Thursday, December 23, 2010
As we head into the days surrounding Christmas, I thought I would leave you with some holiday inspired items to peruse. The dark tent whose roof is lit with clear chirstmas lights is a romantic and safe way to mimic the night sky without risking the bad weather! I also like the dark colours used for everything from bridesmaids dresses and flowers to the black and gold mini cakes. Those are especially elegant without being too "Christmasy!!!"
And of course, I couldn't resist the gorgeous red gown...I guess it works if you're marrying someone named "Nick," "Kringle" or "Clause" though right?!!!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Love this musical, have seen it twice on stage...but have yet to see the film! Thought I would share some pictures anyways as this wedding is all about location...Do you really need to worry much about decor when your background is beautiful Skopelos Island in Greece? The white buildings set against the blue sea is just incredible. I found a site that caters specifically to creating "Mamma Mia" style weddings in Greece (which is where the beach picture is taken from). The long, soft and flowing dresses match the laid back yet elegant style of the island. And would there be any other way to make an entrance but on the back of a donkey? I think not! Enjoy!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Ok - what was I thinking coming up with 100?!! Finding pictures will prove to be the most challenging...but I do love a good challenge! Oh, and here's an indoor venue for you!
The movie The Bride Wars, doesn't particularly have a memorable amazing wedding scene (since the girls have an all-out brawl on the day), however; the dresses, location and decor are still stunning and out-of-this-world! The wedding takes place at The Plaza, an upscale hotel in New York City, and coveted by many brides-to-be. The room that the ceremony took place in features gorgeous mirrored doors and walls making everything appear grander and light. Check out the ornate detailing on the ceilings and curtains in the reception hall...it truly looks like a castle inside! Did you notice the centrepieces, or were they a bit too small?!!
Both dresses are stunning and fit their unique brides - both were designed by Vera Wang. What do we think of the grooms bowtie?
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Is there a theme going on? OK, I'm obviously partial to outdoor weddings, but promise to showcase many indoor events as well. I just remember loving the wedding scene at the end of the movie: "I Love You Man." Actress Rashida Jones and her bridesmaids look so natural and gorgeous. The yellow dresses are Nanette Lepore designs, while I believe the brides simple flowing gown is a J Crew number. I'm not super crazy about the blue suit worn by Paul Rudd, but who was looking at him anyway?
The setting, however, is unmistakably enviable! It was filmed at a private residence in Malibu - ah to not ever worry about rain (or snow) on your wedding day! The bamboo pergola and all the cascading fabrics make for a funky, yet romantic atmosphere. I love the use of the small rectangular tables that line the aisle. The clear vases overflowing with yellow flowers reflect the bridesmaids dresses beautifully.
Nothing more to say except it's perfect, just perfect! (Plus, I've run out of adjectives!)
Monday, December 6, 2010
Alright, so this movie was a little intense in terms of the incredible array of emotions and problems scattered throughout. It did, however, have it's beautiful and precious wedding moments as well.
Another lucky couple with parents who own gorgeous, huge property on which to host the event. The tent that they brought in was very true to their unique and quirky style. Check out the details - it makes me think of a renaissance fair or gypsy, palm-reading den! Even the types of music and dance move between styles and themes, yet seem to flow somehow too.
I love how the quirky decor flowed from the house (in which they got married) out to the garden and then towards the tent. Using round paper lanterns of different sizes and colours held this theme together beautifully. The blue elephant cake was a unique touch as well. And of course, if you're getting married in the library of the house, eating blue elephant cake and dancing with belly dancers, you will need little glass trinkets as placecard favours right?! I just love it - and I wonder why this movie's wedding stayed with me for so many years after seeing it?!!!
I thought it best to start the list with the classic home wedding from Father of the Bride. In this 1990's film, Steve Martin helps his daughter carry off her dream wedding, no matter what the cost...and cost is quite evident!
When you own a home as classically beautiful as this, it would be difficult to want to hold a hall reception. Look to your close family and friends for this option, but do keep in mind that it is often more expensive to bring the hall to you, as you will need to rent every item individually (cutlery, tables, chairs, linens, a dance floor...) that would normally be included and readily available in a hall. I would suggest working with a professional planner if going this route to ensure nothing has been left out!
Although styles have and will continue to change (think hair and clothing), the tent reception is a classic and the "Chiavari" chairs continue to be a coveted and costly choice for upscale outdoor reception seating. Although the cascading vines and greenery would be a little much these days, the lighting and chandelier are an elegant touch.
The cake too remains quite classic today as a three tier round design. It has a small sampling of real flowers on top and some scattered around the base as well, but flows beautifully with her theme of flowers and vines and outdoor life.
It is amazing what can be done when money is no object for daddy's little girl...oh to dream!
Watching movies is a fabulous pastime...not only do you get a little escape from reality, but often you can take out some fashion ideas, find new music, plan fantasy vacations based on locations seen and so much more. So I thought: Why haven't I been focusing on bringing to you, regularly, the fantastic, and often over-the-top, weddings from movies? As I sit here, home sick with a terrible head-cold, I will attempt to come up with my own list of the 100 Best Movie Weddings, and bring you the still shots of those events. No matter what the size and cost, there is always something to be seen that can inspire a couple working with any budget. Since the year is coming to a close and there are only 24 hours in a day, I will allow myself until March to come up with a completed list - does this seem fair?
Please keep in mind, the order is not of particular importance (except for Number One, which is my absolute favourite!)
I love a good challenge! Stay tuned...