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We thought it would be a really great idea to inspire you with the latest color trends forecasted for the upcoming spring/summer planning brides.  These are colors that can set the whole tone of your entire wedding…..we hope you enjoy!

Cloth / Fabric Spring 2011 Colour Trends

For their take on the colors for Spring 2011 clothing trends, cloth manufacturers Lenzing believe that we won’t just be throwing off the darker colours of Fall 2010′s trends but possibly even the mentality that has gone with recent financially tough times. Thus they see Spring / Summer 2011 colors as those which are “uplifting” and “soften, energise, and excite.”

For the Spring / Summer 2011 season they’ve put forwards five key colour trends.

Spring personified in a palette, the colors that make up this Spring 2011 color trend are mostly named after flowers: iris, viola, daffodil, poppy, and geranium. Unsurprisingly, should this color scheme take your fancy, this one should be worked into your Spring 2011 wardrobe as a part of your florals.

spring 2011 color celebration


I must confess to not liking this color palette in the leastl the turquoise clashes with the maroon to my eye, and how yellow green made it in there has left me stumped. This is one color trend for those who are loud and proud.

spring 2011 clothing colors

New Classic
According to Lenzing new and unexpected twists on classic elements, and naturally bright pigments, will develop into new classics. “Fabrics are classic, materials the same but all elements are somewhat twisted: fibers in unusual yarn-spinning and -counts, classical weave patterns in atypical materials clashed with a curious checkered design, an embroidery where you didn’t expect it – nothing loud, just enough to make you startle.”

summer 2011 colors

Sitting as our favourite Spring / Summer 2011 color trend ‘aqueous’ is also the most dangerous. An obvious color theme for Spring 2011 because of its nautical tones, such obviousness is also what is likely to see it lazily interpreted and applied – a danger for designers and labels looking to apply seasonal colors to their basics. To avoid such misapplication Lenzing believe it should be used with “floating” pieces where the fabric is the focus; an interpretation of the sheer clothingtrend seems a strong contender if you intend to work this color theme through your wardrobe.

spring 2011 nautical colors

Subtle colours, bar for the jet black, this is a color trend all about sheen; in effect, luxurious and radiant colors menat to match with your radiant Summer tan.

spring 2011 color

Courtesy of FASHIONING.

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Here are the latest wedding trends for Spring/Summer 2011 from the experts over at Exquisite Weddings Magazine.

Rose Gold

Rose Gold “Rose gold gets its pink color from copper and can be found on many fashion forward, daring men and woman around town,” declares Jenny Seligmann, owner of Diamonds Forever San Diego.

Pocket Dresses

“I am seeing more and more gowns with pockets these days, especially in our A-Line dresses with the fuller skirts. They have little pockets hidden in the side seams,” says Courtney Gavin, owner of Isis Bridal Boutique.

Photo Wall Entrances

“Rather than displaying a single image on an easel, couples are opting to share their story in a larger-than-life way with multiple photos. This new trend makes a sensory impact on guests and lets them in on a couple’s life prior to the day of the wedding rather than just witnessing their special day,” says Meaghan Schmaltz, owner of Weddings Made Splendid. Schmaltz coordinated this wedding at the Ultimate Skybox on December 11, 2010.

Tie Clips

“With traditional suits becoming more prominent at weddings, grooms are starting to don Bond-esque classic attire with tie clips. Kenneth Cole has reasonably-priced, yet debonair clips,” says Nick Valley of Valley & Co.

Icing-Free Cakes

Some brides are skipping overly ornate cakes and choosing more natural-looking confections. “We’re seeing a new movement towards deconstructed cakes with an emphasis on taste and a rustic look,” says Annie Packman, founder of the wedding

Custom Welcome Bags

“Welcome Bags are amazing gifts for your wedding guests. It’s a wonderful personalized way to say, ‘Thank you for coming.’ Items to consider should be consumable, portable and useful, not to mention fun,” chimes Diana Romero, wedding coordinator and owner of Ah! Le Party.

Dress Rental

Style out your wedding party in designer couture without asking them to max out their credit cards. According to Rent the Runway, “Friends don’t let friends buy bridesmaids dresses.” And just think, one less unwearable piece in the closet.

Romantic Embellishments

“Custom, handmade headbands, sashes or jewelry are personalized touches that reflect a bride’s individual style and help her feel unique on her very special day,” explains Cecilia Church, owner of Vocabulary boutique.

Contents courtesy of Exquisite Weddings Magazine En Vogue Elements Spring/Summer 2011

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b.mookié jewelry as featured in the Spring 2011 Issue of At Home With Valley & Co.

b.mookié makes custom and handmade jewelry with a modern perspective. The company specializes in custom designed jewelry for brides and their attendants to co-ordinate with their wedding attire while enhancing the beauty and personal style of their day. Molly Beard, the founder and designer, remembered the lack of personal attention and options she had available when looking for her own wedding day jewelry. So she decided to make b.mookié available by appointment, to reserve some time to meet with the bride and discuss their custom designed jewelry that will embody their personal style. b.mookié strives to provide their customers with the best in personalized service and the highest quality jewelry. Whether it is custom designed jewelry for a wedding party of 15 or an individual one of a kind earring set to celebrate a 1st Anniversary. Their goal is to capture individual style on custom designed jewelry to be cherished and enjoyed for many years to come.

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Carolina Herrera. Her gowns are simply stunning, simply chic, and simply perfect. “Wow” is the best way to describe her collections, keeping with the equestrian and riding theme she has brought to us. Love it!! Wool, lace, fur, shades, coats, vests, hats, feathers, the list goes on…nothing boring, everything original….and oh so inspirational!For more bridal fashion coverage, check out the pages of – thanks for the fabulous photos!

