Color Palette Inspiration: Fuchsia

Pink just happens to be one of those colors that translate well from season to season. Pink is actually my favorite color and what I love about pink during the winter season is it adds boldness, fun, and a flash of color to any party or outfit. For winter destination weddings use darker and jeweled tone versions of pink like fuchsia. Don’t be afraid to use pink for your big day because pink does not necessarily mean Barbie wedding!  There are many ways to use this fabulous color whether it’s in a romantic theme, bold, or festive use the color the way it will flatter your wedding the best. Incorporate this daring color with black, gold, white, or lavender. If you’re planning your big day on the beach, fuchsia, is a great color choice for a vibrant wedding location. How will you use fuchsia for your destination wedding? Let us know!

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{Flowers: Birds of a Feather via Twig & Twine, Table Setting: Becca Rillo Photography via Wedding Obsession, Shoes: 2 Brides Photography via Flyaway Bride, Bridesmaid: Amy Bennet Photo via Jet Fete, Menu: Esther Julee Photography via Beyond Beyond , Cake: Forever Photography Studio via SMP, Bridesmaids: Richard Ellis Photography via Jet Fete}

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A Winter Wonderland Wedding in Park City, Utah

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Chelsey and David had a wonderful winter wonderland wedding at the swanky St. Regis Deer Valley (we’ve been – it’s fantastic!).  The bride shared with us how they selected this special location to celebrate with close friends and family.  “It is close to my family’s winter home. It also has breathtaking views from where we said our vows.  I love the winter season and my favorite childhood memories are in deer valley with my family. Plus the pictures were breathtaking with the snow.”

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 Like many couples these days, these two lovebirds opted for a first look with wedding photographer, Pepper Nix“We thought that it would ease the nerves a bit to see each other before the wedding. It also gave us time together without anyone else. The pictures of this moment are amazing. They tell a story and I look at them constantly — reliving the moment by looking at the pictures makes me smile every time.”

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Even in the snow, they held their ceremony outside by the fire (which made for some amazing photos)!

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The bride’s father had passed so she asked her nearest and dearest to walk her down the aisle. “My uncle Jeff escorted me to the beginning of the aisle where my mom and brother took over to take me down the rest of the way towards my groom.  My dad passed away a couple years before my wedding and my uncle seemed to be the next best thing to my dad because they were so close. I also wanted to have my brother and my mom be a part of giving me away so I had all three escort me down the aisle.”

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We often ask couples about their favorite moments from the day.  For this bride during the ceremony?  “I would have to say that my favorite memory of the ceremony was when we told each other our vows. It was the first time where my groom actually had to write down his feelings and I loved every word of his vows to me.  I loved every moment of the wedding but one thing that made me laugh was the hard time we had lighting the unity candle due to the light wind. We took forever while everyone was freezing out in the cold and had to have our officiant help block the wind with his folder.”

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For the design of the day and flowers, they opted for product that reflected the snowy winter season.  “When I first thought of my dream wedding I thought of my favorite season which is winter and so I decided to have a winter wedding. When thinking of colors I was inspired by the colors of the peacock feather. I thought that navy blue, deep purple, and teal would be a perfect color combination. I also wanted to have crystals incorporated because fancy anything that sparkles.”  And the flowers?  “They were beautiful. White dahlias and roses for me and my girls had purple/red dahlias and other flowers to accompany them.”

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Chelsey’s favorite moment from the reception?  “Our first dance. We hadn’t been able to practice and we were a bit nervous but we did it and it was to our song God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton.”

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What’s a winter wedding without an amazing white wedding cake?! “It was everything that I wanted and more. It was beautiful! It was white with bling — I had brought Carrie a picture of a cake that I saw in a magazine and she made it even better — the flavors were champagne and red velvet.”

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They even selected a favor fitting of what matters most to them – “a tin of homemade cookies from opportunity village — a local charity that we are passionate about.”

