{real parties} Kerry’s Bachelorette Featured on The Bach

It’s always fun to take a trip down memory lane…especially when it involves warm weather, the beach and an awesome time spent with people you love! So it was no exception to relive Kerry’s bachelorette party from last summer on Shelter Island.

I’m thrilled to share with you this “Real Bachelorette” feature on the ultimate bachelorette party-planning site, The Bach! They captured our weekend getaway perfectly — mapping out every step of our trip. Be sure to check out the full feature here.

IMG_2771{Enjoying some afternoon cocktails at the über-trendy Sunset Beach}

The Bach really is a genius idea. It’s a one-stop-bachelorette-planning-shop for all you bridesmaids out there asking yourselves where to even begin to plan a bachelorette party. Pick your city. Browse venues, restaurants and activities. Create your itinerary. Email your guests. Such a simple idea – and such a great site! Be sure to check it out when planning your next bachelorette bash!The Bach Postcard

Top photo c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts, Inc.

{real weddings} Lauren & Christian

Oh Jenelle, you did it again…Took my breath away with your beautiful photography. I think you all remember Jenelle’s work from my own wedding photos — and here she goes again capturing Lauren & Christian’s elegant, old-world affair. What’s better than finding a wedding photographer who you love? Finding one who you become friends with. Thank you Jenelle for letting me continue to share your work with the world. I hope you enjoy Lauren’s interview.

DeMartino_1419_08242013_JS0434What’s your love story?
Christian & I met on a blind date. We were introduced by two mutual friends who were dating at the time. We double dated for a while, not sure that we were a good fit for each other, but eventually his quiet charm completely won my heart.

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When / where was your wedding?
Our wedding was held on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Kimisis Tis Theotoku Greek Orthodox Church in Holmdel, New Jersey. The reception was held at Navesink County Club in Red Bank, NJ.DeMartino_1719_08242013_JK1212

What made your wedding dress you?
My dress was simply exquisite and it just made me feel beautiful. I loved how different it was. It had a vintage, almost old Hollywood feel to it. But it was also heavy!!!

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Tell me about your wedding style. What made your wedding unique to you?
I wanted my wedding to glow. I wanted it to feel like a warm, old-world love affair. My sister and I scoured antique shops looking for old mercury glass vessels for flowers and candles. I love candles and wanted them everywhere. I opted for the long tables (among great opposition from others) with flowers and candles flowing down the center. It was unique in its warmth and love. You just felt the love in that room when you walked in and best of all it was my dream in real life. The idea I had for so many months in my head was finally in front of me and that was incredible.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give other brides?
I have two pieces of advice (they go hand in hand):  1. Hire a fantastic photographer — the best you can afford. I truly am so thankful I did because those photographs bring tears to my eyes every time I look at them. They just capture beautiful moments that are easily forgotten years later and Jenelle’s talent is unparalleled. She is warm and wonderful to work with. Part 2. Enjoy the day. Feel every moment and just enjoy it. Step back at some point and just admire how incredible it is. It is the culmination of months of work and years of dreams and it will take your breath away.

DeMartino_2202_08242013_JK1540Photography: Jenelle Kappe Photography; Florist: Fine Flowers; Shoes: Manolo Blahnik c/o Garmany; Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dessy Group; Hair & Makeup – Glen Goldbaum 72; Band: The Storytellers NYC; Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

{event recap} Brides & Bubbly Bachelorette

A little snow didn’t stop our team of brides who came out for our first-ever Brides & Bubbly Bachelorette this past Sunday, March 1! The second the brides (and their friends) all arrived the studio was filled with girl-talk of whose wedding was where and gazing at each other’s rings. The buzz was electric and you could tell these ladies were ready for a good time!IMG_4572To make it feel even more like a bachelorette, I had everyone take a button indicating their role for the afternoon — maid of honor, bridesmaid, mother of the bride, etc. — and put our lucky “bride” in a veil and sash. Thank you Sandra for being a team player! Taylor then led the ladies in a killer Blended CandyBarre class — with the best playlist I’ve heard in a long time! It was compiled with each guest’s favorite tune — which made them all smile when they heard their song come on.IMG_4574

IMG_4552After class it was back to the chit-chat, this time with a well-earned glass of bubbly in hand. We wrapped up the afternoon with selfies at our photo booth station, raffle prizes and delicious coconut-avocado grasshopper bars (Don’t let the name fool you!). Then just like that it was back into the snow — Everyone leaving with a goodie bag filled with treats from local vendors, including EVJ Wedding Co. & Do You Tea.IMG_1348photo 1-3Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make this event a huge success! If you’re interested in hosting your own bachelorette party at Work it Out, shoot me an email.

All photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts, Inc. Sequin tablecloth by SparklePony. Iced tea provided by Do You Tea?

The Brides & Bubbly Bachelorette Party

WiO_Bachelorette_INSTA_v2_r0Brides & Bubbly is back! And it’s going to be better than ever! Get engaged over the holidays? Sissie asked you to be her maid of honor? Need to plan your BFF’s bachelorette bash? Well then this event is for you!

Join me this Sunday, March 1 at Work it Out River from 2 – 4 pm for our first-ever Brides & Bubbly Bachelorette Party! My girl, Taylor, and I will be working everyone out in a Blended CandyBarre class (that’s 25 minutes of spin, 25 minutes of barre) for a total body workout. After class, you’ll receive the complete WiO Bachelorette experience with our ‘happy hour’ of bubbly, socializing, networking and raffle prizes.

Tickets are still available, but space is limited. It’s $35 for one or $65 for two (you + a bridesmaid). You can purchase right here (under Burns) — or shoot me an email.1280464_10151834692882590_659683264_nSo who’s ready to get a little sweaty, channel their inner-ballerina and get in shape for that wedding dress with me?!

photo of me at our after-party. after dancing all night, it was time to sit down (and strike a Swan Lake pose).

{real weddings} Amy & Scott

Hi loves! I hope everyone’s year is off to a good start — January was a productive month and here we are in February already. I’ve got a thing for February though. The days start to get a little longer and love is in the air…there’s of course, Valentine’s Day — and it’s the month we got engaged. It’s always a quick month too, which just brings us one month closer to Spring.

I’m loving the elegance of this wedding. The photograph on the staircase is just jaw-dropping. Photographer, Susie Sefcik, did a beautiful job capturing this classic wedding. Keep reading for more — and be sure to check out the tons of amazing local vendors featured in this post!
sspw-1760What’s your love story?

Scott and I met four years ago at The Downtown in Red Bank, NJ on the 4th of July. I first spotted Scott from across the bar while dancing with a friend of mine. An hour or so later, my stare must have stuck as Scott reached out his hand to introduce himself with a good old, “Hi, I’m Scott”. After an intense two-way interview, we realized we were both from the area and came home on summer weekends, lived in Hoboken, were the same age, and had several mutual friends. What started out as an okay night, turned into one of the most memorable nights of my life. Scott enjoyed our meeting so much that when we left the bar, he walked to the nearest 7 Eleven, purchased headphones and walked a short 5 miles home at 2am to reflect on the night. There were definitely fireworks and the rest is history…

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When / where was your wedding?
Our wedding was September 20, 2014 at Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury, NJ.

sspw-1210What made your wedding dress you?
As a child, I always loved playing dress up. So much in fact that a wedding dress and veil was one of the most worn outfits in my dress up box. That being said, I knew how important finding the perfect wedding dress was going to be. To assist with my search, my mom, my Aunt, and two of my best friends came shopping with me in NYC. I found my dress at a walk-in dress shop while killing time before my appointment at Kleinfelds. It was the last dress I tried on and the only one the sales consultant picked out for me. She just knew it would be the one. As soon as I walked out in it to show my family & friends, there were tears. I must admit, it made me feel like a princess with the perfect amount of glitz and glam. As a fairly simple dresser, I knew this was my one opportunity to add a little sparkle without going over the top.

I had my dress altered at Ally Bridal in Hoboken which happens to be right across the street from where I live. Ally continued to personalize my dress by turning the sash with bow into a fastened belt which made it absolutely perfect.

