August 25

Fall Wedding in Manhattan Park

Today, we are so overjoyed to be sharing this gorgeous Autumn Manhattan Park wedding, which took place in the ever-glamorous New York City. Kali and Brendan’s big day incorporated classic formal attire, vibrant red hues, and priceless views of the Hudson river.

Autumn starts in less than a month, and we couldn’t be more excited to share some Fall inspiration with you all. We are loving Kali’s bold, red lip color that perfectly matches her flower bouquet and elegant wedding decorations. Her vintage veil pays tribute to the glamorous 1940s era, and pairs so nicely with her cap-sleeve wedding dress.

The moody clouds, and lush Linden trees, only add to the picturesque atmosphere of this serene wedding venue. To top it all off, the thirties stone structure adds the perfect amount of charm for some stunning wedding photography. This rustic cafe was the perfect place to hold their wedding reception.

manhattan park wedding

manhattan park wedding

manhattan park wedding

manhattan park wedding

manhattan park wedding

bridal party dressed for a fall wedding black red and white colors

wedding photography over the hundson river in New York City

inspiration for fall wedding photography, bride and groom are under a stone bridge

coctail drinks on a silver platter during a wedding reception

autumn wedding reception in a fancy tent for a venue

wedding reception long table with red napkins, white plates, and red gift tags as wedding favors for guests

vibrant red wedding flower bouquet for a bride aroudn the holidays

stacked tiered apple pie with red roses at a wedding reception venuewhite and brown wedding cake with red roses and delicious apple pie at wedding venue

bride and groom kissing as they cut the cake at fall night wedding in NYC

Vendors

Wedding Suite: Wedding Paper Divas
Photography: Cyrience
Ceremony Venue: Linden Terrace, Fort Tryon Park
Reception Site:
New Leaf Restaurant
Flowers: Pamela Cravens, The Flower Girls
Bridal Gown: Mika Inatome
Maid of Honor dress:
Dessy Group, from Tara’s Bridal
Hair Stylist:
Erin Kennedy Lunsford
Makeup artist:
Anni Bruno, NYC Faces
Groom’s Suit/Tux:
Calvin Klein, from Eisenberg & Eisenberg
Best Man suits/tuxes:
Ted Baker, from Nordstrom
Officiant:
Sandra Goodman
Ceremony musicians:
Julliard
DJ/Entertainment:
DJ Matty Stuart from MD Music and Entertainment
Cake:
Sugar Sweet Sunshine
Pies:
Four & Twenty Blackbirds
Car Service:
BBZ Limo

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August 24

Coral Ombre Bridal Shower Party Ideas

Happy Monday—here’s a little something bubbly and fun to give you some bridal shower party ideas. We’ve put together a bride-blushing palette that will have you reaching for some cotton candy! This isn’t your ordinary pink ensemble. From coral and cotton-candy pinks to gold, a pink bridal shower can easily be elevated to a classy and feminine party—think coral ombre. Repeating colors from the invites to other decor is a great way to introduce the theme to your guests. See how the real foil-stamped elements in the invites echo the gold vases, table signs and streamers, which create more character. The bubbles on the invites are seen again in the tablescape—it’s all about the Bubble Tea bar!

bridal shower party ideasPhoto Source: Donuts | Centerpiece | Drink | Cupcakes | Bubbly Bar
Featured Bridal Shower Invitation and Advice Card: Bubbly Brunch. See our full bridal shower invitation collection here

Our favorite: We love how the cupcake frosting looks like the flower arrangement. (It’s another way to add more floral to your tables!)

Let’s look at how to create a bridal shower that’s fit for a bride-to-be:

bridal shower party ideas

Game & Accessory Cards:
In addition to the invites and the table signage, you can add place cards, table numbers and even game cards that match your invites. Leave Advice cards out on the tables for guests to fill out. Hint: Instantly turn your Advice cards into game or recipe cards by editing the text.

Signage:
Setting a table with goodies is a great way to have fun with your theme. Whether you choose a candy, Champaign or Bubble Tea bar, putting a sign out lets guests know what’s out on the table (or even how to customize their drinks!).

Decorate Your Dessert:
The donut decorations take the cake! Desserts are another place where you can show off your color palette and bring in your DIY crafts. The coral diamond-cut accents bring the donuts from bakery goods to bridal party treats.

Find your unique way to color and accent your bridal theme.

