Thursday, January 31, 2013


Elopements can be so romantic!  Especially if Venice, Italy is the point of destination.  For Efi and Gianni, a Greek couple living in Germany, this magnificent city of canals was the perfect place for just the two of them to tie the knot.  Shot with a great deal of sensitivity by Venician photographer Luca Faz, the couple left the hotel in Canariggio and after a short 'vaporetto' ride  (water bus) they took their vows quietly and intimately at the Greek Consulate. 'A Big, Fat, Greek Wedding' will follow a year from now in their home country.  I absolutely adore Efi's civil ceremony-style dress--it's perfect and the lace peplum is a really chic touch.

Hotel: Carnival Palace
Bride's Makeup: MAC

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Here and there amid all the white lace and tulle did anyone notice the oceanic blues Oscar de la Renta incorporated into his Spring 2013 collection?  I really love the subtle additions of a satin organza train, the tulle shawl and ruffled over skirt.  Even the accessories from earrings to head wreath and bouquets don this complimentary, gentle blue tone.  It's the little details like these that are ever changing bridal fashion and I'm just like a kid in a candy store watching it all happen . . .

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Don't you just love looking at Gatsby era inspirations like these?  This styled shoot took place at the Church Street Ballroom in Orlando, Florida.  Photographer Misty Miotto shot this journey back in time with the help of some savvy wedding professionals lending a collaborative imagination on all the small details. Especially evocative of this carefree era are indeed the details. Check out the ferns on pedestals, the stained glass and bouquets--especially the whimsical mix of Hydrangeas and Ostrich plumes!  So fun and a great tribute to the jazz age . . . .!

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Monday, January 28, 2013


 I adore it! Simple and elegant all at once, the clean lines of black and white always proffer a certain sharpness and precision.  If you're looking for a strong statement this might just be the palette you're looking for. Add a third color via jewelry, accessories or your bouquet and you'll have a great touch of visual harmony going on . . . .
Top Photo by Zlata Modeen Photography/Dress via Deb Shops
Striped bow photo by Joanne Dunn via Junebug Weddings/Painted face photo Piccsy via Pinterest
Ruffled white dress with black sash from BHLDN
Valentino gloves and Mannequin photo Tumblr via Pinterest/Butterfly Wings via Pinterest
Woman in fur hat and wrap via Tumblr/Dior photo circa 1950s via Pinterest
White gown with black gloves by Amy-Jo Tatum Bride
Black and white cake via Cakes for Weddings/Short white dress with black sash via Junebug Weddings photo by Alison Conklin Photography
Black dress with white trim by Zuhair Murad
Black lace top Collette Dinnigan Fall/Winter 2011 Backstage via Tumblr/White and black skirt photo by Jamie Beck
Ascot Gavot Dress photo by Nadya Lev/Stripped nails and Lollipop via Pinterest
White Lace Bolero by Lily and Louie
Black and white striped pumps from The Party Shoe Show by Christian Louboutin/White blouse by YSL via Tumblr
“Black Beauty” Vogue Australia, December 2012  Dress by Alexander McQueen/photographer: Benny Horne
White rose and rhinestones photo via Pintrest/Black lace dress via Pinterest

Friday, January 25, 2013


 If you've caught a look at necklines lately you'll agree, the 'Sweetheart' is still ever on trend.  Because we still love anything happening 1950s when it comes to bridal couture, this plunging heart shape defining the decolletage will probably hang around designer collections a few more years.  A 'Sweetheart' can have a very pronounced heart shape(below) or gently curve (above).   Great choice for any bride wanting to frame a pretty face or some cleavage.
Dresses by Amy-Jo Tatum Bride
Top Photo: The Yolanda Dress
Bottom Photo: The Rochelle Dress 

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Well, it's that time of year again.  While my design studio is packed with a few really great samples from seasons past and I love looking at these gems, bottom line is, we gotta part company and make room for the newbies coming off the work table.   For those of you who aren't familiar with how buying a sample works here's the lowdown.  Most of the dresses you see here are photographic samples made up for photo shoots and trying on.  A few are in fabrics close to but not as ready for prime time as the imported silks custom ordered by clients.    Just so you know, a few of them are indeed in yummy 100 percent silks but a couple seasons old, hence the lower price.  In any case your sample will be one-of-a-kind and handmade, have couture technique likes hand-picked zipper and hand-tacked linings no machine can emulate.  Before I sell these babies rest assured they do go through proper refurbishing and cleaning. 

Top Photo: The Beatrix Dress/Photo by Diana Maire
Second Photo: The Valerie Dress/Photo by Diana Maire
Bottom Photo: The April Dress/Photo by Stephanie Williams