Wedding Ceremony Arches, Canopies…

Categories Inspiration + Wedding Decor

Generally speaking, focal points are “designed” to command our attention.  And, they make for fantastic photography shots~ especially at the ceremony when ALL eyes are on you!

I think the key to achieving a beautiful focal point lies in borrowing from the natural surroundings {inside and out} and personalizing it with your wedding style!  Find below, images {that link to the source} for all types of wedding styles: rustic, garden, cultural, urban, outdoor vineyard… from dramatic to simple and each unique and lovely in their own right.

First comes love…  How stunning is this attention-commanding tree to say your vows under?

tree backdrop

The focal point here is in the center of this gorgeous oval room where the bride and groom are literally surrounded by their guests.  Formal, intimate and beautiful.

Oval room

This cultural ceremony takes place in the rotunda of City Hall where guests gather around the bride and groom for their traditional Persian ceremony.


Ahh, the simply beautiful Jewish “Chuppah” or marriage canopy…

Traditional Jewish

Lanterns with rose petals inside, dance with light and grace the glimmery tent top.

clear top tent

A sweet floral arch of roses…

floral canopy

Seasonal. Rustic. Vintage…

A vineyard setting with a pergola decorated with fall bounty and chandeliers. Quite lovely.


The gorgeous lake view background is a beautiful complement to the simply-draped wrought iron trellis.


Dramatic and colorful potted florals act as a pretty backdrop to this head table.

potted planters

This canopy has heritage significance in this interfaith ceremony.  The poles are draped with lace brought back from Ireland from the bride’s Grandma.

Irish Chuppah

How about you?

How will you be using a Chuppah, Canopy, Arbor, Arch, Trellis… at your ceremony or reception?


Lace Wedding Gowns

Categories Dresses + Fashion

Lace, an iconic bridal fabric in wedding gowns has never gone out but, my oh my- is it being re-introduced in fabulously fresh ways. With so many types of lace to choose from, it will always be timeless and an ultra-feminine look. Check out a few modern lace gown lovelies from the Spring 2012 Bridal Fashion Week.

Which is your fave?

Ravini- Alencon lace {delicate yet durable, a french needlepoint lace with a floral design}with bands of tulle and silk organza in between.


Oscar de La Renta- white silk with Chantilly lace {a handmade bobbin lace- which is fabric that is braided and twisted and handled on a bobbin}overlay and matching bolero.


Modern Trousseau- an Italian guipure lace {a heavy lace} gown.


Marchesa- a lace gown with appliqued tulle skirt with flower details.


Legends by Romona Keveza- for a vintage look, a Point d’Esprit {a bobbin lace} gown .


Jenny Lee- Chantilly lace gown with a sheer bateau neckline.


Ivy & Aster- a little bit retro with multi layered lace.


Ines di Santo- Alencon lace


Carolina Herrera- a ribbon-embroidered Chantilly lace


Vera Wang- a mermaid gown with multi-layered lace appliques.


all images courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings, 2012 Spring Bridal Fashion Week- modern lace collection.


10 Favorite Gowns from Bridal Week 2012

Categories Dresses + Fashion + Resources

Bridal Week NYC has come and gone but these gorgeous gowns are here to stay. Here are 10 of our favorites from the Spring 2013 collections.

Have a favorite?

Ball gown from Angel Sanchez



A-line from Christos



A-line by Badgley Mischka



Lace Trumpet by Maggie Sottero



Vera Wang wasn’t the only one rocking the runway with red ..

Ball Gown by Romona Keveza



Trumpet by Oscar de la Renta



Sheath by Monique Lhuillier

photo courtesy: Dan and Corina Lecca/Mo



Ball Gown by Reem Acra



Trumpet by Kelly Faetanini

photo courtesy: Kelly Faetanini



Unless otherwise noted, photos are by first VIEW and via Martha Stewart Weddings


Vintage Remade: Illusion Necklines

Categories Dresses + Fashion

The sheer beauty of the illusion neckline …  another wedding trend offering a nod to the past. Kate rocked a royal one. Audrey Hepburn rocked one at the Oscars. And of course, we’re seeing these lovelies pop up in wedding gowns for spring 2012. Why so popular? I think it’s because the sheer coverage around the neckline, shoulders and arms is sexy yet modest at the same time. And, no sliding like you’d have with a strapless dress. A perfect combination.

What do you think of illusion neckline gowns? Love them or leave them in the past?

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2012 wedding dress trend: illusion neckline


top: Kate & William via CBS, Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy at the Oscars via Life
bottom: {left} Marchesa {middle}Legends by Romona Keveza {top right} {bottom right} Monique Lhullier