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We’ve Got Etsy Envy!

You love Etsy. We love Etsy. So what’s not to love about a new HWB Etsy feature? Periodically, we’ll be putting together some of our favorite finds from everyone’s favorite “everything handmade” site. This week, our picks feature vintage-contemporary delights, including jewelry, accessories, perfume…and the sweetest lil’ silver cake forks EVER. Dig in and enjoy! And if you see something you really love, drop a comment—and tell a friend. There’s plenty for everyone.
Our Favorite Finds ~ Houston Wedding Blog
1. Olive Yew Jewels ~ 2. Bag Noir ~ 3. Saras Boutique ~ 4. Trinkets 818
5. The Lonely Heart ~ 6. SIGNS2LOVE ~ 7. Olive Yew Jewels ~ 8. Simple Traditions

Vintage Tea Party Engagement Shoot by Rachel Robinson

This retro-adorable engagement shoot from oh-so-talented Rachel Robinson is one of the sweetest we’ve seen. But the love story behind Amanda and Brandon’s engagement? That’s even sweeter.

Little did small-town Canadian girl Amanda know she’d end up with native Houstonian Brandon, all those afternoons she spent daydreaming on the shore of tiny Nipper’s Harbour, Newfoundland. But when Amanda, all grown up, with a degree in mechanical engineering, moved to Houston where several of her friends had put down roots, she couldn’t help but notice that cutie at the bar, the one wearing Chuck Taylors—just like the ones she was wearing! Sure, they got to talking, and even shared a smooch. But it wasn’t until the next night, when she ended up at the same bar to watch college football with friends, and happened to hear a familiar voice call out, “Amanda Newfoundland!” that she knew something special was happening. Over the next few months, through long chats and ping-pong games (she won), and despite her heading offshore for a job, and his shoulder surgery, the two fell in love. Hard.

Then came the day when Amanda walked into the living room to see Brandon down on one knee with a little blue box (“which we all know means Tiffany’s!” she says). For their engagement—for which their parents joined them for a few adorable pics—the couple did a “fun and flirty photo shoot” in different parts of downtown Houston. “Brandon was the best, through all my girly ideas,” which included cotton candy, a tea party and tons of vintage styling, Amanda says. Through all the darling costumes, great settings and cool props, you can see this couple’s deep, sincere adoration for each other in every shot. Beautiful work, Rachel. And happiest wishes, Amanda and Brandon!

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Peacock Pretty Ranch Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

As you know, we here at the Houston Wedding Blog aren’t huge fans of the concept of the soup-to-nuts DIY wedding—mainly because we believe a bride should be as unencumbered by stress as possible on her wedding day, and in the months leading up to it. Also because there’s often a big gap between what a bride envisions for her wedding, and what she’s able, practically speaking, to achieve. Which can lead to stress and disappointment, which are two words we do NOT believe should be associated with one’s wedding day. Ever.

Well, every once in a while, a wedding comes along that makes us think, “Wow, DIY done RIGHT.” Jana and Buddy’s wildly beautiful fete at Wimberley’s Red Corral Ranch, magnificently photographed by HWB fave Sarah Ainsworth, is just such a wedding. Coordinated, with a minimum of stress, by Jana’s talented mother and sister, this wedding manages to take a variety of references—Victorian, 1950s, Western, indie-hip—and blend them seamlessly, with little fuss, and much fabulousness. Everything—from the bride’s floral-and-pheasant-feather belt to the maids’ darling blue frocks to the mix-n-match table runners to the homemade pies to the live peacock—is of a piece, in this wedding that just seems to have Texas deep in its heart. Congratulations, Jana and Buddy!

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Photography: Sarah Ainsworth Photography~Bride’s Dress: San Patrick~Flowers: Infinite Flowers & Events~Pies: Texas Pie Co.~Venue: Red Corral Ranch

HWB Inspiration Board: Blue Glass and Bright Blooms

The beauty of blue glass. Vintage blue “Ball” mason jars, frosted blue glass votive holders, aqua blue glass vases, palest blue glass bowls, classic vintage -style blue and white dishes–we love them all. Fill them with loosely arranged, long-stemmed dahlias, ranunculus or frilly peonies. Keep the flower colors bright (red, orange, yellow, deep pink), the arrangements unfussy, and don’t be afraid to mix and match a variety of vessels when planning your table setting. Set against a backdrop of crisp, bright white. Did you ever think the blues could make you so darn happy?

Photos: Blue glass with hanging crystals, The Treasured Petal~White and blue table ware, Martha Stewart Collection by Macy’s ~Blue jars red floral, MattLauraJones~Hand-tied blue glass, Sweet Pea Floral~Dark blue glass, Wedding Bee~Blue stemmed peonies, Heather Ham~Blue pink dahlias, Shannon Nicole Smith~Blue mixed floral, Partee Hee Hee

HWB Inspiration Board: White on Not-Quite-White

In the Western tradition, white is and will ever be the color of weddings. But there’s white, and then there’s white-on-not-quite-white. We tend to be fans of the latter. Here’s an idea: Start with a glorious white wedding dress (like the ridiculously romantic Sierra, below, from Amsale’s Blue Label Collection). Add hints of cream, soft green, palest yellow or petal pink. Toss in a touch of gold shimmer or silver sparkle. Arrange lovingly with a focus on texture and classic elegance. And there you have it–white done right.

White on Not-Quite-White Inspiration Board ~ Houston Wedding Blog

Photos: Peony bouquet bride, Brocade Design Arts~Jeweled bridal clutch, SpoiledPretty~Earrings, Bijoux Heart~Cake, Maggie Austin~Tabletop, Souder Photography~Cake table, JL Designs~Dress, Amsale Blue Label