DIY Wedding Wednesday: Fall Wedding Tablescape

fall wedding tablescape

As if the name of the Blog wasn’t a dead giveaway, we’re a bit obsessed with featuring all the details that come together to create an incredible wedding day. It’s what we love to showcase and how we shape the content we bring you every DIY Wedding Wednesday, in hopes it inspires you, our lovely readers, to create your own personalized unique events. But we appreciate the big picture is just as important. And actually seeing how the details come together is critical to deciding on whether a look is right for you. So in the spirit of curating content, today we’re combining the Fall focused DIYs from the past four weeks, putting them where they belong, into a fabulous Fall wedding tablescape. And if you love what you see, learning how to get the look is just a click of a link away!

The Big Picture

fall wedding centerpiece

diy bottle vase centerpiece

get the diy bottle vase look here
stylist tip: put the finishing touch to your fall wedding centerpiece by displaying it on a wooden slab.

faux flowers - wooden roses dried japanese lanterns diy gold shimmer bottle vases diy ivory bottle vase fall wedding decor

burlap wreath backdrop

get the diy burlap backdrop look here
stylist tip: play with varying color combos and wreath sizes to personalize this look and make it perfect for your wedding day design.

baby's breath stuffed mini pumpkin

pumpkin decor

stylist tip: incorporate a few white pumpkins into your centerpiece for an added easy and instant decorative touch

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: Top 10 Fall Wedding Must Haves

top 10 fall wedding accessories

An al fresco affair is a good idea any time of year. The fresh air, the complimentary sunlight, the beauty of the natural surroundings. But arguably Fall, cool winds and all, may just be the best time to take your wedding celebration outdoors. With all its glorious colors, the pre-existing decorative palette is a big bonus. But despite all the natural beauty, you’ll still have to bring some pretties of your own to complete your wedding day look. To help you narrow down the decorative details, here’s our list of the Top 10 Fall Wedding Must Haves.

1. Decorative Minis

2. Wood Details

mini wood slice napkin accent

3. Creative Candlelight

rustic wooden box - table decor

4. Napkin Accents

5. Eco Chic Favors

mini clear glass bottle favors

6. A Touch of Birch

birch print paper straws

7. Leaf Motifs

8. Beautiful Burlap

burlap ring pillow

9. Wooden Displays

10. Craft Twine

craft twine

featured here: craft paper twine

Want More Autumn Items?

For additional seasonally inspired wedding accessories, shop the complete Autumn section of the Weddingstar website. 

xoxo.

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The WS Stylist Series – Part 2: Makeup Must Dos

stylist series - makeup must dos

Last week we introduced you to our latest Blog feature, The Stylist Series, which set out to give you everything you need to know about the bridal looks featured in the current issue of Weddingstar magazine. We started from the top, literally, with pro tips for seriously gorgeous bridal hair. Today we’re rounding out the beauty breakdown with makeup must dos, the essential tips for recreating the loveliest of bridal looks, ranging from the natural to the dramatic. And they’re coming to you straight from the woman who created them, the talented Toronto based makeup artist Heather Snowie.

Naturally On Trend

high fashion beauty look

Who It’s For: “This one is for the bride looking to blend the carefree look of the great outdoors with a touch of high fashion, straight off the runway.”

To Get This Look: “Consider pastels and neutrals as your go-to shades. Start by bringing a bit of color to the eyes. Here I used a very pale blue on the lids and paired it up with some gorgeous cognac browns of varying intensities in the outer corners and creases. They play off each other beautifully and would work especially well on a brown eyed girl. A neutral pink or peach toned lip makes for the perfect match.  I recommend using a long wearing pencil, like Makeup Forever’s Aqua Lip liners, with lipstick and/or gloss to help keep the look longer.”

Classic Daredevil

classic beauty look

Who It’s For: “For the bride who wants a classic beauty look but won’t hear of playing it safe.”

To Get This Look: “The classic look demands a clean sophisticated eye, sculpted cheeks and a pouting lip. To up the ante and interest, smokey eyes are a must and blending is key. Start by selecting a palette of colors, in 2-3 different shadow shades. I used pink and plum tones. Begin with the medium tone on the lid of the eye, from lash line to crease, corner to corner. Use the darkest shade in the outer corner and crease of the eye. Lastly use the lightest shade on the brow highlight to lift and open up the eyes.”

True Romantic

romantic bridal look

Who It’s For: “For any bride who just wants to feel pretty. This one is possibly one of my favorite bridal looks. It’s soft where it needs to be and pops when necessary.”

