Maggie Sottero

PDN’s Top Knots

My photograph of Kimmy’s gorgeous Maggie Sottero gown was selected along with eight other beautiful photos in the Details & Interiors category of the eighth annual Top Knots contest.  I feel so honored to share a page with Shawn Connell, a New York based photographer possessing mad skills.  I absolutely love both Shawn’s work and that of Christian Oth Studio so it feels super cool to see my photography alongside Shawn’s.

PDN had an amazing panel of judges this year including Jacqueline Tobin (PDN), Jessica Latimer (Wedding Style Mag), Rebecca Crumley (The Knot), Lilian de la Torre (Bodas USA La Revista), Mary Cahill (Martha Stewart Living & Weddings), Rebecca Grinnals (Engaging Concepts) and last but not the least, Diane Rice (Destination Weddings and Honeymoons).  Again, what an honor.  I am so, so thrilled to have been selected out of so many talented entrants.

To see all of the  PDN’s Top Knots 2011 winning images, go to the online gallery.

Oscars. Meet Weddings.

There are so many things to love about the Oscars.  As I watched the event this year I was overcome by the inspirations, art, talent, hard work, raw emotions, beauty and awesomeness.  Everything….it’s like artistic overload.  The films, the talents it took to produce them, the sets, the music, the production, the presenters and of course, the fashion.  Ahhhh, the fashion.  Who doesn’t love gowns?  Now lets narrow that down a bit….who in the wedding industry doesn’t love gowns?  The worlds of wedding and fashion have been drawing closer and closer and my mind had a difficult time separating them as I watched.


Lets begin with the hair.  Although I can’t say that the hair is just as important as the gown, it’s up there.  Your hair is a way to put your little spin on a gown, make it your own, introduce your personality to the ensemble.  There was some brilliant styling at the Oscars this year that would be so very lovely when matched with any number of dresses.  Here are some ideas.

Hailee Steinfeld updo paired with Maggie Sottero


Elie Saab on Mila Kunis paired with the loose assymetrical bun Michelle Williams wore in 2009



Michelle’s short & sweet pixie paired with Sarah Seven



Anne Hathaway’s messy tresses paired with Melissa Sweet for Priscilla of Boston



Or, lets say you’re a vintage, green kinda girl.

Livia Firth wore a Gary Harvey dress as part of her Green Carpet Challenge.  Sadly, you cannot buy the gown but you can be inspired by it.  Harvey pieced together an amazing fete of recycling, repurposing and upcycling by constructing one gown from eleven dresses, all vintage, thrift and charity buys from the era of The King’s Speech.  How amazingly relevant and beautiful.



And, let’s just take a moment of silence for Nicole Kidman in Christian DiorHilary Swank in her feathered, grey Gucci Florence Welch in a dreamy, romantic Valentino and Halle Berry in a crystal encrusted, nude Marchesa.  All four are wearing gowns that could easily feel at home on a blushing bride, should she be so fortunate.  These gowns will walk the red carpet or the aisle with style.



All photos credits given via links below each grouping.