Monday, January 28, 2013

Love Letters

We're in the valentine spirit over here in our studio.  Here is our Love Letter Hair Adornment.  Love letter silk screen print on hand dyed silk fabric.  Hair comb attached to the back.

Veil Length Guide

Our new Rice Rafferty Couture Accessories Veil Guide is a great tool for brides to see all the different veil length styles.  You might see our chart and think - there are so many different styles how do you decide on just one?

Your Veil length depends on a few factors:
1 Your Dress
2 Your Ceremony and Reception Location (indoor, outdoor, afternoon, evening, church, etc)
3 Your Wedding Style

If you have any questions we're happy to help!  That's what we're here for!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Simply Inspirational Gowns

Christian Dior - Gown - love the angle on this skirt!

Emilio Pucci - Gown - this one sleeved dress would make a great bridal gown!

Valentino - Gown - this dress is stunning with its menswear details

Badgley Mischka - Shoes

I hope everyone is staying warm during this very cold winter week.  Here's some designer inspiration to help get your mind off of snow.  These are some of my favorite designs out there right now.  I love very romantic designs with unique details.  Will post some new Rice Raffety Couture Accessories pieces soon!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

DIY Devore Burnout Velvet

Have you been curious how to make that beautiful velvet burnout called devore? Now you can! Easy to read velvet burnout instructions, as taught in college fiber program.

Make your very own Devore Burnout Velvet NOW with rice rafferty e Instructions - very detailed. Complete with photos of finished product and photos of the process

This purchase includes your own step by step guide of how to make your own devore burnout velvet.

Velvet devore can be made into scarves, shawls, wraps, wearable art and art objects, etc. Great for aged costume designs.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Design Your Own Veil

At Rice Rafferty Couture Accessories, our goal is to make your dreams come true for your wedding day.  We want you to be a part of the design process.  Below is our new advertisement showing how simple it is for you to design your own veil. 

Choose Veil Style - Birdcage, Juliet Cap, The Pouf, or Double Blusher
Next, Choose Accents
Feathers, Bow, Flower, or mix it (these could also be worn alone)

Send us a message with your design choice and we can make it for you in 2-4 weeks.  If you have another design in mind send us a photo of it and we'll make it for you!

Photo Credit: top left - Pear Planning/Tiff Photography, City Lights Photography, and Rice Rafferty pics

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Handmade Bouquet and Boutineer

Handmade fabric bouquets and boutineers are a fun eco-friendly alternative that can be enjoyed again and again!  They cost about the same as real flowers, but you don't have to throw them away after the wedding!  The bouquet is a really great centerpiece after your wedding day.  We can make any colors or size you wish.  Check out Rice Rafferty Couture Accessories!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Flashback Friday! Veil Trick!

Welcome to my NEW Feature //// Flashback Fridays ////

Here's a great wedding trick we learned from one of our brides. One Rice Rafferty birdcage veil - worn two different ways - from ceremony to reception.

We'd love to hear your suggestions!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New Buffalo Bride Photo Shoot

I'm so excited to finally share the photos from our latest photo shoot with you!  This was a collaborative project in Buffalo, NY that shows how amazing a wedding can look if you have the right vendors.  All makeup artists, designers, photographers and hair dressers live in Buffalo and run small businesses.  The photographs were shot on location in downtown Buffalo and nearby nature preserves.  We could really feel the love while working on this shoot and it shows in the photographs.  Rice Rafferty Couture Accessories designed the veils, fabric bouquet (in picture 1 and 2), fabric boutineers, and the bridal sash.

Thank you to all of our vendors listed below and thank you to our models (who were real couples). 

Women's Wear : Made by Anatomy - Ali Eagan
Men's Wear : Get Dressed
Makeup: The Makeup Parlour - Stephanie Signorelli
Hair : Elizabeth Dugan
Accessories : Rice Rafferty Couture
Florist : Woyshner's
Photography : City Lights Studio - Erica Eichelkraut

Fun Wedding Veil Idea

This year is flying already!  I hope everyone is having a good winter.  I wanted to share with you a fun idea for how to wear switch up your veil from ceremony to reception.

We LOVE when our brides teach us fun wedding tricks.  For our bride here we designed a custom veil for her - white russian netting bandeau veil with a bleached peacock feather and rhinestones.  For the ceremony she wore the birdcage blusher and at the reception she simply took the veil off, wrapped it around to make a circle, and pinned it on the left side of her head with extra bobby pins.

How cute is that?  It's a great idea for wearing your wedding veil again and again!

Buffalo, NY - Downtown Wedding - Hotel at the Lafayette

Monday, January 14, 2013

Golden Globes 2013

Our favorite wedding worthy looks from the red carpet last night!   Amy Adams looked fabulous!  Which was your favorite?!  All they are missing are some Rice Rafferty wedding accessories.

Boutique Bridal Party

We're so excited to share the news - this February, Rice Rafferty Couture Accessories will have a table at the Boutique Bridal Party with our favorite wedding vendors in Buffalo, NY!  We will have a table with all of our most popular accessories - wedding veils, garters, bouquets, and adornments. This is no ordinary bridal show.  There will be cocktails, appetizers, music, and a fashion show, so come with your girlfriends!  I wish there was an event like this when I was engaged a year ago.  
All the vendors are local and run small businesses. 
Come join us at The Hotel Lafayette in downtown Buffalo Feb 28!  We can't wait to see you there! 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Colorful Veil Hair Adornments

The hottest trend for weddings right now is unconventional veils and wedding gowns.  Stars like Jessica Biel and Amber Tamblyn went for colorful wedding dresses - pink and yellow.  We're beginning to see how this trend is influencing brides and their bridesmaids.  Colored blusher and birdcage veils are divine!  I absolutely love them and the bolder the color, the better!
Pictured here are some of our Rice Rafferty Couture Accessories veils and headpieces.  We wanted the headpieces to be fun and playful with bright colors with a vintage flare.  We specialize in custom designs, so if you see something you like, but want a different style or color just ask!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Upcoming Bridal Events

2013 is shaping up to be an exciting year indeed! What's ahead? A photo shoot with PEAR \ Planning, a bridal show - Boutique. Bridal. Party. an exclusive indie bridal show in Buffalo, NY at the historic Hotel at the Lafayette, and a wedding event at The Buffalo History Museum.

We're so thrilled!  We're very grateful to be part of such a creative and supportive arts community.

Featured above is our Birdcage Veil with Russian Netting - Rice Rafferty Couture Accessories
Photo credits: Tiff Photography
Dress: Anatomy
Thank you Pear Planning!