As 2013 draws to a close, there is nothing quite like looking back at everything Washingtonian Bride & Groom has achieved this year. From last year’s Unveiled event (mark your calendars, Unveiled 2014 is January 26!) to some major photo shoots (seemingly all accompanied by pouring rain), to gorgeous jewels from the likes of Graff, Bulgari, and Tiffany & Co., the year was filled with Instagram-worthy moments—all fun and fashionably fabulous. Scroll down for a behind-the-scenes look at our day-to-day lives and see why we love that our job is getting to make this magazine for you.
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1. Atrendy Wedding booth at Washingtonian Bride & Groom’s annual Unveiled event.
2. A backstage look at one of the models before the Unveiled fashion show.
3. Final look at the Unveiled runway.
4. Catching up with Randy to the Rescue’s star Randy Fenoli during the filming of a DC episode.
5. Design Army’s Pum Lefebure straightens the clutch for our Color Theory shoot.
6. Hair guru Ismail Tekin fluffing a model’s veil before the beauty shot.
7. Models playing happy couple on set. The bride is wearing a blush gown by Watters.
8. Even though this pretty mint cake from Charm City Cakes was mostly cardboard for photo shoot purposes, we still had to resist the temptation to eat it.
’Tis (almost) the season to get engaged and Vera Wang Love, the bridal designer’s diamond jewelry line, has introduced new additions to the line. The collection features never-before-seen engagement rings and wedding bands in rose, yellow, and two-tone gold. Opt for a classic solitaire with a pop of pink on the band, or go for an all-yellow wedding band circled with diamonds. The rings are available online and at Zales, and range in price from $599.99 to $29,999.99.
When it comes to wedding-day fashion, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Avoid any style hiccups by creating a bridal emergency kit and stocking up on must-have supplies. Read on for six of our favorite styling products that will solve any bridal wardrobe malfunction in time for the ceremony.
Problem: Despite numerous fittings, you strapless dress keeps on riding down and your V-neck dress reveals too much.
Fix: Avoid flashing your nearest and dearest by using a few pieces of double-sided body tape to keep your dress in place and prevent any unwanted movement.
Try: Hollywood Fashion Tape double-stick strips, $8.27 at Amazon.
Problem: You are wearing your brand new shoes and blisters are imminent.
Fix: Apply a layer of lubricating anti-friction formula to instantly reduce rubbing on skin.
Try Band-Aid friction block stick, $8.29 at CVS.
Bohemian brides, get ready for some blissfully beautiful new looks. BHLDN, Anthropologie’s bridal label, has come out with a fall lookbook filled with dresses perfect for rustic-chic weddings. The romantic designs, which are typically BHLDN’s calling card, this time include delicate lace, intricate beading, and pretty floral embellishments. Prices start as low as $400 for the cocktail numbers and go up to $2,800 for floor-grazing looks. If you’re hoping to score one of these fanciful confections, we suggest you mark your calendar for August 6, which is when the first batch of the collection drops online— the second half of the collection launches in October.
Titania gown, $2,200, available in October
Want height at your outdoor wedding without the hassle of sinking into the ground as you walk down the aisle? Every bit as chic as their stiletto counterparts, wedge heels will provide the comfort you need to be on your feet all day, plus enough style to maintain your reputation as a fashion-conscious bride. From espadrilles to peep-toe platforms, we scouted the best wedding-friendly pairs. Your feet will thank you.
Brides-to-be, take note: You can now incorporate Oscar de la Renta’s bridal collection into your big day. Our favorite stationery e-tailer, Paperless Post, has teamed up with the master couturier for a stylish wedding collaboration. Inspired by Oscar de la Renta’s ready-to-wear and bridal collections, and the designer’s home in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, the 50-piece collection features both electronic and paper save-the-date cards, thank-you notes, and wedding invitations, priced from $0.25 to $3.50 each.
Last summer Bethenny Frankel, multi-millionaire entrepreneur, reality television star, author, show host, and creator of low-calorie cocktails, expanded her Skinnygirl empire to include shapewear—because, why not? This spring, just in time for wedding season, Skinnygirl Smoothers ’n’ Shapers, a line of sexy yet functional camis, slips, and babydolls, has added a three-piece collection made just for brides.
