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Top Color Picks for Spring Bridesmaid Dresses

Posted by Kim on Mar 21, 2013

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When you’re shopping for bridesmaid dresses, it’s important to not only consider styles that will look great on your gals, but also dresses that will fit your wedding season. And since springtime is about blooming blossoms and (we hope!) blue skies, heavy fabrics and dark colors simply don’t look right at spring weddings. Check out our top hues for spring bridesmaids:

Pale Coral: Coral is absolutely the hot color for bridesmaids this year. While we typically think of it as a summer, beachy hue, we think a paler coral would look just right at a spring garden wedding.

Mint: We know, we know – isn’t emerald the hot green of the moment? Well, yes, but it’s a little too deep and dark for springtime. Featuring a pale mint is a great way to include green in your wedding palette.

Floral: We’re aware that technically floral is not a color, but this pattern is never more appropriate than in in the springtime.

Sky Blue: This color looks great on most skin tones and looks beautiful at both formal and casual occasions.

What color are your bridesmaids wearing?

Vibrant Blue and Yellow Fall Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Feb 22, 2013

Rebecca & Andrew

September 1

Los Angeles, California

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

One thing we were sure of is that we wanted a classic, timeless wedding without being too traditional. Since that broad description could be interpreted in many ways, we knew our venue would truly dictate the style of the occasion. Immediately after visiting the Oviatt Penthouse, we knew this was the perfect location for our wedding.  Aside from the striking art deco elements, ornate lalique windows and the dramatic skyline view all around us, we loved that it allowed us show off our city at its finest.

2. Which three details were your favorites?

1. I adored our art deco-inspired stationary that we had printed in the cobalt blue and yellow hues we chose as our wedding colors.  We used this design for everything (menus, signage, place cards, favor tags and even cocktail napkins). 

2. My chic Romona Keveza Dress that I customized by adding a touch of sparkle. 

3. The skyline view. 

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.

The look on my groom’s face as I made my way down the aisle.  I’ve never seen such a beautiful thing as the pure joy and happiness on his face! The peaceful, but very excited feeling that I felt throughout the day.  Our day was truly perfect, no wedding drama or stress.  Everything just felt right.

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Modern Green and Blue Summer Hotel Wedding in DC

Posted by Kim on Feb 21, 2013

Rachel & Adam

July 14

Washington, DC

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Q & A with the Bride

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We knew we wanted to have a city wedding but didn’t want a traditional, formal hotel.  The Hotel Monaco in downtown DC was exactly what we were looking for in a reception venue:  fun, colorful, and modern yet full of history as the former General Post Office of DC.  The hotel maintains so many original details like marble columns and stairways, and the ballroom is in the old  library.

We were lucky to find the historic Sixth & I synagogue right down the street for the ceremony.  More than 100 years old, it was absolutely stunning with a beautiful domed ceiling and an intimate atmosphere.  It was perfect.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Green Flowers: I wanted bright lime and green flowers to contrast with the teal bridesmaids’ dresses and teal ties for the groomsmen.  My florist used green roses, hydrangeas, orchids, berries, and more.  I loved how it all came together, and it matched my lime green peep-toe heels.

Our Cocktail: Adam and I love spicy cocktails, so we opted for a special drink to kick off the evening.  Chili and horseradish vodka, grapefruit, fresh basil, and seltzer.  Did everyone love it?  Probably not – but we did – and that’s all that matters!

Mom’s Toffee Favors: My mom’s homemade chocolate toffee candy is a favorite treat, and we wanted to share it as parting gift to all of our friends and family.  We gave Adam’s mom and aunt the recipe, and they starting baking and packaging it up weeks in advance.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Outsource!  Hire a planner and enjoy the ride.  The last thing you and your family want to do on wedding day is worry about details. 

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Strolling through the streets of DC, our photographer in tow, following the big reveal.  Even though there were crowds of people around, it felt like we had the city to ourselves.  I couldn’t take my eyes off of Adam, and I couldn’t stop smiling.  

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Red and Blue Rustic Summer Wedding in Maryland

Posted by Kim on Feb 04, 2013

Maggie & Justin

July 28

Union Mills, Maryland

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The simplicity of the barn and the overall setting. It was beautiful on its own, so we knew it would be beautiful with any of our personal touches.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The oversized red balloons

2. My son and nephews coming down the aisle in a red wagon

3. The vintage bottle centerpieces

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Don’t be afraid to do something different; thinking outside the box will usually allow you to not only make it more personal, but also less expensive.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

As my husband and I said our vows my seven-month-old son decided to put in his two cents. Jackson shouted out gibberish as I was about to say my vows it was perfect time and nice to have his approval.

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Preppy Blue and Pink Farm Wedding in Massachusetts

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 26, 2012

Amy & Brett

September 10

Lenox, Massachusetts

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

Growing up, I spent summers in Lenox at camp and have always loved the Berkshires. My husband and I enjoyed a number of weekend getaways in Lenox and celebrated a joint family Thanksgiving there in 2009 not long before we got engaged. I had read about Stonover Farm in a few magazines and wanted to stay there. In January 2010, we were on our way up to Deerfield and decided to spend a night at Stonover Farm. Even though it was the middle of winter, we fell in love with it. When we got engaged, we didn’t consider any other venues. We knew that Stonover Farm would be absolutely perfect. It offered everything that we were looking for – a beautiful setting that was relaxed and sophisticated at that same time. We loved the idea of having multiple and distinct events (ceremony on the lawn, cocktails by the pond, dinner under a tent and dancing/dessert in the barn) at the same venue. Not to mention the fact that the blue trim of the buildings perfectly matched our colors of navy, light blue and pink!

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The locket pin on my bouquet – my grandmother died of cancer about a year before we got engaged. Attending our wedding would have meant so much to her, and it broke my heart that she was not able to live to be there in person. I found an antique fleur de lys locket on Etsy, put her photo inside of it and attached it to the ribbon on my bouquet. It meant a lot to me to have her with me while walking down the aisle and throughout the day. After the wedding, I gave the locket to my grandfather.

2. The food – my husband and I love good food and having a caterer that could deliver delicious food for a large number of people was really important to us. Our florist recommended Savory Harvest and Michael was incredible. He really listened to our guidance and came up with menus for both the rehearsal dinner and the wedding that were delicious and reflected our tastes. Lastly, my friend from childhood, Katzie Guy-Hamilton, who is a pastry chef in NYC (and a former contestant on Top Chef Just Desserts), made homemade pies (neither my husband nor I like cake that much) that added a personal touch and were incredible.

3. Drawings – My husband’s dad is a talented artist, so we added his handiwork to the day in the form of the design on the welcome bags, a hand drawn map of Lenox, and cards (included in the welcome bags) featuring his pen and ink drawings of the barn at Stonover Farm and other local landmarks.

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding day that you can’t stop thinking about. 

Our ceremony! Although it was over in record time (less than 20 minutes!), when Amanda asked me and Brett to pick our favorite photo from our wedding for a blog post, we each picked a photo from the ceremony. A friend of ours, Jim, was able to officiate our wedding thanks to Massachusetts’ “one day pass” system. Having a friend perform our ceremony made it so much more personal and special. There were touching moments and quite a bit of laughter. Standing up there with Brett, Jim and our closest friends and looking out at everyone, who came to celebrate with us, is one of my favorite memories of the day.

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