Tea Party Bridal Shower

A tea party bridal shower is a great daytime activity that’s suited to all age groups.  If you love spending quality time with your favorite ladies, this sweet idea is definitely for you. A tea party shower can be held indoors and outdoors with creative themes to fit your personal style. Whether you prefer a playful picnic party or a vintage-inspired gathering, you can keep the festivities simple while throwing a party around one unique theme.  Check out these lovely tea party bridal shower ideas we’ve collected below and get inspired!

Outdoors Tea Party

Tea Party Bridal Shower Credits (from top left): Stacey Hedman / Christine Meintjes / Bonnie Berry Photography / The Schultzes / Cambria Grace Photography / Catch me Party / The Schultzes
Tea Party Bridal Shower Credits (from top left): Cambria Grace Photography / Stacey Hedman / Nicole Rene Design / Mackenzie Horan / Elizabeth Anne Designs / Design Sponge / J. Layne Photography / Catch me party / Catch me party / Cambria Grace Photography

Indoors Tea Party

Tea Party Bridal ShowerCredits (from top left): Catch My Party / Hello Naomi  / Blovely Events / Toffee Mag / Hello Naomi / Ashlee Raubach / Urban Outfitters / The Wweetest Occasion / Elizabeth Anne Designs / Ett Hörn Av Eden

Stylish Maternity Clothes – Isabella Oliver

If you are a soon-to-be mom, you’ll be needing some maternity clothes that make you feel amazing, especially on the days when you feel less than amazing.  However, you probably noticed that it is quite difficult to find gorgeous maternity clothes, and you are sick and tired of wearing another plain, stretchy t-shirt.  Today we are so excited to introduce you to one of the most stylish maternity lines we’ve ever seen – Isabella Oliver from UK.

Isabella Oliver designs maternity clothing that is effortless, comfortable, and stylish. As its brand slogan suggests, Isabella Oliver works hard to show the beauty of the “same woman” with “new curves”, embracing a new direction in trend aware style.

Stylish Maternity Clothes – Isabella Oliver

About Isabella Oliver

Isabella Oliver launched in 2003 with the determination to help women look and feel great during their pregnancy.  Fast forward to 2013, it has become a well-loved brand dressing pregnant women all over the world, with a Queen’s Award being the icing on the cake.  Isabella Oliver is a real team effort and they continue to work hard to offer great style and service.

About the Founder and Designer

Baukjen de Swaan Arons is the woman behind Isabella Oliver.  It was her vision to bring stylish dressing to the pregnant woman that revolutionised maternity fashion and saw women celebrate their new curves with confidence.

Baukjen: When I was pregnant with my first child, Oliver, I really struggled to find maternity clothes that flattered my pregnancy curves, were comfortable, and also fitted all the way through my pregnancy.  I wanted a wardrobe that felt like “me” and that was relaxed and flattering.  I couldn’t find that wardrobe.  To date, the best compliments I get, and the ones that motivate me the most, is when a woman tells me how much our maternity clothes made a difference to her pregnancy and state of mind.  Those really make my day and drive my creative vision forward.

Isabella Oliver’s 5 Promises

1. Pregnancy in style
2. Fitted for 10 months
3. The perfect fabrics
4. The full package
5. Here to help

Stylish Maternity Clothes – Isabella Oliver

Find Isabella Oliver:

Website | Facebook

Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring Engagement Photos

Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring Engagement Photos

It’s been so much fun seeing all of the creative approaches to engagement photo shoots that have come our way lately, especially since publishing our Best of the Best Engagement Photo Collection last week! This shoot, of darling couple Elena and Jason, came to us from photographer Jun Ying of Kunioo , and it’s not just one shoot, but four! Elena and Jason’s engagement shoot spanned four seasons over a full year – from August 2012 to April 2013, and beautifully captures the atmosphere and styles of each. What a fun project to do together!

Which season is your favorite? Summer…

Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring Engagement Photos

Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring Engagement Photos

Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring Engagement Photos

Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring Engagement Photos

Fall…

Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring Engagement Photos

Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring Engagement Photos

Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring Engagement Photos

Winter…

Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring Engagement Photos

Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring Engagement Photos

Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring Engagement Photos

Spring…

Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring Engagement Photos

Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring Engagement Photos

Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring Engagement Photos

Photo Shoot Team:

Photographer: Jun Ying of Kunioo
Second Photographer: Miya Gu
Make-Up: Elena Tsang Makeup Artistry
Florist: Lisa Wong – of Blush Floral Designs

I honestly love them all. Thank you for sharing your creative engagement photos with us Elena and Jason!

Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring Engagement Photos

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Dream Brides Styled Shoot from Jas Grace Photography

The bridal session is one of those beautiful traditions that have regained popularity in recent years.  It is typically when the bride does a portrait session in her wedding attire before the wedding day.  The bridal session is not only a great way to test your wedding day make-up, hair, and dress, but also one of the few times that a woman gets all dolled up and polished to feel like a queen in a stress-free environment.

We believe that the bridal session should not only reflect your beauty, but also carry your dreams and values, because those are the meaningful things that represent who you are.  To inspire you on this concept, we’ve designed a bridal styled shoot featuring a ballerina, a musician, and a business woman with their unique dreams.

We are madly in love with these gorgeous dresses provided by Frocks Modern Bridesmaids , beautiful makeup and hair done by Jocelyn Huang, bridal accessories created by Davie & Chiyo , lovely desserts freshly baked by Pâtisserie Für Elise , and the romantic photos captured by Jas Grace Photography .  We hope this special styled shoot leave you inspired, and we really encourage all of you to continue pursuing your dreams as you step into a new journey ahead!

The Romantic Ballerina

Dream Brides Styled Shoot from Jas Grace Photography

The ballerina’s dress and accessories:

Frocks Modern Bridesmaids: The Ivy & Aster Duchess ball gown is reminiscent of the ballerina outfit every little girl dreams of wearing. Its layers of blush tulle, fitted bodice, and delicate straps are sure to get a standing ovation.

Davie & Chiyo: A romantic trio of Swarovski pearl and crystal strands beautifully frame the neckline with a hint of sparkle (Celestial Necklace). Paired beautifully with the matching bracelet (Celestial bracelet), and goddess inspired ivory stranded head band (Athena headband). Classic accents for that special day.

Dream Brides Styled Shoot from Jas Grace Photography Dream Brides Styled Shoot from Jas Grace Photography

The Passionate Musician

Dream Brides Styled Shoot from Jas Grace Photography

The musician’s dress and accessories:

Frocks Modern Bridesmaids: The Janine dress by Leanne Marshall features a structured lace bodice, and a bold organza folded skirt. This dress is perfect for someone who wants to stand out from the crowd and make a statement.

Davie & Chiyo: An intricate beaded rose applique shines in reflective silver. This simple and delicate head piece completes the look for a warm summer wedding (Beatrix headband).

Dream Brides Styled Shoot from Jas Grace Photography

The Modern Business Woman

Dream Brides Styled Shoot from Jas Grace Photography

The business woman’s dress and accessories:

Frocks Modern Bridesmaids: Leanne Marshall’s Julie dress suits the modern career woman with its clean lines and unique accents. The simple silhouette and soft, floating silk chiffon make this gown classic with a romantic twist.

Davie & Chiyo: Glistening strands of Swarovski crystals and pearls delicately intertwine for this bold yet ethereal statement piece (Trylium Garland Necklace). Paired together with the brilliant strands of Swarovski crystals (Galaxy Cuff) and Genuine leather envelope clutch (Jewelled Loveletter). Just the right amount of sparkle and elegance for the big day.

Dream Brides Styled Shoot from Jas Grace Photography

The Dream Brides

Dream Brides Styled Shoot from Jas Grace Photography

The Photographer’s Thoughts

Jas Grace Photography: Styled shoots are great projects for our creativity as wedding artists, especially a photo session like this where passion, dreams, emotions, and love are the main subjects to capture.  This photoshoot reminds me of Helen Keller’s famous quote: “the best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart“.

We wanted our shoot to illustrate the pure faith and hope found in the three brides as they embrace their dreams.  The girls may not be professional models, but they are definitely true believers.  I was amazed by the natural facial and physical expressions they had when I asked them to “show” their dreams.

I’ve been completely overwhelmed by each person’s dedication to this dream project.  Thank you for being part of a stellar team and for driving this shoot further than I could have ever imagined.

Dream Brides Styled Shoot from Jas Grace Photography

The Makeup Artist’s thoughts

Jocelyn Huang: My dream started from makeup and styling.  Dreams and happiness are the biggest motivation behind every project, and this is how I felt about this bridal styled shoot.  The beauty of the natural smiles and confident expressions found in this shoot are my greatest encouragement.

Desserts from Pâtisserie Für Elise

Patisserie Fur Elise is a pastry shop and tea salon in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Pâtisserie Für Elise specializes in French pastry, afternoon tea and various sweets. Come for some desserts to-go or enjoy your afternoon tea with friends in their Queen Anne-style Victorian heritage house that has been in Vancouver since 1893.

Dream Brides Styled Shoot from Jas Grace Photography

Find the vendors:

Design and Styling: Praise Wedding | Facebook

Photographer: Jas Grace Photography | Facebook

Dresses: Frocks Modern Bridesmaids | Facebook

Bridal Accessories: Davie & Chiyo | Facebook

Makeup & Hair: Jocelyn Huang

Desserts: Patisserie Fur Elise | Facebook

Utterly Romantic Wedding Dresses – Claire Pettibone

We are kicking off the week with something utterly romantic.  If you are a fan of dreamy, ethereal, and elegant dresses, you will definitely fall in love with Claire Pettibone ‘s amazing designs.  Claire started her career in lingerie design, and expanded her creativity into bridal wear.  She has a strong signature style.  Many describe her style as “fairy-like”, “lacey”, and “whimsical”, but she described her own style as “romance, with vintage inspiration and modern individuality“.   How are Claire Pettibone designs so unique? Let these stunning real brides below show you the answer.

Utterly Romantic Wedding Dresses – Claire Pettibone

About the designer

Claire Pettibone: I spent my early childhood living in rural New York in a 19th century farmhouse on acres of rolling hills. As an only child, most of my time was consumed exploring the surrounding streams and forests, picking wild raspberries, and dreaming. Among the trees, ferns and wild flowers it was very easy to imagine and believe in a world of fairies and magic castles. Some of my earliest drawings are of princesses and brides dressed in elaborate gowns.

My parents are both professional artists, so I was exposed to galleries and museums and encouraged to develop my creativity. I studied classical ballet for years and the stories and costumes of the ballet continue to influence my ideas of elegance and grace.

As a teenager I began pouring over European Vogue where the world of couture opened up to me. I completed study in fashion design at Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles and began my career in design.

It has always been my desire to create exquisite feminine clothing using the finest fabrics and precious details; to combine a vintage feeling with modern style. In 1994, with the partnership of my husband Guy Toley, we began. Over the years, it has been a joy to see our collections carried in the finest boutiques in the world. I have a very romantic vision of how fashion can enhance our beauty and indulge our dreams. I invite you to share that dream.

Utterly Romantic Wedding Dresses – Claire Pettibone

Design inspiration

Claire Pettibone: When I design a collection I strive to make a woman feel as special as the delicate creation she is wearing; take her to a enchanted time and place where women are princesses. In today’s modern world we need to pause and indulge in beauty.

Utterly Romantic Wedding Dresses – Claire Pettibone

Find Claire Pettibone:

Website | Facebook | Online Store

Modern Designer Dresses – Frocks Modern Bridesmaids

Finding the perfect dresses is definitely one of the most important things on a bride’s to-do-list, and this includes dresses for the bride and her bridesmaids. The bridal party should not only dress to match the wedding theme and colors, but also look and feel beautiful and stylish inside out.  If you are looking for fresh, modern, fashionable dresses you will love, Frocks Modern Bridesmaids is the right place to go.

Frocks Modern Bridesmaids carries lots of new and upcoming designer brands we love to feature here on Praise, including: Carol Hannah, Ivy & Aster, Jenny Yoo, and Leanne Marshall, to name a few!  Their lovely stores are located in Vancouver and Calgary, where you will be able to try on dresses from all these designers.  Frocks has something for everyone, luxe or casual, and cater to multiple price points.  Join us as we introduce Frocks Modern Bridesmaids in more details below with their professional advice for brides and bridesmaids to be!

Modern Designer Dresses – Frocks Modern Bridesmaids

About Frocks Modern Bridesmaids

Frocks Modern Bridesmaids, with locations in Vancouver and Calgary, was created to provide brides with a simple, classic gown with contemporary details.  You won’t find over-embellishment, but you will find beautiful fabrics, and flattering silhouettes, that lend well to personalizing with accessories.

In addition to Frocks’ unique bridal designers, Frocks has sourced accessories from a variety of talented designers from around the globe. We suggest brides add their own touch of sparkle, or whimsy to their look!

Frocks provides a boutique experience with a relaxed atmosphere.  Customer service is their first priority and they recommend making an appointment so they can provide one-on-one professional guidance throughout your appointment. Frocks is about enjoying your experience, so they encourage taking photos, bringing some bubbly, and using Skype to include your girls who are far away!

Exclusive brands

Frocks carries designers such as Ivy & Aster, Leanne Marshall, Carol Hannah, Jenny Yoo, and Lynn Lugo.

  • Ivy & Aster is known for their soft and whimsical bridal and bridesmaid designs, beautiful fabrics, and custom options.
  • Leanne Marshall and Carol Hannah , who were both contestants on Project Runway, have unique bridal gowns with modern silhouettes and inventive touches.
  • Jenny Yoo has both bridal and bridesmaid dresses, with classic lines, and luxurious fabrics.
  • Lynn Lugo is a customizable designer, who allows you to choose the top, and skirt that you love in order to create the best dress for you.

All of these designers are exclusive to Frocks on the West Coast, allowing them to provide you with a truly one-of-a-kind dress!

Modern Designer Dresses – Frocks Modern Bridesmaids

Top 5 reasons why we love Frocks

  • Unique, modern, stylish, and fashionable dresses; exclusive brands like no others
  • One-stop visit that satisfies both the bride and her bridesmaids
  • Friendly service and professional staff
  • Relaxed, comfortable envirnment and boutique experience
  • Beautiful accessories are available (veil, hair accessories, clutches, sashes, etc)

Modern Designer Dresses – Frocks Modern Bridesmaids

Frocks’ tips for brides and bridesmaids to be

  • Do some research! It is always helpful, both for you and your consultant at Frocks to have an idea of your wedding vision! Feel free to check out our designers (listed on our website) to get ideas, or to bring photos of dresses that appeal to you to your appointment!
  • Give yourself lots of time! Not only does it sometimes take some time to find the perfect dress, it also takes time to bring the dress in! Frocks recommends ordering your dress approximately 5 months in advance. This means starting your dress search 8 months in advance will give you a comfortable amount of time to find the dress of your dreams!
  • Try on everything! You may be surprised by what ends up looking the best on your body type, so trying on different silhouettes and styles, even the ones you initially hadn’t considered, can really help you get the best idea of what you do and don’t like in your wedding dress.
  • Be prepared! Frocks recommends booking an appointment ahead of time so that we can be sure to have a fitting room available and a consultant dedicated to helping you. Also, it is always a good idea to bring a strapless bra, and your favourite pair of heels to your appointment!
  • Consider your budget! It is a good idea to have a price in mind. Frocks bridal gowns can range anywhere from $300 to $3500 so letting your consultant know what your dress budget is helps them direct you towards the best dresses for you – and ensures you don’t fall in love with a dress that is beyond your budget!
  • Limit the initial opinions! Frocks suggests bringing just a few close friends and family to your appointment, as having too many people accompany you often results in an over-whelming number of opinions.  Feel free to make a second appointment to bring other people in to see your favourite gowns.
  • Ask questions!  Often dresses have customizable features – perhaps we can add straps, change the length, or have it made in a different colour or fabric. If there is anything that would turn a dress into the perfect dress for you, please do not hesitate to ask us!
  • Stay true to yourself! While there can be pressure from friends and family when it comes to choosing your dress, it’s important to focus on your initial vision. After all, this is your day, and your dress. Make sure that you choose a dress you truly love and that suits both you and your wedding day.

Modern Designer Dresses – Frocks Modern Bridesmaids

Find Frocks

Frocks can be contacted with questions, or for booking an appointment, through our website , or email or by calling us at 604.738.8622. You can also follow us on Facebook or on Pinterest !

Best of the Best Engagement Photos Honorable Mention – Romantic and Intimate Images on Junebug Weddings

When it comes to engagement photos, romance is the name of the game, and these intimate photos entered into our Best of the Best Engagement Photo Contest really bring that feeling home. Thanks so much to all the photographers and couples who shared their images!

Best of the Best Engagement Photos Honorable Mention – Romantic and Intimate Images on Junebug Weddings
engagement photo by Ben Adams of Ben Adams Photography

Best of the Best Engagement Photos Honorable Mention – Romantic and Intimate Images on Junebug Weddings
engagement photo by Heather Waraksa of Heather Waksa Photography

Best of the Best Engagement Photos Honorable Mention – Romantic and Intimate Images on Junebug Weddings
engagement photo by Jennifer Lindberg of Jennifer Lindberg Weddings

Best of the Best Engagement Photos Honorable Mention – Romantic and Intimate Images on Junebug Weddings
engagement photo by Erica Bader of Erica Ann Photography

Best of the Best Engagement Photos Honorable Mention – Romantic and Intimate Images on Junebug Weddings
engagement photo by John & Joseph Photography Inc.

Best of the Best Engagement Photos Honorable Mention – Romantic and Intimate Images on Junebug Weddings
engagement photo by Mary McHenry Photography

Best of the Best Engagement Photos Honorable Mention – Romantic and Intimate Images on Junebug Weddings
engagement photo by Morgan Lynn Razi of Morgan Lynn Photography

Best of the Best Engagement Photos Honorable Mention – Romantic and Intimate Images on Junebug Weddings
engagement photo by Meg Brock of Meg Brock Photography

Best of the Best Engagement Photos Honorable Mention – Romantic and Intimate Images on Junebug Weddings
engagement photo by Pedro Damian Photographer

Best of the Best Engagement Photos Honorable Mention – Romantic and Intimate Images on Junebug Weddings
engagement photo by Steve Lee of Steve Lee Photography

Best of the Best Engagement Photos Honorable Mention – Romantic and Intimate Images on Junebug Weddings
engagement photo by Ariel Renae of Ariel Renae Photography

Best of the Best Engagement Photos Honorable Mention – Romantic and Intimate Images on Junebug Weddings

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