Ruche Bridal


Girls, are you ready to get your Ruche on?

And by Ruche, I mean of course the beautiful new vintage inspired, bridal collection, launching on ethereal everything in a few days.

I for one, am pinned to my MacBook, ready to go.

I love this site – for everything from pastel wedges, to quirky tabletop accents, to ostrich feathered ribboned headbands.

Bedazzling beadwork…

Lovely lace for the ladies…

Bridal gowns priced under $500 (say what?)…

For real.

Mad for many a maid’s gown under $100 (yippee!)…

Oh. my. goodness.

Bridal dressing just got even more fun – more fantasty filled – and more affordable.

Now that’s a beauty of a budget beat.

BHLDN the Beautiful


Like an arrow through our hearts.



We came.



We saw.



We fell in love.



Awash in a soft, silky sea of lace…



And satin sashes…



Feminine flirty cocktail dresses for days…



As we sipped sparkly bubbles…



And dreamed of dressing all season, Great Gatsby style…



Even the INSIDE of the dresses are darling.  Crazy.



Hmmm…how am I ever going to leave this pastel powder puff paradise?


Ebony and Ivory


Well, I am simply quite speechless.


Well done Kate.


And, to my surprise, isn’t it even better inside?

The black and cream bookstriped interior just darling?


Is this not THE it bag of summer?

Move over Thursday Friday Canvas “Hermes Birkin” Tote Bag from Space 519 I have been carrying all summer…

There is a new game in town.

Plenty of room for the i-Pad and notebooks, pockets galore for the Blackberry and keys, space for tucking in the kid’s sketch books and games when we stroll cafes from Southport to St. Germain for summer lunching al fresco.

Only problem is, BOTH of these new Kate Spade Postmark Jasper totes are must haves.



Don’t you agree?

Which would you choose?


or White?

The black, more formal of course.  More practical…

The cream, more whimsical, a bit more Coco Chanel…

Would these not make the perfect bridal tote/organizer, to keep all files and things wedding related?

Or the perfect feminine and flirty bridal party gifts?


Style me Pretty Feature

I am in love.



Totally, completely, absolutley, absurdly SMITTEN in love with Caily and Paul’s wedding from last New Year’s Eve.

And it is featured today on SMP – the holy grail of wonderous weddings.

That BOUQUET, composed of hundreds of ivory rose petals into a Glamelia, to perfectly match her wedding gown.


The invitations…the menu cards…all designed in french brocade with an iconic chandelier icon.



The magical masks for the midnight masquerade.



And the programs!  Our best seller.



The ceremony garden arbor – covered in Hydrangea, Hanging Amaranthus, Garden Roses, and Orchids.



The hundreds upon hundreds of candles…from tall pillars, to petite votives in mercury glass, moroccan teacups, and silver leaf.



Mary Winslow‘s weekly work of art winter white wedding cake.



Ooh la la – The Ballroom at The Blackstone is just THE most romantic room in the city.



I had the best New Year’s Eve EVER.  And I was WORKING!



I bought these adhesive gold numbers at Office Depot the day before as a surprise countdown for the bridal party…and served them on a mirrored tray from my bedroom dressing table.



It has been six whole months now…and I just can’t get enough.

Thank you to Caily and Paul for including us in their simply gorgeous, elegant, turn of the century European celebration.

Thank you to our entire design team for the months and months of time and talent, Avery House for the breathtaking photography and Smilebooth, Debra Jenkins at Windy City Linens, Mary at Take the Cake, Ashley Sneddon at The Blackstone Hotel, Toni at Rendezvous, and many more.

To see the post on SMP, click here.


Photography Avery House, as seen on Style me Pretty

Bridal Heaven

Quirky name…

Quite the bridal couture.





“to keep” in Dutch.

It is also the new bridal site from Urban Outfitters/Anthropologie.

And it is safe to say, it has something for absolutley everyone from bride, to maid, to mother, to guest.

The site, much like Anthropologie itself, has a vintage quality that plays perfectly to the romance of a wedding day.

Wait just a minute – is that an entire page dedicated to Boleros?

Here is a secret that nobody else knows.  I am completely smitten with darling wraps, capelets, boleros.  Top left and top right are musts.

Frankly, I don’t know how to choose between all of these lovelies.

The bridal gowns start around $1000, and designed to work from chapel to cliffside to caribbean beach.

Names are clever, carefree and charismatic – shown above is Monarch.

Shipping is free.  Returns – yes – you read that correctly – are granted up to 30 days.

Love the headpiece?  Love the shoes?  Love the jewels?  They are also all online, just a click away, and paired (along with the Boleros) for you.

Yum.  Like a perfectly iced cupcake…with a hint of cutesy peek a boo crinoline.

The party dresses – perfect for everyone from bridal party to bridal guest – are also delicious.

Very vintage inspired – which is a surefire hit this season.

Hmmmm…can you tell my favorite color is green?

Happy clicking away…after all…wedding season is just a few short months away.

We are counting down the days…and planning all of our pretty party dresses.

-Debi Lilly

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