Friday, August 31, 2012

Iconic Brides From Past to Present: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy

Carolyn channelled her signature brand of simple elegance on her wedding day. Wearing Narcisco Rodriguez, a simple pearl-colored bias-cut wedding gown with a silk tulle train, Carolyn wed John F. Kennedy JR. in 1996. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A White Wedding

Photos courtesy of: Wedding Inspiration, Vogue, Style Me Pretty & Pinterest. 

Today's wedding board is inspired by one of my favorite photos of my sister, Kari, on her wedding day (see top left). Kari looked absolutely stunning in her Monique Lhuillier wedding dress. Her choice was a strapless A-line gown in white lace that was covered in a layer of tulle with gorgeous floral beading on top. The result was a feminine combination of traditional lace and modern tulle that sparked the look 
of the rest of her wedding. 

For more on Kari's wedding and other ideas and inspiration for your perfect wedding, be sure to look out for my newest book, Wedding Inspiration out in September! 

I hope your Wednesday is as fresh and soothing as today's inspiration board! 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Iconic Brides From Past to Present: Dylan Lauren

When the queen of sweets, Dylan Lauren, walked down the aisle last summer, her wedding dress was nothing short of eye candy. Dylan revealed her silk tulle-and-duchesse satin dress designed by her famous father, Ralph Lauren, in the pages of Vogue last August. 

Ralph Lauren said of the dress, "I had to do something that was better than ever before....When you do something for your family or your daughter, I mean it's the only daughter I have -- beautiful girl. I want to just give her something that she'd really treasure and give her something that would be really amazing. I want her to feel fantastic."

I think we can all agree, Ralph Lauren did not disappoint in this one-of-a-kind design. 
Dylan Lauren looked absolutely fantastic.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Perfectly Preppy: Wedding at White Oaks Ranch

It was so much fun having Brides of North Texas shoot at our White Oaks Ranch for their Spring/Summer issue. The ranch set an ideal backdrop for this oh-so perfect, preppy inspired wedding shoot. 
Photos courtesy of: Perez Photography

Photos courtesy of: Sarah Kate

For more coverage from the White Oaks Ranch wedding shoot, take a look at Brides of North Texas

Friday, August 17, 2012

Gorgeous Gowns: The Perfect 1960's LWD

This dress is to die for!  It makes me want to renew my wedding vows just so I can wear a copy of this little number.  That is saying a lot because weddings and vow renewals are a lot of work!
On second thought, maybe I just need to have a little civil ceremony.  This look would be perfect for that!
That hat is pretty great too!
Would you wear a short gown for your wedding?  

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The List: Halo Calligraphy

Did you see one of our favorite calligraphers on Bridal Buzz?  Halo Calligraphy is on The RSVP List and we love their work!  You can check out all of their hand lettering styles on the website but we love the poems. This one is for children but wouldn't it be a great gift for your future in-laws or parents? (A word of warning: reading this might make you cry!)

You can also see the work HALO did for our clients at an Equestrian Theme Graduation Party by clicking here.  Pretty, right?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Gorgeous Gowns: 1950's Ball Gown

We have been fawning over this vintage-inspired ball gown all morning! From the beautifully-tailored waist to the layers and layers of organza, this dress captures the essence of the 1950's perfectly!

Iconic Brides from Past to Present: Kate Middleton

Photo by: Fashionista

When I think of my favorite classic brides, Kate Middleton is at the very top of my list. It has been a little over a year since the Royal Wedding, and I still can't get over how stunning Kate's wedding gown is. She looked flawless in her dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. 

 For those of you who still have Royal Wedding fever (I know I do), and can't get enough of this dress, VogueUK has a wonderful photo gallery capturing some beautiful moments from this iconic day. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Real Life Weddings: April and Dan

Today we are so excited to feature the real wedding of
April Marie Bartlett
 Daniel Francis Henry.

I adore April.  She is my life-saver at TODAY.  Whenever I go to the studio to set up our segments, she is there with a smile and huge array of brilliant ideas!  She has the ability to make anything (even a display of soda cans!!!) look beautiful!
When she told me that she had purple tulle lining her wedding gown, I knew we had to feature her special day on the blog!

