February 27, 2016

{Fashionable Romance}

Dear Bride-to-Be
Who doesn’t love to hear stories of wedding pageantry and descriptions of the bride’s distinctive costume? The wedding gown is designed as a dress of “wish fulfillment,” wrote costume historian Eleanor Thompson, “materializing the hopes and fantasies of a bride.”

Perhaps that’s why people are flocking to the new exhibition, “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns from Film,” opened this month at the legendary Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina. The costumes on display are from some of our favorite period films and television series…several based on Jane Austen and George Eliot novels, other gowns designed for royal brides from the past.

Whatever you are wearing on your wedding day—whether something inspired by a romantic film or a lovingly restored gown worn by your grandmother—you may feel like a “movie star” or even a princess. However, remember to include your warm heart and loving embrace to share the intimacy of your special day!

Love. Listen. Let go.
….with love from Cornelia

ps: Come join me for “Tea & Flowers & Costumes” Special FĂȘte this April at Biltmore during their beautiful wedding costume exhibition! Click here for your invitation and more information.

[Images: Left, EMMA, ©1996 Courtesy of Miramax and, right, courtesy of Biltmore Company]


February 14, 2016

{Odes to Love}

Dear Bride-to-Be: 
In celebration of the season of love, I thought I'd share some of my favorite quotes on the subject!

We can only learn to love by loving. 
~Iris Murdoch

Do all things with love. 
~Og Mandino 

Listen to your heart above all other voices. 
~Marta Dante 

Gratitude is what returns us to love.
~Lisa Clapier

 Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.
~Jean Anouilh

…only love is real. 
~Marianne Williamson 

If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive. 
~Mother Teresa

Love. Listen. Let go. 
...with love from Cornelia

Photograph: Courtesy of Vogue