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Iconic Wedding Gowns

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

I love all aspects of design especially iconic wedding gowns as the most well known designs hold a significant spot in history.  I think the top 5 that everyone could agree on would be Jackie Kennedy, Princess Diana, Grace Kelly, Mabel Wisse Smit and Kate Middleton (now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge).  If you actually look at the designs you can see quite a few elements that resemble these gowns in today’s market…except Diana, although beautiful for the era she was married in I really don’t see that design resurfacing, but it will always hold a special spot in design history.

 

Bridal portrait of Jacqueline Lee Bouvier (1929 - 1994) shows her in an Anne Lowe-designed wedding dress. (Photo by Bachrach/Getty Images)

Photo by Bachrach/Getty Images

 

Princess Diana and Prince Charles's

Princess Diana

 

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier

Grace Kelly

 

Mabel Wisse Smit

Mabel Wisse Smit

 

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton

In my quest to find the most iconic gowns I came across quite a few celebrities (some with multiple weddings), but I felt only 3 really qualified as “iconic”.  The dress worn by Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) in the movie ‘Sex In The City’ was designed by Vivienne Westwood and can actually be purchased for $9,875.  Kate Hudson’s gown worn in ‘Bride Wars’ was designed by Vera Wang and can also be purchased for $6,000.  The last and my most favorite is the gown worn by Portia-de-Rossi when she wed Ellen DeGeneres, designed by Zac Posen.  It’s amazing how design really does depict certain eras, in my search I could actually guess the year based on the look of the gown.

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Carrie Bradshaw

 

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson

 

Portia-de-Rossi

Portia-de-Rossi

{VENDOR SPOTLIGHT} Pretty Poppy

Written by Erin Budzyna, Intern

Have you ever wondered where you could purchase inexpensive bridal party gifts and accessories locally?  Pretty Poppy located on 43 Pleasant Street in Newburyport, MA is a perfect place to purchase bridesmaids gifts, bridal jewelry, and wedding decor.  Listed at low prices you can find beaded sashes to accent bridal dresses, or even sterling silver initial necklaces to hand out to your bridesmaids and maid of honor.  You will also find bride/bridesmaid tote bags, wooden frames to capture the day, and cake testing sets printed with MR. & MRS.  If you are planning to purchase a bigger, sophisticated gift there are beautiful dish options from Mariposa, elegant pieces made with recycled aluminum and handcrafted glass.  All of the wedding products at Pretty Poppy will help brighten your wedding day and accent the decor of your venue.

 

Photo via Pretty Poppy

Photo via Pretty Poppy

 

Photo via Pretty Poppy

Photo via Pretty Poppy

 

Photo via Pretty Poppy

Photo via Pretty Poppy

 

Photo via Pretty Poppy

Photo via Pretty Poppy

 

Photo via Pretty Poppy

Photo via Pretty Poppy

 

Photo via Pretty Poppy

Photo via Pretty Poppy

 

Photo via Pretty Poppy

Photo via Pretty Poppy

 

Photo via Pretty Poppy

Photo via Pretty Poppy

The “new” midnight snack

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

Most often than not when guests are leaving your wedding it is well past midnight and they really have not eaten since dinner that was likely served around 7 or 8pm.  It used to be that when you left a wedding you were given some type of favor, now couples are opting to offer their guests a snack for the road!  Some will set up a late night food station, or maybe have a food truck show up, we’ve also seen couples give a midnight snack that is cleverly package “to go”.  Some like to do sweet treats others are offering mini burgers and fries with a drink.  In my research to find such items I discovered that my all time favorite choice for a midnight snack would have to be the PANCAKES….as far as I am concerned if it’s after midnight then technically it’s breakfast.  The amount of inspiration for this was endless…looks like GEM will have a new Pinterest board to create!

 

Photo by Elyse Hall

Photo by Elyse Hall

 

Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Pinterest

 

Laura Murray Photography

Laura Murray Photography

 

Photo by Ifong Chen

Photo by Ifong Chen

 

Found via Details on Demand

Found via Details on Demand

 

Photo via The Cookie Monstah Website

Photo via The Cookie Monstah Website

 

Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Martha Stewart

Photo via Martha Stewart

Who Needs Kleinfeld’s When There’s The Mall?

Written by Tania Atkinson

There is  a new crop of wedding dress designers and you won’t find them at your local bridal shop.  In fact, you may find your perfect designer wedding dress at the mall! Modern brides are looking to their local “go to” fashion chains to find their wedding dresses.  For the past decade, there had been an increase in the number of wedding party dresses coming from stores like Ann Taylor, J.Crew and Talbots; stores that many women already shop at for their “every day” looks. Now, it’s the bride who is also shopping there for her special day!

When store and online retailers like J. Crew and Mod Cloth started designing lines just for the bride, the response was overwhelming. Women were thrilled to have their favorite designers creating wedding dresses in a similar style to what they already like.  Of course, this in nothing new in the high end fashion world, but in a generation where brides are often paying for their weddings themselves, a wedding gown with a price tag upwards of $5,000 and $10,000, is not something that is in the cards for them.  With chain retailers selling gowns under $1,000, this is a win-win situation for many.  Brides are even going a step further in showing their brand loyalty by choosing a dress for their wedding day that isn’t necessarily strictly a “wedding dress”!  After all, who says you need to wear a runway fashion or even a wedding gown on your special day?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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