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Vintage Engagement Rings
“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” MIGNON MCLAUGHLIN | PHOTO BY JEN HUANG
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35 12 EDITOR’S LET TER An introduction by Tulle Magazine’s Editor in Chief 14 EDITOR’S PICKS Our Editor’s favorite wedding finds for the season 16 SOMETHING NEW Borrowed and blue, sure. But something new is always sweeter in our book 25 THE TULLE LIST A roundup of our favorite brands, products, and locales for your big day 35 KIRSTIE KELLY A garden inspired collection both ethereal and romantic 6 | tullemag. com
134 43 AUGUSTA JONES A classically elegant collection fit for a Queen— or bride-to-be 48 LEE-ANN BELTER A contemporary chic selection of gowns for every bridal style and taste 54 RUCHE Floral crowns, blooming backdrops, and tons of tulle— color us in love 61 WINIFRED BEAN Simple and yet oh-so jaw-dropping, wow your guests with these gowns 68 BHLDN Vintage glam comes with a touch of ivory and sparkle this fall
74 RIGHT THIS WAY A closer look into dress destination Weddington Way
95 the modern martha Waiting on Martha founder Mandy Kellogg Rye and Wedding 101
78 bridal bff Get up close and personal with celeb wedding planner Mindy Weiss
98 cool chicks The duo behind lifestyle site, The Wedding Chicks, on what’s to come in weddings
82 industry secrets Chances are you’ve seen a Sharon Sacks wedding— we had a chat to learn more
102 going green Jen Campbell of Green Wedding Shoes shares her favorite big day to date
86 a lover.ly gal The tech maven of the wedding world, Kellee Khalil on her Lover.ly website
104 FROM BK, WITH LOVE The Brooklyn Bride’s Vane Broussard details what makes a modern wedding
90 the lady grey Grey Likes Weddings’ Summer Watkins on hosting a chic fete
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98 110 rainy day romance This couple didn’t let a little rain get in the way of this lovely shoot 114 LOVE ON THE ROCKS Our Editor in Chief Kate and fiance Michael spend a day on Lake Michigan 118 big day, big sur A couple drawn to the ocean says I Do in this magical locale
164 128 island i do’s Stunning nuptials held in the relaxed whimsy of St. Barth’s 134 wedding in italia Hailing from Atlanta, Fitz and Britney hopped the pond to tie the knot in Italy 140 A NOD TO CITRUS MOD Dive deeper into our gorgeous cover with a retro mod look— polka dots, lemons, and more 20
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118 146 bold and gold An inspirational shoot embracing the colors of persimmon and gold with glitter galore!
164 urban charm Chicago’s classic charm was shining through at this city chic affair
152 winter magic A wedding planned around the groom’s grandparents’ 50th anniversary
170 old world eclectic This bride was inspired by the Roaring ‘20s for her vibrant nuptials
158 peacock paradise Ayelet and Matt said I Do in a lush garden, despite Hurricane Sandy
176 touch of blush A California country club wedding with soft hues of pink and silver
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SNAP. CLICK. GIFT.
CREATIVE PHOTO GIFTS - IN A SNAP! Pinhole Press is your online boutique for beautifully simple photo gifts. From save-the-date cards and party decor to framed prints and photo books, just choose your product, drag and drop your pictures and youâ€™re done! Let this be the year for simple, creative gifts.
Hey, brides— Follow us on the web! Be sure to follow us on Twitter @tullemag, on Facebook (facebook.com/tullemag) and pin with us on Pinterest (pinterest.com/tullemag).
Have ideas? Let us know! I’d love to hear from you. Send me an email email@example.com or tweet me @minimagkate to share suggestions, thoughts, and ideas on our first issue or those to come.
I’m so glad you’re here! When we started our first publication, Mini Magazine, three years ago, I admit I entered uncharted territory. I hopped on a plane to L.A. with a dream and a vision and the rest was history. Now almost on the anniversary of that very date, we’re so excited and proud to be launching our second publication, Tulle Magazine. Tulle encompasses everything that a blushing bride should be— beautiful, romantic, soft, chic, with notes of whimsy and never-ending confidence. I’ve been giddy to launch this new issue as I am planning my own upcoming wedding (details to come!) and found a wealth of inspiration to share with all of you brides-to-be— and maybe the occasional groom. This issue is packed with resources, industry secrets and tips, bridal style, and wedding details to spark your creative fancy. A special thanks to everyone in the wedding world that came together to celebrate our very first issue and we hope you love this second addition to Mini Media that has been many, many months in the making.
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IT’S ALL IN THE
New collections, new ideas, new ways to set your big day apart from the rest, that’s what we love about the fall and winter seasons. Here I’ve curated the best of wedding details that you, your bridesmaids, and even the dapper men in your party will adore. So get creative this season! But remember, love is all you need. — Kate
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1. Essie’s Mademoiselle is the perfect shade of pink to complement bridal bliss ($8, essie.com) 2. This statement pearl bib necklace by Stella & Dot might be just what your understated elegant affair needs ($128, stelladot.com) 3. Put a bow on it with these leather ankle strap pumps by J.Crew ($288, jcrew.com) 4. Cocktails for charity! ONEHOPE Wine donates half of every bottle’s profits (From $18.99, onehopeweddings. com) 5. Pair your glass with these pretty gold cheers coasters from Sugar Paper ($26 for set of
15, sugarpaper.com 6. Ditch the standard wedding cake and spring for a display of assorted macarons ($30 for one dozen, danasbakery.com) 7. Kate Spade knows how to color a wedding with this scent ($75 for 1.7 oz, katespade.com) 8. Winter weddings beg for a touch of emerald glam ($44, baublebar.com) 9. Rifle Paper Co’s floral table numbers will wow your guests (From $16, riflepaperco.com) 10. Every good groom deserves a good bow tie on his wedding day ($60, brooksbrothers.com)
1. These Gold Glitter Ballet Flats will make the walk down the aisle oh so glam for the littles ($59.50, jcrew.com) 2. This antique engagement ring by Trumpet & Horn is quite the stunner ($12,500, trumpetandhorn.com) 3. We can think of no better way to sparkle this season than with glitter pumps ($655, saksfifthavenue.com) 4. A pop of sparkle highlights this elegant statement necklace ($228, elvafields.com) 5. A classic pave link bracelet to jazz up your bridal ensemble ($125, jcrew.com) 6. An antique emerald and diamond ring a la Jackie O. makes dreams come true ($23,000, trumpetandhorn.com) 7. This glitter clutch is just the right size for your bridal necessities ($328, katespade.com)
LET THERE BE
Tulle is all about the glitter and sparkle and on your wedding day, everyone should feel the glam factor. Whether you include sequin linens or a glitzy headpiece, the upcoming fall and winter seasons are perfect for infusing your big day with a dash of fancy. In fact, we canâ€™t imagine a wedding without it.
