Friday, March 27, 2015


Totally loving the style of Toronto-based wedding photographer, Samantha Ong.  Here the vision
was to create a romantic and rustic wedding shoot with a whimsical undertone. This whisper soft color palette fuses blush pinks, whites and creams, as well as hints of gold-- the style ideal for the romantic, down to earth bride who loves flowers, ruffles, lace and everything pink!

 The Details:  The Trillium Trails Banquet & Conference Centre is a Bavarian style lodge with impressive grounds showcasing lush hills, an adorable foot bridge over a pond, a stone foot path and plenty of blossoming trees. The grounds focal point is a deluxe white arbor, spanning the ceremony space. For this shoot the wedding professionals decorated the main alter space with a custom made paper garland showcasing white doilies, white ruffled cones, and pops of pink textured flowers.

The table was dressed with a medium weight lace overlay, with a pink tablecloth peering through the intricate lace pattern. The romantic, whimsical feel was carried through the place setting which included ruffled edge bone china plates and lightweight stainless steel cutlery. Wine and champagne glasses sparkled and added a touch of elegance to the rustic table.
Avoiding the single centerpiece design, check out the 3 pink-gold mirrored vases and 3 clear glass lantern vases featuring a variety of soft, luscious flowers, creating a casual cascading centerpiece. The table was anchored by a lovely floral table-number frame, and mini-frames with guest names for a personalized seating experience.

The stationary included a circular rose-print style menu card with charming font. The invitations were stunning with a white invitation card dressed up with a gold painted doily overlay, elegant font, and a blush pink envelope with a rose pattern peek-a-boo interior. The whimsical program cards featured a pictogram wedding party on a rustic cardstock. The ‘Just Married’ sign continued the floral theme and was a perfect touch of whimsy for wedding photographs.

The cake sat upon a magical ruffled edge cake stand. It featured a soft blush ruffle layer dusted with a hint of gold on the edges sitting beneath a white pearl beaded layer topped with a flower with delicate pink petals and a jewel-like gold center.

The wedding dress with beaded sweetheart neckline and a-line tulle skirt provided an effortlessly dreamy silhouette. The bride wore elegant drop pearl earrings, with a matching pearl necklace and double pearl bracelet, not to outshine the classic, singular stone engagement ring.  The bride’s beauty was enhanced with soft natural blush lips, pink hue eye shadow, mascara and liner to enhance her eye shape, and an overall warm wedding glow. Her hair was styled down with loose, natural curls allowing bounce and movement.

The floral headpiece focused on mini pink roses to frame the bride’s lovely face. Her stunning bouquet featured peonies, roses and other soft florals creating a blush-peach-pink-rose palette. The greenery added interest and brought back the rustic outdoors feel to the bouquet wrapped up with white lace and pearl pins.

From beginning to end the ‘Blushing Bride’ wedding shoot focused on romantic, whimsical elements in a gorgeous rustic setting. The blush pink, white and gold wedding palette is a classic, beautiful scheme suitable for a bride who enjoys a romantic rustic atmosphere with delicate ruffle and lace touches.


Photographer:  Samantha Ong Photography//Cake Designer:Cakes by Shmi//Invitation Designer:Empress Paper Crafts//Event Planner:Events Your Way//Makeup Artist:Karen Kim Beauty//Floral Designer:Midge Flower Designs//Jewelry:My Epiphany Co//Dress:The One Bridal//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Thursday, March 26, 2015


You can't imagine how many years I've been tracking down the above picture.  EUREKA!  Though not full length this is Lindsey Wagner of Bionic Woman fame who in the early 1980s broke out of her super woman role to jump onboard the mini-series craze.  Here she is getting hitched in Scruples in a, I've-died-and-gone-to- heaven dotted Swiss gown that was pretty radical for its time.  Fast forward thirty some years and for bridal wear the look  is pretty standard--especially the placement of the gardenias  To me there's nothing prettier than a white dotted Swiss or point d'sprit dress. Although it never goes out of fashion, its been regaining popularity lately.  Believe it or not, Point d'esprit and Dotted Swiss are probably as old as any lace or weave there is out there. It was first made on looms in Switzerland circa 1750.  As a weave or lace, it's made up entirely of evenly spaced dots.  As a heavy weave dotted swiss is typically cotton.  On fine mesh or tulle it is commonly known as Point d'sprit.  Also lovely on veils and netting for hats-- and--as you can see below, in everything from table linens to cakes

