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Brides Magazine June/July 2014 Archives - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning

Blue Crush: Cool Sapphire Engagement Rings

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Jun 302014

Photo: Yasu + Junko

When it comes to an engagement ring, a classic diamond will always be the favorite. But lately bolder options are giving the traditional stone a run for its money. Case in point: colorful engagement rings. From sapphire and ruby to quartz and pink diamonds, the standard bridal bling is being redefined.

One of our favorite trendy stones? Sapphires. A sapphire engagement ring is simply stunning — paired with diamonds or on its own. Plus, there's a blue sparkler for any style of bride, from modern to classic and vintage to romantic.

See More: Emerald-Cut Engagement Rings for Glam, Boho, and Classic Brides

And we're not the only big fans of the true-blue jewel: Celebs like Jenna Bush, Elizabeth Hurley, Heather Mills, and, of course, Kate Middleton, all rock a sapphire on that very important finger.

But if you don't want to give up the timeless diamond ring, consider one of these gorgeous baubles as your "something blue" for your walk down the aisle. Also, sapphires are the traditional 45th anniversary gift, but we doubt you'll want to hold out that long for one of these gems.

And, really, if it's good enough for Kate, it's good enough for us!

From top: Emerald-cut sapphire and diamonds set in platinum, Tiffany & Co.; Half-moon sapphires with diamonds set in platinum, Tacori; Cabochon sapphire and trapezoid diamonds set in platinum, Harry Winston; Cushion-cut sapphire with micropavé-diamond band, Martin Katz; Oval-cut sapphires set in platinum, Stephen Russell.

Jun 272014
Olivia Palermo Wedding-Worthy Look - Silver Sweetheart Sheath

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Could it be?! According to The New York Post's Page Six and other reports, our June/July cover girl, Olivia Palermo, married her fiancé Johannes Huebl on Saturday!

The couple of six-and-a-half years reportedly tied the knot in a "secret, quickie" ceremony at City Hall in Manhattan; some details remain a bit murky. Though outlets are reporting that Palermo and Huebl got married on Saturday, City Hall informed us that the office is closed to weddings on weekends. Additionally, Palermo has yet to confirm the stories. However, sources close to the couple are saying that the civil ceremony is a precursor to a larger celebration set to happen later this year.

See more: Olivia Palermo's Most Wedding-Worthy Hairstyles

Palermo's spokeswoman, Barbara Saint-Aime, refuted any reports that their top-secret marriage is related to issues concerning German-born Huebl's visa. "They had always planned to have a small civil wedding in June. The whole visa thing is not relevant," Saint-Aime said. "They have been together for six-and-a-half years, they got engaged this past January. They travel so much during the summer, they really don't have much time to plan things. They are not married yet. They are doing a much smaller civil ceremony in the States this month and they are planning to do something much larger later on."

In fact, many expect that Palermo and Huebl will move forward with the St. Bart's wedding they've been planning. Huebl, a model, proposed to his fiancée on the Caribbean island on New Year's Eve.

Palermo herself has been characteristically discreet about her exact plans. In her Brides cover story, she hinted at a meaningful destination wedding. "Johannes' friends and family are all over Europe and my parents are happy to travel, so it will probably be somewhere in the middle," she told us. "Then you will always have a special place in your heart for the destination where you got married."

We're waiting on pins and needles to hear if the rumors are true! We're sure, after all, that she did her City Hall ceremony the Carrie Bradshaw way — a crisp, timeless, tailored outfit.

Jun 232014
Best Long-Wear Lipsticks

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There are many things to consider on your wedding day, but worrying about whether or not your lipstick is in tact should not be one of them. Reapplying a bold lip color is the last thing any busy bride has time for on her big day, so selecting a lipstick that can withstand the first kiss, wedding portraits, cocktail hour, and dinner is essential.

