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Birthday Bride!

10 Apr

Yesterday, I spent my twenty-fourth birthday wearing two tiaras. After all, birthday hats never go out of style.

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a timeless accessory and a forever friend.

Bridal tiaras, however, are treasured because they are ephemeral. This was my last birthday as a single Sarah.

Aside from waking up to two-dozen pink roses on my doorstep, I opened a very special wedding themed birthday gift; My Pnina Tornai gown arrived in the mail just in time for fitting two.

My birthday was celebrated at Kleinfeld Bridal with my amazing mom and happy grandmother. Although I felt honored to return to the beloved home of Say Yes to the Dress, my appointment took more time and work than expected. Every bride-to-be approaches their second fitting with high hopes and expectations: will the dress fit a little better? How close to perfect will everything fall? Is there enough time to make dramatic changes such as adding or removing straps?

I advise brides to bring mom, bridesmaid, grandma or friend(s) to the fitting. A support team helps suppress bridezilla.

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my team.

Truthfully, ever since I stepped off the plane from Savannah to New York City, this past weekend, I have been glued to mom. Thankfully, the MOTB keeps me organized, focused and seriously busy! Although I continue to smile in every bridal picture, posh readers should be forewarned: the steps leading to the dreamy walk down the aisle are far from glamorous. Planning takes patience. Patience takes practice for every bride.

This weekend, however, I will be excused from all wedding duties; Saturday and Sunday are solely dedicated to bachelorette and shower festivities planned by my thoughtful bridesmaids. For the very first Saturday since my engagement, I will have zero decisions to contemplate.

But the pins always precede the party. My team spotted a few minor details that still require tweaking.

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Don’t peak behind the curtain…my dress is there!

(extra perk: I was placed in room 9- a lucky coincidence on my birthday, April 9th!)

Here’s my advice for fellow brides who may fear their next fitting:

  • Bring wedding shoes (make sure they are the right heel length before the tailor starts to hem!)
  • Wear Commando (visible panty lines do not flatter brides.)
  • Contemplate face coverage (finalize the length and design of your veil/headpiece, if you decide to wear one at all!)
  • Back away from the dress (after fitting two, remove everything bridal. Take a stroll around the boutique before leaving. Brides should avoid rash decisions regarding alterations.)

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Inside the box: a jeweled memory from my second fitting.

“I Do” at Downton, anyone?

20 Mar

Brides Magazine frequently shares a few special details from completely over the top weddings.

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Brides will be one of my favorite magazines long after my wedding. #1weddingmagazine

At the conclusion of the April/May issue, Brides explores the extravagant union of two New Yorkers who chose a destination wedding at the Hampshire estate. The venue is more commonly known as the grounds of Downtown Abbey. Certain elements of this feature wedding seem far-fetched to most readers like myself. Truthfully, this article lost me at castle, not to mention the stunning cover page, which introduced the happy couple.

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I can only imagine what their wedding album looks like!

Below are the few tips I was able to extrapolate from a real fairytale wedding. Let’s see how these might apply to fellow posh brides-to-be:

Fall in love with one designer.

Lacey Booth, the beautiful bride, committed to one designer from head to toe. The chosen legend was, of course, Alexander McQueen (fitting for a princess bride, not unlike Kate Middleton, who also wore McQueen for her royal affair).

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These runway heels match Lacey’s dress and the character of the venue.

Here’s my favorite detail: Lacey had initially fallen in love with her dress in black. The gown was later custom ordered in white with the same-jeweled turtleneck. I love that Lacey’s dress was not traditionally bridal, but rather converted to fit the affair. I wonder what the media might have commented if the bride was inspired to wear the gown in black, as originally designed?

Regardless of the color, not many brides can wear full-length sleeves with such elegance. Quick flashback to my episode of Say Yes to the Dress: when I slipped on gowns with three-quarter sleeves I felt overwhelmed by the amount of material. There was simply too much dress. Lacey, on the other hand, was truly styled to be married in a castle.

Compliment the venue.

After finishing the short, yet detailed recap, I had a hard time remaining convinced that the couple was actually from New York. Every aspect of the wedding (as much as I could see) appeared true to the charm of English royalty. My favorite detail was the way in which the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Chaus played with the elaborate decor of the castle. The white flowers were placed at the perfect angles, allowing the soft petals to compliment, rather than conflict with the elegant art. Nothing brought in by the florist and wedding planner dared to compete with the antique beauty of the castle.

