Some beautiful items today on Etsy. Treasury West is featuring several sellers--moi included! Such a surprise to wake up this morning and find the photo above on my favorite site.

BAKED Contest Winner!

We had so many excellent and luxurious indulgences submitted for the BAKED contest, it was hard to choose. But there has to be a winner and we have chosen Marsha! Marsha's comment spoke to us because it seems like the ultimate in comfort and indulgence. "Persimmon pudding during Thanksgiving at home with the McRae family for the holidays!" That indulgence is good for the taste buds AND the soul.

Marsha will be receiving a copy of
Baked: New Frontiers in Baking, a fabulously delicious cookbook from the founders of the famed BAKED bakery in Brooklyn, NY - now also in Charleston, SC! We want you to enjoy these sweet recipes with your family Marsha, so give us a shout and let us know how to reach you!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter our contest! We enjoyed getting a glimpse into our reader's favorite indulgences!

Image courtesy of the Martha Stewart website



Thanks to a few designers like Vera Wang and Elizabeth Fillmore, mermaid silhouettes have been enjoying a rebirth within the last few years. From skirts that flare gently around the knees to pouf versions, they're all back to stay this time. Like the legendary creature herself, the mermaid is half and half: half sheath, half ball gown. Fitted long and snug to the knees then POW! Either a full flared skirt or tiers of ruffles complete the look, sometimes falling into (no pun intended) a fishtail train in back. Big glam look in the 1950s in heavier, highly polished satins. Bombshells like Jane Mansfield donned some high voltage, kitchy-chic with this cut.

JLM Couture

Most of the drama of a Mermaid is not only in how the skirt flares but what it's made up of . . .
Mariane Lanting Couture

Vera Wang


Suzanne Neville

Amanda Wakeley

Mermaids are great alternatives for shorter brides who love the ball gown look but can't wear it for it's all consumingness.


Blog Love ~ Don't Box Us In

We love this site from the staff of Trash The Dress! Don't Box Us In invites everyone to "experience the other side of wedding photography" - a concept Weddings Unveiled would like to encourage as much as possible. It's no secret that every bride and groom has a list of must-do photos for their wedding day, but when the photographer is given the freedom to be creative with the rest, the true story of their day unfolds. With question and answer sessions from both the photographers and their clients, this site is a great place for some insight into the difference between good wedding day photography and spectacular wedding day photography. Don't miss the interviews with our friends, Our Labor of Love Photography in Georgia and Agnes Lopez in Jacksonville, Florida.


WU is Blogged!

We have been blogged by the Bridal Inquirer! The lovely team over at
The Bridal Inquirer has nominated our website as one that shows great attitude and gratitude all while being inspiring! And we just want to return the favor and say thank you! We love being nominated and so appreciate being included in the list of inspiring blogs out there!


MODERN ROMANCE: Confessions of a Bridal Designer

Okay, so all you boomers know Modern Romance used to be the most popular confession pulp back in the 1960s. Lately though I've been stalking Christine Gorman's Etsy site as well as top notch blog of the same name, Modern Romance. I'm totally taken with her wrap chic. Once I tracked her down I just had to ask her from when and where her muse (or muses) first visited. Here's what she said: "Inspiration for this line started with a friend who was getting married. Since their budget was tight she bought a simple dress and was having an impossible time finding a wrap or a scarf to dress it up. I started messing around with some silk I had and my first shoulder wrap was born!"

"My head was spinning with ideas after that and so I just kept creating. The fabrics I like to use for the wraps are dupioni silk and silk organza. I love dupioni because it has a wonderful texture that adds interest to the simple shapes I like to use in my designs. As for organza, what's not to love about the ethereal quality of billowing ruffles. I also am adding a crushed velvet cape to my site which I am mad about. I decided to make the lining with the velvet as well so that the bride can be enveloped in it. It is such a wonderful fabric that it seemed a shame to only have it on the outside! "

Christine, based in Portland, Oregon also creates lucious headpieces and birdcage veils. Handmade silk florals are one of her top specialties and these little flowers look almost real. A visit to her site is gaurenteed tol truly inspire you . . . .

How Do We Thank Thee....

It's Thursday! That means it's time for us to thank all those who have loved up Weddings Unveiled. Please check out these fine and lovely blogs. Thank You!!


