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Bow tie or necktie? Patterned, bright colored or traditional? Which do you prefer? Whatever it may be, there are lots of options out there today to make your groom and groomsmen stand out or look classic in photos that you will look at forever. Here are a few of my favorite options for all sorts of different tie types for your mr. Take a look!


Brett & Jessica via Ruffled Blog


Dasha Caffrey Photography via Bridal Musings


Birch Blaze Studios vis Rustic Wedding Chic


Inlighten Photography via Polka Dot Bride


Junebug Company via Wedding Chicks


Deidre Lynn via Ruffled Blog


Diamond Cake Photography via Uschi and Kay


Jackie Wonders via Wedding Chicks


Nicole Dianne via Wedding Chicks


b. flint photography via Wedding Wire


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

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

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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



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.


Priscila Valentina Photography via Green Wedding Shoes




Anika London Photography via A Subtle Revelry

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Amy Stone Photography via Oh Lovely Day


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HEYLOOK via Ruffled Blog


Holli B. Photography via Bridal Guide


Sounds Like Yellow Photo via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings


Brklyn View Photography via Booklyn Bride


Nancy Ray Photography via Gratefully Inspired Blog


Aya Photography via Keestone Events


Not only do I adore how colorful this wedding is, I love how much the vibrancy reflects the couple’s love for one another and their families. The photos of them dancing, cake cutting, the bouquet and garter toss, just show how goofy and fun-loving they are. It made me wish I was there! Incorporating their backgrounds and cultures also makes their wedding so special to them and their families. I just can’t help but smile looking at these photos!

From the Photographer:

Ilene and Miguel met while they were both teachers for Teach For America in Baltimore, Maryland. They planned a beautiful New Mexico wedding in Ilene’s hometown of Albuquerque for friends all over the country featuring colorful details and traditions from Mexico. They had the ceremony in the Alumni Chapel at her Alma Mater, the University of New Mexico, and the reception at the gorgeous El Pinto restaurant. I loved all of the carefully chosen details in their wedding, and especially loved all the bright, beautiful colors!

Photographer: Brooke Trexler / Flowers & Decor: Melbas Floral Studio / Reception Venue: El Pinto Restaurant / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Bride’s Dress: Wtoo by Watters / DJ: Complete Music DJ / : Sandia Resort and Casino

Neon was a huge trend of 2012.  Although we are yet to see how the trend will survive in 2013, one thing is for sure, this trend is one that gets noticed. From neon pumps, accessories galore and an opportunity to re-introduce our favorite 80’s crewneck, a pop of neon will make a statement any day, night and especially on the most important day of your life.


Sweet Tea Photography via Bridal Musings

Photo via Brooklyn Bride

Lux Fashion on ETSY | Silver Lining Decor on ETSY | Dashe Designs on ETSY

Me and Matilda on ETSY

Beve By Lauren Fish on ETSY | Paper Polaroid on ETSY | Tree Town Paper on ETSY

Bella Figura

Paige Newton Photography via Modern Mindy | Juja Crafts on ETSY

Photo via A Wedding Cake Blog

Soiree Atlanta via A Low Country Wed

What are your thoughts on neon? Is it still a hot trend or fading fast?

Are any Landlocked brides’ planning on incorporating this bold trend into their wedding day?!

Let’s face it, we’re not all getting married in a house of worship.  So, how do you make your ceremony location stand out in a unique way? Flowers are the old standby.  Now, brides, stylists and planners are scouring for fun and unique ways for the altar to pop. Through color, textiles and found objects, the mission is accomplished.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres via Green Wedding Shoes

Having an evening warehouse / loft wedding? Hang strands of light from the ceiling for a simple yet dramatic look (with the added detail of ambient lighting).

Focus Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

Your grandfather loved clocks? Honor him with an eclectic collection of vintage clocks as your backdrop. Not only is this quirky and fun, but it’s a nod to your beloved family member.

The Nichols via Style Me Pretty

Jason + Anna Photography via Style Me Pretty

Having an outdoor ceremony? Add streamers to the trees to create a colorful backdrop, and a dramatic element when the wind blows.  Or, use found objects, like Allison did with these old doors, and string a fun phrase to frame the shot.

Paige Newton Photography via 100 Layer Cake

Want to add a pop of color? Aim for something dramatic using colorful textiles and votives, hanging them against a muted wall, from a tree or wherever the color will shine.

Jenny Jimenez via Style Me Pretty

Are you a teacher, or just a lover of chalkboards? Create this backdrop using design cues from your stationer. Not only does it make a fun ceremony backdrop, but it also is the perfect background for your photobooth.

Your ceremony backdrop is the perfect opportunity to add a little flair and personality. How did you (or will you) spruce up your ceremony spot?

White Wedding! There is something about an all white affair that I really appreciate. It can be simple and clean or so elegant and extravagant. It takes a special bride too, to not be the only thing highlighted in white. It used to be a palette (or lack there of) saved for winter, but I’m excited to see it incorporated into all seasons.

Left: Photo by Todd James Photography via The Knot, Right: Photo by Amy and Stuart Photography Floral Design by The Hidden Garden via SMP


Top: Photo by Kate Headley, paper design by Mr. Boddington’s Studio, calligraphy by Tara Jones via Snippet and Ink, Bottom: Photo by Natalie Spencer Photography via Bridal Musings

Top: Photo by Meg Smith, Bouquet by Kathy Hoffman Flowers via Martha Stewart Weddings, Bottom: Photo by Denise Nicole Photography, Centerpieces by Suzan M Florals via Every Last Detail

Left: Photo by Brett Heidebrecht Cake by Amy Cakes via The Bride’s Cafe, Top Right: Photo by Priscila Valentina Photography via GWS Bottom Right: Photo by This Love of Yours… Photography Flowers by Ah Sam Florist via SMP

Photo by Veronique Photography via Southbound Bride

Would you ever have an all white wedding or do you need some color in your festivities?

Although it’s still in the 100’s around here, the passing of Labor Day and the reappearance of Pumpkin Spice lattes have autumn sneaking up on us. Warm color palettes and cozy details like these are making me excited for it to actually get here!

Top: Maine Seasons Events, photo by Michelle Turner via Grey Likes Weddings, Middle Left: Charlotte Geary Photography, Middle Right: Widdis Photography via SMP, Bottom Left: Our Best Bites, Bottom Right: Martha Stewart Weddings

Top Left: Becky Hill via Elizabeth Anne Designs, Top Right: Kristyn Hogan via SMP, Middle, Bottom: Andrena Photography via Maharani Weddings

Are you excited for fall, or still holding onto summer?