Archive for the ‘O&B items’ Category
Monday, April 19th, 2010
I am not a person who talks to myself much. If I were, today I would have sat here saying, “Woooo-hooooeeee!” My heart said it quietly to itself though when it came to my attention that our small, sparkling diamond floating candles were featured on one of my all-time favorite websites, apartmenttherapy.com.
The San Francisco edition included them in a fun round-up on sculptural candles. Though our pretty diamonds are in the mix with some rather unusual picks (like a skull and a hoof), we were absolutely thrilled & grateful nonetheless.
We happen to get a kick out of them, as well as our larger, even more dramatic big rock diamond candles.
Float them, scatter them, light them or don’t. They’re quite stunning both with flame and without. I’d like to see a whole bathtub full, wouldn’t you?
Thursday, April 15th, 2010
Spring is here and our etsy shop filled with custom & ready to ship wedding paper cones has been bustling!
I just finished an order for Shantala who wanted a dozen black & white cones in 6 styles to hang on a series of black doors at her wedding. I am always so interested to hear what people are doing with them. (I LOVE them in the trees.) Another order is for Heidi, whose SEVEN little flower girls (ages 2 to 7) will be carrying them. Janelle wants 16 for her Catholic wedding in an old church to hang on the heavy wooden pews.
I am so touched to be a part of all of your weddings in every way. Thank you!!!
Thursday, April 8th, 2010
Added today are two of the most glamorous vintage wedding accessories we have seen to date: a fluffy boa-style collar of snow white ostrich feathers and an eternal bouquet made of wax orange blossoms with crystal centers (especially popular from the turn of the century to the 1930s), small lucite flowers with faux pearl centers, and other detailed beadwork and millinery touches.
These two heirloom pieces can change the look of your ensemble & the feel of your whole day in an instant. The stunning feather wrap with knotted tassels on the end would transform any wedding gown with a simple neckline or a strapless dress, worn with or in place of a necklace.
The bouquet, made by hand to last forever, would make a beautiful display, until you pass it on to your daughter.
How I do adore these! … you will too.
Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
Signs can be clunky or downright awkward to work into a gorgeous wedding. But oftentimes when there’s information to convey to guests, a sign really is the best way to do it.
Whether you want to let them know how to get to the wedding, where to park, that you’re making a charitable donation in lieu of favors, or that you’d so love for them the sign the guestbook, a sign is quick & easy.
We just found these vintage, Victorian-style hands, which are ideal for holding wedding signs. A little hole on the back lets you hang them anywhere. They’re small but mighty with a tight grip; they could easily hold a small menu card or a large seating chart. These little hand clips make a regular sign look like a decorative flourish. Especially when a pro hand-letters your message! (Sarah Darcy of SD Calligraphy did ours. Aren’t they lovely?)
Or, lay them flat on a table to hold a guest book pen. Nice & petite, use them on your desk for to-do lists, business cards, or love notes. Hang one in the kitchen for your grocery list. Voila!
Little reminder #1: Our mega-size April Fool’s Day sale is tomorrow & tomorrow only! Email us and name your price on anything…
Little reminder #2: I will be guest blogging (my first guest blog spot—yay!) on the beautiful Classic Bride Blog every Friday in April starting this Friday, April 2, 2010. I couldn’t be more thrilled! Join me there to read about things you’ll never see on this one… Curious? Can’t wait to share!
Friday, March 26th, 2010
Adding these new vintage-style bejeweled mercury glass candle holders to the site yesterday (are they not gorgeous? The inset on the front reminds me of an antique brooch…) I started thinking… let’s have a sale. A really BIG sale. A “people are going to think we are joking” type of sale. And what better time that April Fool’s Day?
So, while I will be adding loads more new DIY ideas & vintage wedding decorations & accessories to the site early next week, you can start building your Wish List for a little “Let’s Make a Deal” party come Thursday. (I did really love that show…)
Here’s what to do to get the prices you want on everything you love in the boutique: Email us anytime starting 12:01 am on Thursday, April 1, 2010. Tell us what you want & the price you want to pay. (I know, this is crazy, right?) We might say “Yes, you got it!” We might say, “Hey, c’mon now.” Or we might say, “Let’s make a deal!” & email you a little counter offer. It doesn’t hurt to ask, right? And you can’t lose because each April Fool’s Day order includes an extra surprise goody inside. I think all the Spring in the air has gone to my brain. But it’s a good thing! We wanted to give everyone who has been eyeing our items a chance to save some money & have them as part of their beautiful wedding day.
So… Don’t be shy! We love to make couples happy with our finds. Take a peek around the site today through Wednesday (be sure to check out the new items added daily). And Thursday, just email us & see what happens. We’ll only be doing this for one day, midnight to midnight. Then we all go back to our normal state of mind. Which is pretty blissful, too. See you in the shoppe!
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
Celebrate spring by finding your perfect wedding cake topper…
At Orange & Blossom we frequently add both new and vintage wedding cake toppers. Several of our vintage toppers are actually affectionate little salt & pepper shaker sets you can place on your wedding cake then reach for everyday at home on your kitchen table.
