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2012 Trends from The Wedding Salon

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The Wedding Salon in New York showcased some of the most glamorous trends in weddings for 2012 with fantasy reception tables, a couture fashion show by Jenny Yoo and appearances by other top names in the wedding industry, such as Colin Cowie, Wedding Salon founder Tatiana Byron, Carlo's Bakery of Cake Boss and Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings. Among some of the hottest trends showcased were the all-white wedding, crystal accents, vintage-inspired gowns and more. David Tutera designed a sky-high centerpiece of white orchids and white ostrich feathers dripping with crystal accents and touches of silver, while floral designer Gabriela Wakeham’s all-white wedding table stayed on point with a chandelier-inspired table featuring orchid and crystal garlands floating from a chandelier structure over a base of white orchids and hydrangeas accented by silver linens. Honora Winery created a tree-like structure with branches stretching toward the ceiling, filled with crystals and all-white roses. An English royalty inspired reception table by Shawn Rabideau looked to the Victorian Age using English Lace, Lily of the Valley and white roses with lavender accents, while Thru the Looking Glass used old Hollywood glamour as inspiration for their black and white table with white roses, silver and crystal accents.

For more information, visit The Wedding Salon website.

Image of Shawn Rabideau’s reception table courtesy of Spellman Studios.

Wine a bit...Wednesday

 Delas Côtes du Rhône

At our fav local spot on Saturday at Pairings Bistro (kudos for always going out of their way to make me a delish Vegan dish), a group next to us were enjoying a bottle of  Delas Côtes du Rhône. My husband saw it being poured and immediately ordered one for us ranting about how wonderful it is. I just hate when husbands are right, especially mine because it happens too often.

There is no wonder why Robert Parker (the Yoda of wine from Maryland) gave it 90 points and it retails for around $15 (in stores, not in restaurants, don't want to give you menu shock).  I love Cotes du Rhone's! Chapoutier Belleruche is one of my favs, but Delas is up to par! [Wine Quickie: French wine is labeled very different than a typical California wine. For a very quick look into the large depth of French wine: The more you study French wine, the more you will notice French law reflects the wine and they are named by vineyard locations.  Bordeaux, Burgundy... all regions. In simplest terms, Cotes du Rhone is a wide Appellation of the very popular Rhone Valley. More info click here.]

Anywho, if you like a drier, medium bodied, red wine, give this little madamoiselle a whirl. It is just heavy enough to wrap around your palette, but not too heavy that it wears out its welcome. The notes of raspberry and pepper keep evolving in the glass [opens up more and more it hits the air]. It is 70% syrah, 20% Grenache and the last 10% a blend of Carignan and Mourvedre. The alcohol is not too high at 13.5% and makes this wine delicious with no heat on the buds. The bottle went down ever-so quickly and left room for hubby's glass of port and my glass of dessert wine. I would let it air for about 10 minutes or so before trying a sip.


Christmas Sparkle!

Today is our Christmas party!

With some of the Reviva Chicks heading off in the next few weeks to other climates, the season of glitter and fairy lights has started early :)

Secret Santa is ready and we have a few little treats in store for our fab guests!

Officially now we have to sparkle and I thought I would share some sparkly inspirations with you to get into the festive spirit, all these gorgeous photos are from pinterest.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

...oh, the things we do for love.

Free Wedding Websites

Sunday, November 27, 2011

In a world of modern technology is setting up a wedding website important?

Well the answer is Yes.

It is an ideal way to communicate with your guests, provide details of the wedding, related activities and up to date news. It also serves as a brilliant planning tool, allowing you to keep on top of your wedding preparations, updating information without having to notify all your guests individually and allows close friends, who perhaps cannot attend your wedding, to be kept in the fold of events.

Our recommendations for the sort of information you should supply on your website are basic info, names, the date and where your wedding is being held with details of the ceremony and reception.

Directions, maps, hotel information and if you are planning a destination wedding, useful things to know, restaurants, what to do, information about the area and perhaps telephone numbers in an emergency.

You can suggest suitable attire, as everyone will want to know what to wear from black tie and sparkle to perhaps laid back, casual beach. It is always nice to include wedding party info, who are your bridesmaids and groomsmen and why.

A convenient link to your wedding registry, gift wish list is useful for your guests to take a look at and of course your story, how you met, engagement, hearing about your romance will give guests an insight and envoke excitement for your big day. Don´t post up 786 photos of your last holiday though!

There are some fantastic free wedding websites out there and with little internet skills you can create your fabulous wedding website in a very short time.

Google offer a whole host of wedding tools, including websites, online planners and useful google docs. Another brilliant website is My Wedding.

Definitely worth heading over to these two websites to start creating your personal wedding website online. After my recent blog posts many of our brides have emailed me with their websites and My Wedding certainly seems to be one of the most popular.

I hope by sharing this advice we have just eliminated one more little stress!

Pretty Bridemaid Gifts!

Saturday, November 26, 2011
handcrafted jewelry, hair clips, and more.
visit peachtreelane here.

rustic-ly glam, thanksgiving table

Thursday, November 24, 2011
thanksgiving holiday table
...burlap runner on top of white table cloths;natural elements combined with
crystal accents and white vases..and to top it off mismatching chairs.

the flowers were made of locally grown white roses, wheat, eucalyptus, and grass.

...and it wouldn't be a holiday without ...

Happy Thanksgiving from Weddings Unveiled!

We'd like to wish you all a wonderful, happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at Weddings Unveiled!

Wine a bit...Wednesday

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Spiked Apple Cider

OK, this is not really a "WINE a bit...Wednesday". How about instead we call it a... "Wet your Whistle Wednesday"? Actually, that is kinda cute...let's go with that. 

