Friday 29 April 2011

A nice day for a ‘White Wedding’

 

Get me to the church on time…

The editorial ‘White Wedding’ featured in the April 2011 issue of Vogue Russia, is vintage springtime with forest nymph brides, lush foliage and a true Victorian feel.

Models Sasha Luss, Anna Simakina and Olga Zhuk star in this editorial which is lensed by photographer Danil Golovkin, and styled beautifully by Olga Dunina. The models flaunt the designs of Cartier, Chanel, Tiffany & Co., Alberta Ferretta, Harry Winston and others.

{Images via RDuJour}

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Friday 29 April 2011

Dresses Kate won’t be wearing!

 

Amazing Haute Couture creations not for a church wedding!

Jean Paul Gaultier’s organza and corsetry creation in his Spring 2009 Haute Couture collection.

Valentino designed tibetan lamb trimmed creation from the Autumn/Winter 2005-06

Chanel 2009 – well this one has a veil problem, but the dress is divine.

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Friday 29 April 2011

Royal wedding gowns & tiaras

 

Royal wedding gowns and tiaras to covet.

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wore a scoop-neck ivory satin gown by Danish designer Uffe Frank, with a veil made from 100-year-old Irish lace that was first used by Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden in 1905. The tiara isn’t a Danish royal heirloom; it’s new to the family, having been gifted to Mary by her royal in-laws, Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik, as a wedding present.

HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and HRH Prince Daniel of Sweden, Duke and Duchess of Västergötland

Crown Princess Victoria wore a cream-colored duchess satin Pär Engsheden gown with a 16.5 foot train and a Cameo Tiara. “The word “cameo” means a precious stone decorated in raised relief.  The tiara is made of gold, pearls and cameos.  The central cameo depicts Cupid and Psyche from Greek mythology.  The seven cameos were not originally carved for the tiara, as can be seen in their different shapes and colours. The cameo tiara was also worn by Queen Silvia at the royal wedding on 19 June 1976, and continues a tradition started by Princess Birgitta, who was the first Haga Princess to marry, and chose the cameo tiara for her wedding in 1961 to Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern.

The tiara was probably a gift from Napoleon to his wife, Empress Josephine, in 1809.  It was made at the Nitot studio in Paris.  The empress bequeathed the tiara to her granddaughter Josefina who, on 19 June 1823, became the Crown Princess of Sweden when she married Crown Prince Oscar (the future King Oscar I).

Victoria’s beautiful veil was also an heirloom piece: The Crown Princess wore Queen Sofia’s lace veil. It is the same veil that was worn by Crown Princess Victoria’s mother, Queen Silvia, at her marriage to King Carl Gustaf in 1976.  This veil was given by Queen Sofia to her youngest son, Prince Eugen.

Crown Prince Felipe Crown Princess Letizia of Spain leave the Almundena Cathedral in Madrid after their wedding ceremony. Princess Letizia’s off-white long-sleeved, collared gown with a silk veil and a nearly 15 foot train was designed by Manuel Pertegaz. The dress was tightly fitted on the top half while a flared sweeping skirt balanced the proportions of the attire. The upturned collar and v-neck were embroidered in silver and golden elaborate threading. She donned the same diamond and platinum tiara that Queen Sofia wore at her wedding to King Juan Carlos.

HRH Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and Anthony Armstrong-Jones.

The silk wedding dress was designed by fashion designer Norman Hartnell. Tony Armstrong Jones renowned for his keen eye for design, had suggested that with her petite frame and low height, she should choose a classic unfussy style that would help streamline her look.   So there was no lavish embroidery, thick antique heirloom lace or heavy embellishment.  Thus the bodice had a V neckline to elongate the line from face to waist and the sleeves were also long and slim.  Thus Princess Margaret’s wedding dress was very simple and uncluttered and the silk tulle veil was satin bound.

The Poltimore tiara Princess Margaret wore on her wedding day was purchased prior to her wedding, and was seen wearing the tiara in the form of the necklace prior to her wedding and continued to wear the piece in its various forms on many state occasions after her wedding day. The Poltimore Tiara was originally created by Garrards in 1870 for Lady Poltimore, the wife of the 2nd Baron Poltimore. The tiara was sold in 2006 at an auction in Christie’s which fetched $1.7 million, far more than its $360,000 pre-sale estimate.

Princess Diana wore the “Spencer Tiara” on her wedding day.

This Spencer family piece has an elaborate design of stylized flowers decorated with diamonds in silver settings.

Princess Diana of Wales on her wedding day. I didn’t like her  meringue dress but I do love this behind the scenes photo.

