Monday, December 30, 2013

A Wedding Remembered

There is so much anticipation leading up to a wedding, it's easy to think you'll remember it forever. Everyone knows your wedding is one of the most important days in your life. It's nice to have photos to look back on and cherish, but there are a slew of other unique ways to remember that day.

First Dance Lyrics 
Photo of your first dance with lyrics to the song you danced to...oh yes definitely!
Have the song lyrics to your first dance put on a photo. It's a sweet reminder of that special moment.

Wedding Dress Closet
Adrienne Maloof & her framed wedding dress. Would be gorgeous in a dressing room one day.
Everyone knows about preserving a wedding dress, but does that 2x3 ft box really do it justice? I love the idea of having your entire gown framed and hung up in your closet. Of course this does require a walk in, so make sure your new husband keeps this in mind..

A great way to get your guest involved at your wedding is incorporating Instagram. You can ask them to use a particular hashtag when uploading photos such as #chris&laura2014. This allows you access to all the wonderful candid shots.

Frame of Flowers

Don't throw away your beautiful  fresh bouquet after the big day. Instead send it to to be preserved and framed.
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Do you have any unique ideas for a wedding keepsake?

Friday, December 27, 2013

Winter Wedding Inspiration

There are various reasons to love the winter holidays. Visiting with family, home-cooked meals, and romance in the air are just some of the perks. No wonder so many consider it their favorite time of year. The season can be quite magical, which makes it perfect for a wedding.

Just in case you're not convinced, take a look at all of this winter wedding gorgeousness:

Winter Wedding Inspiration // Geoff & Wendy // The Portrait Gallery, Vermont #wedding #weddingphotography #photographer #vermont

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One of the benefits of a winter wedding is the amazing photography opportunities! During the winter season the sun is lower which means less harsh effects and shadows. Your photos will turn out crisp and sharp looking. Also let's not forget the beautiful scenery, which is definitely worth enduring a little chilly weather.

You can keep your winter theme ethereal by using natural decoration.

 accent-plants-for-whimsical-wedding-bouquet-silver brunia | WeddingElationWinter Wedding Cake. Just beautiful!

Pine cones, dried branches, and greenery make for a beautiful color palette against winter white.

Or if you like a more festive theme, you can incorporate Christmas!

Kissing in front of a Christmas Tree - Must have photo for winter weddings!christmas wedding favours. Follow for more jolly tips and trends for that beautiful Christmas wedding you are wanting. #Labola #Christmas

christmas wedding ideas mistletoe bride groomBlack Christmas Wedding Decor

The key here is to keep the Christmas touches subtle and elegant.

Would you brave the chilly weather for a gorgeous winter wedding?

Monday, December 23, 2013

Wedding Inspiration: Lace and Burlap

A "Rustic Chic" wedding theme has been popular the past few seasons, and it's not hard to see why. This concept incorporates the beauty of natural materials and colors with stylish details that comes across as fashionable and laid back. It's a theme that is perfect for do-it-yourself projects. This helps make it affordable and personalized. Of course wedding trends will continue to change with every season, but Rustic Chic will surely remain a hit among brides.

One idea that is perfect for this theme is combining lace and burlap. The opposition of these fabrics makes them a perfect match together. The femininity of the lace with the simplicity of burlap is the ideal accent for a rustic wedding.

There are so many ways to incorporate lace and burlap into your wedding. Here are a few of our favorite ideas:


Handmade Rustic Lace and Burlap Wedding by LoveofCreating on Etsy, $5.50

Wedding Cake

Lace and Burlap Wedding Cake, but if the burlap was pale yellow? IT WOULD BE PERFECT

Table Runner

wedding table with lace trimmed burlap runner

Chair Sash

burlap and lace

Personalized Silverware Holders

Personalized Burlap Silverware Holders - Set of 4 - Great for a Rustic, Country, or Burlap and Lace Wedding #weddingreception #rusticwedding #burlapwedding

What is your take on this popular wedding theme?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Unconventional Wedding Photos

When it comes to Wedding photos I give major credit for creativity. That's why when I ran across these photos I knew they were gems. Yes, you have to make sure your photographer gets all the classic shots, but at the end of the day your wedding photos should show off you and your grooms personality! I say throw caution to the wind and have some fun!

