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Winter may be nearing an end, but it’s still fairly frigid through much of the US. Austrian photographer Karin Ahamer schemed up this gorgeous, intimate sparkly shoot that brings a whole new beauty to even a dreary snowless winter. Using items found, thrifted or bought for very little money, this styled shoot epitomizes the BAB idea living up to your wedding vision on the budget you have by thinking creatively. Here’s what Karin has to say:
The inspiration for this shoot came from our own love for blue tones – especially Tiffany blue – and the beauty of all things sparkly. Winter can be bleak at times, missing colours and sunlight – but it is also full of beauty, strength and the perfect time to enjoy the company of loved ones. We wanted to show potential brides that getting married during the winter can be beautiful, even if there is no snow and no blooming flowers on the ground.
It is a simple concept that conveys beauty, romance and the love for nature, all in one. Various shades of blue — the colour of harmony, faithfulness and infinity — combined with sparkles and silvery elements symbolize elegance and sophistication. And lets be honest, what bride doesn’t love a little bit of sparkle on her special day?
The bride’s look sparkles with Swarovski crystals set around the eyes and glistening blue branches in her hair. The beautiful secondhand, vintage dress was only $100 and is perfectly rounded out with a gorgeous blue chiffon shawl. The complementing dark blue shoes with crystal elements were bought at a discount shoe store for only $30. And would the exquisite earrings are handmade and still will only set you back by around $40 – $80!
The groom wears his own slim-cut blue suit and suede shoes, with only the blue shirt as a new purchase for the wedding day – still a very handsome and perfect match.
The wedding ceremony is being held at a beautiful open field near the woods – just have a look around your area where you live, you might be able to find an area where you are allowed to hold your reception or maybe a friend or relative has a big back yard you can use.
The table is set on a big granite stone, beautifully decorated with a gleaming blue tablecloth made from the same inexpensive blue chiffon we used for the bride’s shawl. Set with white dishes and silverware from our own home, and precious crystals and silvery-white fir cones that we dug out from our Christmas decoration Box. Soft candles and rustic lanterns, set along the pathway to their wedding ceremony, emphasize that usually hard and edgy colours and materials can indeed be romantic.
All decorative elements were either sought out from inexpensive stores like IKEA, collected during walks through the woods, borrowed from friends and family or dug out from our own collections.
The only splurge was the contemporary white wedding cake that thrones majestically over the table setting. Beautifully tied blue ribbons bring a little bit of romance and the clear-cut and airy decoration completed with the stylish stationery in its various shades of blue and its silver crystal elements.
And whilst the newlywed couple enjoys a few loving moments alone, guests can write their wishes on the Wish Cards are fluttering from the perch of the nearby lodge.
Photography: Karin Ahamer
Decoration: Raphaela Ramler
Hair & MakeUp: Alexandra Condopoulos
Stationery: Cordula Weißensteiner
Wedding Cake: Christina Krug
Accessories: Yerida Göschlberger
Models: Lily & Christian
StyleUnveiled has left me totally drooling with their roundup of the top wedding cake trends of 2015.
If there’s someone who loves Adrianna Papell more than we do, it’s Kiss My Tulle. She styled up three different looks for the designer’s gorgeous blouson gown (bonus: It comes in plus sizes!).
Credit: Kiss My Tulle
Head on over to Something Turquoise today to enter to win a reversible “Here She Comes” / “The New Mr. & Mrs.” sign from Etsy artist Pink Slip Inspiration.
Speaking of giveaways: Brenda’s Wedding Blog is giving away an Origami Owl bridal bouquet keepsake locket.
Getting married in Virgina? Here’s a great how-to from Tidewater & Tulle (and OMG. That blue!!!).
Photo: T.Y. Photography
OR, if you’re in South Carolina, Classic Bride has five v. good reasons to get hitched in Charleston.
I’ve been kind of obsessed with hanging florals lately — a small way to make a huge impact. Brooklyn Bride gathered up her Top 10 hanging floral designs.
There’s a real wedding up on Budget Savvy Bride that makes a super industrial warehouse look ridiculously chic, and you should head over there immediately to swoon.
I couldn’t be more ready for spring and the color pop wedding ideas shoot on Ruffled just make the yearning worse. Gimme all the colors!
