Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Bridal accessories: Jennifer Behr headwraps

I first heard about Jennifer Behr when one of her works was featured in the series Gossip Girl and worn by no less than Leighton Meester's character. Since then, everyone was raving about those fashionable headbands laden with Swarovski crystals. I think every girl who watched the show wanted one.

Out of curiosity, I checked out Behr's website to see her creations. I must say, I love it! Perfect to wear in so many occasions, including weddings. Incidentally, she also has a Bridal Collection which features headbands, headwraps, and even birdcage veils. Among the items in the collection, the headwraps caught my attention. See why:
Jennifer Behr's Bridal Collection headwraps. Top, from left: Belinda, Victorian crystal and silk satin headwrap, Petite vined crystal headwrap, Double crystal scallop headwrap. Bottom from left: Overlapping crystal twist, Encrusted crystals on silk chiffon, Wide crystal lace headwrap, Petite crystal and satin headwrap. All taken from JenniferBehr.com.
I also found more headwraps from her Seasonal Collection which can be worn during your wedding, too:
Crystal lace headwrap and Encrusted crystal padded headband, all from Jennifer Behr's Seasonal Collection.
To be honest, I don't see a lot of brides wearing headwraps. It's either a tiara or some crystal pins under the veil. These headwraps give a unique twist to your look: it's like a mix of vintage, classic and sophisticated. So if you want to stand out from all the other brides, of if you plan to have a Gossip Girl-themed wedding, why not be inspired with these headwraps from Jennifer Behr?

Friday, March 27, 2009

Inspiration board - Summer

Maybe the heat is getting into me... so I thought why not do a summer theme for my next inspiration board?

I like summer. It's a warm season, not much rain, everything's in bloom, and a great time to cool down by the beach. I like the weather, the burst of colors -- they make me so cheery inside.

Anyway, for this inspiration board, I used the bright colors I associate the season with: yellow, green, and pink, with some lavenders and blues. And because it's a hot season, I picked dresses that have light fabrics and without the heavy design. Throw in some unique wedding details, and voila! Hope you enjoy this one.
1st column, from top: Domo Adami sheath empire draped dress in shaded chiffon from Brides.com; Harvest Bride sunflower bridal bouquet from MostlyFlowersBridal.ecrater.com; Summer wedding cake from CakePower.com.

2nd column, from top: Monogrammed parasol from PamelasParasols.com; Sunflower boutonniere from BriDesign.com; Ellyn flower girl dresses in ivory/pink and ivory/cream from WinnieMini.com; Flip flop floating candles in sheer organza bags from SophiesFavors.com.

3rd column, from top: Wonderland Flowers fan program from Custom-Programs.com; Table centerpiece of hydrangeas, roses and peonies from TheKnot.com; Lazaro satin faced taffeta tea length bridesmaid dress with sash from JLMCouture.com.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wedding hairstyles

As they say, the hair is the crowning glory. And for brides, it's not just the look of the gown that makes them the center of attention. The hairstyle does, too. The way you wear your hair on your special day enhances your facial features and makes you radiate even more -- even under your veil.

I believe aside from the shape of your face, your hairstyle should also complement your wedding dress. Brides wearing strapless gowns can wear their hair down, while those with intricate necklines should have an updo so that the details of the gown won't be covered.

Most brides I've seen tied their hair into a neat bun. A simple look made more classy with accessories like tiaras, hairpins, or hair vines. Other brides like it worn down, styled with some waves for a bit of volume. As for me, I wore an updo to match my halter-neck wedding gown. Plus it can get pretty hot up at the altar.

Anyways, for today's inspiration, I looked for bridal hairstyles over the Net. I collated possible hairstyles for short to mid-length to long hair, from straight to wavy to curly. Hope you like it!

1st row, from left: Mid-length hair with white flowers from WeddingHairstylesDen.com; Low ponytail from InStyleWeddings.com; Modern beehive updo from OneWed.com; Curls with headpiece from ContemporaryBride.com.

2nd row, from left: Tight curls with pearl headband from Brides.com; Messy updo from OneWed.com; Clean Sweep half updo from InStyleWeddings.com; Short hair with clip from WeddingHair.com.

3rd row, from left: Wedding Hair Two Ways half updo from TheKnot.com; Freshwater pearl/crystal headband worn on short hair from ReneeRivera.com; All Straight hairstyle from OneWed.com; Sexy Updo with tiara from Brides.com.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Wedding gowns: One-shoulder / Asymmetrical Neckline

I rarely see gowns that have this kind of neckline in the weddings I have attended. But I think this one has a sexy look to it. One-shoulder or asymmetrical neckline wedding gowns, for me, exude some kind of ethereal appeal, like a Greek goddess. Women with a slim upper body and nicely sculpted shoulders can seem to pull this off. And with the right mix of fabric, it's just like you're seeing the goddess Aphrodite walking down the aisle.

Here are some one-shoulder/asymmetrical wedding dresses I've found over the Net, for your inspiration:
1st row, from left: From the Fall 2009 collection from MoniqueLhuillier.com; Vera Wang Luxe Callalily wedding gown from VeraWangOnWeddings.com; Ivory Encrusted One Shoulder Bridal Dress from Debenhams.com.

2nd row, from left: La Sposa Fatima wedding gown from SpLaSposa.com; Vineyard Style Rita wedding gown from PriscillaOfBoston.com; Sarah Danielle Style 5558 from Sarah-Danielle-Bridalwear.com.