And since we know you'll be smooching and smiling for hours, we tested every "long-wear" lip color out there to find the creamiest dusk-to-dawn best. From bold reds to peachy pinks, we found colors to suit every kind of bride. Plus, we promise these picks will keep your pout perfect all night long. Shop to it! (Bonus: These staple lipsticks are a great investment for your engagement shoot, bridal shower, and rehearsal dinner, too!)

Staff Picks:
1. Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Inimitable, $33, Chanel
2. Velvet Rope Lipstick in Private Party, $50, Lipstick Queen
3. Lip Maestro in #504, $32, Giorgio Armani
4. Painted Love Lipstick in Backstage Bambi, $19, Kat Von D
5. Cashmere Lip Cream in Moscato, $28, Bite Beauty
6. Evercolor Satin Lipstick in Pilar Pink, $15, Mally Beauty
7. Superstay 14HR Lipstick in Perpetual Peony, $8.99, Maybelline New York
8. Pure Matte Lipstick in Montego Bay, $26, Nars
9. Classic Cream Lipstick in Chromed, $32, Dolce & Gabbana
10. Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Aria, $22, Stila

5 Wedding Style Tips from Our Cover Girl Olivia Palermo

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Jun 182014
Olivia Palermo Brides Magazine Interview

Photo: Matt Jones/Trish South for BRIDES

When it comes to enviable style, Olivia Palermo is one of the first people who comes to mind. So who better to look to for wedding-day style advice than our June/July cover girl? The reality star-turned-fashion icon (who happens to be engaged!) is dishing her top tips for planning a cool, covetable that would earn any trendsetter's seal of approval.

Bridal doesn't exclusively equal white.
When asked if she would wear classic bridal white or ivory, Olivia shared, "Not head to toe. I always like to incorporate little pops of color."

It's surprisingly easy for any bride to emulate the star's style.
"Look at ready-to-wear. Check out Marchesa, Oscar, or Carolina shows online," Olivia said. "And even if your dream dress comes right off the rack, add your own touch. Play with color. It's all about styling."

Don't skimp on the reception décor.
"I want them to have cool, styled details," Olivia says. As for food? That's no place to skimp on either. "The food has to be really, really good!"

See More: Olivia Palermo Wedding Dress Predictions: 5 Looks for the Star from Bridal Fashion Week

Every bride should have a wedding mantra.
"My wedding mantra is beautiful flowers. All I care about are beautiful flowers," Olivia says. "I love peonies and tulips in light pinks."

The wedding shouldn't be just about the bride.
Olivia reveals that her wedding planning is a collaboration between and her crazy-handsom fiancé Johannes Huebl. "At the end of the day, it's about the two of us, and that's the most important thing," Olivia says. "People shouldn't lose sight of that."

Check out the full interview with Olivia Palermo in the June/July issue of Brides, on newsstands now!

Jun 162014
Wedding Jewelry Statement Necklaces

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Still searching for the perfect accessory to complete your wedding-day style? Whether you go bold or subtle, the right necklace can transform your aisle look.

Each of these four bridal baubles effortlessly transition from the ceremony to the reception, and they work with nearly every neckline — from classic strapless wedding dresses to more modern looks.

Classic brides will love a dainty rose gold chain complete with clear topaz stones, while fashion-forward ladies can channel the latest trends on their big day with a bold Peter Pan-collar necklace, complete with tons of crystal details.

A short necklace with sparkly emerald-cut gems will complement a glamour girl's gown — plus it's the perfect piece to wear on your first night out on your honeymoon. And edgy brides will love an eye-catching bauble complete with hanging Lucite accents. The neutral stones paired with the ever-popular yellow gold means this piece is trendy, but still timeless.

From top: Clear topazes set in rose gold, $1,950, Anzie; Swarovski crystals, $460, Rebekah Price; Emerald-cut gems, $68, Bauble Bar; Lucite bars and crystals, $98, Ann Taylor

Meet the Man Behind the Jacket on Our New Cover: Marcelo Giacobbe

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May 162014
Olivia Palermo Brides Cover

Photo: Matt Jones/Trish South for BRIDES

Emerging designer Marcelo Giacobbe is known for light-as-air fabrics and romantic details, which are the cornerstone of his Argentinian fashion line, GIACOBBE. We sat down with Giacobbe to talk about designing for brides, using Buenos Aires as inspiration, and seeing his jacket on the cover of our new issue starring Olivia Palermo!

