Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Frocks | Vera Wang Mobile Showcase

Guess what ladies...this weekend only, White by Vera Wang will be going mobile!! This exclusive showcase will be on move in Manhattan districts and neighborhoods from midtown to downtown, including Times Square, Bryant Park, Union Square, Rockefeller Center and Columbus Circle. Hurry out now and see the gorgeous bridal and bridesmaid dresses from the Fall 2011 collection!

Once you spot the truck, be sure to tweet a picture to @davidsbridal with #WVWinyourcity for a chance to win a $200 gift certificate to David's Bridal. Two gift certificates will be given away each day!


Friday Frocks | All Things Glitter & Glitz | Wedding Dresses

Happy Friday!! I wanted to share with all of you the Elie Saab collection of amazingly gorgeous glitter & glitz wedding dresses! The nude and blush pink hues pair perfectly with all the sparkles. Aren't they stunning?!


Thursday, September 29, 2011

All Things Glitter & Glitz | Wedding Cakes

Hi all! I just had to share these absolutely gorgeous wedding cakes for our glitter inspiration week! What do you think? Not only are they super shimmery and sparkly, but they also look very elegant and chic.  I bet they are delicious as well! I love all the cakes, but especially the ones with the crystal embellishments. How pretty! Which is your favorite?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

All Things Glitter & Glitz | Shopping Guide

In continuation of glitter wedding inspiration, we are bringing you a shopping guide to help recreate the look! Shop Lela's Style and find inspiration for bridesmaid dresses, wedding jewelry, wedding accessories and even luxury wedding invitations by Lela New York! I love the crystal bangles, and the glittery bonbons are such a cute wedding favor! What do you think? Are you loving this sparkly wedding trend?

1. Emici Bridal
2. Rachel Gilbert
3. Tejani
4. Confetti
5. Exclusively Weddings
7. Exclusively Weddings
8. St. Erasmus
9. Nilah
10. Nuage Designs
11. Bedazzle My Bonbons
12. Lela New York
13. Sephora
14. Bobbi Brown 
15. Bedazzle My Bonbons

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tuesday Shoe Day | All Things Glitter & Glitz | Wedding Shoes

I am absolutely loving this glitter wedding trend...especially found in wedding shoes!! What do you think? Aren't they are all so pretty? I love the glittery gold bow on the Kate Spade pumps and the Valentino pumps are so classic and chic. And what about the Judith Leiber clutches...aren't they gorgeous?!Glitter & Glitz


Monday, September 26, 2011

All Things Glitter & Glitz | Wedding Inspiration

This week we are sharing all things glitter and glitz wedding inspiration including dresses, shoes, cakes, invitations and much more! This is such a beautiful wedding trend, who doesn't love all things that sparkle? I love the sequined dress, and the glittery "Mrs." chair decoration is such a cute idea! I also LOVE the chair covers from Nuage Designs, aren't they stunning?! What do you think?

Glitter Makeup via Greige Design
Glitter Dress via Skim Milk
Glitter Candles via The Glitter Guide
Bridal Portrait via Shannon Nicole Smith via Emmaline Bride
Chair Decoration via Rowell Photography
Glitter Dresses via Ruffles & Sequins
Wedding Cake via Cake Art Studio
Table Setting & Chairs via Nuage Designs
Dessert Table via Bedazzle My Bonbons


Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Frocks | Flash Sales!

Flash sales are becoming a popular way to get the latest fashion trends at great discounted prices.  But did you know that there were also sites that offered flash sales for your wedding day? The Aisle New York, along with many other sites like Ideeli, Gilt and Rue La La, are the places to shop for all types of fashion flash sales! The Aisle New York concentrates on brides, featuring wedding accessories, dresses and shoes! Here is a sneak peek of just a few things they offer, but move fast, most sales only last a day or so! Below is an example of some of the great deals you can find!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thursday Trends | Selling Your Wedding Dress

Nowadays many brides are deciding to sell their wedding dress after the big "I do". There are many factors to consider when debating on whether you should or should not sell your wedding dress..what do you think? If you decide to you keep your dress after your wedding, you have a beautiful, sentimental memento of your wedding day.  It represents the style of your wedding and can be a constant reminder of that special day...but keep in mind all the expense that goes to upkeep and preservation of your dress.  You will also have to store it in a safe and dry place, and do you think your daughter will really want to wear your dress on her special day? Did you?! Selling your wedding dress is an alternative and even though it may be tough to part with your "dream dress", you aren't loosing the specialness of your wedding day. While most likely you will not get back exactly what you payed for your dress, it will definitely help to offset the original cost! If selling your wedding dress is an option for you, there are many sites that can list your dress such as Once Wed, Bravo Bride, and Preowned.  A wedding dress is way to beautiful to sit in a box for years and years stored away, when you can share your happiness with another bride!

