Saturday, December 19, 2009

It's Holiday and Engagement Season. What to give??

Did you know that the holidays just happens to coincide with Engagement Season :)

About 40% of couples get engaged between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day.

Here are a few Gift giving ideas from Get an online source for weddings that will help out and set the mood.

Top 11 Gifts for a Newly Engaged Bride (or Groom!)

He popped the question! She’s over the moon. How do you show her you’re here to help celebrate this gi-normous life changing event? Here are 10 girly gifts to give your sister, soon-to-be sister, childhood confidant or BFF, a.k.a bride to be. Plus we could never forget the groom so we’ve got him covered as well.

1. Plan Ahead

The best gift you can give a bride is organizational skills. Bestow a bright and funky planner on her to get her started down the aisle.

Turquoise Bride’s Planner, $15.99

2. The Spitting Image

For the fashion-forward friend, give a personalized, unique illustration that expresses her personal style. From every hair color to every style of dress, there’s a framed and matted creation that will remind her of her inner fashionista.

Fashion Illustration, $20 for 5 x7

3. The Bridal Party

Pamper her with a collection of shower gels inspired by wedding traditions. Sure to get the beautiful bride ready before the big day, this set includes a 6 oz Wedding Cake Ultra-De

licious Shower Gel, 6 oz Bubbly Ultra-Rich Shower Gel, and a 6 oz Bridal Bouquet Ultra-Feminine Shower Gel in a signature box.

Bridal Party by Philosophy, $30

4. The Princess Bride

For bridal royalty. Inspired by the tiara gifted to Queen Mary, enjoy this bride tank top - something old on something new. An ideal present for the princess bride., $29


. Etiquette Lessons

Ok, you don’t have to spring for a whole lineup of classes. Just buy your gal pal Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette in hardback. It’s the go-to-guide for the classy, thoughtful bride. Make sure she never makes a misstep., $18.47

6. Hands Down The Best Gift!

Only the newly engaged know how embarrassing it is to have scruffy cuticles and unpolished nails. E

veryone is always grabbing your hand to ooh and aww. Buy her this kit and her hands will be ready for show-off showtime!

Professional Manicure/Pedicure Nail Kit, $42

7. With This Ring

You know she wants to tell the world he put a ring on it—without having to say a word. Get her this fun-key ring to show off a bit. She’ll toss her house and car keys on it and every time she pulls it out will be reminded she’s headed for wedded bliss.

With This Ring Crystal Engagement Ring Keychain, $4.90

8. It’s a Wrap!

Comfy terry cloth wraps are always a favorite gift and can be personalized with her future monogram. Get her ready to be Mrs. Happily Ever After.

Terry Cloth Bath Wrap, $36

9. For Her (and Him)

Give your friend a boudoir photo session she can use to surprise her fiancé. A hot trend for brides to be, noir-inspired shots can be tasteful (think more Dita Von Teese, than Playboy) and will get her in the mood for her wedding night. Tell her to smile and work it, you sexy thing!

Boudoir Photo Session, price on request

10. Sweet Siblings

Tell sisters and soon to be sisters-in-law how much they mean with a sentimental token. Personalize this folksy, sweet frame by sliding in a childhood photo. Sugarboo Designs uses quotes from luminaries and simple classic style for thoughtful gifts she’ll love.

Sister, Open Your Heart by Sugarboo Designs, $85 and up

11. For the techie, gadget groom:

Forget cord confusion, the Duracell Mygrid allows for all of your electronic devices to be charged at once.

Duracell myGrid Charging Pad

Amazon, $76.79

Happy Shopping!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Holiday Card from Lela New York - Happy Holidays to ALL!!

Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday and Safe New Year!

Best Wishes, Lela xoxooxx

Interview with a Wedding Pro - Candice Dowling Coppola

I had the amazing opportunity to recently work with New England/Connecticut Wedding and Event Planner, Candice Dowling Coppola from Jubilee Events on a wonderful Glam Wedding photoshoot (picts hopefully coming soon). She's fabulous in incorporating original vintage inspired ideas to her amazing weddings and events.
I had the chance to interview her and wanted to share it with you guys. Enjoy!

1. What makes Jubilee Events unique?

Our staff is what sets Jubilee Events apart from any other company. We bring a wide variety of talents and creativity to each event we do! I also think we provide an experience for our couples that can’t be found elsewhere.

2. What services do you provide?

Our services really are endless – we provide full event management, design, and coordination. Our services are truly a great mixture and balance of creativity and information.

3. What can you advice brides and couples to be aware of or avoid when looking for an event planner?

When looking for an event planner it’s really important to ask for a portfolio of their work and check references (from past brides or even vendors). Overall, I encourage couples to hire someone that they really like, get along well with, whose style they admire, and someone they are completely comfortable with.

4. Any trends you see happening in weddings?

There are so many! Old is new, new is old. Right now we’re really seeing a lot of romantic elements – romantic colors, fabrics, draping, details, flowers…. It’s endless. There is a lot of femininity back in the style of weddings, from the gowns to the invitations. A lot of feminine touches.

5. Do you have a favorite wedding?

I do! My own. You can see it in BRIDES magazine on newsstands at the end of this month!

6. How do you stay motivated, what inspires you?

Coffee keeps me motivated and inspires me. I’m most inspired by things that are unrelated to weddings. A swatch of fabric, a chair, a bowl of soup… the list is endless. I recommend to my clients and my blog readers to allow yourself to be inspired by ideas that are not related to weddings!

** All photography by Carla Ten Eyck http://www.carlateneyck ** Headshot by Raw Photo Design

Thanks Candice! xoxoxooo

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Fall/Winter Real Wedding Inspiration

Just got these beautiful images from amazing photographer Laura Klein.
This Real Wedding took place at the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa.
Laura's images are breathtaking! Capturing the amazing views of the locale.
The Luxury purple silk wedding invitations and stationery were designed by Lela New York.


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