GSS Fun Finds :: Romantic Wedding Dresses :: Claire Pettibone Bridal Gowns

Wedding dress trends are changing. Brides are sophisticated, smart, stylish and know what they want. We are seeing more form-fitting, lace overlays, and purely romantic wedding gowns. When we think of romantic wedding dresses, we think Claire Pettibone! Seriously, these dresses are made to be worn by a stylish bride who loves to feel pretty and has a super sense for romance. The spring 2012 collection does not disappoint. Every single dress we saw was amazing.

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Brigitte :: Silk white capped sleeved V-neck lace gown with silver guipure belt over full lace skirt lined in pearl silk

Fleur de Jour :: Beige toile cotton strapless gown with French pink and green embroidered overlay with ruffled sleeve bolero

Frederique :: Ivory strapless satin jaquered mermaid silhouette with ivory.silver crocheted lace trim

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Toulouse :: Ivory embroidery lined in platinum silk with sweetheart neckline and silk bows and silver flowers at the hips.

Versailles :: Ivory jeweled flowers and embroidered tulle over silk charmeuse with embroidered antique gold guipure waist

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Genevieve :: Capped sleeve sweetheart neckline gold embroidery inlaid with rose silk velvet

Jolie :: Gold silk chiffon cross back sheath with rose gold guipure straps and floral embellishment

Lumiere :: Slate blue beaded lace sheath wit sheer back and silver guipure embellishments lined in pearl silk

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Provence :: Beige cotton toile trimmed in French gold embroidery with velvet inserts

Sophie :: Ivory illusion tulle bodice with Chantilly lace, toile buttons and linen hi-lo skirt trimmed with guipure lace.

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Amelie :: Hi-lo cotton bubble skirt lined in toile with tulle overlay and toile sash

Chateau Marmont :: Ivirt embroidery over cotton with silk bows, beaded lace bodice with guipure edged tulle overlay

Belle :: Ivory short sleeve jeweled flower vine bodice with tulle ribbon skirt trimmed with silver guipure and blue silk ribbon.


After visiting the blog for Claire Pettibone, we found out that the king of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg’s bride was wearing one of her gowns … Sky Between the Branches.

Smart, sophisticated, knows what she wants, and not afraid to show her personal style. – claire pettibone blog


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GSS Wedding Trends: Succulents & Air Plants

Happy Thursday, Lovelies!!!  Only one more day until it’s the weekend!  We have absolutely fallen head over heels in love with succulents!  They are so versatile and lend themselves to a multitude of looks: vintage, rustic, modern… Sigh… We just can’t get enough!  Their sweet shape and the fun texture they add to floral arrangements and décor has opened the doors for desert plants of all shapes and sizes to enter the wedding and event scene. Image Credits: Potted … [Read More…]

GSS Featured Wedding Vendor :: Lilia Photography

At GSS we are all about bringing you the latest and greatest wedding trends and inspiration. We spotted this wedding at Lilia Photography and just had to share with all of you fabulous readers! Lilia is a wedding photographer based in San Fransisco and we love all the elements of this wedding. She has an elopement and a scooter and a GORGEOUS BRIDE AND GROOM! If you want to check out her post, please go here. Not all weddings are about big fantastic table centerpieces, the long bridal veil, … [Read More…]

GSS’s Things We LOVE :: Sole Mates

We have a fun find for you in wedding trends! Have you ever been to an outdoor wedding and the heel of your to-die-for Manolo’s start sinking into the ground???  Only to pull your heel out of the ground to see that it’s covered in mud… sigh….  Have no fear…. SoleMates to the rescue!!!  These little flexible grips slip right onto the heel of your shoe, creating more surface area on your heel, preventing you from sinking into the ground or getting stuck in cracks.  What a wonderful … [Read More…]

GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Orange & Red

We love how bright and rich the color palette of Orange and Red is.  This palette is extremely versatile as it could be used any time of the year.  Normally, one would think of Orange and Red as a very Autumnal color palette.  But by brightening up the hues of Orange and Red, this palette would make a phenomenal Spring or Summer wedding color palette! Red Boutonniere:   Jean-Marie Designs         Image Courtesy of Paige Eden Photography Orange Ring Shot:  Image … [Read More…]

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GSS Weekly Recap :: Weddings Revisited

Its FRIDAY and that means its time for our weekly recap of all things wedding. We brought you lots of wedding trends and inspiration this week! We are also thrilled to have added a new contributor to our wedding posts! Jen Rios – read more about her here and check out her posts here!

GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Canary Yellow & Charcoal Gray

Hello, Lovelies!!!  We sure hope you had a fabulous weekend.  We thought this Canary Yellow & Charcoal Gray inspiration board would be a cheery way to start the week.  What a gorgeous color palette for a wedding!  The calming Charcoal Grey is perfectly complimented by the cheery Canary Yellow. Charcoal Gray Ballerina Flats with Canary Yellow accents:  Image Courtesy of Oh, Darling Photography Charcoal Gray and Canary Yellow Wedding Guestbook: Rag and Bone … [Read More…]

GSS Tuesday Trousseau :: We Love Newlywed House Numbers!

