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Save the Date Engagement: Kelly + Chris

Kelly and Chris’ save the date engagement session is fun they get to share! This North Carolina couple is planning their July 2012 wedding in Wilmington, NC and were looking for the perfect photos for their save the date stationery. After contacting Wilmington photographer Eric Boneske from Eric Boneske Photography, they headed out to an abandoned farm. Kelly and Chris, being such a photogenic couple, worked with Eric to capture happiness between future husband and wife.

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Save the Date Engagement

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save the date photos

save the date photos

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wilmington wedding photographer

wilmington wedding photographer

wilmington wedding photographer

wilmington wedding photographer

wilmington wedding photographer

wilmington wedding photographer

Want to see more photography from Eric? Check out Eric Boneske Photography for more happily engaged couples. Also, be sure to check out Eric’s North Carolina business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

All images courtesy of Eric Boneske Photography. All Rights Reserved.

The Perfect Bridesmaid Clutch… with a Twist!

We’ve been in love with the beautiful collection of bridesmaid clutch purses at Brighter Day for quite some time, and today we’re sharing another reason to love ’em: custom personalized messages! Now your perfect bridesmaid clutch purse comes equipped with a sweet sentimental note written by the bride, sure to be a long-lasting sentiment for years to come. We especially love this mustard yellow clutch purse, shown below… take a peek:

perfect bridesmaid clutch

perfect bridesmaid clutch

perfect bridesmaid clutch

perfect bridesmaid clutch

Add your custom personalization below as illustrated below:

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perfect bridesmaid clutch

perfect bridesmaid clutch

Grey + Yellow = Perfection…

perfect bridesmaid clutch

Love these clutches? Then you’ll love the full collection at Brighter Day, featured artisan at The Marketplace.

Stay tuned – there’s more inspiration coming up soon!

-E.

Something Blue Hairpiece with Feathers

Are you looking for “something blue” with a little subtlety? We spotted this sweet yet subtle something blue hairpiece featuring a petite feather clip and a tiny pop of aqua blue accent feathers. Hackle feathers, ivory ostrich wisps, and the pearl cluster embellishment (which I love) finishes this pretty piece. By The Headband Shoppe.

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xo,
-E.

Wedding Monograms

One key element to achieving a cohesive wedding theme is consistency. One easy way to achieve a consistent look is through the use of wedding monograms. Think of your monogram as a wedding “logo” which can be placed on decor throughout your event. Monograms can vary and typically either include one initial (the letter of your new last name), both initials, three initials (the first letter of first names + the first letter of your new last name) or your first names written out. To make your wedding monogram really stand out, be sure to use tons of color. Add your monogram to each element throughout your decor such as the save the date, invitation, menu, ceremony program, favor, and aisle runner for consistency. Take a look at a few colorful examples we spotted at Wedding Monograms:

monograms for your wedding
monograms for your wedding
monograms for your wedding
monograms for your wedding

wedding monograms
wedding monograms

Custom monograms can be used after the wedding day, too. Place them on your thank you cards and stationery for years to come.

More coming up soon!

Happy Planning,

-E.

Wedding Cake Alternative – Pavlova!

Looking for a twist on traditional wedding cake? This wedding cake alternative – double chocolate raspberry pavlova – looks positively delicious. Pavlova is a dessert with a meringue base or shell and is filled with whipped cream and fruit. We spotted this yummy wedding cake alternative at What Katie Ate (via Pinterest) where you can read a full pavlova how-to instruction. This looks too good to skimp on size, so be sure to make plenty (+ save some for us)!

wedding cake alternative - pavlova

image copyright katie quinn davies

-THE EB TEAM

Your Dreamy Backyard Wedding Style

Today we’re showcasing this dreamy backyard wedding style shoot! This inspiring photography shoot by Izzy Hudgins from Izzy Hudgins Photography is absolutely perfect for brides looking to take a break, relax, and look inward for their own intimate backyard wedding style. Izzy explains what wedding style details this shoot entails and how you can be inspired for your backyard wedding.

