Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Here comes the bride... on the A train!

Having acquaintances in the adult industry means having all sorts of useless information at your fingertips. Did you for instance know that the subway scenes in most NY-produced porn flicks are usually shot at nighttime around 3AM, on the A train between 59th and 125th Streets? I am sure this giggly bride (pictured right), who had her wedding pictures taken on the uptown A the other day, on the aforementioned express stretch, had no idea...

Forget how tacky it is to have your wedding album shot in the MTA system, and in particular on the porn stretch of the A train. As I sat there snapping away with my pocket camera (that's right, I have no shame), I was actually more disturbed by her dress. Why do all brides have to look the same - like giant pastries? I will scream if I have to lay my eyes on another strapless wedding dress, ballroom style with a satin bodice, tulle skirt, embroideries at the bustline, and organza ribbon decorations... (well illustrated by the runway looks on the left and the '08 Bridal Market look at Atelier Aimee on the right)!

I find it odd that women who are usually at least somewhat fashion conscious will throw every little ounce of personal style out the window when it's time to select a wedding gown. Now when bridal fashion is becoming more and more stylish and diverse, there is no acceptable excuse for dressing like a generic 2000's Princess Di on your big day, rather than to instead choose a bridal gown that incorporates your personal fashion trademarks!

I am one of those girls who could not give a rat's ass about my wedding ring. Rocks don't excite me that much - but oh, how fashion does! There is no way I could ever opt for a wedding dress that did not reflect my typical day-to-day fashion choices. So what gives? A quick peek inside of my closet will reveal my insatiable love of black silk sashes on white or ivory frocks and coats, as well as 60s mod shift dresses and almost anything faux fur. Needless to say, I would be thrilled to tie the knot wearing any of the looks below, from Anne Barge, Kate Spade and DVF, respectively (with my hair down just like in the third picture, please). Yes, I am aware the second and third looks are not bridal per se. Who cares?











Moreover, I would probably not hesitate to schedule my wedding (if it will ever happen) during the winter season, so as to have an excuse for wearing a white, fuzzy coat or stole when walking down the aisle! Below: bridal winter look at Karen Sabag (try to ignore all the bling and the big poufy sash... it's the fur that I adore!), embroidered wool/mohair dress combo by Molly Spinach (modeled by yours truly... I am trying to keep pictures of myself at a minimum in here, but sometimes posting them is inevitable), 60s bridal vintage look at Dior.



















Please note I was in no way born with this non-traditional attitude. At the age of 18, I was orchestrating three-day weddings in my imagination, and they were all about cathedrals, diamonds, Vera Wang-esque gowns, mile-long trains and veils.... now, on the other hand, I would really prefer to just slip into a lacy shift, walk over to one of the community gardens here in the East Village, exchange vows and then hit the nearest sidewalk cafe for a glass of Pinot. To me, a spontaneous, low-maintenance ceremony like that would be much more romantic and memorable than an event such as the one I was dreaming of as a teenager.

There would be no A train photo session, though! Aging might have replaced my appetite for romantic ruffles, princess tiaras and heirloom embroidery with a more casual and relaxed outlook on the "big day" - but I need to draw the line somewhere!!! :D

59 comments:

  1. I think our fashion choices do evolve as we age. I think all of your choices would be beautiful for you. BTW... Why were you riding at 3:oo last night...? wink ;O)

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  3. Hey,
    thanks for the comment :)

    Ooooh, I love bridal stuff :)
    they look so special. :D

    xx

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  4. Come on now, you're telling me you don't want to be on the show Bridezilla with bubbles and be seen forcing your bridal party to bust out into a dance for you? :)

    Love the sidewalk cafe image, so carefree and laid back.

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  5. lol@ I will scream if I have to lay my eyes on another strapless wedding dress, ballroom style with a satin bodice, tulle skirt, embroideries at the bustline, and organza ribbon decorations...
    omg! she had no i dea u were sneaking snapshots!! lol awww

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  6. your blog is amazing!
    i love your style!

    Lola Vee Vintage xxx

    check out my vintage store...lolavee.blogspot.com

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  7. Great post. I'm not usually thinking about weddings at all, so this was a nice change. There are so many choices in wedding dresses that I don't understand why so many seem to choose the same thing.

