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A Cupcakes and Champagne Photo Shoot with sparkles, glitter and glam

Happy New Year!!!! So excited to share with you a New Years Eve inspired Wedding Celebration. Today's photo shoot was created by Miriam of Miriam Corona Events and Cristina of Unforgettable Events and photographed by PS Photo Media and Clifton Photography. Cristina writes . . . "I wanted to create a design the evoked the feeling of not only a marriage, but also a celebration of marriage in the New Year. The overall "celebration" theme is embedded in all the sparkling details and fun ideas such as the champagne & dessert bar. The concept is filled with a perfect mixture of romance and fun and captures many DIY opportunities for couples to incorporate their personalities and theme concepts. Such projects include the jewel bouquet and boutonniere, champagne bubble streamers, and the custom m&m cupcakes. This was truly a fun experience to put together and I had the pleasure to work with so many creative professionals."

Please read on as Cristina shares with us all the inspirational elements that made up this amazingly glitzy photo shoot . . .

Inspiration Element #1: Breathtaking Location
It was important to have a venue that boasted a breathtaking view. I chose the Castaway Restaurant in San Bernardino for its jaw dropping views across the skyline. Each room is surrounded by windows that offer incredible views from every angle. The balcony areas are perfect for catching the cool breeze and city lights. At night, the view is simply magical!

Inspiration Element #2: Color Palette
I used black, white, gold, silver as the main palette for all the elements included in this design. The black and white added elegance by keeping the colors crisp and clean along the textures and shapes used. Gold and silver was used mainly to add sparkle to the overall design such as the gold chargers and chiavari chairs. These colors meshed very well with the solid lighting we did in blue, hot pink, and gold. It brought out the sparkle in all the details.

Inspiration Element #3: Textures and Prints
To add contrast I decided that I wanted texture in all the linens used. The main table had chiffon rosettes lined with black sequins. This paired very nicely with the solid satin napkins and textured glittered ornaments hanging above. The champagne bar had a black sequin table drape that added contrast and sparkle to the gold and silver accents on the table. The crisp white menu cards had bold stripes to add texture and contrast to the patterned linen. The groom wore a charcoal gray suit with a striped tie and vest to add texture. The bride had on two beautiful taffeta gowns with rhinestone accents and feathers.

Inspiration Element #4: Sparkle, glitter, glam!
I really wanted this shoot to encompass the overall feel of a New Years Eve and wedding celebration with lots of sparkle. Almost every detail in this shoot had bling of some sort; from the glitter ornaments, to the jewel bouquet, to the glitter in the bridal shoes. The centerpiece had multi-sized glitter and sequin ornaments in gold, black, and silver and jeweled goblets that sparkled with the reflection of the uplighting. The linens incorporated were black chiffon sequin rosettes and a sequin table drape and runner. The menu cards had tiny rhinestones to add some jazz to the simplicity of the design and the napkins where tied together with mini disco balls. The bridal bouquet and boutonniere were custom created using pearls, jewels, and beads that were wired and bound together with satin ribbon. The champagne bar was adorned with sparkling bubbles, confetti, and jeweled goblets. To complete the look and feel of "celebration", I had a bride and groom in wardrobe with lots of rhinestone and glitter detail throughout the dress, hair, and makeup.

Inspiration Element #5: Couture Fashion
To incorporate the element of high fashion or couture, I incorporated linens that had embellished details such as chiffon rosettes and sequins. I wanted the menu cards to have an elegant simplicity so we decided to add contrast to to the textured linens by using stripes and different fonts and sizes. The bride also wore two high couture gowns that featured rhinestone, feather, and bustle details paired nicely with glitter heels. Her hair was also beautifully arranged and adorned with a jeweled veil comb. The cake table was also adorned with a sequin runner and the cake was designed with a black and white palette with gold beaded details around the black rosettes.

Inspiration Element #6: Celebration
To encompass the overall theme of one HUGE celebration, we decided to do a champagne bar with a few sweets. Miriam created champagne bubble streamers that read "2012" when lined along the crystal curtain. She incorporated gold and silver champagne flutes and filled them with peppermint cotton candy to add a "bubbly" look. The cupcakes were adorned with black and white m&m's to spell out "2012". To add some sparkle, black and white rock candy lined a beautiful tray. The lighting really made these designs stand out!

Linens, Floral, Decor, Rentals, Bridal Jewel Bouquet, Styling: Unforgettable Events

Champagne Bar, Desserts, Styling: Miriam Corona Events
Photography: PS Photo Media and Clifton Photography

Hair and Make up: Diona Rhynard

Wardrobe: UEA Couture Bridal
Chiavari Chair Rental: Imagine That Events

Venue: Castaway Restaurant

Models: Vanessa Ramirez and Dylan Carbone
Lighting: Amaze Productions Entertainment

Paper Design: Papermints

Cotton Candy: Tasty Clouds

Cake: Cucamonga Cakery


Happy New Year - here's to an amazing 2012

Wishing every single one of my brides, vendors, readers, followers on twitter, facebook and pinterest the most spectacular New Year. Here's to an amazing 2012 and thank you all so much for making 2011 such a fantastic year. So much has happened this past year and now, most recently, the moving of my blog, Brenda's Wedding Blog, to be right here on Best Wedding Sites. I cannot wait to share with you all the inspiration I have in store for you next year along with the weekly giveaways and so much more. Happy New Year - have a sparkly and festive time celebrating this weekend - see you back here on Monday.

above photos courtesy of bhg.com {more New Year's Eve ideas}


Sparkle, glitter, glam - it's a New Year's Eve inspired photo shoot preview

Just had to share this sneak peek of the most amazing photo shoot with you. Stay tuned on Monday as I will be sharing the entire shoot with you along with all the inspiring details. Miriam of Miriam Corona Events and Cristina of Unforgettable Events joined a team of amazing vendors for this shoot. I just ADORE all the DIY elements that were included in this shoot including the jewel bouquet and boutonniere, champagne bubble streamers and there were even custom m&m cupcakes - you are going to LOVE these sweets!!!!

photography by: psphotomedia.com + cliftonphotographyblog.com


Great DIY for New Year's : Silver Glitter Ornaments

I just love this diy ornament from Aleah of Valley & Co. It's perfect for the holiday season - including New Year's Eve and New Year's Day festivities. It's a silver glitter ornament - but of course you can use glitter in any color to match your event's decor. The full diy can be found here. The only supplies needed are glass ornament balls {but if you're making these will children, you can always use the shatterproof ornaments as well}, glue, large grade silver glitter, a brush and ribbon. PS: Don't you just love Aleah pearl cluster ring and bracelet?

Photos by Elle G. Photography


New Year's Eve Wedding in Canada with Madeline's Weddings & Events

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Today's New Year's Eve celebration if Meredith and Todd comes to us from Madeline's Weddings and Events in Canada. The end of the year wedding reception was held in the Crystal Ballroom at the Fort Garry Hotel. Madeline created the perfect New Year's Eve soiree with their Ocean Blue pintuck linens and chairs that were dressed in white satin chair covers with matching white napkins to finish off the look. Meredith and Todd chose Madeline’s Signature Premium Head Table Design. The head table was draped with an Ocean Blue organza overlay on top of satin table linens. Beautiful, warm candles stretched from end to end and gave the head table a wonderful romantic feel that was perfect for their celebration. To reflect the flicker of each candle, glass mirrors were used to line the base of the head table.

Photographer: Fred Elcheshen

Reception: Crystal Ballroom, Fort Garry Hotel

Flowers: Timesless Florals

Cake: Piazza Di Nardi

Linens, Decor, Rentals, Event Design etc.: Madeline’s Weddings & Events


Wednesday Wedding Accessory : Black and White Card Box

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This sophisticated black and white card box from The Wedding Outlet is perfect for a black and white themed wedding but would certainly compliment any style wedding. The top of the card box is covered in white satin featuring a black sash with rhinestone ornament and a slot for inserting cards. The lower portion is silkscreened with a unique black damask pattern which makes this card holder a bride's favorite.

The Wedding Outlet is a sponsor of Best Wedding Sites


Real Wedding: a bride in red accents with a motorcycle send-off

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Today's Canadian wedding from Jen Shoots Weddings features a red-haired bride with a red dress sash, red necklace and even a red cardigan. I love it!!!!!!! Anne and Chris' wedding featured so many great red accents and I just love that last photo as they get ready to ride-off from their wedding on a motorcycle. Their wedding was held at Oasis Convention Centre in Canada.

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