Orange and Steel Wedding Color Palette

Posted 17 October 2011 at 1:47 PM | Comments (2)

Clearly I’m not the first person to suggest orange for an October wedding. So although I don’t win points for originality, maybe I can win points for the cake. The cake that, er, I didn’t make but found on the Internet? Alright, originality fail. But I think you can appreciate what I’m trying to do with this inspiration board—freshening up an expected October color palette.

Yes, it all started with the cake. Isaac Mizrahi’s fall 2011 show sent a “waiter” down the runway, carrying this elaborately decorated, three-tiered cake. Some asked why; I just drooled (over the cake, people! Minds out of the gutter, stat).

Fall 2011 Runway Isaac Mizrahi Orange Floral Wedding Cake

So I used the cake as my starting point, and the small glints of silver at the center of each flower established the accent color. The result is super stylish.

Orange and Silver Wedding Color Palette

Invitation: Watercolor Tulips Invitations by Wedding Paper Divas
Favor Box: Image from stylemepretty.com
Cake: Runway image from elle.com
Shoes: Martinez Valero Cimmy Heels in Orange Satin
Dress: ML Monique Lhuillier Strapless Taffeta Dress
Bouquet: Image from stylemepretty.com
Tablescape: Image from aileentran.com
Kiss with Confetti: Image from stylemepretty.com
Earrings: Briolette Carnelian Drop Earrings from yesstyle.com

Resplendent Burgundy and Yellow

Posted 5 September 2011 at 8:51 PM | Comments (0)

It’s been years since I’ve been excited about warm tones (which might surprise people who haven’t seen me since my “brown” phase in the mid-90s), yet now they’re the object of my desire. Warm, rich tones upstaged all other colors on the fall runways. Cobalt blues and emerald greens may still be on-trend, but it’s deep reds, oranges, golds, and browns that are the dark horses of fall fashion, and I’m saddling up.

Check out these amazing burgundy-red looks from Carolina Herrera, Anteprima, Caroline Charles, Azzaro, and BCBG Max Azria:

Fall 2011 Runway Burgundy, Maroon, Dark Red Looks

And that deep red next to this honey-toned yellow? Drool. Osman Yousefzada, Thakoon, Bottega Veneta, Akris, and Aquilano e Rimondi thrill me:

Fall 2011 Runway Honey, Mustard, Yellow Looks

Since I seem to be in a wedding mood these days, a wedding inspiration board with this color combo was inevitable. Dang, don’t you just want to get married (again)?

Burgundy/Maroon/Red and Gold/Mustard/Yellow Wedding Colors

Drinks: Liqueur Lollipops from Martha Stewart Weddings
Cookie: Image from stylemepretty.com
Cupcakes: Graduation Cupcakes from thetomkatstudio.com
Pomegranate “Place Card”: Image from stylemepretty.com
Dessert: Image from stylemepretty.com
Cake: Maroon Heart Cake at ffffound.com
Invitation: Dappled Glade Invitations from Wedding Paper Divas
Bouquet: Maroon and Gold Bridal Bouquet from Petal Pusher
Guest Book: Burgundy Velvet Guest Book from etsy.com
Wreath: Mum Rectangular Wreath from etsy.com
Tie: Burgundy and Yellow Silk Necktie from Buy Your Ties
Bow Tie: Mustard Child-Size Bow Tie from etsy.com
Boutonnière: Image from stylemepretty.com
Dress: Donna Ricco Asymmetrical Taffeta Dress from Nordstrom

Precious Sapphire and Lavender

Posted 3 September 2011 at 3:56 PM | Comments (0)

My Style Me Pretty inspiration boards don’t seem to be functioning properly, so I created this one the old-fashioned way: manually in Photoshop. Woo! I guess I’ll just have to add the product links below.

Alright, so I wasn’t intending on doing anything with this color combination, but a friend of mine is going to be a bridesmaid in this palette and our conversation got the juices flowin’, so here you go.

Blue and Purple Wedding Inspiration Board

Surprisingly, at first thought, “sapphire and lavender” conjured up images of butterflies. (Butterflies! Shocking, I know! I guess you can be terrified of butterflies and still want to use them on an inspiration board. Who knew!) But I wouldn’t go overboard with the butterfly theme, or it can get too cutesy. Stick with just a few components: maybe the invitations, the cake, and place cards, for example.

Good luck to Ee Lynn, bridesmaid extraordinaire!

Dress: Silk Taffeta Adrienne Dress in Warm Riviera from J.Crew
Bouquet: White and Lavender Bouquet from Cross Lanes Floral
Invitations: Watercolor Butterfly Wedding Invitation from Momental Designs
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Satin Crystal-Strap Sandal at shopstyle.com
Cake: Cheryl Kleinman Butterfly Cake at theknot.com
Tie: Pronto Uomo Lilac Extra Long Silk Tie from Men’s Wearhouse
Macarons: Lavender Macarons Photo from dreamstime.com
Earrings: Czech Glass Flower Dangle Earrings from etsy.com
Cupcakes: Wafer Paper Edible Butterflies from etsy.com
Table Setting: Blue and Lilac Table Setting from chillipit.co.za

Back from the U.S.S.A. (United Shopping States of America)

Posted 31 August 2011 at 11:11 PM | Comments (0)

Being in the U.S. feels a bit like a supply run. Since I don’t usually have access to a Target, a TJ Maxx, nor an air-conditioned, floral-scented, jazz-playing department store where people talk quietly and salesclerks are not only willing to help you find an item but also carry your diaper bag and find something for your baby to play with while you enter the fitting room, I go a bit crazy. Every retail experience feels like Christmas Eve shopping: I’m frantic. Everything in sight feels like the last item on the shelf. Every possible purchase feels like my last chance.

That said, I knew that my shopping time on this trip would be limited. Not only did we have more important family commitments, I also have two small kids who don’t have the patience for shopping, and I didn’t want to feel rushed. So in the weeks before our holiday, I ordered items online and had them shipped directly to my mother-in-law. The shipments mostly included clothes for my husband and myself, the most important being a dress.

As in the dress, the one I’d wear to my sister’s wedding.

I ordered five dresses (all free shipping plus in-store returns—man, I love America!). But this is the one I was really, really hoping to wear (from J.Crew*):

J.Crew Washed Crepe Nanine Dress in Desert Sunset

Not only was the peachy hue right-on with my sister’s color palette, but it felt really appropriate for an afternoon, late-summer wedding. Unfortunately, the dress, although gorgeous, pulled strangely around the bust and waist and creased too much for my taste.

This dress (also from J.Crew) looked much better on me. I was disappointed that it didn’t fit the color palette as perfectly and that the fabric was a bit too evening-ish, but with very little time to change course I didn’t have much choice and just went with it:

J.Crew Silk Organza Soiree Dress in Ornamental Pink

Deep down, I still would have preferred the first dress, but overall it turned out okay.

Wearing J.Crew Silk Organza Soiree Dress in Ornamental Pink

Allow me to segue into the next topic: J.Crew. Um, HELLO. Not having shopped there in nearly ten years, I had forgotten how beautiful their product is. And since then, it’s gotten more beautiful and edgy even. It’s very possible that I might be obsessed with them.

After buying my dress (at 40% off final sale, by the way, for a total of $60! HELLO!) I went on to do some serious damage in their online final sales and am now at home swimming in their finespun cotton. Yay, me.

*Dresses, top to bottom: Washed Crepe Nanine Dress in Desert Sunset, Silk Organza Soiree Dress in Ornamental Pink.

Five Weeks Came and Went

Posted 30 August 2011 at 11:25 PM | Comments (0)

We’re back from five wonderful, and slightly insane, weeks in the U.S. of A. The majority of those five weeks were spent either with our families or in shopping centers (not blogging, apparently, which surprises me—I mean, come on, all that free time! NOT), and of course everything led up to the highlight of the trip, my sister’s wedding.

Which was beautiful. My goodness, everything was perfect. The waterfront location, the weather, the dress, the ceremony—every detail from that day deserves way more than one adjective, but all I can think to say right now is “perfect.” Sorry to be such a tease!

Anyway, before I crash, let me just finish up my wedding-design entries by posting an image of the program:

Coral and Pink Floral Wedding Program Design

as well as some of the other print collateral, such as the “guest book” (which was actually a poster that guests stamped with their thumbprints, choosing from peach, coral, pink, or fuchsia ink—cute, right?):

Fingerprint Bouquet Wedding Guest Book

and the letter-sized signs that were affixed to the back of front row chairs for the wedding ceremony:

Wedding Ceremony Reserved Seating Signs

and finally, some of the other various signs that were sprinkled around the venue:

Coral and Pink Floral Miscellaneous Wedding Signage

I’m so tired from the thirty hours of travel (I think I fell asleep sometime between uploading the last image and writing this sentence), not to mention the worst travel experience of our lives (think: two kids on a red-eye flight, barely sleeping a wink but with enough energy to whine or cry for a full ten hours) so that’s it for tonight. It’s good to be home. More tomorrow.

Bacon-Themed Engagement Party

Posted 28 July 2011 at 10:53 AM | Comments (5)

My about-to-be-married, creative/foodie sister and her fiancé threw an engagement party last week. They made it an Iron Chef party, and asked every guest to bring a dish containing the special ingredient: bacon. Fun, right!?

I wanted the invitation to complement the wedding designs, but only subtly. Below you’ll see the same colors, type treatment, and clean-whimsy style as the save-the-date and wedding invitation—without replicating them exactly:

Iron Chef Bacon-Themed Engagement Party Invitation Design

It’s hard to believe that my sister’s wedding is now only a month away! We arrived on U.S. soil last Sunday as part of our five-week holiday leading up to the wedding. Exciting! Right now I’m at my in-laws’ place watching my husband play with our three year-old, and waiting for our eleven month-old to wake up from his nap. It’s like a normal day, but only better because we’re all together. This is going to be a great five weeks.

Dazzling Cobalt with Apple and Aqua

Posted 11 July 2011 at 2:31 PM | Comments (0)

In preparation for my first trip to the U.S. in almost three years—and my first trip home in five—this has been a very busy month. It feels like we’re packing a summer’s worth of activities into the entire month of July!

And my mind is even busier than my self. I’m constantly thinking about this trip, making mental lists about what to buy, do, or see—whether it’s before our trip or during.

Also, the fact that we’re not returning with the same routine makes things more interesting. When we get back, my older son will start preschool immediately. (Poor kid, having to start school after five weeks of fun with his family, and with jet lag, no less!)

But I hope that, when we do return, I’ll be able to get back into a routine of designing and blogging, because my creative side is really taking a backseat right now and I miss it.

Alright, now that all that’s out of the way, here’s my July wedding inspiration board.

Dazzling Cobalt with Apple and Aqua

I was thinking about July weddings in the grass and wanted to incorporate a green accent color. When I saw the bridal bouquet wrapped in cobalt velvet ribbon (above), that was it! Cobalt blue as the main color, and apple and aqua as accents: the overall feeling is exciting, yet oddly calming. And don’t you just want to take the blue stemware home?

Coral and Pink Floral Wedding Invitation

Posted 27 June 2011 at 7:46 PM | Comments (0)

Naturally, once my sister’s save-the-date card was completed, we got started on her invitations. I wanted to use the same cute floral pattern and strong text, but because it’s the wedding invitation—part of, yet more important than, the save-the-date—I wanted to switch things up slightly for an element of surprise.

So instead of using the pattern as a border, I used it as a strip along the top, and to add something new and unexpected, I enlarged an ampersand and a curly bracket:

Coral/Peach and Pink/Fuchsia Wedding Invitation Design

Now that we’ve added this new, enlarged-punctuation element to the design, it’d make sense to continue it elsewhere in the wedding; so now I’m completely fixated on where. Any ideas?

*These fake names are a stretch. Yes, I know.

Coral and Pink Floral “Save the Date”

Posted 22 June 2011 at 10:15 PM | Comments (3)

If you assumed I’d be designing my sister’s save-the-date cards, wedding invitations, and programs, you were right! I’m knee-deep in her wedding design, and I love it.

Our starting point was some of my wedding inspiration boards. The two boards I really liked for her were Youthful Pink and White and Crisp Coral and White. We had a couple of back-and-forths about how to apply one of these color palettes, when it occurred to me that we could combine the two.

My sister really liked the idea of a softer color with something brighter and punchier, so I sat down to brainstorm how it would all come together. I wanted to give her a visual before going much further, so I created a collection of spring dresses from Banana Republic:

Coral and Pink Dresses from Banana Republic, Spring 2011

And a collection from J.Crew:

Coral and Pink Dresses from J.Crew, Spring 2011

And voilà, we were done with the hardest part! With the green-light* on a coral and pink palette, it was time to come up with an overall motif for her big day. I wanted so badly to go with stripes—like you saw in the inspiration boards—but it just wasn’t connecting. My sister isn’t “stripes” as much as she is “cute flowers.” I had to trust my instinct by switching gears completely and going floral.

Initially expecting to design just a few cute flowers, I was pleasantly surprised as an allover pattern began to emerge! I haven’t done pattern design in years (such a shame, considering my love for it), so it was very exciting. Once again, green-light (yay)—so I refined the pattern to make it seamless.

While applying the pattern to our first project, the save-the-date card, it became clear that the girlish sweetness of the colors and style needed to be balanced by something more tough and masculine. So that’s how I approached the information.

Here’s the final card (with names changed, obviously):

Coral/Peach and Pink/Fuchsia Floral Save the Date Card

*I’d just like to note that the green-light came from both the bride and groom. In case any of you were thinking there’s no way the groom would approve! Nuh-uh, this is a couple that works in total unity.

Crisp Coral and White

Posted 1 June 2011 at 10:16 AM | Comments (10)

My big sister is engaged! I am so excited that sometimes I think my head is going to explode from happiness! Eeeee!

I had no idea I’d been waiting for this day to come—until she told me she met this guy and that he might be the one. Unbeknownst to me, my head was on its way to explosive right then and there, and it has been building since. Right now, the situation is verging on hazardous.

I. Cannot. Contain. My. Excitement.

That said, I’m looking at these wedding inspiration boards in a completely new way, and I think it’s time I go crazy creating more.

This one, coral and white, may be one of my favorites and has my sister’s name written all over it.

Crisp Coral and White

Loves:

– Coral, in general.
– When the bride’s and bridesmaids’ dresses complement each other.
– Seersucker bow ties.
– Wedding accessories from Etsy.
– Cupcakes echoing the gerbera daisy centerpieces.

And:

– Thinking about my sister’s wedding. Yay!