We love to see brides who choose unique gowns for their wedding days, and these breathtaking dresses by designer Emily Riggs are two of our newest favorites. With modern silhouettes and romantic fabrics as the starting point, these bold shades of antique gold and coral take centre stage.
Looking for other unique (read: non-white) wedding dresses? Check out some of our favorites here, here, and here.
More from the dress designer, Emily Riggs: “I hand-selected the silks used on both gowns while traveling through France and Italy last summer. The Antique gold is made from the finest silk tulle in France and the coral crepe satin was found in Italy. It’s always a pleasure being able to work with such fine materials and see them come to life. They literally flow like water.”
The loveliest wedding designs are those with an overarching design element, subtly applied to the details of the day. With creative touches, the element that we are inspired by today is that of the botanical foliages. Whether an abstract illustration on the invitations, or layers of vine wrapped along railings, the overall effect is to bring a magical, botanical feel to the day. The delicate touch with which the greenery is applied throughout the details makes it even more special: rather than forcing a specific leaf motif at guests, the varied uses of illustrated foliage, fresh vines, and repetition of green hues bring life and depth to the design.
More from the event design, Lynn of Easton Events:
“This dreamy Charleston design collaboration drew upon the natural garden elements, the history, and the timeless elegance of our venue, Cannon Green. An ingenious reincarnation of a dilapidated 1840s Charleston Single House into a smart, airy, tripartite dining room, courtyard and reception hall, Cannon Green is a marriage of old and new, historic and hip, old world elegant and verdant contemporary.
The couple’s dining experience was set in the palm tree-lined courtyard with our favorite Estella tableware by Anthropologie offering a hint of a fairy-tale delight with its corners and curlicues. The hand-made spiraled candles from Roxie Daisy were tucked into varied sizes of poured cement taper holders, and the cool grays were also woven into the paper suite. Designed by Kaela Rawson, with organic hand-lettering and simple, botanical illustrations by Signore e Mare, the paper suite is a nod to the understated personality of the couple.
We layered the farm table with a golden-flecked underlay and a gauzy scrim, and we lined it with fawn-colored infinity chairs from EventHaus. We love the muted cream tones of the bride’s tulle ivory strapless beaded gown by Naeem Khan. Her undone chignon and natural makeup by Lora Kelley complement the loose design of the table and soft, neutral palette of the gorgeous florals by Stems Charleston. It was a wonderful collaboration with photographer Eric Kelley and our Easton Events team.”
Today’s elegant indoor wedding brings us down South, to Birmingham. Nina and Justin’s wedding was a beautiful event, styled and planned to perfection and incorporating unique details that put a spin on tradition (who could get enough of that blue calligraphy?). We’re sure you’ll find much that inspires you, especially to those brides who are hosting an indoor reception. Notice how the long tables, sparkling with candlelight, bring a sense of closeness and intimacy to the reception. And of course, one last thing that no host should forget: your love and appreciation for the people who attend your wedding. In the words of photographer Ryan Ray, “Justin and Nina were so full of class. They modeled what a genuine, southern couple is.”
When it comes to creating a color scheme for your wedding it can be challenging to know where to start. There is so much inspiration and so many beautiful color palettes available to us that a Pinterest board can quickly become a hot mess of ideas, rather than a thoughtfully curated representation of yourself and your partner. So how do you go about selecting the right colors for your wedding? mStarr Event Design creative director Emily Starr Alfano was kind enough to share her top tips with us.
Be open to ideas
When creating a proposal for a client, we spend some time learning about their tastes and getting to know them better. We look at their Pinterest board and talk about the colors they’re currently leaning towards. We then build upon these ideas to suggest a color palette which becomes our starting point. We tell clients to think of this palette as a general guide in terms of shades and tones but not to assume that every single detail has to fall within it! This palette will evolve over time.
Look to your venue
Naturally your venue can dictate so much about how your wedding comes together, from the level of design to the materials being used. Take cues from it when looking for your colors. If you’re drawn to some coastal elements and colors but are getting married in a country barn, it’s our job to find a way to incorporate these influences appropriately.
Ask yourself these questions
Whether determining your color scheme or general design vision, it can be helpful to ask yourself a couple of key questions.
1. What colors or styles are you consistently drawn to in your everyday life?
Your wedding should be timeless. You can certainly incorporate some “trendy” ideas but you’ll be looking at these pictures the rest of your life. Make sure you won’t get sick of them!
2. Are you known as the girl who always wears blue? Is every vacation to a tropical locale?
That says a lot about who you are. Don’t ignore it!
3. Where do you find your inspiration?
It can be from an Anthropologie catalogue, Instagram, or a restaurant you eat lunch at all the time. What is it about these sources that inspire you?