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Holly Valance tied the knot with billionaire and English property tycoon Nick Candy in a very lavish, over-the-top wedding in Beverly Hills. Keeping with the OTT theme, the bride, 29, wore an hugely extravagant, dramatic gown by J'Aton Couture and a lace floor-length veil. It came embellished with a full, meringue style feather-like skirt. Nick kept things simple and chic with a navy blue tuxedo by D&G, and guests were entertained by California Girl Katy Perry.
The Australian actress has been met with a lot of criticism for her ‘more is more’ look.
What do you think of the possibility that meringue wedding dresses just might well be back in vogue?
By Karen Birney
Marchesa Resort 2013, via Style.com
The innately stylish Blake Lively worked directly with Georgina Chapman, co-founder of Marchesa, to design her own wedding dress. The actress married boyf of one year Ryan Renolds in a ceremony in South Carolina last month, and the much awaited pictures are to appear in the December edition of Martha Stewart Weddings. Guests were treated to tunes from Florence & the Machine who preformed a presumably pretty trancey version of 'Somewhere over the Rainbow' during the ceremony.
By Karen Birney
Anne Hathaway hasn't had it easy for the last few years, but it seems she's finally found her dark knight in shining armour. On Saturday Hathaway made it all legal with long time boyfriend Adam Shulman in a lavish ceremony in the Big Sur, California, and we think she looked incredible in her old-world style, custom-made Valentino gown. Check out the sketch below and see the real thing here - Anne Hathaway Wedding US Magazine.
By Karen Birney
Photo by Woman's Wear Daily
There's definitely a bit of a Devil Wears Prada theme going on on the WeddingsOnline.ie Blog today. Not only did Anne Hathaway get hitched this weekend, but 'actor's actor' Stanley Tucci (aka harsh-but-sweet stylist Nigel) also tied the knot with fiancé Felicity Blunt, whom he met through her sister Emily on the set of the fashionista flic! Phew! Anyway the low-key London affair was all about not one but four white Nanette Lepore gowns, showing that the bridesmaids-in-white trend is still on the go in London at least.
Daily Mail Online reports that Steve he'll-always-be-Mr-Pink-to-me Buscemi was Best Man, and the couple had a cake made of cheese. Nom.
By Karen Birney
Photos by Claudine Hartzel
We are working on a shoe article for tomorrow and while having a little nosey around our favourite blogs, we came across Ali, and her insanely beautiful handmade Vivienne Westwood platforms. Now, we're very much of the 'higher the better' heel crowd, so these shoes, as featured on UK wedding blog Rock My Wedding, pretty much sang to us from our screens. Her entire look is perfection, but we can't help but feel that the shoes were the stars of the show on this one. We salute you Ali.
Wedding shoes: Which is more important for you - Comfort or style?
Last week we shared our top bridal trends for 2013. Just like every year on the bridal catwalks, there are trends we love and that completely take our breath away, but at the same time there are bridal trends which we just can't see translating to the aisle. One in particular is the colourful wedding dress. We're just not convinced a bride will give up her one day to wear a big white (or off-white) wedding dress! So today we decided to take a look at some of the brides who dared to not wear white, and who set the trend for others to go against the norm. From gold to green to grey, these ladies made a statement on their wedding day, without compromising style or their moment in the spotlight.
By Karen Birney
Many of the gowns from Jenny Packham's Ready to Wear collection would make stunning and original wedding dresses. This emerald green dress was worn as the bride's reception dress, but almost made more of an impact than her white and grey ceremony gown. We can only imagine the wow moment if she had appeared at the end of the aisle in this dress, but would it be 'wedding enough' for you?
Ever since we saw this bride a couple of months ago we've had a serious girl crush on her. Originally we were all about her top knot hair style, then we couldn't get her no-back, pink sequin Jenny Packham gown out of our heads. This is how to rock a pink gown. Part Great Gatsby, part boho and part rock n' roll bride, there's nothing about this look that's not unforgettable.
This Vera Wang gown is made for the bubbliest of brides. Not only is it a beautifully feminine silhouette and the most decadent of materials, but it looks like so much fun to wear! This dress could never be mistaken for anything other than an incredible wedding gown, so may not be as daring as going for gold, but the candyfloss element to it certainly gives it an edge, doesn't it?
