…After a trip to Sposabella in the city, where I usually go for bridal lace, I found the perfect three-dimensional lace fabric. It was exactly what we wanted: it had all the elements of the branches and leaves and small flowers embroidered on a tulle mesh (perfect for cutting out). In other words – it was meant to be!…Read More
Inspiration for a Post-Destination Reception in NYC
"Our approach to this editorial shoot began with a question and a challenge to us as creatives—how can we evoke the graceful, iconic allure of the Mediterranean, while based in the middle of Manhattan? More and more, we’re meeting couples who found love in NYC, though one or both originate from countries abroad. Many choose to wed in an intimate ceremony overseas, then host a New York-based reception to celebrate with family and friends at home. This got us thinking—what would it look like to host a local reception that invites guests into the colorful experience of the Mediterranean destination where the couple exchanged vows?Read More
They rented out an Airbnb for the ceremony, a modern farmhouse that Mikaela called her dream house. While searching for the venue she looked for a spectacular house that stands out. The house was modern and clean and surrounded by rolling hills, an aesthetic that Vermont, where Mikaela was born and raised, is known for.Read More
This summer we partnered with Michelle McSwain of Julep & Belle Photography is known for featuring sun drenched and bright images that capture the natural moments between two people in love. Together we gathered some of our favorite wedding vendors in the industry to bring bright pops of color and extra flare to create a surf inspired “Montauk Wedding” for Summer….Read More
You want to express your gratitude and you are grateful for all the love, gifts and attendance. So, why does the thought of giving thanks seem so daunting? It doesn’t have to be!Read More
This spring I had the amazing opportunity to visit the Wedding Salon bridal expo held at the Stewart Hotel in NYC. I usually like to check out these types of events so I can get a feel for what’s offered to my brides and meet other wonderful professionals in my industry. But, this year I went as a bride myself and it was so much fun!Read More
Did you envision your first wedding dance before you started planning your wedding? I know I didn’t! That was not a top priority on my list. I figured, what's the big deal? It's just dancing, right? But, wow, has my perception changed. I have to say I was completely wrong!
I am very lucky that one of my best friends is a professional dance instructor who owns a dance studio, which offers private lessons to couples.Read More
With all the importance placed on the wedding dress, we should not forget how essential the shoes are for completing the look.
For the modern bride the old question about practicality versus fashion has come to have new meaning with respect to wedding shoes. Fashion is more casual these days.Read More
Prep Work: Have an idea about how you want your finished product to look, and express it to your photographer.
Sizes: Think about sizes. Do you want the photo sizes to be consistent or a mix of 8"x10" portraits and 5"x7" shots. Research photo album styles and tell your photographer your top picks.Read More
The "benefit" of buying a wedding dress versus having one custom made is the fact that you can go to the store, try on the dress, pay, and walk out with it. Or at least try on one in your size and order it.
After talking to one of my recent brides who, prior to seeing me, visited a number of high-end design stores in Manhattan, I was surprised to learn that the experience, in reality, may be very different.Read More
Veils are timeless and classic and before you go dismissing them as too traditional, why not educate yourself on the veil varieties. Some of these are definitely not your grandmother’s veils!Read More
We all want radiant, healthy skin for our big day. This requires some work and a good regimen, especially because the wedding preparations are stressful. Makeup, of course will help, but bright, healthy skin as a base is essential. Here are some tips to ensure that you can have the best skin for your wedding.Read More
Decisions, decisions, decisions! There are so many more decisions that need to be made while planning for a wedding - - Right? Let me try to help you with this one by providing some practical points and also sharing my personal experience. Keep in mind that, just as with any other aspect of your wedding preparations, there is no right or wrong way. It’s all about your priorities and how you want to spend your wedding budget.Read More
I will admit it’s a little nerve wracking to listen to myself talk for over an hour but I am really excited to have shared my experiences with Heidi's listeners. This podcast talks about my journey starting in fashion to becoming a bridal designer. Two years ago I decided to shift from my ready-to-wear line and focus only on making custom bridal designs. It was a long road filled with ups and downs and it sure wasn’t easy to let go of my fashion line but now I finally feel like I found my true calling and I am really happy.Read More
When planning the wedding we (the brides) are often responsible for overlooking every aspect of the event. The bride’s job is to make sure everything is perfect and picking the groom’s attire is often included in her duties.
There are tuxedos for every personality and occasion and here are some fun out-of-the-box ideas for you and your hubby to consider when it comes to his attire.Read More
Recently, my close friends opted for a “micro-wedding” (about 20 guests or less). I was intrigued to find out that this is becoming more and more popular with couples. With the price of weddings as high as ever, and everything else that goes into having big celebrations, a small wedding is looking more and more appealing to many couples.
Many of my brides love learning about what it takes to make their dress and so I would like to share a little bit more in detail this part of my process. Here I refer specifically to a “wedding dress”, but the steps will be mostly the same for any other type of design.
The first “drape” is the first draft of your outfit.Read More
Dedicating a website to your wedding is an efficient way to combine all the details of your wedding. I am personally planning my own wedding next summer in Europe and I have guests attending from all over the world. I love that on our "wedding website" we can share with everyone at once all the events we have planned and provide information for airports, hotels, and other fun things to do in my city. People can visit it at their leisure and this will save everyone a ton of time spent going back forth with questions. It's perfect!
I personally chose Zola.com because it's free and I loved their templates but there are so many options out there to help you build your dream wedding website.Read More
Love the iconic architectural views and natural scenery of Central Park for your elopement? But feelin’ that Brooklyn vibe?! We get it! Brooklyn is easy to fall in love with and Prospect Park is just one of the many reasons why.
So if you’re a nature-loving, adventure-seeking, art-inspired, trailblazing couple who wants to elope somewhere romantically scenic without the city crowds, get married in Prospect Park. You’ll thank us later.Read More