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

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