Monthly Archives: April 2012

Monday’s Findings: Sweetheart Tables

So, yesterday was my final full time planning and design wedding and my bride and groom wanted one of my well known themed fetes. For Bear and Tana, that meant a red, black, and silver Pirate themed wedding that still maintained a classic look with a twist. I have to say that the sweetheart table I designed was gorgeous and one of my personal faves…ever. With black cherry crush linen (the only red table), red and gold glass, gorgeous trunks, and lots of gems and flickering candles.

Design by Kristen Sherman of Belle Memorie, Photo by Eric Murphy of Piscean Dreams Photography

I love the idea of a sweetheart table. Too often with head tables, the couple are in the midst of multiple conversations, etc. to the point where they often don’t get to spend a good deal of time with one another and or don’t get to eat and enjoy their first meal as a married couple. A sweetheart table allows the couple to enjoy one another and gives them a chance to speak to their guests one on one instead of competing with other conversations at the same table.

Today’s Monday’s Finding are my favorite sweetheart tables found via Pinterest:

Rustic

rustic sweetheart tables

Classic

classic sweetheart tables

Glam

glam sweetheart table

White Iris Designs
whiteirisdesigns.blogspot.com

Yvonne Design
yvonnedesign.typepad.com

Garden

sweetheart table garden

Unique and Alternative

unique/offbeat sweetheart table

This one of Bear and Tana was just posted by a relative of the bride and I just had to add it to this post. These are two of my favorite people in the whole world and I couldn’t ask for a better friend and ex-husband or stepmom for my son and sister from another mister. They are so in love that it’s just contagious. 🙂

Photo by Orionna Hall

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Friday’s Favorites: 1000 Cranes and Gown Treasuries

Happy Friday! What are your plans for the weekend? Me, I’m doing my last full planning event, the wedding of two dear friends. My body and it’s idiosyncrasies just won’t let me do things like I used to. So, it’s retirement for me. Take me out back like Old Yeller…just kidding. Today is the rehearsal and tomorrow the festivities: a Pirate themed wedding. I can’t think of a better way to head in to the sunset: one of my well known themed events. I’ll post pics as soon as I get them.

Anyhoo, here are two Etsy treasuries based on this week’s posts. The first is a 1000 cranes themed board full of fabulous origami dresses, crane save the dates and invites, not to mention a purple and gold crane bouquet from Etsy Virtual Bridal Team member, 3D Cranes.

Finally I have a fashion forward group of gowns that echo some of the trends spotted at New York Bridal Market last week. My personal fave is a black mermaid silhouette with the most amazing smocked train.

I hope you all have a great weekend. Let me know what you’re up to! 🙂

‘1000 Cranes Inspired Wedding’ by ravengrrl


Kyoto : Origami Crane Weddin…

$42.00

Unique Large size Origami Cr…

$2.00

Origami Crane Mobile – Grace…

$22.00

Silver Origami Crane Pendant…

$40.00

Silk SCARF – Toffee Brown & …

$36.00

Origami Crane Box with Mobil…

$18.00

Special Origami Paper Lotus …

$12.95

Orchid Purple Origami Crane …

$150.00

paper crane printable weddin…

$32.00

Nine Jar of Cranes assorted …

$38.99

Origami Paper Crane Wedding …

$17.00

Origami paper crane – hand e…

$85.00

Odessa Pleated Origami Silk …

$189.00

Fantastic Organza Origami We…

$399.00

FRAGOLINE DI BOSCO Elegant,…

$445.00

Short wedding dress with ori…

$1050.00

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‘Etsy Wedding Dresses Ahead Of Bridal Market Trends’ by ravengrrl

Last week’s New York Bridal Market noted several trends: more options in black and black and white. Texture. 70s inspired creations. Ethereal chiffon skirts. Find all of these trends and more from fashion forward designers on Etsy!


