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Parasols Instead of Bouquets

As Maid of Honor at my best friend’s wedding, I carried a Japanese parasol instead of the usual bridesmaid bouquet. I really loved this idea, because the bride was able to save money on her flowers and parasols look great in pictures. On top of that, it was a hot September day in Sacramento and these refreshing accessories provided a nice shield from the sun.

Tosca ProductionsI still have the parasol on display in my bedroom, and every time I see it it reminds me of my best friend. Of course parasols wouldn’t work for every kind of wedding, but if you’re having your ceremony outdoors it’s a fun alternative to consider. And there are lots of options out there to reflect your wedding theme.

You can find your own pretty parasols at Pamela’s Parasols, Luna Bazaar, or Ideal Favors. And, I got some inspiring ideas from my colleague Jolene’s new article, “Wedding Parasols & Fashion Umbrellas”.

Denise Martinez at her best friend's wedding

Denise Posted by Denise on Jan 09, 2009.
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Bride Wars

I’ve been watching Bride Wars previews at movie theaters for a few months now, so I’m really excited that I’m going to see it when it opens this Friday! I’m a big fan of both Kate Hudson and Ann Hathaway, and I hear the film features some gorgeous Vera Wang dresses. If you haven’t seen the trailer, take a look:

Denise Posted by Denise on Jan 08, 2009.
Filed under Stuff We LoveWedding DressesWedding Ideas

Hollywood Glam

I’m obsessed with old movies. Those actresses from the 1930s and ‘40s had their men wrapped around their fingers, didn’t they? Look at Lauren Bacall and Katharine Hepburn: They usually played well-mannered, headstrong, fast- talking women who could make a man’s man like Humphrey Bogart stop dead in his tracks. When these dames entered a crowded room, everyone would break off mid-sentence and just stare.

Filigree chandelier earrings from One World DesignsMost women have that kind of moment once in their lives: their wedding day. As an avid fan of Hollywood’s Golden Age, I can think of no better way to channel Lauren or Katharine than to top off your wedding look with some classic, vintage-inspired jewelry. The retro-glam pieces from One World Designs fit this bill splendidly. Imagine walking down the aisle wearing dramatic filigree chandelier earrings, with a feather-and-rhinestone flower hairpin holding back your pin curls. Combine adornments like these with a healthy dose of cool confidence, and you’re ready for your own show-stopping moment. And what’s more powerful than that?

Feather & Rhinestone flower hairpin from One World Designs

Lisa Posted by Lisa on Jan 07, 2009.
Filed under AccessoriesFashionStuff We LoveWedding Jewelry and Rings