by: Lauren

We all know that wedding inspiration is one of the most important things when it comes to planning your wedding. Which is why I’m SO excited to share an amazing new tool for finding wedding inspiration, Style Unveiled’s Style Boards!

A New Tool For Finding Wedding Inspiration That You Need To Use!

Style Boards are fun and easy to use (similar to some of the other image sharing platforms out there). You can “style” images to boards that you create to keep track of your inspiration and develop your wedding style. It’s especially great to use to save your wedding inspiration, because one of the great things about the Style Boards platform is that all of the images are 100% wedding related. They’re even divided up into categories, so you can specifically search for what you’re wanting- like Bouquets, which is one of my favorite boards because I LOVE amazing bouquets! And not only that, but you can see ALL of the images on the homepage, so you can be sure that you’re not missing out on any gorgeous inspiration! I myself have been having a blast Styling from ELD and seeing what other people are styling!

A New Tool For Finding Wedding Inspiration That You Need To Use!

I spoke with Style Unveiled’s CEO Alexis Harsh and Editor Heather Sharpe, and they shared this insight about their Style Boards section:

“Our Style Boards interface is a ‘wedding haven’ for brides, vendors and inspiration seekers. Brides can collect images on their personal boards and then collaborate with their vendors using their Styles. Vendors can Style to boards to share their work from their own websites and blogs, driving traffic and eyes to the work they have created. We have taken out the task of filtering and searching because our Boards have wedding specific categories making collecting inspiration and ideas simple and efficient. The look is clean and uncluttered. Simply find, love, and click to view the original source of the image.”

A New Tool For Finding Wedding Inspiration That You Need To Use!

Two of my favorite boards to Style to are Bouquets and Cakes, because they’re of course two of my favorite wedding details! [You can see all of my own boards here.] Another board that I’m loving right now is The Dress board! Since bridal market recently took place, the Dress board is a great place to go to see all of the latest gorgeous wedding dresses, straight from the designers!  If you’re still searching for the wedding dress that is “the one”, I highly recommend taking a look at the Dress board for inspiration! Here’s little peek of the pretty:

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A New Tool For Finding Wedding Inspiration That You Need To Use!
A New Tool For Finding Wedding Inspiration That You Need To Use!

So I know what you’re thinking… how do you start using this amazing wedding inspiration tool?! To get started using Style Boards, all you have to do is go to the sign up page, create your account, install your Style It button and get started! It’s really that simple. The Style It Button is a tool you can use when exploring the web. When you find something you want to save for your inspiration, click the Style It Button on your bookmarks bar and your browser will automatically pull up every image available to choose from. From there you can describe your style and select the Style Board you want it placed in! You can head on over to the FAQ page to find out more about using Style Boards.

I’m absolutely loving using Style Boards for finding wedding inspiration, and I know you will too! Head on over to Style Unveiled to try the Boards out for yourself and start Styling images that inspire you! And if you want, leave the link to your Style Boards profile in the comments below- I would love to see what’s inspiring you!

A New Tool For Finding Wedding Inspiration That You Need To Use!



by: Lauren

I love everything about this unique wedding captured by Ricky Stern Photography! Diana and Arun wanted a wedding that stood out from the crowd, so they combined their love for color, travel, and eclectic design to create a gorgeous wedding that was totally and completely unique to them. Diana is here with us today to explain more about how they designed their lovely wedding…

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

Because I was in New York City and the wedding was in Miami, I relied on my mom to be my eyes and ears during the venue scouting process. She visited countless places, sent me dozens of photos and asked relentless questions to narrow down the perfect location. Without her, the wedding would have been an ad hoc affair at the courthouse. The days before the wedding were stress-free thanks to my sister, Chelsea. She handled her maid-of-honor duties seamlessly — including texting my wedding planner when my hands were dripping with wet nail polish.

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

It was very important for me to work with people who were responsive and professional. In addition to a speedy e-mail response time, I relied heavily on: good reviews, recommendations and real-world examples of the vendors’ work.

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

There was no official theme. Instead, my husband and I chose eclectic elements that reminded us of our travels, our childhoods and our life together in Manhattan. The cake-toppers were elephants, a nod to Arun’s favorite animal and Indian heritage. The flowers were inspired by my family vacations in North Carolina and my dad’s Scottish ancestry. The hand-painted escort cards were inspired by the many, MANY art museums I have dragged Arun to see around the world. And the cake was a croquembouche, a French dessert that reminded us of Paris, where we got engaged.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

The ceremony. It was so personal, loving and speedy. (We were done in less than 15 minutes.) My longtime friend Melinda presided, and our friends and family were sitting in a circle around us. You could feel the loving, happy energy reverberating in that room. I hate to sound corny, but — it was magical.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Keep your perspective: the wedding is just one day. It doesn’t matter if you can’t get the right place settings. The marriage is all that matters. (And if you feel like you’re about to snap, ask for help.)

That is some truly perfect advice, don’t you think? I really love how Diana and Arun made sure that their wedding details and design were unique to them and in a way, told the story of their life together. That’s always my favorite thing to see- a perfectly unique wedding is the best!

