Today, we are tickled pink to be sharing this vibrant wedding that took place at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Half Moon Bay. If you live in California, you may have driven past this gorgeous location before. This wedding venue has sweeping views of the Pacific ocean, and is located alongside a lavish golf course. It’s a little slice of heaven!
Anu and Gaurav are a perfect match. You can get a glimpse of their fun personalities, via their joyous wedding decor. They currently reside in Boston, but flew into the Bay Area to celebrate their traditional Hindu nuptials with friends and family. We love how their time-honored ceremony effortlessly transformed into a modern, black tie reception. It’s the best of both worlds!
Silver is anything but second-place in this wedding inspiration board. A silver and black color palette brings black-tie elegance outdoors. Programs and menus showcase a bokeh background and an elegant calligraphy font while the reception tables boasts silver metallic accents. Even the bridesmaid dresses sparkle in dazzling sequins.
Silver: The universal color that brings a classy look wherever it goes.
Here’s how you can style your wedding with a classic silver and black theme:
Silver is the new neutral—serving as a backdrop to white plates and beautiful orchids. It’s an easy way to add elegance to your glassware, china and table décor.
We usually see Martinis made with green olives, but here, black olives are used instead. Find fun ways to incorporate your colors, even if it means swapping out the usual with something unique.
Cake: Silver foil always makes for a grand display, so why not use it for your wedding cake? Not just for looks—it’s edible too!
Napkins: Use silver and black napkins to show off your style and match the theme of your invites, programs and menus. Personalize them with your names to make them truly yours.
Bridesmaid Dress: The bride will always be the star of the show, but silver-sequin dresses will let your bridesmaids shine, too. It’s modern, unique and always fun to wear. These fancy colors are great for an evening wedding, anytime of the year! If you’re hosting a winter wedding, you could even incorporate these pretty, classic colors during the morning or afternoon.
Make your wedding day timeless with this classic silver and black wedding theme. Have fun with your wedding colors! Pick a theme that will be true to the two of you.
Today, we are beaming with joy to share Megan and Benjamin’s classic, formal wedding. Hosted in Tampa Florida, these elegant venues perfectly captured their traditional day. Weddings with a soft, neutral palette remain effortlessly timeless! Great for any season, this dignified wedding theme easily translates no matter where you and your significant other may live.
From The Bride:
Our wedding was very “us” in every way possible! From the venue’s botanical vibe, to our wine cork collection serving as our personalized “guest book”, and our musician’s alternative sound, every single detail of this wedding was hand-chosen by myself and my husband. Our simple yet beautiful flowers, the meal and appetizers served, our “exit” details (playing/dancing in balloons to our favorite song and riding off in a Wrangler), our WPD paper products that truly defined our overall wedding “theme”, and everything else in between- every piece was intentional. It couldn’t have been more perfect, or unique to us and our 10 year relationship!
As wedding inspiration seems to be around every corner of the Internet, it can be difficult to plan a celebration that is reflective of you and your fiancé, and not filled with trends that are as likely to stay as relevant as Taylor’s #SwiftSquad (amiright?). So today I’m sharing 5 tips on how to make sure your wedding is true to the two of you.
1. Only include things you LOVE
When I was getting married, the decor detail of the moment was a Mason jar. Mason jars as vases, Mason jars as glasses, even Mason jars as chandeliers. So I thought to myself, “I guess we have to have Mason jars, even though they totally won’t fit in with the black tie art museum wedding we’re planning.” That’s when it hit me: I don’t like Mason jars and they have nothing to do with our vision. So why would I include them? It can be easy to be swayed by details you see on Pinterest boards and in Instagram photos, but you’ll end up being so much happier and less stressed if you cut the extras and keep only what you really love.
2. Stop comparing your wedding to others. Theirs has nothing to do with yours.
I’ve heard versions of this quote by everyone from Jenna Lyons to Teddy Roosevelt, and while the language may be slightly different, the sentiment is the same. No two couples are alike, nor are their celebrations. So why would you compare your very personal and intimate wedding to someone else’s over-the-top affair? It’s like apples vs. oranges: each is great in its own way.
3. Listen to your Significant Other’s opinions
I was lucky if my groom so much as looked in my direction when I asked his thoughts on save-the-dates or flowers. However when it came to picking the reception menu, he was the chief planner in charge. Even though he didn’t care about some of the details I felt were incredibly important, he cared a lot about the food, and thus I heeded his opinion. Remember: you don’t need to make every decision together but when your partner does speak up, it’s best to pay attention.
4. Think to yourself: What will I remember in 10 years?
Spoiler alert: not much. You probably won’t remember what font you used on the invitations or if your cake had one flavor or two (as I type this, I’m currently trying to remember what flavor ours was and have literally no idea, and our wedding was less than three years ago). But you will remember the laughs you shared about clumsy foxtrot steps you took during your couple’s dance lessons. So don’t agonize over the minutiae of every detail and instead enjoy the wedding planning journey. Simple, right?!
5. Remember: There ARE no rules
And this might be the easiest way to plan a wedding that is authentic, not trendy: You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. Don’t like lengthy sit down dinners? Then serve your favorite food at stations instead. Hate awkward receptions where no one is dancing? Skip it and do something fun like karaoke! What makes a great wedding is when it feels like the couple. And if that means tacos and a dance party on the beach at sunset? Even better.
Kristin Joy is the founder of Bridentity Crisis, a humorous and helpful blog about how to navigate wedding stress while staying true to yourself. She lives with her husband, son, and two cats in Chicago and is dreaming of planning her second wedding to her same husband (that’s a thing, right?)
Penny for our thoughts? Move over, rose gold. There’s a new hue in town.
Trend alert: Copper Accents.
Today, we’re giving this of-the-moment hue a proper shout out—a color that deserves to shine. From table decor to dresses, copper can add elegance to any wedding theme. In this inspiration board, we like howsoft gray colors act as a beautiful backdrop to the on-trend copper. Copper beautifully reflects light—making it ideal for a romantic, elegant and unique wedding.
This floral wedding invitation gets an on-trend update with metallic accents. Real copper foil-stamping detail adds a modern twist to a classic watercolor floral pattern.
Featured Wedding Invitation: Faintly Floral. See our full Wedding Invitation collection here.
Here are some ways to incorporate the copper trend:
Spray paint clear mason jars with metallic copper to create dazzling vases for cream and blush flowers. It’s an easy DIY project that will make your tables look fancy, without breaking the bank.
“Foil” Cake: Don’t be afraid to go glam with a copper foil wedding cake. Edible foil paint creates a stunning and sweet statement that isn’t afraid to shine.
Bridal Flats: Step into shoes that play with your color theme. Romantic lacy flats get a modern update with a copper hue. Metallics are the new neutrals. They go with everything—even your wedding dress.
Utensils and Candle Holders: When you think of silverware, don’t always think silver! For today’s wedding theme, copper is the metal of choice, so these copper utensils make the perfect stylish addition. Continue to warm up your table decor with vintage candle holders that enhance your candlelight dinner.
Copper is such a flattering color for all skin tones. Try a variety of hues and textures including satin, sequins and lace. The best part? Bridesmaids are left with a classic, chic dress that they’ll want to wear again and again.
Your wedding makeup should be soft and elegant. Try applying a pretty, satin copper eyeshadow onto the lid for some added sheen. If you prefer an all matte look, use some burnt-orange hues within the outer V of your eyelid. These warm colors are perfect for fall, and will make sure to add a pop of color, without going overboard. This classic eyeshadow looks great on all eye colors.
Make your wedding day sensational with this chic color theme.
This week’s adorable real engagement happened in a trendy spot in Atlanta, Georgia. Sharon and Tyson are a sweet couple that met on eHarmony about 3 years ago, and wanted some lively engagement pictures to commemorate their fun personalities.
How they met: After a couple weeks of chatting, we went on our first date at a rooftop bar in Atlanta. We clicked instantly. Our conversation flowed effortlessly- mostly because of our common interests and sense of humor. Before we knew it, 3 hours had passed! We’ve been inseparable ever since.
Proposal Story: We were traveling in Paris, when my fiance Tyson, popped the question!
On the day of the proposal, we were planning to see the Love Lock Bridge (Pont des Arts) in Paris. It was first thing in the morning, and I was still pretty groggy. Since I was still waking up, I didn’t read any nervousness that Tyson might have been showing. As he wasn’t involved in the activity planning for that day, I had no clue that there was a big surprise headed my way! (If he were to propose, I always thought he’d schedule a fancy dinner or a romantic walk, you know, something totally obvious that would tip me off.) But he played it cool that day, and went along with whatever I thought we should do.
Once we got to the bridge, we placed our lock on the bridge and then needed to throw the keys in the river. When I asked Tyson for the second key, he pulled out the ring, and got down on one knee. I was in SHOCK; not that he proposed, but that he was able to surprise me! After his dreamy proposal, we spent hours just walking around Paris and chatting about the events that led up to the proposal (how my parents reacted when he asked, how his mom reacted, etc). It was such an amazing day
How they picked their photo shoot location: When planning our engagement session, we wanted a place that meant something to us. Most of our hobbies involve food and drinks, so I was struggling to think of a good place that would mean something to us, and also give us great engagement pictures. I briefly mentioned our love of beer, and the SweetWater Brewery to my photographer, and she jumped at the idea! She loved how unique and personal it was for us. We visit this brewery all the time with friends, and it’s my fiance’s first choice for beer during any occasion (we’re having it at the wedding too!), so it was perfect! Our photographer spoke to the Manager who was just as excited to have us shoot some cute brewery engagement pictures there. The whole staff was so gracious to us and let us shoot all over the brewery. We had an amazing time drinking some of our favorite beers and capturing moments that would last a lifetime.