Spring…are you there? Well according to daylight savings we have officially crossed the threshold to springtime (at least in terms of sunlight) so I figured we could also “spring ahead” here on One to Wed! So while we count down the final days until the vernal equinox (yes, the real beginning of Spring) I figured I would jump head first into the wonderful spring season. What could you not like about spring? To give you a glimpse of what’s to come, we are preparing a lot of ideas around bright, beautiful colors, April and May weddings and of course everything in between! So don’t think this is all you will see about spring… this is only the beginning.
As I mentioned, although it may not officially be springtime, we sure can dream. So today I’m imagining a springtime wedding at the Swan House in Atlanta, Georgia (check out this incredible mansion below). This (or of course something like it) is the most perfect backdrop for a spring wedding; somewhere with lush greenery and beautiful flowers. I’m envisioning a color palette of light pink (for the bridesmaids of course) and a very light blue/grey/teal for everything else! And by everything I really do mean everything.. this incredible pairing of colors is perfect for the groomsmen (below) as well as the table settings and the pretty blue flowers peeping out of the bouquet. And the wedding dress? White of course to contrast our romantic pink bridal party gowns! Now I think you can go either way with the fabric here… As long as the dress is whimsical and light for the spring I love these two contrasting choices by Monique Lhuillier and Aria. The Bliss by Monique Lhuillier gown emphasizes shape over texture with a clean satin finish beneath the waist but an incredible shape. The Aria dress has a bit more texture, made of silk organza making it the airy, light-hearted option. And what better to finish off our first spring wedding? A dessert bar of course! There are so many options for desserts but why not make it fun without going dessert overboard (for example one fabulous dessert table instead of one full dessert room!) I’m going with the aesthetics here and these dessert bars say a lot in a picture… just imagine how delicious they taste!
Tuscany… sigh… Really though, Tuscany is worthy of two sighs and I can’t think of a more magical wedding than one here. The romance, beauty and grandeur that Tuscany exudes is breathtaking and you really couldn’t find a more scenic spot for your wedding than the rolling hills of the Chianti wine country in central Italy.
So what if you weren’t planning on a destination wedding? Well I wasn’t expecting you to book a flight straight to Florence so instead, you can always find the perfect elements to make your wedding at home feel as though you’ve been transported to Italy. How so you may ask? There are plenty of vineyards that aren’t quite so well known as those here in Tuscany; places that you would never expect but can offer such a remarkable backdrop for your Tuscan inspired wedding. I love the idea of hosting the reception at a “Tuscany-esque” villa like the one below (which happens to be nestled just outside of Montepulciano, Italy). This villa, Poggio Piglia, is a remarkable guest house in southeast Tuscany and the most perfect inspiration for your reception pick. Large stone buildings surrounded by lush landscape defines Tuscany and could be surprisingly easy to find here in your backyard. Use décor to emphasize the Tuscan atmosphere (see table setting below); the use of crisp white linen paired with romantic gold chairs and a chandelier brings the elegance of Tuscany to your very own table. Finally don’t underestimate your fashion choices. Black is the perfect color for the wedding party; both sleek and romantic it exudes the Italian passion. An exquisite lace wedding dress like the one below from Justin Alexander is romantic and whimsical and will transport you to your very own Tuscan destination wedding (in the backyard of course…)
Be prepared to see a lot of Neon this spring!! Not only have neon colors plunged into the world of high fashion but they are practically everywhere from boutique store fronts to city streets. And that just means if you haven’t seen them at your best friends wedding yet…prepare to! Weddings are the perfect occasion for the bride and groom to show a bit of themselves through the venue they choose, to the ceremony location, the food selection and of course their color palette. And given that Spring is just around the corner, and neon is clearly this springs fashion trend, I can’t think of a better idea than to incorporate a little neon into your wedding.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not suggesting choosing an entirely neon color palette! In fact if you are picking more than a few neon “pops” of color in only an 8 or so hour time frame (think ceremony + reception) then you may only end up blinding your friends and family (neon colors are known for being bright!) What I am suggesting is to incorporate your favorite neon colors (one or two) into your wedding and color scheme.
So my favorite neon inspired wedding ideas? I LOVE the idea of a bright bridesmaid dress (see below). If you have big wedding party then you may want to think twice, but for only a few bridesmaids this could be the perfect pop of color that every wedding desperately needs. If a yellow dress palette is too much for you to swallow how about combining dress colors? Match the bright yellow with a paler compliment to neutralize the palette a bit (check out the incredible yellow and white + pink combination below). Now if you aren’t looking for the “public” splash of color, how about a pair of neon heels that only you need to see and love! You can also add color with your choice of bouquet, the way you accessorize the bridesmaids (I love these pink and yellow earrings as a bridesmaid gift and a wedding accessory). Or you can incorporate color into your reception… Use it to brighten an all white room or dress up your table setting.
And to think… I bet you didn’t even like neon before this!