*REPOST: Original blog from April 2011*
It was the gasp heard around the world. The moment Kate Middleton stepped out in front of her admiring public to unveil her ivory and satin Alexander McQueen gown, fashion editors and commentators united in praise.
The blushing bride looked stunning and elegant in a long-sleeve lace, ivory and satin gown with a flattering V neckline and just over 8-foot-long train (2 meters 70 centimeters), an underskirt of silk tulle trimmed with Cluny lace, and a simple veil made of layers of soft ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers and a tiara. The dress designed by Sarah Burton for British fashion house Alexander McQueen is simply breathtaking and truly fit for a princess.
Kate did keep to tradition with something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Kate’s “something new” were her earrings. They were a gift from her parents based on the family’s new coat of arms. The earrings were diamond set oak leaves with a pear-shaped drop and a diamond acorn.
The bride’s “something borrowed” as well as “something old” was the 1936 diamond Cartier Halo tiara from the Queen. And finally there was an unseen piece of blue ribbon sewn into the lining of the dress.
Sarah Burton created a fairytale of a dress working with Kate to design a dress that would capture Kate’s essence. The dress married the best of bridal traditions with the very best of high fashion. With its necessary long sleeves and bustle of over-sized pleats towards the back of the dress, the dress stayed true to Alexander McQueen while encompassing Kate’s simple and elegant style.
The dress really is fit for a future (Mc)Queen!
If anyone was watching the guests walk into the Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding, you must have noticed the big trend - HATS! Nearly all the women were wearing hats - some simple, some glamorous, and some outrageous! Victoria Beckham probably had one of the most unique hats. We're still trying to figure out how her hat was staying on top of her head!
This week we are excited to share with you a very talented florist – Design by Gilda!
Gilda has been in the floral design business for over 10 years. Her unique, sophisticated and innovative designs always leave her clients beyond satisfied.
In a recent summer wedding in August 2010 at the Palladio, Design by Gilda created a beautiful look using over 5000 stems of flowers! She mixed 1000 stems of extra tall white calla lilies, 2000 stems of white hydrangeas, and 2000 stems of vendela roses.
The design creatively mixed flowers, fabric and rhinestones. The centerpieces on each table were designed with 9 glass cylinder vases wrapped in silk taffeta fabric, Swarovski rhinestones, and strings.
You can see more of Design by Gilda's arrangements by checking out her website and Facebook page.
We're excited to introduce you to one of our newest vendors added to our directory - The Gourmet Pop! The Gourmet Pop combines style, design and delicious popcorn to bring you a POPPING experience! Their gourmet popcorn buffets are a unique and tasty addition to any special event. Whether it's a simple birthday party, a business party, or a lavish wedding, their custom jars filled with a variety of delicious gourmet flavors and gorgeous table decor definitely keeps everyone wanting more!
The Gourmet Popcorn provides a variety of over 40 gourmet flavors such as strawberry cheesecakes, caramel yin yang, cocoa dream, Tahitian vanilla just to name a few. Contact The Gourmet Pop and schedule a free consultation to come up with your perfect custom display. Each event is special and their goal is to add a little POP to yours!
- Designed/Embellished Jars
- Variety of popcorn flavors and colors
- Favor boxes/baggies
- Custom Tablescape / Decor to match event colors
- Custom table linen
- Set up/Take down
We’re excited to feature Noor, one of the newest wedding venues, on our blog! Noor officially opened last November and is located in the beautiful city of Pasadena right on Colorado Blvd. Noor’s location is perfect for all occasions since it can accommodate small parties of 100 or less, or large parties up to 2000 guests!
Noor’s space is made up of 2 ballrooms, the Sofia and the Ella, a balcony overlooking Colorado Blvd & the mountains, and a large open space on the upper level of the Paseo Colorado which can be a perfect venue for an outdoor ceremony.
The Harsanik.com Team was one of the first people to see the Noor venue even before it officially opened its doors last year. We were impressed by its location, large space, and beautiful ballrooms.
We got a chance to speak with one of Noor’s owners, Robert Shahnazarian, Jr. and he explained that Noor prides itself in offering completely customizable packages. “Because of the flexibility we offer, we can try to come up with something that will fit the needs and budget of our clients.”
Noor is not only a perfect location for a wedding, but should also be considered for all other celebrations. Contact them today to get more details about how Noor can accommodate your event!