Happy Fourth of July, everyone! Across the nation, Americans are celebrating our independence with fireworks, backyard barbeques, and some much-needed vacation time. The only thing that would make the Fourth an even happier holiday in our book? A wedding—one that’s tastefully festive and not overly-themed, to be exact. So let freedom ring, and let the wedding bells chime. We’ve designed a wedding day look with the Nardos Imam bride in mind.
Our Fourth of July bride is a social butterfly with a zest for life that’s equaled only by a display of fireworks. She’s happy and enthusiastic, and more than anything, she’s looking forward to spending the weekend celebrating life and freedom alongside her groom, her family, and her friends. We see her wearing any of the following styles—or all, if she’s feeling up to a few wardrobe changes.
Nardos Imam’s first sketch features a fitted silhouette of Alençon lace—a style that’s classic, timeless, and elegant. The gown in the second sketch is constructed from silk faille and emphasized by three-dimensional waves of organza. The third sketch highlights a design made primarily of Charmeuse with accents of Chantilly lace and Swarovski-encrusted cap sleeves.
After putting the final touches on her Nardos Imam couture gown, our bride will need to finish her look with accessories that shimmer and sparkle—ensuring there’s no chance of being outdone by the glow of midnight fireworks. In addition to being a subtly patriotic statement shoe, these Louboutins take care of our bride’s “something blue.”
A Judith Leiber clutch is ideally sized for toting lipstick to her reception, and would be perfectly suited to a night out while on honeymoon, too.
Judith Leiber clutch via Bergdorf Goodman; Heels via Christian Louboutin
With her personal style selections complete, our bride will need to find a fabulous venue for her ceremony and reception. Since the Fourth is associated with vacations and relaxation, we see our bride assembling an affair that’s rustic chic—emphasis on the chic. A barn strung with twinkle lights and chandeliers would suit the occasion nicely, and provide a contrast to the classic cut of her gown.
Image one via Pinterest; Image two by Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty
Moving on to one of the most anticipated elements of every July Fourth celebration: the food. Ever fashion-conscience and on-trend, we see our bride selecting an of-the-moment “naked cake” decorated with strawberries and blueberries—a definite yet delicate nod to the holiday.
Image by Amalie Orrange Photography via Style Me Pretty
For a final burst of Americana flair, we feel sure that our Nardos Imam bride would treat her guests to a private display of fireworks. Following the conclusion of the show, we imagine a send-off lit with sparklers…and a dramatic farewell kiss to conclude the evening in true celebratory fashion.
Fireworks photography by Edmonson Weddings via DFW Events; Sparkler image by Bellau Photography via Limn and Lovely
What other details would you suggest for our Nardos Imam bride’s Fourth of July celebration?
A Dallas-based writer and artist, Nardos Imam blogger Karley Kiker has interned for Us Weekly and D Magazine, worked as an au pair in Southern France, and attended parties as a society columnist for People Newspapers. Her bridal guide, Hitched in a Hurry: The ultimate how-to for a speedy “I do,” published April 3, 2014. To learn more, visit www.hitchedinahurrybook.com.