Contemplating sequins for your big day? (Honestly why not?) This little sequin number from Sarah Seven needs to be on your list. Rachael of Lace & Likes wanted to give this beautifully ethereal look (which Sarah Seven always, always embodies right?) a little edge. One particular shade of green helped ‘em pull it off… The always intriguing emerald. Here’s how, via photos by the talented Joielala…
Rachael of Lace & Likes explains, The idea was to juxtapose a very feminine, ethereal look in an edgy space (thanks to Luce Loft). My tattoos also helped to round out the soft look with a bit of toughness. I’m a big fan of tattooed brides (although it was not in the original plan that I’d be the one modeling in this shoot). The hairstyle from 10.11 Makeup was one of my favorite elements to this palette—such a fun look to try for your wedding day as opposed to the more traditional updo.
Doesn’t a Monday eve of wining and dining by candlelight and an assortment of dramatic florals enveloping you as you sit down to your meal sound kinda way better than anything else right now? Sigh. We officially believe that any wedding inspired by this shoot would be one for the books. With a contrast of soft and dark at play, not to mention the rose prints adorning the walls at FINCA, pretty sure you’ll want to pin every one of Heather Nan’s photos!
It all started when Heather + Allison of La Fete Floral & Design laid eyes upon Utah venue FINCA… The modern elements mixed with the jewel colors, rose wallpaper and checkerboard tiles gives it such a cool and romantic vibe. It is the perfect spot for stolen glances and whispered words, an ideal venue for a stylish wedding.
The exquisite calligraphy and hand painted paper suite is has so many unique special touches. It also has the perfect contrast of feminine and dark. Allison chose flowers that mirrored the gorgeous rose wallpaper… garden roses, ranunculus, magnolia and fritillary just to name a few. The floral really brought out the dusty pink and jewel tones in the gorgeous lounge chairs as well.The Anthropologie place settings gave the space a feminine softness to contrast the darker surroundings. The milky votives and modern gold candelabras added the romantic glow and light that danced off the delicate pink stemware.
Flip through the gallery for another peek at those to die for florals:
Since it’s basically the weekend already, why not take a quick break from any lingering workweek responsibilities for some srsly incredible wedding inspo shot by Sarah Carpenter Photography? Like a black + white palette, classic beauty, and a few surprising organic details, perhaps? Let’s go ahead and assume you’re on board…
Highland Park First United Methodist Church’s sunken garden created the perfect backdrop combining moody grey stone with fresh greenery and majestic archways. A simple table set in the garden brought relaxed sophistication with a Belgian linen tablecloth set with matte stone plates and black vineyard chairs. One of our favorite design elements was bold onyx flatware gracefully wrapped with silk ribbon place cards. Stems of Dallas crafted whimsical florals featuring gentle greenery, pops of dark scabiosa and a touch of barely there blush.
This calligraphy + quote. Swoon.
Thanks to all the talented vendors that sent us into the weekend on a romantic note…
We hear a lot of sweet love stories around here, but Tori + Jason’s will sure stick out in our minds. It’s not very often that a couple starts off planning a big, traditional southern wedding and ends up exchanging vows on a mountaintop in New Zealand, you know? Thanks to bride Tori for telling their story alongside these epic photos from Forged in the North…
Tori tells it, Both being from the deep South, we just assumed we would have a big, traditional wedding. As we started planning our wedding everything fell apart—even our venue caught fire! That’s when we decided to make our big day the most adventurous, unforgettable day we could imagine. Jason, being a pilot and an adventure nut, loved the thought of New Zealand. It took some convincing on my part, but turned out to be the best decision we ever made.
When our actual wedding day approached in Queentown, it was rained out! So a day after it was planned, we laced our boots up, I put on some lipstick and a white dress, and we began our wedding day. Our first location, Skipper’s Canyon, was where Jason and I did our first look. In the midst of seeing each other for the first time, we stood among native mountain sheep and vans of tourist onlookers. I have always found Jason to be a hunk, but that day, in Skipper’s Canyon, in his J. Crew suit—I knew I found the right one!
Our second location, the Remarkables, required a little help getting there. So we loaded up into a helicopter and found the highest point on the mountain range. As we captured the day in photos, I realized working with Ryan and Heidi was like being with old friends. To say they are talented photographers is an understatement—they are storytellers. They truly breathe each shot they take. Their way of capturing our day made it even more unique and special.
In the end, we said our I Dos over a brilliantly painted New Zealand sunset and a bottle of champagne. In those few breathtaking moments, I realized that stepping out of our comfort zone for the biggest day of our lives made for something even grander than we had ever imagined.
The fun thing about this picnic inspiration shoot is that it could totally be used to spark ideas for tons of occasions. Bridal shower? Check. Spring birthday party? Yep. A just-because outing with your gals? That too. These ladies created it to celebrate May Day along with their DIY may pole (tutorial below), but a picnic in a field on a sunny afternoon? Wouldn’t pass up an invite any day!
Thanks to Tulle & Grace for sharing the cheerful vibes with these snaps below.
Whitney of Tulle & Grace says, With a sun filled sky and three cars full of flowers, props, and smiles, we set out to find the perfect field in Athens. We came across the most lush grass and knew it was the perfect spot for our picnic.Candice of Chancey Charm began working her styling magic on the picnic table while the lovely ladies in white and I set out to quite literally frolic through the field to create this fun and summery shoot.
Seems like a good weekend activity, huh? Hint hint.
Snips, wire, greens of choice, measuring tape, birch pole, rebar, clear zip ties, hammer, and nails
1. Begin to wire all of the base greens together by starting at the beginning of one piece and the end of another piece, trimming as necessary. We chose ruscus for the organic shape and its ability to withstand being out of water for an extended time. Since the garland will be held for the may pole, make sure to tightly wire it together and test as you go by gently tugging in opposite directions to assure textural integrate.
2. As you go, add in any flower/greenery accents. We chose the long-leaf wax flower and jasmine.
3. Continue to wire into your main garland as light or heavy as you like.
4. Continue until you have ten feet of garland.
5. Repeat until you have the number of garlands you need. We did five.
6. Hammer five nails (or total number of garlands) into the birch pole and begin to wire the ends of each garland to the nails.
7. Take any remaining greens and lightly wire them up the pole to cover up the rebar and zip ties.
(More deets and step-by-step photos on the Tulle & Grace blog.)