Monday, August 30, 2010

Bridal on the run…runway that is…

Take a look at some of these gorgeous gowns as they are going down the runway.

First we have: 

Cagney by Amsale
A satin jacquard ball gown with a natural waist and a crystal brooch detail on the waistline.



Next is:

Arabella from Christos

A tulle V-Neck ball gown with a sheer neckline and a natural waist.  The skirt features delicate floral and crystal embellishments.


The last selection":

Dasha by Monique L’huillier

A silk caricata satin strapless gown with an asymmetrically draped and elongated bodice that has an ornate rose embroidered skirt.


Absolutely gorgeous gowns on the run way this season, so many out there that there are too many to share.  Call us today to make an appointment to see what we may already have in the store!  603-431-5454

Why we carry a bouquet...

Ever wonder about the history of weddings and why things are done a certain way?

The concept of carrying the bouquet comes from when the ancient Roman brides would carry bouquets of herbs to symbolize fidelity and fertility. It was also used to scare off evil spirits!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Another fabulous DIY Smores Kit…


This kit is a little more intricate in details than the last kit we recommended…so who is up to the challenge?  

clip_image004Absolutely fabulous kit!



You will need:

  • 2 Large marshmallows
  • Semi-sweet chocolate wafers, approximately 20 wafers per guest
  • Graham cracker squares, four squares per guest
  • Kraft boxes
  • Tissue paper
  • Muslin bags
  • Tea light candle
  • Cellophane bags in three sizes
  • Bakers twine
  • 4″ or 6″ bamboo skewers
  • Kraft label paper

Custom rubber stamps – S’more LOVE and wedding logo (Impress Rubber Stamps.

  • Scissors, printer, pigment stamping ink, paper cutter

Stamp each muslin bag with “S’more LOVE” image.  Let ink dry overnight.


Package marshmallows:

  1. Print “Oh happy day!” on to Kraft label sheets
  2. Using paper cutter, cut flags to desired size
  3. Attach flag to one end of each skewer
  4. Skewer each marshmallow
  5. Package into cellophane bag and tie with bakers twine
  6. Place two marshmallow bags and one tea light candle into muslin bag


Place 20 chocolate wafers into a larger cellophane bag.  Tie with baker’s twine.


Break graham cracker rectangles in half.  Put four squares into a larger cellophane bag and tie with baker’s twine.  {Note: If you are packaging more than a week in advance, ordering a thicker-grade cellophane bag and using a heat-sealer to help block moisture from the crackers}


Stamp wedding logo onto each kraft box.  Let ink dry overnight.


To assemble, arrange 2 kraft tissue paper sheets at bottom of box.  Add marshmallows in muslin bag, chocolate wafers, and graham crackers.  Include a box of matches if you like.  Tie each box with bakers twine and attach wooden disk.  Voila!



A few shots of the finished product.


We found this scrumptious and adorable looking smores kit on the blog of Elizabeth Anne Designs.  Great idea!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Lengths and Trains

Your wedding gown will likely be as unique as anything you'll ever wear again. Fabrics, trims, silhouettes, necklines and styles make your choices wide and varied. Two of the most important elements of the "look" you'll choose are the length of the gown and the kind of train.
A street length dress has a hem that just covers the knees while intermission length refers to a hem that falls slightly below the knees or midway between the keens and ankles. It may also graduate to floor length behind. Skirts shorter than knee length are also being shown for some destination wedding or very mod themes. Ballet length refers to a hem that swirls at the ankles, whereas a floor length gown's hem skirts the floor.
A sweep train is the shortest train, barely sweeping the floor. A court train extends about one foot longer. The chapel train extends about one and one third yards from the waist ans is currently one of the most popular. A cathedral train extends two and one half yard from the waist while an extended cathedral train extends nearly three yards from the waistline. As you might expect there is a correlation between the train length and the degree of formality chosen for the wedding itself.
Designers strive for a balance in their collection and when you find the gown that has achieved the integrated design in which all elements work together to create an exquisite look that works on your body type, you've found YOUR gown.

