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Wonderful Wedding Cake Designs | Amazing Wedding Cake Ideas

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DIY Bride » Crafting Beautiful Weddings, One Project At A Time …

I love when I get to feature weddings from my home state!  And this next wedding is my perfect description of New York City, and weddings combined: simple sophistication.  Soureia + Johann wanted a small, non- flashy wedding.  With the equally edgy and modern eye of Michael Simonitsch Photography, we’re sharing a wedding that’s my kind of everything.  Minimal. Modern. Magnificent. Simple. Elegant.  And while it might not be flashy, it sure is gorgeous!

Soureia + Johann's NY City Hall Wedding

Soureia + Johann's NY City Hall WeddingSoureia + Johann's NY City Hall Wedding

Soureia + Johann's NY City Hall Wedding

Soureia + Johann's NY City Hall WeddingSoureia + Johann's NY City Hall Wedding

This awesome duo got married at City Hall with Johann’s musician parents playing in the background.  Soureia created the beautiful birds nest centerpieces used at The Mermaid Inn. And even though Birds of Paradise aren’t typically associated with NYC’s favorite feathered friends, these florals are just divine!

Soureia + Johann's NY City Hall WeddingSoureia + Johann's NY City Hall Wedding

Soureia + Johann's NY City Hall Wedding

Soureia + Johann's NY City Hall WeddingSoureia + Johann's NY City Hall Wedding

Soureia + Johann's NY City Hall Wedding

Each of these images from Michael Simonitsch Photography captures the magnificently simple, elegant and overpoweringly beautiful world that is Manhattan.  Soureia + Johann created everything that is New York to me, intimate and grand, elegant and edgy, romantic and oh, gosh!  I have to stop gushing over my new favorite wedding and my always favorite city.  Thanks for sharing this wonderful wedding Michael Simonitsch Photography.  Congratulations Soureia + Johann!

Vendor Information:

Date: June 13, 2011

Location: New York, NY

Photographer: Michael Simonitsch Photography

Reception Venue:  The Mermaid Inn

Confessions of a Pretoria Chique: Weddings in August #2

Emma's DIY Wedding Dress – A Beautiful Mess

Emma's diy wedding dressDiy wedding dress abeautifulmess.com   Diy wedding dress abeautifulmess.com      I’m so excited to share the story of my wedding dress with you. Other than getting to marry my best friend, my dress is probably one of the most special memories from my wedding season. First off you should know that my dress is homemade. I forget when I actually told Elsie that I wanted her to design my wedding dress. But I do remember her mouth dropped a little. And I can understand why—what a lot of pressure. “Hey sister, would you mind making the most speical dress I’ll ever wear that I will be in on the most photographed day of my life?”

But I couldn’t resist. I love my sister’s designs (you can see some of her past dress designs here and here). There’s a reason I have always been completely confident in her as a creative business partner. She’s very talented. And there’s no one else I’d rather have design my wedding dress.Making the dressElsie designed and worked on the dress. What made the project EXTRA special is how so many of my other friends and co workers worked on my dress as well. Lots of work was done by: Katie, Kinsey, and Jessica. I even cut out some of circles that became the ruffles. The original dressMy dress was inspired by this one that Elsie designed for our friend Stacy King to wear for a Sucre shoot. This dress was created from several vintage dresses, pieced together to create the bottom half. The top of my dress is the same design, with a different bottom half. I just loved how the ribbon criss-crossed and became the back of the dress. I could also tell that this style of dress would work well with my body type. My dress was constructed from all new fabrics, and we used gold ribbon instead of black to match my wedding colors better.Emma's DressHow to make a wedding dressMy favorite detail on the dress is all the little ruffles on the bottom. So. Many. Ruffles. These probably drove everyone a little crazy to make because there are so many. The ruffles are each a small circle of fabric (three different sizes, large on the bottom and smaller circles up top) that get folded into a triangle, machine stitched into a triangle and then hand-stitched down in vertical rows along the layers of the dress.

