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Flowers are an intricate part of every wedding day from the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets to the boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen to the ceremony decor and reception centerpieces. There are so many different combinations that can be done with flowers to set the perfect mood for your special day, but lately, pink peonies have been blooming just about everywhere, and I love the elegant touch they add to any bouquet. Take a look at these gorgeous shades of pink peonies.

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Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty

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DelbarrMoradi via Wedding Chicks

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BRAEDON PHOTOGRAPHY via Ruffled Blog

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One and Only Paris Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs

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Kristin Vining via Style Me Pretty

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Simply Bloom Photography, LLC via Style Me Pretty

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Tara Donne via Real Simple

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The Nichols via Elizabeth Anne Designs

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Emily Steffen via Wedding Chicks

Statement jewelry pieces, especially necklaces in particular, are popular right now, both down the aisle and in day-to-day life. Think Bauble Bar, J. Crew, Kate Spade…Jewelry for your wedding day doesn’t necessarily need to be elegant and dainty, but it  can match your style, or that of your wedding party. Don’t be afraid to accentuate your gown or your bridesmaids dresses with something fun, bold and bright. Why not wear a big, fun piece as the bride (during the reception perhaps if you want to keep it simple and more traditional during the ceremony?) or let the bridesmaids each pick a fun piece that matches their personality? Or even let your maid or matron of honor have a fun, special piece just for her to stand out. There is a lot of fun that can be had with jewelry to add a bit of color or personality to your wedding day. Have fun playing around with different options. Here are a few favorites!

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K Stone Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic

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Courtney Bowlden Photography via Wedding Chicks

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Lani Elias Fine Art Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Bryce Covey Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Matt Johnson Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Anna Routh Photo via Southern Weddings

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Heather Cook Elliott Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Hello Studios via Ruffled Blog

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Michelle Sullivan Photography via Style Me Pretty

With the start of spring just right around the corner (finally!), there is something so fresh and fulfilling about the sight of crisp black and white stripes whether it be used in the ribbon of your floral bouquet, on a table runner, a bow tie or other table linens, the look of the black and white stripes is so classic and beautiful. Here are a few of my favorite uses of the classic take on black and white stripes.

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Matt and Julie Weddings via Ruffled Blog

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EP Love via Green Wedding Shoes

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Ryan Ray Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Anna Elizabeth Cakes via Cakes Decor

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Hazelnut Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs

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Justin Lee via Hostess with the Mostess

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Stephanie Saul Photography via Bridal Musings

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Taylor Lord Photography via Style Me Pretty

 

Gold makes a beautiful accent to just about anything, but cake? Even better! Take a look at some of these beautiful ways to incorporate gold into your wedding cake and desserts to make them look almost too good to eat (but don’t worry, they’ll still taste great too). Enjoy!

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Mark Brooke Photography & Mathieu Photo via Wedding Chicks

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Weddings by Scott and Dana via Ruffled Blog

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Graeme Sharkey via A Blissful Nest

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Flutter Glass Photography via 100 Layer Cake

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Connie Lyu via Elizabeth Anne Designs

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Brosnan Photographic via Grey Likes Weddings

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Judy Pak Photography via The Knot Blog

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Jen Huang Photography via Lael Cakes

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Ruffled Blog

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Ruth Eileen Photography via Style Me Pretty

 

February is here, and February is also known as the month of love. Valentine’s Day is this week, and we’ve got lots of pink and red and love inspired ideas to share with you! Of course weddings and engagements are already inspired by love, but Valentine’s Day has a way of making love seem extra special and stand out just a little bit more. Here are a few of my favorite red, pink and heart inspired trends to consider for your engagement sessions, bridal showers and wedding days. Enjoy!

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Elizabeth in Love via Style Me Pretty

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Mia Dee Photograph via Confetti Daydreams

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Katelyn James Photography via Ruffled Blog

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Zac Wolf Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Dasha Caffrey via Wedding Chicks

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Gabriel Ryan via Green Wedding Shoes

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Betwixt Studio via Style Unveiled

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White Loft Studio via Ruffled Blog

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Francesco Brunello Studio Fotografando via Wedding Chicks

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Modern Moments Designs via Hostess with the Mostess

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Christa Kimble Photography via Wedding Chicks

I adore big balloons. Whether it may be used as a prop in your engagement or wedding photos, with your groom or with your bridal party or as the perfect backdrop or focal point for your ceremony or reception venue, there is something so magical about the big, bright (or pastel) balloons. My favorite touch is the added tassels to the string of the balloon making them that much more fun. Here are a few of my favorite uses of these pretty, big balloons.

