Rent the Runway Weddings

Rent the Runway, the leading online destination for dress and accessory rentals has just introduced Rent the Runway Weddings where bridesmaids can rent their dresses at a fraction of the retail price. The wedding rental site features designer bridalwear from Badgley Mischka, Nicole Miller and Robert Rodriquez along with dresses from designers including, Halston, Helmut Lang, Hervé Léger, Angel Sanchez, Missoni and more. In addition to options for bridesmaids Rent the Runway also offers dresses and accessories perfect for brides. From engagement party dresses to jewelry and accessories to go with your wedding gown, Rent the Runway Weddings offers brides designer clothes and accessories for every wedding event up until the big day. So whether you're a bride, bridesmaid, wedding guest or you just want to partake in the amazing offerings of Rent the Runway, visit their website to start your free membership and get shopping!


Real Wedding ~ Molly and Robert

Most brides would see rain on the day of their outdoor wedding as a major wedding nightmare, whereas Molly owner of Bella Bridesmaid in Tampa, FL saw it as an excuse for a playful wedding day accessory. Not to let the rain dampen her day, Molly and her bridesmaids slipped into some color coordinated rain boots, the perfect rainy day wedding accessory that made us fall in love with Molly and Robert's wedding at the farm at Old Edwards Inn and Spa photographed by Parker J. Pfister. Molly wore a stunning Anne Barge lace A-line gown with fitted corset and soft floral lace trim that she accentuated with a Champagne sash fashioned with a glittering brooch to cinch in the waist. Her bridesmaids wore pretty flamingo pink silk dupioni dresses from Lula Kate with feminine ruffle collar silhouette. Situated outside on the enchanting grounds of the Old Edwards Inn and Spa a tent provided the reception venue designed in a palette of pinks from fuchsia to rose petal accented with natural elements in deep chocolate, green, ivory and antique silver. A dark wood riddling wine rack adorned with leafy green garland and small bouquets of green antique hydrangea in each hole with place card tags greeted guests as they entered the space. With a beautifully draped all white tent dripping with chandeliers over the dance floor, Molly added a candy pink sash to her gown and danced the night away with family and friends. The night ended with a showering flower petal send off and a quick kiss in the back of the couple's getaway car where "Just Married," was scrolled across the window.

Parker J. Pfister. Wedding Coordinator: Shay Brown Events. Gown: Anne Barge. Bridesmaid Dresses: Lula Kate from Bella Bridesmaid. Venue: The Farm at Old Edwards Inn and Spa.




Photography: John Truong and Stuart Lirette
Gowns: Amy-Jo Tatum Bridal Couture
Hair: Kathie Rothkop
Makeup: Juliane Chai
Models: Jen Lam and Lauren Purcell


Lovely monochromatics of hot pink to the most gentle pastels remind us despite all this cold, spring is once more on the way with blossoms and froth.  Thanks Helena over at SMP Style Circle for sharing your thoughts and inspiration here with us . . .


The theme was Belle Epoque at the San Francisco Ballet opening Wednesday night.  Rolling out the red carpet for the cavalcade of couture, the most celebrated designer it seemed was Alexander McQueen living on through his art as social sceners paid him the ultimate tribute by wearing his most dramatic pieces.  Above: Always nailing a grand entrance, Deepa  Pakianathan does it again wearing a cocktail length dress and booties by the late McQueen.  The skirt is extraordinary with gold painted feathers draped with silk screened fabric.  Says Deepa, "The print is very special . . . it looks like a tapestry with angels . . ." 

The ever elegant Yurie Pascarella in Alexander McQueen.  A real tour de force in winter dressing . . .
Suzy Kellems Dominik in a gown by Alexander McQueen.  The intricate gold shot embroidery and consistency of the pattern here  is indeed a work of art.
I've always thought Napa Valley fashion designer Karen Caldwell is the best billboard for her own creations. This piece, like most she designs carries the spirit of the great Edith Head. Karen is best known for incorporating simple lines in jewel and pastel tones. Her belts and sashes tied into pretty bows are definitely one of her trademarks.   
Everyone knows I'm a believer in exquisite hairstyling.  Thanks to Melissa Barber it looks like we might be moving into an era of grand and gala hair for nights out.  This is one of my fav looks for topping off an elegant gown.

