Trashing the Dress Good or Bad

28th September, 2013 - Posted by Lia - No Comments


Trashing the dress is a new photographic trend that has recently become a popular way of photographing a bride in an elegant dress in a scene that trashes the dress. It’s fast becoming a great trend and here is an example of one ‘trashing the dress’

It’s a fantastic way of photographing a couple in their natural state. How can anyone argue that the above is not a great picture?  It simply is and depicts happiness in all its glory.

The trend is becoming more and more elaborate and as your wedding day progresses, most brides will usually change out of their dress into something more comfortable and “trashing the dress” photographs is a wonderful way to bring that period of time where the bride wears her dress and uses it as a way of showing her happiness.

We think it a wonderful way to propagate the couple’s happiness and bring the whole day into a set of pictures that show nothing other than joy at being united as one unit.

Many brides dream about their wedding dress for years. Many dresses are stored for years and some are handed down over the years; yet, so many are packed away in boxes as a simple memento for the day. Some even never see the light of day again.

The thought of trashing a dress can appear as a horrific act, yet it has been around since the late nineties and was first introduced by the actress Meg Cummings, on the TV show Sunset Beach as she ran into the sea when her wedding was interrupted. Sources lay claim to their own ideas of when it all started.

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The trashing of the dress is to an extent an exhibition of the bride’s devilish streak and that while she’s spent time planning her dress, in a messy, damaging way, she wants her dress to symbolize her happiness and while it is lovely to dress up and be made up, extreme settings can be such a photographic opportunity. It’s a popular way of portraying the bride’s happiness and in essence, the polar opposite to the traditional somewhat slightly stiff pictures that can so often be described as “posing”

This is a great way of showing bringing out the couple’s hobbies. If they like walking in muddy areas with wellington boots on, then a picture of the bride in a muddy area in her dress with wellington boots will symbolize her life and what she enjoys doing. If she enjoys water sports, then splashing in the sea with her dress on is a symbolic picture and a lot of fun for those who don’t mind getting wet.

For the artistic bride, a picture of her against a splashed wall full of paint which has hit her dress can be so symbolic and her husband could join in that too. (Obviously that is no good if the suit has been hired)

Whatever her hobby is, there is something which can be incorporated into trashing the dress as a symbol of the beginning of her life as a married woman. Water is a popular choice and can be used in rivers and seas. It’s one of the more common ones around.

Now this picture is highly extreme and it’s anyone guess what the bride’s suggesting here:

The choice is endless as are limits. Trashing the dress is not such a bad idea after all.

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wedding menu trends for 2013

13th October, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Catering is a huge part in the wedding planning, but sometimes it’s a headache to decide how to do it. Are you going to go for a full sit down dinner or a classy buffet? Is there going to be a theme? The questions are endless – so take a little inspiration from the up coming trends of 2013 for your catering inspirations. It may seem a little early to start planning, but like with all good caterers it’s important to book in advance.

One hot trend that is growing and growing in anticipation for the upcoming wedding season is one that leans towards a traditional family style rather than the traditional buffet. This family style is where all the dishes are served on large platters or dishes on each table. This can help to stimulate a more intimate and familiar setting for guests. A family style buffet is also inexpensive compared to serving individual courses and compares to a buffet, yet offers the comfort of a sit down dinner without having to pay through the roof for it.

Opting for this method allows you to serve food with elegant and fun displays from something more sophisticated to more rustic – take a whole roasted side of salmon with braised vegetables and topped with plenty of herbs for example, or something meaty like a braised lamb shoulder with mint and tomato confit. It’s a catering style that offers a lot of fun and creativity.

