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Emplume LOVES Italy!

Ciao Lovelies! – We know, it has been FOREVER. Can you tell that blogging is not completely our best task?  (we do have a really, really good reason that we have been distracted, but we can’t tell you yet! sorry.) We love to”Emplume”  and we love to talk, but actually finding time to follow through with a blog seems to be our downfall! Luckily we really LOOOOVE to create fabulous bouquets for brides from around the world, and once in a while – that love saves us! {by giving us a perfectly undeniable topic and pictures to blog about!} We recently sent a bouquet for the first time ever to Italy! yes – Italy! How fabulous is that?  We are  so happy to post the photos that this bride sent over! Many, many, many thanks Pucia! (Nicolina) Gratzi!

Beautiful bride, gorgeous local, LOVE the navy shoes and handbag on the MOB!

bye-bye! ~ xo, Emplume

Thanks Lovelies!

We can hardly believe it has almost been a month since we have blogged. Bad. Bad. Bad! Neither of us know where the time has gone. Luckily for me (since it’s my turn to blog, and I guess I’m the one holding up the show!)- we received a request from a new inquiry asking for some letters of reference, since she has a large order and was a bit worried about the whole ‘on-line’ ordering process.

Carrie sent out some emails to our past brides – and we are sooo happy to report that we got some fabulous letters back! This really is why we LOVE Emplume so much! Of course we love the bouquets but I think we may love our brides, their mother-in-laws and moms even more! THANK YOU.THANK YOU. THANK YOU! to all of you who so thoughtfully replied to our request – we could not be happier!

I am of course going to post them for all of you to see.. but so as not to overwhelm and to give every gorgeous one of you your day to shine with our complete gratitude and thanks… here’s the first!

Dear Carrie and Shannon:

It was so good to hear from you.   As you know, when my daughter-in-law Stephanie saw your advertisement in Bride’s Magazine and contacted you by telephone.   I was skeptical about handling such an important part of the wedding over the internet without being able to see and/or touch the product.  You will recall we had a bad experience with another company who apparently was trying to do a knock-off of your creations of art.

I can honestly say we were like 5 year old children on Christmas morning opening the packages when they arrived for the wedding.  The packaging was fantastic.  I have my husband’s boutonniere and my corsage packed away neatly in the beautiful boxes they arrived in and have stored them in our wedding memory box.

The bride’s bouquet was stunning.    Stephanie chose a beautiful arrangement to carry and equally beautiful combinations for the maid of honor and bridesmaids.   Your creations were unique to our area and needless to say were a topic of conversation among our guests.  I purchased glass vases for the bouquets and they were displayed at the reception around the cake and Stephanie’s was standing on the sweetheart table.

I have never seen anything like these arrangements. The Swarovski crystals and pearls were a magnificent touch and added just the right amount of sparkle.  The magnetic clasps on them were a fantastic idea so as to not damage the fabric of the dresses/tuxedos.

I would absolutely, positively recommend your creations to anyone who is considering them as an alternative to traditional fresh flowers.  They are unique works of art and certainly deserve the consideration by any bride who wants something unusual and one of a kind for her special day. Hope your business is flourishing and you can rest assured that anyone who has asked where they came from I have quickly provided your information.

Talk care and we wish you much success!

Sincerely,

Brenda L. Eyler

Extremely Satisfied  Emplume Customer

THANKS BRENDA (and Stephanie)  It truly was our pleasure!  xo ~ emplume


Jewel Kade obsessed

Ever since we laid eyes on Jewel Kade™ jewelry we’ve been obsessed! It all started a couple of weeks ago at the Marry Me in Milford bridal show hosted by our fab friend Gina of Gina’s Bridal. Knowing what jewelry whores we are, Gina located us right next to Jewel Kade™ jewelry….she’s quite shrewd that way.  So by the end of the show we quite literally fell in love with all things JK as well as its Style Reps. Natalie and Heidi! We had to know more-so, that same week we met with Natalie who completely swooned us with the JK story. Here’s why: 

Janet Kinkade is the designer and creator of Jewel Kade™. She’s also a wife and mother of 5 children! Janet built a career designing incredible window displays for Nordstrom department stores. Now, her whole family is involved in making Jewel Kade™ a huge success! She is a master of her materials which are canvas based original artwork, Swarovski® rhinestone crystals, beveled and hand cut glass, and embellished with real crushed glass glitter from Germany! And- made in the USA. yea! 

We die for them. I came to work the day after our Executive Kit arrived and Shannon was literally wearing every charm! Everyday we spread out all our JK booty on the table to pick and choose  which we are going to wear for the day. 

We are now offering them to Emplume™ brides who want to really personalize their bouquets for themselves  and/or their maids and have a fabulous gift to give at the same time. These are so perfect because each has so much personality and a gorgeous handmade quality. Maids feel incredibly special when so much thought is put into choosing their perfect  bouquet charm. 

Perfect petite initial charm!

Perfect petite glimmering initial*

Your new *sparkling* initial 

Your new *sparkling* initial!

You get to wear them after the wedding as one of the hottest fashion accessories… 

Your favorite necklace afterward!

There are over 50 unique charms to choose from and many more seasonal limited edition creations to ooh and awe your friends. { like the 4 leaf clover “lucky” charm I just had to have for my daughter’s St. Patty’s Day birthday!} 

Happy weekend all!
♥Carrie

Ginger Bouquet on SMP!

There are so many great things happening at Emplume™ headquarters & all of them will be shared with you very soon! But first I’m dying to share this uber exciting bit!

