Newlywedcast with Karen aka Mrs. Grasshopper a September Bride

WPN found our featured bride via her blog entries posted on, one of our favorite places to read about weddings.  We enjoyed Mrs. Grasshopper's story and had the privilege to hear all about her 11 month plans from engagement to honeymoon in Kauai

Karen tells us how she met her husband Alex and how he proposed in Paris - ooh la la!  What did they plan first?  What was their top priority?  Was the groom involved?  Bring Sasha beloved dog to the wedding?  What color for your bridal party?  Write your own vows?  Flowers?  Music?  Cupcakes?  Answers to these questions and lots more. 

What would you do if no one showed up at your last fitting appointment AND you learned the gown store was closing?  Karen remains unruffled and shares the drama of the dress.  This is one story you don't want to miss. 

Karen used the Internet for many of the resources cited in the podcast.  She found the web invaluable.  The Knot message boards proved to be an unbelievable community. Check out the links below.   

We asked Karen if she would've done anything differently.  Everything was better than expected.  Her Wedding Day Quarterback was a tremendous facilitator bringing all the elements together.  We can all learn a lot from this cool, calm and collected New York bride.

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Simple Silhouettes website
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The Foundry website 
The Knot website

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MTM Special Edition Getting Married in Los Angeles

What is a Los Angeles bride?  Robert Allen travels west and speaks with top experts in Southern California. 

Kathy Nenneker, Editor in Chief  Los Angeles Weddings, tells WPN California brides are fashionable and body conscious wanting their red carpet moment.  This bride is not tradition bound.  You can hear more with Kathy by clicking here.  Los Angeles Weddings magazine is a leading bridal publication. 

Seneca Moss, contributing style editor Los Angeles Weddings magazine and former fashion editor of Cosmopolitan and InStyle magazines, tells us how this celebrity based area has brides that are glamorous, feminine and natural.  This bride takes risks.  She wants star treatment and she can get it.  The best stylists are available. She discusses trends in gowns.  Are you considering switching out of your wedding gown into a shorter, more fun dress?  What's the bridal party wearing?  The LA bride wants to look different.  It's all about the WOW factor. 

Join us as we head to Hollywood.  Destination: Warner Brothers Studios.  Hillary Harris, Director of Special Events, takes us on a personal tour like no other.  You love the movies, the musicals, the history.  You have the vision that takes you to a venue that will guarantee a memorable experience.  Join us on the backlots as we explore different locations and themes.  Weddings and social events are created by a professional team that handle the logistics, art direction and technical support.  The set lighting and phenomenal cuisine are the same used for premieres, television shows and features.  This interview is full of great ceremony and reception ideas.  At Warner Brothers the Hollywood bride is anyone in the United States, in the world, and that means YOU.  You're the star at this customized destination wedding. 

Who will buy my beautiful flowers?  Musicals on the mind.  Remember this song from Oliver?  Mark Held, owner of Mark's Garden in Sherman Oaks,  was recently named LA's best by Los Angeles Magazine.  Mark is the celebrated floral designer of the Academy Awards Governors Ball (for the past 13 years), Golden Globes and celebrity weddings including:  Avril Lavigne, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Simpson.  The lovely weather and California sunshine allows for some beautiful outdoor weddings.  Find out how Mark got started in the business, trends specific to California, hot colors, original looks, bouquet choices and some great advice.

Last stop:  Lehr and Black Invitationers.  Ellen Black and Sol Lehr, brother and sister co-owners/creative forces, have taken over the company from their mother, Marcia Lehr.  Marcia Lehr was the very first to make high end, custom invitations for the Who's Who of Hollywood in the 1970's and 1980's (Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Danny Kaye, Dean Martin, The Hiltons, The Spellings were just a few of her clients).  Ellen Black discusses the personalization of invitations.  Invitations today reflect the hip and trendy couple.  Los Angeles is about the beach, the mountains, Napa Valley.  How can you best represent yourself on the ever important invitation? Color?  Texture?  Fabric?  Ellen discussed Save the Date cards that can be playful and more casual incorporating photos and stories.  Lehr and Black one-of-a-kind creations are ornate, creative and highly personal. 

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Newlywedcast with Heather and Vee who planned a July wedding

This Newlywedcast is with Heather and Vee who were married in July.  They talk about how they met on the internet dating site  We discuss what that experience was like for them.  Both Heather and Vee are school teachers.  Planning a wedding around school vacation was challenging so they did some pre-planning.  Hear about how Vee proposed to Heather and how they involved their families.

Some interesting planning strategies are revealed as we talk about searching for a location for the wedding reception.  Is it a good thing to have your groom very involved in the planning process?  Heather talks about how she felt about Vee's contribution to the wedding planning. 

Personalizing the wedding ceremony was very important to both the bride and groom.  We learn how they went about making the ceremony meaningful for themselves, their family and friends.  A family member even performed the ceremony.  They also share how they accommodated their students that were invited to witness their teachers getting married.

