Posts Tagged: wedding dress

Oct 13

Rose McGowan’s bridal look

Rose McGowan married artist boyfriend Davey Detail last week and for the special occasion the actress chose non other than Monique Lhuillier to design her traditional white wedding gown.


According to People, the couple married on the lawn of their Paramour Mansion and the ceremony was performed by a rabbi outdoors under a chuppah of Rose’s design in front of 60 guests. Continue reading →

Oct 13

Kelly Clarkson’s bridal look

Kelly Clarkson finally married her fiancé Brandon Blackstock this past Sunday and the singer has kindly shared her wedding pictures on Twitter.

Kelly Clarkson wore a stunning Alice Temperly dress

Kelly Clarkson wore a stunning Alice Temperly dress

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Sep 13

Royal Weddings: Princess Claire of Luxembourg

Prince Felix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg finally tied the knot in France on Saturday. The couple married in a beautiful religious ceremony in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume’s magnificent 13th century Sainte Marie-Madeleine basilica.

Princess Claire did not dissapoint and looked stunning an Elie Saab wedding dress, the family’s favourite designer.

Here we take a close look at her bridal look. Let me know what you think!


The dress

Elie Saab created Claire’s stunning  long-sleeved wedding gown. The creme-coloured silk dress was embroidered with floral motifs made out of chantilly lace as well as silver thread. It also featured embellishments of clear crystals and sequinned pearls.


Sketch by Elie Saab

Sketch by Elie Saab


The three metre long veil was made of ivory silk tulle and decorated with neo baroque floral motifs.


The jewels

Claire wore a floral tiara that belongs to the Grand Ducal Collection, made out of diamonds set in yellow gold and silver, featuring a leaves and berries motif. It has a tradition as a wedding tiara and Claire is already the fifth bride to wear it.


She completed the look with diamond drop down earrings, also worn by her sister-in-law Princess Stephanie on her wedding day last year.

The hair and make-up

For her special day, the royal bride chose to wear her hair in a neat and elegant up’do and kept her make-up minimal, opting for mascara and a splash of soft pink lipstick.


The shoes

When the bride stepped out of the Rolls Royce Phantom that drove her to the church, we got a glimpse of the bride’s shoes. Claire opted for a rounded toe, ankle strap white shoe with medium heels.


The bouquet

The stunning, yet simple, bouquet was made up of white freesias


The wedding rings

Like Princess Stephanie and Prince Guillaume did, the couple chose to have their wedding rings made of fair-trade gold to raise awareness on the importance of ethical trade.


Similarities to Princess Stephanie’s dress

Seeing the two brides, we think the Elie Saab wedding dresses are very similar. What do you think?

Princess Stephanie and Princess Claire, both in Elie Saab gowns

Princess Stephanie and Princess Claire, both in Elie Saab gowns

What do you think of the bride’s look? Do you think it was too similar to Stephanie’s? Leave your comments below!


Sep 13

Royal weddings: Tatiana Santo Domingo and Andrea Casiraghi

After an eight-month engagement and a child together, Princess Caroline‘s son Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo finally tied the knot last month.

Both the ceremony and reception took place in Monaco and the young couple surrounded themselves with 350 close family and friends who flew over to the small Principality from all over the world.

Here we take a look at ALL the details: the two wedding dresses, the lunch party, the fancy dress dinner party, the stunning guests and much more!


The bride

Tatiana was the ultimate boho bride on her big day. The 29-year-old stayed true to her style and opted to walk down the aisle in a V-neck Missoni dress with three-quarter-length sleeves.

The dress’s bodice was embroidered with raffia and silk thread, and the full-length circle skirt featured layers of silk organza that matched her five-month-old son Alexander’s bloomers (not pictured on the wedding day).


The bride ditched the traditional high-heeled wedding shoes for comfortable flat silver sandals.

Groom Andrea chose a dark blue suit with a spotted tie and white shirt.

The hair and make-up

Bride Tatiana topped the vintage look off with tousled tresses and a floral headpiece, similar to the she wore for her pre-wedding party.

As for her make-up, she kept her look natural, opting for a bit of blusher and lipstick.


The bridesmaids

The bridesmaids weren’t given any specific dressing instructions, but almost all were in Dolce & Gabbana or Valentino.  Two of the bridesmaids wore a yellow Valentino dress which featured light pink, dark pink and yellow heavy lace at the chest with a flirty cutout, a round neckline, a high waisted and pleated A-line skirt with a scalloped hem and two more flirtatious cutouts on the back.


The other two bridesmaids were spotted in a Dolce&Gabbana bouquet flower and strawberry print dress from the FW14 pre collection.


The bride’s second wedding dress

For the couple’s wedding dinner party, the bride changed into a stunning lace Valentino dress with long sleeves, from the 2013 Resort Collection.

It seems the dress was specially made for the bride. The pattern used for the dress is only featured in the Resort collection as a jump suit and the actual design is from the Valentino Spring/Summer collection.


The wedding parties

Following the romantic ceremony, which took place inside the Palace, Andrea and Tatiana were joined by the likes of Greek shipping heiress Eugenie Niarchos and Tatiana’s influential New York-based siblings for an al fresco lunch by the Palace pool. The guests enjoyed a garden lunch with popcorn and ice-cream cart included.



A rock-and-reggae band performed as guests lounged on casual picnic blankets set up on the hillside. Everyone drank the local electric-blue-coloured pastis and, just as the sun hit its peak in the sky, Princess Stephanie and Princess Caroline’s daughters led the charge and jumped into the pool.

Later in the day, all guests changed into the long gowns and tuxedos for an incredible party which took place at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club.



What did you think of Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo¡s wedding? What was your favourite part? Did you like that the bride stayed true to herself?



Sep 13

Victoria Pendleton’s bridal look

After five years together, Olympic Golden girl Victoria Pendleton finally married her love Scott Gardner, and the couple chose to celebrate their wedding in the pretty walled garden of their country manor state, as an exclusive picture on HELLO! Online shows.

Here we closely examine her bridal look, including her stunning wedding dress, her sparkly shoes and the romantic wedding bouquet.




The dress and shoes

For the special occasion, Victoria chose British Designer Suzanne Neville. She went for the Duchesse dress with silk lace overlay fitted fishtail style with structure throughout the bodice and scalloped edging detail on the train. The dress can be seen on her website.



The bridal shoes were by Emmy London and she chose the Francesca design. The beautiful vintage sandal shape is fully embellished in crystal and mother of Pearl shell embroidery, made in the softest blush leather with metallic rose gold trim. Prince of the shoe is available upon request.


victoria-shoesHair and make-up

Bride Victoria wore her hair in a neat up-do and accessorised it with a stunning Mother of Pearl and crystal butterfly design comb, pictured below. The beautiful piece is available from the Emmy London website for £195.

Her make-up was in natural, peachy tones and it was done by Lisa Harris-Boys, who also did Danielle Lineker’s bridal make-up.

Jewels and bouquet

Victoria kept it mininal in the jewellery department. She wore stunning pearl earrings and a wedding ring by David M Robinson.

Her bouquet was made up of white roses and freesias accented with seeded eucalyptus.

What do you think of Victoria’s wedding look?



Sep 13

Millie Mackintosh’s bridal look

Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh and Professor Green have finally tied the knot! The couple married in a countryside wedding at Babington House after more than three years together, and here we examine the bride’s stunning vintage wedding look!



The dress and shoes

The Quality Street heir chose a stunning Alice Temperley ‘Bluebell’ vintage white gown with a waterfall hemline, a train and lace detailing around the shoulders. The dress had cap sleeves and perfectly showed off her stunning slim figure.

The dress is still available to purchase from the designer’s website. It belongs to the Florence bridal collection.


The Temperley Bridal Florence 2013 Collection contains a wide variety of fantasy dresses in silhouettes that celebrate the female form, resulting in a collection of dresses memories are made in. Each piece conveys an elegance and sophistication, all with the same timeless, feminine and ethereal nature that is the Temperley handwriting. Ranging from classic Grace Kelly inspired styles to more decadent 50’s Hollywood shapes; the collection is largely inspired by film noir screen sirens. The prices range from £2,950 to £4,200.

The star completed the look with sky-high Christian Louboutin peep-toe shoes in White, which retail at £625.


Hair and make-up

The bride styled her hair into a pretty pleated floral updo and topped off her look with an elegant silver watch, pearl earings and  a shoulder-length veil, which she later took off for her reception (as seen above).


Millie kept her make-up natural. She didn’t go for heavy eyeliner, and kept her look “fresh and young”, like she had previously revealed.


White, cream and pink flowers made up the bride’s bouquet, which perfectly matched her floral headpiece.



Do you like Millie’s look? What do you think of her wedding dress?



Sep 13

Royal Weddings: Princess Madeleine of Sweden

It has been nearly three months since Princess Madeleine of Sweden married her financier boyfriend Chris O’Neill and in the week that the couple announce they are expecting their first child together, we take a look back at the bride’s look.


The dress

Madeleine managed to keep the designer a secret until the very same day she married and it was none other than Valentino Garavani.

 The stunning gown was fashioned from pleated silk organza with appliquéd ivory-hued Chantilly lace. The upper section of the bodice was lace with a deep-cut back. Narrow vertical pleats opened up from the accentuated waist, above the wide skirt, which ends with a four-metre-long train.


The princess’s incredible veil, also made from silk organza, trailed almost five metres long and it was also edged with tulle scatted with point d’esprit dots and small Chantilly lace orange blossom.

The shoes

 The bride wore shoes in ivory white organdie with woven point d’esprit dots and her tiara, which is privately owned, was decorated with sprigs of orange blossom.


The bouquet

The bridal bouquet that Madeleine carried consisted of classic white garden roses: Austin roses, Schneewittchen, Winchester Cathedral and Alabaster, as well as lilies of the valley and the traditional myrtle from Sofiero. All the flowers were white, and the bouquet was tied into a round shape.


 Hair and make-up

Madeleine wore her hair swept back from her face in a simple elegant chignon. The low bun was held in place by her royal tiara, which was decorated with a delicate garland of fresh orange blossoms.

Her make-up was flawless, a natural complexion appeared to have been achieved through pared-down foundation and bronzer, while several layers of mascara framed her eyes. For her lips, she chose a dark pink lipstick.


The modern fringe tiara was the chosen by the bride. It is dotted on the top with round diamonds and sits on a base accented with a line of diamonds. Like many fringe tiaras, it can be removed from its frame and used as a necklace.  To her diamond tiara, Madeleine added large diamond drop earrings from the Bernadotte collection and a diamond bracelet.




What did you think of Madeleine wedding look? What was your favourite detail?



Nov 12

Royal Weddings: Queen Elizabeth II

It has been a very special and unforgettable year for Queen Elizabeth: the sovereign marked her Diamond Jubilee, hosted the 2012 Olympic Games and on the 20 of November she celebrates 65 years of marriage. Here we take a look back at her nuptials to Prince Phillip - then known as Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten – which took place in 1947 and was broadcast to 200 million radio listeners around the world.

The dress

In order to make her wedding dress, the young Princess famously saved up ration cards to purchase the material needed. The beautiful gown, designed by Normal Hartnell, was made of ivory duchess satin and decorated with around 10,000 white pearls imported from America, silver thread and tulle embroidery.


Her bridal ensemble also included a 15-foot patterned full court train attached at the shoulders, and a silk tulle veil held in place by a tiara lent to the princess by her mother. Normal Hartnell’s inspiration for the gown was Botticelli’s Primavera, which symbolizes the coming of Spring.

The Shoes

On her feet, the Queen wore ivory duchess satin high heels, embellished with silver and pearls.

The Bouquet

Elizabeth’s bridal bouquet was made up of white orchids and a sprig of myrtle – from the bush grown from the myrtle in Queen Victoria’s wedding bouquet. The following day it was laid on the grave of the unknown soldier in Westminster Abbey.

The Wedding Cake

After the wedding ceremony, a celebratory lunch was held at Buckingham Palace where guests were presented with posies of white heather and myrtle as favours. The wedding cake was a grand affair, standing at nine-foot high, weighing 500 pounds and featuring four tiers. Made from ingredients received from the Australian Girl Guides, the cake was cut using Philip’s sword. One layer was kept until the christening of Prince Charles and another was sent back to Australia by way of thanks.

The Fringe Tiara

This tiara, which can also be worn as a necklace was made for Queen Mary in 1919. It’s not, as has sometimes been claimed, made with diamonds that had belonged to George III but re-uses diamonds taken from a necklace/tiara purchased by Queen Victoria from Collingwood & Co as a wedding present for Queen Mary in 1893. In August 1936 Queen Mary gave the tiara to Queen Elizabeth, from whom it was borrowed by Princess Elizabeth for her wedding in 1947.

The Duchess of Teck’s earrings

These earrings, which originally belonged to Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester, were bequeathed to her niece Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck and by her to her daughter, the future Queen Mary, in 1897. They were given by the Queen to her granddaughter Princess Elizabeth on 31 January 1947, and she wore them at her wedding later that year.

The Necklaces

The shorter of her two pearl necklaces was the ‘Queen Anne’ necklace, said to have belonged to Anne, the last Stuart Queen. The longer ‘Queen Caroline’ necklace was said to have belonged to the wife of King George II. Both were left to the Crown by Queen Victoria and were given to Elizabeth as a wedding present by her father, King George VI.


Nov 12

Celebrity brides who think pink on their big day

Many will think that Anne Hathaway and Jessica Biel were the first celebrity brides to ditch the traditional white wedding dress for a pink gown, but they weren’t! Looking back in time, I have discovered other stars that have given their big day a touch of pink. Gwen Stefani, Reese Witherspoon and Sharon Stone are just some of the A-Listers that have broken with tradition, and here we take a closer look at their unforgettable looks.

Sharon Stone

Actress Sharon chose a pink creation when she married Phil Bronstein on Valentine’s Day in 1998. The star’s dress was designed by Vera Wang and was made of chiffon with A-line silhouette.


