WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY LOVE | it’s in the details… | Pink + White + Arcade Prize Ticket Delight!

When I saw these photos from Tina and Stephen’s Carmel, California wedding, shot by the talented Aaron Delesie, I got really, really excited.  Which immediately translated into having to share all the yummy goodness with you.  Of course, I’m not surprised by the ridiculously phenomenal quality of these images… you see, Aaron’s no amateur.

Ok, enough with the words – get ready, because these details are AMAZING… for starters, just LOOK AT THAT DRESS!!!

“If I had a hundred wishes I would give them all to you.”

Exquisite, right?  I am so in awe of these images!  I’m a big fan of tiny but meaningful touches in a wedding, and that wheel of “Wish” tickets totally hit the spot for me today.

Reminds me of a nice little moment that happened last weekend at the arcade with the boy (yes, laugh it out, we went to the arcade.  It may be for youngsters, but I think we could all benefit from a little air hockey in our lives).  So, near the end of the evening, we ended up playing a trivia game against another couple and totally clobbering them, which was kind of extremely awesome.  We are competitive apart, so when we join forces… you understand.  Anyway, when all was said and done, we realized we had about a gazillion prize tickets at our feet.  When I was a kid, I was ALL ABOUT the prize tickets… so I was surprised by how little I cared on this day.  I just can’t believe that plastic parachuting militiamen and kazoos were a good enough reward for the blood, sweat and tears I poured into accumulating those tickets.  Even if I was only seven, those prizes are seriously LACKING.

Back to the present day story; we added them up, and together we had approximately a lot of tickets.  We walked over to the counter and scanned our options ~ yup, paratroopers and kazoos still available.  Nice.  We weren’t finding anything.

Next thing I know, fiancé motions to follow him and, leaving our position in line, he spots a young man with an infant in his arms.  And what does he do?  He hands our tickets over to them.  I was so, incredibly angry at him I cou— just kidding.

Loved it.  Love him.

Photography: Aaron Delesie

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CELEBRITY WEDDING LOVE | Who: Jason Mesnick & Molly Malaney | When: Feb. 27 | Where: Terranea Resort in Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA.

As you may remember, I was pretty shocked/impressed by the evident success of this rather unlikely couple.  And now look – they’re married.  I guess love truly does conquer all – even when one of the lovers totally chose a different chick, got sick of her, and then went back to the other one, because he’s got an overblown sense of entitlement.  Well, it’s either love conquers all, or they’re both seriously insecure and thrive in codependent relationships.

Buuuut… all’s well that ends well.  I’m happy for them!  Truly.  (And she’s so cute, isn’t she?  Great eyes – remember how he loved her eyes?  That is, before he CHOSE A DIFFERENT GIRL TO BE HIS LIFE PARTNER.  Just sayin.)

It rained… uggh.  But they definitely didn’t let it get them down.  Still, here’s my suggestion: don’t try to prove you’re one of those girls who likes camping, when you don’t actually like camping.  Standing without cover as pre-tsunami (yes, there was a tsunami warning) rain pelts down on your very expensive hairdo and spray-on tan isn’t going to make people think you’re low maintenance.  So, please, don’t make it your goal.  Just do YOU.  I should add, even girls who like camping would yell for an umbrella during their wedding ceremony!!!!!

… Have I mentioned, umbrellas are great?  I have a red one and I luuuurve it.  During sun showers it casts this striking red hue in a one foot radius around me; makes me feel all warm and happy.  Red umbrellas – highly recommended for good spirits.

I adore these shots, below.  Oh, and that dress?  That’s $45,000 worth of Monique Lhuillier, custom designed for Molly.  Lucky gal.

This looks a lot more like a Bachelor/Bachelorette reunion special than a wedding.  Though I suspect you’re much more willing to put up with things like that when the network is footing the bill.


Quick note: a little boy is mysteriously absent from all of these photos.  Wondering why.  I certainly hope this isn’t the case, but I’ve been to a wedding where the child of one partner was kept from attending her father’s wedding to a new bride, due to obviously unresolved issues between the groom and former partner.  Let’s hope something else is at work here.  Maybe he was just napping?

Photography by Aaron Delesie

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TOP FIVE TIPS FOR GREAT WEDDING HAIR | What You Must Know to Look Your Best on Your Big Day… No, SERIOUSLY.

All the time, as I walk the streets of New York, Westchester and the Island of Long, I see girls who look absolutely stunning in their everyday lives.  Many sport low ponies, others rock side-swept bangs.  They look great; their chosen styles suit them.  And, as a people watcher, I love good style.  It’s a treat for me.

