26 Jun

Pink tassel garland

This pink bridal shower is so darling. And so pink. And so well put together by the gals at Lauryn Prattes Styling and Events. One of the bride-to-be’s best girls, Katherine, was delighted to execute the festivities of course. Given that Deborah is a stylish, sophisticated career girl, the shower’s design had to follow suit. And what better way to do so than for Kat to turn her house into an elegant wine tasting luncheon with big splashes of pink?

Thanks to Lisa of Abby Jiu Photography for the images below!

Modern pink bridal shower place setting

Modern pink bridal shower menu

Rose diet place card

The place cards were laser cut + featured Laura Hooper Calligraphy balanced on each wine glass.

Modern pink bridal shower

Modern pink bridal shower florals

Citrus and bubbly cocktails

Lisa says, This modern pink shower was hosted at a private row home on Capitol Hill. Feminine florals in pink hues paired beautifully with the home’s rich navy walls. Upon arrival guests were greeted by grapefruit and St. Germain champagne cocktails in modern stemless pink champagne flutes. A wine tasting luncheon was inspired by the bride-to-be’s love for wine and featured four small bite courses that were paired each expertly paired with a different wine.

Modern pink bridal shower

Modern pink bridal shower

Pink macaron desert

Modern pink bridal shower

And a few words from Kat… Having a best friend get married is fantastic. It is going through the excitement of dress shopping and floral design without the headache of the guest list and the budget. I was fortunate enough to have my best friend get married this year and share in her experience. I know how stressful wedding planning can be so I wanted her bridal shower to be like a lyric out of the song My Favorite Things.

Modern pink bridal shower food

Modern pink bridal shower

Pink macaron desert

Success! Best wishes to the bride-to-be.

Photography: Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu Photography / Floral: Sidra Forman / Planning & Design: Lauryn Prattes Styling and Events / Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Catering & Rentals: Ridgewells / Wine Glass Place Cards: Timeless Paper / Truffle Favors: Buttercream Bakeshop / Balloons & Fringe: Stephanie Shives Studio / Stemless Pink Champagne Flutes: CB2

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25 Jun

Guys, Anna Campbell’s latest collection, Spirit, is here, and we simply Can’t. Look. Away. Anna Campbell is known for timeless wedding dresses always overflowing with romantic embellishments and sparkling silhouettes, and the new collection features that same look but with brand new fits and options. Plus even more heavenly details. Last month the collection debuted during their launch party at the Anna Campbell HQ in Melbourne. Get a glimpse of the stunning runway photos below:

Anna Campbell's new Spirit Collection

Anna Campbell's new Spirit Collection

Even the sleeves are surreal! And this is just the beginning.

Anna Campbell's new Spirit Collection

Anna Campbell's new Spirit Collection

Spirit is filled to the brim with shimmering bridal gowns adorned with intricate beadwork and delicate laces. They feature beautifully fitted silhouettes paired with flowing organza skirts and cascading silk tulle. Mega bonus: They’ve added interchangeable skirt options so that you can choose fits from slimline to a beaded drop style and more, to complement your dress design.

Anna Campbell's new Spirit Collection

Anna Campbell's new Spirit Collection

Anna Campbell's new Spirit Collection

A few words from Anna Campbell… We named the collection ‘Spirit’ to celebrate the inner beauty of our brides. After all, it is their spirit that someone has fallen in love with and that is what shines beyond anything else on their wedding day.

Anna Campbell's new Spirit Collection

Anna Campbell's new Spirit Collection

Aren’t the backs of these gowns so dreamy? More views in the Spirit lookbook.

Anna Campbell's new Spirit Collection

Anna Campbell's new Spirit Collection

Anna Campbell's new Spirit Collection

Like the previous Anna Campbell collections, each dress is hand-finished in Melbourne, created from luxe silk fabrics, and outfitted with stunning beadwork. You can shop the collection online, at Anna Campbell boutiques, or at any of their stockists worldwide. Find the upcoming southern California trunk shows below and other locations around the world here.

LOVELY BRIDE LA
638 1/2 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood,
California 90069
310-659-2050
July 3-5, 2015
November 6-8 2015
January 15-17 2016

THE DRESS THEORY SAN DIEGO
1525 St Lewis St
San Diego, CA 92103
619-876-5018
July 24-26 2015
November 27-29, 2015
January 29-31, 2016

 
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25 Jun

Okay so it’s no secret that we do love barn venues. Super romantic with the ability to be rustic yet modern. But seeing this vintage HammerSky wedding last week really set us off on a full on obsession with barns, more so than ever before. Well, lucky us, The Venue Report shared their list of the top barn wedding venues in the USA. We couldn’t resist. Take a look and let us know your faves.

Pippin Hill Virginia wedding venue

Pippin Hill in North Garden, Virginia is a charming blend of historic + modern.

Dos Pueblos Ranch wedding venue

Dos Pueblos Ranch wedding venue

Dos Pueblos Ranch in Santa Barbara, CA (featured here… There’s some inspiration for sure!) is naturally equipped with sweeping ocean views, but the rustic charm really melted our hearts.  Photos by Braedon Flynn Photography.

Durham Ranch wedding venue

Durham Ranch wedding venue

Is Durham Ranch (featured here) in St. Helena, California not the most elegant barn venue one could dream up? It boats 33ft ceilings and four thousand square feet. Photos by Jose Villa.

Hammersky Vineyards wedding venue

Okay, HammerSky is pretty amaze too, as mentioned. Just a few hours north of LA, it has a little east coast modern vibe. Photo by Danielle Poff Photography.

Hardy Farm Maine wedding venue

Hardy Farm Maine wedding venue

Hardy Farm in Fryeburg, Maine is a restored 18th century farmhouse + barn, which so happens to also be The Venue Report’s most pinned venue. Winter wedding anyone? Photo by Carrie Pellerin Photography.

Hardy Farm Maine wedding venue

Hidden Vineyard in Berrien Springs, Michigan. If you’re looking for vintage charm in a barn venue, you are absolutely set.

Rubies & Rust Barn wedding venue

Rubies & Rust Barn is a beautifully rustic + curated wedding venue in Belle Plain, Minnesota. Photo by Meg Cooper Photography.

Santa Lucia Preserve California wedding venue

Santa Lucia Preserve California wedding venue

Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. As if Carmel wasn’t already a breathtaking place to say I Do, the previous owner in the 1920s held lavish Gatsby-like parties at this estate + barn. Imagine the possibilities!

Sweet Meadow Farms Georgia wedding venue

Sweet Meadow Farm in Talapoosa, Georgia. Here you’ve got meadow, lakes, garden, and hello incredible barn views.

Cedar Lakes Estate wedding venue

Cedar Lakes Estate in Greenville, New York is a camp setting at it’s FINEST. And we do mean finest. It’s set on 500 acres and yet somehow only 70 miles from Manhattan. Better set a date for autumn, remember those viewsPhoto by Pat Furey.

Okay, there’s one more. We just had to. You’ll understand when you see this photo:

Vista West Ranch Texas wedding venue

Right?! Vista West Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas is bohemian, rustic, and bridal chic. A vintage wedding would be so at home here.

Kinda need to see these all in person stat. Thanks to The Venue Report for helping us *mostly* narrow it down!

 
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24 Jun

Well friends, it’s about time we put the spotlight on our A-List vendor Bario Neal. They have some of the most beautiful, unique engagement rings and jewelry that you’ll die for. Who doesn’t want to peruse a few sparkling rings anyway? Wedding jewelry is so special that it only makes sense you’d want to know the story behind each piece and it’s so nice to know that Bario Neal is handcrafted in the US with sustainability in mind. We’ve got a Q&A for you to learn a bit more about their materials and process, not to mention a giveaway you won’t want to miss.

Bario Neal wedding rings

The Aquamarine Halo Ring is simply mesmerizing, isn’t it?

Q: What is the difference between a recycled diamond and an ethically sourced diamond? What are the benefits of each?

A: The diamond mining industry has a dark and complicated history, rife with human rights abuses, environmental destruction, community displacement, and economic exploitation. The benefit of choosing a recycled diamond is simple: no new mining needs to occur for you to acquire your stone. Recycled diamonds are cleaned and re-graded, so (outside of the third party auditing that assures their recycled nature), there is no visual difference between a contemporary recycled or newly mined diamond. Antique recycled diamonds, like European and Old Mine cuts, are also available. The major issue with recycled diamonds is that they are not traceable.

However, an ethically-sourced stone from Namibia, for example, is traceable while supporting small-scale mining communities who are given a fair wage. Our Namibian diamonds also support economic development in a country where 2 million people depend on the mining industry. Since they are ethically sourced, they cost bit more than recycled diamonds.

Bario Neal wedding rings

Dais Narrow Band with Sapphires

Q: What is the difference between Fairmined and Fair Trade gold? What about recycled metals?

