Kama Photography Feature!

Hello out there! What a week this has been for B. Designs. We've had the great pleasure to work with Karolina McLean over at The Kama Photography and she's come up with some amazing pictures, both of the beautiful bride but of our stationary and the overall process. We really loved how she went meta; it's a photoshoot within a photoshoot! A big shoutout to Claire Duran who organized the wedding and associated events; the glue holding everything together. Take a look at Karolina's beautiful meta photographs and remember; is this not a dream within a dream...

If any aspect struck you emotionally, or you just want to show some support for some awesome people and businesses, pay them a visit!

Photography: The Kama Photography

Event Design: Claire Duran Weddings & Events

Hair & Make-up: Wear Hair

Rentals: Vintage Affairs

Flowers: Succulents & Saffron Event and Floral Design

Fashion Styling: Closet Fashionistas 

Dress: Leftys Bridal & Boutique

Stationary: B. Designs Paper

Our Top 12 Favorite Wedding Blogs

  1. 100 Layer Cake

    1. Amazingly deep wedding resource. 100 Layer Cake celebrates, inspires, and facilitates the most special events in life - weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, engagements - all the things that make your heart fill with love.

  2. Boho Weddings

    1. Set up in 2009 Boho Weddings is a leading UK wedding blog celebrating all that is unique, unusual and alternative in the wedding world from the eyes of a Kelly Hood an award-winning wedding planner and wedding blogger. Offering Expert advice Boho Weddings is a place for couples trying to do things differently to find inspiration and ideas. Covering DIY ideas, real brides features, wedding planning, new wedding trends, decoration ideas, wedding venues, new suppliers, wedding discussions, advice, inspiration boards, as well as lusting over a great selection of real weddings and wedding videos. Weddings should be about you as a couple, it’s all about individuality! The Boho Blog loves all things quirky, unconventional and anything different! ‘

  3. Brooklyn Bride

    1. Founded in April 2007, Brooklyn Bride is the first bridal blog to focus exclusively on modern weddings. Written by Vané Broussard, an interior designer by day, and a bridal blogger by night, the site features up and coming vendors in all fields such as photography, calligraphy, invitations, fashion, and gifts, along with coverage of bridal shows, shop reviews, and everything in between. It also includes a vendor listing page that features modern wedding vendors that range from up-and-coming to seasoned pros. While membership in the listings are paid, the chosen vendors are highly edited to showcase only the best.   The site is updated daily, and attracts a core readership of brides, industry professionals, and magazine editors.  We’ve been featured in publications like The New York Times, Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, and The Knot, amongst others.

  4. Emmaline Bride

    1. We’ll help you sort through the best wedding theme ideas, help you figure out the perfect color palette, and we’ll show you all kinds of fun ideas, like how to ask your girls to be your bridesmaids. We’ll even show you how to keep them happy. We’re the blog for wedding planning. For handmade weddings. For wedding themes. We’ll show you how to plan from start to finish.

  5. Green Wedding Shoes

    1. At Green Wedding Shoes, we are truly. madly. deeply. head over heels in love with love. We love sharing weddings with our readers and believe that there is no “right” way to throw a wedding. Whether you’re dreaming of an intimate wedding on a farm, a weekend camping adventure or a handmade wedding in a loft, we love them all! I love showing couples how their wedding can be all about them and that it’s ok to break traditions to make the day their own.Since beginning GWS, our mission has been to help couples personalize their wedding day and make it truly about the two of them as a couple, because that is what the day is about. We love great photography – because it’s the one thing you have to remember after the event! And we have lots of great artists to recommend in our GWS Wedding Artist Guide to help create a GWS wedding. In addition to sharing unique and creative real weddings, we also love sharing DIYs projects you can use for your wedding (or any party!) and identifying new trends that we’re loving and would like to see brides and wedding artists incorporate into future weddings. As we write GWS, we make it a point to travel and share fun ideas for your honeymoon or anniversary trips, since we have lots of readers who are already married! :)

  6. Lovely Little Details

    1. I love a good party. From weddings, to birthdays, to those precious occasions crowded around a dinner table with your nearest and dearest, sharing good wine, good food, and good company – I just absolutely love to bring people together to celebrate.

    2. Over the past 12+ years, I have worked and traveled my way across the United States and abroad planning weddings, festivals and corporate events, and this experience is the foundation that has built lovely little details into the seasoned celebration planning, styling + floral design boutique that it is today.

    3. What separates lovely little details from many planning companies is my extensive experience in all kinds of event management, including weddings of course, and the fact that I didn’t start my company simply because I planned my own wedding. I started lovely little details because I absolutely love planning celebrations, and while I enjoyed planning my own wedding, my work experience began far before my own special day. This experience comes to the table with each client, knowing how to handle stress under pressure while appearing to be completely at ease (ever had a rainstorm on top of a mountain in an area where rain is unheard of? or re-routed 110 guests to new hotels and located a new event venue thanks to a 6.0 earthquake 4 days before a wedding? or driven 4 hours to pick up a re-routed fedex package to get it to the corporate event on time? all without the client batting an eyelash? we have!) These little “bumps” have made me a better planner, stylist, person, wife, and more prepared for plan A-Z in every event. Plus it’s these little bumps that keep my job really, really fun and never without a dull moment.

    4. Along with my amazing team, I specialize in garden-inspired, just picked floral design, classically simple yet natural event styling and absolutely flawless logistics, leaving no stone unturned throughout the process. My goal is to make sure that the lovely little details truly reflect each client and tell their story, one detail at a time. And to make sure your party is a good one – a really, really good one that friends, family and loved ones will be talking about for years to come.

    5. All in all, I believe that life is short but sweet for certain. You only live once so what are you waiting for? Go out there and do whatever it is that makes you smile inside and out. Let yourself feel those butterflies of excitement. I feel so grateful to be able to work with clients on the happiest day of their lives, and help them tell their story through the lovely little details. My name is Jacin (it’s Jay-sin), and it’s so nice to meet you.

  7. Ruffled

    1. A great visual resource for those creative couples and stylish brides who seek wedding inspiration in picture format.

  8. Rustic Wedding Chic

    1. Rustic Wedding Chic has become the wedding blog of choice for brides planning a rustic or country wedding. Launched in May of 2009, Rustic Wedding Chic inspires and guides couples with a daily muse of photography and information along with a curated directory of resources, the very popular “Ask Maggie” feature, a “How To” with DIY projects, etiquette advice and helpful articles. Rustic Wedding Chic loves to showcase “real” weddings- filled with creative, dreamy and inspiring photos. Our loyal and engaged following has made Rustic Wedding Chic a number one wedding blog. Maggie Lord, founder of RusticWeddingChic.com has penned three books,  Rustic Wedding Chic, Barn Weddings andThe Rustic Wedding Handbook! Learn more how Rustic Wedding Chic came to be what it is today. In early 2013 Rustic Wedding Chic launched it sister-site, Rustic Wedding Guide to help connect couples with the best rustic wedding vendors and in 2014 launched Preppy Wedding Style for those preppy loving brides! We are so thrilled to announce our newest site, Rustic Baby Chic. Offering ideas and inspiration for the perfect rustic baby nursery, rustic baby outfit ideas, baby gear, maternity and family photography and of course rustic chic fashions.

  9. Snippet & Ink

    1. Since its launch over six years ago in 2007, Snippet & Ink has been the go-to wedding planning resource for sophisticated brides who dream of a unique and meaningful wedding day. By featuring only the most thoughtfully curated content, and by bringing beauty and authenticity to every post, Snippet & Ink is a place where brides and grooms can find ideas and advice for planning their dream wedding.

  10. Style Me Pretty

    1. The heart and soul of Style Me Pretty is real weddings. Everyday we’re inspired, amazed and swept off our feet by beautiful affairs from all over the world. We’ve posted literally thousands of real weddings and you can browse through every last one right here.

  11. The Pretty Blog

    1. We, Christine and Nicola, are the two girls behind The Pretty Blog. We both have a passion for all things creative, and of course pretty! We have proudly extended our well-known wedding blog, to now include all things pretty, whether it is home and decor ideas, mouthwatering recipes or pretty locations, we love sharing our latest finds, great products and exciting new service providers.

    2. The Pretty Blog will inspire you with gorgeous, real weddings, homes and dreamy locations. We share helpful hints, DIYs and some great giveaways, recipes and styled shoots. Consider us as your one-stop-shop for achievable inspiration. Let’s face it, life goes on after you’ve said ‘I do”! It’s time to embrace your creative energy and start creating a pretty life. Happy planning and home-making!

  12. Wedding Party

    1. Wedding Party is a one-stop shop for every bride who cares about having the most useful and unique tools to make her big day the most personal & fun celebration of her marriage. Our content includes real planning advice from brides, cool wedding hacks & ideas to make the big day more personal, and the latest inspiration & wedding trends.

    2. We like to think of ourselves as the bride’s digital Maid of Honor, scouting the internet for the best ways the bride can simplify planning and truly set her wedding apart from the crowd. Approachable, unique and helpful, every piece of content on Wedding Party is written with the bride in mind.

Top 5 Wedding Addressing Mistakes

Addressing your wedding invitations seems like a simple task. Right? Maybe not. More often than not, a few questions always pop up. Here are our five most common mistakes in addressing your perfect wedding invitations, gleaned from 10 years in the printing business. Enjoy!

Addressing to Children Under 15

When addressing to children under 15, you address title male ‘Master’ and females ‘Miss’: eg. Master John Johnson and Miss Jessica Doe

Addressing to Same Sex Couples

If the same sex couple is unmarried, you address them the same way you would address it to any other unmarried couple or married couple with different last names. The two names should be alphabetically listed on separate lines: eg. Mr. George Jones Mr. Tom Murkle. If they are married however, you have a couple of options, depending on how formally you want to address the envelopes. Because you won't be saying Mr. and Mrs. for this invite, you can address it this way: eg.

Ms. Megan Doe
Ms. Claudette Cote

Another option would be to omit the Mr. and Ms. and address like this: eg. Megan Doe and Claudette Cote.

Addressing Doctors

These rules only refer to medical doctors. If only doctor exists in the couple, they are always named after the honorifics no matter the sex: eg. Doctor and Mrs. Jim Johnson, Doctor and Mr. Julia Knox. If both people in the couple are doctors, they are referred to as ‘The Doctors’: eg. The Doctors Jim Johnson and Evelyn Lee.

Addressing Heterosexual Couple

When addressing a tradition couple, the male name follows the honorifics: eg. Mr. and Mrs. George Washington.

Addressee Implications

This seems like a simplistic rule but this can bite you. It’s implied that every addressee you name on the outside envelope is invited to the wedding: eg. If you name The Family of Jesse Jackson, the entire family is technically invited.

Inspired by Monet

So I’ve been thinking of all the sources of inspiration that have struck me over the years and keep coming back to the great works of painters long gone. Specifically the impressionist creations of Claude Monet. I vividly remember the first time I saw an exhibit of his Haystacks in Ft. Worth’s Kimbell Art Musuem; how he managed to create so many emotional contexts exclusively with lighting and color. Ever since, I’ve doggedly attempted to build my awareness to the point where I can break out different elements of design--and life more broadly--and control them precisely and independently. I think of being a visual sound-engineer, flipping switches up and down on a giant mixing board of visual design. Or maybe a artistic chemist armed with beakers of ascetics rather than chemicals. Deliberate, conscious awareness seems to be the key in this pursuit…

http://www.pinterest.com/bdesigninvites/masterwork-painting-inspired-wedding-1/

Thus! I’ve decided to share that which inspired me so, and string together a line of wedding images--from my favorite blogs--inspired by Claude Monet's Haystacks, (sunset), 1890–1891, from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Each image shares something in common with this mesmerizing painting; color, setting, context, vibe, emotion. Can you pinpoint what I’m going for? This is the first post in a series of wedding-centric images inspired by famous paintings so let us know if you’d like to see any specific painting featured. Enjoy and look to our Pinterest for more images tied to this wonderful Monet!

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