NYC’s Top Hair Experts Talk Bridal Beauty: Tips Every Bride Should Know

One thing every bride has in common is wanting to look their best on their wedding day. After all, this is a monumental day in one’s life, so it should be an occasion to feel good about, and a happy memory to look back on in the heart, and in photographs.
Bridal beauty, especially hair style and color, can define the overall wedding day look. At Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition, we decided to get some tips from the experts, as you begin to prepare your vision for the big day.
Here are some words of wisdom from a couple of our favorite pros:
             Gather inspiration…
  • “Start collecting references of styles that you both like and don’t like,” says Andrea Donoghue, Lead Stylist at White Rose Collective. “Visuals definitely help the hair and make-up artist figure out your aesthetic. Look at images both current from some of your favorite designers, or past iconic beauties that you may admire.”

Show a little love, and make it a long-term commitment…

  • “If your hair needs a little love or repair due to heat or chemical damage, getting a treatment to improve the quality is something to think about at least 6-8 months ahead of time,” Andrea suggests. “Same with the skin. Doing a series of facials will help skin look bright, and make a great difference in how your skin appears in photos.”

Don’t let your wedding day be another fad victim…

  • “I would stay away from fad hair colors,” advises Nikki Ferrara, colorist at Marie Robinson Salon who is responsible for the hues on the likes of celebrities including Olivia Wilde and Mila Kunis. “You can use a small enhancement here and there with a highlight or two, but just remember that your wedding pictures externalizes your day. Don’t look back at your photos with regret of a color fad that’s going to be out of style next season.”

Be prepared to give your hair some time to settle into the right shade…

  • “Some brides really do want to change their color and more often it’s for a softer more natural (i.e. darker shade). I always suggest doing it 4-6 months before the wedding. This gives the color some time to settle into the shade that it wants to be. It also gives the bride, her fiancé, and family some time to get used to seeing herself as that deeper shade. Once the color has been perfected, I like to retouch them no longer than 2 weeks before the wedding,” says Nikki.

Slow down, Cowgirl. Save the color experiments for after the wedding…

  • Nikki Ferrara knows her spectrum of colors, but encourages brides to put the wild ideas on hold until after the wedding day. “Right before your wedding is no time to get adventurous with your color. No platinum, neons, pastels or anything that is not going to represent the prettiest, best version of yourself. If any of these colors are an itch that you just have to scratch, then I suggest a) thinking really hard about it, it’s harder to go back to the color you start with, and b) remember that different colors require maintenance– ask yourself how often you want to be at the salon. If all of these factors still point to yes, then I suggest to wait until after the wedding. You’ll thank your colorist in the end. Nobody wants to look at their wedding pictures and feel as though they are looking at a stranger when it is in fact them.”

The bottom line on color prep and maintenance…

  • “Bottom line is that your colorist isn’t going to steer you in the wrong direction for your big day. As long as you stay in the hair color palette that you already have (that is, if it is the right shade for you) then you can really do no wrong. Just make sure that you get back to the salon anytime between 2 weeks to a few days before the wedding, and the hair color portion of your wedding will be taken care of.”

Be true to your style…

  • And finally, at the end of the day, Andrea suggests keeping true to yourself: “Do something that feels like yourself. If you always wear your hair down and feel most comfortable that way. Look at references of your dream hair but down. You want to feel like the most beautiful version of yourself.”

To learn more about White Rose Collective, visit:, and be sure to check out the article entitled “Backstage Beauty” in the 2014 Edition of Sophisticated Weddings.

To learn more about Nikki Ferrara, visit, or go to

Photo courtesy of White Rose Collective.

Bring This Book On Your Honeymoon: “Chat Love” By Justine Faeth



At Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition, we get asked lots of questions, whether recommendations about a wedding venue or vendor, or simply advice regarding all things bridal. Recently, we have come by a request from several readers that posed a question we hadn’t even thought to ponder ourselves: What books are a must-read on the honeymoon? We heard what you were looking for- something fun, light, and an enjoyable read. Sure you could go for the latest epic drama to hit the New York Times Bestseller list, or a semi-celebrity autobiography that made the hot list on Amazon, but since we’ve been getting requests for something fresh- a real return to the good ol’ love story in the modern day, we got looking. So break out your Kindles, because we found “Chat Love” by Justine Faeth, your second best companion whether you’re relaxing on a remote beach, or honeymooning in an exotic retreat.

Chat Love is the story about Lucia, a twenty-seven year old television talent booker, that lives in New York City, and encounters a series of horrifying dates (that are sometimes slightly hilarious… only because they didn’t happen to us!), after trying to find love in real life and online. Facing pressure from her family to get married and start a family, and witnessing people around her finding love of their own, the protagonist finds slim pickins’ despite her best efforts, yet never fails to lose her inherent charm, even in her most pessimistic state of affairs. Ambitious as much as she is a hopeless romantic, Lucia never gives up on the notion that love is worth finding, even if it means encountering ‘undateables’ along the way.

This book possesses the perfect blend of wit, romance, and feel-good vibes, which is why we think it’s the perfect read for a honeymoon excursion. We know you’ll be busy enjoying the love of your life, but for those down times on the beach when you’re looking for something to relax with and indulge in, join Lucia in Chat Love as she goes through her own journey in looking for the one.

“Chat Love” is written by Justine Faeth (you can learn more about the author here), and is available for purchase at Barnes & Nobles, Amazon, and many other booksellers.

Make sure to keep your questions and requests coming! If you haven’t already picked up your copy of Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition, check your local newsstand or get it online.

Real Wedding At Chateau de Challain


Chateau de Challain in the Loire Valley of France is one of the most exquisite and romantic venues to get married in all of Europe. With access to the finest regional vendors and planners, having a magical destination wedding has never before been so seamless. Check out some of the amazing possibilities from this recent wedding at Chateau de Challain (and remember: anything is possible at the chateau- no two weddings are alike!).











Venue: Chateau de Challain

Designer: Cynthia Nicholson Abroad & Beyond events

Photography: Ingela Vågsund

Florals: Jean Marie Voignier Le Atlerier

Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror (provided by Panache Beverly Hills, customized by the Bride)

Wedding Shoes: Christian Dior

Bride’s Dress-Hat: Embellish Atelier

Bridesmaid Dresses: Dollywood Designs

Bridesmaid Shoes: Steve Madden

Ring Designer: Cara Jewelers Dubai

Groom’s Suit: Armani Collezioni

Groomsman Suit: Hugo Boss

Chateau Hair Stylist: Maude, Mod Coiff

Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Kela Wong

Chateau Makeup Artist: Rene Schutte

Fire Show:

Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition features this transcendent chateau within the article entitled “A Fairy Tale In France“. Check out this editorial online and in Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition, available on purchase on newsstands and online.

Perfect (Registry) Gifts For City Living

With notoriously limited space, New York City living can be a [fun] challenge. Challenge accepted! Blueprint Registry has 10 gifts that deliver high style and function: perfect for the city dweller desiring all the amenities of home.

EDITOR’S PICK: Pearl Beads Dinnerware by LENOX


Lenox is America’s leading tabletop and giftware brand. Lenox shares a passion for design and style with those who love to entertain and celebrate with family and friends. Lenox fine china, crystal, flatware, giftware, home décor and tabletop products are timeless pieces that reflect superb quality and craftsmanship. Pearl Beads, in platinum-rimmed fine white bone china, dress up any table and make for a thoughtful, elegant gift. Spirals of raised white dots grace broad pearlescent bands, and wide bands of platinum add to the pattern’s luster.



SodaStream can be used to make tons of fun drinks while saving a bit of money (not to mention cutting down on waste from all those cans and plastic bottles). Though already sleek in design, the SodaStream has partnered with Yves Behar to upgrade the machine to the new Source (starting at $99, pictured below). Improvements have been made to the user interface, bottle, touch-response features, and the machine’s visual feedback enhancing and simplifying the user experience.

EDITOR’S PICK: VMATTER 8” Chef Knife; Jade Professional v2.0



The VMatter 8” Chef knife is a modern interpretation of the all-purpose workhorse kitchen tool; $249. VMatter Professional & Executive Knives are made from an amorphous alloy that is both vitreous and metallic. A metal that is vitreous becomes stronger and more elastic than its crystalline counterpart. VMATTER knives combine the best properties of steel and ceramic. It retains its edge sharpness longer than steel, will not rust or become brittle like ceramic. VMATTER is not forged or stamped but injected molded, representing the most dramatic advancement in knife technology in 1,000 years.

LE CREUSET Signature Cast-Iron 5-Piece Cookware Set


When quality over quantity is required, this set plus a few more coordinated pieces will have you covered for all of your culinary endeavors. Stylishly serve meals right out of the pan with this classic set.




Provide versatile lighting for any space with this effortlessly cool and functional lamp.  Dramatic and sculptural, our floor lamp is a highly functional piece with style-defining presence. Inspired by professional lighting for the stage and film.




Whatever the occasion, a mobile bar cart can be the center of attention or stowed with ease. The Libations Bar Cart holds a cocktail party’s worth of barware and beverages remain close at hand on a trim trolley burnished with glow of yesteryear.



The Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth Active Speaker System is a fantastic gift for the music lover – get big sound and big style with this retro bluetooth speaker.

