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Veil alternatives for a chic, New York lesbian wedding

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for The Brooklyn Paper
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Wedding style reflects the bride’s personality. For instance, funky, fictional fashionista Carrie Bradshaw wore a bright, blue bird on the side of her head.

“Why would you wear a veil when there are so many other possibilit­ies?” says Cristina Rose Rabusin, a New York resident. “The whole point of being a bride [is being] the center of attention.”

A unique hair accessory, in lieu of a veil, is an option that allows for a lot of personalization.

“Women are now seeking out pieces that make a traditional wedding appear just a little retro,” says Chellise Michael, a Brooklyn wedding photographer. “A lot are wearing a flower in their hair or a simple hair piece.”

Fascinators — a headpiece that can be as simple as ruched tulle or as elaborate as the hats worn by guests at the royal wedding — are a popular altar-bound embellishment favored by brides looking to marry mid-century glamour with modern style.

“The fascinator is slightly alternative but feminine,” says Jennifer Valade, the owner of Bunny’s Goodies in Vermont, a business that sells bridal accessories. “And it’s a piece that make a traditional wedding appear just a little retro.”

Flower crowns, which were donned by Audrey Hepburn and Julia Roberts during their weddings, are another fashionable alternative that provides a bride with a romantic, bohemian vibe.

“Flower crowns are a combination of the simplicity of nature and the elegance of high fashion,” says Veronica Morali of La Rosette Parisienne, an online shop that sells hand-made floral tiaras. “They provide a balance that ties together an outfit.”

Yet, regardless of your preference for details, the most important aspect is that you wear something that makes you shine. The possibilities are endless, so celebrate your commitment to an endless love with something elegant and truly exceptional.

How to make a DIY flower tiara

Veronica Morali of La Rosette Parisienne shows us how

Materials

• Silk flowers

• Pliers

• 22-24 gauge floral wire

• A roll of green or brown floral tape (this is usually 1/4”-1/2” width)

• A glue gun

Instructions

Step 1: Take enough wire to wrap around your head twice, and shape it into a circle. Place the crown on your head, and adjust the wire until it fits securely, but not too tightly.

Step 2: Trim the ends, so the crown doesn’t wrap entirely around your head. Twist the wire at either end into small loops.

Step 3: Cover the twisted wire with floral tape.

Step 4: Thread a ribbon through the loops and knot them, so they’re fastened to the crown. When you wear the crown, tie the ribbons together for a secure and comfortable fit.

Step 5: Decide how many flowers you would like (Morali suggests more small flowers like daises with a few large, accented cabbage roses) and whether you want to use artificial ones, fresh ones, or a mixture of both. Keep in mind that fresh flowers have a shelf life and can only be worn past the ceremony in cold months.

Step 6: Arrange your chosen flowers to your liking.

Step 7: For silk flowers, cut off the flowers’ stems and plastic tips. Then apply a dab of hot glue to the bottom of the flower, and press it to the crown for up to 30 seconds to ensure that it sticks. If you want to incorporate the stems into your crown, trim them until they’re 2–4” in length. Then take a 3–4” piece of florist’s wire, lay the stems parallel to the crown, and use the pliers to wrap the wire around the stems and crown a few times.

Step 8: For fresh flowers, (Morali suggests roses, baby’s breath, hydrangeas, and daises), trim the flowers’ stems to about 2–4” in length. Cover them in floral tape. Then lay the stems parallel to the crown, and use more tape to attach the stems to the crown. Repeat until the crown is covered in flowers.

Step 9: Cover any loose or jagged ends with floral tape.

And viola! You have created a truly personalized accessory!

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