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Wedding Trend Alert: FERNS!

Posted by: Dareth Colburn

If you’re looking for a modern botanical to use in your wedding decor, why not ferns? They’re everywhere so you’re not going to spend as much as you might on something more exotic. They’re lush and lovely. And there is something really elegant about this simple plant, but it’s earthy, too. It’s like it grows at the intersection of mod and classical. Or maybe it’s just trending right now, but so what? If you love ferns, have I got some wedding inspiration for you!

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Frond as bridal headpiece? A little different, sure, but hey, it works. And I’m loving that mini fishtail braid she’s sporting.

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Simple and beautiful, yet another single frond. This time to beautify the table settings and place cards.

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And you knew there had to be a boutonniere coming. Adore the mini frond here. Maybe not the feather – replace it with more greenery or another botanical.

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Who needs fancy wedding cake decorations when you have Mother Nature’s best?

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A fern frond here and a frond there, and you’ll have the best dressed wedding cake of the season.

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Ditto for your ceremony seating. Can you DIY this aisle decor idea? Oh yes you can.

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Another sweet wedding decor idea – this time a rustic welcome sign – featuring ferns and not much else. Another great DIY possibility.

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Invitations featuring ferns? Love.fern wedding photography bride

I’m not going to suggest posting with a fern frond – unless you really want to!

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Fresh Botanical Wedding Inspiration

Posted by: Dareth Colburn

The leaves are finally falling off the trees around our studio but since the brides planning autumn weddings are hopefully done by now or have a year – or more – yet to go, we’re feeling springy! Maybe you’re a bride-to-be who still has long months and months to wait before you say “I do,” in which case you’re probably pouring over Pinterest every chance you get to find something gorgeous, whether it’s bridal jewelry or ceremony decor or wedding dresses or whatever.

We love Pinterest, of course – omg follow us – but we wanted to give you something gorgeous right this second! And here it is, botanical wedding inspiration that’ll knock your socks off. You’ll swear it was springtime!

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I love everything about this bridal bouquet from the HUGE pink blossoms to the surprising amount of greenery – the greens to blooms ratio, you might say.

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Bridal headpiece au naturel? More blooms than you might find in most bouquets make a pretty radical statement.

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Wedding cake alternative plus big, bold, and beautiful blossoms? YES.

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This wedding ceremony backdrop is definitely different. Don’t expect to see one at the next wedding you’re at unless that wedding is your own.

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Ditto for this UHMAZING outdoor wedding ceremony decor.

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No blooms to be found here, but plenty of botanicals! These reception escort cards come complete with a tiny touch of Mother Nature’s best.

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Love the font. Adore the styling for the photoshoot. Who needs vases?

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When it comes to wedding DIY, it doesn’t get much easier than this dramatic arrangement of greenery above and plain white pillar candles below. Adore it.

Just remember, if you’re using natural greens in your wedding you want to treat them as carefully as your flowers so they look fresh all day long!

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Featured Piece: The Nadine Tulle Headband

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There’s so much to love about this dramatic and feminine bridal headband! There’s the beautiful pattern of crystal beadwork with pearls and sparkling rhinestones and the wide band of soft tulle – perfect for vintage-look wedding day ensembles and more modern looks.

And the best part? Right now you can snap it up for 15% – all month long! Just use the coupon code TIARA15 at checkout!

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The Style and Art of Bridal Hair

Posted by: Dareth Colburn

A bad hair day is cause enough for us to shutter, stutter and utter “What will I do with my hair?!” And that’s just any old bad hair day. Now think about your wedding. That’s the day a bad hair day turns into an epically bad hair day. But wait! No panicking, ladies. Bridal hair is definitely more complicated than your everyday ‘do but you’ve got this. I swear.

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Coiffeur confusion? Doesn’t have to be your bridal reality. Here are some expert wedding hair tips from Gretchen Maurer, creator of Weddinghair.com:

1. Say yes to the dress! Maurer says to start with the dress because, “the bride’s total bridal look has to be taken into consideration – every thing must balance. The bride’s dress choice sets the tone for the entire ceremony and the hair design (and her bridal headpiece) has to be a part of that.”

babys breath bridal bouquet 42. Think in terms of texture. “Believe it or not the wedding gown can also dictate the texture of the finished hair design. A smooth, shiny bridal updo of curls or glossy stick straight hair complements a smooth satin gown. Where a gown of sweeping tulle is beautifully accented by soft flowing curls.”

3. See the final silhouette. “Your look from head to toe has a silhouette, either horizontal or vertical. A full skirt is horizontal and best balanced by a wider hair design and or full veiling. A vertical look being narrow and slim is complemented by a hair design of the same lines; it could be a bob tucked behind the ears or a narrow pile of curls on top of the head.”

lace wedding dresses4. Your look might have a history. “No, we are not back in school. But is there a period of history your gown reflects? Theme weddings such as renaissance or swing make a great excuse to have some creative fun with your hair.”

5. Practice proper proportions. “Again the full effect needs to balance. The bride with short hair who is wearing an ornate full traditional dress needs to remember to balance her look with the appropriate headpiece. Like wise the petite bride with too much hair might think about wearing it up to draw the eye vertically.”

bridal headpieces - wedding headbands6. And don’t forget the time of day. “Next to the dress, the time of day should have some bearing on the hairstyle and headpiece you choose.” Maurer suggests for a day or morning wedding less glitz and sparkle. “Save the crystals, sparkle and tiaras for more formal evening weddings. Bridal headbands, flowers, wreaths, and hats are perfect for day or morning ceremonies.”

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Putting Your Best Face Forward: Your Pre-Wedding Beauty Countdown

Posted by: Dareth Colburn

Brides, this is your guide to looking beautiful on your wedding day. It’s a timeline because, as we all know, beauty is a process. I mean just consider that if you’re waxing, you need to grow your hair out first. If that’s not work I don’t know what is. The good news is most of the items on this wedding beauty timeline are simple – and sometimes even fun when you do them with your besties. Facials, anyone?

With that in mind, here’s your long-term guide to looking great on your wedding day:

bridal facial - bridal skincare3 Months Before: The Skincare Stage

  • Schedule facial treatments every 4 to 6 weeks starting now
  • Drink A LOT of water
  • And start “eating clean”

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2 Months Before: Let’s Talk Nails

  • Enhance and strengthen your nails with a manicure every other week
  • Pedicures don’t hurt, either

1 Month Before: Hair, Hair, Everywhere

  • Color or do any other hair processes involving chemicals
    Grab a professional deep conditioning treatment

3 – 4 Weeks Before: It’s Game Time

  • Get a final haircut
  • Practice and experiment with different hair styles
  • Decide on a hairstyle and do a “trial run” with your bridal tiara and veil
  • Practice make-up with make-up artist (or)
  • Have a make-up lesson or practice on your own
  • Purchase all make-up you will need

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2 Weeks Before: Home Stretch T0-Dos

  • Get a full set if choosing acrylic nails
  • Schedule facials for you and your bridesmaids
  • Mention haircuts for the groom and the men in the wedding party

1 Week Before: Are You Excited Yet

  • Yet another pedicure
  • And waxing (lip, eye brows, underarm, leg, or bikini, eek)

1 – 2 Days Before Wedding: This Is Really Happening

  • Another manicure for you
  • A manicure for groom if he’d like
  • And a celebratory massage for the you

And then It’s Finally Your Wedding Day!

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Today it’s all about the makeup and the bridal hairstyle. All that drinking water, strengthening your nails, and eating clean has paid off. Your skin? Is glowing. Your nails? Are amazing. And you look beautiful even before your stylist gets started.


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Off-the-Shoulder Gowns Dominate the 2015 Wedding Runways

Posted by: Dareth Colburn

Classic, ultra-femme and almost universally flattering, off-the-shoulder necklines are making a comeback on the Spring 2015 bridal runways pushing out strapless wedding dresses, cap sleeves, and asymmetrical styles in almost every collection. But lest you worry about emerging dowdiness in the bridal market, these necklines are being paired with modern silhouettes that make this look feel timeless. If you want to feel like a princess, you can do that. If you want to look fierce, you can do that, too. Romantic softness can be found and more surprisingly, super mod minimalist styles are also walking the runways. Have a look at just a handful of the off-the-shoulder styles brides will be wearing (or mimicking) next year:

