Joe and I want to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!
One of the things that I'm most thankful for is having such an amazing husband.
It's a beautiful thing so happy planning!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Joe and I want to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
I've recently fallen in love with Christine Mighion Jewelry.
The Indiana artist creates Eco-friendly and gorgeous jewelry.
Might be something to consider if you're looking for a great engagement ring, this is definitely a great option!
(photo credit: Christine Mighion Jewelry Etsy shop)
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
I love food. And if you're like how I was, having awesome food at your wedding is top priority. But you can have great food without getting it catered if you have some family help and some great recipes up your sleeve. If you're looking for dishes that go great with the wine you'll be serving at your wedding, F&W has posted their top 50 Pinterest recipe finds, which I think are pretty darn delicious looking too!
(photo credit: Food & Wine webpage screenshot)
Monday, November 19, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Have you put some time into thinking about what is most likely the youngest person in your wedding party? If you're going to have a flower girl, I love these two dresses from J. Crew. They have just the right amount of spunk to them!
(photo credits: J. Crew website)
Friday, November 16, 2012
A lot of people shy away from having a winter wedding. If you're one of the bold that sees getting married in winter as a wonderful adventure, the following are some of my six favorite winter wedding finds and ideas, from having a wonderful white bouquet to iced branch centerpieces to an ice-blue cake topper, there are so many great details to choose from!
(photo credits from left to right: bouquet, cake topper, bridal dress, bracelet, branches, boutonniere)
Thursday, November 15, 2012
I love this violet bridal shawl from Wollarium!
It adds just the right amount of a hint of color to your wedding dress.
It also helps that it looks gorgeously made.
(photo credit: Wollarium Etsy shop)
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
|How gorgeous is this reception/ceremony decor idea?! Simply gather up some old bottles, get some rope, and include some fresh flowers, and you've got a super pretty combination! This is a great idea for both an outdoor or indoor wedding! Just make sure the bottles are extra secure.|
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
(Image provided by Pablo from Dream Cake Toppers)
Today is the last day to enter to win a Dream Cake Toppers $100 gift card on The Handmade Wedding! If you win, you'll work with the awesome wedding cake topper designers and makers at Dream Cake Toppers to create custom replica figurines of you and your bride or groom doing whatever it is you both love to do, from simply sitting on a bench, to reading, to painting, to taking photographs, to cooking! How awesome is that?
Ready to Enter? Please visit the Dream Cake Toppers website then leave a comment on the giveaway post including what "scene" you would want your wedding toppers to depict if you were to win. Please don't forget to include your email so I can notify you if you win!
This giveaway will end today, November 9th, 2012 at midnight PST. G'luck! :]
(Please note that you must be a blog follower to enter or be following two of our other platforms. To join please see our right panel for our social media links.)
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Could you ever fathom making your own wedding dress? When I found out that Maggie Evan's not only made her own super chic and adorable wedding dress, but also created a convertible dress that could go from a full-length gown to a cocktail dress, I had to ask her more about it! And she was kind enough to not only share photographs from her real wedding with her sweetheart, Dylan, but to also answer some questions to help brides know what goes into making your own wedding dress. And as a wedding gown designer, she offers some really great tips I hope you'll enjoy!
The couple got married at a small local park called Foothills Community Park in North Boulder, Colorado. A huge thank you and congratulations to Maggie and Dylan! We wish you a lifetime of happiness!
(photo credits: Caitlin Hamilton Photography)
So now that you've seen the photographs, what goes into making your own wedding dress? Here's what Maggie had to say:
1. Why did you choose to make your own wedding dress?
Gosh, that was something I dreamed about for years since I began making wedding gowns for a living. My ideas went through so many variations before I arrived at the convertible dress idea. I wanted a gown for the ceremony and a little short dress for the party. I made the dress so the full skirt buttons off to reveal a cute little cocktail dress.