Gothic Wedding Dress

$845.00

Retro Bow wedding dress

$620.00

Black and White Wedding Dres…

$1599.00

Gothic wedding dress, evveni…

$1890.00

Custom Made One of A Kind Tu…

$278.00

Beautiful dress with roses, …

$600.00

Custom make Vintage Wedding …

$309.00

Venus- Ruffled Bohemian Chi…

$1700.00

Beaded Sheer Vintage CROCHET…

$230.00

Romantic French lace Bohemia…

$990.00

Bohemian Wedding Dress – Fri…

$460.00

vintage 70s wedding dress I…

$125.00

Romantic wedding dress with …

$640.00

Fairy wedding dress

$2580.00

NINA Light Cream Handmade Fl…

$250.00

Strapless Ruched Drop Waist …

$2650.00

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1000 Cranes Inspiration: Theme Thursday

Good morning. Today’s Theme Thursday is inspired by the work of an Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team member, 3DCranes, who makes some wicked fab origami creations. When I first came upon 3DCrane’s origami crane bouquets, it was love at first sight.

“According to Japanese lore, folding 1,000 Origami Cranes is truly a labor of love. Tradition holds that the bride who finishes this task, called ‘sembazuru’, before her wedding day will be richly rewarded with a good and happy marriage. Paying homage to the magestic crane, which mates for life and is said to live one thousand years, the bride ensures her own good fortune.”
-Linda Mihara, in B FOR SAVVY BRIDES magazine, 1998

If you are a bride up to the challenge of folding 1000 cranes or letting someone else’s hands do the folding, I present to you a red, white, and gold 1000 cranes inspiration board. Have a fabulous day everyone!

Theme Thursday: Origami

Wedding Wednesday: Spring Bridal Market Report: Gowns galore!

Happy Wedding Wednesday! The blog is back post Etsy Virtual Bridal show with my personal take on last week’s New York Bridal Market. Bridal Market takes place in April and October and is bridal fashion’s equivalent of Fashion Week. This Bridal Market, everyone is talking about the peplum trend. I have my take on it as well as my faves, which might surprise my long-time readers…think pink. On with the post!

Black and white gowns were all over the runway. Here are a few of my faves:

Spring Bridal Market- Black and White

My favorite short dresses…big surprise likes: David’s Bridal and St. Pucci, known for their over the top ball gowns, I was surprised to see this design house get on the short gown bandwagon.
Spring Bridal Market- Short

Bridal dress
brides.com

Carolina herrera
brides.com

Yumi
weddings.theknot.com

Isaac mizrahi
weddings.theknot.com

One of my favorite trends, ethereal skirts. These tulle and chiffon concoctions give a bride the illusion of floating on a cloud be they ball gowns or mermaid silhouettes.
Bridal Market: Etheral, Floating
Another trend, ultra structured modern creations.
Bridal Market: Structured
Spot the decade: 70s inspired silhouettes.
Bridal Market- 70s inspired

Texture, was shown in a big way and continued the trend from October Bridal Market. Be it a full on head to toe texture extravaganza to a subtle textured hemline, 3D details are here to stay.
Bridal Market: Texture

Everyone has been talking up the peplum. My take on it, the traditional peplum style is a bit…okay, but check out these designer’s take on it: asymmetrical, flowing and floral accented peplums take the peplum trend to a whole other level.
Bridal Market: Peplum with a twist

Angel sanchez
weddings.theknot.com

Vera wang
brides.com

Amsale
brides.com

Amsale
weddings.theknot.com

One trend I love: the sheath dress with a definite 1930s influence. Silky charmeuse (Spanx are a definite must with this fabric) and curve hugging lace, these 30s inspired gowns are definitely hot!
Bridal Market- Sheath 30s
Color is definitely pushing it’s way toward the top, offering brides an alternative to the traditional white and ivory. I love love love the continued introduction of color in to the bridal fashion repertoire.
Bridal Market: Color

Now for the moment my long-time readers are waiting for, my WTF? list. These designs just don’t hit the mark be they the midriff-bearing pantsuit, over-textured skirt and sleeves that look tacked on to what could have been a lovely mini, to the unflattering to any body silhouettes, these creations definitely push my WTF? meter to a whole new level.
Bridal Market: WTF?
Finally, my favorites. Are you sitting down? Yes, that is a pink ombre dress in my faves. Pink…me? Yep, you betcha. This ombre gown by Mark Zunino took my breath away. Oh, and let’s not overlook another surprise like, a ball gown. Isaac Mizrahi’s soft and subtle use of black in this gown is flawless. In my opinion, Marchesa hit the ethereal trend right on the button. Just the perfect balance of structure in the bodice paired with such gorgeous softness in the skirt = LOVE! Alvina Valentina’s and Badgley Mishka’s textured sheaths use just the right amount of three-dimensional detail to catch and not overwhelm the eye. My final fave is from Project Runway alum Carol Hannah. Not only is this greyish lilac creation a fabulous use of color, but the unconventional peplum and subtle beading makes it an all-around fave.
Bridal Market: My Faves

Well folks, that’s my Bridal Market report. I’d love to hear from you about your faves. Drop me a comment and lets chat!

Taking Monday and Tuesday off

Good morning all! I will be taking today and tomorrow off to dedicate to my beautiful bride and groom who are getting married in a fabulous pirate themed wedding this weekend as well as catch up on Bridal Market. I’ll be back on Wednesday with a full Bridal Market report, including my personal faves. Take care and I will “see” you on Wedding Wednesday!

Etsy Virtual Bridal Show: Day 18…Attendant Gifts (2 of 2)…THANKS SO MUCH!

Welcome to the final post of the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show. The Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team has more fabulous gifties for your wedding party and we will have more to bring you throughout the year. Don’t forget about our giveaways! Deadline is tonight at 11:59 Mountain Time.

I began the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show last year to support individual artisans and vendors and to provide couples with alternatives to the mass produced wedding finds out there is traditional stores. The bridal world is evolving and growing away from the expected and moving toward individual craftsmanship and DIY touches. What’s great about Etsy is that you too can have a handmade look to your wedding without sacrificing your fingerprints to your hot glue gun.

In addition to helping individually owned shops, I wanted to bring awareness to my chosen charity: Wish Upon A Wedding. “Wish Upon a Wedding is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. Often, couples facing such situations do not have the energy, time, money, or resources needed to plan their wedding. Our organization takes care of all the details, offering couples a chance to relax and enjoy a very special day while surrounded by the love of their closest family and friends.” -www.wishuponawedding.org

Please note that donations are not required to view or for vendors participate in the show. This is my labor of love to bring awareness to Wish Upon A Wedding and my belief in supporting small businesses and individual artisans. If you feel led to help Wish Upon A Wedding accomplish their mission, please see Wish Upon A Wedding’s donation page.

Legal Mumbo Jumbo:
While I am a volunteer with Wish Upon a Wedding, Belle Memorie is not an official representative of Wish Upon a Wedding. In addition, Belle Memorie is not an official representative of Etsy or the vendors featured in the show. I have sought permission from each and every vendor featured to use their products and their photos. Please do not use these photos for personal gain or copy the designs presented. These products are the livelihood, passion, and intellectual property of each artist and to copy these items or to use them for person gain is both illegal and unethical.

Enter our giveaways (Deadline is TODAY!):
https://bellememorie.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/etsy-virtual-bridal-show-day-17-favors-3-of-4-giveaway/

https://bellememorie.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/etsy-virtual-bridal-show-day-14-guest-books-and-alternatives/

https://bellememorie.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/etsy-virtual-bridal-show-day-11-let-them-eat-cake-1-of-3/

https://bellememorie.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/etsy-virtual-bridal-show-epic-day-9-bouquets-and-bouquet-alternatives-1-of-5/

https://bellememorie.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/etsy-virtual-bridal-show-day-8-maids-dresses-and-a-big-giveaway/

https://bellememorie.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/etsy-virtual-bridal-show-day-5-bridal-jewelry-2-of-3/

https://bellememorie.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/etsy-virtual-bridal-show-day-5-bridal-jewelry-1-of-3/

