Friday, September 30, 2011

Hair accessories

Today's brides are accessorizing with less traditional and more spunky and creative hair pieces. We often see our blushing beauties in bling'in head bands or hair clips, as well is in dainty French veils or flower combs.The Belles have pulled together looks from the bridal collection of dazzling designer, Jennifer Behr. Although a traditional veil is totally acceptable, beautiful, and classic, you might find that adding some flare "up there" changes your entire look for the Big Day!

Jennifer Behr creates a range of seductive belts and headpieces - 21st century crowns - each one with its own appeal… crystals are set in dark metal and hand-stitched to ethereal silk chiffons, braided ropes, slick patents and tough studs. The collection is made by hand in the Jennifer Behr studio and within a network of small workshops in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Looking for something a little flashy? Check out these little fire-crackers from Behr's collection...
Jennifer Behr
Jennifer Behr
Jennifer Behr
Add in a splash a color to your ivory/white gown with this scrumptious floral comb. For this particular piece, Behr starts with hand-dying the silk in subtle shades of peachy blush, then hand-curls and rolls it into three blooming roses.
Jennifer Behr
 A French veil is both classic and sexy at the same time. With the floral comb attached on the side, this piece is both feminine and a bit mysterious. For brides looking for a piece to accompany their up-do or low-set bun, a French veil is great option for you! See below some of our favorite Behr picks!
Jennifer Behr
Jennifer Behr
Jennifer Behr

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

All the leaves are falling

Although temperatures have not dropped too much around these parts, we are happy to say it is OFFICIALLY Fall! As we welcome Autumn with open arms, we embrace the different colors, scents, styles, and patterns that come with it. This gorgeous autumn wedding was shot by photographer, Jen Rodriguez.The wedding features a color pallet of bright yellows and greens with a contrast of darker berry tones and other pop fall colors! Take a look at some of our favorite shots from this Autumn Gold event!

Grey Likes Weddings
Check out the beautiful bridal bouquet and the groom's boutonniere. The use of fall colors in floral design can be done not only with the actual flowers, but with other gifts of mother nature, including honeycombs and succulents.
Grey Likes Weddings

Grey Likes Weddings
The influence of the fall season in food/beverages always spice things up. Serve your guests hot apple cider, a cool savory lemonade, or a tasty pumpkin pie! 

Grey Likes Weddings
We love the use of the barrel and canvass covered cork boards, as well as the mason jars and wood tables to give the event a nice rustic, country feel. The natural brown tones accompany the bright colors of the flowers perfectly and really help them stand out!

The yellow/berry tone color pallet is just one of the many examples you can use for your fall wedding or event. There are tons of color options to have fun with and explore. We encourage you to step out of the box and really embrace the season!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Today's blog post features - you're one-stop-shop for chic and creative online and printed greeting cards and invitations! This easy to use website allows users to choose from a variety of cards for all their holidays and events! 

Feelin a little spooky this year? Freak your friends and family out with a Halloween E-card! features tons of card options for the upcoming fall season!


Want to send a quick invite to all your girls for your bridal shower or luncheon? has a tab just for parties and get-togethers! Choose something dainty and floral for your bridal shower, or something a little more festive for your crazy bachelorette party!

Sending out holiday cards, invitations or thank you notes will never slow you down again! This website has it all and is totally user friendly. makes greeting cards and invitations more fun and exciting than ever - you're gonna love it. And HEY!  You can thank us later ;-)


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Great escape

As the evening comes to a close, guests line up to bid adieu to the happy couple. In that final moment the bride and groom run through a tunnel of friends and family, fleeing the scene in the ultimate getaway car. Traditionally, newly weds would simply tie used tin cans to the backs of their automobiles. Today, couples are getting a little more creative, leaving their wedding party behind in style.

1. Time travel

The vintage car is sweet, classy, and very romantic. Slide into the back seat of a vintage Cadillac feeling totally glamorous!

The Knot
 2. Speed Racer

Hopping in a flashy sports car or on the back of Harley Davidson motorcycle is another fun option for a wedding day departure. Peel off and head straight to the honeymoon!

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4. Fairytale Adventure

Just like Cinderella and her Prince Charming, end your magical evening in a horse drawn carriage. Choose a horse and buggy ride for the final touch to your fairytale wedding!

Beau Coup

3. Do it yourself

Still have a little energy left over after the reception and not quite ready to head home? Hop on a bicycle built for two and blaze your own trail!

Our Love in October

The getaway car, bike, horse, WHATEVER you choose is the final moment to express your creativity on your Big Day. Have fun with it, think outside of the box, and find something you love and will never forget!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Peek-a-boo: 2012 Pronovias Campaign

Attention readers! We have a sneak peek on the release of the 2012 Pronovias campaign. Just wait 'till you get a look at some of these editorial photos- they are simply marvelous!

The campaign features favorites from the Pronovias and Manuel Mota for Pronovias collections as well as pieces from the Cocktail 2012 collection for bridesmaids and mothers of the bride.

The shoot takes place at Holkam Hall, an 18th-century style home in the village of Holkham, tucked away on the countryside of Norfolf on the East Cost of England. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking and compliments the collection so well. Take a look at some of the images from the campaign below.

Merci New York

Merci New York

Merci New York
 The Belles pulled together some of our favorite looks from the bridal and cocktail collection. This first piece is from the 2012 Dreams Collection which features gowns in pleated Paris organza or lace-edged tulle with vertical, horizontal or diagonal layers. The frills give body and movement to the skirt and are a fabulous wedding accessory and add to the romantic mood of the evening. 

Pronovias Barcelona

This next piece hails from the 2012 Fashion Collection. In this collection, designers use soft, refined fabrics like Sofia gauze and pleated Paris organza. Today's woman was the inspiration for these gowns with their pure, discreet lines, fitted at the waist or hips by delicate drapes and ruffles.

Pronovias Barcelona

And finally, this next image is a piece from the 2012 cocktail collection. This collection uses intense colors, figure-hugging shapes, sheer fabrics, exquisite details, and embroideries of authentic gems. These gowns are for the most glamorous guests, bridesmaids, or mothers of the bride.

Pronovias Barcelona
 The photos were shot by photographer Toni Bernad and feature model Emily Didonato. Didonato is known well for her work with brands such as Victoria's Secret, Ralph Lauren, and her recent work with Giorgio Armani's new perfume line.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

If the shoe fits

Picking out the perfect pair of shoes to accompany your gown for The Big Day may not always be a "walk in the park." Many brides look for a shoe that is expressive, elegant, and most importantly comfortable! In addition, many women like to find a pair that can be worn for other special occasions. 

Today's blog features London-based luxury shoe designer, Aruna Seth. Aruna is critically acclaimed by fashionistas around the world for her STUNNING Swarovski-crystal embellished shoes. These little show-stoppers are uniquely glamorous and handmade in northern Italy. 
Merci New York

Aruna's design approach involves a very fine attention to detail in more ways than just the "bling." In addition to the Swarovski crystals, the material and trim line make the shoes instantly identifiable. The shoes are also designed to elongate the legs while giving the gift of stability and comfort. 

Seen on the red carpet and in fashion capitals of the world, including London, England, and Moscow, Russia- home to her main show room- Aruna Seth's collection is know as the ultimate in evening elegance. 

A shoe like this with such personality and class is sure to make a bride feel like a star on her wedding day. Aruna's bridal collection features heels as well as flats for women who are looking for something with a little less height. Below are some of our favorites from the bridal collection! Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Venice Film Festival

Fashion Fashion Fashion!  We can't help but pick out our favorite dresses from Venice.  Who do you think is best dressed?

Gwyneth Paltrow in Prada

 Abbie Cornish in Atelier Versace

 Jessica Chastain in Elie Saab

Kate Winslet in Stella McCartney

Pictures courtesy of Huffington Post

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ring Bearer Pillows

Many couples are looking for ways to add some creativity to their wedding ceremony. Send your ring bearer down the aisle with a custom made pillow including you and your groom's name, your wedding date, and perhaps your wedding vows or a portion of your vows! Decorate your ring bearer pillow with your wedding's color scheme or use a pattern similar to your invitiations. Below is an example of a more traditional way to add some"fluff" to your ring bearer pillow.


Freshline Illustration


Freshline Illustration

Have a pillow made as a gift for a friend or family member's Big Day. Include the couple's name and wedding date and maybe an inspirational, hearfelt quote. Use colors from the wedding's pallete or choose from other colors of your/the bride and groom's choice. Here is an example of how Kourtne and Benjamin decorated their ring bearer's pillow for their wedding ceremony.


Below are a few more examples of how add creativity to your ring bearer pillows. Choose from  a variety of different styles and colors. Whether you use your wedding color scheme, more neutral tones, or have the pillow made from flowers or different textiles, a custom made ring bearer pillow is a spectucular addition to your wedding ceremony!

Freshline Illustration

Friday, September 2, 2011

Sign Right Up!

Sign-in books are a great way to keep a record of who attended your wedding. But, how often are you going to pull out the book and flip through names. Below we have some ideas for creative ways for you to remember who was there for your Big Day! 
photo by Ruby Press

Have your guests write not only their names but their well wishes for the new happy couple! Feeling creative? Set up a sign- in station for your guests to personalize their own note for you.

kelli ward photography

Create your own photo book with fun vacations pictures, engagement pictures, pictures through the years, etc! Make sure to leave enough blank space for guests to write their advice.

Headed somewhere fabulous for your honeymoon? Having a destination wedding? Pick up a book about your location and have guests sign around the pages. When the wedding is all said and done, it will make looking through these books extra special!

Want well-wishes/advice that will last a lifetime? Glue envelopes ( in your wedding colors) to pages of a scrapbook and ask guests to write their notes for your anniversaries 1 through 50. You can pull out the book each year and see what is sealed inside!

From a photo booth to polaroids allow your guests to leave pictures of themselves with a note that will be sure to make you smile in the years to come.