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Entries in Stylized Inspiration (18)


A Shimmery Nighttime Photo Shoot w/ the City Skyline & an Ombre Cake

Happy Thursday. Today is the 2nd day of Wedding Vendor Challenges for January. Like yesterday, the colors for this month are a wintry ice blue with silver for that touch of sparkle. Today's challenge is from Colleen of Bellissimo Weddings & Events {who you may remember from helping with my daughter's Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party}. Colleen chose Taste in Albany, NY as the venue for this shoot because of their beautiful penthouse suite that overlooks downtown Albany. Taste is an amazing location for a wedding and reception. Andrea of Photos by AMU did an amazing job of capturing the city view along with the table and desserts.

The linens used were a light blue crinkle taffeta overlay with Taste's white underlay and a light blue chair tie with a glittery blue swirl design.

Duo Design Studio created all of the paper products that were used for the menu, favors and cupcake table. The shimmery paper is the perfect finishing touch.

Coccadotts made the gorgeous cake and cupcakes and really tied all of the colors and shimmer together with the ombre look. I'm loving the cake, how about you?

Vendor Credits:
Location and Chivari Chairs: Taste
Event Planner, Linens and Centerpiece: Bellissimo Weddings & Events
Photographer: Andrea of Photos by AMU
Stationery: Duo Design Studio
Cake & Cupcakes: Coccadotts
Siver chargers with rhinestone edge and candle holders: Michael's Crafts


A Wintry Glitz and Glam Photo Shoot with a Giant Snowflake Ornament

Super excited for today as it's now time for the Wedding Vendor Challenges for January. The colors for this month are a wintry ice blue with silver for that touch of sparkle. Today's challenge is from Madeline’s Weddings & Events in Canada. Wait until you see the GIANT snowflake ornament!!!! I love it!!!! And, to tie this entire shoot together was the amazing lighting and the blue wall washes.

This month I left it open to the vendor team if they wanted to provide a tablescape for either a wedding or bridal shower. Madeline and her team chose to do a wedding reception tablescape for 6 guests and included their crystal backdrop which is full of glitz and glam.

Don't you just love the stationery, complete with snowflakes? Madeline's team designed place cards, menus, a table number and even wrappers for the favors.

For the reception tables, white pinched floor length linens were used and topped with a satin, royal blue table runner. Silver chair covers were also used along with matching satin silver napkins.

The centerpiece is definitely one of my favorite elements - a giant silver snowflake ornament on top of a cylinder vase. For an extra touch of sparkle, a few crystals were added around the base of the centerpiece too. As much as I love florals, I do love seeing the unique non-floral centerpieces that keep popping up lately.

And, of course no Madeline wedding is complete without her signature drinks and dessert bar. For this shoot, the signature drinks featured were a ‘Sparkletini’ and ‘Blue Ice’. The dessert bar had tons of yummy treats, including sugar cookies, brownies, cupcakes, biscotti and much more. The sweet display is completed with the dessert bar sign, "love is sweet" letters and matching dessert tags too.

And, lastly, here is the dessert table with the spotlighting on it - how fun is this for a night time event?

Vendor Credits:
Linens & Design, Dessert Table, Stationery, and Spotlighting – Madeline’s Weddings & Events
Photographer – Michelle Zerr Photography
Cakettes & imperial cookies – Cake-ology


A Cupcakes and Champagne Photo Shoot with sparkles, glitter and glam

Happy New Year!!!! So excited to share with you a New Years Eve inspired Wedding Celebration. Today's photo shoot was created by Miriam of Miriam Corona Events and Cristina of Unforgettable Events and photographed by PS Photo Media and Clifton Photography. Cristina writes . . . "I wanted to create a design the evoked the feeling of not only a marriage, but also a celebration of marriage in the New Year. The overall "celebration" theme is embedded in all the sparkling details and fun ideas such as the champagne & dessert bar. The concept is filled with a perfect mixture of romance and fun and captures many DIY opportunities for couples to incorporate their personalities and theme concepts. Such projects include the jewel bouquet and boutonniere, champagne bubble streamers, and the custom m&m cupcakes. This was truly a fun experience to put together and I had the pleasure to work with so many creative professionals."

Please read on as Cristina shares with us all the inspirational elements that made up this amazingly glitzy photo shoot . . .

Inspiration Element #1: Breathtaking Location
It was important to have a venue that boasted a breathtaking view. I chose the Castaway Restaurant in San Bernardino for its jaw dropping views across the skyline. Each room is surrounded by windows that offer incredible views from every angle. The balcony areas are perfect for catching the cool breeze and city lights. At night, the view is simply magical!

Inspiration Element #2: Color Palette
I used black, white, gold, silver as the main palette for all the elements included in this design. The black and white added elegance by keeping the colors crisp and clean along the textures and shapes used. Gold and silver was used mainly to add sparkle to the overall design such as the gold chargers and chiavari chairs. These colors meshed very well with the solid lighting we did in blue, hot pink, and gold. It brought out the sparkle in all the details.

Inspiration Element #3: Textures and Prints
To add contrast I decided that I wanted texture in all the linens used. The main table had chiffon rosettes lined with black sequins. This paired very nicely with the solid satin napkins and textured glittered ornaments hanging above. The champagne bar had a black sequin table drape that added contrast and sparkle to the gold and silver accents on the table. The crisp white menu cards had bold stripes to add texture and contrast to the patterned linen. The groom wore a charcoal gray suit with a striped tie and vest to add texture. The bride had on two beautiful taffeta gowns with rhinestone accents and feathers.

