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Hot off the Runway: The Fall 2016 Bridal Gowns That we Don’t Want You to Miss

Bridal week is just like fashion week, except, surprise, it’s all about wedding gowns. The hottest gowns cascade down the runway, leaving onlookers, fashion enthusiasts, and future brides swooning over the latest styles. If you missed it this year, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got the inside scoop about designer’s inspiration for their Fall 2016 collections. So what did you miss?

We spoke with Yumi Katsura Couture’s Creative Director, Paulette Cleghorn. She told us this years collection has lots of texture with less beading. If there is beading, then it’s more of a tone on tone look.

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For the Sareh Nouri line, Sareh pulled elements and inspiration from her Persian heritage. A history rich in art that is defined by detailed designs and patterns visualized in its mosaics, calligraphy, miniature paintings and intricate weaving. Sareh said, “The farics, laces and patterns that I selected and designed for this collection are reminiscent of an ancient, yet modern artistic culture.”

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We also had the opportunity to speak with Cristiano Lucci, who said this years fall’s collection will be very fashion forward, so we’ll be seeing ball gowns, tulle, and delicate lace.

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Overall, sexy sophistication seemed to be the theme of this season. We saw nude underlays, and plunging back lines, although, more toned down than last year. There was also a lot of lace—yay. And it seems ball gowns are making a comeback with a sophisticated, yet classic flair.


Designers: Yumi Katsura Couture | Victor Harper Couture | Sareh Nouri  | Cristiano Lucci

Locations that carry these designers:

Bridal Reflections– Victor Harper

Designer Loft– Cristiano Lucci

Kleinfeld– Sarah Nouri– all

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The 5 Best Wedding Venues in New Jersey

When it comes to wedding planning, choosing your venue comes second to getting engaged. The look and feel of the day  will revolve around your venue.  The venue can influence your gown, hair & makeup, flowers, invites, décor, and much more.   Your entire experience, from start to finish, begins with the venue and ends with the execution of the staff you have helping you. The location you choose will become a place that will forever stay in your heart and your memory, so make sure it’s everything you’ve ever wanted.

Since Magda’s Designs Inc.,  provides on-location hair and makeup services, we’ve had the pleasure of working at some of the greatest wedding venues in NJ.  We would like to share our top 5 choices.

1. Nassau Inn

The Nassau Inn Wedding Venue

Located, centrally in the heart of downtown Princeton is the Nassau Inn. This quaint venue is surrounded by little shops, theaters, and is a quick walk from Princeton University. In fact, our last Nassau Inn wedding was for two Princeton University alumni, who were arranging their wedding from out of the country. This just goes to show that when it comes to planning, the Nassau Inn has it down. From start to finish they’ll provide their clients with someone who will work with them to bring their visions to life.

Aside from their amazing staff, the Inn can accommodate weddings with up to 200 people. They have a beautiful outdoor space that can be used for either a ceremony or cocktail hour, and they provide overnight room accommodations. Take a look at our Nassau Inn bride HERE.

2. The Ryland Inn

ryland-inn-country-wedding-venue-njThe photo speaks for itself, The Ryland Inn is absolutely stunning, and it gets better. Their Grand Ballroom has 30 foot ceilings, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, 6 chandeliers, and hardwood floors. They can accommodate up to 225 guests for a seated affair and are known for their award-winning farm to table menu. They also have a private outdoor patio that’s great for cocktail parties and outdoor ceremonies. Take a look at our Ryland Inn brides HERE and HERE.

3. Pleasantdale Chateau

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The Pleasantdale Chateau is surrounded by 40 acres of woodlands, meadows, wonderful gardens, and ponds, making it the picture perfect place for a wedding…seriously, it’s a jaw dropping kind of elegant. Not to mention, they have an amazing staff who are completely dedicated to making your wedding perfect. They are willing to help with everything including your invitations, and flowers. Take a look at our Pleasantdale Chateau brides HERE & HERE.

4. The Castle at Skylands Manor

A wedding at The Castle at Skylands Manor

If you’re looking for a fairytale wedding, this is your place. The Castle at Skylands Manor is exceptionally beautiful, both inside and out. At this venue you will find the New Jersey Botanical Gardens, 1,000 acres of natural woodlands, Shepherd Lake, and a private chapel where you can exchange your vows.

This fairytale location provides overnight accommodations, and can host up to 600 guests in the formal gardens, 220 in their ballroom, and 300 at the exclusive castle. Take a look at our Skylands Manor bride HERE.

5. Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club 

A Wedding at Fiddlers Elbow Country Club

Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club, is a great place for both indoor and outdoor weddings. Their outdoor weddings overlook the rolling greens of their river course and Lamington River. They also provide an outdoor patio that’s great for a cocktail hour. Their Somerset Ballroom can seat up to 300 guests, or if you’re looking for a more intimate wedding, they have other rooms available. Take a look at our Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club Bride HERE and HERE.

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This Unique Form of Exfoliation Will Leave You Wanting More

Skincare is important, you know it, I know it, that’s that. When it comes to planning a course of action for the issue, whether it be fine lines, dry skin, etc. there are many procedures and treatments that your medical aesthetician can advise. My favorite, and the favorite of my clientele is Dermaplaning.

