Wednesday, January 18, 2012

{real wedding} Stephanie + Brian

It's not often I can say I love everything about a wedding. However, this is one of those rare occasions where I loooovvvveeeed every detail, from the mis-matched yet coordinating bridesmaid dresses in shades of gray (my current favorite color), to the "&" accents, to the "mugglies", to the guys in bowties. Don't believe me? See for yourself...

Ribbon wands for the recessional & the programs designed by the graphic designer groom.
Don't miss their awesome invitation suite here.


LOVED this idea. The bride's stepmom hunted down each and every mug...she scoured thrift stores & swap meets for months!

Love quiet moments of prayer & reflection before the ceremony...

The expectant groom...

The stunning & joyful bride...

The weather was a little warm but the view...seriously???
Couldn't have been better.

Even the babies had bowties!

Love this...

The centerpieces were so detailed...each a little different.

Cheers to the Mugglies!

The MC for the night & friend of the bride

Who doesn't love mountains of doughnuts?!

I'm tellin' ya, this bride thought of everything!

yes, that's me (2nd from the left) getting my dance on

Beautiful bling...

Congrats! All your hard work paid had one AWESOME wedding day.

And this one tops it all off...I just love the excitement!

Venue: Upper Las Virgenes Open Space (formerly Ahmanson Ranch)
Catering: Jay's Catering
Photographer: Evoke Photography
Ceremony Music: Andrea Hamilton
DJ: Grace Sadior
MC: Holly Tuggy
Videographer: Blue Orb Productions
Florist: Fairytale Flowers by Kirsten
Lighting: Ambiance Party Lighting
Doughnuts: The Donut Man
Bride's Hair & Makeup: Dollhouse Hair and Makeup Design

Friday, January 6, 2012

Priscilla of Boston Closes Its Doors

Sad news from one of America's greatest bridal shops...

Do you think it's because of this unfortunate incident??

Priscilla Of Boston Spray-Paints Unsold Wedding Gowns To Keep Them From Grubby Poor People
By Laura Northrup on January 5, 2012

Priscilla of Boston, a high-end bridal chain best known for making Grace Kelly's wedding gown, came to an undignified end last week when current parent company David's Bridal shut it down. This news wouldn't have made national headlines if an alert shopper in a Minneapolis suburb hadn't noticed unsold dresses by the rackful being wrecked with red spray paint and tossed in a dumpster.Yes, it's wasteful and appalling. David's Bridal claims that the gowns, most of which retailed for more than your first car, couldn't be donated due to contractual obligations to high-end designers. Worried about the "brand dilution," the suppliers don't want their brand-new gowns filling a thrift store rack, or, evidently, being worn by poor people.

In an initial statement, David's Bridal explained:

“Priscilla of Boston has always donated quality bridal gowns to a variety of charitable causes. We do not, however, donate unsaleable dresses that are damaged, soiled or in otherwise poor condition.”

Your helpful bridal fashion hint for today: avoid spray-painting unworn gowns in order to keep them out of "poor condition."

David's later issued another statement to NBC's Today show, claiming that they would try to salvage some gowns for brides in need.

“While it has been Priscilla of Boston's policy not to make donations of sample dresses that are in poor condition, we recognize that some of these dresses could possibly have gone to worthy causes. David's Bridal has already begun bringing together all of the remaining Priscilla of Boston gowns to evaluate them and ensure that they are donated to our charitable partners wherever possible.”

Source - The Consumerist

Favorites of 2011 - Celebrity Weddings

Prince William + Kate Middleton
Ah, Prince any other daughter of the 80's I grew up with a teeny {massive} crush on the Prince. It was so fun {heartbreaking} seeing him tie the knot to the gorgeous {seriously, gorgeous} Kate. sigh. I love a real life fairy tale! Dress: Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen

Niecy Nash + Jay Tucker

I watched Niecy Nash's Wedding Bash on TLC and loved seeing her spunky personality...not to mention all the gorgeous details!
Dress: Ines DiSanto
Venue: Church Estate Vineyards, Malibu

Lauren Bush + David Lauren
Dress: Ralph Lauren (of course)

I love that their photo looks so vintage. You know you're in for one darn good party when the bride is President Bush's niece and the groom is Ralph Lauren's son.
Do you think anyone advised her against the marriage because her name is now Lauren Lauren?

Venue: Ralph Lauren's Double RL Ranch, Colorado

Molly Sims + Scott Stuber
Dress: Marchesa

Her bridesmaid dresses were my all-time favorite of the year! I love the color palette, for one, and the way they're all so unique but coordinate so well is just beautiful.

Venue: Napa Valley

Miranda Lambert + Blake Shelton
This couple has had an amazing year...They both won CMA's for Male/Female Artist! Talk about a power couple...and they're so adorable!
Dress: Bride's Grandmother's Gunne Sax 1979 wedding dress
Venue: Kendell Creek at the Don Strange Ranch

Paul McCartney + Nancy Shevell

Dress: Stella McCartney (of course)
Venue: Old Marylebone Town Hall in London &
McCartney's St. John's Wood home

Gene Simmons + Shannon Tweed - after 28 years of being together!

I actually love "Gene Simmons Family Jewels"on A&E;
they're surprisingly normal & very entertaining.