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  8. I knoooooow. Why can not brides understand that is very few women who can actually wear a strapless dress without looking like a complete moron (like I would). Living in the UK for 9 years I had to witness dozens of brides in those kind of dresses. But then again - 95 % of UK women has noooo fashion sense.. and the 5% who does - are FAB :-). Loving the lace short wedding dress that is displayed above - I have been looking for something like that to save (incase someone ever proposes). Did you see "my" weddingdress on FB?

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/photo.php?pid=2235236&id=652156243

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  9. Great post...pretty interesting to know what happens on the A train in the middle of the night : )

    I was not the traditional bride either - I was a middle of the summer, Hard Rock Las Vegas Bride in a slip dress! That was only 5 years ago at 39 ( which makes me a Sarah Jessica Parker 44 : )!

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  11. @ Moot: I need to go there ASAP and check it out... it better be cute, or you're in trouble!!! ;)

    @ RV: in Vegas, everything goes! I'm sure you looked fantastic. :)

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  12. hey thanks for stopping by! actually my post was about 2 diff things. cleaning brushes and eye makeup removal. teehee not using eye makeup remover to clean brushes :D or did i misread your comment? cos that tends to happen sometimes :D lol

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  13. Ooops... no, it was probably me who got carried away. Great tips regardless, too bad I can't read properly. :D

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  14. the first bit of the blog was pretty disturbing LOL but i have to agree pom pom ball white dreses are B-O-R-I-N-G. Its the special day why go looking like your friends and relative when your day could be so much more elegant and fashionable. i'm hoping bella's dress in breaking dawn is wisely selected. i would definitely wear that fuzzy coat, so cute and magical

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  15. It IS pretty :-). Check it out and let me know what you think :-)

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  16. I completely agree, I hate the "princess" look....yuck...I refused to wear a veil at my wedding (much to my mother's dissapointment)...why someone would want a poufy piece of tulle on their head is beyond me...unless it's a birdcage veil :)

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  17. Oh, I love you more and more each day - or rather, with each post. I have never been one of those girls who sits around planning her wedding, but I do know that I will not be wearing some poofy gown. You actually featured the exact DVF dress that I dream of saying "I Do" in. I love how it's flirty yet coquettish and innocent. Very come hither yet free-spirited. Yes, someday I will be walking down the aisle in that lovely! :)

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  18. you're hysterical-I totally agree-I am so over all of the cinderella gowns, utterly boring.
    Katie Grand wore a chocolate brown croc dress to her wedding-love that idea!

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  19. I totally agree with you. I have NEVER been a girl to fantasize about weddings with big poofy dresses. I want a simple white suit or a cute little dress (much like that Kate Spade one you showed). No flowing mess for me! I want my dress to be different, I want it to be remembered...

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  20. Omg, I'm totally with you. I want a simple one that has a reallly love back.

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  21. hahaha! Interesting tidbits of info! Will definitely need to share with my friends. haha :)

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  22. i still really ador vera wang's big princess gowns but realistically i will probably go with something simple. as we age, our taste will def change. : ) btw, that tidbit about the adult industry is interesting. : )

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  23. I've actually designed one I'd like, just need to learn how to make it, oh and be proposed to by someone I'd actually like to marry, but I'm only 17 so there's no big rush.
    I am a little more concerened for my actually engaged sister's choice of gown.. but she doesn't want any help or advice from me, so I shall just have to let her choose!

    Florrie x

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  24. Only in NY!!

    Gorgeous post, darling!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  25. I've been anti-wedding dresses forever. (I got married in a le smoking that I wore as a dress.)

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  26. aww i wanna get married now....
    i lovce all the designs but im a traditional with wedding dresses

    cool blog u have btw :)

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  27. What an odd place to get married.

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  28. wow!
    So beautiful shots!
    The wedding gowns are just delight!
    I am always in love for that :)

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  29. hahah the first pic is so funny:))

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  30. Haha! Never thought a bride could be on the metro...

    xoxo
    B* a la Moda

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  31. LOL love the porn information!! So funny and yep bridal gowns can be the worst...

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  32. Ooo what gorgeous wedding dresses :) I always day dream about them.

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  33. Mmmm I'm definitely going to have a gorgeous wedding dress... but I must admit, I want the rock too! I love the Karen Sabag look - SO princess like!

    xo

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  34. Someone got married in Wal-Mart. Someone else in McDonald's. So I suppose anything is possible!

