The Christos Fall 2013 show was a joy to behold…frothy tulle, lacy flowers, and chic silhouettes. The detailed embroidery over barely there sheer fabric created the dreamy illusion necklines that are one of the hallmark looks of the fall 2013 wedding dresses. From Christos – “Sheer tops adorned with petal appliqués transform the strapless gown into a cap-sleeve proposition; a bride gives the illusion of wearing white flowers scattered across her skin. Asymmetric shoulders offer a twist of unexpected chic and godet skirts, tiered at the base of the gown, add delightful charm. Christos is about inspiring femininity and effortless optimism. This is feather-light beauty.”
Wedding dresses by designer Reem Acra always radiate luxury, drama and over-the-top glamour – what a combination! This season her Fall 2013 wedding dress collection, seen at bridal market, did not disappoint, showcasing signature embellishments and fashion-forward style. Leave it to Reem to wow us!
And readers, if you’re in the New York area, don’t miss the Reem Acra bridal sample sale, this coming Saturday, October 27th from 10am to 7pm!
In the midst of all the dramatic ball gowns and princess-like dresses, the wedding dresses from Temperley Bridal are always a breath of fresh air. They’re perfect for the bride who loves a sleeker silhouette, adores the vintage fashion styles of the 30s, 40s and 50s and is looking to feel effortlessly chic on her wedding day. Temperley creates dresses with exquisite detail, that are light as air, perfectly draped, and oh-so easy to wear!
You can visit http://www.temperleylondon.com to see more and even to shop online! And Los Angeles area brides, you’re especially in luck – beginning in January 2013, the Temperley London boutique on Melrose Place is being redesigned as a bridal destination, with a complete selection of their bridal designs, exclusive styles and special services. I can’t wait to visit!
Stick around throughout the week for coverage of lots more of the wedding dress collections we saw at Bridal Market!
While in NYC for Bridal Market last week, I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah Seven . Designer of whimsical, sweet dresses that always make me weak in the knees, she was just as sweet herself! As I looked through the racks of flowy, shimmery gowns, Sarah told me “for fall 2013 we really went more in depth with the Sarah Seven look, we love all things romantic, whimsical, ethereal and we added a touch of cool ready to wear items. We added gowns that are closer to the body as well as one that is very full. Expanding on fabric choices we added a lot more lace as well as textured fabrics and different weights on silk chiffon.” I noticed a lot of gorgeous gold, silver, and grey in those expanded fabric selections, which were also carried over into the hairpieces and jewelry that she has in the collection. Love!
I love the ethereal, luminous images that 2 Brides Photography produced of Mikaela and David’s chic countryside wedding in Gnesta, Sweden. Granted, they had a pretty awesome subject to start with – a sweet wedding filled with love in a gorgeous location – but they definitely capitalized on what they were working with! This one is absolute perfection!
The Goals: The most important thing for us was to get as much time as possible with our friends and family, many of whom travelled far to be there with us. We decided to have a three-day wedding and to host it a little outside of Stockholm, so that the Swedish guests would also get to make it a sort of mini-vacation. We also took advantage of the opportunity to show off the beautiful Swedish countryside to our foreign guests – the location was very important to us. Since many of our family members and friends never had met before, we wanted to give them the chance to get to know each other in a more informal setting, so we arranged a BBQ the day before the wedding.
The Vision: The vision was to keep it simple but with our own personal touch, so we put a lot of effort into the details. We somehow wanted our guests to feel like everything was linked together, but without it being too obvious. We had an engagement photo session with 2 Brides in January this year at a stable, and we used the pictures from that shoot for our Save the Date. We re-used some of the decoration from the engagement shoot at throughout the wedding, to add a little continuity – our pre-wedding BBQ also took place in stable, bringing the whole theme together.
We made almost all the decorations and stationery ourselves. Since we needed to have all the paper productions (invitations, church programs, party programs etc) in Swedish and Spanish, we just felt it would be easier to do it on our own. It was a lot of work, we did everything from finding the right paper to designing and proof-reading, but looking back, we realized we had a lot of fun making them.
The color theme was pale pink, purple and champagne. We didn’t have perfect color-coordination, but the colors can be spotted in the bridesmaids’ dresses, the bridal bouquet,the bridal shoes, the groom’s accessories, and the stationery.
The Look: I didnt exactly rush out to get a wedding dress right after the engagement – I was actually quite worried that I wouldnt find anything I liked and that suited me. Looking for inspiration at wedding blogs, I kept falling in love with 50s-style dresses and thought I wanted something like that. I stumbled upon the brand Lou Lou on the web and definitely wanted to try on one of their dresses. The supply of wedding dresses in Stockholm is quite limited, but I found one retailer that luckily had the perfect dress. It was really comfortable – and best of all, I could dance in it!
David wore a three-piece suit from Tiger of Sweden . His bow-tie and handkerchief came from DAKO, and his shoes from Lottusse. He also was very comfortable in his outfit, and felt that he could easily re-use the suit and the accessories.
The bridesmaids picked their own dresses. We had said the color preferably would be pale pink or a very light purple, but other than that, we just wanted them to wear something they liked and felt pretty wearing. Living in two different countries with no chance to compare the styles or colors before the wedding, it worked out beautifully and we think both bridemaids looked stunning!
