Saturday, May 30, 2009

Possibly the cutest dress E V E R !!

I can't believe this dress I spotted over at Once Wed. The dress appears to be made of cotton lawn, a beautifully fine heirloom cotton, so light it is a bit translucent. The details are amazing: the vintage cut, the Mary Jane collar, the pintucks, the little bit of embroidery, the TURQOISE petticoat! I love, LOVE her pearls! And check out her alabaster skin.

Orange flowers are the perfect touch!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Choosing a Length: Part 5 - Elbow

As we get shorter, the veils begin  to add more personality and fun to a wedding look. Thus far, the veils we've talked about have been classic, beautiful options. Longer veils have a traditional feel, and add elegance to any gown. The Elbow length veil is just on the border of traditional and flirty, classic and cute. 

The elbow length veil is perfect for a dress with a full skirt. It accentuates the waist, and avoids making the bride look like an elongated marshmallow drowning in white. 

The elbow length veil can also sport a wider edge, like the one below, without feeling heavy or gaudy. Longer veils need to be simple to appear weightless, while an elbow length veil can have a bit more fun. 
Coming up are the shoulder and birdcage veils! Even more fun! 

Friday, May 22, 2009

Sister Shop

The etsy shop, albeit small, is now here. AM has made some super pretty treats and is already selling/receiving requests. More coming soon!

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Love, love, LOVE this fingertip veil with this tea length Monique Lhuillier dress. What a great length for a summer wedding. Fabulous!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


These photos are from Ashley Garmon Photography, and have been featured on Wedding Chicks. The bride's veil is her grandmother's, who brought it with her when she emigrated from the Netherlands. How absolutely delightful!  

The veil is called a Mantilla veil, and is generally Spanish in design. This veil has such exquisite Dutch details.  Take a second to enlarge the pictures and admire away. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Choosing a Length: Part 4 - Fingertip Length

The fingertip veil is the queen of tradition and versatility. It compliments any dress, and is a classic and beautiful staple for a bride.  It can fall anywhere between the wrists and a few inches below the fingertips. Like the picture above, a fingertip length blusher creates a classic, traditional, and elegant veiled bride. 

Monday, May 18, 2009

Inspiration: Wedding Dress

Get this: this guy hand-sewed his wife's wedding dress and it's gorgeous! I love her simple upswept hair and head scarf. See more photos here.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Emily's Veil

Emily in Salt Lake City asked me to do her veil for her. She chose a natural white tulle with a satin cord edge. It is 38" long, the perfect fingertip length, and has 2 tiers. It is a simple and beautiful veil that will compliment almost any dress style. 

I found a 5" metal comb for this veil. Normally, I would have chosen a 3" comb, but I really loved this metal one. It is classy and makes for a really modern look. 

The veil was cut to be 54" wide. When gathered, it provides a modest amount of poof, and completely avoids the "pouf pompadour" look of the 1980's. It is so modern and clean. I was so happy with it. 

The satin cord is my favorite edge. It is simple and clean, and provides a just the right amount of body for the veil so that it stays lively and beautiful throughout the wedding day.  The satin cord compliments any satin dress, and comes in 1mm and 2mm widths. I used 1mm for Emily's veil. 

Thanks Emily! I really loved working with you. I am looking forward to seeing your pictures. I would love to post one here!

Friday, May 15, 2009


Take a look this lovely DIY wedding by A Backyard Wedding.

Gorgeous. She's come up with such a nice combination of fascinators and birdcage veils--notice the feather detail.

I *love* the yellow petticoat.

Not to mention the dress fits like a glove.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Choosing a Length: Part 3 - The Waltz Length

The Waltz length is also called a ballerina or walking veil. It falls anywhere between 40 and 58 inches, around the knee. This veil was very popular in the 1970's, during the victorian revival.  It is still a classic, elegant choice, and a lovely compliment to an A-line or princess-seamed dress. 

Sunday, May 10, 2009


I have yet to come across an image i love--

but don't you think fancy bridesmaid fans are a fun alternative to bouquets or corsages for a spring or summer wedding?

Friday, May 8, 2009


Isn't this wedding just lovely? I adore her vintage dress and porcelain roses. 

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Choosing a length: Part 2 - The Cathedral Length

The cathedral length veil is stunning.  As a general rule, the slimmer the dress, the longer the veil. Therefore the cathedral length veil is a gorgeous companion to a to strapless dress with a slim silhouette, a mermaid gown, or an elegant empire.  The veil should be longer than the train to avoid looking like someone ran out of fabric.  A simple, cut edge is recommended to keep the veil light and airy, and to avoid making the veil look heavy. Here are some stunning examples. 

Thanks Amanda

Monday, May 4, 2009

Choosing a Length: Part 1

This post will begin a series of posts about choosing a length for your veil. As a general rule, the slimmer the dress, the longer the veil can be. But, of course, there are always exceptions.

Step one is to measure. 

Measure from your head to the length where you want your veil to be. Think about where the comb will go in your hair. Up high at the top? Underneath a lovely chignon? This is where you should start your measurement. 

When considering the length of your veil, think about the back of your dress. Are there details that you don't want to cover up? Embroidery or emblishment? This is an important consideration. 

Once you have decided on a length, let us know so we can create something special for you. 

Coming up next: Cathedral length veils. The standard of elegance. 

Wedding Video

I'm generally never impressed with wedding videos; however, I saw this bride's wedding video online and thought it was so beautifully done. The couple asked a few close friends to do all of the filming with rented Super 8 cameras. The results are sweet, intimate, and stunning--don't you think?

I realize this has nothing to do with the veils but I couldn't resist.

Friday, May 1, 2009

What is an heirloom?

In popular usage, an heirloom is something, perhaps an antique, that has been passed down for generations through family members.  It is something of exceptional quality, and something that holds tremendous sentimental value. For brides, it may be something old, something new, something borrowed, (perhaps blue).  Think of your veil as this kind of special thing. A keepsake from your wedding day.  A reminder of one of the most important commitments you will ever make.  Something that you can preserve for your own daughter's wedding.  

Do you have an heirloom veil from your mother or grandmother? Let us create a fresh and modern veil for you made from the tulle. A perfect meeting of old and new.