{Inspired by} Lovely Bridesmaid Dresses

I am in love with these Lela Rose bridesmaid dresses.  The chiffon, the rosette details, the varying styles…what’s not to love!?  I think having your bridesmaids each wear a different style all in the same color would be so chic.  I have to admit, my own bridesmaids wore one of these styles, and they looked fabulous, if I do say so myself.

{What I Love} Emersonmade for your Wedding

I absolutely love Emersonmade and all of the little floral pieces they make.  You can adorn your shoes, dress, hair, bag, favors…the possibilities are endless!  I bought one of the small floral hair clips for my bridesmaids and they wore them for the wedding in their hair, and one of them told me they wore their flower last weekend.  Just for fun.  Love that.

{DIY} Some Lovely DIY Ideas for your Home

I’m loving these DIY home projects featured here on Country Living.  There are so many simple and fun ones to choose from, but here are my favorites:

Hanky Table Runner:

To make a table runner, measure the length of your table (plus overhang) to determine how many hankies you’ll need (we used ten 12-inch squares for an 82-inch-long table). To connect the first two, flip them pattern side down, overlapping the edges by about ⅜ inch; pin, then stitch together. Continue attaching handkerchiefs in this manner until the runner is complete.  This would be great for a dining table or coffee table!
DIY Vase:
This is a simple and creative way to use those antique bottles or jars you have around the house.  Simply line up nine same-size vessels in three rows of three. Then wrap gardener’s twine around the grouping twice and tie the ends. Finish the blooming display by placing two to three stems in each container.
DIY French Country Table Cloth:

I just spent $35 this weekend at the Rose Bowl flea market for a real french feed sack table runner, and you could make one for a fraction of the cost!  All you need is a canvas table cloth, whatever color paint you want (I like it in blue), and a stencil or yard stick to paint the straight lines.  Genuis.

Check out the link above for 30 other DIY home projects!

{Inspired By} Lovely Boutonnieres

Brides-to-be always think about their bouquets and wedding flowers, but the boutonnieres are often overlooked.  I know I didn’t give much guidance to my florist in that department, and it was the only part of our florals I was disappointed with.  I wish I had put more thought into giving the boutonnieres some personality.  Here are some examples of ways to give the groom some style:

I love the use of unexpected materials:  fiddle fern, wheat, succulents, feathers.  I also love the pops of color, either in the tie or the boutonniere.  And the big fluffy blooms give a touch of femininity to the otherwise masculine attire.

All photos from The Knot, except the following:  row 1 #5 from Photography by Leah, row 2 #6 from The Bride’s Cafe, row 3 #5 from Martha Stewart Weddings, row 4 #6 from Jasmine Star 

{It’s in the Details} All Baby’s Breath Florals

Years ago I went to a friend’s wedding, and she and her bridesmaids all carried bouquets of baby’s breath.  Yes, just baby’s breath.  And I LOVED it.  It was so simple and chic and unexpected.  I know most of us pick baby’s breath out of bouquets the second they are delivered, but there is something so lovely when you put a bunch of baby’s breath together alone.  I was reminded of this recently, when I saw this wedding featured on JL Designs blog.

Here is some beautiful ceremony and reception decor featuring baby’s breath, done by JL Designs:

How amazing is the baby’s breath lining the ceremony aisle?  And even better, the pieces were moved and put on tables at the reception.  Love it.

Baby’s breath also makes for a beautiful bouquet: