Stella and Dot Special Occasion and Bridal Jewelry. Make a statement and stay on budget!

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Note – This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. However all opinions and articles are my own.

Yay, It’s your special day!!  You’ve chosen the dress, the cake, the venue, the flowers, so what’s next? Your wedding jewelry of course!  This is a fun opportunity to take your bestie, mom or future mother-in-law out for some bonding as well as a time to choose the pieces that reflect you!I have some helpful tips for you as you plan your wedding jewelry.

Your wedding gown is one of the centerpieces of this special day and you want your jewelry to complement your dress, not clash.  For a traditional white gown stick with softer hues like platinum settings and pearls.  If you’re wearing an ivory gown yellow gold is a great way to bring out the undertones of the gown as well as stand out.  Diamond-white gowns work with any metal really, from yellow to rose gold to platinum, it’s very versatile!

Your necklace and earrings are important but don’t let your wrist go lonely! For your cake cutting pictures, wedding ring pictures, and any close-ups a beautiful bracelet will not go unnoticed for sure!  For a more traditional look, try a bracelet with lots of art deco sparkle which makes for a gorgeous vintage feel!  Colored jewels like blue topaz (my favorite and something blue!) and peridot make for a colorful fun experience!

Check out these gorgeous and affordable Stella and Dot pieces! Maybe you will find something absolutely perfect for you wedding or special occasion. :-)

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Deco Drop Earrings – $44

Deco faceted CZ and Czech crystals adorn delicate vintage inspired drops. These are amazing and probably my favorite piece! So pretty!

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CASABLANCA CHANDELIERS $59

I just adore these Art Deco inspired, pavé-encrusted, geometric chandeliers. Versatile function gets you three earrings in one–from chandelier to drop to stud. Makes the perfect match to The Casablanca bracelet. (below)

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Casablanca Bracelet $79

We adore this Art Deco-inspired statement bracelet. A beautiful combination of crystal and pavé stones set in a vintage-inspired pattern. Looks stunning alone or paired with the Vintage Crystal Bracelet for extra sparkle.

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MADDIE PEARL EARRINGS $29

Gorgeous little classic pearl earrings! Perfect for that timeless finishing touch! Delicate glass pearls dangle from a rhodium ring with a touch of sparkle!

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Nancy Studs $24

Gorgeous little sparkly earrings. They come in Gold, Peach and Silver to approprately match your dress. A wardrobe essential that’s far from basic. Round glass crystals are surrounded by prongs in gold plating. Wear them with everything, day to night. You can’t go wrong!! Perfect and classy.

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SOMERVELL NECKLACE $59

Faceted triangular glass crystals sparkle in this quintessential Somervell layering necklace. This crystal necklace transitions beautifully from day to night. Add to several of our statement necklaces for that touch of sparkle! So elegant and has that pop of color..the peach looks gorgeous with an ivory dress and definitely compliments!

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GRACE CHANDELIERS $44

These elegant earrings are hand cast from delicate leaves that Blythe found while in Northern California.Totally unique and artsy. The natural fern design will add the perfect touch of romance to your look – can be dressed up or down. Perfect for a Bohemian and earthy style wedding!

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GRACE CUFF $59

The gold natural fern design will add the perfect touch of romance to your look – can be dressed up or down. Pairs perfect with the Grace earrings (above)!

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CHANTILLY LACE CHANDELIER EARRINGS $49

Amazingly delicate and so on point with Vintage flair. These gold plated filigree earrings were inspired by a piece of vintage lace. I just love these earrings so much!

 

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CHANTILLY LACE CUFF $98

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Matching the Chantilly lace earrings, this gold plated filigree cuff was inspired by a piece of vintage lace. A beautiful statement piece. Super cool and obviously can be worn after the wedding! Perfect for an edgy wedding with a hip statement bride.

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Enjoy shopping! Hope you find your perfect mate piece of jewelry!

XOXO,

Kirstin @ FrouFrou Le Bleu

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Sugar and Spice – Pretty flowergirl dresses to die for!

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She may be small, but your flower girl has a big job! Leading the way for your walk down the aisle. Because of her unique role, a lot of thought is put into the flower girl’s dress. Many brides opt to have these darlings dressed in miniature versions of their wedding gowns. Whereas Other flower girls are outfitted in white dresses with sashes to match the bridesmaids. From tiered skirts to floral boho accents, each option is cuter than the next. Move over, Suri Cruise; these trends will have your flower girls looking like little fashionistas!!

Check out these fun and totally affordable flower girl dresses from Dessy!

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How to decide on what flower girl dress is right for you & your little flower!

Formality
Something to keep in mind when choosing the perfect flower girl dress is formality. The formality of her dress will depend on the formality of the wedding. If you are having your wedding on the beach, then your flower girl’s dress should be something in light and airy colors, such as pastels (light pinks, blues, yellows, etc.) and simple designs. If you are having your wedding in a ballroom setting, then you want to pick a fancy dress for your flower girl.

Style
When choosing the style of your flower girl’s dress, keep in mind that you want to stay within the style of the wedding. As she is walking down the aisle in front of the bride, gently tossing the flower petals on the floor, all eyes in the room will be on her first. You can stay calm in knowing that even though wedding styles have dramatically changed over the years, the style of the flower girl dress has not changed that much. You can choose to have this beautiful little girl’s flower dress made into a special little version of the bride’s wedding gown or even a flower girl version of the bridesmaids’ dresses.

Color
When choosing the color of your little flower girl’s dress, you also want to maintain the colors in the wedding. If you choose to go with having her dress in a miniature version of the bride’s gown, but you still want some color in it, you can incorporate some of the color scheme by putting pretty ribbons and bows in her hair or maybe some small flowers pinned on her dress or a hair wreath (carefully of course).

Comfort
It does not matter how young or old your flower girl is, you still want her to be comfortable in her dress. She will look very beautiful in her flower girl dress, but I can guarantee that if she is not comfortable, your whole wedding will follow suit. Little girls love dressing up for special occasions and they should. Even though we are talking about flower girl dresses, you need to keep in mind that you will have to pick out a matching pair of shoes that she can wear for a long period of time and not start whining. It is recommended you buy her flats (no matter how much she may beg for heels) that are made of patent leather.

Wrinkle Factor and Quality
You want to keep in mind that little girls do not sit still either at the reception nor will they stand still while you say your vows. They also will not remain still even though they are already dressed while you try to put on your wedding gown either. Since she will want to move around and on the off chance you can get her to stay seated while you dress, you want to make sure that your flower girl’s dress stays neat and pretty. Always pick fabrics that are not easily wrinkled and possibly ripped.

Season
The weather and time of year will play a big part in the style of the flower girl dress you pick out. If you are getting married in the summer or spring, then you want to make sure you do not get something that has long sleeves as she will be very hot and may tend to complain more. If your wedding is going to be in the winter or fall, you don’t want to pick a dress that has short sleeves as she will get cold. You also want to pick your flower girl dress in accordance with what colors are for the season, just as you did when you set your wedding date.

Length
There are two different lengths that you should consider when picking your flower girl dress, floor-length and tea-length. If you choose tea-length, make sure the socks or tights that you choose to go with it are appropriate for the style of the dress you choose. If you decide to go with floor-length, make sure that your flower girl will not trip over it. You do not want your beautiful little flower girl to fall and get embarrassed in front of everybody. In my opinion, tea-length is probably your best choice.

Budget
We all know that in planning and setting up your wedding, you have a budget that you have to follow as getting married can cost a lot of money. If money becomes an issue when choosing which flower dress to buy, you can look at purchasing her dress online or you can just buy her a nice party dress. If you choose to shop online for your flower girl dress, you can find a lot of great deals because shopping online can be cheaper than buying in a bridal shop. If you go with buying a party dress as a flower girl dress, make sure that you at least get one that complements the bridesmaid dresses.

Here are some great inspirations below on how to give your flower girl’s dress that special vintage boho flair with the above dresses! Add hair accessories to really amp up her look! 

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Happy Planning!

xoxo,

Kirstin @ FrouFrouLeBleu

 

 

 

Rent fabulous special occasion designer dresses at Rent the Runway.

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This April my husband and I have a fancy big dinner for one of his clients to go to and I honestly cannot wait, just exciting to have an actual reason to dress up!! That hasn’t happened in a while!  Here’s the problem, I am currently feeling rather “uninspired” (to put it mildly!) by my closet (help!). I mean let’s face it, I am a stay at home mom, a pretty simple lady and honestly.. I don’t go to too many super fancy events, let’s just say my wardrobe looks a little sad and very “mall-esque” , lol. Not complaining, but this mama needs to take her look up a notch up!

Since I will probably only wear the dress once, I am now considering renting a dress a gorgeous designer dress for the occasion! After reading good reviews of Rent the Runway , I think it’s time to give it a try! Have you tried it? Loving the idea and it’s now really growing on me! Did you know they have a ton of dresses for rent that start at just $30??(And that includes designers like Monique Lhuillier, Milly, Trina Turk, Badgley Mishka and more of course!). Nice!

A few things really stood out to me that I loved as I browsed around the Rent the Runway website:

  • Real people upload pictures of themselves in the dresses which I think is amazing and super helpful when trying to select a size
  • When you rent a dress, you will receive two sizes to help ensure that the dress will fit. wow.
  • You can sort by so many different categories, including the level of formality, desired neckline, color, body type, occasion, etc.

OK, now onto the big question, so what should I choose? Here are a few of my favorites below!

Oh and if you end up shopping, make sure to enter this code for your 20% off your first rental! Here it is..(FIRSTRTR20P)


Badgley Mischka Award Winner Gown – $70.00

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Nicole Miller Tempted by You Gown – $90.00

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BCBGMAXAZRIA Serafina Gown – $90.00

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ML Monique Lhuillier Lace me in Teal Dress – $35.00

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Badgley Mischka Midnight Glamour Dress – $35.00

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Jay Godfrey Fearless Midnight Gown – $80.00

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Elizabeth and James Peak Sheath – $65.00

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Here is an example of the photos of real women in these dresses in the reviews! Helps so much with the decision making process! 
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Check out the site and enjoy shopping! Don’t forget to enter your special code to get your 20% off your first shop! enter – FIRSTRTR20P
Enjoy Shopping! I will update and do a review after our event and let you know about my Rent the Runway experience firsthand! 

Enjoy Ladies!

XOXO, Kirstin 

Bohemian Rhapsody…boho bride all grown up and on trend.

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For as long as I can remember, since I was about 13 and shopping with my friends for “vintage” at Salvation army in San Francisco where I grew up..I have loved anything & everything vintage and bohemian!! Of course growing up in the peace loving city of SF where it all “happened” along Haight street I am sure helped inspire me greatly! I have always deeply loved, lived and felt a deep connection to anything hippy, flowy and flowery!

Planning a bohemian wedding? Check out these gorgeous images and ideas below! I just love all the inspiration and was so excited about doing this post!

Who’s planning a boho wedding? Would love to hear your thoughts and comments!

Happy Planning!

XOXO,

Kirstin @ FroufrouLebleu

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Your Last Minute Pre-Wedding Day Checklist! Start making notes! :-)

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Last Minute Checklist

In the craziness of all the day-of excitement, it’s so darn easy for even the most detail-oriented person to forget to take care of some last minute wedding details, whether it be to make sure grandma Irene’s restricted diet dish with the special gluten free details is accounted for or to pop a couple of breath mints before the big kiss. I know it can and will be so easy to forget some minor and major details for your big day! I know I did.

So, I decided to make this list of things I think are most important as far as last minute wedding details that could ruin your big day if not attended to and if you don’t make that checklist! So, read mine and let your worries fall to the wayside! :-)

1. Check in with your vendors.

“Confirm arrangements with your pros and make sure they all have exact directions and a contact person’s cell phone number,” advises Julie Pryor of Pryor Events in Los Angeles.

