Archive for June, 2011

Take a Bow

Laurent Desgrange, Pierrepont Hicks and Forage Bow Ties

Two grooms are even better than one. And without a white dress in the mix, gentlemanly attire needs to be extra eye-catching.

Top off your bespoke suit with a dapper handmade bowtie by French designer Laurent Desgrange. Carefully crafted in Paris, his creations range from classically chic (black or blue satin) to playfully patriotic (American flags or NYC subway maps). For a tad more prep, Pierrepont Hicks and Forage are totally Hamptons-worthy with their mix of gingham, check and plaid prints. Go matchy-matchy, color coordinated or individually inspired, but better to be bold than boring.

Tie one on.

Caribbean Queen

Baoase Luxury Resort in Curacao

A honeymoon means getting away from it all — but you don’t have time to travel to total seclusion. Luckily Curacao, one of the most southernmost (but still not far-flung) Caribbean islands, offers an intriguing history and culture along with a luxe resort perfect for alone time.

Baoase, a chic Caribbean escape with sleek Asian accents, is perhaps the country’s most exclusive offering. You’ll never want to leave a private poolside villa with a tropical terrace that leads to a mineral pool, timber balcony overlooking the sea and open-air shower, along with other modern amenities indicative of paradise. If you decide to wander from your cozy cottage (though there’s no need), stumble over to Baoase’s sexy beach bar or hobnob with local glitterati at the beachside restaurant. For an extra dose of romance, set up a sunset picnic on the private island, or arrange a couples massage on the sand.

Serenity now.

Visit baoase.com.

Head Case

Custom Veils and Accessories by Bride’s Head Revisited

Whether you’re wearing your hair in loose, romantic curls or pinning it up in a chic chignon, you’ll need the perfect accoutrement to accent your “I do” ‘do.

Offering a treasure trove of combs, pins, veils and more, Bride’s Head Revisited specializes in custom hair accessories hand-crafted by founders Emily Martin and Alexandra Augustine who met while working at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Choose from antique-inspired combs or brooches, feathery fascinators or silk satin flowers. More traditional brides can opt for a fingertip veil or keep it short and sweet with a French veil.

It’s the mane event.

Visit bridesheadrevisited.net.

Flour Girl

Custom Cookies by FattyCakesNY

Sweets will take center stage at your wedding reception, but most desserts are been there, done that. Cupcakes, petit fours, candy and pies are all old news.

Try a custom cookie bar. FattyCakesNY bakes unexpected salty-and-sweet bites you’ve never tried before, like yummy chocolate chip with amaretto and cherries, white chocolate macadamia nut with coconut chips and sea salt, or peanut butter filled with caramel and pretzels. And if you really want to get fancy, they’ll help you dream up a signature cookie just for your big day (FCNY will ship anywhere in the continental U.S.). Serve them as a fun finishing touch to the party, or give guests pretty goody bags to fill with gooey cookies on their way out.

Got milk?

Visit fattycakesny.com.

To the Maxi

Sun-Protective Tunics and Dresses by Mott 50

If your honeymoon plans include a trip to the tropics, make sure to include a few stylish double-duty pieces to take you from brunch to the beach. Mott 50 offers a vibrant collection of comfy cotton maxi dresses and tunics with a 50 UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) to block harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Choose from Mott 50′s cotton poplin tunics in festive herringbone, wild animal print or traditional embroidered styles, or opt for the racerback maxi made from soft bamboo and available in black, fuchsia, poppy or royal blue. The plus: Frolicking in the sun sans damage to your dewy, just-married skin.

You’ve got it covered.

Visit Mott50.com.