The line includes an all-white Lovely Lace bustier ($56), shaping slip ($44), and boy shorts ($36), all designed with delicate aqua bows for a touch of “something blue.” The soft lace conceals the inner shaping mesh while offering some serious tummy smoothing for even the tightest mermaid dresses. You can buy the bridal lingerie as well as the rest of the shapewear line through the Kohl’s and Skinnygirl Smoothers ’n’ Shapers websites.
“When Randy calls, you say yes,” says Carin Rosenberg Levine, co-owner of Hitched bridal salon in Georgetown, on working with Randy Fenoli, star of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress and Randy to the Rescue. For the uninitiated, Randy to the Rescue is a reality television show that follows the over-the-top bridal gown guru and his hair and makeup team as they travel across ten cities in America, bringing couture wedding dresses to brides. The show is in its second season of filming, and this time it was DC’s turn to get rescued by Randy.
As part of the show, Fenoli partnered with Hitched to set up a bridal pop-up shop at the Capitol Hilton last Sunday. Featuring 200 of Fenoli’s favorite dresses, as well as 50 of Hitched’s hand-selected picks, the event hosted 40 area brides on the hunt for their dream gowns. Hitched consultants helped brides-to-be narrow their options, while Fenoli popped in and out of the fitting rooms to advise each bride on the dress, accessories, hair, and makeup—part of what he calls his “head to hem” approach.
When word came that Alexandria resident Charae Carter would be appearing in an episode of Say Yes to the Dress, we shot her an e-mail to find out what it’s like to be filmed for the show—which, for the uninitiated, features brides-to-be on the hunt for their ideal wedding ensemble inside Kleinfeld, the iconic Manhattan wedding dress emporium. While Carter’s dress choice must remain under wraps until the episode airs, she did hint that she went looking for something right out of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” video (she loves the ’80s). In our estimation, that would mean a short, fluffy, flouncy, ruffled number. Tune in to TLC tonight, March 1, at 9 PM for the full story and the reveal, and read on for our conversation with Carter.
How did you decide to apply for the show?
My best friend Alicia absolutely loves the show. I’m a fan of it, as well. As soon as I got engaged, Alicia said, “You’re applying for this show. I’ve read the questions already and you would have some great answers; I think you’d be a perfect fit.” So I applied! A couple of days later I received an e-mail, which led to a phone call, and voilà!
The historic charm of Old Town Alexandria provides fantastic inspiration for planning a vintage-themed wedding. The King Street neighborhood is home to more than a dozen antiques stores, all stocked with hundreds of one-of-a-kind pieces. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, your bridesmaids, or the reception, exploring the memorabilia-filled rooms is only half the fun. The other half comes when you realize that you’ve given a once-forgotten treasure new life and purpose.
We spent an afternoon rummaging through Alexandria’s delightful antiques shops. Here’s what we found.
The Jewelry Mecca
BW Art, Antiques & Jewelry features rows of cabinets containing hundreds of pieces of jewelry. You’ll want to allocate at least an hour to go through the drawers, which are categorized by material, style, or color. A search for “something blue” yielded these gorgeous crystal clips ($32) circled with a gold feather. Rhinestone brooches pinned to a satin ribbon create a sash for under $50. (For a more elaborate design, play around with different sizes.) A simpler pin can be fastened in a chignon for an eye-catching hair accessory.
BW Art, Antiques & Jewelry. 108 N. Fayette St., Alexandria; 703-518-8464.
Time to (Cocktail) Party
The Hour specializes in vintage glassware for all your cocktail party needs—such as these gilded Art Deco glasses ($400 for six). Unless you plan on starting married life with ramen dinners, we suggest adding these shiny beauties to the Hour’s Wedding Wish List, then passing along the store’s business card to your wealthy aunts and uncles. Couldn’t hurt!
The Hour. 1015 King St., Alexandria; 703-224-4687.
Dress the Part
Anyone who has shopped for wedding dresses knows the gowns aren’t cheap—unless you shop at Pretty People Vintage. The boutique carries a small collection of vintage wedding dresses, circa 1950s and ’60s, all under $300 on the day we visited. A beaded midi dress ($125) works for an older bride who is looking for some glamour. And a romantic jacquard sheath ($165) with a pinhole center is ideal for a garden soiree. Since sizes and cuts aren’t standard, it’s a good idea to work with a good tailor once you buy the dress. Owner Annie Lee suggests buying one or two sizes up.
Pretty People Vintage. 108 N. Patrick St., Alexandria; 703-739-2522.