floral two-piece party dress is made of gorgeous green lace and a big silk bow.
Botanical rich embroidery and bright colors make this faux U-neckline and silk lace dress perfect for any elegant party by YolanCris
A sophisticated woman needs a classy turmeric yellow gown to wear on her night out. This YolanCris sweetheart neckline compliments the lovely fitting bodice and whimsical skirt.
New York Fashion Week By Maddie Kremer Spring 2017 New York fashion week was
Packham look of glamour and elegance. filled with glamour, unexpected designs, and The designer took us on a journey from ready-to-wear to evening looks with a impeccable construction. We were graced cohesive, exciting, and as always, very chic with the presence of many major couture collection. designers and many designers that are just breaking into the fashion world. From Irina Vitjaz evening couture to ready-to-wear, these Austrian designer Irina Vitjaz, wowed designers gave us a treat. audiences with her glamourous, and at times shocking, collection. The designer played Jenny Packham Jenny Packham stunned us as usual with an with fabrics throughout her collection, array of jewel tones and exquisitely tailored using lots of metallic, and sometimes looks. Her use of patterns, prints, textures, even sheer, fabrics. Classic silhouettes were brought to new life with unexpected luxurious fabrics, and embellishments colors, prints, and textiles. It seemed as if brought the collection to life. Each piece Vitjaz was paying homage to the â€œNew was fresh and had an unexpected twist Lookâ€? silhouette from the fifties while while still maintaining the signature Jenny
modernizing it with metallic fabrics, pleats, texture, and a simple young, fresh look to all of the models. Dresses had full skirts and cinched in waistlines at the beginning of the show. Slits, plunging necklines, sheer fabrics, and cutouts gave the garments a youthful twist. Overall, this collection was glamourous, nostalgic, yet modern at the same time. Marchesa Marchesa is a well-known name in the world of bridal. The designer extends the same impeccable tailoring, draping, and design into her ready to wear and evening collections. The collection was full of fringe, floral patterns, embellishment,
ethereal vibes, and a mix of pastels and jewel tones. Fur, feathers, flowers, and fringe gave sheath silhouettes a playful dimension. Marchesaâ€™s overall collection had a sense of whimsical magic and an ethereal vibe. Anna Sui Meanwhile, Anna Sui starts us off with the use of heavy fabrics and lots of layering; tweeds, velvets, and fur, were abundant at the start of the show. The designer also gave us a thoughtfully styled mix of prints, textures, and embellishments. There are many elements to each look in her collection, but the look is still cohesive and intriguing. Velvet, the use of jewel tones, and layering were common threads throughout the show.
Anniesa Hasibuan Anniesa Hasibuan brought a glamourous twist to modest fashion. The designer incorporated feathers, sleek lines, fur, and light catching fabrics that shimmered with each modelâ€™s step. All wore long sleeves and long skirts along with complementary hijabs to bring the look to fruition. Different textures on each outfit tied the collection together. As the show developed, garments transformed from sleek, modern, and simple, to voluminous and daring. Leanne Marshall Well-known bridal designer, Leanne Marshall, stayed true to what she knows how to do best; giving a garment movement and bringing it to life. Her skirts flowed beautifully and her draping was exquisite. She did have an unexpected
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factor in some of her looks, with geometric aspects. The collection as a whole was very diverse, from flowing floral watercolor patterns, to black and white structured stripes. Marshall used lots of neutral colors to give the collection a cohesive feel. Bibhu Mohapatra Designer Bibhu Mohapatra gave us glamour for the modern women. Striking satins and body conscious silhouettes were intertwined with embellished tulle trains and soft flowing organza. A simple silhouette was modernized with voluminous sleeves, geometric prints, and asymmetrical necklines. The collection as a whole was fashion forward while paying homage to classic designs.
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C annes Film Festival turned 70 this past May in Cannes, France. Celebrities and directors met from
all corners of the world’s film industry for this event filled with fashion and cinema screenings. The jury for the festival included Spanish film screenwriter and director Pedro Almodóvar as the President and included, Maren Ade, Jessica Chastain, Fan Bingbing, Will Smith, Agnès Jaoui, Park Chan-wook, Gabriel Yared & Paolo Sorrentino. During the festival the most exquisite designs walked down the red carpet. This year did not disappoint. Here are some of our favorites. China’s live streaming star Xiaoqiao Hong walking the red carpet during the opening ceremony and won MOMO’s Live Streaming Award in the category for Best Popularity this year.
All eyes were on International model, Bella Hadid, wearing a custom Ralph & Russo couture to the amfAR Gala. A custom nude illusion tulle gown with draped pleating and high split leg, elaborately hand embroidered with crystals, glass beads and silver chain.
Jury member Agnès Jaoui at the opening of the 70th edition wore a Couture dress by Julien Fournié.
Vietnamese actress Ngoc Thanh Tâm walked the red carpet before the screening of Arnaud Desplechin’s “Les Fantômes d’Ismaël” wearing Galia Lahav House of Couture.
Co-President and Artistic Director of Chopard Caroline Scheufele wore a Couture silk bodice and silk organza skirt by Galia Lahav.
One of Bollywood’s biggest and loveliest stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wore Ralph & Russo to the screening of “120 Battements Par Minute.”
Kendall Jenner graced the Chopard ‘Space’ themed party in Ralph & Russo. Wearing a white tulle strapless gown with square deep-split corset, embellished with star sequins, crystals and glass beads in a geometric design from the Spring/ Summer 2017 couture collection.
Singer Camélia Jordana wore a couture dress by Idan Cohen.
This red silk organza ball gown with tiered skirt and bodice embellished in a baroque hypertube-painted design is from the Spring/Summer 2017 Couture collection.
Hiba Tawaji glowed during a photoshoot for Chopard in a Georges Chakra strapless rose gown with thread embroidered flowers and long peplum train. Lebanese actress and singer, Hiba Tawaji looked stunning at the Montées des Marches during the Cannes Film Festival in this lavender Georges Chakra gown with plunging neckline and embellished with laser-cut chiffon overlay from the Couture Spring/Summer 2017 collection.
