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21 Beautiful Gemstone Jewelry Gifts for Bridesmaids

Hi, lovelies! Emma here. Presumably you’ve seen jewelry made of gemstones or birthstones, all shiny and smooth. But have you ever seen raw gemstone jewelry like herkimer diamonds, druzy, or rough-edged gemstones? We’re finding these rough-around-the-edges pieces can really shine with natural beauty! Today we’ve rounded up twenty-one gorgeous pieces all in one place. Raw gemstone jewelry makes beautiful gifts for bridesmaids, the Maid of Honor, mothers, or the bride because no two are the same. Each piece has been naturally shaped, cut, and designed to become a one-of-a-kind gift she will love. In today’s post, we’ve found handmade raw gemstone rings, necklaces, bracelets, and more — even a very specific bridal necklace we know you’ll love (#1, below). Read on to see all 21 gift-worthy finds…

Raw Gemstone Jewelry: Rings, Necklaces & More

This first find is perfect for the bride! The pearls. The ‘something blue’ gemstone. The druzy! Ahhh, so much to love. By OhKuol Jewelry.

1. Bridal necklace

This is our #HANDMADEADAY pick of the day, too!

raw druzy layering necklace bridal

by oh kuol jewelry

10 Two Piece Dresses That Are Absolutely Stunning for Weddings

Hi, Emma here! It’s Tuesday, which means that my coffee is stronger than usual (but when is it not?) and our Ask Emmaline questions are buzzing in faster than we can count them. I’m convinced that you are bogged down on Mondays and then on Tuesdays you realize you have a ton of wedding questions to ask. And we love it, so keep ’em coming! Today we’re sharing ten gorgeous two piece wedding dresses (also known as cropped wedding dresses or wedding gown separates) in response to reader, Steph, and her question that rolled in last week. She asks,

“I like the look of two piece wedding dresses but haven’t been able to find one I like. I think separate pieces would also help me change up my look for the reception without buying an entirely different dress. Can you help? Do you have any favorites?”Steph

Hi, Steph! You are right on: a two piece wedding dress can absolutely change up your look throughout your wedding day in an instant. You can pick two pieces (a top and skirt) for the ceremony, and change into an alternate top with the same skirt (or even a shorter one) for the reception. Bridal separates, as they’re often called, are a perfect choice for the bride who likes to have many options. We also love bridal separates with long sleeves that act as a bolero on top of your wedding dress during the reception (which brides are opting for as a warmer option in fall or winter). To show you some stunning examples, I’ve handpicked my favorite two piece wedding dresses to share with you today — all handmade and direct from the designer! Read on to see what I’ve discovered…

Two Piece Wedding Dresses & Bridal Separates

1. This two piece wedding dress with lovely lace sleeves

By Pure Magnolia Couture.

A stunning two piece dress for weddings! By PureMagnoliaCouture. | two piece dresses weddings |

by pure magnolia couture

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Flower Inspired Bags / Clutches for Weddings (+ Giveaway!)

When you are blessed to see so many beautiful handmade finds on a daily basis as we are, you might assume we see the things over and over again. But that’s the beauty of handmade weddings: there’s always something new to love. To admire. To adore. There’s always a new collection launching, a new color palette inspiring, and a new trend hitting the market. And, we have to tell you: the creativity that comes from small shops turns into BIG ideas. That’s why we love, love, love our community here at Emmaline Bride and we’re so excited you’re here to plan your wedding along with us. Just wanted to tell you that. :)

When it comes to clutch purses, for instance, you would think after seeing hundreds of styles and designs, we’ve seen them all. But that’s not the case. As one example, have you seen the beautiful flower inspired bags and clutches over at ANGEE W.? It’s brimming with lacy textures and feminine detailing! And their ivory rosebud clutch is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Today we’re sharing a handful of our favorites from their shop to show you what we mean. Plus, we’ve teamed up with them to give one of these beautiful bags away to a lucky bride-to-be! Will it be you? Find out which bag is our newest wedding giveaway and enter for a chance to win!

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chiffon flower clutch | flower bags clutches weddings by ANGEE W.

clutch: angee w.

12 Incredible Dresses Under $500 for Beautiful Boho Weddings

strapless boho wedding dress | dresses boho weddings

The new collection from Barzelai is here! And wait until you see the beautiful dresses we have spotted! If you’re a boho bride, you’ll adore these sweet embellishments from embroidered collars and lace to deep v necklines and flowy silhouettes. Whether your style is a casual backyard wedding, an elegant seaside wedding, or a wedding in the woods, a boho wedding dress may be perfect for you! Read on to see our favorite handpicked dresses from the new collection. Plus, did we mention all of these are under $500? We thought you’d love that! Enjoy!

