Posts Tagged ‘cloisonne’

Musings: Then and Now

July 11th, 2012 – 2 Comments


Vintage jewelry often finds its way into my mind when designing wedding dresses (and often, onto my fingers, ears and neck!) Many years ago, before the current trend of “vintage weddings” appeared, I devoted an entire collection to two of my favorite eras of jewelry design: Art Nouveau 1890-1910 and Art Deco 1920-1939.

Still one of our most popular silhouettes, Cloisonne features intricate “inlaid” velvet on delicate tulle embroidery with ribbons and beading along the neckline…almost takes the place of a necklace, although a lovely pair of earrings might be nice!

The Art Deco style of the 1920’s has always been a favorite of mine (and many of my brides). The Renee gown has vintage brooches at the bodice and the lace rose motif is based on the classic Paul Poiret rose seen in his classic “La Rose de Rosine Parfum, 1912.


This season, I’ve been tempted to visit this era again, especially with a couple of gowns, Haviland and Deauville…1920’s glamour seems oh so now! How to keep it modern yet timeless? Don’t OVER-do on the vintage details…if your dress is classically retro, keep the shoes modern and sexy. Maybe the venue is city chic, and you arrive in a classic car and serve Absinthe! Or vice-versa, and the venue is a 1920’s estate, and you add some modern clean lines to the décor…or how about your whole décor and story IS retro, but you have a rockin’ band and the bride and groom each sport a few tattoos?! You know me, I’m really not one for “rules” about a wedding…to me, the magic lies in each individual couple telling a story that is so perfectly “them”.



I love to see how our brides interpret these fabulous eras as inspiration for weddings…they always look like such fun parties, and so memorable for their guests! It’s all about finding your own personal details and inspiration to create a love story uniquely you.

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Real Brides: Jill M

July 15th, 2009 – 2 Comments

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Sarah from L’atelier Couture Bridal shared some photos of a beautiful bride on our facebook fan page and I knew I had to feature her wedding in July!

On a beautiful warm day in May this year, Jill and Jeff tied the knot at Lanikuhonua located on the Southwest corner of Oahu. It was an outdoor ceremony and reception with 70 people overlooking the ocean. Jill coined her wedding theme, Vintage Hawaii.

“I felt absolutely beautiful in my Cloisonne gown.  I wore a rusty colored cymbidium orchid in my hair and my grandmothers antique pearl bracelet.  I received so many compliments on my dress that day.  My favorite compliment was, That is the most beautiful wedding dress I have ever seen! Our cake designer, Cakelava, even created our wedding cake design based on a few pictures I sent of my dress.”

Jill M.

Jill found our stunning Cloisonne gown in Dallas but with her mother in Minnesota, she flew in the next weekend and made the purchase at L’atelier Couture Bridal in Saint Paul with the help of Amanda.

Thank you Sarah for sharing, and congratulations Jill and Jeff.

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