Monthly Archives: April 2009

Tips and Tidbits

Honeymooning: Island Style

April 23, 2009

Here’s a little eye candy if you’re planning a sea, sand and sunshine type of honeymoon…

And a few things you might want to consider packing for your trip…

row 1: a light sweater for cool nights (and chilly restaurants); a super cute swimsuit; a light tunic and flip flops (a perfect cover-up for before and after laying on the beach)
row 2: a straw tote (ideal for throwing a book, beach towel and flip flops in); a cute straw hat for added protection from the sun
row 3: stylish eye mask for napping on the plane; luggage organizers for quick and easy packing

Photo Credits (top image):
row 1: One & Only Resorts
row 2: Corrie Bond, J. Crew
row 3: Lisa Lefkowitz Photography, Crate & Barrel
row 4: Leigh Miller Photography
row 5: One & Only Resorts

Color Palettes

Color Predictions: Fall 2009

April 22, 2009

Every season, the fashion world is inspired by a new palette of colors and this palette usually dictates what we see in stores and what eventually become popular color combinations. The color forecast for Fall 2009 was released a couple months ago and it includes 10 main colors which color experts predict will be the hot new hues this Fall. Of the 10 new Fall colors, we think six really stand out…here’s what the experts have to say about our favorites…

Burnt Sienna: A deepened, earthy shade of orange, reminiscent of an autumn sunset.

Iron: Color experts are calling Iron “the new black”. Neither gray nor brown, Iron is a grounding color that coordinates well with other Fall hues.

Honey Yellow: More subdued than Spring’s vibrant Mimosa yellow, this shade carries yellow through to fall and winter with its golden tones.

Nomad: This shade bridges the gap between beige and light gray, and serves as a timeless neutral.

Majolica Blue: A deep mysterious blue with more vibrancy than the usual navy. Majolica Blue has a certain exotic flair to the group.

Warm Olive: An unexpected, “tangy”, rich yellow-green. When combined, this intriguing hue makes other Fall colors come alive.

Other colors in the Fall 2009 color forecast include Rapture Rose, which lies somewhere between a vibrant fuchsia and soft pink; Crème Brulée – a beige color with grey undertones; Purple Heart and a patriotic red called American Beauty.

Since Fall brides are now starting to make decisions on concept, colors and décor for their weddings, we plan to share a few palettes in the upcoming weeks which incorporate some of these new Fall colors. Stay  tuned!

If you’re curious about what the experts predicted for Spring 2009, click here.

Photo Credits:
Clockwise from top left
Anna Kuperberg, Michelle Rago, Martha Stewart, InStyle Weddings

Wedding Inspiration

Tropical Elegance

April 21, 2009

I love the idea of combining refined elegance with the laid-back feel of a destination wedding. Seashell chandeliers hanging from trees, large conch shells and silver spheres used as decoration and a monochromatic palette of white and ivory with touches of sea breeze blue would all work well together to add a certain refinement to a beach wedding in paradise.

Featured Design: Emma wedding invitation

Photo Credits:
row 1: Joe Mikos Photographers
row 2: Cappy Hotchkiss, Leigh Miller Photography
row 3: Leigh Miller Photography
row 4: Elizabeth Messina, Leigh Miller Photography
row 5: Brides UK, Leigh Miller Photography

Real Wedding Features

Belinda and Heath

April 20, 2009

WEDDING DATE: November 22, 2008
LOCATION:
Sydney, Australia
CEREMONY:
Father’s house and Japanese Garden, Pymble
RECEPTION:
Father’s house, Pymble
PHOTOGRAPHER:
Stuart Leal
FLOWERS BY: Divine Events
GOWN BY: Baccini and Hill
BRIDESMAID DRESSES BY: Pilgrim
MENSWEAR BY: Arthur Galan (groom); Peppers (groomsmen)


STATIONERY: Raven wedding invitation and response set
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS INVITATION?: It was simple, elegant and a little bit different

Design Note: When Belinda entered her invitation wording, she included a blank line on the invitation (as seen above, left) so that her guest’s name could be individually written on each invitation. A clever idea if you’re having a small wedding and want to add that extra personal touch!

FAVORITE WEDDING DETAIL: I loved the ceremony being held in the Japanese teahouse built by my father, who was also the celebrant.  My mother walked me down the aisle which was a great way to include both parents.

FAVORITE/MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: We had bought a bottle of Dom Perignon Rose when we traveled through Champagne, France, some years ago. Once we arrived back at the reception, we snuck down to the teahouse and opened it together.