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
Fancy the idea of an original wedding gown, or a “Bespoke Wedding Gown”? Well, if you’re lucky enough to live in the New England area, you need look no further than Nova McLaren, owned by the lovely Olivia Humphreys. I introduced her to you on my blog a couple weeks ago. If you’d like to read that post, just click on the link! Nova McLaren.
The above is an absolute exquisite creation. The color, my favorite. But are you more of a conventional bride, and desire a more bridal shade of white? No problem. Nova McLaren can do whatever you want. That’s the beauty of going this route for your gown. You can have whatever you want! Like the bodice of one gown, and the skirt of another? Nova McLaren will make it work.
Would you like to see some of her other creations? They are beauties, I guarantee – take a gander, and in the words of the designer:
Below are…”Pieces I did for Christian Siriano’s Spring Summer 2017 collection at New York Fashion Week in September”
This black number says “Old World Hollywood” to me. I would so love to wear a gown such as this. The elegance, the colors, they’re are my idea of glamour.
And what about this gorgeous white ensemble? I love how the white fabric drapes. Your wedding could have this gracefulness as well.
Of all the gowns, this could possibly be my favorite. I love the sheerness of the lower skirt. It flows so dramatically across the model’s legs.
Next time, I have a question and answer interview with the talented Olivia Humphreys of Nova McLaren.
Please visit this phenomenal designer at: novamclaren.com
Runway photos: Cory Lynn Tucker
Royal wedding gowns …the makings of fairly tales… I chose a few beauties over the years to share with you. My very favorite – Grace Kelly’s. I think it’s absolutely exquisite. There is not a thing I would change. The reviews of Kate Middleton’s dress were constantly comparing it to Princess Grace’s. I do not see it, save for the lace bodice and long sleeves.
While not a fan of Camilla, I think her dress is stunning, and in perfect keeping for a lady marrying for a second time. She makes the old adage, “All Brides Are Beautiful”, true. She sure was on her wedding day.
Above is a picture of the angelic Queen Victoria in her wedding finery. According to Wikipedia: “The tradition of a white wedding is commonly credited to Queen Victoria’s choice to wear a white wedding dress at her wedding toPrince Albert in 1840.
Royal brides before Victoria did not typically wear white, instead choosing “heavy brocaded gowns embroidered with white and silver thread,” with red being a particularly popular colour in Western Europe more generally. European and American brides had been wearing a plethora of colours, including blue, yellow, and practical colours like black, brown, or gray. As accounts of Victoria’s wedding spread across the Atlantic and throughout Europe, elites followed her lead. Because of the limitations of laundering techniques, white dresses provided an opportunity for conspicuous consumption. They were favored primarily as a way to show the world that the bride’s family was so wealthy and so firmly part of the leisure class that the bride would choose an elaborate dress that could be ruined by any sort of work or spill. The colour white was also the colour girls were required to wear at the time when they were presented to the court.
Above is a photo of the new Princess Sophia of Sweden’s train…and notice the lovely flowers on the pews.
The chart above showcases the wedding dress sketches of the most recent royal brides.
And we can NEVER forget the iconic dress of Diana, Princess of Wales. It was panned throughout the years, but I think she chose well. It was perfect for her larger than life wedding, her larger than life venue…