Beautiful Boudoir Shoot: “Anna”

12 Oct

Mani Mela was pleased to take part in this gorgeous boudoir shoot earlier this season, for a gorgeous girl named “Anna”. Our talented stylist Hana, provided hair and makeup and gave her a dramatic and sexy boudoir look. These smokin’ hot pictures were captured by Jenna Sefkow Photography – see even more of the beautiful Anna on her blog, here!




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9 Oct

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A Mani Mela Bride: Brianna (Part XII)

5 Sep

Mani Mela Bride, Brianna, is just 17 days away from her wedding – and she’s back with her latest blog on the world of wedding planning. Catch up with Brianna below:

I can’t believe how fast time has flown by. I’ve heard from many that these weeks before the wedding will fly by faster than I can say “I do!” Those people are certainly right. It feels like yesterday that there were still 100 days to go! Little details running through my mind keep my brain humming, and my to-do list building, but I have to say – this time of my life is thrilling, exciting, and there is so much beauty within all the chaos! I am trying my best to soak up every last second because I know it will come and go far too quickly (and I have to be honest – I actually really enjoy all this hustle and bustle.)

As I’m sure many brides can understand, these last couple weeks before the wedding are filled with lots of  list making, double checking, and then triple checking all those lists. The only real stress I’ve felt while wedding planning has  been during these final couple weeks, and it is only because my biggest fear is forgetting something (you don’t even want to know how many of these dreams I’ve had).  So here is my list of little details to add to your final planning to-do checklist, and I hope it will help spare you any unnecessary stress:

  • Guest Book –  This is a detail usually left to deal with at the end of the planning and purchasing. Etsy has some great options, but if you want anything customized or elaborate, you should start thinking about this at least 6 weeks prior to your wedding. There are also so many great alternatives on Pinterest if you want to do something other than the standard “sign in” book. Here are some of my favorites:

Guest book stones

  • Garter – If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably thought all about your overall look a million times – makeup, hair, dress, accessories, but don’t forget about your garter! Yet again, Etsy is a great resource! Not only are there beautiful alternatives to garters typically found in most bridal shops, but you can find them cheaper on Etsy. Coordinate with your wedding colors or incorporate your theme, you can personalize it however you’d like. I found my garter on Etsy, and it came included with a toss garter, too. Quite the steal!
  • Favors – It’s important to thank your guests for celebrating your special day with you, and there are so many ways to do this! There are a broad range of favor ideas, and the best part is that favors are a great way to further incorporate your theme with the wedding decor. If you have a rustic wedding, follow your theme (think take home flowers, or elements of the decor in your take home packages such as twine ties). If your wedding is centered around one specific color, a color coordinated candy buffet is a beautiful favor idea. I don’t want to spoil any secrets, so I’ll save what we chose to use until a later date. 🙂
  • Logistics – Logistics are a huge deal. I notice I feel so much better once I figure these details out, and the stress feels like it’s melting away. So make a detailed floor plan, call up your wedding coordinator, figure out who is helping with set up and take down, write up a timeline, get in touch with your vendors. You will be prepared, and you will feel SO much better.

Of course there are many other things to consider, but get these taken care of and you’ll be left with only minor details. Good luck with your wedding planning, and I can’t wait to share all the details of my own special day with you in practically no time! 🙂

Custom Chair Florals

28 Aug


Take a look at these fabulous custom florals created by our lead florist, Dawn, for a stunning wedding that Mani Mela was thrilled to be a part of. These unique and couture chair accents add a whole new level of sophistication to any event, but they are exceptionally fitting for weddings.

Mani Mela Weddings provides full service floral arrangements for any event, and can work with you to bring your unique visions to life.

See more of our floral artistry on our website at, or visit our Facebook page for more of our ideas and creations.

To inquire about our floral artistry, contact us at

Something Blue

15 Aug

Looking through pictures of past brides this morning, we stumbled upon one of our favorite something blue ideas from Mani Mela Bride Meredith (as seen above). Meredith chose a shiny Swarovski crystal I Do for her something blue, which we thought was fantastic!  We love when brides choose unique ways to incorporate old traditions in their weddings, just like Meredith did here! Today we’ll show you Mani Mela’s favorite “something blue” ideas.

  • Blue Thread: This picture was love at first site. Having your wedding date (or something else special to you and your partner) sewn in your dress in blue thread in a fun way to keep a special memory that just you and your loved one will see.

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  • Blue Mascara or eyeliner: If it fits your taste, blue mascara or eyeliner can be a fun way to add blue in to your wedding day look. Of course, it can always be done in a more subtle way than shown in this picture, or even more dramatic if it suits your style.

  • Blue shoes: Sporting some blue kicks is a bold new look for this old tradition! For brides with long dresses, your shoes will probably be hidden for much of the day so you don’t have to worry about being too bold if that isn’t your thing. But for those with short dresses, you can show off your personality and vibrancy with this burst of blue!

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  • Blue flowers: Your bouquet doesn’t have to be full blown blue, especially if that doesn’t fit in with your theme or wedding colors, but adding a touch of blue to your bridal bouquet is a gorgeous way to not only add a bit of fun to your bouquet, but to take part in this well loved tradition.

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  • Blue nails: This can be done in a variety of ways – either a full blue blown manicure or pedicure, or you can keep it simple and add a blue rhinestone to your ring finger. A french manicure with blue tips would also work! This light blue is OPI’s What’s With the Cattitude?

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  • Blue Intimates: Blue lingerie  is a sexy way to keep the something blue tradition alive! We’re sure your hubby will be thrilled to find out exactly how you honored this old tradition. Click the blue lingerie link to find out how you can buy these adorable panties!

Let us know what your favorite something blue traditions are by leaving us a comment, or follow with the discussion on our Facebook page (you can find the link on the right hand side of our page!).

Before & After Beauty!

31 Jul

In the wedding world, working on weekends is a given. However, at Mani Mela, we are so lucky because we deal with many fabulous brides who are so fun to style that it doesn’t even feel like work! This past weekend was one of those times, as we helped gorgeous Mani Mela Bride Alexandra get glamorous for her special day. She is an absolute dear, and we were so happy to be a part of her big day.

See Alexandra’s stunning before & after transformation below, and leave your congratulatory comments below for the new couple:

Isn’t she a beautiful bride?




Blaisdell Manor Photo Shoot!

12 Jul

A while back we showed you some teaser images from a photo shoot that Mani Mela took part in. We were thrilled to provide hair and makeup artistry, decor, and florals for this breathtaking shoot that took place at the Blaisdell Manor in Minneapolis, MN. We’ve kept you waiting long enough, so today we will show you all the details. All of these stunning photos are courtesy of the lovely Captured Moments by Duke.

Floral Design by Mani Mela

Chair covers and bands available for rental through Mani Mela

Hair & makeup artistry by Mani Mela Beauty (

Hair & makeup artistry by Mani Mela Beauty (

Decor design by Mani Mela

Floral design by Mani Mela (

Floral Design by Mani Mela (

Decor by Mani Mela (All items shown here available for rent through Mani Mela)

Hair and makeup styling by Mani Mela Beauty (