Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Wedding planning should be an Olympic event. Think about it — it’s got all the criteria: challenges, scoring, competition, nervous sweating, rings. People laugh; people cry. And someone always takes the cake.
You’re Goin’ Gown
One step inside Caroline DeVillo’s sun-filled studio and you won’t want to leave. Well, not without a dress. DeVillo designs timeless couture looks — elegant, simple silhouettes with architectural lines made from the highest-quality Italian silk. Throw in shoes from Filippa Scott and jewelry from Haute Bride and Betsy Tanner Designs, and you’ve got a veritable one-stop shop. You’ll win best dressed, bar none.
She Shoots, She Scores
Or in this case, he shoots, you score. For impeccable photos with the perfect amount of tongue in cheek, hit up local fave Jeremy Lawson. His eye for detail and penchant for in-the-moment shots give him an edge above the rest. Not a fan of posing? Neither is he.
Enough with all this talk about bronzing. Go for the gold at Sonia Roselli, Esthetique, a brand new storefront in Rogers Park. Roselli offers airbrushing, eyelash extensions, and custom color mixing for the blushing bride and her party. Stop in for a trial application and you’ll be hooked.
Chicago native Jeremie Lappe is a real winner. After whetting her palate at Cheryl Kleinman in New York, she returned home and started Batter Up Cake Bar, whipping cakes that’ll knock you out of the park. Lappe meets with her clients to discuss flavors (chocolate, red velvet, vanilla), fillings (citrus curd, chocolate ganache), icings (lavender, pistachio, coconut), and decorations (she specializes in sugar flowers). Tastes like a grand slam to us.
Step Up to the Plate
Winner takes all with Black Rooster Catering. Headed by the folks behind Jerry’s, the reputable group dishes modern comfort food to the masses. Options include a whole poached salmon; beef tenderloin with ancho-coffee rub; tomato tapenade and goat cheese bruschetta; marinated shrimp, basil, and prosciutto skewers; and much more. Liquor and spirits are also available, guaranteeing you’ll beat ’em to the punch.
There Will Be Buds
Simply Flowers wins first prize in our eyes. Owner Toni Lenzi sticks to the cream of the crop (premium Dutch buds; Ecuadordian roses). She picks her blooms according to season — this fall she’s loving vine maple, safflower, bright dahlias, chocolate cosmos, and kale — and pulls it all together with fragrant geranium leaves. Not a bloom expert? Not to worry. Lenzi is on-site the day of, pinning boutonnieres and making sure your bouquet is picture perfect.
Win your guests’ hearts with invites from Greenstar Creative. During a personal consultation with fun-loving owner Lynda Junge, you’ll pick a design that fits your fancy, from the traditional (cursive, bows) to the cheeky (Eat, Drink, Marry). Even better? Junge can create a stamp to match the invite (not that we don’t love liberty bells). Post-celebration, thank those who made it happen with a letterpressed Wedding Expert Appreciation Kit from Cardiology Cards. For your jeweler: We’re thrilled and delighted with the bling you provided. For the caterer: You’re swell, you fed us well.
Go get ’em, Champ.
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If you’re looking to make a killer first impression with unconventional save-the-dates, invites, and all things paper, turn to local graphic designer Jenn White Topliff of 13 Creative (415-290-4908; firstname.lastname@example.org). From starfish to wax stamps and wine corks, Topliff’s three-dimensional materials and clever copy will have tongues wagging.
Something old and borrowed? Check, check. New and blue? Get two for the price of one with artisan organic chocolates from the newly opened Chocolatier Blue (1964 University Avenue, Berkeley; 510-705-8800). The perfect party favor for your guests, the adorable bonbons come in signature (PB&J, lime) and seasonal (pumpkin, egg nog) flavors.
Wild at Heart
You’ve always dreamed of tying the knot on a private game reserve in Africa until you found out about the shots and, oh, yeah, the cost. Stay close to home with a destination wedding at Safari West in Sonoma County (3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa; 800-616-2695). Say “I do” in front of the bird aviary, then head out with guests on a 60-minute safari scouting cheetahs and giraffes before your reception in the canvas-walled Elephant Room.
A Thousand Words
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, you’ll want local photog Jamie Grenough to stick close by on your big day (310-387-2261). Whether you want abstract close-ups in brilliant color or classic wide-angles in black and white, take a shot with this talent.
Badge of Honor
The last time you had to choose a boutonnière for your dude was prom. They’ve come a long way since then, as proven by the whimsical creations designed by Rosenow Floral Design (415-424-7437; email@example.com). Sourcing hilarious materials like hood ornaments, dice, and dominoes, the medallions avoid the girly-man vibe of a flower.
