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Noshing At Tiffany’s Styled Shoot — The Wedding

It was important to me, as the producer of Noshing At Tiffany’s, to make sure that in addition to capturing the brilliant details created by the dream team of vendors, that we also create a mock wedding that would not only showcase the beautiful and artistic elements, but also highlight major Jewish traditions that you’d likely see or experience at your Jewish or Jew-ish wedding.

So, let’s take a walk down the aisle together as we watch our models (who are real-life husband and wife!) Runya and Jason get married with their (new) friends, Yana and Jonathan serving as their best man and maid of honor!

It all starts with some portraits of this good looking crew!

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After portraits, it’s time to sign the ketubah! The ketubah is called Jerusalem Love Tree and is by Anna Abramzon. We love how it’s a modern and whimsical piece of art, but still matches the Tiffany’s blue vintage theme. The couple signed the ketubah and their wedding party served as their witnesses. In real life, remember, your witnesses should be Jewish, non-blood relatives, and don’t forget to use an archival pen, not a Sharpie or Paper Mate.

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Once the ketubah ceremony is finished, it’s time to head over to the chuppah ceremony! Happy Flowers set up and decorated the chuppah in addition to the creative flower duties. Even on a blustery day, the chuppah held up and stood strong! The bride and groom stood under the chuppah together, shared some wine in the kiddush cup, got wrapped in the groom’s tallit, and of course, the big finish was stepping on the glass!

There is so much more that takes place in a real chuppah ceremony, but here we are focusing on some of the photogenic snippets. “Mazel tov” to the “married” (again to each other) couple!

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After the ceremony, it’s time to celebrate! How about some merriment around a stylishly decorated table, brilliantly designed by Cynthia Alexander of An Enlightened Event? We’ve already gushed over the details of the table, but now it’s time to talk about what happens at the table.

Toasts to the bride and groom! Snuggling as “newlyweds!” And Ooooo-ing and Ahhhh-ing over the decor! Yes, this is definitely a brunch party like no other.

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There’s still nothing like a real Jewish wedding and there are plenty more REAL ones in store as The Wedding Yentas receives submissions daily. If you’d like to send your waiting in for review, please email alison @ theweddingyentas dot com for details. I’ll need your wedding photos zipped or sent through Dropbox, a full vendor list with links, and a blurb about the day. Photographers and other wedding pros may also submit via Two Bright Lights.

Producing Noshing At Tiffany’s was a total blast and I’m still pinching myself that this team came together and made this much beauty. Are you inspired to design your own vintage wedding?

Noshing At Tiffany's Styled Shoot

Photographer: Erin Saldana Photography
Venue and Catering: Stonehaus at The Westlake Village Inn
Styled Shoot Designer and Wedding Coordinator: An Enlightened Event
Bride and Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories: Mill Crest Vintage
Floral Design & Chuppah: Happy Flowers
Event Design and Rentals: Pretty Vintage Table
Tuxedos: Friar Tux
Blue Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Bobalu Berries
Rolls Royce: Classy Chassis
Dessert Topper and Servingware: Bling Diva Designs
Paper Food Cards and Paper Table Number: Fla-de-Dahs
Ketubah: Anna Abramzon Studio
Hair Stylist: Hair of the Bride, Helena Van Zandbergen
Makeup Artist: Sam Salk
Linens: Ventura Rental Party Center

Wonderful Models: Runya Simon, Jason Simon, Yana Ward, Jonathan Bluth

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Noshing At Tiffanys Styled Shoot – The Fashion

Paula Cooperman of Mill Crest Vintage shares with us today her vision for the fashion showcased in our Noshing at Tiffany’s styled shoot. As a leading boutique and stylist in the vintage clothing industry, Mill Crest Vintage provided handfuls of options for our beautiful models, Runya and Yana, to wear based on the inspired era and film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. We were so lucky to be able to play dress-up with such beautiful dresses and accessories! It is truly every girl’s dream! I personally enjoyed examining the vintage dresses and imagining the stories behind them, as they are both original pieces. What fun!

The Breakfast at Tiffany’s Style

The legendary classic style of the wardrobe in Breakfast at Tiffany’s still influences fashion half a century later. Not only did it secure Audrey Hepburn as a style icon, it also made several chic items as famous as the movie itself.

The Bride:

For the bride, we chose this amazing 1950s Alfred Angelo lace vintage wedding dress for its classic lines and whimsical style. The tea length vintage wedding dress is done in a soft white floral lace-adorned net over two layers of tulle and a magnificent silk satin lining.

