Friday, July 31, 2009

gown friday!

happy, hot friday! so the other day i found this lovely little designer boutique downtown the in pearl called Olivia Belle, and it just so happens that they have inherited the spring 2009 nicole miller bridal collection! fabulous! but that is not all. not only does she have it in her store, BUT it's at sample sale prices of 50% off!! oh dear, please, all you Portland brides, get down there and check this out!

i met the owner, Lindsay, while i was in the store and she says they can order any dress if you are interested in others as well (though you don't get the killer sample sale, but a killer nicole miller bridal gown). and to top all this off, the entire designer boutique is all at amazing 30% off prices as well. lindsay's style is so chic, she has really done a wonderful job creating a fabulous boutique!

well, as you can guess, here is the spring 2009 nicole miller bridal collection! enjoy your weekend...and i am off to more potty training... :)

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

organic fabric wraps

good morning! have you guys seen these yet? beautiful organic fabric wraps from Chewing the Cud! i love how you can basically wrap anything, from boxes to bottles of wine, and they are so perfect too bring color and texture to a tablescape, and not to mention ideal for wrapping up wedding favors! and these little invites seem to match perfectly for a bridal shower, don't you think? visit their etsy shop to buy and for more wrapping inspiration check out there blog!

okay, one more thing...can i just have a little moment of silence for my household today as i embark on a long road taken by every mom of a toddler...potty training. oh dear. here we go. nervous, yes. prepared, who knows. ready to not change diapers one day, yes. pray for me ladies... :) and here is the little guy right here (the one standing not the one dangling of course :)).

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Vintage Swimwear!

okay, i heard there are record lows over in Chicago right now, but here, it's crazy hot for us Oregonians and i just can't get swimming off my mind! so i thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share these amazing vintage inspired swimsuits from Zelda Sweetwater! what a way to make a splash on your honeymoon with a ultra feminine and sexy beach wear!! i love it!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

chloe & reese

check out this new line of chic bridesmaid dresses from Chloe & Reese! Ardour is a fantastically flirty selection of dresses that offers everything from a short party dress to pencil skirts and ruffled blouses! love the entire collection--check it out here online where you can mix and match colors and styles till your heart's content!

Monday, July 27, 2009

and the winner is...

hello ladies! wasn't Couture Wedding Week just fabulous?!! i want to give a big THANK YOU to Cassandra, Mimi, Blair, Chelsea, and Carrie for the beautiful and amazing posts all week! if any of you missed last week or didn't have a chance to see each post i encourage you to check it all out--eye candy and inspiration galore!!
and for the first giveaway from, Shoelover is the lucky winner of the couture Monya Handbag!! Congrats lady, and make sure you get a hold of me so we can hook you up!
enjoy your day--it's 100 degrees in Portland today...oh my, thank goodness for air conditioners and swimming pools :) see you tomorrow!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Couture Gown Friday & Moyna Handbag Giveaway!

Couture Carrie here! Darlings, CC is so honored to be presenting the grand finale post for Couture Week here on Weddings Fresh!
A bride’s gown is always a special, memorable, and carefully selected piece, and a Couture piece elevates the wedding dress to an even more meaningful status. Haute Couture is painstakingly wrought by hand in the most elite of ateliers. In today’s post, CC offers a selection of pieces by true Couturiers, some intended as bridal gowns and others simply divine creations that may be worn by a more adventurous bride. Note the exquisite crafting, impeccable details, and singularity of these garments. And be sure to enter to win a glamorous Moyna clutch... Enjoy, darlings!
First photo: Vogue, September 1993. Runway photos are from Spring and Fall 2009, via and
This and next: French Vogue, April 2006.
Christian Lacroix Couture
Jean Paul Gaultier Couture
Anne Valerie Hash Couture
Armani Privé Couture
Chanel Couture
Chanel Couture
Chanel Couture
Christian Dior Couture
Christian Dior Couture
Elie Saab Couture
Elie Saab Couture
Elie Saab Couture
Elie Saab Couture
Givenchy Couture
The following gowns could be worn by a bride who is daring enough to defy convention and wear a gown in a shade other than white or ivory.
Givenchy Couture
Elie Saab Couture
Valentino Couture
Christian Dior Couture
Christian Dior Couture
Christian Dior Couture

CC does hope you’ve enjoyed Couture Wedding Week and this post! Fabulous news for all you brides and fashionistas: Three Day Contest!, the sponsor of Couture Wedding Week, is giving away one of these magnificent Moyna handbags! To enter, simply leave a relevant comment on this post. One entry per blogger, please. International contestant welcome! The winner of this gorgeous Moyna satin crystal broach clutch from will be chosen on Monday, July 27, 2009. Good luck darlings!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Couture Week: Fresh Flowers

Hello. I am Chelsea Fuss and I usually blog over at Frolic! Thank you for having me on your lovely blog today, Dani! Years ago, I owned a flower shop and still work as a floral stylist so I love keeping up on the latest in the world of floral design. For me, great floral design is less about making a flower arrangement look like art and more about letting the pure beauty of flowers shine through on their own. Pairing flowers with the proper dress, table linen, or interior is an art in and of itself. The photos below hit the mark for me!

A humble flower like Queen Anne's Lace looks dreamy paired with pretty lace and pale colors.

Flower crowns of daisies are a surprisingly glamorous touch to long hair.

This bride gathered field poppies the morning of her wedding. Their egg-shell thin petals mimic the ruffles on her dress and provide a pop of organic color.

For an effortless look, use simple bouquets of complementary colors. Be sure and trim the stems until the arrangements please your eye.

Paired with a shorter dress, the old-fashioned cascading bouquet is fresh once again.

Don't ever underestimate the power of a single blossom. When well chosen, it can speak volumes more than a bouquet.

Thanks for letting me guest blog on Weddings Fresh today! I hope you'll stop by Frolic! sometime for a visit.