Wedding Dress Window Shopping: Because Who Doesn’t Like Taking a Quick Look :)

via clairelafaye on etsy.com

via clairelafaye on etsy.com

This past weekend, I had the extreme fortune of going wedding dress shopping with my cousin – holler for a dollar, Chels! – in Reading’s Bridal District. Located just a few miles, and by “few” I literally mean 12.4!) from Cincinnati, Reading, OH is legitimately North America’s largest bridal district! I know, right?! Who knew?! With 25+ bridal related stores within a 2 mile radius, it’s jam packed with all thing wedding!

Whoo hoo!

Being that Reading / (okay, let’s be real, though) Cincinnati is a mere hour and a half car ride from Indy and harbors such ahhh(to the)MAZING stores like Ikea (squee!), I’d be lying if I didn’t say I frequented the easterly city’s perks (shopping, ball games, night’s out, etc.) A LOT! After all, I’ve always been of the theory “a change of scenery could ALWAYS do a world of good :)” And, Cincy / Reading, you never seem to disappoint ;)

But – anyhoot – as many times as I’ve traveled to Ohio’s super store-filled city, I’ve only visited the {quote} Bridal District {unquote} once before, which seems insane, considering the amount of weddings I’m in / attend AND the given the even bigger amount of fun and enjoyment I got out of it the first time around!

**For cereal, if you’re a Plus Size bride within safe traveling distance to Cincinnati, do yourself a favor and check out Belle Bridal Boutique! That’s where we went for my sister-in-law and couldn’t have had a better experience. Legit, I wrote about it here :)

Anyhoot, as we traveled from store to store, I couldn’t help but get all googly-eyed over all the dresses! It’s hard to explain via words just how much I was drooling over these dresses. In fact, I’d equate the following to my reactions to just about every gown store we stood outside of…


I mean seriously… can we all just spend some time being eternal brides?? Spending our days slipping in and out of all that gorgeous fabric? Please!?

{Reel it in, Mur… Reel it in}

Okay, I’m back! So, as if you haven’t already concluded, I loved it! I then, went home and continued to text back and forth with Chelsea about internet finds that fit her style. In doing so, I came across this buzzfeed.com article on wedding dresses and couldn’t help but share a few of my faves :)

Go ahead. Take a peak :)

Frida Wedding Dress $1000 via maggiemaybridal.com

Frida Wedding Dress $1000.00 via maggiemaybridal.com

The Madeline Gown $1840 via roseanddelilah.bigcartel.com

The Madeline Gown $1840 via roseanddelilah.bigcartel.com

Queen for a Day Gown $2193.22 via clairelafaye on etsy.com

Queen for a Day Gown $2193.22 via clairelafaye on etsy.com

The Gardenia Gown $672.54 via theflowerbride on etsy.com

The Gardenia Gown $672.54 via theflowerbride on etsy.com

Maisie Wedding Dress $800.00 via maggiemaybridal.com

Maisie Wedding Dress $800 via maggiemaybridal.com

Pink Wedding Dress $319.99 via tbdress.com

Pink Wedding Dress $319.99 via tbdress.com

Bacall Hollywood Wedding Gown $1013.08 via GibsonBespoke on etsy.com

Bacall Hollywood Wedding Gown $1013.08 via GibsonBespoke on etsy.com

Silk Chiffon Wedding Dress $366.84 via MelissaRenePrice on etsy.com

Silk Chiffon Wedding Dress $366.84 via MelissaRenePrice on etsy.com

Bohemian Wedding Dress  via MariStyleCouture on etsy.com

Bohemian Wedding Dress via MariStyleCouture on etsy.com

Time Will Tell Wedding Gown $1711.91 via clairelafaye on etsy.com

Time Will Tell Wedding Gown $1711.91 via clairelafaye on etsy.com

Tulle-ful Wedding Dress $266.99 via tbdress.com

Tulle-ful Wedding Dress $266.99 via tbdress.com

 

 

Honeymoon Hotness: 7 Budget Friendly, Wardrobe Must Haves for Every Bride

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courtesy of bridalmusings.com

As a stunning and smart bride to be, I can almost guarantee that you are as prepared as you are polished.  You’ve – no doubt – booked your makeup artist months in advance.  You’ve bought, fit and lavished in your wonderful and drop dead DIVA gown. You’ve sat in your hairdresser’s chair about five different times just to get the wedding day ‘do down to a T.  Even your STUNNA shoes are more than likely quietly nestled in the designer box in your closet…  For serious, you’re a genius.

