Well, it looks like we are in for another rainy weekend. Hopefully tropical storm Andrea isn't going to be impacting any big plans for you all! In case you'll be staying indoors with some time to kill this weekend, here are a few wedding-related links from around the web.
A gorgeous and unique bridesmaid dress.
Incredible vintage engagement rings - love all of these!
Amazing wedding gowns made out of an... unexpected material.
This eclectic wedding is full of cute, colorful, and crafty details.
Want an unconventional honeymoon? Here are eight amazing "glamping" resorts.
Have a great weekend, everyone! Here are a few links to inspire you as you enjoy the lovely spring weather.
A beautiful traditional Japanese wedding in Tokyo.
Love the incredible BHLDN gown at this New Hampshire wedding.
Doing your own makeup? Here's the secret to perfect eyeshadow blending.
And for hair ideas: eight lovely headbands to dress up your 'do.
For those of you with spring weddings: a roundup of beautiful pastel design and decor ideas.
Have nothing to do this weekend? Here are a few options to get you out and about this beautiful weekend.
1. Why not add a little panache (aka swoon-worthy calligraphy) to your sweet teas and lemonades this season. Learn how HERE.
2. While your drinking, why don't you try THIS good looking cocktail?
3. Want to get the most out of this gorgeous weather? Try planting some annuals? HERE are some quick tips.
4. Need a little shopping pick-me-up with out spending mega bucks? Go check out the new flick about the famed Bergdorfs.
Happy Weekend lovelies!
Last week Casey and I had the pleasure of oo'ing and ahh'ing over the details and thoughtfulness that go into everything mStarr Event Styling + Design touches. As Emily defined what styling weddings really means to her, we began to grasp the reach of her incredible service. If you’re a bride who loves great accents (like we do), whether you need a little guidance or soup-to-nuts support, Em’s your gal. Check her website out here.
BI: How did you get your start?
MS: Frankly, I got married...isn’t that the only way? I’ve always had a creative outlet, and helping friends plan parties, showers, etc was just second nature to me.
BI: So what took you from bride to the full time plunge into the industry?
MS: I really became my own planner throughout my wedding. I found that when I got back from my honeymoon, and after the holidays, I was still browsing Style Me Pretty and connecting with the vendors I had cultivated relationships with. I just couldn’t shake it. So, I started a website, and the rest is history.
BI: What inspires you?
MS: What doesn’t inspire me?
BI: Touché Ms. Starr. Okay here’s a fun one, what three colors are your IT colors right now?
MS: teal, gold, mint.
BI: And just for good measure, if we bump into you in a coffee shop what will you always have by your side?
MS: My laptop with Illustrator, Photoshop, Evernote, and Bloglovin set up. And for my non-technological accompaniments I’ll have my Rifle notebook, a paper cutter and ribbon.
BI: Can you explain a little more about what styling entails?
MS: Styling to me is multifaceted---the design of a wedding takes shape when all of the details cohere and become more than the sum of their parts. It’s my job as a stylist to oversee those details.
MS: I love the combination of personal and pretty. When I first meet a potential client I try to get their full story, how they met, how they fell in love, and with each memory I try to incorporate of little of them into each detail. I will always go the extra mile!
What are you up to this weekend? Hopefully you can stay inside with a warm drink and enjoy this winter snow through the windows. Spring is nearly upon us (looks like we might hit 50 on Tuesday!) but for now, I'm still enjoying hibernating.
So work on your invitation design, answer emails to your vendors, or do a little online shopping for some new honeymoon outfits. Spring will be here before we know it. Happy planning!
I'll leave you with some winter inspiration from a recent winter wedding in Vermont...
Photo by Hello Love Photography
I've had several brides wear fur accessories for their engagement or wedding photos, and I always think it looks stunning. For a late fall or winter wedding, most couples would still like to do portraits outdoors but don't want to throw on a big black parka over their wedding dress. A fur coat can be a great way to stay really warm but still look formal, sophisticated, and super stylish. And I have to say, fur photographs beautifully.
The brides I've shot have all gotten their furs from older relatives or vintage shops, so ask your grandma if she might have one gathering dust in the attic. Of course, fur can be a controversial choice, and you can always choose a faux fur! That's the route I would go, and you would never be able to tell the difference in a photo.
What do you think? Would you wear fur to your wedding? Is it too old-fashioned for you?
Photo by Hello Love Photography
Peter Pan collars were a big trend this year, and I stumbled upon this lovely dress recently which showcases the trend so beautifully. I love feminine and vintage details and this dress seems to be the perfect balance of sophisticated and sweet.
What do you think? Too trendy? Perhaps I should renew my vows.... ;)
Elie Saab dress via Boutique1
Here's a shout for all the men out there. The public perception on bowties has evolved considerably in the last 2 decades. During the Saved by the Bell Nineties, the bowtie was nerdy not in a good way, a veritable fashion mistake. Now, thanks to Lebron, JT and other big time players, the pesky accessory is making a roaring comeback to cool. Throw in some suspenders and a pair of Warby Parkers for the the perfect groom geek-chic trifecta.
Here are a few of my favorite bowties:
Need a little help in the how-to department? Follow these 6 simple steps:
1. Right-handeds, pull the right side 2-3 inches longer than the left and then loop it over the left side to tie. Left-handeds, replace the word ‘left’ where it says ‘right’ from here on out.
2. Holding the top piece up to your face, pull the lower piece to the right and fold it across the front so that it forms half of the bow.
3. Bring the top piece down over your half-bow.
4.Fold both ends of the half-bow together in front of you.
5. Notice the loop created behind your half-bow. Pull the dangling piece toward the right, fold it into your other half-bow, and then back it into (and through) the loop.
6. Once through, hold on to both the loops and flat pieces, gently tugging and tightening to finish the look. Don't you look handsome!
*all images via BHLDN
I think we can all agree that this is a major DO. My sweet friend Jenna, who has had short hair for as long as I've known her (nearly ten years now!) got engaged recently, and found herself wondering if she should grow her hair out for her wedding day. You can see her adorable haircut in her engagement photos below.
I think a lot of women have a preconceived notion of brides having long, flowing locks. Personally, I think short hair is incredibly modern, chic, and stylish. But the most important thing is that you look like you on your wedding day. If you love your short hair, you don't want to look back at photos of you with long hair and wonder who that unfamiliar person is! Even Audrey Hepburn, the epitome of all things elegant, rocked a pixie cut on her wedding day! Need I say more?
Short hair also lends itself beautifully to headpieces, headbands, and other fun accessories. Krista, an adorable bride of mine, wore her pixie with pride and looked absolutely stunning.
All photos by Hello Love Photography
So brides, what do you think? Are you growing your hair out or chopping it off? I'm always admiring pixie cuts but haven't taken the plunge yet!
Looking for a little something different to spruce up your wedding wardrobe? Adding a cover-up to your dress can be a great way to add variety to your wedding photos. A capelet, like this gorgeous one from BHLDN, is a very on-trend option. If you only wear the cover-up during the ceremony, or only during your portrait session, it's a great way to have an outfit change without buying a second dress!
BHLDN lent the capelet to us for a recent shoot Becca and I did, and it is stunning in person. Here's a shot of it in action!
Photo by Hello Love Photography
What do you think? Will you wear a cover-up at your wedding?