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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Wedding Gowns With a Touch of Color


Why Wear White Wedding Gowns?

Most brides choose white wedding gowns over any other color. White weding gowns are considered traditional, but it's history is relatively recent. Wearing white on the wedding day actually started as a fashion fad! Wearing white wedding gowns gained popularity when Queen Victoria of England married Albert in 1840. She wore a white gown to incorporate some lace that she owned. After that many women copied her, and wore white on their wedding day - a fashion trend that continues to this very day.

However, there are a few brides out there who choose to incorporate some color into their wedding gown. I have compiled a few fashionable wedding gown looks that show this new trend. I call them wedding gowns with a touch of color - because the gowns are essentially white, in keeping with tradition, yet allows for subtle incorporation of bright colors. Have a look!




Touch of striking green in the train of this lovely dress. The green is also visible from the front of the dress in the form of a sash around the waist.










This is an unusual and bold piece - that's probably why it would suit a bride looking to make a grand statement on her wedding day! The vibrant red flower motif on the white gown is certainly eye-catching. The inner skirt layer is made of tulle, which make the skirt appear full.








Something new, something old, something borrowed and something blue...One great way of incorporating something blue into your wedding gown, is to simply tie a complementary blue sash around the waist.








This wedding gown has a bold red border along the hemline of the skirt. And the touch of red is also all over the train of the wedding gown.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Wedding Song: Josh Groban's Don't Give Up (You Are Loved)



Most weddings will include the showcasing of one song that will stand out as the couple's song, and usually the couple will dance to it at their first dance.

I have attended a few weddings that also had another way of showcasing a couple's wedding song. And that is through a video or slideshow montage presentation that is shown before the wedding luncheon or dinner reception. Usually, the presentation includes home videos and photographs of the bride and bridegroom showing the progress of their relationship from courtship to the wedding day. The presentation is set to a beautiful and evocative romantic song or music. If done properly, this presentation is a lovely way for the guests to share in a part of the couple's journey to marriage. It also makes a wonderful keepsake for the newly wed couple.

I came across this video recently, set to Josh Groban's Don't Give Up (You Are Loved). I absolutely love the song, and although he is singing about God's love, I think this is a great song to use in a wedding. However, the beat is not good for a first wedding dance song. But as the video below shows, it can be used for a video-photograph montage presentation.

The video showcases the progression of the relationship between two tv characters, Mulder and Scully, in the X-files. Some of the scenes are obviously dramatic, as they are taken from television. But I thought to include it here because (1) it demonstrates how it is possible to do a home video montage (or photograph slideshow) with this wonderful song and (2) I love the love story between these two characters who did not get together physically for many many years, yet building up their relationship in other ways that bonded them more strongly so that when they did get together, it was something lasting. Lovely. Now imagine your own relationship story in a 4 minute presentation - how would you do it?

I hope you will be inspired in making your own wedding video-photo montage as I was when I watched this video!




Video


Don't Give Up (You Are Loved)

Don't give up
It's just the weight of the world
When you're heart's heavy
I...I will lift it for you

Don't give up
Because you want to be heard
If silence keeps you
I...I will break it for you

Everybody wants to be understood
Well I can hear you
Everybody wants to be loved
Don't give up
Because you are loved

Don't give up
It's just the hurt that you hide
When you lost inside
I...I will be there to find you

Don't give up
Because you want to burn bright
If darkness blinds you
I...I will shine to guide you

Everybody wants to be understood
Well I can hear you
Everybody wants to be loved
Don't give up
Because you are loved

You are loved
Don't give up
It's just the weight of the world
Don't give up
Every one is to be heard
You are loved

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Wedding Gown Design Styles With Long Sleeves

I have always loved the elegance of Victorian-era wedding gowns and dresses. The wedding gowns then were usually designed to be modest in look, so that the bride exuded a demure beauty and grace that were becoming of brides in that time period. Overt sexy looks were not in fashion, and considered to be cheap! As an example take a look the what Queen Elizabeth of Englang wore at her wedding - a wedding gown that can still be considered beautiful in this day and age.

However, modern brides today want to look great (that is, overtly sexy) - and hence the off- shoulder gowns, the corset waisted styles and the fitted fishtail skirt designs are all in rage in many bridal gown shops. That leaves little options for the brides seeking a more modest, yet beautiful wedding gown.

I took some time to search the Internet for beautiful wedding gowns that are modest (long-sleeved or full skirts for instance) yet modernized enough to look elegant and not frumpy. I call them my Victorian-inspired and Medieval-inspired wedding gowns! :)

I hope you are inspired by these wedding gown picks.



High Collared Wedding Gown

This one has a high collar, with inspired with a jacket design that isn't really a jacket. The sleeves are three quartered length with a full A-line skirt. Simple, smart looking wedding gown.







Medieval-Inspired Wedding Gown

I really like this one because it is unique. It is very simple, yet elegant. And it also comes with a beautiful cover-up hooded golden gown! Perfect for a theme wedding based on medieval times.




Two Piece Wedding Gown

I like the idea of having a two piece wedding gown. A simple white A-line dress inside, and an elaborate heavy lace top piece with a long train. I would like to make the sleeves three quartered though, would make it look better, in my view.



Flowing Long Sleeved Wedding Gown

This one is perfect for a bohemian themed wedding ceremony. It gives a feeling of a brode that is so light, flowing and happy. A young bride would certainly look great in this piece. The sleeves at the elbow area are cut in a way so that it almost flows into the long gown itself. Absolutely beautiful dress.






Full skirted Wedding Gown

Long sleeved laced wedding gown with a colored band around the torso. The skirt is full and reminiscent of the Victorian-era wedding gowns. The embroidered edgework around the hemline of the skirt also makes this piece beautiful.

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Modest Wedding Dress Designs

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