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Louisiana Rustic Chic Wedding Inspiration

Mondays call for a big ol’ dose of gorgeous inspiration, don’t you think? Well lucky for all of us, Brandi SmythMandy Cathey, and Silver Palate Cakery are serving up a big heaping helping of pretty so you kick off the work week in style. This gallery is the perfect compliment to your cup of jo, so dive right in here.

From Brandy Smyth PhotographyThis is an inspiration shoot with two very different looks! We had wonderful vendors that sent lots of dresses so we couldn’t help but to use 2 of our favorites! One look is more whimsical and soft while the other is bold and sexy. )

The shoot took place in Benton, LA in a field full of golden grass. We wanted to add pops of pretty colors so the florals are bright and cheerful yet subtle. We mixed together furniture and dishes, and topped the table with candle sticks, glass dome jars and lots of flowers. We displayed not one but 3 cakes on top of an old fireplace mantel set off in the distance. The bride first wore a Paolo Sebastion dress that was soft, whimsical and airy – her sheer grey dress matched the sky that day. Later in the evening to play up the golden setting she changed into a hand made dress – completely sheer see through beaded gold top with long flowing bands of chiffon on bottom, bold red lips, and a bouquet that went perfectly! (my personal favorite – such a unique dress this was!)

Photography: Brandi Smyth Photography | Floral Design: Mandy Cathey | Wedding Dress: Nearly Newlywed Boutique, New York - Paolo Sebastion Dress | Cake: Silver Palate Cakery | Hair & Makeup: Molly - Bel Viso Makeup Artistry | Grooms Attire: John Pickens - Tallia Suit | Bride's Hair Piece: Jannie Baltzer | Decor: Pursuing Eden Vintage Rentals | Invitation: Nealy - Chez Rivage | Wedding Dress 2: Hand Made By MD House In Europe - Etsy Vendor

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Gift Ideas for your Bridesmaids!

We’re all about gifting your girls pre-wedding. But let’s be real – finding that perfect something doesn’t always come easy. *Enter* A Pinch Of Lovely who’s here to share unique gift ideas your ‘maids will L-O-V-E. From the prettiest phone cases to a sparkly Kate Spade clutch, she’s taken the leg-work out of shopping and all you have to do is buy, wrap and go!

From A Pinch Of LovelyA girl’s bridesmaids are one of the most important (and first!) decisions a bride will make. Bridesmaids can be the operative difference in helping guide their BFFs wedding experience sail right into smooth waters. In addition to all of the emotional support, they also take on the huge monetary responsibility as being a member of the bridal party – the dress, the shoes, the showers – your maids deserve a little love too!

On the morning of the wedding or the night before, shower your maids with pretty gifts they can use both the day of the wedding and to keep forever, and don’t forget the bubbly and sweets! It’s a thoughtful gesture to thank your besties for their lifelong friendship, support of you and your groom’s relationship and all their assistance leading up to your big day.

Beauty products like flattering lip colors, body bronzer (this Kismet brand won’t budge until you wash it off) and girly polish will help your bridesmaids look their best all day long. Include a fragrance sample or two that you’ll think they will love. Also, picking product packaging with a touch of gold will feel oh-so-luxe!

One always-popular option is picking out coordinating jewelry for the bridesmaids to wear on the wedding day. Try to look for transitional pieces that can be re-worn afterwards. You can even choose individual pieces depending on each bridesmaid’s personal style – a bracelet for the friend who loves bracelet stacks and earrings for your more minimalistic maid. Jewelry lines that have many styles utilizing the same stones like Kendra Scott provide endless possibilities.

And, since your bridesmaids are always on the phone with you, treat your bridesmaids to personalized phone cases. These embossed leather cases by Graphic Image come in a rainbow of colors with the option of customization. Gold lettering can signify monograms, acronyms (like BFF) and words (like SIS for sisters or future sister-in-laws).

And finally, they are going to need somewhere to keep all of their new favorite gifts. A hand-painted jewelry box, sparkly clutch or pouch make for a thoughtful gift and a way to stay organized on the day of the wedding. Again, look for versatile styles that can double as a makeup pouch or a small, clutch so they can use your gift over and over again.

It’s easy to get caught up in the planning and countless decisions that need to be made, and that’s why your bridesmaids are there to help support you in the process. Remember to shower your BFFs with thoughtful gifts they can appreciate after the wedding and treasure for years to come!

Photography: A Pinch Of Lovely | Styling: A Pinch Of Lovely | Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Bronzer: Kismet Cosmetics | Bronzer: Kismet Cosmetics | Glitter Clutch: Kate Spade | Gold Pouch: Target | IPhone Cases: Graphic Image | Lipsticks: Kismet Cosmetics | Painted Jewelry Boxes: A Pinch Of Lovely | Perfume : Joe Malone | Robes: Silk & More

The School of Styling + A Giveaway!

As a blogger + business owner, I’m seriously smitten with The School of Styling workshop for creatives! Taking place at the Merrimon-Wynne House in Raleigh, North Carolina from August 4-6, 2014, this weekend-long experience will help deepen your knowledge of business and gain experience styling — no matter what your profession.

With a goal of teaching new and established wedding and event stylists, interior designers, photographers, bloggers, prop stylists, and business owners how to design and style a space, event, or photo shoot creatively, The School of Styling is not to be missed! Designed to be well-rounded, the workshop will have a three part curriculum (core sessions, intensive sessions and breakout sessions), featuring incredible speakers and intensives ranging from floral design to table top design!

Without a doubt, you’ll leave The School of Styling with a better understanding of your business + creative abilities as well as some amazing new relationships! Sounds pretty incredible, doesn’t it? Well there’s more!

The School of Styling is giving one lucky winner a few of their favorite styling essentials (candle, mug, print, pencils + monogrammed apron) as well as a 10% off the workshop ticket price! To enter, simply comment on this post by July 10 with why you’d love to attend The School of Styling workshop. A winner will be randomly chosen an announced on Friday, July 11. To register for The School of Styling, head over here. Hurry — registration ends July 14th! 

Photo Credit: Landon JacobHalf Apron: Oatmeal Lace Design | Mug: Jenna Kutcher | Print: B Is For Bonnie Design | Pencils: B Is For Bonnie Design | Candle: Anthropologie