Wedding Wednesdays ~ Spring 2014 ~ Couture Bridal from Designer Romona Keveza!

This New York based designer has delivered a spectacular show exuding femininity and celebrating women’s beauty and style throughout the eras.

A variety of dresses ranging from the whimsically magical gowns to the high end fashion statement pieces; she turns fantasy into a reality!

Taking inspiration from the last century Romona Keveza takes us on a journey through time presenting signature pieces resonant of various decades. Here are a few of our favourites.

 

Her opening piece was a blush silk organza ball gown inspired by Princess Alice who she said “bucked the trend” of wearing a traditional white gown. Will you stray from the expected white dress?

 

This gorgeous dress has intricate beading details reflective of the Old Hollywood glamour.  From front to back your eyes are drawn into the sweet heart line and mermaid cut to the buttoning from the mid back to below the buttocks.  Hugging the figure in all the right places with an aura of sexiness and elegance, this dress definitely gets the thumbs up from us!

Moving onto the rocking 1950’s this gown below is simply pretty and girly. This strapless classic flaring out from the waist is fun and flirty!  Here Keveza has played with textures opting for a bobbly material for the dress combined with a solid belt accented with a bow to break it up and it does so perfectly!

 

Her collection has an array of styles to suit all brides, with a range of silhouettes, neck, and waist lines. She was also bold with her choices of materials from taffeta, silk to tulle.

Something for everyone really!

  

Keveza’s finale piece was something she described as “haute couture,” 100% handmade. For this dress she used fabrications never used before in bridal gowns creating this amazing gold and silver sparkly delight. However, instead of being overstated and blingy, it somehow radiates a dreamy, nude and natural look. 

 

For more of her designs, you can check out her Legends bridal collection, which is absolutely gorgeous and definitely worth a look. Here she combines two of our favourite things; both vintage inspiration and lace, creating a plethora of wedding gowns that will make any bride feel like a princess on her big day!

Get a closer look at her runway show here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9ybgtvQAvY

 

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Article written by Keenda Sisouphanh ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

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~Tip Tuesday~ Work with what you got!

Kitchener Wedding Planner PlanningThere are millions and millions of wedding dresses to choose from out there and no doubt it can be one of the most overwhelming decisions of wedding planning for brides. So many things to consider!!! Silhouette, neckline, fabric, colour and detail.

Start simple and research what style you like and what suits YOU best, For example, princess style gowns flatter almost everyone, but mermaid cuts works best with taller brides.

Don’t feel like you need to spend thousands of dollars on a top designer dress....especially since you will only be wearing it for one day. A great option is to buy used and you can have it tailored to fit perfectly without having anyone know!

Be non-traditional.  

Don’t feel as if you have to go with what has been done; wear what YOU want and what YOU like. If you feel white is not the colour for you, go for a shaded dress.  If you are not liking the length... gof for a shorter dress.

Keep in mind, this is YOUR day YOU pave the way!

A good rule to remember....  in ten years looking back on your wedding photos, will your dress look dated ? (remember the neon dresses from the eighties!)

 

Some "Shopping for the Dress" Pointers..... 

Kitchener Wedding Planner PlanningBook an appointment- Most bridal shops need to know in advance so they can pair you with a Bridal consultant.

 

 

Kitchener Wedding Planner PlanningHave an idea in your head what you are looking for, but be open to options.  Veil, no veil, lace, beading, elegant or bold???? What you come in the salon with may not be what you leave with! 

 

 

Kitchener Wedding Planner PlanningStick to your budget.  You don't want to to be disappointed in the end when you have fallen in love with a dress that is going to break the bank!

 

 

We hope you are able to enjoy the Wedding Dress shopping experience.... the thing to remember... don't let it overwhelm you!  Enjoy the moment and you will find the perfect dress for you!

Happy Shopping ladies!!!!!

 

Liancarlo - Bridal Market 2013 Designer Spotlight

"refined elegance with a bit of Latin excitement thrown in..."

~ Designer Carlos Ramirez ~

These words just about sum up the collection of Fall 2013 Liancarlo bridal gowns hitting the runways.  We love the intricate hand-work detail in each of the gowns.  

This designer really does bring his "art to life"... see for yourself the beautiful creations full of luxurious fabrics + textures that graced the runways this October!

Be inspired ladies!!! You may just find the dress of your dreams!

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Our favourite of the bunch!  Love the blush shade!

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Wedding Gown Trends

Gowns with high, elegant necklines appeared in many of the 2013 bridal collections.  Now this is a trend that we just love!  Classic.  Elegant.  Romantic. Some of the designs are a little reminiscent of Jackie O don't you think?    A welcome alternative to the strapless gown, high necklines still keep the romantic, feminine and modern feel that brides are looking for.  Here are just a few that inspired us and would love to share!  Let us know what you think!

Our favourite of the day..... seriously gorgeous.

 

Bridal Market 2013 ~ Designer Allure Bridals

Love, love, love the rich satins, soft tulle, fitted silhouettes and heavenly lace.  That about sums it up for us!

Today's designer spotlight features Allure Bridals.  For the 2013 season, they have kept up with the trends for the coming year yet still have created a timeless and classic collection that is sure to get you in the 'romantic' mood!  The subtle shades of colour take the dramatic factor up a notch and really makes the bride that centre of attention!  

Still searching for that perfect gown???  You may not need to look any further.  Check out the designs that are just some of our faves!  

Sound off below and let us know which ones strikes a chord!!!

(there's a lot!!!)

~ Happy Shopping ladies! ~

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This one is absolutely stunning!!!!!!

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Images courtesy of Allure Bridals 

 

Bridal Market 2013 ~ Designer Douglas Hannant

Today's wedding gown feature shines the light on designer Douglas Hannant

Hannant's creations are modern yet still keep that classic feel.  Leaning towards "chic" rather than glamour, this collection focuses on the understated "wow factor".  Being able to to turn heads when you walk in a room without being "celebrity glamourous" is what this designer tries to achieve. 

We love what we have seen so far in this collection and look forward to so much more!

Enjoy they eye candy we have for you today!

~ Happy Planning Ladies! ~

 

“I wanted timeless and ageless with something new about it. I don’t see the point of classic clothing that looks exactly like it did in every interpretation before. There must be an element of surprise, some sort of detail, something fresh and new about it.”

~ Douglas Hannant ~

 

  

   

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Alma Novia ~ Wedding Designer Spotlight

Oh my.  Now anyone who knows us here at Style & Elegance knows that we are all about romance!  Flowers, proposals, rings and of course .... Wedding gowns!  We love to look at the latest wedding gown designs and all the creations that are coming out of the fashion world and look just what we have found! 

We are so in LOVE with the designs of Alma Novia!!!!  Simplistic, romantic and timeless.  Three words perfectly describing the creations that we have here!  If you are the ultra-romantic bride and want your day to exude nothing but, these are the gowns for you!  We are swooning at these dresses and would love to get married again just to have a chance to wear them!  Let us know what you think and remember when you are shopping for gowns, you may just walk away with something you never thought you would... Keep an open mind and you will find the dress of your dreams!

Happy Planning ....and shopping!!!!!

  

  

  

  

  

  

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Maggie Sottero - 2013 Designer Spotlight

Thank you for joining us for Style Wednesdays!  

Here we will be featuring various trends concentrating on bridal beauty, accessorizing yourself for the big day and of course.... the wedding gown!  Stay tuned every Wednesday for ideas and inspiration that just might make its way into your special day!

Today we ask our brides out there..... Are you a Maggie Bride?????

Have you experienced the magic of a Maggie Sottero gown?  Ladies you are missing out if you haven't!!!!


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Maggie Sottero is one of the most recognized bridal gown designers in the world.  

We just love the texture & subtle colour we see in the Spring 2013 Collection!  Here are a few of our favourites.  Be sure to let us know which one speaks to you!

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Now for our personal favourite!  We just LOVE the shade of pink!  Very elegant!

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Carolina Herrera - 2013 Bridal Designer Spotlight

Wedding Season is in full force ladies and there are a lot of you that are still in the midst of planning for your big day!  

Some of you might still be at the stage where you haven't decided on a dress!!  Well - here is some gorgeous inspiration for you!  

With over 30 years experience in the fashion industry, Carolina Herrera's 2013 gowns are sure to appeal to every type of bride.

The Spring collection drew a lot of inspiration from the works of 1920's British photographer Cecil Beaton (the official photographer for Vanity Fair and Vogue)

Polka dots, lace, gowns with sleeves or subtle touches of champagne colour, together with details, like buttons, silk ties, rhinestones and lace veils all make up this collection of amazing gowns.

Enjoy this beautiful collection Ladies!  You may just find what you're looking for!

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~ Happy Planning Ladies! ~

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Amsale - NY Bridal Market 2013 Designer Spotlight

It has been a whirlwind of everything wedding here at Style & Elegance!  Wedding season is definitely upon us!  

We have been anxiously wanting to share with you all the newest designs that graced the runways at the 2013 Bridal Market in New York and the wait is now over!

To get things rolling, we are going to take a look at the Amsale Collection.  These designs speak to the classic and elegant bride.  Those ladies who are looking for sophistication and sleek lines when it comes to their wedding gown just might find "the one" in this beautiful collection!

