Monthly Archives: May 2011

Tips or Trends Tuesday: 3D details

One of the first items a recently engaged bride shops for is a wedding dress. Many times the entire theme and feel of the wedding is inspired by “the one.” I found my perfect dress at the first store I went to and I hadn’t even planned on buying yet. I just wanted to get a feel for silhouettes and went in the store with pre-conceived notions and hesitations regarding the big chain bridal store. Wouldn’t you know it, I had to eat some serious crow. My bridesmaid and I went looking through the racks and I didn’t find a thing that appealed to me. Then my bridesmaid held up a dress with a label I knew I couldn’t afford. Yes, it was amazing and I swear I heard angels sing, but there was no way I could afford the designer dress. Then, I heard her say, “It’s marked down to only $XYZ!” What? Seriously? Really? OMG, I really hope it fits because this dress met all of my criteria: ivory, pearls, crystals, and three dimensional detail like what I saw trending during the recent Bridal Market Week in NYC. Wouldn’t you know it, it fit! I was in love with the way the flowers seemed to jump out at you as the crystals and pearls captured the light. Not only was I getting a great deal, but I was getting a dress that was on trend, and that brings me to today’s Tips or Trends Tuesday: 3D detailing.

Many designers during Bridal Market NYC week not only showcased amazing creations, but did so with beautiful detailing that took the wedding dress in to the third dimension. Flowers that once laid flat against the body became textural wonders that added depth and dimension. This was a bridal trend I definitely wanted to participate in. I thought of how great those details would photograph and thankfully I found a dress that incorporated this trend and that looked great on me. Here are a few examples of the growing 3D trend from Bridal Market NYC:

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Monday’s Finding on Tuesday: Memorial Day and Tea Cup Ring Pillows

Well, I hope you all had a lovely Memorial Day weekend. I come from a military family and Memorial Day is a special time of reflection and gratitude for me. My father spend nearly 24 years as a highly respected Cryptologist in the Navy (heck, he even got to help the British government), my sister almost 11 years in the Army (she earned medals for her role in the invasion of Panama), my nephew is currently in the Air Force, both of my uncles were in the Army (82nd and 101st), and my grandfather was in the Army as well. I take this time to be grateful for all of men and women in uniform that have passed and to those currently in service. In addition, I give a big thank you to the spouses and families, for they too sacrifice so that their loved ones can serve their country.

I want to bring special attention to a charity known as the American Widow Project. The American Widow Project has dedicated itself to sharing the stories of the estimated 3,000 military widows of the nearly 6,000 service members who have died since 2001 as well as those that occurred prior. “While the service member’s sacrifice is acknowledged, many simply forget or fail to recognize the sacrifice of the spouse who is now left a widow of war. Oftentimes the invisible wounds of military widows are disregarded due to age or a simple lack of knowledge and understanding. The American Widow Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to the new generation of those who have lost the heroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow, with an emphasis on healing through sharing stories, tears and laughter………Military Widow to Military Widow.” –http://www.americanwidowproject.org/about/. Please go to their website to learn more and donate if you are able.

Now, on to Monday’s Finding…on Tuesday. This week’s Monday’s Finding is an Etsy vendor that I featured on the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show (slideshow posted at the end of this post), Enchanted Bouquets. Enchanted Bouquets specializes in amazingly beautiful paper bridal and attendant bouquets. When revisiting Amber’s shop over the weekend, I found that she has started making wicked cute ring pillows out of tea cups! I knew I had to share them with you and I greatly appreciate Amber’s willingness for sharing her work on my blog.

FYI: I have sought permission from this vendor to use her photos of her work as Etsy does not allow photos to be clipped. Please do not use this photo for personal gain or copy the design presented. This product is the livelihood, passion, and intellectual property of the artist and to copy these items or to use them for person gain is both highly unethical and in some cases is a violation of copyright law (this means you Urban Outfitters!).

For a mod/vintage wedding, this aqua and lime color combo would go quite well.

This teacup is perfect for a shabby shic fete.

For an elegant garden affair, this teacup is perfect.

Aren’t they fabulous? I love them and I’m really considering getting one for my own wedding. Oh, and in case you missed it, here is Enchanted Bouquet’s slide show from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show:

Stay tuned later in the day for Tips and Trends Tuesday!

Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend is upon us and I wanted to provide you with a bit of inspiration. Memorial Day is the time where we in the United States remember our men and women who have died in military service and was first enacted to honor Union soldiers who fought in the American Civil War. Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars take donations for poppies leading up to Memorial Day and the poppy’s significance comes from a poem written by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae after he witnessed the death of his friend Lieutenant Alex Helmer who was only 22 years old.

Here is that poem as it was first published on December 18, 1915 in Punch magazine:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

I come from a family who have several generations of men and women who have served in the American military. On this day, I remember not only those who have fallen in battle, but those who have served and are still serving in the military as well as their families. While it is important to remember those who have passed on, it is extremely important to remember those who served their country, those who continue to do so, and their families who all make great sacrifices to ensure the protection of our country.

This Memorial Day, I ask you not to merely look at Memorial Day simply as a day off from work, school, or as a reason for a BBQ. I ask you to say a prayer in your own way for our military both past and present as well as their loved ones. Take some time to go to a parade, visit a cemetery and place a flower at the grave of a fallen soldier who may no longer have living relatives to honor their memory, thank a veteran, donate to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and wear your Buddy Poppy proudly, tell your children what it means to be in the military, fly the American flag or place a wreath of red poppies on your door, read the poem above at your family BBQ, pray for our military and their families, and enjoy yourselves to the fullest.

