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Presidential Love Letters

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Did you know that, in addition to being one of the Founding Fathers of our nation, George Washington was a romantic? He called Martha “my dearest” while she addressed him as “my love,” and throughout their marriage, the two exchanged many love letters. When George passed, Martha was so grief-stricken she burned their personal correspondence and closed up his rooms, never to enter them again. However, a few letters survived, and if this sample is any indication, George Washington was not only a great leader but a poet:

From George to Martha, June 23, 1775: “I retain an unalterable affection for you, which neither time or distance can change.” (source)

The Marriage of Washington to Martha Custis by Junius Brutus Stearns

The Marriage of Washington to Martha Custis by Junius Brutus Stearns (source)

George Washington wasn’t the only smitten president. John Adams was head over heels for his wife, Abigail. Their relationship began with a flirtatious courtship and evolved into a deep, loving, lifelong partnership. In the over 1,000 letters they wrote, John and Abigail addressed one another as “My Dearest Friend” and saw each other as intellectual equals – something very unusual for the time! Though they were more often apart, John and Abigail remained deeply connected:

From John Adams to Abigail: “Is there no Way for two friendly Souls, to converse together, altho the Bodies are 400 Miles off?— Yes by Letter.— But I want a better Communication. I want to hear you think, or see your Thoughts. The Conclusion of your Letter makes my Heart throb, more than a Cannonade would. You bid me burn your Letters. But I must forget you first.” (source)

Portrait of Abigail Adams, and Portrait of John Adams

Portrait of Abigail Adams, and Portrait of John Adams (source

We’d find it hard to say no to such passionate prose…it almost makes you wish there was no such thing as e-mail or texting!

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Bridal Lingerie for the Modern Girl

Friday, May 6th, 2011

You finally chose The Bridal Gown…but what will you wear beneath it?

Like the right wedding dress, whether you’re a bride with modern or traditional style, chic lingerie makes a girl feel beautiful!

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something blue and lacy modern bridal lingerie – Bridal Styles Boutique

Silk bridal undies, adorned with beads, finished with French lace and lined with cotton, can double as a delicate “something blue” or enhance the romance. Luckily for Bridal Styles brides, each of our undies comes with a little blue bow in back…which means they can have their cake and eat it, too.

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gorgeous wedding day undies  – Bridal Styles Boutique

Paired with a couture bridal garter in silk satin, organza and French Lace, our bridal lingerie is the finishing touch for any sophisticated bride’s ensemble!

Modern, chic couture bridal garter collection - Bridal Styles Boutique - silk organza - french lace - silk satin

couture bridal garter collection – Bridal Styles Boutique

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Prince William and Kate’s Royal Wedding!

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

“Every wedding is a royal wedding”

– The Bishop of London
during Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding

The moment we’d all been waiting for arrived on Friday! After catching only a glimpse of Kate as she traveled to Westminster Abbey, the Rolls Royce in which she and her father were riding came to a halt.

She stepped out…and we, along with over 2 billion people in 180 countries, were wowed!

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Glittering beneath a sheer, diaphanous veil of ivory tulle hand-embroidered with flowers was the diamond Cartier “Halo” tiara! Originally a gift from the Queen’s father to her mother in 1936, it was given to Queen Elizabeth on her 18th birthday. Imagine having something so spectacular as your “something borrowed”? It perfectly complemented the custom diamond drop earrings her parents gave her as a wedding gift.

Prince William & Kate's wedding!

After we stopped exclaiming how beautiful she looked, we took in her gorgeous gown. Inspired by Grace Kelly and designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, Kate’s gown was the perfect balance of modern, classic, and elegant…just like the bride. Wearing her gown crafted from silk gazar, hand-embroidered with lace, and fastened with 58 buttons and a blue ribbon, Kate took our breath away!

We’re not the only ones! During Kate’s four-minute walk down the aisle, Prince Harry looked back to see her and, with a smile, whispered something to Prince William. Then Will murmured,  “You look beautiful,” as she walked toward him.

Prince William & Kate's wedding!

After their traditional ceremony in Westminster Abbey, Will and Kate, now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and officially man and wife, walked down the aisle together. Outside, they climbed into a 106-year old open carriage for their trip back to Buckingham Palace, smiling, waving and clearly on cloud nine.

Prince William & Kate's wedding!

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At 8:25am, the newlyweds appeared on the balcony at Buckingham Palace for a kiss, and made history with a second. When Will kissed his bride for the first time, the crowd didn’t approve, chanting “one more kiss” until they kissed again, much to everyone’s delight.

Prince William and Kate's Kiss!

Later that day, Prince William and Kate tooled around in an Aston Martin decorated in ribbons, balloons and a license plate that read JU5T WED!

