Easter is just around the corner and I imagine there are plenty of brides-to-be preparing their finishing touches for a wedding this weekend. So what to do when your wedding falls on the weekend of an iconic holiday? Embrace it of course…
Today is all about the Easter “finishes”; those little details that help blend a wedding and a holiday but don’t throw either out of sync. So… you will not find me suggesting an Easter egg hunt between the ceremony and reception, or even a carrot cake (isn’t that a bit too Easter-obvious)? Instead, the finishes can include small touches like place card holders in the shape of a nest (I picked out a few of my favorites because when done right, these can be too perfect to pick only one), or this stunning four tiered cake decorated with twigs (below). I couldn’t help but include a few fashion picks, but again this is about the finishing touches. The blue Priscilla of Boston bridesmaids dress isn’t at all over the top Easter; there are no yellows, oranges, or purples about it, but it is still bright for spring and blue for a toned down Easter color palette. The tie is the punch of color that this wedding needs! It blends two Easter colors and is sure to make the much anticipated color statement. And speaking of finishes on the fashion front, I couldn’t help but include a lovely light green mother-of-the-bride (or groom) dress and overcoat. This is just perfect for an early spring (and Easter weekend) wedding. This is a finish that is often overlooked, but not this time!
And finally the dress… never underestimate the power of the finishes, but don’t forget the most important pieces of a wedding either (think bridal gown)! I cannot take my eyes off the back lacing on this Vera Wang Spring 2012 gown. It is intricate and intense on top and light and airy on the bottom. This dress is the perfect finishing statement for an Easter weekend wedding.
The garden. There is no more enchanted of a setting than a peaceful outdoor garden. With spring in full swing, there are so many opportunities to host even just a bit of your wedding outdoors, and April is the perfect time of the year for a garden wedding.
There are plenty of options depending on the actual outdoor space, the color palette, the number of guests, and of course all of the “embellishments” (think flower choices, table setting, place cards)… But today I’m focusing on what I would imagine a “traditional garden wedding” to be (and if you aren’t the traditionalist, then we will have plenty more garden-esque ideas to come). So what actually is a traditional garden wedding? I’m envisioning the basics… a romantic and lush, green outdoor setting nestled within the country + wedding accessories that are both elegant and earthy at the same time.
So, I’ve picked a strong contrast between the elegant and the earthy with a few of my favorite wedding pieces. The plant place cards below set the garden tone and are unique and fun at the same time. Contrast those with very elegant, light silvery blue bridesmaids dresses and beautiful white and blue bouquets. The tables will be more elegant; imagine being surrounded by ivy coated walls and delicate hardware for the place settings. The bridal gown… always my favorite part. I picked this Allure Bridal charmeuse satin and lace gown with a key hole back. It is incredible… The reception of course will be in the country and I love the idea of this ivy covered mansion, back to the earthy theme. And my favorite accessory for this wedding? The rustic white birdcage for the gift cards…
When I used to imagine Bermuda, I would find myself dreaming of the pink sandy beaches, turquoise water, mopeds (scooters) and pastel colored homes… Isn’t that what we all know about Bermuda?
What I never thought about was all the boats!! Bermuda is filled with marinas, docks, and boats galore which means a destination wedding in Bermuda doesn’t necessarily have to mean a beach and a pink color palette. It could also mean a very fun nautical themed wedding! The best part of this idea is that although Bermuda is my inspiration for all things this week, you can create your own nautical themed wedding practically anywhere (well, where there are boats and water of course). But seeing all the beautiful marinas and peaceful sail boats in Bermuda got me thinking about how great this island would be for a non-beach wedding. Yes, I said it, a non-beach wedding in Bermuda! My colors today are all about the nautical theme which means a lot of blue inspired by the traditional nautical blue and white stripe. So first, my inspiration? I picked a few of my favorite spots that inspired this theme + all the makings to a nautical Bermuda (or anywhere) wedding extravaganza! From the dresses (I chose two long, whimsical blue dresses for the bridesmaids), to the ultra structured wedding gown, the blue bouquet, blue wedding invites (two choices), lovely sail boat place cards (really, how amazing are these!!), some inspiring fashion selections for the groom (in the form of boat shoes) and of course a decorative cake with a navy finish. This theme is simply amazing!!!