Would You Wear a Pink Wedding Gown?

I am a classic kind of girl and never put much thought into colorful wedding gowns, but recently I overheard an entertainment news story on how colorful wedding gowns are becoming popular. I started to think about this a little more and I found two gowns I really love that happen to be pink. The gowns were worn by Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Biel. They both have a soft and romantic look that seems perfectly fitting for a bride, even though they are not white. I love the blush color of Reese's and the sweetness in Jessica's. What do you think? Would you wear pink?


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Couples to Celebrate: Meredith's Bridal Shoot

My sweet bride Meredith got hitched this past weekend, and now it's safe to share my favorite picture from her bridal session. Isn't this beautiful??! ! For more of the fantastic photos, check out Rachel Robinson's blog. She really did a bang-up job :-) I can't WAIT to see the pictures from the wedding this weekend (and share them with you all, of course).


Twilight - You Know this Post had to Happen

Okay, I'm going to admit it. I am a HUGE Twilight fan. I've read all four books (some several times), and I've been waiting anxiously for what seems like forever for Breaking Dawn to premiere. And yes...that was me. The 33 year-old in loungewear and no makeup (along with two great friends) at the midnight showing on November 18th. Don't judge me. It was totally worth it.

I'm around weddings a LOT; therefore, the ceremony scenes weren't as emotional for me as they seem to be for others in the theater. However, what I did pay careful attention to (besides the decor) was the gown. Much like Princess Catherine, Bella (or for the fans out there - Alice, really) chose a long-sleeve number. Unlike The Princess though, the gown was uber form-fitting, and had an amazing sheer cutout at the back.

I predict we will see a LOT more long-sleeve creations coming in from the designers (we are already starting to). And really...we need them. It seems like 95% of the gowns are there are strapless ... a girl needs options. My guess is we will also see more high neck - low back styles around as well :-)

Happy shopping!!

BHLDN is now open!

BHLDN officially opened its doors yesterday at its very first location in Houston's own Highland Village. For those of you who don't know, BHLDN (pronounced beholden) is Anthropologie's sister store for all things wedding. From the moment you set foot in the store you are whisked away to a world of romance, beauty and whimsy. The stores beautiful palette of gray, white and stunning distressed wood combinded with its warm lighting is not only inviting, but incredibly calming, as well.

When you enter the store you walk into a room filled with amazing bridesmaid and any occassion dresses. Sprinkled around the room are cases filled with stunning headpieces made by Jennifer Behr and vintage beaded bags they found at French flea markets. You then head down a wide hallway where you find the decor room tucked away to the side. This is a small dark paneled room filled with the most amazing little things- from stationary, to unique escort card holders, to handmade cake toppers, you are sure to find something to add that special touch to your special day. Heading back out to the hallway you enter into the store's shoe salon and accessories space. Right off of the shoe salon is the room dedicated to the most amazing, delicatly beautiful lingere. You then walk to the back of the store, and just when you think things can't get any better, they do! The room is filled with mannequins dressed in BHLDN's stunning collection of wedding gowns. The gowns are priced from $600-$6,000 and range from size zero to twelve. The amazing thing about BHLDN is that you can have your gown in hand within three days of purchasing it!

On Wednesday I had the privilage of attending BHLDN's Wedding Indusrty Brunch. Below are a few pics I snapped on my phone's camera :)

One neat fact I learned from talking to BHLDN's incredibly sweet staff is that each of the spacious dressing lounges are equppied with iPod docks so Bride's can listen to their own Ipod!

Happy Shopping!

Bridal Hair Accessories

I got my inspiration for this post while assisting with a wedding this past weekend. The bride was wearing a beautiful hair clip, and I am a huge fan of hair accessories. Here are some ideas to consider for your special day:

Photo courtesy of: Shehasgotitall

Photo courtesy of: The Knot

Photo courtesy of: HairStylesChats

Photo courtesy of: Wedding-Olivia

Whether it's feathers, flowers or hair combs, these accessories can add the perfect finishing touch to your "I do" hairdo.


Custom Wedding Gowns!

Have you always dreamed of wearing your Mother or your Grandmother's wedding gown, but it is just not your style? Well, Barbara Joyce-Evans is the lady for you! Barbara will not only tweak a family heirloom to better suit your style, she can also work with you to create a custom gown from scratch. Barbara is incredibly talented and extremely passionate about her work. She will, without a doubt, be able to create the wedding gown of your dreams. Contact Barbara at ballet.joy@juno.com. Above are photos, by Marco Wang, of a custom gown Barbara made for a bride.

Happy shopping/creating!
Lauren Carrillo

TOMS wedges for your wedding!

Toms shoes are releasing a new line of espadrille wedges! Toms is the One for One company that donates a pair of shoes to a child for every pair your purchase. The new line of shoes are made of a lightweight material in different colors. Perfect for the destination bride or the brides who want to give back!

Toms already has a great bride & groom collection! Be sure to check them out!

Happy shopping!!!

<3 Kristen

Urban Outfitters Goes Bridal!

Do you love the hippie-chic feel Anthropologie evokes and would love to replicate that at your wedding? Well, you are in luck! Anthropologie's parent company, Urban Outfitters, will be debuting their bridal collection in the spring of 2011. The collection will include heirloom wedding gowns priced $1,000 to $5,000, bridesmaid and special occasion dresses, shoes, bags, accessories, intimate apparel, decorations, invitations, and gifts. It will be offered online initially, with expansion to stores soon after. Who would have guessed Urban Outfitters would be your one stop shop for all things bridal!
Happy Shopping!
Lauren Carrillo
Dress Forms, $300 Urban Outfitters