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This week, we are loving all things table related.  We’re pretty sure our obsession is Turkey-Day related, induced by hours around the table with friends and family.  So this week, we’re embracing the theme, showing off some of our favorite reception worthy table settings!

Tory Burch’s Table.  This first pin comes from one of the most popular designers of our time, Tory Burch.  She posted this table setting on her blog, and we were smitten at first glance.  We love the rich jewel tones, particularly the deep fuchsia and marigold.  The patterned plate adds an ounce of the unexpected, and the monogrammed napkin takes the cake.  Add a few candles and some metallic pumpkins, and you’ve got yourself a gorgeous fall table!

Green Glass.  This pin is one of the most unique table settings we’ve seen in a while, and we’re totally digging the green glass.  Something about it is unexpected yet unique, adding a great sense of depth to the table.  The light wood and scattering of pine cones brings nature to table, with simple and colorful plates keep things classic.  Think you might want to recreate this look for your big day?  Scour thrift stores and flea markets for green glass, matching various shades and sizes.

 Souder Photography

Gold, Green, and a Striped Tablecloth.  This table setting is perfect now that we’re almost in December, though we can certainly see this setting working in a variety of seasons.  We’re not sure what we love more…the bold black and white stripe, the simple greenery box, or the hand printed menus.  But honestly, who are we kidding?  We are swooning over the gold dipped classes!  Wedding or no wedding, this is one DIY we’re dying to try.  Can you say weekend project?

Renee Brock Photography

Pinterest: Pins of the Week

Make a Statement.  We did a complete double take when we saw this image.  This bride is absolutely breath-taking, no doubt about it.  The statement headpiece, the slightly vintage inspired dress, the bold peach blush, the ruffled sweetheart necklace…it all works.  The look is elegant, special, and unique, a perfect combination for any bride on her wedding day!  However, we know the headpiece is a bit of a bold choice, so we’re curious; how many of you would embrace this look for your special day?

Austin Warnock Photography

Simple SeatingPlace cards are one of our most favorite parts of wedding receptions.  Perhaps because they’re a small expression of love, perhaps because they show a special touch of personality; we love to see how couples recognize their beloved guests.  We recently spotted this pin on Style Me Pretty, and we love the seasonal simplicity of it.  A simple linen, a small piece of greenery, a piece of twine, and a simple font makes for a delightful place card, certain to make any guest feel right at home.  And if you’re wedding isn’t for a few months, may we suggest trying this look at your Thanksgiving dinner?

Jillian Mitchell Photography

An Oh-Sew-Cool Cake Table.  Pardon our pun, but is this cake table not one of the coolest cake tables you’ve seen in a while?  It manages to look effortlessly cool, combining old and new, gilded and natural, glass and fire.  The florals add the perfect pop of color, while keeping the focus on the real star of the show, the cake.  Want to recreate this look on your own?  Scour thrift stores, garage sales, and attics for long lost treasures.  And don’t worry about finding a machine that’s in perfect condition; it’s the flaws that give it real character!  Mix it with an oversized metallic frame, a few glass canisters, and some mismatched florals, and you’ve got yourself a gorgeous DIY cake table!

Tiny Water Photography

Fall Wedding Trends

It’s that time of year again; the air is turning extra crisp and the days are getting shorter. That’s no reason not to celebrate however, because Fall is one of our favorite seasons and paired with the changing hue of the leaves and charmingly rich tones we get to enjoy, we don’t see why Fall can’t be the perfect time for a wedding.  Since we are merely weeks away for the big holiday kickoff, the time is ripe for more intimate affairs and for the unexpected send- off to wedding season. In years past, summer weddings in May, June and July dominated in popularity when it came to planning your nuptials. Not that those months have taken too much of a hit but just last year it was revealed (in Chicago anyway) that September, the unequivocal welcome mat of Fall took the top prize for most popular month. And October and November aren’t falling that far behind.

So let’s dig in to our favorite fall trends.  There’s something quite magical and full of whimsy when it comes tot his time of year and these ideas are sure to echo that sentiment.

