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Wedding Inspiration – Add a Pop of Color!

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Brides and grooms can really have some fun by adding a pop of color to their wedding outfits. To give you ideas, here are some colorful handmade and vintage items from Etsy shops.

 
Fyi, many Etsy shops can customize items to your desired colors and styles. So don’t hesitate to contact a shop whose work you like!

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For the Bride.for the bride

Clockwise starting at top left and ending in the center:

  1. Green and black fascinator hat with zipper roses & electronic resistors by Aula46
  2. Honeysuckle pink mask with detachable satin flower clip brooch by ArtisanMaskers
  3. Bead embroidery bracelet by CrownofStones
  4. Silk & linen flower with peacock feathers hair ornament by ButtonsnBlossoms
  5. Colorful floral bridal sash by RosyPosyDesigns
  6. Sunrise seashell and aqua chalcedony earrings by ThePineappleHut
  7. Handmade flowers shoe clips by ChloeANDMaddie.
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For the Groom.for the groom

Left to right, top to bottom:

  1. Map cufflinks for the groom and his attendants by BrassandChain
  2. Custom comic book sneakers by MoonlightDecorator
  3. Multi-color blue modern tartan tie by TiestheKnot
  4. Quilled blue boutonniere by MiaettiaCreations
  5. Blue, green, and yellow paper boutonnieres by TheLittleRedButton
  6. Vintage wingtip spectator shoes by flyfishark
  7. Men’s gingham suspenders by PaigeGrayson
Happy Wedding Wishes,
Marcie Forest
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Summer Circus Wedding

Over the summer the Artisan Maskers collaborated with a whole team of amazing artists to put together a fantasy Circus-themed wedding shoot.  Here’s a quick spread of the carnival madness that ensued!

 

First, we have our Tightrope Walker bride.  She preps for the big day with a gorgeously bizarre assemblage of bridesmaids (below): a Clownette, a Lion Tamer, a Fortune Teller, and even a mustachioed Ringmaster!

 

Next up, our Clown of a Groom and his fabulous Groomsmen: the Magician, the Roustabout, and, okay, the “Lion”, too…

 

A few choice shots of the Bride and Groom…

 

And, then, the gang’s all here!  Time for the party to START!

So, what do YOU think?  Could a Circus be in your marital future?  ;D

 

 

Please, have a look at all of the incredible artists that made this shoot possible!

Mini Top Hats, Clownette Ruff, Dog Ruff, Feather Bouquet – Because It Sparkles

Crystal Bridal Headband and Belt – Clay Bouquet Shop

Bustle Skirt and Groom/Best Man Jackets – DAS

Little Miss Muffett Garter – Never A Plain Jane Designs

Corsets and Petticoat – Period Corsets

(Not pictured:  Wedding Streamers – Extravagant Exits )

A bit of inspiration from a fun, alternative bridal photoshoot : )

By ClayBouquetShop

I have planned to include alternative brides in my advertising for awhile, and finally had the opportunity to include models willing to have fun with this idea earlier this year. Here are some photos to enjoy…and possibly use as inspiration. : )

We had multiple outfits available for models, some more traditional than others, so many models appear more than once. The models had loads of fun in the wardrobe room changing from one outfit into another, accessorizing their attire, and wandering around Turkey Hill Inn for photos by the different photographers. : )

Bouquet, haircomb and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Veil by Chaos Couture 

Haircomb and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Jacket by Blooms In The Night

Bouquet, haircomb and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Gloves and lace neck wrap (eye mask) by KVO Design

Bouttonniere by ClayBouquetShop

Bouquet and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Hair Flower by Chaos Couture

Jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Bouquet and Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Fascinator by Chaos Couture

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Fingerless gloves and Lace neck corset by KVO Design

Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Bouquet and accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Bouquet and Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Layered skirt by Blooms In The Night

Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Bouquet and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Bouquet and accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Bouquet, haircomb and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Lace eye mask and cuffs by KVO Design

Bouquet charm by DelaneyPhotoJewelry

Skirt handcrafted by the model (Elderberry)!

(Yes, I told her that she should open up an Etsy shop, too!)

Thank you to all of our participants!

(listed alphabetically)

Photographers

www.brianbortnickphotography.com

www.flowingcolor.com

www.janeniziolphotography.com

www.metroglamourstudio.com/

www.modelmayhem.com/MichaelLawrencePhotography

www.facebook.com/steven.otte

www.steelcityphotography.com

http://stillsinfashion.com/

Hair Stylists

Allison Tegano

www.nazbeauty.com

www.vervenj.com

www.theupdoguru.com

Make Up Artists

KimmV  MM# 2357138

www.MaganSethi.com

www.facebook.com/makeupbynessa

www.nazbeauty.com

SK Faceworks Makeup MM# 2213330

Models

Andie-Nicole

Ava

Courtney

Elderberry

Jacqueline

Jamie

Kattia

Nicole

Rachell

Stephanie

Tips for a Less Expensive Wedding – #5 Be Creative!

By ArtisanMaskers

This tip is exactly what the Wed Eclectic Team is all about, so if you are reading our blog, you probably already have creativity in the bag!  This step is all about the question: who wants a wedding just like the next?  This is a chance to share your joy and excitement with those who care about you most, so it should reflect who you are, even in the details.  Often, with a little creativity, you can not only express yourself better, but save some money, as well!

My wedding colors were based on citrus tones, so my center-pieces consisted very simply of artfully piled limes, lemons, and tangerines among greenery and “filler” flowers (which can be purchased inexpensively at a floral supply place).  It was a cheap, but pretty, alternative to candles, glassware, or floral arrangements.

Another way I was able to save some money with a little creativity was by having our engagement announced with photos taken in one of those old black and white photo booths.  We found one, took two tries and used them on the back of the announcements.  It was definitely quirky (like me!) but you can’t beat spending $2 for your engagement photos!

Julianna wanted her bridesmaids to look cohesive, but not hate their dresses.  She purchased fabric in the colors she liked and then allowed each bridesmaid to have a dress of their choosing made for them in that fabric.  They were guaranteed to like the style (as their dress was made for them), and she liked the unified look.

Looking for more ways to give your wedding a splash of creativity?  I loved the creative use of color in this post (especially on simple things like fingernails and chair ribbons), the many alternatives to the “traditional” toasting flutes in this post, and some alternative lighting ideas offered in this post!  If you are having a hard time defining how to imbue your wedding with your own personality, I highly recommend starting with MyHaleyGirl‘s post about skipping the “cookie cutter” wedding, too.

What is a Fascinator or Fascinator Hat?

By La Coco Rouge 

Now that Kate Middleton has taken the world by storm with her fabulous styled hats, I am asked less often “what is a fascinator?”

Fascinators and fascinator hats are setting a new trend for fashion on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.  Europeans have always had a special love for these dainty and bold headpieces and it looks as though the US is falling in line.

Mata Hari’s Daughter

There used to be a discernible difference between the term “cocktail hat” and “fascinator” but like all true melting pots the terms are merging to become one.  I rarely hear the term cocktail hat anymore and wonder if the term may be falling into disuse due to its upstart and trendy “new” cousin.

Today a fascinator and fascinator hat is attached to the hair via combs, pins, clips, headband or elastic.  If it requires fastening to stay on the head – chances are good it’s a fascinator.  If it has a brim or sidewalls it’s a hat.

DelightWorthyn 

Most fascinators and fascinator hats, not all, will start with a base of some kind and then other materials are added such as feathers, flowers, pearls, sequins, ribbons, brooches, etc.

It used to be that these were worn for formal occasions but today you can see them sold in stores as daily accessory wear.

These hairpiece accessories can be used to complement a fancy hairstyle or to dress up a simple and casual look.  Note that the more elaborate the headpiece the more attention will be focused on it so style light on the rest of the outfit and use accent pieces sparingly.

MoonshineBaby  

The flapper generation spawned a delicious flurry of headpieces and hair wear.  Their short hair styles and simply cut dress fashions encouraged elaborate hair accessories.

Visit the team member shops of WedEclectic to find your own beauty for your upcoming wedding…or just for fun!

A Cultural Wedding

As a designer, to hear that your work has been featured somewhere; well, it’s the icing on the cake. Whether it’s traditional or non, exotic or more familiar, it doesn’t even matter; it’s simply delicious. And I love to share, so feast your eyes on this……

Maharani Weddings: Southern California Wedding Ceremony by Grand Design Photography

Rajeev and Shavreen

Her jewelry was made with stunning diamonds and rubies.

 

 

 

 There are so many special touches for this wedding; every detail is custom and personalized.

