Introducing Millany Bridal Jewellery & Accessories

Introducing Millany Bridal Jewellery & Accessories

We are so excited to introduce Millany Bridal Jewellery and Accessories , founded in 2013 by fashion aficionado Tamsin Ridgwell following her glamorous career of runway shows and campaign shoots with celebrities and even royalty seeking her fashion advice. Her luxury bridal accessories boutique includes designs from Jennifer Behr , Flo and Percy , Hermione Harbutt , Enchanted Atelier and Stephanie Browne . Tamsin says, “I founded Millany as an inspiring, luxurious and directional environment, aligned with a more contemporary bride’s style philosophy. I hope that the curated designs combined with the compelling contributions from some of the world’s most visionary style influencers, create an enhanced and original shopping experience.”

If that wasn’t enough, her fabulous website is chock-full of incredible fashion inspiration and advice from top style visionaries such as Brides Magazine ‘s fashion director Rachel Leonard and James Bond Producer Barbara Broccoli. Check out just a few pieces from Tamsin’s incredible selection of bridal accessories and jewelry here, and then don’t miss Millany.com for more!

Introducing Millany Bridal Jewellery & Accessories

Top Image:
Jardin Vine necklace by Enchanted Atelier

Bottom Image:
Alexandra earrings by Stephanie Browne
Paris Pearl bracelet by Stephanie Browne
Allure earrings by Stephanie Browne
Boucheron bracelet by Stephanie Browne
Cheshire comb by Flo and Percy
Madhatter headband by Flo and Percy
Teardrop Halo 2013 by Emmy
Caulfield 2013 earrings by Stephanie Browne
Cosmos Bandeaux by Jennifer Behr

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Introducing Millany Bridal Jewellery & Accessories

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White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

Oh! The romance in this Italy inspired wedding in Florida simply jumps off the page and makes me wish I had been one of the lucky guests in attendance! Photographed by Studio 222 Photography , each photo is such a treat. Enjoy!

White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

The Couple: Robyn and Bill

The Wedding: 3.2.13 – The Powel Crosley Estate , Sarasota, Florida

White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

The Goals: We knew that we wanted the day to be all about celebrating with our family and friends. We have been dating for nine years and they have been a huge part of who we are as a couple, so our priorities centered around throwing a great party. We wanted the ceremony and reception to be romantic and meaningful, filled with small details of our relationship.

White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

The Design: We wanted the atmosphere at our reception at The Powel Crosley Estate to feel like you were dining al fresco in an Italian vineyard. We served all of the food family-style, had Bocce playing on the lawn, strung up cafe lights and had the wine pouring! We had lanterns, potted herbs, cork place card holders and burlap runners dressing the tables. The Powel Crosley was my dream wedding venue and a lot of my inspiration came from its beautiful house and grounds. One of my bridesmaids even created a hand-sketched drawing of the house which became the main design on our invitations.

White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

The Look: My wedding dress was much more than I ever thought I would have. I went in for a fitted gown and came out with a ball gown! But all my previous inspiration went out the window when this dress stole my heart with its pearl beaded bust and silk draping bottom. I felt incredibly glamorous! I love Kate Spade , so my bridesmaids surprised me the morning of the wedding with a pair of their mint colored heels with a gold bow! I loved that my bouquet was wrapped in a piece of my late-grandmother’s silk scarf which my cousins have started passing down for each of our wedding bouquets. My bridesmaids wore long navy dresses made by b2. They carried baby’s breath bouquets and my great grandmother’s Spanish fans.

White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

The Moments: I think my favorite part of the day was reciting our vows during our ceremony. They were so romantic and personal and I could just feel this energy in the church. It was such a happy moment! There are a lot of things that stand out in my mind, but dancing into the night with our friends and family was so perfect and everything I wanted our wedding reception to be.

