My Birthday, My Wedding [2013]

Since this is the most FABULOUS month of my birth and I am clearly obsessed with weddings, I will be continuing with my tradition of posting what I want MY wedding to look like. So this month, you’ll see my … Continue reading

Tones, Impressions, and a Personal Touch

Day 10 and week 4 of DA Weddings’ March Guest Blog Campaign welcomes back my friend Mr. Ashantai Yungai of DI Calligraphy! Glean from his post and tweet it to your friends with this hashtag: #daweddingsmgbc Calligraphy is a time-honored … Continue reading

DA Weddings Picks: Desserts

I’ve got a major sweet tooth this week and when attempting to decide what our DA Weddings Picks would be today, I knew it had to be desserts!  Not only do these desserts and candies make great treats, but they … Continue reading

DA Weddings Picks: Royal Bride 2011

To the world, Princess Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, was the most popular royal bride since Princess Di (who coincidentally is her late mum-in-law).  And although she looked stunning in every way, I cannot say that her bridal fashions were my absolute favourite.

Some other contenders were Zara Phillips, currently known as Zara Tindall, Prince William‘s first cousin and daughter of Crown Prince Charles‘ sister, Princess Anne.  Also is Autumn Phillips, Prince Anne’s son Peter Phillips‘ wife.

However, my DA Weddings pick for best royal bride of 2011 is Charlene Wittstock, currently Princess of Monaco (you know, the fun principality on the French Riviera).  I’m sure Princess Charlene made quite an impression on her groom, Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco in her three bridal fashions.

The South African beauty donned a lovely pale blue skort suit for their civil nuptial ceremony.  The long sleeved, lace hemmed suit was a perfect compliment to her athletic build and personality.

For the religious ceremony, the former Olympic swimmer was dressed in an off-white, Armani Privé gown with a cathedral length train and veil.  The simple silhouetted gown was subtly embroidered with 40,000 Swarovski crystals, 20,000 mother-of-pearl teardrops, as well as 30,000 golden stones.  It was made of silk Duchesse and organza.

Her look was topped off with an ethereal floral headpiece and Cartier rings exchanged between the royal couple.

The acclaimed fashionista did not cease to please us with her reception dress either.  Her dress, also Armani Privé, was a shimmery 4 tiered creation with an illusion neckline.  I’m sure her late mother-in-law, Princess Grace [Kelly], could rest easily knowing that there would always be a princess after her own heart on the throne.  By far, Princess Charlene wins the award for best dressed royal bride of 2011!

DA Picks: Chandeliers

Chandeliers are a focal piece at several wedding receptions.  Many of them come with the venue you choose.  Others can be rented for the occasion.  Here are some of my favourite chandelier picks.  Which one do you like best?

The Couture Chandelier

This fabulous piece is bedazzled with pearls and bejeweled with Swarovski crystals.  Created by jewelry designers Erickson Beamon.  For the bride who has everything, a glamorous chandelier like this would be perfect!

The Bike Chain Chandelier 

Carolina Fontoura Alzaga produces chandeliers from reworking unusual and recycled materials, in this instance, bicycle chains.  It’s amazing how something so aesthetically displeasing as a bicycle chain can become and elegant fixture of light!

The Riviera Suspension Chandelier

These chandeliers are so beautifully designed that they are considered “jewelry”.  It is laden with crystal baguettes and wrought in decorated iron casing; it even has a bronze and silver leaf finish.  The fixture comes in 10, 13, and 16 inch lengths.

The Llardo Chandelier 

The Llardro, created by Niagara for Bodo Sperlin, features 100 or 300 butterflies (depending on the size you order) all of which are suspended and electrified by fiber optic cables.  How beautiful is this?

The Starck Zenith Chandelier

This Starck Zenith Chandelier is an ebony wonder.  Formed from black crystal and sold by the prestigious Baccarat, this chandelier would make a lovely statement at your reception.

The Lolita Chandelier

Absolutely stunning!  The Lolita is a modern interpretation of a traditional concept.  Made of Swarovski crystal and controlled by computer LED lights, this wonder was created by a large team of designers and I’ve never seen anything like it!

The Flos Zeppelin Chandelier 

You will either love or hate this Flos Zeppelin chandelier.  I happen to think it would look divine under a tent at an all-white reception!  An updated version of the cocoon series, this modern fixture is fashioned from polymeric plastic spray, electro welded steel frames, a crystal globe injection molded candles, as well as transparent finishes.

The Cloud Round Chandelier

This ethereal Cloud Round Chandelier was created by Stonegate Designs.  Its opulent structure was created from 17, individual, hand-blown patterned glass fixtures that create an illusion of fluidity.

The Modern Murano Chandelier

This beauty is another contemporary take of the original chandelier.  It was created with a spun glass technique and has either 6 or 12 lights in chrome sockets. If you’re a modern bride, choose something like this to grace your reception hall!

The Lotus Flower Chandelier 

This lovely Lotus Flower Chandelier was made from hand-cut capiz shells, each edged in silver metal.  It is assembled like a stain glass and made my Viesso.  It’s an absolute beauty!

The DIY Chandelier Project: Doily Lamp 

This DIY Doily Lamp project is a beautiful, cost-efficient option for your own wedding décor.  Thanks for posting about it Preston Bailey!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Wedding Theme

Such a classic movie for women everywhere!  It unites our undeniable love for Audrey Hepburn with our womanly adoration of Tiffany diamonds and all things elegant.  Breakfast at Tiffany’s makes a perfect wedding theme easily carried from your bridal shower … Continue reading