Wedding Theme - Preppy

Color combination: Green and pink (again)

1. Dress: Lace and pleated satin bodice with puffed skirt by Edgardo Bonilla Spring07 from Brides.com
2. Hair: Crystal comb by Christina Garcia Bridal from Wedding Style.
3. Veil: French chantilly lace veil from Bridal People
4. Invitation: invitation with satin cushion envelope from Braun & Brown
4. Bouquet: Roses, freesia and calla lilly from Blossoms Weddings
5. Cake: Pleated icing from Martha Steward
6. Cake Topper: Monogram crystal inital from Toppers with Glitz
7. Jewelry: Diamond necklace by Fred Leighton from Jewels Snob
8. Shoes: Crystal sandals $600 by Giuseppe Zanotti from Bluefly

Favors: Mudlark Bath Set $23.95 from Wrapables

Wedding Theme - Indie

Color combination: colorful

1. Dress: Jill Stuart Spring 07 from style.com
2. Ring: red ring from Garzareck & Todorov
3. Veil: Spanish Mantilla veil from Blooming Veil
4. Invitation: Satin ribbon, daisy pin, letterpress and hardbox "Bloom" from Clementine Invitations
5. Bouquet: Gerbera hand-tied from Artistic Floral
6. Cake: Warhol inspired cake from Cake Power
7. Bridesmaid: Tiered trapeze dress $20 from Old Navy
8. Favor: Boxed tea bags $2.75 from Sabaidi Tea

Wedding Theme - Party Girl

Color Combination: Pastels

Party girl brides tend to be fun-loving, preferring casual gathering for reception and after-party shortly after.

1. Chantilly lace short dress by Angel Sanchez Fall06 from brides.com
2. Invitation: Elegant white letterpress invitation from Olive Route
3. Favor: Almond Blossom Spa Set from $30 Red Envelope
4. Bouquet by Prudence Designs from brides.com
5. Earring: "tears of joy" $5,480 by Tacori from Solomon Brothers.
6. Hair: Silk feather comb $270 by Stephanie Browne
7. Shoes: Faux rock crystal python sandals $725 by Andrew Gn from Vivre
8. Bag: Velvet silver clutch $660 by VBH from Net-a-porter.com
9. Cake: Cupcakes easy to go wedding cake by Leda's Bake shop from Daily Olive

Close up on the lovely dress. Though short, it has beautiful details.

Wedding Theme - Glamazon

Wedding theme - Gold and Orange

Glamazon brides makes people turn their head and look at her more than twice. She has beauty, confidence, and great taste and personality. All would be curious what to expect from mysterious Glamazon brides.

1. Bouquet: Rose petals from bachmans.com
2. Dress: Beaded crystals one shoulder gown by Armani Prive Spring 07 from Style.com
3. Invitation: Gold crystal buckle and silk ribbon invitation from Beyond Invitation
4. Jewelry: "D" flawless pearshape diamond drops from Graff Diamonds.
5. Cake: Sugar spun rosettes, Beute, from Payard
6. Shoes: Rene Caovilla
7. Favors: Molton Brown travel size therapies $35
8. Bridesmaid: Metallic dress $650 by David Meister from Neiman Marcus

Wedding Theme - Paisley

Color combination: Blue paisley

1. Dress: Melissa Sweet Mila Dress
2. Hair : Feather hairpins, by Laura Jayne Bridal Design from brides.com
3. Cake : From cover of Martha Steward Wedding 2000 magazine
4. Double Long Oval Drop Earrings in Blue Topaz and Rock Xtl with 2 lines of Diamonds from Kara Ross.
5. Favors: Paisley Mirror $8 from Etsy
6. Invitations: Savannah from Kenzie and Kate

Wedding Theme - Conscious Bride

Color combination: Green

Conscious bride is the bride who cares about the society. She prefers all things organic and recycled. Most likely, she would ask her guests not to give any wedding gifts but instead, donate to her preferred charity organization.
Nonetheless, thanks to modern society, there are many greener choices for the conscious bride to make.

1. Dress: Vera Wang Item #2217 from preownedweddingdress.com
2. Bouquet: Home-grown Lily of the Valley from portovert.com
3. Invitations: Recycled paper, box and tied with organic tea bags from shindiginvites.com
4. Jewelry: Conflict-free diamond ring made with renewed platinum or gold from Brilliant Earth
5. Favors: Recycled Notebook approx. $10 from Fair trading Watabaran. (visit website to read more)
6. Cake: Green base cake from vegan specialist and using organic ingredients- Piece of Cake.

Wedding Thme - Powder Pink

Color combination: pink and ivory

1. Dress: Carolina Herrera shirt dress gown Fall05 from brides.com
2. Veil: Upcoming
3. Hair: Flower hair pin/ brooch from brides.com
4. Bridesmaid: Loose dress with flower by 3.1Philip Lim Spring07 from style.com
5. Favors: Rose crystal frame from Alibaba
6. Invitation: Letterpress card, beaded ribbon and hardcover box from Alia Design
7. Jewelry: 2ct pink diamond from tdcjewelry.com
8. Cake: Peonies icing, monogram initials by I Dream Of Cakes from Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine
9.Drinks: Rose Wine from amatteroftaste.com