Real Wedding ~ Tessie and Matt

Tessie and Matt's lovely winter wedding, photographed by our talented friends, Bill and Anne Holland of Holland Photo Arts, was held at the picturesque Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, VA. Tessie and matt work as artist-blacksmiths in their own blacksmithing shop and actually designed their own wedding invitations featuring a scroll design that Matt sketched. Their palette was a study in browns, soft greens and creamy neutrals. Deep chocolate tones and glowing candlelight were mixed with iron lanterns, rustic vines and soft, massed florals for a warm, welcoming feel. Enjoy!

Photography: Holland Photo Arts.


IN SIMPATICO: The Lowdown on Dressing As a Duo

Relax. There are no hard and fast rules you have to follow anymore when it comes time for you and your groom to coordinate your look. Only that the bride and groom’s look should be in simpatico. This means if you're in a Reem Acra with a cathedral train and veil, the groom can’t show up in a casual linen suit without setting your unity as a couple off-balance. Realize this day is symbolic; you’re creating the harmony you hope follows the rest of your life.

If you happen to like tradition and want to follow the rules to the letter, below you’ll find them outlined; on the other hand, if you wish to add a twist on those traditions to demonstrate your creativity or make a statement, go for it.

HIGH DRESS FORMAL - Pictured above. Generally when the bride is in a formal gown with a long train and corresponding veil after 4PM, the groom is in white-tie and tails. Think symphony conductor in full dress and you’ve nailed this look. The overcoat is black and can be single or double breasted. Shorter in front, it narrows down to two tails hanging to the knees in back. Typically a white pique shirt and white vest are worn underneath with white bow tie. White gloves and a pocket silk or boutonniere really complete your appearance. So what if you want to go white tie before 4PM? As long as the bride’s gown is formal enough and you both feel better in full dress at noon, do it. selix

Vera Wang
FORMAL- Both photos above. Time of day (11AM-4PM), location and size of the guest list usually distinguish this from the High Dress Formal wedding. The bride wears a gown with a train and the groom is usually in a tuxedo. Single or double-breasted, the tux is worn for formal and semi-formal weddings with matching trousers that have a satin stripe running down the outside leg. Under the jacket is a wing tip or spread collared shirt, vest or cummerbund and bow tie. Contemporary versions with vests can be worn with necktie replacing bow tie. An alternative to the tux is the traditional morning coat, once standard for formal daytime weddings. To picture this look think Ascot. You know those races in England with all the guys in top hats? Like tails, this coat is short in front, tapering to a long split panel in back. Can be in black, but gray is the traditional shade. The coat is worn with corresponding gray or gray pinstripe trousers, a gray vest and white spread collared or wing-tip shirt, topped off with an ascot tie.


Ulrich Engler
SEMI-FORMAL - Pictured above and below, typically the bride is still in a formal gown, only she dons a shorter train or ball gown sans the train. This less traditional wedding gives you both the flexibility to tone down the formality of your attire. Here your groom can go with a different shade or unconventional cut tux like a Nehru jacket. During summer months, how about a white dinner jacket with black trousers, matching cummerbund and tie? This Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca look is great for West Coast or island weddings—compliments beachy/evening gown silhouettes so trendy now.

Le Spose di Jo

INFORMAL-For an informal wedding your groom can wear anything stylish from his best suit to something more laid-back like a navy sport coat or silk shirt and khakis. Clothing here follows the simplicity of the celebration, and one of the most important things you and your groom need keep in mind is, informal weddings are brief and the attire though stylish and even elegant, is never formal.


Real Wedding ~ Leslie and Fernando

We love this family farm wedding in Burnsville, NC sent to us by the incredibly talented photographer Laura Negri Childers, whose own beautiful wedding was published in the Spring, 2008 issue of Weddings Unveiled. Leslie is a Charlotte, NC bride who met her Brazilian husband Fernando in New York where they live. The charming combination of their farm setting with bright juicy colors and lush florals is both rustic and luxe, resulting in an endless array of thoughtful, creative details. Don't miss the amazing cake stand!

To view Leslie & Fernando’s wedding day click

Photography: Laura Negri. Wedding Coordinator: Confetti, Betsy Blue & Janie Sellers. Ceremony Location: Big Drift Ridge Farm in Burnsville, NC. Florist: In Bloom Ltd. Cake: Cakes by Jane. Caterer: Side Porch.


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