If you have not heard of Dermaplaning, it is done with a sterilized surgical blade. The blade is used to exfoliate the top layer of dead skin. The procedure is not long and has no down time. The only aftermath you may experience is a pinkish tone to your skin on the day of and possibly the following day (meaning you should definitely be wearing sunscreen).

The procedure helps remove the dry, hard layer of skin that does not shed off on its own. It will help in the exfoliation process, it also helps refine fine lines, even out sun damaged skin, and stimulate blood circulation. Dermaplaning also helps with the removal of fine Vellus hair (peach fuzz). The only time this procedure is not advised it for active acne, however, it is great for helping with the aftermath; acne scars.

Since Dermaplaning gets rid of your dead skin cells, anything you do to your skin afterwards (i.e. anti-aging facial, chemical peel, etc.) will add a little extra oomph to the procedure. Even the products you use at home will be better absorbed by your skin.

My clients love this procedure because it helps them with everything I’ve listed above, as well as oily skin, hyper-pigmentation and because it leaves their skin looking nourished and radiant. It’s great for all skin types, and is a must for brides and anyone looking to reduce signs of aging. As an added bonus, after the procedure, your makeup will look much smoother and last longer.

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Never Settle Until You Find a Guy Who Looks at You Like This

Pay attention, hopeless romantics, if you want magic, this is it. We are completely obsessed with everything having to do with Devin’s wedding at the Ryland Inn. The day had a rustic feel with a dash of elegance. There was champagne, love notes, and a fairytale ending for our couple. So grab the tissues, because once you see the way the groom looks at our bride, you will need them; he cannot take his eyes off of her!

Makeup What & How to 

Lid – Makeup For Ever Aqua Matic -ME-54 which is a pinkish beige. This shadow is creamy and has a smooth application. The shadow becomes dry and is smear-proof, smudge-proof, and water-resistant.

CreaseSoba by Mac was used in both the crease and under the bottom lash line. The shadow was used to create a more sultry eye. Brush #221 and #224 by Mac were used to create that look.

Brow BoneShroom by Mac was used on the brow bone. After applying the shadow, brush #228 was used to blend the entire eye. The shadows all blend nicely together.

Liner –  Mac Blacktrack Liner was applied with brush #209 by Mac. The liner is applied thin and right in the lash line. Then Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner was applied to the rim of the upper eye lid, creating the perfect lash line. This contrasts the shadows and the eyes.

Lashes – 5 single lashes were applied and Maybelline’s Falsies Volum’ Express mascara waterproof was used to color the lashes.

Powder – Make Up For Ever Super Matte Loose Power was applied with Make Up For Ever brush #110. The powder was applied with a rolling technique that helps work the powder into place.

Blush – Bobbi Brown Pink Coral

LipsNars Biscayne Park

Hair How To 

Devin’s hair was set using a barrel iron. For the top and crown section we used a larger one. This helps give the hair body and keeps it smooth on both the top and sides, while helping with the texture and soft tasseled effect in the back. The knot is pinned but not secured perfectly into place, so the hair is left with movement.

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4 Wedding Hair Accessories for Your Big Day

There are certain aspects of a wedding that guests can’t help but be critical of, like the flower arrangements, the menu, or whether the reception has an open bar or not. However, all of that fades into the background when the bride walks down the aisle or enters the reception as all eyes are on her beautiful dress and gorgeous styling. Because the bride is essentially the star of this major life event, it’s vital that you look your absolute best for your big day.

The dress, hair and makeup might carry the bulk when it comes to your bridal attire, but accessories have an undeniable ability to add an ethereal element to your entire ensemble. For example, a crystal tiara brings out your inner fairy tale princess, while a flower crown gives off a romantic country vibe.

Here are four different ways you can use hair accessories to elevate your look:

A Beaded Headpiece

A headpiece with pearls and other beads is enchanting on a bride. The boho headdress design of the accessory that can be seen on Wedding Inspirasi is fashion forward, and pairs elegantly with a wavy do and a middle part.


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A Hair Corsage

There is this certain delicacy a woman exudes when hair is decorated with flowers, and when you have something similar to the Asos White Wedding Hair Corsage as displayed by the fashion aggregator Lyst. Additionally, a loose chiffon with a few curls hanging off will complement the soft and fresh nature of the flowers.


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A Birdcage Veil

This accessory will draw more attention to your face, so you need to keep in mind the type of hairdo you’ll be wearing. The hair around your face should be styled in a simply way so that it doesn’t look like there’s too much going on. Latest Hairstyles say that the veil looks the most flattering when worn diagonally to slight cover one eye. In case the veil is too poofy, use bobby pins to flatten it out.


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A Floral Wreath

Instead of opting for a flower crown, pick a headpiece that also showcases the twisting vine to make it look natural and rustic, perfect for a countryside barnyard or beach wedding. The Washingtonian Bride & Groom section has an easy DIY tutorial to help you make this delicate floral garland.


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