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What was your inspiration behind your theme, colors, decor, etc.?
My wedding style was very classic with a touch of bright colors. Our ceremony took place in the main garden of the old Georgian Mansion. The gardens, fountains and pergola were the perfect backdrop for the bridal party and elegant arbor designed by my florist.

Our reception took place in the Oak Room of the estate. My florist brought the rich tones of the English oak walls to life by incorporating bright textured centerpieces, with mercury votives and mirrors underneath bringing more light into the room. My sister-in-law Stephanie is a partner at Fancy That NYC and as a result I was lucky enough to have her do my invitations, programs, menus, cocktail napkins, and all the other paper accessories that can become completely overwhelming. She created the most beautiful and elegant designs that fell in line with our style.sspw-1507

What’s one piece of advice you would give other brides?
My advice for planning…Nail down your vendors right away. Figure out what is most important and book it first. For us, it was our band. We had The A Band on standby for a few dates before choosing a wedding date. By choosing our vendors well in advance, we were able to get all of our top choices and then take our time throughout the planning process rather than scrambling towards the end.

My advice for wedding dress alterations…Choose a trusted tailor; however, also make sure they are located in a convenient location for you. Having my tailor right across the street made it extremely easy to stop in for alterations. It took about 5 or 6 fittings down to the last week to get my dress to fit perfectly. Since the last 2 months before your wedding can be extremely hectic, save yourself time on the multiple appointments and make sure it’s convenient. Also, make sure you find someone who you connect with and trust. Ally from Ally Bridal made each fitting a memorable experience. I preferred the feel of a small boutique and personal attention over a large wedding dress store in the city with several people and distractions.

My advice for your wedding day…The planning is over and your wedding day has arrived! Everything is out of your hands at this point so enjoy the ride. Enjoy every aspect of the day from getting ready with your best girl friends to marrying the love of your life with all of our friends and family by your side. Take several moments throughout the day to look around and take it all in. Everyone is there for YOU! And the rest is happily ever after!sspw-1843

sspw-1888Congrats Amy & Scott! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous day with us!

Photography: Susie Sefcik Photography; Venue: Shadowbrook; Florist: Eileen Larkin Events; Invitations & Accessories: Stephanie Palumbo Fancy That NYC; Band: The A Band; Hair: Giovanna @ Jon Lori Salon; Makeup: Gracia Phillips; Cake: Piece O’ Cake

{event recap} The Hudson Wedding Social

photo-5Well, The Haiku Guys summed up Work it Out’s Bachelorette Parties pretty perfectly. Don’t you think?!

It’s safe to say we had a blast on Sunday — and that the event was a success! The ladies behind The Hudson Wedding Social were fabulous (thank you Jenn, thank you Trish) — I’m so happy we could be a part of it!IMG_4519

Work it Out’s table was full of info on our ‘I Do’ Kits and Bachelorette Party offerings. And we couldn’t help ourselves by passing out a little bubbly to showcase our Brides & Bubbly events! Speaking of which, local ladies, mark your calendars for our next event on Sunday, March 1 — Our first Brides & Bubbly Bachelorette Party! You’ll be treated just like you would if it were your own bachelorette party — full class, post-class ‘happy hour’ of healthy treats and some of our own special surprises! Email me if you’re interested.IMG_4524One of our own WiO Brides, Kaitlyn, stopped by — That’s us above — Love the support of our loyal clients! Besides meeting tons of new brides, it was so nice to spend the afternoon meeting new vendors and catching up with old friends. Niki of Up & Out, Susan of the Sweetin Sisters, Michelle of Michelle Elise Hair and Makeup Artistry, Nicole of The Arrangement, Dana of EVJ Wedding Co., Jenn of Hudson Cakery and Trish of Karma Flowers — Brides, you need to check all of these ladies out!

There was lots of great stuff happening in the room on Sunday — The vibe was intimate and perfect. Not to mention, the venue, Battello was unreal. I’m making a date night happen there very soon. Many thanks again to our hosts for letting us be a part of such a great event — Can’t wait for the next one!

all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts

The Hudson Wedding Social

the hudson wedding social logoRaise your hand if you have a fiancé. If that’s you – or your bestie – and you live in the NJ/NYC area then you should come to this event on Sunday! I’ll be there with Work it Out giving out all the details on our bridal offerings.

Here’s what Work it Out (WiO) has to offer you brides-to-be:

  • ‘I Do’ Bridal Kits:  A motivational combination of services to help you prepare for your big day. Kits include class packs, fitness consultations, nutrition counseling sessions and more!
  • Bachelorette Parties:  A 90-minute customized private class with all of your friends, plus post-workout ‘happy hour’ treats!
  • Brides & Bubbly:  Special events for brides and their girlfriends to meet local vendors, try new services and enjoy a glass of bubbly (or two)!

wio-bride-b&wTickets are going fast, but they’re still available. Purchase here. Only $20! First 50 brides to arrive will receive a free goodie bag with tons of great gifts from participating vendors (Ahem, a free class at WiO)!

Let me know if you’ll be there! I’ll be at the WiO table and would love to meet you and share with you what we have to offer. It’s going to be a great afternoon!

Happy Birthday Tulle Wedding Skirts!

photo-3That’s right! This little blog turns one today! A whole year has gone by since I posted my first post — so in honor of the past year, I thought I’d do a little year in review.tutu pic 2It all started with a visiona passion for weddings — and a lot of ballet in my veins.

I created Mood Board Mondays (my favorite board above) — which proved to be a great way to showcase various wedding themes & trends.

There were various series of posts including: Trending, Today’s Tulle and My Best Friend’s Wedding Series, which took us through Danielle’s wedding planning journey. I also created a few How-to’s and DIYs including: the perfect eyebrow shaping, the perfect ribbon bouquet and the perfect whiskey ginger.
(Danielle & Mallory pictured above)

KWP-kerrycolinwedding-1531The Real Weddings features proved to be the most popular posts — as I knew they would be. I had the pleasure of working with so many amazing brides — Elizabeth, Heather, Jamie, Caroline, Erica, Erin, Katie, Callie, Danielle, Kerry & Mallory — and can’t wait to feature the brides I have in the pipeline! Thank you all!
(Colin & Kerry’s wedding, above, was definitely a highlight of 2014 for me)IMG_2535Brides & Bubbly was born! In partnership with Work it Out, I created a series of bridal events for local brides to come out, meet new vendors and share a glass of bubbly or two. We hosted five events — and will be back with more in 2015. Stay tuned!
(Photo from our very, first event in June)Cheney_1707_09072013_JK1221Of course, I shared many moments from my own wedding… The story behind choosing my Jenny Yoo bridesmaid dresses, a lovely feature on my Love Ophelia robes, decor inspiration… because those moments are what truly led me to start this blog. Paulie and I also celebrated our one year anniversary in September — and I can’t thank him enough for his continued support of me and this blog.

It’s been one heck of a year, with a fair share of ups and downs. But I have so much to be grateful for from starting my little blog — and so much to be grateful for in my life. Thank you for sticking with me readers — I owe it all to you!

{real weddings} Mallory & Patrick

I’ve got one last wedding for 2014 for you today! And with all the romantic lighting and gold details, it’s the perfect wedding to ring in 2015! The bride, Mallory, is also someone special — as we grew up dancing together and are still close friends to this day. It brings me great joy to share her gorgeous wedding day with you!

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The story of how we met always makes me laugh. A couple of my friends and I headed to our favorite bar in Charlotte, Connolly’s, after a pre-season football game. We were enjoying the shaded patio and this guy came and sat at our table, completely uninvited, he made himself right at home. He began talking to me and we realized we were both from New Jersey, so we chatted for a while about places we had both been in NJ, college, jobs, and the standard “getting to know you” banter. We exchanged numbers and parted ways. That was the end of that. About 6 months later I was back at Connolly’s celebrating a friend’s birthday. I see this guy with a Yankee hat on so I approached him and started talking. He looked right at me and says, “Mallory?” I was completely confused and wondering how this stranger knew my name. He kept up this charade that he was psychic and kept mentioning things about NJ and other facts he remembered from our first meeting. I finally started to connect the dots and realized it was the same guy from that night in August – Patrick. We continued talking and he apologized for never contacting me when we first met so he wanted to make it right by taking me out. He insisted on the next night, but I played it cool and settled for a couple of days later. We went out that Tuesday and I don’t think there has been a day since then that we haven’t talked. I guess you could say it was love at 2nd sight.

