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LOVE/HATE: The Twilight Wedding Gown Lite

Ha! Fooled you! This is just a random shot from one of the Twilight films. Thing is, I know there are at least three Twihards out there who haven’t seen Breaking Dawn Part One yet, and I’m not going to spoil them. You’ll have to look under the cut.

LOVE/HATE: Etherially Etherial

Different brides want different looks. They have different styles. This gown is by Jill Stuart, a designer whose work is available, alas, mostly in Asia. I say alas, because I find I’m oddly taken with it.

Believe it or not, I’m not a fuss and feathers kind of gal, for the most part. But I do have a Boho heart and a fondness for ballerinas that transcends the fact I don’t actually care at all for the ballet. In short, I’m a mass of contradictions.

And while I definitely get that this gown isn’t for everyone, I have to go with love. Yes, the crumb catcher ruffles make her look a little like a Christmas cracker, but in a good way, I think. I love the soft coloring and feminine lines. About the only thing I would change is to take off those twee little gloves. The whole thing gives off a confectionary vibe dear to my baking-obsessed soul.

So yeah, love here. What about you?

LOVE/HATE: Basic Black

The other day, legendary bridal designer Vera Wang came out with her new line. It’s a little different. It featured a lot of black and black with nude gowns.

I think my views on black at weddings are well known around here. I’m not a fan. I do, however, think that if the bride wants to wear black… well, it’s her wedding and she’s absolutely entitled to wear any darn color she likes. I’ve even seen a couple wedding gowns that feature black that I (GASP! CONSTERNATION!) have actually found both pretty and bridal.

These… I have to say that I’m not loving most of them, as wedding gowns or even as just gowns. I have no doubt that since they’re Wangs, they’re impeccably made and littered with exquisite details it’s hard to see at this size. Overall, though, they read kind of blah to me. The black on black on black is kind of oppressive and the nude just seems drab and sad. Then again, I think most tulle confections are better served by lighter coloration, such as white or pastels. Black tulle is something I appreciate more as a contrast than a major statement.

So yeah, I’m going with hate here. How about you?

He Loves Her, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

Little did I realize when I woke up this morning and tossed on my Paul McCartney concert tee how appropriate it was.

For today, you see, was Sir Paul’s third wedding day.

The Joy of Blank Slates

When you announce you’re getting married, everyone has expectations. You have expectations, your parents have expectations, sisters, cousins, aunts, co-workers, and random strangers on the street have expectations. Vendors certainly have expectations, as do officiants.

But the fact of the matter is that 98.735% of all of those expectations are based on what is typically done, not on what’s required. The actual legal requirements of getting married here in the USA are pretty minimalist. They’ve even decreased in the years since Mr. Twistie and I tied the knot. When we got married, California still required blood tests. Now most states have dropped that requirement. Several have opened their legal arms to same-sex couples. More will no doubt follow.

And when it comes to religious requirements, well, the vast majority of those are concerned entirely with the marriage ceremony itself. Several faiths do require premarital counseling, and a couple have requirements that may affect your menu. Still, most faiths are more concerned with the wording of the ceremony than the activities at the reception.

When you get right down to it, everything from the bride dressing in white to the tossing of the bouquet and garter, to carrying flowers, to going on a honeymoon afterwards is a matter of tradition or fashion. It’s not written in stone.

That means if you want to wear an unexpected color, like this light green Vera Wang gown from her 2012 collection:

… you’re perfectly free to do so.

A Little Taste of the Inmaculada García 2012 Bridal Collection

Hi, all! Just thought I’d pop by because I was so inspired by the Inmaculada García 2012 bridal collection that I just had to share. What really struck me about it is how different all of the wedding dresses in the collection are – sure, there’s the usual ration of strapless wedding dresses to wedding dresses with sleeves (and detailing that resembles sleeves), but there are also all kinds of neat things like amazing brooches, botanical embellishments, wide almost stringy netting, and more. Yet I wouldn’t call this collection quirky so much as I would call it pretty. Inmaculada García’s 2012 bridal collection isn’t for everyone, I think, but if you’re a bride who’s looking for something a little different but still beautiful and feminine, it might just be for you!

Francoise features a really stunning and definitely different brooch just under the bust

Rousse has an absolutely fascinating double hem and botanical overlay on the bodice


Four Gorgeous Gowns with BELTS from Stephanie Allin

There’s no denying belts are big at the moment, and probably will be for another few years or so. Why? Waists are back. Belts are a big part of that. If you don’t exactly have a waist, a belt can be your saving grace. Belted wedding dresses, like these from Stephanie Allin, offer up a chance for those not necessarily built with natural curves to fake it till they make it, while also helping those with plenty of curves control which ones are emphasized. Personally, I love it. Makes me wish I’d gone belted.

Belts don't have to be big to make a big impact. Hello, waist!

Best part: How the neckline and the belt play off each other.

Beautiful belt plus jacket for the chilly bride...

And, as usual, I'm squeeing over the pockets! (Also the belt.)

What do you think of the belted wedding dress look? The traditional belt or the funky belt, for example. Do belts just not belong on wedding dresses? Would you wear a belt on your wedding day?

P.S. – This post was inspired by Devon’s comment on this older post!

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