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Modern Air Plant Wedding Decor

I love when wedding decor can be re-used as home decor. Loooove it. So when I (Emma here!) spotted these modern hanging air plant holders over at Handmade Sam Made, I couldn’t resist sharing their geometric awesomeness with you. But first, what is an air plant, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you!

What is an Air Plant?

These is an air plant? Here’s what it looks like:

Air Plant Wedding Decor | http://emmalinebride.com/decor/air-plant-wedding-decor/

by handmade sam made

An air plant — aka Tillandsia, if you want to get technical — is a sometimes rootless tropical plant with grasslike leaves, according to Google. Water and airborne nutrients are absorbed through its leaves.

Air Plant Wedding Decor

An air plant makes an exceptionally lovely flower alternative for wedding decor, especially for a modern wedding because it offers a minimalist look (similar to the succulent). If you want to decorate your wedding with air plants, we recommend using them as centerpieces, like so:

Air Plant Wedding Decor | http://emmalinebride.com/decor/air-plant-wedding-decor/

by handmade sam made

Air Plant Wedding Decor | http://emmalinebride.com/decor/air-plant-wedding-decor/

by handmade sam made

Or in a vase:

Air Plant Wedding Decor | http://emmalinebride.com/decor/air-plant-wedding-decor/

by handmade sam made

Another way to use air plants as decor is to hang them, whether from trees, rafters, or displayed on a back wall as a sconce or plant holder. These brass Himmeli designs are some of the prettiest I’ve seen yet…

9 Amazing Plantable Wedding Invitations + Favors

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It’s no surprise that eco-friendly plantable wedding goods are so popular right now. I mean, when you can take a wedding essential — like invitations — and recycle them into the earth to make wildflowers, I’d say that’s pretty amazing. Well, that’s what we found when we popped into I Do Bliss and saw her beautiful plantable wedding invitations. And then we dug deeper and found other plantable wedding goods from all around the web we knew you would also love! Why stop at invitations when you can tie your love for nature-inspired finds throughout your big day, including favors, save the dates, and decor? Now you can give back a little to good ol’ Mother Nature when you tie that knot. Enjoy!

Plantable Wedding Invitations, Favors & More

1. Plantable Wedding Invitations

Let’s begin with the plantable wedding invitations that inspired this entire post. These beach inspired invites have certain portions that are plantable. Take a peek!

wildflower plantable wedding invitation
by i do bliss

2. Chic Seed Packet Favors

These seed packet favors are a charming idea for a bridal shower or wedding reception.

red cloud boutique

love blooms seed packets

by red cloud boutique

3. Plantable Floral Decor

Use these flowers as tabletop decor at your cake table or guest book table. After the wedding, plant and you’ll see wildflowers bloom!

plantable poppies

by paper sprouts

by paper sprouts

4. Plantable Save the Date

This particular save the date was designed for a destination wedding, but there are other styles available, too.

love is in the air plantable save the date

by recycled ideas

This state-inspired one is cute, too!

save the date state
by recycled ideas

5. Plantable Wedding Place Cards

A place card + favor in one! Guests can find their seats and plant these cards at home after the big day.

save the date plantable place cards

by recycled ideas

6. Plantable Pots

These are completely biodegradable, plantable pots with plantable paper confetti (THREE PER FAVOR). Guests receive instructions on how to plant. It’s eco-friendly and easy, all rolled into one pretty box.

gift box kit

by recycled ideas favors

7. Plantable Guest Book Wishes

Instead of a traditional guest book, have your loved ones write on these plantable pieces of paper. After the wedding, read the notes and plant them. It turns wishes into wildflowers.

plantable guest book

by lace and twig

8. Plants as Decor + Favors

Easy tip: arrange plants on your wedding tables and have guests take them home as their favor. This is an excellent dual-purpose way to cover decor and favors at once.

plant wrapped in burlap

by baloolah bunting

plant favors wedding

by bespoke country wedding

9. Herb Garden Kits

I need this for my own garden! Give guests the gift of herbs, like cilantro or chives, so they can have them readily available!

herb garden kits
by the gifted tomato

I also thought this ‘gardening’ box was a cute idea! I spotted it at Paper Sprouts:

gardening box

by paper sprouts

What do you think of these plantable wedding ideas? Will you be using them for your big day?

xo
-E.

