Real Wedding Inspiration: An Apple Orchard Wedding

Started the week with a post on apples and today, let’s admire a beautiful apple orchard wedding.  This rustic, intimate wedding took place in The Apple Farm in Philo California.  The lovely bride wore a very unique, simple, yet elegant pleated dress (in champagne) for the occasion; and the groom looked handsome in suit and eyeglasses.  The photography, paperie, and the photo booth are all by Gather West ~ and everything is oh so adorable!

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Found via: Grey Likes Weddings

Don’t you just love the hanging vintage bottles and lace hankies as a photo backdrop? I do!  I absolutely love it!

Adorn the Bride: Birdcage Veil

Birdcage veils have long been popular in the past eras (40s & 50s?) but we see a lot of brides today wearing this classic style.

Russian tulle birdcage veilRussian tulle birdcage veil by EM Bridal

Birdcage veils are also called French veil or Russian veil – after the materials they’re made from (French netting or Russian netting).  Other names for this type of bridal headpiece are blusher veil, angle veil, Venetian veil, and bandeau veil.

Bircage dotted Swiss Veil Birdcage Veil with Swiss dots by SIBO Designs.

Birdcage veils and bandeau veils can be attached to the hair through a comb, a headband, a clip, or a fascinator.  Here is where the bride can be extra playful and creative.

Whimsical designs have been created using feathers, beads, flowers, crystals, pearls, brooches, hats, ribbons, and other accessories.

Sometimes genuine vintage millinery is used to put together a unique, vintage-inspired headpiece.  Such embellishments add up to the charm of blusher veils.

birdcage veil with feather and flowerA birdcage veil with feathers and flower by Wedded Kiss.

The Birdcage or Blusher Veil

Birdcage or angle veils typically come in three different lengths: 9”, 12”, and 18”.  The veil can be worn in various angles, to match the bride’s hairstyle, dress and overall look.

For instance, the birdcage veil is the full version which can either go from 12” to 18” from the comb to the edge, and can cover the entire bride’s face or just right below the eyes, the tip of the nose, the cheeks, or down to the chin.

bird cage veilA vintage-style birdcage veil with feathers and a hat by Batcakes Couture.

hat with birdcage veilA full blusher veil with ostrich feather by Ella Gajewska Bridal.

blusher veilTulle birdcage veil with bows by The Hattery By PKM.

Headband with Birdcage VeilEnglish veiling topped with taupe Dupioni silk bow by Preston and Olivia.

vintage birdcage veilBlusher veil with pearls by Atelier Dea Retro.

Simple Birdcage veilBirdcage veil with Swarovski crystals by Teri Huang.

Gold birdcage veil Gold birdcage veil by Be Chic Accessories

The Bandeau or Venetian Veil

Bandeau or Venetian veils are quite shorter than the birdcage style.  It could be 4” to 9” in length, and is often attached at both sides of the head with a fascinator, to cover the eyes.

French veilA bandeau style face veil that features scattered flowers and petals by
Woomi Pyo.

bride in birdcage veilA bandeau style veil embellished with organza and pearl flowers by All About Romance.

dotted birdcage veilBandeau birdcage veil made out of Russian veiling and pearls by Tessa Kim.

bandeau style Russian veilBandeau style Russian veiling with rhinestone feather hair comb by Brides Boutik.

bandeau style veilBandeau style veil with Swarovski pearl edge by Fine N Fleurie.

30Flower fascinator with birdcage veil by Tattered Petals.

bridal birdcage veilDouble layer bandeau veil with silk Habotai flower and ostrich feather by Three Sunbeams.

How to Wear a Birdcage Veil:

The birdcage veil can be styled in many different ways.  You can wear the veil with an updo, or let your hair down.

classic French veilIvory French veil by The Little White Dress.

petite birdcage veilPetite Birdcage veil by Powder Blue Bijoux.

With so many ways to wear the birdcage veil, it would look endearing with any type of wedding gown.

Whether you are wearing a bohemian wedding dress or a vintage-inspired wedding gown (no matter which era it’s from), you should be able to find the perfect way to wear it, as you can see from these inspirations:

floral facinator birdcage veilA birdcage veil and a hair comb accented with a vintage millinery flower by emsdesertrose.

ivory birdcage veilA full face ivory birdcage veil by Nicola Wellard.

Chenille Dot veilingChenille Dot veiling by Glamorous Bijoux.

bird cage veilSilk flowers in lovely mint shade with an attached ivory birdcage veil by Serephine.

facinator birdcage veilA bandeau veil that features large silk blooms by Myra Kim.

