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2017 Wedding Color Trends - Blue and Blush
by Christina Child

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Ask any wedding planner and they'll tell you that one of the BIG color trends of 2017 is a palette of blue and blush tones!  Love these colors but not sure about how to incorporate them into your big day?  We've got you covered!

SUITS & TUXES Blue tuxes and suits are a timeless classic with a hint of color. We love these chic rentable options from Black Tux (they're also SUPER affordable!).

BRIDALBlush wedding dresses are having their day in the sun.  We love these looks from 2017 Bridal Fashion Week.

First up, Naeem Kahn...

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Pretty in Pink vibes with this Romona Keveza gown.

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Any bride would stun in this Monique L'huillier gown.

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BRIDESMAID DRESSESWe love this David's Bridal halter gown with a tasteful split.

And this pretty floral pattern by Plum Pretty Sugar.

 Photo by Jennifer Wilson.

Photo by Jennifer Wilson.

We love how well different shades mix and match together.

 Photo via M2 Photography.

Photo via M2 Photography.

DECOR Simple navy candles stand out against a more neutral palette.

 Photo by Erin L Taylor Photography.

Photo by Erin L Taylor Photography.

This backdrop was made from coffee filters!

 Photo by Kate Headley Photography.

Photo by Kate Headley Photography.

Can't go wrong with a chinoiserie vase!

Are you planning to have a blush and blue color palette for your wedding?  Let us know in the comments and be sure to check out our Pinterest page for more wedding inspiration!

Brands we Love - Moon and Lola (Plus an Exclusive Discount!)
by Christina Child

We are excited to bring you a brand that we've been fans of for quite some time.  Founded right around the corner from us here in Raleigh, Moon and Lola is a one-stop-shop for beautiful jewelry, accessories, and lifestyle items with southern charm.  They've been featured on Oprah's Favorite Things (twice!) and their pieces can be found in over 1000 retailers including Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.  Needless to say, they're pretty great neighbors to have. :) They also have a fantastic wedding and bridal party collection.  Whether you're looking for bling for your bridesmaids, cufflinks for the boys, fun party decor, or custom monogram pieces, they have you covered!  M&L even offers a discount program for brides!

And to make things even sweeter, M&L is offering an EXCLUSIVE WedPics discount for our readers!  Take 20% off using the code WEDPICS20 (one time use only).

Here are some of our favorite pieces from their current collection...

 Image via  Summer Wind

Image via Summer Wind

Maybe it's our Southern roots shining through but we can't say no to a custom monogram... especially when it's for a bride with a new last name!

 Image via  Katey McFarlan

Image via Katey McFarlan

Another great monogram style is the Hampton Block Monogram necklace, available in 6 different sizes and 5 different metal options.

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The Calypso Clutch was featured in the Oprah Magazine edition of View Your Deal on ABC's The View!  We love the on-trend tortoise shell acrylic and mother of pearl inlay...  Not to mention this clutch can also be customized with up to 8 letters!

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Choose from unlimited jewelry options for the bride, no matter what kind of wedding day look you might be going for (it's no surprise that this pearl necklace was featured in Southern Living, right?).

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M&L has an awesome selection of cufflinks, lapel pins, and tie clips for the boys... I may or may not be eyeing the Metal State Cufflinks for my own groom :)

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Stylish cake toppers and party decor for every occasion! M&L also offers matching acrylic table top "Guestbook" and "Gifts" signs and drink stirrers for a totally cohesive look!

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Can you say #CakeGoals?  *Adding this pic to my wedding photo wish list now..."

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Cheers to YOU Moon and Lola!  Don't forget that M&L is offering an EXCLUSIVE WedPics discount for our readers!  Take 20% off using the coupon code WEDPICS20 (one time use only).  Plus, weddingveil store, hair wigs store, bandage dresses store Blushwish all is perfect.

37 more stunning long sleeve wedding dresses for every kind of fall bride
by Stephanie

When the seasons change and it gets a little colder, brides may find themselves thinking a more covered wedding dress would not only look amazing, but help to keep them warmer! We couldn't agree more — long sleeve wedding dresses trend is going strong now more than ever, with real brides everywhere rocking tons of new styles. From plaid toppers to lacy sleeves and modern minimalist long sleeved dresses, the diversity in this style makes it a no-brainer for many fall brides.

