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You're Invited: Maryland Trunk Show- Galia Lahav


When you envision your wedding dress, do you see lace, embellishments, or pearls? A dress with as much detail on the back as the front? A true show stopper, no matter what angle your guests are looking at you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will love Galia Lahav’s collections.

The designs are my some of my favorites and truly embody elegance and timeless beauty. They are the kind of dresses that will make you feel appropriately sexy and will still be gorgeous when you are showing your wedding album to your grandkids. February 15th-18th, 2015 Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection is having a trunk show showcasing this amazing designer. For more details, fill out the contact sheet here: Happy hunting!

You're Invited: Julie Vino DC Debut Trunk Show



DMV Brides!! You are invited to premier bridal designer Julie Vino's trunk show held exclusively at Hannelore's in Olde Town Alexandria, VA. Her dresses are GORGEOUS and perfect for the non-traditional bride that wants elegance with a hint of edge. Check out the flyer below for more details!



9 Things No One Tells You About Wedding Dress Shopping

wedding The man of your dreams just popped the question, and now it is time find the perfect dress. To ensure that the experience doesn't rival Kandi's on RHOA,


take a look at the tips Wedding Wire compiled below.

1. Go On A Weekend

Yes, you may think going on a weekday will be less busy, but on weekends, there are often designer trunk shows and discounts. Bonus!

2. Family First

Only bring your very nearest and dearest to your appointment: mom, grandmother, sister, cousin, or even dad. Keep it to a maximum of five people. Otherwise, there won’t be enough seats in the fitting room!

3. Wear Proper Support

Because after all, you will be changing in front of everyone, and wearing very, very little clothing at times. You’ll need a nude strapless bra (that’s not as old as mine from high school, oops!), shapewear to slim and smooth out any unwanted bumps, and shoes (preferably heels around the same height you might wear on your wedding day) so you can get an idea of an appropriate hemline.

4. Be Vocal

Tell your consultant up front what your budget is, pick out sample wedding dresses that you want to try on, and give your honest opinion. It’s okay to hear from family, but once you’ve tried on a dress, you should be the first to speak. Say out loud what you like and don’t like about each gown, and then rank them in order of your favorites. Also, ask to try on accessories, too. It becomes more real wearing a veil and sash.

5. Get Movin’

Don’t just stand on the pedestal! Walk around in each wedding dress—it’s not like you’ll be standing still on your wedding day. Try sitting, walking quickly, even dancing in the bridal salon! I found that some fabrics and silhouettes made me waddle like a duck! No thanks.

6. Eat Beforehand

Trying on wedding dresses is physically and emotionally draining. Since my appointment was a 1 p.m., I decided to eat breakfast but not lunch only because I knew I would go out to eat afterwards to celebrate. My stomach was growling the entire time.

7. Never Underestimate Your Consultant

I must admit that I was a little hesitant about my bridal salon consultant at first. She strangely resembled Edna from The Incredibles, complete with thick black-rimmed glasses. In a way, she was the perfect match though. Her enthusiasm was contagious, (the opposite of my reserved shyness), but not overbearing. She listened to what I wanted: lace, no strapless, fit ‘n’ flare, v-neckline and illusion back, and in the end, it was her pick that had it all. It was the one.

8. No Cameras

Many bridal salons won’t let you take pictures. I was only allowed to take a picture of the wedding dress I planned to purchase, not the ones I tried on. But that’s okay. If I did take a photo, I would have been secretly afraid my fiancé would find it.

9. Shop Sooner Rather Than Later

Even though my wedding is in late-September, my wedding dress doesn’t come in for another 22 weeks—that's approximately 5 months. I thought I was trying on wedding dresses too early. Wrong. Make sure you go at least 7 months or more before your big day. Otherwise, you may not have enough time to get alterations. Rush delivery, please?

For more great wedding tips, visit Wedding Wire



#WeddingWednesday: 19 Best Celebrity Wedding Dresses of all Time

celebrity-wedding-dresses While we can’t always count on a celebrity marriages lasting, we can usually count on some exceptional wedding gowns. From Grace Kelly to Audrey Hepburn to Kate Middleton, celebrity walks down the aisle turn into iconic style moments, inspiring bridal looks for years to come.

Along with your typical white and lace wedding dresses, celebs are known for their unconventional wedding style. Elizabeth Taylor opted for bright yellow for her fifth wedding ceremony, and Gwen Stefani’s pink ombre gown suited the rock star perfectly.

If you need some fashion inspiration for your big day, there is no better place to look than Hollywood.


Grace Kelly Grace Kelly is the epitome of old Hollywood glamour, and she became royalty when she wed Prince Rainer III of Monaco in one of the most iconic wedding dresses of all time. Designed by Helen Rose, a costume designer at MGM, the long-sleeved lace dress definitely inspired many wedding looks, including Kate Middleton.

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  Elizabeth Taylor For her fifth wedding, Elizabeth Taylor opted for a bright yellow dress with floral headpiece when she tied the knot with ‘Cleopatra’ co-star Richard Burton

rsz_audrey_hepburn Audrey Hepburn  Style icon Audrey Hepburn wore a tea-length Balmain wedding dress, with wide shoulders and a crown of fresh flowers, for a romantic and feminine wedding look.

Mick Jagger marries Bianca Jagger Bianca Jagger For her 1971 wedding to Mick Jagger, Bianca Jagger went for an unconventional look, wearing a YSL Le Smoking jacket, long white skirt and wide brim hat.

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Kate Moss Kate Moss’ wedding to Jamie Hince was featured in the pages of Vogue, and the John Galliano designed wedding dress was definitely the highlight.


Kate Middleton Kate Middleton got her fairy tale ending in a beautiful wedding gown with lace overlay designed by Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton.


Gwen Stefani Gwen Stefani is known for her one-of-a-kind style, which is why it is no surprise the No Doubt singer wore an unconventional ombre gown designer by John Galliano for Dior.


Anne Hathaway  Valentino came out of retirement to design Anne Hathaway’s amazing wedding dress. The gown, with an off-the-shoulder neckline and ombre tulle skirt, definitely showed Valentino’s love for the actress, who he has said is like a daughter to him.


Chrissy Teigen  Vera Wang designed three dresses for Sports Illustrated model Chrissy Teigen when she wed singer John Legend. Her third dress, for the after party, was a red strapless mermaid gown with dramatic skirt.

rsz_keira_knightley Keira Knightley  For most brides, their wedding dress is the something new but for Keira Knightley it was her something old. In a interview with the Telegraph, the British actress admitted that she has worn the mini Chanel dress before. However, Karl Lagerfeld did design a jacket to go along with the strapless dress for her relaxed wedding look.


Christina Ricci  Christina Ricci couldn’t resist showing off her custom-made Givenchy gown, featuring cut-out shoulders and a dramatic train, captioning the Twitter pic, “I’m sorry I have to share what @riccardotisci made for me!! #iloveyouricky!”


Alicia Keys  An expecting Alicia Keys looked like a modern day Grecian goddess in her one-shoulder Vera Wang gown with crystal headpiece.

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Lily Allen Lily Allen’s bohemian chic wedding dress with lace all over was designed by Delphine Manivet. The British singer made news when she announced that she had lost, and then found, her second wedding dress by Chanel worth close to $300,000



Hilary Duff Hilary Duff wed hockey player Mike Comrie in a blush-colored mermaid gown by Vera Wang, made with organza and silk tulle.


Ivanka Trump  Another bride inspired by Grace Kelly was Ivanka Trump, in her lace Vera Wang gown.


Portia de Rossi  While Ellen Degeneres made an equally beautiful bride, Portia de Rossi took the cake in her backless Zac Posen gown with a ballerina-esque light pink tulle skirt.