National Bridal Service 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Throwing rice!

The tradition of throwing rice was to originally symbolize fertility and for the blessing of many children to come for the happy couple. However,  today it symbolizes prosperity and abundance, it’s also a fun and festive way to celebrate as the new bride and groom embark down the road to their new life together. With so many different ideas and thoughts as to whether rice is safe to throw, we have put together some other alternatives to throwing rice.  See which of these ideas would best suit you or will  you stick with the traditional rice throwing?

· Birdseed

Photograph courtesy of: Brooklyn Bride

· Lavender


Photograph courtesy of: Intimate Weddings

· Flower petals

00182669 Photograph courtesy of:  Microsoft Office

· Light sparklers

Photograph courtesy of: The Bride &

· Eco friendly confetti

Photograph courtesy of: Makers-Online

· Bubbles

Photograph courtesy of: Australia Entertains

All of these send off ideas would also make great wedding favors…you be the judge!

No matter which of these alternatives you choose or even if you choose another way of celebrating their send off, just keep in mind that it’s the bride and grooms new life that that is the real celebration!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Favors…Favors and MORE Favors…

As you can tell by the heading “favors” are the topic of the day!  There are so many different ideas out there that can be used as wedding favors.  From Tree Planting Kits to a family recipe book…all you need to do is find the item or items that best suit you and your wedding!  We have compiled some great ideas we came across for you to look through and get ideas from or just simply take these ideas. 

The first idea we came across was this great DIY favor project for those of you who are daring enough to take that adventure.  Wrap your own candy bar and personalize them for your guests…hopefully you are having a smaller wedding so you won’t have as many to make.  We found this great idea on Style Me Pretty  and the instructions on Creature Comforts.  The end results are sure to be beautiful and yummy!

do-it-yourself wedding favors


For those of you keeping the eco-friendly vibe going we found these wonderful Tree Planting Kits by a company called Tree In A Box.  Very eco-friendly and also something your guests will have for a long time to come! 

Tree In A Box


Now this next favor idea is a fabulous one for an outside garden style wedding that will be more low key.  Cupcakes in a Jar…yes that’s what we said…cupcakes in a jar!  Check them out…an absolutely fabulous idea!  We found this great idea on Elizabeth Anne Designs   and it looks like the original idea came from Cakies where you can also get the instructions and recipe.  They look very yummy…and super easy to make!

Cupcakes in a Jar DIY Wedding Favor Ideas


The last idea for today is this scrumptious Smores Kit that we saw on The Sweetest Occasion…who wouldn’t want a smores?  This is another DIY kit that you can put together yourself very easily, we have added the instructions below.

Each kit will require :

  • 6 Chocolate Bars
  • 6 Marshmallows
  • 12 Graham Crackers Squares
  • 3 Clear Acetate Boxes

2- 3x3x2 inch boxes

1- 2x2x2 inch  box

  • Ribbon or Twine to secure boxes together



No matter what you use to package these kits in, they are SURELY going to be a hit!  More fabulous favors to come at a later date… check back again so you don't miss out!


Friday, August 13, 2010


This is a topic all brides have to discuss and hash out with either their significant other, mother or mother in law (to be) or their bridesmaids at some point.  Coming up with that perfect color combination can be a difficult thing to decide upon. We thought it would be a great idea to show you some things that may give you inspiration and help get the ideas flowing!

The first color combination we have chosen is: Pink and Chocolate

Like in the photograph below you can see that the colors just melt together for a scrumptious combination.

Spumoni Earrings-Smoky Quartz, Prehnite, Pink Tourmaline, Sterling Silver

Photograph courtesy of:

This is a timeless color combination that is both sweet and modern, your bridesmaids will  be sure to look amazing!  Try going for a strapless brown dress with a mauve waist band that sits at the natural waist like the one below.

Jim Hjelm Occasions Bridesmaids Dresses Style jh5078 by JLM Couture, Inc.

