I'm all for light and airy, and in the bridal world, that's often the prevailing aesthetic. But there's a part of me that loves a little shadow, the moody, the mysterious. Maybe because my collection is so feminine and romantic, covered in flowers and lace, I like to temper the sweetness with just a little edge, and some of our brides feel the same way. A good number of my brides have a tattoo (or a few) and they often look gorgeous peeking through the lace and embellishments. Sometimes the moody vibe can be created by the venue, or the photographer, and these photos by Toni Walley set in The Brill Mannor, in Saratoga, NY are a gorgeous example of moody beauty. Our Venus gown is one of those flower covered dresses just dripping with floral goddess energy. With shades of soft pastel lilac, blue and green, this dress from The The Three Graces Collection is a perfect choice for an outdoor wedding. But I have to say, I love the contrast against dark wood and shadowy interiors...not to mention this real life goddess wearing it!
The Chloris wedding dress is another utterly romantic confection. Silk petal sleeves, floral vines climbing along the flowing silk skirt and up the illusion bodice. In person, this gown has a sweetness that you wouldn't think could be tempered. But worn by this bohemian beauty, you have to admit, her sensuality comes through, and Chloris doesn't look so sugar sweet after all! Again, it's the contrast working it's magic. I always find when helping our brides find their dress, it's not just about the practical, like "I look good in an A-line silhouette" or "I want a lace dress" but it has more to do with finding the perfect combination of bride and gown. You can't always predict what that will be, but you know it when you see it...the dress and the woman become one. The gown is beautiful, yes, but it's not about that. It's the bride IN the dress that becomes a vision of irresistible beauty. And by the way, those leafy shadows on her face above? Fine Art Wedding perfection! Brides, be sure to give your photographer time to capture moments of just you!
A dramatic staircase is begging for a scalloped lace train like this! Our Thalia gown is made of French embroidery, with a softly structured bodice, a silk ribbon sash adorned with beaded flowers, and a dramatic cathedral length train. A few silk covered buttons down the back, and this dress is timeless vintage meets modern silhouette, and right at home in a historic landmark venue like The Brill Mannor. Do you need to wear a veil? Will it take away from the dress? Yes, and absolutely not! I love a pretty veil, and photos like these explain why. Not only does a veil make a beautiful entrance, and a real "here comes the bride" moment for your walk down the aisle, but I always think of all the other photo opportunities. Photos of the bride getting ready, spending a few thoughtful moments before the ceremony, romantic cuddling with your honey under a bit of tulle for a first look...the list is long and beautiful. In this case, Mails Henderson's petal veil is paired with our blush and ivory April gown. A soft mermaid silhouette, delicate applique neckline, and low, open back with a flowing train...what a romantic way to end the story. I'll always love the light and airy, but don't discount the power of subtle mystery and a few moody moments...there is beauty in those shadows too.
Dresses: Venus, Chloris, Thalia, and April by Claire Pettibone
Salon: Something Bleu Bridal
Venue: The Brill Manor
Makeup: Make Me Fab NY
Veil: Malis Henderson Bridal