Tag Archives: Styling

  • Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    If you’ve got an upcoming spring garden wedding (or several) to attend, you might be wondering what to wear on the big day. Some ladies have their wedding look down pat, but many find themselves envious of the bridesmaids who already know what they’ll be donning when the day arrives. Luckily, the pleasant spring weather gives you plenty of options and a great opportunity to play with color. Instead of fretting over what to wear, look at this event as a chance to express yourself! If you’re not sure where to begin, here are the five elements of the spring garden wedding ensemble that you can adapt to form your own spring wedding look.

    1. Colorful Dress: Whether you love a floral print or solid hue for spring, opt for a bright dress that makes you feel both sophisticated and comfortable. For something different, try a global print, retro polka dots, or a watercolor motif, or exchange your usual above-the-knee dress for a maxi-length frock.

    2. Strappy Wedges: For a quintessential spring look, pair your new dress with wedges that will enhance its ladylike silhouette (and show off your pedicure!). If you know you’ll be walking in the garden itself, it’s best to opt for wedges over skinny heels, as thin heels often sink into the grass.

    3. Neutral Purse: If you have a neutral purse in your collection, it’ll certainly match any spring look you create. Look for a small to medium-sized purse in a cream, tan, or taupe hue for the most versatility. Once you have your purse for the wedding, you can fill it with gum, tissues, bobby pins, and other items you may need that day.

    4. Statement Necklace: Accent your look with a fun statement necklace! We love everything from glossy sparkle of jeweled necklaces to the bold beading of our 31 Bits collection. Find a necklace to pair with your dress and you’ll be able to wear it all season long with a variety of other outfits.

    5. Bright Lipstick: Now that your outfit is complete, finish it off with a fun lipcolor. Pick a shade that will match the bright pink or red in your frock or jewelry, or opt for a color that complements the green, blues, or yellows in your ensemble. Weddings are the perfect time to try out a bold new color as you won’t feel overdone and the attention will be on the wedding party.

    We hope this list will help you devise a spring garden wedding outfit of your own! Will you be wearing a colorful ensemble to a wedding this season?


    *All images photographed by Brandon Kidd. View our Spring Lookbook, Flourish, for more.

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  • Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    We swoon when couples incorporate the charm of vintage eras in their wedding décor. One of our favorite wedding DIY’s is one that just takes a little patience and perseverance! Mismatched vintage dishes have been showing up in wedding place settings and every time we see it our hearts go pitter patter. Using mismatched dishes with different colors and patterns for your wedding is beautifully unique, because no two thrifted collections could ever be exactly the same. The advantage of using mismatched dishes goes beyond charm too— it can save up to half of the cost of renting dishes!

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    If you do decide that the input of time and energy in thrifting your wedding dishes is worth it for you, here are five essential tips to creating the perfect collection:

    1. Start early: As they say, the early bird gets the worm! It will take time and patience to amass a collection of thrifted wedding dishes. Count up how many dinner plates you will need, and chargers too if you decide to have both, as well as dessert plates. Mismatched vintage glassware can also be a beautiful addition to your table settings. Start your search up to 9 months in advance, that way you can slowly collect what you need without any last minute anxiety, and clearly label every box or container along the way so you remember what you have.

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    2. Create color or thematic rules: Even a collection of mismatched dishes should be unified by a central organizing element of some kind to tie them together, so you don’t veer from sweet DIY whimsy to hodge podge chaos! Take cues from the look and feel of your wedding for the appropriate design motif. Perhaps you will search for any patterns with colors that fit with your wedding, look for floral or bird motifs, or pick up dishes with the same embellishments, like gold rims. Victorian floral patterns work well for a garden wedding or rustic affair, while a 60’s retro look fits with a mod wedding.

    3. Make it fun: Thrifting your wedding dishes should be one of the most fun DIY’s you do! Turn every search at the Goodwill, Salvation Army, local flea market, or estate sales into a fun excursion. Grab a coffee and recruit your fiancé, friends, or bridesmaids to search for vintage gems with you on a weekend afternoon.

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    4. Be cost-conscious: If part of the reason you’re choosing to source your mismatched plates from thrift stores is to save on costs, be sure to have a per-plate budget in mind. Research the price of renting a plate, and then decide on a per-plate cost you’re happy with. Then when you score a major deal on one set, you can splurge on a really special find! Most thrift stores have sale days, so make a note of those! And keep in mind that you will often pay less for dishes that are no longer in complete sets. 

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    5. Buy the silverware: Plates and cups are one thing, but thrifted silverware? First, it can be a little more time intensive to find good pieces. Second, we’re not sure you can scrub the rust and crustiness in between the fork tines off, so just buy a new set on the cheap (there are even disposable cutlery sets that look like silver)!

    Remember, patience is a virtue when it comes to thrifting vintage dishes for your wedding. If you only want to showcase a few vintage plate finds, try this cute cake stand DIY that would be perfect for a pie table. Happy thrifting!


  • Wednesday, December 18, 2013

    Every bride knows that the perfect bridal look starts with a dream wedding dress! Finding the right wedding dress, the gown that makes you feel beautiful and ready to walk down the aisle, is one of the must fun aspects of wedding planning. And it starts with inspiration, with finding a gown that embodies your vision. We were thrilled when talented artist, Shy Davis, shared her lovely sketches inspired by two of our favorite Ruche wedding dresses! Our Angeline wedding dress is a dazzling combination of ivory tulle and glittering ivory sequins, complete with an asymmetrical silhouette and ruched details.There is truly nothing more beautiful and ethereal than a bride floating down the aisle in a delicate chiffon wedding dress, except for maybe Shy's artwork of one!

    Here is Shy's gorgeous illustration of our Angeline bridal gown.

    Shy's second illustration was inspired by another one of our stunning wedding dresses, featured in our Lace and Lavender bridal lookbook.

    Thank you for allowing us to showcase your amazing artwork, Shy! Be sure to stop by Shy's blog here to marvel at more of her bridal inspired illustrations and stylish wedding fashion musings!


    Do you love art and fashion and want your pieces to be featured on our blog? Email your artwork featuring Ruche to blog@shopruche.com!

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    When it comes to your wedding day, there are so many options regarding the perfect day-of accessories. To make it easier for you to decide, a beloved blogger and photographer friend, Amanda Marie, recently took our breath away when she modeled one of our all time favorite Ruche wedding dresses and styled it up four different ways. In this ethereal photo shoot, Amanda showcases our wedding dress by pairing it up with staple bridal accessories to get your inspiration going!

    Fresh flowers are a must for every wedding! Consider wearing a crown of your favorite blooms on your special day.

    For the unconventional bride, try an adorable pink hat to complete your wedding look.

    Pearl necklaces are an elegant, tradition touch. Mix it up by wearing a beaded pearl headband or a statement pearl necklace!

    A lovely white headband adds a seamless finishing touch to this bridal ensemble.

    A special thanks to Amanda Marie for being the model & Stephanie Davis for being the photographer behind this dazzling photo shoot. Check out her complete feature of our wedding dress here and be sure follow her blog! To find your dream wedding outfit, be sure to check out our swoon worthy collection bridal dresses and accessories for the picture-perfect, modern vintage bride!


    Do you have a styled shoot or wedding photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your photos to blog@shopruche.com. Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account for even more wedding inspiration too!

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  • Wednesday, October 2, 2013

    A bridal shower is a chance to celebrate your dear friend’s upcoming nuptials, but the prospect of planning and hosting can be daunting for any MOH. Never fear, we have a bridal shower inspiration shoot to share with you with all the ideas and little details for planning the loveliest afternoon imaginable for the bride-to-be!

