Fabulous Wedding Trends for 2014

I’ve been meaning to write for months now, but I’ve been a busy bee lately with school, work, and extra curricular activities. So finally to end to your anticipation, my first post of 2014.

There are so many fabulous wedding trends this year that I just can’t pick one favorite. Of course, some are continuations of the trends from last year, but they are all a move in the direction of romantic, lush, classy weddings, and I absolutely approve. Here’s a few of my favorite fabulous wedding trends for this year:

Pink

Pink started making its comeback around the beginning of 2013, but it has really arrived now and is being used more and more, in wedding gowns and as a main color scheme. Most people don’t approve of colored wedding dresses, but for some reason those have become more and more popular over the last few years too! Remember Jessica Biel’s dress?

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Fun Foods

While many couples are still really excited about candy-bars, and some couples are even upgrading to other more creative tables like Mimosa-bars and Tater-bars, food just keeps getting bigger and crazier. Some couples are now deciding to offer late-night snacks and food trucks to their guests. Family style food options are also making an appearance this year and proving to be a big hit!late-night-snacks

Extravagant Cakes

Though it seemed like cakes went on sabbatical for a bit, they are coming back and they are coming back BIG! For the last few years all anyone wanted at their wedding was cupcakes, well while they have not completely died off, cupcakes are not center stage anymore. Cakes, especially the tall classic tiered cakes are as popular as ever this year. Here’s 101 pictures of some amazing cakes from BridalGuide.com to inspire you.

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Cake by Chef Megan Campbell

Return to Romance

It has certainly been a popular trend over the last few years to have more relaxed and even smaller weddings in the family’s backyard, but with the influence of movies like “The Great Gatsby” couples are now leaning more towards big band and romance . We’ll be seeing lush flower bouquets, fancy ball-gown dresses, long white gloves, gold-rimmed china and crystal center pieces.

Which trends will you use at your wedding? Or will you be a leader and set some new trends of your own? Do you have a favorite popular trend?  Let me know in the comments section. I’d love to hear what my readers favorites are!

Unique Wedding Details

More and more these days we are seeing bigger and much more extravagant weddings! The average cost of a wedding these days starts around $25,000 and ranges upward from there.

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Photo Credit: Sarah Kathleen

Of course there are ways to budget and save, but it isn’t easy with the amount of details that brides have been using lately.

One of the trends that we will be seeing in weddings this year, that I’ve not really covered much, is adding elegance to an outdoor rustic setting. Brides are picking more outdoor venues such as farms and barns and adding touches like crystal chandeliers and glassware as well. It really creates a unique look adding elegance to the outdoors and makes a fairly formal wedding feel more relaxed but still beautiful.

Photo-booths have become very popular with these types of elegant yet laid back weddings and are a main attraction for many of the guests. This is a fun way to get your friends and family to really start relaxing and enjoy themselves, as well as allowing them to leave you with an adorable (or hilarious) image of themselves having a blast at your wedding. These are great when it comes time to send out thank you cards later. You can really personalize your thank you note by sending a 4×6 image from the photo booth of you and the person you are thanking. (or just the wedding if you didn’t get one in the booth together)

Unique details are also popping up rather quickly and I love what some of the brides are coming up with to use in their weddings!

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Superhero Wedding

There is an image floating around Pinterest of guys in a wedding party with button-down shirts, being held open by the bridesmaids, exposing a Super Hero shirt underneath. I think that is such a fabulous idea and a great way to incorporate a very unique detail into your wedding. If you want to do something different and fun but think this might just be a little too over the top for you, consider having the groomsmen wear bow ties. It brings a lot of fun to the sophisticated look and there are tons of fun patterns out there to pick from!

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KPW Bow ties

You can save money by avoiding big department stores, and buying these types of custom-made items from local merchants. Kyle Patrick from New Hampshire, makes handmade bow ties with a few different materials and in a several different designs. My favorite of the bow ties is this Green Seersucker one, I can definitely imagine a Southern Spring wedding with the groomsmen sporting these!

What unique details would you want to use in your wedding? Would you go daring and try to top these fun little details? Or do you prefer to have a more traditional and conservative wedding? Please leave feedback because I would love to hear!

Going Green in 2013

I’ve recently noticed green showing up all over the place in makeup magazines, bikinis, and nail color! I’ve noticed it so much that I decided I should probably find out why. PANTONE® has officially dubbed Emerald Green the color of the year! I am so excited to see this beautiful color start popping up everywhere, especially at weddings! According to PANTONE® the color is

“Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”

This is great news because we will be seeing much more elegant weddings this year, along with a more eclectic approach of combining the outdoors and natural beauty with more glamor and grace. And let’s not forget, LACE is extremely trendy right now too!Dessy Bridesmaid Style 2794

Now, I don’t know much about PANTONE®. I actually had to ask my fiance who or what they were! (Apparently I’ve been living under a rock.) So I don’t know how they go about deciding the color of the year or even when they make those decisions, but one has to think that the premiere of the new OZ movie this year might have had some influence.

Whatever the influence was, I am eager to see it being incorporated into weddings this year! I have actually heard from at least two brides recently that are planning on using green in their wedding. If I didn’t already have my colors picked out, I might even be tempted to use Emerald Green in my wedding and put my bridesmaids in it! greenshoes

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Alicia and Me

Another wedding trend that I absolutely love is brides wearing colored shoes. I think the touch of color hiding under the dress is such a fabulous detail and really brings attention to the bride’s entire ensemble. Imagine how cute green colored heels would look with a shorter reception dress, if you picked one out. My sister was married in 2010 and her colors were green and purple. She chose to wear an ADORABLE pair of purple shoes under her super cute ball gown style wedding dress and I’ve been madly in love with the trend since. Alicia, my sister,  did also happen to be one of those brides that chose to wear a different shorter dress for her reception, probably to show off those super cute shoes. Too bad they probably spent more time getting passed around the bridal party than on her own feet!

Photo Source Mister Guy Photography

Photo Source Mister Guy Photography

Okay, we’ve covered the easy territory of dresses and shoes but what about favors and decorations? Well, as I’ve mentioned a few times, lace is super trendy this year. You can purchase colored lace and jazz up just about anything to create a simple yet beautiful decoration. You could wrap it around clear glass candle holders for centerpieces. OR if you opt out of a giant wedding cake and go with cupcakes instead, you could glue a little of the lace to the cupcake wrappers and give them a little character!

It may seem a little tough at first to use green as one of your wedding colors, but to me the possibilities are endless. If you need a little inspiration, check out Pinterest. There are plenty of Green wedding boards out there that you can get some great ideas from.

2013 Wedding Trends

Every bride dreams of having the most amazing wedding ever, one that will leave her guests feeling both impressed and delighted. It’s that fairy tale wedding that she’s been dreaming about since she was a little girl. Every bride-to-be also worries that her wedding won’t be unique or stand out. As a result, these women think up new and crazy details for their weddings each year to top the previous year of bridal trends.  I did a little research on the 2013 trends and I’m really excited to share my results with you. I found results both from top wedding blogs as well as a few major Bridal websites.

Roaring Twenties

The Roaring Twenties will be a popular wedding theme in 2013 and it is a trend being seen all over the red carpet right now. The Spring release of The Great Gatsby and popular series Downtown Abbey are both inspiration for wedding fashion and wedding themes.

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Source: Getty Images

What inspires women to host a Roaring Twenties themed wedding? The 1920’s were a fascinating time! It was the age of jazz, prohibition, and organized crime! More importantly it’s a fun and daring theme that makes a lasting impression. Can you think of the last time you got to step back in time while attending a wedding?

Neutral Tones

Brides are toning it down in the color department this year choosing more earthy and neutral colors. We’ll see more taupe, gray, and blush being used this season. The ‘less is more’ belief is being presented with these beautiful taupe and blush themed weddings.

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Neutral tones can also really accentuate how beautiful the venue is, especially if the bride matched the bridesmaid dresses to the naturally and readily available flowers blooming at the venue. Imagine how pretty it would look to have blush colored bridesmaid dresses with beautiful pink rose bushes in the background. Or even taupe colored bridesmaid dresses in a courtyard or garden setting. Neutral tones look beautiful in nature.

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Source: Katie Neal

Sophistication

Stemming from the whole Roaring Twenties theme, vintage and elegance are both on the forefront of wedding trends for 2013. Long gowns and black tie affairs will become the norm this year. As a result, lace will also be making a comeback and not just in the wedding gowns. Lace will be seen on dresses, invitations, cakes, and as decoration to create a simply beautiful and classic look. More sophisticated looks will lead to a more classy soiree overall. They lead to more crystal and glass decor on the tables, more cascading bouquets of flowers, and even some recycled vintage wedding attire.