Recipes:
Watermelon pops (recipe): http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/spiked-watermelon-pops-recipe/index.html
Sliders (recipe): http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/spiked-watermelon-pops-recipe/index.html
Raspberry Lemonade by: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=600567
Grilled Corn and Tomato Sweet Onion Salad: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/grilled-corn-and-tomato-sweet-onion-salad-with-fresh-basil-dressing-and-crumbled-blue-cheese-recipe/index.html

Friday’s Favorites: Men’s Style Wedding Rings

Welcome to final day of Masculine Gender week! All this week I had posts that were related to the masculine gender whether you consider yourself a “groom” or a “bride” and I hope that they were useful for you.

I’ll be using the words “groom” and “groomsman” to refer to those who identify with the masculine gender for convenience’s sake. Please know that I will be featuring ALL types of grooms no matter their sexual orientation and identity. If you are a reader of this blog, you will know that I believe that anyone who loves and wishes to make a formal commitment of that love are celebrated here.

Masculine wedding jewelry is following a similar trend in the overall wedding industry: doing things YOUR way. Personal style is what makes a wedding more than just a party, it makes it an experience for you and your guests. I am a planner all about a couple expressing their love in the way they see fit, whether a traditional fete at the Four Seasons or a backyard DIY affair. So, why not bring that same attitude to a ring you will hopefully we wearing for the rest of your life? Grooms now have a pethora of choices when it comes to their wedding bands (don’t even get me started on the whole one-ring ceremony thing a la Prince William). Here are some of what’s available to you guys. Don’t settle for convention if you don’t want to. It’s YOUR day too.

Theme Thursday: Spaghetti Western

Welcome to day four of Masculine Gender week! All this week I will have posts that are related to the masculine gender whether you consider yourself a “groom” or a “bride.” I’ll be using the words “groom” and “groomsman” to refer to those who identify with the masculine gender for convenience’s sake. Please know that I will be featuring ALL types of grooms no matter their sexual orientation and identity. If you are a reader of this blog, you will know that I believe that anyone who loves and wishes to make a formal commitment of that love are celebrated here.

Today’s Theme Thursday is inspired by the testosterone film genre, the Spaghetti Western. I have to admit that I had a hard time coming up with a theme for this week. Then, last night my fiancee had a stroke of genius and told me to do a set based on the Spaghetti Western. Spaghetti Westerns take place in dusty deserts and mesas typically around dusk. Sultry actresses clad in off the shoulder ruffled get ups are the norm and the color palette reflects the muted shades of the location in which they take place.

This one was a challenge and a lot of fun to put together and I hope it inspires you, even just a bit.

Wedding dress pic: http://tc.ioffer.com/i/newly-spaghetti-wedding-dress-bridal-evening-gown-cl1-190516376

Here is an Etsy Treasury to go along with the theme. I have one of the cast metal skull necklaces (like the bolo tie featured here) and I love it! Whenever I wear it, people want to know where they can get one themselves.

Wedding Wednesday: Rugged and Classic

Welcome to day three of Masculine Gender week! All this week I will have posts that are related to the masculine gender whether you consider yourself a “groom” or a “bride.” I’ll be using the words “groom” and “groomsman” to refer to those who identify with the masculine gender for convenience’s sake. Please know that I will be featuring ALL types of grooms no matter their sexual orientation and identity. If you are a reader of this blog, you will know that I believe that anyone who loves and wishes to make a formal commitment of that love are celebrated here.

This Wedding Wednesday we are celebrating masculinity with an Etsy Treasury filled with rugged Wedding details and an inspiration board with a natural color palette of sage and brown. I’m curious to know what you all think about the features thus far. I’d love it if you’d drop me a comment!

Etsy Treasury: Bromantic Wedding Details

Blue Leaf Eucalyptus Bowl
Copper Candlesticks
White Birch Boutonneire
Birch Bark Unity Candle Set
Bird’s Nest Cake Topper
Whiskey Toasting Bar
Western Chic Mr. and Mrs. Signs
Leather Guest Book
Large Escort Card Holder
Chalkboard Napking Ring Holders
Mustaches on a Stick
Rustic Wood and Candle Centerpiece
Leather Twisty Goblet
Thumbprint Guestbook/Signature Tree
Last Chance to Run Sign
Wooden Charger Plates

Inspiration Board: Sage and Brown Ruggedness

Mod shoes
greenweddingshoes.com

A Mountain Bride: June 2010#
amountainbride.blogspot.com

Dishing for Dana: Broke Ass Bride Needs Our Help

Dishing for Dana is a fundraiser for the blogger known as Broke Ass Bride. Dana’s blog has become a valuable resource for those who want an intimate personal wedding and don’t have a huge wallet. She consistently comes up with great ideas and inspiration that I learn a lot from. Dana has “an autoimmune disease called Uveitis. My immune system doggedly attacks my eyes causing inflammation, visual disturbances and blurriness. It is incurable and will cause blindness if left untreated. I also have a very rare deep-tissue form of a disease called Granuloma Annulare, causing a different type of inflammation in my foot, for which I had surgery last year. It is so rare, I am unable to find a doctor who knows how to treat it moving forward.” Dana is having her 12th surgery tomorrow as her left eye has come out of remission. The goal of Dishing for Dana is to raise $20,000 not only to her medical bills and premiums, but also to give $2,000 to the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association. In addition to standard donations, there is also an auction for some great wedding services and merchandise.

If you are unable to help financially, please spread the word and keep Dana and her loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.