By ALISON CONNOLLY
The best days for a blogger are when you discover a brand that makes you want to write about it RIGHT THIS INSTANT. You are instantly smitten, and need to share your discoveries with the rest of the world. I was fortunate to get struck with inspiration from two distinct brands, both of which recently released a bridal collection: Valentine NYC and Serène Intimates. Granted, their styles are different, but at the heart of both collections are intimates that are ethereal, breathtaking, and covet-worthy whether you’re a bride or not.
Photography by Ron Dressel and Charlie Kingsland Barrow
Valentine NYC is a lifestyle brand that was established by two former models who wanted to create quality lingerie that is both affordable … Read more
“To Death Do Us Part” or so we hope when we speak our vows on our wedding day. For many women, this is the beginning of a much anticipated new phase of life and expectations run very high. Thus, the day becomes a pinnacle of celebration, the dress, the metaphor for all things beautiful that can happen in this most precious bond. Everything is elevated for the affair and lingerie is no exception. Exquisitely rendered intimates help inform the drama and when a designer focuses all of their energy on this particular niche, it shows. The Giving Bride, a brand I discovered in 2014, is the creative work of Maggie Gillette, whose passion for lingerie design propelled her to relinquish her 10 year tenure … Read more
Cosabella’s white equestrian bridal story, conjures up exactly the wedding style I might choose, if I was getting married now. Of course, I am way beyond the almost naked photoshoot days, but the passion that horses evoke in many young women is not so different than original love. I could not pass up these images when Cosabella shared them with me.
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I was only 20 years old when my sister was married at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan, but the litany of details that earmarked the occasion absolutely drove me crazy at the time. The piѐce de resistance was when my mother asked me to pick up the monogrammed dinner mints the day before. Upon opening the box, two of them were smudged and I was commissioned to return to the store to have them re-done. My mother’s middle name was perfection. I made up my mind, then and there that I was not dealing with this trivia if I ever chose to marry. Having just returned from a summer in Oxford, I decided that my wedding would emulate an English country garden where carefully curated … Read more
After my family moved away from Long Beach, NY, we spent several summers on Block Island, a tiny ocean sanctuary off the New England Coast. I witnessed several mid-day weddings there as we rode our bikes up and down the rocky terrain. There is something special about afternoon affairs, a frothy lightness that reveals a casual beauty. Understated, yet elegant, it seems the perfect purview for the Eberjey bride.
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A few months ago, my husband and I were having drinks on the terrace of a luxury hotel here in Cabo called Esperanza. Not our usual activity, we went, mainly to see the venue. Cabo is well-known for its destination weddings and by coincidence, that evening, there was a marriage ceremony taking place at the resort. It got me thinking about the entire bridal business, the extravagance, the energy exerted, and the level of artistry woven into every aspect of the process. The poolside wedding we witnessed was embraced by a magnificent view of the Sea of Cortez. The bride’s dress was woven with delicate lace and live flowers. The reception, outside on a tiered terrace, overlooked a moon sprayed ocean lit by burning torches. … Read more