Archive for the ‘Wedding Dresses’ Category

Jen + Ryan: Waterside Wedding

Big Sur, California

December 27th, 2011

waterside wedding Well, hello lovely Louboutins! Is there a better way to start a wedding post than with some super shoes on the bride? The groom’s shoes are pretty cute, of course, but who can help but love a nude shoe with the peep toe peaking out from under a Sarah Seven wedding dress? waterside wedding Jen and Ryan were married in Big Sur, having fallen in love with the area while camping there many times throughout their years together. They found the perfect venue, a private residence, which allowed the couple the flexibility to hold the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception dinner in different areas of the same location. Not only is this a great idea in terms of making the most of your venue fee, but its very convenient for guests (and you). Once they arrive to the ceremony, they’re free to get comfortable for hours. And with a view like that, who’d want to leave? waterside wedding waterside weddingwaterside wedding Not interested in following traditional wedding rules, Jen and Ryan wanted a wedding that truly reflected their personalities. Not only did they have a Bourbon bar, a camping themed photo booth, and loads of baked goods handmade by the bride and maid of honor, but they carefully incorporated the charming details they love: mason jars, burlap, succulents. waterside weddingwaterside weddingThanks so much to Brandon Kidd Photography for allowing us to post these great wedding photos!!

Kate & Greg: Oceanfront Wedding

Oahu, Hawaii

August 29th, 2011

Beach weddingHawaii holds a special place in my heart, and as anyone who’s been there knows, it’s simply magic.  Not sure if it’s the air, the ocean, or the generous aloha spirit, but whatever it is, Kate and Greg have felt it, too, and they wanted to spread the love.  They chose the North Shore of Oahu for their destination wedding and made an equally wise decision to have Sarah Yates photograph it. Get comfy, crack open a coconut, and devour the photos from this awesome wedding. beach weddingbeach weddingHow amazaing are the surfboards at the ceremony?  Kate’s short, floaty dress by Sarah Seven was the perfect choice for this easy, breezy, backyard-on-the-beach wedding.  beach wedding beach weddingWould you believe that Kate’s and Greg’s original location fell through at the last minute because the venue double booked the date?? Luckily for this couple, things worked out in their favor, and they were able to have their reception at this private residence. It worked out for the best as far as I’m concerned!! There’s a quiet lesson here…always hire reputable vendors, even if they’re a bit more expensive. beach weddingbeach weddingbeach weddingbeach weddingThis wedding looks like it was a ton of fun.  The happiness in these photos is tangible.  Kate and Greg probably suffered a little stress when their wedding plans started to unravel, but sometimes Plan B ends up being more than Plan A ever could have been.  No doubt the island’s aloha spirit had something to do with it.  There’s a saying in Hawaii that certainly applies here: Hawaii No Ka Oi, or, Hawaii is the best.  Couldn’t agree more.

Kerry & Oriel: Ocean View Wedding

Coromandel, New Zealand

August 4th, 2011

This is one of those weddings that sends you into a daydream. Kerry and Oriel, both British, drew friends and family together for an intimate, ocean view wedding on a cliff in New Zealand! They rented a 5 bedroom vacation home, Just Paradise, and held ceremony and reception right there. Love Kerry’s dress and simple, flat sandals, and Oriel looks dapper in his suit. Kerry arranged all of the decor, a sweet mix of soft pattern, color, and texture. The umbrellas around the dining tables are a great alternative to a tent, adding to the casual ambiance, and the Jamaican menu has my mouth watering! Many thanks to Jel Photography for sending these gorgeous images which I originally spotted on Polka Dot Bride.

Beachy at BHLDN

July 16th, 2011

It’s all about the beach right now at BHLDN. They’ve really hit the nail on the head with their shore-inspired wedding gowns, DIY-looking decor (driftwood garland, paper pinwheels, crochet-covered votives reminiscent of fishing nets, etc), and knockout accessories, including sparkly barefoot sandals that look like jewelry on your feet.

Bet I caught your eye with those photos of the beach. Yeah, I meant to. Thanks Jose Villa!

Awesome Mini Wedding Dresses


June 2nd, 2011

wedding dress for beach weddingwedding dress for beach weddingObviously, I am in love with the white shift dress as wedding dress right now. A few posts ago, I featured a short shift from Lily Pulitzer, and today we have two great examples from BHLDN, another new wedding obsession of mine. If you haven’t had a chance to go to the website, set aside a few hours and log onto You’ll be busy there for hours.

I’m not sure why this dress style appeals to me so strongly at the moment, but I’d venture to say it’s not only the coquettish je ne sais quoi ease of the design, but more importantly, it’s the leg. Honestly, if you’re getting married on a beach, what’s better than a super cute mini wedding dress that just begs you to walk in the sand, waves lapping at your ankles, legs all tanned and terrific?

The dress on the left, called the Carnaby Crochet Mini ($320), is cotton with a rayon lining and falls 16″ from the waistline. The Spun Sugar Shift ($650), on the right, is a sheer organza shell over a silk charmeuse slip and falls 19″ from the waist. Either is adorable.

Jacin & Pat: Coastal Wedding

Guilford, CT

February 28th, 2011

Having grown up in a Connecticut coastal town, I’m pretty partial to the whole New England shoreline thing. The following wedding is just that, and while the ceremony took place inside a church, the reception was waterside, so it fits right in on this blog. The bride, Jacin Fitzgerald, who actually lives in San Francisco, is now a wedding and event planner and writes a great wedding blog, Lovely Little Details.

