Bridal Reflections: Stephen Yearick Trunk Show

I spent another weekend at Bridal Reflections getting the inside scoop on bridal fashion from the eyes real brides. This time I was focused on the Stephen Yearick collection. There were so many beautiful brides scheduled at the trunk show, but one that caught my eye was Amelia Carrera, a blushing bride from Brazil. She will be hosting her wedding in June 2015 at The Boat House. Both her family and the groom’s family will be traveling from Brazil, so she wanted to pick a dress that thrills. Her favorite was a Stephen Yearick wedding dress of course. This wedding dress made her smile and gave her that ever-so-familiar look of a bride that is glowing in her gown.

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Although Amelia was happy with her Stephen Yearick dress just the way it was designed, Stephen Yearick does offer the option of customizing to make the gown one of a kind. Brides can change aspects of the gown such as the sleeves, color, pattern, and beading. They can even change the fabric, although they use the finest of textiles like silk and satin from India and lace from Florence. Stephen Yearick’s gown designs are all about the WOW factor with intricate details that sparkling and shine.

Hand Painted Glass: A Great DIY Wedding Gift That You Don’t Have To Do Yourself

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Hand painted wine glasses and champagne flutes are unique gifts that are becoming more and more popular. They are great for birthdays, holidays, and anniversary gifts. You can give them to every adult on your Christmas list, but they are also the perfect gifts to say, “be my bridesmaid” or “congratulations on your engagement.” Many couples currently use them as cute his and hers champagne flutes at the wedding, while many bridesmaids buy them for bridal showers and bachelorette parties. Although making DIY hand painted glass is becoming a popular trend on Pinterest, most of us don’t really have the time to do it. And why do it yourself when you can order adorable hand painted glass from a company like ByBecca.com? They offer hand painted gifts for all of life’s celebrations.

 

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ByBecca was created by Rebecca Kelman, who has been crafting hand painted glass since 2004. She offers over 135 original hand painted glass designs. Before her career as a small business owner and painter, Rebecca worked on Wall Street for such financial institutions as E.F. Hutton and Schwab. There she managed portfolios of more than one hundred million dollars! Imagine the stress! Rebecca moved to Virginia Beach in 2009, where she now lives with her son Aaron and her daughter Jamie pursuing her passion for painting.

 

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Find the perfect hand painted glass gift ByBecca for an upcoming special occasion.

 

 

 

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Wedding Flower Q&A With Jamie Mastright

You can study current trends and classic looks for your wedding flowers until you’re blue in the face, darling bride-to-be…at the end of the day, the best way to learn something is to sit and study with an expert! Read on for hints and tips below as the darling  received a little wedding flower Q&A from Southern Californian wedding florist, Jamie Mastright!

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Do you recommend that a bride try to “do it herself” to save money? Why or why not? What are your best DIY tips?

While a bride can, of course, try to do the flowers on her own, I always try to remind her that the hectic flower assembly must be completed right before the wedding, along with all the other activities filling her schedule. It’s a very busy time, and there are usually hiccups in the design process for that very reason.

If a bride does decide to take the DIY route, my best tip is to not be afraid to experiment, because in terms of design, anything is possible!

DIY brides should practice before the wedding as this will help calm their nerves and allow time to solve any design issues they might have. I recommend using an assembly line during the floral construction, and getting the bridesmaids and family members involved in the process.

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What are some of your favorite unique bouquet, boutonniere, and centerpiece ideas?

I love the look of twisted wire in corsages and boutonnieres, as well as bouquets and arrangements as it helps add interest and is a fun design. I once had a bride who wanted to use fern fiddles – the newest unfurled growth on a fern – in the boutonnieres, but was discouraged by the cost. So, I came up with the idea of using wire and floral tape to mimic the twisted design. I also love the use of fruit in arrangements, which can help add an interesting touch and give guests something new to look at.

A centerpiece idea I especially love right now is the use of everyday items, including cups and bowls, as containers for floral designs. It’s fun to mix and match your favorite dishes, even those you might have found at discount stores and thrift shops. They can help create either a shabby-chic or elegant look, depending which containers you choose. And if you like a container that doesn’t traditionally hold water, just add a plastic liner.

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Are there any top resources (websites, books, etc.) you use or would recommend for a bride hoping to learn about different types of flowers?

There are many resources out there. My favorite magazine, Florists’ Review, is a great source of information, especially about popular trends in the industry. Also, the Internet has an abundance of info. I like to suggest that brides go online and use Google to find images of wedding flowers they like and dislike. Once a bride picks out certain types of flowers, anything is possible in terms of arranging them to fit the feel of the wedding.

