October 24, 2012

Bold veils and headpieces from the 2013 collections

I love it when fashion takes a break from the ordinary expected things and give me something more interesting to look at. Some of the headpieces and veils shown at in Fall 2013 fashion week were a refreshing break from the normal veils we see in the bridal salons. Some were a bit too vintage looking for my taste but I do really like the crinkle pleated fabric used in the veils by Reem Acra shown below; so chic and stylish without being over done
 
 
Marchesa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reem Acra
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Claire pettibone
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 

October 19, 2012

DIY PROJECT: Paper Cranes

Without really planning it,  I ended up being really inspired to incorporate several Oriental elements in my wedding such as hand fans, hair sticks and of course hanging paper cranes.  I also nearly added Chinese paper lanterns to the list but there was a sudden surge in their popularity so I decided to ditch them at the last minute. I literally was seeing paper lanterns at every wedding I attended for several months in a row!  Anyway I was very intrigued when I came across the Japanese tradition of folding 1000 origami paper cranes for their wedding. I've always loved origami it's such an interesting art form; simple and yet quite complex at the same time.  I quickly became quite obsessed with weddings that featured hanging paper cranes and decided to bravely attempt to fold my own cranes. I knew I would never make it 1000 but decided to at least aim to fold 100 or more.

In the end I managed to fold a whopping 200 cranes, although it honestly felt more like 2 billion, but as with all DIY projects, patient diligence pays off! I planned to have the cranes hanging from several locations at the reception, but in the end decided to only use a few strings as a back drop for the head table hanging from a lit arch.

This is the tutorial of how I made my hanging cranes and a picture of the final result. Below my tutorial I attached other inspiration photos of hanging paper cranes.




 
 
 

Picture 4





  1. Choose your paper. Although you can order special origami paper I went with regular card stock.
  2. Cut the paper down to size.  Perfect squares of paper are needed for this project, but I didn't want to pay extra for that size, so I ordered colored paper in regular letter size (8.5" x 11")  and used my fiskars paper cutter to cut it down to size. Tedious to say the least.
  3. Fold the paper into cranes, using a bone folder to get the crease lines perfect. If you don't know how to fold paper cranes, here is a great video that teaches how to fold them
  4. Cut a long length of fishing wire. The length depends on how high up you plan to hang the cranes. I used a 9 ft length of wire, just so I would have extra wire in case I needed it. 
  5. Thread the fishing wire into a large eye beading needle
  6. Tie a knot at the very end of the wire
  7. Push the needle through the center of one bead as if you were making a string of beads
  8. Push the bead to the end of the wire and and secure it by passing the needle through the center of the bead once more. This bead forms the base of the string of cranes
  9. Push the needle through the center of one paper cane and pull the wire all the way until the crane is resting on the first bead from number 8 above.
  10. Thread another bead until it is resting directly on the crane ( If you look really closely at picture 4 above you will see a bead on the top of each crane, sorry for the bad lighting)
  11.  Leave about an 2 or 3 inches of space on the wire and tie another knot
  12. Repeat steps 7 to 12 until you have as many cranes on the wire as y
  13. ou like.




     
     
     

     
     
     
    xoxo
    
     

October 17, 2012

Fall 2013 Bridal collections & trends

Dennis Basso for Kleinfield


I must say I do love all the new gowns... I wish I could have a wedding every year so I could get an excuse to try them all on and wear them out in public!  The major trend in the Fall 2013 collections is LACE.  I've never really been a huge fan of lace but I tell you, now I'm a believer. The collections use lace in every way possible; lace sleeves, lace illusion necklines and all over lace gowns.
I really love the illusion necklines that are partially lace and partially sheer. So gorgeous! I guess we have Kate Middleton to thank for the surge in popularity of lace sleeves. Below are photos of the main trends

[1] Sheer illusion necklines


Amsale



Amsale


 

Monique Lhuillier
 


 
Christos
 
 
 
 
Vera Wang
 
 
 

Badgley Mischka




 Rivini
 
 
 
 
 
 
[2] Lace Neckline
 
Monique Lhuillier
 
  
 
 
Romona Keveza
 
 
Temperley London
 
 

Rivini
 
 

 
Vera Wang 
 


 
 

[3] Lace & sheer sleeves

Dennis Basso




Reem Acra


Temperley London
 
 
 
 Badgley Mischka
 
 
Christos
 
 
Christos


Oscar De La Renta
 

 
Marchesa
 
 
 
Marchesa


Monique Lhuillier
 

Douglas Hannant


[3] All over lace

Romona Keveza



Kenneth Pool
 
 

Badgley Mischka



[3] Tulle skirts

Monique Lhuillier



Vera Wang
 
 

Christos
 
 

Kenneth Pool
 
 
 
Marchesa

 
xoxo