ease the planning process:: compiling a bridal look

One of the brides I’ve had the pleasure of working with lately mentioned to me how she’d wished she had thought of her bridal attire and accessory choices in terms of a full “look” rather than an array of bits and pieces.  This coincides beautifully, in my opinion, with the whole larger-concept strategy in planning I wrote about last week.

Many bridal boutiques masterfully piece together cohesive “looks” for their clients upon wedding gown shopping.  When I shopped for my wedding dress, my marvelous helper Stephanie pulled out the absolutely perfect crystal belt and tulle chapel-length veil to accompany my choice of a satin A-line Amsale number.  From there, I only had to decide upon what jewelry to wear (emerald drop earrings and family heirloom rings) and a pair of complementary shoes (taupe heels with a hint of metallic leather trim).

fancy beaded gown with full tulle skirt + simple satin sash + pearl studs
fancy beaded gown with full tulle skirt + simple satin sash + pearl studs

However, for many brides – especially those who have very specific ideas in mind or out-of-the-box style – it’s more complicated than just walking out of a pretty shop with an entire ensemble in hand.  Once again, the Pinterest Curse strikes and the massive influx of gorgeous bridal looks can leave brides mentally drowning in lace and tulle.  Sparkly closed-toe pumps or sleek ivory wedges? Vintage brooch or champagne satin sash? Statement necklace or oversized stud earrings? Birdcage or blusher? Cathedral or chapel or fingertip or elbow, horsehair-trimmed or pencil-edged, double or single layer, lace or solely-tulle veil? So many decisions to make!!! How in the WORLD to create the perfect combination of decisions? How to perfectly complement your gown without detracting from its beauty?

mermaid vera gown + neutral sash + birdcage floral fascinator + art deco chandelier earrings

mermaid vera gown + neutral sash + birdcage floral fascinator + art deco chandelier earrings

It’s overwhelming, yes. Just like in planning the actual wedding, a lot of moving parts are involved. Although it may not be possible to get everything at once, think about what overall look you want to achieve and make the smaller decisions with that in mind. Want to go for ultra-formal? Long dress + Mantilla lace cathedral length veil + diamond drop earrings might be the perfect answer! Want to ritz up your simple gown? Streamlined dress + glitzy shoes + statement necklace + fascinator would be divine! You can make a look completely your own (no need to copy a look in its entirety from Pinterest!), but think about how each piece looks TOGETHER. Simple enough!!!

beaded bodice + fluffy tulle skirt + rhinestone hairpin + elegant statement necklace (bonus:  hot pink cardigan)

beaded bodice + fluffy tulle skirt + rhinestone hairpin + elegant statement necklace (bonus:  hot pink cardigan)

KD

featured:: glessner photo blog:: cohesiveness is key article

I am just tickled pink to see a recent article I wrote for Glessner Photography posted on their blog! Elizabeth is one of my very dear friends and an absolute delight to work with! I had the privilege to plan two weddings that were shot by Liz and her husband last year (as evidenced by the photos below -- also see Brittany's & Kristin's galleries here) and hope to work with her again in 2013!

See just a tiny snippet of my writing below -- and please do check out Elizabeth's work while you're stopping by! :)

In planning a wedding, the easiest mistake to make is to focus primarily on the details. Call it the Pinterest Curse, if you will. Hordes of gorgeous images bombard us every time we log onto a wedding blog or website, resulting in countless hours pinning breathtaking details.  Brides bookmark crazy numbers of little things they’d like to incorporate in their wedding plans and somewhere along the way, forget to think about the bigger picture.
Don’t get me wrong – details matter.  They make up the “Oooh!!” moments that leave wedding guests pleasantly surprised or impressed. Small things, curated by a keen eye, can truly personalize a wedding. They can evoke memories of how the couple met and fell in love, or emulate certain personality aspects of the bride and groom that are endearing. 
However, if you’re shooting in the dark and expect to throw together a successful wedding just by replicating a thousand random “good ideas,” you’re misguided. Cohesiveness is key. I hate to use the word “theme” because that tends to bring to mind visions of senior prom and tacky weddings broadcasted on bad reality shows, but some semblance of a theme or aura can be extremely helpful in conceptualizing a wedding. 

Kristin+Read
A seasoned planner or stylist should be able to assist you in selecting the perfect mood to fit you as a couple. If means allow, deeply consider working with one to string together the perfect conglomeration of details and big picture ideas for your wedding! And – this is crucial – take care to choose the photographer who best aligns with your vision and style for the day. Just like a random mishmash of wedding details can conflict and confuse, selecting the wrong photographer will leave a lot to be desired, and no one wants to look back on wedding photos thinking, ‘Wow. So-and-so REALLY didn’t get us OR our day.’

KD