Here are a few ideas that are sure to be memorable:

Secret Superhero Groomsmen

superhero groomsmen

Inappropriate Bridesmaids

Don't corrupt the flower girl funny Wedding Photo.  #Bridesmaids #flowergirl #bestphotoever

Grossed out Wedding Party

Funny but sweet.and I LOVEEEER THE DRESS

Recreation of "Bridesmaids" Movie Poster

Bridesmaids Movie Pose Idea #bridesmaids #movie #photo #wedding #ideas #slp

And last but not least,

Groomsmen recreating bridesmaid photos 

goofy groomsmen. danielle m.

Funny Wedding Photos - Funny Wedding Pictures | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine.  Another funny one I've seen is with the men holding the bouquets and mimicking the girls' poses-- hilarious!

Could you see your wedding party recreating any of these hilarious shots?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gifts for the Ladies

There are a lot of details to think through when planning a wedding, but one you definitely do not want to overlook is a gift for your bridesmaids. These ladies have to make sacrifices to be a part of your big day, so show them some love! You want your bridesmaids to feel important and the perfect way to show them your appreciation is through a great gift.

Unfortunately, the world is full of tacky bridesmaid gifts. Just in case you don't believe me, here are a few examples:

I rest my case. And if you're wondering, yes that is a pair of underwear with the word "bridesmaid" bedazzled on the side. These are not exactly going to make a girl feel sexy.

This is not to say monogrammed gifts are always a bad idea. They can be cute IN ADDITION  to something a little more substantial. A great way to test out your gift ideas is to think about if you would be excited to receive it. Let's be honest you would not be jumping for joy over a tank top.

There is no need to worry though, we complied some great gift ideas your girls will be sure to love.
The best thing you can do is give little luxuries they would like, but might not purchase for themselves.

Bridesmaid gift! Thanks for helping me tie the knot  elfsacks

If you girls love designer brands, they will be thrilled with this Kate Spade bracelet. It's perfect for symbolizing your wedding while still being chic and wearable.
Retail: $78

Prada 'Candy' Eau de Parfum Spray #Nordstrom
Have any whom are perfume obsessed in your wedding party? This Prada Candy fragrance isn't a best seller at Sephora for nothing. It smells divine!
Retail: $82

Tory Burch Logo Stud Earrings

These Tory Burch Logo Stud Earrings are a classic piece your girls will love to add to their jewelry collection.
Retail: $68

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And last but not least, you cannot go wrong by spoiling your bridesmaids with a day at the spa!

Keep in mind you are not limited to one particular gift for all your girls. In fact, it's a great idea to give different gifts that are tailored to each woman's taste. Just be sure to keep all gifts around the same price, and you will be sure to have a happy group of bridesmaids!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Wedding Inspiration:Baby's Breath

Baby's Breath might be known as a filler in flower arrangements, but it's absolutely stunning on it's own! It is inexpensive and easy to incorporate in various aspects of your wedding. The delicate look of these flowers adds a feminine flair. Whether you use a touch of Baby's Breath, or make it your whole theme, it will surely be gorgeous.

Here are some ways to work Baby's Breath into your wedding.

1. Invitations- These invitations are a perfect way to give your guest a hint of the rustic romantic feel before they even arrive to the ceremony.

2. Wedding Cake- Fresh flowers have always been a beautiful touch on a cake, but baby's breath are particularly simplistic and chic.

3. Ceremony Accents-Frame your aisle with Baby's Breath in wooden barrels. The stark white against soft brown will photograph beautifully. Also for your ceremony, Baby's Breath adds a soft touch to an archway.

4. Flower Crown- This hair accessory adds a whimsy feel to your wedding party's style.

5. Bouquet- By far the easiest way to incorporate Baby's Breath, you can't go wrong with this pretty arrangement.

6. Chandelier- I love the idea of the decor drama hanging from the ceiling instead of large centerpieces that block your guests' views. Add some wow factor with this Baby's Breath Chandelier.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Celebrity Wedding Inspiration:Kelly Clarkson

We look to celebrities for fashion, hair, and beauty trends, therefore their weddings are the ultimate source for inspiration.

Sunday October 20th, Kelly Clarkson got hitched to talent manager Brandon Blackstock at Blackberry Farm in Walland Tennessee. She released wedding photos via Twitter leaving us in awe of her gorgeous wedding style.

