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On trend with spring bridal fashion!

Wedding day fashion is a big topic. It’s something most brides and grooms spend a lot of time thinking about. We featured a great piece on men’s fashion several weeks ago and now we are delighted to get the bridal trends, direct from market week in NYC, from our friend Beth Chapman from Beth Chapman Styling. Prepare to feast your eyes!


Having just left New York Bridal Fashion Week. I must say, it is a fabulous time to be a bride, as there are so many beautiful options. Here are the top trends straight from the catwalk! 

Peplums:  Many designers showed peplums this season. The peplum is a flirty feminine detail.  In most cases, it was detachable, so that the bride has one look for the ceremony and another for the reception.

Plunging Necklines: Designers are once again taking the plunge this season with necklines! This trend was represented in both ball gown and fitted silhouettes.

Romona Keveza Spring 2017

Romona Keveza Spring 2017

Romantic Appliqués: As a beautiful and feminine alternative to lace, designers were showing gowns with appliqués and jacquards. 

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Hayley Paige Spring17

Marchesa Bridal Spring 2017

Marchesa Bridal Spring 2017

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Angel Sanchez Spring 2017

Long Sleeves: Sleeves are in! Long sleeves graced virtually every runway. They were often shown with an extreme neckline line – either a high or plunging.  

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Naeem Kahn Spring 2017

Marchesa Bridal Spring 2017

Marchesa Bridal Spring 2017

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Romona Keveza Spring 2017

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Hayley Paige Spring 2017

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Anne Barge Spring 2017

High Low HemsFor spring there was a variation in hem length with the introduction of the high low hem. I love this silhouette for either an informal wedding or as a reception look. 

Monique Lhuillier Bridal Spring 2017

Monique Lhuillier Bridal Spring 2017

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Anne Barge Bridal Spring 2017

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Romona Keveza Spring 2017

Pants: Pants were shown by several designers. I think this is such a modern and sophisticated look perfect for a contemporary bride! (this is a personal favorite of the Greatest Expectations staffers as it offers options for so many brides!)

Monique Lhuillier Bridal Spring 2017

Monique Lhuillier Bridal Spring 2017

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Lela Rose Spring 2017

Carolina Herrera Bridal Spring 2017

Carolina Herrera Bridal Spring 2017

Beth Chapman is a stylist, author and owner of The White Dress by the shore, a quaint boutique in Connecticut that offers chic couture of brides, mothers and maids.  Beth’s styling work can be found on her website

Mexican Fiesta – Destination Wedding

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As we continue to suffer through the cold Chicago winter it is delightful to reminisce on past weddings in luxurious destinations. Today we share a really special wedding with you from Los Barriles, Mexico. Julia and Cosmo are a truly delightful couple that wanted an intimate, romantic beachside wedding with those they love most. This was an extra special wedding for us because these clients are also friends. Julia is a very talented photographer and Cosmo is a world-renowned chef. Can we say power couple?

Destination Wedding Greatest ExpectationsLos Barriles is a sleepy little fishing village about an hour from Cabo.  It is also where Cosmo proposed to Julia after working on a destination wedding we did together. Finding a meaningful spot for a destination wedding truly does make the entire experience that much more amazing.

To set the mood for invited guests, Sarah Drake Designs created the most stunning hand-painted invitations. Opening these little beauties was like getting a special gift in the mail. It was the type of invitation that you immediately hang up because you simply cannot stop looking at it.

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Kicking the weekend off was one of the most festive and beautiful rehearsal dinners we have ever seen at Hotel Los Pescadores. There was so much excitement and joy in the decor that guests knew it was celebration time! Many of the guests walked to dinner from private beach houses and hotels clustered together in this sweet little village, continuing the personalized and intimate feel of the weekend.

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Destination Wedding Greatest Expectations

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Julia was a stunning bride! Every detail was perfectly attended to and she absolutely glowed. The bouquets were full of the rich, vibrant colors of coral, soft pink and white with a few succulents tucked in to add texture.

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The wedding party was dressed in fun and flirty outfits: soft, romantic gowns for the bridesmaids and casual, tropical printed shirts for the groomsmen.

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Everyone gathered on the beach for the sunset ceremony officiated by a personal friend. There was no shortage of tears and laughter throughout this meaningful custom and personalized ceremony.