Twig and Leaf Engagement Ring

Engagement season is upon us, and you know what that means: beautiful new engagement rings popping up all over the place! We love sharing the most gorgeous, custom-made engagement rings around, which is why we couldn’t help ourselves when Kristin Coffin made this little gem. The twig and leaf engagement ring is ideal for the nature-lover, the bride-to-be who loves nature inspired jewelry paired with an exceptionally unique rose-cut diamond. As Kristin puts it, “It is a celebration of our environment and a great alternative to a traditional engagement ring.” It is a perfect everyday piece and one you’ll get compliments on for years to come.

Twig and Leaf Engagement Ring

Here, take a look!

by kristin coffin

You can find this gorgeous engagement ring and others at Kristin Coffin.

xo
-E.

Gold Pebble Wedding Jewelry

Hi, loves! Emma here. Do you love unique, totally-handmade jewelry? Do you crave gold in particular, made with nature-inspired pieces in mind? Then you’ve come to the right place! We spotted this beautiful gold pebble jewelry collection at Andrea Bonelli Jewelry and we’re pretty obsessed with its pieces. To be honest, the gold pebble wedding band shown below in #1 is one of the prettiest rings I’ve ever seen! And I’ve seen many beautiful handmade rings. Take a peek at the diamond eternity band, followed by a wedding band that can be paired with your engagement ring, as well as a matching necklace and pair of chic gold pebble studs below…

Gold Pebble Wedding Jewelry

1. Diamond Eternity Band

Up first, the diamond eternity band!

gold pebble ring

2. Gold Pebble Wedding Band

gold pebble ring
gold pebble ring

3. Gold Pebble Necklace

gold pebble necklace

gold pebble necklace

gold pebble necklace

gold pebble necklace

4. Gold Pebble Earrings

gold pebble earrings

gold pebble earrings

These pieces are handmade with love from Nevada, a made-in-the-USA kind of handcrafted feel you can’t get everywhere! Plus, Andrea herself is amazing to work with, so you’re in good hands. Take a peek at more of her work at her website. Plus, a little birdie told us you can score free shipping in her shop until November 30th with special code ETSYFREESHIP (Etsy shop only) or on her website with code freeship10 :)

xo
-E.

6 Nature Inspired Jewelry Pieces (+ Win One!)

Hey, nature-loving brides: this one’s for you! Have you seen the incredible ways nature can be tied into jewelry pieces today? I mean, you already know how awesome handmade is, but these particular pieces are awe-inspiring. If you’re planning a nature-filled wedding, love the great outdoors, or just happen to be looking for a pretty nature inspired jewelry piece for spring, we’ve found six of ’em. Read on to see what we’ve uncovered PLUS enter for a chance to win one of the lovely items shown below!

Nature Inspired Jewelry Pieces

1. Moss Necklace

Who says moss is limited to decor alone? The fantastic Mr. Lentz has created a new way for moss to steal the show as a jewelry embellishment. This moss necklace is one of our favorite finds to date.

nature inspired jewelry - moss necklace

mr. lentz

And here’s a sneak peek of other pieces he’s created, aptly named ‘plant jewelry’:

plant jewelry

mr. lentz

2. Silver Carved Rock Stud Earrings

Next up: rock stud earrings. Crafted with love by the inspiring Andrea Bonelli, these new pebble earrings are a favorite of ours from her new collection. These earrings are hand-carved from wax and made to resemble the facets of rock. In case you’re wondering, they’ve also been hollowed out in the back to reduce weight (so you can wear ’em everyday). See ’em in silver…

rock stud earrings - nature inspired jewelry

andrea bonelli

… and 14k gold, too!

