by: Lauren
Yes, yes, this is my wedding. I thought it would be appropriate to start out showing photos of my wedding 1) because I thought it was amazing, and 2) to share a little bit more about ME!

I’ll begin with the design elements of the wedding, since this IS a design blog…hence the name The DESIGN Grove. :) For me, the design and vision of my wedding began with the dress. The dress is a whole different story, but the elegance of it led me to envision how I wanted my wedding to be.


Real Wedding: Lauren & Schuyler via TheELD.com
I believe the design and vision of a wedding consists of many things- the flowers, the table settings, the paper elements, uplighting, cake, the favors…the list goes on and on. Showcased in this post is the work of my floral and event designer, Dan Hathcock. Also included are my designs, which I printed myself. So, without further ado…

Real Wedding: Lauren & Schuyler via TheELD.com Real Wedding: Lauren & Schuyler via TheELD.com

Real Wedding: Lauren & Schuyler via TheELD.com

Real Wedding: Lauren & Schuyler via TheELD.com

Real Wedding: Lauren & Schuyler via TheELD.com Real Wedding: Lauren & Schuyler via TheELD.com

Real Wedding: Lauren & Schuyler via TheELD.com
Real Wedding: Lauren & Schuyler via TheELD.com Real Wedding: Lauren & Schuyler via TheELD.com

Real Wedding: Lauren & Schuyler via TheELD.com
Real Wedding: Lauren & Schuyler via TheELD.com

Photos by CVB Photography
Flowers and Decor by Dan Hathcock
Paper Elements designed and printed by bride



by: Lauren

Every year, I have a color that I’m drawn too- it’s been pink, blue, turquoise, and now it’s yellow. Thankfully, they’re all bright colors, because my wardrobe does consist of mostly black, as I’m sure most do. I’ve just fallen in love with this new Yellow and Gray color scheme that’s being seen all over. It’s chic, elegant and modern. It could be used for weddings in all different settings- a formal church, a backyard, the beach, or a chic art venue. The possibilities are endless! And as they say, “Gray is the new brown”, so I’m sure it will be paired with just about every color imaginable!

Color Palette I'm Loving: Yellow and Gray via TheELD.com
Top row from left: dress from Priscilla of Boston; bouquet photo from One Wed, by Tanja Lippert Photography; Shoes Gianni Bini, Dillards; Dress by Adrianna Papel, Nordstrom
Bottom row from left: tablescape photograph by Mimi and Karl; Suit by Brooks Brothers, Brides.com; Inivitations by Elum Designs



by: Lauren

While trying to decide on invitations, I was frantically Googling for ideas. I had already looked through the big invitation binders (approximately 6 of them, thanks to my wedding planner), but I felt like there was more out there. So, with an ordering deadline approaching, I began my search. After hours of searching for local stationary stores, I came up empty handed. Then, I clicked on a link for Emily Ley Paper, a local stationary designer. I instantly fell in love with the idea of having a PERSON design my invitations instead of a corporate owned machine.

Now that this new concept was in my head, the deadline for ordering was looming, and I was ignoring it. I continued my search, but expanded into the newly discovered world of wedding blogs. I spent hours on SMP, drooling over the color palettes, flowers, venues, and custom invitations. I was hooked.
Devastatingly, I researched and drooled for too long, and didn’t have enough time to have my invitations custom made. Although my invitations were beautiful, I still find myself lusting over custom designed invitations. The possibilities are truly endless! There are so many designers out there, and thanks to the blogging community, their styles are showcased wonderfully. If there was one thing that I would change about my wedding, I would’ve started looking at wedding blogs way earlier than 5 months before my wedding, and then I would’ve definitely been able to have my dream custom invitations!

Some examples of what I drool over…

It All Started With the Invitations via TheELD.com

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by: Lauren

About Me via TheELD.comI’m new to the blogging community, but I’ve been a blog stalker for a while. I firmly believe that if it weren’t for blogs, my wedding wouldn’t have been half as amazing as it was. {Thank you to my best friend and Emily from Emily Ley Paper for introducing me to the blog world!} It helped tremendously to have other “minds” to pull ideas from. Blogs enabled me to find ideas and inspiration for my wedding, making the vision I had come to life.

I want to help my readers find their vision and help it come to life. A vision is not complete without designs. I believe that design is the key to a wedding. Design is what is used to “brand” a wedding. Branding a wedding is spoken of everywhere, and I look for designs that emulate the brand of a wedding. Every aspect of a wedding has come from some sort of design; from the dress to the programs. It’s all in the details!

Anything and everything related to design will be on this blog, whether it be for the home, office, or wedding. I am willing to be another “mind” for you, and if you need any inspiration help, please let me know! I hope I can help my readers bring their visions to life!

{Update: Throughout the past few months of blogging and being immersed in the wedding industry, I have decided to pursue the career goal of wedding planning! This blog will also be focusing on different aspects of planning a wedding, as well as continuing to provide inspiration for brides. A completely new and redesigned blog will be coming soon, so be on the lookout!}