Yellow & Lavender Wedding Inspiration

Soft and charming, a yellow and lavender wedding color palette is perfect for any spring or summer affair.  I love the feminine and youthful quality this combo has and it's easy to bring it alive for your big day.  To really make these shades work well together, keep the yellow pale and go for a unique mix of rustic, organic, and whimsical.  Opt for a barn or outdoor reception where the other colors of nature can act as built-in accents.  Wooden tables, cross-back chairs, bistro lights, and paper lanterns create a magical ambiance and light fabrics like linen, chiffon, and cotton keep things breezy.  Your floral selections are pretty much endless.  I like fresh or dried lavender obviously, but you also can't go wrong with daises, lisianthus, tulips, and even white peonies or garden roses for a bridal touch.  Don't forget the food and drink; a spiked lavender lemonade would make a delicious signature drink while lavender can be incorporated into a variety of sweet and savory dishes.  However you use it, this palette is amazing for a low-key, casual party that focuses on fun, family, and friends!

Yellow & Lavender Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Clockwise from top left: Invitations by Sarah McCay and Photo by Stephen Johnson via Martha Stewart Weddings; Dress from Morning Lavender; Care Studios via Every Last Detail; via Pinterest; Becky Young Photography via Ruffled; tPoz Photography via Style Me Pretty

Check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas in this pretty palette.  And then tell me what you think of yellow and lavender!  What do you like about these colors?  Are you using any of them in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

Or revisit some of my other favorite color schemes!

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Understated & Romantic Wedding Inspired Styled Shoot

The understated elegance of this styled shoot will leave you with plenty of ideas for your own romantic wedding.  Coordinated by Burgh Brides favorites Lauren Renee Designs and Soiree by Souleret, it brings together the European charm and secret garden feel of Mellon Park with vintage and organic details.  The color palette of light blues, greens, and grays mixed with muted metallics and ivory kept the look fresh and relevant.  A gorgeous wooden table was dressed with both an airy silk runner and lush greenery, while ornate chargers, botanical china, and brass candlesticks completed the tablescape.  Watercolor invitations and stationery added a pop of soft color and antique-inspired rings gave the bridal look a vintage nod.  Teaming up with other Burgh Brides vendors – The Blue Daisy Floral Designs, All Occasions Party Rental, and Vintage Alley Rentals – Lauren and Shayne curated a styled shoot that is refined and demure while still inspirational to today's modern bride.  I'm going to bet your head will be chock full of ideas by the time you reach the end of this post!

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Don't miss the behind the scenes footage from ShoFilms of this amazing shoot coming to life!

From the photographer…

Having not yet had the chance to collaborate on a wedding, Shayne of Soiree by Souleret and I worked together to curate a styled shoot full of romance and European charm right in our hometown.  While there have been many engagements, bridal portraits and ceremonies held at the Walled Garden at Mellon Park, it has not yet been a location for a wedding reception.  We thought, “Why not?”.  Its beautiful wrought iron gates, carved stone fountain, and plentiful gardens provide the perfect backdrop for an intimate yet refined, romantic yet understated dinner party.  The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy completed a historic restoration of the Walled Garden in 2009, adding the ultimate romantic feature: an art installation that features a full constellation of lights hidden in the grass that twinkle to life as dusk approaches, mirroring the stars above.

We carefully selected details for the shoot to pair with the refinement and softness of the garden – brass candlesticks, lush greens, botanical china, watercolored stationery, a delicate silk gown by Leanne Marshall, and a cake by Bella Christies that resembled the designs from the main garden gate.

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Leanne Marshall | Bride's Rings: Trumpet and Horn | Bride's Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bridesmaid's Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Bella Christie | Calligraphy: Judith Browne Calligraphy | Film Scans: The Find Lab | Flowers: The Blue Daisy Floral Designs | Hair: Beauty Justified | Linens: Lendable Linens | Linens & Ribbons: Silk and Willow | Makeup: Beauty Justified | Menswear: Banana Republic | Photographer: Lauren Renee Designs | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Venue: Walled Garden at Mellon Park | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Stationery: Blush Paper Co. | Videography: ShoFilms | Vintage Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals | Wedding Planner & Design: Soiree by Souleret

Vendor-Credit-Shout-OutFlowers: The Blue Daisy Floral Designs | Photographer: Lauren Renee Designs | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Stationery: Blush Paper Co. | Vintage Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals | Wedding Planner & Design: Soiree by Souleret

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Wedding Day Emergency Kit: What to Include in Yours

News Flash: Something WILL go wrong on your wedding day!  I'll pause for a minute so that can sink into your head.