 

 And for my contribution…..

The memorial charm that dangles from her bouquet, in honor of her father, whom she lost 7 years ago.

If these exquisite images leave you wanting more, simply follow this link to Maharani Weddings to see the rest of this beautiful event: http://www.maharaniweddings.com/

Keri O’Hara

Owner/Artist

DelaneyJewelryDesigns.com

DJD@Q.com

Wonderland Wedding…Part 2

By NeverAPlainJane

I don’t care what you say, you’ve dreamed about a fairy tale wedding.  Even if it was just once. And even if it wasn’t your typical fairy tale.

Over the next few months I’ll draw inspiration from the combined genius of Lewis Carroll, Walt Disney, Tim Burton, and a score of other Alice fanatics to bring you a series of curiouser and curiouser Wonderland Wedding ideas.

Today, forget all about a white wedding.  If you are going to be queen for a day why not make it

The Red Queen

 (via LA Weekly*)

I’m not saying you have to have heart-shaped red hair (although that would be awesome!), but you could definitely set the tone with this amazing ring-bearer pillow from My Haley Girl.

(Hold my Heart Ring Bearer Pillow**)

Sweet, isn’t it?  But why stop at sweet, when you can go sassy.

(links below ***)

Of course, we can’t forget your partner in passion.

(links below ^)

I adore the steampunk touches in this reception décor mood board that refer to the Red Queen’s Victorian roots.

(links below^^)

What about you, my darlings?  Are you a bold ruler of Wonderland or does your wedding fantasy take you down another rabbit hole?

* http://blogs.laweekly.com/stylecouncil/2009/06/alice_in_wonderland_fashion_co.php

** http://www.etsy.com/listing/75939788/hold-my-heart-heart-ring-bearer-pillow

***Clockwise from top left:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/75142291/her-majesty-royal-papier-mache-mask-in

http://www.etsy.com/listing/48495473/exotic-bohemian-red-swarovski-chandelier

http://www.etsy.com/listing/86143080/red-fascinator-hat-with-flower-shaped?ref=pr_shop

http://www.etsy.com/listing/87028809/holiday-sale-sheer-elegance-tiered

http://www.etsy.com/listing/83109556/queen-of-hearts-black-white-stripe?ref=pr_shop

http://www.etsy.com/listing/88028473/ordering-information-for-alternative?ref=pr_shop

^Clockwise from top left:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/60224094/little-heart-cufflinks

http://www.etsy.com/listing/72681108/red-silk-underwear-custom-made-to

http://www.etsy.com/listing/64054363/unique-garter-glamorous-rose-red

http://www.etsy.com/listing/54548063/red-silk-valentine-necktie

^^Clockwise from top left:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/87903885/rose-candle-pillar-tapers-set-black?ref=pr_shop

http://www.etsy.com/listing/72252611/aceo-sir-aloysius-the-clockwork-hearted

http://www.etsy.com/listing/66523416/felted-rocks-colorful-handmade-all

http://www.etsy.com/listing/51680767/crepe-paper-heart

http://www.etsy.com/listing/53325104/5-victorian-table-numbers-great-for

Hockey Wedding

Women are typically the style behind the wedding but what if….the men planned the wedding???

First up: The Hockey Wedding

HOCKEY 'couch potato' GROOM. PERFECT Customized Wedding Cake Topper

Handmade Inspired Toronto Maple Leafs Wedding Garter

Personalized Groomsman Gifts - Sports TEAM LOGO Personalized BEER Mug - 16oz - Etched Beer Mugs by distinctglass on etsy

Hockey Keepsake Memory BoxBelt Buckle Vintage Hockey Game

Hockey Rink Cufflinks

This post brought to you by Jennifer Chow of Nostalgic Links

Just Between The Two Of You

You’d love a traditional wedding, but there’s a PROBLEM: deep down you’d also love to express the side of yourselves that isn’t traditional at all, without calling everyone’s attention to it!

