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Inspired by Preston Bailey : Wedding Inspiration where Urban Glam Meets Modern City

Get ready to be inspired with stunning pops of color and the ultimate in classy style.

This styled wedding was designed to inspire all brides, in particular curvy brides, and to provide styles that can be worn at the wedding and the celebration afterwards. It features the spectacular floral designs from Maribel of EightTreeStreet and gorgeous snapshots from Photography by Amy Nicole. Renown plus size model Jessica Likas showcases two gorgeous gowns from Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria {the St. Patrick Bridal collection and Enzoani collection}. The groom model added a slick modern touch with the monochrome navy suit and shirt accented by a pop of cerise on his tie. The styling in the loft venue was inspired by Preston Bailey and features linens from the Preston Bailey Collection at Nuage Designs Inc to style the luxe tablescape with a urban node.

this styled shoot feature links to several companies I have an affiliate relationship with

The first gown showcases a delicate illusion back gown from the St. Patrick Bridal collection with a drop waist accentuated by gorgeous beading. The second gown was more frilly and modern with a delicate razor back from the Enzoani collection, perfect for a glam urban bride. The bright pops of color included a cheery mix of navy blues, pinks, cerise, yellow and touches of lavender, with touches of gold and champagne. The flowery bridal bouquet included long and luxurious French ribbon. The overall setting for this styled wedding features a lavish tablescape and a sweet modern ceremony space. And, lastly, what city girl doesn't love getting around town by bicycle? Aren't the flowers on the bride's bike the perfect extra decor accent?

Spectacular Wedding Tablescapefrom an Urban Glam Meets Modern City Wedding - Inspired by Preston Bailey / Florals by EightTreeStreet / Photography by Amy Nicole

Wedding Vendor Team
Photographer: Photography by Amy Nicole — Floral Designer: EightTreeStreet — Invitation Designer: Blush Paper Co — Beauty: Britin Artistry — Event Venue: The Loft at 600 F — Dress Store: Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria — Model: Jessica Likas — Hair Stylist: Kayla Dreesen of Love Letters by Kayla — Signage: Mark with a Spark — Linens and Coverings: Nuage Designs — Other: The Mrs Box — Favors and Gifts: The Welcoming District — Calligrapher: Wabi Sabi — Jewelry: White Aisle Boutique — Model: Anthony Bell — Shoes: Betsey Johnson — Submitted via Two Bright Lights
Acrylic Chandeliers ... Chic + Re-usable Modern Wedding Decor

My Holiday Wedding Gift Guide is one you won't want to miss as it's filled with gifts for the bride and groom, the groomsmen {see, the guys aren't forgotten in this guide}, the bridesmaids, and even your flower girl. Of course, each gift can also be for anyone on your list this holiday season. Today, the spotlight is on Nicole of Chandeliers by NK. She's the designer behind the chic wedding and party décor that is re-usable, modern and glamorous. Her Acrylic Chandeliers are perfect for events of all kinds - anywhere you need a bit of chic décor. These chandeliers effortlessly blur the lines between modern and glamorous. After your event, you can easily use the chandeliers in your home decor for instant glamour. Chandeliers are available in Hot Pink, Turquoise and Limited Edition Mirror finish.

Modern and Glamorous Chic Décor for Weddings + Parties with Re-Usable Acrylic Chandeliers / from Chandelier by NK
Hot Pink Fancy Chandelier - chic + re-usable modern decor for weddings and parties / from Chandelier by NK

What is Your Favorite Color of Acrylic Chandelier?
{white, shimmery black, turquoise or hot pink?}

Inspired by the Dyson DC59 Motorhead : a Modern Pink & Purple Wedding with Silver Accents

Today's wedding color palette was inspired by the all new and super powerful cordless Dyson DC59 Motorhead vacuum. Their latest vacuum is sure to be one that every couple will want to add to their wedding registry wish list. This cordless vacuum is lightweight, slim and beyond versatile. Just think, you can now vacuum your hardwood, linoleum, carpets, baseboards, every nook and cranny - all without the hassle of a cord. I was recently able to take the latest in vacuum technology from Dyson for a test run and I was in complete awe. From the color combo which actually had me written all over it {fuchsia pink, purple and silver} to the impressive power of the cordless Dyson. I have never known a cordless vacuum that could have so much power. For new couples moving into their first starter home or apartment, this Dyson DC59 Motorhead could easily serve as the primary vacuum. It's an upright and handheld canister in-one. Since I've received this vacuum, I can honestly say, there hasn't been a day when it hasn't been used :)

To read a bit more about the Dyson DC59 Motorhead including the nitty gritty yet fascinating facts on this amazing vacuum {along with seeing the image credits for the inspiration board above}  . . . please continue reading

• Powerful carpet pick up is no longer reserved for big, bulky cleaners. The only cordless vacuum with a direct-drive motor inside the cleaner head; Dyson Digital Slim™ DC59 Motorhead has no cord, yet out-cleans most full-size vacuums across hard floors and carpets*.

And with 24 minutes of fade-free cleaning time, it is quick and easy to maneuver between high, low and hard to reach spaces. No more fiddling with plugs or bulky machines, period.

