Archive | January, 2012

SAG Awards 2012: Aisle Worthy Red Carpet Gowns

31 Jan

With award season in full swing, stars have hit the red carpet (again!) in Hollywood for the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards. I have selected my favourite aisle worthy red carpet gowns for your viewing pleasure!

1. Judy Greer looks amazing in a Collette Dinnigan gown.

2.Angela Kinsey went with a gorgeous Romona Keveza gown.

3. Lea Michele can do no wrong in Versace

4.Glee co-star Naya Rivera chose a Naeem Khan gown?

5. Viola Davis in Marchsea. Love the metallic detailing!

6. Octavia Spencer looks spectacular wearing Tadashi Shoji

7. Sarah Hyland in a Grecian inspired Temperley gown

8. Bridesmaids star Kristen Wigg looks fabulous in Balenciaga

9. Julianna Margulies chose a stunning Calvin Cline Collection gown

…and just for fun, Kaley Cuocco looks amazing in a mint green Romona Keveza gown!

Images Courtesy of Celebuzz

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Monday Inspiration: Unique Table Centrepieces

30 Jan

So Monday is here yet again and to beat my Monday morning blues, I thought I would compile some photos of unique centrepiece ideas that I just love. Hopefully this will brighten your morning like it did mine!

1. I have featured this image before on the blog. The master Preston Bailey features this fabulous DIY Centrepiece idea on his blog.

Image via Great Wedding Finds

2. For the lover of candles, why not try this fabulous idea as featured on Martha Stewart Weddings. Achieve an eye catching centrepiece using different sized pillar candles. Your options are endless and would suit any colour choice.

3. For something a little bit more personal, why not try photo jars. This is a fab DIY idea, and the look can be achieved with various sized jars. This one has also been feautred on Preston’s blog.

Image via Roni Yaniv

4. If you have gone down the path of an eco friendly wedding, I just love the thought of a pot/basket of fresh herbs as a centrepiece. Imagine the smell! They can also be reused or gifted after the wedding.

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

5. If you are after something a little more ‘old-fashioned’ and happen to have a whole pile of old tea tins lying around the house (or can get your hands on plenty), fill them with beautiful flowers and there you have it, a charming centrepiece!

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

2012 Wedding Gown Trend – The Illusion Neckline

29 Jan

If you are after a gown that screams romantic elegance and class, then a gown with an illusion neckline, may just be for you. The illusion style neckline is best thought of as a “strapless gown, with coverage”. Often featuring a sheer, delicate layer of fabric that can include lace and embellishments, the illusion neckline covers the area of your decolletage and back, that would normally be exposed when wearing a strapless gown. The style has been spotted all over the runway, and has been a hit with designers like Vera Wang, Collette Dinnigan and Henry Roth! Below are some of my favourite Illusion Neckline gowns, to inspire the mind!

1. At number one, Collette Dinnigan takes the cake, with her ‘Lattice Pearls’ creation from her True Romance Collection. The neckline is to die for and is so unique. Love love love!

2. In second place, the always amazing Henry Roth, with the gown ‘Kara’. The a-line gown is rocking a 50’s inspired, raised sheer lace boat neckline. Stunning!

3. In third place, Marchesa have ticked a few of the 2012 wedding dress trend boxes with this gorgeous knee length embroidered tulle gown. I just love the flirty feather skirt!

4. Maggie Sottero, gives the illusion neckline the one shoulder treatment with her gown ‘Bernadine’. The attention to detail on the bodice is complete with Swarovski Crystal embellished lace. Exquisite!

5. Coming in fifth place is the amazing ‘Henriette’ by Vera Wang. The high neck, cap-sleeve gown with floating lace appliques, creates the perfect illusion neckline!

..and just for the extra bit of eye candy, in case you missed it, Holly Branson recently got hitched in a Jane Hill gown, that takes another twist on the illusion neckline. Loving this dress!

Image Courtesy of Best of Dress

Wedding Vendor Wednesday – Travel Managers – Annette Fyfe

25 Jan

You may remember in 2011, we featured Thai The Knot Weddings. Well they have expanded and today I bring you Travel Managers – Annette Fyfe! If you are dreaming of that destination wedding in Fiji, Thailand, Cook Islands and Vanuatu, and you are simply overwhelmed by the thought of trying to plan your wedding on a budget in a different country? Never fear!  Travel Managers – Annette Fyfe have it covered! Travel Managers – Annette Fyfe specialises in planning weddings and renewals on any budget.

