Favorite Friday | BBJ Marble Collection

While some of the gals in our office are suckers for stationery {ahem, Tamuel}, I’m a lover of linen. I could seriously dream up tablescapes with creative textures, patterns, and colors all day! One of my new favs is the marble collection from BBJ linen – it incorporates perfectly subdued colors with a simple design. The ideal combination for the trendy bride looking to blend modern flair with classic elements.

Favorite Friday | Wedding Traditions

I was so excited when I found out our summer couple, Amber + Matthew, were using two of my favorite traditions in their wedding! Neither require too much pre-planning, so they’re super easy to incorporate into the day:

Bury the bourbon – a tradition typically seen at southern weddings, burying a bottle of bourbon is supposed to ward off rain on the wedding day. There are two caveats, though – you must bury the bottle upside down and it must be buried at the ceremony site. I’m not one for bourbon, but if it’s going to keep away rain, I’ll do it 😉

Bury the Bourbon

Penny in the bride’s shoe – this actually comes from the Victorian “something old, something new” rhyme {I’ll bet you didn’t know there were actually five items included in this}. It started out as a sixpence and changed to a penny overtime, and the idea was that the coin was a symbol of wealth and good fortune for the couple. Some brides would save the penny for her future daughter to be used on her wedding day.

Penny in the Bride's Shoe

Photos: Wings of Glory

Favorite Friday | Birthdays + Sangria

While this hurricane has got the RW ladies hunkered down for the day, that’s no reason for us to miss a celebration! Our planner and event stylist, Shadow, celebrates her birthday today and is sharing a yummy fall-inspired drink recipe to brighten this gloomy day. Enjoy!

Fall Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 parts Peach Brandy
  • 12 parts White Wine
  • 1 splash Soda Water
  • 2 Oranges, sliced
  • 2 Apples, sliced
  • 1 Lime, sliced
  • 1 Lemon, sliced
  • 2 Ginger, sliced
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 3 whole Cloves
  • 1 tbsp Honey

 

Instructions

  • Add 1 Apple, 1 Orange, and other ingredients to a pitcher and let sit until ready to serve.
  • Strain the mixture into a pitcher and add the second Apple and Orange.
  • Top with Soda Water.

Favorite Friday | Catbird NYC

This eco-friendly jewelry company was founded in Brooklyn, NY a little over ten years ago, and I’m swooning over their collection! Each piece is handmade in the USA, and they’ve got something for every style – whether you’re looking for something simple + elegant to trendy + modern. Oh, and be sure to check out their engagement ring collection – it’s full of unique designs featuring some stunning gemstones!

dewdrop-necklace Dewdrop Necklace | $244

A darling combination of sparkle and understated elegance, this necklace features a petite diamond + pearl.

Fun fact: did you know that pearls actually gain luster the more you wear them?

 

 

 

 

tiny-corsage-braceletTiny Corsage Bracelet | $220

A perfect pairing with the dewdrop necklace!

 

 

 

 

 

 

diamond-constellation-necklace Diamond Constellation Necklace | $1,038

Definitely a splurge item, but this is my most favorite piece from their collection.

Dainty enough to not take away from that gorgeous gown, but it still packs a lot of sparkle!

Favorite Friday | Show Me Your Mumu

Our brides have been going crazy for this Los Angeles based company! Rocking a flirty boho vibe, Show Me Your Mumu offers the most adorable outfits + dresses for the bride and her maids. We’ve picked a few {because there are just too many} of our favorites from their shop to share with you!

Show Me Your Mumu | Jenn Maxi DressJenn Maxi Dress | $198

We love the rich merlot color of this flowy bridesmaid dress!

Add a little sparkle with a fun belt or keep things simple with a dainty necklace and a bangle or two. This dress also features a low back {part of what made this our favorite from their bridesmaid collection}.

 

 

 

 

Show Me Your Mumu | Benji Tunic TeeBenji Tunic Tee | $88

A comfy, oversized tee that makes a great gift for your maid-of-honor.

They also have a bride + bridesmaid tee if you wanted to gift these to your entire party. These would be perfect for a relaxing girls night watching chick-flicks and sipping wine!

