Posts Tagged ‘Royal wedding’

Grace Kelly – Inspiration for Bridal Style

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Imagine one minute you’re a fresh star on the silver screen when you travel to the Cannes Film Festival. There, invited to participate in a photo shoot at the Palace of Monaco, you meet a prince…and live happily ever after.

That fairy tale is the true story of how  fashion icon Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier met!

Grace Kelly, icon of style, wedding, bridal gown

Before that fateful trip to Cannes, Grace was taking Hollywood by storm. In two short years, she had appeared in six films and received an Academy Award. Everyone in the country had fallen in love with this lovely star’s skill on screen and her sophisticated, feminine, timeless style.

Grace Kelly, icon of style, wedding, bridal gown

But she left it all behind when she fell madly in love with Prince Rainier. Six months after they met in May at the Cannes Film Festival, Grace and her prince were engaged.

Grace Kelly, icon of style, wedding, bridal gown

Grace’s studio, MGM, wanted to make sure she walked down the aisle as an American Princess. So, as a gift, her wedding gown was custom-designed by the famous Helen Rose. Made of 25 yards of silk taffeta, 100 yards of silk net, peau de soie and 125-year old Brussels Point lace, Grace’s gown was finished with a Juliet cap decorated with seed pearls and orange blossoms paired with a 90-yard tulle veil. Grace Kelly’s incredible, elegant bridal look remains one of the world’s favorites today, influencing other famous brides like Kate Middleton!

Grace Kelly, icon of style, wedding, bridal gown

Named by Karl Lagerfeld as “the most beautiful blond of her time,” Grace Kelly’s timeless style would be considered modern even today! Despite the fact that any designer would have been over the moon for Grace to wear their clothes, her favorite ensemble was a Chanel suit. Even in the 1960s, when women and fashion were more rebellious, Grace preferred to be feminine and wore pearls, gloves and hats. She even had a bag named after her. A very private person, for months Grace carried a large, boxy Hermes bag to hide her pregnancy, now known as the famous “Kelly” bag.

Grace Kelly, icon of style, wedding, bridal gown

Though she never saw herself as a style icon, Grace Kelly is upheld as the ultimate standard of grace, beauty and style.

Grace Kelly, rear window, icon of style, wedding, bridal gown

To create your own timeless wedding day look inspired by Grace Kelly, visit us at our bridal accessory boutique in New York!

Kate Middleton’s Tiara at Bridal Styles

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Since Kate and William said “I do,” there has been a run on royal tiaras at Bridal Styles! In fact, we received so many requests for an elegant bridal crown similar to Kate’s ‘Halo’ tiara that we were inspired to create one.

Introducing our newest, elegant tiara, the Bridal Styles Halo:

Bridal Styles Boutique replica of Princess Kate's Cartier Scroll Tiara, halo tiara inspired, royal bridal tiara

Bridal Styles tiara inspired by Cartier’s Halo

Created in 1936 by Cartier, the Halo Scroll tiara was purchased by Prince Albert for his wife, the Queen Mother Elizabeth, who only wore it a few times. After ascending the throne, as Queen Mother she had access to the royal vaults (and the spectacular tiaras inside). So, she gifted the Halo to her daughter (and future queen) Elizabeth on her 18th birthday. Queen Elizabeth has never worn it publicly, instead lending it to her sisters to enjoy.

In fact, the Halo has been used as a kind of starter tiara for the royal family, gracing the heads of both Princess Margaret and Princess Anne at royal events until their own tiara collections grew.

Halo Scroll tiara, Princess Margaret, Princess Anne, Kate Middleton, royal tiaras

So, as Kate walked down the aisle, we saw the elegant, perfectly sized diadem she’ll wear to tiara-required events until she acquires her own.

At Bridal Styles, we think every woman should have her own tiara…and love the idea that the first is just one of many.

Kate Middleton wearing the Halo tiara

To try our Halo-inspired starter tiara on for size, visit us at our Brooklyn bridal accessory boutique!

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!

Visit us at our New York boutique to find bridal accessories that make you feel like royalty!

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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Visit us at our New York bridal accessory boutique to pick out your own accessories fit for a princess!

What Makes a Princess?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Friday, April 29 is right around the corner, and you know that that means – The Royal Wedding!

Many designers are showing full-skirted “royal” inspired gowns at the runway shows, but without crowning jewels, they don’t seem quite fit for a princess. After all, tiaras put the “T” in royalty!

Royal Bridal Tiara by Bridal Styles Boutique, New York

Elegant, royal bridal tiara, Bridal Styles Boutique

We recently read that, after Catherine’s engagement, the Queen invited her to Buckingham Palace to choose the tiara she wanted to wear on her wedding day. From a selection including the stunning Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara worn by Princess Diana and others that haven’t seen the light of day for decades, Catherine chose The One…except we don’t get to see it until April!

Royal Bridal Tiara by Bridal Styles Boutique, New York

Images clockwise from upper left: Kate Middleton & Prince William of Wales, Princess Diana’s “Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara”, Princess Diana wearing her tiara, royal bridal crown: Bridal Styles, spectacular diamante bridal tiara: Bridal Styles, classic bridal tiara; Bridal Styles

Catherine is not the only princess who gets to choose from an array of gorgeous, glittering bridal crowns. Every girl can feel like royalty on her wedding day – it all starts with the perfect tiara!

Princess-to-be Catherine has chosen her tiara. Have you?

Royal Bridal Tiara by Bridal Styles Boutique, New York

Dramatic, majestic bridal crown, Bridal Styles Boutique, New York

Visit us at our New York bridal accessory boutique to choose your tiara from our exclusive collection of handmade, custom-designed bridal headpieces!

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