This Pearl and Silver Earrings Giveaway Will Make Your Monday :)

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Emma here and my weekend was pretty awesome. I went to a family reunion pool party, the weather was gorgeous, I got to see my favorite people, and I finally got a decent tan going. I also had one of these and, let me tell you: it’s the new Slurpee. When I don’t have to run in and fill it up (just go through the drive-thru), that totally works for me, especially when it’s 90 degrees outside. And let me tell you, it is d e l i c i o u s. Anyway, we hope your weekend was full of fun, too!

We’re kicking off this intensely hot Monday morning with a brand new giveaway from the amazing Jane of Jacaranda Designs! When Jane wanted to give away a pair of these silver and pearl earrings, we couldn’t wait to share them with you. One lucky reader will receive this pair that features a triple flower hydrangea bouquet design. The earrings have a cream Swarovski glass coin pearl that has a brilliant luster. The flowers are matte silver plated brass with sterling silver posts. These are ideal for a classic bride who wants a unique and eye-catching design. Take a look!

Pearl and Silver Bouquet Earrings

pearl and silver bouquet earrings

by jacaranda designs

What is a Blusher Veil?

What is a blusher veil? We’ll show you about this unique wedding veil trend! P.S. If you love wedding advice, tips, giveaways, and more, be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss future posts like this!

Are you considering a blusher veil? Wondering what a blusher veil even is? Today we’re here to show you about this wedding veil, how it is worn, and what hairstyles you can wear with it. We’re also sharing some of our favorite blusher veils to inspire you. Enjoy!

bridal illusion tulle blusher veil

blusher veil by january rose bridal

What is a Blusher Veil?

First things first: what is a blusher veil?

A blusher veil is a short wedding veil that covers the bride’s face as she walks down the aisle. A blusher is a very classic choice. You can choose a blusher veil by itself, or have a blusher veil added to another veil style. It can be as poufy as you’d like; a single layer blusher veil is closer to your face, while a double layer blusher veil — like this one, below — offers more volume.

How is a Blusher Veil Worn?

Most blusher veils are attached to a simple hair comb or a headband. This blusher veil, shown below by Rose Red Bridal Designs, is attached to your hair with a hair comb.

What is a Blusher Veil? - Silk Blusher Veil by Rose Red Bridal Designs

blusher veil by rose red bridal designs

Here’s an alternate view:

What is a Blusher Veil? - Silk Blusher Veil by Rose Red Bridal Designs

by rose red bridal designs

What hairstyles can be worn with a blusher veil?

A blusher veil looks great with any hairstyle, with your hair worn down or in an updo.

blusher veil

by melinda rose design

This blusher veil by Sara Brosious is attached to a headband and has a hand beaded applique with muted nude sequins for a little sparkle.

waverly blusher veil

blusher veil by sara brosious

This double layer birdcage veil by Melinda Rose Design has a 9-10″ size and is available in white or ivory.

blusher veil tulle

blusher veil by melinda rose design, photo: atlas & elia

Top 10 Layered Pearl Necklaces on Etsy — (+ Giveaway!)

If you like a classic look with modern flair, try layered pearl necklaces on for size! We’ve rounded up our favorites from Etsy to inspire your layered look. We’ve even teamed up with pearl jewelry expert, Sukran Kirtis Jewelry, to give away a pearl necklace to one of our fabulous readers! See which necklaces made the list… and enter for a chance to win!

bride wearing layered pearl necklace

photo: gideon photography via my wedding

Layered Pearl Necklace Etsy Finds

1. This multi strand pearl wedding necklace

I love the blush pearls and gems mixed into this one.

layered pearl necklace

by sukran kirtis jewelry

2. This chunky layered necklace

Ah, so many tiny pearls for one dramatic statement piece!

chunky layered pearl necklace

by sukran kirtis jewelry

3. This triple layered necklace with rhinestone clasp

This layered pearl necklace has a classic look and a sparkly closure, worn to the side. I really like this look.

bridal pearl necklace with rhinestone clasp

by sarah walsh bridal

4. This mint green one, for a splash of color

A bride doesn’t have to wear white pearls! Opt for a splash of color — like mint — if you prefer. Or, gift this one to your bridesmaids!

mint layered pearl necklace etsy finds for bridesmaids

by joy katherine

5. This double strand pearl with cz elements

I like this double-layered look — and those sparkly elements are amazing!

double strand pearl necklace with cz

by sarah walsh bridal

6. This topaz and pearl necklace

This necklace is more petite and offers a little something blue.

topaz and pearl layered necklace etsy finds

by bare and me