Sunday, September 21, 2014

Dream Day Style Challenge with

The end of summer if rapidly approaching, but I needed just one more chance to live out a few summer weddings. approached me to create a style board for their Dream Day Style Challenge, and I started planning a simple rustic wedding.  I love this JCrew dress found through . It is elegant,  simple, and best of all affordable. Style the whole look with a beautiful hair piece and a pair of versatile sandals- because we don’t want those spiky heels sinking in the grass.  The whole setting evokes Mid- Summer Night Dream fantasies in me.  Use wildflowers instead of formal flowers and the whole thing will evoke the effortless bohemia I love so much!
Rustic Setting
Dress-JCrew; Hairpiece-BHLDN; Invitations-Minted; Ring-Cathy Waterman; Sandal-Jimmy Choo
Wildflowers (via and Simple Cake (Emily Current & David Brotherton, as featured in Martha Stewart Weddings by Jose Villa Photography)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Picking out a Wedding Dress: A five point guide

via this is glamorous
I got of the phone with my best friend yesterday, who is in the process of planning a wedding and realized just how daunting planning an off the beaten path wedding can be.  Personally I couldn’t handle it-thus the elopement.  One of the most difficult parts about planning your wedding is listening to other people’s opinions about your wedding.  Just mentioning the wedding brings up all sorts of hysteria, preconceived notions, and protocols in people’s minds.  Most people have no problem sharing their ideas with you and this is where you run into problems, you begin to doubt what you want, what your planning, and your ideas.  In my opinion this is why most weddings and wedding dresses turn out pretty much the same.  The hype over runs internal wants for individuality- but enough of my philosophizing.
Finding a wedding gown is can be one of most difficult parts of the wedding planning (at least it was for me).  For a variety of reasons your brain can get jumbled: you as a bride want to look beautiful, you don’t get to buy expensive gowns everyday, you are overwhelmed with bridal marketing, and most of all you have lots of ideas about how you want to look. Here is how I would go about picking the perfect dress.
by elisabeth millay photography

  1. Color:  Start with a vision of what color you want to wear.  Whatever color it is, run with it.  If you want to wear red but still want a white gown, add red shoes or a red sash.  Create a vision of the color you want to be in. Create a pinboard, or an evernote file with dresses in the color story you like. 
  2. Set a budget: Don’t look at anything (anything at all) outside of that budget.  You only wear the dress once so try not to get caught up in a moment at a bridal store. Setting a budget means balancing what you want in life with how much you are spending on your wedding.  If you want to buy a house don’t spend your whole down payment on a wedding.  Using your budget pick stores that carry dresses in that budget and set up appointments.  If you can’t afford a Vera Wang gown don’t look at them.  If you don’t want to spend a fortune, be creative and look at dresses not marketed as wedding gowns. 
  3. Shape: Forget the gown for a second, review pictures of yourself and see what sort of clothing looks best on your body shape.  Think about your favorite dress, why do you love it. Chances are you can quickly figure out what shape dress, what sort of neckline, and even what length you should wear.  I know everyone tells you be open, I would agree with this, but know your body too.  Styling clothing is all about fitting clothes to your shape.  If you have a tiny waist, you should accentuate this in a dress.  If you have great shoulders, show them off.  If you are petite, don’t wear a lot of fabric, it can eat you!
  4. Get Help: Find a friend or family member who you trust to tell you the truth and whose style you like.  Discuss what you want with them and make sure they are one board.  Take them with you to dress shop.  Do not take friends who love something you hate.  We have all seen the “Say Yes to the Dress” where the maid of honor hates the dress the bride loves.
  5. Ignore: Stop stressing and ignore what other people say- you are going to look gorgeous regardless.  It’s your wedding and you will be glowing and deliriously happy, the dress is an accessory to YOU. Many people will say oh your not wearing a ball gown, or white, or whatever.  Just ignore it.  Being a little different is hard but it’s worth it in the end! 


