March 31, 2009

Swoon-Worthy Details: Lovebird Cake Toppers

March 31, 2009

{Swoon-Worthy Details}

Lovebird Cake Toppers

I am just loving these adorable lovebird cake toppers! Aren't they charming? Quirky, kitchy & definitely full of personality... these little birds could not be cuter. Lovebirds is a popular theme this year in weddings and understandably so! These little guys are so great!

Want to know the artist who is making these little guys? These littles birdies are handmade by Lauren Alane.

Lauren's little bird cake toppers are so adorable and I just love that each bird conveys so much personality and character.

The birds are such a lovely way to portray the couple’s individual personalities. Want to see more? Check out Lauren Alane's blog: (

And here are some more of her little birdies!

Just check out those facial expressions! So unique!


& in case you havent seen enough adorable birdy are some more!

I'm just loving the handmade feeling that these have!

Whimsical, quirky, and simply fun!

chirp. chirp. tweet. tweet.

A lovely theme for any bride and groom.

I just wanted to share these quirky and cute birdy cake toppers. Their expressions always have a way of putting me in an instant good mood and I'm hoping they do the same for you! Looking for a fun way to infuse personality into your wedding? Consider a lovebirds theme!

{Coastal Living}: A Palette of Blue, Navy Blue & Powder Blue

{Blue, Navy Blue & Powder Blue}

I don't know about anyone else, but I would really love a beach in my life right about now! If you are planning a beach wedding this year then you should check out this lovely trio. A palette of navy blue, blue and light blue was the choice of bride-to-be Heather and her fiance. It's fun and uplifting and definitely the definition of casual elegance. For Heather's wedding, she told me that the ceremony and reception would take place at her parents beach front property on Rosemary beach in Florida. I had the opportunity to spend some there last year and so I absolutely was able to invision just the look for her! {continued...}

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Details We Love
Beach House Reception

In my design, I incorporated lovely floral sundresses for the ladies. Fun sandles & blue bracelets were worn by bridesmaids to incorporate that beachy casual vibe she was going for. The groomsmen wore navy blue jackets and khakis which made for a casual yet preppy look. For centerpieces, instead of using flowers..I opted to design a centerpiece with candles, seashells and river rock. This proved to be both beautiful and budget friendly. A seashell motif was incorporated on save the dates and invitations which really was fitting for this beachy elegant affair. I chose to give Heather a few 2 tier wedding cakes, instead of just one. The cakes were both charming and tasty! Guests went home with small beach towels that had the couples names embroidered onto them and a sincere thank you from the bride & groom.

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Inspiration Board # 191: Copper & Warm Brown

{Copper & Latte}

Looking for the perfect theme for your upcoming wedding? Nothing could be cuter than the oh so charming theme of "the Perfect Pear." Easy to pull off and simply adorable, this theme was at the center of all of Madison's wedding plans. In my design, I incorporated lovely chiavari chairs, and specialty china which added an upscale feel to their event. On each place setting, a real pear was placed in the center of the plate. These pears served as placecards and came across as creative and earthy. For the ladies, I chose lovely copper colored dresses that were both rich and classy. Candelight filled the room and made each surface glow, creating a lovely sense of warmth. A leaf motif was incorporated to make reference to the season & wooden pieces were incorporated to add texture and a rustic appeal. Guests were treated to a wonderful meal and really appreciated the after dinner drink stations. Each guest went home with homemade maple pumpkin butter and a sweet thank you from the newlyweds.

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Details We ♥
Pear on Place Setting
Lovely Centerpiece & Chair Details

Apple Butter Favors

March 30, 2009

{Preppy Love}: Blue, Chartreuse & Slate Blue

March 30, 2009

{Blue, Chartreuse & Slate Blue}

Slate blue and apple green marry nicely don't you think? A perfect blend of cool hues, this soft yet vibrant duo is an unexpected mix that really has a lovely overall affect. The email that I received from Jessica was full of fun details and exciting wedding plans. She said that her wedding would take place at a country club and that she wanted her spring wedding to feel like a glammed up garden affair. In my design, I incorporated the couple's monogram on everything from save the dates to invitations. {continued...}

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Details We Love
Incredible Florals
Whimsical Headband

Green Bouquets
The ladies wore lovely navy blue dresses and for an added touch of personality, each girl wore a pair of apple green shoes. Bouquets were kept simple by using a blend of greenery which truly popped against the color of the blue bridesmaids dresses. Each girl was given a lovely blue broach which was pinned to their dress during the reception. For an added accessory, a lovely beaded hair piece was also worn by the ladies. Little details like this gave Jessica's wedding both charm and personality!

