03/19/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Sarah + Richard

Sherri Barber Photography

Sarah + Richard had a beautiful enchanted garden style wedding despite the rain at Greenacres Art Center. What started as an outdoor ceremony turned into an intimate indoor celebration with dearest family and friends gathered happily to celebrate these two fabulous people. A little rain only increased the enchanted mood of the evening! Photographs by Sarah Sterling of Sherri Barber Photography.

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03/12/2017  . A Paper Anniversary | Leah + Dan

A Paper Anniversary | Leah + Dan

We are so excited to share Leah + Dan’s story this week on the blog as it is truly a perfect example of romance and friendship coming together. We loved their rustic, flower filled Ann Arbor wedding and were delighted to learn about their anniversary tradition of visiting a National Park each year whose origins are in their engagement. We asked them to share a little about their first year of marriage and all of their adventures since saying “I Do”.

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03/06/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Lauren + Patrick

Leppert Photography

An elegant, glamorous Hall of Mirrors wedding with true urban style! Two Cincinnati transplants fell in love with each other and have made this city their home. Lauren, a beautiful Ben-gal met Patrick, owner of Scene Ultra Lounge one day at the gym and soon after they knew their hearts had been captured. Lauren shared the incredible engagement story and photos with us which you can see here. Wedding photos were taken by Laura Leppert of Leppert Photography.

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02/27/2017  . How Do You Do ‘I Do’? | Robin Wood Flowers

If flowers have a secret language then Robin Wood and her brilliant team speak in blooms and vines. We have featured so many couples on our Wedding Spotlight series whose wedding day’s were completed with the floral designs of Robin Wood Flowers. We asked Robin to give us a little insight into the origins of her passion and what she offers the Cincinnati wedding community.  

Robin McKerrell Photography

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02/15/2017  . How Do You Do ‘I Do’? | Hyde Park Bridal

Amanda, owner of Hyde Park Bridal

Amanda Cacaro, Owner of Hyde Park Bridal

Amanda Cacaro, owner of Hyde Park Bridal, shared her gorgeous destination wedding with us a few years ago to kick off our Wedding Spotlight blog series. We asked her to kick off our “How Do You Do ‘I Do’?” series where we interview wedding vendors who have been a part of our couple’s big day! We have featured many brides on our blog who have found the perfect dress at Hyde Park Bridal so we wanted to ask Amanda what’s new in wedding dress design and to share her love, knowledge and enthusiasm for helping brides find the gown of their dreams. 

Since her store has been open, Amanda and her team have been recognized for numerous local and national honors including “Best of The Knot” and Wedding Wire’s “Couples’ Choice Award” for five consecutive years. They were also recently recognized as one of the “Top 50 Best Bridal Salons” in the country by BRIDES magazine for the second year in a row. Hyde Park Bridal will celebrate its fifth year anniversary this September and we look forward to seeing what’s in store for this beautiful shop!

Hyde Park Bridal | Mandy Leigh Photography

Hyde Park Bridal opened almost five years ago! What changes have you noticed in wedding dress design since then?  

It’s so fun to see how wedding gowns and trends have evolved just in the last five years since Hyde Park Bridal opened! There are still a lot of similarities of course, but each year we always see something a little new! 

Hyde Park Bridal

What I have noticed most about the designs of wedding gowns is the willingness of the designers and brides to take risk and try something out of the box! Each year the designs have gotten a little more unique with their embroidery, lace, color options, sleeve/straps, beading, etc.. We really have no idea what we are going to see when we go to bridal market and that’s the most exciting time for us!

Alvina Valenta | Hyde Park Bridal

Alvina Valenta | Hyde Park Bridal

Is there a certain style wedding dress that has been more popular than others in the past year or two? If so, what do you think it is about the dress that makes it so?

Over the past couple of years colored gowns have become much more popular and pretty standard for a bride to want. A large selection of our gowns are sampled in a blush, champagne and even a purple color. 

Blush by Hayley Paige | Hyde Park Bridal

Blush by Hayley Paige | Hyde Park Bridal

Lace remains a classic but more brides want full long sleeve lace gowns or the option to add sleeves to a gown for the ceremony that can be removed for the reception.

Two-tone gowns where the lining is a different color than the top layer are all the rage right now. The lining really enhances the top lace and/or fabric creating the perfect pop of color. This design looks gorgeous, photographs amazing and our brides are really loving it!

 

The shape of the gowns for our brides is truly all over the place! We sell a variety of gown silhouettes but more and more brides are loving a layered or textured skirt. From fit to flare or ball gowns, our brides love the drama a layered skirt gives their bridal gown!

Calla Blanche | Hyde Park Bridal

Calla Blanche | Hyde Park Bridal

Hayley Paige | Hyde Park Bridal

Hayley Paige | Hyde Park Bridal

 

Is there a style you wish more brides gave a chance? What do you think brides would enjoy about it?

Ball gowns! So many brides come in completely against a ball gown silhouette and it’s hard to get a bride to try one. When brides put on a full gown they feel like a princess and totally get the bridal moment they were hoping for! Ball gowns aren’t for everyone but it’s fun to at least try one and you will be shocked at how much they can surprise you! I mean your wedding day is the one day you can go big….right?

 

 

What are you looking forward to this year at Hyde Park Bridal? 

We recently expanded Hyde Park Bridal into our new second floor space! To say we are excited is an understatement! We have a gorgeous new bridal suite and the cutest pink spiral staircase leading to the new space. We now have room for more gowns and designers!

Hayley Paige | Chandon | Hyde Park Bridal

We have added two new designers: Calla Blanche (the most swoon-worthy Pinterest type gowns) and Jim Hjelm by Hayley Paige (classic and elegant with the signature Hayley Paige flare). Hyde Park Bridal is now the exclusive Hayley Paige retailer for all of her lines in the Cincinnati area and beyond! Upstairs we can also fit more appointments into our weekends and schedule accessory only appointments as well which our brides are loving!

Hyde Park Bridal

Hyde Park Bridal

Thank you so much, Amanda, for taking the time to share your insights and beautiful shop with us! See Amanda + Joe’s gorgeous destination wedding feature

Read more about Amanda and Hyde Park Bridal.

See more gorgeous photos of Hyde Park Bridal and read Megan Noll’s spotlight on Amanda.

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02/06/2017  . A Paper Anniversary | Kelsey + Lexy

Kelsey + Lexy | 11 Eleven Photography

Coral, silver, cotton, pottery, silk and paper. A tradition started in the Victorian Era, each wedding anniversary has it’s own unique material that is meant to embody and reflect the growth and spirit of the couples’ love over time. Paper is for the first year. A Paper Anniversary is a celebration and a look back at some of our couples first year together. We are thrilled to share Kelsey + Lexy’s story first.

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