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Weekly Wrap Up + Thanksgiving Inspiration

Weekly Wrap Ups

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We’re less than a week away from Thanksgiving! I thought I’d leave you with some inspiration for the holiday with some off-the-beaten-path hues with a bit of metallic thrown in the mix.

Colors: nude, plum, amethyst and silver leaf

unique thanksgiving table

Clockwise: 1, Elie Saab gown from here / 2, Martha Stewart / 3, XO cookies (would be cute as thank you spelled out for Thanksgiving!) from Hello Naomi / 4, pendant lights via Amanda Rodriguez

We’re delighted to announce that our winner for the Macy’s Giveaway is… Kelly D, with comment #36! We’ll be in touch shortly with more details :)

In case you missed any of our features from this week…

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Macy’s wedding registry + giveaway
Mint and peach Ontario wedding
France + Italy honeymoon!
Bridesmaids’ resource Brideside
Print and pattern wedding ideas
DIY flour aisle runner tutorial
Fresh Delray Beach wedding
Wedding registry from Wedding Republic
Robinswood House Seattle wedding
Mexico destination wedding

This week, in Recycle Your Wedding

3 dozen crystal goblets
Chalkboard horses for table numbers
Vintage mailbox for cards
J. Crew Principessa dress, size 4
Vintage sewing drawers
Rifle Paper Co. table numbers
Monique Lhuillier “Emotion” dress

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CRIMSON LETTERS

My company, Crimson Letters creates unique hand painted wedding stationery, specialising in opulently painted, heavily illustrated design work, with calligraphy. All items are digitally printed from a master watercolour or acrylic artwork piece and individually and lovingly painted upon. Using only the finest papers and card stock sourced from London And Paris.

I’m a British designer with a degree in textile design, artist and a person with a passion for intricate creativity who’s inspired by all fine things, whether it’s food, interiors or architecture. I’m influenced heavily by my love of travelling, my rich heritage and travelling frequently through the Mediterranean where I have family in Portugal and Paris. I’m exhilarated and humbled by the beauty of this world. Bringing these ideas back to my design studio, each piece is fuelled from the cultures across the world.

I enjoy bringing a fresh decadent approach to wedding invitations, which are a timeless medium. I have always loved weddings and seeing the bride in her white dress has always been a magical moment for me. I feel completely over the moon to be able to create irreplaceable memoirs that the bride can look back on one day with a huge smile.

When I’m not busy in my design studio, I love exploring new parts of Europe, trying to improve my hopelessly basic French and Portuguese skiing, cross stitching, kissing my sons, watching period dramas and painting whilst drinking copious amounts of tea.

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Nostalgic Los Angeles Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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This little wedding sent over by Sarah of Hazelwood Photo makes our hearts sing with vintage joy — seriously, does it get any more stunning than this incredible bride? The bride and groom both collect vinyl records, so they not only used a DJ who spun vinyl but also used old records for their seating charts! There’s so much packed into these stunning California nuptials and some great advice from bride Victoria, so hop to it!

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From the bride, Victoria: We never really came up with a solid theme to follow. Kieron just kept on saying “Don’t think about themes, think about aesthetics!” We basically tried to incorporate some of our favorite things so pretty much every detail in the wedding directly reflects something about us. The color scheme is just colors we like (ivory, gold, emeralds and metallics); the vintage dress (the first and only dress I tried on — it immediately felt right) because I love vintage clothes and most of my wardrobe is vintage; the venue is the house where I grew up and my favorite place in the world; we incorporated vinyl records because we both collect records; we used succulents because I love them and I make cactus dishes for a hobby (I made all the mini-terrarium favors with my awesome bridesmaid Aubrey); the mariachi band to pay homage to my Mexican heritage and a classic photochemical photobooth because we’ve always taken photobooth pictures since we first started dating (see our save-the-dates made with photobooth strips over the years). I could go on but I guess I’m just saying that instead of going for some kind of theme, we just allowed the stuff that we love to become the direct inspiration for how we wanted our wedding to feel. Overall, I think one of the most important details for me was to have family be a big part. That’s why we had displayed the photos of weddings in our families throughout the generations and we felt so blessed to be able to have Kieron’s grandfather officiate the ceremony (he’s been married for 65 years so that really is an inspiration).


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Most memorable moment of the day? I would say it was when I was approaching Kieron for our first look. Of course Kieron had his back turned to me as I was walking towards him but I could tell that he was just as nervous and breathless as I was. It felt like everything that we had worked so hard on — all the planning, shopping, crafting and stressing — had lead up to this very moment. The shoot was next door so it was just Kieron and me (plus our wonderful photographer) and for the first time ever, that’s when I really FELT like his bride. Kieron turned around to see me and the expression was priceless. It was like nothing else in the world mattered and finally, we could just soak it up and enjoy each other.


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Any advice you want to share with future brides-to-be? Be as involved as you possibly can in the planning process of your wedding. A few people told me how proud we should be of our wedding and that it had a really personal touch. We really do feel proud of our wedding day because we put so much of ourselves into it. Every detail deserves your special attention and every decision should be a thoughtful one. When in doubt, trust your instincts and follow your heart. Though it may be tough to see the forest for the trees in the planning stages, when it all comes together on your special day it will be well worth it!


