Saturday, April 30, 2011

'Where The Wild Things Are' Bachelorette Party

Instead of a crazy night full of pink veils and male genitalia props what do y'all think of this fun take on bachelorette parties from Utterly Engaged?! A 'no boys allowed' camping trip with a theme of 'Where The Wild Things Are' was the inspiration for this bride and her group of best gal pals! Quality girl time, gorgeous scenery, fabulous outfits, some amazing photo-opps, and of course some cold drinks...sounds like a perfect bachelorette party to me!

P.S. This shoot has so many great details perfect for styled engagement shoots as well!

Photography: Erin Hearts Court
Source: Utterly Engaged

Shabby-Chic Forest Wedding

Burlap and Bling

I swoon over the simplicity of a whitewashed color palette and burlap accents. Naturally this beautiful burlap and whitewashed scene of mismatched candlesticks, accents of baby's breath, and vintage mirrors was created by my beloved Nashville wedding venue Cedarwood! I just may have to design my reception decor based off of this shabby-chic inspiration! Love it!

Venue: Cedarwood
Photography: Kristyn Hogan 
Inspired Creations Contest: Elizabeth Anne Designs

Friday, April 29, 2011

Kate's Look Book

Want to replicate Kate's stunning wedding looks?! Here are some tips:

Lace Sleeves

I have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot more of this style inspiration! Check out more lace sleeve gowns at Monique Lhuillier, Legends by Romona Keveza, and Priscilla of Boston, just to name a few.

Facinators & Hair Accessories

I am thinking that this hat trend needs to catch on in the U.S.! So fun! Check out some gorgeous hair accessories and hats from BHLDN, Lo Boheme, Shellarn Design and Twigs and Honey.

Wraps & Sweaters

Kate's sweater with her evening dress is to die for! J Crew offers a great selection of elegantly simplistic wraps and sweaters!

Beaded Sashes

I am a huge fan of beaded sashes, talk about an easy way to add jazz to any gown! Check out more of these gorgeous accessories at Michelle Rahn and Untamed Petals.

Design Fit For Royality

Who isn't wishing they were a princess today?! I sure am! Since I don't see that happening anytime soon, I guess I'll just have to live vicariously through the beautiful Kate Middleton! What a lucky girl!

If your dying over Kate's wedding style like I am, here is the list of designers and design details that created her stunning look:

Dress: Designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.

Kate reportedly chose this British brand for their craftsmanship, respect for tradition, and the technical construction of their clothing. She wished for her dress to combine tradition with modernity. The beautiful lace design was appliqued using the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, which originated in Ireland in the 1820s. Individual flowers were hand-cut from the lace and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create a unique and organic design, which incorporates the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.

Veil and Accessories: The veil was made of layers of soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers, which was embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. Holding the veil in place was a Cartier 'halo' tiara lent to Kate by The Queen.  Kate's earrings were by Robinson Pelham and the design inspiration came from the Middleton family's new coat of arms, which includes acorns and oak leaves.

Wedding Shoes: Kate's shoes were hand-made by the team at Alexander McQueen and are made of ivory and duchesse satin.

After the ceremony, Kate slipped into another stunning dress, also an Alexander McQueen creation.

I cannot wait to see what "copy-cat" designers come out with! I am looking forward to dress shopping that much more now!

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Luminary DIY

Creating the right mood at a wedding is so very important! Nothing accomplishes this better than lighting right?! Well thankfully I have a wonderfully easy and cheap DIY to help accomplish this, hand made luminaries!

What you will need: Paper lunch bags, votive candles, and sand.

You can simply leave the bag as is or get creative with decorating. Try using a hole-punch, trimming the top of the bag to make a custom edge, or stamp the bags with your monogram. If you want to get really creative, pick up an Xact-o knife and some stencils. Just be sure to place cardboard in the bag before using the Xacto-knife to cut out the stencil design, as to avoid cutting through both sides of the bag.

After decorating, simply pour sand into the bottom of each bag to weigh down.  This will help to keep the bags from blowing over and starting on fire, talk about a wedding downer! Next place your candles inside, and light!

I recommend using the luminaries to line the aisle or walkways, hanging from trees to create an inexpensive lantern, or as centerpieces.

Safety Tip: Try using LED tea lights to avoid any wedding worry!

Simple huh?! Talk about an easy DIY that is sure to bring ambiance to any wedding!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Royal Wedding Countdown

With the royal wedding just days away I must admit, I am dying with excitment! So just be prepared for some royal wedding inspired posts ;)

If you've been bit by the royal bug as well here as some fun William and Kate souveniers that can be found on Etsy!

Etsy Shop
Etsy Shop: HouseThatLarsBuilt

Old World Circus Wedding

I am currently obsessing over this old world circus inspired wedding, it is so amazing I was left speechless! JL Designs and Events never ceases to amaze me...can this be my wedding please?!

Check out more gorgeous pictures at JL Designs!

Floral and Design: JL Designs and Events
Source: JL Designs
Photography: Gabriel Ryan Photography