Thursday, March 22, 2018


The bridal cape or capelet is a great accessory and can add a bit of drama as well as warmth.  A cape can be either put on or taken off according to the gown you're wearing and of course your mood for wearing one.  Going from the formality of ceremony to reception could be a good reason for doffing or sporting one of these little gems. These are newbies inspired by 1930s movies are just off this season's work table in gorgeous laces and tulles.  Above: The CAMILLE Ensemble is a silk chiffon slip dress paired up with a crocheted cotton lace capelet bordered in lightweight Chantilly lace. The added rose floral to the hair is a very 1930s accent. Below: The SHELIA 4-ply silk crepe slip dress has such a beautiful hand to it.   It is matched up with Peau d'ange sheer lace capelet bordered in Chantilly lace

Photos 1-3 by Photo Chic
Photos 4 and 5 by Sean Sato

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


You don't have to be a noble to wear a tiara on your wedding day but boy the bluebloods sure know how to strut this headpiece. 99-99/100ths of royal brides go full-fig formal with long, flowing veil topped off with one of these gems.  Oddly, according to custom for the last two hundred years, the tiara has been the official headpiece of married women, and, ahem, dowagers. So why do Miss America winners get to wear them? Maybe because tiaras, aka diadems have always been worn by nobility and very important people. These jeweled crowns are as ancient as civilization itself. The earliest were found in the Greek/Roman world. Goldsmiths created them to crown the heads of statues of their Gods and priests. The Greeks also awarded them to Olympic champions, and higher-ups wore them to mark celebrated occasions. In Egypt the tiara was a symbol of respect to crown the heads of royal and noble mummies. Fast forward a few centuries and once the Bourbon monarchs returned after 1815, it spun off a real show of elaborate jewelry found in the tiaras of the French court. The British likewise made up some of the most memorable and stunning tiaras of the 19th Century. During this time tiaras became associated with weddings, ushering in the birth of the 'matrimonial tiara'.
Above: Zara Phillips wedding to Mike Tyndall. From her mom, Princess Anne came The Meander Tiara, Greek in design.  Prince Phillip's mother, Alice of Battenberg gave this to now Queen Elizabeth as a wedding present back in the 1940s.  Elizabeth in turn gave the piece to Anne in 1972.  Love the effect of the pouf veil in the back. Below: Russian designer Ekaterina Malysheva wed Prince Ernst August of Hanover in a gorgeous silk concoction that falls into a perfect bell silhouette. The incredible lace veil is held on with a glittering silver tiara.
 Above: Sofia Helqvist wed Prince Carl in Stockholm back in 2015. Check out her veil tacked to the back of her bun and falling into yards and yards of tulle and lace.  The tiara is completely separate from the veil.  Below: Baroness Cleopatra von Adelsheim von Ernst wed Prince Franz Albrect zu Oettingen-Speilberg.  She wore a monarch length veil of lace she doffed for the reception when these photos were taken, revealing this stunning diamond tiara.

Monday, March 19, 2018


 What better way to start the week off than a medley of inspiration from past shoots and editorials?  With the budding of spring in mind and heart, Bride Chic is beyond grateful to all those vendors who contribute and grace the pages of this blog--we love you!!!!
 Credits: All dresses and head chic by Amy Jo Tatum
 Photo 1 by Photo Chic///Photos 2-3 by Strotz Photography///Photo 4 by  Erika Gerdemark from A Castle Wedding///Photo 5 of bouquet by Strotz Photography//Photo 6 of cakes by Winter Tree Studios///Photo 7 of bride in tulle hat by Forget Me Not Studios//Photos 8-10 by KT Photography from The Love in Bloom Editorial///Photo 11 of kiddie attendants by Hope Stewart Photography from A Tartan Wedding///Photo 12 by Forget Me Not Studios///Photo 13 of cake by Samantha Ong Photography from The Blushing Bride Editorial--Cake by Shimi///Photo 14 by MVK Photo from Prismatic Butterfly shoot for Kirameki Magazine///Photos 15-19 by Winter Tree Studios from Romantic Winery Styled Shoot for Smitten Magazine///Photo 20 by Greystar Pictures

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Tiers are rows of either skirts or ruffles--that cascade vertically, horizontally or asymmetrically down a skirt or bodice. Tiers can be one or up to even ten layers of tiering in a range of lengths and fabrics. Think of a Spanish dancer and you've nailed the look.  Above and below are some of my tiered newbies as well as all time classics. 


Photo 2 by Photo Chic
Photo 3 by Sean Sato
Photo 5 by Photo Chic

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


 If Jay Gatsby were ever to materialize and step out of the pages of fiction I've often wondered what his bride would wear. So apparently have other designers who are not only fusing Gatsby-inspired looks into modern fashion, some are going for the entire look of this bygone era--including, props and even photographic effects to get their message across.  The message of course is creating inspiration in hopes of  moving you along to forming a complete look for yourself.  Whether you're incorporating just a few details of this particular era or mixing it up, your wedding look should reflect you and everything you embrace about fashion.  Taking a que from this era when women's fashion finally reflected freedom from corsetry and heavy layering, here are a few examples of some of the best stuff out there by designers, stylists and photographers . . .


