Monday, September 17, 2012

R.E. Style Feature : Sija Felt

Sigita of Sija Felt knew that capelets and boleros were chic long before the bridal industry decided they were trendy. Her hand felted pieces whisper quiet elegance and sophistication while maintaining a distinctly modern appeal. A financial specialist by trade, her natural creativity and her flair for fashion are perfectly put to use as an artisan of blissfully charming bridal-wear.

Glamorous & elegant bridal jacket hand made
Photo Credits: Sija Felt

Monday, September 3, 2012

Trend Watch : Fall 2012's Trendiest Colors

Here they are... the colors that all other colors will aspire to be this fall. Pantone's Fashion Color Report is bold and exciting while still maintaining those qualities of autumn that we love - rich, nature inspired hues. I really like French Roast and Rose Smoke. I think Tangerine with Rose Smoke and almost anything else is amazing. How about you? Any favorite combos out there? Now, to get to work finding some "new" old stones...

Fall 2012's trending colors via Pantone's Fashion Color Report

Friday, August 31, 2012

What's New With Rew - Autumn 2012 Events

I'm diving right in to the as yet uncharted waters of craft shows and artisan markets! I'm really excited to be a part of two outstanding events over the next couple of months. I will be taking Rew Elliott on the road to the Bella Rustica Barn Sale and the Webb School Art & Craft Fair, commonly referred to as the "Bell Buckle" show.

Bella Rustica is right up my alley, featuring artisan crafts and vintage booths - all with a charming, rustic-chic appeal. Having just moved to the Nashville area, I was a late entry and not expecting to be able to  participate this year. I literally jumped out of my chair when I got the acceptance email.

The Bell Buckle Show boasts between 80-100 thousand visitors over the course of the event weekend. Yes, you read that right... that's a lot of folks. Truthfully, I'm a little intimidated by those numbers, but very excited to be taking part in this much anticipated yearly event.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

R.E. Style Feature : Shabbyscrap

I am in love with this little shop. So. In. Love. I had the most ridiculous time trying to decide which photos to include in today's RE. Style feature. Marleen Carroll of Shabbyscrap creates one of a kind guestbooks, invitations, journals, scrapbooks, and more; all with a distinctively vintage chic look. Everything she creates is richly layered, gorgeously detailed, and incredibly charming.

Wedding Program Wedding Programs Booklet Secret Garden Enchanted garden
Photo Credits: Shabbyscrap

Friday, July 20, 2012

Color Palette : Garden Party

The weather is golden and garden weddings abound!  Late summer is the perfect time for a classically elegant event at a chic outdoor venue. Add a touch of vintage flair and and you have an affair that would make Jay Gatsby green with envy.

Photo Credits: Erin Hearts Court Photography, Tanja Lippert Photography, Mi Belle Photography, Maine Seasons Events, Scott Stater Photography, Mark Brooke Photograpy
Flowers: Dandelion Ranch

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Jaime + Nathan : Rustic Engagement Session

Photo Credits : L. A. Photography
Take a gorgeous setting, add two beautiful people, throw in a talented photographer, and you have the perfect recipe for an amazing engagement shoot. Shot in Mt. Olive, Alabama, the rustic setting was perfect for Jaime, who grew up on a horse farm, and Nathan, a lifelong outdoors-man. "We wanted something very natural and organic, outside, and simple" said Jaime. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

R.E. Style Feature : Bead Flora

Pink romance French beaded flowers - set of 3, perfect for the bride's bouquet
Photo Credits : Bead Flora & Jewels
I've known Fen of Bead Flora & Jewels for nearly as long as I've been an Etsy artisan. Her beautiful hand beaded floral creations are truly something special. Fine craftsmanship and elegant design are hallmarks of her exquisite work. Her designs were also included in the 2012 MTV Movie Awards celebrity gift lounge via The Artisan Group. Read on for more of my fantastic interview with Fen.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New From Rew : Statement Necklace

Vintage Rhinestone Statement Necklace
I have long wanted to make a statement piece - a one of a kind, stand out original piece. But I've been so busy with new baby and custom bridal orders that time and inspiration have definitely been lacking. Well - I recently came across a parcel of stones that gave me the inspiration I needed, and I managed the time when my mother-in-law was in town helping out (yes... I have help and readily accept it whenever it is offered).

