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So Brides.com today has this stellar piece up about Peacock inspired wedding ideas. And you KNOW I love me some feathers. Just remember… don’t go overboard. Integrate the colors into the wedding with subtle actual peacock elements. Otherwise it’ll just look like a complete and total mess… trust me.

First… this cake is to DIE for. Seriously AMAZING. $520- serves 40 by Mark Joseph Cakes

Photo by John Aquino- Brides.com

Photo by John Aquino- Brides.com

Then there’s the flowers…

Photo by John Aquino- Brides.com

Photo by John Aquino- Brides.com

And the bridesmaid dresses…

Photo by John Aquino- Brides.com

Photo by John Aquino- Brides.com

There are loads more fun and beautiful peacock inspirations to choose from at Brides.com. In addition, head over to your my never fail… Etsy… like these below.

Peacock Ring Pillow $28 from Busy Buttons- Etsy

Peacock Ring Pillow $28 from Busy Buttons- Etsy

Peacock Feather Boutonniere $15 Ruby Feather- Etsy

Peacock Feather Boutonniere $15 Ruby Feather- Etsy

HOLLY Peacock Fascinator $19 The Sleepy Albatross- Etsy

HOLLY Peacock Fascinator $19 The Sleepy Albatross- Etsy

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So by now I’m sure you’ve all seen this… however I’m going to post it again, just in case you feel inspired to incorporate some choreographed dancing into your special day. For the record- I will say, that this is awesome as an entrance because it’s so unexpected. It would also be amazing as an exit at the chuch, or an entrance to your reception…. just saying.

Vineyard Vines Fall- Sneak Peak

Vineyard Vines Fall- Sneak Peak

My favorite Preppy Men of the Cape are back with a quick little peak into their new Fall ties to get us excited for cooler weather and nautical themes… mmm.

Big fan of this guy…which also comes in navy, light blue, rasberry and red.

Polka Dot Woven Tie $85

Polka Dot Woven Tie $85

And this one in rasberry… which also comes in yellow, navy, blue and red.

Bold Stripe Woven Tie $85

Bold Stripe Woven Tie $85

And The Squash Tie… in pink. My personal favorite. Obviously. But it also come sin green and royal blue.

Squash Tie in Pink $75

Squash Tie in Pink $75

Ok- so chloe & reese just launched this fab new line called Ardour, after bridesmaids united and banning tulle and sating down the aisle.¬† A bridal strike if you will. So Ardour heard the ladies calling and VOILA… new versatile and modern dresses for the wedding party. Count it.

The Ardour Collection features a whole bunch of new product. Full- length dresses, high- waisted skirts, one shoulder silk faille party dresses and dresses with froof and strapless classics. Plus they customize, AND they’re made locally right here in NYC’s Garment District. Love it.

Here’s how it works. Bride picks dress style. Then chooses from hundreds of luxury fabrics and color options imported from France and Italy. The dresses ship worldwide and specialists will work closely with out of state and international customers to send swatches, photos and samples for brides who are unable to visit the Manhattan showroom.

For more information on choloe and reese visit their international custom shoppe at www.chloeandreese.com and for Ardour call 888-317-1695.

Ardour Champagne Party Dress

Ardour Champagne Party Dress

 Ardour Rasberry & Navy Party Dresses

Ardour Rasberry & Navy Party Dresses

Ardour Yellow Faille Party Dress

Ardour Yellow Faille Party Dress


Seriously. I feel like I have been on 18 months of straight weddings. Oh wait I have. And the next leg of wedding season is about to kick-off again. One of my dearest friends… I’ve known him since first grade… is getting married in just three weeks! Kind of hard to believe! Then, my college roomate ties the knot two weeks later at what I’m expecting will be a very laid back and beautiful wedding in the woods of New Hampshire. The couple rented out a camp for their guests for the entire weekend. More details to come on that.

Then we have a little lull, until November, when one of my newest and sweetest most wonderful friends marries at a ski resort in Maryland. Up and down the east coast… here we go ūüôā

I love it.

In the meantime, I’m taking a much anticipated and much needed little break from the vacation wedding- which is all I’ve been on lately- out west to California for a few days of relaxing with a little wine, and a little shopping… ahh.

That said, I might be missing for a few days, but don’t panic. I’ll have lots of West Coast wisdom to share when I return.

Happy early weekend!

Jake & Nicole- our tropical destination couple we featured a few days ago has one of these lovely signs hanging on the wall of their new home. They’re super cute and you can work with Etsy seller Java Jane Designs, to create something perfect and uniquely you-0 or the couple you’re giving it to.

Last Name Letter Sign

Fill in:
1. Name or Word to be designed
2. Optional text or message (font sampler will be provided)

High-quality professional matte prints using archival pigment ink that will last for 100+ years. Prints are water and UV resistant and are carefully shipped in protective sleeves in bendproof mailers.

My Alphabet Letter Photo Art‚ĄĘ is created from photographs of architecture ‚Äėalphabet letters‚Äô that spell out any name or word to design your own distinctive one-of-kind custom piece of artwork.

Selections...

Also… since I occasionally kill the plants on my patio…I sort of love this.

Herb Keeper from Crate & Barrel $19.95

Herb Keeper from Crate & Barrel $19.95

Fits right in your refidgerator door and keeps fresh herbs fresh instead of dead and gross after 2 days. Amazing.

If your couple is super environmentally in the mood, these are the super posh Benz of Composting bins.

Compost Pails $39.95 to $54.95

Compost Pails $39.95 to $54.95

These 1 or 1.5 gallon pails sit on your counter and ABSORB ODOR for 6 months. amazing. Then all you have to do is replace the filter an toss these babies in the dishwasher.  Because you can.

Pottery Barn

So Pottery Barn has this super fun new online tool the “party planner,” that helps you plan “6 casual parties at home with style and ease”. Sweet. I’m a big fan of hosting at home parties and you can bend and shape these babies into engagement parties, bridal luncheons, showers and more.

There’s a Movie Night Party, Wine and Cheese Party, Dinner Party, Tequila party, Cocktail Party, Bridal Shower. Since we’re pretty bridal related here at Wedding Belles, I’ll showcase that one for you all. Check out the rest though. There are downloadable invitations, playlists from itunes and more!

Pottery Barn’s Party Planner shows you how to throw a Bridal Shower.

The Pottery Barn Bridal shower playlist includes:
You and Me (Lifehouse)
The Way I Am (Ingrid Michaelson)
If I Ain’t Got You (Alicia Keys)
Better Together (Jack Johnson)
Lucky (Jason Mraz feat. Colbie Caillat)
Come Away With Me (Norah Jones)
Kiss a Girl (Keith Urban)
At Last (Beyonce)
Somewhere Only We Know (Keane)
The Way You Look Tonight (Michael Buble)

There’s also a Timeline, 8 favor ideas, games and themes. Check it out.

(Keep in mind it’s Pottery Barn, so it fares closer to the MS line of the world. Traditional, classic bridal shower ideas.)

I told you they were coming. High School sweethearts Nicole & Jake opted for a week long celebration in the Dominican Republic before marrying in an beach-side ceremony in front of 50 of their closest friends and family. Here are some of the amazing photos from their tropical paradise wedding, and some highlights from the beautiful bride…

The beautiful couple...

From the beautiful bride… Jake and I met when we were just SIXTEEN!!! ¬†We were introducedby a mutual friend, who subsequently stood beside Jake at the alter as¬†one of his three “best men”. We never¬†went longer than 3 weeks without seeing each other. ¬†And we made it a
point to say goodnight every night no matter where we were.

Jake & Nicole

From the bride… Jake lost his best friend in a tragic, and senseless, act of violence¬†just over two years ago. ¬† We were devastated, but¬†our grief really snapped us into reality. Life is¬†very short, and you have to just go for it sometimes. ¬†Though we never¬†talked about it, I just knew Jake had started saving for a ring. ¬†I¬†just felt it. ¬†Sure enough six months later at a benefit for our¬†beloved friend who has passed away, Jake told my brothers… “I am going¬†to ask your sister to marry me.” ¬†(Of course he had already asked my¬†father for permission who responded with “It’s about time!”) ¬†He could¬†hardly contain himself since he physically had the ring, and asked to leave the fundraiser early. ¬†I could not figure out WHY he wanted to¬†leave early, but I gave in and off we went. ¬†Now I can’t completely¬†recall the next events, but about 15 minutes later he was down on one¬†knee and I had a ring on my finger. I was in complete shock!

Beach...

From the beautiful bride…¬†Neither Jake nor I are very traditional. ¬†I never envision myself in a¬†princess dress with a huge elaborate affair. ¬†That is just not my¬†style. ¬†I like to hit the beach, have a drink, and relax with my¬†friends. ¬†So, about 20 minutes after I had the sparkler on my finger,¬†Jake looked at me and said “destination wedding”? ¬†To which I¬†responded “absolutely”! ¬†The trouble was not deciding on the type of
wedding we wanted, but WHERE we wanted to have it. On June 25, our wedding party took over Punta Cana.
Fifty three of our closest friends and family stormed the beach,¬†equipped with welcome bags full of beach toys, sun screen, and travel¬†mugs for our all-inclusive drinks! ¬†Everyone at the resort was so¬†relaxed. ¬†Even the wedding coordinator wasn’t in a rush to meet with¬†us. ¬†We didn’t even have a rehersal! ¬†I chose my flowers two days¬†before the wedding, and everything else was taken care of for us. ¬†(If¬†you are a control freak type, this may have been difficult. ¬†For me,¬†it was perfect!)