Inspiration Element #4: Sparkle, glitter, glam!
I really wanted this shoot to encompass the overall feel of a New Years Eve and wedding celebration with lots of sparkle. Almost every detail in this shoot had bling of some sort; from the glitter ornaments, to the jewel bouquet, to the glitter in the bridal shoes. The centerpiece had multi-sized glitter and sequin ornaments in gold, black, and silver and jeweled goblets that sparkled with the reflection of the uplighting. The linens incorporated were black chiffon sequin rosettes and a sequin table drape and runner. The menu cards had tiny rhinestones to add some jazz to the simplicity of the design and the napkins where tied together with mini disco balls. The bridal bouquet and boutonniere were custom created using pearls, jewels, and beads that were wired and bound together with satin ribbon. The champagne bar was adorned with sparkling bubbles, confetti, and jeweled goblets. To complete the look and feel of "celebration", I had a bride and groom in wardrobe with lots of rhinestone and glitter detail throughout the dress, hair, and makeup.

Inspiration Element #5: Couture Fashion
To incorporate the element of high fashion or couture, I incorporated linens that had embellished details such as chiffon rosettes and sequins. I wanted the menu cards to have an elegant simplicity so we decided to add contrast to to the textured linens by using stripes and different fonts and sizes. The bride also wore two high couture gowns that featured rhinestone, feather, and bustle details paired nicely with glitter heels. Her hair was also beautifully arranged and adorned with a jeweled veil comb. The cake table was also adorned with a sequin runner and the cake was designed with a black and white palette with gold beaded details around the black rosettes.

Inspiration Element #6: Celebration
To encompass the overall theme of one HUGE celebration, we decided to do a champagne bar with a few sweets. Miriam created champagne bubble streamers that read "2012" when lined along the crystal curtain. She incorporated gold and silver champagne flutes and filled them with peppermint cotton candy to add a "bubbly" look. The cupcakes were adorned with black and white m&m's to spell out "2012". To add some sparkle, black and white rock candy lined a beautiful tray. The lighting really made these designs stand out!

Linens, Floral, Decor, Rentals, Bridal Jewel Bouquet, Styling: Unforgettable Events

Champagne Bar, Desserts, Styling: Miriam Corona Events
Photography: PS Photo Media and Clifton Photography

Hair and Make up: Diona Rhynard

Wardrobe: UEA Couture Bridal
Chiavari Chair Rental: Imagine That Events

Venue: Castaway Restaurant

Models: Vanessa Ramirez and Dylan Carbone
Lighting: Amaze Productions Entertainment

Paper Design: Papermints

Cotton Candy: Tasty Clouds

Cake: Cucamonga Cakery


Sparkle, glitter, glam - it's a New Year's Eve inspired photo shoot preview

Just had to share this sneak peek of the most amazing photo shoot with you. Stay tuned on Monday as I will be sharing the entire shoot with you along with all the inspiring details. Miriam of Miriam Corona Events and Cristina of Unforgettable Events joined a team of amazing vendors for this shoot. I just ADORE all the DIY elements that were included in this shoot including the jewel bouquet and boutonniere, champagne bubble streamers and there were even custom m&m cupcakes - you are going to LOVE these sweets!!!!

photography by: psphotomedia.com + cliftonphotographyblog.com


Featured in Bridal Guide Magazine : Lavender Love with Lemons

this is the new home for Brenda's Wedding Blog

I am super duper excited to share this news with you - I am featured in the currently issue of Bridal Guide Magazine {which is on newsstands until Jan 17th, 2012} along with the amazing talents of Aleah and Nick of Valley & Co. and Shannon of Shannon Lee Images. The lavender photo shoot graces the Party Planner pages of Bridal Guide with a 3 page spread and was held at the breathtaking Keys Creek Lavender Farm. A huge thank you to Alicia for welcoming us to her beautiful farm for this spectacular photo shoot that I created all the paper goods for . . . invitation, dessert tags, place cards, advice cards, drink tags and more. Below, you can see a preview of the pages in the magazine followed by more photos from the rustic-chic lavender inspired bridal shower. And, 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 Jan/Feb issue of Bridal Guide Magazine to see the full scoop on this lavender infused bridal shower.

From Aleah . . . "the shoot was a mix and match of rustic, natural elements like burlap, linen and twine with vintage French scalloped-edge china and antique crystal and silver."

Instead of flags on straws for the drinks, we used festive "Cheers" and "Enjoy" drink tags that were tied on mason jars with twine.

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An unexpected combo - plaid on the top, frilly skirt on the bottom

Happy December!!!! This month on the Best Wedding Sites Magazine, you will find a mix of colors as there is no real color palette to follow. Just lots of winter and holiday inspiration mixed in amongst some great wedding planning articles and real weddings. And, starting today is the most perfect dress for a holiday wedding . . .

This is such a stunning look and perfect for not only rustic weddings in the countryside, but simply beautiful for the holidays. A plaid top paired with a frilly white wedding skirt {with a bow on the back} and a pearl necklace. Photographs by Ciara Richardson Photography {entire fashion shoot is here}.

originally found via Naomi of Enchanted Dream Weddings


Rustic Fall Elegance in a Barn with Apples and Sunflowers

Last week on Brenda's Wedding Blog, I posted a great photo shoot that incorporated apples and sunflowers into a photo shoot that combined both rustic elements with elegant touches. To see more from the shoot, please click here. Jessica of Pink Champagne Events teamed up with the photographer, Courtney Lee Photography who developed the inspiration behind the shoot. Their goal was to produce a casual environment {gingham ribbon was used for tying the utensils and wrapping the bouquet} that had touches of rustic elegance {use of the barn itself and Christmas lights}.