Tag Archives: Wedding

All Hail the Queen.

16 Dec

So I consider myself to NOT be a star struck person. I won’t chase after you, or interrupt your dinner to ask for an autograph or accost you and take your photo; you’re human just like the rest of us and want your privacy.

I live in Southern California, the metropolis for celebrities and so maybe I am just used to it. Part of it though is I really don’t care. Not to be harsh but if I love you, I will be loyal by buying your records, watching your shows or movies and potentially even praising you on my blog or amongst my friends.

I think in general our generation, (yes us 20-30 year olds), spend too much time idolizing the few who become famous. What is fame really? I wonder what those who have lived it would say?Maybe we learned to cope with the state of the world through the escapism of Perez Hilton and US WEEKLY to name a few. (I am guilty as well) It deters us from the focus and scary reality of our economy, our planet’s health and the war and potential for more on the horizon.Yet, with the news that Kate Middleton & Prince William are engaged and getting ready to marry, it seems as though my newfound restraint against needing to know everything in the celebrity world,  has gone out the window. I can’t seem to get enough of this story and feel profoundly happy for them.I don’t know her and never will but she has a good energy about her. She is naturally beautiful and comes from a great family and is in all intents and purposes; normal. I love it. It is about time something modern happened to the monarchy.

Unlike the royal weddings of the past, this one has the chance to be less pomp and circumstance and more just two people in love wanting to simply get married. One has to wonder if Princess Diana didn’t have a hand in this, as it seems like the perfect ending she would have scripted and wanted for her William.So now on to the fashion side of things. As every girl who gets married knows, the dress is one of the key elements. Once you find “the one” everything else to seems to fall in place.

Every designer in the world is now clamoring for the chance to dress Kate on her wedding day. Women’s Wear Daily asked a group of designers to submit sketches to them of their “royal wedding dress” visions for Kate. (Scroll through the choices below.) Regardless of what direction she goes in, it will be a hard decision for her and one that will be scrutinized for years to come. Ultimately it is her day and she needs to wear what makes her feel beautiful and comfortable.

What a spectacle this will be for the world to watch!!

Luella says…Here Comes the Princess Bride.

Alberta Ferretti

Gucci

J. Mendel

Lela Rose

Rachel Roy

J. Crew

Prabal Gurung

Kimberly Ovitz

ValentinoTommy Hillfiger

Chris Benz

Reem Acra

Rebecca Taylor

Nina Ricci

Nicole Miller

Nanette Lepore

Yigal Azrouel

Monique Lhuillier

Missoni

Lyn Devon

Karl Lagerfeld

Jason Wu

Elizabeth Emanuel

Doori

Chado Ralph Rucci

Badgley Mischka

Christian Lacroix

Vera Wang

Which dress would you choose for her to wear? Or if you are artistically inclined, sketch one of your own.

Remember what I always say, think big, live big.

First Comes Love, then Comes Marriage.

15 Nov

One of my good friends is getting married next year and she is just starting her dress search. They are not sure if they are going to make it a destination wedding or have it in California but either way she wants something non-traditional and unique.

It has been a while since I have done an INSPIRE TO FIND and I was really excited for this one.

For new readers, INSPIRE TO FIND is when someone sees something they absolutely love but either can’t find it at retail or want a more affordable alternative so they send it to me and I do the searching for them. This can be Anything: travel itineraries, clothes, food and wine, accessories, home decor etc.

Luella says…I challenge you to challenge me.

Ok back to the dresses. My friend gave me two totally opposite choices to search for. One floor length, one mini. I loved both.

Did someone say long for the ceremony, short for the party?

Choice #1 Valentino

As worn by Keira Knightley at the 2006 Golden Globes

My alternative choices  to this dress are all by the British designer Jenny Packham.

My friend’s style is very Boho Chic and I think Jenny Packham encapsulates that perfectly.

(Click on the logo to go to their retail websites)

Choice #2 Marchesa

Mini Wedding Dress as worn by Tori Spelling to renew her wedding vows in 2010

For this one, I chose to feature similar dresses by Oregon based designer Sarah Seven. She is amazing and I will be doing a future post just on her collections very soon. She does everything made-to-order and so it makes your wedding dress truly one of a kind.

Estee & Aerin says.

20 Oct

  

I love Peonies. They are one of my favorites flowers. I had them on the tables for our wedding in various ball jars, green depression glass and white hobnail vases. It was so beautiful. When I was creating the aesthetic in my head, I knew I wanted it to be vintage-antique. Truly the less it looked like a wedding, the better.

 I read an article a while back from either Vanity Fair or Vogue discussing New York socialite Aerin Lauder and how she puts on the perfect dinner party for her high-profile friends.

 

(via Vanity Fair)

(via ELLE DECOR)

The main take away, (besides desperately wanting to be invited) was her quoting her grandmother, Estee Lauder, in saying “One should never have matching china for it looks rented.”

(via blueskybutterflystudio)

 I loved that concept. I decided against following the tradition of picking out a china pattern, and instead collected vintage mismatched dinner plates to use for our head table of 22 people. What could be more meaningful than serving the most important people in our lives on something  we then get to keep with us forever?  

 

 

There are a couple of things to remember when doing this.

  • Start well enough ahead so you can space out the research and expense.
  • Make sure you buy plates that are AT LEAST 9 inches across, 10 inches is the best. Vintage china comes in various sizes and I made the mistake of buying plates that were too small to use for dinner.
  • A lot of sellers specialize in china, so research all they have for sale, so if you find more than one, you can combine shipping.
  • Established brands are Haviland, Homer Laughlin, Bristol and my favorite is Spode.

Flea markets, estate sales, Etsy and Ebay are the best resources. I did a little shopping on Etsy for you. Just click on the photos for details.

 

Luella says…Add a Splash of Significance

 I also LOVE these other items I found while I was searching for the plates. Why not round out your table?

Vintage china plates adorned with modern artist lettering.

Vintage platter with Pink Lady Artist motif.

Vintage Clay Lace Platter (various sizes available).

Vintage patina tray. Perfect for a candle & vase centerpiece.

Vintage Pyrex glass bud vase.

 

Now each time we throw a dinner party I get to use our plates and watch the significance grow.

Thank you Estee for your clever advice, thank you Aerin for passing it on.

I Do, in June.

22 Sep

  

J’aime vintage. I got married in June, to a man named Ralph, in my favorite place in the world, my parent’s backyard in Brookfield, Wisconsin. I am now a wife and I have a husband. Crazy but true. I can’t say I spent my childhood dreaming of my wedding day, it was more that I was dreaming of who I would be married to.

Even still, when it was my turn to be a bride, I wanted to plan it like an intimate dinner party. I love vintage as aforementioned and thus was born my theme. Mismatched china, a sideboard to hold our cake, handmade table numbers made of vintage French apothecary and soap labels, ball jars, green depression glass and cream hobnail vases, Lisianthus, Gardenias, Peonies, Green Hydrangeas and Ranunculus flowers, tuxes and candles; essentially “splendor in the grass.”  To accomplish this, let’s just say a lot of DIY, Etsy and imagination.

I knew some things were beyond my control and I left those to come as they may. At the end, it was an evening filled with lovely memories I will keep with me always. It was perfect. Wonderful friends, family, decadent food, drinks, dancing and laughter.  We are blessed. I know I relied on others inspirations to create my own so enjoy! 

(photos by Krystal Muellenberg and Studio Noveau

   

   

   

  

“Let’s turn to the West, Let’s turn up the music, Let’s hope it’s always as good as this” – Chris Pureka

(Venue: Shully’s Garden Tent, Cake: Sweetness by Alice, Flowers: Esther)

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