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    Havana for a Bridal Session

    Havana for a Bridal Session

    Cuba truly feels like another world; it’s a country that takes you back in time yet is filled with so much beauty and romance. Jeannemarie Photography and her workshop team have encapsulated the country’s enchanting charm in this gorgeous Havana bridal session, exclusively using our ivory pillar candles, which were also recently featured on the fine art wedding blog, Joy Wed.

    Jeanne, the principle photographer, said that despite a huge influx of tourists checking out the street, the charm and romance was still very much present in the culturally rich city. She raved that between the weathered patina colors of buildings, amazing textures, patterned tiles and narrow streets, there’s truly nowhere else like it in the world. The dilapidated buildings and patina on the walls are a photographer's dream of an era lost in time.

    Designer and stylist Debbie Hemingway said that traveling to Cuba is like stepping into a time warp to the 1950s and never wanting to come back. Within an hour of landing in Havana, the team was already wandering and exploring the streets in search of the perfect backdrops to style our shoots. The weathered patina colors, textures, patterned tiles and narrow streets were truly unmatched.

    Workshop host Matthew Ree added that the workshop had attendees from all over the United States and England for his first photography workshop in Cuba. This was his second trip to Cuba in one year and he noticed several big changes right away. A new terminal in the airport is being built for all the arrivals coming from America and new hotels are also in the works.

    Let’s just say we’re already packing our bags to see the historic city for ourselves!

    Style Me Pretty Wedding Shoot

    Style Me Pretty Wedding Shoot

    This year, one of the most popular wedding colors for spring and summer brides is also one of the most beloved flowers of the season: lovely, lavish lilac. Featured on Style Me PrettyLaura’s Floras vision of a wedding that embraces a variety of dreamy purple hues came to life in an epicly romantic outdoor wedding shoot. How will summer brides choose anything but lilac this season after viewing the gorgeous images by Esmeralda Franco?!

    Table centerpieces are a key component of your reception decor and set the mood for the the day or evening. Because centerpieces are really the focal point of your reception decor, it is so important to select the right color scheme. Our thin tapers in Cafe Au Lait were the perfect accent to pair with this gorgeous lilac arrangement.

    Our thin tapers in classic brass candlesticks look simply stunning bookending the wild and overflowing floral arrangement which features more lilac and several shades of pretty pinks and purples to go along with the romantic outdoor theme.

    The lilac table runner from Silk & Willow softens the look and adds a sense of sophistication. Overall, this beautiful shoot is encaptures a soft, feminine and romantic look and feel that reflects the enchanting flowers and colors of the season.

    Vendors: Esmeralda Franco ; Laura’s Flora’s;  BHLDN ; Brides And Hairpins ; Mel Ziegler ; Camille Goldston Hair & Make Up Artist ; Silk & Willow ; Taper Candles ; Tono + Co

    Click here to view the entire feature on Style Me Pretty!



    Pillar Candles to Dress Up Your Wedding

    Pillar Candles to Dress Up Your Wedding

    It’s finally June and it feels like wedding season is in full-swing. As a bride, you want your big day to be the magical affair you always dreamed of as a little girl. Likewise, wedding and event planners want to deliver extraordinary ceremony and reception designs for their clients. In order to produce a high-end look one must incorporate all the bells and whistles to create the perfect scene, which includes setting the mood with candles. Photographer Jose Villa, event planner Laurie Arons and florist Sarah Winward demonstrate how to perfectly incorporate pillar candles into a wedding ceremony at the 2014 Mexico Workshop.

    For more than 10 years, Jose Villa has been hosting photography workshops in Mexico where 25 attendees from all over the world learn from Villa and his dream-team of design experts. The creative team includes editors from Martha Stewart Magazine, the owner of Style Me Pretty wedding blog, wedding planners and designers from Duet weddings, Nicolette Camille floral designer and more.

    For the ceremony, the team lined the aisle with our classic hurricane pillars in Paris Gray for a whimsical, romantic look. The varied heights add a wow-factor and the subtle greenery complements the pillars beautifully.

    The altar was gorgeously illuminated with pillar candles, too. Winward created a flowing garland of greenery that ties in with the leaves in the aisle display. The neutral color palette of creamy grays, natural browns and rich greenery for this ceremony is simply stunning.

    For the reception, the team designed an astonishing entrance lined with pillar candles in different heights. The warm glow of candlelight instantly established a romantic mood as guests entered the space to take their seats for dinner.

    A mix of pillar and taper candles were used for this banquet-style reception table. Red floral arrangements provided a beautiful contrast against the neutral color palette of the tablescape and rustic feel of the venue.


    How have you used pillar candles in a wedding? Show us in the comments or tag @creative.candles on Instagram!

    Three Ways to Update Your Patio for Summer Outdoor Entertaining

    Three Ways to Update Your Patio for Summer Outdoor Entertaining

    You might be ready for summer, but is your patio? Porches, patios, decks and sunrooms are among the best places in your home to spend time in the warmer months. You can also make it your favorite space to entertain guests for summer soireés, barbeques and other get-togethers with just a few upgrades.

