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Anna Maier Trunk Show at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

We know you don’t need another reason to obsess over the lovely that is Gabriella New York Bridal Salon, but we thought we’d give you one anyway: the Anna Maier Trunk Show.  A four day fashion extravaganza featuring some of the most beautiful gowns you will ever lay your eyes upon.  Think stunning silhouettes and sophisticated fabrics that will leave you speechless.  They’re that awesome.

Designed by the ever-talented Charles Bunstine III, the new Anna Maier collection is what we’re calling the pinnacle of bridal perfection, aka, a custom gown that is fit exactly to your measurements with some of the most amazing silk and lace fabrics in existence.  And not only do they feel and look fabulous, their body-enhancing silhouettes are the epitome of curve defining with trains that are jaw-droppingly gorgeous.  Elegant, timeless and all sorts of fabulous… the new Anna Maier line is most definitely a can’t miss.

Can’t wait to see these stunning gowns in person?  Call Gabriella New York Bridal Salon at 212.206.1915 to schedule an appointment to see the new collection.  The Trunk Show will run from Thursday, January 29 – Sunday, February 1 and you can even meet the designer in person on Saturday!  Have so much fun, lovelies… I am so jealous.


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Traditional Prospect Park Boathouse Wedding

I love honoring tradition, and this richly ornate Prospect Park Boathouse affair does just that. Incorporating subtle cultural motifs like lush coral Amanda Morgan Jacobs bouquets and a textured lace Lian Carlo gown proved to be the perfect blend of urban modernity and tranquil tradition. Brklyn View Photography captured their beautiful love story and you can see it all here.


From the Bride… The highlights of the day were putting my fabulous Lian Carlo wedding dress, meeting my husband to be on the steps of the Brooklyn brownstone and walking down the aisle as a married couple, all three beautifully captured by Jainé and her team.

Richie and I wanted a very richly detailed, ornate and beautiful wedding. Our main themes were coral, my favorite color, and cobalt blue, the color of the sapphire in my engagement ring. However we had a lot of ideas about what we wanted to do with the main colors, and decided we would incorporate textures and cultural motifs that would represent both our backgrounds, places we had traveled to and where we had lived.

I am Nigerian, specifically from the Igbo tribe, were coral and lace have strong traditions. Richie has a Lebanese and Russian heritage, both cultures well known for their intricate and detailed patterning. We tried to bring these elements out in a modern way with our invitations, the bridesmaid dresses and my wedding dress.

We chose to have the wedding ceremony at the beautiful and traditional Eastern Orthodox Church in Boerum Hill Brooklyn. Richie’s parents used to attend the same church when they were younger and it has many memories and connections to Richie’s family. We love how beautifully ornate and warm it was and in the Antiochian Lebanese tradition, with beautifully painted icons, the gorgeous blue and gilded gold vaulted wood ceiling.

After living on Hong Kong Island we realized how much we both love being close to the waterfront and being outdoors so for the reception venue we had both wanted a relaxing outdoor feeling for our guests to enjoy so we chose the boathouse and played up the lakeside picnic atmosphere with the coral/peach colored fruit on white fruit plates that the guests could casually eat, coral napkins and white lace trimmed fans.

Richie has also live in Kentucky and is a charming and traditional man so Richie and the grooms wore coral bow ties and coral socks. The guests received chocolate bourbon balls treats at their tables.

I would say our day was full of contrasts. Even though we both love and respect our culture and heritage and are both very traditional we are equally modern and wanted to give the whole day a soft modern, light aesthetic and well as a rich, heavy traditional one. We wanted to be in the heart of urban Brooklyn like the cities we had live in together (Richie was born in Brooklyn, I was born in Lagos) but at the same time be at the tranquil and romantic, bucolic lakeside. In the end it was a beautiful day.

Photography: Brklyn View Photography | Floral Design: Amanda Morgan Jacobs | Wedding Dress: Lian Carlo | Reception Venue: Prospect Park Boathouse | Brides Shoes: Rachel Simpson | Catering: Moveable Feast | DJ: Todd Jones | Groom's Suit: Good Fit Fashions | Groomsmen Suits: Zara Man

Industrial Loft Wedding

Industrial loft weddings are my jam. They’re the perfect combo of romantic + sassy, and this gorgeous Brooklyn affair (hello, sweet Greenpoint Loft) is taking it to an entirely new level of awesome. Think gorgeous blooms from Martha Ramirez meets stunning crystal chandeliers. See it all captured beautifully by Cara Leonard right here.


From Cara Leonard PhotographyA beautiful wedding with a mixture of such a variety of elements. Industrial loft, grit and grunge with elegance and beauty. This bride, a fashion designer in NYC, and groom put together the MANY talents they had at hand to create one of the most fabulous weddings I had been to. So many people in their lives came together to create a wedding, that wasn’t just beautiful in terms of aesthetic appeal, but in ways far beyond that. Each person involved in the production of this event was in one way or another a huge part of who they were. The bride, alongside one of her best friends, designed her own wedding gown, they had a family member who was once a florist, a baker friend who provided goodies, and the list goes on and on. This wasn’t a traditional wedding with a list of given vendors, it was much more than that.

Photography: Cara Leonard Photography | Event Design: Linda Bernal | Floral Design: Martha Ramirez | Wedding Dress: Timothy Penird | Ceremony Venue: Greenpoint Loft | Catering: Hidden City Cafe | Catering: Eddies Pizza Truck | Framing: Silver And Linda's Framery And Gallery | Picture Printing And Table Numbers: TMK Print Solutions | Veil: Samuel Bennet Designs