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August 21

Wedding Etiquette: Guest Experience

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Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on our blog letting us in on what wedding guests really care about when it comes to the big day. Amber is our resident authority on the latest wedding trends and etiquette guidelines. She combines tradition, personal style and the hottest trends to help each couple celebrate their unique love story on their big day.

When it comes to your wedding day, your guests really just want to have a great experience! With that being said, your wedding guests won’t like waiting around. They don’t care so much about the expensive party favors and they also don’t want a ten course meal that just tastes average.  At the end of this big day, it’s all about how your guests feel, not what you gave them!

Hi, it’s Amber! Today on Small Talk Big Day, Kim, an Editor from Glamour Weddings is here to give you the skinny on what your guests really care about. So Kim tell us, in your experience, what do guests really care about at a wedding?

Kim: Guests just want to have a great experience. They don’t want to wait around a lot. So, they don’t want to wait between your ceremony and your reception. They don’t want to wait to get a drink at the bar, and they don’t want to sit at the table and wait for dinner.

Amber: What are some of the biggest misconceptions that couples should think about when planning their wedding?

Kim: Brides go on a Pinterest spree and they see all these amazing favor ideas. Then, they end up getting really wrapped up in the details of the wedding favors and spend a lot of money for items that get left on the table.

Amber: You mentioned foregoing a favor, what would you recommend as a more appreciated alternative?

Kim: I think guests appreciate really good food. Think quality over quantity. Serve one wonderful main course instead of a salad with a less great main course and your guests will really appreciate that.

Hopefully your wedding to-do list has just got a little bit shorter. Like we said, it’s how your guests feel, not what you give them that they will remember.

For more inspiration and tips, visit www.smalltalkbigday.com.

I want to hear from you! Fill me in on all your secrets for looking great in photos and don’t forget to post a comment to me below with your questions and I may answer them (anonymously, of course!) in an upcoming episode.

Don’t forget to follow along and show me all *your* favorite wedding inspiration. #SmallTalkBigDay

Follow on Instagram: @weddingpaperdivas | @amberkharrison

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August 20

Beautiful Spring Ranch Wedding in Little River, California

Today, we are just smitten by Jenna and Kenny’s intimate ceremony located at the beautiful Spring Ranch in Little River, California wedding venue.  The couples big day was captured by the lovely Jennifer Michelson from A Girl and a Camera Photography and what a beautiful job she did! Their venue made for a gorgeous backdrop and the “golden hour” lighting allowed for the couples candid love to truly shine.

This historic property venue is snuggled up on the coast and features antique, salvaged materials perfect for the décor that Jenna did all herself (with a little help from her mom, of course!) Their wedding décor incorporates a fun and cheery feel with shades of yellow, orange, white, peach and teals.

From vintage tea sets, to rustic mason jars and multiple wedding DIY projects, this fun wedding turned out to be exactly what Jenna and Kenny were going for! And it’s too stunning not to share!

wedding couple kissing in golden hour lighting  and holding each other in the trees

spring ranch wedding

spring ranch little river California wedding venue

In Jenna’s own words… 

Inspiration 

  • More than anything we wanted the day to be fun. Because of that we kept the structure of the day as casual and organic as possible. We wanted people to feel like they were just hanging out with their friends, so we kept most of the seating to hay bales with coffee tables and did not assign seats. I was not very good at verbalizing what I wanted the décor to be (so I just did it all myself so I didn’t have to!) but when people did ask I always just said ‘happy’ – I guess fun and cheery without being too overdone, mixing shades and patterns of yellow, orange, white, peach & teals. We also wanted to make sure our guests had fun so we bought an array of temporary tattoos and had a ‘tattoo bar,’ we had mad lib advice cards for guests to fill out, smore supplies by the fireplace, sparklers for fun, a few decks of playing cards and had the game cards against humanity (my personal favorite) for those who had a little thicker skin!

rustic wedding decor tree stump cupcake stands and a bride holding a white and peach bouquet

spring ranch wedding

The Couple’s Favorite Part 

  • Our property’s rental period was Thursday through Sunday, so we were really excited to be able to spend the whole weekend there with our close friends and just enjoy every moment together. We had the bridal party stay on the property with us, so the days were filled with everyone pitching in to help set up, clean up or go grab food, and the nights were relaxing with dinner and drinks by the fire. Although this wasn’t exactly a moment IN the wedding, it is the biggest thing that, weeks after, still brings warmth to my heart– having everyone we love together in one place, goofing around, helping each other out, pitching in to get everything done, laughing, drinking. Life gets so busy, as adults you rarely get uninterrupted days with your friends – that time was priceless.