{Images via mad hattery and google images}

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Friday 29 April 2011

Full of Grace

 

The wedding gown of Princess Grace when she married Prince Rainier III on April 19th 1956 in Monaco reflected her classic beauty.

The couple were officially wed on April 18, 1956 in a civil ceremony.

The next day they wed publicly in an elaborate Catholic Mass in Monaco.

Prince Rainier designed the Napoleonic influenced dress uniform himself.

The Wedding Dress for Princess Grace

The whole wedding attire was designed by Academy Award–winning Helen Rose, wardrobe designer at MGM. The MGM wardrobe department worked on the wedding dress for six weeks with three dozen seamstresses, and made the dress a gift from MGM.

The wedding gown was made from antique 125 year old Brussels Valenciennes rose point lace for the bodice with seed pearl detailing. It was a high-necked, long-sleeved gown with a fitted torso and billowing skirt made of twenty-five yards of silk taffeta, one hundred yards of silk net, peau de soie and silk tulle for the faille bell-shaped skirt. Her veil was covered with appliquéd lace lovebirds and thousands of seed pearls.  She wore a Juliet cap that was decorated with seed pearls, orange blossoms. Grace carried a small Bible and a bouquet of lilies-of-the-valley.

The bridesmaids wore pale yellow organdy dresses which had been custom-made at Neiman Marcus, with yellow organdy hats and wrist length white gloves. The pages were dressed in white suits with trousers banded at the knee, and the four flower girls wore mid-calf length dresses of white broderie anglaise from Neiman Marcus, short white socks, and white shoes from J.C. Penney. The bridesmaid’s gowns were designed by Joe Allen Hong at Neiman Marcus after Lawrence Marcus visited Monaco.

Rainier wore a dress uniform he had designed himself, which included a black tunic with gold leaves on the cuffs, sky blue trousers with a golden stripe down the side, and a dark blue tricorn hat with a white ostrich plume. The tunic was graced with medals representing the Prince’s links with Italian and French military history, and across his chest hung the red and white sash representing the Order of St. Charles.

The flowers decorating the altar and church included white lilacs, hydrangeas, lilies, and snapdragons.

For the civil ceremony, Grace wore a two-piece dress of light pink taffeta overlaid with champagne lace. She accessorized the dress with matching Cuban heeled shoes, a pleated chiffon turban adorned with flowers, and white gloves.

{Images via royal wedding weblog; PinterestAnna Walker via Anilú Magloire}

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Thursday 28 April 2011

A walk down the Abbey aisle

 

Westminster Abbey is steeped in history ~ Royal weddings of future Queens, full of traditions. Since the wedding of the Queen Mother and King George VI it became tradition for royal brides, who marry in Westminster Abbey to lay their bouquet on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. {for the story & more traditions, keep going down…}

Princess Elizabeth and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in the aisle of Westminster Abbey for their wedding in 1947. The future Queen of England purchased her wedding dress with ration coupons from designer Norman Hartnell. The magnificent dress had a 15-foot bridal trail, and the diamond fringe tiara secured her veil.Bridesmaids for the wedding were HRH The Princess Margaret, HRH Princess Alexandra of Kent, Lady Caroline Montagu-Douglas-Scott, Lady Mary Cambridge (her second cousin), Lady Elizabeth Lambart, The Hon. Pamela Mountbatten (Philip’s cousin), The Hon. Margaret Elphinstone and The Hon. Diana Bowes-Lyon. Pages were Prince William of Gloucester and Prince Michael of Kent.

In order to marry Princess Elizabeth, Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark gave up his Greek and Danish titles, converted from Greek Orthodoxy to Anglicanism, and took the surname of his mother’s British family; Mountbatten. On the morning of the wedding, Philip had been made Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich by King George VI.

The Princess Elizabeth married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten in Westminster Abbey. They had been secretly engaged in 1946 before he asked her father for her hand in marriage, and the king asked that her engagement not be announced until after she turned twenty-one.

Decorated with 10,000 pearls, the ivory dress of duchess satin was in the Princess style with a fitted bodice and the neckline had a deep-scalloped edge. The front bodice was cut in three panels and the back cut in four, fastening down the centre back with buttons and loops. The wrist-length, tight-fitting  sleeves ended in embroidered cuffs. From the low-pointed waist, the skirt, cut on the cross, extended to a deep circular train. When the chosen fabric for the dress was publicized, some demanded to know the nationality of the silkworms; whether they were from ‘enemy’ territories such as Japan or Italy. A crisis was averted when it was confirmed that the larvae had been supplied by China.

