It's All About Sparkling on Your Wedding Day

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I'm thrilled to welcome With This Bling to my blog for the next two weeks as they sponsor a fantastic wedding giveaway. One lucky reader of Brenda's Wedding Blog has the chance to win a $75 shopping spree to With This Bling, making it wasy to sparkle on your wedding day. At With This Bling, they believe every bride deserves a touch of sparkle on their special day. Their online shop carries and extensive selection of beautiful pieces that are sure to add that perfect touch of elegance and sparkle to complete the bridal look. You will find trendy and beautiful items at budget-friendly prices, making it easy to look the absolute best for your special day.

Simple complete any or all of the entry options below to Enter to Win $75 to shop for your favorite bridal accessories to sparkle on your wedding day.

Giveaway Ends Thursday July 7th, 2016 at 11:59 pm est

Eco-Friendly California Wedding Elopement in the Mountains {styled shoot}

Are you ready to head to the gorgeous mountains for a spectacular styled shoot? This eco-conscience photo shoot from Autumn Noel Photography features stunning views of a natural landscape. As Autumn writes . . .  "sheer rock mountains behind us, vast views of the Carson Valley in front, beauty was all around and our beautiful bride and groom fit right in". Keeping with the eco-friendly theme - this shoot showcases unique recycled paper invitations infused with wildflower seeds. A few seeds were even planted right before the vendor team left the location and the storm clouds were rolling in.

Wedding Vendors: includes handmade artists via affiliate partnership
Photographer: Autumn Noel Photography — Ring Dish: Beachwood Street Designs — Dress Store: Betty and Beaus Bridal Boutique — Invitation Designer: Botanical Paperworks — Hair Stylist: Carla Carillo — Makeup Artist: Carla Carrillo — Cupcake Toppers: Cork Country Cottage — Wedding Garter and Better Together Signs: Fallen Star Couture Inc. — Other Location: Hope Valley — Equipment Rentals: Tahoe Entertainer — Handmade Cookies: The Cookie and Crumb — Favors and Gifts: WildBloomerySubmitted via Two Bright Lights

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Other amazing features from this wedding are the beautiful vintage yellow chair that was a rental and other items from thrift stores. Many handmade items from small businesses were included and to continue their support for small business, the bride was outfitted from a local bridal boutique. Autumm wrote . . . "As floral arrangements aren't great for the environment we opted out and let nature provide the greenery for this lovely elopement."

3 Sweet Twists for Signature Wedding Cocktails ... with Marshmallows

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I've got a treat for you today . . . I'm being joined by Chelsie Jangord, the in-house chef at Dandies Marshmallows who is here to share some yummy wedding cocktail recipes with marshmallows. Whether you torch them, infuse them, or use them as a garnish, marshmallows are ready to take your wedding cocktails to a whole new level. Are you ready?

In exchange for sharing these recipes, Dandies sent me some bags of their marshmallows and right away I made some s'more truffles to enjoy with my girls and hubby. These marshmallows are the first Non-GMO Project Verified marshmallows on the market and they are completely free of artificial ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, wheat, gluten and corn. They are also produced in the company’s dedicated facility, which is free of dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree-nuts. Because of this, they are actually the only marshmallows I've been purchasing for my girls as my oldest has both a gluten and nut allergy. Dandies {available in big and mini sizes} are air puffed, which gives them the light and fluffy, delectable taste and texture of conventional marshmallows.

Now, it's time for those Cocktail Recipes . . .

Blackberry Cream Soda

1 shot of Blackberry Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
1 shot of gin
Topochico or soda water
1 big dollop of Marshmallow Fluff
{recipe for fluff here:}

Fill a glass with ice. Pour in 1 shot of blackberry simple syrup and shot of gin, stir. Fill the rest of the way with soda and top with a dollop of marshmallow fluff. Enjoy!

* To make the simple syrup: puree a pint of blackberries in a blender. Combine in a pot with 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Stir and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Once the liquid thickens and resembles syrup, remove from heat and strain to remove seeds. Let cool.

Ginger Peaches and Cream

1 shot of bourbon
1/2 shot of peach schnapps
Ginger beer
Bourbon-bruleed Dandies Marshmallow, for garnish

Fill a glass with ice. Add 1 shot of bourbon and ½ shot of peach schnapps. Top the rest of the glass with Ginger Beer and stir. Garnish with a Bruleed Dandies Marshmallow.

* To make Bruleed Dandies Marshmallow: Place a marshmallow on a skewer, dip in bourbon and roll in sugar. Using a kitchen torch or flame from a gas stove, toast the marshmallow until the sugar turns into a burnt crust.

Lemon Meringue Pie Martini

1 Tbsp simple syrup
1 shot of lemon juice
1 shot of vodka
1/2 shot of Amaretto liqueur
1 dollop of Marshmallow Fluff
{recipe for fluff here:}
Crushed graham cracker

Fill a martini shaker with ice. Add simple syrup, lemon juice, vodka, and Amaretto liqueur. Shake vigorously for one minute. Dip the rim of a martini glass into lemon juice and then into crushed graham cracker. Pour strained alcohol into the martini glass and top with a dollop of marshmallow fluff. If you have a kitchen torch, torch the fluff for some extra flair!

Which Signature Cocktail is calling your name?

How to Create Whimsical Wedding Stationery with a Personalized Portrait Creator

With the help of Creative Market and the talents of Lisa Glanz, you can now easily create a super adorable wedding portrait of the bride and groom for your wedding stationery or even your bridesmaids for the perfect personalized gift. And, if you’re a professional - why not create a whimsical self-portrait of yourself for your social media avatars or even your site’s about page? Another fun idea is to create a fun portrait of yourself after the wedding for your wedding thank you cards and then you can include a real photo inside to surprise your recipients with.

In this Personalized Portrait Creator kit - the options are endless as there are over 120 patterns which are perfect for the portrait outfits or simply to use as a background. And then there’s even 120 floral elements to use anyway you wish.

What color hair and style will your portrait have?

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What's Hot on Instagram : Glittered Cake Toppers, Honey Jar Favors, Sugar for Cocktails and more

Let's see how this goes as I want to try something different this week and see what you think as you may have missed a few of my recent posts on Instagram.

If you don't already follow me, please come follow me now on Instagram for daily "wow" wedding inspiration. I've highlighted some amazing "wow" wedding ideas that haven't been shared on the blog in the past week. So, I'm going to share them here for you and then you can head over to my Instagram and add your own 'like' if you love the idea{s}. And, of course, I encourage you to follow the accounts of those I highlight as well. It's all about sharing the love and having fun on Instagram, right? Below the photos you can get the full details on each image - including shopping links.

1. A Naked Wedding Cake Topped with Blueberries is made even sweeter with this “Happily Ever After” Cake Topper from @cutsofconfetti >>> Shop for your sparkly topper here.

2. Gorgeous Wedding Ceremony Decor Florals as seen on @matthewdavidgroup - LOVE the branches in the tall vases with cascading blooms // photo by @travismageephotography >>> Click here to see how you can be shared in my Instagram feed - it’s super easy :)

3. Loving this Bride and Groom portrait in a field in London. So picturesque + dreamy. Wedding Photography by @thespringles / Wedding Venue at @trunkwellhouse >>> Like above - Click here to see how you can be shared in my Instagram feed - it’s super easy :)

4. These Rustic Wedding Favors  from @southernjamsandjelly_ had me at Lavender Vanilla Infused Honey - doesn’t that sound simply amazing? >>> Shop for your custom favors here.

5. Hang your Wedding Gown + Bridesmaids Dresses in style for Wedding Photos with these padded "something blue" Bridal Hangers from @The_Gryphons_Nest Makes a wonderful gift idea for photographers to surprise their bride with. >>> Shop for your Bridal Hangers here.

6. Planning to serve a signature Wedding Cocktail at your reception or next event? Consider embellishing the glass with a bit of Gold Sugar from @dellcovespices >>> Choose Your Favorite Sugar Color here