March 2013

March 26, 2013

If you're familiar with old wedding traditions, you'll know that women used to rip into the bride's dress and her flowers in an attempt to steal some of her good luck. To escape from them, the bride would toss her bouquet and run away! Today this tradition is a bit more relaxed. Bouquets are tossed to single women with the belief that whoever catches it will be the next to marry (although even that can get messy at times)!

A lot of care goes into picking out a bouquet; a bride must find the right flowers to celebrate such a special day. But we have here one kind of bouquet that you definitely won't want to throw to your hungry crowd of bridesmaids! Today we spoke with Michelle from The White Bouquet. Michelle has been studying fine arts for eight years, and specializes in making origami roses for her brides. Check out our interview to hear more about her gorgeous work!

 

How did you get started on wedding bouquets/decorations?

I started making origami flowers when I was 8 years old. I remember it was very popular in school and all the kids were doing it during recess. Like any kid I wanted to follow my peers and I taught myself how after I got an origami kit. It was a bit frustrating at first but after a lot of trial and error I finally mastered it without help. (I was a very determined 8 year old)

As I got older I continued to make them for school fundraisers and gifts to friends and family. It was a fun hobby to do. I remember during my collage days I didn't have much money to spend on birthday gifts so I would make a little personalized bouquet for my friends. A friend of mine thought it was such a cute alternative to fresh flowers and recommended I should sell them on Etsy. I didn't know what Etsy was at the time and was intrigued. I thought I'd give it a go for fun and maybe earn a little extra spending money but I didn't think it would lead to anything wedding related.

When did you start designing for weddings?

Soon after I opened my Etsy shop, I found that a lot of people started messaging me to create origami bouquets for their weddings. I was a bit taken aback by the amount of enthusiasm shown to use my origami roses. It never really occurred to me that people would want to use them for their weddings. After receiving quite a few requests I started to look into designing a wedding bouquet line.  At the time I did not see anyone that was creating bouquets using the type of rose style I was making so I jumped at the opportunity to create something unique and different from everyone else.

What are your favorite materials?

I love rhinestones! I'm like a kid in the candy store whenever I get to play around with crystals and rhinestones. From trims, to buttons, to appliques, I always love adding something that would make a bouquet sparkle.

What is the craziest project you've been asked to design?

The craziest project I was asked to do was to design a Steampunk style wedding bouquet. A bride saw that I carried a wide range of colors she needed to match her wedding and asked if it was possible to create a Steampunk bouquet. Being a fan of Steampunk I didn't hesitate to say yes. It was actually an idea that I had been playing around with in the back of my mind. The bride I was working with was super nice and allowed a lot of creative freedom. I tried sourcing a lot of industrial looking parts to incorporate into the bouquet and shopped around at a lot of trim and bead stores. It felt a bit like a treasure hunt. It was a fun project to do and in the end the bride was ecstatic when she received her bouquet in the mail.

What do you love most about your work?

I love working with my hands and getting to create something beautiful. I also love collaborating with brides from all over the world and getting to design something special for them. Itís a great feeling when you get to be a part of someoneís most important day and helped make their dream wedding a reality.

What do you recommend to a bride looking for wedding bouquets?

I would recommend looking for something that somehow connects with you personally. Everyone is unique and different in their own way. Don't follow trends and styles to much or let it dictate how you want your wedding to be. The most important thing is finding a bouquet that you and you alone will love.

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posted by Laura at 12:18PM
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March 22, 2013

If anyone is excited for spring, it's me!

It's time to pull out my favorite patterns and colors after such a dreary month of snow and slush. With the warmer weather, its easier to find and wear easier and breezier styles. Big patterns this time of year are florals, thick stripes, and, my favorite, the timeless polka-dots. If you can match big vibrant colors against any of them to make them pop, all the better! Soft, pastel colors are also perfect for the Easter month; blues and greens, especially. 

Coming back into style is the traditional jean or leather jacket. Mix and match them against a skirt or dress (or even your favorite pair of pants/colored leggings) to make a really stylish outfit. Grab your favorite pair of sunglasses and heels, and you're all set.

Here are some lovely bits of spring fashion that we can start looking forward to!

Spring Fashion - Colors and Patterns

Styling in Style

Spring Fashion - Colors and Patterns Pastel Colors

Atlantic-Pacific

Spring Fashion - Polka dots!