Homemade deserts and cakes are in. Cupcakes were huge in the cake range for weddings since they were cost-effective, came in a variety of styles and flavors and not to mention easy to make. However, all popular ventures must come to an end and there is a new hot thing in town.  Pies, cobblers and classic crumbles are now in over the elegant wedding cakes and dainty cupcakes, and these are usually paired with a modern touch such as experimental flavors – think avocado sorbet to accompany key lime pie or even smoked caramel ice cream with pecan pie. You can really add a unique touch to these classics with a little imagination. Grown up versions of childhood treats are also rather fun, like bourbon and maple popsicles or raspberry champagne freeze ices in wrappers. They’re oh so elegant and chic and your guests will go nuts.

The final thing – less is more. When it comes to wedding functions, casual elegance wins each time. You can even enjoy a classy BBQ wedding if you make the right touches – like offering a champagne lemonade cocktail to accompany it. Family style comfort food wins each time with locally sourced ingredients and rustic center pieces. Opt for something less extravagant and go for a more personal touch.


bachelorette party ideas

12th September, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

When we think of bachelorette parties, we think of endless drinking and loud behavior, but you need not spend you last night of single-dom drunk and passed out in a ditch with an “L” plate attached to your front. Loud and raucous celebrations are out, and classy and elegant are in for bachelorette dos.

If you’re planning a bachelorette party think decadence rather than debauchery, and you can celebrate in style without the messy hangover and consequences the next day. The chances are you’ll be stressed out about putting a wedding together without the need to coordinate drunk or hung over brides maids.

One classy idea is to go for a more pampered option and hire a mobile spa. They can even set these up near your house, where you and your companions can socialize in a different way – sipping on champagne rather than on sugary cocktails, while you’re treated to an array of treats from massages, pedicures and even hot stone aromatherapy. With all the pre-wedding jitters surely it would be better to relax, n’est pas?

But if you’re searching for a bit of pre-wedding craziness, then skip the male stripper and go pump some adrenaline. Why not go bungee jumping, rock climbing, white water rafting or some other fun, but some other fun adventure to let it all out? Hire a good guide, keep yourself hydrated and then take part with your lady friends in some crazy antics.

For those who want a bit of nostalgia, do you remember your pajama parties from your high school days? Why not recreate the atmosphere and throw a grown up slumber party for you and your gal pals. Wear the chicest, most fabulous pajamas from satin gowns to snug flannels and take a more grown, elegant approach substituting cocoa and biscuits to chocolate martinis and canapés or even hors d’oeuvres. Enjoy a movie marathon of wedding themed films or even romantic comedies.

Tame bachelorette parties are in vogue right now, whether they are friendly, classy or even adventurous. Gone are the days of Bacardi Breezers and bar crawls with devil horns, a classy bride rocks out her night in style. Make your last night one to remember, rather than one you don’t remember the day after or one you’d rather forget. Arrive at the alter looking fresh, pampered and liberated. Not with bags under your eyes and smelling of rum. as a wedding resource

11th September, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Planning a wedding is tough even at the best of times, but the new Etsy Weddings may help to make things run a little smoother.

The website offers a selection of curated items, how-tos, trends and not to mention anecdotes from real couples and expert advice. All of the above makes an appealing destination to look for all your wedding needs and to inspire bridal shoppers along each and every stage of their wedding planning. Whether you’re looking for handmade crafts or vintage heirlooms, to traditional wedding planning – Etsy is a great tool for any nuptial plans.

Right now Etsy helps to bring businesses offering their services and products to shopper who like to browse for ideas, making Etsy ideal for brides and grooms who are looking for ideas and inspiration in their wedding plans.

But it’s not only the browsing experience that makes Etsy great for weddings, but they’ve recently introduced a new Wedding Registry – where you can look at a variety of gift ideas from vintage kitchen items, personalized décor and much more.

To get you into the festive spirit, Etsy Weddings will keep clients updated on a variety of nuptial themed posts to help you pick up new ideas and inspirations.

This site can help you find everything you need in the same place – from a selection of wedding dresses, whether you’re on the hunt for a Victorian wedding dress, handmade couture or even something a little alternative you can find it here.

Décor, rings and even things for your party members are abound on the site. Looking for a bridesmaid’s dress? No problem! Etsy even carries wedding gear for your pets too.

