Archive for December, 2009

Everybody and their dog knows how I love Spanish bridal fashion, and how down I usually am on Italian bridal gowns, mainly because they are fusty, old, depassè.

Today I found Fio’ Spose via Fashion Bride and I have to admit that it was a very pleasant surprise!!!

Fio' Spose F1140

Fio' Spose F117

Fio' Spose F1077

Fiorella Dell’acqua, the stylist, combines geometrical lines, romantic feel (lace, flowers) and colors in a timeless way. We’ll hear more about her in the future, I’m sure.


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I’m SO HAPPY right now… I got the first draft of my invitation set:

The wonderful Kristy Rice @ Momental Designs made it. Isn’t it just great? And, it still has to be refined… WOW, WOW, WOW!

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Winter vintage wedding outfits

I keep on thinking: “will I freeze in my bridal attire, and what happens if I do?”. I hate to be cold…. so I’m trying to think about alternatives, and here is one from Bellenzabut it’s a silk shawl. Silk in winter???

I prefer the lovely Natalia Misslin
I like it because it’s both fluffy, stylish and cozy 🙂

I also love this vintage “chunky” shawl I saw in a real wedding at Style me pretty:

Can I order the snow for my wedding pleeeeease??? 😉

Anyway, I’d do anything to avoid a cheeky fur wrap and an even cheekier faux fur wrap! A feather wrap maybe? The Brits are great with feather wraps maybe I should look them up more seriously..

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Some pictures just haunt you.

For me, one of those picture was this

Her gown wasn’t what haunted me. What haunted me was her veil, namely the mantilla veil. I’ve always known that I wanted a drop veil because gathered veils to me look like your head got stuck into a pillow (or a cake) and you somehow decided to walk out without caring to free it from the offender.

You can find more on veil cuts and styles here.

A true mantilla veil is a veil that is NOT gathered, although it might be secured to either the hair, a hair comb, or a headpiece. Grace Kelly’s was secured to a headpiece, as you can see. I didn’t know whether I wanted a headpiece or not… and wasn’t able to decide.

Prompted by one of the ladies I contacted in the hope to have a custom veil done, I started browsing and collecting information, links and pictures that I want to share with you.

Mantillas come with a history, so to speak. The ones among you who aren’t Jew, Catholic, Italian, Spanish or living in South America,  would probably be surprised to hear that mantillas aren’t wedding veils. Mantillas are veils, bridal mantillas are bridal veils cut, shaped and worn in a similar way to “regular” mantillas. So what on Earth are regular mantillas?

Essentially, mantillas are veils worn during a religious holiday (either a Jewish or a Catholic one), usually to go to Church or the Temple.

Basically, there are 3 types of mantillas:

1.the Italian-like (Catholic) and the Jewish ones

In Italy, traditional mantillas are either all in Chantilly lace (like Jackie Kennedy in this picture):

or bordered with Alencon lace roses/rosebuds

They can be worn either like head doilies

or like shabbat veils

Their shape is triangular or scarf-like and are shoulder or elbow length.
I’ve seen that recently some bridal stylists have started also using mantillas this way as well:

On the left it’s worn like a head doilie, on the right like a shabbat veil by Rosa Clara.

the Spanish-like ones

In Spain the traditional fabric for a mantilla is Chantilly lace (like Grace Kelly’s), its shape is rectangular or triangular and it is knee length:

As you can see it is worn with a tall hair comb called  peineta. A bridal peineta is shown here:

A magnificent model from Oscar de la Renta:

Notice how Mary of Denmark wore a Spanish mantilla and a fan-shaped peineta on her wedding day:

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I’ve seen pictures of this wedding over and over at Snippet and Ink, Little Lovables and  Polka Dot Bride, but it never ceases to amaze me..

There are many reasons for that.

First off, Ebony is the quintessential timeless beauty of the 30s.

But Ebony also is very graceful… If you don’t believe me, look at the style with which she puts her earrings on:

or the way she goes through the garden

On top of that, she has an incredible sense for color- and style-matching (she is an illustrator, and you can tell!). She has made most of the decorations by herself.. for example:

I love the description you can find here of the reasons behind the various choices that Ebony took!!

So all right I love vintage weddings…. however I wish for more and more weddings to have the sense of style, cohesion and harmonious beauty than this one had, whatever the style they have. Too often one can find the invitations that don’t match the decor, the gown that doesn’t match the tablescape, the flowers that don’t match the make-up. C’mon girls and guys in the industry, a little more style and sense of beauty would benefit everybody, your pocket included!

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I was browsing the net for my usual vintage wedding daily round when – all of a sudden – I get to Red Headed Frog‘s blog, lured by this quirky but classy gown from Kate Halfpenny:

But all of a sudden I see a sheer beauty, the most stunning veil I have ever seen (again by Halfpenny):

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG —- I’m in love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Today I was browsing all the huge amount of wedding-related blogs I read when all of a sudden I found the biggest Christmas present I could possibly hope for, this picture:

Credits: Chris Nicholls via Coco+Kelley.

This precise set of colours has been swirling around in my head for months! Now “all” that there is left to do is… figuring out the proper colour names (and pantone names, which is an entirely different animal, which often has nothing to do with the real colour) and proceed to run around in circles to get the vendors to understand that yes, I want precisely these colors, I mean REALLY, and that no, approximation is not justifiable unless an earthquake happened while they were actually mixing the colour or something like that. But above all, yes I do want a precise match. If it were for approximating the color matching process would I need a professional to scr*w it up? *grin*

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