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Take 5 → Bright Pink Wedding Ideas + Ceremony Decor

Happy Monday, loves! It’s time again for Take 5 — our weekly series where we pull five of the best details from a single Real Wedding to delight + inspire you. This week, we’re oohing and aahing over this gorgeous modern pink wedding captured by The Mondays and designed by Juli Vaughn Designs. Ready to be inspired? This’ll do — we promise!

Bright Pink Wedding Ideas

1. This exceptional paper flower + ribbon ceremony backdrop

paper flower backdrop ceremony

2. The stunning chair decorations down the aisle

ribbon ceremony chair decor

3. This fantastic sign

We love a custom marquee sign! And this one is awesome.

drink up marquee lights

4. The modern geometric chair signs

geometric chair signs

5. The adorable dessert bar + banner

And check out the floral cake!

mmmhmm dessert bar banner

I love all of this. How about you? Do you like the color palette and the geometric-inspired designs? Tell us with a comment below. We’d love to hear from you.

There’s more coming up next! Stay tuned! (And you can subscribe right here.)

xo
-E.

Pink Wilmington Wedding: Erin + Scott

It was love at first sight when Erin and Scott met each other on a connecting flight between two airports (yes, true story!) They now live in Colorado and, while there are plenty of picturesque settings in the mountains, Erin wanted to wed back home — near the beach. Erin and Scott were married at the beautiful Brooklyn Arts Center in historic downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. We are so delighted to share their story as it unfolded, thanks to their photographer Photos by Kristopher. You’ll love their pretty pink, green, and white color palette, vintage inspired touches throughout (the wildflower seed packets are a favorite!) and their romantic aisle, which was decorated with pink petals and soft candlelight in blue jars. Enjoy!

sparkler grand exit | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

Pink Wilmington Wedding

chandelier | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

ceremony | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

the gown | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

the rings | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

the groom's boutonniere | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

the groom | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

the bride holding her bouquet | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

the bride's dad walks her down the aisle | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

the ceremony | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

the ceremony | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

the bride and groom recite their vows | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

ceremony | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

the bride and groom | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

the bride and groom | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

wildseed packets for guests to take home as favors | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

vintage suitcase for wedding cards | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

wildflower seed packets | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

bouquets with light pink and white | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

the head table was positioned in this unique way so bridesmaids and groomsmen could sit closer together | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

the bride and groom served delicious cupcakes instead of wedding cake | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

the cupcake tower | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

the bride and groom's first dance | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

the bride and groom's first dance | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

>the bride and her father | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

the bride dances with her father | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

the bridesmaids wore pink strapless chiffon gowns | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

the groomsmen | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

the entire wedding party | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

bride and groom kiss | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

reception dancing | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

guests dance at the reception | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

reception dancing | photo: Photos by Kristopher | via http://emmalinebride.com

Other Wedding Vendors:
Venue: Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews
Wedding Planning: Kickstand Events
DJ: Active Entertainment

If you loved this Wilmington wedding and are looking for your photographer, then check out Photos by Kristopher! You can also visit his preferred North Carolina wedding photographer listing in our wedding vendor guide.

Fake Wedding Cakes That Actually Look Real

Are you wondering if fake wedding cakes can really look the part? In this post, you’ll find out and see if a fake cake is the right choice for you. Subscribe so you don’t miss future cake-inspired posts like this one!

Are you a bride who loves cake, but you loathe the idea of spending hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars on a wedding cake? Do you have a specific vision in mind, but you think it would be too complicated or too expensive? Or perhaps you’re planning a summer wedding and you don’t want to worry about your cake standing the humid, hotter-than-hot temps outdoors. If you said yes to any of these, one of these fake wedding cakes might be the right choice for you.

fake wedding cakes | via http://emmalinebride.com/reception/fake-wedding-cakes-look-real/

glam fete by bri

What are faux wedding cakes?

A fake wedding cake is exactly what it sounds like: it’s a display that is made entirely of Styrofoam and gumpaste, fabric, or fondant. It is designed to look like a real cake.

Can You Still Do a Cake Cutting?

Yes! Many fake wedding cakes are designed to have a ‘slice’ removed, so it looks more realistic. Or, we’ve seen some cakes that are three tiered, with the top being the only ‘real’ cake (the bottom two are dummies). You can have a small one-tiered cake made just for you and set it aside. It’s not exactly the same, but you get the idea.

Will Anyone Know the Difference?

Probably not. I mean, it’s not like anyone is going to actually go up and touch it. In fact, many guests totally miss the cake at the beginning of the reception anyway, and the cake cutting happens almost immediately (right before dinner). And many times, a couple will have a really gorgeous wedding cake, but it’s not big enough to feed everyone. That’s because there are sheet cakes in the kitchen, and your caterers will be serving cake to guests from the sheet cake anyway. So, who will know?

