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Yana and Jeff’s Modern Winter Wedding

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Though the two ended up having several mutual friends and acquaintances, Yana and Jeff’s love story all started with a click!

“We actually met on JDATE! And I knew he was the one because we started out just being friends for a while. We were actually friends before anything, and because we have fun doing absolutely nothing I knew I could spend my life with him. Life’s hurdles have brought us closer than ever… he is my everything. “

Bridal Styles bride Yana and Jeff, photo by Le Muse

Yana and Jeff’s, crystal bridal hair comb – Bridal Styles Boutique, photo – Le Muse Photography

The everyday playfulness Yana cherished was in full effect when Jeff proposed on a February afternoon:

“My husband had two cats before we met. I was never an animal person nevertheless I now had to live with two cats. On a Saturday afternoon he made it a big deal for me to feed them, something I truly didn’t want to do (I dislike them and he knows this). As the cat started to eat, I noticed something clanging against the food bowl. When I bent down to see what it was, Jeff was on one knee behind me. He had gotten a collar made for the cat that said “Will you marry us” and put my ring around!”

Bridal Styles bride Yana and Jeff, photo by Le Muse

Bridal Styles bride Yana and Jeff, photo by Le Muse

Yana and Jeff’, crystal bridal hair accessory – Bridal Styles Boutique, photo – Le Muse Photography

Soon after, Yana and Jeff set the date for Valentine’s Day weekend – February 18, 2012 – almost a year to the day they got engaged. As with every bride, Yana had a lot to do, but she had a secret weapon…her experience planning big events!

“When I was younger I worked as a party entertainer, I have helped plan my brothers wedding, and my nephews celebrations. So, when it came down to planning my wedding I was pretty much ready. I also had a few experienced friends and family members for advice and most importantly my mom. She was my go to person with ideas and was ALWAYS supportive and made me feel like this truly was my special day. I was also very fortunate enough to marry a man who made all my wedding dreams come true.”

Bridal Styles bride Yana and Jeff, photo by Le Muse

Yana, crystal-encrusted bridal hair flower – Bridal Styles Boutique, photo – Le Muse Photography

Right away, the two began preparing for their wonderful, wintry wedding ceremony and reception at Temple of Israel in Lawrence, NY.

“I pretty much had a vision and just went with it. I wanted to have a winter wonderland, something really clean and crisp. I wanted to make this as personal as possible for our guests and us, so I incorporated our monogram into a lot of things and brought in family traditions (I am Russian, my husband is Moroccan and Polish). We made sure to have food and liquor on the tables when everyone walked in, and our wedding favors were monogrammed shot glasses to tie in with the idea. We also had explanation cards of different Russian/Jewish traditions so everyone would know when to scream ‘Gorka’ or say ‘Mazel Tov’! It was such an honor for everyone to attend our event, it was important to us that people to feel welcome. We had a belly dancer for the Moroccan side and a band that played every single genre of music. My husband is also very into hip hop music so we had a special after-hours where we had a DJ come in and turned our wedding into a club/ dessert lounge, it was a great idea. I personalized our hallways with pictures of us and our family and friends. I wanted to thank my bridal party so instead of doing regular programs I designed programs that featured everyone’s pictures and who they were. I just wanted to make the day about us, our families and celebrating our marriage.“

Bridal Styles bride Yana and Jeff, photo by Le Muse

Bridal Styles bride Yana and Jeff, photo by Le Muse

Yana, Jeff and their bridal party, dramatic hair jewelry – Bridal Styles Boutique, photo – Le Muse Photography

Among all the wonderful details Yana and Jeff carefully arranged, one was particularly close to both their hearts:

“My husband lost his father in November of 2010 and I wanted to remember him as much as we could on our special day. I also lost my grandfather earlier in the year and his biggest dream was to see me get married. I wanted to pay a tribute to them so I designed my chuppa to have their Tallis (Prayer Shawl) hanging on top of us. I wanted them to be standing there with us.”

Bridal Styles bride Yana and Jeff, photo by Le Muse

Bridal Styles bride Yana and Jeff, photo by Le Muse

Yana & Jeff, unique bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photo – Le Muse Photography

With wedding plans on a roll, Yana began the search for just the right bridal gown and accessories!

“The way I envisioned myself on my wedding day was to not look different than I normally do. Of course I would be all dolled up, but I wanted to not do things because that’s what a bride is supposed to look like. I kept true to myself and wanted a dress that was dramatic and loud, I chose a Pronovias gown that I then custom made to be what I wanted. I added a one shoulder to match my flowers on the bottom and added a belt. I wanted something classy yet fun and vibrant. My headpiece was something that truly was one of a kind. I waited till the Bridal Styles sample sale, and since my mom was leaving on vacation the following day was lucky to have the guys at the boutique allow me to come to the store on the eve of the sale! I wanted something dramatic and unique, something that stood out and I made mine. My wish actually come true, because I combined two separate pieces and made it my own. I got SO many compliments on my headpiece on my big day. The unique part about is that I can take the two pieces apart and wear it as a comb to another event.”

Bridal Styles bride Yana and Jeff, photo by Le Muse

Yana, crystal bridal hair comb – Bridal Styles Boutique, photo – Le Muse Photography

In the blink of an eye, Yana and Jeff’s wedding arrived…with a wonderful gift from Mother Nature!

“Our wedding day was magical. No one could understand why I chose a day smack in the middle of the winter, but I did it because it was Valentine’s Day weekend and that’s when we got engaged the year before. People asked me if I was scared that it would snow, and I truly wasn’t! But I was so lucky to wake up to a perfect 60 degree day. The day before, I was running around to the absolute last minute at about 9pm I crashed and ran a huge fever. I was hysterical. Thank god my parents had a doctor staying at their home who was attending our wedding! I woke up at 6 am on our wedding day and told myself that whatever happened I was NOT getting stressed out whatsoever because I couldn’t let my fever rise up. I truly think that mentality got me through the day. I took in every single moment. I was so lucky that EVERYTHING went as planned till the after hours finished at 3am.“

Bridal Styles bride Yana and Jeff, photo by Le Muse

Yana & Jeff, elegant crystal hair jewelry – Bridal Styles Boutique, photo – Le Muse Photography

On an unforgettable day, for Yana, one of the best parts was just as she was to walk down the aisle:

“The doors were shut to the temple, my parents were on the other side, and I was standing alone before they opened up for me. I took a deep breath and was truly taken back when they opened. What felt like 1000 cameras started flashing, and everyone was standing just for me. I looked up and saw my husband and just knew this was the most gratifying moment of my life thus far. “

And, like Yana, Jeff loved it all!

“He woke up the next morning asking when can we throw another party like that? I said, never…that was once in a lifetime!”

Bridal Styles bride Yana and Jeff, photo by Le Muse

Yana & Jeff, spectacular crystal hair comb – Bridal Styles Boutique, photo – Le Muse Photography

A few months later, Yana and Jeff have this advice for other couples planning their weddings:

“Step back and think about what you want your wedding day to look like. Whatever your budget may be, as long as you make your day yours and personal, you will enjoy every single moment of it. “

Bridal Styles bride Yana and Jeff, photo by Le Muse

Yana & Jeff, crystal flower bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photo – Le Muse Photography

Thank you for sharing your day with us, and best wishes to you both!

Yana and Jeff’s wonderful wedding day vendors:

Photographer LeMuse from Brooklyn NY

Make up artist: Camille

Hair person: Tanya

Flowers: Metro Florist of Great Neck

Headpiece: Bridal Styles Boutique

Bridal Gown: Wedding Salon in Manhasset

Venue: Temple Israel 

Band: Empyreal Strings

Diana & Stan’s Elegant, Chic Fall Wedding

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

For Diana and Stan, living in the same building as teenagers and spending summer mornings on the run was a recipe for romance!

“One summer we spent just getting to know each other and jogging every morning on boardwalk. Shortly after we started dating and were inseparable. We supported each other through school years as we gained our professional licenses in pharmacy and public accounting.“

Diana & Stand, photo by Videomax

Diana & Stan, bridal hair accessories – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Videomax

As they grew up, the friendship between the two began to feel like something more, and on their first date, Diana knew.

“On our first official date we went to watch a movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. As we were watching the movie I expressed to Stan that the big “crazy” family (not really crazy I say that with love) was just like mine. I told him my family is loud, fun, and most kind-hearted group of people I have ever met just like the family in the movie. As I watched the couple get married I imagined my wedding day with Stan. I didn’t know where it would be or when, but I knew it would happen someday.”

Diana & Stan, bridal hair comb - Bridal Styles Boutique, photography - Videomax

Diana, bridal hair comb – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Videomax

Five years later, on a date special to Diana, Stan asked her to be his wife.

“Stan made a special Valentine’s Day proposal, which also happens to be my birthday. But what makes it even more special is that my dad also proposed to my mom on Valentine’s Day. I was completely surprised when he popped the question in a limo on our way to dinner at River Café. The evening was very romantic and unforgettable. Leaving my dad speechless and teary and hearing my sister’s excitement was a priceless reaction.“

Diana & Stan, bridal hair comb - Bridal Styles Boutique, photography - Videomax

Diana, bridal hair jewelry – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Videomax

Deciding October 23, 2011 would be the date, after a three-year engagement, Diana and Stan began to plan their wedding day!

Crystal Plaza had us at hello with their friendly service and warm hospitality. The only obstacle we had to overcome was convincing our parents to have a wedding New Jersey since most guests would be coming from Brooklyn. My dad got a little push from Douglas from D&E Entertainment as he raved about the place and said it was worth the commute. So we brought our parents to Crystal Plaza and they realized what we had been raving about.”

Diana, image by Videomax

Diana, bridal hair comb – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Videomax

Venue chosen, Diana and Stan focused on the other details of their celebration, enlisting their families to help.

“With a creative family like ours we made it out more than ok. We delegated duties. Our parents were a big help; especially mine for dealing with my daily panic moments. (In retrospect I miss those moments dearly).“

Diana & Stan, bridal hair comb - Bridal Styles Boutique, photography - Videomax

Diana & Stan, elegant bridal veiling – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Videomax

Diana’s father is a musician and managed everything to do with the night’s music.

“My dad as the musician in our family played in major factor in handling the entertainment portion of our wedding. So essentially hiring the band was a no brainer it was of course, D&E Entertainment. We (well ok my dad) worked very closely with them to create a song list that would attract guests of all ages. We also hand picked each female and male singer in the band and created a dream. So yes in addition to D&E Entertainment 9 piece band, we had Oxana from Rasputin, Yana from Chinar, and of course the one and only Michael Botsman. I can’t tell you enough what a phenomenal night it was of fun dance music that kept everyone on the dance floor at all times.

My favorite singer of the night was however, my dad. When he took the microphone and sang songs that he wrote dedicated to us it topped the cake and melted my heart. The lyrics of the songs were very touching and to me one of the most memorable moments.“

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Diana & Stan, bridal hair comb and veil – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Videomax

While searching for her dress, Diana’s father proved himself to be a maestro of bridal gowns as well!

“Choosing my wedding dress was no easy task since I wanted something special and unusual with a modern twist. I didn’t know what style but I knew I wanted to be comfortable so I can enjoy my wedding night. After hitting up all major bridal stores, one dress caught my attention at a small boutique in Manhasset, New York called The Wedding Salon.

I was walking around the store when a beautiful Marchesa gown caught my eye. Before I even tried it on my dad said, “This is it.” I of course jumped and said, “But papa how do you know? I haven’t even tried it on.” When I walked out of the room his eyes lit up and he said, “We’re done.” My mom and I had our doubts because it didn’t fit the norm of bridal gowns, it didn’t have a train, it didn’t bustle and it wasn’t very poufy. To which my dad’s response was, “But you wanted to be different so make a fashion statement.”

Diana & Stan, bridal hair comb - Bridal Styles Boutique, photography - Videomax

Diana & Stan, bridal accessories – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Videomax

“So after all the fifty dresses I tried on we returned to the store a final time with my sister, mother-in-law and parents, the decision was made. And you guessed we got the Marchesa gown. Looking back I’m very happy with the decision. The shoes were not an easy find, too, but on one humid summer day, I was determined to find perfect wedding shoe. It was when I walked into the Madison Avenue Giuseppe Zanoti boutique, when I found my crystallized blinged out Cinderella-like wedding shoe.”

Diana & Stan, bridal hair comb - Bridal Styles Boutique, photography - Videomax

Diana & Stan, bridal hair jewelry and veil – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Videomax

When it came to her accessories, Diana had only one place in mind – Bridal Styles Boutique! To match her gown, Diana selected an exquisite crystal and pearl headpiece, veil created from a unique combination of classic veiling and French net with crystals scattered and Fench net blusher.

“Choosing the headpiece and veil was an easier task because I didn’t have to go to many stores and search; I went straight to the professionals, Edward & Elaine at Bridal Styles Boutique. They have exquisite taste and style and I knew they would create the look I wanted. Every headpiece that was handed to me was more beautiful than the next. But when I brought my dress it was evident which piece would fit the gown. The pearls and crystals on the headpiece matched the bodice of my dress perfectly. I wish all wedding decisions were as easy as this one.“

Diana & Stan, bridal hair comb - Bridal Styles Boutique, photography - Videomax

Diana & Stan, unique bridal hair jewelry and veil – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Videomax

For her bridesmaid dresses, Diana enlisted the help of her wonderful in-laws-to-be.

“The girls I chose for my bridal party are not bridesmaids, they are my sister and dearest cousins, who have always looked up to me as their oldest cousin and role model. However,as they grew up I admired them and looked up to them for their amazing personalities and individualities. So I wanted their dress to reflect their beauty. And so the fun and sometimes grueling task began. We went to stores in Manhattan, Long Island, and Brooklyn and I couldn’t find a bridesmaid dress I loved. Until finally one day, my father-in-law drove my mother-in-law and I all over NYC in the sweltering summer heat until finally we found the picture perfect purple Jovani dress.

I think the choosing the right wardrobe for everyone was the most difficult task. Since everyone essentially wanted to look and feel their best.”

Diana & Stan, bridal hair comb - Bridal Styles Boutique, photography - Videomax

Diana & Stan, statement bridal hair comb – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Videomax

Other than their families, while putting together the ingredients for their dream wedding, Diana and Stan relied on the advice of the professionals they’d chosen.

“All the vendors I worked with were truly amazing, cooperative, and friendly. Besides Douglas & Eddie who provided the best entertainment, I had the opportunity to work with the best florist in the community, Tamara from Aramat Events. During our first meeting I didn’t know what type of flowers and colors I wanted to use. I just wanted to incorporate a singe of purple and have a variety of flowers and not just the typical roses and orchids. She is a woman of exclusive taste and I trusted her professional judgment. The chuppah was beautifully decorated and the reception looked radiant with a plethora of crystals and variations of flowers that included roses, orchids, hydrangeas, tulips, lily of the valley and much more. She created a magical evening for us and I will always be grateful to her and her positive emotions. The ceremony that occurred at sunset was truly unforgettable.

Another outstanding vendor and probably one of the most important was the video and photo team, Videomax. They are responsible for capturing every moment of our wedding so we have a memory for the rest of our lives. I commend them for a job well done! They worked extremely professionally and made sure to capture not just the bride and groom and family but all the guests as well. I look forward to watching the video and reliving every moment.“

Diana & Stan, bridal hair comb - Bridal Styles Boutique, photography - Videomax

Diana & Stan, bridal hair piece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Videomax

From start to finish, October 23rd was everything Diana and Stan imagined it to be …and more.

“A lot of brides I speak to say they never remember much from their wedding day. But I have a vivid recollection of every moment. Even as I walked down the aisle I could see all our family and friends surrounding us with beaming smiles. It was at that moment I felt that it was all real and I was having my dream wedding come true.

My parents walking me down the aisle was a bittersweet, proud and very happy moment. I felt their tears of joy and I held their hands tight as I held back my own tears. My amazing makeup and hair artist, Didi Benabo, would have been disappointed if I ruined my makeup. As I hugged my mom and dad, I knew from that moment forward my life was in another man’s hands. And I knew they were proud of the woman I had become and all of my accomplishments.”

Diana & Stan, bridal hair comb - Bridal Styles Boutique, photography - Videomax

Diana & Stan, stunning bridal hair comb – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Videomax

“The reception was the most fun and exciting part of the evening. It was great to see all the guests dancing all night and we had a blast with them. After the stressful part of performing our rehearsed first dance we were able to let loose. I was really proud of Stan since dancing was not his strong suit and taking dance lessons took some convincing. I guess we were running on adrenaline because we did our dancing without any mistake and we enjoyed it.“

Diana & Stan, bridal hair comb - Bridal Styles Boutique, photography - Videomax

Diana & Stan, bridal accessories – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography –Videomax

“Our wedding was special not just because we celebrated the love Stan and I have for each other, but also because everyone who attended our wedding was genuinely happy for us and were there to have a good time. From a young age I always envisioned my dream wedding day but the day I had exceeded by expectations by far and I feel lucky and blessed. And it was an honor to be chosen to be Bride of the Month. I am so happy I got the opportunity to share my story and wish for all future couples a happy wedding day and even happier marriage.“

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Diana & Stan, bridal hair jewelry – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Videomax

Now that a few months have passed, and Diana and Stan are officially newlyweds, they have some advice for the newly engaged!

“Enjoy every moment and take it all in. When planning the wedding stay organized and follow your “to do” checklist. I also prepared an itinerary for the day of the wedding. Every single moment was planned out, which even included the times which family members were scheduled for pre-wedding photos. The whole day ran smoothly since everyone followed the plan and we were all able to remain calm and enjoy the day. For all brides out there don’t let anyone tell you something is not right to do, it is your day and do whatever you want. Smile and stay on the dance floor all night. People feed off the positive energy from the bride and groom, so if you have fun so will everyone else. And you will have a successful party.“

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Diana & Stan, photography – Videomax

Best wishes Diana and Stan! Thank you for sharing your memories with us!

Nargiza & Sukhrob’s Fabulous Wedding in Uzbekistan

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Nobody knows better than Nargiza and Sukhrob that sometimes what you’re looking for is standing right in front of you! When they first met, it was while Nargiza was running an errand for a friend. Though they were thrown together many times, it was Facebook that brought them together.

“First, I knew him as my friend’s super tall cousin, and to him I was his cousin’s petite-framed friend who wore a lot of make up.

The second time we met, we both tried to ignore the fact that we were the only single guests among married couples, and tried to stay away from each other. Although Sukhrob was encouraged to invite me to a dance, he never did and I wouldn’t want him to. Still, we were clueless and disinterested.”

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Nargiza & Sukhrob, stunning custom headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

“Then, as it became so common since the birth of social networking, we befriended each other on Facebook and Odnoklassniki. Constant communication changed the way we viewed each other from our very first meeting.

We discovered common interests, sense of humor, similar palates and eventually started confiding in one another. We became close friends and felt the first signs of attraction through music and dance.”

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Nargiza & Sukhrob, dramatic bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Before long, a culmination of Sukhrob’s qualities revealed to Nargiza that she had met their match.

“It wasn’t only one of his qualities that made me decide: He is the one. I saw it in various small but significant details; the respect he showed toward his elders and especially women of all ages. The affection toward children, his decisiveness, and more importantly the strong bond between the members of his family and the love they had for each other had impressed me.”

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Nargiza & Sukhrob’s wedding

For Nargiza and Sukhrob, becoming engaged involved Uzbeki and US traditions.

“It was not like the typical, surprising me with a sparkling diamond ring while we are on a romantic trip kind of a proposal. It was a gradual proposal that build up in stages. There were also some traditions involved behind the entire process. We couldn’t have made any decision without receiving our parents’ consent. First he asked my parents for my hand and in November of 2009 we traveled to our hometown, Tashkent, Uzbekistan so that I could meet his parents.”

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Nargiza & Sukhrob, statement bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

However, even after my engagement ring was chosen and was given for resizing, he managed to surprise me with my sister’s help. We were scheduled to have our ‘e-session’ at one of NYC parks and when I arrived there after work I saw that there were rose petals and candles at the bottom of the stairs (early in our relationship we used to go to that park, sit by the water and talk for hours). Then he took my hand and got on one knee. I thought that he was posing for pictures but realized that he was proposing when out of nowhere he took out a single red rose with my (resized) ring carefully tucked in the center of it!”

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Nargiza & Sukhrob, elegant bridal accessories by Bridal Styles New York

Both families pitched in to help plan Nargiza and Sukhrob’s wedding. Especially Nargiza’s sisters and cousins, who helped execute every detail.

“I have been planning my wedding since I was 18! Ideas came and went, but only couple of wishes remained unchanged; incorporation of burgundy and gold as well as lots and lots of flowers. I envisioned a modern wedding with vintage touches here and there, but traditions were inevitable, as our wedding would take place in Uzbekistan. The challenge was to be able to balance it all and present in best way possible: contemporary base sprinkled with vintage but glamorous details and wrapped up in centuries old traditions.”

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Nargiza & Sukhrob, glam bridal headpiece and cage veil by Bridal Styles New York

While planning their reception, Nargiza and Sukhrob put their own personal stamp on every element of the day.

“Everything from the venue, décor and flowers to the cake (that featured live birds as the ‘cake topper’), music DVD that we burnt for the dance part of the wedding, outfit change and our special dance were all special to us. They definitely made our day unique and undoubtedly our own.”

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Nargiza & Sukhrob, spectacular custom bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

When choosing her wedding day look, Nargiza had similar plans. She wanted something that captured her style and expressed both past and present.

“Just the way I envisioned the entire wedding, the look I envisioned for myself as a bride was vintage-y yet glamorous, extravagant yet elegant. Since I knew what I wanted, I thought it would be very easy to make my choice. But when tried on my favorite mermaid dress, I found that the look just didn’t scream ‘bride’ for me. To be sure, I tried on couple of other mermaid gowns, but I felt the same as I would in any other evening gown.

I never thought I would choose a ball gown as my primary wedding dress, but when I tried on a ball gown by Priscilla of Boston, I really did feel like a queen. Even so, I still didn’t feel fulfilled. I wanted something edgier and more modern. So I chose a beautiful A-line ivory satin gown by Badgley Mischka as my second dress that I would change into for the dances.”

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Nargiza & Sukhrob, dramatic bridal headpiece and french net veil by Bridal Styles New York

Wedding gowns chosen, Nargiza dove into selecting equally marvelous bridal accessories.

“As far as accessories, I wanted it all! A traditional long veil sure to cause butterflies and teary eyes in loved ones, an edgier birdcage and a delicate studded veil.

From the beginning I knew finding a headpiece would be tough because I did not want a traditional tiara, nor did I want silk flowers or individual sparkly pins. I wanted my headpiece to be bold, antique looking, and definitely something that no one had ever seen before.

I was introduced to Bridal Styles Boutique and its incredible owners Edward and Elaine through my cousin Madina. who works there. I explained to Edward what I wanted and within seconds he knew what look I was going for and offered to custom make my own one-of-a-kind headpiece. I was more than thrilled! Among all my wedding vendors they were the only ones who showed so much care, they really do understand how important their work is for a bride, and they delivered the exact thing that my heard had desired. My vision became a reality and it won’t be too much if I say that my dream came true the moment I saw that one of a kind masterpiece that Edward created for me.”

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece and french net veil by Bridal Styles New York

June found Nargiza and Sukhrob in their hometown of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, ready and excited for their wedding. On the 11th, before their closet family members, Nargiza and Sukhrob were wed. A week later, at Farovon, one of Tashkent’s beautiful venues and restaurants, joined by family and friends, they celebrated with a spectacular reception!

“It usually gets really hot in Tashkent that time of year, so I had wished for a rain the morning of the wedding day, and indeed it did rain refreshing the trees and all the greens outside.

The reception hall was decorated beautifully! My husband and I enjoyed seeing our loved ones having a good time, having fun and dancing away. Unfortunately some of our loved ones were unable to travel that far for our wedding, but they sent their love to us and were there in spirit.”

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Nargiza & Sukhrob, stunning custom headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

“We had two ‘first dances.’ We danced a casual slow dance right after we entered the reception hall, and a slightly choreographed special dance later on in the evening. For me, our first un-choreographed dance was the most memorable part of the wedding. It was right after we entered the hall, and all guests’ eyes were on us and they recognized us husband and wife for the first time. I could barely hold back my tears and was shaking uncontrollably. The only thing I could do is just look in to his eyes and seeing his eyes shine with happiness. That was happiness.”

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Nargiza & Sukhrob, custom made bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

After their magical, memorable wedding and a few months as newlyweds, Nargiza and Sukhrob have the following advice for other planning couples:

“No matter what happens you have to remember that this day is about you and your significant other only. This is about your happiness, a celebration of your unity and togetherness.

When it comes to weddings, we girls tend to be so detail oriented, that while counting the flowers on a centerpiece or noticing that the linens on tables are not the exact colors that had been promised to be delivered, we forget about the bigger picture – that at the end of the day what matters is that you and your loved one are happily married and no more flowers and/or other shades of linens will make any difference at that point. Yes, we want everything to be perfect and there will be things that will go wrong no matter what, but you should prepare yourself for that before the wedding. You should be able to ignore those malfunctions and just try your best to pay attention to the good things, to the significant things.

Try to savor each moment, take a moment and take it all in, because everything happens so fast that at the end of the day you shouldn’t be saying: ‘I don’t remember this or that part at all.’ I was given this advise by my cousin Madina. before my wedding and only now I know how true this is and won’t miss a chance to reiterate this for future brides one more time. “

Nargiza & Sukhrob, bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

Nargiza & Sukhrob, statement bridal headpiece by Bridal Styles New York

 

Thank you for sharing your day with us, Nargiza and Sukhrob, and best wishes!

Julie & John’s Elegant, Glamorous Wedding

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Handsome and sweet, John caught Julie’s eye the very first time they met six years ago…except she was in another relationship. It wasn’t until three years later when they were reintroduced by friends that John seized his chance and asked Julie out.

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Julie & John, glamorous crystal headpiece and jewelry – Bridal Styles Boutique, image – Gabelli Studio

Within a few dates, Julie realized that he was The One, so several months later when he proposed, she was totally overcome.

“After a full 7 course meal at our favorite restaurant, Seasonal in NYC, the waiter brought out a plate with ‘I Love You’ written on it in chocolate and the ring in the middle of the plate. John proceeded to proclaim his love to me and asked me to marry him, but at this point I was in a total daze. After asking me several times I finally came back to reality and said ‘YES!’”

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Julie, vintage inspired crystal headpiece and jewelry – Bridal Styles Boutique, image – Gabelli Studio

With a year to plan their June 11, 2011 wedding at The Hanover Manor, Julie got right to work!

“The planning process was both stressful and fun at the same time. I wanted to make sure that not one single detail was over looked and spent a lot of time researching wedding ideas. The style of the wedding evolved around plum and silver colors with crystal accents everywhere.”

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Julie & John, crystal headpiece and jewelry – Bridal Styles Boutique, image – Gabelli Studio

With most of the day’s details decided, Julie was ready for the best part – choosing her wedding day look.

“I wanted my look to be romantic and elegant with a touch of boldness and to exude my personality. I had envisioned my self in a dress with pick-ups and crystals that extenuated my petite body type and also flowed gracefully. I found my Pninia Tornai dress at Kleinfeld, the only boutique to carry her collection. I wanted my accessories to be exquisite, over the top and glamorous. I went with an antique style look that included chandelier earrings, a bangle bracelet and a stunning crystal headpiece, hand made at Bridal Styles Boutique. These pieces tied my look together perfectly and made me feel like a true bride on our wedding day.”

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Julie, glamorous crystal bangle and headpiece, statement chandelier earrings,  – Bridal Styles Boutique, image – Gabelli Studio

Before Julie and John knew it, they were wed at the Greek Orthodox Church in Clifton, NJ and on their way to Hanover Manor for an incredible celebration that totally exceeded all their expectations.

“Our wedding day was one of the best and most meaningful days of my life. To see my vision and hard work come to life was amazing. I was overcome with intense feelings of gratitude, love, and devotion.

The reception was full of energy and excitement. The abundance of food choices during cocktail hour enticed my guest’s palates leaving them excited for more. The unforgettable Viennese Hour was the perfect ending to the night. Everyone has been raving about our wedding ever since.”

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Julie & John, images – Gabelli Studio

 

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Best wishes to you both, and thank you for sharing your day with us!

Julie and John’s wedding vendors:

Photographer: Gabelli Studio Photography and Cinema

Band: Power Station Entertainment.com

DJ: Privilege Entertainment

Flowers and Design:  Shawn Rabideau Events and Design

Reception Space: The Hanover Manor 

Invitations and all stationary: Judy Polansky at The Paper Crane (973) 575-7775

Julie’s hairdresser of 8 years and great personal friend, who was also her bridesmaid- Tair: Hair by Tair

Anna & Pietro’s Westmount Country Club Wedding

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

April 16, 2008 is a day that both Anna and her new husband Pietro will always remember. It was when everything changed!

They had known each other through mutual friends, but it was while at a friend’s barbeque they found themselves sitting together talking about life when Pietro asked Anna out to dinner.

The rest, as they say, is history!

Bridal Styles real bride Anna & Pietro, image by Studio D NYC

Anna & Pietro, unique bridal hair comb and vintage inspired jewelry – Bridal Styles, image by Studio D NYC

Two years later in February, Anna was headed to the gym. Meanwhile, Pietro had arrived at their home from work to get everything set for the special night in which he planned to propose.

However, Anna found herself stuck in traffic, missed her gym class, and headed home. “I walked into a kitchen and saw a bouquet of beautiful red roses. I thought they were for our second year anniversary but then he pulled a little black box and said ‘I have something else for you!’”

Bridal Styles real bride Anna & Pietro, image by Studio D NYC

Anna & Pietro, heirloom bridal jewelry – Bridal Styles, image by Studio D NYC

When she opened the box, for a moment Anna was too shocked and excited to speak! But by the time Pietro asked for her hand, she recovered enough to say ‘yes.’

Since they wanted to start a family right away, Anna and Pietro decided to wed by the end of the year, choosing November 13, 2010 for their date.

Bridal Styles real bride Anna & Pietro, image by Studio D NYC

Anna & Pietro, vintage inspired bridal accessories – Bridal Styles, image by Studio D NYC

As a bridal coordinator with her own wedding planning and coordinating company, A Touch Of Posh, Anna had taken care of many brides and their weddings! So she knew exactly what she wanted to do and the top vendors to choose. It wasn’t long before she and Pietro had chosen Sacred Heart of Jesus in Bayside and Westmount Country Club for their ceremony and reception, along with all the professionals that would help make their dream wedding come true.

Bridal Styles real bride Anna & Pietro, image by Studio D NYC

Anna & Pietro, vintage inspired bridal hair comb and jewelry – Bridal Styles, image by Studio D NYC

Next on her list were her wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses!

“I always wanted to have a big, beautiful wedding. I knew exactly what dress I was going wear and the dresses I envisioned my brides in. My dress was by Maggie Sottero ‘Sabelle’ custom encrusted with Swarovski crystals, and my bridesmaids wore dresses by Bill Levkoff. My favorite color is Burgundy/wine, which is prefect for Fall, so it became the color theme of my wedding.”

Bridal Styles real bride Anna & Pietro, image by Studio D NYC

Anna & Pietro, bridal hair comb and jewelry – Bridal Styles, image by Studio D NYC

Bridal gown chosen, Anna began to search for her bridal accessories. “I wanted to get a unique headpiece and vintage looking accessories, but couldn’t find the one I LOVED, until a friend suggested that I go to Bridal Styles Boutique. Once there, I knew it was the place to find one of a kind headpieces and accessories. There were so many headpieces my eyes were all over the store. With all that amazing stuff I was able to find a headpiece I LOVED and vintage style accessories – just what I was looking for. My accessories made me look different, unique! I couldn’t wait to wear them!”

Bridal Styles real bride Anna & Pietro, image by Studio D NYC

Anna & Pietro, vintage inspired bridal hair comb and jewelry – Bridal Styles, image by Studio D NYC

To Anna and Pietro, the sunny skies and 65 degree weather that greeted them and their 300 guests on their wedding day was just icing on the cake. It meant so much to “celebrate the beginning of our lives together with friends and family – it was very special to us! We put our hearts into making the wedding of our dreams!”

Bridal Styles real bride Anna & Pietro, image by Studio D NYC

Anna & Pietro, vintage inspired CZ jewelry – Bridal Styles, image by Studio D NYC

Even among all those great memories, for Anna and Pietro some will always remain vivid. “Walking down the aisle and seeing the man I love standing by the aisle waiting to spend the rest of his life with me was the most memorable part of my wedding. The first dance was my husbands, besides the surprise grooms cake. I got him a 3D deer cake since he’s a big hunter!”

Bridal Styles real bride Anna & Pietro, image by Studio D NYC

Anna & Pietro, vintage inspired bridal hair comb and jewelry – Bridal Styles, image by Studio D NYC

Now newlyweds, Anna and Pietro have the following advice for engaged couples planning their weddings:

“Have the wedding of your dreams! Plan it the way you always envisioned it to be, because it is the most memorable day of your life! There are so many great vendors that would work with you and your budget, just remember to choose them carefully. We had the best experience with all the vendors we chose! It is very important to work with professional people who care about your day! Remember it’s your big day and you should be treated like a princess, have fun planning your wedding and the most important don’t get too stressed out! Enjoy every minute of your wedding day, because it goes too quick! Hire a wedding coordinator to do all the work for you the day of your wedding so you and your bridal party can enjoy the best day of your life!”

Thanks so much, Anna and Pietro, for sharing your images and day with us, and best wishes!

Anna and Pietro’s wedding vendors:

Anna’s wedding planning and coordination company: A Touch of Posh

Flowers: Pedestals florist

Invitations: Events Couture

Cake: Palermo Bakery

Photography: Studio D NYC

Reception: Westmount Country Club

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