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More Bridal Options in Pittsburgh October 5, 2010

Think you can only find your wedding dress in a big city? One Pittsburgh bride proves that’s not true – after trips to LA and NYC she found her wedding dress at Tomasina in Pittsburgh. If you haven’t heard of Tomasina you need to see some of their beautiful dresses!

How vintage and romantic!

How did I hear about Tomasina wedding dresses? After looking to this beautiful real wedding for inspiration. It didn’t take place in Pittsburgh but the Pittsburgh bride did come here to buy her wedding dress so it still counts as a real Pittsburgh wedding!

The bride’s Tomasina dress is just to die for! And look at that beautiful backdrop. I guess I understand why she choose to get married in Idaho.

Tomasina Bridal Dresses: 615 Washington Rd , Pittsburgh, 412-563-7788

Photo credit: Style Me Pretty (Hillary Mayberry Photography)


White After Labor Day October 3, 2010

Wear a white dress after labor day? Not this girl! Unless its covered in tulle, crystals, or lace and walking down an aisle in front of everyone I know. I have more than a few favorite dresses which is why I know how hard it is to go dress shopping in Western Pennsylvania. Enter Bridal Beginnning the largest bridal retailer in Pittsburgh. Quantity doesn’t always mean quality but in this case I think it does!

What you can find at Bridal Beginning that you can’t find anywhere else locally? Alvina Valenta, Lazaro, Jim Hjelm, Saison Blanche, and Sophia Toll.

If I was in the market for a wedding dress these would be on the top of my list!


Wedding Shoes for the Soul September 30, 2010

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Despite not being engaged I’m sure it’s not surprising that I’ve already picked out my wedding shoes. Or that they are covered in glitter.

Kate Spade Charm Heel: $325

Disclaimer…I’m obviously dancing the night away in some nice flats but I think these lovely shoes deserve a stroll down the aisle.


Can I Have Some Gems? September 29, 2010

I love Say Yes To The Dress. It’s safe to say I love everything wedding related dresses being of my foremost obsession. Only after securing an actual engagement ring. Last weeks episode featured divas and my favorite seemed to have a bigger obsession with her wedding day jewels then with her actual wedding dress. I like this girl. So here are some gems I would love to have at my own wedding.

How High the Moon Ring: $28 at Anthropologie

Prance With Pavo Earrings: $188 at Anthropologie

Crystal Drop Necklace: $98 at JCrew

Tassel Stoneset Necklace: $138 at JCrew

Throw in a little something blue with your jewelry or just a little vintage flair. Either way these are all pieces you’ll want to wear long past your wedding day. Now go get yourself some gems!


Feeling Pretty September 26, 2010

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Brooke & Nate’s Pittsburgh wedding made me want to spend some time in a Monique Lhuillier dress. I may still be waiting but these lucky brides got their own fairytale princess dress.


Something Blue September 10, 2010

Anyone who knows me well knows I have an unnatural obsession with ballet flats. Not to say I don’t love their taller sexier cousins. I’m just a short person who happens to look overly adorable in skinny jeans and ballet flats (what can I say it’s a gift).  I’ve always believed my something blue would be a ballet flat (preferably Tory Burch) but I’m open to exploring some taller options for my walk down the aisle.

From left: Oscar de la Renta Lacquer Tweed Ornament Pump, Badgley Mischka Hyde Pump, Christian Louboutin Crepe-de-Chine slingbacks, Manolo Blahnik Something Blue Pump, Tory Burch Blue Reva Flat, Sheplers by Old West Women’s Cowboy Boot.


Fashion Unveiled September 7, 2010

Most brides look at their wedding dress as the centerpiece of their wedding fashion and rightfully so.  But in the words of my new favorite reality star, Monty from Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta, it’s time to jack her up! Putting a veil on seems to cement the fact that your wedding dress is not just a beautiful white dress but the one you will be wearing to marry your fiancé. At heart a bit too unconventional to fantasize about a cathedral length veil with lace trim I’ve always turned my attention to a one of a kind headpiece. My current favorites are:

With hair pieces this lovely why would you want to cover yourself up with a veil?

From top left:, Ines di Santo runway, real wedding from Brides, Jennifer Behr, inspiration from JCrew’s catalog