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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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Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team


‘Saturday’s Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 3/2/13’ by ravengrrl


Pastel Peach Lace Bridal Bol…

$35

Wedding Unity Candle Set, Un…

$190

Rose Candle Unity Set, Eco L…

$180

Silver Sequined Bow Wedding …

$59

Dusky pink and ivory handmad…

$11.95

Amber color SWAROVSKI crysta…

$29

Purple SWAROVSKI crystal & p…

$29

Seashell Ring Bearer Wedding…

$17

Large Men’s Vest Waistco…

$32

Button-on Suspenders Vintage…

$24.99

Tall Men’s Blazer 40XL V…

$42

Tall Men’s Blazer 40XL V…

$48

Peacock bird SWAROVSKI cryst…

$39

Wedding bouquet photo charm …

$9.99

Wedding bouquet frame charm….

$8.99

ivory bridal wrap in merino …

$220

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Friday’s Favorites: Candlelight and Red Velvet Beauties from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team

Sorry for the late post folks, it’s been a wacky sort of day. However, I think you will find it worth the wait.

Call me old fashioned, but I still love the unity candle ceremony. It brings two families together with active participation from both sides and who can resist the warm romantic glow of candlelight? This week I featured candlelit decor and to add to it, here are some super gorgeous unity candle sets and holders from the best of Etsy. There are a few beauties in that treasury from members of the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team: Forest Candle Studio, Henna Swirls, Pure Beauty Art, and Shabulous Chandeliers.

Speaking of the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team, today’s other treasury features swoon worthy red velvet creations and vintage finds all from members of the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team.

Enjoy the Etsy goodness, have a great weekend, and don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for the latest and greatest from the team!

‘Two Become One: Unity Candles’ by ravengrrl


Modern Unity Candle

$22.00

Rose Wedding Candles, Unity …

$225.00

Rustic Wood Wedding Unity Ca…

$45.00

Unity Candles

$30.00

Wedding Unity Candle Set – R…

$58.95

Unity Candle, Autumn Leaves …

$75.00

Wonderful Wedding unity cand…

$74.00

Crystal Unity Pilar candle a…

$82.95

Handmade Rustic Wedding Unit…

$35.00

Unity Candle Set Square Pers…

$42.00

Damask Black White Tradition…

$50.00

Western Barn Twine Rope Wedd…

$50.00

Chocolate and Caramel Unity …

$65.00

Unity Candle Holder in White…

$78.00

Square PERSONALIZED Unity Ca…

$59.99

Wedding Unity Candle Holder …

$85.00

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‘Red Velvet Nuptials: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team’ by ravengrrl


Red Velvet Caramels

$16.00

Vintage inspired red white a…

$39.95

Red Velvet Bow Sparkly Cryst…

$41.00

The George- Our velvet bowti…

$38.00

Red Velvet Morgane Gown by K…

$195.00

Silk Velvet Clutch/Purse/Bag…

$85.00

Bracelet Fingerless Gloves B…

$45.00

Red Velvet Cape Red Riding H…

$375.00

Wedding Journal, Diary, Gues…

$52.00

Red Velvet and Charcoal Grey…

$90.00

Valentine Red-Velvet Ribbone…

$65.00

Love -Handmade Red Clutch Ba…

$63.00

Vintage 1950s Hat – Red Fur …

$58.00

Burlap Ring Bearer Pillow Ru…

$29.95

Scarlett (red velvet) – Impo…

$34.00

Vintage 1960s Red Velvet Boa…

$130.00

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Wedding Wednesday: Red Velvet Vintage Inspiration

Today’s Wedding Wednesday is inspired by that deliciousness known as “red velvet.” It’s red, it’s chocolately (if done right…like my Grandmother’s), and that cream cheese frosting is SO worth the extra workout minutes to burn it off. I’ve got a pretty little naked red velvet cake and one gorgeous confection of a wedding dress to complement it. I hope you like it and the Red Velvet Caketini recipe!

Red Velvet Caketini

Red Velvet Vintage Inspiration

Tip or Trend Tuesday: Tip: The “First Look”

Thinking of doing a “first look” on your wedding day? Want to know what those who’ve done it thought of their experience? Well, here’s my advice for a great “first look” experience for you and your love.

Over the past *mumble* years that I’ve been in the wedding industry, I can hardly remember a more argued topic amongst my colleagues than when the notion of “first looks” came on the scene. What’s a “first look?” A “first look” is a time both you and your soon to be spouse get your first view of one another on your wedding day. The reason for the argument? A “first look” happens before you both head down the aisle.

