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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.

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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.

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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:

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The best part? Adding a shape can elevate the look of your invites, but won’t blow your budget.

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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!)

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(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!

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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.

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But at the end of the day, I’m a sucker for watercolor…

 

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Sources:

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.

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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!

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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…

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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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