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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Monique Lhuillier ~ 2013 Bridal Designer Spotlight

It's Wednesday ladies!  Half way through the week!  For some of you a weekend of "wedding planning" lies ahead.  To get you there, we've got some alluring and glamourous wedding gowns to share with you!

Our designer spotlight focuses on the extremely talented Monique Lhuillier.  A balance blend of classic, stylish and inventive designs, Monique Lhuillier has wowed the masses again.

We hope you enjoy the Monique Lhuillier designs for Spring 2013!

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Kenneth Pool - 2013 Bridal Designer Spotlight

Ladies!  Check out these gowns!!  

This beautiful collection is sure to attract the detail-oriented bride.  

Full of tulle, crystal, satin and chiffon, Kenneth Pool's vision for the 2013 Bridal Collection is simply stunning!  From ball gowns to sheath silohuettes, inspiration abounds!  

Take a look at the inspiration that we fancied!!!

Enjoy!

 

 

Now for my favourites!  Sooooo elegant and beautiful!

 

 

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! ~

 

Vera Wang Collection 2013

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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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Fashion Inspired Wedding Cakes!

Here's another idea that all the brides out there can incorporate into their wedding day!  Wedding cakes inspired by their very own bridal fashion! 

Ruffles, florals, drapes, patterns.... the possibilities  are endless!  It's just another element to your day that can tie in your overall theme.  The flow of all the details involved with your wedding is key to accomplishing your vision.  

We had trouble deciding which appealed to us more - the cake or the dress!?!??!  

Which inspired style appeals to you?

 


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Last but not least, how elegant and regal is this lady.  Princess Grace.

 

~ Happy Planning! ~

 


2012 Grammy Awards Red Carpet

Here we are again!  We love to watch the celebrities arrive and walk the red carpet with their designer duds!  To be honest though.... we didn't really have a "thumbs up" for many of the celebrities choices this year.

One in particular was a "what were you thinking????" moment for us!!!  I'll save that one for last....

Here are some of our favourites that we enjoyed looking at on Sunday evening.

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Carrie Underwood {Gomez-Gracia}

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Taylor Swift {Zuhair Murad}

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Melanie Fiona {Luca Luca}

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Katy Perry {Elie Saab}

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Julianne Hough {Kaufman Franco}

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Hilary Scott {Monique LHuillier}

This one is our fave!!!

 

I honestly can't put up an actual picture of the gown that we disliked the most.

You will know when I say...Fergie - what were you thinking????????

 

   

Elie Saab Couture Show Spring 2012

Ladies!  Ladies! Ladies!

You * have * to check out the new Spring 2012 Couture Collection by Elie Saab.  Wow!  Pastels are making a comeback and taking over the runways!

You are going to swoon over this beautiful spring collection by Elie Saab.  

Take a detour from the usual "white wedding gown" and try something new!  Hope these images inspire you!  Let us know which one is your fave!!!

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Golden Globes 2012 - Red Carpet Style

The annual walk on the Red Carpet at the 2012 Golden Globes was viewed by millions on January 15th (we know we are a bit late with this post but it's been busy around here!)  

We are just in love with all the designer fashion that paraded past the cameras!  Trends in accessories, silohuettes and hairstyles are always topics of conversation at the water cooler the following  morning!  

As always with the high profile award shows...  elements of inspiration for wedding gowns are drawn from the red carpet... it's a natural progression!  Check out what all the celebrities were wearing and see if a certain designer sparks your interest!  


Golden Globes

~ Emma in Lanvin ~

The beautiful Emma Stone graced the red carpet in an understated, unique gown by Lanvin.  She did a fabulous job in the movie "The Help".  A must-see!

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~ Natalie Portman in Lanvin ~

Gorgeous new mom Natalie Portman is wearing a fuschia strapless gown by Lanvin.  Accenting her look were Jimmy Choo heels and Harry Winston jewellry!  Wow!  

 

~ Julie Bowen in Reem Acra ~

This simple nude-coloured sweetheart gown resonated old Hollywood glamour.  Elegant and classic... thumbs up from us!!!

 

~ Paula Patton in Monique L'huillier ~

This Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol star walked the red carpet in a bold number!  A strapless, form fitting canary gown wowed the masses!  It's bold but it worked for her!

 

~ Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka ~

The "Queen" dazzled the cameras with her timeless taste.  We we drawn by the colour of the dress!  We love midnight blue!!!  Very elegant!

 

~ Kate Beckinsale in Roberto Cavalli ~

This Underworld: Awakening star chose a strapless, pale, floor-length gown with just enough sequin and chiffon to give it a romantic look.  Another thumbs up from us!

 

~ Berenice Bejo in Emilio Pucci ~

Again - we LOVE the colour of this gown!  

Now for my favourite of then night!!!

~ Jessica Alba in Gucci ~

We absolutely LOVE this lavender strapless number Jessica Alba wore to the Globes.  So elegant and classy!  

Hope you enjoyed some of the red carpet!

 

Breaking Dawn Wedding!

I never thought that I would indulge in the phenomenon of Twilight... but I recently finished all four books ..... in one week!  I absolutely loved them!!!!  Being the romantic that I am... I was immersed in this series so much that I would be up at a very early hour.... just to read some more!!!    

I did watch the most recent movie - Breaking Dawn Part 1 in theatres and I have to say out of the four movies, it was the best one.  Of course I was interested in the much anticipated wedding of Edward Cullen & Bella Swan!  The setting was so soft and romantic!  

Check out these gorgeous images below and be inspired!  

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Bella's Engagement Ring

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(Who can see Twilight themed Wedding Stationary in the future?!?!)


Now for the most anticipated part of this phenomenon.... The WEDDING DRESS!!!!

Designer Carolina Herrera had the honour of creating the perfect one for Bella's character. Check out the details ... from start to finish!!

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Beautiful vintage-esque crepe satin gown!

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How romantic a setting is this???

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Here are some of the details

  • Bella and Edward wed under 160,000 wisteria blossoms.
  • The custom-made designer wedding dress is valued at $35,000.
  • It took six months, four seamstresses, and one high-fashion designer (Carolina Herrera) to craft the hand-made dress.
  • 152 buttons flanked by French Chantilly lace lined the back of Bella’s gown.
  • 17 buttons and Chantilly lace adorn each sleeve.
  • 4 months, 12 sketches, and 3 prototypes later, the shoes were created.
  • Their honeymoon destination, Casa Dino, is an 11,000-sq.-ft home in Brazil (Stunning!!!)
  • The destination is only accesible by boat or helicopter.

 

Hope you enjoyed and were "inspired"!

~ Happy Planning! ~