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Accessories Council Bridal Press Preview

There is no doubt that being a bride and planning a wedding is a stressful time, but there are companies that offer both amazing and wonderfully special products and services that are sure to make your wedding day a beautiful and memorable one. When it comes to all things accessories, you should look no further than the Accessories Council so when they, along with Brides Magazine EIC, Millie Martini Bratten, came together to showcase their favorite bridal accessories and other bridal essentials, bride or not, attendance was necessary.

Held at the beautiful 91 Horatio Event Space which was beautifully designed by The Upper Crust Weddings, a group of wedding experts that provide the ultimate, all-inclusive wedding planning experience including catering, floral design, Mixologist (cocktails) like John McCarthy, lighting, entertainment and photography, we, along with fellow media, got the inside look on that latest hot trends in wedding accessories, decor, beauty, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Some of the stunning jewelry we saw included stunning timepieces from Bulova and Sprout Watches, ornate pieces from Roman Bride, and diamond hoops and engagement rings from Ritani.

 

Bulova highlighted a stainless steel watch with gold finish, 24 diamonds individually hand-set on case and a white mother-of-pearl dial ($475.00); Eco-friendly Sprout showcased their new white corn resin case Watches with pink sparkly Swarovski Crystals ($75.00); Roman Bride highlighted their Pearl & Crystal Headband ($30.00), Crystal Bracelet & Earrings ($28.00 – $60.00), Infinity and Bow Necklaces ($20.00); high-end jewelry brand, Ritani highlighted their Diamond Hoop Earrings ($1,350.00) in 18k White Gold – all which would make perfect accessories on the big day.

Of course looking beautiful on your wedding day is more than just because of your dress. A beautifully made up face is essential to looking your best. That is where Makeup Artist, Joseph Anthony Carrillo ($200.00+) comes in. With his experience bringing out the inner beauty in every face he touches for designer runway shows, campaigns, and editorials for some of the most prestigious print publications, his classic beauty aesthetic is sure to make any bride stunning.

Marchesa will dazzles brides with their stunning Envelope Shoulder Bag ($3,695 at www.net-a-porter.com) which features pearl and leather cut embroidery, crystal quartz lock and nickel hardware while the Lena Erziak Classic Evening Clutch ($3,595 646-484-5892), encrusted in Swarovski crystals and dosed in 24 k-gold plating on hardware make the perfect after wedding bag.

Not all bridal fashion includes dresses. Boy Meets Girl featured their Classic Coco Hoodie ($59.00 – $69.00), personalized Hoodies that say “Bride/Groom” and make great gifts for the happy couple. When you order one of the pre-made “bride/groom” personalized hoodies online you’ll receive a FREE pair of Boy Meets Girl® slippers with your order. Speaking of slippers, the Jack Rogers Palm Beach Navajo Flat ($110.00) are great for brides getting married on the beach or to wear after the wedding and reception to give your feet a break from heels.

If you’re a wedding guest and want to commemorate the bride and groom’s happy day, try the following gifts. Tru Blooms Chicago Fragrance ($38.00 – $65.00) is a bright floral perfume made of elegant sheer rose, traditional lavender and sensuous violet that is limited edition to the year of the wedding. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the happy couple.

Though it may not seem like it, all weddings are not just about the bride. Grooms will appreciate (and brides will love) the ManuelRacim Made-to-Measure Dress Shirts ($225.00), dress shirts that are made-to-measure to any groom’s exact measurements and can be further personalized with a monogram of the couple’s initials and wedding date, commemorating the big day and ensuring the groom will never forget his wedding anniversary.

THE LIMITED LAUNCHES WEDDING & EVENT COLLECTION

The Limited will launch a Wedding & Event Collection on June 3, 2010, just in time for wedding season. The Limited is offering two wedding dress styles that are effortless, yet emanate romance and elegance. The two event/bridesmaid dresses are seasonless and will be staples in any woman’s wardrobe. This collection will be available for purchase online and the two event/bridesmaid dresses can also be found in The Limited Stores nationwide

In an oversaturated market, it is refreshing to find exquisite dresses such as these at a conservative price. Made from pure silk and cotton, these silhouettes will flatter any bride. Each wedding dress is available for $298.

The Romantic Wedding Dress is flowy and feminine without being fussy. It can easily translate to fit various wedding types; from a casual beach wedding or in a lavish ceremony. This eye-catching classic off-white dress will satisfy even the most discerning bride. Its silk chiffon cascading vertical ruffles allow for movement and airy flow.

The Elegant Wedding Dress stays true to its name with fresh finishes. With a classic silhouette and trendy touches, this ivory colored dress is perfect for any modern bride-to-be. A hidden pocket and smart belt is an instant update to this distinguished style. Though modern, the silky cotton material is the perfect combination; you will feel like you are floating on clouds while walking down the aisle.

A wedding would not be complete without a wedding party. The Limited is offering two select styles of event dresses ideal for any bridesmaid. These dresses can be found online as well as in The Limited stores nationwide. The Ruffle Front Halter Dress is fun and flirty. Available in 3 color ways: Bright Poppy, Gothic & Green Lagoon (shown). Any bridesmaid will be thrilled to wear this special dress that is not only seasonless but can truly be worn again and again. The soft materials and flattering movement is an added touch to this classic style.

The Draped Waist Tank Dress will flatter any figure and versatile for any type of bride’s taste. The length is not too long, not to short, and the sleeveless style of the top is not so bare. A deep “V” in the back polishes off the dress. With its soft color palette, yummy material and wear-again style, your bridesmaid will thank you. This dress is available in three colors: Smog Grey, Dark Periwinkle and Turquoise.

The Wedding Cafe Bridal Showcase

As I’ve said before I seem to be a terminally single woman still looking for the mister that will make me a misses, so it was with a shrug of my single shoulders I decided to attend The Wedding Cafe’s Bridal Corporate Spring Social Showcase. “Established in 2005, Wedding Café NY located in the heart of the city (16 East 38th Street), has been servicing the needs of wedding vendors and brides with its extensive resources. By fostering a modern and sophisticated environment, we seek to provide the optimal venue for all types of events. Our elegantly designed venue is perfect for a cocktail party, wedding ceremony, bridal shower, corporate event, vendor showcase, or any other type of social gathering.”. Vendors such as Photographers, Makeup artists, Caterers, Bridal Gowns and Accessories, Wedding Planners, Cake Designers, etc utilize the Wedding Cafe for meetings with prospective clients to showcase their goods.

I was the first to arrive and entered to find a lively crowd



and a lively band keeping the crowd festive


the first thing I noticed were these gorgeous towering floral centerpieces



and these exquisite cakes by Charmaine Jones, the Cake Diva




I got a chance to interview her briefly about her craft

She also baked and gave out these delicious cupcakes. She had two flavors – regular and lemon (I was bouncing off the walls for several hours after eating one)


After the initial sugar rush, Kim, Alexandra* and Natasha arrived and we took in the ambiance of the event space. While noshing on sushi, spinach and cheese quiche, I noted the following touches




and was blown away by this masterpiece below. It was on display on the upper level of the Wedding Cafe. There was no indication as to who created it but it’s too beautiful not to showcase this fairytale fantasy