All the pretty veils featured on this post are from various Etsy shops.  If you see anything you like, just click on link and you’ll be directed to the shop.

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Would you wear this veil on your wedding and which style would it be?

Seventeen Apple Cocktail Recipes for Weddings

Let’s start the week off with apples. Here are seventeen cocktail recipes that make use of fresh apples or apple juice. Whether you plan to have a fall or winter wedding, these apple-infused beverages would definitely delight your guests:

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via: So FeminineGreen Apple Ginger MartiniGreen Apple Ginger Martini
via: Gourmande in the Kitchen

gingerbread apple cocktailGingerbread Apple Cocktail
via: Drink Inventor

spiked maple apple cocktail(Spiked) Maple Apple Cider Recipe
via:  A Beautiful Mess

apple rickey cocktailApple Rickey
via: Town and Country Mag

apple ginger and cranberry vodka cocktailApple, Ginger and Cranberry Vodka Cocktail
via: What Katie Ate

Honeycrisp Apple Sangria CocktailHoneycrisp Apple Sangria Cocktail
via: Stupid Dope

apple spritzerApple Spritzer
via: Drinked In

apple cider cocktail recipeHot Apple Cider with Rosemary and Whiskey
via: Cook the Story

Sparkling Apple Rum PunchSparkling Apple Rum Punch
via: The Glitter Guide

Iceberg Winter WarmerSpiced Apple Cider
via: Munchin with Munchkin

Hot Apple Cinnamon CocktailHot Apple Cinnamon Cocktail
via: Spice Hunter

Apple SmashApple Smash
via: NY Times

Apple Cider and BourbonApple Cider and Bourbon
via: Two-Tarts

Pumpkin and Apple Cider FizzPumpkin and Apple Cider Fizz
via: KItchen Konfidence

Cranberry Apple CrushCranberry Apple Crush
via: Our Fine House

spiked apple cider floatSpiked Apple Cider Floats
via: Food Plus Words

Which of these apple cocktail recipes have you tried or would you like to try?

Have you seen last week’s post? If not, check out these sweet pumpkin recipes which are great for fall and winter weddings.

Lookbook Love: Enchanted Atelier’s Fall Winter 2013 Collection

I just love looking at lookbooks, and true artists would do everything in their power to make sure that they can showcase their creations in the most beautiful way possible.

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Liv Hart is the designer and creative director of Enchanted Atelier, and she has created such exquisite pieces for her Fall / Winter 2013 collection ~ veils, sash, and hair ornaments for the blushing bride.

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Real Wedding Inspiration: Audrey & Dave’s Retro Fall Wedding

Today, I found a lovely real wedding inspiration from the Frosted Petticoat Blog ~ Audrey & Dave’s retro fall themed wedding. [Photography by Whitney Photo & Video]

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Truly, it’s the small, personal touches of the couple that make a wedding unique, and I’m loving the fun, retro details here and there: such as their funky wedding bands;

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the mismatched dresses of the bridesmaids, in shades that reflect the wedding motif (brown, red, white and yellow);

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the vintage-inspired candy table with all sorts of sweets;

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the newlywed’s “love story” window pane;

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and the bride’s red Nordstrom shoes ~ oh, cuteness!

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What details from this retro fall wedding did you like?

Beautiful Brides in Cowboy Boots

Loving the trend of brides wearing boots ~ all kinds of them!

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On this post, I compiled snapshots of beautiful brides wearing cowboy boots of all sorts, heights, and colors ~ from the classic cowboy boots of the old west to lace-up combat boots.

We see a lot of brides braving the outdoors in boots underneath their delicate wedding gowns, looking exquisite and charming as brides should be.

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You don’t even need to be a real cowgirl to pull off the look!  Cowboy boots are wonderful for weddings outdoors – in the countryside, the farm, the barn, the woodlands.

Walking doesn’t need to be difficult, and you could be ready for any kind of weather. Plus, a bride in boots would look amazing in wedding photos!

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The bohemian bride would love the lace-up boots!  I think a pair of lace-up boots and a vintage wedding dress with antique lace go perfectly romantic together!

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And it doesn’t have to be just the bride.  If she wants, her bridesmaids can all be in boots too!

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Boots definitely add that element of fun and whimsicality in a wedding.  If you were a bride, would you wear boots on your wedding?

