Designing invites for A-list Hollywood celebrities sealed the reputation of L.A.’s Sugar Paper of as one of today’s premiere sources for letterpress stationery. Founders Chelsea Shukov and Jamie Grobecker love the old-world technique because“it creates a thoughtful impression that can’t be replicated by modern machinery.”
“Brides are often surprised at how many details go into designing a wedding invitation. A wedding invitation suite takes a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks to deliver, so planning early is very important.”
Since 1983, Meriwether McGettigan has been working closely with fine jewelers such as Tiffany, Cartier, and Bulgari for her San Francisco-based vintage jewelry boutique. Known for their well-educated eye, Meriwether and her staff delve into every bride’s personality before picking out a glittering assortment for her.
“An Art Deco diamond bracelet is a great way to incorporate vintage into your look on your wedding day, because, let’s face it, diamonds really are a girl’s best friend.”
Ron Wendt Design
New York-based florist to the stars Ron Wendt credits capturing the bride’s individuality as one of the keys to his success. Although he’s never met a flower he didn’t like, this season he’s loving dahlias, tawny hydrangeas, and berries for a fall arrangement.
“Make sure your florist listens to and understands your vision. Bring photos and tear sheets from magazines of anything you like and even things you don’t like—it helps streamline the communication.”
Giuditta Badiali, owner of Vintage Lux, spent her childhood in her mother’s atelier in Italy, poring over the pages of European fashion magazines. Today, her love for vintage costume jewelry has lead to a passion for finding unique and one-of-a-kind pieces for her clients
“There are so many ways for a bride to wear vintage. A piece such as an oversize crystal pin is very versatile; a bride can wear it on her waist, in her hair, or even on the back of a strapless dress.”
“Listen to the client—even if it’s yourself.” For Yifat Oren and her team, this is critical, and shapes the entire event. “My team and I spend a considerable amount of time getting to know our clients’ passions.”
Consider stringer bulbs (not twinkle lights), which can look very European and beautifully haphazard. Candles should be used as accent lighting, not your primary source.
Miriam Haskell has been one of New York’s most beloved custom jewelers since opening its doors in 1926. Known for gold-plated filigrees embellished with handset embroidery or beading, today’s collections have expanded far beyond the original designs but remain rooted in Haskell’s initial vision.
“Jewelry is the finishing touch for a bridal look. Brides should choose pieces that reflect their personal style and that they can see themselves wearing beyond their wedding day.”