White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

The Advice: If I was to give advice, I would say to focus on the things that are truly important to you. Don’t get caught up in the little details and focus on staying true to who you are as a couple. Oh, and that your mom is probably right about a lot of things!

White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

The Wedding Team:

Photographer: Studio 222 Photography
Event Planner: Sarasota Wedding Gallery
Ceremony Venue: St. Martha’s Catholic Church
Reception Venue: The Powel Crosley Estate
Videographer/Film Maker: Life’s Highlights
Officiant: Father John Cusick and Archbishop Wilton Gregory
Invitation Designer: Designed by one of my bridesmaids, printed by Kate’s Paperie
Catering: Milan Catering
Florist: Elegant Design Floral Art Studio
Cake: A Slice of Heaven
Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston
Bridal Accessories: Veil – Priscilla of Boston, Shoes – Kate Spade (Karolina Bow)
Bridesmaids’ Apparel: Dresses – b2 in Navy
Groom’s Apparel & Accessories: Jos. A. Bank
Groomsmen’s Apparel & Accessories: Jos. A. Bank
Hair – Jameca Harrington of Urban Blonde Salon
Makeup – Ana Molinari
DJ: Rubin Ervin
Transportation: School bus from Destiny Transportation
Favors: Scratch off Florida Lottery tickets
Lighting: Affairs in the Air
Rings: Engagement Ring – Jared , Wedding Bands – Blue Nile

White and Blue Italy Inspired Wedding in Sarasota, Florida – Studio 222 Photography

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Elegant Vancouver Wedding from RF Weddings

Sherri & James’ wedding is simply everything that makes us joyful.  A wedding this amazing grabs a hold of our hearts in an instant.  Not only because of its breathtaking beauty and creative details, but also the natural love circling around the couple.  And this bride? She deserves a standing ovation, and it only takes a quick peek at all the pretty she created for her special day to see why.  Her passion and creativity made their gorgeous wedding dreams a reality. It’s truly a labor of love all captured perfectly by the talented photography team RF Weddings .  Join us as we share Sherri & James’ wedding story, you are guaranteed to find heartwarming detail after another filled with love.

Elegant Vancouver Wedding from RF Weddings

When Sherri met James

From the bride, Sherri: We met on a blind date back in 2008. Instantly there was a connection. We both knew it, and it was not long before we went on our second date. From there, our relationship quickly took off.  Talks about our future were discussed early on, and it was something we knew would someday happen.

Elegant Vancouver Wedding from RF Weddings

The proposal story

Sherri: In April of 2011, James took me to Florida for my birthday April 11. To throw me off the day before my birthday, he told me he had a surprise for me.

He blindfolded me and took me on a 30min car ride to an unknown destination. I honestly had no clue where we were going. We were nearing the destination and I could hear airplanes above. He led me still blindfolded to a helicopter pad. He was surprising me with a helicopter ride of Miami! But before we could go on the ride he knelt down and proposed! I was so overjoyed and in tears! We continued with the romantic helicopter ride around Miami but honestly the whole time I was staring at my ring!

That was it! We knew we wanted to commit our lives to each other and marriage was something we had always talked about. I knew the proposal would come some day.

Elegant Vancouver Wedding from RF Weddings

Most memorable moment

Sherri: The best moment was meeting each other at the altar. Indescribable joy and happiness to marry your best friend!

Elegant Vancouver Wedding from RF Weddings

Loving friends & family

Sherri: To add to our joy, we had our friends and family behind us. We had the biggest wedding party anyone has ever seen!  Two Bestmen, Two Matrons of honour, 6 Groomsmen and 5 Bridesmaids! In total there was 15 in our party. We couldn’t leave anyone out and having everyone really made for interesting group photos!

Elegant Vancouver Wedding from RF Weddings

The planning process

Sherri: I am an organization fanatic. From the get go, I was on top of everything! Early on I started a wedding binder and enlisted in our friend Tracy Chu who was already a certified planner to help us out. She was mostly there to coordinate “day of” wedding events. Other than that, I take credit for the rest of the wedding planning.