Some say it ruins the entire surprise element of that first glimpse of your love coming down the aisle and other say it alleviates the anxiety of that moment, making it a moment just between the two of you. I am a “first look” advocate. I did it at my first wedding in 1998 and I can’t even begin to tell you the controversy that was for all of the church ladies. Luckily, my Dad was the Senior Pastor and our officiant, so my ex and I got our wish. Sometimes it definitely pays to be a “Daddy’s Girl.” 😉

Both my ex-husband and I were ridiculously nervous before our wedding. I literally got no sleep the night before and the tuxedo rental place messed up the guy’s order, making them three hours late to the rehearsal. I remember just wanting a moment alone with the man I was about to marry. We’d both been through a chaotic 24 hours and didn’t want that to show in some blubbering outburst as I made my way down the aisle. Having that moment just the two of us with only the photographer and videographer (both stayed at a distance) settled our nerves and it was just about the only time alone we had all day. It was SO worth it.

Fourteen years later, I’d be making the “first look” magic happen for him and his wonderful fiance (seriously, I have the best ex-husband and step-mom to my kiddo…EVER). Here’s their experience and try not to drown in their respective cuteness:

Bear: “I think it’s the best way to go for any wedding, you relax and calm yourselves. Seeing Tana in that dress was beyond words, Goddess-like does not do it justice. Still thinking about that moment makes me emotional…ok…move on now…lol.”
Tana Marie: “I remember waiting with anticipation to see his reaction as he opened his eyes and saw me for the first time all dressed up. Bear picked out my dress, seeing it in ivory at the store. I love that he was the one who picked it. 🙂 He never saw me in the red dress ’till that moment, and when I saw his face and the love it showed, it made my heart melt. He looked absolutely handsome in his tux! It is a moment I will never forget.”

Me: Would you recommend a “first look” to other brides and grooms?
Bear: “Oh hell yeah!!!!!”
Tana Marie: “Highly! You have that moment where it feels like it is only the two of you there and you feel complete. At last it was for myself.”

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*Photos by Eric Murphy of Piscean Dreams Photography

So, what are my tips for a great “first look?”
*Always, always, always have your photographer and/or your videographer present. They can capture the moment, but stand back a bit so that you can have your privacy.
*Let your wedding party know ahead of time. That way, they don’t go hunting for you and interrupt your time together.
*Appoint someone to keep the lookie loos at bay. For Bear and Tana, it was me as I was their wedding planner and they knew I could do so with tact. You don’t need a “first look” bouncer, just someone to politely ask folks not to interrupt you.
*Scout out your “first look” spot before the wedding day. You want a spot that is out of the way and one that will photograph well.
*Budget about 20 minutes of your pre-ceremony time for your “first look” and include it on your itenerary for the day. Be sure to hand out that itinerary to all involved in your wedding party as well as your vendors.

Here are some of my favorite “first look” pics from across the web. I’d love to hear if you and your love are planning a “first look.” Or if you’re already married, how your first look went.

Stay tuned tomorrow for some “red velvet” inspiration!

First Look 1

First Look 2

Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team

Today I have a plethora of goodness from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team. So, without further ado, four fantastic treasuries full of wedding bits and bobs to make your day uniquely you.

‘Saturday’s Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 2/16/13 #1’ by ravengrrl


Wedding bouquet and memorial…

$8.99

Wedding bouquet charm. Cranb…

$8.99

Wedding bridal crown wreath …

$115.00

silk lace chuppah (made-to-o…

$780.00

Fingerless Bridal Gloves: Wh…

$27.00

Handmade Cotton Lace Collar,…

$38.00

Brown Handmade Tulle Lace Co…

$37.00

Handmade Cotton Lace Appliqu…

$52.00

Lace Pocket – Simple Wedding…

$4.99

With Love Wedding Invitation…

$4.99

Gates – Romantic Wedding Inv…

$9.99

Lace – Bridal Shower Invitat…

$3.99

Wedding Hair Flower Headband…

$52.00

Thank You Wedding Favor Tags…

$24.00

Seashell Ring Bearer Wedding…

$25.00

Personalized Wedding Ornamen…

$150.00

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‘Saturday’s Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 2/16/13 #2’ by ravengrrl


Boutonniere, Turquoise Satin…

$12.00

Weddings, Bridal/Bridesmaid …

$31.00

Handmade Cotton Lace Appliqu…

$41.00

Brown Handmade Tulle Lace Co…

$37.00

Wood Wedding Placecard Holde…

$95.00

Sugar Starfish Seashell Bobb…

$19.00

Ivory Flowery Headpiece / H…

$60.00

Wedding bridal crown wreath …

$95.00

Handmade Ribbon Rose Bouquet…

$85.00

Lace Bib Statement Necklace …

$40.00

Wedding Jewelry, Brilliant S…

$40.00

Wedding Hair accessory made …

$32.50

Wedding bridal crown wreath …

$95.00

Princess Marie Antoinette Iv…

$75.00

Marie Antoinette Ivory and P…

$75.00

White Net Tulle Stole Shawl …

$75.00

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‘Saturday’s Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 2/16/13 #3’ by ravengrrl


Wedding bouquet frame charm….

