Bridal Couture Claire Pettibone

3rd February, 2013 - Posted by Lia - No Comments


Claire Pettibone’s designs are popular with brides all over the world. She has an exquisite eye for design combined with her style and use of silk Charmeuse, which makes each bridal gown by Claire Pettibone a work of art.

“When I design a collection I strive to make a woman feel as special as the delicate creation she is wearing: take her to an enchanted time and place where women are princesses and magnificent beauty,” says Claire Pettibone on her official website.

Bridal Couture  Claire Pettibone Wedding Dress

Her philosophy asks to us to take a moment’s breath and indulge in the beauty around us. While growing up in the rural New York area, her childhood imagination was fuelled with stories of fairies and princesses, where even her earliest designs were some of the most elaborate gowns more suited to fantasies and fairy tales.

Claire Pettibone

Claire Pettibone’s upbringing was rich in art and creativity, where she was exposed to museums and galleries, studying ballet for years, becoming utterly immersed in the romantic world of its stories, costumes, elegance and grace.

Later it would be European Vogue, which would continue to inspire her, and would push her to Otis Parson’s School of Design in Los Angeles.

Pettibone has always sought to create gowns of the upmost femininity, by using the finest fabrics and details, to fuse modern with vintage.

Bridal Couture  Claire Pettibone

“I have a very romantic vision of how fashion can enhance our beauty and indulge our dreams. I invite you to share that dream,” says Pettibone.

Claire Pettibone’s collection is a fusion of the romantic with something avant-garde. Her cuts are soft and feminine, calling to mind Pre-Raphaelite paintings, with original details and designs. Her dresses are enough to capture the imagination of a bride looking for some creativity and passion in her gown.


Her designs might be fantastical and something out of a fairytale, but there are no cliché princesses here. Each and every dress carries an original cut, detailed with embroidery and lace to give them a special look. With gowns available in a variety of silhouettes from A-line and empire, to mermaid, sheath and strapless. The selection of fabrics available is also varied, with a choice of details such as beading, embroidery, lace and silk.

Nothing says romance like a wedding gown from the art that is Claire Pettibone, and it’s easy to see why she’s one of the top designer choices for brides the world over. Whether you’re looking for something original or romantic, she’s definitely the designer to turn to.

Bridal Couture By Jim Hjelm

14th January, 2013 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

 Jim Hjelm Wedding dress designer

If you’re a bride with a taste for tradition, yet you still want to look sexy, then Jim Hjelm’s designs are right up your street. The bridal creations from Jim Hjelm’s line will even appeal to the most discerning bride.

The bridal couture designs from Jim Hjelm are renowned for their unique detail, their combination of luxurious and delicious fabrics all paired with the most delicate embroidery. It’s this sense of detail that makes Jim Hjelm’s wedding gowns unique and special.


The range of the collection is diverse, with gowns offering a modern silhouette that is ideal for the 21st century bride, through to vintage designs for those wanting a little bit of romantic nostalgia on their wedding day. However, whether you’re after something old, something new or something blue, the gorgeous details found in these gowns make Jim Hjelm’s bridal wear a joy to sport down the aisle. 

The current collection offers a number of traditional cuts, yet still carry an edge to them.

Jim Hjelm Wedding dress

A design might incorporate ivory tulle over a crème satin covered taffeta ball gown design, finished with an embroidered tulle bodice for a traditional princess bride look, for example.

Or its details might sport a beaded lace bodice, which is elongated to hug your shape, and is finished off with a tiered tulle skirt and chapel train for something a little edgier. 

If you’re a lace lover, then you can also find a ball gown design decorated with ivory tulle on a lace elongated bodice with a three quarter sleeve and a chapel train, or opt for a lace bodice with a V-back and a sleeveless cut.


For those wanting a modern cut that is a little less princess, then you can also find an asymmetrical A-line, strapless bridal gown with a two tiered irregular hem and covered with buttons on the back. Or you can pick a sexy figure hugging number with ivory lace over Champagne Charmeuse, for something a little more tempting.

Jim Hjelm is part of a multi-label bridal house that specializes in design, manufacture and distribution of bridal wear known as JLM Couture. Jim Hjelm’s designs are handled by the company’s bridal collection, which also have Lazaro, Alvina Valenta, Hayley Paige, Blush and Tara Keely in their collection.

As one of the top three wedding dress designers, as chosen for brides out there, Jim Hjelm is a great choice for any bride looking for something with a little tradition while still managing to be a knockout.

Unusual Wedding Catering Ideas

20th December, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments


If the usual sit down meal at a wedding of formal elegance where you need a copy of Emily Post under your seat isn’t your cup of tea, then have no fear, there are plenty of quirky and fun ideas to incorporate into your wedding that will leave the guests feeling less intimidated and more likely to have fun.

For those of you with a theme in mind, planning your catering around that is a good start. Opting for a Moroccan wedding? Then tajines all round! For those going for something vintage or rustic, then the appropriate menu needs to be found. However, have a look at these ideas if you’re stuck for a theme.


One great idea for a wedding menu is to go back to the 1950s. Think Elvis and Rock N’ Roll. Maybe you can draw inspiration from the diner in Pulp Fiction with the Five Dollar Shake and all, but this need not be a “junk-food” extravaganza. Why not serve up some classic iconic dishes? Open up with some prawn cocktails and maybe you can do an Elvis with some high-quality gourmet cheeseburgers and homemade fries. You can have a lot of fun with this theme – why not go all out and get a cake made to look like Elvis?


The Beach Barbecue is ideal for anyone planning a beach wedding, but if you’re nowhere near the sea, you can bring the beach to you – if the weather is good, that is. It doesn’t have to be a swimwear theme, not exactly ideal for the older members of the family, but have a wedding marquee set up with a few barbecues around serving up cooked meat and fish.

A Victorian Banquet might fall under the guise of a traditional wedding meal, but it’s the fact that so many couple eschew traditional for elegant and avant-garde that makes it modernist by proxy. Start off with the soup course, hors d’oeuvres, the entrée with fish or meat as the center, a good dessert with a cheeseboard and port for the die-hard traditionalists.


If you’re stuck with a low budget wedding, then there is a way to get your catering done for low cost – bring your own dish. It can either function as a wedding potluck or assign something to your guests, whether they’ll bring desserts, appetizers or mains in. Make sure you find out any allergies your guests could have in advance and make sure everyone is aware of this. It’s a nice way to get friends to contribute to your wedding.

designer we love: reem acra

24th March, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Reem Acra is a well known Lebanese fashion designer who’s headquarters are located in New York, but continues to be a legend worldwide. Although she studied in Paris and New York, and her designs are loved all over the world, Reem spends most of her time and energy continuing to brand herself in the NYC area. Her designs incorporate modern elegance with a European flair, and she is most known for her bridal designs and her uncanny talent for incorporating embroidery into her designs.


Her 2012 collection included off the shoulder, both shoulder, sweetheart, and strapless designs all with embroidery and/or floral embroidered embellishments.


I’m in love.

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