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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


Though in a lot of landlocked states it doesn’t quite feel like spring yet, this wedding might change that! With the looming thunderstorm, succulents everywhere, and lighthearted feel, Tasha and Adam’s nuptials in my hometown had me almost able to smell the rain in the air at Forest Park.


From the Photographer:

Tasha and Adam’s wedding had a very laid-back, organic feel.  The style of the day was a little vintage garden, a little country and a little industrial.  Being a very laid-back girl at heart, Tasha’s look was very natural, with simple hair and makeup.  She had two pairs of shoes:  one sparkly pair for the ceremony, and her cowboy boots for some pictures.  The ceremony, at the Jewel Box, in St. Louis’ famous Forest Park, was beautiful.  A small thunderstorm rolled through during the ceremony, and it was actually really lovely to listen to the low rumble of the thunder.  Luckily the rain stopped just in time to leave for pictures in Forest Park!   The lush greens, whites, and purples of the flowers and trees, after the rain, perfectly matched Tasha and Adam’s wedding theme.  The reception, at Sqwire’s, was a very laid-back party.  Tasha and Adam’s friends gave them bean-bag goals, that featured their home states, which guest could play outside. It felt like a fun family get together; no pretenses – just love.


Photographer: Kelly Pratt Photography / Getting Ready Venue: Moonrise Hotel / Ceremony Venue: Jewel Box, Forest Park / Caterer/Reception Venue: The Annex at SqWires / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Friend - Reena Karan / Flowers and Cake Topper: Poppies Design Studio / Bride’s Dress: Elizabeth Filmore, Fleur de Lis Bridal Boutique / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Hairpiece / Jeweler: Lindwedel Jewelers / Bride’s Shoes: Anthropologie / Hairstylist: Philip Johnson Salon / Makeup Artist: Sister; Korey Starkey / Invitations & Stationery: The Firecracker Press, Matty / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids / Groom/Groomsmen's Attire: Stallone's Formal Wear / Cake Baker: The Cakery / DJ: Tom Rogers

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Ashley Rose Photography via Ruffled Blog

There is something so sweet and decadent about a French macaron for a dessert or a sweet treat. These dainty, delicate delights taste as good as they look, but the beauty of these treats makes for the gorgeous display at any high class event, especially at a wedding or bridal shower. Here are a few gorgeous macaron displays worth swooning over.

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Bryce Covey via Style Me Pretty

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Paula Luna via Wedding Chicks

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joielala via Style Me Pretty

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Jade & Matthew Take Pictures via The Knotty Bride

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Elisabeth Millay via Style Me Pretty

 

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The Photography of Haley Sheffield via Style Me Pretty

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Jemma Keech Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Jose Villa via Brunch at Saks

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My Heart Skipped via Wedding Chicks

 


A wedding of high school sweethearts is always a very special event. Not only is the story of the couple great, but having been together for so long, the friends and family surrounding the couple often know each other well too, so the party is full of familiar, close guests. This wedding has all of that, in addition to romantic soft details that feel just right for kicking off spring!

 


From the Coordinator:

Kelly and Andrew have such a fun story. They are high school sweethearts who have been together for over a decade! This dynamic made their whole wedding weekend a blast since their families and friends have been intertwined for so long.

After setup was complete and photos were done, it was time for cocktails! Even the occasional sprinkles couldn’t keep guests from the terrace as they enjoyed the amazing string quartet Artistrings and the spectacular setting.

After cocktails, guests made their way into the Pavilion for dinner. The reception was kicked off with bridal party announcements followed by the couple’s first dance. Both sets of parents welcomed guests with heartfelt toasts before the delicious dinner was served by Bauer’s Catering. During the salad course, Kelly and Andrew cut their cake, which was both beautiful and delicious.

After dinner, it was time for dancing. An important moment in the evening was the sibling dance, which really brought Kelly and Andrew’s families together. During dancing the photo booth by The Traveling Photo Booth was open and late night snacks were served. As the evening came to a close, the party really started. The bride and groom provided glow sticks, sunglasses, and other fun items for those left on the dance floor, and it made for a raucous celebration. Style Matters kept the party going strong until the very end. It was a joyous celebration for all involved!


Photographer: Erica Rose Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Five Grain Events / Ceremony Venue: St. Mary Parish--Buffalo Grove, IL / Reception Venue: Cuneo Mansion / Catering: Bauer's Catering / Flowers & Decor: Forget Me Knodt / DJ: Style Matters / Lighting: Elegant Event Lighting / Ceremony Musicians: Artistrings / Photobooth: Traveling Photo Booth / Transportation: Windy City Limo / Beauty: Elena Fantucchio of Bobbi Brown

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Braedon Flynn via Inspired by This

I am seeing the glow of marquee signs in a lot of weddings as of late, and I love the detail they bring to the table. These are perfect as a backdrop, an addition to a bar or sweets table or with your new monogram or new last name. How would you love to see a marquee sign incorporated into your wedding day? Here are a few fun ideas to take a look at!

