Sensational Succulents

Monday, October 24, 2011

Elegant, organic, modern, eclectic, fresh & chic! Though succulents are usually thought of as tough, water-hardy plants which are built to survive hot, dry summers, the other side of their nature is that they don't really like summer all that much. Like most garden plants (and people), they much prefer autumn and spring. Pair them with your favorite flower; succulents are so fun to dress up and since they're accessible all seasons, would liven up any wedding all year round! Best part of all, in most cases, you can re-plant these fleshy, water-bearing plants into your rock garden for continued beautification! Many times I see succulents paired with Spring/Summer color motifs such as yellow and coral. Here are a few arrangements that would be lovely for a fall wedding! I'm loving the way it complements plum and burgundy tones!

 Succulent Centerpiece by Florali

Vintage Inspired Wedding Bouquet featured on WeddingAces

Succulent hair flower as featured on GWS

Gorgeous Succulent bouquet by Aubrey Messick

Succulent Escort Cards from Aisle With Style

Another stunning bouquet featured on Wedding Aces

Fabulous Succulent Arrangement by Karen Tran

Aisle Decor from Wedding Aces

Succulent Boutonniere from Twig Botanicals

 Succulent accented Wedding Cake from Erica O'Brien

Fantastic feather accented bouquet from ThreeBeans

Buttons & Lace

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

For the DIY or non-traditional bride who may be seeking an alternative way to complement the typical floral arrangement or spice up your overall aesthetic theme, here are a few ways to add texture!

Buttons can add a vintage flair, are inexpensive and you can easily find them at fabric stores and most thrift/vintage shops. Here are some examples of how to incorporate it into your wedding style.

 Multi-purpose Ornate Vintage Magnetic Chalkboard Frame (perfect for escort cards and/or menu's) by ShugabeeLane

Button Fascinator by ButtonsNBlossoms

Lace and it's lovely bridal-esque quality :)

Traci & Chris' gorgeous lace cake that played off her necklace!

A similar lace necklace by WhiteOwl would be stunning on your bridesmaids!

A combination of both buttons & lace!

Shabby Chic bridal frame by Simplybridal1

Button Feather Lace Adorned Art Deco Style Bridesmaid Card by PokeberryInkPress

And if you don't want to give up the look of flowers entirely, mix it all up!

Button Table Number's from Adrienne & Kenny's wedding as featured on GWS.

For a modern asian inspired wedding, button embellished Kusudama origami paper bouquet & boutonniere by MyBelovedAdoria

Ooh la la OMBRE!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

This post is a {visual} ode to my current infatuation with this gradual light to dark phenomenon. I went a bit overboard with the number of photos I normally share but I just couldn't help myself! If you didn't know what ombre was, you will now! I admit, I wasn't automatically in love with Gwen's wedding dress when she got married in 2002, but I will say it's been an acquired taste that I've come to appreciate! 

Any one out there interested in an ombre inspired wedding? Do share!

Gwen Stefani's Wedding Dress by John Galliano - a truly fashion forward woman!

The stunning Gwyneth Paltrow in Atelier Versace

Zoe Saldana in Givenchy

Zac Posen Spring 2012

AfterSix Bridesmaid Dress 6556P in Vintage Ombre

Seattle based Eco-Friendly designer Chrissy Wai Ching
Eucalyptus Dress in Gold

Cecilio Abad's gorgeous grey wedding gown for Jesy Alto

Barong (Filipino Men's Formal Wear) by Tesoros

Alfani Tie

Elizabeth Cole Earrings "Harlow"

Elizabeth Cole Earrings "Bacall"

WhiteOwl Ombre Lace Earrings "Irina" 

Ombre Invitation as seen on Elizabeth Anne Designs

Ombre Centerpiece - Martha Stewart Florals

Ombre Glassware - Diane Von Furstenberg

Purple Ombre Cake - BronnieBakes

The Polished Perfectionist

Ombre Hair - Jessica Biel

Yosemite Wedding

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Four days ago, the creative genius behind Apple passed away. I, like many people, were impacted by the legacy he leaves behind but had no clue about his personal life. Amidst my usual internet meanderings, I came across an article that caught my eye "9 Things You Didn't Know About the Life of Steve Jobs." Number 4 touched on how he met his wife and where they married. I was immediately intrigued!

Steve Jobs married Laurene Powell in 1991 at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park. Here Comes the Guide describes Yosemite this way: "Yosemite National Park’s beauty is so vast and sublime that Ansel Adams’ photos could hardly contain it. In his famous black & white images, impossibly high granite domes buttress the sky and giant redwoods brush the clouds with their pine-needled tops. Nature on this scale is extraordinary, and a photo simply can’t compare with the experience of being there. To camp, hike, and canoe in the majesty of Yosemite’s High Sierra landscape is fairly inspiring. To get married here is downright magical."

Doesn't it sound like a nature lover's ultimate dream destination wedding? People spend tons of money to re-create a beautiful setting and Yosemite is nature at it's best. If you're getting married, in search of a spectacular venue and  need a planner or coordinator for a breath taking Yosemite wedding, stop looking, you found her!

Rainy Day Bride

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

It's raining today! Why am I ecstatic? Living in Los Angeles, I look forward to the handful of days that I get to break out my rain boots and a cute umbrella. Depending on where you live, planning a wedding in the fall and winter season can seem a bit dreary but there's nothing like being fashionably prepared to weather the storm and have fun with whatever pours in on your big day. Rainy day splashes of color  certainly make for a memorable, romantic photo op! 

Photo Credits:
Adrienne Maples
Green Wedding Shoes
Sarah Roads
The Brides Cafe
Del Sol Photography