Something Blue… and Yellow!

We all know the saying: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something BLUE ..and yellow!  For couples looking for something a little different in their wedding decor, we love to suggest uncommon colors.  Blue and yellow are fantastic choices and contrast beautifully in photos.  As seen below, you can add subtle touches like adding ribbon to your floral arrangements or an ombre look to your wedding cake to incorporate a variety of shades.  Happy planning!

xxo!

Brittany

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5 Colors That Photograph Best

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Pretty pinks, brilliant blues, pops of purple — a little bit of color can go a long way, especially when it comes to wedding and engagement photos! When navigating the rainbow to craft the perfect wedding color palette, it’s important to choose hues that are complementary with one another, but also catch the viewer’s eye, without detracting from the focal points of the photo.

With so many tasks on your wedding to-do list, color coordination is probably the last thing on your mind  — but thankfully, we’ve got you covered! Here are a few no-fail shades that look lovely in front of the camera lens!

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Pale Blue. Elegant yet modern, vibrant yet understated — pale blue is definitely a key color to consider when building out your color scheme from a photography perspective. To prevent the light pigment from washing out your skin, aim for more pastel-toned shades of blue and consider pairing it with pieces in darker colors, like a chic pair of dark-denim jeans.

Celery Green. If you love soothing, neutral shades, but want to avoid white or beige, consider opting for celery green. Not only does it photograph well, but it also provides a unique twist on the standard wedding color scheme. It’s also extremely versatile. For the best effect, try accenting celery green details with other neutral tones, like khaki suits for your groomsmen or burlap table runners.

Blush Pink. You may be hesitant to sport all neutral tones for your wedding, fearing that they may wash you out or appear muted on film. However, colors like blush pink or dusty rose are neutral enough to not detract from the photo, since they have deeper undertones. The result? A soft, feminine look that’s sure to enhance your natural beauty!

Deep Purple. For a pop of color and a touch of elegance, incorporate darker shades of purple — think plum or bordeaux — into your photos. Not only do these hues photograph beautifully, but also they also look lovely when paired with natural tones like grey or ivory. Looking to amp up the glam factor? Consider accenting your purple wedding details with shimmering gold accents.

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Rich Red. There’s a reason why so many stars choose this color time and time again! It’s bold, eye-catching and definitely makes a statement from a photography standpoint. Still, be sure to tread lightly if you opt to wear red in your photos. Loud, fire-engine shades of red can be overpowering — instead, try selecting richer shades, like a dark cherry or red wine-inspired hue. Or, pair neutrals with one accent piece that boasts a bright shade of red.

You don’t have to be an expert at mastering the color wheel to choose a palette that perfectly suits your wedding day. All you need to do is choose hues that work cohesively with one another to enhance the natural beauty of your wedding and highlight the main subjects of the photo — you and your dashing groom!

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Being a Bridesmaid: Duties & Responsabilities

For the second installment the Bridesmaid Drama Series, we talk Duties & Responsibilities… this is after all a big job! If you missed Part 1, click here.

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When it comes to responsibilities… somewhere along the way bridesmaids racked up a long list of duties, everything from helping you go dress shopping (to all 15 bridal boutiques across the state) to paying all your expenses at the bachelorette party you wanted to have… in France.

Did you know that many moons ago Bridesmaids where part of the bridal court to ward off and confuse bride thieves?

Yes, back in the day when marriages were arranged for political reasons & power mergers, rival villages would stop the union of elite families by stealing the bride. Enter bridesmaids (or otherwise known as peasant women selected to essentially be sacrificial items). They would all be dressed in their best set of frocks (enter bridesmaid dresses) to look like the bride (who didn’t wear white back then) so that the rebel thieves could not tell the difference between the women and thus their plans to stop their future marginalization were thwarted by failing to identify & steal the correct bride.

While none of your girlfriends are going to be set out as bait for kidnappers. It is uncertain when it became commonplace for them to have a the responsibilities they do today, from the financial; dress, shoes, make-up, hair, fake tans, mani, pedis, bridal shower complete with hand-made favors from Bali, bachelorette party including first class transportation, increased data plan on their phones for the next nine months… to the emotional; forbidden to get pregnant, bringing a plus 1, cutting their hair, or expected to shed a few pounds.

Being a bridesmaid, especially in the current height of pintrest’s glamorization of what they are “supposed” to be and do is overwhelming.

This needs to be redefined… or actually, reclaimed to what it once was:

Bridesmaids are the women who stand next to you as you make eternal promises to your beloved, who will hold you accountable to those promises, and comfort you when the going gets rough. They are to be advisors, confidants, sources of wisdom, and your cheerleaders, more importantly they are your friends.

