Bohemian Whimsical Wedding Inspired Styled Shoot

Who says that geometric details and macrame backdrops are just for boho brides? This whimsical wedding inspired styled shoot from Alyssa Thomas Events says otherwise. With a unique blend of classic and trendy, this stylish planner with an eye for color shows that even the most timeless of brides can still have a day full of contemporary looks. Shades of the summer and spring seasons – pink, peach, purple, blue, and teal – pop against the whitewashed walls of Studio 61B, the wooden tables of Vintage Alley Rentals, and the rose gold chiavari chairs of Eventioneers. Unexpected tablescape pairings of patterns with textures keep the eye guessing while oversized, sunshine-y floral arrangements from greenSinner please all the senses. Wicker vignettes from Vintage Alley Rentals provided comfy seating for guests after clean, chic stationery from Hello Rachel Creative set the mood. While the bride dazzled in an airy wedding gown and beaded accessories from Blanc de Blanc Bridal, the real star of this show was a sweet, flower collar-clad pup who is all things adorable! Speaking of adorable…just wait until you see these photos from Eva Lin Photography. This styled shoot has me itching for a wedding re-do!

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About the Shoot

Staged in a loft studio in the heart of Pittsburgh, this shoot was inspired by the desire to mix the industrial architecture this city was built upon with a soft and whimsical modern day bohemian style that can seem sometimes unachievable in the Steel City. The white washed stone walls provided texture and a clean background that inspires so many modern day brides. With an everlasting passion for mixing color, texture, and dimension, Alyssa Thomas Events chose to showcase the punchy pastels blooms that arrive with the spring and summer season and play them off of copper and macramé accents to keep the eyes wandering through this organic and playful setting. Every detail from the organic and wild floral arrangements, geo-copper candle holders, textured ceramic plates, and the pink quartz embedded hair pin and sash were carefully selected to emphasize this effortless bohemian style, allowing them to shine in an unexpected space.

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Vendors

Photography: Eva Lin Photography | Designer: Alyssa Thomas Events | Shoot Location: Studio 61B | Cake: Mediterra Bake House | Plates: Anthropologie | Decor & Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals | Rentals: Eventioneers | Stationery: Hello Rachel Creative | Dress: Truvelle from Blanc de Blanc Bridal | Flowers: greenSinner | Hair: Hannah Conard | Accessories: Blanc de Blanc Bridal | Makeup: Hannah Conard | Menswear: The Black Tux | Model: Jamie VanCauwenbergh

Designer: Alyssa Thomas Events | Decor & Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals | Rentals: Eventioneers | Stationery: Hello Rachel Creative | Dress: Blanc de Blanc Bridal | Flowers: greenSinner | Accessories: Blanc de Blanc Bridal

Merlot & Mustard Yellow Wedding Inspiration

This mustard yellow wedding color combination had me at merlot. I'm already a fan of this deep red tone, but add in this muted yellow and I’m even more in love! While this palette is perfect for the boho bride, the traditional girl can also make a statement with an elegant mustard yellow heel. If you’re feeling bold, let the bridesmaids wear dresses in the yellow hue or let the guys make a statement by incorporating merlot colored pants into their attire. Sunflowers are the perfect floral for this palette, as they will pop against the dark pigment. Delicate mustard yellow details on invitations or menus are a simple way to include this fun color amongst merlot accents. You can add some texture to your table with luxurious velvet or warm flannel if you’re feeling rustic or incorporate a floral table runner for a more romantic vibe. Either way, this bold and bright color palette is the perfect color combination to bring the autumn season to life on your big day! To FALL in love with this palette even more, check out my Pinterest board for more merlot and yellow mustard wedding ideas!

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How I Finally Changed My Views On Wedding Gown Preservation

Real talk: when I was a bride, I was very much anti-wedding gown preservation. As a very sentimental person, my wedding dress wasn’t just “a dress” to me. It held memories and emotions and brought back nostalgic feelings of happiness and love. I felt that as I grew older, I would want to be able to touch the fabric, hold it up against my body (and joke about how it probably no longer fit), and look at it without a plastic window in the way. The idea of stuffing my dress in a box never to be opened again made me sad. Nope, preserving my wedding dress just wasn’t for me.

How I Finally Changed My Views On Wedding Gown Preservation

How could I ever stuff this beautiful thing in a box?!

