5 Inspired Color Palettes for Your Modern, Romantic Wedding

Uncategorized Aug 01, 2019
Choosing your wedding colors is the base for all good wedding design. A beautiful color palette is woven throughout your wedding - from the flowers, to the linens to the bridesmaids dresses - your colors are front and center, so choosing the right colors is an important job. Here are some of our favorite colors palettes for Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The ideas for how to incorporate your wedding colors into your big day:
  • Flowers 
  • Table Linens - accent colors used on non-guest tables like the cake table, escort card table, head table, etc. 
  • Bridesmaids Dresses
  • Groomsmen Ties
  • Cocktail colors
  • Mother of the Bride/Groom Dresses
  • Tent Draping 
  • Tapered Candles
 
However you want to use your wedding colors in your big day make sure you’ve chosen exactly the ones you want before your start spending any money. It's hard to go back and order new colors...
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Everything You Need to Know About Save the Dates

wedding planning Mar 19, 2019
When it comes to wedding invitations I wanted to know the essentials from the best in the biz. So I asked Alison Hazinski, the amazingly talented artist, stationer and owner behind One Only Paper,  a bespoke paper and custom invitation company based in Raleigh, North Carolina, to help me breakdown only the need to know about Save the Dates to get you sharing your wedding details ASAP. 
 
Save the dates are cards you send out in advance of your wedding invitations, inviting guests to save your wedding date. Since wedding invitations are traditionally sent out 6-8 weeks before your wedding, save the dates are particularly helpful when you have a lot of out of town guests who will need to make travel arrangements, or if you have a lot of friends who will be getting married around the same time.
 
Image by Mikkel Paige 
 
Your save the date only needs three important pieces of information:
  1. Who you are
  2. Your wedding date
  3. What city you’re going...
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5 Truths About How Wedding Planners Can Save You Money

wedding planning Feb 28, 2019

Can a Wedding Planner really save you money? Well as a wedding planner, I really hope so, but it isn’t so easy to quantify in dollars and cents. 

 I think that when people ask this question they are hoping that the wedding planner will have a network of secret connections all over town and because they work with this one planner they will get 10% off here or 20% off there. Like an assumed discount everywhere they go because they are working with that specific planner. 

 I have never worked like this and honestly, don’t know anyone who has. There is nothing legit in my book about getting kickbacks for referring services to vendors. Because that’s what the discount would be. The client would get the discount and the vendor would give that discounted amount to the wedding planner for referring them the business. Would you want to work with someone who was padding their wallet double by working with you? No, I wouldn’t. It just doesn’t...

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Color Inspiration: Neutrals

inspiration Feb 07, 2019

 

 

Weddings don’t always have to have bursts of color. In fact we are currently loving monotone palettes and how they let the natural beauty of the venue and the couple shine on such a special day. 

 

 

If you liked this post then you'll also like Color Inspiration: Lavender & Light Blue or How to Hire the Wedding Vendors that are Right for You

 

Hugs & Best Wishes,

Emily

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My Makeover Experience at Sephora

just for fun Jan 24, 2019
It has been a long time since I really cared about how my makeup looked. That’s not to say I don’t care, but I’ve always been the kind of person who has a very strong sense of self and confidence with and without the primping so it’s not always necessary for me.  
 
Time is also a factor, since I’d had my first baby, about 3 years ago the amount of free time that I’ve had and the priority of me doing my makeup well, has gone way down. It’s like, let’s figure out what my 5 minute makeup routine is and do that twice a week. 
 
I have made the decision to be in front of the camera more for my business and I truly want to put my best face forward. Well, putting my best face forward means that I needed to update what I do for my makeup routine. 
 
Sephora has always been my go to place to find what I’m looking for in the makeup department because well, they have almost everything a girl could need....
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29 Best Garden Inspired Bouquets for Your Spring Wedding

inspiration Jan 17, 2019

Garden, loose, textured, organic, all of these words describe our favorite style of bouquet. Here we've rounded up the best of these floral garden inspired beauties and want to share them with you. 

P.S. - We intentionally tried to find bouquets that had in-season spring flowers. This makes it easy to share with your florist and have them say, "we can do that!" I will warn you that there are two pink beauties that have Dahlia's (a late summer/fall blooming flower) that we couldn't help but include. 

