As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary, I reflect on so many unique stories with our brides. When a client comes to us, they come in to share their wedding style story and ask us to become a part of it. This month’s blog features the tale of two different brides who both married at the beautiful Park Chateau. They also chose Vera Wang…and Headpiece.com.
Vera Wang ”Kaitlyn”
Nicole began her wedding gown search at Kleinfeld’s and fell in love with a Lazaro gown that was outside of her budget. Her mother recalled hearing of a store called Vows, on TLC’s show “I Found The Gown.” They booked a girls weekend at the trendy Onyx Hotel in Boston and experienced shopping for top designer samples at 75-80% off.
After their successful visit to Vows, Nicole and her mom attended Kleinfeld’s popular sample sale to find a veil and an additional reception dress at reduced prices. People were lined up with hopes of finding bridal style dreams at a bargain price.
Nicole had one hour to try on dresses and accessories. After trying on dresses, she had little time to shop for a veil. With five minutes to spare, Nicole spotted a cathedral length veil with embroidered applique and tried it on in a cramped space. She decided to purchase the veil and take it home.
About a week later, Nicole tried on the veil to show her sister. They found a very noticeable hole right in the middle of the veil. They feared that if it caught on anything, it could tear and become much worse. Nicole reached out to Headpiece.com to see if we could help.
Wedding Day at the Park Chateau
Wedding Photography by Photo DH
Nicole’s wedding was only the third for the brand new, “everything you can think of” wedding venue after opening its doors.
I always tell my brides, “Love your veil! Enjoy it! Wear it! Dance with it! Let it puddle! Let it blow!” Nicole did just that. She mastered dancing with it as though she was on Dancing With The Stars!
Nicole has a few tips for brides looking to take her route when shopping for a wedding gown and accessories.
If getting a sample gown try to buy a dress nearest to your size. It is a lot easier to alter a size 6 to a size 2 than it is to go from a size 10 to a size 2, which is what I did!
Find a good tailor that you trust. I don’t even remember how I found the woman who altered my gowns, but I wasn’t 100% happy with the fit on my wedding day. Fit is SO important!
Make sure to inspect everything you purchase before leaving. There is no way to back out after buying a sample. Make sure you are with someone that can help you look over everything. I contacted Kleinfeld about my veil, and there was nothing they could do for me.
Cut out the middleman and go direct to Headpiece.com! Honestly, you can tell the difference between a headpiece or veil bought off the rack. If you buy a quality piece it is more likely to stand the test of time.
Finally,…there is nothing like a little love from Vera Wang!
Vera Wang “Winifred”
According to Dianna, she visited just about every bridal store in the tri-state area. Vera Wang wasn’t what she was searching for. She was looking for whatever dress fit her best. The Wedding Salon in Manhasset, Long Island was her last stop! Dianna fell in love with Vera Wang’s “Winifred” ballgown which featured intricate corset seaming and a basque waistline with box pleats. The pearl and crystal beaded waist and signature Vera Wang bows on the center back bodice captured Dianna’s heart.
Dianna drove her mother, Barbara, crazy looking for the right headpiece and veil. It was her darling mom who found Headpiece.com. Barbara was a caretaker for and elderly woman whom she would take to bingo every Wednesday night. One night while at bingo, someone suggested Headpiece.com and the rest was history! I never asked Dianna which bingo hall it was. My mom also goes to bingo on Wednesday nights. I would love it if the person who brought us together was my mother!
Wedding Day at the Park Chateau
Wedding Photography by Philip Siciliano
Dianna’s wedding day look was a perfect combination of texture and proportion. When I design for a client, I take many things into account. Ratio and balance are always crucial to my final concept; just the right amount of pearl, the perfect width, and depth that ends at specific points, balancing dress details with accessory details.
When I saw the images of Dianna and her dad on her wedding day, I had only one word in mind—- Rockstar!
Dianna describes her parents as perfectionists, who often like to be involved in a spirited fashion. Not on her wedding day, though. There were no complaints, and a beautiful calmness filled the air.
Veil placement is vital, especially with our handmade frames. Many bridal clients are requesting housecalls from me on their wedding day, as an added service, to ensure precise placement and securing bridal accessories. Glam by Nada created a glamorous hairstyle that worked perfectly with our designs, and she was spot on placing Dianna’s veil and headpiece.
The veil we designed for Dianna had a nickname in the production room. We called it “The Bear!” It took ten hours to place over 1000 pearls and crystals strategically. Her veil was 142” in length with an extended blusher. It was dramatically beautiful!
Dianna’s has advice for finding the perfect wedding gown.
Search, search, search!
Find a bridal store that you are most comfortable with and meet the seamstresses.
Trust your initial instinct when interacting with store employees. You don’t want to buy a dress somewhere that you don’t feel like you are being taken care of.
Read the reviews, both positive and negative, so you get a better sense of how they treat their customers.
As I finish this blog tonight and prepare to celebrate our 20th Anniversary with many brides and vendors on this Saturday, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. You all put the passion in me <3
Next month on the Fourteenth:
My True Love…Martha’s Vineyard