Izzy tells us, “This photo shoot was inspired by a trip to a vintage store called Magpie Vintage in Madrid, where we found the adorable leather ankle boots. I wanted to create a dreamy session based on Megan’s relaxed, bohemian style. Most people, when they think of weddings automatically think of huge gowns, rhinestones and super luxurious accessories. What makes me love the wedding industry so much these days is that there are no rules anymore. I think its important to let brides know that if they have a more chill, relaxed style they don’t have to necessarily be super glam on their wedding day. Its important to stay true to who you are and to realize that you can truly wear what you want. This styled inspiration shoot is perfect for bridesmaids or even a bride who is having a backyard/intimate wedding. Its also super budget friendly, the entire look, besides the professional hair and makeup, came in under $100.” See anything inspiring for your backyard wedding?

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style shoot

style shoot

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style shoot

style shoot

Model: Megan Flom
Dress: Zara
Boots: Magpie Vintage
Flowers: German statice bought at a local flower stand
Jewelry: from various world markets
Photography: Izzy Hudgins Photography
Hair and makeup: Leo Rodriguez Pulido
Location: Casa de Campo Madrid, Spain

If you’re interested in seeing more from this amazing wedding photographer check out Izzy’s site here. Izzy Hudgins is a preferred vendor in The Bridal Book at Emmaline Bride and you may view her listing here.

All images copyright Izzy Hudgins Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Wedding Inspiration Boards by Color

Need wedding inspiration boards by color? Looking to coordinate with your wedding’s color scheme? We’ve got ’em! Chrissy Ott, editor of The Perfect Palette, sent us these incredible inspiration boards which combine our love for handmade and her expertise in color palettes. And, since it is easier to find an accessory first (rather than find one to match your palette later) Chrissy used a handmade clutch as the focal point for each board. We are also excited to add that each handmade clutch used below is from The Marketplace at Emmaline Bride, where you can find tons of handmade loveliness from the best artisans on the planet. Get inspired with color AND a handmade accessory to match!

Wedding Inspiration Boards by Color

1 – Blues

wedding inspiration boards by color

wedding inspiration boards by color

clutch by Eclu

wedding inspiration boards by color

2 – Pinks + Browns

wedding inspiration boards by color
wedding inspiration boards by color

clutch by Lolis’ Creations

wedding inspiration boards by color

3 – Chartreuse, Aqua + Light Green

wedding inspiration boards by color
wedding inspiration boards by color

clutch by Eclu

wedding inspiration boards by color

4 – Pink + Gray

wedding inspiration boards by color
wedding inspiration boards by color

clutch by PaperFlora

wedding inspiration boards by color

5 – Antique Gold, Pewter, Champagne + White

wedding inspiration boards by color
wedding inspiration boards by color

clutch by Fallen Sparrow

6 – Chocolate Brown, Copper, Taupe + Ivory


wedding inspiration boards by color

clutch by Toriska

wedding inspiration boards by color

7 – Coral, Taupe, Ivory + Gold

wedding inspiration boards by color
wedding inspiration boards by color
wedding inspiration boards by color

8 – Plum, Powder Blue + Gray

wedding inspiration boards by color
wedding inspiration boards by color

clutch by Toriska

wedding inspiration boards by color

9 – Black + White

wedding inspiration boards by color
wedding inspiration boards by color

clutch by Lolis’ Creations

wedding inspiration boards by color

10 – Yellow + Gray


wedding inspiration boards by color

clutch by PaperFlora

wedding inspiration boards by color

We hope these colorful examples helped to inspire you! You can find more colorful inspiration by Chrissy at The Perfect Palette. Thanks, Chrissy, for sharing your expertise with our readers!

