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Bridesmaid gowns are, by definition, an accessory to the bride. Her stylish and flamboyant posse; whose attire vibrantly stands out, or smoothly blends into the background complimenting the wedding theme. Traditionally these gowns follow one important and well known rule, don't look better than the bride. A notion that has thusly launched the notorious and fictitious idea of unfavorable dresses for bridesmaids. Happily enough, these unflattering styles are a thing of the past. Grouping your girlfriends together in the same dress is no longer a style standard. Its now more acceptable for each bridesmaid to wear the gown with ...

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Much like the dress, décor, venue and setting, the music sets the mood for the entire wedding event. Not at all like the ceremonies of the past, couples are choosing tunes that are both classic, nostalgic, and even quirky for their ceremony. You have typical wedding classics like, "At Last," "My Girl," or "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing," that partners use to emphasize their overwhelming feelings for one another.

In more recent years, as traditions and trends evolve ceremonial music has become more personal. The tunes played at the wedding or reception do not only emphasize eternal ...

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In recent years, the media has placed the spotlight not only on fashion designers, but also on the stylists and industry consultants that play an integral role in trend forecasting and the development of designer’s collections. Creating a collection is not only about the designer's vision, but also what his or her following is doing that particular season. True enough, designers influence fashion's popular trends, but it’s the populous that subconsciously births the trends and decides whether they will sink or swim.

A consultants job is to assist the bride in the selection of the gown ...

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A Very Personal Design

Aug. 6, 2014 by editor 0 view
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Matthew and April, best friends for many years, collaborate on her 10 Year Wedding Anniversary Cocktail Gown!

Last week, April and Jonathan Larken celebrated their 10 year anniversary at the same location where they were married. It was an amazing get together with friends, family, fabulous food, cocktails and incredible atmosphere that April’s exceptional event planning and creativity brought together.

To really wow the guests, Matthew and April collaborated on a gorgeous dress design, a cocktail stunner that highlighted the beautiful embroidery that was showcased on the train of her original gown 10 years ago. April designed her original ...

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Winning in White

July 30, 2014 by editor 0 view
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While some brides selections tend to follow the more popular trends in bridal wear, there have been that select group who opt for more traditional gowns. The bridal industry has seen a revival in the white gowns of the past, which is a deviation from the off-white and champagne colored gowns that had surged into popularity in past seasons.

With off-white having been the mainstay selection for brides, it is more likely this transition is owed to the seasonal change in trends oppose to the nuances of tradition and the stigmas that can go with having or not having a ...

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Television, film, and Broadway powerhouse, Kristin Chenoweth, hit the stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London this past weekend. She performed hits from across her extensive career including an array of her most memorable songs and tunes including music from Wicked, Glee and Promises, Promises. Not only does she have the look and the voice, but also, she had the very thing that every star needs--a incredible dress. Happily designed for her by her friend Matthew Christopher, Chenoweth stunned the audience in a striking, sparkling, champagne embroidered gown. This lacy trumpet satin perfection complimented Kristen's figure with hourglass ...

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Roxie and Velma

July 2, 2014 by editor 0 view
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With brides caught in the anticipation of the big day and all of the maddening preparations that go into making it reality, it is important to remember that you do not have to sacrifice comfort for style. With most bridal gowns following the aesthetic tradition of overflowing grandeur and laced splendor, the new age of bridal wear calls for something more fun and stylishly functional after the ceremony. It is after all your wedding day, and comfort should be as much a part of the main event as style. Whether your selection is lengthy and regal or something more fun ...

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Vintage Inspirations

June 25, 2014 by editor 0 view
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 Tradition is a theme that is featured strongly in wedding ceremonies. While some traditions may change, fade, and even evolve, the mainstays of every bride’s big day is that of love, family and of course style. It has been a lasting tradition for the bride to wear a gown or veil that has been passed down from grandmother to mother to daughter. While no doubt sentimental and somewhat nostalgic for lovers of vintage fashion, wearing your grandmother's wedding gown has fallen out of popularity. With a new resurgence of fashions and the strong emphasis put on personal style ...

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The more interesting side of creating a collection is the spark of imagination that moves a designer to create. Whether it is the striking vintage influence of the 50's, the classic glamour of the silver screen, or the minimalistic aesthetic of the modern age, the possibilities are limitless.

Currently, in the process of creating his thirteenth coming seasonal collection, Matthew spent the past several weeks brainstorming popular trends, styles, and all of the signature aesthetics that go into his namesake brand. Considering the creative (and at times maddening) process of making a collection, it is the array of stylish ...

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Bride's Best Friend

May 19, 2014 by editor 0 view
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From proposals, to invitations, all the way up to celebrating their nuptials, couples are personalizing engagements by including their pets in the activities. While most brides typically stick to tradition, there remain a select group that go against the grain in creating a memorable and unique ceremony. Though not typically what most people would think of when planning a wedding, pet lovers across the world are allowing the furry members of their family to play a larger role in the big day.

The culture of pet lovers has changed the way we do things by, adding an unexpected touch to ...

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