March 5, 2013

Today’s Etsy inspiration board was inspired by the darling neon ice cream spoons below by Sucre Shop… I have been ridiculously into neon lately, especially when paired with a neutral!

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All of these gorgeous images are from current Etsy listings, that’s right – you can purchase all of these items right now! For these exact listings and many more please follow this {link} to find our shopable Etsy treasury:

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neon wooden ice cream spoons: Sucre Shop // neon coral stretch jersey maxi dress: Tsyndyma // LOVE brings us together print: Fuzzy Hippo // neon mini planters: Wind and Willow Home // bright neon confetti sprinkles: Alana Clemens // neon washi tape set: The Sewing Post // neon and natural block letters: A Fresh Coat of Paint // extra large neon pink chalkboard: Shugabee Lane // neon circle garland: Le Petite Fest // wooden laser cut neon earrings: So little time

February 27, 2013

“Anne and Andy’s wedding at D’Amore was all about the details and I loved capturing each and every one! The colors could not be any more beautiful, Tiffany blues and shades of pink were paired with bold black and white stripes… this fun theme was the creation of the talented ladies at Eventfull Planning.” – Meg Miller Photography

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“There are so many amazing memories from that day. I had to remind myself to take those mental snapshots because those moments are so special and they go so quickly. The biggest highlight from our ceremony was reading the vows we had written to one another. At our reception, Andy and I particularly loved the toasts. We laughed and cried, and really got to take in the whole day…

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I love to DIY! Having some handmade things at our wedding meant a lot to me. I painted the “Mr. and Mrs.” window and crafted old windows for the escort cards.  I glued dowels to clothespins and painted them for our table numbers and menu cards. I fell in love with a pair of $1500 Jimmy Choo’s, so I decided to DIY my own pair for less than $100 (and several hours of crystal applying!) I turned an old crate into our card holder with some moss sheets and an “H” wood cutout. I started a lot of the crafts in the slower winter months before our wedding and had a few “wine and painting” evenings with my girlfriends. My mom, who taught me all I know about craftiness, made monogrammed pillows and refurbished two garage sale end tables into beautiful aqua tables for our reception. She also made my garter which used satin from my grandmother’s wedding gown. She sewed black and white stripe tissue covers for our guests and shoe bags for my bridesmaids.

I was really pleased with how everything turned out, in fact we use some of the decor in our home, post wedding! I will be reusing/repainting several items for upcoming friends’ weddings and bridal showers…

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Make sure you enjoy the process! We both work in sales and can have crazy schedules. In our situation, we knew the only way we were going to enjoy the planning process was to enlist the help of a planner who could take care of pairing down all the options out there and get things done that we didn’t have time for. We focused time on the parts that interested us the most and she helped with the rest. That let Andy and I focus on preparing for our marriage as much as we were for the wedding itself.” – Anne, the bride

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photography: Meg Miller Photography // event planner: Laura of Eventfull Planning // ceremony venue: Holy Cross Lutheran Church // reception venue: D’amore, Events of Indianapolis // wedding dress: La Sposa from Blue House Bridal // brides jewelry: Elen Henderson Designs from Blue House Bridal // bridesmaids necklaces: Angie Kelly – Lia Sophia // bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Sung by Dessy from Blue House Bridal // shoes: Lulu Townsend from DSW + crystals DIY-ed by the bride! // invitations: Pink Poppy Ink // hair: Paul Gividen from Salon 6 // makeup: Jentura Summerville // grooms suit: Andrew Porter // florist: JP Parker // cake: Cake Zen // rings: custom designs by Tom Christenson // caterer: Tomas Caterers of Distinction, Inc.

February 25, 2013

Happy Monday! The talented group from Off Beet Productions is responsible for today’s gorgeous seaside wedding… Erik + Nicole planned a beautiful event with a slight nautical theme. I absolutely love the combination of navy blue and green… and how gorgeous is her dress!

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“My father had been saving a bottle of champagne from when I was a little girl, purchased just a year or two after I was born.  When Erik and I got engaged, he gave it to us as a gift and told me he had intended to save it for my wedding day.  At the reception, we popped the cork and shared a toast  with both sets of our parents.  It was a very special moment for us to share that experience with both our families…

