Friday, June 26, 2009
It's funny, someone said yesterday that they now know what their parents felt like when Elvis died. For some of us we saw Michael Jackson grow up, become a superstar, and went on the roller coaster ride that was Michael Jackson, but his music played such a role in life and is definitely part of my life's soundtrack. I am also saddened for Ryan O'Neal who did not get the chance to marry his lifelong partner. Farrah finally agreed to marry Ryan, but that part was never fulfilled for the couple.
RIP Farrah (1947-2009 and Michael (1958-2009).
Photos from the Internet, top photo from Access Hollywood
Friday, June 19, 2009
Marilyn and Arthur met in 1950 and married in a hushed civil ceremony in a White Plains, New York on 6/29/1956. Two days later, 6/1/1956, they were married in a Jewish ceremony at the home of Miller's agent. Raised Catholic, Marilyn converted to Judaism before marrying Miller. The reception was attended by 25 of their close friends and family.
On January 24, 1961, the couple traveled to Mexico and got divorced, but this bride will remain an icon forever.
In updating Marilyn Monroe's wedding look to Arthur Miller, this is what I would vision this bride to look like today...sexy, simple, with a little pizzazz!
Clockwise from top left: Floral Chuppah: Thomas Noel, Event Design Incorporated, NY; Gown: Alvina Valenta; Shoes (Reminiscent of the Hot Pink Gown in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes): Manolo Blahnik; Cake: Christine Dahl Pastries, Santa Barbara.
I hope this inspires your inner sex symbol.
Photo of Miller/Monroe wedding from Milton's Marilyn
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Here's my trend alert for the remainder of the 2009 bridal season, which will carry over to the early part of 2010.
1) Empire (ŏm-pîr') Waist
from left to right: Vera Wang, Priscilla of Boston, Jenny Packham, Alvina Valenta
2) Flower Power
from left to right: Carolina Herrera, Angel Sanchez, Anne Barge, Jim Hjelm
3) Over the Top Bows
from left to right: Amsale, Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, Vineyard Collection
from left to right: Le Spose di Gio, Manuel Mota for Pronovias, Monique Lhuillier, Reva Mivasagar
I hope you all like my trend report. Regardless of the trends, always pick the gown that you feel the prettiest and happiest in. I have heard from many brides that you will know the right one for you. Happy dress shopping!
Photos from Brides.com and top shop photo from Morrirom's Photo Stream on Flickr
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Happy Anniversary to the same-sex couples, like myself, who legally got married on this date last year (06/17/08), the first day GLBT couples could legally get married in California. Here's to hoping that marriage equality will be restored in the future to California...and throughout this nation.
Now, the 100 best love songs ever written (according to me and my friends and in no particular order):
- One in a Million You - Larry Graham
- I Could Fall in Love - Selena
- I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
- You're My First, My Last, My Everything - Barry White
- I Don't Want To Miss A Thing - Aerosmith
- Always and Forever - Heatwave
- You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker
- The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
- Hero - Enrique Inglesias
- At Last - Etta James
- Something - The Beatles
- Have You Ever - Brandy
- Baby, Baby - Amy Grant
- Someone To Watch Over Me - Michael Feinstein
- How Do I Live - LeAnn Rimes
- Baby I Love Your Way - Peter Frampton
- All I Want is You - U2
- By Your Side - Sade
- Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney
- Everything - Michael Buble
- When You Say You Love Me - Josh Groban
- All My Life - K.C. and JoJo
- When I Fall in Love - Nat King Cole
- Your Song - Elton John
- My Love - Justin Timberlake
- Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor
- I'll Be - Edwin McCain
- Amazed - Lone Star
- Leather and Lace - Stevie Nicks
- Body and Soul - Tony Bennett
- Ikaw (Translated from Tagalog, You) - Regine Velasquez
- Back at One - Brian McKnight
- What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
- Wonderful Together - Eric Clapton
- Have I Told You Lately - Rod Stewart
- Open Arms - Journey
- Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel
- I Melt With You - Modern English
- Crazy For You - Madonna
- Come What May - Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor
- Lovin' You - Minnie Ripperton
- Your Body is Wonderland - John Mayer
- Fields of Gold - Sting/Eva Casssidy
- Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
- Why - Annie Lennox
- Time and Tide - Basia
- Always - Atlantic Starr
- If - Bread
- Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
- My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
- Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Gardens
- The Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston
- Faithfully - Journey
- Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
- I Do (Cherish You) - 98 Degrees
- Endless Love - Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
- Everything I Do - Bryan Adams
- Sweet Love - Anita Baker
- Suddenly - Billy Ocean
- Inna Godda Divida - Iron Butterfly
