Color Palette Inspiration: Navy + Pink

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If you’re looking for a preppy Spring wedding, look no further than this lovely color scheme, navy + pink. It’s fun, bright, and just the right amount of glamorous!  Personally I never thought these colors would go together but for some reason this color scheme looks amazing! I really love this color scheme for a destination outdoor wedding, whether on a ranch or garden. Another great thing about this color scheme is that it also looks great on grooms! It has just the right amount of softness with the pink and masculinity with the navy, perfect for any groom who is looking to make a statement at his big day! Whether you’re planning your preppy, fun wedding in the Spring or Summer this board is sure to inspire! Happy Planning!

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{Cover Photo: Debra Eby via Wedding Bells, Bridesmaid: The Sweet Iced Tea Soiree, Groom: Southern Weddings, Long Dress Maids: Hannah Suh Photography via SMP, Short Dress Maids: Stephanie A. Smith Photography via Floridian, Invitation: Jupiter and Juno Shop, Gingham Jacket: Southern Weddings, Bouquet: Revel Blog}

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A Burlap Inspired Destination Wedding in Florida

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Brandon and Jennifer hosted their destination wedding in the beautiful St. Augustine, FL with friends and family by their sides to share in the big “I do’s!”  We asked Jennifer how they selected this special location.  “Brandon and I met in St. Augustine while attending the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.  One of our very first dates was to a classmate’s wedding on the rooftop of the White Room and I knew the moment I stepped out onto that rooftop that I wanted to be married there.  Little did I know, that I would get married there to that man I barely knew.  Having our wedding on the rooftop of the white room really was a dream come true for both of us.”  

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We planned the entire wedding in six months, and we somehow managed to do it all from Texas.  We have been living in Austin, TX for over two years now and it was definitely a challenge to plan wedding from so far in such a short amount of time so we had to put trust in our friends still living in town to help us make so many important decisions.   My maid of honor completed our wedding cake testing and an usher had to be the witness to sign the contract for the white room because we were unable to be there.  Even with the challenge of distance, our vendors were so amazing that the entire process went without a hiccup.”

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“One of my favorite photos of my bouquet displays a bluebird pin that was given to me by my mother in law to represent my something blue.  It was given to her by her mother in law on her wedding day, and it holds such a special place in my heart.”  

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The flower girl of course didn’t steal the show but we can’t help but fall in love with this little one!

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The bridesmaids’ neutral palette went perfectly with the rustic design this duo had in mind.

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We asked Jennifer what the inspiration for the rustic wedding décor was.  I am originally from a very small town in southern Mississippi and a true southern girl at heart, so the rustic theme has always appealed to me, however I wanted to find the right balance of classic meets rustic to accentuate our beautiful venue.  The decorating began with mason jars and burlap and the touches of lace and mercury glass were added to make it unique for us.  I also have always loved soft neutrals and that’s usually all you’ll find in my wardrobe so I couldn’t have felt more like myself on our perfect day.”

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“Our favorite element from the wedding was the sweet treats bar.  We wanted it to be bright and fun but simple, and the pop of color in the room was such a great contrast to the otherwise neutral palette.  Brandon proposed at the end of the 5K color run in New Orleans, LA and we were both covered head to toe in bright paint and he had a photographer to capture the moment and it was so special to us and we wanted a way to incorporate it into our big day, so from the photos came the inspiration for the candy bar.”

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And in addition to the sweets bar was this ‘spooned’ cake complete with monogram cake topper!

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And for the grand finale?!  Sparklers for their sendoff!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Pure Sugar Studios

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony + Reception Location: The White RoomDesign: The Conservatorie Floral Event and DesignEntertainment: McGhee Entertainment, Hair and Makeup: Amanda Hopcraft, Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal sculptured A-line ivory lace, Wedding Cake: Publix Bakery

 

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Appy Couple Promo Code for our Readers!

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We’ve got another great gift to give our readers from our friends over at Appy Couple, the wedding website and app company with amazing destination wedding websites for you and your guests to use before and even during the wedding weekend.  Just enter BB25 at checkout and save on any design you purchase!

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This perfect palette for a beach wedding is from The Bridal Bar Collection (which we’re super excited about).  But they’ve got all kinds of great designs for destination I do’s.  A wedding website is a must have for your guests when traveling for your big day (and it will save you a ton of time from answering the same questions over, and over, oh, and over again too!).  Check out all that Appy Couple has and don’t forget to get your discount at checkout with promo code BB25.  Happy shopping travelers!