Source: theeventfirm.ca

Source: theeventfirm.ca

Food Bars

This is one of my personal favorites of all the trends and I think it really does do a great job of setting your wedding apart from the others. I’ve seen them done in so many different ways and I really look forward to designing one of my own at my wedding some day. Some couples go with mini-treats and sweets such as tiny cupcakes and mini pies, and some go with cute salty snacks like a potato bar loaded with french fries, potato chips, and sweet potato fries. Depending on the theme of the wedding, some couples will even chose to have a candy bar set up. The possibilities are endless with this idea which is why I love it so much. Here is a list of the Top 15 best Wedding Food Bars I found while perusing the internet for ideas.

Source: imgfave.com

Source: imgfave.com

What trends will you try out at your wedding this year? Will you go with big flashy details or stick with the neutral toned down feel? Share your ideas and thoughts with me in the comments below!!

Picking Your Colors

When deciding on what colors to use in your wedding there are many factors you will want to consider.  If you are planning on having a visually pleasant wedding, which I am sure you are, you shouldn’t just pick colors at random. Put a little thought into it and you may be surprised by how beautiful the results are.

  • Figure out what colors flatter you and your significant other the most. This is YOUR day and you are going to be the most beautiful person there, so you should obviously pick colors that look good on you and around you.
  • Pick colors that look good with your venue. You don’t want to pick colors that are going to clash with your ceremony or reception site and be an eyesore later on in pictures.
  • If it’s an outdoor wedding match the colors to the season with the types of flowers, plants and trees that are in bloom during that season.
  • Consider your floral arrangements. To save money on flowers you’ll to want to choose ones that are in season of course. If you pick uncommon colors you may have a hard time finding the right flowers.
  • Consider what will look good on your wedding party. While this is YOUR big day, you still want the people surrounding you in photos to look good! Be kind to your bridesmaids, they will thank you for it later.
  • Use paint swatches to help you! Go to your local hardware store and snag as many variations of the colors you think you want. This will help you later on when you’re trying to find stores that carry your colors. It can also be helpful to your wedding party to give them the swatches of the colors you chose.

All in all, picking your colors should be fun and not stressful! If you are having a really hard time deciding, ask for help from your MOH. She should be more than willing to assist 😉

Wedding gown crowding up your closet?

When the Wedding is over what should you do with your Wedding gown? Sell it? Preserve it? Donate it? How much did you originally spend on your gown? Was it a hand-me-down? Did you buy one that was already previously worn?

Depending on what your dress is worth will help you decide what to do with it after. One different idea that a lot of brides tend to over look, but could be really exciting would be a Trash the Dress photo shoot. If you haven’t heard of these, they are fun and spontaneous photo shoots where Brides often times literally trash their dresses. Some brides may not want to completely destroy their dress and elect to do something a little more simple and silly whereas other brides may go traipsing through mud puddles and jump into rivers. Either way, it’s something fun and different a bride can do while photographing the memory at the same time.

If you want to sell your dress after the wedding, there are many different ways to do so. With the wonderful world of technology easily at our fingertips, we have so many websites to choose from and here are just a few:

  • Craigslist – This is a quick easy way to put your dress online and get responses right away. You might not get the best price, but you can at least make deals with people and get it taken off your hands immediately.
  • Ebay- Using ebay can help you to get closer to the price you are looking for.
  • Sites that specialize in selling dresses-

Why not donate your dress after the wedding? Brides Against Breast Cancer is a great non-profit organization that sells donated wedding dresses and donates the profits to programs for cancer patients and their families.  This wonderful fund raising event will be coming to Raleigh, North Carolina September 21st – 23rd, and is also a great place to purchase your dress! I am definitely planning on checking it out!

Wedding Day- Nikki & James

After a year of planning and preparation, the big day has finally arrived! My good friends, and first set of clients, are getting married today. Their wedding will take place at St. Mary’s Chapel located at St. Mary’s School on Hillsborough, in downtown Raleigh, NC.

The church is absolutely beautiful with high ceilings, stained glass windows, and an absolutely breathtaking courtyard full of hydrangeas, roses and a water fountain; It’s the perfect spot for an early spring wedding in North Carolina.

We had the rehearsal last night at St. Mary’s and the dinner immediately following at the Double Tree down the road.

The wedding itself is tonight a 5:00 p.m. and the reception is being held at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

April 22nd, 2012

Surprise!

My 25th birthday is coming up next Monday and this past weekend my bf decided to take some time to spoil me rotten in preparation for it. His sister, who lives in L.A., was planning a visit back to Raleigh, so he made dinner plans for us to meet with her and her new boyfriend at my favorite restaurant downtown. Because this dinner was to, not only meet Michelle’s new boyfriend, but also to begin celebrating for my birthday, my bf Ryan, decided that I should have a whole new outfit and have my nails done for it. He took me out shopping on Saturday for an adorable dress, Sunday he treated us both to massages, and immediately following a manicure & pedicure for myself. Neither of us have really had the money to go out and spend on one another, so this whole weekend was an absolute treat.

Little did I know, my super sweet, romantic boyfriend had some other plans surprised for me. After the four of us finished eating I excused myself to the restroom and when I got back Ryan’s sister and boyfriend were gone. I didn’t think much of it, sat back down, and took his hand that was reached out across the table looking for mine. Before I knew it, he proceeded to tell me how special I was to him and how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. My heart began to race, hard. We had both had a little alcohol with dinner, and he does have a tendency to get shmoopy when he drinks, but this was different somehow. Before I could come to the conclusion that he was proposing he pulled out the most beautiful diamond ring I have ever seen. I was instantly overtaken by emotion and started to cry. I put the ring on, wrapped my arms around his neck, buried my face into his chest and cried. After I finally managed to stop crying he politely pointed out that I had not yet said yes.

After the “OF COURSE IT’S A YES!” came out, he informed me that a birthday party of my friends and family were waiting for me upstairs. I once again excused myself to the bathroom in hopes of regaining composure before facing everyone upstairs.

We walked into a room of excited friends and family, including Jessica Yakamna, a friend of Ryan and I both who was photographing the event. I cannot praise this girl enough. I have worked with her a few times in the past on random, fun, and sexy photo shoots and I always love the results. Jessica not only has a great eye for lighting and angles, but she is extremely easy to get comfortable with and have a good time. It is totally possible that I am biased, but she is still really amazing! Here are some beautiful shots from my engagement/birthday party: My Favorite Raleigh Restaurant

I love this picture and I love this place! I use to work for one of the guys who owns it now, Woody, and I want to support it any chance I can. We also had our company Christmas party here, which was fabulous, and very reasonably priced.

You can’t see the ring extremely well, but this is still such a beautiful shot of the ring on my finger. I also really love the way the champagne looks in front of the lights.

The entire experience was extremely overwhelming, but absolutely amazing. My Mom, brother, and Jess (my brother’s fiance) all showed up, and Ryan’s Mom came too! I only wish I had more of an opportunity to talk to everyone.

Unfortunately, I felt like I didn’t get to see Ryan very much at all, but we at least found time to sneak in some kisses.

It’s all still sinking in now. I am so happy and excited I can barely stand it. Having this ring on my finger will certainly help in the whole wedding planning process too! 🙂

We haven’t picked a date, and probably won’t for a while, but I am still really excited.

Please check out Jessica’s work if you have not yet. I personally can’t wait to start throwing engagement photo ideas her way.

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Wedding Photography

I recently uploaded a photo to the header of my blog and wanted to make sure I gave credit where credit was due. I snagged the shot from an album of photos from my friend Meghan’s wedding. The photo was taken by her wedding photographer Hing Kur.

This photographer was amazing! He was polite, patient, and an absolute gentleman. I can honestly say that he did a superb job all around. He did a great job of getting beautiful and unique shots, but still allowed family and friends to take shots of their own. I have seen some photographers who deliberately got in the way of other wedding guests and their photos, and this angered me beyond belief. I completely understand needing to make a living, and wanting to take the best shots possible, but I think a good photographer should know that a lot of people just want some pictures of their own.

I’d like to show you a few shots taken at this wedding. The photos are absolutely breathtaking, and the colors Meghan chose were really beautiful and complimentary to the scenery. I’m going to tell you a little about the wedding and location as well, mostly because I’m partial to my home state of Vermont, but also because it was truly a beautiful wedding.

Echo Lake Inn

The wedding was held June 4th 2011, at the Echo Lake Inn in Ludlow, Vermont. The weather was perfect, 70 degrees, sunny, not a cloud in the sky and just the right amount of breeze.

Kiss

The photographer stole the Bride and Groom shortly after toasts were made and food was eaten. He got some great photos of some very intimate moments.

My favorite shot!

This one here of them kissing on the edge of the road is my absolute favorite!! I love the angle of it because it feels like we’re getting to peek in on a private moment that we may otherwise not have seen.

Beach Themed centerpieces

This last shot is just some of the centerpieces. I loved the sea green /aquamarine accents!!

Check out some of Hing Kur’s work and book him for your Vermont wedding!