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February, 2016

We recently had the chance to chat with Lauren from Trousseau Style, a boutique styling agency located in Philadelphia. Lauren is the owner and head stylist at Trousseau and has worked with many brides and bridesmaids to make sure they find the perfect outfit for their big day and the days surrounding.

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Read on to get the scoop on how Lauren got started!

I’ve always been into fashion. Playing dress-up is a pretty basic pastime for kids, but I really took it to the next level. I snuck lipstick for my first grade school pictures. And I can actually remember sleeping in a new pair of shoes because I wanted to wake up in the middle of the night and catch a glimpse of those beauties. You get the idea…

So I guess it’s no surprise that upon graduating from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, I moved home to Philadelphia and set-out for a career in fashion. I gained experience working for local boutiques, fashion start-ups and large retailers like Nordstrom and Lilly Pulitzer.

Through all the different stages of my career, there was always a conversation about white dresses and other garments for events surrounding weddings. This was a conversation I always took particular interest in.

When I got engaged in 2014, I realized what all the fuss was about and found myself overwhelmed with planning our wedding and styling outfits for all of the events surrounding our wedding. As a fashion-obsessed perfectionist, I was determined to find the perfect dress for our engagement photos. But it wasn’t the right season to find a white summer dress and between work and life, I didn’t have time to spend endless hours shopping.

Then, a light bulb went off. I realized I couldn’t be the only bride-to-be striving for perfection and lacking time. So, I created a survey and asked everyone I knew who was engaged or had gotten married in the past 3 years what their shopping experience was like. Turns out, it was very similar to mine, stressful. I continued to test my idea with Facebook ads, growing an email list, and having several conversations with brides-to-be. As it turned out, I wasn’t alone in my stressful search for perfection and brides-to-be were very interested in being styled.

So, Trousseau Style was born! I offer wardrobe styling for all things bridal; engagement shoots, engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, the big day, bridesmaids, etc.! I work with the bride and her vendors to determine her personal style and the overall theme of her wedding and/or event to incorporate those elements into her look. It’s so important to me to make sure all aspects of the wedding/event are cohesive, from the venue, to the flowers, the menu, invitations and of course, the outfit. It takes the stress completely off the bride and makes the experience what it should be, fun and exciting!

Through a style survey and consultation (in person or remote), I get a solid understanding for the bride’s personal style, color palette, budget, theme, etc. I’ll send her visual options that allow her to pick and choose items until we decide on a look. At that point, I’ll either send her links where she can purchase the items, shop for her, or shop with her, depending on her preference. It’s a comprehensive process. When we are finished our work together, the bride will know exactly how to style her look, how to wear her hair and makeup and ideas on how to re-wear her look after the event (unless it’s her wedding dress!).

It’s been an exciting process and I can honestly say it never gets old. There are always new trends, old treasures and an amazing outfit waiting to happen. The possibilities are endless!”

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Photography | Ashlee Mintz Photography | @ashleemintz
Models | Wilhelmina Philadelphia | @wilhelmina_philadelphia

We are thrilled to have Lauren and Trousseau Style in the house with us this Thursday, February 25th for Love is in the Air 2016. Learn more about her and her team on her website or in person at #LIITA2016. Tickets available but limited!

Xoxo Melissa Brannon, FairyGodmotherBadass.

 

True Philadelphians know, when it comes to thriving, Philly’s art scene is bursting at its urban seams. We couldn’t be more excited to have the work of Philly-based lighting sculptor, Warren Muller adorning our brand-new warehouse and studio.

Using found objects and whimsical light arrangements, Muller creates one-of-a-kind chandeliers and sculptures. With his partner, Interior Designer RJ Thornburg, the two comprise Bahdeebahdu, a gallery and working space located in the Olde Kensington neighborhood. Bahdeebahdu offers design services to homes, hotels, restaurants, and corporate settings. If you haven’t had a chance to swing by their studio/gallery it is a MUST see.

Lucky for us, Warren will be illuminating our bespoke bridal event; Love is in the Air 2016 with some of his incredible work. Join us on Thursday, February 25th with STARR Events at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center for an incredible evening of event design, fashion, and couture catering. For those of you who can’t wait, here are a few shots of the beautiful piece Warren created for the UE headquarters.

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Xoxo Melissa Brannon, FairyGodmotherBadass

Our event planning and design team celebrates LOVE all year long and we especially love the month of February for coming in strong with Valentine’s Day and our bespoke Bridal Event, Love is in the Air. We were feeling especially inspired by both of these holidays, (yes, we consider BOTH of these occasions holidays) so when we started making plans to treat our Valentine’s, we looked to our confectionary friends for some sweet treat inspiration.

A Fishtown favorite, Whipped Bakeshop creates baked goods that are both cute and clever!

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Leila & Rian’s New Orleans Wedding
  • by Melissa Brannon
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Destination: New Orleans! This past November I, the FairyGodMotherBadAss, headed south for an epic weekend in Louisiana. The rest of the event planning and design team was busy putting the finishing touches on an Indian Wedding in Philadelphia…so, I was solo on this wedding. It was a reminder of my first years in business; 17 years ago, when I was always solo! The weekend of festivities was an incredible way to close out an incredible year.

The magical wedding weekend began with Leila & Rian’s rehearsal dinner held at Tableau in the French Quarter, followed by after-dinner drinks at a local hotel. The bride arranged for a line up of pedicabs to transport the guests to the next destination!

Wedding Day festivities took place in the Garden District of central New Orleans. The small and personal ceremony was held on the patio of the Terrell House, a charming bed and breakfast in the heart of the city. Leila and Rian’s ceremony was extra special with heartfelt, handwritten vows, handcrafted cocktails, and a play on the Princess Bride. The wedding reception began at twilight with family and friends enjoying the outdoor veranda, while Leila, Rian and Love Shack Photo took full advantage of the neighboring Arts District and the gloaming hour!

The bride preferred a look I call the “gilded age”. I used a mix of brass vessels as vases for the floral centerpieces that were filled with ranunculus, roses, berries, feathers, fruits and hints of rich hues of merlot and plum. Guests sipped classic cocktails and danced to a vibrant jazz band. The party continued into the streets with a “second-line”, Mardi Gras style with parasols, handkerchiefs, and masks, all led by the B&G and accompanied by the jazz trio. It didn’t end here! The evening continued into the early morning with an “afterglow” party at The Tasting Room. Love Shack Photo captured the weekend perfectly and we had a hard time choosing our favorites. Take a peek at some of the highlights below!

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Last week our creative design team had the pleasure of creating a tablescape for Feast your Eyes Catering’s Winter Tasting Event at Front & Palmer. Guests enjoyed event design by local planners and designers, food and drink by Feast Your Eyes Catering and live music from American Deluxe Band. Front & Palmer, a former barrel factory in the art district of Kensington, is one of our favorite new venues. The industrial styled space is home to 35-foot ceilings, wood floors, and incredible chandeliers designed by local design studio, Bahdeebahdu. Check out some of our favorite captures from the evening by Peach Plum Pear Photography.

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