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Friday’s Favorites: Virtual Bridal Show Sneak Peek…Floral Headpieces and Gowns!

Happy Friday! What will you be up to this weekend? Me, I’ll be snuggled up on the couch in front of the fireplace with Mr. Wondermous. The kiddo is up the mountain at Grandma’s and will be frolicking in the snow and skipping across Grandma’s frozen lake. I’m looking forward to nearly three days without stepping on a Lego…lol.

Today I have two treasuries for you. Both are sneek peeks in to what the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team will be presenting as part of our annual show here on the Belle Memorie blog, beginning March 18th. I am just so proud of all the amazing vintage finds and one of a kind handmade creations our talented team has to offer you this year. Check out these swoon worthy gowns and fabulous floral headpieces! Stay tuned for the show on the 18th and next week will present more peeks in to what the team has been up to. Have a great weekend!

‘Floral Bridal Headpieces: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team’ by ravengrrl

Wedding Flower Crown plum Wo…


Weddings, Bridal/Bridesmaid …


Cherry Blossom Head Wreath -…


White Floral Crown with Rhin…


Sunshine and Slate Billy Bal…


Vivienne Headdress


Lucky Sparkles Fascinator


Fall Autum bridal hair fasci…


Romantic Wedding Crown of Bl…


White Orchid Fascinator


20% OFF Bridal Headband Cham…


Fanny Silk Flower Butterfly …


SUPER SALE Tropical Hair Pie…


French Lilac Head Piece – Wo…


Flower Headpiece – Crown Fas…


Pink Petal Headpiece, Flower…


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‘Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Sneak Peek: Gowns!’ by ravengrrl

Champagne Gold Sequins Weddi…


GARDENIA Bridal Gown


Plus Size Wedding Dress, sat…


SALE Wool Grey Fantasy Coat …


Sweetheart Neckline & Zipper…


Modest Scoop Neck Champagne …


Wedding Gown Wedding Dress R…


Princess Philipa wedding dre…


Rockabilly Pin Up Custom We…


wedding dress “Antoinet…


KC Bambi one-of-a-kind corse…


Betty – Vintage Style Tea Le…


Red Wedding Dress Ball Gown …


Iridescent Silver Crystal Pa…


Wedding dress vintage 1930s …


An endearing emerald green s…


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Wedding Wednesday: Purple and Lavender Glam

Today, I have one glamtastic bit of purple and lavender inspiration for you. When I came across this lavender gown, I knew I had to put a board together for it. Monochromatic decor is very on-trend for weddings this year (see the Winter edition of The Knot) and if you are a fan of purple, then this monochromatic glam inspiration is perfect for you.

In addition, I have some great lavender and purple bits and bobs from the participants of the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show to get you started on all of that wedding shopping. Speaking of the show, this year’s show will debut here on the Belle Memorie blog on Monday, March 18th. This year it’s bigger and better than ever with over 440 shops and LOTS of custom and one of a kind finds to help you make your wedding just as beautiful as your love. So, mark your calendars and enjoy your day!

Purple and Lavender Wedding

‘Purple & Lavender Wedding: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team’ by ravengrrl

Purple Wedding Shoes — Purp…


Crystal Champagne Flutes Bea…


Elegant wedding cake serving…


handmade Purple wedding broo…


Traditions White Damask on P…


Purple and Silver Filigree F…


Purple Boutonniere, Natural …


Weddings, Wedding Decoration…


Purple Wedding Dress Custom …


Purple bottle wedding favors…


Purple Beeswax Rose Taper Ca…


Tutu Flower Girl Dress, Purp…


Purple Wedding Card Box, Eng…




Damask Violet & Charcoal Lay…


Custom make Vintage Beach We…


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Tip or Trend Tuesday: Trend: Lavish Florals for Hair and More

Today’s trend comes from Bride Tide’s 2013 trend list…lavish florals. From breathtaking floral headpieces to swoonworthy tablescapes, this trend can be summed up in two words, “eye candy.” So, today I bring you enough floral eye candy to make your eyes glaze over in a stupor of georgeousness (yes, I just went the made up word route). I know you are going to find a great deal of inspiration in these luxe floral creations. Enjoy and by all means…indulge yourself!

Lavish Florals 1

Lavish Florals 2

Lavish Florals 3

Lavish florals 4

Lavish flowers 5

Lavish Florals 5

Monday’s Finding: Oscar Inspired Bridal Fashions

Last night’s Oscar red carpet saw some definite hits and misses. Okay, I’m going to get snarky here for a mo’. In my opinion, the major miss of the night was Anne Hathaway’s worst dressed trifecta in Prada: pointy nipples, too much side boob, and ill placed jewelry. Sure, there were others that were disheveled and dumpy, but I guess I expect more from Anne and the side boob trend is super tacky.

