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Wedding Inspiration – For an Element of Nature

Element of NatureSee the full collection here.

For indoor and outdoor weddings, there are so many ways you can incorporate nature into your big day.

In fact, it can be the underlying theme, and you will not run out of beautiful options.

Here are some favorites of mine to inspire you:

 Natural Wood Wine Glass Charms

BoutonniereWild Berry and Feather Boutonniere


Flowe rGirl CrownFlower Girl Crown

Flower CrownBridal Crown

Moss BasketMoss Flower Girl Basket

place cardsPlace Cards

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By Keri O’Hara from Delaney Jewelry Designs

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Facebook.com/DelaneyPhotoJewelry

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Pinterest.com/delaneyjewelry

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

May Giveaway!

This month’s WedEclectic giveaway is hosted by:

PuppyCatMeow

She creates fabulous hairpieces and hair accessories! They would be perfect accessories for your unique wedding, for events, or for wearing everyday.

Take a look at some of her wondrous hairpiece designs…wish I would have one of these to wear on my wedding day! : )

And her hair accessories…!

She is offering a $30 gift certificate to her shop…!

www.etsy.com/listing/63162118/gift-certificate-puppycatmeow-30-dollar

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

Your initial entries will be accepted for:

A comment including your favorite item from PuppyCatMeow’s shop

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

Heart PuppyCatMeow’s shop

Friend/Like PuppyCatMeow on Facebook

Follow @WedEclectic  on Twitter

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Tweeted this giveaway (please copy your tweet here)

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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!

PuppyCatMeow

www.puppycatmeow.com

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

>Meet Kitty of KittyKanzashi

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Tsumami Hana Kanzashi – Folded Fabric Flower Hair Ornaments
Aren’t you always looking for something unique?  The one little touch that expresses who you are while being beautiful and unexpected.  Kanzashi ornaments are the perfect touch for anyone that has a love of Japanese culture and artwork.  Kitty designs and creates some of the most spectacular pieces I have ever seen!!!  Feel confident that if you love it even a little Kitty has put a tone of love into making the piece.  I think this is a good luck charm.
Kiru Rise-Japanese Hair Ornament-Bridal Tiara(Tsumami Kanzashi)
Kiru Rise Japanese Kanzashi Ornament

Each hair clip and/or ornament can be created in any color or combination of colors.  Kitty loves creating works of Kanzashi art for any reason!!!

Candy Amore-Kanzashi inspired hairband and buttonhole flower
Candy Amore
Blue Beach-Kanzashi inspired hairclip
Blue Beach Kanzashi Hair Clip
From Kitty:
I’m a struggling trainee accountant who is making ends meet with her kanzashi.  

My life (and my flat) is full of all things Japanese and as an avid collector and wearer of kimono one can not complete an outfit without a kanzashi.  However I just couldn’t find the kanzashi I wanted so I began to make them and soon they began to fill every space I had remaining.  

After giving a few of my kanzashi away as gifts to my friends and being made redundant from my work, I decided that rather then waiting for the right job to turn up, I would turn my hobby into my work.  Thus Kitty Kanzashi was born.

Apart from day dreaming about kanzashi and kimono, I enjoy cooking!  Whether it is cakes or stews, there is nothing more relaxing then taking your frustrations out on some food especially if I am making bread which is my mini food project at the moment.
And for my geeky side, I play computer games on my PS3 and watch anime.

Well Kitty I personally love your work and look forward to what you have up your beautiful Kimono sleeve!

Find Kitty here:

>Hen Night fun!

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You spent so much time on your actual wedding day so why not have a break and indulge yourself on your Hen/Bachelorette Party. I mean you are about to get married and leaving your single life days behind you.
Now you could just go out and dance the night away but we at offbeat like to think differently so why not have a vintage slumber party?
Bring out the cupcakes and your china tea service and celebrate your life in style!

And no slumber party would be complete unless the girls are playing with their hair and makeup so why not hire a vintage stylist to give all you girls a vintage look.
If you are a UK readers then one such stylists are Lipstick & Curls.
Based in London, these lovely ladies specialises in vintage hair and make up and regularly hold workshops around London to show you that the vintage look is for everyone. They are also available for Hen parties where you can try out some vintage hairstyles for your wedding day.

>The Bridal Hat Returns

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The royal wedding is influencing wedding trends.  DUH!  The bridal hat returns with a vengeance.  These artists specialize in handmade millinery and more.  If you want a custom bridal hat fit for a queen for your wedding day these are my suggestions.   
L'AMANTE - Vintage inspired bridal hat headdress WEDDING fascinator
L’Amante by Hairbowswonderworld

The Envy - Peacock Fascinator
The Envy by LaPetiteMenagerie
white silk,50s style Bridal hat and veil
AgnesHart
Ariel by LaCocoRouge
Krissy