Category: Bridal

Bridal Gowns You’ll Love by Sincerity Bridal
(Plus, You Could Win a FREE Wedding Dress!)

We are honored to share the new Sincerity Bridal Collection by Justin Alexander with you today! The Sincerity Bridal 2016 Collection is full of romantic details that will remind you of gowns fit for a princess. We’re seeing fabrics like soft charmeuse, figure-flattering satin, and Chantilly lace, along with intricate details such as lace and illusion necklines. We love the backless dresses, too, which are one of the biggest trends this season. If you want to feel like a princess on your wedding day, one of these A-line, ball gown, or fit and flare silhouettes will help you live out your own fairytale moment. This collection launches on April 15th, but you’re lucky enough to get a sneak peek right here! Take a look at a few of our favorites PLUS see how you can win a Justin Alexander wedding dress absolutely FREE!

Sincerity Bridal Collection

I adore the neckline and the sleeveless style of this gown. It’s gorgeous!

wedding gown by Sincerity Bridal

wedding gown by Sincerity Bridal

This dress is my favorite from their collection. I love the classic covered buttons and the beautiful lace!

wedding gown by Sincerity Bridal

wedding gown by Sincerity Bridal

This dress is reminiscent of a princess with its tulle skirt and sweetheart neckline. Love, love, love.

wedding gown by Sincerity Bridal

Now that you’ve see some stunning designs, how would you like to win a FREE Justin Alexander wedding dress of your very own? Well, now’s your chance! We’ve teamed up with Justin Alexander Bridal to share their amazing contest that focuses on what love means to you. And it’s so easy to enter — all it takes is a quick fill in the blank and a little Instagramming magic on your part. Oh, we really hope you’ll enter this one because it’s one awesome prize. Can you imagine winning a free Justin Alexander wedding dress? Read on for more!

Win a Justin Alexander Wedding Dress

The team at Justin Alexander want to know what Love means to you. They recently launched their Preview 2016 Collection and want to give one of their new wedding dresses away to the most creative bride-to-be on Instagram. All you have to do is tell them what love means to you. And get creative with it because the most creative bride will win. Here’s how to enter:

1 – Follow @JA_Bridal on Instagram

2 – Repost this image:


3 – Pour your heart out! Finish the sentence to define what love means to you in a few words or a couple of sentences in the caption.

4 – Tag Justin Alexander Bridal (@JABridal) and use the contest hashtag #JAIsLove in the caption.

That’s it!

Here are the full terms & conditions:

• Must follow Justin Alexander Instagram account (@JA_bridal)
• Must repost contest image
• Must tag Justin Alexander Instagram account and use contest hashtag #JAIsLove in Instagram caption
• Must be 18 years old or older to enter.
• Winner will choose one (1) gown from the active Justin Alexander Preview 2016 collection (pending availability).
• Winner will have 90 days after the closing date to claim prize.
• Alterations are not included.
• The prize is non-refundable, non-transferable, and not exchangeable for cash, credit or any other item. If prize is refused Justin Alexander will choose another winner at random.
• Affiliates, Justin Alexander employees, and their immediate families are ineligible to enter or claim the prize.
• The information you provide will only be used for administering this sweepstakes and for marketing purposes.
• Winner will be notified via Instagram within two weeks of contest ending.
• Winner will be selected by a panel of judges based on creativity.
• Promotion isn’t sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.
• Contest begins April 16, 2015 and ends April 30, 2015 11:59 pm EST


Good luck, loves! We’ll be checking in on your entries, so make us proud :)


This is a sponsored post by Justin Alexander.

6 Things You’ll Need for Your Engagement Ring

It’s engagement season! Here’s what you’ll need for your engagement ring. P.S. Follow along now or you’ll be out of the loop!

This weekend, two of our close friends, Holly & Mike, got engaged (congrats, you guys)! We can’t wait to see her gorgeous engagement ring + hear all about the the proposal. So it got me to thinking, with all these engagements and proposals and engagement rings, we wanted to share some things you’ll need for engagement ring care. Plus, we’re even giving away one of these pretty finds to one lucky reader. Read on for more!

engagement ring photo
photo: j may photography

6 Things You Need After the Ring

1. A Photo + a Mug

Snap a photo of that sparkler! Here’s one adorable announcement for your Instagram:

i said yes

And seriously, check out these adorable engagement ring selfies to inspire your own, where we spotted this one.

Oh, and you can show off that sparkler at the office with one of these clever mugs, too!

let the adventures begin via e and h creates | does this ring make me look engaged via the apothecary bee

2 A really fun manicure

Everyone’s going to want to see that ring. And seriously, if you’re not going to get a manicure now, when WOULD you get one? ;) These nail wraps make it so easy to have perfect nails that last.

via so gloss

3. Cleaner

For engagement ring care, you’ll definitely need a good cleanser. Since soap and water can dull the band and stone, you’ll want to use a gentle cleanser to keep it in tip top shape. This stuff works wonders. You’ll want to pair it with one of these cloths, for quick gentle shine-ups.

clean that ring | via

4. Ring Dish

When you’re washing dishes, doing laundry, working out, painting, etc., you’ll want a safe place to keep your ring. A ring dish will do the trick! Here are a few of our faves from ring dish expert, Elycia Camille:

ring dish | via Engagement Ring Care

via elycia camille

5. Warranty

Know your warranty info just in case your ring is lost and needs to be replaced.

6. Peace of Mind

Some people recommend insurance, and that’s great if it gives you peace of mind. I opted out of ring insurance because I never, ever take it off and because it’s one more thing to add to your monthly expenses (and we hate to do that to you). However, it’s worth noting because some brides really find it gives them peace of mind knowing their ring is protected.

♥ | ♥ | ♥

Now that you know of some essential engagement ring care tips, it’s time for a giveaway! ↓

How to Properly Wear a Statement Necklace

Wondering how to wear a wedding dress with statement necklace? We’ll show you! But first, don’t forget to do this + follow this.

Hello, loves! Ok, so let’s chat: what do you think of statement necklaces? I love the look, but just between you and me, it took me awhile to get to the comfort level of wearing them. At first, it felt like, hey, what is this gigantic thing on my neck. And then I finally got to the point where I could piece together an outfit and work the heck out of it. Okay, maybe I didn’t, but I had enough confidence to feel like I was really pulling it off, and that’s all you really need, right? ;)

Today we’re talking about bridal statement necklaces and answering the burning question of what wedding dress looks best with one. If you’re dress shopping, keep in mind some jewelry that you really want to wear — it will help when you make your decision. We were inspired to write this by an Ask Emmaline question that came in to the inbox from reader, Ashleigh. She says…

“I want to wear a statement necklace for my wedding jewelry but I’ve never worn one before. How big is too big and what type of wedding dress looks best with one? Thanks in advance!”

Ashleigh, your question rings true to so many brides-to-be! When it comes to picking a wedding dress with a statement necklace, two styles you’ll want to consider are:

o strapless
o v-neck

*If you’re going with a v-neck wedding dress, we recommend one with small straps.

We’ve found that any other dress style besides strapless or v-neck tends to overwhelm your look. I love pairing a sweetheart neckline with a bib or statement necklace because it really fills in the empty space and ties the whole look together. Also, in response to your question on how big is too big, the answer is totally up to you. If you feel comfortable wearing it, go for it! There is no particular one-size-fits-all here. To inspire you, we’ve rounded up photos of a few Real Brides rocking their own statement necklaces, along with a few handpicked statement necklaces we think you’ll love. Enjoy!

Wedding Dress with Statement Necklace

statement necklace | photo: red white and green photography | via Wedding Dress with Statement Necklace necklace worn by bride with sweetheart strapless gown

photo: red white and green photography via style me pretty


photo: brooke courtney

bride with statement necklace strapless gown

photo: sarah sousa via style me pretty

statement necklace with vneck gown

photo: one tree photo

And some statement necklaces to inspire you…

left: lottie da designs | right: abigail grace bridal

left: lottie da designs | right: abigail grace bridal

left: lottie da designs | right: sukran kirtis jewelry

left + right: queen me jewelry llc

statement necklace | via Wedding Dress with Statement Necklace

by abigail grace bridal

And check this out: it’s a rhinestone bolero. We’ve never seen anything like this! Ah, so pretty.


by abigail grace bridal

by abigail grace bridal

What is a Flower Hair Crown? Plus, Win One!

Brides: if you love the look of a flower hair crown instead of a veil (or you’re wondering what it is), you’ve come to the right place! Today we’re sharing eight oh-so-lovely flower hair crown examples AND Roses & Lemons is giving away a flower hair crown for FREE to one lucky reader! I know, Mondays sure are the best, aren’t they? Read on to get started…

What Is a Flower Hair Crown?

First things first: what is a flower hair crown? A hair crown, in this case with flowers, is a bohemian bridal veil alternative that can be worn by the bride on her wedding day. Instead of a traditional veil, a bride wears a hair crown usually with a more casual hairstyle. Here are a few examples of flower hair crowns we think you’ll love…

1. Woodland

If you’re planning a woodland wedding, this is the crown for you.

woodland bridal flower crown

2. Peach Rose

This next one – peach rose – is my personal favorite. I love the size of these paperie peach roses and the ivory pip berries. Lovely.

peach rose flower hair crown

3. Orchid

Planning an orchid-infused wedding? This hair crown is ideal and features tiny pip berries in ivory.

orchid flower hair crown

4. Wildflower

Wild child — this one’s for you!

wild flower hair crown

5. Something Blue

Need something blue? This lily of the valley hair crown is the finishing touch.

lily of the valley flower hair crown

6. Daisies

Love daisies? Need a flower hair crown for your flower girl? This one is a summertime favorite.

daisy flower hair crown

7. Pearls + Roses

This is a new one: pearls are added instead of berries for a vintage-y look.

pearls and flower hair crown

8. Twig

Prefer an au naturale look? Try this brown twig crown on for size. It goes with everything!

twig flower crown

Flower Hair Crowns


Now that you’ve seen some examples of crowns, it’s time to win one! Enter below for a chance to win this colorful flower hair crown!

colorful flower hairpiece

o Enter between 7/14/14-7/20/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Prize: Colorful Flower Hair Crown | About: Adorable floral crown featuring fabric rosebuds in green, turquoise, bright blue, hot pink, and peach color with green leaves. It wears like a regular headband or top crown to create a bohemian bride look. This floral crown is lightweight, open on the back and has ivory ribbon to adjust. One size fits all.
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 7/21; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to use prize
o Prize value: $38; no cash value
o Free shipping included anywhere
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter