Archive for February, 2009

Twistie’s Sunday Caption Madness: The Flushing Edition: The Results

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Hey ho, all you caption fans!

Last week I presented you all with this sad, sad image:

and you came back at me with some fourteen captions for it. Well done, my friends.

In the end, though, there can be but one winner. This week, that would be La Petite Acadienne for this priceless entry:

Unfortunately, Sadie’s wedding day was marked by a bad acne breakout. Her efforts to disguise it by supplementing her veil with Charmin were sadly unsuccessful.

Congratulations, La Petite Acadienne! And thanks to everyone who played.

Circular Ceremony Seating

Friday, February 20th, 2009

There’s nothing worse than being stuck in the back rows of a wedding ceremony where one’s only glimpse of the wedding party takes place during the processional and recessional. The rest of the ceremony is usually spent staring into a man’s bald spot or a woman’s elaborate hat and straining to hear the mumbling wedding officiant. The solution, unfortunately, does not involve height-specific seating schemes — which short people like myself tend to favor for obvious reasons.

Wedding ceremony seating

Instead, if your ceremony venue allows it, why not ape this unique wedding ceremony seating arrangement designed by Colin Cowie for a beautiful wedding that took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Of the design, Cowie says:

…rather than using the traditional set-up seen so many times before at the Beverly Hills Hotel, I chose to reinvent the ceremony area by creating two intersecting aisle ways, with a ceremony in the middle of the aisles and guests seated all around. The focal point of the ceremony being a square center arbor decorated with a cuff of Vendela roses and backed with a fringe of hanging lime green amaranth, created a very tailored Art Deco look.

Yes, yes, Vendela roses and Art Deco aesthetics. That’s all very well and good. I’m more enamored by the fact that in this ceremony seating scheme, wedding guests of all heights can find a seat that allows them to snap a few photos of the bride and groom without having to elbow aside the couple’s immediate family.

LOVE/HATE: The Numerical Niftiness Edition

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Snow globe table numbers

This cheeky wedding reception table number idea favored by Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event in Chicago has earned my undying love, if only because it’s such a great option for DIY brides. All it takes is some printed table numbers and some craft kit snow globes, and you’re all set.

What say you? Cute or cheesy?

Brides In the Navy

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Want to join the navy, by which I mean the bevy of brides choosing this elegant wedding color over robin’s egg and Tiffany and baby blues.

Navy blue wedding inspiration board

How about navy blue engagement announcements from My Good Greetings… a chunky cocktail ring from Rumour makes a great bridesmaid gift… and for the groomsmen, navy monogram cufflinks from Eternally Linked… navy blue monogrammed postage from Zazzle is one way to personalize mass market wedding stationery… you can save money on your bridal shoes with feminine flats from Old Navy (of all places)… navy blue bridesmaids’ dresses complement an Oscar de la Renta grosgrain gown in navy and white, while deep blue florals and an almost nautical reception table tie it all together.

Where do I sign up?

A Way, Way, Way Off-Topic Post

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Teeny Manolo scooped the news that I had my baby girl, but I wanted to share one of the first pictures of Paloma right here on Manolo for the Brides.

Baby Paloma

We’re doing wonderfully, though at a mere 34 weeks, Paloma is currently bunking in the NICU until she learns to do the things that many full term babies can do right away. We’re very much looking forward to the day that she can come home and I can start fostering a love of all things wedding in my daughter!

Photo credit goes to the fantastic cahla

A Hidden Splash of Color

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

We don’t touch on bridal shoes very often here at Manolo for the Brides because our own namesake has the shoe blogging market cornered. I have to say, however, that I am thoroughly enjoying the established trend that has brides wearing vividly, sometimes shockingly colored bridal shoes underneath their wedding gowns. While colored bridal shoes are nothing new, I remain delighted by them.

Should you find yourself in the market for such shoes, here are eight pairs that are particularly striking.

Moschino - MA1616BC1O FX0 (Fuchsia) - Footwear

These Moschino peep toe pumps are on sale for almost half off! What’s not to love?

Stuart Weitzman - Gigi Ritz (Fucshia Satin) - Footwear

Stuart Weitzman Gigi Ritz pumps have a lower heel than the traditional Gigi and are perfect for dancing.


Bride Sitting on Jury Trading Lustful Glances With the Defendant

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Weird wedding photographs

What better way to begin a week of wedding planning than with a laugh? The recently engaged Kristina sent me a link to a McSweeney’s piece by Frank Ferri entitled “MY IDEAS FOR STAGED PHOTOS SET ME APART FROM OTHER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS.” They certainly do, Mr. Ferri! Oh, the list starts out normal enough, with wedding portraits involving sweet embraces and the setting sun, but the ideas quickly devolve into hilarity territory. Here’s a sampling:

Groom sitting at a faux witness stand, on trial for cadaver trafficking. Someone from wedding party wearing a black robe, holding a gavel, and sitting on a dais. Ethnically diverse guests in the jury box. Bride sitting on jury trading lustful glances with the defendant.

Bride and groom each kneeling on one knee and pressing up against each other back to back. Each is holding a soccer ball, as both are captains of their respective high-school teams and it’s picture day. They’re smiling because their teams made states, though both lost in the semifinals. Still, it was a good year, considering neither team made the playoffs the previous three years.

Bride in a slowly deflating hovercraft. A wrecked Jet Ski floats beside it to simulate the moments after a collision. Groom was driving without insurance and the accident is his fault. Bride angrily flailing her arms. Groom in water, raising his hands forward in the air as if to say, “Calm down, we can work something out—just don’t get the police involved.”

Tall, dark, and handsome best man behind a bush with the bride, getting it on. Hands are all over each other. Bride’s expensive hairdo ruined by passionate foreplay. The two appear to have a history together, or pent-up desire for each other that could never be expressed because of the groom’s feelings. Groom peering angrily through bush with expression that says, “My new wife is cheating on me on our wedding day with my best man and I don’t care for it.”

How’s that for a little creative wedding photography inspiration?

Image via David Howard Photography