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Ballerina Bride

1. Dolce&Gabbana Lace Top; 2. Christian Louboutin Pigalle; 3. Simple Bun; 4. Tulle Skirt (or here) 5. L'Agence Wrap Sweater; 6. Protea Bouquet

I have always loved ballerinas.  They are just so elegant.  Puffy tulle skirts, wrap sweaters, tight tops equal simplicity and to me perfection.  This to me is a perfect winter elopement. If you are having a more traditional wedding-perhaps you could put your bridesmaids in colored tulle skirts.  I wish I could have another wedding just to wear a tulle skirt! Plus I love how the skirt can be pulled out for years to come and worn in a million different ways: 1. Cashmere sweater plus tulle skirt and ballet flats- adorable.  2. Tee shirt plus tulle skirt and sneakers, oh so dreamy!  3. Tulle skirt plus a sparkle top and heals- perfect for a holiday party! 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Italian Bride-Alberta Ferretti Bridal

While strolling in Rome, I spotted the Alberta Ferretti bridal shop and was smitten.  The dress in the window from the 2013 collection seemed to call my name.  It was structured and airy, formal and effortless, girly and classic.  I loved it.   I usually don’t love a classic white dress but I was ready to run in and try a few on.  Upon further inspection, all of Alberta Ferretti ‘s bridal collection showcases the body while adding just the right amount of lightness to the dress! If you are looking for a gown, check out this collection- I don’t think you will be disappointed!
Alberta Ferretti Window Roma

Alberta Ferretti Bridal 2014

Alberta Ferretti Bridal 2014
Alberta Ferretti Bridal 2014

Alberta Ferretti Bridal 2013

Alberta Ferretti Bridal 2013

Saturday, September 7, 2013

And the bride wore- a cardigan

As fall approaches, I love the idea of a wedding gown and a cashmere cardigan! First if you do decide to wear a white gown, you will be able to reuse your cozy cardigan forever and it will always remind you of your wedding- how romantic.  Second, lets be honest, who wants to be cold? 

In general I love a cardigan. They are cozy, warm, and at the same time both chic and girly.  Why not wear a cardigan on your wedding- the Duchess of Cambridge did! I love mixing fabrics, so the idea of combining lace, chiffon, or glitter with a simple knit to me seems sublime.  It is the very definition of effortless chic! 

Images from
Left Image Haley Sheffield via Ruffled; Right Image Andrea Ball via A Cup of Jo

Left Duchess of Cambridge; Right-Image via LovelyGirls

Brendan Photography via Cup of Jo and Once Wed

Get the Look

1. Girl By Band Of Outsiders Pointelle Button Cardigan; 2. J. Crew Collection Cashmere Cardigan; 3. Dolce & Gabbana Cashmere and Silk Cardigan; 4. Nina Ricci Metallic Cardigan with Peplum Hemline; 5. Jardin des Orangers Round Neck Cashmere Cardigan 6. J. Crew Metallic Leather High Heal Sandals 7. Lanvin Wedding Gown

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wedding Dress Shopping-Why White?

I found this yesterday and just had to post it.  I think the hilarious Grace Helbig from dailygrace sums up wedding dress shopping perfectly. Yes you need a dress, yes the dress is important, but don't forget to laugh a little!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Real Wedding Inspiration- and the bride wore wellies?

How cute is this English wedding on the River Thames?  This wedding proves a rainy day is far from a bridal disaster! From the clear umbrellas to the combination of casual and dressy, I love it. Doesn’t the adorable Tracy Oshiro and Mary Ryan just make you smile?

And lets just take a moment for some awesome footwear.   Puddle jumping anyone?

Images from Beaux Art Photographie, and Snippet & Ink
You can read more about the event on Tracy sister's blog Santa Barbra Chic.

Event Details:
Photographer: Beaux Arts PhotographieReception Venue: The Windmill, ClaphamEvent Design & Production: Kelly Oshiro Design;  Bride’s Dress: Marisa BaratelliBridesmaid Dresses: BHLDNMenus: Wedding Paper DivasCake Baker: Georgina's CakesBride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka