Saturday, February 18, 2012

Keep Moving Forward #4

Whew! We're already halfway through February, isn't that crazy? For those of you that are getting married in the Spring or Summer, this means that your wedding day is fast approaching! Which usually means that you're starting to feel the pressure rising. But not to worry, everything will work out great, and come together wonderfully. And you'll have an amazing day. To keep you moving forward, here's some funny and inspirational graphics/photographs from around the web.

(photo credits: running puppy, actual angry bird, fortune, quote, upside down pup)

Friday, February 17, 2012

vKnit Ties

There's still a couple of months of cold weather, so I thought it befitting to talk about vKnit men's ties today. I love these slick, knit ties, handmade by Jane from vKnit on Etsy. They come in a bunch of great hues from white to blue to tweed, look great with suits, and are perfect for a winter wedding.

J. Crew Men's Shoes

Have you seen J. Crew's collection of dress shoes for men? A lot of them are custom crafted, and they're all really fabulous. They can be a little pricey, but if price isn't an issue, check out the collection. They'll also sure to last your groom for years to come!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Adele Beauty

Adele took home a handful of well-deserved Grammy awards this past weekend. Beside having an amazing voice, she is also a classic beauty. Wouldn't you agree? Vogue does, and recently posted a few items that can help you achieve that vintage beauty look the singer has mastered. A look that is also a beautiful bridal look. To view the entire article, click the image below.

(photograph by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott)

Basic Bridal Beauty

There's nothing like a natural look on your wedding day. There really isn't. If you're into pounding on makeup, try out a more subtle, yet pretty, look and you may find that you like a more nude look. You'll look a lot more natural and just a more naked kind of beautiful. The Beauty Department has a good tutorial for wedding makeup. To view the entire tutorial click HERE.

(photo credit: Pinterest)

Inspiration Board #20: Pretty in Pink

Pink might seem like a cheesy wedding color choice, but pink hues can add a vintage feel to your wedding decor, accessories, and even your wedding gown. If you're having a vintage wedding, why not consider having pink hues. The following is an all pink inspiration board from wonderful vintage and handmade finds.

(photo credits from left to right: vintage pink gown, pink clutch, flower girl dress, shimmering earrings, thread bracelet)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Inspiration Board #21: Rustic Ties

I love rustic themed weddings. There's something about that old vintage feel to them that can be captivating. Add a few details in rust hued orange and you've got yourself an awesome setting. The following are great rustic themed items wonderfully handcrafted by fabulous sellers on Etsy.

(photo credits from left to right: headpiece, love elixir cake topper, cut out invitations, wood banner, fabric bouquet)

One of a Kind Bohemian Gown

I love this one of a kind Bohemian style wedding gown from Claire La Faye on Etsy. I love the beaded and ruffle bodice and baby pink waste band, perfect for a an outdoor and whimsical wedding. Isn't it lovely?

Twigs and Honey Giveaway on Green Wedding Shoes

If you haven't entered yet, be sure to enter the Twigs & Honey giveaway on Green Wedding Shoes for a chance to win a $400 gift certificate for fabulous wedding accessories! The giveaway ends Friday. For more details click HERE. Myra has created a uniquely beautiful collection for the new year.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day

Today is all about love. It's Valentine's Day! It's first Valentine's Day Joe and I will spend as a married couple, so it's a little bit special. Joe is going to be cooking me dinner tonight, and I'm stoked for that. My husband is a great cook. What are your Valentine's Day plans? What's the most romantic Valentine's Day you've had so far? Whatever the plans are no matter how small or how large, remember that although day is all about love, it's also about celebrating the future together. Happy Valentine's Day everyone, and as always, happy wedding planning! :]

(photo credits: sparkler heart, heart in sugar print)

Inspiration Board #19: Wedding Veils I

I love birdcage and blusher veils, which are relatively shorter than a regular full-lengthed veil. If you're considering adding a birdcage or blusher veil to your wedding day outfit, the following are some of my favorite handmade veils from fabulous creators, from tinted peach veils to crystal and bubble veils.