To Get This Look: “Start by understanding what colors work best for you. Maybe it’s an antique gold tone shadow blended with rich browns, or a pearled pink with a cool taupe. Whatever the shades, the goal is to enhance your eyes and make them shine. Give your lips a subtle pop with a berry or coral toned lipstick like MAC’s Fanfare. And finish off the look by giving your upper cheekbones a soft glowy highlight. I recommend using Benefit’s Moon Beam.”

Drama Queen

dramatic beauty look

Who It’s For: “Not for the faint of heart! This striking look, when perfectly executed, demands attention.”

To Get This Look: “The critical factor behind this look is to maintain balance. Yes you want drama, but you don’t want to look overdone. Start by picking a key feature and go bold with it! For our bride I went heavy on the eyes, contouring them with some dramatic greys. As I worked my way down I eased up on the intensity. The cheeks, above the contour of the cheekbones, got a blend of soft blush tones in pink and peach. The lips received just a touch of color. Another key factor, it’s all about matte finishes for this retro inspired beauty look. But be sure to avoid a dull and flat skin by finishing off with a light dusting of a mineral powder, like MAC’s Mineral Skin Finish.”

Reckless Abandonment

boho beauty look

Who It’s For: “If you consider yourself of the bohemian persuasion, this is your look.”

To Get This Look: “The bohemian inspired bride goes for a softer look of earthy colors, flawless but fresh dewy skin and a hint of color on the lips. For flawless, but not overdone skin, concealer is the star. By finding a great coverage concealer, like MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer, you can use a sheer foundation that allows your skin to radiate. I would recommend applying the foundation first, using a dampened sponge.”

About The Stylist:

Heather Snowie is a professional makeup artist that has been immersed in the world of beauty for over 14 years, with experience in all aspects of makeup from bridal, to fashion, to film and print.

And Now, Something for the Boys.

Don’t worry guys, we haven’t forgotten about you! Next Friday our series is dedicated to you, with the Top 9 Tips for Selecting Your Suit.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Burlap Wreath Decor

burlap-wreath-decor

What’s the number one thing Rustic weddings and the Fall season have in common? Burlap, that’s what! Like peach colored garden roses are to a summer affair, you just can’t have a proper Rustic or Fall wedding without a touch of the textured textile. So in the spirit of the season, and the popularity of one of our favorite wedding themes, for today’s DIY we’re taking arguably the most traditional form of burlap, the decorative wreath, and we’re giving it a colorful twist. From an ombre inspired backdrop to a pop of color chair back, burlap possibilities never looked so bright.

The Core Supplies

burlap wreath decor - supplies

Look #1 – Ombre Inspired Burlap Backdrop

diy burlap wreath backdrop

To Get This Look:

  • Use five wreaths, three large and two small.
  • For the large, spray paint one cranberry, one ivory and leave one as it comes, in vintage pink.
  • For the small, spray paint both antique gold.
  • Make sure to spray paint in a well ventilated space, preferably outdoors, and cover your work space with a drop cloth. And remember your painter’s mask. Spray paint in quick and even spurts, keeping your can approximately 10 inches from the wreaths. Avoid a heavy application as the spray paint will pool. But don’t worry about a perfect application. An imperfect finish lends itself to the rustic look.
  • As a finishing touch, tuck a few stems of water picked white lisianthus into your top wreath.
  • For a larger backdrop, increase the number of wreaths and keep with a mix of sizes and colors.

The Details

diy cranberry burlap wreath lisianthus cranberry burlap vintage pink burlap wreath diy cream burlap wreath cream colored burlap diy antique gold burlap wreath antique gold burlap

Look #2 – Centerpiece Detail

Give a simple cylinder vase centerpiece a decorative boost by using a burlap wreath as your base. Finish off the Fall look with some dried leaves.

burlap wreath centerpiece rustic centerpiece detail- burlap wreath

Look #3 – Cranberry Chair Charm

Mark your bride and groom chairs with a pop of color. Tie on a couple of cranberry colored burlap wreaths with some twine for the right Rustic touch.

burlap wreath chair back bride and groom burlap chair back twine diy cranberry burlap

The Big Picture

The last few weeks have seen several DIYs dedicated to Fall. Come back for a visit next week when we pull them all together to show you what your big picture could look like.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: Pantone’s Spring 2015 Color Trends

pantone's spring 2015 color trends

The Fall season may just have started but with the recent wrap of New York Fashion Week and Pantone’s subsequent Spring 2015 color report, we can’t help but have Spring on our minds. The color forecast, best described by Pantone when titling the Top 10 Women’s Colors “An Eclectic, Ethereal Mix”, is trending to bring with it strong romantic notions of the simple, and the best, things in life. Tapping into a calming blend of the warm and the cool, Spring’s palette encourages some well deserved me time, a break to enjoy all the beauty that surrounds us. With its lead color Aquamarine, slow and steady days by the waterfront call out with an invitation to visit. Needless-to-say, with this type of forecast, Spring is shaping up to be a beautiful time to get married!