The sheer lace bodice features a scooped neckline in the lace, which is trimmed in pearls. The silk satin lining, which shows through the lace, offers a sweetheart neckline. Thirty self-covered buttons groom the back and six self covered buttons detail the long sheer sleeves. The full, gathered skirt, which is lined in silk satin and two layers of tulle, falls from just below the natural waist and features a beautiful lace floral design in the sheer net overlay. Paired with a chic crown style headpiece with attached veil, the look is timeless and classic.

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The Bridesmaid:

Audrey Hepburn wore a fabulous little black cocktail dress that is now often referred to as “the definitive LBD.” We chose this fabulous authentic 1950s little black vintage dress, which was designed in the pique of the fashion’s era.

The dress is done in a silk linen blend for our beautiful bridesmaid. The bodice features a banded V-cut neckline and sweet capped sleeves. The skirt, which falls from the cinched waist, finishes just below the knee. We paired it with a petticoat to show fullness. Accessorized with a simple chic velvet headpiece, over-sized black sunglasses, iconic vintage pearl necklace and black gloves, we were able to capture the iconic style of Holly Golightly with ease.

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Both dresses are currently available at Mill Crest Vintage and personalized bridal consultations are available by appointment.

Photographer: Erin Saldana Photography
Venue and Catering: Stonehaus at The Westlake Village Inn
Styled Shoot Designer and Wedding Coordinator: An Enlightened Event
Bride and Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories: Mill Crest Vintage
Floral Design & Chuppah: Happy Flowers
Event Design and Rentals: Pretty Vintage Table
Tuxedos: Friar Tux
Blue Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Bobalu Berries
Rolls Royce: Classy Chassis
Dessert Topper and Servingware: Bling Diva Designs
Paper Food Cards and Paper Table Number: Fla-de-Dahs
Ketubah: Anna Abramzon Studio
Hair Stylist: Hair of the Bride, Helena Van Zandbergen
Makeup Artist: Sam Salk
Linens: Ventura Rental Party Center

Wonderful Models: Runya Simon, Jason Simon, Yana Ward, Jonathan Bluth

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You Have a Junior Bridesmaid. Now What?

Your younger, but not thaaaaat much younger cousin whose hair you used to french braid for dance class every Thursday. The cute girls down the street who considered you their favorite babysitter when they were tiny and you used to gossip with their mom after she’d come home from work. Your fiance’s only niece and the other cute girl in his life who takes him up on every offer for a piggy back ride and tea party. None of these girls are young enough to be the toddling and cute-but-clueless flower girl who walks down the aisle. But they’re also not old enough to be a bridesmaid who can do and afford all of the bridesmaid-y events. So, you have an epiphany and say to yourself, “Self! I know! [Insert Name Here] can be a JUNIOR BRIDESMAID!”

Genius idea, but what the blintzes does a junior bridesmaid even do?

Well, a junior bridesmaid is like a watered down version of an adult bridesmaid and a totally upgraded model of a flower girl. She’s cute and gets time to shine like a flower girl, but fits in more with the adult bridesmaids. Best of both worlds, right?

Usually, the over/under for the age of a junior bridesmaid is between 9 and 14. None of the traditions are requirements, but you can take what you need and make up your own rules about how to include your junior bridesmaid on your wedding day.

Because a junior bridesmaid is not, like, working for The Man, she probably has no income to throw you a shower. Unless your junior bridesmaid is Dakota Fanning. Wait, I think she’s older than 14 now. But you know what I mean. So, even though she won’t dish out cash to help sponsor the shower, she should be included by planning to attend and assist with bridal shower duties like set-up and clean-up, making favors, cooking and baking, helping with gifts, and other very important tasks.

You can even include your junior bridesmaid when you go wedding gown shopping. Now, you are not required to follow her opinions or let her pick out The Dress, but certainly she can be there as part of the experience. This is really more appropriate if your junior bridesmaid is a sister or a daughter, but it’s a nice and special way to include her. And she’ll love all the pretty dresses!

Speaking of dresses, she’ll get to wear a similar, if not the same, dress as the bridesmaids! Sometimes, brides select a dress for the junior bridesmaid that may be a bit longer in length or something with straps. It can be the same fabric and color as the adult bridesmaids, but if your gals are sporting a sexy dress, nothing says “tacky wedding” like allowing the junior bridesmaid to wear the identical frock. So, you know, good judgement yada yada yada.

She can also hold a smaller version of the adult bridesmaids’ bouquet. There’s always the corsage option, but that’s a little too prom for my personal taste. Most would agree.

When it comes to the wedding events, the junior bridesmaid will be at your rehearsal dinner like the rest of the bridal party and she can also hang with the ushers (what younger girl wouldn’t want to rub elbows with cool, older, cute guys in suits?) by also seating guests, handing out programs, or standing by the yarmulkes. She’ll definitely charm the old Jewish men that way.

Your junior bridesmaid can walk alone down the aisle, with another young man (junior groomsman?), or with another adult member of the wedding party. No rule here. It’s up to you and how symmetrical you are in your planning.

Just keep in mind — and this is a reminder because most of us have tried to forget — that your junior bridesmaid might be going through the, you know, change. Puberty. So, when it comes to picking out her look for day, be cognizant of the fact that she might be self-conscious or unable to pull off the style you have in mind. Remember when we were figuring it all out? Yeah, that’s probably what she’s going through right now. She might be brushing her curls… not something I ever did. No, no. I would have never done that because it causes really annoying frizzy hair, which makes awkward pubescent years even more traumatic. Sigh.

So, even though she may be a wee bit underage to join you for your bachelorette party at Guido’s Chippendales, your favorite younger gal pal can experience your bridal experience in a more G-rated fashion. She’ll be honored to be by your side as you say “I do” to your love, and maybe even learn a thing or to about how to be the coolest bride ever for when it’s her turn in 15-ish years.

How Involved Should A Bride Be With Her Bridesmaids?

A few months ago, the post about the Maid of Honor’s role in the wedding party was a hit among Yentas readers and helped explain the duties for women waiting in the wings to fill those shoes.

The article talked about her MOH as the bride’s personal heroine of the wedding — the one who helps saves the day should anything go wrong or requires assistance. What the article did not touch on was a bride’s role in the wedding party as a whole, and how much of a role, if any — other than showing up, looking pretty, and saying “I do” — she should have with the other gals.

The post received a comment that is worth addressing for all to read as it is something I wondered as well when I was a bride.

The comment from Bride-to-Be:

This is quite a job! Why do I feel such guilt about putting so much work on a friend’s shoulders? How much involvement should a bride have with the bridesmaids beyond choosing them?

Thanks, Bride-to-Be, for your question and sharing your thoughts with the rest of the Yentas.

It’s not easy to be waited on, hand and foot, without any guilt. Even if it’s someone’s job — as it is the MOH’s — it’s difficult to accept such generosity and good intentions.

I say, accept it with grace! This is an appropriate time to count on your best girlfriends, especially your MOH, for anything. The day only happens once and the months and events leading up to it are a snapshot in time. The year-ish of wedding planning is not forever so the generosity and good intentions are really, actually, short lived.

Also, a bride picks these special women not because they’re pretty and make great arm candy to the wedding scene. Okay, maybe that, too! But, really, a bride picks these special women because she knows she can count on them, she has a history of happy memories with them, and considers them to have long term presence in her life. If they were fleeting friends or unreliable women, a bride would — hopefully — not have picked them. Most likely, each friend serves a purpose. Maybe there’s the quiet listener who will provide the platform you need to share your ideas and feelings. Maybe there’s the funny one who will distract you when you’re stressed. Maybe there’s the crafty one who will help you sort out your creative ideas. Maybe there’s the knowledgeable one who’s been a bride before or has an inside understanding of weddings.

The Maid of Honor is the one you can count on, no matter what. And of course she doesn’t mind doing her job. In fact, it’s an honor. It’s in her title, after all.

So how much involvement should the bride have with her bridesmaids other than choosing them? Well, that depends on the type of wedding, girlfriends, and bride. Generally, I would say that the bride can give input to her MOH who is the Commander in Chief. For example, if a bride wants to make sure that her bachelorette party is not a chippendale’s fling fest and would prefer a tame and more G-rated spa day, then that would be a good reason for the bride to get involved. Should she plan the whole spa day down to the last cucumber water and hot stone? No, no! It’s okay to hint at what she wants, but it’s not okay for her to take charge and plan everything herself. Otherwise, what’s the point of having the support system?

When it comes to bridesmaid wardrobe or dates for events, the bride can again assume that her MOH will liaise with the rest of the party. The bride can tell the MOH the information about which shoes to purchase or the hair stylist’s rates, but she can just as quickly tell the MOH the information and then forget about it because her trusted confidant and partner in wedding crime will deliver the messages to the other gals so the bride can focus on her other lists, decisions, and ideas.

The bride can be involved, however, to show gratitude and appreciation. Thanking them through emails and words on the day of the wedding will always be welcomed. The positive experience that the bride creates for her bridesmaids will provide a positive experience for everyone.

So, brides, do not feel like you need to be busy with bridesmaid business. You chose these girls because you can count on them. Therefore, count your blessings on the way to the chuppah and they’ll be there to greet you with smiles and love.