Wednesday, December 27, 2017


  Getting it together for 2018 means adding newbies to the collections. Above is an ideal example of a lace I've wanted to add to Boho for some time: a very beautifully beaded Alencon I've called JULIET after  the most traditionally romantic character in history.  For me heavy beadwork in this sheath/evening gown style goes more in the direction of Gatsbyesque but with the Juliet theme in mind it lends itself  well to the fairytale side of Bohemian.  I just can't wait to get this dress on an actual bride . . . .
Above is another new gem going a bit more in the direction of tradition.  Meet ARABELLA with an allover Valencine lace bodice complimented with Chantilly lace bordering the hem and bell sleeves.   The skirt is yards of tulle and layers of crinoline.  The great thing about this dress is it's grand scale enough to go formal yet  ballet legnth(above the ankles) so there's easy movement all though your wedding day . . . .

Thursday, December 21, 2017


Check it out all you winter brides--some inspiring ways to wear the holidays in your hair.  From elegant Czarina to winter flower child, these headpieces and hair styles are totally on trend for 2017-18. . . . .
Header Photo: via Aspirational Bride Clockwise: Photo 1: via Tumblr//Photo 2: Dolce and Gabbana via Instagram///Photo 3: via .Sorcha Oraghallaigh////Photo 4: via Pinterest//Photo 5: via Chic Wedding Hairstyles///Photo 6: John T Photo--Hair by Kathi Rothkop of Salon Glam

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


What could be more romantic and on point season wise than a tartan wedding during the holidays?  Tartans and plaids are practically synonymous with Christmas both in decor and fashion, not to mention everything from wrapping paper to Christmas cards. Great fashion inspo from touches and accents to full blown tartanesque with the groom in a kilt!
  Photo 1: via Style Me Pretty//Photo 2: via Pinterest Photo 3: Stella Dress Photo 4:  Shell and Chinosiere Photo 5: Happy Wedd  Photo 6:Carmencita B  Photo7: Invites Weddings  Photo 8: via Pinterest

Tuesday, December 19, 2017


What a treat for a Christmas wedding--The white suede cape and faux lamb hat. Covering your gown with a cape is ideal. This cape is roomy and won't squash your dress.  Trimmed in maribou (bird feathers) this cape sports friendly fur to keep the chill off in cold climes. Since this is pretty much a custom piece it can be ordered in wool velvet, cashmere--options that ould make for a lovely and original cape.

Monday, December 18, 2017


If Baby's Breath takes your breath away in spring and summer just wait till you see how great it is for winter and Christmas.  For years florists used Baby's Breath as a filler flower in wedding bouquets.  Now ever popular (and inexpensive to boot), we've discovered Baby's Breath can be magnificent all on it's own in everything from tablescapes, bouquets and circles of it tucked into head wreaths.  Personally I'm crazy over it summer, spring, fall and especially winter with all it's delicacy and frothiness so perfect for the holiday season . . . .

 Top Photo: Baby's Breath Bouquet by Massaroni via Wedding Wonderland
Photos 2 and 3: Wreath via Grey Likes Weddings//Berries and Baby's Breath Bouquet via Pinterest
Photo 4: Head Wreath via Style Me Pretty
Photo 5: Tablescape via A World of Inspiration
Photos 6 and 7: via Nagomy Models///wreath via The Style Caster
Photo 8: via Bride Tips
Photos 9 and 10: via Urban Chateau Floral
Photo 11: via Style Me Pretty
Photos 12 and 13: via Lis Photography
Photo 14: via Sortrature

Friday, December 1, 2017


Whether you're wearing crocheted shorties or long, opera length beauties —gloves are glam and can really add some spark to your bridal look. If you're getting married this time of year when the chill is on, long gloves help warm up hands and arms. You can go with the classic white and ivory or jazz up your look with any length, color, texture, even pattern. Just like some brides are showing some pizazz wearing different color shoes with their gown, glove color is an option you have as well. Experiment, then go right ahead and be as adventuresome as you want!

 Dresses: Amy Jo Tatum Bridal
Head Chic:  
Batcakes Couture
Teena Hoffstetter
Hair: Kyle Rich

Flowers by JLDesigns
 Mission San Juan Capistrano

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


 I love the concept of the urban/city chic style wedding happening around this time of year--October/November.  There's something about metro landscapes that compliment sophisticated dressing.  The TATYANA Dress actually is one of my most versatile pieces in the sense it can go country/vineyard as well as beach and bohemian.  Here we have it glammed up for a chic city wedding at the Crocker Galleria in San Francisco.  When we did The City Chic Wedding editorial, In the planning I knew accessories like the long opera gloves and tulle head pouf would set the theme.  The addition of the white satin belt added just the right touch to complete the look . . . . .

