Reem Acra

Reem Acra won my award for best in show!  I’ve always loved her dresses, and this collection was no exception.  Her details were total perfection with creative rouching, architectural ruffles and flowers, and lingerie inspired corsets.

The dress above (bottom left and right) had to be my absolute favorite…those pleats were perfectly modern.

The top dress (above left and right) has handmade ruffles, making it so no dress of this design is the same…fabulous right?

[images by Brooklyn Bride]

Bridal market

I spent the weekend gallivanting around town for bridal market with some lovely ladies and wanted to show you some of my best of’s from the collections I saw…I’ll save my favorite for later today!

Amsale showed some great new stuff, and I was especially liking her dresses using this embossed looking jacquard fabric (bottom left).  Very different and very fresh!

Kenneth Pool surprised me because I’m not usually a poofy dress kinda gal, but these were definitely done in a way I could totally support!  Elegant and modern all at once.

Rivini was a new one for me this year, but I was more than happy for the introduction.  Their ruffles were constrained in the most interesting way making the dress details incredibly 3D and textural, and their layers of fabrics with raw edges were some of my favs.

Romona Keveza is the queen when it comes to elegant draping and making a bride look her sexiest. Her final dress (bottom right corner) was filled with cascading petals, it was pretty amazing!

If you want to see more pro pics from all the shows, click over to Aisledash for all the latest galleries!  You’ll eventually be able to find the rest of my photos from the shows I attended over on our Facebook page.

[images by Brooklyn Bride]

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Guess what day it is!

Its definitely a rainbow kinda day…Brooklyn Bride is 3 years old today!  How time flies when you’re having fun, right??   I’ve got some fun stuff happening this year so bear with me while it takes shape!

[I had torn out this image from a magazine YEARS ago and have been holding on to it ever since…if you know where its from, please let me know!  I feel like it was an old issue of Jane Magazine?]

Update: Dress by Alexander McQueen

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Real wedding: Katie + Michael

I really dont know how to top a wedding with a buttercup yellow wedding dress!  This Vera Wang confection was absolute perfection, and the whole affair is one I would have loved to have seen in person!  Katie speaks more about it below…

The truth is, I really wanted to elope, but my husband-to-be wouldn’t let me! we started the process of compromise. The ceremony was most important to us, as we wanted to write our own vows, so we decided that an intimate guest count of 50 would feel right, and thought about a restaurant as a possible venue. Being totally devoted to all things food and wine, we instantly remembered our favorite New York meals being at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Having both grown up in Los Angeles, the idea of a beautiful farm setting was a bit foreign, but how could we resist the food and the incredible backdrop (cows!)

I have to admit, I got a bit carried away at the beginning with bridal magazines and a list of “must-dos”. But slowly, I organized my thoughts and priorities. I booked Di Bezi as our photographers right away!! Diana and Jeff shot my best friend’s wedding and I was obsessed with the pictures. I knew they would capture the day perfectly, and they did. We found an amazing man to marry us (recommended by Blue Hill) and started building our ceremony. After sitting in a Barnes and Nobles for an afternoon looking at “wedding” poetry, we decided to go with lots of fun readings from children’s books (my husband and I went to elementary school together) and song lyrics from our first dance (Talking Heads “This Must Be the Place”). I knew that Blue Hill would create a memorable and stellar menu, so I didn’t have to worry about the food or accompanying wines. I also used Blue Hill’s florist for our bouquets and center pieces. Other little fun details included using farm animals instead of table numbers and an adorable bride and groom pig cake topper I found on Etsy.

As for the dress…I knew from the beginning I didn’t want to wear white. A while ago I saw a pink dress in J. Crew’s bridal section and thought, Oh! What a good idea…After a trip to J. Crew, I realized that pink dress wasn’t for me, and though a tad discouraged, I did what all girls know is the answer. I called Vera Wang. When I got there, they were flustered to hear my wedding date was only 4 months away (we opted for a short engagement- why wait!?) I told them I was open to all dresses, white or otherwise, that they would have ready in time. And the lady helping me brought the yellow dress. I’ve never worn yellow, but I thought it’d be worth a shot. It was the first dress I tried. And it was my dress! It came with a russet brown sash that I toyed with wearing, but ultimately decided the simplicity of yellow was just what I wanted. I still felt entirely bridal and had so much fun in yellow.

Ultimately, after endless anxieties and a crazy roller coaster of emotions while planning the wedding (no one tells you about the roller coaster!), the day was perfect. My husband and I had all our hopes fulfilled. And I’m glad I didn’t elope…

more pictures after the jump!

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