“Let’s get Katniss Everdeen to her wedding in style.“ The Hunger Games is a novel about survival, starvation, torture and fighting to the death, yet apparently some people seem to find that very romantic! Several Hunger Games-themed bridal photo-shoots popped up before the premiere of the film last month, earmarking a huge trend to come surrounding the famous series. The Wedding Event Institute announced a contest called “The Wedding Games,” where 12 planners and stylists will compete to create the best Katniss-inspired wedding. (You think anyone notices the irony about turning a dystopian horror story into part of a competition that feeds the completely corporate and over-the-top billion-dollar wedding industry…?) Hmm, well irony aside, some of the elements could translate pretty well: table numbers by District number, incorporating the herbs rue and katniss, as well as dandelions and primroses into a bouquet (you could even use the wilted dandelions to blow the spores onto the couple, instead of throwing rice!), and, of course, putting the bride’s hair into a long braid. (Fun Fact: Traditional Irish brides wore braids, as they were a symbol of feminine power and luck. Hmm… you think Suzanne Collins did that intentionally?) You could also easily come up with an entire menu, based on the absence and abundance of food Collins describes in the series – you could serve Katniss’s favorite lamb stew with plums, “sugar berry” jam, fresh-baked bread (or even bread for each district, like the seaweed kind from District 4 that Peeta describes), Mellark bakery’s cheese and apple tarts, hot chocolate from the train, Primrose’s basil-wrapped goat cheese, pudding the color of honey, and, of course, a beautifully detailed wedding cake adorned with handcrafted sugar flowers – just like the ones Peeta Mellark made while working in his father’s bakery. (Damn, you could start a whole restaurant out of the delicious treats Suzanne Collins describes! Those were just the dishes we could remember!) All of the shoots incorporated the forest setting, which makes sense since that’s where Katniss hunts in District 12 and fights in when she’s in the arena. Each of bridal models carried Katniss’s signature bow-and-arrow (considering that’s cupid’s weapon, that actually makes a lot of sense to incorporate that element). Green Wedding Shoes featured an adorable table setting with tree stumps for seats (pictured, above), and a bouquet of arrows in place of flowers (pictured, above left). We loved the stunning bright wildflowers and gorgeous table settings by Courtney Clarke Photography (pictured, below). Our favorite shoot was done by Stacie Shea Events (pictured, top and bottom). We found their use of berries, bread and bows-and-arrows to be the simplest, yet classiest. Their idea of having mini berry jams and tiny baker loaves as parting favors was particularly adorable (pictured, below), as well as recreating the Katniss and Peeta suicide pact (pictured, top left) that feels reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet (not that we’re encouraging it!) Each shoot included gorgeous wedding cakes decorated with mockingjays, but we’re surprised no one went with the descriptive passages Collins had written about Peeta’s beautiful floral handiwork on desserts. (We’re also surprised they didn’t include any gorgeous blonde grooms – guess these stylists and photographers were all Team Gale? Hehe. Although, a traditional wedding ceremony in District 12 features the bride and groom toasting bread – if the “girl on fire” and “the boy with the bread” marry, one would get toast…) Rustic wedding settings full of birch trees, evergreens and wildflowers do provide a naturally stunning venue, so it makes sense people might be drawn to creating a Hunger Games-esque wedding, but considering the amount of death and destruction that takes place over the series, we don’t think that was the message Suzanne Collins was trying to send… Katniss Everdeen is not a girl just trying to get a ring on it. Although, it’s not really fair for us to assume what the author would like, since all she ever wanted for her characters was happiness, and the prospect of hope. ❤
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“I have no dress except the one I wear every day. If you are going to be kind enough to give me one, please let it be practical and dark so that I can put it on afterwards to go to the laboratory.” – Marie Curie, discussing the gift of her wedding gown. Today would have been her 144th birthday.
