The Vintage Rose Open House

Happy 2014!  We are so excited to celebrate this year’s brides-to-be and newly engaged couples.

We recently had the pleasure of working with the very talented photography team from Mariela Campbell Photography on a photo shoot at The Vintage Rose, a new wedding reception venue in Orange, California by the wonderful Rose Wade Events.

We are honored to host an Open House at the venue on January 26, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Guests will have the opportunity to learn more about this reception and event site, enjoy some drinks from the bar and taste some of the wonderful catered food this venue has to offer.  The event will also feature wedding vendors and goody bags by Ceremony Magazine.  Free tickets for the event are available here.

During the photo shoot at the venue, our model Jeanette wore three beautiful gowns provided by Maria Miranda Studio.  Makeup and hair were provided by the very talented Beauty by Grace.  As can be seen by the photos, the venue features a Parisian vintage decor, chiavari chairs, crystal chandeliers, lace runners and vintage china.   All packages include the venue, rentals and catering.  The Paris ballroom will fit 300 seated guests.

We loved enjoying this venue during the photo shoot and are looking forward to the Open House on January 26, 2014!

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Friday’s Finds: Gallison Design

Flowers are an essential part of your day and you want each of the elements in your decor to be as unique and beautiful as you! Gallison Design is one of our favorite florists because each bouquet and arrangement looks like the one-of-a-kind piece that it is. We’ve had the pleasure of including Gallison Design at a few of our bridal shows, highlighting the lovely bouquets on our fashion runways and incorporating them into style shoots.

Lee Gallison, owner of Gallison Designs, has a creative eye and has been using her talents with numerous companies including Warner Bros. and Lionsgate, in addition to sharing her eye-catching floral designs with iconic and historic organizations, such as the Rose Parade in Pasadena.

Check out some of these beautiful pieces from our past show at the Rustic Bridal Showcase:

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Choose arrangements that complement the look of your wedding and your bridal style — but don’t leave florals for the last minute. Dedicate a portion of your budget to bouquets and arrangements, as they do account for a substantial part of the wedding planning costs.

For more information on Gallison Design, visit them on Facebook  or at gallisondesign.com

Sources: Gallison Design, Vintage Minded and Faith-Michele Photography

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What I’m Loving: Naked Cakes

This new trend is one that either brides love or hate, but it’s so different and unique that we just had to feature it! What is a naked cake? It’s simply a layered cake without icing!

We can see why some brides might not like to have a cake without frosting, but removing that thick layer of creamy goodness still has some advantages:

  • Your guest might actually like it! How many times have you had cake with an outrageous amount of icing and very little cake? No more waste here — the filling is a perfect complement to the spongy cake layers.
  • Great use of color! Whether you want to do different colored cake layers or use a variety of fillings, the array of shades in a naked cake is just lovely. Go for an ombre design or use colors reminiscent of your wedding palette.
  • It’s affordable! Without the ornate icing designs or added accents, a naked cake is an affordable alternative if you are on a budget. Not to mention, it looks perfect for a rustic or contemporary wedding.

Afraid a naked cake is too plain for your taste? Dress it up by adding fresh fruit between the layers, or even incorporate flowers between each tier.

Here are some gorgeous naked cakes we love:

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Chef Andrea Souto

Are you going to have a naked cake at your wedding? 

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My style: Granny Chic

There is something fun about incorporating something old into your style, both for weddings and everything else.  From home decor, to clothing to event decor, there is something unique about “granny chic”.   It seems as though the chevron pattern and damask have been used quite frequently already, so in this blog we will highlight some new styles and designs to keep your look fresh and updated while celebrating “granny chic”!

Granny Chic Style #1 – Houndstooth is the perfect mix of classic and contemporary.  Just be careful not to mix too many patterns with it as it may look too busy!

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Granny Chic Style #2 – Lace overlays are romantic, elegant and the perfect display of that vintage feel many weddings celebrate!  A lace design over a solid tablecloth is perfect for a glamorous wedding table.

