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!
K Stone Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic
Courtney Bowlden Photography via Wedding Chicks
Lani Elias Fine Art Photography via Style Me Pretty
Bryce Covey Photography via Style Me Pretty
Matt Johnson Photography via Style Me Pretty
Anna Routh Photo via Southern Weddings
Heather Cook Elliott Photography via Style Me Pretty
Hello Studios via Ruffled Blog
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.
Matt and Julie Weddings via Ruffled Blog
EP Love via Green Wedding Shoes
Ryan Ray Photography via Style Me Pretty
Anna Elizabeth Cakes via Cakes Decor
Hazelnut Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs
Justin Lee via Hostess with the Mostess
Stephanie Saul Photography via Bridal Musings
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!
Mark Brooke Photography & Mathieu Photo via Wedding Chicks
Weddings by Scott and Dana via Ruffled Blog
Graeme Sharkey via A Blissful Nest
Flutter Glass Photography via 100 Layer Cake
Connie Lyu via Elizabeth Anne Designs
Brosnan Photographic via Grey Likes Weddings
Judy Pak Photography via The Knot Blog
Jen Huang Photography via Lael Cakes
Ruth Eileen Photography via Style Me Pretty
Although I’m sure many of us have spring and summer on our minds with the way this crazy Midwest winter has been, this cold, icy day has me thinking about hot chocolate. What better treat after the ceremony or at the end of the reception than a hot chocolate bar complete with marshmallows and mint flavored candy sticks (or even consider including coffee or cookies!) to warm you (and your guests) up during your winter wedding? Hot chocolate isn’t just for the holiday season. We’ve just got a few weeks left of this cold season, so we might as well embrace it, right? Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa and these pretty hot chocolate bar ideas below.
Brinton Studios via Style Me Pretty
Birdsong Photography via Polka Dot Bride
Hostess with the Mostess
Ariel Renae Photography via The Knot Blog
Green Wedding Shoes
Benjamin Edwards via BridalHood
Harwell Photography via Style Me Pretty
Rachel Peters Photography via 100 Layer Cake
Paige Alisa Photography
Angela Fortin Snyder Photography
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!
Elizabeth in Love via Style Me Pretty
Mia Dee Photograph via Confetti Daydreams
Katelyn James Photography via Ruffled Blog
Zac Wolf Photography via Style Me Pretty
Dasha Caffrey via Wedding Chicks
Gabriel Ryan via Green Wedding Shoes
Betwixt Studio via Style Unveiled
White Loft Studio via Ruffled Blog
Francesco Brunello Studio Fotografando via Wedding Chicks
Modern Moments Designs via Hostess with the Mostess
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.
Elizabeth Messina via Style Me Pretty
Christian Cruz via Green Wedding Shoes
Rachel Parker of MHP via Southern Weddings
Shipra Panosian Photography via Elizabeeth Anne Designs
Rachwal Photography via Style Me Pretty
Jaylena Photography via Ruffled Blog
Oli Sansom via Style Me Pretty
Nathan Russell Photography via Ruffled Blog
Cotton Candy Photography via Love My Dress
Are you searching for new and different ways to brighten up your bridal or bridesmaid bouquet? Succulents are neutral yet filling, and they have a way of making a bouquet just perfect, no matter what the theme or the colors of your wedding day may be. Take a peek at a few of these favorite succulent bouquets. Enjoy!
A. Blake Photography via Project Wedding
Nancy Ray Photography via Wedding Chicks
Brinton Studios via Trendy Bride
Meredith Carlson Photography via Wedding Chicks
Jordan Washer Photography via Wedding Chicks
Sonya Yruel via Ruffled Blog
Vasia Weddings via Wedding Chicks
Becky Male Photography via Wedding Ideas Mag
J. Wiley Photography via Green Wedding Shoes
Made by Juviena via Wedding Chicks
Now that the new year is underway, and many of you may be newly engaged, it’s time to get all of the details of your wedding day underway! One of my favorite wedding day details is the use of chalkboards in many different ways from ceremony programs to dinner menus to displaying bar details or fun facts about the wedding party. Take a look at some of these gorgeous chalkboard designs. How might you be incorporating chalkboard art into your big day?
Andi Mans Photography & Design via Wedding Chicks
Aimee McAuley Photography via Wedding Chicks
Aimee McAuley Photography via Wedding Chicks
Michael Anthony Photography via Wedding Wire
Joyeuse Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic
Chris + Jenn Photos via Ruffled Blog
Jen Huang Photography via Style Me Pretty
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:
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!
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.
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.