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African Destination Wedding

We’ve all seen destination weddings in Hawaii, Jamaica, and other tropical locations, but have you ever considered an African destination wedding, soon-to-be Mrs.? Once thought of as exotic and inaccessible, Africa is proving to be warm, friendly, and surprisingly inexpensive as a destination wedding choice! You and your groom could wed in Africa and enjoy a two-week safari honeymoon at a lower cost than getting married in America or Europe…including airfare!

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From the white beaches on the islands of Mozambique to the safari wilderness of Zambia and Tanzania – African wedding ceremonies are unique, romantic, and offer privacy in pristine surroundings; luxury lodges, country spas, and beach resorts merge with this untamed land to help you embrace the rich culture in the unique surroundings of South Africa.

That said, don’t think that hosting an African destination wedding is just another place to say “I do”! Look into scuba diving, whale-watching, Jeep safaris, and river rafting as a continuation of your wedding celebration!

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Benguerra Lodge in Mozambique

The Benguerra Lodge is small and intimate and offers genuine hospitality, personalized service, and an intimate knowledge of the natural environment. It has a rich East African feel – both in the décor and the unique food!

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Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas, and Spa in Johannesburg

This ten-acre property, set amidst landscaped gardens, welcomes guests with a hotel entrance featuring contemporary African decor that provides an eye-catching backdrop to a towering spiral staircase that winds around a gleaming glass dome.

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The Westcliff in Johannesburg

Set on a cliffside in a garden estate, The Westcliff has an almost rural air despite being in the center of the city. Its swimming pool and private terraces look out over the zoological gardens where animals can be spotted which sets the scene for a safari, the next stage of many guests’ journeys!

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Halloween Wedding Invitations

It wasn’t surprising to see dozens of darkly colored blooms for Halloween themed wedding flowers, and it made sense that there would be multiple spooky Halloween wedding venues to choose from, but who knew there were so many creative options out there for Halloween wedding invitations?

Whether you and your handsome groom are hosting a huge Halloween wedding bash and plan to ask guests to dress up, or you’ve just happened to pick the end of October for your nuptials, have a little fun and play up the season!

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The potentially-creepy Halloween symbols like bats, ravens, haunted houses, or a full moon are all terrific design elements to add into your wedding invitations for this theme, and while black is traditional, look into pairing it with blood red or vibrant orange to make a bold statement!

Let your guests know about your plans in advance with a zombie-filled Save-the-Date and then give your Halloween wedding invitation a touch of creepiness by sealing each with a red wax skull! Add a hint of darkness with a laser-cut tree covered in spiderwebs, go for a more elegant look by featuring a simple Gothic black rose on a grey background, or follow this Martha Stewart tutorial for a severed finger Halloween wedding invitation…eep!

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White on White Wedding Cakes

A recent trends and statistics report from The Wedding Report noted something important: while the overall budget for weddings is roughly the same as last year – wedding elements that brides are investing in are changing! Essential items, like hair and makeup for the bride and limos for the wedding party, are receiving less of a bride’s overall budget, while items like the wedding dress and wedding cake are getting more budgetary investment.

What this tells me, darling soon-to-be Mrs., is that weddings are becoming less traditional and more traditional at the same exact time! In an economic crunch, brides are opting for what screams, “WEDDING!” – even if that means letting smaller traditions fall by the wayside.

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Enter the white on white wedding cake! The trend of gracing the wedding reception cake table with a gorgeous white on white wedding cake walks a middle road between being ultra modern and ultra traditional. The traditional bride who can’t imagine a wedding cake any color other than white will love this trend, while modern brides will appreciate the clean design and innate elegance that a white on white wedding cake carries.

Gone is the 8-tier buttercream tower o′ cake! Here we showcase simple, sometimes sculptural, normally fondant-covered, but always classic, white on white wedding cakes.

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Recessional Wedding Music

“Music is love in search of a word.”- Sidney Lanier

The end of a marriage ceremony is a time for smiles and laughter, and you should let your recessional music reflect that! While processionals tend to be traditional and low-key, test-drive some upbeat recessional music before your big day – just remember to think of the situation you’ll be in and plan accordingly. The recessional is the crescendo of your ceremony music and when you consider the applause and congratulations that will be shouted your way as you walk down the aisle with your shiny-new groom, you’ll understand why I suggest leaning more towards trumpets and organs than harps and flutes!

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A little wedding music trivia for your next game night!

The Prelude is music played prior to the ceremony while your guests are being seated;
the Processional consists of piece(s) played for the entrance of the bridal party;
the Bride’s Entrance is the most important song in all ceremony music played and will chauffeur the bride down the aisle;
the Interlude is music played to offset silent rituals like candle lighting or signing of the register;
the Recessional is the last musical element played during the ceremony and is orchestrated as the newlyweds and their bridal party are ushered out;
finally, the Postlude is music played directly following the recessional as guests gather their belongings and leave.

