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Gothic Alice and Wonderland Wedding

Posted in decoration, wedding with tags , on May 15, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve grown a little less (overtly) wacky in my advancing years, so a Gothic Alice in Wonderland wedding isn’t on my list of ideas anymore (though make no mistake about it, my wedding will not be anywhere near normal).

But I must give credit to this couple who really RAN with the theme and pulled off an aesthetic feat most of us will never encounter in the many nuptials we attend.

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The color scheme somehow pulls off the seemingly contradictory fusion of dark and bright, and the black lighting is certainly a memorable touch!
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This evening effectively transported guests into a completely magical landscape, as f the ceremony were taking place in another dimension. Entire prop sets were built for the occasion!
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I applaud their uniqueness and creativity. This is not an event anyone in attendance will soon forget.
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La Popular’s “Corpse Bride”

Posted in death, macabre, oddities, wedding with tags , , , on July 17, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I am basically going to reblog this morbid legend, because the source sites all the bizarre details quite well.

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For the past 75 years, a tiny bridal shop in Mexico has been the subject of some pretty crazy rumors. Tales of supernatural fiddling abound, with whispers of disembodied voices, mysterious cold spots, and even the occasional darting shadow seen from the corner of a visitor’s eye. But the creepiest rumor centers around a bridal mannequin sitting in the window; a highly detailed dummy that many say is a perfectly preserved corpse.

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The tale begins on March 25th in 1930, when the odd-looking mannequin was first placed in the windows of La Popular, one of the most well-known bridal shops in Chihauhau, Mexico. Almost immediately, the locals knew that something just wasn’t quite right with the figure. Before long, tales of the stunning mannequin began to spread far and wide, and visitors trekked from all over just to see the intricate details in the doll. From the individual wrinkles in the hands, to the real human hair, to the mesermizing gaze of her glass eyes, it was almost as if the figure was a real person frozen in time.

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Eventually, people began to notice the similaries between the mannequin, nicknamed La Pascualita, and the daughter of La Popular’s proprietor, Pascuala Esparza. According to legend, Esparza’s daughter had tragically passed away on her wedding day, victim of a Black Widow spider bite. Locals whispered that the beautiful figure in the window was, in fact, the embalmed body of Esparza’s daughter. More and more, the details began to make sense, and the townspeople became outraged. Of course, Pascuala Esparza formally denied the allegations, but by that point, it was too late – the legend was set in stone.

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75 years later, some have come to revere La Pascualita as a saint, leaving candles and offering prayers in front of the window. Some ask for good fortune, but most come to her seeking guidance in matters of love. Many brides even let Pascualita decide on their gowns for them, simply choosing whatever dress she’s wearing at the time they visit.

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So, is the strange mannequin really the preserved corpse of an ill-fated bride? Skeptics say no, pointing to the difficult upkeep when it comes to stopping a corpse from decaying, but those who have seen La Pascualita in person walk away believers… and very creeped out believers at that. After all, how strange is it for a store to keep the same mannequin for nearly eight decades, and shroud its undressing in secrecy?

What do you all think? The hands are indeed rather corpse-like, and graced with far more textured skin than any mannequin I’ve seen in the world. But…I’m not sure what methods could keep ANY flesh on a corpse over 80 years after the date of death.

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(Thanks to Steph for the link!)

Hafod Grange Botanical Paperweights

Posted in home, nature, products, wedding, wish list with tags , , , , on June 12, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Hafod Grange makes a gorgeous array of Botanical Paperweights.

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I love both the idea and execution here. They are a glimpse of wildlife, frozen in time, and as much as I adore unencapsulated nature I find it intriguing to gaze upon the eternal “life” of that which we all know to be ephemeral.
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They can custom make these spherical wonders with wedding or other special occasion flowers, if you’re the sentimental type (I am…I would very much like to get one).
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Botanical Paperweights

Pink Skeleton Wedding Dress

Posted in clothing, fashion, wedding with tags , , on May 23, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

A Google image search ties this dress to Lucky 9 Designs, but I don’t see it in the photo albums there (I discovered it on Pinterest). At any rate, here’s something for the VERY offbeat brides in the audience:

PINK SKELETON WEDDING DRESS!
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Have you or would you ever wear a wedding dress like this? I would probably go more traditional (believe it or not!), but I admire the artistry.

Dragon and Phoenix Coffee Cups

Posted in home, products, wedding, wish list with tags , , , on May 1, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

The gorgeous intricacies of Chinese dragon and phoenix mythology have really caught my attention this past year. Dragon represents benevolent strength and vigilance, true embodiment of positive male (yang) energy. Phoenix is female (yin) energy, a symbol of grace, transformation and rebirth. Together, they dance in a powerful, harmonious intermingling of forces that epitomizes the perfect balance of male and female. Beautiful, isn’t it?

I found these lovely dragon and phoenix coffee cups while searching for a gift over the summer (they even come with matching spoons, shown inside the cups here).
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Truth be told, I’d probably find some way to break or injure myself on these things if I were to use them daily at home (I’m a tad on the clumsy side). But I think they’d make an amazing addition to a wedding celebration, given their poignant symbolism. Cups for the bride and groom when it’s cake time!
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Dragon and Phoenix Coffee Cups

Creative Book Centerpieces

Posted in Books, craft, inspiration, nature, wedding with tags , , , , on November 18, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Technically, these were featured as wedding centerpieces…but I happen to think they’d make a great decorative item in the home.

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One could even “match” the plants to the theme of the book! I love the idea of literature blooming with life. It’s going on my craft to-do list.

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Marriage Proposal in the form of a Physics Paper

Posted in geek, science, wedding with tags , , on May 19, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

I’d likely pass out if I received this.

Warning: extreme geekery ahead!

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