13 November 2012

Outfit of the Week | Boho Beach Babe

This is the perfect weekend outfit for the great weather we're having in Dubai right now!  Bring on winter! Aqua, orange-y coral, and sand are one of my favorite color combinations and would be perfect for a destination or tropical/beach wedding theme!

Outift of the week - Boho Beach Babe

Fat Face slimming tank top / Haute Hippie chiffon maxi skirt / Clube Bossa triangle bikini / Corso Como coral flat shoes / Roxy cross body handbag / By Malene Birger bangle bracelet / Orange necklace / Jigsaw linen scarve / Eugenia Kim cowgirl hat / Vince Camuto

07 November 2012

Outfit of the Week | Retro Feminine

These retro calico prints like the one on this sweet dress are all over the place and we're seeing them a lot in wedding decor and stationery for that shabby chic style.  Loving the vintage blue, neutral browns and mustard yellow too!

Outfit of the week - Liberty Print Dress

VILA / Cardigan / Oxford shoes / Salvatore Ferragamo knitted bag / Armenta long teardrop earrings / Animal necklace / Cornelian Taurus clear sunglasses

05 November 2012

Top Tips | White Wedding | Inspiration Board

Have you been dreaming of an all-white wedding?  Many brides opt to play it safe with an all-white or mostly-white wedding.  They are classic...but they always seem to be bit boring and the photos usually lack depth.  I call it the "copy-and-paste effect," where it's as if the wedding photos were copy and pasted from one of the millions of weddings that were nearly identical.  This happens when white is chosen out of safety and not as a design or style choice. 

If you are having a white wedding, here are my top tips to make it super fabulous! 

1.)  Use varying shades of white.....white, ivory, linen, champagnes, greys, or even a pale nude or blush.  These varying colors will still give the impression of all white, but will add depth and contrast and make for much better photography.   Using all the same shade of white will make your photos look very flat.  The nude paper lanterns and the ivory invitation envelopes in the mood board below are great examples of using varying shades of white.

2.)  Create interest and contrast by using texture.  Feathers, lace, ruffles, fur, embroidered fabrics, and textured flowers like peonies and rose petals can all help turn a flat white space into a space full of interest.  Texture will keep your eye moving over the space.  The layer of ivory rose petals covering the dinner tables, the fur seat cushions on transparent chairs, and the ruffled wedding cake in the mood board below add fun textural elements.

3.) If it's suitable to your design concept, add contrast with a neutral dark color.  Both tables settings in the mood board below give the impression of an all-white wedding, but if you look closely the dinner napkins in one are black and the charger plates of the other are champagne colored.  Another idea would be to add dark colored branches to your centerpiece too.

4.)  If you're really wanting an all-white wedding, go all the way with it (keeping in mind the first two tips of course).  Make it seem as if you chose to pay a designer a lot of money to come up with the unique all-white concept and not because it was a safe option.  Don't let any other colors sneak their way in.  No greenery in the floral arrangements, no silver or gold dinner chairs or furniture, and definitely no flooding the walls of your venue with colored lighting!  Flood lighting is the first thing that will make your wedding have a copy-and-paste effect, as it will immediately overpower any other design elements or colors in your wedding decor. Opt for white or ivory lighting, or go for a softer look with millions of candles or twinkle lights.   You can even cover the floors with white or neutral fabric if your venue has a busy or colorful carpet.  Go for white-on-white letterpressed wedding invitations too!

01 November 2012

Real Wedding | Theatrical Elegance in New York

I just love it when a couple is able to carry out a fun or whimsical wedding theme, yet pull off with air of elegance and luxury!  This wedding is yet another example that you can have a classic, elegant wedding, yet step outside the box just a little bit to also make it unique and memorable!  This couple recently got married in New York.  They kept to a classic black, white and grey color palette, but you'll find a few pops of color here and there to keep it interesting!  The fun part is the subtle theatrical feel to the wedding, from the illustrated "theatre poster" invitation to the masks everyone was given to wear to the fun photo booth with props!  And yes, black lace pumps and converse shoes do go together!  :)  To view all the the photos from this wedding, view the full gallery here.

Photography by: Brookelyn Photography
Wedding Venue: The Bowery Hotel
Invitations: Rifle Paper Co.
Wedding Dress: Reem Acra
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Milly 
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