Monday, June 30, 2014


We're kicking off Monday of 4th of July week with a patriotic medley of inspiration so expect a fair amount of flags and fireworks! Whether you're a late June or July bride, military or just a real live niece of Uncle Sam I hope you'll adore all the red, white and blue we have in store from berries to bouquets . . . .
Photo 5: via The Wedding Chicks
Photo 6: via
Photos 7 and 8: Red headpiece via Pinterest and  Colin Cowie Weddings//Invite via Bragging Writes
Photo 9: via Bijou Bride
Photo 10: via The Party Dress

Friday, June 27, 2014


Today I have a treat for all of you looking for a bit of Boho inspiration!  Add some pretty lace along with a few antique elements and awesome shooter Cassandra Farley has not only captured this bohemian romance you see before you, she's also designed and styled it. Gathering together an uber-talented bunch of wedding pros, this styled shoot is filled with some unique and original touches.  Inspired by lots of golds, with hints of green, pink, and white, the mossy green grass, and tall trees give this shoot a touch of nature. Between the soft flowers draped on the cake, to the little elephants on the table; this was a beautiful and whimsical shoot. 

One last note here on this lovely Bohemian Romance Shoot: You can catch it on Vimeo  where the details show up close and beautifully.  Thanks again to Cassandra Farley and her top drawer team for bringing us this perfect Summer inspiration . . . .
Photographer | Shoot designer: Cassandra Farley Photography
Models: Jessica Lee | Colton Lee
Makeup | Hair: Kelli Miller
Wedding Cake: Sweet Cakes by Karen
Tables | Chairs: St. George Party Rentals
Wedding Dress: My Amazing Wedding Dress
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Thursday, June 26, 2014


 A parfait of blush graces today's  medley of gorgeousness. I hope you can take away a bit of  Spring into Summer inspiration here for whatever your little heart desires.  Lately I'm obsessed with and can't think of anything prettier  than a whisper of blush on a wedding dress.   I've  loved adding this peachy-pink tint to my collections, especially when it makes a magnificent lace pattern really pop. Featured here are some of the dresses and accessories I created in beautiful blush . . . .
Top Photo: The SABRINA Dress is a sheath made out of blush antique satin with white Chantilly lace covering the bodice.  It has a separate layered tulle over skirt.  You can wear the sheath by itself or as a ballgown with the skirt.  Below: The MADELYN Dress is shirred beauty.  The bodice is ivory lace over blush taffeta with multi-layers and yards of tulle in the full skirt.
Above: The EMMA Dress is an evening gown silhouette with a mix of ivory and white Chantilly laces over silk and tulle.  Below: The PHAEDRA Dress has a tea dyed tulle bodice over white Chantilly lace backed with blush taffeta and A-line skirt that fans out into a full train.
 Simply fascinating is this tulle pouf fascinator that's part of The Dioresque Collection bordered in hanging beads . . . .
Top Photo: Strotz Photography//Make up by Audrey Mendoza//Hair by Intertwine
Photo 3: Lirette Photography//Makeup by Prettyologie//Hair by Salon Glam
Photo 4: Jim Vetter Photography//Hair: Style by Lana
Makeup: Tracy Shelor- Makeup, Skin and Airbrush Artist
Photo 5: Lirette Photography//Make up by Prettyologie//Hair by Intertwine

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


These beautifully captured images by Diana Maire Photography were more than I ever expected in showcasing the lovely Beatrix Dress.  From the Country Chic Shoot, I remember in the initial planning, the photographer and coordinater on the shoot wanted a country/1950s/Boho feel to the fashion--something you could sport in the woods, field and meadow while still looking stylish in on your wedding day. Both went for  Beatrix. I had a blast creating this design!  It's so positively girly and ultra-feminine; the bodice is embroidered organza trimmed with a scalloped edging.  It sits a atop layers and yards of tulle skirt, perfect for dancing or just kicking up your heels . . . . 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Looking for a chi chi alternative to the veil?  Sophisticated bridal dressing like this  gives you the opportunity really 'vogue' it up and wear those short kid gloves, carry a tiny satin clutch or sport that pill box hat with a wisp of veiling. Speaking of pill boxes, this one  makes a  great stand-in if you're looking to change out the traditional veil.  Round and brimless, this hat is worn either centered, tilted or back on the head.  Though this style was introduced in the 1930s, Jackie Kennedy revived the look.   Generally this hat looks best with suits and fitted sheath designs; super with most other silhouettes even bell shapes like this one (The TIFFANY Dress).  I have to give a shout out here to the talented Joy Strotz who captured these lovely photos of model Sabrina in my creations . . .

Monday, June 23, 2014


There are some real perks to being a bridal gown designer, one of which is every so often getting to work with some super creative wedding pros.  This styled shoot has to be  one of the most incredible  I've done thus far.  Every vendor on this project had a unique set of skills for creating today's blend of inspiration.  The concept for this project was put together by florist and event designer, Victoria Marshall, who conjured this shoot around flowers--those growing, picked and some gorgeous impostors made out of silk.  The minute she contacted me I was over the moon excited to work with her again .  Mixing flowers and greenery amid acres of carefully cultivated gardens in the wine country is one of the best themes there is.   Victoria's bouquets and table artistry are beyond words.  Roses, peonies and ranunculus both living and silk, were even fashioned and worked into sashes, on dresses and worn in the hair. All this swoon was captured by photographer, Shona Nystrom of Studio 7teen .  One of the most intense shooters I've ever had the pleasure working with, she understands how light works and plays.  Her images have that dreamlike, ethereal quality  but are still grounded in the reality of the moment. The piece de resistance had to be shooting at the landmark Madrona Manor Inn in the heart of the wine country.  A rambling estate on eight acres, it's a property  showcasing Victorian architecture.  The many gardens and wooded areas on this property make it an ideal spot for a wedding. 
Special thanks to Katy Marshall who did an awesome job on make up and hair. She made the other Katy (model) look fantastic in my designs.  Thanks to everyone who worked on this very special project , creating joy and inspiration along the way . . . .
Photographer: Shona Nystrom of Studio 7teen
Dresses and Accessories: Amy-Jo Tatum
Flowers and  Table Decor: Victoria's Florals and Event Design
Hair and Make up: Katy Marshall
Models: Katy and Justin
Venue: Madrona Manor Inn and Restaurant, Healdsburg, California