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Elite Secrets Bridal's Year 2018 Review

Elite Secrets Bridal's Year 2018 Review

Two thousand eighteen was a stellar year for Elite Secrets Bridal. This past year has been one of growth and blessings—we have seen the fruits of our hard work. And, in case you missed some of our most memorable moments, here are our favorite highlights of 2018.

1.    Baltimore Weddings’ Aisle Style (formerly known as Baltimore Bride’s Aisle Style).

The year started with a bang. We kicked off 2018 under the roof of the Four Seasons Baltimore for Aisle Style. The team of makeup experts had the distinct honor of providing makeup for models who walked the runway at the well-attended annual fashion show. The models were stunning, and so was the ESB team.

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2.    Awards all around.

If we had to name the year, we would call it the year of reward. This year, Elite Secrets took home the Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award (the third consecutive award), The Knot’s Best of, and Baltimore’s Downtown Partnership Award.

3.    Spring into The Grand.

In May, ESB hosted their first ever fashion show in partnership with The Grand Baltimore: Spring into The Grand. Fashions from some of your favorite designers including debuting label house, Khemistry, showcased collections to a packed house of Baltimore’s fashion elites.

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4.    In-store events.

The Elite Secrets Bridal Showroom is known for its stunning high ceilings, gorgeous windows, beautiful floors and now some of Baltimore’s best events. This year the gorgeous venue was the backdrops to trunk shows, Valentine’s Day pop-up with Fluffy Pop, Vows 101 Event, fashion previews and more.

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5.    ESB takes over DEB.

Yes, Elite Secrets Bridal took over Diner en Blanc Baltimore. The takeover started with filmed lessons on what to wear with the beauty and fashion guru, LaTonya Turnage and ended with a fun night at the famous dinner overlooking Baltimore.

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6.    A Beauty Week to remember.

The last week of February is Random Acts of Kindness Week and beauty week, but at Elite Secrets Bridal kindness is far from random. For the cause that celebrates spreading kindness for global impact, the team spent a day giving back to the women of the House of Ruth Maryland in true Elite Secrets Bridal fashion—serving makeup applications, hair styling, gift bags and an overall day of beauty.  It was a moment to remember!

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7.     They said yes!!

Helping brides is what team Elite does best. We could not let the year end without mentioning all the brides that said yes to the dress, hair or makeup in 2018. Thank you all!

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8.    Styled Shoot Collaborations.

Elite Secrets teamed up with local wedding pros for many fun collaborations this year, and the themes were just as exciting. From Black Panther to Rainbow Chic, and Industrial Glam to DC Wedding Week we partnered with some fantastic creatives for some of the hottest styled shoots you can imagine.

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9.    Featured press and more featured press.

From TV segments on BMore Lifestyle and Fox Morning News to national features in MunaLuchi Bride, Wedding Chicks, Every Last Detail, Elite Secrets was seen everywhere. See the full spread on our Press Page here.

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10.    And, to cap off the year, Elite Secrets debuted the Pearl Collection!

The wedding gown collection features six unique styles for the modern bride—sleek and sexy silhouettes, fantasy ballgowns, lace and jewel embellishments. The collection will be available exclusively at Elite Secrets Bridal.

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As hard as it is to say goodbye to 2018, we look forward to even more great things to come in 2019. Make your appointment with Elite Secrets Bridal in the new year. We can’t wait to start the year with you. Happy New Year!

Elite Secrets Featured on Wedding Chicks

Elite Secrets Featured on Wedding Chicks

We are thrilled to announce that we were featured on wildly popular wedding blog, Wedding Chicks!  Read all about the design details and inspiration for this Industrial Chic styled shoot.

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Accessories: Ilieana George Couture

Cakes & Catering: Yia Yia's Bakery

Coordinators & Stylists: Bird of Paradise Events

Flowers: Bella Fiori Flowers

Groom: Tuxedo House

Hair, Makeup & Beauty: Elite Secrets

Lighting: 27 Studios

Paper Goods: Devine Designs by Diesha

Photographers: Clapp Studios

Rentals: Select Event Group

Venues: Studio 4

Wedding Dresses: Elite Secrets

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Elite Secrets Featured on MunaLuchiBridal.com

Elite Secrets Featured on MunaLuchiBridal.com

We are thrilled to announce that we are being featured on MunaLuchiBridal.com today!  Read all about the design details and inspiration for this lux "Black Panther" styled shoot.

Signaling a revolutionary moment in pop culture, Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is one of the highest grosser of all time, with more than $1 billion. How can you not love the blockbuster film about T’Challa’s challenge to take his rightful place as the King of Wakanda and the Black Panther? The fight scenes are epic—it’s what makes a superhero movie, particularly a Marvel film—but, it’s the sub-storyline that intrigued planner and designer, Tami Brown of Blush Weddings & Events by Tami B. “In the film, there’s clear chemistry between T’Challa and Nakia, Lupita Nyong’o’s character. However, true Marvel Comic fans know that Black Panther marries Ororo also known as Storm from the X-Men group,” said Brown. Rumors are already swirling around Hollywood of Storm entering the storyline in the inevitable sequel. Can you imagine Storm and The Black Panther’s walk down the aisle?

This styled shoot takes us into Wakanda and right into the wedding of T’Challa and Ororo. The ceremony space was lavishly filled with royal elegance. Mirrored columns topped with lush arrangements of white orchids, hydrangea, and roses flanked the aisle leading to the ceremony. The queen-to-be wore a custom black trumpet silhouette adorned with a beaded corset bodice and a chiffon cape. The bouquet of white orchids added balance against her gown. The groom was outfitted in a black-on-black tuxedo befitting of the Black Panther. Patent leather shoes, of course, completed this regal look.

The reception featured black linen atop a mix of a king’s table and rounds. Gold chairs and chargers added rich depth to the tablescape. The centerpiece commanded attention with high and low blooms of white florals intertwined with glass votives and candelabras. A Wakandian wedding would not be incomplete with the country’s natural resource, vibranium. More drama was added with kisses of blue crystals in the floral arrangement and blue napkins made from Nigerian lace. The details were just as stunning. Black tiered cake with gold accents and a stationery suite with gold-on-black engraved lettering completed this royal styled shoot.

See the full shoot at http://munaluchibridal.com/lux-black-panther-inspired-styled-shoot/.

Vendors:
Photography - Clapp Studios
Planner and Designer - Blush Weddings & Events by Tami B.
Florals - Bella Fiori Couture Floral & Events Design
Venue - The Hotel at University of Maryland
Cinematography - C Spot Media
Cake - Fresh Bakery
Stationery - Designs by Robyn Love
Bride’s Dress - Khemistry
Groom’s Tuxedo - The Tuxedo House
Rentals - Select Events and Lush Couture Rentals
Bridal Hair and Makeup - Elite Secrets Bridal

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Merry, Marry Christmas Styled Shoot

Merry, Marry Christmas Styled Shoot

With Christmas just a few days ago, what better way to continue the jolly season than with this festive wedding inspiration?! It’s romantic, cozy, and green all over!

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This beautiful shoot is all about the warm and rich color palette. Evergreen wedding inspiration is everywhere from the greenery in the bride’s crown to the hue in the groom’s suit. The color palette had to be rich yet natural.  We wanted it to feel like the holidays but not scream Merry Christmas. Hints of cranberry red, evergreen and winter white with natural wood tones felt like a classic holiday card.

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Our bride wore a lace Justin Alexander gown with a sweetheart neckline. The glorious crown was the star of the show and the bouquet was just as dreamy with mixed winter greens, berries, and large white blooms. A perfectly coiffed updo and makeup with nude lips pulled the entire look together.

Venue: The Living Well

Photography: Bliss Culture Photography

Sugar Artist: Cupcake Syn       

Florals: B Willow

Bride’s Dress and Accessories: Elite Secrets Bridal

Bride’s Accessories: Ilieana George

Hair and Makeup: Elite Secrets Bridal