Layers… In Powder Blue: Summer Wedding Inspiration

Fresh, bright pastels never go out of style for a summer-time bash. And this summer, the wedding galleries are full of soft and delicate hues that thrill the romantic-loving bride.

I fell head-over-heels as soon as I laid eyes on this silky, powder-blue camisole. Soft and feminine, fresh and ethereal, this lingerie set had me dreaming of a wedding that was all about cool summer femininity.

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Add a touch of vintage glamour in shades of cream and beige, and you have a wedding that evokes the ease and breeze of simple summer days…

powder blue and cream wedding inspiration

With such a simple color story, you can play up the drama by contrasting textures in fun and interesting ways. Combine sheers and solids, shiny and matte, powdered and silky in a symphony of colors and textures that compel you to take a second and third glance.

And nothing whispers “summer” more convincingly – or more charmingly- than a romantic loose updo interwoven with fresh greenery.

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And who says that you can’t wear a big ball gown for your summertime wedding? This billowing tulle skirt will make you feel like a graceful princess while the feather-light material will keep you cool in the summer sun.

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So go fresh, bright, and easy this summer with a sweet wedding that is refreshing enough to handle even the hottest days of summer.

To add a breath of fresh-air to your wardrobe, check out Adore Me’s collection of sexy (yet classy) lingerie that inspired this post. Or you can pop on ever to their Twitter page… I promise that you will not be disappointed!

CREDITS: Image 1 – Powder Blue Lingerie Set by Adore Me // Image 2 – Powder Blue Lingerie Set by Adore Me  // Image 3 – Blue Eye-Shadow by In Your Face Makeup // Image 4 – Soft Updo by Antonova Kseniya // Image 5 – Blue Table Setting by Peony & Sage // Image 6 – Blue Garter by Percy Handmade // Image 7 – Pearl Necklace by Her Campus //  Image 8 – Blue Wedding Dress by Emily Riggs // Image 9 – Pearl Necklace by Her Campus // Image 10 – Blue Eye-Shadow by In Your Face Makeup // Image 11 – Lavendar Bouquet by Deer Pearl Flowers // Image 12 – Soft Updo by Antonova Kseniya // Image 13 – Blue Table Setting by Peony & Sage // Image 14 – Blue Garter by Percy Handmade // Image 15 – Blue Wedding Dress by Emily Riggs

Sweets For Your Sweetie – Valentine’s Day Goodies

Pink Meringue Cupcakes with Raspberry Curd

For Valentine’s Day, It’s not about how much money you spend or how elaborate of a gift you come up with. It’s about showing someone that you are thinking about them and that you love them.  Personally, I have a weakness for decadent sweet treats.

Dark chocolate truffles, cinnamon sugar and apple spice cookies, creamy cheesecake… I love them all! Here are some of my very favorite Valentine’s days treats that will have your mouth watering…

The gorgeous shades of soft pink and cherry red are almost too pretty to eat!  But if you have a sweet-tooth like me, then something tells me that these sweet treats won’t last long in your home! So sit back and enjoy.

Valentines Day Mini Cakes in Pink

CREDITS: Image 1 – Meringue Cupcakes with Raspberry Curd by Martha Stewart // Image 2 – Red Velvet Cake Minis by Sprinkle Bakes // Image 3 – Two Ingredient Fruit Dip by Cooking Classy // Image 4 – Red Velvet Brownies by Smells Like Home // Image 5 – Chocolate-Dipped Ombre Cherries by Shari’s Berries // Image 6 – Strawberry Brownie Kabobs by Sweet Tooth // Image 7 – Meringue Pops by Make Fabulous Cakes // Image 8 – Chocolate Rasberry Mousse Cake by Sugar Hero // Image 9 – Cupid’s Arrow Pretzels by Inspired Bride // Image 10 -Maraschino Cherry Cupcakes by Lemon Sugar // Image 11 – Wafer Cookies by Family Fresh Meals // Image 12 – Valentine’s Day Mini Pink Cakes by Oh! Nuts

