June Bride

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ever wonder why June is such a preferred month to get married in? I always thought it was because the kids were out of school and the weather was mildly warm rather than scorching hot. I have friends who had to book their venue over a year and a half in advance just to secure a June wedding date. Scenes with Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson fighting over their date in "27 Dresses" comes to mind. Although not every bride cares to have a June wedding, incase you might be interested in some history behind the significance of this popular month, here's a portion of info from my findings-

Naming the Day
The wedding itself and the events leading up to the ceremony are steeped in ancient traditions still evident in Victorian customs. One of the first to influence a young girl is choosing the month and day of her wedding. June has always been the most popular month, for it is named after Juno, Roman goddess of marriage. She would bring prosperity and happiness to all who wed in her month. Practicality played a part in this logic also. If married in June, the bride was likely to birth her first child in Spring, allowing her enough time to recover before the fall harvest.

June also signified the end of Lent and the arrival of warmer weather. That meant it was time to remove winter clothing and partake in one's annual bath. April, November and December were favored also, so as not to conflict with peak farm work months. October was an auspicious month, signifying a bountiful harvest. May, however, was considered unlucky. "Marry in May and rue the day," an old proverb goes. But "Marry in September's shine, your living will be rich and fine."

In the Southern United States, April was favored, as it was less hot, and a bride's favorite flowers were in bloom--jasmine and camellia.

Brides were just as superstitious about days of the week. A popular rhyme goes:
Marry on Monday for health,
Tuesday for wealth,
Wednesday the best day of all,
Thursday for crosses,
Friday for losses, and
Saturday for no luck at all.
The Sabbath day was out of the question.


Friday, June 18, 2010

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes.... the baby!

My husband Vinnie and I are super excited to share that we are 8 wks prego and will be welcoming our new addition sometime around late Jan/early Feb.

Needless to say, my mind has been racing about all-things-baby.. and so I was thinking, why not do a few baby/maternity related posts?

I know I tend to do a lot of posts on dresses, but these arent just any dresses! These days, pregnant mamas have a stylish selection of belly-friendly gowns to flatter their fabulous figures. Thought I'd come up with a few ideas incase any of you are a prego guest at a wedding, expecting or have any bridesmaids that may be. I'm a bridesmaid for a wedding in late July and wasn't pregnant at the time of the fitting so I hope the dress fits..  keeping my fingers crossed!

Photo credits:
Blk dress by A Pea in the Pod Collection - Short sleeve knot front dress (Motherhood)
White dress by Isabelle Olivier - Belle Epoque
Dahlia dress by Ripe - Satin deluxe dress (Nordstrom)
Pink long dress by Bari Jay # 908
Yellow long dress by Bari Jay # 3755
Green long dress by Bari Jay #526
Mauve long dress by Bari Jay #917
Strapless multi-color dress by Tiffany Rose - Paisley
Red dress by Isabelle Olivier - Ruched one shoulder

Other designers that offer maternity dresses for weddings and special occassions are:
Eden Bridals, Jenny Yoo, Alfred Angelo, Landa, Alfred Sung, Bill Levkoff, Watters & Watters

Extraordinary Engagement Rings

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I was recently in conversation with a friend of mine who was thinking of proposing to this girlfriend. He wanted my advice on what type of ring to get her. I asked him if he talked to her about what sort of ring she liked, but he said he wanted to do it the old-fashioned way and completely surprise her with a ring he picked out himself. I told him I would present to him some ideas, but ultimately he knows what looks good or doesn't look good to him and hopefully what would be a good fit for his bride-to-be.

I'm by no means an expert on this subject but I do remember going through this when my husband and I were talking about getting engaged. He wanted to know what I liked which prompted us to do some research beyond what looked good.

When picking out an engagement ring, there are many obvious factors to consider, such as educating yourself on the 4C's: click here to read more about the cut/color/clarity/carat of a diamond. Also, purchasing something that's just as much a reflection of her style and personality as much as it fits into your budget. This is one of those lifetime keepsakes, so it's best not to feel rushed into a purchase. Bottomline, no matter what ring you end up with, it's a symbol of your love and committment to one another, so walk in confidence knowing that she'll love the ring you pick out especially for her!

