Here's another of my autumn wedding inspiration boards. It's a rustic palette of dark brown, tans, mauve and marroon with lots of texture and some pale pink accents. I'd serve a variety of wines and some spiked apple cider. Delicious.
Another beautiful background. I recently attended a nautical-themed wedding and I loved the early fall and nautical mix. The colors were navy and white with bright red, orange and pink flowers. The wedding favor was a tin of Old Bay.
Chilly autumn weather has arrived. The days are growing shorter but the setting sun is just as stunning. An autumn evening sunset was my inspiration for this board. Browns and creams with some deep orange, pink and jewel tone blue accents. I would plan a menu of seasonal foods including brussels sprouts, apples, figs, leeks, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and parsnips.
I've always adored the 1964 musical film, My Fair Lady. It's a timeless romance between a snobbish professor and a simple flower girl set in both high and low society London. The Ascott opening day race is one of my favorite scenes and that is the inspiration behind this board. Black and white mixed with some feminine details.
I recently saw this library theme wedding featured on Style Me Pretty and I had to mention it. There are so many lovely details including the I Spy game pictured above. Way to bring the colors and theme together for the little ones. All pictures by the talented Laura Ivanova.
My cousin got married this past week-end and it was a beautiful wedding. My favorite detail of the wedding was her dress. It was a formal gown but the long skirt detached to reveal this chic sheath dress. Perfect for dancing.
My little sister got married a few weeks ago and it was such a wonderful occasion. Kate and Joe had been dating for over four years and they are very much in love. Kate's mantra through the entire wedding planning process was, "I just want to marry Joe". They were totally and completely focused on the marriage and obviously put a lot of thought into the ceremony which took place in a beautiful botanical garden. Afterwards our families mingled in a glass palm house over punch and a delicious piece cake (or two).
On the morning of the wedding, we all pitched in to help set up and it was a lot of fun to work together. Kate was relaxed, happy and so organized that we barely needed direction. I made the bouquets and boutonnieres. My cousin set up a pretty collage of family photos. My fiance' and brothers took charge of getting lunch distributed and the rest of the family set up the tables.
One of the highlights of the wedding was her amazing photographer, Alex of FedorovFoto and his wife Natalia, who were creative, talented and friendly. They flew from NYC to Ohio on their anniversary week-end to shoot Kate's wedding because they wanted to help a young couple who wouldn't be able to hire a photographer otherwise. They took beautiful photos and gave them to her for FREE! It was a very generous gift that will remind them of their wedding day for the rest of their lives.
My favorites from the rehearsal dinner the night before:
Looking for advice on whether to plan your own music or hire a professional? First, check out DIY DJ: Is It For You? at DIY Bride. It includes a good list of questions to help you prepare. Also, How to DJ your own wedding from A Practical Wedding provides some good tips.
Hiring a professional is less work but a little less expensive. If you do hire a professional, make sure the DJ gets your style. I've been to many weddings where the Bride or Groom has to interrupt the DJ during the reception because of a tacky game or poor song choice. Also, make sure there is a variety of music because grandma and grandpa won't appreciate the latest Kayne song but some Frank Sinatra will make their night.
I'm engaged to a wonderful man and planning my own wedding. Like so many brides, I intend to host this lovely event on a limited budget. I'm approaching this without the wedding industry "to do" list and with a focus on the marriage and graciously welcoming my guests.