Archive for July, 2013

Real Wedding – Garden in Georgia

It is our favorite day of the week ~ Wedding Wednesday!

We love sharing real Anne Barge bride weddings with you. Why do we love today’s wedding? Because for the bride it was all about the dress!

Anne Barge style 614

Wedding cake details were fashioned after the bride's gown!

Sketch of bride's dress was displayed on the cake table.

The couple were married at the University of Georgia gardens. The bride wore Anne Barge collection style #614. The dress was the perfect choice for the beautiful bride! Enjoy these images from Haley and Todd’s wedding…

The beautiful bride!

Ceremony setting

Boutonniere by European Floral Design

The Bride (Melissa Pepin Photography)

Lush bouquet of peonies

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Impressionism and Fashion

It is Travel Tuesday and rather than daydream about a destination, we are harkening back to a period of history today! Let’s travel back in time to the mid-late 1800s when Paris was becoming the style capital of the world. At this same time a group of painters were gaining influence and a following as the artist movement known as the Impressionists.

"Camille" - Claude Monet, 1866

Striped green silk promenade dress

In the latter part of the 19th century, the modern fashion trade was essentially born with the spread of fashion magazines, department stores gaining prominence, and clothing designers marketing to the consumer as never before. French artists of the time were experimenting with technique and the way art was created plus pushing the boundaries of acceptable subject matter in the everyday.  The influence between fashion and the art of the Impressionists and portrait painters of the day is clearly visible. Modern life and fashion was now entwined with the “modern style” Impressionist artist community as never before.

“The Millinery Shop” – Edgar Degas 1879

“La Parisienne is not in fashion, she is fashion.” ~Arsene Houssaye, l’Artiste 1869

“Luncheon on the Grass” Claude Monet, 1865
Summer Dress 1869

“The modern painter …Is an excellent couturier.” ~ Joris-Karl Huysmans, 1876

"July: Specimen of a Portrait" - James Tissot, 1878

Summer Dress, 1860s

Berthe Morisot, "The Sisters" 1869

"A Ball" - Jean Beraud, 1878

As the past has shown us, the relationship between fashion and art are pivotal in their mutual influence and respect. Fashion designers are continually finding inspiration in the art around them.

For the Spring 2014 collections, Anne Barge was inspired by the romance of the past! Imagine the soft pastels and sense of lightness as evoked by the Impressionist painter, Claude Monet. In particular, Monet’s vision and breath-taking interpretations of his opulent gardens at Giverny, France. We invite you to fantasize about the airy gowns of our newest collection on the set of Monet’s paintings in the gardens of Giverny! Perfection!!

Monet's Water Lilies with Gown: Acacia

Monet's Gardens at Giverny with Gown: Hyacinthe

Monet's Water Lilies with Gowns: Marguerite (L) and Osmonde (R)

Real Wedding – Ashton Gardens

It is Wedding Wednesday! We love featuring real Anne Barge brides and this week is no exception. The couple were married in Atlanta at Ashton Gardens.

The wedding had a lot of charm beginning with the unique invitations. We bet that as soon as invited guests saw the sweet caricatures of the couple, they knew the day would be unique from other weddings they may have been to in the past.

Wedding invitation suite with charm and character!

The bride was a vision in Anne Barge style “Hayley” with an embellished sash added to accent the Alencon lace and silk organza silhouette. Her chosen “something blue” are an exquisitely beribboned pair of blue shoes!

Hayley gown

The couple wanted a Southern wedding with a soft and romantic tone. This was achieved beautifully through blooms and bouquets by Wedding Designs. The soft palette of blush pink throughout lent a feminine touch to the affair.

Perfect Pink Bow Place Setting

And as with the invitations, carrying forth their unique personal touches, the bride incorporated her love of Hello Kitty with a precious cake topper we just adore!

Three perfectly proportioned pink wedding cakes

Hello Kitty Cake Topper

Photography by Three Pennies

Travel Tuesday – Switzerland!

It is Travel Tuesday and today we are thinking of pristine mountain air, crystal clear lakes, cowbells, and yodeling. Did you guess Switzerland?

If you are outdoorsy, Switzerland’s climate is ideal, with no excessive heat, cold or humidity and therefore it can be your playground for Honeymoons all year round. In Winter, ski the Swiss Alps and the Jungfrau ranges. In Summer, hike amongst the greenest hills imaginable.  And the perfect way to relax after enjoying this country’s natural beauty? At a spa, of course – Swiss spas are world renowned!

Hiking in the Swiss Alps

Lindner Alpentherme

City: Bern

City escapes in Switzerland have their own charm. Enjoy the cuisine, shopping, and culture in top-class cities from Bern to Geneva to Zurich.

One of our Anne Barge brides loved her wedding gown so much that she brought it on her Swiss Honeymoon! Can you think of a more unique idea? It was a fantastic way to extend her special day and create new memories. The bride found a local photographer and enjoyed looking beautiful another day in her gorgeous gown.

Bride & her Zurich photo session!