(Left) Clotilde Courau wore an elegant Georges Hobeika gown with gold embroidery. (Middle) Jasmine Tookesâ€™s wore a Georges Chakra one shoulder lavender dress that looked like it was tailor-made. (Right) Coco Rocha wore a fabulous Georges Hobeika couture gown from the Spring 2017 collection.
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Miss Universe graced the Cannes Film Festival wearing a modern black evening dress by BERTA
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ROSE GOLD SEQUIN DRESS BY GALIA LAHAV
THIS NEO JACKET GOLD & BLUE â€“ MADE OF SEQUINS GIVES A BOLD & SEXY STATEMENT
GALIA LAHAVâ€™S ASYMMETRICAL MINI WITH PUFFED SHOULDER IS PERFECT FOR THAT GIRLS NIGHT OUT
NOBO X TOP WITH NOMAD PINK BRONZE WIDE PANTS IS SURE TO LEAVE A CHIC AND MODERN IMPRESSION
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By Rachel Strobel
he morning light in Paris was perfectly pink outside as I arrived at the Xuan fashion house. Instantly taken in by the genuine and warm nature of the designer, I could easily see how her honesty had influenced her collection. Apparent in her designs is this integrity, translating her unique perspective and passion as an artist. Each piece is strong in design. With a relatively small collection, Xuan is focused on showcasing pieces that represent her skill as an artist. “Everything is separate and represents something that I feel or think about…I prefer to have pieces that are strong.” Her quality over quantity speaks volumes. Asymmetry, originality, quality and softness define her collection.
ulien Fournié had shades of reds, oranges, pinks, black, purple and yellows walk confidently down the runway. This collection was both structured and playful with impeccable movement of the luxurious fabrics. Seen in the collection is the designer’s preference for modern 3D design elements, a defining feature with delicate silk organzas and 3D form appliques. The collection, architectural in nature, showed more angled lines and shapes juxtaposed with flirty dropped waist dresses. Julien Fournié’s aesthetic is perfect for an edgy, sexy woman who appreciates impeccable fit and detail.
ony Ward’s collection was a high point in the week. As always, his work was sophisticated and surprising. I could not stop staring at the beautiful sleeves and ornate detailing that donned almost every piece. Gorgeous feminine florals were a defining feature of this summer line. As the collection progressed, more structured silhouettes were paired with layered sheers, creating a symphony of sophistication. There was so much visual texture to drink in from smooth luxury to all the detail one girl could handle. A surprise of metallic appeared in the show and fit the flow perfectly while adding a touch of the modern with a romper complete with flowing over-skirt in a bold bronze. Though there were many divine pieces in the collection. The movement was exquisite and the construction, perfection.
he excitement for the unveiling of the Georges Chakra SS 2017 collection was palpable in the room, and the show did not disappoint. A favorite in couture, Georges Chakra stayed
true to his passion for impeccable detail. For the strong and feminine, each dress oozed elegance as the models walked the runway. Layered silhouettes with impeccable beadwork and embroidery graced the collection. Each piece was meticulously designed, and to each detail great attention was paid. With a graceful transition from piece to piece, the collection was both elegant and modern, transitioning from whites to pale pinks and blues to pale yellows and purples. A high point of the show with the most applause was a fitted white dress with modern layers creating a flowing skirt. The dress was cut with a high neck in front, a scoop back and showcased the fine points of femininity and strength of a woman. Any piece from this collection could be a star at the right event.
his was Galia Lahav’s first time on the runway at Paris Haute Couture Week and she did not hold back. The spring/summer 2017 collection show was titled Victorian Affinity, and the label was true to form with the loads of lace and illusion, sheer fabrics and dimension. Splashes of red were sprinkled throughout the show. Corsets, delicate fringe from the sleeves, and high collared necks were all present in the collection hearkening another era, yet it was complete with hi-lo skirts, and of course the plunging necklines that are so indicative of the designer.
alph & Russo’s show opened with an off the shoulder gown with gold detail in an over skirt that extended from the bust line to floor. Each and every dress had immaculate embroidery, flourishes and beading. It was difficult to choose a favorite gown because there were so many amazing pieces. The designer took the ordinary and offered little twist, like an over skirt that was parted in the back instead of the front, offering an inverted V that showed a mini skirt underneath. There was a very strong 20s and 30s theme, very flapper Gatsby, but with elements that made each piece Ralph & Russo. There were many items that could be worn for a wedding or a black tie affair. The progression of the show built up to the finale gown which was revealed as the model walked through a door at the start of the runway. The gorgeous white gown had a flowered lace bodice and full-skirt covered in embroidery and beading. It was complete with a feathered cape with a train. This dress completed the week for me.
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THE SECRET OF ACCESSORIES By Julia LeBaron Butler
he Wedding Day. Months of careful planning and crafting, all for this one day. An infinite number of details to coordinate — the venue, the music, the guests, the flowers, the cake, on and on, and of course: THE DRESS.
These images show how a bride could make changes to her gown resulting in two distinctive looks for both ceremony and reception.
Reem Acra, renowned for her impeccable ability to mold any material into a masterpiece, graciously provided a gorgeous The wedding dress sets the tone and gown, “Lia”, from her Fall 2017 the standard for the remaining details collection. The clean lines of this of the event. It creates a theme. In elegant dress are flattering, soft, recent years, we’ve seen a trend of and feminine. In the absence of having more than one gown for the beading, crystals, or lace, its rich occasion — one for the exchanging silk mikado is commanding enough of vows, another for the reception. on its own; perfect to showcase the But here at Novelty Bride, we want more intimate details of a variety of to let our brides in on a little secret: accessories. you don’t have to buy two dresses. Accessories are the key to switching Novelty Bride adores the OSSAI up your look throughout the big day. collection for its intricacy and ability to capture every look — from simple Novelty Bride’s very own creator and delicate to whimsical to classic and editor-in-chief teamed up with and ornate. Every bride can find the incredible genius of designers something she loves from such a Reem Acra, OSSAI-San Francisco, wide range of options. and Emici Livet to bring together a marriage of styles determined We love that so many options are by accessories. Anne Mulvihill of available to the modern bride. Fête wedding planning agency in Novelty Bride is thrilled to explore France was incredible to help set the world of bridal accessories up the details of this fabulous beyond traditional ideas. No need to photo shoot at the gorgeous 19th change gowns on your special day. century Château Bouffémont in the Simply accessorize. Montmorency Forest of France.
nd of course, donâ€™t forget to accessorize those tresses. Hair pins can be replaced by tiaras or headbands. Choose a bolder color, like this stunning gold headband, also an OSSAI creation, to draw attention to the eyes. Beads and pearls are a wonderful way to soften your look and frame your face for the perfect photos.
or example, consider forgoing a traditional necklace for this unique flowy, feminine shawl by OSSAI. It perfectly graces the shoulders and adds a beautiful contrast of softness to the boldness of the gown. It also brings a touch of sparkle to the collarbone and neckline with its carefully beaded and jeweled pattern. Paired with the perfect veil, this look is divine for any wedding ceremony.
fter vows are exchanged, switch out the shawl for these incredible attachable shoulder straps and matching belt, also handcrafted by OSSAI. Removable straps are a brilliant way to diversify your strapless gown. Adding a matching belt or ribbon to the waist is not only figure flattering, but brings the entire ensemble together. Play with textures and color in these details by using different threads, beads, jewels, or pearls.
esigner Emici Livet has the perfect handheld accessories to bring a pop of color to your wedding day with their â€œmodern heirloom accessories.â€? A gorgeous ostrich feather fan is certainly a conversation piece. The warm blush of its tone is so complimentary to the ensemble, and the feathers are a refreshing, yet classic and vintage splash of texture. The pearl and crystal quartz detail in the handle are absolutely exquisite.
e love that so many options are available to the modern bride. Novelty Bride is thrilled to explore the world of bridal accessories beyond traditional ideas. No need to change gowns on your special day. Simply accessorize.
Of course, the bridal bouquet is an integral piece of the wedding day. Consider making a statement in your bouquet by adding an accent of bold color with a single flower such as this charcoal grey and silver blue velvet flower with Swarovski crystals at the center, created by Emici Livet. We love the daring contrast of the flower set against the backdrop of the wedding gown. A piece such as this can sum up the entire essence of the wedding celebration.
This particular treasure can be used several ways — attach it to a lapel, hat, handbag, or hairpiece. Emici Livet’s collection also features a variety of bold lapel pins to bring congruity to the groom and whole wedding party.
BRIDAL GOWN BY REEM ACRA MODEL EMMA KONC AT CRYSTAL MODEL MANAGEMENT ACCESSORIES BY OSSAI FAN, FLORAL PIN AND LAPELS BY EMICI LIVET VENUE IS CHÂTEAU DE BOUFFÉMONT PHOTOGRAPHY BY REBECCAMARIE PHOTOGRAPHY MAKEUP & HAIR BY BONNIE CHOU FLORALS MADAME ARTISAN FLEURISTE EVENT PLANNING FÊTE IN FRANCE COORDINATION BY BARBIE BERG STYLING BY SAGE BOWMAN
OLIVIA POPE WEDS IN AN ANNE BARGE GOWN ON THE 100th EPISODE OF ABC’S SCANDAL Oliva Pope (played by Kerry Washington)wore an Anne Barge wedding gown in the series’ 100th episode, an alternate reality special where she weds President Fitzgerald Grant (played by Tony Goldwyn). The Anne Barge ‘Berkeley’ ball gown is made of Kalika silk with a chiffon bodice and off-the-shoulder cap sleeves. Costume designer Lyn Paolo selected the gown for Olivia Pope’s fantasy wedding with iconic style in
mind, “Anne Barge was an amazing find for Olivia. We looked for a dream gown and Anne delivered. Olivia looked stunning in the gown and I could not be more thrilled” says Paolo. The Atlanta-based designer was ecstatic to see Washington’s character in the dress, “Berkeley is one of my most special gowns. It is both timeless and chic, perfect for a modern, classic bride”says Barge.∞ COPYRIGHT ABC STUDIOS
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Designers’ Tips for Brides What are Allure Bridals’ tips for finding the perfect wedding dress? First — Never say never! You may think a mermaid gown is your dream dress and have never looked twice at a ball gown, but trust us when we say brides are always surprised by what they end up falling in love with! Another tip? Be selective in who you decide to take dress shopping. The process will go smoothly if you have fewer opinions around you when it's time to make a decision. And ultimately, relax. Your wedding dress will look beautiful on you. It’s an amazing season of life, so don’t take it for granted! Enjoy yourself. What are Allure Bridals’ favorite styles/silhouettes of wedding dresses this season? We’ve embraced sleek silhouettes, incredibly voluminous skirts and everything in between. If we had to pick, our favorite styles include an updated take on the bridal ball gown — beaded, with a textured, ruffled skirt — and the resurgence of the utterly simple sheath, with minimal detailing.
OLGA YERMOLOFF HAUTE COUTURE What are your top tips for finding the perfect wedding dress? Finding the perfect wedding-dress is not an easy job. There are so many different styles, lines, and fabrics that it can often be chaotic. Most brides try on between four and seven gowns, but in any case, they shouldn’t try on more than 10. Otherwise, they can be lead to a big confusion and sometimes even a panic attack. A second tip for the bride to be is first to figure out which silhouette works better for her and start searching according to that. However, the most important thing that a bride needs to do is to choose a dress that makes her feel comfortable and matches with her own personal style and identity. What are your favorite styles / silhouettes of wedding dresses this season? This season designers are reinterpreting bridal looks in new, vintage-inspired, and completely unexpected ways. We saw so many, different colours, fabrics and embellishments in this year’s runways. However, it seems that lace is here to stay. There is nothing quite as vintage and romantic as a lace wedding-dress. At the same time, 3-D florals have dominated wedding dresses for many seasons. Floral embroidery dominated the 2018 wedding-dress collections as well. Some other of our favorite fabrics are tulle for more ethereal feel and satin and silk for the vintage bride. A romantic elegant and dramatic look can be achieved with long multi-layered trains and voluminous ball gowns. Last but not least, this year’s most impressive bridal trends are the bare shoulders, crystals, pearls and capes.
