If you know me then you know of my love for all things bright + bohemian, so getting to incorporate both into a styled wedding shoot made me a very happy girl. Seeing it featured on The Wedding Chicks Blog was the icing on the cake!
The main inspiration was Persian wedding traditions, while mixing in some playful boho details. I was fascinated by the intricate Persian textile patterns, which I incorporated into the envelope liner. I pulled shapes from the pattern for the rest of the suite + other paper details, like the menu cards and packets of lavender for guests to toss.
Today I’ve got another color inspiration post, and I’m highlighting my new favorite combo: peach + aqua! This became the palette for Finley’s nursery, so I’m a bit partial. What I really love is that the soft hue of peach is the perfect complement to the bright aqua. Though summer may be coming to an end, I can’t help but picture this gorgeous combo for a 2015 spring or summer wedding.
Keep scrolling down for all the color inspiration!
Radiant orchid is a mix of purple, fuchsia and slight pink undertones. What I like about this color? All the great color pairing possibilities! I see it mixed with greys for softer weddings and crimson red for more sleek + modern celebrations. And if those don’t tickle your fancy, consider olive green for an unexpected yet seriously awesome color combo.
The best part? Adding a shape can elevate the look of your invites, but won’t blow your budget.
Shapes (or even something as simple as rounded corners) can take an elegant invitation and give it that pop of modern. (It’s a great compromise when mothers-of-the-bride want something simple and brides want dash of fun!)
I love illustrations, and wedding invitations with custom illustrations are all the rage. A good illustration looks EFFORTLESS, but trust me, these works of art require some serious talent + lots of practice!
As part of my vow to keep doing, I signed up for one of the illustration courses with Nicole’s Classes. The truth is no matter how long you’ve been practicing your art/skill, there is always more to learn. We grow professionally (and personally!) when we try new things + push ourselves out of our comfort zone. I’m not ready to add “advanced illustrator” to my resume just yet, but I feel pumped to keep exploring this new direction in my art.
So in honor of this, today I thought I’d share some pin-worthy illustrations!
I love the textures + shadows these artists are able to capture, particularly in the 2 below!
There’s something really cool about the these 2 below with black outlines.
But at the end of the day, I’m a sucker for watercolor…
I’m working on a Newport wedding, and have fallen in love with the pink + navy color scheme. Whether you go for magenta or soft pink, there is something just so darn pretty about this color combo. It reads preppy + nautical, and is lovely set against a sandy beach or a tented country club lawn.
Today I’m talking about belly bands, tags + ties, as the third installment of my Invitation Details series! As I shared on the original post on Brooke Allison Photo’s blog here, the belly band is making a comeback. But lately brides have been asking me to interpret this in different ways. Here’s a look at a few of my custom designs from this season with a take on this detail…
One of my lovely July brides was having a book-themed wedding, and wanted to incorporate whimsical + organic elements into her design. We had the suite put together with gold baker’s twine, which was a great way to bring in the gold from her color palette.
DIY ALERT: I always offer my bride the opportunity to assemble these themselves. I simply come up with the idea and source/print for them, while they put together on their end. It’s a great way to cut down a little on costs!
One of my September brides is having a vintage + romantic wedding and really wanted to incorporate lace somehow into her design. So I sourced some real lace + tied the cards together. It added some texture + set the tone for her big day.
Tags can be added on to any tie, and it’s a great opportunity for that extra message or detail for your guests. Think fun wording, die-cut shapes, different strings…the possibilities are endless!
But there’s something to be said for keeping it classic. One of my July brides (and super nautical one at that!) opted for a traditional belly band for her yacht club soiree. The bold stripes gave a modern pop to a classic invitation design.
Today I’m sharing some plum wedding inspiration and one of my favorite custom invitations from the season!
When my bride Alonda told me in our initial correspondence “I love mixed fonts and bold colors”, I knew we were a match made in heaven. (Kudos to Stella Day Events for being our matchmaker + Alonda’s fabulous wedding planner!) Not only was she a wonderful bride to work with, but she also had an AWESOME color palette. Plum is a color you don’t see as much in weddings, but it’s an amazing hue. It’s rich and romantic, and can really serve as an anchor alongside softer colors like grey and mint.
For Alonda’s invitation, we made that beautiful plum the focal point, and accented it with a fun grey chevron liner:
I think you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t like a good peony. It’s the kind of thing you want to fill a room with and roll around in (second only to a room full of golden retriever puppies).
It’s an incredibly gorgeous flower that comes in a variety of colors, shapes + sizes. I hear our Connecticut brides talk about wanting to have them in their weddings all the time, and it’s not uncommon for a gal to choose her wedding day around peony season.
Since peony season is officially here (the ones in my garden have popped!), here’s some June wedding flower ideas for you!
This flower doesn’t come cheap, but the beauty of the peony is that a lush flower like it doesn’t need a host of other flowers to accompany it. One perfect peony in a bud vase or votive can make for a serious moment (check out The Wedding Loft of Connecticut blog for more bud vase inspiration)….
Lately I’ve been working on a lot of branding projects. I really love logo design and creating a look + feel for a business. I always give my clients instructions on how to get inspired, because often times they’re inclined to put the cart before the horse. They want to get the website running and the business cards printed; but it’s vital to really dive into what we want our business to be + our brand to say before we launch (or re-launch!) to the public. One of the exercises I give is to create an inspiration board. They’re commonly done on Pinterest, but I also suggest they go elementary school style and make a collage of images from magazines. The exercise of flipping. clipping and gluing allows the mind time to digest a bit more, versus pinning frantically on a mobile app. We may not all be “artistic” in the conventional sense, but we all know what we like!
I also tell them not to question what speaks to them, or feel confined by the nature of their business. Sometimes all it takes is one image to give you a moment of, “Yes!”.
The former art school student part of me would say it has a wonderful sense of movement + scale, but today I just feel like saying it’s a darn happy photo…and I’m grateful that it takes me to a carefree time + place.