$8.99

ORANGE, Large Organza Flower…

$13.50

Handmade Cotton Lace Collar,…

$40.00

Handmade Cotton Lace Appliqu…

$30.00

Petite bouquet, Flower Girl …

$32.00

Wedding seating chart. Const…

$45.00

Flower Girl Kissing Ball, Po…

$28.00

Ring Bearing Pillow: Unusual…

$38.00

Black Handmade Cotton Lace C…

$40.00

Handmade Cotton Lace Collar,…

$43.00

Purple Vanda Bouquet, Bridal…

$65.00

Monogram Mesh – Modern Weddi…

$7.99

Frame – Elegant Wedding Invi…

$6.99

Lace – Elegant Wedding Invit…

$4.99

Large Elegant Ivory Feather …

$29.50

COCO Glitter and Lace Weddin…

$675.00

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‘Saturday’s Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 2/16/13 #4’ by ravengrrl


Unity Candle Set, Wedding Ce…

$200.00

Rose Candle Unity Set, Pilla…

$170.00

Mint Origami Crane Rose Brid…

$120.00

Wedding Ring Pillow – Satin …

$39.00

Succulent Bridal Bouquet, Ru…

$150.00

Wedding Invitation Penthouse…

$3.50

PDF crochet pattern – heart …

$4.90

3 tier Cake Stand Honey Bun…

$95.00

Extra Large Gumpaste Flower…

$100.00

Bridal jewelry set, Bridal b…

$84.00

Seed Paper Invitations custo…

$250.00

Wedding Decorations/Receptio…

$100.00

Wedding Reception Candy Bar/…

$10.00

DIY printable wedding altern…

$20.00

Wedding Card Box and Banner …

$229.00

White Medieval Wedding Dress…

$615.00

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Friday’s Favorites: Weekly roundup with great Etsy finds

What a delight to find that I am on Bride Tide’s Top 100 Wedding Blogs list again! Thanks so much to all of you for nominations and support!

This week’s posts ran the gamut from centerpieces to Japanese inspiration. Here are a few treasuries to go with this week’s posts and get you started on bits and bobs for your own special day!

‘Wedding Centerpieces’ by ravengrrl


Bling Candelabra, Bling Chan…

$55.00

Wedding centerpiece. Repurp…

$35.00

Wedding Centerpiece, Wedding…

$39.00

Wedding Centerpiece Upcycled…

$135.00

Burlap Wedding centerpiece f…

$34.50

Rustic Wedding Centerpiece C…

$120.00

Glass Hanging Terrarium Jumb…

$37.00

Creme-white driftwood candle…

$39.00

Colorful Fabric Wrapped Vase…

$30.00

Log Candle, Fireplace Log, Y…

$40.00

FERN GREEN Vintage Decorativ…

$32.75

Stackable Teacups & Teapot C…

$40.00

Silk Floral Wedding Centerpi…

$65.00

Treasury Item- Mason Jar Lac…

$18.50

Forever candle luminary for …

$42.00

Large Moss Purse and Angel V…

$12.95

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‘Statement Ties’ by ravengrrl

Men’s ties that command attention.


Blue Tie. Men Tie. Hand Pain…

$35.00

SALE Men’s Tie Klimt, ex…

$72.00

Kryptonite Supermans Rock on…

$30.00

Mens skull striped necktie, …

$40.00

Tie – Dapper Fox Necktie – M…

$28.00

Absinthe bow tie, self-tie. …

$40.00

The Beau- NEW men’s prep…

$36.00

Neckties – Seaside Necktie …

$22.95

Carmen Men’s Tie (MADE T…

$90.00

Mens Necktie Cream World Map…

$19.95

Custom, Hand Painted, Men…

$65.00

Red Crystal Embellished Tie …

$35.00

Doctor Who – Tardis – Freest…

$25.00

Custom Hand Tailored Retro S…

$35.00

Against The Grain Necktie – …

$24.00

Pomp & Ceremony, Men’s B…

$55.00

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‘Japanese Inspired Wedding Details’ by ravengrrl


Koi Invitation, Koi wedding …

$1.99

Asian Wedding Invitation wit…

$4.75

Japanese Obi Sash Pale Gold …

$65.00

Wedding Dress with vintage w…

$720.00

3 White Cherry Blossom Hair …

$27.00

White Innocence Japanese Kan…

$24.99

Custom made wedding rings – …

$200000.00

Vintage Japanese Painting Cu…

$38.00

4 wedding ties. Groomsmen ne…

$108.00

Original Square Sushi Candle…

$2.75

Japanese Chopsticks Wedding …

$76.00

SAKURA Wedding Card Box Mone…

$85.00

Kimono bunting flags, Japane…

$20.00

Bride and Groom WEDDING CAKE…

$138.00

10 Lotus Lanterns, origami w…

$110.00

Pre Fixe Peace Crane Ornamen…

$5.00

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