Bold Wedding Stripes

It’s been ages since I did a round-up of inspiration images or products on Something Pretty, partially because they’re a bit too time consuming to do regularly while I’m in school, and partially because I still write them twice a week for my fabulous internship (you can check out my posts on the Occasions website every Friday)! Regardless, this detail is one that I’m loving way too much to not dedicate a whole post to. :)

I have practically a closet full of stripes, but nothing quite as bold as the thick black and white stripes I’ve been spotting all over the blog world–in fashion, interior design, and my obvious favorite, weddings. Here are some of my favorite ways that stylish brides have been incorporating this graphic touch into their big days!

{Pictures 1, 5, 7: Ryan Ray Photography via Style Me Pretty; pictures 2, 3, 4: Alissa Ferullo Photography via Style Me Pretty; picture 5: Modern Girls & Old Fashioned Men (let me know if you know the original source!)}

For those of us who love this look but aren’t quite in the wedding planning stage (ahem, like me!), I made this mini inspiration board. I’m a serious beginner in Photoshop, so advice is welcome. :)

{Shirt: Moniquilla| Heels: J. Crew| Living room: Little Green Notebook (also seen here)}

What’s your favorite striped look? I’m also loving the ideas of a boldly striped wedding cake, or striped bridesmaid skirts…the short black and white Flynn skirt by Anne M. Cramer, perhaps?



Winter Lavender

Ever since I started obsessing over winter weddings, I’ve been on inspiration overload–isn’t that the best part of discovering something new that you love? The other week, my sister commented on this gorgeous Real Wedding feature, saying that a winter wedding in a warm place is the best of both worlds, and I couldn’t agree more. With that idea in mind, I created this winter-y inspiration board using one of my favorite wedding flowers–lavender. Lavender and France go hand-in-hand for me, ever since a trip to Provence a few years ago, so I incorporated some pretty French-inspired details as well. Plus, I needed an excuse to use that seriously amazing dress shot with the Eiffel Tower in the background. :)

{Winter Lavender}

{Eiffel Tower dress shot: One and Only Paris Photography via Style Me Pretty| Purple statement necklace: Kortnee Kate Photography via Style Me Pretty| Lavender hot chocolate: a la mode| Table setting: KT Merry via Style Me Pretty| Bridal party with lavender bouquets: Samm Blake via Style Me Pretty| Ornate ballroom: this is glamorous| Lavender macarons: Une Deux Senses| Black lace curtains and dessert table: Furrnish}

Of course, I wanted to use lots of lavender (the flower, color, and flavor–check out that lavender hot chocolate!), but I also wanted to keep in mind that this is a winter board, so a wedding would probably take place inside. Cue the ornate ballroom and lots of clean white design elements, accented with just a touch of Paris-inspired black lace. There’s nothing that makes me cringe more than purple event lighting, so this wedding would need as much natural light as possible, evoking a sense of the outdoors that lavender is usually seen in.

I’m pretty happy with how this board turned out! What are your thoughts?



Ethereal Winter Wedding Styled Shoot

Happy New Year! Anyone else have a feeling that 2012 is going to be a great one? :)

To start off the year, I’m thrilled to share this ethereal and elegant wedding photo shoot with you. I’ve always associated January with the perfect shade of icy blue, and this shoot, styled by Kio Kreations and photographed by Redwall Photography, used the color to perfection. I love this shoot as an example of playing with a monochromatic palette in interesting ways–an idea I hope we’ll see more of this year!

{Vendors: Photographer: Redwall Photography| Flowers and decor: Kio Kreations| Accessories: RBK Creations| Hair and makeup: Cynthia Sally Makeup and Hair Artistry| Venue: Armour House| Linens: The Chair Couture}

Thank you to Tasha Schalk of Redwall Photography for the honor of posting her beautiful pictures!

What wedding trends do you hope to see more of this year?



Intimate California Winter Wedding

I’ve spent most of my life in warm climates–Singapore, Qatar, and Texas are not too big on winter! With that in mind, I definitely know the challenge of feeling festive and holiday-ready when it’s 75 degrees outside. I think that’s why I was so drawn to this gorgeous Santa Barbara wedding, photographed by Jessica Lewis Photography. There are palm trees outside, but the beautiful couple still created a cozy, wintery atmosphere at their 20-some-person wedding.

Thank you so much to Jessica Lewis for the honor of posting this lovely wedding!



A Very Chic Christmas

To be honest, black and white is one of my least favorite wedding color schemes–maybe I’ve just been turned off by boring damask prints or calla lilies (sorry calla lily fans, they’re just my personal least favorite!). It also seems like one of the last color schemes that would be Christmas-y. I challenged myself with this inspiration board in both ways–I wanted to make a black and white board that I actually loved, and I wanted to make it perfect for Christmas. I think that with the right textures and details, it worked! No damask in sight. :)

{A Very Chic Christmas}

{Beautiful couple: Hillary Maybery Photography via Style Me Pretty| Church: Little White Dress Wedding Photography via Style Me Pretty| Black vintage car: Sara Gray via Style Me Pretty| Super stylish bridesmaids: Caught the Light via Once Wed| Ribbon-tied favor boxes: The Popes via Style Me Pretty| Lauduree-esque window decal: Attik72 via Design*Sponge| Black typewriter: Sunny 16 Photography via Style Me Pretty| Ivory dress with black bow: Delbarr Moradi via Style Me Pretty}

My strategy for this board was finding black and white details that were elegant and sleek, but fun, and incorporating hints of Christmas, like a snowy venue and lots of ribbons and bows. It’s subtle, but I definitely think the festive element is there. What do you think?