Chic Peek: The Ring

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Every bride in waiting dreams about what her big day will be like…whimsical, indie, vintage, rustic, garden…the possibilities are endless! But the fact of the matter is that the ring rules all. No actual wedding plans can happen without THE ring. Whether it’s a total surprise when you get it, or you picked it out (and practically wrapped it for yourself), the ring can sometimes have an impact on the overall feeling of your wedding. My engagement ring set the mood for everything from the save the dates and the bridal shower to the venue, dress, and accessories.  It can be summed up in two words: art deco. Art deco engagement rings are becoming a popular choice for many couples because of their classic, yet modern, look. Not only is an art deco ring unique, it’s elegant, stylish, and definitely a statement piece. I am drawn to this type of jewelry because of the emphasis on geometric patterns and intricate filigree work. Jewelry is just not made like this anymore! And no worries ladies…vintage art deco engagement rings start in the $500 range. Affordable, unconventional, and fabulous.
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Jill Caturano is a real bride, who is getting married in August 2012. She is a middle school art teacher from a small town in Connecticut. Jill holds a bachelor’s degree in Illustration and a Master’s degree in Teaching, both from Massachusetts College of Art. Jill enjoys collecting, DIY projects, making pinch pots, and walking her dog Vincent Van Gogh (Vinny, for short). Can’t get enough of Jill? Check out her personal blog here.
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Color Inspiration: Peach

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While my love for the color pink is of the everlasting variety, I often find myself cringing when I see photos of an all-pink wedding. Not because it’s distasteful or unappealing, but because I can’t imagine a man (who is marrying a woman) to be that interested in a pink shindig. This is where peach comes in. It’s an excellent alternative, and can definitely take on a nice, preppy quality…one that is much more gentleman-friendly.

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Inspiration Board: Winter Wonderland

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It takes a certain bride to pull off a winter wedding. When properly done, I find weddings in the colder seasons to be far more impressive than those taking place in the spring and summer. Some of my favorite wintry details include boots under the gown, fur coats, frosted desserts, and icicle-laden centerpieces. Perfection.

Eye Candy: Boudoir Bride

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There’s nothing more alluring in the wedding world than boudoir photos. What a fantastic concept. You’ve already committed to a man. You’ve been working out like crazy. It’s the perfect, non-slutty way to show off your stuff and forever remember how amazing you looked in your younger years (and remind your hubby, too). My only request is that you keep it classy, ladies.

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Dream Theme: Nautical

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There is something undeniably wonderful about nautical-themed weddings. This may be the Newport in me talking (if this doesn’t make sense to you, either visit Newport immediately or at least google the place), but I can’t imagine anyone not loving the images of these brides getting hitched…or should I say “docked?” I love how easily the theme falls into place for a wedding, particularly because white is usually such a big part of the day. Just throw a little blue in there, and voila! You’ve got yourself a yacht-worthy wedding.

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Aisle Style: Tulle Gowns

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Tulle wedding gowns are a very tricky area, because when they are done wrong, they can be really bad. Like, puffy-junior-prom-queen bad. However, when done just right, tulle gowns are easily described as chic, beautiful, and occasionally what one would call whimsical (like these gorgeous dresses…sigh). If these dresses don’t make you daydream of the perfect outdoor wedding, I don’t know what will.

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Color Inspiration: Rainbow Bright

 

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Welcome to Chicly Yours! My name is Andi, and I am a bridal accessories designer who is constantly looking at and thinking about all things weddings. Bridal magazines, wedding veils, and silk flowers are strewn about my studio, while wedding blogs are constantly pulled up on my screen. To start off this blog, I couldn’t help but share some endearing ways to incorporate rainbow colors into a wedding. The first image has been a constant source of inspiration since I pinned it a couple of months ago. Since then, my obsession with rainbows has grown. While I don’t necessarily love the idea of an all-rainbow wedding, it’s clear that some very talented and inspirational brides can pull it off. What do you think? Go bold and bright, or stick to the basic neutrals?

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