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


Favorite Friday: Purple and Gold

I am obsessed with the color palette of purple and gold for anything lately. Jewelry, clothes, parties, Christmas, you name it and I adore it in purple and gold ha! However, it must be a subtle purple and gold combo. Not the overwhelming kind that gives your guests the feeling that they’ve walked into a grape. The chic, timeless, elegant combination that just screams glamorous.

 Photos: Top: Polyvore | Bottom: Etsy

Photos: Top: Elements of My Style | Bottom: Daily Mail UK

I also discovered this to die for winter wedding shoot by Southern Weddings (click for all the details) on The Sweetest Occasion. All you winter brides out there, try this divine color palette for your winter wedding and “wow” your guests with glistening details.

 From: Southern Weddings shot by Chudleigh Photography


DIY: Birdcage Veil

We all know that weddings can be costly and stressful. I always try to share my experiences, tips, and any fun tricks I can find to help every bride enjoy her wedding planning process. In wedding planning you notice it’s the little details that add up. Escort cards, invitations, shoes, accessories and so the list goes. In my research efforts I found this DIY for a birdcage veil. If you’re crafty or have a crafty family member or friend this is one way to cut down on a small expense while still getting a gorgeous veil. It can also be customized to match the feel of your gown. Check out Once Wed for the full instructions. Happy Planning!

From: Once Wed

Melanie & Jeff

Melanie and Jeff are two very, dear friends so when the idea of their wedding being in Charleston was tossed around one night at dinner I immediately volunteered to help! Melanie is a chef and Jeff is a foodie so extraordinary cuisine was their top priority. There’s no place better to host a wedding with impeccable food than Peninsula Grill. After months of planing with Melanie the guests arrived to an intimate courtyard ceremony just off of Market Street. The Planter’s Inn veranda provided the perfect “Charleston” backdrop for photos. Cocktails were filled with lamb lollipops, decadent cheeses and champagne. As the guests moved into the Garden Room the stunning and legendary coconut wedding cake took center stage. The dinner encompassed all the love and laughter a fabulous meal should hold. It was a special memory for us all! I am grateful to have been a part of it. Congratulations Melanie and Jeff!

All photos by Kerri Crutchfield Photography

Reception Venue: Peninsula Grill | Photographer: Kerri Crutchfield Photography | Florals: Sara York Grimshaw Designs | Wedding Cake: Peninsula Grill | Rentals and Tenting: Snyder Event Rentals | Calligrapher: Andrea Brown |

Superbly Succulent

If you’re getting married and you’re not a “flower” girl I know you’re wondering what are my options other than lanterns, birdcages, and candles. Succulents are definitely an option for you! They add amazing texture to a tablescape and can be used with any theme. Just take a look at these stunning centerpieces. They can be added to a floral arrangement to give dimension or stand alone. They will also last a few weeks after your special day, which makes a perfect gift for mom. Think outside the box if you’re not into the traditional floral centerpieces, you never know what you might find!

From: Elizabeth Anne Designs

From: The Knot

From: Re-nest

From: Style Me Pretty

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.


Delightfully Darling

I had to take a break from honeymoon posting for a moment as I have been catching up on my RSS feed of all my favorite blogs. The Sweetest Occasion had two of the softest, elegant, and darling color schemes I have seen on their Party Palette while I was away. Clementine and Watermelon and Mint and Blush. (click to check out the full post) I’m thinking clementine and watermelon for my birthday next year. How about you? What are your favorite party palettes?

Clementine and Watermelon Photo from: Travis J Photography via Rock n Roll Bride

Mint and Blush  Photo from: Style Me Pretty

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 |