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]

The Baroda Necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels

vancleefarpelsEmeralds are my absolute favorite stone. I’ll admit, I may be slightly biased because I am a May baby, making emeralds my birthstone. Regardless, I always become transfixed by the deep, rich hues of these green beauties.

That being said, it’s no surprise my jaw almost hit the floor when I first laid eyes on this exquisite necklace created by the French master jewelers Van Cleef and Arpels.

This necklace was created for the Maharani of Baroda, the wife to the Maharaja, or King of the state of Baroda. She was known for having one of the finest collections of jewelry and gemstones. In 1950, she commissioned Van Cleef & Arpels during one of her visits to their boutique in Paris to create this necklace from gemstones already a part of the Baroda Crown Jewels.

The result: the Baroda necklace, also known as the Hindu or Lotus necklace. Featuring 13 … [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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An 1863 Royal Wedding: Prince Albert & Princess Alexandra

1863 Princess Alexandra Of Denmark, later Queen of the United Kingdom and Empress of India as the wife of King-Emperor Edward VII.When Prince Albert Edward of Wales and Princess Alexandra of Denmark married on March 10, 1863, he was 21 and she was 18. The photo taken of them on their wedding day captures the regal stance and undeniable youth of the royal couple. Alexandra’s dress was designed to follow the style and taste of her new mother-in-law, Queen Victoria. Made of English silk and lace, fresh garlands were interwoven between its many layers, matching the flower crown that adorned her hair. If you squint, you can make out the intricate designs of roses, shamrocks, and thistles in the lace that represent three countries that were part of the United Kingdom at the time (England, Ireland, and Scotland). It is an English dress through and through. This dramatic dress is complemented with an equally dramatic train, also made of lace, which stretches well down Alexandra’s back.

It’s hard to imagine that … [read more]

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Escala Berazza

Courtesy Escala Berazza

Courtesy Escala Berazza


Escala Berazza

Escala Berazza, the design company, was born with the goal of delivering the perfect bridal gown, custom-created and measured to fit a bride’s body, needs, and desires. We came across their booth at New York International Bridal Week, stopped by the sight of a beautiful bright-blue peacock dress created for the company’s co-founder, Wei Escala. We were shown many gown styles, one of which had a uniquely gathered skirt, while another was a combination mini-dress with train, which I would have worn back in my younger days. Wei told me that she had searched high and low to find a gown that perfectly fit her body, but failed to find a local designer who could provide her with the gown of her dreams. She settled for a dress, and not too long after her wedding she began plans to start her own company. Fast forward to twelve … [read more]

Jimmy Choo Bridal 2014 is Here!

Courtesy Jimmy Choo & Paris Vogue

Courtesy Jimmy Choo & Paris Vogue

Listen up, Jimmy Choo fans! The label released its Spring 2014 collection recently, and dare I say they’ve outdone themselves.

Accessories can often be the hardest to pull together after finding the perfect dress, but Jimmy Choo has always made the process easy with chic, detailed shoes and bags decorated with plenty of lace and sparkle. The new collection features stunning new shoe designs to please any bride, from highly opulent to elegantly simply. And of course, there are great new bags as well. Get one to match your new pair of shoes (because you can’t just buy shoes and NOT get a bag!), and bring it along to your bridal shower or use it to hold the essentials on your wedding day.
Jimmy Choo knows not to leave out the bridesmaids and guests, so there are new designs for them as well to … [read more]

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Blue Monday: Tessa Kim’s Stella Robe

Courtesy Tessa Kim

Courtesy Tessa Kim

I interviewed Tessa Kim back in 2012 just as she expanded her business. She was eager to hire new employees due to the demand of her ever-growing gorgeous headpiece collection and was excited to tell me about a few new fabrics that were being shipped to her new office. I have hoped to view her collection during various bridal markets, but so far I have not. Thank goodness for the internet!

Besides many unique headpiece styles, I was happy to see that Tessa Kim now has a sleepwear line in her collection. I fell in love with a something blue robe named, “Stella,” made of soft jersey knit with Venice lace sleeves. Note: this is a made-to-order item and comes in a few other colors. What a great honeymoon piece, one which could easily be utilized long afterwards. I’m sold!

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Claire La Faye

Courtesy Claire La Faye

Courtesy Claire La Faye

We first got a glimpse of designer Claire La Faye’s bridal gowns back in October at the fall Bridal Market. It didn’t take long for us to realize we were seeing something special. We’re thrilled to be able to share some dresses from her most recent collection so you can all see just what we’re talking about.

Courtesy Claire La Faye

Courtesy Claire La Faye

La Faye’s style is characterized by gown featuring soft, flowing fabrics and romantic silhouettes, all complete with divine details. The collection is aptly titled A Love Less Ordinary, as these are no ordinary, run-of-the mill gowns. As La Faye describes it, it is “luxury with an edge”. Her other collections are well worth a peek as well. . Each dress is crafted with the same attention to detail in a variety of styles and colors to please any bride looking for a classic, glamorous gown … [read more]

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House of Bianchi, 1980s, Minus the “Poofs”

We’ve got a really good one for you today. It’s always fun to go back and look at what was popular in decades past. We dug through the “closet”, so to speak, and got our hands around this special piece: a vintage 1980s strapless Mermaid gown from Bianchi. The fashion house specialized in vintage and previously worn gowns. Although no longer around, Bianchi gowns are still highly sought out, and one can still score some spectacular finds with just a little digging, like the one pictured above.

Made out of organza with plenty of faux pearls, sequins, and ribbon, this dress comes complete with a detachable train, allowing the wearer to transform quickly and comfortably for the wedding reception. This dress is on the fun side, so it can also be worn for other appropriate occasions (multi-functionality is always an added bonus!).

I’ll be honest, … [read more]

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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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