2. Prepare final payments.

“Pay your vendors ahead of time,” says Emilie Duncan of Emilie Duncan Event Planning in Columbus, Ohio. “Then you don’t have to try to remember what is owed to whom on your wedding day.”

3. Have an “insurance policy.”

“When your vendors collect your final payments, have each of them sign a note indicating he’s received it,” advises Samantha Goldberg of Gold Events Planning in New Jersey. “Then if anyone claims he wasn’t paid, you will have proof that he was.”

4. Create tip envelopes.

“If you plan on tipping anyone, such as the banquet captain, wait staff or DJ, prepare envelopes with their names and insert the correct amounts,” says Duncan. “Sealed envelopes are a whole lot safer than a big stack of bills in someone’s pocket!”

5. Bring extra cash just in case.

“You might want to give a gratuity to someone who you feel has gone above and beyond the call of duty,” says Kathi R. Evans, event coordinator for All the Best Weddings and Celebrations, based in New Jersey.

6. Drop your luggage off early.

“If you’ll be staying overnight at a hotel after the reception, bring your bags the night before or have a friend or family member drop them off the morning of the wedding,” suggests Sarah Lusardi, wedding planner for NY Engagements, LLC, in New York.

7. Pack for your honeymoon early.

Doing it sooner rather than later is the way to guarantee one less worry,” says Pryor. “Also, make sure your passports and travel documents are in order.”

8. Pack properly for your destination wedding.

“Make a list of all the important things you need to bring and, if possible, pack them as carry-on,” says Cindy Clearwater of SunCelebrations in the Virgin Islands. “You may be able to pick up such necessities as drugstore items at your wedding destination, but don’t assume so.”

9. Have wedding items in place before the big day.

Lusardi suggests having your wedding favors, toasting glasses, cake knife and server delivered to your reception site a few days beforehand. For anything going to the ceremony site, designate a trusted friend or family member to get everything there before the guests arrive.

10. Put your signature-drink recipes in writing.

“Give a list to your bartender the day before, so he doesn’t forget exactly what you want,” says Sasha Souza of Sasha Souza Events in California.

11. Name those tunes.

Songs are often covered or remade by different bands, so double-check with your DJ or band leader that they have the versions you want.

12. Have a discussion with your photographer.

“Leave nothing to chance. Give him or her a list of people you’d like to have photographed together,” advises Pryor. “He’ll probably get the obvious ones, but if you want a picture of your sorority sisters or everyone who flew in for your wedding or your new husband’s coworkers, let your photographer know in advance.”

13. Create a wedding-day photography schedule.

Jean Picard, state coordinator for the Association of Bridal Consultants in California, says this is the best way to keep things moving smoothly. “For example,” she says, “if the bride, the bridesmaids and the bride’s family are being photographed at 3:15 p.m., this means they need to be at the location at 3:00 p.m., fully dressed, coiffed and made up. You don’t want a bridesmaid thinking she can pull into the parking lot at 3:15 p.m. with rollers in her hair and her dress in a garment bag!”

14. Create a day-of itinerary.

“Write a detailed schedule for the bridal party and family to be distributed after the rehearsal,” suggests Jo Ann S. Woodward, wedding coordinator in Texas. “This lets people know where and when to arrive for photographs and so on.”

15. Review printed materials.

“Be sure to carefully check place cards, table numbers, menus and programs for errors several days before your wedding,” says Pryor.

16. Make your guests feel loved.

“Have thoughtful welcome gifts with personalized notes waiting for your guests in their hotel rooms,” adds Pryor.

17. Line your cards up.

“Arrange all your escort and seating cards in alphabetical order ahead of time,” suggests Souza. “Bring an extra copy of the seating arrangements or give it to a bridesmaid and let her be in charge of it.”

18. Hydrate your flowers.

“Have a vase of water ready for bouquets when it is hot and dry outside,” Goldberg advises. “Certain flowers, like hydrangea and lilies, need water, so if you want your bouquet to live past the ceremony, don’t let it get thirsty!” Souza adds, “Order a few extra boutonnieres in case some die or are lost.”

19. Figure out how to get your gown to your location.

If you and your bridesmaids expect to dress at your ceremony site, don’t end up trying to fit large garment bags into one car along with you and your maids. If you have a plan in place, you’ll avoid stress.

20. Get your limo driver’s number.

“Don’t forget to bring his cell phone number in case you change your exit time or leave something in the car,” suggests Isha Foss, wedding consultant and owner of Isha Foss Events, based in Virginia. “At midnight, it won’t help to have only the office number.”

21. Arrange transportation home for your bridal party.

“Don’t strand your attendants at your wedding location!” says Duncan. “If they’re planning to arrive via shared transportation, make sure they have a ride at the end of the evening as well.”

22. Prepare for rain.

“If you’re planning an outdoor ceremony, be sure to have a tent set up and umbrellas on hand for guests just in case,” suggests Goldberg.

23. Nominate a gift caretaker.

“Designate in advance someone to take your presents home,” suggests Foss. “Give her a house key so she can have everything there for you when you return.”

24. Designate a wedding-day supervisor.

“Have a well-organized relative arrive early at the ceremony and reception site to ensure everything is in order,” suggests Lusardi.

25. Give your legal documents to someone responsible.

“Appoint someone to keep your signed marriage license until the end of the evening so it doesn’t get lost,” says Duncan. “Some honeymoon locations will give you special perks if you show proof that you’re honeymooners. That license may be all you’ll have.”

26. Don’t go hungry!

“Pre-order breakfast delivery to your hotel room the morning of the wedding,” says Souza. “Going through the day on an empty stomach isn’t helpful in dealing with all the excitement.”

27. Make sure everyone knows when it’s over.

“Double-check the end time of your wedding with your venue, as well as the time it must be cleared out, and give this information to all vendors,” says Foss. This will prevent unexpected overtime fees.

28. Pack a big-day emergency kit.

Lusardi suggests including bobby pins, hairspray, face powder, lip gloss and lipstick, hemming tape for last-minute repairs, traction pads for heels, a pair of panty hose, an umbrella and a shawl, stain remover, tissues and backup copies of your music choices should something happen to the originals.

Most of all and finally...Enjoy your wedding day!!

Oh and trying to stay calm, relaxed and pretty is pretty important too!

Hugs!

XOXO,

Kirstin@froufroulebleu.com

Yellow Mustard color Trending on the runway and in Bridesmaid dresses.

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Just loving the yellow trend right now were seeing all over the runway. Why not weddings?! I had to post some of these amazing yellowy mustard bridesmaid dresses I am seeing, wonderful dresses that can be taken from the wedding to a cocktail party and years beyond. I am all about reusable dresses. What is the point in wearing something once! Enjoy these for years…

Click on links and dress pics for more info!

Enjoy these lovelies and being on trend with this fabulous color!

XOXO,

Kirstin@froufroulebleu.com

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Photos Credits – Pinterest, Dessy website, Frengel Photographers,

Happy Shopping! Shop Here for more of these lovely dresses!

Hugs! :-)

 

 

 

 

 

Spotlight on Bridesmaid designer Jenny Yoo! Classy, Sophisticated with a vintage flair! Love!

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Ok ladies…was just on Dessy’s site and discovered a new designer who’s gorgeous dresses are now available on their site! Her name is Jenny Yoo and I am absolutely in LOVE with these dresses!! Such a perfect mix of sophisticated and classy, with that little hint of vintage and bohemian touches. The lace, flora, great lengths  and very flattering lines make her a winning designer. What I really love is that her dresses are so fabulous and will blend into your regular wardrobe after the wedding is over. So, you aren’t spending money on a dress …that just sits in your closet after the wedding and you either have to donate it or sell it on to get rid of it. 
Here is a little bit about the designer and then let’s get to the goods! I posted some of her lovely designs below. 
I was also very excited to see that she is a local Orange County babe and is local to me. Nice to have such talent here in the OC.
Meet Jenny Yoo
Jenny Yoo hails from a small town outside of Philadelphia. She attended the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York City and received her bachelors degree in Fashion Design. She is the founder and designer of Jenny Yoo Collection, Inc., a highly successful and rapidly growing company within the bridal industry.
Upon graduating from Parsons, she worked for a private label company before becoming an associate designer at Ann Taylor. She gained valuable experience and knowledge working for a corporate fashion apparel company. She recognized the importance of understanding consumer needs, but was frustrated with the creative limitations faced while working for a corporate label. She was determined to pursue her dreams.
 If you are interested in any of the dresses please click on any of the links I have included in this highlighted blog post or on any of the photos, it should bring you to Dessy ..and take you straight to the site to purchase.  
Enjoy Pics of these stunning designs! 

Click on any highlighted link or any photo to shop!

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Shop Now for these dresses at Dessy!

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Some gorgeous Jenny Yoo Inspiration…

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Thanks for checking out these amazing dresses!

XOXO,

Kirstin@froufroulebleu

 

 

Up and coming bridal designer Lela Rose is all about romantic ethereal meets chic renaissance!

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Hello lovely readers! I am back! It’s been a while and I apologize for the wait! Have missed you all and my world of froufrou and something bleu!! What can I say, the craziness of life and mommy-hood got me again. Am excited to keep posting and excited to get started again!

So, I wanted to share that I am just discovering and loving everything I’m seeing about designer Lela Rose. Her dreamy bridal line is just to die for and definitely swoon worthy! All of her pieces are the perfect combination of classic yet modern, and I am sure would make an absolute “to die for” impact on your wedding day! Think Downton abbey with a little modern twist. Loving the higher necklines, the exquisite lace work, the structure in some dresses and then flow ethereal lines in others. Really up my street and I am sure yours too if you are reading my blog!!

A little about this new fabulous designer…

Lela Rose’s Spring Bridal Collections lends themselves to the early 19th century pulling inspiration from Scottish illustrator, Jessie M. King. King was widely recognized for her unique children’s drawings most specifically her intricate ink work. Timeless and feminine, the collection features corded lace, crystal dusted embroidery, and hand crafted matelassé. Youthful yet romantic, the collection evokes a soft, enchanting feeling.

Please enjoy some of her incredibly chic loveliness below & quite a few of my personal favorites…

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Kirstin @ Froufrou Le Bleu

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Fabulous Vintage Inspired Bridal by Gwendolynne!

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Gorgeous Dresses with a Old Hollywood feel Alert!

I could not help but post these gorgeous dresses by Australian designer Gwendolynne! I don’t know what took me so long, these dresses are right up my street!!

So vintage feeling, elegant and chic!

A little about this fabulous designer and her line..

“Gwendolynne Burkin has established herself as one of Australia’s fashion purists; she works with intuition, avoids fashion trends, and remains true to her own sense of style and obsession with creating beautiful unique, vintage style designs.
Gwendolynne’s design approach explores tradition in a modern context, each collection evolving in a well-versed blend of historical references.

Combining delicate fabric with antique-style trimmings, Gwendolynne’s pieces are ladylike without appearing over the top – the styling is elegant, sensual and romantic.
Gwendolynne’s intuitive approach to her work has resulted in a unique signature look with details that include luxurious couture hand embellishment (some featuring fresh water pearls and Swarovski crystals) and exclusive fabrics (such as French, Swiss and Italian lace).

Gwendolynne’s relentless pursuit of timeless beauty appeals to contemporary brides who want to invest in designs that can be worn again.
To complete the look, headpieces, veils, shoes and accessories can also be created. Long-term collaborator milliner Richard Nylon is situated exclusively at Gwendolynne’s salon and can tailor pieces to coordinate perfectly with Gwendolynne’s designs.

“I love working with beautiful exclusive fabrics and designing my own embellishments. My design philosophy is to create timeless beauty; I choose to work in small quantities in order to maintain quality, exclusivity and longevity.” ” – from the website of Gwendolynne herself!

Beautiful!

XOXO,

Kirstin @ FrouFrou Le Bleu

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Jenny Packham Fall 2014 Bridal Fashion Show. A gorgeous and dreamy vintage inspired season..

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I have always loved Jenny’s bridal wear! When I was living in England in 2005, I tried on several of her dresses and ended up going for a vintage dress re-designed, but her dresses are SO gorgeous & I will never forget the fit. The way they drape your curves is just sinfully gorgeous! Such grace, elegance and old hollywood dreamy-ness! One cannot help but love and adore her work and craftsmanship.  The thing I love most about Jenny Packham is her subtle use of shimmer, sparkle and sheerness as well as the ladylike quality of her designs. Also, having lived in England and being able to experience the feel of her dresses myself,  it makes me proud to see a British designers do so well across the pond! Good for her!

Enjoy these stunning pics of her show. I also included a little hair and makeup close up at the bottom because that really stuck with me…her look at the show was reminiscent of the old world paintings of the renaissance yet kind of that 70’s studio 54 cool, lots of romantic curls and lots of big hair, a few bobs too!!! Being a naturally wavy and curly hair’d gal myself…made me proud to see all those big flowing locks. Love it!

Gorgeous industrial space, love the lighting!!

An industrial New York venue was transformed into a tree lined boulevard at dusk, setting the scene for Jenny Packham’s latest collection of romantically soft, feminine designs. Intricate, light beading, delicate embellishment and clean, understated silhouettes played homage to an Edwardian inspiration, whilst romantically volumous ballerina skirts, graceful tulle sleeves and elegantly exposed backs brought to mind a very modern bride, evoking scenes of a chic European destination wedding. 

Enjoy the dresses!

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Hair Spotlight – Make it big!

Loving the big luminous wavy hair Jenny chose for the show!!

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Enjoy! Happy Planning!

XOXO,

Kirstin @FrouFrou Le Bleu

 

 

Check out these Wedding Cake Alternatives that will wow you into trying something different!

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‘Let them eat cake’

Seriously now, who says you can only serve cake at a wedding?! These days there are so many fun ideas to really put a modern and edgy spin on the traditional wedding to match your personalities…be it quirky, artsy, green, traditional, international or just plain fun!! It is so great to watch your desert choices shine through on your special day and how fun that your choice can really reflect your personalities and become a real wow factor that makes your day something unforgettable to everyone! Hey, if a traditional wedding cake isn’t really you then why not treat your guests to a taste of you as a couple with a fun and unique treat!

Here are some really fun, interesting and fabulous ideas!

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Kirstin @ FrouFrou Le Bleu

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Happy Planning!  

It’s Fall! Time to put the finishing touches on your Winter wedding! Check out these beautiful vintage winter wedding ideas!

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My favorite time of the year is Fall, mainly because that means it’s almost Winter! Even though I live in Southern California, I still do appreciate the cooler “sweater” weather, that crisp feeling in the air and just love getting ready for the holidays! My husband told me I should be living in New England and I am born to be wearing cozy sweaters, hunter boots and bundling up by thee fire with a nice cup of coffee!

Snowflakes and pinecones are tried-and-true winter wedding motifs, but don’t feel bound to these seasonal standbys. Here are 10 ways to reinvent your winter wedding! Is this you? If so, check out some of these great ideas and photos to see if anything works for your theme and decor!

1) Wedding Colors

Reds and greens certainly reflect the season, but overdo this color combo, and your wedding may seem more holiday-oriented than you intended.

What’s Hot Now: Consider a less-is-more approach to your color palette: Silver and white with crystal accents can add some serious glamour to your winter wedding. For your ceremony, try a white velvet aisle runner trimmed with white satin ribbon, or decorate the altar with a crystal curtain backdrop adorned with hanging strands of elegant white phalaenopsis orchids. If you’re exchanging vows outdoors, get your guests in on creating the ambience by giving out clear umbrellas to friends and family members as they arrive.

