roaring twenties (reader request)

Roaring Twenties Wedding

If you loved The Great Gatsby wedding inspiration board I had up about a month ago, you’ll love this. The roaring twenties makes for such a fun wedding theme, and because of the upcoming Great Gatsby movie, it’s becoming a popular trend. This board was requested by BB fan Vanessa, who asked for something ‘brown, […]

the 1980s

1980s Themed Wedding

A 1980s themed wedding is sort of the ultimate in wedding themes. I mean, who hasn’t been to an ’80s’ party before? There is so much to love (and miss) about the 80s. If you’re going to be a retro 80s bride, check out these fabulous bouquets from Floricultcha. They don’t come more retro than […]

the kiss

Gustav Klimt the Kiss

Yesterday was the 150th birthday of Gustav Klimt. Born on July 14, 1862, Gustav worked with gold leaf in some of his most well-known pieces, such as The Kiss (seen in this wedding inspiration board) and the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (below). The golds, rusty reds, and subtle greens in his works are perfection. photo credits: gold wedding […]

steampunk

Steampunk Wedding

Burnett’s Boards fan Sheryl requested a steampunk wedding recently via Facebook, and here it is! Hope you like it Sheryl! What is ‘steampunk?’ Well, to me, steampunk has always been a genre of literature (or sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy). It’s got some 19th century technology (the steam) mixed in with deconstruction and rebellion […]

floral print

Floral print wedding

It’s no secret that ladies love flowers, and floral printed fabrics have been a fashionable item for hundreds of years. Dress designers are adding floral prints all over the place this season, and the Atelier Aimee dress in this inspiration board is especially beautiful. The floral print originates in Asia; throughout history, traders brought fabrics with […]

natural history

natural history

Natural history museums evolved from ‘curiosity cabinets.’ Scientists began to use their collections as teaching tolls and low and behold, soon these lovely museums were born. Darling embroidered woodland creatures textiles available at CatBird. *** This fantastically quirky real wedding was featured on Green Wedding Shoes, photographed by Mark Brooke Photographers, and took place at […]

pink peppermints

pink peppermint

Pink Peppermint Bridal Shower invitations available here! And don’t forget to print the handy-dandy bridal shower checklist below! But before you do that… have you ever wondered where the tradition of a bridal shower came from? Its roots lie in old dowry practices. In western cultures if a poor woman was to be married and […]

pink flamingo

pink and blue wedding ideas and a super cute pink flamingos

Chevron patterns are taking the wedding world by storm! Just look at that fabulous chevron patterned cake in the inspiration board above. But what exactly is a ‘chevron’ and where did it some from? A chevron is an inverted V shaped pattern that traces its roots back to very early Greek pottery designs (very early […]

key west

Beach wedding in Key West

Key West is the home to the southernmost point in the continental United States. (The most southern point? That’s right – the place I’m lucky enough to call home – Hawaii, well that is unless you count territories, in which case it would be Rose Atoll in America Samoa). The island is only about 4 […]

sequins and party streamers

Glittering wedding

Don’t be ashamed if you have a love for sequins – they’ve got some awesome history behind them! Evidence exists that gold sequins were being used as decoration on clothing in the Indus Valley as early as 2500BC, during the Kot Diji era. *** This adorable real wedding was featured on 100 Layer Cake, photographed by Ellie Grover, took place at The […]

blue and white china

Blue wedding

The technique of cobalt blue decorations seems to have come from the Middle-East in the 9th century through decorative experimentation on white ware. Cobalt blue pigments were excavated from local mines in central Iran from the 9th century, and then were exported as a raw material to China.The blue-and-white technique was fully developed in China with porcelain […]

purple – the new pink?

purple wedding

Get purple by mixing red and blue (or starting a fight, dipping your hands into food coloring, bathing in blackberries, or chewing too much gum in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory). The actual color of  Tyrian purple, the original color purple from which the name purple is derived, is the color of a dye extracted from […]

monkey see, monkey do

zoo wedding

The precursor to the modern zoo was the ‘menagerie’, which dates back to the ancient world. The oldest known zoological collection was uncovered in Egypt and is believed to be from 3500 B.C. The animals included hippos, elephants, baboons, and wildcats. Zoos existed in ancient Greece and Rome, and Henry I of England kept lions, […]

prima ballerina

ballerina wedding

Pierina Legnani (below left) was the first ballerina ever to be titled as Prima ballerina assoluta — with the Prima ballerina Olga Preobrajenskaya (right). They are costumed for the roles of Medora and Gulnare in the scene Le jardin animé from Marius Petipa’s final revival of Le Corsaire for the Imperial Ballet. – St. Petersburg, 1899. I knew my husband (then boyfriend) was a keeper […]