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Ashley Grove Mars CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS EDITORIAL
Will Hawkins John Wadsworth Echard Wheeler WHITE ALBUM
David Schwartz Eleise Theuer Grant & Deb Photographers STYLIZED SHOOT
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ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHY BY ECHARD WHEELER
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AILSA von DOBENECK
Suffering from a serious case of culinary wanderlust, Norfolk native Ailsa von Dobeneck has eaten her way around the globe. In 2016 she was a contestant on FOX’s MasterChef with Gordon Ramsey. Based in Louisiana, Ailsa’s first foray into wedding sips and bites, “Libation Sensations” chats up southern spirits, wines and brews while “A Taste of the South” explores iconic comfort foods couples crave. Follow her @ thecurioustastebud.com
An editorial wedding photographer in Virginia Beach for more than five years, Will Hawkins brings his own style of romance, with an editorial flare, into the wedding industry. His clients rave about his passion and his calm demeanor. In “Sticking Together” he captures the latest bridesmaid style. “Photography is not just a career– I want to share my love for it with the world.” Visit him @ will-hawkins.com
For over 20 years, Norfolk-based wedding and portrait photographer Eleise Theuer has photographed families and weddings. Her work has been published in Brides Magazine, Modern Bride, and Town and Country Weddings; and top blogs like Style Me Pretty, The Huffington Post, and The Bride’s Cafe. Check out her stylized shoot "Work It" and view more @ eleisetheuerphotography. com
echard wheeler A native Louisianian rooted in Virginia Beach for over 19 years, Echard Wheeler continues his love of photojournalism through wedding documentation, fine art and commercial photography. He satisfies his sense of adventure with cross country bike trips, hiking, exploring and daydreaming; while pursuing his evolving Virginia Beach Oceanfront street art series. See more @ echardwheeler.com
in this issue VOW BRIDE SPRING SUMMER 2017
33 | Sticking Together A magical structure made of twisted branches and twigs sets the scene for bridesmaid fashion rich in color and design.
58 | A Taste of the South When there are wedding bells for Southern belles, heartwarming dishes that showcase regional fare are a key part of the celebration.
42 | Southern Charming So much charm on the farm. Our couple explores the wonders of wide open space and free wheeling romance at one of Suffolk’s best kept secrets.
62 | Pros in the Know ‘Will you marry me’ starts with the perfect ring. And when the celebrations begin, you'll want the hippest decor to showcase your events.
55 | Make It Personal We Southerners are big on monograms, initials and everything with our personal signature across it.
66 | Libation Sensations While bourbons and whiskeys are the rage, other regional spirits, beers and wines are joining them center stage.
The White Album 14 | Blair + Thomas 18 | Elizabeth + Joe 22 | Sydney + James
71 | Tried and True Beauty editor Kim Wadsworth explores head to toe beauty for busy brides preparing for the big day.
74 | Work It It only takes a little imagination to transform an industrial space into a romantic venue.
10 | Editors Page
26 | Scene & Heard 28 | Adored Hostess favorites, southern style accents and whimsical gifts that have something to say. 78 | Aisle Style 82 | SNAP! Shots It’s all about traditions that make the memories. BAG FROM LIVE, LOVE, PAPER; COASTERS FROM SERENDIP; CAKE TOPPER FROM JOLLITY & CO.
FROM THE EDITOR
What the fuss is all about I’ve been living in Virginia for 35 years. That beats my native New York years by quite a bit and qualifies me as a member of the “New South.” I’ve tried to merge the best of my big city ways with all the essential traditions of southern charm. I’ve been known to slip a ‘y’all’ in a conversation; and I call every one – and thing – ‘Darling.’ I’ve even learned how to cook shrimp and grits with a side of collards, much to the delight of my southern husband John. Loving tradition as I do endears me to the South even more. I’ve learned about so many aspects of Virginian life from savvy southern friends. Years in the garden club helped me fall madly in love with peonies and hydrangea. Entertained at homes of some of the best hosts in town has taught me about hospitality and grace. Dining in this region has made me obsessed with oysters and other gifts of the sea. And most of all, living in an area surrounded by tributaries, rivers, the ocean and the Chesapeake Bay has shown me a lifestyle rich in nature and beauty. Which is why we’re dedicating this issue to all things ‘Southern Charming.’ Couples making the choice to ‘get hitched’ in a setting rich with plantations, farms, wineries, bay and ocean views, and coastlines that stretch to forever, are doing it for a reason. They’re proud of their heritage and all that defines them– with much of it rooted right here. We’ve showcased some of the best fashion, weddings, venues, and talent –all the things that make couples proud to say “I Do” under Southern Skies. Kim Wadsworth, Editor-in-Chief Kim@kimwadsworth.com vowbride + WadsworthStyle vowbride + stylekim vowbride + Kim Wadsworth ELEISE THEUER PHOTOGRAPHY
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Blair Austria + Thomas Markley JUNE 4, 2016 n THE VIRGINIA ZOO, NORFOLK, VIRGINIA PHOTOS BY DAVID SCHWARTZ PHOTOGRAPHY
For Blair and Thomas, this wedding was eleven years in the making so it had to leave a lasting impression. The Virginia Zoo provided a sense of elegance, creativity and uniqueness that fit the couples' personalities. The bride wore two dresses for her big day, both designed and handmade by her godmother. Blair and Thomas embraced the wild life theme with live animal ambassadors, silver animal place card holders and zebra print decor and favors. A cocktail hour in the Asia exhibit started the evening; continuing with train rides for guests throughout the zoo; and concluding with a late night food truck of empanada and taco treats. The bride and groom finished off their night of untamed fun by riding off on a (motorized) zebra and lion. 14 SPRING / SUMMER 2017
VENUE Virginia Zoo COORDINATOR Emily Weddings PHOTOGRAPHER David Schwartz Photography VIDEOGRAPHER Stay Focused Media GOWN DESIGNER Bride and Godmother BRIDESMAID DRESS DESIGNER Bride and Godmother HAIR STYLIST Erika Kramer Wink Salon + The Makeup School by Sarah Rillon MAKE UP ARTIST The Makeup School by Sarah Rillon INVITATIONS AND SAVE THE DATES THAT GIRL TYLER STATIONARY Anna Kristina Alfaro FLOWERS Palette of Petals CAKE Mayraâ€™s Cakes RINGS Victor Canera Designs + Mokume Damascus Rings DJ Astro Entertainment LIGHTING Blue Steel Lighting CATERER Chef by Design + Sofrita Food Truck RENTALS Distintive Rentals LINENS Waterford Rentals
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Elizabeth Greer + Joseph Napolitano SEPTEMBER 17, 2016 THE HERMITAGE MUSEUM AND GARDENS, NORFOLK, VIRGINIA PHOTOS BY ELEISE THEUER PHOTOGRAPHY
For these Hampton Roads natives, “Southern Sophistication” was key with The Hermitage Museum providing the perfect backdrop. Personal touches making their day unique included cocktail napkins with fun facts and monogrammed stir sticks; to hand cut cotton used in the floral arrangements. Garden roses, dahlias, eucalyptus, hydrangeas and magnolia leaves enhanced the antique silver centerpieces. The bride’s dress had a sweetheart neckline, rosette sash and multilayers of English silk tulle with her maids wearing a similar silhouette in mauve tones. Guests spent the evening noshing on comfort food including chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits. The father of the bride created the recipes for the bourbon tasting bar and signature drinks. The live band played into the starry night and this happy couple left their amazing event under a shower of bubbles.
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VENUE The Hermitage Museum and Gardens COORDINATOR A Lively Affair PHOTOGRAPHER Eleise Theurer Photography VIDEOGRAPHER Vision Quest Productions GOWN DESIGNER Modern Trousseau BRIDAL SHOES Jack Rogers BRIDESMAID DRESS DESIGNER David’s Bridal HAIR STYLIST Carly Kidd for BridesMade MAKEUP ARTIST Kim Wadsworth for BridesMade STATIONERY/INVITATIONS Minted. FLOWERS Parties for Particular People – Creative Event and Floral Design CATERER Chef by Design CAKE Andrea McClaskey RINGS Long’s Jewelers + Diamonds Direct BAND Strictly Bizzness LIGHTING Stage Right Lighting
THE PERFECT SETTING FOR ALL OCCASIONS.
White sails above the entrance to the Hampton Roads Convention Center provide a visual reminder of the first settlers to arrive here by sea over 400 years ago. Today, visitors travel to this impressive facility to celebrate in surroundings as inspirational as they are functional. Settings for social events don’t come any more impressive than the Hampton Roads Convention Center. And even though the structure is big—really big— we take extra care to mind all of the little details for you. Whether you’re inviting a few dozen people or a few hundred, we can create a customized event that suits your style and your budget. So when you begin planning your special day, choose the Hampton Roads Convention Center for a truly memorable experience.
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• Flexible space accommodates social events of all sizes • Dedicated catering manager provides personal attention to every aspect of your event • Custom catering menus created specifically for you • Serene reflecting pools and 20’ colorful LED light display at the main entrance • Outdoor terrace overlooking fountains for receptions • Frequently voted Hampton Roads Magazine’s “Best Banquet Facility” For additional information contact: Shannon Perry Assistant General Manager/Director of Sales 757-315-1622 email@example.com Hampton Roads Convention Center 1610 Coliseum Drive Hampton, VA 23666 www.thehrcc.com
Sydney Gingerich & James Adams JUNE 18, 2016 THE OYSTER FARM AT KINGS CREEK MARINA CAPE CHARLES, VIRGINIA PHOTOS BY GRANT AND DEB PHOTOGRAPHERS
A coastal vibe set the scene for Sydney and James’ summer wedding. The couple, who grew up in Virginia Beach, spent summers respectively, on their parents’ boats on the Eastern Shore. They instantly fell in love with the simple, but elegant water scenery, which was accented with coral and white roses, dramatic draping and chandeliers in the tent; and a mix of farm tables with lanterns to lighten the mood. The bride chose a sweetheart neckline gown, while her bridesmaids wore coral in four different styles. Guests enjoyed food stations including freshly shucked Shore oysters; koozies designed by the groom; and music performed by The Deloreans. The couple was sent off into martial bliss by the glow of sparklers and surrounded with love by family and friends. 22 SPRING / SUMMER 2017
VENUE The Oyster Farm at Kings Creek Marina COORDINATOR Kelly Cornel- Inspired Events by Kelly PHOTOGRAPHER Grant and Deb Photographers VIDEOGRAPHER Vision Quest Productions GOWN DESIGNER Haley Paige BRIDAL SHOES BCBG BRIDESMAID DRESS DESIGNER Joanna August HAIR STYLIST Yolanda Wright for BridesMade MAKEUP ARTIST Kim Wadsworth for BridesMade STATIONERY/INVITATIONS The Wedding Corner FLOWERS Fluttering Flowers CATERER The Oyster Farm Seafood Eatery CAKE Incredible Edibles RINGS Either Ore DJ Colonial DJâ€™s BAND The Deloreans LIGHTING Stage Right Lighting
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Offering a boutique event planning experience, A Lively Affair is about forming authentic relationships with couples wanting anything from intimate garden weddings; to the social event of the season. Owner Amy Stevens, CSEP, believes this helps ‘marry’ them with like-minded vendors who meet their budget, vision and design aesthetic. Forging these bonds aids in finding ways to sprinkle personal touches throughout their special day. Ready to start planning your dream wedding? Contact Amy at 757.651.5702 or visit alivelyaffair.com
A BEACH RETREAT
Experience a newly renovated luxe lobby and banquet space at the Doubletree by Hilton Virginia Beach. The relaxed vibe of this Virginia Beach hotel has an experienced staff ready to assist with expert event planning services that include special guestroom rates for guests; complimentary food tastings, guestroom for couples and champagne toast; and a banquet space with food and beverage purchase. To learn more about the amenities of this beach retreat visit doubletree3.hilton.com or call 757.422.8900. 26 SPRING / SUMMER 2017
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STAYING ON THE PULSE OF NEWSWORTHY WEDDING TALENT, WE’RE KEEPING COUPLES PLANNING THEIR BIG EVENT UP ON TOP OF WHO’S THE BEST FOR THOSE NUPTIAL NEEDS. STORY BY KIM WADSWORTH NEST INSTINCTS
Located in Norfolk’s Historic Freemason district, Spruce Home + Design is a home goods source that carefully curates a selection of furniture, lighting, and accessories – everything needed to make your house a home. Knowing that styling it is a personal and important investment, their talented design staff can assist in selecting furnishings that will help make it comfortable, chic and beautiful. Visit them at sprucehome.us or call 757.648.8885
Professional musicians The Fobbsy Twins have been entertaining brides for over fifteen years. Lauren and Rachel combine vocals, violin and ukulele, creating a unique musical experience that will make you fall in love all over again. Whether you’re looking for romantic, or sassy and fun; their music will set the tone for any rehearsal dinner, ceremony or reception. Let The Fobbsy Twins be the soundtrack to your love story. Book them at Fobbsytwins@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/TheFobbsytwins
REJUVENATION MED SPA
There is no beauty protocol too daunting for Medical Aesthetics of Virginia. With the very best in skin care, anti-aging treatments and body sculpting, this patient-centered practice in Norfolk offers Botox, HydraFacial MD, microneedling, microdermabrasion, CoolSculpting, tattoo removal, Kybella, Perk Skincare, and more. A team of professionals with combined medical experience of over 40 years welcomes brides, grooms and their bridal parties to experience the many medical advances available. For an appointment call 757.337.4581 or visit medaestheticsva.com
CAKES + CATERING
A Main Street mainstay in historic Smithfield since 1993, Smithfield Gourmet Bakery and Cafe is a quaint cafe, bakery and catering company that believes they’re only as good as their last party. Using fresh seasonal produce and quality ingredients in their homemade recipes, this delicious bakery and cafe is dedicated to creating perfectly catered foods and cakes to feed the senses of every guest attending your special event. To reserve your date and learn more call 757.357.0045 or visit smithfieldgourmetbakery.com
NO WORRIES PLANNING
For a full pampering bridal experience, it’s La Bella Chic Salon & Blow-Dry Bar for the ultimate wedding day beauty experience. This elegant boutique salon offers brides and their bridal party special hair and makeup packages including the Bridal Retreat complete with hydrating facial and flawless makeup application; and All Made Up for bridesmaids. To book a personalized day of complete beauty, visit labellachicsalon.com or call 757.410.8588 to learn about more wedding day services.