Monday, May 21, 2012

R.E. Style Feature : Olivia Nelson

Photo Credits: Olivia Nelson

Today's R.E. Style features luxury bridal accessory shop, Olivia Nelson. From feathery fascinators to jeweled headbands and lace gloves to chic birdcage veils, owner Jaclyn Nelson artfully crafts each of her heirloom quality creations with an attention to detail that is immediately evident. I simply love the undeniable vintage-chic appeal of her classically feminine designs.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

In the Details : Lavender Sachets

Lavender Sachets, Tan Stripes, Fresh Spring, Set of 2
Photo Credit : Gardenmis
Nothing says romance like the smell of lavender. And no one knows lavender like Priscilla, the creator of Gardenmis handmade organic lavender & botanical sachets. Her pretty little shop offers fragrant ring bearer pillows as well as beautiful handmade sachets that are perfect as bridal party  gifts or wedding favors.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Trend Watch : Mason Jars

Wedding Favor - Mason Jar - Eco Friendly Favor - Mason Jar Party Favor
Mason Jar Tumbler with Lids from Poppy and Pearl Co.
If you've been perusing bridal blogs, inspiration boards, Pinterest, or Etsy over the past year or so, I'd be willing to bet you've noticed the mason jar trend. Incredibly versatile and undeniably charming, they add a certain unassuming quality to your event that is very current and chic.

Monday, May 14, 2012

R.E. Style Feature : Andie's Specialty Sweets

Edible Sugar Strawberries - SAMPLE ORDER
Photo Credits : Andie's Specialty Sweets
I am so, so excited to introduce today's R.E. Style feature! The first time I saw Jason and Andie's creations my jaw literally dropped from complete amazement. Their Etsy shop, Andie's Specialty Sweets is a virtual wonderland of confectionery delights including edible embellishments and decorative candies. Stop by and marvel at expertly crafted edible sugar strawberries,exquisitely detailed chocolate filled candy seashells, art nouveau starburst lollipops, and statement jewelry that one can devour after wearing.Though Andie tells me otherwise, I imagine their candy-making kingdom to resemble something like Willie Wonka's factory... full of fantasy and whimsy. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

In the Details : Fabric Bouquets

The bridal bouquet is just as important to the bridal ensemble as the accessories, the shoes, the hair, and the gown itself. My own bouquet was gorgeous. It was full, it was delicately hued, it was complete eye candy... and it was dead after a week. Had I known about fabric flower bouquets at the time, I'm pretty sure I would have invested in a bouquet that would have stayed beautiful for years to come.

Fabric Flower Custom Wedding Bouquet, with rhinestone and pearl brooches, choose your colors
Fabric Flower Bouquet with Pearls and Rhinestones by Cultivar

Friday, May 11, 2012

Color Palette : Sand & Sea

Sand, surf and sky... is there a more beautiful setting for a spring or summer wedding? Today's color palette reflects the soft tranquility of the beach, played out in gentle hues of driftwood gray and muted coral, accented by crisp white and classic beige. Romantic. Intimate. Relaxed. This is one of my favorite color combinations - so much so that I used it at my own beach wedding!

Photo Credits : David Fittin, Alexandra Meseke Photography, Millie Holloman, Christina Szczupak Photography, Jen and Travis Photography

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Christi + Adam : Elegant Texas Wedding

With a classic color scheme and elegant vintage touches, Christi and Adam's wedding was truly a class act event. Held at scenic Elmwood Gardens in Palestine, Texas, the picture perfect location was just the right backdrop for the couple's sophisticated event. Details such as Christi's gorgeous brooch bouquet, the classic red rose centerpieces, and their chic ribbon wrapped cake combined with the charming location to create a romantic atmosphere that was beautifully captured by photographer, Brandi Burkett.

Photo Credits: Brandi Burckett Photography

Monday, May 7, 2012

R.E. Style Feature : Twigs Print Studio

In the spotlight today is Katie Woodard and her online shop, Twigs Print Studio. Twigs specializes in custom wedding invitations and decorative prints. With a look that often evokes a retro feel and colors that pop, Katie describes her work as "bright, with modern elements and vintage inspirations". No stranger to custom work, she loves working with clients "to create items that fit perfectly into their life".

Vintage Wedding Invitation, Retro Teal
Photo Credits: Twigs Print Studio

Friday, May 4, 2012

Color Palette : Coffee and Cream

Who doesn't love the perfect pairing of coffee and cream? Understated, classic, warm, inviting -That's the inspiration for today's color palette. Accenting the complementary espresso and ivory hues are subtle notes of pale pink, warm yellow, and quiet greens... an unassuming color combination that is elegant, yet welcoming.