Or so I thought…fast forward five years later and we were preparing to celebrate a milestone anniversary in August. For the past 1,825 days, my wedding dress had hung in a plastic garment bag in a closet on the third floor of my (un-air conditioned) house. Had I ever once opened it up to touch the fabric or hold it up against my body? You guessed it. For as much as I felt like I wanted to do those things, it was sure taking me a long time to get around to doing them. Essentially, I was allowing my dress to deteriorate slowly for no good reason at all. I imagined myself opening this same closet in 50 years to find a yellow, tattered version of the dress I once knew and loved. Now, that thought really made me sad. Maybe I needed to reconsider this whole wedding gown preservation thing…

What a coincidence that I had recently become friends with Heather, the owner of Owl Cleaners and Pittsburgh Gown Preservation. I had always been impressed with Heather’s vast knowledge of textiles and how to care for each one of them, as well as her affinity for vintage and couture fashion. If there was ever anyone who would care for and appreciate my gown as much as I did, it was Heather.

At our consultation (which she has with every bride), I candidly expressed my concerns about preserving my wedding gown and not wanting it sealed in a tomb forever. It was clear that Heather understood my wishes and the value I put on those tangible memories. We also went over every inch of the dress, looking for stains and soiling together as I recounted the memories of how they got there…those “just married” photos in the gritty Strip District, an overzealous bridesmaid spilling a beer on me, a midnight trip to Primanti Brothers. She described in great detail the wedding dress cleaning and packaging process, thereby easing my fears and transforming my preconceived notions of wedding gown preservation. I confidently handed off the most valuable article of clothing I owned to Pittsburgh Gown Preservation and waited for Heather to get in touch.

A few weeks later, my preserved wedding dress was ready for pick up. Again, Heather was there waiting for me. After putting on white gloves (no…really!), she hung up my freshly cleaned gown and spread out the layered chiffon train so I could inspect it from top to bottom. She explained how the dress was meticulously wet and hand-cleaned by 76-year old Sandy Thompson, Pittsburgh Gown Preservation’s wedding dress specialist who has been there for over 45 years. It was so sweet to think of Sandy painstakingly poring over my gown as if it were her very own memories she was preserving. Post-wedding, my dress had the expected dirty hem and random staining from a night well lived; now it was in pristine condition thanks to Sandy! I gave the cleaning my stamp of approval and then the preservation began before my very eyes.

How I Finally Changed My Views On Wedding Gown Preservation from Burgh Brides

Check out Heather's white gloves!

The unassuming large white box is actually quite special – it’s covered with microscopic holes that will let air in. It’s a misconception that your wedding dress should be vacuum sealed – fabrics are meant to BREATHE! Inside the box are layers and layers of acid-free paper that won’t stain or harm the gown. Heather neatly placed the train in first, and then situated the bodice of the dress so that it would show prettily through the box’s window.

How I Finally Changed My Views On Wedding Gown Preservation from Burgh Brides

The finishing touch was a muslin bow tied around the waist of the dress to keep it from sliding around in the box. I took a few final photos and said what I thought was goodbye to my dress before the lid was placed on top of the box.

How I Finally Changed My Views On Wedding Gown Preservation from Burgh Brides

As it turns out, I was wrong again. In the box, Heather included a pair of white gloves for me, should I ever want to open it up and touch my dress. However, what Heather recommends and encourages is for brides to bring their box back to the store. At no extra charge, they will personally unbox the dress, let you see how it has aged, and properly re-preserve it for you (or re-clean it is something has gone awry). As someone who is clearly obsessed with being able to relive my wedding day through my dress, I will definitely be taking advantage of this service! Until then, the box, which Heather then placed into a linen bag with a handle for easy carrying, conveniently sits in the closet of a spare bedroom in my new house (and this one’s air conditioned!).

How I Finally Changed My Views On Wedding Gown Preservation from Burgh Brides

Having the dress close to me but also protected from time means so much, and after going through this process with Heather and Pittsburgh Gown Preservation, there’s no doubt in my mind that I did the right thing. The highly boutique experience and completely individualized attention I received was so reassuring. You simply won’t find this with mail-in preservation services or even with other area cleaners.

Pittsburgh Gown Preservation is a member of a hand-selected elite group; they are the ONLY Certified Wedding Gown Specialist and member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists in Pittsburgh (yes, those are real things). And while Owl Cleaners does dry clean everyday clothing, this isn’t just a dry-cleaner offering wedding dress cleaning. Heather and her team take great pride in working with brides, treating them like family, showing extreme gratitude for their business, and making their satisfaction their number one priority.