PAOLO SEBASTIAN By Ruth Shilling, Managing Editor
legance. Romance. Femininity. These three words can be used to describe the couture gowns from Paolo Sebastian. The designer label has been around for ten years and the creator and designer, Paul Sebastian Vasileff is only 27 years old and is known worldwide for his attention to detail and whimsical designs. Starting at a very young age with his grandmother teaching him. Later he took lessons, learning about pattern making. Paul’s first runway show took place during his senior year and he’s been creating ever since. Over time, this designer developed his skills out of his innate passion, eventually attending the European Institute of Design in Milan. Paolo Sebastian is synonymous with romantic silhouettes and handcrafted detail. The label was one of the first to embrace naked gowns in a discrete way giving the appearance of a sheer dress, but his design gives its wearer an ethereal appearance rather than showing off too much. The atelier is located in Adelaide, Australia and handmakes each dress. The embroidery and beadwork are precise, the lines flattering and those who work for Paolo Sebastian invest themselves into Paul’s designs to breath life into each look. The designer has reached a pinnacle in the fashion world, dressing celebrities such as Kim Kardashian-West, Giuliana Rancic, Sonam Kapoor, Megan Gale and many others. His looks have walked the some of the biggest red carpets, including the Oscars, Cannes and the Grammys. Throughout the last ten years, the look has stayed true to their aesthetic, offering sophistication amid flirtiness and whimsy. Last year international supermodel Coco Rocha opened his Wildflowers show, that closed the
Adelaide Fashion Festival. He showed his 2016-17 Fall/ Winter Couture collection at Paris Fashion Week. Congratulations to the still young designer on 10 years. We anticipate many more years from Paolo Sebastian.
Daalarna Couture By Kayla Feldman
Photography by Kayla Feldman Photography Gowns by Daalarna Couture Shoes by INC Venue at Lionsgate Furnishings by CORT Floral & Design by Something Styled Events Jewelry by Emma & Grace Bridal Boutique Makeup by Beauty on Location Studios Model Stephanie Smith at Donna Baldwin Agency
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Creative Direction, Production, Design & Styling by A Very Beloved Wedding Photography by Sandra Aberg On location at Leopoldskron Castle Cinematography by BKT Films Wedding gown and dresses by Lena Hoschek Flowercrown and Headpiece in Ceremony by Miss Lillys Hats, Headpiece After Wedding shoot: Jannie Baltzer Make-up and Hair by Heike SteinmaĂ&#x;l Floral Design by A Very Beloved Bloom Props by A Very Beloved Wedding Rentals Collection Earrings by Christian Lacroix Groom & Baby Boys Attire by Zara Bridal Shoes by BCBG Max Azria Engagement shoes by Carolina Herrera Ribbon by Silk & Willow
Precious in OSSAI Photography by Coryn Nelson
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Reagan is wearing Fannie Ballerina shoes by Stuart Weitzman
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In nearly any wedding, the jewelry exchanged is of pivotal importance. It reflects the
couple’s personality and story, it informs the style of the wedding, and it’s meant to last a lifetime. Usually, this means that couples want their jewelry to be classic, unique, and personal. In a sea of predictable aesthetics, it can be difficult to find a style that defines you and sets you apart, without losing the sense of timelessness and elegance that ideally characterizes an engagement ring. A look toward current trends and vintage rings alike exposes a common thread among many of the most unique styles: they draw upon imagery from nature. Designers everywhere are taking part by creating literal representations of natural elements, as well as abstract and loosely conceptual ones, such as cluster settings, trillion-cut stones, vine-like filigree, and incorporating rose gold. Some bold, luxury designers, such as Buccellati, have even drawn upon the honeybee for inspiration, creating honeycomb-like lattices in the shanks of engagement rings, lending them both of delicacy and strength — a combination of traits so wondrous and elusive as to inspire generations of poets and artists to attempt to recreate it in their work. It is no wonder that jewelers are perennially drawn to imagery from nature; nothing else could be so original, and so classic. Another bold designer is Karl Lagerfeld. While he is fairly knew to the jewelry scene, he’s been a mainstay in the fashion world, known for his work with Chanel and Fendi. His jewelry collection includes four distinctive looks. The one featured is from the Arch Collection. The inspiration comes from the archways in Paris and is a perfect mix of modern and vintage. The top appears to have a flowered shape. Rather than a simple prong, there are archways that create the lifts around the center diamond, creating that flowered look. Choose between one with the shank lined with diamonds or without for a more simple look.∞ FEATURED ON THIS PAGE, BUCCELLATI ON THE RIGHT PAGE, GOLD BRACELET & NECKLACE BUCCELLATI
Floral Aromatherapy for the Spring Bride by NickyMarie of Pretty Groomed LLC Congrats, you’re Engaged! Now that you’re a Bride-to-be, aromatherapy will help you stay calm, relaxed, and well-scented as you plan your special day. Essential oils work holistically with your body to rejuvenate, relax, and restore your soul. There are seven floral essential oils that are great for Spring Brides and her groom: • Chamomile • Geranium • Lavender • Jasmine • Neroli • Rose • Ylang Ylang All seven of the floral essential oils will help with minor depression, stress relief, and are immensely relaxing. However each of them have specific qualities and benefits for the bride-to-be. CALM NERVES & EMOTIONS Chamomile: Calms, restores and relaxes mood Geranium: Uplifting, relieves of stress & anxiety Lavender: Antidepressant, reduces stress and insomnia Jasmine: Invigorating, restores energy and soothes the nerves Neroli: Extremely relaxing, relieve chronic depression and anxiety Rose: Antidepressant, soothes and harmonizes the mind Ylang Ylang: Relaxing, sedative effect on nerves and relieves tension
REJUVENATE YOUR BODY & SOUL Chamomile: Relieves migraine headaches and muscle pain, including menstrual cramps Geranium: Balances hormones, reduces fluid retention and edema Jasmine: Restores energy and uplifts your mood Lavender: Soothes, relieves tension & anxiety Neroli: Relieves tension headaches, and digestive problems Rose: Reduces digestive problems, allergies and migraines Ylang Ylang: Reduces high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat and increases libido REVITALIZE YOUR HAIR & SKIN Chamomile: Soothes sensitive skin and dermatitis Geranium: Reduces cellulite, relieves eczema and bruises Jasmine: Restores oil balance in hair and skin & increases skin elasticity Lavender: Anti-inflammatory, soothes and calms sensitive skin Neroli: Regenerates the skin, fights stretch marks and scarring Rose: Reduces skin redness and inflammation while fixing broken capillaries on the skin Ylang Ylang: Purifies skin and balances sebum production
NickyMarie is a licensed esthetician who has been actively involved in the professional skin care industry since 2001. She created Pretty Groomed LLC where she professionally advises beauty enthusiasts & trains industry professionals.
Ideas for using the oils on your wedding day and throughout your life:
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1. Mix 2 or 3 drops of Geranium, Jasmine, Neroli or Rose oil in 5mls of cold pressed vegetable oil and use as your personal bridal fragrance. 2. Make your own signature floral essential oil blend for your special day. Using scent can instantly take you back to your wedding day many years later because fragrance enter the limbic system of the brain where your memories and emotions are stored. You could also wear it each anniversary. 3. Make your own personal spray mist by adding up to 25 drops of your chosen oils mixed with jojoba oil to a 50ml mist bottle filled with distilled water and shake before each use. Use as facial mist or body/room spray your personal space. 4. A spray bottle can be placed on each table for your guests to use at their leisure. You can also make small bottles to give as favors to all your wedding guests, so they too can relive your special day. 5. Make wedding favors by blending for the guests to take home and use. Add oils to 15 or 25mls of cold pressed vegetable oil and place in a voile bag. A lovely aromatic gift they can use in a massage or bath.
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ouldn’t it be amazing if there was a skincare product that worked for all skin types, treated numerous skin conditions, was anti-aging and treated acne? What if this miracle product was all natural and worked with your other skincare? What if you only needed 1-3 drops for it to be effective? Fortunately, this isn’t an imaginary miracle potion. This is what roses can do when their oils are extracted properly. How fitting it is to have such a powerful skincare product in a flower.
hile the hundreds of varieties of roses look beautiful, when it comes to skincare, not all roses are created equally and the products can vary widely. You may have wondered what’s the difference between rose essential oil and rose absolute oil? Rose oil and rosehip oil? What about rose water? There are important qualities in each depending on what oil is used, the benefits and cost greatly differ.
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ose essential oil, also known as rose otto or attar of roses, is seen as the holy grail of essential oils. It’s also one of the most expensive essential oils on the planet and for good reason, because it takes 10,000 pounds of roses to distill one pound of rose essential oil. Roses are hand harvested early in the morning, before the sun rises, then are steam distilled the same day. This is a very delicate process. As a result, a single ounce can easily cost $945. Organic rose otto can set you back almost $1,500 per ounce. That is $50/ml!
n comparison rose absolute oil is extracted using a solvent. This is another multistep process that uses a lower temperature with the solvent to remove the oils. This process generates about 6.7 pounds of oil per 10,000 pounds of roses, costing $270-300 per ounce. Extracting the oil this way does a better job of preserving the fragrance of the roses and is used primarily in fragrance and aromatherapy. Be aware that to reduce costs these oils are often sold premixed with another floral essence or mixed in a carrier oil. It may be hard to tell the actual percentage of rose otto or rose absolute in the product.
he skin benefits of rose essential oil are remarkable and have been used all over the world for centuries. rose oil is packed with more than two dozen chemical compounds that offer amazing benefits, not just for your skin. Some of these include helping with the synthesis of Vitamin A, the richest antioxidant in the world, and antiseptic and anaesthetic properties.
ust a single drop of rose otto can hydrate, protect, heal and treat your skin. What is incredible is that it’s so effective on acneic skin as well as sensitive, dry and mature skin types. The oil’s antimicrobial qualities have long been used to help with easing slight blemishes as well as full-blown acne. It is so powerful that just a 0.25% dilution applied for 5 minutes will completely kill the bacteria that causes acne breakouts. It also soothes rosacea, eczema, and skin issues such as dermatitis and psoriasis with it’s anti-inflammatory powers. Its unparalleled antioxidant properties protect against free radicals and prevent sun damage. Here is the most amazing part. Roses have been proven to increase your skin’s permeability, so it actually helps other skincare ingredients and nutrients penetrate deeply into the skin. You can add a single drop to any skincare to receive these benefits.
Rose Otto Fact: Because the steam distillation process uses heat, the chemical compounds in the rose can be denatured and the scent and color is altered. This form of rose oil smells the least like the natural rose.
osehip oil contains essential fatty acids (EFAs) and a slew of skincare vitamins. These vitamins work in concert with the EFAs to fight pigmentation, improve fine lines & wrinkles by increasing collagen production, promote healing and fight freeradicals and improve UV damage very effectively. It also has a powerful antioxidants and cancer killer and antibacterial qualities that enrich the skin’s natural barrier, treats hyper-pigmentation, scars and age spots softens skin and increases skin’s permeability. These nutrients are also used to treat eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, rosacea and other skin conditions and irritations. This lipophilic wonder is actually a dry oil, that is non-greasy and leaves skin naturally hydrated, soothed, stimulated, repaired, regenerated, protected and even lightly exfoliated. Add 3 drops of rosehip oil to your skincare or haircare or briskly pat into the skin by itself.
ose water is an amazing bonus because it is a by-product of the steam distillation process of creating rose otto. Real rose water is a hydrosol, it is not rose oil or rose absolute added to water. The water that is left after the delicate steam distillation process contains all of the hydrophilic properties of the rose, and is less concentrated than the oil. It actually contains 1% or less of the essential oil in microscopic droplets throughout the solution of aromatic water. It is soothing, anti-redness, antiseptic, hydrating and balancing, thus it is an excellent toner and refreshing facial mist. Mist your rosewater over the face before applying serums or facial oils or after makeup to help set and hydrate foundation.
he rose is pure flower power. Remember that not all oils are created equally. Check to make sure your rose is pure if that’s what you want and not mixed with another floral essential oil. Some are sold already mixed in a carrier oil such as jojoba oil. It is best stored in the fridge because oils are perishable and volatile. There are many excellent rose infused skincare products out there, but check the ingredients rose essential oil, rose absolute or a rosehip oil. You can always mix the pure oils in with your skincare for real results anytime, day or night.
ridal Bonus- Rose is also proven very powerful aromatherapy oil. It is used to treat stress, depression and anxiety. Rose absolute is a great option for diffusers and on pulse points (mixed with a carrier oil) to calm and de-stress during the more hectic planning and wedding moments.
