by: Lauren

Inspired by the color and uniqueness of the mid-century time period, these romantic, modern wedding ideas are gorgeous! This design is a perfect look for any time of year, and we cannot wait for you to see all that Kelsey Rae Designs created and Plum & Oak Photo captured!

From Kelsey Rae Designs:

“I am so thankful to be able to collaborate with such talented vendors in our industry! When Jenny from Happily Ever Etched + Elyse of Plum & Oak Photo asked me to come on board for this shoot at The Fig House, I knew it was going to be amazing! We wanted to play off the colorful mid-century vibes of the venue and embrace the funkiness. We wanted to showcase every detail involved on a wedding day; from special craft cocktails, to geometric shaped menus + place cards, to a modern sleek dress, to a nice spread of appetizers and furniture vignettes to make you swoon!”

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From the photographer, Elyse of Plum & Oak Photo:

“I know from my own perspective, I think we really nailed a shoot that isn’t seasonal. I think it can be adapted to any season because it’s neither dark, nor light + bright which is helpful to the couples planning their wedding who do not want to look back on their wedding photos and remember it as a distinctly spring wedding (or fall, or winter, etc.). And we were certainly inspired by the mid-century modern vibes and thus chose a dress and decor that matched (like Taryn’s stationery that featured funky angles, a nod to the funky design elements of the mid-century).”

We of course love all of the details that were incorporated into this design… especially those table numbers and the cake table!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photography: Plum & Oak // Ceremony Venue: The Fig House // Event Planning: Kelsey Rae Designs // Floral: Love Anne Joy // Stationery: Twinkle and Toast // Videography: Press Films // Hair + Makeup: Crystal Golden // Laser Cuts: Happily Ever Etched // Ring Box + Place Card Holders: EsselleSF // Tables: Cherished Rentals // Rentals: Sweet Salvage Vintage Rentals // Desserts: Siestas For Fiestas // Wedding Dress: aria dress // Accessories: Styled by TC



by: Lauren

One of the things we love most about wedding designs is when there is a theme, and this jewel toned vintage romantic wedding look is perfection! (And no, we don’t mean just any theme- we mean a theme where there is a story and intention behind it!) Taking place at one of Central Florida’s newest venues, The Howey MansionKristen Weaver Photography captured this gorgeous look, including a stunning custom invitation created by Heather O’Brien Design. We are so excited to share all of the beauty with you! Kristen’s team was behind the planning of this look, and they are joining us today to share more behind their inspiration:

The idea for this styled shoot was an old-world style with an updated feel. Two things instantly inspired our shoot, first – our incredible venue, The Historic Howey Mansion, and second – our bride and groom!

The mansion restoration was incredible. We fell in love with everything as soon as we pulled into the driveway. It was just the type of “vintage romance” we were looking for. Nothing could top this 1920’s palace. We admired the natural elegance and beauty that both the building and its grounds emitted. Every inch of this beautiful mansion screamed romance, like the old chandeliers and mixed-tile terrace. We wanted to design our shoot to enhance it’s natural beauty.

We loved the idea of having a real couple, so when Khoury and Courtney shared their story with us we knew they were a perfect fit. They got married in a courthouse ceremony because of Khoury’s job in the US Navy. This inspired us to give them both the wedding they always dreamed about having.

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Being the very first shoot at the Howey Mansion, we wanted to let its beauty speak for itself. The floral team from Raining Roses Productions blew us completely away. From the bouquets to the elaborate centerpieces, to the candelabras at the altar, to even the cutest floral collar for Max! Our focus for this shoot was a darker romance. We used velvet with deep jewel tone colors and black accents for an intimate feel. RW Style created a stunning emerald lounge area in the ballroom – and it was the perfect representation of our theme… vintage, velvet and jewel tones.

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photography: Kristen Weaver Photography // Venue: The Howey Mansion // Event Planning: KWP Interns // Event Production: Blush by Brandee Gaar // Floral: Raining Roses Productions // Stationery: Heather O’Brien Design // Videography: KEJ Productions // Wedding Cake: Florida Sweets & Co. // Rentals: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals //  Vintage Rentals: Dishie Rentals // Furniture Rentals: RW Style // Hair + Makeup: LeJeune Artistry // Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Cami // Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting // Other Services: The Pixel Fund // Catering: Arthur’s Catering // Wedding Dress: Anne Barge // Bridal Salon: Calvet Couture Bridal Boutique // Bride’s Shoes: Valentino // Bridesmaid Dresses: MISA

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by: Lauren

My 9 year wedding anniversary is today, and while looking back on my wedding day, I of course also started reminiscing about planning my wedding. Now, if you don’t already know, here’s my story in a nutshell:

I was absolutely clueless about all things weddings when I was planning my own. I wasn’t in the wedding industry yet, and because my husband and I were married right out of college (high school sweethearts here!) I didn’t have any friends to tell me what to do or what not to do. Oh, and did I mention that wedding blogs were brand new, and Pinterest neither Instagram existed?! Needless to say, I had a really hard time finding information about planning a wedding! And this was one of the main reasons that I started a blog and got into weddings. I wanted to help other couples and prevent them from making the same mistakes that I did… mistakes that could have been easily prevented if I had only been better educated about weddings and what to expect.

