BSB Vendor Round-Up: UltraViolet Pantone Color of the Year Fav’s

It’s that time of year again, friends! The wedding and design industry patiently awaits the day that Pantone announces ‘the color’ for the following year. The unique color chosen each year has calculated significance and consideration for the current trends and the climate of current society. Last week, they announced the 2018 Pantone Color of The Year would be Ultra Violet! Some people love, some people hate it, but we couldn’t be more excited! Nothing screams earthy, organic, celestial goodness quite like Ultra Violet.

Take a peek, get inspired! Here are some of our vendors favorite Ultra Violet’esque pics and products.

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Made in NYC by Vena Amoris Jewelry

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Photo: Green Pearl Photography | Florals: Andrea Layne Floral Design

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Made in NYC by Vena Amoris Jewelry

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Photo: Sandrachile | Flowers: Leaf Hopper Designs

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Product: Trades of Hope – Shelby Wright

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Photo: Sandrachile | Ultra Violet Hair Extensions: Colton S Delong

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Our very own BSB vendor, Chris Wojdak Photography is a walking Ultra Violet Mood Board.

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Photo: Sandrachile | Flowers: Leaf Hopper Designs

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Photo: Sandrachile | Violet Hand Dyed Veil: Kata Banko Couture

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Sweets: POP Goes The Party | Photo: Xtina Photography

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Photo: Green Pearl Photography | Flowers: Flowers By Leslie

Thanks to all of our BSB Vendors who participated and shared! May your 2018 be as ULTRA VIOLET as ever!

Vendors That Give Back: MG Hair and Makeup

Fashion. Lights. Makeup. Hairspray. Sometimes fashion shows can seem like the last place to give back, however, there are definitely the exceptions.

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Last week MG Hair and Makeup donated their services as a part of Diwali on The Hudson with the Desai Foundation and fashion designer, Payal Singhal, and performed all of the hair and makeup for their runway show.

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Both the Desai Foundation and Payal Singhal wanted to partner and create a ready-to-wear line of clothing to help benefit the great work being done to provide vocational training and economic empowerment to women in rural India and the US.

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Featured in both Vogue India and Elle India, this event was a unique collaboration of not just monetary contribution but of deep vocational education as various pieces from the collection are also being made by one of the centers in India.

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Your purchase can support this amazing foundation and also be a unique piece of fashion from a top fashion designer. For more information about Payal Singhal x Desai Foundation, visit here. Thanks to our amazing vendor, MG Hair and Makeup, for serving and supporting the global community in such HUGE WAYS!

Guest Post: Sustainable Farm to Table Thanksgiving Inspiration

Sustainable Farm to Table Thanksgiving Inspiration

Written/Designed by : MiBellaRosa  | Photography by: Smith House Photography | Ribbon Accents: Silk & Willow | Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Calligraphy Cult

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We wanted to bring a bounty harvest to the table to show the au-natural beauty of what American farmers work so hard to provide for us. It’s also visually stimulating to be able to see the produce used for our Thanksgiving dinner feast as the centerpiece.

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Vegetables used were: sweet potatoes, yams, beets, radishes, carrots, parsnips, onions, and garlic. After Thanksgiving is over and done, these veggies would still be able to hold up long enough to be used in meals days and weeks after.

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Foraged greenery and berries were used to dress the veggies on the table over our own studio’s hand-dyed table linens. We used Hand-dyed ribbons from Silk and Willow that we had from other projects to tie the gold flatware.

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Michelle from Calligraphy Cult penned simply elegant place cards on handmade paper and one lucky yam to put the finishing touch on the simple table decor. The entire design was under $30 and all is completely reusable.

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For more design inspiration check out MiBellaRosa’s website here.

