Wedding Redux – The Bride and Her Girls

So, here we are on the last day of wedding week.  I hope you’ve had as wonderful of a time as I have revisiting our nuptials.  Today we dive into the wedding day attire, hair and makeup.

The Hair and Makeup

I’m willing to bet that the vendors I chose for makeup and hair are the best makeup artist and hair stylist in the state of New Jersey.  Hands down.  Mandy from La Sorella Bridal and Jillyan from Skin Bar and Paint did an OUTSTANDING job on me, my girls and our moms.  From a makeup perspective it was really important for me to have the perfect balance of subtlety and radiance and Jillyan and her assistant totally delivered, both for me and everyone else.  They were sweet and engaging and the experience was super pleasant.  As far as hair is concerned, mine is boring and doesn’t generally behave the way I want it to.  Mandy, with her massive amount of expertise, did not only give my hair texture and structure, it also kept for the entire night.  Actually, I’m not going to lie — when I woke up the next morning it was still pretty much intact.  My sister even said that it was the first time she’s ever liked a professional hairstyle that she’s gotten done.  Here are a few shots:

The Bridesmaids Dresses

I love my bridesmaids and I wanted them to look gorgeous on my wedding day.  I envisioned a strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline in purple chiffon so when I saw the Bari Jay 103 dress, I knew it was the one.  The girls chose their own jewelry and shoes and the dress was flattering on all of them so everyone looked spectacular and unique.

The Jewelry

I definitely wanted to look as traditional as possible during the wedding ceremony but I also wanted to look a little more glamorous during the reception.  Since I didn’t have the budget for more than one dress, I chose to achieve this by using jewelry.  For the ceremony I wore a string of pearls and pearl earrings given to me by my godmother.

Then for the ceremony, I ditched a necklace altogether and swapped out the pearl studs for crystal chandelier earrings.

The Shoes

I knew I wanted to go with a non-traditional purple shoe for the wedding.  I didn’t expect that I would buy two pairs, however – but I did.  I bought both the Badgley Mischka Randall and Randee shoes and the final choice was a last minute decision:

I chose the Randalls:

The Bouquet:

I loved the idea of the contrast of a purple bouquet against my white dress, and white bouquets against the girls purple dresses.  Doreen from Amazonas made some beautiful bouquets for me and the girls.  (My bouquet is actually pretty popular on pinterest!)  I loved all the bouquets — the only thing I wished I’d done slightly different is make the bridesmaids bouquets smaller.

The Veil

When I saw Bride Wars for the first time, I wasn’t even engaged — and honestly, I’ve never been one to daydream about my wedding day.  So, I was surprised what an impression it made on me when I saw Anne Hathaway’s veil.    I just loved they way it looked like she had just one giant piece of tulle draped over her, it was magnificent.  Well, the internet failed me on this one because this was the only image I could find of it:

After hours upon hours of research I was finally able to deduce the type of veil that it was — a cathedral length drop veil.  I found a lovely veil shop in Pompton Plains –  The owner and designer Marie Hunt makes gorgeous veils and on my first visit to her shop, I found exactly what I wanted.  Here’s the veil hanging from my ex-dining room ceiling fan.  Here it is in all it’s glory from the front,

from the back,

and from the side.

The Dress

Being that Kleinfeld is right in New York City, I think it’s sort of a tradition for NY metro area brides to at least try on dresses there.  It was the first dress store I went to so I had no intention of buying a dress.  This Monique Lhuillier from the Bliss Collection was the first dress that my stylist, Diane, picked out  and I loved it the moment I tried it on. The delicate lace bodice was a perfect complement to the tufted silk organza modified A-line skirt.  The dress had no train initially and I was uneasy about it at first but Diane was quick to suggest that we request to add one and they did.  Problem solved.  Finally one of my favorite aspects of the dress was the belt.  I loved the wow factor that it added to an otherwise simple dress.  Again, it was the perfect embodiment of simplicity and elegance (at least in my opinion :).)

So there you have it! Thanks for letting me indulge myself a little on my first anniversary — although I hope it was helpful to you if you’re looking to plan a wedding.

Stay tuned next week for non-wedding posts including my attendance at the IFB Inside Generation Style runway show.

Have a great weekend!



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6 responses to “Wedding Redux – The Bride and Her Girls

  1. Love love loved reading the posts this week! Today’s made me tear and remember how much fun we had and just how beautiful you looked! Thanks for sharing the memories!

  2. Michelle

    Beautiful post! I love the idea of using different jewelry for the reception to change the look a bit!

  3. Wow! You looked beautiful!!
    So nice meeting you on Wednesday at #ultrabookstyle – here is my post about it!

    Anna of

  4. You looked BEAUTIFUL!

    So nice meeting you on Wednesday at #ultrabookstyle – here is my post about it!

    Anna of

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