Photo Credits : Caroline Tran, Lisa Lefkowitz, Lauren Ross Photography, Elisabeth Millay Photography, Erin Wallis Photography, Jessica Claire

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Trendwatch : Mismatched Bridesmaids

Gone are the days of uncomfortable, unflattering, one time wear, matchy bridesmaid dresses. The growing trend is for brides to embrace a mismatched approach to their attendant's attire. Bridesmaids are now wearing dresses that not only fit their body shapes, but also their personalities.

Photo Credit : Heather Kincaid photography via Meg Perotti

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

What's New With Rew - April 2012 Wrap-up

April 2012 was crazy! Just. Plain. Crazy. But most definitely in a wonderful kind of way. Here's a wrap-up of what went on over the past 30 days:

**I had a new baby!**
Baby Teagan Lonnier Gholson was born on April 12th. She is amazing. We were all smitten immediately with her pouty lips, tiny feet, and sweet disposition. Little Asher can't help giggling and saying "she's so cute!" every time he passes her. As the youngest of my three children and the only girl on my husband's side of the family, she's in for some serious spoiling I'm sure.

Monday, April 30, 2012

R.E. Style Feature : Zoey Catherine Accessories

With the traditional veil no longer a must wear accessory, fascinators, hair jewelry, feathered finery, and billowing blooms are all popular options for the modern bride. Today's R.E. Style Feature, Zoey Catherine Accessoriesfeatures many beautiful options for the bride looking for that special and unique accent piece. "I knew creating art and wearable art was my calling" she told me, and her passion for artistic beauty is evident in her stunning creations. From classic and elegant to edgy and funky, her shop is full of options for every bride's taste. 

Bridal Hair Fascinator -Flowing Love
Photo Credits : Zoey Catherine Accessories

Sunday, April 29, 2012

In the Details : Wish Tree Tags

Wish trees have become a popular alternative to the traditional guest book. This charming Dutch custom has given rise to all sorts of wish tree and tag designs. Traditional wish trees consist of a beautiful tree branch placed next to the bride and groom's table at the reception. Guests write their special wish for the happy couple on paper leaves attached to pieces of colorful ribbon, which the bride and groom can then hang on the tree.

Wish Tree Tags - Samples
Wish Tree Tags by Pieper's Timeless Memories

Friday, April 27, 2012

Color Palette : Carnival of Color

Today's color palette is a lively carnival of color featuring some of this spring's trendiest hues. From tangerine orange and poppy red to sweet lilac and cool cockatoo blue, this eye-catching medley of color and texture will ensure your big day makes a big impact.

Photo Credits: Red Ribbon Studio, Michael Segal Photography, Diana Lupu Photography, Miranda Laine Photography, Jessamyn Harris Photography, Jen Lauren Grant

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dawn + James : Eco-Friendly Wedding

Today's real wedding features Dawn and James' eco-friendly event at the Four Rivers Environmental Center, located just outside of Chicago in the McKinley Woods Forest Preserve. As the bride told me, "By planning a 'green' wedding, we hope that our eco-friendly elements lessen the environmental footprint of our special day and truly make a difference." 

Their story is a classic opposites attract tale. Dawn is from the city, James is from the country. She's and interior designer, he's a farmer & lumberjack. It was important to them for their wedding to reflect both of their personalities and to maintain an elegant feel while incorporating natural elements. The result was an intimate, sophisticated event that perfectly represented the blending of two unique individuals. 

Photo credits : Elizabeth Greve Photography

Monday, April 23, 2012

R.E. Style Feature : Cedar Wood Rustics

With so many brides looking to capture the easy, laid back mood of a rustic-chic wedding, today's R.E. Style feature is sure to be busy this wedding season. After creating much of the decor for their own wedding, creative husband and wife duo, Kayla and Gary Sloan, founded Cedar Wood Rustics. Their Etsy based shop is filled with everything a bride might need to accent and accessorize her themed wedding. 

Chalkboard Signs
Photo Credits: Cedar Wood Rustics

Sunday, April 22, 2012

In the Details : Confetti Cones

When planning your wedding, it's the attention to detail that can take your event from memorable to unforgettable. Today's detail of note is confetti cones, also known as toss cones or petal cones. Fill them with bird seed, flowers, or confetti for your reception exit - or use them to hold sweet treats at your dessert display or as pretty favor cones. These simple little containers can really have a big impact when grouped together and elegantly showcased.