Inspiration Board # 180: Orange & Slate Gray

{Orange & Slate Gray}

I don't think its any secret that slate gray & orange are one of my favorite color combinations. And that's why when I got the request to put this palette together again, I just couldnt help but jump at the chance. I'm loving slate gray and orange together lately. So much so that I think it's safe to say that I have considered changing my colors on many occasion! For bride-to-be Alexa, her email to me was all about creating a fun filled fall environment, full of punchy color and personality! To add intereset to Alexa's bridal party I opted to give her two separate bridesmaids looks. One dress in slate gray and one in this fun orange hue. I chose to have Alexa's bridesmaids wear gray and to honor her matron of honor I chose to have her wear the orange. Groomsmen looked sleek in gray and wore quirky orange ties that had a fun polka dot pattern. In my design, I incorporated a lovely place setting. Specialty china was used as was a gorgeous orange colored plate charger. To add some ambiance, small tea light candles were floating in shallow glass bowls. A menu was designed which incorporated some orange damask detailing. This same detailing was used on the save the dates. Guests went home with candles and a sincere thank you from the bride & groom.

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Details We ♥ Serving Platter

Menu Design

Floating Candles

March 29, 2009

Perfect Palette Readers

March 29, 2009

Hello out there & welcome to The Perfect Palette!

My name is Chrissy & I'm the color & design consultant behind the Perfect Palette!

I just wanted to reach out to all of my visitors to thank you for all of the great feedback I've been receiving. It's been such a treat to receive so many emails from brides all around the world each day.

I truly enjoy reading about your wedding plans, and I absolutely love creating custom designs that you can use during the course of your wedding planning.

For those of you who have been stopping by every day since the beginning thanks for reading!

To all of my new visitors, come on in and stay a while!

On your visits to the Perfect Palette, my hope is that you will be inspired by the custom inspiration boards I feature.
In addition to inspiration boards, I feature color palettes that I love, details that I deem swoon-worthy, and trends that I find inspiring.

Furthermore, I will be featuring vendors that I know and love & lovely photographs from real weddings.
So stay tuned because there is a lot in store at the Perfect Palette.

Thanks for reading & happy planning!

♥ Chrissy

Trends We ♥ Long Reception Tables

Trends We ♥
{Long Reception Tables}

There is just something about a long wedding table that says family and togetherness. Rather than scattering tables all over a reception hall, having one or a few long tables can make your reception a very intimate experience if your location can accommodate it.

Long tables remind me of the old Italian tradition of having large families sit outside at sunset sipping wine and enjoying family.

Seating your guests at one very long table or a couple of very long tables is one way to truly make your wedding more classy and to make the experience more memorable for your guests.

If you want your reception to have an even stronger sense of togetherness, consider serving the meal family style. Passing dishes, and sharing food is a tradition that makes you feel like you are sitting down for a thanksgiving meal. And that in and of itself is special.

They work really well for a backyard affair...

And in contrast, long tables works really well in a modern ballroom.

Perfect for conveying a down home vibe...
Long tables are perfect for country or rustic venues too!

So simple yet so charming.

Using long tables at your reception will ensure that a wonderful time will be had by all!
Thoughts? Opinions? Are we loving these or are we loving these !

Inspiration Board # 179: Orange, Yellow & Slate Gray

{Shades of Orange, Yellow & Slate Gray}

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and spring is officially here! If you're a spring or summer bride and you are still searching for the perfect palette for your wedding, try this palette on for size. Orange, yellow and slate gray really are something special. Full of sunshine, bursting with energy, and definitely packed with the fun factor, I created this palette for bride-to-be Anna. Anna wrote to me with this color palette in mind and simply said "work your magic." So off to the drawing board I went, and the result? A lovely inspiration board full of sunshine and all things happy. In my design, I gave Anna's bridesmaids slate gray dresses that were both charming and figure flattering.

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The invitation design incorporated Anna's color palette and a lovely floral motif that was both kitchy and fun. Tables were dressed with fun patterned orange table runners and a variety of yellow and orange blooms including the brides favorite flower-gerber daisies! Place settings consisted of homemade gray napkins that were tied with little yellow scraps of ribbon. Guests left this party with big smiles on their faces and memories that would last for years to come.