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When I first saw this wedding, I couldn’t believe that it took place right here in the Midwest. The beautiful outdoor setting, the pops of green both in the decor and within the surrounding natural backdrop, the classic elements of black and white to the polka dots – everything looks as if it was taken straight from a magazine. Most people only hope to have a reception as beautiful as this, and lucky for this bride and groom, this was their second celebration as they had gotten married a month earlier in Honolulu, Hawaii (swoon). However, what I love most is that the couple incorporated photos form their wedding in Hawaii into the decor for their at-home reception.

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 Jennifer Jackson Photography

From the Bride:
Growing up I never dreamed about what my wedding day would look like but rather who the man at the end of the aisle was. I wanted someone dashing, like my father, loyal, intelligent, and someone who would always be the greater part of me. It took me many years and relationships before, by chance, I met my future husband. We happened to pass each other in the hallway one day at work. It was love at first sight and we were engaged on Christmas Eve morning 2011.
I didn’t want to get married in a church or make it a big affair. I just wanted the day to be about Andrew and I so we chose a destination wedding on Magic Island on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii at sunset on our 6th anniversary.
Andrew and I knew that many people wouldn’t be able to make the wedding ceremony in Hawaii so we planned a reception a month later at his parent’s home in Geneva, IL. My wonderful mother-in-law and dear friend Kay were the masterminds behind the Bright-Rarey Wedding Reception. Our wedding theme was white/black or opposites attract. We had lots of white paper lanterns hanging from the tent and beautiful, graphic accents of black and white. Kay put together all of the flower displays and table settings and Brenda created the menu and she baked all the cookies for the dessert table. Together Andrew and I created the table thank yous and the little boxes with our favors: a donation to the Smile Train. Kay used my favorite flowers, lilies and orchids, throughout the yard.
I remember walking into the backyard and seeing everything come together and tears formed in my eyes. It was such a beautiful sight. I loved how all the table displays had photos of our wedding ceremony from Hawaii. It was truly everything I had wanted, elegance and romance. The weather was perfect and the food was fantastic. It couldn’t have been a better day for us, and our family and friends’ love and support completed the day for us.


Caterer: Moveable Feast | Floral Designer: Kennicott Brothers | Linens & Coverings: BBJ Linens & Elegant Presentations | Equipment Rentals: Blue Peaks Tents

I love a black and white palette with a pop of color! The black and white keeps things classy and streamlined, while the color adds a whole other dimension. In this case, hot pink is splashed over the bride’s shoes, little details like pocket squares, and namely, her gorgeous ranunculus bouquet (I am obsessed with it). Lastly, how great is Mallory’s smile? I’m loving her joy and Troy’s sweet demeanor.

From the Bride:
Mallory and Troy met as first year grad students at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida in the
Fall of 2007. They dated for the two years of school before graduating in 2009. Since graduation,
life has taken them from Orlando to St. Louis (and her parents’ spare bedroom) to Atlanta
before, finally, settling back in St. Louis in 2011. After buying a home in the St. Louis area, Troy
proposed on the doorstep of their new home as they prepared to build a life together.

Mallory and Troy were married on September 22, 2012 in a truly St. Louis affair. Out of town
guests were greeted in their hotel rooms with fleur de lis emblazoned totes filled with goodies
to welcome them to the Gateway to the West including Sauce and Feast magazines, Cardinals
silly straws, Schlafly’s beer, Gus’s Pretzels, homemade gooey butter cake and for those that
really enjoyed themselves, bottled water, Tylenol and a custom “Do Not Disturb” door hanger.
The ceremony took place at the Jewel Box in Forest Park where Mallory’s parents had been
married 32 years prior followed by photos at Mallory’s high school Villa Duchesne, with
its towers, turrets, spiral staircases, marble arches and white stone facade fit for a fairy tale.
Guests then enjoyed cocktails, dinner and dancing (with the mother of the bride chanting “one
more song” at the end of the night) at former Cardinals’ outfielder Jim Edmonds’ Fifteen
Steakhouse, in a room lit only by lanterns and candlelight. Mallory and her mother planned every
last detail of the wedding day and hand-made many of the unique touches such as the guest list
seating chart, hanging lanterns, wine glass place card charms and even the napkin rings. This was
definitely a labor of love.

