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Be a Palette Pro
ou can have your dream day draped in shades of blush and bashful, but there are a range of other colors out there you may have not thought of pairing up. Take a look at these palettes for some great ideas for your summer wedding.
MAGENTA, POPPY AND YELLOW
Wedding site The Knot recommends this palette for an outdoor summer wedding, and they’re spot on. With colors this bold, though, dress the rest of your ceremony and reception in neutrals. Flowers: Clematis (magenta), water lily (yellow), roses (magenta and yellow), anemone (magenta, poppy), tulips (magenta, poppy, yellow), dendrobium orchid (magenta), snapdragon (yellow), ranunculus (magenta, poppy, yellow), nerine (poppy), Icelandic poppy (magenta and, well, poppy), peony (magenta, poppy, yellow).
CORAL AND GREEN Cool off a hot coral with cool, sagey greens. Martha Stewart Weddings recommends accents in shades of orange and yellow. Flowers: Spirea (a green, flowering branch), fritillaria (light green), Icelandic poppy (coral), mokara orchid (green), mini calla lily (coral), rose (coral), sweet pea (coral), lady’s slipper orchid (green), Florida beauty (speckled green leaf), snake grass (green, good for tying), eucalyptus (green), ferns (green), viburnum (green).
GOLD, GREEN AND WHITE
Pair these classic colors with warm rattan and for an inviting daytime ceremony, suggests Sunset magazine, maybe even a brunch. Keep your golds classy, not glitzy. Flowers: Anemone (white and green), agapanthus (white), gardenia (white and green), calla lily (white and green), ranunculus (white and green), stephanotis (white), phalaenopsis orchid (white, green), veronica (white and green).
DOVE GRAY AND ECRU
This neutral natural palette is great for upscale rustic weddings,
The Knot says. Let wood, rock and other natural elements into your ceremony to set off this elegant palette, along with bouquets of white flowers. Flowers: Succulents (gray), Oriental lily (white), cherry blossom (white, woody), peony (white), lisianthus (cream), rose (white, ecru), Queen Anne’s lace (white). As always, your local florist can help you pick flowers and arrange a palette that best suits you, your ceremony and your venue. And don’t forget the budget.
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Headgear is Back
ne wedding trend making its way back down the aisle is the bridal chapeau. There are lots of reasons for this, like a spate of royal weddings, but no matter what moves you to pick up a new hat, we’re glad you did. Here are some tips for picking the perfect hat for your wedding. HOW TO PICK A HAT
For these hat tips, we turned to Good Housekeeping UK because, as we saw at the royal weddings, the British are obviously the professionals. The magazine says the first step is to pick the rest of your outfit, as the hat should complement the look in color, size and proportion. Make sure your hat accentuates the silhouette of your outfit and the shape of your face. People with a round face, for instance, should choose an angular hat. Some rules: Wear your hair up with most hats and never don sunglasses with a hat.
CONSIDER THE VENUE
For most venues, Good Housekeeping says, avoid a floppy hat in favor of a structured hat, like a pillbox. Mothers of the bride and groom should make sure their faces are visible under their hats, and the mother of the bride always gets to wear the larger hat, unless both bride and groom are hosting the ceremony. Only guests going to an outdoor country wedding may choose a floppier hat with loose locks. Guests at an evening ceremony should choose smaller accessories, like an elegant comb.
This year’s head accessories aren’t your heavy 1990s tiara. Sleek bandeaus with minimal embellishments are in, as are smaller tiaras. It’s more elegant than blingy. Your bridal boutique will be able to recommend pieces to perfectly accentuate your dress.
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Krista Nathan MARRIED APRIL 11, 2019
How did you meet and become engaged?
We initially met and dated when we were in high school at Pitman High School in 2006. Things didnâ€™t work out at the time and we both went our separate ways in college and were reunited a handful of times. We officially started dating again in 2016 and became engaged in Murphys at Ironstone Vineyards in 2017. Nathan and I took a walk through flowers and beautiful purple trees and then got down on his knee! He had brought an amazing
photographer (Leah Galloway) to capture the moment on film and video. We celebrated the rest of the weekend at different wineries.
here was the wedding and W reception held?
We got married at Martoca Beach Garden in Bucerias, Nayarit, Mexico. We found Martoca Beach Garden on Instagram after a friend of mine was a bridesmaid in a wedding a year prior.
What was the overall theme of the wedding/reception?
Our theme was tropical with a splash of chic. We wanted to really showcase the beauty of the beach of Mexico while bringing some bright colors from California. Martoca Beach Garden has a beautiful set of trees and colorful plans all around. Some guests even found banana plants!
hat elements of the wedding/reception were especially W meaningful to you and why?
Since we decided to do a destination wedding, we knew some people were not going to be able to make the trip. We really wanted to provide an experience to those who were able to attend so we made sure that our reception was one to remember. At the conclusion of our first dance, we had a surprise firework show and at the end of the night, we let everyone light sparklers and have a fun last dance on the beach. We truly wanted everyone to have a vacation and relax while making some great memories! Another great element was the food. Martoca Beach Garden hired a local caterer who created fresh dishes that melted in your mouth and we also had tacos and churros at the conclusion of the night.
hat advice would you like to share with other couples W planning their wedding?
Donâ€™t plan your wedding for other people, itâ€™s about YOU and YOUR PARTNER! We went back and forth between having a local wedding, going to the courthouse, having a backyard wedding and we ultimately decided that we love to vacation, so why not take a vacation with family and friends and get married on one of the days! It worked out perfectly as it was very low stress, and many people got to visit a country they had never been to before.
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Jennifer PHOTO BY MONIQUE CARRILLO
Joseph DATE OF ENGAGEMENT AUGUST 2019
How did you meet and become engaged?
We started dating in eighth grade. Things started small between us, by just walking each other to the bus or hanging out during lunch. Throughout high school we went on dates, studied together, supported each other in sports and introduced each other to our parents. Our relationship strengthened through college, as Jennifer went to Sacramento State after high school and Joseph transferred there after two years at Modesto Junior College. After living separately with roommates, living in an apartment together, graduating, and buying a house, Joseph decided to propose to Jennifer in December 2018 by taking her to Napa for wine tasting
What elements of the and coming home to a decorated wedding/reception are house (done by Joseph and especially meaningful? Jennifer’s sisters) with a ring on the Christmas tree. She said yes, and we The traditional church had a surprise an engagement party ceremony will be the next day at Joseph’s parent’s meaningful. We have a bridal house in Delhi. party of 11 groomsmen and 11 bridesmaids, and they are some Where will the wedding and of our closest friends and family. reception be held? There are also surprises that we have for the guests and some The wedding will be at St. surprises that the guests have for Joseph’s Catholic Church and us. We have elected one person to the reception will be at the Season’s know of the surprises so that they Event Center in Modesto. are approved. Lots of fun memories are going to be made. What is the overall theme of the wedding/reception? What advice would you like
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We are aiming for classic and traditional style wedding. There will be a lot of romantic reds and burgundy with some pizzazz!
to share with other couples planning their wedding? Try to enjoy every bit of it and don’t over spend.
The sooner you can start booking vendors, the less pressure you’ll feel. If you have a big family like us, get ready to hear lots of suggestions. Some things will be deal breakers, but others can be harmless like an outfit change, alligator boots or even shorts. Everyone already knows it is our day, letting family bond over crazy ideas makes for good memories. Lastly, don’t be afraid to change your mind about things. For the girls, do not go to boutique for a wedding dress! Buy your dress in LA for a fraction of the price. There is Santee Alley where you can get all of your shopping done for weddings. For the groomsmen, Men’s Warehouse has great wedding packages and can accommodate any out-of-town groomsmen.
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Get Creative with Favors COFFEE, TEA, CANDY AND MORE
There is no better usable gift that one you can eat. Or drink. Even better if it has a sense of place. Does the town where you met or married have a great coffee shop? Order up some bags of beans, personalized with your special date. Same with tea bags, candies, beer or anything else.
This is an even better idea if you expect your party to go late into the night. Ask your caterer to set up boxes of snacks for your guests to take with them on the way out. Chocolate chip cookies, macarons, homemade chips — as long as it’s portable, it’s a possibility.
Keep your guests cool in the shade with favors they can use to beat the heat at your summer ceremony. Sunglasses, parasols, paper fans and water bottles all rank high on this list, and are easily customized and good for the bottom line.
GROW THE LOVE Bags of wildflower seeds, tiny pots of succulents or a transplantable native plant all make perfect wedding favors that also give back. Bonus points if you used whatever plants you’re giving out in your arrangements.
FOR THE KIDDOS If there are going to be little ones at your ceremony, have special favors just for them. A bag full of toys, a pack of crayons and a table covered in paper tablecloths ensure little hands stay busy.
edding favors of yore were almost always
consigned to the bottom of a drawer or, worse, the trash bin. The new trend is for usable, creative wedding favors. Keep reading for some great ideas.
CHARITY DONATIONS Here’s one that’s sure not to end up in the trash bin. Take the money you would’ve spent on favors for your guests and make a donation to your favorite charity instead. Leave room in the budget for printing cards to place on tables explaining your donation.
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Lighting: The New Rental
hen you’re looking for a wedding venue, you may not think of adding lighting.
Depending on the venue’s rules and regulations, you may be able to add some extra wattage to your ceremony. Keep reading for tips on how to get the best and brightest big day.
GO BIG OR THINK SMALL
Lighting can be as simple as adding candles or lanterns (look for battery-operated LEDs if your venue doesn’t allow open flames). Or it could be as big as color washes on the walls, disco balls and a labyrinth of neon. Either way, you need your lighting to fit your budget and your venue. You need a lighting designer. Your venue may be able to recommend someone who has worked
there in the past, or one of your other vendors may be able to point you in the right direction.
MAKE A SITE VISIT
Once you’ve found your pro, make a site visit. If you’re indoors, look at how the sunlight comes in at different times of day so you don’t overwhelm any one space. If you’re outside, go after dark so you can make sure the areas that need illumination, both for looks are for safety, get it. Also talk to your planner and venue personnel about electricity needs. You don’t want a blown fuse to flip off the lights just as you hit the dance
floor. Ask if you’ll need any permits, especially for extra lighting outside, and be mindful of the neighbors.
GET IT IN WRITING
Of course, as with all your other vendors, get all the details of your lighting package in writing, along with a complete estimate of costs. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions up front and lay out all your expectations before signing on the dotted line. Also make sure your lighting vendor is property insured and permitted.
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our wedding bouquet should be just as unique as you are. Don’t be afraid to look beyond the traditional tulips, roses and baby’s breath to find some florals that are just as special and creative as you are.
FIND A FLORIST The first step to crafting your unique bouquet is to find the perfect local florist. Look for someone who shares your vision but also understands your budget. Bring images of flowers you like, especially if you’re going to get outside the box. After an interview, your florist should create a detailed proposal for you.
Here are some different flowers for you to consider in your bouquet. Baby cactus: Pale gray-green globes are perfect foils for frilly feminine flowers. Olive branches: Gorgeous silvery stems bunch together in an elegant bouquet. Wheat: Pair these amber waves of grain with jewel-toned flowers. Perfect
for a rustic wedding. Succulents: Not only will you have an eye-catching bouquet on your wedding day, but you can put these succulents in a terrarium for your ever-after. Veggies: No, really. Artichokes, tiny cabbages, even sprigs of hops all have beautiful color and can join together in a quirky bouquet. Herbs: Lightly fragrant and in gorgeous shades of green and even flow-
ering, a bouquet of herbs can be a meaningful and beautiful addition to your big day. Magnolias: Classic creamy white flowers with deep green, shiny leaves and a brilliant red seed pod. These huge flowers make a statement. You can also get away from the florals and look toward other materials like feathers, vintage brooches, wire, textiles and more. The sky’s the limit.
utdoor weddings, especially in the balmy days of summer, are always a great choice. You can go one of two ways: Playing up the natural, or, in a new trend, setting it off by bringing traditionally in-side elements out. Keep reading to learn more about one of 2019’s hottest wedding trends. UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE
See you later, folding chairs. Try bringing out upholstered pieces, like wing back chairs in luxe fabrics for the bride and groom. Create conversation areas with pretty settees and benches. Make sure to put them in spots where the pieces won’t be soiled, especially if it’s something borrowed.
Scatter rugs around to create warm, inviting areas. Choose palettes and designs that accentuate your venue and your theme. Don’t get too attached to any of these pieces; this may well be your only use.
The easiest (and possibly most budget friendly) way to bring inside elements out is to place tables. Use coffee tables to create gathering places, dining tables for food and drink service. Side tables can be landing spots for drinks, plates and lighting.
Speaking of lighting, in addition to your usual outdoor string lights, put some lamps around. Have your lighting vendor or venue check your electrical connections for safety.
CONSIDERATIONS This is an excellent and visually appealing idea, but there are some things to think about. Acquiring these pieces (unless you have lots of very good friends) may stretch your budget. There’s also the matter of getting all this furniture to and fro. You might have to scale back plans to just chairs for the bride and groom, or one vintage dining table for the guest book. If you do borrow or rent the furniture, see if you can get an insurance policy to cover it in case disaster strikes.
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