Luxe Jewel-Toned Wedding Ideas

It’s rare to come across a person who doesn’t love a good jewel-toned palette. Deep eggplants, vibrant magentas and fuchsias, rich emerald greens…the depth and variety within a typical jewel tone color combination is just so luxurious. And for all of your brides dreaming of incorporating rich colors into your wedding but not quite sure how to do it, we are thrilled to share this gorgeous inspiration for you today.

We love how the vibrant tones of these flowers are contrasted with a delicate blue linen, a rustic terra cotta votive, and a simple wood chair. Consider how you might bring a unique element to your tablescape, utilizing those beautiful jewel colors while moving away from the standard wedding choices. For example, a blush silk ribbon on your bouquet emphasizes the depth of the flower hues, without becoming too bold of a choice.

Looking for more inspiration with a bold, jewel-toned palette? Check out this real wedding (hello, red wedding dress!) and this floral inspiration.

Workshop, Design, styling: Ginny Au | Photography: Heather Hawkins | Flowers and Backdrop: Bows and Arrows | Venue: Hickory Street Annex | Paper: Signorae Mare, Script Merchant | Hair and Makeup: Kaela Rawson | Dress: Samuelle Couture

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06.23.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Luxury Weddings and Honeymoons in Los Cabos

Recently, one of our Account Executives, was invited to tour different resorts in Los Cabos, Mexico. Linda had an amazing time at each of them, and is sharing all of her first-hand experiences with you.When I was invited to visit the beautiful destination of Los Cabos, I knew I was going to be spending my week in paradise, but I had no idea about the luxurious experience I was going to get with The Westin Resort & Spa and Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort
Our first part of the trip was spent at The Westin Resort & Spa where we were greeted with a refreshing cocktail and the most welcoming staff. We were escorted to settle into our spacious hotel rooms, overlooking the crisp blue water, and decked out with full amenities. I certainly could wake up to that view every day! In the evenings, we were invited to attend mock wedding dinners, and I have to say, this is surely an outstanding destination wedding location. The menus were carefully prepared by talented chefs and the resort has several locations and decor options for a ceremony and reception to fit the style of any bride. 
Most of our days were scheduled with relaxing free time which are the best kind of schedules. One activity we booked was a boat excursion where we got out onto the water, and enjoyed the sunshine and breeze. Dolphins even came up to our boat for some treats, which was so much fun!
On the second half of our trip, we spent our time at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort. This resort had a more relaxing, family environment with individual casitas overlooking the unique architecture of the property. One of our nights centred around a bonfire with delicious hors d’oeuvres–truly relaxing! I might say my favorite part of this trip was getting to experience the full-service spa; definitely a treat and a great way to pamper yourself (especially if you’ve just planned a destination wedding in a different country!).
With breathtaking backdrops, tons of outdoor excursions and activities, full wedding planning services, top of the line service, and exquisite cuisine, what more could a bride ask for? If I could plan my wedding all over again, I would absolutely consider these resorts!

06.23.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Botanical Wedding Flower Inspiration 

We can’t help but love flowers. Like really, really love flowers. We especially love when the styling tends toward a botanical, natural-inspired design, like the flowers in this beautiful set of images from the recent Ginny Au Workshop in Dallas. If you’re hoping to incorporate a more organic, free-form floral design into your wedding day, then look no further. These pieces, whether it be a statement bouquet, a lush centerpiece, or a unique ceremony backdrop, all incorporate varied greeneries and blooming branches, mixed with ruffled blooms and a gentle color palette.

Looking for more organic, botanical floral inspiration for your wedding? View a few more of our favorite posts here, here, and here.

Workshop, Design, styling: Ginny Au | Photography: Heather Hawkins | Flowers and Backdrop: Bows and Arrows | Venue: Hickory Street Annex | Paper: Signorae Mare, Script Merchant | Hair and Makeup: Kaela Rawson | Dress: Samuelle Couture

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06.22.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Celebrating Simple Beauty

We absolutely love the heart that went into these images. The photographer, Lauren Balingit, was inspired by a passion to celebrate our femininity as women. We cannot agree more that every woman has a beauty of her own, and that it deserves to be celebrated. This stunning series of black and white portraits reminds us that just as we are beautiful inside, every part of us is beautiful outside as well. How will you show your beauty today?

More from the photographer, Lauren Balingit:
“Growing up and into my early 20’s, I’ve always had this little flutter in my heart that wanted other girls to feel good about themselves and the way that they looked, probably because I knew how it felt to feel otherwise. Over time and after a series of small events in my own life, that feeling grew into a passion. I knew that we as women, no matter what shape, size, or ethnicity, were created so beautifully. Every curve and every freckle is something to be celebrated.”

Photography: Lauren Balignit | Film Lab: Photovision Prints

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06.19.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog