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keeping brides fabulous in veils, feathered frivolities, bejeweled headpieces, and more


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romance wednesday: we heart Erica and Enrico’s garden wedding

what could be more beautiful than a garden wedding, bright with the sunshine and vibrant colors of summer? Erica and Enrico had just that for their July 2011 wedding. the lovely couple held their intimate ceremony in a beautiful church, where sunshine poured in and elegant old archways framed the exchange of vows.

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a modern couple, the two went for a fresh, bright look. Enrico wore a regal purple jacket paired with a bright striped tie, a bold look  that he wore beautifully. Erica was a vision in a short, Grecian-inspired dress, with soft gathers and an asymmetrical neckline. opting for a short hem means, of course, that everyone gets to see the shoes! Erica pulled out all the stops and went for a dazzling pair of seafoam green satin heels, adorned with lavish crystal brooches at the toe. she decided to pull the green further into her look by designing a custom chapeau, adorned with feathers and a vintage crystal brooch, and a fabric rosette perfectly matched to her heels. a gorgeous hydrangea bouquet pulled in a bit more white and green, along with a hint of blue for subtle contrast (and her something blue, of course!). her look was elegant and stunning, and played perfectly against Enrico’s fresh, modern style. the couple’s cheerful energy and bright smiles matched perfectly to the elegant glamour of their big day.

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Fabulous Chicago photographer Tuan H Bui beautifully captured the bright colors and elegant moments of the couple’s wedding day!

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style spotlight: we heart peacock feathers

the regal peacock has fascinated and inspired us for years. we are in awe of it’s amazing display of vibrantly hued plumes, extending in a dramatic fan from it’s petite and poised body. the rainbow of blues and greens is truly breathtaking; it is almost hard to believe that it is a natural creature, and not a fantastical image conjured in a dream. did you know there are white peacocks, as well? they are equally as stunning, with the same spectacular display, but in brilliantly shimmering white.

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we are always seeing the beautiful peacock’s form in fashion, and it’s always swoon worthy. we just can’t get enough of these gorgeous creatures! who wouldn’t love a bit of peacock fabulousness in their home? 222 Fifth makes these beautifully intricate porcelain Lakshmi Peacock plates that we would love to put on our dining room table. we are especially loving the oversized peacocks that take cocktail attire from the LBD to a whole new level. check out the gorgeous Perfect Poise Peacock Dress from ModCloth– we’re totally obsessed! and this stunning vintage-inspired Peacock Statement Necklace from C Wonder, one of our favorite new online shopping destinations, is the perfect mix of color, metal, texture, and sparkle, perfect for the holidays.

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we love making peacock-adorned magic! some of the fabulous pieces we have created… one of our favorite new bridal sets, a boutonnière for him and a fancy headpiece for her, all in shimmering natural peacock feathers and adorned with shimmering vintage inspired buttons. we worked with a bride to create these fabulous peacock feather, marabou plumage, and swarovski crystal  brooches for the bridesmaids party. lucky girls! this is one of our favorite fall pieces, a gorgeous fan of ivory peacock plumes, anchored with shimmering ivory pearls.

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style spotlight: the feather flower

introducing one of our favorite styles… our feather flower headpiece. each piece is a breathtaking marriage of classic elegance and modern glamour.

throughout history, our beloved icons of fashion and glamour have sported feathers and flowers in their coiffures, epitomizing beauty and femininity, and inspiring women everywhere. we all love a good accessory, and what better than soft blooms or regal feathers atop your crown to create an unforgettable look that makes heads turn

feather_flower_inspiration_marieantoinette_marlenedietrich_madonna_billieholiday_fridakahlo_julieandrews(from left) french queen marie antoinette is an icon of luxury and glamour (http://www.biography.com/people/marie-antoinette-9398996).

