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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Are you excited about The Royal Wedding tomorrow? Or at least curious? I thought it would be fun to join in the celebration of Will and Kate’s fast approaching nuptials by posting some fun royal wedding things today, starting with ten royal weddings. I’ve chosen some because they are eternally iconic, and others because I thought they were lovely. Which royal weddings inspire or fascinate you most?

Prince Rainier III of Monaco to American actress Grace Kelly, April 1956.

Duke of Windsor to American socialite Wallis Simpson, June 1937.

{Clockwise from top left}
Princess Alice of Battenberg to Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, October 1903.
Princess Marina of Greece to Prince George, Duke of Kent, November 1934.
Princess Margrethe of Denmark to Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, June 1967.
Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece to Marie-Chantal Miller, July 1995.

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent to Katharine Worsley, June 1961.

{Clockwise from top left}
Princess Margaret Rose of York to English photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, May 1960.
1854 re-enactment of the wedding of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, February 1840.
Princess Anne to Captain Mark Phillips, November 1973.

Charles, Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer, July 1981.


Check back in a bit for more royal wedding fun!

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Crystal Kluge does some of the sweetest, most playful calligraphy you’ll ever see, so I was thrilled when she teamed up with typographer Stuart Sandler to form Tart Workshop, putting out some of the most delightful fonts I’ve seen. And when she emailed me about her newest fonts, Bookeyed Suzanne and Bookeyed Jack, I instantly imagined them on a wedding invitation or program or menu. They both have such personality! From their descriptions on MyFonts…

“Our darling Suzanne, she’s personable and flexible with a large number of alternative glyphs & ligatures to customize her appearance. A modern girl with vintage charms, she’s equally comfortable placed as center of attention or in a supporting role. Her stylish serifs were created with antique French nibs dipped in walnut ink. Suzanne (like her cousin Jack) loves books for adults & children, posters, stationery, weddings, gifts and sugary sour candy.”

“Everyone loves Jack! He’s easy to be around and plays delightfully with other Tart Workshop fonts. Bookeyed Jack is strong enough to command the page, yet he doesn’t complain when others get more attention. His handsome good looks were handdrawn with pointed pen in walnut ink. He adores books & music, posters & stationery and spending time with his stylish cousin Suzannne.”

Will someone please design an invitation suite with these fonts and then send me the photos? At $29.95 each (or $49.95 for the pair), using either of the Bookeyed fonts seems like a totally budget-friendly way to create something that looks hand-drawn (because it is!).

And then there’s Tart Workshop’s Barocca Monograms, another lovely way to get a custom, hand-lettered look for less. I can’t even tell you how much time I spent at MyFonts playing around with my initials, my husband’s initials, our married monogram… “Barocca is a beautifully romantic monogram font with passionate inclinations. She’s a performer who shines in the spotlight. Originating from experiments with highly flourished calligraphic letters using antique French nibs & sepia ink upon rag paper, she developed in a charmingly unique font with impulsively spirited center caps held in check by more disciplined side caps. On or off stage, Barocca sings!”


Tart Workshop has even created Nelly Frames, a “variety of interlocking corners, sides and centers” that you could use to create custom frames for any number of wedding projects, from address labels to favors to table numbers.

Tart Workshop has a slew of fonts and styles to choose from, these just happen to be my favorites. Nelly Script and Nelly Script Flourish are another great way to get a hand drawn look that’s a bit more classic, but just as lovely, and I believe that Tart Workshop has a few new fonts coming out soon. So please, will someone create something wonderful with them and let me see how it turns out?

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A few months ago, Adrienne Page sent a beautiful wedding to me, and in her email she mentioned a new project she was working on, which I have been dying to share with you ever since, hence this new “Kathryn Loves” feature…

Yes, those are velvet photo albums. Hello GORGEOUS. They’re from Velvet Raptor, Adrienne’s line of albums and journals, and I love them. I think the design strikes a perfect balance of simple and rich – such clean lines paired with sumptuous velvet. And those colors! I want to buy one for my wedding photos, and I’m thinking dove gray, but I also love the pink lilac and sea green. Is it bad that I want all three? I could totally find a use for all of them…

Something I thought a lot about with my wedding was the idea of heirlooms, things that would stand the test of time both in their aesthetic and in their quality, and in my opinion, these albums are definitely heirloom objects (especially once our wedding photos are inside).

Wouldn’t these be perfect wedding gifts? I’d even love to give a small one in pink to a new mom.

Okay, so where can you find them? They’re available online at Velvet Raptor and Jenni Bick, as well as at Cursive in New York, and starting in the spring, you’ll be able to find them at BHLDN. Or you could enter to win one right here! Just take a look at the different options, then leave a comment here letting me know which album is your favorite (seriously, how are you going to pick just one of those colors?). You have until midnight on Friday, 2/18 to enter, and I’ll announce the randomly selected winner on Monday, 2/21 Friday, 2/25. The winner will get to choose between a guest journal in sea green or a small album in dove gray.

Credits for this lovely photo shoot are as follows…

Photography: Adrienne Page

Styling: Ann Prentice

Hair / makeup: Emily J

Model: Alyssa Nyman

Purple dress: vintage

Ballerina dress: H&M (with a net tulle skirt added by Adrienne)

Oh, and photographers! If you’re going to be at WPPI, my dear friend Elizabeth Messina (who also happens to be a Snippet & Ink sponsor) will be giving away some pretties from Velvet Raptor at her session on Monday, 2/21 (she loves them as much as I do, and if anyone knows pretty it’s Elizabeth Messina).

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