Saturday, January 28, 2012

Have you considered having your wedding in winter? Most brides seem to choose to have their big day in the spring or summer, but I think a winter wedding can be beautiful. BHLDN offers some gown and bridal accessories inspiration for a winter wedding, such as these two beautiful romantic looks.

(photo credits:

Friday, January 27, 2012

En Pointe: Bow Tie Shop

For those of you that have been following my inspiration boards, you know I'm a big fan of bow ties. Joe didn't wear one for our wedding (we're not sure if he's a bow tie kind of guy), but I think they're a great choice if your having a more whimsical wedding. I ran across an awesome bow tie shop on, En Pointe, and had to share. They create handmade made to order ties in lots of colors and styles all equally cute.

(photo credits: En Pointe Etsy shop)

Inspiration Board #12: Valentine's Day Gift Ideas For Him

Valentine's Day is coming up, if you're still looking for gift ideas for your future spouse here are some great handmade Valentine's Day gift ideas for him.

(photo credits from top left to bottom right: coffee scrub soap, amp, thumb print ring, cufflinks, striped beanie)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Beauty & Fitness: Naked Elements All Natural Makeup

I love the natural organic makeup by Cecilia Ras of Naked Elements. Her makeup is all handmade and includes a variety of colors all with an earthy nude tone that would be beautiful for a natural bridal look. You can order a sample of any color eyeshadow for a only $2 by purchasing this listing. You can also purchase samples of her blush.

(photo credit: Naked Elements Etsy Shop)

Beauty & Fitness: French Mani

I love this French mani quick DIY from The Beauty Department.

View the entire steps by clicking here! Quick tip: Step 4 includes nail polish remover.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Inspiration Board #11: White and Ivory

It finally started snowing here in South Lake Tahoe, and maybe it's all the snow that has me romancing about white and ivory wedding details. After all, what's a wedding without at least some elements of white? Today, I decided to share some of my favorite white and ivory finds from some of our amazing sponsors.

(Photo credits from top left to bottom right: ring bowl, flower hair fascinator, rose bridesmaid bouquet, white monogram hankie, wedding bands.)

Cufflink Giveaway Reminder

Today is the last day to enter our cufflink giveaway sponsored by Andrea of Legal Miss Sunshine on You can win a pair of her awesome handmade vintage-style cufflink's for your soon to be groom, spouse, or significant other, in the style of your choice!

To enter, please visit our original post for details by clicking HERE!

A winner will be chosen at random tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Inspiration Board #10: Wedding Gift Ideas I

One of my favorite tools while planning my wedding was using Gift Registry 360, which allows you to pull any item available for sale on the web and add it to your wedding registry. It was great having the liberty to add items from places like or Anthropologie, places that don't normally have gift registries. This week's first inspiration board is filled with handmade items from that make great additions to your wedding registry or great handmade gift ideas for the guests that like purchasing outside of registries. :]

(photo credits from top left to bottom right: geometric printed tea towel, magnetic knife block, flower vase wall mount, mustard and wood finish wall clock, van bread board.)

DIY Projects: Rustic Style Centerpiece Cans

Our DIY project today, twine enveloped cans, is a simple centerpiece option perfect for a rustic, outdoor, or barn wedding. You can fill them with small orchid plants or wild flowers, for a chic rustic vibe!

What You'll Need:
A pair of scissors
A roll of twine or yarn in any color
As many cans as you desire
A hot glue gun

Cost: This is a relatively low costing project depending the number of cans you already have in stock, and how many you still need to buy. You can also ask friends or family members to save their cans for you for this project. The total cost can be anywhere from $5 for twine to $15 for your entire wedding table decor (without including cost of flowers).

Monday, January 23, 2012

Wedding Trailer: Sarah + Ohad

I love this wedding trailer featuring a lovely couple, Sarah and Ohad. It made me smile, and I hope it puts a smile on your face too. It truly reminded me that weddings are not only visually beautiful, but are wondrous in spirit as well!

Sarah + Ohad \\ Wedding Trailer from CineWed (Yuval Yefet) on Vimeo.

Real Weddings: From Around the Web

I love everything wedding! That's part of the reason that I started this blog. But starting a wedding blog only means immersing yourself even more within the wedding web circle. Right now, I'm breathing wedding. Needless to say that there are many websites and blogs that have inspired The Handmade Wedding and that I love. Websites and blogs filled with dozens of amazing real wedding features. Today, I thought it'd be only fair to share some recent real weddings features posted throughout the web that I'm currently in love with before moving onto our February features, such as...

Sonya + Davey

(photo by Max Wanger)

Alexis + Evan

(photo by Matt + Angie Sloan)

Kendelle + Scott

(photo by Matt + Angie Sloan)

Leah + Rhett

(photo by Cole + Jakob of Vancouver’s Nordica Photography)

Vero + Danny

(photo by Sean Flannigan)

Stay tuned for our amazing lineup of real wedding features throughout February with photography that glows and couples who's love is palpable even through images!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday Love Tunes

I'll be adding five songs a week to my Sunday love tunes playlist, so every week look for more song inspiration! It's also something mellow to play while wedding planning or a good place to grab from for your wedding playlist. Happy planning. Happy Sunday!

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