Megan and Eric

On this cold, snowy February day, we thought if we can’t warm our toes, we would look back to last year and try to at least warm our hearts with Megan and Eric’s beautiful, classic fall wedding. Megan, a “no frills” kind of gal, wanted a muted color palate throughout her wedding. With the bridesmaids in neutral dresses and the men wearing navy, Megan wanted color to be introduced through the flowers. We chose to incorporate rich burgundies, rusty oranges, antiqued greens, deep blues, and softer tones with ivories, peaches, and grays. These colors were found in the dahlias, scabiosa, garden roses, ranunculus, roses, and stock flower that made up her bouquets.

Besides the amazing color schemes, we were able to create the floral decor with fall flowers. Our favorite thing about autumn weddings are the variety of textures offered through greenery, berry, and filler. Megan’s wedding did not lack in these unique findings. We utilized textural elements, such as, seeded eucalyptus, broom corn, thistle, scabiosa pods, hypericum berry, and astilbe, to name a few.

At the reception we wanted the guests’ tables to reflect Megan’s eclectic style. We used multiple height centerpieces with a combo of wood, gold, copper, amber, and clear vases / candle holders. The tables were covered in a floor length ivory linen that allowed the flowers to “pop”. For the head table and guestbook table we used a slate blue linen to make them stand out, while staying within Megan’s tailored style. The overall atmosphere of the reception was warm and inviting; achieved through the rich, unique tones of the flowers and the amber glow of candles lighting the room.

***If you would like to see the ideas behind our inspirations for Megan and Eric’s wedding, check out the Pinterest board we created***

A BIG thanks to  Studio Blu for the amazing photos!

Bed & Breakfast Wedding

With wedding season around the corner, today we wanted to feature one of our amazing past weddings! One of our favorites was actually featured in Style Me Pretty. Although, the May wedding was unfortunately cold, the dreary temperature did not take away from the beauty of the day. Below are just some of the gorgeous pictures Jeff Sampson was able to capture of this lovely wedding.

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Rustic Vintage Wedding

It is always fun collaborating with friends on their weddings! They usually give us full reign when it comes to choosing and designing their weddings. Arica was no exception! Her look was rustic/vintage with bold pops of colors. We brought her wedding theme to life by combining elements such as doilies, wooden slabs, burlap, embroidery, and mason jars. Below are just a few pictures that captured that memorable day.

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Classic Glam Wedding

We started the 2014 wedding season off with a bang! Liz and Lance’s wedding was a classic glam wedding that sparkled from ceremony to reception. The lush ivory flowers were combined with accents of Tiffany blue and crystals. To bring the romantic theme to life, we combined hydrangeas, garden roses, stock flower, ranunculus, and peonies. For the centerpieces we used a mix of grand trumpet vase arrangements with crystal accents, low-packed arrangements in crystal globes, and varied crystal vases with candles. To top it off, each guest received their very own Tiffany box filled with a delicious truffle. Not only was Liz and Lance’s wedding a great start to the summer, it was an affair not soon forgotten!

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Planning an Alternative Rehearsal Dinner

There is a new trend with weddings. No longer are people hosting formal rehearsal dinners; instead couples are getting creative with exciting themed parties. Below are five fun wedding rehearsal dinner ideas that will surely create lasting memories for you and your guests.

1. Backyard Barbeque Bash
Create a casual, relaxed party with a backyard barbeque bash. Grill burgers and hot dogs, served alongside baked beans, and your favorite dessert. For beverages pour beer, lemonade, or soda in mason jars. Use picnic tables covered in red-and-white checkered tabled clothes and decorate them with wildflowers arranged in galvanized pots. Finally set up the always enjoyable lawn games such as croquet, bean bags, or washers. 

 

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An Afternoon of Tea, Feathers, and a Toothbrush

After years of working in the wedding industry, one skill I have learned is to be flexible. Often times I will have to resort to plan B, C, or even D. This week’s wedding is ‘flapper’ inspired and we are using ivory feathers. After a week of searching, the only place I was able to find both the small and large feathers I needed had a $50 shipping charge, which I did not want to spend. So my next step was to get a little creative and come up with a plan B. In looking at the feather color choices I thought my best bet was to purchase white feathers and somehow die them ivory. A few years back I read an article about dying fabric with black tea. I thought to myself, if it works on fabric it should work on feathers–and to my delight I was right! Below is a step by step guide of the process I followed to dye feathers ivory.

As a disclaimer: I realize that there might be a better way to go about dying feathers with tea, but this is the process that I followed which was a success.

Supplies Needed:
Sauce Pan
Black Tea
Feathers
Paper Towel
Toothbrush
Something to dry your wet feathers on  (I used cookie sheets and a big box)

Step #1: Boil Water.

Step #2: Steep your tea in the boiled water. I used 1 tea bag per 1 cup water

 

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Grey: The New Neutral

Grey is a color that in the past has gotten a bad rap; it is often a color associated with sorrow and mourning. However, today is a new day! Now grey can stand strong against its more popular counterpart: black. This year grey is “the” choice for weddings. Many may not know, but in Native American cultures grey is associated with friendship and is seen as a symbol of security, maturity, and dependability. No matter what grey tone you use this hue can add a cooling yet sophisticate vibe.

Grey comes in a variety of shades and tones that will work perfect for you. If you want your wedding to feel fresh and crisp you should pair it with softer, pastel combinations such as greens, peaches, pinks, lavenders and blues. Grey can also work amazingly with more saturated hues of purple, reds, yellows, and hot pinks. By pairing grey with these bold tones you will create a more modern color palette. The beauty of grey is that you can replace white with light grey or substitute black with dark grey. Whatever tone of grey you choose you are bound to find a shade that is a perfect addition for your wedding color palette.

Below are a few of my favorite color combinations using grey

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When incorporating grey into your wedding flowers, with a little creativity there are some wonderful choices. One of my favorite stems to use to bring out the shade is silver brunia. This berry not only complements most color palettes but also adds a unique texture to any bouquet. My other go-to for grey is any type of eucalyptus. This foliage comes in many varieties such as baby blue, gunnii, or silver dollar eucalyptus. Each offer a great option to add a hint of blueish gray to a flower arrangement. If you are seeking a true grey foliage, stick with the fuzzy textured ‘dusty miller.’ Finally, succulents are an awesome choice to add a touch of grey to your flower combo. Choosing any of these suggestions will bring texture, sophistication, and a sense of modernity to your bouquet.

Our Whirlwind Wedding

It is crazy how time flies. Almost a year has passed since my wedding and I have yet to write a blog post about the amazing day. Well, today is the day….no more procrastinating.

Working in the wedding industry has allowed me to be a part of some truly awesome weddings. From elaborate, grand affairs to charming backyard bashes I have seen and done it all. With all this experience, I was able to figure out exactly what I wanted for my own nuptials. As a somewhat reserved person I knew that I did not want a big, expensive wedding; instead, I wanted something more intimate. My dream was to have a wedding that would allow me to enjoy myself and my fiancé Alex with our handful of guests.

When I began planning my wedding it was right on the cusp of my soon to be busy wedding season. The option was to either wait a year for the next spring or plan our wedding in three short weeks – I chose the latter. The thought was a bit overwhelming at first, but once I started the process I knew it could be done. Weddings are about celebrating love (not to sound too cheesy) and as my big day quickly approached I realized planning a wedding in three weeks allowed me to focus on the true meaning of marriage. I wasn’t able to get hung up on all the small, sometimes insignificant details. Instead I had to choose what I wanted and not second guess any of my decisions.

The most important part for me in planning my wedding was being open and not lamenting on the things I couldn’t have. For instance, my wedding dress could have been a major stress. Usually, it takes months to find the perfect gown. From childhood to adulthood girls dream about their “perfect” dress that will make them not only look amazing but fulfill all their youthful fantasies. For me I had put those fantasies aside and sought to find my perfect dress given my time frame. I ended up ordering it online believe it or not. In five days time my dress arrived via FedEx and lo and behold all that it needed in terms of alterations was a hem. If I could have had more time to search and try on dresses who knows what I would have selected, but this dress was beautiful and everything I could have imagined for my day.

As the weeks ticked by and our wedding day quickly approached I was surprised that I had none of the common pre-wedding jitters. My jitters were replaced with only excitement. Looking back I think I was able to avoid those unwanted feelings because we had such a short engagement. There wasn’t time to worry or second guess. Decision making can be a stress reliever and when we made our wedding decisions they were final. No going back, no ifs, and, or buts. As a result, we were able to have a more relaxed attitude, which made the process all the more fun.

I know that planning a wedding in three weeks is not typical, but no matter the length of your engagement I recommend trying to look at your wedding with this frame of mind. Because in the end your wedding is suppose to be a celebration. It won’t ruin your day if the napkins on your reception tables are ivory and your chair covers are white. What matters is that you are happy and excited to join your life with your partner. I am a firm believer when you take on this attitude, not only will you enjoy your wedding more but so will all of your guests. The memories you make will not be focused on all the stress of planning your wedding, but instead will be of a day that was filled with love, happiness, and joy.

Look for my next blog post that will give you a step by step break down of the steps to planning a wedding in just a few short weeks.