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W E D D O S SIE R now! [ Q&A ] [ Accents ] Clutch Up! Personalize to perfection with accessories that pop. While the dress may well be the main fashion attraction, a pair of Houston fashionistas says the supporting characters play a big role in a bride’s ensemble. “Accessorizing is always important, especially on your wedding day,” says bag designer and newlywed Mary Nichols (shopmarynichols.com). “It’s the one day when the focus is totally on you, and every detail should be well-thought-out.” Nichols, who tied the knot in February 2012, created a special clutch for her big day—complete with her initials and her husband’s initials and the date embroidered in blue inside the lining—and added the chic little bag to her eponymous collection. “What started out as a fun side project gave me the idea to work directly with brides to create something special and customized.” Presmer’s (presmer.com) Annsley Popov , who added pretty pint-sized clutches to her rainbow of exotic skin accessories (which includes sandals and bangles), shares the same philosophy. “Your image is captured for all to look back on for hundreds of years, so the wedding accessories are important,” Popov says, but warns: “You don’t want to carry anything too fussy that competes with you or the dress.” at’s why she values function as much as form, designing smart shapes to “carry all the essentials like lipstick, phone and keys” without bulging or overpowering the wearer. “A clutch is also a gift that bridesmaids will actually use the night of the wedding and forever after, I promise you that.” –HC Maid to Order A bride knows that dress decisions don’t stop at the frock. What she chooses for her bridesmaids also speaks to her personality and affects everything from the theme to the vibe to the pictures. We caught up with Bella Bridesmaid (2611 Greenbriar Dr., bellabridesmaid.com) owner Haley Grayless for the latest on wedding party fashion. –Cassie Nolan What trends are you seeing? Neutrals have been popular— even whites and ivories instead of the more typical champagne hues. Another fun thing brides are doing is inviting close friends outside the wedding party to choose a dress from one designer in any bright color. is makes for great pictures. What are your tips for the coordinated-but-not-matching look? Presmer python Faith clutches in sapphire and shell pink, $320 each Brides think they’re doing their girls a favor by being exible and restricting dress choices only by color palette, but when there are so few rules, di erent tastes can mean frustrations on both ends. Bridesmaids end up wanting to be told exactly what to wear—it eliminates a lot of back-and-forth. Presmer python Pollard clutches in Shell pink and citrine, $490 each How do you smooth out the process? Mary Nichols custom bridal clutch in metallic brocade fabric, $275 each First, establish some guidelines by asking one bridesmaid to join the bride on an initial consultation to model and o er feedback— do not bring the whole wedding party at this stage. Once preferences are identi ed, the bride can o er a set of parameters to choose within. e exibility is still there, but expectations are much clearer. Any must-dos prior to beginning shopping? Mary Nichols custom bride’s clutch in satin with tulle fl ower embellishment, $325 each Talk to bridesmaids individually about a good price point for the dress. is way, no one person is singled out for being the reason a beloved style or designer can’t happen, and the bride can even choose to contribute where needed to make it work for everyone. Any styles that are universally fl attering? Natural-waisted cuts work for all body types. 44 MODERN LUXURY BRIDES HOUSTON | F A LL / W I N T E R 20 1 3

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