What We Love This Month: District of Chic

As we mentioned in our newsletter, we are absolutely loving local lifestyle blog District of Chic! We wanted to chat with the creator and editor, E, to discuss her style and spring trend tips. Here’s what she had to say…
Q: What do you love most about your blog?
A: One of my favorite things is to look back at some of the places my husband and I have traveled and explored around the D.C. area. It’s like having an online scrapbook! I also use it to document my favorite recipes. (which I reuse often in my daily cooking) and favorite restaurants. We’re big foodies!
Q: What do you think is the easiest way to transition your wardrobe to spring?
A: Pairing a nice tailored blazer or sleek leather jacket with warmer weather pieces is a very easy way to integrate spring dresses and tops. At this point, I’m strongly resisting tights so flared denim with high-heeled statement sandals is another great way to bring out spring pieces on cooler nights.
Q: What are your spring essentials?
A: Right now I’m stocking up on bandanas, skinny scarves, and wide belts. They’re an inexpensive easy way to update tried and true staples for the new season.
Q: What is your favorite spring trend this season?
 A: All things 70s! Flared denim, long, flowy dresses. I’m also loving just about anything fringed!
Q: What are your top three things to pack for a spring break get-a-way?
A: My go-tos are always soft knit dresses that won’t wrinkle, denim cut-offs, and light breathable tops. Throw in a pair of heels and a pair of flats and you’re good to go!
(Photos Courtesy of E)
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Vendor of the Month: Dandelion Patch

As promised in our newsletter this month, we sat down with Heidi Kallett of the Dandelion Patch to get some invitation tips. Heidi also shared her perspective on current paper trends and invitation etiquette. After being in the industry for so many years and opening two successful storefronts between Vienna and Georgetown, we were so excited to have Heidi share some of her expertise with us!

Q: What do you love most about your job and what made you decide to open Dandelion Patch?

A: I love so many things about being in this creative, personal, and beautiful event world! But honestly, I mostly love that through our custom invitations we are permanently part of our client’s milestone events: babies, mitzvahs, weddings, birthdays and retirements. We really see the entire life-cycle of our loyal customers.

Q: With so many paper options and designs how do you help couples figure out which invitation design is best for them?

A: We believe that an invitation suite is the first glimpse into the details of the big day. Style, colors, texture and more… custom wedding invitations really reflect the personality of the couple. Usually, when couples come to us- they have an entire pinterest board dedicated to everything from florals to dresses! And as we all know- a picture is worth a thousand words. From a carefully curated Pinterest Board and a couple of dedicated hours, we can help a couple determine their style and create a custom and personal reflection of that style.

 Q: What is the best advice you can give when it comes to invitations?

A: After 10 years of being in the business, I still find that many wedding publications and blogs promote incorrect timelines and etiquette. I realize that you can research online while you’re at work or at home in your slippers. However, a reputable stationer can help guide you through the many necessary choices between paper quality, printing methods, product options, design elements, and those pesky etiquette questions. Honestly, a good stationer will save a ton of time and many possible (and costly) mistakes.

Q: What is your favorite paper/invitation trend right now?

A: I can’t get enough of the watercolor ombre trends right now! Muted pastel palettes with shades of similar colors are hot, hot, hot. I think it takes a talented designer and stationer to pull of the ‘matching’ but ‘not matching exactly’ concept that is so very popular right now.

Q: What are some of your favorite invitations you’ve ever designed? (See below for Heidi’s top picks)

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Photo: Michelle Lindsay

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Liancarlo Trunk Show: Q&A with designer Carlos Ramirez

With our Liancarlo trunk show coming up this week we asked the line’s designer a few questions that inquiring brides want to know. Luckily, our friend Carlos Ramirez took some time to sit down with us! Here’s what we discussed…

1. I know you design your own embroideries, tell us about that?

I’ve always drawn and painted, so when it comes to embroideries I enjoy designing the concept from scratch so that the theme works with the finished gown. The fact that I use an Italian embroiderer that I have know and worked with for years is a plus, since we can understand one another’s shorthand.

2. How did you design your latest art deco appliqué for this collection?

Funny thing about that, ideas come from the weirdest places. We live in an old Mediterranean house from the 30’s, and part of that motif is carved into the limestone mantle of the fireplace. The house itself is a hybrid of mediterranean and art deco design from that period.

3. What was your inspiration for the new collection?

Airiness, lightness. It seems that many girls are having less traditional weddings, whether they be destination weddings or garden weddings etc. So I felt the dresses should tell that story as well, they should be light, airy, easy to wear while still being beautifully crafted.

4. What goes into creating your collection each season?

It starts out with a mountain of fabric, sketches, and swatches. Then begins the process of distilling these ideas into the correct silhouettes for the appropriate fabric/embroidery. Then comes a time of setting ideas aside and letting them simmer (literally in my head) and final adjustments and corrections. All in all its an interesting yet intricate process where you have to work from both sides of your brain, the right brings in the emotional beauty aspect while the left adds the functionality and wearability.

5. Some brides want to be classic and some want to be more modern but how can a bride bridge the gap and incorporate a bit of both into her look?

Easy buy one of my gowns. I strive to walk that line with every collection.

6. In your opinion, what is the largest misconception about bridal gowns; what is the number one piece of advice you would give a bride?

I know in most cases this is the first real gown that girls will be wearing, but don’t turn it into a costume, don’t let the gown wear you. That doesn’t mean don’t try new things, because experimenting within parameters is a great way to discover good looks, but keep it simple. Lace or embroidery are beautiful ways of adding interest, especially if done tastefully, but they should work to bring the focus back to you. Also don’t add too many things to the look, sometimes less is more. It all depends on the person and the dress in question, but ultimately when you look in the mirror, does it feel like you?

Our Liancarlo trunk show will be running July 31st through August 2nd. To schedule an appointment simply call 202 965-4696 or email info@carinesbridal.com

 

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Bridal Gown Search + Top Bridal Trends

“Style Sense: Carine Krawiec of Carine’s Bridal Atelier”

Following the boom of engagements during the holidays, Carine offers tips for the gown search and reviews the top trends of the season for Northern Virginia Magazine Style Sense! Be sure to check out her interview here!

The Casey and Jonas Rosato Love Story

Casey and Jonas began their relationship in the mountains of West Virginia where they both attended college. Post graduation they both moved to Jonas’ hometown of Bethesda, MD.  Jonas popped the question in front of Casey’s entire family on July 3rd, 2011.

The wedding was June 9th, 2012 at St John Capistran Catholic Church in Casey’s hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.  The ceremony was followed by an amazing reception in the Grand Ballroom of the Omni William Penn Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh. The ballroom looked like a fairytale filled with beautiful decor and floral arrangements.  The whole night was a dream come true with an incredibly happy bride and groom surrounded by their beloved family and friends. Appropriately, the last song of the night was John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” to celebrate their time West Virginia University where their relationship began.

The lovely Casey chose her wedding dress at Carine’s Bridal Atelier: Rivini “Dari”.  Stunning.

For the full set of beautiful photos by Randi Voss the slideshow below.

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Congratulations and Carine’s Bridal wishes you all the happiness in the world!

Carine in Brides DC Magazine!

Look at what I saw when I picked up
this season’s Brides DC Magazine!

Carine was quoted for their Fall Fashion Forecast …

Be sure to pick up the Fall issue of Brides DC to see other trends!

Flipping through Brides DC,

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We’re getting closer and closer to the Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show,

and we’re getting very antsy to get the gowns in the store.

There’s been a bit of bickering between us of which dress we like the most…

Stay tuned for our dress showdown.

You be the judge …

Don’t forget to make your appointment!