The Hair

Kelly's updo is the perfect example of how a slightly messy updo can look polished without being stiff.
(See our Bridal Hair Inspiration Post)

                                                        The Dress

Kelly chose a Temperley Bridal design that has an ethereal meets vintage vibe. The long lace sleeves are the perfect compliment to a fall wedding.

The Ring!

Talk about a wow ring! Kelly's yellow carnary engagement ring is surrounded by white diamonds and features a radiant cut. It's rumored to be larger than 5 carats.

                                                               The Venue

The pair tied the knot at a farm nestled up in the Smokey Mountains. This intimate venue was the ideal backdrop to their rustic vintage vibe.

What aspect of Kelly's Wedding do you love?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show:Bridal Lingerie

Every year I tune in to see the spectacle that is the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. They hooked me with glitter, perfect hair, and crazy themed attire. Every show is broken down into different themed categories. The features this year were British Invasion, Birds of Paradise, Shipwrecked, and Parisian Nights.

 These beauties rocked the runway and definitely brought the sexy. One of the best things about the show is many of the lingerie pieces featured are available to shop at

I selected some beautiful designs straight off the runway that would be perfect for a bride. These pieces will help you channel your inner Victoria Secret Model, and feel extra sexy on your wedding night.

Unlined Lace Demi Bra
Designer Collection

 This Parisian inspired design is chic and sexy with a lower cut and scalloped lace trim.

Unlined Velvet Trim Demi Bra

Designer Collection

This design screams lavish vixen with velvet details.

Rhinestone Tulle Teddy 
 Very Sexy Collection

Flirty Tulle is playful and seductive.

The Royal Fantasy Bra Replica

You can look and feel like royalty without paying a fortune. The original worn by Candice Swanepoel cost a whopping 10 million dollars, but Victoria's Secret is producing 1000 replicas for $295.

Seems like being an Angel isn't so far out of reach!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Engagement Dress

It's the holidays and everyone is feeling a bit romantic. Date nights consist of ice skating, movies, and lots of kissing by the fire. No wonder proposals spike sky high this time of year.

After he pops the big question the planning begins, and the first thing on the list is the engagement party! Whether you prefer a low key family gathering, or a swanky cocktail affair, you have to find the perfect dress. This occasion is ideal for showing off a preview of your soon to be wedding style.

 Here are some engagement dress ideas catered to your aesthetic.


This sleek little white dress goes perfectly with a statement necklace.


The classic silhouette keeps this dress timeless.


This sheath has just the right amount of shimmer.


This dress's fringe detail that is perfect for dancing.


We love this dress's flirty details and intricate lace.

Which of these little white dresses will you rock?

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Radiant Orchid Wedding Color Schemes

It's official! Pantone has declared Radiant Orchid the color of the year!

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

While purple has always been a favorite for wedding color schemes, this color is something entirely new. This hue blends purple and fuchsia perfectly, creating a bold and energizing look. Weather you prefer an exotic tropical palette or more sophisticated tones, there is sure to be a way to incorporate Radiant Orchid into your color scheme.

How do you feel about the new color of the year?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Decade Inspiration: The 1920's

The Roaring Twenties is full of inspiration for your modern day affair. The decade is known for jazz, liquor, and the influence of Art Deco. A sense of the era can easily be applied to numerous aspects of your wedding for a perfectly chic 1920's feel.

 1. Your bridesmaids will feel glamorous and fun in this attire. The best part is they will be dying to wear these beaded numbers again!

2. Women became more experimental with their beauty looks in the twenties, and so should you! Whether you rock a jeweled headband or a vampy lip, you can't go wrong.

3. Flapper inspired flower girls. I can't even handle this, it's just too cute.

4. Who says bridal shoes have to be uncomfortable? Take a cue from the lovely ladies from the jazz age and opt for a low strappy heel. Bonus points if you learn how to Charleston.

5. Incorporate the rich geometric lines of Art Deco into your invitations and seating cards for a sleek, sophisticated look.

6. Nothing says 1920's glamour like a champagne tower.

7. Feathers! These can be incorporated in numerous ways including your hair, bouquet, and cake. My favorite happens to be this gorgeous centerpiece.