A Garden Inspired Bridal Shower in NYC at Gramercy Park Hotel Terrace with Black and White Stripes + Pink

I have an amazing Bridal Shower to share with you today where the bride-to-be's mantra is “feminine with a twist of edge”. There's lots of black and white stripes - reminiscent of Kate Spade - and lots of bright pink. It's a modern NYC Bridal Shower designed by GLDN Events and it's absolutely stunning. I even have the bride joining us after the photo gallery with a little behind the scenes story on the creation of her bridal shower day at Gramercy Park Hotel and her engagement story.

Wondering about Elyse's amazing fashion style for her bridal shower? Here's what she wore:

• A Zimmermann Floral Print Corset Laced Dress {floral print, gold bead embellishments and lace-open back}
• Neutral grey leather Saint Laurent platform sandals
• Ivory Rockstud Valentino Clutch

Shop this Bridal Shower Look Here:

From the Bride to Be Elyse . . .

Every bride to be has a story - this is mine and I am so happy to share it with all of you! March 20th was my bridal shower and it truly was one of the most beautiful and memorable days thanks to my family, close friends, bridesmaids & GLDN Events! It was everything I had ever dreamed of and more - a room filled with nothing but love, happiness and well wishes, really making me feel like it was my special moment! Let’s go back to the beginning when I first started searching for a venue. I had been to various places around New York City, but as soon as I saw the terrace at the Gramercy Park Hotel, I immediately knew it was the spot for me! All of the other locations I had seen were not comparable to this unique garden setting- I knew it would make the perfect backdrop for my day with the ladies! Fast forward, after months of preparation, my vision totally came to life and I couldn’t have been more thrilled with the outcome thanks to Meredith, founder and CEO of GLDN events. It truly was a picturesque day and one that I will never forget!
It all began one fateful summer night in May 2012, when Scott and I crossed paths in West Hampton in the basement of a mutual friend. Although neither one of us was looking for love, it was then that we both realized "love at first sight" truly does exist. After parting ways, we could not forget the undeniable chemistry that we had and made plans to meet up in Manhattan a few weeks later. From that night on, we were completely inseparable and knew that there would be big things in store for our future! 
After getting engaged to Scott this past October and embarking on a new year, I felt it was the perfect time to start documenting my outfits, experiences and inspirations as I go through this exciting journey! Always obsessed with fashion, I found myself having a constant urge to share my personal style with others which lead me to one thing…Leather and Lace! I am so excited to finally have an outlet to display the styles and trends I am currently coveting as well as my experiences as I go through the special journey of marriage this year!

Wedding Vendor List:

Photographer: Andrew Morales - Life in Reverie // Venue: Gramercy Park Hotel Terrace // Event Planner, Event Design Tablescape, Printed Materials + Favors: GLDN Events  // Floral Design: Gramercy Park Flower Shop // Cake: I Ada Cake

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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


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

This post contains affiliate links - your purchase through these links help support future blog projects + free downloads for your wedding planning. You will not be charged any more by using these links and I often have savings that I can pass along directly to you via these links :)