Thursday, April 29, 2010

NewlyWedNest sponsored by Ikea and Brides Magazine

This is a pretty nifty event! Brides Magazine and Ikea have partnered up to present the NewlyWedNest, a month-long of events targeted right at the engaged and newly married. It's going on between April 24 - May 22nd in the East Village, and you can literally walk into a couples' dream apartment, as designed by renown interior designer, Inson Dubois Wood. There will be workshops, cocktails and tastings, fabulous prizes and more!

Go check it out if you get a chance! =D

Monday, April 26, 2010

Free Customized Monograms

The Wedding Chicks have done it again! They have created free monogram templates that you can customize with your initials or names, favorite colors and wedding dates. This is so helpful to those who may not be pros at graphic design but are looking for chic and easy ways to create wedding invitations/envelopes. Click here to customize your own.

images courtesy of The Wedding Chicks

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Eco-Friendly Wedding Dresses & Jewelry - Annatarian


Happy Earth Day everyone! Today we welcome in Anna Mikhitarian, founder of Annatarian.com and PeaceLoveEarth.com, who believes that it is her responsibility as an artist, designer, and woman to promote positive change, embrace and create beauty, and always seek truth. Since being founded in 2001, Annatarian's eco-couture collections have been featured at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, the Sundance Film Festival, and a special screening of An Inconvenient Truth at the Los Angeles Grand Performances with special guest Al Gore.


Read on for my interview with Anna:

What was your inspiration for creating your collections?

Beauty, Nature: the ocean, animals, trees, flowers, wind, sunsets; Music, Films, Fashion, Art, Humor, Peace and Love! This is what I want my dresses to exude- the best of all these! I also love that they are "One-of-a-kind Because You Are"  Everyone wants something that is just theirs and fits them perfectly, with how it looks and what is means to them. I also love that people fall in love with the dresses, then are surprised to find out they are eco-friendly! That was a mission of mine that has been achieved!


What is your favorite piece in your collections?

Each piece is one-of-a-kind, and has it's own beauty. I do love how different fabrics come together to create something super special. And when something has meaning and beauty, it makes it even more beautiful to me. From creating beautiful dresses that symbolize world peace by combining fabrics from countries that has been at war to making a sentimental piece that combines a few special hand me down pieces to create the ultimate red carpet gown- they all are my favorites.

What are the general price points? 
The bridal dresses usually start at $900 and can go up to $2500 or more, depending on the fabrics and handwork and hours needed to go into the dress. I have been know to do trades too!  What are your skills? Graphics, web, anything may work- just ask! Who knows what we can work out! :)

Where can brides purchase your products?

Our jewelry, which have been used in the wedding ceremonies, as favors, and gifts to the bridal party, are available in stores around the country and abroad as well as on our jewelry site PeaceLoveEarth.com.  
The dresses are sold exclusively through us, and you can contact us by phone, 818-458-7992 or email store@annatarian.com

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Eco-Friendly Wedding Dresses - Deborah Lindquist

Deborah Lindquist is one stylish lady, and she cares about the environment too! Here's my interview with this eco-friendly bridal gown designer.


What was your inspiration for creating your collections?

I wanted to offer brides creative alternatives to traditional wedding dresses. I love mixing new and vintage fabrics together to create special, one-of-a-kind and limited edition dresses. I love creating the perfect dress for the bride to look and feel beautiful on her wedding day. It's a very special day, and I want her to feel good in what she's wearing.

What is your favorite piece in your collection?

I have a couple favorites! The organic linen and vintage lace dress and a new one I just created for winter weddings (using vintage cashmere and beaded wool).

What are the general price points? 

The dresses range between $850 - 3000.

Where can brides purchase your products?

On my website, www.deborahlindquist.com, at select stores nationwide, and at my studio in North Hollywood:
5657 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91602


Thanks Deborah!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Eco-Friendly Wedding Dresses - The Cotton Bride

Here it is! For Green Week, I really wanted to feature some eco-friendly vendors, particularly designers who consciously make the decision to use sustainable fabrics in their gowns.


One such designer is Chris Kole of The Cotton Bride. All of The Cotton Bride gowns are hand-sewn right here in the USA and are created with luscious blends of cotton, linen and other natural fabrics. I had a chance to interview The Cotton Bride to learn more about the inspiration for the collection...read below!

What was your inspiration for creating your collections?

I was excited at the prospect of creating a bridal line using natural fabrics but applying the same couture design standards as I use in the evening collection. I felt that there was room in the bridal market for beautifully made, natural bridal gowns that was not being addressed. I also wanted to create an alternative to the traditional wedding gown which many young brides today do not necessarily relate to and offer, instead, a collection of gowns which is more in tune with their lifestyle, values and priorities.

What is your favorite piece in your collections?

I don't have a favorite dress, per se, but when I'm working with a bride, I find myself choosing one or two styles that I feel work really well for that particular bride

What are the general price points?

n the whole, most of the gowns in the collection are now priced between 1 - 2K. We completely changed our business model beginning in January of this year. Rather than selling the collection through bridal stores, we now work and sell directly to the brides themselves - without the standard retail markups. For example, a dress that used to cost $2530 at retail, we now sell for $1495.

Where can brides purchase your products?

In the US, the collection is available exclusively through our LIC Bridal Studio, which is part of our design and workroom here in New York City.

aren't these dresses amazing? gotta love the draping!

images courtesy of WeddingWire

Monday, April 19, 2010

Happy Earth Week! Dream Green Weddings

Happy Earth Week everyone! =)

To celebrate this special week & to offer some eco-friendly wedding options, go check out Dream Green Weddings, an online eco-wedding boutique. They offer the largest collection of eco-friendly wedding favors, invitations, gifts and decor. They even have unique wedding invitations made of 100% PCW paper with soy ink.

Planning a green wedding doesn't have to be an "all or nothing" concept. By making just a few eco-friendly choices, you can decrease your environmental footprint.


check back in tomorrow! Because it's Earth Week, I'm dedicating all week to feature those who choose to be eco-friendly!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Free Template - Will you be my groomsman?

Sometimes groomsmen are often forgotten. Perhaps it's because the guys are generally more easy-going and just say "hey, sure, why not?" to basically anything and everything. So the bride/groom forget to make a big deal out of the groomsmen...but they don't have an easy job! After all, who are the guys planning the crazy bachelor party? And don't forget that there's the best man's toast - it's gotta be funny and sweet without sounding too emotional. That is not easy stuff! So the Wedding Chicks have created a free template for a "Will you be my groomsman?" card to make the process of asking a little bit more formal and far more special.


You can download here:
Will you be my groomsman?

picture courtesy of the Wedding Chicks

Friday, April 16, 2010

Polaroid Love

Saw this over on Flights of Fancy, and I had to share it b/c it's a clever idea! Darci from With This Ring was guest-blogging over at FoF and put up some polaroid love. Polaroids are so old-school that it really offers a vintage feel to your wedding decor without even having to try that hard. They can easily be used for a DIY photobooth or a pictorial guestbook. Gotta love it!


pictures courtesy of Flights of Fancy

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Backyard Wedding with Eat Drink Chic!

Amy of Eat Drink Chic decided to surprise the guests of her engagement party by...getting married!! This was such a cute backyard wedding, it makes me think I want to get married again! well, or maybe just throw a FANTASTIC anniversary celebration =)

It started with absolutely brilliant invitations - check out the feature of her DIY origami invitations


and check out how the backyard was decorated - it makes me smile =)





congrats to the happy couple!


pictures courtesy of Jonathan Ong via The Sweetest Occasion
go read more about Amy of Eat Drink Chic

Inspired Creations Contest with Elizabeth Anne Designs & The Sweetest Occasion

submission deadline is May 31, 2010!

I'm thinking of entering it myself - any photographer want to help me out? =)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Simple & Elegant Springtime Table for Less

Project Wedding has put up yet another awesome and thrifty centerpiece idea. With all the pieces purchased from IKEA, this simple yet elegant springtime table works for those of us who are looking to plan a fun yet sensible wedding. Click here for the full spread!

image courtesy of Project Wedding

Friday, April 9, 2010

Boombox Romance - Creative Engagement Shoot!

When you marry a DJ (like I did), you really learn to respect his/her passion for music and their amazing mental library of songs. This couple, who were featured over on Hi-Fi Weddings, used their love for music as the basis of their engagement shoot as well as their wedding invitation. It is pretty brilliant and the pictures came out fabulous and true to who they are.





images courtesy of Anika London via Hi-Fi Weddings

Also - check out their awesome wedding invitation! It stays true to form and you gotta love the graphics


Invite design by Mayan

If you need a DJ in the San Diego area, contact Alex (the groom above) at 619-962-4813

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Cupcakes, Scrabble, and Doggie - Simply Beautiful Wedding Shoot

This wedding was the most phenomenal wedding shoot I've seen all week! Featured over on La Belle Bride, these pictures are photographed by Tea Lily Photography in Australia. This wedding shoot mixes some of my favorite elements - cupcakes, sweet-nothings spelled out on a scrabble board, and portraits of the family pets (including a doggie!) Enjoy it b/c I definitely did =)


images courtesy of Tea Lily Photography via La Belle Bride

Monday, April 5, 2010

Free Wedding Salon Tickets

The Wedding Salon is hosting a bridal show on April 12, 2010 at the Roosevelt Hotel in NYC. There will be a ton of vendors for you to meet and talk to about your upcoming wedding. Personally, my favorite part of these wedding shows is the cake tasting =) Go get yourself some cake by registering here for complimentary tickets with the coupon code: EBNYC

Wedding Website Giveaway over on Southern Weddings Magazine

For their blogaversary, the girls at Southern Weddings Magazine are celebrating by giving away free wedding websites (with custom design) via Wedding Window to two lucky readers. The package will include premium planning tools and 75 MB of Audio/Visual space (imagine everything you can do w/ that!)


All you have to do is go to the SWMag blog and post your favorite memory of your significant other. The contest ends 11:59pm on Friday, April 9th and winners will be announced the following Monday. Go post! Hurry! Win it!! Click here to enter!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Lela Rose for Payless - affordable bridal shoes

For an affordable option on bridal and dyeable matching bridesmaid shoes, you should definitely check out the Unforgettable Moments collection by Lela Rose for Payless. Lela Rose is known for her beautiful and feminine ready-to-wear collection that embodies elegance and luxury. She recently launched a bridesmaid collection through the Dessy Group, and I would be oh-so-lucky if I ever end up with one of her gowns!

Her Unforgettable Moments collection is filled with cute flats and mid-to-high heels that are completely dyeable to any of 64 custom colors. The awesome part is that all of these shoes are under $50, which is pretty perfect for the stylish but sensible bride.

images courtesy of Payless

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Lovely Bridal in NYC - opening next week!

I'm so excited about this! Lovely Bridal is opening up in the West Village on April 8th. It's a bridal shop that carries some of the designers famous in the wedding blogosphere, including Elizabeth Dye, Sarah Seven, and Twigs & Honey. They carry bridal gowns that range between $500 - $5000, so whether you're on a budget or you plan on splurging, this place will help match you to the dress right for you.

These pretties will be carried by Lovely - go check out their blog!
 
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