And because wedding trends don’t fall far from the fashion trend tree, we’re taking this bit of seasonal color inspiration that Pantone has infused us with and we’re turning it into our Top 10 Picks for the best ways to incorporate Spring’s hottest hues into your wedding day. So for all you Springtime brides, here’s your chance to nail down the details. Happy Planning!

lace parasol

sun kissed
featured here: antiqued battenburg lace parasol

vintage blue key

vintage blues
featured here: vintage inspired distressed key hook

silver mercury votive holder

unpredictable beauty
featured here: bell shaped glass tealight holder

vintage favor box

the pleasure of rare finds
featured here: vintage favor boxes

pink burlap wreath

pink comforts
featured here: ruffled burlap wreath

fabric flower backdrop

just imagine
featured here: custom backdrop made with ruffled fabric flowers and burlap runners

blown glass lamp

pretty possibilities
featured here: blown glass lamp votive holder used as a vase

blown glass globe with petals

natural neutrals
featured here: blown glass globe filled with preserved petals in white

Color Obsessed

If you love what you see but want more for your Spring 2015 wedding, shop the Weddingstar website by color to view all your palette perfect options.

xoxo.

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The WS Stylist Series: The Best of Bridal Hair

stylist series

 

Today we’re talking hair. Great hair. Scratch that, amazing hair. But before we get there, a bit of background notes for you as an intro to our latest Blog series.

In this year’s “new look” issue of Weddingstar magazine you will find loads of inspiration for the most trending wedding designs, along with direct access to the products that will get you the look. What you won’t find however are the details behind the bridal styles featured on the “brides” and “grooms” that graced the pages. Considering how swoon worthy the looks pulled together by our beauty and style contributors are, we figured it only fair to arm you with all you need to know to make the looks yours. And so was born the idea for this series. We’re calling it the Weddingstar Stylist Series and we’re running it every Friday for the next four weeks.

Which brings us back to the beginning, starting with hair, amazing hair, with styling tips for our favorite looks of 2014, direct from the person responsible, the insanely talented Sylvie Prud’Homme of The Loft Toronto.

Vintage

bridal hair inspiration - vintage

Behind the Look: “When I started planning the “Vintage” look for Weddingstar, I decided I wanted to channel something other than the Old Hollywood Waves from the 1940’s. I thought we’d bring it back with less movie star flare and more royal grace. Sweeping the hair up and off the face and neck, we gave the shoulders and clavicle some serious presence. The end result, pure elegance, with a touch of sexy.”

To Get This Look: “When speaking to your stylist,  request a low bun or chignon, and ask her/him to incorporate volume into the crown and around your face. The full chignon must be balanced to achieve that “antique” look. I always have Kerastase Couture Styling V.I.P. (Volume in Powder) on hand when working with any upstyle that requires lift, movement and hold.”

Wanderlust

bridal hair inspiration - wanderlust

Behind the Look: “We all know that a Wanderlust bride is not concerned about a big “to-do” wedding, so why would she have a fussy bridal hairdo?  Our globe-trotter wants easy-peasy. But just because she wants something simple doesn’t mean it can’t be special. Soft, flirty curls are the perfect way to accentuate a girly, carefree gown. A centre part for loose curls adds a sense of the bohemian and a certain playfulness.”

To Get This Look: “Be sure to remind your hairstylist that this is in fact your wedding day. Even though you may be walking down the aisle with a less traditional hairstyle, you want to ensure that it’s executed flawlessly. Shine and hold are key. Finishing this look with Kerastase Gloss Appeal will add brilliance and reliability.”

Woodland

bridal hair inspiration - woodland

Behind the Look: “Who doesn’t love an outdoor wedding? The birds are singing, the leaves are rustling, and the sun is warming your face as you walk down the moss bedded aisle.  When planning your alfresco wedding, remember that your beauty look needs to follow the same path. Just like the forest, your hair needs to tell a tale of textures.”

