BHLDN x Trousseau Style | Event Recap

Philadelphia Bridal Stylist Lauren Hartman

On April 27, 2017, I had the pleasure of hosting a styling event at BLHDN Philadelphia. Along with, ONLO Beauty, Flowers by Jenna Rayesky, Champagne from One Hope and yummy treats from Nutmeg Cake Design. Check out some photos from Love Me Do Photography below.

BHLDN Philadelphia Styling Event
BHLDN Philadelphia Styling Event
One Hope Wine at BHLDN Philadelphia Styling Event
BHLDN Philadelphia Styling Event
Trousseau Style and BHLDN Philadelphia
BHLDN Philadelphia Styling Event
BHLDN Philadelphia Styling Event
Trousseau Style at BHLDN Philadelphia
Trousseau Style at BHLDN Philadelphia
Trousseau Style at BHLDN Philadelphia
Trousseau Style at BHLDN Philadelphia
Trousseau Style at BHLDN Philadelphia

Looks fun, right?! During the event, we talked about gaining clarity and direction when shopping for all the events surrounding your wedding. Because, let's face it, the options are endless, and it's easy to get overwhelmed when shopping.

First Things First

The first thing I ask all my bridal and personal styling clients is "how do you want to feel?". Your clothing is your armor; a dress that makes you feel confident can get you through the blushing moment of opening lingerie in front of your further mother-in-law. It can also contribute to loosing your cool and feeling extremely uncomfortable when your guest give slightly embarrassing toasts at the rehearsal dinner. You should be able to rely on your outfit to make you feel comfortable and confident. So be sure to take the time to look inside and decide how you want to feel.

Determine Your Vibe

Next, you'll want to consider the overall vibe and venue of your event to ensure a cohesive look. Choose a theme like "old Hollywood glam" or "classic elegance" and stick to it. While you can stray from your wedding vibe for the pre-wedding events, try to keep some repetitive decor elements to connect the dots.

Find Visual Inspiration

I like to find some sort of visual inspiration as a guide. For example, if you're having a feminine and whimsical bridal shower, maybe an ornate tea cup is your inspiration. Your inspiration can be anything, a pair of shoes, a certain flower or print.Allow this visual inspiration to keep you on track when shopping - when you see a gorgeous white dress, ask yourself if it matches your visual inspiration before falling in love.

And then, we shopped...

After sharing some tips and tricks, we had plenty of time to SHOP! Congrats to all the bride's-to-be that founds their pre-wedding event dresses, bridesmaids dresses, veils, jewelry and beyond! It was great meeting you and shopping with you!

BHLDN Philadelphia Styling Event
BHLDN Philadelphia Styling Event
BHLDN Philadelphia Styling Event
BHLDN Philadelphia Styling Event
BHLDN Philadelphia Styling Event
BHLDN Philadelphia Styling Event
BHLDN Philadelphia Styling Event
BHLDN Philadelphia Styling Event
BHLDN Philadelphia Styling Event

xx,
Lauren

Fall in Love 2018

Logo by Papertree Studio

Logo by Papertree Studio

Brides-to-be, join us on September 17th from 12-3pm for the second annual Fall in Love event at L. Priori Jewelry's studio in Rittenhouse! We'll be chatting about wedding wardrobe styling tips for all the events around your wedding and the Big Day, too! Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Check out the highlights from last year, it was pretty fun!!

Event highlights include:

L. Priori Jewelry - Wedding bands and wedding day jewelry ready to try on.
- Nutmeg Cake Design - The yummiest mini cupcakes and macarons.
Lo Fi Aperitifs - Gentian Armano + rose wine = yummy cockails.
- Onlo Beauty -Braid bar to get you boho chic. Oh, and massage too!
- Brittani Elizabeth - Photographing the event - smile!
- Trousseau Style - Styling your day of bridal look.
- RAM Floral - Unbelievably lush centerpieces.
- Arielle Fera Events - Styling the day to perfection.
- Papertree Studio - Impressive options for stationery suites.
Priscilla Costa - One of a kind custom wedding gowns.

PLUS, door prizes, giveaways, and plenty of champagne! Can't wait to see you there!

xx,
Lauren

A New Way to Wear Florals

Bridal Trends 2017

Bridal trends have come and gone, but flowers have adorned brides' wedding look for centuries. In ancient Roman times, brides carried bunches of fresh herbs to symbolize fidelity and fertility (and to ward away evil spirits). And we all know the tradition of the bride tossing her bouquet at the end of the ceremony for good luck. But recently, it’s not just about the bouquet, flowers have become an important part of the bride’s look. From flower crowns to floral lace, we partnered with some amazingly talented vendors to showcase some of the newest bridal trends.

Photography | Hope Helmuth
Styling | Trousseau Style
Floral Design | Bloom Flower Co.
Makeup | Makeup by Emily Dimant
Hair | Ariel Katrina Hair
Dresses + Veils | Ashe B. Co.
Jewelry | L. Priori Jewelry
Models | Sarah Maher + Gabrielle Paoletti

Rustic Branches

It’s hard to resist soft petals and fragrant blooms, but there’s a new trend in town! Branches introduce an interesting element that isn’t usually found at weddings - the wild roughness of the great outdoors. When paired with soft tulle and lace in makes a fresh and undeniable combination. Use branches in your bouquet, floral ring, or hair piece for a rustic look.

Cascading Blooms

The Cathedral Veil has recently made a huge comeback, and for good reason! At 108 to 120 inches, it’s often longer than the dress train, making a dramatic statement when walking down the aisle. Fresh cascading flowers add even more drama and is perfect for the traditional, yet boho bride. Opt for all white flowers or petals for a more traditional look.

The New Flower Crown

The new flower crown has arrived! Instead of going with a traditional flower crown, brides can wear a lush blossom hair piece. The bride can choose the area to feature, be it the front, back or side of the head. It’s perfect for brides wanting to achieve a naturally dramatic look. Don’t be too particular about the placement, it’s meant to look and feel out-of-the-wild!

Floral Lace

Among the most traditional trends is floral lace. Lace has long been considered a bridal staple because of its inherently delicate nature and steep price tag. Traditionally, the trimmings of bridal lace were handed down through generations to brides in the family lineage. More recently, this tradition has become popular again as brides use their lace from a family member’s veil and or dress. Don’t have any heirloom lace? No problem! Start a tradition of your own!

Summer Fashion Tip

One thing I love about living in the Philadelphia is experiencing every season. Whatever season we’re currently in is usually announced as my favorite (ok, ok, besides winter!). Fall is crisp and fresh (plus, pumpkin spice evrrrything!). Winter is winter… Spring is full of new life and new beginnings. And summer is especially fond.

Since childhood, I looked forward to summer the entire school year. I could hardly wait to trade in homework for summer reading, bedtime for sleepovers and evenings stuck inside for ice cream cones and fireflies! It was the most carefree time of every year. 

While there's no summer vacation in adulthood, I think we all look forward to longer days, warm nights and letting all our worries melt away.

If I can give you one fashion tip for the summer ahead, it’s to embrace that carefree attitude and lead with your inner beauty. Skip the foundation, let your hair air dry, go braless with that maxi dress and for the love of life, WEAR THE SWIM SUIT! Who knows what next summer will bring, but life is definitely too short to stay inside.

Oh, and tip #2 - ALWAYS wear sunscreen ;)

Happy summer, babes!

xx,
Lauren

The Art Institute of Philadelphia's Global Fashion Entrepreneurship Symposium

On May 18th, I had the pleasure of attending The Art Institute of Philadelphia's Global Fashion Entrepreneurship Symposium at the Kimmel Center. Some of Philadelphia’s top trend setters came together to discuss the innovative business trends, ideas, and inspiration of Philly’s fashion industry. 

Featured guest speakers included: Joan Shepp, founder and owner of Joan Shepp, Kristen Detterline-Munro, editor and Chief of Philly Style Magazine, Mary K. Dougherty of Mary K. Doughtery & Associates and owner of Nicole Miller stores, Nigel Richards, founder of 61 Lifestyle and Toi Sweeny, stylist and brand image strategist.

It was quite an honor to hear these Philadelphia fashion leaders and entrepreneurs talk about how they got started in the industry, built thriving businesses and stay inspired.

One thing they all have in common? Their love of Philadelphia! This group has traveled the world and they are all proud to call Philadelphia home. I couldn't agree more! Philadelphia is home to unbelievably fashionable designers, artists, jewelers, boutiques, and so many other talented people! 

Photos by David Kester

Thank you for having me, Art Institute of Philadelphia!

xx,
Lauren