Hot off the runway emerge three gorgeous wedding dress trends for 2014: cap sleeves, strapless and little jackets or overlays.
So, lovely brides-to-be and weddingista’s, get ready to be dazzled and delighted with vintage-inspired to modern bridal gowns that will have your partner swooning at the alter.
First, let’s chat about the cap-sleeve wedding dress trend. While Caroline Herrera was one of the first designers to send this coveted style down the runway, many other designers have followed suit and brides-to-be are clamoring for this style. Cap sleeves just add that little something-something special. Whether they’re donned in lace or in the same material as the dress, they’re not only pretty but also practical–especially if you worry about your upper arms.
Next, go strapless. While this trend isn’t exactly new, in fact, designers such as Mainbocher in the 1930s and Christian Dior in the 1940s who first popularized this look, the varying silhouettes are. Strapless wedding gowns can go straight across, but also dip into heart shapes, are pleated or beautifully ruched, or embellished with jewels and lace. Your options to channel a little nouveau Hollywood glamour or go straight up 21st century are virtually endless.
Last but not least, how much do you love little jackets and overlays and incorporate them into your everyday wardrobe? Now they’re the most fashionable pieces to compliment the most stunning of wedding dresses. From noticeable lace to barely there looks, the look is sophisticated and divine. Sleeve lengths can go from short to long and the material can be whatever you choose. Perhaps a furry little number is just your style for a winter wedding or go for sublime shine in the ultimate of silk looks. Regardless, they’re a masterful finishing touch, and for the dance floor, simply just slip it off and kick up your heels.
Two last trend tips: think color and length. Vera Wang is infamous for her new “smoke” colored dresses while other designers go for bold colors or a mix of black and white. Dresses can be short or long or even have a gradient length. Just let your imagination go wild with style.
Strictlyweddings.com, a luxe wedding resource, is excited to showcase a spring wedding of your dreams. Enjoy the sun smiling upon you warmly, flowers that are blooming and beautiful cherry blossom trees, like the ones photographed below by wedding photographer, Vasia, can make a gorgeously natural backdrop to an outdoor wedding.
This “think pink” soft and romantic wedding was styled by our talented friend Jessica from Petite Pearl, an event planning service in Vancouver, Canada. If pink is your color, carry it through your center pieces and invitations. Perhaps a parting gift packaged in a pretty pink box is the way to wrap up the end of your special day or night with loved ones.
We’d also like to give x’s and o’s to Harlings Jewellers who provided the engagement ring and earrings. But whether your wedding is in Chicago or Dallas, consider parks, gardens and arboretums to hold your blissful “I do’s”.
It’s time to give thanks this Thanksgiving season. Here’s a little Thanksgiving wedding inspiration from photographer Heather Hawkins.
Let’s face it, life’s hectic, but this is a time to slow down and appreciate all you have with family and friends while autumnal leaves fall in magnificent shades of gold and ruby or as delicate snowflakes glisten in the sun.
So get that Butterball turkey or turducken basting in the oven as mashed potatoes and gravy await eager palettes. Let mouthwatering aromas of pumpkin pie envelope your home as you surround yourself with the ones you love most this Thanksgiving.
Then break out the cocktails or crystal, get creative with your table décor or invitations and enjoy a glorious feast. Strictly Weddings revels in the idea of using colorful flowers, pumpkins and candles as a centerpiece, but not too much that it takes away from your delicious meal. Do you have a photographer in the house? Don’t forget to capture the memories of Thanksgiving dinner 2013 and consider what you’ll give thanks to this year.
- As far back as 1000 A.D. Native American Indians raised turkeys for food. Aztec Indians in Mexico were raising them as early as 200B.C.
- Turkeys originally existed in the eastern US. and Mexico.
- The turkey industry grosses over $1billion a year.
- The Average American consumes over 15 pounds of Turkey per year.
- Americans consume over 675 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
- Turkey, like poultry, is lower in cholesterol than beef and many other meats. The dark meat (thigh, legs,) contains more fat and cholesterol than white meat. So, that’s why dark meat tastes so good.
- Male Turkeys are called “Toms”, female turkeys are called “Hens” and baby turkeys are called “poults”.
- Turkey eggs are tan in color and speckled with brown. They are about twice as large as chicken eggs.
- That long, loose skin that hangs down from a turkey’s neck is called a “wattle”.
- Sleepy after the big meal? Turkey contains an amino acid called “Tryptophan”. Tryptophan sets off a chemical chain reaction that calms you down and makes you sleepy.