If you take a look through who we're following on the Foxblossom Instagram account, you'll see that we are big fans of the Bachelor/Bachelorette. So when we were approached to be a part of Season Six Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky's Bridal Shower, you know we said yes!
Ali celebrated her bridal shower last weekend at Jessica Biel's Au Fudge in West Hollywood. The brunch was beautifully styled by Casi Densmore-Koon of CupcakeMAG and photographed by Ashley Burns Photography. Among Ali's guest list were a few famous friends such as Lacey Chabert, Amy Davidson, and Briana Cuoco.
Ali's bridal crew enjoyed mimosas and delicious treats surrounded by stunning florals on the Au Fudge patio. Each guest received one of our personalized champagne flutes, drink stirrers, and a goodie bag filled with other treats prepared by the cupcakeMAG team.
Special thanks to Casi for including us in the day, and best wishes to Ali on her upcoming marriage to Kevin Manno! Take a look through some of the amazing photos by Ashley below, and check out a full list of vendors at the bottom. Cheers!
Photography: Ashley Burns Photography | Event Styling: Casi Densmore-Koon/CupcakeMAG | Floral Design: Mulberry & Moss | Location/Cake: Au Fudge | Dress: Endless Summer | Makeup: Emma Willis/Contour Fossa | Candles: The Little Market | Love Flower Sign: Little Sparrow Bows
One of the best parts of any bride's wedding day is the morning of: spending time with her girls, getting pampered with professional hair and makeup artists, and likely drinking a *few* mimosas. What could be better?
As we prepare for wedding season, we wanted to share a few photographer-approved hints to help you get those beautiful wedding morning photos that you'll cherish forever. Check out of 5 Tips for Better "Getting Ready" Wedding Photos below, and let us know if we missed anything in the comments!
Photos in this post are from a beautiful Raleigh, North Carolina wedding courtesy of destination wedding & lifestyle photographer Jillian Knight.
Tip 1: Look for Natural Light
This is the number one thing you'll hear from any photographer when you chat about your wedding - having a surplus of natural light in the room is the easiest way to get the best looking photos. It's simple: a room flooded with natural light is more flattering (on you and your venue) than one with incandescent light or filled with flash. Sunlight filtered through large windows spreads evenly on your face to fill in any shadows. Spring/summer light casts a warm glow on your skin, which can even out your complexion and actually camouflage blemishes from photos. If you have the luxury of a room with lots of windows, we recommend turning off any artificial lighting and letting the sunlight do its job.
The best way to ensure you have a room with good light to get ready in? Call the venue or hotel and ask, or email for photos. If you live nearby, swing by for a visit and check it out one morning for yourself!
Tip 2: Start Early and get Ready at your Venue
This one is something you'll hear across the board in wedding planning, not just in terms of photos. Getting ready early (but not too early) is the best way to make sure you'll have the time to get the photos you want without rushing your hair and makeup artists or feeling rushed yourself.
Don't start so early that your bridesmaids are sitting around for hours in full hair and makeup, but definitely leave an hour of "cushion" before you have to leave to go to your ceremony. Things will almost definitely take longer than what you budgeted for, but having that extra time will help you stay relaxed and not feel tense while taking bridal portraits or fun bridesmaid photos.
Here's a little insight from wedding photographer Jill Knight on the subject:
"I always recommend brides have all their details laid out first thing in the morning (a great job for a maid of honor!) This allows me to spend time photographing the details upon first arriving while your maids are still getting make up on. Make sure to craft your timeline with your photographer in such a way that allows you to have ample time to relax and get ready. It's the key to candid, sweet and fun photos. You'll want this part of your day to be relaxing. The rest of the day goes by so quickly!"
Tip 3: Be Comfortable
There are enough reasons to be anxious on your wedding day, getting pampered should not be one of them. The best way to avoid wedding morning stress? Make sure you and your girls are comfortable. One of our favorite ways to have a comfortable, relaxing wedding morning is to give your girls bridal party robes to lounge in. They feel luxurious, and are the perfect way to make great photos, even while you're bridesmaids are sitting around for hours in full hair and makeup. They're also a great keepsake that your girls will use over-and-over (hello, indulgent at-home spa days!).
Oh, and pro tip: don't skip meals! A well-fed bridal party is a happy bridal party. Pizza is never a bad choice, just make sure you have lots of napkins ;)
Tip 4: Less is More
When it comes to decorating your wedding venue and getting-ready room, less is certainly more. Don't get me wrong, I know all-too-well that's it's tempting to buy or DIY a billion embellishments and bedazzle the day away, but you'll regret crowding your photos with unnecessary things (and your budget could probably use a little TLC, too).
Too much clutter in your venue? Don't be afraid to rearrange the room you're getting ready in. If you see something that you don't like, such as a tacky hotel lamp or a trinket on a shelf, simply move it out of the room for the morning! Ask your girls to keep their bags, makeup, brushes and anything else they might have organized or in another area. Keeping the clutter to a minimum will help keep you sane, and give your photographer more photo opportunities.
