Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Habit Forming Wedding Addiction...

Apparently I am now a wedding blog. It's not my fault, it is just because there are so many gorgeous things to fit under the wedding category now. Back in the day I had to go to my fair (well, unfair if you were to ask me) share of wedding shows. The big annoying kind with flourescent lighting and bad music where the only plus was that you got to sample a petit four or two. Oh, well there was that one time where during the fashion show the tux guys made a bet amongst themselves that at the end when they wore the kilts they would all go commando and surprise the audience with a "show" to remember. That was brilliant. Anyhow, as I was saying, these days we have a little something called c.r.e.a.t.i.v.i.t.y. to really spice things up with the bridal scene. Thank the gods!



I was just over trying to nominate a friend on the etsy voter page and got sent to the wrong set of photos. Which of course happened to be the wedding set. And such lovely things there were there... am I allowed to infringe on etsy territory like this? It's definitely a promo... you might consider any of these pretties even if you are not getting married, but having been made to take part on far too many of these things, I can vouch that using ANY of these as inspiration for a theme would completely up the bar for your event. Imagine your table lined with rows of these...


Just randomly placed amongst twisted branches and gorgeous greenery... with these at the place settings, gorgeous!


Then you could re-use them over and over in your home or give them as favours. Love dual purpose. And the boys should be looking all dapper in these...


and these...


If you are going to do the invitations up fancy, they don't get much much more fabulous than this lovely ladie's creations. I have ogled her work before, but this set made me salivate. I now need uber gorgeous invites to my birthday party. I know, they seem extravagant, but really, if you knew...


These are pretty brilliant...


...but to be totally honest, the entire reason I put this post together is because of this dress... or should I say "exquisite work of art"... SO pretty, SO unique, SO perfect. I am in adoration. (I refuse to say j'adore, you can't make me.) Somebody really amazing should be getting married in this gown. Or just maybe get a bit older in it. Just sayin'...


This dress isn't actually in the Voter series, for some insane reason she listed another very pretty but less interesting dress. The best part of this gown is that it is created from eco sensitive fabrics. The hand appliqued landscape panel is handcrafted using hemp/silk and wild silk with over forty blossoms among the intertwined tree limbs. Stunning. People, if you are going to buy something fabulous, look for it on etsy first. I am telling you, there is no way you are going to find a gown in a store with this attention to detail for less than three grand. Especially in gorgeous fabrics like these. I can fully attest to the beautiful hand and drape of natural fabrics, remember that the entire reason they started making polyester was to emulate fabrics like these on the cheap. If the panel is a little much for you and you prefer something on the simpler side, go and take a gander at her shop, she has a number of lovely pieces in very soft and simple styles.

7 comments:

Pauline Matterson said...

You're part of my favorite wedding fair memories! Oh, remembering the days... *fondly gazing at tiaras and masquerade ball gowns and masks*

Suzy Q said...

These rings are very close to my wedding rings. I happened upon this exact site after mine were ordered. The acorn is all that's missing, but I made up for it with my other accessories. I love my rings, but these are less than a 10th of the cost. That made me choke a bit.

Three Owls said...

Gorgeous post... I want that gown... oi, I think I just choked back Guzzo tears... but that one would make me feel way better! And yes I think invites should be done.. in a big way!

So P and A... here we are on the other side of the bridal thing (except for andrea who's train is caught in the door) and you know what my fondest memory is style wise... those feather false eyelashes...

Lady Ren said...

I love these photos- Very spring. I got married in a blue Chinese dress (just because). We got married in Vegas after a Phish show. Ten years ago (almost).
Our rings were very similar- more like tree bark but the same color and groves- We both lost our ring about a year into marriage- we were living in the Caribbean and the beach sand combo was not good for rings-

andrea of ffft said...

Yes, Pauline, THOSE are not the ones I remember. I mean BEFORE you came waltzing into my life and showed me the true meaning of sparkle and shine :) !

The bridal shows I started with were not the type to allow breakdancers on the stage with the fancy dresses, LOL!

Ahahahaaaa... those lashes were fab-U-lous! I can't even tell you how many times I used that again... just for the record, actual peacock feathers work the best! I actually considered starting a Guzzo search awhile back... in my ebay beginnings, but couldn't find a single one. I was thinking of yours of course. I should have run away with it... I had fantasies of doing that. It only means something better is to come along and replace it. I promise.
Miss Q, I have a really nice photo of your rings here someplace... I shall search it out. I was thinking of you and your invitations when I saw these blue ones and wondered, in the end if you think they were worth the savings? They were so pretty but I remember you ripping your hair out over the sticky bits not sticking and how to get them printed on time and whatnot... thoughts?

Lady R, I would love to see that dress! Sounds gorgeous! My parents lost their rings around the same time, but tried to keep it from each other for almost a year. Then when one told the other it was so funny that they had gone to such pains to hide it and they had stressed out for so long. After awhile, it maybe becomes just lost in the shuffle... part of a new fairytale for the crow that found them :) Or in your case, crab maybe?

Suzy Q said...

Yes, my Gardenia invitations where lovely, but hand made would have only been slightly more time consuming, and maybe (or maybe not) more fun. My invites weren't appropriate for mailing. Better for hand delivering by a silver coated coachman. Plus I had to stuff envelopes into envelopes, attach ribbons, tie them nicely to hold the invite in place. Whooo. I'm exhausted just thinking about it. Cinnamon scrolls would have been less work in the end. xoxo

Hope Ava said...

Andrea, thank you so much for the beautiful comments you left on The French Mouse! It really touched me and made me so happy to know that someone else could identify with how I've been feeling! And thanks again for the wonderful compliment on my shop...it's so nice to get such encouraging feedback. I love your pillows and quilts...just beautiful! The idea of a wedding quilt is fabulous! Great post and cool finds for unique weddings...thanks for posting my pussywillow bouquet! Have a great week,

Hope Ava