Would You Wear an Heirloom Wedding Dress?

Would You Wear an Heirloom Wedding Dress?

Bride Abigail Kingston took the something borrowed and something old to a whole new level.  Bride-to-be Abigail Kingston is keeping with a family tradition by wearing her great-great grandmother, Mary Lowry's wedding dress from 1895.

“When I was younger, while I was playing piano at my parents’ house, there was a framed picture of the first six brides wearing the dress, so I would think, ‘Someday,’” Kingston told BuzzFeed Life.

Kingston told Buzzfeed Life that once she got engaged she told her mother Leslie she wanted to try to track down the dress. Her mother had also worn the dress so she was all for the idea.


Video from Today Show 

According to Buzzfeed Life, the dress had remained the same throughout the generations, with the only real change made to the length of the cathedral length train and lace added in certain areas of the dress.

Would you wear a wedding gown that was passed down through the family? What are your thoughts? Share them with us!

If you aren't a bride who would do this, we recommend taking a look at some of our wedding dresses at Dessy.com!   



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Wedding Photo Goes Viral 24 Hours After Photographer Promises to Donate $3 for Every Share

Wedding Photo Goes Viral 24 Hours After Photographer Promises to Donate $3 for Every Share

We came across a post on Buzzfeed News about a wedding photo that has gone viral in 24 hours on Facebook after it was posted after the photographer promised to donate $3 for every share.

It got started when photographer Edwina Robertson who owns a photography business wanted to raise awareness for the drought in rural Australia.

According to her Facebook page, Robertson said when she went to photograph a wedding she found out the bride's family had to sell all of their cattle of their property due to the uncertainty of the change of season.

This led Robertson to raise awareness to the drought and the challenges people living in rural Australia had to face.

She told BuzzFeed News that she had something visual and a story to go with it.  With both of these she thought it was a fabulous way to highlight the need for funds for the charity she created.

"Even with my connections to the land, I was totally touched by the landscape and stories of Western Queensland," said Robertson on her Facebook page. "Unless you've been living under a rock for the last three years, you will have heard of the realities and the lack of rain. I am only an individual and I only, can't do much, but I can do a little."


Robertson reported on her Facebook page that as of September 21st, $15,000 has been pledged to  Tie Up the Black Dog Committee to aid support for depression and mental illness in rural regions across Australia.

The money was generated by 4974 shares of the Facebook photo with a donation of $3 per share over a 24 hour social media campaign.   You can take a look here at the work the three incredible woman who run this committee are doing: https://tieuptheblackdog.wordpress.com/our-mission/

According to Buzzfeed News, as of September 24, $25,000 has been raised with a final goal of $50,000. Those interested in donating to this campaign may do so by clicking on this link: https://ozcrowd.com/…/tie-up-the-black-dog-raising-awaren…/…

Wedding Photos featured on BuzzFeed News by Edwina Robertson Photography   You may also visit Edwina Photography's Facebook page by clicking here - https://www.facebook.com/edwinarobertsonphotography?fref=ts

The Rise of the Big Fake Wedding

The Rise of the Big Fake Wedding

Planning a wedding can be stressful and most couples won't know until the day of their wedding how it will turn out, because let's be honest, anything can happen.  However, photographer Callie Murray who is also the founder and CEO of Big Fake Wedding is offering brides and grooms a chance to see what their wedding could possibly look like.

What You Need to Know About Weddings This Year!

What You Need to Know About Weddings This Year!

Starting the wedding planning process and wanted to know what some of the trends are this year?  This infographic by EventUp offered some interesting insights about weddings today.

For example, today's brides have an average of 4.5 bridesmaids and only 38% still require their bridesmaids to wear the same color and style of the dress.  Are you looking for your bridesmaid dresses yet? Check out Dessy.com for all our newest styles for spring and summer!

Engagement season may have just passed, but that doesn't mean brides aren't still posting engagement pictures on social media.  According to this infographic, 59% of brides-to-be post a picture of their engagement ring on social media, but 11% of brides ask guests not to post photos of their wedding to social media.

Today the average age of today's brides is 29 and the average engagement length is 14 months.  In 2014, the average wedding cost in the U.S. was $31,213; in comparison the average wedding cost for Manhattan couples was $76,328.

Check out the rest of this infographic to see what other interesting facts there are about weddings!