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Ok, now that you've been warned and have accepted that Murphy's Law will always win, there is some good news.  You CAN be prepared so that snafus stay minor.  Arm yourself with an emergency kit that will equip you to fend off any wedding day challenge with ease.  Pack a duffle bag, go pro with an organized tackle box of sorts, or opt for a throwback with your Caboodle from eighth grade…it doesn't matter what you put these items in.  Just make sure you have them handy on the big day!  Here are my must have items for your wedding day emergency kit!

What to Include in Your Wedding Day Emergency Kit from Burgh Brides

  • Hairspray (duh)
  • Lotion
  • Q-tips (solver of a variety of problems)
  • Oil blotting sheets (because a pile of makeup on your face is no good)
  • Hair ties
  • Bobby pins
  • Nail file
  • Clear nail polish
  • A hand-held mirror
  • Pain reliever of choice (Advil, Tylenol, etc.)
  • Eye drops
  • Floss
  • Tooth brush and tooth paste
  • Tums or Pepto
  • Hand sanitizer (gross surfaces are everywhere)
  • Band-Aids (I guarantee one of your ladies will get a blister on their feet)
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Kleenex (for your happy tears)
  • Scissors (you'll be shocked at how often you'll reach for these)
  • Tape (regular, double sided, and fabric/hem)
  • Gum, mouth wash, and/or mints
  • Tampons
  • Baby powder (it helps to keep you cool in the summer!)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lint roller
  • Downy Wrinkle Releaser
  • Bottled water
  • Soda or Gatorade (in case of low blood sugar)
  • Drinking straws (don't want to ruin that pretty lipstick)
  • Granola bars/snacks (no one likes a hangry bride)
  • Safety pins
  • Floral pins (for the boutonniere that goes askew)
  • Static Guard
  • Shout Wipes or Tide to Go Pen
  • Sewing kit (because those tuxedo buttons weren't meant to stay on forever)
  • Super glue (life's universal problem solver)

You don't need to spend a lot of money to build this kit!  Raid your own bathroom and linen closet and then hit up the travel section at Target, where you can find most of these goodies for around a buck a piece.

Note that this kit is different than the basket of toiletries you usually see in the restroom.  The above list is for you and your bridal party to have with you while getting ready and when out and about taking pictures.  Ask your maid of honor to be in charge of keeping it safe and close by. You'll be able to handle any wedding day emergency like a ninja!

BONUS! – If you've hired a wedding coordinator, she'll likely have all of these items on hand and at your disposal.

Any other ideas or items that might be useful?  Former Burgh Brides, what item did you wish you had with you on your wedding day?  Comment below!

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Mr. & Mrs. Forks That Will Make Your Wedding Cake Even Sweeter

Did you love the Mr. & Mrs. forks featured in Pazia and Tony's garden chic wedding published earlier this week?  Me too.  I mean look how adorably celebratory these things are.  Wedding cake tastes 10x sweeter when eaten off of one of these beauties.  I'm sure of it.

I've gotten so many questions about where to find those four-pronged beauties that I put together a round up of some of my favorites!  Celebrate your wedding day with every tasty bite!

These bespoke sweethearts forks from BHLDN add a touch of vintage fun and look to be dead ringers for Pazia and Tony's above!

These bride and groom forks offer a bit more personalization with your wedding date stamped on the handle.

These Forever & A Day forks will let your guests know just how long you plan on loving each other.

Celebrate those vows with these “I Do”/”Me Too” forks that would look great on any cake table.

Going for the gold?  These hand-stamped gold Mr. & Mrs. forks are giving me all the antique-loving feels!

The tiny heart on these Mr. and Mrs. forks adds the perfect amount of whimsy to your special occasion.

If Mr. and Mrs. really isn't your thing, BHLDN also offers these Evermore forks that whisper forever and always.

Which ones are your favorite?  Comment below!

