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Jenny Packham Archives - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning
Apr 142014
 
Mila Kunis Ashton Kutcher

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Mila Kunis has had a busy two months, to say the least. First, news broke that she was engaged to Ashton Kutcher. Then, excitement heightened when we found out that she's not only marrying Kutcher, but that they're expecting a child together, too. Naturally, the first thing that comes to mind with all of this bridal and baby buzz is her future wedding dress! While we're unsure if she'll wait until her baby is born to get married, we do know one thing: Kunis's dress will be as show-stopping as her past red carpet looks.

Kunis, after all, is a fan of drama, often opting for eye-catching necklines (everything from one-shoulder, to a deep-V and sweeping scoop) and skirts with volume. When she's not making our jaw drops in tulle confections (2010 Met Ball, anyone?) she's donning intricate ruching and draped silhouettes (we know you remember her lavender Elie Saab number at the 2011 Oscars). If there's one thing Kunis favors, it's a flowy gown.

With all of this in mind, we looked to the recent Spring 2015 runways to find Kunis a few dream wedding dresses fresh off the runways.

Reem Acra Spring 2015 Wedding Dress - Mila Kunis Dress Predictions

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If there were two style details Kunis had to stick to for the rest of her life, we could confidently say it'd most likely be a flowy skirt and a deep V-neck. This Reem Acra gown not only boasts both, it also features an intricate lace bodice with regal short sleeves. Plus, the plunging V, and slight cutout underneath it, offers up a dose of sex appeal.

Marchesa Spring 2015 Wedding Dress - Mila Kunis Dress Predictions

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This Marchesa gown is the bridal translation of Kunis's affinity towards draped silhouettes. While it doesn't have a diagonal gathering of fabric, or a one-shoulder neckline, this off-the-shoulder sleeve and airy skirt have a similar effect in a much more wedding-worthy way.

Jenny Packham Spring 2015 Wedding Dress - Mila Kunis Dress Predictions

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If Kunis chooses to make like Drew Barrymore, Savannah Guthrie, and most recently, Ginnifer Goodwin and get married while she's pregnant, we think this Jenny Packham dress would be perfect. It has all three things Kunis loves: a draped sleeve, a plunging neckline, and a free-flowing shape, while offering a natural waistline — perfect for accommodating what we're sure will be her adorable belly!

Carolina Herrera Spring 2015 Wedding Dress - Mila Kunis Dress Predictions

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A sleeker option for Kunis is this Carolina Herrera sheath, which still offers the va-va-voom factor with the deep V-neck Mila adores. We love the little lace inserts for a bridal finish to this clean and minimalist gown.

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2015 Wedding Dress - Mila Kunis Dress Predictions

Photo: Robert Mitra

Last but not least, Monique Lhuillier's lace illusion sleeve gown, with a voluminous tulle overskirt, is the most formal option for Kunis. The lace, though, is modern enough to appeal to her attention to detail, while the shape of this gown is both dramatic yet ethereal enough to satisfy her personal style.

Watch: Jenny Packham’s Spring 2015 Bridal Runway Show

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Apr 122014
 

It's not surprising that Kate Middleton is one of Jenny Packham's biggest fans: The wedding dress designer infuses every bridal collection with shimmering sheath silhouettes, intricate beading, and retro-inspired details like crystal waist brooches and fluttery necklines. Essentially, it's the ultimate in British glamour. For her Spring 2015 line, Packham looked to the photographs of British society photographer Madame Yevonde.

"Her stylised images of mythological heroines — Helen of Troy, Persephone, Venus — captured an ancient world of antiquity, within a modern and hauntingly beautiful treatment," Packham wrote in her inspiration statement.

"Soft buttermilks, champagnes, and warm blush carmel tones in sumptuous silk chiffon and ethereal tulle compliment traditional classic ivory," she continued. "Celestial capes, whimsical tiered hemlines and exquisite veils add a romantic, mythical affection to the collection whilst delicate French lace is adorned with signature breading and twinkling crystals in an array of molten golds, antique metallic silvers and rich alabasters."

The collection's streamlined skirts, delicate capes, goddess-like light draping, and fanciful crystal embellishments prove the success of her muse. She took exciting chances, like voluminous ruffled sleeves, ornate halter necklines, and plus-size friendly silhouettes, that complemented the Art Deco-era vibe she so perfectly encapsulates.