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Spring Fashion - Color and Stripes

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Patterns and Colors for SPRING Weddings!

If you're looking for something fresh and adorable, dress up your wedding gown or bouquet for that spring feeling. You can find these same patterns, chevron, polka dots, and stripes, at weddings! 

Wedding Styles - Stripes and Polka Dots

The patterns don't stop just at clothes; you can find these lovely patterns in shoes, cakes, and decor!

Wedding Shoes - Polka Dots and Stripes

Stand out with some patterned shoes! via J.Crew and Something BLEU.

Wedding Polka Dot Decorations and Striped Cake

If you want to freshen-up the reception/party room, opt for some peel and stick polka dot wall decals! You can find them in plenty of colors to choose from. They're fun, and easy to use (also easy to take down when the party is over!)

Chevron Wedding Styles

You can match your cakes with your table cloths to keep up with your patterned wedding ideas!

posted by Laura at 1:34PM
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March 20, 2013

Doing what you love is important! Today we spoke with Jenny from Captured Photography about her beautiful work. Jenny explains what she loves most about her job, and how important a relationship is between a bride and her photographer. Also, she just received a Two Bright Lights 2013 Editor's Choice Award! If you're a bride in Florida, the Caribbean, and the Northeast, you should check out her work! Enjoy!

What initially interested you into photography?

I originally worked in television news and have a major in journalism. I think I love photography because it is such a beautiful way to tell a story. I get to preserve memories for others. Itís a pretty sweet gig.

How long have you been professionally shooting?

I started Captured Photography by Jenny back in 2007. And jumped in to it full time once my oldest daughter, Ellie, was born in 2008. Honestly, it was super scary and intimidating to be a business owner at first. One thing led to another and after 5 years, I canít even begin to describe how happy I am to do this.

What was your favorite wedding to work on?

Oh man, I don't think I can pick just one. Obviously, the weddings were we really get to know the couple are always special. It's always fun to work on those, because you love the people in the images!

What is your photographic style - traditional, photojournalistic, etc.?

If I had to describe my style and tasteÖ it would probably be fresh, crisp, cleanÖ I love simplicity. I want my photos to be creative and modernÖ but still have a classic, timeless touch.

Do you shoot in mostly color, black and white, or both?

Both!

What is your weapon/camera of choice?

I use Canon equipment. The Canon Mark 3 is what both me and my second photographer use to shoot weddings.

Film or Digital?

Mainly Digital.

If you could work alongside any one photographer who would it be?

I love Millie Holloman, mainly for her business skills. I would love to learn more on that end from her!

Do you have any advice for brides looking for photographers?

Understand what your budget is for your wedding and then decide how much of it you feel should be put towards photography. But donít just stop there. Understand what style of photography you like. Check out the photographerís portfolio and recent weddings. And be sure the photographer you are interested in does quality work every time. Then, meet with them. Get to know each other. After all, they will be with you the entire wedding day. You want to be sure they are easy to work with and helpful.

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March 12, 2013

Today, we have a special vendor feature that creates letterpress invitations!

If you are unfamiliar with the process, letterpress is an antique printing method that uses images and text on a raised surface that is dipped in ink and pressed against the paper. It produces a matte ink design or lettering that is sharply impressed rather than raised. You can be sure that this is a longer process than the digital printing, but the results are classy. They leave a lovely print on textured paper that is often simple and elegant designs with a distinct style.

Lucky Penny Paperie specializes in creating dreamy, romantic and eclectic Wedding Correspondence for the Non-traditional bride.  Jessica’s charming and original letterpress work is done through the use of a vintage Vandercook SP 15 letterpress! Amazing! We hope you enjoy. 

How did you get started on wedding invitations?

I worked in television/motion graphics for 6 years out of college, and really started to miss print design. I've always loved gorgeous paper and printmaking, so I decided to go back to my roots and decided wedding invitations were right up my alley. I love working with brides and couples, because they are always so happy and excited!

What are your favorite materials?

I love the look and feel of the letterpress printing method, and I just recently started incorporating watercolor patterns into my designs.

What’s the craziest invitation you’ve been asked to design?

I've designed quite a few wedding invitations for international couples. Not that they are that crazy-I just find it very interesting how etiquette and traditions are different in every country. 