But, come the wedding day, something changes for some brides.  It happens to so many of these normally stylishly coiffed contessas, something that I can describe only as a tragic disconnect between their naturally on point senses of style, and what they believe looks even better in the context of their wedding day.  Curls when they normally rock it straight, or a tight updo when they typically let if flow free.  Too often, my internal dialogue sounds something like this: “Shoot, you looked so good yesterday in your go-to high pony, why did you think pin curls were the right style for your big day?”  I just don’t get it!  This phenomenon I can’t fully explain.  It baffles me – though I do have some ideas.

I understand the desire for change, for something fresh, different, new… and, thus, presumptively more beautiful.  But it’s not every time that the latter follows the former.  And when I see it happen, a few signals go off in my head that lead me to some probable assumptions about what precipitated the mess up top.

I don’t want this to happen to any more brides.  I can’t in good conscience allow it.  I’ve spoken to too many brides who have expressed regret over their ‘day-of-do’ to let it go on any longer.

… So, I’ve created a quick reference list of the best advice I can offer when it comes to your wedding day locks.  SERIOUSLY, pay attention, I do this out of love…

5 Top Tips for Great Wedding Day Hair:

~ Consider how you wear your hair normally.  Is this somewhat chic, and would you consider it appropriate for a formal event?  Then maybe it’s the perfect look and you shouldn’t mess with a good thing.

~ Ask trusted friends and family.  Some- no, many people will lie to you because they don’t want to hurt your feelings.  Which can lead to hair fails.  And this is not the time for a hair fail.

~ Don’t be led by your stylist.  It doesn’t matter if the person doing your hair likes it; it matters if YOU like it.  Ok?  So be true to yourself.

~ It’s easier to be true to yourself when you plan ahead, as in arrange for a consultation/trial so you can actually take a mental (and actual) picture of what you can expect to look like.  This will also let you know if you and your chosen stylist are on the same page when it comes to the definition of looking good.

~ Always keep this in mind: he’s already proposed to you, which means he wants to spend the rest of his life with you, and you’ve looked the way you look now, all along.  You must look at least half-way decent already.


For inspiration, I have included within this post a veritable Smörgåsbord of hair styles I consider to be wedding-appropriate.  (Save for that very first one; that’s just for laughs… OF COURSE.)  Please hover over the images for their details and credits, which have been assigned where available.  Images without detailed information are courtesy of Polyvore.

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD | there’s something about Carrie… | “Hmm, it’s Nice… But Do You Have it in White?”

Awww, just look at them.  Aren’t they adorable?

Carrie with her fiance, hockey player Mike Fisher

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As we’ve come to expect from Carrie, she was a vision walking the red carpet, this time at the 2010 Grammy Awards in LA this past Sunday, January 31.

The details:

On her ears: Ippolita Silver…


On her bod: a white Edition by Georges Chakra…

And in her hand: a Swarovski crystal clutch…

Alright, let’s get to it here…

Have you noticed a pattern in Carrie’s signature style over the years?  I suspect you may have, as she’s been following it to a tee – almost religiously.  Carrie is pretty consistent… in fact, one might say there are no shades of gray (or much of any other color, for that matter, save for the occasional all black ensemble, and a few brightly colored numbers she’s sprinkled in over the years).

Are you picking up what I’m puttin’ down?

If it isn’t already obvious – and I do believe I’ve beaten it to a pulp at this point – the 26-year-old has a rather serious penchant for evening gowns and cocktail dresses that keep it on the whiter side of things.  She clearly knows what works for her, and isn’t afraid to stick with it.  Sort of like back in grade school, whenever I found a top that fit me just right, I’d leave the store with at least three, in different colors.  (Noooo, I didn’t catch flack for that.)  So I feel ya, Carrie.

Here, flip through these and you’ll see what I mean…

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So, with that said, are you thinking what I’m thinking?  If you are, then that makes two of us who cannot wait to find out what the future Mrs. Fisher will be wearing for that walk down a very different kind of carpet.  Hint hint, nudge nudge.

She’s certainly gotten in some good practice. ;)

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happy new year, friends. 2010 approaches…

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Happy New Year’s Eve, you crazy kids!  Hope you’re living it up somewhere out there, and with an umbrella handy!  The boy and I will be ringing in the ’10 with a darling little bottle of Pommery Champagne – a gift to us from Reims, France, from my wonderful dad.  (Thanks Dad.  Love you lots; hope you have a Happy New Year.)

Keeping it brief – really just wanted to wish everyone an awesome evening tonight.  Stay safe, stay snuggly, stay close to the ones you love.  Thanks to my family, friends and my incredible readers for a spectacular year.  I’m so excited for this new year we have ahead of us.

So much to come, it is RI. DIC. U. LOUS.

See you in 2010!

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