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Fresh Finds for the Bride: Pinks | Fun, Flirty & Feminine

Posted December 8, 2010 | 10 Comments

Hi lovelies! Today we present to you part one in a series of inspiration boards encompassing handmade accessories and color palettes. I love inspiration boards, and found them incredibly useful while planning my wedding. Since brides tend to select the gown first (myself included) and then accessories, we felt inspiration boards that focused on accessories with similar color palettes would help incorporate what you love into your event. After all, this is your day and should reflect your own personal style!

This inspiration board features soft hues of ivory, cream, and pink with feminine details (pearls, bows, and lace). Feel free to print out this page for future inspiration while you plan! Enjoy! xo

handmade wedding bride accessories

one {source; photography credit: aimee jobe} | two {source} | three {source} | four {source} | five {source} | six {source} | seven {source} | eight {source} | nine {source} | ten {source}

Which one inspires you most?




Silver Silk, Brocade & Tulle

Posted December 8, 2010 | 2 Comments

This dress is party-ready and versatile for wedding events such as your engagement party or rehearsal dinner. It features silver silk, a cotton brocade bustier with gathered peplum, and tons of ivory tulle layers. Worried about see-through? Not to worry! This dress features a natural silk slip so no mishaps will occur when wearing a little ‘something blue’.  ♥♥

By Red Doll.


Jenry and Michael: A New Orleans, Louisiana Wedding

Posted December 7, 2010 | 2 Comments

Stained glass windows, oak trees, and Southern charm make this Louisiana wedding one of our favorites!  Jenry and Michael’s wedding was beautifully captured by Stevie, from Stevie Ramos Photography.

Stevie tells us, “Jenry and Michael Brewer were married October 23, 2010. They shared their vows under the beautiful oak trees in City Park in New Orleans, LA. They danced the night away under a full moon with family and friends on the Park View Cafe terrace in City Park.”

Enjoy :)

If you love these images and are interested in seeing more from this Louisiana wedding photographer, check out her website here. You can also view her preferred vendor listing in The Bridal Book here at Emmaline Bride!

All images courtesy of Stevie Ramos Photography. All Rights Reserved.



Mistletoe, Sweethearts, and a Christmas Tree!

Posted December 7, 2010 | 3 Comments

Today is beginning to look (and feel) a lot like Christmas!    Although the local radio station has been playing Jingle Bell Rock around the clock (literally since the day after Halloween) without snow on the ground it hardly felt like the holidays.  (Jumping the bandwagon a bit early these days, aren’t they?)  Winter finally arrived this morning with a smattering of snow outside and as a result I’m feeling quite festive!  So… to kick start your holiday spirit (though I’m sure most of you are in full gear!) we wanted to share this oh-so-sweet ‘holiday’ cake topper with you.  It is, of course, handmade, features two very adorable ‘Happy Holiday Sweethearts’ with mistletoe, an adorable bouquet, Christmas tree with snow, and mistletoe!  By Together Forever. Look at the groom’s striped tie – so adorable!  This is one of those cake toppers you will cherish for years, place in your china cabinet, and pass down for generations.  Perfect for December weddings!


Sew In Love: DIY Vintage Spools

Posted December 6, 2010 | 11 Comments

Happy Monday, lovelies! We hope you had a wonderful, relaxing weekend. We are ecstatic to kick off this week with a fabulous DIY project featuring vintage spools, buttons, pretty fabric, corkboard, embroidery, and more by Emmaline Bride’s DIY Expert, Lauren! Enjoy!

Hello lovely EB readers! It’s Lauren from Lauren Elise Crafted again and this time I am here to share a few projects that involve vintage spools. Emma had mentioned to me that she has a slight spool addiction (a girl after my own heart!) and so this DIY is in honor of her and the vintage lover in all of us. To me, nothing is better than a handmade + vintage combination DIY and that is exactly what I have for you today.

Spools are a perfect detail if you want to create a wedding with a crafty, ‘sew in love’ theme. If you wanted to expand on the ideas seen here, I would definitely recommend incorporating all kinds of stitching details (like hand-sewn paper goods), different fabrics for texture, yarn and yarn balls, and more embroidery. These items pair perfectly with family heirlooms and personal treasures, something that I have tried to highlight in the framed fabric pin board. By bringing in personal items and photographs and scattering them throughout the event, your guests can make a connection with you as a couple and with your families.

Have we converted you to a vintage spool lover yet? Is it important for you to incorporate family photographs and memorabilia and if so, how are you choosing to do it?

What you’ll need:
-vintage spools
-grosgrain ribbon
-disappearing ink pen
-white embroidery thread
-embroidery needle
-tacky glue
-backless vintage frames
-1/4” thick corkboard
-1/4” foam core


1. To make the spool escort cards, cut your grosgrain ribbon down to about a 10” strip. Use a disappearing ink pen to write out guest’s names onto the ribbon {image a}. Using a simple backstitch, embroider the names with white embroidery floss {image b}. When the embroidery is finished, glue the ribbon to the vintage spool with tacky glue, holding in place for a few seconds {image c}. Wrap the ribbon around the spool, gluing as you go.

2. To make the framed table number, remove the back from a vintage frame if need be (mine conveniently came without a back). Cut down the corkboard so that it will fit within the frame {image d}. Glue the corkboard to the frame with tacky glue or possibly something a little stronger like crazy glue or super glue adhesive. Make the table number out of buttons. Thread a needle through the cork and stitch each button in place {image e}. You may want to write the number out with pencil beforehand to act as a guide. Follow the directions in step 1 and embroider the ribbon with the word ‘table’ on it. Glue the ribbon to the spool as you did before. Thread a piece of wire through the spool and stick the wire through the cork to hold the spool in place. The spool and ribbon should hang freely next to the table number.