Don’t worry, this can be SOLVED: To get you started, here are some great items  from Etsy artisans. Private treasures for wearing on (or under!) your wedding clothes, or carrying in your bridal clutch and his jacket pocket, a secret for just the two of you on your special day…

For skulls aficionados:

Skull Cufflinks
sexy SKULLS and HEARTS TATTOO thigh-high socks light mocha xs/x/m

For steampunk enthusiasts:

In Bloom Ankle Corsets - Tatted Lace Accessories - Ivory

Silver and Wood Timeless Fashion Mechanical Pocket Watch, Watch Chain Fob - Victorian Steampunk - Item MPW28

For nature lovers and sci-fi fans:

Glow in the Dark Solar System Underwear Womens

For Lord of the Ring devotees:

Lord of the Rings Elvish Pocket Mirror - 2.25"

Map Of Middle Earth Liquor Hip Flask Fantasy Stainless Steel 6 ounce

Best Wedding Wishes,
Marcie Forest
Forest Candle Studio

www.forestcandlestudio.com
www.facebook.com/ForestCandleStudio

Wedding Champagne and Flowery Foods

GARDENIAS!!! This flower makes my heart sing! It is such a beautiful and exotic wedding flower. These past couple of weeks, we’ve been in the midst of the last warm weather southern gardenia blossoms. I have two of these buxom girls lazing next to me right now in a little bowl of water. While doing backstrokes, their fully open butter cream florescence wafts a heady invitation through the air. I can’t help but bury my nose in their sensual aromatic beauty each time I pass by them.

Gardenia jasminoides….are they edible? A petal popped quickly into the mouth, raked teasingly across the tongue, teeth gently nibbling to release the narcotic fragrance. Rapture!! Yes!! Gardenia j. is edible! Used by chefs and sommelier in ways similar to the addition of edible rose petals. A delightful taste sensation, although a complete surprise, given that this flower does not easily give up her perfumed scent mysteries. The taste is light, sweet, a bit buttery and Gardenia fragrant. The scent of this flower translates accurately to the taste buds, filling your mouth with it’s rich, yet delicate sexy perfume. It’s petals, I shred, pluck, candy and toss au naturelle as often as possible.

When, where and how to apply Ms. Gardenia’s beautiful wiles Writer’s choice: Float a fully opened 2″ bloom in an open mouthed flute of chilled Roederer’s Cristal Champagne. What bride or wedding anniversary couple wouldn’t be enthralled by this lovely romantic sentiment? Pluck the petals, trim the bitter base end and layer into your favorite salad of fresh garden greens – add a handful of pitted fresh lychees for taste and texture interest. Toss with the lightest non-seasoned vinaigrette dressing. Candy the Petals. Rinse and thoroughly dry pesticide-free gardenia petals. Using a small paintbrush, thinly coat the petals with lightly beaten egg whites. Set gardenia petals on a plate covered with superfine sugar. Sprinkle the blossoms with more superfine sugar. Gently shake to remove the excess. Place on waxed paper and allow to dry for several hours. These can be used to adorn any number of wedding food offerings and adds an elegant touch to wedding cakes.

Gardenia Ice Cream

INGREDIENTS

2 cups of heavy whipping cream

2 cups of whole milk

1/2 vanilla bean, opened up, seeded (include seeds in mixture)

3/4 cup sugar (1/2 cup if you prefer less sweet)

Petals of 2 or 3 Gardenias (wash them well. Cut leaves up. Home grown gardenias are best)

PREPARATION Bring milk, cream, vanilla bean and seeds, half of the sugar, and chopped gardenia petals to a simmer in heavy saucepan (at least 2 quart in size), stir to melt sugar, remove from heat and let the flavors develop for 30-45 minutes. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk 8 egg yolks and remaining sugar till blended and lighter in color.

For Diabetics: Use Whey Low Ice Cream Sugar(low carb, low calorie, and natural). It works perfectly. Add about 1/3 of the heated mixture slowly to the egg yolk mixture, whisking while adding. (this keeps egg from clotting) Then whisk all of egg mixture into cream mixture. Reheat, whisking continually, bring to simmer, but not a boil. Whisk and heat until the mixture thickens, about 10 minutes. A spoon dipped into mixture should stay lightly coated, and a finger run down the center should leave a line in the custard. Remove from heat. Put custard into a bowl in an ice bath (partial sink of water with ice works, to cool it quickly) Stir every five minutes or so. When cooled off, strain, put covered in fridge for several hours or overnight. Then use your ice cream maker. Freeze it to “soft-serve” consistency, put in another container and set in freezer to finish.

*NOTE – Be sure to use natural blooms from non-pesticide sprayed plants.

This post brought to you by Lily Fleur