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Elisabeth Carol Photography! via Wedding Chicks

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ALLY MICHELE PHOTOGRAPHY via Ruffled Blog

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Stephanie Rose Photography

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Birds of a Feather Photography via Inspired by This

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CarolineRo via Ruffled Blog

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Erin Forehand Photography via Ruffled Blog


Though we’ve been seeing quite a few gold glittery inspiration boards from St. Patrick’s Day a few days ago, this wedding rewinds back to a different sparkly soiree. Coryn and Jake chose to wed each other on New Year’s Eve with an awesome black and white and gold glitter color scheme. Aside from the fun of a holiday wedding, they had so many other unique elements like the fire department nods everywhere (from the truck itself and the groom’s cake, all the way down to the little hat on the cake topper), fun socks and fur coats, detailed wedding programs, and even a wedding app!

 


From the Bride: 

Both Jake and I don’t like New Years Eve, at all. The hype and pressure to have the best night ever is always a set-up for disappointment. We have always stayed home and complained about how overrated it all is. Naturally then, we decided we should get married that day. From day one we looked at it as throwing a big party for all our favorite people. We really embraced the glitz of new years with gold and glitter everywhere! I even was determined to have a gold sequin dress to fit the evening.  

One of my very favorite things we bought was our aisle runner which was from My Modern Home on Etsy. We did very minimal decor on the ceremony side seeing as our ceremony was barely 10 minutes, so the pop of pattern on the runner was the perfect touch. 
 
The best decision we made was having one of our friends marry us. We wanted it to be personal and wanted someone who knew and loved us individually and as a couple. Joe did an unbelievable job. He opened with personal tidbits about each of us and had the whole room laughing. He then mirrored our emotions during the vows and I thought all three of us were going to need a minute to compose ourselves. He was the detail we received the most compliments on from the entire evening.  
 
The whole day turned out even better than we imagined. We passed out cheesy New Years favors and were surrounded by our most cherished family and friends when midnight rang. Needless to say New Year’s Eve is now definitely our favorite holiday. 

Photographer: Christine McGuigan Photography / Second Shooter: Jennie Davis Photography / Reception Venue: Livestock Exchange Building / Bride’s Dress: Sarah Seven / Cake Baker: The Cake Gallery / Flowers & Decor: Wedding Creations by Marcia / DJ: James Cloyd with Complete Music / Videographer: Digital Solutions / Hairstylist: Lyndsey Golden at the Hills Salon / Makeup Artist: Simone at Reve Salon

Stationery is an important aspect of a wedding from save the dates to invitations to ceremony programs to menus. With spring just about here, these pretty floral stationery pieces are making their way into inboxes all around the globe. Here’s a peak at a few favorite uses of floral patterns and designs on wedding day invites and stationery. Take a look!

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Adrienne Gunde Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Michaela Noelle via Anastasia Marie Cards

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Kat Willson Photography via Ruffled Blog

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Katie Stoops Photography via Wedding Chicks

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Love Me Do via Ruffled Blog

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Lisa Lefkowitz via Rue Mag

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Nessa K Photography via Ruffled Blog

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Becca Rillo Photography via Love and Lavender

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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


This wedding is so precious I can’t stand it. To start there are the ladies getting ready in red flannel buttondowns while the groom is shaving. Then there’s the unconventional attire of both the bride and groom. Next we get the bride arriving on a boat to meet a teary eyed groom during the ceremony. Then we move on to koozies and decorated cups, toasts and homemade pie, s’mores and fireworks. The whole day seems so full of personality, fun, and true meaning for the bride and groom that I can’t help but love it.

 


From the Photographer:

There’s nothing quite like Wisconsin in the Fall so when my bride and groom told me that they were moving their wedding from Chicago to central Wisconsin I totally understood! Having grown up in the area, Erin got ready at a local lakefront cottage while her groom to be got ready at the Cambridge Country Club. After a few helping hands from her mom and girlfriends to get into her dress Erin was off to meet her Dad on the pier where he would escort her via boat to her ceremony site. Surrounded by Fall foliage and close childhood friends, Erin tried to keep Brad’s cheeks dry by wiping away tears of happiness during their vows. How quickly we sometimes forget just how emotional these events can be! Immediately following the ceremony guests were greeted with custom coozys that the couple had created for guests as a keepsake. Their casual backyard shindig actually felt quite intimate and soon everyone was led into a white airy tent that would house them for the next few hours under the stars. This made way for some exuberant toasts and homemade pies after dinner. Just when things started to get a bit more rowdy, fireworks (courtesy of Erin’s dad) sprung from the sky and with that Erin and Bradley’s wedding day was official!


Photographer: Steve Koo Photography / DJ: Pam's Fun Factor / Flowers & Decor: Ashland Addison / Bride’s Dress: Candela / Ceremony/Reception Venue: Private Residence at Lake Ripley in Wisconsin

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