Credit: Ben Q. Photography
Bridal Musings gathered up some sage words of advice for married couples (and we’re included!).
While the last wintery centerpiece had longer banquet or family-style tables, this cozy style is better suited for the roundtops typically found at a wedding reception. Simple, natural and super budget friendly, this one is just a slight spinoff of the last design.
Start with the piece of fabric that says “winter!” I stayed with the winter feel by using red plaid. But feel free to use whatever speaks to you (even if it’s some of Uncle Bubbas old flannel shirts … think outside the box!). Thanks Uncle Bubba $$ saved. I went straight for my favorite craft store. I paid $5.99 a yard with a 40% off coupon. Place the blanket it on top of your existing tablecloth or plain table in a loose bunch. Play around a bit, until the piece is centered and looks flowy (not flat).
Find 3 cylindrical vases in various sizes for each table. Some local florists or event coordinators may be willing to rent out their vases for a relatively inexpensive price. If you are a hunter and a gatherer, check good ol’ thrift shops, Goodwills and yard sales.
Making your own SNOW! I made two types of snow from paper towels and baking soda. I can’t take credit for this genius idea — I found it here.
Baking soda snow
Paper towel snow
I found my Magic Bullet was perfect for shredding paper towels. The instructions I read mention using damp paper towels, but I found it worked best with a mix of damp and dry pieces of paper towel. Don’t forget to rip the paper towel up into pieces before shredding it in the blender more. Both my baking soda and paper towels were bought at the dollar store to stay within budget.
Hello nature –here we come again! This is an easy step. After filling your vases with the desired level of snow, simply place 2-3 pinecones in one vase. Then, place some branches from a pine tree in the second vase. (I used a circular placement). Thanks pine tree, you have been a big help! Last, I used a branch from the crape myrtle bunch and cut it with a saw into cute little mini logs. Take some twine and tie the log bunch together, before placing it in the vase. I added a little piece of that holly branch from the last design to this one for the pop of red!
Don’t forget to sprinkle some of your extra snow all over for that real snow feel! And as always candles, candles, candles. This is where a craft store is a big help.Without a coupon, a box of 24 votives at Michael’s is $7.99.
And voila! Your centerpiece is done, and for fairly cheap!
Photos: Danielle Angell Photgraphy
What do you think of these winter-inspired centerpiece ideas, BABs?
Issue 3 of the gorgeous Love Inc. Mag just launched, and you can see the whole shebang here.
Valentine’s is still a little ways away, but The Big Fat Indian Wedding’s heart-shaped cookies are so pretty.
Aside from the stunning images, Wedding Sparrow is also great for DIY tutorials, such as a fabric dyeing how-to using nuts.
Kiss My Tulle rounded up a solid list of the best bridesmaids flats.
I want to cover my entire refrigerator with the magnets from this glittery DIY on The Budget Savvy Bride.
Tidewater & Tulle has a dreamy inspiration board focused on Pantone’s Color of the Year: Marsala.
Buzzfeed compiled a ridiculously swoonworthy collection of tattooed brides.
This microgarden would be the absolute coolest wedding present/bridal shower/Valentine’s Day present for you cooks.
What cool things have you seen in wedding world, BABs?
We’re sharing some of our favorite wedding-y things from around the Internetz. From inspiration shoots to style boards to DIY and planning tips, these are the things that catch our eye in other corners of the wedding Web.
Honeymooning in Paris, but don’t want to take a ton of luggage? Kiss My Tulle has a great chart for what to pack for 7 days in the City of Light and still have enough room for some shopping.
Budget Savvy Bride has been sharing awesome tips on how to throw a budget wedding, and Budget Wedding Tip No. 17 is no different.
This Bahamas wedding featured on Bajan Wed is visually swoonworthy, but the story will tug at your heart strings.
Add some color to your life during these grey days and get tips on how to make your own centerpieces with a winter flower recipe from A Coastal Bride.
Photo Credit: Gillian Ellis Photography
Disney die-hards will be pleased to know the new line of Alfred Angelo’s fairy tale wedding gowns has launched and Inspired By Dis has the full rundown on styles and prices.
Here at BAB, we tend to say wedding favors should be edible, drinkable or overall useful. Classic Bride has a recipe for spiced pecan wedding favors that definitely falls into the edible (and potentially useful — if you’re eating them after drinking all night) category.
Speaking of edible and useful favors, Tidewater and Tulle has a tutorial for how to make edible herb lollipop drink stirrers. And now I would like a mojito, thankyouverymuch.
Photo credit: Caitlin Gerres Photography
BAB’s very own lady of wedding wisdom, Liz Coopersmith of Silver Charm Events, had one of her stunning gay weddings featured on Style Me Pretty.
What have you seen around the wonderful world of weddings on the Web, BABs?
BAB reader Beth was having a little trouble pulling together all the color elements of her kelly green and charcoal grey with daisy yellow accents, so, of course, like good little bloggers do … we came in and totally took the reins on this biatch. And let me tell you — it’s no easy feat finding a charcoal grey dress that either isn’t a sweater dress or isn’t a BAJILLION dollars. But find it I did, and I’m loving all of these colors together. Yellow and grey complement each other really well, and the green is a little bit of an unexpected twist, in the best way. Everything below, except for the wedding gown, comes in at under $100 … but even the gown is under $500!
Top Row, From left: Aquarelle Wedding Invitations, $2.34 each from Minted || Big Top Circle Garlands, $20 for 12 from Minted || See the Starlight Lamp, $44.99 from ModCloth || Yellow 14-inch Honeycomb Paper Flower, $2.35 from Luna Bazaar || Rustic Charm Wedding Invitations, $2.34 each from Minted
Middle Row, from left: Kate Dress, $50 to rent from Little Borrowed Dress || Amy Dress by Susana Monaco, $77 (50% off) at ShopBop || Peau De Soie Dress, $450 from Dessy || Without Further Ado Green Maxi Dress, $52 from Lulu’s || Yale Fit and Flare Dress by BB Dakota, $93 from ShopBop
Bottom Row, from left: Cotton Voile Table Runner and Chair Sash, $19.95 from Luna Bazaar || Anywhere You Bow Flat, $34.99 from ModCloth || Sizzling Steps Heel, $64,99 from ModCloth || Country Charm Bridal Bouquet, $60 from Bloominous || Chamberlain Check Butterfly Bow Tie, $20 from Ties.com
Navy is a great, classic color that isn’t so well, dark, as black but has a holy buttload of versatility as far as other colors you can pair with it. BAB Denise hollered at us on Facebook for some help with her navy blue and flamingo pink color scheme — and added that all of her centerpieces would be vintage milk girl, it sounds to me like you’ve got this all sorts of covered. Navy and pink pair really well together and white is the perfect accent to tone down the loudness of the pink but brighten up the dark navy and bring the whole shebang to a cohesive design. Assuming your dress will be white — which complements the centerpieces — you can go (almost) hog-wild with pink and navy.
Top row, from left: Gold is another awesome accent for this palette. Gilded Romance Wedding Invitations, $229 for 100 | Cheap, easy and still super eye-catching. Pink Tissue Paper Pom-Poms, $10.69 for set of 5 | Protect yourself from the sun and have a super cute prop for your photos. Parasol, $7.95 | Alternate your milk glass with pink tea light candle holders, perhaps on navy linens. Colored Glass Candle Holder, $1.65 | Give your guests a bright and simple first impression with sleek-fonted invitations in your signature color. Pure Modern Wedding Invitations, $199 for 100
Second Row, from left: Bright, mod and slightly modest. Oasis Jacquard Tailored Dress, $94.75 | Any of your girls with a little endowment on the front are going to thank you for choosing a dress with wider straps. Outdoor Celebration Dress, $49.99 | Switch out your veil for a fun double headband to keep your hair out of your face as you dance the night away. Double Headband in Matte Satin, $9 | Light, airy and perfect for a beachside affair or casual wedding. Cute or Dare Fuchsia Dress, $36 | This sleek design has a fun twist with an illusion neckline and back. Crepe Trumpet Wedding Gown, $650 | Add some visual flare to your ladies’ garb with lace. Head over Heels Lace Dress, $13 | Winter, early spring and fall weddings call for longer sleeves and a scalloped design is on-trend. Tip the Scallops Dress, $46 | These Kate Spade earrings have been making the rounds, but when they come in blue, the only place they belong is in your ears on your wedding day. Blue Glitter Stone Stud Earrings, $38
Third Row, from left: A light, elegant dress will be stunning on your ladies. Home Sweet Scone Dress, $89.99 | The clean lines and classic shape make this a dress she really will wear again. Fashion Fervor Dress, $24.99 | Date night or bridesmaid? This dress just might be the new LBD. Midnight Sun Dress, $49.99 | Monochromatic polka dots are a fun way to tie in prints without messing with your color scheme. Can’t Wait to Celebrate Dress, $71.99 | White lace detail harkens to your milk glass centerpieces and complements your gown. Business Finesse Dress, $54.99 | The jeweled neckline on this darling frock makes accessorizing a breeze. Cue the Bijou Dress, $39.99
It’s no surprise that we have a little geek side over here at BAB. I mean, let’s be real. You don’t get this cool by not having a daily dose of geekery in your diet. And what better way to celebrate your inner fangirl than adding bits and bobs to your wedding day?
