Posts Labeled ‘bride’

Sparkle and Shine: Stunning Wedding Gowns

A little sparkle and shine always puts me in a festive mood. Metallic is trending and these gorgeous wedding gowns have just the right amount of shimmer.

Jenny Packham


Isadora Gown, via BHLDN


Celestial Gown, via Monique Lhuillier


Magots Gown, Elie by Elie Saab for Pronovias

Creative Guest Book Idea

It is always nice to have a guest book at your wedding for guests to leave little notes congratulating you on your special day! But the classic, plain guest book can get a little boring. Here is a great idea from Martha Stewart for an alternative guest book.

Plate Guest Book

Instead of having guests write on a book, buy several white dishes for guests to sign with metallic paint pens. After the event, arrange the plates on a wall in your home in random groupings. You will be reminded of your special day every time you see it and house guests will love the whimsical feel of the decorations!

Winter Wedding Shoes

Choosing an outfit for a wedding, whether you are the bride, a bridesmaid or just a guest, can be stressful! It can be particularly stressful in the winter time because a “traditional” wedding shoe may not be appropriate for the cold weather. Refinery 29 has compiled a number of wedding shoes that are perfect for the winter. Below are a couple of my favorites but check the rest of the options here.


ASOS Precious

These gorgeous nude ASOS pumps are great for the bride (or bridesmaid) on a budget. The gold toe cap with jewels adds a total luxe feel without breaking the bank!

Alice and Olivia Odell Mirror Leather Heel

These unique Alice and Olivia wedges with their shiny, silver leather is a perfect accompaniment to a wedding dress. And not to mention the wedge heel will allow you to dance the night away pain free!

Bridal Shoot inspired by a sweet nursery rhyme

Recently, I had a wonderful opportunity to work with Eli Weddings on a bridal photo shoot. Eli was a pleasure to work with and, as you will see, a talented photographer.

This Maryland-based shoot took place on a soybean farm as the Fall season was in full swing. We were inspired by a nursery rhyme from our youth, “Sing a Song of Sixpence” (remember, “Four and twenty blackbirds, baked in a pie; when the pie was opened, the birds began to sing”?!) Hence, details of birds and pies were interwoven throughout the shoot.

A simple tablescape features “sunny” colors like teal, seamist, pale peach, and soft yellow. Iron bird napkin rings grace each place setting and flowers (by Sidra Forman) include dahlias and succulents that radiate the color scheme. A belfast linen tablecloth and natural wood chiavari chairs (courtesy of DC Rental) create a neutral foundation

The escort cards are anchored on an heirloom silver serving tray by vintage baubles-turned-magnets. A variety of bird silhouettes in the color scheme bear the names of the guests and their table assignments.

Another vignette features a pale pink MacBeth Evans hobnail pitcher circa 1930 and accompanying tumblers. An iron tray with bird handles hosts the setting, and an inviting piece of pumpkin pie waits for the bride and groom, who will partake with “Mr” and “Mrs” forks.

A dessert buffet features an assortment of mini pies and homemade coconut madeleines. A vintage pie server rests alongside the pie chest — each cubby containing a variety of homemade mini pies — a popular new trend.

The bride, in celebration, tossed bird-shaped confetti and looks stunning against the picturesque farmland, donning a dress from Punk Rock Bride.



Location: Sunny Ridge Farm
Art Direction and Design: Rex & Regina
Pastries: Rex & Regina
Photography: Eli Weddings
Model: T.H.E. Agency
Dress: Punk Rock Bride
Flowers: Sidra Forman
Hair and Makeup: Miranda Edmonds
Escort cards: Efrat Levush
Shoes: Anthropologie
Chairs: DC Rental

Interview with DC Graphic Designer sugarB

I’ve had the pleasure of  knowing Kari Becker-Beard of sugarB Studio for some time now and we’ve had the opportunity to work on a number of projects together (including my website and blog!). Each time we collaborate, Kari brings such energy, passion, and talent to the project. I wanted to give readers a taste of that and decided to interview Kari. Here’s what she says about wedding stationery, knitting, and where the name “sugarB” came from…

1) SugarB Studio. What a great name! Tell us what it represents and a little bit about the firm.

When I decided to start my own small graphic  design firm, I played around with a lot of different name ideas.  As I think many of my corporate clients know, it’s all in the name so I wanted to get it right!  I knew from the get go that I wanted to incorporate a “B” in some fashion as both my maiden and married names begin with the letter B. Interestingly, a bee is a sign of creativity hence the suggestion of a bee you see in the brand.  Finally, I drew from my southern upbringing of where women are thought to be ‘sugar and spice and everything nice.’  I’m a savvy business owner but who says I can’t be sweet to boot and so sugarB was born!‬

2) You work with an array of clients from brides to corporate clients. For brides, what is it that they should be thinking about when they are considering their stationery suite for their wedding?

