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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 )

Wed In Red

By MoonshineBaby

Although the ethereal grace of white weddings in the West has always been a favorite adopted by many,  it does not quite equal the passion & romance of marrying in red!

In ancient Rome, the first bridal veils were worn, and were usually an intense red flame-like color which shrouded their entire bodies, called a Flammeum. This early veil would also vary in fiery shades of yellow & orange among the ancient Greeks, but all were intended to protect the bride and the union from evil spirits. Here is an early Roman bride wearing her Flammeum veil:

Perhaps the most opulent of Red Weddings has to be those in both China & in India, who prize the color and believe it attracts happiness, luck & good fortune. In fact, the Indian bride traditionally wears a red dress & veil, but will also have red henna designs with hidden romantic messages or auspicious symbols for her husband to read during their wedding night painted all over her body.  Instead of being carried over the threshold, the bride will partake in a ritual in which she dips her feet in red colored water and then walks barefoot through her new home – a custom symbolizing her new role as a married woman.

The Chinese bride will change three times into one red dress for the Tea Ceremony,  another red dress for the actual Wedding Ceremony, and finally a third red dress for the Wedding

Reception.  Some even have changes of gowns during the reception just for fun.

Inspired by these traditions here are some Red Hot creations by the Wed Eclectic team to set your wedding day ablaze!

“Adored” Veiled Headpiece by MataHari’sDaughter

Masquerade Masks for Two by Artisan Maskers

 

Personalized Monograms for Wedding invitations by WeddingMonograms

 

 Red Feather Headdress with Roses & Silver Pheasant Feathers by LaCocoRouge

 

Paper Flower Bridal Bouquets by TheLittleRedButton

 

Red Sunflower Fascinator by MySmittenBoutique

Hand-painted Wine Glasses by PureBeautyArt

By MoonshineBaby of WedEclectic

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

April Giveaway!

This month’s WedEclectic giveaway is hosted by:

EdenGallery

They create Steampunk Art, Jewelry, & Curiosities – Gearwork bouttonieres, fascinators, jewelry, paintings…and more! They would be perfect accessories for your unique wedding, for wearing everyday, or for decorating your home.

Take a look at some of their designs…. : )

Bouttonnieres

Fascinators…

And Jewelry…

They have graciously offered a Vintage Style Beaded Headpiece, a $28 value!

This giveaway will run until midnight, April 30th, but don’t wait!

Your initial entries will be accepted for:

A comment including your favorite item from EdenGallery’s shop

Extra entries for comments indicating that you: (Please include your email, handle, etc for verification & contacting you when you win!)

Heart  EdenGallery’s shop

Friend/Like EdenGallery on Facebook

Follow EdenGallery on Twitter

Tumble with them on Tumblr EdenGallery

Follow @WedEclectic  on Twitter

Friend WedEclectic on Facebook

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The giveaway is open worldwide, however, any additional charges for international shipping would be the responsibility of the winner. Shipping in the US is included in the giveaway.

The winner will be chosen randomly, verified, and contacted on May 1st via email with the good news!

March Giveaway!

This month’s WedEclectic giveaway is hosted by:

delightworthyn ART/wares

She creates upcycled art – fabulous hats, fascinators, hat pins, neckties, boutonnieres, jewelry, wristlets…the list goes on and on! They would be perfect accessories for your unique wedding, or for wearing a different one everyday.

Take a look at some of her designs…. : )

For your wedding…

upcycled silk and pearls,something old

Gorgeous hats!

wedding wristlet,bridesmaids,offbeat wedding,vintage

To embellish your hats or hair…

 

She has graciously offered an Orange Blossom Fascinator, a $30 value.

This giveaway will run until midnight, March 31st, but don’t wait!

Your initial entries will be accepted for:

A comment including your favorite item from delightworthyn ART/wares shop

Extra entries for comments indicating that you: (Please include your email, handle, etc for verification & contacting you when you win!)

Heart  delightworthyn ART/wares  shop

Friend/Like  delightworthyn ART/wares on  Facebook

Follow @WedEclectic  on Twitter… Friend WedEclectic on Facebook

Tweeted this giveaway (please copy your tweet here)

Posted this giveaway on your Facebook page (please copy your post here)

Posted this giveaway on your blog (please include the link here)

Posted this giveaway on a wedding/social network (please include the link here)

The giveaway is open worldwide.