Looking for more recessional wedding music? Head over to WedAlert’s wedding song directory and then follow my Pinterest and WedAlert’s Pinterest for wedding ideas ranging from father/daughter dances to the top 10 bridesmaid dance songs!

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Jamaica Destination Wedding

For a destination wedding that offers diversity, white sandy beaches, and tours galore, focus your attention on Jamaica! While researching your options for a destination wedding, note that Jamaica offers the least amount of ‘hassle’ in becoming man and wife…you and your groom simply need to arrive on the island 48 hours prior to your ceremony! (Just remember that all required docs must be sent at least 60 days prior to arrival).

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Jamaica has 4 diverse resort destinations – Negril, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and off-the-beaten path: Port Antonio. Your family and friends can plan to land in Montego Bay and enjoy an hour-long coastal drive to Negril or a 90-minute scenic tropical ride to Ocho Rios. If you plan to wed in Port Antonio, you’ll need to make arrangements to take a private air carrier once in Jamaica or simply fly straight to Kingston for a shorter traveling distance!

Remember, bride-to-be, just staying at a resort does not warrant you saying you have truly experienced Jamaica! If you are a nature lover, explore the rain forest by ziplining or board a catamaran and snorkel for a once in a lifetime view – just don’t touch that beautiful coral reef! There are an endless number of adventures for you and your guests to explore, from river tubing to horseback beach rides, climbing the falls to fishing, golfing to swimming with the dolphins!

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Jamaica boast all-inclusive resorts for couples only, such as Sandals Resorts, as well as adults-only resorts, with options ranging from The Caves, Secrets Resorts, Jewels Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa, and Iberostar Grand Rose Hall Resort.

Planning a destination wedding with children involved? Your choices are endless! Choose between the luxurious Beaches Resorts, Iberostar Rose Hall Suites, RIU Resorts, Grand Palladiums (to name a few) and have the parents among you request a family suite. Looking for a simple and small boutique-style resort? Jamaica offers villas on the beach and cliffs with tantalizing views of the turquoise Caribbean sea!

Click through to discover the many locations and resorts Jamaica has to offer, or contact Exquisite Vacations Inc today to help begin planning your destination wedding!

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Halloween Wedding Flowers

What better day to unite your soul with the man you love than when the veils are thinnest between realms? Somehow, saying “until death do you part” has an even deeper meaning during a Halloween wedding… Mix the romance of a traditional wedding with the magic of Halloween to give your guests a (frightfully!) good time!

While Fall is a great season for bright and punchy wedding flower colors, you can choose to keep your reception non-traditional by playing wedding songs like ‘Thriller’ and ‘Monster Mash’ and showcasing floral arrangements in shades of red, yellow, green, brown, and plum!

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Bouquets and centerpieces looking gaudy or predictable seems to be the main issue brides have while preparing for a Halloween wedding, so, instead of plastic spiders and sticky webs, add natural touches via blackened branches, fiddlehead ferns, and pumpkins! To DIY your own blackened branches: trim some branches from your backyard and spray paint them deep brown for an elegantly spooky look that isn’t overdone.

Dark purple bloom ideas: Black Beauty or Night Watchman roses, Queen of Night tulips, Black Dragon coleus, or Paint it Black irises

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Blood red bloom ideas: Black Magic or Black Baccara roses, Amaryllis, Impatiens, and Black Forest calla lilies

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Vibrant orange bloom ideas: Hot Romance or Remember Me roses,  tigerlilies,  and bird of paradise

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Deep yellow bloom ideas: Brandy or Oregold roses, trumpet vines, gerberas, and columbine

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Unique Ways To Seal Your Wedding Invitations

To add that perfect finishing touch before mailing, look into the following unique wedding invitations seals! Maintain an old-fashioned vintage look with the classic wax seal. This type of seal is easily personalized with your monogram or a small design (think flowers or a family crest), come in an array of colors, and save you from having to lick hundreds of envelopes closed!

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Looking for a more modern twist to the wax seal? Sticker seals add a finishing polish to wedding invitation envelopes and have the advantage of being easier to use than wax – especially if you’re planning a large wedding and have a lot of invites to seal!

While they can be personalized with a photo, tinted to match your chosen wedding color palette, or done up with your initials, going ‘simple’ with a gold foil seal can add quiet elegance to your wedding invitations.

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And lastly, there are ink stamps, perfect for the DIY bride or couples looking to keep to a set wedding budget; they’re easy, inexpensive, and depending on your design – can be used time and again! While they don’t technically seal the envelope, they do add a similar effect to your invitations, as the design or monogram can be individualized to suit your needs.

Stamp with plain black ink to keep your wedding invitation in the forefront, or make your envelope stand out as much as its contents by matching your ink to your wedding colors!

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