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1. L’agent by Agent Provacateur lace suspender belt ($65, neta-porter.com) 2. Elise Push-Up Bra ($104, cosabella.com) 3. Agent Provacateur Lucienne Mesh and Lace Briefs ($110, net-a-porter. com) 4. La Perla Noche de Viento Polka-Dot Tulle Briefs ($135, neta-porter.com) 5. L’agent by Agent Provacateur Karmen Tulle Plunge Bra ($66, net-a-porter. com) 6. Soire New Molded Bra ($67.50, cosabella.com)
NOTHINGS From the rehearsal dinner to the wedding night, your ensembles are very important— but so is what’s underneath. We’ve included a roundup of the most beautiful lingerie to don during your wedding week and of course, on the honeymoon. These little nothings have never been so sweet. 3 18 | tullemag. com
1. DW St. Andrews Rose Gold Watch ($229, huckberry. com) 2. K.C. Atwood Aftershave by Prospector Co. ($18, prospectorco.com) 3. Vintage Buffalo Nickel Cuff Links ($95, brooksbrothers.com) 4. “This Way Up” Leather Flask ($42.50, jcrew.com) 5. Gold and White Hand Painted Enamel Monogram Cuff Links ($295, brooksbrothers. com) 6. Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey (bulleitbourbon.com) 7. Brummell Shave Creme by Prospector Co. ($14, prospectorco.com) 8. Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee (From $3.50, stumptowncoffee.com)
gifts for the
They’re the most important people in your life and you’ve chosen them to stand beside you as you say “I Do.” So when choosing gifts for your wedding party, refer to this guide we’ve broken down into Stags and Hens— a play on an old UK tradition of celebrating the upcoming nuptials and everyone involved. 3 20 | tullemag. com
1. iomoi Leather Tote with Monogram ($398, iomoi.com) 2. Tieks Ballerina Pink Flats ($175, tieks.com) 3. Rebecca Minkoff Bridesmaid Fund Pouch ($55, shopbop.com) 4. Diptyque Mini Candles ($28, diptyqueparis.com) 5. Microderma Scrub and Masque ($39, oneloveorganics. com) 6. Ban.do Heart Dual Hair Clip and Brooch ($15, shopbando.com) 7. Ban.do Flash Bobbi Set in Black Glitter/Blush ($10, shopbando.com) 8. Bee Noteset by Sugar Paper ($24, sugarpaper.com) 9. Personalized Alphabet Studs ($98, baublebar.com)
gifts for the
The hens (read: bridesmaids) are VIP in a wedding party and their gifts have to be equally as great. Whatâ€™s hot this wedding season? Items for maids to display all year round, expressive or personalized jewelry, and anything and everything with a monogram. 5
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“There are no words to describe the attention, support, love for what they do and the care Weddington Way showed and gave me throughout my process of planning our wedding!” ~ Adilah Brodie
FIND THE PERFECT BRIDESMAID DRESSES
Want to truly play the part of blushing bride on your wedding day? Blushingtonâ€” the perfectly pink makeup and beauty loungeâ€” has two locations and various looks for brides of all glam desires. BLUSHING BRIDE Blushington has two locations, West Hollywood and Dallas, and offers beauty looks from Pure and Simple to Simply Glowing to Life of the Party and Cutting Edge. Read on to discover more about this gem in beauty bars, like a breath of bridal fresh air.
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ONE STOP BEAUTY Tulle asked Blushington founder Stephi Maron to give us the scoop on services for brides and wedding parties. WHAT DOES BLUSHINGTON OFFER BRIDES AND WEDDING PARTIES? Our
“Our ‘Pretty Wedding Party’ package offers makeup applications for up to 12 people (3 artists), with add-ons for airbrushing and faux lash applications. We offer group booking and can even offer private use of our studio for private party and makeup application sessions, depending on brides’ needs.” WHAT BRIDAL LOOKS ARE POPULAR RIGHT NOW?
“Brides want flawless skin with a natural eye. We have seen a trend in brides wanting a mix between our ‘Pure and Simple’ Eye with a little ‘Simply Glowing’ eye. They still want to look like themselves but better walking down the
aisle. In terms of lip looks, right now everyone is requesting to wear a bold lip! Pairing a natural eye with a bright pink or that classic sexy red lip or even the dark berry lip, adds drama and lights up the face.”
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TULLE LOVES SNAPSHOTS Inspired by the disappearing beauty of the tangible, Artifact Uprising is the next big thing in premium photo services. NEW AGE SHUTTERBUG Everyone has a story to tell— especially brides and grooms-to-be. Don’t look any further for a creative way to display your engagement or wedding photos, Artifact Uprising offers hardcover and softcover books, wooden block prints and calendars, and even Instagramfriendly books all in an easy-todesign, drag and drop format. —artifactuprising.com
SIMPLE AND CHIC Pinhole Press is an online destination for beautifully simple photo gifts. With many options for weddings, from save the dates and invitations to party labels and thank you stationery, impress your guests with these lovely personalized details. —pinholepress.com
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THE #1 PHOTO &VIDEO SHARING APP FOR YOUR WEDDING itâ€™s FREE
Spend more time enjoying your memories and less time chasing them down.
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A VERY APPY COUPLE Take your wedding digital with Appy Couple to build a wedding website and app, all in one shot. TECHiE TWOSOME Once your wedding website and app has been created, chosen from over a dozen great designs, you can curate content to share with your guests, send emails, and even allow your guests to share photos, stories, and excitement for the big day. Make sure guests have all they need to make it to the wedding, from hotels to transportation. What’s more, it’s an easy, green option to incorporate into the mix. —appycouple.com
WINE FOR A CAUSE When you’re thinking about your reception’s open bar, opt for wine with a purpose. ONEHOPE Wines makes an impact by donating one half of the profits of every bottle sold to charities that support clean water, pet adoptions, children with disabilities and autism, our troops and veterans. ONEHOPE Wines taste a lot sweeter with sips that make a difference. —onehopeweddings.com
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OH SO ROBE-MANTIC Inspired by the idea of breezy happiness, Plum Pretty Sugar will strike your bridal (and bridesmaid) fancy. LOVE NOTES Keeping in mind the comforts of feeling cozy, the loveliness of femininity, and blushing little details, Plum Pretty Sugar brought to life a brand of robes that are perfect for your wedding day. The robes, both cotton and silk, are great as a gift for your maids and as a pre-ceremony ensemble in a variety of pretty prints, colors, and styles. Purchase matching robes for the whole party to make getting ready even sweeter! —plumprettysugar.com
JUST ADD MONOGRAM We’re keen on one philosophy— put a monogram on it. Iomoi is the lifestyle destination that just gets us. With a shop full of stationery, serving trays, coasters, ice buckets, totes, leather bags and more, they have a gift for every occasion. We can think of nothing better than an iomoi treat for the newlyweds or bridal party. So personalize it! Your new initials have never looked so good. —iomoi.com 32 | tullemag. com
THE BALLET FLAT, REINVENTED.
................... Add a little Tiek Blue to your big day! The perfect shoes for brides. The perfect gift for bridesmaids.
This collection by bridal designer Kirstie Kelly was inspired by the effortless lifestyle and natural elements of a garden. Silk tulle, chiffon flowers— this collection truly is a luxe escape. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ELIZABETH MESSINA
DID YOU KNOW Kirstie Kelly has a “Borrow Me” program in which brides around the country can try on gowns privately at home. In today’s age of the digital bride, you can rest assured knowing all of these incredible pieces are available to you to try with friends and family, sans bridal salon.
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On right: Ivy beaded bodice and Lisianthus silk ograniza skirt. On left: Sage gown, French lace sheath with deep v neck and chapel train.
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On right: Ginger gown, silk corset style bodice with bow train detail. On left: Dahlia gown, silk organza and net rouching with mermaid skirt flounce detail and flowers.
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On right: Dahlia gown, silk organza and net rouching with mermaid skirt flounce detail and flowers. On left: Flower shawl with lazer cut flower detail and organza.
The elegant, sophisticated touches of Englandâ€™s own Augusta Jones allow a bride to feel both fresh and contemporary, as well as timeless and classic on her wedding day. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF AUGUSTA JONES
On right: London gown, lace boatneck front with an unexpected, revealing keyhole back. Includes lace scallop trim and covered buttons. Available in beaded and unbeaded.
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On right: Sian gown, lace boatneck bodice with sheer sleeves, A-line organza skirt, and satin belt. On left: Monika gown, 1950â€™s inspired lace and organza A-line trimmed with lace.
On left: Daphne gown with overskirt, V neckline and revealing, open keyhole back. This gown is complete with optional tulle, multi-layered overskirt.
