Tag Archives: Weddings

Real Weddings: Rich & Whitney

Rich and Whitney’s charming celebration is the first “Real Wedding” to be featured on Unbridaled Passion.  Held at Longfellows in Saratoga Springs, NY, the barnlike exterior of the venue paired nicely with the nature inspired features in the reception area.  A beautiful fountain with a fishpond and a tree covered in ethereal fairy lights set the scene quite nicely.  The cake was an untraditional shade of taupe with playful flowers that incorporated the overall mood of the wedding.  The cake topper, a figurine from a collection called “Willow Tree,” was both romantic and rustic.  The bride’s side ponytail was the perfect blend of elegance and laidback style.  Pearl drop earrings added a classy yet whimsical touch and perfectly accessorized her gown, an Oleg Cassini look with a high-low hem and flower detail at the waist.


Traditionally a strapless dress, Whitney opted to add a strap that gave the look a fun, flirty feel. -- img courtesy of David's Bridal


Short and Sweet…

The snow has finally melted and the weather is slowly but surely heating up.  When it comes to fashion, scarves are being shed and hemlines are rising.  Though a short wedding dress may not be for every bride, if you’re planning a spring or summer wedding, it may be a viable option.

There are so many choices out there when it comes to finding a great wedding dress that shows off some leg.  There are also many advantages to going short.  Short styles may save you some cash, will keep you cool during a hot, outdoor ceremony, allow you to show off your shoes, and give you plenty of room to kick up your heels and dance.

Pnina Tornai offers a sexy mini dress with a dipping neckline, single shoulder strap, and plenty of ruffles.  For a more modest bride, Michelle Roth’s fifties-inspired belted tea length gown may be the perfect fit.  If you’re feeling in between the two extremes, Ines Di Santo makes a stunning short appliquéd gown with a sweetheart neckline and removable train so that you don’t have to choose between short and long.

If you love the idea of a short gown for dancing but aren’t sure you want to forgo the more traditional full-length feel, perhaps spring for a short dress to use as a reception look in addition to your ceremony gown.  Take a look through the slideshow to get some short and sweet gown ideas!  Designers include Badgley Mischka, Ines Di Santo, Michelle Roth, Jenny Packham (who is also the featured image of this posting), Jewel by Priscilla of Boston, Maggie Sottero, Oscar De La Renta, Pnina Tornai, and Reverie by Melissa Sweet.

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Love Is A Small Word

As many of you may know, I have been granted the opportunity to work with the lovely NYC wedding officiant, Sarah Ritchie, on her latest endeavor: an online wedding magazine called “Love Is A Small Word.”  I have written a number of stories for the site including “En Pointe” and a feature on “Get Married” magazine, among others.  This has been a great opportunity for me to expand my bridal horizons and get some real experience in the industry.  It even allowed me the opportunity to have a story posted on “Closet Diaries,” a fun fashion blog.  It’s a wonderful feeling to Google my name and find it attached to bridal stories and sites as opposed to just this blog (though I do take this very seriously) and my various social media accounts.

What I think sets “Love Is…” apart from other bridal sites is the heavy focus on the wedding ceremony itself, not just the fashion and decor planning side, which is typically my focus here on “Unbridaled Passion.”  Sarah is a celebrant and essentially, a master of all things ceremonial.  She writes personalized ceremonies for her couples that really go above and beyond what a typical ceremony may be like.  On “Love Is…”, she shares readings, vows, and loads of great ceremony ideas that will set your wedding apart from the rest and make it just right for you.

So, if you haven’t checked out “Love Is A Small Word” yet, check it out (www.loveisasmallword.com)!  We fuse the spiritual and ceremonial side of weddings with bridal fashion as well as planning ideas and beautiful real stories of Sarah’s many happy couples.




Tying the Knot

Though also used for men’s ties, bows are still one of the prettiest and most feminine ornamental details in fashion.  This spring, bow details are all over the runway.  Many brides will also be donning them for their trip down the aisle.

There are all sorts of ways to incorporate a bow into your wedding day ensemble.  They can complete any wedding gown as a charming belt detail or a more casual sash.  A bow accessory can also add a dose of cute to your look.  Be it on a headband, shoe, or clutch, this sweet ornament will shine.

Bows can truly suit any mood you are trying to achieve on your special day.  Pattis makes bows sexy by using a row of them at the center of a bustier bodice on a pick-up skirted gown.  For a relaxed feel that infuses beachy and Grecian styles, Jenny Yoo uses a bow sash to tie together an elegantly draped floor length dress.  Demurely polished, Oleg Cassini for David’s Bridal provides an affordable option with a short strapless look with rosettes on the bodice and a tailored bow belt.

