Royal Dress Revealed!

The moment that every little girl dreams of has finally happened for Kate Middleton! She can now be called Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge. After months of anticipation, audiences around the world watched as the Royal Wedding took place this morning. Princess Catherine surprised everyone as her royal wedding gown fit for a princess was finally revealed.

The Dress: Many had suspected a more modern gown and a turn from tradition. But the now princess opted for a timeless dress that was simple, elegant and absolutely stunning. Her dress, designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, had a beautiful lace bodice and long lace sleeves with a full skirt. The dress, made of ivory and white satin gazar was covered in a lace applique that was handmade by the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace. Many said the dress was reminiscent of the gown Princess Grace wore on her wedding day in 1956. Although it may have been fun to see her push the envelope a litle bit more it was a wise choice for her to choose something timeless.

The Veil, Crown and Accessories: The veil consisted of layers of ivory silk tulle with an embroidered flower trim. Her veil was held in place by a 1936 Cartier ‘halo’ tiara that was once worn by The Queen mother and presented to the current Queen Elizabeth on her 18th birthday. The diamond drop earrings were designed by Robinson Pelham and given to the bride by her parents as a wedding gift. The princess’s wedding shoes were Alexander McQueen. They were hand-made and consisted of ivory duchesse satin with lace hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework.

The Flowers: Princess Catherine’s bouquet, designed by Shane Connolly, was small and simple, yet lovely. It was made of Lily-of-the-Valley, Sweet William, Hyacinth, Ivy and Myrtle.

The Prince: Prince William, who is commissioned in all three of the British Armed Services, wore a scarlet military uniform with a sash and star signifying his honorary rank of Colonel of the Irish Guards. Source: ABC News Choosing the perfect wedding gown is very exciting, but it can also be a difficult choice to make.

Here are some very important tips on how to choose the dress the right for you:

– Talk to your wedding planner about the best places to find your dress.

– Look through magazines and online to find dresses that you like.

– Choose a dress that is appropriate for the season and the overall feel of your day.

– Be sure to wear the heels that you will actually be wearing on your special day.

– Make sure you go to every dress fitting.

– Select a gown preservation service ahead of time, such as Madame Paulette, to ensure your gown is kept protected.

– Select a dress the helps to express your personal style.

– Choose a dress that makes your feel special and that will “wow” your guests.

– Don’t rush into making the purchase. Make sure you choose the best dress for you.

– Don’t let yourself get stressed. Trying on wedding dresses is not something a girl gets to do every day so just enjoy it and have fun!


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Royal Wedding ~TFT’s Picks for the Princess!

The Royal Wedding is almost here and as it gets closer we are learning more and more about the details of the day.

However, one closely guarded secret has been the Royal Wedding Dress!!

Take a look at the what the team here at The Finishing Touch predicts for Princess Kate!

Candice

Designer: Bruce Oldfield

“Kate will choose something traditional and elegant with a modern twist. She will wear a gown that brings those aspects together and compliments her figure. This Bruce Oldfield gown would look stunning on Kate as she exchanges vows with William at Westminster Abbey.”

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Nicole

Designer: Phillipa Lepley

“Phillipa Lepley is a luxury bridal fashion designer based in London’s swanky Chelsea is an area frequented by Kate.  Lepley  is known for her romantic, classic style. Both Lepley & Middleton’s styles match well with a feminine and soft touch.”

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Soroya

Designer: Vera Wang

“Kate is gorgeous and modern so I expect her to wear something clean and elegant that will set the trend and tone in bridal fashion for years to come. I think her statement will change our view of the ‘princess’ gown.”

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Stephanie

Designer: Alexander McQueen

“Alexander McQueen = High Fashion. I envision Kate wearing a gown that is fashion forward but still pays homage to the classic, elegant look of royalty. This collection features incredible amounts of detail which would be a rich, ornate look for Kate.”

Royal Wedding Buzz with Candice on Contemporary Bride!

With just a few days left until the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, we are sure Kate has been following a beauty regimen to keep her hair, skin and nails in top form for the big day. Below Candice offers her suggestions for Kate before her wedding day, and, of course, any bride-to-be can follow this regimen.

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Exercise:

As the center of attention on your wedding day, you want to make sure that you are fit and confident in your beautiful gown.
With so many details to think about, finding time to hit the gym may not be at the top of your priority list. But when you think about all the people who will be taking your picture that day, and the moments you will want to treasure in your album for a lifetime, making time to burn calories will become more important.

You should first set realistic goals. Then enlist your fiance or bridesmaids as your workout buddies. Choose something you will enjoy doing over the course of several months like yoga, pilates, belly dancing, swimming or biking. Try to incorporate thirty minutes of activity into your routine at least three times a week.

If you prefer a more rigid structure, join a boot camp or hire a personal trainer and nutritionist. Either way, get moving today, eat healthy and don’t forget to have fun! If you have any health conditions, be sure to check with your doctor before starting your exercise plan. Your hard work and discipline will pay off when you “wow” everyone on your wedding day.

Skin Care:

Skin care leading up to your wedding day is very important. Here are some tips to help you get your skin ready for your special day.

~ Sunscreen is an important part of any bride’s daily routine. To keep your skin beautiful in pictures, apply daily weeks before you say “I Do.”
~ Use products to help stabilize your current skin type versus relying cleansers and lotions that are no longer appropriate.
~ Leading up to and on your big day, keep your pout beautiful by applying a moisturizing balm with Shea Butter to soften lips and give them a soft, kissable look.
~ For ultimate wedding skin, consider a series of monthly facials to unclog pores, reduce fine lines, treat acne and even out skin tone up to six months in advance of your big day.
~ Do not experiment with new products and facials for the two weeks before your wedding.
It also never hurts to stay hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water per day. Remember, your skin will be your best accessory.

Hair:

Your hairstyle will play a major role in your overall look on your wedding day. Here are some tips to consider as you finalize your look.

~ Decide on a hairstyle before you choose your veil or headpiece. Play with a few styles before finalizing your look.
~ Visit your hairstylist at least six months before the wedding to set up a hair care regimen.
~ Touch up your existing hair color two weeks before the wedding. Prepare a hair emergency kit for reception touch ups.
~ Think about whether your hairstyle will hold up at an outdoor wedding.
~ Match your hairstyle to your gown in degree of formality.
~ Consider extensions and hairpieces to add volume for special hairstyles.
~ Plan special hairstyles for the bridal shower and rehearsal dinner.
~ Get a final trim two weeks before the wedding.
~ Wear a buttoned-down shirt to your wedding day hair session.
~ Talk to your hairstylist to set a shampooing and conditioning schedule for the days before the wedding.
~ Invest in a good haircut. You’ll need less styling if you have a good foundation.
~ Decide if you will remove your veil after the ceremony. You’ll need to adjust your hairstyle accordingly.
~ Have your hairdresser practice with your veil and tiara.

Nails:
Start thinking about how you would like your nails to look on your wedding day. Remember, your hands will be photographed during special moments, especially during the ceremony when you exchange your rings and during the reception when you are cutting the cake. Plus, your guests will be excited to see your new wedding ring throughout your day. Start getting weekly manicures about three months before your wedding date to get your nails in tip top shape.

~ Find a manicurist you really like and stick with that person leading up to your wedding. It will be important to find someone you trust so there will be no last minute surprises.

~ Determine the color and length you desire for your wedding day nails when you start meeting with your manicurist. You may want them short and square or long and oval. You may want to wear pink polish or get a french manicure. Try different colors on the days that you are getting fitted for your dress to see which look will work best.

~ Don’t forget to also get a pedicure. You may want to match the color that you are wearing on your fingernails, or go completely bold with a bright hue. Either way, your new hubby will appreciate the time you took to make sure you have soft feet and polished toenails on your wedding night.

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Countdown to the Royal Wedding!

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Style Me Pretty features Tara & Roy!

Wow! What an honor! Our couple Tara and Roy have been featured on the oh so fabulous Style Me Pretty! Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book blog features amazing weddings and discusses all of the details of the day.

Thanks to Style Me Pretty for sharing Tara and Roy’s amazing day- click here to check it out!!

Venue Spotlight- The Cosmopolitan ~ Las Vegas

Last week, TFT headed out west for an event and had the opportunity to check out some fab locations around Las Vegas. One of the hottest new spots that everyone is talking about is The Cosmopolitan, dubbed the ‘Sexiest’ hotel on the Strip! This amazing new property has an ultra cool vibe throughout and you never know what’s just around the corner.

Located right in the heart of the Strip, this unique luxury resort offers 52 stories of sophisticated rooms and suites. The guest rooms are really a sight to see!  Each room is fully equipped with amazing modern decor along with private terraces boasting unbelievable views of the Las Vegas skyline. Amenities also include living areas, Japanese soaking tubs, kitchenettes and mini-bars. Each room creates a comfortable vibe where you really feel like you’re ‘at home’.

Cool off and relax at one of their three stunning pool scenes, The Bamboo, The Boulevard or our favorite the Day Club pool complete with three-story bungalow lofts, cabanas and a party deck.

The Cosmopolitan has thirteen different restaurants on site so there is certainly something for everyone – from light French fare at Comme Ca, decadent steak dinners at STK, fine Mediterranean cuisine at Estiatorio Milos and more. These are all great spots to hold a rehearsal dinner, private party, or a girls/guys night out.

The resort also features amazing bars and lounges such as BOND, Vesper Bar and The Chandelier Room all with cutting edge, eye catching decor. Marquee, the popular nightclub will be launching an all-day club in October, where guests can dance all day and into the night.

Another unique feature at The Cosmopolitan is all of the stunning Art that is displayed throughout the resort. From the oversized Stilettos near the meeting rooms to the Art-o-Matic, (which dispenses pieces of art!) each piece really fits the classy yet laid back feel of the resort. Digital art featured at registration, constantly changes throughout the day and is always something to check out – while you’re checking in! Whether you know all or nothing about art, any guest can truly appreciate and enjoy these fine displays.

The Cosmopolitan has so much to offer and is definitely a must see during your next trip to Sin City!