Beautiful lace trim and horsehair trimmed veils from Sara GabrielStacy pulled out a number of chic and classic pieces, pointing out that waiting to pick your veil is a good way to make sure it doesn't compete with the dress and that it falls at the correct length (which I learned is either 6" above or below the stopping point of a dress). Keep in mind, most designers have a 6-8 week lead time for their veils, so plan a little in advance. Lace embellishment has become a popular go to, thanks to last year's royal wedding, while another veil favorite is horsehair, a structural material pulled right from the couture closets. The stiff material gives shape and form to accessories, which also helps achieve dramatic bends while giving weight to the airy fabric. Stacy mentioned that she's seeing subtle embellishment with veils this year, rather than ornate jeweled pieces, although small scattering of crystals is a popular touch.
A rack of sashes from Modern TrousseauSashes are a versatile piece that changes the look of an outfit, adds a bit of interest, and helps keep your budget down. Instead of switching in to a reception dress, try a jeweled sash for the ceremony and a bright color for the party. Just make sure to tone down the accessories slightly if you're going for a heavily jeweled belt. Also, try pairing it with a necklace or earrings instead of a competing bracelet.
Stacy holding a pair of blue and champagne hued shoes from Hey LadyHer welcoming counter of shoes was an instant attention grabber and also introduced me to two new designers, Hey Lady and Benjamin Adams. The duo behind Hey Lady offer fun names and comfortable insoles on their heels. Stacy's favorite pair are "Champagne Goggles" which come in the familiar blue hue and this year's popular champagne shade. She points out that it's important to pay attention to the hem of a dress if you're switching shoes. Both designers offer beautiful pairs for not only the bride, but the wedding party and guests as well.
Haute Bride). The key is to pick something you're used to wearing, but in a slightly fancier version.
Thank you so much to Stacy of The Gown Shop for letting us in on this year's bridal style and to Heather from HMN Photography for the wonderful photos. Tomorrow is all about the last week before the wedding, as told by talented wedding planners of PS & Associates. Also, make sure to enter the Stella & Dot giveaway! The winner will be picked next Monday.