This month, we are celebrating #Pinktober by spreading the joy of PINK dresses. Purchase your blush/pink/peach/moscato bridal (or bridesmaids!) gown at Ellie's Bridal during the month of October for extra savings and rock out in pink like these celebrities did for their wedding day:
On the off chance you thought wedding photography was just about having a nice camera and knowing how to use it, we present to you a Kate Spade inspired stylized wedding through the eyes and lenses of two fabulous photographers.
These two little sneak peeks are a great example of how a photographer's vision, technical photography skills, and post processing choices give each of their albums a personality of their own. It's important to remember that photographers are artists that completely immerse themselves into their work. SO much happens behind the scenes that we don't see when we are in front of the camera!
We absolutely love how our Kate Spade shoot turned out (special thanks to Margo of Bright Occasions & The DC Ladies!) and hope you'll appreciate the passionate work our wedding photographers do when turning your wedding day into a memorable work of art.
Photography: Procopio Photography & Mollie Tobias Photography | Wedding Planning & Styling: Bright Occasions -Contact: Margo Fischer |Venue: Carnegie Library - Contact: Kristina Noell or Ashley Forrester | Catering: Katie Musser, 550 Events - Contact: Katie Musser | Wedding Cake: Kendall’s Cakes - Contact: Meghan De Angelis |Desserts: Huda’s Sweet Bee Bakery - Contact: Huda Baterjee | Invitations & Paper: Tabibi Design - Contact: Tina Tabibi | Rentals: DC Rentals - Contact: Kathleen Schmidt | Floral Design: Eight Tree Street - Contact: Contact: Maribel Kalata | Hair: Amie Decker of Amie Decker Beauty | Makeup: Suzanne Della Pella of Amie Decker Beauty - Contact: Amie Decker | Garter: The Garter Girl - Contact: Julianne Smith | Bridal Gown and Bridesmaid Dresses: Ellie’s Bridal Boutique - Contact: Ellie’s Bridal | Bridal Jewelry: Diamond Connects - Contact: Diamond Connects |Bridesmaid Jewelry: Rene Kauder – Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot - Contact: Rene Kauder
The Bride’s Look:
Bridal Gown – Victoria-Nicole/1106
Shoes – Kate Spade
Engagement Ring: custom made 14k white gold Halo diamond engagement ring with center stone Radiant fancy yellow 1.21 carat total weight VS2 clarity & 0.37 carat total weight white diamond side stones Retails: $11,622
Bracelet: custom made 18k white gold deco-inspired diamond bracelet 4.81 carat total weight Retail: $13,300
Earrings: custom made 18kt white deco-inspired drop earrings 5.24 total weight Retail: $9,672
The Bridesmaid’s Look:
Bridesmaids – Jim Hjelm Occasions 1) JH5125 2) JH5185 3) JH5363
Necklace – Somervell Necklace $59.00
Earings – Nancy Studs $24.00
Bracelet – Christina Link Bracelet $49.00
More Posts from The DC Ladies' Wedding Week:
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So.. What is Wedding Branding?
Green Gift ideas for the Bride-to-Be
A DC Lady’s Engagement Session
Engaged and in College
Saying “I Do” with your dog too
How to say “Yes” to the Dress
Healthy eating for the Bride-to-Be
Wedding Beauty Timeline
It’s an Etsy Wedding Part 1
Where to spend your Wedding Morning
It’s an Etsy Wedding Part 2
How to Schedule the perfect Wedding Day
How to plan a Gluten Free Wedding
Graphics for your big day?
Wedding Attire: Tips and Inspiration for the Perfect Look
Cocktail Hour | Signature Drinks
A Semi-Destination Wedding: Charlottesville, VA
Your Wedding Theme and Styling
Kate Spade inspired Wedding | Florals
*check out all of the wonderful photo’s through out the above posts
High-end designer bridal gowns are made with the most stylish designs in mind, luxurious fabrics, and impeccable gown construction. With all those must-have qualities, it's no surprise that the cost of a wedding dress can add up quickly. Although we may be biased, we truly believe that the most important outfit of your life is worth every penny.
