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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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Miss West Virginia Nationwide

August 11, 2014

We talk about weddings a lot here at Mariell, but we also have a lot of love for our pageant retailers.

No longer just a place for women to walk across the stage in a bikini, pageants are a chance for young women to promote causes they believe in, develop social and public speaking skills, and win scholarship money for college. What’s not to love about all of that?

Depending on where you live, pageants can be a huge part of the local community. And if there’s anything we love more than pageants, it’s really supporting the communities our retailers are part of.

Which is why we were thrilled this year to partner with the Miss West Virginia Nationwide pageant, a preliminary for the Miss Nationwide competition.

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We’d like to send a big congratulations to Miss Stephanie Hines, recently crowned Miss West Virginia Nationwide 2015. We know she’s going to do a phenomenal job representing her state at the Miss Nationwide pageant in 2015!

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Stephanie Hines, Miss West Virginia Nationwide

Stephanie Hines, Miss West Virginia Nationwide, looking fabulous in her Mariell sparkles!

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Want to see some of our other beautiful pageant jewelry?

Take a peek right here!

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5 Ways to Add a Little Sex Appeal to Your Wedding Day

August 4, 2014

Brides these days want to have a little fun with their look on their wedding day.

Sure, there are still those who want to stay modest and demure. But for brides looking to add a little extra somethin’ somethin’ to their style… well, we’ve got a few ideas you can try out.

 

5 Ways to Add a Little Sex Appeal to Your Wedding Day Style

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1. Choose a plunging dress

The classiest way to show off some skin in a wedding gown is with a backless dress. The daringly low lines look modest from the front, but catch all eyes from the back. We love the above dress from Inbal Dror — you’ve probably seen it half a dozen times on Pinterest!

 

2. Try a back necklace

This new trend pairs perfectly with idea #1. Complement that plunge with a little bit of sparkle, such as this stunning crystal and pearl necklace by Mariell.

 

3. Go for sultry eyes

Ask your makeup artist to play up your eyes with extra lashes and smoky makeup. We love this sultry look from makeup artist Beke Beau. Just don’t forget to spend some time practicing that perfect come-hither look!

 

4. Wear lacy underpinnings

Trust us on this one. Even if no one else sees them (well, except your new spouse!) you’ll know you what sort of sexy underthings you have on, and it will make you feel fabulous all day. This Celeste set from Simone Perele is just one stunning option.

 

5. Try a boudoir shoot

Feeling daring? Hire a photographer for a classy, sexy boudoir shoot, like this one from Laura Murray Photography. It will make you feel like a million bucks, and the album of images makes a great surprise for your sweetheart!

 

What other ways can you think of for brides to add a little extra sex appeal to their wedding day?

Share your ideas in the comments!

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