Friday, January 30, 2009

Etsy Week Day V: Me and Matilda

In the spirit of Day 3's feature, this last Etsy spotlight is for the guys.
Take a look at the fun neckties handsewn in MeandMatilda's North Carolina studio. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Etsy Week Day IV: PenelliBelle

PenelliBelle features custom {and fab} affordable and truly creative bridal jewelry by a mother of two who has studied art, fashion and photography.

From the owner:
"I am inspired by all things vintage. Most of all 1940's - 1960's, Mod style, and the 70'sAll and all I am quite eclectic."


Something blue?


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Etsy Week Day III: Sweet B Papers

Just as the groom too many times becomes an afterthought in the wedding planning process--so do the groom's and his guys' boutonnieres! I have sat through several meetings with florists where 20 minutes is spent considering the bridal bouquet and bridesmaid's bouquets--only to be followed by a 30-second affirmative decision on bouts {typically something like this}. 

FLORIST: "We'll give the guys something to complement. Let's go with single white roses with a black wrap. And we'll add some greenery to the groom's to make his a bit different."

And just like that dies the possibility of really cool/thoughtful/unique boutonnieres!

Well, as I believe firmly that it's all in the details, today I'm offering one (of many) alternatives for the guys!

Check out the personalized bouts by Etsy seller Sweet B Papers. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Etsy Week Day II: Littlebeane Boutique

The owner of Littlebeane is an interior designer by trade who is now a stay at home mom who creates the most adorable stickers and seals, invitations, gift tags, address labels and stationery for fellow Etsy users. What I'd like to highlight of all these is her stickers. I have ordered dozens and the selection...and quality of them is amazing!

Now, I'm sure I don't have to run down the plethora of things that brides-to-be can use stickers to personalize, but here are a few that immediately come to mind:

--Out of town guest bags or boxes
--Favor bags or boxes
et al

**Nota Bene: For Northeast Ohio brides, Littlebeane is based in Lyndhurst! So buying from the boutique means buying local. Always a good thing;)

And now, stickers!

Here is one of the sticker sheets I received. We used these to seal the envelopes of our save the dates. It included our wedding date and wedding web site address.

And I used a slightly different sticker on our DIY invitations--as part of the bellyband.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Etsy Week: Veils by Batcakes! Couture

A little about Batcakes! Couture owner, a Los Angeles-based costumer:

Hello Ladies! Welcome to my Ye Olde Haberdashery. As you can probably tell by now I make hats, fascinators and other accessories of all kinds. I am a professional sculptress, prop fabricator, and costumer based in Los Angeles, California. I am also a circus performer, which is where I honed my skills making fancy head wear (and got my silly nickname- don't be surprised- Satanica is a completely appropriate name when you are a fire eater!). My hats and fascinators are sturdy enough for an acrobat to wear! I use only the highest quality, hand-picked materials. There are no flowers from craft stores here! I also include care instructions with each purchase so your hat and feathers last a lifetime!

And now: the goodies!
Vintage Rose Hat with Birdcage Veil with Crystals Ostrich and Coque

The Cream Dream Wedding Fascinator Bird Cage Veil

The Lydia a high fashion birdcage veil fascinator on a satin headband

(How fabulous is this!!??)

Champagne Birdcage Veil with Crystals and Beaded Comb

It's Etsy Week!

Need I say more? Goodies on the way!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Northeast Ohio Brides: Event Venue: Blue Heron Golf Club

Last month, I had a chance to visit a venue where one of my summer brides is holding her wedding reception. She is having a destination wedding ceremony in Riviera Maya, Mexico and I'm working with her to bring that tropical vibe back to Northeast Ohio for a larger celebration with family and friends. Challenging? Maybe a little--if we were working with a hotel ballroom or typical banquet space. But Blue Heron's look, feel and layout will be a perfect canvas for my bride's vibrant and chic soiree!

Check out a few photos I snapped of the space last month. Keep in mind, these were taken in the dead of winter in Cleveland.... imagine how gorgeous this would be outside in June:)

First,  two fab outdoor patio spaces to work with. The upstairs patio at Blue Heron, in particular, would be great as a ceremony space for brides.

The main ballroom at Blue Heron is super elegant by day--tall ceilings and chandeliers. But we have plans to transform the space with a few elements sure to set the mood. I love the floor to ceiling windows in this room and how neutral it is... 
We were here on December 26th, I think, hence the Christmas deco!

And lastly some photos of the exterior in summer. Courtesy of Blue Heron:

Fore more information on Medina's Blue Heron, go here.