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Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Pantone has announced their color of the year, and the winner is…radiant orchid!

Pantone plays a big role in color trends for weddings, so there’s no doubt this purple hue will be big for 2014.


Photo Credit: Tory Burch Bag / Heart Cake Topper / Cupcake Display / Chevron DJ Table

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.


Photo Credit: Nail Polish / Marchesa Dress / Bridal Bouquet / Gold Earrings / Orchid Crystal Display

For more deets on Pantone’s big decision, check out this article + be sure to read my post on last year’s color: emerald.

Happy Monday,  and cheers to good color!

xo, Sandy
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Invitation Details: Die-Cut Shapes

Part four of the invitation details series is here, and it’s about die-cut invitations!

Check out the four shape options offered in The Rosy Collection:

Die-cut wedding invitations

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!)


(Photo cred: Brooke Allison Photo)

Don’t forget to check out parts 1-3: vintage postage, envelope liners, and belly bands + tags. And of course, head over to Brooke Allison Photo’s blog to see how this all began.

Finally, stay tuned for the final installation – a surprise from a photo shoot collaboration with the super-talented Ashley Douglass Events!


xo, Sandy
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What’s Inspiring Me: Illustration

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!Ballerina_IllustrationBallerina_Bun_IllustrationRaindrop_Illustration

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…





Building /Ballerina / Hair Bun / Raindrops / Popsicles / Perfume / Champagne / Cardigan

xo, Sandy
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Pink + Navy Wedding Inspiration

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.


Credit: Wrapped present / door knob / living room

It makes me giddy when my blog research leads me to a photo from one of our great local photographers. Check out how Candace Jeffery styled the wedding bands on these golf balls!


Credit: Bridesmaid dress / wedding bands / tutu dress / peony display

xo, Sandy
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Invitation Details: Belly Bands + Ties

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.

{Photo + Co-Paper Stylist Credit: Brooke Allison Photo}

Be sure to check out the other invitation detail installments here + here, and be on the lookout for 2 more in the near future!

xo, Sandy
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