 Featured image featured on StyleMePretty.com 







Couples Drawn to Iconic 12-13-14 Wedding Date

Couples Drawn to Iconic 12-13-14 Wedding Date


Image by Gage Blake Photography 


While December is a slow time for weddings, this Saturday will be a busy day for many couples, since many are saying "I Do" on the iconic date of  12-13-14.  Since the date is in sequential order, many couples find it to be an extra special time to get married.

According to the Associated Press,  the date on Saturday represents the last sequential calendar date for at least 20 years for Jan. 2, 2034  and another 89 years until Jan. 2, 2103.

David's Bridal told The Chicago Tribune more than 13,000 wedding are registered for Saturday with them, while a year ago on this date, the company had 6,621 events registered.


Image by Whyman Studios 

Last year, Brian Beitler, chief marketing officer of David’s Bridal, told USA Today, dates with consecutive numbers  are about to disappear.  David's Bridal conducted its“What’s on Brides’ Minds” survey in 2013 that revealed that iconic dates are still popular.

The survey revealed that 40% of brides would consider planning their wedding on a special date like 12/13/14 or last year with 11/12/13.

Read more about iconic wedding dates in our blog posts - Couples Say 'I Do' on 11/12/13  and 12/12/12 Weddings – Are You Getting Married Today?


Featured image by Brandon Shafer Photography 




At Last! Photos from Jessica Simpson's Beautiful Wedding!

At Last! Photos from Jessica Simpson's Beautiful Wedding!

We were so excited to see that photos (and a video!) from Jessica Simpson's wedding to Eric Johnson were finally released. The video takes you behind the scenes with Jessica and her bridesmaids as they get ready for her wedding day last weekend. Jessica looked simply stunning in her Carolina Herrera gold wedding gown and she pulled out all the stops for her bridesmaids too!


 How beautiful does Jessica look on her wedding day! Photograph by Brides. 


Another lovely photo from Jessica Simpson's wedding.  Photograph by Brides

Jessica said she did not have a theme, but she wanted all of her bridesmaids (all 14 of them..mind you) to feel "ethereal"  and the best they have ever felt.  All of the bridesmaids are mismatched because as you will see Jessica say in this video below "not every girl is the same shade, not every girl is the same size, not every girl is the same personality.." we couldn't agree with you more Jessica!

Jessica's  best friend CaCee Cobb wore a gorgeous green bridesmaid gown and we thought for those of you looking to do a similar color to CeCe's dress, here are looks we know you and Jessica would love too!


We think Jessica would have loved our After Six Bridesmaid Style 6699


We think this Lela Rose LR200 in clover would have been lovely in Jessica's wedding.. but we're biased! 


In case you love gold as much as we do, take a look at our "oh so glamourous" Pantone Venetian Gold and blush style board:

The 2014 Best Wedding Photographers from MyWed.com

The 2014 Best Wedding Photographers from MyWed.com


How can this photo not be one of the chosen photos for the contest?  Photo by Andrea Corsi 

Photography at a wedding is one of the most important parts of the big day.  It keeps the memory alive and captures details that couples may not remember years down the road.

Several photographers (more than several actually) were recognized for their beautiful wedding photos in a contest that we are sure has made a lasting impression on everyone who has seen them! They are all beautiful!

MyWed.com, a community of wedding photographers held a Wedding Photographers Contest a beginning of 2014.  More than 2,600 professional photographers from all over the world took part in this contest.


 One of the many beautiful photos from the Wedding Photographers Contest. Photo by Jun Ying

 The contest had two nominations including Jury Choice and People’s Choice Award. Famous and great photographers chose the winner for the Jury Choice award from MyWed.com’s jury.

 For the People’s Choice award, other photographers, participants of the contest, chose the winner.  Prizes for each nomination included Canon cameras.  Canon was the sponsor of the contest.


How happy does this couple look on their wedding day? This photo is by Marius Barbulescu

Now that the contest is over, MyWed.com has the Best Wedding Photographers and best photos of the contest.

The winner of the Jury Choice Award was photographer Mauricio Arias,  who has also been named Best of the Best 2011 and 2012 by Junebug Weddings, and also the Photographer of the Quarter by the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers.  He lives in San Francisco Bay, CA, according to his biography on Chrisman Studios.

Photo by MyWedding.com  Jury Choice Award winner, Maurcio Arias 
The winner of the People’s Choice Award is wedding photographer Marco Miglianti.  Aside from Arias and Miglianti, MyWed.com recognized 50 brilliant winners with the highest scores!  And the 100 Best Photos from the contest.


