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Bridal Fashion Inspiration for Your Pre-Wedding Parties – Bridal Shower, Bachelorette Party and Rehearsal Dinner

April 24, 2014 | christine

We know you’ve spent months pouring over glossy magazines and scouring Pinterest for your dream wedding day look, but bridal style goes far beyond just the wedding day! Don’t forget you have several pre-wedding parties to dress for as a bride, including your bridal shower, bachelorette party and of course the rehearsal dinner. Round out your bridal style with these three looks for each and every occasion…

Bridal Shower Fashion Inspiration for the Bride

Perhaps the most sentimental gathering of the pre-wedding festivities, your bridal shower is a time to sip champagne with your girlfriends and celebrate with those closest to you. It goes without saying, that you should have an outfit to match! Sweet as a bride can be, this bridal shower look is perfect for the blushing bride.

bridal fashion inspiration for your bridal shower

Bridal Shower Fashion Credits:
Springing Telegram Dress from ModCloth
kate spade new york ’skinny mini’ faux pearl bow stud earrings from Nordstrom
kate spade new york ’all wrapped up’ short glass pearl necklace from Nordstrom
Joan & David ‘Nasella’ Pump from Nordstrom

 

 

Bachelorette Party Fashion Inspiration for the Bride

When the time comes for you to let loose for the ultimate girl’s night out, bold metallics catch everyone’s eye. Softened with the palest of pinks, you totally rock those kate spade new york “mrs” earrings!

bridal fashion inspiration for your bachelorette party

Bachelorette Party Fashion Credits:
Across the Table Dress from ModCloth
Natasha Couture ‘Metallic Mirror’ Box Clutch from Nordstrom
kate spade new york ‘say yes – mrs’ stud earrings from Nordstrom
DV by Dolce Vita ‘Pamona’ Pump from Nordstrom

 

 

Rehearsal Dinner Fashion Inspiration for the Bride

It’s the night before your wedding – it’s time for the rehearsal dinner. Feel more like a bride than ever with your future hubby on your arm and you in this gorgeous ensemble fit for a bride!

bridal fashion inspiration for your rehearsal dinner

Rehearsal Dinner Fashion Credits:
Goodnight, Swoon Dress from ModCloth
Nina Beaded Frame Clutch Champagne from Nordstrom
Nina ‘Alecia’ Faux Pearl Drop Earrings from Nordstrom
Blue by Betsey Johnson ‘Party’ Satin Sandal from Nordstrom

 

Hope you’ve been inspired! Still don’t know what you’re wearing on the big day? Be sure to check out our gorgeous bridal style features!

Cozy and Nostalgic Winter Wedding with Photos by Alison Conklin Photography – Bridget and Tom

April 23, 2014 | sarah
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While we are well into springtime this April, I couldn’t help but share this gorgeous winter wedding from Alison Conklin Photography. If I could close my eyes and imagine the perfect snowy soiree, this would be it! With a cool color palette of soft whites and hues of silver and gray, sweet pine cone details and snow globes placed on a soft knitted tabletop, cozy mittens and roasting s’mores by the fire – what could possibly be better for a winter wedding?

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Couple: Bridget and Tom

The Wedding: 1.26.2013 – Terrain at Styers, Glen Mills, PA

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Goals: Tom and I both envisioned a very intimate and warm setting. It was very important to us to have a relatively small wedding with just close family and friends present. (We both tend to get nervous in front of crowds, which is why it was such a great comfort to have my brother-in-law marry us!) Food was another one of our priorities–and it was one of the things that made Terrain so attractive to us as a venue! Food has always played a big part in both of our family lives; my mom is a chef and Tom’s mom is a fantastic cook. We knew we wanted to have some of favorite Croatian (for Tom’s family) and Polish (for my family) comfort foods served at the wedding. We wanted to create a sense of family and intimacy for all of our guests—and the best way we knew how to do that was through food.

