Monday, December 1, 2014


With Winter here and now this is my own salute to the winter bride and what you'll need if you're getting married in anything from a brisk chill in the air to all out sub-zero climes.  Designing a collection of accessories for winter brides here in the sunny California wine country, I admit was a challenge at first.  While temperate here most of the year (yes, you can dine al fresco in December) I had to take into mind three hours Northeast lie the snow covered mountains of beautiful Lake Tahoe, the destination many brides tie the knot come the holidays and winter months.  This collection of little wintry things was designed a couple years back for the Ice Princess in you.  It has remained timeless and classic--proving keeping warm and staying chic isn't hard once you know how to work it . . . .
Going for structured, heavier weight fabrics like the luxe peau de soie above provides warmth and insulation from the cold. If  properly lined, thicker fabrics will definitely keep the chill off.  This is an  authentic vintage sixties bouffant  with  Alencon lace appliques dappled over the bodice and skirt.  The satin pillbox with a cathedral length veil was custom made to bring out the full Jackiesque look of this gown . . .
Go ahead and dream of looking like and keeping as warm as a Czarina? Did you know covering your gown with a cape is ideal?  They’re roomy and not at all like close fitting coats that squish your dress. The cape here is white suede with marabou and faux fur trim.  The hat and muff are made of faux Moulton lamb.  Since this is pretty much a custom collection consider this cape in velvet, cashmere, wool, heavy brocade--all fabrics that would  make a lovely and original cape. 
Make the most of accessories.  Wraps and stoles go a long way for bare-armed brides. True, they may look skimpy but will keep you incredibly warm even if they are made out of faux fur. Here's a best kept secreat: Add opera length gloves if you’re going sleeveless. Long gloves can be great substitutes for sleeves due to the insulation factor they provide.   I added this muff (maybe you can carry one instead of a bouquet) so your hands stay toasty.

Photography by Rob Martel
Gowns and  Accessories by Amy-Jo Tatum Bride
Hair and Makeup by Shideh
Model: Natalie Angela


Ashley said...

So totally romantic!

Jamie Morton said...

So beautiful and romantic. The bride looks like coming from a fairytale. :)
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pooja said...

I like this blog.i like it.All picture is so beautifull.Bridle looking very pretty.