Amanda Judge NY Bridal Belts

We’ve got bridal accessories on the brain, which can be as equally as exciting and important as the wedding dress itself. We were going through pictures of belts we have used in past photo shoots, and after looking at all of the strands of crystal and lace, we thought it appropriate to share our find of some stunning wedding sashes by Amanda Judge.

Her handmade creations have been featured in countless wedding magazines, and she has a plethora of other wedding accessories you might enjoy. Her sashes are the perfect finishing touch to many elegant wedding dresses.

Courtesy

Courtesy Amanda Judge

While we try to pull ourselves away and get back to work, take a look through her collection and let us know which belts are your favorites.

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Flashback Fridays: The Civil War era bride

Portrait painted by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1847, as an anniversary present for Prince Albert

Queen Victoria by Franz Xaver Winterhalter

Although not the first royal bride to marry in white, Queen Victoria was responsible for beginning the white wedding dress trend, now tradition, when she married Prince Albert in 1840. Because photography didn’t exist in 1840, or possibly existed but not fully-developed, Queen Victoria commissioned artist Franz Xaver Winterhalter to paint her wedding portrait in 1847, as a gift to her husband. Note the details the artist captured of the Honiton lace in her gown.

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Above you see a tintype photo of a bride from the 1860s, my guess would be 1862/65 due to the skirt. Orange flower blossoms, a symbol of fertility, also trimmed the ruffle flounced dress and became part of her veil. This photograph is quite the collector’s item. Although we cannot see as much detail in the photo as we can in the painting of Queen Victoria, this … [read more]

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Moonstones & Diamonds

moonstone braceletThere’s just something about the combination of moonstones and diamonds in this bracelet that makes the day a little brighter. Everything sort of just fades away next to the sparkle of the diamonds and the soft blue glow of the moonstones. And when they hit the light just right? Wow.

Set in 18k white gold, this mesmerizing bracelet bends with you, which I always find to be important. There’s nothing like wearing something that feels clunky and weird when you’re trying to simply do things in life like type, write- you know, functionality.

This beautiful bracelet was created by Joyce Groussman Estate & Fine Jewelry out of Scottsdale, AZ, a contemporary piece with no price listed. Interested? Contact them before we do. It’s perfect for your wedding day!

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PARIS Cake Jewelry

Courtesy PARIS by Debra Moreland

Courtesy PARIS by Debra Moreland

Cake toppers are one of those small wedding details that can easily get lost in the thick of things, which is a shame because they are incredibly important, seeing as how they take center stage on the wedding cake (one of those not so small details). A wedding topper is also the perfect opportunity to show guests (and by extension, the world) who the bride and groom are together. Personally, I find it as a fun opportunity to showcase both of their personalities and overall style. 

Courtesy PARIS by Debra Moreland

Courtesy PARIS by Debra Moreland

It takes a bit of looking to find someone who specializes in making top-notch cake toppers. Never fear, Wedding Story Writer is here! We made a great connection at NYC Bridal Market just a couple of weeks ago. Our creative director, Michelle, loved the vintage flair and the fact that Debra Moreland, founder of … [read more]

Blue Bean Cufflinks

Courtesy Tiffany & Co.

Courtesy Tiffany & Co.

There’s something about these cufflinks that are appealing to me. The lapis lazuli accompanied by gleaming sterling silver? Perhaps. The Original Bean® design (copyrighted) by Elsa Peretti? Maybe. Or perhaps it is the idea of a man going all the way on his special day, incorporating blue, ever-so-subtly, into his decorum.

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Sapphire Rings of Long Ago, Josephine Style

Courtesy 1stDibs

Courtesy 1stDibs

All kinds of flashbacks are happening this Friday, so you’re in for quite a ride through history today. Remember the feature on the engagement ring Napoleon gave Josephine from a few months ago? You know, that diamond  and sapphire stunner? (Click here to refresh your memory. Nobody said we couldn’t Flashback Friday ourselves!) Well, we’ve found a few lovely pieces that were obviously created with the same “toi et moi” style in mind as the original 18th century piece.

This platinum crossover ring (left), featuring a classic pear-shaped sapphire and diamond, is a truly modern and elegant take on the toi et moi style. With the main stones surrounded by smaller baguette cut diamonds, we’d envy anyone with this beauty snaked around their finger.

Now, let’s flashback to 1930 with this classic Ceylon Blue Sapphire & Diamond Ring (right). With a sapphire and diamond snuggled close together in … [read more]

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Jane Austin’s Ring

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Jane Austen was my literary hero as a young girl, and has been for many others around the world. I remember the day I was given a copy of Pride and Prejudice in high school. It was one of the first times I was given a book off of the Required Reading List that didn’t feel like a chore to get through. Austen will forever be an author that made me love reading.

The gold and turquoise ring pictured above is one of the only remaining pieces of jewelry Austen owned that is still in existence. Simple but beautiful in its own way, the ring safely resides and is on display at Jane Austen’s House Museum in England, but its journey there is just as interesting as a plotline from one of  the author’s own novels.

In 2012, the ring was put up for auction by Sotheby’s, which up until … [read more]

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Art Nouveau Gift For The Bride

Courtesy of Tadema Gallery, UK

Courtesy of Tadema Gallery, UK

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If you are searching for a beautiful timeless piece for your bride, search no further. I found the most beautiful, meaningful watch pendant from Tadema Gallery in the UK. This delicate timepiece is to be worn around the neck and would be absolutely lovely with a lower square-neck wedding gown. **This means you will need to collaborate with the bride’s mother closely to be sure it will work with the wedding dress.

Details: Circa 1900, Swiss, inspirations: Nicolas Poussin – ‘A Dance to the Music of Time’ & ‘Dance of the Hours’ by Flaxman, the great Georgian sculptor who designed the Wedgwood friezes. About .60 ct total diamonds and 18k gold.

Contact the jeweler above immediately, as this piece won’t be around for very long.  You may thank me later.

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English Cobalt Blue Crown Pendant

As you may have guessed, I love crowns and tiaras. Given a viable opportunity and the correct wardrobe, you will likely see one on top of my head.

I also love crown-inspired pieces, particularly antique pieces which have a history behind them. Sometimes we don’t know the history, as it can be elusive if not written down, but that doesn’t change my adoration for beautiful pieces.

This English-made cobalt blue pendant is likely from the turn of the 20th century. It is 18k gold with a bright cobalt blue center (my favorite color) and surrounded by tiny natural pearls. It would be lovely around any neck, although I dare to say it would look spectacular around mine in particular. (Hint to husband.)

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Blue Monday: Elsa Peretti Cufflinks

Elsa Peretti Cabochon Cufflinks, courtesy Tiffany & Co.

Elsa Peretti Cabochon Cufflinks, courtesy Tiffany & Co.

These dashing Elsa Peretti original-designed cabochon cufflinks caught our eye today while browsing the Tiffany & Co. website. We love natural stones used in beautiful jewelry and think these two sets would be beautiful used in a wedding, and you may choose your shade of blue!  We can see the turquoise cufflinks being used for a beach wedding. What a great groom’s gift, and an heirloom to pass down to future sons, perhaps using them on their wedding day, too.

Elsa Peretti cuff links, courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

Elsa Peretti cuff links, courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

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