The winner will be chosen randomly, verified, and contacted on April 1st via email with the good news!

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 Perfect Pairing

If you are a regular reader you already know that the ‘team’ recently collaborated on an impressive, hugely scaled, styled photography shoot.  I wanted to take this time to share with you my very favorite image from the entire day.  Jannelle of Darling Studios has a magical way with the camera and her editing skills are truly amazing.  Emerald Dove our model is wearing a perfect pairing.  Her stunning headdress is courtesy of La Coco Rouge and that necklace was created by Smitten Boutique.  All of it was topped with a cherry kiss like the most perfect sundae with ruby lips by Amanda Moyo and Blasina Salam.

I consider this the crown jewel of the whole shoot and I bet it makes you drool a little.

ps: You can’t tell but Emerald sports an entire head of dreads.  WHAT!!!!!????  Erin Sillesky and Candice McCamman rocked her wild hair into 40s style perfection.

Killer huh?

Krissy

Make Believe’N Alternative Weddings LLC

 

 

Brides Around the World – Part 1 Japan

Do you long  for a bit of the Far East?  Are you in love with simplicity, serenity, and stately elegance?  The traditional dress of the Japanese bride might be for you.

Most of us know that the traditional women’s dress of Japan is called the “kimono.” And, though  they aren’t as commonly worn as they used to be, one of the places you’re still sure to see kimono is at a Japanese wedding. Though the modern bride will often wear more than three outfits throughout her wedding day, the traditional wedding kimono, called an uchikake, is almost certain to be one of the ensembles worn..

The uchikake is  a robe-like dress that used to be the common dress of women in the samurai (warrior) class. Uchikake have long rounded sleeves that swing elegantly off of the arm, and a longer hemline than most other kimono styles. The hem is also padded, which helps the uchikake to form a train behind the wearer. It is worn open, like a long coat, over a pale under-kimono (called kakeshita). In ancient times, there would have actually been five or more under-kimono beneath the uchikake. Today, some uchikake mimic this style with thin strips of fabric trimming the edges.

In the traditional religion of Japan, Shinto, white is a symbol of purity. Because of this, the uchikake is most often white, as is the kakeshita, or under-kimono, and it’s obi, or sash. The hair is also wrapped in a traditional white headpiece, known as the tsunokakushi..

But tucked into this tsunokakushi (wedding headpiece) is by far my favorite part of the traditional Japanese wedding ensemble–the kanzashi.

Kanzashi are traditional Japanese hair ornaments.  They, like kimono, come in a wide variety of styles. The wedding kanzashi are usually a golden-yellow color, and very ornate. Originally made of tortoise-shell or metal, today they are most often created from molded plastic. The detail is stunning and often includes symbolic elements such as cranes, pine branches, and turtles, all symbolic of longevity.

Western brides might consider a less formal tsumami (“folded fabric”) kanzashi to accent their hair, or a monochromatic silk brocade for their gown. Perhaps an up-do with a traditional Japanese flair might compliment an ornate western dress. Or an actual kimono–either white or brightly colored–might be to the bride’s fancy.  The Japanese bride is stately and graceful, and provides much to inspire her western sisters.  Kitty Kanzashi designs and creates some of the most amazing Kanzashi flowers on the market.

This post brought to you by Michelle Greenwood of Greenwood Occasions.

Henna Daisy Wedding Spoon - Made to Order

Greenwood Occasions Wedding Spoons

Isn’t her work stunning???  I see a wonderful tradition starting 🙂

Krissy

Make Believe’N

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The royal wedding is on everyone’s lips…and Mistress Kate is leading an inspiring trend back toward the millinery arts with her daring toppers and fascinators.
Now – the everyday bride will go for safety with her topper but the offbeat bride will add a lil something of her personality to go off the beaten path and make it her own – whether it be a dash of colour, a sprinkle of John Waters, or a cup of joe.
Take inspiration from these fabulous Milliners of Etsy as they bring fashion, flair and fun to the offbeat etsy bride…

Stephanie Farley
La Coco Rouge

>Absolutely amazing head pieces

>I cannot say much about Kat Swank’s Liaison shop that could even come close to doing her work justice. She is an offbeat designer of the highest couture level.


Beautiful, stunning, artistic and phenomenal are just a few of the words that come to mind when looking through her shop.


If i could do it all over again I might base my entire bridal outfit on one of her head pieces…