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Committed to elegant simplicity in design, Le-Ann Belter has been creating beautiful gowns for a select group of brides for close to two decades. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF LE-ANN BELTER
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On right: Penny gown, A-line with French Alencon lace, covered buttons, and hand-beaded belt. On left: Stephanie gown, hand-beaded with Swarovski pearls and crystals, crafted from silk dupioni.
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On right: Josephine gown, crystal-encrusted neckline with criss-cross back made from silk charmeuse. On left: Greta gown, spun from silk duchess, organza, and hand-cut French Alencon lace.
On left: Reese gown, draped in silk dupioni and featuring a dramatic train with handmade silk taffeta organza flowers.
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This ethereal bridal collection from Ruche will have you dreaming of spring and floral backdrops. And who can resist a floral crown like these little beauties? PHOTOGRAPHY BY ELIZABETH MESSINA FLORALS BY TRICIA FOUNTAINE DESIGN
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On right: Angeline gown, covered in ivory tulle, sparkling ivory sequins, and raw-edged chiffon. On left: Victoria gown, vintage-style strapless with delicate floral appliques and light-catching beads.
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On right: Angeline gown, covered in ivory tulle, sparkling ivory sequins, and raw-edged chiffon.
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On right: Noelle gown, ivory chiffon with ruched details and asymmetrical silhouette. On left: Amelie gown, champagne lace overlay with pearly accents, silver appliques, and classic tea length silhouette.
On right: Petals gown, double-faced silk bodice fully lined with silk faille and cotton voile. Featured here with layered tulle skirt.
Created for brides who embrace a creative, stylish spirit, Winifred Bean is the epitome of easy, timeless style coupled with romance and vintage silhouettes. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF WINIFRED BEAN
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On right: Iris gown, structured peplum top and column skirt inspired by couture design. On left: Petals gown, doublefaced silk bodice fully lined with silk faille and cotton voile. Featured here with layered tulle skirt.
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On right: Flounce gown, pleated tafetta v neck shown here with the Flounce a-line skirt. On left: Audrey gown, 1920â€™s inspired design made from luxurious silk crepe and featuring vintage pearl buttons.
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On right: Sweetheart gown, the perfect bohemian dress crafted from shirred silk chiffon. On left: Calla Lily gown, strapless, structured corset top made from double-faced satin and shown with the Calla Lily trumpet skirt.
When it comes to wedding gowns, BHLDN is the go-to destination for vintage elegance. Their latest collection will have you sparkling all the way down the aisle. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BHLDN
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On left: Harlow gown, flowing silk with beaded shoulders and bias-cut styling. On right: Leona gown, inspired by the roaring twenties, includes antique silver beading and full-bodied silk chiffon skirt.
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On right: Titania gown, complete with chiffon and silver beading, inspired by the quintessential image of autumn. On left: Odessa gown, by Badgley Mischka featuring crepe and romantic lace combo with open, circle cutout back.
On right: Dakota gown, by renowned designer Nicole Miller with carefully crafted folds in back and strapless style. On left: Isis gown, made of gorgeous ivory crepe and fashioned into a soft, trumpet silhouette. Add extra glam with a bejeweled belt.
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RIGHT THIS WAY PHOTOS COURTESY OF WEDDINGTON WAY INTERVIEW BY LAUREN KENDALL
After a career in the industry, Weddington Way CEO and Founder Ilana Stern set out to change the fashion world and as a result, has earned the praise of modern brides everywhere. TULLE: How does Weddington Way differ from
DID YOU KNOW Finding the perfect bridesmaids dresses does not have to involve hauling a tired wedding party from bridal salon to bridal salon? Weddington Way makes it easy to find simply chic styles in a variety of colors right from the comfort of your own home. If that doesnâ€™t call for mimosas, we donâ€™t know what does.
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other bridesmaid boutiques? ILANA STERN: As an online boutique, Weddington Way offers a curated assortment of bridesmaid dresses and coordinating accessories to complete your wedding party look. We built the site to allow bridesmaids to shop for dresses together in a fun, stress-free way. TULLE: Tell us what Tulle brides and their bridesmaids will experience when they sign up for Weddington Way. How can they make the most of it? IS: . After signing up, the brides can use our high-tech color discovery tool to narrow down to the exact shade of the dresses they want. They can select dresses from several brands and invite their bridesmaids to join a virtual showroom where they can select, discuss and purchase the dresses. The bride can then stay organized by tracking their
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progress and order status. Brides don’t have to leave empty-handed either! They can pick up a special occasion dress for themselves to wear to their rehearsal dinner, bridal shower or even the honeymoon. TULLE: Each bridesmaid dress is made-to-order. How has this idea revolutionized the bridesmaid dress industry? IS: The reason that made-to-order has been important for a long time is because of the range of colors and sizes that we’re able to offer to bridesmaids. It enables a bride to find exactly what she wants and make sure it’s not out of stock. TULLE: Which fabric, cut and style do you prefer in bridesmaids dresses? IS: For my wedding this summer, my bridesmaids wore flowy custom-made Watters gowns in coral, colored blocked hues to fit the colorful, beach boho chic theme of my wedding. TULLE: Which designers, fabrics, and silhouettes do you gravitate towards? IS: I like softer fabrics, lace and shapes that are body-hugging, but not structured with corsets. I really love the current trend of open backs. For my own wedding, I chose a Monique Lhullier gown from the Fall 2013 Collection. TULLE: How would you describe your personal wedding style? IS: Our wedding this August had bright saturated colors— inspired by a wedding we attended in India— and a beach boho chic aesthetic (I’ve always been a Cali girl!). TULLE: What is the most unique feature you’ve seen at a wedding? IS: I just went to a wedding where a couple made family vows: the groom made vows to her family and she made vows to his family. I thought that was really beautiful.
TULLE: What is your advice to brides-
to-be to ensure their wedding planning experience is as fun and stress-free as possible? IS: Throughout the planning process, take pauses to spend quality time with the dear people in your life. Don’t be afraid to take a weekend off from wedding planning to spend away with your fiancé or reserve a special day to relive childhood memories with your dad. After the wedding, when the planning will be long behind you, you will definitely cherish those moments. TULLE: What can we expect to see next from Weddington Way? IS: Expect to see more great bridesmaid dress designers and a bigger selection of special occasion dresses for brides. ■
bridal bff As one of the most sought after event planners and lifestyle experts in the country, Mindy Weiss sits down with Tulle to discuss managing the wedding chaos. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MINDY WEISS INTERVIEW BY KAITLYN KIRBY AND LAUREN KENDALL
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to be a wedding planner? MINDY WEISS: No! I loved my weekends too much to ever want to be an event planner. However, one of my long-time stationery clients convinced me to plan his birthday party, and from that point on I was hooked. TULLE: There are so many aspects to a wedding— from the first look to the first kiss. Which moment is your favorite? MW: I love the moment the bride walks down the aisle. It’s the beginning of a very special day, and a moment everyone gets to experience together. TULLE: Clients praise you for your creative décor and attention to detail. How do you come up with such unique elements and details? Where do you find inspiration? MW: I get inspiration from all over— design magazines, the flea market, unique installations in restaurants, art galleries. Sometimes you find the best ideas in the most unlikeliest of places. The key is to always being open to being inspired! TULLE: About how many destination weddings to you plan a year? Which locations were the most exotic or the most memorable? MW: We usually plan at least 30 destination events a year. Cabo and Hawaii are always favorite destinations of mine, and we just did a fun one this year in Turks and Caicos! TULLE: Tell us more about your planning
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TULLE: Did you always know you wanted
guide, The Wedding Book. What will brides-to-be find in this planner? MW: Everything! It contains information about everything from timelines, to budgets, to attire. When I wrote it, I tried to think of everything my couples have ever asked me, and then put it all in one place. TULLE: Your company doesn’t just plan weddings but also bridal showers, corporate events, parties, and more. About how many weddings do you plan a year in comparison to these events? MW: Yes, we plan everything! I’d say it’s about 50% wedding, 25% social (showers, parties, etc) and 25% corporate.