Scrolling down the page gives you some tips and stories on planning and hosting weddings. Here you can find accounts with a personalized touch to help you plan your own wedding, or simply get excited while reading others.

With the internet, planning the perfect wedding is getting easier and easier. The new wedding planning facilities on Etsy give you the opportunity to plan and prepare without flicking through millions of bridal magazines and wondering round shop to shop. You can do this from the comfort of your own home and make it fun too.

In conclusion, Etsy is a great resource for the busy, yet tech savvy, bride looking to get ideas and become inspired – not to mention sorting out the practicalities of putting a wedding together.

wedding hairstyle trends for 2013

8th September, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Getting the right hairstyle is crucial for your bridal beauty, and what better way to inspire you for ideas than looking at the best bridal hair trends of 2013.

There is no need to go for a coiffure that is elaborate or complex – you don’t need to look like Marie Antoinette on your wedding day, in fact the best hairdos for the upcoming years are simple but fun!

The latest trends from the runway show that there are a variety of styles to choose from, whether you’re after a bridal hairpiece to the more rustic braids. With such versatile fashions, you have the freedom to mix and match!

Braids are everywhere right now, from the runway to the red carpet and it’s only a matter of time before we see them down the isle too. Braids offer the chance to get creative, since there are many ways to sport a pretty braid from the headband look, a fishtail braid, or even a wrap-around braid. They can be loose or tight, and can be worn in so many ways. Braids can come with a regal look or a nice country rustic style. The choice is yours.

More and more brides are eschewing the traditional veil in favor of the floral headpiece or flower crown. This look of accessorizing with flowers can give a vintage, romantic or even bohemian look. This is a look that can work for any season, and it doesn’t matter whether your wedding will be hosted indoors or out in the open. For those with long, soft curls, flowers can give you that romantic and elegant look, whereas those with shorter hair, the right flower piece could make you have an edgy, chic look.

If you’re after a 60s theme, then why not go for the classic bouffant-do? This is all the rage on the catwalks right now, even during the Bridal Fashion Week. This is a great look, whether you choose to pull it off with a headband or with a ponytail. It’s a good look whether you’re going for vintage or not.

Accessories are huge at the moment, from oversized flowers, antique hairpins to even modern headbands. It doesn’t matter that you’re after small or simple, colorful, or even big and bold, there is an accessory piece for each and every bride. The right accessory can spice up any look with an individual flair – making it well and truly you.


For brides who want to have that bohemian, romantic style then you can opt for the designer messy look. When styled the right way it gives you an effortlessly chic look, which when paired with the flawless nude look – this is a perfect whimsical look.


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wedding makeup trends 2013

6th September, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Brides fret about everything – wanting each and every detail to be perfect, and make up is no exception. If you’re not sure what look to go for on the big day, then why not take some ideas of the trends that are hot for the upcoming weddings in 2013.

One of the biggest trends in 2013 is the nude look – making it look like you’re not wearing any make up, but at the same time you look flawless. This no makeup-makeup look focuses on making skin look flawless as if it were entirely au natural. The trick is to highlight your best facial features with a bit of light contouring. The palette used consists of warm and natural tones, and it does actually use quite a bit of makeup on the face, but the blend of it makes the skin completely nude. This is a great look for modern brides with great skin and good bone structure.

If you’re not comfortable to go all-naked, then you can take the new classy look of focusing on one feature only. Gone are the days of strong eyes, lips and well-contoured cheeks of the 80s, now the new in is taking your best feature and making the most of it. So if you have beautiful lips then highlight them and minimize the rest. Beautiful eyes? Show them off, but keep the rest of the face toned down with nude or pale pink lips and barely there blush. This is an elegant and understated look, and guaranteed to be popular with brides in 2013. This is great for brides who like makeup but are looking for a contemporary look that will get them noticed.