But with all these wedding day details in line; something is surely to fall by the wayside.  One such area for many brides is often time (dun, dun, dun!) the Honey*swoon!

Obvs, the next natural step after being a bridal beauty is morphing into a honeymoon hottie!  But if this is something that has slipped your mind, have no fear, my dears!   I’m here to give 7 go-to items that will easily turn budgeting brides into vacay vixens!

1. Chic + Sleek Romper.  These beauties have been one of the hottest trends for the past few years.  Providing a chicer take on the one-piece revival, these mini rompers act as a dress/shorts combo that lets the body breathe in scorching temps.  And the best part?  It’s already a complete outfit… giving you a seriously stylish two-for-one dealio… and more moolah to accessorize!  Duh!

courtesy fashiono.my

courtesy fashiono.my

2. Straw Fedora.  As you’ve undoubtedly booked the most luxurious hot spot you could afford, why not accessorize just as lavishly?  Not only will this celebrity favorite keep you shaded, cool and protected, but it will also have you looking impossibly chic.  And if you think this style comes with a celeb price tag, think again, my little chick-a-dees.  One of these beauties fetches for about $13 at Target!

courtesy of blogs.chicagoshopping.com

courtesy of blogs.chicagoshopping.com

3. Retro Sunglasses.  From aviators to cat eyes and fluorescent shades in between, sunglasses are all about blasting to the past!  And when you’re honey-swooning, it’s important to keep the pestering paparazzi off your back… or at the very least, have some fun pretending!  Not too mention, sunglasses are a dime a dozen and cost about just as much; so, if the ocean ends up taking them, you’ll be able to keep your moody blues at bay :)

courtesy of shadesdaddyblog.com

courtesy of shadesdaddyblog.com

4. Boyfriend Blazer.  Hellllllooo!  Not only is this tailored look all the rage right now - following in the fashionable footsteps of its kin, the boyfriend jeans and the boyfriend tee -, but your new hubby probably already has one.  Just raid his closet, throw it on over a cute dress, a one piece romper or even jeans and a men’s daily tee and voila!  You have an instantly adorable boyfriend – I mean hubby! – blazer :)

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courtesy of littlehopeep.com

5. All White Outfits.  I know some brides might be a little sentimental at the thought of wearing all white again especially right after their big day, but trust&believe me this trend is SO in!  Slip on some hot pants (what else was that bridal bootcamp for?), a wife beater, and a ridiculous amount of gold jewelry and you’ll be the hotter than the white sand beach you’re struttin’ on, sassy pants ;)

courtesy of satisfashion.org

courtesy of satisfashion.org

6.  Flip Flops.  After dancing your wedding night away in some absolutely fabulous, blister-instigating heels, your feet are going to need a serious break. Which is why some good old classic flip flops are an absolute MUST for the honey*swoon. Slip these bad boys on and it’s like you’re walking on a cloud of heavenly relief.  And if you’re a girl who needs a little more sparkle, Marilyn’s Keepsakes has some fabulous rhinestone-studded flops that you can personalize for a truly fabulous touch.  You gotta love us :)

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courtesy of fabsugar.com

7. Sunscreen.  Don’t be a silly sunner!  Keep yourself and your beautiful skin protected.  I promise, you can still return with that fabulous honeymoon / newlywed glow — without completely damaging your most viewable asset :)

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courtesy of olehenriksen.com

2013 Trend Alert: Bring on the Bridal Gown Bling

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courtesy of jlmcouture.com

With the warm weather days of summer coming to a close (boo!), and the crisp chilled nights of fall right around the corner (yay!), brides are turning towards the bling, in order to turn up the heat on their wedding day… and I gotta admit, I love love loves it!