GOLD! We’ve seen the latest craze in Gold foiling and metallic spray painting pumpkins ( which could easily be used in a rustic, cornucopia style wedding) and now we are seeing other fall staples such as leaves, apples, pears, and even acorns used as décor.  The idea of walking into a wedding and finding your name wistfully scrolled onto a card attached to a perfectly gold polished apple is about as gorgeous as it gets. And so easy!  It’s organic, budget friendly, and something to really set-off the tone of Fall.  Follow it up with many other small gilded gourds or foliage around vases of seasonal flowers for your tables and you are golden!

Burgundy: If you think you are experiencing fashion déjà vu, you are not alone. Burgundy is without a doubt, the HOTTEST color for Fall and we have been seeing it on everyone!  Some call it Merlot, wine, jeweled maroon, but any way you put it, one thing cannot be denied: It’s HOT! The rich color is always a showstopper for bridesmaids as it really compliments most skin tones, and mixed with this season’s ever –so- hot hint of lace, it is a true fashion statement. We are even seeing brides with bright burgundy sashes on dresses and oversized bows for their bouquets. Either way you incorporate it, this color of the moment is sure to please even the most fashion- forward guest.

Natural Elements: Some of the most elegant Fall weddings we’ve seen actually took place in barns. With natural bead lights, and rustic table settings, the choices are anything but ordinary. Using the natural beauty of nature is key when it comes to an Autumn affair.  We love the use of seasonal fruits in large bowls; the dark grapes, the perfectly rouge Anjou pears, varieties of seasonal squashes mixed with natural raffia twine and seasonal flowers.  Take advantage of what’s all around you and you may be surprised by the inordinate and breathtaking choices you have available. Skip the peonies and lilies for something that makes sense. Practicality has never been so chic!

 

Thanksgiving Wedding Ideas

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for an elegant yet relaxed celebration, as the autumn holiday lends itself to natural settings, simple decor and comfort food. And while the general rule of thumb is to avoid having your wedding around a holiday, Thanksgiving presents an entirely different set of circumstances.  While you probably don’t want to hold it on Thanksgiving Day, the Friday or Saturday after can be a great option. Most friends and family will either already be in town or planning on traveling anyway – so making the trip to your wedding may not be a burden.  Plus, most of your guests will already have the day off. Need more convincing?  Here are some creative ways to plan your Thanksgiving wedding in style…

Ideas for a Thanksgiving Theme Weddings

Invitations and Stationery

  • Send out save the date cards as soon as possible since your wedding will fall on a holiday weekend.
  • Dress up ordinary wedding invitations and wedding with inexpensive silk fall leaves included in each mailing.

Wedding Flowers and Decor

  • Instead of gaudy arrangements featuring pricey blooms – keep your decor a simple enhancement to mother nature’s natural bounty. Use the autumn harvest for inspiration; think gourds, pumpkins, squash, gold dipped fall leaves…you get the idea.
  • Use hollowed out pumpkins or cornucopias for centerpiece holders.
  • You’re not confined to rustic and casual for Thanksgiving.  Create a posh Thanksgiving ambiance, and drape lush velvet in a rich chocolate brown or gold throughout your party space. Accent the scene with antique broaches, crystal candelabras and stemware.

Menu and Catering

  • The food is the main attraction for this party. You cannot go wrong with traditional favorites: turkey, red potatoes, corn bread dressing, green beans, and honey glazed carrots.
  • Consider incorporating your family recipes into your wedding menu and serving the meal family style (if your guest list is small).
  • Serve traditional fare in sophisticated, creative ways.  For instance, present soup or veggie puree in mini shot glasses or hallowed out gourds, or warm apple cider in glass mugs with cinnamon sticks.

Wedding Cake

  • To round out the thanksgiving feast – serve a pumpkin cake or even a tiered pumkin pie!
  • Favors

    • Make it – homemade goodies like fudge, candy apples, or jams presented in festive packaging always go over well
    • Bag it – fill mini burlap bags with coffee beans, bulbs, or any treat you desire, and tie a label with your monogram or wedding date to the top
    • Pour it – miniature bottles of maple syrup are a sweet treat
    • Fill it – miniature wood crates lined with straw and filled with goodies are a rustic touch

    Source: Elegala.com