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Rose Gold Wedding Inspiration You’re Bound to LOVE

You can never, ever, ever go wrong with a rose gold wedding.  I repeat: NEVER.  That's why I just know you're going to LOVE this month's wedding color palette idea.  Imagine if blush pink and metallic gold had a love child and that love child is rose gold and it's GORGEOUS.  Feminine, flirty, romantic, chic…I could go on and on.  But the bottom line is this: rose gold is where it's at, people.  If you're going with this color, don't be shy.  I say go high glam!  Think lots of sparkle, sequins, and glitz!  Statement jewelry, mercury glass, metal finishes, shiny linens, and loads of candlelight.  Dress your ladies in all over rose gold sequins or even choose a blush pink wedding dress yourself.  White and blush florals go gorgeously with either of those looks, but keep the guys classy in black and white tuxedos.  Rose gold also looks delicious with other neutrals accent colors – ivory, taupe, or gray.  It doesn't really matter how you play it, you're bound to play it well.  Rose gold, I think I love you.

Rose Gold Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Clockwise from top left: Etsy; via Home at Six; Tracey Brown Photography via Muna Luchi Bride; Melani Lust Photography via Junebug Weddings; via Pinterest

Check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas in this pretty palette.  And then tell me what you think of rose gold!  What do you like about this color?  Are you using it at all in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

Or revisit some of my other favorite color schemes!

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Wedding Family Portraits: 5 Ways to Make Them Amazing (And Painless)

Wedding family portraits…ugh.  I bet you're dreading them already, aren't you?  Not because you don't love your crazy (in a good way) family, but because this part of a wedding day can be STRESSFUL!  Trying to corral a dozen or so people and snap a million photos in 15 minutes flat when everyone is hugging you and your nephew is stepping on your train and your niece is screaming her head off and all you want to do is kiss your new spouse and celebrate with a glass of champagne…whew, even the calmest of brides is bound to start sweating a little bit.  But with a little planning before the wedding, the family portrait session doesn't have to be painful.  In fact, it can be totally amazing!  My friend (and one of my favorite wedding photographers) Christina Montemurro is sharing her five ways to do just that!

1.) Prior to the wedding, create a list of the group shots you want.
Those few moments right after your ceremony are so euphoric and joyful.  You don’t want to spend them deciding whether want your sister’s kind-of serious boyfriend in your family photo.  Should you do a photo with your grandparents and parents together, or separately?  These decisions should be made ahead of time.

Wedding Family Portraits: 5 Ways to Make Them Amazing (And Painless) from Christina Montemurro Photography and Burgh Brides

2.) Don't forget to tell everyone on the list that they’re on the list!
Otherwise, they are likely to leave.  Even if your ceremony and reception are in the same place, guests start to wander off toward food and drink.

Wedding Family Portraits: 5 Ways to Make Them Amazing (And Painless) from Christina Montemurro Photography and Burgh Brides

3.) Smaller groups > larger groups.
Larger groups take longer to organize.  It can be a little bit of a game of Tetris to make sure we can see everyone’s faces in a large group.  Four groups of 12 will likely take longer to arrange than 12 groups of four.

Wedding Family Portraits: 5 Ways to Make Them Amazing (And Painless) from Christina Montemurro Photography and Burgh Brides

4.) More people = smaller faces
The more people you squeeze into a photo, the smaller their faces are. It can be fun to have a “big family photo,” but keep in mind as you add people, their faces will take up less and less of the frame.  Unless you’re planning on an enlarged print, consider breaking those big family photos into smaller groups (also, see above!).

Wedding Family Portraits: 5 Ways to Make Them Amazing (And Painless) from Christina Montemurro Photography and Burgh Brides

5.) Know how much time you're working with.
Some churches, especially the busy churches in Oakland like St. Paul’s Cathedral and Heinz Memorial Chapel, have very tight time limitations.  Even without a time limit, think about how you want to spend the time on your wedding day.  If you also have a large bridal party, or if you really want to go to more than one destination for photos, try to limit the number of family groupings.