The wedding dress was made by Norman Hartnell and the design inspired by the painting Primavera by Botticelli. The figure, with its trailing garlands of jasmine, smilax, syringa and rose-like blossoms – was derived from the classical godess of flowers, Flora, and suggested to him the promise of growth and new beginnings.
She wore ivory duchesse satin high-heeled sandals, trimmed with silver and seed pearl buckles, made by Edward Rayne. Her floral bouquet was supplied by the Worshipful Company of Gardeners and made by Martin Longman, consisted of white orchids with a sprig of myrtle, taken, as per royal wedding tradition, from a bush at Osbourne.

The wedding of Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyons, The Queen Mother to Prince Albert.

Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon originally turned down “Bertie’s” proposal in 1921 because she did not want the limitations on her life that being a member of the royal family would bring. But the prince was stubborn, and said that he would not marry anyone else. Lady Elizabeth was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Albert’s sister, Princess Mary, in 1922. He proposed to her again, but she did not accept until January, 1923.

When Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married Albert, the younger brother of the Prince of Wales, on April 26, 1923, she did not expect that she would end up a Queen.

Traditions…

** The Queen Mother unknowingly created the tradition when a guard fainted as she was about to make her way down the aisle. Whilst waiting as the gentleman was attended to, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyons laid down her bouquet in remembrance of her brother who has lost his life in the Battle of Loos. Since it has become a royal tradition that royal brides do the same, however, unlike the Queen Mother brides place their flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior as they walk out of the abbey instead of on entering.

** Following tradition the royal bouquets laid down at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior traditionally have a sprig of the herb myrtle. This tradition began at the wedding of Queen Victoria who married in 1840. Brides such as Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana carried on the tradition.

** Royal wedding bands contain a piece of gold from a nugget of Welsh gold. All royal brides since and including the Queen Mother have received a band with a piece of the same welsh gold.

King George V of Great Britain (right) and Queen Mary. Center are the future King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. On the left are the Earl and Countess of Strathmore, Elizabeth’s parents.

Princess Elizabeth and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, pose with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth and other members of the royal family at Buckingham Palace, after their wedding, 20th November 1947.

{Images via womens history, Getty Images / Topical News Agency / Hulton Archive}

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Thursday 28 April 2011

Oui Lacroix

 

Burlesque Queen, Dita Von Teese wears an elaborate Madonna-inspired Christian Lacroix wedding dress.

Sinner and Saint

Saint Dita Von Teese posed for Harper’s Bazaar Russia, December 2009.

The Lacroix ivory-toned creation with yards of lace, gold embroidery and a jewel encrusted trim bodice and the headscarf is breathtakingly beautiful.  Its bejeweled colourful roses and angelic, white headdress with a golf leaf design, hints at the Madonnas taken out on the streets during Spanish processions.

Dita Von Teese is all about appearance and make-believe, so I thought these images had a synergy with the focus on fairy-tale weddings this week.

Sinner and SaintDita Von Teese for Harper’s Bazaar Russia, December 2009.

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Wednesday 16 February 2011

Maria Lucia Hohan’s Atelier ~ so pretty!

 

The gorgeous interior and beautiful dresses at talented stylist,

Maria Lucia Hohan’s Atelier

The cherry blossom girl, Alix took these pics when she had the pleasure visiting her showroom.

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Wednesday 16 February 2011

Here comes the bride

 

I do, I do, I do

The cherry blossom girl, Alix looks divine in her wedding dress.

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Wednesday 16 February 2011

Lovely Blog Musings: {cherry blossom girl}

 

is one of the most exquisite fashion blogs for girls who love tea parties,

believe in wonderland and wear pretty dresses

Alix Bancourt’s blog, The Cherry Blossom Girl,

is like looking at a high-fashion fairy tale in real-time.

Alix is a fashion school graduate who started her blog in February of 2007.

on their wedding day…

    Here comes the bride


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    Sunday 24 October 2010

    like a dream…

     

    I adore these pretty photos by jessica claire

    Photography: Jessica Claire, http://www.jessicaclaire.net

    Event & Photo Stylist: Grey Likes Weddings, http://www.greylikesweddings.wordpress.com/

    Floral Design: Flora Organica: http://www.floraorganicadesign.com

    Hair & Makeup: Vivian Tran: All Made Up, http://www.allmadeupteam.com

    Wedding Stationary, Favors, and Paper Suite: MaeMae Paperie, http://www.maemaepaperie.com

    Printing of paper products: Czar Press, http://www.czarpress.com

    Fabric Rosettes, shoe clips, and “just married” banner over cake: B. Poetic: http://www.bpoetic.com

    Cake: Cheryl Stewart of Cake My Day

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