3. To make the fabric pin board, remove the back from a larger vintage frame. Cut a piece of foamcore or foam board down to the size of the frame. The foamcore should be cut so that it will pop right into the back of the frame. Cut a piece of fabric so that it is slightly larger than the foamcore piece. Glue the fabric to the foamcore with tacky glue {image f}. Glue all of the fabric edges, pulling tight as you go {image g}. Pop the fabric covered foamcore into the back of the frame {image h}. Mine fit snuggly enough so I did not need to attach it to the frame but you may need to use glue to adhere together. Pin photographs, crafts, and family heirlooms to your pin board!

It has been a pleasure to be here with you today! If you have any questions about anything I have made, please feel free to contact me through my blog. I am also available to make anything you see. I would love to craft something special for you!


About the Author:
Lauren is part of the DIY Team at Emmaline Bride as our resident DIY Expert. You can find more of her EB exclusive projects here + read her blog here!



Swoon-Worthy Saturday: December 4th

Posted December 4, 2010 | 5 Comments

Happy Saturday, lovelies! I hope you’re reading this in pajamas, slippers, and a hot cup of coffee. Relax today while you continue seeking wedding inspiration this weekend with this fab assortment of five finds that are sure to make you swoon. Which one is your favorite?

one {source} | two {source} | three {source} | four {source} | five {source}

Have a wonderful Saturday!



Popping the Question?

Posted December 3, 2010 | 3 Comments

Planning on popping the question this holiday season? Emmaline Bride sellers are here to help! Make it memorable with these handmade wedding finds, fitting for such an occasion!



And, include a handcrafted, eco-friendly solitaire engagement ring, like so…

Fortune cookie box by Imeon Design |  Engagement Rings by Barbara Michelle Jacobs Fine Jewelry

Happy Weekend, lovelies! More to come ALL WEEKEND LONG. And, get ready for a ridiculous amount of handmade pretties next week, including a DIY too adorable for words!




Beautiful Bridal Shoot in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Posted December 3, 2010 | 3 Comments


We received this bridal shoot by Imagine Three which took place in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is absolutely beautiful – so inspirational for the bride-to-be! – and ALL items used have been purchased locally (we love supporting local businesses)! Imagine Three is made up of a team of sisters Whitney, Hannah, and Julie. Each brings an individual talent to the table (Whitney is a photographer, Hannah is a makeup artist, and Julie is a hairstylist… we call that a triple threat!) and have collaborated to create this beautiful bridal shoot. Check out the images, and scroll down to the last image to see our favorite! Enjoy! xo


{ vendors }

Dress designer Amsale at Vintage to Vogue – Ann Arbor, MI

Jewelry by Princess Designs Jewelry – Ann Arbor, MI

Shoot location: Ann Arbor City Club

Hair accessory by Londonxox – based in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Flowers by Lisa at Pot & Box Ann Arbor, MI

Thanks, Imagine Three for sharing this lovely shoot with our readers! xo

{ The Imagine Three Team! }



Lacy, Lovely: Joy Ever After

Posted December 2, 2010 | 3 Comments


We are so proud to promote our newest seller in the handmade marketplace, Joy Ever After! Based in Saint Louis, Amanda is a talented designer of “details that make life loveable”. This invitation is certainly loveable… we love the black lace, lime green, and brilliant typography! Check out her Emmaline Bride shop and her website here for even more handmade items for your wedding.


Mason Jar Favors: Brownie Mix

Posted December 2, 2010 | 1 Comment

We love these clever mason jar favors with brownie mix inside! This is an easy favor you can make yourself. Invite your bridesmaids over to lend a helping hand, and be sure to bake up a batch or two… you know, for taste-testing just to make sure. ;)

mason jar favors brownie mix



Sweetly Stitched

Posted December 2, 2010 | 4 Comments

Well, it’s official! I never would have guessed it, pretties, but it seems cross-stitching is back – and, might I add, it is in full force!

I’m a sucker for vintage charm, and these cross stitchings are so sweet. I found a few in particular that really struck a chord (thread? more appropriate) with me. In my future dream home (a 1920′s style, vintage farmhouse-esque little home gleaming with charm + character with wood floors that creak) I would love to hang a few of these darlings on the wall. Spotted at a.e. wilder, these cross-stitchings make great wedding gifts for the bride and groom, for your new nest, or anniversary and Christmas gifts! I love the colors, the buttons (such a sweet detail), and the personalization (wedding date + names). Adorable. A few in her shop are intended for baby gifts, but I’m sure you can customize with your wedding date and first names, if you wish (the ruffled one at the bottom is my personal favorite. Way too cute for words).

P.S. Did you enter our giveaway yet? It’s a beautiful opportunity to give someone you love a handmade gift this holiday season!



A Harley, Some Bubbly, and Romantic Fun

Posted December 1, 2010 | 3 Comments


Get ready to ride off into the sunset with this beautiful fall Philadelphia engagement session captured by Cathie from BG Productions.  Jocelyn and Phil’s engagement session started off in front of The Please Touch Museum, and continued to the Plateau section in Fairmont Park before finishing in a nearby arboretum.  Phil’s harley and a little bubbly added to the day’s fun!




We’re looking forward to seeing Jocelyn and Phil’s wedding photos after they tye the knot June 24, 2011 at The Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia.

If you love these images and are interested in seeing more from this Pennsylvania wedding photographer, check out her website here. You can also view her preferred vendor listing in The Bridal Book here at Emmaline Bride!

All images courtesy of BG Productions. All Rights Reserved.




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