Alright, so let's get this show on the road.
My first feature for The Preen involves a little back story. It's a beautiful tale of friendship, a request for seafoam green bridesmaid dresses, ever-lasting love, and, most importantly, a lost social security card. Actually, I'm realizing now that the story is too long for one blog post, so I will skip ahead to the ending: They tied the knot on a beautiful, yet chilly, day in October with all their friends and family in attendance. Not one bridesmaid could find a seafoam green dress. The end.
Now let's get to the good stuff.
As part of a dear friend's bridal party, I was recently given the task of finding a gift for the beautiful bride-to-be. I gave it several months of thought and came up with a long list of things I did and did not want. I wanted the gift to be wearable. I wanted it to be a keepsake. I wanted it to commemorate the wedding day. I didn't want it to be prissy. I wanted to support a local designer. I wanted all the bridesmaids to feel like they were part of the gift. I didn't want the bride to feel pressured to wear it on the wedding day. To be honest, I was completely overwhelmed by my list.
After visiting In God We Trust's Bedford Avenue store, I knew I found my answer. A beautifully hammered, solid brass bracelet, The Boyfriend Cuff can be hand-stamped with up to 8 letters/numbers. With the support of my fellow bridesmaids, I purchased 3 bracelets and asked IGWT to hand-stamp the inside of the cuffs with the wedding date, the bride and groom's first initials and the first initials of the 6 bridesmaids. The hand-stamping is, well, done by hand, so the letters don't align perfectly, thus giving it a bit of edginess – a perfect fit for our bride's style. They can be worn stacked on one wrist or worn one at a time and the result is effortlessly stylish with a hint of nostalgia. And the bride loved them.
PS: It turns out that seafoam green is THE color for Spring 2012. The bride was so ahead of the trend!