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totally overwhelming. What advice do you give your bride’s to bring them back to center? What advice would you give Tulle brides? MW: I remind all of my brides to keep their sense of humor! If you’re able to laugh off the little things, you’re going to have a much more enjoyable day. TULLE: Do you have go-to designers? MW: I always love Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Packham and Lanvin. I love lace for classic brides, silk for sexy brides and tulle for romantic brides. TULLE: What do you think is the most common misconception or myth associated with planning a wedding? MW: I think most people think of wedding planning as being a 99% creative job - picking colors, flowers and linens. While there’s definitely that element to it, a lot of our job deals with logistics - timelines, budgets, seating charts, travel itineraries, etc. To be a successful planner you have to be able to wear many hats to fulfill all your roles. ■
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MY FAVORITE BOUQUET FLOWERS ARE...
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Peonies— so romantic! YOU’VE JUST GOTTEN ENGAGED...
Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. ON YOUR WEDDING DAY, ALWAYS AVOID...
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insider secrets Event planner to the stars and wedding extraordinaire, Sharon Sacks knows a thing or two about crafting the Big Day. To celebrate our first issue, we asked Sharon the ins and outs of planning the perfect fete.
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PHOTOS COURTESY OF SACKS PRODUCTIONS INTERVIEW BY KAITLYN KIRBY AND LAUREN KENDALL
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TULLE: You have such a fabulous list of
past clients. Talk to us about what it’s like planning a celebrity event. SHARON SACKS: The most significant difference between the average wedding and a celebrity wedding is the degree to which privacy is valued. Celebrities want their weddings to be intimate and special, so as a planner I must be extra careful with protecting their privacy. We try to make the event as seamless and worry-free for the bride and groom as possible on their wedding day. We are dream makers and we know how to make their every last wish come true. TULLE: Have you always wanted to be a wedding planner? SS: I have always been an event planner. Whether a family gathering or a small group of friends, I always relished the times in my life when I can bring together the people I cherish most and devise a fun, memorable experience with them. Later in life I realized I could turn what I love doing into a professional career! TULLE: So often with weddings, you hear “You must do” or “must have.” What is the biggest myth surrounding weddings that you often encounter? SS: There are no dos and don’ts. Everyone’s experience is unique and is perfect for them. It is all so personal. The most important do is to make it your own. TULLE: It’s easy to get carried away in planning the details of your dream wedding. What are the first aspects of an event a bride must tend to first? SS: I think it is so important to decide
DID YOU KNOW Sharon has produced events for former U.S. presidents, Prince Andrew, Nancy Myers, Ben Affleck, Pierce Brosnan, Michael Jordan, Madonna, and the weddings of celebrities like Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo, and Ben Berman and Katherine Kallinis of TLC’s DC Cupcakes, to name a few.
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on the number of guests. Next is location and start to fill in the details thereafter. It’s so important to really understand your budget, and how much leeway you have. TULLE: There’s guest list drama. What is the best way to handle creating the perfect mix of guests without hurting either the bride or groom? SS: Know how many guests you can invite given your budget then start with your inner circle and build around them. TULLE: You use many eco-friendly materials when planning and producing a wedding. Can you give Tulle brides-to-be insight on how to host a green wedding? SS: First, after the location is decided upon, I will try to source as much as possible from local vendors. Shipping and freighting can have a large environmental footprint. I use as many organic and locally-sourced foods
for the meals as possible. For floral arrangements, I will also source locally from sustainable farms and often I will substitute fresh bouquets for one’s made from dried flowers. TULLE: Which wedding trend are you loving right now? SS: I adore that we are seeing black and white as a growing trend. I actually was the first in my industry to work with black and white to show a clean crisp and tailored look. ■ MY WEDDING MANTRA IS . . .
Always stay calm and it will work out. IT’S YOUR WEDDING DAY. DON’T FORGET TO . . .
Have a beautiful time. You’re the most important person today. MY BEST ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE . . .
Planning ahead is key.
A LOVERLY GAL On a mission to make wedding planning simple and more fun, Lover.ly’s Kellee Khalil created a digital destination to discover ideas, things to buy, and people to hire for your upcoming “I Do’s. “
PHOTOS COURTESY OF LOVER.LY INTERVIEW BY KAITLYN KIRBY AND LAUREN KENDALL
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TULLE: We’re so excited to include you in
Tulle’s first issue. Let’s start off with what inspired you to create Lover.ly. KELLEE KHALIL: I was inspired to create Lover.ly while helping my sister, the founder of Be Inspired PR, plan her wedding. Even with my sister’s industry connections, I was still 30 pages deep on Google with 15 fashion sites open searching for the perfect shoes, accessories and ideas for not just her wedding, but the various engagement parties and bridal showers too. I was surprised that in 2010 there wasn’t an all-in-one resource where couples could explore beautiful inspiration, shop designer brands, find people to hire, save ideas and share them with family and friends. TULLE: How did you come up with the name and what is the meaning behind it? KK: [It] comes from one of my favorite books, Pygmalion. For me, the term “loverly” is just an all encompassing term for all things beautiful, elegant and lovely. TULLE: Tell us more about Lover.ly’s features. KK: Lover.ly is the first online resource where brides, grooms and enthusiasts can search, save, shop and share all things wedding in one place. We make inspiration actionable. You can search both inspiration and shop products by category, color, theme or custom keyword. TULLE: What do you hope brides, brides-
maids, wedding planners, and wedding enthusiasts receive from your website? KK: We hope that Lover.ly makes the wedding planning process easy and fun for everyone involved— whether you are a bride, a bridesmaid or even a vendor. We want brides to ditch the three ring binder and start planning their weddings digitally on Lover.ly. TULLE: How does Lover.ly differ from wedding websites such as Pinterest or The Knot? KK: Lover.ly’s highly-curated, non-crowd sourced shoppable content combined with its savvy design and mobile app is what makes us stand out. We only use the most beautiful images, processing each and every photo through a level of hand curation and tagging, ensuring that our inspiration is not only relevant and on trend, but that it is also easily searchable. TULLE: Did you always know you wanted to work in the wedding industry? KK: I always knew that I wanted to own my own company, but it wasn’t until I started working with my sister at Be Inspired PR and subsequently planning her wedding, that I stepped into the realm. After seeing the inefficiency in the industry and the difficulty with planning a wedding, I was determined to better the planning process, thus my career in the wedding industry began. My favorite part of the industry is that it is centered
UP CLOSE around the idea of love. I enjoy making it easier for couples to plan the wedding of their dreams on Lover.ly. Knowing that Lover.ly is a part of their most important day is well worth the effort. TULLE: With the wealth of inspiration and ideas available, what do you think is most important to keep in mind when planning a wedding? KK: The most important thing to keep in mind when planning is that a wedding, at its core, is about true love. While we often obsess over an on-trend wedding dress or a delicious cake, it is best to remember why it is that you are planning a wedding in the first place. Make sure that the wedding truly reflects you and your significant other and try to enjoy the process! TULLE: Since it’s fall, what ideas or details do you love to see incorporated into weddings this time of year? KK: While traditional fall colors like reds, oranges and purples are always gorgeous, we’re really into autumn neutrals this year. Blush and neutral color palettes have been trending all year and the fall iteration is absolutely gorgeous. By incorporating a mixture of textures (think burlap, bark, and cable-knit), you get a romantic fall look that’s totally unexpected. For a hip and glamorous take on this look, add more mossy green, moody gray, and misty white and silver hues.