Night at the Ballet Wedding Inspiration: In Soft Pink, Gold, and Ivory

crystal bridal headband

There is something that is just utterly magical about the ballet… full tulle skirts, dainty pointed toes, and upswept hair creates a feminine yet ethereal vision that captures and thrills the imagination. Today’s inspiration board is all about capturing the soft elegance of the ballet for your own wedding. Let the show begin…

ballet pink wedding inspiration

This oh-so-pretty palette of pale pink, gold, and ivory are incredibly soft and romantic. Pair this dreamy color story with layers of textured tulle and glitz to create an enchanting ensemble that will have you dancing down the wedding aisle!

flower beaded hair accessory

Layers and layers of tulle and a voluminous full skirt make this wedding dress the perfect ballet-inspired showstopper, while artfully placed crystals nip in your waist and add a touch of sparkle.

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And who could say no to these graceful, super-feminine lace-up ballet slippers? You can dance the night away in these blush-colored beauties without ever missing a step.

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This rose gold and blush pink confetti has ballet written all over it. And lets face it, is there a better way to celebrate your marriage than with sparkling confetti? SO fun and pretty to boot!

So point those toes and do your best pirouette!! You do not have to be a graceful dancer to capture the refinement and elegance of this ballet-inspired vision for your big day.

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Downton Abbey Inspiration: Wedding at the Manor

Be still my beating heart… the new season of Downton Abbey has finally begun!! I know that all of you die-hard romantics out there are just as excited as I am about this momentous event!

Downton Abbey is utterly enthralling and engaging, and every scene is packed with swoon-worthy looks and accessories that are full of old-world charm and grace. There is just something about the show’s 1920s-inspired fashion that captivates and intrigues, making me wish that I could experience this era of corsets, fans, and petticoats. The Downton style evokes the dazzling glamour and opulence of the Gatsby era, but it is softened and refined just a touch. Clad in the most luxurious fabrics, the Downton women are always the height of style. Their looks are completed with glittering brooches and pins, flapper-inspired hair accessories, feminine parasols and full length silk gloves… just lovely!!

With a few touches of glitz and glamour, brides can throw their own Downton-inspired wedding. All it takes is a few glamourous touches here and a bit of vintage décor there, and you will have your own “wedding at the manor” that is the fantasty of any Downton enthusiast. Take a peak at my Downton Abbey vision…

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Romantic shades of marsala red and soft pink make for a very feminine yet dramatic color story. Then bring on the old-world charm with gilded gold accents that are both opulent and glitzy.

burgundy and pink wedding bouquet

You only need a couple of antique-inspired statement pieces to really pack a punch at your ceremony. For the bride, why not try a glitzy hair chain that drapes delicately across your forehead? Pair this hair accessory with a relaxed Gibson girl updo, and you have a winning combination!

Surprise your groom with an antique-inspired gold pocket watch. This would make a lovely grooms gift that can be passed down from generation to generation.

downton inspired crystal earrings

And don’t forget the florals please! Nothing says English aristocracy more than bountiful, fragrant blooms that overflow from golden chalices.

marsala and pink table setting

So turn up the glamour and bring on the sophistication with your own lavish Downton-inspired wedding at the manor. And while you are at it, you might as well re-watch all of your favorite drama-filled Downton episodes for inspiration!  I know that I sure will.

Robert Frost Wedding Inspiration – A Christmas Bride

This holiday season, I decided to celebrate my love of Christmas by combining a few of my favorite things… weddings and poetry! A bit of a strange combo, I know! But I just could not resist.

I was inspired by one of the most beloved and nostalgic Christmas poems, “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost. I wanted to combine the mystery and magic of this time of year with some enchanting imagery that is festive, romantic, and slightly whimsical. Think of decadent cups of hot cocoa, flourishes of fresh mistletoe and ripe berries, and piles of downy white snow. And don’t forget the horse-drawn carriage!!

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,,
But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

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And miles to go before I sleep.

Morrocan Desert Wedding Inspiration in Peach, Orange, and Red

There is something that is so intensely captivating about the desert. The desert does not have the stereotypical lush greenery or the peaceful blue waters that we typically think of as “beautiful”. You have to look just a bit deeper to find beauty in the endless sand dunes and stark plains of the desert.

The subtle and completely unique beauty of the desert make it the perfect place for a wedding ceremony. Not to mention, the subdued colors of the desert make it the perfect backdrop for a wedding that features bright, bold colors. Vivid reds and rich oranges would contrast beautifully with the camel, caramel, and beige colors of the desert.

Light and airy fabrics are a must for a desert wedding. I imagine layers or organza, chiffon and tulle blowing in the wind, bringing to mind images of Moroccan caravans and tunics.

I am loving these beautifully ethereal and flowy chiffon wedding dresses and accessories . They fit right in to the slightly bohemian and uncoventional vibe of the desert.

And what about that stunning ombre wedding cake in vibrant shades of pink, peach, and light yellow? When I saw this cake, I was reminded of the vivid reds and oranges of a desert sunset as the sun slowly descend behind the sandy dunes.

To really go for an ethnic look, why not do a beautiful sheer head scarf instead of a veil? Totally unique and totally gorgeous too!

Now it is your turn. What are you loving about this theme? What would you include in a desert wedding to make it all your own?

CREDITS: Image 1: photography by Lauren Ross via The Lane// Image 2: photography by Brett Heidebrecht, florals by Alicia Rico// Image 3: photography by Brett Heidebrecht, Gown by Rue de Seine// Image 4: photography by Jessica White Photography,Flowers by Branches Event Floral// Image 5: photography unkown, halo by LavenderByJurgita via Etsy// Image 6: photography by Jen Simon from Fondly Forever, via 100 Layer Cake// Image 7: photography unkown, earings by Titanic Temptations via Etsy// Image 8: photography by Jessica White Photography,Flowers by Branches Event Floral// Image 9: photography by Jen Huang// Image 10: photography by Clara Tuma via hochzeitsguide// Image 11: photography by Riverland Studios// Image 12:  photography unkown, dress by whiteromance via Etsy// Image 13: photography by Clara Tuma via hochzeitsguide

 

Giveaway!! Enter to Win a 1920s Inspired Beaded Hair Accessory with Feathers

Bridal Hair Accessory in Gold and Silver

crystal hair accessory for party or wedding

In honor of the holiday season, I am giving away this hand-beaded hair fascinator! Done in metallic silvers and golds, this glittering 1920s-inspired hair accessory will simply sweep you off your feet!

To enter the contest, just follow these 2 simples steps:
1) Like my facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/OneBlushingBride) OR heart my Etsy shop (www.oneblushingbride.etsy.com)
2) And leave a comment at this link briefly describing your favorite holiday treat

Giveaway ends on Dec. 6 when I will randomly pick a winner! Good luck!

1920s feather hair fascinator

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Tea Time Trends: Tea Party Inspiration and Ideas in Robin Egg Blue and Rose Gold

mismatched tea cups china

I absolutely adore tea time! This is one English tradition that we Americans should definitely adopt. There is something so refined and elegant about taking the time each day to sit down and converse over a steaming, fragrant cup of tea.

When I think of tea-time, I generally picture a group of English ladies in fashionable attire sipping from dainty hand-painted teacups and saucers as they discuss the latest gossip. And of course, the image would not be complete without embroidered cloth napkins, a full tea set with saucers and cups, and fresh flaky scones with a side of clotted cream and tangy lemon curd. Yum!

Tea Party Inspiration Blue and Rose Gold Pink

I could not resist putting together this mood board inspired by my tea obsession. I started with soft shades of robin egg blue and threw in touches of barely-there pink and rose gold. I was enchanted by this pair of feminine mesh gloves with the 1950s inspired polka dot dress… so romantic and just perfect for a tea party.

