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March 17

Green Inspiration

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Since today is St. Patrick’s Day, instead of counting my luck I’m going to count my blessings. One thing that I am so grateful for is our community of readers, artists, and contributors that we have grown in the past 5 years. And a lot of you (you know who you are) I have become really close friends with. Your unconditional encouragement has always motivated me to give more, to do and be better, and most of all it’s kept me grounded to always remember what matters most. YOU matter most.  Without you, UE wouldn’t be where it is today. The proof came a few weeks ago when my father passed away. I usually don’t post anything personal on our social media, but I felt the need to share this with you, my extended “family”. The outpouring of love, comfort and support was a surprise to me and it was overwhelming. Every single comment, prayer, email, letters, texts and phone calls I received, moved me to tears and it brought me comfort knowing that I wasn’t alone in this. Thank you, for being so giving, patient and understanding as I use this time to heal. But please know for sure I’m not going anywhere. I care about our community too much. I never knew that losing someone you love would be this painful and that the time needed to heal is slow. I might have been quiet on social media, but I’ve been quietly using this healing time to create, design and pour all my love that I have for my dad into our next issue, Volume 3. A very good girlfriend of mine said to me recently, “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” Honestly, when I first heard that it somewhat hard for me to believe, but through creating and prayer I believe her now because it’s through God that it’s possible. Yes, through God anything is possible. And with you, you make it possible. Thank you, for being my greatest blessing in my life.

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Flowers are another blessing that I’m adding on to my list. I just love it when Lotta and Mariel invade my inbox with gorgeous flowers to share with you. This month I’m happy to share this simple giant wreath. Just in time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Create this simple giant wreath to hang in your home and bring joy to this day. Here’s how to from Lotta,

“Grapevine twigs are a great base for a wreath because the greenery and florals add easy to weave into the big base. Metal garden orbs are a simple centerpiece for a weekend brunch or gathering that is created in minutes. Floral foam is pushed into the orb, then tied with twine to secure the foam. These orbs can even be hung from trees or a chandelier.”

Floral Ingredients:
Italian Ruscus
Plumosa
Olive Branches
Silver Dollar Eucalyptus
White Lisianthus
Wax Flowers
Seeded Eucalyptus
Peach Carnations
Cream Roses

Supplies:
3 metal garden orbs
Floral foam
Shears
String
Giant grapevine twig wreath

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CREDITS: Photography by Mariel Hannah |   Florals by Mint Design CA |   Written by Lotta Alexandersson

categories FLOWER GUIDE

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March 10

A Day in The Sun in California :: BHLDN’s Spring 2015 Collection

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There’s something about California. Its mix of glamour and ease. Its incomparable views. It’s these qualities that inspired BHLDN to spend “A Day in the Sun” shooting our Spring II collection at one of the most beautiful and glamorous locations in the Golden State.

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Built in the 1920’s, the Villa Sophia was once home to James Whale, director of cult-films like Frankenstein and Remember Last Night. With its lush gardens, poolside greenery and spectacular views of the downtown Los Angeles skyline, the Villa echoes the Old Hollywood feel of our Spring II collection. It provides the perfect backdrop for model Alejandra Alonso to play, lounge and pose in our stunning new gowns and wedding accessories. Alejandra was the ideal model for this shoot as she perfectly captures the essence of grace, sophistication, confidence and femininity possessed by the screen sirens of the 1950’s and 60’s.

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Shot by photographer Signe Vilstrup, the resulting imagery features 8 new wedding gowns that steal the show with extra fine lace, intricate beading and unique back details. Enhancing the glamorous nature of the shoot are delicate wedding headpieces, glistening bridal jewelry, and breathtaking cover ups that are perfect for taking any gown from day to night.

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CREDITS: Photographer: Signe Vilstrup //   Gowns & Accessories: BHLDN //   Flowers & prop styling: Charlie Welsh at Jed Root // Location: Villa Sophia // Hair: Thomas Dunkin at Bridge Artists // Makeup: Sabrina Bedrini at Tracey Mattingly // Model: Alejandra Alonso at Next Models // Model: Benj Lee at Ford Models

categories Fashion & Accessories

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March 9

Rustic Winter Engagement Session in Pennsylvania

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What happens when a pastry chef and professional golfer meet? They fall in love and get engaged of course! After seeing Drew and Erika’s sweet engagement session, I’m pretty sure they will inspire you to love a bit more today. Congratulations D+E!

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CREDIT: Photography by Alyssa Andrew

categories RUSTIC WEDDING

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