Summer weddings are magical with the glorious sunshine and beautiful weather. Incorporating touches of color with flowers and fruit adds even more vibrancy to your wedding! We put together an inspiration board to help give you some new ideas on how to add some more flare to your special day. It’s filled with some of our favorite bouquets, decorations, cakes and more for this summer season. We love the look of starting off with neutral base colors and then adding a splash of bright color on top to create a beautiful contrast. By having neutral colors in addition to the bright ones, the pieces aren’t too distracting and come together to make the perfect summer wedding!
This past summer, at the stunning Haley Mansion in Mystic, CT, Amanda and Michael said their “I do’s.” We absolutely love this unique and fun “birds of a feather” theme they selected, and the story behind it. The details of this magical day were perfectly captured by Dani of dani. fine photography, all the way down to the feathers on the invitation suite! We caught up with the bride, Amanda, to hear more behind the planning of their big day.
Where did you draw your inspiration from?
The inspiration of the bird themed wedding came from my husband. One of his hobbies growing up was bird watching with his Grammy. I felt that the females perspective is always the focus of many weddings- it was an opportunity to include his passion into the special day.
What was your favorite moment from the big day?
Our favorite moment derived from the terrible weather that we were experiencing all morning long. Only hours before the wedding the rain stopped, but the gray clouds remained. Upon walking down the aisle and holding hands the clouds cleared and the most beautiful sunshine came shining through. It was a moment everyone remembers, and (what seemed like) a sign from our loved ones above looking down on us.
How was the styling process for the wedding? Did you start with one detail and grow from there? Or did you know an overall concept you wanted to achieve?
The wedding details were grown from the basic concept of birds. I wanted to create a romantic and elegant way of representing the bird theme into my details. This was done through wedding flowers (cages for centerpieces, feathers in bouquets, corsages), table names (every table was different bird name), stationary design, place cards, ring holder (birds nest).
How did you find your venue?
I wanted to get married somewhere near the ocean (basically spent my summers at the Cape and RI) but also I put a lot of value into where my money would be going. I wanted a venue that my spending would be benefiting- a historical mansion (The Haley Mansion) was perfect because I knew my money was helping preserve something historical and beautiful.
Any advice to brides or grooms to be?
Weddings are expensive! It will cause disagreements, stress, and anxiety! Remember to always be mindful of each others opinions and come up with a middle ground. I would emphasize the importance of literally how fast the day goes by. Make sure to take a moment as a couple and observe the intricate details you created and how they came together. The best part of the wedding was the atmosphere, the joy, and the fun everyone had. Have a blast and don’t forget to eat the food you purchased!
This August, we snuck down to coastal Rhode Island to shoot our 2017 summer concept! We’re so excited about this look that we had to share some behind the scenes shots with you. Splitting our time between Mackerel Cove Beach and Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, RI, we teamed up with the extremely talented Melanie Zacek for photography and Dmitry Gordievsky of Embark Films for videography.
Our beautiful models, Abby Lynn and Danny Deitz of Maggie Inc. Models were assisted by the wonderful glam team at Upstyle! Abby sported various looks throughout the day, including 2 stunning dresses by Cathy Telle and a veil from Bridal Heirlooms. We’re so grateful to once again have partnered with DMG Noho for our flawless jewels!
As always, working with Flowers by Justine was an incredible experience. We always fall head over heels for her wonderful floral skills! New to our list, we were honored to be able to feature these spectacular custom dinner plates by Susan Gordon Pottery!
We had a wonderful day and a fabulous shoot despite some rain later in the day and we couldn’t be happier with the end result! We hope you enjoy this behind the scenes sneak peek and we cannot wait to share the full concept with you in the very near future!
One of the most important parts of planning your wedding is of course setting a date! Do you want to get married surrounded by a soft sheet of snow, or maybe sinking your toes in the sand on the beach? Whichever season you’re leaning towards to celebrate your big day, be sure to know some pros and cons of each.
There’s nothing more romantic than a cozy atmosphere surrounded by a fresh sheet of snow, a fireplace, and your loved ones in the winter months!
Since winter is considered the slow season for weddings, you have a better chance of finding discounts on venues!
- Comfort foods
You get to have all the fun in creating your menu filled with comfort foods to keep your guests toasty warm!
With winter comes snow, and unpredictable snow storms could prevent guests from being able to attend.
People are saving money for the countless winter holidays, such as Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, and Valentine’s Day.
- Natural Beauty
Flowers are blooming, trees are slowing getting back their greenery. Have fun matching your wedding colors with the natural colors of spring surrounding you!
- Weather warming up
Everyone loves when the weather starts to warm up, especially after a chilly winter season! It’s a great time to have an outdoor ceremony where guests won’t be too hot or too cold!
- Peak Wedding Season
Spring time is a very popular season to get married. Venues may be booked, and it is hard to compete with others for that prime wedding date!
Spring is the peak season for allergies, which means itchy eyes and runny noses!
- Rainy Season
If you decided upon an outdoor wedding, keep in mind that April showers bring May flowers… and could potentially wash out your venue.
- Option of an outdoor wedding
Long days, longer sunlight, and warm nights call for great outdoor weddings for you and your guests to enjoy!
- Themes are endless
Garden theme, rustic theme, beach theme, you name it, you got it! Aside from a wintery wedding, the themes that you can pull off are endless!
Although we can’t wait for the warm weather to arrive, there’s always the risk of getting married on the same day the weather is in the 90s. Be prepared to offer some shade for your guests!
- Vacation Season
Another risk is having your wedding weekend land right in the middle of someone else’s vacation week. Summer is a very popular time for families to take vacations!
- Reliable weather
Just like spring, the weather is not too hot and not too cold!
Use nature to your advantage with decorations! Fall is the perfect season to save money in the decoration department since the foliage is as beautiful as it comes!
- Tight finances
People are starting to save money for the upcoming holidays in the winter season, which means they are more likely to have a tight budget (and you also might be tight on your budget for the same reason)!