Friday, December 31, 2010


. . . Over at Savvy Scoop talking about the history of the Royal wedding gowns of Britain. With the nuptuials of Wills and Kate approaching we're looking more and more to Great Britian for inspiration. Yes, the anticipation of, Who will Kate choose as a designer? has got us all wondering . . . READ MORE

Happy New Year!

I thank you all for making this a wonderful year here on Weddings Fresh!  I am full of sweet anticipation for what is to come in 2011...
Have a fabulous New Year!!

{Image:  from here via Absolutely Ladylike}

Thursday, December 30, 2010


Whether you're considering going short and chic for your wedding, rehearsal or shower, here are some fem and flirty looks for 2011 just off the runways. 
 Priscilla of Boston
Have you notoced necklines are becoming more varied?  This scoop is so flattering and a welcome change . . .
The micro mini is back with a new twist on the aysemetrycal neckline.  Very 1960s . . .
Very trendy this Oscar de la Renta poufy skirt says sweet and sexy all over . . .

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Pam Grant Photography

Lace as we know it evokes images of woven florals and scalloped edges on flounced skirts and collars.  Lately we’ve seen some imaginative combinations in bridal wear. Going beyond the the traditionals like Alencon and Chantilly, now you can mix it up with hanmade florals, Venise motifs, galloons, and embroideries on organza and chiffon.  Woven into the mix, these laces are making for the kind of cutting edge mingled with romanticism seen in these images.

 Above and below: Clothing by Sandra C. Hagan/ Photo by Monica True

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Photography- Stuart Lirette and John Truong
                                       Wedding Dresses and Bridal Headwear- Amy-Jo Tatum/ Dioresque 2011
                                          Jewelry- Denise Hazelton and Hot Rocks for Studiolo

Special thanks to photographers John Truong and Stuart Lirette who teamed up again, this time shooting my vintage inspired bridal pieces against the backdrop of some really incredible Bay Area art. For 2011, I added lots of tulle, lace and shirring to the collection. Slimmer silhouettes come in drapey satins accented with lighterweight laces. The stunning jewelry that pulls each look together hails from two vintage collections, Denise Hazelton and Hot Rocks available through Studiolo . . .
I'd also like to thank The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art for giving the artists whose work is the backdrop of this shoot, a place to show their talents to the fullest.

Monday, December 27, 2010

The Aisle New York!

Good morning!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  I won't be doing much this week on Weddings Fresh, as my family and I are enjoying a nice extended stay-cation at the house.  It's just what we need after a busy holiday!  But I did want to share this bit of news with you:  The Aisle New York will be debuting Monday, January 3rd at 10:00 am EST!  I have mentioned this breakout online marketplace for designer wedding gowns, shoes, accessories, and lingerie a couple months ago, but the time has finally arrived!  If you haven't already become a member, visit their splashpage to be one of the first to gain access to their opening day.

On the 3rd, Monique Lhuillier, Angel Sanchez, Elizabeth Fillmore, Oscar de la Renta Jewelry, Suzanne Couture Millinery will be available for your purchasing pleasure.  The gown below is Monique Lhuillier, one of my favorites from her fall 2011 collection, and her designs will be ready for purchase from your computer at any moment of the day--I love technology.  Lela Rose, Mark Ingram Boutique, Pour la Victoire Shoes, and Stephanie Browne Accessories will be showing the following week on Monday, January 10th, with more still to arrive in the coming weeks.

I can't wait to dive into all of the eye candy that will be hitting our Internet!  I'm just glad I'm married already because there would have been a good chance of me maxing out all of my credit cards through this site... 

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Winter Reds and Blacks
Gorgeous!  Thanks again Lindsbinz at SMP Style Circle for getting all those little touches that say winter so right-on . . .

Sunday, December 26, 2010


In Progress
It's December 26th but Christmas and holiday weddings are still going full tilt.  Isn't this an awesome set of pics?  The white Star Lillies and red roses are an ideal bridal bouquet or center piece while the Temperly gowns upper right are perfect for the winter wedding.  Thank you Lindsbinz of SMP Style Circle for inspiring us all post Xmas and ushering us into a splendid winter . . ..

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all have a blessed Christmas!

{Image: Pintrest}


These are all the books on my own Xmas list.  Numero uno being, The Fashion File by Madmen costumer and stylist, Janie Bryant.  Bryant's book is a sneak peek into the creation of  Mad Men's costumes, uncovering what it takes to define a charachter's overall look. A designer/stylist after my own heart, Bryant shows you how to develop your own signature visual persona.  A lover of vintage pieces, she shows you how to mix the decade pieces with contemporary ones like blue jeans and shoes.  Beautiful renderings of retro fashion dot this book, a real treasure.

I don't own but have read this gemmie from front to cover in one sitting.  Vera Wang on Weddings is one of the most fascinating books out there for brides to be, or, any long lover of fashion, packed with gorgeous images and expert advise from the queen of bridal herself . . .

They call this The Wedding Bible in the industry.  Put out by the editors of In Style, this book is a treasure trove of magnificent photographs and in depth coverage of topics from the best of the best such a gown, flowers, invitations and cake. 

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Inspiration: Christmas tree

Merry Christmas!



 It's already spring time in Manhattan.  This was the scene at Kleinfeld Manhattan for Priscilla Troy's trunk show featuring her magnificent collection of vintage and reproduction parasols. Priscilla has such a stunning array of these chic little props with the most intricate detailing I've ever seen, some with lace dating back to the 1890s.   When constructed in silk fabric instead of paper, the parasols last and make beautiful keepsakes to pass on. Her collection has not only more functional products out of linen and cotton but deacquisitioned pieces from The Brooklyn Museum of Art which consist of silk and lace gems dating back to the Civil War. Raised in the South, Priscilla moved West and pursued a career as a graphic designer and advertising art director. Today, she engages in conceptual textiles and became interested in “Shade Art” by reintroducing the parasol as both a protective devise and a fashion accessory. She feels, "One does not just carry a parasol, but wears it as a lifestyle choice. "  You can check out more chic by visiting Priscilla's site.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What to wear...

This is what I will be wearing on Christmas Eve...well, that is, if I would have been on top of it this year and actually bought it when it was available in stores.  (You can still order it online form J. Crew for Christmas by the way if you are interested).  I don't know why I haven't figured out what I will be wearing, neither do I understand why it's a decision I fuss over.  But it always is, as we attend Christmas Eve service and longtime family friend's holiday party each year, and I love to dress the part!  So this year I am searching for some buffalo check.  It's perfectly winter traditional, and admittingly a bit lumberjack, but when you combine it with chunky feminine jewelry and a wool mini and tights, it's unbelievably chic!  And as seen below, this buffalo check jacket is made fit for a woman by adding a skinny belt to define the waist and a pair of dark denim jeans making the silhouette slim and flattering.  What to wear this winter??  Buffalo check!

{...I just hope I can find what I am looking for in two days...}

{Images: J.Crew}


 Porcelain Poet

One version of Goth making it big in the bridal arena is Lolita dressing-aka, Alice and/or the baby doll concept.  The Gothic Lolita fashion movement originated in the Harajuko district in Japan and is growing in popularity in the West. It's become a  favorite concept for artsy photo shoots lately and some fashion designers are finding a real niche in it.  Gothic Lolita girls collect elaborate wardrobes of what looks like 19th century inspired doll clothing. On top of that activities for serious Lolita followers might include the romanticized ideas of yesteryear such as tea parties and croquet matches. The white pinafores and ruffled dresses with full mini skirts covered in lace make this look a great alternative for bridal. You can go all-out costumey or tone down the Raggedy-Ann look by creating more of a fashion appearance as in most of the images here. A great look that seems to have been embraced by tiny and shorter women who love to capture the embodiment of youth . . .
 Photographed by Kassandra Leigh Purcell/Dress for Rakuen Fashion