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Lace gowns become the new trend The key for brides to remember is that a little lace goes a long way
By Nola Sarkisian-Miller CTW Features
For the most romantic day of their lives, brides want to look as romantically alluring as possible. Visions of lace cascading down their dresses, fabrics layered for movement and shape and pops of color conveying a sunny mood are some of the key trends emanating from the 2013 runways that can help achieve that fashionable dream. Along with feeling good about their impending marriages, brides-to-be are in a more bullish mood and willing to spend a bit more on higher-end styles that
include laces imported from Europe. “A more positive outlook on the economy is driving the desire for richness and luxuriousness,” says Andrea Novella, sales and marketing manager for New Yorkbased Anne Bowen. Highquality fabrics such as lace, silk and crepe “are preferred because although they are pricier, they add a richness and finish that makes the gown look much more expensive than it is.” Bridal salons from the West Coast to the East Coast report that lace gowns are key sellers with customers, whether it’s more modest fitted looks at Esti’s in
Brooklyn, N.Y., or showier styles at M Bride in La Jolla, Calif. Designers are creating lace works for the 21st century that are more modern and more envelope-pushing by incorporating lace in sleeves, on illusion necklines, on portrait backs, on belts and with embellishments of beading. Lace abounds in the portrait backs of Lela Rose’s collection and plays a central role in Monique Lhuillier’s spring line. There are Chantilly lace bow belts on corset gowns with drop waists, Chantilly lace sheaths and re-embroidered lace illusion necklines and ball gowns. Guipure
lace gowns mixed with satin-faced organza in glamorous slim, column shapes are popular Kevan Hall White Label styles. Anne Bowen is incorporating beading into lace gowns, such as a beaded Chantilly lace dress or a white beaded lace trumpet gown. Another forward style is by Modern Trousseau, based in Connecticut, which offers a pinstripe silk taffeta gown with a lace overlay. The key for brides to remember is that a little lace goes a long way. “Brides have to be careful,” says Michele Martin, owner of M Bride. “If they wear allover lace, the dress can wear them. But, lace
mixed with tulle or English net looks more whimsical, more ethereal and more flattering.” How brides wear it also makes a difference. For instance, when picking out a dreamy lace dress, don’t ruin the confection with a sash, say bridal experts. “Sashes can downgrade the dress, dumb it down,” Martin says. “It looks more prommy and not as sophisticated. Novella agrees that “sashes have given way to beaded belts, especially those incorporated into gowns.” Lace-bow belts were a huge staple at Monique Lhuillier, accented with two-inch to four-inch
bows. Watters partnered with Thomas Knoell Designs to create a line of accessories, including belts with rhodium-plated metals, for an opulent, vintage feel for its collection of Miami-inspired dresses. To keep the lace in check, lace has been pairing up with other fabrics for a match made in heaven whether it’s for an accent or a layering piece. Jessica Williams, the designer of Alvina Valenta, wanted to create looks that featured “subtle and unexpected dimensions” for the spring season. Her gowns include a V-neck style with shoulder straps mixing lace and tulle for a soft, feminine feel.
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Something blue ... for him Tradition does not mandate somethings borrowed, old or new for your groom, but a blue embellishment will lend playful elegance to his attire. Here, Patricia Trépanier, a men’s fashion stylist and image consultant based in Toronto and Montreal, offers a few chic selections:
There are countless options, featuring everything from precious gems to sports logos or plaid. If he’s fashion-forward but not very flashy, Trépanier recommends Tateossian Scoubidou’s blue-and-white braided Italian leather cufflinks which wrap around the edge of his shirt cuff.
Since only a few inches of his socks will show when he’s sitting down, socks are a great way bring in blue without overpowering the groom’s look. Trépanier likes Happy Socks’ striped socks mix stripes of dark and light blues.
