Favorite designers: Proenza Schouler, The Row, YSL
Celeb style crush: Olivia Palermo
What inspires you? People watching in NYC
Happiness is... Sunday brunch with good friends
If you could raid someone's closet, who would it be? Blake Lively -she has the best unique essentials and bold statment pieces
Best fashion tip: Mix and match your splurges with inexpensive pieces
Biggest fashion DON'T: Going overboard with trends.
The bridesmaid has a never-ending list of details and responsibilities to make the bride's wedding experience a dreamy one. Below are the essentials to stay on track.
- - Get wedding-day time line from the bride
- - Attend hair and makeup appointments, if applicable
- - Bring wedding toast, if applicable
- - Arrive at specified time, either already dressed or with dress and other necessities in hand
- - Help bride with any preparations
- - Smile and pose for photographs
- - Follow instructions for processional
- - Help greet guests
- - Check to see that bride is eating, etc.
- - Mingle with guests and dance with groomsmen
- - Assist bride and groom with departure
Whenever Merci New York plans an engagement session, the very first thing we do is learn about the couple. For example, who they are, what they like and what they dislike about the engagement sessions they see on blogs. This may sound obvious, but it's a very important step in making sure we create a shoot that speaks to the couple, their lives, and their love for each other.
When I met with Holly and Carlos to develop their e-session inspiration board, they shared that they love classic New York City spaces, Mad Men style (but don't want anything too vintage or inspired), dislike flowers (who would have known?!) and never find themselves in the subways, i.e. they don't want any of the "overdone" station or streetscape shots. Essentially, they wanted an engagement session that spoke to their chic, classic New York lifestyles. And so we delivered.
Rent the Runway was a perfect closet to pull looks from. Every bride to be wants to look amazing for the photos she will keep forever but there’s no need to spend lots of cash on getting the shot. For Holly's looks, I was drawn to the gold lurex accents in both the "day" and "night" outfits we crafted. Milly does an amazing job of injecting a bit of vintage, sixties style into their prints and silhouettes, so it was the perfect fit for Holly's love for the "Mad Men" look, as well as our need to keep the shoot current and not too costumed.
Day look: To keep Holly looking modern, we balanced the dainty lace on the Milly dress with Cara's Rocker Chain Necklace, another black chain for length, and AV Max's Glitzy Glamour cuff. Her look was finished with some very opaque tights and her own suede wedge booties.
We decided to work with a palette of black and gold for both of her looks, so that the engagement session had consistency (and looked fabulous when finally placed in an album). I think that's something brides often forget: Outfit changes are fantastic (the more the better), but it's really imperative to make sure your outfits sit well with each other. Complimentary colors and fabrics juxtaposed with varying silhouettes, hair, make-up and accessories = absolute perfection.
Here are some of my favorite shots from the engagement shoot. All the best to Holly and Carlos!
There are so many great options in wedding photography available now to couples, and it can be almost overwhelming to know how to find the best match. As a seasoned wedding photographer and studio owner, I’ve had a lot of experience working with couples to find a photographer and style that works best for them.
For the next couple of weeks, I will be sharing my best suggestions for booking your wedding photographer in Booking Your Wedding Photographer: Tips Series by Christian Oth. Following these tips will get you one step closer to getting great photographs that you’ll be able to cherish for years to come.
Week One Focus: Versatility
Is your photographer versatile? With weddings, one thing is for sure--things can change on the spot. Before each wedding, I try to pre-visualize many of the shots I will take that day. However, no matter how carefully planned they are, they tend to be dynamic and with certain unpredictable elements, so I try to get the images that I had planned but when situations change or I am inspired by a new idea, that then becomes the main focus. The best way to find out if your photographer is able to adapt to different situations is to look at several different wedding portfolios. Can they get good photographs in both bright sunlight and rainy weather? Can you recognize certain shots that are in-the-moment?
Have they photographed a wedding with similar elements as yours? If you are having a destination wedding on a beach, you will want to make sure that your photographer is experienced and comfortable shooting this type of wedding. Similarly, if you are having a winter wedding that takes place indoors, you should make sure that your photographer is skilled at capturing light in an interior venue.
Favorite designers: Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors
Celeb style crush: Serena Van der Woodsen
What inspires you? Random people walking the streets
Happiness is... Glass bottom bungalow in Bora Bora
If you could raid someone's closet, who would it be? Kate Moss - fashion icon and inspiration for Serena Van der Woodsen’s style
Best fashion tip: Less is more
Biggest fashion DON'T: Panty lines – a thong is a girls best friend!
Favorite designers: Ann Demeulemeester, Preen, Michael Kors
Celeb style crush: Erin Wasson
What inspires you? Uncontrived street style and music of all genres
Happiness is... Good energy, traveling and staying true to myself
If you could raid someone's closet, who would it be? Anna Dello Russo—she has an extra apartment just for her wardrobe!
Best fashion tip: Confidence makes the outfit
Biggest fashion DON'T: Snooki. Enough said.
Favorite designers: Alexander Wang, Rick Owens, Riccardo Tisci x Givenchy
Celeb style crush: Anna Dello Russo
What inspires you? Black and white photography, the L.E.S., Mozart's operas
Happiness is... Sunday Funday, Veuve Clicquot, Cheesy Horror Flicks
If you could raid someone's closet, who would it be? Either Jimi Hendrix or Stevie Nicks. If they had a fashion baby I'd like to think it's me.
Best fashion tip: Being underdressed is better than being over-dressed; never give the impression that you care too much.
Biggest fashion DON'T: I hate kitten heels.
Favorite designers: Helmut Lang, Vena Cava, Preen
Celeb style crush: Kate Bosworth
What inspires you? Jenn Hyman's speeches at team meetings
Happiness is... Good music, being surrounded by friends and family
If you could raid someone's closet, who would it be? Net-a-porter's warehouse. You could consider that a closet right?
Best fashion tip: Keep it simple, focus on one statement piece.
Biggest fashion DON'T: White shoes. Try nude instead!
Favorite designers: Dolce Vita, Haute Hippie, Parker
Celeb style crush: Nicole Richie
What inspires you? When a customer thanks me for my styling advice
Happiness is... Strolling down the beach on a warm sunny day
If you could raid someone's closet, who would it be? Kourtney Kardashian- perfect balance between classy & trendy
Best fashion tip:
Biggest fashion DON'T: Clashing trends. Just stick to one and compliment it.