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he power of the rose goes beyond the petals. Rosehip oil, or rosehip seed oil as it is also known, is another powerful oil derived from the Rosa genus. Rosehips are the small fruits that remain after the petals of certain rose varietals fall. These fruits are harvested and the seeds are cold pressed to extract the nutrient and fatty acid rich oil. At about $20 for 4 ounces, the cost is much more affordable than rose otto, but don’t let that fool you, rosehip oil is incredibly powerful and effective.
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BEAUTY PRODUCTS 1 1. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Herbs, Aloe and Rosewater $7 www.mariobadescu.com This facial spray is a cult-favorite and a makeup artist must-have, because it revitalizes skin with dewy radiance. It also boosts moisture and glow.
2. “Lucas Papaw Ointment” www.lucaspapaw.com.au The papaw has many benefits for skin care. It’s been used for over a century for this ointment that has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. The ointment can be used for dermatitis and eczema, helping you look more beautiful for your wedding day. 3. Limelight by Alcone “Must Dew” $28 www.limelightbyalcone.com Using a lovely mix of therapeutic essential oils that rejuvenate, repair, and protect at the cellular level, this oil can be used alone or as part of a moisturizing treatment to keep skin radiant.
4. Coco Rose Lip Conditioner $22 www.herbivorebotanicals.com Coco Rose Lip Conditioner will give you kissably soft lips. The organic virgin Coconut Oil and hydrating Rose Absolute is light and will give you healthy smooth lips. Apply alone or layer with a the Coco Rose Lip Tint for amazing lips. 5. Coco Rose Lip Tint- Coral $24 www.herbivorebotanicals.com Like the Coco Rose Lip Conditioner, this lip tint is only made with the best botanicals. The base of organic Virgin Coconut Oil and hydrating Moroccan Rose Absolute along with all-natural pigments will provide a rich color for your lips as you party the night away.
6. Limelight by Alcone Botanical Foundation $36 www.limelightbyalcone.com Free from Mineral Oil, Lanolin, fragrance, this creme Botanical Foundation, created by makeup artist Vincent J-R Kehoe is a long-standing foundation used by makeup artists and celebrities alike. It’s ideal for all skin types, even sensitive skin for the coverage you need for the environmental stress of the wedding day. 7. MustaeV Easy Go Brushes $17- $37 each mustaevusa.com Pamper yourself as you apply your makeup on your wedding day. Use MustaeV Easy Go Brushes to expertly attain your picture perfect look on your special day.
8. Champagne Rosé Luminizer $38 www.RMSBeauty.com Add a dewy look to you cheeks with this light pink Champagne Rosé Luminizer by RMS Beauty. The opalescence with give you an ethereal appearance with the perfect touch. 9. Perfect Eyeshadows $12 each The Feeling is Neutral Palette$188 www.limelightbyalcone.com LimeLight by Alcone offers many shades of eyeshadow to help your eyes pop in photographs and at your reception. The pigments are blendable and are paraben-free 10. FACEatelier Lip Glaze $28 www.FaceAtelier.com Looking for an extraordinary lip gloss? Don’t settle, take it one step better with FACEatelier Lip Glaze. Your lips will look shiny and will feel smooth and hydrated without that typical stickiness found in so many others. Colors featured: Dianthus & Obsession.
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PRESTON BAILEY TALKS DESIGN By Rebecca Marie
Preston Bailey is more than just a household name when
it comes to the wedding industry; he is celebrated for creating dreams from extraordinary vision to reality for his clients. When a client approaches Preston seeking a particular vision, he delivers so completely the end result looks nothing like the beginning empty spaces. Instead it is an unforgettable floral work of art for all who see it. His designs create a story that is memorable, exquisite and one of a kind. In Preston’s long career he has been hailed as one of the most incredible designers of our time, author of seven books (five of them bestsellers). One of my personal favorites is “Preston Bailey: Designing with Flowers.” His floral creations are elegant and breathtaking that creates an ambiance worth remembering. Taking living delicacies and designing luxury weddings is his business, from lush floral dance floors to dramatic ceilings. Novelty Bride is thrilled to have the opportunity to interview Preston and ask questions about his work. He tells a little more about what drives him in the industry. Q: What made you want to get into the wedding business? A: In a way the wedding business chose me. 37 years ago I was broke and needed a job. A friend of mine suggested that I do weekly flowers for his very wealthy client. It was a bit of a nightmare considering I had no idea what I was doing. But you have heard the saying “If you make enough mistakes, eventually you just might become an expert”... Well, that is my life story. I must have done something right, because when this wealthy client’s daughter was getting married, she ask me to do her daughter’s wedding. This was in 1983. So yes, in a way the wedding business choose me. Q: When was the turning point in your career when you came to be more recognized and how did you achieve your success? A: I think the turning point was when I came out with my first book, “Designs for Entertainment” in 1998. For years before that, I did hundreds of wedding. The problem was that I was not charging enough, so I was constantly in debt. Luckily I was smart enough to photograph all my work. This book is a collection of all the work I did up to that point. Two years later after this book came out; it became a
bestseller, opening many doors. Q: You are extremely creative. How do you draw your inspiration to change these blank canvas venues into extraordinary affairs? A: Lots of the clues for my inspirations, come from my clients. You’ll be amazed, once you have a direction, how easy it is to translate my client’s dreams. Also my biggest inspiration is none other than my mother nation. If you notice my works had a strong influence on the outdoors. Q: How many people does it take to create the final look of a reception? A: It depends and the size of the reception and also the amount of time that we have to set up. However lots of time it could be a small army. Q: What are little touches you recommend for a bride to splurge on for her wedding? A: A great wedding is a compilation of wonderful details. Scented candles in the bathrooms. Enough servers that the guests never need to wait. Scented flowers (gardenias, Casablanca lilies) at the entrance of the wedding. Practical giveaways in the form of eatables. Q: Please share with us one of your most memorable wedding stories. A: At the risk of sounding selfish. One of my favorite wedding stories was mine. My late good friend and mentor Joan Rivers, married with great humor, me and my partner. Q: Who are a few of your favorite wedding dress designers? A: I have one favorite wedding dress designer. REEM ACRA. Q: What is your favorite type of flower/floral to work with? A: Orchids. The many, many types of Orchids. With his client roster including royal families, celebrities, athletes and CEOs during his career he has managed to soar to the top because of his artistic style and business ethics. He is a leading visionary in floral arts with class and sophistication that will stun an audience at first glance with his dazzling room designs.
