{Real Palettes} Margot’s Coral and Navy Vintage Wedding Invitations

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Navy continues to be a popular and interesting choice for wedding invitations, as seen in Natalie’s recent Asian navy and fuchsia wedding invitation. But when Margot came to me with coral and navy, I was intrigued. That was a new one, and I loved it!

Vintage Coral and Navy Wedding Invitation

Apparently, the uniqueness of the color combination was what drew Margot to the choice as well. “Because I hadn’t seen them done together before, and we wanted every detail of the wedding to be as unique as our relationship.” Margot says. “Green and pink were my first choices. I love the bright fun playful ambiance those two colors represent together.”

Vintage Wedding Coral and Navy Invitation Set

She admits she had help coming up with the palette.

“I am incredibly fickle minded, so admittedly I prefer loved ones to make these types of decisions for me!” she says. “I asked my maid of honor for her suggestion, and that was coral. And our wedding is taking place at a beautiful waterfront restaurant in Annapolis MD, across from the Naval academy with all navy umbrellas on the decks. So that is how coral and navy was born.”

{Designer Secret} Taking a color cue from your venue can be a great idea. Since you know the colors will look great in the space and you may have less to bring in décor-wise.

Vintage Coral Envelope Wrap Label

For her wedding Margot is sticking with these colors, and adding ivory.

“The bridesmaids are wearing coral, and the men are wearing navy blazers. And our flowers will be a mix of ivory and coral dahlias.”

Margot has some advice for picking your wedding color palette. “Google them, and if the inspiration boards that the professionals have put together for your color combinations make you smile, go with it.”

Coral and Navy Vintage Wedding Invitation


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Beyond Red: Orange and Teal Mexican Wedding Inspiration

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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 from www.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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BMJNYC: Eco-Friendly Wedding Rings with Organic Style

Posted by in Design Secrets, In the Studio

What I’ve always loved about the jewelry designs from Barbara Polinsky of BMJNYC is that she creates wearable art. I’m so pleased to share her work with you.

“I make jewelry from recycled gold and silver for an eco conscious customer who appreciates handmade,” Barbara says. “I strive for a natural effortless look – as if I am gently engineering nature taking the gentle curves of our bodies into consideration.”

eco friendly 3 stone wedding ring set

The results are designs that resemble twigs, flowers or simply naturally askew rings.

“My design style is organic and natural,” Barbara says. “I’m fascinated by natural “imperfections” and how they blend into the whole. Sometimes we focus on small details and loose sight of the big picture in life and in design too. I hope my work conveys overall harmony.”

eco friendly stone wedding band

{Designer Secret} Barbara suggests that when choosing your wedding rings think about day-to-day style rather than bling.

“Find something that you think is beautiful and will be comfortable and happy wearing every day for the rest of your life,” Barbara says. “You can always buy something fancy to wear with it later on.”

eco friendly engagement ring

And you don’t have to buy a set for your rings to match.

“One of the questions I’m asked most often is if things “go together”,” she says. “The jewelry I make mixes and matches with many different styles. I’m constantly amazed at how customers mix and match the twig bands to make a style their own.”

eco friendly flower cocktail ring

Customer ideas have been a guiding hand in Barbara’s designs. “My celebration collection has evolved from requests from my customers,” she says. “I guess you could say that customers’ suggestions have been golden.”

garland band eco friendly wedding ring

“I’ve been making jewelry on and off for over 30 years. When I was about 10 I was bitten by the handmade bug when one of my babysitters showed me how to solder and make a copper bracelet,” Barbara remembers. “It wasn’t until many years later that it actually became my business. I started by selling jewelry to friends and then expanded by opening a shop on Etsy.”

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Photo credits: Don Kozusko , Yosra El-Essawy

eco modern wedding band

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