Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sneak Peek: Toby & Amy

So...I'm currently working on getting the pictures together to share with you that Jason McGrew just got to me of Toby and Amy's wedding. I can't believe it was only last month that I was working on this in Utah...that week seems like a lifetime ago already. I'll have lots more details to share with you, but...In the meantime, here is a sneak peak of what is to come! I got these little teasers from michelle and the delightful girls over at Whimsy, who are responsible for the gorgeous flowers. More to enjoy soon!

Suitable Maternity Wear for a Wedding While Pregnant

Most women do not trust themselves to the party wearing clothes when pregnant. Here are some tips berbusana so you will be beautiful and confident when coming to a party.

Weddings are a time when family and old friends gather, when we catch up with people we haven’t seen for a while, and in preparation, most of us want to lift our glamour level above the everyday and look fabulous. While it may be bad manners to outshine the bride, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look your best.

“What will I wear?” is the eternal question of pregnant women, and doubly so when invited to a wedding. You – and your belly – will be on show. While you might have several perfect dresses to pick from in your normal wardrobe, chances are, pregnancy has changed your shape a little. It’s natural to feel a little disgruntled when your wardrobe is full of things you can’t fit into and you seem to be recycling the same clothes over and over again. And even the most well planned maternity wardrobe doesn’t tend to take special occasions into account.

We recently had a customer write to tell us that she had been dreading attending a friend’s wedding, as she was feeling short on glamour at 8 months pregnant. Luckily Queen Bee came to the rescue with our Sparkle Evening Dress in black, which she tells us she “was thrilled to find fit me perfectly and looked fantastic! I attended the wedding, head held high and had a great, yet tiring night.” We think our silk empire line dress which was featured in a recent fashion spread is also simply stunning for evening wear. For special occasions, it really is worthwhile having at least one superlative outfit which will have you feeling the way you should; glowing and beautiful!

Dresses still seem to be the most popular choice for the ladies, and the options are wide ranging. If you like attention-getting colours you’ll love this violet ruffle wrap dress, or this sexy bright blue v-neck front tie dress or emerald blue ¾ sleeve babydoll dress by LIL. If your taste runs more to the quietly elegant, try this flowing sage dress or this long sleeved tulip print dress. The softly flowing full length halter-neck maxi dress by LIL is also beautifully elegant.

But we’re all about versatility at Queen Bee, and we know you’ll agree it’s great to have pieces which when dressed up and accessorised will take you to a wedding in style but can also be worn again and again on other less formal occasions. Many of our clothes can easily be dressed down for casual wear, which makes them even harder to resist. For a great versatile two piece outfit, why not pair our ruffle wrap skirt
with one of our maternity tops, like this beautiful off the shoulder top, or try this sexy evening tube, stylish tunic, or beaded silk top with your favourite dressy maternity pants and heels.

Remember pregnancy can make you a little more emotional than normal too, so if you’re the sort who cries at weddings anyway, don’t forget to pack an extra hanky!

By : Phie

Empire Wedding Dresses

An empire wedding dress

has a high waist gathered close to the breasts. Other forms are gathered under the breasts depending on ones taste. The skirt worn is normally long and flows as one walks. These gowns have a loose allowance below the breasts. The Empire wedding dress is ideal for brides, with both pear as well as apple-shaped bodies because it flatters their, stomach, thighs as well as busts. Since the gown has a long flowing skirt, it creates an illusion of height on short women.

Both Greek and Romans developed the empire wedding dress in the ancient times. This model is ideal for warm weather because it is less restrictive. Women preferring elevated busts wear these gowns during their wedding ceremonies. The gathering effect below the breast makes the breasts to appear larger. Due to increase desire for the empire wedding dress, many designers have cropped it up with different models that retain the old model features. Models differ on materials used in manufacture as well as the design.

Some designers use embroidery to add some pattern to the dress thus, making it unique and presentable. Common fabric materials used include cotton, silk, satin, chiffon and any other fabrics. These fabrics have a flowing characteristic thus, enhancing the feminine features. Other models have beads embedded on the fabric. The cost of these gowns also differs depending on beads and jewels embedded on the fabric.

Some empire wedding dress models have formal designs while others are informal. This is meant to cater for diversified tastes of women. A casual model has a simplified solid shaded fabric that has beads. Casual models are easily maintained thus, a preferable choice for many women. Casual models are also ideal for women that prefer stylish or fancy weddings. New methods of decorating these wedding gowns have cropped up. Example of these includes use of colorful ribbons. Ribbons fitted near the bust produce a fine pattern. One should choose a ribbon color that matches well with the wedding dress.

Women that prefer formal wedding gowns are not left out, because designers have models that fit perfectly for such preferences. Such wedding dresses have simplified sleek lines. Such models lack decorative and exaggerated jewels. There are many shops and stores for these gowns. The best place to get a high quality empire wedding dress is in a local wedding dress store. In such stores, one tries out many different gowns thus, giving one a chance to choose the best fitting wedding gown.

Apart from relying on local stores, another reliable source is online stores and boutiques. Online stores have numerous types and models of empire wedding dress thus giving one a wide diversity of choice. Online boutiques, allow one compare price lists displayed by different traders. This gives one an opportunity to buy the best quality dress at affordable costs. Online boutiques record higher sales than traditional wedding stores especially due to the empire wedding dress and because of availability of shipping services. This saves one, transport expenses. Online traders, have an advantage of marketing their wares to many different people due to the internet.

By : Phie

A Wedding Planning Guide For The Bride

So you have made it to the wedding planning stage, congratulations! Now that you have set a date you need to start getting everything together that you will need for the big day. You need to take it in steps so that you won?t be overwhelmed; you know eat the elephant one bite at a time!

Some of the things you need to plan are what kind of dress, make up, your hairstyle, what kind of jewelry, and other things that you want included in your special day. There are lots of helpful resources available to help you with the planning stage of your wedding, especially online, plus you can pick up some wedding and bridal magazines.

When you are choosing a wedding dress don?t just choose it because it looks pretty on the model. Your wedding dress should be something that you really like, but it should also go with your body type as well. Choose a wedding dress that accentuates the positive aspects and minimizes any negatives. Look at a lot of different styles before making a choice. Take a friend along, or better yet make it a fun event and take several friends or your sisters and go make a day of it. When you find a dress you like, try it on and make sure it isn?t too tight. You want it to fit well and still be comfortable and be able to move around so that you will be able to dance and have fun at the reception afterwards!

After you have chosen a dress that you are happy with you have to find a pair of shoes that will look good with it. If you are going with the traditional look of a white wedding dress then you will want some sort of white shoe. The exact type of shoe is a personal preference. You can choose everything from a shoe that is like a ballet slipper to sandals, to a pump. I do recommend however that if you are very tall, not to wear a heel. The length of the dress you have chosen will have a lot to do with the decision of shoes as well.

Now that you have covered the main parts of your wedding day wardrobe, you may want to add some customization to your apparel to personalize it a bit. One excellent way of doing this is by accessorizing with jewelry. The jewelry should accentuate your wedding dress and not draw attention away from it as the dress should be the focal point. A nice necklace and earrings and possibly something woven into your hair will do nicely. Remember not to wear any rings at all other than your wedding ring that you will receive on your big day.

By : Phie

Wedding Dress Album Shoot

A great wedding dress is a fantasy for every little girl—even after the girl enters into the adult world and remains unmarried. In the U.S., we usually do not don our our wedding dress when not in our weddings, but wholesale wedding dresses it is sort of a tradition for Chinese to-be-brides to don a handful of outfits of wedding gowns with her to-be-husband for a wedding gown shoot before their weddings.

Many Chinese to-be-couples would shoot the album simply as a way to leave a beautiful memory. Certainly, not every to-be-couple follows the tradition—it is common, but not compulsory. At present, lots of foreign visitors to the country are also appealed to take a special wedding dress shoot there as a way to memorize their wedding. If you go to the popular scenic places like in the parks, for example, of Tianjin, you may witness a wedding dress outdoor shoot for either Chinese or foreign couples.

Normally, wedding gown album shooting shops offer wedding dress album shooting packages including doing fittings, make-up, hair fixing, choosing outfits and of course, photo shooting. Western wedding gowns are indispensible for almost every wedding dress album shooting. Varied from different costs and the shooting packages you opt for, there are various packages of wedding gowns to choose from. Most are Western, but in other styles like traditional Chinese Cheongsam and minority costumes are also common in wedding dress shootings. Also, to meet with different fittings and wedding costumes, service staff from wedding dress album shooting agencies would do various hair styles and make-ups for the to-be-couples. Normally, there are 2 or 3 or more service staff fussing around you to assist you fix hair styles, make up, select wedding dresses, and fit the shooting settings and your poses. Besides, a a wedding gown album shooting normally consists of indoor shoots and outdoor shoots, requiring at least a whole day to complete the album shooting. Though it may be a little too tiresome, you can have a lot of fun with it!Wedding gown album shooting is pervasive in China for several reasons. In my opinion, 3 major reasons contribute to the prevalence of the tradition. First, lots of Chinese young people regard Western wedding costumes as more fashion and more romantic apparel for the beautiful moment. And people hope to generate the romantic memory with a fashion and lovely wedding gown album. It is fun to turn over the album to reflect on the lovely days of their love! Second, taking a wedding dress shoot is a channel to dramatize the gaiety of the newlyweds among their friends and families. Newlyweds, especially new brides, love to present their wedding dress albums to those whom they are willing to share with their joy. Third, as the world's biggest apparel production base, wedding gowns which come in different levels of fabrics and styles enjoy a very reasonable pricing. They are affordable even for low-paid people in China. Also, prices on wedding dressing shooting services are optional based on the different levels of packages you want. In general, a wedding dress album shooting would cost you from about 1,000 RMB to more than 10,000 RMB.

By : Phie

Casual Wedding Dress

A wedding is a dream-come-true occasion for everyone involved, especially the bride. After dreaming for years of her handsome Knight in Shining Armor, she has eventually found him, and is about to embark on a completely different phase of life – one that includes him, and actually revolves around him, with only their love and commitment as the focus. It is a pious union of two souls, blessed as they are by the great Lord, encouraging them to fuse into one complete entity, and face every aspect of life in this very form, with complete dedication and loyalty to each other, and enough love to fill every heart that beats in this entire world.

Now, since the wedding is one of the most significant events in a woman’s life, each and every aspect of it is also equally significant. However, there happens to be one aspect which, at least for the bride, is actually a little more important than the others, and that is her special bridal wedding dress. There are many facets to be taken care of when it comes to selecting the perfect wedding dress for you, and all of them are equally important.

First of all, you need to know the theme of your wedding. This decides the important aspects of the wedding dress. You need to know whether you are holding a gothic wedding, or a casual one, for then it will require a wedding dress that will match the concept, namely a celtic wedding dress or a casual one, respectively. Your budget also plays a very important role in deciding the kind of wedding dress you ought to choose.

Next, you must take care of the fabric of the wedding dress. You could select between any comfortable types of clothing material, the thickness depending on the season, and, once again, the theme. Once you have decided this, your next step would be to decide on the kind of cut you want to wear in the form of your wedding dress. The cut not only includes the length and neckline, but also the overall contour ad fitting of the dress. Ensure that you choose a cut that suits the theme, season, and of course, the fabric of the dress in itself, and is, most importantly, comfortable for you to wear. For instance, in case you are expecting a baby, you will need a pretty maternity wedding dress, which will enhance your motherly beauty, apart from the obvious bridal kind.

Depending on these factors, you need to decide on the color of the wedding dress. While white is the traditional and conventional hue for a bride, you could select any other one based on your wedding theme and, obviously, your preference. The accessories that you select for your wedding dress, such as gloves, veil or tiara, and the special hand bouquet of beautiful and fragrant flowers, depend on all the facets mentioned above. You can make your choice from the available options.

Choosing the perfect wedding dress is going to be extremely difficult, but if you follow the right steps in the right manner, you are sure to look absolutely stunning on your wedding day, just as you always wanted, and it is really doubtful if your Prince Charming, or any other male in the vicinity, for that matter, will have eyes for any other woman, apart from you. So, choose wisely, and get gorgeous for your wedding day.

By : Phie

Monday, June 29, 2009

Pernel + Aaron: Day after shoot

I may have gasped out loud when I saw the beautiful images by Stephanie Williams of the day after the wedding shoot that she did with Pernel and Aaron. They are gorgeous and textural and I feel like I want to reach out and touch them or lay in a field in love all day when I see these!

And...I'm not sure everyone looks just as beautiful the day after the wedding as they do on their actual wedding day..but Pernel and Aaron sure do...still glowing and every bit as in Love.

And...the bouquet...even seems more beautiful than the night before with the soft blush peonies in full bloom. Some things, like marriage...just get more beautiful with time.