Friday, October 30, 2015


 I'd say Halloween belongs to Goth gals.  Since more than a few brides are going over to the dark side lately, some are even coveting the 31st as their wedding day. If you're going Goth, you don't need me to tell you you're probably not going to find your gown in the typical bridal salon. That's right, if you dress Goth in your day to day life why would you all of a sudden become Grace Kelly on the day you tie the knot? The good news is, we live in a world where self-expression is finally respected; you're free to go as dark and diverse as you want ranging anywhere from Lolita to SteamPunk. Researching Gothic fashion sites, I found tons so narrowing down your shopping will mean finding what direction you want to go in the Goth world.
First off, for any of you unfamiliar, you might be asking, what is Goth exactly? Gothic is alternative and for the non-conformist. Styles of dress include punk, Medieval, Renaissance, Victorian, Lolita or combos of these styles with accents of black or white makeup and hair. The colors of traditional Goth are black, deep muted red, purple and blues. Fabrics tend to be rich and heavy: velvet and satin brocades combined with black and dark laces and even leather. Corsetry is popular and unapologetic in Goth dressing, usually paired up with voluminous skirts with heavy understructure. And speaking of understructure,the silhouette will probably be the same as a traditional bride--big gown with tons of petticoats--but the message conveyed is something different all together

Photos 1&2 via Amy-Jo Tatum//Photos by Henley Photography
Photo 3:Vicious Dolls//Photo by Winterwolf Studios
Photo 4: Romantic Threads
Photo 5: M T Coffinz Undergraond 
Photo 6: Romantic Threads

Thursday, October 29, 2015


Once a week I feature a dress from one of four of my capsule collections.  This dress called ANASTASIA couldn't get anymore Gatsby's Bride if we tried.  In fact, it has to be the Gatsbyiest I've ever done!  Based on the chemise silhouette so trendy during the Jazz Age, ANASTASIA focuses on something simple and comfy to wear with intricate detailing.  The dress itself is a Point d'sprit with Chantilly lace motifs, cutouts and by-the-yard galloons placed on the dress adorned by hand done pearl beading.  Off a dropped waist lightweight silk chiffon handkerchiefs fall into a skirt front and back.  Any bride contemplating a 1920s look will love this custom piece available through special order via Amy-Jo Tatum


Header Photo by Scott Williams Photography//MUA-Hair by Tricia Greenwood
Photo 2 by Bride Chic
Photo 3-6 by Jim Vetter Photography//MUA/Hair by Rachel Gardea
Photo 7 by Bride Chic

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


 When you think  Boho does renewed life of Spring time come to mind?  Yes, it can be all that but look again!  Boho is an earthy look also symbolic of the reaping of the harvest and makes for some waif  looks perfect for fall weddings.  I call the gems below Autumn Bohemian from the head wreaths to the rustic decor . . . 

Photos via Rock my Wedding

Monday, October 26, 2015


The Sweetheart neckline is named after a valentine.  I know you can probably guess why.  Never has such focus on the decolletage been so on trend save the 1940s-50s era when romance in fashion was resurrected by Dior and Hollywood.  Almost every wedding submission this blog gets, the bride is in some form of sweetheart neckline.  You'll notice some styles exaggerate the heart shape while others  go for a more subtle version..  Traditional wedding dresses from the Mid-Century often featured heart shaped bustiers and corset bodices with an overbodice of sheer lace or netting (below) creating a see-through effect.  Some designers have adapted this look to current collections--especially with the return to tradition of high collars and longer sleeves as an option.

Header Photo: The Belinda Corset  by Amy-Jo Tatum
Photo 4: Bill Smoot Photography//The Tashiko Dress by Amy Jo Tatum

Friday, October 23, 2015


Nothing says Bride more than the long and flowing veil.   Long veils convey a romantic mood via all that added gossamer sheer. . . . . .Women who  go traditional sporting the full regalia of a classic bride typically love those long veils. So what you ask is considered a long veil? Typically long veils start at the ‘finger tip’ length and work all the way down to the twenty-five foot cathedral.veils that add the ultimate in drama.  FYI The bridal veil in particular has been a symbol of purity as well as mystery in many traditions. Since Biblical times every era it seems has innovated the veil and how it’s worn. Victorians donned yards of handmade laces they passed on to daughters and granddaughters; 1960s brides popularized the pouf veil still stylish today.
Top Photo: Behind the scenes shot from Wine Country Rustic//MUA/hair--Julie Morgan//The Single Layer Cathedral Veil dappled in pieces of Chantilly Lace by Amy-Jo Tatum
Photo 2: Behind the scenes shot from High Tea//MUA/hair by Rachael Gardea//The Vintage 1930s Cathedral Veil via Amy-Jo Tatum
Photo 3: From Meet Me in the Park Shoot//Double Layer Cathedral Veil by Amy-Jo Tatum

Thursday, October 22, 2015


I've been wanting to feature and/or write about a backyard or home wedding for the longest time.  Intimacy is the main factor when bringing a wedding home and Melyssa and Spencer's nups in North Carolina embody just that.  This celebration with loved ones in the place most cherished was captured by Heather and Jared Photography.  This is what the shooters had to say about this incredible wedding: 'This wedding was a photographers dream! When we stepped foot out of the car and onto the Durren’s property, we were just grinning ear to ear! The rain from the impending Hurricane Joaquin had stopped pouring down and the backyard boho wedding was about to begin! An adorable vintage camper with handmade cocktails, an oyster and pig roast, and amazing food were only the beginning! Each table was set up with rustic details and fresh flowers. 

On top of all that was this beautiful candy bar with all my favorite candy from when I was a kid! POP ROCKS!!! Dot candy! So much goodness!! Together it made for a such a cozy lil’ spot to celebrate Melyssa and Spencer.Let’s talk about Melyssa and Spencer. Oh good gravy. I first met them on the wedding day but instantly felt like I had known them forever. Melyssa’s smile is contagious and Spencer had me cracking up! They are head over heels in love for each other and anyone who is around them can feel it! My favorite part is that they have FUN ADVENTURES together. Y’all know how much we love our adventures, right?! Well, these two decided to take their honeymoon to Ireland BEFORE their wedding and they had a blast! They came home and had a small ceremony and then celebrated BIG TIME with this EPIC backyard reception! Check it out for yourselves! I dare you to try not to smile when scrolling through these. It’s impossible!!!'

  Photographer:  Heather and Jared Photography//Bride's Dress: Davids Bridal//Other: Camp Cocktail//Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Montero's Restaurant//Bakery: Patti Cakes, Inc,//Floral Designer: Renee Landry Events//Submitted via Two Bright Lights