Seventeen Sweet Pumpkin Recipes for Fall Weddings

Pumpkins are abundant in Autumn months, which is why we see them in a lot of fall weddings.  These yellow / orange gourds are often used as wedding decor  and can also be served on the wedding banquet.  On this post, I’ve gathered seventeen sweet recipes from various blogs and websites where pumpkin is the star ingredient.

spiced pumpkin donutsSpiced Pumpkin Donuts
via: Better Homes and Gardens (found via By Stephanie Lynn)

pumpkin pie creme bruleePumpkin Pie Creme Brulee
via: Guy Fiery for Food Network

Pumpkin Cream TartsPumpkin Cream Tarts with Candied Cranberries
via: Country Living

pumpkin cookiesPumpkin Cookies
via:  Country Living

pumpkin butterSpiced Pumpkin Butter
via:  Better Homes and Garden

mini pumpkin pieMini Pumpkin Pies
via:  My Baking Addiction

pumpkin pie in a jarPumpkin Pie in a Jar
via:  A Farm Girl’s Dabbles

pumpkin spice panna cottaPumpkin Spice Panna Cotta
via:  She Knows

pumpkin pecan tassiesPumpkin Pecan Tassies
via:  BHG

pumpkin pieParadise Pumpkin Pie
via:  BHG

pumpkin custardPumpkin Custards with Peppery Pecans
via:  BHG

pumpkin bourbon puddingPumpkin Bourbon Pudding
via:  BHG

cinnamon pumpkin ice cream sandwichesCinnamon Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches
via:  She Knows

pumpkin butterscotch cupcakesPumpkin Butterscotch Cupcakes
via:  The Domestic Rebel

pumpkin fudgePumpkin Fudge
via:  Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

pumpkin biscoff cupcakesPumpkin Biscoff Cookie Cupcakes
via:  Sis Boom Blog

pumpkin caramelPumpkin Caramels
via: Food Network

These recipes have made use of fresh pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin.  And of course, sweet pumpkin treats aren’t just great for fall weddings, but for winter weddings as well! Which of these sweet pumpkin recipes have you tried and which recipes would you like to try?

Adorn the Bride: Vintage Headpieces

If you love vintage as I do, perhaps you might be planning to have a vintage-themed wedding. Would you wear a vintage dress and accessories?  On this post, I’ve selected a few bridal headpieces from Etsy’s vintage collection.

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A vintage bride would surely fall in love with these authentic vintage headpieces like this tiara  from the 1950s era by Which Goose.

vintage bridal headbandsAbove photo shows a vintage headband in gold tone with faceted Lucite teardrop-shaped panels and sparkling round rhinestones in-between by Vintage Vogue Treasure, and a delicately feminine hair band made out of vintage ribbon in off-white color by Vintage Atmosphere ;

vintage bridal head pieces 5This antique, rhinestone-encrusted tiara dates back from the 1900s to the 1920s.  Isn’t it stunning?  Find it at  The Ritzi Rose.  Next to it is a hair comb made out of pearls, rhinestones, vintage crochet, and old jewelry pieces.  What a darling piece!  It is available at Hanging by a Thread.

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From the Art deco era, how lovely are these hair combs!  An ornate brushed silver comb with molded satin glass flowers & a crystal comb with a beautifully shaped butterfly silver setting encrusted with rhinestones by Amore Treasure.

Which of these vintage hair accessories caught your eye?

Styling a Wedding: Leaves of the Fall

It’s Autumn and the leaves have turned into thousand different shades of red, orange, and yellow.  Beauty to behold!  For this week’s styling a wedding inspiration, the spotlight is on these stunning fall leaves.  A must for every fall wedding.

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Ever thought of incorporating fall leaves with your wedding bouquet?  Voila!  Mixed with a few blooms and berries of the season, the result is a unique, vibrant bridal bouquet.

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Loving that piece of fall leaf in the groom’s boutonniere!  And blush pink Autumn leaves strewn together makes a lovely bridal head piece.

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What a simple and cool idea – a fallen leaf under candle holders for that warm touch of Autumn!  And fallen leaves from different trees strewn together in a string makes a lovely garland.

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Two more examples of how different types of fall leaves can be used in boutonnieres.  Each leaf complements the arrangement so nicely with its natural colors.

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Real leaves or leaf-shaped fondant makes a pretty cake topper or cake decor.

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Fallen maple leaves in wooden clips can be used as seating tags.

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Leaves of autumn tied up in ribbons make charming ornaments outdoors or indoors.  And how cute is the heart-shaped cut-out in this yellow leaf.

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Fall leaves and twigs can be tied at the back of chairs as decoration.

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One fall leaf in each table setting . . . simply pretty!

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Once in a while, you come across a heart-shaped leaf to hold up under the sunshine!