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Kristy @ Momental Designs's Picture
Kristy Rice, Pennsylvania Vendor: Invitation Artist Website: Momental Designs About Me: I remember drawing by flashlight way past my bedtime as a young child – I never stopped. For me creating art is not an act but a lifestyle. I am passionate about creating moments on paper, my home, loving my hubby and believe you can never have too many fantastic handbags.
About Kristy @ Momental Designs

While chatting with a fellow stationery designer on Twitter I discovered the stunning work of Jane Wilson-Marquis. Her hand-painted collection immediately drew me in; I wanted to see more. Jane’ s inspiration “derives from Greco-Roman, Medieval and the Arts and Crafts periods. Her clothes create a romantic vision and wrap the wearer in sculptured swatches of luxurious fabrics.” Hand-painted flourishes take fashion as art to the next level with the tactile quality of each painted stroke.

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As I dove deeper in to the Jane Wislon site I discovered her “Wearable Art” Collection and was simply blown away. The sculptural quality of each gown combined with heavily painted bodices was immediately enchanting. As an eclectic wedding gown choice or spirited attendant’s dress, these painted designs would take center stage at any celebration.

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Kimberly Driessen, New York Vendor: Invitation Designer Website: Blue Ribbon Design About Me: I am the owner of Blue Ribbon Design, a graphic design studio in Manhattan that creates letterpress greeting cards and invitations. I specialize in vintage-inspired designs that incorporate historic details in a modern and elegant way. I love helping brides find the perfect visual motif to use throughout their wedding and especially enjoy working on events that take place at historic homes and gardens.
About Kimberly @ Blue Ribbon Design

I’m so glad J.Crew is finally expanding the number of locations where brides can see the weddings and parties collection in person - and now you don’t even have to go uptown! I like that they used an illustration in this email blast as opposed to a photograph - it’s a refreshing change of pace from the usual glossy (albeit charming) photo and has a nice vintage feel.

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Sabrina & Eunice Moyle, San Francisco, CA Vendor: Invitations & Stationery Website: Hello! Lucky About Me: We (sisters Eunice and Sabrina Moyle) started Hello!Lucky in 2003 out of Eunice's garage with a hand-cranked Vandercook printing press. Since then we've created whimsical stationery and greeting card designs for almost every occasion, including wedding invitations, save the dates, thank you notes, and a line of hilarious sock monkey cards! We love crafting, flea marketing, fashion, travel, and all things paper. We're based San Francisco with a studio in London, so we're immersed in design trends from around the world!
About Sabrina & Eunice @ Hello! Lucky

Happy Monday, everyone! We thought we’d start the week with this breathtaking wedding dress from Thrush Vintage.

Audrey Hepburn Wedding Dress

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Guest Blogger Feature Launched: February 9, 2009 About: Guest posts submitted by wedding vendors.
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Hi Hive! I’m Elana, a very lucky intern at Weddingbee! Last Wednesday, I was lucky enough to attend the fashion show for “Operation Dream Dress”, hosted by Brides Magazine . Out of hundreds of entries, just five budding designers were selected to have their dresses walked down a runway in front of a fantastic panel of judges with the hopes of having their dress selected for the front cover of Bride’s Magazine! The theme for the designs was “visionary romance”. The host was Millie Martini Bratten, the Editor in Chief of Brides Magazine. I tried to contain my excitement when the panel entered the room. The panel included:

  • Dan Rentillo, the Fashion Director of David’s Bridal
  • Austin Scarlett from Season 1 of Project Runway
  • Supermodel Hilary Rhoda, also the face of Estée Lauder
  • Rachel Leonard, Fashion Director of Brides Magazine
  • Britt Aboutaleb, Associate Editor of Fashionista.com

