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To match or not to match?

July 28, 2009

Choosing the attendants who will stand in your wedding can be a very ardous task for many brides.  Your bridesmaids are the women who have stood by you and supported you during your life and courtship, and it is a very honorable position to have in someone’s wedding.  That being said, one of the very difficult decisions that a bride makes will be the attire for her bridal party.  For the groomsmen, who are generally no-fuss, it’s much easier, but bridesmaids are a little more difficult to please.  Now brides, don’t be discouraged…it is ultimately YOUR wedding, YOUR vision, and YOUR decision, but these are your closest confidants and most of you want your girls to feel pretty, comfortable and confident.

The next few posts will focus on today’s trends in bridal party attire, and we’ll even have something for the fellas.  More specifically, I want to highlight some alternatives to the matchy-matchy taffeta of yesteryear. 

There is always a place for matching bridal attire, which I will talk about later, but first I’d like to explore the new trend of non-matching bridesmaids, which I LOVE. 

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Your girls do not have to look identical to be cohesive.  As seen in the photo above, simply having your maids choose a range of the same color still fits into her theme, but gives some personality to each girl.  While olive may be flattering for some, jade looks better on another.

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LOVE the flesh toned dresses above.  So lovely, and the bride still stands out.  I think these choices are a great example of a dress that the ladies “can wear again”.

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This image below is one of my favorites.  SO gorgeous!

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And finally….how sweet and charming are these floral dresses?!

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Monday Eye Candy: Artfool

July 27, 2009

When I stumbled upon this tablescape by the amazingly talented Matthew Robbins of Artfool, as featured on Martha Stewart Weddings, I immediately had to post it.  The muted summery colors are so romantic, and I just love the way he incorporates elements such as fruit and eucalyptus. 

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Flower Friday: Ranunculus

July 24, 2009

Today marks the first post in a new weekly feature called Flower Friday, and I’m very excited to debut it, as flowers are my absolute favorite feature of an event!  To kick off this new series, I’m going to start by featuring one of my favorite flowers – the ranunculus. 

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Best known and admired for their delicate, tissue-like layers, ranunculus stems make great wedding flowers, as they are long-lasting once cut.  They come in a large variety of colors, making it quite easy to coordinate with your chosen wedding colors.  Below are some of the more beautiful bouquets and centerpieces that have incorporated this lush stem.

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Things we love: Hanging Lanterns

July 23, 2009

Let me preface this post by saying how important lighting is for a wedding.  Not only does it determine how your photos will be taken, but it completely sets the mood. 

If you’re having an outdoor wedding in the evening, consider using hanging lanterns like the ones below.  The ambiance that is created by the glow of these beautiful lights is ever so romantic.  The bonus is that they can be used again after the wedding.

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Sources – top to bottom:  Home Sweet Home; Southern Living; Martha Stewart Weddings

Real Wedding: Tracy & Jeff, Part III

July 22, 2009

We’re back with more rustic eye candy from Tracy and Jeff’s Jackson Hole wedding, shot by Taylor Glenn.  I just cannot get enough of the picturesque scenery…surely this is what Heaven looks like.

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What a beautiful portrait this would make…almost looks like a postcard!

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I love this tablescape…in keeping with the same earth tone color scheme, but now with a little more elegance for the party, using rich pintucked linens and sparkly dinnerware.

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This beautiful cake echoes the geometrics of the pintucked linens (my favorite!) in a gorgeous peachy hue, accented with roses and hypericum berries.

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Wedding cake wasn’t the only delicious treat on the menu!  It’s nice to give your guests some variety if you can fit it into your budget.

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Thanks again to Taylor Glenn for sharing this beautiful wedding with us!

Real Wedding: Tracy & Jeff, Part II

July 22, 2009

One thing that I love about rustic weddings in the mountains is the natural beauty that surrounds.  Tracy and Jeff did such a beautiful job of enhancing their gorgeous surroundings without taking away from the natural beauty.

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I love, love, love this dress!  Such exqusite details.

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LOVE the antique roses and dusty miller.

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This chapel looks like something our forefathers would have knelt down in on Sunday mornings.  Take notice of the charming sign on the left, encouraging passersby to “come in and pray”.

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More to come!

Real Wedding: Tracy & Jeff, Part I

July 22, 2009

One of my cousins had the very amazing privilage of being a ski instructor in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  With picturesque landscapes and some of the best skiing in the country, he was living out his dream life. 

I was so excited when Taylor Glenn sent pictures from Tracy & Jeff’s rustic nuptials, which took place in Jackson Hole…giving me a brief respite from the hot, flat bayou.

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Honestly…how could you not be an outdoor enthusiast living in a place like Jackson Hole?

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I love the picture of Jeff below…so distinguished.

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Up next…the lovely bride!