Jessica Biel  Jessica Biel joined Reese Witherspoon, Gwen Stefani, Sharon Stone and Anne Hathaway when she wore pink for her wedding. The actress wore a gorgeous Giambattista Valli gown with a layered skirt to tie the knot with Justin Timberlake.


Nicole Richie  Nicole Richie may have had an elephant at her wedding, but her dress took the spotlight. The custom-made Marchesa gown, with a lace turtle neck and ball gown skirt made from 100 yards of organza and tulle, was just one of three designed for the bride.

jenna_tatum Jenna Dewan-Tatum  For her wedding to Channing Tatum, Jenna looked stunning in a Reem Acra gown with feathered skirt and sweetheart neckline.




Favored Friday: BHDLN is Coming to Georgetown!

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Washington brides who want a wedding befitting an Anthropologie catalog will soon have another option besides shopping online for their gowns. The brand's wedding brand, BHLDN, will open a permanent shop-within-a-shop this spring at the Georgetown Anthropologie store on M Street. In addition to the brand's full assortment of wedding gowns, reception dresses and attire for bridesmaids, BHLDN's Georgetown shop will sell an edited assortment of jewelry, accessories and décor. Expect to find in-store exclusives hand-selected for D.C., with a focus on personalized service via BHLDN stylists. I dont know about you but I cant wait to check out the new store! The offical opening date is Friday April 11th!



#FavoredFri​day Spotlight: Soliloquy Bridal Boutique


This week's #FavoredFriday Vendor Spotlight features a great minority woman owned local Bridal Boutique, Soliloquy Bridal. Located in Herndon, VA Soliloquy prides itself on helping brides make a statement! “You don't have to conform to anyone's statement but your own. We will ensure that you confidently and enthusiastically choose that unique wedding dress which reveals your inner most feelings and intentions as a bride. We will never apologize for seeking the luxurious and sometimes decadent in designer wedding dresses. You deserve it! You love couture wedding fashion and you've dreamed of this day your whole life, so why settle for second best?”

Maria Karin

To ensure that every type of bride has a unique, fun, and comfortable dress shopping experience, Soliloquy offers several different services:

Appointment via Skype: We are proud to pioneer Appointments via Skype™ and allow brides to connect with the people they trust to give them feedback on their wedding dress if they cannot physically join the appointment.

Signature Appointments: Exclusive and extended three-hour fittings for you and your bridal party as you try on dresses and create joyful memories with your family and friends. Themes: Southern Charm; Mimosa Mixer; or Desserts, Definitely

Styling Saturdays: Our clients receive a complimentary styling session to assist with hairstyle options, hair accessory, and jewelry. Appointments required.

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Soliloquy also offers On-site Alterations, Gown Preservation, Bridal Forums, and my personal favorite In-House Design for the bride that wants to design a custom dress! “If you want to design your own gown or have one designed with some key elements in mind, our in-house couture designer will work with you from concept to development. We will provide a sketch, develop the pattern, and source the fabrics for a custom-fit, one of a kind creation.”

Heidi Elnora

For more information on this phenomenal boutique, make sure you check out their website today!

Have you ever shopped at Soliloquy Bridal? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.


Wedding Wednesday: Radiant Orchid + Red Inspiration!

Radiant Orchid Red CollageRadiant Orchid is the color of the year for 2014. And we cant agree anymore with Pantone that this color is ‘a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple’ and we would also like to add – perfect for weddings! One of our Favored Brides asked us to create a Radiant Orchid & Red Inspiration board to showcase the rich, luxurious color that has been described as  “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones. Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”  and one that will be sure to inspire throughout the wedding color themes of 2014.Happy Wedding Wednesday

Wishing you a happy Wedding Wednesday to all of our newly engaged brides to be! Enjoy this time & some pretty Wedding Wednesday posts about Radiant Orchid wedding decor.