So, for a wedding I had a few weekends ago, I tried at least 30 different recipes for a warm spiked apple cider to be displayed and butlered as guests arrived on the fall day. This is the one that won. Not only is it tasty, but it was the most simple. It is delicious and sure to give your holiday parties a kick!

1 Gallon of Cider
Tbsp. Ground Cinnamon
Tsp. Ground Nutmeg
Dozen Whole Cloves
Pinch of Ginger
1/4 C. of Brown Sugar, or less to taste
Orange Slices
1 cup dark rum (or spiced for a kick!)

Combine all ingredients except cider in a pot or crock pot. After this mix is heated for about 20-25 minutes, add the cider! Garnish with cinnamon sticks and serve in mason jars for an even cuter treat!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Eat Tofurky!

E Session ~ Connie and Dave

Combine a beautiful couple with stunning jewelry from Mucklow's Fine Jewelry, pair them with a woodsy fall setting and the talents of Jeremy Harwell of Harwell Photography and the end result is a series of spectacular, romantic images. We love everything about Connie and Dave's e-session, from the styling and wardrobe to the splendid setting. Some of our favorites images are those of the the couple cuddling in the canoe, but they're all amazing! To see more of Connie and Dave's charming fall engagement session, visit the Harwell Photography blog. Enjoy!

Getting Married in Marbella

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

This week we are creating a blog post and guiding you through the legalities of getting married in Marbella and Spain.

We will be helping you with any questions you need to know about getting married in Spain and the paperwork involved. Whether you wish to hold a catholic church ceremony, a registry office in Gibraltar or a blessing here we will be answering your questions here on this blog this week.

Carla, our head of planning and coordination will be here to answer any questions you have so if you would like to submit a question please send an email to

Wedding Venues in Marbella and Sotogrande

I love this time of year.

November is getting chilly outside and as we wind down from our flurry of weddings it is lovely to look through and study all the photos from 2011 as we create new portfolios and look books for our studio.

It does take time to process the year and reflect on our work in order to refresh ourselves for our new year.

We are now working on our 2012 weddings and have some very sparky, creative brides on board so looking forward to our winter workshops and brain storming with them!

Today I have been organising photos not only for our portfolios in the studio, but also we have been asked to submit some of our favourite weddings to many hi profile wedding portals which is very exciting.

We are currently organising photos and will be in contact with our clients should their wedding be successful in our submissions to gain approval.

Having been browsing today I had to share this fabulous venue with you, we planned and designed a wedding here in September and I am in love with these photos.

For me they epitomize a Mediterranean evening, the lighting is stunning and this wedding was certainly one big party! Set in a monastery in Sotogrande in fabulous grounds this was a truly stunning setting for our client´s wedding.

We have also been out and about as well recently looking at new venues for weddings and as well as this monastery, we now have a fabulous 23 bedroomed converted convent on our books with it´s own chapel which is licensed for weddings.

You can party all night without noise restrictions. It is beautifully presented and restored and has a whole host of interesting areas to move around in, from the chiringuito bar area for the cocktail or perhaps the inner courtyard, to a fantastic setting for the dinner and dancing, a real hideaway set in the heart of Andalucian natural parkland.

These images above were provided to us by Anna Gazda of our stunning wedding in Sotogrande and having been scouring through all our weddings I wanted to share these with you again as I love them!

I might finally add that our day of venue searching ended up with us driving around looking for a zoo, which we found but was shut, apparently this area has a fabulous lake that we seemed to have missed so we will have to head back, the town I found enchanting and has a large hotel there for guests, we ended up on this day literally driving over the polo fields in Sotogrande, so not entirely sure that Carla wants to come out with me again on a venue reccie! She seemed glad to get out the car at the end of our day! :)

Melanie Auld Designs

Thanks to her husband Alex's hockey career, Melanie Auld has lived in eight different cities in the US and Canada, including Vancouver, Boston, Dallas and New York. She currently lives with her family in Montreal and credits her travels as the inspiration for her exquisite jewelry collections for Melanie Auld Designs. “I credit the inspiration for my collections to the amazing cities I have been so fortunate to live in and the people I have met that make those cities what they are,” says Melanie.

We love the Melanie Auld Designs collection of jewelry, including earrings, necklaces, bangles, rings and sets of stackable bracelets that are among our favorites. The styles are versatile and beautiful, perfect for day or evening and any season. They are made using cut stones and set in ultra-luxe 18kt vermeil and silver. The glamorous bridal collection is crafted using the finest stones and metals and can be customized to fit within your color palette. Custom pieces are also available if you'd like something completely original and one-of-a-kind. We especially love the Dahlia-Sherbert earrings and the Ice Drops earrings, shown among a selection of some of our favorite designs below, but be sure to visit the Melanie Auld Designs website to see the entire collection.

Melanie Auld Designs

Images courtesy of Melanie Auld Designs.

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I'll see your something blue, and raise you something purple...


Monday, November 21, 2011
Kerrie Balma of Woodenhive loves all things vintage, but especially finds beauty in old silverware. When she was a young girl, her parents introduced her to antiquing, but at the time she didn't have much interest. As she got older, the years of antiquing rubbed off on her and these days, Kerrie is out of bed at the crack of dawn searching for flea market finds. We adore the repurposed treasures she creates using vintage silver flatware and serving pieces. Each charming item is made by hand, perfect for bridal party gifts, newlywed table settings, table numbers, dessert and cheese markers, wedding cake cutting and more. We've included images of a selection of our favorite Woodenhive pieces below, but visit the Woodenhive website for more information.


Images courtesy of Wooden Hive.