Father & daughter...

Ceremony...

From the bride… The ceremony had to be completed in Spanish in¬†order for it to be legal in the DR, so we had Jake’s Aunt act as our¬†translator…so in our eyes she was the one who married us. ¬†It was so¬†special to have a family member be the one saying the words you have¬†waited to hear your whole life.

Rings...

Newlyweds...

Wedding party...

Jake & Nicole

From the bride… With everything being so laid back, I was¬†able to have my best friend from childhood introduce us for the first
time as newlyweds. ¬†We didn’t have a DJ, we were our¬†own DJ’s. ¬†Everyone had a hand in choosing the music, so it was a
little bit of something for everyone.  The room was all open to the air, right on the beach.  As we danced our first dance as husband and wife, I could open my eyes and look out onto the gorgeous Caribbean ocean.

Wedding party...

Jake & Nicole

From the bride… We stayed three days after the wedding and swam with sharks and¬†sting-rays, and just appreciated the time we had left on the island¬†with our friends and family. ¬†When else would we have 53 of our¬†closest friends and family all on one island together….JUST FOR
US?!?!  We felt so unbelievably lucky, spoiled, and blessed.  They had travelled all that way just to spend our special day with us.
I realize how lucky we were to have THAT MANY people travel with us.  It was a day, and a week, neither of us will ever forget.

Diving...

The Whole Wedding Party

I’ve been to a few weddings in my day… and I have to admit, I hear a lot of the same songs. BE DIFFERENT. Pick a song that’s unique to you as a couple. Don’t just pick a song, to pick a song. Here’s are the Top 50 Classic First Dance Wedding Songs according to The Knot. In addition Wedding Wire has a really comprehensive list of first dance songs, that you can add to.

Here’s MY list of Top 50 First Dance Songs

1. Someone to Watch Over Me (Etta James)
2. Two of Us (The Beatles)
3. Have a Little Faith in Me (Joe Cocker)
4. God Only Knows (The Beach Boys)
5. The Way You Look Tonight ( Sinatra- the Bennett version is reminscent of My Best Friend’s Wedding and slightly depressing)
6. Fly Me To The Moon (Sinatra)
7. Save the Last Dance (Michael Buble)
8. If I Should Fall Behind (Springsteen Live in Dublin OR Acoustic)
9. Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You ( Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons OR Lauryn Hill)
10. I’ve Got a Crush On You (Barbara Streisand and Frank Sinatra- DUETS album)
11. 1, 2, 3, 4 (The Plain White Tees)
12. By My Side (Ben Harper)
13.  Cheek to Cheek (Sinatra)
14. Everything (Michael Buble)
15. Isn’t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder)
16. She’s The One (Springsteen)
17. Back You Up ( Dave Matthews Band)
18. You & Me ( Dave Matthews Band)
19. Waiting All My Life ( Rascal Flats)
20. Wedding Dress (Matt Nathanson)
21. When the Stars Go Blue (Ryan Adams, OR Bono & The Coors- I kind of hate the country version)
22. Better Together (Jack Johnson)
23. So Right ( Dave Matthews Band)
24. God Bless The Broken Road ( Rascal Flatts)
25. Your Song (Elton John)
26. Our Love is Here to Stay (Harry Connick Jr.)
27. Something So Right ( Paul Simon)
28. A Wink and a Smile (Harry Connick Jr.)
29. My First, My Last, My Everything (Barry White)
30. Songbird (Fleetwood Mac)
31. Something (The Beatles)
32. Maybe I’m Amazed (Paul McCartney)
33. I Will ( The Beatles)
34. Someone Like You (Van Moorison)
35. Lost in this Moment (Big & Rich)
36. Just in Time ( Tony Bennett)
37. Fly Me to the Moon (Sinatra)
39. Tougher Than the Rest (Springsteen Acoustic)
40. Lucky (Jason Mraz)
41. In Your Eyes (Acoustic by Ben Harper)
42. Don’t Blink (Kenny Chesney)
43. Baby I Need Your Lovin ( The Four Tops)
44. The Luckiest ( Ben Folds)
45. Let’s Fall in Love (Sinatra)
46. She’s Got a Way ( Billy Joel)
47. The Way You Make Me Feel (Michael Jackson)
48. All You Need Is Love (The Beatles)
49. It Had To Be You ( Sinatra)
50. Since I Met You Baby (Sam Cooke)

Jenn and Jason, the fabulous couple from our Perfect New England Wedding, celebrated their first anniversary by revisiting their vows in ink.

The roman numerals on their fingers is the date they married, and fit perfectly under their wedding bands.

Happy One Year...

Happy First Anniversary Jenn & Jason!

Jenn & Jason

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