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Colors shift to ombré schemes By Taniesha Robinson CTW Features
Navy blue and silver. Fuchsia and gray. Black and gold. They’re the color combinations that have set the tone for countless wedding ceremonies. But trendy brides are leaving the old color combos behind for another effect: ombré, the gradual change of color shades from light to dark. It’s become one of the most popular design elements of weddings today, making a mark not only in ceremony décor but fashion and beauty trends, too.
Ombré, a French word meaning “shaded,” has long been a technique for home décor and interior design. It was only a matter of time before it made its way down the aisle. And, brides can integrate the stunning effect in their weddings whether they’re using the talents of a professional wedding planner or taking the do-it-yourself approach. “The whole idea of ombré is to be very subtle with it,” says Candice Coppola, owner and creative director of Jubilee Events, based in Chesire, Conn. Coppola warns against the tempta-
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tion to use the effect everywhere. “You need to pick and choose what’s going to make the most sense,” she says. “[Ombré can] be a tribute to what your natural style is.” The key element in a subtle ombré design is the gentleness of the gradation. When done right, the color seems to float into the space with a very natural progression. Here are some popular ways the effect has been trending on the wedding scene.
pale pink to deep red into a stunning wedding design. Floral arrangements, including the bouquets and petals that aligned the center aisle, featured the effect. The bridesmaid dresses, the centerpieces at the reception, and what Coppola described as “unexpected areas” (linens and paper in the table settings) all featured gradation as accents to the overall color scheme.
“One of the most popular cakes we have done in Decoration ombré is the ombré ruffled Last year, Coppola in- cake,” says Amy Beck, a fused the popular scale of professional Chicago-based
cake designer. Each shade blends almost seamlessly into the next in her cake designs, and the ruffled effect adds sheer elegance. “I happen to think that they look better when they’re taller,” Beck says. This is because the gradation can be smoothed out over more than a dozen shades, giving the eye more to pick up on. Beck says the ombréd cake has become so popular in recent years because it’s a way of bringing in color, letting the color stand out but not overwhelm the cake, especially for dark colors.
Ombréd hair took off in Hollywood a few years ago, draping down the shoulders of stars such as actress Drew Barrymore. But the effect has been around for ages because hair strands naturally become lighter at the ends with sun exposure. Today’s techniques create more dramatic effects for a perfect touch of glamour for wedding ’dos. “Because of the ombré, you’ll see the texture better in your updo and even your typical style versus if it was just
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one solid dark color,” says Holly Kasprisin, hair stylist and makeup artist at Chicago Bridal Hair and Makeup. “It would be flat, and you wouldn’t see the definition or texture as much as you do with ombré.” There’s one caveat for women who covet the trend: it’s better for people with solid, dark hair. Kasprisin also has seen the ombré trend grow in popularity for nail designs. Shading techniques have long been used in eye makeup.
Fashion The ombré trend in wedding gowns heated up this fall. Actress Anne Hathaway married in a custom Valentino gown with pink ombré accents. At the 2012 New York Bridal Fashion week, designer Anne Barge show-
cased an ombréd wedding gown from her fall 2013 collection. “It was subtle but very obvious,” says Coppola, who was in attendance. “The bottom of the dress was of a darker shade and it got lighter and lighter as it went up to the top ... It was a really subtle and beautiful way to incorporate the trend while still being bridal and classic and beautiful.” For brides who can’t dream of donning anything other than an all-white
Brides are steering away from traditional color schemes such as navy blue and silver, fuchsia and gray, black and gold. dress, ombréd accessories (jewelry, shoes, etc.) make perfect accents. Also, a popular trend for bridesmaids’ dresses is to have each be a unique shade of your wedding color rather than the same color and style of dress.
