Crown Cufflinks

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Courtesy Deakin Francis

When it comes to weddings, companies and blogs often focus solely on the bride and her bridal party. At Wedding Story Writer, we like to shift the focus onto the grooms out there as often as we can. If you’re struggling with an idea for your leading man, a nice pair of cufflinks is always a good bet, as is a beautiful Legacy Book. Cufflinks are also a good way for the groom to be able to express his personality beyond the constraints of a tux, so don’t be afraid to have some fun when selecting a pair. Personally, we think cufflinks tend to be a better gift idea than ties and handkerchiefs. More often than not, these two items end up having to match the color scheme of the wedding, so there’s less room for personalization.

A good example is a set of crown … [read more]

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Godey’s Bridal Fashion

1884We’re going pretty far back this Friday straight in to the 1880s with some beautiful bridal fashion illustrations taken from Godey’s Lady’s Book, one of the most popular and widely circulated magazines pre-Civil War. This well-known magazine was marketed mostly to women, and contained fashion illustrations such as the ones featured here in almost every issue. Godey’s also catalogued dress trends at the beginning of every issue, making them a great historical source for finding out more about the fashion of the late 1800s.  1882

Godey’s covered trends from every day wear to bridal fashion. You can see from these illustrations that this was a rather conservative time for clothing, where women were covered from neck to feet and wore gloves to most functions. Despite these restraints, silhouettes were rather grand, and the skirts of many dresses were adorned with frills, bows, and intricate designs. Hats were also popular, many grandly … [read more]

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Antique 1920s Illustrations

1927 Time to flashback to the 1920s this Friday with some beautiful fashion illustrations that had been featured in L’Echo de Paris, a French newspaper that ran from 1884 to 1944. What drew us to these in particular was that they showcase quite wonderfully what women’s everyday fashion and bridal wear looked like during this particular era.

Beautifully detailed, these vintage illustrations pinpoint what made up the quintessential flapper look. Short hair, long strings of pearls, elegant scarves and fans, and draping fabrics and straight silhouettes to create a more boyish figure. This was also a time of rising hemlines, bare arms and legs, and bright colors. A fashion revolution had been sparked. Some people balked, but others embraced this new kind of freedom.

When it comes to the 1920s wedding gown, the illustrations point out that it was trendy to wear two trains instead of one. The dress is fitted, … [read more]

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The Princess Bride by Kenneth Heilbron

Copyright Kenneth Heilbron

Copyright Kenneth Heilbron

There’s just something about this vintage fashion photo that makes me breath ‘Ooh la la’. Aptly titled “Princess Bride,” it was shot and signed by Kenneth Heilbron, a well-known photographer who did fashion shots such as this one for countless newspapers, magazines, department stores, models, and designers. His clients included large editorial names such as Time, Life, Fortune, and Chicago Sun-Times, just to name a few.

Heilborn was born in Chicago in 1903, and was apprenticed by his family to a milliner in 1920s Paris. Talk about being in the perfect decade for artisans in the perfect city. After he finished his apprenticeship in Paris, he returned to Chicago in 1932 and taught at the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as authored a textbook that is still used by fashion students to this day. He continued to shoot in and be inspired by Paris, which I … [read more]

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Wedding Story Writer Digital Book

Many vendors and brides all over the world have asked to see our beautiful Wedding Story Writer Legacy Book sample, so we found a solution that will make everyone happy: a digital version! Within the digital version you will find an excerpt of a wedding story, a very special layout, and our beautiful illustrations, this one by famed illustrator and jewelry designer, Astrid Mueller.

