Spring Black Tie

There are few things more exciting than an invitation to a black tie event. There aren’t many reasons in life to wear floor-length gowns and dance the night away, after all! I think there’s a bit of an expectation that black tie has to mean ballrooms and crystal chandeliers and what not, but just like any other wedding, they can absolutely be styled in ways that reflect the bride and groom perfectly. For today’s inspiration board, I used a loose color palette of pale blue, leaf green, and slate gray to come up with a black tie wedding concept that’s a little more romantic and soft than what people may usually expect. I would love to score an invite to this one!

Spring Black Tie{Bridesmaids: Judy Pak Photography via Style Me Pretty| Groomsmen: Tec Petaja via Once Wed| Bouquet: Lauren Methia Photography via Style Me Pretty| Bride and groom: Rachel Derouin Photography via Grey Likes Weddings| Table setting: She-n-He Photography via Camille Styles| Menu: Ryan Ray via Papertastebuds| Valentino pumps: Steve Steinhardt via Style Me Pretty| Bar setup: Rachael Hall Photography via Style Me Pretty}

Do you get butterflies over black tie events, or do you prefer a more relaxed setting for a wedding? I’d love to hear!

Love, Lisa

A Little Bit of Luck

I’m taking a break from To Be Inspired today to share this mini St. Patrick’s Day inspiration board. I was looking through the Something Pretty archives and realized that I’ve never shared any St. Patrick’s Day content, and with emerald being the color of the year, I couldn’t let this one pass by unmentioned! Hope everyone has a super fun and festive weekend, with the more green sequins, the better. :)

St. Patrick's Day{Sparkly dress: CHARD Photographer via Ruffled| Sparkling Pear and Thyme Cocktail: Camille Styles| Bouquet: Raya Carlisle Photography via Style Me Pretty| Invitation suite: First Mate Photo Co via Ruffled}

Love, Lisa

Simple Swiss Elopement

When I was in elementary school and my family lived in Singapore, our good friends and neighbors were Swiss. We visited them at their gorgeous, restored barn home in Switzerland years later, and since one of my friends is in Switzerland for the week, I can’t stop thinking back on that trip. Remembering how beautiful and peaceful Switzerland was, combined with some wanderlusting over Sarah Tucker’s blog, gave me the idea for a Swiss elopement board. It was a little bit challenging because I don’t really envision many details in an elopement–just a few pretty florals, some stunning scenery, and a couple madly in love.

Simple Swiss Elopement{Bride and groom: Adrian Tuazon Photography via 100 Layer Cake| Flowers: White Loft Studio via Style Me Pretty| Cheese: via Martha Stewart| Groom: Stephanie Williams Photography via Southern Weddings| Swiss building: Fairy Tales Are True| Braided updo: Our Labor of Love via Once Wed| Gold mini cake: Sweetapolita| Swiss scenery: Jessica Lorren via Fairy Tales Are True}

What’s a place on your must-travel list? Other than Switzerland, I’ve had Rome and Ireland on my mind lately!

Love, Lisa

Whimsical Spring Brunch Wedding

Spring was the farthest thing from my mind during my weekend in Syracuse, where it snowed on and off the whole time, but yesterday, Austin decided to show off with a glorious 86 degree day. Now I can’t stop thinking about spring flowers in abundance, Easter-reminiscent pastels, and al fresco brunches. Today’s inspiration board is a collection of all those things: a spring Sunday brunch wedding full of soft peach, mint and pink hues, charming details, and one of the prettiest cakes I’ve ever seen.

Whimsical Spring Brunch Wedding{Bouquet: Tracey Buyce Photography via Style Me Pretty| Invitation suite: EE Photography via Ruffled| Tassel garland: Clayton Austin| Tablescape: Malia Cano Photography via Style Me Pretty| Bride and groom: Betsy Ewing Studio via Merci New York| Chocolate croissants: source unknown, let me know if you have it!| Lillet Rose spring cocktails: Martha Stewart| Cake: via Cabrieres }

What do you love most about spring?

Love, Lisa

Nutcracker Sweet

My Christmas gift to my mom this year was a pair of tickets to The Nutcracker Ballet, so last night, we headed to downtown Houston for the performance. Going to ballets with my mom is so special to me–ballet was my life for years, and she was always my number one supporter, so we get equally excited for our favorite numbers! For today’s inspiration board, I drew inspiration from The Nutcracker with festive evergreen, Land of Sweets-inspired shades of pink, and plenty of theater-reminiscent elegance.

{Bouquet: Mikki Platt Photography via Blossom Sweet| Bride on staircase: Amy Punky Photography via French Wedding Style| Ranunculus: Machteld M| Sugar Plum Fairy costume: Classy Girls Wear Pearls| Dessert table: Jen Rodriguez Photography via Style Me Pretty| Macarons: Liza Voll Photography via Hostess with the Mostess| Ballet slippers: Julie Williams Photography via Something Pretty| Festive table: Rue Magazine}

If you’re a Nutcracker fan, tell me, what are your favorite dances? I have a soft spot for snowflakes, because I danced it back in the day, but the Sugar Plum Fairy and Nutcracker Prince pas de deux brings me to tears with how beautiful it is!

Love, Lisa