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Bottega Veneta Resort 2012

Posted By weddingsfresh ~ May 18, 2011 8:14AM
Weightless fabrics and a fresh union of soft neutrals & saturated color blocks made me fall for the Bottega Veneta Resort 2012 collection.  These easy breezy shift dresses, and silk pants and blouses couldn't be more effortless chic.  Gorgeous.  Add this to my daydream list: check.

{Images: Style.com}


Katie Ermilio

Posted By weddingsfresh ~ May 4, 2011 1:14PM
I have been completely enraptured by Katie Ermilio.  Her Fall 2011 collection is full of modern femininity, with gorgeous peek-a-boo backs, exquisite tailored pleats and ruffles and stunning hues of ruby red, royal blue, hot pink, black & a dreamy white that is perfectly easy on the eyes.  Katie's grandmother was Grace Kelly's personal clothier and it would seem she is carrying on her family's tradition of timeless workmanship with her own line.
I always lean toward classic elegance over trendy for weddings, especially when it comes to clothing.  Tailored designs and feminine details will always be in style and you will simply radiate at your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and wedding with and air of sweet sophistication and refined beauty.  And that is exactly why I love Katie Ermilio.  Stunning!!!

{Images: photos by Jamie Beck, further credits here; found via Sarah Klassen Haute Design blog}


The Royal Wedding Dress!

Posted By weddingsfresh ~ Apr 29, 2011 10:11AM


In one of the most anticipated fashion events of the decade, Kate's unveiling of her royal wedding gown was nothing short of spectacular.  Designed by the fashion house of the late designer Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton created a stunning gown with delicate Chantilly lace sleeves and the white and ivory skirt designed to resemble an opening of a flower. Reminiscent of the iconic Grace Kelly gown, I am completely in love with her choice.  Perfectly understated and simply elegant--just what a young royal should represent. What a magical event!


{Image: bakersfieldnow.com}


What to wear...reader question!

Posted By weddingsfresh ~ Apr 27, 2011 4:25PM


Good morning!  Today we are answering a Weddings Fresh reader question.  Here is what bride-to-be Charmaine had to ask: I'm getting married in beautiful old colonial park this July, and it is Chinese tradition for the bride to have 3 outfit changes - a wedding dress, an evening dress (typically something cheerful and colorful), and a traditional Chinese qipao. I've found my other two dresses, but I've been looking for an evening gown for the past few months and can't seem to find options that are affordable and fit the bill for a garden wedding. Most brides wear floor-sweeping evening gowns in silks and jewel-tones, but that doesn't quite fit the aesthetic of an outdoor party. I'm having trouble finding an appropriate style that's floaty, light, and fun to dance in! I've considered shorter styles, but because I'm very petite (5"1), I'm worried that they might look very nondescript (and too informal) on me. On the other hand, the only floor-length styles I've liked (in terms of print/colour/material/</wbr>aesthetic) are maxi-dresses that tend more towards being too informal-looking, because they aren't very tailored or fitted.

Three dresses in one day?!  Girl, that sounds like a dream!  But I understand the dilemma.  Trying to find a formal gown that fits the less traditional atmosphere of a garden wedding, as well as looking elegant, sophisticated and chic all in a tiny 5'1" frame.  I'm going to preface all of suggestions with this:  get a tailor. Or at least have one on standby.  To ensure the best fit and look for your petite figure without sacrificing style, it will be in your best interest to use a tailor to finish off your look.  Perhaps even working with a local designer to create a dress just for you would be helpful as well.  I'm not sure if you live here in Portland, but I would recommend Sarah Seven for a custom design.

With that said, here is what I have found: I would choose a longer dress to stay true to the formality of the evening.  It will help add elegance and sophistication.  As far as the fit of the dress, focus on defining the smallest part of your body: your waist. Adding a fitted bodice will also keep the dress from looking like it's swallowing you up!  As for as the skirt, I am loving flowy chiffon or silk.  Dresses in these fabrics are absolutely ideal for your garden setting and so very chic this summer.  These enchanting dresses look perfectly dreamy in the twilight breeze and are airy enough to get your groove on until the late night. The first 4 dresses are a little more on the glam side of things.  Malene Birger, Antik Batik, Rachel Gilbert & Marc Jacobs all are show-stopping choices but if your budget doesn't include a designer price tag then perhaps not the choice for you.  But that doesn't mean there aren't more dresses!  As I searched through a ton of online stores and designers, I chose mostly from the Spring 2012 Amsale bridesmaid collection.  I know, I know, it may seem unconventional to use a bridesmaid dress but what I have found is, it offers the unique balance between respecting the formal tradition of a wedding and the need to look chic and youthful.  The silk chiffon fabric is stunning and the movement of the collection is breathtaking.  Not to mention, Amsale offers a gorgeous array of colors that will fit your creamy sorbet color pallet!


I also spotted a couple other options from Shopbop.com.  But I do caution you: the more voluminous the material, the greater the chance the dress could start wearing you, rather you wearing the dress.  But with that said, it all depends on what it looks like once you put it on your body :)  So I have chosen a couple other dresses that are a more than little of a step up from the everyday maxi dress but offer the same appeal and look as this hot summer trend.
I hope this helps you and your search for the perfect dress!  We would all love to see what you choose if you want to share!  Best to you and all of your wedding planning :)
{Malene Birger, Antik Batik, Rachel Gilbert & Marc Jacobs via Net-a-Porter}
{Sarah Seven image: Brandon Witzel}
{Amsale dress images: Marthastewartweddings.com}
{Shopbop dresses: 1. Catherine Deane; 2. Thread; 3. Matthew Williamson, 4. Adam}

Chic Long Bridesmaid Dresses!

Posted By weddingsfresh ~ Apr 13, 2011 7:47AM
I spotted this gorgeous photo shoot by photographer Jessica Ruisan named, Evening Falls, on The Polka Dot Bride this morning and immediately fell in love.  (No pun intended :)).  A wonderfully enchanting collection of long, flowy gowns in a beautiful array of colors that are simply stunning.  Long dramatic gowns are so romantic and with maxi dresses in high demand this season, your maids will look absolutely chic.  My favorite?  The peach Lisa Brown dress.  I am obsessed!  In fact I think I need it... :)

{Bridesmaids Only who provided the gowns, makeup artist Megan Vaughan, hair stylist Emma Attenborough, florist Clementine Posy and model Aley Greenblo} Navy: Jim Hjelm with Summerblossom hair pins. Peach: Lisa Brown Coral: Bari Jay Purple: Jim Hjelm Occasions Yellow: Bari Jay


Matthew Christopher Spring 2012

Posted By weddingsfresh ~ Apr 8, 2011 7:25AM


Good morning!  In my search of some new wedding gowns this week I came across one of the first offerings of the Spring 2012 season!  I am so ready to see what the coming designs and trends will be for 2012!!  As for today, we have Matthew Christopher.  Combining modern-day elegance with classic Hollywood glamour he creates gowns with sophistication and flare.  Love the dress above with the embroidered belt at the natural waist and the tea-length bell skirt number at the very end!



What to wear...Brights!

Posted By weddingsfresh ~ Mar 30, 2011 12:14PM
I spotted this photo of these fab bridesmaid dresses yesterday on Creative Montage FB page, and it inspired me to post about wearing brights.  This is such a gorgeous picture--eclectic group of pinks and coral to create not only a stunning photo but a wonderful example of how your bridesmaids all have individual personalities and styles that can come together in quite a beautiful showing!   Brights are everywhere this year, orange being the citrus forerunner, so you might as well take advantage of this fun trend while you can!  And don't be afraid to give your best girls choices--lay down some guidelines such as tones, fabrics, lengths of skirts and even a specific designer or pair of designers, and leave it to them to create a colorful array of pretty maids!  Oh and a quick note on the shoes:  go nude.  If you are being bold on top it's a perfect way to tone down the outfit and make your legs look long and lean!
1. D&G, Diane Von Furstenburg
2. Mara Hoffman, Mara Hoffman
3. Rebecca Minkoff, Tibi
5. Both Halston Herritage
6. Ports 1961, Halston Heritage
7. ADAM, Rory Beca
{Bridesmaid Image: Jill Thomas via The Sweetest Occasion, Dress Images: Shopbop.com}

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2011

Posted By weddingsfresh ~ Mar 25, 2011 8:36AM
For this spring break Friday, we have Monique Lhuillier's fall 2011 collection.  I have to admit, it completely slipped my mind that the first day of spring was this week...could be all the rain and wind we are experiencing!  Nothing says bridal like Monique.  She fulfills the fantasy of every girlie girl's dreams of a white wedding.  I especially love the dress with the off-the-shoulder sleeves and sheer overlay.  Such a beautiful neckline--simply stunning!


Melissa Sweet Fall 2011

Posted By weddingsfresh ~ Mar 18, 2011 8:41AM


Check out Melissa Sweet's Fall 2011 collection.  Always feminine.  Always playful.  Always chic.  And I love the short and sweet dress above.  I don't know about a wedding dress but it would be fun for a bachelorette party or rehearsal dinner!


{Images: Martha Stewart Weddings}


Alberta Ferretti Spring/Summer 2011

Posted By weddingsfresh ~ Mar 16, 2011 1:02PM

As I pine for spring (yesterday there was a tremendous hail storm that battered through parts of the greater Portland area--oh my!), I can't help but dream over the 2011 spring collection from Alberta Ferretti.  Blossoming flowers and fantasy-like draping and fabrics create a stunning feminine perfect for spring-time...if only it would arrive!

{Images: Millionlooks.com}