When we saw Pippa on The Bridal Lounge's blog Wedding Belles, we felt our hearts go all warm and fuzzy. She looked like a serious siren in her Gemy Couture dress from Myrtle Ivory alone, but pairing it with striking red nails and lips was a stroke of style genius. Pippa, we salute you.
This bride, although she obviously didn't know it at the time, is all of our favourite trends for 2013 bridal all rolled into one! Colour? Check. Statement back? Check. Long sleeve? Yep. Vintage hair? Check. Sparkle? Check times a million. We love that she wanted to show off her tatts, and the long sequin sleeves are the perfect to balance off the sexiness of the back. Stunning!
So what do you guys think? Would you go for a dress in a different colour? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
Ever since Kim Kardashian’s amazingly beautiful, black-and-white-meets-monochrome-meets-Hollywood wedding to Chris Humphries last year, everyone in the wedding world has tried to imitate her (not the whole 72 days part though!)! So, if you want to follow in this Kardashian’s footsteps, and you’re maybe looking for a different spin on things or you just happen to love playing the game, a chess/ checkmate-themed wedding can be a fantastic way to reveal your personality to all of your guests. Plus, black and white is oh-so-very classy and can be achieved in a variety of different and ingenious ways throughout the ceremony and the reception! Show everyone that you “made the right move” (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves) by marrying ‘the one’.
By Amy Croffey
Love these black and white Vans that the groom and his groomsmen will be comfortable in all day... And, if you like them so much, why not get a pair for you and your 'maids?!
Image by Joelle Pulido Photo
We adore stripes. We also adore polka-dots. Pair them up and you have one amazing wedding theme for a sweet, light-hearted ‘I Do’ wedding day!
Stripes and polka-dots are very diverse, and can be incorporated in so many different ways – bridesmaid dresses, cakes, centrepieces, invites – you get the gist of what we're trying to say here! This theme will really put a smile on your guests’ faces. And, for even more laughs, you could ask your guests to incorporate stripes and dots in some way in their dress too – it would make for some great, and maybe a little wacky, images!
To keep this look chic and tidy, mix stripes and dots in similar colours. We just love this mint and yellow look (above) and red and black combo (below)!
By Amy Croffey
WOL's fabulous bridal blogger Fallon Wasser is getting ready to marry her fiancé Darren Dunne on December 7th, 2012. Fallon is taking us on her wedding planning journey, through the ups and downs, highs and lows and is sharing her wedding planning tips and tricks with us along the way!
Since my last post, I dug a little hole in that wedding planning wall and I finally made it through. Last weekend myself and a buddy of mine, Louise headed over to Dundrum Shopping Centre for a little retail shoe therapy. I'd done a little research in advance online and I knew I wanted to go to Dune, Aldo and House of Fraser.
Now ladies, I love a sale, who doesn't?! But when I'm looking for something specific, the last thing I want to do is go through racks and racks of shoes all thrown together, whilst trying to battle the shopper beside me for the last size 6! Luckily for me, I spotted a couple of pairs which I thought were going to be perfect in Dune, not on sale unfortunately, isn't that always the way? Anyway, I tried on a few pairs and fell in love with my choice. Very comfy, I got the 'I can dance the night away' vibe from them straight-away! They are elegant and I'll definitely wear them over and over again. Total winner!
The other thing I wanted to make a decision on was whether to wear a veil or a shrug. So, after giving it some much serious thought... I haven't actually made a decision as such, but my dress is due to arrive in The White Room in September, so I'm going to wait until I try it on again and then decide what to do. See - kind of a decision made - I said 'kind of'!!
Next weekend I'm off to my friend's wedding in Nerja in Spain. I cannot wait! I haven't been to a wedding abroad before, so I'm looking forward to seeing how they differ from here. I think when you're getting married yourself, you become a much more observant guest, don't you think?
Are there any sunshine brides out there in need of any inside info, because I can do a little recon for ya!?
Also, how did you pick the perfect wedding shoes to dance the night away in?