2) The Flowers

Red roses, calla lilies, and amaryllis are decidedly winter wedding flowers, but if you step outside the flower box, and you’ll find a variety of options for winter blooms.

What’s Hot Now: Consider fuller flowers, such as white hydrangeas and soft ranunculuses. White boutonnieres can be handsome when they’re accented with greenery, but they also look great with a simple white ribbon. Add sparkle to your bouquet by wrapping the stems in ribbon embellished with crystals.

3) Invitations

Since winter weddings are usually held indoors (it’s an ideal time for ballroom receptions), they often call for a more formal invitations.

What’s Hot Now: A black-tie event is nicely conveyed by heavy cardstock and a navy blue, chocolate-brown, or even eggplant font with hand calligraphy. For a fresh way to achieve a formal tone for your winter wedding, use thick, frosted Plexiglas invitations in white scripted ink. Send the sturdy invites out to all your guests tucked into silver envelope liners.

4) Centerpieces

Go beyond glowing candles to add both warmth and romance to your reception site.

What’s Hot Now: If you want to heighten the drama, bring in the icy outdoors with ice-carved vases on your reception tables. Have your florist fill the vases with tall winter-white branches and hanging crystals to reflect the light from the tables. Surround the centerpieces with votive candles, and top your tables with white dupioni table linens and frosted glass china.

5) Escort Cards

Miniature sleighs and holly motifs stamped onto your escort cards would spell out the season pretty clearly, but they might not dazzle your guests.

What’s Hot Now: Leave everyone awestruck as they retrieve their escort cards by making the entire table sparkle. Have the cards hand-calligraphed in silver ink and attach them to individual crystals with a ribbon. Hang each from an oversized crystal candelabra centerpiece for a new take on the popular escort card tree.

6) The Music

A classical pianist playing during dinner is a sure way to create an elegant ambience, but consider a more unexpected accompaniment.

What’s Hot Now: For a twist on the tunes, consider hiring an a capella quartet to sing background music at your reception. Have the group sing your favorite jazz and pop songs to set a welcoming and festive tone for the evening. If you’re into a more classical sound, hire a cellist and ask that Vivaldi’s “Winter” be included in the repertoire.

7) Cocktail Hour

A winter cocktail hour calls for warm, comforting drinks. You really can’t go wrong with hot chocolate and warm apple cider, but it’s your wedding — why not take every opportunity (drinks included) to add an element of surprise?

What’s Hot Now: Serve up white hot chocolate in small espresso cups and eggnog in small punch glasses for your guests as they arrive. At the bar, offer saketinis (Japanese rice wine and sweet-flavored vodka) in glasses rimmed with sugar crystals.

8) The Cake

A wedding cake trimmed in red or green ribbon or topped with roses looks pretty, but bakers who are willing to push the fondant envelope can reflect the winter in totally creative ways.

What’s Hot Now: Play up the season with a white, vintage-style cake, dusted with edible silver powder. For accents, have your baker add a white sugar ribbon and crystal drops cascading down one side of the cake.

9)Favors

Food wedding favors are always a hit, but if cookies or truffles seem passe, try new treat ideas to send your guests home satisfied.

What’s Hot Now: Give out small packages of chocolate-covered cranberries or roasted chestnuts. An over-the-top idea that will undoubtedly impress: Have your caterer set up a hot chocolate and churros station to top off the evening.

10) Honeymoons

While many couples flee the blustery weather for warmer (and sandier) locales for their honeymoon, a winter wedding can segue perfectly into a snowy escape.

What’s Hot Now: Embrace the season and rent a cozy log cabin for a week in Lake Placid, or join the jet-setters at a luxurious hotel in Aspen for some serious skiing, wining, dining, and snuggling.

Ok, let’s get started with ogling over some gorgeous photos and ideas!!! The best part! :-)

Happy Planning!

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xoxo,

Kirstin @ FrouFrou Le Bleu