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The Hottest Trends from the Spring 2015 Bridal Market

We’re fresh off of this year’s Spring Bridal Market and are rounding up some of the fabulous trends spotted on the runways. From Monique Lhuillier to Jenny Packham and Oscar de la Renta, Spring 2015 is brimming over with lace, tulle and all out glamour. Grab a bit of bubbly, get cozy and dive in…

Bridal Market Spring 2015 Trends
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Trend No. OneCaplets and Shrugs

Tulle caplets and the prettiest lace shrugs are one of the biggest accessories finding their way down the wedding aisle. We love the dash of romance they bring.

Trend No. Two - Vintage Glamour

This season it’s all about a return to glamour with vintage silhouettes and a pop of red lippie for good measure.

Trend No. Three – Sparkling Applique

Who doesn’t love a good dose of gold, or a beautiful sparkle moment? We’re head over heels for this sparkling applique trend.

Trend No. Four - Pastel Hues

The perfect way to indulge in the colored wedding dress trend. Think soft shades in gray, mint and pink.

Trend No. Five - Sleeves of Lace

Gone are the days of strictly strapless. In its place are a bounty of lace sleeved gowns. From long sleeved to cap, this trend is hot, hot, hot.

Gown No. 1: Monique Lhuillier | Gown No. 2: Reem Acra | Gown No. 3: Jenny Packham | Gown No. 4: Monique Lhuillier | Gown No. 5: Monique Lhuillier

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Elegant Garden Wedding in Austin

We’ve really seen a resurgence in the wedding world of a more formal affair. It’s classic turned up a notch or two and this garden wedding couldn’t be a more perfect example. With imagery by Loft Photographie, this gem is an elegant palette of neutrals mixed with a classic formal dinner all designed by 36th Street Events and greenery galore by Verbena Floral Design. Find more right here along with the film of the day by Perry Video below.

 

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Fall
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Al Fresco

From the Bride… I wanted the feel to be a bit bohemian rustic with a hint of formality. I brought that in by adding hints of black; in the invitations, table names, programs and in the black and white stripe linens. His family is from California so we welcomed them to Texas by serving comfort food; fried chicken and Tex-Mex to name a few.

I grew up in Houston, he in California. We met while living in NYC and now live in San Francisco, so all of the tables were named after meaningful places to us. Above the decor though, we just wanted everyone to have the best night ever. Our friends and family are still talking about what an epic party it was! I wish we could do it all again!

From the Photographers… Natalie and Andrew’s wedding day was lush, elegant, and absolutely romantic! Their ceremony & reception took place at Laguna Gloria, an art museum nestled in the trees along the banks of Town Lake. The ceremony overlooked the sparkling water, while the tented reception took place on the front lawn of the museum. Every last detail of Natalie & Andrew’s day was intentional and meaningful. Natalie even designed the gorgeous floor length gowns that her maids wore!

Photography: Loft Photographie LLC | Wedding Dress: The Grove By Lela Rose | Cake: Simon Lee Bakery | Invitations: Alee & Press | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Natalie Deayala Collection | Catering: Crave Catering | Hair & Makeup: Belle Mariee Artistry | Band: Mephis Train Review | Florals: Verbena Floral Design | Planning & Event Design: 36th Street Events | Videography : Perry Video | Wedding Venue: Laguna Gloria

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SMP Gilt Sale + Twitter Chat!

Y’all know we’re never ones to miss a good sale, so when our friends at GILT asked to team up for a wedding sale extravaganza…we basically couldn’t say YES fast enough. With curated picks from our very own Abby Larson, you can shop an array of bridal gowns, accessories, bridesmaids dresses, gifts and more, all with a nod to classic style. But it gets even better, because Abby is taking over GILT’s Twitter TODAY at 2 p.m. EST to talk all things weddings. Get tweeting those questions with #GiltBridal

Lovin’ what you see? Don’t wait! GILT’s SMP curated sale only lasts through Sunday and you’ll want to snatch up these bridal goodies before they’re gone. Happy shopping! xoxo

Classic English Wedding at the Bodleian Library

While she originally had her sights set on a NYC rooftop wedding, it was the beauty of Oxford, England that sent this bride’s wedding plans for a complete and total loop. But with its stunning architecture and old-world charm, it’s all too easy to see why. The fabulous Stephanie Swann captured the day from start to finish you can click right here for sooooo much more!

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Spring

From the Bride… With half our guests coming from a different country, we wanted our wedding to be special. NYC was the obvious choice for me being American and having lived there for 10 years. I had images of a rooftop reception with skyline views and as we visited locations across London, none seemed to stack up to my NYC dream.

Then we went to Oxford, my husband’s hometown. I was completely blown away at how incredibly beautiful the city is, and its ability to transport you through time to a place long past with its architecture and gardens. The Bodleian Library was nestled in the middle of it all, one of the oldest in Europe, with some of the most stunning architecture I have seen. It only took a minute to decide this was where we wanted to celebrate with our closest friends and family.

It was important to us to accentuate the beauty of the city so we chose a classic and timeless color palette including grey, pale yellow and creams that would compliment the surrounding architecture. Keeping with British tradition, the gentlemen wore morning suits and we held a champagne only reception (cocktail hour). But it was also important that we ensured we had some elements of New York represented. I found my dress in NY and my parents had images of vintage New York and London maps made into bookmarks for each guest.

We wanted an outdoor element to our wedding and since this can be tough in the UK, we opted to risk for a reception in the courtyard of the library before heading in for the wedding breakfast. It paid off and we enjoyed the sunshine to the sounds of a jazz trio our friends found performing in a local pub after photos in the gardens of one of the local colleges.

Including our family in our creative process was very important. Chris and I designed the stationary ourselves, my father and I constructed each program, our brother-in-law designed and made our gorgeous wedding cake and Chris’s parents and sister helped source and cover the books used as part of the table centerpieces. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing – we live in London, this is our home and part of who we are. I’m so glad we got to share our big day with our closets friends and family in such a special, beautiful place.

What advice could I give to future brides? Don’t be afraid to consider something not in your plan. The choices I made, from the location to my dress were so different from what I thought I originally wanted and I wouldn’t change them for the world. Be open to ideas and go with your heart! Get creative and include a little DIY no matter your budget – it’s nice to have everything done for you, but those special touches make the day extra special and include your friends and family in one of the important days of your life.

If your budget allows, I would also highly recommend a day-of coordinator. Our venue was very strict as it’s open to public and without the team we would have been at a loss. Not having to worry about anything the day of made my experience with the bridesmaids and mother in the morning so much more relaxing.

Photography: Stephanie Swann Weddings | Wedding Dress: Ulla Maier | Florist: Fabulous Flowers | Cake: Christopher's Brother-in-law | Stationery: Kenny McLaren | Ceremony Venue: The Oratory | Reception Venue: Bodleian Library | Shoes: Brian Atwood | Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Tapenade | Wedding Planner: Isobel Lamplough – Isobel Weddings | Hair Stylist: Katie R-Scott | Car Hire: Henley Classic Car Hire | Clutch Bag: Anya Hindmarch | DJ Entertainment: Wedding Smashers | Dance Floor And Lighting : ACDisco | Diamond Stud Earrings: Gift From Christopher To Ashley | Grey Necklace: Massimo Dutti | Groom's Morning Suit : Cad And The Dandy | Make Up Artist: Georgina Pelosi | Pendant Earrings: Alexis Bittar | Wedding/Engagement Rings: DeBeers

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