MorLina Events, owned by Michele Carrizales, is an event planning company offering coordinating services. With over 15 years experience, Michele plans everything from Weddings, Anniversaries, and Quinceaneras; to corporate and social events while taking a “No Worries” approach. With experience, creative vision, and a seasoned knack for building professional rapport with other vendors, MorLina Events is a trusted company that enjoys helping others. Learn more @ morlinaevents.com or call Michele @ 757.724.3274
Offering a defined collection of specialty rentals, furniture, unique props and tabletop accessories, Mad Hatter Vintage can add a level of personality and style to any wedding or special event. Not just for vintage weddings, their classic style is modern with an updated twist that works with any budget. Every piece has quality craftsmanship behind it, paired with eclectic impeccable style. Make your event extraordinary @madhattervintage.com or contact them 757.837.0171.
Nestled on a beautifully secluded 40 acre horse farm in the heart of Virginia Beach, Cedar Hills Farm is within twenty minutes of the oceanfront. With manicured lawns, tastefully appointed conference room, indoor arena and ample parking, this rural farm offers two horse barns and is home to the Mystic Ponies. A pastoral venue ideal for rehearsal dinners and weddings, with both indoor and outdoor settings, contact Holly at email@example.com or call 757.301.8761 to learn more.
Stainless steel coffee container with scoop $75. Nambé. Nordstrom MacArthur Center
Resin salad bowl $175. Server set $85. Tina Frey Designs. “Screen Doors and Sweet Tea” by Martha Hall Foose $32.50. Spruce Home + Design
Melamine tray $17.99 “The Modern Home” 2 cup | saucer set $26.50. The Gift Shop at Decorum 28 SPRING / SUMMER 2017
Norfolk or Virginia Beach Home 2 glass set $21. The Gift Shop at Decorum
Belgian glass hurricane $80. Henry Dean. Pillar candle set $28. Spruce Home + Design
Cheese knife set $65. Michael Aram. Serendip
hostess with the most STORY BY KIM WADSWORTH
Newlyweds like to entertain with their merged style. Giving them something special guarantees an invite back. Resin champagne bucket $225. Tina Frey Designs. Spruce Home + Design
Triple wood cutting boards with copper trim $75.99 Urban Farm. Nordstrom MacArthur Center
adored Southern gentlemen wood or concrete ties $65.-70. Bo by Mansouri. The Gift Shop at Decorum
“Porch Parties” by Denise Gee $16.95. Bartending glass set $17. The Gift Shop at Decorum
“Southern Belle” bag $12. Live Love Paper
Peony Magnolia Lilac or Honeysuckle candle $23. each. The Gift Shop at Decorum
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It’s all about those tiny touches of Southern charm and hospitality.
Note pads and notebook $6. each. Live Love Paper
“Southern Cocktails: Dixie Drinks, Party Potions and Classic Libations” by Denise Gee $14.95. “Deep South: New Southern Cooking by Brad McDonald $32.50. The Gift Shop at Decorum
Monogrammed oyster knife $70. Table Seven Y'all cake topper $28. each. Jollity & Co.
Embroidered cocktail napkin set 4 $36. Serendip
“Marriage” plaque by Sid Dickens $92. Serendip
“Relax” pillow $58. Worth the Wait
“I Do” bag $34. LOLO. “Bag of Tricks” and “Ooh Lala” $20. each Katie Loxten. Worth the Wait
just say it
Flasks by Anne Taintor $22. each. Serendip
Let design accents speak your mind.
“We Do” politically correct towels $15. each. The Gift Shop at Decorum
Wedding organizer $34.95. Live Love Paper
Initial diamond locket $1,900. Diamonds Direct 30 SPRING / SUMMER 2017
Your Wedding Is Our Next Masterpiece. Glenn Bashaw/Images in Light
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Sticking Together BRIDESMAID STYLE THAT’S RICH IN
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY WILL HAWKINS FASHION COORDINATION AND STYLING BY KIM WADSWORTH
“PEYTON” ROSE GOWN WITH NET OVERLAY AND SHIRRED BODICE $289.THEIA FROM STUDIO I DO BRIDALS AT ALL THE RAGE HILLTOP. 14K GOLD DIAMOND DANGLE EARRINGS $3,600. BY REBEKA HAKIMI. 14K GOLD FRESHWATER PEARL NECKLACE $400. BOTH DIAMONDS DIRECT. HEADBAND $18. DILLARD’S MACARTHURE CENTER. BOUQUET OF GARDEN ROSES, STOCK, LISIANTHUS AND ASTILBE DESIGNED BY PALETTE OF PETALS.
