Wedding Inspiration ✴ Color & Detail ✴ Should We Leave It to the Birds?

They’re staring at that horizon for a reason…

natureandart on Etsy - Love birds 14 - original oil on canvas painting

Thing is, I’m not a bird, so I’d be lying if I claimed to know why.  What I can tell you is why I would fix my eyes on that view:

To me, a sunset horizon is peaceful and soothing to the soul.  Its colors are awe-inspiring; they capture our attention and bring about a moment of calm reflection.  Perhaps most of all, a sunset is evocative of a bringing to an end… an end which sets the stage for a new beginning.  

I don’t know about you, but to me, that spells wedding!

So it’s no wonder that the painting above, entitled “Love Birds” by natureandart, captured me with its blended tones of that most beautiful time of day.  

When I saw this image, I got so excited.  You know that feeling you get when you find something that speaks to you?  (Bear with me.)  This is part of the fun of planning your own wedding.  When you discover something – maybe a new piece of artwork, or a brilliant piece of jewelry, or an especially beautiful and carefully detailed handcrafted good – and its tone, or its shape, or its meaning… fits seamlessly into the scene you are working so hard to create.  I love it when that happens.  And this painting is SO that.

I hope you like these colors and details… remember, just hover over the image if you’d like to learn more about where to get it and what it’s called.

By the way, stay tuned… later, I’m going to share with you a few new details I’ll be infusing into MY wedding.  (Hint: one of those details is below!)  You have no idea how excited I am to post them.  And I certainly hope you’ll let me know what you think.  I love getting your suggestions!  :)  

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Recognize this bewitching bouquet of butterflies?  It was handcrafted by a young woman named Laura, whose incredible Brooklyn wedding was featured in none other than Martha Stewart Weddings!  And guess what?  If you love this image as much as I do, then you’ll be quite pleased to learn that Martha has launched a brand new line of invitations on Pingg, an online invitation service!  Many of my absolute favorite images from the magazine are now available as personalized invitations.  Seriously, how cool is that?!  

Butterfly bouquet featured in Martha Stewart Weddings

If you’re hosting a luncheon, or throwing a bridal shower in the near future, these invitations are pretty much made for such an occasion.  So if you need some invites, you’re in the mood to create, or you just want to fix your eyes on some fantastic photos… go check out Martha’s invites on Pingg.

But if it’s this butterfly bouquet that’s got your gaze, and you’d like to fashion one similar to Laura’s, visit the Butterfly Bouquet How-To over at Martha Stewart Weddings.  

Here’s a closer look at Laura’s masterpiece:

MSW Laura's butterfly bouquet of silk and feathers!

The perfect cherry berry red…

claireishino on Etsy -  Red and Pink Washi Leaf

LOVE these handmade butterflies.  And they are SHOCKINGLY inexpensive!

thegildedbee on Etsy - Bubble gum pink_Cherry red Vintage-style Butterfly

Searching for bouquet alternatives for your bridesmaids?  This is a top choice in my book.

thegildedbee on Etsy -  Scarlet Roses

Ahh, I just love that blue background.  The boutonniere’s nice, too.  ;)

Rationale on Etsy -  boutonniere - Trista

Okay, Camille Chung is a favorite of mine when it comes to creative instinct.  Her marriage of coral and blue in this Save the Date is pure, bold beauty.  

camillechung on Etsy - Save The Date coral and blue

WHY HAVEN’T I PIERCED MY EARS YET?  It pains me when I see something as brilliant as these red roses…

TheBumblingBird on Etsy -  Sweet Vintage Coral Roses

Uhh, yeah.  That’s a nice piece of jewelry.  Like it?  Nab it now, if it isn’t sold already.

verabel on Etsy - The Vintage Feather Bracelet one

Gold jewelry has truly made a remarkable comeback, and for that I’m grateful.  Because if it hadn’t, we might not have rings like this… 

artisanlook on Etsy - Rolling stones - 14k rose gold band inlaid lab grown opals

(Just had to show you the butterflies again.  Too cute, right?)

thegildedbee on Etsy - Bubble gum pink_Cherry red Vintage-style Butterflies

 

I just really like the bold red lettering here.  Not exactly about to set up a kissing booth at the wedding, not that there’s anything wrong with that.  :)

 

rollandtumblepress on Etsy -  Kissing Booth Handprinted Letterpress Poster

 

These cupcakes are adorable.  Uh-door-uh-bull.

millalove on Etsy - 12 Cupcake Toppers Millalove's Paper Flowers

I love these tags.  They’re so cute and oh-so perfect to attach to favors, or to use as escort cards.  

~thegildedbee on Etsy - Cherry Red Scalloped Tags

This ring is THE PERFECT SHADE of red. 

rachel323 on Etsy - red poppy. vintage german glass flower close

I realize there isn’t any gold to be found in the ‘Love Birds’ painting – the centerpiece of this here post.  But I’m sure that if there’s one thing that comes to mind when you imagine a sunset, it’s the golden rays of that shimmer and shine as the sun begins to set… am I right?  

So, here’s some loveliness with those golden rays in mind: 

~Seehara on Etsy - Pearls with gold filled necklace

And here’s the most precious shade of pink… still related to the painting because there are a couple of birds (HA!)…

modernartstamps on Etsy -  Birds in Love Modern Art Rubber Stamp - A51

And, finally, an accessory from a well-known favorite, the Little White Dresser.  A lovely accent, no matter how you choose to dawn it…

~LittleWhiteDresser on Etsy - English Garden sash or headband

 

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DIY Wedding Projects, Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Men often say that they read risque magazines, eh-hem, “for the articles.” Well, I love Martha Stewart Weddings, and I’ll admit it’s almost entirely for the pictures.  They are MESMERIZING.  The golds and pinks, the reds and blues, the sparkle and shine, the glitz and, of course, the glam.  I have no shame about this.  But that’s probably because there are no bare chests and questionable positions in the PG world of Martha.

Anyway, there are oodles and oodles of exceptional ideas to be found on the pages of MSW, and I highly recommend getting yourself a copy next time you pass a newsstand, but in the meantime, I just have to share with you some of the shimmering inspiration I so enjoy each time I pick up the mag…

MSW Fall 2009 Cover

This project – which features do-it-yourself golden flower pin wheels (you can purchase the party picks to which they’re attached here) atop mini vanilla cupcakes, which themselves are encased in itty bitty cupcake shells… which you can also make yourself – makes me so uncontrollably excited about what I can actually achieve for my wedding that I might pass out.

MSW Fall 2009_1 DIY

You see that precious little gathering of varied punches on the left, below?  Those punches, by Martha Stewart Crafts, are responsible for the entire DIY STYLE spread in Martha’s Fall 2009 issue.  Those adorable punches made it all.   Ah-mazing.

MSW Fall 2009_2 DIY

Weren’t planning on adding the wow factor to your wedding tea tags and place mats?  WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH YOU?  Honestly I hadn’t planned on getting quite that detailed in my efforts, either.  But now as I’m writing this sentence, I am totally falling in love with the place mats.  Those edges are darling, are they not?  They are.  Love it.

MSW Fall 2009_3 DIY

Look.  At That.  It’s a crown of paper flowers for your (well-behaved, careful with delicate things) flower girl.  OMG.  That’s some kinda wonderful.

MSW Fall 2009_4 DIY

Got votives?  Got vellum (or a craft store in your neighborhood)?  That’s all you need for these vellum-wrapped candles, which have been spruced up using Martha Stewart Crafts punches, seen in the third image from the top.

And take a closer look (you can click on the image and then zoom in to view the directions) at the bottom project, which features miniature escort cards (created with those punches you keep hearing about) tucked into slits in the branches.  Too.  Cute.  … I just hope there isn’t a draft by the seating card table.

MSW Fall 2009_5 DIY

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