Gwen Stefani 

In 2002 rock star Gwen married Gavin Rossdale in a white wedding dress with shades of pink on the bottom designed specially for her by John Galliano.


Julianne Moore 

Julianne married her husband Bart Freundlich in an intimate ceremony and didn’t go for the usual wedding dress, instead she opted for an elegant, sleeveless pink/lilac silk Prada dress. She completed her look with sparkly earrings she had borrowed from Barkin.


 Portia De Rossi

When Portia and Ellen DeGeneres tied the knot, the actress donned a Zac Posen gown that featured a blush tulle skirt. 

Reese Witherspoon 

For her wedding, which was featured in HELLO! Magazine last year, Reese opted for a blush-hued gown with a Chantilly lace corset bodice and full tulle A-line skirt by Monique Lhuillier.


Anne Hathaway

Anne wore custom-made Valentino dress for her big day. It was an off-the shoulder creation with swathes of chiffon, and a Twenties-inspired headband and a flowing veil.

Designer Valentino then released a sketch of the bespoke gown that he personally designed for her. “Anne’s gown is a strapless ivory silk point d’esprit tulle dress, which included a beautiful pink hand-painted shaded train and embroidered with satin flowers,” he said.


Jessica Biel 

Jessica is the last of the girls to take on the rising trend. For her October nuptials to Justin Timberlake she wore a Giambattista Valli rose-pink strapless gown, enhanced with layers of delicate tulle, specially designed for her.

Which is your favourite dress out of the above? Which celeb would like to see in a pink gown instead of the traditional white? According to some sources, Blake Lively added a bit of pink to her bridal gown. We will soon find out! The actress’ wedding will be featured in the December issue of Martha Stewart Wedding magazine.

MB xx

Nov 12

Royal Weddings: Princess Grace of Monaco

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Princess Grace‘s death and 56 years since her unforgettable nuptials to Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

The wedding, watched by an estimated 30 million people on television and dubbed the “The Wedding of the Century”, was attended by 600 guests, including Hollywood stars such as Gloria Swanson, Ava Gardner, Cary Grant and David Niven.

Grace Kelly‘s wedding dress, designed by Helen Rose, is still considered one of the most beautiful ever and has inspired brides worldwide, including Kate Middleton, who chose a very similar design for her big day.

Here we take a closer look at all the details.

The wedding dress

Truly fit for a princess, Grace’s wedding gown was a gift from the MGM film studios and was designed by Helen Rose who worked on it for six weeks with three dozen seamstresses. The dress, featuring a high collar and long sleeves, had a fitted bodice and voluminous skirt.

The bodice was made of reassembled rose point lace over silk net which had been re-embroidered by two seamstresses who worked on it for a month. Thousands of seed pearls were added to accentuate the patterns in the lace.

Bridal headpiece

Grace decided against the customary tiara and instead opted for a Juliet cap decorated with orange blossoms and a veil that was reportedly 90 yards long. The circular veil was edged with lace motifs, but the majority was left sheer, so that the princess’s face would be visible through it.

Wedding Bouquet

Grace’s bridal bouquet was made from Lily of the Valley and the ribbons of her bouquet had small sprigs attached to them. She left the bouquet on the altar of the Chapel of St. Dévote after the wedding.

Meanwhile, Grace’s matron of honour, her sister Peggy, and six bridesmaids carried bouquets of tea roses, whilst the flower girls carried white daisies.

Wedding Shoes and Bible

The shoes paired with Grace’s wedding dress were from Evins, New York, and were designed by David Evins. At the bride’s request, a copper penny was built into the right shoe for good luck.

Grace carried Rev. J.M. Lelen’s Bride’s Manual: A Manual of Catholic Devotion with Mass for the Marriage Ceremony and the Nuptial Blessing during her wedding to Prince Rainier. The book was a gift from family friend and was decorated by MGM’s wardrobe department.

Engagement ring

Rainier originally proposed to Grace with a Cartier eternity band of rubies and diamonds. When he saw other leading ladies in Hollywood were flashing bigger rings, he quickly ordered a 10.47-carat emerald-cut diamond ring with two baguette diamonds mounted in platinum. Grace can be seen wearing it in the aptly named film High Society – her final screen performance before becoming a princess.

Wedding dress sketch

This sketch of the gown was drawn by Helen Rose herself. The design of the dress was carefully guarded in the two months leading up to the wedding. It never left the fitting room,  the workspace was enclosed in partitions so no-one could catch a glimpse, and the dress was locked away every night.

According to historian Stephen Englund, who had access to MGM’s archives, the dress cost £4,500 (£36,000 today) in materials and manufacture, not including Helen Rose’s salary.  MGM stated that 23 metres of heavy taffeta, 23 metres of silk taffeta, 91 metres of silk net and 274 metres of lace were used, but the finished dress used only about a quarter of these amounts.

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