This Sonoma Valley styled session encompassed romance in lavender fields. It was a beautiful day with lavender in bloom as Candy and Jon meet with Sandra from White Ivory Photography. Sandra tells us, “I wanted to showcase a session filled with lots of soft pastel layers, golden sun and the beauty of the venue.” This romantic styled photo session was photographed at Matanzas Creek Winery in Sonoma Valley, California. The winery offered fantastic scenery as Candy and Jon walked among lavender, relished sweet moments, soft touches, and exchanged loving gazes. Feel the vibe in 3..2..1…
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Hello, loves! We’ve talked about wedding favors, but have you thought about bridal shower favors yet? If you’re planning a bridal shower, you’ll want to pick out a favor to say thank you to guests. If you’re a Maid of Honor, Mom, Bridesmaid, or friend planning a bridal shower for a bride-to-be, you’ll want to bookmark this post for future reference! We’ve scoured the web to find fifty of the most creative bridal shower favors to inspire your memorable event. And, this isn’t just any old list: each hand-picked favor is one we know your guests will actually enjoy. If you’re spending money on favors, you might as well buy favors guests will enjoy, right? That’s what we think, too! Read on to see which bridal shower favors made the list (note: favors listed in random order; each favor is equally amazing). Also, keep in mind that many of these favors are applicable as wedding favors, too. Enjoy!
Good morning, lovelies! I spotted this amazing tablescape and had to share it… immediately. This vintage inspired tablescape would be perfect for either a bridal shower or a wedding. I love the pop of lavender – both the color and the sprig placed on the plate – and the lace ties the vintage look together perfectly. The metal place ‘cards’ are my favorite touch, and since it would take plenty of bridehours to make 100+ metal place ‘cards’, I think this works best for the bride and groom’s seats. This entire vintage inspired tablescape is gorgeous and one of my favorites to date. Styled by The Stylish Soiree, captured by Love Life Studios and spotted via Style Me Pretty.
Let’s face it: planning your wedding or other special event in your life can be stressful. Stress can lead to breakouts, lack of sleep, and nutritional deficiencies that can leave you feeling (and looking) less than your best. Today we’re showing you how to say goodbye to dry and flaky skin and say hello to that ready-for-the-aisle radiance you crave. Read on to find out how to get glowing skin naturally with handmade, natural beauty products + find out how to make a DIY face mask using a few items you already have in your kitchen. Enjoy!
Before your wedding, you’ll want to make sure your skin is glowing and in tip-top shape (though we already know you’ll be radiating with happiness already!) If skin products you’re using are working well, keep using them; don’t try any new beauty regimens right before the big day, as you never know how your skin will react. I (Emma here!) have heard great things about ingredients like tea tree oil and activated charcoal for easing acne-prone skin. This facial bar by Pink Parchment Soaps may be just what the beauty fairy ordered. It contains activated charcoal and tea tree oil which is all natural and good for acne. We also love it because it’s vegan friendly with no animal products, by-products, or animal testing. Love that!
This next facial soap contains red clay, which is unscented and all natural. If you have combination, normal, or oily skin, this is the beauty bar for you. Shea butter has been added which is great for washing your face without over-drying (and your fiance will love to borrow it for shaving).
Finally, this facial soap with oatmeal and tea tree oil provides a bit of exfoliation and kaolin clay (which is excellent at drawing out impurities). Kaolin is great for sensitive skin and works well while being gentle on sensitive skin.
Even though you’re keeping up with regular cleansing, winter skin may get dull around the edges. Slough off those dead skin cells every so often by exfoliating. We spotted this beautiful product by The Bumble Bee Studio that can help cleanse, exfoliate, detoxify, and moisturize in one easy step. Talk about multi-tasking!
Oh, did we mention it was infused with pure essential lavender & eucalyptus oils and ground lavender flowers? Sounds like a lovely combination!
Want the cake without the guilt? Natural Divas have you covered with this sugar scrub bound to slough off those dull layers with this scent called, “Let’s Eat Cake”. Let’s just say this jar comes jam-packed with delicious scents like buttercream frosting, coconut macaroons, vanilla white cake, orchid, musk, and almond. I guess this is one rare time where you can have your cake (but you can’t eat it, too).
After exfoliating, it is crucial to replenish any lost moisture in your skin. Be sure to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize – without a greasy, oily product. This product is extra moisturizing face lotion but has aloe vera as a base to give your skin a beautiful moisturized feel all day long. Non-greasy, absorbs quickly, and it’s vegan! What more could you want from your moisturizer? (P.S. It’s available in a non-scented formula, too!)
This silky soft moisturizer, shown below, is made for face and hands to be extra protective in cold weather. I don’t know about you, but my hands and elbows sure take a toll from this winter weather and this moisturizer by Phoenix Botanicals sounds like a dream! This moisturizer features all organic ingredients and locally hand-picked beach-side wild rose petals.
Don’t neglect your pretty pout! Get your lips ready for that first kiss as husband + wife with an all-natural lip balm to soothe and protect your pout. We found this lip balm by Phoenix Botanicals made with organic and local ingredients.
And, while on the topic, I’m sure your fiancee wouldn’t mind a little pampering before the big day, too. He can learn how to get glowing skin with these more masculine products we found. Take a look at this first gift set by Wild Rose Herbs just in time for Valentine’s Day!
About the products: always test product before using on face. The Emmaline Bride team has not tested or purchased these products, nor can we give full disclosure on how they will work for you. They are, however, handmade which means love, natural ingredients, and two hands went into the creation of each product, which is more than you can say about factory-processed beauty items. Just sayin’.
We love these handmade lavender sachets for bridal shower favors because they smell a-mazing, they offer a pretty scent for your clothing drawer, are essential for de-stressing (lavender is used in aromatherapy products and is known for its soothing properties) and they are made with love + care. These sachets by The Blooming Thread measure 4 inches square with a linen top and lavender oil beads inside.
But wait! There’s more!
Did we mention The Blooming Thread is having a Spring cleaning sale? Get your entire order 20% off with offer code SPRINGCLEANING. More favors = more savings. Happy shopping!
The Blooming Thread is an Emmaline Bride featured artisan in The Marketplace
Looking for simple + sweet table decor that is easy to DIY? We love mason jar centerpieces! Just combine your favorite colorful flowers (for spring and summer some of our favorites include lavender, peonies, daisies, sunflowers, and wildflower bunches) and place in a mason jar full of water. Mason jars are easily my favorite addition to wedding decor and this is just one way to incorporate them. You can find half gallon mason jars (the larger one as seen below with the lavender flowers) via Midwest Finds or buy the regular size mason jars in bulk via Amazon. You can also find mason jars inexpensively at garage sales or estate sales in your area. Get creative + have fun!