LAUNDRY BAG – Comes Out in the Wash



Laundry Bag – Comes Out in the Wash in the bag. Hang this handy Comes Out in the Wash Laundry Bag from a hook in the bedroom, bathroom or laundry room.



Don’t let limited outdoor space limit your green thumb. House your succulents, ferns and small flowers in this modern Cube Terrarium.



Missing home or want to remember your favorite vacation destination? A Maker and Moss map adds style and sentiment to your home. This is an artwork quality bathymetry chart. It is the equivalent of an above-water topographic wood map. Great for a study, office or weekend home.


BLUEPRINT REGISTRY is an innovative wedding gift registry offering you the ability to create a wedding wish list based on the layout of your home. Blueprint Registry is an absolutely free service to use – it costs you nothing and it costs your guests nothing. Registration is not only quick and easy to complete but helps customize your registry experience. For more information, or to get started, go to:

Andrew Prince Trunk Show At Kleinfeld May 30-June 1

andrewprince4This morning, Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition stopped by the home of “Say Yes To The Dress,” Kleinfeld, to take a peek at the exciting collection by Andrew Prince, whose trunk show will be taking place until Sunday evening. The jewelry and accessories designer who has notably been the man behind the pieces seen on “Downton Abbey,” gave us a mini-tutorial on how to achieve perfection with headpieces, tiaras, and more!

andrewprince6The accessories collection by Andrew Prince includes a wide breadth of options, including the ability to customize pieces, and even swap out colors and details tailored to the bride’s overall wedding day look. Each tiara has a velvet lining on the base, and can be tailored from ten different tones to match hair color, also adding comfort and preventing hair strands from getting snagged. From tiaras to earrings to hair pins, there is something for brides of all tastes and styles.





Andrew Prince himself is on-site at Kleinfeld through June 1st to showcase his collection and provide some very valuable insights for the big day. Here are a couple of quick tips we learned today:

  • For those wishing to minimize the appearance of wide hips, by placing a broach on either side on the hip, the accessory detail will provide a beautiful distraction from a vulnerable area.
  • The appearance of face shape and height can be affected by the placement of the tiara, veil, and the style earrings you choose.
  • When choosing a color stone to customize your tiara with, paler colors give more softness. Red can tend to look a bit like spots of blood, and blue can go very dark, giving the impression of ink blots.

Brides seeking the perfect accessory for their wedding day and some great tips on bridal fashion should be sure to get into this trunk show at Kleinfeld this weekend. Check out more designs by Andrew Prince by visiting his website, and also be sure to stop by as well!

Bridal Designer Celestina Agostino Graces The Red Carpet At Cannes Film Festival

cannes1 Paris bridal gown designer, Celestina Agostino, has been known to grace the wedding aisle with romance and femininity, and most recently the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. French actress Julia Piaton, who participated in the festival, was present for her leading role in “Qu’est qu’on a fait au bon Dieu”. A beautiful dress that perfectly captures the romance of Paris and the haute couture of France, this is one piece that is ideal for brides and celebrities alike.  cannes2Be on the look out for more from Celestina Agostino. A big name is bridal in France, this gifted designer is about to take the New York wedding scene by storm with her undeniable talent and stunning couture. Visit Celestina Agostino‘s website to view more from the collection.

Bridal Market: Isabelle Armstrong Spring 2015 Collection

ISABELLE ARMSTRONG BRIDALA relative newcomer to the bridal scene, native New York bridal couture line Isabelle Armstrong presented their sophomore collection at New York’s Bridal Market for Spring 2015. The collection embodied a harmonious blend of modern and classic styles, detailing elegance and glamour from French lace trumpet dresses to ranched organza and lace mermaid gowns.


A delightful surprise, and undoubtedly an “awww” moment for the show’s spectators was the incorporation of flower girl couture, with sweet little darlings strutting down the runway in beautifully crafted dresses.

ISABELLE ARMSTRONG BRIDAL To view more coverage of the collections featured in Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition, be sure to pick up a copy of the 2014 edition, and check out more looks from Bridal Market.

Bridal Market: Anne Barge Spring/Summer 2015 Collection


Channeling timeless grace within her trademark intricate beading and detailed embroidery, Anne Barge presented her Spring/Summer 2015 collection at New York’s Bridal Market runway at The London Hotel, thoughtfully presenting a clean, classic aura, and a dash of modernity.


Celebrating the feminine form with precision in its execution, from front to back, the Spring/Summer 2015 collection by Anne Barge was met with passion, creativity, and whimsy to be admired.



Diversity among necklines and silhouettes offered something special for every taste, shape, and style. From silk satin organza to Chantilly lace, each gown to grace the runway offered classic glamour, many of which incorporating ’30s vintage style inspiration. A collection to be met with adoration, Anne Barge has introduced a plethora of options this season for the sophisticated bride.

