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Images: Chris Ferenzi Photography

I survived (barely) a day of Jury Duty selection yesterday and somehow actually got picked to have to sit on the trial next week (boo!). Between that crazy long day and how INSANELY fierce my allergies are today … well let’s just say thank GOD it’s Friday. Andy & I will be locked up in the nursery and our house all weekend trying to get the nursery MOSTLY finished and the house cleaned before we have some visitors next weekend.

For today we have some link love to start the post and then some SERIOUSLY CHIC bridal style inspiration thanks to a gorgeous couple that The Plannery worked with last year. Just wait til you see more images of Melissa & Tashia’s gorgeous bridal style – lace, off the shoulder straps, a sick white suit … and so much more. Check it all out after LINK LOVE – thanks to Chris Ferenzi for the images!

LINK LOVE – April 3, 2015

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And now, some seriously gorgeous, modern bridal fashion inspiration.

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Overall Style: Perhaps as a testament to our decision to spend our lives together, we quickly and easily determined what our overall style would be: understated glamour.  Our wedding itself was inspired by an Old Hollywood, art deco feel and our personal looks were each of our individual takes on that overarching style.  We wanted to express our individualism but also make sure that we looked like a fantastic ensemble, which we did by incorporating elements of each other’s style choices.

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Melissa shares,

I have never been a princess-y type of girl, so I knew that I wanted to pull of a chic and elegant wedding day look.  A sheath dress was my obvious choice.  I chose a beautiful strapless, ivory Pronovias dress, which was a combination of chiffon and lace detailing.  As an added bonus (and a surprise to Tashia post-ceremony!), the dress came with a beautiful off-the-shoulder lace bolero, which I removed for the reception.  The ladies at Green and Blue Studio did a fantastic job making sure my dress fit perfectly, giving me the elegant silhouette I was really seeking.

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If you’re going to go Old Hollywood, you have to have a birdcage veil.  I found an awesome and inexpensive veil on Etsy and then found a gorgeous jeweled art deco hairpin that I used to dress up the veil.  I wore some amazing (but very heavy!) Ben Amun chandelier earrings as my only piece of jewelry so as not to overdo the bling to chic ratio.  But by far and away, my favorite part of my outfit were my embellished Badgley Mischka heels, which had a fantastic jeweled detail on the heel and were true showstoppers.

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For makeup and hair, in keeping with our understated glamour idea, I knew I wanted to keep it simple.  I had very short hair at the time, so I made sure I was all shaped-up the week of and styled my hair with a little curl on one side, or, as Tashia calls it, my “fancy hair.”  For makeup, I went with a smokey eye and a bold red lip, thanks to my awesome artist Carolyn at Modern Bridal Studio.

Dress: Pronovias Barcelona | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Veil: Etsy | Earrings: Ben Amun | Makeup: Modern Bridal Studio

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Tashia shares,

When we started talking about wedding attire I knew I wanted to wear pants.  We learned about Fourteen, a clothing line which makes pants, vests, etc. for the lesbian, queer, and trans communities, and were immediately interested.  We wanted an elegant and classical style for our wedding, so I decided on a backless vest from Fourteen’s Spyer Collection, which was custom made in a white sateen fabric, and straight-leg sateen tux pants.  For my shirt, I definitely wanted to have a lace element to match the lace that Melissa had hoped to have in her wedding dress.  Melissa’s mom visited fabric stores and collected several lace samples.   At one of these fabric stores she met an older lady who offered to make my shirt, free-of-charge!  This was obviously a deal we couldn’t pass up.   My shoes for our ceremony were a pair of white Vince Camuto stilettos and for the reception I changed into a pair of Blue Papaya oxfords with a lace detail that I instantly fell in love with the moment I saw them.

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After several months of waiting, we finally received all of the pieces for Tashia’s wedding getup.  Unfortunately, everything did not fit as nicely as one would hope, but we found a great alterations places in Dupont Circle, Green and Blue Studio.  The ladies at Green and Blue ensured that every piece fit perfect and did so without over-charging us, which was quite a relief.

On our wedding day, Melissa surprised me with amazing Givenchy accessories as a wedding gift.  The teardrop earrings and bracelet were just my style, shiny but tasteful.  My mother presented me with one of her diamond pendants as my “something borrowed,” and I was thrilled to wear it on my wedding day.

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I didn’t want to spend money getting my hair and makeup done professionally so I recruited one of my fabulous makeup loving friends to do my makeup.  Mandy did an excellent job giving me the “Princess Jasmine” look that I wanted (yes, I’m a child and wanted my makeup to resemble that of a Disney Princess).  Another friend lent her assistance in the hair department.  I wanted a simple ballerina bun and that’s exactly what I got!

Vest/Pants: Fourteen | Shirt: Custom | Shoes: Vince Camuto & Blue Papaya | Jewelry: Givenchy | Hair and Makeup: Family friends | Full wedding & details over on the The Plannery’s blog.

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