Artikal NYC

Holly from Artikal introduced me to her millinery business that includes lots of beautiful bridal pieces. Located in the East Village, she’ll soon be doing a line for Kleinfelds…her stuff is very reasonably priced with lots of fun options.

[images from Artikal]

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Vendor reviews: hair + makeup

Makeup: Claribel Hernandez of Fresh
I met Claribel a few years ago and always knew I’d ask her to do my wedding makeup…our trial was great, and my wedding day makeup was even better! All of us looked very fresh and natural, and weren’t caked up with excess. She’s amazing!

Hair: Diana at Van Sickel Salon
I think Van Sickel Salon is one of those little treasures you don’t want to tell people about because you know once you do, you’ll never get an appointment there again! Chad actually found the salon while on a walk in the neighborhood one day and pointed me in their direction. Diana does amazing blowouts and really did a great job with all of our hair. The best part is that they don’t charge crazy prices just because its for a wedding…they charge for the time, so if you’re looking for something simple, you probably won’t be paying more than a $100!

[images by Belathée Photography]

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Vendor reviews: dress + veil

Dress: Junko Yoshioka
I loved my dress! Everyone else did too, apparently. It was the first dress I tried on, and I instantly knew it was the one. Not one for frills, lace and sequins, this dress was draped ivory silk that suited my figure, beautifully architectural, and was made especially for me. Junko also designed a little bolero for me to wear for the church ceremony that was especially appropriate. I had 4 fittings total, the last one a week before the wedding to ensure a great fit, and they really worked to make the dress comfortable for me (extra boning so no uncomfortable corset!) Everyone at Junko Yoshioka was especially nice and knowledgeable.

Veil: Bridesheads Revisited
I went back and forth so many times when figuring out my veil…knowing that I didn’t want your standard cathedral length piece of tulle hanging off my head, I wasn’t left with many options. But after finding Brideshead Revisited at the New York Magazine Weddings Showcase last year, I kept them in the back of my mind for when the day came to try out veils, and promptly purchased the perfect one at The Wedding Library. The French veil had a removable gardenia that I could pin in my hair after the wedding, and was the perfect accessory.

[images from Belathée Photography and Junko Yoshioka]

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Now normally I don’t really feature your run of the mill wedding products, but I really have to say that Footpetals have saved my life. I’m the kind of girl that loves heels in “theory”, but once I’m in them and on my feet for an extended period of time, you could chop off my feet below the ankles and I would thank you! Footpetals have added that cushioning right under the balls of my feet where I need it, and the Heavenly Heelz keep those shoes on that are just a little big. I stuck a pair in my wedding shoes for added comfort, and will probably put some in ALL my shoes because they are just that damn good. Theres a bridal gift set that you can get the bride in YOUR life….she will thank you, no doubt.

[images from Footpetals]

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