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Bride and Bridesmaid Handbags from Freddy & Ma

Freddy & Ma handbag
Freddy & Ma handbag

Oh boy, are we excited to turn you on to Freddy & Ma. This brother and sister team makes finding the perfect handbag to go with your gown or bridesmaid dresses a breeze. What do we love the most? Why, being able to shop by color, of course!

Looking for green? Freddy & Ma have got limes, olives, forests, shamrocks, springs and emeralds. Got your girls done up in pink? Freddy & Ma offer fuchsias, roses, salmons, cerises and the palest blushes. Looking to contrast your maids’ orange or pink gowns with a hip yellow handbag? Look to Freddy & Ma for ambers, golds, mustards, lemons, goldenrods and chartreuses.

And what about patterns? Glad you asked! This uber-talented design duo has everything from florals large and small to paisleys to geometrics to mod motifs, fleurs de lis, peacock feathers, and on and on and on.

For the bride who can’t decide, Freddy & Ma has custom style options with features including chain wristlets, hot-pink grosgrain lining, leather trim and ID pockets.

You really can’t go wrong with these retro-chic, totally contemporary, perfect little clutches—for your wedding day, or any day.

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LolliBride Chocolate Invitations and Favors

LolliBrides
LolliBrides

We’ve covered
boxed invitations, feather-accented invitations, message-in-a-bottle invitations, sculptural-floral invitations, video invitations…and now, chocolate invitations!

LolliBrides from Naturally Gifted in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., are 8 ½-inch-tall, 2-ounce chocolate lollipops dressed in gorgeously colorful strapless ball gowns complete with tulle overlays and ribbon sashes. These edible lovelies are available in milk or white chocolate and come in a range of juicy gown colors including Gem Peridot, Gem Citrine and Gem Pink (when you order online, you’ll have to send a separate e-mail specifying which colors you want, and how many of each). Personalized labels let you customize your LolliBrides for your occasion, whatever it may be.

We especially love LolliBrides for bridal showers…as invites, place-setting favors, take-home centerpieces, game prizes, dessert—you name it. Truly unique, truly gorgeous, truly WEDDING. Here comes the LolliBride!

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Clay Flowers by DK Designs

Clay Flowers by DK Designs
Clay Flowers by DK Designs

There’s nothing quite as beautiful, quite as fresh, quite as romantic as wedding-day flowers. Until the end of the night when they droop and discolor and have to be tossed unceremoniously in the trash bin, that is.

If you’ve dreamt about wedding flowers that would look gorgeous and last practically forever, your dreams have now come true. Diane Phillips of DK Designs creates clay flower arrangements that are every bit as vibrant as the real thing, but will stay totally fresh looking throughout your event, and endure for ages beyond (with proper care—don’t get them wet or expose them to extended direct sunlight—and storage).

DK Designs’ custom creations include centerpieces, bridal bouquets, hair accessories, boutonnieres and wedding favors—all made from CLAYCRAFT by DECO Soft Clay. The designer also sells standard designs through her Etsy shop. These flowers are incredibly lifelike and richly colored—guests will think they’re real, unless you tell them otherwise.

We love, love, love this concept, and we love DK Designs. So does Martha Stewart. The queen of crafts featured DK Designs on her “Martha Stewart Show” April Fool’s Day episode, where Diane taught Martha how to make clay hydrangeas.

Check out these stunning examples for inspiration!

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Wedding Chair Covers We Cherish

If you’re planning to use ballroom chairs (otherwise known as chiavaris) at your reception dining tables, Houston bride, make sure they’re dressed for the occasion.

Anyone who’s familiar with The Linen House knows that Jan Cancila and her crew are always coming up with new ideas and beautiful designs in wedding linen. We recently came across some of their gorgeous covers and accents, which bring out the elegance of ballroom chairs, rather than concealing the chairs completely.

How about the feminine, fabulous Ballerina Chair Cover? We adore the combo of buttons and bow—a perfect way to soften the look of formal ballroom chairs.

Ballerina Chair Cover
Ballerina Chair Cover

For taller chairs, this look, reminiscent of tuxedos, is lovely, especially in a muted aqua-and-gold palette and hip stripes-and-dots print.

Aqua-Gold
Aqua-Gold

Check out this chair—it’s got its own bridal gown! OK, maybe not quite, but this cover is so romantic, so pretty, so perfectly suited for a wedding. Love the splash of color from the orchid accent!

Bar Stool Bridal Chair
Bar Stool Bridal Chair

Something a little less lush your style? These chair pads add color and drama, but retain the classic chiavari look.

Classic Chiavari Chairs with Cushion
Classic Chiavari Chairs with Cushion

Don’t see exactly what your hear desires here? The Linen House can create a custom chair cover just for you!

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Brickhouse Bridal’s Sweet Salute to Military Brides

Brides Across America at Brickhouse Bridal
Brides Across America at Brickhouse Bridal

We love our servicemen and women as much as the next American. So we were super excited to discover how Brickhouse Bridal in Spring saluted brides-to-be in the armed forces, as well as the fiancées of men in the military.

The shop knows that a gorgeous gown is the ticket to a perfect wedding day. They also know that the price tag on those gorgeous gowns can be a bit hefty for military brides, who are already giving so much to our country.

Military Brides at Brickhouse Bridal
Military Brides at Brickhouse Bridal

So last week, Brickhouse Bridal celebrated Veteran’s Day by joining 17 other bridal shops across the country to participate in Brides Across America. To show their appreciation for our military personnel, this fabulous Spring bridal salon gave away—yes, gave away!—designer wedding gowns to military brides who visited the store on Wednesday, November 11. Brides came to Brickhouse Bridal from all over Texas and even as far away as Minnesota, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

“It’s so wonderful to see these brides,” says Brickhouse Bridal’s Jill Ivers. “They give so much by serving themselves or supporting their fiancées who have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.”

Military Bride at Brickhouse Bridal
Military Bride at Brickhouse Bridal

Before the big day, Brickhouse Bridal selected 100 gowns for military brides to choose from. The most in-demand ones were designed by Pronovias, Rosa Clara, and Henry Roth. The ten dresses that the shop ended up giving away that day ranged from $1,000 to $2,000.

This was the third time that Brickhouse Bridal participated in Brides Across America. They also participated on July 4 and last Veteran’s Day. Between the three events, they’ve given away more than 50 wedding gowns. Talk about giving back!

“The brides are so excited, happy and appreciative to be wedding gown shopping and nearly every single one cries!” says Ivers. With that kind of generosity, we don’t blame them!

Military Bride at Brickhouse Bridal
Military Bride at Brickhouse Bridal
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