Studio tour: Bride’s Head Revisited

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Name: Alexandra Kowalski and Emily Martin
Location: 43 East 78th Street, 4th floor
Company: Bride’s Head Revisited

What is your aesthetic? Modern classic

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Our studio is located within our boutique. It is a light filled boutique on the 4th floor of an old brownstone on the Upper East Side. The classic lines and beautiful molding in the building give the boutique great character, and we’ve added black accents to the room that give it a nice modern clean edge which is softened by a great light blue and ivory rug.

Favorite part of your studio? The fact that we have combined our retail space with our work space and that it allows us to have the best of both worlds.

Where do you go for inspiration? Emily and I met while working at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Emily has a fashion history degree and I studied costume design, so we tend to go back to that when we’re looking for inspiration. We’re designing for modern women, so we try not to get too “vintagey”, we like to keep our designs modern with a classic look.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? My tweezers. They’re invaluable for picking up the tiny Swarovski crystals that are incorporated into our combs and veils.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? The ground floor. We are on a fourth floor walk-up, there are lots of pretty things to look at on the way up through The Wedding Library, but it can take the wind out of some people, and it can be hard on the mothers and grandmothers.

Anything else we should know? We work closely with our brides to create the perfect look for their wedding day and we specialize in custom designs. All of our designs are made-to-order and depending on the bride and her style, she may want something that is very customized. Emily and I love working with brides to create original designs, and having our studio as part of our boutique makes it much easier.

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Crosby Street Hotel

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Last week I had a chance to visit the new Crosby Street Hotel in Soho, and was lucky enough to take a little tour of the place.  Its really one of the most fashionable hotels I’ve ever stepped in, and know it will be a great new venue for small weddings, rehearsal dinners or bridal showers.  There are a few private areas downstairs for small parties, a GORGEOUS outdoor space, opportunities for Afternoon Tea, and just coolness abounding everywhere!  It worth noting that every single room in this 86 room hotel is designed differently.  I would have loved to have stayed here the night of my wedding!

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Happy Halloween

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A little early, but enjoy the SPOOOOKY weekend!  I’m curious, if YOU were getting married this weekend, would you go all out with a Halloween theme?

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Real wedding: Lauren + Darryl

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stacey ilyse photography

When Stacey Ilyse sent me this wedding a few weeks ago, I totally feel in love with Lauren’s dress and the low-key feeling surrounding the day…I’ll let Stacey tell you the rest.

They are both very low key, quiet people who really just wanted an evening of spending time with their closest family and friends.   There was no bridal party, Lauren got ready at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, and had her sister, 2 of her closest girlfriends “the unofficial bridesmaids” with her, one of whom did her makeup, and her long time hair stylist spend the morning with her getting ready.

The car service that was hired for the day never made it to the hotel, so we just all jumped in a cab and made our way uptown for the ceremony… following the ceremony Lauren and Darryl loved the idea of the NYC cab, so we took one back downtown to Tribeca, to The Harrison, where they had approx 70 guests,  for a lovely night of eating amazing food and dancing.

The best part about having their reception downtown was getting to take advantage of the amazing Tribeca hardscape, with all the cobblestone, and graffiti alleys we found.
Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti
Dress: Amsale – very cool dress that turned into a short cocktail looking dress as well just by taking apart the skirt.
Make up: best friend
Getting ready: Tribeca Grand Hotel
Photographer:  Stacey Ilyse Photography
Location: The Harrison, Tribeca NYC
Ceremony:  UWS
Flowers: simple bouquet of peonies as well as 1 peony for her hair as well.  And on the tables.

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