Weddings + EngagementsDec 28, 2011
Love is in the air, as a number of shops stock up on the best in wedding wear.
Story: Jill Manoff
Photos: Badgley Mischka (top), Just Sweets (bottom left)
BADGLEY MISCHKA AT BERRYBRIDGE BRIDAL.
Adding to a considerable selection of bridal gowns by the industry’s top designers, including Vera Wang and Anne Barge, Berrybridge Bridal owners Janey Thompson and Marie Brauer recently acquired Badgley Mischka Bridal. Sold in STL exclusively at the Ladue-based boutique, Mark Badgley and James Mischka’s wedding-catered collection offers brides Old Hollywood-style, feminine gowns with intricate embellishments —and possibly good luck built in; “Sex and the City’s” Charlotte York wore the label in her second wedding to Harry.9904 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.997.1439.
IVANKA TRUMP FINE JEWELRY COLLECTION AT ELLEARD HEFFERN.
A mogul in her own right, Ivanka Trump recently turned her passion for jewelry into the fi rst business to carry her own name. The weddingperfect Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry Collection, composed of unique jewels that “rock tradition,” was recently picked up by Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelry in Clayton. Described as “heirloom-chic jewelry,” the modern line is inspired by standout vintage styles from the ’20s to the ’60s—and has already earned a number of awards (No. 1 New Fine Jewelry Collection for 2011 by United Brands) as well as fans on and off the red carpet. Blake Lively, Jennifer Lopez and Natalie Portman are among the many stars who’ve been spotted in Trump’s statement pieces. 101 S. Hanley Rd., Clayton, 314.863.8820.
MODERN TUXEDOS AT SAVVI FORMALWEAR.
The rented tuxedo has just been revolutionized. If you’ve long equated borrowed black-tie wear with pleated pants and boxy jackets, you’re in luck; tapered tuxedos with narrow lapels and fl at-front pants are new to Savvi for 2012, as are fi tted shirts in white and ivory variations. In addition, as cummerbunds are back, Savvi has stocked up on the style, along with matching bow ties. Multiple locations, savviformalwear.com.
The Sweetest Thing
Recently opened online dessert shop Just Sweets offers gifts that keep on giving, with sweet subscriptions to offerings like sweet buns, raspberry criss-cross squares, chocolate babka and ginger honey mini-cakes. Made with fair-trade, organic and local ingredients, these treats are as easy on the conscience as they are on the sweet tooth. A three-, six- or 12-month gift subscription delivers a different dessert each month to the recipient—a thoughtful thank-you treat for the wedding party, or a sweet gift for the newly wedded couple. Fan favorites also make for great wedding favors or dessert stations on the big day. Visit justsweetsdesserts.com for more info.
A Sip of Cake
STL-based Pearl Vodka recently added a new fl avor to its mix that’s making cocktail-happy brides grin from ear to ear. Aptly named Wedding Cake, the spirit carries rich fl avors of vanilla and almond, with just a hint of buttercream. Pair it with pomegranate and Prosecco for a sparkling rosé cocktail, or with chocolate syrup and half and half for a sweet dessert martini. Visit pearlweddingcake.com to find more recipes for novelty cocktails to dress up your reception.
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