a journey toward non-traditional wedded bliss, with style

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.


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.


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.


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.


Wedding Season Continues August 11, 2008

Back to back weddings in two weeks means lots of ideas are coming as soon as I get a chance to organize all my pictures! This weekend we were in PA for a gorgeous ceremony at Westminster College (the school bells started chiming as soon as they were announced man and wife, which wasn’t even planned) and next weekend we’re back in PA for another stint at the Riverside Inn. Stay tuned for all the details!

Of course since we’re at that time of life, I wasn’t too surprised that almost everyone at the wedding has either just gotten married, is getting married within the next year, or just got engaged. So naturally, anything and everything wedding was the hot topic of conversation, especially among the girls. One of the brides to be mentioned that during her dress shopping, she spent a lot of time looking at Encore Bridal, which has pre-owned couture gowns for more affordable prices. I perused the site for fun, and even though so far resisting the temptation to be a two dress bride has been fairly easy, I could see how some of these gowns would make it much more difficult. I love this limited edition Monique Lhuillier; even though I usually don’t like pick up skirts, the pleating on the bodice looks incredibly flattering and the bold floral print is so unique. If you have your heart set on a couture gown but don’t want to pay boutique prices, this site is worth a look.


White Dahlia July 29, 2008

I have a serious love affair with shirtdresses. Any girl who wears them knows how fabulously versatile they are, from the beach, to work, to dinner, and even, thanks to Joan Shum, to your wedding. The word iconic comes to mind when I look at this “White Dahlia” dress; the structure of the bodice is chic and timeless, while the textured tulle peeping out of the skirt keeps the look young and fresh. With everyone going strapless for their wedding gown, it’s nice to see how even a more covered look can be sleek and sexy in a grown-up glamour kind of way. To ogle some more gorgeous gowns, check out Joan’s Etsy site.