Inspired by Bridal Fashion week runway shows

October 12, 2015By AllisonInspired by

I have fallen in love with periscope and bridal fashion this past weekend while watching Bridal Fashion week runway shows in NYC. I’ve only joined periscope in the last couple of months and I know a lot of you haven’t joined yet…let me just say…do it! Watching these runway shows as they were happening through periscope has been such a treat!

I think I watched about 20 fashion shows, and while I’m not an expert in fashion by any means, I loved the artistic expressions and the creativity flowing through the fashion shows. I can’t wait to see some real brides wearing these fashionable dresses!

There were a few trends that I thought would be fun to highlight (see below).

The first one is cap sleeves! I happen to think cap sleeves look amazing on most women and they are so delicate and feminine. Another little trend here is that the dresses were very lightly lined so you could see the model’s legs through the dress. This lightly lined look allowed the intricacies of the lace and beadwork to shine through.

Another trend I noticed was the plunging neckline. My friend just bought her plunging neckline dress this past summer from BHLDN and I was sure to tell her that her style is very fashion forward, because there were a lot of versions of the plunging neckline.

It’s all about the backs. When the models came down the aisle I could not wait until they turned around and I could see the backs of their dresses, because there were so many interesting backs to these dresses. Really, I could do an entire blog post featuring the backs of dresses.

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The Berta Bridal runway show blew me away! One of the other trends I had noticed were these (I believe they are detachable) trains. What a fun way to separate the ceremony dress from the reception dress, and an easy way to avoid bustling.

Illusion wear was big! So sexy, yet ethereal, with lace trailing throughout the body, illusion wear was maybe the biggest trend I saw on the runway.

Another fun thing I saw was headwear. I do not know how realistic it is that brides will be wearing some of the very loud headpieces that were on the runway (I mean some had antlers), but I’m excited to see where artists take this trend and make it a reality for everyday brides.

Capes were seen throughout the runway shows as alternatives to veils.

A delicate cape by @eliesaabworld. #oncewedstyle #weddingdress #bridalgown

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And one of my favorite trends…sleeves. Delicate lace sleeves were all over the runway. I cannot wait to see more everyday brides going for sleeves on their gowns!

BERTA SS 2016 Runway Show grand finale. Cinematography by @bowenfilms crown by @mariaelenaheadpieces

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Super inspired by the artists who orchestrated these shows as well as the artists behind each one of these dresses. I saw a lot of unique fashion but also a lot of ready-to-wear fashion. It was truly a beautiful sight!

Hand-Painted Weddings Table at Wed Altered

November 4, 2013By AllisonWedding Shows

Hand-Painted Weddings table at Wed Altered 2013 Hand-Painted Weddings table at Wed Altered 2013 Hand-Painted Weddings table at Wed Altered 2013 Hand-Painted Weddings table at Wed Altered 2013 Hand-Painted Weddings table at Wed Altered 2013 Hand-Painted Weddings table at Wed Altered 2013At long last, I am excited to reveal the Hand-Painted Weddings table from Wed Altered! I really love how the table came together. The flowers I bought from a local NYC corner shop matched the logo so perfectly, and the colors of all the elements on the table came together in such a pretty, calming way.

If you look closely you will see that there was a bird theme across my table. My good friend Melissa graciously allowed me to borrow the two beautiful glass birds that she just bought from West Elm. A little less obvious in these photos is the bird salad plate from Anthropologie, that I fell in love with. You can also see the birds and feathers in the Hand-Painted menu, table number, escort card, and invitation, which were all inspired by the Sunset Save-the-Date in the Hand-Painted Weddings shop.

This was the first table I set up with a dinner place setting. I found this to be very important to showcase the different layers paper can create an impact for a couple’s wedding. Paper is the tying element from guest’s first impression of the wedding (through the save-the-dates and invitations), throughout their wedding day (through their ceremony programs, menus, escort cards, etc.), and into their final thank you cards.

