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The June Bride

The summer may not be here quite yet but my mind is already there on the wedding front, and since it’s the first day of June, we wanted to take the time to dream up the perfect June wedding celebration! But before we get ahead of ourselves, lets start at the beginning… how did June become so popular for weddings? Well, it’s not just the weather or the summer vacation mentality; as with most wedding traditions, June weddings go back much further than we would ever think while planning our own big day.. to the Roman times of course! In Roman mythology, Juno was the god ruling over marriage, childbirth and hearth and quite fittingly it is believed that this was one of the reasons for the popular June wedding!

But since we don’t live in ancient history anymore, there are plenty of reasons why June weddings are still popular today… there is too much to drool over in just one post, so today we’re trying to dream up one idea for a perfect June wedding…

So when I think late spring, early summer, I want to be outside whether it comes to weddings or just life! So an outdoor (I’m thinking garden-esque wedding) is perfect for June. Now I LOVE the idea of a garden wedding and how you can personalize it to make yours so different than anyone elses. The other thing that comes to mind when I think June is white!! We all know that white shouldn’t be worn until we reach a certain date every year but June is definitely within the acceptable range for white everything! So that means we are doing an all white garden wedding today… complete with bridesmaids dresses (I LOVE these ethereal, flowing white dresses), decor, and even the perfect bouquet! Put together the perfect pieces of white (fashion and decor ideas) in an outdoor garden setting, and I guarantee you can do no wrong for your June wedding!

 

Credits:  Laced in Weddings, Classic Bride, Wedding Chicks, Project Ever After, The Brides of Oklahoma

The Industrialist

What exactly is an industrial wedding? Well, the industrial revolution may be long gone but industrialism is still around; that is, in places you don’t exactly look when planning a wedding… like manufacturing, coal and steel…

Well lucky for the creative brides out there, an industrial vibe for your wedding can make it a very special and fun day even without all the dainty things we normally think of when we think weddings. Accentuating colors like greys, blacks and browns gives the industrial feel and picking the right “shaped” items (like these pleated dresses… I am obsessed with the one below from BHLDN) can help set the mood… I am practically dying over the reception decor below.. the hanging lantern lights and chandeliers dangling from a warehouse ceiling couldn’t be more perfect, and touches like grey chairs, and a sleek grey program add to the overall feel. Since everything can’t be grey, black bridesmaids dresses (like this one from Badgley Mischka) add a sharper color contrast and one of my favorite picks for this theme is the favors!  I always get excited over amazing favor ideas and these are up there with my favorites… cookie mix in a jar! The colors are perfect for this type of mood but the actual favor is so fun for guests to enjoy and remember your unique wedding!!

 

Credits: Flickr, Pleated Fantasy Gown by BHLDN, Alibaba, Good Job Creative, Abby Ross WeddingsBadgley Mischka courtesy of Brides, The Brides Cafe

The Wedding Palette – An Ode to Magenta

You can go on and on reminding me how tangerine is the “color of the season” but that is exactly why I’m loving magenta for summer weddings this year! When something is “out of style” it makes it so much more appealing and fun to work with… when everyone is wearing the same bridesmaids dress and using the similar flower arrangements, you’re making waves with a little use of an old favorite… magenta!

Since magenta is so… bright, try not to have every single thing at your wedding in some form magenta.. your guests will be scared away! Instead, it should be used as an accent color in combination with other colors and patterns. I love this table setting to blend different colors! Although these colors are all bright, they work perfectly together and open the door for a multi-color palette instead of being stuck with just magenta. Also talking reception… the bright sofa below is so perfect to add at the entrance of a reception as a statement piece that can tie your palette together. On the fashion front, these sparkly Christian Louboutin shoes are a fun accessory for the bride (hidden under the gown), and a magenta bridesmaids dress is a must – I love this Lazaro Spring 2012 dress.. especially the back! And finally, with a pink dress and pink centerpieces, the bouquets should match.. these peonies are a fun way to sprinkle magenta throughout your big day without being too overwhelming!

 

Credits:  The Lennoxx, Christian Louboutin courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue – front and back, Pinterest, Lazaro Magenta Spring 2012 – Style LZ3023, Lazaro Magenta Spring 2012 – Style LZ3023 Back, Wedding Bee

The Rustic-Elegant Wedding Celebration

To me, rustic elegance is almost like an oxymoron. When I think rustic I think outdoors, rugged, and earthy. And when I think elegance I think glamour, ballrooms, and anything but the outside! But when put together in terms of wedding decor, rustic elegance can bring a classy feel to an outdoor celebration by using the right accessories…

So today we’re aiming to recreate the magical reception below… the finished product. It looks daunting, the blending of such different ideas… the wood beams, chandeliers, beautiful chairs and pewter detailing but it is shockingly easy to put together! There are some amazing steals all over the internet for savvy budget shoppers… today I “stopped by” One Kings Lane, an amazing home decor website, perfect for finding wedding accessories like the trays and beaded chandelier below! Pair that with fun heels that scream rustic elegance (I love these Jimmy Choo’s) and a simple, pale bridesmaids dress (this one is Cynthia Rowley)… The final touch is this incredible vintage pewter vase which (paired with a few similar styles) can serve as a lovely backdrop like the ones at this reception sitting on the mantel (below)…

So if you’re torn between the outdoors and a fancy ballroom reception… rustic elegance should seem not only easy to recreate for your own wedding but also budget friendly if you’re scouring for the right (price-friendly) pieces!

Credits: Thayer Allyson Gowdy, One Kings Lane, Jimmy Choo (Saks Fifth Avenue)WMF Maiden Vase, Ballyhoo Design on One Kings Lane

Destination Lake Como

Lake Como… nestled just east of the small city Swiss city of Lugano, and possibly most well known for it’s famous homeowner, George Clooney, Lake Como is so much more than just a few towns scattered along the lake. The beauty, the peacefulness and the romance of this special place is hard to escape while cruising down the river, or strolling the promenade in Bellagio, the little town known as “the pearl of the lake”. But for all it’s worth, Lake Como really can’t be only described in these pictures (and destination wedding ideas), but it’s best to see it for yourself to really believe how magical it is.

So…dreaming of a Lake Como wedding? I hope so!! Given the overall tranquility of lake, it feels only right to keep the colors and overall choices neutral and soothing. I love this Ivy & Astor gown; for a bridal gown choice, it is perfect for a wedding here! The fabric and the flow of the dress are both so natural and the simple lines leave the intricate details to your surroundings. I love the idea of a neutral bridesmaids dress too.. like the one below, keeping with the theme of soft colors. These whimsical heels (below) and vintage inspired hair comb are simple accessories to dazzle your wedding.. And for this destination, not to be overlooked is the venue and overall scenery! Your photos will be near perfection without even trying with the backdrop of the hills and forest on the lake, and houses spotted here and there. As for the venue, for pure wow-factor, how about the Villa Balbianello (first photo), or for a bigger crowd, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo (also below). With just a bit of planning, not much could possibly go wrong for a destination wedding location as incredible as Lake Como…

 

Credits:  My own photo of la Villa Balbianello, Etsy, My own photo of Lake Como, The Dress Shop, Ivy & Aster – Anemone, My own photo of Grand Hotel Tremezzo, My own photo of Bellagio, Singing is Deceiving, My own photo of Lake Como, Italy