Getting married is such an exciting time, I love being even just a small part the joyous occasion!  When thinking about wedding stationery, I think brides should focus on two things in the beginning that will help to set the stage for other elements of the wedding to fall into place.  Firstly, brides should consider the holistic picture of all the printed material they will need from start to finish of the event – everything from the save-the-date cards to escort cards, invitation to thank you notes.  Secondly, brides should consider what mood or tone they want to set with the stationery.  Remember, the stationery will be the first thing that guests will receive, so if you want your wedding to be formal and traditional versus modern and playful, the stationery should reflect this!  Hiring a graphic designer to create a custom suite of materials adds a unique touch to your event.  Designers can often assist a bride through some of these steps to visually translate who the couple is to paper.  From invitations to table numbers, sugarB studio can do it all!

3) What trends are you seeing in stationery design these days particularly in wedding stationery?

I always try and remind my clients, that the most important part of their wedding is that they are getting married to the person they love – it so important to remember that!  With all the hubbub around the ‘big day’, sometimes brides (and grooms of course) lose track of that.  The biggest trend I have been seeing in wedding suites is couples are using the invite as an opportunity to tell a story, their love story. My clients want an invite to be a reflection of them as a couple – how they met, what activities they like doing together or how they spend their time together.  Getting it right for a bride and groom is the greatest reward of the entire process and I can’t think of anything I would rather do!

4) I understand there is a sugarB baby? What does that specialize in?

About 10 years ago, my mother taught me to knit. Ever since then, every autumn I would knit myself a new scarf (you can imagine how many scarves I have!).  When a dear friend had a baby boy, I decided to try knitting him a hat and the simple cap was born.  Soon I was knitting hats for all my expecting friends, and the simple bear and simple bunny were added to the family.  My friends loved the individuality of the caps and the thought that went into each one and began asking me to knit hats for their expectant friends.  In early 2009, I decided to share the hats with the public and launched and thus sugarB baby specializes in hand knit hats for newborns to one year olds.  What is great about it is that since I make each one to order, a client can specify size, style and even color – I am open to all requests!  I think a handcrafted gift is so much nicer than a store bought one that is made in who-knows-where and I love creating thoughtful, handmade gifts that can be treasured for a lifetime.



Rust Manor Wedding: An Elegant Evening Garden Party

I had a wonderful time working with Katherine and Allen on their wedding. One of the things I loved about the process was watching how they interacted with one another. It was so evident that each, in a beautiful way, brought something out of the other that no one else could. They lit up around each other and had fun together.

Their wedding was a great reflection of them — fun, elegant, and natural. It took place at Rust Manor in Leesburg and was captured in these gorgeous photographs by the talented Leah of Studio Juno.

The cocktail hour was set on the garden lawn accompanied by music from an acoustic guitarist. In the tent, the female guests were treated to pashminas to cut the evening chill. Beautifully packaged Haribou gummy bears — the bride and groom’s favorite — were given as favors. Vintage milk glass arrangements warmed each table and reflected a spectrum of pinks in keeping with the pink and grey-themed event.

Congratulations, Katherine & Allen!




Photography: Studio Juno
Dress: Priscilla of Boston
Makeup: Harmony from Picture Perfect Makeup
Ceremony: St. Francis Episcopal Church, Great Falls, VA
Florist: Growing Wild Floral Company
Reception: Rust Manor House & Nature Sanctuary, Leesburg VA
Caterer: Festive Foods
D.J.: My Deejay
Reception Lighting: John Farr Lighting Design
Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.Transportation: Atlantic Transportation Services
Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy

Bridal Sweepstakes from Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens

In connection with its upcoming exhibit, Wedding Belles: Bridal Fashions from the Marjorie Merriweather Post Family 1874-1958, Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens is offering one lucky bride a wedding gift brimming with luxury.

Hillwood, the former of estate of the always-fashionable Marjorie Merriweather Post, has partnered with top bridal purveyors to help bring even more glamour to one lucky bride’s wedding day. The winner will receive:


Brides may enter to win beginning June 15 at the Bridal Bash that Hillwood is hosting. Click here for Sweepstakes rules and instructions.

Bridal Bash at Hillwood Estate

via Hillwood

One of the treasures of the DC museum community, Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens, is hosting a spectacular bridal event on June 15, 2011, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Hillwood is the former estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post, heir to the Post cereal fortune and a fashionable and fascinating socialite.

The Museum’s newest exhibit, Wedding Belles, open from June 18, 2011–January 1, 2012, features Post’s wedding dresses, along with those of her mother and daughters.

The Bridal Bash is a wonderful opportunity for brides to preview the exhibit and to be inspired by bridal elegance. Bring your bridesmaids, mother, and mother-in-law and experience the showcase that Hillwood has assembled:


Enjoy a glass of champagne and live music, and don’t forget to sign up for Hillwood’s Wedding Belles Bridal Sweepstakes. The evening promises to be fabulous — if you are a bride, don’t miss it!

Tickets may be purchased online for $35 or for $45 at the door.