Monthly Archives: February 2014
Regardless of the season or color scheme, one eclectic wedding theme always embraces romance, it is the renaissance era! Craftsmen of wood, silver, lace, and even burlap create celebration scene only in fairytales. Enjoy a few candid pictures from a wedding of two talented musicians as they share their vows among family and friends.
“As a cultural movement, the ‘renaissance’ encompassed innovative flowering of Latin and vernacular literatures…the development of linear perspective and other techniques of rendering a more natural reality in painting, and gradual but widespread educational reform.”
“In politics, the Renaissance contributed the development of the conventions of diplomacy, and in science an increased reliance on observation…Although the Renaissance saw revolutions in many intellectual pursuits…it is perhaps best known for its artistic developments and the contributions of such polymaths as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, who inspired the term ‘Renaissance man’. There is a consensus that the Renaissance began in Florence, Italy, in the 14th century.”
WedEclectic is fortunate enough to have a renaissance man, Steve Riley, from New York, who creates amazing hammered silver wedding bands. The bride and groom will treasure these each day throughout their years together.
Eclectic brides can enhance their everyday tresses with gorgeous hairpieces in custom color matched braids. On top, an elegant orchid crown is the perfect style for a more medieval or renaissance style. This simple combination will create a distinctive look of centuries gone by which is very feminine and delicate.
“The middle class could usually afford to dye their wool and colors such as blue and green. The wealthy could afford to add elaborate designs to their clothing as well as dying it red and black, expensive colors for the time. Purple was also considered a color of royalty and was reserved for kings or religious figures such as the pope.” The Pantene color of 2014 is ‘radiant orchid’ so our eclectic brides can feel more like royalty when using this warm tone. WedEclectic artisan offers a stunning crown in this motif.
In medieval and renaissance fashion includes high-waist dresses and possibly corsets. These options allow for gorgeous dresses for many varying body types. This might be helpful for the bridal party. “Both men’s and women’s clothing was trimmed with bands of decoration, variously embroidery, tablet-woven bands, or colorful borders woven into the fabric in the loom. The famous Anglo-Saxon opus Anglicanism needlework was sought-after as far away as Rome. Anglo-Saxons wore decorated belts.”
Natural whites and light silver colors from birch trees can elevate cakes, gifts, or centerpieces for the bridal shower and wedding. After the ceremony, the new couple may continue to enjoy them as chargers for special occasions.
This rustic charm is enhanced by burlap silverware pockets. We lean toward the renaissance era and away from the medieval times, since flatware wasn’t always used by knights at round tables.
A wonderful gift for the bridesmaids would be long lace gloves, which would not require removal for touching up make up or even drinking champagne. This long lace can also be used after the nuptials with a favorite blouse during the holidays or an well-dressed dinner party.
Romance in the Renaissance can include Italian food for the reception and lovely music. Help your guests know what is in store by using fairytale ‘Save the Date’ cards, invitations, and Thank You Notes with golden crowns as found in this gorgeous custom collection.
The bride and groom can encourage their guests to participate or leave the fancifuls to the wedding party. Regardless, this eclectic wedding would be an event to remember.
Jewelry by Steve Riley:
Home Goods Alacarte:
Odd Lot Emporium:
Wedding of Dreams:
Pantene Color of 2014:
Early medieval European dress:
English Medieval Clothing [colors]:
We ask the WedEclectic team a question, and post their answers each week…providing some advice, inspiration and insight into the person behind our shops. We hope you enjoy them!
What colors do you think Brides will embrace in 2014?
Blood-orange…I’ve seen it listed by many brides in their color palette.
I definitely think Pantone’s color of the year Radiant Orchid will be showing up in a lot of weddings this year!
I am seeing a lot of gorgeous peachy/pinks. And more gold tones than normal over the ever popular silver accents.
I agree with Keri. I have been seeing lots of brides embrace gold as a signature color in their weddings. They are choosing to compliment the gold tone with blush pinks, or minty greens.
This month’s WedEclectic giveaway is hosted by
Jennifer creates customized keepsake wedding bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages and more for your wedding or event!
Here are a few of her beautiful creations for many wedding themes…traditional, bling, and alternative!
(Please contact Jennifer well in advance for bouquet orders, as her schedule tends to fill up 3 months or more in advance,
though she may occasionally be able to fit in rush orders.)
.She also creates coordinating boutonnieres!
And that’s not all…she creates jeweled accessories…sashes and ribbon headbands including Swarovski crystals and CZ stones!
Jennifer is offering a $25 gift certificate to a lucky bride!
The giveaway is open worldwide. Gift certificates do not expire, are not transferable, and cannot be combined.
This giveaway will run until midnight, February 28th, but don’t wait!
Entries will be accepted for:
Commenting, including your favorite item from ClayBouquetShop‘s shop.
Commenting that you hearted ClayBouquetShop‘s Etsy shop (and your Etsy name for verification.)
Commenting that you friended ClayBouquetShop on Facebook (and your FB page for verification.)
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Follow ClayBouquetShop on Twitter.
Follow @WedEclectic on Twitter.
Friend WedEclectic on Facebook.
Tweeted this giveaway (please copy your tweet here).
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The winner will be chosen randomly, verified, and contacted on March 1st via email with the good news!
Congratulations to Hana Clay for winning the giveaway!
Keep an eye on my Facebook and Twitter page…I’ll be announcing another giveaway soon. : )
If you are looking for a wedding cake that is a little different from the norm or you or your intended are gluten intolerant, the Scandinavian KRANSEKAGE may be what you are looking for.
Growing up in a Danish household and having a father who was a Master Baker, I was used to seeing the kransekage(wreath cake) for all major occasions…weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, christenings…
Although the picture above shows it as a tower, it can also be laid on its side and become a cornucopia and filled with whatever you desire…small cookies, candy, ? Also lovely as a centerpiece on one of your tables at your reception, decorated with hearts, flags, chocolate designs…
The kransekage can be made from purchased almond paste which is easiest…and can also be made from almonds that you grind.
The link for a recipe which uses almond paste(from Food.com)
The link for a recipe which uses ground almonds:(from a blog called global table adventure) This posting gives you plenty of pictures as well…
here is a link for forms that can be used:
If you don’t want to use almonds/almond paste, they can also be made from a cookie dough. (I made a kransekage from sugar cookie dough once…as long as it is not a soft dough…you need to be able to make it into solid ring shapes)
A fun cake to make and a delicious cake to eat!
Eva from A Bridal Touch