Ever since Spanish designer, Helena Mareque, appeared on my radar I’ve been itching to share her gorgeous wedding gowns with you. High necks, sleeves, subtle embellishments – they’re all just so romantic! The amazing veils her brides choose to wear are equally stunning. See for yourself…

After the royal wedding, I imagine we’ll be seeing lots more long-sleeved wedding gowns…

I cannot get over the sheer golden sleeves on this next one…

Helena’s website is under construction, but for now you can see more of her work at her blog, Ejercicios de Estilo. It might be in Spanish, but the photos certainly don’t need translating!

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A few weeks ago I included a link to General Knot & Co. in my weekend round-up post, but I thought it would be fun to do a whole feature with some of the designs I like most. Plus, one lucky reader will win a $100 gift certificate to General Knot & Co., so that’s fun too!

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General Knot & Co.‘s  neckties, bow ties and pocket squares are made from fine vintage fabrics with unique prints and patterns. Each design is a limited edition, made in the USA, and frankly, they make me want to start wearing neckties. I especially love that there are reverse designs of each tie – I imagine one for the groom, and then groomsmen in the reverse.

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How about a whole set for your wedding party? Here are some ties that a groom commissioned for himself and his attendants. Each tie is different, but the coordinating colors create a cohesive look. What a fun one-of-a-kind gift for your groomsmen!

How about corresponding neck ties and bow ties for the wedding party?

Outfit your gents! Leave a comment here telling me your favorite item available at General Knot & Co., and a randomly selected person will receive a $100 gift certificate. You have until Thursday at 5:00pm Pacific time to enter, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday morning.

 

Update! This contest is now closed!

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Last year, my mother took me to the Cartier in America show at the Legion of Honor, and I totally fell in love with the sparkle, especially the tiaras. Really, what’s not to love? Do you think Kate will wear a tiara tomorrow? Here are some of my favorites on various royal and aristocratic ladies…

{Clockwise from top left} Princess Ingrid of Sweden, Princess Beatrice, Princess Cecilie of Greece, Princess Alice of Battenberg

{Clockwise from top left} Princess Grace of Monaco, Barbara Hutton, Princess Marie Bonaparte, Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden

 

For those of us who aren’t princesses, something a bit subtler can add the perfect amount of bling to a wedding day ensemble. Headband, hair clip, ribbons, crystal, lace, there are all kinds of tiara-esque options for brides.

{Above from left} Fred Leighton, Ban.do

{Clockwise from top left} Little White Dresser, Siman Tu, Twigs & Honey (photo by Elizabeth Messina), Siman Tu

{Above from left} Jennifer Behr, Eddera

I wore a gorgeous piece from Jennifer Behr on my wedding day, and it completed my bridal look perfectly. Did you wear anything resembling a tiara for your wedding, or do you plan to? I keep thinking about how excited and nervous I was on my wedding day – can you imagine how Kate is feeling right now?!

 

Kiss the Groom (Elizabeth Messina) is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink. Thank you to Jennifer Behr for the beautiful wedding gift!

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Based on what we’ve seen from past royal brides, my guess is that Miss Middleton will be donning something with sleeves, and I imagine that means we’ll be seeing lots more brides moving away from the strapless numbers that are so popular lately. Here, a round-up of a few of my favorite wedding gowns with long sleeves, cap sleeves, and a couple that are sleeveless (but not strapless!).

Would you wear a dress with long sleeves?

{From left} Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier

{Clockwise from top left} Angel Sanchez, Oscar de la Renta, Reem Acra, Pronovias

{From left} Angel Sanchez, Rosa Clara

 

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Our girl Kate Middleton loves hats and fascinators, and I hope it’s a trend that catches on – hats with the sole purpose of adding a little fun to your head!

 

How about a little fabulous for the bride?

{Above} Vivien Sheriff

{Clockwise from top left} Nigel Rayment, Gina Foster Millinery, Nigel Rayment, Jane Taylor Millinery

 

I am so wearing hats to weddings from now on. Maybe something a little bit wild…

{Above} Philip Treacy London

{Cl0ckwise from top left} Rachel Trevor-Morgan Millinery, Gina Foster Millinery, Beth Morgan Couture, Nigel Rayment

 

…or maybe just an utterly delightful hat!

{Above} Vivien Sheriff

{Clockwise from top left} Rachel Trevor-Morgan Millinery, Lock & Co. HattersRachel Trevor-Morgan Millinery, William Chambers Millinery

{Above} Noel Stewart

 

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