14k gold pebble earrings

andrea bonelli

3. Twig Stud Earrings

Who says twigs have no role in the fashion world? Kristin Coffin turned an everyday twig into a daily fashion statement with these twig stud earrings. These real twigs are cast in solid recycled 14k gold.

twig stud earrings - nature inspired jewelrytwig stud earrings

kristin coffin

4. Twig Engagement Ring

If you’re hoping for a nature inspired engagement ring, we’ve found it! Have you considered a twig engagement ring? Check out this lovely one made by Barbara Nichelle Jacobs, whose love for nature inspired jewelry is reflected in nearly all of her pieces. This particular ring is one of my favorites: it is made of 100% recycled gold and is cast from real branches, formed into golden rings, and accented with a white diamond. Gorgeous.

twig engagement ringtwig engagement ring gold

barbara michelle jacobs

5. Leaf Bracelet

You’ve seen leaf bracelets in the past, but this one is a favorite of ours for two reasons. First, it’s a pretty accent for your wedding day (especially with the addition of pearls) but it also works well for everyday wear, too. It’s handmade by the lovely ladies of Rustic Gem Jewelry and is our favorite from their collection.

silver leaf braceletleaf bracelet pearls

rustic gem jewelry

6. Tree Bark Necklace

Remember when we talked about how to plan a wood grain wedding? This tree bark necklace would tie in beautifully. It’s one-of-a-kind and made with love by Beth Cyr.

tree bark necklacewood grain pendant necklace

beth cyr

Nature Inspired Jewelry: Giveaway!

Between 1/24-1/30/14 (11:59pm EST), enter for a chance to win a pair of silver rock stud earrings by Andrea Bonelli Jewelry! Prize value: $62. No cash value. Measure 8mm. Winner randomly selected and announced on 1/30/14. Winner must respond to winning email within 72 hours or a new winner will be randomly selected. No purchase necessary. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. Use entry form below to enter. Winner must ‘claim’ prize within 6 months. Good luck!

Prize

pebble earrings in silver

Entry Form

Happy Planning!

xo,
-E.

7 Handmade Wedding Rings Worth Obsessing Over

Hello, hello! Have you crossed off wedding rings from your to-do list yet? If not, we’re here to help! At Emmaline Bride, you know we’re crazy about handmade wedding items because each item is crafted with love, care, and is made just for you. Handmade wedding rings are no exception! When you start shopping for wedding bands or engagement rings, consider handmade wedding rings. You’ll support an independent artisan, your ring will be completely original and made just for you, and if you have questions you can speak to the designer directly. Whether you’re browsing handmade wedding rings for your big day to complement your engagement ring – or looking to pop the question with a diamond ring soon – we’ve found one shop that does it all! Read on to find out about the lovely Barbara Michelle Jacobs, Featured Artisan in The Marketplace, and see seven hand-picked handmade wedding rings from her collection. We think you’re going to love what we’ve discovered…

Handmade Wedding Rings

We begin the list with the first five for the bride-to-be…

1. Classic Solitaire in Yellow Gold

Simple, elegant, and perfect for the bride who loves yellow gold and a diamond solitaire.

handmade wedding rings - solitaire
handmade wedding rings - yellow gold solitaire

2. Ideal Bridal Twig Ring Set

This bridal twig ring set means you can propose with an engagement ring – and already have a matching wedding band for the big day!

handmade wedding rings - ideal bridal twig ring set
handmade wedding rings - ideal bridal twig ring set

3. Matte Satin Stackable Twig Band

If you’re looking for a nature-inspired handmade band, this matte satin twig band is perfect…

matte satin stackable twig wedding band set
matte stackable handmade wedding rings

4. Solitaire Bezel Diamond Engagement Ring

Prefer a modern, sleek design? Check out the solitaire bezel diamond engagement ring in white gold (also available in yellow gold)…

handmade wedding rings - solitaire bezel diamond engagement ring

… and it be perfectly paired with a twig stackable wedding band, too!

solitaire engagement ring in bezel style with twig wedding band

5. Diamond Wedding Band

This band isn’t just a gorgeous diamond-studded wedding band. According to Barbara, “The number eleven is said to possess the qualities of intuition, patience, honesty, sensitivity, and spirituality. Here, a giddy stream of eleven little diamonds will sparkle and dance on your finger, catching you by surprise when you least expect it.” Available in yellow, white, or rose gold.

diamond wedding band with eleven diamonds

For the Groom

Grooms – we didn’t leave you out! Here are two terrific handmade options:

6. Wide Wedding Band

handmade wedding rings - wide wedding band for the groom
handmade wedding rings - wide band for groom

7. Organic Two Tone Wedding Band

organic handmade wedding rings

To view more handmade wedding rings (and other jewelry) from Barbara’s collection, visit her website! There’s so much loveliness to see…

Happy Planning!