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Cynthia Converse, Syracuse, NY Vendor: Invitations Website: Bella Figura About Me: Bella Figura is a wind-powered, eco-friendly letterpress shop committed to the fine artisanship of letterpress printing and the environment. Along with our sister company, Smock, we print our wedding invitations and stationery on only the finest luxury cotton and bamboo papers to ensure the most beautiful of prints in sight and to the touch, while working tirelessly to do our little piece for the good of the earth. We are hopelessly in love with our abundant collection of cast iron presses, farmer's markets, fall in Upstate NY, creating beautiful heirlooms for our brides, businesses that do good for the world, calligraphy, spending time in nature, contributing to the greater letterpress community, our rambling studios in a converted warehouse turned artist's haven, and our two year old in residence. Turning invitations into art on paper while dedicating ourselves to the environment is not what we do, it's who we are.
About Cynthia @ Bella Figura

The Wedding Dress

June 26th, 2009 @ 3:21 pm by Cynthia @ Bella Figura

Having shared my recent bridal shower, I think it’s time I show you my wedding dress, don’t you? It has been an interesting process and in the end I absolutely love my dress. Frankly, it surpasses any expectations I could have had going into the hunt and the best part may just be the price tag…but we’ll get to that in a minute.

I think it’s important for me to note that dress shopping was not something I was particularly looking forward to and, in fact, I waited nearly five months after being engaged to start the process. The reasons for this are numerous but it basically boils down to two main issues - (1) I have recently lost a significant amount of weight, and I was worried about going to try on dresses and being disappointed. The last thing you want it go through all of that effort to be anything less than ecstatic with how you look. (2) I really really did not want to spend a lot of money on a dress. Some things were really important to me when planning our wedding (a fantastic venue, great photography and incredible invitations, of course), but a wedding dress was not high on my list of priorities…even though I am completely smitten by basically everything Jim Hjelm has ever created.

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{Dress by Jim Hjelm}

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Kimberly @ Blue Ribbon Design's Picture
Kimberly Driessen, New York Vendor: Invitation Designer Website: Blue Ribbon Design About Me: I am the owner of Blue Ribbon Design, a graphic design studio in Manhattan that creates letterpress greeting cards and invitations. I specialize in vintage-inspired designs that incorporate historic details in a modern and elegant way. I love helping brides find the perfect visual motif to use throughout their wedding and especially enjoy working on events that take place at historic homes and gardens.
About Kimberly @ Blue Ribbon Design

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Last weekend, I went with a friend to check out the J.Crew Wedding Collection at the Rockefeller Center store here in New York. It was so nice to finally see all the dresses in person! The silhouettes are simple and elegant, the gowns are nicely made, and the prices are gentle on the pocketbook (most designs cost between $695 and $1500).
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Interview Feature Launched: April 17, 2009 About: Interviews with some of the most interesting people in the wedding industry.
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Elizabeth Dye

April 21st, 2009 @ 6:26 pm by interview

Today we’re interviewing the ridiculously talented Portland, Oregon based wedding dress designer Elizabeth Dye.  Elizabeth is known for her feminine, period-inspired, modern designs.  She also creates some of the most gorgeous boleros around.  Here is a little glimpse into her world!

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How did you start your business?

I have been a clothing designer since 2000, but bridal design really chose me - my first dresses were for friends desperate to find a non-poofy alternative to the traditional cookie-cutter gown. Since then, I’ve designed hundreds of one of a kind dresses - more every year. It just keeps growing. And I still love doing it!
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Emilie Sommer, Portland, Maine Vendor: Photographer Website: Emilie Inc. About Me: Emilie earned a degree in photojournalism from Syracuse University and worked at USA Today and The Washington Post in Washington, DC, before opening her wedding photography studio, emilie inc, in Portland, Maine. She loves all the intricate details involved in planning, the warm fuzzy feeling about two people in love and freezing those moments in time in a photograph. It’s a contagious dancing-through-daisies kind of good feeling. She also started the Roots Workshop, the directory News Wedding Photographers and the non-profit Pink Initiative
About Emilie @ Emilie Inc. Photography

Traci Romano, you’ll recall, is my guardian angel who saved me from my wedding dress emergency by graciously offering me anything in her store in Connecticut last weekend. This weekend, I drove back down to pick up my dress, check out the minor alterations it needed (looks fantastic!), and meet veiling specialist Sara Gabriel who was in town for a trunk show at Traci’s boutique (bonus!).