When you first glance over at my group of friends, I’m the Phoebe to their Chandler, Joey and Ross. But what you don’t see on the outside is that this edgy, bubbly chick can definitely get her nerd on, especially when it comes to Doctor Who (and minions!).
Kevin and I recently decided to revisit the series, starting from our dear Mr. Christopher Eccleston and suddenly I was overwhelmed with the desire to have a Doctor Who themed wedding (again)! Just picture it, a touch of color in every direction — you don’t even need to be a Whovian to enjoy some good, ol’ blue!
Bring a bit of classic art to the table with a cake mimicking the famous work by Vincent van Gogh!
Pinterest has some amazing recipes for drinks — ask if your venue allows you to do a customized cocktail and serve up some Killer Kool-aid (adult style!).
Now there’s the standard TARDIS or “Timelord” and “Companion” ring sets, but this little beauty completely sold me. Simple and classy with a touch of inner-geek!
“Nine hundred years of time and space, and I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important.” So why not lock their memory into this customizable TARDIS guest book!
Between you and me, I could not be more thrilled that I came across this! I had an idea to use the sonic screwdriver to hold up my bouquet but could not find someone else who had done it. Until now! I can guarantee I’ll be holding this on my day — nerd moment all the way!
Now we just need a bouquet to give away!
What a sweet, little addition to your aisle. Dress up your flower girl with a blue tutu and your ring bearer with a bow tie (because they’re cool) and not only do you have an adorable picture but a little Matt Smith to drive the girls crazy.
Sapphires are such a beautiful accessory to have. They’re classic and timeless, but can be used in the most unexpected ways.
And lastly, a touch of navy blue on your dress, how could you go wrong? Or if you want to go all the way, perhaps add a small TARDIS on the inside of your dress for your “Something Borrowed” and “Something Blue”!
Are you incorporating any TARDIS blue into your wedding? Or do you have something else subtle and sneaky that’s a must-have?
Told you I’d be back at it in no time!
With my show closed, I’m down to just two jobs – my full time work, and then the freelance writing I do on the side. The full time is not very demanding and has a lot of downtime, so I felt comfortable diving back into planning, little by little.
The easiest job on the checklist that I could work on in short bursts was getting our save the dates ready to go. We considered skipping them, but with most of our guests being out of town, that seemed risky. Because the vast majority of our guest list is 20-40 years old, we feel comfortable choosing a digital option for most people.
I researched a bunch of options, but I fell in love with a simple design from Paperless Post.
The best thing about this design is that it’s also available on paper. We need about 10 to send to people that we think would understand a paper save the date a little better. We’ll be able to create one design and send it out to all our guests in the format that works best for them. It will still only cost around $60. How great is that?
There are several other sites that provide this service, and some of them are cheaper. But once I saw our mock up, I was sold.
SOOO cute! It will give a link to our wedding website (still under construction), which will contain hotel and other information.
Why YES, that is a sneak peek of an engagement pic! We won’t get the rest of them back until after the holidays, so I used the one we’ve seen so far as a sample. Ideally, we’ll pick one where you can see our faces instead of smooching for the save the dates! Once we get them back and pick one out, I’ll just have to upload it to the design and they’ll be ready to go out the door, no muss no fuss.
I’ll share the rest when I get them, but for now, I’ll leave you with the full shot from our friendor, Traynor’s Photography.
Have a happy holiday filled with sugary treats and lots of love. See you in 2015!