    Simply Put Vintage Rentals teamed up with Simply Jessica Marie to put together a vintage-inspired tea party bridal shower, which was recently featured on Wedding Chicks. Remember when you were a little girl and you would play dress up, inviting your friends over for a tea party and looping your mother’s pearls around your most honored guest, teddy bear? This charming shoot has the sweet nostalgic feel of those girly tea parties, combined with the romance of a vintage-era aesthetic and ladylike sophistication. And it was all beautifully captured by the talented Kait Winston Photography. So make a pot of earl grey and stay a while – this is bridal shower inspiration you won’t want to miss!

    Our vintage-inspired bridal gown and bridesmaid dresses were used for the shoot, and they fit so wonderfully into the romantic vision for the shoot. The bride and her maids look elegant with soft curls, braids, simple make-up. The bride wears our Isla dress, one of our most popular bridal gowns for good reason! Crafted in effortless chiffon, it’s the definition of graceful simplicity. Our bridesmaid dresses featured in the shoot are perfect for a bridal shower or wedding with a blush, champagne and pink color palette.

    As much as we love all the thoughtful details in this bridal shower inspiration shoot, from the letterpress invitations to the floral teacups, it’s the sweets table that we can’t stop ooh’ing and ahh’ing over! A great bridal shower needs pretty décor and mouthwatering cakes and sugary confections like those baked to perfection by Sweet Melissa.

    One idea we can’t wait to steal from this styled shoot is filling vintage trunks with the freshest of flora. These pretty florals, with shades of pink and purple and green, fit in perfectly with the look and feel of the Tatton Hall grounds. And adding flowers to slender white vases, tea cups, and vintage silver pots gives a sweet garden party feel to the shoot.

    We’re so smitten with this vintage tea party that we might not wait until a bridal shower comes along to throw one of our own!

    Photography: Kait Winston Photography, Dresses: Ruche, Flowers: Embellished Blooms, Make Up: S. Davis Make Up Artistry, Hair: Gia Peebles, Cakes + Sweets: Sweet Melissa, Paper Goods: Winifred Paper, Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar, Jewelry: Palm Beach Vintage Jewelry, Design + Styling: Jessica Clinch, Furniture + Props + Design + Styling: Simply Put Vintage Rentals, Venue: Private Residence - Tatton Hall.


    Do you have a styled shoot or wedding photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your photos to blog@shopruche.com. Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account for even more wedding inspiration too!

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    There is something about the crisp fall air and turning leaves that makes us daydream about rustic weddings. So this rustic engagement shoot from Marie of Marie Skerl Photography was exactly what we wanted to look at all morning with a cup of coffee in hand. Speaking of coffee, how cute is it that Maia and Mark grabbed a cup of coffee at Starbucks during their engagement session!? We think more couples should consider stopping for a Pumpkin Spice Latte in between all the kissing and holding hands that an engagement session requires! We hope you enjoy these autumn-drenched photos – they are the best inspiration for welcoming the coziest of seasons.

    Maia and Mark wanted to incorporate some of the things that matter most to them as a couple in their engagement session. With a love for Starbucks and rustic farms, it only made sense to include both of these locations! Most of their engagement photos were taken at a beautiful site in Surrey owned by A Rocha, a farm style conservation organization that Maia used to work for. A big yellow barn, an open field, and even a llama set the scene for this sweet couple who look happily in love in every shot.

    Choosing what to wear to an engagement session can be so difficult, but Maia put together a charming outfit that fits perfectly with the rustic outdoor setting. She is wearing 2 of our favorite timeless trends: mustard yellow and lace. And a rustic ensemble would not be complete without fall boots! We also love how she coordinated the colors with Mark’s outfit without it being matchy-matchy (see how the yellow in her cardigan ties in with his plaid shirt?)

    Congratulations to both Maia and Mark on your engagement as well as a big thank you to Marie Skerl for sharing your beautiful photographs with us.


    We want to know, how does the rustic style of autumn inspire you?

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    A gorgeously styled wedding shoot can inspire us to no end. And with venue/event design from Pineola Farms and photography by Dannielle of Elle Puckett Photography, we knew we were in for a special treat! But this styled wedding shoot, with its elegant 1920’s aesthetic and heaps of Southern charm, completely exceeded even our highest hopes of wedding inspiration. We loved seeing how our drop-waist lace wedding gown created a vintage-inspired bridal look that fit in seamlessly with the vision of the shoot. With spot on 1920’s trends and a modern approach to vintage, a classic Art Deco color palette and stunning florals, this is quite simply a styled shoot we could gaze at all day long. Hear Dannielle explain all of the beautiful details that went into the perfectly charming shoot.

    Three southern ladies all sat down together to discuss an idea for a styled-shoot and all three had brought notes that led to the same idea “a hint of 1920's inspiration for today's southern bride”. We wanted to create something unique but it was also important to us that it be something achievable and affordable.

    We had researched 1920's wedding trends and made notes of the things we loved the most including ribbons hanging from bouquets, mercury glass, crystal, art deco design, fringed lamp shades, and handkerchief hemlines.

    We began to set the scene with a vintage saxophone and an old piano that someone wanted to throw out. We chose a color palette of gold, silver, white and black. Then we added the southern touches!  The floral arrangements and bride’s bouquet were made from flowers that most any southern girl would have in her backyard.  Two garden statues and a magnolia tree served as the altar and a vintage bottle of Southern Comfort sat upon the piano.

    Our bride wore a lace, drop-waist, handkerchief-hemline gown from Ruche.  For hair, we went with a sophisticated 1920’s up-do adorned with lace hair pins and covered with a timeless veil by Violet Bells. Finally, her look was modernized by a pair of t-strap rhinestone-embellished Gianni Bini heels.

    There are some more surprises and the shoot even goes into the evening. I think it looks like a speakeasy once the sun goes down!

    -- Dannielle

    As seen on Trendy Bride, Sweet Violet Bride and Hey Wedding Lady.

    Venue + Floral design + event styling: Pineola Farms , Photography: Elle Puckett Photographer, Cake + Chocolates: LisaMae Cakes, Lighting: Kevin Nichols, DKH Entertainment, Makeup: Brooke Wood Makeup Artistry, Hair: Sheila Aycock of Serenity Salon and Spa, Wedding dress: Ruche, Veil + Hairpiece + hair pins: Violet Bells, Purse + Fan: Vintage Bling, Earrings: Charming Charlie, Rings: Dennis Herbert, Herbert Jewelers, Fort Valley, GA, Stationary: Jessica Clark with ECRU Stationery & Design, Charm: J Muncaster Designs, Atlanta, GA


    Do you have a styled shoot or wedding photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your photos to blog@shopruche.com. Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account for even more wedding inspiration too!

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2013

    We partnered with Little Vintage Rentals, a charming vintage decor rental company in New York City, for a sweet modern-vintage photo shoot. In this styled shoot, photographed by Ananda Lima, the bridal party wore our Pure Enchantment Charmeuse Dress which, in our opinion, is the perfect color for any season, and added touches of blues and silver to complete the color palette. Continue reading to learn more about the shoot, as seen on Wedding Chicks!

    Paired with unique hairstyles and fresh makeup by Beauty by Clara Oh, this styled shoot showcases classic styles for a timeless feel. Mandy, of Little Vintage Rentals, says, "For the bridal fashion, our goal was to create a bridal party with a traditional silhouette which could be relevant today or 40 years ago." We're smitten with the traditional, yet modern, look!

    view the bridesmaid dresses: Pure Enchantment Charmeuse Dress

    Styled in Studio Arte (a midtown loft), this group of vendors creatively combined natural accents, such as feathers and wood, with colorful vintage glass pieces for an overall fresh vintage wedding feel. We adore each individual detail, especially the simplicity of Gracious Decor's bouquets!

    When it comes to wedding desserts, we always wish we could reach into the photos and serve ourselves a plate (or two). Mandy says, "Cookie Fairy Sweets' individual servings of handmade donuts and caramel corn were perfectly paired with a tower of whoppie pies. And yes, we did get it to eat it all after the shoot!" We're jealous!

