Friday, February 25, 2011

Gown Friday!

I love grand wedding gowns.  A girl who chooses to be a bit dramatic in her style choices always makes for a good bride :)
See you next week!

1. Elizabeth Fillmore
2. Monique Lhuillier
3. Reem Acra
4. Douglas Hannant
5. Temperley London
6. Vera Wang

{Images: New York Wedding Guide}

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Real Wedding: Nautical Prep

Good morning!  There have been claims of a crazy snow storm hitting the Portland area for days now and finally it has arrived!  Well, not a storm or even close to a couple of inches, but good enough for me enough a cozy day inside :)  

If there is a wedding theme that never gets old to me it's the nautical theme.  I love to see navy blue and yellow against crisp white and endearing touches of gold.  It's so traditional and preppy, it's sweetness to my soul!  The Caketress designed the amazing cake and mini cakes for this wedding, which seem to defy gravity with her now famous ruffle design inspired by Ralph Lauren runway (see here). And in collaboration with Platinum Events Group, they created a nautical themed wedding that is absolutely stunning!

{Images:  Joee Wong Photography via The Caketress Blog}

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What to wear...Target designer collections

It has been a gift from above having international designers such as Rodarte, Thakoon, & Zac Posen bring their genius to the masses at incredibly affordable prices to our local Target stores.  If you are one who has been unaware of this gift it may be due to the high speeds at which these pieces are bought up off the racks. But it has just been announced that 34 of the most popular designs will be re-released for our buying pleasure on March 13th!  So if you missed them the first time around or you want to buy multiples for your bridal party, get out there and scoop them up--all for under $50!!!

{Images: Fashionista}

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Inspiration: tabletop

Good morning!  I am fighting off a cold and finding it terribly difficult to use any part of my brain in a meaningful manner.  Yuck.  As for our gorgeous tabletop inspiration today, I have been left with my jaw on the floor in awe of this stunning design.  In fact, the entire wedding is worthy of attention!  For peak at the entire photo gallery visit Style Me Pretty.  You will not be disappointed!

{Images:  Docuvitae}

Monday, February 21, 2011

DECADES: Bridal Fashion of the Late Sixties and Early Seventies

The late sixties/seventies era is known primarily for wild and off-beat chic except for a few pockets of elegance here and there  Thanks to a some savvy designers, the funk was fine-tuned into into high fashion.  The era was the most politically charged of the century and invariably spilled over even into haute couture. 
The above gown is 
 out of Vogue UK 1966, a bouffant out of lace and satin by Belinda Belville (Later of Belville-Sassoon fame)

Another Belinda Belville masterpiece.  Though featured in Vogue Pattern Book April/May 1970, the precisely placed buttons, luxe taffeta and use of lace make this gown timeless, wearable in any decade.

What a day for a day dream . . . this is actually a Vogue Pattern for what was dubbed an 'Edwardian' gown. More mainstream to bridal than the above images, it mixes up two eras in one look; the floppy horse hair hat was a hark back to a vintage craze going on that celebrated the life of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchannan.
This design while conservative with a traditional  Alencon lace bodice and satin sash has has 70s bohemian elements in the sleeve and floppy hat 

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Ever Ours
What a gorgeous set of inspirations we have here.  Combining drama with balance and beauty, Annie Packman over at SMP Style Circle has brought us a potpourri of couture, culinary delights and scenery.  Want more inspiration?  Check out her incredible blog, Marry You Me, covering everything about wedding, love and sweetness . . .

Saturday, February 19, 2011


A Touch of Sky
Sky blue and white clouds are such a pretty and nature-inspired theme here.  What caught my eye on this board is the white wood floor and light tones of the French Provincial chair bottom right, stunning . . .

Board composed by Tuyet Nguyen over at SMP Style Circle.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Gown Friday: Marchesa Fall RTW 2011

Good morning and happy Friday!  Take a look at the dreamy Marchesa Fall RTW 2011 collection--gorgeous pastels, frothy tulle and feather detailing makes for quite the bridal gown!! 



Etsy Clutches
Waht a great time to be a bride.  Check out these adorable clutches to sport on your days of days . . . all from Etsy so they have that out of the ordinary element you've been searching for. 

Top Left: Tiered Rose Clutch Purse - Creme Brulee by Davie and Chiyo
Top Right: Couture Lace Kisslock Clutch by It's So Clutch
2nd Row Left: White Ostrich Feather Purse by Powder Blue Bijou
2nd Row Right: Handmade silver clutch by Arm Candy for You 
Third Row left:  Bridal Clutch Adorned With Pearls And Rhinestones by Paris xox
Third Row Right: Gold jelly bean clutch by Bi Chen
Bottom Left: Ruffle Chain Clutch by Una Shop 
Bottom Right: Diamond White Beaded Clutch by Powder Blue Bijou

Special thanks to M Freeza over at SMP Style Circle for putting together these lovely images

Thursday, February 17, 2011


BHLDN has captured the imaginations of wedding adorers all over.
Their shoe collection is sweet, sweet eye candy.  So in love...

LACE: New Twists on a Time Honored Tradition Part 1

Not only are the traditional uses of lace still inspiring, there's a whole new spin on that old tradition thanks to a few savvy designers. Above and below are separates from Alberta Ferretti's 2011 Spring campaign in knit and cotton laces, definitely on the cutting edge. For the eco-conscious bride who wants to find a better alternative for her bridal ensemble than storing it in a box under her bed, any of these could easily be reworn post-wedding.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What to wear...the Maxi dress

Good morning!  Have you ladies bought your maxi dress yet?  This is one fashion trend this year that translates so beautifully into weddings.  Gorgeous maxi dresses for your bridesmaids would be ideal this summer and if you are attending wedding showers and dinners you will be so chic in a long, free form maxi.  Seriously, if you haven't jumped on this band wagon, you need to.  I fell for one at Anthropologie the other day--it is perfectly satisfying knowing that it feels like I'm wearing a night gown but look like a million bucks. You will wear these dresses any and every where.  Which is exactly what your maids want in a dress!   Dress them up or down with thick leather belts, lightweight cardigan sweaters, and/or long necklaces--the a maxi dress is a staple in your closet this season.

{I'm highlighting the wonderful maxi collection at Anthropologie because I tried on a bundle the other day and fell in love with almost every single one, but you can find them just about anywhere :)}


Starting February 21 through March, Bride Chic will celebrating decades of the 20th century and what each contributed to bridal fashion. Even if you love the styles of yesteryear but find yourself set on no particular decade we'll show you how to combine several into one look. Most of all, you'll find how easy and fun it is hunting down that dress and all those accessories . . .

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Inspiration: white bouquets

What's one wedding trend that I am absolutely in love with this 2011 season?  White, white and white!!  Ooh, I love classic white weddings.  So beautiful, stunning and wonderfully timeless.  So when I saw this gorgeous wedding bouquets from Fluer:ology, I was excited to share them with you.  This is one trend that really doesn't go out of style, but the best party about it being so chic this year is you can really play up the beautiful simplicity of white and add in layers of cream and off-white to create gorgeous depth.  (And a little insider tip: Weddings Fresh is working on a beautiful white inspired wedding shoot to show off this fab trend!  Can't wait to show you!!).

Fluer:ology used fresh mini calla lilies, dahlias, peonies, mums and garden roses for these bouquets and dressed them up with a deep bronze satin ribbon and crystal accents.  All of them were designed for the same wedding, with each bridesmaid carrying a unique white bouquet held against their dark purple dresses.  Quite the dramatic showing!

Thank you, Fluer:ology!!