Anne Barge Spring 2015

Anne Barge Spring 2015

Carolina Herrera 2015

Carolina Herrera 2015

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House of Mooshki 2015 Wedding Dress Collection

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Jenny Packham Spring 2015 Bridal Collection

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Marchesa Spring 2015 Bridal Collection

Oscar de la Renta 2015 wedding dresses

Oscar de la Renta 2015

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Pronovias 2015 pre-collection

Romona Keveza Collection Spring 2015 wedding dresses

Romona Keveza Collection Spring 2015

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Rosa Clara 2015 Bridal Collection

So how to you accessorize an off-the-shoulder wedding dress? Ready to get excited? Okay, then here’s the best news: massive amounts of visible decolletage means nothing for your bridal jewelry set to compete with. Anything goes – or just about anyway. With that much empty real estate your necklace and earrings can play center stage up top while your gown is the star of the show below!

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Must Have Wedding Photos: The Enveloping Bridal Veil

Posted by: Dareth Colburn

Brides wearing wedding veils take note! This is one of my favorite romantic wedding photo ideas. All you need is you, your veil, and the love of your life. A little wind can turn a veil into something more like a personal shroud for two in two seconds flat, but before you extricate yourselves have your photog snap a few pics. The results? Gorgeous. See for yourself:

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Ideas We Love: Wedding Cake from the Supermarket!

Posted by: Dareth Colburn

Right off the bat, I can understand that you might be a little skeptical to hear you can get a gorgeous wedding cake from the supermarket. But understand I am not talking about Entenmann’s here. The supermarket is one of the best kept secrets most brides never hear about. It might really surprise you to learn that some grocery store chains have entire catalogs of wedding cake designs that are actually quite lovely and tasty, too. Oh, and fully customizable.

“There are so many variables that go into selecting a wedding cake, such as the number of people you plan to feed, the amount of decorator detail, the type of cake, filling vs. fondant, etc.,” Brenda Reid, a media relations representative of Publix, told Equally Wed. “Each cake can be customized to fit the customer’s needs.”

What kind of savings are you looking at? According to one Wall Street Journal Article, couples who order their wedding cakes from shops like Publix will spend about $200-400. Compare that to the average cost of a wedding cake in 2014, which started at $466 for the country as a whole, with prices being more like $1,000 in major metro areas.


DIY wedding cake is a scary concept and frankly, I’d never recommend a bride-to-be bake her own tiered confection as a money-saver. Baking can be hard and better to spend the cash than end up cutting into a giant trifle that was a wedding cake that collapsed in on itself. BUT you can DIY cake or even just DIY the decorations.

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How cute was Jordan Ferney‘s spread? So what if it doesn’t look like the stereotypical wedding cake? “Most couture cakes are small,” Ramona Osirka, owner of Perfect Wedding Cake in Marietta, Georgia, told HuffPo. So go small! Not a baker? No worries. Design can be its own DIY.


A Practical Wedding created an amazing guide to turning supermarket bakery cakes into wedding cakes here. It’s amazing how much impact a few flowers and a trio of cake stands can have. (The key is scraping of the grocery’s decorations or just asking for a plain cake.) Not a fan of your local chain’s baked goods? Pick your favorite indy bakery and place an order for four or five plain or simply decorated cakes.


Would you ever DIY your wedding cake?

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Ten 2015 Wedding Trends That You Need to Know About

Posted by: Dareth Colburn

1. Back to basics! Not every wedding has to be a production fit for the pages of the Rue Magazine wedding issue but you wouldn’t know that because Pinterest lies. And when I say consider having a simple wedding I don’t mean a wedding fit for the pages of Real Simple, either.

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2. Pearls! This mainstay of bridal fashion is back in a big way – possibly because brides-to-be really are going back to basics. Are pearls and pearl wedding accessories a wedding trend? I say they’re timeless.


3. Simple ceremonies! Do we really all need the same rituals to feel wed? I do, you do, we do and we’re done – whether that includes your own vows or the standard vows of your people (whoever they may be) your guests will thank you for jumping on this wedding ceremony trend.

