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Handmade Wedding: It’s all about Etsy

Looking to have a homemade/handmade feel to your wedding, but don’t have the time to do it all? Well, let Etsy do the work for you. Etsy is a community made up of individual artisans creating handmade goods in one big marketplace. Personally, I love Etsy and could spend all day looking at the treasures one can find there. In one of my recent searches for a wedding dress to use in a set, I came across a wedding dress featured on Etsy. This got me thinking, how much could one get for their wedding using only Etsy as a source? So, for your viewing pleasure, an all Etsy wedding.

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Sources:
Faux Wedding Cake by Halvorsons: http://www.etsy.com/listing/51287940/faux-flower-petal-wedding-cake-in-shades
Succulent Favors by Succulents Galore: http://www.etsy.com/listing/56605191/darling-zinc-watering-cans-planted-with
Retro Green & Pink Necklace by Skeptis: http://www.etsy.com/listing/56705450/retro-avocado-chunky-beaded-necklace
Shell and Bead Earrings by Passionately Created: http://www.etsy.com/listing/54351581/ocean-pure-white-seashell-vintage-beads
Bib Necklace by Florabond: http://www.etsy.com/listing/55851643/creme-brulee-wedding-statement-necklace
Set of Cream Candlesticks by Turquoiserollerset: http://www.etsy.com/listing/56911846/collection-of-creamy-brass-candlesticks
Butterfly Topiary by Brandylinn18: http://www.etsy.com/listing/49642150/butterfly-vine-topiary-enchanted-fairy
Pink and Green Mobile by: LilSproutCreations: http://www.etsy.com/listing/56744752/pink-garden-party-mobile
Button Bouquet and Boutonniere Set by: Letters4lilly: http://www.etsy.com/listing/57077607/the-champange-and-kisses-wedding-button
Organic Bamboo Wedding Dress by Econica: http://www.etsy.com/listing/38808146/organic-cotton-bamboo-bridal-wedding
Organic Cotton Fuschia Dress by Econica: http://www.etsy.com/listing/54286016/boat-neck-organic-cotton-bamboo-dress
Pink and green button bouquet by Jilliannstoo: http://www.etsy.com/listing/53358873/jilliannstoos-beautiful-pinkgreen-and
Pink and green boutonniere by Floricultcha: http://www.etsy.com/listing/31779895/corsage-or-boutonniere
Fuchsia wrist corsage by Floricultcha: http://www.etsy.com/listing/31696575/wrist-corsage-with-rose-tail
Men’s Suits by Simducejoy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/46398382/mens-white-black-slim-fit-suit-handmade
Pink and Green Ribbon Topiary by ALittleLollipopTree: http://www.etsy.com/listing/49611469/ribbon-topiary-pink-and-green?ref=sr_list_9&ga_search_query=ribbon+topiary&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=&includes%5B0%5D=tags&includes%5B1%5D=title
Green pillar candle by WoodcraftsandCandles: http://www.etsy.com/listing/53887734/peppermint-eucalyptus-palm-wax-pillar
Pink pillar candle by WoodcraftsandCandles: http://www.etsy.com/listing/53749258/dragons-blood-palm-wax-3×4-pillar-candle
Votive candles by NiceDreamsCandles: http://www.etsy.com/listing/31476190/6-strawberry-and-chocolate-scented-palm
Chuppa by abridesbestfriend: http://www.etsy.com/listing/56560313/economy-wedding-canopy-bridal-chuppah?ref=v1_other_2
Invitations by taylortt2: http://www.etsy.com/listing/38313594/whimsical-garden-wedding-invitation

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All White Wedding

One of the latest wedding trends, monochromatic color schemes. How about participating in this trend with an all white wedding. In addition to the bridal party, you can continue your theme by asking guests to wear white as well. An all white wedding can be had in any season. Think of winter white during the colder months and diamond white for the warmer months. Here is an inspiration board for an all white wedding:

harmony maxi bandeau dress
175 GBP – coast-stores.com
Wedding ball gown »

Mesh Tube Dress by Rare**
$98 – topshop.com
Tube dress »

Pearl Chandelier Earrings
83 EUR – pret-a-beaute.com
Pearl earrings »

Floral Art
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Gladiolus – Part 2
namesofflowers.net


dendrobium orchids centerpieces
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Designer Showcase: Claire Pettibone

I wanted to feature a gown designer periodically on this blog, so I thought why not start with my favorite designer, Claire Pettibone.

“For the woman who dreams of pure poetry in motion, Los Angeles designer Claire Pettibone will indulge her every romantic inclination. Born to artist parents, it was inevitable that Claire would enter a creative field. She spent her early childhood living in rural New York in a nineteenth century home where her parents created their art, and Claire began to draw and paint as well. At the age of 4, she attended a wedding at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan that left a lasting impression. Claire was so enthralled with that walk down the aisle, that she began drawing brides and begged her mother to make her a wedding gown!

After graduating from Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles with a degree in fashion design, she and her husband Guy Toley set out to bring Claire’s ethereal vision to the world of fashion. The company began with a luxurious collection of fine lingerie featuring delicate laces and the special details that have become Pettibone’s signature.

As fate would have it, Claire designed a bridal gown for a dear friend. Word spread and clients began flocking to Claire’s flagship salon in Beverly Hills. A few years later, Pettibone launched her bridal collection in New York to rave reviews. Featured in countless bridal magazines ever since, the designer has developed a following of brides looking for a truly unique and timeless creation. She has quickly risen to the top of her field, and the collection is now carried in premiere bridal salons across the country and around the world.

