February 27, 2012

From the Red Carpet to Your Wedding Day

I think I speak for most girls when I say the highlight of awards season is seeing all of the gorgeous gowns by top notch designers, and last night's Academy Awards had a few pleasant fashion surprises! First off, two lovely ladies from "The Help".

How adorable was Emma Stone as a presenter last night? Her fire engine red dress reminded me of Nicole Kidman's Balenciaga gown in 2007, but with a youthful and softer look. Octavia Spencer knocked it out of the park all awards season with smart and stunning fashion choices. Both dresses reminded me of similar trends that popped up from this Spring season, Alfred Sung's Style D534 and Dessy Collection's Style 2854.

Next up, some of my favorite TV/film actresses, Tina Fey and Rose Byrne.

I love that Tina continues to be more daring with each awards season (remember when she used to only wear plain black in boring styles?). Her deep purple Carolina Herrara gown and Rose's Vivienne Westwood gown show that tiers and one shoulders are still going strong, which we see in After Six's Style 6597 and Dessy Collection's Style 2858.

Last but not least, some color trends!

Both Michelle Williams and Cameron Diaz were a breath of fresh air in their eye-catching frocks. In her red carpet interview, Michelle described her Louis Vuitton dress as a coral color. Dessy's equivalent of coral is their Firecracker, which is available in most styles, and Cameron's off-white dress reminded me of Dessy's Cameo, which is a neutral nude tone.

Congrats to all of the winners last night, including another well-deserved Oscar for Meryl Streep, our fellow New Jersey native!

February 14, 2012

Real Weddings: Emily and Jason

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I think it's the perfect day to feature Emily and Jason's romantic pink and gray themed wedding. The ceremony and reception took place last summer at The National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, New York.

When asked about Emily's favorite wedding moment, she shared:

"Jason and I did a "first look" so we saw each other before walking down the aisle. It was so special to see him in a quiet moment before all the craziness and remember that it was a day to celebrate our love. Seeing him calmed all of my butterflies and I just knew I was making a great decision."

Emily wore gloves made by her great grandmother who she is named after. The gloves set the tone and pushed them in a vintage direction, leading her to select Alfred Sung's Style D448 in Quarry dupioni for her bridesmaid dresses. The boatneck and the pleated skirt matched with the groomsmen's skinny ties to complete the "Madmen" feel.

Emily is also a bride who ordered a dress from Joielle as a bridesmaid for her friend Rachael's wedding! We featured photos of the wedding last year, and this time, the roles were reversed. It means a lot to us when previous customers come back for their own weddings!

The Maid of Honor bought a necklace from Etsy to distinguish her role in the bridal party.

Emily's favorite part of wedding planning was finding elements that would give guests a more intimate understanding of her and Jason as a couple. They collected family photos in mostly black and white and sepia and used them as part of the centerpieces. It was a great source of conversation for their guests as well as a way to keep the photos for their future family.

Congrats Emily and Jason! May you continue to create wonderful future memories while always cherishing the past.

Photographer: Rob Spring

February 2, 2012

Real Weddings: Lauriann and Tom

It's always fun when we can identify familiar places where our brides get married, and today we are featuring a wedding from an area where I grew up in Connecticut! Lauriann and Tom were married last summer at the St. Jerome Church in Norwalk, followed by a reception at The Waters Edge at Giovanni's in Darien.
Lauriann's bridesmaids wore the scoopneck style Alfred Sung D447 in Midnight dupioni. The dark navy color is so popular that it is offered in both dupioni and peau de soie fabrics.
Between the ceremony and reception, Lauriann and Tom took a detour to take some photographs at Lockwood Matthews Mansion in Norwalk. A bit of movie trivia for those who are interested. "The Stepford Wives" with Nicole Kidman and Matthew Broderick was filmed here!

They also decided to have a photobooth late in the planning process based on how much fun it had been at other weddings they attended and were not disappointed!
"It was fun to come up with silly poses and try to fit as many people as possible inside. Everyone signed our guestbook next to their photobooth strip AND got to take a copy with them."
Lauriann's favorite memory of "the big day" is the brief moment alone they had before making their entrance into the reception.
"Tom had written me a note from that morning as he was getting dressed and making his way to the church. I had made it through the entire ceremony without crying, which I thought was quite an accomplishment. As I read the sweet, sweet words he had written for me on our wedding morning, I shed my first and only tears of the day."

Congrats Lauriann and Tom. May you continue to find fun and laughter everywhere life will take you!

Photographer Credit: Fred Town with H&H Photographers
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