Thursday, December 29, 2011

Save the Date!

It's official! Wedding season is on the way and you know what that means..super cute Save the Dates will be sealed and delivered! We've really enjoyed seeing all the creative ways couples are letting their family and friends know they're tying the knot!

If you're brainstorming ideas for your Save the Dates then you've come to the right place! Here are some we really loved!

Good Wedding Invitation

Hitched Salon

Wedding Bee


And we've saved our favorite for last!

(front) The Wedding Decorator

(back) The Wedding Decorator

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Belle's Wish List

Christmas is five days away and we've sent our Wish List off to Santa!

Natalie: Iomoi Lucite Tray


Chelsea: Siracusa GM Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

Marissa: Diamond Bangle Bracelet

Ultra Diamonds

Valerie: J. Crew Gift Card

J. Crew

Christine: Sapphire Earrings


Alia: iPad2


Stacy: tickets to see Radiohead at the Toyota Center


Belle of the Ball wants to wish you a Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Wedding Party Gift Ideas

Having trouble figuring out that perfect gift for your bridesmaids and groomsmen? Let us help you out! We've got some great ideas that you're sure to love!

A fun t-shirt, personalized pocketknife, or manly scented candle? They all make great gifts and will commemorate your special day perfectly!

Etsy: Flanels Shop

Sundance Catalog

Garden & Gun Store

Jewelry and magazines: two things girls love! Bauble Bar is a fun site where you can spend hours shopping around for all kinds of sparkly things! Throw in a subscription to their favorite magazine and you're all set!

Bauble Bar


Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Party Snacks

'Tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry with family and friends! If you're planning on having a Christmas Party but aren't sure what to feed your guests...we have a few really festive ideas for you! Their mouths will water just looking at these decadent treats!

                                            Cherry Chocolate Kisses

Photo & Recipe from The Curvy Carrot

                                               Reindeer Cupcakes

Photo & Recipe from Hoosier Homemade

                                  Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge

Photo & Recipe from Bakeat350

                                          Peppermint Cream Bites
Photo & Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens

We hope you enjoy baking, eating, and serving these goodies as much as we've enjoyed looking at them! Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Charming Fall Wedding

This lovely couple, Julia O'Banion and Michael Tanner recently tied the knot and had the most charming fall time ceremony and reception. The stunning couple chose to have their ceremony at Second Baptist Church and their reception at the Houstonian in the Hearth Room.

We really love the way JP Beato III captured their special day! Here's a little glimpse at the magic!

Photo from JP Beato III

Photo from JP Beato III

Photo from JP Beato III

Photo from JP Beato III

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Casual Chic Wedding

When planning a casual chic wedding, the first thing that comes to our minds is a garden inspired wedding!

Not only is a garden wedding light and airy, but it can be the perfect reflection of the bride and her personality.

With a casual chic wedding you can completely forget a traditional gown and go with something that is more your taste and style and of course, more casual.

We imagine a simple, yet elegant, slim, lace wedding dress like this one.

Photo from InWeddingDress

Choosing the wedding colors is really fun especially for a garden wedding! We love the pastel colors that give it the light and airy feel. You can't go wrong with light blue, pink, yellow, peach, lavender or green. Pick the colors you really enjoy and that suit your personality the best!

Depending on the colors you decide to go with, when choosing what flowers you'd like to have on your special day, we always love the classic rose- whether they're pink, peach, white or yellow!

For the reception, make the tables look and feel like a garden party. You can make a garden party more of a traditional style or you can give it that vintage feel. And what kind of food to serve? Well, of course laid-back, comfort food!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Modern Wedding Cakes!

Wedding cakes are an extremely important part of any wedding! Not only are the bride and groom just dying to dive into their tasty piece of wedding cake, but all the guests have been eyeballing it all night long with their mouths watering, waiting to know that the cake is just as delicious as it looks!

Some brides love to go the traditional route with a traditional cake. But right now, a modern wedding cake is the big trend.

It's incredible what they can do to dazzle up the cake and the fact that it's edible, sweet, and delicious makes it even better!

Check out this layered damask cake! I bet you can't wait to have a bite!

Photo from Pinterest

We love this beautiful yellow cake with the creative ring pattern all over it!

Photo from Pinterest

Here's another one that made our mouths water just looking at the chocolate glaze! It's really simple, but different.

Photo from Pinterest

Who doesn't love gifts? Now your wedding cake can be a stack of them!

Photo from Pinterest

We've saved our favorite for last! It's the decadent and very luxurious looking Macaron cake!

Photo from Pinterest

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Style Collective

A Style Collective was started by two lovely ladies, Kirbi Knop and Tina Sanford. Their passion for design and details prompted the start of their company and it shines through with all of their intricate ideas. Whether you're in the market for renting some vintage style props for a photoshoot or an event, or you're needing help with the event styling, or maybe you just need some creative direction, Knop and Sanford will be happy to help you!

We love these handcrafted invitations because they add a special personal touch to them!
Photo from A Style Collective

Vintage frames can be a unique addition for a photoshoot!

Photo from A Style Collective

If you're currently looking for some beautiful china for an event you're hosting then A Style Collective may have just what you're looking for! We love the vintage feel that this china can add!

Photo from A Style Collective

They even rent out furniture! Vintage furniture can really add warmth and coziness to any setting! We love anything vintage!

Photo from A Style Collective

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Style Me Pretty Feature!

We're so excited to be recently featured on Style Me Pretty! Abby Tippit and Matthew Spinn's Wedding was a lavish affair coordinated by our very own, Alia Rdissi.

The Tippit/Spinn Wedding ceremony was held at First Presbyterian Church in the Museum District, followed by an amazing reception at La Colombe D'or.

The bride chose to have a mix of traditional and modern decor with red centerpieces and champagne linens for the reception tables in the Grand Salon at La Colombe D'or. In the Conservatory Tippit chose white, black, and mirrored sofas, ottomans, and cocktail tables to create that modern feel.

Congratulations to the beautiful couple, Abby Tippit & Matthew Spinn as well as our coordinator, Alia Rdissi!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Anne Hathaway's Engaged!

Hollywood starlet Anne Hathaway is engaged to her boyfriend of nearly three years, Adam Shulman. The couple was spotted out and about and Hathaway was flashing that gorgeous, six-carat ring. Shulman helped create a unique design with Kwiat Jewelers.

Photo from E! Online

Now that the stunning actress is engaged, that leaves us wondering what her wedding dress will look like! We've found some looks that we think she would look perfect in.

We love this dress with it's empire bodice and chiffon tiered ruffles. The dress has a very elegant, vintage feel to it that fits Hathaway's style perfectly. Her style is classic, chic, with a dash of vintage and romance.

We could definitely see Hathaway wearing something like this. Backless gowns are extremely sleek and sexy. Not only is the gown sexy, but it also has that polished look to it that will leave Hathaway looking elegant as always for her wedding day.

Or will she choose a dress similar to her character's in The Princess Diaries and Bride Wars? Both dresses seem to fit her personality and style.

In the 2009 movie Bride Wars, Hathaway's character Emma, wore a silk taffeta mermaid gown designed by Vera Wang.

In The Princess Diaries 2 as she played "Princess Mia" she wore a gown fit for royalty. The sleeves were long and lacy with seed pearl accents sewn on. The train of the dress made it grand and regal measuring almost as long as an airfield landing strip. We have a feeling she'll be more low-key than this!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Pippa Middleton's Christmas tips

Party Planner and sister to the Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton recently dished on her family's blog, The Party Times, about her favorite ways to get into the holiday spirit. A few of our favorite tips are sure to help you start feeling festive too! Many of her ideas can be found on her family's website, Party Pieces.

First Impressions: During the holiday season people love to go looking around at Christmas lights so we have to agree that it's always important to keep in mind that first impressions definitely do matter. The best way to spread some holiday cheer is by lighting up the outside of your house with tealight garden lanterns and fairy lights wrapped around trees. Other great ways to showcase your holiday cheer is by making use of the traditional holiday wreath or decorating your yard with lit up rustic rattan reindeer.

Sprucing up the tree: Of course it wouldn't be Christmas without a tree and everyone loves a bright and colorfully lit tree. Keep in mind that the more colorful and bright, the better. Making use of nostalgic decorations during the holiday season also adds a nice personal touch. Adding chocolate treats and candy canes to your tree is a nice addition, this is a classic idea that can also be done by stringing popcorn and wrapping it around the tree to capture that old traditional feel and another plus is the children in your family will love it. Angel kits or other Christmas decoration kits can also be a fun, festive activity that the children will be happy to participate in.

'Tis the season to be baking: It isn't Christmas without baking! The entire family can help bake Christmas cookies with cookie cutter sets that have a variety of different shapes such as a star, reindeer, snowflake or Christmas tree design. We love the idea of handing out your treats for your guests to enjoy in tins when you're done baking and decorating. Add some hot chocolate to the mix and they'll be begging for more.

A gingerbread house: Our favorite holiday tradition is building a gingerbread house. Not only will it smell and taste good, but it can also serve as a great decoration piece. You can use it as a centerpiece or put it in a nicely lit up windowsill for all your neighbors to enjoy.

All dressed up: Christmas themed tablecloths add a cheery pop to your household. Then all you need on your table is a festive centerpiece and you're all set! If you'd rather go with solid colors then red, green or white partyware with a decorative napkin should do the trick. Making use of festive baubles in vases or tiered cake stands can be easily done and adds that personal touch to your decorating that you're looking for. Tiered cake stands full of glittery, gleaming trinkets is such a great idea that we can't wait to use this year!
Photos from The Party Times

Monday, November 28, 2011

We love English Accents

We Belles love fashion, so tonights British Fashion Awards was a delight to watch while stars walk down the red carpet.   

Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen won Designer of the Year. We think designing Kate's wedding dress gave her an advantage over the other nominees!

Victoria Beckham won Designer Brand of the year.

Olivia Palermo in a dress by Matthew Williamson and shoes from Topshop.

Alexa Chung won the British Style Award.

Stella McCartney.

Poppy Delevigne in a Matthew Williamson dress.

Kate Moss looks rock chic in a fishnet dress.

Georgia May Jagger stunned in her roaring 20's inspired dress.

photos from The Daily Mail