Bold Bouquets {Bright Done Right}

Like most wedding planners, I’m obsessed with flowers. I personally love soft colors and fluffy, feminine flowers (peonies and garden roses, of course). Bold bouquets that consist of multiple colors, deep or bright, are something you have to be careful with. I support bold bouquets, but they have to be what I like to call “bright done right”. Although they may be composed of 5 colors, when done right, something just makes sense and ties everything together. This is something that is difficult to explain, so check out some fab pics instead. ;) These types of bouquets are so fun for a Spring or Summer wedding!

(If you love the bouquet above, click the image. It’ll take you to a Green Wedding Shoes blog post; this wedding is absolutely fabulous and so fun!)

You get the idea, right? I knew you would.

Something Blue {Traditions}

We are all familiar with the old tradition of “Some old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”. A lot of brides aren’t adhering to this tradition like they used to, but I believe this is a tradition that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon! The first three are usually the easiest, something blue can be a little more challenging!

There are so many fun ways to wear your “something blue”, though. Most are just a fresh twist on old ideas, which I love. Either way, check out some of my favs below!

(Find something you LOVE? Images are always clickable and will take you to their original location.)

Cocktail Rings:

Cocktail rings are super trendy right now. They go hand in hand (hehe) with the current vintage theme, and I just love them!

Soleful details:

These are just plain adorable, and can easily be done with some super glue and scrapbooking letters or rhinestones!

Garters:

This idea is nothing knew, but garters are cuter than they have ever been. The are gorgeous, fancy, and very detailed (unlike the old ones that all just had a small bow).

And, of course, fancy panties:

No explanation needed on this one. Put something pretty under that gorgeous dress!

Elisa & Steven {Unpredictability on the Gulf}

Elisa and Steven’s wedding day is definitely one I will never forget. There’s a first time for everything, and this was one of those unpredictable “firsts”.

Everything went as planned at the rehearsal, and they were off to the rehearsal dinner to have a fun night of food, dancing and drinks. I awoke at 8am on the wedding day to a text message from the groom, Steven, saying, “Please call me when you get this.” My heart sank. I had a horrible feeling, and knew something had to be wrong. I called Steven and he proceeded to tell me the he and Elisa were at the emergency room, and had been there for hours. Elisa was very sick all night; it got so bad that she had to go to the ER. They were giving her fluids via IV and things weren’t looking good for the wedding.

Long story short, Elisa started hair and make up less than 30 minutes before she was supposed to be on the beach taking pictures with her bridesmaids. The vendors were prepared to push everything back and hour or more, but somehow things ran barely 30 minutes behind schedule.

Elisa was stunning. Some of the guests had no idea she had been in the hospital all day; you wouldn’t have ever guessed it by the way she looked (see below). I know Elisa didn’t feel up to par the entire night, but she really did her best to enjoy the day, and constantly had a smile on her face. I give her an infinite amount of credit for trucking through that night and actually enjoying it. The icing on the cake was when she insisted on still doing the Hora (traditional Jewish “chair dance”). She went up on that chair like a champ, and it looked like she really had a blast! Although her day wasn’t perfect, as planned, it was still a wonderful day for all.

One other thing to note, when you see the pictures, you can see the sky is pretty overcast. Fifteen minutes prior to the ceremony it was black. The “wedding gods” thankfully gave her a break, and it somehow cleared just in time! I will be forever grateful for this!

Below: My Favorite Picture!

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Thank You to our awesome vendors!

Bouquets/Hoopa: Libby’s Flowers

Photography: Photog Studios

Ceremony Music: Tim Delaney of Steely Pan

Officiant: Christina Bowman of Beautiful Fl Weddings

DJ/UpLighting: O’Ryan Sound

Venue: Diamondhead Beach Resort & Spa

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Danielle & Ron {A Vintage Soiree, Birdies & Skeleton Keys}

Danielle is the craftiest bride I’ve had thus far. (She may have some competition from one of my March 2013 brides…stay tuned for that one next year.) She would see an idea in a magazine, or online (like the adorable “Meant to Bee” favors and the “i do” cupcake flags) and would have her version perfectly executed within days. She also loves thrifting, which I just so happen to love as well! We went from store to store looking for “treasures”, as Danielle calls them. We were on the hunt for the perfect vintage suitcase to be used as a card box and we were beyond excited when we finally found it (see below). My favorite details were without a doubt the bride’s hair and make-up by J & A Makeup Artistry. It tied the vintage look together perfectly!

Check out some photos by Jesse Netsch Photography:

Florist: Bumble Bee Florist

Hair & Make up: J & A Artistry

Bakery: Yum Yum Cakes

Photography: Jesse Netsch

Michelle & Andrew {Vintage Napa Valley…Island Style!}

Michelle & Andrew originally wanted to have a vintage inspired wedding in Napa Valley, California, but with family in Florida, they decided to bring a little Napa down to beautiful Marco Island, Florida!