Since we're just getting into the fall now, we thought we'd round up some of our favorite long sleeve wedding dress looks from the past year which are perfect for any bride looking to stay a little more covered yet sexy on the big day.

 Photo by  Dan O’Day  via  Hello May

Photo by Dan O’Day via Hello May

 Photo by Berta Bridal via  Nu Bride

Photo by Berta Bridal via Nu Bride

 Photo by  Laura-Leigh  via  Blog

Photo by Laura-Leigh via Blog

 Photo by  Bryce Covey  via  OnceWed

Photo by Bryce Covey via OnceWed

 Photo by  Flossy  via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Flossy via Style Me Pretty

 Photo by  Mr Haack  via  Style Me Pretty

How adorable are all these lovely brides? Every single one of their wedding dresses are different, but each of them are equally stunning. I'm always a sucker for lace, but there are some really interesting beaded and boho looks here that are starting to become my favorites... let us know which of the dresses you love in the comments!

21 fall flower crown ideas & inspiration for boho brides
by Stephanie

When you think of fall weddings, beautiful and abundant flower decor and accessories might not be the very first thing you think of, given the season. But there are actually a lot of beautiful flowers in season (think dahlias, orchids, lillies and more...) that would not only look gorgeous in a fall bouquet, but as a fall flower crown for a bride! After all, who says that summer brides get to have all the fun with flower crowns?

We've rounded up 21 gorgeous fall flower crown ideas and looks that are perfect for a bride who wants a boho or rustic feel to her fall nuptials. They not only lend a certain elegance to the bride's overall style, but they are perfect for embracing autumn as well! Take a look and get inspired by all these gorgeous ideas after the jump...

 Photo by  Tilly Clifford  via  addwigs

Photo by Tilly Clifford via addwigs

 Photo by  Ryan Ray  via  Once Wed

Photo by Ryan Ray via Once Wed

How beautiful are these flower crowns? The best part is that you can see the diversity in gorgeous colors, flowers and details you can add into your own fall flower crown for the big day. Which of these fall boho bridal looks are your favorite, brides? Let us know in the comments!

9 Boho Hairstyles for Summer Brides
by Lindsey Delgado

 Photo by  Danielle Poff

Photo by Danielle Poff

Summer is the perfect season for the classic boho wedding. Whether you are going for the full alternative feel, or simply adding a few flowers in your hair, the boho trend is perfect for the casual and light-hearted wedding theme. And what bridal beauty essential captures this bohemian atmosphere? You and your hair do.

Before planning your beauty look make sure that whichever hairstyle, and possible accompanying accessories, you choose are cohesive to the ambiance of your wedding and complementary to your dress, face shape, and hair texture. If you're channeling Kate Middleton, don't overdo it with Kate Moss. Find a happy equilibrium like Lauren Conrad. Think: does this accessory clash with my dress? Do these flower pieces coordinate with my bouquet? Veil, or no veil?

Check out some of these 9 boho hairstyles for summer brides to find your perfect look:

Flower Crown + Middle Part

The quintessential boho wedding wouldn't be complete with out the flower crown and loose curls. Perfect for brides rocking the long sleeves. Make sure to find fresh, seasonal flowers that enhance the colors in your hair, make up, and bouquet. Think: light pink and ivory cosmos, lilies and daisies. Finish the hippie look by being bold and going for the middle part!

 Photo by  Addcolo

Photo by Addcolo

Flower Crown Veil

Feeling the pressure to strict to tradition and ignore the trend? Merge them! The flower crown veil is one of the most beautiful and au natural looks a bride can embody. Show off your creativity and incorporate the flower crown into any style of veil that speaks to you.

 Photo by  Lev Kuperman

Photo by Lev Kuperman

Fishtail

Not your childhood pigtails, the braided fishtail is a chic and unique hairstyle for the alternative bride. Wear it as a low pony, to the side, or add it into your updo! However, fishtails are tricky and definitely complicated. Be sure to do a "hair-rehearsal" before your ceremony to sort out any unwanted knots or kinks. TIP: splurge on a professional!