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Michelle Rahn will be debuting the latest collection of gowns and gorgeous Swarovski crystal belts, plus brand new styles hot off the runway exclusively at M Bride. Here is a small sampling of the incredible designs you will be seeing at the show……






Whether you’re an ELLE, KYLE, LEIGH, MAE, or LOLA; this is an event you do not want to miss. By appointment only. Contact 858.551.1718 or for your very own one-on-one fitting & consultation, plus 10% deduction towards your trunk show purchase!

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The Garter

The history of the traditional wedding garter….

Throwing garters is considered to be the oldest surviving wedding tradition. Back in Dark Ages it was customary for friends, relatives and guests to accompany the bridal couple to the marriage bed. At first this was to safely see the married couple ensconced in their wedding bed and once established the crowd respectfully left the newly weds to their own company.

The wedding garter toss became a game of sorts.  The bridal party would toss the garter at the grooms nose and the person who successfully landed the garter on his nose would be the next to marry.

The custom became rowdier and bawdier until the guests were eager to help the bride out of her wedding clothes. The wedding guests would try to grab the bride’s garter for good luck. It is thought to forestall such impropriety, the bride’s garter was given to the mob as a distraction. Soon this became an established custom.

Throwing the garter to the groom’s men is what remains of the custom. In Northern England the old custom was for male guests to rush the bride at the altar when the ceremony was finished and remove her garter from her leg. In the panic this usually meant the bride was knocked over and trampled on.

Gradually brides made garters easier to detach and finally to avoid threat of injury they tossed their garters away at the end of the ceremony. Garters were imbued with fertility and the bride’s garter signified consummation, fulfillment, and progeny and was always fiercely sought after. Untying the bride’s garter had a deeply symbolic act. In the past the lucky guest to receive the bride’s garter would wear it proudly on his hat, before giving it to the girl of his choice for luck.

Another variation on this custom in the 19th century was for the local youths to race from the church to the bride’s house. The first was given the honor of removing the bride’s left garter. He would then tie this around his own true love’s knee as a guard against unfaithfulness. In the North of England , the custom was for the man to wear the bride’s garter in his hat.

Tossing the garter was reintroduced in the early part of the twentieth century.  These days, the groom is responsible for removing the garter and tossing it at the eagerly waiting groomsmen at the reception.  Much tamer that the early days.  Bride would also have a second keepsake garter that they would keep with their wedding dress.

The Classic Garter

The Personalized Garter

The Monogram Garter

A tradition that is loved and loved to be hated.  Some brides have shunned the “garter toss tradition” in recent years but still many like to have the garter incorporated into their wedding in some way.  They can be fun and sometimes crazy (depending on your crowd)  But not all brides want this. Some would like a special memento from their wedding day that they can keep and then pass down to the next generation.  What ever it is you are doing… it’s likely you are similar to most brides.  Today’s bride is looking for something that will embrace her personality and will match with her wedding colors or theme. Whether you as a bride, choose to keep it a special secret hidden for your husband’s eyes only, or show it off, is completely a personal decision for you.

The Colorful Garter

Garters are a small way to make a fun and exciting impact on your special day.   Ladies feel sexy when they put on a garter.  For some reason it just makes us feel special in anticipation for time to be spent with our spouse.  Many women like to wear matching garters with various intimate honeymoon outfits, or to make holidays and anniversaries special times to remember.  But garters are used most often on the wedding day.    This day the bride may put on her most lovely under garments for her groom.  The garter many times is the last & final touch to the underwear attire, and it is one of the first things the brides new husband will remove.  This is why so many brides order custom garters, they want them to be something worthy to be remembered! If you wish to have a custom garter to fit your personality we recommend the unique and sexy garters from HCC Designer Garters

Garters shown available at Smart Bride Online & WrapWithUs.Com

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Earlier this year owner and designer of b.mookié jewelry participated in a photoshoot with some very talented wedding professionals at the Old Poway Park. The talented Deshun & Yasmine with Dapper Images captured all of the beautiful details.

It was so much fun working with this crew of professionals. We used 4 brides in a ‘Trash the Dress’ style shoot using different non-traditional bridal looks to give a modern twist on a traditional event.

b.mookié provided all the jewelry and enjoyed adding some fun colors and gemstones to a usually white bridal palette.

Our contemporary brides are ever increasing their accent colors into their wedding jewelry. We hope to inspire you with style ideas that speak to you, it’s your wedding day why not make it your own?

~ Molly

Our guest blogger Molly Beard founded b.mookié in the fall of 2005. Molly’s art and design interest started at an early age. She followed her passion and interest in design to Florence, Italy, where she was able to partake in a palette of art courses at Studio Arts Center International. From there, she went on to graduate from Bowling Green State University, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Today she is designing jewelry for the company, which makes custom and handmade jewelry with a modern perspective. She takes.

Molly decided to provide a custom service to the Bride-To-Be because of a lack of personal attention and options she had available when looking for a necklace to embellish her own wedding dress. In a world of mass produced materials, at this time in your life it is wonderful to sit down, relax and take the time to discuss how she can make your wedding vision a reality. She loves details and believes in expressing individual style – especially on your wedding day.

Molly strives to provide you with the best in personalized service and the highest quality jewelry, which is carefully constructed by her with precious metals and gemstones. She specializes in custom designed wedding and special occasion jewelry to enhance the beauty and personal style of their special day. She wants you to love and cherish your jewelry for many years to come!

A Special Thanks To :  Wedding & Event Planning by After The Engagement ~ Photography by Dapper Images ~ Florals by Exquisite Blooms ~ Makeup by Ann DeNicolo ~ Hair by Gerine Coronado

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