- You've Got A Friend - Carole King/James Taylor
- Breathe - Faith Hill
- Wahine 'Ilikea - Dennis Kamakahi
- I Wanna Grown Old With You - Adam Sandler
- We've Only Just Begun - The Carpenters
- Power of Two - Indigo Girls
- More Than Words - Extreme
- Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
- Time in a Bottle - Jim Croce
- Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion
- When I Think of You - Janet Jackson
- Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel
- The Closer I Get To You - Roberta Flack and Donnie Hathaway
- Love Song - The Cure
- Wicked Games - Chris Isaak
- I Honestly Love You - Olivia Newton John
- Beautiful - James Blunt
- Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
- Save The Best For Last - Vanessa Williams
- I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston
- Now and Forever - Richard Marx
- Here and Now - Luther Vandross
- Always on my Mind - Elvis Presley/Willie Nelson
- (I've Had) The Time of My Life - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
- You Are The Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder
- Vision of Love - Mariah Carey
- On Bended Knee - Boyz II Men
- Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
- No One - Alicia Keys
- Lucky - Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
- In My Life - The Beatles
- Let's Stay Together - Al Green
- Hey There Delilah - The Plain White T's
- Angel of Mine - Monica
- Get Here - Oleta Adams
- Never Tear Us Apart - INXS
- Come Away With Me - Norah Jones
- Head Over Heels - Tears for Fears
- Kissing A Fool - George Michael
- All Out of Love - Air Supply
If I've forgotten your favorite love song, please add them in the comments.
Photo of John Lewis and Stuart Gaffney by Bella Pictures taken on 06/17/08, San Francisco, California
Photo of Ross and Percy by Cesar Juarez taken on 06/17/08, Santa Barbara, California
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Here's a list and descriptions of the different types of bustles out there. (Click on highlighted bold names for a photo of the bustle):
The Over Bustle: Blends the train in the gown into one seamless looking ballgown. This effect is made by putting in a row of buttons (covered) or hooks at the waist level of the gown where eyelets on the lower end of the gown can be picked up and hooked after the ceremony.
The French Bustle: Also known as the under or Victorian bustle, this little wedding gown pick up is done from underneath the gown with a series of ribbons. On the outside, it looks like a nice little understated fold in the gown that does not distract or look odd. Perfect for gowns without a waistline or a gown with an ornate back. Make sure to have your seamstress use matching colored ribbons so you can see which ribbon goes with which, it makes it easier when bustling the gown, because it's all color coded.
The Austrian Bustle: Probably the worst possible choice for today's bride, because it creates a series of hooks on the outside and makes the gown look like it's been picked up like balloon shades. This is accomplished by sewing bias tape down the back seams and running a ribbon through it or adding hooks or buttons to the back seam. Once the gown is picked up, the look is a series of tufts on the back side.
Tufted Gowns Bustle: Bustles for tufted gown can easily be disguised because the seamstress can create pick me ups that will duplicate the gowns original tufts and pick ups.
The Pick Up Bustle: The simplest of all bustles it requires one button and one matching eyelet to create a simple little lift to your gowns train.
In addition to these standard bustles, seamstresses and gown makers are becoming more and more inventive in the way they "lift it up" when it comes to the backside of your gown. So, if you are working with a designer or getting one specifically made, ask about their opinions on what type of bustle you should go with.
Hope this helps the great bustle question. Remember have your maids or planner practice the bustling of your gown. It will be far easier to do it on site if you try it before the actual day.
Photo from Roxy and Kai
Friday, June 12, 2009
She should do well, considering that she trained as a figure skater as a girl and competed in the 1968 US Figure Skating Championship. In 2009, she was inducted into the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame, so we know that Ms. Wang has the moves. We all know she will put 100% into her performances and there's no doubt that she will surprise many of us with her dancing talents.
Vera Wang is a world-renowned designer, best known for her wedding and evening gowns. Brides around the world covet her gowns, which have graced the aisles of many celebrity weddings, including Mariah Carey, Victoria Beckham, and Jennifer Lopez. Her designs are also staples on the red carpets.
You go Vera! I can't wait for the next season of Dancing with the Stars! I can't believe how excited the wedding community is about this news.
Photo from Vera Wang
Thursday, June 11, 2009
David's designs are geared towards the men in your life, but his designs are unisex enough that women who love them can also wear them. Currently he has two lines on his Website, the Tribeca Silver Collection and the Venetian Gold Collection. Both lines are FABULOUS.
Who would have thought to design jeweled stackable rings for
These rings are not only perfect as wedding rings, but they make great engagement rings too. Additionally, if you don't plan to marry, they are just a perfect accessory to have. I'm personally eyeing the Tribeca Band Ring as a replacement to my own nonchalant wedding band.
So, in celebration of diversity and equality, show your pride and your support by supporting those who give back towards the fight for equal rights, such as David Jason Taylor. Additionally, when you place your order on the David Jason Taylor Website and use the following code: percysales, you will receive free shipping and 10% of your purchase will be donated to organizations that support marriage equality.
Visit the world of David Jason Taylor today, you will love his pieces.
Photos from David Jason Taylor
Friday, June 5, 2009
Bride Still in Wedding Gown Saves Family From House Fire
Monday, June 01, 2009
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A Connecticut newlywed in her wedding gown is being credited with helping save a family from a Bridgeport house fire.
Officials say that Georgette Clemons had just left her wedding reception Sunday evening when she spotted smoke coming from a home on West McKinley Avenue.
Clemons got out of the car she was riding in and ran into the home. She says a woman was yelling about her animals and didn't want to get out so she had to pull her out.
As firefighters arrived and battled the blaze after members of the Eitelberg family were rescued, Clemons was nearby folding her blackened wedding dress.
Clemons says she messed up her shoes, but says that's no big deal because the people inside the burning home are safe.Photo from Toby Tucker Photography and is unrelated to the story.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Couples are treating local weddings as if they are on a destination wedding and really making it a week of pure enjoyment, ending it with one spectacular "I DO!" Here's a sample itinerary of a multi-day wedding that I just completed for a local couple:
Tuesday - Cocktail Party for Bridal Party and Immediate Family.
Wednesday - Welcome Crab and Clam Bake for all guests.
Thursday - Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties at different locals.
Friday: Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner for Bridal Party, Immediate Family and Out-of-Town Guests.
Saturday: Ceremony and Reception
Sunday: After Wedding Brunch for all guests.
Seriously, there were at least 100 people at each event and the party pulse just carried over to the ceremony and reception making it one of the best weddings I have ever been too. Everyone was so at ease with each other because they got to know each other throughout the week. It was a great and grand celebration.
Not every couple can afford to do a week-long event at this caliper, but one can incorporate this idea and make it more intimate, with just a handful of people. The great thing about doing something like this is that it takes your mind off things and gives you the opportunity to relax and enjoy the people you love. It's the thought that the busier you are, the less you are to worry about things.
Regardless if you celebrate all week long or just for one day, the one thing that you have to remember is that this is a celebration...CELEBRATE, Have Fun, and Enjoy EVERYTHING that is unfolding before your eyes. Don't sweat the small stuff...it's really not worth it.
Here's to celebrations that last for multiple days and to a trend that surely will just continue to grow.
Photo by Phase4Photography
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
The contest begins on August 4, 2009 at 7:55 a.m. PST, but you can browse the site to see what vendors are going to be included in this truly once in a lifetime experience. The group is giving "one amazing couple a lavish, heartfelt San Francisco wedding, valued at over $60,000. We’re hoping to offer a rehearsal dinner, day after brunch, and honeymoon to Napa as an added bonus, so be sure to check back often for new information," according to their Website.
Additionally according to their Website site, you will "get to know the contestants, as we begin posting their Love Stories online. Stay tuned for the big announcement, when we reveal the lucky winning couple on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2010. And of course, you won’t want to miss the breath-taking wedding, set for May 14, 2010 at one of San Francisco’s most famous landmarks."
Check out the 2010 San Francisco Dream Wedding Giveaway Website...who knows you might just be the one lavishing in this dream wedding.
Monday, June 1, 2009
They have taken what's hot in event ware and has come up with disposable elements for caterers. I don't know how green they are...but how much cooler would your house party look with these elements!
TAST is very stylized and very much couture ware inspired. For any type of lower budget events, this could be just what caters are looking for...adding some panache to the drab choices in disposable products. I especially love the disposable shot glasses and the appetizer and dip plates.
If you are looking for something to spice up your next backyard BBQ, you might want to look at TAST by Bardolet & Co. When you first go to their website it will all be in Spanish, but once you click on the TAST logo you will have the option for different languages. Have fun exploring the latest in throwaway china.
Photos from Bardolet & Co.