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Psssst, Listen 2 This: What Wedding Rumor Do You Believe?

photo courtesy of marieclaire.com

I would like to thank Mrs. McComb – my ahhhmazing Kindergarten teacher – for teaching me one of the greatest sayings ever: Secrets, secrets are no fun.  Secrets, secrets hurt someone.  Haha!  While not all rumors are meant to be secretive or hurtful, one thing is fo’ sho… they all contain a level of ridiculousness that only rumors can implode and people can explode.

And no rumors are more ridiculous than those centered around celebrities.  Partially because of their allure; partially because of their unreachable appeal and unattainable status, celebrities will inevitably fall victim to some of the most outlandish accusations this side of the Mississippi.  Like a game a “Telephone” gone to Hell in a hand basket, celebrity rumors are not only started and contorted by your BF, Ryan Seacrest and every other busy body, but they are also then remolded, sculpted and presented for an entire world to scrutinize.  Awesome.

Recently, E! Online posted the 5 Wackiest Rumors About Katy Perry & Russell Brand’s Wedding, but what I want to know is… A) Which one do you consider the most over the top and B) What Wh@cKed Out rumors – if any – were centered around your big day? 

As far as E! Online’s rumors, here’s a breakdown from a segment they like to call So True / So False:

  1. Russell thinks Katy is the cat’s pajamas and gifted her with a tigress; while Katy made Brand feel like a Big Shot and gifted him with an elephant.  – SO FALSE!  (While they did have live animals at the wedding, none were presented as gifts to the B&G.)
  2. MIA POP staaahhhhs.  While Katy and Russell’s guest list was rumored to have big names, it was Diddy who was the guest of honor and pumped up the volume to the wee hours of the morning! – SO FALSE!  (Diddy was actually @ Pure Nightclub in Las Vegas.)
  3. The couple went cuckoo for native culture and had a ceremony fit to be tied for all things Hindu and ditched their customarily Christian backgrounds in order to be hitched. – SO FALSE!  (A rep of the duo confirmed that a “Christian minister and longtime friend of the Hudson family” was the one to help the two say I do.)
  4. Katy looked HAWT in haute couture sporting an Elie Saab gown, but details remained under lock ‘n’ key. – SO TRUE! 
  5. By the end of the night, people had to “Call the Law and hold the Applause” after Brand’s bodyguards stranded news photographers in the middle of a tiger sanctuary and stirred up enough of a late night ruckus which resulted in public complaints. – ????????  (While no charges were filed against the guards after they apologized, there is still investigating going on for the public complaints.)

For these as well as other whacked out wedding rumors, be sure to view E! Online!

October 27, 2010 at 2:05 pm 1 comment

Google’s Gone Gaga for Katy Perry & Russell Brand… and I Like It!

For serious, how can you not love them? (photo courtesy of mtv.com)

Bells will ring!  The (uh uh uh) sun will shine!  (Woah oh oh oh!)  I’ll be his!  And he’ll be mine!  We’ll love until… the end of time!  And we’ll never be lonely any more!  Because…

(They’re allegedly) going to the Chapel (tomorrow!), and (they’re supposedly) get mare-ha-harried!

Ha!  First of all, what do you even know about that remix?  And second of all, who else could I possibly be talking about other than the sultry and often scantily clad Katy Perry and her unruly rocker of a man, Russell Brand!?!  I mean hellllooooo???  You know you’re big time when even CNN can’t resist offering all the latest gossip about your celebrity nuptials!