We explore the process that they went through in choosing their wedding vendors.  From the brass quintet and hand bell choir for the ceremony to the big band that they chose for their reception.  Vee even sat in with the band to play sax on a few songs. 

We discuss menu selections and special dietary requirements for the wedding reception.  Finally Heather and Vee talk about their fabulous three week honeymoon in Austria.

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Bridal Scene Show #18 with hosts Holli Ehrlich and Robert Allen. Special Edition: Bridal Market Spring 2007 NYC Part 2

The votes are in, and it's unanimous.  The designers want you in a  wedding dress that reflects you and your sense of style.  You should be thrilled because show after show, collection after collection, runway after runway, were filled with one beautiful dress after another. Beading, lace, empire and belted, feminine, sexy and chic.  Wedding Podcast Network unveils coverage of Bridal Market in New York City heard nowhere else.  You are invited to a front row seat to hear the personal inspiration of the looks and styles for Spring 2007.

We hope you enjoyed Bridal Scene #17, Bridal Market Spring 2007 NYC Coverage Part 1.  Part 2 is a special 90 minute celebration of the hottest, most noted gown designers.  Join us as we go backstage and speak with more than a dozen key players in the wedding industry.  WPN had a chance to chat with highly accomplished wedding experts: Kathy Nenneker, Editor Los Angeles Weddings magazine, Sylvia Weinstock, wedding cake diva, Carley Roney, founder of The Knot and Antonia van der Meer, Editor in Chief of Modern Bride magazine.  Jessica Liebeskind, beauty correspondent, talks with WPN about the hair and makeup seen on the runway.

The storytelling begins with Justina McCaffrey's "Majestic" collection. Her dresses, created out of the finest silks, exude a gracefulness and classic elegance.  All of her designs carry a strong tie with Justina's love of ballet. 

Reem Acra's collection is about modernity and feminity inspired by Josephine Bonaparte.  Acra is known for her attention to detail, signature beaded embroideries and unique fabric combinations. 

Monique Lhuillier Bride is high fashion.  Sighted:  Hand tufting, re-embroidered lace, three quarter and long sleeves, full A-line skirts and pleated boleros. Colors:  Ivory, Pewter, Mushroom and Latte.  

Carmela Sutera introduced an elegant collection featuring the finest European fabrics.  The linen gowns with Venice lace were particularly fresh.  Colored satin sashes, pleated waistbands, long sleeves, colored ribbon accents were a few of the details noticed on the runway. 

Anne Barge's love and appreciation of classic, timeless elegance is reflected in her latest bridal collection.  Ice blue silk satin, cotton pique,  Paris brooches, hand beading, fine feathers, black silk flowers, black velvet band and crystal cut sequins accented with Swarovski crystals were just some of the beautiful adornments seen.

Mark Badgley & James Mischka, celebrity designers, are masters of bead, lace and red carpet glamour.  The Badgley Mischka signature style is simple, streamlined and thoroughly elegant, luxurious detail.  Sexy, Retro Silhouettes.  Shoes and handbags also designed by Badgley Mischka.

Feminine glamour and modern styles by Amsale, Christos and Kenneth Pool follow.  Scoop: Project Runway's Austin Scarlett caught the eye of judge Amsale Aberra and was offered the head design  position at Kenneth Poole, an Amsale division known for opulent, luxurious bridal and evening wear.

The PLATINUM for Priscilla of Boston Collection is for brides who prefer a more luxurious, dramatic gown.  Designs are created from elegant silk fabrics with hand-embroidered beading, crystal and threadwork. 

Venezuelan-born Angel Sanchez creates bridal gowns that are architectural and contemporary while still being feminine.  Sanchez represents the perspective of the international Latin-American style.  His mother was his first inspiration because of her taste and determination.

Pnina Tornai, leading designer in Israel, houses her collection exclusively at Kleinfeld Bridal in NYC.  Her signature corset design is created to have the perfect fit.  Her collection varies from classic with clean lines and details to sophisticated hand embroidered ballgowns.  The finale wowed us:  Noir - black wedding gown.

Vera Wang celebrates the individuality and spirit of modern young women.  Waists are loose and free, or wrapped in sashes of tulle or linen, sequin, snakeskin and stones.  Element of style:  extravagant bows, ties and watteaus create a sense of volume, movement and ornamentation.  Her collection of dresses express freedom, elegance, and ease.

We hope you enjoyed walking down the runway with us. 

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Justina McCaffrey website and some images from the show click here
Reem Acra website
Monique Lhuillier website
Carmela Sutera website and images from the runway show.
Anne Barge website and photos from the show
Badgley Mischka website and the images from the runway
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Amsale website, Kenneth Pool website and Christos website
Priscilla of Boston website and photos of the collection
Angel Sanchez website and photos from the showroom
Pnina Tornai website and images from the show
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Vera Wang website
Modern Bride magazine website
Sylvia Weinstock website
Los Angeles Weddings Magazine website

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