{cover photo shoot}

Ever wonder how our awesome covers are created? Here’s a peek at the cover shoot with Geoff Johnson that resulted in two of our 2011 covers and a beautiful “Captivating Couture” spread in the magazine.

Special thanks to:
Chris VanKat
Kate Heller-Thomas
Tiffany Love-Zach
Ann Luchsinger
Brad Luchsinger
Magnolia Hotels
Select Model Management
Ellynne Bridal
The Bride’s Store
Petal Creations
Petal Pushers
Sarah White Jewelry

{bridal buzz} choose kate’s wedding gown!

Obviously the NWD staff has no say on what gown Kate Middleton will wear when she walks down the aisle to marry her prince in April (and it will surely be custom-made anyway), but if we did, these would be our top 4 choices. Kate has a feminine, classic, and elegant style and we’re guessing her gown isn’t going to be as over-the-top as Diana’s was, so we kept that in mind when choosing. (And before you balk at choice 3, remember Anne Hathaway at the Golden Globes!) We’re doing a little informal poll here and would love to see which is your fave; vote below!

{friday freebies}

It’s a wonderful week for our jewelry-loving brides, because today our giveaway comes from Stella & Dot, featured in major magazines like InStyle, People and Oprah. Stylist Melanie Schnitzer is offering the winner of today’s giveaway a credit of $50 on any bridal jewelry for her big day! Check out some of the beautiful accessories below!

Click HERE to enter (must register by Monday, January 31st to win)!

{things we love} sarah white jewelry

Sarah White of Sarah White Jewelry in Omaha is the designer extraordinaire behind our lovely February 2011 cover, as well as our “Captivating Couture” fashion shoot, and her jewelry is absolutely PERFECT for weddings. In fact, the NWD staff was totally crushing on this pair of earrings (pictured below) and then Sarah generously offered to give away a pair to one lucky bride on the blog.

Hurry up and register HERE, or one of us may keep the earrings for ourselves! And be sure to check out Sarah’s etsy shop to see more of the gorgeous baubles she has available.