I am so excited to be sharing this styled shoot with you today! I am so blessed to have amazing vendors who understand my creative mind, and I love so many different pieces about this shoot that my heart soared when it was featured on Style Me Pretty. So many different things come together for a styled shoot - usually you have one element that spurs it, and as your idea develops, it grows and changes and adapts. For me, this one item was a rose gold sequin table runner. One of my brides used a rose gold sequin linen for her wedding in March, and the minute that I saw it and felt it in my hands, I was hooked.
Sometimes, you have an idea in your head and something you want to portray, but you know that you can't do it alone. This goes hand in hand with weddings as well! So, I teamed up with Ashley from Ashley Victoria Photography and Shannon from Fiore, and together, the three of us turned an idea into SO much more than that! I am so excited to share this styled shoot with you today - it is filled with gorgeous lace details, oysters as placecards, and even a cockatoo as a ring bearer, and we all feel that it turned out so beautiful because we worked great together as a team and the end result turned into an amazing shoot that I hope inspires you to think outside of the box for your own wedding! Enjoy this little piece of happiness that is The Lacy Oyster!
Oh my goodness y'all. This wedding. Was so gorgeous. So beautiful. Simply an amazing day. And to top it off, we could not have asked for better weather at the Pensacola Country Club. My lovely bride and groom, Ashley and Brett, are seriously two of the sweetest and kindest people I have gotten to work with. When we met back in January, the minute that we started chatting about their wedding, I knew that they would be a fun pair of people to work with. On their wedding day, they were just so happy to be getting married - which made everyone else around them happy as could be as well! The dance floor was packed, laughter and smiles were everywhere, and even the venue coordinator couldn't believe how much good, plain FUN everyone was having! The amazing Aislinn Kate Photography was their photographer, and I am so excited to be able to share some of their wedding images with you already! So for now, enjoy this little sneak peek (I had such a hard time choosing only a few to share!), and stay tuned for their full wedding post in the weeks ahead!
With every picture and status that came across my Facebook feed as the days went by last week and all of the devastation I saw, I knew that we needed to do something, and I wasn't sure what, but for some reason, I kept thinking "t-shirts" in my head. Tracy and Steve of Wedding Walls and I work together in the same office, so I brought this t-shirt design to a last minute meeting with Tracy on Friday morning, and by the end of the day, we were able to actually do something for our Pensacolians. These shirts are available on Etsy for the next 30 days. They will be ordered on May 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. 100% of the proceeds received from the shirts will go directly to families in need - whether they need clothes, or food, or tools to help clean up - if you purchase one of these shirts, you are helping people to get their life back, helping our Pensacola to turn back into what it always has been, a strong, beautiful, caring community.
I am so excited with the way that all of these elements came together for Amanda and Nick's wedding on March 22, 2014. We planned their wedding for 364 days - we met for the first time literally one day less than a year, so we got to know each other pretty well in that time. I worked with the bride Amanda and her mom Sheri and we had such a great time together. Nick, the groom, was deployed for part of our planning time and then was relocated to the Northeast, so I was so excited when I finally got to meet him at rehearsal the night before the wedding. Amanda wanted to have a country vintage shabby chic theme - combining so many different pieces, from vintage birdcages and burlap, to lace, pinks, and ivories, with navy as an accent. Overall - I love the way it all turned out.
Pinterest. There is a pretty good chance that by now you have probably heard of it. A few years ago, when it first came to be, I swooned and completely fell in love with it. Pinning, pinning, and more pinning took place multiple times of the day for me. I personally love to use it, and if you follow me, you know this as hardly a day goes by where I don't pin something either new or re-pin something from someone else.
Here in Pensacola, it doesn't snow. Ever. However, today we are home, and as I look out my office window, I can see sleet, which eventually is supposed to turn into snow (whhaaaatt??!). To say that I am excited, as a Minnesota girl, is a major understatement. My husband has never seen it, so I think he's pretty excited as well, since his work kept him home as well. My stepson keeps peeking out of the windows as well...so I think this house is filled with excitement
At pretty much every wedding, there are bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres that are worn by the Bridal Party. Sometimes they are very formal, but other times they have a little bit of whimsy to them, depending on what kind of wedding it is. I personally think that a boutonniere is a great place for the groom to add some of his own personality into the flowers. After all, if you are the bride, you probably chose the bouquet of flowers you're carrying because you love them, right? From the colors to the styles and the textures, there's a pretty good chance you selected most of what you'll be holding as you walk down the aisle. The majority of the time, the groom has a boutonniere to complement you, and that's etiquette-ly correct! However, it would also be great if you infused his personality with yours into your bouquet, so that the two of you can complement each other. Or, make it something he is excited to wear, rather than something that he has to wear.
Historically, boutonnieres were originally called "button hole flowers", as they were tucked into the button holes on the lapels of men's jackets. They were created to do the same thing as bridal bouquets, which is to ward off evil spirits, bad smells, and diseases. Most men's jackets even used to have small hidden vases built right into the lapel - can you imagine that?
Etiquette-wise, the groom's boutonniere should be slightly different than the groomsmen, the Father of the Bride, and the rest of the fabulous men featured on the wedding day. However, nowhere does it say they can't have a little fun twist added in. See a few of my favorites below that are a little different than the norm ...
I love the one on the left because it is still handsome and rugged looking. With the fiddlehead fern curling out beside the greenery, it's not a typical "flower" boutonniere. The one in the middle is a succulent, which is actually a cactus. I am pretty sure that if a guy gets to wear a cactus, he'll be happy. And then on the right, you have the beautiful orchid, but it is surrounded by rope. This would be better for a wedding perhaps with a nautical or boating theme, but it still would be great for a gentleman who loves to be on the water.
These two are probably more fun inspired - but can you guess what's so unique about the one on the left? The guitar pick boutonniere on the right side would be great for a guy who loves to play a guitar (or, if that is a bit much for you, placing a guitar pick into a boutonniere that has flowers mixed in as well would be great!)
The one on the left is actually a flower, yes, but then also has dried wheat and hops added to it, which may perhaps be a favorite of many gentlemen, because those items are actually used to make beer. How fun would that be?
And lastly, who says that the ring bearer has to blend in with everyone else? I love this idea shown here, to have the little guy wear one of his favorite toys built onto the boutonniere of his very own. Who said that legos aren't wedding appropriate? I would be willing to bet that that would be a boutonniere that a little boy would love to wear.
Don't be afraid to think "outside of the box" when it comes to wedding details. There is no rule stating that you have to have things just a certain way. It is your wedding, where your personalities can be shown in as many different ways as you would like. Why not add a special detail into the boutonnieres as well?