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Granny Chic Style #3 – Stripes and polka dots!  Chevron is simply a cousin to the basic stripe pattern and as much as we love chevron, it is time to mix it up!  We love mixing stripes with a flirty polka dot pattern.  The simplicity and basic stripe pattern next to a fun polka dot is perfect for lightening the mood!

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Granny Chic Style #4 – Plaid oftentimes gets the reputation of either camping gear or fabric for a nerdy dress shirt!  However, when done right, the classic plaid pattern can give your wedding a classic updated feel.  Take a mix of unique colors and present your plaid design in simple pieces at your wedding and you will be pleased with the impression it makes.

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Granny Chic # 5 – The look and feel of gingham is reminiscent of playful summer dresses and a breezy day in the country.  When mixed with more formal pieces however, a gingham pattern can help make a formal wedding more personal and carefree.  We love that this traditional pattern comes in so many colors and sizes which you can mix together for extra contrast.  We show it below used in both a light pattern and a darker pattern so you see the versatility of gingham.  It can be a great addition to any wedding style.

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These are just 5 of many “granny chic” styles we love.  The sky is really the limit when you coordinate your wedding style.  Don’t be afraid to leave the more common patterns you see used today for a mix of something different which will make your wedding stand out from the rest!

What I’m Loving: Bridesmaid Gifts

This week, Laura from Fresh + Inspired Events will be offering her favorite ideas for bridesmaid gifts!

On your wedding day, you want your wedding party to consist of those who are your dearest friends (and family), and as you go through the wedding process, your bridesmaids are often there each step of the way — from choosing a dress, to having a blast on the dance floor. Bridesmaid gifts should be thoughtful tokens of friendship and thanks. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to let your bridesmaid know you are grateful for her being there, through your good moments — and the stressful ones! Here are some of my favorite bridesmaid gift ideas:

 

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Personalized stationary is a unique and special gift idea — everyone should have a set of monogrammed note cards! These beautiful ombre-inspired colors are perfect. (Etsy)

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Give a gift that will last forever — a monogrammed necklace or piece of jewelry is something your bridesmaid can keep for years. Look for a design that complements your wedding and use it as the accessory of choice during your special day. (Etsy)

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A tote bag is simple, inexpensive and something that almost everyone will love! We can all use a large tote to carry things around — whether it’s to the beach or to work and school. These cute designs are timeless! (Hustle Your Bustle)

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A classic piece of jewelry is a lovely choice when you truly want something special for your bridesmaid. These delicate bracelets feature a knot — perfect for thanking your bride for helping you ‘tie the knot.’ Love! (Colin Cowie Weddings)

These are just a few bridesmaid gift ideas I’m loving now. What gifts are you giving your bridesmaids?

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Trending: Fall Wedding Dresses

When you think about your wedding, what is the most important feature to you? Many brides will say the wedding gown is the centerpiece to the entire day and they want something that’s beautiful, but also fashion forward. During the bridal fashion week this spring, there were a few styles and trends that continued to pop up between designers. Here are some of the top wedding dress trends for Fall 2013:

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Blush wedding dresses are a gorgeous choice when you want to step away from the traditional white or ivory gowns. Dresses in a light hue, such as peach, blush or even champagne, flatter many skin tones and complements vintage and contemporary weddings.

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Ever since the world watched Catherine Middleton marry her prince in a stunning, lace-sleeved gown, the trend has been coming back for more. Lace sleeves add an elegant, romantic style and works perfectly for a fall wedding. Brides looking for subtle coverage will love the lace detail in many of these gowns.

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The illusion top was seen on many wedding gowns this year and it’s gorgeous! Lace and tulle enhance the neckline and can easily take the place of an accessory. The illusion neckline has been on trend for the last few seasons and continues to be a top choice for brides!

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Some brides prefer to wear a wedding gown with a simple, classic silhouette and they are in luck! Minimalist dresses are a popular trend this fall — this tailored look accentuates the beauty of the bride. A minimalist dress is perfect to showcase that statement accessory, ribbon accent, or other jeweled piece, such as a belt or sash.

Which dress trend are you wearing for your fall wedding? 