POST CREDITS

1. top row: chiffon blue dress, snow covered blue barn, bridal style, blue heels,
middle row: blue china pattern, ring, floral, invitation design, invitation pattern,
bottom row: doves, newlyweds in love, blueberries in a bowl, navy bridesmaid dress

2. top row: groomsmen attire, newlyweds in love, beautiful wreath, bridal style,
middle row: hair clips, calligraphy, ring pillows, vintage locket, handmade earrings,
bottom row: newlyweds in love, invitation suite, beautiful bridal gown, centerpiece

3. top row: beautiful veil, green chapel door, bridesmaids dresses, tree invitation,
middle row: event calligraphy, fun programs, napkin, earrings, fun stationery,
bottom row: gorgeous sashes, apple arrangements, newlyweds, simple bouquet

4. top row: lovely bouquet, gorgeous bridesmaid dress, typewriter, groomsmen,
middle row: earrings, bridal party, beautifulflowers, fascinator, special ring
bottom row: ring, pale pink invitation, gray bridal party, pretty white shoes

5. top row: vintage keys, bridal party, pretty centerpiece idea, handmade fascinator,
middle row: bowls, earrings, high heels, fancy clutch, calligraphy by Laura Hooper,
bottom row: bridal heels, sweet wedding cake, newlyweds in love, butterfly blocks

6. top row: barn reception, newlyweds, napkin ring with pine cone, just married,
middle row: pine cones, rustic handcrafted clutch, labels, earrings, buttons,
bottom row: newlyweds in love, centerpiece detail, bridesmaid dress, reception

7. top row: table design by Objectsplendor, newlyweds, table setting, pretty dresses,
middle row: monogram, earrings, etsy clutch, handcrafted necklace, calligraphy,
bottom row: centerpiece flowers, bridal party, napkin ring, bridal hairstyle

8. top row: purple heels, bridal style, invitation design, handcrafted silk clutch,
middle row: calligraphy, handmade earrings, chapel, ring, escort card display.
bottom row: pretty bouquet, bridal party, purple necktie, bridal party attire

9. top row: bridesmaid dresses, lovely heels, little black dress, bridal stationery suite,
middle row: pendant detail, wax seals, ornate jewelry, black bridal clutch, bouquet,
bottom row: gorgeous wreath, lovely bridal portrait, wine bottle display, cupcakes

10. top row: bridal party attire, invitation~wedding paper divas, kisses , shoes,
middle row: invitation, engagement ring, two rings, invitation, swirly motif,
bottom row: newlyweds in love, you are my sunshine, bouquet, hair piece

-E.

About the Author

emma arendoski author of the handcrafted wedding and emmaline bride
Emma Arendoski is the author of the ultimate wedding book, The Handcrafted Wedding, and editor of EmmalineBride.com. Grab a copy of her book here! You can follow her on Twitter @EmmalineBride.

Something Blue Locket for the Bride

Good morning, lovelies! It’s another wonderful Monday morning full of handmade finds starting with this whimsical something blue locket for the bride. This oh-so-sweet necklace features a vintage pale calcedon blue glass drop with a brass setting on a gold filled chain. The vintage locket has an engraved floral pattern and a darkened patina. We love this one-of-a-kind piece – no other bride will have it but you! By Eclectic Orchic.

something blue locket
something blue locket
something blue locket

More coming up all day long! Stay tuned. :)

xo,
-E.

Rustic Real Wedding with DIY Charm

Today we are sharing with you an incredible rustic real wedding with tons of handmade elements and a rustic, homespun flair. We love to hear the details directly from the bride, so take it away, Kendel!

She tells us, “Country, rustic, charming, antique, old-fashion, warm, fun and intimate. Just a few words I would use to describe our wedding day, August 14th, 2010. If I had to describe it in one sentence it would be: The most amazing day that I got to marry my best friend while surrounded by the charming handiwork of my friends and family who all came together to make our day really special and memorable.

Our wedding took place at Balls Falls Conservation Area in Jordan ON. During the reception we had a slide show and several games throughout the evening including the shoe game and the newly wed game, which were a lot of fun. We ended the night with a few fireworks and our car drove through two large fountain style fireworks as our exit.