theSkinnyStiletto had been on a bit of hiatus at the end of September, because one of our editors had been in North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C. over the last two weeks, and this gorgeous couple was one of the destinations! Here are Leigh and Jerry, a former “Tuesday Twosome,” on their wedding day in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. This stunning bride looks like a magazine ad, but she is surprisingly not! Leigh wore a sophisticated high-neck gown with a plunging back and a fitted waist. The gentlemen seated at my table could not get over how much she resembled a J.Crew model! Leigh accessorized her look with a fabulous feather (pictured, insert left), strands of pearls wrapped around her wrist with matching drop earrings, and a bouquet of yellow flowers, which matched Jerry’s tie! His slick dark suit made this couple one posh pair! This beautiful photograph above was courtesy of the extremely talented Genevieve Stewart. Her work can be seen on her blog of the same name. The wedding was incredibly intimate and charming, and I feel absolutely blessed to have been a part of it. Here’s wishing Leigh and Jerry all the best! ❤
Since we’re celebrating engagements here at theSkinnyStiletto, what better topic to cover than bridal gowns?! Recently, the ever elegant Carolina Herrera revealed her Fall 2012 bridal collection. If big, poofy princess gowns are your kind of thing, then Herrera’s Collection is definitely not for you. (Although the ball gowns from her Spring 2012 Collection are simply divine, and remain understated. See photos of the “Alise” and the “Eleanor,” pictured below.) The Venezuelan-born designer selected sophisticated columns and simplicity as the themes for these bridal dresses. The Collection is getting more than the usual amount of attention dedicated to bridal fashion, because one of the gowns will be worn by Bella Swan in the upcoming Breaking Dawn: Part 1, the movie adaptation of the fourth novel in the Twilight series. Although it’s probably more appropriate for Bella to wear something black and gothic, since she’s marrying a walking corpse, but sure, high-end fashion always turns up in the wedding ceremonies of west-coast teenagers that take place in the woods… Herrera’s long sheaths and belted waists are romantic, classy and are definitely unique in a time when weddings keep getting too over-the-top. They are absolutely beautiful and sure to make any bride look timeless.
“It has been the experience of a lifetime to work with Catherine Middleton to create her wedding dress, and I have enjoyed every moment of it.” – Sarah Burton, Creative Director of Alexander McQueen and designer of the princess’s gown.
“Always a bridesmaid, never a bride…” But it doesn’t matter if your Princess Catherine’s maid-of-honor, because you’ll be wearing some hot designer duds! For the ceremony, both Kate Middleton and her younger sister, Pippa, were wearing Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton. But for the second reception, Pippa wore an emerald green Temperley gown. “The dress was designed especially for her with a fantastic open back and a full skirt for dancing in,” Alice Temperley explained. Temperley, who attended the same college as McQueen and Burton (Central St. Martins), launched her own line in 2000. The high-end British designer might sound familiar to American ears, due to her participation in the Target GO International program. This gown’s color does look divine on Miss Middleton, but maybe that’s because our editors are quite biased… We certainly approve of maid-of-honors in green!
Today Kate Middleton went from college girlfriend to Princess Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge. This philanthropic, down-to-earth, educated, true British beauty deserves any royal title she’s given. She has graced the world with the most regal and elegant gown in the history of royal weddings. When Catherine descended her chariot (a Rolls Royce), the female newscasters all said the same thing, “Her dress looks very much like Grace Kelly’s.” Although the dresses have the same theme with the high collar and long sleeves done in lace, there was something about the people’s Kate that stood out amongst all the former brides. The mystery behind the dress’s designer was one of the best-kept secrets in British history! Sarah Burton, the creative director for the late Alexander McQueen, earned an art foundation diploma at Manchester Polytechnic before interning for McQueen during her third year at Central St. Martins (where McQueen also attended school) studying print fashion in London. Burton graduated in ’97 and became McQueen’s protégé after school. Catherine’s dress was fitted at the waistline and accompanied by a nine-foot train in a striking yet subtle floral embroidered pattern that continued to the front. The bodice was a sweetheart bustier shape kept under long lace sleeves and extending collar. The little peek-a-boo of skin at the neck was the perfect accent to looking modern and tasteful. Catherine was definitely a “veil bride” versus a “hair bride” by keeping her chocolate tresses down in soft curls as she normally does, and put the attention on a soft, mantilla-styled headdress with lace piping and of course the Cartier platinum tiara. The tiara was made in 1936 and bought by Prince William’s great-grandfather, King George VI, for William’s great-grandmother. Queen Elizabeth was then given the tiara on her 18th birthday by her mother and lent it to the new Princess for her special day. Catherine’s maid of honor, her sister Pippa, also donned a custom Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen ivory gown. Both the bride and the maid of honor wore earrings made by Robinson Pelham. Catherine’s earrings were a wedding gift from her parents and were made to look like her family’s new coat of arms. They had pave-set diamond acorns in the center of pear-shaped diamond drops. Pippa wore floral diamond earrings with a coordinating headpiece. Hopefully future brides take cues from the Duchess of Cambridge, instead of the horrible Bridezillas we see so much of. Catherine’s equation to being a stunning bride: softness, sophistication, subtly, and all smiles!