A Cut Above
Get stacked with organic wedding cakes from Pinkie’s Bakery, SF’s new purveyor of artisan tiers (415-533-4525; firstname.lastname@example.org). Recently opened by Cheryl Burr (former pastry chef of Bacar), Pinkie’s stunning shapes of iced deliciousness (strawberry shortcake, chocolate fondant) come in big or small packages.
Sky’s the Limit
You want a traditional ceremony in your family’s church. He wants to be barefoot on a beach in Mexico. Meet in the middle while overlooking the ocean on a seaside cliff at Liquid Sky (650-726-4090 ext. 112; email@example.com). The picturesque 30-acre private property in Half Moon Bay sets the gold standard for couples seeking the ideal outdoor setting.
Earth girls are easy to please with the ecobridal collection by Adele Wechsler, now at Haute Bride (1954 Union Street; 415-923-5900). Her chic cocktail number in hemp charmeuse with knife-pleated organza or the vegetable-dyed shantung gown with overlay will make them green with envy. Always a bridesmaid never bridezilla? Lucky you. Be a good maid of honor and suggest frocks by Queue at Bella Bridesmaid (2250 Union Street, suite 1b; 415-931-5492).
For a piece of Europe close to home, honeymooners need look no further than Chateau du Sureau at the Estate by the Elderberries (48688 Victoria Lane, Oakhurst; 559-683-6860). Nestled in the mountains near Yosemite, the charming (part Tahoe, part Provence) Relais & Chateaux inn is the ultimate romantic backdrop with dreamy rooms complete with fireplaces and homemade breakfast.
We now pronounce you ready to wed.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008
There is no appt necessary during the sample sale- brides will be able to try on gowns on a first come, first serve basis. Come early to get the best selection!
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Saturday, October 11, 2008
The Editors of Perfect Wedding Guide
Updated 10 Oct 2008
Brought to you by our good friend, stylist and Melissa Lamkin—fashion blogger and former fashion and beauty editor of Destination Weddings and Honeymoon Magazine.
Put your best fashion foot forward when shopping for your spring 2009 wedding gown. To help spot the hottest looks of the season we sat down with stylist Melissa Lamkin as she identified the five wedding gown styles and trends to take spring 2009 bridal wear by storm.
Spring 2009 Wedding Gown Style: The mini-dress
High hemlines are making a big splash this season. "This is a perfect 'second' dress, like a reception dress if the bride wants to change into something for partying and dancing the night away," says Lamkin, whose styling credits include luxury retailer Neiman Marcus and lifestyle clothing line, Robert Redd. The emergence of tea-length wedding dresses show designers catering to the fun-loving, youthful bride.
Spring 2009 Wedding Gown Trend: Floral embellishments
Floral accents are sophisticated and sweet. Bridal wear designers are adding eye-catching rosettes to couture collections, placing buds at the hip, neckline and shoulder. Lamkin notes the versatility of the trend, stating that brides can pull off the look in at a formal church ceremony or a beachside wedding.
Spring 2009 Wedding Gown Trend: Pockets
While this style was introduced a couple seasons back, its presence in spring 2009 bridal fashion still has us enamored. "When you're a bride, it's not like you can walk down the aisle with a purse, so pockets are the perfect place for your tissue and lip balm," says Lamkin. Pockets are also a great prop for wedding photos, giving you another posing option for hands.
Spring 2009 Wedding Gown Style: One shoulder
Toned arms and delicate necklines are ideal for sporting a spring 2009 wedding gown that dares to bare one shoulder. This bride wants all eyes on her without a doubt, Lamkin reveals. "The one-shoulder gown is great for a destination wedding—beachfront, marina or outside. It's simple and no fuss, but definitely not boring."
Spring 2009 Wedding Gown Trend: Ruffles and layers
Whether it's tiers of silk organza, wispy tulle or feathers and chiffon, ruffles and layers are a definite "I do" for the bride who loves fantasy and lots of romantic elements. Ruffles are architectural and add volume to an otherwise basic skirt, Lamkin states. "This style is for the bride who wants to make a dramatic statement on her way down the aisle."
Look to these spring 2009 wedding gown selections for the best in bridal style this season. To view collections of the latest inspirations in spring wedding fashion, visit your local bridal salons and formalwear retailers.
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Saturday, October 4, 2008
Here are a couple of shots of us lettin' loose in the Crimson Lounge!