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TULLE: Which wedding trend is your current
favorite? KK: Right now, I am loving simple, muted blush tones for weddings. The elegance of such a light color is just stunning and a neutral palette can be used in any season. I would incorporate this color trend into the bridesmaids dresses using a long ethereal gown, or into the bouquets with pretty garden roses or peonies. I would maybe even wear a blush colored wedding dress! TULLE: What do you think are the keys to crafting a Loverly wedding? KK: A Lover.ly wedding has the following characteristics: Celebration—Fun, festive touches are what separates a wedding from a regular party! Small touches like glitter, sequins, feathers, lush white flowers, sparklers, smart color combinations, honeycomb decor, and paper lanterns say “wedding” in a way that can be glam, fun, whimsical, modern, or traditional, depending on the couple. Personalized— We’re all about weddings that feel unique to the couple and incorporate the things they love most, [be it] traveling, their dog, or the way they met. Whether you incorporate this into your engagement photos, ceremony, or table decor, there are endless options for personalization. Delicious— The food and drink has a big effect on whether or not a party is successful, and couples and guests alike love creative menus! So whether you love comfort food, great cocktails, mini foods, or pie, find a way to add lots of tasty touches to your big day. On-trend— Some couples get so caught up in wanting to have a day that feels unique that
they stress themselves out or skip things they really love. But some things (hello, photobooths!) are popular for a reason. We love weddings that feature fun, trendy elements. On-budget— We’re pretty big believers in creating a wedding that fits your budget, from $1,000 to $100,000. Thanks to the web, there is so much incredible inspiration and advice available for planning a wedding that feels celebratory and personalized without breaking the bank. ■
ON LOVER.LY YOU CAN... • Discover the latest wedding trends • Explore by category, color and theme • Organize and save your favorite wedding details to bundles • Find your Wedding Day dream team of vendors • Shop the best bridal designers and wedding day must-haves • Share your inspiration bundles with family and friends
THE LADY GREY Curated by stylist Summer Watkins, Grey Likes Weddings has quickly become a go-to wedding source for modern brides everywhere. We had a chat with the Lady Grey about the latest bridal musings and more. PHOTOS COURTESY OF SUMMER WATKINS AND GREY LIKES WEDDINGS INTERVIEW BY LAUREN KENDALL
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TULLE: Let’s talk about the inspiration behind
the chic and popular, Grey Likes Weddings. What is the meaning behind the name? SUMMER WATKINS: Our name was a happy mistake via a brainstorming session. I love that Lady Grey has become a character for us that represents the brand—sophisticated yet chic; classic and timeless yet stylish and modern! TULLE: What features will a bride-to-be find on your site? How can she use them to create her dream wedding? SW: We have OODLES of real weddings and inspiration shoots! They can be searched by season and color to help brides find similar weddings that match theirs! Our Ladies Society is a fun section where real brides blog about their own weddings. We also have an interactive tool where brides can share their proposal stories and read about others! TULLE: When did you decide creating a wedding website was your passion? SW: I landed a job at Conroy’s flowers when I was in college and although it was meant to
DID YOU KNOW One of Summer’s recent favorite weddings involved a floral printed wedding gown, tons of fresh blooms, and a high kick contest. Click the photos to view more.
be just a part-time job for extra spending money, I ended up falling in love with floral design and the wedding industry as a whole. This planted the seed for future endeavors which eventually lead to the launch of our blog! TULLE: You’re also a stylist. Tell us more about your wedding style. How would you describe your perfect wedding? SW: I think the bridesmaids are such a fun opportunity to make your wedding fabulous! My favorite weddings are those that feature maids with out-ofthe-bridesmaid-box fashion choices! Outside of fabulous gowns, and killer flowers, the perfect wedding needs to be fun and full of love. Those two key ingredients mean that you care about your guests— and that you are celebrating for all the right reasons!
TULLE: There are so many aspects to a wed-
ding—from first look to first kiss. Which moment is your favorite? SW: I just got married in July and my favorite moment was the ceremony. We didn’t see each other first, so I just sobbed all the way down the aisle. It was the most incredible few moments of my life and I still get teary-eyed thinking about it. We were completely focused on each other and none of the stress leading up to the wedding mattered. It was just the two of us— promising forever. The weight of that just can’t be compared. TULLE: What is your favorite wedding trend right now? SW: Interactive fun with guests! Whether it’s a cognac tasting, a slow motion video booth, or DIY bloody mary bar, it’s fun to consider your guests’ experience so that they have fun stuff to do throughout the day! I also think unique mixology is getting more popular, so the signature cocktails are becoming even more creative and delicious. Our guests LOVED our handcrafted recipes! TULLE: What is your advice to brides-to-be who are feeling overwhelmed maintaining their aesthetic? How can they pull off
a chic wedding while keeping planning stress at bay? SW: Narrow down your ideas to the ones that will make the most impact. Choose your guests’ experience over an extra detail that will just be in a photo. Recruit help and make sure you have someone who will ensure you reign in your ideas— whether that’s a bridesmaid or a wedding planner. Hire a coordinator (and I’m not talking about day of. That’ll do nothing for your stress factor and might even make it worse!). Make lots of lists, get as much done as early as you can and be careful with your budget. I think our number one stress leading up to the wedding was going over budget— there were so many unexpected expenses and we could have been better prepared! TULLE: Since it’s fall, what seasonal ideas or details do you love to see incorporated into weddings this time of year? SW: Blue is really in right now, and last season we saw it on the runway during fashion week. At first I wasn’t on board, but we just did a shoot with a soft french blue wedding gown paired with gold, tan, and pale green. It was completely fall, yet an unexpected color palette for the season. MY FAVORITE BOUQUET FLOWER IS...
Coral charm peony. MY BIG DAY BRIDAL ICON IS...
acqueline Kennedy Onassis. Her wedding to JFK is my dream wedding. MY DREAM HONEYMOON LOCALE IS...
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THE MODERN MARTHA Founder of the popular blog, Waiting on Martha, Mandy Kellogg Rye has always been drawn to the finer things in life. Itâ€™s a trait that translates well into entertaining and of course, creating a unique wedding day with out-of-this-world details. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MANDY KELLOGG RYE INTERVIEW BY LAUREN KENDALL
TULLE: Let’s start off with the inspiration
behind the brand Waiting on Martha. Give us the details on your Martha and what your brand is all about. MANDY KELLOGG RYE: Waiting On Martha is a lifestyle brand that was designed to inspire people to “create a beautiful everyday.” Whether that be through cooking, entertaining, fashion, or D.I.Y., I believe that a well-lived life is in the beautiful details. There’s no reason to wait to throw a great dinner party, create your very own signature cocktail, or decorate (or even redecorate) your home. TULLE: We adore Waiting on Martha’s motto of creating a beautiful everyday! How do you think this motto translates (or can translate) into weddings? MKR: Your wedding should be one of your best and most beautiful days! It should be all about you. If you’re not a fireworks person, skip the fireworks. If you’re not a ball gown girl, don’t pick the ball gown. If you don’t want a big wedding, don’t invite 300 guests. You can make any day beautiful no matter what scale. Focus on the things that make you happy and the beautiful part will come naturally. TULLE: What current Waiting on Martha items would you suggest for a bride-tobe? MKR: The Waiting On Martha boutique is the perfect destination for weddings! From planning to gifts, we have so much
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to offer. Our cake stands (in a variety of pretty hues) would be perfect on a dessert table. Our champagne flutes are lovely for an intimate toast with your new husband. Our sparkler wands (available in numbers, hearts and words) are a fun addition to your cake. Our initial necklaces, pajama sets and petite plates are guaranteed to leave your bridesmaids feeling loved. And we didn’t forget about the boys. Grooms can dress their groomsmen in our bow ties and ties and can gift them our flasks, cuff links, shaving kits and monogrammed duffles. TULLE: We love the style inspiration you share on your blog. What are some of your tips for brides-to-be on crafting the perfect bridal style? MKR: Style is personal and should always be an expression of you. Never wear or do something that makes you uncomfortable, just for the sake of your wedding day. Understand and play up your assets. We all have things we love and others that we’d love to hide! Keep these in mind when dress shopping. If the dress on the hanger doesn’t translate well to your body, move on and find the perfect dress. TULLE: We’re also fans of your Etiquette 101 Series. What are some etiquette tips for Tulle brides? MKR: Be gracious! Yes it’s “your” day, but people have traveled near and far to see you. Take the time to greet them person-
ally and make them feel welcomed. And after the wedding, take the time to write each person to thank them for their gift and attendance. My rule of thumb is be sure to get those thank you notes in the mail within a month of returning from the honeymoon. TULLE: Tell us about your own wedding. What was your theme? MKR: My wedding was a classic throwback Chicago wedding. It was magical! We were married at one of the most iconic churches right on Michigan Avenue. Our florals were mostly yellow hued and paired with branches and crystals. Our signature cocktail was the “Fire In Your Belly” (you may have seen on the Waiting On Martha blog). For music, we ranged from an acoustic guitar playing during the cocktail hour to a full 15 piece band at the reception. And we were carted around town to all of our favorite places for our wedding photos… in vintage Rolls Royces! TULLE: How about your wedding dress— What did you originally have in mind— or did you have a dream dress? MKR: My wedding dress was the best part of my wedding. It was a custom, Vera Wang gown that took
seven months to make. I knew it was mine the second I put it on! It was a strapless, offwhite, layer-upon-layer of tulle gown. It was breathtaking. MY FAVORITE WEDDING COLORS ARE...