A few ideas to consider:

Does she even like diamonds?
The quick and general answer is, what girl doesn't like diamonds? Not every girl does.  I know for me, I seriously considered getting a gemstone because I loved the uniqueness of a non-diamond. If your girlfriend is eco-conscious, the thought of a diamond might not be high on her wish list. If this is the case, you can sure save some serious money. Center stones weren't popular back in the day, I've seen some great no stone wedding bands serve as engagement rings. What's her favorite color? There are plenty of gorgeous gems and man-made diamonds that look like a fortune but won't break your bank.

Do you have a family gem/ring you can pass on?
Again, you could save $ on the centerstone or the entire ring, or you can also choose to get it re-set or re-dipped, let's say for example if the original ring was yellow gold and she prefers white gold. What a sentimental way to pass on a timeless family heirloom!

Do you want to purchase a wedding set so you don't have to worry about finding a matching band later?
This can be a cost-effective method and a guarantee that the wedding band was made to fit the e-ring. But if you don't have the budget for the set upfront, the w-band is always something you can purchase later. I personally loved the idea of picking out a separate wedding band and mix-matching it with my e-ring. Since my fingers aren't so long and my radiant center stone was 1.5c, I wanted a thinner band so my finger space wouldn't be so crammed. While that was a huge factor for me, other women may actually prefer that look.

What is her style?
Does she enjoy going to flea markets and collecting antique oddities?  Is she constantly inspired by the latest celebrity trends or is she simple and hardly wears jewelry? Is she eyeing a certain girlfriend's ring or admiring a particular setting at the jewelry store? Asking yourself these questions and paying attention to the little details that make her smile can help give you a good starting point.

Meanwhile, here are a few stunning options for colored, non-traditional and vintage styles, since I figured most of us know what a classic solitaire looks like.

Photo Credits:
Emerald Center stone vintage ring from INTA Gems
Verragio Paradiso Split shank ring, Ritani Sapphire halo ring
Tacori white gold ring with side stones, Oval white gold ring with side stones
Padparadscha cushion cut halo ring by The Natural Sapphire Co, Ritani asscher halo ring
Colored Solitaires by LaurenK, Solitaire Yellow gold ring with side stones
Green tourmaline ring, Tacori Rose Gold Twist band ring
Cognac Diamond ring by Judith Arnell, Amethyst halo ring by Kranich

In love with Indigo

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Indigo is one of those shades that looks phenomenal on most skin tones. It screams royalty! I put together this inspiration board that has a variety of luxurious hues ranging from navy blue to plum and this stunning palette would even be complimented well with an accent color such as silver/grey or fuchsia. The Kardashian sisters pulled off a gorgeous ensemble at Khloe's wedding. Deep tones of indigo make for the perfect fall/winter wedding, while brighter shades are ideally suited for a spring/summer affair... all you need now is a signature drink.. bring on a blueberry martini!

1st row: picasso calla lillies, random purple/blue tie, purple lit reception, blue dendrobium orchids

2nd row: peacock boutinierre by ScatteredStardust, peacock pearl necklace, Nina Electra Heels in ne
New Navy Satin, Purple veiled headband by MissRubySue

3rd row: Dress- Jim Hjelm 5897, Sapphire Halo Ring by Better Than Diamond, Random Purple Cake, Dress- Alfred Sung D467

4th row: Iris', Purple satin heels by Manolo Blahnik, random blue/purple tie, gorgeous indigo palette bouquet by FlowerWild Designs

Hollywood Glam Hair

Friday, June 4, 2010

Looking for the perfectly coifed 'do? Brides and bridesmaids can certainly be inspired by the fabulous hair stylings of these red carpet starlets. Side-swept chignons, soft waves and braids add a lovely touch of femininity while exuding nostalgic charm.