• James Dyson said,Existing cordless machines simply do not deliver on carpets. By putting a motor directly in the brush bar, we’re able to push bristles deeper into carpets for superior performance, while maintaining the versatility of a handheld machine.”

 • 75% more brush power: A newly configured cleaner head with a direct-drive motor creates 75% more brush bar power than DC59 Animal to better agitate carpet pile and tackle ground-in spills and stains.

 • All floor performance: While nylon bristles dig into carpets, carbon fiber filaments reduce the build-up of static charge, aiding in the capture of fine dust on hard floors.

 • Integrated motor technology: 1.5 times more powerful than its predecessor, the Dyson digital motor V6 draws power more efficiently from the battery. Nothing wasted.  

 • 2 Tier Radial™ cyclones: 15 cyclones work in parallel across two tiers to increase airflow to capture fine dust.

• Light, versatile and easy to store: A small, light motor in the hand, instead of at the floor, makes it easy to clean up top, down low and in between spaces. The lightweight aluminum wand can be detached for stairs, upholstery, cars and other compact spaces. And storage is hassle free with a wall mounted docking station.

• Clean time: 24 minutes
• Hygienic bin emptying: Just push the button to release the dirt directly into the bin.
• Weight: 4.96 lbs.
• Guarantee: The machine comes with a 2 year parts and labor warranty.
• Price: $549.99

While I was gifted a Dyson DC59 Motorhead to review,
the opinions & thoughts in this post are all my own.

An Ultra Modern Red Wedding Bouquet and Cake + a Day Off

I recently spied this ultra modern wedding bouquet on pinterest and had to find it's original source. Turns out this modern inspiration is from a shoot on WedLuxe and OMG, the eye candy in this shoot is amazing! There's also a stunning wedding cake with two large flowers in red and white on a 3-tiered cake which alternates with a square layer, then a round layer, finishing with another square layer. I LOVE the 2 tiers the cake is on top of - each one is filled with carnations in between. Such a unique and gorgeous way to present a wedding cake. Please enjoy this beautiful inspiration to start your week off with. I'm now off to finish up tomorrow's post before a minor medical procedure this afternoon so I'll be logging offline for the remainder of today. Make it a great one! 

Modern Wedding Bouquet with red flowers and balsam wood spirals
Modern Wedding Cake in red, white and grey with carnations in tiers as the base

Please do leave a comment if you'd like as I'm wondering if this unique style is something you would consider for your wedding? Or do you prefer the more traditional approach for flowers and cakes? 

Carrying A Wedding Theme Thru to the Drinks

This morning we're starting the day off with a great guest blog from Ross who works at a London based mobile bar company.  He's here to tell us about a great way to make your wedding unique by carrying the wedding theme you’re exploring (or have already chosen) right through to the drinks. He writes . . . "I like consistency; it really adds an extra touch to offer a special cocktail that matches the colour scheme, décor or feeling you’re trying to create." And, now here's Ross with more . . .

Holding your wedding in the city gives you the possibility of having an urban glamour theme. I envision a modern and clean décor at a restaurant or hotel with lots of light, and then serving Lechee Martinis as an option. You could also go with my personal favourite the Comopolitian; its name and sweet taste give it a glam feeling. There’s always the Classic Mojito made with white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water and mint. It has a clean taste with a mint and lime garish, making it look fresh with an upscale allure. 

There’s a certain je ne sais quoi to an autumn romance theme. I love the idea of designing a decor with the colours of the changing leaves: deep reds, pumpkin oranges and earthy browns. The sunflower centerpieces will go nicely with the Bulleit Manhattan you can serve. This cocktail is a perfect blend of bourbon whiskey and sweet vermouth with a maraschino cherry at the bottom. The Fig Sidecar is a beautiful red that will match your theme and has a seasonal flavour. Make things romantic with Love in a Glass, it’s not a cheap option as the original recipe includes GreyGoose Vodka; however, there are always substitutes. It also includes two liqueurs making it both delicious and its name will go well with the intimate atmosphere you're planning.

Imagine having a vintage chic wedding and offering your guests old time classics with an added element of sophistication. I picture a dress with lace and short, white gloves, and a reception with soft colours and a black and white wedding cake. Serving a Tom Collins could be your something old, as it’s been around at least since 1876. You could also choose the smooth taste of a Gin Rickey, first created by a bartender in Washington, DC. There’s always the classic Dirty Martini, which has been popular for seventy years and for good reason. Made with gin, vermouth and garnished with a lemon (or olive), the dirty martini has a clean look to it that will match the elegant theme you're creating

Then there’s the wedding theme that never gets old: tropical beach. This can be done in part by choosing a destination wedding in a warm climate; or it can be created with decorations that include seashells, starfish and sand. I would go with classics like the Alabama Slammer or Paradise as they are colourful and fun. If you want to go a bit fancier, I wouldn’t go with a Pina Colada (too cliché), but go with the Bahama Mama Sunrise or Hawaiian Island Sunset instead. 

Just remember that whichever drink you choose to match your themed wedding, it’s bound to wow your friends and family as they celebrate the union with you and your partner. 

Ross works for, a London based mobile bar company. At weekends he tries to escape the city and loves going surfing on the dramatic Welsh coast.