Monday, November 30, 2009

winter wedding inspiration

It's starting to get cold here in Southern California...yes, just starting. But it's the time to get a chance to experience a winter wedding escapade. Here are some winter wedding inspiration photos. Pay lots of attention to your flowers and décor -- this will create your winter wonderland ambiance and incorporate low, cool lighting, of course!

Photo sources: One Reputation, ReceptionWedding, Pink Cake Box, The Knot, Forever Photography, Martha Stewart

I love this photo of the couple's first dance. String lighting can create the tone -- just make sure it's used at the right type of wedding and of course, at the right location within the venue.

Photo sources: B Wedding Magazine, Michele Waite Photography, Meredith, Brown Turtle Neck Sweater
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

happy thanksgiving!

Wishing you and your family and wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday! Give thanks, everyday!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

vintage advertisements (wedding gowns)

Check out these old advertisements for wedding gowns -- to think you could buy a gown for $40!!!!

Queen rose -- you, on your wedding day, in Priscilla of Boston's rose-patterned imported lace spreading wide over nylon tulle. On the long, (?)-slim bodice, a loving touch of hand-embroidered crystal and pearl. Cap and veil are by Priscilla, too.

The new filmy look for Spring, magnificently interpreted in lace and nylon tulle…and making much of the exciting new longer torso. Left: Full-flowing nylon tulle skirt…taffeta midriff…detachable stole…captivating back bow. Right: Lavish full nylon tulle skirt…graceful panel…taffeta midriff. In beautiful new Spring shades. About $40 each.
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Friday, November 20, 2009

COLOR FANATIC: #006 Bright Japanese Fun

You're the epitome of the non-traditional bride, with a love for anime since childhood, also sparked by Asian inspiration and just a festive kind of person. You envision a bright reception, very colorful and one sure to make the eyes wander. Why not have a little fun and put some punch into your collective vision and incorporate some Japanese flavor? Yes, we've explored a truly animated creative board, spawning from a wonderful color combination and the cherry blossom theme -- down to the fingernail artwork and silk adorned invitations.

Photo sources: LotusHaus (invitation), PriceScope (centerpieces), Squidoo (paper lanterns), BayAreaBags (nail artwork), Australia Entertains (cake), CAPow (red clutch), Red Hot Brides (reception), JapaneseCultureShock (dress), Cheapest Toy Eva (Hello Kitty dolls), Hello Naomi (cupcakes), Papier Damour (parasol) . . .(click for full post)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

STREET INSPIRED :: LAPS 20th Nat'l Exhibit Poster

Profound inspiration from this piece, and you'll see why tomorrow. I was one of the lucky people who was able to take one of these prints home from the LA Printers Fair. By the way, the LAPS (Los Angeles Printmaking Society) 20th National Exhibit is going on until January 3rd, so for you print lovers, don't miss out! This is their biggest event with over 190+ artists showcasing outstanding print work and craftsmanship! Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park | 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027 | Hours Thursday through Sunday • Noon to 5PM

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

wedding forecast by JM :: BLISS by Monique Lhuillier

"BLISS by Monique Lhuillier"
Monique Lhuillier is, without a doubt, a force to be reckoned with. Her wedding gowns possess an unequivocal charm making her one of the most in-demand couturiers. Hand tufting and delicate embellishments are her signature, and her gowns are only made with the finest laces, silk satins and organza.

And now, we can love her even more as she launches a new label. BLISS by Monique Lhuillier. Monique Lhuillier has re-worked her most popular styles and created fifteen gowns for the first season. All the current dresses are strapless and a new collection will be presented annually. So what’s so special about BLISS? Well, being that they are priced at nearly half is pretty spectacular -- $2,300-3,500 spectacular! ML’s dresses are a dream, and the new prices makes that dream come true. I must say, this recession has brought on some positive projects. Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, who’s next?

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Monday, November 16, 2009

mardi gras + mauve love {details sneak peek}

SNEAK PEEK! B&W had the honor of designing and creating an entire invitation suite + matching paper goods (table #s, escort cards, favor tags, ceremony + reception programs) package recently. The creative theme: Mardi Gras mixed with mauve and ivory, to capture some of the groom's New Orleans ties and the bride's color palette selection, which to me, is a perfect combo to illustrate her sweet nature. These are teaser shots of the booklet ceremony programs and the Mardi Gras masks we custom made (trimming each mask, painting, designing, die cutting numbers, and assembling). The 26 hand-made masks turned out to be such a festive and original way to distinguish each table and promoted interactivity, as guests managed to put these on and rock the night away on the dance floor!

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Friday, November 13, 2009

glamorous Pronovias wedding gowns with sleeves

Pronovias (Barcelona) has proven to be one of the most well-recognized brands in the wedding gown industry. From magazines, to bill boards, to wedding articles, and the online wedding network, Pronovias is a couture brand that makes its presence in almost every bridal salon in the United States. From extravagant beading, to delicate ruching, lots of floral accents, array of fabrics, and use of multiple layers, Pronovias has been the answer to many brides searching for a glamorous gown. What I have fallen in love with is the fact that Pronovias' 2010 collection, which features the elite group of designers Manuel Mota, Pronovias, Valentino Sposa, and Elie Saab, features a broad range of gowns with sleeves -- cap sleeves, quarter sleeves, three-quarter sleeves -- and even full necklines, like bateau, sabrina, portrait, jewel, and queen anne.* While I am a fan of the strapless gown, which is probably the most popular style of them all, the sleeved gown can still be a downright sexy and sophisticated piece -- and it doesn't necessarily mean it's for the conservative bride. Take a peek at some of my favorite Pronovias gowns from the fabulous 2010 collection. And yes, I LOVE lace.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

DARING DIVAS: intimate dress solutions by bristols6

Daring Divas: Ever try wearing a pasty?...the "nippie patch of freedom" as bristols6 would call it? This is a fun one -- especially for the wedding night!

The wedding dress can weigh up to 15 lbs. What a great way to take off some of that weight by not having to wear the sometimes-uncomfortable bustier. I know these may not work for everyone, but may definitely prove to alleviate a really tight dress fitting or simply make a bride more comfortable. Just another small detail we (b&w) think about!

Bristols6 also carries a line of designer styling tape, for the low cut dresses that need some extra reinforcement. They come in an array of styles, from lace to faux snake skin, to patterns -- and they'd truly make your new husband's eyes pop, especially if these are out of your element! Check out their site for more stylin' dress solutions.

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