To Get This Look: “With braids and large buns being such a common request with brides, a modern take can set you apart from the rest. I added some texture by using a crimping technique around the frame of the face, avoiding a smooth surface. Crimping may seem a little dated, but subtly used it can actually work to add multiple layers of interest to the hair. I always finish my bridal looks with a finishing spray to ensure that there is still movement but that the upstyle will last as long as my bride needs it to. I suggest Kerastase Lacqure Noire, which is a strong hold spray with added shine, allowing a bride to remain in her spotlight.”

Rustic Chic

bridal hair inspiration - rustic chic

Behind the Look: “How would I relive my wedding day? In a barn, a bourbon cocktail in hand, feeling like a rustic Cinderella, pre-Prince Charming, marrying the shy farm hand instead. Not that I’ve given it much thought! To me, curls were a given for our Rustic Burlap Chic look. I wanted to evoke the 1920’s farm girl. She had to have tightly wound hair that would blow in the wind as a gust went by. She had to be delicate and youthful. Untroubled, but aware.”

To Get This Look: “If your hair is naturally textured, have your stylist smooth out your roots to create a fresher style and diffuse your natural locks by applying a curl enhancing product to your length and ends. I recommend Kerastase Curl Fever, which launches in November 2014. If your stands are naturally straight, good news is you’re a blank canvas. Ask your stylist to work from scratch to recreate this look.”

About The Stylist

Sylvie Prud’Homme is a Master Stylist and artist for the Kerastase Canadian Artistic Team. Her excellence in upstyles and session styling has earned her the reputation as the hairstylist to see. She owns her own salon, The Loft Toronto, in the trendy heart of Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario.

To Be Continued…

Join us next Friday for the next installment of our Stylist Series, Makeup Must Dos.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Decorative Petite Pumpkins

diy decorative mini pumpkins

The last couple of weeks we’ve been on a bit of a DIY Fall feature roll, and with Fall now officially here we’re continuing the seasonal treats with today’s mini pumpkin post. Because let’s face it, you can’t have a Fall wedding without a mini pumpkin! As per The Details’ DIY M.O., this lovely little accent is a cinch to pull together and packs major decorative punch. Although we’re recommending it as an added rustic touch to your guest place settings, an assortment can be used to accent just about any type of set up. And as you’ll see, even we couldn’t commit to just the one look.

The Supplies

diy decorative mini pumpkins - supplies

The Step by Step

diy decorative mini pumpkin how to - steps 1-2

Step 1: using a very sharp knife, score a round opening to the top of your mini pumpkin.

{Tip: create your pumpkin accents no more than two days before your event, and ideally the day before. After a couple of days the color of the outer skin begins to turn.}

Step 2: using an ice cream scoop, scoop out all the seeds. Scoop slowly and gently to avoid cracking your pumpkin.

diy decorative mini pumpkin how to - steps 3-4

Step 3: fill your pumpkin with baby’s breath that has been cut down to size. We selected this particular floral stem because of its ability to keep out of water for an extended period of time. That said, do not complete this step any earlier than the day before your event. If using a different floral that requires hydration use floral foam instead of water as it will leak through.

Step 4: give the look a sophisticated finish, that doubles as a pretty keepsake favor, by resting your pumpkin in a mini glass bell jar.

The End Result

decorative mini pumpkin pumpkin place setting accent baby's breath glass bell jar

and because we couldn’t resist a group shot…

mini pumpkin accents pumpkin favors favor display

DIY Fall Inspiration Galore.

For more DIY Fall wedding ideas check out our DIY Fall Favors and DIY Fall Decor posts.

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: Ring Pillows and Inspired Pillow Alternatives

ring pillows

I hate to sound like a broken record (I’ll admit I’ve said this once or twice before) but there are few things I appreciate more than couples who infuse their personalities into their wedding day. The brides and grooms who take the time and make the effort to personalize every last detail to ensure their celebration is like no other. And it’s precisely these creative twosomes that inspire the designs behind every custom product in the Weddingstar line up. Take for example the ring pillows and pillow alternatives that are being featured today. It’s no coincidence there are as many designs as there are. And just in case there isn’t a traditional option that fits your style, there are plenty of other products that with just a little bit of imagination can be transformed into the sweetest of ring cushions. I’m personally definitely all about the vintage box. Which option is right for you?

Stay Tuned.

If you’re loving the idea of going with a unique ring pillow alternative for your nuptials and want some additional options, stay tuned for this December’s new product release which will see a whole new series of ring holders. Having had a sneak peek you can trust me when I say they are breathtaking!

xoxo.