Wedding Family Portraits: 5 Ways to Make Them Amazing (And Painless) from Christina Montemurro Photography and Burgh Brides

BB here…

Your photographer can help with all of this!  He or she can look at your list and let you know if you have enough time for all that you have planned.  Plus, they'll help herd everyone into the shot, letting you just stand up straight and smile.  So fear family portrait time no longer, Burgh Brides!  While you won't often see this type of photo on a wedding blog, it's actually the very type that you're bound to cherish for years and even generations to come.  Some of my favorite images from our wedding are those that include my grandfather who is no longer with us.

Thanks so much for all of the great advice, Christina!  Be sure to check out more of her work in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

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Sage, White, & Copper Wedding Inspiration

A sage, white, & copper wedding is about as fresh as it gets.  It's organic, clean, and could encompass any number of styles.  My personal favorite?  A little boho meets modern.  Picture this – hand-lettered pieces of mint sea glass or even copper piping could lead guests to long wooden farm tables that are dressed with greenery table runners and crisp white dinnerware.  Signature drinks are served in traditional Moscow mules mugs.  Gentlemen are dressed in sage bow ties while ladies wear gowns of the same shade but in a light, airy fabric like chiffon or lace.  If you really want your bridesmaids to wow, give them a floral print, one of this year's hottest bridesmaids fashion trends.  Speaking of florals, go for the classic white blooms – ranunculus, peonies, garden roses, lily of the valley – and pair them with and abundance of seeded eucalyptus, lamb's ear, or even fresh sage.  Throw in a few scabosia pods too for some added texture and dimension.  If you like a little more color, add accents of teal, navy, or even emerald green for a look that is sure to wow!

Check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas in this pretty palette.  And then tell me what you think of sage, white, and copper!  What do you like about these colors?  Are you using any of them in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

Or revisit some of my other favorite color schemes!

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Win a Copy of Weddings in Color from Sandrachile!

One of the earliest wedding planning decisions you'll make is to choose a color palette.  (But don't forget to read the 5 things to consider when choosing wedding colors first!)  And if you're still finding yourself in need of a little inspiration, there is no better resource than the Weddings in Color book.  This rainbow-come-to-life guide presents all kinds of modern day wedding inspiration in the prettiest of palettes.  According to the online reviews, “Lusciously designed and bursting with vivid photography, Weddings in Color has everything brides need to design a stunningly colorful affair.”  Lucky for you, Pittsburgh's most colorful photographer – Sandrachile – is giving away a copy to one reader!  Keep on scrolling for full details and to submit your entries!

P.S. How cute is Sandra?

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French Inspired Bridal Shower Styled Shoot

Le swoon.  This styled shoot puts a French twist on the traditional bridal shower and my heart is feeling all kinds of amour.  With the idea of a bride saying Bon Voyage to single-dom and Bonjour to a married life, the creative brains of JPC Event Group and Garnish Event Design set to work with a Parisian theme in mind.  In classic French style, black and white provided a chic and modern color palette while soft pink, gray, and metallic gold added pizzazz.  So many tiny details came together beautifully to bring the look to life – menu cards printed on linen fabric then tied to French toile paper, mini champagne favors, a vintage Eiffel Tower and Paris postmark printed on vellum used as tray liners, pink Antoinette charger plates from Event Source, and passport invitations and luggage tag escort cards designed by JPC themselves.  Even the cuisine was inspired by the City of Love, with quiche lorraine, tarte a l’oignon, and a French cheese board on the menu.  These tasty hors d'oeuvres were followed by le sucre like macarons, crepe stack with raspberry crème, and croquembouche with spun sugar.  A Bubbly Bon Voyage Mimosa Bar was the main attraction with peach nectar, hibiscus flowers, and lavender ice as just a few of the accoutrements.  From the food and beverage to the decor and tablescape, no detail was left unturned.  You're bound to be inspired.

Photos by Rachel Rowland Photography

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Vendors
China: Event Source | Event Concept & Design: JPC Event Group | Flatware: Event Source | Florals: Garnish Event Design | Food & Beverage: JPC Event Group | Furniture: JPC Event Group | Glassware: Event Source | Linens: Over the Top Linens | Photography: Rachel Rowland Photography | Stationery: Garnish Event Design | Vintage Bike: JPC Event Group | Venue: Greenhouse at Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa

China: Event Source | Event Concept & Design: JPC Event Group | Flatware: Event Source | Glassware: Event Source

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Wedding Save the Dates: 7 Tips for Totally Nailing Yours

Sending wedding save the dates is one of the first things you’ll cross off your planning to do list.  But before you can do that, there are a few things you have to know!  You're probably asking yourself, “What is there to know?”  I mean, it seems easy enough, right?  Well, it is a bit more complicated than just selecting an engagement photo, picking a design, and slapping some stamps on them.  In order to avoid a total save the date faux pas, read these 7 tips from my favorite local stationery designers.

