The 2016 Spring Collection from Tomomi Okubo

In recent years, we’ve seen brides begin to take chances with their bridal gowns, stepping away from the traditional and moving towards options that authentically suit their personal tastes. Designers are now showing an amazing range of styles: bridal separates, more color than ever before, and everything from dramatic embroidery and laser cut appliqués, to the most ethereal, flowing shapes. For all brides who are searching for a wedding dress that reflects your simple, tasteful aesthetic with a vintage-inspired sense of design, we’re excited to introduce the spring collection from Tomomi Okubo.

The spring/summer collection features distinctly romantic designs, bringing a feminine focus to bridal attire. You’ll find fluttering dresses with a delicate flow and open backs, and sweet details that create a nostalgic touch. Several of our favorites showcase thick floral embroidery on tulle over lace, creating a unique pop-up effect that is truly stunning on a deep-V neckline and bodice.

The NYC-based designer has worked in asymmetrical lace motifs, hemlines, and cap sleeves to lend several styles an organic look. New this year, separates with hidden knee-length skirts add more options for brides planning outdoor or casual weddings, or simply wanting to make a different statement.

Next week, Tomomi Okubo will be celebrating the opening of their showroom in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Be sure to visit their instagram for the announcement, and make your appointment to view it in person!

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01.23.16 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

How to Host a Winter Wedding

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White winter weddings are truly magical! Although winter is one of the most romantic seasons, it’s important to remember some of the practical items about a winter wedding. Here are 10 things to remember when planning a white winter wedding from the experts at Bluebird Productions:

1) Prepare for the cold: dress yourself appropriately and make sure your guests are informed of outdoor components, general locations and precautions to take (think high heels and a snowy path on top of a mountain…)

2) Keep your guests cozy: make sure guests know to bundle up but having blankets, hot cocoa and hot toddy’s, mittens, mitten warmers and more make for happy guests!

3) Prepare a back up plan: having a back up plan is important when considering an outdoor winter ceremony, but it’s also important for your vendors. It’s best not to fly in your favorite photographer the day of the wedding in the winter when airline travel can be a bit precarious.

4) Consider travel: travel may be more expensive in the winter months. Additionally, one may want to budget extra days in case of inclement weather.

5) Think about how cold weather impacts your skin: cold weather lends to dry and cracked skin. Be sure to hydrate and moisturize!

6) Plan your accessories: select fashionable accessories that are fitting for the winter season!

7) Candle light: When in doubt, add candles!

8) Flowers and seasonality: flowers may be more expensive in the winter months due to availability and they  may also be more challenging to transport due to the movement from hot to cold climates and back.

9) Prepare for altitude: the majority of white winter weddings occur at higher altitudes. Prepare your guests for the impact and encourage hydration.

10) Be ready for anything: winter weather can be unpredictable. It’s best to be open to the extra snow (or lack thereof!)

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01.22.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

Effortless Destination Wedding in Greece

Charlene and Gabriel, a couple from France, chose a destination wedding on the amazing Greek island of Paros. Just off the coast from Athens and the island of Santorini, this gem has maintained the essence and natural beauty that make it unique. The bride said, “We were so struck by the beauty of the island that we decided very quickly that we wanted to get married there!” We love the way they planned: working with a French wedding planner, they chose as many local wedding vendors as possible, and hosted their guests at a large villa in front of the Aegan Sea. A swimming pool to one side, the sea to another, and the stunning Greek sunset made for an amazing reception. And can we say, Charlene’s backless dress is completely gorgeous!

Looking for more destination wedding inspiration? Some of our favorite destination weddings have taken place in France, Bali, and Spain.

Photography : Yann Audic for Lifestories Wedding Photography | Dress: Pronovias | Shoes: Valentino | Groom’s Suit: De Fursac | Groom’s Shoes: Finsbury | Tie: Sandro | Cuff links: Lanvin | Shirt: Izac | Catering: Aliprantis Bakery | Wedding Planner: Mademoiselle Chahnez | Fleuriste: Dianthos

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01.21.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Elegant Winter Wedding in Texas

We love to hear the love stories of our couples, and Sara and Alex’s story is incredibly sweet: not only was he her first date, but that very first date was their last ever “first date.” These newlyweds have been together since high school, and so their wedding celebration felt a long time coming. They planned an elegant winter wedding in their home state of Texas, and though Texas may not be as “wintery” as many other places, we love the way they incorporated seasonal touches to their wedding: hot chocolate and marshmallows, handmade knitted shawls gifted to the bridesmaids, and a seasonal palette of whites, greens, and gold. Read on for more ideas and inspiration from the bride!

More from the bride:

“We got married on a chilly January afternoon on my family ranch in Navasota, Texas, surrounded by about eighty of our close family and friends. When we were beginning to plan, the season and location were very important to us to create a cozy and personal feel to the day. The ranch is really special for us, both as a place I grew up with and also as a little haven for us throughout our relationship.

We really wanted to achieve an intimate and relaxed environment for the day that embodied our personalities and story. We kept to a muted winter color palette, with lots of candles, rustic florals, and greenery foraged from the land.

Our friends and family warmed up with hot chocolate and homemade marshmallows prior to the ceremony, held in the ranch house living room. We had a tent reception to follow overlooking the lake, with dark and stormy cocktails, a family-style winter feast, and dessert served in cast iron skillets. Alex and I love to share food together, so having a great, communal meal was really important. The whole day was magical, with every detail customized for us to create the perfect environment to dedicate our lives to each other. I will never forget it.”

Sara & Alex’s Wedding in Super 8 | Texas from The McKellars on Vimeo.

Event Planning, Design, and Florals: The Nouveau Romantics | Photography: Jose Villa | Videography: The McKellars | Venue: Que Pasa Ranch | Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham | Calligraphy: Wayfarer’s Creative | Makeup: Nisa Nicole | Paper Goods: Hazel Wonderland | Cake: Coco Paloma | Catering: Spoon & Co

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01.20.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog