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…a bride can use without looking frumpy?

And the answer is: not AS MANY…. 🙂


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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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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 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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Italians say CVD to mean Come Volevasi Dimostrare, ie “end of proof”. I’m saying it about myself… I’ve just read a recap of the 2010 wedding trends, and I think I’m going to break for sure 8 out them, possibly more — how’s that for thinking with one’s head? I haven’t done it on purpose it just happened… I’m not evil it’s just how they draw me 🙂

Let’s start analyzing them one at a time…

“2010 is the year to bring out the color!  Bold has risen above the white and pastels even for spring and summer weddings”

All right this is easy, it has always been an “all-white” wedding: off-white/ivory, light pink, platinum, powder almond.


“It’s no less expensive to hold your wedding at a private home than it is to rent a reception location”

This one is easy to break too… it’s a destination wedding in an Irish castle 🙂

“Fondant is quickly becoming an old fad”

Too bad… I had just decided for the raspberry chocolate fondant and I’m not going to change it!

“A special thank you as an appreciation for your guests attendance is even more important in our economic times”

No favors here!

” Couples and guests alike enjoy the feeling of incorporating “green” into the wedding.  Not just with favors, but with food, decor and natural flowers as well”

Yeah right, how is cutting flowers green? Anyway, given that I’ll have only bouquets and petals and no other flowers, together with organic food this one I’m not breaking it.

“Real flowers are still the trend in today’s wedding.  The look, the feel, the fragance just can’t be beat!”

Stink like a funeral home to me!

“Technology continues to grow and with the popularity of HD TV, it only makes sense to purchase your wedding video in HD.  If you haven’t upgraded to HD yet, talk to your videographer and make arrangements to shoot in HD anyway.  Have them include not only the HD Blu Ray for when you do upgrade, but also a standard DVD for you to view now.”

Say what? I don’t know what you’re talking about 😉

“Gowns are flowing and light in 2010”

Yeah right mine is Alencon lace AHAHAH

“Veils are back in 2010”

IF I’ll have it, it will be a mantilla. Either that one or a fascinator.

“it is becoming increasingly popular for couples to have a very special dance that will wow their guests”

Good for them. We HATE IT 😉

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Warning: Italians are mad about Flash, to the point that almost all their sites are plagued with it, bridal attire’s included 😦

Before deciding on a gown, I’ve been looking around, poking my nose in local bridal magazines, catalogues and shops.

Historically, aside from Pronovias (this brand is from Spain but I am totally in love with these gowns), I’ve liked Carlo Pignatelli‘s wedding gowns. Unfortunately, the man has gone way too overboard on the romantic theme (especially with his Fiorinda line), although I admit his stuff still looks great.

Recently, I could visit an atelier and take a look at Atelier Aimée gowns. Brides beware! The look is great but the colors look different, way different than in the pics. That is, what is marketed as ivory is frankly buttercream, which is to say, it has a very strong yellowish tint that is something to keep an eye on depending on your skin color (and undertones).  Some of the gowns are buttercream with blue accents, making it basically impossible to fit any skin (either the yellow will clash with blue skin undertones or the blue will clash with yellow skin undertones).

Another haute couture bridal line is Nicole Spose. Slightly too traditional and not vintage enough for me, it’s timeless and of very high quality. On the other hand, Radiosa is definitely more vintage, looking 40ish but with a strong glam gist.

In Italy nowadays it’s also available a new bra called Miracle Platinum by Luna. It is a Greek product everybody loves. I’ll have to give it a try 🙂


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I must confess… I’m a hopelessly vintage bride. If I hadn’t decided for my Valentino for Pronovias Metis dress, I would wear an Amy Jo Tatum, probably this one:

Alexis by Amy Jo Tatum

Did I say bateau neck? I love it! 🙂


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