Sweet Style Saturdays: A Chic and Sweet Winter Bride
There’s tons of inspiration for weddings in the warmer weather… but what about ideas for a bride getting married in the winter months? Meet Nicole, my brother’s wife… She has great style day to day and I absolutely LOVED her wedding style. I asked her to share the info on some key pieces that made her look.
Nicole, you and I talked wedding theme early on- and came up with a “Winter Woodland” Wedding theme for the invitations, the paper goods, decor, favors and cake. Did your wedding theme influence your dress decision? My wedding theme didn’t influence my dress decision. I always knew what kind of dress I wanted, regardless of my theme, which actually made it more difficult to decide on a dress.
Tell us about your “buzz-worthy” dress (literally everyone was buzzing about it- men and women!) I wanted something form-fitting and not strapless (I really always wanted a long-sleeved dress) with a vintage feel. I decided on a Jim Hjelm dress (style # 8663), however planned on changing it up a bit. Since Jim Helm’s dresses are more moderately priced than bigger designers, I had a little more freedom in my budget to do that. I had it altered to be more form-fitting with a slight mermaid shape to it and had the neck-line opened up. Then I had swarovski crystals and pearls sewn on throughout the entire dress! The dress came with a sash which I didn’t wear, but had wrapped around my bouquet. I couldn’t have been happier with it! I also love that no bride will have my dress! I also love that if you look at the before and after photo, it doesn’t look like the same dress!
Your jewelry was also a standout! I am obsessed with my Elizabeth Cole “Cascading Crystal and Flower Earrings” and can’t wait to wear them again! I love flowers and wear flower earrings practically everyday so loved wearing a super glammed-up version of my everyday jewels on my big day! I also wanted to wear a flower ring on the index finger of my right hand. I searched and searched but couldn’t find anything under $5000. Two days before my wedding I found a the ring at a tiny boutique “Culture Couture” in Montclair, NJ for $25!!!! I have worn it many times after the wedding already which makes it even better! : )
The topper to your look was that gorgeous fur wrap… Where did you get it? The wrap! I lovedddddd the wrap although when I picked it up felt so guilty about wearing fur. (I just rented it though, right?! That’s what I kept telling myself…). When I was looking for a fur stole, bolero, or wrap I just kept finding the typical, white ones that so many brides have worn. I wanted something more dramatic and unique that I could drape over myself and that would fall off my shoulders. I thought I wasn’t going to find one, so my mother-who loves a shopping challenge- began researching. She found a store in the fur district in NYC where you can buy or rent called “Henry Cowit and Madison Ave Furs.” They had a lot to choose from! I picked it up on the Friday before our Sunday wedding and had to drop it return it by Tuesday. I thought about buying it, but as an animal lover, just couldn’t do it. Also, I just kept thinking of getting red paint thrown on me fur by a crazed animal rights activist (Great S.A.T.C. episode)!
One last question, although I’m pretty sure I can guess the answer- What was your favorite cookie of all the woodland animal shapes we did on your wedding cake? Leeloo, of course!!!
Cheers to the newlyweds! Here’s to a sweet and happy life together filled with love and great style! xo Dani