Friday Florals: Lilies

One of my personal favorite flowers is the lily.  So,today’s Friday Floral is on true lilies.

Lilies are fragrant and colorful as well as large and prominent.

They bloom in whites, yellows, oranges, reds and purples.  With such a wide array of shapes, sizes and colors, you are sure to find something that will fit into your decoration scheme.

They are a great choice for decorating cakes, bouquets, table arrangements and anything else you can imagine.  They flower in late spring and early summer, which is perfect given the color options.

How about a beautiful bouquet of stargazer lilies?
These beautiful blooms are called spider lilies.
What about a little fall color?
A dark lilies makes quite the statement?
A single rose lily could be a great boutonniere.
Or add a little flourish to your cake.

These beautiful flowers are native to the temperate northern hemisphere, though their range extends into the subtropics.  They will brighten up any room.

They are important to culture and literature throughout the world and throughout history so its more than just a flower.

Happy decorating,

Sarah

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Soft and Artsy, A Watercolor Wedding

Here at Alexan Events, we love the idea of a dreamy watercolor wedding! Watercolor is so romantic, soft and cheeky, that there is just so much to LOVE!

The inspirations are endless with possibilities in regards to picking out the detail choices for your wedding ranging from deco, floral to dresses. It’s just so pretty! Peep below cause we have tons of eye candy and ideas on what will make your day better than the rest. Get ready as jealousy ensues because every bride on the planet will want to copy you on your grand nuptials.

So obviously, today’s wedding inspiration is all about…..you guessed it…..

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We will begin with invites.  There is just so much room for creativity and play here.  These are my absolute fav!

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Plus it’s easy to incorporate your wedding invite design into your escort table display .

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Deco, Deco, Deco…..Where do we begin? So many ideas that my brain exploded while researching.  I just love, love, love these deco ideas.  I wanted to add more, much more, but then this blog would have been a minimum of an hour to read it thoroughly.  And ain’t no one got time for that! So after a mass editing, here are my picks.

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I had to do the same when looking into floral and bridesmaids dresses…..

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So you can always go with a traditional white dress as the water color theme will accent it beautifully, however, if you get a wild hair, here are some non-white dresses that will compliment the water theme perfectly.

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These cakes are so major.

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Switch it up a bit and go watercolor!  Rustic is fun, but so it this! I mean…. look how totally amazing this color pallet is all together….. Gorgeous!

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xoxo

Autumn

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Ladies, I’d like to introduce you to Pat McGrath

Vogue Magazine named her the most influential make up artist of our time!

Here’s why… Pat McGrath’s career breakthrough came while working with Edward Enninful, the then editor at i-D Magazine, in the early 1990s.  Breaking away from the fashion obsession with grunge, she introduced innovative use of color. In the mid-1990s, she began to work with Jil Sander and John Galliano  where she became known for her latex petals stuck to faces, vinyl ips, bodies drenched in powder paint and kabuki make up.

Now in all her glory, McGrath works with photographers including Steven Meisel (who now rarely shoots without her), Paolo Roversi, Helmut Newton and Peter Lindbergh to name a few. You can see her work published in American, English and French Vogue, W, and Harper’s Bazaar. During all  four Fashion Show seasons annually, she works with Prada, Miu Miu, Comme des Garcons, Calvin Klein, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Versace, YSL and Dolce and Gabbanna (again, to name a few).

As a makeup artist, McGrath is known for her wide range of work  from the highest couture to club kids. She is also known for her inventive use of materials: her most creative make-up is handmade, and she works mainly with her fingers instead of with brushes. She is truly an inspiration and a creative genius who we absolutely love!

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Below are Pat McGrath looks that easily transfer from runway to reality for your wedding day. The always beautiful Natural make up that will give you an extra glow during your wedding.

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Got to love the natural look!

More and more brides have been requesting a smokey eye on their wedding day, but you don’t want to go overboard with it.  Here are the perfect smokey eye by Pat McGrath ranging from subtle to hot!

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Lips! Lips! Lips!  If you have a great lipstick color (kissable friendly of course!) Your lips and face will pop! Plus you won’t need much else in the make up department except a good foundation and a natural eye.

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On the other end of the spectrum, the classic go-to beauty..The cat eye.

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Pat McGrath is THE make-up queen, however, there is editorial and runway looks that don’t cross over into reality and should always stay on the pages of magazines and the runways in the tents.

This look is way too natural.  It looks like her lips are chapped and I want to give her a lip balm.  Don’t be that bride.

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Too smokey.  We are not talking about make up at the goth club.

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Love this, but it’s more suitable for a dance party into the wee hours not including a wedding reception.

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Color is great, but sometimes it can be a bit much.  Again, great for editorial, not good for real life.  Well unless you’re a harajuku girl in Tokyo, it’s not a look to rock on a daily, especially at a wedding.

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Needless to say, Pat McGrath is a visionary and is constantly in demand while continuing to break new ground.  Her make up inspires us always for wedding day make up.  I hope she inspires you too!

xoxo

Autumn

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Crazy about Flats!

Crazy about Flats!

I love flats and sandals for your wedding day!  Is it acceptable to wear flats with your dress?  YES! I love flats and sandals for your wedding day!   I can’t get enough and the great thing about it, is you’ll be comfortable during your wedding as well as tre chic! Your feet will thank you.  Below are some of my favorite flats and sandals to pair with your wedding dress.  and to begin, classic pearls…

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A little glitz and pizazz for your tootsies!

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However, sometimes the most simplistic sandal speaks volume in class and sophistication.

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A hint of color is always a fun and unique way to add an extra element to your wedding day ensemble.

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There are some very cute and adorable flats that are not sandals for those a bit more conservative.

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And glam!

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The white cut out flats are for the fashion forward bride and my personal favorite!

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Contrary to popular belief, You can look nice and elegant in sandals and flats on your wedding day.  There are a plethora of options for any bride that compliments your own personal style. No need to be a quitter during the reception, you’ll be able to dance all night long without changing shoes and throwing your heels off!

xoxo

Autumn

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Traditional VS Modern

Traditional VS Modern anniversary gifts.

Most people are familiar with the traditional materials list that good etiquette requires us use as a guide when selecting a gift to commemorate a wedding anniversary. This can be a bit challenging to convert the materials on the list into an acceptable gift idea. There may be more choices available to you than you think. Do you know that an updated “modern” gift list is available which is becoming more and more popular? So do you go Traditional or Modern?

Parts of the traditional list have existed since medieval times. Historians can trace the origins of silver and golden anniversaries to medieval Germany, where garlands made of these metals were presented as gifts for the 25th and 50th years of marriage. The modern anniversary materials list presents us with a contemporary, easier to use alternative. The modern list has no clear beginning, but like the original, each year’s gift is more precious than the last.

Take a look at the difference below.  Traditional will be on the left and Modern will be on the right:

1st year is Paper (Source) or Clocks (source)

Second year is Cotton (source) or China (source)

 

Third year is Leather (source) or Crystal (source)

Fourth year is Linen (source) or Appliances (source)

Fifth year is wood (source) or Silverware (source)

Sixth year is Iron (source) or Wood Objects

Seventh year is Cooper (source) or Desk Sets

Eighth year is Bronze (source) or Lace (source)

Ninth year is Pottery (source) or Leather Goods (source)

THE BIG 10 YEAR!

Tin (source) or  Diamonds (source)

Now we are going to look at the milestone anniversaries:

Fifteenth Year is Crystal (source) or Watches (source)

The Twentieth is China (source) or Platinum (source)

Twenty Five YEARS! That’s silver all around!

Thirtieth is Pearls (source) vs Diamonds (source) This could go either way here.

Fortieth is the big beautiful RUBY. And that’s both traditional and modern.

And unless you live in a cave, you know that GOLD is the big 5-0 Anniversary!

I think it’s fun to find creative gifts based on both the traditional and modern list so neither won nor lost.  Have fun!

xoxo

Autumn

 

 

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