Thanks to its divine full skirt with pleats, this elegant gown has a bit of a retro feel to it. The structured skirt is contrasted with a textured pleated bodice with a subtle sweetheart neckline to give the gown a softer feel.
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Brian McKnight is all about love songs. Why not make his famous ‘Back at One’ single your first dance song.
This entire tune is a gorgeous love dedication, just check out some of the lyrics:
That we should be together
You’re like a dream come true
Just want to be with you
Girl, it’s plain to see
That you’re the only one for me
Are you looking for a first dance song with soul? Or are you searching for something more up-tempo?
Jessica met Tad as students at the University of Kansas. After dating for four years, Jessica was expecting a proposal on her birthday, so she was really excited when Tad asked her on their “last date as boyfriend and girlfriend.”
The bride Jessica McEntire, 27, graphic designer
The groom Tad Carpenter, 28, graphic designer
The date 20 June
When Tad paused outside the Midland Theatre (where they had shared their first date), Jessica frisked him to find the ring. Luckily, Tad had another trick up his sleeve — or rather, in his sock! The couple spent the next year of their engagement creating a unique, graphic style for their wedding.
White Wedding Bouquet
Jessica’s bouquet picked up the white-on-white contrasting textures the couple used in their invitations. It combined white peonies, calla lilies, and green hanging amaranthus. For a traditional touch, the stems were wrapped in a handkerchief belonging to her great aunt and a crystal headpiece worn by three of her best friends in their own weddings.
Green Wedding Invitations
The invitations provided the style inspiration for the entire wedding. Enclosed in a folder with a white-on-white debossed pattern of icons relating to the couple’s story, the invitations brought in unique typography and introduced the bright green accent colour used throughout the wedding. Another great touch: A relationship timeline on the back of the invitation card.
Green Escort Cards
Jessica and Tad’s guests found their seats using green, patterned letterpress escort cards that matched the invitations.
Ballroom Wedding Reception
“The ballroom at the President Hotel is so beautiful, we did not have to go overboard on decorations,” says Jessica. Crystal chandeliers provided soft lighting overhead, and as the sun set, the city skyline was visible through the windows surrounding the space.
Green Table Numbers
The table décor continued the play of textures and shades of white at Jessica and Tad’s reception. Glowing tea lights surrounded centrepieces of varying heights composed of hydrangeas, snapdragons, calla lilies, and amaranthus, and table numbers featuring the motif from the invitations let guests know where to sit.
Note Card Bomboniere
“Tad and I wanted to make something special for our wedding favours, so we collaborated and designed a set of four silk-screened note cards for each guest,” explains Jessica. Printed in green and silver, a set was tied with grosgrain ribbon and placed at each place setting.
Wedding Welcome Bags
The couple even had canvas bags made up for their guests. Each welcome bag was printed in green with the couple’s signature logo.
Turn Table DJ
A friend of the couple’s who DJs regularly in Kansas City provided the music at Jessica and Tad’s reception. The newlyweds shared their first dance to Ryan Adams’ “When the Stars Go Blue” — a sentimental pick since Adams headlined the first concert the duo saw together.
White Wedding Cake
Jessica and Tad’s guests enjoyed a four-tiered square cake covered in a white-on-white pattern of dots, with larger dots separating the tiers. A few fresh white japhette orchids topped the confection.
Are you featuring a signature design or logo in your wedding day decor?
Straps have been making a return to bridal gowns after years and years from strapless gowns, but it’s the straps of the sheer variety that we’re really smitten with. Here are three sheer strap styles we’re sure you’ll love…
Sheer Asymmetrical Straps
Along with gorgeous embroidery, this pretty mermaid wedding gown by Ella features a modern sheer asymmetrical strap delicately pleated to create interesting texture.
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If you’re looking for a truly elegant and timeless wedding gown you really can’t go past this a-line style by Jennifer Regan. Overlayed with a soft netting, this simple shape is given a retro twist thanks to the gorgeous sheer neckline and embellished belt.
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Tulle Shoulder Straps
This pretty pleated sweetheart neckline by Karen Willis Holmes will flatter any figure and create a stunning hourglass silhouette. The structured shape is perfectly offset by light pleated tulle, and of course gorgeous tulle straps.
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We’ve been fans of Sydney based accessory designer, Kristi Bonnici’s oh-so pretty bridal accessories for a while now, so it’s always so much fun to share a new collection with you!
Bonnici says ‘The ‘Sometimes A Whisper Is Enough’ collection was inspired by the quiet, enduring love affairs, the ones that don’t need to scream it from the roof tops or declare it with grand gestures, the kind of love that is happy to hold hands under the table’
The collection filled with quietly beautiful and timelessly elegant bridal accessories will no doubt be music to the ears of brides who have been searching for unique accessories to finish off their wedding day look.
The collection features cover-ups, belts and headpieces, using French Leavers & Chantilly laces, silk georgettes, satins, failles and more with all pieces being lovingly hand made & hand beaded in Sydney, Australia.
