Elie Saab Spring Couture 2012

It’s official – our fellow fashionistas – the newest trend not only in the fashion world, but  in the wedding world is going to be pastels. We are confident that this subdued trend is going to be blossoming up everywhere. Think soft colored invitations in buttery yellows and minty fresh greens,  spring blossoms in white vases and of course a soft and pretty wedding gown in an unexpected color. We can already see you sauntering down the aisle in an Elie Saab Pastel Wedding Gown. Can’t you see yourself in one these dresses? For more information on these exquisite gowns visit Elie Saab.

This is just a taste of the Elie Saab Spring Couture 2012. There are so many more gowns to see in the entire gallery by clicking here.

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Free Ombre Printables

In case you haven’t noticed, 2012 is going to be huge over here at The Wedding Chicks. To prove it, we have yet another crazy good free printable to share with you, thanks to Susie from our sister site, On To Baby for creating these uhh-mazing free ombre printables just for you.

Yes this is for real and yes this is all for free. The invitation, save-the-date, thank you card, favor tags, escort cards and an adorable love sign. All for you. You can change the colors, text and totally customize it. Do you love it as much as we do? Get started making your free ombre printables right now! Be sure to check out all of our free printables by clicking here.


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DIY Ombre Sugar Hearts

We have some super sweet treats for all you Do It Yourself fans made with love by Erica O’Brien Cake Design and Brooke Allison Photography. These ultra stylish DIY Ombre Sugar Hearts could easily be used at a fabulous bridal shower, for wedding favors, as a special surprise for your sweetie on Valentine’s Day or even decor for the cutest wedding cake in the world.

What you’ll need
Two cups sugar (or more, depending on the number of colors you want), divided
4 teaspoons (or more) egg white or liquid meringue (1 teaspoon of meringue powder mixed with 1 tablespoon warm water)
Paste food coloring (found at local craft store)
Large cutting board, baking sheet or other flat surface, lined with Silpat or parchment paper

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Baking sheet lined with Silpat or parchment paper
Ateco aspic cutters or small cookie cutters

Additional:
Small and medium bowls | spatulas | rolling pin | measuring spoons | measuring cups | ziplock bags | butter | knife

Optional:
3 x 4-inch treat bags | colored ribbon | cake to decorate

Step 1.
Place ½ cup sugar in medium bowl. Add a small amount of paste food coloring (we used a combination of Wilton’s Rose and Violet), and mix thoroughly. This will be your darkest color. (Hint: A little goes a long way and will darken once liquid is added in next step.) Add more if needed until desired color is achieved. Add 1 teaspoon egg white or meringue liquid and mix thoroughly until the mixture resembles wet sand. Be careful not to add too much liquid or you will dissolve the sugar.

Step 2.
Empty contents onto Silpat or parchment lined cutting board or baking sheet. Spread with hand or spatula and pat down, then roll over mixture with rolling pin to compress. Ideally, the flattened mixture should be as compact as possible and level, about ¼”. Press heart cutter into mixture and lift up. Place hearts on lined baking sheet. If cutter will not release heart, gently tap with the back of a butter knife. Repeat 10-20 times or as many as desired. If hearts will not hold their shape, add more egg white or meringue liquid in small increments and mix thoroughly. If sugar builds up in cutter, rinse with warm water and pat dry before continuing. Pour remaining colored sugar back into bowl and proceed to Step three.

Step 3.
Add ½ cup sugar to colored sugar  from Step 2 to lighten. Mix thoroughly. Add 1 teaspoon egg white or liquid meringue. If desired color is not achieved, continue adding additional ½ cup sugar plus 1 teaspoon egg white or liquid meringue and mixing thoroughly until desired color is achieved. Repeat Step 2. Continue with Steps 2 and 3 until desired shades and number of sugar hearts are achieved. We recommend at least three to five shades. Leftover sugar can be stored in ziplock bags for future use.

Step 4.
Heat oven to 200 degrees. Heat hearts in oven for 10 minutes. Allow to harden overnight. Sugar hearts will be the consistency of sugar cubes.

Design Options:
Place 10-20 sugar hearts in treat bag. Staple ribbon to bags. Tie ribbon. Can be given as gifts or used as favors.

For cake: Attach sugar heats to cake using royal icing. Begin with darkest color on smallest tier. Continue with lighter colors.

These sweet and tasty Do It Yourself Ombre Sugar Hearts were shared with us by Erica O’Brien Cake Design and Brooke Allison Photography. We have a little  Ombre Wedding Tote in our WC Shop that would be fabulous with the sweets. Click here for more DIY Edible ideas. Love this incredible wedding do-it-yourself project.

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Conscious Couture Wedding Gowns From Lindee Daniel

We are so proud to share with you our next wedding dress designer Lindee Daniel. Specializing in creating a line of unique wedding gowns, with a a firm commitment to all things natural and giving back to the community. Lindee graciously donates 5 percent of her of annual sales toward severely at-risk youth in Los Angeles. What a wonderful feeling knowing that your wedding gown actually makes a difference in someone’s life. Her exquisite gowns feature exotic fabrics made of wild silks, which save millions of silk worms from being killed for use in this luxury fabric. She also uses organic cotton, safe non-toxic dyes and processes free of chemicals or synthetics and her collections are handmade in the United States. We admire her commitment to the earth and to her community. You can see her entire collection by clicking here. From Lindee As a designer myself, and obsessive about all-things natural,  I have always felt that creating consciously in fashion is crucial and it ensures the environment, consumer health and the health of millions of people in the fashion workforce around the globe are protected and respected throughout the entire process. It’s not an easy task -for decades we have worked to build a complex production model that exploits both humans and our planet in the name of profit – and for fashion, profit has never been better. It’s a billion dollar industry with huge margins but also with carefully hidden horror stories that rarely meet the public eye.

To learn more about this ec0-friendly wedding gown designer visit Lindee Daniel for more information.

Photography: B&G Photography

Categories: Bridal Collections