    Which modern-vintage wedding detail do you love most?

    Photographer: Ananda Lima, Event Designer & Prop or Furniture Rentals: Little Vintage, Rentals, Venue: Studio Arte, Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Clara Oh, Bridesmaid Dresses: Ruche, Cake: Cookie Fairy Sweets, Dress Designer & Veil or Hair Accessories: Fancy Bridal, Flowers: Gracious Decor, Shoe Designer: Nina Shoes, Stationery: Minted, Feather Accents: Plumule, LED Votives: Quick Candles, Jewelry: Vintage, Models: Evelyn Bedoya, Wendi Liu & Chloe O’Connor


    Do you have a styled shoot or wedding photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your photos to blog@shopruche.com. Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account for even more wedding inspiration too!

  • Wednesday, August 28, 2013

    Something borrowed, something new, something old and something... custom made! When we found these custom designs from Laura of Paper Mothball Vintage, we couldn't help but fall beside ourselves in excitement. Her designs are so unique and vintage and beautiful that there really is no other design quite like it out there. After finding inspiration from her husband, Laura has found her perfect nitch in the world of artistic, vintage custom made wedding dresses. Hear more about how she plans each design, the imagination that comes to life and her passion behind it all.

    I am a vintage fashion designer living in Brooklyn, NY. I began sewing as a hobby, and am mostly self taught, using vintage sewing patterns from the 1940s. I designed and draped my wedding dress. It took me about 2 weeks to make. The overall design was inspired by the 1930s which is my favorite time period, because I think it was the most glamorous.

    The waist is hand quilted and beaded from a vintage 1920s dress that was completely falling apart. I was really glad to save some of that, and give it a new life. The back buttons up with vintage 1950s set crystal buttons.

    I made a bow tie out of the remnant fabric from my dress for my husband. He complimented the bow tie with vintage cream suspenders.

    My husband is from Japan, and witnessing his journey to follow his dream inspired me to follow mine. Designing for me is an escape into my own world where I am free to express myself. I love being there, although it always has its stressful moments. I like working through the problems that always arise with a garment, its more rewarding.

    -- Laura of Paper Mothball Vintage

    Want even more vintage in your life? Visit our Vintage Guide and shop our Vintage Guide collection for more inspiration!


  • Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    We can feel the romance in the air and the touch of vintage flair at this gorgeous, intimate wedding! After a four year relationship, filled with plane tickets and long distance phone calls, Valerie and her husband finally tied the knot! Wearing a perfect lace dress and our headband fascinator, this beautiful bride shares with us her less-is-more philosophy.

    Every detail that made our wedding wonderful was a combination of serendipitous events along with the labor of love of so many people. With the idea that 'less is more," we planned a wedding wanting for simplicity and love to shine through without compromising elegance. I chose to keep my bridal look as natural as possible and chose a dramatic headpiece that would finish my look and tie with the rest of the decor. We didn't really have a theme except that we were drawn to the simplicity of the rustic feel and gave it a classic vintage twist by adding some key elements.

    We chose to have an outdoor ceremony in a public park. It was a risky choice at first but turned out to be the perfect one. Tall trees, sunshine, nice cool breeze, birds singing, a musical string trio (guitar, violin and cello) playing our favorite songs as we said our vows in the presence of our family and closest dear friends made our day unforgettable. 

    My husband and I were in a long distance relationship for almost 3 years before we finally tied the knot. Because of our jobs we spent most of our relationship traveling and meeting in different cities, which was mostly fun but hard at times. Four years from the day we met (day for day) we ecstatically got hitched and chose to stay together forever, still traveling, but this time with each other.  


    Take note from this blushing bride and remember, simplicity can be the key to the most elegant wedding! For more whimsical wedding ideas, have a peek at our new  bridal Pinterest!


    Do you have "real wedding" photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your wedding photos to blog@shopruche.com. Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

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