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Today’s blog comes from our friends at Premiere Party Central.
Looking for some wedding glamour inspiration? Premiere Party Central teamed up with STEMS Floral Design and Brass Tacks Events to shoot a VOGUE inspired styled shoot. With the help of Jen Bertrand with Studio 563, we were able to capture the perfect blend between great style, glamour, sophistication, and fun! The Renaissance Hotel in Austin, Texas was featured as our backdrop for the whole shoot. We hope you enjoy!
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Let’s face it ladies…some themes should not even be attempted. This was the first thought we had when someone we know was contemplating the idea of having a “fiesta” wedding. And no, we are not talking about having a wedding during the two weeks in April where “everything-on-a-stick” is considered gourmet food. However, in light of the fact that we have just kicked off 11 days of craziness in South Texas, we were wondering how one would attempt this very type of themed wedding and it still be tasteful?
Enter Pinterest. We found some gorgeous ideas to create the feeling or vibe of that type of wedding without being too literal. This should also be remembered when trying to integrate ANY type of theme…remember…moderation. Don’t take every idea as literal, think outside the box on how you can add your own unique spin on something that probably has been done hundreds of times before.
We love the way pinatas have been re-thought of in a fun cookie. Color can also be integrated in your menu with a seven layer dip carefully redesigned for individual portions. Because of its clear container, all the colors look amazing. Not to be overlooked are these cute margarita pops…of course, on a stick. Just sit down with your caterer, let them know your ideas, and they will help you come up with a menu that is perfect for you.
Take your cue from this board and how they still had a very definite color palette. By sticking with a smaller palette, it forces you to remember that everything should look like it’s a part of the same wedding and the same couple. How striking this bride looks in her white dress with this dramatic pop of colored flowers in her hair in lieu of a traditional veil. The styling and jewelry also keep a consistent tone. Also, this board does a great job of reminding us that you don’t always have to use real flowers. Because of traditional paper flower options in this culture, you can replace or incorporate these simple but colorful flowers into centerpieces and even bouquets.
On our final board, we love the idea of using non-traditional invitations for your wedding. These particular type of invitations undoubtedly will cost less than the traditional ones, and can immediatley set a festive tone for your guests. A colorful cocktail bar can also add to your color scheme by just incorporating specific types of drinks. Any hired bartender will be happy to integrate these colors into your day. And finally, we like how you can pretty much take any solid color bridesmaid dress, tie a coordinating colored sash around the waste and it immediately takes on a new feel. Who says sashes have to be neutral or matching? Definitely not us.
Tags: fiesta weddings, theme weddings, wedding decor, wedding ideas, wedding inspiration
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We’ve been seeing wedding professionals use interesting materials in weddings lately. And with us living in one of the warmest, driest areas in Texas, brides are starting to look at products and resources that are in abundance in their local area.
This is the case with succulents. This plant comes in many forms and cool shades of greens and purples, that if you are gravitating towards a more natural feel and love those shade, then succulents might be the way to go. Take a look at some awesome wedding decor we found that integrated this hearty plant in a bunch of creative ways.
The great thing about using this local plant is that is can take a beating and still look absolutely beautiful. The various plants unique shapes and edges almost add an architectural element all that it touches. So if you are interested in possibly incorporating these cool looking plants into your wedding, make sure you talk to your wedding florists or wedding consultants so they can help you achieve the look you want.
We love how succulents were made into boutonnieres, and how they are all slightly different. The unique shape makes it a perfect card holder.
Need a wedding pillow? Here’s definitely a new take on a tiny satin pillow. They also make for great and simple favors for guests to take home.
We love all the tiny hanging vases that hold a single plant. Dripping from trees, we bet this looks amazing at a ceremony site.
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By Jennifer Rich-Day
Event Manager, Heirloom Blooms at Acres Wild Ranch
You bring your own bags to the grocery store. You recycle. You use compact fluorescent light bulbs. You take simple steps every day to be environmentally conscious and now you’re planning your wedding. If you’re like the growing number of brides today, you want your wedding day to reflect your environmental ideals or maybe you just want to save money by not being wasteful. Either way, as Event Manager for Heirloom Blooms at Acres Wild Ranch, and as a recent bride myself, I’ve learned there are some simple steps that you can take to make your wedding green.
