Monday, August 31, 2009
Inspiration board created by Besty White.
Burnt Sienna, honey yellow and warm brulee are beautiful transitional colors from Summer into Fall.
Mood: Warm, Romantic, Rustic
Get the look: The Bride and Bridesmaids: The bride in a warm ivory gown. To add drama to the wedding gown add a sienna sash. The brides bouquet is sienna colored peonies. The bridesmaids would look stunning wearing shades of sienna and honey yellows. Delicate ivory blooms give the bridesmaids a monochromatic look.
The groom and groomsmen: The groom and groomsmen wear chocolate brown suits, with vintage ties. A mini ivory boutonniere for the groom, sienna and honey boutonniere's for the groomsmen.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Image Via Hocus Pocus
Mehndi or Henna itself is eco-friendly. It is a natural tattoo paste, made from the roots of the Henna plant. Green Mehndi is ground to a fine paste. Mehndi is symbolically an important part of the Indian wedding. As Mehndi changes its colour from green to orange-red after application, so does a bride flower into her womanhood after marriage. Image Via GV Herb Shop
Here's a great article from I Love Indian on the Mehndi ceremony.
The ceremony is mostly held at bride's place or sometimes in a banquet hall on the eve of the marriage ceremony or few days before the marriage. On this occasion a professional henna designer or some relative applies mehendi to the bride's hands and feet. There are few places in India where it is a ritual that the first motif of henna or mehendi is applied by the bride's sister-in-law whereas there are some places where the first mehendi motif is said to be auspicious if applied by bride's mother.
The Mehendi or henna motif is not only the adoration of the bride rather it epitomizes her transformation from a virgin girl to a temptress for her husband. As per Kama Sutra, henna is one of the sixty four arts of women. Popular motifs of the bridal mehendi are conchshell, flowers, Kalash, peacock, doli and baraat patterns. The intricate motifs of the bridal henna also hide the husband's name. It is said that the husband's name in the intricate henna motifs is made for the groom who has to find out his name in his bride's mehendi as an evidence of his sharp eyes and active brain to impress his girl.
Mehendi function is usually organized with the sangeet function. So, it has a festive feel to it with the women dancing and singing traditional songs on the mehendi ritual. The bride is dressed in light color clothes with light jewelry. According to the custom the bride must not step out of the house after the mehendi ritual until the wedding day. It is believed that the darker and deeper the henna stains the more the husband and the in-laws will love her bride. The ritual of mehendi signifies the strength and power of love in a marriage so it is regarded good omen for the would-be bride. It is said that the long the bride retains the mehendi, the more auspicious would be her future.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I found these simple rustic candle centerpieces at Once Wed. Perfect for a fall wedding!
What you will need:
· slice of wood ( 11′ diam x 2.5′ h)
· glass cylinder vases ( 11′h, 9′h, 6′h x 3.5′ diam) you can find these at
Jo-Ann Fabrics, Michael’s Crafts, and Hobby Lobby
· pillar candles ( 3 varying heights to fit in each vase)
· ribbon & yarn
· fabric, wood, or dried flowers
· double sided tape
1. Cut 3 pieces of ribbon/yarn (one arms length per piece). Wrap each vase with ribbon/yarn. Attach ends of ribbon/yarn with double sided tape to surface of vase. I chose to wrap with a knobby yarn, satin ribbon, and grosgrain ribbon to create a variety of textures. I also wrapped the ribbon/yarn at different heights on each vase to create more interest.
2. Attach fabric/wood/dried flower to a piece of ribbon and tie around tallest vase.
3. Insert pillar candles into vases. arrange cluster of vases on wood slice, keeping the sides with the tape facing the center.
4. Arrange fabric/wood/dried flowers on wood slice around the vase cluster. Light the candles and enjoy your rustically elegant centerpiece!
FYI: The wooden flowers shown are no longer available for purchase. I would suggest creating fabric flowers or heading to a local craft store and picking up some dried botanicals. If you are interested in creating these centerpieces in large numbers, I would suggest ordering the vases in bulk.
Friday, August 21, 2009
- $130 - bluevelvetvintage.com
- $1,800 - avelle.com
Thursday, August 20, 2009
View Nina's recent wedding of Jacquelien & Arthur. She captured the vintage chic look beautifully. To see more photos from Nina Brav, please visit her website and blog. Nina lives in Los Angeles and spends summers in Hawaii shooting weddings.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Colors - Top Row: iron, purple heart, majolica blue, American beauty, honey yellow
Bottom Row: rapture rose, burnt sienna, warm olive, nomad, crème brulee
For the next couple months I'll feature inspiration boards with these color combinations. Feel free to share your inspiration boards with us!
Monday, August 17, 2009
There are no two pieces of coral alike. Just like no two events are alike!
Images Via French Blue
1st row; Flowergirl Dress Etsy, French Blue, Frame
2nd row; French Blue, Instyle, French Blue
3rd row; Shoes Roger Vivier, Ring Mesi Jilly, Silverware French Blue
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Sorry I didn't have a chance to post Fashion Friday. But, I've made it make up today with these ultra hip hair accessories from ban.do, via Junebug Loves. Jen and Jamie two stylists from Los Angeles also create amazing belts, corsages, and collars. I'm heading over to pick up some band and collars for the fall!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
What You’ll Need:
2 terra cotta saucers (I used a 7” and a 10” saucer, but you can use any size you like)
2 terra cotta rose pots (The pots I used are 5” and 6” high. You can use any size as long as they are taller than the height of your cupcake and frosting.)
2 yards ribbon (or what ever it takes to make it around the circumference of your saucer)
Decorative or scrap book paper
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Sponge paint brush
Terra cotta pots are available at most nurseries and home and garden stores.
Cupcakes shown are available at Hello, Cupcake in Tacoma, WA
1. Begin by painting both sides of your terra cotta saucers and only the outside of the terra cotta rose pots with your acrylic paint and sponge brush (see figure one and two). Paint a second coat if needed.
2. Allow the paint to dry completely.
3. Turn the saucers upside down and glue the bottom of the rose pots to the back side of the saucers using your hot glue gun. Use a generous amount of glue. (see figure 3)
4. When the glue has dried, turn your cake stands right side up and carefully glue your ribbon to the edge of your saucers. (see figure 4)
5. Cut two circles out of your paper to line the inside of the saucers. (see figure 5)
6. Stack stands and arrange your cupcakes.
2 terra cotta saucers $7
2 terra cotta rose pots $3
acrylic paint $2.50
2 yards ribbon $4
1 sheet paper $1.50
Total = $18 for two stands
Friday, August 7, 2009
D & G Shift Dress
$217 - farfetch.com
Lucre Sunglasses $150 - karmaloop.com
Black South Pearl Earrings $5,600 - ylang23.com
Erickson Beamon Necklace $1,017 - chickdowntown.com
Bottega Veneta Satin Clutch $1,078 - net-a-porter.com
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
The Sundance Resort is perfect for a chic, rustic destination wedding or honeymoon anytime of the year. The atmosphere is romantic, yet the area is an adventure playground. Winter is perfect for skiing and snowboarding, and the rest of the year you can hike, bike, horseback ride, even kayak down the river. If you're not the adventurous type, don't worry. You can relax at the spa or unleash your creative side at the art shack workshop. The restaurants offer 5 star dining and terrific wine lists.
Sundance has several areas to hold a ceremony and reception. My favorite area for the reception is the Rehearsal Hall. It holds up to 250 guest and has a beautiful view of the pond.
Sundance Resort has a long standing history of Green policies, dating back to the property's original purchase (1969).
Guests who stay at Sundance can participate in our linen re-use program, saving water, energy and waste. All Sundance rooms are cleaned using non-toxic cleaning supplies, and rooms are stocked with natural products from Sprout Out, as well as Sundance’s own organic soaps made in the Art Shack.Both visitors and lodging guests get to participate in our resort-wide recycling program. Sundance Resort has its own glass works kiln. Glass bottles are not only recycled, but turned into decorative art and housewares, for use around the property. Sundance uses hybrid vehicles on property to promote the conservation of energy and lessening of polluting emissions.
Sundance Resort mountain staff implement ongoing mitigation projects each year aimed at restoring the mountain to its natural state by working to eliminate noxious weeds on the mountain, laying erosion blankets and restoring vegetation where seasonal land use has altered the terrain.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Become a cosmetic guru. You'll learn how to make your own beauty products that feed your skin, save your bank account, and are healthy for your body and the environment.
Check out Julie's website thegreenbeautyguide.com