Tomorrow (sound horns!), the 23rd of October, is said to be the big day this celebrity power couple will say “I do” to each other in a VERY private, VERY exclusive ceremony at the Taj Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, India… pause to admire, then resume below…

I know what you're thinking... what a SHANTY! Right? (photo courtesy of houseandgarden.com.au)

This – of course – being the same location they got engaged just this past New Year’s Eve.  Siiiiiiiggghhhhh, how romantic :)  And while details of the event have been kept under lock ‘n’ key, there are a few tid bits that have leaked over time.  One of which being that celebrity wedding planner to the staaahhhhs, Mindy Weiss, will be helping the couple coordinate the big day, which is fitting considering Perry allegedly wanted to channel Gwen Stefani’s bridal chic-ness, whose wedding was also planned by the lovely Ms. Weiss as well. 

photo courtesy of life.com

Another golden nugget of info is that Perry’s best friend, Rihanna, is the obvious choice for maid of honor… and I sincerely suspect Ms. RiRi will easily add some fierce beauty to the guaranteed-to-be-gorgeous wedding album!  I mean, honestly… just look at her!  Do you think Katy and Rihanna ever argue about who’s hotter?  “No, Katy, you’re so much hotter than me!”  “No way, RiRi, you’re the Caribbean Queen and sooo waaay hotter than me!”  I bet they do.

Anyhoot, back to the soon-to-be-wed love birds!  I love both Brand and Perry for a number of obvious and unobvious reasons, but I mainly can’t get enough of these two crazy kids because even with their over the top personalities and celebrity swellings, they’ve both been very consistent about keeping their wedding day an intimate and seemingly “normal” celebration for the two of them.  They truly want it to be a special day to celebrate their love!  Russell was even quoted during a Q&A in New York on the 12th of this month saying:

“We just love each other, and we want to get married in front of our friends and family and keep it very normal.  It ain’t about selling the pictures.  It ain’t about doing no pre-nup.  It’s just a normal thing.” (Russell Brand, via CNN.com)

Ha!  Love love love this!  And even though I totally know they’re being super cautious about keeping secrets… I soooo hope they share at least a few images with the rest of us who were either A) “accidently” left off the guest list or B) couldn’t afford a plane ticket to go!  Haha!

Good luck you two!  On behalf of Marilyn’s Keepsakes and myself, I’d like to wish you both the best of luck and all the happiness in the world!  And cheers to many, MANY years of ahhhh to the mazing!  Lord knows y’all deserve it :)

October 22, 2010 at 12:47 pm Leave a comment

Wedding Trend Alert: Wish Lanterns Take Flight for Newlyweds

photo courtesy of Allen Hsu via flickr.com

I wish (pun intended) I could tell you where, when, why or even how I first came across this trend, but honestly, I have no idea.  Haha!  I just remember seeing something about wedding wish lanterns once upon a time, which obviously sparked and captivated my attention long enough to prevent me from letting it go. 

“Letting go,” however, is exactly what these bad boys are about, and after doing a version of wish lanterns at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, a fundraiser benefitting cancer research earlier this year, I can honestly admit from firsthand experience how awesome they can be!

Originating in Asia, sky or wish lanterns have been used for centuries during celebrations as a symbolic means to release worries, stress and problems back into the atmosphere.  Because of their traditional and historic appeal, not to mention their undeniably meaningful value, it’s no wonder this Asian sensation made its way into the wedding world.

Constructed of 100% biodegradable materials, not only are these mini hot air balloons absolutely beautiful to watch, but they are also earth friendly and Mother Nature approved!  *Hooty Hoot* for going green!

The lanterns will be in the air for approximately 12 minutes and reach up to a mile!  Brides and grooms can choose to release one alone, or (depending on the budget, of course) include their entire bridal party or guest list in the release of these luminary wish lanterns.  For a better idea, check out this beautiful video from WishLanternUSA (I love the music!) or for more information or to purchase wish lanterns, visit wishlantern.com:  

July 28, 2010 at 1:04 pm 5 comments

Celebs Sayin’ *I do* out the Wazoo: From American Idol Sweetheart to Divalicious Bride

photo courtesy of people.com

I’m telling you what, friends, some of my fave celebutante’s have truly been keeping me on my toes!  And this weekend proved to be no different when according to People.com, Carrie Underwood and (now!) hubs-tastic hockey man, Mike Fisher said *I do* on Saturday in front of 250 of their closest friends and family on a $500,000 budget!  Check it out:

