Meet Violet, your wedding style guide

Bless the bride who knows exactly what she wants years in advance, but we’re not all so lucky. If the question “What’s your wedding style?” sends you back to the Pinterest drawing board, you’ve got to try Violet.

Violet is a brand-new site that guides you through the design process to discover your colors and fonts, create a wedding logo and preview it on stationery, and download a free style guide you can share with vendors to ensure a cohesive wedding look that’s uniquely yours.

Win a free consultation & Save the Dates

Could you use a little help (and lovely Save the Dates)? Enter to win a free phone consultation with Megan Gonzalez of MaeMae & Co, one of Violet’s partner designers, and a printed set of up to 100 Save the Dates in a personalized Violet design.

As part of the prize valued at $520, you’ll discuss your wedding vision, create a style board, and finalize your Save the Date–and if you’re in Minneapolis, you can skip the phone and visit the MaeMae studio!

To enter, follow @violetwedding on Instagram and share a new photo that inspires your wedding style with hashtag #violetinspiration by 11:59pm PT on May 4, 2015. (Check out the full terms and details here.)

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04.27.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Classic Outdoor Wedding With California Flair

Taylor and Richard hosted a classic outdoor wedding, and underneath the California skies, everything seems flawless. Their elegant use of blush and tan hues, the gentlemen in tuxedos, the vineyard setting and al fresco dining comes together in a classic, beautiful event. Read on for more from the event designer.

From the event designer, The Lifestyled Company:

“From the moment Taylor and I started spatting off some of our favorite wedding looks, I knew that we were going to make magic together. The bride and groom knew a ceremony in the front of the venue followed by reception in the backyard would suit their guests best. As their wedding stylist, I knew this gave many opportunities to create memorable vignettes for their guests. While guests walked through the Villa and into the back patio area for the cocktail hour, they were met with an original buffet piece of furniture where we adorned the vintage mirror with custom gold vinyl lettering and rusted vintage keys revealing the guests’ table assignments. The drawers of the buffet were stuffed with fresh stems and greenery offering an alluring scent. Overall we wanted a natural romantic feel. We chose soft neutral colors that were highlighted by rich, natural textures.”

 

Photography: Caroline Yoon Fine Art Photography | Venue: Sunstone Winery | Event Design: The Lifestyled Company | Videography: Amore Films | Dress: Martina Liana | Bride’s Shoes: Something Bleu | Groom’s Tuxedo: Armani | Wedding Stationary: Lolo Lincoln | Makeup Artist: Alana Dawn | Florals: Grass Roots Florals | Vintage Car: Classic Motoring Car Rentals | The Bar: Red Clay | Rentals: Town and Country | Rentals: Ultrapom | Catering: Whoa Nelly | Live Band: Project M of Élan Artists

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04.24.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Simple California Engagement Photography

It’s the time of year when many couples are practicing for their wedding photos with an engagement session. This is such wonderful time for you to connect with your photographer, get to know each other, and become calm in front of the camera, while at the same time having portraits taken that will serve as reminders of a very special time in your life. Kali and Dylan’s engagement session was taken in the Santa Ynez Valley, and we love how the pastoral setting complements their simple wardrobe choices and infectious smiles.

From the photographer, Adrian Michael:
“I had a blast with Kali and Dylan wandering the gorgeous hills of the Santa Ynez Valley in California. Dylan is an amazing musician, and I asked him to bring his guitar along. They are one of the kindest couples I’ve ever met, so full of happiness and love! It had poured rain all morning while I was location scouting, but thankfully it stopped just before the shoot started. We all got soaked feet, but you couldn’t dampen the spirits of these two!”

Photographer: Adrian Michael | Dress: Irene’s Story | Shoes: Abound

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04.23.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Simple Wedding Ideas with Pastel Spring Florals

We love the intention behind this wedding inspiration shoot: to simplify your wedding, editing out the details that are unnecessary, to allow you to focus on what’s truly important: love! By removing everything that’s superfluous, your wedding day becomes a thoughtfully planned experience. Read on for more from the event designer and Once Wed Preferred Vendor, To La Lune:

“The inspiration behind the Bloom With Me editorial shoot originated from the raw idea of love and life ever growing and evolving. We grow and evolve with each passing day and with this shoot we wanted to express this in a celebration of finding that one partner who will be there with you and “bloom” alongside you during every new life experience. 

We translated the Bloom With Me idea into a subtle tangible experience with the bloom sketch escort cards that showcased a specific bloom for each person, which then “came to life” at their place setting. An important aspect behind the design was to keep all elements organic in nature, no serious frills; just clean, basic necessities allowing for pure enjoyment in each other’s company with nothing to distract from what is truly important: being together and growing together.”

Photographer: Diana McGregor | Event Design & Coordination: To La Lune | Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs | Makeup & Hair: Beauty-full by Molley Beauty by Melina | Paper Elements: Type & Title  Layered Vintage | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Cutlery | Designed by Miguel Flores Soeiro for Herdmar | Wedding Dress: The Dress Theory  Sarah Seven | Cheesecake: Sweet Lydia’s of SD | Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Model : Hannah Renee

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04.22.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog