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Modern Romance Engagement Shoot with Casual and Formal Portraits

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There are so many stunning love-filled photos in this modern romance engagement shoot! Featuring urban city and rooftop settings as well as stately marble column-lined scenes around and near Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum, we are obsessed with the range of this gorgeous gallery captured by Meg Rose Photography. This lovely couple’s story started when Ashley’s sorority was paired with Jordan’s fraternity for a musical competition at UCO. They were dance partners and became fast friends through their frequent and often late-night practices. They placed second at their competition but the friendship continued afterward, and the pair finally made it official almost a year after they met. For their late summer wedding, Ashley is leaning toward a palette of summery, sunset colors and isn’t afraid of going bold, so we know this wedding will be a bright one! She is most excited for her gown from Prescott Bridal, in part because Ashley works there occasionally and has been eyeing her dress for years, plus her maid of honor is the owner! By the looks of their chemistry in this modern romance engagement shoot, these two are going places! Read on for a story from the soon-to-be bride about how her beau proposed. Cheers to Ashley and Jordan!

Photos // Meg Rose Photography

From the bride: “(Jordan) proposed to me on an unexpected Tuesday night on my couch in my apartment. I always said I wanted to be surprised, and I was exactly that! Unfortunately, I ruined his plans for a nice dinner out that night because I had gotten a facial that day and didn’t want to put makeup on. He’s clearly good at improvising, and his Plan B turned out to be the most perfect intimate proposal. After he popped the question, I quickly got myself together, and we met our closest friends at a rooftop bar for the best surprise celebration! It was completely perfect.”


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Find Your Best Fit: The Ultimate Wedding Dress Cheat Sheet

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When it comes time to start the search for the perfect wedding dress, all the styles and fits to choose from can be overwhelming. You may think you gravitate toward a certain style, but when you actually try it on – not so much. Or maybe there’s a style you’re considering, but aren’t sure if it will flatter your body type. No fear! We are here to help with our ultimate wedding dress cheat sheet. Refer to this blog as you’re preparing to shop to guide your choices. We’ll break down each style and fit below!

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Find Your Best Fit: The Ultimate Wedding Dress Cheat Sheet

Wedding Dress Style Definitions

A-line: Universally flattering and oh-so-versatile, the a-line silhouette is a solid choice for any bride. This style is flowy with skirt that gradually flares out from just above the hips.

Mermaid: A fun, beautiful silhouette for the bride who has a playful, sassy side. Mermaid dresses are fitted from the bodice all the way to the knee, where they flare out to resemble a mermaid’s tail. A flare starting just above the knee is called a trumpet fit, while a flare starting just below the knee is a true mermaid fit.

Sheath: Sleek and sultry, the sheath style is a gorgeous choice for the modern bride who wants something understated and form-fitting. This contouring style follows the natural lines of the body with no extra material or flare – typically straight cut with no seam at the waist.

Ball Gown: The ultimate style for the bride who wants to feel like a true queen. Ball gowns feature a fitted bodice (the uppermost part of the dress covering the chest and back above the waist) and a very full skirt, flaring out dramatically from the natural waist.

 

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Wedding Dress Neckline Styles

Sweetheart: Often seen on strapless gowns, this style is ultra-feminine and versatile across a wide range of bodice materials. A sweetheart neckline draws attention to the chest and is suited well for medium- or larger-chested ladies.

Off-the-shoulder: a dramatically stunning style for the bride who wants to flaunt her décolletage in a lovely way, off-the-shoulder looks can be seen on dresses from boho to ball gown. If range of movement is a priority, however, this might not be the style for you.

Illusion: another beautiful option to accentuate your décolletage, the illusion neckline features a sweetheart hem with added mesh tulle acting in place of straps. Perfect for any chest size and practical, too.

Boatneck: a timeless, delicate style best-suited for smaller-chested brides, a boatneck style pairs wonderfully with a chic updo to show off the shoulders.

Straight: a great option for both the modern and the classically chic bride. This style also works best for small- to medium-chested ladies.

V-neck: a wonderful option for the bride who wants to dance the night away and not worry about her bodice holding up, this style also accentuates any chest beautifully.

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Wedding Dress Train Lengths

Don’t underestimate the wow-factor a train can add to your dress! Remember, if you’re worried about it interfering with movement after the ceremony, most trains can be bustled (if not removed completely) and blend seamlessly with your dress.

