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Brides Magazine August-September 2015 Archives - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning
Sep 112015
 
NYC Rooftop Wedding Venues Midtown Loft and Terrace

Photo: Courtesy of Midtown Loft and Terrace

Whether you're here to party, marry, or hang with your new husband, the city that never sleeps has something for everyone. Here's where to sleep, eat and what to do in the Big Apple for your bachelorette party, wedding or honeymoon.

The Bachelorette Party
Stay: Wythe Hotel
Check out Brooklyn by checking in to this buzzy hotel by Williamsburg's waterfront. Hit the hood's hot spots, all in walking distance, then head back to the see-and-be-seen rooftop bar in time to score a table.

Eat: Gallow Green
Hit the all-you-can-nosh brunch at this restaurant atop Chelsea's McKittrick Hotel (home to popular Macbeth offshoot Sleep No More) and chill to live jazz while throwing back Bellinis and cold fried chicken with honey sauce.

Do: No. 8
Strap on the stilettos and buckle up for a bacchanalian dance party among the Beautiful People. (Jourdan Dunn's a fan.) The ballroom provides the glamour; the rec room has a laid-back boho vibe.

See More: Wedding Invitations Slipped Your Mind? See Where to Go for the Chicest Invites in NYC

The Wedding
Stay: Viceroy New York
Steer out-of-town guests to this sleek hotel with a primo Midtown location and roof bar overlooking Central Park. Bonus: Every room comes with a free Uber ride. (A safe trip home for all!) Doubles from $264; viceroyhotelsandresorts.com.

Eat: Dirty French
Have your rehearsal dinner at this happening Lower East Side restaurant at the Ludlow Hotel and you'll impress guests with tasty global twists on French bistro fare and inventive cocktails. (Chai bourbon, anyone?)

Do: Ellis Island
For iconic I do's, wed with a view of the skyline, then party in the grand Immigration Museum. Or score points with your hipster friends by saying your vows at Brooklyn's industrial-chic Green Building or SoHo's cozy-cool Housing Works bookstore.

The Honeymoon
Stay: The Towers at the New York Palace
Spend your newlywed nights at this hotel within a hotel featuring private elevators, an attendant to unpack your things, and chauffeur service in a Maybach. Baller. Doubles from $495; newyorkpalace.com.

Eat: Il Buco
Descend into the cavelike wine cellar of celebrated Italian eatery Il Buco for killer vino and sexy Mediterranean dishes that change daily. For dessert? A romantic stroll down the cobblestones of Bond Street, hand in hand.

Do: Queen of the Night
This decadent interactive dinner-theater show at the Paramount Hotel is so hot, Cara Delevingne and St. Vincent were seen slow dancing together at a performance.

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8 Ways to Cut Wedding Costs Without Sacrificing Style

 Brides Magazine August-September 2015, Budget, Wedding Budgets  Comments Off on 8 Ways to Cut Wedding Costs Without Sacrificing Style
Sep 102015
 
money mistakes newlyweds make

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Is your wedding budget stressing you out? Time to negotiate! Here are eight ways to cut costs without sacrificing an ounce of style.

1. Find out if there's wiggle room in the venue's per-head price.
If you're throwing a smaller bash, the reception site's per-person food-and-beverage minimum may be negotiable. The rate usually includes staffing fees, rentals, and booze, all of which costs less for each invitee as your guest list shrinks. "If you're hosting a crowd of fewer than 100 at a big venue, it's possible to get, say, a $120-per-person rate reduced to $80 or to have your venue discount its site-rental fee," says Holly Patton, of Perfectly Posh Events in Seattle. And when a venue manager has to choose between reducing her profit margin or losing your business, adds New York City planner Xochitl Gonzales, of Always a Bridesmaid, most will give you the deal.

2. Score free food.
If your caterer won't budge on her price, ask if she could throw in a food or drink station at the beginning or end of the night, says Alia Wilson, of Firefly Events in Los Angeles. Since staffing is a station's biggest cost and servers have extra time before and after dinner, a premeal martini bar or postcake sundae station is an easy give.