 The dress is allover tulle and bodice has a surpliced front of lace cut outs under slightly shirred tulle. There are 6 layers of lightweight tulle skirts over a silk habotai lining and separate petticoat of many layers of crinoline.   The Tulle Head pouf also available through Etsy
Photography by Dominic Colacchio
Dresses and Head Pieces by Amy-Jo Tatum
Dave's Tux by Magnoli Clothiers New Zealand
Flowers by Abigail's Flowers in The Crocker Galleria
Models: Dave and Natalie

Monday, November 27, 2017


Today's inspiration comes from The I Love Boho editorial we did a couple years back featuring the other worldly and hauntingly beautiful work of photographer, Lexi Moody.  She captures the waif/fairytale/flowerchild spirit like no other shooter can in my book.  Love, love love the mood . . .

Friday, November 24, 2017


Above is my blue book, page after page of renderings I keep each year for custom clients who have the courage and faith to develop the most important dress of their life from ground zero.  This handful of brides don't order from my existing collection but create a design from what's in their head. Boy, it takes a lot of trust to build a dress from scratch especially if you know zilch about fabric, silhouette, yada, yada, yada . . . which most of my brides can cop to.  Today I open up the books and salute all my one-of-a-kind brides through the year who trusted my expertise to bring their vision to life . . .
Above: We tracked down this embroidered silk dupioni in London for the bodice of Zoe's dress.  So gorgeous is the slightly dropped waist!  The full skirt is layers and yards of tulle.  I sometimes fall so much in love with the dresses that I put them into the collection with my own interpretations.  This designer's version will either sport a train or fall just above the ankles a la 1950s
Above: Elvie wanted a close-fitting all over lace dress that was simple in design sans a train (she wanted to move freely about on her wedding day).  She added drama and made up for the train with a single layer cathedral veil for the ceremony with a 5-foot extension . . . . .  
Above: Another all over lace dress only once the muslin test pattern was done Katie found this great eyelet and we swapped out the lace. Most of the work that went into making this dress truly couture was the handmade belt out of Schiffli lace cut outs, pearls and intricate bead work.   And look at me gilding up the lily with accessories!!! Suffice it to say, she didn't wear the hat and gloves.  A shorter fly away veil topped off her look beautifully.
Above: Alicia had an Autumn in NYC wedding, nups at sunset in a loft/art gallery/restaurant so we wanted to play up the cocktail wedding theme. She ended up going pretty much 1940s chic with her evening gown silhouette.  The bodice was pieced Alencon laces, part of my lace stash she couldn't pass up
(shown below).  The head piece changed a little from the pleats shown above to more of a netted cage pouf.

Above: When Dana came to me with this 20s-30s tango/flamenco idea I had only to show her I'd created something pretty close a few years back in red about 20-inches shorter.  Yes,  she wanted to dance at her wedding so she came to the right designer--who not only danced at her own wedding but comes from a ballroom dance background so I know how fabrics and certain styles are going to move.  We used ivory chiffon backed with a crepe and lined it in silk charmeuse.  I told her, "When you line a dress in silk charm, you'll never take it off. . . .". The ruffles are on the bias so with the weight of the crepe they have  an elegant float about them. 
Above: Another Autumn wedding (last week), this dress in silk crepe and chiffon is a gem of many, many, many yards of  fabrics so light, there's no bulk in spite of the multitude of pleats in the bodice.  Katie--I had two Katies this year--said she initially came to me because she couldn't find anything in the shops or online she thought was sophisticated enough to say 'bride' without shouting MOB!!!!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Like the Macy's parade come every 4th Thursday in November, it's become a tradition here--my posting about the Thanksgiving wedding and the many details that go with.  I actually love the idea of getting married on Thanksgiving Day. The days before as well as the Friday, Saturday and Sunday after are times family are all gathered.  And that's the bonus of a Turkey Day Wedding--the guests and menu are all pretty much assembled.  If you want cozy nups with just family go ahead and opt for Thanksgiving Day.  Extend that invite beyond family and your wedding might conflict with most of your invited guest's family dinners.  Overall, a turkey dinner with all the fixings for the bride and groom and family gathered is a great way to combine your vows with that great family institution.
Above: What could be more symbolic of Thanksgiving than the harvest?  This bouquet of wheat by JL Designs says it all//Photos by Stephanie Williams Photography from the Vintage and Rustic Shoot//Dress by Amy-Jo Tatum//Below: A medley of Thanksgiving table chic, decor and autumn fashion.  Dress by Amy Jo Tatum