 

 

 

 

Show Me Your Mumu | Texas KimonoTexas Kimono | $132

Silky smooth and a great accessory for your wedding day {kimonos and robes are a must-have for getting your hair + makeup done if you don’t have a button down top}!

 

 

 

 

 

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Favorite Friday | Timeless Bridal Beauty

We were absolutely in love with our bride’s wedding day beauty look! From flawless make-up {by Make-up by Meghann} to that stunning Anne Barge gown, Olivia truly fit the part of a blushing bride!

Classic Bridal Make-upPro tip: go for the false eye lashes! False lashes really make your eyes pop in photos, and they come in all sorts of varieties {strips, individuals, etc.} so even the bride wanting a more natural look can give these a try.

Bridal Beauty | Glamorous Bridal Gown

Bridal BeautyHow elegant are those lace appliques!? Olivia kicked up her bridal beauty a notch by adding super sparkly {and totally drool-worthy} earring and sandals {by Antonio Melani}.

Photos: Wings of Glory

Favorite Friday | Shoulder Necklaces

Aren’t these shoulder necklaces and boleros simply stunning!? We are loving these for the bride looking to add extra sparkle to their bridal attire, whether it be something dainty, elegant, or a bit edgy. The great thing about these is that they can easily be removed for dancing and you can pair them with literally any strapless gown!

Pictured above | Reina {left}, Kadence {right}

Reina is definitely my favorite – I love the modern simplicity of the design, the hint of sparkle, and the elegant way it drapes along the shoulders.

Pictured above | Bel Aire Bridal {left}, Phoenix {right}

Favorite Friday | The Black Tux

From hearing past experiences from grooms and their groomsmen, tux rentals can sometime be a pain to deal with. Shirts arrive in the wrong color, pants aren’t the right length, ties arrive in the wrong pattern, etc. That’s certainly not to say that this happens all the time, but who wants to deal with these problems on the last few days leading up to their wedding? That’s why I’m loving The Black Tux, a tuxedo + suit rental company that offers concierge service for all their rentals. Clients can choose their ensemble online, send in their measurements, and receive their items in the mail prior to the wedding. Not only is it a super simple + stress free process, but they offer some pretty dashing styles!

Favorite Friday | Mancrates

I always have the hardest time coming up with gift ideas for guys – that’s why I was super excited when I stumbled across Man Crates! They don’t offer your run-of-the-mill gifts like ties, watches, cologne, and other “traditional” gifts. Their crates come with things guys really like – food, drinks, and games, lol. Two of my favs from their huge list of offerings are the hot sauce making kit and pit master crate {they also have one for bacon lovers}, which could be a fun date night after the wedding. These would make a great gift for your hubby on wedding day, or even as groomsmen gifts!

Pictured above: Hot Sauce Making Kit {left}, Pit Masters Crate {center}, Home Brewed Kit {right}

Favorite Friday | Coachella Vibes

Don’t get us wrong, we love a romantic, traditional lace gown, but these boho-chic styles are giving them a run for their money! These laid back gowns are perfect for the bride wanting something simple + fun, but still elegant. And those floral crowns + headpieces just add that extra touch of bohemian flair!

Pictured above | Jenny Packham {left}, Willowby by Watters Brides {right}

Pictured above | Claire Pettibone {left}, Willowby by Watter’s Brides {right}

P.S. In case you don’t follow us on Instagram, we’re launching our bohemian inspired rentals + collections later this year!

Favorite Friday | Le Petit Sweet

Le Petit Sweet is a boutique bakery in Mt. Dora, and while they offer lots of petite desserts {hence the name ;-)} they also dream up stunning wedding cakes. I’m obsessed with their signature tall tiers – so modern and sleek!

Geometric shapes, gold leaf, and the marble effect on fondant add so many unique elements!

Photos: Ais Portaits {1, 3} + Tamara Gruner Photography {2}

Le Petit Sweet | Traditional White Cake with Fresh FloralThey also offer the more traditional style cakes, like this simple two-tier white buttercream cake with fresh flowers.

Photo: Wings of Glory Photography