actress marlene dietrich is the epitome of old hollywood beauty in 1946’s Martin Roumagnac (http://marlene-dietrichcollection.blogspot.com/2013/04/marlene-dietrich-jean-gabin_13.html)

style icon madonna gorgeously paired feminine pink flowers with a bold leopard print jacket at 1996’s Evita premiere in Madrid, Spain (http://www.thenonnigallery.0catch.com/1996.html)

singer billie holiday was not only a stunning talent but a stunning vision in the bloom she often sported atop her head (http://www.legacyrecordings.com/a/#/artist/billie-holiday/707/)

artist frida kahlo took our breath away with her spectacular folk-art-meets-surrealist paintings and her captivating style, complete with bold colors, big accessories, and of course the bright flowers she always wore in her hair (http://www.frillsandflounces.com/tag/frida-kahlo/)

actress julie andrews has always been the vision of elegant beauty and regal femininity; here she dazzles us in a stunning feathered headpiece (http://ohjoy.blogs.com/my_weblog/2010/08/ravishing.html)

we create our flowers with gorgeous feathers, a bit of sparkle and shine, and lots of love. each piece is hand crafted, ensuring that no two are ever exactly alike. we love customizing this piece, playing with size, texture, and color. one of our favorite ways is to incorporate custom wedding day colors and vintage heirloom brooches to create truly spectacular pieces.

featherflower_julie_timothywhaley-julie’s custom headpiece featured layers of spectacular tulle and feathers, a hand-dyed center of Sangria, her wedding day color, and a nest of shimmering glass beads (couple’s photo: http://www.twaphoto.com/)

featherflower_carmen_EnviPhotocarmen’s custom headpiece featured layers of elegant goose feathers, layered with whimsical, soft ostrich plumes, and a stunning centerpiece brooch that belonged to the bride (couple’s photo: http://enviphoto.com/)

featherflower_lena_GreerManolislena’s custom headpiece featured a set of three soft feather blooms nestled over soft ostrich plumes, each featuring a hand dyed Plum center, her wedding day color (lena’s photo: greer manolis photography)


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we heart romantic forest weddings

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we are in love with this wedding shoot captured by Christy Tyler Photography that featured a sweet couple, a softly romantic style, and an elegant, natural backdrop.

check out the lovely photos that were posted on one of our favorite blogs for all things cute and wedding, Ruffled!


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we heart awesome girl rockers

that’s a general rule for me, actually. more specific and more recent, though: i was invited to a concert last sunday with a couple of friends to check out an “amazing” singer at the groovy Schuba’s Tavern here in Chi-town. amazing doesn’t begin to describe it. said singer goes by the name LindiIMG_20130219_233246 Ortega, and she is unbelievable! great energy, beautiful music, and a killer voice- think Johnny Cash-meets-Patsy Cline-with a-Dolly Parton twang. seriously.

the best part- the adorable Lindi loves to sport cutesy feathered headpieces and such (thanks to my friend for letting me know that before the show), and i brought a little something to give to her! got the chance to say hi as she headed off the stage at the end of the show, and gave her one of my fave little feathered headpieces.

here’s a pic of the piece. how fabulous would it be if we see her sporting it one of these days!?IMG_20130210_233231


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we heart fabulous photo shoots

we were so excited when we were asked to take part in a gorgeous wedding-themed shoot back in september! we are pretty much obsessed with these photos, and were so thrilled to work with some of the awesomest fellow wedding vendors around Chicago. our faves: Husar Photography (http://husarphotography.com/) set the whole thing up and captured the magic; the bride wore a gorgeous Jenny Yoo dress (http://www.jennyyoo.com/splash.html);and the sparkles were all Erin Gallagher Jewelry (http://egjewelry.com/).

here are some of our favorite shots…these make us yearn for gorgeous spring weddings!!!

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we heart the new year and new projects :)

we have lots of exciting stuff going on this year… our new website is in the works, we have some fabulous new designs coming soon, and lots more!

to start off the new year, we are super excited about our new logo! it took a long time, but we love the way it all came together to really express what we do. hope everyone else loves it as much as we do ❤

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