Win a Flower Girl Dress from Bon-Bon New York

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It’s so hard to find beautifully made flower girl dresses that complement any wedding party, and it’s even harder to find custom-made ones that are affordable and don’t take too much of your time to put together. We’d like to introduce a new company that offers all that and more. Effortlessly customize your dresses in 3 easy steps. It’s that simple! Bon-Bon New York partners with you to create that special dress just the way you want it. The team is inspired by timeless classics and source out the best fabrics to bring their dresses to life.

Bon-Bon New York’s dressmakers pride themselves in their fine detailing, which can be seen in the precise assembly and hand-stitched hems that give each dress the perfect drape. Each dress is lovingly stitched with the little one’s comfort in mind. Their dresses are incredibly comfortable so that she stays happy the whole day. What we especially love is that Moms will appreciate that these dresses can be worn over and over without spending a cent on dry- cleaning; all their dresses are machine washable!

We are excited to share that Bon-Bon New York wants to give each one of you the chance to win THREE of their dresses.

Step 1
Like their Facebook page 

Step 2
Share the giveaway post, and

Step 3
Let us know in your shared post which of the dresses in the picture you love and the color you’d like the dress in. Three lucky winners will win a dress that they can choose from www.bonbonnewyork.com! Contest ends October 20, 2014 12:00 am EST.

Follow Bon Bon New York for their latest designs and inspirations on Instagram and Facebook!

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10.09.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

DIY Chair Garland

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On Monday we shared a few tips from Ashley Beyer and Kelly Perry on how best to forage for your own wedding, and today we’re excited to show you how to use those beautiful foraged greens in your wedding decor with these stunning chair garlands! Keep reading for the full materials list and step-by-step tutorial.
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Materials Used

– Beautiful Chairs

-Clippers

-Flexible draping greenery (we used Russian olive)

-Sturdier greenery in various shapes (we used herbs from Ashley’s garden like sage and rosemary)

-Medium Gage wire

Instructions

1. Using strips of wire, begin attaching the base greenery to the chair. Choose pieces that naturally drape to fit the shape of the chair.

2. Continue layering olive until you have almost reached your desired thickness

3. Add herb bundles. To create bundles, arrange smaller pieces of the sturdier greens in your hand, placing them in the area you would like to cover to measure and guide you as you arrange. Bind in the bundle with wire and leave extra wire on each side to attach to the chair. You may need to use an additional piece of wire neatly threaded behind a few key pieces of the bundle to add extra support higher up the bundle to keep it in place.

4. Finish the chair treatment by draping additional olive to the ground if desired.

Photography: Heather Payne | DIY: Ashley Beyer of Tinge and Kelly Perry of Philoposphy Flowers

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10.08.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Honeymoon with El Dorado Royale by Karisma

I was so excited when El Dorado Royale, by Karisma, invited me to come visit their beautiful all-inclusive beachfront property! I spent three lovely nights at El Dorado Casitas Royale experiencing the best the resort had to offer. Just outside of Cancun, El Dorado Royale and El Dorado Casitas Royale- sister properties located next to each other-  are adults-only Spa Resorts that cater to couples looking for an inclusive honeymoon experience. From the moment you enter the resort, when you’re handed a glass of champagne, to when you leave the beautiful beaches for the last time, you’re treated like royalty.

My first day at  El Dorado Casitas Royale, I enjoyed exploring the property where they have daily and nightly activities for couples to partake in during their honeymoon like scuba lessons, bicycles to ride around town, and 12 swimming pools! The resort also has shuttles to take you to Cancun and Playa del Carmen so you can explore a little bit.  And when you want to wind down, Naay Spa Royale, at the resort, is world-class. Centrally located on the resort property, with multiple massage options, and beauty salon, it’s the perfect place to relax after your wedding. I had a wonderful massage at the spa after a long day exploring and swimming in  the beautiful Cenote Azul, and zip lining through the forest!

My second day was spent learning how easy it is to plan a destination wedding at El Dorado Royale where I partook in the “Brides Dress Rehearsal” and  saw how future couples can find the perfect photographer, musician, and even florists to create their dream destination wedding. And immediately start your honeymoon at El Dorado Royale after your beach wedding in Mexico!

Visit the Karisma Hotels and Resorts website to start planning your trip today!

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10.08.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Elegant Blue Hill Farm Wedding

We love when husband and wife team Eric and Lora Kelley send us their work because every wedding they shoot is elegant and timeless. This stunning Blue Hill Farm wedding is no different! Keep reading for more from Eric and Lora.

From Eric and Lora:

Sara and Jonathan are two of the nicest and warmest people. This gorgeous wedding was one of our all time favorites to photograph, because the families and the couple are such incredible and fantastic people.

The wedding took place on the perfect day, with warm encompassing light and perfect weather. The guests arrived to a ceremony on the terrace officiated by the groom’s sister, with such heartfelt expression and joy.

Cocktails were among the gardens of Blue Hill, where food is sourced on property and made to order. And our favorite part of the wedding were the toasts. There was such tremendous joy, hilarious stories of Sara and Jonathan and a nostalgic camaraderie among all of the guests.

Everyone danced the night away, and the couple exited in a flurry of lavender and well-wishes. Truly one of our favorite weddings to date!

Photographer: Eric Kelley | Venue for Ceremony and Reception: Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Craft, NYC | Floral Design: Matthew Robbins Design, NYC | Music- Vali Entertainment | Hair/ Makeup- Lora Kelley | Bridal dress designer: Carolina Herrera, sold and fitted by Mark Ingram Atelier, New York | Bridesmaid dresses: Amsale | Groomsmen’s suits: J. Crew | Invitations: Arzberger Stationers, Calligrapher: DB Lettering | Save the Dates: Designer’s Fine Press | Bridal earrings: Tiffany’s | Bridesmaid necklaces: Stella and Dot | Groom party ties: Hermes  | Wedding and engagement rings: David Yurman

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10.07.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog