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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

Butterflies For Your Love

By EdenGallery

For my latest blog, I grabbed one of my favorite images by photographer Sara Moon. This image inspired me to brainstorm why the butterfly might just be ideal for your offbeat wedding.

Depictions of butterflies in art have been around seemingly forever. Butterflies have been found in Egyptian hieroglyphs created 3500 years ago. As long as they have been in art they have represented more than just an insect. According to Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things, by Lafcadio Hearn, butterflies personify a person’s soul. The ancient Greek word for butterfly primarily means “soul” or “mind”. In Chinese culture, two butterflies flying together symbolize love. Finally, there is the obvious idea of a caterpillar creating its chrysalis and turning into a butterfly which can represent a transition in life for anyone especially a bride to be.

Butterfly and Chinese wisteria flowers c.970

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Xvxi1.jpg

Now, on to the wedding items!

Edible butterflies for your cake by Sugar Robot

http://www.etsy.com/listing/92142086/the-original-edible-butterflies-large?ref=ss_listing

Vintage Botanical Butterfly Invitations by Sunshine and Ravioli

http://www.etsy.com/listing/91970144/vintage-wedding-invitation-botanical

Butterfly Leather Cufflinks by NostalgicLinks

 http://www.etsy.com/listing/88715668/butterfly-leather-cufflinks?ga_search_query=butterfly&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5469513

Butterflies for your hair from katesCottage2

 http://www.etsy.com/listing/62987613/one-handmade-dupioni-silk-butterfly-hair?utm_source=Pinterest&utm_medium=PageTools&utm_campaign=Share

Yellow and Orange Sunflower with Butterfly Kanzashi Hairband by Kittykanzashi

http://www.etsy.com/listing/37957414/yellow-and-orange-sunflower-kanzashi?ga_search_query=butterfly&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5499966

A butterfly dress by LisaSeraphin

 http://www.etsy.com/listing/71557117/circular-skirt-dress-inspired-marilyn

Butterfly mask by Artisian Maskers

 http://www.etsy.com/listing/75172134/sale-la-chantefleurie-ooak-collaborative?ga_search_query=butterfly&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5354728

I hope my selections help you in your wedding search and that any wedding woes flit by on the wings of butterflies!

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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

>Tressa the Hairdressa makes DIY wedding hair a possibility

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It is no secret that I am a casual girl.  See my previous posts for proof 😉  So, the very idea of doing my own hair outside of a rubber band or that jaws clippy thingy is daunting to say the least.   Bleh!  That is until… Tressa the Hairdressa from Puppycatmeow introduced me to custom colored DIY hair that takes seconds and looks FABULOUS (with a southern gay man’s accent).
Large Bridal Wedding Up Do filler wig hair extension custom to your hair color
Chignon wig hair extension by Puppycatmeow
The chignon (absolutely, do not ask me how to pronounce that) wig hair extension is shockingly similar to my professionally done wedding hair.  Luckily, whomever buys this hair confection won’t have to deal with the countless bobby pins that took me 15+ minutes to remove on my wedding night (oh so romantic, NOT).  The detailed instructions prove to be simple enough even for me and my not so nimble fingers.
Great selection of colors to choose from
Large Bridal Wedding Up Do filler wig hair extension custom to your hair color
Easy instructions
      
But let’s say you love the idea of styling your hair into elaborate creations but lack the skill (I might be projecting here) or the time.  Well then, Puppycatmeow still has the perfect products for you. Each style is made of high quality synthetic hair that feels just like the real thing.  Got highlights?  No problem!  Every order is custom.  

Tressa’s 20 years of hairstyling experience have taught her how to make a woman feel like the most amazing creature on the earth, without the pain and suffering (I know, projecting again) that are required for great hair.  Don’t forget to check out her fantasy line as well.   He’ll never knew what hit him when Princess Leia walks in.
3 Petite rosettes to add interest to everyday hair
Braided bun covers