Sophia Vergara’s Wedding Day Look

Sofia’s wedding day look was highly anticipated. Being in the bridal industry and a bridal fashion blogger, I was dying to know what designer she was going to wear.

Just when #RelationshipGoals went to the next level..
Congratulations to the beautiful Sofia Vergara and her new husband, Joe Manganiello for saying “I Do”! The couple shared their big day at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.

Sofia Vergara’s Wedding Look

Sofia wore a custom gown by Zuhair Murad. Her gown is a fitted gown with a detachable train making the gown to appear as a ball gown. Staying true Sofia’s iconic look, she styled her look with her hair pinned to one side with a crystal hair comb and tear drop earrings.

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Get Sofia’s Wedding Day Look

Barcelona by Ines Di Santo is hands down one of my favorite wedding gowns. Barcelona has the same fit as Sofia’s gown as well as the detachable train. Ines created Barcelona in a petal pink shade. The gown has a strapless bodice, sheer netting, low back with a lace detail and light scattered beading.

To finish your ‘Sofia Inspired Look”, I paired Barcelona with a Maria Elena comb and earrings.


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Maria Elena Headpiece Maria Elena Earrings


Style Session with If the Choo Fits

Solutions Bridal Salon Manager, Roberta and I collaborate with Kristie, blogger from If the Choo Fits.  Kristie is a fabulous fashion blogger who just celebrated her 23rd year wedding anniversary with her husband. Believe it or not, but the couple met in front of the Disney Castle over 20 years ago. The couple had a fairy tale moment from the start.

From If the Choo Fits:

I love that you and your daughter work together for you blog. What is the best part about sharing the experience with her?
The best part of sharing the experience with my daughter is the quality time we get to spend with each other.  We will be shooting pictures and during the while talking about the events of her day and mine.  I love watching her being creative and growing through the whole process.  She is my partner in crime and couldn’t imagine doing it without her.
When you met your husband over 20 years ago, how did you know he was the one?
When I met my husband back in 1989 I was smitten.  But truthfully I  was only 17 years old.  At the time, I didn’t have some sixth sense about I must marry him.  I just knew I never wanted to be away from him.  We literally have had the opportunity to grow up together over the past 23 years.

What is your favorite thing about your husband?
There are too many things I love about him.  Don’t know if I just have one.  He treats me like his princess everyday!  But seriously he is an amazing husband and father.  I am lucky.  He has always been my biggest cheerleader.

Of all the the looks and styles you had on, which look was your favorite?
That’s a great question.  When Roberta first showed me the gowns I was immediately in love with the Cinderella dress.  But after trying them on and looking at the pics I loved the all lace dress.  I would have never selected that style to start but when I had that dress on I felt like that it’s the one and could see myself wearing it for a vow renewal.  It felt very elegant and sophisticated.

About the looks:

For look number one, Roberta and I chose Fontanne by Ines Di Santo. Fontanne is a beaded ball gown with a plunging neck line. This gown looked so remarkable on Kristie. Roberta and I chose this gown because of the dreamy fairy tale story the couple share. To complete the look, I chose a hair piece, bracelet, and earrings by Maria Elena Headpieces. 

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For look number two Roberta and I wanted to showcase Kristie’s everyday style. Kristie has amazing taste in style and really knows how to fit her amazing figure. Libson by Ines Di Santo is a nude fitted gown with beaded details, an intricate back and a under lining with sparkle. We paired this warm colored gown with rose gold Maria Elena Accessories.

Libson by Ines Di Santo   Libson by Ines Di Santo


For look number three, we chose Margeaux by Ines Di Santo. Margueaux is the classic lace wedding gown. The high neck line and the couture train make this gown regal and timeless. To compliment this look, we played with the ivory tones and the lace for the accessories. Pairs by Debra Moorland’s accessory collection was perfect to finish this lace and pearl look.

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Thank you Kristie, we had so much fun styling you!

To check out more photos and to read more about Kristie and her Solutions Bridal experience, check out If the Choo Fits!