spring ranch little river California wedding venue

Big Day DIY Projects 

  • My mom and I are both super crafty, so we wanted to supply all the décor for the wedding ourselves. We knew it was a big feat, but we wanted the day to be unmistakably “us.” We searched consignment stores & friends’ garages for months collecting vintage tea sets, mason jars and vases – my mom even poured all the candles herself!
  • I wrote all the signs myself, on chalkboard we cut & placed into a handful of frames we had. It was definitely a long process, but totally worth the end look and amazing feedback from the guests – the welcome sign to the reception was one of my favorite décor items of the entire day!
  • My mom is a big quilter so we both wanted to incorporate fabric into the décor. From her endless collection we made some bunting, strip curtains & aisle décor – I loved the airy & cherry feeling it added to the day
  • Kenny and I aren’t big picture people, so we didn’t want a slideshow or such, but my mom had one dire request: baby pictures. She worked with Kenny’s mom to print out pictures from both our childhood that aligned – birth, 1st birthday, sports, high school graduation, etc. – and put them in little frames on all our dinner tables. Looking back now, I am happy my mom didn’t back down on her request – it gave our family members who were meeting for the first time conversation starters!
  • Our parting gifts for our guests were little boxes of my mom’s homemade toffee – it’s legitimately the best thing in existence. Many of the guests admitted later to taking multiple boxes.
  • My mom even made my headpiece, she is amazing!

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Wedding Stationery Suite 

  • Jenna and Kenny designed their charming wedding stationery suite with Wedding Paper Divas. The suite perfectly captured their unique style and turned out to be just what Jenna and Kenny were going for. Take a look into how the couple picked out their wedding stationery and just how perfectly the suite they chose represented their big day, here.

bride and groom holding each other candidly in a field with beautiful golden hour lighting

Jenna’s Advice For Brides Planning Now 

  • Enjoy it! It’s stressful for sure, but it’s going to go by in a blink of an eye.
  • Get a day-of-planner. I am super particular so this was a challenge for me, but the day of your wedding you want to be focusing on the happiness of the day, not stressing about flowers – let them handle that!
  • Get a wine glass with a cover and a straw. Just trust me. It’s amazing.

Do you have a Real Wedding or Engagement Submission? We would LOVE to see it! Please see our submission guidelines here and we hope to hear from you!

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August 19

Save up to 40% off During Our “Suite” Wedding Deal Sale

Today we are kicking off our wedding suite deal sale at Wedding Paper Divas which includes 20% off wedding invites plus 40% off response and enclosure cards. What a great deal right?! If you’re getting ready to say your “I, Do’s” then this sale has your name written all over it.

Wedding Paper Divas promo code suite deal sale

Your wedding invitations and your wedding stationery suite as a whole, gives your guests a sneak peak into what your big day will be like. Your wedding suite should be able to represent the two of you as a couple and Wedding Paper Divas has many options to choose from that will be able to do just that. Take advantage of this limited time sale and use Wedding Paper Divas promo code SUITE40AUG at checkout through August 25, 2015. Create a one-of-a-kind wedding stationery suite that has “We, Do” all over it!

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August 18

Floral Pastel Wedding Invitation Suite

Real wedding couple Jenna and Kenny share with us the beautiful wedding invitation suite they picked out from Wedding Paper Divas. They let us in on how they made their wedding stationery reflect their unique style which can sometimes be hard for any couple especially since there are so many options for wedding stationery. Jenna speaks to the ease and enjoyment of picking out a stationery that truly embodied who her and Kenny are, together. The couple was able to customize the color of their stationery, change the fonts and even talk to their team of designers to get things just how they wanted them. Jenna mentioned that she really wanted their day to be different and to just be “us,” and we believe that their wedding suite really shows them off!

The couple went with Wedding Paper Divas beautiful foil design wedding stationery suite Winsome Blooms that included invitations, enclosure cards, menus, napkins, table cards, and even an envelope liner that Jenna says, “Just tied everything together perfectly.” Any wedding invitation is a look into the couples big day and even the couple themselves, it reflects their style and it reflects their love. Jenna and Kenny were so happy with how the stationery they chose reflected their style as a couple and we are absolutely smitten with how their wedding suite came out too.

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Congrats to you Jenna & Kenny and beautiful job with the wedding stationery design!

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