Posts Tagged ‘Real Weddings’

Doggies are Bridal Styles Brides’ Best Friends!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

They’ve been with you through thick and thin. You’ve spent hours watching romantic comedies together and, were partners in late night snacking , there’s no one better. So, of course they’re getting a front row seat when you say ‘I do.’

Who are we talking about? Doggies, of course!

And, honestly, there might not be anything cuter on four feet at a wedding. Just look at all our gorgeous Bridal Styles brides posing with their pooches below and we know you’ll agree!

Katie and her dog

Bridal Styles bride Katie

Bridal Styles brides and their dogs

Bridal Styles bride Elizabeth, Bridal Styles bride Lana

Bridal cake and dog

doggie cake topper!

Bridal Styles brides and their dogs

Bridal Styles bride Jennifer, Bridal Styles “sweet sixteen” girl- Brianna

Angelica and her dog

Bridal styles bride Angelica

Notes from Bridal Styles Brides {Ivy}

Friday, June 1st, 2012

It truly is amazing how small the world has become. We’ve been hearing from brides all over the world and our headpieces have been traveling to beautiful brides across the globe!

Bridal Styles Bride Ivy wearing her red crystal rose hair comb

 Ivy, red crystal rose hair comb – Bridal Styles Boutique

Ivy, who wore our red crystal rose hair comb, lives and wed in the Philippines:

“I thought I would like to share how a happy bride I was on my wedding day. I spent a long time scouting your website and Facebook page to choose the unique design that I wanted for my headpiece, until you posted your new collection. As soon as I saw that red Swarovski flower headpiece, as cliche as it sounds, I knew that that headpiece was “the one” for me. I adore my headpiece, it sparkles, dazzles and everyone can tell that it’s really a workpiece of art and love. I can’t thank you enough. You’ve made my dreams come true. I turned out a beautiful bride! Up to now I’m trying to find an excuse to wear this again! Hahaha! “

After reading your email, Ivy, we were on cloud nine! Hearing how much you love your headpiece (and plan on wearing it again) was wonderful. When you do wear your headpiece again, we’d love to see it.

Best wishes!

Bridal Styles Bride Ivy wearing her red crystal rose hair comb

Ivy, red crystal rose head piece – Bridal Styles Boutique

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Ivy, dramatic Swarovski crystal red rose hair accessory – Bridal Styles Boutique

Bridal Styles Bride Ivy wearing her red crystal rose hair comb

Ivy, red crystal rose hair comb – Bridal Styles Boutique

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 Ivy, red crystal rose hair comb – Bridal Styles Boutique

Bridal Styles Bride Ivy wearing her red crystal rose hair comb

Ivy, dramatic Swarovski crystal red rose hair accessory – Bridal Styles Boutique

Bridal Styles Bride Ivy wearing her red crystal rose hair comb

Ivy, Swarovski crystal red rose bridal hair comb – Bridal Styles Boutique

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Ivy,  unique  Swarovski crystal rose bridal head piece – Bridal Styles Boutique

Lisa and Jason’s Regally Elegant Fall Wedding

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Best friends since 1997 when they met in the seventh grade at Herricks Middle School in Albertson, NY, Jason and Lisa spent their days laughing at inside jokes and confiding in each other. But it wasn’t until after middle and high school that they realized what they had was true love! With that revelation, Jason wooed Lisa, and on December 28, 2003, they became a couple.

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Lisa & Jason, regal bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, image – Duet Photography

Friends for so long, they were finally able to focus on the fact that they had fallen for each other, and on their first real date earlier that December, Lisa knew Jason was “the one.” During this time, they were both at New York University where Jason majored in Recorded Music and Lisa in Medieval & Renaissance Studies. Following college, Jason began working in the music industry and Lisa continued on to law school at Hofstra University.

Lisa, elegant bridal hair accessory – Bridal Styles Boutique, images – Duet Photography

With her May graduation and 25th birthday in June on the horizon, Lisa had a feeling a proposal would come soon. But, since Jason, an accomplished musician, was a very private person, she never thought it would be in a public forum. However, Jason shocked everyone on Christmas Eve in 2009.

During a Christmas celebration with both families present, Lisa opened what she thought was a vacation as an early anniversary gift from Jason. Instead, inside of the box was a framed poem by Jason…which he then read to Lisa, proposing at the end. The moment was captured on video and is now a YouTube hit!

Lisa & Jason, bridal hair accessory - Bridal Styles Boutique

Lisa, bridal hair jewelry – Bridal Styles Boutique, images – Duet Photography

Since Lisa was still in law school at the time of the engagement and they both dreamed of a fall wedding, they decided to wait until November of 2011 to say “I Do.” For the next 23 months, Lisa and Jason, along with both sets of parents and siblings, particularly Lisa’s sisters Jillian and Courtney, planned the wedding together. The theme was “Regal Elegance” with warm fall undertones. It was Lisa’s mission to stay away from a “leaves everywhere” feel!

Lisa & Jason, bridal hair accessory - Bridal Styles Boutique

Lisa & Jason, bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, images – Duet Photography

Jason and Lisa saved as much money as they could, and with the help of their parents (who housed and fed them during this time), it was all possible. Many late night hours of DIY projects as well as hours of dress, headpiece and veil shopping came together on November 4, 2011.

Lisa & Jason, bridal hair accessory - Bridal Styles Boutique

Lisa & Jason, custom bridal hair accessory – Bridal Styles Boutique, images – Duet Photography

When Lisa imagined herself on her wedding day, it was wearing a ballgown, headpiece and veil. Finally, after trying on close to 100 dresses, Lisa found “the one” at Bridal Reflections. By Eve of Milady, it was a gorgeous duchess satin ballgown with lace overlay and gold and silver beading and threading throughout. Thirty years earlier in 1981, Lisa’s mom had also worn a stunning lace Eve of Milady gown, so she thought it was fate when her daughter chose the same designer!

Lisa & Jason, bridal hair accessory - Bridal Styles Boutique

 Lisa & Jason, unique bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, images – Duet Photography

Dress chosen, Lisa could focus on accessories. She’d heard musings about Bridal Styles Boutique on wedding websites like liweddings.com and decided to head there since she knew exactly where it was – right around the corner from her grandmother’s house!

Lisa & Jason, bridal hair accessory - Bridal Styles Boutique

 Lisa & Jason, custom designed bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, images – Duet Photography

Lisa, her godmother Stephanie, mother and sister Jillian loved the store the second they walked in. Before coming to Bridal Styles, everything Lisa tried had fallen short of what she had envisioned for her wedding day. In short order, everyone had decided on a custom piece for Lisa to wear that complemented her dress and veil as well as her theme of “Regal Elegance.” It even harmonized with the bracelet and earrings Lisa had purchased. Making the moment even more special, Lisa’s godmother purchased the headpiece for her as a gift, which is now greatly cherished!

Lisa & Jason, bridal hair accessory - Bridal Styles Boutique

 Lisa & Jason,  bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, images – Duet Photography

Lisa and Jason’s ceremony at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in East Northport was followed by a reception at the Crest Hollow Country Club. One vendor Lisa could not have done without was her Day of Coordinator, Leane Kondenar of Above and Beyond Events. Lisa’s sister, Jillian, had “gifted” Leane to her so that on her wedding day someone else would be “in charge.” Thanks to Leane, everything, including a few mishaps, were handled seamlessly.

Lisa & Jason, bridal hair accessory - Bridal Styles Boutique

 Lisa & Jason,  spectacular bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, image – Duet Photography

Since Jason is a musician, the day’s music was very important to both of them, so as a surprise for their guests, they wrote and recorded their own wedding song! For the rest of the evening, their band, Code Bleu, kept everyone entertained. Code Bleu’s musicianship was so remarkable that Jason and Lisa are itching to plan another event just so Code Bleu can perform!

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 Lisa & Jason,  bridal hair jewelry – Bridal Styles Boutique, image – Duet Photography

Of all of the advice Jason and Lisa received while planning, the best was to make sure they stayed together at the wedding. At a reception, it’s easy to be pulled in different directions. But they made a plan and an effort to stay together, holding hands, for 99% of the night and it really worked out! There are very few pictures where the newlyweds are not together, which is just the way they wanted it to be.

When asked for their own advice to provide to other couples, Jason and Lisa say  “The most important thing to do is to remember to sit back and enjoy. All your guests traveled to come to your wedding. Don’t lose sight of that. And remember, you get to marry your best friend!”

Best wishes, Lisa and Jason, and thank you for sharing your day with us!

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!

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

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Julie & John, unique crystal headpiece, bangle and chandelier earrings – Bridal Styles Boutique, image – Gabelli Studio

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

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

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

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