{Re Post} Orange and Teal Mexican Wedding Inspiration

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As fall quickly approaches, I wanted to revisit one of my favorite wedding color combinations from this summer: orange and teal.

There are so many beautiful destination weddings in Mexico. And as much as I love the bold palette of red and black for a Mexican wedding, those colors aren’t for everyone! Looking to go softer and brighter, but still play with a traditional Mexican color palette? How about orange and teal?

mexican papel picado wedding decor

Wouldn’t these papel picado banners look beautiful in your reception space…or overhead at an outdoor wedding? {Handmade by aymujer.etsy.com}

mexican teal and orange bride and groom


{Designer Secret} Bold and bright colors can be kept airy and light by adding white and see through fabrics. And of course everything doesn’t have to scream “Mexico”.  But touches here and there, like the embroidery on this wedding dress are really lovely.

{Bouquet from Heather’s Flowers; hair accessory from mgmart.etsy.com; shoe clips from LemonRing; wedding dress fromwww.aidacoronado.com}

ring bearer orange and aqua bow tie

mexican skull bracelet turquoise

A little fun and whimsy works too! Though, as I wrote last week, you don’t want to overdo it on the Mexican Day of the Dead skulls.

{Ring bearer bowtie from Me and Matilda; Day of the Dead skull bracelet from Perfectly Charming}

DIY tequila mexican wedding favor

Ribbons, tags, even placing favors on a plate in your color scheme can tie designs to your palette even when they don’t share the same colors. {DIY tequila wedding favor via Ruffled}

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Dreamy Bouquets and Boutonnieres with Kate Said Yes

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White Rose Bouquet with Red and Cream Accents

Today I want to share with you dreamy and lovely handmade bouquets and boutonnieres by Kate at Kate Said Yes Wedding Accessories. Kate has graciously offered our readers a 10% discount on her designs. More details on that below.

“My style is soft and romantic – I love fluffy silks and sparkly accents,” Kate says. “I think each of my items has a little something special that makes it a bit different than a traditional bouquet. Whether it’s a little feather accent, a bright ribbon, or a rhinestone brooch, I want each of my products to have a little something that makes the buyer feel good.”

Ivory Rose Peony and Ranunculus Silk Bridal Bouquet

{Designer Secret} Since flowers are one of the most important design choices for your wedding, Kate recommends that you really set the tone of the wedding through your flowers. Even if that means reducing the emphasis on your flowers.

“Soft and romantic morning garden wedding? Keep the flowers light and simple,” she says. “Poufy dress and lots of sparkle? Don’t let your flowers upstage your dress. As I get to know my brides, I find that their choice of flower and style really tend to match their personality, whether it be big and bold, or traditional and soft-spoken.”

Fuchsia Pink Ranunculus and Navy Blue Silk Wedding Bridal Bouquet

Large Cream Calla Lily Real Touch Wedding Bridal Bouquet

“One question I’ve been asked a lot lately is, ‘Is it okay for a bride to carry a small bouquet? Does this make me look like less of a bride?’ I have a lot of brides who are ditching the overgrown bouquet and adopting more petite styles, whether it be to save money, or to de-emphasize the flowers and shift the focus on another style aspect of the wedding.”

“My answer to this question is, of course! On your wedding day, you can do anything you want, and all that really matters in the end is that you are happy with your style decisions.”

Plum Purple Hydrangea Silk Boutonniere and Bouquet

Yellow Ranunculus Silk Wedding Bridal Bouquet

Kate started her business actually designing boutonnieres a little over a year after her own wedding.

“I often hear that grooms don’t want their boutonnieres to match their bride’s bouquet too closely, because they want to stay away from anything too feminine,” Kate says. “And that’s okay! You can do a lot using masculine colors, earthy flowers, and more organic looking designs. I’ve had other grooms, however, who are totally fine wearing bouts with feathers and glitter, if that’s what their lady wants!”

Beach Wedding Silk Boutonniere

Silk Peony Wedding Bouquet

Kate uses silk and real-touch flowers for her bouquets and boutonnieres. So they last beyond the wedding day, and may help brides planning destination weddings get that off the to-do list early.

“Throwing out my bouquet after my wedding was traumatic,” Kate admits. “And I don’t want any other bride to experience that! I love that you know exactly what you are getting before the morning of your wedding. My brides can hold their bouquets in their hands, know exactly what it looks and feels like, and then after the wedding, have it as a keepsake.”