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A blend of fuchsia, purple, and pink, brides can’t go wrong with this exotic, warm color. It’s bold, exudes confidence and will be vibrant against that white wedding dress.

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How gorgeous are those bouquets!? Raspberry and Plum Bellini's are the perfect Signature Cocktail for a Radiant Orchid wedding theme! Raspberry & Plum Bellini's Anyone? Check out the Brides matching nails too!


Real Wedding: Sean + Jenae's Liriodendr​on Mansion Wedding

0771 Sean Kingston Holcomb-Jones married the love of his life Jenae' Elizabeth Manns on July 5, 2013 at the Liriodendron Mansion located in Bel Air, Maryland. The vision of the wedding was to maintain Jenae and Sean's authentic identity of creativity, be classic, and ensure their guest didn't just witness a wedding, but had a meaningful experience. Meet the couple and see more pictures of their big day after the break.



The first thing Jenae' set her sights on was spiral seating. She felt that circles feel much warmer than rigid rows, so when it came to seating, the spiral did the trick of wrapping Sean and Jenae' in a circle of Love of their family and friends. As an added bonus, it ensured that everyone got a good clear view of the wedding party as they came down the aisle.

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Jenae has never been a flowery kind of girl so she decided not to carry a flowers. Instead she decided to decorate her arm with a larger than life bouquet of flowers going up the arm. On the wedding day everyone loved it!! The look was superb!

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Adding to the creative theme, after the ceremony, fun lawn games like Tumble Tower (life sized Jenga), corn hole, and photo stands were available for the guest to enjoy during cocktail hour.


Instead of a traditional first dance song, Sean and Jenae' chose to dance to Neyo's Sexy Love, which was and always will be the couples song.

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To offset some of the more costly wedding expenses, Andrea Small of Asburn, Va, who is a close friend of the Bride, served as the weddings creative designer and did all the wedding decor as DIY projects.


The outdoor/indoor wedding went off without a hitch and a great time was had by all. "Sean and I have never been a public-public couple so we really wanted our wedding to reflect who we were as people. My advice to any couples planning is to stay true to your authentic self -- break all the rules -- enlist the help of friends to cut cost -- and have lots of FUN!!" - Jenae

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You're Invited: Carine's Bridal Atelier to host BLISS Monique Lhuillier & Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show This Month!

CBA Logo Brides-to-be! Carine's Bridal Atelier has two highly anticipated events coming up to help you find your perfect dress. Check out both invites below!

CBA BLISS Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show Feb '14 invite

February 6-8 BLISS Monique Lhullier Trunk Show presented by Carine's Bridal Atelier

Brides-to-be will get a first look at the romantic Fall 2014 BLISS collection. Known, for her legendary designs, Monique Lhullier recently introduced the BLISS line as a reworking of some her most popular gowns at a lower price point.

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February 13-15 Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show presented by Carine's Bridal Atelier

Just in time for Valentine's Day, brides-to-be can fall in love all over again with the Fall 2014 Monique Lhuillier bridal collection. Lhuillier is known for her ultra feminine designs, her special attention to intricate detail and her use of luxurious fabrics and this collection does not disappoint.

"The gowns had a romantic, heirloom quality, with floral, vine and lattice motifs worked in rich embroideries and delicate beadwork." - Women's Wear Daily

You're Invited: Carine's Bridal Designer Bridal Sample Sale

CBA Sample Sale Jan 14

January 29th & 30th Sample Sale
Carine's Bridal Atelier is parting with some of last season's couture gowns with their bi-annual sample sale. From designers like Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrera, Marchesa, Rivini, Jenny Lee and more, brides can take advantage of discounts from 50-75% retails prices. The gems are first come, first serve!

