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Exclusive! Backstage at Bridal Market with Marchesa

New York Bridal Market is officially underway, and lucky for you we’ve got a front row seat. We’re reporting from the Big Apple on all things bridal fashion, and making it our mission to give our favorites (you!) a behind-the-scenes look! First up – a backstage exclusive with the one and only Marchesa. Our girl Betsi Ewing came along to capture every moment, and you can get a full look in THE VAULT. Pssst: We’ll be trend spotting all week, so follow along on Instagram, PeriscopeTwitterFacebook  and Snapchat with #SMPBridalWeek for live runway coverage.

Click through every Marchesa look below!

Marchesa Presentation Fall 2016
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Marchesa Presentation Fall 2016
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Photography: Betsi Ewing Photography | Flowers: Stellar Style Events | Wedding Dresses: Marchesa | Makeup: Bobbi Brown | Hair: Moroccan Oil | Nails: Zoya | Shoes + Jewelry: Marchesa

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Ethereal + Elegant Morning Rise Inspiration

First up on this morning’s agenda? Find a way to replicate these pretty lil’ lens captures a la Sawyer Baird. Because there is no doubt that perfectly lit mornings punctuated with calming cups o’joe are something really magical. And if you think that’s as dreamy as it gets, just wait until you see how the rest of this beautiful day unfolds in THE VAULT, (hint: it’ll definitely make you a morning person)!

From Sawyer BairdWhen dreaming up your wedding day… I believe that you should always take the morning slow. As hard as that may seem. When dreaming up this session we wanted a classic bridal with neutral tones – along with a lot of emotion. Easily, your wedding morning is the first thing that came to mind.

The slow morning rise with a cup of coffee reflecting on the day that is about to be the most amazing day of your life is not only important, but beyond special.

See more early morning inspirations in THE VAULT!

Photography: Sawyer Baird | Floral Design: Forage & Fleur | Wedding Dress: Theia Couture | Rings: Trumpet & Horn | Makeup: Bobbie Riot | Calligraphy: Brush & Petal | Venue: Vinewood Plantation | Bridal Boutique: The Sentimentalist- Gabby Lee | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

Romantic + Intimate Parisian Wedding

Call me biased, but my sister is awesome.  She’s kind, determined and adventurous, and when she traded in her stateside wedding plans for an intimate Parisian “I do” with only my parents on hand, I was thrilled. Think romantic details from Mon Plus Beau Jour meets a perfect ceremony by French Grey Events meets awe-inspiring images from Le Secret D’Audrey. Oh, and a surprise appearance by two sisters (!!!), all orchestrated by the world’s best brother-in-law/hubby. Head to THE VAULT to see why you absolutely can’t elope in this family. (Hint: We’re all coming.)


From the Bride… Our story… Where do I begin? Our meet cute wasn’t exactly adorable… the type of destined‐to‐fall‐in‐love‐and‐be‐together‐forever sort of scenario that happens at the beginning of a romantic comedy. In fact, our meeting was rather typical.

Scene 1: An empty local Las Vegas bar on a Tuesday night. Four people enjoying happy hour: myself, a friend from work, Mark, and his friend from work. Not exactly fate, being that his options for conversation with other woman were completely non-existent. Regardless, the evening ended with me losing a trivial bet, for which my phone number was the gambling chip.

Scene 2: I decided Mark would be my forever after only three weeks of dating, when I was offered a new job on the east coast and turned it down to stay in Vegas with him. Everyone thought I was crazy, but it never occurred to me that I was; I just knew somehow that he was my person.

Over the next four years, he filled my life with unwavering support, love and the type of unabashed romance I thought only existed in movies. Case in point? The night Mark proposed. We were vacationing in Ravello, Italy and Mark set up a private candlelit dinner in the flower garden of the Belmond Hotel Caruso. As the last bit of sunlight disappeared from the sky, Mark dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him as a coordinated fireworks display shot off. #Ithinkmylifesafairytale

Fast forward two years to our wedding day.

Scene 3: Mark and I settled on the idea of a destination elopement… or almost an elopement, because I insisted on having my parents there. He pretty much left the details up to me, and I pretty much left the details up to the wedding planner. I knew I wanted the day to feel glamorous and the evening to be filled with romantic light, but had little guidance to give beyond that. Marie Emilie of Mon Plus Beau Jour knocked it out of the park, from the elegant garden ceremony, to the candlelit dinner served under the glow of the Eiffel Tower. Every detail was exquisite, and the ambiance and emotion of each moment was captured perfectly thanks to the insanely talented Audrey of Le Secret D’Audrey.

What made the day truly special, however, was Mark’s wedding gift to me: coordinating the surprise visit/attendance of my sisters! The day would not have been the same without them, and I feel so fortunate to have had this very intimate, happily‐ever‐after occasion, filled with so much love.

See more Parisian weddings in THE VAULT!

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Floral Design: Mon Plus Beau Jour | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Cake: Sugarplum Cakeshop | Ceremony Venue: Jardins Du Palais Royal | Reception Venue: Shangri-La Hotel Paris | Bride's Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Hair And Makeup: Sébastien Poirier Beauty | Groom's Attire: Zegna | Groom's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Officiant: Kasia Wright Of French Grey Events | Accommodations: Shangri-La Hotel Paris | Event Planning & Design: Mon Plus Beau Jour | Father Of The Bride Attire: Ralph Lauren | Menus & Signage: Pink Toast Ink | Mother Of The Bride Dress: Aidan Mattox | Sister Of The Bride Dress: Jenny Yoo | Sister Of The Bride Dress: Alejandra Sky | Veil: Allure Bridals

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Black + White Dos Pueblos Ranch Wedding

To be honest, there are so many vendor talents behind this wedding, I don’t even know where to start. From the incredible ’20’s-inspired design by Jill & Co Events + Mindy Rice, to the amazing beauty crew from TEAM to our dear friends Jose Villa + Elysium Productions who captured the day so beautifully it’ll bring you to tears. Think black tie formality with a decidedly vintage vibe, and you can scroll to your heart’s desire inside our inspiration hub, THE VAULT.


Rustic Venue

From Jill & Co. Events… Mandy and Justin were looking for a local venue that matched their personalities, and offered a nod to the 20’s era – a decadent time that evoked celebration, all starting with the vintage ring that Justin asked Mandy to marry him with. Dos Pueblos Ranch, Casa Grande, offered that perfect backdrop of a local spot that brought you back to a time of past, where celebration was inevitable.

The invitation suite, which we designed with Tracy of Lazaro Press and Design gave guests the first hint of what they were to experience for M&J’s wedding weekend. The golden envelopes with white calligraphy where a beautiful way to set the stage.

Mandy, the bride, along with her sister, Corinne, who has a long history in the fashion industry, designed the bridal gown and separate lace overlay, that was custom made by Patricia of The Perfect Fit in Montecito with french lace hand selected by the bride and her sister from a company that also supplies to Gucci and Lanvin.

We worked with Mindy Rice design to spruce up the property and evoke the magic of a 20’s soiree that Mandy and Justin could have thrown at their home 100 years ago. The ceremony was set in the gardens adjacent to the house, guests sat on beautiful benches, and Mandy processed up a fern strewn aisle to meet her groom under a canopy draped in soft gauzy material, tied back with gorgeous floral tie backs. The wedding party stunned in black tie, the ladies all in self selected black gowns holding the most stunning bouquets dripping with ribbon.

Cocktail hour took place in the most magical place on the property, a dilapidated greenhouse that Mindy and her team along with Zephyr Tents crew restored back to new. The ceilings were dripping with ferns, the ground was completely covered in new grass, and sweet seating vignettes offered guests a pause in the theme of the afternoon provided by Classic Party Rentals of Santa Barbara. Guests were refreshed by the champagne towers and specialty cocktails provided by The Grand Bevy out of Los Angeles, while New West Catering provided decadent oysters on ice, and other local delicacies, such as shrimp cocktail and local uni.

When it was time to move to the reception, guests passed by the abundant cherimoya orchards on site, and meandered along a pathway built by the Zephyr team through 100 year old Moreton Bay Fig trees to a sailcloth tent on the grand meadow in front of the Casa Grande. Guests found their seats by picking up the golden edged glass boxed with their seating assignments hand calligraphed and filled with fresh cut ferns.

The reception tent was an airy space filled with ivory linens from La Tavola as well as custom pieces and creamy floral centerpieces from Mindy Rice’s team. When designing this space, the bride made a point to keep it light and creamy, as it would be the last time they could get away with white everywhere with their little one on the way! Guests feasted on a 4 course meal by New West paired with wines from the grooms label, Tyler Winery, as well as the bride’s family vineyard, Grassini Family Vineyards. Dancing quickly ensued, due to the beats of DJ Nahchey Storer of Dash Entertainment, and when it was time to cut the cake, a magnum bottle of vintage champagne was sabered by the groom himself.

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cinematography: Elysium Productions | Event Design: Jill & Co. Events | Event Planning: Jill & Co Events | Floral Design: Mindy Rice | Wedding Dress: Custom By The Perfect Fit In Montecito | Cake: Renauds Bakery | Invitations: Lazaro Press & Design | Catering: New West Catering | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | DJ: DJ Nahchey | Transportation: Classic Motoring Car Rentals | Venue: Dos Pueblos Ranch | Beverage Services: The Grand Bevy | Linen Rentals: La Tavola | Paper Goods: Lazaro Press & Design | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Speciality Glassware: Casa De Perrin | Tent Rentals: Zephyr Tents


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