At the end of the evening, as guests headed to the after-party, sparklers illuminated the castle grounds. “We wanted to honor English tradition with a grand party worthy of the venue” said the bride, Lacey.

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An epic ending.

I don’t know about other Posh brides-to-be, but I would surely say “I Do” at Downton.

Krazy for Kleinfeld

24 Nov

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Photo credit: http://www.kleinfeldbridal.com/index.cfm?pid=8

Kleinfeld Bridal was the seventh stop on my dress search, which I considered the “the last resort.” I was under the impression that there was something special about a boutique and besides, wasn’t Kleinfeld an enormous bridal factory? I imagined finding my dream dress in an intimate setting free from the drama that I often watch on episodes of Say Yes To The Dress.

Just as I have set the scene, on the day of my appointment, I truly was a bridezilla in the making. I pouted in the waiting room amongst other anxious brides, some of whom brought their entire bridal party to the consultation (big mistake). Throughout my month long bridal search, I stuck with my mother as a dress consultant and cheerleader (best decision).

Here’s why Kleinfeld Bridal stole my heart…

Personal Attention with Passion.

I was greeted in the waiting room by a cheerful bridal consultant and an equally enthusiastic intern. Before we had even met, the team of two knew the mission. I was going to leave with the perfect dress, which would exceed my expectations. I was led into a private dressing room and given a purple silk robe to wear in between gowns. My team of personal stylists listened as I described every detail of the dress I desired, yet had never actually seen.

I’m sure brides-to-be can recognize the self-inflicted drama of demanding a dress that may not actually exist.

Below are the conditions I handed the Kleinfeld team upon meeting, hopeful that this exact gown would waltz into the fitting room:

  • Absolutely mermaid (if it’s not tight fitting at the bottom, forget it)
  • Three-quarter delicate lace sleeves (sleeves are a must)
  • Lightweight fabric (the simplicity of a slip dress is stunning)
  • Subtle embellishments (no heavy, intricate beading)
  • Perhaps pearls? (actually, definitely pearls)

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Although the dress I ended up buying shares no similarities to Carolyn Kennedy’s, I still believe she was the most beautiful bride.

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While the bridal team took note of my checklist, I believe they knew I would leave the store with a very different dress. Months later, I look back at my fairytale description and laugh at my stubborn mentality.

Although I’m hesitant to reveal too much, my dress is hardly simple, has no sleeves, and isn’t even in the mermaid family. Ultimately, the team at Kleinfeld Bridal knew the dress I wanted better than I did. 

Kleinfeld will Never say “Never.”

By the time I walked into Kleinfeld Bridal, I was discouraged and willing to settle for a dress I had tried on one week earlier in a small boutique. I remember telling myself that I could fall in love with this particular dress over time.

Stay hopeful brides-to-be: love at first sight is a real feeling for wedding gowns!

The other bridal consultants discouraged me from certain styles. I was convinced that a bride with a larger bust requires support and cannot wear a backless dress. When I expressed my concern to the team at Kleinfeld, they proved the finest bridal boutiques in New York City very wrong. With the possibility to add in bones and work with a personal tailor, my dream dress would be built for my body.

You know you’ve found the dress when you struggle to part ways with the floor sample.

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On July 8, 2014, I said “YES TO THE DRESS!”

One of my favorite moments as a bride-to-be with the most supportive MOTB.

The rumors are true: there’s no shortage of dresses at Kleinfeld. They are a bridal “factory” in the best way possible. Day after day they absorb crazy rules set by clueless brides-to-be like myself, and work to select gowns that “wow” rather than simply meet expectations.

I am counting down the months until I fly home for my first fitting this April. The exceptional service continues long after your dress is purchased. Arranging appointments for fittings has been a breeze. I love that Kleinfeld brides are welcome to pop back in and try on the floor sample for family or bridesmaids at any point before the big day. Sometimes, when I am in the midst of a stressful day with wedding planning, I take out the hidden picture of my dress and imagine walking down the aisle toward my groom.

Sometimes brides-to-be can be crazy. For now, I’m just krazy for Kleinfeld!