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Carolina Herrera Archives - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning
May 192014
 

Leave it to Carolina Herrera to send some of the most sophisticated wedding dresses in the bridal landscape down her Spring 2015 bridal runway. The design element du jour this go-round? Lace, lace, and more lace (the runway's backdrop was even painted with motifs of the classic bridal fabric). And when the lovely wedding-standby wasn't used on gowns, other romantic details — such as airy tulle mermaid skirts and subtle glistening embellishments — graced each design.

A few of our favorite details include a Chantilly lace cape — the show's opener — two-tone lace dresses, shimmering appliqués and intriguing necklines like a scalloped strapless top and princess-worthy off-the-shoulder.

With details like these at the forefront, it's easy to see how Herrera was inspired by "softness and grace, created by the effects of layering, lace treatment and silk silhouettes." Her inspiration statement also explained: "Carolina Herrera designed this collection inspired by the Bride and how she experiences the dress. For her, hidden luxuries abound — tulle layered over embellished Chantilly and Guipure lace, over silk chiffon, supple corseting, hand-stitched seaming detail, placed laser-cut lace motifs and embroideries all follow the feminine form. The effect is romantic and sensual."

Watch the entire romantic collection walk during Carolina Herrera's runway show in our exclusive video above and don't forget to browse Carolina Herrera's complete Spring 2015 wedding dress collection in our slideshow.

For more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week, follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google +.

Apr 142014
 
Mila Kunis Ashton Kutcher

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Mila Kunis has had a busy two months, to say the least. First, news broke that she was engaged to Ashton Kutcher. Then, excitement heightened when we found out that she's not only marrying Kutcher, but that they're expecting a child together, too. Naturally, the first thing that comes to mind with all of this bridal and baby buzz is her future wedding dress! While we're unsure if she'll wait until her baby is born to get married, we do know one thing: Kunis's dress will be as show-stopping as her past red carpet looks.

Kunis, after all, is a fan of drama, often opting for eye-catching necklines (everything from one-shoulder, to a deep-V and sweeping scoop) and skirts with volume. When she's not making our jaw drops in tulle confections (2010 Met Ball, anyone?) she's donning intricate ruching and draped silhouettes (we know you remember her lavender Elie Saab number at the 2011 Oscars). If there's one thing Kunis favors, it's a flowy gown.

With all of this in mind, we looked to the recent Spring 2015 runways to find Kunis a few dream wedding dresses fresh off the runways.

Reem Acra Spring 2015 Wedding Dress - Mila Kunis Dress Predictions

Photo: Thomas Iannaccone

If there were two style details Kunis had to stick to for the rest of her life, we could confidently say it'd most likely be a flowy skirt and a deep V-neck. This Reem Acra gown not only boasts both, it also features an intricate lace bodice with regal short sleeves. Plus, the plunging V, and slight cutout underneath it, offers up a dose of sex appeal.

Marchesa Spring 2015 Wedding Dress - Mila Kunis Dress Predictions

Photo: Robert Mitra

This Marchesa gown is the bridal translation of Kunis's affinity towards draped silhouettes. While it doesn't have a diagonal gathering of fabric, or a one-shoulder neckline, this off-the-shoulder sleeve and airy skirt have a similar effect in a much more wedding-worthy way.

Jenny Packham Spring 2015 Wedding Dress - Mila Kunis Dress Predictions

Photo: Robert Mitra

If Kunis chooses to make like Drew Barrymore, Savannah Guthrie, and most recently, Ginnifer Goodwin and get married while she's pregnant, we think this Jenny Packham dress would be perfect. It has all three things Kunis loves: a draped sleeve, a plunging neckline, and a free-flowing shape, while offering a natural waistline — perfect for accommodating what we're sure will be her adorable belly!

Carolina Herrera Spring 2015 Wedding Dress - Mila Kunis Dress Predictions

Photo: John Aquino and Thomas Iannaccone

A sleeker option for Kunis is this Carolina Herrera sheath, which still offers the va-va-voom factor with the deep V-neck Mila adores. We love the little lace inserts for a bridal finish to this clean and minimalist gown.

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2015 Wedding Dress - Mila Kunis Dress Predictions

Photo: Robert Mitra

Last but not least, Monique Lhuillier's lace illusion sleeve gown, with a voluminous tulle overskirt, is the most formal option for Kunis. The lace, though, is modern enough to appeal to her attention to detail, while the shape of this gown is both dramatic yet ethereal enough to satisfy her personal style.

Carolina Herrera Fall 2014 Wedding Dress Collection: First Look

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Oct 152013
 
Carolina Herrera Fall 2014 Wedding Dress Collection First Look Carolina Herrera Fall 2014 Wedding Dress Collection First Look Photos: Brides

Carolina Herrera designed her Fall 2014 wedding dress collection with party-ready brides in mind. After attending numerous weddings where the bride immediately slipped out of her ball gown and into a shorter shift, the designer wanted to a create a collection that exclusively consisted of cocktail and tea-length dresses.

"I wanted to design unique options for every event surrounding a bride's wedding from the rehearsal dinner to the reception," Herrera said. "A bride's wedding style should be a reflection of her personality... it's the moment where she can feel her most beautiful."