    One of the top trends for summer 2017 is creating a seamless transition from your home to your outdoor space by borrowing décor from the interior. This means ditching the standard wrought iron patio tables and chairs and furnishing the space with more upscale pieces that look like they were created for the indoors. The patio has truly become an extension of your indoor space, so add some pillar candles to set the mood.

    When it comes to outdoor decorating, you can never go wrong with a nautical color scheme. A mix of blues, red and white are not only perfect for patriotic summer holidays such as Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, they also provide a classic look year-round. So even if you’re landlocked, you can bring in the look and feel of a beach home with coastal style, especially with our ball and votive candles.

    Image: Pernille Loof

    Perhaps you’re craving to overhaul your space altogether. Designer Laurie Blumenfeld-Russo and her husband, Bob Russo, once pondered buying a weekend place in Connecticut, but instead, they decided to turn the roof of their Brooklyn brownstone into an entertaining oasis. Complete with a restaurant-worthy kitchen, lush greenery, a skyline view of downtown Manhattan and an abundance of seating for entertaining guests, the couple was thrilled with their new gorgeous rooftop patio. As seen on House Beautiful, the dining area features our pillar candles in varying sizes. 

    Flutter Magazine Founder’s Wedding

    You know you’re in for a dazzling wedding and reception when the bride is none other than the founder of Flutter Magazine. Paired with a dream team of vendors including photographer Jose Villa, event designer Joy Proctor, floral designer Amy Osaba and the Sunstone Winery and Villa as a venue, this was one drop-dead gorgeous affair. With all this prettiness, where do we start?! 

    The color palette itself reflected the bride’s style with warm watermelon, coral and sunset tones paired against taupes and creams. To evoke the playful yet elegant aesthetic, the couple used a beautiful watercolor crest designed by Monvoir, complete with florals and butterflies throughout the suite. As guests made their way from the ceremony to the reception, they were invited to find their seating assignments in drawers of an antique dresser which had been filled with moss and flowers and topped with our taper candles in Paris Gray.

    The bride and groom were inspired by their special engagement in Tuscany, and it was important to them to have a truly extravagant dinner party, one filled with innovative delights and overflowing with wine, champagne and exquisite service. Our tapers in Paris Gray look modern and chic next to the glasses of rosé.

    Let’s talk about this reception setup. Another nod to their Italian engagement, the couple wanted to share an al fresco dining experience with their guests. Florals and greenery adorned the two rows of tables while Tuscan style chandeliers hung down the center. Unique, linen chairs and wooden tables added to the Tuscan look and feel, while artisanal breads, olive oil, fruits and flowers created for a lush, edible tabletop.

    By looking closer at the highly detailed tablescape, you’ll notice the gorgeous contrast between the vibrant florals and lush greenery against the neutral wooden table. Our pillar candles complemented the heart-fluttering look perfectly.

    Click here to view the entire feature on Style Me Pretty!

    Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017

    Mother’s Day is May 14 -- be sure to celebrate mom in style with a thoughtful, handmade gift from Creative Candles. Whether your Mom has an eye for design, likes to entertain guests, or is the woman who already has everything, we've got just the right Mother's Day gift ideas to put a smile on her face and help say thank you for who she is and all that she does.

    Cocktail Gift Set (shown in Paris Gray, Pistachio, Eggplant and Aquamarine)

    Our cocktail gift set is the perfect present for any mom who likes to entertain. Each set comes with eight (8) thin taper candles and two crystal candle holders so the candles can be set up to enjoy immediately. These virtually dripless, smokeless tapers are also unscented so as not to conflict with the aroma of food. Shop Now


    Metallic Tapers (shown in Silver)

    Photo: John Siebs


    Metallic taper candles add a dazzling touch to any special occasion. Available in trendy metal colors like Copper, Rose Gold, Roman Bronze and Pearl, a pair of metallic tapers are perfect for the mom who likes anything that shines and sparkles. Shop Now

    Beeswax Pillars (shown in 3” x 6”)

    Photo: Sarah Hannam

    Our hand-poured beeswax pillar candles make for a thoughtful gift for the mom who lives a more natural, holistic lifestyle. These pillars are created with a high-quality beeswax blend to produce a beautiful, warm glow and a slow, even burn. Our beeswax pillars feature a mild, natural honey scent and look stunning on any neutral tablescape. Shop Now

    Our hand-finished floating candles come in two sizes and are ideal for upscale home decor. Floating candles look beautiful in glass vases as a table centerpiece, mantelscape, or out on the patio for outdoor entertaining. Shop Now


    Shop the entire Mother’s Day Gifts collection here.


    Floating Candles (Shown in Desert Olive and Cafe Au Lait)

    Our hand-finished floating candles come in two sizes and are ideal for upscale home decor. Floating candles look beautiful in glass vases as a table centerpiece, mantelscape, or out on the patio for outdoor entertaining. Shop Now


    Shop the entire Mother’s Day Gifts collection here.