 Photo by  Rebecca Hollis
 Photo by VeryHair

Photo by VeryHair

Baby's Breath

Crown, accent, wreath, you name it and baby's breath will shape it! From backyard bashes, to forrest elopements, baby's breath is the perfect hairstyle accessory for any type of wedding. Incorporate the flower into a soft bun, small braids, or style it as its own headpiece to emulate the graceful and delicate bridal look.

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Photo by Tessa Barton

 Photo by  Abby Ross

Photo by Abby Ross

Floral Side Sweep

The floral side sweep blends whimsical romance with the alternative, boho trend. Concentrate your flowers to one side and try making the soft bun as loose as possible to create a glowing and carefree bridal style.

 Photo by  Lora Grady

Photo by Lora Grady

Ribbons

Ribbons are a creative and inexpensive accessory to add to your boho hairstyle wigs. Whether tied into ringlet bows, or acting as unique-styled veils, ribbons encompass the DIY feel into the boho atmosphere. TIP: tie your ribbons into the rest of your décor to perfect your wedding theme.

 Photo by  Montana Bach

Photo by Montana Bach

 Photo by  Jasmine Star

Photo by Jasmine Star

Braid + Flower Accent

Similar to ribbons, light flower accents into your braids give your bridal hairstyle creativity. Make sure both the style of the braid, and the size of the flowers do not overpower the dress or your bridal make up.

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Headpieces

Perfect for the bride looking for a little boho and a lot of glam. Headpieces are the tiaras of boho chic and are great for darker haired brides looking to give off a little pop and glitz. Check out fashion websites EPLOVE and Bo + Luca to shop through dozens of gorgeous and stunning headpieces.

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Photo by EPLOVE

 Photo by  Bo + Luca

Photo by Bo + Luca

Crown Braid

Looking for something a little less glitz and floral, but still queenly? Try the crown braid. One of the biggest trends of 2015 bridal beauty, the crown braid is as à la mode as it is complicated. Like the fishtail, go for the professional and be sure to do many run throughs!

 Photo by  Paula O'Hara

Photo by Paula O'Hara

 Photo by  Paper Antler

Photo by Paper Antler

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Hairstyle? Check! Now go check out more bridal beauty tips for some bold and gorgeous wedding make up ideas!

9 Unique DIY Wedding Garland Ideas
by Lindsey Delgado

Over the past decade we have seen the trend of DIY weddings give couples a special chance to express their creativity. From DIY wedding invitations, dessert tables, photo booths, and general reception décor, these personal touches give weddings a special and authentic twist. We can’t think of a better way for you to show off your own originality than by taking one of the most traditional aspects of wedding décor, the wedding garland, and giving it a 2015 spin.

Wedding garlands are the perfect ornament for any type of reception. They can adorn anything from cake toppers to bouquets, pose beautiful backdrops, and accessorize table centerpieces. Unique DIY wedding garlands are the perfect opportunity to showcase your imagination and individuality. Do you want to know the best part? They can be made on any budget!

Here are some of our favorite ideas to get you started:

BALLOONS

Balloons are back on the rise, both figuratively and literally. We are seeing them as bouquet replacements, photo props, and now wedding garlands! Space them out around the dessert table and the dance floor to create a carefree and light-hearted atmosphere, which your guests will thoroughly enjoy. The ladies over at Apartment 34 created an easy tutorial on how to make these lovely DIY floral garland balloons.

TIE-THE-KNOT

Talk about symbolism. Nothing captures marriage like literal knotted rope! This tie-the-knot garland is simply sweet and can double as a creative photo backdrop. It is the perfect fit for rustic, barn, and backyard weddings.

SUSPENDED FLORALS

Take your flowers to new heights by suspending them from branches, ceilings, chairs you name it! This inspiration shot perfectly captures the dream-like quality hanging flowers can posses. They are just the right touch for a whimsical and romantic themed wedding.