For those lovely ladies in white who want something a little bolder, then the smoky eye look is hot right now. The great thing about smoky eyes is that the possibilities are endless and there are so many unique looks you can create. No need for the heavy, gothic blacks and grays, 2013 is all about color. For a modern approach for smoky eyes then opt for the more unconventional greens, purples or even blue. You can get smoky eyes with a colorful palette rather than going for the darker shades such as black. This is a wonderful look for brides who are full of confidence and want to make a strong statement.

2013 offers a wide variety of looks from the understated nudes, to the smoky eyed divas, meaning that each bride can find their perfect palette.

makeup tips for the african american bride

1st August, 2012 - Posted by Lia - 1 Comment

No matter how pale or dark  a bride’s skin is, every bride is a radiant bride. For those with darker skin, however, there are a few important tips you might want to follow to make sure your radiance is stemming from the love and you in your heart rather than a shiny, ill-applied make-up job.

Black skin is special in the fact that it rejects oil-based makeups. That is why it is important to use a water based or dry foundation. Select a shade that is just a tiny bit lighter than your natural complexion. BUT before applying foundation to your already moisturized face, be sure to use a good concealer made specifically for dark or black skin. Under eye circles are just as obvious on black skin as they are on someone that has translucent pale skin. Apply it carefully and blend well.

A cream blush in a red or coral color should be applied next. Don’t draw the color on your cheeks, just add a bit of a rosy glow. Think ‘blusihg bride’ not ‘Raggedy Ann’.

Brows should be neat and clean-not too thin, not too thick. Fill in the spaces to look natural and not drawn on. YIKES!

Browns, coppers, purples or gold will be your best choices in eye color. Blend lighter and darker colors from lash line to brow; the darker colors being on the bottom to the crease, of course.

Okay, here’s something really cool and really special African American women can do with their eyes to make them oh, so extra gorgeous…. White eyeliner. Don’t make it too thick or artificial looking, but when applied correctly, the whites of your eyes look so much brighter, your eyes shine and open up and it’s just classy looking. Practice at home to get this ‘just right’.

Deep reds, berry colors and rusts are excellent choices for your lips. Dab on a little clear gloss and you’re set to go.

Finish off with a scant dusting of loose powder in a shade just right for your skin.


wedding gown trends for 2012-2013

19th July, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Bridal fashion trends ebb and flow just like those in the ‘everyday’ aspects of the fashion industry. There are any number of driving forces that determine what is ‘in’ and what is not, but for this season, we’re seeing a royal influence; Kate Middleton’s elegant gown that was more about sophistication and less about princess-y fluff. Another influence we are seeing evidence of is the old adage, ‘everything old is new again’. The vintage influence is being seen not only in wedding gowns, but in other aspects of the wedding, as well.

Wedding gowns for this season are following a fitted silhouette (think mermaid-style) as well as an elegant ball gown look. When you combine the look of a flowing ball gown with the filmy fabrics we’re seeing, it’s easy to imagine a Grecian maiden.

Speaking of fabrics…lace, gossamer, satin, silk and synthetic replicas of the same are what is ‘in’. Yes, these have always been the fabrics of choice, but for the last several seasons the fabric of the gown has taken a back seat to mega-yard usage of tulle. We’re finally putting tulle on the sidelines, though, and replacing it with beautiful embroidery, lace, pearls, crystal beads and sequins.

Necklines are changing, as well. While many gowns we’re seeing are still sporting a strapless bodice/neckline, sleeves and illusion necklines (complete with embroidery and beading).

Tradition runs deep when it comes to color, with white being the hands-down pick for the majority of brides. Ivory is popping up more and more, however. This may be due to the fact that autumn weddings are HUGE and the ivory goes well with the color schemes generally used in autumn weddings.

There are ‘pops’ of color showing up in wedding gowns, though in the way of sashes that coordinate with the bridal party’s gowns and in the embroidered trim of some gowns.