Photograph courtesy of:

The next color combination we chose is: Blues, Browns and Taupe's

Is this not just a stunning and regal combination of colors?  The richness is to just die for and this is surely a great combination for any bridesmaids party or wedding.

Gorgeous Multi-colored Swarovski Crystal Earrings

Photograph courtesy of: 


Try a dress like the one below, where the top  is rich chocolaty brown and the skirt is a gorgeous taupe.  You could easily accessorize this with turquoise or aqua jewelry, a great crystal necklace and some drop earrings.

Jim Hjelm Occasions Bridesmaids Dresses Style jh5913 by JLM Couture, Inc.

Photograph courtesy of:

Our last color combination today is: White/Ivory and Sage or Celadon


Such a great summer color combination, it just exudes the light airy feeling you want when there is a summer breeze.  Always a great choice for bridesmaids.

Green Crystal and White Swarovski Pearl Earrings

Photograph Courtesy of:

When thinking of this combination the bridesmaids gown below came to mind.  This dress has a strapless ivory bodice with a natural waist,  a satin  full A-line tea-length inverted pleated skirt,  that has side pockets.  What bridesmaid wouldn’t want pockets?

Jim Hjelm Occasions Bridesmaids Dresses Style jh5957 by JLM Couture, Inc.

Photograph Courtesy of:


That was just a little food for thought on the color selections you could choose.  There are endless color combinations out there that would be absolutely beautiful for any bridesmaids party or  for the wedding itself.  Keep plugging away until you find that one perfect combination that’s just right for you, if you need any help in that area we are MORE than happy to help you out!  Consider us your color experts!


**Jewelry here is NOT sold at the store…being used for aesthetics ONLY!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fabulous Promotion…

Take a look at the FABULOUS promotion that Jenny Yoo is having!


August Designer of the Month…


For the month of August we have chosen Lazaro as our featured designer.  Take a look at the amazing collection they have and see all of the spectacular fabrics and laces they have chosen to use this season.


Lazaro Bridal Gowns, Wedding Dresses Style LZ3060 by JLM Couture, Inc.


Here is a gorgeous ivory embroidered gown with ruffles and  a  V-Neckline and an A- Line skirt with ruffle pleated godets that go into a sweep train.  Stunning is the word to describe this gown!


Lazaro Bridal Gowns, Wedding Dresses Style LZ3063 by JLM Couture, Inc.


Take a look at the amazing work that has gone into this gown…this is an ivory organza tufted ball  gown with a  sweetheart neckline, a sheer jewel encrusted bodice and it has a  platinum silk satin ribbon at the  natural waist.   The  tufted organza A-Line skirt is just breathtaking!

Lazaro Bridal Gowns, Wedding Dresses Style LZ3056 by JLM Couture, Inc.


This ivory organza ball gown is amazing with its curved strapless neckline, silk satin organza bodice and the embellished mother of pearl gold ribbon belt at the natural waist which leads into an organza skirt that has a chapel train.  Gorgeous!

No matter what gown  you fall in love with from Lazaro, there is no way you will choose wrong.  All of the gowns in this collection are truly spectacular! 

Wedding Cake Tips…

from the  Wild Orchid Baking Company

1. Don't be afraid of color! White on white wedding cakes can be beautiful, but a splash of color can really brighten up and personalize your cake design.
2. Pick the flavors you like! Not a huge vanilla fan? Absolutely love blueberries or lemon or key lime? Go for it! Your wedding cake is a great opportunity to invite your guests to share in something both you and your fiancĂ© enjoy.   
3. Customize your wedding cake with personal touches from other parts of your wedding. Bring with you to your cake tasting the colors, flowers, dress pictures, invitation designs, etc. Your cake designer should be able to help pull those ideas together to form a cohesive custom design.

