Subtlety is Key

I know all you 2012 brides are rolling up your sleeves and getting down to the nitty-gritty of wedding planning….details and color schemes. Remember when planning your day that subtlety is key. Don’t overwhelm your guests with too many patterns or a mish-mash of colors. You want your day to have a cohesive look that is timeless and elegant while still reflecting your personality. There are a few easy ways to achieve this.

1. Think outside the box with color schemes. Don’t choose the same old pink and navy or aqua and chocolate. Maybe choose shades of pink with touches of cobalt blue or a fun, funky aqua pattern with hints of chocolate for the smallest details. This will set your event apart from all the other weddings your guests are bound to attend this bustling wedding season. Just remember to THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX and be SUBTLE.

Photo: The Sweetest Occasion

2. Once you have picked your perfect color scheme now you can add those extra special touches in the smallest of places that will make the entire event come together. For example, fabrics…they can be used on pillows, lamp shades, linens, back drop for the photo booth, or even incorporated into your cake. All of these cohesive design elements will make your event seem smooth and classic.

Photos: Mood Fabrics

3. You can even incorporate your colors or pattern into the bridal party by thinking outside the box for bridesmaids dresses!

Photo: The Sweetest Occasion

Photo: A Bryan Photo for Southern Weddings

4. And lastly, you can incorporate your color scheme or theme through the catering or rentals. Adding bookshelves behind a normal table bar, having server attire, or even patterned china can add just enough detail to make your event seem truly elegant.

Photo: A Bryan Photo for Southern Weddings


French and Fabulous

I have been perusing for fall wedding ideas to share with you all and I found a fabulous palette on Once Wed. It would be perfect for a fall/winter wedding! French Dots, Sequins and Champagne by Roséline of {this is glamorous}…so perfectly titled. It combines elegance, glamour and sparkle to bring you a perfectly soft and unique palette. The gold-sequined shoes combined with the delicate gold-rimmed china, and the clusters of vintage glassware on the French dot linen takes you back to a time of where elegance was a daily ritual. A perfect atmosphere to celebrate the most romantic day of your life in…I’ll bring the champagne.

table setting, Style Me Pretty via {this is glamorous} // champagne, Perrier-Jouët // champagne glasses, Kate Spade Bubbly Dot Saucers// bouquet, inspired by Vionnet & designed for Vogue Spain, flowers by Bornay // necklace, Yellow Sapphire and Yellow Gold “Ruser” Designed Necklace // shoes, Givenchy Sequined Leather Pumpss

DIY: Wedding Dessert Stands

We know that cupcakes, mini desserts, and pies are now taking over wedding dessert tables. Along with this new trend every bride has to find a new and fresh way to present these lovely desserts, and this is the perfect DIY for that! Once Wed shares this crafty project created by Laurie Cinotto. It transforms terra-cotta saucers into beautiful dessert stands. They can be customized to each brides’ wedding vision, what is better than that! So brides, planners, mom’s, maids of honors get ready to roll your sleeves up and get creative. You can even turn it into a decorating party! What a perfect way to celebrate with all your girls! Click here for full instructions.


DIY: Photo Booth Props

We have all been to a party or wedding that had a photobooth. Along with this photobooth there were props right? But were they the cheesy, over the top kind? Too many boas and cowboy hats? When you look back on the photos you think “hmm not quite what I envisioned.” Well no worries..there are plenty of DIY photobooth props out there that are classy and fun!

Oh Happy Day posted this awesome DIY Photobooth Props that is perfect for any occasion! Kids birthdays, weddings or a fun cookout! It even comes with free printables for those of use who are not quite as handy when it comes to drawing.

Photo by: Aubrey Trinnaman

Hostess with the Mostess has to be one of the funniest and creative blogs I follow. There’s something there for every one! This DIY “Lighted Hearts” is perfect for weddings or even engagement sessions!

From: Hostess with the Mostess

Lastly, and probably my personal favorite, is DIY Photobooth Wall using frames from Lovely Girls Weddings and Events. There is so much variety and playfulness with this idea…possibilities are endless.

From: Lovely Girls Weddings and Events

New Year’s Eve Vows

This past New Year’s Eve I had the honor to ring in the New Year with the lovely ladies of Calder Clark Designs. We spent this surprisingly warm and sunny day bringing to life Ashley and Doug Hallett’s wedding day. Recently featured on The Wedding Row, this fun and lively couple, fondly known as Team Red, had a gorgeous wedding at the William Aiken House. The CCD team never lets me down when it comes to stunning creativity. The ombre palette was divine. With colors from mauve to mushroom CCD transformed the William Aiken House into a timeless event that I am sure everyone will remember. Here are a few of my favorite photos…click here for the full feature.

All photos by A Bryan Photo

Reception Venue: William Aiken House | Event Design & Planning: Calder Clark Designs | Photographer: A Bryan Photo | Florals & Fabric Production: Blossoms Events | Wedding Cake: Jim Smeal | Rentals and Tenting: Snyder Event Rentals | Linens: DC Rentals | Lighting: TEC | Calligrapher: Elizabeth Porcher Jones | Stationer: Dulles Designs |


To me, your bouquet is a very important piece to your wedding day. It must compliment your dress, reflect your style, and be stunning all at the same time. That’s a big job for one little bouquet as well as for you when choosing flowers. I remember when I saw my bouquet on my wedding day and I was floored. It was everything I had imagined it to be and more. It reflected my style and personality and didn’t overpower my dress. I truly loved it. Every girl should feel that way about their bouquet. So if you’re in need of some visual inspiration I have done some digging for you. As always Pinterest is a great place for inspiration for anything! Enjoy!

For those who are a bit more edgy, colorful, and playful bouquet:

P.S. – I love the Craspedia aka Billy Balls in all these bouquets! Top Left: My bouquet, Sara York Grimshaw Designs, photographed by Kerri Crutchfield Photography Top Right: Apartment Therapy Bottom: Aisle Candy

For those looking for a more traditional, classic, soft and romantic bouquet:

Top Left: Martha Stewart Weddings Top Right: Style Me Pretty Lavender Inspirational Shoot Bottom Left: Style Me Pretty Bottom Right: Serendipity

It’s All in the Details

I had the privilege to work with Calder Clark Designs last fall on a to die for wedding at Hilton Head. It was featured on her blog today and it reminded me of all the fun I had watching her creativity come to life while helping with the set up. Calder is the queen of mastering “the details.” She combines beautiful venues, bride’s personalities, and her own mastery of color to create color palettes that are so inventive and unique. I’m constantly impressed and awed at her events. This wedding was at the Westin in Hilton Head. Calder took this ordinary hotel on the beach and turned it into a soft, elegant and glowing affair. Subtle hints of copper were intertwined into the smallest details that were the perfect touches to make this wedding stand out. I think so many brides forget it is the little, subtle things that you can add to an event that will truly make it breathtaking. I’ve added a few of my favorite detail shots done by the amazing A Bryan Photo below. To see the rest view her blog post here. Also you can check out this wedding featured in Weddings Unveiled Magazine as well. Go ahead…you know you want to.

The escort card station

Beautiful place cards for the head table