Ampersand or And?

Ampersand!

What do you love most about your work?

This is a hard question. I love everything about it. But if I had to pick one thing, it would be when all of the production is completed and I have the final product in my hands. That feeling of success and completion- and knowing that they will make an engaged couple very happy.

What do you recommend to a bride looking for wedding invitations?

Look for invitations that express your life as a couple and mirror the feel of your wedding. Your invitations are the first thing that will introduce your guests to what your wedding (and you as a couple) is like, so they are very important!

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March 11, 2013

Comfortable weather, fresh flowers, bright sun and clear skies... 

It's that time of the year...it's SPRING! Here's to new beginnings! If you're planning a spring wedding, then congradulations! For this exciting time of year, you have a huge collection of choices to choose from to make it your perfect day.

Choices for color are absolutely endless. There are so many shades and pastels to choose from during this time of the year; pinks, purples, oranges, yellows, greens, and blues! Contrasting these colors against a solid white, like a fancy table cloth, will make them pop even more.

Spring wedding ideas - dinning!


Just like chosing a color theme, there are plenty of flower choices in spring: Magnolias, Primroses, Daffodils, Freesias, Gardenias, Hyacinths, Lilacs, Gerberas, Narcissi, Peonies, Irises, Jasmines, Lilies, Sweet peas, and Tulips. (Note: if you're having a wedding in a church and want to save some money, speak to them about their Easter decorations!)

Spring wedding ideas for food

For food, there is the option for fresher fruits and vegetables. Here's where you can go all out with floral cakes and appetizers to match all of your decorations (or bouquet!). Consider a creative spread of bite-sized fruits with flowery toothpicks. You can always match your array of fruit with a fun cheese platter and sweetened walnuts or almonds. For a main course, marinated chicken or lamb, with a side of fresh garden vegetables, like red potatoes or baby asparagus, are always delicious.

There are plenty of styles for a wedding dress; a short or long length will work here if the weather is still teetering on the edge of cool and warm! This is also the best time to consider a hint of color on your dress. You can work with shashes or embrodieries, or simply go all out and find a softly colored, non-traditional dress. If you're sticking with a sleeveless dress, find wraps or shawls to have just in case it does get chilly or damp!

If you're planning your wedding close to Easter, you can subtly add a touch of the holiday to your party favors. Consider giving away little birdhouses (run to your nearest craft store for these), ceramic bird nests/eggs, or perhaps a bundle of edible chocolate eggs! If you want to keep away from an Easter feeling, decorate your silverware or goodie bags with flowers or feather butterflies.

Spring wedding ideas for goodie bags

images/ideas from Martha Stewart.

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March 5, 2013

Shoes. They are a girl's best friend, or total nightmare when it comes to finding that special pair! Trying to match your wedding dress? Or a particular shade of blue at the reception? Look no further, brides and bridesmaids. Today we spoke with Kate from Design Your Pedestal. She's been designing since 2007 and specializes in customizing wedding shoes! Take a look below to hear more about her and take a look at her beautiful creations!

How did you get started on bridal shoes?

I originally started doing custom designed everyday wear shoes for women, but then I found that working on wedding shoes and incorporating each bride's theme into her shoes was a lot more fun!

When did you start designing for weddings?

I've been doing wedding shoe designs since May 2011. I now also do sashes, handbags and hair accessories.

What are your favorite materials to work with?

Rhinestones and lace! Definitely! I love softer romantic looks that sparkle.

Whatís the craziest project youíve been asked to design?

I'm not sure I'd call either of these crazy, but I did have one bride that was getting married in an old library and she wanted "book pages" incorporated into her shoes. So, I found some fabric that had print on it and I used it to make the leaves of the flowers of her shoes. Then, I had another brides whose mother had passed when she was a teenager. Her mother's veil was pink thule and she wanted to somehow incorporate it into her wedding, so we used pieces if it for her shoes. (The ivory shoes with maroon flowers and book leaves and the pink wedges with pink flowers).

What do you love most about your work?

Being creative and being my own boss. It's a perfect combination. I get to play with pretty things all day!

What do you recommend to a bride looking for bridal shoes?

You have to feel confident, so it's a matter of defining your style and then expressing it. It's fun to watch it come together. I ask for a lot of details so I can help brides with their designs.

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