A: Fairmined gold is a label that assures gold is coming from responsible and empowered artisanal and small-scale mining communities. The label Fairmined is similar to Fair Trade and with a specific focus miner’s rights. The mining community receives a fair price and premium for the gold in exchange for meeting the strict Fairmined standards for health, labor, and environmental impact. Premiums placed in Fairmined gold are democratically reinvested into the community, going toward social development and other projects that improve efficiency and environmental protection at the mines, like a new high school for the community surrounding the Aurelsa mine in Peru.

Fairmined.com has a very informative infographic and is a great resource in general.

Recycled metal have the same pros of a recycled diamond in that no new mining has occurred in an industry with a complicated history. The recycled metals that Bario Neal uses come from a variety of sources- old jewelry and jewelry workshop scraps, electronics recycling, and photo processing. Another important point to mention is that our 100% recycled precious metals are refined at LEED certified facilities with closed-loop water supplies; the energy and water use is a big part of the environmental impact of metals recycling.

Bario Neal wedding rings

Linear Diamond Ring

Q: My grandmother left me her engagement ring, but the design is not for me. Can I use this sentimental stone in your jewelry?

A: Absolutely. We understand the sentimental value of heirloom jewelry and will work with you to use the stone in jewelry in our collection or in a specially custom piece.

Bario Neal wedding rings

The blue-green sapphire Myrtle Ring is one of many non-diamond options…

Q: I’m looking for a non-diamond engagement ring, what can you tell me about my options?

A: There are many options for a traceable non-diamond engagement ring. Sapphires for one come in many colors, including yellow, orange, blue, and even clear. Zultanite is an ethically sourced stone from Turkey with a greenish hue that looks perfect in a gold setting. Other options include aquamarines, rubies, tourmalines, and garnets, just to name a few.

If a traditional diamond is not for you, but you still want a diamond, you might look at rough diamonds which come in many unique shapes and forms (macles, octahedrons, cubes), or champagne diamonds for a tinge of color.

Bario Neal wedding rings

Milla Curved with Diamonds Band

Q: I’m looking for wedding bands, but nothing seems to sit flush against my engagement ring. Do you have any solutions for this?

A: Many customers come to us for custom curved bands for to go with their engagement rings. We’ve made custom curved bands with stones, without stones, with engraving, etc. We also have two bands with subtle curves in our collection: The Milla Curved Band and the Milla Curved with Diamonds. We also have bands whose natural form contours with a variety of engagement rings, like our Reticulated One Band with Diamond (or without diamond), or Reticulated 2 Band.

Bario Neal wedding rings

Fishtail Band

Big thanks to Bario Neal for sharing more about their work. Now, onto the giveaway!

One winner will receive a pair of gorgeous circle studs in 14kt yellow gold, the Octillo Small Earrings. To enter, just follow Bario Neal on Instagram and log your entry via the contest widget below:

 
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24 Jun

Mezcal cocktail recipe | 100 Layer Cake  plus Crate and Barrel

Naturally when one hosts a Taco Party for her friends, she absolutely must provide a signature cocktail. AMIRIGHT?! Like this tasty update to the a classic Margarita… the Mezcal Mai Tai.

Mezcal Mai Tai
(serves one)

1.5 oz Mezcal
.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz Orange Curacao
.5 oz Orgeat
Citrus Salt (recipe follows)

Mezcal cocktail recipe | 100 Layer Cake  plus Crate and Barrel

Citrus Salt
To make citrus salt, grate the zest of a lemon and a lime with a microplane grater. Stir the zest into salt and let it sit for 10 minutes (to allow the oils from the citrus to coat the salt).

Mezcal cocktail recipe | 100 Layer Cake  plus Crate and Barrel

Rim a rocks glass (like the Lulie Stemless Martini Glass) with the citrus salt. Shake the mezcal, lime, curacao, and orgeat with ice in fancy cocktail shaker and strain over ice into the salt-rimmed glass.

Mezcal cocktail recipe | 100 Layer Cake  plus Crate and Barrel

So refreshing and festive, no?

Mezcal cocktail recipe | 100 Layer Cake  plus Crate and Barrel

Mezcal cocktail recipe | 100 Layer Cake  plus Crate and Barrel

Mezcal cocktail recipe | 100 Layer Cake  plus Crate and Barrel

To see our favorite picks for summer barware, pop over to Crate and Barrel’s blog!

Bar essentials: Orb Copper Shaker, Lulie Stemless Martini Glass, Microplane Zester, Tondo Round Wood Severing Platter, Welcome White Mini Bowl, Studio Light Clay Bowl, Hue Blush Salad Plate

Concept and Styling: 100 Layer Cake / Photo: Apryl Ann Photography / Products: Crate and Barrel

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