You don’t have a matching set of tea cups? No problem! Use mismatched  pairs of teacups and saucers, and you will just add to the charming vintage vibe of your soiree.

Tea time, anyone?

Credits: Image 1 – Troy Grover Photographers via Grey Likes Weddings// Image 2 – Into The Woods// Image 3 – Craftberry Bush//  Image 4 – Lavender and Lovage // Image 5 – Unknown// Image 6 – Ava Hope Designs via Etsy

Roman Wedding Inspiration from “A Voice in the Wind” by Francine Rivers: Portraying Literature in Images

From the time I was a little girl, I have always had my nose stuck in a book. When my friends would get together or ask me to play outside, I would sometimes tag along and have some fun with them. But the times that I truly looked forward to were the times when I would cuddle up in my reading chair with my favorite novel and a steaming cup of coffee or tea. There is something utterly magical about being about to travel to exotic places and to experience different time periods from the comfort of your favorite oversized reading chair!

greek-goddess-greek-goddesses-grecian-wedding-inspiraiton-flowy-wedding-dresses-grecian-wedding-dressWhen I was 12 years old, I first read “A Voice in the Wind” by Francine Rivers. Filled with history and drama, romance and suspense, this book was and continues to be the most engaging book that I have ever read. This book transported me back to the uncertainty, decadence, and disparity of life in the Roman Empire during the first century. It was a time of complete contradictions and opposites… of luxury and misery, faith and depravity. A time when aristocrats would idly pass the hours draped in silk togas and extravagant jewels while just a few blocks away in the coliseums, innocent Christians were slaughtered for their faith as the masses watched on with indifference.

Ever since I read “A Voice in the Wind”, I have been continually drawn to Roman-inspired fashions and styles. I picture braided updos interwoven with beaded hair adornments, tunics in the most luxurious shades of purple and gold, and lavish flower arrangements with sprigs of olive branches and fresh fruit. For me, this imagery just seems to scream all-things wedding and bridal. I could not resist putting a collection together that brings to life my obsession for the effortless, luxurious fashions of this era…

From the flowing chiffon wedding dresses that blow in the wind  to the simple three-tiered cake adorned with sprigs of olive branches and lavender, this collection is the epitome of Roman fashion. And did you see the intricately beaded wedding sash with sparkling citrine crystals and pearls? Roman women were known for their elaborate accessories, so this luxurious bridal sash fits right in!!

All in all, this collection totally captures the spirit and beauty of “A Voice in the Wind”.

Now it is your turn… What is your favorite book? If you had to turn this book into a collage of images, what would it look like?

CREDITS: Purple and Blush Flower Arrangement: Photography via Christina Brosnan// Crystal Barefoot Sandals: PowderBlueBijoux via Etsy// Gold Leaf Hair Clip: EchoandLaurel via Etsy// Lavendar and Olive Branch Cake: Brides// Gold Beaded Sash with Crystals and Pearls: A Goddess Divine// Gold Lace Barefoot Sandals: WEDDINGGloves via Etsy// Gold Crystal and Pearl Hair Wreath: One Blushing Bride via Etsy// Amethyst Earrings: LoveShineBridal via Etsy//

Rectangular Burlap and Lace Placemats DIY Craft – For the Beginning Sewer

My sister is getting married this next April, and she has a very specific vision for her wedding. For as long as I can remember, she has been enamored with rustic outdoorsy weddings. She imagines glass mason jars with lace accents, burlap and twine details, and woodsy flower hair wreaths in shades of peacock blue and emerald green.

She fell in love with some of the burlap and lace tablecloths and napkins that she found on Pinterest because they fit her rustic vision to a tee.

Luckily for her, she has a sister with a sewing machine and with a love of crafts and weddings! So, we decided to collaborate and come up with some handmade lace and burlap placemats for her reception. The result was just incredible, so I decided to share the project with all of you. In just 5 easy steps, you can make your own rustic burlap and lace placemats! And best of all, you only need 3 supplies!!