THIS PAGE BRING ON THE BLING. (LEFT) SHORT BEADED DRESS WITH CAP SLEEVE $289. SCALA. DIAMOND “INSIDE/OUTSIDE” HOOPS 14K $2,325. DIAMONDS DIRECT. (RIGHT) LONG-SLEEVED SHORT BEADED DRESS WITH V-NECK $269. SCALA. DIAMOND HOOPS 14K $3,030. STERLING WITH BLUE TOPAZ CLUSTER RING $350. TACORI FROM DIAMONDS DIRECT. BOTH DRESSES FROM STUDIO I DO BRIDALS AT ALL THE RAGE HILLTOP. BOUQUET OF BLUE HYDRANGEA, THISTLE, VERONICA AND EUCALYPTUS PALETTE OF PETALS.
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OPPOSITE PAGE METALLIC SHADES OF (FROM LEFT) MATTE GOLD “GIGI” GOWN $319. THEIA. DIAMOND HOOPS 14K $3,030. (MIDDLE) MATTE ANTIQUE SILVER $289. BARI JAY. DIAMOND HOOPS 14K $3,000. (RIGHT) MATTE ROSE GOLD “KAYLEE” GOWN $319. THEIA. DIAMOND “INSIDE/OUTSIDE” HOOPS 14K $2,325. ALL GOWNS FROM STUDIO I DO BRIDALS AT ALL THE RAGE HILLTOP. ALL EARRINGS FROM DIAMONDS DIRECT. BOUQUETS OF PEONY, STOCK AND ASTILBE FROMPALETTE OF PETALS. “OOH LALA” BENCH $125. FROM RELICS.
THIS PAGE “HEY Y’ALL” BANNER $45. RELICS. (LEFT) METALLIC LACE AND NET GOWN WITH SLIM STRAPS $275. STERLING OPEN DIAMOND HOOPS $990. TACORI. DIAMONDS DIRECT. STRAPLESS METALLIC LACE AND NET GOWN $265. STERLING DIAMOND MONOGRAM PENDANT $1,990. TACORI. DIAMONDS DIRECT. BOTH GOWNS HAYLEY PAIGE OCCASIONS FROM PURE ENGLISH COUTURE BRIDAL, A HOUSE OF MAYA BRIDAL SALON. (INSET SHOT) SILVER LEOPARD CLUTCH $35. ROSE GOLD SNAKESKIN PURSE $65. BOTH FROM DILLARD’S MACARTHUR CENTER. OPPOSITE PAGE RICH SHADES GIVE AISLE APPEAL (FROM LEFT) PLUM GOWN WITH BANDED WAIST $238. 14K GOLD AND SMOKY QUARTZ AND PINK TOPAZ PEAR DROP EARRINGS $2,190. (MIDDLE) STRAPLESS PINK GOWN $247. (RIGHT) V-NECKLINE EGGPLANT GOWN $247. 14K PEAR SHAPED GREEN ADVENTURINE EARRINGS $1,500. ALL GOWNS BY BILL LEVKOFF FROM PURE ENGLISH COUTURE BRIDAL, A HOUSE OF MAYA BRIDAL SALON. ALL JEWELRY FROM DIAMONDS DIRECT.
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SHADES OF MIDNIGHT FROM (LEFT) GOWN WITH LACE DETAIL AND COWL BACK $ STERLING DIAMOND HOOPS $990. STERLING TURQUOISE PENDANT $620. STERLING CUFF WITH TURQUOISE $640. ALL TACORI. CRYSTAL STUDDED HAIR CLIP $18. DILLARDâ€™S MACARTHUR CENTER. (MIDDLE SEATED) LACE CAPPED GOWN WITH LACE DETAIL $. STERLING TURQUOISE AND TOPAZ CLUSTER RING $350. STERLING CUFF WITH BLUE TOPAZ $970. TACORI. TWO PIECE VERSION HAS LACE TOP $. STERLING CUFF WITH BLUE TOPAZ $740. DIAMOND HOOPS $3,030. ALL JEWELRY FROM DIAMONDS DIRECT. ALL GOWNS BY BILL LEVKOFF FROM PURE ENGLISH COUTURE BRIDAL, A HOUSE OF MAYA BRIDAL SALON. BOUQUET OF BLUE HYDRANGEA, THISTLE, VERONICA AND EUCALYPTUS PALETTE OF PETALS.
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“ALISON” HALTER GOWN $238. THEIA. STUDIO I DO BRIDALS AT ALL THE RAGE HILLTOP. 18K YELLOW GOLD TUBE HOOP WITH BEZEL DIAMOND $1,190. DIAMONDS DIRECT. BOUQUET OF ZINNIA, ROSES, ASTILBE AND STOCK PALETTE OF PETALS.
Credits PHOTOGRAPHY Will Hawkins Will-Hawkins.com FASHION COORDINATION AND STYLING Kim Wadsworth ASSISTANT TO KIM WADSWORTH Isabelle Ellington FASHION STYLIST Joyce Parker MODELS Morgan Wessels, Branisha Meekins, Sara Jane Caldwell | Wright Model & Talent HAIR DESIGN Dalbe Markman and Alyssa Wagner | AOC Salon MAKEUP Kim Trotto | About Face Makeup Artistry and Aesthetics FLORAL DESIGN Shannon and Mary Hart | Palette of Petals LOCATION The Hermitage Museum and Gardens is now featuring the amazing Stick Works structure created by internationally renown artist Patrick Dougherty. Located on the grounds of this early 20th century Arts-and-Crafts estate located on the shores of the Lafayette River in Norfolk, this natural sculpture will be up through 2017. A venue ideal for wedding ceremony and reception events, learn more about this beautiful location at thehermitagemuseum.org
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EDDY K ‘LUCIA’ SEQUENCE EMBROIDERED LACE SHEATH WITH V-NECK AND PLUNGING ILLUSION BACK $3,100. MAYA COUTURE, A HOUSE OF MAYA BRIDAL SALON. ‘BLING’ HEADPIECE $12. ‘BLING’ HOOPS $28. WORTH THE WAIT. THREE-PIECE NAVY FITTED SUIT $189. GEOMETRIC PRINT BOW TIE $29. STEVEN LAND. ALL PHILIP MICHAEL FASHION FOR MEN LYNNHAVEN. BOUQUET OF HYDRANGEAS, GARDEN ROSES, EUCALYPTUS AND KING PROTEA. BOUTONNIERE OF ANTIQUE SPRAY ROSES AND EUCALYPTUS DESIGNED BY THE WANDERING PETAL.
SATIN LACE BALLGOWN WITH ENGLISH NET AND LACE OVERLAY WITH SHEER CHIFFON STRIPE DETAIL $1,750. ALLURE BRIDALS. HORSEHAIR TRIM VEIL WITH BLUSHER $189. BOTH STUDIO I DO BRIDALS AT ALL THE RAGE HILLTOP. NATURAL PEARL RECTANGULAR HOOPS $120. AMALA. ‘LAFAYETTE’ GOLD COCKTAIL RING WITH MOONSTONE $155. GOLD CUFF WITH PEARLS AND MOONSTONES $330. BOTH JULIE VOS. ALL FROM SERENDIP. GRAY SUIT WITH VEST AND TIE $189. PHILIP MICHAEL FASHION FOR MEN LYNNHAVEN. BOUQUET OF DAHLIAS, FERN, SPRAY AND GARDEN ROSES AND BOUTONNIERE OF SPRAY ROSES AND DAHLIA DESIGNED BY THE WANDERING PETAL.
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(TOP LEFT CLOCKWISE) BADGLEY MISCHKA ‘LACIE’ PUMPS $210. CHANDELIER EARRINGS $288. BOTH PURE ENGLISH COUTURE BRIDAL. BELIEVE & SPIRIT ART $24. STACKING BANDS $68. PEARL RING AND BAND $118. JULIE VOS. ALL SERENDIP. CRYSTAL CLUTCH $76. WORTH THE WAIT; (TOP RIGHT) THREETIERED CAKE OF PINK FONDANT BY INCREDIBLE EDIBLES; (BOTTOM RIGHT) FLORAL CENTERPIECE BY THE WANDERING PETAL; ACCESSORIES FROM SERENDIP; (BOTTOM LEFT) MINI-CUPCAKES BY INCREDIBLE EDIBLES ON WHEAT CAKE STAND $295. MICHAEL ARAM FROM SERENDIP.
MATTHEW CHRISTOPHER’S ‘KINGLSEY’ GOWN $4,945. OF HAND-BEADED, VENICE THREADED LACE WITH DELICATE KEYHOLE BACK WITH ADD-ON ‘PRESLEY’ OPEN FRONT DETACHABLE SKIRT $2,185. WITH LAYERED HORSEHAIR-EDGED TULLE. ‘MARSHMALLOW MOON’ HEADPIECE $570. ‘NIAGRA’ CHANDELIER EARRINGS $450. BOTH PARIS BY DEBRA MORELAND. PURE ENGLISH COUTURE BRIDAL, A HOUSE OF MAYA BRIDAL SALON. WHEAT BOUQUET STYLED BY KIM WADSWORTH AND NICOLE TURKENKOPF.
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CLAIRE PETTIBONE ‘AMBER’ LONG SLEEVED GOWN OF ECRU COTTON LACE REEMBROIDERED WITH COPPER, SILVER AND IRIDESCENT THREADING WITH FRENCH LACE EMBROIDERED CUFFS, PLUNGING NECKLINE AND BEADED BACK CLAIREPETTIBONE.COM (PRICE ON REQUEST.) PEARL STUD EARRINGS $14. PEARL “BUD” CHOKERS $28. EACH. ALL FROM WORTH THE WAIT. GOLD STACKING BAND WITH LEAF DETAIL $68. PEARL RING WITH GOLD LEAF BAND $118. BOTH JULIE VOS. “BEST DAY EVER…” PAPERWEIGHT $35. SUGARBOO. ALL FROM SERENDIP.
BLUSH BY HAYLEY PAIGE LACE AND TULLE ‘PIPPA’ BALL GOWN WITH ILLUSION BATEAU NECKLINE, LOW OPEN BACK WITH CRISSCROSS STRAP DETAIL AND CASCADING TULLE SKIRT WITH HORSEHAIR TRIM $2,690. DOUBLE LAYER BUBBLE VEIL $179. MALIS HENDERSON. FLORAL LACE AND BEADED BELT $239. RICHARD DESIGNS. STUDIO I DO BRIDALS AT ALL THE RAGE HILLTOP. LEAF CHANDELIER EARRINGS $32. WORTH THE WAIT. BOUQUET OF BOTANICAL GREENS THE WANDERING PETAL.
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HAYLEY PAIGE ‘COLLINS’ LONG SLEEVED BALL GOWN WITH ILLUSION BODICE OF SHIMMER ROSE EMBELLISHMENT, CURVED V-NECKLINE, KEYHOLE BACK AND CASCADING DUPIONI SKIRT $4,370. CRYSTAL AND GOLD FLORAL VINE HEADPIECE $575. ‘HALLEY’S COMET’ MOONSTONE EARRINGS $268. BOTH BY PARIS BY DEBRA MORELAND. PURE ENGLISH COUTURE BRIDAL, A HOUSE OF MAYA BRIDAL SALON. BLACK TUXEDO WITH VEST (RENTAL) $189. JIM’S FORMAL WEAR. PINK AND YELLOW BOW TIE AND POCKET SQUARE WITH GEOMETRIC DETAIL $29. THE BIG KNOT. ALL FROM PHILIP MICHAEL FASHION FOR MEN LYNNHAVEN.
‘SIA’ HIGH-LOW SKIRT WITH ILLUSION HEM OF SILK ZIBELINE BY MARTINA LIANA SEPARATES $1,275. ‘BRYCE’ BODYSUIT OF ILLUSION LACE ON TULLE WITH LOW-V SWEETHEART NECKLINE AND LACE BUTTONS $1,040. ‘MOON MOTHS’ WREATH $463. ‘HAYLEY’S COMET’ EARRINGS $288. BOTH PARIS BY DEBRA MORELAND. ‘BYRON’ CHAPEL VEIL WITH BLUSHER $210. VEIL TRENDS. BADGLEY MISCHKA ‘LACIE’ PEEP TOE D’ORSAY PUMPS $210. ALL PURE ENGLISH COUTURE BRIDAL, A HOUSE OF MAYA BRIDAL SALON. GOLD STACKING BANDS WITH LEAF DETAIL $68. TAN THREE-PIECE SUIT $189. PHILIP MICHAEL FASHION FOR MEN. UNIQUE FRESH GREENS BOW TIE BY THE WANDERING PETAL.