Interview with a Solutions Bridal Senior Stylist

jessica solutions bridal senior stylistSolutions Bridal Senior Bridal Stylist, Jessica, is not only my coworker but also a close friend of mine. Jessica is one of the hardest working people I know. She is so passionate about what she does. What I admire most about Jessica is she truly cares about her clients and will give them her honest opinion while giving the ideal and luxury customer service experience. She would never just sell any gown to any bride to make numbers.
Jess, or J Lo, as we call her, has been with the Solutions Bridal team for a little over a year. Jess being a a Senior Stylist, is a bridal connoisseur. Jess can look at a bride and pick her dress in a matter of minutes. As soon as her bride walks in the front door of the salon, she’ll say (side note:  she calls me Barbie) “Hey Barbie, her dress is going to be ____” 9 out of 10 times, the dress she tells me, ends up being the brides gown.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Jess myself for the blog. All brides deserve to work with Jessica to find their dream gown. To read Jessica’s reviews click here
To request a private appointment with Jessica, click here. (Be sure to mention working with Jessica in the note section. )
So I know you are amazing at what you do, but how long exactly have you been in the industry? 
10 years
How did you get into the industry?
 I have always loved dresses and pretty gowns. At a young age, I remember being little and looking at gowns and loving them. I also used to make dresses out of my mothers old curtains and bed sheets.
 10 years ago,  I met the owner of Bridal Reflections, Christina Demarco, she recruited me to work for her store as a bridal stylist. Before working in bridal,  I worked for for Bally Total fitness as a sales manager. And girl, when I worked for them, I was looking gooood.
What is the best part about what you do?
Finding the perfect gown for the right bride and capturing the emotional moment for the bride. I love hearing “This would not of been possible without you.” It honestly feeds my ego and is so rewarding.
I truly love what I do. Not many people can say they love their job.
What is your favorite bridal style?
I love the classic look. Designers, Suzanne Neville and Ulla Maijia are my favorite. Those designers have integrity, amazing quality, their gowns are also extremely elegant.
Of all the gowns in the salon by different designers, which gown really speaks to you and draws you in?
Fontanne by Ines Di Santo. That gown is incredible.  Not gonna lie, I love the ball gown, glam, and gaudy look.
You work extremely hard making sure you keep all your current clients and future clients happy. What motivates you to keep going?
My kid, my mom, and success.

The Marchesa Bride

The classy, preppy, and California girl, Whitney Port is getting married! Being a total ‘Hills’ fan girl, I always loved the way she carried herself and dressed. To be honest, whenever I hear Natasha Bedingfield’s ‘Unwritten’ I lowkey think I’m Lauren Conrad or Whitney.

If I were to style Whitney for her wedding day, I would dress her in a Marchesa. Marchesa is known for their construction, quality, and design. Karen and Georgina’s bridal collection is one of a kind. If you look on the inside of their gowns you can see the hand stitching that is done. Not many designers have the integrity and skill Marchesa has. Marchesa is for the bride who loves luxury, well made garments, and a bride who loves to wear labels.

Designers, Karen Craig and Georgina Chapman. have dressed celebrities from Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Emma Watson and one of my fashion icons, Olivia Wilde. 

Below are a few gowns by Marchesa I would love for Whitney to wear on her special day. Photos by Kathy Thomas. Taken at New York Bridal Fashion Week. 


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Your Something Blue

Your Something Blue

‘Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’ is a quote most brides know. For the brides who are looking for their something their blue,  here are my idea, in a fashionable way of course.

Your pumps.
For the classic yet daring bride, Don’t be afraid to rock a fun pump! Your wedding gown is a full length gown with layers of fabric. Honestly, you’re shoes will be shown in yours photos, and that is about it. Sometimes its fun to be non traditional, so have fun with your bridal look with your shoes and to be honest, searching for the perfect pump would be so much more fun and stress free if you just bought what you loved. Your blue pumps, flats or even cowboy boots can be styled in a million ways after the wedding so you will constantly be reminded of your big day when you style your next outfit with them. 
Your Accessories. For the fun and chic bride, try a non traditional approach with your look with accessories! Sapphires are one of my favorite gems.They are so regal and timeless. My favorite jewelry designer, Maria Elena can custom their pieces with blue swarovski crystal for your something blue. The hints of blue are just a little detail that can really add to your bridal look. Because of the blue color, you can get more out of the pieces then you would think. Future anniversaries, galas, and events are perfect for your crystals. The photo below is from a real Solutions Bride. She paired her clean ivory gown with gown with gold plating and sapphire colored crystals making her look so chic, fun and timeless.

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Your Garter.
For the sexy bride, our garters by Arlynn Couture can be custom as well. Designer, Marisa can add little blue hints of crystal or even a little blue bow. Even if you don’t decide to toss your garter a little keep sake can be just as cute and fun for getting ready photos or boudoir photos.


Embroidery in Your Gown.
For the sentimental bride, adding embroidery to the dress is something that know one will see but means the world to the bride. Owner of Tears of Joy Seamstress Services, Holly, has added embroidery to quite a few dresses. Common embroidery brides add to their gown are monograms, hearts, and dates.

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Your Nail Polish.
For the trendy bride, nail polish is a quick and fun way to get your something in your wedding day. This something blue is more about the experience then the sentimental value. Who doesn’t love love sitting champagne and getting mani and pedis with your bridesmaids a few days before the wedding? Between holding your flowers and cutting your cake, you do have a ton of photos of your hands. A fresh light blue color will really make your photos pop with a personal touch.


New York Bridal Fashion Week

In the glamorous, fabulous, and fashionable world of bridal fashion, there is New York Bridal Fashion Week. Bridal Fashion Week is the most anticipated week in the bridal industry.  Unless you don’t go on any form of social media, most people are aware of Fashion Week. Bridal Fashion Week is very similar, but way better (in my opinion).

During Bridal Fashion Week or known as Bridal Market, retailers, bridal designers, and their most recent collections travel from all over to New York for their fashion shows and buying appointments. During the four or five day week designers work from sun up to sun down getting ready to debut their works of art. I had no clue how much work went into Bridal Market and showing a collection until I had the opportunity of interning for not one, but two different bridal designers while in New York.

After the designers debut their collection at their fashion show, the buying appointments begin! During the buying appointments, different retailers ranging from department stores, online stores, bloggers, magazine journalists and like us, bridal boutiques go and have private appointments to view the collection. The designers will have models wear their gowns and the buyers will decide what gowns or accessories would work best for their clients, while sipping on espresso or champagne of course.

Our friend and Orlando photographer, Kathy Thomas traveled to New York with the Solutions Bridal buying team, Tali,  Roberta, Jessica, and Designer, Anita to take photos of the latest collections. The photos below are taken at the designer’s fashion shows or buying appointments!

Ines Di Santo Fashion Show

Ines Di Santo Fashion Show

Ines Di Santo Bridal Market

Ines Di Santo Bridal Market

Rivini Bridal Market

Rivini Bridal Market

Ines Di Santo Fashion Show

Ines Di Santo Fashion Show

Rivini Bridal Market

Rivini Bridal Market

New Ways To Style Your Wedding Jewelry

Buying your wedding gown is like buying a new house. It can feel like you, but your wedding jewelry are like the lamps, couches and rugs; the final personal touch. There is a common misconception that you cannot wear your wedding jewelry again. That is where I want to clear the air! Wedding jewelry designer, Maria Elena, creates all her custom jewelry with rhodium and Swarovski making her pieces heirloom. Maria Elena wants you to wear the pieces again! While interning with Maria Elena and her team at Bridal Market in New York, I had the opportunity and pleasure of meeting the Westchester Wedding Planner Blogger and photographer, Nicole Taylor.

In the Maria Elena showroom, in I was able to introduce the latest collection and share my knowledge on the line with them.  We chatted a bit about how truly gorgeous the pieces are, how the pieces can be custom and how you should re wear them!

Below are two photos Nicole Taylor took of me showing off the latest collection and how to wear the jewels with everyday clothes. If you’re super glam, you should def rock the crown to your local grocery store 😉

Be sure to check out The Westchester Wedding Planner blog and Nicole Taylor’s website!
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Ideas for styling your everyday clothes with your wedding jewelry


green dress to match wedding jewelry    black outfit for maria elena wedding jewelryFor date night, an event, or drinks with the ladies, I paired gold Maria Elena earrings and a bracelet with a green wrap dress and a classic nude strap shoe. The wrap dress is classy and sexy, so the crystals really compliment this look.







When going straight from work to an event, show, dinner, or fancy meeting pair your Maria Elena headband and make it into a necklace! The pieces have either ribbon or metal claps so the headband is truly interchangeable. one of my clients, Sarah, is a newly wed who wore her headband as a necklace. I paired the jewelry with a black and chic look. The silver plating and swarovskis will really pop on the dark color.

