{Re Post} Y&E Bridal: Ring Pillows with Fashion Sense

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For personal, meaningful weddings, details are everything. Today’s Artist Profile and Style Secrets come from Yasuko and Erina, the mother and daughter team behind Y&E Bridal. The beauty of their ring pillows are all in the details.

Yasuko was previously a fashion designer in Japan and wedding seamstress at a high-end bridal shop before forming Y&E Bridal. So it’s no surprise that she makes every item by hand and uses high-quality lace, satin and silk.

{Designer Secret} Choosing Your Ring Pillow Style

When it comes to adding your style to your ring pillow, Erina says you can look beyond your gown or even the color scheme of the wedding. If there is another important element of your wedding that you love, like the design of the cake, the pattern on the china, or the motif on the place cards, then go for it!

“I see a lot of brides either match their pillows to their wedding colors or to their dress. We sell a lot of lace pillows because it is the same kind of lace that is used on their dresses. But I really like it when brides match something small,” Erina says.

“I had a bride who had kind of a woven look to her wedding cake and bought a pillow that looked the same as her cake. I thought that was cute. It doesn’t really matter if it matches anything really as long as it is something the bride loves and it makes her happy looking at it!”

Erina describes the Y&E Bridal style as elegant and girly. But staying “elegant” is sometimes all about keeping the “girly” in check. Many brides ask her if they should add more lace on their designs, to which she answers “There is such a thing astoo much lace.”

“I think a wedding is the most successful and beautiful when it is all your own,” Erina says, “and it really shows what you, the couple, is all about.”

For more beautiful ring pillow designs, as well as flower girl baskets, hair accessories and garters, visit the Y&E Bridal shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/YANDEBRIDAL

Or learn more here:

http://www.facebook.com/yandebridal
http://www.twitter.com/yandebridal
http://pinterest.com/erinachan/

Do you have a favorite design? Let me know in comments!

 

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Hand Painted Bridal Shoes by norakaren

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hand painted blue floral wedding heels

With so many areas of great personalization possible with your wedding, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Nora of norakaren, maker of hand painted wedding shoes.

“My style is glam, very art deco, high fashion,” says Nora. “My technique is probably what it makes it more unique, because it is free hand painting, very hard to copy. I create every piece one by one for each one of my brides, no mass production here.”

painted jeweled chandelier bridal ballet shoes

chinese wedding shoes dragon phoenix

{Designer Secret} High heels aren’t the only option for a high fashion, beautiful bridal look. Nora has great advice on that and on the best colors for outside weddings.

“Many brides look for lower heels, sometimes because the fiancée is shorter or not that tall but they still want to be stunning,” Nora says. “So I suggest a great peep toe with a 1 3/4″ heel or the ballerina flats that come in many shapes and about 64 different shades.”

painted blue rose bridal high heel shoes

“If the dress is short I love to pair it with flats or Mary Janes, maybe a cute peep toe. If she wears a closed toe pump, it will look very 1950’s. Sandals are great for summer and springtime weddings but they can work also on a closed ballroom.”

“For weddings outside I would recommend light colors not only for the climate but because they photograph better,” Nora explains. “Black doesn’t photograph well outside, red is always trying to fade under light too. Blue, what can I say, it is always nice to wear “something blue”.”

hand pained pink peacock bridal open toe shoes

painted peacock bridal shoes

But norakaren wasn’t always all about painted wedding shoes.

“I’ve been a painter/designer since I was a young girl seated on the porch of my house,” Nora remembers. “I started in 2001 seriously working for a fashion designer and my first best seller was a pair of jeans made to commemorate September 11th. I opened my Etsy store based mostly on hand painted designs on fabric and I received a very unusual request on a pair of satin shoes.”

“After that, I loved the technique, the medium and of course the shoes (who doesn’t?) and the orders started pouring like rain. I’ve found that these creations are loved by women who love style, girls for their proms and parties, and brides for their themed weddings.”

To learn more about norakaren and see more shoes, visit:

Shop: www.norakaren.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/norakaren/58934055934
Twitter: twitter.com/norakaren
Blog: www.nora-handpainted.blogspot.com
Tumblr: norakaren.tumblr.com

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Hair Bows Wonderworld: Beautiful Handmade Bridal Bouquets

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fall handmade brooch bouquet

There are so many choices for what to do as your wedding bouquet these days. And I love that they don’t necessarily need to be actual flowers.