How I Finally Changed My Views On Wedding Gown Preservation from Burgh Brides

Until I see you again, old friend!

If you still aren’t convinced that preserving your wedding dress is the right thing for you, it’s totally fine. You don’t even have to decide right now! I’m proof that even five years after the wedding isn’t too late to say yes to this dress service!

Meanwhile, you can still take advantage of Owl Cleaners and Pittsburgh Gown Preservation’s other services like alterations, custom gown redesigns (for a fresh take on your mom’s wedding dress), and even dress steaming (for those out-of-town bridesmaids who had to travel with a gown)! Give them a call at 724-933-7120 (option 1) or visit their website to learn more.

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Cinnamon Spice Wedding Inspiration Perfect for Fall!

Fall is in the air… and we’re here for it! If you’re looking to spice up your autumn wedding, then we’ve got the palette for you! If you’re a fan of the dusty rose hue for the summer, then you’ll be sure to love her “fall sister” – cinnamon spice. This color can be accented with deep burgundy tones, contrasting blues, or neutral toned shades – the possibilities are endless! Incorporate lots of luscious leaves into your bouquets for even more of that fall feel. Another twist? Use a leaf paired with some baby’s breath for the boutonnieres! A hot apple cider bar along with cinnamon roll pops at your dessert table are a great way to add a sweet touch. And you know what they say…“cinnamon spice makes everything nice!” For even more cinnamon spice wedding inspiration, check out my Pinterest board!

Cinnamon Spice Wedding Inspiration Perfect for Fall!

Napkins: Paper + Lace via Vintage House | Bridesmaids Dresses: Charme De Moca | Bouquet: Beau Coup via Wedding Chicks | Cinnamon Roll Pops: A Big Story | Bridesmaid Dress: BHLDN | Boutonniere: Beau Coup via Green Wedding Shoes

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Fresh Garden Party Wedding Inspiration

Ever dreamed of getting married on a gorgeous cliffside overlooking winding rivers and lush foliage?  The garden party wedding inspiration of this styled shoot brings you the best nature has to offer.  With a mix of inspiration from poetic works of art, famous love songs, and organic scenery, Joy Filled Occasions and Jackson Signature Photography designed a shoot that is both romantic and ethereal.  To play off of the lush surroundings of the western Pennsylvania mountains, locally-grown florals from Pisarcik Flower Farm were focal points, while a dusty blue tulle dress from Blanc de Blanc Bridal was a whimsical contrast against the earthy backdrop.  Gold calligraphed paper goods and mirror signs from Wood & Grace Boutique played nicely with antique set pieces, china, and mismatched chairs from Old Souls Vintage Rentals.  Proof that nature can be the perfect setting for an elegant soiree, this styled shoot brings together swoon-worthy elements with the best of the outdoors!

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From the photographer and stylist…

Nestled on an overlook of the Kiskiminetas River weaved between the cascading Allegheny Mountains, we created a romantic space where an engaged couple could be inspired to exchange their vows among the classical essence of Pennsylvania terrain.  The overlook of this styled wedding shoot is framed by lush forested hills that roll into the river's curved banks.  As we were drawing inspiration for the vision of this styled shoot, we were moved by “Love’s Philosophy,” a literary work of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Gathering influence from the poetic depictions of nature laced within the lyrics of this and other poets' work, we used timeless vintage furniture to showcase how nature can be the perfect setting for an elegant wedding and wooded reception.  Accentuating the surroundings of the luxurious greens of mountain spring, we used garden bouquets made of fresh and locally-grown flowers to capture the richness of the Pennsylvanian countryside.  Two wine barrels with greenery adorning them set the stage as the foreground for the ceremony.  Mismatched chairs welcomed the bride and groom’s closest family and friends to face the overlook, serving as a stunning backdrop while music played.

The reception was set beneath the trees with antique furniture and tall french doors.  The words of an Elvis Presley song were written on cloth in intricate calligraphy, creating a romantic backdrop between the dappled trees.  Each guest table was adorned with a serenity blue table runner and set with elegant china, vintage gold candlesticks, cotton place cards scripted for each guest, and cascading florals.  An antiquated record player sounded love songs, and a champagne toast ended the night as those near and dear commemorated the joyous occasion with the newlyweds.

