Buffalo + Rochester Indie Weddings: June 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Member Spotlight : How to Accessorize in Style with Wild Things!

You've bought the perfect bridal dress and picked out shoes to match! Now, it's time to complete the ensemble with a few distinctive accessories from Buffalo Indie Weddings member, Wild Things

Located at 224 Lexington Ave, in the heart of the Elmwood Village, it's the perfect place to  feast your eyes on a truly unique bridal jewelry collection! You'll find a touch of classic, a dash of alternative, and a pinch of Victorian-inspired adornments. Then there are the romantic hair combs, pins, and gorgeous hand-crafted, vintage-inspired hats and hairbands. Traditional, modern chic, or off-beat, Wild Things has been Buffalo's choice for brides for 26 years. Let 26 years of experience and expertise help make accessorizing more fun and the outcome spectacular! 

Read their wonderful advice on finding your perfect accessories below! 

Before you go shopping for bridal accents, take a moment to consider what type of adornments you would like to wear and what your overall budget is. Include jewelry you wish to gift to your bridesmaids, the flower girl, and mother(s) of the bride/groom. Remember, bridal jewelry is an investment. Most adornments can be worn again to other notable events and best of all, jewelry is something that can be handed down to the generations to come. That being said, we will work with you closely to achieve the look you desire at a price you can afford.

Allow yourself plenty of time! A month or two before the wedding, schedule a leisurely visit to our shop. Consider inviting a friend or family member whose opinion you trust. Do a little pre-shopping on our online bridal gallery at www.wildthingsartisans.com. If you have a specific style of jewelry you've seen in a magazine or on the web and wish to match it, bring in photographs and arrange ahead of time to meet with one of our designers. In a crunch for time? We are known for our fast turn-around time on custom orders and our service is excellent.

The formality of your dress and wedding are good indicators of the style of jewelry and accessories best suited to your occasion. Is the dress chic and modern? Understated, classic, or Vintage? A black-tie event may call for crystals and bling while pearls might be more appropriate for a traditional wedding. One shoulder dresses pair nicely with asymmetrical necklaces while a sweetheart neckline or strapless dress calls for a bold statement. If the neckline is high, you may opt to wear a dynamic bracelet and earring combination, foregoing the necklace altogether. Take away some of the guess work. Plan to bring along a picture of your wedding dress to ensure the ornamentation will be complimentary.

Refine your look with a distinctive pair of earrings. Whether you are looking for sterling silver or 14k gold-fill, dangly or simple, our selection of bridal earrings is unmatched. Want a fun pop? Choose a pair of large chandelier or branch-style earrings, long stick or a cascade of keshi pearls and Swarovski crystal.

Today's brides are experimenting more with colored gems, drusies, and "mystic"-coated stones, making design possibilities endless. It's a case of "anything goes!" In keeping with tradition, we can add a touch of aquamarine, blue crystal or sapphire to your jewelry. Have a sentimental family heirloom or found object you wish to incorporate into your ensemble? Put our creative minds to work! For example, we can repurpose/recreate even off-beat objects into a sophisticated treasure for your special day. 

Regardless of your personal style, a good rule of thumb is to select one "statement" piece and then build accessories around it. For example, if you choose a multi-layer necklace, go a little simpler on the earrings and bracelet and vice-versa. If the dress is plain, dress it up with jewelry. If there is a lot of intricate beading, understate the jewelry.

The bride often purchases necklaces, bracelets or earrings to give as a thank you gift to her attendants. We have a wide variety of semi-precious gems to coordinate with almost any color scheme your bridesmaids will be wearing. You can have all of the pieces match or we can create subtle variations of one piece. A third option is to create completely unique jewelry using the same gemstones. Honor the mothers of the bride and groom and draw them into the wedding party circle with a special bracelet or earrings to commemorate the day.

Wedding jewelry is the finishing touch! So, come look, drool, covet, fall in love again, and find your ultimate wedding day look at Wild Things!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wedding Color Crush : Mint to be!

It's hip, it's soft, it's lovely… it's mint! Here are some classy and adorable ways to incorporate this dreamy color into your wedding palette!

Super simple mint & coral invitations by Divine Give Digital: Etsy

Subtle mint green and gold earrings for the bridesmaids CrystalShadow: Etsy

Mint, rose and coral palette found on Pinterest

Mint looks so good with navy! This look found on Pinterest

For the guys! Found on Pinterest

We LOVE these mint bridesmaid dresses from JCrew Weddings

Monday, June 23, 2014

Glamorous Gold : Wedding Color Inspiration!

In honor of our glittery new logo, we put together a Pinterest board of our favorite gold wedding ideas! From classic to contemporary, gold can be used in so many different ways! Pair with black for a streamlined vintage vibe, mix with other metallics for a deco look, partner with hot pink for a fun, fresh feeling, or as we love, blend with mint and peach for a lovely, soft palette. No matter how you do it, these ideas below are some surefire ways to bring some sparkle into your big day!

Found on Pinterest 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Buffalo Bridal Beauty with Elizabeth Dugan Hair & Makeup Artist!

The date is set, the venue is booked and you have found the dress of your dreams... Now its time for your accessories; your beauty accessories that is! Wedding day hair and makeup is something that you will be wearing from the moment you say “I do” to the time you kiss your new spouse "Goodnight"! Make sure you're hiring a true professional for the job. 

Elizabeth Dugan, a Buffalo Indie Weddings member, has been a hairstylist and makeup artist for 15 years in the Buffalo area has seen trends come and go. She loves vintage, romantic looks and knows they will be a hit this coming season. 

Photo by Nickel City Studios

"Highlights will include soft waves and thick braids. To personalize these looks I suggest finding vintage broaches and flower crowns to complete the look. These can be placed uniformly in the hair or as I prefer, a little asymmetrical, for an absolutely stunning style!"

Finding a hair and makeup artist can be a little overwhelming, with all of the options out there. When choosing a beauty artist for your wedding, we highly recommend asking past brides, friends and wedding vendors for recommendations. The best advertisement for any business is a happy bride!

Once you find a beauty artist for to hire, make an appointment for your first consultation and hair and makeup trial. Bring along a few images of your dress and some beauty inspiration photos to share with your stylist. Then you can work together to create your wedding day beauty theme.

Elizabeth loves to work one-on-one with her clients to create a look just for them, She also has several great tips for her brides, including planning something fabulous after your hair & makeup trial, like a date night, your wedding shower or even your bachelorette party, "I hate to see a trial go to waste, plan something fun the night of your trial so you can go out and show it off!"

She loves to meet with bridal parties at their homes, hotels and venues to help them get ready before their big day. "Seeing the parties, laughing, sharing old childhood stories and being served mimosas while getting beautified; what could be more enjoyable the morning of!"

                                                            Photo by Nickel City Studios

"I truly love being part of the beauty prep for weddings. I couldn't imagine myself doing anything else as a career as I love making people feel and look beautiful. Your hair and makeup are your best accessory that you will be wearing all day, it is part of you!" 

Elizabeth is top quality wedding vendor, who provides lovely services to her clients. She'd love to work with you to create your dream look for your BIG day! You can see more of her work and learn more about her business on her website here : www.lizzydugan.com

 Photo by Nickel City Studios

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Post for Dear Old Dad!

Happy Father's Day! We'd like to cheers to all of our beautiful brides-to-be today & the first men they ever truly loved. Between walking you down the aisle to giving you away to your husband to sharing a special dance with you, your wedding is also a big day for Dad. Be sure to make time to enjoy all of these moments with him. Enjoy some of those moments below, as captured by City Lights Studio Photography.


Visit more work on City Lights Studio's website here