Volunteer in Your Community

We have started a new category of posts on the Weddings Unveiled blog labeled Faith, Hope & Love. Whenever you visit Completely Unveiled, you can search this topic, where you'll find posts about events supporting charities, ways you can contribute, opportunities to volunteer and more. It is our sincerest hope that our readers will find inspiration in these posts to help others and share love. We have faith that even the smallest acts of kindness and love can make a difference in our world and in the lives of others.

With faith, hope and love,
Weddings Unveiled


My piece of bread only belongs to me when I know that everyone else has a share, and that no one starves while I eat. ~ Leo Tolstoy

There are countless people in need living in communities and cities throughout our country who struggle to find their next meal or live without the basic necessities that most of us take for granted every day. You can help and get involved in your community by volunteering or donating to a local shelter or soup kitchen. Gather a group of friends, family or your wedding party and spend an afternoon or a day volunteering. Your time, your love and the kindness you share will make a difference in the world! Not only will your good works help those less fortunate, but your actions will also inspire others to help, creating an endless chain of good.

Our Weddings Unveiled team has put together this small list of shelters and soup kitchens in the Southern states surrrounding our homes. We know that there are so many more out there and we hope that you will choose to get involved with one of the organizations we have listed or a local organization in your community. Please feel free to add to our list by commenting to let others know of additional shelters, soup kitchens and organizations in your local area where our readers can volunteer or contribute. We can work together to help our neighbors in need!

Freedom House Homeless Services (Richmond)
Embry Rucker Community Shelter (Reston)
Northern Virginia Regional Commison Homeless Shelters Guide
The Carpenter's Shelter (Alexandria)

North Carolina
St. Peter's Soup Kitchen (Charlotte)
Women's Center of Wake County (Raleigh)
Charlotte Rescue Mission (Charlotte)
Potter's House Community Kitchen (Greensboro)
Weaver's House Shelter (Greensboro)
Raleigh Rescue Mission (Raleigh)
Chapel Hill Interfaith Council Community House & Kitchen (Chapel Hill)
Mooresville Soup Kitchen (Mooresville)
Good Shepherd House (Wilmington)
Winston-Salem Rescue Mission (Winston-Salem)

Chattanooga Community Kitchen (Chattanooga)
Memphis Union Mission (Memphis)

South Carolina
Charleston Crisis Ministries (Charleston)
Palmetto House (Summerville)
Christ Central (Aiken)
Manna House (Florence)
Greer Soup Kitchen (Greer)
Project Host (Greenville)
Hannah House (Columbia)

Crossroads Community Ministries Soup Kitchen (Atlanta)
The Open Door Community Soup Kitchen (Atlanta)
Elizabeth Inn Emergency Shelter (Marietta)
Ministries United for Service and Training Soup Kitchen (Marietta)
Atlanta Union Mission (Atlanta)
Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter (Cartersville)
Trinity Urban Ministries of Atlanta (Atlanta)
Church On The Street Food Server Line (Atlanta)
Harvest Outreach (Dalton)
Golden Harvest Food Bank (Augusta)

St. Matthews Soup Kitchen & Homeless Shelter of Naples (Naples)
Fort Meyers Rescue Mission (Fort Meyers)
Vero Beach Samaritan Center (Vero Beach)

Real Wedding ~ Molly and Bucky

Molly and Bucky found inspiration in their venue for their fall wedding, incorporating beautiful natural and rustic details into their wedding day at the farm at Old Edwards Inn and Spa, photographed by Kellie Kano Photography. The event was designed in a palette of mostly white, ivory, and peridot paired with natural earthy elements in khaki, brown and moss. Molly wore a sleek ivory gown with soft sweetheart neckline, beautiful floral embellishment at the bust and sleeves that gently draped off the shoulder. She added a pretty fingertip length veil trimmed in lace and carried a bouquet of mixed white and green blooms, including fluffy white ranunculus and fern curls. Her bridesmaids wore full length strapless gowns with ruched bust and empire waist in peridot, while Bucky and his groomsmen wore light khaki suits with white button downs and striped ties in peridot, white and hunter.