So tell me- do you have anything in particular that you’re planning on doing to tell the story of your life together? I’d love to hear!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Ricky Stern Photography / Reception Venue: The M Building / Floral Design: Petal Productions / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Chris Weinberg Events / Cinematography: DelightMedia Productions / Bride’s Dress: Claire Pettibone / Bridal Salon: Kleinfelds / Hair & Makeup: Susana Betancourt


by: Lauren

One of my favorite things ever is lots of color, so when I laid eyes on these colorful Mexico inspired wedding ideas from V.A. Photography and Dear Sweetheart Events, I just knew I had to share with you all! Using elements inspired by Mexico, a bright colorful palette, and gorgeous florals, this inspiration is sure to bring some happiness to your day…

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How fun is all of this?! The colors, the theme, the photography- it’s all absolutely fabulous. As someone who loves weddings designed around a theme, this inspiration is something that I would definitely love to see brought to life for a real wedding!

How about you? Do you love wedding themes too? Will you be having a theme for your own wedding?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: V.A. Photography / Planning & Florals: Dear Sweetheart Events / Invitations & Stationery: Jess Creates / Bridal Salon: Reflections Bridal / Hair & Makeup: ELLE Style Studio / Reception Venue: Pepe's Mexican Restaurant


by: Carlee

With nods to the changing Autumn season and a stunning church setting, this intimate Tampa wedding from Marissa Moss Photography balances both the vintage and traditional with the romance that we all love. Featuring gorgeous florals in soft pink and peach hues and one of the prettiest cakes to be cut, I love all of the sweet  – and romantic – details. The lovely bride Bethany is here to share all of her planning insight with us:

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

There were so many people who helped us to pull together our wedding day. My father was very sick (and passed away about 5 months after my wedding), so we planned to have the wedding in Tampa where my parents and my brother’s family live. This allowed my father to comfortably attend the wedding. My sister-in-law, Betsy, was instrumental in helping to connect us to our amazing caterer, Wayl of a Time Catering. I truly believe good food makes or breaks a wedding – and Wayl of a Time came through! My husband and best friend have Celiac’s disease so 90% of our wedding food was gluten free (I had to have a side of bread and real cake – but he also had a gluten-free cake). We still hear compliments on the food. Betsy was also able to give me feedback on other vendors/locations in the area because she has hosted and attended a lot of local events.

The internet was vital in our wedding planning process. We googled every single vendor we considered and read all of their reviews until we felt comfortable choosing them as a vendor.

Finally, our florist acted as our event planner – Juli Vaughn from Juli Vaughn Designs. She is a personal friend and a design genius. We met and I shared my vision for the wedding and she put it all together. She brought all of the flowers from Atlanta in her car and did them in a hotel room. AMAZING. She also took care of every last detail and vendor coordination on our wedding day. We worried about nothing and my husband fell in love with her when we entered into the reception to see the room before everyone else did and she met him with his favorite drink and some snacks! Talk about thinking of every detail.

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

We chose our wedding vendors based on reputation, professionalism and budget. There are some amazing wedding vendors out there that we just could not afford. However, there were a lot of great options in the range we could afford and so then we had to go to work researching their work. I also took note of how they corresponded with me, how well they followed up on details, and how others said they did at crunch time. We do not regret one single choice. They all did a fabulous job.

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

I wanted a soft romantic feel for our wedding. I wanted people to feel at home at our reception. I wanted it to be effortlessly elegant – to not look like we tried to hard or had things too perfect. We had a gorgeous church in St. John’s. The architecture and wood really didn’t require much work by us and we didn’t put much into the church. Our venue provided a beautiful view of the Bay and was such a perfect clean slate that we were easily able to create the relaxed elegance we hoped to have. For the food, we focused on bringing in seasonal elements – pumpkin seeds in the salad, squash in the risotto, etc. We both wanted people to walk away feeling loved, cherished and relaxed.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

The favorite part of my wedding day was being surrounded by so many of the people we love in our life. We had a small wedding of about 80 people and visited and were able to connect with each person. I loved having everyone I love together laughing and relaxing during a really hard season of life (with my Dad’s illness). I also loved the flowers and food. Finally, the pictures are what continues to bless me daily. You are in a total haze when you get married (no matter how present you try to be) and looking at the pictures allow you to enjoy the day over and over again – they jar your memory and give you a birds-eye view of what everyone else experienced. I loved them. Thank you, Marissa!

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Don’t micro-manage your wedding. Think about what you want, do your research on your vendors, follow-up a few days before the wedding and then trust them to do their job. When it comes to your wedding day, enjoy it. This is not a Broadway production. It is the celebration of two lives coming together to be one. There will be imperfections or hiccups, but it will all add to the beauty of it. As I was typing this, a Maya Angelou quote was what came to mind. Long after your wedding, “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

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Wonderful, wonderful advice! I love how much thought Bethany and Samuel put into making their guests feel welcomed and relaxed; the sign of a perfect pair of hosts. I also love their daytime ceremony and reception. I feel like the champagne brunch reception is way, way underrated and would love for it to become a trend. Champagne and cake is always appropriate and stylish.

How about you? Are any of you considering a mid-day soiree?

Happy Planning!

Carlee

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Marissa Moss / Event & Floral Designer: Juli Vaughn / Catering: Wayl of a Time / Cake Baker: Cakes by Carolynn / Ceremony Venue: St. John's Episcopal Church / Reception Venue: Tampa Garden Club / Musicians: Alan Adler Piano / Makeup Artist: Jess Waldrop - Makeup Artists / Bridal Salon: Bride Beautiful / Tuxedo & Men's Attire: J.Crew / Tuxedo & Men's Attire: Jos A Bank