Wednesday, December 16, 2009

blooms galore

I hopped online tonight to take a look at some bouquet ideas. As I mentoned earlier, I'm looking for something with a wide variety of shades of purple.

This first one, is from the 2000 Fall issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. I like the idea of the glitter (or maybe flocked) pine cones, but I would have to try to track down a copy of this issue so I can get a closer look and see if it looks too Christmas-ie.

The second one is from the 2006 Fall issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. I like the variety of blooms and also shades of purple in this bouquet, but I would also like a few blooms to be even deeper in color.

The final bouquet is from The Knot's website. Some of the flowers in this are a little too pink for my color palate, but I really like the texture the spider mums add.

Purple-themed bouquets aren't as common as I would have thought, and I really want to try to stay away from artificial looking colors. Maybe also incorporate some wild flowers as well.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

a pop of color

A couple of my bridesmaids and I went to David's Bridal last week to look at bridesmaid dresses, and I totally stumbled across a third color to add to my palate. David's calls it Wysteria and it's a sort of dusty, deep lilac. I think it adds some interest to the cream and charcoal theme and both my bridesmaids really liked it.

With the addition of purple to the wedding, I'm thinking about a boquet that has all different tones of purple in it from really dark to light.

From the start, I've wanted to do a bright colored shoe with my dress, and I think a nice dark plum shoe will look great with my ivory dress. I found these shoes at and I love the color and style. The only thing I'll have to figure out is if the heel is too tall. Since I'm above average height, if the hem is perfect while I'm flat-footed, I'll just have to go with flats.

As soon as my dress comes in, I'll have to see if I can do heels, I'm going to need as much time trying to adjust to the discomfort as possible!

Electra shoes by Nina at

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

the bridesmaid dress search begins!

After spending the past two months trying to nail down wedding colors, I finally decided to pick a bridesmaid dress first and then try to narrow down the colors based on availability. I arrived at this idea when I became so overwhelmed with color options.

I started researching dresses and I stumbled across a color that I would have never considered, champagne. I thought, 'how beautiful would it be with an ivory dress and champagne bridesmaid dresses?' I was totally hooked. My fiancé wanted to go with silver vests and ties for his groomsmen. I then stumbled across the idea of champagne and pewter. Even better!

The search was on for dresses in these colors. The color is defiantly more limiting than if I would have gone with something like red, but champagne seems to be a big color right now. There were more choices available than I would have guessed. David's Bridal is currently offering almost all of there dresses in the champagne color. The pewter is not as widely available, but still some.

Below are a couple dresses I fell in love with from other designers. I'll take them along when I visit the bridal shop I ordered my dress through and find out what the pricing is.

This Alfred Angelo dress is in a style that seems to be really popular now. I like the shape of it as I think it would work well for all shapes and sizes of women. I'll have to see if the girls are more interested in short or long dresses. October 9th could be a little chilly in a short skirt!

I love the bodice on this Bari Jay dress. This style isn't available in the champagne color but the pewter is really beautiful. Like the above dress, I could see this style looking good on all girls.