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Pre-wedding cocktail hour Get the party started before the ceremony with these tips
If you want your guests to have a memorable time from the moment they arrive, consider following the lead of more and more modern couples who are opting to get the party started preceremony. To set the right tone, Brides magazine Senior Editor Yolanda Crous recommends creating a special playlist or hiring an instrumentalist (think guitarist or jazz trio) to play classical versions of your favorite tunes. Give guests something to look at like a slideshow or elaborate wedding program. Crous suggests including your love story, mini bios of your atten-
dants, and background on your readings. If you’re location is unique – museum, art gallery, zoo – Crous also advises arranging for mini tours. Added bonus: These pre-wedding activities are a fun conversation starter for guests who don’t know each other. Photo booths, the guest book and lawn games are good pre-ceremony activities, too. It’s also nice to offer a little refreshment. Karine France-Matsumoto, owner of Honolulu-based Seasons of Life Events, recommends having servers pass signature cocktails and boozefree mocktails, and setting
up a self-service beverage station with minted water and fruit tea. No need to go overboard on the food, but this is a perfect time for featuring regional bite-sized appetizers or the couple’s favorite snacks, FranceMatsumoto says. In addition, think about the weather. If it’s hot, France-Matsumoto suggests handing out chilled hand-towels, and Crous recommends providing paper fans, sunscreen and bug spray. If it’s cold, Crous says having space heaters and baskets of blankets or pashminas is smart. Most importantly, you, the couple, should feel free
to join in! The pre-ceremony party will give you even more time to chat with old friends or relatives who traveled from afar, notes
France-Matsumoto, and connecting in a casual way can help calm jitters about being the center of attention. But it’s probably best if
the newlyweds-to-be avoid the alcohol, Crous says: “You don’t want to slur your vows.” Anna Sachse, CTW
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Meet the Millennials A new generation couple is changing the way modern weddings are taking place
When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg married his longtime love Priscilla Chan on May 19, 2012, the event definitely was on the modest side, considering just two days prior Facebook’s IPO officially made Zuck a billionaire – with a B. The pair hosted about 100 guests in a private backyard ceremony at their Palo Alto, Calif., home. (Sure, it’s a $6 million home, but still, backyard wedding!) Food was catered by the pair’s two favorite local restaurants; dessert was the same chocolate truffles the couple shared on the first date. Zuckerberg traded in the hoodie for a dark blue suit and casually worn tie; Chan donned a lacy Claire Pet-
tibone gown she stealthily ordered from a Denver boutique. To be sure, the highprofile couple required a bit of subterfuge to pull of the event; guests thought they were there to celebrate Chan’s medical school graduation. But it reveals a look at how the next generation of bride and grooms are getting married — with an emphasis on the simple, meaningful and affordable. It’s not surprising, considering the 20-to-24 and 25-to-34 sets have fared the worst when it comes to unemployment figures. According to Pew Research Center data, half (49 percent) of 18- to 34-year-olds have taken a job they didn’t
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More brides think pink When Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake tied the knot Oct. 19, 2012, in southern Italy, Biel was the latest celebrity bride to choose pink for her big day. Biel’s custom Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown featured a light pink floral motif and a tiered
skirt of silk mousseline and silk organza for a ball gown effect. Biel’s rosy selection puts her in the recent company of Anne Hathaway, who’s Valentino gown for her September 2012 wedding featured pink handpainted details, and Reese Witherspoon, who opted
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Pin my wedding! in the friends and family, or share it to the world, read on for a crash course in how Just a few years ago, when to do it right. the wedding was over you Social media were left with a book of photos, a disc of digital If you simply want to images and a lot of lovely show off your favorite picmemories. tures and, most imporThat’s nothing to com- tantly, wax poetic about the plain about, of course, but wedding details you found these days, thanks to your most interesting in your social networks, countless wedding blogs and plenti- own voice, then social-meful national and local bridal dia platforms like Facebook, publications (like the one Pinterest, YouTube, TumI edit, Portland Bride & blr and Twitter are an easy Groom), you can showcase and efficient way to go. Just your special day to an audi- make sure you check in with ence well beyond your guest your photographer first and get permission to do so, list. Whether you’d prefer to warns Sharon Naylor, aukeep your wedding story thor of more than 30 wed– the beauty, the blunders ding books, including “The and all your hard work! – all Bride’s Guide to Freebies: By Anna Sachse CTW Features