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Dubai’s Miracle Garden is paradise on earth. The award-winning
garden, part of the grand Dubailand, opened it’s luscious garden doors on Valentine’s Day 2013, boasting nearly 780,000 square feet and over 109 million flowers. This natural garden is the world’s largest. Such an incredible sight isn’t expected in the midst of arid desert, but once again, Dubai has managed the impossible. It truly is an oasis. The Miracle Garden is creativity at its best. Imagine taking your wedding pictures in front of the world’s longest natural flower wall. Photos framed by the larger-than-life hearts covered in vibrant colored flowers would make the memory last a lifetime. The Miracle Garden boasts a nearly 20,000 square foot, magical indoor butterfly garden. The butterfly garden consists of 9 flower filled, dome-shaped buildings and can accommodate up to 300
people for lavish events. There are over 15,000 butterflies from 26 different species to mesmerize you and your guests. The outdoor wedding pavilion is perfect for large wedding and events. It can accommodate 300-500 people. Dubailand is open for wedding and events from October through April, in order to avoid the high temperature, hot summers. In addition, fine dining restaurants are being added to this unique park over the summer of 2017. The Miracle Garden in Dubailand is a true oasis in the desert. How the Miracle Gardens able to maintain such enormous grounds is a feat unto itself. Dubailand is a destination for weddings lavished in extravagance.
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Nestled in the forested hills of Broumana, just east of the city of Beirut, Lebanon, is the Grand Hills, a Luxury Collection hotel & Spa. With 164 suites, rooms, and apartments boasting picturesque views of the mountains and Lebanon’s Gold Coast, this hotel is a luxurious world destination all unto its own. It is also a magical wedding venue, with beautiful gardens and gazebos, spectacular reception halls, and elegantly appointed guestrooms with breathtaking views. The hotel grounds are awash with antiques and art, creating the perfect setting for your dream wedding. Once the reception is over, settle in for a stay you will never forget. Guest rooms and apartments feature
private patios overlooking the gardens, sumptuous fabrics and textiles, and all the modern amenities to make your stay enjoyable. The Royal Residence, the largest hotel suite in the world, as per the Guinness World Record™, is exquisitely crafted and extends over an impressive 4,131 square meters. After the nuptial festivities, you and your guests will enjoy fine dining, access to three private swimming pools, and a widely sought-after spa and wellness services. You’ll also enjoy being located just a short drive from the bustle of Beirut’s city center where you’ll enjoy shopping, entertainment and metropolitan flair.
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their wedding day and whether it’s
are a lot of asymmetrical designs that are interesting for guests to
a simple walk down the aisle or rolling out the red carpets and
look at.” — Andrea Eppolito, Andrea Eppolito Wedding & Events
Every bride has a picture of
ornamental carriages, flowers usually place high on a bride’s list of priorities. With consideration to factors like wedding location, vari-
“Greenery is the true protagonist of the new trends, an extremely
ety of flowers, and the season, the average American bride spends
natural shade of green. It is a neutral color that wants to enhance
around 8-10% of their overall wedding budget on flowers.
the beauty of nature. It does not belong to a specific season but can be reproduced at any time of the year in combination with
But what if you want beyond average? Working with an event de-
other neutral, but still brilliant and intense shades, which will make
signer that specializes in floral design will help you transform your
versatile and impressive palettes.” — Flavia Poldi, Satiro Events by
wedding into something magical and unique. We spoke with flo-
ral and event designers in a number of countries to get a feel for trends and innovations in floral design for the modern bride. Here’s
“The trend we are seeing more and more of and that is continu-
what they had to say.
ing on from the last couple of years is floral pieces and statement pieces, such as floral centerpieces, hanging floral chandeliers, floral
table runners, flower walls and floral entrance structures. We love
“Creativity! Wedding clients are moving away from standard flo-
sia Bridger, Celebrations by Alysia
these trends and believe they will continue for some time.” — Aly-
ral arrangements to create looks that show a personal reflection of their journey and who they are as a couple. Our clients want
“There is certainly a trend for organic weddings; using a lot of
their guests to walk in and say “OMG, that’s sooooo them!” We
greenery and making it feel that décor and florals are natural and
try to make each wedding uniquely special through dramatic light-
part of the actual venue. There is a also a trend for couples going
ing, designer inspired linens and exciting entertainment, to name a
beyond the standard simple vase of flowers on a table with choos-
few…but, we have to admit, the florals are our favorite! A current
ing nicer types of arrangements with big/colorful flowers — mov-
trend we love involves using distinctive vessels to take an ordinary
ing away from the all-white concept.” — Stella Chanioti of Modish
arrangement and turn it into an extraordinary focal piece showing
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the couple’s personality. Although still very beautiful, mercury glass and clear vases are no longer what our clients expect. They want
“The floral trend at the moment is definitely loose whimsical florals
to see dimension, drama and sophistication at every turn!” — Kim
that are lush and natural in composition. Brides are much more
Tran, Wink Design & Events
open to having greenery in their arrangements to add contrast and texture. There is also a trend in incorporating color into the florals
“One of my favorite trends is mixed centerpieces. Couples are de-
which steps away from the traditional white and blush weddings.”
