Wedding Wednesday: Lavender, French Grey, Cherry Oak

It’s our favorite day of the week: Wedding Wednesday!  This could be because today also happens to be Wine Wednesday, but we’ll focus on the wedding inspiration, for now.

This week we are venturing to the South of France where the wind carries the sweet smell of lavender and slate colored stone houses and hamlets inspire the intrigue of all struck with wanderlust.

LAVENDER, FRENCH GREY, CHERRY WOOD:

To capture the simplicity of a day spent meandering through sunflower fields and snacking on fresh cherries we created an invitation suite for Erin and Anthony’s Provencal-themed wedding.  Cherry wood provides the base for the invitation as well as the laser cut material for the couples’ names.  To add further softness we used a thin Lotka tissue paper over a soft grey mat with hand torn edges.  One of our favorite ways to layer memory in a wedding is to incorporate a signature scent.  Appropriately, lavender will be present throughout the wedding.  To set the stage we added a few sprigs of dried lavender for the guests to enjoy when they open the invitation.

THE RESULT:

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INSPIRATION:

Simply because Provence has to be one of our favorite places in the world, here is a photo that started the whole love affair:

 

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Provence 2012.  Yes – people actually live here in these remarkable village homes.

One of the most notable features in this southern region of France is the stone used to create the homes and hamlets.  To incorporate this natural element we LOVE Allie Fry’s use of stone for place cards.

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When considering flowers for a wedding they should retain two purposes: to look good and smell good; both are equally important to creating an immersive atmosphere.  While lavender does not need to be present everywhere, we love using white milk pitchers to incorporate either fresh or dried flowers.  In lieu of centerpieces, the pitchers can be placed on an entry table or by the bar to keep the theme alive without being over-saturated.  On the table, we love using a soft grey linen or chiffon table cloth with cherry oak bistro chairs.

 

Using a wooden planter for the centerpieces and a bit of twine across the menu lends to a country-side affair.

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For an incredibly unique ceremony, Archive Rentals offers a beautiful stand alone French Door that can be used at the start of the aisle.

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Lastly, what would a French-themed wedding be without French desserts? ?  We are under the impression that there can never be too many sweets at a sweet event and these macaroon towers are the perfect way to incorporate more color and sensory experiences into a beautiful wedding.

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For the full set of inspiration be sure to follow our Pinterest page!

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Wedding Wednesday: Blush, Sepia, Copper

We are so excited to offer a new weekly feature on our blog/Pinterest/Instagram: Wedding Wednesday, (because we all need more alliteration in our lives).  Each week we will share an inspiration board drawing from an invitation or Cecile’s collection, (we already started our “First Comes Love” board – go check it out!)  These posts are intended to serve as a cohesive inspiration source based on a color or theme.  The Internet is a vast place so we are here to provide a tailored experience.  If you like an image be sure to check out the original vendor – they know how to do it best!

BLUSH, SEPIA, COPPER:

Weddings are by nature thick with romance.  A good design will reinforce the already present romance without smacking it across your face with overly-saturated decorations.  When Nicola and James began to describe their vision of a rustic, vintage, and romantic affair we were immediately pairing the soft hues of blush with the dynamic brights of copper.

THE RESULT:

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We worked to fuse both styles by creating a “rustic rose.”  The watercolor and pencil base adds deconstructed whimsy while the copper hardware offers an aged and dynamic feel.

The text is printed in sepia on watercolor paper while their names are heat embossed in copper and layered on watercolor cutouts.  Each “rose” is hand painted and individually crafted.

THE INSPIRATION:

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Photo: Duke Photography; Event Coordination: David Pressman Events; Venue: The Peninsula, Beverly Hills

FUN TIP:

This was a special wedding that we actually had the chance to be a part of back in our Event Planning Days.  The Bride envisioned a table lined with flowers and lit only by candles – and viola!  We have two long tables flooded with flowers and glimmering with candle light.  One of the best tips to consider when using candles is to use long taper candles as well as small tea lights – the difference in height will create a soft glow while softening shadows and makes for the best Instagram lighting.  This way, your guests will look as good as the table and you can avoid a flooded flash feature.

 

Not only are Moscow Mules delicious, the copper mugs that they are served in make for thoughtful favors.  Engrave them with your wedding date and your guests can relive their hangover long after the wedding is over.  Alternatively, each mug can be placed at the table as place settings/individual centerpieces.  Click here for the Rosemary/Grapefruit Mule.

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Naked cakes are hot right now – and it’s not just because they are in the flesh.  They are effortlessly chic and rely on flowers to be the star.

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Pair these blush chargers with copper silverware and ivory plates.  Done.

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Family photos are not only decorative, they help share the story of your love and make your members feel included.  As most vintage photos were sepia toned or black and white, the history speaks for itself!  There is no need to make modifications or splurge on expensive frames – the more mix-matched the more eclectic!

*Be sure to follow our Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram for more weekly inspiration!  Additionally, the boards will continue to grow as time goes on.*