Over-The-Top Fashion Weddings I Can't Get Enough Of!

Over-the-top weddings are a fantastic source of inspiration for your own ceremony and reception! These lavish events were magical and original and I just love them.

Instead of hiring a conventional wedding planner, swimwear designer Leslie Cohen went a completely different route. She asked a fashion show production team to plan her wedding. La Mode en Images, who have produced shows for Chanel, Valentino and Givenchy organized the extravagant three-day wedding event. It began with a dinner party held at Café de Flore with a “Studio 54” dress code. The next day: a garden party at Musée Rodin complete with fair booths, food trucks and a photo booth.

Guests were allowed to check out the museum, which was closed off to the public and privy only to wedding guests. And the wedding itself was held at Palace of Versailles in Paris.  After the official wedding ceremony, a mock court of Versailles nobles in period costume parading around the palace. The bride and groom rode in on horses. The wedding gown was custom made and designed by one of my favorite designers Giambattista Valli.

For the full story, visit Vogue.

Fashion blogger Feiping Chang also had a three-day extravaganza. She and her husband Lincoln Li were the first (and maybe the only ones) to marry at the Villa Lysis in Capri Italy. The historical monument was built by poet Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen in 1905, who 'dedicated to the youth of love.’

'The government has never allowed a wedding to be done [at Villa Lysis]. It took a lot of work, but we're so happy that we were able to help and refurbish this historical monument,' Chang told Hong Kong Tatler. 'We actually built an entire bridge to link the grounds of the villa to the rooftop.'

Their ceremony overlooked an over-the-top (literally,) gorgeous view.

For the three-day wedding, the bride wore three wedding gowns: two by designer Giambattista Valli, including the biggest one Valli has ever made. The bridal party took over the villa and I mean that. They even changed some of the street and restaurant signs nearby into their own names. Best of all, the wedding featured an entire room dedicated to desserts.

For the full story, visit Elle and BRIDES.

Mumford & Sons banjoist Winston Marshall and his wife Dianna Agron, of Glee fame, wed in Morocco.  Her gown alone cost $20,000. It was a sheer, nude-colored Valentino dress featured on the fall/winter 2016/17 runway. So many runway dresses are fit for a queen, why not wear one when you tie the knot? Instead of a veil, she opted for tiny stars on her head. Marshall wore a silk turban. Together, they rode on the backs of camels for their wedding.

For more on their wedding, visit Daily Mail.

When Swarovski crystal heiress Victoria Swarovski married entrepreneur Werner Mürz, she was unsurprisingly sparkly. In fact, her wedding gown was adorned with half a million Swarovski crystals. The gown, designed by Michael Cinco of Dubai, was reportedly worth over a million dollars. If featured a 8-meter veil and train. Earlier on in the three-day event, which took place in Portopiccolo, Italy, the heiress sported a red crystal gown made, also made by Cinco, for a per-ceremony party.

For more on their wedding, visit Business Insider.

Cute “Non-Cake” Wedding Cakes

Would you get a cake made out of wheels of CHEESE for your wedding? I know I would!!!

Your wedding cake does not have to be an all-white seven-tier cake, topped with a little figurine of a bride and groom. No, no. It can be so much more.

In fact, you don’t even need to limit yourself to cakes. Think outside the confectionary box!

What about a pretty tower of macaroons from Anges De Sucre?

Or, a tower of cupcakes?

Jen Rodriguez Photography via Ruffled

Jen Rodriguez Photography via Ruffled

This donut pyramid is surprisingly beautiful!

Donut Hole Mountains can also be gorgeous. Especially when combined with a floral arrangement.

A simple, “naked” cake is stunning when dressed up with a nice hat!

 

If you and your partner aren’t big into sweets, I don’t think it’s cheesy to toss out a cake for a tower of decadent cheeses.

Bridal Hats: Avant-Guarde Alternatives To The Veil

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I am truly in love with this new trend of the “Bridal Hat” and I thought you might be as well! I think it’s such an exciting original way to accessorize a wedding dress. This will inspire many brides next spring and summer… here is what I found so far.

A Bohemian-inspired floppy hat can add some edge to even the most formal of gowns. For winter weddings, go for wool. If it’s summer, consider a fancy sunhat or straw big brim hat with a big white bow.

 To search for this style, search for keywords: Bohemian, Western, Round Brim, Floppy Hats

Oversized, glamorous headpieces are so much fun. When else do you get to look like you popped right out of Vogue? It’s your day. You’re the Queen. Go all out!

To search for this style, search for keywords: “Oversized Bridal Headpiece”

 For that “Great Gatsby” flavor, pair your gown with a flapper-inspired cap. Other Art-Deco looks can be created by adding a wrapped turban, velour or felt cloche, headband or bucket hat to your beautiful head.

To search for this style, search for keywords: Cloche, Bridal Flapper

You can also combine veils with other forms of hats and hairpieces. If western style is your thing, a cowgirl hat with an attached veil may be the way you want to formally lasso in your spouse! Top hats with veils can give you a rocker look.

 To search for this style, search for keywords: Top Hat With Veil, Cowgirl Hat With Veil

Fascinators and hatinators with feathers, pearls, flowers or silk will fascinate your attendees and captivate your new life partner.

To search for this style, search for keywords: Hatinator, Fascinator

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BOND GIRL BRIDE

Wedding Editorial Shoot at Hotel on Rivington Text by our partner in crime: Sheena Meekins of Gina Esposito Photography

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Earlier this summer, we partnered with some of the city's top creatives and more specifically Gina and Sheena of Gina Esposito Photography to style and shoot an autumn wedding editorial that let our collective creativity run free. The resultthousands of chic unconventional gems inspiring the story below. Enjoy!

 

If 1958 met 2018 in the crisp, minimalist palette of a Manhattan penthouse, this would be the scene. A nuanced editorial, surrounding a dynamic leading lady at the intersection of elevated glamour and playful sophistication. In short—the story of a modern, Bond Girl bride. Inspired, perhaps, by the iconic alter ego of the traditional bride, the concept aimed to strike a balance between past and present, while evoking a sense of intrigue, romance and allure. 

As an intentional departure from the whimsical garden weddings of late, we opted to tell a story that explores a variety of modernist-fem fashion looks, set against a backdrop of sweeping city views and rich, vintage details. The Penthouse at Hotel on Rivington in New York City served as the primary location—offering its sleek skyline and signature staircase as the ideal canvas for a vaguely mischievous, metropolitan affair. 

We outfitted our model in four unique looks, fulfilling the requisite number of Bond Girl wardrobe changes with elegant separates including beaded long sleeve and tulle tops with flirtatious skirts featuring layered pleats, nude mesh and silk floral detailing. Hairstylist, Michael Glorioso and Makeup Artist, Stephanie Perez, collaborated to create an old Hollywood-inspired look styled to bring a classic timelessness to the otherwise structured, modernist bridal designs in separates collection. The looks culminated with a bold after-party scene, set in the hotel’s retro-chic Jia Lounge.

For decor, Please B Seated provided rentals to help transform the space. A chocolate wooden table, espresso benches, mixed chairs, gold savoy dinnerware and a lush green hedge to contrast the urbane environment with natural textures. Amanda Pierce Productions styled florals from the bouquet to the tablescape, incorporating sultry, velvety amaranths, purple ranunculus and pale roses. This interplay of decade and era was also mirrored in the age-inspired engagement ring from Marisa Perry Atelier and the of-the-moment edge of the three-tier, black dahlia and berry cake by Pip n Bits.

Altogether, each piece of the story converges into an aesthetic that conveys mood, polish, texture, drama, and assertive, intelligent style for the Bond Girl bride and beyond.

 
 
 
 

Photography: Gina Esposito Venue: Hotel On Rivington  Dresses: Nathalie Kraynina Bridal Shoes: Nina Jewelry/Rings: Marisa Perry Atelier Event Styling & Florals: Amanda Pierce Productions Event & Furniture Rentals: Please B Seated Cake: Pip n BitsHair: Michael Glorioso Makeup: Stephanie Perez Stationery - Invitations & Menu Cards: One Suite Day Calligraphy: Karis Calligraphy Place Cards: Letters From Eden Model: Vanessa Ratnavich Production Fairygodmother: Alex Dimitrovski <3

Badass Wedding- Do you DARE?

Are you a rock and roll couple who wants to escape “the traditional wedding”? More and more couples are throwing tradition out the window and making their wedding personal and fun.

Last year when couples were asked what is most important for them when making decisions regarding the wedding they said the number one factor was to have a entertaining and exciting wedding that represents their personality, lifestyle, and their journey.

For the BADASS bride who dares to have a rock n’ roll wedding you can incorporate your edgy style into your wedding plans and your attire.

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Leather Jacket A leather jacket over a wedding dress is the perfect combination of rock n’ roll and tradition. And a white one will maintain the traditional colors, while still expressing your edge. You can rock our “Nathalie” cropped lambskin leather MC jacket embellished with hand-made leather flowers & Swarovski crystals to complete your look.

Sequin gown Instead of a traditional dress, you can opt for a shiny dress. Think 1940s glam. Even though Sequin is very in right now it is also classy and elegant and something that will never go out of style. It’s the type of material that is very flattering to many body shapes and figures and perfect for the bride on the move. You most never will see wrinkles and notice imperfections in sequin. You can do separate and have a long sequin skirt or high-low hem for added drama. If you opt out for a full sequin gown I recommend sleeves as a sleeveless top might get irritating when your arms rub on the dress. There is nothing more rock-and-roll that a little sparkle.

Party in the front, long in the back Get a wedding dress like the one featured in Guns n Roses’ November Rain. Hell, watch that video in general for badass wedding ideas.

Bright makeup & Wild hair Dye your hair neon pink or lilac for the occasion. And make it big! Even just a dark lip can take you from traditional to badass bride. Dark purple or bright red lipstick will make a bold statement.

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Tattoos Show your tattoos, pick a dress or an outfit where you can see them. After all they are pieces of art you wear every day and that are part of you. Why try to hide them on your most special day! Some couples even tie the knot by getting matching tats on their wedding day..

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Accessorize Have your traditional wedding dress but bring out the rock and roll fun with the styling.

Sneakers or Boots Sneakers, cowboy boots or studded combat boots will add a rock n’ roll factor to any bride and groom’s outfits. This is a quick change for those of that want to keep it formal at the ceremony.

Sunglasses & Studded bracelets Throwing on a pair of shades makes any attire a little hotter. Stack your arms with leather, studded and spiked bracelets.

Elope Take a trip to Las Vegas and get married without all the flower arrangement and bridesmaids preparations! Book only a photographer to take pictures that you can later share with all your friends and family. It will be a magical experience without any of hassles that come with planning a wedding with 150 guests!

And most important have fun and be yourself!

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The Cool Bride's Guide To Finding Fun & Modern Bridesmaid Dresses

When it comes to the bridal party not every bride wants to take the traditional route. 

Planning a wedding can often become a big stressful ordeal and being a bridesmaid can come with its own particular set of headaches. Why not bring focus on fun while sharing your special day with your best friends? 

There are plenty of fun alternatives to the standard bridal party. The idea of your maid-of-honor and bridesmaids in custom dresses seems dreamy but when you get down to the details of planning it, it's often a nightmare. And, all your friends have their own distinct personality and style. How do you have your wedding perfect and make everyone happy when picking out the bridesmaid outfits?

You can ditch the titles

It can be really hard to pick who your maid of honor should be. To avoid hard feelings and a difficult decision, just give everyone in your close friend group fun and important names and roles. Maybe your friend Jen is a really good speaker. She can be the designated speech giver. And your pal Rachel teaches dance. She can be responsible for getting everyone out on the dance floor. Be creative with it.

Have them get dresses they’ll wear again

Instead of shelling out big money for a dress they will most like hate and likely never wear again consider an alternative.

Let your bridesmaid pick their own dress and style. Show them the inspiration for your wedding. One fun idea for a summer wedding is to have your bridesmaids wear floral print. It makes a statement that they are part of your wedding but it gives them the opportunity to pick out their own style of dress, one that they can wear again during other summer occasions.

Another option is to have all your bridesmaids wear a certain color. But the dress style and fit is up to them. Share the colors you want to be the accents at the wedding for example metallics or blush and nude.

 

They don’t even need to wear dresses

Cute, matching tops, paired with maxi or tulle skirts can be fun.

Don't worry about it looking too different. Your brides are your friends and they ARE excited and happy for you- they will choose something they personally like but most important something that would make you happy as well. 

 

Accessories

Gift your bridesmaids matching jewelry. A simple initial pendant or bracelet can be the perfect way to say thank you for being your bridesmaid. It will always fit and it's a nice way to have something special to remember your wedding day.

If you don’t want to cramp your bridesmaids individual styles, tell them to wear whatever they want. You can opt for unique accessories for them such as flower crowns or hairpieces instead.

Decorations

Your closest friends can all carry umbrellas, fans, or lanterns to indicate that they are part of your close knit circle.

Real Wedding: Iva & Dennis

It's always amazing to make a dress for a friend – so I would especially like to share this story. It’s the perfect example of what's possible when you choose to do a custom piece for your wedding.

My close friend Iva came to me in need of help, and when we met she was so lost and uninspired that she was almost sad. She had spent endless hours looking through wedding gown pictures online and she really had no idea what she wanted because she hadn't seen anything that fit her style or was in her budget. I immediately suggested we go look around in the Garment District and see what was available for inspiration. I have always found that a trip like this works very well for brides who are confused.

A few weeks later we visited a few of my favorite bridal fabric stores in New York City. We found a ton of things that interested us, and one lace example that was super exciting. It was thick crochet bridal lace fabric that had a little sheen but was not overwhelmingly heavy or extravagant. It became the inspiration for the dress. I could see Iva's face light up – it was perfect!

Since Iva had gone to fashion school she told me she would like to take the swatch home and think of a design herself and do some sketches. However, she was very skeptical about her drawing ability, but I told her not to worry. She could send me whatever she drew and I would work with her to establish the final design and fit.

Each woman always inspires me, and I love the fact that I can offer exactly what she wants even if she doesn't know how to go about it herself. I always tell my brides to give me all their ideas, even if they are not directly related to the dress design, and then we can come up with a way to incorporate them into the garment. It gives the bride the chance to be a part of designing process, which is always so special.

A few days later when I got Iva's sketches I was blown away! I would like to share them with you, as they are as professional as they come in the industry…

We decided on a two-piece design that included a short jumpsuit with sheer side panels and a chiffon skirt with slits to go over it. The skirt would be worn over the jumpsuit for the ceremony and then removed for the reception. It was a wonderful and modern take on the traditional wedding dress – perfect for Iva to dance the night away and enjoy the party. It was so different than my previous work and It turned out to be one of my favorite wedding pieces that I have worked on…

 

 

NK Bride at the "BIG FAKE WEDDING"

Last October I attended an amazing event in New York City called "The Big Fake Wedding." It wasn’t your typical wedding expo where couples walk around and visit vendors at their booths. Instead, the attendees are “guests” at a wedding put together by the vendors so that the engaged couples can experience each company as if they’re really a part of the wedding. For example, "The Big Fake Wedding" usually takes place in a real venue that is available for couples to book. Each of the tables are decorated by a different company specializing in floral or table designs, and there is a caterer, a drinks sponsor, a DJ, and all the other vendors in between. There is also a ceremony, in which a real couple (already married) renews their vows in front of the attendees, inspiring them as to what to hope for after years of marriage. It was a very moving and fun event!

I am so happy to announce that I was invited to participate in the next one this April, where I will get to dress the bride!!! I am so looking forward to it and I want to share the “save the date” with you!

The BIG FAKE WEDDING NYC

MIDTOWN LOFT & TERRACE
267 5TH AVE
NEW YORK, NY 10016

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017 | 7:00 pm

Doors open at 6:30

BUY TICKETS HERE

 

NK Bride at "Say I Do" LGBT Wedding Expo

I named the first collection I presented in New York, "The password is Love." It is my way to look at life. I believe you have to love who you are, love what you do, and love what you wear.

Love is the essence of marriage. It knows no boundaries and it is inclusive of all. To me, a wedding is the celebration of LOVE.

The Supreme Court’s decision last June to make same-sex marriage a right nationwide was a BIG win for the LGBT community and a BIG win for LOVE. I happened to be in LA working on a photo shoot when the announcement was made. That night we all went out to celebrate in West Hollywood – it was a big street party that lasted till the morning.

I was so excited for all my friends who finally had their right to spend the rest of their lives with the person they love.

I grew up in Washington, DC, and this past summer I had the chance take my parents to the "Say I Do!” LGBT Wedding Expo in Washington, DC. It was a such pleasure! I love going to bridal expos because it feels like a big wedding celebration. There is music, food, drinks, and always a beautiful display. It is really fun!

 

Photos by: CYork Photography

It was my first LGBT couples wedding event and I was so happy to be there. I loved to see that big companies, like Bloomingdales Bridal Salon, were there in support of LGBT, but my favorite new vendor was a wedding jewelry company from NYC. The line is called Rony Tennenbaum, named after the designer, and I absolutely fell in love with their esthetics and the whole feel of their company. It is modern and classic, and to make it even better, their work is 100% made in USA.

As a bridal designer I want to support, share the experience, and promote equality between local businesses and the LGBT community. What excites me is the possibility of creating custom wedding pieces that reflect each couple’s personality and individuality and celebrate their love!


NK Bride at Manus X Machina... The Metropolitan Museum of Art

One of the best things about living in New York is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It has been an incredible source of inspiration and information for me since I first moved here. Every year they have a special fashion exhibit starting with the opening ceremony known as the MET Gala. I am always amazed by the spectacular presentations. 

 This year the exhibit is called Manus X Machina. It explores how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. With more than 170 ensembles dating from the early 20th century to the present, the exhibition addresses the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of mass production. It explores this ongoing dichotomy, in which hand and machine are presented as discordant tools in the creative process, and questions the relationship and distinction between haute couture and ready-to-wear.”

Opening Piece- Karl Lagerfeld for House of Chanel -- Wedding Ensemble -- Autumn/Winter 2014-15 Haute Couture

I tried to pick only my favorites to share with you but it has been hard to choose just a few… From Karl Lagerfeld to original Coco Chanels, Valentino, Givenchy,  to one of my favorite dresses of all times- the Dior scalloped evening dress circa fall/winter 1949–1950.

“This extraordinary ball gown by Christian Dior, of gray silk tulle, arrayed with an overlay of scallop-shaped petals The bodice and shell forms of its skirt are embellished with nacreous paillettes and sequins, iridescent seed beads, aurora-borealis crystals, and pearls. Dior is best known for his revival of the wasp-waisted silhouette seen here. His celebrated first collection of 1947 was dubbed the "New Look" by the influential American editor Carmel Snow, because the corseted, full-bosomed, and hourglass shaping had not been seen for decades. In fact, the "New Look" was an old look revived. After the deprivations of World War II, Dior believed that the survival of the haute couture relied on its ability to restore fantasy and luxury to women's wardrobes. The fragile effects of this gown, which merges Second Empire romanticism with the classical iconography of ideal and eternal beauty, recall Dior's belief that "fashion comes from a dream."

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