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(DETAILS TOP LEFT CLOCKWISE) POLKA DOT RUNNER $122. BERTOZZI. NATURAL PLACEMAT $29. JULISKA. CAKE PLATE $100. RICHARD GINORI. ‘GRAHAM’ CHAMPAGNE FLUTE $82. JULISKA. NAPKIN $19. BERTOZZI. ALL FROM SERENDIP. LOUIS SHERRY FAVOR $8. TABLE SEVEN; (TOP RIGHT) TAN SUIT $189. PHILIP MICHAEL FASHION FOR MEN. GREENS BOW TIE BY THE WANDERING PETAL; (BOTTOM RIGHT) BOUQUET OF DAHLIAS, PODS, EUCALYPTUS, GARDEN ROSES AND LISIANTHUS BY THE WANDERING PETAL; (BOTTOM LEFT) COYOTE WITH PHEASANT TAXIDERMY AT ABERDEEN FARM.
‘THEIA’ BY CLAIRE PETTIBONE EMPIRE SILHOUETTE OF DELICATE EMBROIDERED FRENCH TULLE WITH SCALLOPED NECKLINE, CINCHED IN WAIST OF CLUNY LACE AND JEWELED APPLIQUE, CUT-OUT OPEN BACK WITH GENTLE FLUTTER SLEEVES CLAIREPETTIBONE.COM (PRICE ON REQUEST.) PEARL RING AND BAND $118. LOVEBIRDS EARRINGS $95. BOTH BY JULIE VOS. SERENDIP. FRESH FLORAL WREATH OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS, ROSES AND GREENS THE WANDERING PETAL.
PHOTOGRAPHY Echard Wheeler Photography echardwheeler.com FASHION STYLING AND CONCEPT COORDINATION Kim Wadsworth | Wadsworth Style STYLE ASSISTANT Mia Byrd | Prowess Creative PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT Leesa Wheeler VIDEOGRAPHY Cory Wright | Vision Quest Videography VIDEOGRAPHY ASSISTANT Marissa Shadler MAKEUP Kim Wadsworth | BridesMade HAIR DESIGN Yolanda Wright | BridesMade + Salon en Vogue FLORIST Nicole Turkenkopf | The Wandering Petal MODELS Brittany + Rocky Parr CAKES + PASTRIES Incredible Edibles ABERDEEN FARM COORDINATIOR Martha Russ LOCATION Aberdeen Farm, located on one thousand acres of waterfront, fields and woodlands privately tucked away in the heart of Smithfield, Virginia was the host of our editorial shoot. A private beach on the James, miles of nature trails, a hidden pond, grassy knolls and diverse scenery surround a stunning hunting lodge that welcomed us. Visit aberdeenfarmevents.com to learn more.
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Announce the state of your union with inventive style.
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a taste of the
South STORY BY AILSA VON DOBENECK
Food and family make the perfect union at
any Southern fete. When there are wedding bells for Southern belles, a spread of heartwarming dishes are a key part of the celebration. From Chesapeake Bay oysters to Smithfield ham biscuits, there is no place better than Southeast Virginia and the Carolinas to showcase regional fare.
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It is all about using what is close to your home and heart.
NICHOLAS WOOLSEY PHOTOGRAPHY
Nicole Johnson, Montero's Restaurant Bar and Catering
GRANT + DEB PHOTOGRAPHERS
NICHOLAS WOOLSEY PHOTOGRAPHY
food feeds the soul.
Jodi Moore Newland, Sweetwater Cuisine
GLENN BASHAW PHOTOGRAPHY
NICHOLAS WOOLSEY PHOTOGRAPHY
LIFESTYLE EAST BEACH CATERING
MA KE I T YO' SEL F
SOUTHERN STYLE SHRIMP AND GRITS BY EAST BEACH CATERING
had to ask,
'what is this?'
2 servings cooked grits
That is all part
2 tablespoons olive oil
of the fun!
Old Bay Seasoning, to taste
Cathy Carter, East Beach Catering
1/2 cup tasso ham, diced* 2 tablespoons leeks, diced 2 tablespoons onion, diced 2 tablespoons green pepper, diced CHELSEA DIANE PHOTOGRAPHY
"Southern food feeds the soul," explains Jodi
to Hampton Roads from New York. She wanted
20 medium/large shrimp, peeled and de-veined, with tails on 1 tablespoon white wine
Moore Newland of Sweetwater Cuisine. "It is
guests from the Northeast to get a taste of the
1 cup heavy cream
warm, inviting and comforting. Each bite tastes
amazing Southern dishes we all love. The menu
like love and there is nothing more bridal than
included: collard greens, fried green tomatoes
green onion, tops, chopped
that." Newland suggests serving guests those
with goat cheese, mini chicken and waffles and
much-loved classics with an unexpected twist.
barbecue to name a few. There was a large variety
She calls it "from grits to glam.” Zesty shrimp
of dishes and they were a huge hit. Some guests
and stone-ground grits, mac and cheese bites
had to ask, 'what is this?' That is all part of the fun!”
with smoked ketchup (which she serves in a
"It is all about using what is close to your
shot glass), mini po boys and honey pecan fried
home and heart," says Nicole Johnson from
chicken offer guests that taste of the familiar with
Montero's Restaurant Bar and Catering in
a kick. Consider mini Mississippi mud or pecan
Elizabeth City. "We source from a farm down the
pies as an alternative to cupcakes or candy on
road and couples often ask us to surprise them
your Southern sweets table. A raw or seafood
and create unique side dishes from what is in
bar is also a great way to give friends and family
season; or whatever has come straight out of the
a taste of the Bay. Blue crabcakes and regional
ground." Label your dishes just to be make sure
oysters are opulent options that don't have to
guests know they are eating local. Farm to table
break the bank. Who knows? Y'all might even
mindfulness is always an impressive hit.
find a pearl! Check with your caterer or local seafood market to see what is in season. When it comes to serving sizes, couples should
If small bites aren't for you, a family style service is an ideal alternative. This trendy option allows tables, adding to the ambiance. As guests pass
everything while moving out of their culinary
each dish, it also feeds the conversation. Parisian
comfort zones. Cathy Carter of East Beach
service, which has all courses and dishes served
Catering suggests serving your chosen dishes as
to guests at once, has also made a comeback. Ultimately, the recipe for the perfect Southern
palate happy; and but not too much to weigh
gathering includes only two ingredients: family
you down on the dance floor. " We did a ‘Taste of
and food. With large helpings of both, y'all are
Virginia’ spread for a bride who was a transplant
sure to make quite the impression.
