Category Archives: Fashion

Off the Beaten Path: Retro Elegance

I got to thinking over the weekend about the good old days… the 50s and 60s complete with the stereotypical ice cream parlor and vinyl chairs. So instead of channeling all those awful retro stereotypes, I’m focusing on retro elegance today – wedding style. This is not the theme to go overboard with (unless you’re looking to really take your guests back in time – this, I wouldn’t recommend). So tread lightly with your retro details; less is definitely more. My inspiration is about subtle fashion and decor choices – 50s inspired hair {which can make a fab wedding up do}, tea length dresses, fun throwback invitations, awesome retro cars and red lips. You can find ways to channel your inner mid-century without making it too vintage-retro and totally uncool!


Retro Wedding Bride {Cassandra Castaneda Photography}

Fancy - Spring 2013Animal Cracker Favors {Jewel Cole Photography}

Retro Bride & Groom

Retro Inspired Short Wedding Dress {Cotton Candy Photography}Retro Themed Wedding Drinks

Vintage Birdcage Veil {Allebach Photography}

Retro Inspired Wedding InvitationsRetro Inspired Wedding  {Cassandra Castaneda Photography}

Retro Wedding Getaway Car {Millie Holloman Photography}

Retro Vintage Bride {Brown Paper Parcel}Retro Inspired Wedding Hairstyle

Retro Inspired Wedding Couple {Cassandra Castaneda Photography}

Retro Inspired BridesmaidsRetro Wedding Car {Kate Mefford Photography}

Retro Inspired Wedding Car {Stewart Leishman Photography}

Credits: Wedding Chicks via Cassandra Castaneda Photography, Colin Cowie Weddings, Bridesmaids via Jewel Cole Photography, Pinterest, Bridesmaids via Cotton Candy Weddings, Wedding O Mania, Rock ‘N Roll Bride via Allebach Photography, Wanelo, Wedding Chicks via Cassandra Castaneda Photography, Inspired By This via Millie Holloman Photography, Frosted Petticoat Blog via Brown Parcel Paper Photography, Pinterest, Wedding Chicks via Cassandra Castaneda Photography, A Magic Life, Inspired By This via Kate Mefford Photography, Ruffled Blog via Stewart Leishman Photography

A Shot Among the Tulips {In Turkey}

When this stunning picture just about fell into my lap {well more like a friend sent it over} I knew I had to share it on OTW. Snapped by a friend of a friend in Gulhane Park in Istanbul, Turkey when they stumbled across a newlywed shoot, there is something so beautifully delicate about the bride, and the picture – and it’s not just those vibrant colors or pale pink wedding dress. As my friend ended her email to me.. how beautiful does she look surrounded by the tulips??

Happy Thursday!


Credits: Kara Peruccio

Off the Beaten Path: A Ballet {Inspired} Wedding

Channeling a little Swan Lake today {I’ll pass on the Black Swan, thanks} and feeling very inspired by pale pink, ballet flats and tulle! While you may not want your entire wedding to be ballet themed, our inspiration is only that… to inspire thinking outside of the wedding box, and the result? Well I think it’s fabulous! Presenting our thoughts in pictures on a ballet inspired affair…


Ballet Wedding Dress {Braedon Photography}

Ballet Wedding Bouquet {Jessica Claire Photography}Jennifer Salzman Ballet Inspired Wedding Dress

Ballet Wedding Dressing Table {Jessica Claire Photography}

Pink Ballet Wedding FlatsMonique Lhuillier Ballet Inspired Tulle Ball Gown

Vintage Ballet Wedding Dress

Alvina Valenta Bridesmaids Dress

Pale Pink Wedding Cake {Yan Photography}Ballet Wedding Flats {Bailie Photography}

Diamond Ballet Flats

Ballet Inspired Bride {Stephanie Yonce Photography}Ballet Wedding Flats {Angelsmith Photography}

Credits: Ruffled Blog via Braedon Photography, Style Me Pretty via Jessica Claire Photography, Jennifer Salzman, Style Me Pretty via Jessica Claire Photography, Pinterest, One Wed, Heart Beat Oz, JLM Couture, Pink Peach Cakes via Yan Photography, Polka Dot Bride via Bailie Photography, Pinterest via Once Wed, Ruffled Blog via Stephanie Yonce Photography, Once Wed via Angelsmith Photography

The Loveliest Spring Bridesmaid Dresses

Spring may feel far away (at least for me thanks to these way too chilly temps) but we’re in full on Spring mode here at OTW! And today, we’re all about the fashion. The bridesmaids dress market may seem daunting especially for a Spring wedding because there is, well, just an overwhelming amount of options. Too many colors, style, lengths, designers, prices ranges etc leads to bridal confusion! But why make it more complicated than it is? Whether it’s Spring or any season, you should be choosing dresses that fit your big day, not that fit what the typical bridesmaids dress is. And that’s what makes these springtime picks so refreshing.

When I think of Spring weddings, for me it’s all about flowers, light and airy colors, and light {literally speaking} fabrics. So the dresses don’t have to be what ticks all of the traditional boxes but instead what fits your wedding and the season… and that’s what makes these choices special. I’d like to consider all of these just on the edge of non-traditional but a wonderful edge that every bride should go to to find that.perfect.bridesmaids.dress!!


Spring Bridesmaid Dresses {Erich McVey Photography}Spring Bridesmaid

Spring Bridesmaids {Erich McVey Photography}

Lace Bridesmaid Dresses

Spring Bridesmaids Blush DressesPale Pink Spring Bridesmaids

Spring Bridesmaids

Nude Pink Maxi Dress Bridesmaids {Tarah Coonan}Chocolate Bridesmaids Dress

Blush Bridesmaids

Credits: Wedding Chicks, One Fab DayWedding Chicks, Southbound Bride, Le Magnifique Blog, Pinterest, Mountain Musing, Rock My Wedding, Pinterest, Le Magnifique Blog

Trend Alert: Bridesmaids Patterns

What’s all the fuss about patterns anyway? Every season there’s always a new trend on the runway, but one that you hear {actually} a lot about is the pattern. Not always the same one, but guaranteed, at least once every season there is a pattern that is the next big thing. But, it’s not that way in the wedding world. How often do you see a to-die-for patterned bridesmaids dress? Well, you just don’t. That is… until you look beyond the norm. There are plenty of patterns out there, and no one is stopping you from finding that perfect one at the vintage store down the street, the department store you grew up with, or that trendy up and coming designer. And that’s the beauty of the patterned bridesmaids dress. It’s not because everyone else is doing it. It’s because you’re making your own little interpretation of the latest runway fad and bringing it straight to the aisle!


Credits: A Beautiful Mess, Project Wedding, Ryan Ray Photography via Style Me Pretty, LVL Events via Pinterest, Life in Still Photography via Style Me Pretty, Heather Hester Photography via Snippet & Ink, Style Me Pretty