Posts Tagged ‘Real wedding’

Jeannette and Steven’s New Years Eve Wedding

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

You never know when you are going meet the person you’re going to spend the rest of your life with!

On a Thursday summer night in Staten Island, Jeannette and Steven happened to be at Angelina’s Restaurant. When they met, sparks flew! Says Jeannette, “Steven was charming and funny – we hit it off right from the start!“

It was love at first sight, and seven months later on Christmas Day, Steven proposed during breakfast. “It was an amazing surprise and the best Christmas gift I’ll ever get!”

Bridal Styles bride Jeannette and Steven, custom couture bridal headpiece and cage veil by Bridal Styles, image Elite Photography

Jeannette & Steven, custom couture bridal headpiece and cage veil, Bridal Styles, image Elite Photography

The holidays are Jeannette’s favorite time of year, so they began to plan for a winter wedding and selected the Addison Park in Aberdeen, NJ for their reception. “It’s the most beautiful classy, tasteful place. The decor had our names written all over it, from the chandeliers to the white Christmas trees. Everything was perfect for us!”

All the festive décor at the Addison Park got Jeannette and Steven thinking, why not begin their marriage and ring in the New Year together?

Bridal Styles bride Jeannette and Steven, custom couture bridal headpiece and cage veil by Bridal Styles, images Elite Photography

Jeannette & Steven, custom bridal headbandencrusted with Swarovski crystals – Bridal Styles, images Elite Photography

Date and place decided, Jeannette was ready to shop for her bridal gown. “Now that we decided on New Year’s Eve, it was all about BLING! For the dress, I wanted to be bold couture and different. I went to Ct Couture Bridal and consulted with Nelly, my dressmaker. Together, we designed my dream dress.”

Bridal Styles bride Jeannette and Steven, custom couture bridal headpiece and cage veil by Bridal Styles, images Elite Photography

Jeannette & Steven, one of a kind couture bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles, images Elite Photography

For the icing on her dazzling look, Jeannette visited us at Bridal Styles! We created a spectacular asymmetrical headbandwith different shaped Swarovski crystals, finished with a dramatic French net veil, tailor made to complement her one of a kind gown. The day of the wedding French Twist Salon in Staten Island completed Jeannette’s breathtaking look with an elegant updo.

Bridal Styles bride Jeannette and Steven, custom couture bridal headpiece and cage veil by Bridal Styles, images Elite Photography

Jeannette’s bridal headpiece and veil (by Bridal Styles) was custom designed to echo her gown, images Elite Photography

December 31, 2010 was everything Jeannette and Steven dreamed of.

“I envisioned myself glowing from the inside out: my dress, headpiece and our wedding day was all I dreamed of and more! I sparkled from head to toe, and my day was beautiful from the moment I woke up to the very last dance. The most special part of the day was our ceremony at Our Lady Star Of The Sea church. Walking down the aisle of a church packed with friends family and acquaintances as they applauded and gasped when I Steve and I saw each other for the first time on our special day. It was surreal and something I’ll never forget!”

BS Bridal Styles bride Jeannette and Steven, custom couture bridal headpiece and cage veil by Bridal Styles, images Elite Photography

Jeannette & Steven, custom couture bridal headpiece and cage veil, Bridal Styles, image Elite Photography

Before heading to the Addison for their reception, Jeannette, Steven, their bridal party, family and Vince from Elite Photography headed to where it all began – Angelina’s Restaurant for pictures. “There we saw the most amazing sunset and we have the pictures to last a lifetime!”

Bridal Styles bride Jeannette and Steven, custom couture bridal headpiece and cage veil by Bridal Styles, images Elite Photography

Jeannette & Steven, one of a kind couture bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles, images Elite Photography

Jeannette and Steven had advice for couples in the midst of planning their own weddings.

“Enjoy! It is the happiest time in our lives so far and we are so happy we enjoyed the planning and took the time to step back and look around and see it all come together we also just simply had a great time together. Good luck to all!”

Bridal Styles bride Jeannette and Steven, custom couture bridal headpiece and cage veil by Bridal Styles, image Elite Photography

Jeannette & Steven, dramatic custom designed French net bridal veil and headband – Bridal Styles, images Elite Photography

Thank you for sharing your day with us, Jeannette and Steven! Best wishes!

Photography by Vince Segalla for Photography Elite Inc.
Custom gown by CT Bridal Couture
Wedding at AddisonPark 

Nerejda and Filgen

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The moment Nerejda and Filgen spotted each other in Calculus class, they knew it would be hard to concentrate on numbers! Filgen was so cute that Nerejda couldn’t resist dishing about him with her good friend. So, thinking no one (except her friend) would understand her if she spoke in Albanian, Nerejda told her about the cute guy (Filgen) sitting nearby. Throughout class, Nerejda would catch Filgen smiling at her, and of course each time she’d comment to her friend about how handsome she thought he was.

Bridal Styles real bride Nerejda and her new husband Filgen, image: Faith Dugan Photography

Nerejda’s glamorous bridal crown, Bridal Styles Boutique, image: Faith Dugan Photography

It wasn’t until the next Calculus class when Filgen greeted her in Albanian that Nerejda realized he had heard AND understood every word! “I was very embarrassed, but continued to talk to him and ever since then we have been inseparable. I knew he was the one ever since we started speaking to each other. After I got to know him more I found out what a kind, loving, and family oriented person he was.”

Bridal Styles real bride Nerejda and her new husband Filgen, image: Faith Dugan Photography

Nerejda & Filgen’s old Hollywood wedding,  dramatic bridal crown, Bridal Styles Boutique, image: Faith Dugan Photography

In 2006, when Nerejda’s birthday arrived, Filgen proposed! She was thrilled to be able to say yes to the man she knew would be her partner for life and share the moment with both their families. “Because our families are so important to us and so close he decided to propose to me on a day when both of our families were together.“

Since Nerejda was in Law School and Filgen in the process of completing his master’s degree, they decided theirs would be a long engagement. Setting a wedding date of September 19, 2010 gave them plenty of time to plan the details while finishing school.

Bridal Styles real bride Nerejda and her new husband Filgen, image: Faith Dugan Photography

Nerejda & Filgen,  elegant bridal headpiece, Bridal Styles Boutique, gown, Lazaro, image:Faith Dugan Photography

Dreaming of an old Hollywood-inspired wedding, Nerejda incorporated glamour and a little stardust into every detail. Complete with a costume change, with one wedding gown for her ceremony and another for the reception (both by Lazaro), Nerejda planned to feel and look like a star!

“The first dress that I wore during the ceremony was hand embroidered with crystals and beads and weighed about 15 pounds. I absolutely was in love with the dress the minute I tried it on. It was the first dress I tried on. The second was also hand embroidered, but smaller and easier to dance in, and I changed into it halfway through the reception. For my accessories, I did a lot of research and finally decided on Bridal Styles Boutique. Even though I lived in Boston, I convinced my fiancé that there was no place in Boston like Bridal Styles and we had to go there for my crown. The first crown that I was shown at Bridal Styles was the one I chose. It was beyond what I had envisioned and I completely fell in love with it.”

To top her wedding look off, Nerejda received a very special gift. “My grandmother gave me this beautiful ruby ring surrounded by diamonds that my grandfather had given her on their wedding day. It was very wonderful gesture and so very emotional for me.”

Bridal Styles real bride Nerejda and her new husband Filgen, image: Faith Dugan Photography

Nerejda’s glamorous bridal crown, Bridal Styles Boutique, image by Faith Dugan Photography

On her wedding day, Nerejda was filled with nerves and emotion, but had the perfect solution for feeling centered in place. “The morning of our wedding everyone (including my bridal party) woke up at 5 in the morning and had breakfast and joked around… that was so important because it helped calm my nerves. Plus, it was so beautiful, all of us sitting together having breakfast and talking about how wonderful this day would be. “

Nerejda and Filgen planned to start their wedding day by honoring Albanian tradition. “The tradition is that Filgen and his whole family come to my house and request me from my family. I had not expected that to be so emotional for me. When Filgen came and my brother and uncle walked me outside of the house to give me away to Filgen it finally hit me that this was my wedding day. I had planned it for so long, and when it finally came I had not thought about how emotional that day would be for me. “

Bridal Styles real bride Nerejda and her new husband Filgen, image: Faith Dugan Photography

Nerejda & Filgen,  elegant bridal headpiece, Bridal Styles Boutique, gown, Lazaro, image:Faith Dugan Photography

Following the Albanian wedding ceremony, Nerejda, Filgen, their families, and wedding party along with their wedding photographer, Faith Dugan, headed to the Elms Mansion for pictures. “The Elms is beautiful, glamorous and Old Hollywood, just like I wanted. The pictures at the mansion were beautiful!”

After which they were off to St. Spyridon. “The church ceremony was very lovely. My favorite part was when my father gave me away and he and Filgen hugged and kissed!”

On cloud nine, everyone headed to Belle Mer for the reception. “When we were introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Prifti, it was so much fun and so exciting to see all our loved ones around us celebrating our love. The reception was so much fun and both of our families enjoyed the night. Everyone danced the night away and Filgen and I could not be moved from the dance floor. It was such a beautiful night for us both.”

Bridal Styles real bride Nerejda and her new husband Filgen, image: Faith Dugan Photography

Nerejda & Filgen,  unique bridal hair accessory, Bridal Styles Boutique, gown, Lazaro, image:Faith Dugan Photography

Though the day was filled with special, wonderful moments, the memory that shines brightest for Nerejda is the moment she first saw Filgen. “He was so happy and his eyes were sparkling and I knew that our love would last forever.”

A few months after their wedding, Nerejda and Filgen have some sage advice for brides and grooms planning their weddings!

Nerejda: “Do not stress out, everything will work out in the end. Remember that something will always not go according to plan, so do not let that get you down because no one really knows what the plan was. Have fun and enjoy your day because it goes by too quickly. “

Filgen: “Enjoy every moment of the wedding, you have been planning it for so long so do not waste even a second because it’s the most wonderful day of your life. “

Bridal Styles real bride Nerejda and her new husband Filgen, image: Faith Dugan Photography

Nerejda & Filgen,  elegant bridal headpiece, Bridal Styles Boutique, image:Faith Dugan Photography

Best wishes, Nerejda and Filgen! Thanks so much for sharing your story and images with us!

Nerejda and Filgen’s wedding vendors:

Flowers : Stoneblossom

Videography: Wedding Stories in Newport

Cake: Konditor Meister

Makeup: Sonja Gjokaj

Hair: Violet Furxhi from Salon Mario Russo

Irena & Igor

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Irena could not have said it better when she shared her advice to couples planning their weddings: “Just do what feels right.”

Irena & Igor, image by Bryan Hochman

Igor and Irena, french net cage veil, Bridal Styles Boutique.  Image: Bryan Hochman

Everything from the moment she met her now husband, Igor, to the wedding they planned in eight (!) days seems defined by those words.

Up until she met Igor through his sister, Irena had never dated a man she felt completely comfortable with. “People always say that relationships require compromise but you don’t need to compromise when it’s right.”

Irena & Igor, images by Bryan Hochman

Igor and Irena, cage veil with silk flower bridal fascinator, Bridal Styles Boutique.  Images: Bryan Hochman

The moment Igor proposed, they knew an intimate wedding was for them, but “we had pressures from family to have a traditional wedding. That didn’t feel right to us, so we decided to keep all of our planning a secret until a few days before our wedding date.” So, at the end of their six month engagement, Irena and Igor organized their wedding in eight days!

Irena & Igor, images by Bryan Hochman

Igor and Irena, cage veil with silk flower, Bridal Styles Boutique.  Image: Bryan Hochman

It was important to Irena and Igor that they chose wedding day looks reflecting their personal style. Irena wore a dress by Australian designer Stella Filainte. “The dress was not a bridal gown but an off the rack piece from the store and my headpiece was from Bridal Styles and really finished my look. Finally, my shoes were Badgley Mischka.” Igor sported a designer suit by Robert James. “We were lucky enough to have the designer himself put the look together!”

Irena & Igor, image by Bryan Hochman

Irena, french net cage veil, Bridal Styles Boutique.  Image: Bryan Hochman

Irena & Igor, images by Bryan Hochman

Igor and Irena, cage veil with silk flower bridal fascinator, Bridal Styles Boutique.  Images: Bryan Hochman

On a bright November day, Irena and Igor headed to Staten Island for their ceremony, followed by a reception at the River Café in Brooklyn. They had the wedding of their dreams. “It was the ideal version of what I imagined it could be. It felt great to be able to share this day with the people closest to us and not get bogged down with minutiae and other obligations. The most important part was the great memories we captured for our lifetimes through the amazing photographs taken by Bryan Hochman and his partner, Rich.”

Irena & Igor, image by Bryan Hochman

Igor and Irena, French net veil with silk flower, Bridal Styles Boutique.  Images: Bryan Hochman

Best wishes, Irena and Igor, and thank you for sharing your story with us!

Rockstar Bridal Style

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

You might not have a collection of platinum and gold records, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rock on your wedding day! Channel a rock star look by incorporating traditional and edgy details like bold color, playful drama, and some fabulous sparkle.

Brides with serious star power like Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, and Pink are great inspiration for a stage-worthy bridal look.

Celebrity Rocker Brides

Celebrity brides Pink, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani


How does a real bride interpret all of that with her own style? Channeling her inner Grammy winner, Bridal Styles Boutique, Real Bride Dina rocked her wedding day with a striking wedding dress, incredible cake, graphic color, spectacular feathered hair flower (in both red and white), and bridal jewelry to catch the light of flashbulbs and evening stars alike.

Real Bridal Styles Rocker Bride: Dina and Joseph

Feathered flower bridal fascinator, Bridal Styles New York, Bridal Styles Real Wedding Dina & Joseph

Real Bridal Styles Rocker Bride: Dina and Joseph

Feathered flower bridal hair comb, Bridal Styles Boutique, Bridal Styles Real Wedding Dina & Joseph

To find bridal headpieces, veils, and accessories any rock star would love, visit our New York bridal accessory boutique!

Lana and Ilia

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Lana and Ilia met on a night when they both would rather have stayed home! Instead, their best friends dragged each of  them out for dancing at Guest House in NYC. Lana noticed Ilia at the bar almost right away as she was passing , and after a trip to the ladies room, Lana’s friend “literally took my hand and said to Ilia, ‘Hi, this is my friend Lana.’” They spent the rest of the night dancing together, and from that moment on were inseparable!

Bridal Styles real bride, Lana & Ilia, image by Matthew Sowa Photography

Lana and Ilia, custom bridal veil and crystal headpiece by Bridal Styles Boutique, image Matthew Sowa Photography

Lana knew Ilia was “the one because right from the start he was completely different from all the guys I ever dated. He was a true gentleman, very punctual, caring, honest and not once would make me wonder or think twice. I just felt it inside. “

On Christmas Eve in 2009, Ilia “proposed in front of the whole family. We were all opening presents and his was the last present. He got on his knee and asked me to marry him. It was so emotional, everyone was crying out of happiness!”


Bridal Styles real bride, Lana & Ilia, image by Matthew Sowa Photography

Lana and Ilia, custom bridal cage veil and crystal headpiece by Bridal Styles Boutique, image Matthew Sowa Photography

During their year and a half engagement, Lana and Ilia did all the planning themselves. Lana “wanted to have our wedding to be completely different from all the weddings I have ever been to.” So, she had almost everything custom-made, from invitations, napkins, and place cards to table numbers, aisle runner, menus, programs, and, of course, her dress, headpiece and veils!

“Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed about my wedding… I always wanted to be a princess on my wedding day. My dress was designed by the most talented wedding dress designer, Galit Couture. Ever since I was a little girl walking or driving by her store, I told myself that whenever I get married I will only go to her to get my dress. It was completely custom made for me from sketch. A lot of ideas Galit and Andrey came up with and a lot of ideas I threw in, and it was absolutely stunning. I got soooo many compliments! People still talk about it. My bridesmaids even jokingly said it belongs in a Museum!”

Bridal Styles real bride, Lana & Ilia, image by Matthew Sowa Photography

Lana and Ilia, custom bridal veil and crystal headpiece comb by Bridal Styles Boutique, image Matthew Sowa Photography

A one of a kind wedding dress had to have accessories to match. ” I wanted to have a completely different look and to compliment my dress. I chose to go to Bridal Styles and the result was so stunning and so different from everything and was put together so beautifully. They were so helpful and worked with me to create exactly what I wanted… a beautiful one of a kind headpiece and custom made veils.” Lana wore a stunning handcrafted Swarovski crystal band that wrapped around her hair and the layers of  veils were sprinkled with hundreds of crystals that glimmered as she walked. She truly achieved her dream of looking like a princess.

Bridal Styles real bride, Lana & Ilia, image by Matthew Sowa Photography

Lana and Ilia, custom bridal veils and crystal headpiece by Bridal Styles Boutique, image Matthew Sowa Photography

Lana and Ilia’s wedding day was as unique as her wedding dress and accessories. They chose De Seversky Mansionfor their celebration, falling in love with its grounds, antique décor, privacy, and exclusive feel.

Bridal Styles real bride, Lana & Ilia, image by Matthew Sowa Photography

Lana and Ilia, custom bridal veil and crystal hair comb by Bridal Styles, image Matthew Sowa Photography

On August 21, Lana and Ilia’s wedding day, there was a “string quartet playing….and waiters greeting guests with a coral and teal martini called ‘Lana & Ilia.’ We used lit candles as place cards, had a custom made coral and teal and silver money box, an engravable signature frame. In every room we had huge posters on easels of our engagement photo-shoot. We had live music by Emperyal Stings for the cocktail hour and ceremony. The ceremony was at night and was just so beautiful and elegant with lots of candles and lighting. Our reception also had up lighting and beautiful centerpieces by Flower Michel! All of our guests were so amazed with everything….it was a once in a life experience and worth every penny. It was truly the most beautiful day of our lives.”

Bridal Styles real bride, Lana & Ilia, image by Matthew Sowa Photography

Lana and Ilia, custom bridal veil and crystal headpiece by Bridal Styles, image Matthew Sowa Photography

Though their wedding was all Lana had dreamed it would be, it was her ceremony that meant the most as they found themselves in front of Keith Guglizza, their officiant. “It hit us that we are getting married. I honestly have no words to describe how beautiful it was.”

Bridal Styles real bride, Lana & Ilia, image by Matthew Sowa Photography

Lana and Ilia, custom bridal veil and crystal headpiece by Bridal Styles Boutique, image Matthew Sowa Photography

Luckily, Lana and Ilia had an amazing photographer Matthew Sowa and videographer Orange Films there to capture it all!

Bridal Styles real bride, Lana & Ilia, image by Matthew Sowa Photography

Lana and Ilia, custom bridal french net veil and crystal headpiece by Bridal Styles Boutique, image Matthew Sowa Photography

For all the other couples planning their wedding, Lana had some advice:

“Don’t stress, try to enjoy your day as much as you can, no matter how much you try for everything to be perfect, a few little things will still go wrong, but at the end you are marrying your best friend and the love of your life and all of your hard work will pay off!”

Bridal Styles real bride, Lana & Ilia, image by Matthew Sowa Photography

Lana and Ilia, custom bridal veil and crystal headpiece by Bridal Styles, image Matthew Sowa Photography

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