Happy Memorial Day! Inspired by those hot fiery summer days that take your breath away….
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Tangerine, Cotton Candy, and Lemon
The moment I saw this image of Christina Hendricks I knew it was the perfect image to create a board around. She’s stunning, and the color palette of coral and soft pink is one I’ve always loved – but pair it with a dose of lemon yellow and you have what Christen and I lovingly dubbed summer salad! Fresh and cheerful, bright and sunshiney, this is one inspiration board I’m absolutely loving – and of course, it’s perfect for lemonade week!
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.
A “Fruitful” Affair
After getting engaged I suddenly realized that I was completely out of my element. I did not have a clue about how to pull off a budget friendly wedding let alone what the vision of our wedding should look like. I quickly discovered hundreds of amazing wedding blogs (like EAD), photographers, and other online resources all full of amazing wedding details and inspirations.
Colorful Summer Bridal Inspiration
Austin’s gorgeous Laguna Gloria set the scene for a vibrant and colorful bridal inspiration shoot designed by Lindsey Brunk. The Italian-style villa, with its black and white checkered floors, dramatic doors and windows, and expansive grounds is an elegant location for weddings or portraits. Lindsey chose to showcase a gown from Romanian designer Divine Atelier, and the darling mix of lace and chiffon paired with a slightly daring back cutout is unexpected and unique! Makenzi Laine chose to accent Mel’s natural beauty with soft makeup, vivid lips, and a chic updo. A punchy and playful bouquet from Without Wax, Katy completed the swoon-worthy bridal ensemble! We are always head over heels for the images from Michelle Boyd Photography, and we know you will be too!
Classic New Orleans Wedding
New Orleans may be our most charming of cities, and Katie and Daniel’s wedding in The Big Easy is full of pure, simple elegance. Held at The Arbor Room at Popp Fountain, their March nuptials were set under clear blue skies fountainside, with a reception in the open, airy atrium. Poppy and Mint created gorgeous lush florals in shades of peach, yellow, pink, and coral. We’re especially in love with Katie’s gorgeous bouquet, its pastel tones a perfect match for her lace Maggie Sottero gown from Love Couture Bridal. Sweet Southern traditions abound, from a quintessential New Orleans Second Line dance to cake pulls in the pretty layered confection from Haydels Bakery. Matoli Keely Photography captured the images of the day with her usual magic—we know you will fall head over heels in love!
Aspen Fall Wedding
Courtney and Shawn’s wedding at The Little Nell is pure Colorado magic. Though it snowed the next day, their September wedding could not have fallen on a more gorgeous, sunny day. The couple chose bright fall colors to pop against the lush green mountains and worked with the wonderful Lauryl Lane and Virginia of Bluebird Productions to create a beautiful, warm setting amongst the pines and in the dramatic ballroom. Centerpieces of aspen trees and an assortment of fall blooms (loving those orange tulips!) graced the tables and brought the fall foliage indoors. We adore the laid-back Colorado elegance in the stunning images from James Christianson!
Modern + Colorful City Wedding
Today’s inspiration board is all about color, color, color! Underpinned by the basics of yellow and black, this palette—inspired by NYC, where I’ll be relocating this month!—adds little bits and bobs of grape, burgundy, and orange for a truly whimsical, modern feel. Glamorous touches, such as a stunning gown, fabulous shoes, and pretty china and flowers, are the key to grounding the theme and keeping things soft and romantic. I envision this chic soiree set at a loft or modern city hotel—how about you?
Coney Island Engagement Photos
We love a casual, fun-loving engagement shoot, and Chris and Cassi’s Coney Island engagement photos by Jen Huang Photography are fabulous! The cute couple spent a day at the Brooklyn boardwalk playing games, trying out carnival rides, and just generally being in love. The result is adorable photos that show off Cassi and Chris’s personalities. We are completely smitten!
Pretty Pink + Gold Bridesmaid Tea Party
There is so much gorgeous inspiration in this collaboration shoot between Kristyn Hogan and the talented team at Historic Cedarwood, and we love it all! Amber Housley created the lovely floral stationery and helped direct the styling of this bridal party tea in the garden. Eclectic linens from Urban Outfitters ground the tables for a collection vintage dishware and vases on top, filled with bold blooms and some of the prettiest teacups we’ve ever seen! The bridal party sipped pink Champagne from Le Grande Courtage while playing dress-up in amazing gowns from The Bride Room and accessories by Beatrice Couture Designs styled by Opulent Couturier. And aren’t you just in love with the playful side pony styled by Jessica Jones? Run, don’t walk, to the gallery to soak up all of the inspiration!
Dusty Pink + Mustard
Sometimes I find just one image and completely fall head over heels. And then I know I must build a board around it, because the palette is just perfect for a wedding. That’s how this came together, inspired by the gorgeous salmon cardigan and dusty pink and mustard maxi dress via L’ Imperatore di Capri. Oh how I wish I could pull that look off! The colors are playful and feminine, yet a little bit bohemian. Mustard bridesmaids dresses—the beautiful Theory ones are no longer available, but how pretty are these lacy ones from Jenny Yoo or these gauzy gowns from Ruche?—are the perfect choice, and add lots of balloons, streamers, and sweet details like a multi-colored cake for a sweet but chic look. And of course, glam it up with a fabulous pair of shoes!
Soft Pink & Neon Yellow
Neon is all the rage, and I just adore the pairing of an almost-chartreuse neon yellow with pale, bubble gum pink. Throw in a few old English-style floral accents, and a hint of soft gray and lavender and you have a color palette just perfect for a hip but classic wedding!