From the bright colors to the fun reception, April shares the wonderful details of her big day below:

Photo courtesy of: Carol Henry
Name of Bride and Groom: April Marie Bartlett and Daniel Francis Henry

Date of Wedding: September 2, 2010

Craig Photography 
Colors, Theme, Inspiration:
      Orange and Purple
      Dale Chihuly

Traditions you embraced:
      Couple’s First Dance, Father/Daughter Dance and Mother/Son Dance
      Cake Cutting
      Of course we had to let my Dad walk me down the aisle, he had tears in his eyes just thinking about it. What a special moment before the walk, just the two of us together. 

Craig Photography  
Traditions you ignored:
      Bouquet Toss
      Garter Toss and Switch
      All men for groomsmen
      Not seeing bride before ceremony
      We spent the day before the ceremony going around Pittsburgh taking photos with our bridal party -- what we called “The Romp”

How did you think outside the box:
The majority of our wedding celebration was outside of the box.  We designed everything about our special day ourselves.  We wanted it to be creative and show off who we are as a couple.  We’re lots of fun, full of spontaneity and laughter.  We love color, early on we knew we wanted our wedding to be bright and cheerful!
      Wedding Signage / Pics of the Bride and Groom along the walkways of the “Tropical Forrest” room of Phipps conservatory.
       Digital photo booth with hysterical props like coconut bras, inflatable bananas and a dry erase board.  The booth had a remote control so the guests could trigger the photo themselves.
      Brightly Colored Sunglasses for the Guests to wear during the ceremony on the terrace.
      Hand wrote our entire ceremony which included quotes from favorite childhood books and our own Dr. Seuss-style rhyming vows.
      We had our guests paint purple and orange on a canvas as they entered.  During the ceremony, we each painted a white heart, and now we have a keepsake that we all had a part in making.
      Each table was labeled with the word LOVE, each in a different language.
      Adhesive Floor Décor, Pics of the Couple on the Dance Floor 
      Flowers were spectacularly colorful and creative. Flowers by Denise Kinnaman of Dee’s Floral, with an extra orchid floral boost from Peter Krask, a NYC based florist.
      Strings of stamped post cards addressed to Dan and I so guests can share their wedding day experiences.  We will get periodic reminders of their day for months to come.
      Pittsburgh traditional “smiley” cookies as thank yous.
      We had an Ice Tea bar in addition to the standard wedding bar, since it is one of our favorite drinks.  We provided brewed iced tea and a whole bunch of flavor syrups to create unique teas.
      Pops of Color everywhere!  All of the groomsmen, Father of the Bride and Father of the Groom wore colorful Converse All-Stars sneakers. I cut out the white tulle from my wedding dress and sewed in purple instead! 
 Sam Haddix Photography

  Sam Haddix Photography 

 Craig Photography 

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For more, check out this wonderful list of details and photo collage or watch a slideshow here.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Gorgeous Gowns: Valentino Perfection

We cannot help but want to elope to Italy after seeing this happy couple! The brides dress is Valentino (perfection!!!!), and the groom doesn't look too shabby himself in his tailored Prada suit. 


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Vibrant Summer Wedding

Yellow is a great color to use in the Summer for an outdoor wedding! It brings so much vibrancy and life to the surroundings, and the citrus touches are wonderfully refreshing!
First things first, to keep our groomsmen from looking like bumble bees, we opted for dark grey suits instead of the classic black. It will coordinate with the yellow beautifully and keep the men looking dashing!
Another idea we love is providing your guests with yellow parasols. Since it will most likely be a little toasty outside, not only will this offer your guests shade, but it will add to the overall decor.
We are always looking for alternatives to the classic floral centerpiece, and lemons do the trick here; they are a super easy (and inexpensive) way to add color to your tablescape!
For a wonderful finishing touch, send your guests home with some delicious, homemade lemon preserves. Heirloom recipes are so special, and it's such a great "thank you" for having your friends and family there on your big day!