I had a special vision for my wedding right down to the little details! The whole planning process I really enjoyed. I really wanted my wedding to have an overall theme and seem complete. I didn’t want it to feel like a mismatched wedding, so I tried my best to ensure every aspect of the wedding flowed together. It was just me and James making all the decisions without any outside influence, which really cut down on the stress level. If I could do it over again, I would!

Challenges

Sherri: A few moments of tears did happen of course during the planning process.  My bridesmaids dress seamstress got into a car accident and was unable to continue making the dresses 3 months before the wedding. Thankfully she was ok, but I was scrambling to find another seamstress. I eventually did find one, but she came with a hefty price.

As well, the original photographer we had turned out to be a flake – cancelled our engagement session date 3 times, and did not return phone calls or emails. This guy just kept making excuses, and one month before the wedding we dropped him and decided to go with RF Weddings . Best decision ever!!!

Elegant Vancouver Wedding from RF Weddings

General wedding planning information

Budget: $30,000 (CAD)
Number of guests: 200
Wedding theme: Vintage Elegance

Gorgeous wedding design

Sherri: I would describe our wedding to be “Vintage Elegance”. I went with more neutral pastel colors. Timeless colors you could say (I wanted to be able to look back at our wedding and not regret the colors I chose). The main colors I chose included a mixture of pewter, and a soft pastel pink. I added some bling here and there as well to give our wedding that modern look. I opted out of the usual fabric backdrop and chose the crystal columns.

Elegant Vancouver Wedding from RF Weddings

Wonderful Vendors

Sherri: One key factor that really helped bring our vision to life was the venue: Pinnacle at the Pier . Although a fairly new hotel, it really set the mood for how we really wanted to portray our wedding. That place is breathtaking and beautiful! The city views, the room décor (especially the chandeliers), food and the service are really commendable! Everything we could have ever asked for.

As well, helping our wedding come to life: Rf Productions . They really captured “our wedding”, giving us memories to last a life time!

Elegant Vancouver Wedding from RF Weddings

Thoughts from the photographer

RF Weddings: Our team is always excited to attend weddings with professionally created decor.  It is what makes the difference between a dinner party, and the most important night of your life.

To our surprise, the bride mostly planned everything herself! Throughout the whole day, I haven’t seen her stress about any of the details even once!  The personal touches is amazing as it shows how much Sherri cares for her family and friends.  The reception was beyond a celebration of Sherri & James,  it felt like we were experiencing Sherri’s very heart and soul.

About RF Weddings

With dedicated in-house photographers, movie makers, and post production team, RF Weddings provides faithful and artistic photography and short movies that capture the most important moments in people’s lives in its truest and most beautiful form.  The RF team offers a wealth of experties and experience to ensure that your life’s most precious milestones are faithfully documented, and that your memories last forever.

Elegant Vancouver Wedding from RF Weddings

The showcase

Sherri: We really wanted to showcase us as a couple on our wedding day and really have elements of our personalities and interests showcased to our friends and family.

James usually plays rhythm guitar in his band. But on our wedding day he wanted to step out of his comfort zone. He sang the lead for the first time in front of an audience for me and really rocked it out! It was a good start to get everyone up and dancing for the night.

I’ve always been a DIY kinda girl and a passionate baker.  I really wanted to showcase my talents and love for sweets with my guests. Two days before the wedding, I spent hours baking to create my very own desserts table. My passion for baking was also seen in our guest favours. Cookie mix in a jar! Our guests could take my baking home!

Elegant Vancouver Wedding from RF Weddings

Find the photographer:

RF Weddings Website | Facebook

Other vendor information:

Videographer: RF Productions |   Ceremony Venue: St. Helen’s Catholic Church |   Reception Venue: Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier |   Bridal consultant: Tracy Chu   |   Bride’s dress: Lisa’s Bridal |   Hair and Makeup: Mink Makeup & Hair |   Groom’s outfit: Hugo Boss at Harry Rosen |   Stationery: Making Memories with Scrapbooking |   Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Proline Trading |   Tall Centrepieces: Precious Pear Floral Design |   Cake: Shaya’s Sweet Creations |   Crystal Columns Décor: Ina Designs |   Dessert Table and Wedding Favors: Vancouver’s Sweet Designs |   Linens and chair covers: Chair Décor

27 Adorable Wedding Dogs

A pet plays an important role in a couple’s life, and it’s not surprising that many couples choose to customize their weddings to include their furry companions. Wedding dogs, decked out in little tuxedos or wearing a wreath of roses around their necks, can act as the best man, maid of honor, ring bearer, or a special guest on the wedding day.  If you are looking to include your dog in your wedding, let our collection of adorable wedding dog looks below inspire your creativity!

Good boys

27 Adorable Wedding Dogs

Credits (from top left): Jackie Wonders Photographer / Viera Photographics / Courtney Dox / Jeff Oooke Photography / Jalina Colon on Etsy / Papered Heart / Julie Massie / Table 4 Weddings

Lovely ladies

27 Adorable Wedding Dogs

Credits (from top left): Viera Photographic / Vi-An Nguyen / Abryan Photo / Photo Love Photography / Ben Q. Photography / Andi Mans Photography & Design / Toni Kami Pinterest / Laura Ryan Photography

In love

27 Adorable Wedding Dogs

Credits (from top left): Brumley & Wells / Ben Q. Photography / Austin Gros / Tinywater / Jessica Burke Photography / Clifford Brunk / Andrea & Marcus / Ciara Richardson Photography / Jnichols Photo / Jen Huang / Chic Sprinkles

Wedding Planning 101 – Creating Wedding Reception Lounge Areas

Wedding Planning 101 – Creating Wedding Reception Lounge Areas
(Photo by Jay Lawrence Goldman )

Wedding reception lounge areas are a trend that have taken the wedding world by storm, and now they are a key component on many couple’s minds as they plan their wedding. Providing a little seclusion from the main party, lounge areas allow your guests to mix and mingle in a more relaxed atmosphere than the traditional reception seating arrangements. We’ve put together some top tips on how to create a reception lounge area that is as inviting as it is functional. Read on!

Wedding Planning 101 – Creating Wedding Reception Lounge Areas
(Photo by Jay Lawrence Goldman )

1. Mood Lighting
One of the most important elements to consider when designing your reception lounge space is the lighting. The most effective, not to mention the most budget friendly way to achieve lighting that feels warm and inviting is with candlelight. In the photo above, wedding consultant Mindy Weiss took full advantage of the fireplace at the Pelican Hill Resort and filled the lounge area with flickering firelight.

Wedding Planning 101 – Creating Wedding Reception Lounge Areas
(Photo by Ben Chrisman Photography )

2. Getting Cozy
Create a feeling of privacy with sweeping fabric draped over the lounge area or enclosed in a luscious tent. Add a fun chandelier and you’ve got all the ambiance you’ll need.

Wedding Planning 101 – Creating Wedding Reception Lounge Areas
(Photo by STUDIO 6.23 )

3. Dividing Spaces
If your wedding reception is taking place in an open space, like the field pictured above or a large ballroom, structure the decor in a way that divides the massive singular space into smaller areas where guests can socialize. The lanterns hanging from the trees allow for the lounge area to be defined, but still open to the golden landscape beyond the celebration.

Wedding Planning 101 – Creating Wedding Reception Lounge Areas
(Photo by Yvette Roman Photography )

4. A Pop of Color
Your reception lounge area is a wonderful opportunity to add a splash of color with some luxurious and lavish decor. If you’re having trouble getting your hands on colorful furniture, toss some vibrant throw pillows on a more neutral alternative. Adding an area rug is another great way to introduce color to your reception lounge area, as well as continuing to define the space.