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Designer Wedding Gowns: The Ines Di Santo Collections

ines di santo - dama

featured here: dama – spring / summer 2013 collection

There are wedding dresses and then there are showstopping designer gowns that make you feel like a goddess. The Ines Di Santo bridal collections fall into group #2. Made to fit a woman’s body to perfection, hugging every curve in the most flattering way, each and every handmade gown can only be described as pure luxury. Collection after collection the designs, made using the most lavish textiles available, consistently blend pure elegance and just the right amount of sexy, oozing femininity and beauty. Walking down ceremony aisles and red carpets, the collections have received global praise and attention. But I’m clearly preaching to the converted because one of the most frequently asked questions we receive on the blog ask for details about the Di Santo gowns we’ve featured in the Weddingstar lookbooks and the print magazine over the last two years. Given the popularity of the request we’ve decided to pull together a quick reference guide for you, which just happens to be both practical and extremely easy on the eyes. Enjoy!

ines di santo - liberta

featured here: liberta – spring / summer 2013 collection

ines di santo - candide

featured here: candide – spring / summer 2013 collection

ines di santo - marghera

featured here: marghera – spring / summer 2013 collection

ines di santo - murano

featured here: murano – spring / summer 2013 collection

ines di santo - neige

featured here: neige – fall 2012 / winter 2013

ines di santo - rialto

featured here: rialto with peplum – spring / summer 2013

ines di santo - malfi

featured here: malfi – fall 2011 / winter 2012

ines di santo - jacomina

featured here: jacomina – spring / summer 2013

ines di santo - millie

featured here: millie – spring 2014

ines di santo - istria

featured here: istria – spring / summer 2013

ines di santo - matthia

featured here: matthia – spring / summer 2013

ines di santo - papillon

featured here: papillon – fall 2012 / winter 2013

ines di santo - emmy

featured here: emmy – spring 2012

ines di santo - nuit

featured here: nuit – fall 2012 / winter 2013

ines di santo - swan

featured here: swan – spring 2012

Want More?

To see more Ines Di Santo stunners pick up a copy of the next issue of the Weddingstar in print magazine, hitting stands this coming December.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Fall Favor-ites

fall wedding favors

Because the Fall season calls for some serious comfort food, today’s DIY Wedding Wednesday post is serving up an array of yummies. We’re pulling together tried, tested and true Fall treats, by way of the perfect Fall favors. With options that span both the sweet and savory spectrum, your biggest problem will be deciding which one of these five goodies to select for your event. My recommendation, include them all! But not before confirming for yourself that they’re all palette pleasing. Bon appetite!

Fall Favor Idea #1 – Homemade Salsa Goodness

Encourage the release of the inner chef inside each one of your guests by giving them a reason to cook up a storm. Jar your favorite homemade salsa recipe for both a taste of inspiration and a pop of Fall color.

fall favor 1 - homemade salsa

The Supplies

homemade salsa favor supplies

The Details

bakers twine personalized sticker homemade salsa

Fall Favor Idea #2 – Tea Time

Nothing says Fall like getting bundled up in a warm blanket with a good book and a great cup of tea. Give your guests the key aromatic ingredient by bagging some pumpkin spice loose leaf tea in a lovely organza baggie.

fall favor 2 - loose leaf tea

The Supplies

bagged loose leaf tea supplies

The Details

organza drawstring favor bag personalized tag cinnamon stick loose leaf tea

Fall Favor Idea #3 – The Ultimate Comfort Food

Give your wedding guests a bit of the warm and fuzzy by appealing to their inner kid through the ultimate comfort food, the soft and gooey mini doughnut.

fall favor 3 - mini doughnuts

The Supplies

mini doughnut favor supplies

The Details

mini basket baker's twine thank you favor tag mini doughnut

Fall Favor Idea #4 – Take Me to the Fair

Bring the benefits of a Fall favorite pastime, the Fall Fair, to your event through a sweet treat. Package some delicious caramel corn in a natural woven box for added eye appeal.

fall favor 4 - boxed popcorn

The Supplies

boxed caramel popcorn favor supplies

The Details

woven favor box satin ribbon personalized favor tag

Fall Favor Idea #5 – A Fall Staple

You can’t have Fall without a pumpkin. Box the fruit’s most delicious part for a salty favor treat.

fall favor 5 - pumpkin seeds

The Supplies

pumpkin seed favor supplies

The Details

whimsical favor tag pumpkin seeds

xoxo.

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