Real Wedding: Something Old & Something New

Vintage-inspired glamour and Old World charm - what more could we ask for! 
Our real bride Paige took her New Orleans wedding to a new level of elegance, and back to another time.

Dressed in a stunning ensemble reminiscent of the turn of the century, Paige walked down the aisle of the breathtaking Marigny Opera House. Her beautiful dress by Sarah Seven glowed against the moody color palette of garnet and plum, while gold details that glittered the banquet hall heightened all the glitz! 

Our friend and ever-talented photographer Lauren Kinsey captured all the beauty.

Paige's Juliet cap veil we made with lace from her mother's antique wedding gown was a real showstopper

We love working one-on-one with our brides, and when Paige got in touch with us to design her wedding veil, we couldn't wait to get started! Bringing the past to life while creating something new is a design challenge we've been dreaming of.

We designed a custom Juliet silk tulle cap veil with an applique lace train, using the most gorgeous antique French lace cut from her mother's wedding gown, which was more than 25 years old. Since it was stored for so long, the wear and tear of the delicate lace was more than just beginning to show. We carefully analyzed the lace on the garment and pondered how to bring the fragile fabric back to its original state. 

The old lace developed a yellowish patina of age that we restored by professionally washing. Then we painstakingly removed each lace piece from the gown and restored the motifs by trimming each one by hand. 

Finally we were ready for the fun part: designing the veil!

Already familiar with the lace motifs from the restoring process, we spent the next days draping, arranging, and pinning the lace to find the best way to showcase its antique beauty. 

Each piece of lace was hand-cut and sewn to silk tulle, creating a truly one-of-a-kind piece.

In the studio working on Paige's veil

It was an incredible experience to design this wedding veil for Paige. We're simply delighted she was able to wear this heirloom piece that's been passed down in the family, to her very own wedding.

It means so much to us that we were able to make something so dear to her heart a part of her big day.



Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Cinematography: Nathan Willis Wedding Films | Coordination: Down Annie Lane | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Reformation | Catering: Dat's Good Food | Invitations and Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Men's Attire: The Black Tux | Ceremony Music: Fine Arts Ensemble | Bridal Veil: Girl & A Serious Dream | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Marigny Opera House | Event Styling and Floral: Mitchell Willis Events | Linens:La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Napkins: Backyard Printing | Reception Band: Jimmy Maxwell | Rentals:Party Rentals Delivered | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Second Line Band: Kinfolk Brass Band

Behind The Scenes: BHLDN + Girl & a Serious Dream

We're still in awe over our dream collaboration with BHLDN, and are excited to share all the details from behind the scenes...

After our Swan Queen blush lace robe launched at Anthropologie last Spring, we were invited to Philly to visit the URBN offices and meet with buyers for BHLDN Bridal: Anthro's sister store. 


All our favorite brands are headquartered on this amazing campus, where the offices were built from a renovated Navy shipyard. 

Each building on campus exclusively houses the URBN brands. BHLDN being with Anthropologie.

The design of the campus completely reflects URBN's vintage-inspired style; beautifully blending old and new, just like what you find inside Anthropologie stores! We wandered the grounds in awe of the aesthetic, the atmosphere, and the people.

Free People Building

Interior of the Anthropologie Building

Art Installation inside the Anthropologie Building

Here, with Alexa Egeck: lingerie and accessories buyer for BHLDN

The BHLDN offices were filled with lace, tulle & lots of sparkle, and the energy throughout their space was magical. Getting a behind the scenes look of their moodboards, and seeing the team hand-picking the newest samples was heaven! You could tell that everyone genuinely loved being there.
Our meeting with the amazing ladies at the BHLDN offices was wonderful. We fell in love with the culture even more, and were beyond excited to join BHLDN. 

Soon after our meeting we were given the good news. Our Elizabeth lace robe was picked up for BHLDN's Bridal lingerie shop!

BHLDN's space

 Named the Araminta lace robe, this oh-so-sweet lace robe is the perfect piece to pair with bridal lingerie, and to slip on while getting ready on your wedding day. Get yours on BHLDN now.

It's been such an amazing experience working with both Anthro & BHLDN, and we're beyond excited for everything that's in the works.

Thank you to everyone at BHLDN and our amazing G&SD team. Another big thank you goes out to my husband for all his help behind the scenes.