Take a look at these gorgeous images and maybe one will "speak" to you!


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Why not go for a shorter number for when the party REALLY gets going!

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Hope you enjoyed today's wedding goodness!

~ Happy Planning!

 

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2013 Wedding Dress Trend....Bold Colour!

Something old... something new.... something borrowed.... something ....Red????

One of the new trends that has hit the runways for the Spring 2013 season.... is bold colour!!!!  Namely RED!!!!  You read right!  Shades of red running the gamut from scarlet to deep magenta graced the runways at Bridal Market. 

We have been very busy here at Style & Elegance looking at all the new styles & creations unveiled by the top designers at New York's 2013 Bridal Fashion Week.  A common element that came through with designers was the focus on colour.   

Traditionally associated with weddings in Asian cultures, red is making a bold statement here on the western fashion scene. 

Whether you looking to take a fashion risk, want to go less traditional or you just can't resist the idea of a bright, bold colour... there are some great designs out there for Spring 2013 that you can choose from. 

 Have a look at some of Vera Wang's Collection of gowns the wowed the runway audiences at Bridal Fashion Week!  

~ Enjoy! ~

 

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Style Fact - In Asian cultures, red symbolizes Prosperity, Love and Joy.

 

~ Happy Planning! ~

 


 

 

The Original Wedding Soiree - Toronto, ON

What a weekend we had!  

We had the opportunity to attend The Original Wedding Soiree at the One King West Hotel in downtown Toronto.  

A fabulous event for us to catch up with some friends and to meet a lot of new ones!  We love networking in this industry!  It is such a pleasure to meet and chat with other wedding professionals that are just as passionate about the world of weddings as we are! 

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The theme for this "swanky" affair was Paris in the 1920's.  The architectural ambiance of One King West was perfect.  Guests were treated to a red carpet reception complete with champagne compliments of One King West Hotel and swag bags courtesy of TheRingbearer.  Wow!

Some of the wedding professionals that we caught up with included Impact Entertainment (DJ's), Mimmo & Co. (photographers), Paleterra Custom Correspondences (Stationary), Sara Baig Designs (Wedding Stylists & Coordinators), Love Paper and Ink Stationary and Katherine Lima Cakes.  Just to name a few! 

We also had the chance to attend the Couture Fashion Show featuring designers such as Claire Pettibone, Ines Di Santo and St. Pucchi.  The scene was fit for Paris in the 1920's.

Take a look at some of the photos we snapped at the fashion and let us know which one moves you!

Enjoy!

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And for the daring bride..... a little inspiration from St. Pucchi!

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~ Happy Planning! ~

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Romantic Lace for your Wedding

Thanks to the Royal Wedding and Kate's beautiful choice for her bridal look, 2012 is all about sheers, lace, sleeves, illusion necklines, and lots of layering and detail.

 We can see clearly that lace has caught on as a favourable trend in wedding gown design!  We personally LOVE lace and are just swooning over the designs that are out there!

For those wanting to achieve a romantic bridal look, you can choose to incorporate a subtle touch of lace, for example in a veil or go to the other extreme and have a full, top to bottom lace creation.  

Here is a sampling of the "swoon-worthy" designs that will catch your attention!

We just LOVE it!

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Love this cute Tea Length dress!  Just enough lace to give it the romantic touch!

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~ Happy Planning! ~

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The Oscars - 2012

Well it's that time of year again!  

Our look at the red carpet for The 2012 Oscars!

We definitely had our favourites and wanted to share them with you.  This year my girls got into the spirit as well and became critics of the red carpet!  They too had their favourites!  Here are some of ours!

 

Last year's Best Actress winner, the stunning Natalie Portman 

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Milla Jovovich {Elie Saab}

Octavia Spencer {Tadashi Shoji}

Leslie Mann {Roberto Cavalli}

and our fave of the night.....

Penelope Cruz {Armani Prive}

 

Let us know which one is your Red Carpet Fave!

 

Wedding Gown Designer - Romona Keveza

Getting back into the swing of Style Fridays, let's start this one off the right way!

Today's inspiration comes from the Romona Keveza Couture, Spring 2012 Collection of bridal gowns.  

Soft & elegant textures grace the runway and spark the imagination!  You can have the wedding of your dreams!  Take a peek and let us know which gown inspires you!

~ Happy Planning! ~

What a beautiful colour!

Sleek and elegant....

A little "Royal" influence!  

Look how fun this one is!!


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Wedding Gown Designer - Martina Liana

Seeing these gowns for the first time just took my breath away.  The elegance and romance just eminate from these creations!  

