Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Boho is here. Meet the new version of MUSETTA. A mix of imported Chantilly laces on the bodice. The full skirt is silk chiffon lined in crepe backed satin. Cap sleeves and accented with a gold braid tie belt.

Want to see more images of Musetta?  Available through Etsy or custom order at Amy-Jo Tatum Bridal

Tuesday, March 30, 2010



Credits: Oh Hello Friend, Nicole Hill Gerulat (6), Simply Hue

Part of the joy of being a bride is celebrating white in all it's purity and clean lined chic. Enjoy this board from Brancoprata that I found on SMP clearly illustrating the texture and illumination of heaven . . .

Monday, March 29, 2010


The Short Veil

The short veil has many names: petal veil, birdcage, fly away, blusher. The good news is, there are no rules anymore about pairing short veils with short dresses. Whatever works is the guideline and has more to do with following proportions and personal style. The shorter ‘fashionista' veil has not only gained in popularity, it's a bridal fashion fixture. My client Monique put it succinctly: "I'm sure glad I chose a birdcage. Now, I won't have to worry about rearranging or when to take it off. I can enjoy my day. " There's something chic, even edgy about a bride sporting one one of these small veils. As early as the 1990s, Vera Wang was matching up short pouf veils with very formal silhouettes. Whether she wanted to show off the extraordinary back details of her gowns or usher in a new look, I don’t know; I only know the juxtaposition this duo created worked. Like Monique, most brides say the number one thing about wearing a shorter veil is, they don’t have to do any adjusting in that switch from the solemnity of ceremony to big time partying hearty. Shorter veils are easy to maneuver around in and stay put whether you’re exchanging vows, cutting cake or dancing. Typically they are made out of either tulle, the standard light weight bridal veiling, or, netting—wider and crisper, offering a more structured and chic look. Since small veils are here to stay awhile, it will be interesting to see what designers come up with the next few seasons with all the new fabrics and materials out there.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


Pink Roses

Here's a real courageous, gorgeous move for all of you out there contemplating color. Observe: This bride is sporting hot pink . . .not only is her gown and headpiece a totally allover vibrant pink, her flowers and over all color scheme spell out all shades pink.

Thank you Sharise from Urban Engagements for putting all this loveliness together. More of her inspiration boards can be seen by checking out her site . . .

Saturday, March 27, 2010


What redhead wouldn't love this board. I admit it, I'm naturally attracted to these tones and once I got a load of the vintage threads all lined up monochromatically, this board went up. Love to claim credit but this is the work of the very talented, So Much Love over at SMP. You can catch her blog, of the same name and see (and read if you know Portugese) all about her unique take on fashion, weddings, decor and crafts to name just a few things.

Friday, March 26, 2010


Venue: The Chateau at Incline Village, Lake Tahoe
Florist: Sierra Floral Design
Wedding Planner: Weddings by Shannon
Cake: Made by two of the brides friends


Lisa is a Northern California native who moved to Tahoe about 4 years ago to teach snowboarding at Northstar Resort in Tahoe. Ryan is originally from Albury, Australia, and moved to Tahoe to work at,you guessed it...Northstar. They met one night at a bar and have pretty much been inseparable ever since. One night while they were walking around Lake Tahoe, Ryan walked Lisa out on a dock and asked her to marry him just as the sun was setting. She said yes, and they promptly went to the pub to celebrate with a beer. They are both the kind of people who have a million friends and are so fun and likable that everyone wants to be around them. A lot of Ryan's "mates" even flew all the way out from Australia just to attend the wedding! Because Ryan's family all lives in Australia, Lisa hadn't met his family until about a week before the wedding. It was really great to see the two families meet and get along so well. The wedding seemed to be a all about friends and family. Two of Lisa's friends made the cake, mutual friends played instruments during the ceremony. It was a small and personal wedding, that turned into one of the best dance parties ever. All in all, it was a beautiful day and an absolute blast.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


Here you go Louise over at Thirty-Something Bride who wanted to catch a peek at the back interest of the 'Ciara' silk confection from yesterday's post.  And yes, those covered buttons go all the way down the back.  BTW, TSB has a great wedding by photographer Jonathon Campbell you can check out  here

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Part of the White Lace and Silk Series, CIARA is one of the most fem things in the collection . . .A little bit Belle Epoque, a little bit 1940s, ivory silk dupioni is the perfect fabric for this A-line gown with handroled floral asymmetrical shoulder treatment
Bunted skirt with Chantilly lace border petticoat . . . Gown and Point d'espirit headpiece available through custom order Amy-Jo Tatum Bridal
To see more images of CIARA go to White Lace and Silk Collection

Tuesday, March 23, 2010



I always said if there were a sequel to Breakfast at Tiffany's, we'd find Holly Golightly sporting a hat on her wedding day. Since HG is really that zanier side of Audrey Hepburn that surfaced in the 1960s, she set the trend for le chapeau as an item of chic rather than a required accessory. So brides of today are following her lead, wearing a hat to clinch a whole bridal look while expressing a little panache . .Silk and tulle fascinator and cabbage rose picture hat available through Amy-Jo Tatum Bridal under Head Chic.

Monday, March 22, 2010


Meet Emma and Jayne.  Both are similar, Emma being white and Jayne tea dyed with a rose tint.   Both are dupioni silk wrapped with a Chantilly lace bodice and tulle skirts bordered in laces.  Perfect for the beach or destination wedding. 

Photos by Ryan Chua

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010


Valentine's Baubles

Thought I'd leave you with this medley of baubles to inspire you along over the weekend and get you thinking bridal jewelry. Found on SMP, these tones and textures could work with a wedding ensemble and be worn and loved (oh the sentiment!) long after the big day . . .

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


What do you get when you mix two dynamic photographers with two incredibly gorgeous models, one genius hairstylist and an innovative makeup artist?  One awesome bridal editorial.  The 2010 Spring/Summer collection was photographed last weekend at Marin County, California landmark, St. Vincent's. Chock-a-block with magnificent pastoral and bay veiws, St. Viincent's is the perfect backdrop for the lace and satins featured in this year's designs.  These point and shoot shots by Yours Truly don't hold a candle to the work you'll be seeing soon from John Truong and Stuart Lirette, two Bay Area photographers specializing in the art of merging their talents in fashion and wedding photography. 

An actual 1960's  vintage gown mixed with Kathie Rothkop of Salon Glam's retro hair design.  Close up shots will be featured in a couple weeks when you'll be able to see the work of Bay Area makeup artist Juliane Chai who really know how to glam up brides on their wedding day . . .
Really can't wait to post the rest of these images of Lauren and Jen.  It's going to be a reall treat . . .