Phi-Style: Outdoor Wedding Shoes

1.  Marni mirrored-heel sandals, $179 | 2.  Tabitha Simmons satin wedge pumps, $287 | 3.  Christian Louboutin New Marpoil, $750 | 4.  Fendi micro logo wedges, $285 | 5.  Christian Louboutin suede glitter platform, $895 | 6.  Fendi banded-strap wedge, $435 | 7.  Alexandre Birman caged python wedge, $825 | 8.  Miu Miu t-strap wedge pump, $630 | 9.  Miu Miu patent platform sandal, $675 | 10. Miu Miu crystal-embellished pumps, $620 | 11.  Chloe mirrored-heel sandal, $645 | 12.  Jimmy Choo metallic wedge, $425

Brooklyn Bride recently received a reader request for bridal footwear that was outdoor wedding-friendly.  Probably the most important factor to consider is the heel – nothing too skinny that might sink into grass.  A thicker heel or a wedge will prevent such a disaster!  However, if you do go for a wedge-type shoe, you don’t want it to look  too casual or espadrille-like.  The ones I’ve found above feature a thinner, more sculpted wedge that is both elegant and functional. – Tram

[images from Net-A-PorterThe Outnet, and Bergdorf Goodman]

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Sponsored post: Gemvara

I’m excited to share with you today some gorgeousness from Gemvara, an online jewelry store where you can customize every piece to your liking  With 26 stones and 8 precious metals to play with, you can create the perfect engagement ring, wedding band, earrings, you name it, within seconds (and within budget)!  If you love the look of platinum but aren’t crazy about the price, switch to white gold or silver…instead of a diamond, try a white sapphire, or a colored stone for a unique look.  I was particularly drawn to the work of designer Ruzanna Davtian, whose jewelry is perfectly modern in every way.  Playing around with the customizing tool, I gave some of her pieces the “Brooklyn Bride” treatment in my signature green and white, which of course I would snap up in a second.

If you’re in the market for anything from an engagement ring to gifts for your bridesmaids (hello gorgeous earrings!), give Gemvara a try!

[images from Gemvara]

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Phi-Style: Kate Moss Wedding

Royal Wedding part 2?  Kate Moss got married last week to Jamie Hince of The Kills in Southrop, England and I thought the wedding was gorgeous.  Loved the gaggle of flowergirls with flower crowns – so bohemian, so Kate! – Tram

Kate’s dress was John Galliano while Jamie wore Stefano Pilati for Yves Saint Laurent.  I’m not one for sequins and sparkles, but the scattered gold sequins trailing down the dress, expanding into gold leaves along an unfinished train was so beautiful.  Elegant, yet keeping in line with Kate’s bohemian aesthetic.

However, I think my absolute favorite part of Kate’s bridal ensemble was the veil.  Loved this so much!  Swept over the head and fastened with tiny flowers on one side like a cap, flowing down to a finger-tip length.  Lovely and romantic.

This look reminded me a bit of the Sara Gabriel Ashley Veil and Wendy Veil.

[Images from Bauer-Griffin Online, Flynet, and Film Magic]

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Phi-Style: Embellished Bridal Shoes

1.  Ivanka Trump Alluvia sandal, $160 | Kate Spade Charm peeptoe pumps, $325 | Badgley Mischka Decadence sandal, $138 | Herve Leger Elle platform sandal, $232 | Alexander McQueen crystal lucite sandal, $1150 | Jimmy Choo Vamp glitter sandal, $750 | Miu Miu crystal heel sandal, $895 | Brian Atwood Martina pump, $910 | Gucci crystal sandal, $1100

I can’t think of a better time to get a little blinged out than on your wedding day.  Glam up a simple gown with embellished footwear! – Tram

[images from Net-A-Porter, The Outnet, and Bloomingdales]

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Phi-Style: Veil Styles

Your veil can completely transform your complete look.  A shorter blusher can give a whimsical, retro look, while a longer fingertip length veil may lean towards the romantic traditional.  You may know how long you want  your veil to be on your wedding day, but have you thought about the style of veil?  Here’s a quick guide to some of the more popular veil and headpiece styles today.  – Tram

1.  Fascinators – Not really a veil at all, these hairpieces usually consist of feathers, blooms, and netting.  Especially popular among British women, a fascinator is a great alternative to wearing a veil.  Many brides are opting to do a veil for the ceremony, and switching to a fascinator for the reception.

2. Blusher Veils – These veils can range from a below-the-chin length, as pictured above, to a shorter length that covers some or all the face, like the birdcage veil.  Since these veils have a vintage feel, they look best with a dress that has a modern-vintage or retro style.

3. Bubble Veils – As you would expect, bubble veils have more volume toward the top, with the veil curving inward at the bottom.  These veils are definitely statement-making pieces and are not for the shy!  Pair with a fashion-forward couture dress.

4. Mantilla Veils – These traditional veils are worn slightly foward, with the edge curving around the bride’s face and shoulder.  The look is very vintage and very romantic.  These veils look best with a simple, minimal gown, so as to not compete with the veil.

4. Cascade Veils – Also known as waterfall veils, these veils are typically one layer of fabric cut so that it’s shorter in the front and longer in the back.  Since these veils can be cut to a range of lengths and sheerness, this versatile veil can complement most dresses.

5. Drop Veils – These veils are typically very sheer and flat.  They are draped over the face before the wedding ceremony, and lifted by the groom after the vows are read.  Like the cascade veil, this versatile veil can be cut to any length to accomodate any dress style.

[images from Sara Gabriel]

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