3. Be flexible on your date.
Are you willing to get hitched on an unpopular weekend, like the Fourth of July or Thanksgiving? Or during the week? How about a wedding in winter, off-season for most venues? Your event space and vendors are more likely to say yes to a discount if you choose a hard-to-sell date, says Amy Leyden, of Minneapolis's McNamara Alumni Center.

4. Pick a cheaper palette.
You read that right! Some flower colors are less expensive than others. Blue and purple are popular for weddings, but blooms in those shades can be hard to find. Using more readily available colors like pink, yellow, and white means less work for your florist and a bargaining opportunity for you: "She could knock up to 20 percent off your bill," says Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas, of Flourish in Sacramento.

5. Haggle over the music.
You may be able to convince your band to shave a couple hundred off its fee, but an even better strategy is to stick to the asking price and see what extras you can get — like having a ceremony musician stay on for cocktail hour, says Jim Eppolito, of West Coast Music.

6. Get the hotel to throw in freebies.
"If you've booked 10 or more rooms for your guests, your bridal suite should be gratis," says Gina Vittorio, of One Fine Day Events in Chicago. Two more things hotels often agree to comp: distribution of gift bags and a shuttle bus for guests to and from the wedding.

7. Maximize your time.
Want a few extra hours to prep your reception? Many venues will charge overtime to set up early. If that's a no-go for you, call three to four weeks before the big day and ask again. "At that point, if they haven't booked the space for that morning, they'll probably let you come in early at no additional cost," says San Francisco based planner Sasha Souza.

8. Sell your vision.
"Don't talk money until you've shown your photographer your Pinterest boards," says Houston planner Jennifer Harrup. "If she loves your vibe, she may want to use your photos in her online portfolio and will work harder to meet your budget." Bonus: Once your photographer is on board, your other vendors may also be willing to give you a deal in exchange for use of your gorgeous photos.

8 Ways to Cut Wedding Costs Without Sacrificing Style

 Brides Magazine August-September 2015, Budget, Wedding Budgets  Comments Off on 8 Ways to Cut Wedding Costs Without Sacrificing Style
Sep 102015
 
money mistakes newlyweds make

Photo: Getty Images

Is your wedding budget stressing you out? Time to negotiate! Here are eight ways to cut costs without sacrificing an ounce of style.

1. Find out if there's wiggle room in the venue's per-head price.
If you're throwing a smaller bash, the reception site's per-person food-and-beverage minimum may be negotiable. The rate usually includes staffing fees, rentals, and booze, all of which costs less for each invitee as your guest list shrinks. "If you're hosting a crowd of fewer than 100 at a big venue, it's possible to get, say, a $120-per-person rate reduced to $80 or to have your venue discount its site-rental fee," says Holly Patton, of Perfectly Posh Events in Seattle. And when a venue manager has to choose between reducing her profit margin or losing your business, adds New York City planner Xochitl Gonzales, of Always a Bridesmaid, most will give you the deal.

2. Score free food.
If your caterer won't budge on her price, ask if she could throw in a food or drink station at the beginning or end of the night, says Alia Wilson, of Firefly Events in Los Angeles. Since staffing is a station's biggest cost and servers have extra time before and after dinner, a premeal martini bar or postcake sundae station is an easy give.

3. Be flexible on your date.
Are you willing to get hitched on an unpopular weekend, like the Fourth of July or Thanksgiving? Or during the week? How about a wedding in winter, off-season for most venues? Your event space and vendors are more likely to say yes to a discount if you choose a hard-to-sell date, says Amy Leyden, of Minneapolis's McNamara Alumni Center.

4. Pick a cheaper palette.
You read that right! Some flower colors are less expensive than others. Blue and purple are popular for weddings, but blooms in those shades can be hard to find. Using more readily available colors like pink, yellow, and white means less work for your florist and a bargaining opportunity for you: "She could knock up to 20 percent off your bill," says Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas, of Flourish in Sacramento.