How Are They Used?

Fake wedding cakes (also known as faux cakes or dummy cakes) have been used for years in photo shoots, but couples are using them at their reception, too. These cakes will stand up through any weather, any amount of time, and you don’t have to worry about keeping it covered or away from bugs and direct sunlight.


Fake Wedding Cakes: 12 Realistic Examples

Now that you know more about what fake wedding cakes are, we can show you the pretties that we found! Now, not all fake wedding cakes are created equally, so if you’re going to pick one be careful. You’ll want to pick one that actually looks real so it wont look hokey or cheap. On our quest, we found some of the prettiest fake wedding cakes that ever existed! These look real… but they’re totally faux.

left, right: glam fete by bri

left: glam fete by bri | right: owlishnesses

left: glam fete by bri | right: sugar on top sugar art

left, right: sugar on top sugar art

left: glam fete by bri | right: sugar on top sugar art

left: sugar on top sugar art | right: glam fete by bri

Would you pick a fake wedding cake instead of a real one? Why or why not?

xo
-E.

Blush Wedding Dress Sash from Floral Jewellery

We’ve been seeing a lot of blush wedding finds lately, but this dress sash is one of our favorites! We spotted it over at Floral Jewellery where Vaida is crafting up floral pretties like this one. And while I used to not be one for a dress sash (I always thought it took away from the gown), it’s finds like these that have really changed my mind! Take a look, it’s stunning!

Blush Wedding Dress Sash

blush wedding dress sashblush wedding dress sashblush wedding dress sash

You can see more sashes like this one at Floral Jewellery.

xo
-E.

Druzy Earrings for Bridesmaids

Happy Saturday, loves! We spotted these gorgeous pink druzy earrings (silver, too!) over at Davie & Chiyo and couldn’t wait to share them with you. Aren’t they so sparkly and pretty? Take a look…

Druzy Earrings for Bridesmaids

druzy earrings etsy find - from Davie and Chiyo - via http://emmalinebride.com/bridesmaids/druzy-earrings-etsy/

druzy earrings etsy find - from Davie and Chiyo - via http://emmalinebride.com/bridesmaids/druzy-earrings-etsy/

druzy earrings etsy find - from Davie and Chiyo - via http://emmalinebride.com/bridesmaids/druzy-earrings-etsy/

druzy earrings etsy find - from Davie and Chiyo - via http://emmalinebride.com/bridesmaids/druzy-earrings-etsy/

And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t also want these necklaces to match!

druzy necklaces etsy find - from Davie and Chiyo - via http://emmalinebride.com/bridesmaids/druzy-earrings-etsy/

Oh, hey look! It already has an ‘E’ on it. ;)

druzy necklace etsy find - from Davie and Chiyo - via http://emmalinebride.com/bridesmaids/druzy-earrings-etsy/

Which one do you like better? Pink or Silver?

Go + Get ‘Em

You can grab a pair over at Davie & Chiyo.

xo
Emma

5 Reasons You Probably Need a Bridal Brooch Bouquet

Do you need a bridal brooch bouquet? If you’re reading this post, there’s a good chance you just might. But why? Today we’re sharing five reasons why along with a plethora of wedding brooch bouquet ideas to inspire you. And, while you we use the super-strong word need lightly, you probably will really, really want one. And we don’t blame you. Here are five reasons why.

Wedding Brooch Bouquet Ideas

You probably need a bridal brooch bouquet if…

1. You want the flexibility of coordinating your colors, exactly.

Want pink, but a specific, ultra-bright pink that matches your bridesmaid dresses to a T? You probably need a bridal brooch bouquet.

gorgeous brooch bouquet with purple flower - Wedding Brooch Bouquet Ideas

the ritzy rose

pink silk and brooch bouquet - Wedding Brooch Bouquet Ideas

the ritzy rose

the ritzy rose

2. Your wedding will be held in an extremely hot, humid area.

This is especially true if your wedding is going to be held outdoors, where the sun and humidity is particularly cruel to beautiful blooms. Plus, it will be held by you, a bride who may or may not be sweating profusely after hours of hair and makeup and taking pre-ceremony photos outside. This is also applicable if you are not interested in having to spritz your bouquet with water to keep it fresh, or don’t want to have a cooler nearby to keep the bouquet(s) until it’s time for the ceremony to begin. Brooch bouquets look amazing at any temperature.