The Location.   The setting proved to be a southern belle’s dream, as friends and family gathered at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia to watch as one of country music’s most sought after ladies made her “Mrs.” title offish.  I mean, for serious, look at this dream…

Reynolds Plantation (Photo courtesy of ritzcarlton.com)

Golf Course at Reynolds Plantation (Photo courtesy of ritzcarlton.com)

The Dress.  Dressed to the nines – as if there were any doubt – Carrie wore a Chantilly lace (got a “pretty face!”) dress designed by one of the wedding worlds finest, Monique Lhuillier… who also went ahead and whipped up the bridesmaids dresses as well.  Can you say jealous?  Honestly, look at some of the magic this woman has created:

Part of Monique Lhuillier's Spring 2010 Collection (photos courtesy of moniquelhuillier.com)

Don't you just love them!?! (photo courtesy of people.com)

The Guest List. As you can imagine, this was one star-studded event, which only further upsets me my invitation was obviously lost in the mail!  Haha!  With over 250 people attendance, there were undoubtedly wall to wall Staaaahhhhs, including all three of Underwood’s former Idol judges – Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson (DAWG!) – and country music’s favorite couple, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill!  Love love love them!

The Ceremony.  Carrie told People.com, “We could not feel more blessed to have found each other and to have shared this day with our friends and family that mean so much to us!”  A day which was marked by a beautiful ceremony, filled with classical music and the couple’s ultra fave Bible versus.  Awww :)

The Honeymoon.  Get ready to swoon, lovers!  According to USMagazine.com, this newlywed power couple is jet set and celebrating their nuptials in none other than beautiful Bora Bora!  Siiiighhhhh.  I wanna go! I wonder why they didn’t invite me?

photo courtesy of boncherry.com

July 12, 2010 at 1:28 pm Leave a comment

Sizzlin’ Celebrity Nuptials: *Fox*iest Bride Ever is Officially Off the Market

As a regular among men’s magazine’s uber “hot” lists, it was only a matter of time before sultry starlet, Megan Fox was officially taken off the market. So continuing on my wedding-fueled celebrity gossip binge (that occurs on a regular basis… I know.  I’m sick), I had to get my fix of Foxy’s wedding deets and share them with my fellow wedding (and celeb obsessed) enthusiasts!

The Location. You are just going to die when I say this. Fox and her hubby, Brian Austin Green exchanged vows on the sandy, sunset beaches…of Hawaii…at THE FOUR SEASONS! Can you say jeal-ous?

photo courtesy of fourseasons.com

photo courtesy of thinkfashion.com

The Flowers. Fox rocked an all-white bouquet composed of gardenias and roses.  Hawt! Little known fact: gardenias are tropical flowers that signify romance and secret love…you really planned that one out, didn’t you Foxy?

The Dress. Ahh, the divalicious centerpiece of every wedding. According to reports, Fox’s good pal Giorgio Armani sent her a silky georgette strapless number that, of course, looked flawlessly fab. However, sources say that Fox did have some difficulty when it came to handling the 16 foot train. After a while of wrestling with the train, the free-spirited actress apparently just let it go to frolic through the sand. *Sigh.

photo courtesy of thinkfashion.com

The Ceremony. Conducted by a native Hawaiian officiant (wearing what appears to be a frighteningly short linen towel), the two were wed at sunset with Green’s son Kassius being the only witness. Green also donned a handsome, all-white Armani suit.

And there you have it, y pretty ladies in waitingm. I’m going to go quit my day job now and become a ridiculously hawt celebrity, because clearly it’s the business. And because a little Hawaii and Armani never hurt anybody.

July 9, 2010 at 2:28 pm 1 comment

Another One Bites the Dust: Why Celebrity Crushes Hurt so Bad

photo courtesy of people.com

Shortly after Monday’s post – Who is Hollywood’s HOTTEST Bride-to-Be? – went live, I went home, turned on E! and discovered some news that struck me to my very core… Orlando Bloom, the man who was my screen saver for a good portion of my freshmen and sophomore years of college, is now officially off the market.  <Siiiiiiiiiighhhhhhh>  How could Legolas do this to me??  I thought I was supposed to be his Mrs. Greenleaf?!?!

