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Pomegranate Winter Wedding Inspiration - as seen in Bridal Guide Magazine

Today's post is a flashback to one of my favorite styled photo shoots I was a part of. This time of year, pomegranates are a big hit and their color couldn't be more perfect for weddings during the holiday season. This pomegranate styled shoot was featured in Bridal Guide Magazine as a 3 page spread in the Party Planner pages. For this shoot, I designed and hand-glittered all the paper goods including . . . invitation, dessert tags, place cards, and dessert toppers. All of the paper goods are still available for purchase in my Wedding Girl etsy shop. The stunning photography is by Kismis Ink Photography along with so many other amazingly talented wedding vendors who participated in creating this pomegranate inspired winter wedding. You can see the original post here with lots more inside scoop on the entire photo shoot and even more spectacular photos.

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

Peach Lace and Pearls Wedding Inspiration Board

Happy Friday. With the hope that spring will soon be on it's way in the northeast, I created an inspiration board that makes me thing of spring with it's soft pastel colors. This inspiration board started when I pinned the bridal sash from Fancie Strands and the pearls in the vase on pinterest. Isn't that such a brilliant idea for a vase filler instead of seeing the flower stems?

Black and White New Year's Eve Wedding Inspiration with Lots of Sparkle

I cannot believe it's time to get ready for a new year. 2014 will be a new year of amazing memories to build with my family. A new year full of business ideas for both my brides and vendors. While I work towards finalizing my goals and plans for the new year, I wanted to leave you with an inspiration board from the archives that would be perfect for a New Year's Eve soiree. It's filled with crystals, glitter and sequins. Aren't all celebrations better with a bit of sparkle? You can see the original post with image credits here. I'll be back on Friday January 3rd with a gorgeous wedding to get 2014 started. Hope you have the happiest New Year's yet and I'll see you back here on Friday. {there's a little something extra that you will want to check out after the inspiration board}

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Have you visited My Wedding Concierge? This site/search engine allows you to easily search over a thousand wedding blogs for ideas and inspiration in one place. Simply type in your keywords, for example "pink grey", and you will be shown all relevant wedding ideas pertaining to those particular keywords. My Wedding Concierge can index blogs, etsy stores, tumblr, and even pinterest feeds. Phyllis, the owner of My Wedding Concierge, says that the Inspiration Engine on both the iPhone and iPad allows brides to find inspiration on the go no matter where they are. Simply click here if you'd like to download the free iPhone My Wedding Concierge app.

Photo Shoot : Sweet, Love, Kiss and a Chocolate Martini

Before I leave for a mini break to celebrate Thanksgiving, I wanted to share with you a beautiful photo shoot that I was a part of. Please enjoy the inspiration and I'll see you back here on Monday. Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving. And, don't forget to enter the current giveaway.

As some of you may remember, I was part of an Inspiration to Reality photo shoot on Style Me Pretty and worked with an amazing group of talented vendors. The original concept was created by Cherin of Customized Wedding Creations and myself. And, then we worked to gather the many talented vendors and artists together. The wedding planner, Jennifer, of It's a "Shore" Thing, chose to create several tablescapes and today I have one to share with you that hasn't been shown yet. Based on the original inspiration board we chose to focus on three words - Sweet, Love and Kiss and of course we had to incorporate the beautiful script font {see original SMP feature here with inspiration board}. The overall color scheme was chocolate brown, gold, and cream. We added an amazing teal blue for pops of color.


For the invitations and place cards, I knew it should be something with a bit of glam and elegance, so an illustration of peonies immediately came to mind. And, adding some hand-painting with glitter paint gave them a bit of extra sparkle. You can find the peony invitations and place cards in my etsy shop {please note: colors can be changed to match your event}. To match the invitation and place cards that I had designed, we chose to go with a French shabby chic look. And, I must give a big shoot-out to Wes and Rae of Rae Leytham Photography for the beautiful photos. The details were captured perfectly.


What was Sweet?

The pastry chef custom-made sugar peonies with crystal centers to match the one on the invitation. They were used as napkin rings at each place setting. I still can't believe this napkin rings are sugar - no matter how many times I look at the photos. Truly amazing. The cake {which you'll see later} was a French vanilla cake with a mascarpone cheese and white chocolate filling infused with pear nectar and vanilla rum. It was decorated with a toile print - to match the French theme and was placed on a shabby chic cake plateau. Running with the "Sweet" theme - we added some miniature mocha cupcakes topped with chocolate covered espresso beans and some vanilla custard creme brulee cups on top of a "Sweet" hand-painted table runner from Cherin of Customized Wedding Creations.


What was Love?

The bride and groom's chivari chairs were enhanced with custom eyelet-lace chair covers adorned with the hand-painted word "Love" by Customized Wedding Creations and hand-made dupioni silk peony flowers in teal from Marie of Emici Bridal.


What was Kiss?

The specialty cocktail was a French Kiss Martini which consisted of Godiva White Chocolate Liquor and Grey Goose Vodka. And, the bride and groom could sneak a private moment behind the custom-made umbrella from Cherin that is hand-painted with the word, Kiss. Or, in the case of this shoot, the bride could kiss an adorable dog.


The mahogany wood-grain table was dressed with hydrangeas in white french vessels. Jennifer wanted to create a "Family Style" dinner, so each table was dressed with a variety of rustic loaves of bread, imported cheeses, tapenade and marinated olives. The appetizers were sweet potato French fry cones with cayenne & cinnamon sugar dust. I just want to sit at this table and join in the feast - it looks delicious.


A variety of flowers were used that included blushing bride protea, white ranunculus, cafe au lait dalias, French tulips, soft pink ranunculus, white nigella, soft pink roses, white garden roses, scabiosa pods, white hydrangea and artichokes. I LOVE the finished look of the arrangements and the bouquets.


I have been so honored this year to work with amazing vendors and to meet new ones. I can definitely wait for 2011 to arrive as I want to relax and enjoy the holiday season, but I'm excited to see what 2011 brings.

Wedding Vendors that helped make this photo shoot such a success:
Conceptual Design and Planning: Cherin of Customized Wedding Creations, Brenda of Brenda’s Wedding Blog, and Jennifer W. Lewis of It’s a “Shore” Thing
Coordination: It’s a “Shore” Thing
Photographer: Rae Leytham Photography
Venue: Kelli Arnold at Alys Beach
Floral Design: Briane O’Dell & Hillary Fosdyck of Monark Events
Invitations and Place Cards: Brenda of Wedding Girl
Hand-Painted “Love” Chair Covers, “Kiss” Parasol, “Sweet” Table Runner: Customized Wedding Creations
Wedding Garters: Julianne of The Garter Girl
Card Box: Marni of Creative Custom Card Boxes
Hand-Made Flowers: Emici Bridal
Catering (food, place settings, linens): Townsend Catering
Pastry Chef (cake, mini desserts, sugar flowers, sugar flower napkin rings): Confections on the Coast
Model: Briane O’Dell from Monark Events
Hair Stylist: Ashley Carter
Makeup Artist: Yvette Nation