Love wide brimmed hats? They're not just for mature brides and Mothers-of-the-Bride anymore. I adored designing each and every one you see here and created many a picture hat for those walking down the aisle over the years. Did you know wide-brims are the most classic for daytime formals and that definitely includes a wedding? Generally made out of straw or horsehair, these elegant hats are sometimes swathed in netting and organza. Picture hats can be so much fun too--they conjure up images of croquet parties at Jay Gatsby’s and all those 1930s movies situated in garden party chic. Whatever look you want to create with this style, here are a few things to consider when wearing it. Go ahead and put on your picture hat for the ceremony. Just do yourself a favor at the reception and take it off when you’re receiving guests. Unless your hat is made out of that bendy sort of horsehair with lots of give, when you reach out to hug and kiss people the hat will either fall off or scrape someone. Picture hats go great with most silhouettes, especially ball gowns. The wide brim balances the volume in the skirt.
I've always been of the thought light is important to a great shot or series of shots. Case in point is the work of Yanitza Ninett, a photographer out of Geneva, Florida. She took the same bride all dressed in red and posed her in different light patterns--stunning. Says Yanitza about putting together this editorial, " This is a styled shoot inspired by natural beauty. I took advantage of the natural light, at different times, to create a variety of the scenarios I chose for this shoot. It portrays beauty in all the natural ways, and it is complemented by the colors of mother nature . . . ."
From the lightest mint to deep emerald tones, if you're inspired by green in any way you're definitely influenced by connecting to elements of the earth. Green themes have a lot to do with nature and things growing. Getting an earthy look may mean having a floral crown made and ditching a traditional veil, zoning in on a diaphanous and flowing gown. The forest or woods are the perfect backdrop for a Boho wedding. Below are inspirations for all that and more . . . .
Photos 1-4: Emily Soto///Photo 5: Light Gren Fern via ///Photo 6: Goth/Boho model in green dress via Tumbler//Photo 7: Autumn Greens via Tumblr///Photo 8: Gnrarled Tree via Tumblr///Photo 9: Moss Covered furniture via One Kind Design///Photo 10: Model in draped gown via Tumblr///Photo 11: Model in ivy and leaf headdress via Tumblr//Photo 12: Wood forest path via Tumblr///Photo 13: Moss chair via Style Me Pretty///Photo 14: Model in Fairy Dress via Tumblr///Photo 15: via DIY and Crafts Magazine//Photo 16: A Wooded Path via Tumblr//Photo 17: Model in feathered and ivy headdress via Bea B Photographie///Photo 18: White Rose via Tumblr
Gotta admit I got seriously hungry just editing this post! Which explains why I can't get through a decent cookbook to schedule a week of menus for the hubby. This medley of images by Amanda Thompson of Mermaid Lake Photography is a salute to ice cream lovers everywhere. Adding it as the main theme for your wedding is totally original! It's not only the pastel colors and flavors of ice cream here to zone in on but the yummy hotdog and hamburger selections. Amanda says about working on this project: "This styled photo shoot was unlike anything I have ever seen. Nance's Rustic Rentals and Events and I have worked together many times-- this one by far blew the rest out of the water. I mean come on, an ice cream photo shoot?! Could it get any more amazing?!?! Check it out for yourself! . . . ."
I initially created this space for my clients. Eventually brides looking for that touch of wow found their way here. Draping and playing with fabric started some twenty years back when I did a three-year stint as a bridal fabrics buyer. After that I opened Bridal Alternatives, a custom design studio and ever since have had the opportunity of working with brides who want that extraordinary one-of-a-kind dress. I'm in love with fashion history and re-invention of the past.
Other connections to fashion? I’ve been a columnist for San Francisco Art and Fashion News and have a weekly fashion buzz on One Wed Blog. I founded The Design Project of San Francisco, a networking organization of fashion professionals collaborating their skills and talents on projects. I’m currently working on a book called—you guessed it—'Bride Chic', all about that white gown and very special designer/client relationship. I live with my husband Edgar and Chihuahua Piccalina in Marin County California.
Want to see more of what I do? Check out my site at www.amyjotatum.com or call me 415.336.3480
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Please note some images on Bride Chic are photos from previous shoots and editorials of my collection pieces. Since I do admire other designers work, I’ve also added from online sources to share a different perspective. There’s no profit from the display of these photos -- they are being shown for the informational and educational benefit of brides and aficionados of bridal fashion. I always list my source, providing a link back. If you feel an image here violates your intellectual property and/or copyrights, please email your concerns to me (email@example.com) and I will gladly remove the photos in question. Thank you!
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