Last week, Pantone announced the “Color of the Year”: Orchid. We love this pinkish-purple shade and agree with Leatrice Eisman, PCI’s executive director, who says, “radiant orchid is exotic, magical, and draws you in.” Here are some of our favorite orchid-inspired details:
The weekend was filled with many wonderful moments and laughs. We kicked-off the festivities on Friday with a vineyard tasting at Chrysalis for our guests, followed by a family rehearsal dinner in the Equestrian Barn at Salamander. Later that evening, we hosted a large dessert and cocktail party for all our friends and family in the Resort’s Library. On Saturday morning, Tom took some adults and kids to a nearby Paintball facility while I hosted champagne and snacks in the spa.
Our guests arrived for the wedding at 4:30 on Saturday and were greeted with champagne and lemonade. The ceremony was under a beautiful tent, filled with flowers, overlooking the fields and stable. It was very personal and warm and contained many touching moments, such as all guests hugging each other at the start of the ceremony; our friends and family performing heart-felt readings and songs (one of which was performed by Tom’s brother); lighting candles in remembrance of our parents; special recognition of each of our boys when they signed a picture of the resort (later to be a special memento) and received a customized horseshoe and giant candy bar; and exchanging of public and secret vows between Tom and me. The reception was in the Grand Ballroom which was draped in beautiful sheers and pin spotting from the ceiling and filled with candles, crystals and flowers over-flowing onto the tables. To kick-off the dinner, the “Dunn-Kiernan” family was introduced by our close friends and each boy had their own individual entrance. After a few heartfelt and hilarious toasts, including a modified rendition of the “Brady Bunch” song from my close friend, dancing immediately began and the kids quickly over-took the floor. However, the adults followed shortly thereafter, clearly enjoying the talented and energetic 10 piece band. The joyous celebration went into the early morning and all had a great time!
The next morning, we hosted a brunch and thanked all of our guests for sharing in our special weekend. Our family then enjoyed a quiet day together and went for a horseback ride followed by a cozy dinner in town.
Indeed, it was a special, magical wedding weekend in Middleburg that we will forever remember and cherish.
Prior to our Thanksgiving break at Carine’s Bridal Atelier, we had a very special birthday to celebrate! Our lovely manager, Jessica, was turning 30 and we wanted to show our appreciation and love for her here at Carine’s. With the help of our consultants, seamstresses, and even Jessica’s friends and boyfriend, we were able to pull off an Alice in Wonderland surprise party! Each of us dressed up as a specific character, and Jessica’s friends even joined in as the “dancing flowers”! We transformed the interior of our store and waited for Jessica to arrive, as she thought it would be a normal work day. Instead, she walked into a sweet cupcake and champagne flute that read “eat me” and “drink me”. Once she arrived and was completely surprised, we even dressed her as Alice! Needless to say, the party was a success. Many thanks to the vendors who helped contribute to the day:
This week, we are featuring Suzanne – our bride who was married this past May. Suzanne came to our store in August of 2012 in hopes of finding the wedding dress of her dreams. Little did she know, she would find 5 more perfect gowns for her bridesmaids!
This week, we are celebrating Carine’s Bridal Atelier’s 7th Anniversary!
We want to take a moment to say a major THANK YOU to all of our clients and designers, who have become family, over the years! It has been an exciting and rewarding adventure since our store opened in 2006. In honor of our 7th year, check out our favorite 7 celebratory cards from Sugar Paper LA – a favorite go-to for any special occasion or stationary need:
Last month, Carine headed to NYC for bridal market, Spring 2014. Carine, along with other store owners and designers from across the world, witnessed first hand bridal trends happening on the runway. Post market, Carine paired up with The Knot to discuss some of these trends. See the clip below for “Bridal Trend: Light Colored Wedding Dresses” or visit The Knot to see more on trends for bridal, Spring 2014!
It’s that time of the year again… Carine’s Bridal Atelier will be having a November Sample Sale from November 12-14th! We will be selling dozens of our sample gowns, ranging in price form $999-$2,699, from many collections and designers including: