Category : Wedding History

Full of Grace Wedding Inspiration

Posted on June 19th, 2012 by annalemberger

Looking for sophisticated wedding inspiration? Look no further than the beautiful and elegant Grace Kelly. The stunning lace gown she wore for her marriage to the Prince of Monaco transformed her into a royal icon and was even said to inspire Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. Add a royal and elegant touch to your wedding day with lace details, light and airy colors, and of course sparkling jewels. You will feel like a princess in a crystal tiara and sweeping veil. Bring the Mediterranean to you with sea blue accents and an enchanting poolside reception. Don’t forget to make your bridesmaids feel special as well! They will look lovely in this classic Grace Jewelry set.

Photos by: WeddingWire, WeddingWire, The Green Petal, buds ‘n bloom design studio, llc

Where to buy: Swarovski Rhinestone Arches Tiara; Grace Jewelry Set; Royal Champagne Flutes & Wedding Cake Server Set

  Deal Alert! Save 30% this week on the beautiful Grace Jewelry Set. Your bridesmaids will certainly feel like royalty! Use code FB061812.

Wedding Traditions: Bridal Fashion

Posted on October 23rd, 2011 by annalemberger

Word association time. What image appears in your mind when you read these words? Pearls, veil, white. I imagine “bride” or “wedding” came quickly to mind. For those of us infused in Western culture, weddings and brides are closely associated with these traditional images. Even as a small child, I was following these traditions, receiving a pearl for every birthday to be added to my future wedding necklace.  Yet, from where do these traditions arise? Curious, I did some research and discovered some interesting rituals behind three major elements of the bridal ensemble: the veil, the white dress and the pearls.

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Couple marries in Joplin one week after devastating tornados

Posted on May 31st, 2011 by Mandy Webster

McKenzie ‘Brooke’ Watson and fiancé Aaron Cox agonized over whether to go ahead with their wedding in Joplin, MO after devastating tornadoes tore through much of the town just over a week ago. But, family and friends felt the symbol of hope provided by the newlywed couple was just what Joplin needed.

Wedding guest, Lynn Hamper, said, “We all need it: hope for tomorrow. And what better way than a young married couple?”

You might remember the couple from the viral video Cox recorded of himself and his fiancée desperately searching for his sister in the aftermath of the tornado. Sarah Cox, the groom’s sister, feels lucky to have survived despite the total loss of her home. Read more »

Will and Kate: The Engagement

Posted on December 21st, 2010 by Mandy Webster

The wedding world is abuzz at the recent news of the engagement of the British Prince William of Wales to ‘commoner,’ Kate Middleton. A plethora of Chinese manufacturers kicked their factories into overdrive to create cheap reproductions of Kate’s blue sapphire and white diamond ring, which once adorned the hand of Will’s mother, the late Princess Diana of Wales.

Will and Kate Engagement Photo courtesy of Style.com

Will and Kate pose for photographers after the official announcement of their engagement. Photo courtesy of Style.com

“This was my way of making sure that my mother didn’t miss out on today,” said William as the couple posed for photographers in the state apartments at St. James’ Palace. Read more »

Wedding Cake Basics: Modern Wedding Cakes

Posted on September 24th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

Wedding cakes have come a long way since I was a kid. I remember one of my aunts squeezing frosting out of a pastry bag and deftly creating dozens of blue frosting roses on tiny little circles of cardboard so they could be placed on a family wedding cake, which was likely covered in plain white frosting before the rosettes were finally applied. Back then, one could expect to find the same basic cake at every wedding. But, while today’s wedding cakes generally consist of several layers of cake stacked one atop another and covered with frosting, they are anything but basic.

Brown Chocolate Wedding CakeDuring the late 20th century, it was common to see white cake tiers stacked upon Roman columns. Architecture was a common theme overall, with some cakes complete with sweeping plastic staircases to link multiple tiered cakes in graduated sizes.

The cakes were generally decorated with thick, white butter cream icing to symbolize purity and trimmed with the couple’s favorite wedding color. These cakes were usually also covered with creamy frosting rosebuds and other flowers and topped off with a bride and groom cake topper. In most cases, one could expect to see the same basic design at every wedding reception.

Today, those plastic Roman columns of the 80s and 90s have almost disappeared in favor of tiers stacked one right upon the next. Support pillars, when necessary, are hidden among flowers and frills, which are also common on modern wedding cakes. In many cases, nature seems to have taken the place of architecture with many modern wedding cakes garnished with a variety of fresh fruits, flowers and greenery.

Modern wedding cakes are no longer limited to plain white cake with white butter cream frosting. Instead, modern wedding cakes come in a variety of shapes, colors and flavors. Today’s wedding cakes are culinary masterpieces which make a statement all their own. Rather than being a simple symbol of purity, modern wedding cakes are a reflection of the couple’s personalities. Read more »

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