Petal Cones, Image Credit : Ashton Jean-Pierre Photography

Friday, April 20, 2012

Color Palette : Lemon Meringue

When I think spring I think lemon - as in fresh and citrusy, crisp and refreshing, light and delicious - like lemonade or lemon meringue pie. Today's color inspiration is all of those things and more - fresh, romantic, and full of vintage charm - perfectly made for spring and summer weddings. Sit back and take a bite of this scrumptious color palette!

Photo Credits: Verve Photo Co, Christian Oth Studio, Erich McVey Photography, Megan Reeves Photography, Braedon Photography, Nancy Neil Photography

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Trend Watch : Peonies

Romantic, lush, delicate and elegant - all traits that are quickly making this beautiful bloom the fleur de jour for brides and wedding planners alike. Peonies have traditionally embodied romance and prosperity and are regarded as omens of good fortune and a happy marriage. Amazingly versatile, they look at home in rustic and formal settings alike. 

Peonies mixed with roses and sweet peas.
Flowers by : Peony and Plum, Photo Credits: Picotte Weddings

Monday, April 16, 2012

R.E. Style Feature : Sofisticata

I have long adored the handiwork of today's R.E. Style feature, Hirjalda Mobley of Sofisticata. Very popular among Etsy shoppers and shop owners alike, she specializes in handmade fascinators, hair pieces, hair pins, and more. But today, I'd like to focus on her gorgeous shoe clips. Shoe clips are gaining in popularity and are a wonderful way to insert your personality into your bridal ensemble. Classic or funky, understated or over the top - Hirjalda's shop has something for every bride. 

Shoe Clips White / Ivory / Black Feathers Rhinestone Bride Bridal Bridesmaid Couture Birthday Statement Boudoir Burlesque Crystals Lush
Photos Courtesy of Sofisticata

Sunday, April 15, 2012

In The Details : Groomsman Shaving Sets

Finding the perfect gift for your groom or his groomsman can certainly be a challenge. But I think you'll agree, after a visit to Dirty Deeds Soaps the only challenge will be deciding what to select. Dirty Deeds offers a wide variety of handmade soaps and shave accessories featuring french milled soaps made from detergent free bases and essential oils. To add a personal touch, gifts can be customized with a logo for your special event.

Groomsmen Shave Sets, Mens Wedding Gifts 4 piece set Wooden Men's Shave Set with Cigar Box grooming, shaving,

Friday, April 13, 2012

Color Palette : Versailles in Spring

Think Versailles. Think Marie Antoinette. Think spring. That's the inspiration for the colors in this palette. Refined aqua plays against delicate coral - highlighted by the opulence of subtle gilding. The colors contrasting, yet in perfect harmony. This is a color palette that would have any bride feeling like a queen on her wedding day.

Photo Credits: Corbin Gurkin Photography, Chloe Murdoch Photography, Allyson Magda Photography, Docuvitae Photography, Ryan Jenson Photography

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Jessica + Zach : Engagement Session

Jessica and Zach were brought together by tragedy, but prove that out of the most difficult situations, beautiful things can emerge. They started dating in high school, and have essentially grown up together. "We've been together through everything," Jessica told me. "The main inspiration for our engagement shoot was to allow the love we have for each other to show through in our pictures and to have images that really capture our relationship in a candid manner."

Photo Credits: Kristina Gaines

Monday, April 9, 2012

R.E. Style Feature : So Bridelicious

Today's R. E. Style feature is So Bridelicious, quite literally! And I'm sure you'll eat up Lena's gorgeous hair accent designs just like I did. Fascinators and floral headpieces are such a popular alternative to traditional veils right now. I particularly love the variety that they offer. From soft, romantic flowers and feathers, to beaded retro looks, Lena's shop is sure to have what you are looking for.

Photography Credits: Tina Liv Fotograf via So Bridelicious

Sunday, April 8, 2012

In The Details: Personalized Hangers

So here's your warning - this is a blog post about hangers. Seriously. But hear me out - I assure you these are no ordinary hangers. These are beautiful, artisan crafted works of art. With many modern brides looking for ways to add personal and meaningful touches to their wedding day, an entire industry has grown up around customized bridal party hangers. Not only are they practical, but they are also sentimental and can make for some great photos!