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1. Cook grits according to package directions; set aside and keep warm. 2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tasso and sauté until crisp. Add vegetables and sauté until onions are translucent. Add shrimp and sauté for 30 to 45 seconds, or until pink. Remove from the pan and set aside. Deglaze the pan with a little white wine. Slowly add the cream and let reduce until thickened. Season with salt and pepper, and Old Bay Seasoning 3. Divide grits among 2 serving plates. Line plate edges with shrimp (10 shrimp per serving). Pour sauce over grits. Garnish with green onions.
you to use unique serving platters along the
explore options to ensure guests get a taste of
"two-biters-" a portion large enough to keep your
salt and pepper, to taste
WEDDING IDEA Use martini glasses to serve shrimp and grits, with the grits on the bottom and shrimp and sauce on top.
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MARIE VIOLET PHOTOGRAPHY
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Q} Is there a diamond shape that is always a “go-to” for couples?
A} A round shape is by far the most popular and considered the cut most thought of when picturing the classic diamond in your mind. It is the most brilliant although ovals, cushions and pear shapes are gaining popularity. Q} With so many rings to choose from, how do you guide couples to choose the perfect rings they’ll wear for a lifetime?
A} We are experts in guidance, selection and education. We listen to our customers; then show them a selection of rings and diamonds for any budget that is requested. It comes down to what is most important to them. Q} What is one of the best “Pop the Question” engagement proposals you’ve heard about with a ring from Diamonds Direct?
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Q} Couples frequently give each other a token of love on the
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The community of wedding talent throughout the region is a result of dedicated professionals who understand wedding protocol and stay up to date with how couples today are tying the knot. Editor Kim Wadsworth chats with professionals who love what they do for today’s betrothed.
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Q} Jollity & Co. is quickly becoming the party source for festive decor. What are some favorite ‘Must Haves’ that couples are including at their wedding? A} Anything personalized! From cake toppers, to drink stirrers, and wedding signage; there are endless ways to make a wedding unique to you. Don’t think ‘personalized’ just means your name or monogram. Weddings can have a symbol or singular element (think a unique feather or other design) that can be carried throughout your event to make it really yours. Q} What are some themes trending for Bridal Showers and Bachlorette Parties? A} Pineapples are still going strong! It’s a Southern symbol of our region but this trend is all about fun and metallics. Also on the horizon are water, constellation, and mod trends. These themed parties are about spending quality time with family and friends so think brunches and pool parties. Q} Is ‘Less More’– or is ‘More More’ when it comes to decorating for a special event? A} More is More! Here’s a little insider’s tip: you’ll always need a few more decorations than you think. It’s amazing how easily decor can get lost in a space. That said, you don’t have to go crazy! Focus on key areas like the dessert table and drink station, making them extra special and over the top. Your guess will notice! Q} The 2017 Pantone color is “Greenery.” When guiding clients about color combinations, is it best to stick to one or two colors; or embrace a number of tones? A} Color is big! It’s nice to design with a number of tones– it offers brides lots of flexibility when working through what they envision for their wedding. Bold is making a comeback and we love it! We’re seeing variations of poppy hues and deep rich tones for our 2017 events so they’d look great with “Greenery.” Pastels are sticking around in new ways– think dusty blues and shades of mauve and gray to play off the blush trend we’ve loved for so many years. Q} What are some favorite words or phrases brides are choosing for cake toppers, balloons and favors? A} Brides are looking for things with meaning from a favorite book or show. Phrases like, “Better Together” capture the love couples have for each other. Inside jokes between couples; or funny phrases and hashtags capture the uniqueness of a relationship, showcasing both of their personalities.
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LIBATION SENSATIONS LIFESTYLE
If spirits and alcohol are a part in your reception bar
set up, include some regional distilleries, wineries and breweries to support the southern theme. STORY BY AILSA VON DOBENECK
BARWARE & MIXERS, TABLE SEVEN ANTIQUES
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In the South, we love our traditions, especially when it comes to spirits. Before those “I Do’s,” bury a bottle of bourbon together exactly one month before the nuptials (full bottle, cap down) to ensure blue skies on your wedding day. While bourbons and whiskeys are still the rage
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(with Mint Juleps a perennial favorite;) other regional spirits, wines, and beers are joining them center stage. Your wedding reception can be the entertainment platform for a tasting menu of favorite Virginia and North Carolina tip-
"At our winery,
we adapt to the tastes of our
explore flavors that offer
something new and exciting." John Wright, Sanctuary
Vineyards, the Outer Banks
ples. If you want to get something brewing, offer beer flights curated from local breweries including O'Connor Brewing Co. and Smartmouth Brewing Co. Guests will love tasting a full range of options that create a celebratory experience. Planning is key. Arranging a libation tasting with your caterer or winery is as vital as tasting the edibles. For wine connoisseurs, offer a sipping menu at a separate bar where guests learn and enjoy the selection at their leisure. “Virginia and North Carolina wines aren't held down by tradition," notes John Wright from Sanctuary Vineyards in the Outer Banks. "At our winery, we can adapt to the tastes of our audience and really explore flavors that offer something new and exciting." For couples celebrating their wedding reception at the Williamsburg Winery, there is onsite wine tastings prior to the big day. They suggest coming in 60-90
LIFESTYLE days ahead with an open mind and enjoying the process of selecting wines they would like guests to experience at the wedding. Letâ€™s not forget champagnes and sparkling wines, the proverbial bubbly of choice for weddings. There are a number of Virginian wineries like ThibautJanisson out of Charlottesville that produce Virginia FIZZ, a sparkling wine used in craft cocktails; and Blanc de Chardonnay which can be served at the start of the evening or for that special toast. If spirits are a part in your signature cocktail and bar set up, include some regional distilleries to support the southern theme. One favorite is Cirrus, a Richmond-based vodka maker that produces an amazingly smooth product that compliments any flavor profile. Balance it with southernbased bourbons, whiskeys and regionally derived bitters as popular additions to your bar stock of sips and have fun exploring all the options crafted from your state.