Travel Managers – Annette Fyfe is Brisbane based and really do take all the hard work out of planning your destination wedding.  Having your wedding in another country can save you thousands of dollars, but local knowledge is the key.  Annette will consult on your behalf with the wedding planners and work with you to plan your perfect wedding day. Travel Managers – Annette Fyfe offer comprehensive starting packages that include everything from bridal flowers, hairdressing and makeup, a professional photographer including photo package, transfers to and from your hotel for you and your guests and so so much more!

Travel Managers – Annette Fyfe is focused on providing a high quality service, that exceeds your expectations for that dream destination wedding.  For more information, or to get a free quote, get in touch with Annette via email annettef@travelmanagers.com.au  – you will be one step closer to that dream destination wedding!

Images Courtesy of  Travel Managers – Annette Fyfe

Stress Busting Wedding Tip #009

24 Jan

“The twilight zone”

Not everyone’s at their sparky best first thing in the morning. Choose the time when you feel most awake and efficient to make those all-important preparations – even if it is the middle of the night.

Image from my own personal collection

Stress Busting Wedding Tip #008

18 Jan

“Rome wasn’t built…..”

It’s tempting to think you can organise everything in a weekend – but don’t! Allow yourself a buffer zone between planning each stage. You’ll be so much calmer and you’ll enjoy yourself much more along the way.

Image Courtesy of Dmitri Markine Photography

 

Golden Globes – Aisle Style

17 Jan

Now that the Golden Globes are done and dusted for another year, lets take a look at the stars who chose to wear gowns from some of the biggest names in Bridal Fashion Design. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

Sarah Michelle Gellar wore a stunning watercolor blue Monique Lhuillier Gown that is very similar to Monique’s ‘Cecelia’ Gown in her Fall 2012 Collection.

Lea Michele went bold with this Metallic Marchesa Gown. The gown resembles a similar creation from the Marchesa Bridal Fall 2011 Collection.

Shailene Woodley also chose a gorgeous Marchesa Gown, which is from the Marchesa Bridal Fall 2012 Collection.

Julie Bowen looked amazing in a Reem Acra creation. The gown features in the Reem Acra Spring 2012 Bridal Collection.

Sofia Vergara chose a stunning gown by Vera Wang. The  mermaid-style gown, comes complete with Vera Wang’s signature pleating and resembles Vera Wang’s Fall 2012 Collection.

Tina Fey looked stunning in a ruffled Oscar de la Renta frock. Keeping with the mermaid-style, this gown looks similar to a wedding dress from the latest Oscar de la Renta bridal collection.

Paula Patton looked amazing in a strapless yellow Monique Lhuillier gown. The gown is almost the same as the Bridal version from Monique Lhuillier.

Red carpet photos from People.com; Runway photos by Clark + Walker Studio.

Stress Busting Wedding Tip #007

16 Jan

“Think Small”

Sure, every details of your wedding has to be just right. But the first step to staying calm is not to fret over small issues. And step two is to treat all issues as small issues.

Image Courtesy of Boston Bridal Guide

 

Short Wedding Dresses

12 Jan

With Summer in full swing, a princess style wedding gown may not be the best choice for 35 degree heat. If you are considering having your wedding during the warmer months, why not opt for something a little cooler and choose a shorter length dress. To tantalize your senses with a bit of inspiration, here are some of my favourite Short Wedding Dresses for 2012.

Marchesa

Matthew Christopher

Amsale

Hills in Hollywood

Maggie Sottero

Ivy and Aster  

Wedding Vendor Wednesday – Designer Thongs

11 Jan

If you are looking at wearing thongs on your wedding day, and lets face it, the concept is becoming more and more popular, in particular for those choosing to get married on the beach, why not consider something a little more glam, rather than just the plain old thong! Designer Thongs has been created by Sahra J, who is also the mastermind behind the recently featured Framed Flowers and Memorabilia.

Designer Thongs have a wide range of thongs available that have been embellished with satin trim and adorned with bows, bridal tuelle, pearls, buckles and crystals. There are just so many colour and style combinations available-there really is something for every bride. Designer Thongs can cater for most requests, and can custom make thongs for your whole bridal party, groom and groomsmen included! For that extra special touch, you can personalise each set of thongs with ‘Letter Bling’, which really does make the perfect gift for your bridal party members.With bridal thongs starting at just $25, they are the perfect footwear addition to your wedding!

Ordering your thongs couldn’t be any easier. Once you determine your size and style, simply email raward@bigpond.com. Even if you aren’t getting married, Designer Thongs have a large range of everyday wear, special occasion, high heel and one off designs to choose from. So head on over and check out Sahra J’s creations, you won’t be disappointed!

Images Courtesy of Designer Thongs