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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
I just love the color turquoise. Its such a moody shade of blue. It can be feminine, bold, beachy, whimsical or modern depending on the colors it's paired with and how it's applied. I've decided to provide some whimsical and feminine turquoise inspiration by coordinating this shade with a girly hue of peach. Top: Bridesmaid & Bouquet, Cake, Centerpiece
Joie de Vivre!
Neon is huge this Spring and it's not just for runways. Just a touch of neon to your wedding makes a big statement. Here are some ideas on how to incorporate the punchy hues. Don't miss the DIY neon vase instructions on Refinery 29.
Do pastel colors and Easter go hand in hand for you like they do for me? I'm a big fan of the bold, bright color trend this season, but have an equal respect for soft, feminine pastels. With Easter coming up this weekend, it couldn't be more perfect timing to give some love to pastels. Have you completely crossed over to the bold side or do you still have a long lost love for these soft hued babies?
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!
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!
I’m Kaella, a modern girl with classic sensibilities. My idol is Audrey Hepburn. My husband (that's him above) is Superman… or at least he's convinced me so ;-). My alter ego is Lady Gaga. My pet Yorkie thinks he's my baby. My hometown is Kenwood in the heart of Sonoma County. Those closest to me will tell you I’m a planner by nature. And it’s true! I was an organizational girl from the start. I had desk files by the time I was 10. As for my love of weddings, I believe in true love and, yes, I tear up at pretty much all romantic movies, weddings and love songs. I’m thrilled to be on the Allure team and to be a contributing blogger. My background includes P.R., Fashion, advertising and hospitality – all of which involved an aspect of event production. It was always something I was passionate about, but for some reason or another timing never worked out... before. In 2010 I left my marketing career to pursue my passion of wedding and event planning. Shortly after starting my own business, Kaella Lynn Events, I met Christy Daly and began assisting her with weddings. I've worked some incredible weddings with Allure, from upscale outdoor rustic to your classic San Francisco wedding, and I'm excited to see what 2012 has in store for us. I’m a firm believe that everything happens for a reason. My experience as a Project Manager in Marketing provided me with the essential tools for business management and event coordination - from looking at the big picture to noticing the smallest of details. Starting in January, I will be attending Cal State East Bay’s Wedding Planning certificate program, taught by reknown wedding planner Joyce Scardina Becker. In addition to blogging to inspire on the Allure blog, I will be writing about my progress in the class. And it doesn’t stop there. You can follow me on Twitter for regular updates or on Pinterest for additional pretty things and ideas.
I’m inspired by every day things, but often turn to fashion and interior design. Although I’m a girly girl at heart, growing up with 3 brothers has left its mark, so I’ve never been able to choose between my two favorite colors: blue and pink. It’s hard to define my personal style with one concept, as it changes with the seasons, my mood and my inspiration. Overall I’d say my aesthetic leans towards classic with a touch of whimsy. Today I’m feeling particularly girly, and the holidays have me dreaming of glamour things, so my style board is especially Princessy with colors of pink and gold. Plus a black and white pattern for a good measure of whimsy.
I believe every wedding and event should have personal touches. One of my favorite parts of wedding and event planning is getting to know my clients and coming up with designs that reflect their style and personality. So, on that note, how would you describe your personal style? Can you narrow it down to one or two concepts?
Joie de Vivre!