Unique Ways To Tell Your Love Story at Your Wedding

We here at The Bridal Bar have always been suckers for a good love story and what better time to tell your tale than at your wedding?! There is no better way to tell your guests how you and your special someone came to be than to show them! You can set up a picture walk through of your relationship or leave your loved ones a bound booklet to keep them occupied as they wait for you to walk down the aisle. Speaking of aisles, how incredible would it be to walk down one that is a timeline of your love. Talk about a trip down memory lane! And what about a cake that shows your relationship on each tier?! That would be the icing on the cake to a great wedding, literally!

unique ways to tell your love story1 Unique Ways To Tell Your Love Story at Your Wedding

{Photos: Year One: Joe+Kathrina via Wedding Chicks, Our story: Sarah Kate via SMP, Aisle: The Other Sister Photography via Oh Lovely Day, Invitation: Dasha Caffrey via Love My Dress, Chalkboard: Etsy, Glass: Prairie Californian,  Cake: Celine’s Cakery}

Wedding Website Deal

appy couple wedding website Wedding Website Deal

Appy Couple is giving our readers another great deal on wedding websites – that’s right, custom wedding websites with matching apps to share all the info you could imagine with your friends and family for your big day!  Upload photos of your love story, tell funny stories about your bridal party, share travel information and wedding ceremony details, even link through to your wedding registry right from your very own wedding website and smartphone app!  Just enter promo code BB25 at checkout and save!

destination wedding website Wedding Website Deal

Choose from over 400 designs in a variety of collections, including a collection of Bridal Bar curated sites too!  From bubbles and bubbly to martinis and maps for your destination I do, they’ve got a color palette and concept everyone will love!  Just simply shop, select, and enter promo code BB25 to save!  Building your wedding website is as easy as a click of a button with Appy Couple‘s easy to use forms (no coding required) and you’re good to go!  Happy shopping!

custom wedding website Wedding Website Deal

A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleil

wine country wedding photographers A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleil

Anna and Alex ventured outside of their home in San Francisco to say I do in Sonoma County at the beautiful private estate, Relais Du Soleil.  But this story began much further from California than that.  The pair are both originally from the former Soviet Union and came to the US as young refugees.  Cut to decades later, both are successful entrepreneurs in love!

white bridal bouquet A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleil

Once the couple’s courtship was in full swing, Alex proposed in front of her whole family at Central Kitchen in San Francisco and the rest was history!

wine country wedding A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleilnapa wedding A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleilwedding signs A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleil

The lovebirds said I do under a chuppah made by their friends and dressed in garland to blend with the beautiful natural setting.

wine country weddings A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleilrustic wedding ceremony A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleilwedding ceremony A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleiljewish weddings A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleilsonoma wedding A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleilnapa wedding photographer A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleilnapa wedding photographers A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleilrustic destination wedding A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleilsonoma destination weddings A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleil

Rustic wedding details were spotted throughout the event (as was the green garland to match the ceremony).  Keys tagged with escort card information welcomed guests to their seats for dinner!

rustic wedding A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleilwhite bouquets A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleil

For the reception, the couple opted for a French country style vibe under a tent!

tent wedding A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleilrustic wedding flowers A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleilburlap table runners A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleilburlap weddings A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleil

One little touch of lavender dressed each place setting perfectly!

lavender wedding details A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleil

The tables were also adorned with homemade vodka made by the bride’s father.

rustic wedding centerpieces A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleilwedding card containers A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleil

The couple fell in love at Burning Man so as an homage to their past, they included large metal sculptures from Burning Man around the tented area.

sonoma weddings A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleilwedding ideas sonoma A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleilrustic weddings somona valley A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleilrustic wedding ideas A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleiloutdoor sonoma weddings A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleiltented weddings A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleilpurple weddings A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleil

At the end of the night, a purple ombre cake was served up along with a picture perfect purple dessert bar!

ombre wedding cakes A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleil

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Wedding Vendors: Photography: Elena Zhukova, Event Planning and Design: Milk & Honey Special Events, Catering: Elaine Bell Catering, Venue: Relais Du Soleil, Flowers: Huckleberry Karen Designs, Wedding Cake: Beaux Gateaux, Desserts: Bouchon Bakery, Mixology: Goose and Gander, Rentals: Hartmann Studio Rentals, Tent: Wine Country Party, Transportation: Pure Luxury

 

Personalizing Your Wedding – Bridal Bar Radio

bridal bar radio1 Personalizing Your Wedding   Bridal Bar Radio

This week on Bridal Bar Radio we talk to wedding planner and designer, Xochitl Gonzalez from AAB Creates in New York City who shares with us her process to designing and creating a totally personalized big day – beginning with the location and weaving through all the five senses!

Happy Friday and we’ll see you next week!  And don’t forget, if you missed the episode you can tune in anytime on demand here!

Non-Floral Centerpiece Ideas for Your Wedding Reception

Let’s face it. When you think centerpieces, you think beautiful flowers and while we have seen some absolutely gorgeous floral centerpieces, we wanted to shake things up a bit here at The Bridal Bar! We’ve found some table decor so stunning that you won’t even miss having flowers to stare at. Well, flowers certainly have their home at your wedding, if you want something a little different for your shower or simply your reception tables, not using flowers gives you a fun, unique way to show off your personality and the theme of your big day. Or of course you can use flowers to accent another product – like pinwheels!  From whimsical to romantic, non-floral centerpieces can do no wrong if your venue won’t allow the live pretties in the place or you happen to have an allergy or two!

Nonfloral centerpieces Non Floral Centerpiece Ideas for Your Wedding Reception

{Photos: Pinwheels: Marianne + Joe of Marianne Wilson Photography via Wedding Chicks, Hot Air Balloon: Logan Cole Photography via Bridal Guide, Bottles: Just a Dream Photography via Fab You Bliss, Succulents: Country Home via The Stir, Cotton: Marianna Jamadi via Ruffled, Candelabra: Jean Smith Photography via Bridal Guide}

Sunflower Inspired Weddings

Looking for a way to brighten up your big day? Well nothing says summer wedding better than a ceremony covered in sunflowers! Let this festive flower be the inspiration behind the decor of your special day. Everyone loves a little splash of sunshine and sunflowers add the perfect pop of color to any ceremony. They can be included on your invitation or on a floral crown to make for a more rustic wedding day do. Sprinkle some sun down the aisle and throughout your centerpieces to add to the feel of your ceremony. Take a look at these sunflower inspired weddings that we’ve picked especially for you!

Sunflower inspired wedding Sunflower Inspired Weddings

{Photos: Invitation: Etsy, Headband: Etsy, Bouquet: Chyna Darner Photography via Wedding Chicks, Hanging Sunflowers: Chyna Darner Photography via Wedding Chicks, Boutonniere: Mandy Paige Photography via Fab You Bliss, Aisle Decor: Ulysses Photography via SMP, Table Decor: Photography by Valerie via Rustic Wedding Chic}

Wedding Lemonade Stands

With summer in full swing, you are bound to break a sweat at a Southern Cali wedding. There is no better way to quench your thirst than with a lemonade stand!  You can create an adult friendly lemonade bar complete with specialty spiked lemonades named after a bride or groom and still please the little ones with a classic stand, just make sure you keep track of which is which! You can even keep your flower girl busy during the reception by putting her in charge of the stand (there is nothing cuter than little kids and lemonade.) When life gives you lemons, am I right?

Lemonade stands at a wedding Wedding Lemonade Stands

{Photos: Top Left: Wings of Glory Photography via SMP, Top Right: Annie Gerber via 100 Layer Cake,  Middle Left: Nikki Mills via The Knot, Middle Right: Megan Elle Photography via Your Homebased Mom, Bottom: Alixann Loosle Photography via Lily & Iris}

Dressing Up Your Dog For Your Wedding

Don’t want to leave your furry friend out of your wedding ceremony? You don’t have to! Your dog can escort your flower girl down the aisle in a stylish flower collar or they can stand by your side at the alter showing off their “dog of honor” status. Whether you choose to use a sign for a photo opp or dress up your pup in a tux for the big day. It is always fun to incorporate a four legged friend into your ceremony! Just be sure the little guy or gal is properly potty trained, has an assigned handler on the day of, a place to go after the ceremony, and that your venue allows them on property. Then celebrate with your little loved one!

incorporating your dog into your wedding Dressing Up Your Dog For Your Wedding

 {Photos: Top Row Left: Etsy Right: Etsy Second Row Left: Alex Bee Photography via Off Beat Bride Right: Every Last Detail Third Row Left: Sarah Kate Photographer via SMP Right: Percy Handmade Fourth Row: Etsy}

Wedding Napkin Ideas

What do you have the most of at your reception?  Well, chairs, place settings and napkins typically!  So what the crowd sees is what stands out and often times that’s the thing in the largest volume.  So why not use this opportunity to make your decor pop with an essential you’ll have on the table anyway?  One quick, easy and even cost effective way to dress up a table with an otherwise muted or white linen is with a colorful napkin!  We’re not even talking napkin treatments today (like flowers, ribbons, paper bands and other accessories), we’re just talking about upgrading your napkins at each setting and create a whole new look for your reception space.  You can even mix and match the looks, collect vintage pieces, or print your menu right on the fabric!  Take a look at these eye catching ideas!

wedding napkin ideas Wedding Napkin Ideas

{Photos: Bottom: Top Left: Birds of a Feather via GWS, Right: Pottery Barn, Second Row Right: Sarah McKenzie via Ruffled, Left: Archetype Studio via SMP, Third Row Left: Belathee via SMP, Right: Colin Cowie Weddings, Bottom: Lindsay Madden via Wedding Chicks}

Designing Your Wedding Theme – Bridal Bar Radio

bridal bar radio1 Designing Your Wedding Theme   Bridal Bar Radio

This week on Bridal Bar Radio we talk to celebrity wedding planner and designer Jeff Brown of BROWNHOT Events.  He tells us how to create a picture perfect theme, from color palette to coordinating fashion for the location!  Tune in on demand anytime to check out this week’s episode!

Happy Friday and we’ll see you next week!  And don’t forget, if you missed the episode you can tune in anytime on demand here!

Sweet Sign Ideas for Your Wedding + Engagement Photos

Looking for a prop to style up your engagement shoot?  Or perhaps a great way to say thanks for coming to my big day?  Adding in a playful sign in your engagement photos or to use at your wedding reception is a great way to express all you want to say.  A picture is worth a thousand words, right?!?!  We found these fun ideas so share your love with your loved ones in photos.  How will you use a wedding sign to celebrate?

engagement photo ideas Sweet Sign Ideas for Your Wedding + Engagement Photos

{Photos: Top Row Left: Etsy, Right: Etsy, Middle Row Left: Etsy, Right: KT Merry via SMP, Bottom Row Left: Jana Williams via GWS, Right: Claire Marika via Wedding Chicks}

Beautiful Bridesmaid Dresses Online

red wedding dresses Beautiful Bridesmaid Dresses Onlineshort bridesmaid dresses Beautiful Bridesmaid Dresses Online

We keep our eye out across the globe for bridal finds and fashions that you might want to know about, have on your radar or must-have for your big day.  Every once and a while we find something worth sharing!  So today we’re showing off the oh-so chic and even some vintage inspired bridesmaid dresses from Review Australia.  From short and sassy and vibrant red to pretty in pale purple, you’ll find something for every color palette you might be considering and a look each of your ladies will love.

Review bridesmaid dresses online also make it super easy to shop – simply select your color, look and size and ship!  It’s that simple!

 

lace bridesmaid dresses Beautiful Bridesmaid Dresses Online purple bridesmaid dresses Beautiful Bridesmaid Dresses Online

They’re even having a sale right now!  Some of these looks start as low as $99.00 – now that’s something else your favorite gal pals and bridesmaids will love!  But don’t just stop with your maids, Review also has looks for you (if you’re a fashion forward bride-to-be), and mother of the bride or groom, if you’re so inspired.  One-shoulder wedding guest looks, clutches to accessories your big day beauty, and even a bolero to keep you snug at those outdoor evening weddings are all in the collection.  Flattering for any age yet perfectly youthful and fitting for bridal parties, Review has a major fan base in Australia and now in the US too!  And from these six looks, we can see why!

For more about Review bridesmaid dresses, be sure to check out their site!

bridesmaid dresses one shoulder Beautiful Bridesmaid Dresses Onlinebridesmaid dresses Beautiful Bridesmaid Dresses Online

sponsored post bridal bar Beautiful Bridesmaid Dresses Online