For instance, before any of the photos in this blog post were taken, photographer Jillian Knight spent a few minutes to move two glass vases filled with sea shells off the mantel, ditch a couple lamps and decorative books, scoot a chair out of the way and open all the shutters. After that, she showcased the bride's dress on a custom hanger in the background, turned off any artificial lighting and asked the girls to move their bags to the room next door. What resulted is a set of morning of photos that look effortless and natural.
Tip 5: Stay Photo-Ready
This tip is one that can easily be overlooked. And we understand - sometimes you're so busy planning your big day that you forget those little morning details that can really make your day special. That's why we're here to help.
A few simple details really go the extra mile when it comes to morning of photos. Something that photographers hear from brides all the time is that the detail shots are what made their wedding photos special. Whether it's a handwritten note from/to your future husband, beautiful florals in the bridal suite, personalized gifts for your girls or even cute apparel for your flower girl, there are tons of little ways to make your photos stand out.
Still looking for ideas to spruce up your bridal suite? Check out our full collection of bridal accessories by clicking through the "bridal" dropdown on our homepage.
We've mentioned before that we're all about simple, easy DIY projects here at Foxblossom Co. These adorable tea party bridal shower favors are a perfect example of an easy DIY that will make a big impression without breaking the bank. All together, it cost us around $3 per favor, and our guests loved them! With the tiny "love is brewing" gift tags and delicious loose leaf tea, these made for the perfect bridal shower favor. They would also be great for any tea-themed party, just switch out the tags!
Steps 1 and 2: Pour any type of full leaf tea into an empty spice jar. We love this one from Olde Thompson (only $2.50 each!), but a test tube or even a small mason jar will work just as well. To create our desired look, we poured 3/4 of the jar full with an organic earl grey tea, and topped off the last bit of the jar with dried rose petals. Any full leaf tea will work, we just suggest using something pretty! We had a blast looking through Prestogeorge Coffee and Tea Shop in Pittsburgh's Strip District for the perfect blend, but any store that carries loose leaf teas (Teavana is another one of our favorites) will work just as well!
Step 3: Fold three empty tea filters (we used these ones!) into quarters and place in the top of the jar, between the cork stopper and the tea leaves. These tea filters are an essential part of the favor: many people don't have tea strainers, and we don't want to leave them hanging! Plus, they fit perfectly in the top of the jar, and are barely noticeable from the outside.
Step 4: Cut a generous length of twine. It should be enough to loop through the tag and tie tightly onto the jar.
Step 5: Print and cut the tags. Then punch a small hole in one end of each tag.
Step 6: Fold the twine in half and thread the loop through the hole in the tag, then pull the rest of the twine through the loop. Pull it snug so that it looks like image below.
Step 7: Wrap the twine around the neck of the bottle and tie in a knot. Cut the loose ends and make sure the tag is secure.
Step 8: Repeat! Make as many favors as your heart desires - they are super inexpensive and easy to make, making them perfect for favors for larger groups!
The best part about this favor was picking out flavors of tea and creating our own blend! We loved the layered look that the rose petals gave - but mixing them together would look nice, as well! If you'd like to give your guests a way to sweeten their tea, consider buying honey stirrers and attaching one or two to the glass using a glue dot. Or, stick small sugar cubes in the top - just make sure the bottles are kept in a mild temperature so the sugar doesn't melt!
Are you making these for a larger gift and want to make them even more special? Consider pairing them with one of our personalized mugs in a little gift bag or gift box, or create a variety pack of them using different kinds of tea!
With the Winter 2016 launch of the new foxblossom.com came another exciting category to our product lineup: handmade jewelry. Our goal was to create a line of minimalist, personalized, and most importantly, affordable, pieces that you or your loved ones will want to keep forever. In today's blog post, we're giving our readers an in-depth look into how we make our jewelry, and what makes it unique. Read more below!
With the addition of our new line of jewelry came the hiring of our first full-time jeweler, Meredith! Meredith is a graduate of Edinboro University (a couple hours north of our Pittsburgh, PA headquarters) with a Bachelor's Degree in Metalsmithing. Meredith came to us with a diverse background in jewelry making and management, and she quickly dove into her role designing and creating a line of lovely pieces for our customers. Meredith creates each and every piece from start-to-finish using only the finest raw materials, leaving our customers with clean, beautiful jewelry that's built-to-last.
When our team first set out designing our jewelry, we had one thing in mind: simplicity. These necklaces, bracelets and rings are meant to be timeless, which is why we worked hard to create pieces that incorporate classic design elements and materials. Most importantly, everything is custom and made-to-order. This allows us to accommodate special requests and create personalized pieces that are truly unique . From stone setting to packing and shipping, each piece of jewelry is handmade with love right in our Pittsburgh studio.