Whether she knows what it is like to be in your shoes or not, her agreement to be in your bridal party is based on the mutually loving and giving relationship you have. On a history of sharing some of your greatest moments in life together… Triumphs, laughs, adventures! And on the likelihood that you’ve made it out of tough situations together too. This wedding is another milestone in the story of your friendship, another opportunity to be overjoyed in a way only you, as friends, can celebrate… not angry or bitter because she didn’t manage to pull off the wine-tasting bachelorette party to France you hinted at all year.

The laundry list of assumed duties for bridesmaids is insane. I am sure you can list at least 10 things that you think they’re supposed to do right now as you read this (they are not responsible for the Bridal Shower by the way). But let me tell you, you cannot actually list out responsibilities in friendship, just like you can’t keep tabs of short comings and disappointments. It gets you nowhere but on the short bus ride to friendless-land. Bottom line, if she has agreed to be your bridesmaid, you have to discuss and compromise, all reasonable expectations need to be put out on the table (dresses and attendance are about the only requirements)… which can be tough when you have more than one in you party… But hey, let that be practice for the lesson you will carry on into marriage: Express wants, discuss needs, and decide together.

Then give her a bouquet of flowers to carry for good measure!

What are (or were) your expectations of your bridesmaids? How did you discuss and decide? Did you lose a friend while planning your wedding?

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Being a Bridesmaid: Popping the Question

This multiple part blog post series is going to cover a few of the troubles a bride (sorry guys, this is all for the gals) faces during her planning and give you a little perspective to consider as you journey through your planning.

 

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Having never seen the movie “Bridesmaids”- I have no idea what sort of glamorized drama Hollywood has put in your minds when it comes to this topic, but being alongside of hundreds of couples during the wedding planning… I have dried a lot of tears when hearing the stories, seen life-long friendships ruined, and even had to physically step in-between a bridesmaid and a mother of the bride once. Ridiculous.

I am sure you can all imagine the scandalous and humiliating scenarios surrounding a bunch of girls all being told only one of them is “the most” important for a duration of time. These women are sometimes inundated by passive aggressive emails and texts about their “duties and responsibilities” and often are being asked to cooperate with of a greater group of people who they may not know or otherwise befriend in their every day lives.

Some of the adjectives I have heard about Bridesmaids are: catty, defensive, uncooperative, ungrateful, and bitter. But last I checked, we have all been that at one point or another, bridesmaids aren’t the only ones who display these traits nor only when their friends get married (you know, because they are so jealous). Don’t get me wrong, some people are indeed jerks and near professionally unpleasant… but never the less, the relationship of the Bride and the Bridesmaid(s) depends on a complicated system of actions and responses.

The first action that sets the tone to this is the establishing of the wedding party. Without fluffy editorial, this is the bottom line;

DO: You ask your friend/relative if she would like to stand by your side as you make eternal promises to your beloved, then truly give her time to answer you.

DON’T: Tell her that because she is your best friend/sister/cousin, you’ve selected her to be a bridesmaid.

Who likes to just be told what to do with their lives, money, and free time? Nobody.

There might be a lot of things on her plate that could prevent her from taking part in your day and the months before. She might be in law school or flat broke, maybe she has  kids or plans to start a family, maybe she’s going to be traveling abroad or has a demanding job. Perhaps she doesn’t understand what the big deal is because she is only 17 or 22 or 35 and in a completely different stage of her life or she might have grown up in a different culture where weddings and bridal parties are not like what they are in the U.S. Maybe, just maybe she doesn’t want that kind of responsibility.  All of which is OKAY!

It doesn’t make her a bad person when she is not excited that you announced to everyone on facebook that she would be part of the wedding, or that she wasn’t instantly throwing confetti up in the air when you pulled her name out of the hat she didn’t even know had her name in it. Without actually talking to her first, you cannot assume she is going to be excited, happy, glad, honored, anything but taken by surprise. You also have to accept that it is okay if she rather be there to support you as a guest and not standing next to you, it doesn’t mean she isn’t happy for you, that she doesn’t love you, cherish your friendship, supports your decisions, or isn’t honored. There could be a myriad of things going on in her life (like maybe she has cancer and hasn’t told a soul yet… true story).

Just like your fiancé asked for you hand in marriage, you have to ask her to be part of your day.

How did you ask your bridesmaids to be part of your wedding? How did they respond? Would you change anything?

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Real Wedding Snapshots: Dancin’ Shoes!

We do everything in our power to make sure the weddings we help plan go as smooth as possible. Logistics and creativity are the driving force for us to accomplish a smooth & successful wedding… But the one thing we as planners can not plan for is the guests!  We have had the pleasure of meeting a vast array of energetic and incredible amount of people via being guests at said weddings, and they usually make their mark on the dance floor, whether the bride & groom lead the crazy fun or they do it on their own, it is always a really good time! What we love most is that every group is different, from dancin’ grannies to those who have super awesome sober moves… we love them all! They make the party sooo much more fun!

xxo!

Brittany

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