Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Wedding dresses: winter inspiration ..... lace

The lace dress has a timeless appeal: synonymous of femininity and romance, is a fabric popular as brides. And that's why the new collections will not leave you disappointed, skillfully combined with proposals to use this fabric in silks. You can choose a single lace detail, like the shawl or bustier, or perhaps show a total look according to Grace Kelly and Kate Middleton.
Ian Stuart
Aimee Montenapoleone
Eme di Eme
Luisa Sposa
Raimon Bundo

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Destination Wedding Tutorials: What are the local traditions about weddings?

Photographer: Walter Capelli  
Italy is a country with strong tradition-driven attitude for several ceremonies such as wedding, in fact many matrimonial traditions celebrated all over the world have their roots in Italy!

Diamond engagement rings date back to medieval era, at that time it was believed that diamonds were created by the "flames of love"!
The wearing of a bridal veil is another wedding tradition that began in Italy. The veil is a symbol of virginity, and the covering of the bride's face means she has never "known" a man before.

Older church traditions held that the luckiest day to get married on was Sunday. However, marriages during Lent or Advent were often forbidden and the entire months of May and August weddings were also frowned upon as being harbingers of bad luck to the bride and groom. A rainy day seems to be good omen for the bride “sposa bagnata, sposa fortunata/wet bride, lucky bride”.

The traditional wedding mass or ceremony (sposalizio) often takes place in the morning, allowing the bride and groom some quiet time together afterwards while family and friends prepare for the reception festivities. In the last years weddings are taking place in the second part of the afternoon (especially during hot summers).

In some small Italian villages, it is common for the bride and groom to walk to the village main square together after the wedding mass. In the square, the family and friends of the couple set up a sawhorse, log, and double-handled ripsaw. The bride and groom must work together to saw the log in half, representing the teamwork it takes to have a successful marriage.
In some regions, the bride and groom shattered a vase or large glass together and the number of pieces were said to represent the number of happy years they would spend together.
A more modern tradition is the release of a pair of white doves after the ceremony by the bride and groom to symbolize the couple's love and happiness.

The tradition of candied almonds being given at wedding receptions comes from Italy. The treats are meant to represent both the sweet and bitters aspects of life…a tangible reminder of "for better or worse". The candies are often wrapped in tulle, and given to each guest inside a small pottery or glass dish as a wedding favor. 

Following the ceremony, all the guests get out from the church and wait for the couple to sing the documents. As soon as they pass through the door they are held by a rain of rice and rose-petals considered to be harbingers respectively of money and felicity. 
The reception usually begins in the afternoon and carries on until the wee hours of the next morning.
Drinks (sweet liquors for the women and stronger drinks for the men) are served as an aperitif before the banquet feast. A commonly heard wedding toast is "Per cent'anni", meaning "For a hundred years".
The wedding feast often begins with antipasto and continues with a sumptuous multi-course dinner. After the meal, wedding cake is served with espresso.
In south Italy the Tarantella, a traditional wedding circle dance, is an integral part of the reception celebration…everyone takes part!
Sometimes the groom's tie is cut into pieces and the pieces are "sold off" to reception guests. The cash is then given to the bride and groom to use on their honeymoon.
In formal weddings the bride and groom's car is often decorated with fresh flowers to symbolize a new and happy life together. In friendly or informal weddings the car is “decorated” of paint and streamers by the couple’s friends.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

About the groom: tie the knot

The tie is not just a detail, is the symbol of groom’s style! There are strict rules to follow to be elegant and perfect in every detailFor example, the choice of the model, the color and the fabric are closely linked to the type of suit and the timing of the ceremony.
For a morning ceremony, with a traditional outfit, such as tight, a plastron tie (or cravat) is most likely required, silk jacquard, ivory or gray. The plastron is knotted simply superimposing the two ends, one step from the outside, to create a puff stopped by a pin (tie clip) perhaps embellished with a pearl. 

If you prefer an half-tight or a three-pieces suit, you can opt for a classic tie, formal and elegant, in shades of gray or ivory, appropriate for a grey or blue suit. Bright colors such as yellow, pink or turquoise are reserved to grooms..who dare. 

Don’t forget to take into account the color scheme chosen for the wedding, the bouquet, the boutonnieres and the decorations: the tie color (and even socks) shall match the ensemble.

About the knot 

If the fabric of the tie is heavy, the node is certainly more appropriate if simple (small) or, alternatively, a simple double knot (four in hand). If the tie is thinner, than you may want to go for the classic (Windsor) knot in the shape of an equilateral triangle. 

A brief aesthetic note: the visual impact of the plastron is to 'expand' your face, therefore it is suitable for the groom with a thin face and prominent cheekbones, while a tie tends to 'stretch' and is more appropriate to the groom with round face. 
Four in hand
For more information about tie knots.
Alternatively, you can opt for a bow-tie; originally conceived for tuxedos and evening suits, now is the modern protagonist  for more types of dresses, it might be an elegant option for a sophisticated wedding. 

In case you need some tips on how to tie a bow-tie

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Destination inspiration board: extremely elegant wedding on the lake

Visualize yourself on a boat on Lake Como, you are reaching the venue of your wedding reception with your beloved.

Now you can see the Villa in front of you, you are about to approach the reserved pier and you are entering the magnificent garden.

As soon as you get into the villa, you realize why, since 1873, it is considered the preferred parterre of Summits and international events.
This timeless villa, surrounded by the beauty of Lake Como, is a combination of ancient allure and contemporary charm.
The location has a dimension of luxury, privacy and unmatched classical perfection; a gate marks the boundary between this oasis of class and the rest of the world.

The reception hall is ideal for spectacular events: marble floors, crystal chandeliers and fine paintings adorn the hall.
The walls tale of banquets and parties of the past, are now the frame for elegant receptions,
buffet, cocktails and gala dinners. The Corinthian columns dominate the architecture and a French window reveals the terrace and the gardens. This is luxury and it is embodied in this room.

The terrace shows a superb and magical atmosphere at any time of day and night. Guests can dine in the sun and dine under the stars, surrounded by lemon trees and the scent of jasmine and fresh flowers.

Inspiration palette: antique rose and rubin red details

Location: Villa D'Este - Cernobbio (Como) - Italy
Wedding dress: ethereal and dreamy by Vera Wang
Bouquet: Dramatic arrangement of Black Magic roses and majestic red calla lilies via The Knot
Shoes: high heel sandal, open toe by Gucci
Bridesmaids: Mismatched bridesmaids via Polka Dot Bride
Bridesmaids' bouquet: antique pink roses by ABCFlowers
Cake: Golden Wedding cake via The Caketress
Escort cards via The Knot