Your Stylist: Inspiring ideas for a chic wedding
In this installment of Your Stylist, I am taking a brief hiatus from talking trends to address a few of the super-adorable dress, accessory and decorative options out there for the bride-to-be.
Let's start at the top. It might seem like a last-minute detail, but a cake topper can really make a wedding cake come to life and, most important, make a tower of flour and fondant totally personal. Paper sculptor and artist extraordinaire Gwen Barba creates the most amazing little cake toppers totally from paper. The figures are made from acid-free paper and contain every last detail of a wedding dress, veil and tuxedo. She'll even include glasses, dress embellishments and sculptures of your dog(s) if you so desire.
When the Champagne and cake are gone, you can still display this modern take on a cake topper (Concarta -- www.concarta.blogspot.com).
Jennifer Behr makes some of the most beautiful and original hair accessories happening today, and her bridal collection is no exception. There are dramatic headpieces and veils made of feathers and lace for the bride who likes something just a little over the top and vintage-inspired headbands and clips for the woman who wants a touch of sparkle somewhere in her hair. A whimsical headpiece is also an easy way to add some character to a simple dress and create an unforgettable look.
And finally, when I first heard about the bridal line BHLDN (under the Urban Outfitters and Anthropolgie umbrella), all I could picture were short, reworked vintage dresses that would only fit a teenager and maybe some bridesmaid dresses made from cream-colored flannel. But boy, was I wrong. The line is not only well-priced, it's also modern and romantic. The gowns are vintage-inspired and unexpected, and they come in nontraditional colors, such as light gray and a graphic poppy-and-white floral print, as well as more traditional tones. The accessories look more like heirlooms. There are salmon pink sling-backs with a dainty bow at the toe and a simple netted veil with tiny white bows. Prices range from $80 to $4,000.
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-- Melissa Magsaysay
Photos from top: Paper sculpted wedding-cake toppers from Concarta. Credit: Concarta. Jennifer Behr Dorothee veil, $675. Credit: Jennifer Behr. Wedding gowns from BHLDN, from left, Pleated Fantasy, $3,600; Tiered Tulip, $2,400; Ribboned Silk, $1,600. Credit: BHLDN