Our wedding was truly a DIY wedding and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. If it wasn’t something I made personally then it was an item made by a friend or family member, and together everything came out looking great, and it was even nicer knowing it was made with love and hard work from those involved in the day.

We worked with a relatively small budget and yet everything was exactly what I wanted. I hope the images of our wedding inspire other couples to really consider DIY as well as the power of asking friends and family members for their expertise when it comes to planning a wedding. You don’t always have to rely on the ‘experts’ when there are experts all around you amongst your friends and family!

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rustic real wedding

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rustic real wedding
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rustic real wedding
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rustic real wedding
rustic real wedding
rustic real wedding
rustic real wedding
rustic real wedding
rustic real wedding

Here are descriptions of just a few things we, or friends and family members, created for our big day:

Wedding Map: Jill Mitchell is an amazing artist that I met while doing my undergrad at Brock University. She has such a unique style of drawing and so I commissioned her to draw a personalized wedding map to put in with our invitations. I just love the end result she came up with – the map included not only directions but also a ‘caricature’ of myself and the groom, along with an image of our ‘getaway truck’ as well as the chapel and our reception barn. Here is a link to her art blog: http://ceilingexplorer.blogspot.com/

Our Wedding program: I wanted a really unique program that fit the country theme of our wedding and that would be an element of entertainment for our guests (as apposed to just a run down of the ceremony order of events). So I made a Mini Newspaper Style wedding program that included a ‘top story’ about us as a couple along with some funny advertisements that fit our wedding theme along with of course the typical ‘program’ break down. I have been busy at creating these Mini Newspaper Programs from brides from all over now as I sell them in my ETSY shop here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/71701996/mini-newspaper-style-wedding-program

Personalize Aisle Runner: My brother’s girlfriend, Meredith, is an artist and so I asked her to personalize our Aisle runner by painting our initial logo and date at the base of the runner! It looked great and all it cost was a small bottle of paint and a brush! Meredith also surprised us with an amazing painting of one of our engagement photos! It is SO beautiful and we featured it on our ‘signing table’ at the reception and it really was a show stopper! We now have the painting hanging in our bedroom and it is so lovely.

Centerpieces: I looked for a year at every garage sale, flea market and antique shop and found various antique tins of all shapes, sizes and genres. We then grew our own garden of sunflowers and zinnias (as well as order a few extra greens and filler flowers) and made our own centerpiece. Each table had a combination of different tins and no one centerpiece was alike.

Handmade Flower Girl Dolls: I asked my grandma to make a ‘Prairie Dolls’ for each of my four flower girls! My mom found really nice sunflower fabric to use for their dresses and each flower girl got to hold their doll down the aisle, they looked really cute in photos, and they was a nice keepsake for them to take home after the wedding.

Silhouette logo: I made custom silhouettes of Ben (the groom) and myself. We used these silhouettes on our invitation as well as on our bottle labels and we even framed them and hung them on the church doors. They really set the theme for the day and were a nice personal touch to the wedding. Interested in getting your own? I offer them in my ETSY shop here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/56325805/personalized-silhouettes

Our Getaway: We really wanted the traditional feel of a fun getaway running through the crow to a getaway vehicle. We went the ‘eco-friendly’ route of tossing birdseed instead of rice or confetti. Our guests had a lot of fun throwing the birdseed and I am sure the birds had fun afterwards. I now offer the same Birdseed tossing bags in my Etsy shop so that other brides can enjoy the same fun tradition at their weddings: http://www.etsy.com/listing/75544335/birdeseed-tossing-bags-with-sewn-on We were also very blessed to be able to borrow my maid of honor’s uncle’s old fashion pickup truck! It was an ideal getaway vehicle and we road away in it while sitting on hay bails in the back.

