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Winter Wedding

A winter wedding isn’t what most brides think of as ideal but we have a few ideas that might change your mind! Or perhaps you are a bride who loves the cold weather, the boots, jackets and best of all snow. There’s no working around super hot and sticky weather and you can get gorgeous pictures in winter time too.

For your color palette try not to over do the red and green or your winter wedding may end up more Holiday themed than you want. We love subtle accents of glitter like sliver and gold. You could do a white velvet runner up the aisle or satin is very elegant. Accents of plum and darker colors also really compliment a winter wedding theme. Your bridesmaids dresses don’t have to be heavy or covered up either – try having them wear cute mittens in the out doors photos or boots for snow!

For your winter wedding flowers you don’t need to stick the regular roses or calla lillies. Instead, try fuller flowers like hydrangeas or ranunculuses. They provide a still romantic feel but also add depth to your bouquet. These flowers are also perfect for dressing up with a simple white ribbon or greenery. You could try crystals as well for that frosted look.

Another thing to keep in mind for a winter wedding is the escort cards. If you’d rather not include holiday themes like sleighs or bells, try elegant hand calligraphed cards in silver or gold ink. You can decorate the entire table in glitter and snow accents to make them stand out! Also try hanging them from a crystal chandelier center piece.

A final great thing for a winter wedding is the cocktail hour! Instead of the usual foods you  think of like mini steaks or personalized drinks you can serve egg nog and white chocolate drinks. You can of course off the comfort drinks of warm apple cider and regular hot chocolate. Or why not have a hot chocolate drink bar so guests can make their own? If you’re a winter bride then don’t sweat the popularity of a June wedding – you get the amazing backdrop of snow and holiday magic!

 

Winter Wedding

For those of us brave enough to venture out to our mailboxes this time of year, ( is it just me or is this inordinately cold for December?) you might be surprised to see that token winter wedding invitation nestled in between every Christmas catalog company you’ve never heard of!  That old adage, “people get married every singe day of the year” pops into your head and you begin wondering, “ Have we totally written off the cold winter months for possible wedding dates?” The answer in short is, yes. You have. But as the cold, dark months approach, we can’t help but be inspired by the sometimes hauntingly beautiful scene this time of year sets, especially for an ultra-romantic wedding. So we thought we would share our thoughts on how to capitalize on the winter theme and perhaps motivate a few newly engaged couples to consider the classic Winter Wedding.

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Now we know as soon as that first snowflake hits the ground, some of us tend to forget how to drive or completely refuse to leave our houses all together. But when you take a moment to really appreciate it, ( Hello! Californians see snow like 2 times EVER!) it is really quite beautiful. Let’s face it- it’s white. It glistens. And it makes for insanely gorgeous pictures.  Couple of super cute tips? Go with the whole vibe and wear ugg boots under your dress. Get cute fur stoles for your girls to wear for outdoor pictures. They are functional and look absolutely perfect in the photos. Consider how amazing a sleigh ride would look instead of a trolley or carriage. Either way, embrace the season and have fun with it. Isn’t it time we gave our guests something else to complain about besides being “soooooo hot” at every summer wedding they go to? It’s worth a shot!

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And while the winter can certainly feel long, there is really minimal time for actual snow to be likely falling. That’s why we like the idea of playing up a winter holiday like Christmas or Valentine’s Day.  For Christmas, most venues are already perfectly decorated with twinkling lights and well-trimmed trees. You get more bang for your buck, plus things like food and drinks can follow suit with seasonal varieties that everyone will love. Serving a spiked hot cocoa when guest arrive to warm up is another super cute homage to your childhood while still inviting people to celebrate your wedding for one night only! As for Valentine’s Day, the possibilities are endless. With a whole holiday dedicated to love, you can really go wild. From your Valentine’s themed invites, to specialty chocolate box favors, and just about the most romantic wedding anniversary date ever, you really can’t go wrong.

SO there you have it friends- there is more to weddings that just June, July, and the ever so popular, September. If anything it’s a ( cold) breath of fresh air!

How To Have a Thanksgiving Wedding

How To Have a Thanksgiving Wedding

While Turkey Day is synonymous with well, turkey, it also seems like the perfect holiday and time of year to tie the knot. They saying timing is everything and the greatest gift you can give yourself on your wedding day is time as well. The week of Thanksgiving usually allows most people some extra time off and an excuse to treat themselves to a mini vacation or even staycation.  Be mindful, however, that for some guests, you are taking them away from their families and yearly traditions for a moment and asking them to share with you this very important day. In this case, some couples are choosing to get hitched the day after Thanksgiving or even the Saturday that follows. Whichever day you pick, a Thanksgiving Wedding is a stunning time of year to be wed!