    I did the big wedding dress in my first wedding. If I get married again, it will be something simple. And what about this trend of wearing two dresses, one for the wedding and one for the reception? I had a friend who was going to do that. Absolutely crazy!

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  35. Regular people do that too?! I thought that was a red carpet thing reserved for Blake Lively and her gang..?! Yes, I guess anything is possible.

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  36. a winter wedding would be great!

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  37. I think as of now I'd want something lace and vintage inspired. i'm also thinking of renting a designer dress for my big day, whenever that may be-- quite anti-tradition as well!

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  38. I only got married a couple years ago, but I would go a whole other way now. Sigh. It was a beautiful day though, so no regrets. : )

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  39. Amazing post - I think I'm going to avoid the A train at all costs from now on, so thanks for that!
    And I couldn't agree more - I hate these tacky, cake-like dresses everyone wears when they get married - they're all unflattering and look alike.
    I want two dresses for me wedding, and they'll be custum made for moi (haha, I have to find a husband first...)

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  40. I liked all your choices for wedding gowns--even more your idea of the small ceremony in the park and then the glass of Pinot at a sidewalk cafe. Minimal planning, a few good friends and imprvising from there on. To me these days simple is romantic. Anyone of those mod 1960s numbers could have taken you to that wedding.

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  41. I am totally agree with you !
    http://mimietnini.canalblog.com/

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  42. oh wunderful. i love wedding pics. such great dresses

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  43. Totally agree, I mean the poofy gowns just look so dated! My perfect wedding dress would be white and a gown, but think Rodarte in white (maybe with some other subtle colours). Defianately paired with some tough shoes - How vile are those satin slippers you get in bridal shops!!!
    I do feel a bit sorry for the pron bride LOL!
    Pearl x
    - you've got me itching to go find my perfect bridal dresses for a post now LOL!

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  44. great post !
    love all of your choices***°°°***

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  45. girl you always have the smartest, funniest posts! i suggest you refer to gwen stefani's wedding gown for a taste of a totally different wedding gown!

    myglitteringcreation.blogspot.com

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  46. ahahah i never know that!! god i need to befriend some adult enterainers for more interesting insights!

    i agree, most women just blindly buy the same strapless corseted wedding dress without thinking twice. i remember i went to a wedding where the bride wore a red dress - absolutely friggin amazing!! why cant more brides take risks?!

    sugar
    xoxo

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  47. your post is great, i read it without stopping to breathe!:)) you're absolutely right. but then again, for those who don't care that much about clothing it doesn't matter that their wedding dress looks like a grotesque Cinderella prom gown.

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  48. "like giant pastries" ....... hilarious!

    regarding pastries, did u ever had a glimpse of chinese or lebanese bridal gown? bigger!

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  49. I love weddings! I especially love Lela Rose wedding gowns, I really like her ethereal style.
    This is a great post!
    Thanks for the comment on my blog :)
    xoxoxo
    Giovanna
    www.bohomarket.blogspot.com

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  50. Not so much into weddings but I love wedding gowns. They are just so big and white and dreamy. Y'know, even if I don't end up getting married, I am still going to get one for myself. A Vera Wang! Is that absolutely crazy? ;)

    Xx

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  51. I LOVE VERA WANG BRIDE DRESSES AS WELL, THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL. YOUR BLOG IS AWESOME, CONGRATULATIONS.

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    @ MAISONCHAPLIN.BLOGSPOT.COM

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  52. haha well said.. if i were to go back in time.. i think i would definitely change my dress to something... better. haha

    -issa

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  53. lol porn fact = spooky!
    loved the post and your blog!


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  54. I never thought about having my wedding in the winter adn now i have too, i want a fur coat and a carrige ride through the snow!
    XOXOX
    Libby
    http://fashionconfectionairy.weebly.com

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  55. Oh, I know, wouldn't that be fantastic!? I guess my own idea works well in the winter too: swap the wine and the sidewalk cafe for hot cocoa and a horse carriage! :)

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  56. This is hilarious! I think you would have liked my wedding dress...three words: corset, swarovski, and ostrich feathers!
    roxy :)

    http://www.twolia.com/blogs/teacups-and-couture

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  57. Love the post. x)A wedding on the train, a bit overboard original.

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