Personalized Dress Hanger
Personalized Bridesmaid Hangers by Little Lace Lilly

Friday, April 6, 2012

Color Palette - Plum Perfect

Today's color palette is plum perfect. With just the right pops of mauve, plum and violet, touches of vintage- chic decor, and an elegantly rustic appeal - this inspiration board is sure to stir your inner romantic.

Photo Credits: Smallpigart Photography, Ashley Rose Photography, Erin Hearts Court Photography, Robert and Kathleen Photographers, Three Nails Photography, Craig and Eva Sanders Photography, Ruche Photography, Alison Conklin Photography

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Trend Watch: Vintage Engagement Rings

Vintage inspiration is one of the biggest trends for 2012 weddings. It's a trend that has been gaining in popularity for several years now. From vintage gowns to vintage jewelry, touches of days gone by are popping up everywhere. And I'll have to say, I hope this is a trend that is here to stay.

I have long had a love for vintage jewelry. In fact, I had always dreamed of wearing my great-grandmother's Edwardian Era sapphire and diamond engagement ring in lieu of a brand new design. Needless to say I was thrilled when my now husband proposed to me with the vintage beauty.

So for today's post I'd like to focus on vintage and antique engagement rings. With their intricate designs, timeless appeal, expert craftsmanship, and exquisite beauty, these pieces are complete eye candy for vintage lovers such as myself. Get ready for some stunning pieces...

Monday, April 2, 2012

R.E. Style Feature : Papercraft

For today's Rew Elliott Style feature I am so happy to bring back one of my "Real Wedding" brides,  Maile Ehlers, owner of Papercraft. Maile was inspired to start her business after designing the invitations for her own wedding. She is currently transitioning from her full time job as a graphic designer to her new role as full time entrepreneur

Photos Courtesy of: Asthete Studios via Papercraft

Sunday, April 1, 2012

In The Details : Glass Fairy Lights

Today I ran across these beautiful, artisan crafted, glass fairy lights. Handmade by Wendy Jeavons, owner of  Redbrick Glass, these fairy light strands come in a beautiful array of colors and three different petal sizes. Each bulb is surrounded by six fused glass discs resulting in delicate, luminescent effect.

Glass Fairy Lights - green glass, small

Friday, March 30, 2012

Color Palette : Passion for Peacock

Eye-catching, yet tranquil. Elegant, yet trendy. It's not hard to see why peacock inspired weddings have sprung up everywhere. This color palette is inspired by the teal greens and muted blues that adorn the beautiful bird. By avoiding too many peacock themed items and incorporating the colors as accents to classic cream and white, the look is clean and chic without being over the top.

Photo Credits: Leila Brewster Photography, Cakes and Kisses, Two One Photography, Harwell  Photography, Karen Wise Photography, Meg Perotti Photography, Reid Park Zoo, Erin Hearts Court

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Maile + Gerry : Minerals Resort Wedding

Today's real wedding feature showcases Maile and Gerry's Minerals Resort Wedding. Located in Vernon, New Jersey, part of the larger Crystal Springs Resort, the romantic venue perfectly reflected their personal style. As Maile told me, "It was a really easy choice for us. The location and ambiance were perfect for our rustic taste".

Photo Credits: Asthete Studios

Monday, March 26, 2012

R.E. Style Feature : Girly Girl Bead Boutique

For today's R.E. Style feature, I would like to introduce Michelle Martson, owner of  Girly Girl Bead Boutique. Michelle is working mom with two small girls and a passion for jewelry. She works primarily in Swarovski crystal elements, freshwater pearls, and sterling silver. Her designs are simple and classic, perfect for brides looking for understated, clean elegance. She welcomes custom work and tells me, "I love working with a bride to create exactly the jewelry she wants to compliment her bridal style".

Modern pearl loop bridal necklace 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

In the Details : Cupcake Toppers

With so many brides opting to use cupcakes as opposed to traditional wedding cakes, it's no surprise that a whole new genre of cake toppers has grown around decorating these sweet treats. Cupcake toppers are as varied as the little cakes they adorn. When artfully arranged on platters and tiers, these dressed up mini desserts can be the hi-light of your reception table.

Bridal shower cupcake toppers, Bridal shower party, Wedding shower, wedding dress, cupcake toppers, 12 pieces
Cupcake toppers from Payton's Place
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