5. Haggle over the music.
You may be able to convince your band to shave a couple hundred off its fee, but an even better strategy is to stick to the asking price and see what extras you can get — like having a ceremony musician stay on for cocktail hour, says Jim Eppolito, of West Coast Music.

6. Get the hotel to throw in freebies.
"If you've booked 10 or more rooms for your guests, your bridal suite should be gratis," says Gina Vittorio, of One Fine Day Events in Chicago. Two more things hotels often agree to comp: distribution of gift bags and a shuttle bus for guests to and from the wedding.

7. Maximize your time.
Want a few extra hours to prep your reception? Many venues will charge overtime to set up early. If that's a no-go for you, call three to four weeks before the big day and ask again. "At that point, if they haven't booked the space for that morning, they'll probably let you come in early at no additional cost," says San Francisco based planner Sasha Souza.

8. Sell your vision.
"Don't talk money until you've shown your photographer your Pinterest boards," says Houston planner Jennifer Harrup. "If she loves your vibe, she may want to use your photos in her online portfolio and will work harder to meet your budget." Bonus: Once your photographer is on board, your other vendors may also be willing to give you a deal in exchange for use of your gorgeous photos.

Sep 092015
 
Wedding Cake Money Saving Tips

Photo: Johnny Miller

Nailing down your cake can often be one of the toughest aspects of wedding planning. If you and your fianc&ecute; are set on having a traditional tiered confection, and aren't the alternative wedding cake or dessert bar types, figuring out the design and flavor of your cake can be a hard decision — then factor in your budget and it feels near impossible to find the perfect sweet for you and your sweetie. To save you from spending too much dough on your wedding cake, we asked five top cake bakers to create pairs of cakes with similar looks and not-so-similar price points. Turns out, brides can still have a stunningly chic confection, without the upscale price — here's how.

Minimize Drama (Above)
$24 per slice (left) vs. $12 per slice (right): "The cake on the right features a single hand-painted rice-paper flower as a sophisticated accent, while the other is loaded with blooms for extra drama." — Maggie Austin, Maggie Austin Cake, Washington, D.C.

Wedding Cake Money Saving Tips

Photo: Johnny Miller

Icing Details
$13 per slice (left) vs. $9 per slice (right): "Handcrafted details like fondant vines and 3-D leaves take time to create. A simpler but still elegant version uses piped royal icing and gum-paste accents." — Lauren Bohl White, A White Cake, New York

See more: 20 Unique Wedding Cake Toppers

Wedding Cake Money Saving Tips

Photo: Johnny Miller

Fewer Tiers
$12 per slice (left) vs. $9 per slice (right): "A tall hand-painted cake wows, but the bigger it is, the more expensive it is to decorate. To cut costs, display a smaller show cake in the reception space and serve guests from a sheet cake in the back." — Melody Brandon, Sweet and Saucy Shop, Long Beach, California

Wedding Cake Money Saving Tips

Photo: Johnny Miller

Ganache Over Fondant
$12 per slice (left) vs. $16 per slice (right): "I love the contrast of white designs against a dark hue. Using ganache as your icing instead of fondant is an easy way to bring down your bill." — Emily Lael Aumiller, Lael Cakes, Brooklyn

Wedding Cake Money Saving Tips

Photo: Johnny Miller

Neutral Colors
$14 per slice (left) vs. $10 per slice (right): "The sugar flowers here are the main attraction, so just go with a neutral background if you want to save. A screen-printed pattern will up the price, but it adds a great graphic, modern feel." — Victoria Zagami, Made in Heaven Cakes, Brooklyn

Aug 222015
 
Strength In Numbers

Photo: Travis Rathbone/Apostrophe

More is more when it comes to transforming small details into Instagram-ready showstoppers for your wedding reception or ceremony. So, our new favorite planning hack? Displaying one budget-friendly décor item by the hundreds, which yields maximum impact at minimal cost. These five ideas are a great place to start for your own celebration.

Cupcakes
Take your dessert table to the next level by arranging super-cute miniature sweets in your new monogram or a cool pattern. Make it even smore sentimental by having both you and your groom pick a favorite flavor. The above display, for example, features 700 strawberry and chocolate mini Georgetown Cupcake confections — which all add up to one kick-ass dessert display.

Candles
Skip the centerpieces and line your dining tables with hundreds of tea lights and flickering hurricanes of different heights. Romantic and affordable.

See More: 6 Things Wedding Planners Wish More Summer Brides Would Do

Favors
Fill colorful acrylic boxes with candy, then pile them into a pyramid. It will liven up your reception space and spotlight the gifts you spent all that time putting together.

Escort Cards
Have your stationer turn that grid of guest cards hanging on the wall at the reception entrance into an eye-catching ombré statement piece.

Flowers
Instead of a floral chandelier, have your florist create a canopy over the dance floor using Queen Anne's lace or baby's breath. It's less pricey than the hanging chandelier, and still super pretty!

For even more of the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES August/September 2015 issue on newsstands now and available for download.

How to Have Hot Sex Tonight (and Forever) as a Married Couple

 Brides Magazine August-September 2015, Married Life, Relationships, Sex  Comments Off on How to Have Hot Sex Tonight (and Forever) as a Married Couple
Aug 212015
 
How to Have Hot Sex

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Spoiler alert: Gettin' busy changes after gettin' hitched. Author of the new novel Luckiest Girl Alive Jessica Knoll explains how to make sure it's for the better.

I sometimes make this corny joke that I have a PhD in human sexuality from women's magazines. Not from reading them (that might get you a bachelor's) but by writing for them, which I did for six years, interviewing top-notch experts about how to have better, crazier sex and more of it. Ask me what the most sensitive part of the penis is (the frenulum). Ask me what doughnuts and scrunchies have in common (secret double lives as sex toys). Ask me if the G-spot really exists. (Trick question! It does, but it's technically part of the clitoris.) However, if you had asked me during the first two years of my marriage what to do if one half of a couple likes to have sex at night and the other likes to have sex in the morning, and how you can surmount such an incompatibility, I wouldn't have had an answer for you. Yes, I, plucky sex writer, was incapable of applying all my expertise to my own nascent marriage for the simple fact that my husband and I couldn't find a time to get it on.

Mind you, there was plenty of applying my expertise before we got married. We met three years ago and lived together for two of them, during which time, buoyed by that early infatuation period when we couldn't get enough of each other, we managed to make our opposing circadian rhythms work. I'd long had an aversion to the wee hours, but my husband (then boyfriend) made a morning person out of me, as some of our best sex happened on the weekends after he awakened me wordlessly, that look in his eye. Right up until the wedding, the routine held.

Then a month or so after we returned from our honeymoon, I decided to put my newfound morning chipperness to another use: I would embark on my lifelong dream of writing a novel. Monday through Friday, I rose at 6:30 a.m. to write before heading off to my day job. On the weekends, I was pecking away at my keyboard by 8. Before I knew it, the characters in my psychological thriller were having more sex than I was. (Twisted, unhealthy sex, but still.) It was thoroughly depressing to lose our groove so soon after tying the knot. Sex went from feeling like a base need to something we now had to "make happen."

This is more common than you'd think, says couples therapist Rachel Sussman. "During the first two years of a relationship, you're flooded with dopamine and serotonin, chemicals that increase the pleasure you get out of sex," she says. "As the relationship stabilizes, those hormones taper off and the oxytocin kicks in, making you feel content and cuddly, not horny." Which is nice, right? Except that it means you have to work a bit harder for your wild nights. "If you want to continue to have an erotic sex life, you have to fight biology," says Sussman. Despair not. There are ways to beat nature at its own game, as I discovered by going back to my roots: interviewing experts about how to have better, crazier sex and more of it — for life.

