Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The team hit the ground running on Thursday and saw runway shows by Theia, Inbal Dror, Anne Barge, YolanCris, and Pnina Tornai.

Ever since the ladies of ChicagoStyle Weddings attended New York International Bridal Week, they simply haven't been able to stop raving about all of the talented designers and gorgeous collections they got to experience firsthand. This week, we'll be delivering a day-by-day look into Bridal Week and all the runway shows we attended.

Photos courtesy of THEIA and runway photographer Lisa Miller.
The THEIA Fall 2017 Collection was the CSW team's very first taste of Bridal Week, and watching the light and airy designs float down the runway was the perfect start to the trip. THEIA described the collection as "embracing the destination bride" and infused the designs with an easy, relaxed bohemian vibe.
The collection featured bare shoulders, gentle silks, and silvery embroidered patterns that conjured up images of sand glinting in the sunlight. While THEIA designed the collection with destination brides in mind, the team thought that the collection was all encompassing- whether brides want to get married on the beach or somewhere more traditional, there was a gown in the collection that would perfectly suit the setting.
The models' ocean-kissed hair and light, dewy makeup complimented the designs perfectly, and the team thought the THEIA gowns did an amazing job of highlighting the models' natural beauty. What more could you ask of a wedding dress? 
Inbal Dror
Photos courtesy of Inbal Dror and Coded PR.
Next, the team headed over to the Inbal Dror runway show to watch the designer's latest collection come to life. The sultry, form-flattering gowns were paired with gentle acoustic music, creating an atmosphere that captivated the audience and kept them spellbound for the entirety of the show.
The Inbal Dror gowns were glamorous and decadent. Long, airy capes mingled with impressive trains, and intricate details added a luxurious feel to the designs.
The team agreed that the Inbal Dror show felt like a bold, fashion-forward performance and really enjoyed the drama of it all.
Anne Barge
Photos courtesy of Anne Barge, ODA PR, and Dan Lecca Photography.
The Anne Barge runway showcased gowns that were equally sensual and sensational. The collection featured vintage-inspired gowns with dramatic silhouettes and elaborate detail work. The unique intro to the show gave the audience the opportunity to see how the designs played off each other.
The Anne Barge gowns combined timeless elegance with current trends. Dainty headpieces came together with the gowns' incredible beading to create a slight homage to the fashions of bygone eras. 
 The gowns were resoundingly feminine. The team agreed that the Anne Barge models looked like a group of goddesses: beautiful and unforgettable.
Photos courtesy of Kleinfeld's and YolanCris.
 The YolanCris collection brought the drama to Bridal Week. Inspired by the romanticism and fragility of the Victorian age, the awe-inspiring collection toed the line between fashion and art.
  The designs embraced the richness of fabrics like lace, organza, and embroidered tulles, and used beading to craft floral patterns on the gowns. Highlights included corset silhouettes, bishop sleeves, circular skirts, and flouncy layers.
Pnina Tornai
Photos courtesy of Kleinfeld's Bridal and Pnina Tornai.
Glitzy, glamorous, and teeming with modern princess appeal, the Pnina Tornai runway stayed true to form and delivered a collection that was both luxurious and ultra-feminine. 
The designs feature Pnina's telltale body-hugging corsets, sophisticated hand embroideries and crystal embellishments, along with plenty of sheer paneling and plunging necklines. 
The collection truly showed the transformative power that a single dress can have.
Can't get enough of the CSW Bridal Week Diaries? Catch the next chapter tomorrow, and see the work of Francesca Miranda, Berta, and many more.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Luxurious, modern, and tinged with tradition, Nevene and BJ's reception at Pazzo's at 311 was an unforgettable and romantic affair. 
Nevene and BJ met during undergrad, and when BJ went on to medical school, long distance made the couple's relationship even stronger. "We made it through something that many couples struggle with," they told us proudly.
 "My entire immediate family lives in Chicago," Nevene explained when asked why the couple decided to tie the knot in the Windy City. "BJ has aunts and uncles in Chicago, but his family flew in from Palestine for our wedding celebration."

The couple got married just one month after finding out that BJ's medical residency would move them to Louisville, Kentucky. "Our wedding symbolized the end of our long distance relationship and the beginning of BJ's career, which he's been working towards so diligently," Nevene said. "Both of these things made our wedding day as special as it was."
Nevene and BJ got married a week before their Pazzo's celebration in a private ceremony at a mosque, in the presence of their closest relatives. The couple then celebrated their nuptials with extended family and friends at a Pazzo's reception that lasted long into the night. The affair incorporated gold details, large floral arrangements, and a stunning black and white dance floor.

Nevene and BJ opted to use a combination of traditional and modern Arabic music that kept their guests packing the dance floor all night long.
"I loved getting ready in the morning with my mom, sister, and my aunts who flew in from Palestine," Nevene said when asked about her favorite memories from the day. "I wanted nothing more than to be surrounded by my closest family while I was getting ready. The morning was so smooth and peaceful." BJ's favorite moment? The first look. 
Want to see more to see more of Nevene, BJ, and their beautiful wedding at Pazzo's at 311? Check out their incredible wedding video, made by Luis Feliciano

Featured Vendors: Ruben Ramos Photography (pics), Pazzo's at 311 (venue+catering)), Fay Sweeny (wedding consultant), Bella Sposa Boutique (gown), Jen Sorrentino (hair), Suit Supply (formalwear), Reesha Printing (invites), Flowers by Steen (floral), Orland Park Bakery (cake), DJ Yousef (entertainment), Luis Feliciano (videography)

Can't get enough Real Weddings? Check out Annie+Christopher's gorgeous wedding at Ravenswood Event Center, or head over to chicagostyleweddings.com and browse our gallery of Windy City nuptials!