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Our wedding was November 7, 2014 at The Big Chill in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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I’m typically the kind of girl who thinks “more is more” vs. the old “less is more” mantra. I love glitz and sparkle but when it came to my dress I wanted simple and classic. I knew I wanted a large ball gown skirt so every gown I tried on definitely had that in common. The dress I picked was the 2nd one I tried on and it just felt right. It felt like me and that’s what I wanted. I kept my sparkle to a minimum with my belt that had some simple rhinestones and metallic detail.

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I love all the little gold details! Tell me a little about your wedding style.
Our wedding style can be best described as simple with a dash of whimsy. We knew we wanted the ceremony and reception at the same location, and luckily, the space was set up separate from the cocktail hour and reception space which made it, logistically, much easier for us! The ceremony was written by Patrick and me and was presented by a childhood friend of Patrick’s. It was especially personal for us to have him be a part of that special moment. We also opted to go un-traditional when it came to the music. We selected many songs from a band called Vitamin String Quartet. They have a large variety of pop and classic songs, but are performed by string musicians. Instead of the typical bridal march, I walked down the aisle to “Home” by Edward Sharpe, but in a gorgeous instrumental version. Any brides out there looking for something different, you must check them out! We had so many compliments on the music!

After the reception, the guests flowed into a lounge-like cozy setting with a fireplace, couches, pub tables, and a large bar. We had golden touches everywhere throughout the bar area. Little signs with witty sayings, large golden initials hanging by the fireplace, and other little touches that made it totally “us”! We wanted to have details that made people smile.

The reception room was so special and different. The venue used to be an old fine dining restaurant so the back of the room had these large booths, which Patrick and I sat in the middle one. It gave us the perfect viewpoint of the whole night, and we sat some of our wedding party and close friends in the booths beside us. The venue also used to be a roller rink, so the massive beautiful dance floor was actually the recycled wood! We loved that the space had some history behind it.

We kept centerpieces simple with all white and ivory flowers, some simple votive candles, and pops of gold. I utilized the bridesmaid’s bouquets and my own for the booths and other areas near the bar.

I’m crafty so I decided to DIY the majority of the decorations. I loved doing this since I saw TONS of ideas on Pinterest, and was difficult to find everything I liked. Doing it myself guaranteed it was exactly what I wanted!

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What’s one piece of advice you’d give future brides?
One tip I would give brides to be is:  This day is about you and your groom and that’s all that matters. Weddings inevitably bring on a lot of stress, especially as the big day approaches. Issues will come up and something will not go 100% how you planned it. How the centerpieces look is not why you’ve asked guests to travel near and far to come see. Every time I started to freak out a little, Patrick kept reminding me…as long as you and I are both there that day, then it will be perfect. It is easier said than done to think that way, but after him repeatedly telling me that I started to get it. This day was about us and us only. It truly is the most magical day in your life, so don’t spend energy stressing over the little things.

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Cheers to this fabulous bride & groom! Wishing you all health, wealth & happiness as we ring in a new year! Happy 2015!!

Photography: Brookelyn Riley Photography; Venue: The Big Chill; Dress: Mori Lee; Bridesmaid Dresses: Aria

Merry Merry

photoA nod to my favorite ballet, The Nutcracker, which I had the pleasure of seeing this holiday season. Just taking a minute to wish you all a happy holiday… I hope the next few days are spent with those you love. I’m looking forward to being with my favorite people and slowing down a bit…these days just go by too fast. Cherish your time, health & good fortune. And thank you, readers, for staying with me!

Merry Christmas! xo

photo c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts