The Perfect Shoe {Inspiration Board}

The perfect shoe...who doesn't dream of a closet full. One element of a wedding that can really say a lot about a bride's personality and the style of affair, are her shoes. A cute flat says "casual", a wedge is ideal for the outdoor celebration, a little sparkle and shine adds the perfect touch of drama, and serious detailing is a must for those short dresses. A bride's shoes have reached a point well beyond the days of dying satin pumps - these days, the shoes are part of the show. They add another layer of personality, uniqueness, and thought put into every. last. detail. Take a peak at some of the beauties below, I promise, there's a something for everyone...

Vince Camuto | BHLDN | Chloe | Something Bleu | Rent The RunwayDiane Von Furestenburg | ASOS | H&M | Blue Pump | Miu Miu | Alice and Olivia | Manolo Blahnik | J. Crew

Blue Lace {Inspiration Board}

Blue lace is a gorgeous new addition to the fall fashion line up. Its popping up everywhere, in lovely variations of blue and in so many different styles. The one thing that doesn't change, is the regal, sophistication blue and lace combined, create. I wanted to share a gorgeous interpretation of how to pull blue lace into your wedding day or any event for that matter. A neutral, classic palette, feminine patterns, and pops of gold - equal perfection for this look!

Cake | Blue Lace Dress | Gold Teacup | Blue Earrings | Light Fixture

Maroon and Pink {Inspiration Board}

Maroon is officially the "it" color for Fall and I just CAN NOT wait! So much so, that I wanted to interpret Fall's favorite color into a wedding. Maroon is so many things, bold, vivacious, romantic, classic, and even rustic. Pair with it what you will, because so many different style variations and moods can come out of this versatile color. I'm loving a romantic maroon, teamed up with soft pinks, feminine touches, and texture - such a gorgeous combo for a Fall or even winter wedding. How do you interpret your maroon?

Fans | Chair | Dress | Macaroons | Wallpaper | Mens Suit

The Perfect Photo Opp {Inspiration Board}

I have been seeing some absolutely, amazingly gorgeous, perfect "photo opps" lately, and I thought it only fair to share some of my favorites. When thinking about your wedding, photography is one of the key ingredients. Not only do you need to choose the right photographer for your personality and your day, but you need to have a tentative photography plan outlined. Think about when and where those perfect photo opp moments might take place. You can never re-create someone else's, but you can pull inspiration from a gorgeous photo to discover your very own moment. Take a peak at few I found to be pretty stunning.

Bridesmaids | Bride/Groom on Floor | Bride/Groom Against Brick Wall | Balloon Save The Date | Bride/Bridesmaids | Bride/Groom on Dock | Flower Girl | Bride/Groom Confetti | Bride/Groom on Blanket | Bride/Groom in SF | Shoes

Stripes {Inspiration Board}

Stripes are one of my all time favorites. I love a good stripe pattern, it has the tendency to class up anything with it's regal nature and touch of boldness. I've been in Charleston, SC for the past week, so bright pops of pink, orange, and green are still in full swing around here. I wanted to pair my love for the stripe with the gorgeousness of these vibrant colors - enjoy!

 Invitations | How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You | Cake |  Flower Centerpiece | Bouquet | Stripped Dress | & Sign

A Winter Romance {Inspiration Board}

This is for all you winter brides right in the thick of it. A little slice of soft pinks, greys, metallics, and crystal gorgeousness. I wanted to change it up just a little and dive into the romance of winter. Just a little nudge of style for all those upcoming December/January nuptials. I've always thought of a winter wedding, with the possibilites of snow, ethereal styling, and touches of glamour, as being the ultimate fairy tale.

Twigs and Honey Hairpiece | Dress/Flower | Table Setting | Bride | Flower Centerpiece | Necklace | Dessert | Cocktails | Crystal Hairpiece | Sugar Sticks | Bride | Blue Chair | Shoes | Bouquet | Cake 

Red {Inspiration Board}

Today's post is a little different than most, normally I have a concept or single thought around what I'm going to create before going into it. Today, I got stuck on "red". I got stuck on an image that portrayed the gorgeousness that red can be, without the connotation of Valentines Days, Christmas, or any other holiday. I got stuck on the fact that I really do love red, and how gorgeous a red-inspired palette can be away from all the cliches. So today, there's no concept, simply the gorgeousness of pure red in it's many and varied, sassy, romantic, fiery, and classic styles. More red styles...here, here, here, and here.

Red Balloons | Rasberries | Picnic Basket | Tablescape | Chair | Girl/Car | Car | Girl w/ Red Hair | Cake | Girl w/ Flannel

 

 

 

 

A Whisper of Color {Inspiration Board}

This gorgeous array of inspiration originally came to me two ways 1) the romantic floral arrangement positioned front and center 2) "a whisper of color", a beautiful phrase that just captured me the other day. These two lovely creations worked together so nicely to style an understated romance with just "a whisper of color" through out. I threw in a pop of pink from the bridesmaid dresses to bring the look to life. I have another stunner here, that exemplifies the perfect combination of understated romance and absolutely chic details.

Earrings | Guest Favors | Arm Chair | Pink Bridesmaid Dresses | Floral Arrangement | Pink Lace Dress | Shoes | Cake

Blue Suede Shoes {Inspiration Board}

This week's dose of pretty came to me the other day while purchasing an AMAZING pair of Jeffery Campbell strappy sling-backs of royal blue suede and blush leather. I loved the shoes, but first thought to myself "Do I dare?" "How do I wear these?" "What are my color pairing possibilities?" I purchased anyway, and after much rummaging through my closet I grew to love a blush and gold combo, pop of pink, and my new blue suede shoes. I tell you this long-winded story of how I came to feel inspired by a certain palette option, because one of my very favorite notions is "find inspiration in the most unassuming places". To be quite honest, as a wedding blogger, its something I live by everyday. Taking my dogs for a walk, waiting in line for a salad, parallel parking (...I live in SF), or even grocery shopping (gorgeous Cali produce is a perfect stimulus ). The point is, while taking in all the obvious and beautiful wedding inspiration inundating us everyday online, always be on the look out for that not-so-obvious muse. Then turn to all those amazing wedding blogs (...like Wedding Row California) to help you apply that found inspiration into real ideas. Happy hunting, xo.

 Chandelier | Gold JacketBlue Embroidered Dress | Pink Flowers | Blush Dress | Blush Fan | Cake | Blue Shoes | Pink Tulle Dress | Cream and Gold Dress | Pink Table Setting

Confetti {Inspiration Board}

CONFETTI!! That word, especially with a few exclamation marks makes me very happy. It gives you the immediate feeling of celebration and joy. Confetti is popping up all over the place, and not only in the truest sense of what "confetti" is, but in the designs of fashion, decor, stationery, and even food. Incorporating confetti into a bridal shower, bachelorette weekend, and EVEN your wedding, just screams fun. Plus, the addition of confetti makes for some AH-mazing photo opps - trust me on this one. So take a peak below, and peruse some gorgeous confetti and confetti-inspired designs that are applied in the most unassuming ways. I also have a swoon-worthy wedding with a little whimsey, some purple tulips, paper airplanes, and of course confetti...right here!

Tags | Stationery | Garland | Pattern | Thrown Confetti | Make Up | Envelope | Confetti in Hands | Confetti Towel | Celebrate Bag | Mustard Shoes | Dessert | Confetti w/ Girl | Black Shoes

A Sparkly Ending {Inspiration Board}

I hope everyone had a really wonderful 4th of July this past Wednesday! We took full advantage of that mid-week break over at Wedding Row California. Fun in the sun, good friends, family, delish food, and lots of crazy sparkle at the end of the evening. As a tribute to this recent and glorious summer holiday, I wanted to remind you of how gorgeous a sparkly end to your nuptials can be. Sparklers have been a pretty popular "exit" trend for awhile now and certainly never disappoint with amazing photo opps. Get a little creative with your sparklers...in the way you package them for guests, how you use them in images, or even how to mix them into the decor. They're a temporary touch of drama, but create the most beautiful of sparkly endings...and what girl doesn't love that? Take a peak at this sparkly exit from an intimate wine country wedding.