But I suppose I should state for the record that – in all reality – you’d be hard pressed to find a wedding dress trend that I couldn’t get behind.  I mean, really?  They’re wedding dresses!  How can you not love them?  Sometimes, I find myself just wanting to pretend to be engaged again; so, I can have an excuse to go into a store and just try on and twirl around until my heart’s content… I’d have to go by myself though – OBVI.  Some guilty pleasures are simply too shameful to share with others, haha!

And yet, I digress, as my embarrassing confessions are not what this post is all about.  In fact, it is about the **Bridal Bling** making its way into the forefront of fall and winter wedding fashion!  From famed designers like Vera Wang, Lazaro, Reem Acra, Alvina Valenta and Monique Lhuillier the wedding world is getting its fill of gowns that are all about the dream dazzle!

It doesn’t matter if it’s sequins, rhinestones, crystals, glass beads and the like spread from head to toe or simply concentrated in one spot… fall and winter brides are guaranteed to sparkle this season, and if you don’t believe me, all you have to do is a take a gander at some of the standouts I’ve selected below and join me on the dazzle train :)

from the Haley Paige 2013 Fall Collection.

courtesy of jlmcouture.com

courtesy of jlmcouture.com

from the Monique Lhuillier 2013 Fall Collection.

courtesy of moniquelhuillier.com

courtesy of moniquelhuillier.com

from the Jim Hjelm 2013 Fall Collection.

courtesy of jlmcouture.com

courtesy of jlmcouture.com

from the Reem Acra 2014 Spring Collection.

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courtesy of reemacra.com

from the Sophia Tolli 2013 Fall Collection.

courtesy of sophiatolli.com

courtesy of sophiatolli.com

from the Tara Keely 2013 Fall Collection.

courtesy of jlmcouture.com

courtesy of jlmcouture.com

from the Vera Wang 2013 Fall Collection.

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courtesy of verawang.com

from the Alvina Valenta 2013 Fall Collection.

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courtesy of jlmcouture.com

But nobody – and I mean NOBODY – does the bridal bling quite like one of my FAVE haute couture dress designers, Lazaro.  Check out some of their drop dead gggoooorrrrgeous dresses… from the Lazaro 2013 Fall Collection.

Dream.

courtesy of jlmcouture.com

courtesy of jlmcouture.com

Delight.

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courtesy of jlmcouture.com

Sizzle.

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courtesy of jlmcouture.com

Sparkle.

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courtesy of jlmcouture.com

Celebrity Status: Wedding, Hot Hollywood Starlets Who’ve Found Their Leading Men

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux at the 2013 Academy Awards got engaged on his birthday last August, but are in no rush to "rush" down the aisle. (courtesy of nydailynews.com)

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux at the 2013 Academy Awards got engaged on his birthday last August, but are in no rush to “rush” down the aisle. (courtesy of nydailynews.com)

Recently, I did a post about famed celebutantes who took a backseat to their nuptial-toting friends in Celebrity Bridesmaids: Which Stars Have Stepped Out Of The Spotlight & Into Second Place.  But there must be something in the water among the celebrity elite, because it seems as though more and more of our favorite staaahhhs are saying “Yes!”… yes to the dress… yes to the I do’s… and yes to everything else that a wedding day ensues — looky there, I’m a regular Poet Laurete.

Legit, you can’t turn on a TV without hearing of the next celebrity who recently took the plunge into pre-wedding planning!  (Okay, well, maybe you can, but for someone so openly obsessed with celebrity gossip?  It’s borderline impossible – ha!)  And while I do my fair share of gardening, reading and concert going during the summer months, you best Trust(&)Believe I still take time to catch up on all finest news of the famous this side of the E! Network :)

But regardless of where you fall on the celebrity stalker scale, there is no denying the pull Hollywood has over the world.  Between their star studded, red carpet events to their over the top celebrations, vacations, threads, digs and plans, stars are constantly in the spotlight, and as such spotlighting demeans, at the forefront of trends!

So, while all the ladies below are still “in waiting,” I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m already dyin’ to know who will be the most jaw dropping, knock down, drag out, over-the-top bride of the bunch!

