April 30, 2009

{Sponsored Post + Giveaway}: Swoon Over It!

April 30, 2009

Have you checked out the amazing new calligraphy shop that the Blissful Bride recently unveiled? Well if you haven't then I invite you to go over to her new website and for lack of a better word....swoon over all the lovely calligraphy services she has available


'Swoon Over It' is a calligraphy studio designed with the modern bride in mind. Because let's face it...the envelope is the very first thing your guests will see when you it comes to your wedding. And when you have spent so much time and money on your invitations, why would you do anything less than hire a professional to take care of the rest for you? Having a professional hand address your envelopes is a charming & unique way to make your wedding invitations even more special.

That's why it's with great pleasure and incredible excitement that I announce to you that one lucky reader is going to win free addressing for 100 outer envelopes!!!

You have 3 different styles of writing to choose from!

The New York, The Paris & the London.

To enter... simply hop on over to: http://www.swoonoverit.com/ and check out the 3 styles which are featured in her writing samples section. Once you've chosen your favorite...come back over to the Perfect Palette & leave a comment on this post explaining which style you would choose should you win!!

A winner will be chosen next week on Tuesday May 5th. So please be sure to check back to see who the lucky winner will be! Good Luck to Everyone!

April 29, 2009

{So in Love}: Poppy Red, Plum + White

April 29, 2009

{Red, Plum + White}

When poppy red and the color purple meet up it's pretty hard to deny that these colors were born to go hand in hand. Quirky, summery & down right pretty..this color palette has to be one of the most playful palettes I've seen. That's why when Allie wrote to me and told me about the summer soiree she was planning, I was instantly excited to put something special together for her big day! In my design, I chose lovely lavender gowns that were accented with red checkered sashes. {continued...}

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Lovely Bridesmaids Gowns

I thought this checkered pattern was so much fun that I decided to incorporate it into the groomsmen's attire. Just check out how adorable those boys are! For a further pop of color, ladies carried bright red poppies that were tied with patterned fabric as well. The newlyweds served a tasty signature drink that was also red in color. Guests went home with candy apples & jars of homemade raspberry jelly.

{Our Wedding} Save the Dates

{Our Wedding}

They say that Save the Dates should be chosen carefully because they not only serve to inform your guests to save the date of your wedding, but they also set the tone for what kind of wedding they should expect to attend. Because we are planning a fall wedding that has a fun fall festival kind of feel, I knew that we needed to find something that would convey this.

I'm happy to say that we found the perfect save the dates!
Check them out!

Not only are they perfect for us, but because they are magnets they are also functional. In addition to our save the date, because our wedding is a destination wedding of sorts...

We decided to include a little insert that tells guests where to book their hotels in town. I even designed the insert myself.

On the top of the insert that I made...I included these two little robins birds. Aren't they the cutest? This was the first time of many that my guests will see these two little birdies appear.

{I also have plans to include them on our programs & on our favors}

On the finished copy of the insert it said "Lodging Recommendations"in a fancy chocolate brown specialty font. {more pictures to come}

Listed inside the insert are our recommendations for hotels in the area as well as the rate per room. Because our wedding fall durings peak leaf changing season, it was important for us to think to include these details!

For an additional touch, we addressed these envelopes with a chocolate brown calligraphy pen & chose a stamp that coordinated in color. Now that our save the dates have been sent out ...I'm happy to say that we've received great feedback from our guests!

Oh and I guess this gives you a good idea about the colors that we've chosen for our own wedding!

April 28, 2009

Inspiration Board # 236: Mustard + Chocolate

April 28, 2009

{Mustard & Chocolate}

Marigold and chocolate brown marry quite nicely don't you think? I happen to think so! These colors were just born to go hand in hand. I'm just loving how rich this palette is. Bold, beautiful color has never looked so good. Looking for a color palette that is warm and cozy and full of fun and exciting ways to infuse personality into your day? Well if you are still undecided..you may want to try this duo on for size. This design was made especially for Julianne, a bride-to-be, who had a love for candlelight and wanted a wedding that radiated warmth and ambiance. In my design, I chose lovely chiffon mustard colored dresses. And oh how pretty they truly were! {continued...}

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The ruffles on the neckline were in keeping with the feathers that I chose to pin in each ladies hair. The ceremony took place in front of an amazing fireplace and the aisle was lined with lanterns that radiated the most amazing glow. The bride carried sunflowers which came across as both fun & charming. At the end of the night, as the couple was driving away ...guests released hundreds of lanterns which made the sky light up like the forth of July!

{Oh so Emerald!}: Emerald Green, Black + White

{Emerald Green, Black + White}

Emerald green is just one of those special colors that stands out to me as being unique and incredibly elegant. To me, emerald green is simply gorgeous. And that's why when Elizabeth wrote to me about her upcoming wedding this summer... I could not be more excited about having the chance to put together some green inspiration. For this design, I incorporated lovely floor length emerald green dresses that made for lovely photography and amazing eye candy. Just look at how vibrant that color is! {continued...}

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The ceremony took place under an old oak tree on the property where the groom grew up. To add some additional charm, I decided to hang mason jars from the trees which held little twinkling votive candles. This added touch definitely made for a charming ceremony that guests would remember for years to come.

April 27, 2009

{Step into Spring}: Sky Blue, Light Yellow + White

April 27, 2009

{Sky Blue, Light Yellow + White}

Looking for a soft and pretty color palette for your spring or summer wedding? Well if you are still not decided, you may want to check this lovely one out. It's soft and airy, and its perfect for any bride who wants to create a sense of elegance without using bright bold color. For this design, Diana wanted me to put together a look for her wedding that had subtle vintage touches & an over charming feel. So off to the drawing board I went..and the result? A day that was infused with sweet details and a bride who was overwhelmed by the vision that I created for her! {continued...}

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For the bridesmaids, I chose lovely chiffon tea length gowns & for groomsmen I decided to dress them in linen suits with adorable baby blue bow ties. It's details like this that came across as quirky, and charming. Some of my other favorite details include the gorgeous invitation design that incorporated both colors as well as the lovely centerpiece vases. Guests left this wedding with homemade lemonade in old fashioned bottles & a with a sweet thank you from the newlyweds.

Inspiration Board # 233: Orange & Yellow

{Orange & Yellow}

Orange and yellow really do radiate such a happy vibes now don't they? I just love when these colors are used in weddings. Nothing stuffy, nothing too serious, these colors are perfect for infusing that fun carefree mood. When paired they definitely have a fun energy that cannot be ignored nor denied. That's why when Alyssa, a bride-to-be, from South Carolina, recently wrote to me with this vibrant palette in mind...I was thrilled to have the chance to bring her ideas to life. And oh what lovely ideas she had! For Alyssa's fall wedding, some of the stand out details were the arbor full of orange and yellow roses. Oh what a statement they made! Packed with fun color, this back drop made for lovely photo opportunities and really set the tone for a fun filled evening. Other fun details include the orange damask detailing seen on the cake and on the save the dates. And as an added touch, since both Alyssa and her fiance were teachers, I decided that it would only be fitting for them to give personalize pencils away as favors!

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Details We Love

April 26, 2009

Inspiration Board # 232: Red + Slate Gray

April 26, 2009

{Red, Gray + White}

What's one of the 'it' color combinations for 2009? Spicy red and slate gray are definitely one of the top contenders. Just check out how sophisticated these two are! Slate gray is the perfect compliment to red! I just love how gray tones the color red down yet still lets it shine! That's why when Maura wrote to me with this palette in mind, I was just beyond excited to get to work! In my design, it was important to me to create a vintage feel. I did this by incorporating charming touches that I considered timeless. The lovely invitations and table numbers were designed in a specialty font that really stood out as being unique. {continued...}

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Bridesmaids wore slate gray dresses made of chiffon and held bouquets of red roses and black magic. To add an additional pop of color, I chose red hot heels for the ladies to wear. In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, the couple chose a cupcake buffet. This idea truly proved to be a crowd pleaser! For an added touch, each cupcake had a cherry on top. When it was time to say their goodbyes, the couple ran through a tunnel of sparklers and drove away in an old fashioned get-a-way ride. How cute is that?

April 25, 2009

{Nautical Nuptials}: A Palette of Navy Blue, Yellow & Gold

April 25, 2009
{Navy Blue, Yellow & Gold}

A nautical theme rich in unique symbolism, a lovely color palette and an amazing ceremony location is not all that this palette has....It's also got that preppy New England thing going on in it as well. And what's not to love about that right? In my design for Jeanni, I wanted to bring to life all that she was dreaming of, and then some. To pull this off, I combined the beauty of a waterfront ceremony, and the elegance of a nautical theme. And the result? A lovely wedding full of thoughtful details and charming touches. {continued...}

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Jeanni told me that she wanted to incorporate Nautical maps and knots into the reception design. What a lovely idea! In addition, Jeanni told me that she and her fiance wanted a casual feel to their wedding but one that had elegant and classy touches. Bridesmaids wore strapless blue dresses and held bouquets of yellow blooms. And aren't we loving this look for the groomsmen? Navy blue blazors with khaki pants never looked so good. Guests went home with great memories & a compass that had the couples names and wedding date engraved on the back.

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April 24, 2009

Inspiration Board # 230: Yellow & Black

April 24, 2009

{Yellow & Black}

When I recently got the request to put together a board in the color palette of yellow and black I could not help but think to myself, "wow, yellow and black has really become a popular palette"And honestly...I could not be more thrilled to see so many brides taking risks and choosing palettes that are bold and edgy. For this design, Jane wanted me to put together a look that was modern while still incorporating a sense of elegance and fun. In my design, I made sure to incorporate all of this. How did I pull it off? It was simple! Yellow bridesmaids dresses with black sashes set the stage with their fun & flirty sillhouettes. To add some modern elegance, I decided to incorporate a black chandelier motif which was seen on everything from the save the dates to programs. Place settings were paid special attention and really showcased the couples chosen palette. The bride and groom made their get-a-way in a yellow car that can only be described as swoon worthy.

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{Summer Shades}: Coral, Orange, Aqua & Peach

{Coral, Orange, Aqua & Peach}

These summer shades really are special. What is not to love about this yummy summer palette? That chandelier is to die for and isn't this hair pin just lovely? Perfect for any beach themed wedding, this color palette is seriously unique! In my design, I incorporated lovely bridesmaids dresses that were all made with different neck lines. In addition, although in the same color family, each dress was it's on special shade. {continued...}

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Details We Love Bridal Party Attire!
Chandelier! So Pretty!

A Happy Bride.
This subtle difference really made a statement and contributed in the overall affect of creating a wedding party that looked unique and full of personality. Ladies carried orange blooms that were hand tied with aqua colored ribbons. To add an additional pop of color... I chose to incorporate coral colored necklaces and fun and spunky shoes. Invitations were custom designed to include the color palette as was the wedding cake. Guests went home with lollipops of various colors that were both creatively packaged and tasty!