 You all know about Style Me Pretty right? It’s tag line “Obsessions for Brides” says it all.  A-ma-zing weddings from all over are featured there for brides ( & wedding lovers) to get super inspired by the beauty which is constantly on display here. Brides can also create inspiration boards and post them to share with everyone too. So Style Me Pretty has created a project called ‘Inspiration to Reality’ which allows wedding vendors from anywhere to come together as a team to make one of these inspiration boards a reality.  We were honored to be invited by our Detroit neighbor Tifany from Gourmet Invitations to be a part of the project: From Inspiration to Reality: The Design, II

 First- here’s the fabulous inspiration board submitted by Chiara:

Feathers and Fur

For the Las Vegas Desert Romance theme based on this “Fur & Feathers” inspiration board Shannon and I created a really special brides bouquet and boutonniere to match. The Inspiration Board has beautiful warm fur elements and worn smooth leather details with ‘just right’ sparkle and, of course, the bold sexy color in the peacock-eye feather and bridesmaid dress which we love. We arranged a simple composition of our gorgeous signature feather flowers© with crystal rhinestone centers. Faux-leathery leaves are glam’ed up with shimmering bronze and copper-glitter trims the perimeter of the bouquet. We then finished in a satin ribbon handle, peacock sword feathers and crystal sprays, each in the fabulous bold teal color. Finally to fully honor the “Aviator” / Vegas Desert theme, the bouquet handle is embellished with a crisscross detail of leather lacing. We named this amazing bouquet  Ginger© :)

These are a few of our favorite photos from the shoot by the so so talented Chelsea Nicole.  You can see the full photo gallery here!

 Some of our Emplume™ favorites…..

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And then of course we cannot get enough of this incredible, jaw dropping video by Jayse also of Chelsea Nicole that captures the making of the shoot. Please watch it- you won’t believe it!

This team oozes talent. We couldn’t be more proud to be listed among them! Check them out and give ‘em some love :)

Coordination by Tracey of Your Las Vegas Wedding Concierge / Invitations by Tifany of Gourmet Invitations / Bouquet by Shannon & Carrie of Emplume Modern Couture Bouquets / Flowers and Design by Naakiti Floral Design / Photography by the FAB Chelsea Nicole / Film by Jayse, also of Chelsea Nicole / Venue: Springs Preserve / Chaivari Chairs + Table/Bench & Credenza by Sit on This Chair / Linen Rentals by Wildflower Linens / China Rentals by Unique Tabletop Rentals / Cake by Gimme Some Sugar Custom Cakes / Signature Drink by Dress the Drink / Fashion & Bridal by Couture Bride Salon / Shoes by Manolo Blahnik / Gown by VeraWang / Hair & Makeup by Allyson Stagg & Lauren Gardiner (makeup) Monet McRay (hair) – Las Vegas Style Sirens / Hair Accessories (peacock birdcage veil) by MUMO Custom Hair Accessories / Jewelry (necklace & deco bracelet): Carrie Hogan Stylist for Stella & Dot Jewelry / Decor accessories: ZGallerie / Models: Jesus Ochoa, Gabbi – RED Models Agency

So Swanky!

I know it is completely unheard of for us to blog even once a day – let alone twice in the same day! But I just received photos from 2 past brides today – and was so happy and excited when I saw them, that I had to post them both!

So the first one was the previous disco-fabulous post and this next one is from a beautiful fall bride from the Lansing area. And even though she did live close enough to our studio to come in personally – she chose to work with us via the internet (which 95% of our brides do, with great success!)

Her theme was vintage Hollywood glam, and from the pictures – I think her bouquet was the perfect accessory to her overall look.  Her photographer – Steven F. Fox Photography – did the most awesome job capturing the vintage feel! Don’t you think it could be 1940 in these pictures?

I can hardly stand how awesome this picture is!!!

Love!

What year is it anyway?

Thanks so much for sending in the beautiful and fabulous photos!

Congratulations and best of luck to you – Mr. and Mrs. Nicholls

xo~emplume

Disco- Fabulous!

So – we were contacted back in the fall of 2009 by a bride who was requesting a bouquet that she could take with her on the plane for a destination wedding on a beach, and then have a month later for a reception party in Miami.  Well  – an EVERLASTING Emplume bouquet was the obvious answer and we were more than happy to help!

The challenge with this particular bride was that they were having the ceremony on the beach and were going to be wearing white Bermuda shorts and no shoes – so the bouquet would have to be sort of beachy….

but the reception was going to be an all out formal affair complete with a beautiful swanky wedding gown covered in crystals, and the theme was “one night at the disco”!

So – you ask – as did we… how do you marry the beach with a disco party, and make it fabulous for both???!!

Trish had this to say about her Emplume experience…

“Thanks again for a job well-done, and done painlessly for me!  I know this was a little challenging due to having 2 very different venues w/ very different looks and outfits…..BUT YOU DID IT!!!  DISCO-FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!”

Thank you Trish! It was our pleasure and we wish you all the best!

xo ~ Emplume

Yesterday we participated in a fabulous bridal show right here in Milford. Gina’s Bridal together with Posh Hair & Make-up Studio  premiered their first annual “Marry Me in Milford”  bridal show at Baker’s of Milford restaurant and banquet center. 

The show was a huge success for both vendors and brides-to-be. The show featured all local vendors so it was great meeting other creative and passionate wedding vendors from our home base :) Old favorites included Nicole LaDonne Photography, The Clothing Cove, and MPE Events. New exciting favorites include Your Bliss Wedding, Arbie Goodfellow Accessories, and Natalie and Heidi with Jewel Kade jewelry! But with over two dozen vendors participating- I know that all the wonderful brides we met found everything they needed to make their wedding day perfect! We can’t wait to work with lots of them :)

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