 

Florals: The Petlar Co. / Image: Jacqueline Dallimore

 

Florals: Sarah Winward / Image: Kychelle Photography

 

Florals: Unknown / Image: Lauren Fair Photography

 

Florals: Sarah Winward / Image: D'Arcy Benincosa Photography

 

Florals: Urban Petals / Image: Heather Payne Photography 

 

Florals: Nicolette Camille / Image: Jen Huang

 

 

Florals: Passion Flowers / Image: Amanda Dumouchelle Photography

 

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This Free Wedding Day Hair & Makeup Timeline Will Save You

Uncategorized Jan 10, 2019
So, you’ve hired a kick ass hair and make up team for your wedding day to make you and your ladies look flawless. You’ve gotten your trial done and everything is on point. But wait! Don’t forget about a the tiny thing that might make a huge difference in whether or not your hair, makeup and wedding day timeline actually get executed the way that you have it in your head. 
 
That THING is a Hair and Makeup Schedule for the morning of your wedding. I’ve seen it before when brides don’t think they need to make a schedule and think that just winging it will work.  Oh, darling… well, sometimes it does work and sometimes it doesn’t. And then sometimes it all goes horribly wrong and you barely make it to your own ceremony on time. Yes, that has happened. 
 
Here are our top 3 reasons why you should make creating a Hair and Makeup Schedule a priority:
 
  1. Nobody wants to go first and you end up starting late. The later...
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The First 7 Things You Need to Do After Getting Engaged

wedding planning Jan 04, 2019
Getting engaged is one of those moments that takes your breath away and leaves you in a happiness bubble for weeks. It’s amazing and exciting and deepens the love you have for your partner in so many ways. 
 
When you’re ready to start planning your epic, awesome wedding things can change a little bit because knowing where to start is often confusing. As a wedding planner who has guided hundreds of couples through the wedding planning process, I’ve pulled together my very best advice for the very first things you need to do after getting engaged. 
 
  1. Tell Your Family 
Tell your family about your engagement - you don't want your mother finding out that he's asked for your hand from your sister. It's also important how you tell them. We aren't talking text message here, a phone call or in person is the best way to share the big news with those people who mean the most to you.
 
  1. Don’t Rush to Start Planning
Enjoy your engagement,...
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17 Wedding Dress Designers You Need to Know Now

Uncategorized Jul 19, 2018

These under the radar designers have us calling all modern, romantic brides to come and take a look.

Anna Kara

Beautiful flowly skirts, fun appliqués and a sense of whimsy that has us not being able to choose a favorite. 

 

Atelier Anonyme

Modern lace, unique silhouettes, and an totally unstuffy romantic vibe these dresses are sure to feel right at home for your garden, beach or tuscan wedding adventure. 

 

Anna Campbell

Sexy, sparkle, and shape, these dresses from this Aussie designer will wow your groom and make you feel like a bright shining star. 

 

Charlie Brear

This luxury British brand is full of fun, flow skirts and a modern vibe. We are loving their use of separates, polka dots, and some deep v's to make these gowns the life of the party. 

 

Eisen Stein

Feminine glamour, sexy, and luxury are all words that come to mind when we think of this Tel Aviv based bridal house. 

 

Eliza Jane Howell

If you are...

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The 5 Rules for How to Write an Amazing Wedding Toast

Uncategorized Jun 14, 2018

I have seen hundreds of people give a wedding toast in my 6 years as a wedding planner. Most of them were okay, not truly memorable, but more importantly not so cringe worthy that we’re all embarrassed for you, and internally asking you to please put the mic down and walk away. 

The greatest toast that I’ve ever heard was given by a groom’s big brother, who was an actor. No surprise, that someone who speaks professionally for a living gives a great toast.

The elements that made his toast great were: 1. that he had it all memorized 2. he had a commanding presence in the middle of the room 3. he knew how to use a mic (a very underrated skill) and  4. left everyone in the room laughing and crying, even me. It was truly ta great speech and I want to hear more toasts like that. 

 

So, from my self-proclaimed expert opinion, here are my 5 rules for how to give an amazing wedding toast:

1. Introduce yourself & describe your relationship to the...

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