Friday, January 30, 2009

Fab Frocks Friday: The Long and Short of It

If I could wear an evening gown everyday (and not get strange looks as I walk down the street) I would. But alas, those yard and yards of fabric are just so unsuitable for daily wear, not to mention that shortening the skirt of a full length gown is sacrilegious. What is a girl to do?

L to R: Christian Lacroix and SoCa St. John

Lo and behold: two very similar and very event appropriate dresses. Hmm . . . I believe I'll wear the Lacroix to the rehearsal dinner and the St. John to the the brunch. Another riddle solved by those fabulous gods and goddesses of fashion.

Images via Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

In the Mood for Love

In the mood for love? If you want to take you wedding from good to great, consider using lighting options. From the flowers and tables to your guests, a well lit event can make everything look and feel better.

LED (light-emitting diodes) lights are a great option because not only do they save more electricity than incandescent lights, but they also don't burn as hot so you can rest assured that there won't be a burned light at your wedding.

Wash your room in color for a bold accent of color or consider switching the colors as the night goes on. Also, make sure there are no outside light sources to spoil the effect. Check with your venue and ask the pros to make sure that you have the right light for your wedding.

Lighting may be an additional cost to your wedding budget, but it is well worth the money. Think of how beautiful the picture and your memories will be!

Images via David Beahm Design, Luminous Design, and Michelle Rago.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Some Like it Haute: Chanel Couture Spring 2009

A girl can only dream . . .

For those brides that rather not wear a dress, how about a beautiful, classic, timeless, little white suit like the ones showing at the Chanel Spring 2009 Couture runway. I'm thinking these will be perfect for that small intimate ceremony down at City Hall, with pictures in black and white of course.

Can we all incorporate something, anything, Chanel in our wedding, please? Sigh - still dreaming!

Images via New York Magazine.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Great Campaign

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but latest ad campaigns by some of the best in the wedding industry have left me happily speechless.

The Cool Sophisticate: after the shock that was Monique Lhuillier's '08 campaign, I am so happy to see these ad campaigns. The dresses are beautiful in a full length photograph, but to see them up close takes my breath away. Looks like glamour and drama are going to make a big impact this year.

American Chic: J Crew Weddings features citrus colors (2009 trend alert!), a decidedly East coast vibe, and a plethora of hydrangea blooms - who wouldn't be charmed? Understated elegance and an inviting warmth make for the perfect wedding.

French Flair: okay, I know this Van Cleef & Arpels ad is from 08, but it would be remiss if I didn't include such a stunning campaign. Don't you just love the ad on the right? If only we could all look a professional bruncher! For the fashionista bride, a cool palette with a pop of color is just right.

Images via Monique Lhuillier, J Crew, and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Monday, January 26, 2009

East and West Side Story

Happy Chinese New Year! I've always loved the marriage of two cultures. It's such a great way seeing how you can incorporate cultural tradition and elements of style.

Lady in (Valentino) Red
: okay so we can't all deck our bridesmaids in Valentino, but we can have them wear a figure flattering dress in the same hue. And how about striking a fashionista's pose in addition to the traditional poses? That will be a wedding they will be begging to be a part of!

Fine China: bring the couture to the table with another Valentino find from his fine china collection. Delicate cherry blossoms on a vivid red are perfect for our Asian inspired wedding.

Affaire Internationale: Bella Figura brings together the best of both worlds with her language friendly invitations. Print one in Chinese and one in English, or use both for a bilingual invitation. And letterpress Chinese characters? Wow - truly an amazing attention to detail.

West Side Bride: when East meets West, it's a match made in heaven! If the best of bridal couture is your fancy, pick this Carolina Herrera with this embroidered organza gown.

The Cake: a clean white palette for the cake helps make the lotus sugar flowers really pop.

As luck would have it: folded paper cranes for good luck and a long, happy life.

The Asian Persuasion: say goodbye to your typical Chinese wedding! A glamorous reception using traditional Chinese colors is anything but ordinary. Red lanterns for luck, tall centerpieces of vivid yellow orchids, and interlaced geometric motifs on the chairs are all subtle reminders of Asian elements.

Click below to save/use/enlarge the entire inspiration board:

Images via Chic in Paris, Michael C. Fina, Bella Figura, New York Magazine, The Knot, and Elaine

Friday, January 23, 2009

Fab Frocks Friday: Performing Art

If only we could all strike a pose like Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin does for BCBG. This fluid white dress is the perfect 10, whether its that romantic walk on the beach or for some high fashion engagement pictures. An edgy black heel juxtaposed with the soft white layers is so fierce!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Petal Pushers

Inspired minds find a delectable way to have your favorite flowers come out in full force.

