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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!
What are your thoughts on movie themed weddings? With Hunger Games opening in just a week, I can't help but be inspired by all the buzz. I'm not suggesting a costume wedding, but there are some key elements in the movie that make for great wedding motifs. For example, this mocking bird design could be used across printed materials. Strung DIY feathers make great escort cards and real feathers can be used as decor on place settings and your cake.
Yes, St. Patty's day is only a week away, but I wasn't even thinking of it when I first started collecting imagery for today's post. Just a happy chance. I was walking my pup, Simba, today and was captured by how vivid the greenery is right now. Maybe it's the short alternate doses of rain and sun we've been getting, but everything is so green. I just had to create a board around it. Set against white, green looks exceptionally fresh for Spring. And, of course, I just had to throw a nod to St. Patty's day with this fabulous Irish San Francisco trolly. Are you feeling lucky yet?
I've been noticing a lot of floral print on the fashion runways lately, and it's made it's way to the wedding runways too. I'm sure you've seen the hand painted cakes that are all the rage right now. Well I've got some other hand painted foral decor just for you. From a gorgeous vintage garden dress to a painted floral runner and to-go coffee cup favors, there are so many ways to incorporate florals into your wedding without looking dated. Once you've finished drooling over this board, be sure to head over to Maggie Austin Cake for more genius wedding cake inspiration.
Joie de Vivre!
I love patterns, especially stripes and polka dots for their graphic and pure quality. However, polka dots are not often done in a traditional or classic aesthetic. This week I wanted to demonstrate how polka dots can be used in an elegant way for a simply chic wedding design. Pairing pink, black, white and gold truly kept the look refined. What do you think? Ready to incorporate some dots into your wedding design? Bonus: there is a tutorial on how to make the dotted envelopes via the link below!
Christy and I are working on a fun project over the next couple of months, and I've been gathering inspiration to come up with the overall design concept. So here's a sneak peak of what's to come! It's all the way preppy, bright and gingham. Can you guess what we are working on?
If you haven't noticed, we believe love is worth celebrating at Allure. So it probably comes to no surprise that I'm a big fan of a day that celebrates love, too. And what is Valentine's Day without a little heart? I gathered some inspiration for fun and unique ways to incorporate hearts into your wedding day. Spread the ♥. Top: boutonniere, bridal dress, heart sticks
Happy Valentine's Day,
I'm often inspired by fabrics. In fact, I pulled my own wedding colors from the fabric on a reupholstered dining chair. Today's source of inspiration is no different. I came across this chair on Pinterest a couple weeks ago and immediately thought, "wedding colors!" More serendipitously is that I recently read Pantone's Spring 2012 color report that forecasts Tangerine Tango as the color of the Season. So, why wait for Spring? Now is as good a time as ever to inspire with bright hues of tangerine, pink and red. Like the chair, I included whites and golds in the palette to neutralize the brights and elevate the overall aesthetic. I feel energized each time I just look at this board. What about you?
Joie de Vivre!