Watch the romantic collection grace the runway in our exclusive video above and don't forget to browse Jenny Packham's complete Spring 2015 wedding dress collection in our slideshow.

For more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week, follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google +.

First Look: Jenny Packham’s New Bridal Collection Features Plus-Size Wedding Gowns

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Apr 122014
 

Jenny Packham's Spring 2015 wedding dress collection is filled with the elements we (and label devotee Kate Middleton) have come to love: Streamlined silhouettes, elegant V-necks, and dazzling beading. Last season, the designer channeled the Belle Époque or 'beautiful era,' which transformed fashion, abandoning restrictive corsetry for flowing silhouettes — an influence that's still evident in the gorgeous gowns above.

We love the spring-appropriate short sleeves on each of these dresses, while the beading elevates the delicate fabric perfectly. It's Art Deco-meets-Old Hollywood, and the effect is simply stunning.

In an even more exciting turn, Packham showed figure-flattering gowns for plus-sized brides, like the one seen above, featuring her signature crystal detailing. But what sets this gown apart from the rest is its fluttery cape. It's a unique substitution for a veil, and it's a stylish way to cover up arms that aren't quite strapless wedding-dress ready.

Jenny Packham first look

Photo: Courtesy of Rachel Leonard

From a cape that masks arms to sleeves that draw eyes to them! Packham demonstrates how to balance a simple silhouette with a standout detail. Here, the ruffled sleeves offer an avant-garde twist on a standard Packham style —figure-hugging and sleek, with a gorgeous brooch that nips in the waist.

Want to see more of the newest looks from Jenny Packham? Click here for the entire slideshow!

For more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week, follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google +.

Tea Time With Jenny Packham: 5 Things We Learned About the Designer

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Apr 082014
 
Keija Minor Jenny Packham

Photo: Rachel Leonard

Jenny Packham has become a force to be reckoned with in the bridal industry. Designing for some of the world's most influential style icons including the one and only Duchess of Cambridge, her red-carpet looks have catapulted her wedding dress collections, which are often full of romantic, free-flowing silhouettes and twinkling beaded embellishments, into the spotlight.

Brides Editor-in-Chief Keija Minor and Fashion Director Rachel Leonard caught up with Packham during London's White Gallery, the British bridal fashion week. Seated at Claridges, London's most famous afternoon tea spot, the ladies shared a cup of the U.K.'s finest brews, scones, and clotted cream while discussing Packham's inspiration for her Spring 2015 wedding dress collection (which debuts this Friday!), the celebrities she dreams of dressing, and her favorite wedding trends.

Here, five things you didn't know about the beloved British bridal designer — plus, a sneak peek at sketches from her latest collection.

Tea with Jenny Packham at Claridges

Photo: Rachel Leonard

Brides: What's your inspiration for this season's bridal designs?
Jenny Packham: Photography from Madame Yevonde, who photographed British aristocrats in the 1930s and was a pioneer of color photographs. The collection will include goddess looks and sepia tones.

What's your favorite bridal trend at the moment?
Packham: Ivory wedding dresses!

Which celebrity would you like to dress that you haven't yet?
Packham: Cate Blanchett and Carey Mulligan.

What's your favorite red carpet look that you've designed?
Packham: A black dress from my Film Noir collection, which Dita Von Teese wore to the 2012 British Fashion Awards.

Any advice for brides-to-be searching for their dream dress?
Packham: Choose a dress that suits your style. You should feel wonderful and glamorous.

With Bridal Fashion Week kicking off this Thursday, Packham shared exclusive sketches from her upcoming Spring 2015 bridal runway show, too:

Jenny Packham Wedding Dress Sketches

Photo: Rachel Leonard

Bardot, left, features her signature beading, a glamorous high neckline, and a cinched waist. Betty, right, is more ethereal with an illusion overlay and ruching at the waist. We can't wait to see these two wedding dresses, and the rest of Packham's inevitably stunning creations, walk the runway!

Stay tuned for even more behind-the-scenes Bridal Fashion Week coverage.

