Wednesday, March 22, 2017


I'm happy to report the MUSETTA Dress looks as great at a beach wedding as it does in the woods and vineyards. Part of the allure of this piece is it is so incredibly Boho and Boho is a trend that's set fire in the bridal arena the past few years. The waifish look is created with a mix of Chantilly laces on the bodice, The full skirt is gathered silk chiffon lined in crepe backed satin.accented with an embroidered gold belt. As you can see here it is perfect for the wedding at the shore . . . .
Photos by Ryan Chua

Monday, March 20, 2017


Defined it's a stiff, crisp, lightweight cross-rib weave. Taffeta can have either a slight luster or muted finish. It can be shaped, adding volume without bulk and weight, making it an ideal choice for A-lines and ball gowns. Nice in a sheath silhouette providing it has some kind train preferably of the same fabric with some degree of fullness.The taffeta bridal gown has to be one of the greatest traditions and still one of the most widely used fabrics for bridal wear. If you've already been doing the salon hop you know its also trendy for bridesmaids and flower girls.  There's no mistaking taffeta:  It has that rustling and screeching sound when it moves and a polished, shiny look and feel.  It's been used for centuries mostly in special occasion wear and is known for its opulent luster.  Trendy once more mostly for full-skirted silhouettes, taffeta is the perfect option if you're wanting to add some elegance and romanticism mixed in with that good old tradition on your wedding day . . . .

All dresses by Amy Jo Tatum/Above photo by Lirette Photography

Thursday, March 16, 2017


I want to pump a great dress for a spring wedding.  If you love Boho and a bias cut skirt, the ODETTE Dress is for you.  An asymmetrical neckline in white shirred tulle over Chantilly lace, the bodice has a full gathered skirt in tulle. Underskirt is on the bias. Covered shantung buttons all the way down the back of the bodice. Handmade silk roses decorate the shoulder. Layers and layer yet a real light and airy gem . . . .

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Okay, I might be a tad bit early here with daisies but if you're perchance planning a summer wedding I promise they will inspire.  And, daisies might just get you thinking about a Summer of Love or Field of Daises theme.  For me  Daisies evoke youth, sunlight and whimsy.  The daisy was prominent in 1960s fashion and became one of the the symbols of peace and love . . .


Photo 1: Sizal Hat by Amy Jo Tatum
Photo 2: Straw Hat with dasies by Amy Jo Tatum
Photos 3 and 4: via Pinterest///via Heavenly Blooms
Photo 5: The Marilyn Dress by Amy Jo Tatum//Photo by ejones photography 
Photo 6: Photo of Lindsay Wagner from Scruples with daisy bouquet
Photo 7: The Madelyn Dress by Amy Jo Tatum
Photo 8: via Pinterest
Photo 9: via Jackies Flowers
Photo 10: The Tatayna Dress by Amy-Jo Tatum//Photo by Dominic Colacchio Photography
Photo 11: The Polly Dress by Amy Jo Tatum///Photo by Samantha Brancato Photography

Monday, March 13, 2017


The plume. It proffers a touch of the sophisticate as well as pure whimsy. Plumes are hot right now with the revival of Gatsby styles a few years back and our love affair with Downton Abbey.   While they go with pretty much anything formal, try a plume or a few of them if you're going with more of an evening gown look.

 Top Photos 1-5: Plume headpieces  by Batcakes Couture///Photos by Stephanie Williams Photography
Photos 6-9: Plume headpieces by Amy Jo Tatum///Photos by Sweetlight Studios
Photos 10-11: Velvet and plume headpiece by Amy Jo Tatum///Photos by Henley Photo

Thursday, March 9, 2017


 Etsy is that wonderful site out there for featuring some of the best artisians in the world.  Swoon today over these dresses and hand-picked bridal accessories ( and some decor thrown in for good measure) for a look that's totally one of a kind . . .
Photo 1 Kimonos by J Kraft Plus
Photos 2 and 3:Gray Floral Hair Clip via  Fancy Girl Boutique NYC//// Bridal Sash via A Goddess Divine
Photo 4: The Nigella Dress by Amy Jo Tatum
Photos 5,6 and 7 (clockwise): Mauve Ribbon Sash via White Bridal Boutique///Gray Flower Girl Dress by Sweetiekins Boutique///Paper Flowers via Bella Lunas Flowers
Photo 8: Pearls via Oshiny
Photos 9 and 10: Pom Poms via Party Paper Supply///Bridesmaids Brunch Invitations via NVite CP
Photo 11: Bridal Sash via A Goddess Divine

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Brides who wear these one-off gems are pretty unique searching online for something  different, playful, daring, sweet and sexy all at once.  You'll be surprised to find salvage chic surprisingly affordable.  The fabrics and trims have been rescued and any additions are usually inexpensive.  Construction is more free than say a couture dress that requires hours of painstaking detail in the finest materials.  Raw edges, as well as an overall tattered appearance are not only acceptable on upcycled garments but sometimes an integral part of the design.  As one designer put it, "We embrace the tattered and disheveled quality of vintage materials and try to imbue each garment with the spirit of using what is already out in the world. If you're cool with unfinished, raw edges, asymmetry, and wearing fabrics that possess a unique history, then we're cool with you! We fit best with Shabby-Chic, Undone Romantic, Outdoor, Whimsical, Country, Avant Garde wedding and everyday aesthetics. 
The corset above and directly below was salvaged from a long line lace bra with crocheted lace added.  Ditto the laces on the dress below--skirts from a rescued slip are layered asymmetrically . . . . .

Dresses by AmyJoTatum

Monday, March 6, 2017


Contemplating a more romantic but simple look? Check out the drop. Yes, the drop veil is exactly that: actually dropped onto the head in a single layer of tulle or lace.  We dropped the delicate circular veil below of ivory tulle bordered with Chantilly lace on top of Libby's pretty little head.  How else could she wear it?  Some brides would layer it into a triangle and tack it to the back of a bun--that's how versatile the drop veil is.   

Thursday, March 2, 2017


Swoon over this set of positively awesome images from Canadian-based photographer, Katie Tribiger of KT Photography.  "As soon as I walked into the Union Bank Inn Ballroom I was inspired to create the “Love in Bloom” shoot" says Tina of, A Flair for Details  " I wanted to capture the beauty of the venue and add a touch of romance to the venue-- to feel like you were in an indoor rose garden. The shoot was meant to inspire the romantic, modern and elegant bride. A soft palette of gold, blush, and white was used to create a this environment. Every aspect of the shoot contained a floral component from the dress to the favor boxes exuding the feeling of love blooming in a rose garden. Even the signature drink was rose to add a pop of color and compliment the rose garden feel.This vision was brought to life through all the amazing vendors and the little details they added their touches on . . . . ."

 Photographer:   KT Photography//Event Planner:A Flair for Details//Beauty: Blushed Beaute //Floral Designer: Cerise Floral Studio//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Derks Formals//Heirlooms and extras:Elegant Touches//Dress Store: Novelle Bridal Shop//Invitations by Everly Invitations////Equipment Rentals: Special Event Rentals//Bakery: Triple L Cakes//Reception Venue: Union Bank Inn//Submitted via Two Bright Lights