Thanksgiving wedding montagePhotography via The Knot

As far as themes go- stick with the rich gifts of the season! We love the idea of re-creating a Thanksgiving meal for your wedding reception. With such an emphasis on food during this week, guests might be surprised and delighted to see you go in a totally new direction, while keeping it seasonal.  One couple we know chose sweet potato risotto with a perfectly roasted chicken accompanied by butternut squash soup and seasonal salad. For those hell-bent on sticking with tradition, the choice of taking your typical turkey dinner to the next level with individual stuffed Cornish game hen and roasted fingerling potato should do the trick.  Wood roasted root vegetables and poached pear salads followed by a pumpkin and chocolate mousse dessert is sure to show off your creative take on the normal. It keeps your guests guessing but sets a very homespun tone. You are after all sharing a holiday with them and now they are sharing the most important day of your life with you.

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Another great way to celebrate a Thanksgiving wedding is with small homage’s to the upcoming Christmas season. We certainly don’t mean having a full-fledged Christmas wedding, but small touches like balsam and fir twigs and glowing candlelight with tablescapes sprawled with pinecones is a lovely transitional décor idea. It may not be the perfect occasion to blend Fall wedding trends with the simplicity of winter wedding white. Some of our favorite wedding looks of all time are centered around keeping simplicity while combining natural elements. This time of year is perfect for that tone and allows you to really embrace the exciting time leading up to Christmas.

Fall Lighting

one shoulder wedding dresses

One Shoulder Dresses Are Here to Stay!

One shoulder

When Oscar nominees Naomi Watts showed up on this past year’s red carpet in a custom Naeem Khan metallic creation I think she made one thing totally clear: the one shoulder “look” is here to stay. So it came as no surprise with Brides Magazine names the one shoulder dress the biggest thing in wedding dress fashion for the upcoming season. We shy away from calling it a trend at this point- it’s more like just another great option that might be the most flattering neckline for many brides- especially those trying to switch it up from strapless.  And let’s face it- it gives enough coverage for a Fall or Winter wedding while also being perfectly appropriate for a Spring or Summer wedding.  Could this be the most versatile wedding dress look yet?

While the look dates well back into ancient Greek and Roman times (think the movie Troy with style star Diane Kruger modeling the look almost exclusively)  it has made quite the resurgence in the last decade.  And while the 60’s saw Jackie O wear it and the 70’s were all about it with designers like Halston making slinky one shoulders a staple look, it seems to be a more permanent fixture nowadays, which makes it perfect for the Tradition dress seeker with modern taste.                      

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And this season is no exception, with several magazines calling for even more of the look! The bridal runways were filled with one straps of all kinds. Right now, we are especially loving the delicate late wrapped ones and the all beaded, blinged-out one shoulders. For a more feminine look, we think our Southern brides will absolutely love the flower embroidery and ruffled straps we are seeing with full skirts for the utmost in tradition. You really can’t go wrong with the look but here is the low down on the best bets on who is perfect for this kind of dress!

Bridal stylists everywhere agree that while once trendy, the one shoulder is actually extremely easy to wear for the majority of brides of all shapes and sizes.  The one shoulder strap or simply “one covered arm” look elongates the neckline and continues focus downward , which is perfect for accentuating a long torso. It also gives you a very statuesque look, again perfect for long and lean body who really wants to play it up but even better for a girl looking for a little heights. But what is really beautiful away the one shoulder is that is draws attention up to the face. You can play with your hair to sweep mot of it up and have pieces framing the face. Playing up the most important feature for the most important day of your life is always a plus!

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Pinterest: Pins of the Week

Splatter Watercolor Invitations.  When we first saw this image on Pinterest, it was no more than a two by two square, but even then, we knew it was something special.  And even though the DIY tutorial was technically about how to make a floral party hat (which could be a whole other wedding idea in itself), we fell in love with the idea of translating this splatter watercolor concept into a wedding invitation.  The refined yet colorful technique creates a hint of whimsy, perfect for a fun and festive invitation.  So break out the watercolors, we’re ready to get splattering!

Photo from Anthropologie Craft Night

Personalized Cake Stand.  We’ve never been shy about our love for cakes, and to prove it, we’ve got a whole pinboard dedicated to the classic wedding dessert.  So it’s only normal that when we saw this personalized cake stand, we were head over heels in love.  From the pale and lovely color to the sweet, scalloped trim, it is the perfect accessory to make your wedding cake sing.  And the countless options for personalization make this beauty a no-brainer!

Simple Wreaths.  With the holidays “just around the corner,” wintertime wedding DIY projects are popping up all over Pinterest.  And although many of these projects will no doubt be lovely in December, we love stretching many of them to fit the entire year.  These simple wreaths are the perfect example.  Their simple yet elegant look would be perfect hanging from the windows, the ceiling, or a ceremony backdrop.

Ashley Ann Photography