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Elizabeth Messina via Style Me Pretty

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Christian Cruz via Green Wedding Shoes

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Rachel Parker of MHP via Southern Weddings

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Shipra Panosian Photography via Elizabeeth Anne Designs

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Rachwal Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Jaylena Photography via Ruffled Blog

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Oli Sansom via Style Me Pretty

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Nathan Russell Photography via Ruffled Blog

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Cotton Candy Photography via Love My Dress

 

Being the graphic design nerd that I am, and a big fan of keeping up with color trends in design and wedding themes, I happen to always look forward to Patone’s Color of the Year release. Please hide the snickers. It’s a small reveal, but it’s interesting each year their choice. For 2014, let me introduce you to Radiant Orchid:

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I’m a huge fan of purple and all it’s shades so I’m looking forward to seeing how brides and grooms across the Midwest incorporate this color into their celebrations this year. I am also into the radiant elegance of the plant this color is inspired from, orchids. I’ll leave you with a little inspiration of how couples have incorporated the flower into their big day to get your brain juices flowing in creating color palettes with the 2014 color of the year!

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The beginning of wedding day for Brendon and Jessica began at the farm they purchased to raise their future (and current animal) family. The warm colors and furry details of their wedding day will melt your heart, not to mention the gorgeous St. Louis wedding ceremony to follow. Just wait until you see their adorable pets, both dogs and horses, in these wedding photos.

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From the photographer:
Brendon and Jessica’s wedding day was filled with a strong sense of family from the first moment on. While Brendon prepared for the day at his parent’s home with all of his groomsmen (including his much loved great dane, Waylon), Jessica and her ladies got ready at the home they purchased to raise their family at as husband and wife. Jessica’s little pup, Boomer, stayed by her side all morning long. Their first look happened on their front porch and their bridal party took most of their images right by the pasture that contained their much loved horses. The photos taken at their home were my favorites of the day. The love Brendon and Jessica have for their pets would warm anyone’s heart. They each had to say “goodbye” to their pups before they left for their ceremony and although the furry ones had to stay at home, several elements of their evening paid tribute to them.


Ceremony Venue: St. Francis Xavier College Church - St. Louis University / Reception Venue: Xavier Grand Ballroom / Makeup Artist: Airbrush Makeup by Chelsey / Hairstylist: Ginger Bay Salon and Spa - Jellica / Flowers & Decor: Kirkwood Florist / Bride’s Dress: Enzoani - Maiden Voyage Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: David's Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal / Groom’s Attire: Tommy Hilfiger / Catering: Russo's Catering / Cake Baker: Russo's Catering / Band: Boom / Photographer: Amy Meyerott Photography

…it tastes good to! Statement-making wedding cakes are not necessarily a new thing. People have incorporated all kinds of themes and colors throughout the years. However, I’ve ran into a baker friend of mine  and she has noticed that bakers and brides are getting their creative juices flowing when it comes to making some of the statement pieces on those beautiful cakes edible. This means not having to try to take down toppers and inedible flowers, but simply diving in and giving each guest a little fun piece of your them and scrumptious dessert. We’ve collected some of our favorite ideas below:

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One of my favorite trends I’ve seen as of late involves glitter, sparkle, gold and all things confetti. Confetti is popping up all over the place whether it be on stationery, as a guest favor, as part of a tablescape or the key piece (or pieces) to your grand exit following your wedding ceremony. Either way, I absolutely love it and the color and shine that confetti brings to photos and real life, not to mention, there are so many options when it comes to size, shape, color, texture, you name it. Here are a few of my favorite confetti uses in weddings, engagement sessions, stationery, favors and beyond.

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Priscila Valentina Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

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Anika London Photography via A Subtle Revelry

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Amy Stone Photography via Oh Lovely Day

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Inside the Lovely

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HEYLOOK via Ruffled Blog

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Holli B. Photography via Bridal Guide

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Sounds Like Yellow Photo via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

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Brklyn View Photography via Booklyn Bride

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Nancy Ray Photography via Gratefully Inspired Blog

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Aya Photography via Keestone Events