That being said, the Ellie's Bridal team also believes that good fabric and fabulous designs are available at every price point. We've done the hard work and hunting for you, bringing the best selection of affordable designer bridal gowns under one roof.
Can you tell which gowns are over or under? Bridal gowns in the left column retail for $4,000-$10,000 while gowns on the right are found right here at Ellie's Bridal Boutique for under $4,000.
Designer Wedding Gowns
at Ellie's Bridal Boutique
Trendier brides will love this crystal and pearl beaded Sabrina keyhole neckline on a asymmetric ruched bodice by Rivini (below, left). See Justin Alexander 8735 for one weekend only at our Justin Alexander Trunk Show (September 12-14) to get the look for under $4,000.
Bridal gowns at Ellie's Bridal Boutique range from about $900 - $5000.
I'll admit, I'm much more impressed with the special effects and pyrotechnics than anything else on this one. I mean, did you look at that dance floor yet??
I am so sorry I don't have a higher quality video for you (I even took the effort to look), but I promise that no amount of poor resolution can hide the awesomeness that occurs int he next wedding dance number.
Really, I'm just a sucker for handsome men looking this sharp with moves this suave.
This groom has some serious moves! The grand set-up, upbeat pop music, moves I can't even begin to compete with, and top-notch videography make this video a personal favorite.
I absolutely love how much fun everyone in this video is having. And by everyone, I mean just about everyone is on the floor dancing. It's hard not to break out into a smile as the energy from that room seeps through your computer screen. This bride had her wedding party and guests learn 3 different dances so the next 3:57 could happen, making it her favorite part of the wedding.
Did you, or will you, have a surprise wedding number at your wedding? What do you think of surprise dance numbers at weddings?
Share your thoughts below and show us your videos!
April is a beautiful person – absolutely beautiful, inside and out. I know that's cliche to say, but her cheerful upbeat attitude, easy-going charm, and warm generosity just make me smile. She's got sparkle, spunk, and flair, and isn't afraid to be her wonderful self. While we didn't get to spend nearly enough quality time with this bride, we're glad that David gets to be the one to stand by her side. Happy One Year Anniversary, April & David. We are so very honored to have played a small part in your incredibly special day.
I can't get enough of their wedding photos and can't wait for you to read their story below:
David and I met while working as Archaeologists in Illinois. We did not get a long at first, but we soon became really close friends and eventually started dating. We got engaged at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. It was a complete surprise to me! We had been together for seven years, so I wasn't expecting it!
David and I love the outdoors, it’s where we met, worked, and got engaged so we wanted to incorporate that into our wedding. It was really important to us to be close to family and friends, so we chose a location in Illinois to have our wedding. The Morton Arboretum, in Lisle, Illinois, was the perfect venue location for us with its beautiful scenery. We loved the natural beauty of the outdoors and the historic feel of the Founder's room, the historic library of the Morton family. The carved wood and the stained glass windows perfectly fit our personalities. We both love the mix of modern and vintage styles. We wanted to keep with the vintage feel of the room, so we had a harpist to play our ceremony, she was amazing! I walked down the aisle with both my parents to the song "At Last".
Our officiant was wonderful; she really connected with our personalities and wrote an absolutely beautiful ceremony for us. We had a rock ceremony, every guest made a wish on a stone they held the whole ceremony and all the stones were combined into a vessel with ours to symbolize bringing our two families together. David and I designed and made our own programs and we had bubbles for our exit outside to the cocktail hour. I love sewing, so I made the ring bearer pillow my nephew used to walk down the aisle with.
I saw a dress on Justin Alexander's website and fell in love. It had the sparkle and vintage feel I was looking for. I contacted Ellie’s Bridal in Alexandria, Virginia to see if they carried it in store. They didn’t but, said I could have the sample shipped in on loan for me to try on. They were super helpful both over the phone, email, and facebook. I scheduled several appointments at various bridal salons in the metro area, but saved Ellie’s for last. I had some okay experiences and some awful ones at the other salons. I tried on a lot of dresses, but nothing felt right. I finally had my last appointment at Ellie’s. They had my dress ready for me hanging in the dressing room; as soon as I saw it I knew it was the one. I didn't try on any other dresses there because that dress was perfect. It was the only one that made me feel like a bride and had just the right amount of drama I was looking for.
