J. Mendel Spring 2015

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Bridal Fashion Week was upon us! Let’s take a little step back from Fall 2015 to admire the beautiful and elegant collection of J. Mendel’s Spring 2015. Prepare yourself to fall in love with the designer’s perspective of a modern day bride! The structured silhouettes are gorgeous making use of interesting fabrics and layering. I hope you’ll like this set as much as I did! Have a great week ahead. 16.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2x-612x918 15.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2x-612x918 14.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2x-612x918 13.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2x-612x918 12.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2x-612x918 11.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2x-612x918 10.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2x-612x918 9.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2x-612x918 8.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2x-612x918 6.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2x-612x918 5.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2x-612x918 4.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2x-612x918 3.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2x-612x918 2.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2x-612x918 1.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2x-612x918

Reem Acra Fall 2015

Discreet side pockets sewn into the gowns? This could just be a really good selling point in my opinion.  Coupled with lace, tulle, and appliqués, Reem Acra’s Fall Winter 2015 is simply beautiful and thoughtful.

With your morning coffee in hand, do scroll down to see my favourites from the collection. The show happened on 10 October 2014. Hope you enjoy and have a wonderful week ahead!
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Ode to the Past: Black and Gold Theme

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Remembering this project I did with some friends last year makes me nostalgic. I enlisted the help of a few creative minds and we produced this editorial from scratch. We had zero budget and only our novice backgrounds to try something different. In sum, we were quite pleased with the whole experience!

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This editorial also features a series of DIY projects, from the animal-shaped figure you see in the picture above to how to make your own table setting and cake table – using things you might already have at home. Be sure to catch the videos and blog posts related to this by clicking on the links below. Christmas is fast approaching! The Black + Gold theme never goes out of style. Enjoy!

Inspiration and DIY Blog Post – complete pictures

Black and Gold Table Setting

How to Set Up your own Cake Table

 

 

Designer Spotlight: Christos 2015

I am a fan of Christos. I’ve written about the brand previously and given a chance, I would wear a Christos gown if I were to get married all over again. So it’s no surprise that I’d be featuring it again starting with their Fall 2015.

The things I love about the collection: it was all about white lace, a stark contrast to the colour of Spring 2015. Here we a see a softer shade of lace, of satin, of silk. Patchwork. Intricate. Romantic. All the things we can’t say “No” to, right?

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Engagement Video: Caloy and Glacie | Anthony Co Photography

Calling out pre-nup candidates! I have a treat for you: A photo-video from Anthony Co beautifully set in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Haven’t been? No worries, scroll down and press play. It reminds me of the provincial and peaceful pace we have back home. I hope you take delight and enjoy this one, have a happy weekend!

Hair & Makeup: Audrey Co-Adora | Styling: Anthony Co

Mary Ann and William | Fernwood Gardens

Hello there beautiful friends, I’m back! It has been busy lately with the daily grind but I’m delighted to kickstart the weekend with a wedding feature that’s simple and laid-back, and has all that bright and airy feel we love in wedding photos. Thanks to wedding photographer Paul Espino for sending this our way – we’re able to see a glimpse of his wonderful work. Do check his website for more of his work but in the meantime, scroll down slowly and get in the mood for some inspirational details!

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Church: St. Francis of Assisi Fernwood Gardens |Reception: www.fernwoodgarden.com | Hotel: www.sulorivierahotel.com | Caterer: www.centertablecatering.com | Cake: Yummy Piece of Cake | Photo&Video: Pol Espino | Invitations: www.paperbug.com.ph | Flowers: www.15-58.com.ph/ | Hair and Make up: Muriel Vega Perez | Gown: Mrs. Nora C. De Guzman | Music: Anima Music

Same Day Edit: Butts and Paula by Ian Cruz Films

Get ready to be inspired with today’s same day edit video from Ian Cruz Films. He captured Butts & Paula’s biggest day surrounded with such a fun group of friends and family. My favourite part was seeing the bride walk down the aisle and her entourage watching in exciting  anticipation of Butt’s reaction. You must see Paula in her gorgeous Cary Santiago ensemble as she weds Butts in St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish, Magallanes followed by a garden-inspired reception in Enderun College. Hair & Make-up was by MakeUp by Madge and the day was coordinated by Empire Weddings. The photographs were taken by Ian Santillan — and I cannot wait to feature it here on the blog soon!

Lihi Hod Bridal Collection 2014

“For me, each bride is her own world. Every bride has her special fantasy, desire and dream. For me, the process of creating the bridal gown is like making dreams become reality. Every bride receives our full attention and every process of designing and creation leads to a dress that is truly one of a kind.”

– Lihi Hod

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Leading bridal gowns designer Lihi Hod launches a new collection inspired by vintage jewelry. Textile affluence, layers and transparencies along with complex couture embroideries create a new ravishing collection.

“Try to imaging that moment when you open an old jewelry box” Lihi explains. “You might discover an exceptional collection shining and glimmering, full of depth and sensitively crafted. I wanted to recreate this moving moment through my dresses. To turn them into jewelry in their own right”.