Brides: How does it feel to have your jacket on the cover?
Marcelo Giacobbe: "It feels amazing, it was such a big surprise! I'm still over the moon. When I saw the photo for the first time, I felt such a rush of happiness, and it's a feeling that I'll treasure forever. Olivia is so fresh, beautiful, and edgy — dressing her is a designer's dream!"

Brides: Tell us about your favorite moments designing for brides.
Giacobbe: "For my private bridal clients, there are two moments that I cherish during the design process: One is when we try on the toile of the dress for the first time during the early fittings. You can see the spark in her eyes and the big smile when she realizes that she is about to become a bride — she can see herself in the dress walking down the aisle. The second moment is when we finally finish the dress. I'll always remember a recent final fitting for a client: I noticed that the bride's sister started to cry. I was so nervous that perhaps she didn't like her sister's dress, but when the bride asked her what was wrong, she just said, 'You are the most beautiful bride in the world!' That's what it's all about for me — to be there for these women in this special moment in their lives."

Brides: How did you start designing bridal?
Giacobbe: "My first bridal dress was designed for my sister, which gave me the chance to see firsthand what the beautiful adventure of getting married is all about. From then on, it became so important to me to design for engaged women. To me, the most important process of designing bridal dresses is connecting with the bride, to really understand what she loves, and creating that for her. My goal is to make the bride forget about the dress during the wedding, so that the bride and the dress become one."


Photo: Courtesy of Marcelo Giacobbe

Brides: What inspired your latest collection?
Giacobbe: "For me, every collection is a journey. I live in Buenos Aires, and I try to connect with all my feelings and visions that I have when I'm in the city. This season, I was inspired by a centuries-old fountain in the center of the city called 'Nereidas' — a classical, yet radical sculpture representing the female form. The fountain is about the birth of Venus, so I asked myself what might happen if she had a broken heart. I began to work with organza to simulate the water that emerges from the fountain, and paired the fabric with glass embroidery on tulle to represent her range of emotions."

Brides: Our cover girl Olivia is often called a fashion muse — who are your style icons?
Giacobbe: "Oh, there are some classics of course. I love the simplicity of Audrey Hepburn and rebellious spirit of P.J. Harvey, but what inspires me most are the kind of women you can spot crossing the street. You can immediately tell that she follows her heart and has her own unique style. I love recognizing a spirit that dares to love!"

See More: 5 Reasons Why Brides Need to Know About Fashion Label Esme Vie

Brides: Tell us about your background. When did you launch your collection?
Giacobbe: "I completed my Fashion Design degree from FADU (University of Architecture, Design and Urbanism of Buenos Aires) in 2009, after winning a scholarship to study abroad at the SAGA Fur Design Center in Copenhaguen, Denmark. Here, I studied alongside other young designers from the fashion capitals of New York, London, Milan, and Paris, and it was an incredibly eye-opening time in my life. I thought it was crucial for me to learn all the skills of tailoring and pattern-making, as the architectural aspect of clothes is something that fascinates me. GIACOBBE launched in January 2012, and it felt like the next natural step. I found myself thinking, 'There are some things that only I can do, so I better start doing them!' I debuted my first collection for GIACOBBE at a runway show two months later."

See More: First Look: Check Out Our New Cover Starring Olivia Palermo!

Brides: Where do you produce the collection?
Giacobbe: "GIACOBBE is produced entirely in Buenos Aires, Argentina. My focus is on quality, which is why we always work with silk, the purest cottons, and the best leathers. Clothes should always be beautiful, because they allow us to feel, to be protected, and to show sides of ourselves that words can't communicate."

Pick up the June/July issue of Brides (on newsstands now) to see Olivia wearing Giacobbe's stunning design!

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