From Wedding Sari to Western Reception Dress

Here it is!  I promised part two of my last post about bespoke wedding dress designer, Olivia Humphries of the Nova McLaren Label. It was absolutely brilliant how Humphries “Married East and West” in her dress design.  Her ‘Wedding Sari’ design became a ‘Western Reception Dress’.  If you’d like to read part 1, click on the link.  “Update, Wedding Dress Designer Nova McLaren

In Oliva Humphries’ words:

“Alissa’s dress was a dream to work on! As her fiance’s family were originally from India, she wanted this to be a noticable influence in the wedding…which it was from lace sari, gold belt, gold earrings from a crafter in India, asymmetrical lace patterning on the skirt, elephant name holders, henna patterned stationary and bajhi’s and samosa’s for appetizers! Everything was beautiful.

Her family’s traditional midwestern and preppy CT styling was prevalent too in the styling, we used pearls to decorate her reception belt, beautifully delicate french lace for the just off the shoulder style, a beautiful long train and even longer veil – to please her mom!

 

 

 

I thought you might like to see an image of the beautiful designer, Olivia Humphries! Here she is to the left in this photo in blue.

The transformation from the first look where the groom saw her in the off shoulder pearl look to the Indian influenced lace sari and gold jewellry was so cool to see – the groom loved the surprise as did all the guests.  Above is a photo of the bride’s reception look.  This is more of a ‘Western Profile’.

And above, the FABULOUS long veil, (which doubles as a train!), so cherished by the bride’s mother.

Don’t forget to check out Nova McLaren’s website.  Just click on the link!  Nova McLaren

Photos: Olivia Humphries

A Book Review – “Unfinished”

A Book Review…about our own hometown literary hero’s new publication!  Although this is a wedding blog, I occasionally write a review about a book I love, and often the authors are friends of mine.  Usually, long distance friends.  But Amy Snyder is not only a friend, but lives in my own town of Glastonbury, CT. I occasionally work with Amy.  She’s warm, friendly, creative, and fun to be around. Read on for more about her delightful new book!

A quick synopsis from Barnes and Noble:
Unfinished by Amy Snyder

Mirabelle is a writer who just can’t finish any of the stories she starts. When her twins leave home for college, they take with them Mirabelle’s sense of identity. As she strives to adjust to her empty nest she is visited by someone unexpected: a character from the very first novel she ever attempted to write.

Characters from all of her unfinished works begin to materialize in her home, in her car, at her job. They talk, yell, and some even throw things at her. Mirabelle can see them, smell them, touch them and though she knows they’re not real, she can’t help but engage them. She created them, after all. They become part of her daily life and she finds herself alternating between hiding them from and sharing them with her almost-always-doting husband, Alex.

Some of Mirabelle’s characters are like good friends, encouraging her to finish something she’s started. Others manipulate her for their own needs and story lines. Good and bad, these characters are part of her and Mirabelle discovers she needs to both fix and finish them before they destroy her life, her sanity, and her marriage.

The lovely Amy Snyder

So what’s my take? Honestly?  I loved it. I think if I had to pick the single most appealing aspect of this book, it would be it’s refreshing approach.  But don’t forget the easy dialogue, great husband/wife dynamic/relationship. Snyder’s book is one where you say, “Ok.  Just one more chapter.”  That chapter slips into five.  “Unfinished” is fun, and very relatable.

Click on a link below if you’re interested in obtaining your own copy of “Unfinished”!

“Unfinished” Amazon

“Unfinished” Barnes and Noble

 

Update: Wedding Dress Designer Nova McLaren!

What’s the latest on wedding dress designer Nova McLaren?  If you remember from previous posts, I showcased brilliant wedding dress designer Olivia Humphries, the genius behind the Nova McLaren Wedding Dress Label.  If you’d like to read some of the older posts, click on the following links.  I just love the beautiful options Olivia offers brides. No one knows better than the bride what she wants.  Olivia helps the bride achieve her heart’s desire.  And the price, while not inexpensive, is completive with other choices.

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Who better to tell the story of this bride’s wedding journey to the prefect dress, than her bespoke designer, Olivia Humphries:

“Alissa’s dress was a dream to work on! As her fiance’s family were originally from India, she wanted this to be a noticable influence in the wedding…which it was from lace sari, gold belt, gold earrings from a crafter in India, asymmetrical lace patterning on the skirt, elephant name holders, henna patterned stationary and bajhi’s and samosa’s for appetizers! Everything was beautiful.

Her family’s traditional midwestern and preppy CT styling was prevalent too in the styling, we used pearls to decorate her reception belt, beautifully delicate french lace for the just off the shoulder style, a beautiful long train and even longer veil – to please her mom!

 

They got married at the Branford House in Groton on July 8th 2017.”  Branford House photo below by Mary P. Karnes

The transformation from the first look where the groom saw her in the off shoulder pearl look to the Indian influenced lace sari and gold jewellry was so cool to see – the groom loved the surprise as did all the guests.  Would you like to see the beautiful western ‘pearl’ ensemble described here?  Check back next week!

All lace was from french crafter Sophie Hallette – Maralyn Monroe and Amal Cloony used the same lace as the sari design for dresses! The peach blush silk crepe was from a supplier in New York and the silk tulle for the veil from Pongees of London. The pearls on the belt were Swarovski.

 

Nova McLaren – Website

 

A Book Review – A Cajun Country Mystery

A Book Review…

Every once in awhile, I deviate from my usual wedding blog posts for something special. The delightful book, “A Cajon Christmas Killing” is just such a case.  First, a little description from Barnes and Noble about the book:

A Cajun Christmas Killing: A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen Byron

Maggie Crozat is back home in bayou country during the most magical time of the year. In Pelican, Louisiana, Christmastime is a season of giant bonfires on the levee, zydeco carols, and pots of gumbo. Except, this year, the Grinch has come to stay at the family-run Crozat Plantation B&B. When he floods travel websites with vicious reviews, Maggie thinks she’s identified him as rival businessman Donald Baxter. That is, until he’s found stabbed to death at Maggie’s workplace. And Maggie and her loved ones become top suspects.

The Crozats quickly establish alibis, but Maggie’s boyfriend, Detective Bo Durand, remains under suspicion. With Bo sidelined during the investigation, Maggie finds herself forced to work with an unlikely ally: longtime family enemy Rufus Durand. Her sleuthing uncovers more suspects than drummers drumming, and lands her in the crosshairs of the murderer.

The sleigh bells are jingling, and the clock is ticking for Maggie and Rufus, who must catch the killer or it will be the opposite of a Joyeux Noël in A Cajun Christmas Killing , the recipe-stuffed third installment of USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country mysteries.

What’s the best news about this book?  It’s the THIRD, yes the third, in the series!  Do you ever discover a new author and feel a sense of melancholy when the book is finished?  I do.  But then, what joy when you realize the book you just devoured is part of series!

The first is:    “Plantation Shudders” – Amazon

                       “Plantation Shudders” – Barnes and Noble

The second: “Body on the Bayou” – Amazon

                      “Body on the Bayou” – Barnes and Noble

If you forced me to pick my favorite, I’m not sure I could.  But I always like the last I read the best.  Byron just keeps getting better, her stories more interesting, funnier, the plot even tighter.  Maybe “A Cajun Christmas Killing” is my favorite because I love the holiday season.

Read one/all of these books.  Enjoy, treat yourself. You can thank me later!  🙂

Above, the beautiful Ellen Byron, author

“A Cajun Christmas Killing” – Barnes and Noble

“A Cajun Christmas Killing” – Amazon