Backyard Wedding Bliss

Looking for a intimate setting for your wedding day? A backyard can be the perfect location!  It offers a special place for the bride and groom to say “I do” and allows flexibility in an environment you control.

Keep in mind that the amount of people on your guest list will depend on the size of your backyard space as well.  You don’t want your guests to feel confined or restricted.

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If you have the room, we suggest you rent an elegant tent so that there is somewhere to go if it begins to rain. You don’t want your guests running to your house for shelter!

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Long tables work perfectly for a larger guest list and they really bring everyone together for a traditional, “family style” celebration. We also recommend using the outdoors to your advantage. Use the trees to string up bistro lights to set a romantic ambiance for your guests.

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Have a swimming pool? Dress it up with floating candles or flower petals.

Since you saved your money by using your backyard as the wedding venue, consider spending on a fantastic live band and delicious catering. A great party should always have excellent music to dance to and food good enough to ask for seconds.

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When it comes time to consider where your wedding will take place, remember that a backyard wedding doesn’t always have to be casual or rustic. Depending on the decor, any theme can be pulled off. With the flexibility of a backyard wedding, you don’t have to add too much because nature serves as a beautiful backdrop.

DIY: Bird Cage Veil

Want to go for that vintage feel on your wedding day? A bird cage veil would be the perfect touch. Instead of spending your money on a custom made veil, we suggest you make it! Its a simple, inexpensive project that has a stunning finished look.

What you’ll need:

  1. A metal hair comb
  2. Needle and white thread
  3. Scissors
  4. Measuring tape
  5. Fine mesh tulle cut 1×28″ (or lace ribbon)
  6. French netting 9×25″ or more to be safe!

Once you’ve gathered all your supplies, it’s time to get started.

Step 1:

To measure how much french netting you’ll need, simply wrap it around your head and pinch where the two sides meet and cut. Then, lay the netting flat and fold over so both sides meet. Measure up 5 inches and cut inward on a diagonal.

Step 2:

Open the netting up and lay it flat. Thread your needle (make sure you give yourself enough thread) and make a nice knot at the end. Starting from the bottom corner and thread the needle through each “diamond” shaped dot on the netting all the way to the other side.

Step 3:

Once you get to the end, pull all the netting down to the end where you started. All the netting should be gathered and you should have the extra thread off to the side.

Step 4:

Put the netting to the side for now. Take the 1×28′ tulle and make a knot around the top part of the metal hair comb. Begin to wrap the tulle around the top between each comb “tooth.” At the end, make a knot.

Step 5:

Almost done! Now, take the needle and start a simple stitch (over and under) through the tulle you attached to the comb. Make sure when you begin stitching, the comb is facing the correct way (netting on the bottom and the comb placed on top, lined up with the gathered part and curved side down). Go back and forth with the stitching as many times as you want to make it secure.

Step 6:

Make another knot when you’re done sewing, cut off all the loose threads and you’re finished!

With six easy steps, you have yourself a vintage inspired bird cage veil! To make it more unique, we suggest clipping in a beautiful white flower by the comb.

*Note: If you choose a fancy, detailed hair comb it will become more difficult when wrapping the tulle, but it’s still doable.

Good Luck!

Veils and Bridal Headpieces: What Will You Wear?

As soon as they find their perfect dress, most brides are on the hunt for their veil. Will it be a bird cage or a bouffant style? Will you add a blusher to your veil? Or maybe you’re looking for something more dramatic, like a chapel or cathedral veil. Sometimes brides go with no veil and choose a stunning headpiece instead. Which style will you choose?

To make the hunt easier, we suggest you pick your head-ware based off of the theme or style of your wedding!

For the trendy vintage style wedding, a birdcage veil would be perfect. Immerse yourself in this theme by wearing your hair in pin curls and applying your favorite shade of red to your lips!

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For the hippy-chic wedding, forget the veil and wear a beautiful floral crown. Have the flowers match your wedding colors or to keep it simple, wear a daisy chain crown.

 

 

 

 

 

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If you’re looking for elegance and romance, then the long, dramatic cathedral veil is for you! Of course, if you find the cathedral veil to be too long, the chapel style veil will still provide the drama you’re looking for but feel more manageable with a shorter length.

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Feeling retro? The bouffant style veil was quite popular in the eighties but it’s making a comeback! With it’s multiple layers, this veil gives volume and can work for a fun, playful bride.

