Bridal partied.

Left: The beautiful Bride, Nkechi, with her lovely Bridal Party in the Miranda Bennett Floor Length Sands Dress. Shot on location in Savannah, Georgia by Jen Huang. Right: The handsome couple, Nkechi & Mitch.



Love you always, Cecil Beaton.

(how cute for a bridal party shoot?)



MBD Golden Lady / Modern Goddess inspiration board.

all Miranda Bennett Dresses available at theBANQUET


Party Favored.

Love this idea from Martha Stewart Weddings for completely customizable and totally touching wedding favors. Fill them up with precious ephemera, beautiful sweets, or practical tokens and top off with a personal stamp or a handwritten note. It seems it would be difficult to go wrong with these keepsakes, reminiscent of Joseph Cornell.

image via Martha Stewart Weddings


Moment of the Month.

photo by Jonas Peterson, sourced on OnceWed.Com


Daily Candy!

Thanks to Erin for the mention and using one of my favorite photos of all time, Cydney Puro's shot of the Shore Dress in Silk Georgette.



Planning a Wedding in NYC

Fall 2010 Wedding Guide

fall 2010 wedding guide!
Falling in love is the easy part. Orchestrating the ceremony and party, and navigating family politics, is where things get complicated. Luckily, we’ve got the ninja-like skills to help.
State of a Dress
We adore the custom weddings work of NYC designersMiranda BennettAlison KellySir by Joanna Baum, andAlexandra Grecco. They’ll tailor a dress to your shape up to the last moment and may surprise you by being less expensive than off-the-rack satin concoctions.


Featured Bridal Party Dress.

The Sands Dress is a modern take on the classical draping the Miranda Bennett line is known for. The silk douppioni belt lends a structured natural waist in bold contrast to both the color and the supple drape of the silk charmeuse dress. The sheer silk chiffon yoke with a tank sillouette showcases the sweetheart bust line of the shirred dress body. A flattering shape on a multitude of body types and available in innumerable color combinations (midnight blue & tan; plum & stone grey; silver & Chanel pink...). Contact theBANQUET for ordering details. 



I carry your heart with me
by E.E. Cummings

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

Air Mailed.

Thanks to Snippet & Ink for sharing these perfectly proper wedding invitations. 



The hand painted silk Miranda Bennett Swan Dress
worn by then bride to be Jess last summer on the eve of her wedding.


The work of pastry chef Jena Derman just came across my path and I am so in love, there is a gorgeous alchemy in her treatment of fruit and crust that elevates the humble pie to unprecedented levels. With delicately handled fruit, Derman creates exquisitely intricate patterns to adorn her delectable tarts. Opting for wedding pie instead of (or in addition to) traditional cakes is growing ever more popular and Derman's work makes it obvious why. 

a bouquet of plums

starry night

peach labyrinth

And for loyalists of the tried and true wedding cake, I am equally enamoured with her use of real florals on her sweetly understated gateaux.

monsoon wedding

Take a look at more of her work, here.


Featured Bridal Party Dress: SEPTEMBER

The Visitor Dress (worn with a Plume Bow Belt) combines elegant, Grecian draping with raw-edged shirring across a boat neck collar, and overlapping petal sleeves that cascade gently down the arm. The open shape of the dress body lends itself well to a variety of styling options, from belts at the waist or hip to a fitted menswear inspired piece worn on top, like a tuxedo vest or fitted blazer. Available in over one hundred shades of satin or matte silk charmeuse. Comes with a wide sash in black silk crepe de chine. Call or contact theBANQUET for ordering details.

contact miranda@thebanquetnyc.com or 718 522 6906 for ordering details.



Love, love, love. One clever Georgia couple used this sweet little wooden cut out as the banner caption on their wedding photos. Thanks to the incredible Ruffled team for sharing.



These photographs by Abigail Seymour are so enchanting, thanks to Grey Likes Weddings for sharing. A few points of interest: 1) marching band. 2) Abigail wrote a beautiful description about the ceremony, including this: "[the bride] and Walter chose to see each other beforehand, and then immediately after the ceremony they took a private, ten-minute walk through the woods. They wisely understood how easy it is to spend the whole wedding together without really getting a chance to stop and appreciate what has happened." 

photographs by Abigail Seymour


Cakes like floral dreams, the most beautiful I have ever seen. By Magpie's Cakes. Thanks to 100 Layer Cake for sharing these incredible images.



Lighting perfection.


Nothing is more regal or classic than a messy 1970's ballerina bun. It's feminine & understated, elegant & confident, but most importantly, hassle free. This look is for a very specific type of bride, and I think you know who you are. 

as worn by Keri Russell, as documented by Vogue

a dramatic rendition pulled from an editorial, as transmitted by Knight Cat

a clean rendition from the runway, at the Charlotte Ronson show. Hair by Aveda.



Two dining options that blew me away, via the Wedding Chicks.


Featured Bridal Party Dress: AUGUST

The Lady Luck Dress is a linen homage to a Fellini-era leading lady. An asymmetrical neck reveals the perfect amount of collar bone and shoulder set against the dramatic, over sized ruffle collar. The contrasting dress body has a traditional shift silhouette and can be transitioned in to Fall with opaque tights and platforms, creating a sweet 60's mini. Available in silk for holiday affairs. Contact theBANQUET for ordering details.

contact miranda@thebanquetnyc.com or 718 522 6906 for ordering details.



Love, love this idea for handkerchief wedding invitations, save the dates, and keepsakes from Junebug Weddings. How perfectly sweet and practical (light & small!) and so easy to customize, whether you create your own original napkins or print on some sweet vintage ones. We did something similar for an event at the shop when we hand sewed some blush linen napkins and had our guest artist Kime Buzzelli screen print them as limited edition party favors. There they are below. It's a banner idea, no?



I just went away to the beautiful and breathtaking Hudson Valley and all that I can wonder is why doesn't everyone want to live there? How can there not be a stampede up the Taconic? Whatever the reasons (mostly work I would assume), there's no reason not to go every so or very often for a getaway. And upstate weddings have always been my favorite. One place that I went in particular, the Hawthorne Valley Farm, is a kind of idyllic, Utopian community centered around agriculture, community, and education. And, I think, would also be an incredible place to get married. Here are some pictures I snapped while there and a few surrounding locations, all of which I hope to return to soon.



Micah & Megan, their photos (as well as their subjects, it would seem) are magical and born of the moment. In a sea of staid poses, their work is so completely refreshing, capturing spontaneous and authentic renderings of their subjects, embracing their spirit and individual nature rather than applying a check list of text book setups. Take a look at their site, here, and some of their smile inducing work below.

images via them

"We are artists. We love travel, hiking, Vespas, camping, music, and New York City. We love dogs and have picked out dozens of names for our future pooch. Mexican food and margaritas is a perfect date. We are both left handed and every morning we drink at least one cup of coffee. Thank you for checking out our work and for taking the time to get to know us. Check out the BLOG to see all that we've been up to lately and get to know us even better. We love spending time with couples in love and can't wait to get to know you back! Based in Southern California. Available worldwide.

Micah & Megan"


Thanks to Once Wed for sharing the incredible work of jeweler Katherine Bowman, this ring being my favorite little reimagined Edwardian dream.