Designed by : MiBellaRosa  | Photography by: Smith House Photography | Ribbon Accents: Silk & Willow | Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Calligraphy Cult

Tampa Charity Wedding Recipients Pay It Forward One Year Later- Wedding World Changer

Today is the one year anniversary of our first Wedding World Changer FREE WEDDING! The Wedding World Changer premise was simple, couples were nominated and shared how they are actively involved in their community. Gary is a firefighter in Palm Harbor (Tampa, FL) with a tender heart for serving others and his community, and Astrid was working towards her degree in Pediatric Occupational Therapy at the time, while also volunteering on Sundays with her local children’s ministry. They were planning for a wedding in a few years, however, Astrid’s mother’s recent battle with cancer had them seeking ways to plan their wedding sooner. Out of all the applications available the Tampa Vendor Team voted and their story touched our hearts most. Click HERE to see the full gallery from their wedding day.

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There was one major stipulation to winning the Wedding World Changer wedding. The winning couple would pledge to donate 100 service hours back into the community, within the first year of marriage. Astrid and Gary have spent the last twelve months serving others to make good on our 100 volunteer hours promise and we are thrilled to update you on their newlywed giving adventure!

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I love what Astrid shared with BSB about the journey through giving in their first year:

“We wanted to take some time to THANK YOU for the amazing experience that you have provided to us! It has been a year since Gary & I were gifted with our dream wedding, but we believe that paying the goodness forward has been an even bigger blessing for our marriage. We began our community service journey a little later than we wanted to due to our “busy” schedules. We thought the best thing to do would be to sit down and make a “plan” on what we believed would work best to complete our hours. Well, we were in for a reality check because life had plans of its own… many stressors were presented throughout the months that made it difficult for Gary & I to spend time together. It took us a couple of months to realize that life was not going to stop so that we could fulfill our promise to you.

Come January, we decided we needed to just dive in and see where the journey would lead us. The moment we started volunteering changed our hearts forever. It was during this time that we both were able to forget about all of the worries in the world and focus on helping others. We no longer had excuses as to why we were too “busy”, but instead looked for moments to make a difference in someone else’s life. It brought us closer, as a couple, and in a way forced us to make time for each other. It then turned into something we were both passionate about and enjoyed doing together. Overall, the experience has helped build the foundation of our marriage and taught us how rewarding and humbling it feels to give back to those in need. We feel that giving back is now something that is instilled in our hearts and we will continue to follow this journey wherever God may lead us.”

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Astrid and Gary have touched the lives of so many in our community, thanks to this awesome 100-hour challenge! They have volunteered with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (in honor of her Mom), collected Christmas gifts for families in need with the Palm Harbor Fire Rescue, dedicated hours of hard, dirty, work at the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity Kinship Urban Farm, fed hundreds of downtown neighbors with Thorn Homeless Ministries, served at their local Goodwill, walked for ALS research, and volunteered with several other smaller fundraising events for local charities.

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Check out the The Portos highlight video from their wedding below.

Huge thanks to Jeanine Leigh Photography and Green Pearl Photography for photographing all of the sweet details from this special BIG DAY… and a HUGE THANK YOU to all of the participating vendors, sponsors, and donors that helped make our first Wedding World Changer event:

Planning: Oh Hello Events | Ceremony Design: Bourbon and Blush Events | Reception Design: Amber Veatch Designs | Floral Design : Andrea Layne Floral Design | Photography: Jeanine Leigh Photography and Green Pearl Photography | Venue: CL Space Ybor | Hair + Makeup: Michele Renee |  Paper Goods: Citrus-Press Co. | Catering: Tastes of Tampa Bay | Cocktail Hour Catering: Chalk Board Special | Linens: Kate Ryan Linens | Cake : Trudy Melissa Cakes | DJ: Graingertainment | Bartending : Mix It Up FL | Ceremony Altar/Rentals: Wish Vintage Rental | Pipe and Drape: Coast To Coast Event Rentals | Smaller Wooden Signage: Aerie Lane | Rectangular Farm Tables, Chargers: Set Event Rentals | Media Partners: Creative Loafing and Marry Me Tampa Bay | Succulents: The Succulent Source | Lavender: Tin Can Event Company | Chairs, Square Tables, Dinnerware, Flatware, Glasses: A Chair Affair | Videography: The Portos | Bridesmaids Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaid | Wedding Dress: The Bride Tampa | Tuxes: All Brides 2 Be Tampa | Hotel Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Ybor |

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Stay tuned for upcoming Wedding World Changer details and Charitable BSB Events in the near future.