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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Real Wedding: Oved-Milwicki

A spotlight on this FAB-U-LOUS wedding is long overdue! We gave Ketty and Alon’s gorgeous event a nod in our 2013 planning highlights post, but this is one wedding that definitely deserves a standalone shout-out!

Katherine (Ketty) and Alon met in the most modern of ways: on! But they decided to celebrate the start of their marriage together in a Jewish tradition-rich ceremony and reception at the beautiful Anatole Hotel. The couple was planning from afar so they enlisted help from our dream team at Weddings by StarDust. Fortunately, we were able to provide some serious turnkey service for Ketty and her entire wedding community.
In addition to stellar wedding planning, Ketty found her stunning YSA Makino gown at StarDust, as well as her accessories, and gowns for her bridesmaids and some of her family. And we were happy to dress the gents to the nines in some of our dapper tuxes! We had so much fun helping this fun-loving couple with all of the details of their big day!
With a rich color palette of blues, blush and shades of white established, StarDust enlisted the talented Junior Villanueva from the Garden Gate to bring the glamorous vintage design to life. The elegant chuppah was simply stunning, constructed of actual branches and adorned with lush greenery and bountiful flowers!

The sumptuous d├ęcor continued into the reception, with lush florals accented by lots of crystal, silver elements and regal blue lighting.
Another stunning design element was the display of the gorgeous blue wedding cake, featuring rich linen, lots of elegant sheer draping and its own chandelier!

And in a fun twist on the groom’s cake, Alon opted for apple crisp in mason jars (you know how much we love food in jars!!!).
A sweet sendoff for this fall wedding included hot chocolate favors for guests – amaretto flavored, no less!

And did we mention how fun this couple was – see for yourself!
We enjoyed this couple and their wedding so much that we selected it to be featured in D Weddings:

And apparently, the couple was happy as well, since Ketty posted this sweet review on Google:
“StarDust Celebrations made wedding planning so easy for me and my family. I started planning my wedding while living out of state and they helped me narrow down venues and even took my mom and sister to check them out without me to even further decide. They took the chaos and headache out of everything, and whenever I had questions or concerns, they were super prompt in responding and easing my mind. I would definitely recommend StarDust! Cannot say enough good things!”
Thanks, Ketty and Alon, for the love, but more importantly, for entrusting us with your beautiful day! We wish you a lifetime of love and laughter!

Our Awesome Vendor Partners:
Bakery: Frosted Art
Bridal Gown and Accessories: StarDust Celebrations
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Hilton Anatole
Florist: The Garden Gate
Lighting: Marcus Rollins
Music: Ceremony/Reception DJ/Emcee - Marcus Rollins, Reception Band - Cuvee
Photography: Helmutwalker
Rentals: Ducky Bob's and Liland's
Wedding Planning and Design: Weddings by StarDust

Monday, July 21, 2014

Shop StarDust and LuLu's for Your Bridesmaids

Once you've found your dream gown, it's time to turn your attention to the lovely ladies who will be standing by your side on your big day!
Not only do we carry some of the most gorgeous bridal gowns at StarDust and LuLu's, but we also offer some of the most stylish and flattering bridesmaid dresses from the top designers! Pop in either salon today to check out our fabulous selection of the hottest trends, such as boho chic, neutral color palettes and plenty of options to create a mix-and-match or an ombre bridal party look! And keep your eyes out for the latest to arrive in store any day now: sparkly bridesmaids!
We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of these sparkly beauties from Watters!
No appointment is required to shop Bridesmaids, so just plan to drop in at your earliest convenience so our stylists can help you perfect your wedding party's style! Here is a bit of inspiration for you from some faulous StarDust and LuLu's bridesmaids:

photo credits: Andrea Polito, Anna Routh, Braden Harris, Caroline Jurgensen, Celina Gomez, f8studio, Jess Barfield, Jessica D'OnofrioJohn Christopher, Joseph Mark, Lightly Photography, Mint Photography, On LocationPortraiture, Shaun Menary, Stacy Reeves, Tara Welch, Thisbe Grace, Tracy Autem

Friday, July 18, 2014

Alterations, Customization and the Perfect Gown

Alterations are a fact of life when it comes to bridal gowns. Yes, the stylist will measure you (bust, waist, hips and hem-to-waist-to-hollow-to-hem) and often – if you are ordering a couture gown – the gown will be made for you, based on those specific measurements. But even then, when the gown comes in, you very likely will need to have at least minimal alterations made to your gown. You want it to fit like a glove, after all, so a little nip here and tuck there and raising of the hemline may be in order to accomplish that. The areas you can expect to make some tweaks include the hem, sides, bustle and possibly adding cups.

While alterations are necessary for nearly every gown and are simply intended to create the perfect fit of the gown you ordered after trying on a sample, customizations are a totally different thing. Customizations allow you to create a unique, one-of-a-kind gown, based on in-store samples. Say you find a strapless gown you love but you didn’t actually want strapless. Customization will allow you to add straps or sleeves. Maybe you like a gown with some peekaboo panels but there’s a little bit too much peekaboo going on for your taste; you can add appliques or more opaque material to cover a little more skin. Make a straight strapless neckline into a sweetheart neckline. Add a longer train or eliminate a train altogether. The possibilities are endless!
Many of the designers we work with will actually do customizations as they create your gown. But for those who don’t, you can simply have the customization done in tandem with your alterations after the gown arrives from the designer. A reputable seamstress should be able to make such customizations.

Here is an example of a gown that we customized to perfectly meet the needs of one of our beautiful brides, Rebecca.
photos: The Three
She fell in love with a strapless masterpiece, style 1458 from Eve of Milady. But the catch was that she didn’t want a strapless wedding gown.
The Eve of Milady "starting point" gown.
She found a beautiful lace bolero by another of our designers, Birnbaum and Bullock, which she originally intended to just wear over her gown all evening.
Lace bolero by Birnbaum & Bullock
But our genius team of skilled seamstresses came up with the ultimate solution: attach the jacket to the gown to create a sleeved style dress! Our alterations/customization whizzes outdid themselves by splitting the bolero down the back, adding loops and buttons down the back of the jacket in line with the gown’s and incorporating the bolero into the gown to create a gorgeously cohesive gown flawlessly suited to lovely Rebecca and her wedding dress dreams. The stunning finished creation:
photos: The Three
photos: The Three
photos: The Three
Another, more famous, example of a gown we helped customize was the fabulous St. Pucchi worn by Mrs. Tony Romo, Candice Crawford! This customization was executed at the designer level, but Candice worked closely with our team to ensure the gown was created exactly as she envisioned. We started with St. Pucchi 9264, added a keyhole back similar to the one in style 9352, made the plunging neckline a little more modest and added more appliques, crystals and feathers, giving the skirt additional texture and interest. The result was simply stunning!
photos: Karlisch Weddings

Two different St. Pucchi gowns were the inspiration for Ms. Crawford's gown vision.
So, when you think you’ve found THE GOWN, but there’s something (big or small) that you might like to add, change, omit, alter – whatever – just ask! Our stylists are experts in knowing which designers are flexible with their designs and also what our incredible alterations staff is capable of customizing. We truly do all that we can do ensure our brides have the exact bridal gown of their dreams!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

StarDust Bride Wows in Sottero & Midgley

Gorgeous Brooke was a StarDust Bride to the max! From her Sottero & Midgley wedding gown and Haute Bride jewelry to her Erica Koesler hair piece and Toni Federici veil, Brooke was truly a glorious bridal vision in these stunning photos by the talented Jenny Martell, taken at the elegant Aldredge House:

Seriously, could this beautiful bride be any more lovely?! Brooke, thank you for trusting StarDust to help you perfect your wedding day look! You are exquisite!