I’m having a love affair with blue. If I were getting married today, my wedding would be full of ginger jars and all shades of blue, with a focus on navy. IF I COULD ATTEND ONE CELEBRITY WEDDING, IT WOULD BE...
My girl crush, Gwyneth Paltrow. WHEN PLANNING MY WEDDING, I WISH I HAD KNOWN...
What they say is true— the day passes in a blink of an eye, so enjoy every second of it. MY DREAM HONEYMOON DESTINATION IS...
DID YOU KNOW You can shop these products and more in the Waiting on Martha shop. Click the images to start!
COOL CHICKS PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE WEDDING CHICKS INTERVIEW BY LAUREN KENDALL
Founders of popular wedding blog The Wedding Chicks Jocey Canrinus and Amy Squires are dedicated to helping brides find everything from the perfect gown to the best vendors. TULLE: How has Wedding Chicks grown to
become one of the largest brands in the wedding industry? THE WEDDING CHICKS: We are just two girls who wanted to create an inspirational resource for every bride. TULLE: What will brides-to-be find on Wedding Chicks? WC: Our readers can find inspiration for every aspect of her wedding from her palate to her vendors to style all the way down to the tiniest detail. TULLE: There are so many aspects to a wedding—from first look to the first kiss. Which moment is your favorite? WC: It has to be the look on the groom’s face when he first see his bride. That look sums up his love and it’s a beautiful moment and that love is the reason for the wedding. 98 | tullemag. com
DID YOU KNOW The lovely wedding showcased in this feature was captured by Erich McVey and stands as one of The Wedding Chicks’ favorites.
TULLE: What are some of your trend pre-
dictions for the 2014 wedding season? WC: We predict that we will continue to see understated elegance, but we may be moving into a more modern feel. Clean and sleek with out being sterile. TULLE: Let’s talk about trends. What is your favorite trend right now? WC: Wedding styles tend to stick around for several years. We will continue to see rustic weddings that are simple, yet elegant. We are seeing more and more beautiful photography that will stand the test of time. TULLE: Tell us more about your favorite dress styles. Do you have any go-to designers? Which fabrics and silhouettes do you gravitate towards? WC: We love so many different styles, it’s the way the dress fits your body— that’s the most important factor when deciding
on the prefect dress. Jocey is a little more drawn to strapless and something with a unique twist, such as a gold bodice or a sparkly, gold tulle overlay. Amy is drawn to a sheath cut with a delicate lace neckline.
TULLE: What is the best wedding advice
you’ve ever received? WC: On the day of, relinquish control and just go with it. Enjoy the day, yourself and your guests and above all be a beautiful person. TULLE: What is the most memorable detail or aspect you’ve ever seen at a wedding? What stands out most? WC: Each and every wedding has a memorable aspect. We think that it’s important that the element be a personal decision between the couple. These are the types of things that guests leave talking about— it could be something special during the ceremony, an experience at the reception or something that guests can take home. TULLE: What is your advice to brides-to-be who are feeling overwhelmed maintaining their wedding’s aesthetic? How can they pull off a chic wedding while keeping planning stress at bay? WC: Hire a planner, they do this for a living and are invaluable. TULLE: With the wealth of inspiration and ideas available, what do you think is most important to keep in mind when planning a wedding? WC: Once you have made a final decision about any aspect of your wedding— ven-
dors, venue, dress— stop looking. TULLE: Since it’s fall, what seasonal ideas or details do you love to see incorporated into weddings this time of year? WC: We love fall, the light, the colors and the overall feeling and crispness. You are free to use almost any palate, but we love to see a neutral palate in the fall with perhaps a pop of something a bit more vibrant. We see brides incorporating pumpkins and gourds into their decor, using some extremely creative projects such as painting them and adding chevron stripes to dosing them with glitter. OUR FAVORITE WEDDING COLORS ARE...
Soft pastels. OUR DREAM HONEYMOON DESTINATION IS...
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GOING GREEN PHOTOS COURTESY OF JEN CAMPBELL INTERVIEW BY LAUREN KENDALL
For Jen Campbell and her renowned lifestyle blog Green Wedding Shoes, every event has creative details that allow it to stand out. Which is why she took to the web to showcase love in all of its truly, madly, deeply qualities.
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DID YOU KNOW Jen loved this carnival themed wedding where the couple transformed a backyard into a magical, umbrella-clad event space.
TULLE: Why did you choose the name
Green Wedding Shoes for your website? JEN CAMPBELL: Because that’s what I wore for my wedding! Back in 2008, it was a bit crazy to wear non-traditional shoes that weren’t white. So, since this is a way I broke from tradition and I wanted to encourage couples to stay true to themselves and throw a wedding that was all about them— and not be influenced by what they thought they had to do— I thought the name made perfect sense. Plus, it’s a fun and catchy name, right? TULLE: What will brides-to-be find on your site? How can they use it to craft their own wedding? JC: Brides love the real weddings we share! We share unique, fun, quirky, romantic and fashionable weddings. Some are small elopements, some are DIY weddings and others feature the work of some of the most talented artists in the wedding industry. We share all types— as long as they have great photography! As a whole, our real weddings inspire brides-to-be to dream up their perfect wedding and make it all about themselves as a couple. TULLE: What is the most memorial detail or aspect you’ve seen at a wedding? What stands out the most?
JC: One of the most memorable details I’ve
seen would probably be a wedding we shared about three years ago. The bride made giant paper bouquets for herself and her bridesmaids to carry— it was super rad. Another amazing wedding I remember was one where the couple created an old world carnival theme! They turned their parents backyard into a magical setting for a wedding with a dance floor under the stars and lots of hanging vintage umbrellas. TULLE: With the wealth of inspiration and ideas available, what do you think is most important to keep in mind when planning a wedding?