Sweep or Brush Train: just enough fabric to barely skim the floor behind you.

Watteau Train: a true Watteau train attaches at the shoulders like a cape, but this style can also attach at the back or the waist as a detachable piece or as part of the skirt

Chapel Train: a popular option, best for brides who do want a train but don’t want a ton of extra fabric weighing them down.

Cathedral Train: a jaw-dropping look for a formal affair, a cathedral train will trail several feet behind you for a dramatic look.

Royal Train: the ultimate train for the most formal of affairs – fit for royalty!

 

We hope this wedding dress cheat sheet can help you as you’re looking for your dress for the big day. Remember, ultimately the choice is up to YOU and what you feel best in is all that matters. No matter what, you’re sure to look amazing!

Retro Wedding Inspiration for the Bride Who Loves the Open Road

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This retro wedding inspiration makes us want to hit the open road, and we know it will make you want to, too! Held at The Glass Chapel, this styled shoot combines romance with a touch of vintage to create wedding scenes with a unique, yet classic wedding energy. Florals in tones of berry, blush and salmon trimmed with ivory blooms and wild greenery from Ever Something make this retro wedding inspiration perfect for any season! The model bride is clad in the most stunning mermaid gown from Bella Rose Bridal featuring a deep V-neck, form-fitting bodice with gorgeous appliqué details, and buttons ALL the way down the back, which we are living for! Our favorite thing about this styled shoot is the bridal bomber jacket embellished with “Just Married” on the back, but it’s hard not obsessing over this retro wedding inspiration captured by Ashton Marie Photography. Scroll on if you don’t believe us. Cheers!

Photos // Ashton Marie Photography


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Warm-Toned Bohemian Wedding Inspiration Perfect for Late Summer

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Nostalgic and warm-toned bohemian wedding inspiration is perfect for brides planning transitional weddings between late summer and early fall! Held at The Heritage, this wedding inspiration shoot has so many romantic and boho details, and we love how organic every scene feels. Big, beautiful blooms galore in gorgeous autumnal shades, and all shapes and sizes, from The Flower Shoppe Pryor are the cherry on top of this whole design! Trimmed with touches of greenery and dried grasses, every installation is totally unique and wildly beautiful. From beginning to end, this warm-toned bohemian wedding inspiration is crush-worthy all the way down to its adorable sunburst backdrop! Read on for a note from the florist. Cheers!

Photos // Carter Tate Photography

From the florist: “This gorgeous styled shoot was at the new venue, The Heritage. Florals in shades of peaches, blues and soft ivories are accented with dried branches and grasses. The sunburst backdrop was so unique and different.”


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Plan a Virtual Bachelorette Party with this New Kendra Scott Experience

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If you’re looking for the perfect bachelorette bonding experience in the time of social distancing, Kendra Scott has you covered! The woman-owned business is introducing its new Virtual Bridal Color Bar Parties which we’re SO excited for! But what would that usually entail, and what does the party scene look like now?

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Traditionally, a Bridal Color Bar Party would involve bringing in the bridal party – Kendra Scott offers a full experience based on the package you purchase, and you have their own personal stylist throughout the party. After building custom jewelry at the Color Bar, your party winds down with an adorable photo op, champagne, sips, sweets and some special KS swag. With the switch to their new Virtual Bridal Color Bar Party, the communication between stylist and bridal party is now through Zoom. You and your besties can join individually or as a group – take a yoga class together or host a happy hour on your side of the screen while your personal stylist walks you through the bridal collection, bridesmaid favorites and creates custom Color Bar jewelry on-demand while explaining each element’s weight, stone origination, etc. Kendra Scott has created some cute and trendy Zoom backgrounds that can be used as your virtual photo op – just switch your background and screenshot. This is the perfect chance to pick out your bridal party’s accessories OR have a fun interactive party to present a thank you gift. When your party is ready to purchase, just pull up the site on your phone, choose the piece, and you’ll receive a unique party discount code! Another major bonus: ANY member of the bride’s family can take advantage of the discount or give-back code, not just the bridal party!

Watch our video with Micah at the Kendra Scott Edmond location who walks us through the virtual party and all the new products in store.

Despite it being the most unprecedented wedding season yet, don’t let social distance take the fun out of bonding with your bridesmaids celebrating before your wedding. Round up your bridesmaids, sisters, besties and everyone in between to celebrate with the new Virtual Color Bar Parties by connecting with Kendra Scott here. Cheers!


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