It might surprise you but this dress was still very light weight and easy to wear. I even felt pretty comfortable riding a bike in it. A little tip- I did use double sided dress tape on the inside edges of the front, just so I would feel more comfortable moving around, picking up my neice or hugging friends on the day of the wedding! And I wore a vintage dress that Mallory altered for me during my reception. Because I love dancing and the length of my wedding dress probably would have been problematic. Plus, who doesn’t love a costume change? :) Diy wedding dress abeautifulmess.com  I took my dress to have it cleaned, but now it’s just hanging in my closet. Kind of sad for such a special and lovingly crafted dress. I would like to display it somehow, maybe on a dress form in our guest bedroom or in a giant shadow box. My house is quite small so whatever room it’s in it will become the focal point, but maybe it should anyway. Whatever we decide I will be preserving it for years to come. :) Thanks for letting me share! xo. Emma

Wedding photos by: Arrow & Apple 

Charlottesville Wedding from Jen Fariello Photography | Style Me …

It’s a fact – Jen Fariello and gorgeous weddings go hand-in-hand. So the very second she sent over this Charlottesville charmer, we knew pretty-filled moments were just a quick click away. And with Southern Blooms by Pats Floral Designsjust a little ditty, and Bella Figura behind every pin-perfect detail, there’s really no reason NOT to spend your whole morning cozied up in the gallery. Grab that coffee and join me!

From the Bride…Travis and I pretty much immediately decided on Charlottesville, Virginia. I am a University of Virginia graduate and Charlottesville is a lovely town  one of our favorite places  and perfect for us given our love for the outdoors. It doesnt hurt that it has one the most beautiful skylines of endless rolling hills and mountains. The east coast location also was favorable for us considering thats where my family resides.  It made it much easier for them to help and get involved. Before we decided on anything, I knew my wedding style: rustic-elegance. I envisioned the wedding to be romantic, intimate, full, natural and soft.

We chose Castle Hill Cider for our wedding ceremony and reception because it completely fit our vision. We loved the rustic elements of the venue– pastoral fields and meadows, a grove of hugely impressive trees, and a classically built post and beam barn. And we had a blank canvas to work, a concept I fully embraced because we wanted to create an event truly our own down to the last little detail. The romantic color palette was determined by the natural setting. Shades of light pink, cream and champagne complemented the natural greens and browns of the landscape. We had pewter accents (e.g., the writing on our personalized cocktail napkins, flower and candle holders, candle filled lanterns, drinking straws) that complemented the softer colors and matched the font color we used for our wedding invitations and calligraphy. The bridesmaids dresses were a favorite of mine! I picked the colors  three of them (blush, opal and vanilla)  and had everyone pick their own style, which ended up all being different. I thought that was fantastic! It reflected them as individuals, and the color and style combination was stunning.

We had several DIY projects that made the ceremony and reception both incredibly beautiful and extra meaningful. The chuppah (canopy) that we stood under during the ceremony was hand built and erected by Travis, while the wood slate boards we used for the escort cards and the wooden boxes that held our late night snack were made by a family friend. I made the ceremony programs that included handmade paper sourced from the Lokta plant in Nepal. The longevity of the paper makes it ideal for preserving important written words.??Many of our guests commented on the uniqueness of our wedding and how it was a perfect reflection of who we are as a couple. Here are a few highlights. We caught the wild Alaskan salmon (yes, its true) that we offered as one of two choices for the main course. We caught the Coho salmon in Kodiak, Alaska at Travis familys lodge (www.kodiaklegendslodge.com). We have been going up to Alaska every summer for the past five years and consider it a very special place. The handwritten menus placed at every guests seat included this detail.