And while only time will tell such truths as above, you can be for darn sure, in the interim, I will be anxiously awaiting my all but guaranteed invite by the mailbox.  Ladies, my address is still the same :)

So, without further adieu, here are some of the Soon-to-Be “Mrs.” of the rich and famous:

Name: Jennifer Aniston
Age: 44
Her Hubby-to-Be: Justin Theroux

photos courtesy of Terry Richardson via justjared.com

photos courtesy of Terry Richardson via justjared.com

Name: Olivia Wilde
Age: 29
Her Hubby-to-Be: Jason Sudeikis

courtesy of people.com

courtesy of people.com

Name: Kelly Osbourne
Age: 28
Her Hubby-to-Be: Matthew Mosshart

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courtesy of eonline.com

Name: Sofia Vergara
Age: 41
Her Hubby-to-Be: Nick Loeb

courtesy of nydailynews.com

courtesy of nydailynews.com

Name: Miley Cyrus
Age: 20
Her Hubby-to-Be: Liam Hemsworth
**well, at least some days they are :)

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courtesy of crushable.com

Name: Kate Bosworth
Age: 30
Her Hubby-to-Be: Michael Polish

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courtesy of usmagazine.com

Name: Angelina Jolie
Age: 38
Her Hubby-to-Be: Brad Pitt
**yes. still :)

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courtesy of famous-wallpapers.com

Name: Amy Adams
Age: 38
Her Hubby-to-Be: Darren de Gallo

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courtesy of justjared.com

Name: Kelly Clarkson
Age: 31
Her Hubby-to-Be: Brandon Blackstock

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courtesy of popcrush.com

 

And for more engaged celebutantes, check out Glamour.com.

 

Top 10 Must See Wedding Movies for Today’s Modern Bride

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courtesy of fanpop.com

Who doesn’t love a romantic comedy… and ones featuring weddings??  Fuhgetaboutit.  Even dudes have to admit there have been at least a handful of “chick flicks” that made them lol on more than one occasion.  So, while preparing for the day you say “I do,” why not revel in some cinematic gems that will get you in the spirit of things?

1. My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Okay, seriously, this one’s the BEST! Humorously combining the outrageous nature of bringing two families together as well as the joy true love can bring, this is movie fun for all!

2. The Wedding Planner

Ahh, this one brings me back to the college years when it played in me and the BF’s dorm room one million times :)  Men can love it because of Jennifer Lopez; while us ladies get to feast on the man candy that is Matthew McConaughey.

3. Father of the Bride (Parts 1 + 2)

Good enough to denote a sequel.  Need I say more :)

4. The Princess Bride

Stop rhyming and I mean it!!!… Anybody want a peanut??  Haha, this is one that I loved just as much in my youth, as I do now –  pretty much every part is quotable.

5. Sex in the City: The Movie

Fair warning, you have to get through some serious rough patches before you can get to the happy ending, but like all good things in life, it just takes time. Be sure to watch this one with girlfriends!

6. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Anyone care for a sing-a-long? Is so, look no further than this Oscar winning classic! Set in rural Oregon in 1850, this feature film has it all! From singing and dancing to adventure and comedy, you’ll be glad to watch this one again and again!

7. Wedding Crashers

If raunchy humor is your humor, than you can’t find a much more erfect fit than Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.

8. My Best Friend’s Wedding

Love love love this one! Any movie that makes America’s Sweetheart

9. Mamma Mia!

Here we go again!! My My! (Yeah, yeah… don’t act like you don’t sing it every time you hear it too! Hehe!) For cereal, everyone… join in the chorus!

10. Funny Face

Okay, I’ll admit it… Audrey Hepburn is a dream! Arguably one of the most pristine faces ever to grave the silver screen, this drop dead gorgeous lady is ahhhhmazing in Funny Face! Not only is it a love story for the ages, but part of the movie is set in Paris!! Ooh la la! Za City of Lights!

Knockout Non-Strapless Wedding Dresses: A Touch of Traditional for the Modern Bride

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courtesy of greentreephotography.net

For many years – and I know this to be true because before I worked here, I worked at a wedding dress shop – but for many years, it seemed as though brides looking for could never find anything to purchase that wasn’t strapless… Alas, a far cry from our mothers and grandmothers’ “I do” days where NOTHING was strapless.