This was also the first time I painted in public (outside of a classroom environment, of course). I have to admit, I was a little nervous going into it, but am so happy that I brought all my supplies and chose to paint at the show. It felt so authentic and it really interested and eased people to see me painting (I really felt like the zen table.) You can see in the photos a bit of what I was painting, but be sure to check back in later in the week to see a few close-ups of my paintings from the show.

Photos by Hand-Painted Weddings.

The Wed Altered Artists

November 1, 2013By AllisonWedding Shows

Wed Altered Artists - Alexis June

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For all intents and purposes I’m referring to the photographer, videographer, caterer, makeup artist, and myself, the stationer, as “the artists” at Wed Altered, and referring to the dress and accessories artists as the designers.

“The artists” were the perfect compliment to Wed Altered‘s elite group of wedding dress and accessories designers. A group of down to earth, friendly women who are very much in love with weddings. Having these artists at the Wed Altered NYC pop-up shop really rounded out the experience for the brides, because it added a little bit of flair to the experience. It was just another reason why this pop-up shop is such a unique and special opportunity for brides.

Alexis June Weddings, Bread and Spoon Catering, Lacey Elliot Makeup, Mae B. Films, Hand-Painted Weddings.

Wed Altered Video 1 by Mae B. Films

October 28, 2013By AllisonWedding Shows

Mae B. Films did a beautiful job capturing the essence and heart behind Wed Altered in two short films. Here is the first video, which you can also view directly through Vimeo here. Around the midway point you will see a little cameo from yours truly! There is something about the overall vibe and seeing the textures of the dresses with movement that feel so much more real on this film than I could capture in photos, so please check it out.

The second video which focuses on Fair-trade and Philanthropy will be posted soon.

Video by Mae B. Films.

Wed Altered Recap Part 2 – The Accessories Artists

October 25, 2013By AllisonWedding Shows

Wed Altered 2013. NYC. Photo by Hand-Painted Weddings Wed Altered 2013. NYC. Photo by Hand-Painted Weddings Wed Altered 2013. NYC. Photo by Hand-Painted Weddings Wed Altered 2013. NYC. Photo by Hand-Painted Weddings Wed Altered 2013. NYC. Photo by Hand-Painted Weddings Wed Altered 2013. NYC. Photo by Hand-Painted WeddingsThe accessories artists at Wed Altered were a talented bunch. They were the perfect complement to the gorgeous dresses at the pop-up shop.

Wed Altered mission is pretty incredible. A piece from their mission (I just had to share!):

“We know that brides are ready for options that mean more. They’re ready to find wedding fashion that reflects their values and their personal style all at once. They want to do good as much as they want to be their own kind of beautiful, and they want to be a part of a movement and a community that’s joining together to make that happen. Remarkable ideas and action from people with big hearts can catch the world off guard.”

I am so proud to be a part of this community of dress and accessories designers that support unique, personal weddings!

Here are a few of the accessories designers’ online shops…be sure to check them out!

Whimsy Do, Green Trunk Designs, Sybil Couture, Clay Me Art, 31 Bits, Peace Love Bling, Gaskin Feurich Designs.

Next week, I will recap the other artists, like the photographer, videographer, caterer, and makeup artist, and of course, a post about my table at Wed Altered.

Photos by Hand-Painted Weddings.

Wed Altered Recap Part 1 – Oh, the Dresses!

October 21, 2013By AllisonWedding Shows

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Did I mention that Wed Altered took place during NYC Bridal Fashion Week? Complete with a small runway that was intimate enough that the models all walked around and met the other vendors during breaks.

Even though I can’t say I know much about fashion, I felt a very warm welcome from my fellow artists. The group of people at Wed Altered were some of the sweetest down-to-earth people I have met. I feel very blessed to have met such talented artists and wish them all the best in their businesses.

Read more about the vendors here: www.wedaltered.com/designers

Also, here are some direct links to the designers’ websites: Lindee Danìel, Tony Hamawy, Tara Lynn Bridal, Solitary Pearl, Rania Hatoum, Cotton Bride, Maggie Evans Designs, Cicada Bridal. Be sure to check them out!!

Be sure to come back in a couple days to see my recap on the accessories vendors as well as a recap of my table at Wed Altered!

Photos by Hand-Painted Weddings.