listen up, vera wang fans. i've just received some fabulous news for all my metropolitan area readers: on september 10th, vera wang will host fashion's night out — a super-chic bridal event held in both her nyc stores: vera wang on mercer and the vera wang bridal house.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
if you've read my last post, you know i've been poring through couture weddings gowns this week. in doing so, i came across a custom marchesa gown made for celebrity coleen mcloughlin. it's airy, sumptuous, and reminded me instantly of a cascade of tulips.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
i've long been obsessed with peacock feathers. there's something utterly royal about them — the green-golds. the pop of teal & purple. the rich black eye that demands attention.
recently, i've come across a ton of original, super-chic style & design elements created by artists who clearly love this divine plume as much as i do. i had a total blast putting together this golden glam peacock-inspired wedding board. what could be more fabulous?
design & photo credits
first row — wedding cake • konditor meister, photo by allegro photography; necklace • croska via etsy; rose & peacock feather floral design • the velvet garden
second row — couture wedding gown • monique lhuillier; peacock wedding invitation • paper olive; peacock place setting • z gallerie
third row — beaded clutch • judith leiber; hand-painted decanter & glasses • marywibis via etsy
bottom row — peacock bouquet • the knot, photo by adam barnes photography; gold & blue matchstick favors • photo courtesy of gamboa photography; boutonniere • jo gartin via instyle magazine, photo by pornchai mittongtare
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
if any of you out there have some amazing real wedding photos or all-around chic ideas you'd like us to share during this spotlight, give a holler. the week is filling up fast!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
this past weekend, i had the pleasure of attending a friend's super-chic wedding on catalina island. not only did i have a fabulous time at this gorgeous, uber-relaxing beach locale, i was blown away by the bride and groom's extraordinary vision for their special day.
loaded with personal touches and chic diy creations, this wedding was one of the most inspiring examples of a couple who truly put their heart, soul, and personality into their design.
the couple enlisted the help of vanilla bake shop for the chocolate and passion fruit cupcakes, as well as the construction of the coordinating cake stand, made from fabric lindsey used for the table runners. it survived the boat ride from los angeles beautifully!
for those of you daunted by the idea of tackling major elements of design on your own, consider how these personal touches added warmth and an air of storytelling that were not only creative, but dramatically unique. i loved them all.
congratulations dave and lindsey — job well done!
Friday, August 7, 2009
summer means weddings. and as anyone who has sat through a long ceremony in the cruel sun can tell you, a summer wedding can be a little steamy. to keep your guests cool in a refreshingly playful way, consider passing up the traditional water table in favor of ice cold lemonade.
there's just something crisp and welcoming and spectacular about a sea of icy glasses filled with the stuff. from low country lemon to sparkling cherry to a blend with tea or even flowers, there are a hundred ways to serve it, all of them chic and delicious. what's your favorite?
first row — floral lemonade • khm, photo by leesa o'reilly; pineapple cooler with lavender and lemon verbena • country living, photo by janis nicolay; grapefruit lemonade • gokul & aimee's wedding, photo by leigh webber photography
second row — low country lemonade with mum swizzle sticks • in style weddings; sparkling mint lemonade • zehr's market
bottom row — fizzy sour cherry lemonade • gourmet; mint & lemon herbal tea • brides.com, photo by miki duisterhof
Monday, August 3, 2009
one of the freshest, easiest, most unique ways to add color to your wedding is to use fruit — it's bountiful, vibrant, inviting, and what's more? it's affordable.
think about it. a full vase of orchids can run you hundreds, but a bag of oranges is what, a few dollars? i adore the organic, rustic effect of adding fruit to wedding decor, and the fact that florists can often do magic with it without relying solely on expensive florals is just a huge bonus.
bouquets of apples and roses are shabby chic yet always elegant, and the eclectic tablescape above left, with its crisp green granny smiths, Brussels sprouts, hydrangeas and kale is so earthy and lovely it's hard to believe how simple it must have been to arrange.
the cake, above right, is absolutely charming with its citrus accents and colors, and would go beautifully with equally simple centerpieces consisting of nothing but fresh fruit and a gorgeous glass vase, like the one shown here.
above, spiny fruits, bowls of kumquats, suspended vases of citrus and exotic flowers set against bright linens beckon guests to a tropical feast. it's simple chic at its best.
for my own wedding, i had wanted dramatic columns of color at the head of the aisle, but had run out of ideas in terms of flower choices. i had already done massive displays of orchids, parrot tulips, and peonies...so what to do?
my florist — the ever fabulous shelby nolan of green leaf designs — came up with towers of fresh oranges with accents of rosemary for my tuscan-themed wedding, and i was sold. fruit is just delicious, no matter how you look at it, isn't it?
design & photo credits
apple centerpiece • ehow; citrus wedding cake • photo courtesy of getmarried.com, cake by maisiefantasie; greens tablescape and citrus centerpiece • the knot; tropical fruit tablescape • photo and linens courtesy of bbj linen; orange colums • photo by benjamin james