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Upcoming wedding dress trends for 2015

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I am sure if you are on social media or are in the bridal world “know”, you have seen the eruption of mixed (mostly positive) reviews on the wedding of Solange Knowles.  Well, her trend of incorporating a cape into bridal fashion is one of the few up and coming trends for 2015 brides.  Usually trends come and go, ebb and flow, but for 2015, I feel these fabulous few will stand strong:

  1. The Wedding Cape:  Of course Solange seemed to “start” the trend, but prior to Solange, the bridal runways were rocking with the wedding cape.  These capes come in a variety of lengths and textures like ethereal sheer silk, detailed lace or embellished, and even a strong felt-wool or matching wedding dress material.  This fashion forward inspiration is trending all over and creating quite a buzz for 2015 brides.  Want to make a bold fashion statement?  Not the traditional bride?  Wanting to step it up a notch?  Don a cape!  Vogue, watch out! (photo inspiration below via Pinterest)
  2. Pastels:  With a pastel blue making a small comeback, the pretty pastels are having their moment for Spring 2015.  Whether pink or blush, pale blue, or mint, even the lightest shade of lavender–if it’s your thing, try it!  Don’t be afraid.. it could work and end up as your final selection.  The only question I hear from my brides is, “What do the bridesmaids wear then?”  The maids can do a slate grey or a fashionable ivory or white in a similar or contrasting material and style– think outside the box, always!
  3. Tulle skirts:  With a few celebrities donning these lovely bubbly pieces for their own weddings, we have seen this trend grow immensely.  They are fun, flirty, and playful and every bride wants to be one of the three, right?  If you don’t have the guts to go full-fledged tulle skirt (in white, ivory or blush) then you can always see if you dress designer has the optional tulle skirt add on to the dress as a two-piece wedding gown.  You get two dresses in one–fancy for ceremony, relaxed and simple for reception.  Voila!  Carrie Bradshaw at her finest– be sure you have a wedding planner here, though–you may need restroom assistance!
  4. Collars:  High collar wedding gowns are also another bold move for 2015.  Sleek, modern, and stunning.  Check out some photos below for inspiration.
  5. Sexy backs:  Whether sheer, embellished, lace, or fully bare, the back is BACK.  2015 wedding gowns are open and begging for “back” attention.  If you are into beautiful photos and have a glorious, in shape back– this may be the trend for you!
  6. Roaring 20’s and 30’s:  Gatsby is STILL in– whether you like to believe so or not.  Wanting something simplistic, and form fitting with a cap sleeve?  This is for you.  Do you love the look of beading, silk, and lace goodness?  The roaring 20’s gowns being created for 2015 are all the rave.  See some photos below for inspiration.

As 2014 is coming to a close, we are waving goodbye to off the shoulder necklines, naked lace, and crop top gowns and welcome in capes, jackets, tulle, collars, and backs!  Need assistance with what is the most flattering for your shape?  Email us– we are sure to be of assistance:)

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Should we do a first look?

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Ahhh, the first look!  Is it a do or a don’t?  Well, there is no right or wrong when it comes to a first look. First of all, what is a first look?  A first look is that moment approximately 1-3 hours prior to the wedding ceremony where your photographer (along with your wedding planner) create a staged area where the bride and groom see each other for the first time before they walk down the aisle.  It can be done where the bride walks up to the groom, or the groom walks up to the bride and taps their shoulder, or gives them a hug from behind, etc.  Once the significant other turns around, the photos you get are pure happiness, shock and excitement.

We personally like a first look for that moment prior to the wedding craziness, where it is just you and your bride/groom to be relaxing and soaking up 15-20 minutes of  “alone time” before the bridal party or family photos begin.  Keeping to the question at hand, is it a do or a don’t?  Well, if you want to keep it traditional, and see each other at the altar/chuppah/mandap etc, then do not do a first look.  If you are crunched for time, want to calm your nerves,  want to attend your cocktail hour and mingle, or just get photos out of the way earlier in the day, then the first look is most definitely for you.  Most photographers we have worked with always prefer a first look so that the rest of the wedding photos are not on a time limit.  The photos you get from a first look are so superb–that is why the trend has taken off and is still going strong today.

So, here is a quick pro/con list for you, so that you can weigh your options and see if a first look is good for you!

Pros:

  • It can calm any nerves you or your groom may be having prior to the ceremony (think, nervous butterfly tummies–no amount of ginger ale or soda crackers can calm it)
  • It can save you time for photos, allowing you to enjoy your cocktail hour with your guests
  • It can save you time for just bride/groom photos without the bridal party and family (which can be done right after the first look or directly after the ceremony)
  • It gives you that special moment in time captured by your amazing photographer where time stands still–a priceless private session where emotions can run free and nobody is judging

 

Cons: 

  • You would need to start your day earlier to be able to move the timeline up and fit in all photos of bride/groom, bridal party and family (that means makeup/hair, getting up earlier, etc) and possibly booking the limo for a longer period of time
  • The moment can feel staged rather than spontaneous
  • The ceremony “first look” can feel anticlimactic, especially if your groom is not emotional (and all those years of being a little girl and your vision walking down the aisle can be crushed if he doesn’t give the emotion or look you were expecting in front of all your guests)
  • If the weather is hot, you worry about sweating and makeup running (some first looks are also done indoors if it is raining or profusely hot!)