Mood Board - Vintage Glam

Dress: 1955 Pierre Balmain $3700 from The Frock.
Invitation: Ceci New York
Favors: Travel size votive candle by Seda France $8.75 from Amazon
Cake: Tallulah Ruffle cake detail from Maisie Fantasie
Bridesmaid: Celery Dress from Posh Girl Vintage

I think this vintage veil with hat tops up the vintage bride feeling.
From Vintage Wedding

Wedding Theme - Grecian

Color combination: ivory and gold

1. Dress: gathered bodice, beaded straps by Eugenia Couture
2. Hair: Olympia tiara by Kelly Spence
3. Favors: Blood Orange Olive oil 50ml $6 by Round Pond
4. Invitations: give framed invitations to guests so they can keep the frame too
5. Bouquet : 016 Mayumi Minata
6. Brooch : Crystal wings can be draped over the shoulder straps
7. Cake: Gold leaf icing by Maisie Fantasie
8. Bridesmaid : Maggy London $158 from shop.nordstorm.com
9. Shoes: Gold sun sandals by Michael Kors $102.99 from vivre.com

Mood Board - Art Deco

1. Dress - Vera Wang Fall06 from style.com
2. Hair - Filigree-and-ribbon headband with Swarovski crystals and pearls $810 by Maria Elena
from Instyle Weddings.
3. Bag - flower appliques, feathers, beads and metal handle by Bagteria from bagteria.com
4. Bridesmaid - Marchesa Spring07 from style.com
5. Cake - bonniegordoncakes.com
6. Favors - peacock pen $8.55 for 100pcs from ostrichesonline.com
7. Invitation - Pop-up peacock from marivi_10.tripod.com

Breezy Ocean

Dress : Cotton and French lace dress by Claire Pettibone from brides.com
Hair: Pin up local exotic flowers
Invitation: Grapevine
5. Bridesmaid: jcrew.com
6. Bag: Abolone shell clutch $880 by Celestina from Vivre
7. Cake: Sugar shells and starfish from hollyhockcakes.com
8. Favors: "spread the love" sea shell spreader $3.95by chicfavors.net

For the superstitious folks (like me) , sharp objects gifts are not good as it means cutting ties. So maybe this can be a better gift: Shell gift box $9 from Wedding Whimsy

Wedding Theme - Coral

Color combination: ivory and red

Clockwise :
Dress: Genevie dress from J crew
Invitation from kenzieandkate.com
Ring by Mesi Jilly from vivre.com
Dove hair pins from Lladro from instylewedding.com
Cake from Cake Girls from instylewedding.com

Inspirational Barbie Brides' Gowns

Elegant Barbie - Full lace gown, pleated bodice top and cathedral veil
Majestic Barbie - Ornate embroidered lace top, full ball gown with tiered and buttoned bustle details
Feminine Barbie - Lace bodice, silk sash with crystals and full tulle skirt

images from dialingfordolls.com , pattandbilly.com, fao.com

I always find Barbie to be fascinating especially collectors' and designers' Barbie. I think they make good collectors' items but only if you have a place to display them. Sad to say, our old Barbie collectors' are still in their boxes collecting dust...they hardly see daylight.

But these Barbie brides are so glamorous! I would really love to have them in my dust-collector cabinet! Daylight or no daylight, they will be gazed adoringly by me and some others who chance on them in my cabinet.

My favorite bride is Carolina Herrera, favorite designer and the Barbie looks positively sleek and elegant.

Which designer Barbie Bride do you like?

Soup For Bridezillas

Definition: a bride-to-be who focuses so much on the event that she becomes difficult and obnoxious
Webster's New Millennium™ Dictionary of English, Preview Edition (v 0.9.7)

I love attending weddings and my husband has a hard time understanding why so. In weddings, that’s when I get to wear pretty dresses, catch up with old friends and check out reception decorations.

There were some weddings that I took down notes and had wished I could do something similar for my own wedding. I had heard of the term Bridezilla from a friend, whom her herself was one, but I had never imagined myself to be so difficult and over meticulous on wedding preparations. My husband had actually bought me Soup for the Bride’s Soul” a year before our wedding! I had read about other brides stories and told myself to go easy on my own wedding.

Every girl (who wished to be married, that is) always has a mind on what they think is the wedding for themselves.. That is not the case for me. True, I had scoured magazines, from local, to foreign magazines, that I don’t comprehend the languages, to pull out wedding ideas, spent sleepless nights and working hours on internet for choosing themes, wedding dresses, invitations and others.

However, up to today, there are certain things that I wish I could change, such as, the wedding dress, flower bouquet, guest list
I just realized, months after the wedding, I may have just the perfect wedding for myself.


The excitement

The Proposal
2007 is the markstone of my love life. First, the sweet proposal from my to be husband. He proposed in April 2007 through a red ipod. He knew that I've always wanted the red ipod and he gave it as gift engraved with the proposal behind it. I'm so loving him for it! It was the perfect gift that became the perfect proposal for me.

The Preparation
Ever since that day, I have been flipping through several bridal magazines and surfing sites for inspirations. I am almost to the brink of madness in search for the gown, there are so many beautiful gowns that made me go sleepless at nights. I am fearing for the bridezillia syndrome. Fortunately for me, I have lots of women in my family who have gone through the stages of wedding preparation. All of them share a piece of their experiences and advises with me. One of them would be my sister, Lingz, who got married 6 months ago. She is the person whom I would credit for the existence of this blog. She and I would be sharing on this blog, the details of our journey for the perfect wedding.