Archive for January, 2012

For many years we have seen bold and bright flowers making a statement. However soft and decadent colors are making their way back in. Think of magical and fantasy type movies such as “Snow White” . Look for cabbage roses and peonies!

Photo by: Watson Studios Photography

Courtesy of The Full Bouquet

If you are looking for something extravagant!

Courtesy of Sheri Martin Interiors



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Seems like wedding dresses are constantly changing in style. Have you ever felt frustrated shopping and not have found the perfect dress? Hopefully by reading this, I can give you some insight of what is hot off the runway.

New 2012 trends to look for:

Unique necklines: The “illusion neckline” seems to be very popular. More of a sheer and delicate fabric that is draped over your skin that may often be exposed.

Gown by Monique Lhuillier

Two tiered skirts: Designers love playing with hemlines which gave them the idea of creating two separate skirts. It’s also forgiving in the hip and thigh area. Good way to hide wider hips.

Gown by Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija Couture

Horsehair trim: Often found on the underskirt of a dress to create a cleaner and crisp hemline.

Gown by Rivini

Lace sleeves: Of course our favorite Duchess last April. The lace sleeves give a nice sleek and classic look.

Gown by Legends by Ramona Keveza

More trends to look out for: ( Inspired by the red carpet)

Front slits

Deep plunging necklines

Lots of sparkle


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Often times we wonder how the experts view certain trends or traditions that relate to weddings. Many of you have requested to have Catrina weigh in on her thoughts and ideas. If you have a questions that you would like for her to answer, please submit to nicole@catrinamaria.com.

First question of the year!

What would you like to see new and different for 2012 weddings?

I am already seeing new and different things for 2012 that excite me as much as any other wedding trends.  I can‘t categorize the new trends yet, but I am seeing more variety, more lushness, and more attention to developing each space used for the party.  These are all great trends that are taking form right now. 

I would like to see more personalization for 2012 weddings overall though.  Not just tying in your story, your life before ‘we,’ but looking at your joint loves in life and bringing this to life through décor, use of space, creative food presentation and more that express you as a couple.  We all have specific things we love and that make us tick as people, so why not share these pieces of ourselves by allowing our guests to experience this through our eyes? Maybe you have traveled to Greece together and you want to bring the beach, island feel into your reception. Introduce your guests to your experience, but take it further than naming the tables after Greek islands! Maybe you two love the wine country and wine tasting, but choosing a winery wedding doesn’t tell the whole story.  Introduce your guests to what you love about it.  It’s possible that many of them have never been wine tasting.  Bring this idea into your cocktail hour.  It’s possible they have never experienced a true wine pairing dinner. Try wine tasting stations to get your guests enjoying the property and the variety of wines instead of offering a few varietals at the bar where they will most likely stick with their comfortable Chardonnay!

Dare to share yourselves through the experience you plan for your guests!

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Happy New Year!! Each new year brings fun and exciting new trends. Colors, flowers, decor, gowns, entertainment, and more! Where to begin? No worries, we are here to help! Each week, yours truly will keep you updated with what’s hot and what’s not!

For my first trend of the year…color! What do you think is hot this year? This may throw you off a bit, but tangerine is the way to go. It’s bold, bright and beautiful. This color can definetely make a statement and bring a lot of life to your big day. Tangerine would look great with lime greens, pinks or even purples. I am loving the teal and tangerine color combination.  Here are a few ideas of how this bold color can be used.

Photo courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

Photo courtesy of theswishlist.com

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