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Weddings After Marriage

Photography by Rainey Day Photography

I see a new trend emerging. More couples are getting married and having their wedding at a later date.  In some cases, the groom is going off to war. In other cases, it isn’t a convenient time to have a wedding, or the expense of it isn’t feasible at the time. More are practicing abstinence and purity until marriage. These couples don’t want to live together before marriage, so they get married and have the wedding later. The desire to make a life-long commitment is taking center stage, placing the wedding lower on the priority list.  This speaks volumes to me about the current generation.  More often than not, today’s brides and grooms are victims of divorce. They know firsthand the pain that comes with that, so they aren’t entering the marriage with the flip attitude that “If it doesn’t work out, we can always get a divorce.” I applaud them for recognizing that marriage is sacred and not to be taken lightly.

Ben and Jen got married a year prior to their wedding.  Ben had taken a job out-of-state, and Jen wanted to go with him. They didn’t feel it was right for them to live together, so they got married. During the following year, Jen planned her dream wedding.  It turned out beautifully, don’t you think?  I loved the bridesmaids’ dresses. They had a southern belle look to them. The girls carried a simple bouquet of white calla lilies. Jen’s bouquet was very elegant, just like Jen! She carried a classic bouquet of white calla lilies with added jeweled adornment on the stems.

We lined the aisle with submerged calla lilies.

The submerged calla lilies and the arrangement of hydrangea, roses, and Callas set an elegant backdrop for the ceremony.

Guests released monogrammed balloons for a fun send-off

Isn’t this a beautiful photo by  Rainey Day Photography?

About her wedding, Jen wrote, “Where do I start?  So much to thank you for! My ceremony and reception were both absolutely breathtaking, perfect in every way! I absolutely loved it. I received so many compliments that it was the most beautiful wedding that they’d ever seen! More importantly, it was the most beautiful wedding I’d ever seen! And, I’ve been to a lot. You left me with wanting absolutely nothing more.  Thank you, Pam! you brought my vision to life! God Bless!”

What more can a designer hope for than to make a bride’s dream come true?

See more photos of Jen and Ben’s wedding at Pamela’s Event Design.

Thank you for stopping by.  Please leave comments. I would like to know who is reading my blog.

Warm wishes!

Pam Archer, President

Pamela’s Exclusive Floral & Event Design

Fall Weddings

We love doing Fall weddings.  The colors of the flowers are so much more vibrant, due to the cooler weather.  Meagan and Aaron’s wedding color palette played to the colors of autumn so beautifully.  They chose teal and red, but in much more muted tones than what we normally see.  The end result was breathtaking!  Jim Goodwin did a great job of capturing this picture of the bridesmaids:

The reception was in  the Grand Soldier’s Ballroom, at The Carnegie Hotel.  The ballroom is a replica of the dining room on the Titanic:

The room needed very little added decoration.  We chose the neutral linen so it wouldn’t compete with the elegance of the room.   The couple’s colors were brought in with the flowers:

Lots of candles made it very romantic:

Meagan enjoyed some time with her guests.  Notice the water in the vases on the mantle:

Don’t you just love this peek of the wedding cake, by Marji Chambers?

Meagan and her mom, Teri, were a delight to work with.  It wasn’t like work at all!  I think the wedding was exquisite and everything turned out so perfectly.  Now that’s a success!

Thanks for stopping by.  Come back soon to see another lovely Fall wedding.

Pam Archer, President

Pamela’s Event Design

Wedding Invitations

One of the most difficult decisions a bride and groom have to make is choosing invitations.  Unless you have an unlimited budget you will need to shop around for an invitation that you like, reflects the style or theme of your wedding, and is reasonably priced.  This process can sap hours of your valuable time.  Minted  is a great source for wedding invitations and save-the-date cards, among other products.  I found some really nice invitations with varied styles, colors and textures there, and they are all very reasonably priced.  Here are some of my favorites:

Kim Kardashian’s classic wedding style is sure to bring back black and white weddings.  Pictured here in charcoal grey, this invitation comes in a variety of colors.  I like how it combines traditionalism with a touch of contemporary.

Black and white wedding invitation

The font on this invitation is what captured my attention.  I love the modern/whimsical look of this invitation.  You can get it in a variety of colors, or personalize it.

Contemporary Wedding Invitation

How cute is this one!  Your initials carved in a tree. Wouldn’t this be perfect for your casual, outdoor or barn wedding?

Rustic Wedding Invitation

What I really love about this invitation is the color combination.  In Tiffany style, it comes in pearlescent as well as in recycled or standard paper.  I love the aqua!

Tiffany Blue and lace invitation

Those are just a few of the hundreds of styles available at  Minted.

I also chose a couple of Save-the-Date cards for you to see.  You can order up to 3 sample from their website so you can see what they look like, and the quality of their products.

The colors of this Save-the-Date card are what caught my eye.  It’s different and classy!