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Indian Wedding Details

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I am absolutely fascinated by Indian culture, especially Indian weddings. I think they’re beautiful, rich, bold and not to mention they look like a ton of fun to be at. Indian weddings are filled with bright and cheery colors which are sure to get anyone off their chairs and onto the dance floor! Remember that oranges, pinks, purples, and reds are among the most common colors when planning an Indian wedding. Other colors can be also be incorporated of course, as long as the palette is vivid. One of my personal favorite things about Indian wedding is the amount of detail that goes into getting the Bride ready. From henna to ornate jewelry, every bride can mix this into their wedding day look even if they are not Indian. Indian weddings are all about celebrating new life with your new partner, and of course what better way to say you’re married than a huge party? Sounds fun to me!

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{Cover Photo: Sweet Little Photographs, Henna: Wedding Bells, Seating Place: Vasia Photography via Rubies & Ribbon, Groom: White Magazine, Dessert: Rachelle’s, Statue: Timmester Photography via United with Love, Bride: Black Box Photography via One Fab Day}

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A Jewish + Hindu Destination Wedding in Antigua, Guatemala

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Tina and David and their most beloved friends and family traveled from around the world to Central America to celebrate their stunning Hindu and Jewish wedding.  Tina shared all the details of their intimate day with us. David and I live to travel so a destination wedding was perfect for us.  We chose to have our wedding in Antigua, Guatemala, an old Spanish colonial city with a breathtaking landscape, beautiful architecture, and warm and friendly people.  We had 70 guests join us in Antigua for a truly unforgettable week-long wedding adventure.”  

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“While the wedding was in Guatemala, I am Hindu, and David is Jewish.  So, we strived to incorporate aspects of all three cultures, as well as our love for adventure and travel, into the festivities.”

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“We kicked off the celebration with one our favorite pastimes – a hike up Guatemala’s most famous active volcano, Volcan Pacaya.  The following day, we hosted a sun and fun-filled lakeside pool party on the shores of the breathtaking 1000-foot deep Lake Atitlan.  The day before the wedding, we put a Guatemalan twist on a traditional Hindu pre-wedding celebration by having a “Mehndi Picnic” on the lush grounds of Casa Capuchinas, a lovely bed and breakfast in the heart of Antigua.  Local henna artists applied traditional henna designs on our guests.  That evening we also held a traditional Jewish “rehearsal” dinner at Restaurant Welten, with poolside cocktails and dinner in Welten’s gorgeous dining room, which is decorated in the style of a colonial Spanish home.  The night ended with a “Torrito,” a unique Guatemalan firework display.”  

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“For the wedding itself, we choose to have both a Hindu and Jewish ceremony.   Both were held outside atop Antigua’s famous El Cerro de la Cruz, a hill that offers a magnificent view of one of the three volcanoes that surround Antigua and overlooks the entire city below.  The mix of the two ceremonies was visually stunning and it was a beautiful way to join both families.”  

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“The reception was held at the temple of Las Capuchinas, a convent built in the 1700s that is beyond gorgeous.  We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect way to celebrate our wedding.  Our wedding planner, Diana Sciarrilo of I Do, Guatemala, did an exceptional job.  Sear Carr or Sean Carr Photography, did an outstanding job capturing the beauty of Antigua and the wedding itself.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Sean Carr Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Coordinator + Florals: I Do, Guatemala, Catering: El Convento, Ceremony Site: El Cerro De La Cruz, Reception Venue: Las Capuchinas

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4 Tips for Traveling with Your Pet

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It’s your big day and you want everyone that you love with you, that includes those furry friends of ours. Traveling with your pets can be a bit tricky but definitely doable. I’ve dug up four basic tips to help you travel with your best friend!

1. Crating your Pet. I know I hate to see my pooch in a crate but remember that this is the safest way (and most of the time required way) to travel with your pet. Don’t worry too much as most pets actually don’t mind being in crates. Make sure that your pet gets plenty of exercise the whole week up to the day of the big trip in order to keep your pet from getting fussy on a long airplane flight. Make sure to bring her favorite toy, blanket, or any other object that will make her feel at home.

2. Double Check with the Airline. It’s crucial you make sure your airline has options for your four legged friend! Also, many airlines will want verification such as vaccine records, rabies shot certificates and proof of registration so you’l want to make sure to call them with enough time to dig out all this paperwork.

3. Act Normal. Whether your pet sitting with you in the main cabin or elsewhere, remain calm and neutral with her. Never make the pet feel as if they are out of place or something is wrong, this will only make your pet anxious and can lead to bigger problems on the flight like crying, barking, or vomiting. If your pet tends to get anxious or nervous very easily, you may want to speak with your veterinarian about sedatives for your furry friend.

4. Don’t Fly on a Full Stomach. Remember you don’t want any accidents! Your pet should fast for 6 hours prior to take off. Of course always have water readily available for your pet though!

Remember that your pet isn’t used to flying the way you are so make sure to praise them for good behavior on the plane once you land! You’ll also want to take them on a long walk once you’ve arrived to your destination.

Happy Travels!

