Tips + Tools (Thankful) Thursday: A Sparkling Sequins of Events

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'm loving this time of year when get-togethers are more abundant and folks are getting gussied up in their holiday best! A little sparkle goes a LONG way, especially amongst everyone rockin' their favorite black or red dress. Sequins are the perfect, unexpected accent to glam up your wedding festivities too!

Sequins Engagement Invitation Suite by Paperwork Envy 



 Chevron sparkle table setting by Glow Event Design



 Gorgeously gilded sequins table runner via Belle the Magazine
 Purple ombre sequin cake via Brides Magazine



A Stunning sequin wedding dress and headband combo by Johanna Johnson



 Sequins wedding gown via BHLDN



 Silver sequins on black bowtie by EveryJobCounts



Halston Heritage "Jenny" Rosegold Sequined Clutch



Alternating sequin skirts and tops featured on Girly Weddings


What to Wear Wednesday: Mis-Matched Groom(smen)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I remember being in sixth grade and laying out the next day's outfit the night before. My scrunchie matched my double-layered socks and the balance of colors alternated perfectly. Yes, I was that kid! If someone showed me the following photos back then, I would have protested that you're not supposed to mix plaids with stripes and patterns only go best next to solids... I'm sooo glad that I'm way past those days and many others are more open minded about not putting a limit on style, especially when it comes to one's wedding day! Each person that we choose to be a part of our entourage is unique in their own way and how exciting is it to express and celebrate their individuality rather than having everyone look so uniformed. I'm loving that not only do the bridesmaids get to experiment with mis-matchy dresses, but that guys are being more adventurous as well!


Sooo much character! A striking yet polished ensemble
via Klein Epstein Parker



Two kinds of Herringbone with Gingham and Tweed
via MensStyle1



Nick Cannon sporting paisley, floral and plaid at the BMI Awards 
via Yahoo News



Jeans paired with mis-matched textures/colors for a less formal look
via The Bride With a Blog



Mis-matchy Vested Groomsmen 
via Lemongrass Photography



The more conservative side of mis-matched, yet still classic. Grey, Brown & Purple Groom 
via The Natural Wedding Co. UK 


Make it Yourself Monday: Mercury Glass

Monday, November 5, 2012

It's the first week of November and although it's 95 degrees in Los Angeles today, I'm reminded that Christmas is around the corner. Aside from the typical reds and greens that adorn the seasonal aisles, metallics have really caught my eye. Something about the subtlety of golds and silvers are a refreshing burst of color during this time of the year. 

For our first "Make it Yourself: Monday," I wanted to highlight Mercury Glass. You may have seen it around more and more lately but have not known the term for it. Basically, it's a silvery, mirror-like finish that looks as if it's been a bit weathered. Authentic, vintage mercury glass is not cheap but there is a much more inexpensive way to achieve the same look. Beyond wedding decor, you'll find that it really is a quite versatile look to compliment many styles and color combos within your home.

Mercury glass is the perfect addition of elegance for a rustic fall centerpiece.



Mercury glass pairs well with clear glass and crystal. 



These dahlias and succulents are displayed beautifully in these low mercury glass vases and compotes.



Click on this link for a complete "How-To: DIY Antique Mercury Glass" via 17 Apart



Image Credits:
Lavender and Ash


Thursday Tips + Tools: A Pretty Table For Two

Thursday, November 1, 2012

So much thought is put into many other aspects of the wedding that when it comes to setting up the Sweetheart Table, it oftentimes is left up to the florist or wedding planner to make suggestions. I'm so glad to see less requests for traditional head tables as I feel the bridal party should have the freedom to sit with the other guests while the newlyweds enjoy some intimacy. 

There are many ways to personalize this small space and tie in your theme or color scheme to create a picture perfect scene without the clutter: add your initials on the table, display a favorite quote, hang a sign on your chairs, a lovely backdrop, low flower arrangement or a few candles and voila- instant awesomeness! 


I love the idea of these large, plush vintage chairs pushed closer together of course!



Romantic lighting drapes overhead, with your personal table sandwiched in between two long rectangular tables for an elegant rustic vibe. 



I've seen half-moon, circle and mini rectangles often used for a sweetheart table. This vibrant, square table for two is set up quite nicely.



A pretty backdrop adds some flair to a quaint sweetheart table.



A little signage that says it all, combined with the bride's bouquet to finish it off saves money not having to order an extra arrangement and keeps it sweet and simple!



Images via:
Belle the Magazine
Heart Love Weddings
Love and Splendor
It'sABride'sLife