All the Pretty Things: Our Favorite Wedding Details

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Happy Halloween! Although we aren’t in the business of the spooky and the freaky, we can certainly appreciate the celebration’s affiliation with sweet treats. Which is exactly what we have in store for you today. Well, that is if you’re into seriously swoon-worthy wedding inspiration. From unconventional designer footwear to the most luxurious of floral arrangements, today we’re counting down 15 of our favorite wedding day details from our very own creative photo shoots. And that’s not even the best part. All this is a pretty prequel to the sweetest treat of all, this coming Monday’s post when we’ll share our 2015 trend predictions and a sneak peek into what’s in store for the next issue of Weddingstar magazine, hitting stands early December. And trust me when I say that’s a post you won’t want to miss! But for now, let’s enjoy some eye candy.

15. Homespun Designer Details – Coach Rain Boots

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14. Delightful Desserts – Glittered Monogram French Macarons

 

13. Luxury Upgrades – Etched Stemware

etched stemware

12. Vintage Displays – Creative Wedding Photo Props

 

11. A Tribute to Tradition – Old Family Photo Display

 

10. Fancy Pants – Bejeweled Bridal Bun

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9. Ceremony Sound Off – Ringing of a Vintage Bell to Announce the Bride

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8. Dining Details – Custom Dinner Menus with Coordinating China

 

7. Luxurious Lace – Vintage Decorative Details

 

6. Special Seating – DIY Chair Back

lace chair back

5. Colorful Candlelight – Mint Green Tapers

wedding decor - mint green candles

4. Ambient Light – Crystal Chandeliers

wedding decor - crystal chandelier

3. Indoor Garden – Abundant Floral Displays

floral displays - garden roses

2. Aisle Style – Candlelit Floral Ceremony Aisle Markers

 

ceremony decor - aisle markers

featured here: round pillar candles

1. Tabletop Adornments – Cascading Large Bloom Displays

head table decor - cascading floral displays

More Pretty Things

Follow Weddingstar on Pinterest for endless wedding inspiration, complete with ways to get the look.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Rustic Fall Floral Arrangements

rustic fall floral arrangements

Anytime of year is a good time to have a rustic themed wedding. But Fall may just be the best. With its cool days providing plenty of encouragement for a warm and welcoming reception, and its changing and glorious foliage the perfect inspiration for homespun charms, rustic and Fall simply go hand in hand. Since we had plenty of beautiful Fall blooms laying around the studio from this past Monday’s Fall Floral Guide post, I figured that for today’s DIY Wedding Wednesday feature it only made sense to whip up a few rustic inspired arrangements. From a billy button boutonniere, to a busting with color bouquet, to a radiant and rustic centerpiece, here are three ways to pull together the best of what Fall has to offer.

Look #1: The Billy Button Boutonniere – Supplies

diy boutonniere supplies

  • flowers: yellow spray rose, peach hypericum berry and craspedia (billy button)
  • floral tape, wire and pin
  • satin ribbon in willow green
  • floral shears

The Step by Step

diy boutonniere - steps 1 to 3

Step 1: layer your stems. Using the hypericum berry as your base, arrange your rose and craspedia stems on top, as shown in the image above.

Step 2: evenly trim your stem ends at 2 -3 inches in length.

Step 3: secure your stems together with floral wire. Start your wire as close to the blooms as possible, securing them such that they don’t bend over.

diy boutonniere - steps 4 to 6

Step 4: even out your stem base by wrapping it with floral tape.

Step 5: pretty up the finish by wrapping your floral tape with satin ribbon.

Step 6: on the backside of your boutonniere, secure your ribbon with a floral pin.

The End Result

diy boutonniere

Look #2: The Bursting with Color Bouquet – Supplies

diy bouquet supplies

  • flowers: dahlias (in red, orange and two tone yellow – two stems of each), yellow spray roses (three stems) and sedum (three small bunches)
  • burlap by the roll
  • floral shears and a good pair of scissors

The Step by Step

diy bouquet - steps 1 to 3

Step 1: trim your stems of all excess leaves, leaving just a few for texture

Step 2: roll out your burlap and cut it in half, down the middle.

Step 3: lay out all your stems and supplies, grouping your stems by type.

diy bouquet - steps 4 to 5

Step 4: begin building your bouquet, grouping one dahlia, a stem or two of spray roses and a bunch of sedum.

Step 5: build on your base by adding in additional dahlia stems, paying attention to color distribution when deciding how to bunch them.

diy bouquet - step 6

Step 6: continue to build your bouquet, taking care to maintain an even distribution of floral variety and color. Given the delicate nature of a dahlia’s bloom, use your roses and sedum to prop them up as much as possible.

diy bouquet - steps 7 to 9

Step 7: evenly trim your stem ends.

Step 8: secure your stems together with either floral wire, or if you don’t have any, a rubber band will do.

Step 9: finish the look, and cover your wire or rubber band, by tying on your burlap ribbon.

The End Result

diy bouquet two tone dahlia red dahlia

Look #3: The Radiant and Rustic Centerpiece – Supplies

diy centerpiece supplies

  • flowers: queen anne’s lace, peach hypericum berry, craspedia, yellow spray roses, yellow chrysanthemum and orange dahlia. You’ll want to use several stems of each. approximately 4-5, exact number dependent on desired centerpiece fullness.
  • french provencal style pitcher
  • floral shears

The Step by Step

diy centerpiece

Step 1: as we did with the bouquet, trim all excess leaves off of all your stems. Next trim the length of your stems such that they are just slightly taller than the rim of your pitcher.

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Step 2: start creating your arrangement stem by stem. Keep an even mix of floral variety and color throughout, and ensure your arrangement looks good from all angles.

The End Result

diy fall wedding centerpiece

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Tips {Plan by Color}: Ravishing Red

Happy Monday! And a very Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian blog readers! In honor of today’s heartfelt holiday, and as a bit of encouragement to spend your Monday cozying up with the one you love, for our latest installment in our Plan by Color series we’re featuring the most romantic hue in the color spectrum, ravishing red. To be specific, we’re celebrating the many shades in the red color family, and those that best compliment them. From bold burgundy to golden yellow, and everything in between, we highly recommend using this radiant range to infuse breathtaking beauty into your wedding day.

Color Conscious

If red’s not for you, check out one of our other Plan by Color mood boards, Something Blue and Mint Green.

xoxo.

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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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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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The WS Stylist Series: The Best of Bridal Hair

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The Step by Step

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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.

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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

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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

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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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Wedding Planning Essentials {Inspired by Color}: Warm My Heart

 

If I had to pick one word to describe the Fall season it would be ‘comfort’. With its vibrant landscape coupled with cool crisp air, by its sheer nature Fall offers up the invitation to cozy up with a blanket and enjoy the view. It’s warm in its essence, and naturally beautiful. It encourages us to slow down and enjoy our surroundings, take the time to appreciate all the little things. With carefree summer days a thing of the past, Fall grounds us in the most soothing and gentle kind of way.  It inspires endless heartwarming creative possibilities and it makes me think there may be no lovelier way to think of love than in the context of Fall.  So grab a blanket, your beloved, and enjoy the latest installment in the Inspired by Color series, “Warm My Heart”.

Want More?

Get inspired with more color stories on Weddingstar’s Wedding Color Inspiration Pinterest board.

xoxo.

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