April 26, 2012

Red & Silver DIY Wedding

Today I have a gorgeous board for you to look at that was requested by a reader. Yay! I love those. Jenn is getting married June 2013 on the beach. Her colors are red and silver with a little bit of black thrown in. She wants a country style (she's wearing cowboy boots) with lots of DIY opportunities. She's a crochet guru, so that gave me the perfect opportunity to thrown in all kinds of handmade goodies. For example, the red hearts could be tied around napkins, doubling as a decoration AND a favor. Or you could sew tags on them with names, making for cute place cards. There are so many great options – as long as you're willing to sew up a couple hundred :)

Isn't the bright red so fresh and summery?

red diy wedding
Photo Credits:
Center: centerpiece
First row: couple, flowers, dessert, bouquet
Second row: boots, cake
Third row: hair, flowers
Fourth row: bridesmaids, crochet bouquets, crochet hearts, boutonniere

Jen's wedding is going to be absolutely gorgeous. I want to point out, for all you DIY brides that know how to crochet (or are willing to learn), the three bouquets in the bottom picture are all crocheted! How stinkin' cool is that? And just think, you could save your bouquet forever. Get to crafting!

Photo credit: The Offbeat Bride

Thanks Jenn, for the request. If you'd like me to make a board for you, please don't hesitate to email me! I'm happy to help. Shardiy@b-y.net.


April 25, 2012

Thirty-One Giveaway WINNER!

As always, thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway! I'm fairly convinced that I have the best readers of all time. And thank you to Megan, who was kind enough to offer up her second bag to give away on the Blushing Bride. So very sweet.

Without further ado, the winner of the polka-dot bag is:

Maureen, I will be in contact with you shortly to get your mailing info. Thanks again, everyone. Check back for more giveaways in the future. XO!


April 20, 2012

Spring 2013 Gowns = COLOR

As many of you know, Bridal Fashion Week this year boasted all kind of unique creations from some of the bridal industry's most prominent designers. So, what was all over the runway this year? COLOR – and lots of it! Taking the lead from Vera Wang, who has recently come out with all kinds of beautiful alternative-colored wedding gowns, a lot of other designers jumped on the "color" bandwagon too. Is that a good thing? I'm not entirely sure. Don't get me wrong – I love a good, off-beat wedding dress just as much as the next girl. But, would I really wear one? Probably not. And I'd put money on the fact that most brides would probably be right there with me on that. I definitely applaud the designers for coming up with something different though. It's bold, refreshing and a little bit rebellious, which is totally awesome.

So, love them or hate them, here are some colored dresses you can expect to see Spring 2013!

What's your opinion? Love 'em or leave 'em?

Vera Wang
Ines de Santo
Maggie Sottero
Vera Wang

Douglas Hannant
Oscar de la Renta

Vera Wang
Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta

Vera Wang
Vera Wang
Oscar de la Renta

April 16, 2012

Fall Orange, Plum, Green Wedding

I know we've all got spring on the brain at the moment, but today I've got a lovely fall color palette to share with you. Heather contacted me last week and asked me for some help with her upcoming fall wedding, and I jumped at the opportunity. She's getting married next October and wants a lively palette of orange, plum and lime green. How fun is that? She wants the entire look to feel very much like fall, but not necessarily like Halloween (although she said that if her fiancé had his way, they'd be married in full costume!). So, here's what I've come up with.

I adore this color palette. The leaf and pumpkin details scream autumn, but the vibrant color palette keep things energetic and fun. Fall is my favorite season for weddings, and Heather's is sure to live up to the hype. I love it that she's not afraid to go bold with lots of color, plus she loves purple – she's a girl at my own heart! There's also so much opportunity for DIY brides here. The pumpkin table numbers would be a great project, and all the leaf details would be easy – not to mention FREE!

What do you ladies think? Love this look for fall?

orange and purple fall wedding

Photo credits:

Center: bouquet
First row: table setting, groom, table number, green dress
Second row: apples, pumpkin pie
Third row: flowers, shoes
Fourth row: place setting, bridesmaids, cupcakes, leaf headpiece

I love to help brides to be who are struggling with picturing how their wedding/color palette will come together. If you'd like me to make you an inspiration board and feature it on my blog (free of charge, of course!), please don't hesitate to contact me. My email is Shardiy@b-y.net. XO

April 10, 2012

Polka Dots + a GIVEAWAY!

I've got two things to show to you today – a fabulous collection of polka dot weddings, and a polka dot bag giveaway from Thirty One!

If that's not hard to resist, I don't know what is. Polka dots are just so effortlessly cute. They're fun, playful and add a touch of sweetness to an outdoor spring/summer wedding. Plus, you can pretty much rock them in any color. Go bold with bright colors, or stick to white on white for a more traditional, subtle look. The choice is yours. When thrown in here and there, polka dots are such a fresh, festive idea – especially when combined with other fun prints. Stationery, ties, and even your wedding gown will look fabulous in polka dots!

Click on photo for source. Keep scrolling for the giveaway!

Since we're on the subject of polka dots, it would only be fitting to have a giveaway to go along with it! So here you have it.

Thirty-One Giveaway!

Megan Weaver, Independent Thirty-One Consultant is offering The Blushing Bride readers a chance to win one of her fabulous bags! Trust me, you're gonna love it. Thirty-One bags are so cute, can be personalized, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes, perfect for so many different occasions! Be sure to check out Megan's website to view the Thirty-One catalog!

Here's what's up for grabs: 
 A Thirty-One All in One Organizer in Pink Lotsa Dots! Its got tons of room inside to haul all of your goodies (it would be perfect for a bride or bridesmaid!) and it's got two mesh side pockets. This pattern is just around for a limited time – it's only offered in the month of May. That means you've got to scoop one of these babies up! During May the All in One Organizer is only $5 if you spend $31 at Thirty-One. Plus, they can be personalized. It'd be a great bag to give your bridesmaids as a thank you gift. I am in love with those pink polka dots! EEK!

How to Enter:

Just fill out the Rafflecopter below! Easy Peasy. Good luck to all of you!

April 4, 2012

Win your dream gown from Ruche! (ARV: $500!)

OH. MY. I have a giveaway for you that is going to knock your little socks off! Remember a couple of days ago when I made a post about my new found love for Ruche? (If not, be sure to have a look!). Well, to honor their new spring collection, Ruche is having a fabulous giveaway where you can win a GRAND PRIZE OF $500 to use towards a Ruche wedding dress or any other Ruche purchase. This is your chance to get a knockout wedding gown for free (or practically nothing). And, you want to know what's better? Many of the wedding gowns found on Ruche are below $500. This isn't one of those deals where you win $500 towards a $6,000 dress and have to cough up the additional $5,500. Nope. You could get this beauty for free (it retails for $499):

Or this one (retails for $349) with money to spare:

Or, this one (retails for $349)

In fact, there are only 2 dresses in the entire collection that are over $500. That leaves enough money to buy shoes, jewelry, a veil – whatever!

So, if you need more convincing to enter (you would be absolutely crazy if that was the case), then let me tell you HOW you enter. Trust me, you're going to love it. All you have to do is get on Pinterest (fun!) and make a board featuring your "dream wedding" (more fun!). Pin pictures from any and all websites, but be sure to include at least 4 images from the Ruche website including a Ruche gown! (You may pin images from the Ruche site and from their bridal page here: http://shopruche.com/bridal/mediashare.html).

Sounds fun, right?

Here's a breakdown of the rules to make it easy to follow:

You've only got a few days to enter, so get to pinning. Good luck!

April 2, 2012

Mira Zwillinger Spring 2012

Have you seen the Mira Zwillinger gowns for spring 2012? You are going to DIE. Die, I say! That's how incredibly beautiful they are. They textures are so unique – there is so much detail going on in these fabulous dresses! I love the pop of nude in a few of them too. They're just so modern and unique, not to mention romantic! You couldn't wear one of these and not feel like a couture goddess straight from the magazines. Honestly, I can't see these dresses being un-flattering on anybody. The fabric is perfectly draped, and hugs the body so wonderfully, and yet it flows to create flattering shapes and lines. Goodness gracious. These are some of my favorite dresses that I've seen in a long time (I know I say that a lot – but these are holding spot #1 right now!). So, have a look. These are just my favorites – there's so many more to look at here!

What dress designer are you head-over-heels about at the moment? Share, please!



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