Jacin did a beautiful job creating a warm, family-oriented, DIY wedding in her hometown. Since Jacin’s a detail girl, I’m posting lots of detail shots. Be sure to take a look at the the blue embroidery of the couple’s initials and wedding date (the perfect touch) in Jacin’s custom dress from Ally Bridal, along with the super fab Louboutins. I’d love to have those on my feet right this minute! The bridesmaids all look great in classic dresses (different styles, same Mason jar blue) from LulaKate.

After the ceremony, the wedding party walked across the street to the hardware store that’s been in Jacin’s family for over 70 years. Check out the cute photo shot in the aisle!! The reception took place at Pine Orchard Yacht Club in neighboring Branford, and photographers Graham and Ashley Scobey for Carla Ten Eyck took full advantage of the club’s waterfront location to get great photos of the Jacin and Pat and the whole wedding party.

Anyone who has spent time at the beach anywhere from Connecticut to Maine will recognize the beach rocks, used here as place cards. They’re a great DIY, and the wine cork (plus baker’s twine) table number holders are another good idea and so easy to make yourself. All in all, this is a lovely wedding, full of lovely little details (I couldn’t resist!). Thanks for sharing.weddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the water

Kristin & Jacob: Wedding On The Water

Lake Michigan

February 20th, 2011

When I asked Kristin if there was a special reason that she and Jacob chose to get married on the shore of Lake Michigan, her answer was that her parents met there. Of course, I immediately got the warm and fuzzies. She went on to explain that her grandparents live there, several family members have houses there, and she has fond memories of many summer vacations (some with Jacob) spent at the Maranatha Bible Conference where they held their beach wedding ceremony and indoor reception. This is exactly why so many couples choose to have weddings on the water. They connect with it on some deep, significant level, and for Kristin and Jacob it was romance, family, and memories that made the beach of Lake Michigan the most significant spot for them to start their life together.

Sarah Parisi did a beautiful job photographing this wedding and sent these images to me. Hello, music-video-stunningly-attractive-couple! I mean, honestly, are they cute or what? Kristin’s gorgeous dress was purchased at a designer outlet (I like her even more for this) in Illinois, and she braved several rounds of alterations to get it to look like this on her. Well worth it, girl. It’s beautiful.

Rather than having chairs set out on the beach, Kristin and Jacob had a standing ceremony. This is such a great idea when an intimate experience is your goal. Standing allows guests to move in close around you, creating a really special, organic, unpredictable experience. I just suggested this exact same thing three days ago to a couple I’m working with. They thought it was the best idea they’d ever heard. Sometimes rows of chairs just feel wrong. Look how cute Kristin and her barefoot dad look as they step out onto the beach (find him in the kiss shot too…i’m digging Dad). And the flower girl and ring bearer…OMG. Warms your on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the water

BHLDN Unveils On Monday!

February 12th, 2011

I can hardly wait for Monday. Urban Outfitters, Inc. (can you say Anthropologie?) is unveiling (the pun is too good pass up) an e-commerce site offering its version of cool, quirky, bohemian wedding fashion and design called BHLDN. No doubt this site will be bookmarked immediately by all brides and people in the wedding biz. Not only will BHLDN be selling hip wedding dresses, quirky cake stands, and other beautiful goodies for decorating a wedding venue, but a team of stylists will be available via email to help brides navigate their way through the often overwhelming wedding planning process. Wow…dresses, stuff, and hand to hold. What a concept!

Kristin Norris, BHLDN’s managing director, told Women’s Wear Daily’s Sharon Edelson that “we’re confident that we’re filling in space that no one’s filling. We’re offering a take that’s not out there. We have a lot of shorter dresses, lots of color and prints and no optic white dresses. Traditionally, people got married in churches. Now, they’re getting married on beaches and mountain tops. We’re building our assortment for the ultimate end use.” I do believe I heard her say “beach weddings,” did I not?? You’re speaking my language, Kristin!

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Wedzu Love

January 3rd, 2011

I don’t know what took me so long to spend some time on Wedzu, but I’ve been missing out! Rather than skiing with my family on New Year’s Day, I spent most of my waking hours looking at every inch of that site. Wedzu is a (relatively) new online marketplace for handmade wedding-related products, and most of them are great. It’s got everything from whimsical invitations to skincare products, custom cake banners (love that idea), to white vegan leather mini wedding dresses (awesome). Check out the cake banner from Ready Go and the mini from Blushless (photos from I’m not vegan, but I would be if that was a prerequisite for wearing that rockin’ dress. Then I’d pop a cake banner on my 4-tiered vegan wedding cake. Hey, whatever it takes.

Liz & Chris: Lakeside Wedding

Lake Michigan

December 18th, 2010

Two things about this wedding by the water stopped me in my tracks. The first is the fact that the beautiful beach shots were actually taken on a lake and not the ocean (looks like ocean to my eyes!), and the second is the dress. This is some dress, for real. It’s a Vera Wang, so I’m not shocked by my love for it, but the combination of blush color, ethereal layers, and incredible embellishment along the bust line has me glued to these photos. How happy is this girl in this dress? I know she’s excited because it’s her wedding day, but she knows she looks GOOD!

Two more things I like here. Liz and Chris did a “first look,” which is highly recommended. Not only does seeing each other before the ceremony take a lot of pressure off the bride and groom (it’s hard to keep reactions and emotions in check in front of all your gawking guests), but it allows for really sweet photos of a very special moment. I also really like the swirly circles of rose petals down the aisle. I haven’t seen that before, and it adds an unexpected element to the ceremony set up.

This wedding was photographed by Harrison Studio, and the ceremony took place at Ventura Pines Cottage in Holland, Michigan.weddings by waterweddings by waterweddings by waterweddings by waterweddings by waterweddings by waterweddings by waterweddings by waterweddings by water