Mondays are hard, guys. So it was especially nice to see a styled engagement shoot we participated in this past spring being featured on The Perfect Palette today! Cooked up by Karen from Pop + Fizz and Tangie at Tangie Renee Photography, this experience was unique in that it started out as a day-in-the-life before moving to a more formal style engagement shoot. We are thankful we could be a part of it! Head on over for all the woodland goodness and a couple of delectable recipes!
One of my favorite things about having participated in The Big Fake Wedding was all the connections I made with other vendors. The event was teeming with insanely talented wedding professionals and today I can share the video of the event captured by the fabulous Todd Urick Films. Todd and LaDonna were an absolute pleasure to work with and you can see for yourself below just how amazing they are at what they do. This video is so dreamy – I want to renew my vows just to hire them! Enjoy!
Clueless about what wedding flowers cost? You're not alone. Pricing for any wedding aspect is usually a mystery for the newly engaged, but flowers are notoriously hard to find costs for without first discussing your ideas with a floral designer. It's not that florists are trying to keep you in the dark; we just don't want to throw out general numbers for designs that may not fit your needs. Floral decor is one of the most customizable parts of a fully custom day and costs fluctuate dramatically.
Your florist wants to know your floral budget at your initial consultation, though, so how in the world are you supposed to figure it out?
I'm introducing a series of posts that will hopefully shed some light on floral costs for those who have no idea where to start building their floral budget. We'll look at costs associated with flowers, additional fees you can expect to see, and I'll put together a few sample budgets. At the end of the series, you should have a good foundation for putting together your own budget and know how to more effectively communicate with your floral designer.
I hope you'll follow along and welcome any questions that you may have!
I know this is a little late, but we were chosen to participate in The Big Fake Wedding that took place at the W Hotel in Buckhead, Atlanta, this past Sunday. For those of you who aren't familiar with The Big Fake Wedding, it isn't your typical boring bridal expo. Instead of wandering around cavernous spaces full of vendor tables and listening to endless pitches, guests attend an actual vow renewal ceremony and reception. They get to eat, party, and meet the professionals that pulled it all off in a relaxed atmosphere that is meant to inspire their own weddings and encourage collaboration between vendors. The marvelous ladies at TBFW work tirelessly to throw these events in many cities across the country, so whether you are planning your wedding or a vendor looking for new ways to reach out to potential clients (and make new friendors!), I definitely encourage you to check them out. There was some seriously amazing talent on hand and I ended my night full of new ideas for my clients and excited about all the wonderful connections I made. I can't wait to see the photos and videos and share them with you!
You can learn more about the Atlanta event and see a list of the participating vendors here.
To see if The Big Fake Wedding is coming to your city, click here.
By now we all know that Pantone has chosen two colors of the year for 2016 - Rose Quartz and Serenity. Yesterday I showed you my take on a Rose Quartz wedding and today I have a Serenity inspired style board for you.
Serenity is a gorgeous, soft blue that flirts with being periwinkle. I'll admit, I had a hard time deciding which direction to go with this - Serenity lends itself well to many different design schemes. In the end, I went with a light English garden theme because flowers were my first love. Compared to other colors, there aren't a whole lot of blue blooms to choose from (and please don't dye flowers - it hurts my soul and will stain your wedding dress at the slightest inkling of moisture). Hydrangea, delphinium, scabiosa, thistle, and muscari immediately come to mind, but they have to be the right shade - all of them can skew purple. My vision is of full, lush floral decor dominated by white blooms and pretty greenery. Let the blue serve as an accent in the bouquet ribbon and boutonnieres. Serenity will take center stage in ethereal tulle bridesmaids skirts and non-floral decor. And how cute are the matching macarons?!
Would you choose Serenity or Rose Quartz as a wedding color?
For the first year ever, Pantone has announced that there will be TWO colors of the year - Rose Quartz and Serenity. I have to admit, I'm not too fond of the color combination. (Is anyone else reminded of the Heart Family dolls from the 80s? Or am I just aging myself?) Since the color of the year usually has a big impact on wedding trends, though, I decided to split them apart and create two very different styleboards. First up is Rose Quartz.
Rose Quartz is super feminine. Most design elements it calls to mind are soft, frilly, and sugary sweet. I wanted to elevate it to something chic and modern, something that would look more appropriate in an art gallery than a country club. The structured Astrid bridal gown from Elizabeth Stuart alongside J. Crew Mae dresses for the maids sets the overall tone. A simple stationery suite and monochrome, mono-flower pave centerpieces keep the pink from being too girly. A raw rose quartz engagement ring is the perfect finishing touch.
What do you think of Rose Quartz and the 2016 Pantone color forecast? I'll have my vision for a Serenity inspired wedding in my next post.