Saturday, April 23, 2016

5 Tips For An Amazing First Wedding Dance

Imagine it’s your wedding day. You’ve had a beautiful ceremony, tons of fun taking pictures, a delicious meal, and now it’s time to get the party started. You walk out to the dance floor for your first dance as husband and wife in front of all of your family and you … Eeek! What do you do?
Here are 5 fool-proof tips from the pros at Ballroom Dance Chicago for rocking your first dance:
 This Lovely Couple's First Dance At Their Chicago Adler Planetarium Wedding

5 Tips For an Amazing First Dance
1) Start dance lessons ASAP

Unlike other items on the wedding prep list, a first dance takes more than signing a contract and letting the vendor take care of the rest. Learning to dance takes time and practice, so don’t leave this detail for the last minute; get started right away (at least 4-6 months before the big day, if you can)!

2) Find the right dance studio: one that specializes in wedding dances

Many ballroom dance studios offer inexpensive or free introductory lessons, and you should take advantage of these! When you’re there, pay attention to details: did your instructor really listen to you? Did you feel comfortable in the studio? Could you see yourself spending time with your instructor? If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” consider another dance studio. It’s easy to just choose the least expensive option, but you'll sacrifice the quality of your first dance. Instead, invest in a studio you’ll really enjoy.

"Dance Like No One Is Watching"
3) Find the perfect first dance song

The perfect first dance song has three qualities:
1) It makes you feel something: joy, love, connection, romance, etc.
2) It makes you want to dance with your partner
3) It fits your personality as a couple and the sentiment of your wedding reception
If you find a song that captures all three, that’s the one! Stop searching. Just give the lyrics a once-over to make sure they really are about love.

4) Decide when to do the first dance during the reception

Your reception timeline can make or break the party, and your first dance has an impact. Do you want your first dance to inspire your guests to get on the dance floor? Then place it after dinner, before dancing. Do you want your first dance to be a grand performance? Then do the first dance right after you enter the reception. Do you want the first dance to be an intimate moment that’s mostly unnoticed by the crowd? Then dance during dinner, while everyone is distracted by their tasty entrees!

5) Consider your wardrobe

Yes, that mermaid gown is gorgeous, but if you can barely walk, sit or breathe in it, then dancing will be a challenge. The same goes for the style of your heels! If being able to dance the night away is important to you, then get a dress and pair of shoes that allows for that. We recommend an A-line dress and Angela Nuran wedding shoes. They’re made like dance shoes with a suede sole and a very comfortable fit, plus they’re gorgeous!
Comfortable wedding shoes by Angela Nuran Exclusively Available At www.LeftBankBridal.com
If you keep all these tips in mind, you’ll be sure to have a great experience dancing at your wedding!

About this guest blogger, Matthew Sove is the owner of Ballroom Dance Chicago,
the city’s top-rated wedding dance studio. For more info, contact them at 312.504.5866 or
www.ballroomdancechicago.com

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Storied Table Wedding Registry



It’s wedding shower time and we are always looking for new and unique wedding registry sources for our newly engaged couples to know about. Forget about the dreaded trip to a traditional department store or big box shops that will be eager to hand you a scanning gun. It may sound fun at first but it’s really only exciting for 3 minutes, then it just becomes “buyers fatigue”, too many decisions and you begin to put not much thought or care into what really would love to have in your registry long or short term!

The Storied Table is the perfect wedding registry for  modern couples looking for unique items and experiences. It’s definitely a wedding trend we see increasing with popularity.  Think about it, most couples today already own a lot of good basic kitchen items and simply do not need or want more. Grooms are getting more involved in the wedding planning process and  deciding what they want to be in the household and their wedding registry.  Also, there are so many gift givers (like me!) that want to standout for finding the perfect wedding or shower gift. Besides, they'd be more likely to remember who gifted a wonderful addition to their household vs. that fancy crock pot! (Think gorgeous silver trays, artisinal blown glassware from The Storied Table...) View the latest Storied Table video for some simple yet beautiful styling tips and advice.

Experiential gifts are also on the rise. Think private cooking classes, foodie trips, home styling sessions or donating to the couples favorite charity. The Storied Table can custom design unique experiences you could only wish to receive for your wedding registry.

The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery is hosting a special Pop Up Shop for The Storied Table on Sunday March 5th from 12-3 to showcase their unique and beautiful tabletop selections.
We’ll be serving special drinks and light bites. Hope to see you there!
Questions? Please email us at Bonjour@LeftBankBridal.com




Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Blue Wedding Shoes !

Our beautiful bride Cynthia was blessed with having two wedding ceremonies in one day! She was married in a traditional Catholic Church followed by a Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony in Chicago.
She gave us her wedding invitation and asked us to dye her Angela Nuran bridal shoes to match. She opted for a beautiful blue buckle adornment on the shoe. Her blue wedding shoes match her fiance's wedding suit perfectly! All of our Angela Nuran shoes are made of pure luxe silk and crafted to dye whatever color you desire. She loved them so much that she ordered a pair of Angela Nuran shoes in black silk after her wedding! All  photos are by Chicago Wedding Photographer, Angela Garbot Photography
Just Married, walking on the bridge over the Chicago River
Photo by: Angela Garbot Photography
www.AngelaGarbot.com

Comfortable Wedding Shoes By Angela Nuran
Available at www.LeftBankBridal.com

The Angela Nuran Astoria Wedding Shoe Dyed a rich blue with the Antique "Something Blue" Buckle
All Of Angela Nuran Shoes have interchangeable buckles!
Shop Online at www.LeftBankBridal.com

