You lookin' for me?  It's Friday so I'm over at Savvy Scoop Blog talking about the long and short options you have all in one dress . . . That's right and not only can you doff your hemline and have a whole new look on your wedding day, you can go green at the same time.  Check out Janay A's incredibly chic and practical gowns here!


I've found the perfect combo of contemporary meeting timeless fashion.  Australian designer Kristi Bonnici has launched a breathtaking collection of accessories for brides including jackets, capes and head wear to die for.  French laces, flocked tulle veiling and exquisite and rare materials make up her stunning pieces--each as gorg as the next. Kristi's philosophy about wedding fashion has more to do with topping off and pulling together a stylized look for her brides than embracing The Big White Dress Concept.   The result: every one of her pieces have that truly one-of-a-kind look you can only find in top drawer couture


Real Wedding ~ Francine and Gordon

There are so many amazing details in Francine and Gordon's brilliant Atlanta, GA wedding at the King Plow Arts Center, sent to us by talented photographers Dan and Anne Almasy. The magical event was created in a bold palette based on blue and orange with meticulous attention to detail. Inspired elements included a hanging sculpture of bicycle wheels, suspended branched florals and an exquisite suite of paper goods featuring butterfly designs. Blue butterflies were perched on each layer of the spectacular cake made by Sweet Sensations with intricate piped detailing and tables were set with blue linens, cobalt and amber stemware, blue napkins and wooden chargers. To see more of Francine and Gordon's beautiful wedding and reception, visit the Dan and Anne Almasy blog. Enjoy!

Dan & Anne Almasy. Wedding Coordinator: Janice Blackmon Events. Event Design, Florals, Catering and Desserts: Bold American Events. Venue: King Plow Arts Center. Baker: Sweet Sensations. Wedding Gown: Vera Wang purchased from Joan Pillow Bridal Salon. Hair and Makeup: Luxe Beauty. Invitations: Inviting Ideas. Ceremony Musicians: Allegro Strings. DJ: Absolute Entertainment. Transportation: Cooper-Atlanta Transportation.



It's easy to tell if you're a romantic--you tend to swoon over ball gowns, full skirts with trains and love either a nipped in waist or corseted bodice.  Lace, organza, tulle and chiffon with layers of netting are your fave fabrics.  For those of you planning grand entrances, check out these designers spinning dreams and storybook images--this post is dedicated to you 
Above: Layered tulle Bridal skirt is  thousands of layers of soft bridal tulle, a signature " Bonzie " piece. Pair this up with a corset to get this Steampunk meets Victoriana look . . .
Below: Gown by Caroline Calvert of tulle with a silk Shantung underskirt 
Bodice is see through lace with a corseted back

Want to feel royal without layers of uber pouf? The Alison bridal gown is perfect.  All silk chiffon and Charmeuse, it's made out of three layers of silk fabrics and ribbons
Above: By Rowanjoy, bodice and neck interest create vintage chic. The bodice is highlighted with a gold silk and lace neck piece echoing at the waist line. A gently draped crossover skirt falls gracefully into a flowing train and has a draped mermaid skirt underneath.
Yours Truly designed this little number above out of a mix of imported laces.  It is a silk dupion and tea-dyed silk gauze strapless gown with separate petticoat lined in silk with a back insert of Chantilly lace. The gown can be worn with the front sash draped around the neckline or as a tie down the front.
Hemp, silk and tiers of ruffles make up this eco-chic stunner by Thread Head
Above: You can always count on Claire La Faye to bring on the romance in this sweep light and airy of silk chiffon and Charmeuse.  
Above: Joan Shum's A-line skirt in ruched tulle paired up with a fully boned corset.  Truly one-of-a-kind . . .
Above: Carol Hannah of Project Runway fame designed this tulle ballgown with feather drape, ivory sequined overlay and gold English net bow.
Pure Magnolia's tulle ballgown is eco-chic made from cotton. 
Everything underneath the tulle is of Organic cotton sateen making this dress wearable and comfortable. The bodice is made from Cotton Silk Satin, and all you see is the beautiful golden shine of natural silk.

Fall 2011 Issue Cover Sneak Peek

We couldn't wait to share this sneak peek of our gorgeous new Fall 2011 issue! Look for it on newsstands and in the hands of stylish brides everywhere October through December!

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Styling and photography: Brooke Thomas. Photographed on location at Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, GA. Hair and makeup: Kara Ramos for Factor Atlanta. Fashion assistants: Terri Ireland and Lydia Thomas. Amelia gown, $1,800 by J.Crew. Vintage stud earrings, $110 by Tejani. Bracelet, $548 at House of Lavande. 18 karat white gold engagement ring designed by C. Gonshor with a 2.50 carat round brilliant cut diamond accented by a cushion shaped diamond halo with milgrain detailing available at Diamonds Direct. Price available upon request.



Redheads come in all shades: auburn, ginger, cinnamon, chestnut, henna, strawberry blond, carrot top.  Hair is not all that characterizes the real redhead though.  Fair, sometimes alabaster skin with a peach undertone and freckles are all hallmark of the quintessential celtic beauty, marking shades like ivory, peach and eggshell a redhead's best pick.  Why are these yellow tones best for you?  Your complexion is most likely fair and pale ergo most whites and stark whites will wash out your complexion. On the other hand, ivory and eggshell tones will warm up skin tone and once they're put on do seem to belong to redheads exclusively. Silk whites--which is to say off or muted whites like the shade in the header photo and last photos below can work for the bride with red hair as long as they stay matte or muted . . .
Left: top and bottom photo
Right photo



I'm loving Rosa Clara 2012 with simple lines in classic silhouettes that will withstand the test of time.  You'll never find noise or too many embellishments on these gowns, nor will you find more than one to two fabrics combined on one design.  Rosa Clara is a  purist in the true sense of the word.

  Images via Vogue Novias

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