brooch bouquet up close - Wedding Brooch Bouquet Ideas

j. arends designs

red brooch bouquet

j. arends designs

3. You want a bouquet that lasts forever.

A fresh flower bouquet won’t last. It just won’t. It won’t even smell fantastic after a few days. Sure, you can hang it upside down and dry it out and arrange it in a pretty vase, but will it ever look exactly as it did on your wedding day? No. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. I had a fresh flower bouquet and throwing it away was pretty devastating. So why didn’t I have a bridal brooch bouquet? BECAUSE I DIDN’T KNOW IT EXISTED! If I had, you bet I would have looked into it because I could still gaze at it on my desk.

bride-holding-brooch-bouquet - Wedding Brooch Bouquet Ideas

j. arends designs

j. arends designs

brooch bouquet with yellow details

the ritzy rose

4. You want to incorporate an heirloom or memento.

A bridal brooch bouquet is made with brooches attached to metal ‘stems’. With that being said, the flexibility of a brooch bouquet allows you to add special mementos or heirloom pieces to your custom bouquet. Your grandmother’s brooch? Added. The brooch your mother pinned to her dress sash in her own wedding? Added. It’s easy — and when you have professional brooch bouquet makers (like The Ritzy Rose or J. Arends Designs, both featured here) at the helm, you bet it will look FANTASTIC.

ivory brooch bouquet large

j. arends designs

bride holding brooch bouquet

the ritzy rose

red white and blue brooch bouquet - Wedding Brooch Bouquet Ideas

the ritzy rose

5. You want something different.

Fresh flowers are gorgeous, this is true; but, what if you want something different? Unique? Unlike anyone else’s? A brooch bouquet has been a trend for the last few years, but it is only growing in popularity. So, if you’re a discerning bride who wants a beautiful, bright, colorful, keepsake bouquet that lasts forever and is something your cousin isn’t having at HER wedding (oh, you’re so competitive), you probably need a brooch bouquet.

brooch bouquet with rhinestone initial and wrapped in satin ribbon - Wedding Brooch Bouquet Ideas

the ritzy rose

black and peacock brooch bouquet - Wedding Brooch Bouquet Ideas

j. arends designs

the ritzy rose

A sixth and unofficial point to state is that a wedding brooch bouquet is also a great way to invest your budget. It costs more than a traditional fresh bouquet, but since it lasts forever, you’re pretty much investing in a gorgeous piece that you’ll be able to pass down (or keep on that lovely china cabinet in the vase from your bridal shower for years to come).

So, what do you think? Are you going to have a brooch bouquet? Why or why not? Share your thoughts below in our comments section + we’ll discuss.

xo
-E.

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5 Under $25 Jewelry Gifts by Laura Stark

Do you need beautiful bridesmaid gifts that won’t break the bank? Want a few stocking stuffers or gift ideas for your friends? We’ve found five gorgeous jewelry gifts from Laura Stark to share with you today! Which one is your favorite?

5 Under 25 Jewelry Gifts

1. Green Glass Drop Earrings

green glass drop earrings via 5 under 25 jewelry gifts from laura stark

2. Silk Thread Necklace

silk thread necklace via 5 under 25 jewelry gifts from laura stark

3. Mint Hoop Earrings

mint hoop earrings stocking stuffer via 5 under 25 jewelry gifts from laura stark

4. Pink Pearl Necklace

jewelry via 5 under 25 jewelry gifts from laura stark

5. Blue Pearl Necklace

blue pearl necklace

Go + Get ‘Em

You can find these at Laura Stark, Featured Artist in The Marketplace.

xo
-E.

Pink Opal Necklace

Who wants to win this pink opal necklace, giveaway #23 in our 31 Wedding Giveaways series? I sure do! Emma here and Happy Friday, lovelies! This week went by in record speed. I guess time flies when you’re having fun — and that’s pretty much what we do everyday here at Emmaline Bride (so make sure you’re subscribed). To kick off today’s posts, we’re offering this gorgeous opal necklace by Nesting Pretty to one lucky reader. More specifically, it’s a pink fire opal necklace, which sounds pretty awesome. It also happens to be the birthstone for October, so it makes a fantastic birthday gift! Read on to find out more about this unique opal necklace + enter for a chance to have it sent straight to your doorstep!

Pink Opal Necklace

Pink Opal Necklace: Giveaway!

From Nesting Pretty: “Make a statement with this beautiful pink fire opal necklace. Opal is set in a lovely gold plated rolled edge open backed 4 prong setting and dangles from a 16k gold plated link chain with lobster clasp.” Take a peek:

Pink Opal Necklace

Pink Opal Necklace

Opal Necklace Giveaway: Details

o Enter between 8/22/14-8/28/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Prize: Opal necklace from Nesting Pretty
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 8/29; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to use prize
o Prize value: $32; no cash value
o Free shipping included anywhere
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Good Luck!

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xo
-E.