Our guests started and ended the night with family favorites! If you were a beer fan, the night began with bottles of Spotted Cow that was personally driven by Travis all the way from northern Wisconsin. It is produced and sold only in Wisconsin and a favorite of Travis family. Our guests ended the night with personalized individually packaged brownies, my familys favorite, which were served with old-fashioned cartons of milk locally produced in Central Virginia. Most of our guests opted to take the transportation we provided, so it served as the perfect late night snack to enjoy on the bus ride back to town.

My surprise gift to Travis was an oil on canvas painting of our first dance. I flew in an impressionist style painter from California, Rich Flynn, who painted our first dance real-time, and continued throughout the duration of the reception. The painting is truly one of a kind! He managed to illustrate not only the physical elements, but also the emotion. He captured a cherished moment that we now can continue to treasure.

I want to share a few brief thoughts on lighting and florals because the barn was large and vast and from the start these two elements were critical in transforming the space from simply rustic, to rustic-elegance. We decided on bistro lights strung low throughout the barn to bring the ceilings down to create a warm, romantic feel. Amber uplights throughout the barn also helped to warm it up. The canopy of bistro lights extended seamlessly outside to the back of the barn where we had lounge area. Our table centerpieces were low, lush and overflowing arrangements in mercury glass containers surrounded by lots of candles. The mercury glass reflected the light and resulted in an intimate setting with an antique touch.  

We were so fortunate and grateful to have such a talented and creative team of vendors that helped to realize our vision and make our wedding better than we could have ever imagined. Travis and I cant thank them enough! It was an extraordinary day  the best day  and we cherished every moment!

Photography: Jen Fariello Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Castle Hill Cider | Cinematography: Zachary Shields of Toast Wedding Films | Floral Design: Southern Blooms by Pats Floral Designs | Event Design + Planning: just a little ditty | Invitation Designer: Bella Figura | Calligraphy for invitations, envelopes, menu + place cards: Debi Zeinert of The Blooming Quill | Personalized Paper Accessories (napkins, stickers + straws): foryourparty.com | Cake + Desserts: Cakes by Rachel | Caterer + Rentals: Harvest Moon Catering | Extra Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals and Festive Fare | Lighting: Blue Ridge AV and Lighting | Artist: Rich Flynn | Reception Band: The Dickens | Hair: Lucas Shaffer | Makeup: Renee Smith | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dress: Amsale | Grooms Tuxedo: Custom, Astor and Black | Flower Girls’ Dress: OliviaKateCouture

A Natural Country Garden Wedding | Whimsical Wonderland …

A Natural Country Garden Wedding ~ UK Wedding Blog ~ Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

 

It may be the bank holiday but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have your daily wedding dose now does it? :-) I know many of you are probably planning away for your weddings today with the extra day off. So today i have Emily and Andy’s gorgeous wedding to inspire you all.

Emily and Andy married in May at Gorcott Hall, Warwickshire. They wanted their wedding to be natural with an English country garden feel.

There had the prettiest natural florals, a rustic victoria sponge wedding cake and the girls in gorgeous coral frocks. Emily wore an elegant lace Suzanne Neville dress, while the boys wore Austin Reed traditional tails. Beautiful.

Thanks so much to the wonderful Georgi Mabee for sharing her photography with us today.

 

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The Proposal… At the top of Minch Moor near Peebles in Scotland, in the middle of a bike ride in the drizzle – a complete surprise!

The Vision for the Day… Rustic, natural, English country garden.

The Planning Process… We planned the wedding over 18 months or so, sorting the big things like the venue and the dress early on. Even though we’d given ourselves a lot of time, there were a few stressful moments nearer the time!

The Venue… St Giles’ Church, Packwood – where my parents got married – and then Gorcott Hall, Redditch – a beautiful Tudor House and barn.

The Dress + Accessories… My dress was Suzanne Neville – Maiden. My headpiece was handmade by Sarah Drew – using a brooch I found in Portabello Road market. She did an incredible job.

Finding the Dress… I found the dress in Margot Raybould in Wolverhampton – Celia and the team there were fantastic – so friendly and helpful.

Groom’s Attire… Andy and the groomsmen hired suits from Austin Reed – they had grey morning suits, Andy had an ivory cravat and the groomsmen had navy cravats.

The Readings + Music… My Aunt Angela read the Gift of Love from Corinthians 13 and Andy’s sister Jen read a passage from Better Together by Jack Johnson (the song!).

In the evening we had a fantastic jazz band called Jazzbomb. They learnt our first dance, “All you need is love” by the Beatles and then played two sets that got everyone dancing.

Beautiful Bridesmaids… The bridesmaids’ dresses were from Ted Baker and then shortened from full length to make them less formal and more spring like – I loved the colour and the style suited everyone.

The Flowers… The flowers were amazing. Amy from Little A understood exactly what I was after – wild/meadow type natural flowers bound in twine and lace.

The Cake… The Cake was a three tiered Victoria sponge with strawberries and raspberries baked by Vickie from the Boutique Baking Company. It looked amazing sat on top of an old wooden crate that we’d bought and it tasted delicious. [Vickie is no longer accepting orders and has closed her shop].

Your Photographer… Georgi did a fantastic job – she was great to work with – friendly and professional. We are so pleased with the photos, she really captured the emotions of the day.

The Details + Decor… We collected different jugs and urns from all over the place to have as the centrepieces and found old glass bottles to hold table numbers in an antique shop. My mum was an amazing help, she made hessian mats with lace trims for each table and helped me wrap a lot of jam jars with hessian and lace! We used my grandad’s old suitcase to hold our cards and Andy made little flags with place names on as favours.

The Honeymoon… We had a week long mini-moon in St Ives straight after the wedding and we are embarking on a 6 month honeymoon in August!

Memorable Moments… There were so many unforgettable moments on the day. When my dad saw me in my dress for the first time it was quite emotional and seeing the look on Andy’s face when I reached the alter was amazing. Later on in the day, when we were announced as the new Mr and Mrs Pike, the guests cheered so loudly it was incredible!

In the evening, when the band were playing, everyone was dancing and then formed a big circle around Andy and I in the middle. Then in the final hour of the evening the band played a DJ set of songs we’d requested. When Coldplay’s Paradise came on, our friends lifted Andy and I up in the air, that was truly memorable – and not quite how I thought the evening would end! Fireworks at 11pm on the lawn – this was a surprise for the guests and Shockwaves did a really professional job.

Advice for Other Couples… Try not to get too hung up on the finer details – most people won’t really notice them and try and savour each moment as the day will go so quickly…

Credit Where Credit is Due…

Georgi Mabee – http://www.georgimabee.com/

Little A – http://www.littlea.co.uk/

Margot Raybould – http://www.margotraybouldbrides.co.uk/

Sarah Drew – http://sarahdrew.com/

Gorcott Hall – http://www.gorcotthall.com/

Jazzbomb – http://www.jazzbomb.com/

Fireworks – http://www.shockwavepyrotechnics.co.uk/

How utterly gorgeous. I so love the mismatched centrepieces, the watering can looks fantastic. Thanks so much to Emily and Andy for sharing their beautiful wedding with us today XOXO Lou

Cardinal Wedding | Burnett's Boards – Daily Wedding Inspiration

One of the wonderful things about belonging to a community of wedding bloggers is that you can collaborate and bring the very best to just the right brides. Each blog has its own special niche and its own awesome tribe. This cardinals and oatmeal themed wedding inspiration shoot from Chelsea of Bit of Ivory Photography is a wonderful example one such partnership.

Three Burnett’s Boards Vendors are involved in this shoot, and Shafonne, the lovely blogger over at Pretty Pear Bride, was able to hook Chelsea up with a beautiful dress. So we decided to share the love and not only was this shoot published in Pretty Pear Bride’s magazine (grab a copy here), but we also shared the shoot between our blogs.

