You'll probably guess that the bride and groom are artistic, with plenty of creative ideas.
In fact, the bride was a fashion designer and the groom a fine artist. And doesn't it just show. Plenty of colorful, confident, inspirational touches to adapt for your own big day.
Thinking about boho weddings
- Mismatched bridesmaids dresses are a must
- Don't worry about different necklines and hemlines ... it's all part of the look
- There's no rule that says the bride has to wear white or cream - a colored underskirt peeking out is very boho
- Same with shoes ... no rule for white or cream shoes
- A floral head garland channelling Lana Del Ray is very boho
The maids here are all wearing pink - so there's a bit of a theme going on. But it's not the same pink at all.
This bride's chosen hot pink, rose pink, blush and a dusky pink. Possibly the maids got to choose the shades themselves - and the style of their frocks.
And the boho bride?
I love the bride's dress. She's obviously the bride but it's pretty far away from a traditional white wedding dress and suits her to perfection. The delicate tapering lace on the bodice is spot on, and her decision to leave her hair au naturel just suits her look.
On the other hand, we love her satin headband as well, which you can see in some of these photographs.
Other boho bits and pieces to notice
- Casually arranged flowers in jam jars
- Asking the guests to take the flowers home with them
- The groom's buttonhole
- Homemade pies (ask your baking friends to make them for you if they want)
- Handwritten notes wishing the couple well, placed on a pink (the color theme again) ribbon board
- Giving your guests each a sapling tree to plant - very green
You can see this wedding in its entirety here on the Style Me Pretty blog, all photography by Mr Haack.
(Images via Dessy Facebook page)
Weddings aren't 'cookie cutter'
How you display your individuality and taste on your wedding day is entirely up to you.
- You don't have to dress your bridesmaids exactly the same
- You don't have to have a cream or ivory dress
- You don't have to have a white tiered wedding cake
- You don't have to wear a veil
- You can get married morning, afternoon or early evening
We found this great inspiration for mis-matched bridesmaid outfits via Easy Dreamer Photography to help give you some inspiration into the great world of 'anything goes' when it comes to bridesmaids. These girls aren't dressed like traditional bridesmaids at all - but this look really works, particularly if you're a bohemian, quirky sort of a bride.
Oh, and we love the idea of using globe artichokes as table decorations. A real talking point.
Couples now have so many options to personalize their Big Day. From decorations to venues you can make your wedding into exactly what you've envisioned.
One great way to individualize your day is through fashion. Bridesmaids can now wear matching dresses, mis-matched dresses, homemade dresses or evening gowns. Now, of course we at Dessy are partial to dresses, but love the trends of having a rainbow of colors where each bridesmaid wears a different color. Or, having the same color but on a different dress for each maid.
Look through these images and this bride really hasn't chosen traditional wedding colors at all. And yet the photographs are still romantic and dreamy.
That's because she's really worked out her color choices and cleverly threaded through some similar hues. Check the mustard coloured frock which works perfectly with the acid green of the flowers. The floral dresses. The blue beads matching the nail polish choices.
Bohemian certainly but very beautiful too.
Images by Easy Dreamer Photography
LaBelle Bride, one of my favorite wedding blogs full of truly unique and beautiful inspiration brings you this guest post. I was so excited when she agreed to do it as I am constantly in awe of the blog's amazing posts. Full of inspiration, DIY ideas and real weddings, LaBelle Bride is a must stop for your wedding planning inspiration.
Whether I like it or not, by mid-August I start compulsively thinking: "The end of summer is coming. it's almost over."
Depressing? Yes and no. I love summer, however I have an equal love for all things fall. The colors, the crisp autumn air and let's not even start with fall fashion (my obsession with boots is a little unhealthy). And let's face it, many of your brides are prepping for an epic autumn wedding and need a little fall wedding inspiration. So I present to thee Casey and Bethany's Arizona fall wedding. In all its orange, yellow and green glory. Enjoy the fresh pop of autumn color - I know I did!
Things to look out for at this wedding
- The olive green silk of the bridesmaids dresses. This is a perfect day-to-night color. It works for day because it's enlivened with the sunflower bouquets and casual hair. But come the evening, these girls can hit the dance floor in style.
- Love the bride's lace shrug. If you want to wear a strapless dress but want to be a little more covered up at the ceremony, then a delicate lace shrug would work perfectly. It also gives you two wedding looks for the day. Wear the shrug when you want to be formal - and then take it off when the festivities start and the party begins!
Photography: Jennifer Weems - Floral Designs: Bliss Occasions - Reception Venue Los Abrigados Resort & Spa - Invitations: Two Yellow Shoes - Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo
This is a gorgeous idea. A wedding not outside in a vineyard but inside the winery itself! The barrels of wine offset with beautiful lighting and a candle lit floor make a great looking backdrop. A reception amongst the vines with feminine details of lace and flowers with, of course, great tasting wine, make this one favorite day to remember.