-E.

5 Brilliant Bird Cake Toppers

There are two things we love about handmade cake toppers: one, they dress up your cake in a thematic way, and two, they can be re-used later as a keepsake decoration or anniversary cake topper. One type of cake topper we especially love are bird cake toppers particularly handmade + in bright, brilliant colors. These nature-inspired bird cake toppers by Dances With Clay are handcrafted in clay and painted in your choice of color to tie into your palette. Read on to see a few of our favorites by Kathy, Featured Artisan in The Marketplace

bird cake toppers

Bird Cake Toppers by Dances with Clay

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Not only are these cake toppers made with love + care, but they’re customized to suit your individual color palette. These vibrant colors – in royal blue, orange, and green – are just a few from her colorful array of toppers. Need a custom color? Just ask!

bird cake topper
bird cake topper
bird cake topper
bird cake topper

For added customization + charm, Kathy includes your name + wedding date on the bottom. Love!

bird cake topper

Ready to snag a set for yourself? Head on over to Dances With Clay to see even more bird cake toppers + order yours!

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Happy Planning!


-E.

DIY Brick + Succulent Centerpieces

HAPPY FRIDAY! Today, we’re showing you how to combine your love for succulents with an item you may have lying around your garage. This brilliant twist on a traditional planter uses regular bricks, succulents, votive candles, and a little elbow grease to create picture-perfect planters ready for placement at your wedding (or patio). Read on to find out about DIY Brick Succulent Centerpieces + find out how you can make yours in a weekend!


image via readymade

Brick Succulent Centerpieces

Spotted at Readymade, we think this brick succulent centerpiece idea would look great at your wedding reception (particularly for outdoor, woodland-friendly weddings). This idea reclaims old, unusable bricks and turns them into functional, quirky pieces of art that also lend a romantic glow to In a word? Awesome.

Get the full DIY scoop here… and get started making these over the weekend! I may make a few for my patio. :)

Happy Planning!


-E.

Eco-Friendly Wildflower Seed Favors

Looking for an eco-friendly wedding favor guests will use? Check out these sweet little wildflower seed favors by Mother + Daughter Creations. These favors encourage guests to “let love grow” wherever seeds are planted. Guests can plant them in a decorative pot at home or in a garden and whimsical wildflowers will bloom! And, since they’re perennial seeds, they’ll likely bloom year after year. Read on to see more…

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by mother + daughter creations

Wildflower Seed Favors

Each seed packet (in a glassine envelope) measures 3″ x 2.75″ (folded) with perennial wildflower seeds inside. The tags, created with heavy gauge kraft card stock, is embellished with either natural jute (perfect for the rustic bride) or satin ribbon (if you prefer a pop of color) in any shade you choose. The perennial wildflowers are high quality with 99.59% pure seed and 84% viable. The seeds include a combination of pretty flowers like purple coneflower, sweet william, shasta daisy, dwarf evening primrose, english daisy, black eyed susan, siberian wallflower, and more!

wildflower seed favors

by mother + daughter creations

wildflower seed favors

by mother + daughter creations

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There are also a few alternative styles, if you prefer… like these wedding seed favors in drawstring bags…

handmade wedding seed favors

by mother + daughter creations

handmade wedding seed favors

by mother + daughter creations

… or dandelion seeds in pretty pillow boxes…

wildflower seed favors

by mother + daughter creations

Each seed favor is pre-assembled and embellished just for you! Visit Mother + Daughter Creations (Featured Artisan in The Marketplace) and order yours now just in time for your wedding!

Happy Planning!


-E.

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