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  1. Burlap
    • I ordered a bolt of burlap fabric measuring 51’’ x 20 yards from Save on Crafts 
  2. Lace (I used lace that was around 3’’ in width) 
    • For this project, I just used several different rolls of leftover lace that I had in my craft supplies. Don’t worry about using the same type of lace on every placemat. It looks super cute when you use several different varieties and styles of lace on your placemats, and this is a great way to use up small bits of lace that you may have lying around your home. For my placemats, I ended up using around 4-5 different types of laces. The variety adds to the rustic, eclectic feel of the collection!
  3. White and Beige Thread

Tools:

  1. Sewing Machine
  2. Rotary Cutter & Quilting Mat (alternatively, you could just use fabric scissors)
  3. Sewing Pins

DIFFICULTY: Easy

486483709This is a great project for beginning sewers because the placemats do not have to be perfect. The burlap makes them look both rustic and natural, and part of their beauty is that they look handmade! So don’t be too worried about making them look perfect… the imperfections add to their character.

The hardest part of this project is trying to cut along the grain of the burlap fabric as best as possible. Many of you beginning sewers are probably asking yourself “what is the grain” and “what does grain have to do with fabric”? No worries… I’ve got you covered. I found a really helpful blog post from Sew Sweetness talking about what the grain of the fabric is and why it is important. As this article explains, you do not want to cut out your fabric too much off of the grain, because this causes uneven, messy looking edges. But as I mentioned before, these placemats do not have to be perfect. Just give it a go, and see what you come up with! I think that you will be pleasantly surprised. Here is a preview of the finished product…

Here are the steps:

  1. Make a paper template for your placemats.143117066
    • Cut out a piece of large paper so that it is the exact same size that you would like your placemats to be. You are going to use this template to cut out placemats that are all the same size. I did a bit of research, and I found out that placemats are generally 12” x 18” or 14” x 20”. Keep in mind that these dimensions are not set in stone. If you would like a placemat that is a bit bigger or smaller, go for it!
  2. Lay the paper template on top of your burlap fabric, and cut it out following the lines of your template.
    • I cut my burlap with a rotary cutter because I found that this was faster and more efficient. Keep in mind that I was looking for the fastest way to cut these out because I have to make over 140 placemats!! However, if you just are doing a set of placemats, then you could cut your burlap with fabric scissors instead.
  3. Cut out the amount of lace that your will need for one edge of the placemat, and pin this lace to the thinner edge of the burlap rectangle with sewing pins
  4. Sew around the outside edges of the lace.
    • I used 2 different colors of thread while sewing my lace to the burlap because I did not want to be able to see the stitching at all. I put white thread in the top of the sewing machine to match the ivory lace on top and beige thread in the bobbin to blend into the brown burlap on the bottom.
  5. Neaten up the edges and trim them
    • If your edges look a bit messy (like mine), then you can cut just trim a bit off the edges so that they look cleaner. You can also remove a few of the burlap threads along the edges so that they are less likely to fray.

That is it! You are finished! Now it’s time to throw a party to show off your new rustic placemats. Highlight the beauty of your burlap placemats with vibrant wild flowers, cedar wood tables and chairs, and folksy lanterns to help set the mood…

If you have any questions about this project, feel free to ask me about it. I would be glad to offer any advice! Happy sewing!

CREDITS: Blue and White Wedding Bouquet: Destination Weddings & Honeymoon// Burlap Chair Sash: Made in Burlap via Etsy// Hydrangeas in Mason Jars: Lindsey Gomes Photography// Flowers on top of crate and hay: Secretaria Evento// Burlap Silverware Holder: Ruffled// Place Setting with Lavendar: Style Me Pretty// Wildflowers in Glass Jars: Intimate Weddings// Burlap Table Runner: Hot Cocoa Design via Etsy// Ivory and Green Bouquet: The Vine’s Leaf