JC: I think you need to stay true to the
two of you. There is so much great inspiration out there, but don’t let it overwhelm you. Sit down, talk about what the two of you picture for your wedding and make sure you stick to that plan. In the end, if you stay true to you vision, you’ll be happy and have great memories forever. TULLE: What is your advice to brides-tobe who are feeling overwhelmed maintaining their wedding’s aesthetic? How can they pull off a chic wedding while keeping planning stress at bay? JC: If you have budget for it, hire a wedding planner! A great wedding planner mold all of your crazy ideas into your perfect wedding. However, if a planner isn’t in the cards for you, pick the three most important wedding elements for you and focus on those first. The rest will take care of themselves, but it’s easy to get lost in the details of the less important elements if you’re not careful. Also, if you have lots of DIY projects, work on the most important ones to you first. That way, if you don’t get to those at the end, it isn’t that big a deal. TULLE: Let’s talk wedding trends. What is your favorite trend right now? JC: One of my newest favorite trends is a parade from the ceremony site to the reception site. Such a fun idea, right? It’s
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a fun time to celebrate and it allows everyone to hang out as you walk from one venue to another. It’s not practical for all weddings— but if your two locations are close enough, it’s the perfect way to go from one event to the next. TULLE: What are some of your trend predictions for the 2014 wedding season? JC: I think we are going to see a lot more glam. Rustic will still be popular, but I think adding a bit of glam into the rustic trend. And more metallics. TULLE: Tell us more about your favorite dress styles. Do you have any go-to designers? JC: So many designers I love! Clare Pettibone is always a favorite as well as Vera Wang, Jenny Packham, Lela Rose, and Sarah Seven. Really loving some of the lace details we are currently seeing. TULLE: Since it’s fall, what seasonal ideas or details do you love to see incorporated into weddings this time of year? JC: I love white pumpkins! I think you can mix them in with your florals for a super chic look that is totally fall.
WHEN PLANNING MY OWN WEDDING, I WISH I HAD KNOWN...
About photobooths! I love weddings and events with a photobooth and would have loved to have one at our wedding. IT’S YOUR WEDDING DAY, MAKE SURE YOU...
Sneak away for a few minutes, just the two of you, during your reception. MY FAVORITE WEDDING COLORS ARE...
Blush and gold. YOU’RE ENGAGED! FIRST THING YOU DO IS...
Just enjoy it! Take a month before you start talking wedding details.
FROM BK, WITH LOVE A bridal blog grew in Brooklyn, it’s true. Vané Broussard’s Brooklyn Bride happily boasts the title of first bridal blog to focus exclusively on modern weddings.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF BROOKLYN BRIDE INTERVIEW BY LAUREN KENDALL
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TULLE: Talk to us about how Brooklyn
Bride got its start. VANE BROUSSARD: Brooklyn Bride really just started as a scrapbook for myself when I got engaged. Back in 2007, there were very few wedding blogs, and none really focused on the modern look that I was after. I had been collecting images from wedding magazines since I was 15 or so; I just started with posting those, and it took off from there! TULLE: What will brides-to-be find on Brooklyn Bride? VB: At Brooklyn Bride we feature lots of goodies, from color palette inspiration, to fashion, engagement shoots, and modern roundups. We’ve also got a gallery section so its easy to rummage through old post images, and a vendor listing featuring vendors with the same modern ideals as us. TULLE: How has your career as an interior designer changed since creating Brooklyn Bride? VB: The wedding industry sort of just happened to me. My engagement and, subsequently, the blog led me there and I’ve loved it ever since. I’m still an interior designer almost fulltime while I work on the blog. I just get to go to great events like Bridal Market and industry parties now in the wedding sphere rather than within the interior design world.
TULLE: Tell us more about your love for the
modern wedding. How would you define a modern wedding? VB: Whenever someone asks me that, I generally say to think of a Trump-style wedding, then do the complete opposite! Key words are sleek, minimal, graphic and architectural. TULLE: Let’s talk about wedding trends. What’s your take on them? VB: Here’s my thing about trends, I dont believe in them. If you get too theme-y for no reason, your wedding photos are going to look dated in no time. I think the better way to go is either find something that is really personal to you and your fiancé, or stick with a color palette.
DID YOU KNOW VanĂŠ came up with the concept behind this neon-themed wedding shoot. Who can resist a giant, sparkly balloon and gorgeous white dress?
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TULLE: Where do you find your inspi-
ration and keep track of what’s happening in the industry? VB: It’s hard NOT to find inspiration on Pinterest, but I also try to check out non-wedding related media, like food and design magazines, graphic design websites, and just the streets of NY and Brooklyn. TULLE: What is the best piece of advice you can offer brides-to-be who are currently planning their own weddings? VB: Absolutely hire vendors that you can trust, then let it go. You’ll have enough to worry about the day of the wedding, dont add more stress to it. If you can’t afford a full-on wedding planner, definitely try to budget for a day of coordinator; we did this and it was a life saver the day of the wedding. Things went wrong and I had no idea! TULLE: Tell us more about fall trends for the modern bride. What seasonal ideas or details do you love to see incorporated into weddings this time of year? VB: When I think of fall, the images that come to mind are the changing trees and warm colors... even spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. I like the idea of working leaves into your centerpieces or bouquet, or featuring a signature cocktail reminiscent of apple cider.
MY FAVORITE BOUQUET FLOWER IS...
It’s a tie between peonies and ranunculus. WHEN PLANNING MY OWN WEDDING, I WISH I HAD KNOWN...
About more organizational apps. Brides today have it so good! THE MOST MEMORABLE DETAIL I’VE SEEN AT A WEDDING WAS...
A custom crest designed for the couple. IF I COULD HAVE ATTENDED ANY WEDDING IN THE PAST, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN...
Any wedding that had Ryan Gosling in attendance.
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RAINY DAY ROMANCE New Orleans couple Vanessa and Max didnâ€™t let a little drizzle rain on their parade of a romantic Colorado engagement session set in the mountains. PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARA HASSTEDT
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This sweet couple did not let a few raindrops get in the way of a beautiful display of love. Living in New Orleans, Vanessa and Max are planning their July 2014 wedding in Vail, Colorado and naturally, the two dreamed of an engagement session set in the Colorado mountains. With the help of photographer Sara Hasstedt, the group set out for a magical meadow just off of a hiking trail, filled with wildflowers.
But when the time came to snap the photos, it poured. No matter! That didn’t stop Hasstedt and the married couple-to-be from making the most of it and capturing their romance amidst the rain.
We love these adorable shots with the umbrella and the soft pink hue of the couple’s ensembles. What’s more? The couple did plan another trip to Colorado for a second session on a perfectly sunny day near the foothills of Boulder. TULLE SAYS
CREDITS DRESS SHOPBOP HEAD WREATH CORI COOK FLORAL PHOTOGRAPHY SARA HASSTEDT
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LOVE ON THE ROCKS Tulle Magazine’s Editor in Chief Kate and fiance Michael spent a day celebrating their engagement on the shores of Lake Michigan on Promontory Point in Chicago’s Hyde Park. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STOFFER PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS LOCATION PROMONTORY POINT, CHICAGO DRESS RACHEL PALLY HAIR AND MAKEUP ANGELA B. HALL FOR MAC COSMETICS PHOTOGRAPHY STOFFER PHOTOGRAPHY
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HOW IT HAPPENED The two were engaged on Christmas
evening last year after Kate unwrapped three empty ring boxes hidden inside their tree. The fourth? Behind Michaelâ€™s back, containing the vintage, five carat citrine and diamond sparkler Kate had kept her eye on over the past year.