(photo credits from top left to bottom right: rhinestone veil, cap veil, bubble veil, flower veil, peach web veil)

DIY Projects: 5 From Around the Web

There is so many creative wedding projects flowing through the web its hard to ignore them. The following are some of my favorites currently circulating the Internet, all worth trying out!

1. Dip Dye Ribbon

2. Pleated Bow Tie

3. DIY Pinwheels

4. Glitter Pumps

5. Bird Garland

Monday, February 13, 2012

Real Weddings: Mari Catherine + Robby

Today, we're excited to bring you a super cute rustic inspired wedding photographed by talented Georgia wedding photographer, Melissa Tuck. Thank you to Melissa for sharing this beautiful wedding with us! Thank you also to Mari Catherine and Robby for allowing us to share your big day with our readers, congratulations on your union!

From Mari Catherine, The Bride:
Robby and I were married on what felt like the last day of spring, just before a sweltering Georgia summer settled in for good. The day could not have been more charming, more perfect - or more fun! We felt as though every moment held special meaning. These moments were enhanced not only by the presence of our friends and family, but also by certain elements of the day which we felt helped capture our personalities, our love, and the life we looked forward to together.

Our mutual love for the outdoors drove us to choose the rustic-chic setting of the John Oliver Michael house and the decision was made even easier by the warm welcome we received from the close-knit and endearing family which owns and operates the venue. We immediately felt at home and loved the story behind the venue, which is steeped in family history.

While every moment was magical, certain elements carried added significance. The incredible Sue Stalvey custom handmade my dress, in which my something blue appears: our wedding date and our names embroidered in silk. My ingenious Grandpa crafted the tree branch candle holders and my creative and talented matron of honor fashioned the guest book. One of our dearest friends graced the day with her musical gift as a harpist. The roses in front of which Robby and I exchanged our vows were planted by my generous and meticulous Father. My Mother, whose smart elegance and classic style has been an unwavering example of true taste throughout my life, searched tirelessly through antique stores for blue mason jars to adorn the guest tables. She found the perfect burlap to use for table runners and painstakingly measured and cut each, a task for which I doubt I would have had the patience for. To continue the Southern and rustic-chic theme, the banners which hung around the reception were handmade - sadly not by me, but by creative souls of Etsy. Robby gave his groomsmen custom cufflinks, individualized to match their varied interests. One of his most brilliant and talented friends restored the striking blue MG convertible we used as our getaway car. The perfect ending to a perfect night!

All of these and countless other aspects of our wedding, from the flowers to the food to the music, helped make it extraordinary. They enhanced our favorite moments of the day which include seeing each other for the first time when I walked down the aisle, exchanging rings, and our first dance. The contributions made by so many creative and generous people helped make our wedding day even more meaningful. Although I hope I’m mistaken, it’s likely that when we’re old and grey, the memories of these small details will fade away. Which is why we are every-grateful for our amazing photographer, who captured each detail with perfect precision and grace. Thanks to her, we have the rest of our lives to look back to the magical moments of the day, both big and small.

Vendor Information:
Bridal gown – custom, handmade by Sue Stalvey
Bridesmaid attire – Aria
Groom and groomsmen attire – Joseph A. Bank
Hair – Emporium Salon
Florals – Gardenia Floral Design
Cake – Cecilia Villaveces
Ceremony music – Peggy Bailey, harpist & family friend
Reception music – Complete Music
Venue – John Oliver Michael House (JOMH)
Caterer – Twigs Catering, contact through JOMH
Planner – Brittany Wardlow, JOMH's event specialist
Invitations/programs – Michaels and Bel-Jean Copy/Print (local store in Athens, Georgia)
Tree branch candle holders (at reception) - Mari Catherine's Grandpa
Burlap flag banners - Etsy
Getaway car - MG convertible provided by Robby's friend

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