Why hold your wedding in a winery?
Well first off, you're almost certainly going to have a fabulous choice of wines for your guests. If that's the case, then don't forget to plan the food around the wine you have chosen - this is something your caterer can help you with.
Secondly, the scenery is almost certainly going to be rural, rustic and gorgeous. There will be rows of vines in the background and some picturesque barns too. Also, as you can see, a winery gives you a ready-made theme for your big day.
You can use wine labels as a theme for your save the dates, your invitations and your table plans. Call each table after a different wine or grape: Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc ... you get the idea.
A wedding in a winery also lends itself beautifully to a rustic theme. There are probably going to be some barrels around which you can use for props and of course you can set the reception tables up out of doors, as this couple has done.
There are a few touches at this wedding that jump out at us. Let's see. The groom's boutonniere or buttonhole, which is simply a big fat rose bud. The bride's cowboy boots (you don't want to be tip-toeing around a winery in high heels, that's for sure).
We also love the simplicity of the cake. It's pretty and elegant but it's not over the top. This isn't a glitzy city centre wedding, it's a rural event and the cake reflects this.
Full marks to the bride and groom here for their choices.
Images by Kurt Boomer Photography
Are you a rustic romantic? Then maybe you've been considering a barn wedding.
If you haven't quite decided yet, then browse through these inspirational photographs and we think you're going to make a decision pretty quickly.
Because if you like rustic and the countryside, there's nothing better than a barn wedding done right. This gorgeous one captured by Austin Warnock Photography hits it right on.
Here's what we particularly like about it ...
- Bridesmaid dresses with chunky belts and cowboy boots - genius styling there!
- Red cowboy boots for the bride - very sassy and great for the photographs!
- Check out the cake table. Mm hm.. This couple OWNED the day by not having a cake tier - but having different cakes laid out on a cake table, doubtless in different flavors. (Because one flavor doesn't suit all, does it?)
And yet - with the addition of some well-chosen lace, this wedding is dreamily romantic too. The bride's classic gown is traditional and classy, and we love the detailing on the bodice. Wear a gown like this and you'll probably want to wear your hair in an updo - at least to start - all the better to show off the decorative neckline.
Spot the touches of blue too, which weave their way throughout these images. On the groomsmen, on their sky-blue ties and buttonholes and in the flowers on the bridesmaid's bouquet and the bride's showstopper.
Some evocative old vintage touches here to go with the historic red barn. Check the calendar from 1937, the old wagon decorated with bunting ...
The more we look at this wedding the more we realise how beautifully simple it actually is - this is not a grand location but it's historic and memorable and with some cleverly chosen props the bride has made it all her own for her big day.
Images by Austin Warnock Photography
We love featuring weddings from different cultures - and this Cambodian wedding day is no exception.
If you're invited to the marriage of Cambodian friends, then you will notice that the day is made up of different ceremonies. A gong signals the arrival of the couple to each stage of the wedding - making a clear announcement that something new lies ahead!
There'll be lots of music, a lavish dinner banquet, gifts and plenty of people.
Traditional instruments play songs and there is usually a master of ceremonies who guides everybody through what is happening. The ceremony might in fact take a couple of days.
You'll see silver or gold trays, candles, flowers, decorations, fruits. You'll notice that it's all very colorful, as shown in this wedding day. A lot of time is taken to present food in time-honored ways, which haven't really changed much over the years.
The couple getting married will wear co-ordinating colors, with the wedding outfits made of bright silks. Cambodian brides will change their dress frequently at different parts of the ceremony, and sometimes the outfits get more elaborate as the day progresses. In some cases this culminates in all-gold silk outfits as the couple is royalty for the day!
Guests mingle, watch the ceremony, interact, enjoy food whilst kids run around and play. It's relaxed but there's still a structure.
If the couple are from different cultures, they may well decide to mingle different aspects of the wedding ceremony from each of their backgrounds.
In this wedding you'll notice the Cambodian knot-tying ceremony - Sompeas Ptem - where guests personally bestow blessings and well wishes on the couple and tie red strings around the bride and groom's wrists.
Enjoy these photographs - our favorite is the one of the elderly relatives laughing and having a wonderful time!
Images by Jason & Anna Photography
It's sun and fun all the way at this Newport Beach wedding day.
Check the bridesmaid dresses
These bridesmaids look sooo happy in their frocks. And you know what? Maybe, just maybe, it's because they're wearing mis-matched bridesmaid dresses.
Well - not exactly mis-matched - the color follows a theme. It's just that this bride has obviously allowed each of her maids the opportunity to choose a style that suits their own individual figure.
So it's a halter-neck bridesmaid dress style for one. Strapless for another. And different dress lengths all the way. (You can find similar pink Bridesmaid dresses here at Dessy.)
The result? Happy, smiling images with girls that feel confident they're looking their very best.
Anyway, where were we? Oh yes, Newport Beach. This is a largely DIY wedding with some great touches for you to think about using on your own big day. Nothing over fussy or that took too much time. So see what would work for you ...
Check out these details on the photographs
- Bridesmaid bouquets tied with lace and used as decoration at the ceremony in simple Mason jars
- Simple dahlias, rosebuds and grasses in said bridesmaid bouquets. It doesn't have to be fussy you know
- A DIY French fries bar, complete with mayo, ketchup, mustard. What's not to like?
- Mason jars hung in the tree branches, complete with candles for lighting up the evening later
- Light grey suit for the groom that worked perfectly with the pink theming
- A old-fashioned burger van for hungry guests
- Luggage tag guest book
- The sunlight flowing through the images
- Mis-matched shoes for the bridesmaids. They all got the look right but didn't have to wear anything a) uncomfortable b) that didn't suit them c) could choose their own heel heights
- This is one bride that's really thought about her maids
Images by Jill Thomas Photography
If you're looking for a breathtaking wedding location and love nature, take a leaf out of this bride and groom's wedding book.
They had the perfect dramatic backdrop in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, getting married by the waters of Lake Tahoe.
And these wedding photographs are going to take your breath away.
Imagine being a invited guest. Long before you arrive at the venue, you'll have been gasping at the grandeur of the scenery. Rugged, romantic, unspoiled - and the photographer just loved it, creating an amazing album for the new couple.
Key wedding inspirations
Grab a coffee and take your time to browse through the images below. Here's a few things to look out for that we thought the bride and groom got completely right.
- A delicate pink and white palette. Gentle colors that blended in with the background and added a softness to the day
- Peonies and white hydrangeas. With the leaves of green succulents to add contrast
- A single scented white gardenia at every place setting
- Soft pink bridesmaid dresses in flattering designs for the bride's friends
- Love the way the bride has chosen a day-to-night style for the bridesmaids frocks
- Warm wraps to stay comfortable against evening chills
- Vintage crockery with rose details
- Decorative crown on the top of the wedding cake
- Garlands of leaves adorning the outdoor swings
- Choosing a historic barn as the venue
It's all very natural, very understated and very classy. These Lake Tahoe wedding photographs aren't going to look dated any time soon.
A dream for guests
Every bride and groom wants their guests to have the best time at their wedding. Somewhere like Lake Tahoe is a real destination - where your guests can enjoy some real downtime. Biking, sailing, hiking are just some of the activities on offer in the Lake Tahoe region so entertaining your friends is not going to be an issue.
Get the look
You'll find similar long bridesmaid styles at Dessy, including blush bridesmaid dresses and summer wraps.
Images by Jose Villa Photography
What fun to get married when the snow is deep and crisp and even - not something that you can rely on down in the South or West of the UK, but travel further North and into the hills and more likely than not you'll be able to have some gorgeous winter wedding photographs of your big day! The images here are all from the talented Anne Edgar Photography and it's almost enough to make you travel to Canada where Anne is based to have some of your own snow-flurried shots!
How sweet is this snap of the page boy? Bless! And as you probably know, I do love purple in the run up to Christmas so these bridesmaids and ushers just hit the spot in my eyes!
Part of the charm of winter wedding photographs is that the light is always so fabulous - and then throw in a little creativity and you really have some charming shots to remember your big day by...
And clearly a winter wedding is the perfect opportunity to choose some funky footwear!
And one of the best things about snowy weather is that it hides a multitude of sins! A grey, cloudy backdrop might look a bit dismal if it were wet and windy, but suddenly with a bit of snow in the foreground, cloudy skies look beautiful!
And this one actually takes the biscuit - the perfect combo of snow, sea and furry boots - way to go!
I am indebted to Anne Edgar Photography for the amazing, wonderful winter wedding photographs and I hope that if you do get some snow at your wedding, your photographer is as talented as Anne at capturing the joy of it all.
Last week we came across this fantastically funny wedding toast and we couldn't help but share it. But what we also realized was that these two girls are singing their wedding toast in After Six bridesmaid dresses! We love it!
Are you a maid of honor at a wedding soon? Here are three quick tips about giving a wedding toast:
Keep the toast within a reasonable amount of time: Don't go too long or too short, keep it at no more than five minutes, unless you are the two girls in the video, then go as long as you want!
Get Creative: Feel free to sing and even dance your wedding toast, think outside the box when it comes to giving your wedding toast to the happy couple.
Practice Before the Wedding: We are sure these two girls in the video practiced before the wedding. Whether you are speaking or singing your wedding toast, make sure to practice before the wedding, especially if standing up in front of people is a little scary for you.
Loved the After Six bridesmaid dresses in the video? Check them out here:
Styles 6669, 6613