I wore my grandmother's vintage necklace that I have always wanted to wear on my wedding day. It was important to me to find a dress that matched the vintage feel of the necklace. My veil is very unique and really shows my personality. I love the large flower and crystals, I really wanted something different. My amazing shoes also had a larger flower on them as well. I really wanted to look and feel like a beautiful flower on my wedding day and I did!
I had three bridesmaids and I could not have chosen better ladies to be there for me on my day. They wore necklaces I made for them in mint and silver. I found very romantic dresses in the color mint, which is my favorite color!! The dresses flattered everyone.
Our groomsmen wore the same tux as David, but they had mint ties to match the bridesmaids. They all looked absolutely stunning!
Our wedding colors were mint, blush, lime and ivory. We really wanted to have fresh colors that represented the beautiful landscapes of our venue and the feel of summer. Our flowers were absolutely beautiful! Our florist, also my father-in-law, did an amazing job capturing our vision. Our theme was "Natural Elegance" and it really fit with our venue and the feel of our wedding! Our cake was beautiful and yummy! It was done in mint colored fondant with lace ribbon. We had three large ivory roses at the top instead of a cake topper. Our tables were decorated with ivory, blush and green flowers with lots of candles. Our welcome table had a bonsai tree and place cards that matched our invitations. The entire room smelled like peonies.
All our guests had an amazing time as did we! David and I planned the entire wedding ourselves from out of state, which was a lot of hard work! In the end, everything came together beautifully and we could not have asked for a more perfect day!
List of Vendors
Photographers - Just Love Me Photography
Wedding bands and rings - Quinn’s Goldsmiths
Ceremony + Reception:
Venue - The Morton Arboretum
Catering - Classic Fare Catering
Linens - BBJ Linens
Cake - The Cakery
Officiant - Elizabeth-Anne Stewart
Harpist - Dawn Bishop
DJ - Katie LaBombard via Toast and Jam
Floral Design and Decor- Flowers by Frank (815) 895-5979 and Bonsai tree
Invitations, Menus, and Place cards - Wedding Paper Divas
Programs - DIY bride and groom
Wedding dress - Justin Alexander
Necklace - Grandmother's necklace
Bracelet and Earrings - Charming Charlie’s
Veil- Sarah Gabriel Ione Veil via Bella Bridal
Makeup and Hair - Angel Face Makeup
Shoes - LuLu Townsend via DSW Shoes
Ring bearer Suit and shoes - Ducky's Formal Wear
Ring bearer Pillow - DIY Bride
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What a neat idea to add a camera in your bouquet! It shows you in first person your point of view of what you saw during your exciting moments. If you are thinking of using videography to capture your wedding day memories, this is a must.
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About 2 out of 10 brides come in to our boutique unsure if they would like a veil or not. If you do not think you want a veil, we suggest just to try one on anyway. You never know how you will feel until you try one on and see yourself in the mirror with a wedding gown and the veil for the first time. We find that more than half of the time, brides who said they did not want one change their mind. There is something about the veil and a wedding gown that makes each bride feel like it is really happening to them, they are getting married!!!
We found one blogger was torn and decided not to have a veil and now regrets it. She wishes she had changed her mind and now brings up some excellent points and stunning photos that you could have if you choose to have a veil too. We have to say, she found some great photos!
Thank you to our wonderful Ellie's Brides and their amazing photographers who shared these breath taking photographs with us.
What are your thoughts on veils? Comment below and let us know what you think!
Fashion certainly inspires fashion. So whether you are shopping ready-to-wear in the mall, awed by the Hollywood glamour, or flipping through your favorite wedding magazine, today's fashion trends are universal. We weren't surprised to see lace patterns, feather-like ruffles, and simple elegance grace the red carpets last night and be reminded of our very own bridal gowns. Which style would you have picked for your red carpet debut?
Update: Great minds think alike! Local Wedding Planner, Margo from Bright Occasions, elaborated more on this topic and these dresses here. Definitely check it out!