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
The happy couple, Libby and Justin, renewed their vows in front of a group of their friends, and a room full of strangers who are engaged couples looking for inspiration.Read More
Last October I attended an amazing event in New York City called "The Big Fake Wedding." It wasn’t your typical wedding expo where couples walk around and visit vendors at their booths. Instead, the attendees are “guests” at a wedding put together by the vendors so that the engaged couples can experience each company as if they’re really a part of the wedding. For example, "The Big Fake Wedding" usually takes place in a real venue that is available for couples to book. Each of the tables are decorated by a different company specializing in floral or table designs, and there is a caterer, a drinks sponsor, a DJ, and all the other vendors in between. There is also a ceremony, in which a real couple (already married) renews their vows in front of the attendees, inspiring them as to what to hope for after years of marriage. It was a very moving and fun event!Read More
This summer I had the pleasure to visit Chicago and attend the Luxury Bridal Expo and Fashion Show held at the Marriott on Michigan Ave. I was completely enchanted! Talk about Chicago City Chic!
The presentation was stunning and the appreciation for high-end craftsmanship was prevalent. It was a formal affair where participants walked trough beautifully designed corridors of booths while enjoying samples and refreshments. Following, there was a fashion show presentation of several local bridal boutiques and designers. The couture collections presented were so moving and I found that I was truly inspired.
One of the trends I recognized and I taught would be great to share with you is the detachable skirt. It is an added piece, usually attached with snaps on the sides giving the bride a chance to have both a really full skirt for part of the ceremony and a more relaxed and slender dress for the reception. I love this idea, as it is a great alternative to creating bustles in order to hold up a very full dress. You simply detach part of the skirt when you are ready to dance!
I fell in love with Bella Bianca Bridal Couture Boutique. The owners were so friendly, welcoming, and warm as I found most Chicagoans are. Their selection is impeccable; it really embodies the modern Chicago bride. I later visited the store located in the Gold Coast part of Chicago and it was just as beautiful.
My experience was also an incredible opportunity to really connect with the Chicago market and the Chicago bride who I found is charming, elegant, and authentic...
Recently, I had the honor to participate in a wonderful wedding event called “Toasted,” which is held at the historical event space – the Warsaw – here in Brooklyn. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon filled with joy and excitement.
I had a wonderful time preparing my booth, particularly since one of my brides – Hannah – was so nice and allowed me to showcase her dress. As fate would have it, the table I was assigned was right in front of a big wall mirror, which made the dress look especially magnificent!
The variety of vendors made the atmosphere so much fun for everyone present – it was incredible. In addition to cocktails, there were many local catering and cake companies offering tastings of their delicious creations to the sounds of the DJ. A hair stylist team was braiding hair on the spot; a make-up company was giving make-overs; and there was a super amusing Kodak photo booth where couples could pose with different artifacts and get instant Polaroids to take home as a souvenirs.
I was really inspired as I met so many brides and their fiancés. I really enjoyed talking to everyone and I strongly recommend this event for any couple in the future.
Here are some photos…
photos by: Kamila Harris Photography