Wedding Dress Lesson: Who Needs An Inspiration Notebook?

Sometimes all our clippings, idea boards and swatches can seem like our most important possessions. But in fact, the heart and soul of your wedding is not among your bookmarks, pins, or inspiration notebooks.  My wedding dress was made by a creative, talented woman who basically took the ideas right out of my head. She asked me to pull some photos from magazines, and boy did I! I had a thick reference file all set to go. But at the airport, waiting for my plane to fly home to Chicago to meet her, I realized my treasured idea binder was on my vanity.

My airport wedding dress inspiration photos, and my first fabric swatch.

My airport wedding dress inspiration photos, and my first fabric swatch.

I had to start over. I hit the airport newsstand and picked up whatever random bridal mag they had, and started sorting through ideas on the plane. I found myself drawn to a dresses i never would have pulled out a week before- covered with ruffles? touch of color? I went with it it and told Julia my designer who ran with it. I got a tailored top with gorgeous ruffled skirt covered in hydrangea blossoms.  I don’t know what my dress would have looked like if I had brought the “right” pictures. All I know is that even without my precious design notebook, I knew myself and I trusted the person I hired. And I can’t imagine having worn anything else.

The beautiful final product

The beautiful final product

Inauguration 2013 Wedding Planning Inspiration!

Wedding planning inspiration is everywhere! Brides of all political parties, heads up today and tomorrow for wedding ideas all around in celebration of the inauguration of President Barack Obama.  You’ll see elegant, classic goings on at parties and ceremonies (sound familiar?) galore.

The First Lady's Jason Wu gown in 2009 - very bridal!

The First Lady’s Jason Wu gown in 2009 – very bridal!

Tonight for example there’s a big candlelight reception at the National Building Museum.  NBC news is showing extensive photo coverage on their website, so as tonight and tomorrow progress, there are sure to be photos of dresses, decor, and details to ogle.  Tune in, turn on, and make notes!

Live well and love well.


PS: a live stream of all the good stuff will be available here  tomorrow (including the Commander In Chief’s Ball!)