Mallory and Troy’s wedding was a classic, elegant and sophisticated yet personal and intimate
affair and the memories will last for their lifetime together.

Photographer: Cheryl M. Photography

I will never ever tire of city weddings. My love of the city comes in a close second behind my love of the mountains. It’s hard to beat city lines, skyscrapers and the urban and modern feel. Add a wedding to it, and bam, you have a modern soiree.

If you look beyond the joys of a city wedding, you’ll also find a lot of love in Lauren and Stu’s big day. Personal elements. A traditional Jewish ceremony (of which included them signing the Ketubah during). An emotional (and love-filled) first look. A stunning Chicago skyline view from the 67th floor of the Metropolitan Club. I hope you enjoy the city details in their wedding as much as I did!

Photographer: Thompson Wedding Photographers / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Five Grain Events / Reception Venue: Metropolitan Club at Willis Tower / Makeup Artist: edit Faces / Transportation: Windy City Limo / Flowers & Decor: The Wishing Well / Band: Orchestra 33 / Cake Baker: Sarah's Pastries / Portrait Station: ShutterBooth

Well, it’s been a good four months since the last color palette…but, that’ll be no more! Stay tuned for more inspiring color palettes!

Now that we have the apologies out of the way, I’m excited to share today’s color board. If you were over on Oh Lovely Day! earlier this week, you will have had a sneak peek (see here).  I love metallics. But, in a different way than most. I love mixing it with really bold and bright colors.  Especially in the winter time, because everyone is expecting you to pair gold and silver with icy blues and soft pinks. Black is the perfect pair for gold.  But, as I told Chandra’s readers on Monday, it also pairs well with red, green, blue, pink, yellow, orange….the list goes on.

row 1: Bella Figura; Cake Art Studio via Brides; Four-Studios via SMP; Paige Newton Photography via The Sweetest Occasion
row 2: Jenny Packham via Fashionologie; Crissie McDowelle Photography via SMP
row 3: Justin Marantz via SMP; Aruna B. Photography via SMP

What’s your favorite color to pair with gold?

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?

I’ve wanted to do this board for a while. And, while the palette screams Fall (or Winter), I just love that you can add any other color to this to punch it up – pinks, reds, navy, gray.  At any rate, aubergine is a great rich color, and the black and white give the gold and aubergine the perfect backdrop for sophistication.

row 1: One Kings Lane; Jan Kish via Brides; lunaphoto / Adorations Botanical Artistry via The Knot
row 2: Jessica Lorren via Engaged & Inspired; Bella Figura; Vera Wang via The Wedding Chicks

row 3: Martha Stewart Weddings; Agnes Lopez via SMP; Kate Spade

Bold and bright colors are just too much fun for me. And, it’s easy to play with their balance to create a different affect, including using them in subtle ways for a minimalistic look. Or, adding pops of color everywhere to make a statement. And, surf blue, apple, hot pink and white are the perfect Spring and Summer palette. Although, I challenge any couple to give a palette like this a try in Fall or Winter – now that would be a statement!

row 1: Kay English Photography via SMP; J.Crew; Katie Stoops Photography / Flower Girls via SMP; Nicole Welch Photography via SMP
row 2: Cut and Paste via Oh So Beautiful Paper; Amanda Rae Photography via SMP; Thompson Photography Group via Every Last Detail
row 3: Charlotte Geary Photography; Amelia Johnson Photography via SMP; Angie Silvy Photography via SMP; SOTA via SMP

row 1: Ceci New York; Badgley Mischka via ShopBop; Marcella Treybig Photography via SMP
row 2: Brooke Boling via SMP; Melissa Jill Photography / Avant-Garde Floral Design Studio via SMP
row 3: Spindle Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs; Eric Kelley Photography via SMP; Marcella Treybig Photography via SMP

Neon colors are on their way in (something I’m pretty excited about). It’s easy to go overboard or to combine these colors in a non-visually appealing manor – so take caution.

BUT, don’t let that scare you off. Take a modern approach and use the colors strategically – in stationery, flowers, linens, the cake. And, then balance them out with great complementary tones and neutral hues.

row 1: Cake, Stationery, Bridesmaids
row 2: Bride, Groom, Vase, Shoes
row 3: Tablescape, Bouquet, Centerpiece

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