And for a woman who was maybe more traditional or simply not comfortable in something so open, her options were almost immediately diminished to next to nothing.  Not fun or fair for any bride-to-be.

But every cloud has a silver lining and following the Royal Wedding Explosion of Prince William and Kate Middleton two years ago, the Duchess of Cambridge’s Alexander McQueen dream dress – designed by Sarah Burton – had haute couture designers in awe.  Middleton’s now famous dress, composed of silk gazer and hand-tatted lace intricately comprised with shapes representing the countries of the UK,  is considered the Rolls-Royce of wedding wear.

courtesy of vogue.com

courtesy of vogue.com

The knock out gown also featured a 9 foot train and several bling-tastic accessories.  And with inspiration like that, designers got the message loud and clear that ALL necklines and sleeve lengths are high fashion… and make for dream come true pieces on and off the runway.

While strapless dresses are still ever present and popular, there has definitely been a shift in designers gowns towards the more demure and traditional.  There’s just something to be said for the subtle sexiness; like how most non-strapless gowns somehow incorporate a surprise ooh la la factor… which hands down, has to be my favorite part!

Often times, women feel like the more covered up they are, the dowdier and less sexy they are… but this couldn’t be further from the truth with today’s designers’ modern spin on the traditional wedding dress, the potential is nothing short of extraordinary.  With their illusion necklines, backless bodices and figure hugging shapes, I would put some of these gowns against the sexiest styles in existence.

Check out below and see what I mean :)

from Claire Pettibone’s An Earthly Paradise collection…

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courtesy of clairepettibone.com

from Tara Keely’s Spring 2013 collection…

courtesy of jlmcouture.com

courtesy of jlmcouture.com

from Badgley Mischka’s Spring 2013 collection…

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courtesy of badgleymischka.com

from Alfred Angelo’s Disney Fairy Tale collection…

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courtesy of alfredangelo.com

from Alvina Valenta’s Spring 2013 collection…

courtesy of jlmcouture.com

courtesy of jlmcouture.com

from Maggie Sottero’s Wedding Dress collection…

courtesy of maggiesottero.com

courtesy of maggiesottero.com

from Lazaro’s Spring 2013 collection…

courtesy of jlmcouture.com

courtesy of jlmcouture.com

from Morilee’s Wedding Dress collection…

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courtesy of morilee.com

from Jim Hjelm’s Spring 2013 collection…

courtesy of jlmcouture.com

courtesy of jlmcouture.com

from Sophia Tolli’s Wedding Dress collection…

courtesy of sophiatolli.com

courtesy of sophiatolli.com

from Amsale’s Fall 2013 collection…

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courtesy of amsale.com

and finally, from Monique Lhuillier’s Spring 2014 collection! (that’s right ladies, this look is DEF here to stay!)…

courtesy of moniquelhuillier.com

courtesy of moniquelhuillier.com

 

Lovely in Lace: The Perfect Blend of Wedding Trend & Tradition

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photos courtesy of confettidaydreams.com

Ahhh, lace.  A fixture in the wedding world since the dawning of “I do,” this intricate overlay is not only a detail with staying power, but it’s practically the signature for bridal royalty and vintage couture everywhere.

But in 2013, it’s proving to be one of the biggest go-to’s for bridal fashion and wedding design just about everywhere!  According to Erika Pitera of borrowedandbleu.com – an online resource for one of a kind brides looking for one of a kind weddings – there is nothing more lovely than lace for the 2013 bride.  In a recent interview with The Top 100 Wedding Blogs, she stated:

In my opinion, we are going to see a lot of lace in 2013.  Lace has been a mainstay in bridal fashion for centuries, but it seems to be making a huge a comeback righ now with modern brides.  From full on lace dresses to just a touch here and there to accent a dress, lace has already started to appear all over the runway.  (Pitera, weddingblogs100.com)

And we all know nothing gets noticed faster than when it has a presence within the designer district of haute couture.  Pitera continues:

Many designers will be showcasing classic wedding gown with lace details like lacy cap sleeves, illusion necklines, contrasting color lace and more in the Spring 2013 collections.  (Pitera, weddingblogs100.com)

Her favorite thing about lace – and I think I’d have to agree – is that it doesn’t just have to be for the dress. It can be applied to the everything from your invites and wedding cake to your centerpieces and bouquets.  In fact, it’s the versatility of lace that is what has given it such a powerful place in weddings for years.  Check out below for some of the of the most fashion forward – not to mention some of my FAVES! – lace wedding gown from famed wedding dress designers 2013 Spring & Fall Collections:

from the Alvina Valenta 2013 Spring Collection.

courtesy of jlmcouture.com

courtesy of jlmcouture.com

from the Jim Hjelm 2013 Spring Collection.

courtesy of jlmcouture.com

courtesy of jlmcouture.com

from the Lazaro 2013 Spring Collection.

courtesy of jlmcouture.com

courtesy of jlmcouture.com

from the Maggie Sottero Bridal Gown Collection.

courtesy of maggiesottero.com

courtesy of maggiesottero.com

from the Monique Lhuillier 2013 Fall Collection.

courtesy of moniquelhuillier.com

courtesy of moniquelhuillier.com

from the Sophia Tolli Bridal Gown Collection.

courtesy of sophiatolli.com

courtesy of sophiatolli.com

from the Vera Wang 2013 Fall Collection.

courtesy of verawang.com

courtesy of verawang.com

Keep the ‘Prints’ Charming Train Rolling: Patterned, Pretty Wedding Gowns

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courtesy of onewed.com

In light of Tuesday’s post: Pattern Solving 101: 2013 Weddings are WILD about Prints, I couldn’t very well open the door to its magnificence without walking through the power it has over wedding dresses too! That’s rights, ladies and gents, 2013 is all about wedding gowns featuring a little extra something something when it comes to their prints and patterns, and after further review, I have no choice but to give this trend two thumbs way, WAY up :)

I mean, I still get celeb-envy whenever I think about Jessica Biel’s wedding dress from her nuptial celebration to Justin Timberlake back in October.  Of course, it’s not just the dress to be envious of… <insert my favorite, former boy bad stud here>… *droooools*  (MARY!! Contain yourself!  PLEASE!)

Okay, I’m back :)

Anyhoot, hubby love aside, it was Jessica’s dress that truly had heads turning and eyes popping!  Who can forget the cover of People Magazine’s November 5, 2012 issue where Suit & Tie clad JT and Jessie B. graced us with what is no doubt a knock out gown??

courtesy of People Magazine

courtesy of People Magazine

Patterned, pink and unbelievably pretty, the now Mrs. Timberlake won rave reviews for her avant-garde gown choice, and it’s not difficult to see why!  In an interview with Elle Magazine, Biel opened up to her bold choice:

“I wanted the dress to be very romantic and feminine and a shape that I very rarely wear. I have never been crazy about all-white wedding dresses, for me at least. [Giambattista Valli] had created that same fabric in a fuchsia-and-pink combination for a dress in a previous collection, and I asked him if he could create that same pattern in a white combination, and he suggested pink. It was a bit of a leap of faith at the time, but it turned out better than I could have ever imagined. [Putting it on], I felt like I had made the right choice. I felt elegant. And it moved like a dream.” (Elle Magazine Interview, courtesy of huffingtonpost.com)

Now, I know their are grandmothers out there – heck, there are even modern day brides with an affinity for all things traditional – that probably think this is the worst, most over-the-top idea ever!  However, I’m not so sure :)

I think of how much even a “traditional” wedding dress can have going on, even if the overall color (or lack there of) is white and white only.  From beading and lace overlays to fabrics, structures and cuts, some of the most traditional gowns already take on the look of a print or pattern.  Depending on the style of bead or lace work and even the construction of the dress itself can create a type of pattern or print look already.  Maybe they don’t have the color to accompany them, but the patterned bones of their more colorful counterparts are most definitely already at play!

