|Photo by Rebekah Westover|
Did you know that January is the least popular month of the year for weddings?
It’s a pity, really.
Because, I can’t think of anything more beautiful and romantic than to start off a new year by celebrating your new life together with a warm and cozy winter wedding, can you?
|Winter Wedding Place Card Decor by Melinda L' Photography|
And how many pairs of shoes have I ruined trudging through wet grass, because the bride insisted on having her wedding in the garden, as planned, even though it had rained the night before?
And how many times have I sat fricaseeing on a folding chair in the stifling heat of August (the second most popular month), while the bride and groom stood in the shade of a leafy canopy gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes?
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There’s definitely something magical about a winter white wedding in January.
The Holiday festivities are behind us, but we can still feel their glow. We’re not quite ready, just yet, to let go of that celebratory feeling.
Over the years, as an image consultant, I have dressed mothers of the bride and mothers of the groom, but never the bride, herself. It was a decision I made early in my career.
Helping the bride to choose her perfect dress for her perfect day is a specialty best left to the experts, and every time I catch an episode of “Say Yes to the Dress,” the hugely successful series filmed at one of the country’s biggest and best Bridal Salons, Kleinfeld, in Manhattan, I am reminded that I made the right decision.
Every day they deal with brides who don’t know what they want, are too specific about what they want, or are just impossible to please. Yet, somehow, very few brides leave without buying a dress, which is a tribute to the tenacity, perspicacity, experience and expertise of the Kleinfeld bridal consultants. Bravi tutti!
Because of the business I am in, when I do go to weddings, I am always asked for my opinion on the bride’s dress, and I always say the same thing -- “She looks absolutely lovely” -- because it’s almost always true, and because you never know who is listening.
If I were one day to throw caution to the winds and decide to dress a bride for a winter wedding, I would put her in something simple, sleek and chic – something timeless.
And for that, I would go straight to my favorite wedding dress designer, Rosa Clara.
This Spanish designer uses only the finest fabrics to create her unique silhouettes, at once modern and traditional. Expert tailoring allows her gowns to drape perfectly, while maintaining a highly structural, almost architectural, shape.
You will find everything from traditional ball gowns, with a Rosa Clara twist, to bias-cut and Grecian-inspired gowns that flow like liquid with every movement.
So, what would I choose for my bride? Drum roll, please.
Ladies, may I present to you my elegant winter bride:
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