Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Love how the bride's shoes match the moody blue sky on Mt. Hood. Wait, are they wearing matching Chucks??? Angela's wedding at Timberline Lodge. The bride wore Giselle.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Gorgeous Naomi (and dashing Alastair) at their Melbourne, Australia wedding. The bride wore Oysters & Pearls (with a fetching customized sleeve).

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Lovely Cynthia, married guess where in October. The bride wore Persuasion.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dear photos from Tasha's wedding at the Cornelius Pass octagonal barn. Her dress was a labor of love and I really did love making it...the perfect project for the patient days of winter. On a damp, dark January morning early this year, I began collaging together dozens of bits of hundred-year-old lace, stitching them one by one over a floating layer of tea-dyed silk organza. A truly handmade dress for a special girl. Thanks, Tasha.

Friday, December 3, 2010

BIG hearts.

 Where do I start? With the heart.
 When it comes to DIY drama, these streamers may be my all-time fave.
 You can stand under my umbrella.
Grey ladies in wellies. As you can tell, I cannot get enough of this wedding. Big hearts (and unicorns, and fuzzy baby bunnies) to stylish couple Kathryn and Jeffrey (the bride wore Giselle).

All photos: Green Chair Studio

Thursday, December 2, 2010

I do love a bicycle at a wedding.

Alivia's August wedding was recently featured on the Martha Stewart Weddings website. The bride wore Honeychurch.
My favorite things: the sunny bouquets, the bike (of course) and the yellow bridal party dresses--each is so individual! View the complete photo gallery here.

Monday, November 29, 2010

A New England autumn wedding.

So many lovely touches (and so much love!) at Sarah and Joe's autumn wedding in Connecticut. The bride wore Oysters & Pearls. You can see more gorgeous photos (some of gourds) here and here.

Fall crush.

Photo: Patrick A. Wilson
This is my favorite photo from the set Amber sent over from her wedding. I customized her dress by embellishing the bodice all over with antique lace flowers and appliqués. I love how the delicacy of the lace is punched up by all those gothic grape and berry tones, the luscious fall flowers, and her va-va-voom lipstick. Spin that color wheel, o Brides of 2011. There is life beyond Blush and Bashful.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


 For Emily. Silk shantung, chantilly lace illusion bodice, tulle skirt overlay.
Velvet ribbon waist detail with silk organza flower.
Beatrix. Gold embroidered blossom tulle over duchess satin.
Keepsake. French Chantilly lace gown with scoop back, ruffle neckline.
Circa. Silk shantung with silk organza circle skirt overlay.
Linen ribbon waist detail, double blossom corsage.
Also available full length.
Giselle. Silk shantung, English tulle skirt overlay, Alençon lace waist detail.

Honeychurch. Silk charmeuse with chantilly lace bodice, lace flutter sleeves, tulle skirt overlay.
Musette. Alençon lace dropped waist bodice, silk chiffon tea length skirt, ribbon sash.
Oysters & Pearls. Alençon lace bodice with hand applied chiffon details and vintage pearl beading, silk chiffon skirt.
Also available knee length.
Paperwhite. Lace embroidered tulle tiers over silk/cotton.
Paperwhite gown. Lace embroidered tulle tiers over silk/cotton.
Ruched bodice detail and gathered tulle cap sleeves.
Persuasion. Silk shantung with English tulle skirt overlay, Alençon lace empire waist detail.
Tempest. Grey cotton satin bodice, English tulle skirt overlay. Velvet ribbon waist detail, silk organza flower corsage.

Photos: Lisa Warninger
Makeup: Katy Simmons
Model: Ashley Anthony

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Dots and dahlias.

So excited to spy Lisa's wedding on the Flora Grubb website. I custom made her dress from a very special swiss dot cotton I found after weeks of searching. As fellow fabric nerds out there know, there is swiss dot and then there is real swiss dot--fine weave, soft hand, woven dot, you know it when you see it. The lovely Lisa flew up from San Francisco for her fittings and was an absolute dream to work with. I'm crazy about the whole look of her wedding and her super stylish, informal-yet-modern bouquet. More photos of the exquisite florals here.
Best wishes, sweet lady!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The before picture.

If you've walked past The English Dept.'s windows and wondered what's up, we're devoting our weekend to a bit of a shop remodel. Please pardon our appearance while we update our wee space for the coming season. We reopen Tuesday!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Memphis Bonding.

Such fresh and pretty photos from Allison, who was married in Memphis this summer. The bride wore Giselle, customized with tulle straps (nice touch!). Photos by one of my very favorite wedding photographers, Our Labor of Love.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Continuing the rural mood...I just spotted Eujin's barn-tastic bridal photos over on the Lovely blog--the bride wore Giselle.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


It's her name, but it's also just the right word to describe these photos from her sweet Montana wedding. We worked together (at long distance!) to design her custom wedding dress. The fabric: a  heavy silk taffeta with a subtle ivory pinstripe, fashioned into a corset style gown with a very luxurious full circle skirt.
Best wishes, Haven. May you, your husband, and all the pretty horses have years and years of bliss.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ivy & Aster.

We were completely bewitched by Ivy & Aster's dress collection at Bridal Market, and can't wait for it to arrive at The English Dept. These are the freshest little frocks I've seen a long time--they're pretty, they're sexy, they're modern--to call them bridesmaid dresses seems almost unfair. I have my eye on that little lady in the top left photo. I'm talking about you, Pinky.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Too darn hot.

Just when Oregon autumn hits with its one-two punch of rain and wind, I get a reminder of sweet, sweet summer. Remember this dress? Emily just sent me a few photos from her wedding--she says it was 100(!) degrees that day, and you can almost hear the sunflare sizzle in this photo.
Then again, love is impervious to little trials of temperature.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

To market, to market...

Whew! Clara and I are just returned from New York Bridal Market, and what a whirlwind of tulle and chiffon it was. Although we saw plenty of this sort of thing...
 ...we also happened upon some absolutely stunning new dresses for The English Dept. Now back to the secret lab to finalize our collection for 2011. More to come!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Amaranth, a love {color} story.

Amaranth in bloom
Matta wool gauze dress from Una
vintage felt flowers from Bernadette Breu

Every year at this time, when I'm bicycling around my neighborhood, I see it--like a blood-red bolt of lightning--amaranth! The smart people who plant it in their gardens {I forget every year} are rewarded each October by the most luscious, vivid magenta plumage amid the nodding stalks and drooping leaves of autumn. What a lovely last hurrah of the season. I decided to dig into my closet for a fast fix of that gorgeous color and am dressed in honor of amaranth today. I may look a bit funny, but I feel flowerlike.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Great Gatsby, by way of Brooklyn.

100 Layer Cake recently posted this sweet editorial from Southern Weddings, styled by the talented Jillian and shot in Red Hook. My Honeychurch dress was featured.
Many gifted folks collaborated on the shoot--see all the photos here.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

East or west, grey is best.

A few photos of Angela's flower-strewn farm wedding in Vermont. We collaborated on a custom dress in the perfect pale grey shade of cotton satin. You can view a closeup of the silk embellished neckline here. Best wishes, lovely girl!