Tuesday, August 19, 2014


A little rain is said to bless a wedding.  Whether there's any truth to that adage, these pictures captured by Regina Richards Photography are absolutely stunning proof!  Amy and Taylor are a trendy couple who planned a beautiful wedding that totally fit their personalities. Says the photographer about this special day, "Their wedding had a definite vintage flare from using vinyls on a record player during the reception to all the little details in decorations.  Amy and Taylor also brought in some Springfield culture by serving the local infamous Hurts Doughnuts. 
Although it rained all day, it let up just in time for their ceremony. Because of the soggy conditions, they decided to do away with the chairs and everyone stood for them during the ceremony. The wedding was held on the beautiful grounds of Enchanted Hills. The rainy day just enriched the deep greens and beautiful colors for pictures. . . ."



Photographer:  Regina Richards Photography//Cake Designer: Amycakes//Event Venue: Enchanted Hills Weddings//Floral Designer:The Nest//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Monday, August 18, 2014


I had the pleasure a few weeks back of working with the very talented Santa Barbara based photographer, Grace Kathryn.  Along with hair and makeup artist Julie Morgan, we shot at the beautiful Kenwood Inn and Spa in the heart of the California Wine Country.  This shoot called Romance focuses in on rustic backdrops and lace gowns amid colorful  gardens.  I shot these images here and there between changes.   Stay tuned in here for Grace's beautiful images.  I had a peek and believe me they will be stunning . . . .
Named after our lovely model, The Angelique Dress is all Chantilly laces with tulle skirts ....
 The single layer cathedral veil dappled in Chantilly lace appliques

Friday, August 15, 2014


Wondering how you're going to get that glorious white dress from Boston to The Virgin Islands intact?  Join me over on One Wed where I'll be talking all about traveling with your dress in tow.  Not only will we cover flying your dress on the friendly skies, we'll be exploring traveling via train and cruiseline.  READ MORE . . . . .

Friday, August 8, 2014


Not young enough to be a flower girl; not quite old enough to play bridesmaid, so how do you dress her? Actually junior bridesmaids have been gracing European weddings for centuries where the bridal party is made up primarily of children ranging in age from about four to sixteen. So how does a girl between 8 and 16 dress? By fourteen she can probably go with or at least echo the adult bridesmaids. These taffetas by Stephanie Staub of Little Eglantine say it perfectly.  Creating phenom kid chic for tots to teens is Stephanie's special gift to bridal wear--I personally love these recet additions to her collection . . . .

Thursday, August 7, 2014


Being in the spotlight in a white gown involves maneuvering through a wedding day fraught with champagne, red wine, canapes and grass, all of which could be potential accidents just waiting to happen. If you have post plans for your gown such as preservation, resale or even passing it on as a treasure to someone else, there are a few things to know about the kind of stains that could set in and ruin your gown. First of all, relax and realize it's normal through the course of your day to pick up a few drops or splashes of something; most you'll encounter are removable with the help of a good cleaner. Stains that prove trickiest are red wine, chocolate, ink and lipstick, especially those that last all day. If your dress is polyester or synthetic, these stains will lift out without much fuss. 100% silks which most gowns of quality are made of , prove trickier to lift without some modification to the memory of the original weave. So what can be done?

If you purchase your gown from a salon or custom designer, ask for their recommendation for a cleaner post wedding. Cleaning establishments have different product packages for gown preservation and restoration. Whether you're reselling or preserving, a thorough cleaning would include:

1.) Stain removal

2.) Overall cleaning and pressing

3.)Repair (button replacement, hem repair, etc.)

4.) Packaging the gown. For resale this would mean putting the bodice onto a cardboard form and stuffing the rest of the gown with tissue

5.) For preservation the gown would need to be properly boxed.

This is what the cleaner I send all my clients to does. Prior to the wedding the finishing and pressing is done. Post wedding, cleaning, pressing, restoration and preserving. If you do get a stain on your wedding day, it's handy to keep an emergency kit with rubbing alcohol and clean white cloths. Apply the rubbing alcohol (for dry stains like grease) or lukewarm water (for wet stains like wine) to the cloth, and gently (read: gently) blot the spot from its outer edges in; whatever you do don't work from the middle outward or you'll be spreading the stain. Ideally, to dry your gown use a hair dryer on low about six inches away. If it is an oil base stain you're combating sprinkle you can also baby powder on it.


For those of you contemplating preservation, after the gown is boxed, avoid the attic, basement or that room off the garage. Attics are prone to extreme heat in Summer months--cold in winter and basements and outdoor rooms generally have moisture problems that could mildew your gown over time. Temperate places like the top of a closet shelf should work. For resale you'll want to connect with the best cleaner available. Here's a link to help you get started with your search.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


You can always recognize Chantilly lace by its delicate background and intricate detail. Named after the town in France where its still made, the patterns originating in the 18th century are to this day, still time-honored and manufactured.  My favorite of all laces, Chantilly is fragile and romantic.  It can be used as an allover lace or touches of it here and there on bodices, skirts and sleeves.  Chantilly has always been synonymous with the finest in bridal wear from dresses to veils and accessories . . .
The perfect customizing for a simple gown, this three-tiered lace jabot has matching ruffle gauntlets all tied together with polka-dot grosgrain ribbons and  a cameo

A Chantilly lace bordered mantilla worn with a bouffant tulle dress with lace bodice . . .
 Crepe and Chantilly lace are the perfect duo here for a gown reminiscent of the Golden Age of Hollywood

This bodice is appliqued in Chantilly lace with shirred tulle overlaid
The kick pleat in the back of this silk dupioni gown is a gathered inset of Chantilly lace

 This repro tea gown harks back to the Art Nouveau period. Chantilly lace covers the bodice and borders an asymmetrical tulle skirt

This is a perfect  Boho piece in a mix of  Chantilly laces, chiffon and brocade gold  belt
True vintage.  Another tea gown in a mix of Chantilly laces