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Countdown to the Royal Wedding: Do you take this Dress?

By | Karen Leah Photography, Kate Middleton, Personal Attire, Prince William, Royal Wedding, Stephanie Yantz Photography | No Comments

Folks, it’s officially 7 days till the big royal Will and Kate to-do.  Now, I believe we all put on our trousers one leg at a time now matter how famous, or royal, you happen to be.  But so much is happening in the world that has a negative impact – the earthquake in Tokyo, the worldwide economic meltdown, bitter politics here in the US – that I personally am glad that people with really no real job but to be royal and look good, are now getting married and it’s a Big Deal.

I want to see pomp, circumstance, and really pretty dresses.  I’d like to get a glimpse of the wedding décor, the flowers, the cake.  I want to see their first kiss as husband and wife at 4am and be able to tell my kids about it 20 years from now. It’s a fun, historic, sentimental distraction that frankly, I welcome.

What I like best about this whole scenario is that bride and groom are composed, well-behaved, and devilishly good looking.  Will is a search and rescue pilot, did a year of toilet-scrubbing volunteer work before University, and is heavily involved in charity. He seems humble, devoted to his royal duty, and never has a thread out of place.  Kate has legs that won’t quit, hasn’t been caught tumbling out of a limo a la Lohan, yet looks like she has a naughty side that won’t see the light of day press-wise – you just like knowing she could be well-chosen trouble every now and again.  Otherwise, she’s all class.  These are not annoying, pretentious trust fund babies, but mature young adults well-suited for each other.

Now that I have qualified my excitement for the to-do, on to the most important aspect of it all:  The Dress.

The one thing I remember most from when I was (undisclosed)-years-old, watching Princess Di and Prince Charles’ wedding coverage in 1981, was her dress. The train was incredible.  (Great video and discourse on her wedding dress and fashion in general here.)  The designer said they wanted a crazy-long train, and even after Di was walking up the stairs to the ceremony, the train was still in the carriage!  Go big, or go home.

A bow-tie-enhanced train for a summer wedding. Photo by Stephanie Yantz Photography.

Pundits are thinking the low-key, sleek Kate will go for something simple and chic.  The latest word, after throwing around Sarah Burton for McQueen and a few other names, is Sophie Cranston of the Libelula Label is the woman with the biggest dress commission in the world.  And yet…there has been a denial, and now it looks like the ball is in Burton’s court.

Cap sleeves, lace accents, a simple and flowing train. Photo by Karen Leah Photography.

Whether or not she creates a modern, or romantic, or demure or edgy dress, I just hope the train is LONG.  Again, we need drama; we need extravagance – just a touch of flamboyance.  If Shy Di could pull it off, Confident Kate certainly can.  If you want to get the scoop about Diana’s dress directly from the designer herself, catch this special on TLC next week.  It’s full of Di wedding dish!)

Still going......

Rumor has it that Burton has held secret meetings, and that Kate herself requested a 10-foot train. Atta girl!

(One thing that can be counted on, the dress will be white or ivory.  In fact, the white wedding dress became the fashion after England’s very own Queen Victoria showed up at the altar in a white lace wedding dress.  Before then, wedding dresses were pretty much every color of the rainbow. And weddings weren’t the crazy affairs you see now – people were too busy worrying about, you know, washing their clothes on a scrubboard and making sure they can eat next week.  Can you imagine debating over your flowers when you didn’t even have running water?  )

It’s a small world, after all: Vendor to Vendor…to Client!

By | Personal Attire, Planning, Stress Relief, Tuxes, Vendors | No Comments

So I just worked with Sky Events and Productions on the beautiful 11/20 Four Seasons-Bev Hills wedding – Dimas and Derek, Lilit and the rest were amazing to work with. You may have seen a photo or two of their amazing centerpieces on my FB page, but here’s another look:

Candelabra and centerpieces with garden roses and peonies

I decide to hit an event planners’ open house at the new Rik Ducar space right next to Jenny Yoo on Beverly Blvd. in L.A. yesterday, and who was providing the beautiful bouts on the tuxes, but Sky Events!  I recognized their signature black ribbon around the stems – blends so well into the tux jackets.

And as I walked in, I met Katrina Razavi, founder of Marriage.com, a sleek new website for the SoCal marriage-minded.  I had heard about Katrina and the website from my supercool friend Rhonda, who’s hooked into the fashion industry (she and her lovely business partner Kristin run the invaluable style directory The Lookbook.com).

This kind of serendipity happens all the time when you stay connected to the various members of your industry – particularly the events industry. After all, we’re party planners, so we’re always throwing events – and attending them! These meetups allow us to share ideas, current trends, and learn about the best vendors to work with.  It all adds up to client satisfaction in the long (or short!) run.

Now on to the tuxes:  Rik took the time to sit down with me and show me his product line, for both purchase and rental. It’s surprisingly do-able to purchase a tux, and I recommend to many of my clients to go for it.  You’d be surprised how it comes in handy.  My husband bought one for a friend’s wedding and since then has worn it several times – including at our own wedding, of course.

Rik also offers a cool destination weddings line (linens, seersuckers, khaki) and a ton of gray choices – gray is the hot new color, and for a reason – just looks so dashing, cool, and modern.

Gray suits and silver dresses were perfect for this September's seaside wedding

He and his staff are open, friendly, fun, and offer a wide variety of choices; and, they manage your groomsmen with details and followup so the fellas don’t have to worry too much about timelines – a HUGE help.

In the end, it was a great day of small-world run-ins, the kind that allows we vendors to pick up excellent information that saves our clients time and money.  My job isn’t just the day of the wedding, it’s 24/7:  Outreach, research, and networking.

Speaking of, I’m off to this shindig tonight – like I said, hitting up events is part of the job!