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

 

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Look: All along I felt very strongly about choosing a classic, traditional gown and creating a wedding day look that was very timeless. I saw the “Bridgette” dress (a silk, cap sleeved, V-neck lace gown with a silver guipure belt) from Claire Pettibone online and asked Marina at Nicole Bridal & Formal Shoppe if they could get a sample in the store for me to try. It was the first dress I tried on, and it just felt right. The dress was so lightweight and comfortable, very easy to move and dance in. The frosted silver belt fit perfectly with the winter theme of the wedding. I loved that the dress was very romantic and traditional, but the open lace back gave it a just a hint of edge. It’s just a happy coincidence that the dress shares my name! I had a lot of fun with my accessories – and certainly made the most of having a winter wedding! To keep warm, I wore a beautiful, vintage fur stole, cozy bow-bedecked gloves that I found on a spur-of-the-moment visit to Anthropologie and rabbit-fur ear muffs from BHLDN. My blush booties were purchased from my favorite shoe designer, Loeffler Randall. For my beauty look, I was definitely inspired by the Old Hollywood look. I don’t wear much makeup everyday but I love a bold lip for special occasions. My makeup artist used MAC Ruby Woo, which was just the perfect, quintessential red lipstick. My hairdresser Zaneta from The Studio CL totally nailed the vintage ’40s waves.

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

 

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Design: I wasn’t ever motivated by a strong sense of color when planning the wedding. Instead, we had this vision of a nostalgic winter wedding, one that would conjure up memories of childhood snow days. My mom and I started thinking a lot about old Dick & Jane books and old Golden books, which eventually inspired the idea of our save-the-date and the custom illustration for our invite. From there, we thought about all the things we loved best about winter. We wanted our friends and family to feel as if they were encased inside a winter snow globe and recall the rosy cheeks and cold fingers and toes of childhood snow days. To warm up with cozy blankets and wool mittens and mugs of hot chocolate and roaring fire pits. The tables were decorated with knit table runners and snow globes that my family and I made out of mason jars, pine cones and bottle brush trees. My florist Sullivan Owen created beautiful wintery arrangements in mercury vases and bowls. She also turned a pair of vintage skis I purchased on eBay into a floating chandelier over the head table. She took the ice skates and sleds my family and I found at flea markets and thrift stores and made them come alive with cotton, flowers and pine cones. (Fun aside: I now work for Sullivan as her studio manager. I just couldn’t get enough of her inspired designs!) The simple, rustic (and delicious!) cake was iced with a Swiss meringue butter cream and topped with pine cones and placed on a vintage child’s sled that my mom found at one of her favorite antique shops. Our guest book was an old copy of The Three Little Kittens Golden Book – the story that inspired the little rhyme on our save-the-date. We used an old Nestle cocoa tin I found on Etsy as our card box.

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

 

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Moments: One of my favorite moments was during our first dance. My nephew, who is normally a really shy guy, ended up coming out and joining us. We have a great picture of him standing right in between Tom and my legs as we slow danced. We wouldn’t have had it any other way! A similar moment occurred during my dance with my Dad (“Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison). My niece and nephew and my cousin’s kids couldn’t wait to get out on the dance floor. So my dad and I started a conga line with them all! That night was all about celebrating the love we’ve received from our families over the years—and the new family Tom and I are starting. Another really special moment was when Tom and I snuck out of the reception to roast marshmallows at one of the fire pits we had set up outside the barn. It was so nice to sneak off and have a few moments alone to celebrate.

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Advice: One piece of advice I would give couples is to not get too caught up trying to create picture perfect, choreographed moments. Sometimes, and definitely in my and Tom’s case, the more spontaneous or unrehearsed moments, like when my nephew joined us for our first dance, are what you end up remembering and cherishing most about the day. And one more: sit down and eat at your wedding! Tom and I took photos before our ceremony so we could spend the cocktail hour welcoming and thanking our guests. When it came time for dinner, we sat down with our guests and really enjoyed our first meal together as husband and wife.

warm and cozy winter wedding, photo by Alison Conklin Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Wedding Team:

Photographer: Alison Conklin Photography
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Terrain at Styers
Invitation Designer: LoveLeigh Invitations with custom illustration by Meg Hunt
Catering: Terrain at the Styers
Florist: Sullivan Owen
Cake: Tartes Fine Cakes & Pastries
Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone via Nicole Bridal & Formal Shoppe
Bridal Accessories: BHLDN (clutch), Anthropologie (gloves), Claire Pettibone (hair clip), Nicole Bridal & Formal Shoppe (lace gloves), Loeffler Randall (booties), Stupp Furs (fur stole)
Groom’s Apparel & Accessories: Common Wealth Proper (suit), Halloween Jewelry, PA (vintage cufflinks)
Bridesmaids’ Gifts: Bloomingdales (clutches)
Groomsmen’s Gifts: Bloomingdales (tie clips)
Makeup Artist: Dawn Episcopo of Nives Riddles
Hair Stylist: Zaneta Leszczynska of The Studio CL
DJ: No Macarena DJ & Custom Music Service
Live Music: E Shawn Qaissaunee and Sharon Sable
Transportation: Duvall Motorcoach
Favors: TargetKnitWits, Vermont Country Store (knit mittens)
Rings: Halloween Jewelry, PA

Thank you to Bridget and Tom for sharing your oh-so-cozy and totally nostalgic winter wedding with us all!

Looking for more incredible winter weddings? Check out Jordann and Adam’s elegant New Year’s Eve wedding!

Classic Oscar de la Renta Bridal Style with Photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography

April 22, 2014 | christine
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In a stunning Oscar de la Renta wedding dress, bride Taylor’s wedding day look is simply beautiful. A radiant bride from head to toe, from her beautifully braided bridal hair to her stylish Badgley Mischka bridal shoes, Katherine Salvatori Photography captured it all.

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Couple: Taylor and Craig

The Wedding: 6.29.2013 – Independence Grove, Libertyville, Illinois

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Goals: Summer in Chicago is beautiful, so we knew we wanted to have an outdoor ceremony in a scenic location. We choose a local forest preserve as our venue and it was so naturally beautiful that we were able to keep our ceremony decor simple and fresh. I wanted our wedding to be classic, elegant and beautiful. Because the ceremony was outside during June, I wanted a dress that wasn’t heavily beaded or ornate, but still made me feel like a bride, which is why I settled on a silk organza strapless A-line.

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Style: I have always loved the timeless styles of Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and Jackie O. While I didn’t want to feel like a “princess”, I definitely did want to feel like a bride. The dress I choose was not all what I originally had in mind, but it was so beautiful when I put it on that I didn’t want to take it off, and I loved the classic lines of it. I have never been a big jewelry person, and because the neckline was beaded, decided that a beautiful pair of earrings was all I really needed – along with a great pair of heels!

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Dress: My dress was designed by Oscar de la Renta. It was so different from what I had pictured in my head, but as soon as I put it on, it was obvious that the craftsmanship and quality was far superior to anything else I had tried on. I loved how it made me feel and loved the thought of having a gown that I could pass on in my family for years to come.

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Accessories: I’ve never been one to wear a lot of accessories, so knew as soon as I found my dress that I just wanted a pair of beautiful earrings to go with it. I did follow the classic rules of “somethings”, but doubled up where I could – I had my grandfather’s pocket watch from when he was a train conductor sewn into my bouquet (my “something old” and “something borrowed”), my “something new” was the dress, and wore little blue undies as my “something blue”.

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Advice: My advice is to focus on creating a more polished version of yourself. I think sometimes brides can get so focused on looking “perfect” that they often end not looking like themselves. Go for a style that makes you feel confident and comfortable in, and really lets your happiness show through!

classic Oscar De La Renta bridal style with photos by Katherine Salvatori Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Wedding Team:

Photographer: Katherine Salvatori Photography
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Independence Grove
Catering: Independence Grove
Florist: Simple Elegance Floral and Event Design
Cake: Oak Mill Bakery
Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta via L’Elite Boutique
Bridal Accessories: Musette Bridal Boutique (veil), Badgley Mischka (shoes)
Bridesmaids’ Apparel & Accessories: J.Crew
Groom & Groomsmen’s Apparel & Accessories: J.Crew
Hair & Makeup: Bridal Beauty Chicago
DJ: Elite DJ Music

Thank you Taylor and Craig for sharing your beautiful wedding with us!

Looking for more bridal style inspiration? Check out bride Stephanie’s flawless floral crown wedding day look!