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For over a year Hod collected textiles from around the globe to use in the new collection, aspiring to create a rich and diverse look for each dress in the collection. Depth is created by combining layers of opaque and transparent fabrics such as silk chiffons and tulles with a variety of laces. The color palette ranges from gleaming whites to cream to nudes.

Swarovski crystals, glass beads and gemstones were used in true couture techniques. Hours of embroidering to the layers of supple fabric resulted in a harmonious look, resembling the jewelry the designer had dreamed of.

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The result – A collection of unique, flattering dresses, embodying a nonchalant, delicate boho-chic look. The dresses all incorporate body suits or shapers that provide a contemporary look and allow for narrow silhouettes and flattering low cut backs.

Lihi’s dresses, ever in tune with current fashions, include this season two super-hot pieces: A maxi skirt, paired with a trendy midriff-revealing cropped top, and an embroidered ensemble consisting of pants and a light tank top.

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Sharing with you the video clip from their most recent catalog shoot, enjoy!

Photos & Video courtesy of: Lihi Hod

For more details of prices and availability, please click Lihi Hod Bridal

Inspiration: Rustic Glam

I’d like to send my deepest thanks to everyone who has visited the blog. You are the reason why I find myself returning here, sometimes too often. But this month marks my 8th month of Purplelue Wedding and I am thankful that I have gone this far. I am happy that I have the enthusiasm and time to create posts that hopefully inspire and encourage you positively, in any way possible.

Speaking of inspiration – this is after all one of the major reasons we flock to the internet and read blogs. We search for ideas and practical advice to use in our everyday lives especially for milestones such as weddings, engagement, meeting of families, these are what push us to become creative, to provide, and to fulfill.

Here is one awesome treat for you who are looking for a unique and beautiful wedding theme. I love natural elements so please don’t be surprised if you’ll see a bit of green and brown often. But when mixed with gold and shimmer — totally elegant. If I could get married again, this would be my theme! Here are the photos from Joseph West Photography. This inspiration shoot was creatively put together by Pomp and Circumstance which by the way does handmade weddings and DIY as part of their expertise. Need I say more? Enjoy and have a nice day!

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Photo source: 100LayerCake

Just Visited….Barcelona!

Months after my wedding, my husband and I finally had our honeymoon. Much delayed but better late than never I suppose. I had completed my MBA plus we just moved to a new city. With so many things happening at the same time, I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t be rushing into anything I will regret later. Luckily, after weeks of planning and researching, it paid off. We got good deals,  we didn’t miss our flights/trains. All that we hoped for, we experienced and we are both thankful to have them.

First city we saw was Barcelona. This is a personal favourite because not only did my parents get married here 38 years ago, my sister was also born here. Here are some photos I took with my iphone.

When visiting Barcelona, here are my recommendations for a 4 day visit:

1. See Gaudi’s works. He is the celebrated artist who designed and constructed much of the Modernist buildings we see today all over Barcelona. Must-see are Casa Battlo, La Pedrera, Sagrada Familia, and Parc Guell.
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2. Go for a walk in various neighbourhoods. We enjoyed Exiample because there weren’t too many crowds. We loved the narrow streets of Barri Gotic and El Raval. We went in late October and I can say that Barcelona is beautiful in Autumn. The leaves are turning brown and falling on the streets, simple joys to experience – it made me appreciate nature all the more.
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5. Tapas, Cana (Spanish wine), Paella!!! Need I say more?

This is my first post that ‘s not wedding related but I wanted to share some recommendations for honeymoon trips. Be sure to send me a message if you still want me to post the rest of our honeymoon, I’d love to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by and have a nice week! 🙂

Johanna Johnson Spring Summer 2014

J. Johnson S-S 2014Prepare yourself for a series of beautiful fabrics, sexy slips, and modern styles. Johanna Johnson is a Bridal designer from Australia known for luxurious fabrics and elegant styling. Her Spring – Summer 2014 collection is definitely for the confident and modern bride, a woman who’s secure in her own skin without the over the top design. The styling and accessories are also eye catching. Such gorgeous gowns adorned with Swarovski and precious stones!

Loving these pretty dresses from her collection and I’m sure you’d love them too! JJohnson Spring Summer 2014 JJohnson SS14 JJohnson SS2014 Johanna Johnson S-S 2014 Johanna Johnson Spring-Summer 2014 Johanna Johnson Spring-Summer-2014 Johanna Johnson SS 14 Johanna Johnson SS 214 Johanna Johnson SS 2014 Johanna-Johnson SS 14Featured designer: Johanna Johnson

Photos: The Knot

Wedding Shoe Designs: Bride and You

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Today, my great find is Bride and You. This wedding shoe brand promises to give sought after classic designs with a production process that speaks of top quality and craftsmanship. These are values that the brand upholds and wishes to share to its clients. Mind you, this is not an advertorial. The material I feature in my blog are from my research and I’m delighted to feature suppliers that I think my readers can definitely benefit from.

