Giveaway : Toss the Confetti . . . it's a surprise #festivefetti giveaway

It's time to Cue the Confetti because my festive-fetti™ is getting a new look and I’m giving away 3 surprise packs {one to you and two of your friends}. This confetti is perfect for adding to gifts, using as photo shoot props {think engagement photos or wedding couple shots}, or simply tossing in the air.

Head on over to my Instagram account to Follow Me and Tag 2 of your favorite party loving, confetti tossing friends. It's that easy!

PS: The giveaway is open to US Residents only and ends on Friday April 29, 2016 at 11:59 pm est. If you're account is private, you must make it public during the giveaway period in order to have a chance at winning. Real accounts only please, giveaway accounts will not be considered. The winner will be announced on this post by Monday May 2nd, 2016 and the winner has 48 business hours to claim the prize or it will be forfeited and another winner will be announced.

The Secret to Stylish Wedding Celebrations with a little DIY + some bubbly

A wedding celebration is always a bit better with a little bubbly.

Today on the blog, Freixenet Brut {makes of a quality wine that’s affordable} joins us with three creative DIY tips to make your wedding celebrations stylish while still coming in under budget.

Gifts for your bridesmaid:

When it’s time to ask your BFFs to be in your wedding party, it can be overwhelming to come up with a way to pop the question that's unique and affordable. A fun idea is to grab a bottle of Freixenet Brut for just $12 and a gold pen - then simply write the words “Will you be my bridesmaid?” on Freixenet’s chic black bottle. On the other side of the bottle, you can write a personal note to each friend for a sweet and sentimental touch. To complete the entire look for popping the question - you can package up the bottle of Freixenet Brut with a pretty handmade card and some other fun goodies - like a coffee mug, some chocolate and maybe even a pair of earrings.

Ask "Will You Be My Bridesmaid?" in DIY style with a personalized bottle of wine, a pretty handmade card and other goodies
Personalize Bottles of Freixnet Brut in gold pen for wedding gifts and/or favors

Place cards that pop:

Spruce up your place cards whether it's a seated dinner at the reception or a rustic-style bridal luncheon by using adorable Freixenet Brut minis (SRP $4) as a fun alternative. You can personalize each mini black bottle with a gold pen and place one at each table setting to instantly elevate the look while leaving your guests with a treat to take home. {Wedding decor that serves two purposes are always a favorite of mine}

Turn Bottles of Feixenet Brut or Wine into Stylish Wedding Place Cards and Favors with Personalizing each one with the guests name in gold pen

Not-your-ordinary-guestbook:

Surprise your guests with a unique guestbook to sign by using a magnum of Freixenet Brut (1.5L, SRP $18). Simply place the magnum bottle in the center of a table surrounded by fresh flowers and have gold pens ready for guests to use to sign their names. This extra-large bottle of Freixenet Brut will look elegant and inviting at the reception and will give the couple a fun keepsake to hang on to after the wedding.

Surprise your guests with a unique guestbook to sign by using a magnum of Freixenet Brut and a gold pen for signing
Find out the Secret to Stylish Wedding Celebrations with a little DIY and some bubbly

A Romantic Floral Garden Bridal Inspiration Styled Shoot {under $100}

Today I have the perfect way to celebrate mid-week - it's a romantic garden inspired bridal inspiration shoot from Diana of Spark Photography that was put together for under $100. This was Diana's first styled shoot and she envisioned getting a model {Bethany} in a beautiful wedding dress and traipsing through gardens, holding lots of wild flowers, wandering in fields and capturing every minute of it.

Floral Inspired Bridal Shoot : handmade wedding bouquet with seeded eucalyptus, berzillia brunia, coxcomb, football mums, and a few red carnations wired together to look like peonies / by Spark Photography

The bouquet was handmade by Diana herself with seeded eucalyptus, berzillia brunia, coxcomb, football mums, and a few red carnations wired together to look like peonies. The ribbons were from a local craft store and Diana wanted long, wide ribbons to blow in the wind. She chose maroon and black to give the shoot a moody and mysterious feel. LOVE this little fact that Diana shared - Bethany, the model, was getting married ONE WEEK later, so no, she didn't purchase the rose-gold diamond ring for the shoot.

Wispy Twisted and Braided Uo-Do Bridal Hairstyle / photo by Spark Photography

I'm loving the wispy twisted & braided up-do hairstyle and since Diana had foliage left over, she decided to do a flower crown for the fun of it.

