Thanksgiving Wedding Inspiration Board

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Combining the festivities? Thanksgiving and your wedding are both times to gather with those you love, so we see the appeal! For your special day, stick with warm, earthy tones. Think burnt oranges, warm yellow, deep red, and maybe even some dark forest green for a pop. Stick with the holiday favorites, or Thanksgiving-inspired food for your main meal! As Thanksgiving is a time to be with family, consider serving your meal just like that -- family style at one big table where everyone can interact. For dessert, try something nontraditional and enjoy a delicious pie bar! You can have a variety of flavors for your guests to choose from, or even opt for a whole bunch on personal sized pies. Whatever you choose, we hope you have a wonderful, special day surrounded by those who mean most to you!

Summer Wedding Inspiration Board

With the cold weather behind us, it’s time for a little summer wedding inspiration! Go for the classic, whimsical beach theme with colors such as slate gray and powder blue, or stick with a light and airy feel with colors such as green and peach. With bright pops of color trending in fashion, why not tie bold pinks and yellows into your wedding day? Whatever it may be, your summer wedding is sure to be fun, bright and warm!

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The Jewel Tone Story

When thinking about this concept, we were inspired to mix the old with the new. The gardens and architecture of this late 1800s historical home nestled in the heart of Amherst, Massachusetts, created a simple but elegant backdrop to allow our deep beautiful jewel tones to take center stage.

Our vision for this beautiful shoot was to showcase a deep modern jewel tone palette and embrace a balance of the classic surroundings and the rich modern romance. We created a bold design with hues of pinks, purples, greens and blues, a palette that we accented with the mixture of vintage details and modern touches.

From the modern invitation suite with its geometric shapes and bold colors to the ombre guest seating we were inspired by this beautiful balance of classic and modern.

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Pastel Wedding Color Palette

Spring is here! What better way to brighten your wedding day than focusing on a pastel color palette?! From pale pinks and purple to soft greens and blues, the ideas and color coordinations are endless! Think fresh cut flowers, warm spring air, and a romantic, whimsical atmosphere! 

Image Source:  One Fab Day

Image Source: One Fab Day

Watercolor Inspiration

Want to add some artistic elements and pops of color to your wedding day? If so, focusing on a watercolor theme is the way to go! Think of soft brush strokes and fresh, bright colors to inspire you to transform your big day into an artistic dream! A watercolor theme offers endless possibilities for decorations as well. More importantly, you can save money on creating your own DIY stationary, backdrops, and more all while having fun experimenting with different watercolor shades!

Top Wedding Color Palettes

Date picked. Venue booked. Now the design process begins! We suggest the first step to take is to determine the what your event's color palette will be. You will use these colors to make most of the decisions along the way but picking the palette isn't as easy as picking your favorite two colors. We are here to help!


Consult the Wheel!

No need for a degree in interior design or art, just follow the basic principles of color! Choose colors that are either have opposite attributes (warm and cool) or colors that are considered to be neighbors (share a primary color). We suggest going to your local hardware store and going through all the color paint chips. They are a great way to choose a color and once you have chosen you can take chips to keep to refer to during your design process and at your vendor meetings!

Set a Mood

Your color palette is the most important design decision you will make. You will use color to help set the mood for your wedding day. We suggest that you think about the day and how you want it to feel. This will help you determine which direction you are leaning towards, dark and dramatic or light and airy.

 

 

Look to Your Venue

Your venue will help you decide on a color palette. Are you getting married in a barn in the fall? Are you getting married in the middle of winter? Let your venue speak to you! Instead of working to transform the space, use the space to bring your vision to life. Be sure that you choose colors that work with the different locations of your day.


Greenery is the color of the year for 2017! Mix it with taupe, grey and cream, you have the trendy minimalist design. Beautiful, simple and elegant.

One of our favorite combinations! Mixing soft peach tones with pale greens and blues creates a color palette that is sophisticated and works well in any season.

Look to the earth for your inspiration. Combining shades of blue and taupes with greenery accents, creates a vibe that is serene and stylish.


Need more inspiration? See below for the Pantone color trends for Spring 2017!

Our Top 3 of the 2017 Spring Pantone Colors

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This fall, Pantone announced their top 10 colors for spring 2017!  The colors include Niagara, Primrose Yellow, Lapis Blue, Flame Scarlet, Island Paradise, Pale Dogwood, Greenery, Pink Yarrow, Kale and finally Hazelnut. Pantone explains that the colors are a mixture of vitality, relaxation and the great outdoors. They are a great mix of bright and vivid hues. We decided to let you know our top three favorites and share some inspiration boards to get your planning jump started! Consider this your essential color guide to the season.

 

PANTONE 18-0107 Kale

Evocative of the great outdoors & a healthy lifestyle, Kale is another foliage-based green that conjures up our desire to connect to nature, similar to the more vivacious Greenery. This lush & fertile natural green shade provides the perfect complementary background to the more vibrant tones in the palette.

 

 

PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow

By contrast, Primrose Yellow sparkles with heat and vitality. Inviting us into its instant warmth, this joyful yellow shade takes us to a destination marked by enthusiasm, good cheer and sunny days.

 

PANTONE 19-4045 Lapis Blue

Conveying even more energy is Lapis Blue. Strong and confident, this intense blue shade is imbued with an inner radiance.

moody romance

As the temperatures start to drop, we can’t help but fall in love with a dark and moody color palette. Looking to add a mysterious feel to your wedding? A moody romance theme might be just what you’re looking for! These deep, rich, gorgeous colors are perfect for a late fall event. Here are some of our favorite pieces of inspiration.

farm luxe

Although we are sad to say goodbye to Summer, we are looking forward to a beautiful New England Fall season. Also known as our favorite wedding season!

2016 Fall wedding trends include incorporating decor elements that are gilded in gold, color palettes of berry medleys and bringing the bountiful harvest to the table.

So break out the riding boots and find the nearest apple orchard and embrace Fall's gems. 

Happy Fall!

CREATIVE CONCEPT AND DESIGN: PARSIMONY VINTAGE

FLORAL DESIGN: THE TANGLED GRAPEVINE

PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY: PHOTOGRAPHY BY CARLIN

BRIDAL GOWN: BRIDAL HEIRLOOMS

HAIR: JACLYN LOPES MORIN, BRUSH SALON

MAKEUP: ALY TERLIK

CAKES: PETE'S SWEETS 

JEWELRY: DON MULLER GALLERY  

ART AND INVITE DESIGNS: DAVID BUSCEMI, ART DIRECTOR, PARSIMONY VINTAGE

RENTALS: JEROME'S PARTY PLUS

MODEL: OLIVIA BUSCEMI

The Peaches and Cream Story

This peaches and cream inspiration is what wedding dreams are made of. With the combination of the soft colors like cream, soft pinks and peaches balanced out by lush greens. It's elegant but sweet, and you're immediately captivated by the details.

VENDORS

CREATIVE CONCEPT AND DESIGN: PARSIMONY VINTAGE

FLORAL DESIGN: PAMELA MCCULLOUGH PARSIMONY VINTAGE

PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY: PHOTOGRAPHY BY CARLIN

BRIDAL GOWN: Pearl Bridal

HAIR: JACLYN LOPES MORIN, BRUSH SALON

MAKEUP: ALY TERLIK

CAKES: PETE'S SWEETS

JEWELRY: DON MULLER GALLERY  

ART AND INVITE DESIGNS: DAVID BUSCEMI, ART DIRECTOR, PARSIMONY VINTAGE

RENTALS: JEROME'S PARTY PLUS

PURPLE GOBLETS: RUST & LUXE

LOCATION: THE GENTLEMEN'S FARM

MODEL: Olivia Buscemi

STUNNING VINTAGE/RUSTIC WEDDING AT THE FAMILY FARM: REBECCA + CHRIS

Inspiration came naturally for Rebecca & Chris. "My husband Chris and I knew we wanted our wedding to be held at my family's farm. It was a place where not only I grew up, but where our relationship grew as well. We spent a lot of time there together, taking in all that this beautiful property had to offer!"

It even helped them save on the decor! "Back in the day, it was a dairy farm, and is now home to the family's maple syrup operation. The barn was filled (and I mean filled) with 60+ years of antique milk bottles, jars, tools, and farm equipment."

This location is absolutely stunning! Every detailfits perfectly for this vintage/rustic look, but it took a little elbow grease, Rebecca explains. "Since this started as a blank slate, I would say majority of the budget went to "creating the venue". This was an old, cluttered and dirty barn that was still in current use! We spent the entire summer cleaning it out, repairing, fixing roads, driveways and landscaping." There were plenty of outside expenses, too. "We also rented a tent (with tables, chairs, lighting and dance floor) to provide a place for dinner and dancing. Another bulk of the budget went to food, which was appetizers for the cocktail hour, and the dinner itself. We made the desserts ourselves!"

 

Rebecca had a little piece of advice for future brides and grooms out there. "First of all, breathe and relax!! Come wedding day, just know that you have done all you could, and it is all going to be worth it. If something small didn't get done, don't sweat it, you will be the ONLY one who knows! But most of all, cherish every single second of that day. It goes by quickly. If you can, step away from the noise and be with each other for a few moments. Take it all in and embrace that beautiful moment with each other. You're really married now!!!

Photographer: Amy Brown Photography  //Wedding Dress: Davids Bridal  //Bouquet & Bouts : F as In Flowers  //DJ: Music Fantasy Weddings  //Officiate : A Hitching Place

The Watercolor Story

In a day and age of rapidly improving technology and mass production, is it any wonder that couples are starting to embrace handmade and artistic wedding looks? Watercolor defines that to a T! Our favorite thing about watercolors is how fluid, organic and honest it is. Every color blends and every stroke is forever. We love how the entire palette pops! Pinks, purples, turquoise, greens and blues all blend together for a look that's full of personality and joie de vivre.

One of the greatest things about this look is that it doesn't need perfect lines and uniformity. You can mix and match colored glasses, and it still maintains that perfect feel (providing you stay in your color palette.) And, adding handmade elements like painted table assignments are a great way to connect with your guests in a personal manner.

Enjoy this colorful and lively photo shoot, and fall in love with this beautiful spring/summer look!

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CREATIVE CONCEPT AND DESIGN: PARSIMONY VINTAGE

FLORAL DESIGN: PAMELA MCCULLOUGH PARSIMONY VINTAGE

PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY: PHOTOGRAPHY BY CARLIN

BRIDAL GOWN: BRIDAL HEIRLOOMS

HAIR: JACLYN LOPES MORIN, BRUSH SALON

MAKEUP: ALY TERLIK

CAKES: PETE'S SWEETS

JEWELRY: DON MULLER GALLERY  

ART AND INVITE DESIGNS: DAVID BUSCEMI, ART DIRECTOR, PARSIMONY VINTAGE

RENTALS: JEROME'S PARTY PLUS

PURPLE GOBLETS: RUST & LUXE

LOCATION: THE GENTLEMEN'S FARM

MODEL: LEXI KIVARI

Whimsical Bohemian Wedding: Francesca + Dennis

Francesca & Dennis, who met when they were 18 years old, chose a venue close to Francesca's heart, her childhood day camp Camp Massasoit at Springfield College, so she could incorporate her best memories from childhood. This August wedding captures the best elements of bohemian saturated colors and whimsical details. It all works together to create this magical day.

We asked Francesca where she got her inspiration for the wedding's style, because we are swooning over it! Francesca shares, All over the place!! Magazines, Pinterest, other weddings I've been to. At the camp they have this special spot in the woods called The Chapel of the Pines. The spot is so magical and ethereal it sparked inspiration in me and the next thing I knew the ideas were coming.

The budget talk! Paying for a wedding can be overwhelming so we asked Francesca and Dennis to give us their lessons learned during their experience. The biggest ticket item for us was the location and the food. There is never a time that you want to skimp on food. No one will have fun if they're hungry! But keep your budget in mind when you choose your venue and caterer. Have your budget worked out before you start the planning process, this way you know your budget for each part of the wedding. Things will be adjusted but at least you will be able to have a starting point that you are comfortable with.

The Botaniste captured Francesca's vision in this STUNNING, textural bouquet.

Francesca offers up advice to future brides and grooms. Enjoy the process. Start early so you get to have everything you want. It will give you a chance to shop around and save money. Most importantly, don't stress too much. The day is going to go so fast you won't even notice half the stuff you spent so much time worrying about- and your guests won't either! I wish I could go back and do it all over again.