Vendors

Photography: Jackson Signature Photography | Stylist: Joy Filled Occasions | Shoot Location: Hill Farm | Bridal Accessories: Samantha Wirth Premier Designs | Cake: Tasty Bakery | Decor: Old Souls Vintage Rentals | Dresses: Blanc de Blanc Bridal | Flowers: Pisarcik Flower Farm | Jewelry: Robert Currens Jewelers | Hair: Brilyn Fink at The Beauty Room | Makeup: Mock Makeup | Menswear: Vestis | Models: Eric Potosky and Rachel DeKleva | Rentals: Old Souls Vintage Rentals | Stationery: Wood & Grace Boutique

Dresses: Blanc de Blanc Bridal

Wedding Photography Styles: Understanding the Differences

Before you hire a wedding photographer, you need to understand the differences in wedding photography styles! Not all editing styles are the same! However, if you don't spend hours and hours looking at photos like I do or if you don't know the variances, it can be hard to even tell there are differences in the first place. Slight nuances in light, shadow, and color can make a BIG impact in the way a moment and photograph is interpreted. In turn, this can determine how much (or how little) a photographer's work resonates with you. That's why understanding wedding photography styles BEFORE you hire a photographer is SO important! You don't want to regret signing that contract, do you?  Of course not! To make sure that doesn't happen, I brought in an expert (read: one of the BEST Pittsburgh wedding photographers around) – Leeann Marie Photography is guest posting today to school you on the differences in wedding photography styles!

Wedding Photography Styles: Understanding the Differences from Leeann Marie Photography and Burgh Brides

From Leeann…

When it comes to planning your wedding, there are a million and one options to choose from (or so it seems, right?). You have to decide on a color scheme, design, centerpieces, dress – you name it! And in today’s wedding industry, it seems like there is a new option in your Pinterest/Instagram/Facebook feed every single day. So how do you make any decisions, when all of the choices are so beautiful?

Not only are there lots of choices in style when it comes to the design of your wedding day, but there are lots of choices in style when it comes to your wedding day photography. As with any form of art, the creation of wedding photography is all subjective to the artist and the way that they see the world. Imagery that they create typically has a “style” that resonates with their artistic side – and then hopefully with you!

As a wedding photographer who has been in the industry for ten years, I’ve seen a lot of styles develop, and – let me tell you! – a lot of them are really beautiful! I, as an artist myself, have a personal editing style that I am drawn to, and luckily my perfect brides and grooms love it as well! Currently, there are three big styles that are popular in the photography space, and I want to touch on each of them in today’s post!

Why is this important to understand?

As you begin to search for your perfect wedding photographer, it’s important to understand the exact editing style that you are seeking. You’ll want to make sure that you are comparing (at least somewhat) similar styles when researching wedding photographers. Otherwise, if you’re indecisive on style you could make a decision that comes back to haunt you after the wedding day is over! What will you do if you decide on someone with a “Light and Airy” style, and then after the wedding decide you would have liked a little more “Moody and Rich” edits?

There is nothing wrong with liking more than one style. In fact, I hire a photographer every year for family photos and choose a different style each time for the sake of variety! But with your wedding photography, you don’t (hopefully) get the chance to do it again every year! Study these styles and select an editing look that you are at peace with. Choose your look. Love your photographer.

Natural Editing

Perfect for the bride and groom who want a rich, elegant look to their wedding gallery, a Natural Edit will showcase bold colors and both highlights and shadows in an image. This editing style will contain very true-to-life color in all areas of the image. The look and feel of the images will be very akin to what you would see with your bare eye on the wedding day. The editing will typically be neutral to warm, and the style leans itself towards a medium to high contrast image.

This is the style that is most similar to mine. I love that this look has the potential to reap images that will look authentic to the wedding day environment for years to come. Here are some examples of a “Natural Editing” style.

Wedding Photography Styles: Understanding the Differences from Leeann Marie Photography and Burgh Brides

Wedding Photography Styles: Understanding the Differences from Leeann Marie Photography and Burgh Brides

Wedding Photography Styles: Understanding the Differences from Leeann Marie Photography and Burgh Brides

Light & Airy Editing

Perfect for adding a little gentle elegance or whimsy to your wedding photography gallery, a Light and Airy edit will showcase a soft palette beautifully, with less detail in the highlights and light shadows. This editing style will typically have a soft pink tone, and the look and feel of the images will be bright and light.  The look will not be what you saw with your bare-eye on the wedding day, and will be less contrasty, with light, pastel colors and greens that lean more towards a greenish/blue tint.

I love that this look features airy, outdoor weddings beautifully and is perfect for a hopeless romantic bride. Here are some examples of a “Light + Airy” style.

Wedding Photography Styles: Understanding the Differences from Leeann Marie Photography and Burgh Brides

Wedding Photography Styles: Understanding the Differences from Leeann Marie Photography and Burgh Brides

Wedding Photography Styles: Understanding the Differences from Leeann Marie Photography and Burgh Brides

Moody Editing

Perfect for the couples who wants to have more contrast and deep tones to their wedding images, a Moody Edit will showcase dark features and contrasting highlights and shadows wonderfully. This editing style will typically be more warm edits and contain lots of contrast and deep colors. The tones are typically not what you saw with your bare-eye on the wedding day, and will contain more distinction between the highlights and shadows of the image.

I love that this look is a modern style in wedding photography today, and pulls a lot of beautiful, rich tones into an image. Here are some examples of a “Moody” style.

Wedding Photography Styles: Understanding the Differences from Leeann Marie Photography and Burgh Brides

Wedding Photography Styles: Understanding the Differences from Leeann Marie Photography and Burgh Brides

Wedding Photography Styles: Understanding the Differences from Leeann Marie Photography and Burgh Brides

Which do you love?

Are you drawn to one particular style after reading more about them? Do you love them all? As I mentioned before, it’s important to truly understand your wedding photographer’s editing style and love it before, during, and after your wedding!

Another note: explaining these styles was hard for me!

They are all beautiful, but there are not just three looks to wedding photography. These groups are general, but even within a style there will be variations. What would I suggest? Look through here and decide which style you are most drawn to as a starting point. Ask your photographer about their editing style and how they would describe it, and also make sure that their galleries are consistent.

Then, when you are looking at wedding photographers you can at least do a Yes/No with them based on that initial decision. You’re now a more informed bride, and this will allow you to consider photographers who are at least in the same variety.

Wedding Photography Styles: Understanding the Differences from Leeann Marie Photography and Burgh Brides

Wedding Photography Styles: Understanding the Differences from Leeann Marie Photography and Burgh Brides

 

Wedding Hair & Makeup Inspiration: 7 Stunning Looks from JL Makeup Studio & Beauty Boutique

Do not discount the importance of your wedding hair and makeup! Next to choosing THE dress and hiring the right photographer, determining how you’ll look on the big day will be one of the most important decisions you’ll make. If you feel like a gorgeous goddess, you’ll act so much more comfortable in front of the camera and your photos and video will reflect that. That’s why looking and – more importantly – feeling like a million bucks is crucial. So is hiring the right hair and makeup team! You need artists who GET YOU! They have to take the time to understand your personality, beauty likes and dislikes, and overall wedding style. Enter my friends at JL Makeup Studio & Beauty Boutique.

Even with a team of 20+ hair stylists, makeup artists, and estheticians, JL Makeup Studio & Beauty Boutique provides a highly specialized and personalized experience. These ladies do their homework! You don’t just sit in their chair and start getting done up. Each appointment begins with a conversation. They get to know you, ask about your desired look, and talk about how to achieve it with your own unique features. During the application, they show you the progress to ensure they’re on the right track and to involve you every step of the way. Your vision and individual beauty meet their professional expertise and skills for a finished look that is a collaborative effort!

If you’re looking for a tailored experience that will leave you feeling confident and like yourself (only with a little oomph), look no further than JL Makeup Studio & Beauty Boutique! And if you’re looking for some wedding hair and makeup ideas, check out some of their latest work, including the inspiration behind each look!

A Boho Braid & Rich Color for a Fall Bride

Makeup by Sammie

“Nicole was looking for beautiful burgundy, fall-appropriate lip color. Her colors were warm – oranges, red, burgundy, and lots of greenery. She had insanely beautiful, thick brows – almost a Lily Collins type of look – and she was not afraid of makeup. We did a soft brown smoky eye with bold but not crazy lashes. We defined it with a slight winged liner for a bit of an old Hollywood vibe.”

Hair by Selina

“Nicole knew exactly what she wanted – something that would be off her neck and face. She asked for a Dutch crown braid that started at one end and ended in a fishtail braid on the opposite side. We added extensions for extra length and thickness, and she had a gorgeous headpiece for an extra touch of glam. I remember her saying she didn't want to have to worry about her hair at all on her special day. It was a perfect choice. The style suited her personality and theme very well – boho, laid back, and confident.”

Warm Tones for a Winter Styled Shoot

Makeup by Amanda and Hair by Kendall

“We went with a wine and gold color scheme for this winter themed styled shoot and we were able to create a warm feel. The eye look was made up of gold and brown tones to compliment her skin and eye color. We chose a natural pink lip so as to not take away from the eyes.” 

Naturally Beautiful with a Floral Pop

Hair by Kendall and Makeup by Joy

“I knew I could keep it simple considering how stunning she is. So I just used the floral hair arrangement to make her simple updo really POP.”

Subtle Color for a Modern Bride

Makeup by Bri

“For this February wedding, the look was created with plum and champagne colors to compliment the bride’s white and sage floral dress and the modern wedding theme that was filled with a lot of greenery.”

A Smoky Look for a Romantic Bride

Makeup by Jae

“Ashley was looking for romantic glam and she requested that her eyes pop. We went with a rose gold smoky eye as it coordinated with her colors and theme of the wedding. The entire vibe, including the venue, was romantic and her beauty choices complimented everything.

Copper Color for a Fall Wedding

Wedding Hair & Makeup Inspiration: 7 Stunning Looks from JL Makeup Studio & Beauty Boutique

Lindsey Osborne

Makeup by Katie

“The inspiration was fall leaves. Sable wanted to do something glamorous, but still wanted to look like herself. We went light on foundation, blush, and contour, but focused on giving her a brilliant glow. Warm, orangey browns complemented her hazel-green eyes. I brought light back into the inner third with my favorite silvery gold shimmer, then sculpted with a little bit of a deeper, matte chestnut color.

Light and Airy Feels for a Romantic Look

Makeup by Joy

“What a stunning natural beauty, but I still wanted to add a touch of glam to her look! Her dress and veil had a very romantic but elegant feel to it. Eyes were the focal point for this look; they were her favorite feature, and mine as well!  Long, lush lashes and a soft smoky eye really made them pop. I kept the lips natural with just a sweep of color to compliment (but not compete with) the overall look. Her skin was fresh and glowing. It was an early spring wedding, so I wanted it to feel light and airy, but also classic. I think the end result was perfect!

A Bold Look with Lots of Texture

Hair by Katrina 

“The inspiration behind this was showcasing different kinds of texture. I wanted to show that you can still embrace your length and add things like braids, twists, and crimps to make it interesting and beautiful.”


We all want to put our best face forward, and there’s no more important day to do that than your wedding day. Up, down, glam, natural, or just a bridal glow – no matter which way you go, you’re going to be a beautiful bride! JL Makeup Studio & Beauty Boutique will make sure of that! To see more work from these Pittsburgh wedding hair and makeup artists, check them out in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

Romantic Edgy Wedding Inspiration

Blush pink has met its match with matte black and this edgy wedding inspiration from Poppy Events. and Steven Dray Images. The ever-present soft shade is seemingly the official color of weddings. As much as I love seeing it paired with ivory and gold, the look is EVERYWHERE. These two visionary event designers capitalized on the popular color trend but gave it a healthy dose of drama. AND I AM LIVING FOR IT. Blending wedding design with fashion trends, the dark backdrop of Luna Boutique was a striking contrast to the refined and elegant tablescape consisting of flowy linens, beaded napkin rings, and dreamy candlelight. In the middle sat a fluffy cloud of dreamy pink and white florals, elevated by a geometric golden stand, courtesy of Sapphire & Lace Design. While metallic details added a touch of sparkle, black stationery from Purple Wagon Designs gave just the right amount of chic edge. Romantic and swoon-worthy while being hip and modern, this styled shoot really is the best of both worlds.

