In Defense Of The Bold Bride


Dear Readers:

Very recently, I had a bride come in who wanted a loud wedding. Her colors were to be bold, the music vibrant and the food was to be flavorful. I loved her sense of self and willingness to express it fully, regardless of the comments from the peanut gallery (which were, by the way, loud and somewhat cutting). I encouraged her to stay on her path and gave her my full support.

I am often asked what colors or flowers are “in or out” and what is “appropriate” for what season and my answer always remains the same; everything is in and everything is appropriate.  As a designer, it is my job to make what the client’s want work in a way that is synergistic and exciting to the eye, not to dictate what they are allowed to like at a specific time.  If you want to have spring colors in winter, by all means, go for it. If the runways are all doing long gowns and you’ve been dying to wear a pantsuit, wear it!

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I write this because I truly believe that creativity stems from authenticity and not from following a mass decision (or worse, an arbitrary one made by someone who has been deemed an “expert” on the topic of what is allowed to be enjoyed).  I encourage you all to embrace your passions in all areas of your lives, and to do so without apology.  If you want a table with blinged out pinks and purples, let’s make it work. If you want something more traditional, there’s a way to make that equally unique and dazzling.

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Today, I want to ask you all to share your honest thoughts about the opinions of others and trends. Do you feel they are helpful or do you sometimes feel you cannot fully express yourself because of them?