Monday, December 14, 2009

Sneak peek: Our wedding~!

More to come of my kiwi and i... ;-)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

BGWIII- Bridal Gown of Week 3 + bridesmaid


Bridal gown by Lanvin 2010 collection

lanvin bride 2010
On the runway..

red lanvin

The red bridesmaid by Lanvin.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Dress picks of the week

Bridal gown by Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli

Modest bride with gorgeous shape to the dress. Simplicity at it's best. Lovely pointed heels. I could see Sarah Jessica Parker in this.

Bridesmaid gown by Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli

Modern drape style top with slim silhouette through the hips.
Beautiful texture in the fabric of the dress.

Blushing flowergirl by Monsoon

Sweet and not too ornate. Fabulous circles and satin material.
Add an ivory rose to tie in with the wedding party.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Flowergirl dress of the Week

Flower girl dress of the Week

It's only glitz and glam for your little flowergirl. This silk taffeta party dress will be custom made to your girl's measurements up to 7T. Other colors are also available.

Bridesmaid & Bridal gowns of the Week

Bridesmaid dress of the week
Gorgeous gown by Jane Yeh. Sky blue ruched silk chiffon.

Bridal gown of the week
Absolutely smashing bridal gown by Jane Yeh. Love love love the feathers and slim silhouette. If I could choose another gown this would be the one I would wear...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Bride & Groom DIY placecards

One of the details I wanted to work on for the reception was the Bride & Groom place cards. I used left over silver card stock from the invitations and purchased another 149 swarovski crystal rhinestones for our letters.


I used a boning tool to create a clean crease to "tent" the cards. Very very handy in cardmaking of any kind! To create clean neat letters I used a printed template and lightly traced over the letters with a blunt pencil. This created a slight indent in the paper which I filled lightly with elmer's glue and placed the crystals. I used a ruler to line up the edges of the straight letters (i.e. R, M, B, I D, E)

I used a single feather plume for the Bride placecard. I cut out the Bride and glued it onto another card with spray adhesive, tucking the feather behind. Viola!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Extravagant hair

I really like these gorgeous hairstyles. Even a simple hairdo can be spiced up with a sassy little hat and veil or maybe a feathered flower. The black hair pieces stand out the most with a white dress. A bit daring but perfect for a black and white affair..

Friday, November 6, 2009

DIY standout invitations


I designed my own invitations a few months before the wedding and enjoyed it immensely! I drew designs on scrap paper and made a few samples with materials from the paper and craft stores. In the end I feel in love with a silver and yellow scheme. The silver and cream were quite strong with accents of poppy canary yellow. The silver and cream looked classy, with some glitz to it. I used silver card stock, celeste card stock, white flecked paper and clear matte paper. I used white envelopes with silver calligraphy for the addresses and our own photostamps.

A silver wire ribbon wrapped the invitation with a little bow accenting the left side.

The silver card opened up with the celeste white cardstock used as a RSVP card. I used spray adhesive to attach the clear matte paper onto the backing with the RSVP information. The heart was transparent. Beneath the RSVP card, slotted into the silver card was the invitation. I used a dark grey text to soften the script on the paper. A bit of yellow in the swirls. There were two hearts cut out of the invitation and the RSVP card and lined up when put together.

A sparkling swarvoski white crystal accent in between handwritten silver intials.
How long did it take to make my invitations. If it was done back to back.. 2 days!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mr. and Mrs. Kiwi!

Wow! My wedding day has come and gone just like that! The last month beforehand was extremely chaotic so I didn't have the luxury of posting up the details leading up to it. Once we get our pictures from our fab photographers Tiffany & Jared from I can share some of our wedding with my lovely readers. ;-)

Since the wedding, I have relocated to New Zealand with my kiwi husband. You can follow on my new blog My Kiwi and I where I discover the land of Aotearoa with my kane.

I'll be continuing my blog for a time with a stronger new zealand influence. Today I am happy to share with you the current Spring'09 issue of New Zealand Weddings! Very classy magazine showcases the season's newest bridal gowns with trendy photoshoots, as well as tips for Styling and Planning your wedding.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Peony envy

I just found out that Peonies will be out of season for my wedding ;-( (sob!) So my dreams of luscious peony blooms are wilting fast.

Sigh, the florist showed me some white roses that I could use as a substitute. You can't substitute peonies. I'm irritated at the tropical flower population here.. I want country blooms~!

My imaginary bouquet.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Beauty and the Bride

the pink bride
One month until I'll be a tickled pink bride~!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

My inspiration board~


Grey by Robert Rodriguez (Black Label)

Today on Hautelook for your bridesmaids.

<---Sophia Tulle dress $317 for the modern, chic wedding

Lee gown ---->
$458 for your elegant, whimsical wedding

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sugar flowers never tasted so good..

I love this modern cake with sugar carnations from It's sweet and simple.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The posh bridesmaid


I love this drapey, fluttery sleeve dress. The pink looks perfect with the blonde hair.. Unfortunately, this dress is kinda short in the front.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The mega discount designer sales online~!

So today I am blogging about online shopping~! Love it~! It may be my sweetest downfall. There are two sites I have recently found out about this year that I am in love with.

gilt group
(*pronounced oat-look, i used to say hot-look ;-) need to brush up on my french!)


Each site offers extremely discounted designer wear, fragrance, watches, jewelry, shoes, housewares, shoes, children's clothing, etc.. The sales typically last about 36 hours. Gilt sales start at 9:00pm EST and Hautelook sales start at 8:00am PST.

I bought two bridesmaid dresses from but unfortunately had to return one because of the color mismatch.

These sites are great because there are always HUGE SALEs~! Unfortunately these sites are also widely known (even though you may feel as if you are exclusively shopping from your home!) Many times you can log on a hour or two after a sale has started and find "sold out" signs blazing across the screen~!
Here's an overview of the two websites.

-Starts at 8am when I wake up so I can check it out first thing in the morning.
-Lots of dress sales in all styles and lengths~!

-Shipping can take up to 3 weeks~! It's really hit or miss.
-Sometimes there are only a couple sales going on.
-Returns for store credit only.

Gilt groupe:
-Lots of top name designers
-Variety of sales going on at the same time.
-Search by style choice and size.

-More $$$ expensive than Hautelook
-Sales start at the end of the day (9pm.)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

i heart you.

I <3 this "love story" marc jacobs clutch. I saw it at Nordstrom's rack for $300 and then the next time I went back it was gone. I am obsessed with cutout hearts at the moment (i.e. wedding invitations) This dress is gorgeous as well; made out of vegan leather by Livalone.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The modern bride

The modern bride still is classy and loves her vintage roots. That hair comb is killer with the birdcage veil. And I am obsessed with her pointed bodice.. it looks similar to Sarah Jessica Parker's in Sex in the City only much more fitted and much better overall ;-)