Pink and turquoise is the perfect colour palette for the simple reason – it’s so unique! It will definitely make your wedding stand out from the crowd and one that won’t be forgotten in a hurry. Turquoise is a colour known for its serenity and peaceful qualities. Pair it with an uplifting shade of pink and you’re on to a definite winner! Most hues of pink look good, but blush is our favourite and works well with lighter shades of turquoise! Try a teal shade for a more sophisticated look, or aqua for a beach or garden wedding for a more chillaxed feel!
Images clockwise from top: Shoes - Corbin Gurkin Photography | Austie on Etsy | Valentino | A Piece of Cake | Teapot Pearl and Godiva - image by Aspect Photography | Invites by Farrell and Chase | Corbin Gurkin Photography | Corbin Gurkin Photography | Topiary Trees from the WeddingsOnline.ie Shop €15 |
For a sweet and wispy summer bridesmaid look this year we are loving crochet. From shawls and cardies to the dress itself, cream or white crochet details are perfect for adding a lightness and depth to any look. Crochet shawls draped over a pale blue, pink, or off-white summer dress are reminiscent of cool breezes and a quiet stroll on the beach, while features on dresses add a certain young and carefree, festival-like feel.
For DIY crochet, try adding a collar to your high neck bridesmaid dress, or add a hem to the mid-length skirt. If your mom, gran or friend crochets, they would probably be delighted to create something special for your bridesmaids’ outfits as a wedding gift!
Pair with accessories in pastel shades, loose, wavy hair, and a sunset(!)
By Karen Birney
Crochet bridesmaids image by Jose Villa via OnceWed
This wedding palette is all about mystical, mythical, whimsical wedding wonder – we dare you to say that fast. Looking at Kate Moss’ wedding makes us think that all other weddings are meant to be like it! With its layers of bohemian wonder, unusual styles and fabulous headdresses, really what’s not to love about all things wedding whimsy? For this look, ruffles are an absolute must, flowers should be everywhere, and vintage is your go-to trend. By adding a quirky couple your nuptials will scream fanciful.
By Amy Croffey
Images clockwise from top left: Elisabeth Millay Photography | Shaw Shots | Kate Moss Wedding Image Courtesy of Vogue | Thomas Gear | WeddingsOnline Shop - Love Letters €16 | Flower Flair | Elisabeth Millay Photography | Gina at Brown Thomas | Girl in Cup Lissy Elle Photo | PlanMyParty.ie | Finer Details |
See more wedding colour/theme palettes!
Hair stylist Sian Sharkey styled beautiful bride Helen’s hair into a bridal masterpiece, complete with elegant, traditional curls, vintage accessories pins and finger waves. Helen's make-up artist, Alyson Smyth, kept her look classic with flawless skin, a soft smoky eye and natural lips.
How I achieved Helen's bridal hair, by Sian Sharkey:
"Helen had long hair past her shoulders and was inspired by vintage, classic hairstyles. To start, I sprayed Helen's hair with Label M Superstar Spray (see below) and dried it in to the hair so it wasn't too silky. I then curled all the hair with a GHD, pin-setting the front section where I was going to secure the finger waves.
I sectioned the hair in two parts - front and back. Backcombing the roots and dusting with Label M Resurrection Dust, I began to secure the back section into the shape I wanted to achieve, spraying with Bed Head Masterpiece Hairspray as I went.
I then brushed the top section, maintaining the height Helen wanted and secured, to blend with the back.
I took out the pin set and shaped the hair into the finger waves at the front. This can be a slow process and requires patience! Spraying and pinning and spaying again, then removing the pins on view when the hair has set in position.
Finally, I added her vintage hair accessory - a vintage broach from Jenny Vander and her veil!"
Hair products used - Bed Head Masterpiece Hairspray | Label M Resurrection Dust | Label M Superstar Spray
How I achieved Helen's bridal make-up look, by Alyson Smyth:
"Helen chose a vintage style with her hair, so I kept her make-up really classic with flawless skin, a soft smoky eye and a natural lip.
