Friday, February 12, 2016


Feeling a bit of extra romance this Valentine's Day? Enough to lay out all the fine china?  Pictured here are some of the one-of-a-kind details that make up a high tea wedding.  Teatime is my number one fav theme for the reason it incorporates some of the most lady-like elements of entertaining, fashion and decor. This polished and sophisticated late afternoon mini-meal over the centuries has become the perfect showcase for delectable little sandwiches and scrumptious petits fours framed by white lace doilies. Once upon a time high tea was celebrated by really enjoying those afternoon hours before sunset, the perfect time for a wedding celebration.  While high tea suggests all the formality of a big wedding it's also perfect for the informal celebration.  You can keep it simple and at the same time elegant serving finger sandwiches, small pastries, tea and champagne, buffet style.  Whether you're planning a large or small wedding I hope these images are an inspiration point for you . . . .

Top Left Photo by Taralynn Lawton//Dress by Amy-Jo Tatum
Top Right Photo via Nooks and Cranies
Second Row Left Tea Service via The Vintage Table //Seond Row Right Photo by Simply Bloom Photography via Style Me Pretty
Tulle Dress by Amy-Jo Tatum//Photo by Taralynn Lawton//Teacup photo via Pinterest
Lady in hat photo by Taralynn Lawton//Pink Macaroons via The Sweet and Saucy Shop

Thursday, February 11, 2016


Elopements are ideal for couples who don't want to bother with juggling florists, caterers, bands and wedding planners. No longer considered the spontaneous, run away-and-do-it-secretly events they once were, elopements  are going through a romanticized redefining lately.  Some couples simply prefer the ease of a short ceremony with a few friends and family to share in the celebration.
You're probably tuned in by now  if you go with the elopement, you might be dressing yourself differently than the traditional bride. Because elopements are usually far off  or even city hall affairs, they could happen on weekdays when government offices are open to perform rites.  Chances are you’ll be in a street-length suit or dress—possibly white but it doesn’t have to be. Any color or length is fine as long as you look good in it and feel special.  Whether or not you you go all out as a bride is your decision. Realize though you’ll be dressing for a lifetime of shared memories, so it’s worth the effort to opt for a few ‘bride’ touches here and there.

All dresses and head chic by Amy-Jo Tatum

Photo 1: Stephanie Williams Photography//The MARILYN Dress from The Vintage and Rustic Shoot//Make-up:  Teena Hoffstetter//Hair: Kyle Rich//Flowers by JLDesign
Photo 2: Grace Kathryn Photography//The ANGELIQUE Dress from The Wine Country Rustic Shoot//Makeup and Hair by Julie Morgan
Photo 3: Antonio Crutchley of White House Weddings Photography//The EMMA Dress from The Organic Santa Barbara Weddings Shoot via Style Me Pretty//Makeup and Hair by Julie Morgan
Photo 4: By Jelly and Toast
Photo 5: By Dominic Colacchio Photography//The BALLERINA SKIRT from The City Chic Shoot//Make up by Necia Whitmore
Photos 6 and 7: Jim Vetter Photography//The DAHLIA and GEMMA Dresses from The Art Deco Meets City Modern Shoot//Makeup and Hair by Moderne Beauty
Photo 8: Diana Maire Photography The BEATRIX Dress from The Country Chic Shoot

Wednesday, February 10, 2016


A little Spring inspiration before the cherries blossom and valentines are opened . . . .Eventful Moments did a fabulous job of coordinating this romantic inspired wedding, Flora D Amore put together the gorgeous floral arrangements full of rich reds and soft pinks under the gorgeous cherry blossom trees at French Creek Estates and Lord Hill farms in the charming town of Snohomish, Washington. We loved the fun games that were included to give a  whimsical charm to this intimate wedding shoot.

 Photographer:  LLC Heather Mayer Photography//Beauty:Angela Marguarite Salon & Boutique//Event Planner: EVENTful Moments//Floral Designer: Flora D' Amore by Stadium Flowers//Event Venue: French Creek Estates//Apparel: LaineeMeg inc.//Bakery:Snohomish PieCompany//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Monday, February 8, 2016


My definition: Less is more when the dress brings you out as opposed to you bringing the dress out (or trying to).  Think about it, your dress should seem organic, like you're wearing it as a second skin--one flowing line from head to toe with impeccable detail.  Call it what you want, minimalism, simplicity, the paired down dress offers you room to accessorize a little or a lot.  
Pictured above and below are dresses with full skirts in light weight fabrics sporting only self belt details, clearing the way for some serious accessorizing with gloves, a pouf and feathered fascinator.
Above are a slim and A-line silhouette with minimal accessories lending simple flair to a wedding day look . . . . .
All dresses by Amy-Jo Tatum

Photo 1 and 4//Stephanie Williams Photography//The MARISOL Dress from The Vintage and Rustic Shoot//Hair by Kyle Rich//Makeup by Teena Hoffstetter
Photos 2 and 3: Dominic Colacchio Photography//The TATYANA Dress from The City Chic Shoot//Makeup by Necia Whitmore
Photo 5: Greystar Pictures//The MONIQUE Dress from The Making of a Romantic Bride Shoot
Photo 6: Lirette Photography//The ONDINE Dress//Makeup by Prettiologie//Hair by Salon Glam//From The Destinations Shoot

Friday, February 5, 2016


 This series of images worked in tandem with a videographer/ film maker, Hayden Housini Awhile back I ran a few behind the scenes images on what its like to shoot a video out at The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. These 'getting ready shots' by Hayden lend a kind of visual poetry that say it all. Though he was videographer on the project, in addition he's a trump shooter. A bit about the innovation and creativity behind this video.  After doing 'getting ready' scenes in a San Francisco apartment, we moved out to the Palace of Fine Arts--one of the most historically captivating backdrops in the world for shooting lovers and weddings.  The architectural interest of this landmark combined with Hayden's keen eye for capturing details make this one editorial and video worth waiting for . . . . .
  Above photos by Hayden Housini///Makeup artist and hairstylist, Felicia Chang of Bun Bun Bridal Labr//Models Case Grant and Kaspen Kuehner in front of The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.  
Special kudos to Travis Sanchez, Case's makeup and hair stylist and of course Felicia Chang for coordinating everyone and putting this shoot together . . . .