A new friend of mine recently told me that cotton-inspired wedding decor is a thing now… and frankly I was a little shocked that I hadn’t seen anything involving raw cotton before in a wedding. So I looked it up – Green Wedding Shoes posted a great styled shoot here, and while they made it work, I’m not so sure how I feel about a full cotton-inspired wedding. Thoughts?
I have recently fallen heavily for Claire Pettibone‘s designs. Her Spring 2014 Decoupage collection is so delicate and romantic that it seems to capture the essence of femininity. Decoupage is about layering incredible details to make a complete picture, and those who love Claire’s designs know that she pours her soul into the details of her dresses.
I used to think that Claire’s designs, while absolutely stunning, were too whimsical to look good on a “real bride”. I couldn’t imagine the material hanging as beautifully and look so delicate on a woman who might not have a slight and slender build. I was wrong. Every real woman that I have seen wearing a Claire Pettibone dress, no matter what shape or height, looks like she walked out of a painting from the Renaissance era. I think that if the goddess Venus had worn clothing in Botecelli’s “The Birth of Venus”, she would have worn a gown by Claire. I truly wish I could see these gowns in Ottawa…
I love this wedding! We featured Lindsay and Steven’s styled engagement session last week and wanted to share their equally beautiful wedding. I think that Lindsay and Steven really created an event with heart. They look like they are truly in love and have family that will support them as they grown their own. They say love is in the details, and did they ever put some tender love and care into cultivating a wedding with personality. And holy cow, are the outdoor shots gorgeous or what?! Beautiful work everyone, and congratulations Lindsay & Steven! From Anne-Marie Bouchard:
Sei la mia vita amore mio baciami!
When English words aren’t enough, say it in Italian! Right? Granted, my google search may not be accurate but I think I get the point across. Lindsay and Steven are love, loving and lovely, down-to-earth and fun and their wedding day was gorgeous – boiling hot! – and gorgeous. I don’t think they would’ve had it any other way. I met these two, two years ago! That’s how long they have been seeking out milk vases, dreaming of colour palettes and designing invitations. I’ve heard about wedding details here and there and imagined what it would all look like when it came together. I was blown away. It’s pretty fun to see a whole table of pies, cookies and biscotti baked by family members. Family is key for these two and they weren’t shy to talk about one day starting one of their own.
Needless to say, I’m very sad to see this day come to an end. Congratulations Lindsay and Steve. You two are amazing and I wish you all the love and happiness the whole wide world has to share.
Jenny Packham is celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary this year, and did she ever do a magnificent job designing the 2013 collections. I find that the above dresses featured in her campaign are heavily influenced with this years “Great Gatsby” theme trend. A number of her dresses have lowered waist-lines reminiscent of the slim Roaring 1920′s flapper gowns, and they have the bead-work to compliment it. I am loving the use of all the capped sleeves and complimentary draping to the lower waist. Jenny is known to admire 20′s era fashions: “It was a wonderfully liberating time for women,” she said. “There’s a “strong contemporary relevance.”
Here’s what I love about this 20′s trend: it’s about women feeling comfortable and free to wear and do what they want. It’s about feeling sexy but not offending your grandparents. It’s about having a good time. That’s what a wedding should be: a party.
Reema Acra, another high-end wedding gown designer, had a really great quote from a recent article in The New York Times:
There’s a combination of what’s going on in the movies et cetera, but I feel like today’s girl also wants to be free,” said Ms. Acra, whose spring collection is her first to be inspired by the Jazz Age. “She wants the glamour, but she wants the flowy dress — so she can move — the sexiness and the embellishment,” she said. “All these elements, in my mind, are saying ’20s.
Besides all of the creamy, dreamy details (like the veil, gorgeous pink and blush-toned florals, and the five-tiered cake), when I originally saw this wedding on photographer Anne-Marie Bouchard’s blog in December, I couldn’t stop thinking about the ballroom where Karen and Dustin’s beautiful reception was located. I have never seen anything quite like it and wanted to know more. The French provincial decor is literally jaw-droppingly beautiful with its seemingly periwinkle blue walls with gold and cream accents. Of course, it is located in none other than the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.
Fondly known as the “Wedgwood” or “Oval” Room, the Adam Room was named after the British architect Robert Adam, who made this style of decoration famous in the late 18th century. The Adam Room can best be described as breathtaking. It truly stands alone in the luxurious beauty and design of its sculpted ceiling and oval shape, enhanced by a magnificent entrance platform. (excerpt found here)
As a funny little side note, even though I have seen this wedding on Anne-Marie’s blog a number of times now, I have just noticed that Karen is actually the daughter of my former boss, Tom. Congratulations on your lovely daughter’s wedding, Tom!
Karen’s incredible flowing veil, the bright pinks and soft blues that kept popping up throughout the day, the sweet feminine touches everywhere and the classic formal elegance these two loves exude. What a day, what a night. Congratulations Karen & Dustin! Thank you so so much for including us in your beautiful day.
While looking for the perfect natural make-up ideas for my next post, I came across this INCREDIBLE beauty shoot that Tec Petaja shot for Once Wed. I literally couldn’t pic just one image to share… so I share them all with you today. This is natural beauty gently enhanced by subtle make-up and elegant hairstyles. This, in my opinion, is true beauty.
I remember exactly what I was doing at this very moment last year. I had just launched Satin & Snowflakes and was still getting used to the blogging experience. Pinterest wasn’t very popular at the time, so searching for images meant looking through thousands of mostly tasteless images on Google for hours trying to find the perfect pictures to share. It took me at least five hours to publish my St. Patrick’s Day post last year because I couldn’t find enough gorgeous, green wedding inspiration, but funny enough, it is still one of my favorite posts ever. Life got so much easier with Pinterest, didn’t it?
This year, I want to raise a glass of green beer to the 2013 Pantone Colour of the Year: Emerald. It is such a versatile colour and the theme of the new Satin & Snowflakes site. I am personally loving Emerald and Pink, and thought these invitations would be perfect to share with you today. I can honestly say that one of my favorite parts of a wedding are invitations. Gorgeous calligraphy and graphic design are two things that make my heart swell, and these ones made it skip a beat.
How breathtaking is this gallery, right? The entire fashion shoot was for the release of BHLDN’s new 2013 collection.
With breathtaking architecture set against blue Ionian waters, Sicily’s southern coast seemed like the perfect place to introduce our newest collection.
BHLDN is a bridal shop with stores in Chicago and Houston, but it appears that most of their business is online. Their website is beautiful, and the blog associated with it, B-inspired, is simply stunning. Here is a little more about the company:
Inspired by the Dutch word for “to keep,” as well as countless tales from family and friends of the extraordinary weddings they’d been part of, we began dreaming up something new.
Our roots are with Anthropologie, so a passion for experience and creating one-of-a-kind moments runs deep. But our offering speaks more to the not-so-everyday occasions—ours is a voice that celebrates a woman’s most anticipated milestones. And one that gives tradition a twist.
We want, more than anything, to help a woman create an event that reflects her own unique perspective… to a tee. We want to give a bride that edit she’s been searching for—with heirloom-quality wedding gowns, artisanal hair adornments, footwear, and lingerie. And we want happy bridesmaids—in mix-and-match frocks with rich hues and unexpected details.
But it goes beyond the dress. Our goal, and the reason we drape, fold, bustle, and stitch, is to start a conversation with our customer—to build a resource where she can come to find inspiration and to share with those closest to her, as well as our broader coterie. BHLDN’s story is unfolding; and we’ll look to our customer for cues and guidance going forward.
There are no checkboxes. No fill-in-the-blanks. On the contrary, we think a moment should be as layered and dimensional as the woman standing within it.