To view more coverage of the collections featured in Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition, be sure to pick up a copy of the 2014 edition, and check out more looks from Bridal Market.

Bridal Market: Monique Lhuillier Spring 2015 Runway

MONIQUE LHUILLIER BRIDALIt is that enchanting time of year in bridal again, when our favorite wedding gown designers present their immaculate vision for the the walk down the aisle along the Bridal Market runways. A designer close to our hearts that evokes passion, romance, and luxury, is the exquisite Monique Lhuillier, whose Spring 2015 bridal collection presented at Cedar Lake in New York City this past Friday, introduced an ethereal daydream brought to life.


Inspired in a John Singer Sargent portraiture, silk satin organza and signature Chantilly lace gowns lent an dreamy, alluring energy. Flow and grace was executed, as expected, with seamless precision. Along with traditional ivory and silk white tones, Monique incorporated a variety of shades including blush, hydrangea, pistachio, and mist.


Although the gowns were undoubtedly the highlight of the show, Monique’s sandals and ankle booties of silk and white lace and silver metallic, made for a perfect modern complement, while her platinum engagement rings completed the eternally timeless look.

To view coverage of Monique Lhuillier’s collections featured in Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition, be sure to pick up a copy of the 2014 edition, and check out more looks from Bridal Market.

Photo Credit: Dan Lecca

Designers Go From Pencil & Paper To The Runways Of The Spring 2014 Bridal Market

By Mindy Woon

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With Bridal Market just around the corner, designers are busily putting the final touches on their newest collections and finalizing their runway shows. As one of the co-owners of the Group 868 showroom I was able to get a sneak peek at what is coming out from the designers we represent. This is the time when the anticipation and expectation is high. What new creations will our designers come up with this season? Will there be better and more fascinating gowns than last time? I can assuredly answer yes to all.

Anne Bowen is an American designer who has been designing for 15 years. Her looks are sexy and glamorous, red carpet worthy. She is known for her beautiful unique beading using semi-precious stones and crystals. While designing her bridal collection this season, Anne was inspired by nature particularly sea animals that mate for life. Water is a recurring theme so the fabrics are light and sheer with water inspired details. She uses an abundance of crystals and pearls to convey the feeling of waves and foam. There are mermaid, fit and flair, and a-line shapes with dramatic trains. Though the gowns may appear light there is plenty of structure in the beautifully beaded corset tops and in the construction of the gowns. These gowns are perfect for your very own red carpet wedding.

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Francesca Miranda is our premier South American designer. Her light frothy creations give just the right amount of romance with an insouciant twist. This season is no different. Novelty lace from Europe, sheer organza, and light chiffons are the forefront of this collection with her finishing touch of adding sparkle to the gowns in a subtle way. Her gowns are subtly layered with lace or hand printed chiffons underneath to give depth to the final result. The gowns then get a final dusting of stardust (beading). The shapes are sexy and romantic at the same time with fit and flair shapes, plunging necklines, and interesting backs. She even has one gown that is actually a beautiful lace body suit with a fabulous fit and flair skirt. This is a collection that will inspire the romance of a wedding.

Rembo Styling is a bridal company based in Belgium. They are debuting their collection for the first time in the U.S. this season. The beautiful European made gowns have gorgeous house designed vintage inspired Belgian lace on chiffons and organza fabrics. This collection is perfect for the “boho chic” girl who is getting married on a farm in the country but at the same time can entice the city loft bride. The shapes are soft and airy with a slight vintage feel to them. A must see collection that will have wide appeal.

Halo and Co. is our glamour girl accessory line. All the pieces are handmade in the U.K. of Swarovski crystals and pearls trimmed in lace and tulle. This season the collection has a 1940’s/ 1950’s vintage feel with chunky stones in floral and circular motifs. There is everything from combs, sidebands, headbands and ribbon bands to matching handbags and earrings. This season they brought in more double combs that are connected with crystals to give a bride the option of using the combs to create a unique hairdo. A bride never can have enough bling.

Susan Spring for the Wedding Dresser is our soft accessories line by a local Brooklyn designer. She does everything from cute little shrugs to caplets. This season Susan stepped it up on her jackets. There are English net shrugs, lace tops, organdy over blouses, and fur caplets trimmed with beading. She also has beautiful novelty gloves and mitts in lace and English net trimmed in beading, something that is not readily available. This may be the next accessory trend. These are the perfect little add-ons to complete a bride’s outfit and bring it up a notch. Absolutely luxurious and very glam!

There are lots of exciting trends in gowns to look forward to in the stores this fall and plenty of interesting accessories coming out that a bride can use to put her own stamp to what her look will be on her wedding day.


Mindy Woon is an owner of The Sample Room NY and Group 868.