Oct 09, 2010


Planning vs Actual

Lol...yes I started planning the day after Steve proposed.  I'm posting after my wedding but here were my inspirations to include color scheme.  Please feel free to ask questions!  Also, please credit me or my bio if you borrow any pics.  Thanks so much!  XOXO  Happy planning!!

**NOTE: I got some of these pics prior to knowing proper PW etiquette so please let me know if I owe you credit**

After MUCH delibration and second-guessing our color scheme was green (my fave color), blue (Steve's fave color), ivory, with accents of purple.

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My Bridesmaids wore these Jasmine Bridal Gowns (style B-3045) in Pure Jade.  They were made of satin and had pockets...totally a selling point!  I also chose these gowns because of the sweetheart top because it was so reminiscent of my own gown's top.  I kept the gowns floor length so that they could wear eye-popping blue shoes underneath for memorable "shoe shots" :)  Shoes are important to me so I let the girls pick their shoes as long as they stayed in the color I was looking for.  I also sent pics and links for examples.  I also accessorized them with peacock fascinators (that I designed!) and tanzanite Swarovski earrings as my BM gifts. 

My Hostess wore this gorgeous one-shoulder gown also by Jasmine (style B-3050).  I said she could choose what she wanted to wear but she wanted to match the girls so I also got her a peacock fascinator and tanzanite earrings :)

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Bridesmaid/Hostess accessories (pro-pics from our wedding):

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My wedding gown by Pattis Bridal (Pattis Bridal).  She was the 4th dress of 9 that I tried on in two different bridal salons.  I bought her from White Swan Bridal in Vienna, VA (White Swan Bridal).  Pattis Bridal is a couture bridal designer in California.  They said that it would take upwards of 8 months for my gown to come in but it only took 6 months :)  I had gown altered to be strapless and have a "V" back.  The fourth picture (of the back of the dress) is a pic of my gown bustled.

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My earrings were by Swarovski crystal.  They were large (5/8" diameter clear crystal) and sparkly but simple.  They can be found here: http://www.swarovski.com/Web_US/en/883551/product/Bella_Clear_Crystal_Pierced_Earrings.html?CatalogCategoryName=0110.  I also got my girls these in peridot.

My necklace took me a long time to find.  She was the 4th or 5th piece that I'd bought for our wedding :D  I knew I wanted a pearl statement necklace and just got lucky one day at a small boutique.  I'm sorry I can't provide a link for her!  I would suggest looking through Macys, Nordstrom, and Etsy for interesting necklaces.

My fascinator was designed and created by me!  I just couldn't find the perfect piece so I decided to make my own :)  I had so much fun making my fascinator and designing my girls' fascinators that I created my own Etsy store, Fascinate Me

My petite birdcage veil was ivory and I bought her from hairfascinators on Etsy.  I allowed her to use my picture so you might see a familiar face ;)

My shoes were called Gift Wrapped by Poetic License.  I found them on Zappos.com.  When I was looking my requirements were that they: (1) had a strap since I wouldn't be able to reach my shoes, (2) were green, (3) platform high heels since Steve is 11 inches taller than me, and (4) FABULOUS.  I think I hit the jackpot with these stunners!!

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Once I saw this bouquet I knew I wanted my bouquet to be modeled after it!

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Since I got all of the girls fascinators, our hair inspiration was based on the following "side" styles:

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I definitely wasn't a "natural makeup" kind of bride.  Here are the dramatic styles that I used for our makeup inspiration:

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Our reception decor was inspired by the following photos:

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This is what our reception actually looked like:

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(8) Comments
Beautiful wedding. I love your gown. Your personal touches made it spectacular.

Your wedding is beautiful and I love you color scheme as well. My own is pretty similar to yours, the colors are so vibrant and go so well together! I also loved how you did your invitations too

Beautiful! Your uplighting is beautiful, what color gels did you use? Was it DIY or a lighting company?

And you look like Beyonce with that makeup, gorgeous!


Beautiful! And I love these shots!


I like that it's a candid shot. And that shade of green looks great on all your bridesmaids.