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  • Winter Wedding Week: Red and Gold

    Tuesday 1 December 2021 - Colour Palettes - Tags: winter-weddings, gold, red

    Because it's officially Christmas time, I thought we should celebrate with a week of winter colour palettes. I love to see fresh ideas for cliched themes, and though the Christmas wedding might not be able to completely escape the Christmas stereotypes (and personally I think it would be a crime not to include at least some holly or mistletoe), please... for the sake of winter brides everywhere try and avoid garish red paired with forest green and any sort of singing/moving/rotating Santa figurines. The winter wedding is the perfect chance to think outside the box and bring your personality to a timeless tradition.

    Winter Wedding Inspiration

    Can't you just see this perfect colour scheme in a snow covered chalet in the Alps? (or in Lucan...or whatever snowless Irish county you find yourself in)
    From The Brides Guide: Ideas from the Editor

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  • Rainy with Patches of Sun

    Friday 27 November 2021 - Uncategorized - Tags: umbrellas

    Chances are good to very good there will be some amount of precipitation on your wedding day (if you plan to wed in Ireland). So why not embrace the water works and get one of these adorable umbrellas?

    Wedding Umbrellas
    Wedding Umbrellas
    Wedding Umbrellas


    Umbrellas from Bella Umbrella.

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  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Thursday 26 November 2021 - Colour Palettes - Tags: autumn, thanksgiving-inspiration, orange, halloween

    I am a little bit sad today. My whole family will be chowing down on Thanksgiving dinner without me... while I slave away at work. Thanksgiving has always been my favourite holiday and it has been 4 years since I have been home for it. My husband and I are having our own little Thanksgiving gathering this weekend, but there is nothing like waking up to the smell of a turkey, watching the Macy's Day Parade and snacking on delicious holiday food the ENTIRE day. Oh and left over turkey sandwiches the next day!

    Thanksgiving Inspiration

    I found this inspiration board on the Classic Bride Blog (originally from Peach and Pear).

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  • The Classic Designer

    Wednesday 25 November 2021 - Fashion - Tags: new-york-fashion-week

    In a bridal fashion world full of the trendy details that look far better on the anorexic model than on a full fledged-pear shaped-big hipped-small busted-real bride, it is a relief to find a designer who does 'classic'...and does it well. Style Me Pretty was showcasing their photographers work from New York Fashion Week, and it struck me how wonderful the Vineyard group is, Priscilla of Boston being my favourite.

    Bridal Fashion

    Bridal Fashion

    Bridal Fashion

     

     

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  • Shabby Chic Wedding

    Friday 20 November 2021 - Real Weddings, Decor Inspiration - Tags: bouquet, cake

    I thought I would end this long, rainy week with something sunny and beautiful...the dress is beautiful, the bride is beautiful (the groom....) the wedding is just plain beautiful. Found this on Style Me Pretty, but the bride is actually an amazing wedding photographer in her own right (Stephanie Fay).

    Shabby Chic Wedding
    Shabby Chic Wedding

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  • Elizabeth Messina

    Wednesday 18 November 2021 - Supplier Spotlight, Real Weddings, Photo Inspiration - Tags: elizabeth-messina, photography

    Elizabeth Messina is an amazing photographer. She took the stunning photo on the current B Mag front cover. It was her anniversary yesterday so she put up photos from her own wedding...and wow! I love the chandeliers and vintage fur shrug most!

    Elizabeth Messina
    Elizabeth Messina
    Elizabeth Messina
    Elizabeth Messina

    Check out more of Elizabeth Messina's work.

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  • Blogs we love (and who love us

    Tuesday 17 November 2021 - Uncategorized - Tags: blogs

    B Mag has been getting a lot of love from some of the wedding and fashion world's most popular blogs. It's so exciting for us to see the magazine get so much praise after all our hard work. I thought it would be a good idea to share some of these blogs, not just so you can see the B Mag coverage but so you can see where the B Mag team gets a lot of our inspiration!

    www.lovemaegan.com- Fashion blogger Maegan is the DIY guru. We used her DIY Designer sandal project (which is one of the most stunning things we have ever seen!) in our winter issue. Read her post about us here.

    La Partie Events blog- Meg from La Partie Events is one of the most talented event planners in the world. She pulls together those amazing inspirational looks that you think you could only dream of, then tells you how to do it on the cheap, which is why we featured her DIY centrepieces from IKEA in our last issue. Read her blog post here.

    Classic Bride- Sarah Darcy is the girl brides turn to daily for their dose of all things classic and beautiful. She has a keen eye for what works and what doesn't and her blog is consistant and always full of helpful hints and ideas. We featured her in our autumn issue. Click here to see her post.

    SDK Photo- One amazing photographer. Stephanie from SDK Photo shot the La Partie Events DIY project, we love it! Click here to see her B post.

    Blue Moon Events Blog- The wedding that Blue Moon Events did (photographed by A Bryan Photo) was so great we couldn't resist using it several times throughout the magazine. Check out their blog post here.

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  • Cymbeline

    Thursday 12 November 2021 - Fashion - Tags: cymbeline, dress

    I love Cymbeline. We are researching '10 trends for the next B Mag...so thought I would give a little sneak peak. You can just tell how well designed this collection is (doesn't hurt the backdrop is Paris...)

    Cymbeline
    Cymbeline
    Cymbeline
    Cymbeline
    Cymbeline
    Cymbeline

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  • Perfection

    Wednesday 11 November 2021 - Colour Palettes, Photo Inspiration, Real Weddings - Tags: jose-villa, colour-inspiration

    Nothing gets me going like perfectly coordinated colours. I love this wedding for 2 reasons: Number 1- the colours are beautifully understated but powerful, Number 2-The photographer Jose Villa does amazing things with weddings.

    Perfection
    Perfection
    Perfection

    Photography by Jose Villa- www.josevillaphoto.com

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  • Dinner Party

    Tuesday 10 November 2021 - Colour Palettes, Decor Inspiration, DIY - Tags: diy-weddings, dinner-party, table-settings, ikea

    My husband (so wierd to say that) and I are thinking about having Thanksgiving at our apartment this year. I think we both feel a little lost without wedding plans, so we are pouring our efforts into my favourite American holiday. I am thinking about dinner party table settings today. There is no better place to turn than to La Partie Events, an American Events company that totally gets doable DIY and simple tables that make big impact.

    Dinner Party

    Dinner Party

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  • Manly Men

    Monday 9 November 2021 - Fashion - Tags: groom, gifts

    Finding a wedding gift for my fiance was not as easy as I would have hoped it would be. I wanted something meaningful, useful and inexpensive-not an easy combination. During my daily etsy search I found vintage map cuff links (see top right picture below) and loved them. One of them was of the location we met and the other was the location he proposed, all for $50! Here are a couple other ideas:

    Manly Men

    Click here to see where I bought my vintage map cuff links.

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  • My Beauty Diary

    Thursday 5 November 2021 - Advice, Beauty - Tags: beauty, diary, beauty-regime-for-wedding, skincare, skincare-for-wedding-day

    This is an article in the latest issue of B Magazine, but I thought I would put it up because thanks to all the help I got, this beauty regime works...try it!

    I have always feared being high maintenance. I strived to be the girl who wore hardly any make-up, who could be ready in 20 minutes and who was happy to throw her wet hair in a pony tail and call it good. It was not until I started working for a magazine that the reality hit me...I am high maintenance and... I like it. I don’t go anywhere without make-up on, I need at least an hour to get ready and I style my hair every day, I have about 15 different types of shampoos and conditioners and about 30 different types of hair and skin products that I use on a regular bases (not to mention the other 15 for special occasions) and my strict skincare regime is as constant in my life as my three meals a day. I know beauty is fleeting and that there are far more important things to worry about than the shade of my teeth, but I want to feel confident and beautiful as I walk up the aisle. So I called in the experts; I talked to Laura, owner of the reputable Advanced Laser Light.

    Week 6: Beauty Reality Bites! I am going to need more than facials, mud masks and exfoliations to get my skin in tip top shape, so I made an appointment with Laura from Advanced Laser Light in Dublin.

    Laser Acne Treatment: I was nervous at the thought of lasers, but I heard it was the best way to get to the core of problem areas. It was obvious Laura knew exactly what she was doing. The first thing she does with every bride is a consultation which includes something called skin mapping. She put my face under a special light which showed every single blemish, clogged pore and sun spot...to say it was frightening is an understatement, it was horrifying. All my years of sun beds and beach holidays have left disgusting marks underneath my skin; it made me want to cry. But Laura, being the kind and encouraging person that she is, was there to console my deepening insecurities by telling me that what I saw on my face is normal. She reminded me that the point of the skin mapping is for her to see how she can make my skin look the best it can, not make me want to cry.

    She decided my most problematic area was the spots and pores on my chin and to do a low dose of the laser acne treatment for the area. Once again, the word ‘laser’ threw me a little, especially considering my extremely low pain threshold. But the treatment took about four minutes and felt like a little pinch, and then it was over. The lasers bring the bacteria to the surface in order to clear the pores. Laura warned me that I would break out after having the treatment. I have had quite a few spots the last couple days.

    Find skincare products: I am trying Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturiser and La Roche Posay Effa Clar.  I know that it is not the best time to be trying new products, but I have heard great things about these two. They seem to be just the thing to tone down breakouts and smooth my skin.

    Hair Masque: I love Pureology, so I decided to try their Essential Repair Masque. The best thing to do is use it weekly from now till the wedding.

    Week 5-The Tanning Bed Confession.... I have been completely stressed out this week. I am moving into a new apartment, and trying to get all our invitations out. My beauty routine is really the last thing on my mind; I did manage to fit in another trip to Laura at Advanced Laser Light.

    Get a Facial:  After my laser treatment last week, the next step was a Medibac facial. The facial lasted about an hour and half and was like heaven. It was just what I needed this week. Laura started by cleansing my skin, then a two part exfoliation and then she did the extractions (in laymen’s terms ‘spot popping’), she then did a relaxing neck and shoulder message and finished by applying a mask. I felt really refreshed and relaxed, and my skin is looking great.

    The tanning begins! Confession... I use sun beds. I don’t condone it, but I abhor fake tan and the beds really are the most natural tan without actually going somewhere with sun. I started with five minutes; I am hoping to go a couple times every week, gradually adding minutes.

    Week 4-Swine Flu Protection I haven’t been sleeping, my mind refuses to switch off at night and for the first time in my life, I have developed mouth ulcers, which I am told is caused by stress. I checked on WeddingsOnline.ie and it seems to be a common occurrence with brides.

    Stock up on Vitamins: The chemist suggested I start taking a dose of vitamins every day which will help the ulcers and give my immune system a boast (one of the reasons I am not sleeping is fear of catching the swine flu). So I bought a daily vitamin drink full of all the different nutrients, I also picked up a pack for H2B!

    Eye Brow Trial:My sister gave me a good piece of advice; get an eye brow wax trial a month before the wedding, this avoids the ‘missing half an eye brow’ disaster the week of the wedding.

    Week 3- Skinsational Results My skin is looking great! After a couple weeks of breakouts from the various treatments, I can really see a big difference in how smooth my skin is. It is so rewarding to see the results after all the hard work.

    Thread Vein Removal:  I went into Advanced Laser Light one last time to have a couple unsightly thread veins removed around my nose. In all honesty, I had never paid attention to them before, but now that they are gone, I can see a big difference.

    Exfoliating Facial: Laura was happy with the progress after the acne treatment, but wanted to do one more facial for deeper exfoliation and to close the pores to prevent further break outs.

    Dermalogica Products: She sent me away with two items she calls miracle workers; Dermalogica Active Moist and the Daily Resurfacer. She said they would be just the thing to give my oily, acne prone skin that dewy bridal glow. I am using the Resurfacer for exfoliation every other day.

     

    Week 2- Final Touches This week is about getting things done. I tried to be as prepared as possible, but with all the other wedding odds and ends, I have found it quite difficult to fit everything in.

    Starflower Oil: Laura is known as my new best friend around the office. The woman is amazing! She recommended I start taking Starflower Oil tablets every day. Hormones are one of the major causes of blemishes, and the Starflower helps control the effect hormones have. I started yesterday and can already see a big difference

    Final Hair Cut and Hair Dye: I want my hair to be as long as possible for the wedding day so I asked for a slight trim. I want it to look healthy, but also want to leave a bit of time for it to grow out again if there was a chopping disaster. I usually get a half head of highlights but this time I went for the full so that no matter which way I wear my hair, it would be covered.

    Teeth Whitening: I picked up a pack of white strips. They are supposed to be used twice daily for 14 days. As an avid coffee drinker, my teeth desperately needed a little polish!

    Week  1-So this is what it feels like... Even though I have been planning it for months, it’s the weirdest thing in the world that it’s actually here! I feel stressed, exhausted and genuinely happy.  All I can think is...wow I am getting married (and gosh, my skin looks awesome)!

    Hair Trial:I would have done this much earlier but my wedding is in America, so this is the only time I can do it. I scoured the internet and magazines before our appointment and brought a photo into show her what I wanted. I had used the stylist before for a wedding so I knew I liked her, and my trial went great!

    Final Tan: Five days before the wedding I had my last tanning session.

    Make-up Trial:Again, this would have been better much earlier but I am very pleased with what we have decided to do.

    Massage:Stress causes breakouts and under eye circles, so the massage was a must (or so I told my penny pinching fianc).

    Get Some Sleep: This is much easier said than done, my mind is going a million miles a minute. I really don’t want to be exhausted on my wedding day and that tired droopy eyed look is near impossible to hide.

    Contact Laura at Advanced Laser light:

    Advanced Laser Light

    Dublin, Cork, Limerick

    www.advancedlaserlight.com

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  • Pink, Red, and Maroon

    Wednesday 4 November 2021 - Colour Palettes - Tags: maroon, red, pink, beach, abroad

    I know this is a beach wedding, but I think the colours would be perfect for a stylish winter wedding. Found it on Lucky Me!

    Pink, Red Maroon Wedding
    Pink, Red Maroon Wedding
    Pink, Red Maroon Wedding

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  • My Wedding

    Monday 2 November 2021 - News, Real Weddings - Tags: my-wedding

    Ok...I know all brides think their wedding day was the best wedding ever, so I am going to graciously give credit to brides the world over and say that I think my wedding was the best wedding ever, FOR ME (but just know I am secretly thinking that my wedding was better than yours...kidding...kind of). It truly was a perfect day, mostly because of the amazing wedding suppliers that we had, including the nicest photographer in America, Angie Azzinaro of Joyful Photography (www.weddingsbyjoyfulphotography.com), the most budget conscious and talented florist ever, Esther from Special Touch (www.specialtouchfloristandgifts.com/) and one of the most beautiful hotels in Washington (www.thedavenporthotel.com/) Just thought I would share a couple photos from the day, in case anyone cared!

    Rachel Vowels Wedding Day
    Rachel Vowels Wedding Day
    Rachel Vowels Wedding Day

    One of my bridesmaids is an amazing photographer and videographer, she took these shots with her iPhone! They are some of my favourites of the whole day (her name is Brittany Buchanan and she IS available for travel to Ireland, check her out http://www.brittanyfay.com/)!

    Rachel Vowels Wedding Day
    Rachel Vowels Wedding Day

     

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  • Here it is!

    Friday 16 October 2021 - Advice - Tags: None

    In 20 minutes, I will leave the office for the last time as a single lady. I am torn between feeling like this has been the slowest six months of my life and feeling like the time hardly existed. It seems like yesterday we were picking out invitations and deciding who should be in the bridal party, but now its crunch time. It's here. This thing that has made up my dreams and nightmares for the last 120 days, this event that has my sisters not speaking to each other and my fianc obsessively checking the bank account every 5 hours, this one day that is supposed to take its place as one of the best of my life... It's hard not to feel pressure...I have to have fun, I have to be beautiful and I have "to enjoy myself." With requirements like these, how on earth am I supposed to mentally prepare myself?

    Last night my fianc and I went to Dunnes to get some wedding supplies, we came home made a bowl of ice cream and watched 5 episodes of Come Dine with Me (in a row)...a pretty typical night. I loved it. It occurred to me that this is what I am looking forward to most. Having someone to cook for (or in my case, cook for me), watching endless TV marathons, taking walks, Saturday brunch and just plain... regular life.

    I love him, he loves me and that's it! We are getting married...next Saturday.

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