Posts from — September 2011

Real Wedding- Fire Engine Red

We knew when we met Nancy at Lovely, that her wedding was going to be absolutely killer. Her radiant personality came through perfectly in her day with all of the cute little design details, and her electric sense of style was nailed in her bridal look. The Ivy and Aster Sweet Pea gown suited her perfectly, and all of the best moments of the day were brilliantly captured by Kristina Hill Photography. We are loving all of the pops of color, the sweet photo booth, the groom and groomsmen’s attire, and those amazing cake toppers!

Lovely: Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

Nancy: The dress was totally different than what I thought I wanted. When I saw it on the rack, my whole plan changed and I fell in love with it. I built the whole look around the dress. I went pretty simple with hair and makeup because the dress was so unique and special. I added a bright red, PVC shoe that was inspired by the red windows and doors at our venue.

Lovely: What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?

Nancy: Oh my. There are so many. We didn’t hire a wedding planner, so I had to be impeccably organized in order to pull off the wedding I wanted. A lot of my friends thought I was being neurotic and over thinking things. Ultimately, I think this was really important because I had already thought out every detail so when the day came, I really sat back, relaxed and let it happen. We decided not to hire a D.J. and use an I-Pod instead. Planning playlists that not only suited our style but took into account the guests and what they would like to dance to was a crucial detail. My idea was to have a really fabulous party and it definitely was. The music was a big part of that.


Lovely: What was the most memorable moment?

Nancy: The ceremony was beautiful and memorable but for me, the most memorable part was the dancing. Everyone was showing off their best (and worst) dance moves and it was so amazing. My husband’s friends’ five year old was break dancing and people just went nuts. Also, my husband’s cousin getting stuck in the venue’s elevator was pretty memorable but not really in a good way.

Lovely: If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?

Nancy: Know that unless you have unlimited funds, you are not going to have everything you always dreamed of. Make choices about what is most important to you and what to spend money on. If you don’t have a wedding planner, hire an all inclusive caterer that will take care of day of coordinating for you. Be meticulous and neurotic BEFORE the wedding. When the day comes, relax and let your friends and family help out.

DRESS:  Ivy & Aster Sweet Pea (purchased at Lovely!)

ACCESSORY DESIGNERS: Karen Twohig, my mom


FLORIST:  Karen Twohig, my mom

CATERING: Naturally Delicious Catering


Makeup: Anni Bruno

Hair: Rachael Miller

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One Great Dress- In Wispy Grey

I truly believe that Stephanie accomplished the effortless chic that every bride aspires for on her wedding day. Not only did she nail it in this oh-so lovely gown, but she incorporated one of our new favorite trends: color!

Photos by Robert Sukrachand.

As seen on Green Wedding Shoes.

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I’ll Drink to That!

We love these Lovejoy Vodka bottles for a wedding. Since the bar remains an integral part of most weddings, why not pay attention to the special details like the label decor?

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Love Potion

Mason jars: seen it. Wine bottles: been there done that. Apothecary bottles: tell me more! We love the idea of using old glassware with beautiful colors, simple labels, sleek shapes that you could find in an apothecary shop to decorate your beautiful setting. What once held potions and lotions and herbs and spices can be vases for flowers and vessels for treats to make your wedding truly spectacular and oh so fresh and new.

Pretty little bottles filled with dainty stems can be placed here and there around your tables for a bright and airy feel
(Image via Eat Drink Chic)

Vinage brown bottles that were once filled with tonics and potions can now be used as beautiful vases (Image via Atlanta Homes)

This antique test tube set filled with a few sweet trinkets would look so smart lining your tables (Image via AM Radio)

Fill some apothecary jars with moss and ferns to create earthy terrariums (Image via Doodle Birdie)

You can create your own labels to personalize these colorful glass bottles. Put your names, wedding date, and wedding venue on these vintage stickers, or a sweet personal thank you note and fill the bottles with candies for your guests to take home.
(Image via Eat Drink Chic)

Get these bottles filled with handcrafted vinegar and maple syrup have great old-fashioned labels, cork stoppers, and wax seals to give out to your guests as a reminder of the delicious menu at your wedding! (Image via Mikuni Wild Harvest)

Cover little knick knacks on your guestbook table with bell jars (Image via Style Me Pretty)

Little vials filled with honey make a sweet gift for the guests, as well as a smart way to show them where they’ll be seated
(Image via Brit Godish)

While the dainty little bottles look good scattered around, these larger ones look amazing in one big cluster. Each one is still simply fitted with only a few stems, but the look of the varying shades of blues filled with white blooms really create a beautiful focal point (Image via Celebrations At Home by Pobke Photography)

Place these test tubes filled with wildflower seeds on each seat for the ceremony, that way your guests can pop the cork and toss the fillings at you as you walk back up the aisle as husband and wife (Image via 100 Layer Cake by Jessica Claire)

We love the oversized bell jar over this charming little cake! And look how the bride’s veil mimics the shape of a bell jar! So clever! (Image via Ruffled by Sean Flanigan)


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Bridal Stylist- A Fête Champêtre

Today, we have a lovely little history lesson for you! Back in the 18th century–during the time of Marie Antoinette– french nobility used to escape the hustle and bustle of Paris and attend garden parties called Fête Champêtres. These fête’s–which were usually held in the gardens of Versailles–not only consisted of drinking, eating, and games but also served as the perfect escape from the difficulties of every day life. And while the term Fête Champêtres loosely translates to “country feast,” the theory behind these fête’s was simple entertainment mixed with elegance–hence the usual sighting of orchestras hidden in trees! Now, is it just us or does this sound like the perfect recipe for a lovely wedding? We think so.

Hold your ceremony or reception (or both!) in a vast field of flowers. Make the nature around the centerpiece of your setting.

(Top left and clockwise: 100 Layer Cake, Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette via Flickr, Alma Photography, Style Me Pretty)

When it comes to decor, think light and airy colors, an abundance of texture, and baroque details–gold trims, ruffles, and chandeliers!

(Top left and clockwise: Style Me Pretty, Tumblr, Tumblr, Style Me Pretty)

(Top left and clockwise: Style Me Pretty, Etsy, Delphine Manivet via 100 Layer Cake, Luna & Chloe Weddings)

Let the elegance and simplicity of a Fête Champêtre show in your bouquet. Perhaps pick the flowers yourself and purposefully make it look as if you just picked the flowers yourself on the way down the aisle. And most importantly, wear flats! You’ll be doing a lot of walking in fields and gardens!

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