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The Wedding Palette – Lavender Lovin’

Happy Monday! As another weeks begins, I’m finding myself most excited to start it off with some lovely lavender ideas for a not so purple wedding (it’s lavender ladies!) My inspiration for the lavender color palette comes from the first photo below of a perfect lavender field (unfortunately just after harvest…but I think you get the gist) at the Clairmont Lavender Farm in Southern California about 40 minutes outside of Santa Barbara. Aside from the things that most normal people would ponder at this little lavender farm like what amazing all natural products to buy (trust me, I did this too)… I couldn’t stop thinking about how much I don’t love purple for weddings but boy do I love lavender! I love the flower, the smell, the color… and it can make for such a pretty color palette!

So from my field of inspiration… some inspiration for the brides-to-be. Today, we’re doing a range of all things lavender since I couldn’t limit myself! The point is that lavender is not only a beautiful flower for a bouquet, but also as the base color for your wedding palette! There are tons of ways to use it (only some of which are below) but I’m hoping that these jump start your obsession with lavender just like mine!

 

Credits: My own photo taken at Clairmont Lavender Farm, The Cinderella Project via Ange de LamourStyle Me Pretty, The Perfect Palette79 IdeasStyle Me Pretty, Ritzy BeePinterest via Lady Limoges, Ruffled Blog, Pinterest via Gypsy Purple Home

Off the Beaten Path: Fall Wedding Ideas

Contrary to popular belief, fall weddings and fall decor in general doesn’t always need to be only about the bold reds and oranges that we generally associate this season with. In fact, if you ask me, I wouldn’t choose these colors for my fall wedding! Spice things up a bit, make your guests be dazzled by your decor choices, and choose colors that are still fall in nature, but off the beaten path for color palette choices!

So for our off the beaten path ideas, I wanted to highlight an exciting and very unused fall color.. call it what you want but I like “mustard” or “straw”. Okay, maybe not your conventional color names, but mustard colors in the fall are fresh, fun and different! Now luckily since depending on where your wedding will be, the grass or leaves may already be a strawish color from the hot summer months, so pair the natural backdrop with light colored dresses for the maids (I love this light blue-grey pairing of the dresses with the outdoors)! Blend traditional fall ideas like yummy pies for desserts, with more unique ideas for favors like these pies in a mason jar (see below). Draw on the outdoors and incorporate your mustard color palette by using hay bales for seating for your ceremony or during your cocktail hour (last photo below) and for the bouquet, keeping with the same colors and offbeat theme, chose a thistle bouquet (I love the one below that this bride is holding).

This is only the start to off the beaten path fall wedding ideas, but with a little creativity there are plenty of ways to differentiate your big day from all the rest of the fall weddings this season and next!

 

Credits: Pinterest, Blue Photo, Midwest Living, EtsyGibson Events, The Nerds Wife, Martha Stewart Weddings

S’mores, S’mores, S’mores!

Have I ever mentioned my slight obsession with s’mores? And by slight I mean massive! I love s’mores so much and can’t think of many things better than finding a fun way to incorporate them into your wedding day!

From favors to desserts, s’mores are a perfect wedding treat, and even better they are so DIY friendly! If you aren’t interested in a massive room of desserts, pick a place with a fire pit and start toasting. It’s so simple to buy the supplies yourself and this makes for a very fun and budget friendly dessert option! If you want to get craftier, you can make up s’more favors. There are so many fun ways to do this from piling in the necessities (graham crackers, chocolate and a marshmallow) into a little plastic goodie bag for your guests to take home, to stuffing your take on s’mores into mason jars (the ones below use pretzels instead of graham crackers). So if your reception doesn’t have the option to make your own s’mores for dessert, you can still incorporate these fun treats for your guests to take home and do-it-themselves!

 

Credits: Love, Wed, Bliss, Martha Stewart Weddings, PinterestElly B Events via Assaf Photography, A Vote and a Vow, I Love Southern Weddings Magazine, One Stylish Bride

Dress of the Week – Sottero and Midgley

Happy Wednesday! Today we’re so excited for a beautiful dress pick by Sottero & Midgley – “Shanna”. Unlike many of the dresses we’ve picked so far, what I love about this one is it’s vintage look!! Something about the scalloped v-neckline, the plunging back and the gorgeous A-line silhouette screams vintage bride… and I love it! As if this isn’t enough, the embellished beading is refreshing and not heavy, and have you checked out the back yet? The tulle train is beautifully unique, fastened right from the top of the fabric line. Sottero & Midgley got it right with this one… hope you love it as much as I do!

 

Credits: Sottero and Midgley

Into the Heartland (Country Style)

We’re venturing into the heartland today for some down home country wedding inspiration! When I think of “country” I’m imagining a fabulously rustic red barn reception venue, decor in the form of trucks and tractors, boots, boots, boots and lots of red!! Though I’m not really sure why red comes to mind, it just seems to work, at least for my inspiration!

So if I was planning my own country wedding, this is exactly what it would look like! Today we have a little bit of everything country, from the reds, to the vehicles, the backdrops and the shoes. Starting from the top, mix and match bridesmaids dresses seem only appropriate for a country hoedown and a rusted red background brings out the mild colors making them country-esque (first photo below)! As I may have already mentioned, boots are a must, and these red boots are amazing (third photo)! Who wouldn’t want to hide those under the dress! From the boots to the wedding car… I mean truck? Yes that’s right, it’s a pick-up truck today, because there’s no need for romantic when you can have country! The groomsmen are going with a khaki and the decor and barn wedding venue keep with the red country theme, both outdoors or indoors work (or a little of both) as long as they evoke the feelings of being in the country! So there you have it, into the heartland we go for one of my favorite wedding themes… the beautiful country!

 

Credits: Style Me PrettyPinterest, Pinterest via Snippet & InkThe Knotty Bride, I Love Southern Weddings Magazine, Style Me Pretty, Pinterest, Pinterest via Nack Photography