**If you’re not a huge action / adventure / fantasy nerd like me, the reference to Legolas Greenleaf is in regards to Orlando’s character in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Yep.  Cool points, noted and awarded.

Anyhoot, as you might have already deduced, Orlando Bloom announced Monday that he joined the ranks of the newly engaged after popping the question to long time girlfriend, Miranda Kerr.  I mean, come on!  Let’s not get caught up in the minor details of me already being married, her already being a Victoria’s Secret starlet and the two of them already dating for 3 years, shall we??  And let’s focus on the more important facts… 

Fact 1:  I was this man’s (self proclaimed) biggest fan for years!  Fact 2:  I could quote all three LOTR’s from beginning to end, including additional footage, without hesitation.  Fact 3:  I sat through Elizabethtown, borderline the world’s worst romantic comedy, not once, but twice for his royal hottness and Fact 5:  I would soooo work a wedding dress tenfold harder than any perfectly shaped, runway *Angel…

Okay, Fact 5 maaaaay be stretching it a bit, but that’s neither here nor there.  What is here and there is the fact that yet another Hollywood hottie is tying the knot and breaking my heart.  So, in conclusion, might I just say (and in a bit more realistic tone) that I wish them both the best of luck and many, MANY years of happiness!

Oh, and… I love you, Tanner.  The “divorce’esque” talk was merely for show :) :) :)

June 23, 2010 at 1:29 pm 4 comments

Who is Hollywood’s HOTTEST Bride-to-Be?

Katy Perry says ooh la la! (photo courtesy of askmen.com)

It’s no secret that I love celebrity gossip.  I border somewhere between overly excited and overtly obsessed.  You think I give a care that E! is almost a constant background noise when I’m in charge of the remote… think again!  Haha!

And even if you’re not quite as unhealthily in louvre with Hollywood hotties as I am, there is no denying there pull on the rest of the world.  Recently, People.com did a post on some of Hollywood’s hottest ladies in waiting, but I’m already dyin’ to know who will be the most jaw dropping, knock down, drag out, over-the-top bride of the bunch!

Only time will tell, I suppose, but in the interim, you can be darn sure I will be bustin’ out my old school paper dolls, plastering on celebutante heads and jimmy riggin’ each one’s most illustrious ensembles!  Hooty hoot!  Can’t even wait for these weddings!  Ladies, my address is still the same :)

Without further adieu, here is the People.com list of Hollywood brides-to-be:

Name: Carrie Underwood
Age: 27
Hubs-to-Be: Mike Fisher

photo courtesy of askmen.com

Name: America Ferrera
Age: 26
Hubs-to-Be: Ryan Piers Williams

photo courtesy of askmen.com

Name: KatyPerry
Age: 25
Hubs-to-Be: Russel Brand

photo courtesy of askmen.com

Name: Amy Adams
Age: 35
Hubs-to-Be: Darren Le Gallo

photo courtesy of askmen.com

Name: Anna Paquin
Age: 27
Hubs-to-Be: Stephen Moyer

photo courtesy of askmen.com

Name: Nicole Richie
Age: 28
Hubs-to-Be: Joel Madden

photo courtesy of askmen.com

Name: Hilary Duff
Age: 22
Hubs-to-Be: Mike Comrie

photo courtesy of askmen.com

Name: Emily Blunt
Age: 27
Hubs-to-Be: John Krasinski

photo courtesy of askmen.com

Name: Jenna Fischer
Age: 36
Hubs-to-Be: Lee Kirk

photo courtesy of askmen.com

Name: Kristen Bell
Age: 29
Hubs-to-Be: Dax Shepard

photo courtesy of askmen.com

Name: Penelope Cruz (maybe?)
Age: 36
Hubs-to-Be: Javier Bardem

photo courtesy of askmen.com

June 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm 3 comments

1950s Styled Wedding Gowns: A Look to the Past Could Be in Your Future

Audrey Hepburn.  Marilyn Monroe.  Sophia Loren.  Elizabeth Taylor.  Grace Kelly.  Barbie.