Such a pretty wedding shoe shot by www.AngelaGarbot.com
"It's all in the details"

Always a perfect pose. Cynthia wore a gorgeous lace wedding gown with gorgeous back detailing.
Her dear Mother bought her light blue topaz earrings and a matching necklace. She carried through the "Something Blue" theme in her wedding brilliantly!
Photo by www.AngelaGarbot.com

Merci Beaucoup Cynthia for your wonderful review of The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery!
(As Published on Wedding Wire and Yelp)
"I went to the Left Bank specifically to look at and try on Angela Nuran shoes.  I purchased Angela Nuran's Astoria shoes with the Antique brooch.  I had them custom dyed to match my wedding color.  They turned out perfect.  Not only did the look beautiful, but they were comfortable as well - more comfortable than I ever thought a pair of heels could feel.  After my wedding, I bought a second pair in black!  In addition to the shoes, I purchased a decorative hair clip and a bracelet for my wedding, plus other jewelry to wear to the brunch the day after the wedding.  The Left Bank has such pretty jewelry and accessories, not just for bridal and weddings.  The staff is friendly and helpful and knowledgeable.  Sign up for their e-mail list.  They have great events and sales, even online."

If you're looking for comfortable wedding shoes, please visit: www.LeftBankBridal.com
Looking for a colored bridal shoe and have questions? Email us at: Bonjour@LeftBankBridal.com

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Laura Jayne Bridal Accessories ~ The 2016 Collection

Toronto Canada based wedding accessory designer, Laura Jayne Bridal takes inspiration from nature in her 2016 collection of bridal hair pieces, jewelry, wedding veils and bridal gown sashes. The spirit of this season is ethereal elegance. It whispers "romance" in its refined softness. Laura Jayne's signature veils are made of an exclusive "Mirage" tulle which is super soft and drapy ~ nothing else compares.  Hair adornments are all handcrafted and have the flexibility to be worn a multitude of ways. The bridal belt and sash trend is still strong, but again, has a softer touch this season and is always aiming to compliment vs. compete with your gorgeous wedding gown.


See the complete collection of Laura Jayne Bridal Accessories at The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery.
A special trunk show with limited edition pieces is set for January 23-Febuary 3rd, 2016, appointments are strongly encouraged but walk ins are always welcome! Email or call for an appointment.
Bonjour@LeftBankBridal.com or Ring Us @ 773.929.7422  Merci Beaucoup!



Sunday, November 22, 2015

Revealing Our New Look!

To celebrate our 20th year Of Ooh-La-La, we have launched a new website and renovated our Chicago wedding boutique. Special thanks to interior designer, Erin McDonald and his fabulous team, photographers Tamara Gruner Photography & Elizabeth Nord Photography & Website designer, WyStar Designs for taking our vision and creating something beyond our dreams!  And to our gorgeous model, Willow Star!
Merci Bien,
Susan

For a sneak peak visit: www.LeftBankBridal.com


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Our Bride, Alexandra

One of the best parts of styling our bridal clients is seeing the final result! Our bride, Alexandra generously shared these photos from her wedding at Queen of All Saints Basillica and The University Club of Chicago. Alexandra wore our hand-cut edge cathedral veil and Larme Earrings. What a perfect day!









Photography by Beyond The Well, Dress by Bella Bianca, Floral Design by Davenport Designs 


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Exclusive Angela Nuran Wedding Shoes




Finding fashionable AND comfortable weddings shoes are not easy. Our goal was to fill the void in the bridal shoe market by delivering high quality shoes with incomparable comfort and irresistible versatility. We are thrilled to introduce “Serafina” and  “Serendipity”  to The Left Bank Jewelry and Bridal Finery. These exclusive bridal shoes are made by the queen of comfortable wedding shoes, Angela Nuran. If brides are wearing two dresses, why can’t they have two shoes? With these styles you can choose a “Suite of Shoes” with one to walk down the aisle, one to dance the night away in.  Just want one super comfy wedding shoe? They are available separately- of course!  

               
                       The “Serafina” lace wedding shoe made in beautiful pale ivory French Chantilly lace with a pure silk heel. 
The “Serendipity” bridal shoe made in pale ivory Luxe Italian silk
   
The Low heeled wedding shoe is 2.5” heel and High Heel is a tres foot flattering d’orsay style pump with a 4.5” heel including a 1” hidden platform for ultra comfort.

                             
                                 

Both shoes offer the same fabulous features as Angela Nuran’s original comfortable wedding shoes which we all have all known and loved. Her signature ultra soft “pillow top” padding that is throughout the heel, arch and ball of the foot is cushioned providing superior comfort. All Angela Nuran wedding shoes have genuine suede soles which provide secure, non-slip traction. You can customize these shoes by embellishing them with Angela Nuran’s custom buckle styles or  with a fun shoe clip. They can be bedazzled with gorgeous Swarovski crystals. These beautiful wedding shoes can also be dyed to any color of your desire to create a truly-one-of-a-kind shoe.


The “Serafina” lace wedding shoe dyed black makes a fabulous leg flattering black pump. Why not dye your shoes after your wedding?


Find these comfortable wedding shoes at our Chicago wedding boutique or at www.LeftBankBridal.com.  Please note that limited sizes available in 5-10 in Serafina and sizes 5.5-11 in Serendipity.
 High Heel $329 Low Heel $299