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Monthly Archive:: August 2010

Real Wedding: Ellen + Jesse

I’m a sucker for a palette that pops, so I hope you enjoy this one from Chicago as much as I did. From photographer Dawn Roscoe:

Ellen loves color and wanted her special day to have bright, exuberant colors which are a perfect fit for her fun-loving personality.  Ellen’s shoes, accessories, flowers and reception details were a combination of dark pink for the ladies and teal for the groomsmen.  The combination was really unique and added great color touches to all the urban and lakefront backgrounds in North Beach and the West Loop areas of Chicago.  Also, she had a budget and was able to find some great dresses, florals and accessories from retail stores and online that were both fashionable and affordable.

Bouquet: Bridesign
Photographer: Dawn Roscoe
Shoes: Zappos
Purse: White House Black Market
Wedding Dress and Accessories: The Brides Room, Chicago

Fit for Royalty: Ring Bowls and Dishes from Prince Design UK

From Trisha:

I squealed with joy when I found this sweet little shop over on Etsy. Elizabeth Price of Prince Design UK, hand crafts small ceramic bowls and plates that are perfect for your ring bearer to parade with down the aisle. I have a thing for hearts, so the heart dish immediately caught my eye, with its perfect red color and lovely lace imprint.  All of her works of art are amazing – my other favorites are the poppy bowl and lovebird dish. The best thing about these adorable ring holders is not only will they dress up your wedding decor, but you can use them on your nightstand or dresser to hold and keep your rings safe long after your wedding day.

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Trisha Dean is a wedding and event planner in the San Francisco Bay Area. A background in graphic design and corporate event planning led to her love of designing and planning weddings. She is the author of Adore and a contributing blogger to Bay Area Bride Guide in addition to the Inspired Bride. She lives in Walnut Creek, California with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

Images from Prince Design UK.

Inspiration Board: Louisiana Luxe

From Jessica:

I have a soft spot for all New Orleans wedding traditions, after spending my four college years in the city unlike any other. Second lines, cake pulls and groom cakes are just some of the fun traditions that make Nola weddings unique. One of my favorites is their popular cocktail-style reception, as it focuses on everyone’s wedding favorites: good food and cocktails! In these more free-flowing fêtes, guests are free to mingle and dance and you never need to worry about the between-course lull.

Besides the obvious fun factor, cocktail party receptions are a fabulous choice for those who want to stretch their budgets without compromising on style. Doing away with a formal dinner translates to big savings in your rentals, as you need less tables & chairs than guests. Fewer tables mean fewer centerpieces… you get the idea!

My inspiration board for this New Orleans-style cocktail reception comes in a romantic, old-world palette of rose and copper. Cocktail tables are dressed up with edible displays of French macarons, and glittering paper stars hang from the ceiling. The bride wears a short lace wedding dress with silk-tied shoes. Bridesmaids carry champagne-colored clutches down the aisle in lieu of bouquets, and gilded apples top the the vanilla-bean spiced apple cake. Since you won’t need table settings, focus on fancy glassware like crystal champagne flutes or these blush-hued goblets. Food is the main attraction, so have some fun with inventive hors d’oeuvres — this monochromatic color scheme does double duty as wedding decor. And to end the evening on a sweet note?  Treat your guests to a dessert liqueur bar!


Inspiration Board Credits:
Macarons, Luna Photo for Utterly Engaged via My Sweet and Saucy
Short Wedding Dress, Nina Ricci via Style
Shoes, Cinderella Project
Hanging Star Decorations, Martha Stewart Weddings
Bow Clutch, Cherry Blossom Girl via Absolutely Ladylike
Cake, Nine Cakes via Martha Stewart Weddings
Pink Glasses, Missy Photography via The Sweetest Occasion
White Hors D’Oeurve Display, Martha Stewart Weddings
LiqueurBar, Martha Stewart Weddings

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Jessica Edwards Malish is a brand manager at a boutique branding and design agency. She and her husband live and work in New York City. As a recent bride, she fell in love with wedding styling and design and is thrilled to continue the love affair in her guest posts for Inspired Bride.