Archive - April, 2010

Inpiration: Pink, Green, Black, and White

You have your black and white weddings, black and lime and white weddings, pink and black and white weddings, and pink and green weddings. Less common are wedding palettes featuring pink, green, black, and white where the white isn’t just an incidental addition in the form of floral fillers, blank spaces on wedding stationery, or candles. The more colors you add to your wedding color scheme, the more likely it is that you’ll have trouble finding stuff that features all of your hues together. Luckily, you don’t have to have every color on every little thing. Observe:

black lime pink wedding inspiration

Featured on this pink, green, black, and white inspiration board are damask border table numbers from Papeterie; pink, green, and white bridesmaids bouquets by Pure Joy carried by bridesmaids in black; pink, green, and white favor cards; a pink, green, and black button bouquet from the amazing Princess Lasertron; adorable bridesmaids in green with black sweaters and pink scarves; a sweet table by Ravishing Radish featuring a cake by Tallant House; a chic and blingy wedding cake from a dessert table designed by Couture Cakery; and finally, a floral centerpiece that features almost all the colors in this scheme (even if you can’t see them).

LOVE/HATE: The ‘Bloomin’ Lovely’ Edition

This week’s LOVE/HATE objects of scrutiny are bridal hair accessories from Anne Michelle Heirlooms, a duo of sisters who love all things pretty and dainty. They’ve made it their business to create custom veils and hair clips for brides and bridesmaids or anyone else keen on wearing a feather flower in their hair. They also sell a limited quantity of pre-designed bridal hair accessories in their Etsy shop.

feather fascinator

feather fascinator birdcage veil

I am not ashamed to say I looooove them, especially since they’re not trying to be something they’re not. The feathers are front and center, shaped like flowers, but not trying to masquerade as flowers in any meaningful way. These bridal hair accessories are what they are, and what they are is simply awesome. Nothing big and poufy here or ostentatiously jeweled. Just plain loveliness.

Or maybe not, according to some. What say you?

NtB Loves: Simple Silhouettes

Bells and whistles? Some brides just don’t need ‘em when it comes to their bridesmaids’ dresses. But there sure are a lot of sashes, bows, ruching, and patterns out there these days. What’s a basics-loving bride to do? Enter Simple Silhouettes, solving the bridesmaid frippery problem one classically chic dress at a time.

Simple Silhouettes bridesmaid

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The New Cupcake?

Move over wedding cupcakes, wedding macarons, and meat cakes, for there’s a new faddish after dinner treat in town. That’d be cake balls, of course. Similar to the super duper mini cupcake pops features in 2008, cake balls are… wait, let’s take a sec to laugh at the word “balls”… cake that someone has lovingly crumbled and mixed with frosting until the whole sweet mess can be molded into cohesive shapes. In this case, balls, tee hee. These are then dipped into some relative hard coating – think straight up chocolate or confectioners coating – and possibly topped with something else, like a walnut, silver dragees, or coconut.

Sounds tasty, but are they a hit at wedding receptions? In the words of a certain controversial polebrity who makes my ears bleed, “You betcha!” Specifically, they’re a hit with guests like moi, who would prefer a spoonful of cake with her frosting and not the other way around. Cake balls are sweet with a capital S, and not everyone’s cup of tea – I’ve heard them referred to as pre-masticated cake. But as you can see below, they do make for some impressive wedding reception dessert tables!

cake balls wedding cake citrus theme

The beautiful display of cake balls above comes from Objects of Confection and was photographed by Karmalized Photography. They appeared (and were no doubt lustily consumed) at the farmer’s market themed wedding of a certain Brad and April of San Fran.

via Weddings Unveiled Austin

Carolina Herrera Spring 2011 = Pure Love

Whereas my fondness for other wedding dress designers waxes and wanes, I’ve had an almost continual bridalboner for Carolina Herrera. And her Spring 2011 gowns obey the rule instead of becoming the exception. Strong, creative, and dynamic women were Herrera’s inspiration this go around, and I’d wager to say you could choose a worse set of muses. From singer Edith Piaf to sculptor Camille Claudel, from writer Jane Austen to photographer Berenice Abbott, all of these Spring 2010 wedding dresses are as bold as the ladies who inspired them while still being classical and feminine.

Carolina Herrera backstage

carolina-herrera-wedding dressCarolina Herrera wedding dress spring 2011

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Choosing DIY Projects Successfully

If you’ve been reading this blog for more than a couple weeks, you know that my esteemed colleague and I are big fans of wedding DIY projects. DIY can save you money, add personal touches that mass-produced goods and services don’t, and – for some – be tremendous stress relievers. I know I would have gone bananas several times in the planning process if I hadn’t had lace to make, favors to put together, and melons to ball for the fruit salad.

But not all DIY projects are equal, and not all people are good at the same sorts of projects. How to tell if you’re choosing the right projects for you? Read on after the cut and see.
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Bridal White

When picking out a wedding gown, many women never consider a color other than white or some form of off-white. This is not precisely shocking, since white is a color that has been associated with brides quite literally for centuries.

On the other hand, white was not always assumed.
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