Your matron and maid of honor and bridesmaids are some pretty special ladies. They’ve been there during the most important times in your life, and now they’ll be by your side for yet another epic event—your wedding day!
They’ve attended dress fittings, addressed envelopes, assembled those cute favors and planned your bridal shower. So of course you’ll want to thank them with something special. Etsy is one of our favorite one-stop shops for girly gift-giving. We recently came across a few adorable items that would make great thank-you gifts for your girls!
The bun continues to be a popular and classic hairstyle choice for brides. A very sophisticated look, the bun can be perfectly sleek or slightly tousled, so it’s an option for both straight and curly girls. Either way this ballerina-inspired style is perfect for summer’s humidity and ideal for any headpiece, veil or a feathery fascinator too.
To keep your bun’s flyaways tame, try some eco-friendly hair control, like hair crème from Lush!
One of the easiest ways to add some eco to your wedding day is with your dress! Borrowing or purchasing a previously-owned dress is not only a cool way to recycle, but it will also save you money in the process. If you think that going this route means a decrease in dress options, you’re in for a surprise. One of our fave online boutiques for recycled gowns is Tradesy (formerly Recycled Bride), will absolutely WOW you with all of the dresses to choose from! Vera Wang, Claire Pettibone, Monique Lhuillier…you’ll find them all here/
Start your dream dress search at Tradesy!
We mentioned yesterday that there was a story behind the bride’s ring in today Real Wedding feature! Well, it goes a little something like this…
While the couple were dating, the bride Tiffany, was smart to give her then boyfriend Matt a hint about her engagement ring preferences. Having been heavily involved in anti-slavery movements in college, Tiffany knew she wanted a diamond free from any ties to slavery and/or conflicts in Africa. Matt’s response? ”Well, I guess I’ll just have to go mine you a diamond myself.” Tiffany laughed, but had no idea that this was exactly what Matt intended to do.
When it was time to propose, Matt researched US diamond mines, and discovered the only public diamond mine was in Arkansas. Determined to honor his girlfriend’s wishes, Matt devised a secret mission to get to the mine, which was whopping 600 mile drive across rural Arkansas and Texas from Atlanta, where he was at the time!
The good news? Matt chose a cute cherry-red smartcar for this excursion and truly went above and beyond to find the perfect ring for his bride-to-be. The (kinda) bad news? Matt’s digging through the mud didn’t yield a diamond. But, this eco-friendly fairy tale has a happy ending… he was able to purchase a diamond that had been found at the mine by a retired couple and had it set into Tiffany’s ring! Whew! What a man, and what a sweet story!
Many Eco-Beautiful Wedding wishes to Tiffany and Matt!
Location: Los Gatos, California
Photography: Lukas and Suzy
Makeup: Bride/Maid of Honor
Cake: Honeysuckle Catering
Florist: Fairytale Flowers
DJ/Music: Jason Seeba
Wedding Dress/Groom’s Tux: Casablanca/ Cassara Brothers
Appetizers: Dim Sum King
Catering: AG Ferrari
There’s a very special story behind the bride’s ring for this week’s Real Wedding! We won’t tell too much, but let’s just say the groom got his hands a little dirty to pull it all off.
See you back here tomorrow for the full story!
The Little Black Dress will always be a fashion staple but for the summer bride, we love the idea of the Little White Dress! As the wedding day draws near, there are events on top of events that you’ll attend —the bridal shower, the bridesmaid’s tea, the rehearsal dinner, the day after brunch…and the list goes on. A LWD would be perfect for any (or all) of these celebrations, and eco-friendly designer Kirribilla has the sweetest collection of options designed especially for brides.
Get inspired with these looks styled by Weddington Way (where you can find all of these dresses) and view the rest of the collection here…