4. And simple wedding photos! The days of the overly processed wedding pics are numbered. Seriously, trends come and go but your wedding photos are forever. Trust me when I say it’s nice to look back at wedding photos in which you will look like you and not some filtered version of you.

5. Wedding cake! Like, just wedding cake. While it’s nice to offer guests options when it comes to edibles the idea that couples need to provide full-on buffets is pretty ludicrous. Have wedding cake alternatives or a full spread of sweets if you want, but don’t feel obligated. And candy bars? They’re a great way to end up with lots of leftover candy.

6. Personal hashtags! Wedding photo booths were definitely cute but all the pics of guests with faux mustaches are starting to look a little derivative. You’ll get more personal, more meaningful shots by snagging your loved ones’ IG pics thanks to your hashtag. Share it on your wedding invite and wedding website so guests know to tag pics from the ceremony and reception.

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7. Cinder blocks! DIYing your reception with pallets and rusty old bathtubs is way five minutes ago. The cool new DIY material can be found in the contractor aisle at Home Depot. Or check Craigslist for freebies.

8. Industrial weddings! Barns are out, factories are in. I’m so done with burlap and lace and mason jars – if that’s your absolutely favorite look great but if your goal is to be on trend then leave the farm to the chickens.

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9. Vibrant colors! Muted palettes were all the rage a while back and were nice but when I got to a wedding I want to be wowed. We’re loving bright yellows, raspberry, navy, rose gold, and tangerine on bridesmaids, on tables, in bouquets, and even on brides.

10. Bubbles! Wedding sparklers for reception send-offs were big but frankly always made me nervous. That many people with sparks around a wedding gown? Yikes, right? Meanwhile bubbles are fun for all ages (making them great for weddings that include kids), won’t hurt anything or anyone, and maybe most importantly ARE NOT ON FIRE.

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Industrial Wedding Inspiration We Love

Posted by: Dareth Colburn

Trust me when I say that industrial weddings are going to be big in 2015. From wedding venues that were once active-duty factories to classic Tolix cafe chairs, all things gritty will be hot. Love the idea of saying your vows in high industrial style? Then keep scrolling for some amazing industrial wedding inspiration plus advice on how to take this trend and make it your own.

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Everything about this ceremony space is perfection, but who could imagine mylar balloons would fit right in? And yet there they are spelling out every bride’s favorite word! No bare brick interiors in your local venues? Municipal spaces may offer the same feel.

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Luxury and industry go hand in hand in this contemporary bridal headband that’s glamorous, gorgeous, and will fit right into an industrial theme. If you want to take your look to the next level, look for similar bridal headbands that keep the metal scroll work but ditch the pearls.

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How can you NOT love this neon sign for a industrial ceremony or a reception? Best part, it’s the kind of decor piece that you can keep forever and actually display.

a27c19b782ecfd4b1f8f502b061c8f3bKeep wedding guests cool with the kind of fans that make factory floors tolerable in the warmer months. Or if yours is the opposite problem because you’re a wintertime bride, rent the metal stand-up heaters that the sidewalk cafes use. Either way, you’re adding to the atmosphere.

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Need more light than one neon sign can offer? Brighten up your reception with scaled down flood lights (find them cheap at IKEA) and marquee lighting. If you can rent, do it but consider that you may be able to resell lighting that’s only available for sale.

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You’re probably not going to wear a princess dress to an industrial inspired wedding (though you’ll never hear me tell you not to). Look for ethereal bridal gowns featuring layers upon layers of thin materials that make you feel not like a princess, but like an urban angel.

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When it comes to industrial wedding guest book ideas, this is one that is truly alternative. Have guests tag a canvas already painted with your names and the date. This is another amazing keepsake you’ll actually want to keep – and display!

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Love that ladder, those square matte vases, and the romantic touch in the form of photos of the bride and groom… in black & white, of course. This would be such an easy DIY for the tables and the hanging piece.

industrial wedding locationAs noted above, the space you choose for your wedding goes a long way toward making your wedding look and feel industrial but explore alternative spaces that offer the same vibe when possible.

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While I’m not going to suggest that you start collecting cinderblocks, they actually could stand in nicely for the square vase centerpieces above. You just turn them on their sides and place flowers arranged in small glasses in the holes. See?

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