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The World of the Bouquet

Monday, December 24th, 2012

The bouquet is not the first decision a bride makes, really.  Far from it.  The dress is always first.  The bouquet should enhance the dress not be the star.  In this, I tend to be a traditionalist, preferring neutral colors but then it is not my wedding.  




These classic bouquets are still playful with the intertwining of shape and color.

Moving away from the classic, these two bouquets are more unique.  I love the single flower because you really are not distracted from the dress.  I am also a ribbon fan.

I think the sage color in this bouquet is lovely.  Carolina Herrera’s wheat bouquet was spectacular especially against the textured and elaborate fabric.

One of my Brides wanted pinecones in her bouquet .  The brown of the pinecones would not have photographed well so we made them her private secret.  Even though I am not a fan of color with the wedding dress, this bouquet is spectacular!


One way to get color is to let your Bridesmaids’ bouquet represent your love of color.  I do love the hint of purple in this bouquet and it works because of the wildness of the arrangement.  This Bride just had to have color and I agreed with her.

Finally two of my favorites bouquets!


Sunday, December 16th, 2012

I am off to NYC to look in windows and be inspired after a long season.  I spent some of my childhood in the city and love walking the streets, soaking up the this great town.  But I have chosen the country as my home-base and nothing is more inspirational than nature.


Spring is really the most exciting month for me.  This beautiful garden in Japan is just magical.

Summer in Vermont is full of happy Sunflowers.  MW and I  grow many varieties with help from the Chipmunks.

I would miss Fall but then I would miss stick season too.

And then the monochromatic beauty of winter.  It is snowing right now so I am going to enjoy the moment.  XXX

It is all about the hair!

Friday, December 14th, 2012

This is the most personal decision a bride will make for her wedding.  It is important to feel special but not so different your fiancé is not happy.  Hair up, down, to the side, messy or tight…Question, who am I on this day and will he like it.?

Of course you then have the power of the dress.  It has found you and has a strong voice about hair, makeup and accessories too.  So much pressure!


Carolina Herrara showed this beautiful headband with her collection.  I think both headbands work and are a lovely addition especially with no veil.

And then you have the extreme Chanel messy looks.  And this winner up-do is perfect with it’s soft and romantic curls- even he will like this.



Oh, this is one of my favorite Candice Bergen images.  This up-do is copied and modified over and over again. Just perfection. Blake Lively looks wonderful with this version.

Then how can you leave out having your hair long!  The beautiful Kate shows us exactly how to do it and many brides now opt for the groom pleasing style.

Finding Inspiration

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Rackham and Crane and Beardsley oh my

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Dearest B,

In prepping for another letter, I rediscovered 19th century illustrators Arthur Rackham (1867-1939), Walter Crane (1845-1915), and Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898).   It’s been dreadfully difficult selecting works to share, the output is exceptional and immense.  I do hope you enjoy the preview.

Much love,


Arthur Rackham

From Undine (1909), "soon she was lost to sight in the Danube"

early 20th century

Catskin, 1918

Walter Crane

Beauty and The Beast, 1874

Neptune's Horses, 1892

Nymph Between Two Satyrs, 1897

Aubrey Beardsley

The Mysterious Rose Garden, 1895

Isolde, 1895

Sir Lancelot and the Witch Hellawes, 1893

Gloria and Lillian

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Darling B,

You’re absolutely right, the Royal Wedding certainly had its share of inimitable hats.  But you know me, always glancing back, I couldn’t help but think about two of early Hollywood’s most intoxicating stars, each a dazzling, pioneering milliner’s dream:  Gloria Swanson and Lillian Gish.

Wishing you well,


Silent film stars Gloria Swanson and Lillian Gish

Gish, early 1920's

One the screen's first provocateurs

i like them to think of them as an orchid and a rose



The adolescent years of moving pictures were stunning, weren't they?

Lillian Gish, October 14, 1893 – February 27, 1993

A surge of divine. Gloria Swanson, March 27, 1899 – April 4, 1983

The Royal Wedding

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

While there is no want for gush, B and I simply must congratulate the newlyweds on their nuptials and the stunning celebration that followed.  What bliss – despite lofty titles, billions of guests, and heaps of unimaginable responsibility, William and Kate remain a boy and girl in love on their wedding day.   To you both, we wish our very best.

The Royal Wedding, April 29, 2011