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Pomegranate Wedding Ideas : featured in Bridal Guide Magazine

I am beyond excited to share this exciting news with you - I am featured in the current issue of Bridal Guide Magazine on pages 61-64 {which is on newsstands until Mar 20th, 2012} along with a HUGE team of amazing talents including Kismis Ink Photography who's stunning photos bring this winter inspired shoot to life. This pomegranate winter wedding photo shoot graces the Party Planner pages of Bridal Guide with a 3 page spread that was photographed in Tampa, Florida. For this shoot where pomegranates, orchids and pinecones take center stage, I created all the paper goods including . . . invitation, dessert tags, place cards, and dessert toppers. All of the paper goods are available for purchase in my etsy shop, Wedding Girl. Please be sure to pick up your copy of the Mar/Apr issue of Bridal Guide Magazine to see the full scoop on this pomegranate inspired winter wedding. Be sure to watch the video at the end of the post - you will love it!!!

From Mariana of Kismis Ink Photography . . . The pomegranate was a big inspiration due to the symbolism of plentiful and fruitful, fullness and sweetness. A feeling we feel that brides should have in their weddings.


The color palette for this seasonal fête was sparkling gold, rich red and snow white with the inspiring jumping-off point being the ripe, ruby-red pomegranate color. This fruit is in peak season during the fall and winter months so it was just perfect for this shoot. The gorgeous reds found both inside and outside the fruit established the color scheme for everything . . . from the invitaton suite to the table decor to the bride's bouquet and the wedding cake itself.


Lauren of Every Last Detail styled the centerpiece and introduced pine cones as a way to give the shoot a more rustic feel alongside the elegant red and gold elements. By combining the pine cones with the pomegranates, Lauren was able to create a unique nonfloral centerpiece for the table. 


Desserts included petite pastries, buttercream petit fours topped with sliced almonds and raspberry pomegranate Napoleons.


Vendor Credits:
Photography + Co-Designer: Kismis Ink Photography
Co-Designer + Invitation and Paper Goods: Wedding Girl on etsy
Event Designer + Bouquet: MMD Events
Centerpiece, Table Number, Mr & Mrs chair decor + chalkboard sign: Every Last Detail
Cinema and Video: Bryan of Tampa Wonderworks Films
Dress Store: The White Closet Co. {Mikaella Gown and Enzoani Shawl}
Cake Designer: Cakes by Nomeda
Heirlooms and extras: Gracylu Originals
Linens, Coverings + Chandelier: Kate Ryan Linens
Equipment Rentals: Signature Events By Design
Makeup Artist: Michele Renee Hair and Makeup Artist Group
Model: Marlene
Jewelry: Edera Jewelry{Aiglentine Bracelet, worn as both a necklace and bracelet. Consists of real silver threads, red silk ribbon ties, freshwater pearls, vintage rhinestones and quartz crystals}

I have to give a special shout-out to Diane and Mary at Bridal Guide Magazine who are always such a pleasure to work with. I am beyond honored to have been able to work with you both directly on the magazine feature in last issue and this one in the current issue. Thank you for all the hard work you and your team did to put this gorgeous spread together.


And, to finish off this amazing shoot, is a beautiful video from Bryan of Tampa Wonderworks Films. There's nothing better than seeing the model from this shoot in action and close-ups of all the stunning details. Enjoy!!!

Wedding Gowns and the Written Contract

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"When you order your gown, be sure to get a written contract or receipt that describes the dress you ordered in detail, your alterations agreement, any special services and the date your dress will be delivered."

Additionally, you might like to take digital photos (if allowed) of the dress(es), gown swatches, etc so that you don't go by just your memory or written documentation on what you expect things to be in the end.

I recently caught an episode of Say Yes to the Dress on TLC where a bride was saying that the color of her custom dress was not what she had chosen when designing the gown with Pnina Tornai. Luckily everything worked out and the bride did end up getting a gown she liked (although if I remember correctly, the original gown she created was not the one she ended up with).

Featured Gowns (left to right):
Style 2008 from Alfred Angelo
Yaling from Catherine Langlois (Toronto based)
Arabella from Caroline Parkes (UK based)
Harlow from Maggie Sotero

Save the Date with Personalized Widgets

Save-the-Date Widget provided by Bridal Guide now lets you create your very own personalized save-the-date widget. After you create your widget, you can then post it to your personal wedding website or social networking page. Now, your guests can add your wedding date to their personal calendar by clicking on the "add to my calendar" button.

The cutest part of the this widget? You can choose skin tone, eye color, hair style, hair color and even glasses so the bride and groom resemble you.

Click here to get your widget from

PS - above sample is a test I did using my husband and myself with our anniversary date