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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…
$183.75

Crystal Champagne Flutes Bea…
$99.99

Elegant wedding cake serving…
$69

handmade Purple wedding broo…
$450

Traditions White Damask on P…
$12

Purple and Silver Filigree F…
$17

Purple Boutonniere, Natural …
$15

Weddings, Wedding Decoration…
$39

Purple Wedding Dress Custom …
$629

Purple bottle wedding favors…
$19.5

Purple Beeswax Rose Taper Ca…
$45

Tutu Flower Girl Dress, Purp…
$165

Purple Wedding Card Box, Eng…
$119

VINTAGE FRAMED CHALKBOARD Ki…
$174

Damask Violet & Charcoal Lay…
$2

Custom make Vintage Beach We…
$109

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Friday’s Favorites: “I Do Garlands” and “All a Flutter Over Red and Blush”

It’s Friday and that means it’s time to do your best TGIF happy dance! ‘Twas a longish week for me as I am not only working to provide you with the normal fabulous content I present to you (I’m modest…yep), but I’m finishing up the final details of this blog’s heart and soul: The Etsy Virtual Bridal Show!

Yes, dear readers, it’s that time of year. The time where the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team takes over the blog for two weeks as we present our best handmade wedding creations and super fab vintage wedding finds to help you bring that one of a kind “authentically you wedding do!” This is our third year and I couldn’t be prouder of this little project. From just 100 shops that I personally invited, to last year’s team creation, and this year’s 440 shops, I know that you will hit the bridal mother load when it comes to finding everything from original couture gown creations to unique ever so trendy garlands to spruce up your event space. March 18th is the day to mark on your calendar for the beginning of the show!

So, this week’s favorites are a treasury of fabulous on trend garlands from many Etsy vendors as well as a treasury all a flutter with a blush and red butterfly theme. Enjoy the treasuries and most of all, remember that this wedding planning stuff, it supposed to be fun!

‘I Do Garlands’ by ravengrrl


Blue Wedding Garland Backdro…
$150

Eco Wedding Garland Decorati…
$38

Spring and Summer Paper Bunt…
$9.5

Wedding Garland Fall Bunting…
$18

32ft LONG READY to SHIP Trop…
$16

SALE Paper Garland, RED HEAR…
$12

Vintage Hankie Bunting – Wed…
$50

Wedding Garland Paper flower…
$120

Rustic Wedding Garland Eco F…
$34

Fabric and Flower Wedding Ga…
$36

FALL WEDDING GARLAND-pennant…
$34.2

WEDDING GARLAND BURLAP
$128

Ivory Wedding Garland – Tull…
$50

Gold Glitter and Purple Pape…
$12.95

Black White Damask Wedding G…
$22

The Petite Glam Scallop Garl…
$16

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‘Blush and Red Butterfly Wedding’ by ravengrrl


Floor Length Backless Chiffo…
$1200

Raspberry Bridal Bobby Pins,…
$10

Ruby Red Bridal Belt, Plaid …
$205

Bridal Necklace, Vintage, We…
$40.91

Red & Pink Butterfly Bouquet…
$55

Custom make Vintage Straples…
$89

Red Wine Pink And Light peac…
$38

Burgundy and pink Flower Gir…
$90

SALE Red Light Pink Butterfl…
$12

30 3D Wall Butterflies, Pape…
$45

Red Pink Ombre hand dyed Fab…
$40

Berry Surprise Combo Sparkly…
$7.8

30 Butterflies, 3 Lanterns, …
$65

Pink and Red Bridal garter,…
$30

Men’s Tie Pink and Red V…
$22.95

Mini Journal Handmade Refill…
$6.5

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Wedding Wednesday: Red and Blush Garden Inspiration

Happy Wedding Wednesday! What have you done for your wedding today? Me, I’m working on flowers made from the pages of “Pride and Prejudice” and watercolor painting them in a gradient blue from navy to sky. I’m really happy with how they are turning out. I’m one of those “don’t reveal too much” kind of brides, so you’ll have to wait until after June 8th to see them. :)

Today, I have some red and blush inspiration based on one swoon worthy gown by Jillian from their 2013 Sterlizia Collection. Gowns with print are fast becoming a trend and I have a feeling that we will see more of them at Spring Bridal Market. I love that so many designers are embracing what many brides want: a gown beyond the typical and this gown is anything but ordinary!

Take a peek and let me know if you have any requests for next Wedding Wednesday.

