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Throwback Thursday

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Blog

I’ve done several Throwback wedding posts and have resisted the urge all along to talk about Princess Diana, but then there I was last night watching Access Hollywood and found the perfect excuse to write about her. It turns out her world famous wedding gown is being handed over to her sons William and Harry on September 15th, Harry’s 30th birthday. And so for today’s Throwback Thursday I give you Princess Diana’s 1981 silk taffeta wedding gown.     It’s not an exaggeration to say that for the contemporary bridal world this gown is an inspiration. It is the cornerstone of a whole new kind of wedding and wedding industry. The twenty-five foot train, the ten thousand pearls, the sleeves a mile high. It’s no wonder that this gown is so famous. It’s no wonder that it travels the world on display. It was made to make a statement, and it certainly does. It inspired and is inspired by a time period of opulence and excess and it foreshadows bridal trends of the 1980’s. How many people tried to mimic the puffs of those sleeves? Too many to count. Certainly the mystique of the royal family itself and the tragedy that surrounds the story of Princess Diana help lend her gown a certain extra air of fascination. It’s not just the gown that draws people in. It’s the window that it provides into a regal and majestic world. Of course the fascination people feel for the royal family is far too big a topic for such a small blog post, but it is interesting the way this wedding gown (and of a marriage that ended in divorce no less) has become such a world renown symbol. People stand in line for the chance to see it and I am not embarrassed to say that if it ever toured Baltimore I would be right there to see it. Perhaps it is because that despite how over-the-top the gown is and how symbolic of the 1980’s it is, it’s oddly timeless. As it rests in its protective glass case it’s easy to imagine that it is hundred years old, and it...

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September Feature Bride

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Blog

  Wow, its September already and time for our feature bride of the month. Kim Droege and her fiancé Cory McLaughlin are tying the knot on September 19th at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. Like all great love stories, theirs began in ninth grade history class and they have been together for almost eight years. Their proposal took place in airport baggage claim in what could probably be described as the climactic and sweet end to a romantic comedy. They are now no doubt counting down the days until their beach themed wedding and we are counting down with them. Kim’s favorite part of being engaged has been planning her future and balancing wedding plans with house plans and furniture. It’s truly an exciting time of hustle and bustle and I hope all of our brides enjoy all of it. Again I will check in with the couple as the day gets nearer, but by way of introduction I wanted to ask Kim about what is was like picking out her gown. It was shockingly easy. I went to Betsy Robinson’s with my mom and two best friends. They helped gather dresses for me to try on. I was so overwhelmed and wasn’t sure exactly what I was looking for. The first dress- I liked, but it wasn’t the one. The second dress was beautiful and everyone loved it. I decided to keep trying on the rest of the dresses to see if there were any others I liked more. Nope. The second dress was it and I could not be happier with it! Can’t wait to see the dress and get all the details on the big day!       Interested in being a Betsy Robinson’s Feature Bride? We’d love to have you! Please email Lindsey at   Hooray...

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Feature Bride

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Blog

Natalie and Justin’s Wedding Recap Last Saturday was a perfect reminder that brides can plan everything but the weather. Our feature bride Natalie was all set for an outdoor ceremony in the exact spot where her now husband asked her to marry him, but the rain said otherwise. Instead the ceremony was held inside the reception tent as guests were seated at their lavishly decorated tables. It was obviously not the ceremony the two had envisioned, but it swept guests away. The softly falling rain, the big rolling grey clouds, the shelter of the tent and the twinkling lights offered all the romance necessary. The photos tell a story of an intimate, tender wedding, as the weather kept everyone huddled close. Natalie herself was whisked into the tent in the arms of her brother-in-law to prevent her gorgeous Pronovias gown from getting wet in the rain, and the rings were delivered on the wings of a falcon. Swoon. Such a fairytale brought to life made all the more romantic because it was true to life, true to form, and with all the beautiful little surprises real life offers. The couple did more than make the best of the rain; they embraced it and used it to their advantage. I am so thrilled to share their photos and their story and wish them all the best. Below are so more wedding details as well as a link to all of their truly stunning photos. Rain or shine what a perfect day! Gown: Pronovias Wedding Attendants: Donna Morgan Venue: Hedgerow Farm Photographer: Dyanna Joy Photography See the full Gallery...

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Throwback Wedding Trend

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Blog

Throwback Thursday time and this trend is a favorite of mine. Gloves! Oh, I wish I could have had a truly vintage wedding with a tea-length gown and a pair of short crochet gloves to match. Maybe even a pillbox hat, but let’s not get carried away. It is true there are plenty of contemporary brides who wears gloves these days, but it’s still primarily a trend associated with the 40’s and 50’s.   Brides wearing gloves comes from a time in which women in general could be seen wearing gloves at the super market or the cinema, or in other words, a time of style. Wearing gloves was also considered proper etiquette according to politeness guru Emily Post. Wearing gloves while out and about was just the proper thing to do.   In a contemporary world of sheer chiffon blouses, crop tops and skinny jeans it’s hard to imagine women wearing gloves as anything but a means to keep warm in the winter. But if there was ever a time and a place to revive this formal fashion trend it’s certainly at a wedding. The delicate lace, the Swiss dots, the intricate crochet patterns all add an air of retro style and flare to an already special day. They also add a sense of formality and propriety; no, you don’t wear gloves everyday, but you don’t get married everyday either. Want to see More Great Modern Brides rocking Gloves? Voila!...

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Engagement Photo Hot Spot

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Blog

I’m a great Baltimore enthusiast, and I love the chance to share that enthusiasm with others. Today I am feeling especially enthusiastic about Druid Hill Park and all the wonderful ways it can help you take great engagement photos. When you plan an engagement photo session you want to try to get the most bang for your buck and the most variety of beautiful backdrops as possible. It’s costly and time-consuming to travel from site to site and most photographers give you a limited amount of time. Druid Hill Park offers a great solution by squeezing so many wonderful Baltimore landmarks into a few miles radius. I’ve highlighted some of my favorites below, but as you make your way through the park don’t miss the many stone statues and carved wooden sculptures that dot the path.   Druid Hill Park Tower Druid Hill Tower sits at the southeast end of the park’s reservoir and its gleaming white stones can be seen from the traffic below on 83. You can no longer climb to the top, but it still provides a beautiful backdrop. Be sure of course to take plenty of pictures along the stonewall with the city spread out beneath you. Truly the best of Baltimore.     The Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens Referred to by most as just the Baltimore Conservatory this place is a true gem. If you don’t know about it, you should. It is possibly the most beautiful landmark in the whole city. It’s situated just on the edge of Druid Hill Park on a lush green lawn and the Victorian structure is breathtaking. A few quick photos of you and your sweetheart with the glimmering glass windows behind you and people will think you flew to England for your photo session.     The Stieff Silver Sign Just a hop skip and a jump away from Druid Hill Park is the Stieff Silver Sign. The Domino Sugar sign is the obvious lighted structure to pose in front of, but Stieff Silver has equal charm. The building has long been sold off as office space, but the sign remains as a signature of...

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