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Trendspotting Fall 2014: Lace

September 15, 2014

Our celebration of fall and winter trends continues here on the Mariell blog!

We’ve talked about adding a pop of elegance to wedding decor with black accents, and the sweet prettiness of muted vintage tones.

This week’s trend is certainly not new… but it is recently back in style and still going strong.

It can pretty, sweet, elegant, chic, sexy, feminine… basically whatever you want it to be.

This popular wedding trend is, of course, lace.

Weddings have moved away from stiff and shiny taffeta and embraced the beauty of lace, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it. After all, what’s not to love about lace?

And more importantly, where can’t you use it?

Because we’re seeing it everywhere, and in every possible style…

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From traditional wedding gowns…

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lace wedding dress. idk this is kind of pretty

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To non-traditional ensembles…

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chic bridal style

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From wedding cakes…

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Grey and yellow lace wedding cake, featured in Portland Bride & Groom (winter/fall) edition

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To pretty bouquets…

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Pure white wedding bouquet with lace.- what are these flowers? Like the lace

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To the invitations…

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Love the blue lace invitation it would be perfect!---Would be wonderful with any color of lace! Love these.

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No longer a stuffy fabric meant just for grandma’s doilies and christening gowns, lace is truly everywhere, and truly elegant.

And is anything else more purely bridal?

Of course, with all the pretty lace out there, we just had to get our hands on some…

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What do you think of the lingering profusion of lace?

Hope that it stays forever… or ready for the next thing?

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Featured Retailer: Peggy Jay Bridal

September 8, 2014

There are a lot of stories out there about people coming to the wedding industry in roundabout ways.

From graphic designers who discovered they loved designing invitations to lawyers who started their own jewelry lines (guess who!) wedding pros come from all sorts of backgrounds.

Still, Tenisha Dotstry of Peggy Jay Bridal might top them all.

A former nuclear engineer turned online boutique owner, Tenisha once led a very different life than she does now.

“I went to college for nuclear engineering,” Tenisha explains. “My work was interesting but incredibly stressful. At some point, I realized that it wasn’t making me happy, and it was never really going to. Luckily, I had a very supportive husband who told me, ‘Get out! Do what you want to do.'”

And where did the jewelry come from?

“It’s something I’ve always loved, something that has always made me happy,” she says with a laugh. “And that was the goal!”

Running your own business, especially in the bridal industry, is always more than a full-time job. We were lucky enough to sneak in a little time with Tenisha to talk jewelry, burlap, and even the occasional trip to Paris.

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Peggy Jay Bridal AccessoriesMARIELL: Tell us a little bit about your business!

TENISHA: Peggy Jay Bridal is exclusively an online jewelry boutique. Someday I dream of owning a little store of my own in Savannah. But with my husband still in the Navy, we move areound a lot, so I need something portable!
When I first started, I was handmaking my jewelry and selling it in a small Etsy store. In 2013 I discovered Mariell jewelry and have been selling that almost exclusively ever since!

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MARIELL: What inspired you to launch Peggy Jay Bridal? What was getting started like?

TENISHA: I had always made my own jewelry. My whole family is very handy and crafty, so making my own jewelry was not strange to me at all. What was strange was starting to sell jewelry I hadn’t made!

It’s been a great change, though. When you’re running your own business, there are so many challenges you don’t expect, and you need to devote so much time to the challenges of marketing and promoting yourself. It relieved a lot of stress to not have to handle making everything myself too!

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MARIELL: What’s your favorite part of working in the wedding industry?

TENISHA: I have always loved the bridal industry. I was that child that read wedding magazines when I was 4 years old. Gowns, accessories, decorations… you name it, I love it! So when I decided to start selling jewelry, focusing on bridal accessories was the obvious choice.

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MARIELL: Your business is still on the younger side. Have you hit any rough patches in the last couple years?

TENISHA: There were a few rough spots when I switched from making custom jewelry to selling Mariell products. I would have customers get in touch who wanted me to customize things and I and I had to tell them, “I’m so sorry, I don’t do that anymore!”

In general, I think everyone still ended up satisfied, but it was hard to communicate that the type of business I was running had changed.

There are a few nutty stories out there as well… but I’ll never tell!

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MARIELL: Tell us something about you that your customers would never guess.

TENISHA: I think most of them would never expect that I was in the navy for 6 years. I worked as a nuclear electrician in the navy, and then when I got out I went to college for nuclear engineering. A little backwards, but that’s how that happened.!

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MARIELL: Do you have a favorite or go-to Mariell accessory?

TENISHA: The Art Deco drop earrings (item #1072) are my go-to. I wear those all the time myself, and I sell so many of them!
I also really love all of the cuff bracelets. Usually if a bride doesn’t know where to start, I tell her what she really needs is a dramatic pair of earrings and a cuff bracelet.

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MARIELL: Running a business can keep you busy all hours of the day. Do you manage to find some down time?

TENISHA: I try to limit myself to a 9-5 schedule… it works most days, but not always! It’s hard to shut off at the end of the day. Your laptop is right there, and you think, “Well, I could just do this one thing…” Before you know it, it’s midnight!

I need my downtime though, to recharge. When I get the time, I love to sit outside, relax and just read a book.

I also love to travel when my husband and I have the time. Paris was my absolutely favorite place that we’ve been, even though I was sick for half the time there, it was still so much fun being there! The food was amazing, and we found this great little apartment just a few block from the Eiffle Tower. If anyone is planning a trip to Paris, I’d definitely recommend a temporary apartment over a hotel — much cheaper, and you get a lot more room!
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MARIELL: Are there any wedding trends that you love? Or any that you want to see vanish forever?

TENISHA: As someone who sells jewelry, I am really loving the fact that we see gold everywhere now! For so long everything was all silver, it’s exciting now to see yellow and rose gold. When I was getting married there wasn’t a lot of variety… which was why I made my own!

As for trends I am not a fan of… this doesn’t have anything to do with jewelry, but I’m getting really tired of seeing burlap at every wedding I go to! It was individual at first, but now it’s just something everyone does.

I hope I never see another mason jar covered in burlap and lace!

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MARIELL: Do you find that you get to know your customers, even though your run an online store?

TENISHA: Absolutely! I actually interact with my customers a lot. Since it’s all online, I try to make my customer service really personal. I will spend as long as it takes to make each bride happy.

I’ve even gone as far as visiting some brides at home so they can see things in person! I know it’s online, but keeping my customers happy is so important to me, so I am always happy to put in the extra effort.

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MARIELL: What’s next for Peggy Jay?

TENISHA: I’m looking forward to expanding! The first few years are always difficult, but I’ve grown a lot and learned a lot as I go.

I’d love to open up a little accessories shop when we finally get settled down, but for now I love that I can take my business anywhere and still help make women feel happy and beautiful.

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Trendspotting Fall 2014: Muted Vintage Tones

September 1, 2014

Our celebration of fall and winter trends continues here on the Mariell blog!

Last week we talked about adding a pop of elegance to wedding decor with black accents. We loved the sophisticated touch it can add to any event.

But if you like a little less Paris-chic and a little more homemade sweetness, you’re going to love our next trend!

The vintage trend has been going strong for over a year now, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. But this fall’s take on vintage style is something we’re really loving.

We’re starting to see vintage touches, not just in the objects that are part of a wedding, but also in the colors.

These muted vintage tones recall the charm of old family photographs, giving the weddings they appear in a touch of sentimentality and an aura of calm.

Where are we seeing these charming, vintage color palettes?

Everywhere!

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From pretty flowers…

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baby blue and pastels

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To bridesmaid dresses…

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Mint green bridesmaid dresses. A perfect color for a summer wedding!

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From cakes and treats…

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Simple and beautiful wedding cake

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To the wedding gowns themselves!

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Strapless Beige Gold Dress - perfect for a more casual summer wedding!

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From dusty rose to pale mint or burnished yellow, these colors say, “No need to get all worked up — come as you are and celebrate with us. And maybe enjoy a glass of lemonade while you’re here.”

It’s hard to get any prettier than that, isn’t it?

So of course, we had to put a little Mariell spin on the trend…

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What do you think of these muted vintage colors?

Love them… or prefer something a little bolder?

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Trendspotting Fall 2014: Black Accents

August 25, 2014

There’s been a little nip in the air lately.

It doesn’t last long: by late morning it has burned off, and the heat and humidity of summer on the east coast has set back in. But that little chill in the morning — and again in the evening — promises something exciting and a little sad.

Fall is on the way.

Though we’re not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet, it’s hard not to look forward to the start of a new season. New clothes, new activities, new things to bake…

And of course, new wedding trends!

Over the next few weeks, as we ease our way into autumn, we’ll be taking a look at some of our favorite wedding trends that will be popular this fall and winter.

Up first: black accents!

We’ve started to see a very sophisticated color palette for cool-weather weddings. Small black accents provide a touch of elegance. Each accent is like a chic little surprise, a tiny hint that this is a wedding of adults who know what they’re doing.

Where are these little black accents popping up in wedding styles? Everywhere…

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From bouquets and flower arrangements…

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black and white

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To the prettiest of cakes…

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White Black Gold Wedding Cake

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From invitations…

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Wrapped With Love Wedding Invitations by TheAmericanWedding.com

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To reception decor…

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Black / White / Gold. So simple yet pretty.

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To the wedding dresses themselves..

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wedding dress    Plan your dream wedding at http://www.allaboutweddingplanning.comand your romantic wedding night http://www.jevellingerie.com

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Gorgeous, classic, perfect for any event from black tie to backyard… what’s not to love?

Naturally, we wanted to add our own touch to this elegant trend…

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So what do you think?

Is the black accents trend a stylist, adult way for brides to add a touch of sophistication to their big day?

Or do you stick with the tradition of, “No black at weddings?”

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Summer Wedding Colors: Blue, White & Pink

August 18, 2014

There’s been a little bit of a chill in the air here the past few mornings… just a hint that fall is on the way!

Next week we’re going to return to one of our favorite features, Trendspotting, to take a look at some of our favorite fall trends. But in the meantime…

Well, if you’re anything like us, you’re probably not quite ready to let go of summer just yet.

So we’ll still be throwing in a post or two over the next few weeks celebrating our favorite summer  looks and colors. And to start, we’re featuring one of our favorite combinations of summer hues.

Summer Wedding Colors: Blue, White & Pink

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Summer Wedding Colors- Blue, White & Pink

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Clockwise from top left: blue and white invitation suite by Shine Wedding Invitations // White wedding cake with blue and pink flowers photo by David Jenkins //bride with blue and pink bouquet photographer unknown via Every Last Detail // blue suit with pink accents photo by Catherine Mead // bridesmaids with pink bouquets photo by KB Digital Designs

 

Is there anything lovelier? A little  bit preppy, a little bit romantic… endlessly mix-and-match-able. Blue and pink are perfect for any summer celebration!

Need a little more colorful inspiration?

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Art Deco Vintage Rose Gold Necklace and Earring Set

Art Deco Vintage Rose Gold Necklace and Earring Set

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Retro Vintage Navy Blue Drop Earrings

Retro Vintage Navy Blue Drop Earrings

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Classic Pink Rhinestone Necklace and Earring Set

Classic Pink Rhinestone Necklace and Earring Set

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Navy Satin Bejewled Evening Clutch

Navy Satin Bejewled Evening Clutch

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Are you ready to move on to fall… or are you like us, still holding on to the last days of summer?

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