Thursday, July 30, 2009

stylish sunglasses for the men

I've sat through the heat at an outdoor ceremony in the middle of summer. Yes, it's scorching, scorching hot, but it's a wedding, and there's nothing more exciting than watching a loving couple tie the knot. Something that seems to always stand out are groomsmen that wear sunglasses during the procession. I know it's hot and the sun's glaring in our eyes, but I'd like to think most of the guests want to see all of the handsome faces during this time. It is the most sacred part of the whole day. Maybe I'm unsure because I've experienced seeing that ONE groomsman rocking the avalanche white sunglasses all by himself -- I don't know. I suppose it's preferential and circumstantial (like formality), but maybe it's something as simple as "execution." According to, "Summer wouldn’t be summer without a great set of men’s sunglasses. In fact, while some maintain that clothes make the man, we believe that it’s actually his shades that define his character in the warm weather months. Men’s sunglasses provide the barometer of our lifestyle."

Above: Trend setter, Brad Pitt rocks a semi-formal and formal look with the same pair of sunglasses; Photo source: LaBelleEtLeBlog, HuffingtonPost,

So, with my qualms about wearing sunglasses during the outdoor ceremony plus's outlook, I took the liberty of meeting the groomsmen half way. Plus, I found Brad Pitt photos ;). I searched for some eye accessories that are stylish, light for summer, and are a bit more transparent -- so they don't weigh heavily on the face, intimidate the crowd, or hide those beautiful eyes! And if these define a man's character, then there's nothing more impressive than a man who can coordinate his eye wear and outfit, and show he's got some style. One last note, if the sun's going down, it's an obvious signal -- time to put the sunglasses away.

Rock your groomsman 'fit with flavor.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

wedding forecast by JM :: luxe tux

So we've highlighted quite a few bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, shoes and accessories, but you're probably wondering, "What about my groom?" It's about time we shared some haute fashion for the men! I hope you enjoy what I've gathered for today's post -- Luxe Tux.

All eyes will definitely be on the bride, but the groom must also look his best to distinguish himself from the rest. After all, it is both the bride and groom's big day. The formality of a wedding will dictate the bridal party’s attire, but whether the groom is in a tuxedo, suit and tie, or khakis and a button-down, he will want to make a lasting impression, and obviously, reflect his personality. Last month, models were strutting the runways in Paris and Milan during the 2010 Men’s Fashion Week. After perusing the collections of famed designers, I noticed similar trends amongst them. Evening looks were composed of linear and straight shapes and light layering was embraced with the absence of ties. The accent of graphics, cool jacquards and patterned silks with the overall sharp look screamed urban attitude. Check out some of these hot ensembles, fit for today's wedding.

Above: Salvatore Ferragamo

Above: Gucci

Fashion Wire Daily reported on Giorgio Armani, “For next spring, Armani wants guys in lean yet sensitive suits, cut taut at the shoulder and fluid at the hip. They demand a fit body to work well, but in an era where expense account lunches are infrequent, a slender silhouette seems very with the times."

Above: Giorgio Armani

I just want to hug the brilliant designers behind the striking collections as I can already envision grooms and guests in tailored suits looking svelte and sexy! -- JM

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

street inspired :: heineken experience (Amsterdam)

Check out some of these things I spotted while inside the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam.

Above: gallery with sitting area; vintage posters

Above: vintage coasters with original branding

Above: awesome calligraphy on a vintage poster advertising the Heineken brewery

Above: life size advertisement (poster)

Above: bottle branding progression
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Saturday, July 25, 2009

wedding entrance

I know many of you have seen this YouTube video all over the news -- a completely nontraditional ceremony entrance. Thought I'd post for those of you who haven't seen it! This goes to show weddings are becoming more and more...(what's the word)..original. Remember me talking about "making a statement?" -- this is definitely one way to catch anyone's attention! Unsure how anyone would be able to get away with this at a strict house of worship though. If it were my wedding, I'd probably save it for the reception -- and then find a way to make our video montage tie into the grand entrance -- kind of a way to continue the moment. I'll give it to this couple for accomplishing such a bold dare. If it reflects their personalities, then I suppose it would make sense for them to conjure this idea. Nonetheless, enjoy!

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

wedding forecast by JM :: take it from the top with Erica Koesler

Our upcoming wedding’s vintage-inspired theme has truly engulfed us here at B&W. With Charmae’s recent posts on décor, street inspiration, and dresses, Erica Koesler immediately came to mind. Offering the finest high-end accessories, her craftsmanship and attention to detail are remarkable. She is best known for her stunning veils but I absolutely love her feather hair accessories and bridal hats as well. Achieving the vintage look can be tricky at times as the outcome can emanate an obsolete look. But Erica’s designs are right on point. She brings old Hollywood to the times of today with a collection of classic pieces with modern twists.

Above: various veils, hats, and a cuff by Erica Koesler; Photo credit:

Erica sells her last season, samples and discounted accessories below wholesale at her factory in North Hollywood. This hidden gem is tucked away in an industrial park alley whose identity can only be revealed by its address. However, don’t be discouraged by the characteristics of a true working factory and small space as the pricing for these designer accents will make it all worth it. They are open 10am-2pm Monday through Friday but appointments are preferred. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, they are having a sample sale this Saturday with items marked 60-90% off showroom retail prices!

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Erica Koesler Bridal Accessories Sample Sale
Saturday, July 25, 2009
12142 Sherman Way
(at Laurel Canyon)
North Hollywood, CA 91605
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wedding forecast by JM :: upcoming trunk shows and sample sales {July–Oct 2009}

Just wanted to keep you posted with upcoming 2009 trunk shows and sample sales in the Southern California area!

San Fernando Valley & San Gabriel Valley

Caprice Bridal (Glendale)
Stephen Yearick Trunk Show, July 31-August 2
YSA Makino Trunk Show, August 28-30
To make your appointment, please call 818-240-3323

Lili Bridals (Tarzana)
• Mother of the Bride and evening wear trunk show featuring Montage, Rina Di Montella, Cameron Blake and Capri, July 30-August 1.
• Lili Bridals 50th Anniversary, there’s a sample sale with gowns up to 30-75% off. Includes wedding dresses by designers Pronovias, Rivini, Allure and more!

Los Angeles

Make it Fit (Brea)
• Juliana’s Bridal Collection.
A money-saving promotion: Buy your bridal gown here, and receive complimentary expert alterations—up to a $300 value!

Orange County

The Dresser (Fullerton)
• Mark your calendars for August 16, 10am-3pm when we will have a massive summer sale. Select designer wedding gowns in sizes 6–14 will be $100-$500 (up to 90% off!) There won’t be any appointments taken for this wedding dress sale, so we suggest you arrive early. Only cash payments will be accepted.

Mariposa Boutique
Enzoani 2009 Collection, July 31–August 2
Enzoani Blue and Enzoani Love Collections, August 7–9
Paloma Blanca, September 11–13
Pronovias, October 4–6
Moonlight Bridal Collection, October 16–18
Special Savings available during Trunk Shows!

Mon Amie (Costa Mesa)
Augusta Jones Trunk Show, July 24–27
Jim Hjelm Trunk Show, July 31–August 2
Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show, August 14-16
Romona Keveza Trunk Show for her Legends Collection, August 21-23
St. Pucchi Trunk Show, September 4–6
Avine Perruci Trunk Show,
September 4–6
Liancarlo Trunk Show, September 11–13
Stephen Yearick,
September 18–20
Ysa Makino,
September 18–20
Don’t forget to call 714-546-5700 for your appointment!

The Wedding Day Bridal Salon (Fountain Valley)
• Sample Sale includes designer wedding dresses at a discount, with some up to 70% off!
Call them for details, 714-593-5900.

The White Dress (Corona del Mar)
Platinum Trunk Show, July 29–August 3
Melissa Sweet Trunk Show, August 21–23
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Monday, July 20, 2009

more than just a veil

I just love this knitted veil. It's romantic, sweet, and heavily adorned with beading -- definitely not your typical wedding veil.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

INTERIOR DEZIGN :: the vintage-inspired room

"Vintage: representative of or dating from a period long past" per These do not highlight interior design of a particular period in time, like the 1950s, or 60s; these are simply photos I like of rooms that exhibit some sort of vintage character or "age" to them.

I've been on the net getting inspired for our upcoming wedding, and looking at these designed rooms makes me want to shop for furniture! Just sharing some inspiration.

Photo Credits: Wary Meyers, CountryLiving, Apartment Therapy, PointClickHome

Photo Credits: PointClickHome, Domino Magazine
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

NEWS: feeling accomplished {07.15.09}

Above: Sara Kosovic's "untitled" print from | card $4.66; print $19.95

Reflection written yesterday:

So far, I've completed 10 out of 15 things I need to do today, and feel so accomplished that I thought I'd share a few things that crossed my mind earlier. Though blogging is one of our loves here at b&w, it's really a small fraction of what we do. Blogging takes about 2–3 hours to do each day, from researching, writing, editing photos and creating our own collages, formatting and creating links, to finally publishing -- a lot goes into one small post. But when we're not blogging, we're working on our events and multi-tasking like no other.

As of today, b&w is currently working on the design and/or planning of several weddings (next one is 08.15.09), plus three custom invitation jobs in addition to the vintage+modern ones we just completed. Whew! We have a few other weddings booked for next year along with more invitation jobs, and have yet to begin those projects. How do we do it? Well, when we work with our signature templates, provide specific tools for our clients, and collectively engage the planning with highly motivated couples, planning tends to flow in a seemingly organized fashion. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying every client we have will have a flawless planning experience, but our organization can help facilitate and guide a couple in their planning. Note: Working with a motivated couple is key in our industry; ideally, the planner and couple ought to complete their tasks based on the same time line to maximize productivity -- this creates less stress and less mishaps throughout the planning and more importantly, on the big day.

A fully-executed b&w wedding is far from the standard wedding. The task list for a b&w event (design+invitations+coordination) is almost 3x the length of a typical wedding task list. Why? Well, we put thought into almost every detail (what we call the "bellz & whistlez) of the wedding, literally. The details matter, like understanding proportions of a tablescape, to visiting ten sites just to see which one will suit the vision, to being cognizant about the affects "time of day" can have on people. Yes, we encounter times of stress by having additional things to think about, but we remind ourselves not only about this atypical task list in our hands, but the fact that we are trying to create a truly one-of-a-kind experience. A wedding is a huge and expensive production and after all that planning and spending, wouldn't it be nice for your wedding to have content, excitement, wow factor, or make some sort of statement? We think it's very important to address those wants. This is what we do.

It's wonderful to know couples believe in our work, and we give every couple every ounce of love and energy that we have, in exchange. In the end, our name is tagged on to these gorgeous, interactive weddings, and we take pride in anything our hands touch simply because we care. We are humbled to have grown so quickly in the last few years and are exceptionally happy with what we do. Having this business is a constant learning process, but we're very proactive in improving our operation daily. Thanks for your support by being a regular blog visitor, client, or simply a wedding fan. We celebrate our 7 month blog birthday on July 23rd!

Ahhh…today, I feel accomplished. -- Charmae

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

wedding forecast by JM :: Secret Site: Max & Chloe

I am always on the lookout for fashion websites that ignite my underlying addiction to shopping. Sleuthing through the internet, I’m like a detective on a mission to uncover new online stores worth bragging about. I usually keep these secret sites to myself but as a treat to our b&w blog readers, I felt it was only right to share. Behold…Max&Chloe. If you’re looking for a gift, this site has thousands of jewelry pieces for you to choose from. The brand/designer list is constantly growing and the website is updated with new inventory often. Don’t forget to sign up so that you can enjoy special e-mail offers. With price ranges to suit any budget, you will be enticed to spoil yourself with a gift or two as well. Of course, I can’t forget about the brides. Visit the Bridal Jewelry category to select accessories for your big day or snag some oh-so-cute personalized necklaces for your attendants you thoughtful bride you!

Here are more glam gifts in gold.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

street inspired :: bottom of a paper bag

While shopping on Haight Street in San Francisco, I spotted this hand made "open" sign in the window of a consignment boutique -- kind of has that vintage feel. It uses recycled materials -- the bottom of a paper bag. Opens up ideas to use atypical or even recycled materials.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

bespoke by candy anthony (vintage-inspired)

Its popularity is increasing as more and more fashionista brides stray from the norm -- the bespoke dress. It can't be copied and can't be ordered out of a catalog because it's purely a custom tailored dress. You be the designer, and talents like Candy Anthony, will bring your vision to life. It's most probable that one will save money, but it's not the savings I take to concern, it's the originality that one walks away with. And with every b&w bride who dares to plan a wedding fit only for her, the bespoke dress screams original, creative, and haute.

I've been surfing, gathering inspiration for vintage-inspired art/dresses/shoes/weddings and came across London's Candy Anthony, a dress designer who philosophizes that "Beauty is a Feeling."
It is my philosophy to create a beautiful gown so that you, the wearer, would encompass a feeling of serenity and poise. A feeling of self-completeness. A quality gown. Its cut, its cloth, its purpose of being made for you, should create assurance...the beauty...from which this feeling springs. -- CA
I admire that none of the dresses are alike -- just like our approach to every b&w wedding.

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

vintage + modern + apple green wedding invitations

As I mentioned earlier, we have a design+invitations+coordination wedding on Aug1509. It's in Orange County at the Heritage Museum, a place I've heard wonderful things about -- orange groves, lush gardens, vintage cars posted throughout the venue, the landmark vintage house. I just can't wait for this summer wedding! The colors are going to be black+white+apple green. We designed the coordinating invitation package -- 2 color letterpress printed invites with a vintage + modern feel. The bride found the coolest tandem bike to include and I had fun with the typography...check 'em out!

Above: custom invitation package; metallic white outer envelope with 1C printing, metallic black inner envelope, 2C letterpress main card w/ metallic black backing, metallic white tri-fold insert with 2C printing, 2C letterpress response card, metallic white response card envelope with 1C printing

I love how simple this invite package came out. The main card is adhered to a metallic black backing -- no folding jacket or pockets -- just a single card invitation.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

melon shoes by Christian Lacroix

I'm officially infatuated with summer...the colors, the weather, the dresses, the night time outings -- all of it. So here I am, putting up another summer lovin' post. I was first drawn to the color, thinking melon might be my 2009 summer color, but look at these heels! If I could only see these shoes in person. I LOVE these sexy Christian Lacroix heels and the color palette -- melon, gold, and black. color scheme? I'd say you're making a statement.

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it's hot! summer bridesmaid dresses

Cool summer breeze, ocean blue waters, crisp sand between your toes, and the aroma of the salt water -- nature's elements to complete that romantic beach wedding. Even more wonderful is the fact that beach weddings can be a casual affair. I thought it'd be great, while enjoying Southern Cali's awesome weather, to showcase some BM dress options. Remember, you're entitled to step outside the box! What a better way to do just that by treating your BMs to a summer BM frillies, satin, and boning here -- just chic, tropical printed beauties that they will look lovely wearing. Check out some of Bloomingdale's hot summer dresses.

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anniversary trip to the happiest place on earth :: disneyland

I apologize for lagging on my posts! This week has been a hectic week -- I haven't been in the office this week, as I've been attending meetings and accommodating corporate clients for big projects I'm involved with. I'm doing a quick post, 'cause I've got to run off here to shop for fabric!

On Tuesday, Abe and I celebrated our two year wedding anniversary at the happiest place on Earth -- Disneyland! It's only 25 minutes away, and yet, this was our first time visiting the theme park as a couple. I can't believe we waited this long, 'cause we enjoyed every minute of it -- even bought the 3-day hopper ticket which is also good at California Adventure. Everything seemed smaller or shorter -- like the seats in the Haunted Mansion -- I swore the back of the seat rose five feet above my head..haha. Abram even managed to convince me to sit in the front of Splash Mountain. How'd he do that? Glad I brought a change of clothes.

Here are some photos I took of some wedding items. We did spot a lot of couples wearing the Minney veil and Mickey top hat. Wonder how many proposals were made that day! Couples, take a trip out to Disney. It's an awesome place to spend some quality time, have a nice dinner (mystery restaurant you see when touring Pirates of the Caribbean), feel youthful together, and cuddle up as you sit through the rides. Oh, and if you're thinking of a vintage-inspired wedding, this is a good place to get typography, music, and decor ideas -- I love it!

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