So in honor of my anniversary, I’m reviving this post about ten things that I wish someone had told me about planning a wedding. I hope that some of these tidbits might help some of you in your own wedding planning journey- because after all, here at ELD, we exist to HELP you! :)

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1. Your vendors don’t all have to be based in the same location that your wedding takes place.

I got married in my small hometown, and for some strange reason, I thought that wedding professionals from the surrounding larger cities wouldn’t travel an hour to an hour and half for my wedding. So I limited myself to searching for vendors that were based in my small town, and as a result, my options were few and far between. Most cities have other cities/towns that surround them, right? It didn’t even occur to me that, since I actually *lived* in one of those larger cities, a lot of my meetings with vendors would have been a lot easier had I hired where I lived instead of where my wedding was occurring. Oh, and also… in most cities, it takes about an hour to get somewhere anyways right?! What was I thinking? DUH!

2. You want to hire vendors who feel like your friends.

You’re going to be spending a lot of time with your wedding vendors- so of course you want to be comfortable and have fun with them! I myself didn’t even consider this when hiring my vendors… BIG mistake. Now having been on the other side as a vendor, I totally understand this. You’re emailing them, calling them, texting them, and then, spending time with them on your actual wedding day. Planning a wedding is so much better when you’re having fun, and a big component of that is WHO you’re with! 

3. When researching vendors, you can’t compare “apples to oranges”.

All wedding vendors are different. Everyone has different levels of experience, different services, different packages. Yes, it makes it tough to make a decision, but if you end up trying to compare exactly, you’re doing yourself a disservice, because you’re most likely going to end up with the short end of the stick. Like me. I hired a photographer because they were the cheaper option out of everyone I met with. And guess what? By the time everything was said and done, I ended up paying an amount that most definitely was not cheap! Knowing what I know now, it kills me to know the quality of photography that I would have been able to get for the amount I spent. But I was comparing “apples to oranges”, and I didn’t look a little deeper into what should have mattered- quality and personality.  

4. Know your options! 

It’s totally fine to meet with a few different vendors- you need to know your options so you can make an informed decision! Don’t feel bad about it. But at the same time, don’t get too carried away with the options. A good rule of thumb: do your research first, and then schedule consultations with your top 3 options. (Oh, and then once you’ve made a decision, don’t forget to let the others know that you won’t be able to work with them!) 

5Having a huge bridal party isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. 

Oh yes, I’m going there. I had 9 bridesmaids… and I expected them all to help out with things. The more, the better, right? Well, needless to say, people have their own lives going on too, and sometimes they’re really not all that interested in wedding events. Plus, having to organize and deal with several girls was kind of nuts and stressful. If I could do it again, I would definitely have a small bridal party. 

6. Read your contracts! 

Yeah, I know- it’s kinda boring. But I didn’t do it, and I ended up not having a photographer for the last 2 hours of my wedding. Make sure what you’re expecting is what you’re actually getting. Which leads me to…

7. Communicate with your vendors. 

I don’t think this is as much of a problem today as it was when I was planning, but “back then”, email still wasn’t quite the norm that it is today. You still had to call vendors to get a hold of them. <<gasp, shocking, right?!.. Today, email is a beautiful thing. Utilize all the means of communication that we have today, and communicate with your vendors about everything. Share what your vision is for your wedding, what you are expecting out of them, and how you want your wedding day to be. There’s nothing wrong with communicating these things- but for some reason, I was NOT good at doing this. And you know what? If anything, it helps everyone involved in your wedding so they are on the same page. Because after all… no one can read minds! 

And on this note… it’s okay to ASK! Friends, you will never know anything if you don’t ask. This pertains to everything- vendor pricing, help, etiquette, opinions… just ASK! Lucky for you, we are here to help… but if you don’t want to ask us, definitely ask your vendors! They WANT to help you and educate you about weddings. You’ve never planned a wedding before, right?! No one expects you to know everything about planning a wedding.  

