Glitter & Pearls

Introducing: Glitter Weddings
November 7, 2011, 4:54 pm
Filed under: Backstage, Blog Love, Weddings

I know that I have been missing-in-action as of late, but that’s only because I have been slaving away (with the help of my uber-talented designer and a very supportive/hungry husband); but I’m proud to announce our love child: Glitter Weddings. Glitter Weddings is a glittering new wedding resource offering wedding inspiration for the modern bride who wants it all and wants to do it all.

The story goes a little something like this …

I married the love of my life last year, and for months before the big day, I reveled in spending all of my free time planning the kitschy-est wedding I could come up with. I pride myself on being tacky.  I am also a monumental overachiever – Type-A personality all the way.

When planning my own wedding, I scoured the wedding magazines and blogs, bookmarking and tearing out pages until my inspiration board was an encyclopedia rather than a corkboard. With Glitter Weddings, I hope to bring all of that drool-worthy inspiration to one place, and to convince the Bride who wants it all, that she can in fact have it all. With plenty of inspiration, dedication, and organization, your perfect wedding is completely achievable (with the occasional stress-reducing online impulse shoe buy … classified as “wedding therapy.”)

So scroll, click, and share (pretty please), and feel free to offer your thoughts, feedback, criticism (sent with cookies).  I hope you all love my latest pet project.  Fingers crossed that Glitter Weddings can and will grow into something great!


Bohemian Beachside Wedding
September 4, 2011, 10:08 am
Filed under: All In The Details, Weddings

There is something so unique (with a touch of Mexican flair) about Miki + Russell’s wedding, featured on 100 Layer Cake this past week. With images from Thomas Struth and turn of the century portraiture in hand, the hip couple hoped to create a look that married both the art they love with a bohemian, desert feel (see sunset coral and ocean blue tones + adorable succulent terrariums filled with pinto beans, cement blocks, sacred heart candles and a piñata).

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Wedding Crush
August 15, 2011, 10:26 am
Filed under: If The Shoe Fits, The Dress, Weddings

I can’t get enough of this wedding featured on 100 Layer Cake.  Jen + Jonathan had the most perfect modern wedding, designed by the gals of Domestic Construction and set in a modern art museum, the results were undoubtedly fabulous.

And the dresses … Jen designed her wedding dress along with designer, Kathryn Conover.  Anyone who can tastefully incorporate pink into their white wedding dress is a design genius.  As for the bridesmaids dresses – Jen designed them with designer, Mabel Ogawa.  It’s safe to say, I want them all.

Photography: Max Dworkin / Event Design: Trish & Maureen of Domestic Construction / Venue: Telfair Museums: Jepson Center for the Arts / Stationery Design: Ryan Thomann at Life: Curated / Printing: Annie at Rock Candy Media / DJ: Brendon Robertson / Music & Playlist: Chris Thomas at Left As Rain and Remember Paper / Sound equipment: Live Wire Music Hall / Bride’s dress: Designed by bride, made by Kathryn Connover / Brides shoes: Life Curated / Bridesmaids: Skirts designed by bride, made by Mabel Ogawa / Silk tanks: The Addison Story / Groom’s suit: Topman / Catering + cupcakes: Michael Pritchard at Starlight Dining Group / Beverage: Charlie Ganem and Sons

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Sweet On Candy Bars
August 6, 2011, 9:06 am
Filed under: sweet, Weddings

On my wedding to-do list, one thing I knew I had to have – a self serve candy bar.  All the best bar mitzvahs had a candy bar, and I was ready to re-live the glory for my big day.  I even had a wedding stamp made and patiently stamped hundreds of penny candy brown paper bags with our wedding logo.  We went a tad overboard and had such massive jars of penny candies, we decided to open the candy bar early, setting up shop on rehearsal night and leaving the candy out through the weekend (destination weddings simplify that.) A giant self service buffet of candy is pretty much my ideal, and both kids and adults munched on candy all weekend long.

The hubby and I are planning a house warming party to celebrate our new home (as soon as I get to the other 37 vital things on my list), and I will undoubtedly have a candy bar.  Only this time, I might get extra ambitious and hand-make all of the candies.  You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not.  (Bonus points if you know the origin of that ridiculous quote.)

For an amazing and detailed tutorial on crafting the perfect candy bar, check out lillyella.

{images a la pinterest}

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The Gloved Bride
April 29, 2011, 7:41 pm
Filed under: Accessorize, Vintage, Weddings

I love modern spins on old classics. My grandmother and great grandmother wore full length satin gloves to their weddings. Madonna brought back the gloved bridal ensemble with her risque performances of “Like A Virgin” in the 80s. This bride took her shot at the fashion do and made it a must in my book. Bridal accessory love.

Why not borrow a vintage set of family gloves for your wedding “something old”?

{images a la lovely bride; via Lisa Barnshaw, Ora Photography}

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The Royal Wedding, Vogue UK
April 12, 2011, 12:05 am
Filed under: The Dress, Weddings

Vogue UK has dedicated their entire May issue to the Royal Wedding.  The May issue provides, as Alexandra Shulman puts it in her editor’s letter, a “delicious confection of all things matrimonial” – in honor of the upcoming royal wedding.


Inside the issue, weddings are explored: from the amusing Always The Bridesmaid, by Vogue’s Rosie Vogel; to the practical With This Ring, which examines the new-versus-heirloom engagement ring quandary; to the historical Royal Weddings In Vogue.

No royal wedding issue would be complete without a look at the style of the bride-to-be and, in A Princess For Our Time, Emily Sheffield asks what it takes to make a perfect modern princess? And whether Kate Middleton has what it takes.

{images a la fash-n-chips; via tfs}

Bridal Belts
April 5, 2011, 12:43 pm
Filed under: All In The Details, Weddings

Is it just me or do other post-wedding brides still drool over the occasional spectacular wedding decor, cake, centerpiece, and so on?  My personal weakness, the sparkly wedding dress belt.  My momma, set on leaving my tiny waist alone, refused the sparkly belts I paraded in front of her at boutique after boutique, and so I went belt-less.  But that doesn’t mean a girl can’t dream.  Is it appropriate to wear a Swarovski-studded belt with jeans?

{belts a la Ivy & Aster; image via Sparkle & Hay}