Archive for the ‘Apparel’ Category

Bridesmaid Dress Cards

September 21, 2009

Just spotted these homemade dress cards over at The Wedding Chicks.  I have a bridal party of one (and she’s going to be picking her own fabulous frock), otherwise I would totally attempt something sweet and crafty like this!

Follow the  fabulous bride behind these lovely cards at: Blue Eye Brown Eye.


The Wedding Dress Search Begins – Nordstrom

September 8, 2009

Nordstom_2$178 of casual lovliness.

The search for my wedding gown has officially begun.

This was not an aspect of my wedding that I was looking forward to.  Though it might seem contrary to the very idea of blogging, I generally do not like to be in the spotlight.  I avoid drawing attention to myself at all costs.  So, standing on a pedestal while my entourage of loved ones ooh and ahh over my appearance did not sound like the stuff of happy memories.  And beyond the feeling self-conscience part, it didn’t seem as if a traditional bridal gown was going to jive with my budget.

In attempt to appease my wallet and avoid the fashion show, I ordered five dresses from Nordstom’s online bridal boutique and had them delivered to my mother’s house.  They were beautifully packed and ready to try on in the comfort of my childhood bedroom when I went home to visit a few weeks ago.

Nordstrom’s return policy is almost too good to be true – I actually called customer service to make sure I wasn’t misunderstanding something.  (I even told the operator that I was planning to order multiple dresses in the hopes that one would be my wedding dress.)  Basically, as long as the garment has not been worn, you can return it for a full refund at any time.  The exchange period does not expire!

I did not end up keeping any of the dresses, but I wanted to share my options (and their AWESOME prices) here.  One of the dresses (a lovely Grecian frock with pewter beading) is no longer for sale, so that one is left up to your imagination.

If you’re a bride on a budget, definitely check this amazing dress shopping alternative out!

nordstrom_1The back on this dress was stunning.  $178.

nordstrom_4$180.  Pretty details, but a little too evening gown-ish.

nordstrom_3The most expensive at $360, but perfect for a summer afternoon wedding.

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SoWa Open Market

July 14, 2009

I finally made it to the SoWa Open Market this past Sunday.  The open air event featuring artisans, antiques, and organic produce did not disappoint.  I found some great local stationers and jewelers, and the old trolley barn full of antiques offered tons of wedding décor inspiration.

If you live in the Boston area make sure to check it out.  The market is open every Sunday 10am – 4pm,  May through October.

| Image via ChromaLab |

Pretty Maids All in a Row

June 25, 2009


Strangely enough, this afternoon I found myself daydreaming about having my bridesmaids in matching dresses.  I suddenly thought it would be super sweet and make for some cute photos.  But more likely than not, I’ll just provide a color palette, encourage them to show off their sexy legs, and let them go at it.



|Vintage Photo: Elizabeth Anne Designs, Row 1: Simple Silhouettes, Row 2: Thread |

Flower: Scabiosa Pod

June 1, 2009

Ever since seeing scabiosa pods used in a gorgeous floral headpiece on Brooklyn Bride, I have been obsessed with this little bloom.  Also known as the “pincushion flower,” scabiosas are in season throughout the late spring and summer months, and the pods will dry nicely if you plan on preserving your bouquet.


| 1: 2: Seattle Flowers 3: Ink & Peat 4: Brooklyn Bride |

Etsy Wedding Vender: Twigs & Honey

May 28, 2009


Myra Callan creates stunning silk flowers for your wedding day tresses.

Generations of Inspiration

May 27, 2009


In preparation for a 2011 bridal fashion exhibition at the V&A, the museum is collecting online submissions of wedding photographs taken between 1840 and the present day.  Go here to contribute your own piece of wedding history.


I lost track of time as I browsed the collection decade by decade.  My favorite wedding so far is the 1930 marriage of Dorothy Murphy and Simon G. Friesen in Merced County, CA.


Something Blue

May 19, 2009

I adore Laura Walker’s ceramic buttons.  Their lacy imprints and blue hue make them a unique accessory that can easily be sewn under (or on!) your gown.  I’ve already bought two of these little works of art as gifts and it was hard to give them away.


Vintage Lace

May 18, 2009

Lace is something I never really considered in my pre-betrothed life.  Now of course, I’m head over heels about it.


I stumbled across this gem on eBay.  The unexpected black silk waist band and skirt detail make this the perfect gown for an offbeat bride. The seller, Red House Vintage, offers an entire store of vintage frocks perfect for “Mad Men” secretary-wannabes.