A romantic floral garden bridal inspiration styled shoot / photo by Spark Photography
Romantic Floral Garden Inspired Bridal Inspiration Styled Shoot / by Spark Photography
A romantic floral garden bridal inspiration styled shoot / photo by Spark Photography

From Diana . . . "I love these stunning images of her in the wintery branches. It makes me think of something from a Pre-Raphaelite painting."

A romantic floral garden bridal inspiration styled shoot with a handmade bridal veil / photo by Spark Photography

For the veil, Diana bought 2.5 yards of ivory tulle from Walmart and trimmed the edges and sewed it to a simple comb to make a chapel-length veil.

Finishing this lovely shoot with words from Diana . . .

I call this an inspiration shoot, because that's what I want it to be. I want this to be an inspiration to brides: you CAN create an amazing, fine-art and unique look for your wedding, for an amazing price! You just have to be open-minded and creative. Search e-bay and thrift stores for amazing deals. And, hit the wholesale places for flowers and details. Remember that if you give your photographer some creative control, and even set aside a separate day just for bridal portraits, you can get some stunning bridal images in really amazing settings!

Vendor List:
Photographer: Diana of Spark Photography
Venues: Birmingham Botanical Gardens / Oak Mountain State Park
Wedding Dress: Taryn by J.Crew {found brand new on ebay for $35}
Shawl: Mercury Bloom Capelet by BHLDN {from Diana's own wedding}
Florals: Davis Wholesale Florist {$50}
Accessories: Gold slim hinge bangle from Baublebar
Gold chunky bracelet and gold hoop earrings: WalMart, $6 for both
Veil: tulle, comb from WalMart, $6 {Handmade}
Florals, Hair & Makeup: Diana Martin
Bethany is wearing eye makeup from TooFaced and Stila and lips by OCC

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Wicked Good Cupcakes in a jar : Perfect Choice for Spring Wedding Favors + Mother's Day Gifts

Since it's Friday I thought it would be fun to end the week with something sweet. The Spring Flavors from Wicked Good Cupcakes are now available in their shop - making them the perfect choice for upcoming bridal shower and wedding favors as well as Mother's Day Gifts. Their spring cupcake flavors include Neapolitan, Tiramisu, and Strawberry Lemon. Yum!!!

Each Wicked Good Cupcakes jar is hand packed with 2 CUPCAKES and they last up to 10 days without refrigeration. They can also be frozen for up to 6 months. Shipping is to anywhere in the United States via UPS. Once you try one of our Wicked Good to Go jars, you may never want to eat a regular cupcake again! PS: There's even gluten free cupcakes in a jar :)

Which Spring Cupcake Flavor is calling your name?

The Tiramisu Flavor: moist vanilla cake meets layers of coffee syrup, and tiramisu butter cream frosting
The Strawberry Lemon Flavor: lemon and strawberry cake layered with strawberry jam and lemon buttercream frosting
Neapolitan Flavor: chocolate, vanilla and strawberry cake layered with vanilla buttercream frosting

https://www.wickedgoodcupcakes.com/shop-online/cupcakes-in-jars
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Sareh Nouri - Romantic Wedding Gown Designer to Create Custom Gowns for Bergdorf Goodman

Sareh Nouri - known for her romantic and feminine wedding gowns that are timeless and sophisticated with the incorporation of the finest of imported French lace and Italian silk, will now be designing custom gowns specifically for Bergdorf Goodman. Each of Sareh's designs are a handmade production that combines traditional silhouettes with ethereal whimsical details that are light and elegant - making them the perfect choice for today’s modern bride. Below is a sampling of the gorgeous Sareh Nouri Wedding Gowns from her Fall 2016 collection and a special announcement follows.

If you'd like to meet Sareh herself, she has just announced her first trunk show as a new designer for the exclusive, Bergdorf Goodman. The event takes place from today, March 31st thru April 2nd. Sareh Nouri will be in attendance to meet with brides, helping them find their perfect wedding dress.

Brides can book book an appointment by contacting the Bergdorf Goodman bridal salon at 212.872.8957.

CREDITS: Gowns & Veils: Sareh Nouri / Headpieces: Jennifer Behr / Photography: By Millie B Photography / Makeup: Nicck Townsend / Hair: Mackstylist / Floral: Laura Clare

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