Vote for the Brides Live Wedding Decor!

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in Recent Work | 4 Comments

Briana and JasonHello, hello! We have a new clients: Briana and Jason are the winning couple in the Brides Live Wedding, which is going to happen at the St. Regis Monarch Bay in a little over a month! WOW!

Tonight, voting ends for their decor theme and if weighing in your opinion for a wedding that you will get to actually watch LIVE on Facebook, you have the added incentive of knowing that for every VOTE received Brides is donating $1 to the American Cancer Society- the charity chosen by the adorable Briana and Jason!
Here are the looks that we’ve come up with for you to vote on.

Beach Chic!
Brides Live Wedding: Beach Chic AaB Creates
Graphic Glamour:
Brides Live Wedding: Graphic Glamour/ AaB Creates
Sultry Romance:
Sultry Romance: Brides Live Wedding/ AaB Creates
Tuscan Elegance:
Brides Live Wedding: Tuscan Elegance/ AaB Creates
I actually like them all! But, the question really is- what YOU like? Head over to Brides Live Wedding Facebook Page to weigh in, read a bit more about Briana and Jason AND raise money for an amazing charity.

Best Wedding Dresses from 2013 Oscars

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in Style | 5 Comments

Obviously, following every awards show, Mayra and I try (humbly) to distill which gowns will spawn trends that we will make their way from the red carpet to the white Aisle. This year the Stars made it easier than ever as there seemed (to me) an unprecedented number of gowns that could have gone straight from the Vanity Fair party over to a chapel in Vegas!
First, I think that pale pinks/ bush gowns are finally going to really make color “take off” because they are barely blush. And, as we’ve been seeing, rich textures are surely going to be heading to a Here is Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture. I think it’s a Damask? I want to start with saying that while I think she looks gorgeous, she never, not for one minute looked comfortable. So if there is a lesson to be learned here: buy a wedding gown that you love to look at AND to be in and CAN be in. Pobre Jennifer, she was fussing with the train on the red carpet, she couldn’t lean forward to the E! Mani Cam and the… the tumble. BUT she is amazing and gorgeous and that’s the last I’ll ever say about that.
Next, Charlize Theron in Dior, who truly razzle dazzled! First, if you are shopping for wedding gowns for next year, there WILL be beading. That much we can all be certain of. Next, I think the Peblum is here to stay! For certain, more structured silhouettes are going to be in. Also, can I just say no one has done as much for the Pixie cut since Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby!
Charlize in Dior!
After Strapless domination of bridal necklines for nearly a decade, we are finally starting to see new options such as sleeves and off the shoulder looks. So, I am hoping that Amanda Seyfried’s quasi-halter neckline might make it’s way into the wedding world as well! The keyhole may not need to come along with it, but overall, it’s a flattering style. Alexander McQueen.
Finally, while it saddens me to say this, I unfortunately think that Zoe Saldana’s dress (which basically puts every single wedding trend on pinterest- laser cutting, ombre- onto one garment) is going to make it’s way into the bridal world. Sigh. Alexis Mabille. I find it a bit busy, but I seem to be in the minority.
Alexis Mabillet
So ladies, which gown was your favorite?

Baby’s Got Back: Rear Row Ceremony Decor

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Decor & Details | 2 Comments

I saw this photo the other day and I literally had an “Aha” moment (if such things can be attributed to things like to wedding photographs) of “WHY have we not been doing this!” This was the photo (from Green Wedding shoes)

I think I was kicking myself because for years we have been decorating ceremony spaces with Aisle Markers, which never show up in photos really and are often so ‘meh’ in execution when all this time we had been overlooking a great opportunity for a bit of excitement in the back! It was another reminder (here is where the Aha moment comes in) that no matter how innovative or open we think we are, we must be diligent at not just doing things because we have “always done them that way”. So, basically, seeing rear row ceremony decor threw me into an existential life crisis. Go figure.
Wreaths on Chair Backs last row - Via Green Wedding Shoes









Anyway, it also solves the dilemma of no one wanting to sit in the back… because people always want to sit in the fancy, decorated seats.  So, here is to getting a bit Kim Kardashian with our ceremony decor and celebrating our rears!!

Here are some other ideas for celebrating being in the back! I love this garland. It shows how effective rear row decor can be in a photo! (via Bridal Guide)
Loved these paper garlands! So very sweet. Via I Love SW
Paper Garland rear row
Talk about having fun in the cheap seats!!! And they mirrored their canopy decor. Love this. Via Ruffled.
Multi Colored decorations for ceremony last row
So, hopefully, this will get you thinking about the oft-neglected last row. Just because they arrived a little late, doesn’t mean their chairs can’t be fancy :-)
And, just because it’s Friday and it’s actually hilarious (and I don’t find these things that hilarious) here is Randi Fanoli and the editorial team at TheKnot doing the Harlem Shake. It’s really a TGIF

Classic New York Wedding/Rocking Party

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Recent Work | 4 Comments

I thought I’d share a few of the Amazing shots of Teresa and Jonny’s fabulous New York wedding as photographed by Jonas Peterson- arguably one of the best photographers that we’ve had the privilege to work with.

Teresa and Jonny hosted a destination wedding for 75 people in the city where they met: New York.  We wanted to give their guests a relaxing, romantic and idyllic weekend in the city so we kicked things off with a cocktail party at the home of a friend, then hosted a sweet picnic uptown at the Morris Jumel Mansion, followed by cocktails at the BG restaurant (dreamy, dreamy!) and finally the big day itself.   Today I’m going to share some shots of the glamorous, gorgeous ceremony and reception held on the Upper East side in a fabulous mansion.  The totally raw space has amazing bones and we collaborated with the team at Saipua to dress the architectural details of the space with flora and fauna, including the amazing courtyard.   The bistro feel of the dinner was the perfectly elegant setting for a relaxed, but homey meal.  We put the team at Creative Edge to the test by serving up a raw bar course on trays of ice, table carved fish and meats rolled out on dining cards and a sumptuous cake by Ron Ben Israel.  Enjoy some Thursday eye candy of this gorgeous couple.NY Destination wedding by AaB Creates/ Photo by Jonas PetersonHow gorgeous are they in these stunning shots in Central Park? NY Destination Wedding by AaB Creates/Shot by Jonas PetersonThe stunning venue had a gorgeous courtyard that we draped in string lights.  Each bridesmaids’ gown was unique to her… and fabulous!

NY Destination wedding by AaB Creates shot by Jonas PetersonSome detail shots of this gorgeous dinner!  The cake is so very sweet.

Bistro style dining by AaB Creates/Photo by Jonas petersonVintage silverware/ AaB Creates/ Photo by Jonas PetersonDestination wedding by AaB Creates/ image by Jonas PetersonGorgeous cake by Ron Ben Israel/ AaB Creates/Photo by Jonas PetersonPhoto by Jonas PetersonAfter the cake cutting, the party REALLY got started… add Disco Ball and things went until 3AM.

Dance Party by AaB Creates/ Photos by Jonas PetersonFor more photos of this fabulous wedding, click here!   I just love the understated elegance of this fabulous party! What a privilege to design this experience for this fabulous couple.

Upper East Side reception by AaB Creates/ Image by Jonas Peterson


Accessorize Up a Roaring 20′s Look

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Style | No Comments

Short post today as we are rushing out to a meeting for the VERY much up coming Bride’s Live Wedding. BUT, I got these very pretty styled shots from Carasco Photography , and I just loved how perfectly they nailed this roaring 20′s look on the bride.   (It’s a dress from Bhldn, btw)

Roaring 20's look via

Truth be told, I find that very few brides really want to go so FULL Throttle for a theme look on their wedding day (when it borders on costume, it usually feels like “too much” to the average bride) BUT there is no reason why you can’t take elements of a look for your day OR why you can’t go totally “theme” with your look at the Rehearsal dinner. Here are 4 quick-shop accessories for you to go totally Gatsby one your wedding day.

Totally 20's Accessories
A must have is a glam, beaded bag. Of course we’d all want to find something vintage, but in lieu of not, this great clutch from BHLDN does the trick.
Next up- the right lips! I, am a makeup ninny. I run around Sephora like a chicken without a head and basically consult You Tube for any and every “experiment” that I might try. Sooo, after consulting every reputable beauty blog, this YSL Rouge Volupte in Red Temptation is THE lipstick for that perfect roaring 20′s pucker. You can never have enough DECO. These amazing costume earrings are from Erica Weiner. They are $350 and you will wear them for the rest of your life until your daughter- the little fox that she will grow up to be- sneaks them out of your jewelry box to wear to a party and never remembers to return them.(check out her amazing 1909 collection for more baubles to wear). Finally, every flapper has a headband. This gorgeous beaded number is from Johanna Johnson and I love it- because it doesn’t look cheap and it has the most gorgeous bead work.