Friday Feature: Inbal Dror

Looking back through old family wedding photos, you can definitely say that weddings have evolved over time. Some may argue that they are more of a big production nowadays, while others might rebut that they have become more of a casual affair with less traditional styles of tying the knot becoming increasingly popular. No matter which way you look at it, think we can all agree that the dress is still a big deal. So big of a deal in fact, that we’ve recently became enthralled with the over- the- top glamorous designs of Israeli dress designer, Inbal Dror. Even if you’re not normally a fan of show-stopper gowns or long princess trains, these dresses will tug at your inner tiara wearer.

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Friday Feature: Wedding books

We are book worms here at B&A, especially when it comes to our favorite topic weddings! Wedding books are a great way to get an inside scope on the world of weddings, what to expect on your big day, and of course some amazing decor inspiration. Believe us there is no better eye candy  than a great wedding book! Below are three books that we just can’t seem to put down, and don’t think you will be able to either.

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If you haven’t heard of the wonderful wedding inspiration site known as Style Me Pretty, you have probably been living under a rock and we highly advise making your way over there NOW! Ok now that, that is taken care of, take that amazingly fabulous wedding website and turn it into an equally fabulous book and you have Style Me Pretty Weddings. You can purchase your very own copy right here.

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The Wedding Book, nicknamed The Wedding Bible, is jam packed with experience, inspiration, and style tips. Written by well known wedding planner Mindy Weiss, The Wedding Book helps brides to prepare and anticipate every detail big or small. Looking for this book? You can find it here or on your local Barnes and Noble shelf.

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Lastly, we swoon over this hot off the press, newly released wedding book. If you’re looking for a book with a ton of current inspiration and whole lot of fun, The New-Fashioned Wedding by the fabulous ladies of Bash, please is the book for you. We highly advise rushing to order a copy here, you wont be sorry we promise!

Do you have a favorite wedding book? We would love to hear it!

Friday Feature: Christmas Gift’s From Cameo Nouveau!

We are always in search of great new online boutiques with unique and beautiful pieces to give as gifts, use for weddings/shoots, and sometimes even a little something for ourselves. That is why when we stumbled across Cameo Nouveau we knew it was love at first site. This site has a variety of items for all different styles and tastes, it is full of amazing home decor, clothing, and jewelry. We thought we would help you all get a jump start on your Christmas shopping with our favorite picks from Cameo Nouveau

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Of course the arrow cuff bracelet is on the top of our christmas list this year! We are also head over heals for these Made with love recycled bracelets, proceeds go to women and children in West Africa. These beauties make great gifts for friends & Family.

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You may all remember these beautiful peace sign plates from our Peace & Love shoot featured on Style me Pretty awhile back. These would be beautiful for a Christmas or New years eve dinner party!

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What’s on the top of your Christmas list this year?

Snapshot Love: Tracy & Taylor

There is no other way we would rather end our week than by highlighting a very special couple of ours on today’s snapshot love. We have had the privilege of working with this couple for over a year  now and we can honestly say Tracy’s sweet as pie emails will be sadly missed from our inbox after their wedding next weekend. Tracy is one of those people that makes you feel like you have been best friends forever from the very moment you meet her. To complement Tracy’s sweet disposition is Taylor, who is such a gentleman and one of the most gracious guys around. On top of all of that, these two just adore  the heck out of each other! We think you can see that in these stunning engagement photos taken by the phenomenal Swoon by Katie , who we just can’t get enough of! We were even lucky enough to get to be a part of this special day and do a little styling for this great shoot, at the beautiful Mission San Juan Capistrano.

We told you they were pretty darn adorable! We promise you will be seeing tons more of this very cute couple right here. Did any of you catch the little sneak peak we snuck in of where these two will be getting married next weekend?

It’s Here! Exquisite Weddings Magazine!

Run! Yes, you heard us run to your local Barnes & Noble, Target,  or CVS! Or just go here, to pick up the current Fall issue of Exquisite Weddings Magazine! Why you might ask!? Because a little while back we were honored to work with some truly amazing vendors (a few you may have heard us gab about) to create one gem of a tablescape for one of our favorite wedding magazines! We had a blast working on this shoot and think you will have just as much fun when you read about all the details in this issue

Ok, we just couldn’t resist including a little sneak peek to whet your appetite just a bit! Stay tuned though cause you may be seeing some  more from this shoot next week….

We can’t thank these vendors enough for making this tablescape really shine!

 Root 75, Brightly Designed, Hey There, Cupcake!, Sweet Lydia’s, Mrs.LilienLa Tavola Linens, Concepts.

Friday Feature: Amy Clarke Makeup

Bursting at the seams about today’s Friday Feature!! We’re your typical girls who love make up, so it’s no wonder that we have an obsession with make up artist Amy Clarke! Amy’s been working her magic on faces for 12 years and she sure knows how to make you look your best for the big day! The proof is in the pudding (or should we say powder!?)- take a look for yourself at the wonderful work she does!

Simply gorgeous and flawless! Photos above by Hugh Forte.

Do the two above look familiar to you!? Perhaps it’s because it’s amazing husband & wife duo Candice & Geoff of Lunch Pail Pictures!

Amy also does amazing make up for engagements! Check out how stunning she made the bride above look! Photos by Logan Cole.

Yup, we stalk her Facebook & instagram for awesome before & afters like these! Kind of addicting to see the beautiful transformations. You might see some familiar faces popping up on there soon!

So glad that we got the chance to work with Amy in Palm Springs last week and can’t wait for our real bride blogger, Jessica to also get dolled up by the one & only Amy Clarke next weekend!! Do your face a favor and book Amy as your make up artist too!

Friday Feature: Etsy Finds

We are not quite sure what wedding planners did before the creation of the online artisan marketplace known as Etsy. Many of our weddings and projects are able to come to life from the handmade pieces from many of the amazing Etsy sellers and shops. If you have not heard of Etsy you have probably been living under a rock, but don’t worry we are going to pull you out from underneath and show you some of the phenomenally crafted pieces that you can purchase and incorporate into your wedding and event projects. You can just about find every little detail needed to  your big day on Etsy, from invites, to decor, and even wedding dresses. Here are our friday feature top ten Esty wedding finds that we have been coveting lately…

Would love to receive this sweet calligraphed save the date by: Berinmade

Modern confetti invitation suite by: JensimpsonDesign

Stripped paper straws jazz up any fete, especially when they are gold from: littleinkNZ

I can’t get over how stunning these hand lettered escort cards are from: makewells

How will your guest know how to get around your wedding with out a beautiful sign by: SweetNcollective

Lead your guests to their tables with a little added shine from: Greenridge

Decorative signs are always a great added touch by: Yesdearstudio

Balloons seem to be everywhere these days, Check out these inexpensive beauties from: Stephshivesstudio

Keep your fella looking dapper in a bow tie from Pocketsquareclothing

Love finding new ideas for guest sign in like these sweet love notes by: Blushandbeau

Do you have any favorite Etsy finds? We are always looking for new Etsy sellers and pieces!

Friday Feature: Stone Cold Fox

It’s no secret that we at B & A love fashion and  judging by all of the questions that come pouring in asking us about clothes from shoots- all of our readers do too! We were so excited when we got to use pieces from Stone Cold Fox‘s amazing clothing line for our California Dreaming shoot and would love to share more of their killer looks that are perfect for laidback weddings, rehearsal dinner celebrations, your beachy bridesmaids, and really any occasion!

Stone Cold Fox first landed on our radar when we spotted this wedding where the bride donned a Stone Cold Fox creation for her big day. Not to mention the bride’s sister is one half of the Stone Cold Fox dream team, Cyd & Dallas.

The gorgeous bride below also rocked a SCF gown for her nuptials! Love how their dresses look modern & vintage all at the same time. And who can resist that lace back?

Some pieces we’re loving and think would look ahhhhmazing incorporated into the big day or a lover’s vacay…

Bridesmaids in black or white for a bohemian & effortlessly chic look!

Lovely lace creations perfect for honeymooning or a get away dress at the end of the night!

The Stone Cold Fox ladies just launched a new line…for home! How ridiculously cute of a gift would their lace bedding and pillow shams make for newlywed friends!? We’re all about adding some romance to our bed skirts!

Dying how dreamy that looks! Need to order those pillow shams now…..

Friday Feature: Bridal Gowns Under $1000

There are so many stunning bridal gowns our there these days, unfortunately most of them seem to cost a pretty penny. Although we do have all the respect and love in the world for our favorite couture bridal gown designers, we know that spending as much as a car costs on a gown for one day is not for everyone. That’s why we have found some magnificent budget friendly gowns that will make your guests swoon. Even though these dresses are a phenomenal bargain, they don’t disappoint when it comes to look and style. We think they even out shine many of the more expensive alternatives. Take a look and let us know if you think these dresses measure up to some of the couture gowns out there and if you would wear one of these bargain gowns.
{Tadashi Shoji - $613.50 }
{Carmen Marc - $1,000.00}
 {Wtoo - $900.00}
 {Rachel Zoe - $362.00}
 {Faviana - $833.90}
 {BHLDN - $1,000.00}
 {Badgley Mischka - $895.00}
 {Wtoo - $985.00}
 {After six - $660.00}
And for those of you who are able to throw the budget completely out the window when it comes to buying a dress, we thought we would share a dress we are absolutely obsessing over, this Naeem Kahn beaded bridal ball gown.

Friday Feature: Viva Pops!

We hope you all had a fabulous fourth, we know we did! You are all in for quite a treat, a sweet treat that is with todays friday feature Viva pops popsicles. Kate and I have been obsessed with these delicious fruit pops for quite some time and thought it was time to let you all in on these hidden gems. Viva pops are all natural fruit pops made with real organic fruits and herbs. Their are three different types of Viva pops; Fruit based vegan pops, Sugar free pops, and Dairy based pops. A few of the phenomenal flavors you will find are blood orange, strawberry balsamic, Mango chili, and my personal favorite lavender lemonade. We highly recommend making a quick stop for a Viva pop if you’re near by Normal Heights in San diego, Ca.

Viva Pops are great for your next event or even at your wedding! You can even rent out a cute viva pop cart to have on site, what better dessert is there for a warm summer wedding than one of these fun ice cold popsicles!

We have a little surprise for you all on Monday so keep an eye out because you may just see some more of these sweet treats popping up. We can’t wait to share with you all!!

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