We just added this love-struck duo today: a hopeful boy kangaroo presents a red flower to his shy, smitten girlfriend. Way too cute! They are made in Japan and date to the 1950s. Sit them atop any cake, especially fitting for weddings incorporating blue and/or red.
Enjoy 25% off all toppers through April 30, 2010. New sale rices are reflected on each item’s page. As always, items in our vintage wedding boutique include free shipping! So consider a topper you can keep for a lifetime.
Monday, March 15th, 2010
We’ve been so busy launching a new, vintage-inspired product line (soon, we promise, soon you will see!) that we got a little behind in adding new items to the vintage wedding boutique. But, we’ll be adding many, many new & vintage wedding items over the next few weeks. Today’s offerings (added throughout the day) are just the start… Two pairs of groom’s cuff links (copper hearts & sterling silver crosses with an unusual historic significance), two bridal handbags (an ivory beaded vintage clutch from Japan & an intricately beaded purse from Germany), and four feather fans for the bride (not everyone needs or wants a bouquet)… There’s sooo much more to come!
We’ve been hunting down & hand-selecting vintage items for brides & grooms since shortly after our launch last June. It is always our sincere pleasure to find vintage wedding décor & accessories that will add meaning to your day & become a treasured heirloom in your family for the years ahead. Need something specific? We’ll find it; just ask.
I have a friend, for example, who wore a blue satin and lace garter on her wedding day. Not a super modern tradition, I realize. But it was the same one that her great grandmother wore on her wedding day & the same one that all of the girls in her family wore on their wedding days, as would, someday, their daughters & granddaughters, each passing it along to the next lucky woman who was preparing to say her lifetime vows.
What wedding tradition will you begin with just one simple piece that speaks to you? A relic of history, a story for the present, a memory-laden keepsake for future generations that bear your family name. All of that can begin today, with a beautiful acessory, a sweet cake topper, a something blue that means something to you… Congratulations! It all starts with the two of you…
Monday, March 8th, 2010
The new Anthropologie catalog made my eyes swim with desire, just like they all do. I can’t stand to throw them away, so I usually just use the pretty pages as stationery or to make notes to myself. But these two photos were all wedding hairstyle idea, in my opinion. Couldn’t you see some extravagant yet organic headpiece like these done up in either real or amazingly lifelike faux flowers? It’s a shame the catalog doesn’t credit the person who made them. I’m sure she’d be swamped with requests.
I thought this breezy, casual flower girl dress from Chasing Fireflies offered a similar natural style. It’s simple and feminine without being covered in frills and lace.
For this wedding, I’d add some of our new little nests. They’re just the right size for tucking wedding favors inside, incorporating into centerpieces or wedding cake toppers, or any other DIY wedding decor ideas you might have.
I can picture them running down the middle length of a family-style long dinner table, interspersed with lots of candlelight and found objects you’ve collected on your early spring walks through the woods.
Thursday, March 4th, 2010
It seems like such a simple idea. Who wouldn’t want an every day reminder of the day she pronounced her love to the world? Well, there are lots of every day reminders, really… his cologne, his smile, the way your toes touch when you fall asleep. It’s a lifestyle, a life choice, and a wedding is just one beautiful moment in a long string of many. But I digress…
What I’ve been thinking about lately is a meaningful, tangible token from the reception, kept somewhere as ordinary & homey as the kitchen table, reached for again and again over a fine slow-cooked meal or a simple Saturday breakfast. These are it: vintage salt and pepper shakers. Settle them in on top of your wedding cake, then take them home and live with them daily.
Many, many people collect these vintage shakers relentlessly, devoting shelves & cabinets to their diminutive pairs. From intricate porcelain statement pieces to funny animal-themed caricatures of daily life, vintage salt & pepper shakers are an accessible art form in their own right.
We’ve been scouting out just the right pairs to offer on Orange & Blossom, and we’re pretty choosy. We decided to start with just a few shown here. (Actually, the blue birds are a new set with a vintage-inspired look.) But we’ve spotted loads of other tempting pairs, from flirtatious kangaroos and shy skunks to affectionate couples dressed in traditional garb from around the globe.
Many were made in occupied Japan during World War II and beyond; most have their original cork stoppers. All are a retro blast from the past that can find an easy place close at hand.
Thursday, February 25th, 2010
You needn’t wear a hat for the entire wedding day, though they make a strong fashion statement and a beautifully confident, face-framing accessory. But once you try on a vintage topper like these two 1960s numbers, it’s tough not to imagine how you might work a hat into your day somehow. Pull one on for part of your photo shoot if nothing else. A smart, of-the-era hat adds a completely new, touch-of-vintage look with minimal effort. Your man could get one, too. Vintage hat photos? Yes, too cute! Here, one wonderfully structured gold satin pillbox hat with sequins trim and a bubbling fountain of netting; one woven ivory pillbox hat with a sweep of netting & a mod bow of sheer fabric right up front.
Next week’s vintage theme is… I can’t decide! Silver accents, vintage romance, for the bride… Help!