BridalCheek

a journey toward non-traditional wedded bliss, with style

Half a million? Really? September 24, 2009

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I just came across this on CocoPerez and had to post – wedding planner David Tutera has created this frothy, bedazzled concoction that is dripping with platinum, diamonds and pearls. It only costs $500,000. Even on a model it looks ill fitting and gaudy. And it costs half a million dollars. I’ll say it again, really?

 

Net-A-Porter Wedding Boutique March 18, 2009

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There is no better place for couture eye candy on the web than Net-A-Porter, and now they have a wedding boutique! I especially love that they have a stylish mother of the bride section, and a guest section split up what type of affair you’ll be attending. Of course a lot of the items are pretty pricey, but it’s worth a look all the same for fashion forward inspiration.

The deconstructed web-like look of this necklace is gorgeous and would be so pretty on an edgy bride.

A classic cocktail dress with unexpected metal detailing. I love it.

This dress is all about the back, and $895, it’s still cheaper than a lot of wedding gowns out there.

Of course I had to post some shoes. Beach wedding, honeymoon, rehearsal dinner, I could find so many excuses to wear these.

 

 

 

Take a Dress, Make it Your Own January 12, 2009

Filed under: do it yourself,fashion,gowns,inspiration,wedding planning,weddings — laragale @ 10:07 pm

Trolling around on Weddingbee, I found these amazing pictures from Sara who added her two cents to “But is it Really Me?” article. I am blown away! She went with a simple dress from J Crew and made it uniquely her own by stitching together pieces of antique kimonos to make this incredible sash. Honestly, this is one of the most beautiful dresses I have ever seen, and I love her advice:

“I had the same problem when searching for my dress. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money, and none of the dresses that I tried on really felt or looked like “me.” So I ended up going with the trusty J. Crew Sophia dress that I found on clearance for $60. My mom and I added our own flair to it, based on a design that I had seen on a dressmaker’s website. We made a sash out of antique kimonos that matched beautifully. It made for a unique dress that was totally and completely me. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in a store, take a plain dress and make it your own.”

 

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Photography by Blue Lotus

 

Pink, Green, and White Wedding December 2, 2008

I had to share these pictures from a wedding featured on Weddingbee because they have some of the most innovative centerpieces I’ve seen yet, cute & spunky details, and a gorgeous bride in an Enzoani dress. Enjoy!

I absolutely love these, the apples in water are simple and graphic, and the calla lilies wrapped around the vases with rhinestone brooches are so pretty.

The bold letters and star details are adorable.

 

Pretty, Pretty Dresses November 16, 2008

I’m still astonished that after over a year of complete immersion in wedding planning and reading wedding blogs and magazines, there are still so many wedding dress designers I haven’t heard of yet. Like Sharon Bowen, whose site I randomly found yesterday when I was idly veil shopping. Her dresses are artistic and gorgeous, and range from princess to punk.

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I don’t know if it’s just the lighting, but the pale yellow tones in this dress are soft and pretty, and I love the flower detailing in the front.

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This reminds me of Marie Antoinette meets Bride of Frankenstein, but somehow in a good, fashion forward way.

 

Parachute Silk Wedding Dresses November 10, 2008

Drew’s mom was in town for the weekend, so of course we went to the art museum to give her a preview of where the wedding will be. The CMA happened to have an exhibit called “Objects of Wonder” which turned out to be the most random collection of oddities I have ever seen, all from the Ohio State archives….we’re talking scaly creatures in jars, next to old college scrapbooks, next to a machine for weighing jockeys, next to a row of vintage shoes.

It was pretty bizarre, but a lot of fun and even wedding related when we turned the corner and saw an absolutely gorgeous 1940s white silk gown. From far away it looked like just a classic antique wedding dress, but when we got closer to read all of the displays we found out it was made entirely out of parachute silk salvaged from WWII. Apparently this was fairly common practice because textiles were so scarce during the war. It just goes to show how resourceful brides can be in a pinch!

 

More Non-Wedding Wedding Dresses October 18, 2008

So far I’ve avoided the urge to be a two dress bride completely, but this gorgeous dress from the Nordstrom catalog almost made me reconsider. And for only $268? Buying a normal evening gown for your wedding dress definitely has it’s perks!

I had to put the picture of the back of this dress, because the origami pleating is so pretty. I also love the soft pale pink color. This dress is $405 at Saks.

This Nicole Miller dress would be so cool at a beach or outdoorsy wedding. From far away the fabric looks like lace, but it’s actually crocheted and beaded. It’s a perfect mixture of classy and crafty for $539 at Bluefly.

 

Dahl by Allison Kelly October 2, 2008

Anyone as Project Runway obsessed as myself right remember Alison Kelly from last season, even though she was kicked off fairly early. I stumbled across her new line today, which features some interesting dresses with jewelry built right in, as well as romantic crocheted tops and kimono style wraps. I also discovered that she will custom design wedding and bridesmaid dresses, as she did here for her sister’s wedding. What stands out to me about this picture, though, is not the dresses as much as the bouquets. I love how they’re all similar in size and how the colors are clumped together. I think it makes for a much more modern effect than having perfectly symmetrical arrangements. Since we’re having our first meeting with a florist on Monday, this is probably a look I’ll keep in mind!

 

Spring 2009 Fashion Week – Wedding Gowns September 14, 2008

I feel pretty fortunate to be lounging in my basement blogging and watching the Steelers game right now (ok, more blogging than watching). Central Ohio experienced the remnants of Hurricane Ike today, which were much more forceful than most people here expected. Drew and I, completely oblivious, went out to Barnes & Noble where the power immediately went out, we were bombarded with leaf and dirt shrapnel outside, encountered at least a dozen downed trees on the way home, and arrived home to our patio furniture and grill tumbled all over the backyard. But we’re completely fine, snug and spoiled with our air conditioning and internet access.

Plus this lazy Sunday evening has given me the perfect opportunity to start finally trolling through the fashion week pictures. Of course there is limitless inspiration to be found, so I figured I would break up wedding and bridesmaid dresses into separate posts.

Not surprisingly, Marchesa showed one of the largest collections of wedding worthy gowns, including this sculptural pleated dress I think could be really striking on the right bride.

Badgley Mischka also had sleek silhouettes, but with softer fabrics including this simple delicate patterned lace dress.

Even though the feathered hem is a tad fussy, the short train keeps this L’Wren Scott gown from feeling too overdone, and I like the dotted veil although I would drape it differently.

Oscar de la Renta had so many beautiful gowns I couldn’t just one. Both of these are classic shapes, but I love how one plays with color and one with texture.

There isn’t much new about this Monique Lhuillier gown in terms of draping, but I do like the look of a long pendant worn over a sweetheart neckline and the slightly smoky color is very pretty.

 

Fall Fashion Forward Wedding September 8, 2008

Fall is far and away my favorite season. The crisp weather, Halloween, back to school (yes, I’m a nerd, a teacher, and a grad student), and best of all: issues of fashion magazines that weigh several pounds apiece. I subscribe to Vogue and Lucky, both of which I thought were particularly awesome this year. There are actually a lot of trends this year that I’m all about: deep purple and black color schemes, menswear inspired shoes, tartan plaids, sheer lavender tights, openwork knits…basically I’m in love with the “Gothic Inspired” feature in Vogue. So in that spirit, here is an inspiration board based on all of the above.

dress bridesmaid dress tartan boutteniere handwoven cape skinny tie martinis menswear mary janes roberto cavalli pumps circular ceremony black tree centerpiece black bottle candles plaid pashmina fascinator veil bridal bouquet