BIG DAY, BIG SUR For a couple, Tiffany and Matt, drawn to the breathtaking, peaceful views of the ocean, there was no better choice for their wedding day than Big Sur, California. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERICH MCVEY
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“ I’ve always felt like my soul belongs somewhere in the ocean. Everything about the vast expanse of sea is beautiful to me; the depths, the mystery, the way I feel so small beside it. In perfect juxtaposition, meeting my husband felt so much like standing in the middle of a Redwood grove; breathtaking, the thickest feeling of peace, that overwhelming feeling of being lost somewhere so much bigger than you. For so many reasons, as shallow as the shoreline and as deep as dark waters, we couldn’t imagine a more perfect place for us to get married than Big Sur, California. “
DETAILS CREATIVE DIRECTION AND STYLING JOY THIGPEN DRESS CHERYL TAYLOR CATERING YAM & BEAN PHOTOGRAPHY ERICH MCVEY CEREMONY LOCATION THE OVERLOOK AT JULIA PFEIFFER BURNS STATE PARK RECEPTION LOCATION PFEIFFER BEACH, BIG SUR RENTALS CLASSIC PARTY RENTALS OFFICIANT TYLER THIGPEN
â€œ When the day arrived, I remember waking up feeling whimsy and clarity all at once. The sacredness felt tangible. Fewer than thirty of us gathered on that mountain, with the scent of Eucalyptus sweeping down the hillside to our left, through the groves of Redwoods and over the ocean waves rising and falling below us. Making our promises to each other and rejoicing with our dearest family and friends was just how we hoped it would be, and even today I look back in awe of what a dreamy time it was. â€œ
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â€œ After the ceremony, I remember gazing out at the ocean, and back again at all of our family and friends sitting around that long wooden table on soft purple and white sand, trying to freeze the image in my mind forever. Under a romantic blanket of fog, I remember thinking that this must be what feasting in Heaven is kind of like. Our hearts are still so full from the warmth of our family and friends extending their support and love for the entirety of our lives. We are so thankful to have such treasured memories of a day spent celebrating rich community, beauty, and covenantal love! â€œ
ISLAND I DO’S With a love for the beach life, Lindsey and Tyler dreamed of tying the knot in a low key, intimate ceremony in a fun locale. The answer? The elegant yet whimsical, French Caribbean spirit of St. Bart’s. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEN HUANG
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DETAILS CEREMONY LOCATION ST. BARTHOLOMEW’S ANGLICAN CHURCH SAINT BARTHELEMY, FRENCH WEST INDIES
RECEPTION VENUE RESTAURANT DE PECHEURS, LE SERENO
PHOTOGRAPHY JEN HUANG DRESS CHRISTOS BY AMSALE, BRIDALS BY LORI SASH VERA WANG HAIR AND MAKEUP SPA BY CLARINS
“ The real romance began when ten-year-old Tyler gave Lindsey a Valentine’s Day present in the pickup line after school. Although they attended separate high schools and colleges, they both felt an undeniable connection when they would see each other over the years. The two met again in 2005 and were inseparable thereafter— seven years later, what began as an elementary school love was sealed with a proposal. “
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SHOES SOMETHING BLEU
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STATIONERY UNION STREET PAPERY MAIDS DRESSES LULAKATE
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SUIT J. CREW
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wedding in italia Fitz and Britney invited guests to join as they tied the knot in Cortona, Italy at the beautiful Santa Maria Nuova and continued the celebration long after with further revelry and merriment in Atlanta following their return. PHOTOGRAPHY BY LESLEE MITCHELL
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ON THE COVER
A NOD TO CITRUS MOD We fell in love with this citrus-inspired shoot complete with retro sunnies, polka dots, sorbet, candy, lemons, and tons of tulle. PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHELSEA SCANLAN
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DETAILS EVENT, FLORAL DESIGN, AND PLANNING BON WED VENUE THE PEARL HOTEL
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GRAPHIC DESIGN AND STATIONERY ALEX OBERING DESIGN HAIR KRISTY, TAYLORED BEAUTY WEDDING GOWN ILLUME GOWNS
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BOLD AND GOLD You may be keen on planning a traditional ceremony, but infusions of bold and gold can really shake things up. This inspirational shoot set in Charleston, SC embraced persimmon and gold and touches of sparkle galore! PHOTOGRAPHY BY SEAN MONEY AND ELIZABETH FAY
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WEDDING CAKE DESIGN SARAH YODER
EVENT DESIGN LINDSEY SHANKS, A CHARLESTON BRIDE FLORAL TUXEDO TIGER LILY WEDDINGS CHARLESTON TUXEDO DRESS JENNY PACKHAM, WHITE ON DANIEL ISLAND
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ART SARAH BOYTS YODER, MICHAEL MITCHELL GALLERY NATHAN DURFEE, ROBERT LANGE STUDIOS
HAIR AND MAKEUP KELLI HOFF, WEDDING HAIR BY CHARLOTTE
PAPER GOODS MAC & MURPHY
VENUE AND CATERING DANIEL ISLAND CLUB
RENTALS EVENT DRS AND ELIZABETH STUART DESIGN
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WINTER MAGIC On a date chosen for the groom’s grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary, Fred and Rachelle included modern elements like a custom app, Beatles cover band, and gold and ivory accents. PHOTOGRAPHY BY GINA ZEIDLER
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WEDDING DRESS ROMONA KEVEZA
MAIDS DRESSES BILL LEVKOFF
BRIDAL ACCESSORIES LIA SOPHIA, NELLE CUSTOM CLUTCH
CAKE SAINT PAUL HOTEL
SHOES MANOLO BLAHNIK PUMPS, VALENTINO FLATS
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FLORIST FORGET ME NOT FLORAL EVENTS, LISA BOERNER INVITATIONS ROCK PAPER SCISSORS HAIR AND MAKEUP CREATIVE BEAUTE AGENCY, AMBER ROSE
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PEACOCK PARADISE We could not get over this elegant affair featuring a bold and beautiful peacock, vibrant colors, notes of tulle. And despite Hurricane Sandy, bride and groom Ayelet and Mattwere thrilled with every aspect of their Big Day. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ARIELLE DONESON
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JEWELRY COCOA & LIME, NADRI
FLORAL DESIGN VERBENA DESIGNS INC. WEDDING GOWN OLEG CASSINI AND ADRIANNA PAPPELL HAIR AND MAKEUP TARALE WULFF AND STACY DOOLAN, BEAUTIFUL BRIDES BY LAUREN
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PHOTOGRAPHY ARIELLE DONESON PHOTOGRAPHY
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urban charm Joshua and Katharynâ€™s classic Chicago wedding included notes of city chic from start to finish. A flowing gown, elegant tuxedo, bold lip, and pops of color let the urban charm shine through. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STOFFER PHOTOGRAPHY
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CEREMONY VENUE ROCKEFELLER CHAPER, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO WEDDING GOWN TADASHI SHOJI HAIR AJ SCHULZ, YOUR STYLIST AJ
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FLORAL AND DECOR STYLING MEGAN MUSSCHOOT, PISTIL AND VINE RECEPTION VENUE FLOATING WORLD GALLERY FOOD J&L CATERING
OLD WORLD ECLECTIC Bride Alexandra professed a passion for the Roaring â€˜20s and thus her old world, vintage glam wedding to groom Benjamin was brought to life. From the shoes and socks to the hat, everything fit the bill. PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRISTINE BRIZENDINE
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FLORAL DESIGN PINK CARNATION FLORIST AND GIFT SHOPPE WEDDING GOWN SHEENA SOLIS, LOS ANGELES MAKEUP STEPHIE B., MAKEUP ARTIST
LOCATION GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM, CHICAGO PHOTOGRAPHY DABBLE ME THIS, CHRISTINE BRIZENDINE
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“ When we met, I was overcome with a passionate desire to create a unique journey that I have coined as “Now that ‘s what I call living!” These were important feelings for me since I had just moved 3,000 miles from home in Chicago to California and quickly nestled into new territory. Ben never hesitated to share his perspective on fun things to do in San Francisco. He introduced me to new experiences frequently, so I quickly grew to trust him in a way I had never trusted anyone before. It was love without limits.. “
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TOUCH OF BLUSH The Annandale country club wedding of Lindsay and Patrick truly included the part of blushing bride with lovely soft pink accents and paper lanterns.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BROOKE MERRILL AND RANDI MARIE COLGAN THE WEDDING GIRLS
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