8. Don’t be afraid to do things differently. 

Do what you want- what reflects YOU. I was afraid to go outside of the “norm” for some of my details- like menus and favors. Even though I was afraid of doing something different, I still did them- and they’re still my favorite details from my wedding. They were my vision, and I knew that they were 100% reflective of ME. My only regret is that I didn’t apply that same concept to the rest of my wedding! 

9. Custom wedding invitations are the way to go. 

I know it’s an odd thing to bring up, but wedding invitations are a huge part of your wedding, and they don’t always get the attention that they deserve. In my instance, I didn’t even know that custom invitations were possible- nonetheless that they would be about the same cost as what “customizable” invitations were. The difference? Custom invitations are designed for your wedding and your wedding only- unique and one-of-a-kind. Unfortunately, by the time I found out about the amazingness of custom invitations, I didn’t have enough time to get them designed and printed- but I don’t want you to make the same mistake I did! 

10. First looks are GOOD things. 

Seriously. I know I say it all the time, but I SO wish I had done a first look! I can’t tell you how badly I wanted to hug and kiss and talk to my husband when I saw him- but alas, I was walking down the aisle to him, and then we had 45 minutes of a full Catholic mass to sit through! Oh and let’s not forget that I ugly cried allllllll the way down the aisle. And then, when it was time for our portraits, it rained- and as a result, we have about 3 decent photos of the two of us on our wedding day. I mean really- why didn’t anyone tell me these things?!


I think we all know that I could probably write a book about everything I wish I had known about planning a wedding. And who knows- maybe I will one day! But for the time being, these Tips & Advice posts will have to suffice! And don’t forget- if you have a question, please don’t hesitate to ask! You are welcome to message me over on Instagram and I will get an answer to you!

So have any of you learned anything so far in your planning that you wish someone had told you? Or maybe you’re already married and you have some of your own lessons to add about planning a wedding? Please share in the comments so you can help other couples! 



by: Lauren

We are absolutely loving this colorful take on a mid century modern wedding! This vendor team wanted to create an intimate gathering perfect for a couple that appreciates the vibrance of the 50’s and 60’s, while also adding a fresh, modern take, and the result was fabulous!  Jade & Joy Events is joining us today to describe more of the inspiration behind this design that was so beautifully captured by Mary Sarah Photography– we can’t wait for you to take it all in!

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This wedding is for a special type of bride who envisions a tad more than an elopement, but less than a larger wedding. She wants the intimacy of close friends surrounding her on her special day, celebrating in the space she feels the most comfortable: home. The patterns and colors of the mid-sixties tied together envelope this grown-up, eclectic woman. We wanted to capture the vision of a modern couple who loves mid-century design and wants a colorful, updated take on that style for their day.

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Shanda from Flor de Casa Designs did a phenomenal job combining the bright yellows, oranges, and greens of the mid-century color palette of our shoot with the feminine touch of vibrant purples and pinks to create fresh, inviting bouquets and centerpieces. By hand-placing florals in the garland on the arch and in the lounge corner, we were able to add pops of color that connected all of the floral elements together.

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The tablescape was provided by Boheme’s Jubilee, including the the table, plates, and flatware. Combining the old and the new with modern grey plates and rose gold flatware placed alongside Ann Margaret Ceramics’ handmade serving platters really tied the mid-century modern look together. Flor de Casa Designs’ centerpiece was the last touch to round out the look and add the right touch of vibrance to the neutral place settings.

The pitchers, platters, and salad bowl were handmade ceramics by Ann Margaret Ceramics, a potter located in Baltimore. We were ecstatic when, upon us telling her our vision, she offered to make each piece specifically for the shoot. Each item was hand painted following our color palette, making them a perfect nod for to mid-century modern couple. Each element of this shoot was hand-picked by our team, including the handmade small geometric shapes on the cake table created by Kelsey’s husband.

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This color palette is so incredibly cheerful! And we love the concept of something that is a little more than an elopement- sounds like perfection to us!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photography: Mary Sarah Photography // Venue: Women’s Club of Bethesda // Event Planning: Jade & Joy Events // Floral: Flor De Casa Designs // Stationery: Vintage Fleur Designs // Wedding Cake: Sorby Sweets // Rentals: Boheme’s Jubilee // Tableware: Ann Margaret Ceramics // Hair, Makeup, Veil, Wedding Dress, and Bridal Salon: Elite Secrets Bridal // Backdrops: DNicole Settings // Groom’s Attire: Christopher Schafer Clothier // Bride’s Shoes: H&M // Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids + Jenny Yoo + Watters Bridal // Jewelry: Blanca Flor Silver Jewelry // Headpiece: Ilieana George Couture