Lela Tip: If you plan on selling your wedding dress, start right away by posting a description of your dress and the date it will be available after your wedding!
Photo source via Once Wed


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

How to be a Stress-Free Bride | Plus Your Free Printable Wedding Day Timeline

Wedding day jitters can easily start well before the actual day.  We have put together five easy steps to help calm your nerves and help you prepare for the day you say "I do"! Being prepared days before your big day will help you stay relaxed and allow you to enjoy each moment of your wedding.

And lastly have a timeline. Keeping to a timeline will help you keep in schedule but also helps with your nerves. Below find a sample of your wedding Timeline. Download your free printable version here. Feel free to change the times to suite your wedding day. And lastly, have FUN!

Silk Robe via Julianna Rae
Aromatherapy Candles via 100 Candles
Eye Masks via Victoria's Secret
Beauty Care via Pangea Organics
Photos via:
 Wedding Blog
Catherine Leonard
Christopher Duggan
Brian Crain


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My Wedding Pictures! | Part 2 | A NY Beach Real Wedding at Allegria Hotel

Today I'm sharing my beach wedding reception! Why Long Beach, NY for my wedding? Well, if you haven't read before and are new I'll make it quick ;) Me and my hubby met in Long Beach a few years back when I was a surfing novice, and he, having surfed since he was a teenager, met me on that sandy beach and started teaching me some moves ;) Well ever since that day, we always went back and when we heard that the same year we got engaged the Allegria Hotel had opened we had to take a look. It was perfect! Modern, sexy, and beach all in one! So it was the perfect local for us. Ok now, back to the wedding day!

When we arrived at Long Beach, NY's Allegria Hotel we took our pictures in front of the hotel and at the beach, it was such a beautiful day that we took advantage of the day. We then took a look inside. We were so excited to see what the space transformed into. Our beach wedding plans became a reality! My colors were pale yellows, golds and pale pinks with some bright pinks for a pop of color. It all began with my luxury boxed wedding invitations that I designed using pale blush linen fabric with gold embroidery mixed with creams and gold foil printing. The inside pages contained our love story along with all the accommodation and wedding information for our guests. The wedding center pieces had two different looks. One used drift wood and florals all around while the other used white coral with orchids and more florals. I designed our custom menus with a pale pink and gold foil printing and the escort cards were in pale yellows and pinks that were placed in a custom white sand box display with our Surf boards on either sides. The background had our engagement pictures strung alongside pink orchids that draped in the background. I just loved seeing all the details come to life!

Lela Tip: Let me tell you ladies enjoy every minute, don't let anything get to you, there will be miss steps and some may be big ( my cool metal drummer and singer didn't show and they sent some random boring bass player for the cocktail party), but the time flies that it doesn't pay to wast even a minute of it being upset. Just have fun, take it in and try to remember every second of what you and your future hubby made happen on that special day.  Now, Here are my picts! :)

Wedding Invitations, Menus, Escort Cards by Lela New York
Photography by Catherine Leonard
Flowers by Poppies & Posies
Lighting & Rentals: PBG Event Productions & Rentals
Entertainment/DJ: Entertainment & Sounds Unlimited


Monday, September 19, 2011

My 1 Year Wedding Anniversary! I'm finally sharing some wedding photos | My Real New York Wedding Part 1

I just finished celebrating my 1 year anniversary this weekend with my hubby, and I have to say, time just  flew by! I've been waiting to share all my pictures with you for so long, not sure why it took me so long. I must have looked at them thousands of times by now. I guess I was trying to hold on to being a bride for a little longer since this will be the last time I probably will get to talk about my wedding with you lovelies!

So here's my story of my big day! I had to break it down into 2 posts. Today I'll be sharing what went on during my ceremony and the day I said I do!

The day was a perfectly warm September and I woke up very relaxed and was determined to stay that way. I planned what to have ready the night before, like making sure to have fresh flowers around and had all my accessories in one place with my dress. I slipped on my white robe and slippers and had a glass of champagne as I listened to calming music of the likes of Nate King Cole and Michael Bublé. Yes, there were uum, minor glitches after that. But I quickly realized not to sweat the small stuff that this was me and my fiancé's day and that I got to marry my best friend today. And that thought kept me on track. Getting dressed and drinking champagne at the same time helped too. :) Here are some shots of the morning of my wedding day.

Lela Tip: have your photographer come early to capture those special moments of you getting ready and some portraits of you too. Have the makeup & hair artists come a half hour before the photographer so that you have some images of them just finishing up and not completely bare!

When my father and I drove down to the church I barely remember what he said, but he was so calm that it helped me with some nerves I had. I remember walking down the aisle with him and smiling so much my face hurt, LOL! I saw my future hubby for the first time and I nearly started crying, I was SO happy! I remember trying to compose myself. When I got to him I remember the look in his eyes and him whispering to me, "You look Beautiful". Saying I do, went by super fast. I looked into his eyes as I said my vows and I felt this warm sensation all over. After we said, "I do" and we started to walk down the aisle I remember feeling like we were just floating down that aisle, it was magical! Then our family and friends tossed petals as we walked toward our limo. As soon as we climbed inside the car we felt a relief, "we did it!" and a little of "it's over". It was so much planning and a bit of stress goes with that too. We were so happy to finally get to celebrate what took months to plan.
Here are some pictures of our wedding ceremony.

Photography: Catherine Leonard
Wedding Dress: Vera Wang
Jewelry: Adorn
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Wedding Stationery Programs: Lela New York
Aisle Runner: Original Runner Company
Flowers: Poppies and Posies

Stay tuned for tomorrow's picts!


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Did You Miss It? | Weekend Recap

Real NY Wedding | Military Wedding at Oheka Castle
This beautiful NY military wedding, shot by Ceci B., took place at one of New York's most breath-taking venues...


Boudoir Photography Inspiration
This is such a classy and sophisticated boudoir photo shoot by Jana Williams...


Thursday Trends | Caught On Film | Wedding Video Proposals
There are so many different elements to consider when planning a wedding proposal...


Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Bridal Reflections | Ines Di Santo Trunk Show | 2 Day Event!

Starting today, Bridal Reflections on Fifth Ave is hosting a 2 Day Ines Di Santo Trunk Show! Make sure to go check out the chic bridal collections! For more info, see below.

Bridal Reflections
260 Fifth Ave.
(At W. 28th Street)
New York, NY
Appointment Recommended.


Friday Frocks | Pronovias 2012 Bridal Collection

Looking for that perfect dress for your NYC wedding? You HAVE to check Pronovias gorgeous and city chic 2012 bridal collection. These dresses are amazing and there are so many different styles to choose from!! Happy Friday Frocks!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thursday Trends | Caught On Film | Wedding Video Proposals

There are so many different elements to consider when planning a wedding proposal. Creativity, uniqueness, romance, personality, should it be done in front of friends and family, or is better to be intimate and alone? I wanted to share with all of you the fun and cute trend of video proposals. Catching the proposal on film, is a great way to capture the true emotion of such a special moment and allows you to share with others afterwards! Below are some top favorites...each one has a different style and approach to popping the question. What do you think? Which is your favorite?
Would you say yes to a unexpected choreographed dance routine, or would you prefer a more professional scenario like hiring proposal planner, Sarah Pease? She created the last video, Josh & Mandy's cooking class wedding proposal. Aren't these cute?


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Boudoir Photography Inspiration

This is such a classy and sophisticated boudoir photo shoot by Jana Williams. The very feminine blush pinks, nudes and black lingerie she chose make this shoot so chic and elegant. I also love the simple and natural hairstyle and makeup. It gives an alternative to the smokey eye look and is so classic! It also proves that more isn't always better! What do you think? Are you planning to do a boudoir session?

Lingerie: La Perla


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tuesday Shoe Day | Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump has designed a gorgeous and "city chic" ivory shoe collection that would be perfect for any NY bride! What do you think? Aren't they all amazing?! I love all the crystal embellishments...and check out the jewelry.  I absolutely LOVE the pearl tassel earrings, they are so elegant and very beautiful!

Monday, September 12, 2011

A NY Real Wedding | Military Wedding at Oheka Castle

This beautiful NY military wedding, shot by Ceci B., took place at one of New York's most breath-taking venues, the Oheka Castle. Both Marianne & Michael are officers in the US Army, and I love that they chose to incorporate different shades of blue to honor and represent their special military background. Look at that cake!! Doesn't it look delicious?!

Floral Designer: The Flower Petaler
ReceptionVenue: Oheka Castle
Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero
Cake Designer: Daniel Andreotti
Make-up Artist: Josie Girl Makeup

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Did You Miss It? | Weekend Recap

Your Fall Fashion Wardrobe Inspiration | Rust & Yellow Hues
Happy Labor Day! So it is officially time to put away your summer clothes and start getting ready for fall...


Unique Engagement Rings | Colored Stone Rings
Whether an engagement is in your near future or not, you HAVE to check out these absolutely gorgeous...


Thursday Trends | Platinum Wedding Inspiration | Wedding Trends
I'm loving the new wedding trend "Platinum" Love all metallics, but this one is so sophisticated and very city chic...


Have a great weekend!!

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