#FavoredFriday Blog Post: Airplanes & Trains Styled Shoot from Tunji Sarumi Photography

wpid6501-007 I came across some gorgeous images from a styled shoot from last week's #Favored Spotlight Vendor, Photographer Tunji Sarumi. It seems to be a very small world because I know the dapper gentlemen in the shoot & fell in love with all of Leanne and Mekdim (a real married couple). You can see their engagement photos here and their wedding and traditional here and here. also shot by Tunji Sarumi Photography. The shoot was styled and planned by J Garner Events and shot at Fort Meade Flying Activity Club. Ready to take flight and fall in love!


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How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Headpiece!

kim-kardashian-wedding-headpiece So you've found the dress, you've found the shoes, found the jewelry, now your ready to decide on a headpiece. There are so many options to choose from! Is it time to feel like a fairy tail princess and go with a big shiny tiara?

Or, is it better to go for a few subtle hair clips? There are so many outside factors to consider as well, is there a theme to the wedding? Select the circlet or a feathered headband if your wedding is vintage themed or your just going for the Gatsby look. Take a look at the chart to help you decide what is right for you and your bridal party.


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The Headpiece

1. Temperley Bridal Gown

2. Chaumet Joséphine Tiara

3. Lulu Frost Jewelled Hair Comb

4. Lanvin Silk Blend Tulle Veil

Here is a full chart to help you pick out the perfect head piece for your wedding from Simply Bridal!


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A Gift From Favored to You!

simply Brides today is your lucky day!!! We have a very special gift for you courtesy of, a discount on all merchandise! See below for more details. is an online boutique designed to make your dream wedding dress accessible and affordable. "SimplyBridal started off with the simple idea of creating beautiful weddings at reasonable prices. Beginning with wedding dresses, we’ve since added more products and strive to provide outstanding quality without the inconvenience and costs of traditional bridal boutiques and retailers. Our products are always things that we would want our family members and friends to buy, wear, and love. That means that we only partner with quality designers that share these values such as Los Angeles-based jewelry designer May Yeung. Our design team includes graduates from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. They have designed for BCBGMAXAZRIA and Suzi Chin for Maggy. They source only the finest fabrics and embellishments for SimplyBridal, and sets the same high quality standards that are demanded by the New York fashion scene."

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Discount: 15% (shipping not included)

Expiration: 09/02/2013

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You're Invited: Carine’s Bridal Atelier Hosts Liancarlo Trunk Show

trunk show Luxury bridal boutique Carine’s Bridal Atelier will host a designer bridal gown trunk show at the boutique in Georgetown at 1726 Wisconsin Ave NW, 2nd Floor, Washington DC, on August 8th, 9th, and 10th.

Brides-to-be will have the wonderful opportunity to view the Liancarlo Spring 2014 collection and be guided by Carine Krawiec and her expert consultants; dedicated to making their brides-to-be dreams come true. Brides will receive a 12% discount with the purchase of a Liancarlo gown on Thursday and Friday of the trunk show and 10% discount on Saturday. Appointments are available by calling Carine’s Bridal Atelier at 202.965.4696 or by emailing an appointment request to

From August 8th to August 10th the Liancarlo Trunk Show at Carine’s Bridal Atelier will feature gowns detailed with refined elegance with a traditional yet modern twist; body-skimming silhouettes; and ethereal fabrics.

For more information, contact Carine’s Bridal Atelier by phone 202.965.4696 or email

ABOUT CARINE’S BRIDAL ATELIER: Carine’s Bridal boutique has been in the heart of Georgetown for more than 6 years and has established itself as the nation’s capital destination for the finest selection of designer wedding gowns and accessories. Carine has built personal relationships with most of her celebrity designers through the years and the boutique has earned the exclusive right to carry some of the world’s most well-known names in the bridal industry: Monique Lhuillier, Liancarlo, Marchesa, Carolina Herrera, Jenny Lee, Junko Yoshioka, Rivini, and Angel Sanchez.

Please visit to learn more.

Carine’s Bridal Atelier

1726 Wisconsin Avenue NW, 2nd floor, Washington D.C. 20007

(202) 965-4696