Photo by People's Choice Award Winner, Marco Miglianti 

Looking for vendors for your wedding day? Check out Wedding Planning Tools on Dessy!



Reshaping an Industry: Jacqueline Nwobu

Reshaping an Industry: Jacqueline Nwobu

What started with several Google searches and dedication of spreading a valuable message ended with a successful venture for Jacqueline Nwobu and her husband who made the brave attempt to leave their prior occupations and become magazine publishers.

Jacqueline Nwobu quit her job as a medical technologist and founded Munaluchi Bride Magazine.   She did this because she wanted to spread a valuable message in the wedding industry that has yet to fully embrace women of color or Asian women in the pages of bridal magazines.

She her and her husband embarked on the journey of starting a magazine simply to spread their message of having women of color embraced in the bridal industry.

Nwobu said during her talk at TedXEuston, what readers do see are the same women and the same message.

"The truth is we've done a little bit - but we have a long way to go," said Nwobu to the audience.  "We do this because it is really important to have those images,  those of women color on covers in the pages of the magazine."

She said the bigger picture years from now, having women of color in pages of a bridal magazine will not be or shouldn't be a big deal, it will be normal.

"It is really important when you think of the images we portray to our children, because images are powerful and lead to thoughts," said Nwobu.


Photo by BellaNaija.com




We Love the New Bella Bridesmaids Website!

We Love the New Bella Bridesmaids Website!

We're so excited about the re-launch of one of our favorite vendors, Bella Bridesmaids' new website! It's chic, sleek, and beautiful. Dessy Group is proud to be included in Bella Bridesmaids' collection of bridesmaid dresses from the world’s leading designers. At Bella Bridesmaids, you have many beautiful Dessy dresses to choose from, and your personal Bella stylist will help you pick the gowns for you. Whether you’re getting married in a grand ballroom or having a hoedown on the family farm, they have you covered!

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Same-Sex Marriages Embraced Globally

Same-Sex Marriages Embraced Globally


Four countries in South and Central America have legalized same-sex marriage with Argentina being the first in 2010, according to Purely Diamonds.  Photo featured on Articcompass.blogspot.com. 

Same-sex marriages continue to make headlines around the world, many countries including several states in the U.S. have embraced it, moving closer towards equality for all.

A recent blog post sent to us by Purely Diamonds, a family-run diamond jewelry design studio based in London, England showed how same-sex marriages have been embraced around the world.

According to the blog post, 10 European countries have embraced same-sex marriages and 11 European countries have accepted sames-sex unions.

While same-sex unions may not be entirely legal in some European countries, there are 22 out of 51 countries that have recognized it, according to the blog post.

The Netherlands were ahead of the curve in 2001, when they were the first to legalize same-sex marriages, while Asia has refused to embrace same-sex marriage.

In the U.S., Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004.  California legalized gay marriage in 2008, only to ban it the same year after the introduction of Proposition 8 before legalizing it again 2010, according to the blog post.  As of 2013, there are 17 states in the U.S. that have legalized same-sex marriage.

Just this week,  gay couples continue to fight for their rights. On Jan. 21, six gay couples file a lawsuit to overturn Florida's same-sex marriage ban, according to NBCNews.com.

There are five states in the U.S. that recognize civil unions for gay couples, not including the states that have replaced civil unions with same-sex marriages.

South Africa is the only African country to have embraced same-sex unions while some countries have actually imposed the death penalty if same-sex couples are caught, according to the blog post.

Countries like the Sedan and Sierra Leone have legalized sexual activity between two women but have outlawed same-sex relationships between two men.

Canada was the first non-European country in 2005 to legalize same-sex marriage.  Same-sex marriages are legally performed in Mexico City and in the state of Quintana Roo, according to the blog post.

In October,  New Zealand legalized same-sex marriages.  In Australia, there are three territories where same-sex unions are allowed.  Australia's first gay marriage took place on Dec. 7 in the national capital of Canberra.

Some judges in Colombia has allowed same-sex marriages while some have not, the law in Colombia remains ambiguous, according to the blog post.

A new constitution in 2008 made Ecuador the first country in South America where same-sex civil unions are legally recognized and share the same rights as married heterosexual couples.

Are you looking for a tuxedo for a wedding you are attending or a part of?  Check out the After Six Classic Tuxedo by Dessy!