Wedding Groom Silk Boutonniere

Rust Orange and Moss Green Calla Lily Wedding Bouquet

“I value the freedom my business gives me to express my creativity and be involved in a bride’s special day,” Kate says. “It makes me feel so happy to know that I can play a part in making a bride happy. Weddings are such personal events, and I feel blessed with every wedding my products are featured in.”

For a 10% discount on Kate Said Yes designs, use the coupon code BLOGLOVE in her Etsy bouquets and boutonnieres shop.

To learn more and see more beautiful bouquets and boutonnieres, please visit:

Etsy shop: http://www.katesaidyes.etsy.com
Website: http://www.katesaidyesweddings.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/katesaidyes
Twitter: http://twitter.com/katesaidyes

Ivory Rose Silk Bridal Bouquet with Green Hops and Berry

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{Real Palettes} Elegant Green and Purple Winery Reception Stationery

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winery wedding dinner menu

For Niamh, who grew up in and around vineyards, her wedding reception would be a celebration of the look and feel of wineries. For her Los Gatos Mountains reception at a winery, we created a stationery suite, including menus, place cards, table numbers and signage, inspired by the elegance of wine labels.

{Designer Secret} A winery look doesn’t necessarily need grapes. Instead think deep rich colors, like burgundy, chocolate brown and eggplant purple. Think traditional shapes and classic Italian or French patterns and prints.

For Niamh’s wine label inspired reception design, we used classic shapes and a monogram.

Winery wedding  place card and dessert card

Even though purple seems like the perfect color for a winery wedding, Niamh’s color palette actually started with green.

“You can ask anyone who knows me what my favorite color is, and it is usually unanimous that “GREEN” is the first thing they say,” Niamh says. “Maybe because of my pride with my Irish heritage, or the fact I think it looks good on me! But the idea of really pale shades of green would have just washed my fair skinned bridesmaids out.”

“So I went to Home Depot and took a look at different shades of green, and what colors went well, and I loved the deepness of the purple, and the fun of the lime green! And it works well with the winery theme because of the purple grapes and green leaves.”

Winery Wedding Dessert Cards

“And I really didn’t want a formal wedding, I wanted a wedding that reflect the fun couple Mike and I are,” Niamh says. “And I think these colors really helped convey how much fun our wedding day will be!”

“My bridesmaid dresses are from BHDLN, and we found the only purple dress at the time, and my bridesmaids loved it, couldn’t argue with that! My favors are in little lime green boxes, tied with a deep purple ribbon, and I really brought the colors through the linens and napkins, helping the flowers to pop! “

winery wedding progam cover

winery wedding program inside

“For my flowers I really wanted a clean modern feel, no roses, nothing traditional, and I think my florist and I really wanted to focus on deep plum purples in orchids, hydrangeas, and in greens, succulents, kale, and even some fruit and vegetables.”

When you are planning your wedding colors, Niamh suggests remembering who you are and exploring.

“My advice would be figure out what type of event you are doing, see what would look nice at the venue, and find fun colors,” Niamh suggests. “Look in magazines, go to your local paint store and look at paint chips, they really do have every color, make them contrast. And most importantly, pick something that represents how you are as a couple.”

Planning your own winery wedding? See the matching handmade wedding invitation design or the handmade reception stationery at Imbue You Wedding.

Winery Wedding Table Name Number

{Niamh used table names of different wine regions, instead of table numbers}

What would your perfect winery wedding look like?


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{Create the Look} Fall Wedding Wheat Inspiration

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rustic wheat wedding bouquet

I love the rich colors of fall, especially as the leaves change color. And I have been creating our handmade leaf wedding invitation for many couples during the last few weeks.

So this week I wanted to offer another look at fall: wheat. There’s something breezy and comfortable about wheat, perfect for small, intimate weddings with your closest family and friends.

{Designer Secret} Liven up the golden wheat palette with a jolt of color. Red, teal or purple would be lovely options.

wheat wedding floral

fall wedding bridal hair piece wheat comb

Wheat can be a lovely textural substitute for florals. And dramatic too!
{Handmade wheat bouquet by LeRoys; wheat centerpiece via The Budget Savvy Bride; wheat bunches via Valley & Co blog;  bridal hair piece by Whichgoose}

Imbue You Wedding Wheat Invitation

brown wheat groom groomsmen tie

wheat wedding ring band

Wheat makes great prints or graphics for your stationery and fashion. {Wedding invitation by us, Imbue You Wedding; ties by Cyberoptix TieLab; wheat wedding band by ADZIA}

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Birdcage Veils and Advice with one little dove

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white bridal bridesmaid birdcage veil

It’s amazing how many shapes you can create with a simple birdcage veil. But that’s the artistry of Melanie at one little dove.

“My style is modern with a touch of vintage influence,” Melanie says. “I use a lot of vintage and vintage-inspired materials, but I try to create my pieces with a fresh, streamlined approach. I don’t like too much fuss in my design.”

{Designer Secrets} Melanie tells us how to pair birdcage veils with wedding gowns, and the ins and outs of what veil styles complement what hair styles.

Can I wear a birdcage veil with my hair down?

“Yes,” says Melanie. “More brides are trying this these days, since it’s a more modern way to wear a vintage-inspired look. if you plan on wearing your hair down, consider an airier style if you’ve got your hair loose and free, or try a half-up hairstyle if you’d like a cage veil fit that’s a little closer to the face.”

white headband birdcage bridal veil

Can I wear a birdcage veil if I have short or fine hair?

Melanie suggests trying a birdcage headband style like this one. {shown above} “Or request that I use toupee clips in place of combs. They’re itty-bitty combs with really fine teeth that actually clip into the hair, and they’re suitable for the finest and shortest of hair. All of my comb-based styles are available with toupee clips at no extra charge: Brides can simply arrange this substitution with me before placing their veil orders.”

white bandeau birdcage wedding veil

How can I wear a birdcage veil if I have curly hair or a lot of volume?

“Just look for a style that gives you a lot of breathing room around the face, or inserts with a comb at the top of the head,” says Melanie. “Wraparound styles will not be your best choice, so try a bandeau veil {shown above}, an airy style like this fly-away dotted veil or this buttercup birdcage veil, or a longer veil style {shown below}.

long double layer birdcage veil

white birdcage veil with feather fascinator

On birdcage veils and wedding dresses:

“When it comes to pairing a birdcage veil with a gown style, I love to go with the theory of opposites attract,” Melanie says. “A simple design is the perfect opportunity to go wild with a bold veil shape and even a dramatic fascinator, while a more ornate or embellished dress may call for a simple veil and no fascinator.”

“Birdcage veils tend to draw more attention to the face than a traditional veil, so making sure that you keep a balance between focal points in your ensemble is really key.”

purple birdcage bridal veil with satin bow

On birdcage veils and color:

“Many brides are concerned about veil color when their gowns are a less standard shade like candlelight or diamond white,” Melanie explains. “But I find that with cage veils, coordinating with dress color is far easier than with a traditional veil. Traditional wedding veils most often fall right against the gown, so variations in color are readily apparent.”

“However, birdcage veils reach only the face or shoulders at the longest, and do not overlap the gown’s fabric. Because of this, slight variations in color are almost always imperceptible, so I most often recommend that my brides not worry about minor color variations. “

“For those who have gowns closer to ecru or beige, I do offer custom organic dyeing, but the majority of brides can get away with either white or ivory.”

wide diamond birdcage veil

“Birdcage veils are my favorite thing to design, and I create some new shapes with traditional cage veil materials that you might not see elsewhere,” Melanie says. “But even with some nontraditional shapes, I like to keep things clean and simple.”

“I want my brides to feel current on the day of, but also be happy when they look at their wedding photos 20 years from now, not say “what was I thinking?”

white tulle birdcage wedding veil

“I’ve been designing veils and accessories since 2008,” Melanie remembers. “My first piece was made as a joke for a friend’s bachelorette party, but when she got a ton of compliments on it that evening, I explored creating other styles and opened the one little dove shop on Etsy in 2009.”

“I love that designing allows me to add joy to so many brides’ days! Reading feedback and seeing brides’ wedding day photos is just the best thing.”

Learn more about one little dove and see more veil and fascinator styles:

Shop: www.onelittledove.com
Blog: onelittledove.wordpress.com
Twitter: twitter.com/onelittledove
Facebook: www.facebook.com/onelittledove

{Photo credit} All images except the first and last one by Kellan Studios. First and last images {below} are by Ashleigh Jayne Photography.

40s style vintage birdcage veil

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