Although Traci’s primary business is event planning, her retail space is a bridal haven of designer dresses, chic accessories, high-end invitations and creative gifts, all perfectly placed in an historic yet modern waterfront building. It’s the sort of atmosphere that caters to the individual with champagne taste, not the masses (speaking of, we had mimosas!).

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Emilie Sommer, Portland, Maine Vendor: Photographer Website: Emilie Inc. About Me: Emilie earned a degree in photojournalism from Syracuse University and worked at USA Today and The Washington Post in Washington, DC, before opening her wedding photography studio, emilie inc, in Portland, Maine. She loves all the intricate details involved in planning, the warm fuzzy feeling about two people in love and freezing those moments in time in a photograph. It’s a contagious dancing-through-daisies kind of good feeling. She also started the Roots Workshop, the directory News Wedding Photographers and the non-profit Pink Initiative
About Emilie @ Emilie Inc. Photography

The 911 Dress 411

April 7th, 2009 @ 11:03 am by Emilie @ Emilie Inc. Photography

I never thought I’d be the type of bride to cry in the fitting room after a dress fitting. But on Friday, that was me.

When J and I started to map out our wedding plans last fall, the dress was a piece of the puzzle that I wasn’t terribly concerned with. Photos? Yes. Location? Yes. And so on. Dress? Not so much. Or at least that is what I thought.

You see, I waited until January to start my dress hunt, certain that I would have better luck finding something for a destination wedding after the new year and perhaps new stock (little did I know dresses come and go quite often). But when I arrived to try on dresses at a well-known local shop on New Hampshire’s seacoast with my entourage (mom, sister and BFF Kara), the sales associate informed us I was quite late and would have to choose a sample dress from stock. With a limited selection and waning enthusiasm from said associate- let’s call her Nancy- I tried dress after dress without success, and my hopeful disposition was quickly challenged. Frustrated, I left and decided to return a few days later when Nancy wasn’t working.

This time I was paired with Michelle (again, names have been changed), who I immediately liked much better. She, too, paraded dress after dress into my fitting room and we soon had a rhythm as I dove into and out of taffeta, silk, chiffon and lace. Two hours later, I was again frustrated and my mom suggested I revisit a dress I had vetoed from our initial appointment. I liked it much better this day, when compared to my other options, and decided to pull the trigger after the seamstress pinched and pinned the oversize sample so I could get a better idea of the magic she planned for my soon-to-be custom-fit look. I didn’t love the dress. But again, it needed a lot of work. I had a vision she (let’s call her Karen) seemed to understand, and I was convinced I could now check another item off the massive bridal To Do list.
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Laura Nadeau, New York City Vendor: Makep Artist Website: Lo and Co. About Me: Laura (Lo) loves all brides all of the time, and nothing makes her happier than making another woman feel great! Laura was born and raised in rural Alaska among huskies, grizzly bears and way too much flannel! With stars in her eyes, Lo moved to New York to pursue acting and realized how makeup could help to create a character and transform an actor. Laura began to see how she could use this skill to transform women in their everyday life and thus her new passion was born - helping women feel confident and beautiful through makeup.
About Laura Nadeau @ Lo and Co

Expert Advice - Gown Shape

March 20th, 2009 @ 10:26 am by Laura Nadeau @ Lo and Co

allison berlinI loved the “tricks of the trade” that celebrity stylist, Allison Berlin shared with us last week, so I asked her for more expert insight. I love to work with Allison and think of her as part of my beauty S.W.A.T. team! It can take a village to look great and we are here for you.

Along with being recently named one of NYC’s Best Personal Stylists by Page Six Magazine, Allison has been the talent stylist on my favorite show What Not to Wear for over 3 years.Yes, that means she dresses Stacy!

Side Note: WNTW’s hair stylist Nick Arrojo lives in my building and I think he is afraid of me after our initial “meeting” in the elevator. I may have been a little too excited to make his acquaintance!

Wedding Gown Styles De-Mystified…

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