Wedding Planning 101 – Creating Wedding Reception Lounge Areas
(Photo by Holland Photo Arts )

5. Building Character
As you incorporate your overall wedding design concept into every facet of your wedding reception, your lounge area should be no different. Get creative! The wedding shown above used wine barrels as tables for a vineyard wedding. Keep in mind that while you should be clearly defining the space, you still want your lounge areas to fit into your cohesive plan for the entire wedding day.

Looking for more? Take a peek at all the reception lounge area design inspiration in our wedding photo gallery !

Wedding Planning 101 – Creating Wedding Reception Lounge Areas

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25 Creative Bridal Nail Art

Most brides spend months picking out the perfect dress, and planning their bridal hair and make-up trials. Don’t forget one important detail – leading up to the wedding, you also want your nails to be in top condition!

Think about how much your hands will be the center of attention starting with the engagement, when everyone wants to see the ring. See those wedding photos of a beautiful ring on the bride’s hand, or the bride and groom’s hands romantically intertwined? Yes, all these pictures showcase the bride’s nails and it is very important that they look their best.

French manicure has always been the most popular style for brides.  However, a creative bride like you might want something different. For those ladies who love fun nail arts, there’s no reason you should tame them for the big day. Let our collection of bridal nail arts below get you inspired!

Cute & Creative

25 Creative Bridal Nail Art

Credits (from top left): Your Beautiful / The Beauty Department / Garland Nail / Love Megan / Motel Rocks / Sweet Nail Art / Style Segment / 25.media

Elegant

25 Creative Bridal Nail Art

Credits (from top left): Mozzy Pop / Hilary Magoteaux / The Ocean Nail Salon / Garland Nail / The Ocean / blingup / Nails Art Designs / The Ocean / The Ocean

Fashion Forward

25 Creative Bridal Nail Art

Credits (from top left): Pshiiit / Opal Nails / Lines and Foils Nails / Cute Berry Boutique / Cute Berry Boutique / Love Megan / Cute Berry Boutique / Closer To Love Photography

22 Beautiful Bridal Clutches

After you’ve got your bridal dress, shoes, and jewelries ready, it’s time to find the perfect little clutch to carry your essentials on the big day.  You can opt for a bag you will use again over the years, or something specifically designed to fit your bridal look.  A simple accessory can carry your style up more than a few notches, and create a stylish, fashionable look. Let our gorgeous collection below become your inspiration.

Pure White

22 Beautiful Bridal Clutches

From top left: Georgia Ivory Pearl Vintage Clutch Bag (£45) / Nina Feather Clutch (USD 158) / Sondra Roberts Large Satin Bow Clutch (USD 78) / Davie and Chiyo (USD 108) / Vince Camuto Horn Clutch (USD 158) / Expressions NYC Pearl Clutch (USD 138) / Sara C Accessories (USD 130) / Sara C Accessories (USD 168)

Bling

22 Beautiful Bridal Clutches

From top left: Whiting & Davis Crystal Mesh Clutch (USD 148) / Nina Beaded Frame Clutch (USD 128) / Sondra Roberts Pleated Clutch (USD 88) / Natasha Couture Caged Clutch (USD 248) / Rafé New York Nerissa Minaudière (USD 495) / Natasha Couture Bow Wristlet (USD 268) / Kate Spade I kissed a frog multi clutch (USD 328)

Unique & Creative

22 Beautiful Bridal Clutches

From top left: Diane von Furstenberg Tonda Passementerie Metallic Clutch (USD 395) / ANGEEW on Etsy (USD 25) / BHLDN Golden Delicious Clutch (USD 220) / BHLDN Effervescence Clutch (USD 210) / Betsey Johnson Evening Rosette (USD 98) / Glint Ruffle Minaudiere (USD 88) / Kate-Spade kissing canaries elliana (USD 278)