Planning Your Honeymoon with The Honeymoonist – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we talk to travel and honeymoon expert, Susan Moynihan from The Honeymoonist on how to plan the perfect vacation after the big day.  From travel advice, ways to save, how to pick a place you both love and all you need to know before you book your honeymoon, tune in on demand anytime to 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!

Apple Inspired Wedding Decor

Since clearly we’ve got sweet fruit on the brain this week, we’re talking red apples today!  Another red delicious element to weave into your wedding meal but also into your big day decor.  From invitation inspiration to actually putting apples in your centerpieces, apples (red, green or a variety) can make your summer wedding style pop!  You can even use them to create a chair treatment, mantle garland or game for the kids to bob for during cocktail hour!  Take a bite out of these fun apple wedding finds…

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{Photos: Invitation + Coke Box: Photography by Erika Parker via GWS, Second Row Centerpiece: Djijo Studios via Southern Weddings, Place Settings: Lev Kuperman via Ruffled, Bottom Row Centerpiece: Nessa K via Ruffled, Chair Treatment: Meg Smith}

5 Ways to Feel Comfortable in Front of The Camera on Your Wedding Day

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We’re back with more amazing tips from one of our favorite photographers (and vetted expert Bridal Bar members), Maya Myers.  A Los Angeles and New York based wedding photographer, Maya has seen it all and over the years has developed a few tricks of trade to help you get the best photos you can on your big day.  Are you camera shy?  Ever wonder how to pose perfectly for the best look?  Or should you pose at all?  Maya’s got you covered on the blog today with five ways to get you comfortable in front of your wedding photographer.

1.  Be Yourself. Never try too hard to pose a certain way, or give a certain look. The best moments are captured when couples are being their absolute selves. Whether you’re a quirky and playful couple, or a more reserved and conservative, play up your personalities. You’re best, most natural photos will come out of the times you are most relaxed and most yourselves.

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2.  Hire a professional hair and makeup team (and do a trial beforehand!). Hair and makeup artists use products that are meant to last the duration of your wedding and accentuate your best features. Professional products won’t run, clump, or need constant touch ups, so that you can feel confident that you’re looking your best throughout the day.

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3.  Celebrate with your loved ones. Enjoying yourself with the guests at your wedding inherently creates great moments and keeps you relaxed. If you get a little camera shy, focus on the incredible time your having with your friends, family, and your new spouse. Before you know it you’ll forget all about the camera!

4.  Trust your photographer. Felling uncomfortable and awkward in front of the camera is totally normal, but often in our heads. Know that if you do actually look awkward, something is out of place, or you are posing at a bad angle, your photographer is going to step in and direct you to look your best.

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5.  Communicate.   If there is something that you are particularly self -conscious about or if you ever feel uncomfortable, tell your photographer. There may be something that you are self conscious about that your photographer would never see as negative, so communication is key.

Thanks Maya for your insights!  Check back soon for another post with Maya’s expert tips in the coming weeks!

All Images by Maya Myers Photography.

4th of July Weddings

It’s almost that time – 4th of July is just around the corner and you’re probably busy at work daydreaming about all the fun you’ll be having this Friday.  Well, to entice you just a tad more, we’ve pulled a few of our favorite red, white and blue wedding day details.  Whether you theme your wedding invitations or your bridal party, even though the colors are a bit darker than a typical summer wedding, if you choose to wed on this holiday weekend, anything goes!

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{Photos: Invitations: Kate Osborne Photography via Oh So Beautiful Paper, Desserts: Premiere Events, Cake: The Knot, Signs: Etsy, Candles: Addicted to DIY, Bridal Party: Dyanna Joy Photography via Fab Your Bliss}

Strawberry Inspired Weddings

‘Tis the season for sweet fruits, bright colors and plenty of natural inspiration for your big day.  And what fruit do we love more than any at The Bridal Bar!?  Strawberries!  A great start to theme your bridal shower or color palette to work with for your wedding, strawberries make great menu accents (think a summer salad) but did you know they also make great accessories – even in your bouquet!  Take a look at a few sweet strawberry wedding details we’ve picked fresh for you today!

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{Photos; Favors + Table: MSW, Invitation: Etsy, Bouquet: Hilda Grahnat via Offbeat Bride, Bridesmaids: Tonya Malay Photography, Desserts: Phillip Van Nostrand via Wedding Chicks}

Engage!14 Recap Special – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we went recap the incredible decor ideas, mountain wedding trends, and all the details from the bi-annual Engage Conference that took place this time at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch.  We chatted with the event producer for the week, Aimee Monihan from Mountain Occasions, the design dream team from DesignWorks and Beaver Creek hospitality expert and pr director of the Ritz Carlton, Steven Holt.  Tune in for the best the rockies has to offer your big day!

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!

Wedding Catering Party by Modern Art Catering

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Today we’re sharing a pretty party, not a wedding but a showing for wedding professionals at the beautiful Moskowitz Gallery in Los Angeles, hosted by the talented team at Modern Art Catering.  Every once and a while the trendsetters and tastemakers of our industry show off what’s new, hot and fabulous in the world of weddings and this luncheon was just that – a tasting of what delish delights are available for your wedding day menu!

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Eddie Zaratsian Custom Florals provided the beautiful decor, along with the gang over at Classic Party Rentals.

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Tunes were provided by Elan Artists, one of our faves!

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Here’s Chef Matt hard at work for our amazing lunch!

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The presentation of each course was as good as it tasted!

