by: Lauren

I don’t know about you, but one of the very first things I wanted to do when I got engaged was look for wedding dresses- and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one! But once you have your dress, you may forget about one very big piece of the puzzle- your wedding jewelry! In my case, I totally forgot about my jewelry until a few weeks before my wedding. Not only that, but I really had no clue about what to look for and how to match to my dress. I ended up finding some great earrings, but it was purely by luck- I definitely wish I had some guidance to help!

Fast forward to this past Fall, when I met the fabulous owner of Thomas Laine Jewelry at Bridal Market. We of course got to chatting about wedding jewelry and accessories, and I shared my own jewelry story with her. Since I of course want to be able to provide as much information as possible, I figured why not inform brides about how to choose their wedding accessories?! And with that thought and the help of Thomas Laine, today’s feature was born!

How To Choose Your Wedding Day Jewelry

Armed with absolutely stunning pieces from Thomas Laine and using various wedding dress necklines, I created several different looks that show how you can accessorize yourself on your wedding day. In addition to the lovely looks that Esther Louise Photography captured on film, I also have tips and guidelines from the experts of Thomas Laine that you can follow when accessorizing each type of dress neckline. So no worries friends- no matter what style of dress you have, this will definitely help you choose your wedding accessories!

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Bateau/Boat Neck

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The bateau neckline follows the natural curve of the collar bone. Keep your accessories simple and elegant, so as not to compete with the fabric close to the neck. Necklaces with a little length are perfect for this retro style. You could also forego a necklace and go with mid-length earrings and a matching bracelet. We recommend drop earrings to create some movement, but not so long that they graze the shoulder or come close to the dress fabric. Depending on your hairstyle, you can accessorize with a hair comb as well for some extra bling.

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Strapless

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A strapless gown is fun and easy to accessorize because you can pair just about anything with it! Bold, multi-strand necklaces, bejeweled bibs, and even classic pearls pair nicely with this dress shape. If you go the bold route for your necklace, make sure you follow the less is more mantra for your earrings: studs or small drops are perfect. [Editor's note: Statement necklaces are my FAVORITE!!! ]

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V-Neck

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The v-neck is being seen among many different styles of dresses lately. Depending on the style of dress, you could consider a simple pendant or pearl necklace, or even just a simple pair of earrings paired with a bracelet. A good rule of thumb is that you don’t want your necklace to compete with the neckline of the gown. If the V-neck has a deep plunge and you want a glamorous look, you can go a step further and try an all crystal necklace that will really accentuate the plunge.

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One-Shoulder

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Accessorizing a dress with a one-shoulder neckline will really depend on the dress itself. The dress used here was very simple, so we chose to accessorize with a necklace and earrings- similar to how we would accessorize a strapless. However, if you have a one-shoulder dress that has more detailing, then opt to just go for some gorgeous eye-catching earrings.

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Spaghetti Strap

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If there are embellishments or beading on your spaghetti strap dress, as with a majority of gowns in this style, focus on earrings and a bracelet. If the gown has little to no beading on the bodice (as seen with the dress here) try a necklace that has a triangular shape to it.

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Halter

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The halter neckline is one that isn’t seen too often, but they’re definitely out there! Since the halter portion of the dress already draws a lot of attention, it’s best to opt for mid-length earrings and a matching bracelet for this style. This is also a great opportunity to add some sparkle to your hair too!

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And now after all that pretty, you may be wondering about when you should choose your wedding accessories. Of course you don’t have to rush right after getting your dress, but I recommend purchasing no less than 2 months before your wedding day. That way you can have your jewelry with you when you go for your dress fitting and you can try everything on all together!

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So there you have it! Six different wedding dress necklines and examples of how you can accessorize each one using gorgeous Thomas Laine wedding jewelry!

Out of all these looks, which one is your favorite? As I’ve said before, I’m definitely a fan of the statement necklaces!! But now with all this wedding day jewelry talk, I’m curious- have you started thinking about what you’ll be doing for your wedding day jewelry?

This post was sponsored and made possible by Thomas Laine. All opinions, styling, and images are the author’s own.

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Jewelry: Thomas Laine / Photographer: Esther Louise Photography / Styling: Every Last Detail / Bridal Salon: Malindy Elene Bridal / Hair & Makeup: Collective Creations


by: Lauren

I’ve said it before, and I will happily say it again- a garden wedding never disappoints! The natural beauty of the Davis Island Garden Club would be enough to suffice for today’s wedding, but when you combine a romantic style and whimsical details… utter gorgeousness ensues! Lucky for us, Sarah & Ben captured this lovely feté perfectly, and the bride, Meghan, is here with us today to share more about her wedding:

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

We figured it would be pretty easy for the two of us to handle everything by ourselves…and we quickly realized how wrong we were.  Our families were a complete lifesaver as they humored us and put up with all of our crazy ideas.  My dad helped me saw wood from tress in his backyard that we used for our invitations and escort cards. My mom was the candle queen and made the regular thriftshop rounds until she had collected enough candles to create our perfect candle-light vision.  My sister is a rockstar and literally helped with everything from printing to baking to ribbon-wand making.   We knew what we wanted, but they helped everything become a reality.

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

Our wedding day was all about love and making memories.  We wanted our vendors to help guide us in the right direction but ultimately let us take the reigns.  We feel like we totally lucked out with our vendors.  Everyone was fantastic to work with and truly had incredible skill, ranging from floral arrangement to photography, to lighting,  the details were absolutely perfect.  

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

Our wedding was loosely based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  We wanted elements of whimsy and playfulness.  The twinkle lights and candles did a great job in setting the stage and the moss and wood features helped our reception feel playful and natural. 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

We were so happy to just be married, I remember being so overwhelmed all morning getting ready, but as soon as Miles grabbed my hand, everything was perfect.  My second favorite moment was definitely pulling up to our reception venue in a water taxi and finally getting to see the beautiful set-up that we had been planning and dreaming about for over a year. 

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Go with your gut.  Just because someone tells you this is “how it is done,” doesn’t mean that is the case.  For example, I wanted all of our guests to enjoy dinner at one huge feasting table that wrapped under the lights and trees.  This had never been done at our venue and was logistically challenging because of the tree placement and uneven ground (Most people set up tables inside.)  It was important to us that everyone ate together so we stuck with our plan and with the help of our wedding coordinator found a way to make it work.  I think it is these quirky details that make weddings truly memorable and  personalized to the couple.

The details are all absolutely perfect! The custom signage complements the unique reception design in such a gorgeous way. Who knew that just a few signs could have such a large effect on the look and feel of a wedding?

I’d love to hear from you- are you planning on incorporating any details into your wedding that will potentially have an effect on your whole wedding design?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  Sarah & Ben // Event Planner: Winsor Event Studio // Vintage Rentals: WISH Vintage Rentals // Floral Designer: Arlene Floral Designer // Catering: catering by the family // Reception Venue: Davis Islands Garden Club // Makeup Artist: Jess Waldrop – Makeup Artists // DJ:MBC Entertainment // Lighting: Tampa Lights

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by: Lauren

Have you ever wondered what a wedding inspired by the game Candy Land would look like? Well so did Flaire Weddings and Corinna Hoffman Photography, and so they created an inspiration shoot showcasing some fabulously fun Candy Land wedding ideas! Get ready to join in on the Candy Land fun with gumdrops, lollipops, candy necklaces, and more!

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Isn’t it all SO much fun?! I think getting inspiration from a fun game like Candy Land is an awesome idea! [In fact, my friend Sara of Burnett's Boards has done a whole inspiration board series on board game wedding ideas! Check it out here!]

How about you- do you have any games from your childhood that you would be able to find inspiration in?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  Corinna Hoffman Photography // Event Planner: Flaire Weddings and Events // Invitation Designer: Dogwood Blossom Stationery & Invitation Studio // Makeup Artist: Artistry By Erin // Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid Jacksonville // Floral Designer: Blossoms & Accents, Inc. // Cake Designer: Choux Designer Cakes // Makeup Artist: Makeup by Paulina Perez // Bakery:Sweet By Holly // Dress Store: The White Magnolia, Bridal Collection // Cinematography: Visual Power Cinema // Reception Venue: Winterbourne Inn

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by: Lauren

Today’s gorgeous beach wedding from Olimb Photography and Shelby Peaden Events is filled with modern style, bold navy and green accents, and SO much happiness! The beautiful bride, Alexis, is here to share her insight into planning her stunning destination wedding:

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

Shelby Peaden, my wedding planner, was invaluable throughout the entire process.  She had great relationships with all my vendors, and made incredible recommendations based on my vision.  The day of the wedding she orchestrated everything beautifully. Shelby and her assistant made sure everything was in place and if there were any problems I had no clue.  It made my day as stress free as possible!

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

I was planning a destination wedding so I wanted someone who was in Destin, Florida, and who had incredible reviews.  Every review I read gushed about Shelby Peaden, so I had to have her!

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

My husband, Ryan, proposed to me in Destin on the beach (when I was 7 months pregnant), so we wanted to go back to where it all happened. Our son turned 1 on 9/19/13 and we got married on 9/20/13.  The whole color theme was based on the guys ties.  I fell in love with the color combo and designed everything from there.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

I loved how simple yet elegant the décor worked out and how it all came together.  I simply just showed the florist and planner a few pintrest pages and when I walked out that afternoon it looked perfect.  My absolute favorite thing is the pictures that we have to remember that day.  They are priceless!!!  Cassie and Andrew Olimb are truly talented.  They did such an amazing job capturing all the emotion of that day.  I look at them every day still! 

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

EAT!  I paid and planned this delicious menu and didn’t get to enjoy it because guests kept interrupting me! In all seriousness, try not to stress about the small stuff.  At the end of the day you will be married and that is what it’s all about.  If a major snafu happens who cares? It will make a great story in a few years!

In all seriousness, Alexis’s advice is spot on!!! I know my wedding planner friends are always trying to get their brides and grooms to sit down and enjoy their meals!

Did you see that tidbit about how Alexis was inspired by the ties that the groom and groomsmen were wearing? I love that! How about you- are your wedding colors being inspired by anything in particular?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  Olimb Photography // Event Planner: Shelby Peaden Events // Floral Designer: Myrtie Blue // Cake Designer:Bake My Day // Event Venue: Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort // Makeup Artist: Lanna Bloodworth

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