Style, We Do!

my bridal style

There were three things I knew I wanted when I began dress shopping: a sweetheart neckline, a fit-and-flare silhouette and a soft, romantic fabric. But everyone said to me, “Try on everything, you won’t know what you like until you put it on.” I did as I was told and then I said, “I told you so.” {click each photo to enlarge}

this organza dress was so light and fluffy i felt like i was floating. if i could have spent the whole day twirling, i would have.

 it was a wedding “down the shore” after all, so i went with loose, beachy waves to match my free-flowing gown. my handmade headband from Etsy was my first accessory purchase, the veil was a last-minute addition and my stunning Swarovski crystal and pearl BHLDN clutch was the icing on my cupcakes.

i’m a bangles girl and i rarely wear earrings. i’m also not big into cleavage, so i didn’t want a necklace drawing attention to my bustline. i went with less is more and found pretty pieces that complimented the simplicity and romantic feel of my dress.

crystals and pearls + pink, peep-toe, sky-high Vera Wangs. need i say more?

i teased you with my lipstick options many months ago (here). well, i fell in love with Chanel Paradis and wore it with a matching lip pencil for all day stay.

my bouquet was filled with creamy calla lilies, gerber daisies, roses and a bit of rustic charm (more on this tomorrow).

{dress: Mikaella Bridal (1612), The Bridal Garden // shoes: Vera Wang Lavender // veil + earrings: The Bridal Garden // clutch: BHLDN // bangles: Nadri // headband: Bella & Beya, Etsy // lips: Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in Paradis + matching lipliner // flowers: The Sparrow’s Nest Flower Shop // hair: Amy Longyard and Kelly Hunt (best friends of my sister-in-law) // makeup: Caitlin, Jonathan Salon Red Bank // photography: John and Sue Fan (website), of Blue Koi Studios (blog) // reception venue: The Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank, N.J.}

Next up: frames, fig jars, tassels and treats … tune in for all the little details.

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  • Reply Alicia October 7, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Hi… Congrats on your wedding! I have a really random question because I am in love with your clutch.. I ran across your site searching for the clutch. I am getting married this December and a clutch is the final accessory I need. I know a lot of brides are willing to part with certain items after their wedding and am wondering if you are willing to part with your clutch (if you don’t see yourself using it in the future). I am all for paying full price when it comes to my wedding with the exception of this item bc I don’t see myself using it in the future. If you could so kindly reply, I would greatly appreciate it.

    • Reply reallyrisa October 8, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Hi Alicia! I have actually used this clutch a few times already and just can’t part with it. It was one of my favorite purchases. Sorry I cant help but I hope you find something perfect! Best wishes for a beautiful wedding! xx

  • Reply Navia October 22, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Thank you so much for posting these beautiful pictures. I fell in love with this dress this weekend and have been doubting myself on whether or not it was the one. After seeing a real bride in it I am convinced it is! You look fabulous and your style is so classy!

    • Reply reallyrisa October 25, 2013 at 9:11 am

      I did the same thing after I bought the dress, Navia, only I couldn’t find many real brides wearing it (which is a good thing!). I’m so glad the photos helped you be certain it’s the dress for you! I’d love to see photos of your wedding day so please feel free to share after the big day. Best wishes for a perfect wedding day and a very happy marriage! xx

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