Blake Lively + Ryan Reynolds Real Wedding Preview

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Martha Stewart’s team has released some gorgeous sneak peeks of celebrity couple, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ secret Southern wedding! The couple were wed in Charleston, South Carolina and the details are just so southern and sweet.

According to Martha Stewart Weddings, “Weddings‘ style director Kate Berry created Blake Lively’s lush bouquet of pink jasmine, andromeda, dusty miller, and blushing bride hydrangea. She dipped select petals in subtle rose-gold glitter to play up the embroidery of the same color on the bride’s couture ballgown by Marchesa.” Sigh.

From the fun silhouettes of the couple, to the heartfelt closeup of their clasped hands, we are excited for the Martha Stewart winter issue to hit stands on Monday so we can see the rest of this glamorous celebrity wedding!

P.S. How much do you love their candy sweets table? The wedding cake is definitely the center of attention.

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Photos courtesy of marthastewartweddings.com

Royal Wedding Inspired Locations

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We’re only days away from the wedding of the century! Now that Prince William and future-princess-to-be Kate have made England a romantic hot spot, we’ve decided to scout out some great locations for engagement shoots and venues for an English-inspired wedding. English-inspired themes are all about traditional gestures of romance, and refined elegance. It’s about being historical, not dated–which is exactly why these places are so stunning!

Top picture: Asthall Manor located in Asthall, Oxfordshire, England. Built in 1620, the Asthall manor is a two-story house privately owned. The ballroom is open occasionally for functions, and the garden is host to a bi-ennial stone sculpture exhibition.

Bottom picture: Longleat Hedge Maze at the Longleat Adventure Park in Warminster, Wiltshire. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful Alice in Wonderland/tea party setting for a photoshoot? The maze itself is 1.75 miles long with 6 bridges. It takes approximately 20 to 90 minutes to finish the whole maze!

Picture: Footpath to Halnaker Mill in West Sussex, England. The Halnaker Mill was built for the Goodwood Estate back in the 19th century. Can you imagine the romantic photo ops you can take on that path? It’s so gorgeous and reminds us a lot of “The Notebook” and sunny days.

Top: Old Yorkshire Bridge in Derbyshire. It is the landmark former parkhouse bridge.

Bottom: University of Cambridge in Cambridge, UK. A beautiful setting that can easily go with any theme you choose for an engagement or portrait shoot. The right photography can make a big difference in emphasizing the academic background or transforming it into an entirely different landscape.

English romanticism is more than just prim and proper courtship, it’s about embracing love that extends traditions and time–much like William and Kate’s!

Photos provided by:

-Happy Harry 101

-Happy Jack

-Wikimedia

-Ed O’Keeffe

-I and J Bannerman

Royal Wedding Accessories

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With the royal wedding coming up, we can’t help but be inspired! You don’t need a royal budget to look and feel like a royal princess at your wedding or event. Incorporating the right colors and accessories can turn your event into an upscale and royal affair. Take a look at our inspiration boards for unique accessories and ideas worthy of a princess-to-be!

When creating a royal theme, there are ways to avoid looking gaudy or tacky. Everyone loves a little bling and sparkle, but instead of bedazzling everything from the napkins to  the bridesmaid dresses, you can use crystal in your candlesticks or centerpieces. Choosing one or two big statement pieces is a more effective way to save on your budget while leaving a lasting impression with your guests.

Inspiration Board #1

Ring Bearer Pillow by SophieMomo

Pink Table Design by Wildflower Linen

Headband by Twigs & Honey

Crystal Cake Topper by Lillian Flora Weddings

Inspiration Board #2

Tiffany Hampton Candlestick

Collar Necklace by Mars and Valentine

Silk Clutch by Expressions NYC

Moss Covered Letters by Spotted Leopard

Fit for a Queen Necklace by Victory Jewelry Design

Lebanese Inspired Decor

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Did you feel inspired from our last blog on Lebanese Weddings and the grandeur surrounding them? Lebanon is a truly beautiful country, and even if you can’t visit anytime soon, you can still pull from its cultural beauty to compliment your wedding theme! The name itself comes from the Semitic root lbn, meaning “white”, a color heavily emphasized in Lebanese wedding decor and floral designs. The color white symbolizes “purity” from the bride, an important aspect of Lebanese weddings. Whether you’re of Lebanese descent or not, these pictures are undeniably breathtaking! Many of the floral designs and event decor are grand and make a statement.

We especially love how regal and memorable these entrances are for the couple! Can you imagine having your sweetheart table inside that huge throne?

The fusion of Lebanese traditions and pops of color using flowers makes for a unique and eye-catching walkway to the ceremony or reception.

There’s just a touch of an exotic and far away feel when you use draping, flowers, and lighting the way these couples did.

Couture Wedding Dress Inspiration

Elie Saab

Today’s wedding dress couture inspiration comes from Elie Saab’s Haute Couture Spring Summer 2011 collection. The collection is full of color and rich fabrics including: georgette, lace, chiffon, silk, not to mention the rosette details and embroidery. A Lebanese designer, Elie Saab’s dresses are romantic, flowy and seductive all of which are the perfect inspiration for a wedding dress for brides of every taste and style.

For the Romantic Bride:

For the Sexy Bride:

For the Elegant Bride:

Of course, we cannot forget;

the EXTRAVAGANT Bride:


No matter what your style is as a bride, Elie Saab has it in this collection. If you’re going for romance look for flowy fabrics and rosette appliques. If elegance is your style, sequins and lace are details that add that sophistication to your gown. Deep sweetheart necklines and lots of leg inspire a sexy gown. Although few of us can afford Saab’s couture gowns, we can all get a little inspiration from them!

 

Pictures courtesy of: Umberto Fratini/GoRunway.com

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