07
Dec

Our in-house style maven, Ivori, has curated a few perfect pieces for gifting this year. No matter who’s on your holiday list, you’ll find everything from the whimsical stocking stuffer to the over-the-top indulgence.

 

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Ivori’s Holiday Gift Guide starting clockwise from the top left corner.
 

The Norah Mae Right Box $75 at The Mrs. Box
 

The Orbit Key Finder $29.99 at H Butler
 

The Jackie O slipper $21.95 at Sole Savers
 

Lollia Poetic License Boxed Candle $34 at Anthropologie
 

Tory Burch Logo & Heart Key Fob $55 at Shop Bop
 

Rebecca Minkoff Leo Clutch $95 at Rebecca Minkoff
 

Personalized Leather Charger Roll Up $49 at Mark and Graham
 

Bamboo Classic Candle Set $70 at Nest Fragrances
 

24K Gold Champagne Bears $150 at Sugarfina
 

Rose Gold Happy Plugs in-Ear Headphones $34.99 at Nordstrom

12
Oct

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Hello loves,

 

So the wedding is over, the vows have been said, the cake is all gone, and your luggage is unpacked from your honeymoon. Before you go back to the ins and outs of everyday life, it’s important to know how to care for that gorgeous set of rings you’ll wear every day. These seven simple tips will help you keep your engagement ring as safe, sound and sparkly as possible.

 

Purchase insurance or add your ring to your property policy. Insurance is necessary to protect your investment if it gets lost, stolen or damaged.

 

Always handle diamonds rings by their metal band and avoid touching the gemstones. Fingers are covered in oils that can dull their sparkle.

 

Remove rings before applying lotions and creams. They will lose their brilliance and need professional cleanings more often.

 

Avoid wearing your rings while cleaning around the house. Harsh cleaning supplies have chemicals that could permanently damage your ring.

 

Drains are a ring’s greatest enemy. Never remove your rings before you wash your hands in a public restroom or place your rings on or near a sink.

 

Never wear your rings in the ocean. Cold water can shrink fingers. Your rings could slip off without your knowledge.

 

Have your rings inspected and cleaned by a professional jeweler every year.

 

xoxo,

 

Ivori

05
Oct

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We are so excited to see our Urban Chic Style Shoot on MunaLuchi Bride!

Everyone’s definition of a romantic setting varies slightly, but it is hard to argue with a gorgeous artistic loft setting like the one at Baltimore’s own Graffiti Warehouse!

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We created a romantic loft wedding featuring a color palette of gold and ivory, with unexpected pops of red. The team chose a mix of rich red china and gold lattice chargers as the perfect balance against the ivory and gold tones in the soft linens and ghost chairs. Playing off the crimson hue found in the table setting, a highlight to the tablescape design was the tiny whimsical crab that adorned the menu at each place setting.

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As if details like the brick walls and permanent graffiti art were not enough, the team really embodied “Urban Chic” for this styled loft wedding with a three-tiered cake adorned with feathers and rhinestone embellishments.

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The bride wore a beaded Allure wedding gown crowned with an illusion top and understated accessories. The last piece to the puzzle, tying the loft wedding together, was the bold red tuxedo worn by the groom that were equal parts fresh and modern.

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The beauty of a loft wedding is how the space can transform into just about anything you dream up. Easily one of the most versatile venues, it is no wonder that these urban wedding spaces are such a prize!

 

Planner + Designer: Ivori Nicole Events

Venue: Graffiti Warehouse

Photographer: Clapp Studios

Cinematography: Chip Dizard Weddings

Make-up: Face Affairs

Bride Attire: K & B Bridals

Groom Attire: Classic Man Bespoke Clothiers, LLC

Sugar Artist: Couture Cakes by Sabrina

Paper Goods: Dionisa’s Designs

Linens, China, Flatware, and Stemware: Select Event Group

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11
May

Mr & Mrs Dubose-24The dress that is! With all the swirling opinions and options galore, how do you know which one is THEE one? The dress you’ve dreamed of and the one that gives you that authentic feeling of a bride. In this post, I’ll share my expert tips for picking the perfect dress, the same tips I’ve shared with many happy brides for over 14 years.

 

But, before we dive into how to know when you’ve found the one–the right dress, let’s explore when you need to say “no” to the wrong dress. Let’s face it; every dress is not for everyone. Here are the revealing signs that you should walk away from a wedding dress.

 

  1. You feel pressure to say yes from your entourage.
  2. The dress would be perfect if you made just five or 10 changes.
  3. The gown is severely over budget.
  4. The dress’ perfection depends on a drastic pre-wedding weight loss plan.
  5. The gown is beautiful but doesn’t fit your venue or theme.
  6. The dress doesn’t look as beautiful in person as it did in the magazine.

In a nutshell, you need to pick a dress that fits your style and budget and makes you happy.  I can share all kinds of tips on necklines and silhouettes (+ probably will in due time!), but these are the biggest clues to know without a doubt that you’ve found the right dress:

 

1. YOU FEEL BEAUTIFUL.

You are convinced that you’ve never looked better, and you finally feel like a bride. 

If you feel beautiful, you will inevitably look beautiful. The satisfaction you will have for your total look on your wedding day will come out in your smile and pictures. So, your opinion is the most important.

The engagement has seemed surreal until this point. Once you slip on the right dress, it will hit you. OMG!! I’m getting married!!

 

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2. YOU DON’T WANT TO TAKE IT OFF OR TRY ON ANY OTHER DRESS.

You have the this is ‘it’ feeling. There’s no need to try on another gown. You’ve found it! 

 

There’s no way you can try on another after seeing yourself in the one. In fact, you will have a hard time parting with your prized possession.

If you still feel the urge to try on more gowns, that may not necessarily indicate that you haven’t found it. You may have anxiety and missed your owns cues. Keep reading and remember these signs.

 

3. SOMEONE STARTS TEARING UP.

Even if it’s not you (though often it is), someone in the group sheds a tear. 

Ok, not every bride tears up. Don’t stress if the water works aren’t happening for you. Some people are just not criers.

Maybe your mom or sister sheds a few when you slip on your dream dress. Evoking emotion before the Big Day is a good sign. Remember this is the first day of your life together. Gold star for you if you can get the sentiment started sooner.

 

4. YOU BEGIN TO IMAGINE…

Shoes. Veils. Jewelry. Him at the end of the aisle. You can see it all so clearly now. 

The entire look is coming together now. You can envision the shoes, your bouquet, and hairstyle–everything around the dress you’ve been searching for all along.

And, most importantly, you can imagine walking down the aisle to your hubby-to-be.

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5. OPINIONS NO LONGER MATTER.

Suddenly your entourage’s criticisms fall on deaf ear.

You have to trust yourself and listen to your gut. Consider winging your first appointment alone. This single mission is the best way to hear your instincts loud and clear–without the opinions of your crew. If their votes still count, bring them along to the next appointment. Only if you have an idea of what YOU truly want.

Select people whose input you value. Maybe the entire bridal party or grandma shouldn’t tag along on this trip. It’s ok just to bring that one friend that will give you get style advice and know when to keep their opinions to themselves.

 

6. THE DRESS SUITES YOUR VENUE AND THEME.

This look is perfect for the beach. Just right for the estate. Makes total sense for the chapel. 

If the dress doesn’t fit your venue or theme you could look out of place, throwing off the entire wedding. Consider the venue and theme of your Big Day.

Think about things like the locale and weather, too. Fabrics can play a huge part in working with your venue. Think about light fabrics for the beach versus heavy satins or taffeta for the church wedding.

 

Happy shopping!

20
Apr

Another bridal week just wrapped, which means we get to revel in the latest wedding dress trends to emerge from the runways. For Spring 2017, our favorite bridal designers went beyond our expectations, breaking through the conventional bridal mold and delivering new styles that classic and modern brides alike will adore.

 

Many of the new details focused on creating layers and adding dimension to the gowns. We saw beautiful draping with controlled volume, whether taking floral appliqués and making the blooms pop as three-dimensional embellishments or creating a full-bodied overly.

 

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Marchesa Spring 2017

 

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Oscar De La Renta Spring 2017

 

“Vintage” was a word that a lot of designers used to credit their collection, and it was pretty apparent with the array of Old Hollywood Glamour and 19th Century French looks. Even the few pantsuits that walked the runway had an “old world” feel to them.

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Sachin+Babi Spring 2017

 

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Angel Sanchez Spring 2017

 

Another majorly important feature was lace. As an iconic staple in bridal design, lace hardly offers a surprise to the world of wedding dresses. Somehow, it was invigorating to see this feminine fabric on recent bridal runways, with a fresh (sometimes sleek, at times rustic) perspective on how appliqués, trims, and overlays take shape around the body.

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Marchesa Spring 2017

 

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Marchesa Spring 2017

Want to see the new Spring 2017 wedding dresses and maybe try on a few? Scroll through to see when and where your favorite designers are coming to the DMV.

 

April 15-17

Love Couture Bridal

Hayley Paige and Blush by Hayley Paige

 

April 22-24

Soliloquy Bridal Couture

Francesca Miranda

 

April 28-30

Carine’s Bridal Atelier

Berta

 

April 29-May 1

Soliloquy Bridal Couture

Angel Rivera

 

May 6-8

Soliloquy Bridal Couture

Francesca Miranda

 

May 6-8

Lovely Bride

Watters Falls 2016

 

May 6-8

Hitched Bridal Couture + Creative Planning Salon

Sareh Nouri

 

May 6-8

Hitched Bridal Couture + Creative Planning Salon

Modern Trousseau

 

May 12-14

Carine’s Bridal Atelier

Kenneth Pool

 

May 14-15

Garnish Boutique

Hayley Paige

 

May 27-29

Lovely Bride

Theia

 

June 3-4

Hitched Bridal Couture + Creative Planning Salon

Amsale