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Introducing Handmade Wedding Accessories Perfect for Vegas + a Giveaway!

Rockabilly Day of the Dead Vegas Wedding | J Hunt Photography

Do you remember this incredible Day of the Dead wedding? The one full of totally amazing handmade items reflecting rockabilly Vegas wedding style? Well many of those items – the boutonnieres, the hair flowers, the bouquets – were made by Little Asian Sweatshop.

I asked Fenny, the designer, shop owner and maid of honor at the featured wedding a few questions about her geek chic designs. I know many of you are always looking for a little bit of Sin City style to include in your wedding day accessories and fashion, and Little Asian Sweatshop designs are just that: quirky and cool with just the right little touch of Vegas! She also does styles for men, including bow ties and boutonnieres.

Fenny doesn’t just do Vegas, though. Her designs also incorporate hugely popular fandoms like Doctor Who, comic book characters like Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, even Magic the Gathering and Harry Potter. They’re a perfect add on for your wedding day (or everyday) attire as a hint to your favorite TV show, video game or other wonderfully nerdy passion.

Since today is Black Friday I thought we’d get our own hype going and Little Asian Sweatshop has teamed up to host a giveaway for readers of the blog, so be sure to enter to win a one of a kind playing card hair accessory below!

But, onto the Q&A!

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Little Vegas Wedding – Hi Fenny, thanks so much for taking the time to let us get to know you and about your designs! What would you categorize your design style as?

Little Asian SweatshopI like to think of my design style as “nerd meets rockabilly”. I’ve always been drawn the rockabilly aesthetic (seriously ladies, I have yet to find a body-type that doesn’t look totally adorable and sexy in rockabilly style!), but I am a *huge* nerd at heart.  I think the juxtaposition classic and feminine with geeky and boyish makes for a fun and exciting look.

Like chocolate covered bacon (with less calories!)  :D

Rockabilly Day of the Dead Vegas Wedding | J Hunt Photography

LVW – When and why did you start designing wedding accessories?

LASI started designing wedding accessories when my best friend Paige got engaged! I wanted to come up with something fun and new for her wedding.  At first, I tried to make a dress out of playing cards but I just couldn’t get it to work.

As I was sitting in my work-room, wondering where I went wrong, I noticed that all the cards scattered on my floor looked like a blanket of petals…and after a couple days of experimenting, I texted a picture to Paige my first prototype for the Playing Card hair flower, and I could practically hear her squealing via text!

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Together, we made those Playing Card flowers as party favors and for her wedding bouquet.  As I was pulling these looks together, it brought back how much I loved making wedding bouquets and corsages (my family owns a florist, where I worked from high school through college).  It sounds corny, but there’s something so magical about knowing that you’re making something for a couple’s most important day together.

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LVW – Do you do special orders? What are some of the items you’ve done by request?

LAS – Yes!  I *love* special orders!  It’s what challenges me and makes what I do so fun!  My craziest order was to make centerpieces from my playing card flowers for a casino-themed party.  The party planner’s original plans fell through, so last minute, she contacted me to come up with a whole concept for 300 guests – and have it delivered … within a month.  I was exhausted by the end of it, but it was also such a rush to pull together something so much in such a short amount of time!

My favorite (besides Paigey’s wedding of course) was making the wedding bouquet for a friend’s wedding. She didn’t know what she wanted, but she knew she wanted to incorporate New York City, comic books, novels, and Doctor Who (all the things they love) into a bouquet.

It was so much fun to come up with different ideas, and play with colors, shapes and textures with all these elements to create a cohesive and beautiful look that also reflected her personal style.  These are my favorite types of projects; when I get to stretch creatively while helping a bride figure out what is her vision for her wedding. I love sending them progress photos and then hearing back “I wasn’t sure what I wanted…until I saw your photos!”

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LVW – Are your products made by hand?

LAS– Yes! I make everything by hand! It’s the only way I can ensure that each petal, feather and rhinestone is placed exactly where I need it to be – and that it won’t fall apart at the first gust of wind. At the risk of sounding like a hipster, I try to buy handmade as much as possible, since that gives me a greater sense of confidence for the quality.

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LVW – Will you be appearing at any crafting shows this fall and winter?

LAS – Nothing in the next few months.  My last show for the year is usually Baltimore Comic Con or Mobtown Greasers Ball in September.  I need October through November to prep for the holiday rush and to get cracking on creating new products and playing with new ideas.

Starting in January, I’ll be at a couple local roller derby bouts (Charm City Roller Girls and the DC Roller Girls), before kicking off the spring and summer road shows.  If anyone would like to see me at a show near you, please contact me! I’m always looking for new shows to vend (plus I just love traveling and this is such a great excuse to visit new places!)

Thank you so much Fenny! I love her designs and the idea of incorporating fandom and pop culture into a wedding!

If you’re as big of a fan as I am, be sure to enter the giveaway, below!

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And…The Giveaway!

Win a handcrafted hair fascinator made out of authentic vintage casino poker cards by Little Asian Sweatshop. The hair flower features a clever lucky die nestled in the heart of each poker card rose. This fascinator is secured to a metal clip that is easy to use, yet strong enough to hold even in silky straight hair.

This 4.5″ (approximately) “Luck Be a Lady” poker card hair flower comes in any of the four suites (hearts, diamonds, spades, clubs), or as mixed suite. The prize includes shipping anywhere in the world.

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Contest Details and Legal Stuff: 

Prize: One lucky reader will win a handcrafted hair fascinator made out of authentic vintage casino poker cards lovingly created by Little Asian Sweatshop. Prize includes shipping directly from the Little Asian Sweatshop headquarters.

To Win: One winner will be selected at random via PunchTab and announced on the blog on December 11 2013.

Open to: All entrants from all countries.

Contest Closes: Tuesday December 10 2013 at 8:00am (Pacific Time)

To Enter: Enter the contest by entering your email or Facebook info. You can also receive bonus entries by liking Little Asian Sweatshop or Little Vegas Wedding on Facebook, or by favoriting Little Asian Sweatshop on Etsy. Use the widget below to make entering easy and cycle through the options at the bottom extra times.

etsy lust: halloween wedding

We’re just a little ways from Halloween, and I know there are couples out there just chomping at the bit to make their wedding a bit more spooky. Not everyone goes all out on Halloween for their wedding, but some little touches could bring a smile to the guests at your event. And there is probably just enough time to get some of these things before October 31!

1. Chalkboard sign for photos or displays from HerMajestysPug 2. Halloween colored wedding wands from HandmadebyHeather4U 3. Zombie-fied cake topper by lynnslittlecreations 4. Jack Skellington / Nightmare before Christmas style ring pillow by MyHouseofDreams 5. Sparkly skull fascinator by EllaGajewskaHats 6. Gothic styled treat or favor bag tags by amaretto

etsy lust: oh, deer

Birds seemed to be the big wedding trend a few years ago (and still today!) but I am secretly pulling for deer to replace them. Maybe because I see them so often living in the mountains, maybe because I just think they are beautiful animals. These wedding elements might be nice for a forest, cabin or mountain wedding, or just a couple who love nature, the outdoors or hunting! Here’s to hoping a new trend develops…

1. Woodland deer rustic woodgrain style wedding invitations by C’est la Vie Design Studio 2. Deer cufflinks by sappy 3. Deer antler and titanium wedding band by jewelry by johan 4. Miniature forest scene cake topper with deer, moss and bunting by A Fox Wedding

etsy lust: garters

One of the things I love about Etsy is that if you have a passion, niche or hobby – you can find just about anything to complement it for whatever event you are throwing, but especially for weddings. So it’s very easy to find something you love, and then find all associated items to go with it for your wedding bouquet, your cake topper, your invites… For some people that’s a sports team, for others a certain decade, like the 80s. Here are some garters with some interesting personalized touches…

1. Zombie brain garter by kizette 2. Washington Redskins garter by The Art of Sports 3. Military and army camouflage garter by Creative Garters 4. Star Wars garter also by Creative Garters 5. Simple modern garter by The Little White Dress 6. Flasks aren’t just for gentleman…flask and garter set by Moonshine Belle

etsy lust: boleros and shrugs

A way to make your dress look completely different is to add a wrap or bolero to it. These tiny jackets and wraps can be put on and off for photos, or if you get cool. I think they are a wonderful way to personalize your dress.

1. Perhaps not for everyone, this latex bolero would look amazing with the right dress. By Chrisst 2. This creamy concoction is ruffles made of satin, tulle and ostrich feathers by Dellton Couture. 3. A gorgeous glam old Hollywood ostrich feather shrug by ifanhour  4. Love the look of lace sleeved dresses but can’t afford them? Buy a lace bolero instead! By AlexBridal 5. Bold pink raw silk bolero by Bonzie 6. A structured ruffle made of merino wool from ProninA

Full disclosure: I wore a wrap made by the terrific team at Bonzie for my wedding. I had actually been looking for a dress with sleeves or an unusual top, but resorted to a plain dress with an added shrug on top. It looked like it was part of the dress, and made me so very happy.

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