Especially when the bouquets are handmade by Lynn at Hair Bows Wonderworld. She uses brooches, feathers, jewelry at other objects to create beautiful and personal wedding bouquets.

vintage glam bridal bouquet

Handmade Bridal Bouquets

“I love anything vintage and feminine,” Lynn says. “However I don’t have a particular style that I stick to. I love spontaneity – that’s what creation is all about. And I love to try new things.”

“Sometimes I saw my projects growing from some colors I sudden found on the way home after taking my kids to schools, other times from different materials I found in my stash,” she says. “And a lot of times the ideas came from my brides. They asked for custom orders and they brought some ideas and we tweaked the ideas together until we met each other for a perfect item. I love custom orders!”

peacock feather bridal bouquet

white and green brooch vintage bouquet

{Designer Secret} Not all color palettes will look great with a handmade bouquet, when compared to your wedding flowers and bridesmaid dresses. Lynn suggests you start with what goes best with your wedding gown and what will stand out.

“Think about what will go nicely with your dress rather than looking for a bouquet with your exact color theme,” she says.

“Many brides have come to me asking for a bouquet of purple, blue and burgundy because their theme has those colors. Such bouquets will look boring and most of the times they will look washed out from all of the floral decorations around, or your bridesmaids dresses. Opt for a color that pops but still complements your dress and is in harmony with your whole theme. Or at least go one shade darker or brighter.”

white cameo handmade bridal bouquet

Purple Rhinestone Brooch Bridal Bouquet

Handmade bouquets are great for weddings with many handmade touches and personal details.

“All my items are handmade, mostly from scratch and they’re made with intense love so they’re absolutely different from those that are mass produced,” Lynn says. “In the handmade wedding world there are so many indie designers like me who love what they do, and we all strive for perfection.”

purple bridal brooch bouquet detail

glamorous blue bridal bouquet

“I’ve been crafty all my life but I started this seriously after giving birth to my second daughter when I totally became a stay at home mum,” Lynn says. “I’ve been shedding happy tears quite a lot of times, learning cute and moving stories from brides and that they loved what I sent, and that it made a tiny, tiny part of their happy wedding days! Those emails make what I do really worth it.”

To see more beautiful bouquets or to learn more, please visit:

Shop: www.hairbowswonderworld.etsy.com
Blog: www.hairbowswonderworld.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hairbowswonderworld
Twitter: www.twitter.com/hairbowswonder

photo credits: Monkeygraphy all photos except the purple bouquet below: Claire Penn Photography and Andrea Ellison Photography

purple and blue dupioni silk flowers bridal bouquet

black and white bridal brooch bouquet

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Natalie Briggs Sexy Handmade Bridal Garters

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And now for something sexy! And Australian-based Natalie Briggs – Luxury Handmade Garters are certainly that.

What I love about Natalie’s garters is that there’s a little unexpected surprise on each design. It’s almost a shame that you wear them under your dress.

Champagne Chiffon Bridal Garter with Ivory

“My style is Modern and Sexy with a little vintage twist,” says Natalie. “I love using Ivory satin and French laces in my work. My style is not your typical lace garter, a lot more thought and design goes into my garters, as well as considering comfort for my brides in my designs.”

natalie briggs something blue garter

{Designer Secret} According to Natalie, the key to choosing the right garter is to know your dress fabric and shape, for instance ball gown, slim fit, fish tail, etc. “Some fabrics, like taffeta are quite see through if they are only one layer, so you have to be careful with a dark garter under these dresses,” she says.

“If a bride has a ball gown dress with tulle layers underneath to give it volume, then I would not recommend a lace garter that is beaded as the beads could get caught on the tulle,” Natalie says. “If a bride has a more slim fitting gown, especially around the thighs, then I’d recommend a more slim fitting garter.”

Vintage Style French Blue Lace Pearl Garter

London Lace Pleated Bridal Garter

“I’m pretty good at visualizing what colors will go together and which ones will not,” says Natalie. “I think a lot of brides are looking for a professional opinion which is great! If the colors would not work, then I’d suggest maybe using only one or two of the colors instead, which always works out.”

Ivory and Pearl Lace Bridal Garter

Natalie’s passion for beautiful garters started with her own wedding more than a year ago.

“I couldn’t find a garter I actually liked. They all looked tacky, and as if they were all designed in the 80’s. So I decided I can do a lot better, and that’s how Natalie Briggs – Luxury Handmade Garters was born.”

