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Walking hand-in-hand  late one afternoon on a beach in the North Shore area of Oahu, we enjoyed the sand between our toes while venturing toward ancient lava rocks, jagged in some places regardless of the lapping sea. Being the parents of two incredible children together, and also two children separately, we rarely get time alone. There we were, in paradise enjoying life, and celebrating our 14 year anniversary a few months early. I’m in New York City for Bridal Market every year on our anniversary and my sweet husband is with our younger children…at home, doing homework while I paw through gorgeous wedding dresses, attending parties, and generally having a lot of fun.

I couldn’t think of a better way to document this year together than by having professional photos taken by my friend and fine art photographer, Whitney Huynh of Tulle and Grace, while in Hawaii.

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Matthew Christopher Celebrates One Year in Manhattan Boutique

MC deskTen days ago I took a short journey to New York City to celebrate designer Matthew Christopher’s one year anniversary in the Fashion District of Manhattan. It was hot and everyone unlucky enough to be outside in the heat was desperate to be inside–anywhere that was cooler. Taxi cab drivers seemed to have gone berserk with horns honking more than usual, ambulances were dispatched for unknown emergencies, and all of us were caught in a deadlock. One ambulance followed my cab for about a mile, sirens blaring the whole time. I felt pity for the poor soul in the vehicle, who was likely awaiting the safety of a hospital, but stuck in the throes of rush-hour traffic.

I arrived a bit later than I had planned, and was hot. Oh, so hot. Matthew’s party had started without me, and even Matthew himself was running fashionably late due to the same … [read more]

Bridal Market October 2014

2014-04-13 14.59.31Fall Bridal Fashion Week is upon us, and we’ve been giddy with anticipation for weeks (although we managed to end up packing last minute- how does that always happen?).

The Wedding Story Writer team will be sharing everything we come across in New York from today, October 9 through Monday, October 13. Get a first-hand look at the latest wedding dresses and trends for 2015 as we attend shows for designers such as Romona Keveza, Watters, Sareh Nouri, Amsale, Ken Pool, Pnina Tornai, Amy Kuschel, and many others! It’s going to be quite a 5 day event!

Follow us @weddingstorywriter on Instagram, @WedStoryWriter on Twitter, and check out our Facebook page as we post, tweet, and Instagram our way through New York Bridal Fashion Week!

Don’t forget to come back here in the following weeks for recaps and features on our favorite finds of the season.

Are you ready for … [read more]

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Judith Leiber Book Handbag

Courtesy Judith Leiber

Courtesy Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber, world famous bag designer, completely changed the look of the evening bag, taking it from boring afterthought to powerful, eye-catching accessory. In her designs, no detail is too grand, no shape too “ridiculous.” A Judith Leiber bag is really a work of art, and this vintage 1980s book bag is one of my all-time favorites.

There is simply no such thing as a Judith Lieber bag that doesn’t attract attention, and this book bag is no exception. Brightly colored and covered in crystals (as almost all of her minaudieres are), this literary bag comes with a detachable red silk rope so you can sling it across your shoulder when you’re on the move. It’s also a fairly decent size, so it’ll hold all of your essentials for a night out. I moon over this as much as I moon over the Chanel Bible Clutch[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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A La Robe, Eco Fashion-Forward Bridal Gown Designs Made to Repurpose

Courtesy A La Robe

Courtesy A La Robe

Out of the hundreds of gowns I saw, touched, photographed, and played with during April’s Bridal Market in New York City, A La Robe’s genius Ready To Wear line was the most memorable. The Auckland, New Zealand based brand, headed by designer Elizabeth Soljak, was an Editors Pick by The Knot at their bridal event Couture…and for good reason.

Courtesy A La Robe

Courtesy A La Robe

A La Robe dresses are unlike any other because of layering. Not one dress is made to wear by itself. Soljak creates lightweight stunning slips, skirts, and overdresses, that when worn together gives you the perfect amount of couture boho bride…and without breaking the bank. Her prices are reasonable considering you will be purchasing your wedding gown as well as an ensemble that will be worn into the future, plus the attention to detail, and fabric choices she uses are flattering … [read more]
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Blue Monday: Vintage Ceil Chapman Dress

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Ceil Chapman was a fashion designer from the 1940s through the 1960s, her signature being draping of fabrics, as if she was the fabric herself, placing each fold ever-so perfectly in the right areas to accentuate a woman’s body. Ceil was Marilyn Monroe’s favorite dress designer, and she outfitted Elizabeth Taylor in 1950 when she married Nicky Hilton.

Most Ceil Chapman dresses are of a smaller size, because women were smaller in stature back then (ie: girdles and hosiery worn, plus no fast food/more walking). Although we found one of these dresses a few years ago, it fit no one in Wedding Story Writer, as it was about a modern size zero (22 inch waist).

I fell in love with this vintage 1950s blue dress featuring a scoop neck, and tons of draping and ruching on the bodice. The dress above is actually for sale and has a 27-28 inch … [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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Cosabella Glow-in-the-Dark Undies Perfect Gift for Bridal Shower

Courtesy Cosabella

Courtesy Cosabella

It’s time we bring a little bit of fun to you as you claw your way through this Thursday in search of the weekend.

If you’re a Maid of Honor or groom and you’re struggling to find a gift for the bride, we have the perfect solution: glow in the dark undies! Yes, they do exist thanks to Cosabella. And yes, it’s kind of hilarious (we laughed the first time too), but yet there’s just something about the set that makes them perfect for the bride on her honeymoon.

Nothing says fun like a glowing bra and panty set in a feminine floral lace pattern. The instructions state to charge your undies under a light for 10-12 minutes, or out in the sun for 3-4 minutes. The glowing effect will last for 5-10 minutes, just enough time to get the party started.  Made in Italy from high … [read more]

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Monique Péan Rings

From Monique Péan's newest collection, Minéreaux

Image Courtesy of Barney’s and Monique Péan

New trend alert: Sustainable fashion has found its way in to wedding jewelry, and I must say, I like what I’m seeing.

Jewelry designer Monique Péan, known for her eco-friendly designs and use of unique materials, has created a new line of engagement rings titled the MINÉRAUX collection. Inspired by her own search for the perfect engagement ring, the collection embodies the idea that every woman deserves a finely crafted, one of a kind ring that matches her personal style perfectly.

Each ring is hand crafted in New York City and made from recycled platinum or 18k recycled gold. The diamonds used are antique or conflict-free, and come in a range of beautiful shades from grey and champagne to pure white. Featuring very modern cuts and designs, the collection still exudes a sense of timelessness and romance. Péan’s dedication to … [read more]

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