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And finally, if you’re looking to simply show off your amazing hairstyle, we recommend the fashion forward look of a headband.

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Whichever you choose, you want it to be comfortable and feel “right” so try on several styles . But most importantly, your veil or headpiece is like “the icing on the cake”, and the ultimate finishing touch to your perfect bridal look so don’t be afraid to try on as many styles as possible WHILE trying on your dress of choice. Chances are the right one will be an obvious choice!

A Beautiful Burlap Wedding

 Lace, satin, chiffon, and…burlap?  You heard right, burlap may not be a traditional fabric seen in a wedding but burlap details are on trend.  The neutral color works with any color theme, and it creates a DIY feel perfect for a rustic wedding.  Anywhere you would put ribbon or another fabric is a great place to incorporate burlap.  Have fun with it!

Suit & Tie

Who says brides are the only ones who can have fun with their wedding day style? These days grooms and groomsmen aren’t just picking out a suit, there’s so much more to it!

 

If you’re afraid to be too bold try basic black with some patterned ties.  It’s a nice subtle twist to an original look.  These mismatched white textured ties look crisp and fresh.

Have fun with unexpected colors!

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[Pink washed Oxford shirt, Bonobos suit, Good Heavens tie, Suede desert shoes]

Who needs a Jacket? Especially during warm summer months! Suspenders create a cool, effortless vintage look.

[Isabelle Selby Photography]

Go super casual and lose the suit and tie all together.

[Taylor Lee Photography]

Change it up with some funky cardigans or plaid shirts.

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There’s a million ways to get creative with boutonnieres! Pick something unexpected!

And of course there’s one of our favorite looks…the forever trendy bow tie!As Justine Timberlake would say…

“As long as I got my suit and tie
I’ma leave it all on the floor tonight”

Go get em’ boys!

 

An Enchanted Wedding

Katie May

Some of us spend our childhood dreaming of our storybook wedding. Well, this story does not have to be fiction. Let your fairy tale come to life with these magical ideas for an “Enchanted Wedding”.

Shareen Vintage

Picturesque floral arrangements that incorporate branches and delicate flowers will have your guests feeling like they’re in an enchanted forest.

This DIY decor has a fun whimsical feel to it.

Countless draping lights will illuminate the night with a magical ambiance.

Serve dessert floating in jeweled colored ribbons to show off dazzling and delicious treats.

Dreaming of a White Wedding

Yesterday we avoided the roaring blizzard by drifting off to a beautiful vision of a beach front wedding. Now that snow has landed and we’re all safely snuggled by the fire let’s embrace the beautiful white wonderland and talk about the weddings that welcome the snowflakes and winter setting.

 

Snowy, winter weddings are great for incorporating natural elements because there are so many ways to include decor from good ol’ mother nature.  Evergreen branches, rustic wood touches, and adorable pine cone bouquets create an enchanting atmosphere for guests while they sip hot cocoa and inhale the warming scents of winter.

These weddings are great for winter sport lovers or for those who simply appreciate the cozy feelings winter can bring. They can be created with elegance and sophistication or tailored to be quirky and fun. The decision is up to you!

Brotherhood Winery Wedding in NY’s Hudson Valley- Briana & Rob 9.22.12

So what do you get when you have a bride who is an amazingly talented graphic designer who just so happens to look like she came from the pages of the latest fashion magazine? You get the most creative, designer touches on all paper products from the invites & reply cards to the table numbers and programs. PLUS a stunning, awe-inspiring old Hollywood look that is absolutely  flawless from head to toe.

Ali Barone Events not only had the pleasure of helping to coordinate all of the logistics and details of Bri & Rob’s big day but also helped set the stage by providing our decorating services. We happily set and dressed all of the table tops, the ceremony, the escort card area and just about every place else our detail and decor loving bride had her heart set on embellishing. The day’s threatening weather and light passing showers proved to be a bit of a challenge with it all. However, we got it done without allowing it to dampened anybody’s spirits on this truly beautiful & joyous occasion.

A special thanks to Kimberly Coccagnia for her beautiful photos, Annalise and the entire catering team at Lola’s Cafe for an amazing job with the food, Diana Gould Ltd. for the lovely flowers & decor, Sudz + Ink for all the crazy cool stationary items and The Brotherhood Winery for it’s picturesque venue. For more pictures check out this very talented NY area photographer’s blog at : http://kimberlycoccagnia.blogspot.com