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Wedding Hairstyle: For the Love of Flowers

photo courtesy Brides.com

Maybe it’s the warm weather we’ve been experiencing (replace with: loving every minute of) in Philly or maybe it’s because I have a not-so-secret desire to go to Hawaii just to have a flower in my hair, but I’ve been thinking a lot about bridal hairstyles. And by “styles” I mean “style:” flowers.

From fascinators adorned with flowers (the Princess Beatrice look from the royal wedding aside, everyone!) and flowers combined with feathers to organza creations and fresh flowers, there are definitely a lot of options to consider. In an effort to offer some inspiration for your flower hairpiece search, below are some of my favorites from Etsy, Ban.Do, and Martha Stewart Weddings.

photo courtesy Anna Panik

While searching for flower options, this piece ($70) from Anna Panik was one of the first I came across. I love how timeless it feels.

photo courtesy Clark and Diversey

When organza, feathers, and rhinestones combine, we get this floral option ($85) from Clark and Diversey. The feathers create a touch of whimsy.

photo courtesy So Bridelicious

Rather than pinning this option ($110) by So Bridelicious to your hair, you can simply add it on – it’s a headband!

photo courtesy Ban.do

Ban.do (such a great find!) creates this flower, which they call the Bridal Rose Halo ($130). Although I love how it looks on the side of the model’s head, another idea is to spin the flower so that it sits more toward the back of your head.

photo courtesy Martha Stewart Weddings

The most natural and inexpensive option is to adorn your hair with one flower, like this photo, or a couple flowers, like the top photo. This article from Martha Stewart Weddings offers some great inspiration and ideas.

If you aren’t feeling like you want to go all out floral for your entire day, maybe consider wearing a more traditional veil or birdcage veil to your ceremony and switching to a flower or flowers for your reception. No need to change your dress for a new look, just grab a flower and change your hair.

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Invitations & All Things Printed: Erinspired Creative

I love fonts. And color. And design. And seeing a couple’s wedding theme start to come to life. Basically, I love save-the-dates and invitations because it’s the first glimpse your guests see of your wedding’s theme and the style of all of the printed elements you will incorporate. As a result, welcome to a new series: invitations & all things printed.

In honor of the fall, the series begins with fall-themed invitations (rich and vibrant yellows, oranges, reds, and browns…yes, please!).

Meet Philadelphia-based graphic designer Erin Hazley. Erin honed her design skills while working at an advertising agency; however, when she was designing her own wedding invitations in 2009, she realized she needed to swing her career in a different direction. As a result, Erin started her own graphic design company, Erinspired Creative, where she now designs invitations (and a whole host of other things!) for weddings based in Philadelphia and beyond.

Because she is a graphic designer, Erin is able to completely customize a couple’s design, which may include anything from traditional letterpress invitations with calligraphy swirls to a bold music theme complete with concert-style posters (oh my, the pictures!). Below, Erin talks about the experience couples will have while working with Erinspired Creative, the aspects she likes to consider when designing for a seasonal themed wedding, as well as her favorite invitations to create all year round.

Going to the Chapel: What is the process couples will experience when having their invitations designed by Erinspired Creative?

Erin Hazley: The first thing I like couples to do is come in for a consultation and look at my portfolio. They can see the invites up close and we can decipher which direction they would like to head in. For out of state couples, we can do a similar consultation on the phone and computer. After getting a sense of what they are looking for and listening to their ideas, I create an price estimate for the package. Once accepted we are off and running! I create 3 unique designs for the couple to choose from. All my couples see a sample before it goes to the printer.

GTTC: When helping couples to create fall inspired wedding invitations, what are some aspects that you like to consider?

EH: I like to know their venue and style. If you are planning an elegant black-tie affair then those hand-written looking invitations wouldn’t be appropriate. And if you are having your closest friends over for a backyard bash then the traditional calligraphy invitations will be confusing to your guests. Seasons provide a great resource for inspiration but should be tailored to the feel of your wedding. More importantly, I consider their own personalities and interests to determine the feel of the invitation.

Fall inspired invitation

Fall inspired invitation

Fall inspired invitation

GTTC: What are some of your favorite invitations that you have created that will work well in any season?

EH: I think when couples come up with an idea that describes them as a couple it transcends the seasons. I had one couple that was into music and we structured their whole package around that. We did a concert poster for their save the date and a cd catalog for their invite.

Also, I think using monograms or big bold type as design can lend itself to any season. Same goes for patterns, stripes and abstract floral patterns. I like pairing them together and I think they work well together. No matter what the design direction, I always like for each piece to have something special that stands out.

Jeanette & Kyle's music inspired invitation suite

GTTC: Aside from invitations, what other items can couples have designed by Erinspired Creative?

EH: I design it all! • save-the-dates • envelope printing (those hands really get cramped!) • ceremony programs • place cards • menus • favor tags • directional signs • thank you cards

Fall inspired escort cards

Fall inspired table marker

"Spread the love" favor tag

From the complete fall feel of the first invitation to the subtle leaf shaped heart of the second, I love all of the details included in Erin’s fall themed designs.  And let’s not forget about Jeanette and Kyle’s music themed invitations. As the Scrabble letters spell, LOVE.

For more information about Erinspired Creative, including pricing, or to have Erin design your invitation suite and more, visit her website or e-mail her at design{at}erinspiredcreative.com.

What would you incorporate into fall themed invitations? Which design is your favorite? Also, if you know of a Philly or NJ designer who you would like to see as part of the new invitation series (or if you are one!) be sure to mention him/her in the comments!

*all photos courtesy Erin Hazley & Erinspired Creative

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Product Spotlight: Peach Tree Lane

photo courtesy Peach Tree Lane

After our pre-Halloween snow – who knew it could let alone would snow as early as October in Philly! – I was definitely in need of something floral, fun, and cheerful. And, on any given day, I always love coming across something with an extra dose of pretty. Thanks to a post on Southern Weddings Magazine’s blog, I really got my fix. Introducing jewelry created by Rachel of Peach Tree Lane.

"Mum & Rose Flower Post Studs" by Peach Tree Lane

"Turquoise-Aqua Chrysanthemum, White Rose, Red Rose Cabochon Post Stud Earrings" by Peach Tree Lane

I absolutely love the sweet earring sets. The moment I saw them in the post, I had to check out Peach Tree Lane’s Etsy shop, and I was pleasantly surprised by the affordable prices (sets of three are $16; pairs are $8). With each new set I saw while exploring the shop as well as the individual pairs I came across, I became convinced that Peach Tree Lane’s earrings are a great accent for bridesmaids and flower girls to wear at your wedding. There are quite a few options, and as a result, you can easily choose sets or pairs that incorporate the flowers used in the bouquets carried down the aisle as well as those in the arrangements on guests’ tables. If you don’t see your wedding pallet or the flowers you are including, be sure to contact Rachel who can customize your order.

"Coral Pink Rose Flower Stud Post Earrings - Petal" by Peach Tree Lane

Because flowers are beautiful all year round, don’t fret that you can only wear Peach Tree Lane’s jewelry at a spring or summer wedding or that you can only wear them at a wedding. I say wear your Peachtree Lane earrings in the snow, especially if that snow falls in October or November, and pair them with an everyday outfit too.

"White Rose Earrings, Peach Rose Vintage Style Hairpin, Khaki-Tan Flower Bouquet Ring Assorted Set - Chai" by Peach Tree Lane

Be sure to check out Peachtree Lane’s other fun jewelry designs (hair pins, rings, and necklaces await!) in their Etsy shop.

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