Gold Trimmed Sparklers | Couple #1 | Yellow Tagged Sparklers | Sparklers in Vases | Couple #2 | Red Tagged Sparklers

Bows {Inspiration Board}

Bows, Bows everywhere and I love it! Bows are a big trend this year and they're showing up in the most creative ways, from hairstyles crafted into actual bows, to the simple and classic bow tie, to gorgeous bow-adorned gowns - any occasion could certainly benefit from a beautiful bow. They seem to be something that will always be a classic use of embellishment, a trend that will come and go in various styles, but definitely never leaves us for good. What do you think about the lovely bow? Classic, trendy, chic, girly? Take a peak at these uber adorable bow-tie clad mini bridal attendants. Too much!!

Placesetting | Clutch | Couple | Stationery | Bow Tie | Shoes | Bow/Braid | Gown

Color Blocking {Inspiration Board}

Summer is officially here! Very hard to contain my excitement, I'm a big fan of the change in seasons, it always offers a fresh perspective for the coming months. Whether it be personal goals, new adventures, a new wardrobe, or just the feeling of "new" 4 times a year - it's a simple thing in life that makes me happy. Since we're officially in the summer solstice, I wanted to brighten up your day with inspiration around one of my favorite new design trends - color blocking. Color blocking can be applied to just about anything in the design world - fashion, home decor, stationery, jewelry - so why not in a modern soiree as well? What a current style to outfit your bridesmaids in or design stationery after? Go with a more subtle approach through your accessories or the floral design you choose - but either way its a lively, bold, and stylish statement on your big day. Enjoy these gorgeous hues and your first weekend of summer!

For some more summer wedding inspiration, take a peak here and here.

Stationery | Bride/BridesmaidsEggs | Building | Girl w/ CameraPink/White Dress | Bracelets

Emerald {Inspiration Board}

Hello! I hope everyone has had a productive, successful, and happy week as we move into some weekend R&R. Over at Wedding Row California we've been quite busy wrapping up photoshoots, curating gorgeous weddings, and of course lots of coffee dates with our favorite industry friends - sooo, I'm definitely ready for that rest & relaxation! PLUS, this weekend might just be shorts and maxi dress weather...two items of clothing that are typically pretty rare around these parts. Exciting stuff. Anyhow, lets get to gorgeous. Historically, I've been a neutral palette-type of gal with the occasional burst of bright color - however lately, I'm really loving some of these bolder statement hues. Good thing, because apparently this Fall calls for an abundance of bold, elegant jewel tones - which I'm more than ok with. My favorite in the jewel tone family is 'Emerald', he's regal, chic, dramatic, yet can also be romantic when paired with the right accents. I wanted to share some Emerald inspiration complemented with touches of lighter tones in peach, gold, and, mint. Such a great contrast of sweet meets drama.

 Emerald/Gold Dress | Invitation | Mint Dress | Tablescape | Emerald Shoes | PatternRing

 

Great Gatsby {Inspiration Board}

Hi friends and yay for Friday! Things are definitely in full swing around here in the wonderful world of weddings and we couldn't be more thrilled to start seeing sneak peaks of our couple's big days. Over at Wedding Row California, we just published a gorgeous wedding planned by your very own Christy Daly - make sure to check it out here. I wanted to share with you today a hot topic in the industry right now...gold. There's so many ways gold is being incorporated into everything - fashion, events, home decor, chevon, polk-a-dots, color blocking. You name it and gold works. Although gold is a very fresh look in fashion and design right now, I still find it to always have vintage notes. This takes me to today's inspiration board - a soft spot in my heart for the 1920's era and the sassy look of the Great Gatsby style. I wanted to infuse some modern gold trends, with a touch of that Great Gatsby glamour. Possible bridal shower inspiration? So chic.

For some more sparkly inspiration, look no further.

Purse | DressesVaseHair PieceStationery | Great Gatsby

Blog Obsessed: Wedding Row California

Hi Wednesday!  Exciting news!  Allure is on another awesome wedding blog this week:  Wedding Row California just put up their debut Preferred Vendors List and I'm thrilled Allure is on it!

Wedding Row is a regional wedding blog network dedicated to elegant and unique weddings and the California site is new this year.  I love the beautiful photos and attention to detail, and I am so excited that Allure is collaborating with Abigail Rutkowski, the editor of Wedding Row California.  In case you missed it, Abigail is our current guest blogger, her first post last week was an all white wedding tribute.  Love!

 

Also, on Wedding Row California, a wedding I planned last year for Trisha Dean Events is the featured Real Wedding this week!  I worked for my dear friend Trisha last year as Allure was in a transition period, and this San Francisco fete was one of my all time favorites.  Check it out!

All White Wedding {Inspiration Board}

Hello! Well, today is my first guest post on the Allure Blog and I couldn't be more excited. I adore Christy and her team - so passionate, creative-minded, and just incredibly refreshing. For those who don't know - my name is Abigail Rutkowski, Co-Editor of Wedding Row California. We're the newest extension of The Wedding Row Network, a growing collection of regional wedding blogs in North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Smitten Magazine. Christy did a fantastic job of introducing me last week, you can check it out here. So my goal as Allure's guest blogger is to bring some of the pretty and peak inspiration for the modern couple's big day. Keep checking back every Friday, I have some gorgeous things planned for you!

Today is an ode to the "white after Memorial Day" rule. Its a bit of a tribute to the age old tradition of not wearing white until after Memorial Day and certainly not after Labor Day. We all know this is a super square way of thinking (honestly, I've been wearing my white jeans for two months now), but its official, you can break out your summer whites! So from this, I found inspiration in creating an all white wedding board that could stand up against the brightest of soirees. When I hear "summer whites", I think refreshing, clean, light, airy - all of which provided a style direction for today's wedding through the baby's breath, flowing fabrics, and natural elements. Add a touch of whimsy and you're all set for a perfect summer white wedding.

If you're loving the all wedding wedding style, you can check out another one here.

 Stationery | TentBaby's Breath Bouquet | CakeQuote | Groom

Allure: 16th and 17th Week in Review

Something is in the wedding water around here!  This past week, I received more inquiries, and had more meetings with vendors and couples than I have in the past two months!  I'm excited to share some developments and I can't wait to start working on these new weddings and keep you updated along the way! 1.  Jonathan Moore Photography.  Jonathan is an LA based photographer that works in the Bay Area often and shoots destination weddings anywhere.  In a six-degrees-of-separation kind of way that I love, he got in touch with me after finding out what I do from his old college buddy, my brother.  Jonathan and I met for coffee (with Joey in tow) and chatted about the industry, our styles, and our shared commitment to marriage equality.  I like Jonathan, and I hope to work with him this year.  Check him out!  Below is one of my favorite photos from one of Jonathan's 'Beloved' sessions.  2.  BoLee Bridal in Sunnyvale.  I visited BoLee with my friend Elizabeth Chang, of Skyla Arts.  I often get asked by brides for suggestions of bridal boutiques, and I have a couple go-to answers, but I definitely need more in my rolodex (head).  BoLee is located in the heart of Sunnyvale, about ten minutes away from downtown Mountain View.  It's in an unassuming strip mall, and the building masks the store's glamorous interior and gorgeous inventory of sample dresses.  I am happy to have a new store on my short list, and I look forward to working with Bo, the owner, on future events and promotions.  3.  Allure's new blogger!  Did you read my post Wednesday?  I'm thrilled to announce that starting Friday, June 1, Abigail Rutkowski of Wedding Row California will be guest posting on the Allure blog.  Abigail will be bringing the pretty now that Kaella's inspiring stint has ended.  I can't wait to see what kind of creative and unique inspiration boards Abigail has in store for us!

4.  Cupcake Tasting.  This week, I had a pleasant task on my to-do list:  Meet with Ashley at Frost Cupcake Factory for a client cupcake tasting.  I tried 4 different versions of a lemon cupcake, took copious notes and made executive decisions.  It's a tough job, y'all.  Frost is my very favorite local bakery, I'm always happy when business or pleasure brings me into the store, and of course I'm thrilled when my clients choose Frost for their wedding.  I like to do quality control during that time between hiring Frost and the wedding day.  I take my job very seriously. 5.  Client meeting at Tartine in SF.  Speaking of baked-goods-as-job-hazard...I met with one of my brides last week while her mom was in town.  The three of us met at the delectable, world famous, stupidly crowded Tartine Bakery in the mission district of SF.  I enjoyed an AMAZING gruyere croissant and mocha while we discussed wedding details.  One item on the agenda was favors.  I don't love wedding favors, I love trying to come up with creative, fun ones for weddings I plan, but I don't love them as an overall wedding tradition.  I think there are far more 'important' things to spend money on when planning a wedding, and I like to find other cool ways to make the event personal for the couple and memorable for the guests.  I do, however, like the idea of a charitable donation in place of a favor for each guest.  This is what we were discussing at Tartine.  My clients are making a small donation in the name of each of their guests (which amounts to a nice donation!) in place of buying a favor for everyone.  We are going to place a small placard at each place setting describing the gift and it's significance will be inherent.  Just discussing this element of the wedding was emotional for my bride and her mom.  I'm so glad they were able to find a nice way to honor loved ones at the wedding reception, I know it will have an impact.

That's it for now!  I have proposals to draft!

Wedding Row California

Hello Wednesday!  Today, I want to introduce you to Wedding Row California, a regional wedding blog relatively new to the West Coast.  Here's the blurb: The newest extension of The Wedding Row Network,  a collection of regional weddings blogs in South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, and growing. A network that brings global trends to a local stage. A place where engaged couples can truly connect the dots between the vendors and the inspiration.  Also within The Wedding Row Network is Smitten Magazine, a national e-glossy or as we say "the lookbook of wedding fancy".  

Our goal at Wedding Row California is to provide a thoughtful curation of style and detail possibilities geared towards the modern California couple. We only feature collections from select vendors who are considered the upper tier of their respective trade within the California wedding industry - trailblazers in style, creativity, and service. We also aim to build a trusted industry community through fostering relationships, collaborations, and ongoing promotional support for quality partners.

 

I am thrilled to announce a collaboration between Allure and Wedding Row California:  Allure will be on the WRC Preferred Vendors list once it is up on June 1, and Abigail Rutkowski, editor and director of business development, will be a guest contributor on this very blog also starting June 1.  Abigail will be posting wedding inspiration boards every Friday and I couldn't be more excited about it!  I look forward to the pretty collections and unique perspective Abigail will bring.  She is fashionable, current, creative and has an impeccable eye for detail.  Abigail and the WRC are a great fit for Allure, and vice versa.

 

A curator of stylish and beautiful finds, along with Abigail’s love of California’s natural beauty, plus her passion for unassuming, fresh and organic stylistic pieces, allows her to help inspire brides to achieve the California wedding of their dreams.

 

 

 

 

I love the Wedding Row network, I'm thrilled to be a part of Wedding Row California, and I am looking forward to Abigail's first Allure post, as well as future collaborations!  Exciting stuff, y'all!  The fun never end!