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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

Style Thursday: The Braid Trend: Plaits for every length

Braids…from braided bangs for those with short hair to long fishtail plaits, it’s the trend on just about every 2013 bridal trends list. I’ve got two dozen lovely ‘dos for the bride looking for a traditional updo to waterfall braids for the boho lovers out there, and since this is me…you know I’ve got some edgier looks for us alternative folk. Have some fun with your look and don’t forget to schedule that hair trial!

Long Hair- Braid

Braid Up do

Short braids

Edgy Braids

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

Monday’s Finding: Gorgeous Budget Friendly Candle Decor

Are you on a squeaky tight budget with little to add to your ceremony and reception decor? Well, today I’ve got some budget friendly candle decor inspiration to help you out. Even if budget isn’t an issue and things like allergies or you just aren’t a flower person, these aisle and table ideas are simply gorgeous!

You can have a beautiful wedding and not spend a ton of money. As a wedding and event planner, I’ve worked with a vast range of budgets and with all of them, my first “go to” spot for decor details was the local thrift stores. If you love the looks of clear glass, milk glass, wrought iron, then definitely get thrifting. You can find a great many items like tea cups, vintage jars, and fab bits of rustic wrought iron to hold your candles.

Looking for a bit more bang for your buck? Give those pieces a new life with a fresh coat of paint, glitter, or decoupage:

Or, simply use them as is. Whatever you choose, you can have a beautiful wedding on any budget and candles are guaranteed ambiance for a lot less money than flowers. Speaking of less money…check out your local Catholic supply store for great deals on candles from votives to tall candles in a jar. I used to purchase mine by the case and they were a lot cheaper on the budget than getting them at the grocery store. In addition, this amazing gem of a shop has great candles in bulk and just about everything else for your wedding too: Sav on Crafts.

Well, without further ado…ceremony and reception candle decor inspiration:

Wedding Ceremony Candle Decor

Candles Reception

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…


Wedding centerpiece. Repurp…


Wedding Centerpiece, Wedding…


Wedding Centerpiece Upcycled…


Burlap Wedding centerpiece f…


Rustic Wedding Centerpiece C…


Glass Hanging Terrarium Jumb…


Creme-white driftwood candle…


Colorful Fabric Wrapped Vase…


Log Candle, Fireplace Log, Y…


FERN GREEN Vintage Decorativ…


Stackable Teacups & Teapot C…


Silk Floral Wedding Centerpi…


Treasury Item- Mason Jar Lac…


Forever candle luminary for …


Large Moss Purse and Angel V…


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‘Statement Ties’ by ravengrrl

Men’s ties that command attention.

Blue Tie. Men Tie. Hand Pain…


SALE Men’s Tie Klimt, ex…


Kryptonite Supermans Rock on…


Mens skull striped necktie, …


Tie – Dapper Fox Necktie – M…


Absinthe bow tie, self-tie. …


The Beau- NEW men’s prep…


Neckties – Seaside Necktie …


Carmen Men’s Tie (MADE T…


Mens Necktie Cream World Map…


Custom, Hand Painted, Men…


Red Crystal Embellished Tie …


Doctor Who – Tardis – Freest…


Custom Hand Tailored Retro S…


Against The Grain Necktie – …


Pomp & Ceremony, Men’s B…


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‘Japanese Inspired Wedding Details’ by ravengrrl

Koi Invitation, Koi wedding …


Asian Wedding Invitation wit…


Japanese Obi Sash Pale Gold …


Wedding Dress with vintage w…


3 White Cherry Blossom Hair …


White Innocence Japanese Kan…


Custom made wedding rings – …


Vintage Japanese Painting Cu…


4 wedding ties. Groomsmen ne…


Original Square Sushi Candle…


Japanese Chopsticks Wedding …


SAKURA Wedding Card Box Mone…


Kimono bunting flags, Japane…


Bride and Groom WEDDING CAKE…


10 Lotus Lanterns, origami w…


Pre Fixe Peace Crane Ornamen…


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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

Tip or Trend Tuesday: Handy dandy masculine wear tips and trends

Today I thought I’d help out my masculine readers with some great infographics from AK FEDEAU and The Art of Manliness to assist you with your wedding day ensemble. Whether you are looking to wear a 3-piece or two-button suit, or a formal tuxedo, get to know your menswear before you go shopping. This will make for a quick and easy shopping experience for you and your attendants. Don’t know how to tie a bow tie or a traditional necktie? Check out the visuals below and nail it on your wedding day. Finally, the basics on polishing your shoes. Make those bad boys shine to complete your wedding day look.

The rumor around menswear is that double-breasted jackets are back, courtesy of movies like The Great Gatsby and shows like Downton Abbey. The other trend I want to share with you comes from the pages of a great many wedding blogs and photographers…super fun socks for the groom and attendants. So, here’s some great guides and how-tos for you along with some wedding day ensemble inspiration.

All about menswear from AK FEDEAU THE BLOG:










How to tie a bow tie from The Art of Manliness


How to tie a Four-in-Hand Necktie, from The Art of Manliness


The art of shining shoes, from The Art of Manliness


Menswear Trends- Double Breasted- Wedding

Fun Men's Socks