https://bellememorie.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/etsy-virtual-bridal-show-day-3-shoes/

https://bellememorie.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/etsy-virtual-bridal-show-day-1-bridal-gowns-3-of-3

kryan2designs

lenakanter711: Moro Design

Mermaids Dream

Murwati

Neck Nog

Owl & Hourglass

Pamela Posch Designs

Paulownias

QA Create

Regal Rhinestones

Sherri Weese Designs

Silver Spoon Creations

Sofisticata

Two Be Wed Jewelry

White Tulip Boutique

A big THANK YOU to all of you who have participated in and supported this project. To my readers, I hope you have found some great sources for your own weddings and would love to hear back from you on your purchases from the team. I can’t thank the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team enough for the donations, support, and promotion they have done over these past 18 days. May your shops thrive and our little project awaken the wedding world to handmade, artisan, fine vintage and individual businesses and the uniqueness they have to offer!

Etsy Virtual Bridal Show: Day 18…Attendant Gifts (1 of 2) Final day!

Welcome to the final day of the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show. The Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team has a great selection of attendant’s gifts headed your way! Don’t forget about our giveaways!

I began the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show last year to support individual artisans and vendors and to provide couples with alternatives to the mass produced wedding finds out there is traditional stores. The bridal world is evolving and growing away from the expected and moving toward individual craftsmanship and DIY touches. What’s great about Etsy is that you too can have a handmade look to your wedding without sacrificing your fingerprints to your hot glue gun.

In addition to helping individually owned shops, I wanted to bring awareness to my chosen charity: Wish Upon A Wedding. “Wish Upon a Wedding is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. Often, couples facing such situations do not have the energy, time, money, or resources needed to plan their wedding. Our organization takes care of all the details, offering couples a chance to relax and enjoy a very special day while surrounded by the love of their closest family and friends.” -www.wishuponawedding.org

Please note that donations are not required to view or for vendors participate in the show. This is my labor of love to bring awareness to Wish Upon A Wedding and my belief in supporting small businesses and individual artisans. If you feel led to help Wish Upon A Wedding accomplish their mission, please see Wish Upon A Wedding’s donation page.

Legal Mumbo Jumbo:
While I am a volunteer with Wish Upon a Wedding, Belle Memorie is not an official representative of Wish Upon a Wedding. In addition, Belle Memorie is not an official representative of Etsy or the vendors featured in the show. I have sought permission from each and every vendor featured to use their products and their photos. Please do not use these photos for personal gain or copy the designs presented. These products are the livelihood, passion, and intellectual property of each artist and to copy these items or to use them for person gain is both illegal and unethical.

Enter our giveaways (Deadline is TODAY!):
https://bellememorie.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/etsy-virtual-bridal-show-day-17-favors-3-of-4-giveaway/

https://bellememorie.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/etsy-virtual-bridal-show-day-14-guest-books-and-alternatives/

https://bellememorie.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/etsy-virtual-bridal-show-day-11-let-them-eat-cake-1-of-3/

https://bellememorie.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/etsy-virtual-bridal-show-epic-day-9-bouquets-and-bouquet-alternatives-1-of-5/

https://bellememorie.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/etsy-virtual-bridal-show-day-8-maids-dresses-and-a-big-giveaway/

https://bellememorie.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/etsy-virtual-bridal-show-day-5-bridal-jewelry-2-of-3/

https://bellememorie.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/etsy-virtual-bridal-show-day-5-bridal-jewelry-1-of-3/

https://bellememorie.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/etsy-virtual-bridal-show-day-3-shoes/

https://bellememorie.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/etsy-virtual-bridal-show-day-1-bridal-gowns-3-of-3

3 Little Pixies

Ali Christine Jewelry

Azure Treasures

Bella Fiore

Celadon Home

Chloe & Maddie

CJAYS Designs

Cymbaline’s Designs

Dirty Deeds Soaps

DNA Creations

Doloris Petunia

Dr. K Soap Company

hammeronsteel: BMW Ironworks

Heidi Creations

I Love Trinkets

Jennifer Moon Bridal