Friday, March 11, 2011

Layne Corban: Chic & Beautiful

Layne Corban Bridal

For the bride whose desire is to look chic and feel beautiful on the most important day of her life, finding a flawlessly fashioned dress that reflects her own personal style can be a challenge.

Here to fulfill that desire is Layne Corban. The bridal line offers elegant, sophisticated styles reminiscent of Hollywood’s Golden Era for today’s stylish bride. The line has a signature look that is unquestionably feminine and figure flattering.

Through the use of graceful, clean lines and fine details, the dresses have a simple yet understated elegance. The dresses range from short, chic and modern to long, elegant and sophisticated. The dresses are constructed of luxurious silks and perfectly accented with touches of Swarovski® and Austrian crystal. The Layne Corban styles are perfectly suited for traditional as well as destination weddings.

With its reputation for creating bridal apparel with stylish simplicity, Layne Corban, the renowned bridal line is one of the most sought after today.

Photography by Beverli Alford

Saturday, February 26, 2011


The Mid-Atlantic Green Wedding Showcase is tomorrow!!!
We look forward to seeing everyone there and the advance buzz is BIG ~

Check out our coverage... then stop by and check out the show!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Gwendolyn Gleason ~ Eco-Chic Fashion Pioneer

Couture Wedding Gowns for the Earth Conscious Eco-Chic Bride!

"Stitching nature and elegance into 'Divine' Couture! Pioneering new territory for the Bridal Industry! "

Just being made in natural fibers does not make it Green. Mine are made in organic Textiles and Peace Silk, clean through the textile finishing process!

Gwendolyn has researched and sourced authentic "Green" fabrics & make special textiles to meet my specifications! Four months spent in India, produced organic cottons, linens and a fine Peace Silk that is non-violent. Most silk kills the worm in the harvesting of the cocoon. Peace silk allows the worm to live, eat it's way out of the cocoon, and then the fiber is twisted into a fine yarn for weaving a luxurious fabric. This fabric has the "highest frequency" on the planet because there is no negative emotion in the harvesting of the fiber. What better to be married in a dress that is made in a SACRED SILK (tm)!

The gowns have linings that are organic as well, unlike most designer gowns in the industry. This insures the Bride is cool & comfortable as well!

Having been a successful New York Designer, working with Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom & Saks Fifth Avenue and many more private shops with her own label, Gwendolyn felt it was time to merge her authentic side with her love for beautiful bridal and evening wear.

Exploring green, but doing it on an elegant sophisticated level......and so gave birth Eco-Chic Couture.

Gwendolyn creates her Eco-Chic Couture Collection of bridal gowns, hats, fascinators and bridal accessories with a definite European romanticist flair and nostalgia. She transforms luxurious earth friendly organic fabrics into works of art. Pieces that are in essence, Timeless...

AFR: Fresh & Distinctive Furniture Rentals

AFR assists in creating event experiences which are fresh, distinctive, and unique. They provide exceptional rental furniture solutions for special events, corporate meetings, and trade shows nationwide.

AFR guarantees quality, style, competitive pricing, and exceptional customer service. Strategically located, AFR has the ability to offer consistency on a national basis. They have added several new collections including our new exclusive RS Signature Series, where we have created custom lounge furniture and alternative dining to compliment each other that you will not see anywhere else! They also have the ability to brand our collections, making the décor not only beautiful but functional!

Alternative dining is extremely popular. They have added several collections to accommodate the change in industry. They also provide residential, corporate, and office furniture as well as the event and trade show division.

Green Values: Christine Barker Photography

We are bridal photographers who specialize in capturing the intimate, informality of wine-country styled weddings. We are a boutique photography company, and that means that we specialize in only shooting weddings. We shoot weddings because we most value our close friends and family. We believe that when a close group of people come together to support the bride and groom, the pride, the love, and the energy is one of the greatest examples of the true meaning of family.

All of our preferred vendors have to go along with Christine’s three business values. They have to be handmade, they have to be eco-friendly, and they have to withstand a long period of time.

Green Ideas for the Bride:
We love the idea of a bride making her wedding dress, hand making party favors, or even hand-making her invitations. We love to see other people who are passionate about showing their own time, love and hand in the details of their wedding. It also allows for opportunity to recycle items in the process of hand-crafting a unique element of their wedding.

Nothing but Blue Sky - Again!

We are excited to welcome back Blue Sky Films as our videography partners for 2011!

Blue Sky Films is a remarkable team of documentary filmmakers who all share the same passion for telling stories with extraordinary motion imagery. Our Approach is simple. We work one on one with each couple, we film their day unobtrusively without the use of bright lights, interviews or tacky effects, and we craft a custom edited film which is true reflection of the momentous occasion. The finished product if something that has to be seen and not described.

Check out their portfolio on vimeo...

How We're Green

Blue Sky recycles cardboard, plastic, paper, and aluminum; practices energy saving techniques such as: turning off computers and lights when not in use, we use energy-efficient light bulbs, car pool to weddings, we donate to the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, we have a paperless work environment.

How You can be Greener

Recycle Food and Paper from the event. Use paperless invitations or invitations on recycled paper, make donations to green companies in lieu favors, use local vendors or products, use vendors who support green initiatives, or use flowers that are in season. Become aware of what you can do to help make your wedding green, have your event all in one location.

Check out the rockin video Blue Sky Films did of last year's Mid-Atlantic Green Wedding Showcase in 2010!

Tickets, Tickets, Tickets!

Don't forget to pre-purchase your tickets to the Mid-Atlantic Green Wedding Showcase for $15 each before midnight tomorrow!

Tickets will still be available at the door for $20 each.
See you at the show!