Jul 2, 2013

Your Cloud Parade Giveaway!

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As promised yesterday, we’re back today with some goodness!  Your Cloud Parade has a cute gift basket of items designed by a featured vendor, Typologie & Co., for one lucky winner!  The basket includes some adorable items for your wedding or even bridal shower.  Here’s what’s inside:

  • 1 set of 5 Geometric  Thank You Notes
  • 1 Pom Pom Bunting Garland
  • 20 Glitter Cupcake Flags

Awesome, right?  For a chance to win, all you’ll need to do is go to Your Cloud Parade, sign up, and create your own dream wedding cloud.  Come back and post the URL to your profile here, we’ll cruise the clouds and choose one to win! Contest ends on July 9th at 11:59pm EST. 

 

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Jul 1, 2013

Meet Your Cloud Parade!

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We love bringing you new resources to make wedding planning easier, more fun and of course, as eco-friendly as possible.  So we super excited to introduce you to Your Cloud Parade!

Your Cloud Parade is the first HIP online marketplace where a wedding couple can design and shop for their wedding all in one spot.  On their site, couples can comb through galleries of inspiration for everything from wedding attire to hair and accessories to décor.  All of your images and ideas are captured together in a cloud, so you can refer back to them.  And what’s oh so cool about Your Cloud Parade is once you’ve created your perfect wedding cloud, you can easily purchase all of the items in it in one fell swoop! Pretty awesome, huh?    

We recently had a chance to chat with Your Cloud Parade‘s Creative Director, Candice, to learn more about this wonderfully dreamy site, and why it’s a slice of wedding heaven.

EBW: How can a bride use Your Cloud Parade to help plan a unique wedding day?

CP: Your Cloud Parade is designed to be a one-stop shop of that hip bride. Brides can use our “clouds” (which is our version of inspiration boards) and shop the marketplace all in one spot. That is actually how the vision of CP was born. I had to watch my sister plan her wedding years ago and it seemed like we had to have 20 or more websites open just to find the perfect wedding garland.

EBW: Is Your Cloud Parade geared towards a particular wedding style (e.g., Rustic Chic, Bohemian, Vintage Inspired, etc.) or bride?

CP:  Your Cloud Parade put a big push into being the first hip and trendy online marketplace where a wedding couple can shop and design their wedding all in one place. Since our marketplace is curated we make sure that all of the hundreds of individual shops fit the Your Cloud Parade Brand. This ensures that when a wedding couple is shopping the site, it’s much easier to find that awesome item they are looking for, compared to shifting through a bunch of items.

EBW: How can Your Cloud Parade make wedding planning more eco-friendly?

CP: Right now one of the cool aspects of the Your Cloud Parade Marketplace is that most of the vendors are making their own items. This means that items are made locally and not mass produced in other countries.

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Candice and Molly of Your Cloud Parade

EBW: What is your favorite color palette for weddings this season?

CP: I personally love ombre blues and gold. Think, light blue, navy blue, shades of teals, etc… then top it off with some golds! I die! I love it soooo much. 

Alright Eco-Beautifuls, it’s time to start clouding!  We know you’ll have a ball.  So go ahead and get started, and be sure to check out our blog tomorrow for a super fun surprise for you thanks to the girls at Your Cloud Parade!

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Jun 28, 2013

Real Wedding: Laura + Ian

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Held at a private home on Maryland’s shore, Laura and Ian kept their Eco-Beautiful wedding sweet and green.

We love that they used chalkboards for menu, table numbers, and even the ceremony program.  Yay for less paper! For this outdoor summer wedding, Laura and Ian graciously created a “cooling station” complete with mini-fans and parasols to help guests beat the heat.

Another cute eco detail was the mason jars in lieu of glasses at the reception–complete with guests’ names and instructions to reuse their jar all night!

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 Laura and Ian are actually celebrating their one year anniversary in a few days, so many Eco-Beautiful Wedding and Anniversary wishes to them!

Photos by Carly Fuller Photography

 

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Jun 26, 2013

The Braided Bride

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If the sultriness of summer has you rethinking your wedding day ‘do, the braid is a choice worth considering.  This carefree style is ideal for many reasons—it’s easy, can be accented with fresh flowers, headpieces, and frames your glowing face! Even if you opt for a partially-braided style, keeping the hair away from the face is a bonus for summer brides. 

Are you a braided bride?  We’d love to see your pics!

 

Photo Credits

Engaged and Inspired

Bridal Musings

Wedding Chicks

On the Go Bride

Indulgy

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Jun 25, 2013

Beautifully Backed

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A beautifully dramatic back on a wedding gown is certainly a “WOW” factor.  Be it with lace, beading, or other sparkly elements, back details continue to make their mark on runways and aisles everywhere this season.   Completely classic or a bit sexy, but always feminine, the detailed back is a lovely way to accentuate the womanly curvature.

How do you go eco with a detailed back you may ask?   That vintage brooch that you planned to pin to the front of your gown would go just as perfectly in the back too.  Have a sash handmade to bring some drama, or have a creative seamstress incorporate some of the material from a family gown into the back of yours. 

Photo Credits

Top Row (from left):  Wedding Chicks, Bottom of the Ironing Basket, Wedding Chicks

Bottom Row (from left):  Claire Pettibone, We Heart It, Belle the Magazine

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Jun 24, 2013

Eco Designer Spotlight: Stella McCartney

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Renowned designer Stella McCartney Does sustainability and style well!  Her clothing and accessories are free of chemicals and animal materials, and she’s even released a collection of shoes with biodegradable soles! From eyewear to lingerie, Stella McCartney’s ready-to-wear collections have an eco-chic woman covered from head to toe.   All of these items would make honeymoon packing simple and stylish.

Her Noemi Tote, which is made in Nairobi, Kenya and supports local African women by providing income opportunities, makes the perfect beach tote!

Learn more about Stella’s commitment to sustainability and do a little shopping here

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