why we heart Sara Gabriel Veils and Accessories

So if you follow us on Social Media you may have seen all our posts with stunning CC Brides sporting their Sara Gabriel Accessories.  You may have seen us tag @SaraGabrielVeils in TONS of posts, and you may have even seen our "Why Wednesday" this week on Instagram where we expose our Girl Crush on Sara and her team.  If you did see that post you may just want to scroll down and just take a look at all the pretties we have below because I am just going to gush about all the same things you saw on our Why Wednesday post on Instagram.  

We started carrying Sara Gabriel's collections 11 years ago when we very first opened the shop!  And after many many designers coming and going over those 11 years, Sara Gabriel is the only one that has stood the test of time at Couture Closet.  Her designs are both timeless and edgy, she has super glam pieces, and super whimsical pieces.  Veils that are very Vintage inspired and ones that are so so modern!  If you are looking for a statement piece of Jewelry or a headpiece that will be center stage, then she has it!  On top of all her cutting edge and timeless heirloom quality accessories this chick is AMAZING!  She makes all her accessories in the US, by hand, and for each individual bride as we order them.  So when we say your accessory is made just for you, it really and truly is.  It even comes in extraordinary packaging with your name on it!  We are so grateful to Sara and her team for making such unique and high quality pieces that our brides can pass down to their daughters or daughter-in-laws.  

We could keep going and going but I would bet you want to see some of these pretties we are so in love with!

XOXO, Lauren

P.S. Read all about Sara and her journey {HERE}

 This is Sara!

This is Sara!

 This is the Sara Gabriel "Samantha" Duet.  This piece can be worn at the waist or in your hair!

This is the Sara Gabriel "Samantha" Duet.  This piece can be worn at the waist or in your hair!

 The Sara Gabriel "Melissa" Veil is the perfect romantic lace veil.

The Sara Gabriel "Melissa" Veil is the perfect romantic lace veil.

 The "Stephanie" earrings are super dramatic. And all of Sara's jewelry comes in Silver, Rose Gold and Yellow Gold!  

The "Stephanie" earrings are super dramatic. And all of Sara's jewelry comes in Silver, Rose Gold and Yellow Gold!  

 The "Josephine" Head Wrap is such a glam statement piece!

The "Josephine" Head Wrap is such a glam statement piece!

 The "Peyton" Birdcage is a favorite around here!

The "Peyton" Birdcage is a favorite around here!

 The "Josephine" necklace is an incredible addition to any strapless dress! 

The "Josephine" necklace is an incredible addition to any strapless dress! 

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11 Years of Your Favorite Gowns

We get asked constantly what wedding gown is our "Best Seller".  We can immediately point out a couple from our collection that are fan favorites, and a few that are being said "YES" to a lot.  This question started a discussion the other day about our most popular wedding gowns throughout the 11 years we have been in business.  It was fun to reminisce over these older wedding dresses and we decided it would be even more fun to track down images of these gowns and show them to you!  With each successful Google Image search we could remember the little details of each dress and even the brides who said yes to them!  

These wedding dresses aren't in the shop anymore but we still have a place for them in our hearts!  It was like looking at pictures of old friends!  Haha!!! 

xoxo, The Couture Closet Gals

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the groom {Valentines day edition}

So, you all know the scene.  The groom waits at the alter, the music starts, the doors swing open and everyone stands and turns to watch the bride walk down the aisle.  Well, I don't do that.  When everyone stands and faces the opening doors I always stay turned to the front and watch the groom as his bride walks toward him.  And whether he has a goofy grin, or he is wiping away tears, or holding them back, that moment never disappoints. Seeing him watch his future walk to him is one of the best moments of the day for me as a wedding guest!  Here are a few of our stunning #CCBride's grooms, and their reactions during that magical moment!

xo, Lauren (and the CC Gals)

 Deric + Abby // Photography by  Megg Allison

Deric + Abby // Photography by Megg Allison

 Sawyer + Parrin //  Photography by Beca C

Sawyer + Parrin // Photography by Beca C

 Kevin + Rachel // Photography by Ebby L //  See Kevin + Rachel's wedding HERE

Kevin + Rachel // Photography by Ebby L // See Kevin + Rachel's wedding HERE

 Mike + Sue // Photography by Belle Portwe Photography

Mike + Sue // Photography by Belle Portwe Photography

 Jordan + Melissa //  Photography by Lang Thomas

Jordan + Melissa // Photography by Lang Thomas

what happens when a wedding designer plans her own wedding?

