BRIDES New York: The Best Traditional Bridal Salons in NYC

Shopping for your dream wedding dress? We recommend taking a trip to the Big Apple where you’ll find yourself drooling over gorgeous designer gowns that gleam and sparkle. We’ve selected the top-rated bridal shops in New York City that aren’t only expertly curated with well-known designers, but they cover all the bases when it comes to finding the perfect wedding dress to fit your style. Browse hundreds of wedding dresses at Kleinfeld’s, where you’ll find elegant ball gowns and classic silhouettes. If you’re looking for something nontraditional, boho brides will love the laid back vibe at Stone Fox Bride, known for its collection of vintage-inspired designs and cool aesthetic. Ready to say yes to the dress? Check out our top bridal salon picks below!

Lovely Bride

This TriBeCa-based boutique, pictured above, houses both established and “up and coming” indie bridal designers, in a homey and creative atmosphere filled with handcrafted details that emulate the latest wedding trends. Pair this uber-cozy vibe with a fun and friendly staff, and it’s no wonder wedding dress shopping at Lovely feels majorly less stressful and more like an afternoon of dress-up with good girlfriends. Not in New York for long? No worries. Lovely has recently branched out to Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Nashville, San Francisco and Rochester. Read real brides’ reviews here!

Wedding Atelier

Owner Carrie Hung acts as both owner and buyer at this chic and expansive salon, which prides itself on a zen-like space to promote relaxation and clarity. Shoes are left at the door, seating is plentiful, and brides are afforded generous, personal attention as they peruse gowns from well-known designers such as Hayley Paige, Jim Hjelm and Paloma Blanca. Wedding Atelier also caters to the bride on a tight timeline. A unique “couture-to-go” program is available for a completely custom dress in ten weeks or less, and an assortment of off-the-rack dresses can be bought on site as well. Read real brides’ reviews here!

Mark Ingram Atelier

Softly perched above Park Avenue, Mark Ingram’s intimate and highly-curated salon offers unparalleled personalized service, where your consultant works with you from your first appointment through your final fitting. The atelier is stocked with more than 20 designers, but many are just a small sampling of their larger collections. Ingram scours the market worldwide to handpick only the best of the best for his clients, from American classics, such as Oscar de la Renta’s signature ball gowns, to hot and of-the-moment silhouettes from designers like Inbal Dror and Mira Zwillinger. Read real brides’ reviews here!

Kleinfeld Bridal

Based in the heart of Chelsea, Kleinfeld Bridal’s 35,000 square foot salon is the largest luxury bridal retailer in the world, with the widest selection of American and European designers. Thousands of brides visit each year for their impeccably personalized service, expert fit and familial atmosphere, as showcased on TLC’s hit reality television show, Say Yes to the Dress. For over 70 years, Kleinfeld had prided itself on pairing generations of brides with the dress — an experience that includes unparalleled gown selection, exceptional service and personal attention to detail. Read real brides’ reviews here!

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Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

Gabriella’s impeccably curated collection is on display in her light-filled, industrial chic Soho loft space. Experience the glamour and quality of sought-after designers such as Marchesa, Jenny Packham, and Lihi Hod, along with a handpicked selection of vintage accessories, fur stoles and custom veils that will completely customize your look. Gabriella’s creative and knowledgeable staff will guide you through the ultimate personalized bridal experience as you find the perfect couture look for your big day. Read real brides’ reviews here!

Stone Fox Bride

A self-proclaimed “groovy, enchanted wedding sanctuary,” owner Molly Guy’s Stone Fox Bride is Mecca for the laid back, high fashion bride. The sun-drenched, downtown bridal showroom channels the dreamy, Laurel-Canyon inspired girl with a mellow mix of dresses, accessories and floral headbands that play to both her punk edge and romantic sensibility, a balance Guy calls “bohemian levity.” Consider us sold. Read real brides reviews here!

Angelique Bridal Salon

Angelique Bridal is an intimate “jewel box salon” located in the heart of Midtown, tending to brides who appreciate the design details and process behind a beautiful wedding dress. Owner Sarah Jassir carries her namesake line at Angelique, along with a curated assortment of intricately designed pieces by Sassi Holford, Matthew Christopher, Gemy Maalouf, and more. Prior to opening Angelique in 2009, Jassir managed alterations for Vera Wang, Amsale and Valentino. She offers à la carte alterations for brides, bridesmaids and moms, as well as restoration and redesign services on vintage wedding dresses. Read real brides’ reviews here!

Bridal Reflections

The Bridal Reflections salon on Fifth Avenue is the newest addition to the three-door, family-run venture, which opened its doors 40 years ago in Massepequa and also includes a salon in Carle Place, Long Island. They offer unhurried, knowledgeable service on a wide variety of elegant gowns by the likes of Galia Lahav, Ines Di Santo and Romona Keveza, and maintain ample plus-sized samples at all three locations. Brides, bridesmaids and moms can all shop head-to-toe looks at Bridal Reflections, and brides can be fitted at the salon closest to their home. Read real brides’ reviews here!

Want to see more New York City bridal salons? Check out our New York City Bridal Salons page to find your dream wedding dress!

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5 Baby Steps to Becoming More Adventurous in Bed

Tips for Becoming More Adventurous in Bed

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50 Shades of Grey was popular for a reason — but you don’t have to be dominated or use sex toys to be more adventurous in bed. “Those are just a few ways that people get turned on,” explains certified sex therapist Sari Cooper. “Just as ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ an experience that is erotic for one person or couple may not turn on another.”

If you still want to dip your toe into the more adventurous side of the bedroom without diving head-first into BDSM, you can. Here’s how.

Initiate sex in a different way.

“Whether that’s a role play at a party — pretending like you just met — or leaving Post-It notes around your apartment with suggestive ideas or even sexting, the invitation to get sexual can contribute a lot of anticipatory excitement,” Cooper says.

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Try a new position.

Or, change up the angle for your go-to move. “Having a different angle from which to experience arousal for both of you, and to view your partner, can add a lot of fun,” says Cooper.

Slip on something sexy beneath your clothes.

You don’t have to break the bank buying lingerie. “Wear what you think your partner will be turned on by,” Cooper says. That could be anything from button-clad boy-shorts to silky under garments to a full-on costume “that fulfills a fantasy they have,” she says.

Sign up for a Tantra class.

Or, if you’re shy, just buy a book that explore Tantric sex techniques. “You can learn new ways of touching one another, building erotic energy and connecting emotionally,” says Cooper.

Play games.

“Buy a sex card or board game online and try it out as a new type of foreplay,” suggests Cooper. You can also make a game you already own sexier by adding your own rules.

Finally, Cooper notes, “Don’t get perfectionistic about the new activity. It may be awkward or funny at first, and that’s okay because it’s new to both of you. Try to maintain a sense of humor about it.”

How to Wear Orange Makeup on Your Big Day — No Matter Your Skin Tone

Orange Bridal Beauty Products

Photos: Jeffrey Westbrook; Illustration: Christina Park

It’s fresh, it’s flattering, and it’s…not pink! This season, ultrapretty orange tones, from soft peaches to bold apricots, are popping up on lips and cheeks everywhere. “They’re great for brides because they give a healthy glow and translate well in different types of lighting,” says celeb makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor. “They look natural but better.” Find out which beauty buys work best with your skin tone.

If you have fair skin: Try sheer pale-peach lip colors, which will look understated and elegant on you, Sotomayor says. We like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in Perpetual Peach ($9.99, available at Ulta). Then dial up the color ever so slightly on your cheeks for a radiant peaches-and-cream combination. Try Dior Diorblush in Cocktail Peach ($43, available at Sephora).

See more: The Right Way to Apply Bronzer for Your Wedding

If you have medium skin: Experiment with coral! The bold tone can overwhelm some complexions, but it works gorgeously on yours. We like Sonia Kashuk Sahara Sunset Shine Luxe Sheer Lip Colour in Eden ($11.99, available at Target). It makes the perfect statement shade. Pair it with a matching punchy blush like Clinique Cheek Pop in Peach Pop ($21, available at Sephora)

If you have dark skin: Don’t be afraid to rock true orange on lips and cheeks; it will illuminate your skin beautifully. If you’re shy about wearing brights, pat the color on lightly with your finger so it’s sheer. Feeling daring? Layer it on for a more vibrant flash. We like Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Colour in Insaisissable ($36, available at Nordstrom), and Lancôme Blush Subtil in Shimmer Rouge in Love ($31, available at Bloomingdales).

Not sure what to pair with your bright lips and cheeks? A warm smoky eye in brown, bronze, copper, or gold is soft and pretty with this look. Then, find your favorite hairstyle to match your new bold look.

Want more genius planning tips? For the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES June/July 2015 issue, on newsstands now and available for download here!

