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Top Picks: Send Offs!

22 Mar

Gone are the days of rice and bird seed. I love all the adorable options brides have these days for the send off tradition. Here are some of my faves. What cool send offs have you seen??

Confetti. It can even be any shape, color or pattern and its such a classic party element!

{Snippet & Ink}

Bubbles! Might get some sticky spots but there’s no mess to clean up and its fun for guests.

{Sakura Photography}

Balloons! Please note I DO NOT suggest letting the balloons go. Having guests all holding balloons is adorable but it is NOT good for the environment to let them go!

{Christopher Record Photography}

Sparklers. I wanted to do this for my wedding, but I guess sparklers near a historic building is too risky. Boo.

{Luster Studios}

Ribbon wands. This is a newer idea that is gaining popularity and I think it’s adorable!

{Amy Squires via Always Planned}


Top Picks: Rustic Ring Pillows

19 Jan

Ring pillows have come such a long way – in fact they don’t even have to be pillows anymore! Here are some pretty and creative options for a rustic chich wedding – unique uses of burlap, wood, twigs, birds nests and moss make the perfect litte home for you rings! And you can’t tell me that little hay bale ring pillow isn’t the cutest thing for a rustic farm wedding.

Rustic Ring Pillows

Burlap & flowers: Bragging Bags
Hay bale: Bragging Bags
Moss & succulents: April Hiler Designs
Birds nest: Dear Jes
Burlap with heart and initials: Victorian Station
Twiggy nest and moss: Pomp and Plumage
Toadstool and ferns: Lara Lewis
Wood slice and flower: This Fine Day

Top Picks: Blush Pink Gowns

13 Jan

Ok, so I’ve had pink on the brain lately, probably because Valentine’s day is around the corner. Blush pink is a terrific alternative to white or ivory. It’s still soft and romantic but a little bit untraditional. A pink gown can be super girly like the gorgeous lace and ruffle Cymbeline Paris one below or it can be more simple and understated like the Lily Pulitzer sheath below. I also love bridesmaids in white so this would be the perfect opportunity for a little color reversal!

Top Picks: Blush Gowns

Image Credits (Left to Right, Top Row to Bottom Row)
Vera Wang gown: Glamour
Jim Hjelm gown: JLM Couture
Cymbeline Paris gown: Wedding Net
Lilly Pulitzer gown: Martha Stewart Weddings
Jenny Packham gown: Style Hive
Georges Chakra gown: Wedding Inspirasi

Top Picks: My 10 Favorite Inspiration Boards from 2010

31 Dec

For JV -

Emerald City After Dark

Love is a Circus

Down by the Bay

On the Wild Side

Fall for Mustard and Burgundy!

Poppies Provençal

Flight of Fancy

Midnight Romance

Sweet Dreams

Top Picks: Shoe Clips!

29 Dec

Can’t find that perfect pair of shoes for your wedding day look? Then just make an ordinary pair of shoes extraordinary by personalizing them with the perfect shoe clip. They look cute on the front or on the back at the heels. They come in all styles from bows to feather to flowers to sequins. Etsy is an especially great resource! It’s a great way to add some personality to your footsies. I have a pair of black peep toe pumps that are just crying out for some shoe clips that I can change out. They can turn one pair of shoes into lots of pairs of shoes. I LOVE them!!

Top Picks: Shoe Clips

Top to bottom, left to right:
Ostrich feather clips: Chuletin Design
Teal satin clips: Glory Design
Velvet bow clips: B Poetic
Sequin heart clips:
Chiffon sparkle clips: Fink Shop
Pink chiffon clips:
Pattern button clips: Renee Kae
Gold sequin bow clips: Black Satin Shoes
Beaded butterfly clips: Fink Shop
Vintage white tassel clips: ShoeClips.Biz
Red velvet flower clips: B Poetic

Top Picks: Cocktail Hats!

20 Dec

So I think I was meant to be British because I am OBSESSED with cocktail hats. Why the heck is not a tradition to wear these to weddings here? I think we need to make it one because there are enough gorgeous hats out there to wear a fabulous one every day of the year. In fact, I may just start wearing them around. Think I’d get some weird looks at the grocery store? I’ve seen them worn by bridemaids which is adorable but a whole guest list of ladies in hats would be amazing if you think it would fly with your friends/family! Even for a bridal shower it would be fun.

One pretty lady who does the cocktail hat some serious justice – The princess-to-be Ms. Kate Middleton!

Here are some of my TOP picks. Feast your eyes!
Cocktail Hats

Left to Right, Top to Bottom Row
Purple rimmed hat: Head Full Of Feathers
Yellow hat: Arturo Rios
Light blue gingham hat: Millenerium
Black butterfly hat: Its The Little Things
Blue feather and flower har: Arturo Rios
Purple bow hat: Chi Chi
Polkadot feather hat: Head Full of Feathers
Green and black hat: Be Something New
Blue and green butterfly hat: Juliet Fawcus
Black straw and leather hat: Rachel Shortt
Pink strawberry hat: Doghead and Flintlock
Purple zebra hat: Pink Kittens Shop
Red and black polkadot hat: MGMart
Blue feather hat: Hats by Cressida

Top Picks: Etsy Clutches

10 Dec

Etsy is such a great resource for bridal clutches. They have so many vendors that sell beautiful clutches in different styles and colors. I stuck with more tradionial ones for these picks, but you can find great patterened ones or any color imaginable – and the prices are so reasonable!

Etsy Clutches

Tattered ruffle clutch: Davie and Chiyo
Lace floral clutch: It’s So Clutch
Feather clutch: Powder Blue Bijou
Sequin clutch: Arm Candy
Black satin embelished clutch: Paris XOX
Gold leather clutch: BiChen
Gray ruffle clutch: UNA
Diamond clutch: Powder Blue Bijou

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