Michelle was one of the most easy going, go with the flow brides I have worked with. As a couple, Michelle and Andrew are beyond adorable. When it was time to cut the cake, they opted to not have it announced. It took away the pressure/awkwardness of everyone watching, and made it an intimate moment for them to be candid, and just plain adorable. I watched from a distance and truly enjoyed the moment myself!

Michelle is drawn to all things vintage. She loves the idea of things being re-purposed; and her wedding was based on that concept. The wedding was previously blogged on the wonderful wedding blog, Style Me Pretty Florida. For more details on this gorgeous event, be sure to check out Style Me Pretty, until then check out some of the other pics below!

{The groom wrote the chalkboard….awwww!}

Special thanks to the vendors who made this event so grand!

Signature Florals

Narrative Image

Marco Beach Ocean Resort

The Pefect Pair {Bridal Shoes}

Bridal shoes can provide an opportunity for the bride to make a dramatic statement, in a subtle way. From satin and crystals to hot pink and sparkles, it’s up to the bride how dramatic she wants that statement to be. They are also just a super fun addition to pictures!

As always, the clickable images will take you to the original location of the image (in this situation, the site where you can buy these awesome shoes).

 

The feather detail on these shoes is actually a clip. These clips can be added almost anywhere, on any shoe, to sass them up a bit!

 

Wonderful Winter Wedding {Details}

I love the idea of a winter wedding theme, even in Florida. Although it’s currently 80 degrees here, there’ something so appealingly festive about a winter themed wedding. I’ve found a few gem details recently that I just LOVE for this theme. So, of course, I have to share them!

We’ll start with what’s possibly my favorite-

White Branch Drink Stirrers

These little cuties are an awesome detail. Sometimes the smallest details make the biggest impact. I’m not saying these stirrers will be the focal point of your wedding, but I’m thinking the guests will definitely be chatting about how cute and unique they are!

An “Icey” Favor, Rock Candy

Rock candy would be a super cute addition to a tablescape! The little treats just scream wintry, the clear or blue ones that is. Maybe they don’t scream it, but they remind me of ice! A candy stick at each setting  would be an excellent winter wedding detail!

White Pine Plates

More frozen trees? Yes, please! These plates against a soft gray table cloth…swoon! Hello winter wonderland!

Hot Chocolate Station

Who doesn’t love hot chocolate?! Instead of a candy, coffee, or dessert station, serve your guests hot chocolate with a schlew of tasty additions. Peppermint hot chocolate, toffee hot chocolate, extra chocolatey hot chocolate…I don’t know how I’d ever decide.

Very Vintage Wedding Hair

I love that the vintage thing is such a huge trend in weddings right now. I’ve always said that I should have been born in another time; maybe the 40′s, but with my Chi, iphone, and a few other necessities. The vintage trend is becoming more and more present in weddings. From the dress, to the decor, and even the hair, the vintage trend is everywhere, even when the theme isn’t vintage related.

I really love the vintage hair look. It’s soft, romantic, elegant and timeless. Side swept do’s and pin up curls is where it’s at, ladies! I am so very thankful that the 80′s-90′s traditional french twist and the let’s just curl everything in sight look is making a strong exit. Don’t get me wrong, curls are never going away. The innocence of them is perfect for almost any bride, but there’s a right way to do them, and a very wrong way. Now I’m rambling, and I really just wanted to share some fabulous hair pics! So, without further ado, very vintage hair:

(As always, the pictures are clickable links to where they originally came from.)

 

 

 

A bottle of wine that could save your marriage! {Unique Wedding Ceremonies}

I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last post! We are full swing in an amazing fall wedding season here in SWFL, and busier than ever! I cannot wait to share some of these weddings with you all (soon).

I came across something today that made my heart melt just a little bit. I love a unique touch to a wedding ceremony. Traditional ceremonies are lovely, but I just LOVE hearing something clever that I’ve never heard before, which brings me to what I came across today!

I’m going to quote the Edison & Ford Winter Estates’ blog post, so I don’t ruin the story telling with my interpretation.

“Before the ceremony, the bride and groom wrote letters describing all the things they love about each other. During their wedding, officiant David Thompson of BareFoot We Wed, had them place their letters into a small box containing a single bottle of wine. “Keep this bottle in plain sight in your home. Should your marriage ever hit a rough spot, before you make any rash decisions, open the bottle of wine, pour each other a glass, and read your letters,” he said. This wine ceremony had everyone tearing up! “

Don’t you just love that idea?!

 

Flawless Flowers that last Forever {Paper Flower Details}

You might think the only reason one would use paper flowers over real flowers is cost, but I beg to differ! Paper flowers are so very unique, and can be found in colors that real flowers just cannot. This look might not be for all brides, but I personally think they make a gorgeous, colorful and fun statement! The textures and colors they provide create a stunning presentation. Enough with the persuasion attempt, see for yourself!