However, there were several ladies that stood out in trendsetting wedding worthy inspired frocks that I just have to show you. Check out the board below for the style I feel can easily translate in to gorgeous bridal looks and then keep scrolling for some current bridal designs that speak to their Oscar counterparts: Amy Adams with her feathered ball gown by Oscar de la Renta, Zooey Deschanel with her vintage inspired floral embroidered frock, Shaun Robinson in a crisp black and white gown, Jessica Chastain in her gold classic Hollywood styled gown by Giorgio Armani, Charlize Theron in a beautifully structured white peplum dress, Kristen Stewart’s lace sheath with a tulle train by Reem Acra, Alicia Vikander in an on-trend long sleeved gown by Elie Saab, Kristen Chenoweth in Tony Ward, and winner of the Best Actress Award…Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture.

Oscars 2013- Bridal Inspiration

Feathered Ball Gown and Floral Embroidery

Oscar Wedding Dress Inspiration- Black & White and Gold

Oscar Inspired Wedding Dresses- Peplum and Lace w/ attached train

Oscar Inspired Wedding Dresses: Blue and Black Ball Gowns

Bridal dress

Wedding ball gown

Sleeveless dress

Lace bridal dress

Jill Stuart wedding ball gown

Marchesa Fall/Winter 2012-2013

Oscar Inspired Wedding Dresses Clean and Simple

Bridal ball gown

Bridal dress

Floral print dress

Monday’s Finding: Jaw Dropping Statement Cakes

I have a lot of pretty for you today! In the past 10 – 15 years, wedding cakes have gone from a traditional symbol typically picked from a lineup of pre-created confections available in just a few flavors you pick out of a portfolio to wondrous works that serve as a cornerstone of reception decor and “sky’s the limit” custom flavors. I recently found a few folks on Pinterest that had collected gorgeous statement cakes that I too had to pin. Here are just a few of them. If you are looking for more, check out my wedding cake board on Pinterest:

Statement Wedding Cakes 1

2009 Orange Show

Stained Glass

The Awesometastic Bridal Blog: June 2008

Statement Wedding Cakes 2

Statement Wedding Cakes 3

Wedding Wednesday: Chanel: White, Black, and Gold Inspiration Board

When the pics of Chanel’s pre-Fall 2013 collection hit my inbox, my jaw dropped and I knew that I had to do a board inspired by Karl Lagerfeld’s opulent white and gold creations. Even at 79 years of age, Mr. Lagerfeld continues to inspire and create amazing works of art that fly in the face of tradition, yet echo a bit of timelessness.

So, how did I translate this amazing couture ensemble in to a bit of inspiration for you? Think chandeliers dripping with crystals, tons of candlelight, and floral garlands hanging from a ceiling of starlight. I hope you enjoy!

Black, Gold, and White Wedding- Chanel

Antique ring

Candlelight {Wedding Details}

Tips or Trends Tuesday: 2013 Wedding Trend: Old World Glamor

Number eight on Bride Tide’s 2013 Wedding Trends list, “A return to elegance.” The past few years have seen the rise of vintage wedding style, shabby chic details, and lots of DIY fetes. On the boards and especially on Pinterest, I’ve notice that couples are beginning to post lots of glam inspiration. Sara, of Burnett’s Boards says, “…2013 brides will draw inspiration from old world glamour with cinematic and literary influences like The Great Gatsby, Anna Karenina, Downton Abbey, and A Royal Affair. I expect to see decadent fabrics, corsets, ornate lace details, metallics, costume jewelry, and more formal receptions. This trend is already being reflected on red carpets and runways around the world and I can’t wait to see it find its way back into weddings again!” – Sara, Burnett’s Boards

I agree with Sara and I wanted to provide you (especially those newly engaged over the Winter holidays), a jump start on your own glam wedding ‘do. Enjoy the boards and I’d love to hear what your ideas are for your own weddings. Drop me a comment/request and I’ll be happy to put together some inspiration for you and post it on an upcoming Wedding Wednesday. 🙂

20s and 30s Wedding Dresses

Victorian and Rococo Wedding Dresses

20s, 30s, Victorian, and Rococo Bridal Headpieces

20s, 30s, Victorian and Rococ Wedding Jewelry

20s, 30s, Victorian, Rococo Wedding Cakes

1920s Wedding

30s Wedding

Victorian Wedding

Rococo Wedding