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    Summer Colors 2013

    This summer is all about strong yet subtle colors. We draw from all colors of the rainbow. While there are many gray undertones, there are no bright whites, grays, blacks, and browns. There are deep blues, and subtle oranges. Emerald is still a major player. Along with being Sephora’s color of the year, it is a part of Pantone’s Spring and Summer color palette. All of our bridesmaid dresses come in emerald, as shown above in our short sleeveless satin dress with ruching. This dress is also clean and short, while at the same time modest, making it perfect for summer weddings. Emerald is the birthstone of May, but it…

  • Planning

    You Wanna Take This Outside?

    “But I love to be outdoors. I prefer being outdoors to, you know, being inside” – Unknown. Having been born and raised in California, I have a great appreciation for the great outdoors. I’m talking by the sea, out in the mountains, on the back of a horse in a paddock…whatever, I love being outside. While wedding receptions are usually indoors, those who are live in areas of good weather are slowly moving out and being one with nature. Is it easy to have an outdoor reception? Sure, in some cases you might even save yourself a lot of money, as it generally means it’s more of a social gathering…

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    Garden Weddings

    Welcome to our Friday series. Each month we bring you a multi-part blog series centered around one or two themes. This June our theme is “garden.” Summer is full of outdoor weddings and we’ll be keeping up to speed to the most popular garden wedding trends! Last winter, one of my friends spent a week with her husband on a lemon farm and raved about the experience. They spent the week in a rustic converted farmhouse and had wonderfully fresh fruit and eggs. “You could have a fabulous wedding,” she said, and that started the little wheels in my brain turning. Although it’s too late to reserve it for this…

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    Desert Garden Wedding

    Welcome to our Friday series. Each month we bring you a multi-part blog series centered around one or two themes. This June our theme is “garden.” Summer is full of outdoor weddings and we’ll be keeping up to speed with the most popular garden wedding trends! At first glance, a desert is the opposite of a garden, but gardens exist in drier parts of the world as well! Desert botanical gardens are found throughout the American South. If you live in a drier part of the US and want an outdoor wedding, a desert garden is a natural, sustainable, and beautiful. Many feature gorgeous Spanish or Mission-style architecture. If you’re…

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    English Garden Weddings

    Welcome to our Friday series. Each month we bring you a multi-part blog series centered around one or two themes. This June our theme is “garden.” Summer is full of outdoor weddings and we’ll be keeping up to speed to the most popular garden wedding trends! The English garden has been around for a few centuries. Unlike the super symmetrical and organized gardens from 17th century France like Versailles, this landscape garden tries imitate an idealized form of nature. The English garden typically includes a lake, rolling lawns, groves of trees, and bits of architecture like bridges, gothic ruins, and classical recreations such as porticos. If this is a bit…

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    Backyard Weddings

    Backyard weddings are fun and casual affairs, but can require as much or even more planning than fancy hotel reception wedding. Have you thought about these things? Bathrooms You need at least one toilet for every fifty people. However, you may need extra bathrooms if the event is especially long. If your home has enough toilets to accommodate the guests, also be sure to stockpile on toilet paper, soap, and paper towels. Noise Check if your neighborhood requires a permit to throw a bash. If the wedding continues into the evening, consider informing your neighbors with a delivered letter summing up when and where the wedding will be and leaving…

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    Outdoor Spring Fashions

    Spring is in the air! Although, flirty short bridesmaid dresses commonly comes mind when we think of spring weddings, here are some fresh new looks for spring. One of our top picks for the outdoor spring wedding is the Lianne gown! This A-line halter neck gown is made with light and airy chiffon, which will ripple beautifully in the breeze. The court train has added elegance and sophistication. We loved the Lianne gown, because it’s romantic and unusual choice. The train may be atypical for an outdoor wedding, but it makes a dramatic entrance down a makeshift aisle. Since the halter neckline can be harsh, you can soften this look…

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    5 Tips for Surviving an Outdoor Spring Wedding

    “Spring is Mother Nature’s way of saying ‘let’s party!'” – Anonymous I attended the first wedding for the spring season last weekend, something I had mixed feelings about for the last few months. I mean, I was completely ecstatic my cousin was marrying one of my best friends from college, it was just that… Here’s the thing. I suffer from severe allergies. While most people are glad to be out of the cold wintery months, I dread it. Come spring, however, when the birds are out singing, baby lambs are being born and the Easter bunny is preparing to do his rounds….those are the months I want to lock myself…

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    Indoor versus Outdoor Wedding

    Today is one of those spring days that can’t decide to be beautiful or gray. Peeking out the window this morning, I decided to bring my umbrella, but by lunch it was sunny and warm. And now it’s gray again. Spring weather is very unpredictable, which makes having outdoor weddings risky business as well. The pros and cons of indoor and outdoor weddings are many, and there’s no way to say that one is better than the other. At the end of the day, it depends on your ideas of a dream wedding as well as your personality. Outdoor weddings really seem to depend on your luck, but the beautiful…