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Throwback Wedding Trend

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Blog

  For this week’s throwback Thursday wedding trend I give you the headpieces to end all headpieces. Look at these um, beauties, ahem. I can’t help but wonder just how much Celine’s headpiece actually weighs, and I admit I have a hard time looking at it with a straight face. When brides say they want to look timeless in their photos, this is exactly what they are afraid of. As for the fictional character Laura of General Hospital, her headpiece is almost scary. It seems to be threatening to take over her face. And poor Whitney, she is just lost in that veil-turban-headpiece combination that looks more like a swim cap. No two ways around it these pictures are funny. It’s hard to imagine people actually choosing to wear something so opulent and over the top, but then again that’s the whole reason to examine them. That’s the whole purpose of a throwback; to try to imagine and understand how things once were. But then we come to one of our very own, Maria Gordon. Yes, you can argue that her headpiece is of the bygone trend, but when I look at the photo I barley notice it. I notice the sweetness of her expression, and the unmistakable joy that radiates from her. You can’t help the way the fashions change. You cannot predict whether what you wear will one day look classic or utterly ridiculous, but when brides ask for a look that is transcendent they are talking about the expression on Maria’s face. The joy is timeless....

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The Thing About the Ring

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Blog

I recently read a very interesting opinion piece on whether or not the diamond engagement ring is still the thing. The writer pondered that no, diamond engagement rings are not in, and though I actually disagree (I see more diamonds here than a jeweler) I thought it gave me a neat space to write about my own ring and the reason for it.   Some around here call me Pebble, and it’s because of my ring. It’s a simple piece of cast bronze that looks like a river rock and sits atop a very thin gold band. It’s not fancy, and it in no way broke the bank. For most of my life I was vehemently opposed to engagement rings almost exclusively on the terms of practicality. It never made sense for two people just starting their life together to spend money on a symbol for which there is never, however big the diamond, a big enough signifier for. There just isn’t a ring out there that could possibly encapsulate my love, our love.   But then when it came time for it, it turns out I’m a sucker for symbols, however big or small. And more importantly I love a good sentimental story. And so my ring is a pebble because of a sweet and silly B animated movie aptly titled The Pebble and the Penguin in which a loveable, starry-eyed dreamer penguin Hubie, falls for the prettiest girl penguin and, as penguins actually do, tries to find the most beautiful stone with which to win her affection. He finds this most beautiful stone, loses it, and begins a whirlwind adventure fighting whales and weather and of course a rival penguin. In the end he wins the girl, but loses the pebble. Empty handed and apologetic, he is certain without the pebble he has lost the girl. But, oh no, wait for it, the line that still, embarrassingly brings me to tears, Oh, Hubie, it’s not the pebble, it’s the penguin. It’s not the thing; it’s what it stands for.   And so I could have my pretty ring and my sentimental story and still have my principles....

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Heard the Word on Enaura?

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Blog

In case you haven’t heard, this weekend’s Trunk Show is with new couture designer Enaura Bridal. It is the second time they have graced us with their presence and their beautiful gowns, and we are eager to spread the word about what an up-and-coming brand they are. The gowns are stunning. A work of art, they say. And yes, those terms get tossed around a lot, I myself see a lot of stunning gowns, but you really have to see them to believe them. Stunning isn’t enough. They hold you captive. The beadwork is intricate and exquisite, and if you’re looking for a gown with bling they can take you to a whole other level. As a result of all the varying topnotch material, like Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls, the gowns have depth and texture. They are truly multi-faceted and rich. They demand to be looked at, but not just looked at, studied for the intricacy of their design. The thought that goes into the design of each gown is apparent as soon as you slip one on: the way it fits, the way the fabric feels, the way the beadwork catches the light. We are so excited to have them here, and we hope you’ll join us for this exclusive...

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First Dance Fridays

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Blog

Last Friday I went all radical and tried something different for a first dance suggestion, and so to be judicious, this Friday I’m going back to a classic. I always feel Sam Cooke is a little under appreciated in the pantheon of soul singers even though You Send Me is actually considered to be the first soul song ever, but there is nothing wrong with giving the man a little contemporary recognition.   You Send Me is such a delightfully sweet song that blends elements of jazz, R&B and gospel into a wonderful standard that any generation can enjoy. I see a dimly lit room with twinkling lights, a groom in a navy blue suit with black piping on his lapel and a bride in something a little retro inspired, maybe even tea-length. There is a warm yellow spotlight shining down on them. The two dance cheek to cheek in a lazy sort of way. It’s a song that drifts in like fog and lilts like a lullaby. The guests will sip their cocktails and sway to the music without even realizing it.   And yet as soft and gentle as the song is, it is very much upbeat, uplifting, happy and warm. It will fill your guests with warmth as you dance. And what is also great is the song does the work, so you don’t have to. You don’t have to be a great dancer for this number; it’s more about mood than movement. A little sway is all it takes. You Send Me – Sam...

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Throwback Wedding Trend

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Blog

I have, as the desktop background on my work laptop, a picture of my parent’s wedding that I have been dying to share with all of you. I would have posted it on their actual anniversary, but I always get the date mixed up. Oops. So as a solution I thought it would be great to feature their photo as I start a new blog segment: Throwback Thursday Wedding Trends. Now, their wedding has lots of trends to choose from: the sleeves, the small wedding party, the backyard barbecue kind of vibe, but my favorite is the hat. Look at that hat! Charmingly floppy. Simple and sweet. Hats of course are not exclusive to weddings of the 1970’s, but the wide-brimmed straw-like, floppy variety seem to be in the attics of a good deal of our mothers and aunts. Some of them white and ivory and some of them a pale pastel. The seventies were good for hats. Bianca Jagger anyone? Brides wore hats. Bridesmaids wore hats. Guests wore hats. The wider the brim, the better. It’s almost laughable to look back at the photos now (some of them are just so big!), but this one, perhaps because I cannot be objective, is wonderful. And even objectively speaking, it is wonderful : )   Cheers!...

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Getting Ready Checklist

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Blog

If you’ve made it this far you’ve probably already made or looked at at least a dozen checklists. You’ve gone through the 5 stages of the Knot wedding checklist. Fear. Anger. Oh, No Way. Acceptance. And finally, Delegating. And so I don’t want to create more work for you, but I’ve got a checklist that’s often forgotten about: the must haves for getting ready on the big day.   I don’t mean bobby pins and hairspray. I imagine that you’ve been going about for weeks now with emergency items in your purse, in your car, in your pants pockets just in case. I mean fun stuff. When you and all your girls are hanging out, especially if you are getting ready at an unfamiliar place, like a hotel or someone else’s house, then you need to make sure you have some party supplies.   Snacks Hair and makeup and sitting around waiting can really make people hungry, so don’t forget to pack some snacks for the ladies. Cheese and crackers. Fruit. You don’t want to overdue it here, but remember, you need to eat. Not eating is not an option, so plan ahead and pack some snacks so that you aren’t eating junk or spending money on room service. Unless you’re all about in which case you need chocolate covered strawberries, stat.   Booze Again, don’t overdue it here, but having a nice bottle of wine or champagne can help everyone to relax and unwind. It’s also nice to have for a little toast or a few last words of encouragement, and it can be a great time to thank all your girls again for all of their help. Plus a glass of wine makes everyone feel pampered and that’s exactly how it should be.   Tunes This is important and usually overlooked, but it’s great to have getting ready music. Remember those college days? It’s the same kind of thing. You need a little party atmosphere before the party. Again, this has less to do with going wild, and more to do with keeping everyone, as in you, calm and in a good mood. Here’s A Start:  ...

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