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Wedding dress style changes seemingly by the month, but there's still something alluring about "my mother's dress" - or at least something you could pass off as your mother's dress.
Or, in this case, maybe your grandmother's dress. Still, how gorgeous are these?!
The gowns are so delicate and intricate. If you ignore the fact each person in these photographs looks terrified (what's the deal with not smiling in '20s pictures?), they also look timeless and beautiful.
Skipping forward a few decades brings us to the 1950s; an era of hoop skirts and juke boxes and JFK.
Thanks to Society Bride
The Kennedys were married in a Rhode Island cathedral, and this wedding is so '50s all-American it looks like a scene from Pleasantville (but I mean that in the best way possible).
The '60s bring us to a drastically different era for fashion complete with suit dresses and flower wreaths.
You can't tell in the b&w photo but Liz Taylor's dress was bright yellow chiffon. And Mia Farrow is the epitome of a '60s girl (but we already knew that).
Jump ahead another 20-or-so years and... Well we're in the '80s. Enough said?
Luke and Laura from General Hospital pretty much typify an '80s wedding - puff sleeves, alien headdress-I mean tiara/veil, beaded bodice... Yep. Meanwhile Madonna kept it, well, Madonna with a pink sash and a wedding hat. I would expect nothing less.
As a parting gift, I'll leave you with one last very '80s wedding:
Thanks to the LAist
Ah, to be shoulder-padded and in love.
As promised, today I have a few of the most iconic or prettiest or strangest sitcom weddings I could think of. And there are some strange ones out there, believe me.
I hope everyone knows these two, our iconic weddings:
The long-awaited marriage of Monica and Chandler is on the left, and Will is walking Grace down the aisle toward Leo on the right. Both brides wear traditional gowns and, with the exception of Grace's escort, arrange traditional weddings.
Now for the pretty:
Thanks to this blog
We're slowly getting less traditional, but the transition to the next wedding is rough...
So who remembers Mork and Mindy?
Thanks to this list of most unusual weddings
Yep. A very pretty Mindy and a very alien Mork. This, of course, is immediately prior to their honeymoon on planet Ork. So the iconic, the cute and the odd are all covered.
Honorable mentions include:
- Joanie and Chachi: Happy Days
- Ross and Rachel: Friends, accidental and Vegas
- Jack and Liz/Avery: 30 Rock
In keeping with the week's theme of wedding inspiration from a range of sources, today I'll be writing about celebrity weddings. There will be no Kardashians.
I'll start with a classic: Grace Kelly's wedding to Prince Ranier of Monaco. At the tender age of 26, Kelly became a Princess. She and her Helen Rose dress are ok, I guess. (Just kidding, I'm absolutely obsessed - and as a Hitchcock fanatic even more so.)
Thanks to Prior Engagement
Many years later and several years apart, we have the separate weddings of two presidential children: John F. Kennedy Jr. to Carolyn Bessette and Chelsea Clinton to Marc Mezvinsky. Both brides are stunning, but Carolyn Bessette Kennedy gets the gold star for starting the slip-wedding-dress trend in Narcisco Rodriguez. Clinton wore Vera Wang.
As far as traditional weddings go, Portia di Rossi's to Ellen DeGeneres and Gwen Stefani to Gavin Rossdale rocked theirs. De Rossi donned a Zac Posen gown while Stefani was married in John Galliano for Dior. Both dresses had pink skirts!
Thanks to Wonderstruck
Thanks to Bridal Wave
Our last celebrities stayed fairly traditional but they're so gorgeous I had to put them up. Salma Hayek wore an amazing, silver-bodiced Amsale Aberra gown and Ivanka wore, who else, Vera Wang. Another interesting note: both lovely ladies have white bouquets. Hmmm...
If you're not feeling inspired yet, well... Good news! Tomorrow a few TV brides (think Topanga Lawrence) are gracing our blog with their photos.
Right now we're inspired by fashion week, which just ended in Marion Square, so I thought I'd post with fashion inspiration from a different source every day of the week. Today: movie brides.
Movie weddings (with the exception of comedies... and horror films) tend to be perfect. So why not draw inspiration from a few favorites?
I have to start with Funny Face. Audrey Hepburn is a universal favorite, but this is my all time favorite Audrey movie.
Yep. She's perfect. She's got a dove, for god's sake!
And of course there's SJP. When you have a movie with as many wedding dresses as there were in Sex and the City, it's gotta be blogged about. She initially wore a Vivienne Westwood (styled by Patricia Field) gown for the wedding that wasn't, and ultimately she went with a simple-but-pretty consignment suit/dress/skirt/whatever that is. But I like it.
For the non-traditional bride, there's always the option of a darker wedding - or at least a darker dress...
Photo courtesy of this website.
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride is centered around this strangely elegant and ethereal, well, corpse bride. So maybe don't go full zombie here, a wedding without a gaping hole in the bride's ribs is generally preferred, but the off-white-gray-ish color is a nice alternative to a classic white dress.
And now something of a modern classic: Father of the Bride.
I've loved this movie since it came out - such a sweet story and Steve Martin plays such a great protective father. Kimberly William makes a stunning bride!
Thanks reel wedding!
Finally, our modern comedy bride: Kate Hudson from Bride Wars. All bridal battle aside, her Vera Wang gown is kind of amazing.
Fashion blogs away!
So those are our lovely Movie Monday brides. Tomorrow- celebrity brides!
One trend I've been seeing everywhere is a modern Baroque style. You know - usually a black-and-white, symmetrical and flourished design, often on furniture or wall paper. Here's an example:
Image from Baroque & Rococo
So pretty and detailed. And it's a style that has been popular in event design lately, take the William Aiken House wedding of Misha and Jay:
Thanks to The Wedding Row
Baroque everywhere! It's wonderful for weddings because the style is so elegant and clean. But since we're seeing so much of it, I thought I'd give you a little art history lesson in the true Baroque style (with, I hate to admit, a little help from Wikipedia. Eek).
The style first caught on in Rome during the early 17th century. The Roman Catholic church supported the growing popularity of Baroque art and architecture because of the religious characters and motifs threaded throughout. The true defining characteristic of the Baroque style of painting, however, is the use and lack of light. Contrast in the paintings was intensified to dramatize the scene.
Image from Canvaz
This painting by female Baroque Artist Artemisia Gentileschi from c. 1617 is of a brightly lit Mary Magdalen thinking about something Catholic - we assume - in a dark room.
Over time, the style has evolved from its roots into the semi-abstract patterns we see now, but one quality has been preserved for the most part: the use of dark and light. So now you know, Baroque Brides!