 Top Photo via Pinterest
Photos 2 and 3: Sibo Designs
Photo 7: Via Style Me Pretty
Photo 8: Via The Wedding Chicks
Photo 10: Via Elements of Style
Photo 11: Via Yahoo

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Here's one of my gems from The Forever Boho Collection, The JOY Dress that's just about to be listed on Etsy. I'm happy to report JOY is also slated for appearing in a video next week.  This is one of my favorite designs because I just adore doing scoop necklines.  There's a generous tulle skirt with a sweep train over a soft China silk.  With the exception of the bows on the shoulders and lace around the neckline, this dress is pretty minimalist and can be ordered without all the adornments if you're more of paired down to the basics kind of bride.  Ideal for a wine country wedding or a celebration in the woods, this is one dress with loads of versatility .
Available via special order though Amy-Jo Tatum  

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


I'm always on the lookout for weddings that are off the charts gorgeous so what a treat to find this incredibly festive and Boho inspired one by the talented shooter Pasha Belman in my inbox. Specializing in a combo of  fine art with a photo journalistic style, Pasha's work captures a certain imagery and storytelling element that put his photos in a class by themselves. 
  Styled by Gigi Noelle Events here's what the designer had to say about working with Pasha and this Russian pair: I first met this sweet couple when they visited Litchfield Plantation on Pawley's Island, South Carolina, looking  for a wedding venue. I instantly knew I'd love working with them when Robertas informed me that his bride to be spoke little English, but that he would be able to share her vision of her dream wedding.Only 10 guests were to be in attendance and all were from other countries.
 During our first meeting with the couple we chatted about which vendors would be a perfect fit! We are very fortunate to have a Russian photographer in Myrtle Beach and we knew Pasha Belman and his wife would not only be able to communicate and understand their vision but could create beautiful and amazing pictures. Our second thought was to find a Russian priest to conduct the ceremony. Unfortunately, this was not to be, although we did find a minister, who with a few short lessons online, was able to speak a part of the ceremony in their native language. This was a special surprise for their parents, who spoke very little English but were able to understand when their children said “I do”! 

It was very important for Polinas to have her bridal bouquet match a silk bouquet her Mother had made. Little did we know that when we created a bouquet filled with fragrant peonies and beautiful roses that it would perfectly match the Ukrainian headpiece her mother brought along with her custom design wedding gown from Russia.

 A round table with 10 chevre chairs was placed under a crystal chandelier. We added beautiful flowers in soft shades of pink and cream, pink and gold candle holders, birdcages and designer china and crystal. Menu cards were tucked into the linen napkins. On the front side the menu was listed in English and on the back side in Russian.A dessert table was designed with both a traditional wedding cake and a traditional Ukrainian cake specially ordered for the couple provided a silver Russian samovar (tea urn). The family also provided a variety of Russian candies and cookies featuring Oreshki, a cookie baked in a walnut mold. Although the table featured a silver tea service, filled with Dulce de leche and traditional wedding spice cookies. Many shouts of “Gorko, Gorko” were heard throughout the night signaling that the bride and groom must kiss!The couple ended the night by dancing to “Unforgettable”, by Nat King Cole under a crystal chandelier hung in a 300 year old oak tree overlooking the rice marsh. Robertas translated for Polinas the feelings she was unable to verbalize in English. She said that the night had been magical and dreamlike with everything she imagined making the memories of the night “Unforgettable”!

Photographer:  Pasha Belman Photography //Hair Stylist:Ami Creations //Caterer: Creative Catering//Cake Designer: Croissants Bistro and Bakery//Event Planner: Gigi Noelle Events//Ceremony Location:Litchfield Plantation//Event Venue:Litchfield Plantation///DJ: Paul Matthews Entertainment//Cinema and Video: Reel Weddings//Submitted via Two Bright Lights