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We often ask couples for advice for you and here’s what Chelsey had to say.  “Don’t sweat the small stuff and take in every moment because it will be over in a heartbeat.  Take in the moment and let yourself go.”  If she could change anything?  “I would have worn my dress the entire time. I did a wardrobe change into a shorter dress for the reception and I wish I would’ve worn my wedding dress the entire time.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Pepper Nix Photography

Wedding Vendors: Location + Catering: St. Regis Deer Valley Resort, Event Planner: Soiree Productions LLC, Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai, Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld, Floral Designer: Sean Oviatt Designs, Invitations: Shop Annabelle’s, Cake: Carrie’s Cakes, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Makeup: Paula Dahlberg, Her Rings: A. Jaffe, Jewelry: Borrowed from mom, Bridesmaids: Nordstrom, His Ring: Carlex, Favors + Gifts: Opportunity Village, Officiant: Kamrin Carver, DJ: Craig Chambers, Linens: Wildflower Linen 

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Color Palette Inspiration:Red & Black

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Halloween may be long gone but that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate two bold colors like red and black into your destination wedding! NowI know what you’re thinking, heck no I don’t want to incorporate black into my wedding! Many brides believe using such a dark color like black may be depressing or look too gothic but don’t fret, black is actually a very common color used in weddings and if done correctly it will turn out just beautifully, see the photos below. Pairing red with black will add an even more bold and rich look to your wedding. Make sure to lighten up this color scheme with a little white, gray or a playful pattern like damask.

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Cover Photo: The Event Crashers, Cake: Elizabeth Anne Designs, Plate: Adrienne Gunde Blog, Bridesmaids: Glamour & Grace, Table: Story Board Wedding, Chairs: Aphrodite’s Wedding Blog, Center Piece: Every Last Detail 

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Four Seasons Las Vegas Destination Wedding

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Sian and Chris hosted their destination wedding at the Four Seasons Las Vegas.  A more formal destination wedding than what one might think of when we hear Las Vegas – this wedding had all the fun of the desert city of lights with the tradition of a grand “I do.”  Coming from out of the US, their friends and family got the chance to experience the iconic city and celebrate at the same time.

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The bride’s look was traditional while the color palette they picked popped with cheer.

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The Four Seasons Las Vegas proved to be the perfect backdrop for not only the ceremony and reception but a breathtaking first look photo op.

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The couple picked this property because of its beauty – the fountain that set the scene for the ceremony and a with an intimate guest count, they needed a ballroom that fit just that.

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The red and white ceremony was selected since red roses are among the bride’s very favorite things (and her mom’s too).

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After the sweet ceremony, the Las Vegas wedding details came out for the reception – like this Vegas sign ice sculpture!

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When we asked the couple about their favorite moment of the day, they couldn’t choose – every moment was as magical as the last!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Elegant Images

Wedding Vendors: Venue + Caterer:  Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, Event Planner:  Yours By Design, Floral Designer:  Naakiti Floral Design

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Red Winter Weddings

After the red wedding in Italy we shared yesterday, we had to show you a bit more of the winter color inspiration we just love.  An electric red accent makes for a fun-tastic color in the snow, the city, or in a far off European country like Spain or Italy.  Today’s bright red wedding inspiration hopefully gets you in the holiday spirit and gives you a few great ideas for your winter destination wedding.

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{Photos: Bride + Ceremony: Lane Dittoe via Wedding Chicks, Invitation: PS Paper via Oh So Beautiful Paper, Hot Chocolate: Emily Steffen via The Sweetest Occasion, Cake: Design Sponge, Table: Better Homes & Gardens}

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Winter Wedding in Oregon

weddings in sisters oregon1 Winter Wedding in OregonBryce and Elece wed in late January of this year in the snowy and sleepy town of Sisters, Oregon.  Five Pine Lodge was home to their big day, an event almost fourteen years in anticipation.  The couple met at summer camp as kids and that’s where this fairy tale began.

When it came time to plan the wedding and set a location, the bride and groom kept their love of snow and family at the top of their list.  Elece told us, “Although my family is spread out across the United States, Bryce is lucky enough to have most of his family living in either Washington or Oregon, which is one of the reasons we chose our venue. We both love to spend time outdoors and always knew we wanted to have a winter wedding. One of the reasons we chose the small town of Sisters, Oregon is because of its proximity to the Cascade Mountains, virtually guaranteeing snow in January. One of Bryce’s Uncles has a home just outside of Sisters that has served as a wonderful family gathering spot over the years and helped provide additional incentive to get married nearby. This local connection to the area made wedding planning easier and even provided the means to hold our rehearsal dinner at an adorable community hall in town.”

For the design of the day, the couple chose to translate the winter weather into the decor.  “I knew that I wanted to have a baby’s breath bouquet to mimic the lightness of snow and loved working with Sara of Blue Daffodil to come up with other ways to incorporate the flowers into the décor.  I was thrilled to see how beautifully everything came together, like the pine cone pomanders and garland.”  babys breath weddings1 Winter Wedding in OregonI absolutely love these first look photos in the woods under the cover of snow, captured by photographer Kimberly Kay.  But the bride shared with us that this moment almost didn’t happen as planned.  “We knew that planning a winter wedding would pose any number of weather-related challenges, but we did not expect one of them to be a dramatic lack of snow in the Cascades. Amidst unseasonably warm temperatures, a major winter storm was scheduled to hit the entire Pacific Northwest less than a week before our wedding. The problem was that the snow was scheduled to fall right when our bridal party was heading out of town, then turn to rain as soon as the actual wedding day came around. In the end nearly all of our guests were able to make the drive or flight to Sisters despite the severe weather, but the ground was still bare the morning of the wedding.  As Bryce and I saw each other for the first time before the ceremony, the most magical thing happened; it started to snow! Not just any snow either, we’re talking big, fat snowflakes that Kimberly and Chris captured perfectly in their photos. I’ll never forget that moment and am eternally grateful for all the answered weather prayers! “winter wedding ideas1 Winter Wedding in OregonThen it was off to the lodge for a fireside ceremony and wintery warm reception.  “We wanted to keep the theme and décor of the wedding natural by decorating with things you could find in the area, such as pine cones and wood rounds, with twine and burlap accents.”five pine lodge weddings Winter Wedding in OregonWith the bridal party bundled up for the chilly outdoors, the happy couple and friends braved the weather for for more snowy moments of magic.brown bridesmaid dresses Winter Wedding in OregonThe reception was home to more baby’s breath and even a few DIY details.  “It was important to have at least a couple DIY elements, so I made the programs and menu cards, the chalkboard seating chart and place cards, and the bags of roasted pecans for the wedding favors. In a nod to our long relationship history, I also displayed some old high school dance photos of us that I hope made people laugh.”  And while there were some DIY elements, there were also a few technological advancements too.  Elece shared with us their use of Skype and a tablet during the ceremony.  “I’m one of three girls and am really close to all of my sisters, so it was a bittersweet moment when my sister Erin told me she was pregnant and due only 4 weeks after my wedding date. Although she was unable to fly to Oregon for the wedding, we Skyped with each other while I was getting ready that morning and then made sure she was able to take part in the ceremony.”  Such a great idea!

Then those in attendance danced the night away and filled up of pies before helping usher Bryce and Elece say good night amidst a sea of sparklers.pies at weddings Winter Wedding in Oregon

Congratulations newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Kimberly K Photo

Wedding Vendors: Venue: Five Pine Lodge, Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal, Officiant: Rev. Mary Ellen Decklemann, Floral Design: Blue Daffodil Flowers, Pies: Sisters Bakery, DJ: Star Productions, Faux Fur Coat: Fossil, Guest Book: Bleu De Toi

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Unique Destination Wedding Guest Books

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To continue our topic of destination wedding guest books, I thought we would share a few more ideas, beyond the postcard guest book.  Themed ideas really are endless when it comes to matching your location with your wedding guest book, but here are a few of my favorites.  Pictured above, I love the concept of a check-in staff member, almost like you’re on a cruise (and you might be).  Someone there to assist all parties signing in the guest book so no one goes forgotten.  And what should that book look like?  Perhaps an actually photography coffee table book about the city, island, or locale you’ve landed on.  Guests can sign in and all around the pages of the book, much like a yearbook (yet they’ll be learning about the location too).  And this of course makes for a great art piece back in the living room at home!

But if a book isn’t really your style, what about a map?  Or a framed photo mounted in a map of your location that guests can sign right on?  And for any getaway, balloons always make for a festive entrance sign that doubles as a guestbook.  Whether you get each friend and family member’s fingerprint to act as a balloon or they simply sign on the artwork, it gives a sweet sense of celebration and flight.

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If you’re hosting a winter wedding perhaps somewhere where guests will be skiing, I love the idea of sourcing an old pair of skis and asking guests to sign one.  Perfect decor for that log cabin you intend to buy one day.

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For a beach wedding, what could be more fitting than shells?  Rocks and stones, surfboards, or even a beach chair if you dare, all make fun and festive guest book alternatives for that destination wedding in the sand.

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If you’re off to wine country for your destination wedding, then pop a few extra corks to take with you for guests to sign!  Or get a magnum or 3L of your favorite wine for all to autograph (and drink it at your next anniversary party).  Thinking bigger?  Then a barrel can be your new guest book if you so desire!  So many fun ideas, why not take a little extra time and start your cocktail hour off with something guests will talk about and will transform your home when you return.

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