As much as a wedding dress should make a bride lookbeautiful, it should make her feel beautiful and confident. Scrolling through the looks on Loulette Bride’s website, you get a sense that this sentiment is threaded throughout the collection – these dresses are made to be worn by every type of woman. Behind the Brooklyn-based label is founder Marteal Mayer whose distinct vision and philosophy are evident at first glance. After years of working in fast fashion, Marteal knew everything she didn’t want her independent bridal line to be – exclusive, cookie-cutter, and wasteful. Marteal set out to make bridal wear that she could be proud of – custom pieces that connected deeply with customers on a myriad of levels. Inclusivity, sustainability, and craftsmanship have been the driving forces guiding the label from the very beginning. For Loulette Bride, designing with passion + purpose means not only making beautiful wedding attire, but also using recycled fabrics, donating a portion of sales to a new charity each season, planting a tree for every dress sold, supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and running a fashion mentorship program for students of color. Read More
Olivia Michaels and Sunim Choi – Owners/Designers of Goldpoint Jewelry – photo by Giovanni Cardenas
Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn’s neighborhood of Greenpoint has become a shopping/eating/drinking destination in recent years. Any given day, you’ll find locals and tourists alike strolling its sidewalks lined with buzzed-about-restaurants, bars, and specialty shops. The newest, and without a doubt the shiniest addition to the block is Goldpoint Jewelry, a beautiful boutique specializing in modern engagement rings and wedding bands.
Sunim Choi and Olivia Michaels make up the team behind this minority and women-owned business. Collectively, Sunim and Olivia have over 20 years of experience working in the New York jewelry world, holding various positions ranging from bench jeweler and technician to designer (they each had their own fine jewelry lines) to sales and management. After years of talking about collaborating and starting their own store, they finally made the move and opened Goldpoint Jewelry in March. Read More
Allison Du Val – Managing Director of The Foundry – Chuck Baker Photography
“There is that family aspect – both my parents and I still live in parts of the building. We are at The Foundry every day and consider it our home.” For The Foundry’s Managing Director Allison Du Val, running one of New York City’s premier event venues is much more than just a job. She grew up in The Foundry, skipping through the building’s maze-like corridors and exploring its raw grounds daily. Over the next two decades, she watched the former metal foundry, which was also her home, transform into a captivating space for hosting weddings and exclusive parities. Never losing the awe and wonder that filled her imagination as a child, Allison deeply understands and cares about the history, character, and spirit of the building. Read More
When we first came across Megan Carty’s artwork, it was her abstract paintings that initially caught our eye. Radiating with color and energy, they stand out, even on the most candy colored of Instagram feeds. We soon noticed that Megan also paints flowers. Further investigation led us to discover that many of Megan’s floral paintings are actually bridal bouquets. Needless to say, we were obsessed and immediately reached out to Megan, inviting her to participate in our Women Paving the Aisle Interview series.
Megan lives in Pepperell, Massachusetts with her husband and three children. Her journey to becoming a full-time artist wasn’t linear. “I had to kiss a lot of frogs to realize what I didn’t like while discovering what I did like to do,” she says. Never losing sight of her artistic aspirations, she currently works from her home studio and lists Anthropologie, Minted, and Loom & Kiln as clients. Read More
Marissa Molnar – Founder of Marissa Molnar Hairstyling – Susan Shek Photography
How you choose to wear your hair down the aisle is going to stay with you for the rest of your life – in wedding photos. For Marissa Molnar, however, a bride’s hairstyle goes much deeper than achieving that picture-perfect look. From the second they sit in her chair until whisking off in the getaway car, she wants her clients to feel completely present in the moment, connected, and comfortable with how they look. When these elements are all in check, achieving that radiant glow every bride dreams about is inevitable. Read More
Danielle Stern – Founder of Lefty’s Right Mind – Brittany Sturrett Photography – courtesy of artist
Imagine painting a monogram on a pair of Christian Louboutin heels as their owner stands overhead, nervously watching your every brushstroke. An undeniably stressful situation for even the most seasoned painter, this is all in a day’s work for Danielle Stern, Founder and Owner of Leftys Right Mind, a Luxury Creative Studio based in New York.
We’ve known Danielle for some time now, first interviewing her in 2016 when she was just starting out, mainly doing hand-calligraphy signage for local restaurants and boutique shops. Bride & Blossom worked with Danielle to create the floral décor for her unforgettable wedding at Cold Spring Country Club in 2017. One of the best things about doing weddings is fostering relationships with our brides that last long after the vows have been exchanged. Keeping in touch with Danielle, we have watched her flourish on both a personal and professional level. Read More