TODAY YOU'LL FIND ME . . . .

If you love this look like I do follow me on over to One Wed where I'll be chatting about how to glam it up 40s style.  I love this era of red lips, sweetheart necklines, voluminous hair, snoods, war, rations and overnight weddings.  Somehow women (that includes brides) managed under all the stress of war to keep every hair in place. I want to thank make up artist and hair stylist Julie Morgan for conceptualizing this 40s retro glam shoot. Big thanks to Napa Valley wedding photographer Shannon Stellmacher who brought the pin-up/goddess to life.  READ MORE . . .

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WINTERESQUE


 Holiday and post New Year weddings can be incredibly festive and magical especially if there's snow. While the back drop of snow and chilly climes can be challenging (especially if you hail from the Eastern part of the US this year),  working it you can still create a real winter wonderland and keep warm and toasty via accessories, wraps, capes hats and luxe fabrics. Here are a few inspiration points to start you brainstorming . . .
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Top Row: Photos: Left: Photography by James Christianson/Right: Rob Martel Photography
Row 2: Left: Photo by Beaty Photography /Event Planning and Design by Details , Weddings and Events/Right: Photo by James Christianson.
Bride and Groom Photo by Elizabeth Millay Photography/Pine cone photo by Blynda Da Costa Photography/Event Design by Ephra Event Design/
Bouquet Photo by Jen Huang Photography/Event Planning by Bellafare
Trees along the roadway photo by Jose Villa Photography/Planning by Michelle Rago Destinations
Bride in Limo Photo by Bride and Groom Photo by Elizabeth Millay Photography and Event Design and Planning by Firefly Events

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REAL WEDDING: LAURA AND KEVIN

 I think you'll be as impressed as I was with the many details of Laura and Kevin's rainy day wedding.  From the bright yellow flowers to the vintage Caddy that lent such a retro feel to the event, the setting was on the water in Northern Michigan with incredible views of lake and fall colors. A detail I particularly love were pillows and blankets set by a fireplace to keep guests warm.  The blankets were handmade by Kevin's grand-mom and pillows done up by Laura's mom and friend. Shot by the talented duo of Dan and Melissa Wedding Photographers, here's what Melissa had to say: "Laura and Kevin were an amazing couple. We had a great time sharing in this special day with them. Laura knows what she wants and makes it happen. It was a cold, windy and rainy day but that didn't stop this outdoor wedding from being perfect. All the guests got good use out of their umbrellas waiting for the bride to walk down the aisle.  And just as she did the sun peaked from behind the clouds adding the perfect touch to this beautiful wedding. They were all smiles as they said their vows beneath a shared umbrella, light sprinkles and gorgeous sun rays streaking between partly cloudy skies. Let's not forget about Papa and his vintage 1940s Cadillac which caught the eyes of many guests and passersby. Of course nothing was a stunning to look at then the blushing bride."
 
 


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THE PERFECT GIFT . . .


This is just the right time of year to talk about all the great gift books out there perfect for the bride to be or quintessential junkie who just loves weddings and all that go with them.  Since it's only December 4th there's still time to order for the holidays without the stress of rush orders and out of stock issues.  First off and released on October 30th is, Vogue Weddings: Brides, Dresses, Designers, the ultimate art book about everything wedding that's happened inside the pages of Vogue since it's inception. This brainchild of editor, Anna Winatour was edited and brought to life by Hamish Bowles and Chloe Malle.  You'll find this spectacular book a kind of discriminating bride's encyclopedia zeroing in on weddings with 400 photographs to swoon over.  So if perchance you want to know what it's like to get hitched in style if you're royalty, a social icon, model, musician or designer who has graced the covers and guts of Vogue--this is your book.  
Though not exactly a new release, Vera Wang on Weddings is one of my favorite books on the subject;  From invitations to table settings and flowers, everything Vera talks about is inspiring and timeless.  I especially loved reading the sections devoted to the construction of the dress, how to choose it as well as the right fabrics and materials.  A truly beautiful book with exquisite photography . . .
Last year I found this fabulous book under the tree with love from my hubby. I sat down on Christmas Day and read it front to cover. I especially love The Wedding Dress because it delves into all the history.   From 1700 onward, Edwina Ehrman's tour de force  is a pictorial history of what brides have worn and why. It's also written from a British perspective--covering a different experience for brides in Post War Europe (as opposed to the US) where fabric shortages existed right up till the 1950s.  I also enjoyed reading about how bridal fashion and British designers of the swinging 1960s really influenced the industry.  In addition, anyone into fashion history will find this coffee table gem chock full of gorg photos a real boon. 
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DIY BOHO STYLED SHOOT


If you're creating a Boho themed wedding, have I got a real treat for you!   This styled shoot made its way into my inbox while I was having tea yesterday afternoon with one of my favorite  San Francisco wedding photographers who just flipped once she got a glimpse of this editorial.   Shot by Brittany Dow, an ah mazing California photographer, these light-filled images are just so darn inspiring.  She said about the shoot: " I just love all things Boho and rustic and wanted to create a styled shoot that incorporating easy DIY elements. We managed to keep everything DIY and include vendors with handmade items. Loving the simple uniquness of the bridal dress and the rustic elements of the flower crown, the shoe clips added a touch of femininity. We created the ribbon wall with tea dyed ripped bed sheets and made the tent out of a wood frame and some blankets. We loved the way all the elements came together to inspire brides with easy and quick DIY projects with the Boho or rustic themed wedding in mind."





 
 
 
 
 
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TODAY YOU'LL FIND ME . . . .

Gown by Amy-Jo Tatum/Photo by Jim Vetter Photography
Over on One Wed Blog where you can hear me chatting away about time travel.  If I could be granted one wish before I die--(or maybe once I'm dead--I have no idea how these para-norm things work) it would be to travel back in time so I could actually get a touch and feel of an era.   I think I'd start in the 1930s.  Why?  Can you think of any time  fashion was so elegant, almost minimalist than the 30s?   The body-hugging bias cut was still a new invention and believe it or not,  radical concept.  READ MORE . . . 


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ODE TO THE RED HEADED BRIDE

Redheads come in all shades: auburn, ginger, cinnamon, chestnut, henna, strawberry blond, carrot top.  Hair isn't the only thing that characterizes a real redhead though.  Fair, sometimes alabaster skin with a peach undertone and freckles are all hallmark of the quintessential Celtic beauty, marking shades like ivory, peach and eggshell a redhead's best pick.  So why are these yellow tones best?  A redheaded complexion is most likely fair and pale ergo most whites and stark whites will wash out the complexion. On the other hand, ivory and eggshell tones will warm up skin tone and once they're put on do seem to belong to redheads exclusively. Silk whites--which is to say off or muted whites like the shade in the header photo and second photo below can work for the bride with red hair as long as they stay fairly matte or muted . . . 
 Left: via The Wedding Chicks/ Right: via Pinterest
Left: Via Pinterest/Right: via Sibo Designs
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UNDERNEATH IT ALL

The thing that makes a wedding gown so special is attention to detail inside as well as out. Your gown won't look finished off without the proper lining and/or a slip. For snug sheath and evening gown silhouettes an appropriate lining will suffice. Anything beyond an A-line requires a slip that provides structure. So what is structure? The ball gowns below are shaped with slips made out of crinoline--stiff netting.  At left a medium slip is perfect for an A-line and  a very wide and voluminous slip structures the bouffant skirt beside it. Whether you're going for an A-line, princess or full bouffant shape, your slip should be worn separately from your gown (read: yes, as in a whole separate piece). Why? You don't want to add bulk to the waistline. Wedding gowns have enough heavy duty handiwork going on inside, why add more? I know most gowns come with built-ins, but do ask your salon when placing the order to have the designer send your slip as a separate component from the gown.
Directly Above: A-line and Bouffant gowns.  Perfect candidates for the full slip treatment . . . .
                             My client Donna's wonderful purple and red slip.  See how it gives a full skirt that bouffant                   effect? And see just how much crinoline actually shapes it?  Photos by Loic Photography/Right middle photo via Pinterest

Header Photo: Via Tassels
A-line and Bouffant Photos by Lirette Photography and John Truong Photography

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