So we just posted the wedding pictures of Allyson and David over on our Real CC Bride Blog {Click here to read their love story} and we left out the detail shots because we wanted to give you a whole post on this cozy and intimate wedding.  Allyson is a wedding coordinator and designer at Essential Details so she had all the wedding planning goodies and knowledge at her fingertips. The couple could have chosen to go ALL OUT in a big way but they opted for a beautiful, warm, cozy wedding at the Livery in Lexington.  With attention to detail, and the hint of copper {our new favorite wedding metal} this wedding was our type of perfection.  We spoke with Allyson and asked her to tell us a little about her inspiration as well as some tips as a Wedding Coordinator, here is what she had to say!

What was the feel you were trying to capture in the space? It looked warm + cozy + personal + we loved it! David and I wanted our wedding venue to feel welcoming. We truly wanted people to walk in, take notice of the details, and notice the personal touches and thought that was put into everything. The Livery could not have matched our style any better, so we truly just focused on enhancing the already existing beauty of that space with our personal spin on it. We hoped it would be inviting, personal, and thoughtful, but most of all an unforgettable experience and a celebration with those people we love the most!

What was your color theme and how did you decide on it?  We decided not to have a color theme but instead a certain feel for the wedding. We wanted to play around with different fall / rich tones in order to create a warm and inviting space.  We didn’t feel our wedding was a black tie affair and had a more casual feel so the mismatch vibe fit. We picked a neutral (gray) and a metal (copper) and decided the only color would be in the flowers. Since we included many different colors and tones in the flowers, the neutrals like gray and copper helped us create the vintage / mismatch vibe we were going for without looking chaotic. We wanted the ceremony to be gray and copper with all greenery. The bouquets were full of color. The reception mixed all elements of gray, copper and rich colors in the centerpieces. We looked at the existing beauty and vintage/ mismatched elements of our venue as inspiration! We picked this venue for a reason so we took full advantage of their exposed brick, concrete floors, iron elements, hardwood and existing art by making sure the décor we brought in would mix perfectly with that!

Any advice on designing a ceremony/reception space that is unique + personal to the couple? As a wedding coordinator, I see a lot! One thing that was very important when choosing the design of our wedding was to make it different and unique from what I had seen before and make it personal to our style and our relationship.  Be sure to include a style that reflects you as a couple. Add elements that are unique to your love story.  Be thoughtful when deciding on each element of your wedding to see if there is a way you can relate it back to both of you. Maybe it’s a color, a saying, a location, a date, a season, a food, an heirloom, photographs, a favorite drink, or even a song … find inspiration in everything in your relationship and see if there is a way you can include that in your wedding. David and I met in Lexington and decided to bring our family and friends back there for our wedding. He is from Cincinnati and I am from Louisville where we currently live, so we wanted to show our guests our favorite things in Lexington and why that city means a lot to both of us. We also included elements from Louisville and Cincinnati since we were long distance for a year and a half and those cities played a huge part in our relationship as well. From our welcome bags, guest book, even down to our drink selection, you could see personalized elements everyone recognized from all three of those cities.  We decided to have our rehearsal dinner at the restaurant where we had our first date, which made it even more special. We even served a “specialty beer” at the wedding and decided to toast with what was served at Pint Night on the night we first met.  We wanted our guests to get to know our story and know we are excited they are now a part of the next chapter!

Xoxo, The Couture Closet Gals

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Photography: Bradley Quinn Photography // Venue: The Livery Lexington // Coordination: Essential Details // Flowers: Blooms by Essential Details // Rentals: Essential Details // Cake: Cakes by BeBe

where ya girls at?

Because we exclusively focus on the bride at our boutique we rarely get to meet the other special people in your wedding.  We never ever get to meet the groom and we may get to meet a maid or two but never the whole group!  Well you can't get married without your special ladies!  We love to see you all sharing special smiles, giggles, and primp time when the wedding pictures come in!  So we wanted to give a little shout out to the ladies who have stuck by you for years.  The ones who handed you a hankie when you cried at your wedding.  The ones that held your train as you walked through the grass, who threw you a rowdy bachelorette party and a classy bridal shower!  Here is to the ladies that feel like sisters {and sometimes are}! Cheers to all of you!

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1. Bride: Dawn | Photographer: Katelynn Dow Photography // 2. Bride: Haleigh | Photographer: Photography and Design by Lauren // 3. Megan | Photographer: Jessica & Sarah Photography // 4. Bride: Amanda | Photographer: Lang Thomas // 5. Bride: Allyson | Photographer: Bradley Quinn Photographer // 6. Bride: Carly | Photographer: Kriech-Higdon Photography // 7. Bride: Lauren | Photographer: Rachel Caines Photography // 8. Bride: Sarah | Photographer: Morgan Worley // 9. Bride: Stephanie | Photographer: Jessica & Sarah Photography