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Vendors

Photography: Steven Dray Images | Designer & Stylist: Poppy Events | Shoot Location: Luna Boutique | Desserts: La Gourmandine | Dress: Limor Rosen Bridal Couture from Luna Boutique | Flowers: Sapphire & Lace Design | Hair: Simply Captivating Salon | Linens: Mosaic | Makeup: Mock Makeup | Model: Danielle Mock | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals | Stationery: Purple Wagon Designs

Photography: Steven Dray Images | Designer & Stylist: Poppy Events | Flowers: Sapphire & Lace Design | Hair: Simply Captivating Salon | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals | Stationery: Purple Wagon Designs

Jewel Tone Wedding Inspiration

What does mixing emerald, ruby, and sapphire give you? A jewel tone wedding color combination that will have your guests royally obsessed! There are a variety of ways to incorporate various jewel tones into your big day! Gold accents will pop against the deep hues, while velvet is the perfect touch to add to your décor if you’re looking for some texture. With a distinct mix of color, utilize the uniqueness by incorporating customized calligraphy agate place cards, which will complete your table décor flawlessly! Excite your guests with a first impression of this theme by including these bold colors into a fun invitation. This color palette can be for the sophisticated or elegant bride with a sleek, form fitting dress and crisp details, or for the boho chic bride with lace detailing and a flower crown. Deciding on different wedding details can be rocky, but with this mix of colors, it’s sure to be such a gem! Be sure to hit up my Pinterest board for even more jewel tone wedding inspiration!

Loving this jewel tone wedding inspiration?

What do you like about this palette?  Are you using any of these colors in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

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Ethically Made Shoes for the Wedding & Beyond

As much as I love the look of designer wedding shoes, I don’t love the price tag. And I love the thought of how they could be manufactured even less. Wasted material, poor work conditions, and unfair wages all for a pair of fancy wedding shoes that you’ll only wear once? No thank you.

Ethically Made Shoes for the Wedding & Beyond from Burgh Brides & Nisolo

When it comes to dressing your feet or those of your bridal party members, think beyond the wedding day and your own little world. Nashville-based Nisolo proudly designs and creates shoes that blend style and versatility with an ethical approach at a fair price. All products – which include men’s shoes, women’s shoes, bags, small accessories, and jewelry – are ethically made by hand in the factory they own and operate in Peru, one of their ethical partner factories in Mexico, or by independent artisans in Kenya. You can rest easy knowing your Nisolo purchase goes to support fair wages, benefits, and healthy working conditions for over 500 people.

In addition, with every purchase, a contribution is made to help protect forests in the Amazon Basin and off-set their carbon emissions. Committed to reducing fashion manufacturing waste, Nisolo also participations in a shoe reclamation program with Soles 4 Souls, a non-profit organization that recycles and repurposes shoes that would otherwise end up in landfills. There likely isn’t a fashion company doing as much good as Nisolo.

Ethically Made Shoes for the Wedding & Beyond from Burgh Brides & Nisolo

Ethically Made Shoes for the Wedding & Beyond from Burgh Brides & Nisolo

If the company’s sustainability standards aren’t enough to convince you to shop, the styles surely will be. Nisolo just launched The Party Collection geared specifically towards brides, grooms, and their bridal parties! With styles that range from boho to comfy, casual to a little bit fancy, there’s a shoe for every taste.

Leather mules, block heels, sneakers, or wooden wedges, these styles will get a lot of wear after the big day, and your ladies will thank you for that.

Ethically Made Shoes for the Wedding & Beyond from Burgh Brides & Nisolo

Ethically Made Shoes for the Wedding & Beyond from Burgh Brides & Nisolo

Meanwhile, the gents will be happy for the comfort and GQ vibes offered by the loafers, wing tips, oxfords, and boots.

Ethically Made Shoes for the Wedding & Beyond from Burgh Brides & Nisolo

Ethically Made Shoes for the Wedding & Beyond from Burgh Brides & Nisolo

The entire group will rejoice at the savings!

Save 25% on the purchase of 3+ pairs with code PARTY 25.

Buying 5+ pairs? Use PARTY30 to save 30%!

Got 7+ bridal party members? Get a whopping 40% off with code PARTY40!

Ethically Made Shoes for the Wedding & Beyond from Burgh Brides & Nisolo

Comfortable enough for dancing but stylish enough for photos that will be treasured always, the Nisolo Party Collection is the perfect answer to all your bridal party footwear problems.  Comment below and let me know what styles your maids and men will be donning!

Ethically Made Shoes for the Wedding & Beyond from Burgh Brides & Nisolo

A HUGE thanks to Nisolo for teaming up with Burgh Brides to bring you this post!  While I was compensated for my work, all writing, thoughts, opinions, and love for the brand are my own.  You can read my full sponsored content disclosure policy here.