Hannah’s Manzanita Branch Wedding Centerpiece Inspiration Board

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{Hannah’s Request}
Hi,  My wedding colors are coral/salmon, cream, and chocolate brown. I love the look of hydrangeas. I also like the look of manzanita branches with crystals, but I’m not sure if I can make it flow for a summer wedding. I need some ideas for about 6 tall centerpieces and 10 medium height.  I appreciate any thoughts ides and feedback you might have.  Thank you!!

{Hannah’s Centerpiece Details}
Here are two fabulous examples of  how you can incorporate a Summer look into your wedding branch centerpieces.  The first amazing manzanita branch centerpiece via Terra Flowers Miami features:  Coral~Orange Lilies and Cream Hydrangeas & Garden Roses.  The second bold & simple centerpiece via The Knot features a single branch in an April Glass Vase.  Replace the shells as shown with Crushed Clear Acrylic Ice or Pearlized Glass Vase Filler.  Each branch arrangement has been spray painted to match the exact wedding color scheme.  Happy Planning, Mindy

Natural Wedding Decor

Looking for natural elements to incorporate into your wedding?  Or just searching for a few green, eco-friendly decor items?

Greenbrideguide.com is a great site for green wedding ideas, products, real green wedding stories and tips.  Greenbrideguide.com guest posts on other blogs to share eco-friendly wedding tips; and that is where we found their latest post DIY: Natural Wedding Decor over at the dailymeal.com.

Greenbrideguide.com shares,“bare branches are striking as wedding decor if you add to their stark beauty with bird seed favors hung from twine or sustainable ribbon.”  Eco and budget friendly, “this natural decor can double as favors for your guests to take home and hang in their backyard.”

Natural branches work beautifully as wedding decor, in centerpieces or tablescape arrangements at your reception and chair, pew or altar decorations at your ceremony.  Birds and/or bird’s nests can also be incorporated a variety of ways into wedding decor; floral arrangements, centerpieces, chair backs, wedding cake toppers and other decor.

Birds nest wedding decor; afloral.com; ruffledblog.com; afloral.com; unitedwithlove.com; onestylishbride.com; amykatedesigns.com

Bird’s nest wedding decor; afloral.com; ruffledblog.com; afloral.com; unitedwithlove.com; onestylishbride.com; amykatedesigns.com

Birds and bird’s nests are a stylish accent to natural, romantic, rustic or seasonal wedding themes.  Birds often represent the start of a new life or new home, the perfect symbol of love for a couple about to say “I do”.  Afloral.com offers an assortment of bird’s nests for any level DIY bride.  They are a fun element to use in creating your own wedding favors or table cards.  If you’re looking for a simpler DIY wedding project settle a bird’s nest into a wedding bouquet of floral centerpiece for a rustic, natural touch.
Eco-friendly touches like natural branches, birds, bird’s nests and bird’s seed and environmentally and budget friendly.  These natural items let you personalize your special day.

2013 Wedding Trends: Art Deco

A recent post on prweb.com gives us a glimpse of what was, the 2012 wedding trend world, and a glimpse of what is to be.   To kick off 2013, Florida Wedding Planner, Aviva Samuels of Kiss the Planner, reveals it’s top 13 predictions to look for.  Samuels states, “so many great trends from 2012 will live on into 2013, but I think the number one takeaway from this past year is that the trend has been, and will continue to be in making a statement about who you are as a couple and finding ways to make your wedding unique.”

Samuel gives a great rundown of wedding trends to look for in 2013.  One that stands out as fresh, unique and hot right now on any wedding blog is Art Deco Weddings.

As Samuel  lets on to, hot trends of 2012 have transcended into something new for the upcoming year.  “Sparkle and glitter were everywhere in 2012 and lives on in a more refined way, in the form of Art Deco styling.”

Art Deco Bridal Inspiration; charmandchain.com; bhldn.com; etsy.com- riseofthemire; bridethefoundblog.squarespace.com; foxontherunbride.tumblr.com

Art Deco Bridal Inspiration; charmandchain.com; bhldn.com; etsy.com- roseofthemire; wedding.co.uk; bridethefoundblog.squarespace.com; foxontherunbride.tumblr.com

Keep an eye out. “All over the fashion runway and in vogue in the interior design world, this new trend will invariably penetrate the wedding community too, showing up on gowns, bridesmaid dresses, cakes, table linens and printed items.”

Art Deco is a movement that was popular in the roaring 1920′s into the ’30s and ’40s, characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes, design and lavish ornamentation. In the wedding world this can translate into beautiful detailed bridal wear, lush, exotic florals with feathers and ornamented gems.

Art Deco wedding decor; stylemepretty.com; greenweddingshoes.com; decoratemywedding.com; weddubfudeasmag.com; greenweddingshoes.com

Art Deco wedding decor; stylemepretty.com; greenweddingshoes.com; decoratemywedding.com; weddubfudeasmag.com; greenweddingshoes.com

Samuel says to take note in 2013 bridal fashion, “Brides will also take a cue from the 1920′s flapper styling in anticipation of the upcoming Great Gatsby movie. High and low hemlines, sheer overlays, corset bodices, ombre coloration, belted gowns and peplums, as well as gold and other colored gowns will continue to hit the runway.”

Decor is rich and lavish with real glass, china, silverware and metal on tablescapes lit up with romantic candles and twinkle lights.  Take inspiration from the recent, ever popular vintage wedding theme by using real vintage china and glass ware for table settings or favors.  Feathers, strings of beads or pearls are also beautiful additions to any tablescape accenting lush floral centerpieces.

Natural Vs. Dramatic Wedding Makeup

With everything from seating charts to flowers on your plate, worrying about your makeup should be the last thing on your mind. Whether you are choosing to have your makeup professionally done or simply DIY on your big day, these tips and how-to’s will help you to choose the look your are going for as well as how to pull it off flawlessly.

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5 Hot Nail Trends for Spring 2013

Lion nails

Source: Kissandmakeupblog.com

Lions, and tigers, and nails, oh my!

I’ll admit it.  I have boxes and boxes of nail polish hanging around.  That is one of my biggest weaknesses. But what woman doesn’t love a good manicure?
I look forward to the new, stunning, wonderful, and sometimes wacky nail trends  every year – and cannot wait to try out some of the hot new looks that are in this winter and upcoming spring season.

This one, in fact,  I am going to have to give a go this evening.

Source: Chloesnails.blogspot.com

Source: Chloesnails.blogspot.com

Black on Black French Manicure
A little twist on the French manicure but still so elegant and classy.  Black not your color?  No worries, all matte nail polish colors are in this season.

Source: Hellogiggles.com

Source: Hellogiggles.com

Odd Man Out
Guilty as charged.  I tend to do this look from time to time as well.  There’s just something about having a splash of color that stands out and makes a statement.  Try this look with one nail a different color as seen in the photo, or add some glitz with one glitter polished tip.

Source: Gothampolish.blogspost.com

Source: Gothampolish.blogspost.com

The Midas Touch
We are seeing a lot of gold tones this season.  Shiny gold, glittery gold, even real gold.  You read that right, REAL gold!  If you’re willing to splurge a tad bit more, that is totally an option.  Want to rock gilded tips? Gold flake polishes run about $15-30 per bottle – but of course, a little goes a long way.

Source: Thedailyvarnish.com

Source: Thedailyvarnish.com

Blood Drips
These nails have an edge for sure.  Do you like the idea, but afraid that the “blood drips” are a little too edgy?  Try a simple red tipped manicure.  Or even choose a different color for your tips! Any bold color would give the illusion that you dipped your fingers in a brilliant can of paint.