The majority of our jewelry is made using either gold-filled, rose gold-filled or sterling silver. Gold-filled, in short, is an affordable, durable alternative to solid gold. In comparison to gold-plated jewelry pieces, gold-filled contains almost 100 percent more actual gold.
How it's made: gold-filled material is constructed in two or three layers by bonding a gold alloy via heat and pressure to a brass core. Because the layer of gold is much thicker than in gold-plated, the jewelry will withstand heat, water and wear over time without the inner brass core being exposed. Gold-filled pieces last longer, don't tarnish easily, and definitely don't turn your skin green when you wear them (bonus!). To clean your gold-filled jewelry, we recommend a jewelry polishing cloth, or mild soap and water.
Why did we choose to use 14K gold-filled over solid gold? With gold-filled jewelry we are able to keep our costs low, which in turn let's us provide you with high quality jewelry at the lowest prices possible. Check out our handy graphic above to get a better understanding of the differences between the materials.
It's no secret that we're big fans of all things gold here at Foxblossom Co. headquarters... many of our products have gold elements, and our desks are littered with metallic accessories. Ideally, we would have the whole office using gold office supplies (we're already halfway there, thanks Nate Berkus/Target!).
One of our most popular products is our personalized gold champagne flute — an adorable bridesmaid gift and the perfect prop for any brides "getting ready" photos! Because we've seen so many ladies enjoying their morning-of mimosas in these darling flutes, we decided to build a mood board around them! In addition to the muted gold, we rounded out the inspirational palette with soft green and a hint of ivory, then collected our favorite wedding images from around the web.
Check out the final mood board below, and don't forget to pin it for later! You can also take a look through our Green, Ivory & Gold Wedding Inspiration Pinterest board here! Happy planning, ladies!
Sources (clockwise from left): 1. Greg Finck 2. Susie Nadler / via Flickr 3. Brandi Smyth / Fete la Femme 4. Foxblossom Co. 5. Crumb & Berry / Jenn Kavanagh Photography / Via Ruffled 6. Lilly & Louise
We can't say THANK YOU enough for helping us reach 1K Instagram followers! Because we're so excited, we've decided to give away a set of three adorable, hand-crafted gold-filled stacking rings. Each ring is crafted by our in-house jeweler in the size chosen by the winner. The prize set contains one hammered stacking ring, one solid stacking ring, and one heart ring — all beautifully handmade just for you!
Follow these steps to be entered for your chance to win:
A winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Monday, June 6th. Good luck!
Alright ladies, it's time to get crafty!
These DIY glitter champagne bottles are an easy, adorable way to *pop* the question—pun intended—to your bridesmaids. The best part? Each bottle only takes a few minutes to complete (we finished all three in under an hour). For an added touch, match your glitter colors to your wedding palette and present the bottles in an adorable gift box with one of our personalized champagne flutes!
Step 1: In a well-ventilated room, thoroughly spray the body of the mini champagne bottle with spray glue, avoiding any areas you want to stay glitter-free (we chose to leave the gold foil at the top untouched). For a clean line, place a piece of tape over the areas you don’t want covered in glitter.
Step 2: Carefully apply the first layer of glitter onto the bottle. We chose to start with gold.
Step 3: About 1/3 of the way down the bottle, switch to your next glitter color (for us that was the light pink), then transition to the third and final color — we used a deeper shade of the same color for an ombré effect.
Step 4: Repeat that process with as many bottles as you want, then admire your finished glitter champagne bottles! Wasn’t that easy? As with any glitter DIY project, the glitter will likely get all over the place. We recommend applying a light coat of clear acrylic sealer to minimize shedding.
Step 5: Print and cut out your FREE printable tags! Print in color on your printer’s highest settings for the cleanest tags. We’ve included nine bridesmaid tags, two maid of honor tags and one matron of honor tag on each sheet.
Step 6: Finish the tags by cutting a hole where the dotted lines are near the top. This can be accomplished with a pair of scissors or an X-Acto knife, but we sized the circles so you can use a traditional hole punch for a clean look.
Step 7: Cut about an 8-inch section of your twine and tie the ends into a large knot (as shown). Then clip off the extra twine at the end and thread the loop through the hole in your tag. The knot should be large enough that the tag can rest around the neck of the bottle without slipping off. Since we decided to use the champagne as part of a gift box, we just rested the paper straw inside the loop. If you choose, you can tie the straw to the bottle, instead.
Step 8: Last, but certainly not least, finish your gift box! We used a square, white gift box with white paper shred so the bottle really stood out and it looked extra bridal. As an added touch, we included one of our personalized champagne flutes. The gold script on the glasses pair perfectly with the champagne bottle/tags, and at only $15 a glass they are totally affordable!
We got the majority of our supplies at Target, but Amazon has all of these items, as well. Overall the bottle project totaled about $40 — that includes the three champagne bottles, straws, twine, glitter and spray adhesive, and we have a ton of supplies left over to use again. Don't forget to save the pin below for later!