Just because the hem lengths are shorter doesn't mean these dresses created with any less detail. Herrera's signature craftsmanship and structured femininity—including Chantilly lace appliqués, intricate beadwork, and even feather trims—was apparent in each piece. Plus, more traditional brides will be able to order full-length versions of a few of the dresses shown.

See more snaps of the dainty details below, and don't forget to check back to see the full collection!

Carolina Herrera Fall 2014 Wedding Dress Collection First Look Carolina Herrera Fall 2014 Wedding Dress Collection First Look Photos: Brides

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—Lauren Frankfort

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Carolina Herrera Fall 2014 Wedding Dress Collection: First Look

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Oct 152013
 
Carolina Herrera Fall 2014 Wedding Dress Collection First Look Carolina Herrera Fall 2014 Wedding Dress Collection First Look Photos: Brides

Carolina Herrera designed her Fall 2014 wedding dress collection with party-ready brides in mind. After attending numerous weddings where the bride immediately slipped out of her ball gown and into a shorter shift, the designer wanted to a create a collection that exclusively consisted of cocktail and tea-length dresses.

"I wanted to design unique options for every event surrounding a bride's wedding from the rehearsal dinner to the reception," Herrera said. "A bride's wedding style should be a reflection of her personality... it's the moment where she can feel her most beautiful."

Just because the hem lengths are shorter doesn't mean these dresses created with any less detail. Herrera's signature craftsmanship and structured femininity—including Chantilly lace appliqués, intricate beadwork, and even feather trims—was apparent in each piece. Plus, more traditional brides will be able to order full-length versions of a few of the dresses shown.

See more snaps of the dainty details below, and don't forget to check back to see the full collection!

Carolina Herrera Fall 2014 Wedding Dress Collection First Look Carolina Herrera Fall 2014 Wedding Dress Collection First Look Photos: Brides

For more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week, follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google +.

—Lauren Frankfort

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Jun 172013
 

By the time Garrick popped the question to Dare—more than seven years into their dating relationship—it was "way past time," Dare says her friends and family alleged. "But somehow, Garrick was still able to surprise me."

On a crisp spring evening in Napa Valley's St. Helena, the couple joined friends for a wine tasting at an intimate cabin at Long Meadow Ranch, where Garrick dropped to one knee on a scenic porch and proposed. "As we walked into the cabin, I discovered that the evening was meant just for the two of us, and he had prepared a dinner with my favorite flowers, food and champagne," Dare recalls.

Dare and Garrick returned to Napa Valley for their September wedding, selecting The Carneros Inn as their venue. After visiting the property on a previous anniversary, the couple fell in love. "Everything from the architecture, decor, landscape, and food seemed to fit our personality as a couple," Dare says.

The theme of Dare and Garrik's wedding? "California Casual meets Old South," Dare says. "We really wanted to complement the beautiful surroundings of The Carneros Inn."

Elegant gray and white invitations by Union Street Papery invited 172 guests to the fall fete using a soft, scrolling script.

Dare's silk and organza Carolina Herrera wedding gown was the perfect "combination of structure and whimsy," the bride says.

"I have always admired the designer [Carolina Herrera], and it was one of the first three dresses that I ever tried on," Dare says, naming the gown's asymmetrical bow as one of her favorite features.

Dare paired silver Manolo Blahnik pumps with her gown.

Ruffled Cattleya orchids adorned the bride's upswept hairstyle.

Dare wore an heirloom three-stone Sapphire ring—a gift from her maternal grandmother, who passed away when the bride was a child.

Dare's favorite hue, Kelly green, took center stage in the couple's otherwise neutral color palette, manifesting itself in everything from the bridesmaids' Anna Elyse dresses to the couple's cocktail napkins. "I knew I wanted to pair it with a clean palette of white and gray," the bride says of her color selections.

Each of Dare's nine bridesmaids chose her own style dress, the bride explains, "because I had a difficult time choosing because there were so many of them."

Dare's white bouquet was made from Cattleya orchids, with a touch of anthurium leaves adding a hint of green hue to the arrangement.

Florist Brown Paper Design made bridesmaids' bouquets from lady slipper orchids, garden roses, ranunculus and greens.

Lady slipper orchid boutonnieres were tied with soft coral ribbon.

The mother-of-the-bride's vibrant coral dress was purchased from a Wilkes Bashford boutique in San Francisco.

Both Dare and Garrik's mother wore white gardenia corsages on their wrists.

Garrik's twin nephews served as the couple's ring bearers, donning matching navy blue jackets and khaki pants for the occasion.

The ring bearers and flower girls were sent down the aisle in boy-girl pairs, "but of course they were out of formation when they got to the end," Dare recalls.

The girls carried wreaths of dried lavender, tied with soft coral ribbon, down the aisle.

Dare and Garrik's ceremony was held in the apple orchard, an expansive green lawn with a backdrop of vineyard and mountain views.

A friend officiated the simple ceremony, which included readings from the couple's six nieces and nephews. The selection was from the book Us Two by A. A. Milne.

The couple broke tradition by spending the night before their wedding together. "When we woke up, we had a moment to exchange our gifts in bed," Dare says. "It was such a special way to start the wedding day."

Cribbing from the New Orleans' traditional, Dare and Garrik led a musical second line from there ceremony to the cocktail hour.

Trays of crab cakes, prosciutto-wrapped prawns and goat cheese tarts awaited guests during the couple's cocktail hour, held in a courtyard just beyond one of The Carneros Inn's grand ballrooms.

The couple's signature cocktails included Old Fashioned and Gimlets served with striped Kelly green straws.

Coral was added to the green and gray color palette as an accent color, found in the couple's cocktail table arrangements.

Guests found their seat assignments tucked into grass-filled boxes.

The reception was held inside The Carneros Inn's neutral-hued ballroom. Cylindrical vases held lady slipper orchids, garden roses, sweet peas, dahlias, stock and tropical foliage. The centerpieces adorned square tables covered in gray Chevron-printed cloths.

A seated dinner included a delectable spread of stone fruits, buffalo mozzarella and Spanish chorizo, served before wild king salmon and prime filet mignon with bean ragout and potato puree.

"My girlfriends were the ones that really tackled the do-it-yourself projects," Dare confesses. "The week before the wedding, they were designing the labels for the welcome gift box and spice rub favors, and tying 170 bows." The gussied-up spice rub jars became the couple's favors.

The All Stars band kept guests on the dance floor in between bites of the couple's wedding cake. Dare and Garrik had so much fun at their cake tasting that "it was hard to choose just one flavor," the bride admits. The couple finally decided on layers of carrot, chocolate and raspberry cakes.

In the weeks since their wedding—and a mini-moon to Rutherford, California—Dare and Garrik have "had fun saying 'husband' and 'wife,' and settling back to normal life," Dare says. "We've enjoyed reminiscing about the wedding weekend with our friends and family, and planning our honeymoon."

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: The Green Ribbon Party Planning Co. || Ceremony Venue: The Carneros Inn || Reception Venue: The Carneros Inn || Bride's Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera || Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik || Bride's Wedding Ring: Cresalia Jewelers || Groom's Tux: Corneliani || Groom's Wedding Ring: Cresalia Jewelers || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Anna Elyse || Groomsmen Attire: Brooks Brothers || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Wilkes Bashford || Flower Girl Dress: Us Angels || Florist: Brown Paper Design || Caterer: The Carneros Inn || Stationery: Union Street Papery || Cake Baker: The Carneros Inn || Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and Town & Country Distinctive Event Rentals & Services || Entertainment: The All Stars || Photography: Kate Webber Photography

A Tulle Wedding Dress with Hand-Painted Gold Accents by Carolina Herrera

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Jun 112013
 
tulle carolina herrera wedding dress

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This Carolina Herrera wedding dress showcases some seriously luxe sparkle in a fun, unexpected way. A dramatic burst of hand-painted gold leaf gives the otherwise classic ball gown and veil a modern, artistic feel. The effect of the shiny foil is akin to thrown confetti or champagne bubbles, making this wedding dress perfect for a bride who can't wait to party. Cinched at the waist with a crisp gold and white bow, we think the finished look is the perfect blend of glam and sweet.

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—Courtney Lindstrand

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May 082013
 
maria f carolina herrera wedding dress

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We've come to expect clean lines and flawless tailoring from wedding dress guru Carolina Herrera, and this silk faille strapless tuxedo wedding dress from the designer's Spring 2014 collection is no exception. Designed for the fashion-forward bride, the menswear-inspired design still manages to exude femininity thanks to a fitted bodice and flirty strapless neckline accented with a spray of tulle.

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—Anne-Marie Scali

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Watch: Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2014 Runway Show

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Apr 252013
 
Carolina Herrera Spring 2014 Runway Video

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It doesn't get much more elegant than Carolina Herrera's Spring 2014 collection. For those of you itching to get an even closer look at her sophisticated styles (who wouldn't want to see the to-die-for details in action?), you can watch Carolina Herrera's runway presentation here! And don't forget to follow Brides on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Google+ to get even more behind-the-scenes photos, videos and news from Bridal Fashion Week.

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Apr 252013
 
Carolina Herrera Spring 2014 Runway Video

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It doesn't get much more elegant than Carolina Herrera's Spring 2014 collection. For those of you itching to get an even closer look at her sophisticated styles (who wouldn't want to see the to-die-for details in action?), you can watch Carolina Herrera's runway presentation here! And don't forget to follow Brides on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Google+ to get even more behind-the-scenes photos, videos and news from Bridal Fashion Week.

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Apr 212013
 
Carolina Herrera Spring 2014 Wedding Dresses

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Never short on sophistication, Carolina Herrera's Spring 2014 collection explores
the "romance and lightness of lace." Outfitting every design with her signature elegance, Herrera whipped up whimsical iterations of the popular fabric—everything from chantilly appliqués to stunning hand painted lace motifs on silk organza. Take a first look at the gorgeous gowns below, and see the complete Carolina Herrera Spring 2014 collection here.

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