How to Wear Orange Makeup on Your Big Day — No Matter Your Skin Tone

Orange Bridal Beauty Products

Photos: Jeffrey Westbrook; Illustration: Christina Park

It’s fresh, it’s flattering, and it’s…not pink! This season, ultrapretty orange tones, from soft peaches to bold apricots, are popping up on lips and cheeks everywhere. “They’re great for brides because they give a healthy glow and translate well in different types of lighting,” says celeb makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor. “They look natural but better.” Find out which beauty buys work best with your skin tone.

If you have fair skin: Try sheer pale-peach lip colors, which will look understated and elegant on you, Sotomayor says. We like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in Perpetual Peach ($9.99, available at Ulta). Then dial up the color ever so slightly on your cheeks for a radiant peaches-and-cream combination. Try Dior Diorblush in Cocktail Peach ($43, available at Sephora).

See more: The Right Way to Apply Bronzer for Your Wedding

If you have medium skin: Experiment with coral! The bold tone can overwhelm some complexions, but it works gorgeously on yours. We like Sonia Kashuk Sahara Sunset Shine Luxe Sheer Lip Colour in Eden ($11.99, available at Target). It makes the perfect statement shade. Pair it with a matching punchy blush like Clinique Cheek Pop in Peach Pop ($21, available at Sephora)

If you have dark skin: Don’t be afraid to rock true orange on lips and cheeks; it will illuminate your skin beautifully. If you’re shy about wearing brights, pat the color on lightly with your finger so it’s sheer. Feeling daring? Layer it on for a more vibrant flash. We like Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Colour in Insaisissable ($36, available at Nordstrom), and Lancôme Blush Subtil in Shimmer Rouge in Love ($31, available at Bloomingdales).

Not sure what to pair with your bright lips and cheeks? A warm smoky eye in brown, bronze, copper, or gold is soft and pretty with this look. Then, find your favorite hairstyle to match your new bold look.

Want more genius planning tips? For the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES June/July 2015 issue, on newsstands now and available for download here!

How to Go Blond for Your Wedding

Going Blond

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Always dreamed of golden hair on your wedding day? Going from brunette to blond is a big transition (remember Kim Kardashian’s makeover?), so only consider it if you’ve lightened your hair previously or if you’re totally okay with rocking a whole new look on your big day. Then, make sure the transition is gradual — so you can get used to the lighter shade. Colorist Tiffanie Richards of Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York City shares her five must-know rules for going blond before your wedding.

Give yourself enough time.

And it does take time! Six months to a year is the ideal amount to transition from brunette to blond, Richards says. You should expect to make the switch fully in two to three appointments — just one time in the chair is too taxing on your hair.

Know the right shade for your skin tone.

For most brunettes, a warm, golden blond is your best bet. Start with caramel highlights, and go brighter each time you go back. “A lot of brunettes make the mistake of asking for “ash blond,” because they think warm blond will look brassy,” Richards says. “Most brunettes have warm skin tones, though, so golden blond is a better choice. Brassy highlights are due to oxidation, not tone.”

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Stay away from lowlights.

Far from balancing out lighter pieces, lowlights can look jarring and streaky against highlights, Richards says. Instead, let your natural hair color act as a base, and build on it with multiple highlights sessions. If you want to go really blond, lighten the base, too.

Keep your bridal hairstyle in mind.

If you’ll be wearing an updo, Richards says, ask for highlights around your hairline, and if you’re wearing your hair down, make sure you tell your colorist where you’re planning to part your hair for your wedding, so she’ll know to highlight around it.

Condition, condition, condition!

Lightening your hair over a relatively short period of time puts it at risk for damage, breakage, and dryness, because the lightening process strips hair down and exposes each strand’s cuticle. “Don’t worry about using a color-treated hair shampoo,” Richards says, “since you’re taking color from your hair, not depositing it. Instead, look for products that boost moisture.” And don’t forget to deep-condition every week!

Classic Meets Romantic at This Country Club Wedding in North Carolina

For Morgan Rogers and Jonathan Godin, one blind date turned into lasting romance. “Our friends Mike and Cassie set us up,” says Morgan. After a few dinner dates, the doctor duo (both are in their residencies at Duke!) quickly made things official. Just two and half years later, Jon popped the question on top of a mountain near Primland, the couple’s favorite resort for a weekend getaway, on January 18, 2014.

Exactly nine months later, the couple invited 300 guests to Morgan’s hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina for a traditional ceremony at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and a romantic tented reception at Old Town Club. See how Leigh Webber Photography captured their big day, as planned by Events by Reagan.

Morgan and John kept their wedding invitations classic with ivory-hued stationery but opted for a pop of color with bright pink details on their save-the-dates.

Guests were greeted with M+J welcome boxes that were filled with treats from both Winston-Salem and Jon’s hometown in Michigan.

Morgan fell hard for her Monique Lhuillier gown while shopping at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City. “I knew the moment I slipped it on,” she says. “The lace was so beautiful and modern!”

She styled the long-sleeved stunner with a cathedral-length veil, diamond earrings, and blush Kate Spade heels.

Morgan’s nine bridesmaids wore champagne and mocha dresses by LulaKate, Kate Spade earrings, and pointed-toe nude pumps. The bride carries a bouquet of all-white roses, while her ‘maids added pink to their bouquets. As a sentimental touch, the bride had her florist wrap the stems with fabric from her grandmother’s wedding dress.

The groomsmen looked sharp in black tuxes that were topped off with white Juliet rose boutonnieres.

Morgan’s father walked her down the candlelit aisle at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the very same church where she was baptized and confirmed.

To accommodate a sit down dinner for their 300 guests, Morgan and Jon worked with the club to add a large tent to the golf course. Then, planner Reagan Barnes transformed the blank space with the addition of drapery, an ivory carpet, and crystal chandeliers.

Ivory tabletops were dressed with votive candles, gold-lined chargers, modern stemware, and a mix of high and low vases of hydrangeas, roses, and greenery.

Morgan and Jon compromised on their four-tiered frosted cake, alternating between lemon almond (the groom’s fave!), caramel (the bride’s pick!), and classic white flavors.

The Atlanta Party Band was a hit, playing tunes like Michael Bublé’s “Everything” and Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight.” “We sent the band a long list of requests,” says the bride.

Guests showered the couple with rose petals before they made their grand getaway in a vintage Rolls Royce.

After a glamorous honeymoon at Eden Rock and Hotel le Toiny in St. Barts, Morgan has this day-of advice for brides-to-be: “Remember to take a deep breath,” she says. “You’ll be married at the end of the day!”

Ceremony Venue: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church || Reception Venue: Old Town Club || Wedding Planner: Events by Reagan || Bride’s Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Shoes: Kate Spade || Hair & Makeup: Ego Hour || Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren || Bridesmaids Dresses: LulaKate || Florist: Amy Lynne Originals || Invitations: Oscar and Emma Custom Design Studio || Calligraphy: Brown Fox Calligraphy || Cake: Maxie B’s || Videography: Thomas Hart for Hart to Heart Media || Photography: Leigh Webber Photography

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Pretty Little Liars Star Vanessa Ray Is Married! See the Stunning Photos

Pretty Little Liars Star Vanessa Ray Marries Landon Beard

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Pretty Little Liars star Vanessa Ray sure does make a pretty little bride! The actress, who plays CeCe Drake in the hit ABC Family show, married Landon Beard Sunday, June 14 at Condor Nest Ranch in Pala, California, E! News reports. The ceremony, described as an “intimate and relaxed event with an eclectic, boho feel,” certainly sounds like a wedding to remember.

The newlyweds kicked off their ceremony by having a sing along with their wedding guests — they were even given tambourines and shakers to create unique and eclectic wedding music. Then, the bride and groom’s respective fathers officiated the wedding.

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For her big day, Ray, with her long long hair loose around her shoulders, wore two dresses by designers Shareen and Carol Hannah. One of her gowns (in the above photo) was a more traditional, strapless design, paired with a long, lace-trimmed veil. The bride’s second dress definitely matched her boho ceremony: Just an inch of Ray’s skin peeked out in between her lace, thin-strapped crop top and long, flowing pink skirt, which she paired with a leafy flower crown and floating, chapel-style tulle veil. Beard opted for a floral Dolce & Gabbana shirt and patterned tie handed down by his father from 1981 to wear with his slim-fit blue suit.

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Guests, including Pretty Little Liars co-star Sasha Pieterse, soap stars Kim Matula and Kelly Sullivan and Broadway actor David Hill, lounged on Mexican blankets, vintage chairs and in teepees as the California sun set over the hills. In addition to dining on a dinner of tacos, stuffed tamales and wine, attendees enjoyed a flower crown station and a performance by Beard’s band Harbor Party.

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In January, Beard got down on one knee and proposed to Ray while on a walk along the Hudson River — in frigid temperatures! “Thinking about it now, I could feel his heart pounding even through the many layers of clothing we had on out there,” Ray told Hello! magazine. “He pulled out the ring, we cried.”

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