Happy Friday everybody!
I wanted to start your weekend off right with this little video.
Thanks to The Knotty Bride for bringing it my attention.
This is true love.
This is what we are all looking for.
And it’s out there.
We are going to do this a little bit different today.
See, I told you that when I would found out about Jessica Biel’s wedding gown I would share it with you.
Here is the info that we have so far.
People Magazine has given us our first glimpse of her gown.
Here is a closer look. Not the best photo.
Her gown was designed especially for her by Giambattista Valli.
Here’s the thing. It looks exactly like his Style 39 gown from his Spring 2012 Couture Collection.
It looks like Jessica just had him take out a little bit of the fullness and change the color to more of a blush pink.
I have my own thoughts on this, but I’m interested to see what you think.
Do you like the blush?
Jessica has such a rockin’ body, but this gown doesn’t show it off. Do you like that?
Let me know!
For many of us, Friday was a day of loss.
I found myself, throughout the day, reflecting on the past.
There were times of dreaming and fantasizing about what my future was going to hold.
I knew that it would happen.
I had willed it to!
Then SHE came along
and changed everything.
If you have been living under a rock, you may not know that Justin Timberlake wed Jessica Biel on Friday in a beautiful Italian wedding. Biel gushed about how her wedding was “a fantasy” and Justin stated that it “was magical”.
I can actually hear my 15 year old heart breaking.
That was supposed to be MY day, Biel!
I mean, when you broke it off with Britney, I thought “this is it!”, but I was wrong.
Oh, was I wrong.
The Ceremony details have been kept pretty secret and I am dying to hear about what she wore, but I promise as soon as I find out, I will let you know.
I will close this post by dedicating this song to you, Justin.
I will always have a special place for you in my heart.
Who am I kidding.
You don’t mind right?
Whew! I knew you wouldn’t. I’m so happy we’re friends.
The gown that I’m bringing to you today is designed by the wonderful Jenny Packham.
If you don’t like Jenny Packham then you don’t like Princess Kate’s style
And if you don’t like Princess Kate’s style, you should excuse yourself right now.
You are a horrible person.
Sorry for the outburst.
I will now bring you the gown that Jenny has lovingly named Ormlie.
Such a soft Bohemian feel with a bodice that brings both a vintage AND contemporary look that only Jenny Packham can design.
Let’s take a closer look at that bodice, shall we?
To see Ormlie and other beautiful wedding gowns designed by Jenny Packham click here.
I’ve got my views about it and since this is MY blog, I’m going to talk about it and nobody can stop me.
I think you will be surprised at where I stand.
I overhear conversations about where people stand and I can honestly say that I see both sides.
Should I wear a Veil on my Wedding Day or just a headpiece.
Was there another debate going on?
What did you think I was talking about?
No, sorry. You don’t care what I think about that.
Ok, back to the veil thing.
In the last ten years, veils have not always been on trend. I saw more Brides just wanting headpieces, flowers or a simple vintage brooch to adorn their hair.
Do I love that look?
Yes. I think it is a beautiful contemporary look. It’s simple and glamorous all at the same time.
Let me list a few reasons why you might want to rethink your decision if you have already decided not to wear a veil.
1. Let me ask you a question, how often do you get to wear a veil? For most people the answer is “only on my Wedding Day”.
2. I once read a study in a Bridal Magazine where they took 100 Grooms and asked them to draw a Bride. Every single one of them drew a bride with a veil.
3. It truly finishes your look. When you wear a veil, you look like a Bride, not just a girl wearing a white dress.
Do you know what is so great about fashion right now? Anything goes!!
I mean, come on
What says anything goes like a freakin’ fanny pack and denim on denim?
But it’s also true about Bridal.
There are so many different looks that are in style and you can find a veil that will match each one, whether it’s Bohemian
or classic drama
Just don’t wear a fanny pack that day. Please.
Wear it for the Ceremony and then take it off afterwards and keep your headpiece on. Not only does this create a more relaxed feel, it also helps your hair when your guests want to hug you. I have seen more veils get ripped out of Brides’ hair that way.
So in closing I would like to ask you to please reconsider wearing a veil.
It’s the American way!
We’re doing something a little different today.
I know that I normally preview gowns today, but I just could not pass up the opportunity to introduce you to this amazing designer.
You may not think that you know or have seen Jennifer Behr’s designs, but you do and you have.
She has done head pieces for all of the top celebrities
Jennifer easily designs some of my favorite headpieces. Her pieces can crossover from everyday to Bridal so well! Let me show you one of my very favorite pieces
This headpiece is so glamorous. It gives the Bride a simple vintage look and I love how the stylists of this photo shoot softened the look with a veil placed over her head.
Do want to see what else she has designed?
Click here to check out everything Jennifer Behr has to offer.
Warning, they’re not cheap, but they’re worth it.
Probably my favorite.
Dallas Market is too hot.
I felt dirty when I used to have to go to Vegas Market.
New York Market is too Hoity Toity.
But Chicago Market is juuuuuuuust right.
The weather is always perfect during the end of September and the leaves are ridiculous, but I’m getting ahead of myself here.
Let’s start from the beginning.
I had an early flight the morning I left. My alarm was set for 3:30. I almost fell asleep standing in line to check in, but I didn’t. I was strong. But no matter what time of day I am flying, I am always comfortable (as shown in the photo above by my chucks). Ladies, there is always time to go to the hotel room and change once you get there. I hate having to see a woman in her pencil skirt and prosties (that’s what I call way too tall of a platform heels. It looks like she should be a prostitute) awkwardly running down the terminal trying to catch her flight.
Once I got through security I grabbed the newest Bridal Magazines, a Vanilla Rooibos Tea Latte, a Kind Bar and settle in for a relaxing flight.
Once we got to Chicago, we spent the rest of the day discussing our game plan and catching up on a little bit of shopping for our own closets along Michigan Ave.
I have often been asked if I love shopping and I can honestly tell you no. I don’t. Does a painter like to come home and paint his house? No, he doesn’t. Look, I don’t hate it, but it’s my job to shop. It’s the same reason why I don’t like watching Say Yes To The Dress. I do appreciate a good store, good clothes and a good experience though.
The next day, it was go time!
It was pretty much just a whirlwind of fashion shows, meeting designers, collaborating, buying, wanting to give models sandwiches and more fashion shows.
Oh, and I will never forget saying “whats up” to David Tutera. I didn’t have the camera on my phone all queued up to get a photo, but I will tell you this:
That man wears more makeup than I do.
At the end of the trip I was tired.
I still am.
But I’m excited!
There are so many new and incredible designers that I was able to meet and line to pick up!
Here are the rest of the photos I was able to snap while I was there.
I love you Chicago! Never change!
But I’m excited.
This year’s Chicago Bridal Market turned out to be one of the best Markets that I have attended. There are some really great new designers that we picked up and that I am so excited to introduce to you.
And for those of you that follow my twitter, it was nice bringing you along with me.
The only downer? The prom and special occasion gowns
I wish that I was kidding about this one.
Anyway, I will talk more about Market on friday.
So, back to Wedding Gown Wednesday.
Tonight’s gown comes from Selia Yang
It can be really hard for a designer to design a fully textured gown without it coming off obnoxious, but Selia Yang really pulled this one off. It doesn’t take away from her shape and it doesn’t scream that the Bride is trying too hard. It is just a Couture style that everyone can appreciate.
Note of caution:
If you wear a gown with a lot of texture, make sure that your hair, makeup and accessories are simple. There is nothing worse than a Bride who got too much going on.
If you would like to see more of Selia Yang’s designs, click here.