February 21, 2013

Style Your Wedding

Earlier this week I mentioned sharing tips on how to style your own wedding. I'm going to start with the very first thing you should think about when it comes to your wedding, and it is, what do you want your day to look and feel like? The look you choose is going to translate feelings to you and your guests for the entire day and years ahead. Do you want it to feel chic and casual, formal and elegant, earthy and garden-like, a spring morning, or do you want it to feel vintage and romantic? I, personally, want my wedding day to be romantic, vintage and garden-like. Flowering vines, camillas, peonies, cherry and apple blossoms, flowering trees and branches everywhere. Very nostalgic Alice in Wonderland, right? Or, a wedding near the forest! Once the look and feel is determined, you will notice the colors starting to take shape. For example, in the wedding photoshoot above, I wanted the day to be rustic and elegant. Teal and fuschia do not help tell a rustic and elegant story, but soft and pale colors like green, light purple, and cream do! Mixed with lace, vintage wood, rustic elements, and an old Porsche, and the feeling takes you away! I also juxtaposed the rustic elements with elegant gold throughout. Did you notice? I am a proponent of juxtaposition. It's placing two abstract things near each other. I took an old barn wheel and made a chandelier with mason jars and twine (with the help of my friend, Jen!) Yes, very rustic, but I layered it with a delicate vine of morning glory's. It was my favorite element of the entire photoshoot. Next, make sure all of the details, such as invitations, menus, place settings, name tags, even the jewelry, and shoes help create the feeling. Styling a wedding is, essentially, making sure all the details add up to the look and feel you want your day to have.

 ~Look and feel ~Color palette ~Juxtaposition ~Details

I couldn't have styled this photoshoot without the help of so many. Please let them know how beautiful their work is!
Photography: Jen Dederich Photography / Photo Shoot Venue: San Daminao Friary in Madison, Wisconsin/ Styling, Concept, Event & Fashion Design: Amber Whitehouse / Wedding Cake: I Do Cakes by Betty/Desserts: Bloom Bakeshop/ Invitations + Paper Goods: Sugar Pear Design / Vintage Rentals: A La Crate Vintage / Wedding Gown: Vera's House of Bridals/ Tuxedo: Nedreboes Formal Wear/Flowers: The Flower Minstrel/Jewelry: Vera's House of Bridals/ Porshe: Kelly-Moss Motorsports/Makeup + Hair: Barbara Zanzig, BZ Artistry + Karynn Krakowiak/Models: Katie Gaynor and Lucas Cates

Images: Jen Dederich Photography

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