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Weddings in 2012

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Wondering what weddings in 2012 will look like? Our team has been attending events, workshops and gatherings with colleagues and vendors to gather up the latest scoop on trends and fresh ideas for weddings this year. They’ll all be reporting on twelve of top trends of 2012 over the next 12 days! To set the stage…think fairytale weddings with a traditional modern twist. The weddings of 2011 will have a lasting impact and have set a precedent for higher expectations in 2012. But first, let’s see how three girls, Kate, Kim and Lauren have set the tone for 2012.

Kate & Williams’ royal wedding set a new trend for demure style and classic elegance. Long sleeves and lace are gracing gowns this year but with a twist of subtle sexiness. Just like Kate, right? Her Grace Kelly –like presence will be a welcome change, even though regal, her style is relatable to all of us and you’ll be sure to see this reflected in many brides this year.

Safe to say we are all over the K2 experience, but their luxurious, Hollywood glam look will last longer than the union! They’ve set the trend for over the top elegance. Their black and white wedding, complete with three customized Vera Wang gowns signifies that bling is the new thing and that black is coming back as an accent color in décor.

With future father-in-law Ralph Lauren in your corner, we couldn’t wait to see what Lauren Bush would be wearing at her wedding. She didn’t disappoint … her custom Victorian inspired gown made from featherweight tulle hand embroidered with crystals and pearls was exquisite. Her fairytale wedding was a refreshing about face from the other big weddings in 2011. The romantic western-styled wedding in the mountains of Colorado was a Rocky Mountain high showing that outdoor weddings can be classic, lavish, green and rustic.

So there you have it…this year’s bride will be modern with a classic twist! Stay tuned for the next 12 days as we post on the hottest trends. A hint for the next post . . . bewitching bling!

~Leslie

Wedding Planning for the Modern Bride

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I recently attended an ISES workshop help on “Wedding Planning for the Modern Bride!” This event and others like it, help all of us to stay on top of what is up and coming in weddings and events this year. I will be blogging more about the “Top Twelve trends of 2012”, but let’s start with my love affair with the innovative dishes that I enjoyed with my table mates! These two topped our favorites list: oven roasted eggplant tart with wild mushroom reduction and banana caramel cheesecake! Thanks to all those who made this event possible. Classic Party Rentals, Events By First Rose, Boka Event Florals, BBJ Linen, Honeymoon Sweets, & Let them Eat Cake, as well as Sandy, and the staff at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa.

Looking forward to sharing the “Top Twelve trends for 2012” with you soon!

~Leslie

Holiday Cookies from Aventura!

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Can we say “delicious”! Amie Dignan from Aventura just stopped by our office to spread some holiday cheer and deliver these beautiful sugar cookies. Their reinventions of sustainable cuisine combined with their impeccable service are essentials we admire about working with Amie and Aventura! Here’s to a sweet holiday to all!


~ Kaitlin

Michael & Maria ~ A Tuscan Inspired Wedding

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It’s not very often that you get to plan a wedding for one of your siblings, so I was extremely honored when my brother and future sister-in-law asked me to plan their March wedding. We had two months to put together Michael and Maria’s Tuscan inspired wedding with touches of purples, greys, silver and cream. Choosing the venue was of high priority – I couldn’t believe their dream venue, Villa Siena, was available on their desired date! Once the venue was selected the rest of the wedding details fell smoothly into place . . . Jacque at EnDearing Floral created beautiful arrangements incorporating purple and white hydrangeas, stock, calla lilies, roses and dusty miller (giving hints of silver that Maria was looking for). Guests couldn’t stop raving about the braised beef short ribs catered by Santa Barbara Catering and the flavorful and moist wedding cake made by Brian at My Goodness Cakes. From start to finish the wedding incorporated the couple’s Irish and Guatemalan cultures. Maria couldn’t have looked more beautiful walking down the aisle to a guitar version of Andrea Bocelli’s song “Time to Say Goodbye”. During the candle lighting ceremony the Bride and Groom honored each of their mothers with roses that had personalized notes attached; it was such a sweet moment. Guests kept their swing on until the very end of the night when Michael and Maria made their getaway through a tunnel of beautiful glistening sparklers . . .  

 
 

Photographer: David De Dios 

~ Megan 

Wedding Shoes

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We dream of the perfect wedding gown, but what about the perfect pair of shoes? Today’s hottest trend is adding a “pop” under the dress by wearing a colored heel (or flat). It’s a fun and flirty way of incorporating your selected wedding color palette! Whether it’s ruby red, blizzard blue, hot pink or a subtle nude – it’s up to you! If your budget allows, splurge on a pair of Louboutins, Yves Saint Laurent or Ferragamos . . . or you can find some adorable, but affordable shoes by Aldo, Badgley Mischka or Vivienne Westwood

Photographer: David De Dios | Bride: Maria Dahdah



~ Megan 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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In need of a little St. Patrick’s Day party inspiration? Below are a few pictures I picked, that with any luck will spark your creative side. Check out foodgawker.com for some mouthwatering Irish recipes, etsy.com for clever four-leaf clover décor, marthastewart.com and craftgawker.com for some marvelous craft ideas.  As the good ol’ Irish saying goes, “If you’re enough lucky to be Irish, you’re lucky enough” . . . but if you’re not, fake it till you make it! 


~ Megan