Monday, June 22, 2009
Someone, please pick me up from the ground, as I seem to have fallen off my chair. And my heartbeat is just a wee bit too fast. Am I OK? Perhaps not.
The problem started when I visited this Etsy shop to check out some homemade wedding fare. And I haven't been able to pick my jaw up off the floor since. I'm so utterly in love, dare I say I want to marry this person? Seeing as I'm already married, no, but it's darn close. Enfin, La Voila! is the name of this Etsy shop, and it is so chic, so very very chic. Gorgeous, handmade French-inspired calling cards, wedding invitations and more. Simply delicious.
And it is there that I found THE MOST BEAUTIFUL wedding invitation I've ever seen. Period. I'm serious. Oh please, beautiful brides, won't you please choose this wedding invitation? If not, I'll just die. It's utterly and unabashedly feminine and all things lovely. Swoon.......
And these beauties...
Oh if I could only get her to design some wallpaper for my office now. Sigh.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Continuing on the Spring '10 Bridal Gowns trends theme, here are some additional trends to watch for...
Let's talk skirts. Designers are really putting emphasis on them and making them textured... layered... different... points of interest other than just their silhouette or how they're bussled, which is very cool.
Some other trends that aren't so major, but that are still making a showing are one-strap gowns and lots of sweetheart necklines. Granted, both have been around forever, but I think Michelle Obama's love of the one strap dress has inspired bridal designers to bring it back. The sweetheart neckline may be the result of 40's and 50's-inspired fashion coming back. And remember the bow trend... showing up again today.
Now for some divine Badgley Mishka...
The incredible Monique Lhuillier...
And some Ines de Santo going for the one-strap looks... admittedly not my favorite, but this first little Oscar de la Renta number is pretty hot...
And finally, some 40's/50's fashion throw-backs that are simply... endearing. Immediately when I saw these, I flashed back to Audrey Hepburn, and to beautiful old photos of my older aunts and grandparents, impossibly skinny, in their gorgeous black & white wedding photos. In fact, this first gown from the Monique Lhuillier collection literally takes my breath away. Take it all in.
There are 3 major fashion trends I see happening with the big-name designers...
1. BOWS - and I mean serious bows.
2. Textured skirts
3. 1940's/1950's throwbacks
We're starting with bows today! Vera Wang is the clear trend setter in the use of bows big and small in practically all of her designs this year. It's almost as if she's presenting brides as precious gifts to their grooms, which I adore. You'll notice Vera also is giving her skirts a much more textured feel (another trend). Take a looksee...
Stay tuned tomorrow for the next installment of fashion trend spotting in this year's bridal gowns!
Monday, June 15, 2009
I cannot help myself - I saw this theatrical, magical wedding on the most beautiful wedding blog, Kiss The Groom, featuring the utterly amazing photographic talents of Elizabeth Messina, and I had to feature it. This is not an actual wedding, mind you, but a creative genius brainchild of Tricia Fountaine. It's mesmerizing. I love the addition of the real owl. And peacock feathers, of course.
I think it makes me want to be a beautiful faery for Halloween. Or, my other costume idea is to be one of the "Taster" ladies at Costco with the shower caps and plastic gloves on, tongs in one hand. I was there yesterday and thought that would be a funny costume. Today, I think I like these faeries better. ;)
Head over to the post to see more incredible shots. Enjoy...
Monday, June 1, 2009
And these adorable hot pink Guess peep-toes. These fit this bride so well- spunky and fun-loving! White shoes would have been a sin for this girl! She even got the black and white polka dot pedicure to further express herself. I love her originality!
Okay, my sweeties. Let's shop! I've linked each of these shoes to a website that sells them, so you can click on any of them to find out where to get them, other colors they come in, and how much they'll set ya back.
These strappy purple Manolo Blahniks are so versatile! I could pair them with icy blue, emerald green, or honey yellow bridesmaids dresses. Bold choices, I know! But you can't be afraid to pair two strong colors together! We're not talking about pairing these two colors on the same outfit (though that could look beautiful too!)- we're just looking to coordinate with the bridesmaids dresses. It's your day, girlie! Stand out with some snappy footwear! (Oh my. Did I just use the word 'snappy'? Really, I'm not that old. Sometimes, I surprise myself. Whatever, I'm secure. Yes. I said snappy. AND I meant it!)
BLACK bridesmaids dresses? Why not coordinate with killer two-tone Pradas below. Ahhhh! Can you picture the shoe-envy of all the other women at the wedding? I CAN!
Double, triple, quadruple sigh. . . Nothing like Lanvin to wrap up the show!
Maybe these aren’t for every bride or for every dress, but I must assure you, I’d probably pee my pants out of pure joy if I saw these pink visions of beauty bedecking your toes on your big day. Who, oh, who will fulfill my bridal shoe fantasy? And please, oh, please won't you select me as your wedding photographer!?!?!
Much love, my brides, wedding-lovers, and fellow shoe-fanatics-
My heart is racing, my breath is laboured. I hope this post has done for you what it has done for me. I go to sleep tonight exhilirated and in LOVE! (with a bold choice of color for bridal shoes!) Make me proud, girls!
Feel free to comment below and join in on the discussion. Have I converted any of you fashionable brides??
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