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Fascinator Fashion – Ellen Marie

I have the vintage wedding bug! I can’t stop finding fun vintage accessories and this time around I was inspired by the amazing fascinator designs I found by Ellen Marie right here in Portland. A wedding fascinator is a unique way to include a vintage headpiece that completes a vintage wedding look. The word fascinator originally referred to a fine, lacy head covering akin to a shawl and made from wool or lace, but mostly feathers.

Ellen Marie gives helpful insight on how to wear a fascinator on her website, “Fascinators and hair flowers can be attached any place you like them on the head, and can be worn either with a veil (on top or underneath, it is your choice), or on their own at a rehearsal dinner or reception.  Most fascinators come with secure alligator clips, although a comb, barrette, or other attachment can be used on the back.  I can even convert fascinators into brooches, if you are looking for a wedding gown sash brooch or gown decoration.  Just contact me prior to placing your order and I will work with you to make sure the fascinator you like can be customized with a different backing type. ”

Here are some of the designs from Ellen Marie.

This is the “Liliana” design and you can get this or one similar for $148.00.

Portland Wedding Fascinators“Ashleigh” design by Ellen Marie. Only $68.00.

“Kathlynne” design priced at $58.00.

“Adelina” is graceful and delicate. Priced at $58.00.

 I adore this flapper inspired fascinator for a vintage 1920s wedding. This one is priced at $148.00.

You can view more Ellen Marie vintage headpieces on YouTube.








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Wedding Ideas for Something Blue

“Something blue” can be tricky if your wedding colors just don’t jive with blue. But “something blue” does not have to be the bane of your wedding day existence. There are plenty of ways to add “something blue” and actually improve the look and feel of your wedding. Some of the newest wedding ideas for ways to do “something blue” involve nails, shoes, purses, headpieces, and jewelry.

I found this gorgeous wedding head piece by Selena Michele. It’s handmade and runs $45.00.

I found this clutch lined with blue on the inside by Mermaid’s Dream. It costs $68.00.

Don’t forget there are many shades of blue. Traditionally brides have used a baby blue, but that does not mean you have to follow suit. This year I love the “something blues” I am seeing in Navy blue, royal blue,  and even turquoise.

Turquoise shoes: Simply Jessie; Bride in statement necklace: Tana Photography; Earrings: First Comes Love Photo; Necklace and bangles: Kate McPherson; Bride showing off shoes: Jen Curtis

Turquoise shoes:  Simply Jessie; Bride in statement necklace: Tana Photography; Earrings: First Comes Love Photo; Necklace and bangles: Kate McPherson; Bride showing off shoes: Jen Curtis

Lots of options in turquoise here. Shoes and jewelry seem to be the perfect spot to incorporate blue and keep with tradition.

baby blue wedding necklace

This necklace is classic and elegant enough for any wedding. I found this necklace on One Wed.

Shoes are a sure way to make a statement with blue.

blue wedding shoes

The style of the shoes is very traditional, but the color is not.

blue wedding shoes, feathersThese shoes are less traditional with their peacock feather detailing. These are by ParisXox and run $144.00.

Last but not least, go bold with your hands and have your nails painted blue for the big wedding day.

something blue nailsI love this MAC nail color. Look for Breezy Blue from MAC. See, incorporating blue doesn’t have to give you the blues.




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This Season Nude Nail Polish Is In

So now you have a gorgeous engagement ring and a wedding band soon to follow. It is time to start paying close attention to your hands. This year metallic, nudes, and colors that pop are all the rage for a wedding day look to talk about.

As always, OPI makes superior shades with great quality. Their Sephora bridal collection is a great starting point for planning your wedding manicure.

A manicure for your wedding day is perfectly complete with a nude this season instead of the traditional french manicure. Nude shades make nails look longer and chips are much harder to see in neutral shades. You can choose a simple and elegant color to compliment any skin tone. Dark skin tones should try coffee and mocha colors. Olive skin tones look great in beige. Fairer skin tones look best with peaches and light pinks.

Nude nail shades are in for wedding manicures this season.
Pictured is OPI’s shade called Bubble Bath.

Sources: Left – Sara Gray Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs; Right

Want it to be a little more festive than a glossy nude shade? Try adding a metallic in the mix.

Go bolg with a polka dot manicure for your wedding day. Sources: Left – Jagger Photography via Green Wedding Shoes; Right – Julie Harmsen Photography/Hey Gorgeous

Want to go bolder? The polka dots pictured are an adorable way to jazz up your hands on your wedding day.


If you are really looking for high quality and durable nail color to last through the honeymoon, try CND Shellac. You can be chip resistant for a full two weeks. You can pick some up for around $15 on

Brooch Bouquets: A Creative and Fun Accent on Your Wedding

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Brooch Bouquets: A Creative and Fun Accent on Your Wedding

Looking for a bouquet which will really make heads turn? Brooch Bouquets add a modern feel to your wedding while creating a personal accent which will leave your guests talking. At Bloomsberry Floral, a local florist, Lisa creates brooch bouquets to fit her bride’s wants and needs.



Collect Brooches from those close to you to make your bouquet personal and fun! It is a uniquely wonderful way to involve those you care about in your wedding. Most of Lisa’s clients will supply her with 40-50 brooches for a bouquet.

Brooch Bouquet by Bloomsberry Floral

Lisa began designing these bouquets three years ago for The Art of Weddings Event and since then, her gorgeous arrangements have been sent to brides throughout the country.

If you supply the Brooches the bouquet will cost $325. A small price to pay for such a special focal point of your wedding.

Brooch Bouquet by Bloomsberry Floral

Not only will a Brooch Bouquet by Bloomsberry Floral shine on your wedding day, it also makes a fabulous keepsake filled with fun memories!


Alima Pure: Mineral makeup for natural beauty

For those of you blushing brides looking for an enhanced natural look on your wedding day, Alima Pure is an excellent choice.  For one, this beauty company is located in our very own city of roses and we always love supporting Portland businesses!  Their pure mineral makeup is sure to be gentle on your skin and you don’t have to worry about getting stuck with new makeup you can’t stand.  Convenient sample sizes are available for purchase, but you will also receive three free samples with every order, so it’s hard to go wrong!  If you’re new to mineral makeup, Alima Pure has plenty of tips and advice to give via their website.  You can even ask a makeup artist for suggestions of the perfect cosmetic combination.  If you’re still in doubt, check out their testimonials page to read what Alima Pure users are raving about!