Blog Around the World: Out of Africa #11

There is so much to be said about blogging, but one of the things that I love most is being part of a blogging community where people are not only talented + creative, but also genuinely supportive. For those that may not have heard - today is a very fun day in the wedding world.

A group of some of my favorite wedding bloggers have joined together to present a scavenger hunt where each blogger is sharing a photo {or in my case two} from a photo shoot that was recently coordinated by the incredibly talented Alicia French of The Charity Wedding...

Location: Out of Africa Wildlife Park and Along the Verde River, Camp Verde, AZ. Coordination + Concept: Alicia French of The Charity Wedding. Event Design: KD Event Designs. Photography: Fancy Fin Photography. Bouquet: Glamorous Occasions. Cake + Pastries: Kick Ass Kakes. Invitations, Menu, Dessert Toppers and Hang Tags: Wedding Girl. Model: Dahlee. Makeup Artist: Sabrina Sweet Makeup. Hair Artist: Erin McDonald of Aveda Red 115 Salon. Gown: La Belle Reve. Jewelry: Genevieve. Cupcakes: Handmade by Alicia.

''Hello Lovelies! I am Alicia from The Charity Wedding and I am excited to present another round of Blog Around the World with some of my favorite wedding bloggers! I recently helped organized a styled shoot using the theme of a Vintage Desert Safari. Each blogger will be showcasing a photo from the shoot and sharing some tips, advice, or just some pretty-eye candy for you to enjoy! Be sure to visit all the blogs to make sure you catch all the goodness! Thanks so much to all of the participants!'

The lovely photos I chose are above + here is the inspiration I created!

Vintage Desert Safari. Has an interesting ring to it, no? You may or may not have a preconceived notion that themed weddings are all cheesy or tacky? And I don't blame you for feeling that way! Up until a few years ago I used to think that themed weddings were kind of tacky as a whole...

1. bride 2. baskets 3. bridesmaid 4. invitation 5. flatware 6. giraffe 7. floral 8. suitcase

But things have changed drastically in the past few years when it comes to incorporating themes into your wedding day. And my mind has absolutely changed when it comes to this topic. You can now incorporate a subtle theme into any event and have it turn out truly stunning. The trick is to not over-do anything! Here are my tips for incorporating themes!

{#1}: Stay away from cliches! For instance, I stayed away from black + white zebra stripes.

{#2}: Focus on incorporating natural elements. Like florals, for instance.
{#3}: It's all about being subtle! Use color to your advantage by using subtle shades that will give your themed wedding a very timeless feel.
{#4}: Consider the venue you've chosen. Some themes just won't work in certain settings and it's important to consider that.

Want to see more? Hop on over to my sweet friend, Chandra's blog, Oh Lovely Day, to discover even more of this fabulous shoot!

My blogging friends who are participating in 'Blog Around the World':
{Bubble Rock Studios} {Cap Classique} {The Unreal Bride} {Brancoprata} {Bijoux Bride} {Bridal Musings} {The Oceanside Bride} {Hey Gorgeous} {Sparkle + Hay} {Wedding Pickle} {Oh Lovely Day} {La Petite Coquin} {Brenda's Wedding Blog} {Fab You Bliss} {Landlocked Bride} {Bowties and Bliss} {A Paper Proposal} {Engaged and Inspired} {The Charity Wedding}

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Chrissy Arpie Ott

Chrissy Arpie Ott is the founder of The Perfect Palette. Since its launch in 2008, The Perfect Palette has been the go-to color resource for couples who dream of a unique, creative and colorful wedding day.

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31 Comments " Blog Around the World: Out of Africa #11 "


Great board and great advice!!! Themes are great but you got to get them right!


OMG I love this - especially the colours you've chosen for the Out of Africa theme. Just that little bit unexpected! And really fresh. Your tips for theme weddings are also spot on - I have also become a convert, but subtlety is key!

Alicia@CharityWedding July 20, 2011

I LOVE this and your tips! I knew you'd create a gorgeous board but it is SO similar to the board we started with before the shoot took place! Thank you so much for being involved!

WrappedCouture (Lissahn) July 20, 2011

This is so gorgeous!! The advice was fantastically too. Themes can incorporate color and natural elements, as you've pointed out so nicely.

brit July 20, 2011

Ooh! Love that purple in the mix!

Danielle July 20, 2011

i really liked your use of the rustic tones - the purple goes with it so well!

Unknown July 20, 2011

love the board (as always!) and great advice too! xx

Sarah {A Paper Proposal} July 20, 2011

Awesome tips! I especially like your note about picking out what's natural about the theme and emphasizing it.

Elizabeth {Bridal Musings} July 20, 2011

I've been looking forward to your inspiration board all day ~ it's beautiful as ever! I agree themed weddings have come a long way ~ great advice!

louise {bijouxbride} July 20, 2011

Such a beautiful board! The touch of purple really softens the harshness of the bush, and I love that it's competely different from what you'd expect

Mel {The Oceanside Bride} July 20, 2011

LOVE that board!!! Great advice too!! xoxo

Brenda's Wedding Blog July 20, 2011

What a great inspiration board - and the tips are GREAT!!!!! Today truly is a fun day in the wedding blogging world.

Couture Carrie July 20, 2011

Gorgeous post, darling!
Love that vintage luggage!


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Lovely post, chrissy! So inspiring. Off to check out the other posts!


Seriously gorgeous.


Jenna Lee July 20, 2011

Wow! Never even thought of this! How pretty

A Crimson Kiss July 20, 2011

Love this board-what a perfect addition to these gorgeous photos!

Bonnie July 20, 2011

This is such a cute idea!! It's absolutely gorgeous.
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i love this! beautiful!

Tiff For Tat July 20, 2011

That is an awesome color pallet, the light purpules and the bronzey colors are beautiful together. I love the pic of the bride with the suitcase.

Steph {bubblerock} July 20, 2011

Great tips!!! You are totally right and we can make any theme work if we follow some 'simple' rules to start with :)

natasha {schue love} July 20, 2011

Wow...what stunning inspiration...I love the theme! It's so rustic and chic. :)

ColorBee July 20, 2011

These colors are unique but perfectly lovely. Thanks for your tips on themes, especially incorporating natural elements.

erin * sparkle & hay July 20, 2011

oh my goodness that is the PERFECT board!!!!

Stephanie Elizabeth {Fab You Bliss} July 20, 2011

Beautiful, just beautiful and I'm lovin' your tips...perfect!

Melina July 20, 2011

I LOVE this inspiration board! And those are really great tips!

alishka-the diy mommy!!! July 21, 2011

subtlety really is the key with a theme wedding...what i love most about your tips are that they are so simple and basic... but very very effective... i love it!

Courtney Erin July 21, 2011

I definitely subtle is the way to go with a theme wedding - but it can totally work beautifully!

xoxo ~ Courtney

Stylish Bliss with MiMi July 21, 2011

Gushing over the out of africa theme!! loves!!

Federico Pignatelli July 23, 2011

The advice was fantastically too. Themes can incorporate color and natural elements, as you've pointed out so nicely.

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