Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Rashana's Holiday Wish List

You know, Oprah's not the only one with an annual list of "favorite things." So this year I thought I'd share a few of my most wanted items with you brides and fashionistas alike.  I'm especially loving the Burberry Duffel (can you say "fierce!"), Whitney English Day Designer (can't wait to get my dreams/goals/creativity aligned) and long-stemmed Camille Wine Glasses (an ode to Scandal's "Olivia Pope").

Plus, I'll let you in on a little secret (shhhhh....don't tell my hubby): I already ordered one of these beauties  and am beyond excited to receive!   Happy Holidays!!


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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY LLC

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Whoa, Mama!

Isn't it refreshing when you come across elegant, fashion-forward, non-traditional gowns for mothers of the bride and groom?  The kind that she feels young and vibrant in?  The types of garments that are memorable and figure flattering? 

(pausing ... because this almost never happens, until NOW)

Check out BHLDN's latest array of lovelies just for the mamas!  I must admit, I'm impressed.
Happy Planning (and Shopping)!


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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY LLC

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Lisa & Dave: Bright Artistry

Our Bright Artistry couple was married over the weekend at The Unitarian Church in Summit.  When I first met with the bride and groom, venues were the only details firmly decided upon.  So, we worked together for 9 months on the design, planning and execution.  You may recall us sharing Lisa & Dave's engagement photos back in March and now we're proud to recap their wedding and reception, which took place at The Short Hills Hilton

On what was officially the last day of Summer, our team successfully achieved the elegant and warm-hearted atmosphere the bride and groom set out to create.  Hues of aquamarine and pink took center stage via the bridesmaid dresses, specialty linens, stationary and wedding cake.  The ballroom was illuminated by "candlelight," both literally and figuratively.  Square dinner tables were placed throughout in order to add variety, which featured 2 centerpiece designs flanked by 18-inch tall white tapers and gold-sprayed votives.  For the cake, we decided on a "watercolor" treatment along with mini-bunting and pink roses atop.  Finally, a 7-piece live band, DJ, vintage photo-booth and gourmet macaron favors rounded out the celebration and ensured most seats went empty during the final few hours of the event.

We were thrilled to have worked with Lisa, Dave and their families in creating a lovely celebration as they began their new life together. We wish Lisa and Dave a lifetime of love and happiness and are happy to share some of the best moments of their wedding day below, thanks to 3Photographers.


Also, for the first time, our team shared day-of execution of this event via Instagram which was quite a hoot.  Follow THE BRIDAL PARTY on Instagram for a first-hand look at our teams in action for this wedding as well as future events.

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY LLC

Friday, September 20, 2013

Go Behind The Scenes with TBP!

This Saturday, our Bright Artistry couple is tying the knot and for the first time we've decided to bring all of you behind the scenes (via Instagram, that is) as we execute this extraordinary wedding in suburban New Jersey.

Follow THE BRIDAL PARTY on Instagram for a first-hand look at our teams in action, as we celebrate Lisa & Dave's nuptials on September 21st.  Saturday's going to be a perfect day for a wedding! 

 
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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY LLC

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Engaged & Enthusiastic

Every now and then we get to share a few of our client's engagement photos ... and today's one of those days!  Here's a look at our Bright Artistry couple's engagement photoshoot, courtesy of 3 Photographers.

This adorable couple and I started working together last month, preparing for their wedding taking place late September.  And just this weekend, the following really candid and fun shots were captured in the Brooklyn NY neighborhood called DUMBO (an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). 

Enjoy ...

 
P.S.  Just in case you missed them, go see past engagement shoots we previously shared:
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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY LLC

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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If you're reading this, you're one of After "YES," Before "I DO" and Everything In Between's (official blog of THE BRIDAL PARTY) beloved readers. First, thank you for your support.  Second, we'd like to make sure you're always "in the know" with what's going on in the world of weddings (from our prospective, of course). So, if you haven't already, consider adopting a few of the following tools:

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Again, we thank you and appreciate your time and support.  We're just a click away.

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By Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Funny: The Knot + Randy Fenoli = Harlem Shake

Let's face it, a wedding's ALWAYS the perfect reason to celebrate, laugh and dance!
Check out a typical day at The Knot offices, with Randy Fenoli:

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Translating Personal Style into Bridal Style - Part IV

Part 4 of my series on how to translate your personal style into your wedding design and look is here!  We've already explored the Glam Tomboy, Business Beauty and Bradshaw BelleToday we continue with the DIAMOND DIVA:


The Diamond Diva is high-maintenance.  Some would consider her flashy and flamboyant, but it's mostly due to her ability to command a great deal of attention.  She seeks out only the very best and tends to follow celebrity trends.  Still, she likes to be exclusive and one-of-a-kind stays top of mind.  WOW factor is her middle name.  She makes no apologies for innate expensive taste.

If you're a Diamond Diva, consider these inspirations for your wedding:

Sometimes, it's all about location ... therefore, Destination Paris!  After all, what's better than the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop?  Secure a venue that holds lots of history and refrain from modifying it too much.  A museum cafe or castle-like hotel would be perfect.  Be sure to take advantage of texture and pattern, particularly when choosing the perfect gown.  Every detail should be dressed-up - place lucite menu cards on your dinner tables, affix bow-ties to the shot glasses on the bar, cover chairs with satin, rhinestones and feathers.  Personalized bottle labels aren't quite your style, so go over the top with bling H2O.  And put lots of thought (and sparkle) into your entrance and exit, as both need to be GRAND.  Consider an alternative to the traditional cake table as well, like a hanging bed of flowers.  Finally, dress your flower girl and bridesmaids in couture, to complement your ensemble perfectly.  Congratulations, Diamond Diva

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY LLC

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Translating Personal Style into Bridal Style - Part III

In parts 1 and 2 of my series on how to translate your personal style into your wedding design and look, we focused on the Glam Tomboy and the Business BeautyToday, part 3 continues with the BRADSHAW BELLE (affectionately named after the Sex & The City character "Carrie Bradshaw"):


The Bradshaw Belle is stylish, creative, spontaneous and emotional.  Her closet's full of pieces that epitomize her personality.  She loves color, bold patterns and layering, which in most cases leads her to pairing unique combinations together.  There are times when she'd rather be simple, but there always has to be a twist.  She's a risk-taker above all else.

If you're a Bradshaw Belle, consider these inspirations for your wedding:

Infuse a Bohemian-chic vibe into your attire, it's trendy yet nostalgic at the same time.  Knowing you'd never consider skimping on shoes, be sure to go with the snazziest pair of Christian Louboutins you can find.  Also, give your nails added attention with applique-like embellishments that complement your dress.  Go the non-traditional, vintage route with table numbers and escort cards ... if you're a writer, use books ... if you love antiques, collect and share old-world keys.  Instead of 100% floral, do 50% feather.  Make the black and white anemone front and center; she's a pistol just like you.  Bring your hometown into the mix (in Carrie's case, this would be NYC), but take care in not  being too literal - something like a mini replica of the 6th Ave "LOVE" sculpture as a wedding cake topper is perfect.  And last but not least, channel Chanel!  Incorporate navy, beige and gray (Chanel staple colors) and don't forget wool or quilted napkins along with pearls.  Congratulations, Bradshaw Belle

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY LLC

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

{Brides}Maid Alert: Spring's Coming!

Sure, mounds of snow still cover sidewalks throughout the Northeast, but Spring will be here before you know it.  Two of my favorite retailers have just announced their newest bridal collections, BHLDN and J. Crew.  But what I'm most excited about is what's in store for bridesmaids!

Seems this year's calling for shorter lengths as well as more focus on muted colors. Here are a few of my favorites.  Be sure to pick out yours.

P.S.  Brides, you should also consider one of these beauties for yourself (i.e. Bridal Shower, Bridesmaid Tea or even Rehearsal Dinner)

BHLDN Spring Bridal
 
 
 
 
  

J. Crew Spring Bridal
 
 
 
 
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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY LLC

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