Friday, November 29, 2013


I've known some couples who wish they could do it all over again with the wedding photos.  When the images came back less than what what Heather and Tyler hoped for, Julie Lyford of Fabulous Functions and donae cotton photography came to the rescue.  Here's what donae had to add about this gorg Winter wedding project, "The couple was frustrated with the wedding photos from their actual wedding......there were a lot of people in the wedding party and it overwhelmed the photographer a bit.
Julie, the planner for this shoot, heard about this and decided to make a dream winter wedding shoot for them so that they could have photos they loved. She also surprised them with the personalized cake topper.
The day of the shoot Minnesota was hit by a blizzard and we almost cancelled...however we put on our boots and made it to the barn for the shoot. And boy were we glad we did...the snow was perfect for the photos!"

 Photographer:  donae cotton photography//Other Location: On Solid Ground Vintage Rentals//Hair Stylist: Beauty Lounge Mpls//Event Planner:Fabulous Functions by Julie Lyford//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: knit-n-jules//Dress Store: Posh bridal couture//Event Venue: Rosenwood Farm//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer:Tippy Top Creations//Floral Designer: Uy-Lennon Floral & Events//Equipment Rentals:{reSTORE & reSTYLE}//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


  I actually love the idea of getting married on Thanksgiving Day. The days before as well as the Friday, Saturday and Sunday after are times when family are all gathered.  And that's the beauty of a Thanksgiving wedding--the guests and menu are all pretty much assembled.  If you want a cozy wedding with just family go ahead and opt for Thanksgiving Day.  But extend that invite beyond family and your wedding might conflict with most of your invited guest's family dinners.  Overall, a turkey dinner with all the fixings for the bride and groom and family gathered is a great way to combine your nups with that great family tradition.
Photos Courtesy I Brides.COM

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Here's a 2014 trend that'll have you swooning--Yes, tye dyed wedding dresses are here!  I remember the rush on tye dye back in the 1960s-70s but did I ever think I'd see tye dye return in the form of a bridal gown?  In the height of the hippie era tye dye was everywhere and worn by both men and women   Now in cotton, silk and rayon, this rainbow of color would be ideal for the adventurous bride wanting something different . . ..

Top Photo via Pinterest
Photo 2: Via The Berry
Photos 3 and 4: via Lindsey Thornberg

Monday, November 25, 2013


We're taking time out from all the Fall and Winter Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! to zone in on other parts of the world where it's nicely tropical with warm and balmy breezes.  Does destination wedding sound interesting?This styled shoot on Puna on the big sland of Hawaii is where these stunning images were shot by Arina B Photography .  Arina's  site is definitely worth checking out if you love a cross between fantasy and just how far the imagination can go to get a great shot!

Photography by  Arina B Photography
Location : Puna, Big Island
Model: Shea
Lace wedding Dress: Elyse Reuben 
Torques dress: Donated by Repeat Possessions 
Make Up and Hair: Christina Brown (@ina_kilikina)
Videographer : Zach Churchill

Friday, November 22, 2013


It's already Friday and here you all are looking for me!  Today, I'm over on One Wed Blog talking about best bets in head chic for winter brides. Not the traditional stuff but more like the oh la la you're seeing above and below. These beauties come from a little old Etsy store called,  Green Trunk Designs.  I'd call these creations half way between vintage and ethnic looking.  READ MORE . . . .  

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


I call this gem The Tsarina Wedding Cape.  If you're going to be getting married this winter and love the idea of being an ice princess this white suede cape (yes suede!) just happens to be one of my samples and is up for sale.  An added bonus is it comes with the faux moulton lamb hat.  The front of the cape is lined in faux fur and the collar has a wrap of marabou feathers.  The cape is knee-length and extends into a train in the back that can be bustled.  If you're going into a cold clime it's about as toasty warm as you can get. Intrigued?  I'll send on a few more photos. You can email me at and we can talk more . . . .
Photos courtesy Rob Martel

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Winter brides going vintage can not only create a magical wonderland but rock the ages as well.  Did you know Hollywood made use of all those gorgeous capes with hoods through the 1930s-40s?  Think movies like Anna Karenina and Catherine the Great. Friendly furs also play big in vintage winter wear.  Tibetan and Mongolian lamb are super trendy this year as are ostrich and marabou (feathers).  Plus accessories add that vintage look to just about anything--gloves in particular, the longer the better because they really keep the chill of your arms--especially if you're going sleeveless.  So if you love vintage and are a winter bride below you'll find a bit of inspiration to get you going . . . .
Small marabou stole by Sasso
Left: Winter Gasbyesque crushed velvet and Ostrich feathers by Joanne Fleming via Love My Dress//Mongolian Lamb wrap by Ralph Lauren
Lace and wool bridal cape by Melissa Rene Price
Bolero Sweater by Belinda Robertson//Dress by Art of Elegance by Elizabeth Emanuel 
Maybe more costume than vintage but this is certainly full Winter Wonderland regalia--Full length cape with fur hood via Wedbook

Monday, November 18, 2013


If you love a mix of rolling California hillsides and a heap of ranch elements today's feature is for you.  Captured beautifully by Ballad Hall of Ballad's Photography, she had this to say about shooting Kristal and Thomas on their special day, "This fabulous rustic chic wedding took place at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch. You'll see quickly why it is one of the most popular venues on the Central Coast of California with the gorgeous barn and rock walls. Kristal did a perfect job with the details and really made this the wedding of my season! "