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I don’t consider myself to have  a creative or crafty bone in my body.  I was great at coming up with ideas but had a tough time figuring out how best to get started.  So, I enlisted the help of some of my crafty friends for help on a few projects.  One of my favorite was our wedding favors. Since Erik and I both share a love for dogs, we decided we wanted to make a donation to the local SPCA.  My maid of honor baked over 100 cookies shaped like dog bones, I printed a thank you and donation message onto white gift tag card-stock and the night before the wedding we assembled all the favors.  I was also really proud of the seating chart as well.  Since our wedding was being held at a historic hotel, we decided to play off that theme for the seating chart, an idea that I had seen on Pinterest.  Using ribbon, I hung each guests name tag with an old skeleton key from a hook I had screwed into cork boards,  They were displayed on a table at the cocktail hour…

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My advice to brides currently planning their wedding is to never be afraid to ask for help.  I was stressing myself over projects and how I would be able to it all done in time.  There are a lot of people willing to chip in and help you, so you need to LET them!” – Nicole, the bride

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Photography: Kate Connolly // Venue: The Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank NJ // Dress: Sophia Moncelli – Kleinfeld // Shoes: Badgely Mischka // Make Up: About Bridal by Nicole // Flowers: Parsons and Partners // Grooms Suit: Michael Duru Clothiers // Bridesmaid Dresses: Saison Blanche // Groommen ties: Tommy Hilfiger // Cake: Ye Olde Pie Shop // DJ: Denny Testa // Videography: Off Beet Films

February 18, 2013

“Aaron and Carmen planned and held their DIY wedding in their own backyard. The theme was old Florida and the decor was perfected with cigar boxes and oranges on the tables, a wine bar, a DIY mojito bar and home brewed beer Aaron made himself, especially for the wedding! Carmen and Aaron were so much fun to work with… it was an absolute pleasure celebrating this day with them.” – Heather Rice Photography

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I absolutely love all the amazing interactive details that Aaron and Carmen incorporated into their wedding. A Mojito Bar, wine tasting, cigar lounge, and craft beer from the Groom… are you kidding me – what fun for their guests!!! Having interactive activities like this really involve your guests in the party; giving them things to do creates movement throughout your event and provides lots to talk about. I am sure their guests will be talking about their darling backyard bash for years to come!

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“Aaron and I chose to do things in a not so traditional fashion. We decided to walk down the aisle together and that meant we were waiting with one another before the ceremony began. We were tucked away and secretly watching all of our guests arrive through a window. It was so nice for just the two of us to sit and watch our family, friends and loved ones gather in one place to celebrate our love. We were both able to share the feelings of excitement and anticipation together…

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DIY and handmade is a huge part of my life, so naturally I chose to incorporate a few DIY elements for the wedding. The biggest project was definitely the florals that acted as centerpieces for the tables. We wanted everything to feel very natural and I think the tables ended up being just that! The most fun DIY project was planning out the Mojito Bar, which guests loved!

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My advice to brides who are planning their wedding is, let the day be a reflection of you as a couple. There are a lot of expectations as to what a wedding should be, but at the end of the day you are celebrating your love and nothing else matters!” – Carmen, the bride

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Photography – Heather Rice Photography // Rentals – Orlando Party Rentals // Catering – Black Bean Deli // Pies and Cakes – Darland Bakery // Officiant – Lovely Ceremony // Invitation Suite – Paper and Pigttails // Wedding Coordinator – Truly Chic Inspirations // Concept and Styling – The Flair Exchange // Cake Toppers – Craft That Party

January 30, 2013

Brittany Hart from The Fashion Drug is back with some fabulous veil advice!

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You can shop all of these gorgeous looks and more below!

When choosing the perfect veil or headpiece for your big day there is a lot to consider but your first focus should be length and color. The most popular lengths are blushers, elbow, fingertip, ankle and cathedral length. If veils are not your thing then there are a variety of headpieces out there too. Headbands and halos are very trendy and chic right now for the more simplistic and less traditional bride.

When it comes to veil colors the rule is to wear the same shade as your dress. It’s best to take a swatch of your gown with you when you are shopping for that perfect topper. Most veils come in ivory and white.

If you want to add a little sparkle to a simple veil then consider pairing it with a tiara. The tiara is a great piece because it completes the veil during the wedding ceremony and can be worn throughout the night after the veil is detached.

A few more style notes to consider when shopping:

1. As a general rule, if your wedding dress is heavily decorated, your veil should be clean and simple, perhaps with just a bit of the gown’s beads or stones echoed around the edge of the veil, or with no extras at all.

2. A ribbon edged veil is a sleek clean embellishment but it should only be worn in an elbow or shorter length because anything longer will visually chop a bride in half due to the horizontal line going across the body.

3. When wearing a simple veil without any detailing, consider a veil with more than one layer of tulle so it has body and movement to it.

Also check out this video below for more helpful hints on how your veil should be worn … and as always, Happy Shopping!

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