signing table centerpieces of varying heights with mixed floral It’s a
— Cristina Barragan, Posh Peony Floral and Event Design
great way to keep the eye moving, and add life to the room. There
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EVENTS BY ASHLEY ANN
“The biggest trends I am seeing in wedding floral design are a mix of highs and lows when it comes to floral. In years past, people wanted to keep everything uniform, and now it is about the room as a whole, which is always a winner for me! You will also find lots of flower walls, flower garland, and floral adornment in the ceilings, overhead, on light fixtures, and chandeliers, which I can’t get enough of. You will see a comeback of bold colors or monochromatic schemes with little to no green filler, coupled with dramatic and romantic lines. I believe more and more brides are focused on creating a dream environment for themselves and their guests so they really want the wow factor in every aspect.” — Ashley Ann, Ashley Ann’s Weddings & Events
Innovations “There are so many options when working with flowers for weddings. Here are some options from recent weddings we have styled for our gorgeous clients. One: Adding Swarovski crystals to our floral backdrop. Two: We used a gold gate for our bridal photo wall for our beautiful couple and used 18ct gold leaf spray in our floral design and featured bouquets of white peonies and white roses — we loved looking beyond just using bouquets for the bride. Three: Another gorgeous idea for your brides is to surround mirrors with flowers and use them as a backdrop in the room.” — Alysia Bridger, Celebrations by Alysia “Brides are asking for florals to accentuate anything these days. From chandelier installations, to suspended florals, to florals on their wedding day signage, the possibilities are endless and brides are taking advantage of utilizing this creatively to get a custom and unique look to their big day.” — Cristina POSH PEONY
Barragan, Posh Peony Floral and Event Design
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“Brides have started to use the flowers almost as accessories or
“We like to push the envelope (and then some!) to come up with
furniture inside of the room. It is not uncommon to see floral
new, creative installations. If it looks like it doesn’t belong there in
walls, chandeliers, or full floral tables now. It is breathtaking. I also
the real world, we want to make it happen! Hanging from ceilings,
love the trend of the bouquet that follows more of a natural line
growing sideways, we do it all! Our brides want the florals to be
versus the old standard tight and round bouquet.” — Ashley Ann,
more than centerpieces. They want the drama of a hanging wisteria
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structure suspended over their dance floor. They want their guests to enter through a tunnel of greenery and feel as though they have
“The true innovation in the field of floral decorations is to create
stepped into a private garden created just for their special day. As
sets with falling and soft flowers, without following a real scheme.
designers, we are challenged by each event to craft a new experience
Everything must be as natural as possible. Flower curtains, lanterns
unlike the last and we have enjoyed learning more and more each
and falling flowers, flower-shaped ceilings, ribbons and crystals,
day!” — Hien Nguyen, Wink Design & Events
frames and floral walls.” — Flavia Poldi, Satiro Events by Flavia Poldi
Many thanks to Andrea Eppolito of Andrea Eppolito Wedding & Events www.AndreaEppolitoEvents.com; Flavira Poldi of
“Brides realize that just decorating the dinner tables is not enough
Satiro Events by Flavia Poldi www.satiroevents.com; Alysia
to create a nice atmosphere. Nowadays we are seeing brides
Bridger of Celebrations by Alysia, www.celebrationsbyalysia.com.
investing in flower walls – as a background for the ceremony or
au; Cristina Barragan of Posh Peony Floral and Event Design,
event as a photobooth background. We are also seeing a lot of
www.PoshPeony.com; Ashley Ann of Ashley Ann’s Weddings &
light/chandelier installations being decorated with nice florals and
Events, www.eventsbyashleyann.com; Stella Chanioti and Markos
really tying them in the overall décor. Couples have also gone wild
Machairopoulos of Modish Weddings & Events, www.modish.
with us decorating the entire dinner table with flowers.” — Stella
gr; and Kim Tran and Hien Nguyen of Wink Design & Events,
Chanioti, Modish Weddings & Events
LLC, www.winkdesignandevents.com for their insights and unique perspectives on floral design for the today’s bride.∞
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Looking good is always important on your wedding day, nd having your memories captured makes it even more important to have an amazing photographer. If your wedding day is soon approaching, and you’re still racking your brains about how to best choose a wedding photographer that fits your individual needs, then today is your lucky day! We were lucky enough to have a Q and A session with the highly renowned Indian wedding photographer, Braja Mandala. Braja’s work has been seen in such publications as Harper’s Bazaar India, and she’s traveled the globe capturing her client’s wedding moments on film. Below are some of her tips in helping you choose the best photographer for your wedding day and having a better understating of Indian weddings. Q: What is the most exciting thing about photographing Indian weddings? A: In one word, family. Family is everything. The amount of respect shown during the ceremonies to incorporate family is so beautiful. Family brings laughter, celebration and emotion to every event. I was recently photographing the groom’s portraits. I asked his mom to stand between the groom and his brother. The next moment she broke down in tears. I didn’t stop shooting. Most would. She immediately came gave me the biggest hug and thanked me. The moments I caught for their family are priceless. You will experience moments like this throughout the day. It’s not always tearful, it’s most of the time celebratory. But, it always comes down to family. I’m always humbled to be witness to it all. Q: If I have never been to an Indian wedding ceremony what should I expect? A: Indian weddings are full of life and traditions. An Indian wedding ceremony first starts off with the precession of the groom. Typically the groom arrives to
the ceremony on a horse or elephant. The brides family
cannot think of anything else but the look on the groomâ€™s
welcomes the groom to the wedding ceremony and offers
face. We deliver that image. But, think about adding a bit of
the groom blessings. Once the groom is at the ceremony site
drama to that moment, when you can see your environment.
then the bride enters accompanied by her dad and uncles.
I love giving my clients a 180 degree view. Itâ€™s taking a
During the ceremony many rituals are performed and the
beautiful moment to another level. We always ask our brides
ceremony lasts for about an hour.
why they booked their venue because we want to be sure they see that background and help choose parts of the property that they are drawn to.
Q: What is the one tip brides should use to ensure great photos for their wedding?
Q: What advice would you offer up and coming photographers? A: As we all know Indian weddings move fast and lots of
A: The most important piece of advice that I can offer to someone when finding their perfect wedding photographer is to hire someone you like. Your photographer will be with you, your family, and friends the entire day, and it is important that your photographer is a person whom you can have a good time with on your wedding day. Someone whom you can see being a representative of you to your close family and friends. This feeling of friendship with your
people are involved. You have to be on the top of your game for the entire event. Please have a clear understanding of each of the synchronicities of the ceremonies. Be ready for the unexpected. This will help you stay one step ahead of your client. Indian weddings are one of the most exciting, religious and colorful events you will ever encounter. Know your equipment. Know how to adapt and mostly be ready to have the time of your life.
photographer will translate into your photographs. The more comfortable you feel around your photographer, the better your photographs will be.
Q: For First Look portraits, do you recommend brides shoot inside or outside, and why? Is natural sunlight more flattering on film than indoor lighting? A: Outdoors. Hands down. You want the moment to be intimate yet dramatic. When brides are in that moment, they
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