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Wedding Planning & More in 2010

So far 2010 has been so busy, exciting and full of life for  The Stylish Soiree that I’ve hardly had time to create new posts! Keep your eyes peeled for some top-secret but super stylish wedding photo shoots we’re working on that will be bursting with fashion & decor inspirations, as well as more tips on finding that dream dress while on a budget, and fabulous guest blog posts from wedding industry experts.

I honestly couldn’t be more excited for this year. If the past few weeks are any indication, 2010 is shaping up to be a year of intense momentum with lots of big, exciting projects & scintillating surprises in store. I’m so glad you are sticking with me, and I can’t wait to share the ride with all of you, my dear readers.  Stay tuned for stunning aesthetics!

Happy Planning & Warm Wishes,


*image by Rodney Smith

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High Drama Dress: Rosa Clara’s ‘River’

Rosa Clara wedding dress - river

Rosa Clara is a Spanish line of wedding gowns with a definite flair for the dramatic.  It goes without saying that the high impact dresses aren’t for every bride (or every wedding). Nearly every Rosa Clara wedding gown in their collection has a ‘look at me’ sensationalism about it that cannot be ignored. For brides who want to make a big style statement on their wedding day – the bold and beautiful drama queens perhaps, or the self-imposed slaves to fashion – Rosa Clara has just the dress.

Take, for example, their stunning ‘River’ dress shown above. The full skirt has three distinct tiers that narrowly escape looking overdone, and the top is a bustier-style fusion between the always-flattering sweetheart neckline and a trendy one-shoulder strap. It all sounds rather crazy written down, but together the effect is somehow completely enchanting – it’s the perfect dress for the fairy tale bride with fashion savvy and modern flair. The dress is something you might imagine bridal Barbie to gracefully waltz down the aisle in, and definitely requires a tall, leggy bride to properly pull it off the flouncy layers of silk skirting.

For brides who want to rock this high drama look, the key to pulling it off is to keep everything else simple and really let the dress shine. I’d love to see this Rosa Clara gown worn with glossy locks upswept in a simple chignon and large diamond studs sparkling in the bride’s ears.  The lovely neckline has enough interest and shouldn’t be worn with a necklace, but one large, sparkly bracelet would be the perfect crowning touch on the look. As with the rest of the ensemble, makeup should be light and understated, highlighting only one feature, preferably the eyes paired with a nude or light pink lip. A high drama dress is one thing, but too much drama can end up coming across looking harsh on a wedding day. Fashion, as always, is a delicate balancing act, and the more dramatic the dress the harder it is to balance. For brides who can walk the link, however, the sweet reward is an unforgettable wedding day look that guests will be gushing about for years to come. 🙂


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Monique Lhuillier 2010

Monique-Lhuillier-Spring-2010- Monique Lhuillier is known for her impeccably designed evening gowns and wedding dresses, and every year I look forward to her latest collection. This stunner, from her 2010 collection, pretty much sums up why I love her designs. So simple and modern on top with an amazing couture skirt – swoon.  This wedding gown would be perfect on a tall, slim bride with a sleek chignon and minimal, dainty accessories.

Her 2010 collection isn’t available yet in her stores, but you can preview it at Brides.com.  The runway shots of her 2010 dresses are so gorgeous that it makes me wish I could have my own wedding again next year! But I suppose the next best thing is planning the wedding for a bride wearing one of her gowns, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. 🙂

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