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Inspiration Board: Autumn Mist

August 12, 2009

I am working with a new bride who has opted to marry in late November, which I’m thrilled about.  Here in New Orleans, we have two lovely months of weather each year….November and March.  Those months are mild and gorgeous in the bayou.  All other times of the year are either scorchingly hot or freezing cold. 

Candice loves the idea of a vintage inspired wedding, so I threw this inspiration board together to help her during the planning process.  I find that Autumn weddings generally have the same color schemes, incorporating the faithful deep oranges and reds that are so popular for Fall.  However, I encouraged Candice to use those same colors, only a little more soft and muted.  Here’s what we came up with.

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To keep colors like these from feeling too summery, incorporate textures such as raffia and wood and heavier fabrics, as well as alternatives like using wheat in your florals.

Vendor Spotlight: Miss Pickles Press

August 6, 2009

I have long since professed my love for fine paper goods, so I am literally brimming with excitement to share today’s vendor with you.  Jen of Miss Pickles Press does not disappoint with some of the most whimsical and imaginative paper creations I’ve ever seen.  If you’re looking for something charming and cute, but a little outside of the box, you’re sure to find it at Miss Pickles Press

Jen, boasting a “steamy love affair with color”, creates stylish wedding suites, personal correspondence, and much more.  Just take a look below and see for yourself.

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just for you

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Need I say more?  Don’t forget to head on over to MPP’s website for more eye candy!

Real Wedding: Mary & Brian, Part III

August 5, 2009

More swoonworthy images from this gorgeous farmhouse affair, courtesy of the talented Heidi of White Loft Studio.

 

Simple blooms in some unexpected, yet lovely containers make for a truly beautiful centerpiece.

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The bride and groom on their way to the party!

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Mary and Brian served iced water with lemon in these quaint mason jars to refresh their guests after the ceremony.

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Mary combed local flea markets and antique stores for these adorable vintage containers.

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I love this image of the reception tent’s peaks, prompting the viewer to imagine the celebration inside.

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YMCA, anyone?!?!?!

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Thanks again to Heidi at White Loft Studio for sending us this very charming wedding.

Real Wedding: Mary & Brian, Part II

August 5, 2009

We’re back with this amazing farm wedding from White Loft Studio‘s brilliant photographer Heidi.  The details that she captured are some of the most charming I’ve seen in a while.

 

One thing I love about the color scheme that Mary chose for her flowers and bridal party attire is how it simply echoes colors found in nature, which fits so well with her venue.  Brides, this is extremely important if you want a cohesive look for your wedding.  Pink and lime green wouldn’t have fit nearly as well in this farm wedding.  Matching your venue to your overall theme is extremely important.

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Dahlias and hanging amaranthus in one bouquet is enough to give me my flower fix for a year!  I just absolutely ADORE these bouquets, and the colors pop so well against the chocolate.  Very unexpected, and beautiful!!!

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LOVE these pashminas that the bridesmaids wore, tying the whole look together.

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The gorgeous dahlia bouts…

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Nice shades, Brian!!!

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More to come!!!

Real Wedding: Mary & Brian, Part I

August 5, 2009

I absolutely ADORE today’s real wedding, sent by one of my new favorite photographers, Heidi from White Loft Studio.  Mary and Brian were married at the Spencer Pierce Little Farm in Newbury, MA.  This wedding is chock full of some of the most charming details, and just WAIT until you see the flowers. 

 

Can’t have a farm without a tractor!  Honestly, this is one of my favorite images.  I just find it such a charming detail of the day.

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The couple had bluegrass music for the reception, and some of the band members even played for the ceremony.

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Seriously…isn’t this the cutest little ukelele player you’ve ever seen?!?!

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Father of the Bride…I love this shot – he looks elated.

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The happy couple saying their vows.  I love the look on Mary’s face here.

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One of my favorite shots of the day…there’s a story to tell here.

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Married!!!

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Stay tuned for the gorgeous details of the day!

The bridesmaids wore white

July 30, 2009

We’re wrapping up our posts today on bridal party attire with more suggestions on infusing some ingenuity into what your bridesmaids (and groomsmen!) will wear on the big day.  Whatever your budget is, no one wants a cookie cutter wedding.  As easy as it may be to pick a color and sihouette, giving some style to your bridal party will go a long way in making your wedding truly unique to you.

 

A new and unexpected look for bridesmaids is all white.  Yes, you heard that right….WHITE.  Traditionally, it was bad luck to show up as a guest to a wedding wearing white, and the bridesmaids wearing it was UNHEARD OF!  Having your girls wearing a shade of white slightly different from yours is becoming a more common practice these days.  Let’s face it ladies, no matter what someone wears to a wedding, NO ONE outshines the bride.  The great thing about bridemaids in white, is that it allows you to go all out on the bouquets, making the flowers the focal point, which will pop against the starck white background of their dresses.  The image below, courtesy of White Loft Studio Photography, shows how elegant and romantic the bridesmaids look, while providing proof that NO ONE can steal the bride’s thunder.

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Green necklaces and shorter hemlines give a more relaxed feel to the strapless white sheaths as seen below. 

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I just love how the draping of the bridesmaid’s dresses below mimics the flowy fabric in the bridal gown.  Spaghetti straps and black sashes (not to mention the lack of a wedding day glow!) set these ladies apart nicely from the lovely bride.

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And finally, dresses in a creamy shade of ivory still give a dreamy look for the ladies while allowing the bride to be the center of attention.

lazaro dresses from bridesdotcom (Lazaro dresses via Brides)

Game, set, MATCH!

July 29, 2009

Today, I want to explore the beauty and refinement of the matching bridesmaids.  While I love the cohesive, yet unique look of non-matching bridesmaids, this classic, timeless option is beautiful in it’s own right.

A creative way to change up the look of your matching bridemaids is to use a dress that’s a little different from the norm, like the Anthropologie shift dress in the picture below, (via Amorology).  The matching bright yellow pumps adds a great pop of color, too.

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Pink posies pop against the flesh colored dresses below, creating a very streamlined, but quite romantic look.  The wonderful thing about a classic cocktail dress is that it truly can be worn again.

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If you prefer the matching look, but still want to do something a little more untraditional, consider skirts and tops as opposed to dresses.  Wearable, comfortable, and so chic!

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Stay tuned for more options for your maids!

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