Red and Blush Garden

Wedding Wednesday: Japanese Garden Inspiration

One of my absolute favorite places to go to in San Diego, is the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. Once upon a time, there was a tea house in that spot that was built in 1914 for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. It remained a functioning tea house until it was dismantled in 1941. In August 1990, the Japanese Friendship Garden was built to honor the memory of the original tea house. It currently holds exhibitions and you can get a bite to eat and sip some tea to cap off your visit to this gorgeous spot.

For some reason, this spot was on my mind today as I was talking to my kiddo about where I grew up. The topic of my many trips to Balboa Park came up and I mentioned the garden (which wasn’t there when I was a kid, but I did stop off at during a conference I was attending). It’s a lovely spot and the inspiration for today’s Wedding Wednesday.

Japanese inspired DIY Favors:
Spicy Asian Brittle (if you leave out the red pepper flakes, the brittle will be more in line with Japanese cuisine)
Origami Butterfly
Washi Tape Votive Candle
DIY Washi Tape Favor Wrap

Japanese Inspired Garden Wedding

Monday’s Finding: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: Favorite Pins

Today is the 200th anniversary of the publication of my favorite book of all time, “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. So, I’ll be paying homage to the book all this week and I thought I would start of with some of my “Pride and Prejudice” pins from that addiction we call, Pinterest.

Pride and Prejudice Pins

Friday’s Favorites: Jane Austen Inspired and Plum and Gray Dark Romance

Today’s Friday’s favorites via Etsy touch on the Jane Austen inspired theme of my own wedding, which was posted on Monday and the Dark Romance theme that was Wedding Wednesday. Two beautiful treasuries full of fabulous Etsy creations and finds. Please don’t forget that the best way to find unique wedding details is to utilize sites like Etsy to connect you with independent artisans and vintage purveyors. I have found and continue to find great finds for my own June wedding. Enjoy the treasuries and your weekend!

‘Jane Austen Inspired Wedding’ by ravengrrl


1960s jane austin style wedd…
$485.00

Wedding Bridal Flats, Womans…
$225.00

Jane Austen Wedding PEARL,CR…
$75.00

Empire waist wedding gown wi…
$2158.00

vintage romance inspired fab…
$268.00

Bridal Robe Wedding Lingerie…
$175.00

Victorian Crochet Drawstring…
$36.00

white wedding hair flower wr…
$85.00

Hand Written Note – Inspired…
$6.00

Jane Austen Muslin Favor Bag…
$12.50

Wedding Decoration. 12 Jane …
$38.00

Vintage Wedding Programs – M…
$5.00

Pride and Prejudice Wedding …
$100.00

vintage book page paper flow…
$10.00

Regency Style Silk Vest
$248.00

Pride and Prejudice Bunting …
$22.00

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‘Dark Romance: Plum and Gray Wedding’ by ravengrrl


Infinity Wedding Dress in &q…
$720.00

Plum Grey Wine Purple Millin…
$249.00

Plum and Lavender Champagne …
$800.00

Pale Oyster Gray Mantilla We…
$178.00

Mûre: A flower girl head wr…
$34.00

Tulle Flower Girl Tutu Dress…
$87.00

bow tie and suspenders for t…
$35.00

Tailored Garden Ring Pillow …
$80.00

Purple and Gray Decorative O…
$6.00

Wedding Guest Book Hipster B…
$100.00

Swan Lake Pansy Maxi Octopus…
$98.99

Boutonniere Aubergine Purple…
$25.00

Eggplant Purple and Platinum…
$30.00

Sparkle-1105 Wedding, Bridal…
$45.00

Euphrasie Long Lace Fingerle…
$42.00

Hand Painted Champagne Flute…
$42.00

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Monday’s Findings: My favorite pins for my own wedding

My long time readers know that I get my “Monday’s Finding” material from Pinterest. If you haven’t joined Pinterest yet, I highly recommend it (especially for those planning a wedding). It’s a great way to clip and save inspirational ideas without reverting to Kindergarten cut and paste collages (lol). I’ve collected a great deal of ideas for my own wedding, as well as inspirational bits and bobs for you. Here’s the link to my Pinterest boards: http://pinterest.com/bellememorie/.

I thought that for today’s Monday’s Finding, I’d share some of my pins for mine and Mr. Wondermous’ wedding coming up in June. We have a plum, navy, ivory and gold color palette inspired by my favorite book, “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen with a bit of Anglophile loveliness that both myself and Mr. Wondermous love. Feel free to comment and share your own favorite pins. Without further ado, my faves:

My Wedding Inspiration Board