An Intimate, Serene Destination Wedding at the Hotel Excelsior in Venice, Italy

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Jan 032014
 

Constanza and her family have been visiting Venice's breathtaking Hotel Excelsior for twenty years, spending time each summer surrounded by the island city's history, culture, and magic. Says Constanza, "Nicolai was the first boyfriend of mine to ever accompany us on our family trip. And he loves the time we've spent there as much as my family and I do." It was only fitting, then, that the Miami native and her Colombian now-husband return to the place that has been so dear to her for so long to celebrate their wedding.

Just after arriving for a long weekend trip to Paris (Constanza's second favorite city after Venice), she and Nicolai took a stroll through the Tuileries. As they wandered the garden in the springtime sun, Nicolai got down on one knee and asked Constanza to be his wife. After spending a few months enjoying their engagement, the bride used her creative expertise as an interior designer to plan their timeless Venetian wedding, on June 16th, 2012, in a mere six months. "We felt it was very important to let both the city and the hotel set the pace, so we worked on enhancing it without overpowering the inherent beauty," Constanza says.

Constanza whore a gorgeous Jenny Packham gown for the outdoor wedding. The simple silhouette, overlaid with beaded lotus flowers and a flattering natural waist, "felt right for the setting," she says. "I loved the craftsmanship, how it caught the light, and how comfortable it felt. I'm not one for a lot of fabric."

She paired her gown with sparkling peep-toe Jimmy Choo pumps. Her gorgeous chandelier earrings were a gift from her husband, who'd purchased them for her as a surprise during a trip to Jaipur, India, the winter before the wedding.

Constanza's tulle veil was hand-made by the bride and her stepmother. "We cut the fabric together, and she hand-sewed individual beads along the edge," Constanza says.

The bride's younger sister, Serena, served as the flower girl. She wore a simple empire-waist dress and a crown of pink and yellow roses.

Constanza's bouquet was inspired by nosegays carried by brides at the turn of the century. Pink and peach garden roses were cuffed with white bouvardia and lisianthus.

Nicolai and Constanza exchanged vows beneath an altar of peach and cream roses, eucalyptus, and silk ribbons. The ceremony was officiated by a close friend of the couple.

The hotel's soft pink interior courtyard, featuring architecture inspired by Cordova and Granada, provided a quiet place for the bride and groom to bask in the joy of their wedding day.

Peach, coral and white paper lanterns hung from the poolside gazebo, adding a pop of color to the ornate white structure.

During cocktails, Constanza and Nicolai surprised their guests with an unexpected performance: synchronized swimmers! "I'd seen a similar performance at an event a few years earlier, and was so excited to have them at our wedding," she says.

The reception décor highlighted the hotel's peach, white, and soft green color palette. "The room was already so stunning, so we kept the decorations simple," says the bride. "We dimmed the chandeliers and lit tons of candles."

The flower arrangements were soft, simple and elegant. Peach, pink, and white roses overflowed from urns and low vases.

Nicolai and Constanza kept their destination more intimate, with only 120 guests joining them in Venice. To give their reception an incredibly personal touch, guests were assigned to tables, where they each found place cards featuring photos of themselves with the bride and groom.

Constanza used ornate Florentine stationery for the escort cards and table numbers. At each guest's place was a printed menu, as well as a card upon which they could write wishes for the bride and groom. The wishes were later tied to wish lanterns and released into the sky.

"Crazy hour is so popular across Latin America—the time during a wedding when you pump up the volume and everyone dresses up in hats and costumes," says Constanza. "We put a Venetian spin on ours by providing gorgeous masks for our guests to wear."

The couple's wedding cake was served on the hotel's antique silver cake stand.

The bride, groom and their friends danced all night. "We started the party off with salsa, then changed to pop and Motown," Constanza says. "Once the grown-ups had gone to bed, we had a karaoke after-party that raged until 7 a.m.!"

After a day to rest up in Venice, Constanza and Nicolai were off on an Asian adventure for their honeymoon, traveling to Bangkok, an elephant camp in Chiang Rai, and a luxurious beach in the Maldives.

Constanza's advice for couples is to be true to who they are. "The best weddings aren't just beautiful. They're the ones where the real essence of the couple shines through."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hotel Excelsior || Bride's Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair: Rossano Ferretti || Bridesmaid's Dress: Luca Luca || Groom's Suit: Ermenegildo Zegna || Wedding Bands: Chisholm Collection || Florist: Munaretto || Catering & Cake: Hotel Excelsior || Photography: Shannen Natasha Weddings

—Jaimie Schoen

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Watch: Jenny Packham’s Spring/Summer 2014 Bridal Runway Video

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Dec 022013
 


It should come as no surprise that Jenny Packham's Spring/Summer 2014 Bridal collection was rife with twinkling embellishments and slinky silhouettes that practically floated down the runway. The beloved British designer, known for her glamorous and intricate beadwork and romantic yet form-fitting shapes, matched her shimmering collection with a tree-lined runway lit with white string lights.

Packham's most recent collection was inspired by "the Belle Époque era of the 20th century," the designer said in her inspiration statement.

"A statement of romantically soft, feminine design, the collection encapsulates the spirit of Edwardian style and the Art Nouveau movement which defined it," she elaborated. "The Belle Époque or 'beautiful era' transformed fashion, abandoning restrictive corsetry and creating the flowing silhouette ever since associated with the Age of Elegance. Intricate, light beading, delicate embellishment and clean, understated silhouettes play homage to an Edwardian inspiration, whilst romantically voluminous ballerina skirts, graceful tulle sleeves and elegantly exposed backs bring to mind a very modern bride."

The collection's billowing shapes, delicate crystals, and elegant spirit took form in a range of ivory, blush, and champagne hues. Sophisticated necklines (hello off-the-shoulder), daring backs, and a variety of hem lengths (we're loving the shorter skirts lately!) also walked the runway in style.

Watch the romantic collection grace the runway in our exclusive video above and don't forget to browse Jenny Packham's complete Spring/Summer 2014 wedding dress collection in our slideshow.

For more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week, follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google +.

—Lauren Frankfort

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Jenny Packham Fall 2014 Wedding Dress Collection: First Look

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Oct 122013
 
jenny-packham-first-look-01.jpg Jenny Packham Fall 2014 Wedding Dress Collection First Look Photos: Brides

Swept up by the romance of the twinkling, tree-lined runway, Jenny Packham's Fall 2014 wedding dress collection was as ethereal as ever. Beaded V-neck sheaths, and fluttering cap-sleeve dresses nearly floated down the runway.

Not without her signature sparkling embellishments, Packham's latest collection stuck to airy silhouettes. The beading was so luxe, some might say each design was fit for a modern-day princess. (After all, Packham is a favorite of the Duchess Kate's.)

See more snaps of the shimmering gowns below, and check out the full slideshow to see the entire Fall 2014 collection!

Jenny Packham Fall 2014 Wedding Dress Collection First Look Jenny Packham Fall 2014 Wedding Dress Collection First Look Jenny Packham Fall 2014 Wedding Dress Collection First Look Photos: Brides

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Watch: Jenny Packham’s Spring 2014 Campaign Video

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Sep 022013
 

Video: Courtesy of Jenny Packham

Just like Kate Middleton and Adele, we're major fans of wedding dress designer Jenny Packham. In honor of the design houses' 25th anniversary, the Duchess of Cambridge's favorite dressmaker produced a short film to launch the 2014 bridal campaign. Featuring shimmering gowns, twinkling accessories, and a darling ring bearer, the film, aptly shot in an English country house, directed by Robert Wyatt, and styled by Lucy Ewing, tells the story of a bride on her wedding day, capturing unseen, private moments.

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A Beaded Wedding Dress with Flutter Sleeves by Jenny Packham

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May 132013
 
Beaded Wedding Dress by Jenny Packham - Spring 2014

Photo: Courtesy of Jenny Packham

I'm normally not into beaded wedding dresses and would fear going too Art Deco at my wedding (lest the trend become stale soon after Gatsby leaves theaters), but this sparkly Jenny Packham gown could change my mind. I love the wispy flutter sleeves (bulky ones look ridiculous on my 5 ft. 2 frame) and the slim biased cut is super flattering. I think people assume you have to be pin-thin to look good in a gown like this, but I disagree. The fewer fabric swooshes, the better. The slight bateau neckline and all that silver embellishment means that I could go sans necklace and keep my earrings to minimal diamond studs—which is the way I like to accessorize (barely). The way the silver sequins streak diagonally and down the gown elongates the figure, too, which is great for a shorty like me. Its quiet glamour is pitch-perfect.

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—Denise Penny Shepard

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