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Directly following the ceremony, guests headed back to the house where a poolside cocktail party awaited. They were greeted with unique sea shell escort cards, hand written by the bride herself, such sweet little keepsakes for people to take home.

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The reception was adorned with long wooden feasting tables overflowing with beautiful centerpieces from Mazarte Floral, candles, custom glassware and rentals from Intuitive Designs and Let it Be Events and, as the sun went down, beautifully strung twinkle lights. There is nothing quiet like dancing and dining under the stars.

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While all of these other, wonderful things were taking place, Cosmo’s dear friends and fellow chefs (who came in from all over the United States) were busy preparing a wedding feast like nothing any of us had ever experienced before. Upon arriving to Los Barriles, these guys spent days deep sea fishing to catch what would become the wedding meal. The day before the wedding, they went to the local market and purchased the freshest and most delicious items to put the finishing touches on this farm-to-table delight.

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Capping the evening off were homemade cookies (Julia’s grandmother’s recipe, no less) and a speciality bourbon bar coordinated by Julia as a surprise for her new husband. It was quite a feat getting all of these rare and expensive bottles from Chicago to Mexico!

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It was such a joy to be part of this very happy occasion as a planner and a guest!

Kina Wicks Greatest Expectations Destination WeddingWhile there was no shortage of beautiful photographs from a room full of talented photographers, the images shown here are from Kina Wicks — the official photographer for this wedding.  The only exception is the rehearsal dinner shot which was from our owner, Heather Vickery.

Indie Wed at Room 1520

We had such a great time at Indie Wed last Thursday! Room 1520 did an amazing job and all of the vendors really out did themselves! Check out some fun pictures we took

Love the truffle cake from our friends at Truffle Truffle!

It was so fun to see Michelle from Bleeding Heart Bakery … The display was stunning and tasty!!

Our friend Chef Ginna was at the Salted Caramel table … Wonderful!

Figs and Ginger has a really unique take on things … I love the creativeness!

We had the most fun with the Busy Beaver Button Co.  Seriously … You have to check them out!

Lastly I adore this custom wedding gown from Dame Couture … It is hard to tell but the top was pale blue!


Hurry … This weekend only, Nancy Ciccone Trunk Show

Nancy Ciccone Trunk Show

April 2 & 3 | 12pm – 5pm
James Ciccotti Bridal Shoes & Accessories
2545 N. Clark St
Chicago, IL
773.525.4280

Nancy Ciccone designs jewelry for life’s big moments. Each unique piece is meticulously handcrafted using only the finest materials to reflect the personal style, attitude and spirit of the woman it adorns. This designer attended event will include the complete collection for today’s modern Bride and mother of the wedding.

Sip Mimosas and enjoy exotic Truffles by Vosges Haut Chocolat while browsing the Collection.

Evening selections and custom work is always welcome, all at 10% savings on same day purchases!

No rsvp required.

Demetrios 2011 Collection Trunk Show

There’s nothing better than a sample sale!

Don’t miss the CS Brides 4th Annual “An Afternoon of Bridal Luxury”

An Afternoon of Bridal Luxury

Oak Street’s 4th Annual Charitable Wedding Walk

Sunday, September 19, 2010 | 12PM-4PM

Walk begins at The Private Dining Rooms of Spiaggia
980 North Michigan Avenue, Level Three

COUTURE GOWNS • ELEGANT JEWELS • DELECTABLE CAKES
BRIDAL REGISTRY • FLORAL & EVENT DÉCOR • HAUTE CUISINE


LUXURY SWAG BAGS
Filled with extraordinary gifts exclusively for the bride-to-be

TO PURCHASE TICKETS, VISIT http://WWW.CSBRIDES.COM
A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association

Customized Wedding Veils

There is something extra special about your wedding veil.  Whether you want something simple and short, cathedral length, birdcage or just a really fantastic hair piece (yes, in some situations that can be the whole veil), your veil makes a statement about who you are and what type of wedding you plan to have.

One of my favorite new products is the Custom Monogrammed Veil by Kristina Eaton. This is a totally unique item and perfect for the bride who loves to see her Monogram everywhere (ok, you will not be able to see it as it trails behind you but everyone else will and you’ll have the pictures to remember it by).

You can check out Kristina’s beautiful handiwork at a trunk show hosted at The Dress by Nicole, August 12-14. Receive a 10% discount if you place your order during the trunk show!

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