Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Portland Wedding Week: Invitations

i love stumbling upon things while perusing the internet. and it's certainly amazing what you can find hiding in your very own city. Royal Steamline was one of those finds! this husband and wife duo specializes in retro, vintage, gothic, and steamline punk design, and gives such attention to detail you could easily mistake some of their creations for an authentic telegram ticket or a vintage poster! yes, let's be honest these can be somewhat dark and strange, but that is exactly what they love about their craft! and if you are all about these longtime, mysterious eras they offer personalized wedding decor and crafts (found here) to help bring everything together. so great!

thanks, to Aerin and her husband--great work, my dear!

{images: royal steamline}


 Grand entrance dressing has been David Meister's claim to fame in fashion. June 22 he launched David Meister Bridal . Considered a luxe line, it was inspired by the red carpet creations David has made for celebrities. David's designs are legendary--worn by socialites and celebs, his is the stuff of opening night galas and award ceremonies. The bridal line is all about using the drama of modern silhouettes, beautiful fabrics and exquisite detailing. “Walking down the aisle is the biggest red carpet moment of a woman’s life,” says David Meister. “She should not only feel beautiful and glamorous but also confident and comfortable in what she is wearing on her special day. My wedding gowns will be timeless and elegant.”
Pictured here are three of 12 styles from the collection; prices range from $1,500 to $3,500.

David Meister

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Portland Wedding Week: Cakes

here's to a little edible eye candy. though the cake has taken a back seat to the non-traditionalist approach to the desert, with cupcakes and homemade pies and desert tables reigning king, i still believe a gorgeous cake, inside and out, has it's honored place in a wedding. the Bakery Bar in NE Portland are the creators of these delectable confections and has a way with fondant cut-outs like no other in town. they have been featured numerous times in our local wedding publications and was part of the cake shoot i attended while working with Oregon Bride Magazine. and can i tell you, those cake are serious works of art!

{images: white bird cake: Steve Scardina, red poppies: Steve Scardina; pale pink antique button cake: Hayley Young; yellow blossoms: bakery bar; fuchsia flowers/pewter birds: bakery bar}


Like these images? Thought you might. While I don't expect you to actually go this far when topping off your bridal look, these creations by some of the world's top photographers, hairstylists, designers and makeup artists may just throw a little inspiration your way . . . .

Monday, June 28, 2010

Portland Wedding Week: Real Wedding

good morning! this week is dedicated to strictly Portland! i'm excited to share with you all the amazing vendors and wedding professionals here in Portland and show off our talent and unique design! to kick us off is Katie Anderson Photography with a real wedding at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club. this beautiful couple, Brian and Alona was married June 12th on what must have been one of the only sunny days this month! and thank goodness because this is just gorgeous! everything from the jimmy choo sandals to the celebration at the end, this couple had a day to remember!

and i can't forget! katie is offering a brand new iPod Touch to the first couple to book her for their wedding in Dec 2010, as well as the first to book in Jan 2011, or the first in Feb 2011. here's the link to the announcement on her website. so ladies, get on it!!

thanks, katie!

Wedding Date: June 12, 2010

Ceremony and Reception Site: Tacoma Country and Golf Club

Photographer: Katie Anderson Photography

Flowers: Erin and Company

Cake: Ralph’s Bakery

Caterer: Tacoma Country and Golf Club & Wild West Seafood (owned by Brian Pernula)

Rings: Miller’s Custom Jewelry (Alona’s ring designed by Brian, Brian’s ring designed by Alona)

Gown and Designer: Maggie Sottero

Veil and Accessories: Nordstrom’s Nadri Jewelry, Jimmy Choo shoes

Formal Wear: Tuxedo’s by Ralph Lauren

Hair and Makeup: Hair by Studio 343 and Makeup by Danielle Brooke

Invitations: Designed by Alona, paper & envelopes bought from Envelopments

Honeymoon: Hawaii

Planner: Alona Schmelzer & Julie Guertin (sister of bride)


Would you wear wool on your wedding day? In summer? Meet 'Priscilla' the first wool crepe gown to make it into the collection. Whenever we think wool, winter wardrobes usually come to mind. Light weight wool crepes and jerseys are actually great fabrics thru spring and summer as long as the silhouettes lend themselves well to drapey fabrics and bare arms and back. And don’t worry, wool breathes well as long as it’s lined in lightweight fabric like China silk . Accessorized, ‘The Priscilla Gown’ goes great with last season’s Christian Loubotin’s peach floral sandals but any silver or gold delicate, strappy sandal will look awesome. I see the necklace and earrings worn as a pearl and white stone combo shown above.

The original inspiration for this gown came from the 1944 Noir Classic, Laura. Although Hollywood designer, Cashin’s gown for Gene Tierney was front loaded with intricate draping and gathers, my design above has a row of gentle pleating instead.

Sunday, June 27, 2010


Black, white and shades of gray in color offer a mood of precise and clean lines perfect for deco and vintage wedding themes.  Thanks to Tiatrate over at SMP for inspiring us with this beautiful array of haute chic . . .

Saturday, June 26, 2010


He who plants a garden plants happiness...

The sun does arise,

And make happy the skies;

The merry bells ring

To welcome the spring;

The skylark and thrush,

The birds of the bush,

Sing louder around

To the bell's cheerful sound,

While our sports shall be seen

On the Echoing Green.

--The Echoing Green--

William Blake
Thank you Fleur over at SMP for this beautiful mid-June inspiration in shades of green.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Gown Friday

good morning! hope you enjoy Douglas Hannant's spring 2011 collection as much as i do...definitely bohemian chic! have a great weekend...