“A wedding gown has to be the most beautiful dress in a woman’s life, make her look and feel amazing, and capture her essence,” says Pettibone who manages to achieve this complicated and extraordinarily special task. Her gowns have a vintage quality, but the references are combined in a way that is truly modern. “When I create a dress, it’s all about the fabric and the woman, and how these elements are combined to enhance each other,” says Pettibone who works exclusively with couture European embroideries and laces. “So many brides want an intimate and individual feeling for their wedding, and the dress really sets the tone,” says Pettibone who has created gowns for ceremonies in castles, forests, beaches and gardens in addition to the traditional church and hotel ballroom.

And who says a wedding gown has to be snow-white? Pettibone uses subtle tints of champagne and antique lace to illuminate the bride in a soft glow. Often inspired by vintage fabrics and fashion history, this designer has found a way to meld her love of things past with a new perspective that results in the perfect dress for the bride to enchant her guests as she walks down the aisle.

Claire resides in Los Angeles with her husband Guy Toley, and their daughter Lorelei. And, yes, her mother did make her a wedding dress!” -http://clairepettibone.com/bridal/?cp=about/profile

Claire Pettibone – Couture Bridal
$5,000 – clairepettibone.com
Couture gowns »

Claire Pettibone – Couture Bridal
$2,500 – clairepettibone.com
Couture gowns »

Claire Pettibone – Couture Bridal
$2,500 – clairepettibone.com


Claire Pettibone – Couture Bridal
$2,500 – clairepettibone.com
Wedding dresses »

Claire Pettibone – Couture Bridal
$2,500 – clairepettibone.com
Wedding dresses »

Claire Pettibone – Couture Bridal
$2,500 – clairepettibone.com
Wedding dresses »

Claire Pettibone – Couture Bridal
$2,500 – clairepettibone.com
Wedding dresses »

Claire Pettibone – Couture Bridal
$2,500 – clairepettibone.com
Wedding gowns »

Claire Pettibone – Couture Bridal
$2,500 – clairepettibone.com
Wedding gowns »

Claire Pettibone – Couture Bridal
$2,500 – clairepettibone.com
Wedding gowns »

Claire Pettibone – Couture Bridal
$2,500 – clairepettibone.com
Bridal ball gown »

Final Art and Artist Facebook Challenge 15: Roy Lichtenstein

This is the last of the sets for this challenge. Diana requested this one and it was fun to search for inspiration from this amazing artist.

Zoe blue fair trade sun dress
50 GBP – fashion-conscience.com
Halter dress »

Katcha3 sandals Dark Blue
15 GBP – houseoffraser.co.uk
Leopard print shoes »

Indian Stone Earrings, Yellow
$48 – charmandchain.com
Stone jewelry »

Blue oval stud earring
5 GBP – debenhams.com
Blue jewelry »

I Love Hawaii
kkohawaii.com


A Bothersome Trend: Fish

As I peruse wedding boards, event ideas, etc. I notice a trend that is a little bit bothersome: using live fish as decoration.

I’m going to be totally honest and up front about this subject. In my experience maintaining a home aquarium, not only is it cruel to the fish who have a hard enough time surviving in pet stores, much less the trip from the pet store to your home and then being in an untreated bowl of tap water in a small bowl at your reception.

Fish respond to trauma and their response is…they die. I have had fish die on the way to my home to be put in my aquarium. There is a reason why the experts at the store tell you to not dump them directly in to your aquarium and to place them in to the water (still in the baggie) for about 1/2 hour prior to dumping them in the aquarium. When put in to your aquarium, you are putting them in to water that is treated for the correct ph, chlorine eliminated, etc. Dumping them in to a bowl of untreated tap water in to a small bowl is just asking for trouble. Do you really want dead fish floating around your tablescape?

In addition to fish death by trauma, have you thought about what the guests at your reception might do? What happens if they knock over a bowl? What happens if they pick the fish out of the bowl? What are you going to do with the fish once the reception is over? Do you have plans to take care of them? If using them as a favor, are you assuming your guests will take them home and take care of them?

If you want to have the reflection of water and candlelight at your reception, consider putting a large flower inside the bowl, glass marbles, sea glass, etc. If you still want the look of a fish, consider some of the excellent faux fish that are available. Here are some examples of alternative ideas:

Calla Bowl: http://ashleysbrideguide.com/the_wedding_scohttps://bellememorie.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=496&action=edit&message=1op/article/rhonda-patton-shares-peek-into-abg-brides-wedding/
Rose Bowl: http://www.hitched.co.uk/Chat/forums/t/116801.aspx
Fish Gel Candle Bowl: http://gelcandlecompany.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=33_64
White Fish Bowl: http://www.dargate.com/cat/244_auction/244_images/244day1.htm
Blown Glass Fish (purple/blue/yellow/orange): http://www.glassrave.com/fish.html
Trio of Blown Glass Fish: http://www.kevinfultonglass.com/g_fish03.html
Candle Bowl with Orchids: http://www.morgansofchigwell.co.uk/Arrangements.htm
Footed Glass Fish: http://www.glassrave.com/fish.html

Art and Artist Facebook Challenge 14: Andy Warhol

This set is for Diana and is inspired by Andy Warhol’s portrait of Beethoven. I chose to do a wedding that is inspired by Beethoven’s early years in the Classical period and then incorporate a bit of the aesthetic of the Romantic Period when he composed Sonata no. 14, better known as “Moonlight Sonata.”

Miss at la Playa
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World’s Best Hotel Wedding Chapels
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Art and Artist Facebook Challenge 13: Salvador Dali

This one is for Renee. This is a gala/fundraiser concept with the jewelry shown being created by well known jewelry designers and celebrities and auctioned off for the cause.

Mosaic Butterfly Ring
$6.80 – canada.forever21.com
Butterfly ring »