Wednesday, March 16, 2011


For me earth and spring are synonymous, symbolizing rebirth and the anticipation of looking forward . . .
You can make quite a statement by adding  real ivy and flowers to your gown and headpiece.  Here we've woven in real and silk combinations.  Below Hana is wearing the Magnolia wreath of silk florals mixed in with sprigs of real ivy.  The neckline of her gown is framed in variegated ivy as smaller pieces are dappled all over the tulle skirt.
Make up by Zoe King/Hair by Kao Vey Saephanh /Photos by Bride Chic

If you're intrigued with the idea of adding real flowers, leaves or ivy to your gown you can do one of two things: Have a florist do it or get with someone who's handy with a needle.  Sewing live foliage onto a gown isn't rocket science.   If you (or someone else) can bead, you can sew leaves  Just be sure to dry out the leaves/flowers/ivy a couple days before so as not to soil the silk.  Also you want to add all the pieces a couple nights before the wedding . . .
Libby's upsweep was done by master hair stylist Kao Vey Saephanh  of the JonVey Salon in San Francisco.  Three large pieces of ivy placed in a bun complimenting  a taffeta sheath (The Flora Gown).  The organza train is caught up in the back by an arrangement of roses and dappled all over in rose petals . . .
Make up by Necia Whitmore/Hair by Kao Vey Saephanh/Photo by Bride Chic

If you're having a spring themed wedding look for fabrics like chiffon, silk gauze, organza and crepe--all lightweight in look and feel. You can even get that diaphanous, transparent look with some lightweight cottons like voile, lawn and Swiss cotton eyelet. There are so many new weaves out lately, they're worth checking out.
A last word her about flowers.  I love big bunches of Baby's Breath; they sing spring and go great with light and airy gowns.  You can also carry a bunch of your favorite wild flowers or a bouquet of your favorite leaves..