Sophisticated, Modern Bridal Style

Some couples cannot see themselves in a field of grass, near the ocean tides of the beach, or climbing a mountain to take their engagement photos. So, taking inspiration from the vision of today’s sophisticated, modern bride, this team of wedding vendors set out to create a new style of inspiration. Read on for more!

From the creative team:

 “We were put to the challenge and our team discussed using muted slate undertones, simple angles, and lines to achieve a crisp Scandinavian look. We used Shop Gossamer’s studio where the blank canvas of a backdrop really allowed us to focus on the couple and the minimalist artifacts, which gave a cohesion to the overall style of the shoot. When you try and step out of the box, there is always that challenge of trying to source the unique pieces needed for the session. But somehow we managed to find the items that were crucial in allowing us to be consistent with our theme. We wanted our husband to have an intelligent and modern look while still maintaining the sleek and simple style, so we outfitted him with come clear glass frames and fitted blue blazer and silver trouser. Our bride was given a clean, tied back hair style to highlight the soft and fresh make-up. An Alexandra Grecco vintage blue satin Valeria Skirt paired with a cream blouse created the tones which blended well with the gold accessories. We hope this can give the modern couple a way to express their style and uniqueness during their engagement session.”

Photography: Jon Cu | Creative Direction: Sally Pinera | Bridal Shop: The Dress Theory | Skirt: Alexandra Grecco | Rental: Vertigo Home | Studio: Shop Gossamer | Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Video: Robert Pinera | Hair & Makeup: Amy Cu

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02.23.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Greenery-Infused Wedding Ideas

Few wedding trends have inspired us the way an overabundance of lush greenery has. It is both simple and elegant. It can convey a feeling of an overgrown English garden or a faraway Italian countryside. Here are a few of our favorite ways to infuse greenery into your wedding day decor:

You can view more of our picks for ways to infuse greenery here.

02.22.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

Laidback Chic Destination Wedding in Italy

Brendan and Susana, hailing from Berlin, chose Alassio in Italy as the destination for their wedding. Guests came from all over the world to join in the festivities, creating an incredible atmosphere on an already emotion-filled day. The couple was not interested in hosting a classic, fussy type of wedding. Rather, they coined the phrase “chin chin to love,” as a sort of theme for their wedding day; they sought moments in which they could celebrate love and laughter whilst being surrounded by their family and friends.

A traditional church wedding led to a grand exit featuring an Italian Vespa. Guests followed them to the centre of town, where they toasted the newlyweds at a historically famous bar. To finish the celebration, the couple and their guests strolled barefoot down the sandy beach to their reception. While this wedding may not include many of those inspirational “details” that brides seek out, this amazing collection of photos tells their story with all of the beauty a wedding could deserve.

More from the photographer, Luca Vieri:
“As a photographer, I think it is very important to capture the true essence of people through shots that aren’t posed but taken on a whim. The sheer energy and vibrant nature of Brendan and Susana’s day made capturing their wedding a joy. People, who were just moments before strangers to one another, joined for the common purpose of celebrating their love for the couple. During that happy final stroll on the beach, there was such an air of celebration, fun, and laughter, and in the midst of it were the bride and groom – in love with each other and the atmosphere they had managed to create.”

Photographer: Luca Vieri | Dress: Custom | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss | Hair & Makeup: Felix Furlong-Stößer | Church: St. Anna, Alassio | Location: Cafè Balzola, Alassio

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02.22.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Escort Ideas To Match Your Wedding Look


Many wedding professionals would agree that one of their favorite parts about weddings is being able to convey their couple’s personality and tell their story through décor and the details. So when dreaming up your wedding look, keep in mind that every single element is an opportunity to showcase your style and who you are as a couple. No detail is too small – and in fact, it’s often through these little details that your wedding vision is ultimately conveyed.

Wedding branding expert Kristen Ley Green, of Something New for I Do, shares with us some tips on designing an escort card display or seating chart that is reminiscent of your overall wedding vision.

The details and décor of your wedding will likely be inspired by a color palette inspiration piece or full-fledged wedding style. Think about what that inspiration is and how you can carry it through to your escort cards.

Read more about escort card and place card etiquette here

For example, if you’re hosting a vintage affair during the summer, a fun idea might be escort tags attached to old-fashioned soda bottles to keep your guests cool. What’s great about vintage and rustic weddings is that almost any antique makes the perfect seating chart display. You just need two surfaces, strung together with ribbon or twine, with escort cards hanging accordingly. Some ideas are two vintage ladders, a beautiful frame with the picture or glass removed or a pair of antique shutters. Visit your local antique store for inspiration. Bonus points for having your invitation designer customize tags that will tie in the look or color scheme of your invitation for cohesion.

For budget brides or those with a DIY flare, a little chalkboard paint can go a long way. Some of the most beautiful seating charts are simple signs adorned with calligraphy and florals. Get creative and think about items with a flat surface that you can easily paint like the glass of a mirror or picture frame, rustic wood slices or an antique door. Once you have your surface complete, ask your planner to recommend a calligrapher you can hire to write your seating chart.

Similarly, mirrors embellished with a font to match the filigree on the frame is the perfect look for a more elegant wedding. We also love the idea of an escort card wall, composed of smaller ornate mirrors of various shapes hung on a backdrop of florals, wooden doors or a patterned fabric – whatever matches your wedding vibe.

For a more organic look, escort card leaves are an easy and lovely solution. Being a more minimalist bride, you might also consider ideas that can also serve as favors such as bunches of fresh herbs like rosemary, tagged with your guests’ names. Similarly, mini potted succulents or tree seedlings make for organic escort ideas that can double as favors.

And taking it back to basics with a twist, we’re also currently loving handmade paper adorned with beautiful calligraphy.

Click through our slideshow for more place card, escort display and seating chart inspiration.

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02.19.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning