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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

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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

Tis the season for love and engagements! As engagements are likely popping up all over your Facebook and Twitter newsfeeds these past few weeks, likely are the engagement photo shoots too. Currently trending are holiday and winter themed engagement sessions, which also double as the perfect holiday card to send out as a save-the-date or engagement announcement this time of the year. Here’s a look at a few of the favorites I’ve spotted throughout the season. Happy Holidays!


Melissa McCrotty Photography via Two Bright Lights


With Love & Embers


Megan Hartley Photography via Belle the Magazine


SARAH HASSTEDT via Grey Likes Weddings


Megan Hartley Photography via Belle the Magazine


With Love & Embers


SARAH HASSTEDT via Grey Likes Weddings


Squaresville Studios via Green Wedding Shoes


With Love & Embers


Captured by Corrin via Paper Moon Weddings


Wren Photography via Bride and Joy

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Velvet Owl Photography

The pops of red, the balloons, the feathers, the beautiful couple, the outdoor setting and did I mention the pops of red? Katie & Alex’s photographer not only took some amazing photos but also perfectly describes the foundation, and inspiration for their wedding day. I’ll let her take it from here…

Katie and Alex married at Stonebridge Country Club this past July, and their wedding was a wonderful combination of elegance, opulence, and cheerfulness. From the feathered centerpieces, to the German beer tasting at each place setting, to the tiffany’s inspired color scheme, this wedding was full of amazing details. The chandelier Katie chose to hang as the ceremony centerpiece was darling. Katie and Alex met at a skate park in Arizona, and decided to utilize a skateboard as well as balloons for part of their portraits.

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VendorsPhotographer: Katherine Salvatori Photography | Ceremony + Reception: Stonebridge Country Club | Cake: The Cakery | Florist + Chandelier: The Meeting House | Dress: Oleg Cassini | Veil: David’s Bridal | Shoes: Michaelangelo | Groom’s Attire: Vera Wang Tux from Men’s Warehouse | DJ: Tone Productions


Valentine’s Day might not be for another month, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of a saturated palette full of reds, fuchsias and blush pinks. With these colors you can go modern by using white as a base, or stick to a more classic look by using golds and roses.

red, fuchsia, blush pink wedding color palette

row 1: Jodi Buren via Martha Stewart Weddings; Jodi Buren via Martha Stewart Weddings; BHLDN
row 2: Angie Silvy Photography via SMP; Johnny Miller via Martha Stewart Weddings; Bella Figura
row 3: Martha Stewart Weddings; White Lilac via Lovely Little Details; David’s Bridal

This is the perfect holiday wedding palette if you ask me. Just the right balance of reds and greens, with hints of whites and golds. Makes me excited that Christmas is just five days away (yes, five!)!

row 1:  Ronnie Andren Photography via Style Me Pretty; Cue via designworklife; Orange Girl Photographs via Style Me Pretty
row 2: Jenny Packham; Kate Headley Photography via Landlocked Bride; Allison Reisz Photography via WeddingChannel; Yummy Cupcakes and Cakes via Postcards and Pretties
row 3: BHLDN; Simply Photography via Ruffled; Lisa Hessel Photography

Today’s inspiration board is a bit personal.  It is the one I created when planning my own wedding more than two years ago.  When I started the entire planning process, I knew I wanted bold punches of color.  And, considering the fact that my husband and I love red, it was a given that our palette had to be surrounded by it.

The beauty of this palette is that (for the most part) it is pretty versatile.  You can adjust the level of each color’s use throughout your decor to make it fit.  Chocolate was the more subdued color for us – used as an accent here and there.  Red was the star, with hints of orange to balance it out.  And, the white was used to make everything pop – a true foundation color.

row 1: Blogger Brides; Ladybird Poppy; J.Crew
row 2: Martha Stewart; Luminous Designs; Martha Stewart; The Wedding Decorator
row 3: Demetrios; Megan Thiele Photography; GQ

One of my favorite colors, by far.

The Perfect Palette features fun and inspiring color palettes to help you plan your wedding (or any event for that matter).  I’ve plugged the site before in the past, so I cannot help but feature them again when I find great color combos (or just ones that I personally love).

Enter, Candy Apple Red and Snow White:


Collage of photos courtesy of The Perfect Palette

I love this combo for many reasons, but one of them is that they are GREAT winter colors without being too cliche.  The mix of red and white adds good contrast.  Now, you can overdo it with this combo, so be sure to be tasteful with your choice of elements.  Use mostly white with just hints of reds here and there.  It’s a chic way to add touches of fun and class.

It’s color day at the Landlocked Bride. Stay tuned for another great combo this afternoon!

I definitely love a red, white and blue wedding.  Nothing to do with patriotism, red and blue are just two of my favorite colors, and I absolutely love them together.  I especially love when a bride (or groom) does it right, like this Australian one.

It is fantastic when the details are so well thought out. The bride placed photos of her grandparents in little blue frames and strung them from her bouquet on blue ribbon.

All images courtesy of Craven Images via Polka Dot Bride

The navy and the red just make me swoon. They are such classic colors! And the guys’ blue suits with the striped shirts? Ahh! So great!

And, I can think of one lovely American bride who also did red, white in blue in such a fantastic way.