When you think about your new home together, isn’t it exciting to think how you are going to personalize your nest??? We think so! We went digging and found some very cute ways to personalize your digs. Martha Stewart, the mother of home trends, has a great DIY doormat project. How cute is this? Welcome guests — and reassure them that they’re ringing the right bell — with a mat displaying your house number. You can easily embellish an inexpensive doormat with hardware-store supplies to … [Read More…]

Wedding Guestbook Idea :: Let’s Get Organized!

We seem to be on a mission to help brides break from the normal (and simple) wedding guestbook mold… A book full of signatures is simply dated and easily forgotten about.  If you can recall, we did a post about having an organized wedding guestbook a while back- which you can find by clicking here.  Well, we have found a wonderful lady out of Houston, TX that can create such a wedding guestbook for you AND they’re fabulous!  Check this out: Her shop is Le Katz Meow onEtsy and here is … [Read More…]

GSS’s Things We LOVE :: Black Bridal Gowns!

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GSS Fun Finds :: Winter Wedding Attire :: Ideas to Keep You Fashionable and WARM!

Its getting cold out and you have a winter wedding rapidly approaching. We have a few trends and inspiration items to get you through the colder temperatures. Lets face it – most wedding dress designs are sleeveless, strapless and lets get real .. not winter friendly. So why not put a shawl, wrap, bolero on to cover your shoulders and keep you warm and fashionable at the same time. We found a great store on Etsy that has several to choose from. Check out Alex Bridal and find lots of solutions to keep your shoulders from shivering.

You had your eye on that keyhole back dress and decided to pass? Now you can have the best of both worlds and split this keyhole back bolero over that stunning strapless gown of yours! Love this!! Sensible and fashionable.

Stay warm this season and don’t skimp on being fashionable at the same time.

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GSS Weekly Recap :: Weddings Revisited

This week we traveled to Tuscany for a wedding, made a beautiful DIY wedding centerpiece, played baseball at a wedding and had a private southern couture winter wonderland…..well, on our wedding blog we did. This week was full of RED wedding inspiration too. So if you are thinking red is THE color for your dream wedding, then check out this week’s posts. We brought the RED! Until next week…have a fabulous weekend!

GSS’s Things We LOVE :: DIY Pomander Flowerball Centerpieces!

Looking for a gorgeous DIY alternative to the normal floral centerpieces for your wedding or bridal shower?  Paula of Frog Prince Paperie has come up with a beautiful solution!  She created these amazing Pomader flower ball centerpieces for a friend’s baby shower but they would be absolutely perfect for a wedding or bridal too!  Check out her simple DIY tutorial on how to make these beauties: SUPPLIES: – 4” white Styrofoam ball – 90-100 pearl tipped corsage pins – Two sheets … [Read More…]

GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Let’s Play Ball! :: A Baseball Themed Wedding

Happy Monday, Lovelies!!!  With the World Series going on, we thought that it would be fun to create a Baseball themed wedding inspiration board.  We were worried at first that it would be hard to “marry” a couple’s love for the game and their love of each other.  But luckily, we found that it came together just perfectly!  Take a look:   Bride and Groom in a Baseball Stadium:  A Glam Slam Baseball Themed Wedding Invitations:  byvikINK Baseball Themed Wedding … [Read More…]

GSS Wedding Style :: Winter Wonderland :: Tamara Menges Designs

The temperatures are getting cooler and that means we are getting closer to the winter months. We received this submission of beautiful styling from Tamara Menges and wanted to share it with you. It just screams winter! A winter wedding is absolutely stunning and we hope you can take a few of these elements and make them your own. A little from the designer…. “I’m a Southern girl with a Southern heart, but I also have a flair for the “couture” fashion and design that comes with the … [Read More…]

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GSS’s Things We LOVE :: Dashing Wedding Sashes!

Our weekly find started by looking for custom sashes for your wedding dress. You can definitely dress up your gown by adding an accessory that is sure to have your guests talking. Add a splash of color or keep it simple with beads. Either way, this is a great addition for an art deco inspired piece. These sashes bring a fun, romantic whimsical feel to any dress. Add it to a simple gown to dress it up!

We found a great wedding find for you…..where else? ETSY!! Venust Bridal Designs gives a vintage edge to bridal couture. They create glamorous sashes, hair pieces, florals and inspired accessories as well as curate true vintage pieces. Get something old and something new together. Custom designs are their specialty. Bridal Sashes, Crystal Sashes, Floral Wedding Belts, and Custom Made Wedding Accessories. Art deco style, vintage bridal fascinators, floral and feather hair accessories with vintage style for your special occasion. Many of their items are made with true vintage pieces, you get something old and something new at the same time!

1. Beautiful.
Etymology: Venust \Ve*nust”\, adjective. [Latin expression venustus, from Venus the goddess of love.]. (Websters 1913)

These can even be used for your bridesmaids to add a great expression to their dresses!

[left] This elegant bridal sash has a large hand cut and curled bloom in a textured eggshell hue. Adorned with a vintage reclaimed pearl cluster center. It is attached to a long 90 inch ivory satin ribbon. The bloom is 4 inches in diameter. Can be created in white or ivory sheer voile or textured eggshell voile.

[right] This deco inspired sash has a symmetrical beaded design set on a tonal ribbon. The rhinestone portion is set on a champagne ribbon and then backed with a wide ivory satin ribbon. The crystal portion is 10 inches by 1.5 inches. The ivory satin sash is 2.25 inches wide and 110 inches long.

Don’t just take our word for it, visit this fun Etsy shop yourself! Here is the link.


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