Unique colors for a Save-the Date Card

This very nice save-the-date card includes a portfolio of information about your wedding.

Save-the-date card

As you can see, the choices are endless!  I encourage you to check out Minted to find your invitations, save-the-date cards, and keep them in mind when you need to order other event invitations, such as for a baby shower.  The site has a forum, which is always nice, because it allows you to bounce ideas off of other brides.  Here are the links to the invitations and the save-the-date cards:

Wedding Invitations 
Save-the-Date

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Pam Archer

 

DIY Wedding Projects

Being a do-it-yourself person, I understand why many brides are doing a lot of things themselves for their weddings.  My advice to my brides is to choose a couple of things to do yourself.   Your wedding will have a more personal feel to it, plus you will have fun doing the projects.  Don’t take on too many projects, though.  It will only stress you and consume all of your time, leaving you too tired to enjoy your wedding day.

This week, I found some super cute and cool projects for weddings.   They all include tutorials.  I have included the links to them for your convenience.

If you are like me, you are very bored with silver and gold cake stands.  Why not make your own? I love these cake stands!  You can make them any size you want,  and any color you prefer.  You can find the complete tutorial at Bee In Our Bonnet:

Guest favors are optional, but if you want something easy and fun to do how about these thank you bags?  Each guest can fill them with candy from your candy buffet.  The folks at Hey Gorgeous teach you how to make them:

If you are tired of the traditional guest book or picture signing, make one of these keepsake albums.  Your guests write a note to you and put it in one of the envelopes.  How nice is that?  I found this idea over at Martha Stewart Weddings:

And for your outdoor wedding, keep guests cool with the homemade paper fans.  Aren’t they adorable?  Two Shades of Pink has this and other fab ideas:

These ideas send me straight to my workshop to experiment.  How about you?  What are you planning to do for your wedding or party?  I would love to hear from you, and feature your project here.  Submit to pam@pamelaseventdesign.com

Happy Planning!

Pam Archer

Random Wedding Week – Saturday

Do you ever look through old photographs and find some favorites you had forgotten about?  I did that this week, and over the next few posts, I am going to share a few with you.  There will be lots of random wedding things, from DIY projects for your bridesmaids and some of my favorite wedding photography shots,  to cake details, so check back every couple of days for some really cute ideas.

Indulge me today, as I show you the most beautiful flower girl EVER!  Not that I am the least bit biased, but this child…ahem…my great-niece…is every bit as sweet and angelic as she looks.  But, before I show you her picture as a flower girl, I want to share a picture that was captured of her playing dress up.  Notice the bare feet…sweet dirt, that’s what I call it.

playing dress-up

Just tell me that Laura Beth is not a beautiful child!  Between those eyes and the pearls….

Check out this black and white flower girl dress!

Black and white tulle flower girl dress

On a personal note, Laura Beth’s baby brother was born this week.  She first saw Asa before they had cut the umbilical cord.  She asked her mom, “When are they going to cut the power cord?”  How cute is that!

Do you have some cute flower girl or ring bearer pictures to share?  I’ll post them here.  Just e-mail them to me at pam@pamelaseventdesign.com.  If I receive enough, I’ll do a contest.

Wedding Linens

Whew!  I apologize for the lengthy absence.  It is wedding season, so we have been busyyyyyyyyyy!.  We are finding that more brides these days have short engagements.  We thought we had our year all scheduled out, but have had some short notice weddings.  Wedding design requires many hours of planning, calculating, and shopping.  That’s what I have been doing.

One of the aspects of wedding design that I really enjoy is helping the bride select the linens for the reception guest tables.  As much as I love flowers, and think that every bride should have plenty of them, when I consult with clients, I advise them that what will bring them the most value for their dollar are beautiful linens.  The linens bring life to the table and add color where it is most needed.  Centerpieces and tablescapes are enhanced with the right tabletopper .  I do know that expensive linens aren’t in every budget, but even the basic colored linens can create a put-together look for your wedding.  If you can’t do them on all the tables, do the head table or cake table in a spectacular linen.

Take a look at some of my favorites:

The soft lavender color of these linens from Wildflower Linens compliment the bold reds and deep purples of the flowers.

Lavender tablecloth

Don’t you just love the ruffles on this organza and satin ensemble?  It’s so lush, another beauty from Wildflower Linens:

The muted colors in these linens make the vibrant fall colors of the blooms pop:

Purple and white are hot colors for 2011 and 2012:

Here is another option for a purple and green color scheme:


I think I have an orange crush:

I can’t imagine using a boring white, 3/4 length linen under these pretty centerpieces:

Here are some other great resources for linens for your wedding or special event:

BBJ Linen

Cloth Connection

Mosaic

Wildflower Linens

Which one of the linens above is your favorite?  What colors are you using for your wedding?  Write to me and I will give you ideas for your wedding!

Happy planning,

Pam Archer, President

Pamela’s Exclusive Floral & Event Design