social media: tips and no-nos

Social Media Tips

I wouldn't by any means call myself an expert at social media (really, who is?!), but somehow since I started this blog last year I got nominated and then selected as one of the top social media influencers for the state of Hawaii (and was awarded a trophy to boot). And today while you’re reading this post, I’m sitting on a panel at a social media convention, hopefully not turning beet red with embarrassment (hey – I’m used to being behind a screen!) and answering … [Continue reading]

the new flower crown

This new twist on the bridal flower crown from Primary Petals and Emily Blake Photography is outstanding. It's big, it's bold, and it's definitely beautiful. This inspiration shoot was originally created for Darling Magazine's spring issue to showcase the beautiful similarities between women and gardens. Aside from being just awesome, this look would be fantastic for both bridal portrait sessions or a boudoir shoot! Between the large blooms and … [Continue reading]

summer picnic wedding

summer picnic wedding inspiration

This summer picnic wedding inspiration board is a breath of fresh air and perfect for the slightly offbeat but definitely chic bride. The wildflower field, vintage touches, summer hat instead of a veil, and bright yellows paired with a subtle grapefruit/blush color are all details to adore and welcome the new season with! Side note: if you're a regular around here then you've probably noticed that I have switched to a sidebar/content layout. But fear not - just … [Continue reading]

olivia headpieces + giveaway

Olivia Headpieces / Yaletown Wedding Gallery

Sandra Morales, the designer behind BB Vendor Olivia Headpieces was kind enough to answer some questions for us about her creative process and offer us a giveaway! In addition to that we have a lovely Italian dreamscape inspiration shoot by Yaletown Wedding Gallery that was produced to showcase these beautiful bridal accessories. Wondering which one you can win? It's the first one, called Agatha, which I also happen to adore because it can be worn in a multitude of … [Continue reading]

country classic

Country classic wedding styled shoot / Jason Tey Photography

This classic country inspiration shoot from Jason Tey Photography is truly astonishing for a multitude of reasons. First of all these wonderful Australian vendors set up an entire wedding, and I do mean entire. Multiple reception tables, rows and rows of ceremony chairs, and no joke there are decor elements on all of them. No little vignettes here my dears - this is the whole shebang! The second reason to love this shoot is that the model bride got to wear three … [Continue reading]

coral and blue (reader request)

coral and blue wedding ideas

This rustic chic coral and blue wedding inspiration board was requested by Jordan (who also happens to be a former student of mine!) for her cousin Katherine who is getting married to Eric this summer. Their reception is at the beautiful and quaint Drexel Hall Ballroom in Kansas City, Missouri which has lovely white washed wood paneling and big bright windows. Jordan wrote and said that her cousin Katherine and fiancé Eric are country lovers and want to use a … [Continue reading]

destination bridal styles

destination bridal styles: beachy bohemian / What A Day Photography

What a treat we have today from What A Day Photography and BB Vendor Passion Roots! I always love love LOVE it when I get shoots from Hawaii wedding vendors because a. I know them and b. these islands are absolutely gorgeous! What we have here are three distinctly different bridal styles for destination brides and beautiful floral options to compliment them. Sometimes destination weddings get type-casted as beach only affairs which is the first style we are going to … [Continue reading]

turquoise, peach, and yellow

Turquoise, peach, and yellow wedding ideas

I can't believe that this invitation + wedding inspiration series is drawing to a close today! It all started when I chose four bouquets and sent them to Behold Designz so that they could use them to create custom wedding invitations just for us. It was always such a joyful day when Lily sent me the images of what she had come up with and I would eagerly get to work pulling together an inspiration board to compliment them. This last one is such a special one too … [Continue reading]

branding a wedding

romantic free fonts

About a month ago I wrote a post on how to brand your wedding and it included several gorgeous invitations and branding boards from BB Vendor Peter Loves Jane. To make a long story short, we've been buddies ever since! I asked Nikkol if she would mind writing a more in-depth article for us from her point of view as a designer and that's what we have here today. She will be a regular contributor to this Wednesday event design and styling column and I can't wait to … [Continue reading]

mad men

retro tropical mad men inspired wedding inspiration board

Sometimes I feel like the only person on the planet who hasn't watched Mad Men (true story). BUT I've seen enough pictures of Mad Men themed weddings to know that it has a total 60s vibe that everyone (myself included) is loving right now. So - this wedding inspiration board is what happens when you take a Mad Men themed wedding to the tropics! Fun, right? If that lovely 11 hour flight from NYC to Honolulu existed in the 1960s I bet they'd all be running off to get … [Continue reading]

rustic pink wedding ideas

rustic pink wedding ideas / Julie Siddi Photography

Today's rustic pink inspiration shoot from fabulous French photographer Julie Siddi effortlessly combines sweet romantic colors with a barn wedding atmosphere. Morgane of Big Day styled the shoot and mentioned that "everything starts with the venue." And I couldn't agree more! This is proof that rustic barn weddings don't have to be 'traditional' - they can be super romantic and pink! From Morgane: "I thought that the country influences along with delicate roses … [Continue reading]

indigo and rust

rust and indigo wedding colors

A rust and indigo color combination is divine for an autumn wedding. This inspiration board feels like something your husband-to-be wouldn't cringe at either... it's beautiful, rustic, and has some old school gentlemanly charm to it (thinking of those fantastic whiskey bottles when I say that!). When using rust as a main color in your wedding add some clean whites like in the bridal bouquet above and clear crystal glassware to keep it from looking muddy. One detail … [Continue reading]

bohemian boudoir

Bohemian Boudoir / Sassyfrass Studios

I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday than lolling around in bed in a beautiful barn loft! This bohemian boudoir shoot from Sassyfras Studios that we have here today captures that fun, free-spirited, thank goodness it’s still the weekend vibe perfectly. But first…I must apologize! If you are here for your weekly installment of the Sunday Edition I’ve decided to discontinue that column. There is just too much inspiration lined up and I really needed the … [Continue reading]

blush and gray (reader request)

blush and gray wedding ideas

This blush and gray wedding inspiration board was created for Victoria and Nick who are getting married next August at the gorgeously rustic and chic Roodeznd in South Africa. Victoria wrote and said that she was drawn to the colors gray and blush, especially since Nick will be wearing a gray suit (to bring out his blue eyes!). She was worried though that that color combination would appear a little cold and so she was thinking about adding in red as well. Cold?! … [Continue reading]

the white dress co.

White Dress Co bridal boutique / Derek's Works Photography

I am so excited and thrilled to finally unveil this inside the boutique series! I’ve become quite obsessed with interior design and styling lately (totally blaming Pinterest for that one) and in looking for a way to incorporate that passion into this blog it occurred to me that I adore bridal boutiques. Frankly, I could live in one. They are magical, beautiful places where you get to leave real life at the door and play dress up for a while with the loveliest … [Continue reading]

pink and aqua

Pink and aqua wedding inspiration

Next up in our invitation + inspiration series is this colorful and fun aqua and pink wedding inspiration board, which is a perfect color combination for a summer wedding. The bouquet in the upper left hand corner was the basis for the beautiful wedding invitations that Behold Designz created just for us! see more from this series: gray & yellow, purple & yellow. *** Behold Designz is a BB Vendor photo credits: floral wedding invitations from Behold … [Continue reading]