*If you're trying to get as close as you can to authenticity and your hair is long, wear it in a styled chignon.  A hairstylist will know how to add dramatic rolls and Marcelling (deep waves).  If your hair is short try to get it going into a Bob.  Again, a good hairstylist can Marcelle or style it to really look like you've been time traveling through the 20s.  Also great hairstyling lays the perfect canvas for adding just the right headpiece or veil.

* Veils and hats tended to be worn across or low on the forehead as in some of the images above.

* The 1920s was the decade of the dropped waist that sat either on the hips or fell into no waistline at all as you'll find in the shift and chemise styles.

*Zero in on accessories that polish off your look like long ropes of pearls you can tie, knotted or fringed shawls and cloche hats.

* Look for beautiful workmanship.  Though the standard silhouette didn't flatter every shape of woman in the 1920s it was indeed an era known for incredible detailing on clothing such as intricate smocking and hand embroidery, lace insets, pleats, draping, etc.

*Really study out the era.  Watch shows like Boardwalk Empire or rent DVDs of House of Elliot and/or Downton Abbey. The costuming and set design in these productions is spot on and spectacular.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Today's post is about one silhouette that's on fire right now--the sheath or evening gown silhouette.  The style is long and columnar like a cylinder and can vary with waistlines and skirt features that are usually as snug up top as on bottom. The sheath can work for the bride who wants a stylish, simple presence as well as one who wants to make a more powerful statement with her veil or accents of laces and a train added. This is an ideal gown if you’re short and slim. The unbroken columnar line creates height. Although, it’s also great for tall, thin, physically fit brides as well. If you’re statuesque or prone to heaviness, look toward more flattering A-lines.     
Chemise or Shift-Relaxed version of the sheath. Falls in a straight line usually cut on the grain of the fabric. The waistline if any, is loosely fitted and fits low on the hips a la 1920s style.
Slip Dress or Evening Gown-Carolyn Bessette wore the classic of all classics when she and JFK Jr. tied the knot. Cut on the bias, it hugs the body, evoking 1930s Hollywood chic. Ideal line for brides in tip-top physical shape who like to strut trim bodies. Be warned though. Toned and tight through the belly, hips and thighs are a must here.
Fitted Shell-Think of enchanting Nancy Kwan in The World of Suzie Wong, sporting her Mandarin collared Shell and you’ve got the lines right. In fact, a floor-length Mandarin shell in ivory brocade would be an excellent choice for the bride who wants to add an exotic aspect to her look. The shell was also popularized by Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn circa 1960s. Check out Audrey’s celebrated black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s only think white.
The Mermaid-Like the legendary creature herself, this silhouette is half and half: half sheath, half ball gown. Fitted long and snug to the knees then POW! Either a full flared skirt or tiers of ruffles complete the look, sometimes falling into (no pun intended) a fishtail train in back. Big glam look in the 1950s in heavier, highly polished satins. Bombshells like Jane Mansfield donned some high voltage, kitschy-chic with this cut.
Photos 1 and 2 by Strotz Photography//Photo 4 by Pixamage/ Photo 5 by Bride Chic//Photo 6 by Vetter Photography

Thursday, February 22, 2018


 I had the honor of having my golden tulle head pouf grace the February 2018 cover of Ultimate Report, a blog and published project featuring the cutting edge in global fashion. Brainchild of editor, Mary Winkenwerder, you'll also find extraordinary articles on lifestyle from art, beauty, food and even babies and books.  I absolutely love this pic of my fave model, Devon--also featured in the report.  She's stunning and the quintessential cover girl . . . .

Friday, February 9, 2018


Here's a bit of inspo that could come from a galaxy far, far away.  Star Wars is the theme of this little piece of magic. Created by Houston based Sonia Melendez of C Baron Photography she says, "Okay, maybe not another galaxy, but I couldn’t resist! As Star Wars fans, we have had a roller coaster of emotions between the passing of Carrie Fisher, our Princess, and the upcoming release of the newest film. We knew we wanted to honor Carrie Fisher’s memory and share our excitement about The Last Jedi.  Being in the event industry, we could think of no better way to do so than plan an inspiration shoot. Luckily, the great state of Texas offers many different landscapes one of which greatly resembles Luke Skywalker’s home planet, Tatooine. We knew there was no other place more suited for our shoot. We started planning whole heartedly knowing that the standards for this shoot would be incredibly high. We wanted every detail to emulate the films and truly feel as though you were immersed in that galaxy far, far away. We wanted a color scheme of C3PO Gold and Galaxy Black. Most importantly, we knew we had to create the perfect look to pay homage to Princess Leia. We found the ideal gown to honor our Princess and styled her hair in a modern bun. Personally, I feel as though the phrases are the most iconic portion of the film. It just wouldn’t be Star Wars without including some of our favorite quotes. We feel the force was with us as we poured our hearts and souls into creating the right balance of beauty and science fiction. We hope all the other Star Wars fans out there love it as much as we do!"



 Photographer:  C. Baron Photography//Location:Monahan's Sandhills State Park//Cake Designer: Edible Designs by Jessie//Floral Designer:College Park Flowers//Makeup Artist: LP Makeup and Beauty//Paper Props: Invitation Solutions//Event Planner: A&E Events//Submitted via Two Bright Lights