Something New

What’s next and now in the world of weddings

Upcycling Unveiled

Brittanie Schofield’s calling as a bridal gown designer came about serendipitously. The then 22-year-old had always loved working with her hands, so it was a natural transition for her to tinker with a sewing machine. It wasn’t until an acquaintance asked her if she’d ever created or designed any bridal wear that Schofield ever considered doing it herself.

After stints as a formal wear and bridal seamstress and menswear tailor, Schofield landed a position as alterations manager at David’s Bridal. “During my time there, I began to see where things could improve, how I could make this experience better for brides,” she says. After four years, Schofield was ready to launch her own line of specialty bridal wear, Unveiled by Brittanie. Her niche, though, was transforming vintage, heirloom, or upcycled gowns into brand new creations.

“The meaning behind a gown is what fuels me,” she says. “I love taking a bride’s mother’s wedding gown and turning it into something new for them, but it maintains that deep, sentimental value. It’s indescribable the emotion that runs through a bride when they come back and see that their mom’s dress is made into this amazing, unique design just for them.”

Schofield also designs custom gowns, which, she says, “have beautiful lines but with really nice detail. I’m really drawn to a classic, 1950s Audrey Hepburn aesthetic.” Schofield has designed hundreds of one-of-a-kind gowns for brides over the last several years, and she loves every gown she’s created. “Giving meaning to a bride’s day is why I’m here. This is my purpose, and this is what I’m supposed to be doing.”

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Vendor Views

Native Detroiter Rachel Silver’s Love Stories TV is a mecca of videos created by some of the country’s top videographers. “Couples use to find pros, products, and ideas for their wedding,” says Silver, who founded the company in 2016. “You can browse our vendor directory to find and contact local wedding pros or peruse our video library to find ideas and inspiration. If you’re planning a Michigan wedding you can browse, contact, and watch real wedding videos that feature local videographers, venues, floral designers, and more.” With more than 500 Michigan-only weddings to view, couples have access to thousands of highly-recommended vendors to choose from.

Detroit Bridal Debut

Detroit-based Rebel Nell Jewelry has released a new line of bridal offerings tailored to the couple who want something unique and different. “Rebel Nell Bridal is breathing life into something old, transforming it into something new and boxing it into something blue,” says Amanda Hill, Rebel Nell bridal consultant. “Weddings are a big day for those celebrating their love, and we’re here to bring more meaning into your bridal accessories and gifts.” Rebel Nell will customize and design one-of-a-kind bridal accessories, jewelry, and gifts, oftentimes using heirloom pieces from couples. “Whether it’s your grandmother’s veil or grandfather’s tie, Rebel Nell Bridal is preserving pieces in a unique way through repurposed material.”

’Til Death Do Us Knot

Iconic jewelry house Tiffany & Co. recently launched Tiffany Knot, a new collection that symbolizes the power of connection between people. An homage to Tiffany & Co.’s hometown of New York City, the knot design found throughout the collection is also an emblematic nod to a Manhattan architectural detail, the chain link fence. The signature knot design found in all pieces, from earrings and rings to bracelets and pendants, symbolizes an interplay between opposites: smooth organic lines contrasted with sharp angles. Each of the 18k yellow and rose gold styles and pavé diamond iterations are beautifully crafted and designed, and ideal for the bride-to-be or as bridal gifts.

Cheers to 2022!

Vera Wang may be most known for her breathtaking, fashion-forward, and classic bridal gowns. Now the designer can add winemaker to her list of accomplishments. Wang recently released Vera Wang PARTY!, a Prosecco crafted from 100 percent Glera grapes that features a lovely mix of apple and stone fruit, citrus notes, and a soft and fruity finish on the palate. $25, at

Without a Hitch

Inspired by real-life events, Without a Hitch takes readers behind the scenes of wedding planning at its best. Co-authors Mary Hollis Huddleston and Asher Fogle Paul give you a clear picture of what it’s like planning weddings in the glamorous, ruthless world of high-end southern weddings via endearing (and raucous) fictional characters. Though these dish-y wedding scenarios aren’t nonfiction, it’s hard to dismiss that there’s a good chance high-maintenance clients were the inspiration for much of the over-the-top drama Huddleston and Paul write about in their debut novel. It’s a can’t-miss treat for brides-to-be and those recently hitched alike. $17.99, at

Couture Invites

Italian and Argentinian designer Ines Di Santo has become synonymous with sophisticated, couture bridal wear. Now the lauded designer is teaming up with stationer Paper Source to bring a stunning line of bridal invitations and stationery to market. The collection of luxury invitations is as carefully crafted and beautifully designed as Di Santo’s stunning gowns. Each of the eight curated invitation suites were inspired by Di Santo’s bridal collection and feature impeccable detail and design. The collection includes watercolor botanical illustrations, letterpress, embossing, foil accents, and intricately-painted details. Couples can choose among five distinct themes, including Love & Passion, Nature & Abundance, Knowledge & Wisdom, Strength & Courage, and Grace & Femininity.

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