Top Row: Exotic Elegance
Bottom Row: A Wild Party

The tip? Less is more with these cakes that are effortlessly chic with a modern, organic touch. And to make the flowers as edible as they are exquisite ask your vendor to use sugar flowers instead of the usual fondant. The delicateness of the sugar flowers will make your cake a confection of de-light!

Images via Martha Stewart Wedding, InStyle Weddings, and

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

(Guardian) Angel Sanchez Sample Sale

You lucky NYC brides!

Angel Sanchez Sample Sale

Date: 1/22 - 1/23

What: Evening, cocktail, and bridal dresses are up to 80 percent off. Evening and bridal dresses start at $800 (originally $4,950 and above), and cocktail dresses start at $250 (originally $3,000 and above).

Where: 148 W. 37th St., nr. Broadway. (212-921-9827); 10–7.

Hope you find something heavenly!

Image via People.

Save the First Dance for Me

Oh, the first dance! I'm sure you've seen the video of the new President and First Lady and I couldn't help but think how perfect it was not only for the occasion but also so wedding-ish. I mean, white dress? one of the most popular love and wedding songs? I told you I look at the world through wedding colored glasses!

And President Obama's one-two step? I knew he was a smooth talker, but I had no idea he was smooth on his feet as well. Gents take note!

If you didn't get a chance to see it, check it out below:

Video via ABC News via YouTube.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

First Lady in White

From The Australian:

"If Cinderella thought she had issues going to the ball, they were nothing compared with the quandaries Michelle Obama faced . . .
Suffice to say, there was no room for an ill-fitting slipper, let alone a fashion disaster of pumpkin-size proportions . . . She wore a white, one shouldered Grecian-inspired ballgown with a ruched bodice by 26-year-old New York designer Jason Wu, in a brave and inspired statement of her allegiances."

Love it!

Images via Reuters.

. . . and Lady in Red

Dr. Jill Biden looked perfectly patriotic in Reem Acra. I love what our new Vice-President says about having to dance and his wife: "I may not be able to dance, but I sure like holding her."

Aww!! I can't decide which couple is cuter!

Images via Reuters and AP.

State of the Union

It's Inauguration Day, a time to reflect on the state of our union and what we can do to make our nation better.

As we celebrate a new page in history, I started thinking about another celebrated union. With all the fuss, the nerves, the pomp and circumstance just to reach that one special day, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of a wedding, but remember: a wedding is one day, but a marriage is forever.

Which is why I love what President Obama has to say about his ever so stylish and amazing wife, Michelle:

Describing Michelle as "alluring" and with "a strong personality," the future President says, "if you look deep into her eyes, there’s a certain vulnerability. In any case, I see it even if most don’t realize it: she goes through life tall, beautiful, confident, very able…There’s a part of her that is fragile, young, sometimes scared, and I think these are contradictions that attracted me to her. And she makes me very happy. She is very familiar to me and so I can be myself around her, she knows me well, I completely trust her, but at the same time in certain respects she remains a mystery to me."

How romantic! You're one lucky lady Mrs. O!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Musical Chairs

I'm calling a moratorium on all overdone, over-bowed chair covers. What would possess someone to cover 300 chairs in such a drab, 1980s manner?

We in the business love the Chiavari. Not only are they a timeless classic, but they are a compliment, not a distraction, to any ceremony or reception. Take a look at any wedding magazine, editorial or real wedding, and you'll see what I mean.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Images via Martha Stewart Weddings, Details, Details, Jessica Claire Photography, Inside Weddings, and David Beahm Design.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Fab Frocks Friday: Frock of Love

I'm bringing Fab Frocks to you early this week so you can start strategizing right now because how can you not take advantage of this week's find?

Sample Sale
Friday, January 16th, 2009
10 am to 7 pm
Bridal & Ready to Wear
from 40% to 90% off
Merchandise is “as is” and all sales are final
No alterations provided
No appointments are taken
First Come First Serve

1201 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015

See you there - I'll be the girl looking at all the divine dresses and no wedding to go to!

Image via Monique Lhuillier.

Dreem Girls

Designer Reem Acra has been busy at work showing not one, not two, but three evening gowns on the red carpet at Sunday's Golden Globes. Many congratulations!

With so much focus on her ready to wear, what has she been up to in her bridal collection?

Just what I always wanted - princess ball gowns and short flirty hems, which goes to show that dreams really do come true. Only one thing - I know it's a buyer's market out there, but please lose the numbers for your next show.

Images via

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