{Ask Imbue You} How to Create Chic Theme Weddings

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Have you ever seen the television show My Fair Wedding, hosted by wedding expert David Tutera?

I really do love this show. But not for the “show up at your door 3 weeks before your wedding and change everything” premise. I love how David takes themes gone wild and transforms them into elegant affairs that the couple and guests will remember for years to come.

For me, this show is proof that any theme can be made elegant, sophisticated and personal.

Even a Day of the Dead wedding theme, based on the traditional Mexican holiday where people honor dead loved ones. The bride envisioned skulls everywhere, from the centerpieces to the groomsmen’s ties. David toned down the skulls, added red roses and black lace for a more Mexican feel…and voila elegance restored.

David Tutera Day of the Dead Wedding

Day of the Dead table setting photo from Paper Olive

The keys to pulling this off are balance and variety. And if you keep these things in mind for your wedding, any theme you choose will be chic.

Let’s take a Vegas wedding theme for example. It’s tempting to think only about cards and dice. But look what happens when you mix in feathers (showgirls, anyone?), new interpretations of card suits, other textures and tons of glamour.

bridal mini top hat by orphelia

handmade bridal clutch by angeew macau coin cufflinks by qacreate

 

 

ace necklace by glowfly

Handmade Bridal Shrug by Countessa

Card Suit Favor Tags by Paperquick

wedding bouquet by hairbowswonderworld

So go for it. Have that pirate theme wedding. Just be sure to mix in some bling with the bandanas.

What’s your wedding theme? And how are you keeping it chic?

Photo credits: Orphelia, Angee W., QA Create, GlowflyCountessa, Paper Quick, Hair Bows Wonderworld

 

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Y&E Bridal: Ring Pillows with Fashion Sense

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For personal, meaningful weddings, details are everything. Today’s Artist Profile and Style Secrets come from Yasuko and Erina, the mother and daughter team behind Y&E Bridal. The beauty of their ring pillows are all in the details.

Yasuko was previously a fashion designer in Japan and wedding seamstress at a high-end bridal shop before forming Y&E Bridal. So it’s no surprise that she makes every item by hand and uses high-quality lace, satin and silk.

{Designer Secret} Choosing Your Ring Pillow Style

When it comes to adding your style to your ring pillow, Erina says you can look beyond your gown or even the color scheme of the wedding. If there is another important element of your wedding that you love, like the design of the cake, the pattern on the china, or the motif on the place cards, then go for it!

“I see a lot of brides either match their pillows to their wedding colors or to their dress. We sell a lot of lace pillows because it is the same kind of lace that is used on their dresses. But I really like it when brides match something small,” Erina says.

“I had a bride who had kind of a woven look to her wedding cake and bought a pillow that looked the same as her cake. I thought that was cute. It doesn’t really matter if it matches anything really as long as it is something the bride loves and it makes her happy looking at it!”

Erina describes the Y&E Bridal style as elegant and girly. But staying “elegant” is sometimes all about keeping the “girly” in check. Many brides ask her if they should add more lace on their designs, to which she answers “There is such a thing as too much lace.”

“I think a wedding is the most successful and beautiful when it is all your own,” Erina says, “and it really shows what you, the couple, is all about.”

For more beautiful ring pillow designs, as well as flower girl baskets, hair accessories and garters, visit the Y&E Bridal shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/YANDEBRIDAL

Or learn more here:

http://www.facebook.com/yandebridal
http://www.twitter.com/yandebridal
http://pinterest.com/erinachan/

Do you have a favorite design? Let me know in comments!

 

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{Real Palettes} Natalie’s Modern and Bold Asian Wedding Invitations

Posted by in Design Secrets, In the Studio, Real Palettes

Natalie is a bride with a clear design vision. And when she came to me for her wedding invitations she knew it had to be bold, it had to be cultural and it had to be navy and fuchsia.

She even blended two of our invitations designs into one…adding a wrap and tag to a layered Asian print invite. And she blended an Asian-inspired print with colors she fell in love with in Guatemala.

But that’s just perfect for the blended wedding style Natalie wants for when she walks down the aisle this fall.

{Designer Tip} Mixing Traditional Culture with Modern Style

The key to pulling off Natalie’s East-meets-West style is taking the traditional print and detailed shapes from Japanese and Chinese design and pairing them with a bold modern color palette.

Color is an great way to liven up more traditional designs!

 In Natalie’s Words:

If you look at traditional weddings around the world, they are extremely colorful! From Asia and India, to South America and Africa, you see lots of colors on our most joyous days. Although I consider myself very “westernized” (U.S. born and raised), my ethnic background is Chinese, and I have always loved the colorful silks and embroidery of traditional Chinese weddings.

Although I will be wearing my white gown all day, there will be nothing pale or pastel about my wedding day! Red and gold, of course are the most traditional, but as a melting pot American, I take inspiration from other cultures as well.

On a recent vacation with my fiancé to Guatemala, a country known for its colorful woven textiles, I bought a traditional belt which is basically a strip of fabric woven with many colors. The primary colors were dark blue and pink. It is one of my favorite accessories and souvenirs!

On a visit to the fabric store there was bolt of hot fuchsia dupioni silk displayed right next to a deep royal blue silk and I fell in love. The colors are so contrasting and bright. I especially love the fuchsia.

(In fact if I could have a second dream dress, it would be made of yards and yards of fuchsia dupioni silk!)

For my wedding and reception dark royal blue will be the base color, which is appropriate for an elegant evening affair. Hot pink will be the accent, like little fireworks of color. My maid of honor will be in a hot pink dress, and my other 2 bridesmaids in royal blue. Flowers will be colorful and bold, bright yellows, pinks, and oranges.

 

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Imbue You I Do….Coming Soon

Posted by in Ask Imbue You, Create the Look, Design Secrets, In the Studio, Just Because, Real Palettes

Imbue You I Do Blog Coming Soon

Launching Monday, July 18th!

I love wedding blogs…and what’s not to love with gorgeous photography and sumptuous details.

As a wedding stationery designer, I get a lot of questions from couples about how to best turn the stunning designs they see on wedding blogs and in wedding magazines and turn it into something that meaningful for them.

With this blog, Imbue You I Do, I hope to answer those questions. I’ll be revealing the designer secrets behind memorable invitations, receptions, wedding fashion and more.

It all starts Monday, July 18, 2011.

Until then, feel free to contact me with ideas you’d like to see, questions and to submit shoots, designs and post ideas. In the meantime, I’ve included some older posts from my previous blog with some thoughts and ideas.

Be Stylish,

Kemba

Photo credits: Imbue You Wedding; Natalie Briggs Luxury Handmade Garters and Koby & Terilyn Brown of ArcheypeStudioInc.com; Y&E Bridal

 

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