Accessorizing a bow-adorned gown is just as important as selecting the gown itself.  For a chic polished look, pearls will complete your Jackie O. inspired ensemble.  If you’re going for laidback bohemian, a series of fun bangles will create the right feel.  A sweet and traditional look may be perfected by a sentimental piece such as a favorite locket or a special piece of your mother or grandmother’s jewelry.

In the slideshow below, you can take a look at the many moods that a bow detail can exude on your wedding day.  Designers shown include Allure Bridals, Jenny Yoo, Oleg Cassini, Pattis, Pronovias, Vineyard Collection, St. Pucchi, Amsale, and Alvina Valenta.

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Sheerly Stunning

Sometimes the best fashion statements are the ones that we borrow from the past.  The currently trendy illusion neckline is a look that was popular in the 1950’s and now seems to be sticking.  Created using a sheer fabric, often organza or tulle, the illusion neckline shows skin without being overtly and brings to mind a classic, antique feel.

This vintage style has been updated by bridal designers to fit the needs of the modern brides while still maintaining the elegance of its original incarnations.  The look has been adapted to suit a number of gown silhouettes including v-necks, one-shouldered looks, or even three-quarter sleeved gowns.  Some more provocative gowns even include sheer backs, carrying over the illusion style.

While many brides opt for the traditional unadorned illusion neckline, there are also plenty of options for those with a more contemporary aesthetic.  For a touch of whimsy, the Christos collection offers a v-neck style with polka dots coating the sheer straps.  On the sexier side, Monique Lhuillier created a figure-hugging off-the-shoulder gown with sheer, ruched three-quarter length sleeves.

So whether you’re interested into paying homage to antiquity or adding a fresh twist of modernity, take a look at the options that are out there and see if an illusion neckline could be the perfect detail for you.

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Dogeared Bridal: Precious Metals with Meaning

A selection of Dogeared Bridal's offerings - images courtesy of Dogeared.com

When you open up a tiny gift box to find a shiny piece of jewelry, it is often the case that the meaning behind the gift is just as important, if not more, than the gift itself.  Dogeared Jewels and Gifts understands this concept and emphasizes the thoughtfulness that comes with a gift in all of their products.  Recently, Dogeared launched a new bridal collection that is just as meaningful as it is beautiful.

Founded 20 years ago by designer Marcia Maizel-Clarke, Dogeared blends eclectic West Coast style with classic symbols of peace and love.  The bridal collection carries on this unique aesthetic with sweet, dainty heart necklaces, gemstone bangles, and plenty of pearls.

The collection itself consists of various segments including “Pearls of…” which consists of pearly looks that are deemed either “pearls of love” or “pearls of friendship,” precious gems which is made up of gold and silver pieces brightened by various stones from sapphires to diamonds, and the gifts and keepsakes line which includes “something blue” glass hearts, “I love you” handkerchiefs, and an assortment of organic tote bags.  Another important part of the collection allows you to customize a necklace for your bridal party by choosing a personal message, chain or silk thread, and a charm.  The selection of charms is vast, ranging from doves to hearts to horseshoes.

Every piece in the collection is made even more heartfelt through Dogeared’s trademark packaging: chic cards emblazoned with meaningful messages that add a personal touch.  Whether it’s a poetic phrase, devotion of love, or sincere thank you, each message will be much appreciated by the recipient.

So if you’re looking for the perfect gift for a bridesmaid, flower girl, or even a devoted wedding planner, try checking out what Dogeared has to offer and you may just find the perfect gift to show how much you care.

For more info on Dogeared, I found some great articles about the company on the blogs linked below in WordPress’s related articles section (love that feature)!

Victoria’s Secret goes BRIDAL…

When you think of lace, a number of things come to mind.  Two of those things very well may be lingerie and wedding dresses.   Combining these two lace-inspired categories, Victoria’s Secret has just launched a collection of bridal lingerie called Sexy Little Bride.  From shapewear to apparel, from accessories to underthings, Sexy Little Bride has something to offer every bride.  Below, you’ll find some stand-out pieces from the new collection.  All images are courtesy of Victoria’s Secret’s website.


Fun and flirty, these ruffled hiphugger panties are adorned with cute phrases such as "Just Married."

For a little "something blue" on your honeymoon, this garter slip accented with Tiffany blue details makes a great choice.

This firm control slip will smooth out your silhouette when it's time to don that figure-hugging wedding dress.

A cute bridal hoodie makes the perfect outfit for your bachelorette party.

Elegant, delicate, and utterly feminine, this scalloped babydoll and complementing wrap is the perfect wedding night ensemble.

Quirky item such as these eye masks for sleeping make up the accessories segment of the Sexy Little Bride collection.