Board #8 – Turquoise, Coral, and Gold

I have a serious crush on this festive and fun color combo. It has the feminine coral touches without being over-the-top girly and is also glamorous with the touches of gold. I usually don’t LOVE pink in a wedding, unless it’s brightly hued and combined with some fun non-pink colors. I pulled some of my favorite images from a shared Pinterest board¬†for this board. Hope you enjoy!

Inspiration Board #8- Turquoise, Pink, and Gold (1)

The numbers will link you to the original, gorgeous weddings these images are pulled from! Clockwise from top left 1. These Bari Jay bridesmaids dresses are a personal favorite! / 2. How sweet and simple is this cake? Perfect for an outdoor bride / 3. I have serious love affair with succulents / 4. Mason jars with striped straws are a perfect way to serve a signature cocktail! / 5. Those envelope liners and fun quirky calligraphy drive me wild! So fun! / 6. Turquoise bow ties are the bees’ knees. / 7. Kate spade. Need I say more?


Inspiration Board #6 – Yellow, Green, Grey, and Chevron

So…I’m so obsessed with my own wedding, that I decided to make an inspiration board with 100% of the images pulled from our day. Special thanks to Stephen DeVries for the amazing photos.

1. Koozies – Corey designed the koozies, and Personalized Drinkware printed his custom design on their neoprene koozies. We loved them!

2. Save the Dates – Corey and I designed the save the dates, they are printed on paper from Paces Papers, and we got them printed and cut out at Sam Flax. We loved the fun quirkiness of postcards! Read more about our paper products here.

3. Initials – My mother sewed the ‘placemat’ under the letters, assembled the letters on the base, and Corey spray painted them. The letters are plain cardboard from a local craft store. This was a $5 project.

4. Shoes – Kate Spade’s ‘Crown’ – you can read ALL about them on this post.

5. Straws – We already had the straw holders and mom printed paper labels to cover the Coke labels on them. The striped straws are from Kikkerland.

6. Cake – I loved loved loved my wedding cake. I designed it and Hilde from Magnificent Cakes brought the design to life. It was delicious too! The bunting cake topper was from an Etsy store called domesticcharm. Katelyn, who owns the store was so great to work with!

7. Bridal Clutch – I ordered this custom clutch from Waterpath Designs on Etsy. I loved how I was able to customize the fabric and they even sewed a grey lining on the inside for me! It was only $30!

8. We collected glass bottles from EVERYWHERE. Ikea, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, antique stores, relatives’ attics, you name it! All in all, there was about 150 bottles! The great thing about the bottles was that they were high impact, so we didn’t have to have lots of flowers to make an impression.

9. Bridal Bouquet – I asked the florist for dusty miller (how appropriate), coral colors, succulents, billy balls, and something white and fluffy. This is what they came up with and I ABSOLUTELY loved it. The florists were Rachel Gaudel and Andy Boyles. I told the florist to wrap a swatch of the leftover chevron fabric around the base. It turned out adorable!

10. Bridesmaids’ bouquet – I love it just as much as mine. The white tulips were such an elegant addition!

11. Boutonniere – The florist wrapped the fabric around his bout and used succulent, dusty miller, and billy ball.

12. Bridesmaids dresses – I let the girls all pick out their own Lula Kate style and choose from three colors I thought looked pretty together. The dresses are all from Bella Bridesmaid in Birmingham. I thought they looked gorgeous and the Silk Shantung fabric coordinated beautifully with my gown.

Inspiration Board #1 – pink and gold

In honor of my sweet friend Audra’s wedding to her amazing future hubby Andrew Merkel on June 2nd – I decided to pull together an inspiration board of some of my favorite images from the pinterest board I created for her.


Image sources or where to find it, clockwise from top left.

1. Pink and gold invite and floral arrangement

2. Jenny Packham blush bridal gown

3. Kate Spade Charm glitter slingbacks $325.00

4. Floral cascade wedding cake by Cake Ink

Hopefully this will be the first of many! Good luck and congratulations to Audra and Andrew!

THE shoes – Kate Spade’s Crown

The shoes were SO important to me. This was the one time in my life I felt that it was truly okay to splurge on shoes. Splurging to me is not Louboutins or Manolos, just so you know. That is still way out of my realm of splurging at the moment….maybe one day…my idea of splurging is Kate Spade. I think the moment I got engaged I knew in my heart of all hearts that my wedding shoes would be Kate Spade. Once I decided that, there was no turning back.

Here were some of my favorites that I really wanted –

Kate Spade’s ‘Charm’ – photo by Ryan Phillips

Kate Spade’s ‘Charm’ in gold. Photo by Ever Whim Photography.

Kate Spade’s ‘Maribeth’ – photo by Heather Waraksa

Kate Spade’s ‘Clarice’

Charm and Clarice were the two that I seriously wanted. I never got to try on Clarice, but I got to try on Charm and talk about sassy! I loved them SO SO much. I feel like I would have left a trail of glitter everywhere I walked in those! My husband was with me when I went to the Kate Spade boutique – and there was another pair there I had NEVER seen online or anywhere before. They were the most expensive of course – but they were the same color family as my bridesmaid’s dresses and they were SO sparkly and adorable! I tried them on and I was DONE! They were so perfect and SO me and I just knew they were the ones! They are called Crown and the name fit perfect – I wanted to feel like a queen on my day!

Kate Spade’s ‘Crown’ – photo by Christina Diane

Kate Spade’s ‘Crown’ – Photo by Christina Diane

I finished the wedding night blister-free, but I changed into TOMS for most of the reception. I was so happy with my shoes and I don’t regret spending the money at all. Girls – don’t let anyone make you feel bad for wanting to splurge on shoes, this is your one chance to get away with it!