Here are a few of our favourite pieces from the gorgeous collection…
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Have you seen designs from this clever designer before?
We think this elegant Rosalynn Win gown strikes the perfect balance between classic and modern. Traditional fine lace and covered button detail are cleverly combined with a modern beading detail to create a unique and stylish wedding gown perfect for brides keen to flaunt a toned back.
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Tell us in 25 words or less ‘What is the most outrageous wedding cake you have seen’ for your chance to win 1 of 15 copies of the new Cake Boss: Wedding Special DVD.
The wedding cake is the showstopping centrepiece at your reception, so it’s no surprise that it takes a lot of time and effort for your cake baker to get it right. America’s king of cakes, Buddy Valastro has become famous for his cake creations thanks to his reality TV series, Cake Boss, which follows Buddy and his family as they operate their cake business.
Coming out tomorrow, a DVD special, Cake Boss: Wedding Special showcases the best and worst wedding cake moments from Seasons 1-3. Watch them as they busily bake for 14 couples who want to get married in a mass ceremony on Valentine’s Day to a bridal photo shoot spectacular that demands out-of-this-world creativity. Buddy even meets a Bridezilla who thinks she can design a better cake than him!
Sound like your kind of show? Lucky for you we are giving away 15 copies of this wedding special DVD to 15 lucky Knotties. All you have to do is tell us in 25 words or less, ‘What is the most outrageous wedding cake you have seen.’
*All answers must be submitted by adding a comment at the bottom of this article to be an eligible entry. The competition commences today, 6/3/2012 at 5p.m. EDST and closes on 9/3/2012 at midnight EDST. Don’t forget…we need your email address to notify you if you win, so you must be a member and logged in to enter a valid entry for this competition. Read our Terms & Conditions.
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Look what we’ve found! A blog to help you with your DIY vintage-inspired wedding stationery.
The graphics fairy (graphicsfairy.blogspot.com.au) has over 2600 images you can download for printing and they’re entirely free. Yes, free! It has everything from birds and nests, butterflies to botany, maps, architecture and more, all categorised so you can find what you’re looking for and fast. Or, scroll through the site and let inspiration take hold. We could spend hours exploring this blog and we’re sure you’ll want to, too.
The creator, Karen, has an antique s furniture store in Virginia, USA, but her favourite pastime is unearthing glorious old images and posting them online. “I’ve been drawn to old things since I was a child in the 1960s. I used to spend many weekends at my grandparents house and my grandmother was a very enthusiastic collector of all things old. I would spend many hours looking through her china cabinet, dresser drawers and sewing cabinet and she would explain the history behind the pieces,” Karen says.
Are you looking for a gorgeous floral motif? Check out these lovely illustrated works.
Try gathering a few images from the site to create your overall look and feel. Where you may use the image below on the left for your invitations, the empty frame on the right may be used as a place setting. They complement each other without looking too matchy-matchy.
You can find many old advertisements with decorative frames on the site and Karen helpfully provides edited versions of them. The same frame may be available without the content or in a variety of shades to choose from (see below) so you can match it to your colour scheme.
Butterflies continue to be a favourite wedding theme. Check out these beauties. Again, they work well as a pair and the end result is infinitely more interesting than if you were to repeat the same image.
You might have thought a circus theme more suited to a five year old’s birthday party than a wedding. But one look at these pics and you might think differently! The sepia tones and muted colour scheme are decidedly grown up, not to mention completely charming.
Any Francophile will fancy these lovely Parisian travel-related tidbits. French wedding themes are both romantic and whimsical.
Happy searching! Let us know if you find something that suits your theme.
Do you know of any other useful online image libraries?
It’s no wonder v-neck wedding dresses are becoming more and more popular, this elegant neckline works wonders in minimising a large bust, but also helps smaller busted brides fake an ample cleavage. This Louise Alvarez gown not only features a gorgeous v-neckline but also has a feminine lace detail at the waist along with a light as air tulle skirt.
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This week’s Wedding of the Week features a low-key yet ultra personal matrimony between Joanne and Dane. Here are our favourite details of their day.
The bride: Joanne Meehan, 30, childcare worker
The groom: Dane Atterbury, 30, sous chef
The date: 9 January
The location: Quarantine Station, Manly NSW
Number of guests: 43
DIY Wedding Shoes
Joanne bought her wedding shoes from Kmart! To give them a special touch she took off the original embellishment and replaced it with two vintage-like accessories from Diva.
Sentimental Ceremony Touches
The couple asked each guest to bring a bloom of their choice to the wedding ceremony. When they arrived they placed their flower on the grass in front of the altar in a circle pattern. Joanne and Dane stood inside this special arrangement during their nuptials.
On the mantlepiece of the old fireplace in the reception dining room the newlyweds placed framed photographs of their parents on their wedding days. Beside them sat a glass dish with Joanne’s nana’s favourite sweets: Irish toffees which the bride’s mother brought over with her from Ireland.
The bridal bouquets were placed in vases at the reception and doubled as decorations on the cake table.
What special touches are you adding to your day?