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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Kate Holt of Flowerwild and Rebecca Stone of Duet Weddings teamed up to create this floral photo shoot for Martha Stewart Weddings. I love the modern bohemian twist they gave it (how cool is that urban greenhouse?). Photos by Jose Villa.

Loose bouquet of orange and copper cymbidium orchids, oncidium orchids and passion vine tendrils.

Bouquet of cattleya orchids and green anthurium, tied with hand-dyed silk ribbon.

Arm bouquet of maroon and chocolate oncidium orchids and white passion vine.

Cascade bouquet of green cymbidum orchids, pale green phalenopsis orchids, ladyslippers and vines.

Simple bouquet of snake’s head frittilaria, sword fern and wild grasses, tied with vintage trim.

Full bouquet of orange weber parrot tulips and foraged trumpet vine.

Joel Serrato caught the shoot on 8mm.

See even more from this shoot over at The Bride’s Guide!

Photography: Jose Villa / Videography: Joel Serrato / Florals, styling: Kate Holt of Flowerwild / Styling, coordination: Rebecca Stone of Duet Weddings / Location: Hatfield Orchids / Hair, make up: Team Hair and Makeup / Wardrobe: Swift Vintage / Jewelry: Wish List

 

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One of the things I strive to do on Snippet & Ink is to show that simple is often the most beautiful choice, and that it can take many lovely forms. Alisa and Tim’s charming Fourth of July wedding is one example of how sweet simple can be, and the bride was kind enough to share plenty of details about the day.

Says Alisa: In reflection, the experience of planning our wedding was as meaningful and fulfilling as our wedding day itself. I am so grateful for all of the time I got to spend with Tim, my friends, and family through out the process. Even though at times it was stressful, it was also a lot of fun, and a huge growing experience. I think we both developed a new appreciation and stronger relationship with the people most important to us in our lives. And I think the commitment we made to each other on our wedding day was that much stronger because of the process.

For a number of reasons, including venue availability and ceremony timing requirements, we decided to get married on Sunday, July 4th. We were a bit nervous about choosing this date, but after surveying close family and friends we were thrilled to discover that people were actually excited about the idea. We knew we wanted to have a light relaxed fun celebration, and since our guests were forgoing their usual holiday plans to celebrate with us, we wanted to make sure it was worth their while!

There are so many yummy gorgeous ideas out there that I definitely needed parameters, otherwise I would have been lost. Fortunately, Fourth of July served as a great guide for the design and feel of our event and fit well with our location. We decided sparklers, BBQ, and cupcakes were a must. Colors were loosely shades of blue and red with some yellow and white.

For the seating cards, I took the scrap fabric from the table toppers and made button magnets, using button kits, a glue gun, and magnets purchased from a local craft store. My mom and I also made a bunch of extra buttons (without the magnets) that could be used on the bouquets and boutonnières.

I owe nearly all of the credit for our wedding design to my mom who had the idea to make quilted table toppers. She picked beautiful fabrics that truly captured the spirit of our day and we used them as our design guide for nearly everything. Our “guest book” was also my mom’s idea. She cut up evenly sized squares of fabric, ironed special paper onto the backs making them stiffer for signing, and set them out at a table with fabric pens. After our wedding she used the signed squares, the mini table quilts, and any extra fabric she had left over and created an heirloom quilt for our bed as a wedding present.

All of the other lovely details including flowers and the look and flow of our event was thanks to our vendors, who in the end did what they did best to make our vision for our wedding a reality. Truly, the whole day surpassed our greatest expectations. And one of the best parts was watching our guests enjoy everything as much as we did!

 

Photography: Beaux Arts Photographie by Kirsten Ellis

Venue: McCormick Home Ranch in Camarillo, California

Month-of coordination: Kelly Oshiro Design

Bride’s dress / shoes: Paloma Blanca / Angela Nuran

Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew

Suit rentals: Friar Tux

Flowers: Kelly Oshiro Design

Officiant: Rabbi Rochelle Robins

Catering: DJ’s California Catering

Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes

DJ: Ian Gotler for Red Shoe LA

Sparklers: Sparkle

 

Congratulations Alisa and Tim! Wishing you both all the best! I also have to say, it’s such a treat to have Kirsten Ellis from Beaux Arts Photographie here on Snippet & Ink, and I hope she’ll be back again soon.

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