February 28, 2012

Bunting Love + Company B

Unless you've had your head under an enormous rock lately, you must have noticed that bunting has been taking the wedding world by storm! And, I must say that I totally get the appeal. It's inexpensive, cute, and has such great DIY charm. Plus, there's SO MANY different things that you can do with it, and a ton of different bunting styles. A little bunting here and there can really spice up an area and give it a little bit of personality.

Here's a few examples of my favorite uses:



After seeing all of these beautiful pictures, I know what you're thinking: Where can I get some bunting for my wedding? My first suggestion would be to check out Etsy. In fact, one of my favorite Etsy shops is called Company B.

Company B is the most adorable Etsy shop full of beautiful bunting! Bridget, the owner and artist behind the shop, is so very sweet. She loves being creative, and bringing new life to something old. Her work is simple and pretty, rustic and feminine at the same time. I actually got a "Just Married" bunting in the mail from Company B, and I must say, I absolutely LOVE it. It look like this:

How stinking cute, right?

The burlap is absolutely to-die-for. And, I was so pleasantly surprised at the quality. It's sturdy, yet perfectly flowy and delicate at the same time. You know how sometimes you can just feel the love that went into making something? These products have that. And you know what else? All of her products are handmade – from mixing the clay to painting the letters. And, they're eco-friendly, which I love. I cannot wait to find a way to use this at my wedding.

You must, must, must check out Company B. Trust me. You'll love the products and working with Bridget is such a joy. Here are so more things that you can expect from this wonderful shop:

As you can see, there's quite the variety! How cute is that last cake banner? Omg. Love. If you're looking for affordable bunting, Company B is the place to go. And an added bonus? A portion of the sales from Bridget's shop goes to humanitarian efforts here and abroad. I can't get over the generosity.

February 22, 2012

Purple and Green Rustic Wedding

Last week I got a email from one of my readers, Catherine, asking if I could make a wedding board for her. Obviously, I said yes! I love helping brides with their wedding day plans. Catherine wants a green and purple wedding, in an outdoor, rustic setting. She loves burlap and mason jars (a girl at my own heart!) and wanted to incorporate some calla lilies in somewhere. I was super excited to get started because, doesn't it just sound gorgeous?

Thankfully, I think it turned out just as pretty as I had envisioned. I love the combination of deep purple and green, with a few touches of brighter color thrown in. It just looks so rustic yet feminine at the same time. I really like the mason jar centerpieces with candles in them (which would be great since her wedding will be in the evening) because they add such a nice glow while still keeping with the rustic feeling. I also LOVE the wooden details with a look like this. It keeps the look earthy and friendly. And of course, the bouquet with a few calla lilies, and the calla lily boutonniere tie the whole look in nicely. I'm pretty sure that I want this wedding for ME! Ha. Hope you like it Catherine.

purple and green wedding

 Photo Credits:

Center: bouquet
First row: table setting, cake, favors, apples
Second row: jars, centerpiece
Third row: couple, shoes
Fourth row: centerpiece, ring holder, bride, groom

If you need help with your wedding planning, shoot me an email. I'd love to help any way that I can! Shardiy@b-y.net.

February 16, 2012

Linea Raffaelli: Dress Designer Extraordinare

Yesterday I was randomly searching for wedding dresses (doesn't everyone do that in their spare time?!) when I came across a Belgian designer I had never heard of – Linea Raffaelli. For those of you who HAVE heard of Linea Raffaelli, bear with me. For those of you who haven't, boy do I have a treat for you. Looking at these dresses was love at first sight for me! They are so incredible beautiful, modern and fun. The unique textures and colors of this line are such a breath of fresh air in a market where everything can kind of start to look the same. These styles definitely stand out – in a great way. I love the playfulness, the whimsy, and the gorgeously crafted couture feeling that these dresses have. I want, I want, I want.

Here's just a few of my favorites. What do you think? Are you as in-love as I am?

Check out the rest of the beautiful dresses here!

February 10, 2012

Etsy Finds: Valentine's Day!

Every year there seems to be an over-abundance of people griping and complaining about Valentine's Day. And every year I find myself getting annoyed at these said whiners. We get it – you don't have a significant other to spend the day with. Who cares!? I've spent many a Valentine's Days without a boyfriend, and I can assure you – life goes on. This year I challenge you Valentine-haters to get in the spirit! Get dressed up and go to dinner with your girl friends. Grab a bottle of wine and watch chick flicks together. You could always spend some (much needed) you time with a hot bubble bath and a good book. Or how about buying yourself something to get in the Valentine's mood? Every now and then I like to treat myself to something that I really don't need (my fiancĂ© would say it's more than every now and then...but that's beside the point). Here's a great little collection of things I found on Etsy that are perfect for V-day. I mean, how could you not be in the spirit while wearing a sparkly heart headband? Treat yourself to something this V-day and quit the pity party. Trust me, you'll be happy you did :)

valentiene's day etsy

From left to right:

Red dress by Kimberly Noland – $49

Felted red necklace by Lyra Lyra – $29

Crocheted Nesting Bowls by Ribbons Undone – $18

Hot Kiss Throw Pillow by Sveta Style – $38

Red earrings by Not One Sparrow – $22

Heart Headband by Danani – $24

Girl Raccoons Card by The Patterned Owl – $4

Red Ruffles Bag by Bayan Hippo – $42

Heart Garland by Snow Fall Studio – $20

February 8, 2012

Wedding Gowns: What's Hot in 2012

Lately I've been curious about the new bridal collections coming out for Spring & Fall 2012.  I like to stay current on bridal fashion and see how it evolves from season to season. This year, I've noticed that a lot of the "big name" bridal fashion designers have some very similar trends to their collections. Based on the work that they do, you can bet that these trends will be the next hot thing in bridal stores everywhere. So, what are they? What are these bridal designers coming up with for 2012? Glad you asked! Here they are, straight off the runway.

What's your favorite bridal trend?

1. Illusion necklinesThese are everywhere this year! And, I have to say that I like it. I think it's a great alternative for a modest bride who doesn't want to show the world her goods, but still wants to be sexy. Super trendy and cute.

(Top left: Carolina Herrera, Top right: Angel Sanchez, Bottom left: Alfred Angelo,  Bottom right: Monique Lhuillier)


2. Blush/nudeIt's no surprise that so many designers are coming out with these non-white dresses. Blush and nude were such hot colors for weddings and bridesmaid dresses in 2010 that it was just a matter of time before it became fairly common to see in wedding dresses too. Definitely not for everyone, though, these dresses are for the bold and fashion-forward bride.

(Top left: Jenny Packham, Top right: Rivini, Bottom left: Vera Wang, Bottom right: Monique Lhuillier )

3. Lace sleeves Ahh, yes. This is what I like to call the "Kate Middleton" trend. As soon as I spotted her walking down the isle in her long-sleeved lace dress, I knew that we were going to see look-alikes everywhere. In the past, these dresses were kind of seen as matronly and old-fashioned, but these designers have definitely found a way to make them pretty and fashionable again.

(Top left: Monique Lhuillier, Top right: Oscar de la Renta, Bottom left: Maggie Sottero, Bottom right: Monique Lhuillier)


 4. Subtle boningIn case you don't know, boning is used in bustier type wedding gowns to give the bodice a defined shape. Most times, the boning is hidden inside the fabric. This year, however, designers are letting the boning show for a beautiful, structured look. It's certainly visually interesting and adds some sexy personality to the dresses.

(Top left: Maggie Sottero, Top right: Ines di Santo, Bottom left: Tara Keely, Bottom right: St. Pucchi )


5. Two-Tiered skirtsThis is a great way to add a little bit of drama to a dress. The tiers definitely have a unique look and help add some volume for brides who don't want the whole "princess" look.

(Top left: Jennifer Salzman, Top right: Badgley Mischka, Bottom left: Ulla Maija, Bottom right: Christos)



6. PrintsTalk about bold! These designers have gone outside of the traditional box to bring women a fun and funky alternative to a plain white dress. The pattern can be big and in-your-face, or more girly and feminine. Love it or hate it, it's definitely a big trend this year.

(Top left: Badgley Mischka, Top right: Claire Pettibone, Bottom left: Angel Sanchez, Bottom right: Oscar de la Renta)

7. Black Whether it's a black detail here and there, or an all-black dress, this a great idea for the outgoing, offbeat bride. Who says you have to wear white? Black is the new white!

(Top left: Alvina Valenta, Top Right: Anne Bowen,  Bottom left: Carolina Herrera, Bottom right: Vera Wang)



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