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NYC Bridal Market Recap

Hey guys! It’s Rachel here! Along with working at Amber Housley, I am a Store Manager for B. Hughes Bridal, a couture bridal boutique here in Nashville. Every Fall and Spring I have the opportunity to attend New York Bridal Fashion Week, also known as Bridal Market, to see all the new gowns and collections of the designers we carry in our store.

There was so many beautiful gowns this year and it was so hard to pick my favorites! But some dresses did stand out more than others. Below are my favorites from designers Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, and Vera Wang.

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Carolina Herrera: This dress was absolutely breathtaking. The bodice has a nude underlining to contrast the skirt with the ivory underlining.

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Carolina Herrera: There were a lot of dresses this year that have removable tops and this one was beautiful. You can have the off the shoulder look for the ceremony and then have a fun strapless style for the reception.

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Oscar de la Renta: This amazing take on a modern bow on the back of the dress is stunning.

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Vera Wang: I love this fun bohemian take on a tulle ball gown!

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Vera Wang: The ruffle detail on the bodice of this ball gown is so fun and flirty.

On the final night at Bridal Market, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Martha Stewart’s 20th Anniversary party of Martha Stewart Weddings. It was held at the Pierre Hotel and it was absolutely gorgeous. There were lots of fun party food and desserts, an amazing live band, and so many wonderful people to meet and mingle with.

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Cute little love birds and myself at the Martha Stewart Party.

On the same night as the Martha Stewart Party, I also was able to attend The Knot Party. The Knot Party was held at the Library downtown in NYC and if you have never been there before, it is a must. The architecture is absolutely beautiful. One of my favorite things at the knot party was the hanging salad garden. It is such a creative and fun idea to add to any party or wedding reception. You go and “pick” your salad as if you are picking apples from a tree!

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I had such a blast attending Bridal Market and I loved seeing so many new great gowns and ideas to bring back for our wonderful brides here in Nashville!

A Tribute To Oscar De La Renta

Two days ago, the fashion and wedding industry as well as females all over the world lost one of the greatest men, one of the greatest designers. Oscar De La Renta was the most amazing designer for the female body. His designs exuded beauty and made women feel their most wonderful while wearing them. Each gown he designed was swoon worthy and made us stop in our tracks.

So, today, we are paying tribute to Oscar De La Renta by posting about our favorite gowns he has designed, along with some of our favorite inspirational phrases he has said. Here’s to you Oscar.

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“My role as a designer is to make a woman feel her very best” – Oscar De La Renta

Who wouldn’t want to wear an Oscar De La Renta gown on her wedding day when the man has an outlook on designing that is intended to make women feel their very best? We adore the gown that he designed for the now Mrs. Clooney. The texture is dreamy, the flowing silhouette is oh so figure flattering, and we just love the delicate sleeves.

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“The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness” – Oscar De La Renta

In our opinion, this gown is the ultimate perfect princess gown. A flattering strapless bodice with a full skirt and light lace details makes it such a classic and timeless gown. It is perfect for any Southern belle!

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“Elegance is a discipline of life” – Oscar De La Renta

Y’all know how much we adore pink and bows, so the fact that this gown combines both in a subtle blush tone has us completely smitten. The oversized bow is dramatic and elegant, perfectly fit for a woman in love!

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“Fashion is a trend. Style is within a person” – Oscar De La Renta

This ball gown is flirty feminine at it’s finest. The cascading ruffles running down the skirt make this dress perfect for dancing the night away!

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“Luxury to me is not about buying expensive things; it’s about living in a way where you can appreciate things” – Oscar De La Renta

The combination of this dress and veil is beyond stunning. The sweet floral details provide a youthful touch to the slender silhouette of the dress. We love that it is simple yet full of character all at the same time!

What are your favorite Oscar De La Renta gowns? We would love for you to share more in honor of this great man and designer.

Now Hiring: Associate Wedding Planner

We have some very exciting news! Not only did we just hire our lovely intern Rachel, but we are continuing to expand and are now hiring an Associate Wedding Planner!

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We cannot wait to add another wedding-loving smiling face to our team! To apply, please fill out our application here by October 27, 2014.

Our Ideal Associate Wedding Planner will have the following qualities:

Live in the Nashville metro area
Have reliable transportation
Have an appreciation of Southern culture
Be kind, thoughtful and gracious
Be willing to work long hours, weekends and do whatever it takes to get the job done!
Be motivated, hard-working and okay with working independently
Enjoys problem solving and learning new things
Must have positive attitude and enjoy meeting and connecting with people!
Desire to be a wedding planner without the pressure of owning your own business

Does this sound like you or someone you know? If so, we would love for you to apply today or send your friend the link to our application. We know that our wonderful new Associate Wedding Planner is out there, and we cannot wait to meet you!

