Alternative Engagement Rings – Ra Metals Causal Séance Olivia Michaels Jewelry
The tradition of the engagement ring can be traced back to ancient Rome when a bride-to-be was given two rings – a gold one to wear in public and an iron ring to wear at home while carrying out household duties. She wore it on her left hand as it was believed that what we now call the ‘ring finger’ contained a vein, the vena amoris, that led to the heart. Archduke Maximillian of Austria was the first to use a diamond ring to symbolize engagement in 1477 when he betrothed Mary of Burgundy. This started a trend within the upper class of using the diamond engagement ring to not only symbolize love, but also wealth and status. Confined mostly to the affluent for the next five hundred years, the diamond ring’s modern-day popularity didn’t begin until 1947 when De Beers launched the advertising campaign “A Diamond is Forever.” Read More
Laura and Charlie Wedding – Bridal Portrait – Cipriani – Christian Oth Studio
For this month’s BB Featured Bride Laura, it was love at first sight. “I picked out my wedding dress six months before I was even engaged,” she says with a laugh. “I saw the dress online during New York Bridal Fashion week and immediately knew it was the one for me.” Here, Laura talks about her stunning Oscar de la Renta gown and personals.
Part 2: Wedding Dress and Personals
Laura’s ‘say yes to the dress’ story is the kind we all hope for. After becoming officially engaged, she made an appointment to try on the Oscar de la Renta dress she had been dreaming about for the past year and half. “It was even better in person,” she exclaims. “I tried on a few more options just to do my due diligence, but nothing compared. The dress and all the fittings that followed were by far the easiest and most fun parts of wedding planning!” Read More
Nicole & Matt Wedding – Bride – Houston Hall – Jaylim Studio
Many of us look forward to New Year’s Eve for the chance to dress up in our fanciest attire. It’s especially exciting for the bride walking down the aisle on this holiday. The question “Is it too much?” doesn’t apply, and she can incorporate all the glamour and sparkle into her big day look. With her ensemble, Bride and Blossom Featured Bride Nicole aimed to strike a balance between glitz and sophistication. She says, “I wanted to wear something that fit the night, but also felt elegant and beautiful.” Here, Nicole shares all the details about her stunning Berta wedding dress and personals. Read More
Lorenza & Pete Wedding – Bride – New York Botanical Garden – by The Hons
With just six months between getting engaged and the day of her wedding, Lorenza had to move fast on major decisions that take most brides over a year to make. She knew this. So when her mother made an appointment at Kleinfeld, her goal was to walk out having said ‘yes to the dress’. Here, Lorenza talks about her breathtaking Pnina Tornai ensemble and the personal touches that made her wedding day so special.
Part 2: Wedding Dress & Personals
“I knew there would be so many gorgeous dresses that I could love,” recalls Lorenza. “I narrowed down one dress on Kleinfeld’s website before going in.” At her appointment, she was presented with three dresses including the dress she found online. Lorenza looks back and says with a laugh, “Sure enough, when I tried on that dress, I knew it was “the one. I was undoubtedly Kleinfeld’s fastest sale.” Read More
Lorenza & Pete Wedding – Bride Groom – New York Botanical Garden – by The Hons
Tying the knot on a crisp day as picturesque light illuminates the glistening snow all around sounds absolutely magical, right? While the winter months are beautiful, they also bring plummeting temps, which can make parading around in delicate bridal attire uncomfortable. It’s hard to feel that wedding day glow with chattering teeth, shivers, and goose bumps.
But wouldn’t dressing for the season mean sacrificing style? Not at all! Our favorite bridal designers are offering fashionable options to keep you warm and looking fabulous. From gowns to jackets, here are stunning big day looks that embrace winter’s splendor. Read More
Jean & Bryan Wedding – Bride & Bridesmaids – Bronx Post Office – by Karen Wise
Some brides-to-be know exactly what style of wedding dress they want. While others start their search with no idea at all. Then there are those, like our featured bride Jean, who go in with a set look in mind and completely surprise themselves with what they end up wearing down the aisle.
Part 2: Saying Yes To The Dress & Personals
Once the venue and date were confirmed, Jean had only four months to look for a dress. Because of her busy schedule and short timeline, she sometimes attended bridal salon appointments alone and her sisters and mother joined whenever possible. One afternoon, she and her oldest sister, Joanne, made another visit to Monique Lhuillier on the Upper East Side. The esteemed fashion designer is known for her frothy tulle skirts, dramatic silhouettes, and decorative flourishes. Jean, on the other hand, envisioned herself wearing something classic and simple, but with a modern sensibility. So when her sister pointed out the Fleur gown, she didn’t think much of it at first. “I would never have chosen the dress for myself. It was completely the opposite of what I ever pictured myself in!” says Jean. The blush colored design featured a voluminous, multi-tiered ball gown skirt and strapless lace top. “After trying the dress on for my mother and other sisters, it was clear this was the one.” Jean accessorized her stunning gown with a cathedral length veil, also by Monique Lhuillier, and Ferragamo patent leather sandals. Read More