Friday, January 30, 2009

A Match Made In Halo Heaven

Luckily for us fashion bloggers, some people just have to do things differently. Take the bride and groom from what is being called "The Halo Wedding". Earlier this month, Desirai Labrada and John Henry were pronounced "teammates for life" (Really! They were!) in Orlando, Florida. Their wedding- from accessories to the cake - followed the theme of the video game that brought them together. Although the bride and groom opted for traditional garb for themselves, their officiant wore a helmet and green armor in the role of Master Chief. See more of the wedding in this MTV report.

Also, if you're so inclined, visit the bride's etsy shop LucidDreamDesigns.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Wedding Gown of the Day

Allure Bridals
Style AW188

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Does "Simple" Mean Inexpensive?

- by Lisa R. Nelson

Martha Stewart has featured many beautiful weddings in the last 6 years. There was one, that was featured 4-5 years ago that stands out n my mind. It was uncomplicated and easy. It took place in a small room, around a long rectangular table. There were only about 10-15 guests. Everything was draped in white. The flowers were simple but beautiful - oranges, yellows and browns. They had a few large wispy arrangements and then smaller arrangements placed elegantly down the center of the table with candles surround. The chairs were covered with white chair covers - which looked to be custom (I didn’t say the wedding was inexpensive). On the back of only the Bride and Groom chairs was an embroidered monogram. The design was effortless and minimalist. It was absolutely brilliant. This wedding was of the most beautiful weddings I have seen featured in a magazine.

When looking at competitors websites, I came across one that said “simple is boring”. Hhmmmm? I don’t agree - or maybe I am too protective of my style and way of life. One of the biggest trends this year is simplicity of design and style. As both men and women are marrying older, they are looking for a more mature look and style that reflects their maturity in life. Couples are looking for something different - different color combinations and textures, but are looking to simplify. Simple A-line dresses are definitely in. Brides are looking for shed the excess fabric so that their true beauty and sophistication shine through. The make -up is getting much lighter (just to enhance the natural beauty that exists) and the veils much more simple – Cage veils exude class.

Many of the brides who contact me mistakenly say that they want something simple. What they really mean is they want to save money. Simple and inexpensive are not synonymous. Simple is timeless. Have you ever looked at your parents wedding pictures? You can tell the wedding happened n the 70’s or 80’s, because of the feathered hair, the big sleeves and the style of dresses. Simplicity lacks trends. When you take a look at a wedding, it could have taken place at any place or time. This is one of the reasons I love this style.

Monday, January 12, 2009

An Out-Of-This-World Wedding?

And for the nerd in us all....
Having an out of this world wedding could soon be a reality. The space company Rocketplane Kistler Japan is teaming up with the wedding planner First Advantage to make it happen. They are currently accepting applications for weddings on the Rocketplane XP. That's right. You'll be able to tie the knot aboard a suborbital spaceplane. The price tag is a cool $2.2 million.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Wedding Planning Trends of 2009

by Lisa Nelson of Elegant Event Design

1. Minimalism – couples are starting to cut down and focus on areas that are most important to them. I advise all of my clients to forgo favors. Brides and Grooms do not see what’s left behind. In 99% of cases, the favors are left behind.

2. Green – Many couples are opting to go Green on a number of levels. Some, it cutting out many of the paper products and opting for recycled stationary, others are using sustainable products and serving only organic products. Some are greening only aspects of their weddings and others are greening the entire affair. Couples are increasingly becoming environmentally conscience.

3. Simplicity – Smaller, more intimate wedding parties are in.

4. The cut – The economy affects the wedding industry as well. Brides, Grooms, and parents are moving towards more intimate celebrations. Couples have also postponed or opted for smaller destination weddings. I had a mother of the Bride say to me “ We can afford the lavishly expensive wedding, but because the way the stock market is – that is not how I want to spend money right now”

5. Photojournalism – Not much to say here. As in recent years, couples are shying away from the traditional and opting for something more documentary in style. They are also moving away from the “picture in the frame” style Art Leather album to a modern Magazine type layout.

6. Socially responsible – couples are giving money to charity in lieu of favors. Often times, they choose a charity that is close to their hearts. They are also asking their caterers about the possibilities of packing up food and donating it to others in need. I have had a bride donate her flowers to a hospital. What better way to cheer up patients than a bouquet of perfect white callas!

7. Sophistication – The Bride is choosing a more simple and sophisticated look for her and her Bridesmaids.

8. Tradition – couples are shying away from tradition. They are writing their own vows, cutting out announcements, cutting out bridal party dances, opting not to have bouquet and garter tosses. They really concentrate on making the event reflect them and their personalities.

9. Using friends and family – UGH, I would really advise you not to do this. There is a reason why there are professionals in this industry. I have seen a wedding cake drop to the floor. It’s really not the way to save money.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year!!!