Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
When shopping for your wedding dress, you should first consider which gown style you prefer. When selecting your wedding gown style, consider the silhouette, sleeves, neckline, bodice and train. Following is guide to the basic terminology of popular wedding gown styles.
* A-line - The A-line or princess dress has no marked waist and the vertical seams flow from the shoulders down to a flared skirt, creating a "A" shape.
* Ball Gowns - These gowns normally quite formal, reminding you of Cinderella. The bodice is fitted with a very full skirt.
* Empire - Empire gowns have a raised waistline that starts right under the bust, flowing to a slim (but not body-hugging) skirt.
* Mermaid - As the name indicates, the mermaid dress is contoured against the body then the gown flows out beginning around the knees. This is the sexiest of the styles.
* Sheath - The sheath or column dress has a slim shape that follows close to the line of the body. The straight design is form-fitting and doesn't allow for many body flaws.
* 3/4 sleeves - end between the elbow and wrist.
* Bell - long sleeves, flare out toward the wrist creating a bell shape.
* Cap - rounded sleeves, just covering shoulders.
* Fitted point - long, fitted sleeves that come to a point over the hand.
* Juliet - long, fitted sleeves with puffy shoulders.
* Long sleeves - long sleeves that are normally form-fitting.
* Off-the-shoulder Sleeves - cover the upper part of the arm but leave the tops of shoulders exposed.
* Poet - long sleeves, fitted to the elbow then flared.
* Pouf - short sleeves, gathered to create a poufy look.
* Short sleeves - about the length of T-shirt sleeves.
* Sleeveless - strapless with no sleeves.
* Spaghetti straps - thin spaghetti straps with no sleeves.
* Bateau - close to straight across from the tip of the shoulder. Gives plenty of coverage.
* Halter - wraps around the back of the neck to create deep armholes. Often also a backless style, which is very sexy.
* High - covers most of the neck. Creates a formal, somewhat stiff look.
* Jewel - similar to that of a T-shirt. Creates a bustier look.
* Off-The-Shoulder - as the name indicates, the top of the shoulders are bare. Showcases your collarbone and shoulders.
* Portrait - a very wide scoop from the tip of one shoulder to the tip of the other.
* Scoop - classic U-shaped neckline. Can be cut low for a more sexy look.
* Square - squared neckline, often associated with empire gowns.
* Strapless - normally straight across. Not recommended for women with small busts.
* Sweetheart - shaped like the top half of a heart. Emphasizes the cleavage.
* V-Neck - dips in the front into a V-shape. Can be very deep.
The bodice refers to the portion of the dress between the neckline and skirt.
* Corset - a form fitting bodice with boning and lace-up closures.
* Halter - sleeveless bodice that wraps around you neck, normally backless.
* Midriff - fits very closely around the mid-section, accentuating your waist.
* Surplice - sections of fabric cross wrap in the front or back.
* Tank - sleeveless with wide armholes like tank top.
* Sweep - 8" to 12" in length, just a few inches longer than the gown.
* Court - extends about 3 feet from the waist.
* Chapel - extends about 4 feet from the waist.
* Cathedral - extends about 6 to 9 feet from the waist.
* Royal - extends more than 9 feet from the waist.
* Birdcage - falls right below the chin, usually attached to a headpiece.
* Flyaway - ends at the shoulder.
* Blusher - worn over your face, about 28" long.
* Elbow Length - ends at the elbow or waist.
* Fingertip - ends at the finger tips or just below the waist.
* Ballet - ends at the ankles.
* Chapel - ends slightly longer than dress length.
* Cathedral - 9 feet or longer.
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Wedding gowns come in multiple styles and fabrics, and you should choose one that represents both the ceremony style (formal, semi-formal, or informal) as well as your personal tastes.
Traditional wedding gown styles include Ball Gown, Empire, Basque, and A-Line. A Ball gown resembles "Cinderella's" dress with a big poofy skirt. The Empire has a high waist (cropped just under the bust line) with a flared skirt. The Basque comes in both the "U" or the "V" shape, with the waist just below the natural waistline. And, the A-Line resembles the shape of an "A," slimmer up top and widening as you go further down.
Some of the more popular fabrics include satin, velvet, lace, tissue taffeta, chiffon, and linen. Satin is wonderful for fall and winter, but may be too hot and heavy for summer months, especially in warmer climates. Chiffon and linen, on the other hand, are great light summer fabrics. Lace and tissue taffeta are very popular for spring while the rich feel of velvet is appropriate for fall and winter.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
When Jack and Emily came to me...I immediately fell in love with them and their love for life and among other things, amusement parks! I quickly learned that one of their favorite places to spend time together was Disneyland and that Jack had actually proposed to Emily while at Disneyworld. I also soon learned that Jack's aunt owned a Jamaican restaurant that they had hoped would be able to cater their wedding. So with those two things in mind, a love for Disneyland and Jamaican food...what else could we use as our concept...but a pirates of the Caribbean theme? I knew that it would have to be done just right or it could easily go awry, so we carefully chose elements that would subtly depict the feel while pairing it with a fresh palette of aquas, pinks, red and yellow.
Sea glass in various shades of aquas hinted toward the ocean.
The girls looked lovely in their Watters & Watters gowns
The bride's beautiful bouquet was made up of orchids, calla lillies, roses and snowberries and tuberose by Twigg Botanicals and was pinned with Emily's grandmother's blue jewelry, as her "something blue".
The centerpieces made up of tropicals, dahlias and hydrangea and adorned with Ostrich feathers alluded to a Pirates cap while personalized wine bottles added a touch to the tables.
There was plenty of Jamaican soda and Red Stripe.
The head table was one of my favorite details. I love how there is something so ethereal about this picture.
A customized pink flocked damask backdrop served as a decor element as well as a photo opp. for guests. We of course gave them fun masks to play with and wear.
of course, what would be the Caribbean be without a little buried treasure?
Emily and her mom put together Emily's favorite homemade brownie mix that we personalized and packaged in an old chest with jewels and chocolate gold coins for guests to take on their way home.
Emily sharing a dance with her Dad. This was such an emotional moment for both of them.
This may be one of the funniest sequences I have seen in quite a while..
I love how serious they are really taking this.
Jack and Emily, you are perfect for each other! You have a way of taking care of one another that I just love. It is sweet and genuine and sometimes really funny to see how well you know each other. I know you will hold on to each other forever.
all of the absolutely gorgeous and stunning photography was done by Natalie Norton. I have been dying to get these up...and it was worth the wait Nat! BEAUTIFUL!