Hi, everyone! Cyd from The Sweetest Occasion here. As a color junkie I’m loving Color Week and am really excited to be contributing this pretty color palette. Inspired by an earthy yet feminine feel, I chose a palette of aqua, peach and berry accented with soft neutrals. I love the pairing of simple materials with warm wood grain. A tiny touch of metallic adds just the right amount of glam.
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Adorable Galentine’s Day Brunch
It’s Valentine’s Day, and as we all know, Valentine’s is meant to be enjoyed with the one(s) you love, so what better way to celebrate than with a fabulous Galentine’s Day brunch! Emily Elizabeth Events created this adorable “Girl Gang Gathering”, where she and several of her closest friends came together to sip, eat, chat, make Valentine’s Day cards, and create floral arrangements, and this is one party we wish we could attend! Pink and gold stationery from Paper Delights invited each lady to the gathering, where they were greeted with balloons festooning the entrance to Seattle’s Ollie Quinn and the most gorgeous tabletop with florals by Emily Elizabeth Events and dusty pink linens from La Tavola. We’re loving chic and modern details like acrylic standing mirrors, cut-out name place cards, and pink lip cookies, and the romance and elegance of the compote centerpieces, textured fabrics, and vintage trays displaying sips and bites. Galentine’s has never looked so fabulous and we are head over heels for every moment, captured beautifully on film by Blue Rose Photography!
Romantic Surprise Italian Wedding
Jacqueline and Trebor’s wedding in Italy was a surprise to everyone, who thought they were simply participating in a styled shoot until the night before when guests received gorgeous watercolor invitations from Signora e Mare. We are swooning over this stunning romantic fete they held at Villa Bertolami in Rome! These breathtaking images from Buffy Dekmar make us feel as though we were there—almost—and we’re so happy to share the details with you. Puffy pink and green blooms in loose arrangements and Jacqueline’s amazing oversize bouquet are from Bo Boutique Flowers, and we’ve never seen anything quite as lovely. They are the perfect complement to Jacqueline’s bespoke vintage-style gown from LWD Couture. To help pull off this surprise affair, Jacqueline and Trebor asked Fine & Fleurie to help coordinate the peach and turquoise details, from the garden setting of the reception to Jacqueline’s beautiful colorful coat to the intricate cake put together by Natalizi. We just can’t get enough of this fabulous wedding!
Current Crush: Emerald Green
Pantone has revealed its 2013 color of the year—and we were beyond thrilled to see that it’s the lovely and timeless emerald green! Beautiful whether dressed to the nines or sleek and modern, emerald green is a perfect choice for the classic couple with a dramatic flair. Adding a dash—or a whopping spoonful!—of emerald to your wedding mix results in pure perfection, guaranteed.
The Lost Boys of Peter Pan Inspiration
Today’s shoot is not your normal fairytale. While many girls picture weddings inspired by Cinderella, we’re absolutely head-over-heels for this shoot inspired by the lost boys of Peter Pan! Dream catchers, stunning bridal gowns, and outstanding personal styling help bring the fun spirit of the lost boys to this shoot. The color palette was inspired by rainbow ice cream, which Petal Pixie did a phenomenal job of incorporating into floral arrangements that popped against the Utah desert backdrop. If you love the imagination of the lost boys, you’ll love this gorgeous shoot by Alixann Loosle Photography!
Little White Dresses
What I wouldn’t have given to be a part of this “little white dress” inspired shoot by Urbane Montage Events! The flowers, the colors, the dresses, the shoes, the accessories—I truly can’t handle it. The peachy melon and aqua color palette is my absolute favorite and the bouquets by Munster Rose are to die for. The little white dresses from Flutter Boutique that are featured in this shoot would be perfect for a rehearsal, reception dress, or even a summer party! Every detail of this shoot and all the photos by Ashley Nguyen Photography are pure 100% fabulousness.
Vibrant Southwestern Inspiration
I couldn’t be happier about all the prettiness we’ve got today, and wait ’til you see what we’ve got now! This gorgeous styled shoot was created by Imoni Events who incorporated personal and creative details with stunning florals by Petal Pusher. I was swoooning over the colorful palette of pinks and peaches with bright pops of tangerine and I absolutely adore the Southwestern goodness in the backdrop of Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Climbing vines, gorgeous fountains, and old trees? Yes please! Oh how I love this whole shoot and all the photos by Melissa Jill Photography. Hope you enjoy it too!
Real Weddings: Amelia + Andrew
You know when you look at someone’s wedding photos and just know that they’re really cool people? That’s how I feel about Amelia and Andrew and their wedding. They were married at the beautiful, family-owned, Keswick Vineyards near Charlottesville, Virginia. It was really important to Amelia to have peonies for her wedding so Kelsey Elliott created gorgeous arrangements of peonies and roses in soft and fun colors in a mix of different containers. I adore the pop of aqua blue from the napkins and that fabulous dessert table backdrop! To me, this wedding is amazing, color-perfection, and captured beautifully by the talented Korie Lynn Photography!
From Here to Eternity Inspiration
This beautiful shoot is inspired by the idea that love is eternal. The team of Anna Wu Photography, Va de Vie Events, and Gingerleaf Floral designed this gorgeous inspiration shoot with time related props: vintage clocks, an hourglass, a metronome, and pocket watches to play off the “From Here to Eternity” theme. Anna and team did a wonderful job with this photo shoot, not just because it’s so beautiful, but also because she gives such good tips on her blog about how to work with a theme and different ways of playing with budgets. Incredible advice for brides and incredibly beautiful as well!
Pretty Pastels & Metallics
There is just so much pretty in this shoot, I’m over the moon! Kelly Maron Horvath of Paper Stories, Lauren LePine of Ryan Alexander Events, Lynn Fossbender of Pollen, Stevi Savage of AveryHouse, and Shannon Spellman of Plate have dazzled me with their interpretation of glitz and glam for the Inspired Creations Contest, it’s an absolute wonderland of handmade charm. Mercury glass accents, mother-of-pearl buttons, satin ribbons and gilded china from Plate are just a few of the ways that the team incorporated glitter and glam into their tabletop and dessert display. And since the Inspired Creations Contest is all about being fabulous on an approachable budget, everything from the sewn paper bunting to the ribbon table runner, escort card holder, cake topper, and even the cake itself was created by Kelly, and all of the decorative accents used in the shoot were brought in from the team’s homes and studios.
Rustic Country Wedding Inspiration
I hope you all are ready for some beautiful rustic country wedding inspiration! This styled shoot takes place at the brand new Virginia venue of Lamontagne at Bluemont. It’s a historic home built in the 1800’s that overlooks the Blue Ridge mountains that was originally a Bed and Breakfast. So gorgeous! See if you can find the perfectly aged brick floor in two of the images below.
Bridal Suite Inspiration Shoot
Going to New York for the Stationery Show was such fun! Not only was I able to see the talented and amazing stationers who exhibited, but it was also a chance to get together with several amazingly talented ladies I don’t often get to spend time with. With the Inspired Creations Contest coming soon, Cyd and I thought it would be a great opportunity to create a little bit of inspiration ourselves!
I’ll take that one there, please.
With 11 months to go and the school year right around the corner, I’m a bit more antsy to make some more decisions about the wedding. I’m not talking about cake flavors or napkin folds or anything, but I feel like it might be good if I had SOME sort of idea of what this whole shindig should look like, right?
What’s in a Theme?
While I’m the first one on board for a 1980s Prom Party or a Tacky Christmas Sweater Holiday Fete, thematic weddings were just never my style. Sure, I’ve seen them gorgeously and creatively executed by other brides, but my ideas for our wedding just didn’t seem to fit into any sort of simply categorized box.
I, like many other brides, future brides, and little girls, have been a wedding fanatic since I can remember. I have issues of Martha Stewart Weddings and InStyle Weddings dating back to 1998– 10 whole years before my wedding day! I decided, on one rainy Saturday, to go through all of my magazines and start tearing out the images, articles, and advice that I really liked and felt inspired by. I wasn’t sure if I would ever use any of these ideas for my future wedding, but I was ready to get organized! I filed all of my ideas in binders with page protectors (nerd alert!) and used pretty color-coded dividers to get it all organized.
Recently, a bride I have been working with for her hair piece mentioned that her wedding will take place in a rather unique location. The desert. Not the typical wedding location choice, but the more I thought of it, the more I began to think how fantastic the idea was! Doesn’t it just sound a bit adventurous in the Lawrence of Arabia kind of way? I thought it would be a great way to also address my weekly theme of weddingregionalism (see Sunday’s blip for an explanation).
Classic and Timeless Northern Michigan Intimate Wedding
Lindsey grew up in Northern Michigan and met her now husband Richard in Leland where they worked at a local lodge in the summer. When they fell in love and were engaged, they knew that Northern Michigan had to be the location for their wedding.
Warm Southern Fall Wedding in North Carolina
The part of their wedding that Jacqi and Hayden were looking forward to the most was, “Just having everyone we love and who has supported us to this point, being with us and sharing this special event.” They chose The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, North Carolina as their venue and went with a classic rich burgundy and juniper green palette for their fall wedding. Victoria Park Florist created stunning bouquets of cool green eucalyptus and thistle, deep pink protea, and soft peach roses and we couldn’t imagine a more perfect complement to the bridesmaids rich green dresses! When a warm, down-home vibe is your wedding aesthetic, it’s sure to be a great time for everyone, and these beautiful photos from Radian Photography show us that a great time was in fact had by all!
English Winery Autumn Wedding Inspiration
After driving through the English countryside and up to the gates of Hencote Estate Winery with its hillside vineyards and Georgian hay barn, the team behind today’s shoot said they felt like they had crossed the Channel into France! Envisioning a late summer or early autumn wedding, they chose an elegant fall color palette with touches of champagne and pops of coral. Calisto By Christina incorporated autumnal foliage and pastel florals in shades of peach and ivory into stunning arrangements for both the ceremony space and tablescape. Elegant and warm with just a hint of understated glamour, you’re going to love all these photos by Madara Kurtisa Photography, so be sure to see the full gallery below!