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This might be the best thing, well, ever.  Main Lobster Pancakes with Pea Shoot Salad and Ginger-Carrot Emulsion, yum!

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Also to die for was the Kobe Beef Tri-Tip with a Smoked Red Pepper Purée with Turkish Coffee, Asparagus and Wild Rice.

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And for dessert?  Strawberry Shortcake!  But with a twist…Creme Fraiche Whipped Cream.

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Images by: Hugo Martinez, HM Imagery

Lemon Inspired Weddings for Summer

With summer in full swing we’ve been daydreaming of the sweet days of lounging around and enjoying a glass of lemonade among friends.  Well, while we might be at the office right about now, it’s still not a bad idea for your wedding reception or cocktail hour!  Whether you’re inspired by the color of lemon yellow or actual lemons for your decor, we’ve paired a few fun ideas for a bright and celebratory palette for your summer wedding – lemonade and all!

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{Photos: Bouquet: ABM Photography, Aisle: Jose Villa, Bar: Homed It, Sign: Samm Blake via SMP, Bouquet: Fleur Challis Photography via French Wedding Style, Centerpieces: Weddings by JDK, Cake: Wings of Glory Photography via SMP, Long Table: SMP}

Wedding Websites + Apps for Your Big Day

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Just in time for summer, our friends over at Appy Couple have some amazing new wedding website designs in the perfectly popping summer palettes!  Whether you want to wed by the beach and opt for the “treasure” motif or are looking for bright pops of pink or even lemon yellow, Appy Couple has you covered.  And we’ve got you covered with a special discount on your purchase!  When you checkout, enter PROMO CODE: BB25 and save on your site!

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Choose from over 400 designs for your big day, including travel themed, chevron, and even our own Bridal Bar Collection!  Use PROMO CODE: BB25 when you checkout and save on any wedding website and app purchase.  Happy Shopping!

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Creative Ways to Honor Your Loved Ones at a Wedding

A wedding without a loved one who is no longer with you can be a tad bitter sweet.  It’s such a celebration but it would be sweeter with them by your side.  So why not make it so?  There are many ways to honor those who aren’t with you at wedding.  If your dad loved cigars, set up a cigar bar in his honor.  If your mom always wore cowboy boots (or stilettos for that matter), place a pair of their shoes on their chair.  Create a mantle of all family photos for those only there in spirit.  Name a cocktail after your sister’s favorite drink, tie a locket with photos of your brother to your bouquet, wear cufflinks honoring your loved one when you walk down the aisle, even embroider their name into the underside of your gown as your ‘something blue.’  We’ve pulled a few photos of ways to honor your loved ones and make your day that much sweeter, with or without them by your side.

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{Photos: Mantle: Amanda K, Chalkboard: Braun Photography via Ruffled, Cigars: Twin Lens Images, Cufflinks + Toms: Inked Weddings, Boots on Chair: JL Photographers, Bouquet: Jamie Delaine Photography}

Brides Live Wedding – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we went live with the team at Brides Magazine for the second annual Brides Live Wedding at the St. Regis Monarch Beach.  We brought this episode to you on location from the wedding reception where we got the chance to speak to the winning couple, Eric and Valentina as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Brides Magazine, Keija Minor and the wedding planner from the big day, Brooke Keegan.  Tune in to get great decor ideas and trends from the best of the best!

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!

Engage!14 Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch

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Today I just wanted to pause for a minute and quickly give a shout out and BIG thanks to some very special people in our industry.  I just got back from the beautiful Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch where the Engage!14 Conference took place.  What’s Engage?  Well, if you’re a wedding professional it’s a must attend event filled with inspiration, ideas, networking, new and old friends, tons of swag, spectacular site visits and overall a wonderful way to grow your business and learn from some of the best in the country.  If you’re getting married, then knowing your wedding professionals invest in attending such events shows you their dedication to perfecting their craft for you and always learning and growing.

This year’s event was particularly special – with a “Camp Engage” theme – a more relaxed event set in the mountains of Beaver Creek.  There were a ton of special surprises, and one that specifically made me squeal was when Wolfgang Puck came out on stage (and gifted us with his latest book) while he shared stories of his decades dedicated to special events.

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But the best part of Engage are the hosts.  Kathryn and Rebecca (pictured above) from Engaging Concepts have created such an amazing gift to our industry (and ultimately for couples too) that I can’t say enough wonderful things about how much they’ve enriched my personal and professional life.   Thank you ladies for letting me be a part of something so special and congratulations on another unforgettable event and week!

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And another thanks to the amazing people I had the honor of speaking along side, including the always fabulous and super smart Editor-in-Chief of Destination I Do Magazine, Jennifer Stein, the lovely and talented Vanessa Kreckel from Two Paper Dolls and the incredibly innovative biz dev guru from Squarespace, Jeremy Schwartz.  I had a blast!

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But Engage recaps are really all about the visual magic that’s created while we’re there – from welcome bag ideas to reception designs perfect for a mountain wedding or destination I do.  So head over to our sister site, Jet Fete this week and next for several days of recaps with everything from formal wedding ideas to pretty in pink decor!  To get you started, here’s the opening night design and some epic gift bag ideas for your guests!

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For those of you interested in getting in on the Engage action next time around, hurry – the Cayman Islands event is almost full for November.  For more information, visit Engage!14 and I hope to see you there!

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Photography by: John Cain Sargent, Tammy Swales, Sofia NegronCarla Ten Eyck, Laura DeCarlo