…Don’t act like you’re not impressed.  Fashion of the 1950s was all about timeless style and demure glamour, and these women embraced it beautifully.  The entire decade – not to mention these bombshell beauties – oozed a kind of elegance, grace and sophistication that no other decade since has been able to touch.  Heck, even the trends emulated by sultry, 1950s pin up girls reflected an element of class unscathed by raunchy obscenity or flagrant missteps.

It was a time for figure flattering tea length dresses and haute couture gowns; long sleeve, satin gloves and birdcage veils.  There fitted waists and poodle skirts; delicately embroidered bust lines and ravishingly rouched waistlines.  And while there are some parts of fashion history we all hope will never reemerge (helloooo 1980 linebacker shaped, puffy sleeved disasters!), it’s easy to see why fifties glamour is one of the most inspiring eras on the red carpet, and as luck would have it, bridal fashion. 

Below are some examples of where old world icons and modern day designers have collided, and the results, my dear friends, are nothing short of epic.  (Photos courtesy of Google Images, TheKnot.com and KleinfeldBridal.com.  Merged by yours truly by the power of Photoshop.)

A soft, embroidered halter on Sophia Loren before & an Alvina Valenta gown after

A flaring, tea length dress on Barbie before & a Moonlight gown after

A single sleeved, off-the-shoulder Grecian dress on Grace Kelly before & a Romona Keveza gown after

A sleek, form fitting stunner on Audrey Hepburn before & a Palazzo gown after

A flirty, ballerina tutu on Marilyn Monroe before & a Winnie Couture gown after

A belted, cinched waist and pockets on Elizabeth Taylor before & a Priscilla of Boston gown after

A belted, cinched waist and pockets on Elizabeth Taylor before & a Priscilla of Boston gown after

A side sweeped, gathered gown on Grace Kelly before & a Enzoani gown after

A pleated, tea length halter on Marilyn Monroe before & an Amsale gown after

A bubbly, princess ball gown on Audrey Hepburn before & a Rosa Clara gown after

A jeweled side, red carpet favorite on Barbie before & an Oleg Cassini gown after

February 3, 2010 at 3:53 pm 4 comments

Be Oscar-worthy at Your Wedding with a Wardrobe Change

“Dumpy economy. Schmumpy economy.”  Not even an economic crisis can prevent this dual dress, wedding trend from booming.  With a growing number of brides saying “Yes!” to not one, but two (sometimes even three) dresses, it seems as though future Mrs. everywhere deserve a pat on the back for causing the most fashionable, most fabulous, economic stimulus ever!

But who’s to thank for this diva-riffic duality??  You guessed it… celebutantes.  Like so many trends, we have our famed sisters to thank for trickling this treat down to the rest of us.  Everyone from Britney and Christina to Avril and most recently, Khloe Kardashian-Odom pulled the  showed off  but they aren’t the only ones.  This trend can be seen everywhere!

And it didn’t begin, nor will it end with celebrities.  In fact, it’s been a part of many bridal cultures for centuries.  Having multiple dresses has been associated with a number of different cultures and ethnic groups around the world.  Especially enriched in East Indian and Asian cultures, many brides of certain heritages will wear traditional garb during the ceremony and switch it up at the reception to really let loose… which I consider the main reason behind any girl’s decision to bait ‘n’ switch.

It’s about being young and having fun!  While many wedding ceremonies are viewed as traditional and sacred, their accompanying receptions are a time to PARRRTAAAY!  Hence why so many wardrobe changing brides tend to wear more formal, fairy tale or traditional gowns during the ceremony, and jazz it up at the reception!

While this wasn’t in my budget, I soooo encourage any bride-to-be who can afford it, to be like Nike and “just do it!”  I mean seriously, it’s like having the most fun dress up day… twice!

And finally, for your viewing pleasure… by merging photos from Google Images, I’m proud to present some of my favorite celebrity, wedding wardrobe switches!