FRUIT

Going organic seems like a fitting complement to the DIY trend. This apple garland inspiration is not only delightful and creative, but also beautifully tasteful. Try incorporating some seasonal fruit into your wedding garlands to add your unique DIY touch.

PAPER

On a tight budget? Ditch the flowers and grab the scissors! DIY paper wedding garlands are affordable, chic, and innovative. Whether you’re into fun and colorful flags, quirky and vibrant diamonds, or stunning origami, the possibilities for paper wedding garlands are endless! Up for a challenge? Check out All Free DIY Wedding’s tutorial  on how to make elegant paper cranes.

 Photo by  Izzy Hudgins  via  Ruffled

Photo by Izzy Hudgins via Ruffled

PHOTOS

The photo DIY wedding garland is a great way to incorporate your guests into the celebration! This photo from the Carter & Cook Event Company shows just one of the many ways you can display photo garlands in your wedding décor. Photo garlands can be used to share the couple’s story, act as a premium wedding guest book, or even represent a physical slideshow of the event. Digital, disposable or Polaroid, photo wedding garlands are inexpensive, entertaining, and capture the memories you will be happy you saved.

CHANDELIERS

These au natural chandeliers are the perfect wedding garlands for the trendy, green bride. Project Wedding provides a great step-by-step tutorial on how to make these gorgeous DIY flower chandeliers. Tip: try matching them with your bridal parties’ flower crowns to create an earthy and bohemian atmosphere.

MASON JARS

Mix up your suspended wedding garlands by adding any types of jars, bottles or glasses. Use them with twinkling lights to create the perfect combination of classic simplicity, joined by DIY creativity. Mason jars and similar glasses create the ideal mood for a mid-summers night dream wedding.

 Photo by  Mod Wedding

Photo by Mod Wedding

RIBBONS

Still soaking up the patriotic spirit from the holiday weekend, this ribbon wedding garland from Knot and Pop is a charming accessory to the quintessential southern wedding. Ribbons are the ultimate DIY resource and have so much to offer. Try incorporating them into your wedding garlands, or use them as a stand-alone piece!

Can't get enough DIY? Check out our feature on DIY photo booth backdrops to find your ultimate wedding reception inspiration!

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Bridal beauty: bold wedding makeup ideas for daring brides
by Karly Anderson

While traditionally brides tend to opt for classic and neutral looks, bold wedding makeup ideas that consists of bright colors and/or deeper hues have made their way onto the scene and are becoming timeless in their own right.

When envisioning and putting together your wedding day look, it’s important to consider your makeup and how it will fit with your dress and overall wedding theme. If you’re wearing a tulle ball gown and having a Cinderella theme, a smoked-out eye with bright red lips isn’t going to go with your look very well. On the other hand, a bride that is wearing a slinky dress and wanting to bring some sex appeal to her look probably isn’t going to gravitate toward traditional contoured eyes and a pinky-nude lip.

If a bold look or something with a pop of color is what you’re after for your wedding day, try one of these three looks.

BOLD, DRAMATIC EYES

Even if you’re a traditional bride opting for traditional makeup, a bold, dramatic eye will help bring definition in photos and add a touch of sultriness to your overall look – think a smokey eye or dramatic winged-out eyeliner paired with dramatic fake lashes and neutral lips. Jaclyn Hill, a popular YouTube beauty vlogger, created a video that offers lots of great tips for achieving this type of look on your own or by a professional.  Below are some examples and inspiration for dramatic eye makeup.

Classic Smokey Eyes

 Photo by  Ellie Makeup

Photo by Ellie Makeup

Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry // http://www.Tamaramakeup.com

Defined, Contoured Eyes & Full Lashes

Cat Eye Winged Eyeliner

Bold wedding makeup ideas
Bold wedding makeup ideas

Jenny Berger Hair & Makeup

Love this look? Karly recommends...

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STAND-OUT LIPS

If you’d rather keep your eye look on the simple side, then opt for a bold lip color! Depending on the season of your wedding, you can go for a bright pop of color, such as pink or coral for spring and summer, or a deeper-toned shade, such as a classic red or cranberry color, for fall and winter. One thing to keep in mind is that a stand-out lip color can make the rest of your face appear washed out – be sure to do some subtle contouring and add bronzer to your complexion. This video tutorial is a great example of how to get this look on your own.