Enhancing Your Wedding Without Selling Out” (Lyons Press, 2012). Yes, you hired your photographer to take pictures at your event, but depending on the photo package you purchase, the photographer may still own the copyright. “Different photographers have different rules, and you don’t want to get in legal trouble or receive angry requests to remove your posts,” Naylor says. Another thing to keep in mind is that there are nasty people out there who take delight in posting insults or criticism on public websites, Naylor notes. Your choices are to ignore any lessthan-glowing reviews, or, if possible, consider mak-
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in your local bridal magazine, national publications like Brides magazine or Martha Stewart Weddings or numerous wedding style blogs like Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, 100 Layer Cake, Snippet & Ink and more. An issue of the magazine or PDF file of the post makes a lovely keepsake, and let’s face it – it feels good to know other people thought your wedding was as special as you did. That said, not every wedding can be chosen. The parties that pique my interest for Portland Bride & Groom feel fresh and unique, they’re full of inspiration and been-theredone-that wisdom for future brides and grooms, they’re jam-packed with great local-vendor leads
for brides-to-be currently planning their own special day, and they include detail shots that highlight things like your incredible dessert table, hip paper goods, creative tabletop and awesome venue – you know, the same reasons engaged-you loved real-wedding stories, too. Most outlets will provide instructions for the kinds of wedding submissions they want, but one of the most helpful articles I’ve seen was an SMP Backstage post called “Getting Your Wedding Out of the Slush Pile,” by Abby Larson, founder of the Style Me Pretty blog and author of “Style Me Pretty Weddings: Inspiration and Ideas for an Unforgettable Celebration” (Clarkson Potter, 2012). It’s a must-read when you consider the fact that Style Me Pretty gets around 600 submissions per week. “That’s a lot of pretty
to go through!” Larson says. “If we could find one word that really encompasses what we look for in a submission, it would be ‘refinement.’ Not in the traditional sense of the word, though. What we mean is a cohesive style and edited, clean photography... We love to feature wedding styles of all shapes and sizes, but a perfect submission is one that tells a story through simple, well-executed photographs and details.” That story that Larson is looking for can start with the sweet “getting ready” shots and simple photographs of the gown, makeup, jewelry and bridesmaids, and transition into the first look, ceremony, reception and, to bring the story to a close, the last kiss. “Within that story, we love to see details that are steal-worthy, that are photographed in a
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Deciding the style of your wedding
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Sure, the city where you live (or the one where you grew up) would make a deeply personal backdrop for your big day. But perhaps you’ve always pined for a more pastoral celebration. Urban fêtes and country soirées both have lots of pros – and they have their party-downer cons. Here, three wedding planning experts share insight to help you decide which setting is right for you.
At the top of the list for why an urban wedding should win out? Practicality. First, you have your pick of venues, from traditional hotel ballrooms to modern museums and art galleries to hip converted warehouses, restaurants and more, all of which are likely practiced at working with big events. Many may even include everything from tables to lighting and the sound system with their venue fee or catering minimum. Similarly, getting married in town enables ac-
cess to numerous qualified vendors, allowing you to pick the caterer, florist, baker or DJs that best suit your needs, personality and budget, says Constance Curtis of Southern California-based Constance Curtis Events. There are no travel fees, delivery charges will be minimal if any, and competition may open the door to special packages, discounts or deals. Plus, it’s easy to meet with your vendors pre-wedding on a lunch break or after work if you need to hammer out centerpieces or sample the menu. In addition, metropolitan weddings are über-convenient for guests, notes Curtis. Those who live close by don’t have to pay for lodg-
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football games, races) may impede public transport or clog the roads for drivers. And be sure to note parking garages near the venue, Winikka adds, as you don’t want to walk down the aisle
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with half-empty rows because half your guests are driving around in circles looking for a spot. More things to make you think twice: If you have chosen a major city, expect to pay a premium for all your vendors, and know that those venue fees and minimums don’t come cheap. Traditional event spaces can feel generic and their included linens, chairs, dishes, etc. can be boring or beat up, thus you may end up shelling out a pretty penny for alternative rentals and décor. Finally, you aren’t alone. if any part of your wedding is outside, you’ll likely get some gawkers, Winikka says.
Country strong Whether you’ve got your heart set on saying your I do’s amid a field of flowers, at a vineyard or in a barn, a key advantage of having a country wedding is that there’s already gorgeous scenery to serve as the backdrop, says Maggie Lord, founder of RusticWeddingChic.com and author of “Rustic Wedding Chic” (Gibbs Smith, 2012). Although Lord notes that the often big, open spaces make it easy for you to create whatever atmosphere you want: elegantly OldWorld, woodsy and sweet, a festive ranch hoedown, or a glamorous garden party with bocce ball and croquet. These settings typically have a ton of natural character, minimizing the need for extra embellishment. If
there’s no onsite catering, you also can save money by bringing in your own alcohol, which is a great way to showcase your favorite local wineries, breweries and distilleries. And you’ll likely having the ceremony and reception in the same place, which means you won’t have to pay for two venues or transportation between sites. If the location is too far away from town for guests to make it a day trip, another bonus is that you can make a weekend out of it, says Curtis. You’ll have more opportunity to spend time with all your loved ones, especially if you plan group activities like wine tours, hay rides or hikes. But like any wedding, country destinations also have their concerns. Unless
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your location is an established wedding venue, everything from the table and chair rentals to creating a cooking space for the catering team to furnishing generators, lighting and portable bathrooms might be your responsibility, warns Lord, not to mention all the cleanup afterward. For this
reason, even if you’re having a very informal event, Lord strongly advises hiring a wedding planner or day-of coordinator who can handle all the details, plan for contingencies and ensure everything runs smoothly. Keep in mind that you’ll also have less local vendors to choose from, or will have
to pay more for city-based vendors to travel or make deliveries to your locale, says Curtis. If it’s very remote, you’ll want to make sure there’s enough lodging for friends and family nearby, or organize transportation to get guests safely to and from town in a timely manner.
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Servicing the general public, Army Catering is the official caterer for the Army Heritage and Education Center. It has a wide selection of accommodations available to rent for group meals, presentations, banquets and weddings. A professional catering and event planning staff is available to assist you. Customizable menus and layouts can be fit to meet your individual needs and preferences. Additionally, Café Cumberland located on-site is available for breakfast and lunch service at no additional cost. Profits generated by Army Catering directly support Soldier and Family programs. Letort View Community Center (LVCC) is open to the general public, nestled among the historic Carlisle Barracks and offers a charming, magnificent venue for your next wedding, anniversary, conference, retirement ceremony, or other special occasion. It features over 15,000 sq feet of flexible meeting/ banquet space, an outside pavilion with poolside Tiki Bar open April –August and inside Joint Pub open October-April, dedicated professional catering staff, creative cuisine, and superb service. Let Army Catering at LVCC provide the attention, service, flexibility, affordability, and individualism you deserve. Profits generated by Army Catering directly supports Soldier and Family programs. The Fort Indiantown Gap Community Club and Keystone Conference Center (KCC) are open to the general public. They are available for banquet and catering services and offer a variety of rooms for group events such as, weddings, promotions and banquets. The Community Club consists of a cafeteria area, several meeting/banquet halls, a game room and a pub area. The KCC offers 10,000 square feet of space and that can be configured to accommodate your event or meeting. Army Catering for both facilities is available with a variety of menus that may be tailored to the event.
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