Wedding Style Tips From New York Brides
Lizzie & David
May 9, New York City
Venue: Central Park/Studio 450
Q What drew you to your gown?
My Pronovias "Rebecca" style fit my personality and was perfect for our outdoor ceremony in Central Park -- it enveloped me in ruffles and fell beautifully to the ground.
Q The ruffles are so eye-catching! Did you keep your accessories simple?
Aside from my engagement ring, I wore drop pearl-and-diamond earrings. They were a gift from my nanny, Zeena, who's been with my family for over 35 years. I also wore a waltz-length veil with a satin trim.
Q How did you do your hair and makeup?
My hair was classic, chic and romantic. It was curled and pulled back into a bun. I went for a natural look with my makeup, with pretty skin being the most important factor. But I couldn't have lived without my lip gloss!
Q What did you choose for the bridesmaid looks?
I wanted the girls to look fun and flirty, so I picked cocktail dresses which were fitted around the waist. The bridesmaids' pleated neckline was edgy. My maid of honor was eight months pregnant, so she wore a dress that accommodated her belly, but was still strapless and let her show some leg!
Q How did the guys round out the wedding-party style?
I wanted them to also look New York City–chic, so we went with dressy but comfortable tuxedos with Euro ties for some contemporary flavor.
Caitlin & Michael
May 9, New York City
W New York – Union Square
Q What guided you as you went gown shopping?
I wanted to be comfortable because if I'm not, I can't be myself. I didn't want a strapless dress -- I was afraid I would tug at it all night. I originally bought a princess-like dress (for an insanely low price!), but I thought it would weigh me down while I danced. In the end, I wore a silk-satin Monique Lhuillier gown with a deep V-neck and back and a slim A-line skirt. It had beautiful flower detailing on the train.
Q Did you have any alterations made to it?
My gown was taken in a little at the waist and shortened at the bottom. My seamstress also added cups so I didn't have to wear a bra!
Q How did you wear your hair?
I had two romantic styles: An updo with my rolled-edge veil for the church ceremony and for pictures and an "undo" for the party and dancing. My handmade headpiece looked so pretty underneath my veil! I made sure it was on the side that would face my handsome groom during the ceremony.
Q And what about your makeup?
I asked my makeup artist for the most perfect version of myself -- no garish eye makeup or crazy, stained lips. Eyelash extensions made my eyes stand out. It was natural yet striking.
Serah & Min
May 31, Brooklyn
Smack Mellon Gallery
Q What was the overall style you were going for?
I wanted an urban vibe along with a natural, easygoing style.
Q How did you find your gown?
After going shopping with my sister, I knew mermaid styles fit my body best. Then, on a cold, Saturday morning, she and my maid of honor dragged me to a Vera Wang sample sale. There were girls lined up since the night before! Once we were in, I stood there practically naked while my helpers scooped up mermaid gowns. We narrowed it down to three; then I picked the one I loved the most!
Q How lucky that you found one there! Did you have to make any changes to it?
It was in my exact size! I did take out some puffiness at the bottom, though.
Q How did you complete your look?
I feared having that typical, pulled-back bridal hairstyle, so I went for a tousled, low updo, which felt more "downtown." I don't normally wear makeup, so I didn't want anything drastically different from my everyday look. There was emphasis on my eyes and a soft color on my lips.