The Pinewood Estate at Bok Tower Gardens in Central Florida is the epitome of Mediterranean-inspired elegance. The team knew right away that the 1930s mansion would inspire their entire wedding design, while the nearby octagon-shaped garden would be especially ideal for a ceremony. With the venue as a muse, geometric shapes, earth tones, and a lush green landscape became the basis for photog Tiffani Jones + Lisa of Wish Vintage Rentals’ Mediterranean vibes.
They imagined their bride as part of this family estate, channeling someone who appreciates tradition but isn’t afraid to embrace individuality.
Knowing that our bride would not have settled for a look that was just like everybody else’s, we were grateful to The Dress Theory in Nashville for allowing us to showcase the spectacular Rue de Seine’s ‘Colette’ gown. Its classic style but still unique shape and colors couldn’t have been more perfect for the shoot. I completely love how the custom-made veil by Olivia Gray and hair and make up from Brie & Brie complete our bridal look with a pure simplicity reminiscent of the 1930s.
The backdrop that inspired it all.
They used terracotta tiles nestled in greenery for escort cards…
…displayed on maybe the most amaze bar cart ever.
Totally digging this Spanish moss runner + hand-dyed silk ribbon runner from Adorn combo, especially paired with the reclaimed barn farm table from Wish Vintage Rentals.
Sure, it may be a little premature, but we think June is shaping up to be a pretty rad month. (You’ve entered all the giveaways right? 1, 2, 3, & 4?) If you’re popping in for the first time this week, you’ll want to scroll through to enter all the giveaways and grab a few health and beauty tips! For our last surprise, we’ve got a dual giveaway with Best Natural Smile + Cote nail salon, both based in the Los Angeles area. It’s not to be missed.
Best Natural Smile is a Santa Monica, CA dental office with personalized service + comprehensive care. Those killer ocean views don’t hurt either! (And may actually make you look forward to the dentist!) It’s their passion to get you feeling and looking incredible after their service. Best Natural Smile is giving away a free consultation and teeth whitening for one lucky bride. This includes a complete exam, all necessary dental x-rays, dental hygiene (teeth cleaning), professional take-home whitening system. A $900 value!
Next up is Cote luxury nail salon in Brentwood, which is one of the cutest places EVER! How beautiful are these photos of their salon? Not to mention, it’s also a retail shop where you can get your hands on their very own brand of 5-free nail polishes. No need to worry about toxins on your tips for your wedding day here. Cote is giving away a mani/pedi day package for one bride and her bridesmaids.
Srsly, this place is gorgeous! Enter for both prizes below…
Thanks to everyone for entering our giveaways this week and to all the lovely brands who have been involved!
The thing about floral design is that there’s no one way to do it. Just when you think you’re filled with inspiration, a few more talented folks come along to give you something else to love. Even so, it’s easy to get stuck in what’s trending or classic, especially when it comes to bridal inspiration. Alixann Loosle Photography + La Fete got together to encourage a bit of outside-the-box thinking. Alix says, We all love a flower headband, but pushing brides out of their comfort zone is important as well!
A bit English garden, a bit avant-garde. Can’t get over the floral backdrop, either.
Bohemian? Edgy? Romantic? Just because you’re opting for something that hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean it can’t complement your personal style. And remember the last time Hair and Makeup by Steph showed up on our blog? Those unique purple wedding ideas were a hit.
The inspiration for the floral headpieces with invisible string was to take a spin on a classic floral headpiece, while maintaining the boho style we all love. The idea behind the braid and greenery look was to show something simple and fresh, and the inspiration behind the floral necklaces was to give a bride with a taste for the edgy something new and unique to embrace.
Inspired yet? Thanks to the crew below for pushing the envelope.
Who else is feeling slightly more relaxed after those wedding stress relief tips? We’re super excited for this next giveaway in celebration of a week of YOU. Natural skincare brand Jurlique is giving away a set of five products to three different brides! Not only that, but we’ve got a handy guide to show you which natural ingredients do what when it comes to skincare products.
PS Open a few new tabs and scoop up your entries to our other giveaways here, here, + here.
Perhaps you should pin this graphic for safekeeping? Jurlique began in 1985 when a German couple jetsetted to Australia to create the purest skin care on earth. They formulate products containing potent (and more importantly natural) herbs and botanicals chosen specifically for their amazingly beneficial properties, from hydrating to soothing to protecting. Each product addresses a specific skin concern. Of course, on your big day, you want to immediately zap any and all skin issues, which is why a sampling of their product line is in order.
Hopefully all of you in planning mode have been feeling a little less stressed by taking time away from all of the nitty gritty to focus inward. It’s important to put things in perspective whenever you feel overwhelmed. Easier said than done, right? Luckily Kelly Leveque is here again, sharing some wedding stress relievers and ways to keep your mental health in check while on this journey from bride-to-be to Mrs. Take it away, Kelly…
Planning your wedding can be one of the most magical and fun experiences of your life. It can also be one of the most stressful. Even the most even-keeled of brides can feel the pressure at times. Stress takes a physical and emotional toll on us. During times of particularly high stress, you might feel ravenously hungry, eat to fulfill emotional needs, find yourself having a short fuse or overreact in situations you otherwise wouldn’t.
Managing bridal stress is just as important as your nutrition and fitness. In fact, they all go hand-in-hand. And, most importantly, taking steps to proactively deal with your stress will keep your mind clear and present on what you’re counting down to: a day of pure love unlike any you’ve lived before. Here are a few ways you can help keep your cortisol and corticotropin-releasing hormones in check.
Mindfulness Meditation: This is the gateway to all forms of meditation. It’s great for beginners and can be done anywhere. The intention is to bring focus to, and release tension in, the physical body through your breathing. First, close your eyes and bring your attention to the inhalation and exhalation of air. Focus on each breath. Then, start a body scan. As you continue to breath, focus your attention on your toes and slowly work your way up your body, thinking about each part with heightened awareness. Release tension on exhales and send love on inhales. Give each body part 30 to 60 seconds of attention. Get comfortable and sink into the moment. You can do this seated or laying down.
Focused Meditation: Focused meditation can be described as an attention meditation technique where we choose to focus on one thing to the exclusion of all else. The singular focus allows us to quiet our busy minds and feel peace. The object can be a person, place, thing, idea or mantra. Start by choosing something simple and bring your mind back to focus when you find it drifting. The goal is not to “fight” your thoughts, just refocus when you drift.
Sleep to Thrive. Sleep is a bride’s best friend. It regulates your hormones, decreases inflammation, helps you manage stress and improves your overall outlook on life. The best hormone-balancing sleep happens with the natural circadian rhythm of the Sun. A dark bedroom is key. Wear a sleep mask or invest in blackout curtains. Next, turn off the backlight of an iPhone or computer at least two hours before bed. If you have to be on your computer late at night, invest in amber “blue light” blocking lenses. Blocking blue light will allow your body to produce the melatonin needed for restful cleansing sleep. Finally, aim for 7 to 8 hours per night.
Acupuncture. Acupuncture has been used for more than 2,500 years in traditional Chinese medicine and it is now used by millions of Americans each year to treat stress. Many health problems are linked to chronic stress, such as depression, insomnia, weight gain and anxiety. In a recent study, stressed animals that received acupuncture had a reduction of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), which suggests the ancient healing modality helps to normalize stress hormone levels. If the idea of adding another appointment to your schedule stresses you out, consider purchasing an acupressure mat to lay on 20 minutes a day. This is a very affordable way to decompress and it’s also the perfect meditation mat.
Walk. The fastest way to change your mental state is through movement. Tony Robbins is known for explaining how using your physiology can biochemically change how you feel: “Emotion is created by motion.” We can use movement to de-stress. Starting the day with a run, power walk, yoga class or jumping for 15 minutes on a rebounder allows you not only to physically move but emotionally move the negative unaligned thoughts from your mind.
Yoga. “HIIT” (high intensity interval training) can be a great way to increase your fitness before the big day. However, that type of intense training can also increase your cortisol levels. Yoga, on the other hand, has been shown to reduce training-induced stress. It increases flexibility, muscle strength and muscle tone all while improving respiration, energy and vitality. So, for stress purposes, mix in some yoga to your schedule of fat-burning HIIT.
Journaling. Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort and prioritize, which helps to synchronize the day at hand.
Tweak Your To-Do List with Smart Goals: When counseling clients about self-improvement, meeting goals and managing stress, we work within the constraints of SMART goals: they must be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. We drill down into what needs to be done whether it is improved sleep, drinking more water, working out, meditating, calling a friend or eating healthy. Too many times, we set vague or unattainable goals that end in failure and create a cloud of stress an anxiety. Smart goals are a stress busting habit will help you create actionable daily tasks to get the job done without overwhelming yourself with the big picture. When it comes to your wedding this means your to-do shouldn’t say “flowers.” Instead, pick small tasks that get you closer to choosing a wedding day florist. For example, “call Carissa at JL Designs at 2pm on Friday” and then schedule it in your calendar.
A BIG shoutout to Kelly for sharing these essential tips! If you haven’t already, better read her dewy skin how-to and enter to win a Health Consultation and Personalized Bridal Plan along with a 6 week follow-up call for one lucky bride ($700 value) here. There’s also still time to enter our other wellness week giveaways here + here.
Did you get a chance to enter the Pressed Juicery + fitness giveaways yet? We’re back with another giveaway along with helpful tips from yoga guru, fitness expert, and holistic nutritionist Kelly Leveque of Be Well by Kelly. Kelly is a health + wellness pro who has made it her mission to help brides (as well as expecting mamas and women in any stage of life) look and feel their best on their big day. Today she’s letting us in on her wedding skincare secrets. And don’t forget to enter the amazing giveaway worth $700 at the end of this post!
Dewy: it’s the new matte. Dewy skin is a hard look to achieve, as you have to balance getting that glow without looking greasy. You can’t simply layer on the cover. There are a lot of products out there to help, but it’s important to remember that healthy, vibrant and beautiful skin starts by taking care of yourself on the inside. Kelly explains, Healthy, plump skin needs proper hydration, fatty acid foods, exfoliation and healing anti-inflammatory oils. Here are ten simple tips from Kelly that will make your skin glow and help you get that dewy look:
Lemon. Rich in vitamin C, this citrus fruit will help your body purge excess water weight and balance the sodium and potassium levels in your cells. Add a slice of lemon to a mug of warm water in the morning to encourage digestion or squeeze a half onto your salad. Topically, you can also do a “natural peel” with lemon. Just rub a little fresh lemon juice on your face, leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes and rinse clean. This increases the cell renewal process and has bleaching properties to lighten skin naturally.
Cucumber. Like lemon, cucumbers contain hydrating, nourishing and astringent properties that are very good for skin both from the inside and topically. The enzymes they contain digest damaged skin cells, remove dead skin cells safely and add a fresh glow. Blend up a cucumber in your green smoothie, or blend it with a little water or aloe (it didn’t make the list but this is way up there, too!), and use the fresh cool mask as a pick me up.
Soy. Avoid it. Soy is full of phytoestrogens that can make your face breakout. These hormonal blemishes occur around the mouth and jaw line. The concentrations of phytoestrogens are actually pretty steep with a ½ cup of soybeans containing 40mg and the textured vegetable proteins being close to 140mg per serving. At BeWell, it’s been shocking how much success we’ve had in clearing up skin simply by having our clients cut out soy.
Omega 3. Recent studies suggest Omega 3 deficiency contributes to chronic acne. Adequate levels of this anti-inflammatory fatty acid will not only keep your skin clear, but also increase cell hydration from the inside out. Wild salmon is one of the best food sources and is also known for its vitamin D and selenium, a mineral that protects the skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Sardines, oysters and mackerel also supply Omega 3 fatty acids. Not a fish lover? One 200-calorie serving of walnuts has 2776mg of Omega 3 fatty acids and is a great source of protein and copper, a mineral that boosts collagen production.
Turmeric. Turmeric is an excellent antiseptic and skin-lightening agent that helps minimize scars and other marks. Plus, turmeric can alleviate allergic, inflammatory and infectious skin disorders that make your skin look dull and lifeless. Add a few shakes to your lemon water, add it to protein rub or blend it up in a smoothie.
Coconut Oil. Coconut oil is antibacterial and antifungal, which is beneficial for maintaining clear skin. When ingested, it bypasses the liver and is used for energy instead of being converted into triglycerides. The lauric acid (potent antifungal) in coconut oil also helps to balance gut bacteria by killing of excess yeast and candida, which can contribute to breakouts. You can apply it topically or add a spoonful to your smoothie.
Cleansers. Skin cleansing needs to be done, but too often it can cause the over production of oils in the skin that can collect dirt and create the “greasy” look. There is a delicate balance. A gentle pH-balanced cleanser in the morning to refresh is great. Save the acne busters for the makeup removal after your workout routine.
Exfoliating. Many seed and rough molecule-based exfoliators create micro-tears in the skin that are prone to infection and irritation. It you are looking for a physically abrasive exfoliator that doesn’t tear, Dr. Goldfaddens ruby scrub contains spherically honed rubies that don’t cut into the skin but remove the top layer of dead cells. For a less expensive option, opt for natural exfoliators to slough dead skin to reveal a more radiant complexion, such as Nude Skincare’s miracle mask. Looking for the perfect mix, Exfolikate from Kate Sommerville offers scrubbing exfoliants lift dead skin cells from surface while papaya, pumpkin, and pineapple enzymes reduce pore size, stimulate circulation, and improve oxygen flow.
Oiling. Probably our best kept secret and especially helpful in getting that dewy look. Oiling a few nights a week will keep you hydrated and looking dewy. This is not the thick night crème you are used to, but a thin veil of simple oils to calm, hydrate and help heal the skin. Our favorite picks are NUDE ProGenius, Eminence calendula oil and just organic virgin coconut oil. Massage a few drops into clean or exfoliated skin.
Sleep. Sometimes overlooked, sleep should be a top priority for your skincare. When you aren’t sleeping well, there is an increase in inflammatory cells that lead to the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid. Those are the molecules that give the skin its glow, bounce and translucency. Get as much shut eye as you can. You’ll glow all the more for it.
Facials. Regular facials will keep your skin clear and prevent picking and scars. Spas like Kate Sommerville and Kalologie offer memebership programs like “Skin Gym” where you sign up for six months schedule a monthly facials and get discounts on product and upgrades. Schedule your last facial a few days before your wedding and upgrade to an oxygen facial this will plump your skin to a picture perfect glow.
Thanks to Kelly Leveque for the tips. And now for an awesome giveaway! Kelly is offering a Health Consultation and Personalized Bridal Plan along with a 6 week follow-up call for one lucky bride ($700 value).