Meet Rachel!

I’m so excited to welcome Rachel as our Fall intern for the Amber Housley Weddings team! Rachel impressed me not only with her can-do attitude, but also her knowledge and experience working in weddings through her college career. We’re thrilled for her to join us and you will see her smiling face at our local events this Fall.

I’ll let Rachel tell you a little bit about herself:

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Hometown: Though I was born in Wisconsin,  I have called Fort Wayne, Indiana home for the past 20 years.

Birthday: October 26, 1991. (The third October birthday to join Amber Housley!)

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Before landing at Amber Housley: For the past four years I have been attending college at Valparaiso University, which is located in NW Indiana near Chicago. I graduated in May with my degree in Marketing and Graphic Design. While at school, I grabbed every opportunity I could to be involved in the wedding industry. I had two wonderful opportunities to work with Mercy Turner Events as an Assistant Wedding Coordinator and with Abbey Grim photography as an Assistant Photographer. I had so much fun working with Mercy and I had the chance to be in a photo shoot that she styled. Abbey Grim, formerly Abbey Meyer, is my sister-in-law and I have loved working side by side with family. I learned so much from such amazing, talented women and I am so ever grateful. (If anyone is ever looking for someone in the Valparaiso/Chicago area, you should definitely contact them because they are AMAZING!)

My favorite thing about Nashville (so far): Well considering I have only been officially living in Nashville for a few weeks, I haven’t experienced all the wonderful things Nashville has to offer and I strongly encourage any suggestions y’all might have. However, as a Midwest girl who has experienced some very cold weather, I am really going to love having actual seasons and not a 6 month long winter!

Favorite Dessert: Ice Cream (must include chocolate)!! Who doesn’t love a delightful ice cream cone on a hot summer day?!

You’ll often find me reading: The book I am currently carrying with me is Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Her book Gone Girl is next on my list.

My closet is full of: From girly to edgy to classy, my closet is full of various styles. I love exploring new styles and often find myself inspired by fashion icons such as Lauren Conrad and Audrey Hepburn. Mixing modern pieces with vintage inspiration is my absolute favorite thing to do.

Last vacation: While growing up my family and I have gone camping every summer since I could remember. And I am not talking about luxury camping in large air conditioned RV’s. Camping can’t be camping without tents! This past summer we visited one of my favorite spots for the third time, Warren Dunes State Park in Michigan. Lake Michigan + sand dunes + sunsets + family = summer bliss.

In my spare time: You can often find me reading my next favorite book and drinking a hot cup of coffee or tea. I love getting lost in books and reading them from cover to cover. If I don’t have my nose deep in a book, I love spending time trying out new design tricks, since I am a creative designer at heart. The possibilities of design are endless!

My motto: Authentic Inspiration. Modern Interpretation.

A few of my favorite things:

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DIY furniture makeovers, braids, sweaters, gold glitter, decorative straws

My dream wedding includes:

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Most of all, I want a wedding full of God, family and friends. Although I love all the pretty details of weddings, having loved ones surround me on my wedding day is what I will cherish most.

I have imagined what my wedding day would be like since I was a little girl and I continue loving to plan out little details. Having gorgeous flowers is an essential for my wedding and I imagine myself having a garden inspiration wedding with touches of gold. As a graphic designer, I love everything printed so pretty invitations and signage are a must as well!

Since I have been a photographer at weddings, I know how awesome it is to capture such unique, beautiful moments and precious details at each wedding. Thus, having an amazing photographer will be on my list.

Lastly, I love being outdoors and having a reception under a star lit sky with hanging lights and making wonderful memories with loved ones would be a perfect ending to a perfect day.

Cranberry & Sage Wedding Inspiration

Cranberry and sage make such a gorgeous and rich Fall wedding palette! The combination of the two colors is elegant, and can add beautiful shades to your special day. So, we’ve dreamed up a perfect cranberry and sage wedding inspiration board!

We adore the rich colors of this bouquet balanced with the soft pops of pink and the luscious greenery. It would be perfect for a Fall wedding! Have your bridesmaids carry similar bouquets that contain more greenery and neutral toned flowers to balance out the look when all of you are standing together.

During your cocktail hour, invite guests to sip on a festive Fall signature cocktail like this delectable cranberry cocktail. Serving them in mason jars adds that always adorable Southern touch. When it comes time for dinner, seat guests at a table that is a beautiful mixture of glam with the gold flatware and beautiful florals, and rustic with the burlap napkin. Once guests have finished dinner and have danced their way through the night, let them take a sweet break by serving them a slice of this elegantly simple wedding cake.

Are you planning a cranberry and sage Fall wedding? If so, we would love to hear your design ideas and inspiration! Feel free to leave a comment below.