Wednesday, April 23, 2014



Celedon is one of those, "it can't get much better than nature" colors subject to lots of different shades.  For me, the most primary shade is that of cactus and various succulents so perfect for spring and southwest weddings.  Celedon also pairs up nicely with just about every color out there, especially other greens and pastels.  But what I love best about celedon is the pure visual calm it brings to any palette.
Top Photo: Celedon dress from the Juliet and Romeo Collection--Atelier Aimee
Photos 2 and 3: Burlap purse by Sew Ruby Moon /Necklace via Vintage Virtousa
Photo 4: Wearable Art Wedding Dress via Tumblr
Photos 5 and 6: Casual paper bag booms via Martha Stewart Weddings/Waverly Casablanca Celedon Dinnerware Set via Amazon
Photo7: Celedon dress via Tumblr
Photo 8: Shades of celedon room via Pinterest
Photos  8 and 9: Dress on mannequin via Tumblr/Celedon, aqua and black necklace via Anthropologie
Photo 10: Dress by Valentino spring/summer 2013
Photos 11 and 12: Celedon 'Crystal' vest via My Tuxedo Catalog / Celedon tie via
Photo 13: Armani Prive via Tumblr
Photos 14 and 15Celedon glazed pottery via Tumblr/Celedon loose leaf tea cups via The All Travler Store
Photo 16: Mermaid dress by Katastrophic Design spring/summer 2013

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Today you'll find me over on One Wed Blog talking all about the 2015 Bridal Market.  I see about four major trends that took over the runways--my favorite being the trend for slip dress style bridal gowns.  The above photo is part of the Elizabeth Fillmore Collection.  You can see and READ MORE . . . . . . .

Monday, April 21, 2014


Bouquet by The Flower Divas//Photo by Strotz Photography

Okay so this is mostly a how-about-it and how-to match a bouquet with your dress post.  On the other hand it's about all those other ways to incorporate  flowers into your theme as well.  Think head wreaths, boutonnieres, center pieces and of course, finally, that most symbolic touch, your bouquet.   I think certain flowers have a particular significance for each of us. Finding an inspiration point and blending that idea with your dress is just the beginning of working one or a few colors into an overall theme. Size and proportion are something else to consider. Some of us like the idea of carrying a huge burst of three to four different kinds of flowers in an arrangement while someone else goes for the simplicity of a small nosegay.   Since flowers are a seasonal thing--tulips in spring, mums in the fall, your dress is probably going to reflect that too.  

Photographer Diana Maire and event planner Holly Sanneman captured spring at it's finest here using pink and yellow roses and lemon blossoms from table decor to the bright burst of bouquet

Though Baby's Breath is widely known as a year round  filler of bouquets, by itself it's stunning and makes a truly beautiful bouquet.  Aka Gypsophilia, personally I associate Baby's Breath with summer--something about A Midsummer Night's Dream and all those wood nymphs running around with sprays of it in their hair.This bouquet by Victoria Marshall of Victoria's Floral and Event Design is wrapped up in white tulle.  Tablescape via Tumblr 

I love the rustic color palettes of Fall---Libby is carrying a bouquet of Japanese Maple and yellow Roses--the perfect compliment to Autumn..  Photos by Pixamage
Winter weddings are especially fun if they're full of the holidays even if the actual wedding date is post December 25. Winter florals and accents like pine cones and naked branches add drama mixed with flowers and greenery.  Red roses, pine an ivy make a festive bouquet to match the formality of luxe taffeta.Photos by Rob Martel

 1930s-- Like  fashion and furnishings, bouquets and floral decor of the 1930s went streamlined.  Calla Lillies were big as were the Star Lillies shown in the images below.  Photo by Jim Vetter Photography//Florals by  Floral Ornaments
 SEASON 1 DOWNTON ABBEY --The first and second seasons of Downton Abbey harked back to a time of English country gardens and afternoon teas.  Think pre-WW1--upswept hair in waves and tea gowns in intricately woven patterns of lace.  Here, Roses and Gladiolas make beautiful bouquets mixed with Privet leaves. Photos by Jim Vetter Photography

 THE CITY BRIDE--Natalie and Dave  spent their fifth wedding anniversary in this improvised trek through San Francisco city landmarks as bride and groom again.  Once we added photographer, Dominic Colacchio into the mix, the element of surprise began big time. We started our adventure atop the Crocker Galleria Roof Terrace and continued downstairs through the Galleria where the Farmer's Market was in full swing. The stunning bouquet of yellow roses and privet leaves were bought and made up on the spot at a little kiosk called, Abigail's Flowers. 
JUXTAPOSE: The ideas is, complete opposites attract and make great harmony.  An authentic vintage lace dress is paired up with a wild flower bouquet of leaves of grass mixed with wild oats. Photo and florals by Taralynn Lawton Photography
FOREVER BOHO--These bouquets and head wreath by Cindy Sheridan say spring all over.  Floral halos adorned with spring posies are the perfect Boho touch. Photos by Antonio Crutchly Photography via SMP

All Gowns and head chic by Amy-Jo Tatum

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Part of the joy of designing is adapting and updating creations that have survived at being popular a few seasons.  In other words, let's bring on a new version of an already great gown!    In the case of The PHADERA  Dress (really a skirt and top) pictured above and directly below, the adaption came in the way of a new tulle skirt over a lace under dress and the addition of a chapel train.
The Rose of Sharon is an all time fave of romantically-inclined brides.  Still a tulle shirt worn over a slim sheath, silk florals and real variegated ivy were added to create some drama to the back story . . . .
An asymmetrical neckline in embossed chiffon.  Just one small change to this incredible gown called ALEXANDRA.  A row of buttons were added to the side instead of down the back.  

All gowns by Amy-Jo Tatum

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Mix the talents of one great photographer and an off the charts designer and what do you get?  This gorg editorial shot in Ibiza, Spain.  The lure of A Tiffany blue gown gives off total drama combining more blue elements of summer sky and sea, making up one a marvelous wedding palette.  Kudos to both Arnau Photography and designer, Mar Cassnovas for creating this beautiful summer chic expose.....


Designer: Mar Casanova

Tuesday, April 15, 2014



The details of this wedding are just so unique and inspiring, I hope you'll take something precious from it to share on your own day.  Rustic and countrified, Maggie and Matt's Wisconsin backdrop was a portrait of green spread out lawns and country paths of nature enhanced gardens.  Thanks to Christine of Natural Intuition Photography for capturing every detail of this wedding with such sensitivity and skill.  Says Christine about Maggie and Matt's day, "Two of the most simple-hearted people, Maggie and Matt made their day full of love, family, and friends. The details were amazing - organic flower arrangements, vintage mismatched dinnerware, mason jar drinking glasses, and southern vegetarian food! Even their dog, Lunchbox, had a hand made bow-tie of his very own. Speaking of handmade ... the bridesmaid dresses were found on and hand sewn, vintage inspired and individually unique.
Maggie was barefoot most of the day, but had beautiful lace Tom Shoes for when she needed them. Matt was dressed in khakis, a dress shirt, and awesome suspenders!
What can I say about Maggie, Matt and their BEAUTIFUL wedding? I seriously LOVE LOVE LOVED it! I am excited about every wedding I photograph, but this was made me giddy all over. Their wedding was a vintage, rustic outdoor wedding - set in the back of Maggie's parents home. The ceremony was a short walk (or golf cart ride) up a hill in the back - then the reception was down below in the barn they cleaned out for the big day. 

Since I got to the house the day of the wedding everyone was so relaxed. No one was nervous, running around, or yelling. It was so laid back as they put the final touches on everything. The only bump in the road that I saw was the guys couldn't figure out how to tie their bow-ties"