Let’s face it, a lot of girls dream of their wedding day and dress growing up, but guys… not so much! So when it comes to helping your groom plan his outfit and look for the big day, you might need a little extra inspiration for the big day. When it comes to fall styling, we love seeing great contrast when it comes to colors! The deep, dark hues mixed with some really rich, bright jewel tones can make for a timeless look. If you’re a couple that likes to break out of the traditional mold, we’re seeing more and more grooms opt for a brightly colored suit, and we’re all for this fun look! Think hunter green or a deep maroon… swoon! Take a peek at some of our favorite looks for this season.
Who doesn't love a good love story anyway? When planning our summer shoot we knew we wanted to design and capture that perfect story of love, loss, being reunited and committing to a life together.
We knew that our backdrop for this romantic story had to be the ocean. Just like love, the ocean is an integral part of life, one that is powerful but serene. The human response to the ocean has been expressed in various forms of art, literature and music, and this is our expression.
We created a soft design with hues of creams, greys and blues, a palette that connected our story to the ocean. We balanced our design details to capture movement and softness to warm the harshness of the ocean's rough waves and boulders.
Our bride was styled in two Cathy Telle gowns with beautiful accessories. Each dress created elegance in their simplistic style, the lace a-line dress's color of jade connected our bride to the cool ocean tones and our bridal dress gave soft details of lavender embroidered flowers. Her hair was simply done with wind blown waves and a touch of texture from a fishtail braid, the look completed with her soft makeup, with a hint of pink
We wanted the floral accents to look as though the bride was able to scavenge them herself from her island. Justine, of Flowers by Justine, was able to capture both movement and texture in these beautiful pieces.
The surroundings and the details helped us tell this story of connection, resilience and commitment to what we know is true love.
- Styling: Parsimony Inspired
- Photography: Melanie Zacek Photography
- Video: Embark Films
- Flowers: Flowers by Justine
- Dress: Cathy Telle
- Hair and Makeup: Upstyle
- Model: Danny Deitz
- Model: Abby Lynn
- Model Agency: Maggie Inc Models
- Jewelry: DMG Gallery
- Hair piece/veil: Bridal Heirlooms
- Custom dinner plates: Susan Gordon Pottery
Most would agree that Meghan Markle looked absolutely stunning for her wedding to Prince Harry earlier this month. There will be an undeniable upswing in simple but elegant - dare we say regal - brides in the upcoming months as a nod to Meghan’s look. Lucky for brides looking to follow her look, there are some really easy ways to break it down and replicate! Today, we’re going step by step to help you achieve that perfect royal look.
We love that Meghan broke the stereotype of hair down for a royal wedding. Even more so because it’s so different from her usual day-to-day perfect blowout. Her loose chignon was beautiful beyond words and we see a lot of brides opting for this look in the future. With a modern part to give the look a more modern feel, this is easily duplicated by any bride-to-be.
Meghan kept her makeup very natural and effortless looking. We love that her freckles were clearly visible! To mimic this look for yourself, you really only need a few products. While we can’t say for sure, it appears Meghan really only has some subtle lip color, a healthy dose of mascara, and a touch of blush. Plus perfect brows!
So, most brides this season won’t be rocking a custom made Givenchy dress… but that’s okay! This dress was all about clean lines and accentuating Meghan’s features. We love the low neckline that framed her shoulders so nicely. The dress featured three quarter length sleeves, which is a much more modern spin that we absolutely loved! The fabric was a matte, so no shine here, in a stunning pure white shade that really popped against her gorgeous skin. While some thought the dress was underwhelming, we loved it, especially as the real statement was the veil!
Most everyday brides won’t be having a 16.5 foot long veil either. This veil was definitely the star of the day and we love trying to find ways to copy this look in a more reasonable budget. This work of art was made from silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza. The symbolism behind it is probably our favorite part - a flower representing each of the 53 countries in the Commonwealth, plus her home of California and new home of Kensington Palace. To create a similar look for your own big day, there are so many beautiful and budget-friendly veils featuring floral embroidery around the trim. We would suggest something like this or coming up with something meaningful of your own to lend to your selection.
Can you believe that Prince Harry himself picked many of the flowers for Meghan’s bouquet from their private garden himself? SWOON! The bouquet included forget-me-nots (an ode to his mother, the late Princess Diana), sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, astrantia, and a sprig of myrtle (a royal tradition). Not only are many of these florals easily accessible, but the all-white bouquet is also very easy to duplicate! Therefore, creating a similar, simple royal bouquet should be no problem for any brides-to-be looking to have a look like this one.
We just barely caught the slightest glimpse of Meghan’s shoes on the big day. From statements released by the palace, we know that they were custom made white satin pointed pumps, also by Givenchy. This look is so easily attainable for the everyday bride! No need for them to be Givenchy or custom, finding a nice white satin pointed toe pump should be a piece of cake if this is the part of the look you want to mimic.
We’ll take a peek at the ring in a minute, but first, let’s talk about Meghan’s earrings and bracelet. A simple pair of round diamond earrings and a matching bracelet were created by Cartier according to the palace. This look is super easy to replicate. As for the rings, both Meghan’s engagement ring and wedding band were created by Cleave and Company. Her simple band is made of Welsh gold. This matches her stunning engagement ring, which is also yellow gold and contains a large cushion cut diamond with side stones pulled from Princess Diana’s jewelry collection. The main stone was sourced by Harry from Botswana, a country close to both Harry and Meghan’s hearts.
We’re so happy for the beautiful couple and can’t wait to see all the good they do for the world! You can visit the Royal website for even more details on the looks for the big day.
It’s every bride’s struggle when picking a wedding gown - you want to look timeless and chic, but you don’t want to play it safe, either. 2018’s bridal fashion game has been out of this world so far, but our favorite trend is a simple add-on that can take your wedding day look to the next level: a cape!
And we’re not talking superhero capes, either. Beautiful beaded pieces have been trailing down runways and aisles this season and their impact is unmistakable. They’re effortless but elegant, perfect for an extra layer of coverage for a church ceremony or a little layer of warmth for an outdoor wedding on a chilly fall day. It’s a great way to add some variety to your look on your big day without ditching that expensive gown for a second reception dress! For a more casual look, a short, lace capelet adds a touch of whimsy and romance. Play with color and incorporate a gold or blush-toned piece! True, floor-length capes are also popping up all over the bridal scene in place of longer veils, and we love the dramatic statement that an intricately beaded one makes.
This high-fashion look doesn’t have to come with a couture price tag, either. Etsy offers tons of handmade capes and capelets at a fraction of the price. The one-of-a-kind beading will completely elevate your look, and you’ll be dazzling your guests without breaking the bank!
Whether it be chandeliers, beaded backdrops, hanging florals or decorated natural structures why not take your floral design ideas to the next level… or I should say a higher level!!
One of 2018's most interesting floral trends is the idea of thinking in terms of “keeping your eye to the sky.”
With that thought in mind, brides are now concentrating more on what you see above in their venues than what you see on the table. Why not make your wedding venue dazzle with unique ideas that are suspended from above! Nothing makes your guests more impressed than when they walk in and see something magnificent hanging from a ceiling, chandelier, rafter or beam. Having an aerial focal point not only gives your guests that “ta-da moment” as they enter your dream reception, but will be the crowning jewel of all your design elements coming together.
Brides need not be intimidated by the size or magnitude of what they choose because as always you have control with regards to the amount of money that you are comfortable spending. Always try to see what you have available to begin with and start there. Choosing seasonal flowers and using structures that are available in your venue room are the best ways to begin.
Always remember your greatest tool is to start with what you ALREADY have and build on that. If you're outside, use what nature has provided to you, whether it be a tree branch, archway or overhang. Using lots of greenery and minimal flowers is one way to help keep costs down. Be open to new and imaginative ideas whenever possible and the sky will be your limit!
Your wedding checklist is starting to shrink and your day is fast approaching. Exciting! Now it’s time to think about the details of your outfit. We know how powerful feeling confident in an outfit can be and of all days your wedding day is a day to shine!
Read below for our breakdown of what you may want to add to your style. So many rules and guidelines out there, the one rule we say you should follow, be true what makes you feel beautiful!
Deciding on how to embellish your décolletage can be the hardest decision as it will be at the forefront of your look. We advise you to look to your dress and how your neckline is designed.
If you are going strapless, you will want to height and balance by wearing a necklace that is shorter and lays just below your collarbone. In terms of style, there are so many options out there, we think the necklace is the perfect place to add a bit of your own personal style. Go bohemian with a shoulder necklace, keep it classic with a simple pendant or go bold with a statement piece.
The biggest deciding factor on choosing earrings is how you will wear your hair that day. If you are going with a swept up style, all your hair off your shoulders, you can go with a statement earrings to add to the glitz factor or you can keep it simple by wearing classic studs. A place to play up your personal style is to incorporate colored gems to add some warmth and flare.
We suggest you consider adding a bracelet after you have decided on a necklace and earrings. A bracelet is a great way to add a style pop to a simple dress and or add more bling when needed (which is pretty much always!). The one thing to really consider when choosing a bracelet is thinking about whether the bracelet will catch on the fabric of your dress, you don’t want to create snags in the fabric.
Step aside, brides! It’s time to let your man shine in today’s top trending fashion for grooms! Whether it’s straying away from the traditional black tuxedo or adding different accessories to their attire, you’ll definitely want to say, “I do” the second you see him!
It’s the year of colors for us ladies, and that goes for men as well! As opposed to wearing a traditional black tuxedo, groom’s fashion trends are leaning toward different shades of blues, grays, and even burgundy for their tuxes! Blue and burgundy tuxes look great with brown leather accessories, and you can pair just about any color with a gray tux (especially a colored tie to get that bold contrast)!
To spruce up your suit on your big day, try adding some simple accessories that will wow your bride-to-be! A big trend today is adding suspenders to bring back that classic look, or switching out neck ties for bow ties. Even if your groom opts to wear the classic black-and-white suit, try adding a timeless pocket watch chain or a glitzy watch to make him stand out!
Just like it’s becoming a trend for bridesmaids to wear different dresses following the same color palette, men are now having their groomsmen pick their own suits and style! Instead of insisting each groomsman wear the same suit and shoes, allow them to express their own style and spin on their outfits!
The 2017 runways have spoken! We wanted to share with you our top picks for trends from the runway that you can incorporate into your wedding day style and beyond!
Depending on your style, a veil might not be for you. A great alternative to help create an ethereal look is to wear a bridal cape or capelet! The cape has been trending for a few years and we think its a trend that is not going away anytime soon. Incorporating a cape into your big day's attire is a great way to give a way to switch up your dress; where the cape for your ceremony and then take it off for the dance party reception!
Cape styles are versatile, so there is a cape for every season and every dress style. Time to glam it up!
Who doesn't want their wedding day to be dripping in flowers! So why not have botanical design elements incorporated into your dress. Leaves and blooms and vines, on my! We love this trend for the bride that wants her day's look to feel romantic but have a modern flare.
The metallic trend has been one of our favorites for awhile and from the looks of the 2017 runways it continues to be everyone's favorite. Who doesn't want a little extra sparkle on their big day! From gold to silver to champagne, there is a metallic to fit every style, every bride and every wedding day's design.
Looking for a fun style? Ruffles bring that unexpected surprise to a dress design. You can go full ruffle for dramatic effect, or have a little ruffle add flare to your style. Ruffles are a great way to add dimension to your hips (if you need it!). We love ruffles for brides who want to add a sense of whimsical and fun to their big day's style.