Winter Wonderland Fake Fur Garter

For more tips about garters and choosing the right ones, Natalie put together a helpful video.

To learn more about Natalie and see more designs visit:
Website : www.nataliebriggs.com
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/people/Nb-Garters/100001122619474
Twitter: twitter.com/nbgarters
Blog: www.nataliebriggs.blogspot.com

Photo credit: Koby & Terilyn Brown of ArchetypeStudioInc.com

Chiffon Sexy Garter with Champagne Satin Flower

 

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BMJNYC: Eco-Friendly Wedding Rings with Organic Style

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What I’ve always loved about the jewelry designs from Barbara Polinsky of BMJNYC is that she creates wearable art. I’m so pleased to share her work with you.

“I make jewelry from recycled gold and silver for an eco conscious customer who appreciates handmade,” Barbara says. “I strive for a natural effortless look – as if I am gently engineering nature taking the gentle curves of our bodies into consideration.”

eco friendly 3 stone wedding ring set

The results are designs that resemble twigs, flowers or simply naturally askew rings.

“My design style is organic and natural,” Barbara says. “I’m fascinated by natural “imperfections” and how they blend into the whole. Sometimes we focus on small details and loose sight of the big picture in life and in design too. I hope my work conveys overall harmony.”

eco friendly stone wedding band

{Designer Secret} Barbara suggests that when choosing your wedding rings think about day-to-day style rather than bling.

“Find something that you think is beautiful and will be comfortable and happy wearing every day for the rest of your life,” Barbara says. “You can always buy something fancy to wear with it later on.”

eco friendly engagement ring

And you don’t have to buy a set for your rings to match.

“One of the questions I’m asked most often is if things “go together”,” she says. “The jewelry I make mixes and matches with many different styles. I’m constantly amazed at how customers mix and match the twig bands to make a style their own.”

eco friendly flower cocktail ring

Customer ideas have been a guiding hand in Barbara’s designs. “My celebration collection has evolved from requests from my customers,” she says. “I guess you could say that customers’ suggestions have been golden.”

garland band eco friendly wedding ring

“I’ve been making jewelry on and off for over 30 years. When I was about 10 I was bitten by the handmade bug when one of my babysitters showed me how to solder and make a copper bracelet,” Barbara remembers. “It wasn’t until many years later that it actually became my business. I started by selling jewelry to friends and then expanded by opening a shop on Etsy.”

To learn more , and see additional designs, please visit:

www.bmjnyc.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Barbara-Michelle-Jacobs-Jewelry-bmjnyc/75065670729

Photo credits: Don Kozusko , Yosra El-Essawy

eco modern wedding band

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Y&E Bridal: Ring Pillows with Fashion Sense

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For personal, meaningful weddings, details are everything. Today’s Artist Profile and Style Secrets come from Yasuko and Erina, the mother and daughter team behind Y&E Bridal. The beauty of their ring pillows are all in the details.

Yasuko was previously a fashion designer in Japan and wedding seamstress at a high-end bridal shop before forming Y&E Bridal. So it’s no surprise that she makes every item by hand and uses high-quality lace, satin and silk.

{Designer Secret} Choosing Your Ring Pillow Style

When it comes to adding your style to your ring pillow, Erina says you can look beyond your gown or even the color scheme of the wedding. If there is another important element of your wedding that you love, like the design of the cake, the pattern on the china, or the motif on the place cards, then go for it!

“I see a lot of brides either match their pillows to their wedding colors or to their dress. We sell a lot of lace pillows because it is the same kind of lace that is used on their dresses. But I really like it when brides match something small,” Erina says.

“I had a bride who had kind of a woven look to her wedding cake and bought a pillow that looked the same as her cake. I thought that was cute. It doesn’t really matter if it matches anything really as long as it is something the bride loves and it makes her happy looking at it!”

Erina describes the Y&E Bridal style as elegant and girly. But staying “elegant” is sometimes all about keeping the “girly” in check. Many brides ask her if they should add more lace on their designs, to which she answers “There is such a thing as too much lace.”

“I think a wedding is the most successful and beautiful when it is all your own,” Erina says, “and it really shows what you, the couple, is all about.”

For more beautiful ring pillow designs, as well as flower girl baskets, hair accessories and garters, visit the Y&E Bridal shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/YANDEBRIDAL

Or learn more here:

http://www.facebook.com/yandebridal
http://www.twitter.com/yandebridal
http://pinterest.com/erinachan/

Do you have a favorite design? Let me know in comments!

 

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