I applied Laura Mercier’s Oil Free Foundation in Sunny Beige, which gives a fantastic natural, all-day coverage. I used MAC Powder Blush in Swoon on the cheeks creating a gorgeous shape to her face.
For extra definition on Helen’s eyes, I applied some temporary individual lashes from the outer corner of her eyes across to the centre.
Eyeshadows used were MAC Brule, Satin Lights, Espresso and MAC Paint Pot in Constructivist – these colours combined were used for the glam factor!
To complete Helen’s classic, elegant look, I kept her lips soft by using MAC Dervish Lip Liner and nice Buzz Lip Gloss to keep the colour in place for longer!"
Make-up products used (clockwise) - Laura Mercier’s Oil Free Foundation in Sunny Beige | MAC Powder Blush in Swoon | Buzz Lip Gloss | MAC Dervish Lip Liner | MAC Paint Pot in Constructivist | MAC Brule
Wedding Photographs by Naoise Culhane
We just love heels. Maybe it's the way they make you stand straighter and taller, so you look more confident and dare we say, slimmer too? So a good pair of shoes on your wedding day is an absolute must! It might sound a bit clichéd, but more than anything else in the world, being you and showing off your personal style is one of the most important things for any bride! Keeping all that in mind, we found attention-grabbing shoes for those who like to take risks, classic heels for those who don't, and the perfect pumps for the brides in between! By Amy Croffey
“It’s hard not to be sexy in a pair of high heels!”
— Tom Ford
We love something that little bit different like the shoes above. They're all in great pastel shades, which makes them a safe'ish option but with that little bit extra. Check out the gold shoe boots from Dune above, perfect for a fashion forward bride with a high-low gown or a dress with a thigh-high slit, because these shoes are for showing off, especially when matched with bright red toes!
Clockwise from top left: Rachel Simpson available from Bella Bleu Vintage Bridal | Rainbow Club available from B Couture Bridal; The Bridal Emporium; Dance World | Swan by Badgley Mishka | Protocol Bridal | Monsoon, €110
Classic bridal shoes will always be in style, so if you're not feeling the colourful hues, but want something to make you stand out, opt for a pair with some extra details. We just love Rachel Simpson's ivory heels with bow details available from Bella Bleu Vintage Bridal or Badgley Mishka's white and diamante detailed shoes, which would look great with a hair-piece to match!
Hey Lady! available from Bella Bleu Vintage Bridal
Clockwise from top left: Carvella, €135 | KG, €195 | KG, €195 | KG, €195 - all available from Brown Thomas | Pumps with Bows from Accessorize
All eyes will be on you on your wedding day, but if you team a pair of bright heels with your wedding gown, we promise not an eye in the house will stray from you all day! These shoes are loud and proud and they demand attention - as well as good balance! Wear a shade that matches your wedding theme and bridesmaids, or decide to follow a major current catwalk trend and go for a hue that totally clashes with the rest. Our favourite from above has to be the light blue, peep-toe KGs, if not for your something blue, then for your something fabulous!
For more amazing bridal styles in your area, see more Wedding Shoe Stockists!
The traditional look for a bride was the French manicure – a style that’s classic and always looks elegant and refined. But more and more brides are now opting to mix it up a little by adding some colour to their overall look - and a striking nail polish is the perfect way to go!
Image by Brooke Courtney
The best colours to go for - if you don’t want your photos to age too much - are reds (bright or dark) or dark browns. Bright reds are fun and flirty and will really stand out to give you a cute and kitsch look, while dark reds and browns will look elegant and stylish without overshadowing the rest of your look.
If you are an ‘all or nothing’ type of bride, then consider going for a colour that’s a little more daring like neon pinks, bright yellows or even greens. You could also match your nails to you bridesmaids’ dresses or to your overall colour scheme.
Get your nails professionally done so as to ensure they are looking their best on the day and make sure to take really good care of your hands and nails in the run up to the wedding. Hand and nail creams, cuticle creams, a clear varnish and plenty of calcium should guarantee your nails are at their best when you go to the salon.
You can bring your own colour polish to the salon if you like, most manicurists won’t mind, however, make sure you invest in a great one because, unlike a French manicure, a chipped nail will be very noticeable while wearing blood red!