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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Cosmic Dancer,” T. Rex
Bridal Processional: “Waterloo Sunset,” The Kinks
Ceremony Music: “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder),” The Beach Boys
Newlywed Entrance: “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do),” Chris Clark
First Dance: “Knock Me a Kiss,” Louis Jordan

Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Wedding Photographer: Hazelwood Photo / Event Planner: Party and Be Married / Wedding Flowers: Thistle & Twig / Vintage wedding gown: The Paper Bag Princess / Reception gown: made custom by Revamp / Engagement Ring: family heirloom / Hair & Makeup: Makeup Mafia / Wedding Cake: Fantasy Frostings

Mexico Destination Wedding

Beach Weddings

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We don’t quite know how she does it, but whenever we see images from Alea Lovely, they look straight out of a dream. This day-after shoot from a destination wedding in Mexico is no exception — from the bride’s gauzy gown to the groom’s all-white attire, this couple popped straight out of our daydreams and into our inbox!


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From the bride, Lynette: We had a wedding for our families about one month before our wedding in Tulum, Mexico, and we wanted to make sure our Mexico wedding was just perfect and personal for us- everything we had pictured for our wedding day. So, this in itself was a bit of a unique situation, since for the last 6 months or so prior to mid September, we had been planning two weddings, one three day, 350 person multicultural wedding and one destination wedding. We figured that since our families got the wedding of their dreams, that we were fully entitled to the wedding of our dreams! Ever since Omar and I were engaged, we had envisioned an intimate wedding at a private estate situated on the beach with our closest friends. I wanted to find a location that was easy to access from the US (so that our friends would go) and actually made a list of descriptive adjectives we had in mind when we set out to find the perfect venue. We made a list entitiled “Vibe we are going for: beach, outdoors, romantic, floral, chic, spiritual, hippy, exotic, laid-back, fun, playful, party, Zen”.

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It was really important for me to choose a place that definitely had abundant natural beauty and spiritual energy, and then Tulum popped up in my online searches. It was the perfect location because we were getting married in 2012 (for those of you who know about Mayan Prophecy and the upcoming “shift in consciousness”). The name of the house we rented was Casa Chic. Loved the place because it was rustic and natural but modern and glam all at the same time.

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I found a reputable wedding planner in the area, Leanne Marie Weddings, who had a lovely local assistant, Maju, and a network of vendors and contacts in the Riviera Maya. We couldn’t have done without these ladies, the vendors and services they all brought together was outstanding! I was so concerned that the Tulum wedding would fall to the sidelines because we were so focused on the traditional family wedding, so I just had to trust that everything was going to come together. It was amazing to see it play out perfectly!

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My dress was flowy and light -a stark contrast to my stunning, albeit heavily beaded and just plain HEAVY dress from the family wedding. I had a lot of fun picking out statement accessories for a simple canvas. I felt lucky that I got to meet many great women at bridal stores with lots of style because they connected me with a lot of designers and ideas for inspiration. It felt special to top off my look with my mom’s diamond and pearl earrings. I just felt like a goddess that day, which is exactly how I wanted to feel on my wedding day! When Omar saw me for the first time in my gown and finished look he said, “This is exactly how I pictured you to look on our wedding day”.

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One of my favorite moments was a surprise guitar serenade to “Maps” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on the beach during Omar’s vows, accompanied by my dear friend Amanda McAllister, an opera singer in LA. There was also fire dancer and drum show and then we finished off our first dance with fireworks!

We were surrounded by 20 of our dearest friends, who have come into our lives over the last 10 years of our “dating” relationship, many of whom were special to us before we even met. It felt incredible to have everyone there, having a blast, dancing, eating amazing food, enjoying the stunning ocean, the sound of the waves, great music, celebrating our love, and enjoying the present moment. And Alea Lovely was there to capture it all!

In our busy adult lives its rare that large groups of friends get the space and opportunity to be able to share experiences like this with each other (weddings are the perfect time for this) it was the perfect week and the rest of my life with the one I love will always be a Honeymoon!

Wedding Location: Tulum, Mexico / Wedding Photographer: Alea Lovely / Ceremony Venue: Hechizo / Reception Venue: Casa Chic / Wedding Planning and Design: LM Weddings / Decor: Floreria Jardin & Artevelas / Wedding Dress: Saja / Hair Accessory: Claire Pettibone / Bride’s Belt: Ranjana Khan / Shoes: Paris by Debra Moreland / Hair and Makeup: MVP Hair and Makeup / Music: BOLE / DJ: Mood Events / Videographer: Cinematic Riveria Maya

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Concertina Press

Sailboats, waves, octopus and jellyfish are just a few of the amazing seaworthy designs featured in Concertina Press’s line of vintage inspired nautical wedding invitations and stationery.

“Ruth is an exceptional artist and artisan! She was very prompt to stay in communication with me throughout my ordering process. She worked with me to make sure that all my needs were met exactly. It was so comforting to work with her through the stressful process of ordering the perfect wedding invitations! I absolutely LOVE the way her products turned out, and cannot wait to send them to all my guests! Thank you SO MUCH Ruth, your kindness and professionalism have helped me more than you know!” ” – Emily D.

After living in the small town of Woods Hole on Cape Cod for nearly 11 years, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press, moved down to the sunny East coast of Florida to be closer to family. Her Cape Cod map save the date is still widely popular with couples getting married on the Cape, along with the matching wedding invitation. Since moving south she’s added more tropical designs including seahorses, sand dollars and waves.

Ruth takes pride in customer service, and making the online ordering process as easy as possible while still remaining personalized. You can purchase samples of any of her invitations online, or contact her directly with any questions or for a quote.

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