Alvina Spring4. Be realistic about the time of year and location of your wedding when choosing flavor & finish options. While butter cream is tasty & traditional, a thin layer of fondant may be your best bet in keeping your confection beautiful if you're having an outdoor summer reception. Most bakers use butter cream first on your cake before applying fondant, giving you the best of both worlds!
5. Think outside of the box. More and more couples are steering completely away from traditionally shaped cakes,  opting for a more artistic, whimsical approach. Birch trees, sand castles, lobster stock pots - with modern cake decorating techniques, really anything can be done!
cake tree

 Happy Wedding Planning!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

You're Invited! A New Education Night.

Madeleine’s Daughter is teaming up with my Kate Parker Wedding Educates to host an event for couples getting married to learn about different aspects of a wedding from local wedding experts.  Unlike the stress of bridal shows, this event is to release that stress by bringing us any questions that you have about your own planning experience to the table for our wedding experts to help answer and guide you through.

Each presenter will touch on topics specific to their expertise along with any demonstrations that my be helpful to you.  Then by having a wedding planner joining us, the planner will be able to answer any questions that you have about your own wedding planning.

So if you are in the Portsmouth NH area, we’d love for you to join so here are some details:
time Wednesday, August 18, 2010
date 6:30pm to 9:00pm
place Madeleine’s Daughter | 775 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth NH

how to register
Space is limited to 60 in attendance.  Please keep parties to no more than 2 attendees.  To rsvp, please send an email with your attendee count to:
The event is at no cost to you! We do, however, ask that you bring with you a small monetary donation for at least one of the following charities:  The Pink Initiative, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, or the ASPCA.  And instead of a monetary donation, you may bring a hard good(s) to donate to the local SPCA.  Click here for a list of items on their wish list.  We will have light refreshments and passed hors d’oeuvres provided by a local caterer which we love, The White Apron.
the presenters ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
elizabeth_madeleines_daughter_wedding_bridal_salon_nhbridal salon | Madeleine’s Daughter At Madeleine’s Daughter bridal shop, owned by Elizabeth Dirom, the knowledgeable and attentive bridal consultants guide you through some of the most important decisions of your wedding.  Their exceptional customer service has allowed them to gain the trust of brides from all over New England for over 35 years. Elizabeth will be talking about gown and dress choices for different silhouettes and fabrics.
joanne_joya_beauty_nh_wedding_makeup_artistmakeup artist | Joya beauty Joanne McDonough is a skilled makeup artist professionally trained in Boston and New York.  Joanne’s makeup artistry has been seen on Fox 25 News, Maine PBS, Portsmouth Magazine, NH Wedding Magazine, and runway fashion events for Grace Ormond Wedding Style and Marriage Magazine.  Joanne will have a Q&A about the difference between airbrushing and traditional makeup including a demonstration.  Also, Joanne will provide her insight as to how to schedule your beauty preparations for your wedding day.
jessica_nothing_bakes_like_a_parrott_maine_wedding_cakescake and dessert designer | Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott Jessica Parrott  specializes in the creation of dessert and candy tables that are not only delicious but fully encompass the creative design of your wedding. As Jessica says, “Sweet tooth or not, having amazing desserts at your wedding is must!”  Today, you have endless possibilities beyond the traditional four-tiered white cake with matching flowers.  Envision your wedding with a beautiful spread of all your favorite desserts, cakes, pies, and candy combined with all the creative design aspects you have worked tirelessly to create through your wedding planning process.  These tables are another fantastic way to wow your guests!
diana_ma_nh_wedding_plannerwedding planner | Diana Ma Weddings & Events What started out as a hobby for friends, turned into a full-fledged passion.  Diana Ma launched her planning company in June 2009 and offers full service event coordination as well as a variety of packages.  Diana will sit down and touch on some common topics experienced by couples during the planning process then will open up the remainder of the evening to answer any questions you have about your own wedding.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Did you know? The tradition of bridesmaids...

The tradition of bridesmaids dressing the same as each other and in similar style to the brides comes from ancients days when weddings were considered a target for evil spirits determined to destroy the couple's happiness.

Hence the bridesmaids would dress in similar fashion to the brides in order to confuse the evil spirits, making it more difficult for them to distinguish which girl was the bride!


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