Our Wedding Cake: Our wedding cake was made by my friend Wilma. She is just getting started with her cake business (link below) and I was telling her how I wanted a ‘Rustic, old-fashioned cake that look handmade’ and she said “I can totally make a ‘handmade’ looking cake” and so she did! It turned out JUST how we wanted it and I had chosen three different types of fabric and we sewed them into ‘bands’ and then backed them with wax paper and wrapped the around the cake. It really gave it a rustic look and added to the handmade DIY feel of the day. Here is a link to Wilma’s Cake Site – Mill Street Cakes: http://millstreetcakes.blogspot.com/

Cake Topper: Our cake topper was an amazing handmade piece by Sarah Neuburger of ‘The Small Object’ and they are featured in her ‘Together Forever’ Etsy Shop. She was so great about using all of my ideas and really created a topper that reflected our colours and the style of our wedding day. She even made the dress on the cake topper doll match mine exactly! I highly recommend working with her to create your cake topper. Here is a link to her ETSY Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/togetherforever?ref=seller_info

Our Favour: I wanted our favour to be something that my guests would really like and get use out of. I also wanted the favour to go with our rustic theme! I decided I wanted to do honey bottles and so I found really nice bottles and ordered them. Then all I needed to do was find a honey supplier to fill them. WELL to our delight my husband’s aunt and cousins were just getting a Bee farm started and said that the previous year they got lots of honey and would love to fill our favour bottles as a gift to us!! We were so excited to have family honey in the bottles, it made them that much sweeter! I made really cute tags for the bottles and I now design personalized tags for other bride’s favour. You can check them out here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/72867768/wedding-favor-tags-custom-tag-design-for

Guest Seating Tree: I made a really neat ‘guest seating tree’ to hang our seating chart on. I used branches that I collected from around my parent’s farm and I painted them gold. I then found little lanterns and placed battery powered flicker tea lights in the lanterns. I then hung the seating chart, by individual tables, on the tree by tying them on with raffia. I placed the tree in a silver bucket with rocks to hold it down and covered them with moss. I tied a ribbon around the branches to hold them together. Guests walked around the tree to find their name and see where they were sitting. The tree really added to the entry of the reception venue.

Handmade Reception Décor: Friends and family really came together to make our reception décor beautiful and cost effective. We decorated everything ourselves. My pastor’s wife, Bryar, runs a party planning business (link below) and she made amazing tissue pom poms to hang from the rafters of the barn. They were different sizes and were ivory and copper in colour. They really added to the beauty and intimacy of the space! My dad cut out our logo initials, ‘BRK’, and then crackled painted them and we hung them at the front of the barn above the head table. They looked great and really personalized the space, and now we have them as art in our home. We also strung up globe lights that I found in the patio section of a store and they really looked amazing and were a very cost effective way to decorate and give a big impact. http://eventessentials.org/eventessentials/index.html.html

RSVPS: I made my own wedding invitations but was a little stumped when it came to how to make the RSVPs. I came up with the idea to create postcards and pre-stamp them so that my guests could simply pop them in the mail after checking their box and filling in their number on the back. They ended up working out GREAT and really added to the rustic old-fashioned theme of the day. I now offer custom designs RSVP Postcards to other brides VIA my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/listing/56835917/wedding-rsvp-postcards

Photography: Photography is such an important element of any wedding day, as what good is ALL this DIY work if there is no one there to capture all the small details that help capture the mood and feel of your wedding day. I am a photographer myself, so I had my fellow photographer friends Jenn and Dave Stark capture the special moments of our wedding day. And as you can all see they did a FABULOUS job!! Check out their website for more of their work, they are an awesome team and are great at what they do! http://www.jennstarkphotographers.com/

These are just a FEW of the DIY projects that we included in our day, and are just a few examples of our friends and family contributing their talents and creations for our big day. I hope our wedding inspires you to DIY and to seek out others who can DIY for you to give your wedding a charming and intimate feel.”

Thank you, Kendel, for sharing your beautiful wedding day with our readers!

Photography by Jenn Stark Photographers. All Rights Reserved.