Thursday, April 17, 2014


Part of the joy of designing is adapting and updating creations that have survived 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"


Monday, April 14, 2014


So far a it's been a magnificent parade of silhouettes in luxe fabrics!  Zoning in on just a few of the highlights from Day 1 of Market Week 2015, here are three of my fave designers--icons in their own right, showing their brass and talent on the runway.  2015 looks like a year of a return of classic, stunning gowns with touch of a Grace Kelly-inspired bridal look head to toe . . . . .

Oscar de la Renta

 Monique Lhuillier

 Carolina Herrera

Photos courtesy WWD