Real Bride: Alyson Jacobs

This month’s spotlight wedding belongs to Alyson and Matt. As featured in our newsletter this month, the couple wed in Washington D.C. and filled their festivities with personal touches and all of their favorite things. Alyson was such  lovely bride and her warmth is very apparent to anyone that meets her, including the special day she planned with her new husband! The bride and groom offered oyster shooters, a frozen yogurt bar, and even a food truck from Surfside, are you drooling yet??? Here are some of the adorable images Alyson shared with us…

Photos by: Cassidy Duhon

Wedding Planning: A. Dominick Events 

Florist: Edge Flowers

Venue: Longview Gallery 

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Q&A with Style MBA- Valentine Style Tips

As we mentioned in our newsletter this month, we are OBSESSED with Sara Azani’s blog, Style MBA. Sara is both the creator and editor; her blog focuses on fabulous fashion, beauty, decor, and travel inspiration.

Sara was kind enough to take some time with us to discuss Valentine’s Day styling tips. With V-Day just around the corner her expert guidance is much appreciated! Here’s what she had to say…

Q: What is your go-to date look?

A: I love wearing neutral tones for date night whether it’s for dinner or the movies. Comfy heels are also number 1. If I plan on getting more dressed up, I’ll throw on a comfortable dress with some booties.

Q: What completes a date-night outfit for you?

A: The shoes and bag! Shoes and bags are investment worthy pieces that make an outfit. Make sure to invest in a nice handbag or pair of heels that you can wear repeatedly to make your return on investment.

Q: There are so many different types of date ideas, what would you wear to the following?…

Classic dinner and movie

A: I would wear a chunky sweater with sexy cut outs, leggings, and high boots.

Valentine’s brunch

A more neutral look — classic white silk top and great jeans, with high heels and a nice statement bag.

Home cooked meal and wine by the fire

A: A comfortable sweater dress and my favorite slippers ;)

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Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show- February 2015

Monique Lhuillier has built a bridal world based on her signature design aesthetic- from china, to home decor, and even fine jewelry. Her bridal empire shows no signs of slowing down and we are so excited to be able to work alongside such a multifaceted designer. In honor of our Monique Lhuillier trunk show, starting tomorrow, we wanted to feature some of our favorite fine jewelry pieces from her collection with Blue Nile.

Our trunk show will be running through February 7th. For appointment availability please call 202 965- 4696 or email info@carinesbridal.com…

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Liancarlo Trunk Show- January 2015

Liancarlo has become known for the custom embroideries they create as well as the exquisite lace they include in each collection. This season was just as beautiful, filled with the unique details we love. In particular, the line offered guipure lace gowns, hand embroidered tulle, and structured tiered hemlines. Liancarlo also designs belts and antique crystal jewelry; many brides opt to play with their accessories in order to switch their bridal look. Below we’ve selected some examples of the trends we discussed as well as some accessories from the Liancarlo line.

We will be having a Liancarlo trunk show starting tomorrow and running January 29th-31st by appointment only, for availability please call 202 965-4696 or email info@carinesbridal.com…

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Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaid Trunk Show- January 2015

We love the bridesmaid collection by Monique Lhuillier and know you and your girls will love it too! This season, Monique Lhuillier added touches of lace and tulle  throughout her designs. One of the gowns in particular is draped entirely in soft tulle, your bridesmaids will have a lot to choose from in a range of fits and fabrics for all of their body types. Our trunk show will be starting tomorrow and running January 22nd-24th.

Orders placed during the show will receive 10% off, for appointments please call (202) 965-4696 or email info@carinesbridal.com. Here are a few of the gowns available during the trunk show paired with some accessories you could choose as bridesmaid gifts…

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Dramatic earrings with a hint of color looks amazing against a navy gown, try these from Maria Elena.

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The right brooch can add a unique touch to a simple gown, we love this one from Homa.

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Gold is a major trend this season and a crystal hair comb will definitely make your girls feel special, like this one from Homa.

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A statement clutch is such a fun accessory! Plus your girls can definitely wear a clutch, like this one from Marchesa, to many formal events to come.

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Featured Necklaces- Accessory Trunk Show

What better way to kick off the new year then some sparkle?! Our first event of 2015 is our Accessory Trunk Show running this week. We will be featuring all of the finishing touches brides need for their special day, with everything from jewelry, to belts, and veils. As with all of our accessory shows, the event will be running Monday through Friday, by appointment only. The discounts brides will receive will range depending on the items they purchase. Orders placed this week will receive 10% off of one item, 12% off of two items, and 15% off of three items or more.

For appointment availability please call 202 965-4696 or email info@carinesbridal.com…

For the blog this week, we wanted to showcase some of the many necklaces we have available. Necklaces can be dainty and delicate or a bold statement. The great thing about unique jewelry pieces is brides can wear them after their wedding and think about it every time they put them on…

Maria Elena

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Cheryl King

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Giavan

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Paris by Debra Moreland

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CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane

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Winter Wedding Ideas

Winter weddings are always a favorite of ours. From a grand ballroom draped in winter white to a romantic and snowy country getaway, winter weddings have a certain air about them. They can be grand and glamorous or intimate and cozy but still leave an impression. Here are some of our favorite ideas for winter weddings from some of our favorite local vendors…

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Soco Events

Photo by: Jennifer Lust

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Karson Butler Events

Photo by: Lindsay Hite of Readyluck

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Easton Events

Photo by: Eric Kelley

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Evoke DC

Photo by: Christian Oath Studio