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Innovative Inspiration | Friends

Friends

FriendsHello and welcome back to Innovative Inspiration. This is the last installment of my blog series, exploring various mediums which can be used for wedding day inspiration. The final week of this series will be dedicated to the long-running television series Friends. The series began in 1994 and became one of the longest running television shows, lasting until 2004. The series’ characters quickly captures the hearts of millions because of their ability to relate to a variety of viewers and their endless quirks. Enjoy the last post and check out the Pinterest board!

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Venue | With Friends being set in New York, I think it would be perfect to set the wedding in a big city. The venue should have a view of a skyline, as a nod to the series’ beginning theme. This setting would be conducive to almost any type of wedding imaginable.

I imagine this to be a winter wedding, as a nod to Phoebe and Mike’s wedding, in a place of great meaning to the couple. But, that’s not to say that this could not also be a spring, summer or autumn wedding. I also imagine this wedding ceremony to be adorned with Italian lights and minimal—yet bold—flowers.      

Photo via Offbeat BrideFloral | Throughout Friends, a simple and unstructured vibe is exuded. For this reason, I believe that a simple floral scheme is best. I chose one type of flower to represent each main character in the series, and—just as in the television series—when put together, they make a wonderful arrangement.

  1. Chandler can be compared to silver brunia. This unique plant is characterized by spherical growths and is often not considered for arrangements due to its misunderstood nature. Similarly, throughout the television series, Chandler is misunderstood or overlooked because of his unconventional sense of humor.
  2. Joey is very hard to describe. So, the flower that he is synonymous with is the flame lily. This gorgeous flower is hard to describe, yet still very beautiful. And, since Joey can make bras undo themselves by uttering those three small words (“How you doing?”), I believe that this flower described him perfectly.
  3. Monica’s floral counterpart is the geranium. So as the geranium has many small blooms per flower, Monica has many different facets to her personality. Time and time again, she shows that her caregiving, comedienne, hyper-organized and motherly traits truly bring the group together to make one unit, just as the geranium’s many blooms make up the whole flower.
  4. Phoebe is represented by the Gerbera daisy. A pop of brightness in a monotonous world can describe both the Gerbera daisy and Phoebe Buffay Hannigan.
  5. Rachel is represented by the red rose. Just as the red rose is classic and elegant, so is Rachel. Yet, both also prove their flexibility and versatility time and again.
  6. Ross is a relatively simple guy. He is also fiercely loyal and always sticks by his friends. Just as a flower would not be able to survive without its leaves, neither would our favorite group of friends. So, Ross is represented by the olive branch. Though understated, the olive branch adds an element of greenery to the flowers which is not only beautiful, but also necessary.

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Table Settings | To complement the eclectic floral scheme, I think it would be fitting to use multiple sets of chinaware to set the tables with, making sure to mix the pieces up among the tables. I would also rent a variety of chair styles and colors. If set in this way, the eclecticism of the tables would perfectly pay homage to the dining room table in the iconic apartment that each character of Friends once occupied.   Table Setting

To get a visual picture of what I have described above, check out the Pinterest board I have created to complement this blog. And, if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out my three previous posts in this series. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series as much as I have. Stay tuned for future inspiration!    

~ Best,

Emily

 

Coffee Shop Photo Credit:  Via Pinterest on Offbeat Bride

Bridesmaids Photo Credit: Greggo Photography

Tablesetting Photo Credit: Via Pinterest on Style Me Pretty

 

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Innovative Inspiration: The Kiss

Welcome back to the Innovative Inspiration. In this blog series, we  explore unconventional media which can be used to inspire your wedding. In week 1, we saw Viktor & Rolf’s “Flowerbomb” fragrance inspire a beautiful wedding. Meanwhile, last week, we saw a wedding inspired by the Pixar hit Finding Nemo. For this week’s inspiration, I have chosen a piece of art by Gustav Klimt called “The Kiss.” This work of art very appropriately pictures a male giving his female lover a kiss on the cheek. Shown in gold, these lovers are enjoying a date in a field of flowers. Be sure to check out the Pinterest board and enjoy! 

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Venue | Because this painting encompasses a very rich color palette, I picture this to be an autumn wedding. So, I would imagine this wedding’s ceremony to be held in a long-standing church with stained glass windows. The reception would be held at a country club in a room with a view of the color-changing landscape.

The ceremony space for this wedding needs little modifying; it will be complete with a simple aisle arrangement, placed at the edge of each pew to bring in not only the autumn colors, but also the easily usable autumn-esque items such as pumpkins and other gourds, cinnamon sticks and multi-colored leaves.     

The reception space for this wedding, unlike the ceremony space, has more room for extravagance. An open country club space calls for plentiful autumn decorations and rich golds and greens from the painting. I picture the space to be dripping with gold, cinnamon and roses to pay homage to Klimt’s piece.

Floral | Although this painting is simple, with a minimalist color palette, that doesn’t mean that the floral arrangements will suffer. One of the first things to consider when putting together a wedding’s floral scheme is the season, which in this case is autumn. So, for this wedding, I would use red roses, baby’s breath, chinaberry, red alstroemeria and rowan berry. This warmly colored floral scheme will pair perfectly with autumn items such as pumpkins, gourds, cinnamon sticks and multi-colored leaves, as mentioned above.

 So, for the actual arranging of these flowers I would choose tall centerpieces in gilded gold vases. In these arrangements, I would place cinnamon sticks among the flowers and scatter miniature pumpkins and various other gourds around the table. This arrangement would perfectly complement the table settings, as discussed in the next section.

Table Settings | Thus far, the planning choices of this wedding favor a complex tablescape; with rich colors such as gold and cranberry, this wedding’s warm and inviting colors will give birth to some of the most pleasant and fond feelings and memories for your guests.  

I would use gold table cloths with a cranberry-colored tulle overlay to foster a warm, autumn environment. Atop this linen scheme, I would set a beautiful table-setting complete with crystal drinkware and utensils. I would use gold opera chairs and weave cranberry-colored tulle through the slats in the backs of these chairs.  

As I can’t discuss every piece of inspiration in depth, I have created a Pinterest board, as mentioned earlier, with both ideas discussed in this blog and new ideas. I hope you have enjoyed this post and seen some new ideas. And keep in mind, this is just one idea way to inspire your wedding day! Stay tuned for more!    

~ Best

Emily

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Innovative Inspiration | Finding Nemo

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Hi! Welcome to the second installment of Innovative Inspiration, a blog series that explores various mediums which can be used as wedding inspiration. This week’s installment is based on the movie Finding Nemo. When it was released in 2003, this Pixar movie quickly won the hearts of adults and kids alike. The movie includes a color palette as bright and cheery as its characters, including shades from cobalt blue to electric yellow and all colors in between. Please enjoy the post, check out the Pinterest board (https://www.pinterest.com/Accentonevents/innovative-inspiration-finding-nemo/) and be sure to check out the first blog in the series if you haven’t already done so. Pinterest BoardVenue | With this wedding, the perfect venue is very important. Given that this is such a bold color palette, I would tend to lean towards (1) an outdoor ceremony and reception overlooking a lake or (2) an empty warehouse space. An outdoor ceremony and reception overlooking a lake is still, and may always be, the go-to option for peak wedding season. With this option, our Finding Nemo inspired wedding automatically inherits more colors and objects to use as inspiration. For example: incorporating trees into décor or finding a new color to include in the wedding’s palette (i.e. a native flower or the bark of the trees).

 Yet, an indoor warehouse space provides more of a “blank slate” to create within. With an empty warehouse, I believe that the colors would come alive in the room and really pop. And when gorgeous uplighting in hues of orange, pink and subtle blues is factored into the equation, I can only picture the space as a scene from a movie—which suits our inspiration.  VenueFloral | Since Finding Nemo includes so many colors, this realm of wedding planning is bound to be fantastic. The first question I was struck with when picturing this wedding was how to properly convey the personality of the movie without being—for lack of a better word—cheesy. Well, in my opinion, a wedding’s floral scheme is the area with the most permission to be loud and showy. So, the scheme that I envision for this wedding includes primarily pinks, blues and oranges with minimal “buffer” colors.

I chose pink spider mums as a nod to Nemo and Marlin’s home—a sea anemone. To complement the pink spider mums, I believe that orange roses are best, as the classic silhouette allows the spider mums’ shape to shine through despite being surrounded by other bold colors. In my mind, blue delphiniums are a MUST for this theme because of their unique shape and rare color. But, the best thing is that since there are so many other colors in the movie, such as purples and greens, the floral arrangements will tend to vary in colors, flower types and size of arrangement, so there is plenty of wiggle room!  Bridal BouquetTable Settings | For both venue choices, I favor a simplistic table setting; clear chargers, a simple napkin fold and ghost chairs are best. And trust me, you’ll want your vivid colors and to be the star of the show!TablescapeFor table cloths, there are two options speaking louder in my mind than any other. The first being a cobalt blue cloth with an orange tulle/ lace overlay, and the second being a cobalt blue table cloth with a fuchsia textures overlay (see Pinterest for reference photo); cocktail tables should follow this same scheme and be cinched with crystal embellishments.

