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I’m meeting with a potential wedding florist on Saturday and she asked me to bring a swatch of my wedding dress material and also some images of bouquets I liked. So thought I’d share the images with you all.

BRIDAL BOUQUETS

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Made up of speckled begonia foliage and porcelain berries with dark red tree peonies, dahlias and Black Beauty roses

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Bit messy for my liking but love the sea holly and berries

Wedding Bouquet, Metalina Roses, Picasso Calla, Tulips, Orchids, Albiflora, Hyacinth, Muscari.

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This bouquet appeals to me on so many levels. Its made up of Metalina & Amnesia roses, Picasso Calla Lilies, Hyacinth, Lissianthus, Kochia, Eucalyptus, Begonia Rex, Evelyn Spray Roses, Tulips Black Prince and Lavender, Heather, Ivy berries, an assortment of French Herbs, Wild Orchid Zygpetalum, Albiflora Bruneii, Muscari and bear grass trails – all available in January in the UK.

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I like some of the coral colours in this bouquet.

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Really like the colour of the ranunculus and the use of eucalyptus and winterberry.

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Some nice peachy colours in there.

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This is very different form anything else I’ve seen – love the gray colours but maybe its not right for me.

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This bouquet uses cockscomb (the deep-pink ruffle-edged flower) and a thick velvet-ribbon bouquet wrap to give a rich textured effect. The idea of a velvet ribbon wrap is great as I’m wearing a velvet coat at the wedding. I could get some of this material to use on my bouquet.

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For the brIdemaids bouquets I’d like deep red and pink shades

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Again I love these deep reds.

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Are you spotting a theme yet?!

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Cascading berries…gorgeous!

CENTREPIECES

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Very pretty.

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These would fit in so well with our winter wedding.

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Those swirly shapes are so perfect for us! They’re quite a motif in our wedding and are in the save the dates, invites and bonboniere.

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Excuse the two small photos but I love the idea of have hanging plums and berries as part of the table displays.

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What are those twirly twigs called?!

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Strange new wedding photo trend from Japan as featured in Tacky Weddings.

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Organising your Hen night? Or just can’t get enough of the wedding stuff? Then how about this as an idea: a wedding reception set in a club.

This club night asks everyone to come in wedding garb from taffeta bridesmaids dresses to a big poofy wedding dress or even just wearing a dodgy mother-of-the-bride hat. The venues decorated in pink balloons and doilies and the DJs- including one called Otis Wedding – play a mix of cheesy tracks to shake your wedding butt to.

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There’s a dressing-up box and photo booth with lots of brilliantly bad-taste wedding outfits to try on which are then posted on the internet so you can have a lasting reminder of your ‘big day’…

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You might even get a proposal out of it?!

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The free champagne on entry and what wedding reception would be complete without the buffet. Lots of wedding cake, mini sausage rolls, cheese sarnies and Wotsits galore.

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The next White Wedding is on the 20th June in Tufnell Park, London. I think it sounds like great fun and might be good practice for the real event!

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All photos copyright of Zena Holloway, a photographer based in London.

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And how about these super cute survival kits from 100 Layer Cake. You can even download the templates to create them yourself, then print, cut it out, fill your cellophane bag and staple the label over the top. Ta-da!

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All brides-to-be soon find out just how expensive wedding dresses are. I had no idea how to budget for a dress until I started actually going to some bridal shops. If you were to believe the glossy wedding magazines, a dress is going to cost you between £2,000-£4,000. I thought that buying a ‘budget’ dress under £1,000 meant sacrificing on quality but this is just not the case. The best way to go dress shopping is to keep an open mind and shop around until you can start to notice the differences in the quality of beadwork, lace and corsetry.

One way to look for dresses is to go to online auction sites and classified sites such as Preloved which offer fantastic wedding bargains. Or head on down to your local charity shop. Oxfam have special bridal shops where you can make an appointment for a fitting. As well as donations form the public, many of their gowns have been donated by famous bridal manufacturers. Imagine finding that Pronovias dress you’ve seen in a magazine for a quarter of the price?! Just this weekend I went to a hospice charity shop in Essex and found some vintage cream kid leather elbow length gloves. They are in amazing condition with little ivory beads on the inside wrist. Whereas would I have been able to find these for £10? This article has a great list of charity shops with dedicated bridal departments in the UK.

I love routing around in vintage clothing shops and if you have the stamina you can find real treasures. This bride-to-be found her wedding dress in a used-clothing warehouse in Montreal for $5!

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Or what about this for ‘Most Inventive Use of Toilet Roll’ prize? Certainly cheap – just don’t get it wet.

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Select highlights from a great article in New York magazine. I recommend you read the full article by Denise Penny, it’s a fun and interesting interview with eight recent brides.

THE PLANNING

How involved were your parents?
Raeanne: I fought with Mom about silly things I didn’t want to spend money on—like, she really wanted valet parking. Also, she wanted her name and my father’s name on the invitations, and I wanted them to come from us. She said, “No, we’re hosting this. I want our names on it.” The wedding brings out a whole other side of people.
Meg: My mom didn’t think navy blue was formal enough for our invites. I went back to Kate’s Paperie like 18 times.
Sita: My dad wanted these really traditional, enormous multilayered invitations from India, which I wanted nothing to do with. I ended up ordering them; they came, Dad saw them, they were not loved, and they were returned.

Did the wedding planning take a toll on your relationship?
Sita: It was six months of planning, with no mother involved. The two of us planned everything. I would have meltdowns and yell at him.
Alex: We fought. My husband would say, “You’re going to drive me insane. You just need to make a decision!” But you stress about every decision. All of a sudden, you can’t make one. At one point we decided to schedule times to talk about the wedding. We said, “You know what? We can’t talk about this all the time!”
Sita: My husband would say, “You’re more than the wedding.” It became my mantra: I’m more than this wedding; this wedding does not define me.

THE BRIDEZILLA MOMENT

I’m sure you had a low point or two …
Alex: I did have one freak-out—just one. I woke up in the middle of the night, and thought, Oh my god, I hate my dress! I went on a ten-minute rant on my dressmaker’s answering machine.
Ramona: I didn’t have a specific low point, but rather a low hum of neuroses throughout. The biggest thing for me was the magnitude of the event, what it really meant. Being confronted with like the, Who am I? How does this invitation reflect who I really am? So that weight was constant and heavy. I know I sent my venue’s manager one too many e-mails, like, “The lamb? Is it going to be medium rare or rare?” I was so out of control.

Did anything go awry?
Ramona: We didn’t have a rehearsal, so the ceremony didn’t go as perfectly as I had imagined. I sort of tripped down the aisle, and I couldn’t really get to my husband—there was a drainpipe in the way—and then he forgot that I was going to circle him. He was trying to gently move out of my way, and I was like, No, stay here, just stay. I dropped his ring; I had to duck down to pick it up. It was quirky and a little awkward.
Raeanne: Our videographer was late. He missed the ketubah signing. My photographer, Kelly Guenther, totally stepped up in his absence. It was funny: We had a mariachi band for the cocktail hour because my husband is Salvadorean and half the guests were Latino. Everyone told me to tell them that the party was starting earlier than it actually was. But they were early.

THE HIGHLIGHTS

What was the most memorable moment from the wedding day?
Meg: We didn’t think that much about the ceremony. We’re both Catholic; we thought, Okay, let’s just get married in this church and move on. And yet the ceremony was my favorite moment.
Daphne: On our escort-card table we had six black-and-white wedding photos of our parents and grandparents. We had grandparents pass away the year before, so it was a way of having them there. I didn’t want it to look like a shrine, or anything creepy or weird. Everyone said how nice that was.
Sita: For me it was our last dance. I couldn’t tell you what song it was; it didn’t matter. There was slow dancing, there was some bending over backward, there were some fast movements— we did everything you could possibly imagine to it. In that moment I knew he was my husband. I had married the heck out of this guy.
Alex: We had to be out of Angel Orensanz by 11:30, so we all went out afterward. I walked through the Lower East Side and Little Italy in my dress, with my husband yelling, “Get out of the way! There’s a bride!” We all ended up eating pizza on Mulberry Street at two in the morning. The pizzeria’s owner came out to give us soap as a gift.

THE BEST ADVICE

What tips do you wish someone gave you before you got married?
Meg: Go away together. That totally saved us.
Sita: Yes! A month and a half or so before the wedding, even if it’s just for a weekend, just the two of you.
Raeanne: Wear your shoes before the wedding. You need to know where the blisters will form.
Sita: Hand off your cell phone to a bridesmaid on the day of, because there will be those silly last-minute calls and you don’t want to deal with them.
Nina: Have a moment to yourselves after the ceremony. Our planner handed us two glasses of Champagne after we walked down the aisle, and led us directly to the back of our venue before everything started. I cannot tell you how amazing that was.
Alex: We were adamant about the room being cool because we had a lot of very hairy, active Jewish men there, including my husband. The temperature can be the difference between misery and happiness.

Any regrets?
Meg: We didn’t think to have anyone take pictures or film the rehearsal dinner. It was a really fun night and I wish I had record of that.
Nina: I would have regretted not hiring a videographer. At first, I was flat-out against it; I didn’t want a camera around me. But our planner talked us into Dominic Perez of Go Show Media. We didn’t know they were there. And now I love having the video. We’ve sent it to family in India and Japan who weren’t able to make it. You get the speeches, you see it all in action … I’ve watched it three times.
Raeanne: I mean, for the ceremony alone. I think I’ve seen mine three times too. My husband won’t watch it anymore. I have to watch it in secret.

Last words of wisdom, ladies?
Daphne: Remember that it’s only a day. It’s five hours. Things will go wrong. Just focus on what’s really happening. You’re deciding to share your life with somebody—that’s huge.

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