2. What was important to you when designing it? What style would you say it is?
I would say my dress is modern, artsy, edgy and romantic. The two things that were really important to me were to be able to wear a comfortable bra and not fuss with keeping my dress up, and being able to wear the dress all day since we got married in the morning and celebrated all day.
3. What goes into making a wedding dress?
I think the first thing is to get clear on what is most important to you. Are you sure about fabrics? Are you sure you want strapless? Are you sure you want a short dress? Sometimes those are not as easy questions to answer. These are things I ask my brides when I make custom gowns. If I'm designing a dress for my shop I usually start with a fabric I really want to work with or a shape or dress detail I'm interested in exploring. When working with a bride, I always do at least one sketch, if not more. When I'm designing for my shop, I rarely sketch and just go where my inspiration leads me. The second thing is to make a muslin based on the sketch (that's a cotton mock-up of the dress design used for fitting purposes as well as making sure all the design lines and details are in the right places). The third part is to take the muslin apart, make a pattern from the muslin, and cut the whole dress out in the chosen fabrics. This is the biggest and most exciting step is when the dress goes from an idea on paper to the real deal. Everything after that is just tweeking, fitting, and finishing.
4. What was the most enjoyable part of it, what was the most difficult?
My favorite part was choosing the fabrics. Of course, I wanted the best and I wanted something no one else would have. I chose gold metallic silk as a main accent fabric along with a textured ivory silk organza and lace. All the edges remained raw and un-hemmed. I also used a very special handmade lace that a friend gave to me when I opened my shop. She found it in an antique shop in Hungary. I loved that part.
The most difficult part was fitting the dress on myself. I always have my brides sit down in their dress before I alter it to make sure it won't be too tight to sit in. I didn't do that for myself! So the dress ended up being pretty snug to sit in, but it sure looked good when I was standing!
5. Tell me a little bit about your business as a wedding dress designer. Why do you do it?
I love working with brides! I also have a background and master's degree in psychology, specifically art therapy. I have a great respect for marriage and planning a wedding. It's a huge right of passage and can be incredibly transformative. I see the wedding dress as a cocoon for that transformation, therefore the dress is so important to the process of getting married and I want to help facilitate a meaningful experience for the bride during the process of making her dress.
Interested in having Maggie design your wedding dress? Her wedding dress designs are available through Etsy and can be made in a variety of fabrics.
Or are you interested in making your own? If so, what inspires you?
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
It's the first Wednesday of the new month, and that means, yup, you guessed it, we get a new feature by guest writer, Carolyn Scott, the awesome Raleigh wedding photographer. This week, regarding wedding makeup! Thank you so much to Carolyn for writing this feature! Like always, I truly appreciate it, and am happy to share your wedding photography advice with readers!
I get asked about makeup a lot, which is kind of funny since I hardly wear it and I could probably name about three brands if I tried. ;) But girls getting ready for their big day are really concerned about how their makeup will affect their photographs, so I’ve compiled a list of things to keep in mind as you pick out your makeup artist and makeup location for your day.
1. It doesn’t have to be dramatic: I highly recommend doing what you feel comfortable with. If you want dramatic makeup, by all means make it dramatic! But don’t get pushed into having a lot of heavy makeup by friends or your makeup artist if you aren’t comfortable wearing it. Be yourself and be comfortable because…
2. Not wearing enough makeup is a myth: I’ve photographed plenty of weddings with very natural girls, two in particular simply wore mascara, and that was it. Both of their weddings were published, one in a national magazine, and the other on a popular wedding blog. They looked GORGEOUS and they looked like themselves, which is what they wanted. Did it cause me a problem while photographing? No. Did it make the girls look pale or strange in the pictures? Absolutely not. They looked simply stunning, perhaps even more so because they looked so natural.
3. But there IS such a thing as too much makeup: In contrast to the natural beauty presented by wearing little makeup is the ever-present danger of wearing too much. Too much makeup absolutely can and will cause photographic challenges. Many brides have their makeup done almost like stage makeup for the benefit of the guests to see their features during their vows. The downside to this is the photographs. You will have a ton of close-up portraits done, and you really don’t want to look clownish. Layers and layers and layers can look piled on and create strange skin tone variances and an unnatural-looking surface. Fake eyelashes will definitely be visible and noticeably fake due to the crispness of lenses. Some people are fine with that, but just know what type of look you’re going for instead of being talked into too much makeup.
4. Don’t go tanning the month before your wedding: There’s nothing worse than an orange bride. Your bridesmaids, your groom, your groomsmen, and even your grandma have more than likely not been tanning, so you’ll stick out like a sore thumb in all of your pictures. It’s fine to want a little color, but don’t go tanning for at least a month before your wedding in case your last session turns you orange. My advice? Don’t tan at all. It’s hard to keep orange tones down in pictures and you don’t want to look like a nuclear accident.
5. Get ready in natural window light: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, florescent lighting doesn’t translate well to photographs taken outdoors. Make sure that you do your makeup in natural light so that you’ll have a good sense of what it will look like outside.
(photo credit: Sandra Proudman Photography)
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
|Simple, pretty, classic. This can be made from picking leaves outdoors or by purchasing a bunch of nice foliage and cutting it up into pieces. Add rustic style string to the mix, and voila! I love this adorned tea light votive idea!||
(photo credit: Xeniya Amber LiveJournal)
Monday, November 5, 2012
One of the things Joe and I continue to do is find new ways to decorate our home, and it's one of our favorite things to do together. Are you looking to add home decor items to your wedding registry? The following are some awesome gift registry ideas if you're thinking of having a rustic feel to your house! Best of all, with the Etsy Registry or Gift Registry 360 it's easier than ever to add items from anywhere on the web to your wedding gift registry.
(photo credits from left to right: blue ceramic houses, champagne flutes, marbles print, vintage red books, rustic style lamp)
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
If you're ready to enter to win $100 USD gift card toward your own wedding cake toppers, click here to enter on the original giveaway post!
One winner will be chosen at random on November 9, 2012 at midnight PST.
G'luck, and I'm so uber jealous!
Friday, November 2, 2012
If you haven't taken a look at their new system, which categorizes items into different sections like "Garters" or "Veils", I would definitely spend at least a few minutes going through the Pinterest-like-browser Etsy has no adopted!
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I am huge fan of Etsy, and it's definitely a good resource for finding handmade wedding items that you don't feel comfortable making yourself.
P.S. Happy Friday! If you're getting married this weekend, love and congratulations from Joe and I!
Thursday, November 1, 2012
I got a message today on my Etsy from Chris Keever inviting my readers to enter her bridal gown giveaway!
To enter, simply "like" the Chris Keever Gowns Facebook fan page, then send her a private message with your name, address, number, and wedding date. It's a pretty easy entry process, and you can win the super cute handmade cocktail bridal gown shown below, which I think is a perfect reception dress for a winter wedding!
(photo credits: Evelyn Murphy)
A winner will be chosen on January 25 of next year, which gives you a bit of time to enter, and is perfect if you plan on getting married in the latter months of 2013.
Don't forget to enter our Dream Cake Toppers giveaway too! There are only nine days left to enter to win a $100 gift card toward a super cute wedding cake topper!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Would you ever consider a Halloween themed wedding?!
My sister and her fiancé are huge Halloween fans, and I've been subtly hinting that they should have a Halloween themed wedding.
Now, I know that that's really not their style as a couple, but I think it'd be a lot of fun. And it doesn't have to be creepy or haunting, it can also be beautiful. Click on the image below to view a wonderful Halloween themed wedding via Green Wedding Shoes to get some inspiration!
(photo credit: Brandon Kidd Photography)
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Although flower bouquets are always going to be classically beautiful, I do love alternative bouquets like this 1,000 acrylic pearl bouquet from Bridal Bouquets by Ky for winter weddings.
It's romantic and can be used for an indoor and outdoor wedding. The plus side of alternative bouquets is also that you don't have to worry about them flopping or overheating or getting ruined as much as you would a flower bouquet.
Of course, they aren't for everyone, but they are an option that's still pretty!
(photo credit: the Bridal Bouquets by Ky Etsy shop)
Monday, October 29, 2012
I love silk flower crowns! They're so romantic to me.
If you're disliking the idea of wearing a veil, a bridal flower crown is a great alternative. The following are five of my favorite handmade wedding crowns found on Etsy that are each unique and beautiful on their own.
Interested on making your own? A Practical Wedding has an awesome floral crown DIY.
(photo credit from left to right: autumn crown, white flower crown, mint crown, pink flower crown, lavender and leaves crown)
Sunday, October 28, 2012
|After my playlist maker stopped offering embed playlists, I had to find a new site to host Sunday Love Tunes on, and I found an AWESOME one. I am in love with 8tracks Radio, a website that lets you build a playlist by searching or uploading music. I hope you all enjoy the return of Sunday Love Tunes. And don't forget to check back next weekend for all new tracks!|
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Congrats to Sara fro being our giveaway winner! :]
Thank you to everyone that entered! I loved getting to read what each of you would do as a couple's pose if you won! Every idea was super cute.
(Images provided by Pablo from Dream Cake Toppers)
Dream Cake Toppers is sponsoring a $100 USD gift card giveaway on The Handmade Wedding, which I'm totally stoked about! Read on for more details!
From Pablo of Dream Cake Toppers: Dream Cake Toppers started creating handmade cake toppers fifteen years ago and creates personalized figurines based on the provided photos of the bride and groom. The philosophy is to create cake toppers that are as personal as the cake, and which tell each love story in its own special way.
The cake toppers' figures can be selected from catalog models where only the head is personalized or designed from scratch based on the wishes of the wedding couple. Cars, sports or fashion accessories are possible, and the couple can be portrayed in any posture and clothing of choice.
Many things make our cake toppers unique, from the fact that we use different materials for the head and the body, to eyes that are manufactured and not painted. We put great attention to detail and have some of the best miniature clay artists. We give plenty of advise to the couples and in the case of custom designs we run our work by the client to make sure the result is fantastic. Our new website is truly one of a kind in the cake topper world.
Our favorite part of being a wedding vendor is helping create a unique day for the wedding couple. We do this with our product, which is unique every time, but also with our expertise and professionalism. We know stakes are high and make sure everyone in our team works with that in mind.
Ready to Enter? Please visit the Dream Cake Toppers website then leave a comment on this post including what "scene" you would want your wedding toppers to depict if you were to win, and please don't forget to include your email so I can notify you if you win. This giveaway will end in two weeks on November 9th, 2012 at midnight PST. G'luck! :]
(Please note that you must be a blog follower to enter or be following two of our other platforms. To join please see our right panel for our social media links.)
Okay, so you've gotten tons of wedding DIY ideas from my list of 101 DIY's and throughout the web and you're ready to start putting things together to create some wedding magic. But do you know great supply sources that will allow you to keep within budget? For me it was a mixture of using coupons and great supply websites, as well as thinking outside the box that helped me keep costs down when I was planning my DIY wedding. To help you in this, I've put together a list of my favorite five supply "stores".
Did you know that Michaels craft store always has a 40 percent off coupon that you can print from home as well as an app with a coupon central section? The coupon is valid for one item each day, but if you're going to be purchasing only a few items from them, you can spread your visits out and get some great deals on everything from tape to printable invitations to hot glue guns to glass vases to yarn.
2. Clear Bags
Are you planning on having DIY invitations? Make sure to check out the envelopes that Clear Bags offers. They're great, come in a variety of colors like ivory and silver, and they almost always send you a few extra when you order. Clear Bags also has tons of other great packaging items. For the best shipping rates, make a purchase over $45 USD.
3. Paper Mart
Like Clear Bags, Paper Mart also has a great selection of packaging tools as well a good supply of fabrics.
Did you know that Etsy also sells craft supplies? And there are tons of awesome supply shops that usually have great prices. Shop around, and use their search engine optimally. The only thing to note is that often times you can find great offers that have to be shipped internationally, so if you're ordering from Etsy try to make sure you're ordering from the same country you're living in or have the time to wait for your supplies.
Have you noticed how many things in nature are free? You can make boutonniere using flowers from your backyard or autumn leaves. You can have nautical themed centerpieces using seashells you've found at a beach close by or use stones to hold up the wire that you're using to put your seating place cards on. The best thing about nature is its overabundance of beauty. If you're on a limited budget, don't forget that you can always mold nature findings to match your wedding colors or theme using spray paint or the likes. It's just a matter of being creative!
What supply treasure chests have you found?
(photo credit: Sandra Proudman)
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Whether you choose to have many bridesmaid's or just a maid of honor, showing them how much you appreciate all their help and their love throughout your life is always a sweet sentiment. You don't absolutely have to get your girls a gift, but if you are planning on doing so the following are three great options from Junghwa, Mama Blue Designs, and Lulu Bug Jewelry.
(photo credits from left to right: personalized clutches, silver necklace bridesmaid set, rhinestone and leather bracelets)
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
One of the things that readers are most interested in are DIY projects that they can use for their wedding. That's why I took a few days off of blogging to work on a brand new section of The Handmade Wedding blog!
You can now find a list of 101 wedding DIY projects available for you to look through in my tabs section! I hope that you all enjoy looking through the fabulous DIY projects I've compiled from throughout the web that include pinwheel printouts from Oh Happy Day and a lace doily candle holder project from Spirello.
I'll be adding more DIY projects to this list every once in a while, and wanted to ask: What kind of DIY's are you most interested in? Let me know, and I'll do my best to find relevant ideas!
Happy planning everyone! And happy Monday!
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Joe and I photographed an awesome wedding this past weekend (photos to come). It reminded me why I love weddings so much. Michelle and John are an amazing couple, and throughout their big day there were stoked to tie the knot. To anyone that has gotten married recently, congratulations! Marriage is an amazing and wonderful thing.
I'm going to be working on finishing the DIY page today! And I hope you all will love it.
Meanwhile, have you hear of One Kings Lane? It's a sales event online shop that offers home decor finds at a discounted rate. Some of my kitchen photography is being featured on their site at the moment, and it made me think that they might be a great place to register to. You can't really register to general items since the sales only last three days, but using the Gift Registry 360 tool you can add their gift cards to your wedding registry. They offer tons of great items from kitchen decor to living room art professional framed.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
By Carolyn Scott, the talented Raleigh wedding photographer.
(Like always, a huge thanks to Carolyn for writing this month's wedding photography segment for brides that are looking for wedding photographer tips!)
(photos credit: W. Scott Chester Photography)
Getting ready pictures can be often overlooked by wedding couples. They’re often dismissed as not needed or silly. But oftentimes, surrounded by friends and family putting on makeup and dresses—
and guys doing whatever they do, which is typically sitting around watching some sort of sporting event—can be a very emotional and beautiful time with the opportunity for stunning candid photographs.
Unfortunately, many couples choose the location for their ceremony and reception, but not their getting ready portraits. It becomes sort of a last-minute sort of thing, or they choose the small, windowless church basement offered to them by their ceremony vendor. To avoid this, here are some things that you can do to get fantastic getting ready pictures:
1. Choose a location for both the girls AND the guys: Don’t fall into the trap of using whatever room is suggested or provided by the venue without seeing it first. Usually these are dark rooms with no windows and overhead florescent lighting. Actually go around and scout out your possibilities, but don’t forget the guys! Sometimes the girls will get ready in a beautiful room and the guys will end up in a dark basement. Sure, the guys may not care, but the pictures will be ugly. Remember the guys!
2. Choose locations with PLENTY of natural light: Windows make the best light ever. Overhead lighting makes the worst. Choose a location where you can turn off the lights and leave it to the windows to light the space.
