wedding dresses

BHLDN Opens in Chicago on Valentine's Day

BHLDN Opens in Chicago on Valentine's Day

We are less than two weeks away from the much anticipated February 14th opening of the BHLDN Store in Chicago, Anthropologie's answer to all things bridal. We fell in love with BHLDN when they launched last year on Valentine's Day online and how appropriate that the Windy City gets their own store for brides, grooms and party planners alike one year later on the same holiday, (one that celebrates love); Valentine's Day. 

A Look Back at 2011 Chicago Weddings

A Look Back at 2011 Chicago Weddings

2011 was a wonderful year! We thank the wonderful couples who welcomed us into their lives as we helped them plan their weddings. Thank you to all those brides and grooms who selected Engaging Events by Ali as their wedding planner. Here is just a tiny little peek into our amazing 2011 year! And thank you to all the amazing photographers who provide the beautiful moments from the wedding days for our clients. 

Breaking Dawn Part I Wedding Details

Breaking Dawn Part I Wedding Details

I am an admitted Twilight fan! I was so excited to see the new Breaking Dawn Part I movie this past weekend. Not only because I love the books, but also the first twenty minutes of the movie focused on the wedding of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. Below are some beautiful details and information about the wedding and how you can get Bella and Edward's wedding look. 

Bridal Market Christos Collection

Bridal Market Christos Collection

We are talking wedding dresses again today and the new collections that came out last week at Bridal Market in New York City. When we are talking our favorites one has to see the new collection from Christos. Many a client of mine has been sent down the aisle in a Christos dress. Looking to see one in person? Stop by Belle Vie Bridal Couture on Oak Street in Chicago. 

Bridal Market Monique Lhuiller Collection

Bridal Market Monique Lhuiller Collection

I just love Monique Lhuillier's wedding dresses. So much that one of these days I am going to make my husband marry me again so I can wear one of Monique's dresses. She is such an elegant lady and it shows in her always gorgeous wedding dresses that she produces. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the Engage Conference back in June where she spoke to the audience. Her designs are feminine, elegant, often times fun and always dramatic. 

Vera Wang at Bridal Market in New York City 2011

Vera Wang at Bridal Market in New York City 2011

et took place the last couple of days in New York City. This is when the wedding dress designers get to show their new lines for all of us to see. Last year I got to attend the Bridal Market in New York City for the first time and attend the Martha Steward show. So, I was so excited to go back again this year. 

WGN TV Appearance on The Royal Wedding Trends

WGN TV Appearance on The Royal Wedding Trends

Last week on Friday I was excited to be invited back in to speak with Lourdes Duarte from WGN TV about the Royal Wedding. With my gorgeous fascinator on from The Left Bank and an adorable little bouquet by Exquisite Designs, I was there to talk all things Royal Wedding.

Kate's Second Dress

Kate's Second Dress

I have been so excited about all the pictures from the evening events surrounding The Royal Wedding. The Duchess of Cambridge (also known to all of us as Kate) wore an elegant evening dress, once again designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. The dress was satin with diamante detailing around the skirt. She wore a small white shrug in the pictures that were captured. It was a beautiful dress and Kate looked so elegant.The groom changed as well into a traditional tuxedo with a bow tie. Expect to see bow ties on the grooms and groomsmen as the whole wedding world and fashion world looks to what the Royal Wedding trends were. 

The Royal Wedding and The GORGEOUS Dress

The Royal Wedding and The GORGEOUS Dress

And then they were married! I am in love with everything about the Royal Wedding today! The beautiful cars, the horse and carriages, the trumpeters, the beautiful hymns at the church, the wonderful reading by the bride's brother. I can go on and on about this but first thing is first.

Royal Wedding Week: What will Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress Look Like

Royal Wedding Week: What will Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress Look Like

 The Royal Wedding Week is here! I have waited anxiously for months for this week to arrive. And right now all the talk is, what will Kate Middleton's wedding dress look like? The blogs and newspapers are filled to the brim with speculation and tips on who will design the dress. Clarence House and the Official Royal Wedding website have been very forthcoming and transparent with the details of the wedding day. On Saturday they released a ninety-page media document with the guest list, seating layout for Westminster Abbey and some of the wedding vendors that are taking part in the wedding of the century. One thing it did not include was ANY details or mention of Kate's wedding dress.

Kate Spade Wedding Collection

Kate Spade Wedding Collection

I have always been a fan of Kate Spade and their shop in Chicago is a must visit a couple of times a year. Purses, cute gifts for bridal party, amazing shoes, fun jewelry.....Well now, they have "gone bridal" and have released their new wedding collection. You will find adorable white dresses which are perfect for one of your bridal showers or at your rehearsal dinner and beautiful shoes for your wedding day. 

Anthropologie Announces BHLDN Wedding Line

Anthropologie Announces BHLDN Wedding Line

Yesterday, Anthropologie unveiled it's new wedding line called BHLDN which will offer wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, jewelry, hair adornments and accessories. The new line has four "themes" of brides which are Nostalgic Romantic, Neo-Sophisticate, La Bohemienne, and Lady with a Twist and makes me think of classic brides like Jackie O, Audrey and Grace. This new line offers a very vintage bride an area to purchase unique and one of the kind items for her wedding without having to scour the different antique stores. 

Quick Tip: Removing Deodorant Stains on Dresses

Quick Tip: Removing Deodorant Stains on Dresses

 Everyone hates it when you put on deodorant in a rush and then throw on your black dress or bridesmaids put on their dresses and get those stubborn white stains from their deodorant on the arm area of the dress.  One trick I have found is using a used laundry dryer sheet.  It can quickly whisk off the white stain on the dress with a little light rubbing.  I carry one in my emergency kit and every wedding take a new one with me for potential mishaps.

Your Mom's Wedding Dress?

If you really wanted to try and wear that gorgeous wedding gown your mother wore on her day, but it doesn’t fit you right. Don’t worry, go dress shopping with your mom and get your own. After a perfect day trying on a ton of dresses ask her if it would be ok to take parts of her wedding dress to wrap your flowers in. This might seem as a shock to her, but tell her how honored you would be to have it be apart of your special day.  

 

Jenna and Henry

I had nothing to do with this wedding but I loved Jenna Bush and Henry Hager's wedding day! It was so cute, so down to earth and her wedding dress was so perfect for the setting! Oscar De La Renta was quite the master in designing the perfect dress for her.