Wedding Boutique

Tuesday, July 8th 2014

A Case for Spectacular Wedding Shoes

Diane von Furstenberg Ursula Sandals, Badgley Mischka Kerrington Sandals, Carvela Kurt Geiger Girl Sandals, Kate Spade New York Sala Pumps
Clockwise: Diane von Furstenberg Ursula Sandals, Badgley Mischka Kerrington Sandals, Carvela Kurt Geiger Girl Sandals, Kate Spade New York Sala Pumps.

On your big day, the wedding dress is important, of course. But the details should not be overlooked, and that includes your bridal shoes. Frankly, in this writer’s opinion, they may even be more important than the gown. (Stay with me here. I’ll make my case, I promise.)

Let’s think about the dress for a moment. It sets the tone for your individual style, yes, and it’s certainly the first thing everyone will be looking at during the main event. But the shoes? The shoes are uniquely for you. They’ll support you quite literally throughout the day. Invest in a great pair, and they’ll walk you down the aisle, stand as you greet guests, and let you tear up the dance floor well into the evening hours. And best of all, you’ll wear them again. Let me say that one more time: You’ll. Wear. Them. Again. The same cannot be said for the dress, no matter how much you treasure and adore it. It will be cleaned and preserved and tucked away in a closet. Your shoes will remind you of that happiest day every time you pull them out for a fancy affair or date night with your hubby.


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Tuesday, May 13th 2014

What a Pair! Stylish Separates for Spring Brides

Matching separates are cropping up (pun intended!) all over as a fresh take on formal dressing. There is something very chic about opting for a top and skirt instead of a dress, so I thought it would be fun to translate some of our current looks for a springtime wedding. I stepped away from a pure white-and-cream palette and mixed in some springy pinks and peaches. We used a modern take on a retro style for Gizele’s hair and makeup—who knew the beehive could feel so right? And, if they feel a bit too daring for the ceremony, these would be excellent looks for a rehearsal dinner or reception.

A Leur Logette top, an Ellery skirt (similar), Alejandro Ingelmo shoes, a Santi clutch, and Auden earrings (similar) create a unique and modern bridal look. All looks styled by Elise.

This look has a clean, elegant ’60s vibe. It’s a modern take on traditional bridal styling with longer sleeves and lacy details, but the separates create a unique shape. The shoes spice up the look with sexy wraparound ankle straps, but the color keeps them in blushing bride territory. The best thing about this is you can wear each piece on its own again and again—this blouse and sandals combo would be amazing with a pair of distressed jeans for a night out on the town!

Styled together, matching Monique Lhuillier separates, Badgley Mischka sandals, a Jenny Packham hair piece and bracelet, and Auden earrings (similar) are perfect for an outdoor ceremony.

I pictured a warm-weather, outdoor wedding here. Styled together, it almost looks like one piece, with just a hint of skin showing through every now and again. It’s sexy, elegant, stylish—and the colors are so romantic! Since this was a step away from traditional whites, I kept the accessories classic and “bridal”—silver heels and some delicate, sparkling jewels.

A Leur Logette top (similar), an Alice + Olivia skirt, Nina Ricci shoes and ring, and a Jenny Packham headpiece give a casual, but super sexy update to a traditional bridal look.

There is something so sweet and fresh about this look. It would be perfect for a garden wedding! With that in mind, I used some subtle floral detailing in the blouse and shoes to complete the ensemble. This is definitely more on the casual side, but the accessories elevate the look into special-occasion territory. This would also be a great option for an outdoor rehearsal dinner or a more formal wedding shower.


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Tuesday, March 11th 2014

Weddings on Location: A Formal Affair

Model in a glamorous Reem Acra gown (similar).

I’ve spent a lot of time trying to think outside the box when it comes to bridal styling. We’ve featured alternative wraps for winter weddings, edgy wedding day make-up, and dresses for those among us who would rather skip the ceremony and go right to the party. This time, I’m challenging myself to take a fresh look at the gal who truly wants the fully realized, classic take on her wedding.

Jenny Packham earrings and a DANNIJO necklace (similar) provide rich elegance.

I’m picturing the old-world cathedral, the grand ballroom glittering with candles and crystals, and estate grounds replete with peacocks and stone fountains. This is the event of the season, a sparkling soiree, the crème de la crème of refined revelry. There will be a feast fit for royalty, dancing ‘til dawn, and cascades of champagne.

A Jenny Packham jeweled veil adds effortless grace to the classic bridal look.

I whipped together all the glamour, drama, and extravagance I could muster—I even threw in a veil for the first time! Our bride may be going for a classic look, but she is still sexy, chic, and romantic. I looked to Reem Acra for the exquisite dress and to Jenny Packham for the glitter. Kayla from Daffodil Parker created an enchanting and regal bouquet of deep red roses, seeded eucalyptus, bay leaves, and acacia foliage. It’s a fresh take on the classic bride, Shopbop-style!

Hair and makeup look created by Khloe Sweeney. Styling by Elise Hunt. Photos by John Ladwig.

Floral styling by Daffodil Parker.


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Thursday, January 23rd 2014

Polar Vortex Winter Wedding

Theia Gown (similar), Jenny Packham Belt, Band of Outsiders Jacket.

If you are getting married between December and April in a place that doesn’t rhyme with “Malifornia” or “Fawaii,” there is a strong chance that the slinky slips of fabric usually worn over wedding dresses just won’t cut the cake. Never fear! There’s no need to sacrifice any limbs to frostbite to look fabulous on your big day. I’ve put together some chic options to wrap up in during the ceremony-to-reception dash. The best thing is, you’ll be able to work these pieces into your winter wardrobe after the rice and confetti has been swept away.

Fur is a very seasonable, cozy option. It creates elegant texture and sumptuous warmth.

An oversized tuxedo jacket in a complementary color is an unexpected twist on formal wear, lending that certain je ne sais quoi to your ensemble.

A buttery leather bomber jacket is a chic and modern alternative to a wrap.


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Monday, December 23rd 2013

Shopbop Weddings: Picture Perfect

There are a lot of decisions to be made while planning a wedding, with one of the biggest being the photographer. This was the case for Shopbop photographer John, who married his wife Heather in a beautiful farm setting. We talked to the newlyweds about their amazing wedding—seriously, there were chickens!—and got a few insider photography tips for brides-to-be.

SHOPBOP: Congratulations you two! Tell me about where you got married.
JOHN & HEATHER: We got married on John’s parents’ country property, under an arch that Heather and her aunt made from cedar trees, surrounded by wildflowers.

SB: That sounds beautiful. Did the weather hold up?
J&H: It was perfect—sunny with a slight breeze. But exactly when the ceremony was scheduled to start, it started raining. We delayed by 30 minutes and our guests waited under the tent and had a few drinks. The best part was that with the rain came a double rainbow that stayed through the ceremony.

SB: You’re kidding! That’s incredible. Ok, on to wardrobe. What did you both wear?
H: I wore a strapless ivory lace dress and some hand-crafted jewelry made for me by a friend.
J: I wore grey pants with a white long-sleeve shirt and suspenders. We added color with ties. All the men had a different print.

SB: The dress is gorgeous. John, you also looked very handsome. I have to ask about the hair. (Check the pictures—John has some enviable locks.)
H: I guess we both did braids! I had an updo, with multiple braids woven throughout. And my sister-in-law pulled John’s hair back into a french braid.

SB: Love it! So, what was it like when you saw each other for the first time?
J&H: It was very emotional seeing each other for the first time walking down the aisle! We both could not look at each other without crying.

SB: I can imagine. Next up is the reception. How did you decorate?
J&H: With the help of family and friends! As a group, we did all of the decorating and prep, from growing our own flowers to cutting placemats out of burlap. Heather’s mom even made the cake. We had really cute cake toppers too—a hen and rooster, of course!—but we forgot them.

SB: Oh no! I’m sure you’ll find another place for them. What was the vibe of the reception?
J&H: It was very laid back. We wanted our guests to feel comfortable, to just be able to enjoy dinner and each other’s company. From our first dance—Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon”—to the last, people were having a great time. At about 4am we could still hear music playing from our “honeymoon suite”—a.k.a. our tent—about 500 yards away.

SB: Sounds like a wonderful day. It’s hard to narrow it down, but try to describe the whole day in 5 words or less.
J&H: Perfect, amazing, real, love, fun!!

SB: Lovely. Now John, you are a photographer here at Shopbop. How did that influence the process of selecting someone to shoot the big day?
J: As a photographer, many of my friends are photographers too. I had worked with Cory many times and we are pretty close. Heather and I both knew he would be the perfect fit.

SB: How involved were you on the day in setting up shots and asking for pictures of things?
J: We let Cory do his thing—he is very talented.

SB: Did you take any pictures that day?
J: Yes, I took a few pictures before the ceremony while getting ready, and then busted out the camera later that night on the dance floor.

SB: Awesome. Did you learn anything from being on the other side of the lens that would be helpful to future brides?
J: Yes, I realized how hard it is to smile for a million pictures, when there is so much going on around you. My advice is to try to relax and stay in the moment. It all goes by so fast, and you want to be able to remember it all.

SB: That’s so true. All right, last question. What is the most important thing to look for when picking out a wedding photographer?
J: Compatibility. You will spend so much time with them on what is such a huge, important day. You have to be comfortable with that person.

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Tuesday, November 5th 2013

Weddings on Location: To the Courthouse!

J. Mendel dress, Paul Andrew heels, Noir Jewelry bracelet (similar), Elizabeth Cole earrings. Styled by Elise Hunt. Floral design by Daffodil Parker.

Weddings come in all shapes and sizes, with unique needs for every different location. This week, Bridal Stylist Elise shares her tips for a fashion-forward courthouse wedding.

This look is for the gal who wants a lickety-split, no-frills ceremony so she can get right to the main event—dinner, drinks, and dancing! Look for a dress that is sexy and modern. I love the J. Mendel Crew Neck Blouson Dress , not only because it will look great in pictures, but because it’s a silhouette made for all-night partying. Edgier, glam jewelry and killer shoes give a hint of attitude and can be worn again and again. To finish, add a bold ruby lip and sexy, tousled hair. Basically, style for a fabulous party instead of thinking too “bridal.”

No bridal look is complete without a bouquet, though. To match the location, Kayla from Daffodil Parker designed an arrangement that is fresh, simple, and modern. She used anemones, star of Bethlehem, spray roses, roses, and silver ball brunia to create the perfect accessory for an urban courthouse bride.


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Thursday, October 24th 2013

Shopbop Weddings: A Ceremony on the Hudson

Having wedding is a very involved task. Some parts are fun: yay, the wedding dress! And some parts are not: boo, the seating chart. But all of it is necessary to organize the important event. To get a little insight, we’re talking to some of our stylist staffers who’ve recently been hitched. This month, Assistant Buyer Jessica shares the details of her special day.

SB: Congratulations! Your wedding was absolutely beautiful. What an incredible view.
JESSICA: Thank you! We were so lucky. The weather that day ended up being perfect. I kept checking the forecast, and rain was predicted every day leading up to our wedding. I wanted to have the ceremony outdoors so badly—our venue had an incredible view of the Hudson River—and I was nervous we’d have to hold everything indoors. But the skies cleared the morning of, and it was a gorgeous, sunny day.

SB: That is lucky. Ok, on to the important stuff: what did you wear?
JESSICA: I wore a Monique Lhuillier dress and Valentino shoes. And though I hate wearing my hair up, my hair and makeup artist convinced me to go with a sided-swept updo, complete with a sparkly Jenny Packham headband, so the lacy back of my dress was visible. Toward the end of the reception, I changed into a hanbok (a traditional Korean dress). My husband is Korean, and I wanted to honor his heritage.

SB: What a great way to incorporate tradition. How did he react as you walked down the aisle in your wedding dress?
JESSICA: He had a big smile on his face! I wanted that to be the first time he saw me, so we skipped the “first look” that a lot of couples do prior to the ceremony. I teared up a bit as I was walking down the aisle, but really lost it when I saw him wipe away a tear as the ceremony began. In the years we’ve been together, I’ve only seen him tear up once, so seeing him get emotional really moved me.

SB: That’s so sweet! What was your favorite part of the ceremony?
JESSICA: Our vows. We wrote our own, so I lost it again when he got a bit choked up reading his. I should note that it was unfortunately ugly crying, not the kind where a few tears roll down your cheeks. I’m talking runny nose, red eye crying. Thankfully, I was able to pull it together.

SB: Alright, let’s talk reception. How was it?
JESSICA: The reception was honestly a giant blur! It went by so quickly. Leading up to the wedding, several of my married friends told us to make sure to eat, which I thought sounded crazy—of course I was going to eat! But they were right. We were so busy that we barely had a chance to eat anything. It was so much fun though! I was overjoyed seeing everyone I love in one room enjoying themselves.

Once the music started, my nephews and cousins went crazy on the dance floor! At one point, they formed a circle around Danny and me, which helped us loosen up because neither of us really likes dancing. Toward the end of the reception, as much as I hate the song and did not want it played, my cousin did an incredible performance to “Gangnam Style.” Our guests loved it, so that’s all that matters!

SB: That’s awesome. Sounds like you had a great time! Any advice for brides-to-be?
JESSICA: Try to relax and enjoy the experience. Don’t sweat every small detail. if it’s not done the week before the wedding, it doesn’t matter, and no one will know the difference. Even during the wedding, Danny and I found ourselves getting stressed over things that didn’t go as planned. But once we reminded ourselves that hiccups are bound to happen, we let go and were really able to enjoy our special day.

SB: That’s really smart. Ok, last question. Describe your wedding in five words or less.
JESSICA: Best day of my life.

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Thursday, October 3rd 2013

Shopbop Weddings: Bridal Beauty

Theia Harlow Sequin Gown and Jenny Packham Jewel Headdress I. Hair and makeup looks created by Cammy Kelly, Factor Artists, using Armani Cosmetics. Styling by Elise Hunt.

The beautiful bridal looks in Shopbop’s Wedding Boutique are meticulously created by our bridal stylist Elise. With nuptial fashion always on her mind, she’s our resident expert for all things wedding. This month, she chatted with one of our hair and makeup artists about modern wedding style, beauty consultation advice, and wedding-day musts.

Nailing the hair and makeup for your wedding day can take a lot of prep time and inspiration hunting—and it can be overwhelming! You want to look like the very best version of yourself, and communicating your vision to a makeup artist can be tricky. I worked with one of our fabulous hair and makeup artists, Cammy Kelly, to create a fresh, modern bridal look and to get the expert dish on beauty tips for your big day.

ELISE HUNT: Tell me about this look.
CAMMY KELLY: I wanted to create something that felt modern, but with a bit of edge. For a twist in the makeup, I did winged eyeliner in metallic silver and kept the rest of the eye soft and pale. I applied lots of mascara on top and bottom, to intensify the eye, and added a bit of pinky- peach blush with highlighter on the cheeks for an illuminating glow. Lip liner makes lipstick last longer, so I layered a peach tint over a liner base in the same color. A touch of gloss in the middle of the top and bottom lip finished the look. For the hair I did soft, undone waves to complement the makeup.

EH: What are some tips for communicating a wedding day beauty vision to a hair and makeup artist?
CK: It’s always good to have a consultation before the wedding. This way, you'll be able to communicate your ideas before the actual event. Pictures are very helpful and will help the artist see if that particular look will work for you. It’s also important to talk about your lifestyle, likes, and dislikes when it comes to your makeup and hair. They can then make suggestions accordingly.

EH: What do you think are the three most important things to do, beauty-wise, on the wedding day?
CK: 1. Make sure you have a powder compact for mattifying touch-ups. Glow is beautiful, shiny is not!
2. Waterproof mascara is a must. There will be happy tears!
3. Hair should be set with spray whether it’s up or down. You don't want to have to fuss with it all night.

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Tuesday, August 13th 2013

Shopbop Weddings: Monica’s Windswept Wedding

Planning a wedding tends to become an all-consuming task. From the dress to the location, deciding the details of such a big day is exciting, but sometimes just a touch (ahem, sarcasm) stressful. So, we thought we would tap some of our wonderfully wedded staffers to share advice and memories from their special day. First up, Merchandiser Monica. She was married to her husband Danny this summer on what ended up being a beautifully breezy day.

SHOPBOP: First of all, congratulations! It looks like it was a beautiful day, but I heard you were a bit nervous about the weather.
MONICA: Thank you! Yes, we had such a rainy spring and there was an 80% chance of rain both Friday and Saturday of the wedding weekend. I was refreshing my phone constantly, driving my friends and family crazy, shouting “the chance of rain is at 75%! Now it’s at 60%!” It never rained, but it was extremely windy and my veil had a mind of its own. The entire ceremony it was blowing everywhere, and as we were pronounced husband and wife, it wrapped around Danny’s head. We couldn’t stop laughing!

SB: Too funny! Speaking of your veil, let’s talk about your look. What did you wear?
MONICA: I wore a Reem Acra gown with delicate jeweled sleeves and a subtle twist at the bodice.

SB: You looked stunning. Your jewelry was also sparkling. Was there any special meaning behind it?
MONICA: I wore bracelets from both my grandmother—something old—and from Danny’s grandmother—something borrowed and blue. Everything else was “the new.”

SB: What was your favorite part of the ceremony?
MONICA: Our vows. We wrote some of it together, but then each wrote something individually. I loved the surprise of hearing what Danny wrote to me and seeing his reaction to mine. Then, after the ceremony, the two of us took pictures as a couple. It was so nice to take it all in and spend quality time together celebrating with just us.

SB: So, the ceremony is over, you’re officially married, on to the reception! How did you decorate?
MONICA: We were married in a barn and went with a casual-glam vibe. Since the setting was so rustic, we liked the juxtaposition of mixing in some fancier elements, like chandeliers. We added bistro lights and two chandeliers, then decorated the farm tables with Mason jars and candles. The food was a major priority for us. We based our appetizers and food stations on our favorites: tacos, sliders, and mac & cheese. What can I say, we live in Wisconsin—cheese was a must!

Danny’s sister also made signs with quotes: “You are my sunshine my only sunshine,” “Home is wherever I’m with you,” “You are the milk to my cookies.” My dad and uncle made the birch arch that we stood under for the ceremony, and a friend made all the groomsmen’s boutonnieres and cocktail table floral arrangements.

SB: You did a lot yourselves. I understand dessert was also a family affair.
MONICA: It was! We served chocolate chip cookies and milk. Danny’s mom is an amazing baker and she made around 450 cookies. They were a huge hit!

SB: What a fun idea! What was the biggest surprise of the whole day?
MONICA: No rain! But really, it was just how quickly the day goes. Everyone tells you that, but it truly felt like I blinked and it was over!

SB: It’s so true. Ok, last question. Describe your wedding in five words or less.
MONICA: Best day of my life.

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Monday, October 1st 2012

J. Mendel Bridal: Intricate Romance

Extraordinary luxury, exceptional quality, and unparalleled style are hallmarks of J. Mendel, a fifth-generation company that began as a fur salon in Paris. Operating under the watchful eye of Designer and CEO Gilles Mendel for the last three decades, J. Mendel is known for its blend of luxe femininity and effortless elegance, which has made it a red carpet favorite among the celebrity set. The bridal collection has the same appeal, finding a perfect balance between glamour and romance. Details like soft draping, intricate beading, and delicate lace are matched with impeccable craftsmanship to create collection after collection of gowns worthy of any woman’s big day.


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