Will + Jennifer

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

As I was thinking of friends' weddings that "stood out," the Majors immediately came to mind. Why, you may ask? Their wedding, if I could summarize it in two words was simply: authentic & inspiring. I don't know too many couples who've taken a journey across multiple states to celebrate with their guests, wore their wedding outfits more than once or made their bridal registry about giving back than receiving. EE is absolutely thrilled to share Will and Jen's story with you! There's no way I could possibly capture the details of their thought process, so I asked them to share their wedding experience. Here it is in their own words...

How do you make your wedding day a momentous one? I don’t have the answer for you and your love, but I can share with you how my husband and I achieved the wedding of our dreams. Our one year anniversary is one month away, and my husband Will and I still laugh and smile about our wedding season. From a beach ceremony in Malibu, California, to a wedding tour across the United States, and then a honeymoon in Puerto Rico we returned home with zero wedding debt and memories we now share with all our family and friends.

For years I watched my girlfriends get married off in a church, dancing their night away in gorgeous reception hall, and finally making their grand exit to an exotic honeymoon of their dreams. It was always so picture perfect. When it came time to finally plan our own wedding I didn’t even know where to start to achieve such perfection. With family and friends spread over six states, the state of our economy not looking bright, and only six weeks from the time Will proposed to the wedding day we did everything we could to be sensitive to the finances of our guests.

With these things in mind, Will and I sat down and talked about what was most important for us to have for our wedding that 10 years from now would still make us smile. So our check list began: we wanted the day to be a reflection of us, for everyone to have fun, for all (and I mean ALL) of our family members to participate, to walk away with no debt, and above all else to honor God for the blessing that He gave us in each other. Here is where the real planning began.

We only asked our immediate family, maid of honor, and best man to fly in from out of state to witness our exchange of vows in California. While we were officially married in a courthouse in front of our family the next day we exchanged our own vows and rings on a beach in Malibu, California. Our friends formed and intimate circle of love around Will and I.  We fell deeper in love in that moment as we shared our hearts and hopes for our future in front of people who poured into us.

Our reception that followed was in the courtyard of our apartment complex. Lanterns hung from the trees that were wrapped with white paper and accented by candles all over the courtyard bringing a hint of romance to the evening. Love and laughter filled the air as we all celebrated in the blessing that God gave to us.  There was dancing, food, wine, cake, speeches, and laughter I can still hear.

A few days later we began our wedding tour. From Los Angeles our stops included Las Vegas, NV, San Antonio, Texas, Pensacola, Florida, Stafford Virginia, Yonkers, NY, and then ended in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Through this road trip “wedding tour” we were able to include all of our family and friends into our marriage and essential part-2 of our wedding. At every stop our family and friends welcomed us with great food and fellowship, and in return we put on our wedding attire each time so everyone could have pictures with the newlyweds. It was so much fun, and I got to wear my dress SIX TIMES!!

So you might be asking yourself, how did they manage to walk way debt free after a ceremony in Los Angeles, a road trip across the country, and a honeymoon in Puerto Rico?  The answer for us was to let go of tradition. There are so many different ways you can conduct your wedding and at times forcing yourself to stick to “traditions” will cost you in the end. Ultimately, this is your day and should be a reflection of you, so who cares what other people think or say about how you decide to celebrate your day. All that matters is that in the end it meant something and was picture perfect to you and your love.

Planning our wedding made Will and I realize how much God absolutely cared about every detail of our lives. Whether we need a photographer, a singer, a BBQ, a cake, a set of speakers, a hotel room, or a make-up artist our friends were there to help us achieve the wedding of our dreams.

We needed to say “thank you” to God in a way that expressed our deepest gratitude for the love He blessed us with and for the blessing of our marriage. Instead of receiving gifts via a traditional registry we decided to ask our friends and family to donate to Generosity Water a non-profit organizing aimed to help fight the clean water crisis around the world. Through their generous giving we were able to fund a well in Ghana (Africa) which was our thank you to God.

I hope our wedding story was able to inspire you in planning yours. It may sound cheesy, but you are the author of your own fairy tale. It can be as lavish or as simple as you want it to be. All it needs to be is unique and a reflection of you to achieve that momentous day you are looking for. Stay true to those two things and I know you will have the wedding of your dreams.