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Sources: Jim Hjelm Couture, Elizabeth Fillmore, Merle Dress, Yahoo! Shine 

Friday’s Finds: Citrus Press Co.

The stationery you use for your wedding or event is important — it offers guests the first impression of your special day and highlights you two as a couple. We love vendors who offer clients a variety of style choices and options, and Citrus Press Co. Stationary + Design in Tampa, Florida has so many beautiful designs to complement any wedding and event.

The owner of the company, Sarka, is such a joy to work with and has collaborated with our event planning company, Fresh + Inspired Eventsin supplying Art Deco-inspired invitations for an urban style shoot in downtown Los Angeles. Sarka’s experience and adventure in life has exposed her to many design elements, many of which you’ll see in beautiful invitations at Citrus Press Co. Stationary + Design.

No matter what your budget, Citrus Press Co. has options to suit your needs, including DIY Ready-to-Print PDF and High Quality Digital Printing. Customize your orders by collaborating with Sarka to change font styles, colors and stationary sizes! If you don’t live in Tampa, Citrus Press Co. offers various shipping rates worldwide to ensure you have your stationary when you need it. Check out some of these gorgeous designs:

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Browse through the lovely stationery, including menus, save the date, invitations, programs and table numbers — visit Citrus Press Co. on Etsy or go like them on Facebook!

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What I’m Loving: Escort Cards

Each week, we will share our top picks for inspiration and style in many aspects of the wedding planning process. In addition to us creating lists, we will also have guest bloggers contribute their top picks of the week on occasion. This week, Laura from Fresh + Inspired Events will be offering her Top 4 favorite ideas for escort cards!

Escort cards are a great opportunity to add a little something different to the reception. Aside from being functional, escort cards allow you to infuse color or favors into the seating process. Sometimes, the cards are the first glimpse of your reception the guests will see and can really set the tone and style of your wedding reception.

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This combination of coral and navy adds a special pop of color against the neutral tan escort cards. One way to create a colorful escort card display is to use color codes for tables, in addition to numbers.

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I’m a huge fan of offering guests a token of thanks in addition to providing them their seating location. These succulents are perfect to display escort cards and your guests can enjoy taking them home!

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Offering a beverage as an escort card is lovely! Since it takes a while (in most cases) for beverages to be served during a reception, your guests will love a refreshing drink as they sit down. Think about serving a signature beverage to guests — tea, lemonade or sparkling water are all great bases for signature drinks.

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If you don’t want to dedicate more of your budget to creating escort cards, writing your guests’ names on mirrors or window panes is an economical and stylish choice. Whether you’re having a rustic or contemporary wedding, a lovely backdrop and beautiful calligraphy is a perfect option for seating assignments.

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Sources: 100 Layer Cake//Outstanding Occasions//Rex & Regina//Organically You Events

 

Trending: Autumn Wedding Trends for 2013

Most of us think of spring and summer as being two busy weddings seasons — and they are — but fall is quickly becoming a highly desired season for saying ‘I do!’

Why? Well, the temperatures are one important factor — the crisp and cool weather is perfect for indoor and outdoor weddings. Changing foliage is another highly desired aspect of autumn weddings and creates a stunning backdrop for engagement, save the date and wedding photos. Whether you want to embrace a fall-themed wedding or you are looking to incorporate some of the autumn wedding trends for 2013 into your big day, there are plenty of color choices and decor styles to use.

You don’t have to stick to a fall-inspired color palette, either. In fact, Pantone has predicted a variety of beautiful colors to be trending for 2013. Check out some of these colors, found on Tulle and Chantilly:

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Paired with a neutral color or complemented with one another, these options add a lovely pop of color to any reception space or tablesetting.

When it comes to flowers, bigger is definitely better! Look for bouquets or centerpieces with large, beautiful flowers, such as Peonies. Don’t be afraid to use a variety of shapes, heights and sizes when decorating — variety keeps the space organic and fresh!

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When sending out invitations, choose stationery that reflects you two as a couple. One stationery trend for autumn 2013 is custom wedding illustrations! Check out websites like Etsy to find a vendor that creates personalized illustrations for your stationery needs — your guests will be impressed with your out-of-the-ordinary invitations!

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We love autumn weddings and there are plenty of new ideas out there to use  — what are you incorporating into your autumn wedding?

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Sources: Bridal Guide//Etsy

Armed Backup and Matching Bridesmaids: true stories behind wedding traditions

A lot of times people throw around phrases like “tying the knot” or “something old, something new” yet the history behind these phrases is often not acknowledged.  What exactly is the importance of matching bridesmaid dresses or why is white the most traditional color for a wedding dress?  We looked into some of these ideas to get a better grasp on the symbolism and meanings behind wedding traditions.  So if you are looking to impress your friends or family with these tidbits, or if you want to know more about the origins of our wedding traditions, we have summarized the history of some interesting traditions below.

1.  Why white?  Often thought to represent purity and virginity, white also represents a color that was thought to ward off evil spirits.  It wasn’t always the white dress that was worn for wedding days.  In fact, white was not the standard color for a wedding dress until the late 18th century.  Prior to then, brides wore their “best dresses”.  The Ancient Romans wore yellow dresses for their wedding days and the royals previously wore silver wedding dresses until the 1800’s when Queen Victoria made white popular for a wedding day dress.  If you decide to wear other than white or your “best dress”, then we suggest you go for it as white was not always the color of choice!

2.  Throwing the bouquet?  The bouquet is often thrown during a wedding to the unmarried female guests but the tradition behind this is quite interesting.  The bride’s bouquet (and anything else worn by the bride) is considered good luck so if you caught the bouquet, you would receive some of the happiness intrinsic in the bride’s belongings.  Also, according to older tradition, the throwing of the bouquet into the crowd was to serve as a distraction so that the bride could escape.

3.  Shall we kiss?  When the bride and groom kiss during the wedding, the kissing serves as an exchanging of spirits.  More than just affection, the kiss symbolizes a connection of the souls.

4.  Penny in your Shoe?  A European tradition holds that the bride should put a penny in her shoe to bring good luck and fortune.  In addition to wearing it on your wedding day, it is a fun idea to take this penny and make it into a piece of jewelry or frame it at home so that the good fortune is always around!

5.  Which ring finger?  The wedding ring was formerly the index finger prior to the 5th century.  It was later believed that the ring finger contained the “vein of love” with a direct connection to the heart.  This brings a whole new meaning to looking at your ring finger with adoration of your lovely ring, doesn’t it?

6.  That famous “Something Rhyme”!  We’ve all heard it before – Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue.  The phrase originated in Europe and the significance is that it would ward off evil spirits if followed on your wedding day.  “Something Old” signifies continuity from single life to married life, whereas “Something New ” signifies the transition to marriage and adulthood.  The idea of borrowing something from another happily married couple was to bring good fortune to the new couple.  The “Something Blue” symbolized purity and fidelity.

7.  Tying the Knot?  The commonly used phrase “tying the knot” comes from the ancient days of the Roman empire when the bride would wear a girdle that was tied in knots.  The groom would untie the knots prior to the consummation of their marriage.

8.  The story behind the bridal shower.  The idea of a bridal shower is simple – to shower the new couple with gifts for their new life together.  The history behind this idea comes from a story back during the time when marriages were arranged.  A poor Dutchman fell in love with a girl but her father refused to provide the dowry for them to get married.  According to this story, their friends showered them with enough gifts to start a household together.  Another story from the end of the 19th Century is that a bride’s friends placed gifts inside her parasol and opened it over the bride’s head to “shower” her with gifts.

9.  Matching bridesmaid dresses?  The simple story behind having your bridesmaid dresses similar is that the evil spirits would be confused if everyone was dressed alike.  If the bridesmaids and the bride looked similar, it would confuse and keep away the evil spirits.  The same idea is true for confusing and keeping away the bride’s jealous ex-lovers.

10.  Armed Backup for the Groom?  One little known historical tidbit is that the best man was originally the armed backup for the groom in case the groom needed to kidnap the bride away from disapproving parents.  When choosing the best man, keep in mind these historic duties and his skill with a sword!