BRIDES Private Access: Behind the Scenes with Our First Bride-to-Be, Emily

Brides Behind the Scenes

Here at BRIDES, we live, breathe, and dream weddings — and sharing our tips and tricks to planning the perfect day is the core of what we do. That's why we were so excited to kick off our first bridal guest in the BRIDES fashion closet — as part of our new BRIDES Private Access, an expert wedding style consultation service for brides-to-be. Our first bride, Emily, is getting married on August 27, 2016, so she utilized our VIP services (which include touring our Manhattan offices and receiving a full day of pampering and wedding planning with our genius editors in our coveted fashion closet). Here, we share a little bit about her bridal experience at our Condé Nast offices in New York City.

Emily's day started with a delicious breakfast at our luxurious World Trade Center dining area (with a beautiful view of the city from top!) where she enjoyed a delicious made-to-order breakfast with one of our editors. From there, the bride-to-be was whisked away into our lace and tulle wonderland — the BRIDES fashion closet! Inside our wedding-planning sanctuary, shoes, dresses, and bridal jewelry galore are fit to be tried — all at the bride-to-be's disposal. BRIDES' Editor-in-Chief, Keija Minor, was there to greet her, and after enjoying some French macarons while chatting everything weddings, it was time to get serious.

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Photo: Jennifer Casson Photography

And by serious, we of course mean having a morning mimosa and chatting with our expert hair stylist and makeup artist about an ideal wedding-day look! Emily opted for a half up/half down style with loose curls — accessorized with a beautiful crystal hair clip from our swoon-worthy accessories collection. Jewelry and accessory heaven, that's for sure.
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Photo: Jennifer Casson Photography

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Photo: Jennifer Casson Photography

After the major glam session, it was time for some shoes and wedding-dress fun (and modeling!). Before the BRIDES Private Access experience, Emily explained that she had no idea of what she was looking for dress-wise. "I came in only having pinned a few things on Pinterest and ripping out a few pages of a magazine." Luckily, our editors came to the rescue and helped her consider some styles to accentuate her best features and flatter her physique — with results that will definitely 'wow' her groom on the big day.

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Photo: Jennifer Casson Photography

In the white dress wonderland, Emily perused the couture gowns and luxurious styles with the help of our fashion director, Elle Strauss, who stopped by to give some wedding-style tips. Our bride-to-be picked several styles to try — and of course her try-on sesh included a "Say Yes to the Dress" moment, where she picked her favorite!

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Photo: Jennifer Casson Photography

"After trying on a few dresses, I knew exactly what I was looking for in a dress — and the editors gave good feedback about the color, silhouette, and style that flattered my body the most. When I went dress shopping a week later with my bridesmaids, I was a woman on a mission," Emily shared.

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Photo: Jennifer Casson Photography

But that's not all: at the end of the morning, Emily was gifted a bridal gift bag that rivaled most VIP goodie bags, filled with wedding-planning tools, beauty products, and essentials as well as a Pinterest-inspired mood board for her wedding planning to come. "Wearing a beautiful wedding dress — with my makeup and hair done with all the accessories — was something that will stick with me for the rest of my life. The whole experience was magical; I was floating in the clouds the whole day!" Pristine, pampered, and prepared — that's how we like to leave our brides!

Interested in coming to the BRIDES offices for an all-encompassing wedding experience like Emily's? Head to to learn more or book your one-of-a-kind bridal experience. We can't wait to see you!

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