Look at those favors! Details like this make an event but details mean work. Francesca and Dennis tell us about their decision to hire a wedding planner. We decided to hire a planners to help us through the process and it was the best decision we made. Our planner was our rock. She helped us from start to finish. From budget planning to site visits and rentals to decor and more importantly- execution of the decor- which is harder than one may think. She was my "day of" coordinator as well, which I think is necessary regardless of whether you decide to have a wedding planner or not. Otherwise, your friends and family are stressed trying to help get all the last minute stuff done rather than enjoying the day getting ready and being in the moment.

These pictures are amazing! Lydia Leclair of Lydia Leclair Photography captured every single detail of this amazing wedding. Even the dreamy night sky!

 

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photography: Lydia Leclair Photography // wedding design: the bride and groom // venue: Camp Massasoit at Springfield College // dress: Daniel Faucher Couture // florals: The Botaniste // rentals: TJ's Taylor Rental // DJ: Chris Hamel Productions // catering: Springfield College Catering // cake: Cerrato's Bakery

Rustic Copper

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Metallics continue to trend in the wedding industry so we wanted to create a love note to our favorite, copper. There is something about metallics that add that extra sparkle but copper brings it to new level. Working with this color to bring warmth to your event's design is a great way to add style while keeping the budget in check!

Prominent places to add color are in your linens, chargers and your wedding party's attire. Having these elements showcase this golden-orange hue will bring a richness to your big day's style.

Copper can be paired with any colors in your color wheel and works with in any decor style. So, from whimsical to modern, copper is your answer! Enjoy this shoot's metallic wedding inspiration in copper hues.

VENDORS

CREATIVE CONCEPT AND DESIGN: PARSIMONY VINTAGE

FLORAL DESIGN: PAMELA MCCULLOUGH PARSIMONY VINTAGE

PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY: PHOTOGRAPHY BY CARLIN

BRIDAL GOWN: BRIDAL HEIRLOOMS

HAIR: JACLYN LOPES MORIN, BRUSH SALON

MAKEUP: ALY TERLIK

CAKES: PETE'S SWEETS 

JEWELRY: DON MULLER GALLERY  

ART AND INVITE DESIGNS: DAVID BUSCEMI, ART DIRECTOR, PARSIMONY VINTAGE

WEDDING CHAIR SIGN: HOST & TOAST

RENTALS: JEROME'S PARTY PLUS

COPPER CIRCLE GARLANDS: MrsMorrisMade

MODEL: ALI VIVIAN

Rustic Meets Glamour in a Winter Wonderland: Erin + Chase

Erin & Chase drew inspiration for their wedding from their life on their dairy farm in Salisbury, Vermont. Erin explains, My inspiration came from Chase and my lifestyle. We own a large dairy farm and I wanted to incorporate the country and rustic feel to the wedding. We knew we wanted a winter wedding due to it being a slow time for work for Chase. We played off of the winter theme as well, with lots of cozy ideas to warm up the space.

Carr's Florist captured the perfect balance of winter whites mixed with beautiful pops of blues and purple.  

A perfect match! Solos Salon created elegant mix of curls and braids and Paige Carrara of Mountain Top Spa gave the bridal party rose kissed cheeks, fresh dewy skin with a little pop of color on the lips. 

Elysa of Ever After Photography beautifully captures this touching moment.

What a location! This winter wonderland is breathtaking. Erin talked to us about budget, The bulk of the budget went to the venue itself. We loved the Mountain Top Inn because it's so beautiful and it was like a one stop shop for us. You could decorate it as much or as little as you wanted because it was a gorgeous location. Take note brides! Picking a location that you are in love with can help you save on the decor expenses, just like Erin, find a venue whose esthetic aligns with your vision for your big day.

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We asked Erin for her best advice for future brides and grooms on their big day. And she couldn't have said it better, To stop and enjoy the moment, it goes very fast. We spend so much time thinking about the little details and at the end of the day remember the only thing that matters is that you are marrying your best friend.

 
 

Vendors

photography: Ever After Photography // DJ/Entertainment: Peak Entertainment // Makeup: Paige Carrara at Mountain Top Spa // Florals: Carr's Florist // Bridal gown: Essence of Australia gown from Lily Saratoga // Hair: Solos Salon // Venue: Mountain Top Inn