Bright pinks and corals

Jewel tones and deep hues

Want to rock a bold lip? Try it with:

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GO FOR THE COMBO – BOLD EYES AND LIPS!

If you’re a bride that isn’t afraid of makeup and ready to make a statement, go for it and rock both the dramatic eye and bold lip! I recommend consulting with a professional makeup artist, whether you’re having your wedding makeup done professionally or are doing it yourself, if this is the type of look that you’re after. A professional will help guide you in the direction of what eye shadows and colors will pair well with the lip color that you choose. If you’re going the DIY route, check out another video from Jaclyn Hill, as well as this doll-eyed-inspired video tutorial for inspiration.

Regardless of the makeup look that you go with, whether it is neutral or bold, make sure that you look like YOU. You don’t want to meet your spouse at the altar and have them not recognize you – if your makeup look reflects your personality, then you can’t go wrong with any look that you choose.

So, what kind of makeup will you be wearing on your wedding day? Will you stick to timeless, traditional makeup, or will you go for bold and make a statement?

Karly Anderson is a born and raised Midwest girl currently residing outside Milwaukee, Wis. Her blog, Miss in the Midwest, chronicles her take on beauty, life and style in the Heartland. Catch up with Karly on InstagramFacebook and TwitterFind Karly's creative musings here.

10 Chic Naked Wedding Cakes and Why We Love Them
by Nahva Tecklu

 Photo by  True Atelier

Photo by True Atelier

When it comes to wedding cakes, what's more beautiful than delicate cake, decadent buttercream, and fresh fruit and flowers? Honestly, not much, which is why so many brides are choosing to go naked on their wedding day...well go for naked cakes that is. We're huge fans of unique wedding cakes. This season's hottest trend is to forgo the fondant and we love it. Take a look these 10 chic naked wedding cakes and you'll see why we're obsessed!

This cake is the definition of pretty. Pink blooms and dusted powdered sugar give it an whimsical feel perfect for a fairytale or garden wedding. It's too pretty to eat, well almost...

Only a few ripe berries adorn this stunning cake, and it needs nothing more! The chic minimalism would make the perfect statement at a rustic vineyard wedding.

This cake would look amazing at a barn wedding. The thin layers of cake with exposed buttercream and subtle hints of lavender give this naked cake homemade country chic vibes we can't get enough of.

Momofuku is known for their amazing desserts and, of course, their wedding cakes are no different. This playful riff on classic funfetti comes naked and is a delicious way to celebrate a spring or summer wedding. Yum!

The combination of berries and flowers give this tri tiered naked cake a woodsy feel perfect for outdoor weddings. Not only is the cake beautiful, it's multiple flavors guarantees it will be a crowd pleaser.

 Photo by  Sweet Paul

Photo by Sweet Paul

The contrast between the dark layers of cake and white buttercream combined with the caramel dripping down the sides of this cake make it a true showstopper. There's no way your guests will be able to resist.

Ever been to a wedding with a cake that - to your disappointment - looked way better than it tasted? This is certainly not one of those cakes. It's beauty comes from strawberry jam seeping out of exposed layers of sponge cake and lemon buttercream. Looks and tastes like summer!

We're all about switching things up and this cake does exactly that. The exposed lines of cake and frosting are highlighted by the square shape of the cake for a cool, modern look.

With it's decorative frosting perfectly peaking out between each layer this naked chocolate cake is sure to win over any preppy bride!

This cake is amazing. The stacked berries add a touch of drama to each delicate layer. And as if we couldn't love it more....it's a DIY! If you're considering making your own wedding cake a naked cake is a great option. Because of it's perfectly imperfect homemade aesthetic it's a lot more forgiving than a traditional cake. This bride did an incredible job creating her cake and with this online tutorial, you can do the same. Pair it up with a DIY topper to create a showstopper of your own!

With so many sweet moments centered around it, the cake is an iconic part of any wedding. Go ahead and make a chic statement with yours by trying one of these naked wedding cakes everyone will love! Comment below and let us know what you think of the trend!