The Blooming South Giveaway!

We love the handmade ring bearer pillows from The Blooming South so much that we featured one in our Winter 2010 issue's Attention to Detail. The exquisite pillows are inspired by designer Kim Morgan's passion for flowers, fabrics and fashion and designs range from vibrant florals to rustic burlap. We're thrilled to announce that we've partnered with The Blooming South to give one of Kim's pretty pillows to one lucky winner, who will have the option of choosing from the current line available on etsy or to have one custom made!

To win one of these gorgeous ring bearer pillows from The Blooming South, leave a comment on this post telling us what you love about the South. We'll randomly draw from all the comments and announce the winner next Friday, May 7th at noon. Good Luck!


Winner of the A Bride's Ride Giveaway!


Real Wedding ~ Melissa and Keith

Have you ever been to a wedding where there was a pig as a guest? No? That's strange... it happens all the time! Ok, we're totally kidding. We've seen a lot of weddings, but this was a first for us. When Captured by Kate photographer Kate Thornton sent us Melissa and Keith's pretty spring wedding planned by Something to Celebrate at Lowndes Grove, admittedly it was Dallas Alice, the couple's adorable pet pig, that caught our eye. We took a closer look and the fun event had so many pretty details that we couldn't wait to share them with you.

Melissa chose a palette of fresh green, crisp white and an array of violet hues, ranging from deep purple to pale lavender. Her bridesmaids wore cocktail dresses in bold plum and carried massed bouquets that included green hydrangea and violet ranunculus. Pomanders of light green and purple hydrangea on shepherds hooks lined the aisle for the outdoor ceremony and Dallas Alice wandered nearby while Melissa and Keith exchanged vows.

The reception was a mixture of indoor and outdoor atmospheres, with a tent staged on the grounds near the plantation house. The tables were set in pristine white linens with centerpieces created in a lush mixture of green and purple blooms. Bamboo chairs added a natural element, while wrought iron chandeliers draped in florals hung overhead. Don't miss a single detail, including the couple's four tier cake with exquisite green piping details by Ashley Bakery and a few special appearances by Alice Dallas! To see more of Melissa and Keith's Charleston wedding, visit the Captured by Kate blog.

Captured by Kate. Wedding Coordinator: Something to Celebrate. Venue: Lowndes Grove. Caterer: Fish. Florist: Timeless Designs. Cake: Ashley Bakery. Entertainment: Other Brother Entertainment and Stage Presence. Officiant: Nancy Russell. Transportation: Absolutely Charleston and Compass. Rentals: Snyder Rental and Stage Presence.



Look what I found!  Etsy designers, vetrans as well as newcomers never cease to amaze.  Relatively new to this happening site, Kitty Andrews designs reflect her years spent in Japan as well as love of pin-up, punk couture and costume.  The best thing about Kitty's creations is, she only uses top-notch fabrics and materials and each piece is hand-crafted.
The powder puff pouf shown here would be the perfect statement for the bride wanting to add some cutting edge chic with a little vintage thrown in.

Lo Boheme

Really, how much do you love these gorgeous hair accessories from Lo Boheme? We're completely smitten and couldn't wait to share them with you! Each piece is one-of-a-kind, inspired by the details of bygone eras, such as the French Bohemianism of the late 1800s, the detailed lines of the Art Nouveau movement or the glamour of Old Hollywood. Lo Boheme mixes the historic significance and delicate feminine sophistication of these eras with a modern design approach to produce unique, yet wearable headpieces. We've included images of some of our favorites pieces, including colorful designs from Lo Boheme's latest Spring/Summer 2010 collection. Stop by the Lo Boheme website to see more and to find the perfect accessory for your ultra-chic ensemble!


Real Wedding ~ Courtney and Steve

It was a beautiful day for Courtney and Steve's November nuptials photographed by Two Pair Photography at Texas Old Town in Kyle, TX. The event was designed with the rustic venue in mind, working from an inspired palette of chocolate brown, mossy green and bold mustard yellow. Courtney wore a strapless lace gown with peacock blue suede peep-toe pumps, while her bridesmaids wore yellow party dresses ranging in hue from a golden mustard to pale banana. The groom and groomsmen wore brown trousers, brown ties and suspenders, but Steve added a jacket and a pair of his favorite Toms Shoes. Mason jars with sprigs of yellow blooms hung from shepherds hooks along the ceremony aisle and Courtney and Steve exchanged vows beneath a brilliant arrangement of gathered blooms in a variety of vibrant colors.

The reception was held at the charming assembly hall on the Texas Old Town property, where Lindy's Flowers created small centerpieces in mason jars wrapped in twine. Hanging birdcages, a variety of lanterns, birds' nest details and a vintage suitcase added a touch of whimsy to the decor. We especially adore the the love-bird cake topper perched on uppermost layer of their three-tier graduated yellow wedding cake, set in its own "nest" formed with twigs and branches. Don't miss the images and postcards hung by clothespins on twine to tell Courtney and Steve's love story. To see more from Courtney and Steve's fun Texas wedding and for a peek at their day-after session, visit the Two Pair Photography blog.

Photography: Two Pair Photography. Gown:
Wtoo. Shoes: Seychelles. Hair Piece: Paris is Burning Vintage and Design. Jewelry: Etsy. Hair and Makeup: Amber Hudgins. Florist: Lindy's Flowers. Groom's Shoes: Toms Shoes. Ceremony Music: Picardy III. Venue: Texas Old Town. DJ: Hot Britches.




Linen/silk chiffon and Chantilly lace cap-sleeved dress with full crinoline petticoat. Ecru silk headband with ivory silk dupioni handrolled rose has a pink jewel button in the center

Embroidered ivory lace organza fascinator with gathered mini pouf. Edge of hat is bordered in Venise lace trimmed with pearls.

The Chanel Look spanned several eras of changing fashion. Her most notable signatures are close fitting cloche style hats, halters, separates, jerseys and strands of many different pearl necklaces all worn at once. Pictured here is a Chantilly lace halter paired up with a long shantung skirt with a sweep train. The sizel hat is a combo cloche and picture hat so evocative of Chanel's time.  A Shantung Bow with netting lends a great 1940s feeling. 

Boho is back! Theres a mix of imported Chantilly laces on the bodice. The full skirt is gathered silk chiffon lined in crepe backed satin. Bodice has lace cap sleeves and is accented with a gold braid tie belt. Floral head wreath is made up of dried roses and Baby's Breath  . . .
A versatile and modified A-line in luxe dupioni silk . . . Here the skirt is hiked up to show off the meringue on the petticoat--- a Chantilly lace border. The complimentary fascinator is 'vintage with an edge'. Ivory Dupioni with handmade silk organdy florals. Has tulle pouf veil and Venise lace edging with hand-sewn pearls.
Val lace over blouse with blue satin tie belt gives this design a very Audrey look. The skirt is four layers of tulle and a separate slip of crinoline and tulle. Detailed touches include a row of buttons down a V-back
and it is all pulled together with a blue sash.
Above: This tea gown could be right out of a Jane Austen Novel. A white silk dupioni sheath draped with Chantilly lace on the skirt and bodice. Back details include a row of covered buttons and lace tie-back. Price upon request. It can be special ordered in white or ivory through Amy-Jo Tatum Bridal
Below: Perfectly chosen accoutrements to go with the romantic tea gown.  At top right the fascinator is Ivory Chantilly lace and crepe with beaded Venise lace edging. Embellishment is two handrolled silk shantung roses. Below left is the horsehair fascinator/veil hybrid accented with a tulle rose and bow.  Below Right:Something old.  A pair of genuine antique pearl earrings.
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All bridal Wear and accessories available through Amy-Jo Tatum Bridal Couture

Eventology: Event Professionals Night Out re-cap

Last week we had our first Eventology: Event Professionals Night Out, and it was a complete success. We met a lot of interesting people, talented and famous vendors came together, and we had the opportunity to hang out with old friends. I think everyone had a great time. Here is the proof! 

See you at the next Eventology!     Photography by Job Nava

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