Essence of Australia designers Martine Harris and Leanne Collova combine modern and vintage details launching the new Martina Liana Collection.  With silhouettes featuring modern ballgowns with accenting ruffles and roses to sensational sleek and chic sheaths, the bride who chooses a Martina Liana will find her perfect gown.   

Here are just some of the designs from the 2011-2012 Bridal Collections.  

Let us know which one you like!  Leave a comment!

~ Happy Planning! ~

 

How gorgeous is this! My favourite!

Love this next one... so romantic!

This one is on the fun side!

For more creations by Martina Liana check out the website!

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Royal Wedding Countdown!!!!

 

Everything is about the Royal Wedding!!!  I love it!

William & Kate have captured the hearts and attention of so many people and they will all be watching come Friday as they begin their journey together.  

Second in line to the throne - Prince William has grown up in the public eye and now will be moving on to the next stage of his life in the same fashion.

Which wedding designer Kate chose to create her gown will be a focal point for many women!  Including me!

The "Princess -to-be's" fashion sense has created a following of sorts... for example her blue Issa dress in which she announced her engagement to Prince William, sold out within hours of the images being released!  Wow!  

 

I know where I will be come Friday morning - do you?  If you are still looking for someplace to enjoy the wedding of the century, check out the following for some options!

Here is how the day will unfold on the small screen!

Friday, April 29

  CTV’s William and Kate: The Royal Wedding starts at 3 a.m., with hosts Lloyd Robertson and, from Buckingham Palace, Lisa LaFlamme, alongside royal biographer Christopher Warwick, royal expert Victoria Arbiter and comedian Tracey Ullman (simulcast on CP24, CTV News Network and at www.TheRoyals.ca).

  Global’s Wills & Kate: The Royal Wedding starts at 4 a.m. with Global National’s Dawna Friesen and ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey.

  Heather Hiscock kicks things off at 2 a.m. on CBC and CBC News Network. Peter Mansbridge will join two hours before the 6 a.m. wedding ceremony.

  BBC Canada and E! have live coverage as well, both beginning at 4 a.m.

  After the rice is thrown, Marilyn Denis hosts her own reception with Scott Thompson as QEII (CTV, 10 a.m.). LaFlamme and the rest of the royal wedding broadcast team are back with live hits from London, highlights and post-wedding updates (CTV, noon to 3 p.m.; 7 to 9 p.m.)

  E! dissects the day (and maybe some ill-advised hat choices?) in Will and Kate: Road to the Altar (9 p.m.) and Fashion Police: Royal Wedding (10 p.m.).

  For anyone who didn’t get up before the crack of dawn to watch Kate walk down the aisle, BBC Canada is re-airing the big event, starting at 10 a.m. William and Kate: The Movie and A Tale of Two Princesses follow (4 p.m. and 6 p.m.).


~ Enjoy the Celebrations Everyone! ~  

 

NY Bridal Market - Badgley Mischka

Wow!  There were so many designs at New York Bridal Market this year that is was incredibly difficult to choose favourites from the different designers!  

Profiled today are the beautiful creations of Mark Badgley & James Mischka.  Their sophisticated, simple style combined with gorgeous silohuettes & luxurious detail caters to the young modern bride.  

Take a peek at my picks from Badgley Mischka's Spring 2012 Bridal Collection!

They are absolutely gorgeous! (I've saved the best for last!)

~  enjoy!  ~

 

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This strapless ballgown is my favourite!  Very romantic and elegant


 

 

NY Bridal Market - Ines Di Santo

There were so many gorgeous designs that walked the runways in New York over the weekend it was hard to pick an absolute favourite.  

Instead I have chosen a few of each of the designers that really caught my eye.  

In particular designer Ines Di Santo's sophisticated and luxurious creations stood out.

Have a look at some of the 2012 collection!

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This one would be perfect for the dancing part of the celebrations!

 

 


 


NY Bridal Market - Reem Acra

I had the chance to watch the designs of Reem Acra stroll the runway streaming live courtesy of The Knot!  Wish I could have been there myself!

Romance, ruffles & embellishments was the theme of the collection labelled

"You can be a Princess too".

This designer's love for luxurious fabrics, unique textures and handmade elements shines through in her creations.  She aims to combine her appreciation of the traditional & classic with modern fashion.  

Bringing glamour & sophistication to your special moments, Reem Acra's European style allows you to be that "princess" on one of the happiest days of your life.  Here are some of the designs that debuted at Bridal Market!

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Love the softness of this one..... 

This one was my favourite of the bunch.... the silohuette as well as the punch of colour is fabulous!