Flashback Friday: The Kiss

From the Wedding Story Writer collection

From the Wedding Story Writer collection

Sealing the deal ends with a kiss. There is no other time when kisses are as accepted or expected as on the wedding day. Guests clap after the first kiss at the end of the ceremony. Companies manufacture bells for receptions to be rung so that the couple kiss. We tap on our wine glasses. Let’s be honest here: on your wedding day, your friends and family want to see you kiss. They expect to see you kiss.

The next time they see you, not so much.  Take advantage of that one day when kissing in public is truly A-OK.

From the Wedding Story Writer Collection

From the Wedding Story Writer Collection

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PARIS by Debra Moreland

Courtesy of Jaqueline Martini

A Headpiece: Courtesy of Jaqueline Martini


debra setWe did a feature on Debra Moreland’s cake jewelry a few weeks back after we got back from Bridal Week in New York City, and now it’s time to focus in on her spectacular bridal jewelry. As you can see, she brought quite a bit with her to the New York Bridal Market (Pier 92), and we certainly weren’t complaining.

PARIS is an exquisite collection of wearable pieces that are the perfect finishing touch to any bride’s outfit, and it’s quite extensive. Moreland is a master of it all, from elegant hair jewelry (because there’s no other way to describe these pieces as other than jewelry for your hair), to accessories such as necklaces, brooches, and bracelets.

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When we got up close, it was apparent that all of her classic (yet modern) pieces were made with extreme care, each eye-catching detail carefully thought … [read more]

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]

Cutting and Feeding of the Cake

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There are  fewer parts of the entire wedding festivities that guests love more than the cutting of the cake. Next time you attend a wedding, note how many guests take a closer look at the cake. Some of the comments usually revolve around the flavors chosen, whether or not there was too much fondant used (many people don’t like fondant), and then there’s the question on whether or not the cake will be smashed into the faces of the couple by one another.

The lovely photo above depicts a young couple with their tiny cake, enough to feed 40 people, the heart-shaped topper almost as tall as the cake itself. The bride smiles to herself. Perhaps the groom fumbled with the knife a bit–we’ll never know for sure, but I doubt she had cake smashed in her face that day.

Cutting the wedding cake symbolizes the act of doing … [read more]

Pauline Forde Heirloom Bouquets

Courtesy Pauline Forde

Courtesy Pauline Forde

Are you looking for a special way to incorporate a piece of family jewelry into your wedding? Are you looking for a unique bouquet? Why don’t you try a brooch bouquet from Pauline Ford Heirloom Bouquets? Based in Naas, Ireland, each bouquet is specifically handcrafted to fit your needs, and if you desire, to incorporate any family heirloom pieces. Crafted with vintage jewelry and handmade satin flowers, these gems will serve as an amazing touch to your wedding ceremony. As well as bridal bouquets, Pauline Ford creates pieces for bridesmaids and flower girls, as well as grooms’ corsages and buttonholes.

We love the idea of having an everlasting bouquet to display alongside your Wedding Story Writer Legacy Book. Don’t you?… [read more]

The Bride as a Symbol of Confidence

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In this image, the bride’s decision-making skills could not be more evident. The veil is wrapped around her head in a gypsy-like fashion.  Much of her neck and face is bared, a new trend at that time. The purpose of the veil is more stylistic than orthodox. The white lilies, too, are an unconventional choice for wedding flowers, when orange blossoms were all the rage. Yet despite the seemingly strange choices and contradictions, she smiles at the camera. Her eyes hit the camera with grace and self-awareness. The bride is conscious of what the world may think of her rather unique preferences, but keeps them anyway.

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Incorporating Family Heirlooms into Your Wedding

Vintage handkerchiefs for your wedding day

Over the years I have been asked many times how to incorporate family heirlooms into a wedding day, and most often the person who asked for my advice didn’t consider ideas on a smaller scale. When thinking “family heirloom,” most of us think of jewelry, furniture, and larger or more valuable items. Taking a small item and incorporating the idea of that item can be a fun way to celebrate loved ones passed on, as well as those who simply could not attend your wedding.

I carried my grandmother’s white lace handkerchief when I was married, in honor of her since she could not physically attend my wedding. I wrapped the handkerchief around the stems of my flowers and secured it with a pearl post. Take the idea a few steps further…utilize a basket full of vintage handkerchiefs, to be given out at your wedding to collect tears of joy, … [read more]

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Wedding Story Writer Feature in Cary News


Michelle McMurray de Luces with a few of her wedding dresses

Last week I gathered up 15 of my favorite wedding dresses and drove to The Oaks at Salem for an interview with The Cary News. Before the hour-long interview/photo shoot, I had time to play with my vintage dresses a bit, appreciating their beauty one-by-one. Two dresses were from 1910, holding together well considering their age. I deliberately chose a dress from each decade, admiring the fabric, lace, and style that represented their eras. I imagined the lovely bride who owned the dress and how she must have felt as she walked down the aisle, approaching her love.

Each time I dressed a mannequin I fell deeply in love with the garment placed upon it, as my fingers ran down rows of buttons and bodices much too small to fit a modern dress-form. I enlisted my mother [read more]

Blue Monday: Tiffany & Co. cufflinks for your groom

Paloma's Groove, Tiffany's

Paloma’s Groove cufflinks, courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

Every week we will dedicate our Monday to “Something Blue.” This week we have decided to dedicate our Blue Monday to the often overlooked important half of weddings–grooms! We’re all for including them in traditions usually reserved for brides, and cufflinks can be a smart, subtle way to add in that pop of color so the groom can participate in a time-honored tradition. We believe our leading men deserve to be featured more often, so keep a lookout for more posts specifically tailored to them.

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Cake Stands for your reception

Courtesy The Blanchard Collective

Courtesy The Blanchard Collective

There are many ways to display your wedding cake. We like this traditional antique 18 inch cake stand from the mid 1850s, when cakes were relatively small, and white wedding dresses were just beginning to become a part of what we now consider to be “traditional” wedding attire. The bride and groom cutting this cake were likely affluent, cutting a cake of this large size. The stand is 7 inches tall, so we imagine the wedding cake tiers may have been stacked as they are today. What pieces do you have at your disposal to incorporate into your wedding day?  Perhaps you have your parents’ cake knife used by them at their own wedding. Perhaps you have no heirlooms, but are interested in beginning a family tradition of your own. Now is the time to create these traditions and build a collection of heirlooms for your … [read more]