Show-Stopping Wedding Veils; Trending Thursday
While the trend in recent years has been to forego the veil, or minimize it at best, both celebrity brides like Anne Hathaway and Natalie Portman as well as couture brides everywhere are reviving the art of the show-stopping veil.
Left to Right: Temperley London, Pinterest, Want that Wedding
Enter the statement headpieces. If the Oscar de la Renta 2014 Bridal Collection has proven one thing, it’s that the au-natural leanings of yesterday’s weddings are on their way out. In their place, bold and couture looks have taken center stage….floral wreaths (yes leaves and all), feathered birdcages, or a modern Juliet cap. As long as the headpiece complements the style of the gown, go ahead and be bold. Claire Pettibone brought us the all-floral crowns and Reem Acra brought us the parasol veil.
Left to Right: Carolina Herrera, Reem Acra, Claire Pettibone
Jeweled headbands, you say? More high-class glamour than girly, these decorative bands are your something special, enhancing both an up- or a down-do. An embellished band will add instant sparkle and are especially stunning with a gown that has an understated silhouette or with minimal jewelry. Consider which colors will stand out best against your hair. Lighter stones, such as crystals make a striking statement against dark locks, while jewel tones, like emerald or ruby, perfectly accent blonde hair.
Left to Right: Enchanted Atelier, Pronovias, Renee Pawele Bride (photo by Emma and Josh)
Still love lace? trust me, you are not alone. So does Oscar, Carolina and Vera. Whether it’s simply an embellishment on the edge of a fingertip veil, or an all-lace cathedral veil, romance never goes out of style.
Left to Right: Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang
From dramatic cathedral veils to bold floral wreaths and jeweled headbands, what 2014 brides need is a stylish veil to complete their look.
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The Liberated Bridesmaid!
Every bride tells her maids that they can “wear the dress again!” And every bridesmaid in history smiles and nods then promptly turns around and rolls her eyes thinking of the dress collecting dust in her closet for the next 20 years. Well ladies, there is a new bridesmaid in town. One who does not match the girl next to her. One who is not dressed in thick poly-satin from neck to ankle. One who can even wear separates. And one who can smile knowing, she may actually wear this dress again.
Here are a few that have major drool factor. I know I am smitten!
Top Left to Right: Kelsey Rose, Alfred Sung, David Meister
Bottom Left to Right: Tadashi Shoji, Tadashi Shoji, Lazaro
If matchy-matchy is not your thing, here are a few great ways to please your bridesmaids but still stay true to your colors. 1.) Choose a style and let them pick each pick different colors in harmony. 2) Choose a fabric type and color and let them choose the style that flatters them best. 3.) Choose a color and have your maids work within the color palette to their taste in any style or fabric . 4) Add a touch of mix and match in shoes, over-ups or other accessories.
Clockwise from Left: Green Wedding, Jarvie Digital Photography, Swan Bridesmaid
Another alternative? Keep the dresses completely uniform, or somewhat uniform and let the bouquets do the talking.
Left to Right: Pinterst, Phylis Lane Photographer
Other popular franchises have launched into the bridal business such as J. Crew, BHLDN from Anthropologie, and The Limited. Easy and accessible and even returnable if your size doesn’t fit!
Today I raise a toast to bridesmaids everywhere. You work hard, you help plan, cut and stuff not just one envelope but one hundred or more! You stay up late nights writing the perfect speech. You deserve to look your best too!
The newest wedding design debate. Is vintage still in, or on it’s way out? Even though the vintage craze has been around for quite some time now, I’m still in love with looks that celebrate time standing still. Out with the old and in with the old. In my opinion, vintage looks are still and will remain a popular choice for brides.
Having said that, I will tell you however, what I think has changed. Vintage has taken on a more sophisticated tone. I think the new buzzword is “heirloom”. Great finds from the attic, mementos from parents or grandparents, photos of loved ones remembered and touches of the past will always remain a part of today’s weddings. So if row boats, straw hats or old chairs and tables are not for you, don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. Consider incorporating just a touch of vintage such as lace invites, vintage stemware on the table settings or a vintage glass chandelier hanging over the seating card table.
Left to Right: Belle the Magazine, Wedding Creators, Project Wedding
Maybe it’s as simple as the chariot you arrived in or will depart in, or the venue that has an old-world charm. Add a few touches of vintage chic and and you have the perfect amount of heirloom to add to your modern fete.
Left to Right: Maggie Stolzberg Photography, Project Wedding, The Breakers Palm Beach
Today, too, the emphasis is of more of a specific nature, such as time period weddings. Some hot ones are Hollywood Glam from the Forties and Fifties, or a Roaring Twenties, Art Deco look. This is a great way to vintage-it-up without going down the shabby-chic path.
Top Left to Right: Society Bride, Ines di Santo, Martha Stewart
Bottom Left to Right: Martha Stewart, Helen English, Belle the Magazine
Great hair pieces, veils, hats, jewelry, shoes, gloves and even dresses that make old the new “new.” Keeping it as simple as a vintage wedding gown can transform your walk down the aisle into a beautiful memory plucked from an antique photograph. I think most brides will agree, when it comes to couture, vintage still makes the cut.
Left to Right: Reem Acra, Anna Maier Ulla Maija, Elie Saab for Pronovias, Jenny Packham
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To follow up with yesterday’s’ post on the many new and improved uses of video in the wedding world, here’s a little masterpiece that I know you will love. This short but oh-so-sweet engagement film was scheduled to be shown at Lindsey and Justin’s wedding dinner reception for the very first time. It played moments before this darling bride and groom welcomed their friends and family to their wedding. Even they had not seen it yet. Although Lindsey and Justin knew it was going to be shown, I don’t think they knew just how amazing it would be, and I know all their guests felt the same. After countless tears were shed during the welcome speech and the toasts that followed, this video was the perfect icing on the cake.
And by the way, I have to tell you, I’ve seen this video half a dozen times and each time I watch it I fall in love a little bit deeper! I don’t know if it’s because of my true love for this special couple or because of the beautiful story told by the the incredibly talented Dorian with Seaglass Studios in this little documented love story.
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For those of you that know me, you know that I am most definitely a lover of beautiful photography, but I’m a real sucker for an amazing video. And what I’m about to say may upset some of you, but please hear me out. As great as a beautiful photo is, it doesn’t have quite the same magical powers that video possesses. Video lives and breaths, telling the three-dimensional story like nothing else can.
Left: Jonathan Pitts / Right: Google
In the photos below, the talented work of Maggie Stolzberg and the genuine personalities of the this bride and groom shine through and tell their story beautifully. But not all photos are this lucky. Not all capture what these did, and imagine how much more like being there it would be, if you could see that first dance, or hear what was said behind the laughter.
All: Maggie Stolzberg Photography
While video has been on the rise for quite some time, video has most recently become a high priority item, even for weddings on a budget. Gone are the days of the long boring wedding video. Videographers of today make short films that capture and summarize all the special moments of the day in creative, cinematic style. Not just the typical chronological record of your wedding events, but instead, a meaningful compilation of your wedding day experience. What’s more, video allows you to later experience what you might have missed, like the expression on his face as you walked down the aisle from afar. It, of course, has the added benefit of the experience for those who could not attend.
The latest? The newest uses for video in the wedding world include video save the date announcements, capturing the wedding proposal on film, and slideshows and other homemade video to be shown during the wedding reception. News at 11.
Top Left: Mike and Ali / Top Right: Bridal Guide / Bottom: Heide Ryder Photography
Look out, video is back and it’s on the big screen at a living room near you.
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