Wedding Save the Dates: 7 Tips for Totally Nailing Yours from Burgh Brides

Blush Paper Co.

 1.) Don't send them too early, but don't send them too late.
We recommend sending your save the dates out about six months before your wedding date, unless you're getting married abroad.  Then, you'll want to give your guests a generous 10 – 12 months time to prepare travel arrangements.

Wedding Save the Dates: 7 Tips for Totally Nailing Yours from Burgh Brides

2.) Choose the right photo.
It's important to choose the right photo for your announcements.  Not all photos work with every save the date layout!  You won't want to submit a vertical photo for a horizontal layout.  Your photographer will likely take photos of you with white space, allowing your designer room to place with text around you, and a trained designer will be able to make most photos work!

Wedding Save the Dates: 7 Tips for Totally Nailing Yours from Burgh Brides

Fresh Cut Prints

3.) Plan ahead.  
You don’t want to offend someone by sending a save the date, but then deciding later that you really don’t have room to invite them to the wedding.  You’ll need to plan your invite list well in advance to avoid this faux pas!  It’s also best to be clear as early as possible who you’re inviting to the wedding – think plus ones and kids.  Addressing the save the date correctly can reinforce exactly who is invited to your wedding, and will help avoid any sticky situations later.

Wedding Save the Dates: 7 Tips for Totally Nailing Yours from Burgh Brides

4.) Include the right information. 
What info should you include on your save the date?  The date, location (city and state), and a wedding website (if you have one).  You’ll also want to include a mention of “formal invitation to follow” somewhere on the save the date.  You do not need to include specific times and venues at this point; you can save that for the invitation.  Also, please do NOT include your registry information!  Instead, include extra details like this on your website.

Wedding Save the Dates: 7 Tips for Totally Nailing Yours from Burgh Brides

Purple Wagon Designs

5.) Be cohesive.
It's great to have an overlying theme for your wedding stationery – from the save the date to the invitation straight through to the “day of” items, like ceremony programs and place cards, and even all the way to the thank you notes.  They can have different levels of formality, but you should incorporate elements that tie them all together, such as the same fonts or colors.

Wedding Save the Dates: 7 Tips for Totally Nailing Yours from Burgh Brides

6.) Save the dates don't have to break the bank.
Postcard save the dates are a good way to keep your costs down.  You don't have the added cost of the envelope and you save on postage, too!

Wedding Save the Dates: 7 Tips for Totally Nailing Yours from Burgh Brides

And here is one final tip that ALL of the designers agree on…

7.) Make them personal!
Blush Paper Co. – Your save the date is the first glimpse your friends and family will have of your wedding.  You'll probably still be undecided on a color scheme, so don't stress too much about making sure they match your wedding stationery.  Pick a fun, memorable design that captures who you are as a couple.

Wedding Save the Dates: 7 Tips for Totally Nailing Yours from Burgh Brides

Fresh Cut Prints – Save the Dates are generally less formal than your wedding invitations.  It's a great place to incorporate some of your personality!  Use photos, fun illustrations, and more casual wording than on your invitations.

Wedding Save the Dates: 7 Tips for Totally Nailing Yours from Burgh Brides

Purple Wagon Designs – Let your personality shine!  Save-the-dates can be casual, fun, and should be infused with your personality.  Don’t feel like your save the dates need to be too matchy-matchy with your wedding suite.  Instead, let the invitation design be dictated by the style of the wedding, and let loose with the save the dates!  Anything goes – photos, text, or beautiful artwork are a great way to infuse some personality.

Wedding Save the Dates: 7 Tips for Totally Nailing Yours from Burgh Brides

Now go get your save the dating on!  But before you do that, be sure to check out more work from Blush Paper Co., Fresh Cut Prints, and Purple Wagon Designs in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

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