From Vera to Velour, Khloe Kardashian was all kinds of FaBuLoUs!!

Christina Aguilera transformed from "Oh Wow!" to "Ow Ow!" on her wedding day!

Even though she didn't find her "happily ever after," Britney still rocked out both her wedding dresses!

Our favorite Bachelorette, Trista, also pulled the 'ole switch-a-roo!

Avril went from glowing bride to ready to rock'n'roll!

January 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm 3 comments

I do? No, thank you: Meet the Eternal Bachelors from around the World

Run for office?  No.  I’ve slept with too many women.  I’ve done too many drugs, and I’ve been to too many parties. 

This could easily be the mantra for any stereotypical, unmarried man and rightfully so.  Especially when one finds out, it came from today’s most notorious, eligible bachelor, George Clooney.  Clooney – like all eternal bachelors – has one distinctive trait that separates him from a world of commonality.  He’s never found a girl who moved him enough to answer the Beyoncé call to “put a ring on it,” and oddly enough, it is the same trait that can ring commonality to a list filled with of philosophers, artists, political leaders, media personalities and scientists.  Whether they didn’t see the point, were too focused on other goals or simply weren’t the marrying kind, one thing is for certain; the noteworthy men on this list are just as famous for what they did as for what they didn’t… get hitched, of course!

While Mr. Clooney may be the most recognizable solo act today, he is by no means a pioneer of wedding day.  Dating all the way back to the 15th Century, Michelangelo, a true Renaissance man, made it distinguishingly obvious that his work, which includes some of the most renowned masterpieces in history, was all the fulfillment he needed.  Instead of marrying a wife who would bear him a great brood, Michelangelo painted, sculpted, engineered and crafted his offspring all on his own, as he considered each piece one of his children.

This poetic attachment to art could also be the reasons behind why men like Sir Joshua Reynolds, an influential painter who was among the founders of the Royal Academy or Henri de Toulouse-Latrec, a provocative French post-impressionist never married.  One might even consider it to be a theme in the art world, as Vincent von Gogh, famed for his vibrantly colored, emotion inducing works, also chose to never get on one knee for lady.  (This may or may not have also been affected by the bouts of anxiety, mental illness and ear chopping… just a thought.)

Famed artists, Vincent van Gogh and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec never married. (Photos Courtesy of Google Images)

Regardless of the reason, however, it seems many influential bachelors are often times more defined by their love of work, rather than their love of family.  Take for instance, the great brains of Sir Isaac Newton, considered by many to be one of the most influential men in history, Ludwig van Beethoven, a brilliant German composer and pianist and Blaise Pascal, both a physicist and philosopher who were all infamous for throwing themselves into their work.  Marriage must seem insignificant when compared to discovering gravity or composing, conducting and performing some of the world’s most powerful music… while deaf.

President James Buchanan is the only US president who never took the plunge. (Photo Courtesy of Google Images)

No matter what, there seems to be a definite correlation between a man’s ability to plunge head first into work and not down the aisle.  Even in the political world, generally depicted with a picturesque, nuclear family, there are a number of men vetoing marriage.  President James Buchanan not only remains the only U.S President to come out of Pennsylvania, but he is also the only one to never get married.  He is not, however, the only politician.  Among some of the other elected officials to populate Single Town are Ralph Nadar, a political activist who’s made a name for himself running for president and Ed Koch, U.S. congressman and former Mayor of New York City. 

It just doesn't seem right for the "Sexiest Man Alive" not to get married and make babies! Share the wealth, George! (Photo Courtesy of Google Images)

It seems every walk of life has a laundry list of bachelors filling it, but none more notably, than the one good ‘ole George Clooney represents – the entertainment world.  Fellow actor and multiple Academy Award winner, Al Pacino ranks among the top of the list of men who have never married and is accompanied by the likes of comedian and television host, Bill Maher, as well as 80’s pop icon, Billy Idol.  Apparently, for him, it was NOT “a nice day for a white wedding.”

December 21, 2009 at 2:17 pm 3 comments

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