Monthly Archives: April 2011

Royal Wedding Day! Proper Toppers

GUYS…IT’S THE ROYAL WEDDING DAY. Did you watch it? I woke up at 6am on the dot to catch the beginning and it was worth every single lost minute of sleep.  In case you missed it, here are a few snapshots that I found on the Royal Wedding website, by the British Monarch!

The happy couple, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!

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Royal Wedding Attire

Let’s all make pretend for just a few minutes today, okay? Let’s pretend that we got an invite to the monumental wedding of Will & Kate. Let’s pretend that we are jet setting off to London as we speak, with a champagne in hand and a proper hat on head and we are just gushing about the day to come. Because in real life, I’m at work, looking at a storm stricken sky, with nothing as joyous ahead. So just for now, for today, let’s pretend we were invited to the event of the season.

Now, the question that looms before us as we stand, overwhelmed, with seas of dresses before us, is what on earth will we wear? Well, since I’ve been pretending I’m a royal elite for some time, I’ve had my entire ensemble chosen for a while, complete with hair style (see Tyra’s do below), just in case dear ol’ Kate decided to send me an invite.  What do you think of my choices? Royal wedding worthy? And as you’ll see, I’ve also carefully chosen the entrance vehicle, because you can’t so much dare roll up to the royal wedding in any ol’ cab!

[Image credits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7]

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Wednesday Wedding Wonders: Great Gatsby Inspiration Board

I know I’m not the only girl in the world who is utterly obsessed with The Great Gatsby. I first read the book while I was in high school and of course, like every misguided and angsty 16-year-old, did not fully appreciate it for the literary genius that it is.  Now, as I’m older and much wiser, I read the novel and am moved, sometimes to tears, with the incredible symbolism and the inherent sadness of the characters. You can’t help but relate a little to Nick’s devotion and Gatsby’s extravagance. Along with the incredible writing, I’m also quite obsessed with the 20’s, so the setting and theme of the novel also keeps me incredibly intrigued.  To pay homage to this fabulous book (and even more fabulous era) I created an inspiration board dripping with regale colors, 20’s fashion and glittering jewels.


[Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8]

Who said your favorite book couldn’t serve as the inspiration for your whole day?

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Real Wedding: Alicia and Kyle

With my website back to it’s original glory, I’m beyond pleased, excited and over-the-moon to bring you this amazing wedding of my dear friend Alicia. I’ve known Alicia for some time and I’m still completely inspired by her every single day. This woman lives to help others in need and just knowing her inspires me to be a better person. I’ve been oogling after her wedding photos for months and I’m so happy I get to finally share them with ya’ll! First though, I have to share the story behind their Charity Wedding, told by Mrs. French herself :)

When it came time to start making some planning decisions, Kyle and I both felt overwhelmed and discouraged. The cost of everything was hard for us to swallow and it wasn’t so much the actual money as we fully expected to spend money on a wedding, it was the fact that all this money was being spent on one day, for ourselves. With so much need in the world, I had this overwhelming guilt about spending that kind of cash on flowers when people were going hungry each night. I truly believe that a wedding is for a couple and should reflect them regardless of what other people think about it. Rather than using decor or details to reflect Kyle and I, we decided we wanted to make our wedding more than just about us. The idea for a wedding that would benefit charity popped into my head late one night, the next day I ran the idea by Kyle, and we ran with it. I know our family and friends not to mention the vendors we emailed, thought we were a little bit out of our minds but to us, this was the only way.

Absolutely amazing, right? Kyle and Alicia were wed at Tequa Plaza, which is in Sedona, Arizona and is nestled among the rolling canyon of Oak Creek. The stunning views of the hollowed valley and desert mountains created a perfect backdrop for the outdoor wedding. Alicia wore a gown created by Victorian Cowgirl, a necklace worn by her grandmother on her wedding day and a custom-made taupe and rhinestone sash made by the talented Marie of Emici Bridal.  Alicia also made the hanger her dress hung on, as well as hangers for each of her bridesmaids! All photos are courtesy of the talented Melissa Dunstan.

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A Sneak Peek of Alicia and Kyle..

So I wrote this amazing, loving, PERFECT post about Alicia and Kyle’s wedding on Friday. I had it scheduled to go up this morning and was pumped to showcase it. However, I woke up and it wasn’t posted so I went to find out why. Turns out, my site crashed, somehow, completely over the weekend and wiped out my scheduled posts this week. Yep. So, please bear with me as I try to fix this whole website conundrum.

But I couldn’t just leave you without a few sneak peek photos of Alicia and Kyle’s amazing Arizona nuptials. Alicia is one of the most inspirational people I know and I’m so excited to be able to show you some amazing snapshots from her gorgeous outdoor wedding. I’ll have the rest of these amazing photos up tomorrow! Photos courtesy of Melissa Dunstan.

Isn’t the backdrop just breathtaking?

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Thursday Purseday: Royal Clutches

[The lovely couple, photo via]

So, you know, this whole Royal Wedding shindig is coming up. Have you heard of it? No? Well, it’s sort of a big deal in the wedding world. I’ve never been big on celebrity/royal affairs, but for some reason, this wedding has taken hold of me and I must admit, I’ve got serious K & W fever. I partly blame the Lifetime movie William and Katie for really solidifying my obsession. Well, my friends, what better way to celebrate this monumental occasion than with some clutches made for a princess? Full of glitz, glamour and sophistication, these are clutches I could certainly see Kate carrying around town or even on her wedding day!

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Dress of the Day: Carolina Herrara Rachel

This dress gives me chills. There’s no other way to describe it. It’s so incredibly unique and the detailing is absolutely perfect, every little stitch given the utmost attention. With a dress like this, you don’t need jewelry, a veil or even snazzy shoes, you just need a bold, “this is me and MY DAY” kind of attitude. You will turn heads, left and right, with this number. I’m honestly speechless when it comes to describing it, so I’ll just let the pictures speak for it.

[Via Martha Stewart Weddings]

Absolutely out of this world. Let’s take a closer look at the details!

I just love the black and white lace and the pink rosette sash. A statement dress that would be perfect at a renovated art gallery wedding or a venue with a modern look, like exposed brick or pipes, don’t you think? Carolina Herrara, you continue to amaze me.

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My Realistic Life: Trying to Avoid Homelessness

Since I’m no longer a bride (weep) and am now a wife (yipee!) I’m going to start posting some of my real, married life stories :) But don’t worry, I’ll still be doing real weddings, inspiration boards and venue spotlights, but I’ll toss in a few real Mrs. V stories too. PLUS, this will be a BIG category on my new website! (Read about it here!)

As ya’ll know, and if you don’t you must live under a rock, we are moving at the end of May. Where? Well, we don’t know yet.  The DC metropolitan area is a fantastic place to live. There is always something to do, whether you are in DC, MD or VA, the restaurants and food are amazing and the job market is pretty impressive. However, what comes with such a fantastic location is a ridiculously high cost of living.  Like $2,400 a month for 700 square feet high. We currently reside in a 1080 square foot apartment WITH a loft and it still doesn’t house all of our goods. Now, I know that moving closer to the city is going to result in a place that is a.) more expensive and b.) smaller, but over 300 square feet less for $600 extra dollars? I just can’t justify.  So why is it so hard to find a decent place to live? Let me share you the top reasons, at least for us.

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Marvelous Monday: Sashes

It’s no surprise to anyone that I love my wedding dress, every single inch of it is pure Monique Lhullier perfection. I knew, the moment I put it on, that it was it. I tried on others though and even went to another salon the next day (Priscilla’s, to be exact!) However, as I was eating brunch that Sunday, thinking back on my weekend of dress shopping, the one dress that made me smile and brought a tear to my eye was the Monique. As much as I loved it on its own, what really made it was the sash we added.

Image courtesy of Richard Israel photography

Yep, isn’t it perfection? I can’t remember the name of the designer for the life of me, but as soon as we put it on over the dress, I had a moment. They had never paired this belt with the dress before, which excited me even more because it really made the whole look mine. The soft colors complimented the lace and ivory and it just flowed. Plus, I used the champagne color of the ribbon in my invitations and in some decor around the event! My sash made the dress!

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Friday’s Fab Finds: eShakti

I’m EXHAUSTED today. I indulged in a *few* too many margaritas last night, but it was well worth it to spend some QT time with one of my bridesmaids (can I still call them that?). This weekend we are looking at 2 condos and town-homes for rent in Old Town, so PLEASE cross your fingers that they go through! We are getting a little exasperated trying to find somewhere to live so any good vibes you can send will really help!

So now onto the fab finds. I owe all of the credit to my office mate Lindsay for pointing me to the amazing website of eShakti. I’m utterly and completely obsessed now. eShakti is not your typical online retailer. They have a myriad of gorgeous dresses, but that’s not all. Each of their amazing creations can be customized to you. I’m talking color, hem length, straps or no straps, patterns…the whole nine yards. Even if you order the same dress as someone else, you can customize it to make it look completely different!

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