When it comes time for you to decide upon the gown of your dreams, what’s ‘in’ or ‘out’ really shouldn’t matter. What should matter, though, is how well it fits, how well it compliments your body type and the fact that you feel as beautiful in it as you truly are.



bridal makeup tips for hispanics

13th July, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

If you are Hispanic or Latina, and you want your wedding day makeup to be over-the-top gorgeous, use the following tips to make that happen. Think J Lo and Penelope Cruz.

Your foundation should definitely have yellow undertones to blend into your skin. If you don’t have a color you are comfortable with already, go to a department store beauty counter and ask for a consultation and demonstration. And remember…less is more. The purpose is not to create a mask.

Concealer should be applied sparingly if there is any hint of dark circles under your eyes. On dark and olive skin, these circles can appear almost black or bluish. Not good for pictures, right?

For some reason, many Hispanic women tend to pluck their brows into nothingness. Don’t! Natural brows-not too thin or too thick, but natural is always best. Start letting them grow out now if you have none.

When it comes to eye shadow, you have a lot of choices. Since most Hispanic or Latino women have brown eyes, you will most likely want to go with a base of tan, followed by chocolate brown and for a bit of a dramatic flair, a dusting of gold. Or if you are wanting something bold, brown eyes can never go wrong with deep purple shadow.

Black eyeliner and mascara-Waterproof only.

Depending on your particular taste, bold lips (try a few different shades of plum, pink or even red to see which one is right for you) finished off with a clear gloss to give your lips that irresistible, kissable shine.

Your wedding day isn’t the time to try out a completely new look, so don’t go overboard. If you want to do a little more than you usually do in regards to your makeup for your wedding, then take the time a few weeks prior to the big day to practice so you won’t be fumbling on the big day.

say yes to a wedding dress that looks great on you

13th July, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

The perfect wedding gown; what every bride-to-be wants. After all, the dress is one of the (if not THE) focal point of the entire wedding. The perfect dress for one bride might be a huge mistake for another.

Your wedding dress is probably the most expensive piece of clothing you will ever buy and even though you’ll wear it for such a short time, it will make more of a statement than anything else you ever wear, so take the time to find the one that’s just right for you.

The selection of wedding gowns you’ll have to choose from is overwhelming. One would think there’s only so many ways to do white and frilly, but it doesn’t take more than a passing glance through the bride magazines to know that’s not true. Silk, organza, satin, polyester, even fine cotton; all can be fashioned into wedding gowns. And all that fabric can be configured into several different styles-princess, mermaid, pick-ups, Grecian, Victorian, royal elegance, simple country…. Oh, and let’s not forget the embellishments-pearls, sequins, crystal or glass beads, lace, tulle, rhinestones, ribbon, gossamer and even feathers.

So…when you are ready to actually shop for your dress, follow these tips for making the event a happy and memorable one. AND for choosing a wedding gown that will add to the already beautiful and radiant you.

  1. Take along a couple of trusted friends or family members; ones that will be honest but not overly critical.
  2. Don’t get hung up on numbers-the size ones, that is. You will look much better in a dress that really fits than you will in a dress that is the size you think you need to be.
  3. Do consider the price of the gown. Set a price limit BEFORE you set out on ‘the hunt’ and stick with it! Yes, you want something you feel like a princess in, but you need to remember you’ll only be wearing the gown for a few hours.
  4. Don’t buy a wedding gown with the intentions/hopes of losing weight in order to fit into it. Just don’t.
  5. Shop around. Take pictures of the dresses and you IN the dresses. That way you’ll have something to go back to.
  6. Don’t buy your gown too far ahead of time; six months maximum.
  7. Be realistic when it comes to what looks fabulous and what doesn’t. Not every figure is made to wear every style of gown. Find a style, neckline and fabric that is flattering in all the right places on YOU! Again…take someone you trust along to help you decide.

As the mother of several daughters-all of whom are now married-I can tell you assuredly that when you take a look at yourself in THE dress, you’ll know it. You’ll just know it.



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