Talk about it.
"We have premarital conversations about money and kids. Sex should be something you discuss too," says Sussman. "Ask each other, 'What's going to happen as our life changes? How important is sex to you? How often do you need to have it to be happy?'" As you enter this new phase in which having sex is nice but not a matter of life or death, it can end up on the back burner. To avoid that fate, acknowledge that sexual desire will evolve over the years, then shake on a plan of action, whether it's that you'll always have sex X amount of times a week, you'll take turns being the one to initiate, or you'll visit a sex shop once a year to keep things kinky.

Put sex first.
Part of the reason sex was off the table at night was that my husband and I had different weeknight bedtimes: me, 11 p.m.; my husband, sometimes as early as 9:30 p.m. to accommodate his early wake-up. I realized that getting our rhythms in sync was step one to returning to having sex on the regular — whether at night or in the morning. So I started turning in early too. Did I want to get into bed in the middle of a new Real Housewives of New York episode? No, but my marriage was more important than whether or not Ramona would forgive Bethenny for throwing a competing brunch. And I was on to something: "Research shows that couples who sustain great sex over the decades have two things — a strong friendship and a commitment to prioritizing sex," says Emily Nagoski, author of Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life. Sometimes, she says, married action has to be a "deliberate decision," because as life gets busier there are going to be fewer opportunities for spontaneous acts of desire.

See More: 4 Mistakes Every Newlywed Couple Makes

Reintroduce sexual tension.
"For some couples, getting married changes the context of the relationship in a way that improves their sex lives. They find the stability and comfort hot," says Nagoski. "For others, the security of marriage means the tension dissipates, and that can take the wind out of their sails." When one of you wants to have sex and the other doesn't, sometimes it's best to get your body started anyway, because your mind will catch up. But for those times when it's just off the table, make the negotiation erotic. One way to do that is to build in rules about when you're not allowed to have sex. That's right, not allowed. "There is a huge focus in our culture about the amount of sex you're having," says Nagoski, "when it should really be about how much you enjoy the sex you're having. Making rules against sex — like, you're allowed to have it only on Tuesdays — increases anticipation and, ultimately, sexual stimulation without increasing the amount of sex you have." In other words, set parameters, then focus on quality instead of quantity and see where it takes you.

Give each other space.
A little separation — and not just of the physical sort — can be a powerful aphrodisiac. "Much has been written about ways to increase intimacy in a marriage," says Michael Gurian, marriage therapist and author of Lessons of Lifelong Intimacy. "The trick to doing that is not relying on each other more — that's easy to do — but focusing on creating equal parts psychological separateness." The rationale is this: With too much intimacy, a couple becomes enmeshed, and whether you realize it or not, you end up placing pressure on each other to feel whole, and that's erotic kryptonite. To create psychological separateness, you need to retain intellectual autonomy and accept that your husband is not going to agree with you on everything just because he's pledged to be
by your side for life. You're not Renée Zellweger, and you do not complete him.

Change the game.
Since sex tends to be effortlessly awesome through hormonal default for the first few years, you probably don't need many bells and whistles to make it mind blowing right now. But there may come a point where you want to segue into what Nagoski calls "advance the plot" sex, upping the ante and trying something you've never done before, to get some of those novelty hormones back in the mix. Just remember that finding your inner Fifty Shades is not something you should suddenly spring on someone, so refer back to tip No. 1 and talk about it first.

Which is why tonight, I'm telling my husband about a fantasy I've always had in which I'm not allowed to orgasm until he gives me permission. Or, who knows, maybe I'll tell him tomorrow morning.

For even more of the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES August/September 2015 issue on newsstands now and available for download.

Owners of the Country’s Top Bridal Salons Share Their Best Tips for Finding Your Dream Dress

 Brides Magazine August-September 2015, Planning Tips, Wedding Dresses  Comments Off on Owners of the Country’s Top Bridal Salons Share Their Best Tips for Finding Your Dream Dress
Aug 182015
 
Things Every Bride Wants to Hear While Wedding Dress Shopping

Photo: Samm Blake

When searching for your wedding dress, you may get advice thrown at you from all angles — mother of the bride reminding you to find something that works with your shape (thanks, Mom), bridesmaids voicing their distinct opinions, and more. To help cut through the noise, we enlisted expert advice from some of the country's top bridal salon owners, from New York to the Midwest to the West Coast. These four wedding-dress wizards have seen it all and they know what works — and doesn't work — when it comes to a bride and her dress. Take a mental note of these pieces of advice before making your bridal salon appointments.

Don't bring an entourage.
"Shop with one or two people whose opinions really matter. Or, if you're super confident, go alone! Save the big reveal for later." — Mark Ingram of Mark Ingram Atelier

A strapless A-line with a natural waist is universally flattering.
"Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier, Mira Zwillinger, and Carolina Herrera have this style down pat." — Ingram

Know what kind of bride you are.
"If you see yourself on the dance floor all night, choose a formfitting gown that moves with your body." — Ingram

Don't rush.
"Spend five to 10 minutes in each dress you try on, even if you know it's not the One. Figuring out what you like and don't like about it will help your consultant narrow down the options and find you the dress of your dreams." — Camille Thiry Russler of Ever After

Bring your accessories.
"If you're planning on wearing a certain statement necklace or family heirloom, take it to your appointment so your consultant can help you style your entire look." — Thiry Russler

Move in the dress.
"At your fitting, practice sitting and simulate how you're going to walk down the aisle in your gown. And if you'll be kneeling at the ceremony, test that out in the dress — and don't forget to make sure you can get back up too." — Thiry Russler

See more: How to Look Flawless in a Backless Wedding Dress

Know your date and venue before you shop.
That way, stylists can show you gowns that can be made within your time frame and that complement your party, whether it's on a beach or in a ballroom." — Sandy Yeung of Marina Morrison

Bring your bros.
They're usually very supportive. And since there's no jealousy, they're rarely critical." — Yeung

Sample sales are a great way to save.
"Look for them during the first two weeks of January and then again in the middle of summer." — Yeung

Avoid scheduling back-to-back appointments.
"It's confusing and exhausting. And more than two shops in a day is too many." — Elena Grapsas of Ultimate Bride

Don't buy your veil until your dress comes in.
"Ivory, soft white, candlelight — different designers have different names for the same shades of white. Until you see your gown, you can't be sure your veil will match." — Grapsas

Be honest about your budget.
"If you didn't like, say, tulle, you'd tell your consultant, right? Being open about your spending limit is just another way to help her find your perfect dress." — Grapsas

For even more of the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES August/September 2015 issue on newsstands now and available for download.

Aug 182015
 
Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos Bridal Fashion Advice

Photo: Courtesy of Missoni

Inside our August/September 2015 issue you'll find our "How It Girls Do Bridal" series, where our favorite fashion girls share their been-there-rocked-that advice for looking (and feeling) beautiful on your wedding day. But we're giving you an exclusive sneak peek by spotlighting one of the very stylish ladies every week! Here, designer Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos is dishing her best big-day tips. Steal her bridal style secrets to nail your more important outfit yet.

Get what you really want.
"I saw a photo of a Christian Lacroix couture dress when I was in my teens and decided right then that that's how I wanted to look on my wedding day. In my mind, that's what angels looked like. So when the time came, I pulled out that picture and had the amazing Giambattista Valli work with our seamstresses at Missoni to create a Margherita-fied version of the dress."

This is your day, your dress.
"I was lucky enough to create my own dress, deciding on every single design detail. But, even if you don't have a custom dress, you can still create a signature wedding-day look with personalization — a belt, altering the sleeves, etc. But, when creating your bridal style, the most important thing to remember is to make it feel like you. Don't try to be anyone but yourself."

See More: The Ultimate Wedding Dress Guide: The Best Necklines by Body Type

Bring your veil to your hair trial.
"I loved everything about my wedding look, but, in retrospect, I would have changed the position of where we attached the veil on my head. Make sure you test a few different placements and styles before the big day to make a clear vision and plan with your hairstylist. But, when in doubt, I love the look of a few flowers in a bride's hair to bring everything together."

For even more of the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES August/September 2015 issue on newsstands now and available for download.

The Best Face Masks for Different Skin Types

 Brides Magazine August-September 2015, Hair & Beauty, Wedding Beauty  Comments Off on The Best Face Masks for Different Skin Types
Aug 172015
 
Perfect Skin Face Masks

Photo: Kenneth Willardt/Trunk Archive

Face masks are quick, they're easy, and they work. "They have more effective ingredients than ever before," says New York dermatologist Doris Day. "They can make a huge difference — even a day or two before your wedding." The best are hypertargeted: No matter your complexion woe, there's a mask for that.

Sensitive Skin
Go for a redness-reducing treatment with calming ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, and ruscus extract.
Try: Eau Thermale Avène Antirougeurs Calm Redness Relief Soothing Repair Mask ($34, available at Dermstore) and Fresh Rose Face Mask ($62, available at Sephora).

Dull Skin
Try a brightener like licorice, vitamin C, or white birch to fade brown spots and boost radiance. And consider applying an antioxidant serum first. "Masks make whatever is beneath them penetrate better," says Day.
Try: Boscia Vitamin C Brightening Hydrogel Mask ($8 per treatment, available at Sephora) and GlamGlow Flashmud Brightening Treatment ($69, available at Sephora)

See more: Olivia Palermo's Bridal Beauty Secrets -- Revealed

Dry Skin
A super-hydrator like hyaluronic acid or glycerin will soften parched skin and plump fine lines. An extra tip? To seal in extra moisture, smooth a rich cream onto damp skin after rinsing off the mask.
Try: Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight Mask ($26, Olay) and Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask ($20, available at Sephora)

Oily Skin
You want a clay or charcoal mask. These detoxifying ingredients draw out dirt and oil like a sponge. Day recommends steaming your face first to open pores: Boil water, pour it into a bowl, drape a towel around your head, and place your face over the bowl for five to 10 minutes. Then apply the mask as directed.
Try: Lancôme Pure Focus Masque ($35, Lancôme) and Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask ($6.99, available at Ulta)

Got combination skin? Use a clay mask on oily areas, then mix that same formula with moisturizer for drier spots. Or try Éminence Balancing Masque Duo ($54, Éminence), which packs both hydrating and oil-absorbing masks in a single jar.

For even more of the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES August/September 2015 issue on newsstands now and available for download.

A Wedding Dress We Love by Olia Zavozina

 Brides Magazine August-September 2015, Wedding Dresses  Comments Off on A Wedding Dress We Love by Olia Zavozina
Aug 152015
 
Wedding Dress We Love by Olia Zavozina>

Photo: Marcus Mam; Styling by Sarah Cobb

Finding your dream wedding dress can be one of the most exciting times during your wedding-planning process. But it can also be the most daunting. With so many gorgeous options how are you ever supposed to narrow them down? Impossible, we know. Which is why we've done half the work for you and found some of the most stylish and timeless gowns on the market. Each week, we'll be showcasing these looks for you to consider in your hunt. Without further adieu, a wedding dress we absolutely love.

There's no better way to update a classic look thank with a surprising twist. And what better way to do that than with a backless wedding dress that leaves your guests in awe as you recede down the aisle? The great thing about this Olia Zavozina gown is that it makes a subtle impact. Totally traditional from the front, this silk dress — with simple spaghetti straps, visible seams, and fabric buttons — gives the illusion of being classic all the while incorporating a major trend. Timeless and of-the-moment? Now that's a win-win.

See more: Celebrities Who Didn't Wear White Down the Aisle

A sure-fire way to ground this understated dress more in the now? Add super-trendy accessories, like a bright beaded tassel earring, which is all the rage in the fashion world right now. Punchy blooms, don't hurt either. This dress, while minimalist in detail, offers striking structural elements that offer a really great blank canvas — perfect for dressing up!

Silk A-line dress, $3,080, Olia Zavozina; Earrings, Oscar de la Renta

To see more of our cover shoot, pick up the BRIDES August/September 2015 issue, on newsstands today and available for digital download!

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