We will leave you with some “after” first looks of some of our clients.  They are so, so beautiful, we just had to share!

{Photo credits from top to bottom:  Melanie Gabrielle Photography, Munoz Photography, Maggie Stolzberg Photography, and David Sutta Photography}

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REAL WEDDING:: MR + MRS “C”

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The first time I met Jacob and Kelly was at a local Starbucks.  They were not my typical couple, and I was intrigued that the bride was an artist and open to a fun DIY wedding at a local art warehouse that was off the beaten path.   After an hour chatting with them, I knew I wanted to work with them hand in hand to plan the wedding they so desperately wanted; a laid back fun party with family + friends and a lot of artsy details.
After months of planning and checking out the venue, we narrowed in on a color palette of purples and lime/kelly (no pun intended) greens and a plethora of details:  paper details like hanging origami, handmade terrariums, hand-painted terracotta pots with succulents which doubled as place cards and guest favors, and beautiful painted canvases, vinyl records, brooch and silk flower bouquet, paper flowers and pinwheel wall (all of which were hand made by the bride herself).
I knew to turn to Janderyn of Earth and Sugar to create an artist’s masterpiece of a cake.  She came through with a beautiful cake made perfectly to the bride’s liking; a splattered fondant double tier cake which was coconut and almond with vanilla buttercream filling, and then a beautiful display of mini lemon, chocolate, and vanilla cupcakes to top off the beautifully styled table.
Their photographer was an out of town friend all the way from Birmingham, Alabama– Dennis Calvert, who took the most amazing photos, and nailed their artistic vision stylistically.  The photos are so beautiful and speak for themselves.  Amazing work Dennis!!
After guests indulged in all the sweets, the bride treated them to a treat of her own.  Kelly and her maid of honor, the groom’s sister, are both Hula Hoopers, and did a special choreographed hula hoop show for the guests to La Roux’s “Bulletproof” using light up hula hoop–very unique indeed!

This warehouse turned wedding venue was quite an undertaking from the start, but after a few local artists re-painted a beautiful exterior neon wall mural, and added to some character murals to the rear of the building, it looked like an artist’s dream venue.  The bride and groom went out in perfect fashion–a glitter bomb line.  We filled miniature plastic shot glasses with rainbow glitter, and handed them out to guests after the last dance.  What a fun end to an offbeat artistic night! Congratulations again, Kelly + Jacob!!!

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Vendors/Venue:

Venue:  The Bubble Art Gallery, Fort Lauderdale

Photographer:  Dennis Calvert Photography www.denniscalvertphotography.com

Wedding Planning and Styling:  Simply Couture Weddings www.simplycoutureweddings.com

Cake, cupcakes, and styling:  Earth and Sugar www.earthandsugar.com

Personal Flowers:  Orange Blossoms Floral:  www.orangeblossomsflorals.com

DJ/Photobooth:  Eddie B & Company www.eddieb.com

Caterer:  Friend of the family—

Artwork:  all artwork was made by the bride, Kelly, a local artist

XO-  The SCW Gals

Featured:: Shauntrelle + Chris, Hawk’s Cay Resort-Key West

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We were featured by the lovely Floridian Weddings today for our fabulous couple, Shauntrelle + Chris!  This beautiful vintage travel-themed wedding at the Hawks Cay Resort in the Keys was such a “destination treat” for all in attendance.  The looming clouds the evening prior, got everyone worried, but we knew all would be well the day of, and it was!  The sun came out, the clouds were visible, but far off, and we had a very happy bride.  An ENORMOUS thank you to our team of vendors that never cease to amaze us!!!!:

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House of Films

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J Morgan Flowers

Reverend Eddie Rodriguez

Beauty Boutique and the Glam Squad

Sweet Savannah’s Bake Shop

Scratch DJ’s

Marischen Music (Steel Drum)

 

TOP CAKE CUTTING SONGS

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The cake-cutting is one of the most romantic times during the wedding.  The very first undertaking the couple will handle as husband and wife will be to cut the cake!  Most brides and grooms wish to have special songs played during the cake-cutting ceremony.  The music sets the tone for the scene and will create a lasting memory in the hearts of the couple and their guests.  Here are some of the most popular cake cutting songs of all time.

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Photo by Clary Photo

‘Sweet’ and Sentimental
Some brides and grooms choose to play sweet and touching music during the cake cutting ceremony.  There are many different songs which would be fitting for this moment, but these are without a doubt the most popular.

Funny and Humorous
It’s very important that the wedding music (including the cake-cutting music) fits the personality of the bride and groom.  If you and your soon-to-be spouse are a pair of jokesters and enjoy a good laugh, perhaps these funny cake-cutting songs will appeal to you.

Upbeat Favorites
If you’re looking for some upbeat songs that are known by most people, there are some fun options available.  Take a look at the songs below to find some inspiration:

Whether you want a funny song which will have your guests rolling in laughter or a sentimental song that will bring a tear to their eyes – there are definitely plenty of songs for every personality.  Choose something that is special to you and your fiancé and that you will remember for years to come.