Our wedding stories are unique–we interview our clients from the very beginning, cataloging important dates and experiences as the wedding day approaches, and then attending the wedding to complete the wedding story itself. You will have your entire engagement documented, all the way up (and even beyond) your honeymoon–although we’ve never been asked to actually attend the honeymoon. (smile)

We are much more than wedding reporters or writers. We become your confidant, keeping all of your private information private … [read more]

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Something Barely Blue

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Finding your Something Blue can be difficult, especially because there are quite a few shades of blue that are just too…blue for a wedding. Your Something Blue doesn’t have to scream “Look at me, I’m so BLUE”. We’d love to share our appreciation of the delicate hues of a couple of items that are beautifully Barely Blue. These stunningly ethereal Blue Moonstone Drop Earrings have just the perfect hint of blue without being overwhelming (and you know how I feel about moonstones anyway). Set with 18k gold, these earrings feature two perfect oval moonstones suspended from round-cut diamonds for that little extra bit of sparkle. These ivory and barely blue earrings would be absolutely perfect for the bride to wear on her wedding day.

We’ve also got something for the grooms to match, because we’re firm believer that they need to get in to these traditions too! This vintage 1915 … [read more]

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Book Bags by Chanel

Chanel Handbag

Chanel Handbag

Oh, Chanel, like I need another product of yours to pine over. How you managed to combine my two loves of books and clutches together I’ll never know, but you did it, and now I want it. Chanel released a very limited amount of these Bible Clutches in 2003, making them incredibly difficult to find, let alone purchase. Covered in black suede and accented with bronze metallic leather, this party-perfect clutch comes complete with a gold tassel, mimicking the appearance of a bookmark. Inside you’ll find a front flap and an interior flat pocket, so there’s plenty of room to hold your essentials as well. Hidden magnetic closures keep things locked up tight.

In just a few words, this gorgeous Chanel Bible Clutch is perfect. And it’s not mine. I’ll try to get over it…

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INOX Laser-cut Mirrors Perfect for Your New Home

Courtesy INOX New York

Courtesy INOX New York

Maybe it’s just me, but I always get irritated when I walk into a home and find that even though it’s beautifully decorated and furnished- I can’t touch or sit on anything without it toppling like a house of cards. They might as well just hang signs around the house stating “Like my furniture? Don’t touch it.”

To me, that just simply defeats the purpose of having furniture/decor in the first place. Luckily, there are craftsmen like John Lyle out there who make furniture that is art yet also functional (like, you can sit on it and put things on it functional). Lyle specializes in making furniture out of fine metals, and let me tell you, this is some of the best furniture you’re going to find. From his desks to his side tables, everything is crafted and polished to perfection, and the size of pieces … [read more]

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May’s Birthstone: The Emerald

vancleef braceletWe’re already over half way through May (can you believe it?!), so we wanted to share one more stunning emerald find before the month ends and we’re thrown into June.

Pictured above, the Indian Manchette Bracelets were created for Daisy Fellows, a socialite and grandchild of the inventor of the sewing machine. Fellows, well-known for her exquisite style, was featured in countless fashion magazines, and later became editor of Harper’s Bazaar in 1933.

Fellows was a great collector of jewelry, and owned many pieces from the French jewelers Van Cleef and Arpels. The Manchette Bracelets feature exquisite emerald beads hung from stunning diamond fringe. She had simply asked the jewelers for matching cuffs, but Van Cleef and Arpels went above and beyond, making it so the cuffs could be unclasped and connected into a choker.

I’m of the belief that jewelry should be multi-purpose, being able to transform with your … [read more]

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Blue Monday: Art Deco Sautoir Locket

Courtesy 1st Dibs & Glorious Antique Jewelry

Courtesy 1st Dibs & Glorious Antique Jewelry

This Art Deco period sautoir diamond locket captured my attention immediately, not only because cobalt blue is a favorite color, but because I’m fascinated with round lockets and pendants. (You will often see me wearing a round shape pendant more than any other type.) Note the Art Nouveau butterfly pattern and diamond studded vines above the blue link. The sautoir (pronounced so-twore) style necklace became popular in the Edwardian era, as Queen Alexandra often wore them. Traditionally the sautoir style appears to be more like a jump rope (the translation) with tassels on the ends.

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Gleaming with translucent blue and platinum, this blue enamel locket contains two photos of handsome men within, which can be switched out for photos of your own handsome man. It’s a bit long, as sautoir necklaces are as a norm, coming to mid-breast at 21 inches, nevertheless, I … [read more]

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