3. Don’t put on your makeup in the bathroom: After you choose a room with beautiful light, don’t leave it to go put on your makeup in the bathroom! Bring an extra mirror or drag over the full-length one to the window if you’re doing your makeup. Putting on makeup in florescent lighting is a very bad idea if you are planning to have your wedding outdoors; the makeup doesn’t translate well. Pull the mirror over toward the window so that you get good natural light, which will provide you with awesome pictures and great makeup that will translate well over to the ceremony.
4. Don’t trip over each other: Choose a room big enough to accommodate the people who will be in it. We’ve been in spaces with 20+ people in a 2 person hotel room. Let me tell you: It doesn’t work. Everyone gets irritated and panics, and your photographer will have a heck of a time trying to jump and trip over people sitting on the floor. Plan well so that you’re not stressed, and choose a room that’s large enough. Keep in mind, all of the ladies will have large bags and you’ll have a few extra bodies—makeup and hair artists, and your photographer—in there with you.
Monday, October 1, 2012
I'll be working on a new part of blog for the next week or so, so postings may be sporadic, but after I'm finished, you'll be able to check out our new DIY page that will list 100's of wedding DIY's from around the web. I'll be putting together the best of the best, so stay tuned!
Sunday, September 30, 2012
So, I'm distressed to find out that Playlist.com doesn't embed music players anymore! I'll have to find another site to make the Sunday Love Tunes segment on. For now, if you can visit the love-song playlist by clicking here. |
I did, however, find a great heart necklace and some awesome cufflinks to share! I think a lot of people forget about anniversaries when they get engaged and get so caught up in planning for the "big day," but you can't forget about the special dates that made the wedding possible. If you're approaching a year anniversary or simply a month anniversary, it may be a nice token just to remind your future spouse that you remember the little things.
(photo credit: Mancornas Etsy Shop)
(photo credit: Metalicious Etsy Shop)
Saturday, September 29, 2012
I am so in love with this doily lamp DIY from the Dos Family blog!
I really think a vintage wedding reception would look phenomenal with these lampshades. It would mean a little work, but maybe with some practice it wouldn't be too hard to achieve, especially if you're having a backyard wedding!
To view the entire tutorial, click the image!
p.s. Happy weekend everyone!
(photo credit: Pinterest)
Friday, September 28, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
(photo credit: Cypress Albums website)
I ran across Cypress Albums yesterday and fell in love with the company that creates handmade wedding albums that are awesome. Joe and I have a lot of great photographs from our big day, but we still haven't put them together in an album. I think it's something a lot of couples put off doing, but I'm really considering getting one made from Cypress Albums now that I've discovered them!
I love wedding companies that have great stories behind them, and I really think that the story behind Cypress Album is what makes it so special. You can view their story in the video to the right.
These wedding albums are also a great gift idea!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I love this hair DIY from The Beauty Department. All it needs is a pretty fascinator like this flower clip, and you've got yourself a lovely and sophisticated wedding hair-do.|
View the entire DIY by clicking here.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I just saw this blusher veil by Serephine on the front page of Etsy and I had to share it!
It's so romantic and foxy!
Are you into blusher veils? Or do you prefer a longer veil?
(photo credit: Serephine Etsy Shop)
Monday, September 24, 2012
(photo credit: Custom wedding cake toppers)
There's a great new website on the rise: Makeably, a website dedicated to custom items, and I absolutely love it! It's new, so there's only a handful of wedding custom items to choose from now, but those that are already set up, are pretty awesome. I'm especially in love with the custom wedding cake toppers, handmade by Danielle Seung Mee de Luna!
I can definitely see this growing into an amazing source for brides that want to have handmade custom items for their big day, so make sure to at least bookmark the website and return to it when you're ready.
If you see a project you're interested in now, make sure not to wait till last minute to communicate with the creator and get started on your custom item, since it'll most likely take a little while to coordinate.
What do you think of Makeably?