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Photos: courtesy of Bride and You

 

Seeking Help for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) from Philippines

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One week after the devastation that Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) has left central Philippines, thousands have died and thousands also injured. The entire nation grieves for the loss of the families and the trauma of the survivors. Relief operations are currently underway as countries help hand in hand with the Philippines to aid in humanitarian needs and basic support. My friends from the Philippines have put together a Friendship Relief Project. The donations given through this fundraising project will be personally handled by them so you will be assured where your money goes and who benefits. I am appealing not only to my family and friends but also to my readers to help in raising funds. The money is used to buy food, medicines, water, and is used to coordinate with local partners on logistics and operations.

For more information on the devastation and typhoon aftermath, proceed to CNN.com – Typhoon Haiyan. Your donations and assistance can help us help them.

Inspiration + DIY Series: Part One

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A few days ago, I posted a teaser of a collaboration I had just completed and it’s finally here in the blog! This collaboration was made possible through suppliers that have graciously offered their time and talent. I am very proud to have worked with them – all of whom strive to produce original content and exhibit their style and creativity.

For this Holiday 2013 series, we were inspired by a black and gold colour palette. We also infused DIY ideas which you can tweak to make it your own. From our ideas we put together a styled shoot that can hopefully inspire you as you set out to make your own decisions in table setting and doing DIY.  I thank you readers for your support and for pushing me to work doubly harder each time.

The cake was designed by Nadine’s Bakeshop. She makes creative cakes for special occasions and this one here is absolutely gorgeous. The calligraphy was provided by Ink Scribbler; Alexis is talented and you can see why in our shoot. The white space location was made possible by The Hills at Silang and the design and rental were provided by styling team, Design + Craft. Here are the beautiful photos from Zebra with a Camera. Stay tuned for more of this Inspiration + DIY Series.

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I was inspired to do this shoot because I wanted to produce original content for the blog. I wanted to be part of a creative process that could hopefully inspire my readers and others. I thought that a collaboration with personalities who were keen on sharing the same vision would fit this project smoothly.

Whether you are in the wedding industry or otherwise, table setting need not be pompous or overkill. Sometimes it is harder to practice restraint than doing so many things at the same time. For this Holiday set up, I can break down this post with the following essentials:

  1. Start with a center piece. We chose a tall singular glass vase with white roses, loosely spread out for a cool and modern feel.
  2. Add side arrangements. We used small black pots with light pink flowers and ruby red vase with sprigs of baby’s breath. The pink flowers help bridge the gold and black colour palette we were going for while baby’s breath adds more flower power without being too distracting.
  3. Inject character in the setting. We used a vintage mirror with gold metal design that was in line with our palette but at the same time adds some character to the setting.
  4. Incorporate DIY. The DIY elements found here were fun to do because we were 100% hands-on. The animal napkin holder could be a conversation starter among guests and it is very easy to do. To be practical, one can re-use them for another occasion. The menu card was also a DIY from the type of paper, colour, and font used.
  5. Add texture. We used a gold fabric with a textured feel to add a dimension into the entire table setting. It turned out great and to think we only used a fabric cloth for this! If you are planning to do this, make sure the width of the fabric fits the dimension of the table.
  6. Add ambience. This can be achieved through candles especially if you are planning to do this for your wedding. With so many instances for dim lighting, candles add a romantic and soft feel to the table setting. To make it more effective, add a couple more candles spread throughout your table.

I hope this post was truly helpful and thank you for stopping by!

Photography: Zebra with A Camera | Design and Rental: Design + Craft | Cake: Nadine’s Bakeshop (+63920-9665949 nicola.nadines@gmail.com) | Calligraphy: Ink Scribbler | Location: The Hills at Silang | DIY Gold-painted animal napkin holder, click HERE | DIY Menu Card (font: Freebooter Script) click HERE | Flats for bridesmaids: Celebracion by Suelas | Gifts for groomsmen: black silk ties

Inspiration: Elie Saab Spring-Summer 2014

Sometimes we see dresses from the runway and we wish we can wear something like that to an occasion. Like some of you, I look on to designer collections for inspiration and design ideas. Elie Saab is a Lebanese designer who is able to inspire his customers. He is indeed on the wish list of most of us. For this collection, he featured soft white dresses with sprinkles of black and fuchsia print. Then to add to the mix of the soft palette, he added salmon and emerald with my favourite combination of lace and sequins.

Today I wish to share my favourite designs from his collection. Here’s a glimpse of his latest work for Spring Summer 2014. Thank you for dropping by, have a great week ahead. Elie Saab S-S 2014Elie Saab SpringSummer 2014 Elie Saab SS 2014 Elie Saab Spring Summer 14 Elie Saab Spring-Summer ElieSaabSpringSummer ElieSaabSpringSummer2014 Elie Saab Spring Summer 2014 ElieSaab Spring-Summer 2014 Elie Saab S.S 2014 Elie Saab Spring-Summer-2014 Elie Saab-Spring Summer 14Featured designer: Elie Saab