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{Cover: Sweet Little Photographs, Bottom Left: Evan Hunt, Bottom Right: Erich McVey Photography via Junebug Weddings}

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Ritz Carlton, Kapalua, Maui Engagement Party

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Emma and Jaan planned a destination wedding in Maui, but things don’t always go according to plan.  Jaan is from Belgium and they had a bit of unexpected visa trouble before the intended “I do’s.”  But the plans had been made, the flights booked and guests excited to attend the big day so instead, the couple turned their would-be wedding into a fabulous destination engagement party!  With just a few good friends and family members in attendance, the pair celebrated their upcoming wedding with a dinner overlooking the ocean at the Kapalua Bay Cliff House.

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We asked Emma about their experience and what it was like having an engagement party instead of the wedding they had expected.  “I thought we were going to feel really disappointed on the day of, but it was so relaxing and the party was so much fun we couldn’t be sad about not getting married that day.”

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Luckily, these love birds didn’t have to wait much long to actually tie the knot.  “We got married a week after my husband’s visa came through. In other words, we had a week to plan a wedding and decided to piggy back on a 3rd cousin’s wedding (she was okay with it!)”

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We often ask couples for advice for you and here’s what this pair had to say.  “Don’t get too wrapped up in planning. We planned for months only to have to cancel our wedding. But in the end, we were able to plan our actual wedding in a week and it turned out just as ideal as we’d imagined.” 

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“In the end I was happy we didn’t get married in Hawaii. There were so many competing weddings happening on the beach we had planned to get married on, I’m glad things turned out the way they did. But of course, everything else about Hawaii was beautiful and amazing.” 

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One of their favorite moments from the festivities?  “Trying to light lanterns on a very windy night and then having the hotel sprinklers go on and getting totally soaked.”  Sometimes the unexpected and unplanned are the best of memories from the big day!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Audra Wrisley Photography + Design 

Wedding Vendors: Location: Ritz Carlton, Kapalua Bay, Dinner Venue:  Kapalua Bay Cliff House Wedding Cake: Maui Cake Store, Bride’s Dress: Urban Outfitters

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Color Palette Inspiration: Orange

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When brides and grooms think of orange color palettes they usually think of Fall weddings but orange actually makes for a lovely color palette as we head into Summer. If you’re not looking for something as bold as orange perhaps try out coral or peach since they are on the softer spectrum of this daring color. Orange can easily be combined with other colors like fuchsia, purple, or red for a vivid and festive wedding scheme. Stay away from combing with colors such as blacks and browns as this is what will make it look more like a Fall wedding rather than a bright and cheery Summer wedding! Remember even oranges themselves can play a part on your big day whether your mixing them into drinks or use them as decoration on your cake! Happy Planning!

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{Cover: Blush & Whimsy via  Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, Crown: Lauren Hickman Design, Arrangement: Burnett’s Board, Center Piece: Flickr, Cake: Britt Croft Photography via SMP, Drink: Priscilla Thomas Documentary Photography, Flower Girl: Etsy, Cake: Addie Eshelman via Storyboard Wedding}

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Products We Love: Vintage Baby Doll

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 I guess I’m all about Mexican weddings this week- I even had a Mexican lunch today complete with rice and beans! Earlier this week we talked about some fun wedding details to have at a Mexican fiesta and today I wanted to share with you an Etsy shop I’m obsessing over! Vintage Baby Doll is a shop that specializes in fiesta themed party goods. This shop has everything you need to create the perfect fiesta from papel picado to colorfully printed koozies! All the products are inspired by the vibrant heritage and culture of artisans in Mexico. Whether it’s for your wedding, bachelorette or bridal party you’re going to want to check out this shop! Check out some of my favorite products…

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A Destination Elopement in Iceland!

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Today’s shoot is actually a day after elopement session for Julee and John who decided to tie the know with just the two of them in magical Iceland!  The pair enlisted destination wedding photographers, Nordica Photography to capture some personal moments the day after they said “I do.”

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The bride shared a bit about their decision to land in Iceland for the wedding.  ”John and Julee fell in love with Iceland 2 years before they decided to get married there. The breathtaking landscapes, the quiet eeriness of the land, and the subdued mood it encompassed made them appreciate it’s unique beauty.” 

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“Being from New York City, an intimate and isolated marriage ceremony was what they were looking for and found that in Snaefellsnes Peninsula out in West Iceland.” 

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“On October 29th, 2013 they married via civic union and dedicated the following glorious (but cold) day galavanting around the peninsula taking amazing photos with Nordica. Such a great day to remember!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Nordica Photography

Wedding Vendors: Bride’s Dress: Ian Stuart’s RhapsodiaBride’s Coat: ELLIATT Angel Fur Jacket, Flowers: Reykjavíkurblóm, Groom’s Suit: J. Crew Ludlow Suit, Venue: Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland, Accommodations: Hotel Budir

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