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Time to Pucker Up and Be Beautiful with GG's Gone Glamorous

I’m thrilled to announce the first giveaway of the year is here {on the eve of my 16th year in the wedding industry}. Which is all the more reason it should involve something extra fancy + pretty, right? So, it's time to pucker up and shine with a lip-tastic giveaway.

this giveaway is sponsored by Business Club member GG’s Gone Glamorous
I’m super excited to welcome Gwyn of GG’s Gone Glamorous to my blog for the next two weeks as she sponsors a fantastic wedding giveaway. One lucky reader of Brenda's Wedding Blog has the chance to win an $80 beauty package from GG’s Gone Glamorous - your source for the patented LipSense liquid lip color from SeneGence. It’s waterproof and does not smear off, rub off or kiss off. You will be able to choose from over 50 shades that can be mixed and matched to create a number of effects. And, their newest line is the LipSense Diamond Collection which is formulated with genuine crushed diamonds. The winning beauty package includes a LipSense lip color of your choice, a Gloss, an Oops Remover and an Eye Shadow of your color choice from GG’s Gone Glamorous.

Simple complete any or all of the entry options below to Enter to Win an $80 SeneGence beauty package from GG’s Gone Glamourous.

Giveaway Ends Monday February 27th, 2017 at 11:59 pm est

How to Say Congratulations on Your Engagement with Confetti

We're in the middle of Engagement Season and with Valentine's Day right around the corner, you're likely looking for a fun and unique way to Say Congratulations on Your Engagement to the lucky couple.

Well, I can help you with that . . . I have created a super fun way to celebrate the upcoming "I Do's" and it's with my custom festive-fetti™ confetti.

These fun bags of custom colored confetti are meant to celebrate the newly engaged status of your family member or friend and say "congratulations on your engagement".

PS: Many wedding planners even purchase these confetti bags to congratulate their brides when they book their wedding with them.

Since some of the best surprises are the small, unexpected ones - wouldn't it be fun to surprise the newly engaged couple or even the bride on her bridal shower day with a cute bag of festive-fetti™? This package comes with a shiny silver or gold diamond and the confetti is in the colors you choose {up to 3 colors}.

You're probably curious what you can do with festive-fetti™, right? How about some of these ideas . . .
• surprise a bride-to-be on her bridal shower day with a confetti bag inserted into her card or present
• sprinkle the confetti around the bottom of the bride-to-be's dessert at her bridal shower {please note, festive-fetti™ is not edible - just a fun decoration}
• have the bride to be either toss the festive-fetti™ in the air or blow it from her hands at her bridal shower or engagement session for a priceless photo
• place the festive-fetti™ inside of a clear balloon before filling it with air
• use festive-fetti™ as the added packaging for the present
• use the confetti to embellish cards or gift tags

festive-fetti™ Bag Details: Comes in a clear bag ready for gifting to the lucky couple or bride-to-be — with the saying "Congratulations on your Engagement" on the paper insert.

For an additional $2 you can even add a custom saying to the paper insert to personalize the bag of confetti with the names of the couple. There is about 1 cup of confetti in each bag.

Shipping is within the USA. It's free and ships via first class mail within one week of ordering. Please allow up to 10 days to receive your order from shipment. All orders over $40 receive a free upgrade to USPS Priority Mail.

An Intimate Washington DC Military Elopement : Vintage with a Touch of Urban

Today’s amazing purple and white Washington DC military elopement comes to us from Marianne Blackham Photography. Both the bride and groom are in the Navy with the groom being a Navy doctor and the bride a Navy RN.

The couple decided they wanted to elope so that he could get married in his white uniform. The elopement took place in a charming alleyway in Washington DC with a brunch reception taking place later on at the Four Seasons. Enjoy their amazing wedding photo gallery below which also features photos by co-shooter Cynthia Bennett Photography.

A gorgeous purple calla lily bridal bouquet / from a Washington DC Military Elopement Wedding / photo by Marianne Blackham Photography
Super cute photo of the bride and groom after saying I Do - love how the officiant is framed below their kiss / from a Washington DC Military Elopement Wedding / photo by Marianne Blackham Photography
Sweet purple and gold cupcakes from a Washington DC Military Elopement Wedding / photo by Marianne Blackham Photography
Beautiful Purple Floral and Aqua Blue Just Married Wedding Invitation / from a Washington DC Military Elopement Wedding / photo by Marianne Blackham Photography

Creative Wedding Inspiration Include:
1. One bloom bridal bouquet {loving the purple calla lilies}
2. Pretty purple frosted cupcakes {match the bouquet}
3. Knee-length lace wedding dress
4. Gorgeous statement necklace
5. Pretty organic design for the sweetheart table

What was your favorite element in this intimate military elopement? Please let me know in the comments, I'd love to know.

Wedding Vendor Credits:
Photographer: Marianne Blackham Photography
Co-Shooter: Cynthia Bennett Photography
Event Planner: Jacquelyne Edith Events, LLC
Makeup Artist: Ktylas Beauty
Officiant: Hitched 360
Dress Designer: Ebrada Atelier
Invitation Designer: Devine Designs by Diesha
Hair Stylist: Courtney Maricle
Bakery: Buttercream Bake Shop

Hot Wedding Trend : Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

I have to admit that I love the wedding trend of the mismatched bridesmaid dresses. It’s so fun to see the personality of each bridesmaid come out in the wedding photos.

And, don’t forget that even the guys in the wedding party can pull-off the mismatched look {as you will see in the montage below}. Today’s post is inspired by week 4 of the 52 Weeks of Wedding Photos Instagram Challenge.

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When it comes to mismatched bridesmaid dresses you have several choices . . .

1. Different Colors / Same Dress Style
2. Same Color / Different Dress Styles {as seen in this southern real wedding}
3. Different Colors / Different Dress Styles {as seen in this real wedding in Canada}
4. Same Color but varying shades {think ombre} / Same Dress Style
5. Same Color but varying shades {think ombre} /  Different Dress Style

Enjoy the photo inspiration of the mismatched bridesmaid dresses below and be sure to follow along online as the Photo Challenge continues all year long - each and every week. Image credits are below the montage.

The Hot Wedding Trend : Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses - are you on team yes or no? Click to see 5 ways to pull off this look with your Bridesmaids for your Wedding /  as seen on

So, now I want to know what your favorite style of mismatched bridesmaid dresses are. Do you prefer the ombre look with same dress style or the complete mismatched look? Please let me know in the comments and let’s start chatting.

And, if you don’t like it, that’s ok too. We each have our own style and there’s no right or wrong. It’s your wedding day and you want to make it about you as a couple and let your personality shine thru in the choices you make.

PS: I'd love to have you join me online for Creative Wedding Inspiration every day . . .

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Brilliant Wedding Trend: Chandelier Wedding Decor

It's time for the another round-up of the Weekly Wedding Photo Challenge. This time, it's all about accenting your special day with Chandelier wedding decor.

When it comes to Chandeliers - there's something so beautiful about the ambiance they can create at wedding ceremonies and/or wedding receptions. Ballroom receptions or those under a tent or in a barn are all perfect locations for adding chandeliers. There's of course the chandeliers that are full of bling and sparkle and then there's the more modern style of chandeliers. These can look more like hanging lampshades or the hot new geometric trend of chandeliers. You might even spy the gorgeous chandeliers that are handmade with fresh greenery and even fruit. Which chandelier style is your favorite?

Enjoy the photo inspiration of all the chandeliers and be sure to follow along online as the Photo Challenge continues all year long - each and every week. Credits are below the montage.

Brilliant Wedding Trend : Chandelier Wedding Decor Inspiration / as seen on - click to see chandeliers for weddings from modern to geometric to classic with lots of bling

Credits: {from top to bottom right - row by row}
crystal chandeliers at wedding ceremony photo by Rae Leytham Photography // geometric chandeliers // chandelier with hanging crystals // flowers on a crystal chandelier // fresh greenery chandelier with oranges // modern chandeliers

I'd love to hear which chandelier wedding decor style you are loving in the comments below. And, of course, I'd love to have you join me online for Creative Wedding Inspiration every day . . .

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