ECHARD WHEELER PHOTOGRAPHY / CHAMPAGNE FLUTES & CAKE STAND, SERENDIP / LINEN NAPKINS, TABLE SEVEN ANTIQUES
ELEISE THEUER PHOTOGRAPHY
MA KE I T YO' SE L F An old fashioned mint julep never disappoints. This South Louisiana version offers something for everyone. According to renown chef Sydney Meers of Stove Restaurant, traditionally mint and sugar cubes were put in milk cartons filled with water and frozen. They floated in the Julep bowl to make it icy cold; then slowly melted, giving it an extra sweet flavor: SOUTH LOUISIANA MINT JULEP, SERVES 15 1/2 cup of water 2/3 cup of sugar A fifth of bourbon 120 mint leaves ruffed up Club soda, to taste
1. Boil water and sugar to make simple syrup. (Bring water and sugar to rolling boil, reduce heat to simmer.) 2. Add mint leaves and then let simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool. 3. Next, add the bourbon. Place in freezer over night or until mixture becomes a slush. 4. Crush ice, preferably snow ball ice which most blenders can produce. Fill glass with ice, add one fresh mint leaf, fill glass with mint julep mix.
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When it comes to looking beautiful, there’s more to preparing for your wedding day than buying a dream gown, meeting up for makeup and hair trial runs, and getting your body toned. Starting a beauty protocol from head to toe is essential; and it’s never too early to get a regime started for your skin.
FLOWERING ALMOND SPA AT THE FOUNDERS INN STORY BY KIM WADSWORTH, FASHION AND BEAUTY EDITOR
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HEAD TO TOE CARE There’s no doubt that every bridal gown reveals considerable parts of the upper body including décolleté, arms, back and shoulders. I’ve always considered the full body experience of exfoliation and hydration an important part of preparing for the big day. Lauren Padmore, esthetician and massage therapist at Flowering Almond Spa at the Founders Inn weighed in on the importance of a polished body. “With high definition photography, the focus isn’t just on the face but the entire body. A full body glow happens with exfoliation and keeping well-hydrated.” So bring on the Glow! I was ready for the protocols, beginning with a Lavender Salt Scrub. Laying on a heated bed, Lauren worked on each half of my body from shoulders to toes, sloughing off dead dehydrated skin. Endorsing regular exfoliation to ensure saturation of moisturizers, she moved on to the Lavender Body Wrap, which put me in a cocoon state of relaxation and rejuvenation. I emerged feeling lighter and my skin was polished and glowing. Then came the feet–which I was dreading. I’m ticklish and they felt beyond beat. Lauren reminded me that foot reflexology was critical for increasing circulation. Through foot massage, pressure points corresponding to different organs in the body are targeted through ten pathways. After my reflexology massage, I felt ready to slip into any four inch Louboutin that came my way. With packages like the all-inclusive Bride-To-Be; to the Perfectly Groomed
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BERTA: Iconic silhouettes punctuated with crystal hoops by Maria Elena STORY BY KIM WADSWORTH
There’s always a feeling of international
excitement in the air on opening day of the Bridal Collections in New York. With a wave of renown designers of Haute Couture bridal like Naeem Khan, Erin Cole, Anne Barge, Claire Pettibone,
and Odylyne The Ceremony from America; Yolan Cris from Spain; Rime Arodaky from France;
Francesca Miranda from Columbia; Ines di Santo and Romona Keveza from Canada; and BERTA
and Inbal Dror from Israel; the expectations were high and the level of sophisticated glamour
Yolan Cris: Elegant european lace with off the shoulder illusion neckline
did not disappoint for many of the collection
presentations. Bridal fashion continues to inspire with romanticism and innovative silhouettes.
Always present are vintage references mixed with nods to modernity, all nuanced in many runway
showings. Favorite picks keep our Southern bride
Anne Barge: Lavish lace back made for a stunning exit
Rime Arodaky: Braided coiffure detail
in mind and remain focused on ethereal beauty, classic style and rich fabrication.
YOLAN CRIS There are no words to describe the unique beauty and exclusive fabrics presented in this collection. With wheat as the leitmotif in
bouquets on the runway, there were stunning lace and transparent gowns mixed with flounced and
layered silhouettes. Fashion-forward necklines of ruffs, furrowed and illusion; long sleeves, many
with bishop and lantern shapes; and fabrics that
were rich with gold brocade, chiffon and lace. For a romantic like me, it was a dream.
BERTA The inspiration of this collection was all
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about flowers. With innovative use of 3D flowers,
lace applique design, and rich embellishments, the collection offered the glamorous BERTA cut and
fit– complete with plunging necklines and backs–
accented with enormous crystal hoop earrings by
Maria Elena Headpieces. Body-conscious fit mixed with an artistic approach to design always drives BERTA fans to a frenzy.
ERIN COLE After working with top designer brands like Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta, Erin Cole decided to create her own
couture line and she did not disappoint. Inspired
by glamorous California brides, Erinâ€™s line had nine styles evoking ethereal quality and couture details. Favorite standouts included corseted bodices,
daring illusion details and patterned lace. Her love
of illusion elements was visible with off-the-shoulder and plunging necklines.
RIME ARODAKY This unconventional designer launched a collection starring chic separates,
cutout details and floral embellishments. High-low
hemlines, flounchy trims, and transparent lace and macrame made for visual interest. With all designs
Odylyne The Ceremony: Finale grouping of romantic collection
made in France, Rime and her team offered rich textiles and and unique silhouettes that made
for an interesting show. It felt young and hip; and beautifully punctuated with modern details that made her collection memorable.
Inbal Dror: Altar halter neckline with dramatic sleeves
Romona Keveza: Blush silk net gown with net cape
Rime Arodaky: High-low hemline with lace sleeves and flounce cuffs
Francesca Miranda: Strapless elegance with handmade floral appliques
aisle style History is made here.
ROMONA KEVEZA True
to bridal aesthetic, Romona
Keveza celebrated the timeless and classic style of Grace Kelly. Believing that it is all about a bride creating her own
legend, Romona showed lots
of color like ombre blush and her signature ‘La Vie en Rose’ lace organza at her intimate
atelier. Sleeves were a strong
presence and her iconic fit and master craftsmanship defined the collection beautifully. I
always leave feeling inspired and in awe.
Erin Cole: Tulle ballgown with illusion and lace bodice
Jessica b: Bridal shoe with blue hue
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traditions are passed on with the help of cultural heritage and family generations. Whether it's pinning good luck wealth on couples; toasting with an heirloom liquor; mehndi henna painting; proposing with a diamond ring; reading a love letter; or writing your own vows; these are the rituals that make the day memorable.
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