Flowers. Traditional floral arrangements are beautiful, but have a high environmental cost. Most cut flowers are grown in South America and Africa with harmful chemicals and then they are shipped long distances to the consumer. You could buy organic flowers or use live plants— succulents and cactuses are popular. There are creative ways to eliminate or limit the use of cut flowers in weddings, too. A bride at Acres Wild Ranch used bouquets made of recycled stainless steel roses made by local Austin artist John Weber (dubsteel.com). Another bride selected Sola flowers made from balsa wood in order to avoid pesticide-laden cut flowers.
Save-the-Dates, Invitations, and Thank You Notes. Rather than printing and mailing them, send your save-the-dates, invitations, and thank you notes by email—you will save money and reduce your environmental impact. If your great aunt in Lubbock is happily living without an email address, or if she will fall off her rocker without a hand written thank you note, select paper made with a high percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
Catering. If you choose a menu based on what is available seasonally from local farmers, the fresh ingredients will make each dish sing. Be ready to go to your caterer with an open mind—if you must have a watermelon salad for your November wedding, you may not be able to have a seasonal menu.
Favors. Give your wedding guests seeds of love instead of plastic disposable gifts. Heirloom Blooms’ customized wildflower seed packets are memorable tokens that your guests will appreciate. Or, you could use the small potted plants in your table decorations as wedding favors.
Here at Heirloom Blooms, we’re proud to offer our brides a green wedding venue at an affordable cost. We have taken many steps to minimize our environmental impact on Acres Wild Ranch. By offering linens, glassware, and place settings at no additional charge, our guests do not generate unnecessary waste. We harvest rainwater and have greywater gardens to minimize the precious water resources in the Texas Hill Country. And, the income from our event hall rental and guest cottages helps support our environmental education programs and efforts to restore the wildlife habitats. To find out more about our indoor/outdoor venue and guest cottages near Wimberley, go to our website heirloomblooms.org or call (512) 847-5225.
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Trends for this year have already been set for the most part, but sometimes we get a late arrival to the party. Such is the case with our latest wedding trend…gold. And what is too often thought of as a mere accent color, gold is coming out very strong and in a dominant color position this year. This metallic has played second string to its more popular silver colored cousin, but gold is coming back in a big way.
Take a look at these inspiration boards we found and see what we like best about them.
We love the delicate gold dance slippers for that little glimmers of something from beneath your dress and the gold tinged framed photos displaying the couples’ story. Against the black and white photos, the gold really makes the images pop and looks very classic.
Sometimes brides find inspiration in the every day items of their lives. Such is the case when we saw this Chanel perfume bottle and the beautiful gold sunlight in this photo. We imagine the bride wanting to focus on the her crystal stemware with accents of gold, as well as the overall feel of the room flooded it in gold hues. It definitely makes this room look warm and inviting, and who doesn’t look good in this type of lighting?
Besides the gorgeous gold heels on this board, our favorite items are the square-ish textured gold chargers and macaroon with stripes of edible gold glitter.
In addition to the color, there is a definite texture connecting theses images. Whether you call is burnished, patina, distressed or crackle, the added layer of texture in this board adds depth and dimension to items that can appear flat and unremarkable. Also worth noting are the gold gauzy chair covers with delicate appliques.
And finally, favors are the easiest way to incorporate your chosen color. Gold lettering, ribbons, a frosting with haphazard application and even a carefully chosen champagne can all add to the night’s atmosphere. Yes, as the bride, you can even opt for a little gold number to finish dancing the night away in and still be the focus of the party.
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According to the epic forecast color skills of Pantone, the color on everyone’s lips for 2013 will be the color Emerald. Pantone, those colorful people who are experts at letting the masses know what color will infiltrate their lives for the next year brings another winner, in our books, to the palette for this year’s wedding inspirations. From beauty to fashion to decor, tons of weddings will be accenting and embellishing their big day of celebration with this vibrant color.
“Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”
Emerald for Beauty
Equally harmonious on the cosmetic color wheel, Emerald dramatizes all eye colors as it beautifully enhances green eyes, is compatible to blue eyes, emphasizes the green undertone in hazel eyes and intensifies brown eyes to make them appear deeper. Emerald is also a perfect complement to peaches, pinks, roses, ruby reds and aubergines – offering a variety of lipstick and blush options. For those who want to sparkle and stand out, Emerald is the perfect punctuation point in nail color because of its complementary nature.
Emerald for Fashion
The prevalence of green has been steadily rising for several seasons, especially in the fashion and couture markets, and even on the red carpet. Appropriate for every occasion, Emerald’s classic elegance makes for striking and irresistible women’s formal and everyday wear as well as accessories. Balanced yet sophisticated, Emerald enlivens all colors in the spectrum and will continue to make a statement beyond spring and summer into fall and winter.
We love the alternative ring pillow option in this picture collage. The rings are nested in a bed of fresh spring greens tied with a delicate bow.
It can be as simple as integrating this Emerald shade in a velvety sash tied around your bridal gown. It adds that pop of color that binds the look of the day.
And what bride or bridesmaid doesn’t love some great statement jewelry? We love both of the shown options of the tear drop Emerald earrings and the multi-strand stone necklace that would look great on the neckline of your bridesmaid to accentuate a more modest, subtle colored dress.
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Cooler weather makes us think of cooler colors. And you might possibly gravitate to shades of blue, silver, and white, however, what about the cool crisp color of seafoam green? We think this is a lovely color that could be used in winter or spring weddings. It makes us think of lime sherbet ice cream, sea glass, peppermint patties, mint chocolate chip ice cream…wait, I think I’m hungry now too.
Take a look at these inspiring boards we found in this favorite shade. See what it inspires in you.
What girl wouldn’t like to receive this gorgeous ring attached with a proposal? We also love the train that goes on for days on this gown. We think of waterfalls and the wind with this cascading of fabric.
We think the short dress on this board is a great look for a bridesmaid. Add the vintage necklace in the signature color, and you’ve definitely got a look going. We also love the patterned wallpaper. How great of an idea would it be to use a similar pattern for your own “photo booth” at your wedding?
On this board, we like the introduction of a second color to push a feeling for the day. This coral or peachy color gives just the right balance and contrast for a more spring vibe. We love the feather boutineer, and how organic it looks.
If you have family members who were around in the 50s, they could probably tell you that just about every appliance, car and type of tile came in a seafoam color option. So it is natural to attach a vintage theme with this color. We think it works well on so many levels.
This table decor shows us that you don’t have to drown your wedding decor in a single color. Careful selection of spot colors can just add that much needed little “pop” of something different for visual interest.
And finally, Elie Saab, you have done it again. For that daring girl who wants a little something different, we love these gowns in this beautiful shade. They just seem a little more interesting and romantic.
For help with pulling your wedding day look and decor together, make sure you visit our wedding professional at www.austinweddings.com. Tell us what colors you have selected for your wedding. We would love to know your inspiration.
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The International Special Events Society (ISES) held its inaugural Holiday Tablescape Contest recently. Contestants were asked to create a tablescape to show off their best creativity and talents. All sorts of professional companies from an antiques rental company to venues developed a concept and executed it within size and time constraints to come up with the best design.
The contestants that participated that evening were:
Gary Jones Presents…
Revive Vintage Rentals
Panache Event Group
Illusions Rentals and Designs
The winners received a coveted trophy, champagne and a portion of the proceeds going to their favorite charity. As an added gesture of holiday spirit, guests brought unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.
Sponsors of the magical evening included:
Le Snooty Fox
San Antonio Garden Center
Photographs by Joseph Rodriguez
Table by Gary Jones Presents…
Table by Panache Event Group
Table by Wilkinson Rhodes
Table by Aztec Events and Tents
Table by Illusions Rentals and Designs
Table by Granberry Hills
Table by The Wedding Guide
Table by Revive Vintage Rentals
Table by Lambermont Events
And the winners of the evening were:
Under $250 Best Design: Panache Event Group for
“Roger Whitaker’s Country Christmas”
Over $250 Best Design: The Wedding Guide for
“The ‘Presents’ of Santa”
The other notable winners of the evening were the two charities who benefited from the generous designers were:
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and
St. Peter and St. Joseph’s Children’s Home
Student scholarship winners of the evening were Kryzta Celeste Rodriguez and Aline Gonzales.
We look forward to see how this event gains momentum next year and brings more creativity and awesomeness for all to enjoy. If you liked any of the tables you see here and would like for these professionals to recreate them for you and your special event, make sure to contact them. For a list of more designers, consultants and wedding professionals that can help you achieve your vision, make sure to visit our website: www.austinweddings.com.
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How many of you woke up this morning and felt the lovely crisp in the air? Did it inspire you to go apple picking or want some warm cider?
Well if you have planned for a fall wedding, we are starting to finally get on board. There is just something about the need for cooler weather to make one start envisioning pumpkin pie, leaves changing colors, sticks of cinnamon in your favorite comfort beverage, and so on.
So in honor of the radiant hues of rich sables, ambers and rust shades of the season, here are some inspirational wedding boards for your enjoyment.
Take a look at how the addition of fall leaves adds as an aisle runner in the above outdoor ceremony. It’s always about the details. Traditional candied apples take on a special feel with the addition of chocolate dipped pirouette cookies added as handles.
Simple colored taper candles added to recycled and vintage clear and amber bottles create an extra layer of texture and warmth on one of these tables. An assortment of gourds scattered on an outside buffet table also add to the festive season.
Elegant calla lily flowers take on a whole new feel by going with a more fall inspired color. This rust hue makes a more dramatic looking bouquet against an ivory or white dress.
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Are you in the throws of planning your wedding right now? It can seem like an overwhelming task at times. Have you thought of a “theme” you’re considering? Well…hang on a second or two.
At a recent wedding conference popular national event planners, The Wedding Guys spoke about the various dying elements in wedding design. The “in memoriam” items included such things as: Precious Memories cake toppers, raspberry lace, poofy veils and sleeves, plastic forehead tiaras, and on and on.
And instead of planning all your wedding around a particular color scheme, where every single element has to match, the shift is going more towards developing a “concept.” And to showcase this concept development, The Wedding Guys gave us a single word…martini.
And where maybe a year or two ago, many weddings were themed around the idea of the popular show Mad Men; a literal translation occurred in those weddings. Now, however, the same feeling can be achieved without being so literal.
So the vibe that Mad Men created with its 1960s look has been re-conceptualized by the Wedding Guys. Take a look at what they came up with for a recent wedding trend show.
All photos by Staja Studios
Our Trend Wedding Spring 2012 altar design was inspired by Eero Saarinen’s design of the TWA Terminal at JFK in NYC. Sleek spandex panels and space-age over-sized vases created the perfect backdrop for a stunning floral arrangement by Sassafras Floral.
No detail should be overlooked! We found a great space to repeat the design element from the wedding program. With cut vinyl graphics we added a custom look to the mirrored bar front for the UNVEILED Luxury Lounge. Custom look without the custom price tag.
Bold design elements have become popular options as centerpieces. We love flowers, but sometimes the simplicity of a great over-sized vase in just the right color can add interest sans floral. This vase from BeThings was the perfect accent to the UNVEILED Ceremony Setting.
Consider fabrics for design inspiration! Sarah from A Milestone Paper Co. created these custom programs from the inspiration fabric we used through out the UNVEILED Trend Wedding Spring 2012 concept. Sarah captured the 2012 Pantone Trend Colors perfectly.
Ever considered lounge seating for your ceremony? These mid-century modern silver leather sofas from BeThings were perfect for the UNVEILED Trend Wedding Spring 2012 Ceremony Setting.
“Martini” inspired ceremony with unique lounge seating. Features 2012 Pantone Trend Colors: Tangerine Tango and Peacock.
Now that you have a new way to get inspired, we challenge all planning brides to think outside the box and develop their on concepts integrating some of these elements. With the help of a wedding consultant and other various wedding vendors, they can assist you in looking for inspiration in non-traditional wedding locations…fashion magazines, home interiors, popular shows, etc. Then, you could have a truly unique and personal wedding that achieves your style and vibe you are going for.
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