The Moments: Getting ready for our special day was something that really stands out to me as a memorable moment. I just sat in this amazingly beautiful room, surrounded by a few of the people I love most in the world. With all this love in the air, I felt completely calm.
Another special moment was of course the first look. We hadnt really thought about doing a first look moment until Emmi-Sabina and Isabelle, our lovely photographers, suggested it. I think it was the only moment during the day we really felt nervous.
Our biggest wedding planning success was to make sure to involve friends and family members in all the little things that had to be done during the day. We had a list of everything that needed to be taken care of and we just handed out different tasks. Someone got to be in charge of arranging all the cars that were going to the church, someone went to get the flowers, etc. It made us so relaxed to know that all the details were taken care of, and we think our friends and family enjoyed being a part of our day.
The Pros: If you want to learn more about the talented wedding team that helped make Mikaela and David’s wedding day so special, visit their page in our Real Weddings Library!
Thank you, Mikaela and David, for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us!
Oh Amsale ! I just love the eternally classic designs that come from this wedding dress collection every season. For fall 2013, the collection was called American Metropolitan, and was “a celebration of American couture and a love letter to the sleek style of New York Cityfrom the potent lines of its architecture to the polished chic of its most stylish women.” No doubt! Simple, sophisticated and effortlessly chic – Amsale is perfect for the modern bride. This Bridal Market runway show was a delight, as always.
Nikki and Jimmi chose Erskine , a former Catholic girls’ college in Wellington for their New Zealand wedding celebration. The gorgeous property features stately gardens, an historic cathedral…the perfect setting for the beautiful photos from We Do Photography . Into the mix, they added fun fascinators and hats, street signs representative of their journey to the altar, and a poignant, meaningful wedding favor for their guests. It was an all around romantic, sweet day!
The Goals: from bride Nikki – Our vision for our wedding was most definitely romance, fun and laughter. We toyed around with the idea of having a small wedding – as everyone does – but in the end, our family and friends meant everything to us, so we decided on a big wedding with loads of fun, drinking and dancing. It was a priority for us to have a light-hearted affair and not be too serious. Although we did ensure that the ceremony was taken seriously and was as romantic as we could get without being too cheesy! I recall a part of our vows as Will you, Jimmi, promise to always reach things off high shelves for her? and And will you, Nikki, promise to never speak during the sports news…
The Vision: It was important to us that we really put our stamp on this wedding. We didnt want a cookie-cutter wedding – we wanted all of the details to truly reflect the kind of couple we are. So, as the creative one in our duo, I set out to design as much as I could myself, from the dress to the stationery to the actual ceremony itself. We had as much of our hands in the creation of this wedding as possible. The stationery was a very popular addition to the day, especially the table names, which were all of the streets of significance in our lives as a couple, embellished with funny anecdotes.
We also wanted the wedding to have an old fashioned feel, so we requested that our guests wear hats and fascinators. They all really embraced this and everyone looked fantastic. It was a conversation starter for all the guests as they chatted about their hats, and that started off a fun event. I was thrilled when I saw how everyone was dressed! This theme was also enhanced by the location of the wedding, which was at Erskine in Island Bay, Wellington. It is an old former girls boarding school, but it had become a building for events in its more recent years. However, we were one of the last weddings to be held there, as it is now closed due to being deemed unsafe due to earthquake risks. At least we have incredible photos and memories of the building which we will never forget. It was an amazing venue, and our guests talked enthusiastically about going on ghost hunts during the night!
The Look: My dress was inspired by vintage design. It was covered in lace, and it fit like a glove. As I am only 5’2, I wanted to make sure that my dress didnt wear me! I decided on a simple design, with all of the details in the lace. The added detail of a vintage comb in my hair was just what I needed to finish off the outfit. I felt very elegant.
My sisters, who are just as petite as me, wore 1950s-inspired tulip dresses in a chocolate brown, patterned fabric. It was, again, a simple, no-fuss design that suited their figures perfectly. The lace in their hair was a last minute decision that really paid off. They looked amazing!
The Moments: There are so many moments that stand out. The day was so amazing. My very favorite moment inthe entire day was when the celebrant said you are now husband and wife – you may kiss your bride!. I will never forget that kiss – it was truly a magical moment. It surpassed all my dreams leading up to the big day. Im a lucky girl!
One of our best decisions was our wedding favours. We had researched for months on what to give for our favours, or whether we wanted to give them at all. And then I stumbled across the idea of giving to a charity on behalf of our guests.
Not long before our wedding, our little niece tragically died, only a week before she was due to be born. I had never seen my family in so much grief. She was such a major loss to all of us. We had plans that she would be our little flower girl, so we wanted to find a way to include her in our big day. We contacted an organization that had helped our family called SANDS (Pregnancy, Baby and Infant Loss Support, New Zealand). We told them we would like to make a donation in exchange for some ribbons which we could give our guests. They were so pleased and eager to help! On the big day, all of the guests received a ribbon which they could wear if they chose to. Almost everyone decided to put on the ribbon, including the wedding party. It was such a good feeling knowing that we did something in memory of her.
The Pros: Please visit Nikki and Jimmi’s page in our Real Weddings Library for all the details on their talented wedding team!
Thanks for sharing your special day with us, Nikki and Jimmi!