Sequined Silver Lining is the name of Natalie Navis’ wardrobe styling business, specializing in personal styling and wedding styling, and is also the name of her personal style blog
, where she shares her personal style, her work, and her endless sources of style inspiration. Natalie has styled her bride-to-be clients (and their fiances) for engagement photos, wedding-related events, and the big day itself (as well as styling entire wedding parties). She loves helping her brides translate their unique sense of personal style into their wedding day look, so that they can be confident that they look like their best-dressed selves on their wedding day. More information on wedding styling is available here
What inspired you to work in the wedding industry?
I was inspired to work in the wedding industry by my love for fashion and the cultivation of a unique sense of personal style. I quickly realized that establishing a sense of personal style is essential to choosing a wedding look that is a reflection of who you are as a bride. As a stylist, I have received many requests from clients to style them for their engagement photos. Part of the process involves me finding out what the client’s sense of style is and what inspires them, style-wise. This often instigates the discovery of a personal style voice (and a desire to get into a bit of “wardrobe reconstruction”). I’ve found that a wedding is an ideal time to express your style in a once-in-a-lifetime way because all eyes are on you, and your wedding look speaks volumes without saying a word. The greatest feeling is helping a bride discover her sense of style and assisting her to translate that style identity into a wedding look that she feels completely confident and like her most beautiful self in.
What are your favorite and least favorite wedding trends?
Favorite wedding trends: personalized touches and moments of uniqueness; whimsical elements; creating a wedding day that is a representation of who the couple is, individually and, more importantly, together; demonstrations of the couple’s love story; incorporation of family and friends, so everyone feels like a special part of the day; capturing memories on video, film, and other creative ways. Least favorite wedding trends: following tradition for the sake of formality; trying to force vintage when that is not the couple’s style; DIY elements that look tacky as opposed to heartfelt; and above all, dancing to songs like “the chicken dance” at the reception.
What makes your business unique?
My business is unique because it I am one of the only two wedding wardrobe stylists (that I am aware of) in the area. But more importantly, my business is unique because I incorporate my personal styling knowledge (including trends, fit, design, construction, etc.) into the process of wedding styling. In one sense, styling a wedding party is no different than styling a group for a very special, red carpet sort of event–there is no reason to limit a bridal client from experiencing all options, including both traditional and non-traditional wedding wardrobe designers, lines, and stores. Because of my background in personal styling, I cannot help but ask my bridal clients to consider their own sense of style when selecting her wedding dress and accessories–I want all my clients to feel like their best-dressed self on their wedding day, so that they can feel completely comfortable and beautiful and enjoy every moment, both on that day and when they look back on photos, videos, etc.
What inspires you?
Oh my goodness, I am inspired by so many things, both big and small perspective-wise. In terms of my personal sense of style, I am definitely a “girly girl” and find inspiration in all things utterly feminine–from tulle to the color of barely-there-pink. I love whimsical, dream-like, romantic elements in all aspects of a wedding. But at the same time, I am always drawn to modern, edgy elements and love including these as juxtapositions to my otherwise all-girl ensembles. I am inspired by everything bold, unique, and tough–whether it’s architecture, jewelry, or material like leather and the grounding-nature of the color black. I find inspiration in everything from dance (I’ve been a dancer my entire life), to music, to literature. I am especially inspired by the people I come in contact with, whether personally or from afar. My family immigrated to the U.S. from Poland, so I have always been inspired by what other cultures find beautiful. And lastly, I don’t know where I’d be today were it not for the other creatives in my industry–I read all the blogs on my blogroll religiously, including those written by bloggers I’ve never met to other vendors participating in the Lovestruck Event–these women and men inspire me daily.
What is your favorite love story?
Definitely Breakfast at Tiffany’s–it’s all about finding that special person who you can trust to be completely yourself with, no matter how hard it is to be vulnerable with the rest of the world.
What is your best advice for a newly engaged couple?
I’m not really qualified to give advice, since I’m not engaged (nor have I been), but I would say that the advice I would want to hear most and therefore I’m going to give is to take this time to discover who you are as a couple (because hopefully you already know exactly who you are as individuals). What is it that you stand for, that you love, and that you value? Now, how are your going to show your guests who you are on your wedding day?
What are you looking forward to most about The Lovestruck Event?
Everything! But if I could choose just one thing, it would be meeting the guests who attend the event and watching them be completely inspired by what they see. I already know that the Lovestruck founders and vendors are some of the most creative and talented people I can imagine, so I can’t wait to meet the amazing couples who are seeking out such creativity and inspiration. It’s going to be a match made in wedding-planning heaven.