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We wish Prince William and Kate the very best, and hope their days are filled with as much love and laughter as their wedding day!

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A Royal Wedding – Princess Diana & Prince Charles

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Tomorrow morning, Kate Middleton and Prince William will exchange vows at Westminster Abbey! We haven’t been this excited for a royal wedding since Lady Diana Spencer wed Prince Charles thirty years ago on July 29.

That summer day, over 700 million people (including us!) from 58 countries tuned in. In London, crowds of 600,000 filled the streets, all to catch a glimpse of Lady Diana and witness what would be the wedding of the century.

Princess Diana in her bridal gown arriving at Westminster Abbey

In a glass carriage drawn by beautiful horses, Lady Diana arrived (almost on time) at St. Paul’s Cathedral with style rivaling Cinderella’s.

The wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles

Up until that moment, Lady Diana’s gown had been a complete mystery. The designers, David and Elizabeth Emmanuel, and their seamstresses had all been sworn to secrecy. Things were so secret that Diana had a spare gown different from the first ready and waiting in case the details of the original were leaked (or she changed her mind).

princess Diana in her bridal gown

Very dramatic for the time, Diana’s gown was made of ivory silk taffeta, antique lace, ruffles and silk organza. At her request, it also had a record-breaking train. How long? After a lot of research of past royal weddings, her designer discovered that the longest train in royal history had been 20 feet. So Diana settled for 25!

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As Lady Diana made the 3 ½ minute walk down Westminster Abbey’s aisle to meet her prince, her spectacular train was covered with an equally long veil. Hand sewn with thousands and thousands of sequins, it perfectly complimented the drama of her gown.

The wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles

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Then we glimpsed the brilliant Spencer tiara adorning Diana’s head. It was absolutely magnificent! In her family since around 1919, the tiara was made of gold, set entirely with diamonds and had a repeated design of scrolls, tulips, flowers. It was a perfect finishing touch for the beautiful princess!


The wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles

Following their 90-minute ceremony, like something out of a storybook, the newlyweds traveled through the streets of London to Buckingham Palace by an open horse-drawn carriage. Arriving on the balcony at the Palace, Princess Diana and Prince Charles delighted everyone by sharing a very public kiss. With that, the couple retired to a private reception with 120 of their closest family and friends for a celebration breakfast.

The wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles


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Though the story of Princess Diana and Prince Charles did not have a happy ending, their wedding day was right out of a fairy tale and the world will never forget it.


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Pearls Please!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Grace Kelly, an icon of timeless style, is known for her classic strand of pearls. Even on her wedding day, Princess Grace wasn’t without her elegant gems. Her wedding veil was appliquéd with lace lovebirds and thousands of seed pearls!

Elegant, timeless pearl bridal accessories

clockwise from upper left: Grace Kelly, Vintage chandelier earrings encrusted with fresh water pearls and Swaroski crystals – Bridal Styles, Pearl and diamante side combs – Bridal Styles, vintage bracelet with freshwater pearls – Bridal Styles

Known as “The Queen of Gems,” it’s no coincidence that a royal bride like Grace Kelly would adorn herself with pearls. Queen Elizabeth’s gown had 10,000 miniature pearls on the bodice alone, and on her wedding day she wore two pearl necklaces given to her by her parents. As a wedding gift, Queen Elizabeth gave Princess Diana the Lovers Knot Tiara, glittering with diamonds and 38 pearl drops, and on Diana’s wedding day she wore a gown with a 25-foot train embroidered with 10,000 pearls.

Elegant, timeless pearl bridal accessories

images clockwise from upper left: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Vintage chandelier earrings with swarovski crystals and fresh water pearls – Bridal Styles, flexible comb with Swarovski crystals and pearl sprays – Bridal Styles, romantic petal comb with mother of pearl and Swarovski crystal – Bridal Styles, Stunning couture necklace of pearls and cubic zirconium with matching earring – Bridal Styles

Whether scattered over a wedding dress, decorating a veil, or as jewelry, the subtle drama of pearls favored by nobility flawlessly accents a modern bride’s look.

Elegant, timeless pearl bridal accessories

images clockwise from upper left: Elegant head band of crystal flowers, scattered with fresh water pearls – Bridal Styles, Princess Diana wearing the “Lovers Knot” tiara, unique hair comb with a combination of white pearls, ivory pearls and Swarovski crystals – Bridal Styles, Six row fresh water pearl bracelet with stunning crystal flower center – Bridal Styles

To find the perfect pearl bridal accessories for your wedding day, visit us at our New York boutique and browse our new 2011 bridal accessory collection!

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