Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Rustic Wedding Inspiration

Who can resist a rustic themed wedding. Featuring everything from birdcages to sliced wood to indoor barns and farmhouse friends. 

A photographers dream and brides paradise just as long as the weather plays nice.
Here are some lovely inspirations for designing a Rustic style wedding.

"Draw from nature and keep it simple"

I have teamed together with some of my fellow Etsy sellers to bring you some amazing designs and products to help you create your gorgeous Rustic Wedding. If you require my services as a "Wedding Designer" please don't hesitate to contact me: petamathews@gmail.com

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Some Rustic Accents.
Wooden furniture
Fairy lights
Twigs and Branches
Vintage bottles.
Chalkboard signs
Bell Jars

A simple yet elegant dress. 

Taking a leaf out of nature. Beautiful leaf and crystal headband. Available here

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Gorgeous burlap and succulent bouquets

Take it outside.

Garden Wreaths and doors in a field - genius 
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Great use of the surrounding environment. Moss and candles look great.

The Invitations

DIY  Cake stands  
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Rustic cake toppers. Available here.

Something for your bridesmaids
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And for the Men
Who can resist bow ties and suspenders?

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A rustic leaf and wild flower boutonniere for the guys.

Color palette - pick 3 colors and stick to it. 
White does not count.

Chalkboard signs add a rustic handmade feel.
These are available here.

Table Decor

Candle covered with Burlap complete with Bride and Groom Initials
Available Here

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Stunning bell jar succulent arrangements

Handmade burlap His and hers champagne flutes. Such a lovely detail.
Available here 

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Table centre piece inspiration

Outdoor Photo Ops.

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Birch slices with vintage bottles 

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I hope you enjoy and good luck with your preparations. Feel free to contact me if you require any design assistance. petamathews@gmail.com


Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014

Raspberry brings romance said she.....

Dress: Vintage Pink available here
Gorgeous pink stillhettos  available here
Evening clutch available here: 
Amazing bauble necklace available here

Friday, January 10, 2014

Alice in Wonderland Themed wedding

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Alice in Wonderland weddings are my favorite theme because nothing is further from perfection. This is the only theme i can think of where mismatch works.This doesn't mean that you should gather all your odds and ends and call it a day. You still need to put some thought into how to organize this chaos....

Here are just a few hints to help you design your day.

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First start with a great invitation. One element such as the clocks is enough to share the theme.  Keep the invitation clear and easy to read. This goes for all printed material, Save the date, menu's place cards etc. Keep it Simple. One or two elements of the theme will suffice.


Garden weddings are great - weather permitting. Use what nature set up for you to help decorate your wedding. Hanging things in trees make great visual levels.

 It is easy to get carried away with decorations and by all means you should (it would not be the Mad hatters tea party if you didn't) but remember the practical aspects of a wedding.

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Some favorite Alice in Wonderland decorations.

Playing Cards
Cake stands
Tea pots
Mis matched plates
Candle sticks
Toad stills
Table clothes

Table settings

When decorating your tables keep in mind one thing, people have to sit and eat at those tables without knocking their glasses over. I have seen some fab table decorations, but some are completely impracticable.
Designing elaborate centre pieces are great, if you like to get carried away and are likely to go overboard, just make them so that someone can remove them when dinner is served.

When setting your plates make sure you have enough room around them to move, People don't want to feel cluttered or boxed in. The great thing about this theme is you could have as many mismatched plates here as you need, just avoid chipped or cracked plates.

With the menu once again print with one motif from the theme, keep it clear and easy to read.

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Cakes and cupcakes

The wedding cake should be bright and fun, Cupcakes make perfect alternatives. They also allow you to go crazy with your color palette, If you want to include the traditional wedding cake for the cake cutting ceremony then a smaller cake with many cupcakes surrounding it might be a fun solution.

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This vintage desk looks great as a place for deserts. In keeping with the theme deserts can be a focus and displayed throughout the evening then called upon at cake cutting time.


Smaller arrangements with lots of color look great. Tea pot are a fab alternative to vases.
Keep the flowers just above the lip of the teapot. Bright and colorful is the order of the day.

Key Pendant is a great idea as a gift for guests or bridesmaids

Most importantly have fun with it. There can never be enough color or cake.

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Enjoy your day xxFF

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Vintage Hollywood themed wedding

This blog will include some great tips and ideas for designing, decorating and accessorizing your dream wedding. A wedding can be made so much more relaxed when you withdraw just a tad from tradition an allow a slight theme to your day.

The first case in study will actually be my wedding day. 

Our wedding was the furthest thing from traditional. My husband and I pulled it off in under 3 weeks. No joke. We wanted a very small simple wedding and that is what we planned for. A small celebration In New York city's gorgeous Central Park for 30 - 40 guests. Then an intimate dinner at one of my husbands and my favorite restaurants on the Upper East side.

I really wanted to have a theme for our day to keep it relaxed and fun for our guests as well as for us.
I found this also helped with decisions in regards to invitation design, wedding decorations, dress and other aspects of the wedding, that brides tend to agonize about for months.

 Picking a theme is a great way to keep everything on track and stylized in a cohesive way.
You don't need to follow the theme so much so that your day becomes to kitsch. But following a loose plan will help keep all the contractors (photographer, makeup, decorators etc) on the same page.

So our theme: "A touch of Hollywood Glam"

One of the first things to send out is a "save the date" card. I designed these in gold and black. I knew I wanted gold as one of my colors as it is so lush and makes things look classy and glamorous and is in keeping with our theme.

Followed by the actual invitation. This included all the information required for the "big day" Note: It is very important to keep all stationary cohesive in design.

I was so lucky to find a dress that looked very glamorous and vintage, fit my theme perfectly and i received it in a week.....which was crazy.

My dress was from: 

My accessories were chosen to be very sparkly and glam. I love designing jewelry and hair pieces so this part was incredibly fun for me. You can purchase my designs here

We sent out a 5 page pdf via email  which had suggestions for our guests. We didn't want anyone to feel stressed or put off by the fact that there was a "dress code" for our wedding so we sent some gentle "suggestions" This is not necessary but we thought it was needed to help our guests get into the swing of things.

Our guest really got into it. There was lots of glitter, tassels, fur and lace.

Even the boys had fun with it.

 The table settings and decorations were chosen to mimic the theme and the colors, lush golds white and pink.

As did jewelry and floral arrangements.

Get the Photographer on board with the theme: Once we told our photographer what our theme for the wedding was, she took the reigns and was so excited. She directed us how to stand and went about finding us locations (within our locations) for the shoot. It was great and the pictures of the day came out so well. We were thrilled

martinepayne.com - amazing photographer

  This was one of my favorite pictures - the elevator in our building. 

  And when its all over and the confetti has settled, don't forget to send the thank-you cards.
These ones I handmade using gold embossed paper and a rubber stamp. I choose cream colored card and gold envelopes.

In conclusion. I think a theme is a great way to keep a wedding fun. It get your guests involved and makes for some great photographs. So relax your wedding day is going to always one for you to remember make it one for your guests to remember also.