Today I’m honored to bring you the detail shots from this cardinals themed wedding inspiration shoot & be sure to check out the bridal shots over on Pretty Pear Bride!

Cardinal Wedding Cake / Bit of Ivory Photographyfloral centerpiece / Bit of Ivory Photographywedding menu from Peter Loves Jane / Bit of Ivory PhotographyCardinal save the date from Peter Loves Jane / Bit of Ivory PhotographyCardinal themed wedding / Bit of Ivory PhotographyCardinal place card from Peter Loves Jane / Bit of Ivory Photographygorgeous bouquet / Bit of Ivory Photographywedding invitation from Peter Loves Jane / Bit of Ivory PhotographyCardinal themed wedding / Bit of Ivory Photographyred place setting / Bit of Ivory Photographyprotea centerpiece / Bit of Ivory Photographycardinal cake topper / Bit of Ivory PhotographyOlivia Headpiece / Bit of Ivory Photography

From Chelsea - “We normally associate cardinals with a wintry theme, but it is springtime when cardinals are present! With pink, cardinal red, and pale yellow as our colors, we transformed a part of the Virginia Living Museum into a beautiful setting for any wedding or bridal luncheon. Natural, a little delicately wild, and simply stunning.”

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Bit of Ivory Photography, Peter Loves Jane, and Olivia Headpieces are BB Vendors.

Photography: Bit of Ivory Photography // Venue: Virginia Living Museum // Wedding Dress: Watters Bridal // Hair Accessories: Olivia Headpieces // Paper Goods: Peter Loves Jane // Cake: Cake Delights // Hair & Makeup: Behind the Veil // Floral Design: Studio Posy // Event Styling: Sunkissed Events and Design // Sweets: Make Life Sweet // Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals // Model: Kristina Cipolla.

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7 Wedding Wonderful Ways With Lace (and 28 ideas to get started …

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I love lace like a fat kid loves cake. It has managed to wiggle its way into every decade of fashion, and every time it reinvents itself, I fall in love all over again. When it comes to wearing lace, something about the intricate design, and the ability to glimpse the undergarment or skin underneath, makes us feel beautiful and sexy… every time.

Beyond the dress and the ‘oh la la’ lacy undergarments, there are many more unique uses for lace. Today I give you seven different ways to introduce lace into your day. From the bridesmaids to the bouquet, table settings to sweet treats, here are 28 lacy ideas to get your pretty party started.


7 Ways Wiith Lace - The Bridesmaids - Paper & Lace

Top to bottom, left to right:  Pinterest // White Owl // Dolly Topsy Vintage // Davie and Chiyo


7 Ways Wiith Lace - At The Table - Paper & Lace

Style Me Pretty // Ritzy Bee Blog // Weddingomania // Pinterest


7 Ways Wiith Lace - Headwear - Paper & Lace

Be Chic Accessories // Grace Loves Lace // The Pretty Blog // Three Bird Nest


7 Ways Wiith Lace - Sweet Treats - Paper & Lace

Timberlace Designs // 247 Recipes // Cake Central // Pinterest


7 Ways Wiith Lace - Lighting - Paper & Lace

Sullivan Owen // The Bride Link // Hayseed Homemakin // Truly Chic Inspirations


7 Ways Wiith Lace - The Bouquet - Paper & Lace

Pinterest // Style Me Pretty // Style Me Pretty // Elizabeth Anne Designs


7 Ways Wiith Lace - Favours - Paper & Lace

Wedding Chicks // You & Your Wedding // Snippet & Ink // Paper Heart Wedding

♥ Feel free to pin these images by hovering over the pic xox

Have a lacylicious day beautiful people xox



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Justin and Whitney | Colorado Springs Wedding Photographer …

What a beautiful, emotional and elegant wedding. The thought was to have a backyard/picnic style wedding. And the atmosphere and the company certainly lent itself to that…but the details…oh the details in this wedding