The Unveiling of Rivini 2016 Collection

I had the opportunity and experience of interning for Rita Vinieris at New York Bridal Fashion Week. Rita is the designer of Rivini, Alyne and Rita Vinieris. Working for a designer has always been my dream so even just working for even a couple of days behind the scenes was enough for me to try to absorb as much knowledge as possible.
Solutions Bridal has been carrying Rivini for about 10 years. Rivini is a well respected company and is a huge name in not just bridal, but evening wear as well.  Celebrities like Kelly Osborne, Brittany Snow, and Thea Andrews have worn Rita’s evening wear gowns. I have always loved her designs based on the fit of the gowns and her modern designs. Her 2016 collection inquires details, new fabrics, fits, and necklines. She even has even renovated a few of her older popular styles into a 2016 modern style.
A week later, we are hosting the Rivini trunk show at the salon! We are the first store ever to have these gowns and our brides are going to be the first brides ever to wear them down the aisle.
Below are a few of my favorites. Photos by WWD.
Rivini by Rita Vinieris Bridal Fall 2016

Rivini by Rita Vinieris Bridal Fall 2016

Rivini by Rita Vinieris Bridal Fall 2016

Rivini by Rita Vinieris Bridal Fall 2016

Rivini by Rita Vinieris Bridal Fall 2016

Rivini by Rita Vinieris Bridal Fall 2016

Rivini by Rita Vinieris Bridal Fall 2016

Rivini by Rita Vinieris Bridal Fall 2016

Rivini by Rita Vinieris Bridal Fall 2016

Rivini by Rita Vinieris Bridal Fall 2016


Bridal Trends Come and Go But The Classic Bride Remains

From 2014 and the beginning of 2015 the wedding gown trend was tight fitted, sheer netting, with lace applique all over.  This bridal look was highly demanded and the bridal trend seemed to grow over night.  Almost every phone call that came in, girls were asking for the sexy bridal look. Last October, I had the opportunity to go to New York for Bridal Fashion Week. Almost every designer had at least one or two gowns that were nearly see through. There were so many dresses in the same style, it became evident this was the latest fad.
Everyday street wear and evening gowns, I appreciate sexy outfits with plunging necklines and tight shillouetes. The bridal trend did raise some concerns though. Anyone who knows me, knows I love women and men who take fashion risks. However, how often does one wear a wedding gown? The sexy gowns are extremely beautiful the way they fit the body but think about 20 plus years from now. Would you still love the photos of you nearly nude? When your children and grandchildren look at the photos would you be excited to show them the photos or be hesitant?
Nearing the end of 2015, my guess is that the trend for 2016 is going to be the classic bride. I noticed the trend changing simply by the appointments we book. Now, brides are calling and requesting fabrics like taffeta and satins with an A Line fit.  I believe bridal trends come and go, but the classic bride is always going to exist.ulla-maija-laetitiaceline ulla maija

An Evening of Floral and Bridal Fashion at Bella Collina

An evening full of floral &  bridal fashion. Bella Collina hosted a fashion show and dinner coordinated by Bella Collina’s Event Coordinator, Vangie, and Wedding Planner, Brandee Gaar. The evening was classy, sophisticated, and fun.

Solutions Bridal was in charge of models and bridal fashion for the evening. Bella Collina has a Tuscan feel and warm creamy colors. Solutions Bridal stylists created a vision to match the vibe. Designers, Rivini, Ulla Maija, and Ines Di Santo helped finish the look. The gowns we chose ranged in colors and fits. For the center model we chose ‘Palermo’ By Ines Di Santo. This ball gown defines the classic, princess bride. To compliment the look, we paired a cathedral veil with a  long blusher to cover her face and bouquet for a classic dramatic look. Another gown that caught a lot of attention was ‘Aysel’ by Rivini. This ball gown is a tiered organza ball gown with a warm copper color. Model, Natalie is a young and energetic girl, so the gown fit her personality to a T. ‘Danica’ by Ines Di Santo was a show stopper. Model, Kimberly, has a gorgeous silhouette and a short buzz hair cut so the gown really stood out and made a statement.

Thank you to all who made this fashion show possible.

Models from BMG Agency
Photography captured by Concept Photography
Hair and makeup for models by Lejeune Artistry
Event Coordinator, Vangie de la Concha owner of Vangie’s Events of Distictinon & Brandee Gaar, Owner of Blush by Brandee Gaar
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