Glitter & Pearls


Wedding Crush
August 15, 2011, 10:26 am
Filed under: If The Shoe Fits, The Dress, Weddings

I can’t get enough of this wedding featured on 100 Layer Cake.  Jen + Jonathan had the most perfect modern wedding, designed by the gals of Domestic Construction and set in a modern art museum, the results were undoubtedly fabulous.

And the dresses … Jen designed her wedding dress along with designer, Kathryn Conover.  Anyone who can tastefully incorporate pink into their white wedding dress is a design genius.  As for the bridesmaids dresses – Jen designed them with designer, Mabel Ogawa.  It’s safe to say, I want them all.

Photography: Max Dworkin / Event Design: Trish & Maureen of Domestic Construction / Venue: Telfair Museums: Jepson Center for the Arts / Stationery Design: Ryan Thomann at Life: Curated / Printing: Annie at Rock Candy Media / DJ: Brendon Robertson / Music & Playlist: Chris Thomas at Left As Rain and Remember Paper / Sound equipment: Live Wire Music Hall / Bride’s dress: Designed by bride, made by Kathryn Connover / Brides shoes: Life Curated / Bridesmaids: Skirts designed by bride, made by Mabel Ogawa / Silk tanks: The Addison Story / Groom’s suit: Topman / Catering + cupcakes: Michael Pritchard at Starlight Dining Group / Beverage: Charlie Ganem and Sons

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The Royal Wedding, Vogue UK
April 12, 2011, 12:05 am
Filed under: The Dress, Weddings

Vogue UK has dedicated their entire May issue to the Royal Wedding.  The May issue provides, as Alexandra Shulman puts it in her editor’s letter, a “delicious confection of all things matrimonial” – in honor of the upcoming royal wedding.

From Vogue.com:

Inside the issue, weddings are explored: from the amusing Always The Bridesmaid, by Vogue’s Rosie Vogel; to the practical With This Ring, which examines the new-versus-heirloom engagement ring quandary; to the historical Royal Weddings In Vogue.

No royal wedding issue would be complete without a look at the style of the bride-to-be and, in A Princess For Our Time, Emily Sheffield asks what it takes to make a perfect modern princess? And whether Kate Middleton has what it takes.

{images a la fash-n-chips; via tfs}



BCBGMAXAZRIA Organza Gown
March 30, 2011, 7:51 am
Filed under: The Dress

Can someone please get married, wear this fabulous dress, and send pictures my way?  K, thanks.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Layered Organza Gown, $1,048



Wearing Black On Your Wedding Day
March 2, 2011, 9:58 am
Filed under: Accessorize, The Dress

{Vera Wang Fall 2010; image a la Bridal Wave}

Black is my color.  It speaks to me.  And visibly slims my tush.  Also, white washes me out.  I literally matched my wedding dress.  I am that pasty.  It’s lucky my husband likes me.

I desperately wanted to wear a black wedding dress for about 3 seconds, and then I learned about Sarah Jessica Parker’s black wedding dress regret.

Sarah Jessica Parker wore a black dress to her 1997 wedding to Matthew Broderick. While the dark color – reserved in days of old – as a color worn strictly in mourning, the actress has had plenty of success in her marriage.  Still, the Sex and the City starlet is still regretting her decision today.

Parker recounts when her son questioned the black wedding dress.  “James Wilkie’s teacher is getting married, and he said, ‘Do you think she will be wearing black?’” the actress told Harper’s Bazaar. “I said, ‘No! I can almost assure you.’ Then he said, ‘Do you still regret it?’ and I said, ‘Yes, I still regret it.’”

Sarah exclaims, “I’m not kidding. White it up. I’d wear a beautiful, proper wedding dress, like I should have worn that day.”

Thank you, Sarah.  I ended up accessorizing with black – black Vera Wang cuff, black Alexander Wang Freja Booties, plenty of black eye make-up, etc.  I was happy.

Thus, when Green Wedding Shoes posted Shannon + Jesse’s DIY Wedding, and the bride wore black (accents), I was psyched.  A black cage veil, black leather belt (LOVE belts & wedding dresses), black vintage charm necklace, and black bridesmaid dresses – I’m smitten.

{Shannon + Jesse’s DIY Wedding a la Green Wedding Shoes}



Rock It
February 22, 2011, 5:35 pm
Filed under: The Dress

I’m filing this dress under, “If you can wear it, rock it.”  I have encountered maybe three people in this whole world who could pull off this gorgeous beaded mermaid gown, and all three live on the silver screen.  But cheers to them.

This dream flutter sleeve number is by bridal designer, Amanda Garrett, a la Sydney, Australia.

{image a la Paper Garland; via Polka Dot Bride}



BHLDN Dress Update
February 13, 2011, 1:40 pm
Filed under: The Dress

BHLDN (The much-anticipated Anthropologie Wedding Brand) held a wedding dress launch party in Philadelphia and released several images from their new wedding dress line.  The wedding dresses will range in cost from $1000 – $4000 and the bridesmaids dresses will cost $200-600.  The entire line – including accessories, shoes, and bridesmaids dresses – will be released this Valentine’s Day.

Some important faq’s to know about BHLDN:

• All items will be available in the shop for delivery right away.  (Trust me, this is big – some wedding dresses take months and months to deliver.)

• All the dresses have the same sizing as Anthropologie clothes – although BHLDN is a totally separate store – so you won’t have to wear double your size to fit into couture.  [By the way, whoever came up with wedding dress sizing is evil.  A size 6 is NOT a size 10.  If anything, I’d like to be lied to.  Why can’t my dress read size 0?  It’s my wedding, darnit.]   By the way, true sizing makes buying online a cinch – and they offer easy returns if you change your mind or if it doesn’t fit right.

• All the dresses were designed ready for alterations, so you can  take it to your local tailor and it can be easily altered.

{image a la 100 Layer Cake}



Still Falling In Love With Dresses
February 6, 2011, 10:55 am
Filed under: The Dress

I think I have scrolled through this wedding on Style Me Pretty about a thousand times, just to get a look at the bride’s dress.  It’s the perfect combination of classic simplicity and princess ballerina.  Love Love Love.

{photography by Tanja Lippert with design and styling by Off The Beaten Path Weddings}

{image a la Style Me Pretty; wedding Dress and hair flower a la Amsale, style Calista}