Still hesitant? Check out below for some of my favorite patterned dreams and see if things don’t change… even if just a little :)

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5 Wedding Veil Alternatives for Modern Brides

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courtesy of onewed.com

Everyone is familiar with the traditional wedding veil.  Cathedral to fingertip, the lengths of the traditional veil often vary in size, shape and design.  Many are  equipped with the even more traditional blusher (ie. the part that goes over your face as you walk down the aisle toward your future hubby), and no matter how they’re finished, there is no arguing that traditional wedding veils have had a part in the wedding day ceremony for as long as the dress itself.

But today’s modern bride isn’t necessarily finding the same value in the traditional veil as their grandmothers and mothers did.  In fact, the future Mrs. of today are looking for something a little more modern… a little more them :)

What are they?  You may find yourselves asking.  Well, like everything else for weddings in recent years, there’s all sorts!  Below are 5 Alternatives to the Traditional Wedding Veil:

1) Birdcage Veil Beauties.  Both modern and stylish, the chic styling of these trendsetters can be worn in a number of ways with a number of accessories detailing their magnificent form.  And because of their no muss / no fuss simplicity, they can be styled in and worn for the entire day!

courtesy of etsy.com, pinkfashionz.com, weddingcometrue.com, asaclam.wordpress.com, olivialeighweddings.com and birdcagebridal.com

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2) Framed with Flowers & Love.  Organically whimsical and fashionably floral, headpieces draped in flowers have become all the rage with Bohemian and earth friendly brides everywhere.  From over the top to under the radar, the fragrant veil alternatives can be styled just about any way the bride-to-be sees fit.

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3) Grecian Goddess Goes Bridal.  Greek mythology was filled with some of the most beautiful creatures ever immortalized on the page, and who wouldn’t want to channel their inner Aphrodite on their wedding day?  Hello?!?  The goddess of love, beauty, passion and desire?? Well, sure!

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4) Bring the Sass with Sashes.  Creating a look that is both 70′s inspired and modernized by today’s bride, the sash veil is idyllic for outdoor, destination and Bohemian weddings.  Decorate them with as much or as little as you want, and you’ll easily why this alternative is so amazing!

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5) Veiled in Vintage with Cap Veils.  Modernize the famed flapper look with cap veils.  Inspired by the 1920s, cap veils have started to make a resurgence in recent years, and the final look they create couldn’t be more fabulous!

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Wild Card Wedding Trend: Brides + Grooms who Kick Back + Campout

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Last summer when Matthew McConaughey tied the knot with long time girlfriend, Camila Alves, in front of 100 of their closest family and friends, a new trend was born!  According to US Magazine, McConaughey and Alves took their guests, which included famed Woody Harrelson and filmmaker Richard Linklater on a “high end” camping themed wedding adventure at their home in Austin, Texas.

But this was not just your average, childhood, sleep-away camp escapade.  Sure, the couple reconstructed their property into a campsite, but that doesn’t mean guests were roughing it by any sense of the phrase!  McConaughey and Alves not only offered the option of “celebrating all night long, camping out in state-of-the-art tents set up on [the couple's] property,” but they also offered showers, restrooms AND air-conditioning!  (Maybe the good ‘ole Kidwell family should’ve taken lessons from this duo before taking us on one of their camping “extravaganzas.” Ppppfffttt.

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In regards to this kind of star-studded nuptial digs, however?  Um, yes please!  And I’m not the only one!  Because celebrities tend to celebrate our biggest fashion and social trends, it’s no wonder that this idea took flight for brides and grooms planning their  2013 nuptials!

Coined “glamping,” grown up or glamorous camping has become all the rage with today’s modern brides and grooms looking to have a little fun!  According to Bridal Guide, couples are finding the idea of an adult version of summer camp super fun and a way to keep the celebration going.  Thus, paying proper homage to their ceremonial “I do’s.”

Not only that, but just like Matthew and Camila, they’re also doing it in style!  These wedding themed campgrounds aren’t filled with leaky, over heated, days of Yore tents covered melted ‘mallows.  Oh no.  Brides and grooms taking on grownup camping are all about serving up guests with oversized, ultra luxe tents, complete with electricity and fresh linens!  Talk about a new take on an old tradition!

Absolutely love love love this?  But how about you?  Would any of you turn your ceremony into a s’more-filled celebration?

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