A variety of natural elements combined with florals, drapery and lanterns creating an enchanting atmosphere for the tented reception situated on the sprawling grounds of the Old Edwards Inn. The muted palette continued in the reception with the addition of a few colorful floral blooms in lavender, pink and light blue. Guest tables were draped in crisp white linens with moss colored runners and centerpieces in a variety of aged carved stone planters with fruits at its base and flickering candlelight in leaf and twine wrapped votives. White lanterns hung from the draped ceiling adding festive lighting over the dance floor, while the center pole of the tent wraped in branches and vines added to the natural organic feeling of the reception. To see more of Molly and Bucky's rustic inspired Highlands, North Carolina mountain wedding, visit the Kellie Kano Photography blog!

Kellie Kano Photography. Wedding Coordinator: Nancy Padgett with Soirees. Gown: Amy Kuschel. Shoes: Kate Spade. Groom and Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew. Venue: The Farm at Old Edwards Inn and Spa. Florist: Mardee Allcorn Morris. Band: Mo' Sol.



 Check out these chic little poufs from Alisa Brides on Etsy.  The combo of feathers and use of netting is fabulous.  Paired with a simple gown like this it shows off your gorgeous face.  Wear a suit or shirt dress and you take on a whole new look of elan  . . . The above is a short birdcage with french net, feathers,  tulle, and a crystal flower.
French netting with silk handmade flower and scattered Swarowski crystals

This veil of Russian netting emulates a wide-brimmed hat with a tulle flower with sparkles and large crystals.
Russian netting with roses, Swarovski crystals, and ribbon.

How Do We Thank Thee...

Every day is a great day to say thanks to someone!! Here at Weddings Unveiled and Completely Unveiled, we've made it a weekly event. Every Thursday we like to take a moment to say how grateful we are for all our amazing friends, family, fans, fellow wedding professionals, readers, subscribers and followers. We're truly blessed!! As always, we'd also like to say a special thanks to the many people in the blogosphere who have blogged about or featured Weddings Unveiled or Completely Unveiled during the past couple of weeks. We've included a sampling below of some of them, so be sure to visit and leave a comment to spread the love!

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Weddings Unveiled Winter Social Recap

We recently celebrated the release of our spectacular Winter 2011 issue with a lovely Winter Social at StudioWed Nashville. The event was a huge success and packed with talented wedding professionals. We were thrilled to see so many familiar faces and longtime supporters of Weddings Unveiled as well as meet some new faces out in Nashville. With the help of some amazing StudioWed Nashville vendors the space was transformed into a winter wonderland with washes of blue lighting from Nashville Audio Visual and gorgeous arrangements created by Brocade Design Arts. Guests mingled while enjoying cocktails and a delicious menu of appetizers created by Chef's Market and Clean Plate Club. Crumb de la Crumb created a collection of sweet treats for guests to indulge their sweet tooth, while perusing the stunning Winter 2011 issue.

Thanks so much to all our friends who celebrated with us and a huge thank you to the amazing wedding professionals who helped put this incredible event together: Southall Eden, Sweet Life Designs, StudioWed Nashville, Classic Party Rentals, Chef's Market, Clean Plate Club, Brocade Design Arts, Nashville Audio Visual, Crumb de la Crumb and Kristyn Hogan for photographing the event for us.

Our wonderful hosts StudioWed Nashville Co-Owners Mary Alice and Leigh

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