Lastly, as previously mentioned, there is a lot of creative freedom to be had with the floral arranging for this wedding, so I would recommend going with a mix of tall, mid-sized and short centerpieces.CenterpieceAs I can’t discuss every piece of inspiration in depth, I have pinned many reference photos and extra inspiration to the Pinterest board mentioned earlier. Keep in mind, this is just one idea wedding inspirations, stay tuned for more!    

~ Best,

Emily

 

Photo Credits:

Venue: Unique Design Studios

Flowers: Boella.com

Tablescape: wmrentalco.com

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Patriotic Inspiration Shoot

We had so much fun collaborating with Bride Meets Wedding for this Patriotic 1940's Backyard Americana Wedding.  We decided on a 1940's theme that incorporates a modern day twist.  We hope that this brings you some inspiration in your wedding planning process.

Best ~

Laura

 

Photography: Robyn Photography

Design/Styling: Accent on Events and Bride Meets Wedding

Bridal Gown: Sara Grace Co.

Bridal Hairpiece: Sara Grace Co.

Bridal Jewelry and Women's Military Jacket: All Dressed Up

Hair and Makeup: Teresa Simonic

Floral Design: Wild Orchid Custom Floral Design

Linens and Clear Chivari Chairs: Beautiful Day Linens

China/Silverware, Army Jacket: Accent on Events

Paper Products: Iron Leaf Press

Vintage Sofa and Wine Barrels: Embellish Specialty Rentals

Vintage Military Cap: The Pickin Chicks

Red, White and Blue Vintage Hankie: Soaring Heart Vintage

Vintage Camera, Flag, Suitcase, Air Mail, Glass Pedestal: BellJar Vintage

Location: Private Residence in Calendonia, IL

Model: Sara

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Etiquette on a Budget

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  • Quiet elegance is always in style.
  • Consider a few white lilies for the bridal bouquet instead of an elaborate arrangement.
  • A garden luncheon can be as charming as a 5 course sit down dinner.
  • Select fewer attendants.  The larger the wedding and number of attendants, the greater the expense.
  • But no matter how limited the budget, the rules of etiquette still apply.
  • Having a reception which serves only punch and cake is acceptable.  Asking guests to buy their own dinners is not.
  • Having an alcohol free reception is fine.  Have a cash bar is not.
  • Registering for things the couple would like and need is fine.  Asking for money instead of gifts is not.
  • Sending email invitations instead of printed or handwritten ones for a small intimate wedding isn’t OK.
  • Neglecting to send thank you notes within an acceptable time frame is not appropriate.

 

Every part of a wedding, even one done on a very limited budget, should be done with style and good taste.  An affordable wedding can be just as memorable as a lavish one.  Guests will remember the beautiful personal touches, not how much was spent on the wedding.

 

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Be A Good Guest

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An invitation is coming your way from a family member or a good friend or both.  It is an honor to be selected to help those close to you celebrate a wonderful part of their life.

If you RSVP with a positive response, you become an official guest at this party.  You will no doubt bring an appropriate wedding gift, but did you know that another gift you could give the couple is the knowledge of how to be a good guest, and the wisdom to use that knowledge.

Here is a checklist of do’s and don’t that can follow to insure that your behavior will not cause the couple to grimace on their 10th wedding anniversary as they recall events from their wedding.

DO

  • Make sure to send your RSVP in a timely manner.
  • Arrive at the wedding at least 15-20 minutes before the ceremony is to begin.
  • Stay standing at the back of the church if you are going to be late.
  • Keep your cell phone on silent.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Have fun dancing but do not call attention to yourself or your partner.
  • Respect the couple’s wishes even if they aren’t what you would choose.

 

DON’T

  • Change your mind about attending.  Don’t cancel and then show up anyway.
  • Sit in a front row.  That is for immediate family only.
  • Text, tweet or blog during the ceremony.
  • Wear jeans or sweats unless requested by the couple.
  • Get in the way of the professional photographer doing his job.
  • Take ceremony or reception photos unless the couple approve.
  • Trash talk the couple’s choices.